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  • Magpie Taproom 831 Dundas St. W. Toronto Canada (map)

Nicole Chin
David Mannion
Becky Blake
Ken Babstock


Nicole Chin is a fiction writer and a recent graduate from Queen’s University. During her undergraduate degree she studied creative writing under Canadian poet, Carolyn Smart. She has been the recipient of the Helen Richards Campbell Award for excellence in creative writing, as well as the McIlquham Foundation Prize in English for best original short story. Her work has been published in Queen's University's Undergraduate review and the anthology Lake Effect 6. She was longlisted for the House of Anansi Press Broken Social Scene Short Story Contest and her short story "Shooting the Bitch" has been published as one of House of Anansi Press' Digital Shorts

David Mannion is in his second year of the MFA program and is currently working on a novel for his thesis project. He began writing short stories while studying archaeology in his undergrad, realizing that digging really deep holes was much more integral to archaeology than portrayed in Indiana Jones, and fist-fighting Nazis, a lot less. He is unpublished, though, hopefully, not for too much longer. 

Becky Blake has worked as a journalist, script consultant, advice columnist and playwright. Her short stories and articles have appeared in publications such as Room Magazine, enRoute, Kiss Machine, NOW Magazine and The Coast. Becky was the 2013 winner of the CBC Short Story Prize. 

Ken Babstock’s most recent collection, Methodist Hatchet (Anansi, 2011), won The Griffin Prize for Excellence in Poetry and was a finalist for The Trillium Book Award. His previous collections of poetry include, Mean (1999), winner of the Atlantic Poetry Prize and the Milton Acorn People's Poet Award, Days into Flatspin (2001), winner of a K.M. Hunter Award and finalist for the Winterset Prize, and Airstream Land Yacht (2006), finalist for The Griffin Prize for Poetry, The Governor General’s Literary Award, and The Winterset Prize, and winner of the Trillium Book Award for Poetry. His poems have won Gold at the National Magazine Awards, been widely anthologized in Canada, The UK, The US, and Ireland, most recently in The Oxford Anthology of Canadian Literature in English, and translated into Dutch, German, Serbo-Croatian, Czech, and French. All four titles were named Globe and Mail Top 100 Books of the Year. Recent poems have appeared in Best Canadian Poetry 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011. Ken Babstock was born in Newfoundland and now lives in Toronto. 

Doors at 7:30. Readings at 8:00. 
@ Magpie Taproom
[831 Dundas St. W.]


Earlier Event: September 26
Later Event: January 30