Dani Couture in Conversation with Jen Knoch at Algoma Book Launch
This Is Not a Reading Series presents author Dani Couture and ECW Editor and book blogger Jen Knoch in a conversation about writing, ships, and weather at the launch of Couture’s debut novel, Algoma. Through a guided slideshow, Couture shares the story behind her obsession with freighters and her favourite fleet. Listen to Dani’s “Channeling Algoma” greatest-hits-playlist and get ready to tweet throughout the evening as we feature live feed from the acclaimed David Leonard Weather Service, #DLWS.
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Gladstone Hotel Ballroom, 1214 Queen Street West
Doors Open 7pm, Event Starts 7:30pm
Admission is $5.00 or FREE with a book purchase
ALGOMA A year after watching his brother go through the ice, twelve-year-old Ferd refuses to believe Leo is gone. Convinced his brother is still alive, Ferd enters into a campaign of letters to persuade his brother to come home, ”mailing“ notes in any pool of water he can find. Soon, sopping notes begin to appear around the house—folded squares of paper in the rain reservoir, kitchen sink, and washing machine. Ferd’s mother, Algoma, finds the letters and keeps them to herself in an attempt to hide them from her increasingly distant husband. Gaetan, a bartender who obsessively records the weather, rejects his family’s increasingly erratic behaviour and disappears one night leaving behind his weather journal, a newly pregnant wife, and a son consumed with talking to the dead.
“To read Dani Couture’s Algoma is to be reminded of the aching beauty of loss, the thin, pale terror of hope, and the strength and sacrifice required just for living, day by day. Haunting and fundamentally human, Algoma is a gift.” — Robert J. Wiersema, author of Bedtime Story
“Toronto-based poet Dani Couture returns with her first novel, a surreal and iconoclastic take on that perennial CanLit staple: the family drama. Algoma tells the story of a family attempting to cope with the aftermath of a young child falling through the ice and drowning.” — Quill & Quire, 2011 Fall Preview
“Couture is another poet-turned-novelist, and the Torontonian offers up a beautiful story about the nature of expectations and our frequent inability to accept the cards we’re dealt…Algoma is a thoughtful book from a promising young voice about what it means to love and accept loss.” — Zoe Whittall, FASHION magazine
DANI COUTURE is the author of two collections of poetry: Good Meat (Pedlar Press, 2006) and Sweet (Pedlar Press, 2010). Sweet is currently shortlisted for a ReLit Award and was named one of Maisy’s Best Books of 2010 by Maisonneuve Magazine; it was also nominated for the Trillium Book Award for Poetry. In 2011. Dani also received an Honour of Distinction from The Writers’ Trust Dayne Ogilvie Grant. For two years, Dani curated Animal Effigy, an online photo essay on urban faux animal tracking. Her writing has appeared in a number of publications including The Globe and Mail, Grain, The Walrus, and several anthologies. In 2007, her short story “The Port-Wine-Stain-Removal Technique” won first place in the fiction category of This Magazine’s Great Canadian Literary Hunt. Algoma is Couture’s debut novel.
JEN KNOCH is an editor at ECW Press and a secret scribe of teen pop culture books. She also runs popular book blog The Keepin’ It Real Book Club, which features reviews, recommendations, videos and special projects like the Canada Reads spinoff Civilians Read. Visit The Keepin’ It Real Book Club at www.kirbc.com.
The David Leonard Weather Service (#DLWS) is a network of Twitter correspondents posting the weather they see right now. Real-time, crowd-sourced weather. According to his Twitter bio, David Leonard is a reader, enviro, vinyl junkie, soccer fan, and the accidental creator of an eponymous crowd-sourced weather service (the #DLWS), Walrus, dilettante.
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