Please join us in celebrating with Kimmy Beach as she launches Nuala at Shelf Life Books in Calgary. With special guest reader Tyler Perry. Refreshments will be served.
About the book: “Shh, my Nuala. I am with you. Today I shall teach you the newness of you.”
As the Engine breathes life into Nuala, her gaze falls on Teacher-Servant, the chosen one. He alone will be able to hear her thoughts and interpret her emotions. But soon Teacher-Servant starts to worry that Nuala will be able to give away her thoughts freely. Set in an atypical dystopian world, Nuala is startlingly original and inventive, echoing the work of Margaret Atwood, José Saramago, and Kazuo Ishiguro. Beach’s dark, fearless imagination has created a time and space that are at once remote and strange, but absorbing and deeply credible. Nuala leaves the reader with much to consider about the nature of love, possessiveness, jealousy, envy, and autonomy.
About Kimmy Beach: Kimmy is a writer, editor, and mentor. She has served as Writer in Residence for the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, the Writers’ Guild of Alberta, the Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild, the Parkland Regional Library, the Library Association of Alberta, and the Canadian Literature Centre at the University of Alberta.
She spent two summers on the faculty for Sage Hill Writing Experience, and has facilitated workshops across western Canada and on the Greek island of Crete. She has read across the country, in Greece, and in the UK.
Her previous five books have received wide recognition, theatrical adaptation, and reviews in Quill & Quire, Alberta Views, The Coastal Spectator, Open Book Toronto, Eyewear (UK), Canadian Poetries, FreeFall, The Antigonish Review, and several others. Kimmy’s fifth book, The Last Temptation of Bond (UAP, 2013) won the Tom Fairley Award for Editorial Excellence. The book was one of the top 5 poetry collections of the year at Quill & Quire and was featured on CBC Radio’s The Next Chapter with Shelagh Rogers.
Kimmy holds a First Class Honours degree from the University of Alberta, and lives in Red Deer with Stu, her husband of thirty years. Kimmy offers a professional manuscript evaluation service for emerging writers.
Visit her at kimmybeach.com
About Tyler Perry: Tyler B. Perry is a poet and teacher in Calgary. He completed his Bachelor of Education at the University of Alberta and his Masters in Creative Writing at UBC. He has traveled as far as Japan to perform his poetry, and his work has been anthologized and has appeared in Canadian literary magazines such as Arc, Descant, The Prairie Journal, and NoD. He is one of the organizers of Alberta’s provincial high school poetry slam competition, Can You Hear Me Now?
Tyler’s book include Lessons in Falling and Belly Full of Rocks.