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The Robson Reading Series Present Ryan Knighton & Ed Macdonald

April 4th, 2011

On Thursday, April 7, the Robson Reading Series will be hosting two undeniably cool authors – Ryan Knighton and Ed Macdonald – for a night that will bring new meaning to the term “father issues.” The live literature and lively conversation begin at 7pm in the UBC Robson Square Bookstore/Library.

Ryan Knighton’s latest memoir, C’mon Papa: Dispatches From a Dad in the Dark (Knopf 2010), is an honest and wry account of his journey into fatherhood. A follow-up to the widely acclaimed Cockeyed, Ryan takes the reader through his first chaotic year as a blind parent. Annabel Lyon gives you an idea of what you’re in for with C’mon Papa: “Painfully funny. Whether he’s writing about getting run over, role-playing a cervix or losing his infant daughter in the snow, Knighton is wise, witty, moving and assured.” Ryan lives in Vancouver.

For his debut novel, Spat the Dummy (Anvil 2010), Ed Macdonald took the comedic sense that’s made him one of Canada’s top screenwriters and a triple Gemini award-winner, then added a heavy dose of tragedy. What he came up with is a raw and unrestrained, modern-day hero’s journey to face his – and his father’s – demons. Alistair MacLeod has called the novel unforgettable: “The style is electrifying and there are images that will burn in the readers’ mind forever.” Born and raised on Cape Breton Island, Ed now lives in Montréal.

Admission is free and refreshments are served. Books will be available for purchase and signing.

The Robson Reading Series is one of the longest-running reading series in Vancouver. We are a multi-genre series that features new and established authors from Canada (and sometimes abroad). We gratefully acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, UBC Robson Square, the UBC Bookstore and Library at Robson Square and the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre.

For more information, please contact Jill Margo or Crystal Sikma at 604.822.6453 or rsquare@interchange.ubc.ca. Visit us online at www.robsonreadingseries.ubc.ca or facebook.com/robsonreadingseries.