Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Amy Jones and Rebecca Rosenblum Reading on March 29th

Authors Amy Jones and Rebecca Rosenblum will be reading from their work Thursday, March 29th at 8 pm in the Galleries of Memorial Hall.

Amy Jones is the author of What Boys Like and other Stories (Biblioasis 2009), a collection of fiction that was awarded the 2008-2009 Metcalf-Rooke Award for Short Fiction and was shortlisted for the 2010 ReLit Award. What Boys Like explores the complicated and sometimes beautiful events of everyday life among a cast of urban misfits and the outsiders that populate the periphery of the city. Jones’ prose deftly captures the joys and frustrations of the characters that are at the centre of her stories. The stories of What Boys Like document the social make-up of the city itself while revealing the experiences that are common to all of us. Jones’ stories have been published in The New Quarterly, Grain, Prairie Fire,Event, Room of One’s Own, and The Antigonish Review among others. Jones was the winner of the 2006 CBC Literary Award for Short Story in English.

Rebecca Rosenblum’s second collection of short stories, The Big Dream (Biblioasis 2011), follows the developments of the characters that populate her first collection of fiction, Once (Biblioasis 2008). The Big Dream examines the often-fraught lives of people living and working in the urban environment. Many of the stories are set in the offices of a lifestyle-magazine publishing company, Dream Inc., where the employees struggle with their personal lives amidst the turmoil and uncertainty of a business operating in a period of economic uncertainty. Events and characters overlap and interconnect inThe Big Dream, creating a web of complexity that encapsulates the human relationships of the book as well as the narrative structure. Rosenblum’s short fiction has been short-listed for the Journey Prize, the National Magazine Award, and the Danuta Gleed Award. Her first collection of stories, Once, was awarded the Metcalf-Rooke Award. Rosenblum’s stories have appeared in Exile Quarterly, The Antigonish Review, The New Quarterly, Journey Prize Stories 19, and Maisonneuve, among others.

The reading is presented by the UNB Department of English, the UNB University Bookstore, The Canada Council for the Arts, and The Fiddlehead.