Events and readings

Feb 7-10: Reading the Valley in Kelowna

Starting today!


Reading the Valley is a gathering of readers and writers from near and far. Celebrating the launch of this annual event, Reading the Valley welcomes a number of great writers and artists including:

Jeannette Armstrong, Corinna Chong, Joan Crate, Dina Del Bucchia, Sean Johnston, Jake Kennedy, John Lent, Evan Munday, Cecily Nicholson, Matt Rader, Harold Rhenisch, Renee Sarojini Saklikar, Moheb Soliman, Margo Tamez, Sharon Thesen, Caitlin Voth, and Daniel Zomparelli.

Join us for various events throughout this gathering, meet with writers, attend panels, expand your social network, and more.”

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Essay fragments

Again, the long poem: Baghdad-Ahmedabad

Morning and the bookshelf: rob McLennan’s grief notes: blacked out spine and–

Steven Zultanski’s Agony: musing, is his name a suede-o-nym?

Reuven Snir: Baghdad,DSC03216(1) The City in Verse: all morning, thinking, Ahmedabad

Woodnote, Christine Deavel / The Writer at War, Vasily Grossman, Antony Beevor / Listen All You Bullets, Sean Johnston

Events and readings

Kelowna Capital News: Reading at Okanagan College

Kelowna Capital News: March 27 Reading at Okanagan College

“Event organizer and Okanagan College English professor Sean Johnston is thrilled to have Saklikar participate in a reading at the College.

‘We were lucky to have an excerpt from Children of Air India appear in the English department’s journal Ryga, A Journal of Provocations, before it was published as a book,’ says Johnston.

‘What is amazing about this work is that it combines the objectivity of documentary with the heart of lyric poetry.'”

Read the entire article here

Events and readings

March 27: Reading with John Lent at Okanagan College

John Lent Renee Saklikar Okanagan College March 2014

The Okanagan College English Department hosts two acclaimed writers for a reading and conversation.

John Lent will read from his novel-in-progress, The Kitchen Sessions.

Renee Saklikar will read from children of air india: un/authorized exhibits and interjections.

Date and Time: Thursday, March 27 @ 7:30

Location: Room B112, Okanagan College, 1000 KLO Road, Kelowna, BC

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about doing the work, Essay fragments

Journey to a writer: Sean Johnston

the books of Sean Jonston
the books of Sean Johnston

because you took a chance on this project
because the way of Ryga, a journal of provocations
because a day does not go by (Nightwood)
because the story, “a grey pattern of green” in a day does not go by –
because The Ditch Was Lit Like This, (thistledown press) the way you read the poems
that time at UBC downtown Vancouver, underground
because of your resistance to–
because of the three months I’ve been inside
Listen All You Bullets
“A second thread follows a young Metis girl named Marie as she leaves her home in
Okay, and I admit it, because of that author photo

(You can hear Sean Johnston read Feb.13 7pm @ People’s Co-op Bookstore on The Drive in Vancouver (with Andrew Struthers)

Events and readings

Feb 13: A Reading with Sean Johnston and Andrew Struthers

Feb 13: Sean Johnston, Andrew Struthers take liberties with story at the People’s Co-op Bookstore

Sean Johnston and Andrew Struthers reading

Event: A reading with Sean Johnston and Andrew Struthers
Time: Starts at 7pm
Location:  The People’s Co-op Bookstore – 1391 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Admission: Free

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children of air india reviews

Mingus and the Deep Dark Woods, by Sean Johnston

Mingus and the Deep Dark Woods, by Sean Johnston:

I read a lot of books but cannot remember many of them, as the years tend to blend together. There are some CanLit ones in there, for sure — Bobcat and Other Stories, by Rebecca Lee; Cockroach, by Rawi Hage; Hell-Going, by Lynn Coady; children of air india: un/authorized exhibits and interjections, by Renee Sarojini Saklikar; The Family China, by Ann Shin; Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, by Ben Fountain; Belinda’s Rings by Corinna Chong; Underworld by Don Delillo; Life on Mars by Tracy K. Smith; Other People, by Peter Campion.”

Read the rest of his piece here