During my Biblioasis book tour
I read from Red Girl Rat Boy, sometimes solo and sometimes with others launching new books, in Waterloo, Montreal, Hamilton, Toronto, Windsor, Ottawa, and Toronto again. The venues included two bookstores, two bars (one painted black throughout), and two theatres, one at Harbourfront in Toronto and the other in Windsor — the Old Walkerville theatre, a marvellous renovated art-deco space that had stood unused for decades. The Biblioasis writers plus local musicians were the re-opening act! Tons of Windsorians came, so it was a lively event.
To be on the road with the other Biblioasis writers was fun! Together we toiled through our hectic series of buses, trains, venues, traffic, readings, and signings. I’ve now read s few of their works — admired Lucie Wilk’s fine novel The Strength of Bone, Maurico Segura’s haunting Eucalyptus, and Alexandra Oliver’s striking collection of poetry, Meeting the Tormentors in Safeway. Should you ever get the chance to hear Alexandra read, do! In a previous incarnation she was a slam poet, and is still an amazing performer. And now that I’m home I’m looking forward to reading the rest: Andrew Steinmetz, Richard Norman, and Norm Sibum.