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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.