Grant Lawrence's The Lonely End of the Rink

Wednesday, November 27, 2013 - 7:00pm
The Gladstone Hotel Ballroom, 1214 Queen St. W.
Grant Lawrence's The Lonely End of the Rink

Grant Lawrence’s The Lonely End of the Rink

Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Gladstone Hotel, Main Ballroom, 1214 Queen Street West
Doors open at 7 pm; Event begins at 7:30 pm
Admission is $5 or FREE with purchase of the  book

Join TINARS and Douglas McIntyre for a special launch evening which will include an interview and Q&A with Grant Lawrence and Kevin Sylvester, some hilarious stories, a slide show and short film, a musical performance by Matthew Barber and a hockey shootout with Grant Lawrence in goal!

TINARS and Douglas & McIntyre are proud to present the launch of Grant Lawrence’s second book, The Lonely End of the Rink: Confessions of a Reluctant Goalie (Douglas & McIntyre, $26.95). Part memoir, part hockey history,  Lawrence’s book is a side-splitting account of how hockey has played into various periods of his life, whether it was when he was a knee-brace-wearing bully-magnet, a rock star, or a CBC radio host. This witty and personal book is a quintessential story about hockey and the cultural lives of Canadians.

In addition to being a beer-league goalie, Grant Lawrence hosts the popular CBC Radio 3 Podcast with Grant Lawrence and Grant Lawrence Live on CBC Radio 3 and Sirius XM 152. He can also be heard on various CBC One programs including DNTO, All Points West, and On the Coast. His first book, Adventures in Solitude: What Not to Wear to a Nude Potluck and Other Stories from Desolation Sound, was shortlisted for the Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Nonfiction Prize and the Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-Fiction. It also won the Bill Duthie Booksellers Choice Award and became a national bestseller. He is married to musician Jill Barber and they live in Vancouver, BC with their son, Joshua.

Kevin Sylvester—also a goalie—is a sports broadcaster with CBC Radio, a writer and an illustrator. He has been with CBC National Radio Sports for over a decade. During his tenure, he has been a reporter, producer, documentary-maker, writer and host. Kevin has produced a number of documentaries for the CBC Radio's The Inside Track, including "Black Ice", about racism in hockey. He's also written two radio plays, "Rink of the Living Dead" and “Shadrin has Scored for Russia"—a  spoof of the 1972 summit series between Canada and Russia. His book of the same title was nominated for the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour in 2002. Sylvester’s other books include the award-winning Neil Flambe series, Sports Hall of Weird, Gold Medal for Weird, Game Day: Meet the People Who Make Sports Happen, and Showtime: Meet the People Behind the Scenes.

Matthew Barber is… you guessed it… a goalie! He is also a singer-songwriter from Toronto who has released seven albums over the past decade and toured extensively across Canada with inroads into Europe, the US and Australia.  Equally at home as a solo performer or with a band, Barber’s music is inspired largely by the great songwriters of the 20th century North American folk/blues/rock’n’roll and country tradition.  His albums include Ghost Notes (2008), which was nominated for a Juno award; Matthew Barber (2011), which was nominated for a Canadian Folk Music Award; and Songs For The Haunted Hillbilly which features twelve songs written for a theatrical production based on a book by Derek McCormack and produced by Montreal’s Sidemart Theatrical Grocery.  Barber won a Montreal English Theatre Critics award (MECCA) for his music in the show and the show itself won the MECCA for Best Production in 2010.

Marc Glassman is the Director of This is Not a Reading Series, the Editor of POV Magazine, and the proprietor of Pages bookstore for 30 years.

This Is Not A Reading Series (TINARS) offers a ground-breaking theatrical dimension to the appreciation of fine writing. Employing music, comedy, psychodrama, dance, multimedia performance, lectures, dialogue—everything but reading—TINARS investigates the creative process behind literary works.

Douglas and McIntyre is one of Canada’s pre-eminent independent publishers, with books that have won many national and international awards, including the Scotiabank Giller Prize and the Governor General’s Literary Award. In 2013, the Douglas & McIntyre imprint was acquired by the owners of Harbour Publishing, Howard and Mary White, to form Douglas and McIntyre (2013) Ltd.

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