Black FridayLadies and gentlemen of Toronto, Ontario and Beyond,

You are cordially invited to The Puritan’s third-annual year-in-review celebration, an evening of literary libation that promises to close out the Fall Season with pageantry, gallantry, and revelry!

The Event:

Join the editors, staff, and readers of The Puritan for our annual BLACK FRIDAY to-do, taking place on the 28th of November each year.

BLACK FRIDAY 2014 is a night of celebrations to honour the winners of our Third Annual Thomas Morton Memorial Prize in Literary Excellence, judged by Margaret Atwood and Zsuzsi Gartner, for both fiction and poetry. Our 2014 winners are Daniel Scott Tysdal for fiction, and Laurie D Graham for poetry. Help us congratulate our winners and runners-up in grand style.

Secondly, BLACK FRIDAY 2014 sees the electronic launch of Issue 27: Fall 2014, which hit the digital shelves yesterday—a wicked collection of fiction, poetry, and journalism to end a great calendar year.

Thirdly, and to usher in the glad tidings and the bountiful work published since January, certain authors whose work and opinions were published in 2014 will be providing short (short) live readings. These writers include:

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Jonathan Bennett
Jowita Bydlowska
Andrew Forbes
Laurie D Graham
Helen Guri
Amy Lavender Harris
Stevie Howell
Kathryn Kuitenbrouwer
Pasha Malla
Robert McGill
Shawn Micallef
Jay MillAr
Sarah Pinder
Jenny Sampirisi
Stephen Thomas
Daniel Scott Tysdal

This is a must-see night of literary entertainment. VERY cheap drinks will be on hand thanks to kindly beer donations from Side Launch Breweries, Craft Brand Co., and  Big Rock Brewery. Wine, spirits, and non-alcoholic drinks, free munchies, and gnarly tunes will be on deck, and The FranDiscos will be spinning after the readings. We’re also raffling off two prize packs, which include year-long subscriptions to the fantastic literary magazines Brick, Maisonneuve, Broken Pencil, Matrix, THIS Magazine, EVENT, The Fiddlehead, subTerrain, PRISM International, Arc Poetry Magazine, Geist, The Capilano Review, The Malahat Review, The New Quarterly, The Impressment Gang, and Descant Magazine, as well as a prize pack of chapbook titles from Metatron and a few copies of New Tab by Guillaume Morissette.

We so hope you’ll help us warm the spacious Loft 404 gallery on November 28th. Celebrations!

WHEN: Friday, November 28, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: Loft 404 (263 Adelaide Street West)
RSVP at before 3 p.m. on Thursday for a FREE drink

The Venue:

We are excited to host 2014’s BLACK FRIDAY event at the very chic Loft404.

Loft404 is a creative space to inspire the senses and calm the soul. A mixed-use multi-level labyrinth in the heart of Toronto’s Entertainment District, this unique hidden gem is a rare sanctuary welcoming a variety of guests for occasions of all kinds.

black fridayDesigned with a sophisticated eclectic bohemian charm, each of Loft404’s many Wings can be booked as private fully-equipped lofts or together as one interconnected multi-level modular space totaling over 5000 sq. feet on the 4th floor and 2000 sq. feet in the basement B-Lounge. Loft404’s flexible options offer a uniquely customizable experience ranging from a complete ‘One-Stop-Shop’ service to a ‘Bring Your Own’ option to accommodate all needs and budgets.

Loft404 is also dedicated to supporting individuals and organizations with small budgets making positive changes in the world. Every Motley Monday, “big dreamers with small budgets,” including students, artists, entrepreneurs and independent start-ups with small operating budgets receive a sliding-scale discount in exchange for an equivalent barter exchange. The exchange is negotiated together based on a combination of Loft404’s ongoing needs and the guest’s unique areas of expertise.

The Readers:

JONATHAN BENNETT is a novelist and poet. He is the author of six books, the most recent of which is The Colonial Hotel (ECW Press, 2014). His previous work includes the critically acclaimed novels, Entitlement and After Battersea Park, two collections of poetry, Civil and Civic, and Here is my street, this tree I planted, and a collection of short stories, Verandah People, which was runner up for the Danuta Gleed Literary Award. He is a winner of the K.M. Hunter Artists’ Award in Literature. Jonathan lives in the village of Keene, near Peterborough, Ontario.

JOWITA BYDLOWSKA is the author of the bestselling memoir Drunk Mom (Doubleday Canada, 2013, HarperCollins Australia 2013, Penguin USA 2014). She’s been published in a number of magazines—from The Times (UK) Magazine to Elle to Salon. Her next book, GUY, is coming out in 2016 with Buckrider Books in Canada. She’s currently working on two novels. Or three. She lives in Toronto, Ontario. Facebook page: Author page:

ANDREW FORBES’s stories have appeared in Found Press, The New Quarterly, PRISM International, This Magazine, and Hobart, among other places, and he writes about baseball for The Classical. His fiction collection, What You Need, will be released by Invisible Publishing in the spring of 2015. He lives in Peterborough, Ontario. Visit for more information.

LAURIE D GRAHAM is a still-fresh resident of London, Ontario, having grown up just outside Edmonton, Alberta, and spent some time living in Victoria and Toronto. She is an editor of Brick magazine, she has one book of poetry called Rove, which was shortlisted for the Gerald Lampert award, and she is at work on a second manuscript, from which “Battleford Gravesite” is taken. Other poems from that collection-in-progress were just recently shortlisted for the CBC Poetry Prize.

