FARZANA DOCTOR in conversation with MARC GLASSMAN

Monday, March 7, 2011 - 7:00pm
The Gladstone Hotel, Ball Room, 1214 Queen Street West, Toronto, ON
FARZANA DOCTOR in conversation with MARC GLASSMAN
FARZANA DOCTOR in conversation with MARC GLASSMAN
FARZANA DOCTOR in conversation with MARC GLASSMAN
FARZANA DOCTOR in conversation with MARC GLASSMAN
FARZANA DOCTOR in conversation with MARC GLASSMAN
FARZANA DOCTOR in conversation with MARC GLASSMAN
FARZANA DOCTOR in conversation with MARC GLASSMAN
FARZANA DOCTOR in conversation with MARC GLASSMAN
FARZANA DOCTOR in conversation with MARC GLASSMAN
FARZANA DOCTOR in conversation with MARC GLASSMAN

Update: read the review of this TINARS event on Live In Limbo here.

A Celebration of the Launch of Farzana Doctor's novel Six Metres of Pavement featuring the author in conversation with Marc Glassman.

Joining us in the second half will be fabulous local musician Sarah Greene.

Doors open at 7:00 for a 7:30 start.
Admission is $5.oo; FREE with a book purchase.

MORE INFORMATION BELOW

Enjoy the book trailer featuring Sarah Greene’s Band, The Pickups right here:

TINARS Executive Director Marc Glassman and author Farzana Doctor share an intimate conversation about writing, neighbourhoods and how we get over the worst mistakes of our lives at the launch of Farzana’s new book, Six Metres of Pavement. Joining in the celebration will be Toronto musician Sarah Greene who will play songs from her debut solo album, Toronto Blues, and local storytelling group 10 1/2 stories who will invite audience members to tell their true-life tales about the worst mistakes of their lives.

On Six Metres Of Pavement:

Ismail Boxwala made the worst mistake of his life one summer morning twenty years ago: he forgot his baby daughter in the back seat of his car. A divorce, years of heavy drinking, and sex with strangers only leave him more alone and isolated.

But Ismail’s story begins to change after he reluctantly befriends two women: Fatima, a young queer activist kicked out of her parents’ home; and Celia, his grieving Portuguese-Canadian neighbour who lives just six metres away. A slow-simmering romance develops between Ismail and Celia. Meanwhile, dangers lead Fatima to his doorstep. Each makes complicated demands of him, ones he is uncertain he can meet.

Ismail Boxwala, an ultimately good man haunted by a horrible mistake, provides the focal point of Doctor's moving second novel in which she examines with crystalline clarity the plight of this gentle, middle-aged Indian immigrant living in Toronto.
Publishers Weekly


I laughed and cried as I read Six Metres of Pavement and followed Ismail and Celia — endearing, brave, and foolish characters who have to live with the irreparable and irreversible. Farzana Doctor blends cross-cultural empathy with wisdom, and shows us paths to wholeness. Read this delightful, warm guide to remaking and choosing your family.
Shauna Singh Baldwin, author of What the Body Remembers,
The Tiger Claw
and We Are Not in Pakistan.

FARZANA DOCTOR’s first novel Stealing Nasreen received critical acclaim and earned a devoted readership upon its release in 2007. Her second novel Six Metres of Pavement, a story of one man’s tragedy and redemption, has been praised by Publishers Weekly as “...a paean to second chances.”

SARAH GREENE writes many of her sparse, country-tinged songs while bicycling around her native Toronto. Her indie-folk band, The Pickups (with Martin Crawford, Owen Keenan, and Signe Miranda) formed in 2003 and put out a self-titled album (2005) and an EP (2008), toured Ontario and Quebec and shared stages with Basia Bulat, Ohbijou, Forest City Lovers and Proof of Ghosts. The band’s EP, Country Houses, City Streets fared particularly well on campus/community radio and was chosen as Song of the Day on CBC Radio and featured in the Globe & Mail’s Essential Tracks section.
After a stint in Halifax for a couple of years studying journalism and soaking up Haligonian culture, Greene returned to Toronto in 2009, and re-immersed herself in the community as an open stage host, performer and writer. She recently released a debut solo album, Toronto Blues, featuring performances by co-producers David Celia (drums, guitars) and Mike Evin (piano), as well as Chris Banks (bass), and singers Abigail Lapell and Ben Veneer.

10 ½ STORIES: No notes. No acting. Just stories. This is a storytelling series where volunteer audience members regale us with true-life tales based on a common theme. There are ten stories a night and the eleventh story is left unfinished, to be completed at the next event. For more information visit www.tenandahalfstories.blogspot.com

This Is Not A Reading Series (TINARS) offers a ground-breaking theatrical dimension to the appreciation of fine writing. Employing music, comedy, psychodrama, dance, multimedia performance, lectures, dialogue—everything but reading—TINARS investigates the creative process behind literary works.

For more information please contact:

Publisher Contact: Karen McMullin, Dundurn Press, Publicity Manager 416-214-5544 x227; kmcmullin@dundurn.com
This Is Not A Reading Series: Anna Withrow, phone: 416-805-2174, awithrow@rogers.com