For Immediate Release:
Announcing the NeWest Press Spring Spectacular!
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March 26th, 2013 - NeWest Press is proud to announce our big literary event for the year, the Spring Spectacular! Join us on May 15th at Edmonton's Roast Coffeehouse (10359 104 St NW) from 7:00 to 10:00 PM as we celebrate four of our new books.
Meet authors Corinna Chong (Belinda's Rings), Jenna Butler (Seldom Seen Road), Marguerite Pigeon (Open Pit) and Rebecca Campbell (The Paradise Engine) as they read from their new books. Master of Ceremonies Chris Craddock (creator/star of TV's Tiny Plastic Men and author of Naked at School) will keep things rolling along while Cabin Songs recording artist Tyler Butler will provide a musical backdrop for the proceedings.
About the Authors
Calgary-born Corinna Chong is a writer, editor, and graphic designer based out of Kelowna, B.C. Her writing has appeared in Grain, NoD, Echolocation and The Malahat Review. She currently teaches English Literature at Okanagan College and edits Ryga: A Journal of Provocations. Find out more at www.corinnachong.com.
Jenna Butler was born in Norwich, England, close to the North Sea. Her family emigrated to Canada in the early eighties, initially moving to Toronto and finally settling in Alberta. The sense of belonging to, and simultaneously not quite fitting into, two places — England and Canada — has heavily influenced her work, which often focuses on the varied landscapes of these two countries.
Butler holds BA and B.Ed degrees from the University of Alberta, in addition to an MA and PhD in Creative and Critical Writing from the University of East Anglia (UK). She is the author of two previous trade books of poetry, Aphelion (NeWest Press, 2010) and Wells (University of Alberta Press, 2012), as well as ten short collections with small presses in Canada, the United States, and Europe.
Butler teaches Literature and Creative Writing at Grant MacEwan University and divides her time between Edmonton, England, and the small farm she runs with her husband in Alberta’s north country. Jenna can be found online at www.jennabutler.com.
Marguerite Pigeon is a former journalist and traveller turned writer of fiction and poetry. In 2001 she lived for several months near the Honduran-Salvadoran border working with a local indigenous organization, an experience that became the inspiration for Open Pit. She later attended UBC’s Creative Writing MFA program. Since graduating, her short stories and poems have appeared in journals throughout Canada and internationally, and her first book of poetry, Inventory (Anvil 2009), was nominated for the Gerald Lampert Award. Originally from Blind River, Ontario, she currently lives in Vancouver. Visit her website at margueritepigeon.wordpress.com.
Rebecca Campbell has had fiction and poetry published in Grain, Geist, The Fiddlehead, TickleAce and Prairie Fire. She has received a Masters in English at UBC and is currently working on her PhD. at the University of Western Ontario. Originally from Duncan, B.C. in the Cowichan valley, Rebecca now lives in Toronto, Ontario. Check out the Paradise Engine tumblr at theparadiseengine.tumblr.com.
About Chris Craddock and Tyler Butler
Chris is an Edmonton-based Actor/Producer/Writer. His theatre work in Canada has been recognized with four Sterling Awards and two Dora Mavor Moore Awards, and his film Turnbuckle was nominated for two AMPIA Awards. He is the proud recipient of the Embridge Emerging Artist award, the Centennial Medal for his contribution to the Arts in Alberta, and the Alberta Book Award for his collection of plays for teens Naked at School. His musical BASH’d (co-written and performed with Nathan Cuckow) received a 2007 GLAAD media award. Chris' website is www.chriscraddock.ca, and you can find out more about his new show Tiny Plastic Men at tinyplasticmen.ca.
The sea may be in his blood but the prairies are in his heart. Tyler Butler was born on Canada’s east coast but taps into his Alberta roots in his latest musical endeavour “Violence.” Digging deep into the dark soils of the grasslands, Tyler unearths and gives voice to issues of masculinity and productivity that define many of the regions’ residents.
Tyler seeks to understand what makes a true folk musician; scouring Canada’s audioscape to find those tireless troubadours who craft stories of the land, in turn creating place through their song. His live show incorporates the understated offerings of the record, as he combines his rich and gravely voice with sparse instrumentals for an intentional and constructed use of space and sound. Find out more about Tyler at Cabin Songs.
As always, NeWest Press can be found online at www.newestpress.com. For more information about the event, or our upcoming titles, please email Marketing and Production Coordinator Matt Bowes at firstname.lastname@example.org.