Featured Readers


We're excited to announce that short story author K. D. Miller will be reading from her new collection LATE BREAKING.

Please note the NEW TIME for this event -- we'll get started at 4pm. You may wish to arrive a bit earlier to get a drink and get settled.

K.D. Miller is the author of two previous short story collections, Give me Your Answer and Litany on a Time of Plague, and an essay collection, Holy Writ. Her work has twice been collected in The Journey Prize Anthology and Best Canadian Stories, and she has been nominated for a National magazine Award for Fiction. She lives and writes in Toronto.

Inspired by the work of Alex Colville, the linked stories in K.D. Miller’s Late Breaking form a suite of portraits that evoke the paintings’ looming atmospheres and uncanny stillness while traveling deeply into their subjects’ vividly imagined lives. Throughout, the collection bears witness to the vulnerability of the elder heart, revealing that love, sex, and heartbreak are not only the domain of the young, and deftly rendering the conflicts that divide us and the ties that bind.

Husbands and wives struggle to communicate, romantic relationships flare and falter, parents and children navigate their complicated feelings, and older women struggle with diminishing status in a youth-obsessed culture while the threat of violence haunts young women and girls. Yet as the stories intersect and the characters’ lives are increasingly entwined, fear, guilt, estrangement, and the fact of death are met by courage, redemption and the fragile beauty of love, in all its myriad guises.

Brilliantly observed, both tender and tortured, and in no way afraid of the dark, these stories confirm K.D. Miller as one of our best and bravest writers.

Sunday, September 23rd : Frances Boyle

We kick off the Fall 2018 series with a reading from a new novella, The Tower (Fish Gotta Swim Editions, 2018) by Ottawa poet and fiction writer Frances Boyle

"The night the Mounties came, my sleep had already been disturbed by a small but insistent wail coming from the garden below my bedroom window.

There was a baby in my cabbage patch."

Come hear Frances read from the novella Isabel Huggan called "Brilliant!"

Frances Boyle is the author of Tower, a novella from Fish Gotta Swim Editions, and Light-carved Passages, a poetry collection published by BuschekBooks. A second book of poetry is forthcoming in 2019. Her short stories and poetry have received awards, including the Diana Brebner Prize and the Great Canadian Literary Hunt, and been published in literary magazines and anthologies throughout Canada and in the US, most recently in The New Quarterly, The Fiddlehead, The Antigonish Review, Peter F. Yacht Club, The /tƐmz/ Review, Bywords and Juniper. She was raised on the prairies and has lived in Montreal and Vancouver. Frances is now well-settled in Ottawa where she is part of the editorial team at Arc Poetry Magazine. Frances is online at www.francesboyle.com 

Copyright Short Reading Series


Manipulators, liars, egomaniacs, bullies, interrupters, condescenders, ice queens, backstabbers, hypocrites, withholders, belligerents, self-deceivers, whiners, know-it-alls, nitpickers: these are some of the characters you’ll encounter in the collection of stories, Difficult People.

As these characters fumble through their quests for freediving fame, stand-up glory, romantic love, stable employment or anyone who can tolerate them, they reveal that we are all, in our own ways, difficult people. (Except you. You're the kind of person who goes to short story readings: you're lovely.)

Emily Shultz said "Deft, dark and unflinching, Catriona Wright's work is stand-up comedy for the mind." 

Catriona Wright is the author of the poetry collection Table Manners (Véhicle Press, 2017) and the short story collection Difficult People (Nightwood Editions, 2018). Her stories have appeared in Geist, The New Quarterly, Joyland, Grain and Room. Her poems have appeared in Prism International, Prairie Fire, Fiddlehead and Lemon Hound, and they have been anthologized in The Next Wave: An Anthology of 21st Century Canadian Poetry and Best Canadian Poetry 2015 & 2018. She is the poetry editor for The Puritan and a co-founder of Desert Pets Press.