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Nightwood Poetry Book Signing in Vancouver


February 21, 2011

Nightwood Editions presents a book signing at Chapters Broadway and Granville with Ray Hsu and Elizabeth Bachinsky on Sunday, March 6th from 12 noon – 2:00 pm. For more information please contact: 604.731.7822.


Cold Sleep Permanent Afternoon, the follow-up to Ray Hsu’s award-winning first collection, Anthropy, is the second book in a prospective trilogy that explores the “grammar of personhood.” Hsu explores the borders between civic engagement and domesticity, dissent and accord, freedom and restriction—each of these are tested against another and framed by the tension between the collective and the individual. With Cold Sleep Permanent Afternoon, Ray Hsu presents our landscape in stark light, confronting the human drama that is manifesting within our lives, and investigating how we make sense of ourselves and the world we have wrought.


Written in the near absence of creative works by Ukrainian Canadians of her generation, God of Missed Connections is a breakthrough collection by one of Canada's leading young poets. This book is profound, devastating, and draws on Ukraine's brave and bloody history as a means to explore the author’s place in the contemporary world.

Ray Hsu is the author of Anthropy, which won the League of Canadian Poets’ Gerald Lampert Award and was a finalist for the Trillium Book Award for Poetry. He has published over a hundred poems in over thirty-five literary journals internationally. While completing his Ph.D. in English Literature at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, he taught for two years in a nearby prison, where he founded the award-winning Prison Writing Workshop. He holds a Postdoctoral Teaching Fellowship in the Creative Writing Program at the University of British Columbia.

Elizabeth Bachinsky is the author of three collections of poetry, Curio (BookThug, 2005), Home of Sudden Service (Nightwood, 2006), and God of Missed Connections (Nightwood, 2009). Her work was nominated for the Governor General's Award for Poetry in 2006, the Kobzar Literary Award in 2009, the Pat Lowther Award in 2010, and the Bronwen Wallace Award in 2004. Her poems have appeared in literary journals, anthologies, and on film in Canada, the United States, France, Ireland, England, and China. She is an instructor of creative writing at Douglas College in New Westminster where she is Poetry Editor for Event magazine. elizabethbachinsky.blogspot.com.