Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Poems and Thrills

A reading by Jennifer Still & Holly Luhning

Wednesday Mar 02 2011 7:00 pm,
McNally Robinson Booksellers: Grant Park in the Atrium

Following the readings, Still and Luhning will be joined in conversation by acclaimed Winnipeg-based poet Ariel Gordon, author of Hump and recipient of the 2010 John Hirsch Award for Most Promising Manitoba Writer.

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Jennifer Still’s first collection of poems, Saltations, was nominated for three Saskatchewan Book Awards. Poems from her new collection Girlwood were finalists in the 2008 CBC Literary Awards. After living her adult years until just recently in Saskatchewan, Jennifer now lives in Winnipeg with her husband and two children.

In Girlwood, Still's poems come of age: they take the dare; they cross out of sapling and into maturity’s thicket. But the poems don’t leave the girl behind, they bring her along: as sylph, as raconteur, as witness, as pure, unstoppable bravado. These songs of liberation and confinement arise from the rich and mysterious connection between mother and daughter.

Raised in rural Saskatchewan and now living in Toronto, Holly Luhning hold a PhD in eighteenth-century literature, madness and theories of the body. She has received a Saskatchewan Lieutenant Governor’s Arts Award, and her collection of poetry, Sway, was nominated for a Saskatchewan Book Award. Quiver is her first novel, a psychological thriller that focuses on a young forensic psychologist drawn to the legend of the infamous Hungarian Countess Elizabeth Bathory.

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