Monday, March 19, 2007

Riot at the Dollarama

EMILY SCHULTZ and JASON ANDERSON discuss filmmaker WERNER HERZOG

EMILY SCHULTZ - Songs for the Dancing Chicken (ECW Press)
Wed, March 28, 7:30-10pm (doors 7pm), free
Gladstone Hotel Ballroom, 1214 Queen St W, Toronto
Free, more info: www.pagesbooks.ca ; 416-598-1447

Pages Books & Magazines, ECW Press, and NOW presents a This Is Not A Reading Series launch: Toronto author EMILY SCHULTZ celebrates the launch of her Werner Herzog inspired poetry debut SONGS FOR THE DANCING CHICKEN (ECW Press). SCHULTZ will be discussing filmmaker WERNER HERZOG with EYE's JASON ANDERSON. See clips from the Herzog's career, and get your book signed by the author. Not to be missed!

Book will be on sale at the event.

In SONGS FOR THE DANCING CHICKEN, Emily Schultz's debut collection of poetry, the films and life of acclaimed director Werner Herzog become linguistic launch pads, jumping off points for subtle investigations into everyday life. Like her subject, Schultz uses hypnotic images to imbue that everyday life with profound insight.

While fans of Herzog will recognize the details of his amazing life and words from Grizzly Man, Fitzcarraldo, Stroszek, and Nosferatu, Schultz finds the intersection between Herzog's art and her own poetic voice with authority and verve.

Songs for the Dancing Chicken is part fan letter, part dark cultural translation, and much, much more.

EMILY SCHULTZ is a writer living in Toronto. Her first book, Black Coffee Night, was shortlisted for the Danuta Gleed Award for Best First Fiction. A story from that collection was adapted by Lynne Stopkewich, director of Kissed. Schultz edited the anthology Outskirts: Women Writing from Small Places in 2002. She is the former editor of Broken Pencil Magazine, and also the former editor of This Magazine.

Her novel, Joyland, was called "mesmerizing" by The Globe and Mail. Her poems, Songs for the Dancing Chicken, are partly inspired by the films of Werner Herzog. Her poetry has appeared in 18 different publications, including The Walrus.

JASON ANDERSON is a writer from Calgary who lives in Toronto. He is a film critic for Eye Weekly and his arts journalism appears in The Globe and Mail, and Toronto Life. His first novel Showbiz was published by ECW Press in 2005.

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