Kamal Al-Solaylee is the author of the national bestselling memoir Intolerable: A Memoir of Extremes which won the 2013 Toronto Book Award and was a finalist for the CBC’s Canada Reads and the Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction. His latest book, Brown, was was nominated for the Governor General’s Literary Awards for Nonfiction, the Trillium Book Award and won the Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing. He was previously a theatre critic at the Globe and Mail and has written reviews and features on arts and politics for all major Canadian publications, including Toronto Star, National Post, The Walrus, Toronto Life, Chatelaine, Quill & Quire and Literary Review of Canada. He holds a PhD in English and is an associate professor of journalism at Ryerson University in Toronto.
Kasia Jaronczyk is a cell biologist by training. She has published poems and short stories in Carousel, Room, The Prairie Journal, Carousel, Nashwaak Review, and in Postscripts to Darkness (an anthology of dark & horror fiction). Her stories have won first place at the Eden Mills Writers' Festival Fiction Contest in 2010 and second place in the GritLit festival in 2014. Her work was longlisted for the CBC Radio Literary Award 2010 and shortlisted for the Bristol Prize 2016. She is the co-editor of an anthology of Polish-Canadian short stories, Polish(ed): Poland Rooted in Canadian Fiction, published this fall by Guernica Editions. Lemons is her debut short story collection published this spring Mansfield Press.
Danila Botha is the author of two short story collections, 2010's Got No Secrets, and 2016's For All the Men (and Some of the Women I've Known) which was a finalist for the Trillium Book Award and The Vine Awards for Canadian Jewish Literature. She's also the author of the novel Too Much on the Inside (2015) which won a Book Excellence Award for Contemporary Novel and was short listed for a ReLit Award. Danila teaches creative writing at University of Toronto and Humber School for Writers. She's currently working on a new novel and on a new collection of short stories.
"There once was a girl named Claire/
Who had outrageous red hair/
She brushed it and combed it/
And moused it and foamed it/
but still it gave people a scare."
Doors at 7:30. Readings at 8:00. Tequila Bookworm [512 Queen St. W.]