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TAP Centre for Creativity

Tear by: Erica McKeen - Book Launch

Join writer Erica McKeen for the launch of her debut novel Tear (2022, Invisible Publishing). At this in-person event, McKeen will be joined by guest readers Aaron Schneider and Kevin Andrew Heslop for an afternoon to celebrate both poetry and prose.

Tear  by: Erica McKeen - Book Launch
Tear  by: Erica McKeen - Book Launch

Time & Location

Oct 01, 2022, 3:00 p.m.

TAP Centre for Creativity, 203 Dundas St, London, ON N6A 1G4, Canada

About The Event

Tear is a reclamation of female rage and a horrifyingly deformed Bildungsroman. It tells the story of Frances, quiet and reclusive, who starts to question the reality of her own existence. Blurring the real and the imagined, this lyric debut novel unflinchingly engages with contemporary feminist issues and explores the detrimental effects of false narratives, gaslighting, and manipulation on young women. Tear can be bought with Invisible Publishing, or wherever books are sold.

Author bio:

Erica McKeen was born in London, Ontario. She studied at Western University, and her work has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, longlisted for the Guernica Prize, and shortlisted for The Malahat Review Open Season Awards. Her stories have been published in PRISM international, filling Station, The Dalhousie Review, and elsewhere. She lives in Vancouver, British Columbia on the unceded and ancestral lands of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Peoples. Tear is her first novel. 

She can be found on Twitter or Instagram @emckeenwrites.

Guest readers:

Aaron Schneider is a Founding Editor at The /tƐmz/ Review. His stories have appeared/are forthcoming in The Danforth Review, Filling Station, The Puritan, Hamilton Arts and Letters, Pro-Lit, The Chattahoochee Review, BULL, Long Con, The Malahat Review and The Windsor Review. His stories have been nominated for The Journey Prize and The Pushcart Prize. His novella, Grass-Fed, was published by Quattro Books in Fall 2018. His collection of experimental short fiction, What We Think We Know (Gordon Hill Press) was published in Fall 2021, and his novel, The Supply Chain (Crowsnest Books), is forthcoming in Fall 2022.

Kevin Andrew Heslop is a polydisciplinary doofus whose debut poetry collection, the correct fury of your why is a mountain, appeared with Gordon Hill Press in 2021 and whose work as a poet, filmmaker, curator, actor, playwright, and journalist has appeared or is forthcoming, respectively, with Knife | Fork | Book (2023), Baseline Press (2023), Guernica Editions (2022), Collusion Books (2021), The Fiddlehead (2020), Anstruther Press (2020), and Frog Hollow Press (2019); Astoria Pictures (2022-), the plumb (2022), the Toronto Short Film Festival (2022), the Los Angeles International Film Festival (2022), the Milan Gold Awards (2022), and the Paris Play International Film Festival (2022); Westland Gallery (2023), the plumb (2022), Heaven Scent (2022), and McIntosh Gallery (2022); TAP: Centre for Creativity (2019), The Grand Theatre (McManus Stage, 2017), Purple Shorts (2018), and TAP Centre for Creativity (2017); TAP Centre for Creativity (2022); and The Devil's Artisan (2021), Hamilton Arts and Letters (2020), and The /tƐmz/ Review (2018-), for which Kevin currently serves as Poetry Editor and Resident Interviewer. A Buddhist of English and Danish descent, his practice is located just southwest of where Deshkan Ziibi antlers unceded through London Township Treaty (1796) territory.

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