Okanagan authors Sean Johnston and Kevin McPherson Eckhoff open this season’s Vertigo Voices Reading Series at Gallery Vertigo Thursday.
“This fall, we’re fortunate to open with two of the ‘valley’s own’ who have both released new books,” says co-organizer, local novelist and poet, Laisha Rosnau.
Johnston’s novel, Listen All You Bullets, is set on a North Dakota ranch and explores the complicity of the artist in the construction of popular history. Johnston is the author of three previous books of fiction. He lives in Kelowna, where he teaches at Okanagan College and co-edits Ryga: A Journal of Provocations.
McPherson Eckhoff, Okanagan College English professor and resident of Spallumcheen, has just published his third book, Forge.
Described as sound, or conceptual poetry, the book contains themes of childhood, syndicated televised capitalism, and mourning.
“This first reading of the season is an example of the diversity of the series – we’ve one author working in historical fiction, in a fresh, contemporary way, and another experimenting with sound poetry. They are both examples of the exciting and diverse literary landscape in the valley,” says Rosnau.
Johnston and McPherson Eckhoff will read Thursday.
Doors open at 7 p.m. and readings begin at 7:30 p.m. at Gallery Vertigo at 3001 31 St. #1 upstairs. All are welcome, by donation. For more information, call 250-503-2297.