February 6, 2010
THE VAGABOND TRUST Reading Series presents your chance to get Lucky in Love and Lit this Friday February 12 2010!
9 to 11 pm at This Ain’t the Rosedale Library in Kensington Market.
Join the Vagabonds for a sizzling hot night of literary debauchery with heartthrobs GUY COOLS, LAUREN KIRSHNER, ADRIENNE KRESS, JASON MAGHANOY, SANDY POOL and SARAH TEITEL
with musical rar-rar by DJ BRONSON LEE!
and foxy hosts KATHLEEN BROWN, DARRAH TEITEL and BLAIR TREWARTHA
February’s Featured Artist is YUULA BENIVOLSKI
ABOUT THIS MONTH’S READERS:
GUY COOLS (Antwerp, BE) After having trained as a dramaturge, Guy Cools became involved with the new developments in dance in Flanders from the 1980’s, initially as a dance critic and from 1990 onwards as theatre and dance director of Arts Centre Vooruit in Ghent. He curated dance events in Frankfurt, Düsseldorf, Venice and Montréal.
In 2002, he left Vooruit to dedicate himself fulltime to production dramaturgy in dance with amongst others Les Ballets C. de la B., Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui (B), Danièle Desnoyers (Montréal), Akram Khan (London), Christopher House (Toronto Dance Theatre). With Lin Snelling, he developed an improvised performance practice, Repeating Distance. He regularly gives lectures and publishes in Belgium, Canada, United Kingdom, Germany, Holland and Greece. Since 2004 he has been living in Montréal.
LAUREN KIRSHNER is the author of Where We Have to Go, a novel called “a very strong original debut” by The Globe and Mail and “evocative and compelling” by Quill and Quire. The story of a girl’s coming-of-age in 1990s Toronto, Where We Have to Go is forthcoming in German and Dutch translation.
Lauren is a graduate of The University of Toronto’s Masters of English in the Field of Creative Writing, where she was mentored by Margaret Atwood. Her short stories, arts reviews, and poetry have appeared in publications including The Globe and Mail, Chatelaine,The Toronto Star, Now, The Hart House Review, and Exile. In 2009, Lauren created Sister Writes, a creative writing workshop for marginalized women in Toronto’s downtown west end.
Recently, Lauren was named Toronto’s “Best Emerging Author” by NOW magazine.
ADRIENNE KRESS is the author of Alex and the Ironic Gentleman and Timothy and the Dragon’s Gate (Scholastic Canada). She is a graduate of the University of Toronto and the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts in the UK. Along with a starred review from Publisher’s Weekly, her first novel, Alex, has been published around the world and was featured in both the New York Post as a “Post Potter Pick”, as well as on the CBS Early Show as one of a dozen children’s books “you should know about”. It also recently won the Heart of Hawick Children’s Book Award in the UK and has also been nominated for the Red Cedar Award. The sequel, Timothy and the Dragon’s Gate, came out earlier this year. Her plays have been performed at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, among other venues in Canada and the UK.
Also an actress, Adrienne is a member of the Tempest Theatre Group here in Toronto, and a founding member/correspondent for the geektastic website HardcoreNerdity.com.
JASON MAGHANOY is a professional playwright represented by Great North Artists. He is a graduate of McGill University, The National Theatre School of Canada’s Playwriting Program and was a member of the 2006 Banff PlayRites Colony. He has received grants for his work from the Ontario and Toronto Arts Council’s, and his plays have been directed by some of Canada’s leading directors, including Guy Sprung and Sarah Stanley. Previous productions include: The Corner, as part of the 2008 Next Stage Theatre Festival at the Factory Theatre; Gas, as part of the 2010 Next Stage Theatre Festival at the Factory Theatre; a remount of Dust, as part of the 2010 Wildside Festival at the Centaur Theatre, Montreal. Upcoming: Gas, in translation at the People’s Theatre, Tokyo Japan. Currently, Jason is developing two new plays as the playwright-in-residence at Cahoots Theatre Projects.
SANDY POOL is a writer and classically trained theatre artist who lives in Toronto. Sandy holds a degree in Theatre and English from the University of Toronto, as well as a Master’s of Fine Arts degree In Creative Writing from the University of Guelph. Her work work has been published in many literary journals across Canada including The Antigonish Review,The Capilano Review,Contemporary Verse 2, dandelion,The Fiddlehead, Grain and Sub-terrain. Currently, Sandy teaches at Humber College. Her fist book “Exploding Into Night” was just released with Guernica Editions in December.
SARAH TEITEL is a Toronto writer and artist. She is currently at work on a first collection of poetry, and a series of paintings that incorporate MRI images of the human brain.
The Vagabond Trust gratefully acknowledges the support of the Toronto Arts Council.