Friday, October 10, 2014 Center A,
229 E Georgia St.
LiterAsian, a festival of Pacific Rim and Asian Canadian writing, takes place October 9-12. I’ll be reading at the fiction event on Friday, October 10 at Center A, with Yasuko Thanh, Doretta Lau, and Corinna Chong. We’ll also be at the book fairs on Saturday (Richmond Public Library Book Fair, Brighouse Branch Library, 100-7700 Minoru Gate, Richmond) and Sunday (UBC Learning Exchange, 612 Main Street, Vancouver).
“You’ve completed the first draft of a novel – congratulations! Now what? Many writers get stuck at this critical stage: after getting the words down on the page, but before polishing and editing within the text is useful. This workshop will include tips and concrete activities to help you build the second draft out of your first, by identifying areas to move, expand, and contract; correcting and rearranging timelines; and determining the optimal structure for your story.” Workshops are $10 for ACWW members (membership is an additional $10). You only need to pay for membership once, so take several workshops to make it worthwhile! They all look pretty great.
Thursday, October 16, 2014 Festival Hall,
1215 10 Ave SE, Calgary
“Featuring Mark Lavorato, Iman Verjee and Padma Viswanathan, a selection of artists discuss and read from their latest books–all of which received rave reviews from Wordfest’s dedicated team of Volunteer Readers. Wordfest’s Volunteer Reader Program runs annually from January to June. Volunteer reviewers help Wordfest assess the dozens of books and manuscripts considered each year for inclusion in the Festival program.” $15 general, $13 seniors, students and Friends of CJSW.
“Featuring Caroline Adderson, Elyse Friedman, Ann-Marie MacDonald, Heather O’Neill, Carrie Snyder and host Marina Endicott, unforgettable storytellers start off the day with love and laughter as they delve into the turmoils, quirks and impulses of the characters in their books. Coffee served before the event.” $25 general, $22 seniors, students and Friends of CJSW.
Thursday, October 23, 2014 Hugo House,
1634 11th Avenue, Seattle
“Lit Crawl is a literary pub crawl featuring an entire evening of free readings in bars and cafés, bookstores and art galleries, performance spaces and dance halls across Capitol Hill.” I’ll be at “Oh, Brother” with Domingo Martinez (My Heart is a Drunken Compass, The Boy Kings of Texas) and his brother Derek, and Aaron Counts (Reclaiming Black Manhood), doing readings that riff on the idea of “brother.”
“Like a Mary Temple exhibition, with sunlight and shadows painted on the walls in endless variations on the colour white that a normal person could never tell apart if presented with them separately, For Today I Am A Boy is a tutorial in the many shades of longing… I’d wager a lot more people will know [Fu's] name before long.”
“It has become cliché to hail an exciting ‘new voice’ in fiction, and many are drowned out by their own hype. [...] Kim Fu should be an exception.”
“Expertly written and hauntingly candid.”
“A true act of mastery… [Fu's] most remarkable achievement is in creating a quietly unforgettable character, one who is not meant to represent an ‘average’ or ‘typical’ trans life, but an individual one.”
“An assured, spiky debut. [...] You close the book believing you’ve met a real person, and that you wish her well.”
“Astonishing… Lit with unexpected, pawky humour. You’ll be intrigued and moved.”
“A talented debut novel that probes the contours of transgender experience with elegance and sensitivity.”
“Fresh, poetic and superhaunting. Five stars from us.”
“Start a book club, because you’re going to want to discuss Kim Fu’s debut.”
“Interesting… Lovely… Engaging.”
“As a woman who has never felt particularly feminine, I found the book’s exploration of gender performance fascinating and thought-provoking… A beautifully written novel about a pleasingly complicated character.”
“Moves quickly and gracefully from moment to moment. A quiet novel, but it’s one about quiet pains.”
“Keep[s] you reading… Told in snatches of memory that hurt so much they have the ring of truth.”
“While Peter’s circumstances are specific, the challenges he faces leap national and cultural divisions. This is a moving story, elegantly told.”
“This is a compelling tale and has real insight into the dilemmas of identity.”
“[A] quietly forceful debut . . . [with] a redemptive trajectory that feels fully earned . . . Shot through with melancholy while capturing the bliss of discovering one’s sexual self.”
“Fu skillfully steers her complex protagonist [in this] significant coming of age story.”
“Excellent… An interesting, thought-provoking novel.”
“Unique and mesmerizing. An important and rewarding read.”
“Fu orchestrates a collision of culture, generation, gender and place, each crashing head on with her true observations and dark humour. Immensely readable, and unquestionably human.”
“The world doesn’t need many new novels, but the world needs this one.”
“Haunting and poetic. A novel that moves past the confines of gender and beautifully explores the ache for human connection.”
“Daring and timely. Written in a tender and observant prose that reveals so much that’s true forever about human behaviour.”
“A sly, engaging read. Smooth yet spicy, a book you’ll have to talk about.”