Stuart Ross reading at Sunworks.

I’m so pleased to let you know that we are having an reading at Sunworks on June 25, 2009, at 7:oo p.m. Here is a little information. I think it is going to be a great time and I encourage all of you that can come to join us for wine and cheese and a great evening.


Freehand Books will be celebrating the Red Deer launch of Stuart Ross’s critically acclaimed new collection of fiction, Buying Cigarettes for the Dog, on Thursday, June 25 at 7:00 p.m. at Sunworks (4924 Ross St). Stuart Ross will read from Buying Cigarettes for the Dog, and wine and cheese will be served. This is a free event and open to the public.

Buying Cigarettes for the Dog is the first book of fiction since 1997 from the consummately underground Ross, and this diverse collection has caught the attention of reviewers across the country. Patricia Robertson, writing in the Toronto Star, says “It’s as if Jane Austen and Franz Kafka collaborated on a short story collection while Albert Einstein acted as editor,” and Vue Weekly calls Ross “a challenging but unerringly entertaining writer.” Released less than two months ago, Buying Cigarettes for the Dog is already going into its second printing.

Stuart Ross is the co-founder of the Toronto Small Press Book Fair, Poetry Editor at Mansfield Press, and the Fiction & Poetry Editor at This Magazine. He has published two collaborative novels, a collection of stories, six poetry collections, and a collection of personal essays, and is the editor of the anthology Surreal Estate: 13 Canadian Poets Under the Influence. Ross has taught writing workshops across Canada, as well as in the U.S. and Chile. He lives in Southern Ontario.

For more information phone Paul at 403-341-3352.  I’m looking forward to seeing many of you there and enjoying this great writing together.

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