Friday, November 21, 2008
@ Northern Woman's Bookstore: Ivan E. Coyote
You can't miss the new sign for the Northern Woman's Bookstore that Sara Horsley made! It's sunny yellow shines out at you, and that woman reading a book under the jackpine or black spruce? Why, she just might be you. Thank you, Sara, for designing and making the new sign; it is great. Now we can tell folks, just look for the yellow sign!
The Northern Woman's Bookstore often hosts events. Earlier this year, Lorraine Mayer, author of Cries from a Metis Heart gave a reading at NWB. That's Lorraine on the right with Margaret Philips, the owner of the bookstore and feminist extraordinaire, on the left. Margaret just won the Bay Credit Union Social Responsibility Award for 2008, which is in recognition of her many years of work for social justice and community building. This follows on the heels of her being awarded the Kouhi Award 2008 for her contributions to local writing and writers. She is an amazing woman!
Next Friday, Margaret is welcoming Pride Central and their hosting of Ivan E. Coyote, who will be reading at NWB just before the Take Back the Night march that is convening this year at DefSup. I had Ivan's book of short stories One Man's Trash as required reading for a past course on Multiculturalism and Identity that I taught, and it was a great source of cultural explorations. I look forward to hearing her new work. Below are the invites to next Friday's events:
You are invited to...an Event at the Northern Woman's Bookstore!!
Arsenal Pulp Press and Pride Central Present:
IVAN E COYOTE!
Ivan will be reading at the Northern Woman's Bookstore on November 28th, at 4:00 p.m. Everyone is welcome to attend. Beverages and good things to eat will be available.
The Globe and Mail called Ivan "a natural-born storyteller" and Ottawa X Press said "Coyote is to CanLit what K.D. lang is to country music: a beautifully odd fixture." Toronto Star praises Coyote’s “talent for sketching the bizarre in the everyday”, and Quill’s Magazine says Ivan has a “distinctive and persuasive voice, a flawless sense of pacing, and an impeccable sense of story.” Ivan’s first novel, Bow Grip, was released in the fall of 2006, and was awarded the Relit award for best fiction and named by the American Library Association as a Stonewall honor book in literature. Ivan’s fifth collection of stories, The Slow Fix, was released in September, 2008
Arsenal Pulp Press & Pride Central present:
“The Slow Fix” by Ivan E. Coyote
Friday, November 28 @ 4pm
At the Northern Woman’s Bookstore
65 Court Street South
For more information please contact Pride Central 343-8813
The LU Gender Issues Centre presents … “Take Back The Night”
~ An International Women's March Protesting Rape and Violence Against Women; FRI. NOV. 28, 6:00-10:30pm @ Definitely Superior Art Gallery [250 Park Ave]. Take Back the Night is moving to Port Arthur! After a few years of marching down Simpson St. we're taking back the night in downtown Port Arthur, to recognize that violence happens throughout Thunder Bay. Speakers start at 6pm. March starts at 7:15pm. FREE Entertainment and Refreshments afterwards. Men are welcome to come to the event, but will be staying behind during the march to discuss issues around violence against women as part of the White Ribbon Campaign. INFO: firstname.lastname@example.org or call: 343-8879.
The evening of Dec. 2nd NWB will be hosting a Poetry night featuring prize winning poet Erin Stewart, with readings by other feminists from the bookstore. More on that later. This flower pot sits on the small round table at the front of the bookstore. Margaret got it as a gift about 8 years. This Cyclamen refuses to quit. Cyclamens are known to be difficult to grow indoors for more than a season, so this plant's 8 year fortitude -- in a northern climate, and facing a north window -- is nothing less than amazing! To me, this cyclamen, her beauty and stamina, her survival against all odds (sometimes she goes weeks without watering!) reminds me of the strength of women. Like Margaret! Her store, the Northern Woman's Bookstore, one of the few remaining independent bookstores, and a feminist one, too! is a testament to women's resilience, staying power and not just surviving, but thriving!