UNB Fredericton’s department of English, The Fiddlehead and the UNB Bookstore are pleased to invite you to a triple-decker celebration of the book launches of Phillip Crymble, Gerard Beirne and R.W. Gray. The event will take place at 8 pm on Wednesday, Feb. 24, at the Alumni Lounge in the Alumni Memorial Building on the UNB Fredericton campus.

Phillip Crymble‘s first full-length collection, Not Even Laughter, explores the work and sensibilities of those whose ideas and visions have been long overlooked. The technical acumen, ear for music and emotional sincerity unite the eclectic subject matter in this literary debut.

Born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Mr. Crymble holds an MFA from the University of Michigan and is currently pursuing a PhD in American literature at the UNB.

Set in a Cree community in northern Manitoba, Gerard Beirne’s short story collection In a Time of Drought and Hunger draws on Mr. Beirne’s family experiences as Irish immigrants. This book has been a long time in the making, and the disaffected people who fill its pages have moved everyone who has read it.

Mr. Beirne completed an M.F.A. in Creative Writing at Eastern Washington University and now lives in Fredericton, NB. He is the author of three novels and two collections of poems.

In his second collection of stories, Entropic, Canadian author and filmmaker R.W. Gray once again finds the place where the beautiful, the strange and the surreal all meet – sometimes meshing harmoniously, sometimes colliding with terrible violence, launching his characters into a redefined reality.

Mr. Gray was born and raised on the northwest coast of B.C. and received a PhD in literature from the University of Alberta. He is an active writer who has had ten short screenplays produced. He is a senior editor of the web magazine Numéro Cinq and teaches at the UNB.

Media Contact: Hannah Classen

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