The Broken Pencil Fall Tour, 2003

Posted: Tuesday, October 28, 2003
By: Darren Schroeder

Broken Pencil is on the road! The magazine of zine culture and the independent arts has been chronicling indie activity in Canada since 1995. We will be reading from our own creative works as well as reading highlights from the magazine, showcasing zine culture through our travelling zine library, and inviting indie creators from the local community to present their work.

In order to spread the word of indie culture and continue to attract readers, writers and interest in the mag. Broken Pencil is an essential cultural resource, but in an age of corporate media it is often difficult to find! We want to connect with new communities, meet creators, and generally get out there!

Broken Pencil is run by a network of creator-writers across the country. However, since we can't take everyone with us, we've settled on three people to represent the mag on the tour.

They are:
Emily Schultz, editor of Broken Pencil. Emily took on the job of editing BP roughly a year ago. Emily runs the ultra-cool Pocket Cannon series of anonymously written chapbooks. She is a freelance writer, and her first collection of short stories is Black Coffee Night (Insomniac Press), an acclaimed work that explores coming of age in an era of sexual confusion and conflicting agendas.

Marc Ngui, graphic novelist, regular contributor to BP. From Windsor (though now living in TO) Marc's bold new graphic novel Enter Avariz, published by Montreal's Conundrum Press, explores this up and coming talent's growing dread of the monoculture. Bold, outrageous and compelling, Ngui presents a parallel world that looks a little too much like our own. He will be showcasing his work with the help of slides during the tour.

Hal Niedzviecki, publisher of Broken Pencil. Founder and former editor of BP, Niedzviecki is a well known critic, media philosopher and fiction writer. An excellent reader and performer, he'll be doing a bit of everything on the tour, exploring ideas presented in his books We Want Some Too: Underground Desire and the Reinvention of Mass Culture, and his novel Ditch.

With a Little Help From Our Friends! This Tour is Sponsored by the Good People of Brave New Waves, CBC Radio 2. Also, each city has at least one bookstore sponsor. Visit these stores to buy the new Fall issue of Broken Pencil and check out the books by the touring authors.

All events are FREE and open to all!

The Broken Pencil Tour Dates and Special Guests are:

Saturday, October  25th - Montreal Table at the Montreal Zine Fair

Monday October 27th - Ottawa Saw Gallery - 67 Nicholas Street With special guests: Geoffrey Brown and David O'Meara Bookstores: Mags & Fags, 254 Elgin Street Collected Works, 1242 Wellington Street

Wed October 29th - Fredericton Gallery Connexion- 453 Queen St. With special guests: Marc Jarman and Candace Mooers (Maggot Zine) Bookstore: Reid's Newsstand & United Book Exchange, 435 King St.

Thursday October 30th - Moncton Centre Culturel Aberdeen, 140 rue Botsford With special guest: Gary Flanagan (Nightwaves Zine) Bookstores: Reid's Newsstand, 985 Main St. Imago Artist Run Print Shop and Gallery

Saturday November 1st -- Halifax Table at the Pop Explosion independent media festival Also: How-to make a zine afternoon workshop presented by Broken Pencil

Monday November 3rd - Halifax With special guests: zinester Emily Holton, and the comic/collage masterminds A Softer World (Joey Comeau and Emily Horne) Khyber Club, Khyber Centre for the Arts, 1588 Barrington St Bookstore: Atlantic News, 5560 Morris St.

Wed November 5th - Montreal With special guests: Broken Pencil columnists Heather O'Neill and Jonathan Goldstein plus indie press maven Andy Brown! Venue: Casa da Popolo, 4873 St. Laurent Bookstore: Paragraph Books, 2220 McGill College Ave.

Thursday November 6th - Kingston Venue: modern fuel Modern Fuel, 21a Queen Street Bookstore: Queen's University Bookstore

Monday November 10th - Windsor With special guests: writer Darryl Whetter and graphic explorer Gus Morin The Grad House, Graduate Pub, University of Windsor, 458 Sunset Bookstore: University of Windsor Bookstore

Tuesday November 11th - London With special guests: indie impresario Jason Dickson (on the art of air guitar), Clare Heslop (Sun Shines On It Twice zine) Forest City Gallery Bookstore: City Lights Books, 356 Richmond St.

Saturday November 15th - Peterborough Artspace, 129A Hunter St. West Also: afternoon zine making workshop at the Peterborough Art Gallery, call 705-743-9179 Bookstore: Speak Volumes, 446 George St. North

Monday Nov 17th - Guelph With special guest: zinester Matt Collins The Bookshelf, 41 Quebec St. Bookstore: The Bookshelf

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Hope to see you there!

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