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  • Tequila Bookworm 512 Queen Street West Toronto, ON, M5V 2B3 Canada (map)

Craig Davidson is an author of short stories and novels. His novel Cataract City has been longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller and his work of nonfiction, Precious Cargo, has been longlisted for Canada Reads. His short story collection Rust and Bone was turned into a movie starring Marion Cottiliard, and he's won numerous awards for his other books. When he's not writing as Craig Davidson, he writes as Nick Cutter, a best-selling, award winning horror writer of books such as The Deep, and The Troop, which won the James Herbert Award for Horror Writing and which Stephen King said "scared the hell out of me."

David James Brock is a playwright, poet, and librettist whose plays and operas have been performed in cities across Canada, the US, and the UK. He is the winner of the 2011 Herman Voaden Canadian National Playwriting Award for his play Wet, which will be produced by Vancouver’s Itsazoo Productions this May. Brock’s debut poetry collection, Everyone is CO2, was released on Wolsak & Wynn's Buckrider imprint in spring 2014 and his most recent collection Ten-Headed Alien, will be released in March. He has created text for opera and new music with companies that include Scottish Opera, Noise Opera, Tapestry New Opera, the Canadian Art Song Project, Fawn Chamber Collective, and the Paul Dresher Ensemble. Brock is co-creator of Breath Cycle, a multimedia operatic song cycle developed with cystic fibrosis patients that was nominated for a 2014 Royal Philharmonic Society Award. www.davidjamesbrock.com.

Lindsay Miles is among the winners of the 2017 Blodwyn Memorial Prize. Her work has appeared in Plenitude, The Maynard, Self Care for Skeptics and Emerge, a Simon Fraser University anthology. Lindsay is a Creative Writing MFA candidate at the University of Guelph. She lives in Toronto.

Bardia Sinaee’s poems have recently appeared in Maisonneuve, The Walrus and Best Canadian Poetry in English (Tightrope Books). He lives in Toronto, where he is the assistant editor at the Literary Review of Canada and an MFA student at Guelph-Humber. He will be selling copies of a new chapbook, Salamander Festival.

Stephen Near is a playwright living in Hamilton. His plays have been performed as part of the Ottawa Fringe, the Toronto Fringe, the Hamilton Fringe, New Ideas Festival, SummerWorks, and Theatre Aquarius. Stephen is an alumnus of the Sage Hill Writing Experience and the Banff Centre, and a member of the Playwright’s Guild of Canada and the Theatre Aquarius Playwrights Unit. Stephen has taught playwriting at Mohawk College, Redeemer University, and McMaster University; he is currently enrolled in the University of Guelph’s MFA program for Creative Writing. Stephen is co-founder and playwright-in-residence of Same Boat Theatre in Hamilton.

Doors at 7:30. Readings at 8:00. Tequila Bookworm [512 Queen St. W.]

Earlier Event: January 25
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Later Event: April 26
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