Tuesday, May 19th, 7:00pm – 8:00pm
Facebook Live / Zoom
Join Radiant Press authors, Bernadette Wagner, Bruce Rice, and Ven Begamudre, with guest, Randy Lundy, for an evening of readings.
Bernadette Wagner reads from her latest book, The Dry Valley (Radiant Press), recently nominated for the Saskatchewan Book Award for Poetry. She will be accompanied by her husband, Jim Mitchell, lead guitarist of The Real Darrins. Bernadete is an activist for social justice, a former board member for the Saskatchewan Writers Guild and Sage Hill Writing Experience, and a Co-Founder of Friends of the Regina Public Library. Her first collection, This hot place (Thistledown Press, 2010) was shortlisted for the Sask First Book Award and her unpublished work about uranium was a runner-up for the 2020 City of Regina Writing Award. She is a 30+ year resident of Regina’s Cathedral neighbourhood and chaired the Cathedral Village Arts Festival in 2014 and 2015.
The Dry Valley encapsulates one woman’s relationship with herself, her alcoholic spouse, and the world, in three different Saskatchewan landscapes. The poems offer a fascinating interplay between mindful explorations of self and immersions in the challenging complexities of interpersonal relationships, social issues and meaningful engagement with the environment.
Bruce Rice reads from The Vivian Poems (Radiant Press). Bruce Rice is the Saskatchewan Poet Laureate, an essayist and editor. He has received the Canadian Authors Association Award for Poetry and two Saskatchewan Book Awards including the Poetry Award for The Trouble With Beauty (Coteau) and a Book of the Year nomination for Life in the Canopy (Radiant Press). The Vivian Poems are his sixth book of poems for adults. He has also published a children’s book.The CAA judges said that he “portrays life’s hardships with an elegance and simplicity of language which is stunning.” Often inspired by art, Bruce writes about individual lives, community and how we are transformed by landscape, even as we leave our footprints on it.
The Vivian Poems: “Choosing a subject most readers will be unfamiliar with is a risky undertaking for a poet. Will readers care about a subject they don’t know? Has enough research been done? Will the poet sufficiently engage his or her audience with this new literary territory? Regarding Bruce Rice’s The Vivian Poems: Street Photographer Vivian Maier, I say Yes, Yes, and Yes. Rice is Saskatchewan’s Poet Laureate, and this poetic portrait of Chicago photographer Vivian Maier (d. 2009) – whom Rice first learned of via CBC Radio – is the Regina writer’s sixth poetry collection. Maier, his “obsessively private” subject, was employed as a nanny, shot diverse subjects, and died poor, leaving a “legacy of 140,000 black and white negatives, prints, undeveloped rolls of colour film, Super 8 films, and audio recordings” that would later inspire several books, documentaries and “over 60 international exhibits”. Clearly, Rice – who’s frequently inspired by art – found an intriguing subject.”
Ven Begamudré reads from The Teller from the Tale (Radiant Press), his tenth book, released in April, 2020. Ven was born in South India and came to Canada when he was six. He has an Honours degree in Public Administration from Carleton University and a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Warren Wilson College. He has held numerous residencies including the Canada-Scotland Exchange Writer in Residence. His work has appeared in Canada, the United States, the Netherlands, and Scotland. He lives in Regina, Saskatchewan, and has lived in a number of countries including Bali. He has won a number of awards including the 2018 Regina Public Library Saskatchewan Book of the Year Award for Extended Families: A Memoir of India.
The Teller from the Tale: “The stories flicker between the picture and the frame, plunging readers into a fantastical world that fuses the Knights of the Round Table with the Mahabharata and then engaging them in conversations between parents and children about the limits and delights of writing stories–the very stories you are reading. Intelligent and playful, beguiling and clever, the stories are engrossing and magical.
Randy Lundy reads from his most recent book, Field Notes for the Self (U of R Press). Randy is a member of the Barren Lands (Cree) First Nation. Born in northern Manitoba, he has lived most of his life in Saskatchewan. He has published three books of poetry, Under the Night Sun, Gift of the Hawk, and Blackbird Song. A fourth collection, Field Notes for the Self, will be released in the spring of 2020 by URegina Press. His work has been widely anthologized. He loves dogs, children, and old folks and fully recognises that sounds like a country song.
Field Notes for the Self: “Meditations that embrace the landscape, memory and the ever-changing self. Most often in prose-poem style, the long, sinuous verses carry though along a difficult passage where bright and often homely or humorous images catch the light of truth and recognition in the reader’s mind. As the speaker lives with his dogs on an acreage in Pense SK, a rhythm to the seasons and a feeling of expectation (or its counterpart, disillusion) carry the poems towards discovery in the presence of nature. These meditations reflect not only what it is to be First Nation with a heightened burden of memory but also emphasize how difficult it is simply to be human.”