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March 23, 2011

Derek Lundy at the Robson Reading Series

Tomorrow evening (Thurs, March 24) memoirist Derek Lundy and poet Suzanne Buffam will be at UBC Robson Square for the Robson Reading Series at 7:00 pm.

Derek Lundy turned 60 at the end of a year in which three good friends have died. He feels the need to do something radical, and sets out on his motorcycle - a Kawasaki KLR 650 cc single-cylinder “thumper.” Fascinated by the United States’ post-9/11 passion for security, particularly on its two international borders, he chooses to investigate. Borderlands: Riding the Edge of America (Knopf Canada, 2010) is his exhilarating account of this 15,000-km trek. Derek makes his home on Salt Spring Island. Borderlands has been shortlisted for the Hubert Evans Non-Fiction Prize.

In Suzanne Buffam‘s The Irrationalist (House of Anansi Press, 2010), she introduces us to a Chaplinesque literary “irrationalist” whose musings on such earthly wonders as clouds, flags, middle names and moonlight disclose new perspectives on time, faith, and the origins of life. At once whimsical and heartbreaking, these eccentric lyrics investigate the shifting grounds of knowledge while refusing to take any authority – be it Epictetus, Thérèse de Lisieux, Nicolaus Copernicus, Ma Yuan, or the fugitive spectre of self – too seriously. Suzanne currently teaches creative writing at the University of Chicago.

For more information, visit the Robson Reading Series online: Website | Facebook. The UBC Bookstore/Library at Robson Square is located at 800 Robson Street, Plaza Level between Howe & Hornby. Admission is free. Books will be available for purchase and signing.

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