Book Launch / The Swirl in My Burl: Essays by Miriam Edelson

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Book Launch / The Swirl in My Burl: Essays by Miriam Edelson

Join Massy Arts, Massy Books, and author Miriam Edelson for the launch of her new book The Swirl in My Burl: Essays.

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Massy Arts Society 23 East Pender Street Vancouver, BC V6A 1S9 Canada

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About this event

On Tuesday, October 11 at 6pm, join Massy Arts, Massy Books and author Miriam Edelson for the launch of her new book The Swirl in My Burl: Essays, a literary collection of memories, emotions and truth-searching.

In this intimate reading, the author shares the entangled splendour of life’s joy and pain. Like a burl—twisted and interlocked, resistant to splitting—her stories are wondrous and invite us to find strength in the misshapenness. There will be a Q&A followed by a book signing.

Venue & Accessibility

The event will be hosted at the Massy Arts Gallery, at 23 East Pender Street in Chinatown, Vancouver.

This event is free + open to all of our community, and registration is mandatory. The gallery is wheelchair accessible and a gender-neutral washroom is on-site.

Covid Protocols: Attendees must provide proof of vaccination, wear a mask (N95 masks are encouraged and recommended as they offer the best protection), and consent to having their temperature checked at the front door. We ask if you are showing symptoms, that you stay home. Thank you kindly.

The Book

In the words of the author: The Swirl in My Burl is my life stories, my children, my joy and pain. Through my writing I shine a light on that jumble of memory, fact and emotion, searching for truth. Like my stories and myself, the burl wood grain is twisted and interlocked, resistant to splitting. I look upon it with wonder as it teaches me to find strength in its misshapenness.

The Author

Miriam Edelson is a neurodivergent writer, settler and mother living in Toronto, Canada. Her literary non-fiction, personal essays and commentaries have appeared in The Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, various U.S., U.K., and Canadian literary journals and on CBC Radio. Her first book, My Journey with Jake: A Memoir of Parenting and Disability was published in April 2000. Battle Cries: Justice for Kids with Special Needs appeared in late 2005. She completed a doctorate in 2016 at University of Toronto focused upon Mental Health in the Workplace. Her forthcoming book, The Swirl in my Burl, a collection of essays, will be out in 2022.

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