new face of fiction

Posted on March 29, 2007. Filed under: Books, Condo Things |

I went to the Gladstone last night to a Chapters & VIP event for The New Face of Fiction and had a fantastic time. My favourite part, I’ll admit is being able to (after the move) come home after work AND head downtown a couple of hours later because it isn’t ridiculously far any more and I don’t have to just hang out at work for hours waiting for the clock to tick away. These factors put me in a fabulous mood and mindset to start the night off.

Ami McKay (author of The Birth House) introduced two new Canadian authors, Jen Sookfong Lee (author of the newly released The End of East and Neil Smith (author of Bang Crunch). Jen and Neil spoke and read passages from their novels and they were both very well-spoken and had very funny anecdotes to share. Now, I’ll admit that I haven’t read any of the three books…so I can’t comment on them, but I will say that The End of East has jumped up my list of what to read next so stay tuned — or if you’ve read any of these books, let me know what you thought.

As a side note — The Gladstone seems to be an extra happening place lately — I was invited to see a friend do a poetry reading next Monday. It’s apparently a monthly deal and next Monday’s theme is Strong Words. Come check it out if you have a chance.

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Sounds like a great event! I’d definitely get to more of these if I didn’t live so far from downtown. Or maybe I’m just too lazy to commit. 😛

The End of East is def on my list. I’ve noticed lots of buzz.

ps – thx for the add 🙂

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