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Short Forms Forever! With Jen Currin, Cole Nowicki and Deepa Rajagopalan

Friday, June 28, 2024

Upstart & Crow Studio


Join us on Friday, June 28 at 7 p.m. for an evening with three wonderful authors who are all about the short form, stories and essays! Deepa Rajagopalan, Jen Currin and Cole Nowicki will join Upstart staffer and poet, Franz Seachel, for a conversation about writing snappily, as well as read from their new collections.

Rajagopalan’s collection, Peacocks of Instagram, is an engrossing, witty yet devastating collection about diasporic Indians that deftly questions what it means to be safe, to survive, and to call a place home.

Currin’s collection, Disembark, shares remarkable and sometimes magical stories of queer friendship and love, against the backdrop of city life.

Nowicki’s nonfiction collection, Laser Quit Smoking Massage, explores the peculiarities of the urban and rural centres of the Canadian West through witty and insightful reportage.

This is a free event, but please register for your spot on our Eventbrite, as capacity is limited. Books will be available for purchase and signing!

About the authors:

Jen Currin is the author of seven books, including Hider/Seeker: Stories, which won a Canadian Independent Book Award and was named a 2018 Globe and Mail Best Book, and The Inquisition Yours, which won the 2011 Audre Lorde Award and was a Lambda finalist. 

Cole Nowicki is the author of Right, Down + Circle (ECW Press, 2023) and writes Simple Magic, a weekly newsletter about skateboarding, the internet and other means of escape. His essays have appeared in The Walrus, Catapult, Vice, Maisonneuve and more. He’s the publisher and managing editor of fine. press.

Deepa Rajagopalan is the author of the short story collection, Peacocks of Instagram (House of Anansi Press, 2024). She won the 2021 PEN Canada New Voices Award for the title story of the collection. Her writing has appeared in literary magazines such as The New Quarterly, Room MagazineThe Malahat Review, and the anthologies like the Bristol Short Story Prize 2023. She has an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Guelph.

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.


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.