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Inaugural Event for the Robson Reading Series - Fall 2009


September 2, 2009

Vancouver’s Poet Laureate and Nightwood author of The Good Life, Brad Cran, will inaugurate the Robson Reading Series Fall 2009 Season followed by readings by poets David Zieroth, Harbour author of The Fly in Autumn, and Marguerite Pigeon. The reading will be on Thursday, September 10, at 7:00 pm at the UBC Library/Bookstore at Robson Square (800 Robson Street, plaza level).     

Brad Cran is the publisher of Smoking Lung Press, a contributing editor at Geist Magazine, an event host at the Vancouver International Writers Festival and the former executive director for the Federation of BC Writers. His poetry has appeared in publications across Canada including The Globe and Mail and in the anthologies Breaking the Surface, Hammer & Tongs and Why I Sing the Blues. He has appeared on CBC radio, Book Television, Chek 6 Television, and been profiled in The Georgia Straight, The Vancouver Sun, Monday Magazine, The Westender, The National Post and First Chapter: The Canadian Writers Photography Project.


David Zieroth’s eight collection of poetry, The Fly in Autumn, is a nuanced work that constantly shifts between the inane and the macabre, between black humour and self-mockery. These poems travel from North Vancouver to Baghdad, and willingly risk the reader’s unease by going beyond the usual contemporary mode into language that is both penetrating and tender. David has written eight other books, including How I Joined Humanity at Last for which he won the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize in 1999. He taught at Douglas College for 25 years before retiring and founding the Alfred Gustav Press. Born in Neepawa, Manitoba, Zieroth now lives in North Vancouver, BC.