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Sean Johnston, Andrew Struthers take certain liberties with the story at February 13 Co-op Bookstore reading


Two writers who like to have fun with story boundaries read some of their new stuff next Thursday, February 13, at the People’s Co-op Bookstore, 1391 Commercial Drive.

Sean Johnston’s brand-new Listen All You Bullets takes a popular 1949 duster, Shane, by Jack Schaefer, and gives its characters a backstory that puts them at the centre of their own narratives. According to Johnston’s publisher, Wolfville, NS-based indie Gaspereau Press, Kelowna, BC-based Johnston “sets out to explore the possibilities of a story’s resistance to its own arrested afterlife”, and by all accounts he’s done that in Listen All You Bullets.

Victoria writer, film maker & illustrator Andrew Struthers will join Johnston, reading from his own work-in-progress, Around the World on Minimum Wage. Scheduled for Fall 2014 publication by New Star Books, Around the World on Minimum Wage is Struthers’s own memoir-cum-philosophical investigation, cast in the form of a Victorian travelogue.

Struthers is the author of The Last Voyage of the Loch Ryan and The Green Shadow, also published by New Star. His films can be viewed at his YouTube site, Apeman888, where his new film, Tigerbomb! A Symphony in Dynamite, is currently being featured.

Johnston is the author of The Ditch Was Lit Like This (Thistledown, 2011), All This Town Remembers (Gaspereau, 2006) and A Day Does Not Go By (Nightwood, 2002), which won the 2003 ReLit Award for short fiction. He co-edits Ryga: A Journal of Provocations and teaches at Okanagan College.

The Co-op Bookstore reading gets underway at 7 pm-ish. Admission is free.