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Carolyn Black Launches New Book in Toronto

Posted: May 4, 2011

Join Journey Prize nominated Nightwood Editions author Carolyn Black as she launches The Odious Child, her debut short story collection, at Levack Block in Toronto—located at 88 Ossington Ave—on Thursday, May 26, from 5:30pm to 7:30pm. Admission is free.

Haven’t you heard? 2011 is the Year of the Short Story! And local up-and-coming Toronto author Carolyn Black gives us a strong new contribution with her collection, The Odious Child.

What would you do if your child was a furry feral creature or your new love interest a potential serial killer (or worse, a fictitious cliché)? In The Odious Child, Carolyn Black invents her own blend of urban fantasy, crafting a unique storyscape that she populates with a series of mostly nameless figures who are trapped in social roles that they anxiously try to fulfill—and sometimes manage to escape. With a refreshingly clear voice and dark, offbeat sense of humour, Black tempers her incisive examination of contemporary frustration and loneliness with wry optimism and wit.

For more information regarding Carolyn’s launch in Toronto, please contact Levack Block at (416) 916-0571. For more information regarding the Year of the Short Story (YoSS) go to

Carolyn Black’s stories have appeared in literary journals across Canada. “Serial Love” was published in the prestigious Journey Prize Anthology, and “At World’s End, Falling Off” won Honourable Mention at the National Magazine Awards. She received an M.A. in English from the University of Toronto, where she now works, converting early modern manuscripts into books, and converting these books into encoded data for the web. She lives in Toronto when not inhabiting the spaces between then, now and soon.