May 11 | Revenge Night in Kensington
On May 11, Coach House Books and author Sean Dixon present Revenge Night in Kensington, to celebrate the publication to his follow-up to his acclaimed The Girls Who Saw Everything, The Many Revenges of Kip Flynn. Revenge will be the topic of the night, and an all-star cast of authors, artists and musicians will present songs, tales, plays and film reviews on the theme of 'vengeance.'
Dixon's new novel also looks at gentrification and ideas of vengeance, grudges and forgiveness, and is set in Toronto, largely in the Kensington Market area. Fittingly, the launch for the novel will take place at Kensington Market's The Boat (158 Augusta Avenue). In The Many Revenges of Kip Flynn, a rising-stakes vendetta develops between a young rose seller and a building developer, spiralling outward to envelop family, lovers, friends, landlords, wormpickers, window cleaners, Vietnamese gangsters, stand-up bass players and tour-bus guides, involving subway accidents, arson, drainpipes, buried rivers, backhoe wars, stretch limos, ultrasound technicians, poorly fitted windows and an aubergine Saab.
For your vengeful enjoyment:
- Michael Winter and Christine Pountney will sing a vengeful duet.
- Sheila Heti and Michael McManus will perform a staged reading of a short play by Sean Dixon about the goddess Artemis's revenge against Actaeon.
- Bob Wiseman will perform a revenge song by André Alexis called 'Martinsville.'
- Damian Rogers will sing a cover of 'Something Else' by Diamond Rings.
- Andrew Kaufman will supply an anecdote of vengeance.
- a short film of Margaux Williamson will relate her experience of watching the South Korean compounding revenge film, Oldboy.
(And several authors, poets and playwrights will provide written tips on how to get yours!)
Revenge Night in Kensington
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
The Launch of The Many Revenges of Kip Flynn
Featuring Andre Alexis, Sean Dixon, Sheila Heti, Andrew Kaufman, Michael McManus, Christine Pountney, Damian Rogers, Margaux Williamson, Michael Winter and Bob Wiseman
The Boat, 158 Augusta Avenue