The Thursday June 11, 2015 event features Toronto-based Noir writers David Menear, Michael Mirolla, Kelly Robson, and Dale L. Sproule.
Our featured readers are all part of CANADIAN NOIR: The Exile Book of Anthology Series: Number Ten Edited by Claude Lalumière and David Nickle. More info about the book can be found HERE.
As always, there will be an open mic after our featured readers.
Menear is most often described as an edgy, urgent, gritty and sometimes ‘transgressive’ short story writer with a soft heart and a sense of humour. You find him at that place where Salinger meets Cormac McCarthy for tea and cookies.
“David Menear is one hell of a writer. We at HOOD, among the filth and infuriated beauty around us, laud him for his cutting edge and knifey work. He is a fearless, limit-crushing purveyor of high art pulp…A truly gifted writer” -Lynn Crosbie
In his first two years of writing, Menear’s stories have been published in several respected Canadian literary magazines. An Ottawa publisher (DevilHouse) sought him out and produced a short story collection in June 2014 that sold out in a few short months. A story of his was selected for an Exile Editions’anthology ‘Canadian Noir’ to be on-shelf this March 2015.
The author of a clutch of novels, and short story and poetry collections, MICHAEL MIROLLA describes his writing as a mix of magic realism, surrealism, speculative fiction and meta-fiction. Publications include the novel Berlin (a 2010 Bressani Prize winner); The Facility, which features among other things a string of cloned Mussolinis; and The Giulio Metaphysics III, a novel/linked short story collection wherein a character named “Giulio” battles for freedom from his own creator; the short story collection The Formal Logic of Emotion; and two collections of poetry: Light and Time, and The House on 14th Avenue (2014 Bressani Prize). His short story collection, Lessons in Relationship Dyads, is scheduled from Red Hen Press this fall. Born in Italy and raised in Montreal, Michael now makes his home in the GTA.
After 22 years in Vancouver, Kelly Robson moved to Toronto and discovered that no matter where she lives, she’ll always be an Alberta girl. She had the great good luck to spend four years as Chatelaine’s wine and spirits columnist. Her first short fiction appears this year in Clarkesworld,Tor.com, Asimov’s, and The Exile Book of New Canadian Noir.
Dale L. Sproule’s short fiction has appeared in over 40 publications including Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, Tesseracts, Northern Frights and Pulphouse. Many of the best stories were included in his 2013 collection, Psychedelia Gothique. In the ninties, he co-published/edited TransVersions – Literature of the Fantastic. He’s been nominated for nine Aurora Awards.