George Bowering was born in the nude nearly 80 years ago. To celebrate this milestone he’s launched a brand-spanking new website (GeorgeBowering.com) and will be touring the country in support of the 4 books he’s publishing this year — The World, I Guess (poetry), 10 Women (short fiction), Writing the Okanagan (anthology), and Attack of the Toga Gang (middle-school novel) — a prodigious output for a man a quarter of his age. Having just wrapped up a jaunt around the Okanagan (including at Mosaic books in Kelowna, as seen above), his next engagement is part of the Vancouver Writers Fest:
Tuesday, Oct. 20th, 6:30 — 7:15 pm. Studio 1398 (on Granville Island)
$20 — Purchase tickets here. (& don’t let the event title fool you; this is “a party,” according to the VWF.)
There are also a number of events at points further east before a big bash back home in Vancouver:
October 25th, Ottawa
Fundraiser for the Al Purdy A-Frame Association (details TK)
October 26th, Ottawa Writers Festival
A Writing Life: One on One with George Bowering
Christ Church Cathedral, 414 Sparks St., 12:00 pm.
October 28th, Winnipeg
An Evening with George Bowering (a Winnipeg International Writers Festival and McNally Robinson joint)
Grant Park in the Atrium, 7:00 pm.
October 29th, Winnipeg
Archives & Poetry Symposium
George Bowering is the featured speaker; others include Jean Baird (speaking on the Al Purdy A-Frame as a “living archive”), Warren Cariou, Dennis Cooley, Barbara Romanik, and Shelley Sweeney.
Archives & Special Collections, 3rd floor Elizabeth Dafoe Library, University of Manitoba, 2:00 — 5:00 pm.
November 7th, Vancouver
George Bowering & Glen Lewis Double Birthday Bash
Western Front, 303 E. 8th Ave. (Details TK)