The launch of the new chapbook, “Thursdays 2: Writings from the Carnegie Centre,” was a packed event. More than 70 people crowded into the Brickhouse to hear contributors read their pieces. The writers held the place captive with the touching and sometimes hilarious presentation of their work.
Co-editor John Asfour, in from Montreal especially for the event, capped off the night by reading his contribution, “Dealing With Big Words,” and was surprised to hear Henry Doyle’s piece about the impact of hearing John read at the Vancouver Public Library.
Here is a sampling of audience comments from sheets posted around the venue:
“The most passionate and fun reading I have been to in ages.”
“Fabulous and truly exciting- keep on the transformative work!”
“I love Brenda’s love and Muriel’s passion. Thank you! Please keep on writing!”
“This was something very special – not the usual fare of writers’ groups where one can get comfortable. You shake things up in the best possible way.”
The contributors enjoyed themselves, too. One wrote on the comment sheet, “Thank you for opening a door for me.”
Another quipped about Dr Asfour, “I liked the last guy – super rad!”
Thank you to Lindsay Bradford-Ewart for doing sound, and to Raoul Fernandes for videotaping the reading, which we hope to link to youtube in the coming days. We will soon have images from the book up and an expanded contributors page. Thank you for your comments and thoughts!