Winnipeg launch of Mouthquake (Arsenal Pulp Press) featuring a guest reading and conversation with Chandra Mayor. Hosted by Bruce Symaka and co-presented by the Winnipeg International Writers Festival
A boy’s speech starts to fracture along with the cement of le Stade olympique. Do they share a fault line? Daniel Allen Cox’s unconventional fourth novel tells the story of a boy with a stutter who grows up and uses sound to remember the past. A coming-of-age tale that telescopes through time like an amnesiac memoir, Mouthquake finds its strange beat in subliminal messages hidden in skipping records, in the stutters of celebrities, and in the wisdom of The Grand Antonio, a suspicious mystic who helps the narrator unlock the secret to his speech. This is a loudly exclaimed book of innuendo, rumours, and the tangled barbs of repressed memory that asks: How do you handle a troubling past event that behaves like a barely audible whisper?
Daniel Allen Cox is the author of the novels Shuck, Krakow Melt (both Lambda Literary Award finalists), Basement of Wolves, Mouthquake, and the novella Tattoo This Madness In. He co-wrote the screenplay for Bruce LaBruce’s 2013 film Gerontophilia. Daniel is a 2015 writer-in-residence at the ZVONA i NARI Library & Literary Retreat in Linjan, Croatia, the first Canadian writer to be invited. He lives in Montreal, where he is vice president of Quebec Writers’ Federation.
Chandra Mayor is a queer Winnipeg novelist and poet. Her books have received numerous awards, including the Carol Shields (Cherry) and a Lambda (All the Pretty Girls). She has been the Writer-in-Residence at the University of Winnipeg and the Winnipeg Public Library, a poetry editor for Prairie Fire and CV2, a theatre critic for CBC and The Winnipeg Review, a Human Library organizer, a textile artist, and a popular creative writing instructor.