Away Game Tour: Ontario
Wednesday September 26 | 4:00PM - 6:00PM
Tyler Hellard (Searching for Terry Punchout) and Andrew Forbes (The Utility of Boredom) read from their books and chat about the allure of sports and writing, sports writing and writing about sports!
Tyler Hellard grew up in Prince Edward Island, graduated from St. Francis Xavier University and now lives in Calgary with his wife and kids, where he writes commercial copy, technology criticism and essays. His non-fiction has appeared in THIS Magazine, The Walrus, and on CBC Radio. Before finally quitting hockey at 18, he was pretty bad at it.
“Tyler Hellard’s Searching for Terry Punchout is utterly complete and heartbreakingly authentic. If all the rinks in small-town Canada and the game of hockey itself were to suddenly disappear from the earth they could be reconstructed from the blueprint that is this excellent novel. And if you know the game at all at its grassroots, you’ll recognize characters from these pages and never look at them the same way again.”—Gare Joyce, author of The Code, The Black Ace and Every Spring a Parade
Andrew Forbes’s first book, the story collection What You Need, was shortlisted for the Danuta Gleed Literary Award and named a finalist for the Trillium Book Prize. He is also the author of The Utility of Boredom: Baseball Essays, and the forthcoming Lands and Forests (April, 2019). Originally from Ottawa, Forbes has called Peterborough home for a decade.
“In all of these essays, Forbes’s writing is almost invisibly stunning, clear, with romantic flourishes equal to his subject matter. But what he’s really able to articulate is how a love of baseball is really about a love of, or at least an acceptance of, the fact that losing is part of the game.”—National Post
Books will be available for sale and signing.
This event is free.