Tue, Jun 13|
TAP Centre for Creativity
The Supply Chain by Aaron Schneider - Book Launch
An evening of reading, sharing and celebration centered around the new novel by London author and poet Aaron Schneider. With special guests Aaron Tucker, Brooke Lockyer and Jason Dickson.
Time & Location
Jun 13, 6:00 p.m.
TAP Centre for Creativity, 203 Dundas St, London, ON N6A 1G4, Canada
About The Event
Aaron Schneider’s new novel The Supply Chain (Crowsnest Books) is both masterful in its use of form and style, and a fearless literary foray into the banality of evil.
For decades, companies have used London, Ontario, to test market their products because it is a quintessentially average North American city, and Matt Nowak is as average as the city in which he lives: He watches hockey on Saturday nights and football on Sundays. He has a job that he doesn’t like but that he was lucky to get. He has a house in a suburb that he can only barely afford, and a newborn son who he struggles to love because he was himself raised by cold and distant parents. But one part of Matt’s life is far from average: the company he works for manufactures the armored vehicles that Saudi Arabia is using in the war in Yemen, and that conflict, whose chief victims are children no different than his son, forms the backdrop to everything Matt does.
The Supply Chain weaves a father’s emotional journey, poems, and found texts into an urgent and lyrical exploration of love, complicity, and the far-reaching consequences of average lives.
Aaron Schneider is a Founding Editor at The /tƐmz/ Review and the publisher at the chapbook press 845 Press. His stories have appeared 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 (Quattro Books), was published in Fall 2018. His collection of experimental short fiction, What We Think We Know (Gordon Hill Press), was published in Fall 2021. The Supply Chain (Crowsnest Books) is his first novel.
Aaron Tucker is the author of the novel Soldiers, Hunters, Not Cowboys with Coach House Books. His essay “A Cowboy’s Work” was longlisted for the 2022 CBC Non-Fiction Prize and is part of a work-in-progress collection of essays. In addition, he is the author of three collections of poetry, including his latest, Catalogue d’oiseaux (Book*hug Press, Spring 2021). He received his doctorate from York University this March for his research into the cinema of facial recognition technologies and will begin a postdoctoral position at the University of Toronto in September 2023.
Brooke Lockyer holds a BA from Barnard College and an MA in English in the Field of Creative Writing from the University of Toronto. She was the winner of the 2009 Hart House Literary Contest and a co-recipient of both the Peter S. Prescott and the Lenore Marshall Barnard prizes for prose. Her work has been published in Toronto Life, carte blanche, the Hart House Review, White Wall Review and Geist. Born in Southwestern Ontario, she’s lived in rural Japan, New York City, Bristol and the Mojave Desert. Lockyer currently resides with her family in Toronto, ON.
Jason Dickson has been a used and antiquarian bookseller for the last twenty-five years. His book London: 150 Cultural Moments (written with Vanessa Brown) was published by Biblioasis in 2017. He's the author of three spooky ghost stories (all published by Bookhug) as well as curator of the retrospective exhibition Raw spotlighting the extraordinary work of xerox/zine/print artist Michael Bidner. His most recent title The Demon Book was published by Baseline Press in 2021.