Lit On Tour Bayfield: In Conversation with Doyali Islam and Anna Maxymiw

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Bayfield Town Hall

11 The Square

Bluewater, ON N0M 1G0

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Doyali Islam and Anna Maxymiw read from their latest works and be interviewed by author Andy McGuire.

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Doyali Islam and Anna Maxymiw read from their latest works, heft and Dirty Work: My Gruelling, Glorious, Life-Changing Summer in the Wilderness, respectively. In conversation with author Andy McGuire, Islam and Maxymiw will discuss the themes of fortitude and resilience in their books and share their experiences with navigating Canadian publishing. These books will be available for purchase with a book signing to follow the event.

Presented in partnership with the County of Huron, Cultural Services Department. This event has been financially assisted by the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund, a program of the Government of Ontario through the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport, administered by the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund Corporation. We would also like to acknowledge funding support from the Ontario Arts Council, an agency of the Government of Ontario.

ABOUT DOYALI ISLAM'S heft

From award-winning Toronto-based poet Doyali Islam comes a second collection of poems that investigates rupture and resilience.

How does one inhabit a world in which "the moon / & the drone hang in the same sky"? How can one be at home in one's own body in the presence of suspected autoimmune illness, chronic/recurrent pain, and a society that bears down with a particular construct of normal female sexual experience? What might a daughter salvage within a fraught relationship with a cancer-stricken father? Uncannily at ease with both high lyricism and formal innovation and invention, these poems are unafraid to lift up and investigate burdens and ruptures of all kinds--psychic, social, cultural, physical, and political.

ABOUT ANNA MAXYMIW DIRTY WORK

When Anna Maxymiw accepts a summer job as a housekeeper at a fishing lodge in Northern Ontario, she has little idea what to expect. At twenty-three, she has decided to step away from her master's degree and city life to board a floatplane bound for the remote boreal forest.

For sixty-seven days, Anna will be working and living alongside twelve strangers. Together this group of young men and women will keep the lodge running. While the fishing guides head out on the water with the fishermen who are the lodge's guests, the women stay on land to clean and serve. Against the backdrop of a vast lake, wild storms, and hot days and eerily still nights, Anna encounters bears, bugs, and the lore surrounding the lake's legendary pike. As the summer progresses, complex (and sometimes fraught) bonds form between the men and women who work at the lodge, the ownership of the lodge changes hands, and tensions build. And Anna notices a shift in her outlook, too: she finds herself letting go of fears and insecurities and welcoming surprises and possibilities, both good and bad, with a willingness to be changed by them.

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Bluewater, ON N0M 1G0

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