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In celebration of two women creative writers and their debut collections of short stories and poems, please join us in an evening with Rebecca Higgins and Sarah Feldman!
Rebecca Higgins has lived and worked in Ireland, Honduras, and Brazil. She has a background in social work and has worked in mental health education since 2011. Her short stories have appeared in such publications as the Toronto Star and the Antigonish Review. On November 1st, Rebeccas will be launching her first collection of short stories with us titled The Colours of Birds.
Rebecca Higgins’s characters in The Colours of Birds do weird things in their attempts to negotiate the world. They steal books and hide in bathrooms and treat grocery receipts like tarot cards. They may want solitude, even escape, but they don’t want to be invisible. They move between isolation and connection—on the internet, at uncomfortable parties, in a tent after Hurricane Katrina. These stories are about friendship and loneliness and the awkward, fumbling ways we try to love each other. We lie and leave things out, so often torn between hiding ourselves and needing to be seen.
Sarah Feldman has worked as a journalist, as a gallery docent and as an English and Latin teacher. Some of her poems appeared in the anthology Undercurrents: New Voices in Canadian Poetry, edited by Robyn Sarah. Sarah will be reading from her first collection, The Half-Life of Oracles.
The Half-Life of Oracles speaks from a way-station between mortals and immortals, a place where the strangeness of daily life meets the intimacy of distant ages. These are poems in which the living and the dead play endless games of musical chairs, emperors and philosophers wage war against rivers, and dusty incantations for achieving immortality are reborn as pick-up lines. By turns tender and thundering, capable of calling the gods down from Olympus if necessary, The Half-Life of Oracles charts with lucidity and intensity the cross-pollination of memory and myth.
Thursday, November 1, 2018
@ Octopus Books
116 Third Ave.