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All Things Seen and Unseen: Book Launch

Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Upstart & Crow Studio

Description

Join us on Tuesday, April 23 for an evening celebration to launch All Things Seen and Unseen, the debut novel by RJ McDaniel, published by ECW Press!

We are thrilled to celebrate this excellent emerging writer. McDaniel was our 2023 Writer in Residence at Upstart & Crow, and we couldn’t be more excited for them as they launch their first major work into the world.

All Things Seen and Unseen is a queer/racial modern gothic horror. Protagonist Alex, after a period in rehab, is kicked out of school and student housing, leaving her homeless. She gets a job house-sitting in a large home on a small island and must try to survive as an outsider in a remote, insular community, living through the trauma she has repressed to survive.

This event is free, and books will be for sale. The author will do a reading and then converse about the work with Sofia Osborne, a writer, editor and audio producer. Capacity is limited, so please RSVP for your spot here.

About the author:

RJ McDaniel is a writer, at least for now. Their essays on baseball and other topics have been featured in Catapult, PRISM, and VICE Sports, among others. They live in Vancouver. This is their debut novel.

About the moderator:

Sofia Osborne is a writer, editor and audio producer. She holds an MFA in creative writing from the University of British Columbia. Her journalism, essays, and fiction have appeared in Maisonneuve, the Tyee, the Narwhal, This Magazine, and more.

More about Upstart & Crow:

Located on Granville Island, Upstart & Crow is a literary arts studio for curious readers and creative storytellers alike. We are international in our outlook, and local in our sensibilities. We create opportunities to surface new talent and champion bold ideas through events, workshops, literary launches, unique partnerships — and yes, we also sell books!

Health precautions:

We want this event to be fun and safe. Masks are welcome, though we won’t enforce them. We hope that folks who come will be vaccinated and boosted and will stay home if they feel ill.

Accessibility:

The main studio of our shop is accessible for folks with mobility aids. There is a washroom on the main floor available for attendees.

Questions: hello@upstartandcrow.com

All Things Seen and Unseen

“A fever dream of a novel, All Things Seen and Unseen is hypnotic, compulsive, and perfectly tuned to the horrors of being alive.” — Nancy Lee, author of Dead Girls and The Age

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RJ McDaniel

RJ McDaniel is a writer, at least for now. Their essays on baseball and other topics have been featured in Catapult, PRISM, and VICE Sports, among others. They live in Vancouver. All Things Seen and Unseen is their debut novel.