The Seven Heavenly Halls, October 19th, Montreal Symphony Orchestra

The world premiere of Brian Current’s new orchestral piece, The Seven Heavenly Halls, will be played in Montreal by the OSM, with the masterful Kent Negano conducting. The Seven Heavenly Halls features my libretto, adapted from a mystical Jewish text, The Zohar.

If you’re in Montreal, tickets are available here.azrieli-music-project-19-oct

Al-Tounsi, a novel, to be published by Ankerwycke in February 2017

I’m really happy to announce that Al-Tounsi, a novel, will be published by Ankerwycke Books in February, 2017. The novel follows several fictional Justices of the US Supreme Court as they argue a single case over the course of a term. The case is based on a famous Supreme Court case from 2008 about the rights of detainees in Guantanamo Bay, so Al-Tounsi is specifically about personhood, imprisonment, national security, fear and terror – how those issues actually play out in the law and in the lives of (unseen) detainees. Primarily Al-Tounsi is a novel about people – the men and women who decide (emphatically) what the law is, and how their convictions invariably intersect with their personal lives and their ‘objective’ decisions.

Ankerwycke Books is a new trade press run by the American Bar Association – specializing in legal themed books for a wide, general audience.

The Iron Bridge: readings and appearances in 2013

With many thanks to Steerforth Press, I will be reading at great bookstores across the United States in the summer and fall of 2013. All events are linked.

July 9th: Politics and Prose Bookstore, Washington D.C., 7 pm

July 11th: The Ivy Bookshop, Baltimore, MD, 7 pm

September 9th: Books and Books, Coral Gables, FL, 4 pm

October 1st: Left Bank Books, St. Louis, MO, 7 pm

October 3rd: Anderson’s Bookshop, Naperville, IL, 7 pm

October 23rd: Skylight Books, Los Angeles, CA, 7:30 pm

October 29th: Books Inc, Opera Plaza, San Francisco, CA, 7 pm



Danuta Gleed Literary Award

The Iron Bridge was chosen as a runner up for the 2012 Danuta Gleed Literary Award, honoring the best 1st short story collection of a Canadian author. Many thanks to the Writers’ Union of Canada, congratulations to the other shortlisted authors, and Rebecca Lee.