Matthew Firth with Nathaniel G. Moore at "Shag Carpet Action" Launch

Wednesday, November 23, 2011 - 7:00pm
The Gladstone Hotel, Melody Bar, 1214 Queen St. W
Matthew Firth with Nathaniel G. Moore at "Shag Carpet Action" Launch

Matthew Firth in Conversation with Nathaniel G. Moore at "Shag Carpet Action" Launch

This Is Not A Reading Series, LPG and Anvil Press celebrate the launch of author and publisher Matthew Firth's Shag Carpet Action with an irreverent evening of conversation and music. Join us as editor and author Nathaniel G. Moore and Firth talk about suburban lust, dueling garbage collectors, and shameless, salty fictional characters and tune in to a gritty, live performance from singer and songwriter, Martin Verrall.

Wednesday November 23, 2011
The Gladstone Hotel, Melody Bar, 1214 Queen Street West
Doors open at 7:00; Event starts at 7:30
Admission is $5.00 or FREE with a book purchase

Shag Carpet Action
This is Firth’s boldest and brashest collection of stories yet. Centred on the novella “Dog Fucker Blues,” this collection examines what it’s like to be down but not quite out in the 21st century. The book examines people clinging to the edge of physical, mental, sexual, psychological, and financial survival, bordering on the brink of ruin. 

MATTHEW FIRTH was born and raised in Hamilton, Ontario. He has lived in Ottawa since 2000 where he works by day for a national trade union. Prior to this, he worked as a soup kitchen cook, technical writer, garbage collector, grave digger, semi-professional lacrosse player and at many other occupations. His new book is Shag Carpet Action - stories and a novella. He is the author of three earlier collections of short fiction, most recently Suburban Pornography and Other Stories (Anvil Press, 2006). Paris’ 13e Note Editions will publish a collection of his fiction in French translation titled Sur Le Cul in 2012. He is co-editor and publisher of the litmag Front & Centre and has run the micro-press Black Bile Press since 1993. He is married to Andrea and is the father of two boys: Samuel and Willem. Visit Matthew’s site at:

Nathaniel G. Moore is the author of Wrong Bar, shortlisted for the 2010 Relit Award for best novel. He is the co-editor of Toronto Noir and a columnist for Open Book: Toronto. He has written for Bravo! Television, The Globe & Mail and This Magazine. His fiction has recently appeared in Taddle Creek, Descant, subTerrain and Joyland. He is developing a new web project called Canadian Sadcore. Visit Nathaniel’s site at:

MARTIN VERRALL is a singer/songwriter and visual artist from Hamilton. He has been active in the Hamilton music scene for twenty-five years and plays both with the band Raven's Request and solo under his own name. Verrall has recorded four CDs independently, the most recent of which is titled Spears of Fate, released in October 2010.

ANVIL Press Now in its twentieth year of publishing, Anvil Press has firmly established itself as a publisher of progressive, contemporary Canadian literature with a distinctly urban twist. National—and local—in its vision, Anvil remains committed to its East Vancouver roots, and doesn’t shy away from work from the wrong side of the tracks. Visit for more information. 

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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.

Publisher Contact: Karen Green, Anvil Press, phone 604-876-8710,
This Is Not A Reading Series: Anna Withrow, phone: 416-805-2174,