She's Shameless: Women write about growing up, rocking out, and fighting back

I’m proud to have an essay included in this forthcoming anthology. I wrote about zines and how important they were to me growing up, and I really hope that a teenaged girl in some suburb will read it and consider cutting and pasting something together. If you live in Toronto, you should go to the launch – it’s going to be amazing. I would go myself (all the way from Montreal!), but I have a pretty good excuse: I’m going to be getting married in Greece on June 20, 2009 to this guy. So.


She’s Shameless / She’s Writing: June 23rd

Save the date! She’s Shameless launches June 23rd in Toronto at The Gladstone Hotel! Join the facebook group here!

Shameless magazine and This Is Not A Reading Series celebrates the launch of She’s Shameless: Women write about growing up, rocking out, and fighting back

What media event five years ago transformed the lives of teenaged girls across North America? Here’s a clue: it had nothing to do with a boy wizard or the misadventures of trust fund brats. In June of 2004, Shameless, a magazine for “girls who get it”, first appeared on newsstands. We’ve assembled She’s Shameless: Women write about growing up, rocking out, and fighting back (Tightrope Books). To celebrate the launch of the inaugural Shameless collection, contributors will perform short pieces, and five teenaged girls will join them on-stage and present monologues from a writing workshop conducted that afternoon by acclaimed writer and teacher Ibi Kaslik. The evening will conclude with an early ‘90s-themed, Sadie Hawkins prom, featuring a noted local DJ. – A This is Not A Reading Series event presented by Pages Books & Magazines, Tightrope Books, Shameless, NOW Magazine, Gladstone Hotel and Take Five On CIUT.

Gladstone Hotel Ballroom, 1214 Queen St West, Toronto

Tues June 23; 8pm (doors 7:30pm) $5 (Free with Book Purchase)

A list

For reference, since I’ve been really bad at documenting this – books I’ve been reading in 2009:

The Savage Detectives – Roberto Bolano: It took me forever to finish, but it was amazing. But everyone already knows this.
Pigeon – Karen Solie: I read most of this collection on my thirtieth birthday and it made me realize that Solie is my favourite Canadian poet.
Enduring Love – Ian McEwan: Fascinating.
The Principles of Uncertainty – Maira Kalman: Beautiful and whimsical.
February – Lisa Moore: This book better win all kinds of awards this year because it was fucking awesome. Some of Lisa Moore’s stories absolutely gut me, and I was a little disapointed when that feeling didn’t translate to her first novel, “Alligator”. But man, this one did. It’s gorgeous.