Book launch gala at Cat SassPosted Feb 14, 2013 By Bill Freeman
EMC News -Norwood - There will be more literary fun at the Cat Sass Coffeehouse in Norwood February 23 (5 to 7 p.m.) as three notable authors from Marmora, Warkworth and Kingston share the evening in celebrating the launch of their most recent books.
Marmora's Chris Faiers' Eel Pie Island Dharma, Jennifer Gibson's Compass and Kingston writer Bruce Kauffman's The Texture of Days, in Ash and Leaf, will be in the limelight during a casually bookish night at the newly redesigned Cat Sass that is part of the Canada Council's book reading series.
The eclectic coffee house, gift shop and music emporium has become a popular regional venue for readings and open microphone jams and next week's marks the beginning of their 2013 program.
Faiers is known for his lyrical and poetical poetry. In 1987 he was the first recipient of the Milton Acorn People's Poet Medal. His work has appeared in over 100 national and international anthologies and other publications.
He has co-ordinated the annual Purdy Country Literary festivals in Marmora at his ZenRiver Gardens retreat since 2007.
Gibson's Compass is the sequel to the young adult novel Sway in which the character Jessie's "life begins to change its course sending her toward a new reality.
"When her world is ripped apart by an angry rival, the one person she trusted to stand by her side walks away. With her composure shattered, Jessie questions everything she believed about herself and as her life takes her on a new path it becomes a perilous journey full of surprising twists and turns."
Gibson is an award-winning photographer, freelance illustrator, graphic designer and creative writer. She was selected as one of 12 winners of the 2010 Oticon Focus on People Award and was nominated as an outstanding individual with a hearing loss and for her portrayal of the young hearing impaired teen in Sway.
Kauffman, a poet, writer and editor, is familiar to regular visitors to Cat Sass literary evenings as the editor of the well-received anthology That Not Forgotten which was showcased last year. His work has been published in a number of periodicals and anthologies and has appeared in two plays.
Kauffman currently hosts a monthly open reading series and weekly spoken word radio show on CFRC 101.9 FM. The Texture of Days, in Ash and Leaf is his first collection of poetry.
Each writer will have books available for sale and autographs.