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IFOA Reading - Burlington
Tue Oct 27, 2009

International Festival of Authors IFOA Burlington Reading: Lorna Crozier, Barry Dempster, Margaret Elphinstone, Annabel Lyon - 7:30pm, St. Luke's Parish Hall, 1382 Ontario Street, Burlington

Readings by Lorna Crozier, Barry Dempster, Margaret Elphinstone and Annabel Lyon. Richard Bachmann hosts.
Tickets can be purchased in person at A Different Drummer Books or by phone at 905-639-0925.

Lorna Crozier has received numerous awards for her 15 books of poetry, which include The Blue Hour of the Day, Whetstone and Apocrypha of Light. She has also edited several anthologies, including, with her husband Patrick Lane, Addicted: Notes from the Belly of the Beast. Crozier presents Small beneath the Sky: A Prairie Memoir, the beautifully realized story of an internationally acclaimed poet's coming of age. Crozier's narratives of daily life are interspersed with prose poems, tracing her beginnings with a poet's precision and open heart.

Barry Dempster is the author of two volumes of short stories, a novel, a children's book, and nine previous collections of poetry, including the Jack Chalmers Award-winning The Burning Alphabet. Born and raised in Toronto, he presently lives in Holland Landing, Ontario, where he runs a film series, two book clubs and a writing group. Dempster's tenth poetry collection, Love Outlandish, undoes the clichés that have barnacled people's love lives by responding to D.H. Lawrence's plea that we should discover and articulate what the heart really wants rather than some idealized version of it.

Margaret Elphinstone (Scotland/UK) is the author of seven previous novels as well as poetry and short stories. She is an Emeritus Professor of Strathclyde University where she was a member of the English Studies Department from 1990 to 2008. Apart from spells of academic work in the US, she has spent her working life in various parts of Scotland including Shetland, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Moray, and has now resettled in Galloway. Elphinstone presents The Gathering Night, a novel set among Mesolithic hunter-gatherers who lived in what is now Scotland some 8,000 years ago.

Annabel Lyon has published two award-nominated short story collections: Oxygen and The Best Thing for You. She lives in New Westminster, B.C.. The Golden Mean, Lyon's much anticipated debut novel, is a vivid imagining of the friendship between the philosopher Aristotle and the young Alexander the Great. Told from the frank point-of-view of Aristotle himself, The Golden Mean reveals how Aristotle's genius influenced the boy who would conquer the known world.

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