HELEN GURI is the author of Match, published by Coach House Books in 2011 and shortlisted for the Trillium Book Award for Poetry. Her poems and essays have been published widely in Canada, as well as in the U.S. and Australia. She currently works as a freelance editor of fiction and nonfiction and advises on poetry acquisitions for Brick Books.

AMY LAVENDER HARRIS is the author of Imagining Toronto (Mansfield Press), which was shortlisted for the Gabrielle Roy Prize in Canadian literary criticism and won the 2011 Heritage Toronto Award of Merit. Amy is a contributing editor with Spacing Magazine, for which she writes a regular column on urban culture and identity. Her next book, Wild City, explores intersections of nature and culture in the contemporary city.

Black FridaySTEVIE HOWELL’s poetry has appeared in Descant, Eighteen Bridges, Hazlitt, Maisonneuve, and The Walrus. She was a finalist for the 2013 Montreal International Poetry Prize and for the 2012 Walrus Poetry Prize. Her literary criticism has been published in The Globe & Mail, The National Post, Ploughshares, and Quill & Quire. Stevie’s first book was released in fall 2014 by Ice House Press (an imprint of Goose Lane Editions). The book title is unpronounceable: ^^^^^^ ^^^^^^ ^^^^^^ — it is an ancient Egyptian hieroglyph that was used for interchangeably to represent “waters,” the letter “n,” and all prepositions in a sentence. The book is being referred to as “aka Sharps.” In addition to writing, Stevie studies psychology and works in a hospital.

KATHRYN KUITENBROUWER is the author of the novels All The Broken Things, Perfecting, and The Nettle Spinner, as well as the short story collection Way Up. Kathryn’s short fiction has been published in Granta Magazine, The Walrus, and Storyville. She is the recipient of The Sidney Prize.

PASHA MALLA is the author of four books. His first collection of short stories, The Withdrawal Method, was shortlisted for a Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, longlisted for the Giller Prize and won the Danuta Gleed Literary Award and the Trillium Book Award; his first novel, People Park, a National Post best book of the year, was shortlisted for the First Novel Award and longlisted for the Dublin IMPAC Literary Award. A frequent contributor to The Walrus, the Globe and Mail, and CBC Radio, he is also the winner of an Arthur Ellis Award for Crime Fiction and four National Magazine Awards. He teaches at the University of Toronto.

ROBERT MCGILL’s first novel, The Mysteries, was named one of the top five Canadian fiction books of 2004 by Quill & Quire. His second novel, Once We Had a Country, is published in Canada by Knopf and in the UK by Jonathan Cape. He has also published a nonfiction book about turning private life into fiction, The Treacherous Imagination: Intimacy, Ethics, and Autobiographical Fiction. Robert teaches Creative Writing and Canadian Literature at the University of Toronto. Visit him at

SHAWN MICALLEF is the author of The Trouble with Brunch: Work, Class and the Pursuit of Leisure (Coach House Books, 2014), Stroll: Psychogeographic Walking Tours of Toronto (Coach House Books, 2010) and Full Frontal TO: Exploring Toronto’s Architectural Vernacular (Coach House Books, 2012) and a senior editor and co-owner of the independent, Jane Jacobs Prize–winning magazine Spacing. Shawn teaches at the University of Toronto and was a 2011–2012 Journalism Fellow at the University of Toronto’s Massey College. In 2002, while a resident at the Canadian Film Centre’s Media Lab, he co-founded [murmur], the location-based mobile phone documentary project that has spread to over 25 cities globally. Shawn was the Toronto Public Library’s Writer in Residence in fall, 2013.

JAY MILLAR is the author of several books, the most recent of which are the small blue, esp: accumulation sonnets, Other Poems and Timely Irreverence. He is also the author of several privately published editions, including Lack Lyrics, which tied to win the 2008 bpNichol Chapbook Award. Jay is the shadowy figure behind BookThug (a publishing house dedicated to exploratory work by well-known and emerging North American writers) and Apollinaire’s Bookshoppe (a virtual bookstore that specializes in the books that no one wants to buy).

SARAH PINDER is the author of the poetry collection, Cutting Room (Coach House Books, 2012). Her writing has been shortlisted for the Expozine Small Press Awards and included in magazines like Geist and Poetry is Dead. A zine-maker of over a decade, you can find her work in Montreal’s Distroboto art vending machines, as well as a mailbox near you. She lives in Toronto.

JENNY SAMPIRISI is the author of is/was (Insomniac Press, 2008) and Croak (Coach House Books, 2011). She is the 2011 recipient of the K.M. Hunter Artist Award for Literature. She’s previously worn the caps of Managing Editor at BookThug, Associate Director of the Scream Literary Festival, and co-founder of the Toronto New School of Writing. She’s currently wearing the hat of co-curator of the Avant Garden Reading Series.

STEPHEN THOMAS’s work can be found in Hazlitt, The Fanzine, Little Brother, The Millions, Hobart, The Puritan, Joyland, DIAGRAM, Playboy, Definitely Not The Opera, The Atlantic’s Citylab blog, and elsewhere. He is one of the creators of the events space Double Double Land in Toronto’s Kensington Market. He lives in Toronto and his website is

DANIEL SCOTT TYSDAL is the author of three books of poetry, Fauxccasional Poems (forthcoming from Icehouse 2015), The Mourner’s Book of Albums (Tightrope 2010), and Predicting the Next Big Advertising Breakthrough Using a Potentially Dangerous Method (Coteau 2006). Predicting received the ReLit Award for Poetry (2007) and the Anne Szumigalski Poetry Award (2006). Oxford University Press recently published his poetry textbook, The Writing Moment: A Practical Guide to Creating Poems. Tysdal is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of English at the University of Toronto Scarborough.

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