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Thursday April 6, 2017 at 7:00 PM

Pincourt, QC

Kaffeccino (Le Faubourg de L'lle, 101, boul. Cardinal-Léger)

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Head down to Kaffeccino!
As part of National Poetry Month, Louise Carson will make a presentation based on the theme of the night: Time.

Louise Carson is the author of Executor and A Clearing

Tuesday April 18, 2017 at 7:00 PM

Montreal, QC

The Yellow Door Readings

The Yellow Door (3625 Aylmer)

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Come down to The Yellow Door to celebrate National Poetry Month!
Cora Siré is among the line up of authors for this night of prose and poetry!

Check out the event page on Facebook

Cora Siré is the author of Signs of Subversive Innocents and Behold Things Beautiful

Saturday April 22, 2017 at 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Piction, ON

2017 Prince Edward County Authors Festival

Books and Company (289 Picton Main Street)

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Head down to Books and Company on Saturday, April 22 for PEC Festival's Poetry Session panel including Jim Nason.
This hour long event will include readings and discussion.

Jim Nason is the author of Touch Anywhere to Begin

Saturday April 22, 2017 at 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Pointe-Claire, QC

Book Signing

Chapters Pointe-Claire (6321 autoroute Transcanadienne, bureau 151)

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Join us at Chapters Pointe-Claire on Saturday, April 22, 2017, from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM, where Louise Carson will be signing copies of her two books A Clearing, a collection of her poetry, and Executor, a mystery.

Louise Carson is the author of Executor and A Clearing

Thursday April 27, 2017 at 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Montreal, QC

Blue Metropolis Festival 2017

Hotel 10 (10 Sherbrooke St. W)

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Cora Siré has been invited to participate on the Montreal: Once & Future City of Refuge panel for this year's Blue Metropolis Festival.

Join Cora Siré and three other authors as they discuss the image of Montreal in literature as a city of refuge: past, present and future.

For more event and festival information, click here.

Cora Siré is the author of Signs of Subversive Innocents and Behold Things Beautiful

Saturday April 29, 2017 at 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Pointe-Claire, QC

Authors for Indies

Librarie Clio, Plaza Pointe-Claire (245 St. Jean Blvd)

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Come down to the annual Authors for Indies day and have your copy of A Clearing or Executor (or both!) signed by Louise Carson.

Louise Carson is the author of Executor and A Clearing

News

2017 Manitoba Book Awards shortlist announcement

We are pleased to announce that The Spanish Boy by C.S. Reardon has been shortlisted for the Mary Scorer Award for Best Book by a Manitoba Publisher, and Martial Music by George Amabile has been shortlisted for the Lansdowne Prize for Poetry

Cora Siré on CKUT Radio

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On Tuesday, February 21, 2017, Cora Siré was on CKUT Radio for the Literary Report with host Jeffrey Mackie. Listen to her interview here!

Behold Things Beautiful featured on the Globe and Mail

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Jade Colbert features Behold Things Beautiful by Cora Siré for the Globe and Mail Book Reviews.

Find it here

Endre Farkas on CKUT Radio

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Endre Farkas talks with Jeffrey Mackie from the Literary Report on Radio CKUT about his new novel, Never, Again.

CBC’s North by Northwest sits down with Stella Levantoyannis Harvey

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Stella Harvey's novel, The Brink of Freedom offers a space to understand the refugee crisis through the eyes of fictional characters.

She sat down with the CBC's North by Northwest to talk about her latest novel, The Brink of Freedom, which drops the reader right into the current day refugee crisis on the shores of Greece, a topic that resonates close to home for Harvey because of her Greek heritage.

"It's a way to reconnect to that heritage, to try to understand it and get close to it," she said. The novel centres around several characters including a refugee couple from India with their sickly son, a Greek police officer, a Romani couple and a Canadian aid worker.

"It was really trying to understand what the issue was. We hear the numbers. Last year in 2015, of the million people that came and were seeking asylum in Europe, just over 850,000 came via Greece. Close to 4,000 people died in the Mediterranean. It's hard to capture what that means," Harvey said.

Harvey was in Greece most recently during the height of the economic crisis in 2012. She immersed herself in the conflict of the country to better understand the situation. She organized the trip through the Greek consulate in Vancouver before she left which helped her gain access to refugee processing centres and government officials.

"By the time I left Canada, I had appointments booked in Athens. The Greek government was totally open, everyone wanted me to understand the situation," she said.

"That was the most important thing. I really felt like they wanted to see the success of the book. They wanted to see me succeed."

During that time, she witnessed a change in the Greek people who she remembered as famously hospitable. Racism and the rise of the far right party, Golden Dawn, skewed her initial impression of her native country.

"By the end of the writing of the book, I had totally changed my mind, because I saw quite a lot more than hospitality.

"People who have very little, going out and helping their fellow man, Syrians, other refugees, et cetera, come off boats and provide food and do whatever they can. My opinion changed considerably."

The Brink of Freedom deals with how Westerners approach foreign aid. The character of the Canadian aid worker exposes the divide between what many believe is the right way to help, and the impact those actions have on emergencies such as this.

Listen to the podcast here:

Read the rest of the article here.



Highlights from past events

January 20, 2017

Lexicon Books will be hosting three Nova Scotian authors in an evening of Fiction. C.S. Reardon will be debuting her new and novel The Spanish Boy.

C.S. Reardon launched her debut novel The Spanish Boy. There was a very illuminating Q & A afterwards as well.

C.S. Reardon launched her debut novel The Spanish Boy. There was a very illuminating Q & A afterwards as well.

November 21, 2016

Signature Editions wants to invite you to celebrate the publication of two new novels with Cora Siré and Endre Farkas. This joint book launch will be at The Central Bar in Toronto.

Cora Siré launches her new novel, Behold Things Beautiful. Endre Farkas launches his new novel, Never, Again.
There is no admission fee and this event will include a short reading from both authors.

October 27, 2016

Join C.S. Reardon at the Women's Council House for the launch of The Spanish Boy.
The event will take place from 6:00-9:00 PM.

What a great turn out!

What a great turn out!

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