Sunday, March 21, 2010

Grey Borders Reading Series #23...

Grey Borders Reading Series #23...
is proud to present

Christian Bök

CCMC – featuring Paul Dutton, Michael Snow, and John Oswald
screenings of Paul-Émile Borduas (1962) and Artist in Montreal (1954)

and (as if that weren’t enough to blow the roof off) the launch of a new, double issue of

PRECIPICe, Niagara’s literary magazine.

Thursday 1 April 2009 7:00 pm
No Cover, Licensed

The Niagara Artists’ Centre
354 St. Paul Street, St. Catharines

Thanks to the Humanities Research Institute of Brock University for their generous support.

Please join us for this very special event. How to describe this event? Three ways: 1) it is going to be a great evening of performances featuring two acts that definite the cutting edge in Canadian linguistic and sonic acrobatics. 2) This evening we will be celebrating the launch of the new double issue of PRECIPICe, which is without doubt our best issue to date. Ever. And 3) This event is part of a series of events hitting St. Catharines in tribute to Françoise Sullivan of the Montréal Automatists. Our event features artists working in a field first ploughed in this country by the Automatists. See the attached posters for all the events. Do you really need more reasons to join in the fun?

These bios are not meant to be authoritative, but are intended to whet your interest that you might find out the truth behind these mere words. Go out and buy some books! Buy some CDs! Search the internet and let Google mislead you in all directions! Start here:

CCMC comprises Michael Snow (piano, synthesizer), John Oswald (alto sax), and Paul Dutton (mouth and mouth harp). The band has been cited as Canada's premier non-idiomatic improvisational ensemble, with tours to various parts of the country, to the U.S., and several European countries. See for more.

Christian Bök is the author of Crystallography (Coach House Press, 1994), a ’pataphysical encyclopaedia nominated for the Gerald Lampert Award for Best Poetic Debut, and ’Pataphysics: The Poetics of an Imaginary Science (Northwestern University Press, 2001). His book Eunoia won the 2002 Griffin Poetry Prize and is the best-selling Canadian poetry book of all time. Bök has created artificial languages for Gene Roddenberry’s Earth: Final Conflict and Peter Benchley’s Amazon. His conceptual artwork has appeared at the Marianne Boesky Gallery in New York City as part of the exhibit Poetry Plastique. He currently teaches at the University of Calgary.

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