In all this willful world
of thud and thump and thunder
man’s relevance to books continues to declare.
Books are meat and medicine
and flame and flight and flower,
steel, stitch, and cloud and clout,
and drumbeats in the air.
Malcolm Murray launches book at Playwrights Cabaret
Saturday April 27 | 7:00PM - 9:00PM
Malcolm Murray will launch his new book The Philosopher, a collection of one-act plays, at the Playwrights Cabaret on Saturday April 27th at 7 p.m. in the Faculty Lounge of the Main Building at the University of Prince Edward Island. Hosted by the PEI wing of PARC (Playwrights Atlantic Resource Centre), the cabaret celebrates Island playwrights with readings of their plays.
The Cabaret is hosted by PEI PARC members Orysia Dawydiak and Yvette Doucette, with readings by Rob MacDonald, Catherine O'Brien, Nadine Salami, among others. Malcolm Murray and friends will read selections from The Philosopher, which will be available for sale. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., with a cash bar and nibblies. Admission is by donation.
Comedic, satirical, and at times solemn, The Philosopher showcases the range of human complexity from nonsense to wisdom. Murray’s characters range from a philosopher in chains brought up from the basement to entertain guests to a psychologist who assists a traumatized patient to become more self-aware, only to result in greater angst. Provocative, perceptive, and rife with questions about the motives and morality of our everyday conduct, The Philosopher ultimately deals with the search for meaning and our need to believe. Murray writes, “Believe what though? Politics. Religion. Sports. It’s obvious that content doesn’t matter. It’s just belief itself. What they fear most is not believing. No one can stand that.”
New Poetry by Thomas O'Grady
Wednesday May 15 | 7:00PM - 9:00PM
Join Thomas O'Grady at the Confederation Centre Art Gallery on Wednesday, May 15th at 7 PM for the launch of his new book of poetry, Delivering the News.
War, Pestilence, Famine, Death. Was I deaf / to the headline roar of my unwieldy load?
Engaging with the inevitability of change and flux, Thomas O'Grady's poems grapple with themes of death and rebirth, of loss and resiliency, of ebb and flow within nature and within individual lives and romantic and domestic relationships.
Bookended by the springtime of “Controlled Burn” and its mirror, the wistfully autumnal “Magritte,” the collection follows multiple arcs within and across poems and longer sequences. Part I, "Seeing Red," grounds the poems in the rural landscapes, shorescapes, and streetscapes of the poet's childhood on Prince Edward Island, leading O'Grady home as he returns to “the heartening blaze / of red that frames the doors, // the eaves, the corner trim / of every outlying / Island barn and shed.” Part II, “The Wide World,” comprises poems prompted by more cosmopolitan landscapes, both literal and figurative, and inspired by the graphic arts, jazz music, classical mythology, and other writers. A later sequence of eight poems reflects O'Grady's Irish heritage within the social fabric of PEI.
Through precise and steadying language, Delivering the News reflects the capacity of poetry both to acknowledge and to mitigate life's mutability.
Thomas O’Grady was born and grew up on Prince Edward Island. He was educated at the University of PEI, University College Dublin, and the University of Notre Dame. He is currently Professor of English, Director of Irish Studies, and a member of the Creative Writing faculty at the University of Massachusetts Boston where he has taught since 1984. He lives in Milton, Massachusetts with his wife and three daughters. His first book of poems, What Really Matters, was published in the Hugh MacLennan Poetry Series in April of 2000 by McGill-Queen’s University Press.
Walking in Canada’s Urban Forests with Ariel Gordon
Tuesday June 04 | 7:30PM - 9:00PM
Meet author Ariel Gordon, award winning poet and author of Treed at The Carriage House, 2 Kent Street on June 4th starting at 7:30 PM.
With intimacy and humour award-winning poet Ariel Gordon walks us through the streets of Winnipeg and into the urban forest that is, to her, the city's heart. Along the way she shares with us the lives of these urban trees, from the grackles and cankerworms of the spring, to the flush of mushrooms on stumps in the summer and through to the red-stemmed dogwood of the winter. After grounding us in native elms and ashes, Gordon travels to BC's northern Rockies, to Banff National Park and a cattle farm in rural Manitoba, and helps us to consider what we expect of nature. Whether it is the effects of climate change on the urban forest or foraging in the city, Dutch elm disease in the trees or squirrels in the living room, Gordon delves into our relationships with the natural world with heart and style. In the end, the essays circle back to the forest, where the weather is always better and where the reader can see how to remake even the trees that are lost.
This event is sponsored by Nature PEI and is suitable for young naturalists.
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