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Archive for February, 2012

Blue Moon Readings—2012 series begins

Posted by Violet Nesdoly on February 8, 2012

The first Blue Moon reading night of 2012 is March 26th

(formerly announced as an “Open mic”  evening).

Our Featured Reader for the night is Anosh Irani.

He is well known for his novels and plays but a fine poet as well.

Time: 6:30-8:30

Place: Clearbrook Library
32320 George Ferguson Way,
Abbotsford B.C.

Admission: MSA PPS members and the public are invited to come. Admission is FREE

There will be an open mic. Sign up with Brayden at the event.

Anosh Irani (born 1974) is an Indian-Canadian novelist and playwright. An Irani (like Parsi, but of recent Iranian extraction), he was born and raised in Mumbai, although he has indicated that he personally prefers the city’s traditional English name, Bombay. After working in advertising in India, he moved to Vancouver in 1998 to study and pursue writing. His first full-length play, The Matka King, premiered in October 2003 at the Arts Club Theatre Company in Vancouver. His most recent play, Bombay Black, won four Dora Awards, including Outstanding New Play.

Irani was also featured in Quill & Quire as one of a handful of young Canadian “writers to watch.” He published his debut novel, The Cripple and His Talismans, in 2004. This dark fable won critical acclaim for its magic realist depiction of the seedy beggars’ underworld of India.

Irani’s second novel, The Song of Kahunsha, was chosen as a CBC Book Club One pick, and was selected for the 2007 edition of Canada Reads, where it was championed by Donna Morrissey. Kahunsha is a story about the abandoned children of Bombay, struggling for survival and to hold onto hope amidst the violence of the 1993 racial riots.

Irani is currently writer-in-residence at the University of the Fraser Valley. Find out more about Anosh Irani and his writing at


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