Allan Weiss has always been a storyteller. As a child he would make up characters and scenes. He grew up to become a writer who resists being categorized, preferring instead to have the freedom to write anything in any style. He’s written mock-heroic poetry, newspaper columns, humour, drama, and both mainstream and genre fiction. A full bibliography is available here: http://www.yorku.ca/aweiss/pub.html
Allan’s new collection of short fiction, Telescope, is a story cycle about Lawrence Teitel, the protagonist of Living Room (Boheme Press, 2001). The collection deals with seeing distances: above all, the growing distancing of Lawrence’s family as they cope with new challenges and Lawrence’s own maturation, physical and spiritual. The cycle is made up of nine stories, each covering a different stage in Lawrence’s development after his family has moved from their old neighbourhood in Montreal to a somewhat wealthier suburb, Ville St. Laurent.
Thursday, October 17, 7:30–8:30 p.m.