TSAR Publications presents the launch of Shaista Justin’s Winter, the unwelcome visitor
Thursday, April 16, 2009 - 6:00pm
332 Queen Street West
TSAR Publications presents A MULTIMEDIA EVENT!
Critically acclaimed musicians, performers, artists, and photographers have joined together to help celebrate the launch of Shaista Justin's new book. They have produced new and exciting works inspired by the poems in Shaista's collection. Music, theatrical readings, and a flurry of visual displays will make this night one to remember.
Thursday, April 16, 2009
334 Queen St. W, Toronto
Featuring Performances by:
Shaista Justin | Aidan Mason | Oh Susanna (Juno Nominee, 2007) | Sonja Selig
Brian Khan | Frank Manfriedi | Tiffany Claire Martin (Dora Nominated, 2008)
Art and photography by: Jeff Davidson | Veronica Hyatt
Elizabeth Jackson | Maria Nunes | Vivian Peachey | Hal Swann
Featuring a special introduction by Mayor David Miller
Winter, the unwelcome visitor is a five-section poetic cycle amending the ordinary with the extraordinary. The work shows versatility in style and form and yet maintains poetic excellence: a careful balance of metaphor, imagery and thought. Always experimental, there is no one style that characterizes the book. From brief and academic, to wordy and effusive, the style shifts according to the subject. Unstintingly political, unforgivingly critical of commonly held ideas about the relationship of humans to the natural world and to each other, the relevance of this work to both a Canadian and an international audience is undeniable. (POETRY ISBN 978-1-894770-52-1 Price: $16.95 80 pages)
Shaista Justin emigrated to Canada at the age of six and grew up in Toronto where she currently lives with her husband and two children. Extensive travel has contributed to her fascination with colonization and the contemporary manifestations of historical tragedies. Her dominant passions are writing fiction, producing theatre and academic research in the fields of Post-Colonial Literature & Theory, Eco-criticism, Feminist Theory and the 18th-Century. She has published in The Fiddlehead & New Contrast and works freelance as a writer and editor.