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Sub Rosa: A Novel by Amber Dawn: Toronto Booklaunch

Posted in Events, Past events by thisaintblog on April 27, 2010

Friday, April 30, 2010 9pm – In store, and FREE.

Come out for an intimate night of readings as AMBER DAWN travels from Vancouver to launch her debut novel Sub Rosa (Arsenal Pulp Press) — a speculative fiction narrative about an underground society of ghosts and magicians, missing girls and amnesiatic sweethearts: a place called Sub Rosa… happening on Friday, April 30, 2010 at 9 p.m.

DEBRA ANDERSON will also read from a work-in-progress and share some Toronto love.
“Amber Dawn’s Sub Rosa is a masterpiece of imagination. It’s haunting, chilling at points and then just so sweet. Her writing is stealthy and seductive, wise and witty and clever. Lock Mary Gaitskill in a closet with Francesca Lia Block and they might emerge with a map to Sub Rosa: a glorious mystery that creeps you out and then totally enchants.”
—Michelle Tea, author of Valencia and Rose of No Man’s Land

AMBER DAWN is a writer, filmmaker and performance artist based in Vancouver. She is the editor of Fist of the Spider Woman (Arsenal Pulp Press, 2008) and co-editor of With a Rough Tongue: Femmes Write Porn(Arsenal Pulp Press, 2005). Her award-winning, genderfuck docu-porn, Girl on Girl, has been screened in eight countries and added to the gender studies curriculum at Concordia University. She has toured three times with the infamous Sex Workers’ Art Show in the US. She was voted Xtra! West’s Hero of the Year in 2008. She has an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia. Currently, she is the director of programming for the Vancouver Queer Film Festival. Sub Rosa is her first novel.

DEBRA ANDERSON is the winner of the Dayne Ogilvie Grant (2009), a grant awarded to an emerging gay Canadian writer for a body of work. Debra’s writing has been anthologized in Brazen Femme: Queering Femininity, Geeks, Misfits and Outlaws, and Bent: On Writing. She recently read at Word on the Street (2009), facilitated a Creative Writing Workshop at Word on the Street (2007) and in 2007 was the guest author at Pink Ink, a SOY Writing Group for queer/trans youth. Code White (McGilligan Books) is her first novel, which Herizons Magazine described as “…a book that meets your eye, has a good handshake, and looks killer in a pair of fishnets.” For more info visit or join her on Facebook.

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