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Not Anyone’s Anything

Ian Williams’ first collection of poetry, You Know Who You Are (Wolsak and Wynn, 2010), may be the most underrated book of poetry published in Canada in the past year. I suspect this has something to do with both the vast number of talented poets writing in Canada at the moment and the fact that Ian teaches in the States, however his work isn’t to be missed. I highly recommend catching him on April 19, 2011 at The Gladstone Hotel in Toronto where he’ll be launching a book of short stories titled Not Anyone’s Anything (Freehand Books).


Read. Dance. Repeat: launching And Me Among Them by Kristen den Hartog, A Description of the Blazing World by Michael Murphy, and Not Anyone’s Anything by Ian Williams

Time: April 19, 2011 – 7pm-11pm
Location: The Gladstone Hotel (1214 Queen Street West)

About Not Anyone`s Anything:

Ian Williams’s Not Anyone’s Anything is a trio of trios: three sets of three stories, with three of those stories further divided into thirds. Mathematical, musical, and meticulously crafted, these stories play profoundly with form, and feature embedded flash cards and musical notations, literal basements, and dual narratives, semi-detached. Roaming through Toronto and its surrounding suburbia, Williams’s characters wittily and wryly draw attention to the angst and anxieties associated with being somewhere between adolescence and more-than-that. They are disastrously ambitious, performing amateur surgery or perfecting Chopin; they are restless and bored, breaking into units of new subdivisions hoping for a score; they continually test the ones they love, and, though every time feels like the last time, they might be up for one more game.

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