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Lost At Sea, An Evening of Magical Things

April 14th, 2013Posted by Admin

The House of Pomegranates Press
is pleased and excited to present
Lost At Sea, An Evening of Magical Things
May 9th, 2013 at 7:30 p.m.
at the
Augusta House
(in the dark heart of Kensington Market, Toronto)

The evening will feature

Readings by:
David Keyes – Author, artist, musician – launching his new book I Do So Worry For All Those Lost At Sea
Nancy Baker – Novelist
Lynn Crosbie – Controversial author, poet, journalist
Liisa Ladouceur – Journalist, Poet, Author

Presentations by:
Belinda Chun, Gallery House, talking of art
Prof. Richard Greene, award-winning poet and biographer, talking of the Sitwells
A Special Musical Performance of Ravel by an insanely talented, award-winning mystery String Quartet

A short film launching the first edition of The House of Pomegranates Vintage Vampire series, Carmilla by J. Sheridan LeFanu, with a new introduction by Daniel Richler and illustrations by Taeden Hall

Fashions from
A haunted confectionary table by CakesCove
The Five Cocktails of Mr. P

For a few brief hours you will be transported to a magically haunted world of art, music, and film, filled with luscious chocolate, exotic cocktails and clever words.

Please mark it on your calendars and plan to attend
We promise you will be transfigured by the splendor!


David Keyes was born on an island in the Adriatic Sea, but was raised in a suburb of Toronto. His career in the arts spans almost 30 years and includes musical works for dance, film and stage, literary pursuits, art happenings, curatorship, coffin making and fashion. He spent most of the 1980s involved with music, playing with a number of bands including the punk free-for-all, The Polkaholics and with the feminist riot girls, Fifth Column, releasing 5 LPS.

In the 1990s Keyes began concentrating on publishing limited editions of handbound books.

In the 21st century he continues to write and pursue papery arts and portraiture. In 2009 he started a small couture line, which features funeral fashions for the young at heart or just broken hearted.

He recently authored I Do So Worry For All Those Lost At Sea (The House of Pomegranates Press).

Keyes lives in Toronto in a haunted house where pumpkins grow on his lawn. He makes paper coffins and likes martinis and cats.

Lynn Crosbie was born in Montreal and is a cultural critic, poet and author. A PhD in English literature with a background in visual studies, she has taught at the University of Toronto, OCADU and the Art Gallery of Ontario. Her books (of poetry and prose) include Queen Rat, Miss Pamela’s Mercy, Villainelle and Liar. She is also the author of the book Paul’s Case and the editor of The Girl Wants To. She is a contributing editor at Fashion, and a National Magazine Award winner.

Nancy Baker is the author of three novels (The Night Inside, A Terrible Beauty and Blood and Chrysanthemums) and a collection of short stories (published by The House of Pomegranates Press). She has been lost at sea for many years but sees the shore of her fourth novel approaching.

Liisa Ladouceur is the author of Encyclopedia Gothica, a dictionary for the doomed from absinthe to zombies, and the forthcoming How to Kill a Vampire. She lives in Toronto and still owns a hair crimper.

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Belinda Chun and Gallery House. Since 2000, Belinda Chun has been professionally involved in the Fine Arts industry, working for commercial galleries and institutions including: Christopher Cutts Gallery, Lonsdale Gallery, Art Gallery of Ontario, Royal Ontario Museum, McMichael Gallery, and The Power Plant. Belinda has also served as a private curator, presenting special exhibitions and participating in prestigious art fairs such as ARCO Fair-Spain, Art Expo-England, Scope LA, Scope New York, Art Forum Berlin and Art Chicago.

Gallery House is a unique art space devoted to fostering long-term relationships between established artists and global partners. It has been hailed as the first of its kind to operate as a management site (much like an independent music label for highly influential and collected fine artists) as well as a commercial gallery (by appointment and with public viewing hours that are posted each month on the website). The management of such an enterprise allows artists and dealers to establish long-term relationship as Gallery House directs traffic flow and sales to their partnered galleries.

Chun’s special relationship with artists, art historians, curators and dealers, coupled with her stature in the fine art industry, allows curators, auction houses and dealers to work collaboratively with her artists. Gallery House provides a system that allows dealers to access and rotate inventory for exhibit, thereby expanding the public viewing of the works as they are presented in various countries, as well as providing ‘fair grounds’ for dealers to benefit from one another. The artists of Gallery House are regarded as senior and/or established artists in mediums such as digital art, painting, drawing, sculpture, photography and artist’s collectible books

Richard Greene is a professor of English and the director of the Creative Writing MA at the University of Toronto. He is the critically acclaimed author of EDITH SITWELL, Avant Garde Poet English Genius, editor of Selected Letters of Edith Sitwell, and Graham Greene: A Life In Letters and has been commissioned to write a new biography of Graham Greene.

This October will see the release of Dante’s House, his first collection of poems since his Boxing the Compass won the Governor General’s Literary Award for Poetry in 2010. He was born in Newfoundland and lives now in Cobourg, Ontario.

Daniel Richler is the author of the novel Kicking Tomorrow. He has written, produced and presented various television series, including The NewMusic, Big Life, and Richler, Ink. on BookTelevision. He was a participant at the First World Dracula Congress in Transylvania, Romania, and a contributor to Udolfo, the magazine of the Gothic Society in Great Britain. He has written about the suicidal goth punks of Hungary, and directed Real Vampires, a documentary about the science and psychology of vampires, for the Discovery Channel.

Gloomth & the Cult of Melancholy is a Canadian clothing label specializing in frilly pieces with our own signature strangeness – a blend of street fashion, historical attire, wildflowers, and darkness. We seek to provide a means of outward expression for elegant misfits and peculiar creative souls. Started in 2007 by artist Taeden Hall, Gloomth has been featured in numerous publications and has a fan base that reaches across the world.

Cakes Cove. Having always been interested in something a little different, Samantha Anderson created Cakes Cove in 2011, allowing her to fuse her passion for Victorian romance, comics, science fiction and gaming with the art of great food.

Although she’s always been in the kitchen, she trained at George Brown College and Bonnie Gordon College of Confectionary Arts, going professional in 2006.

Anderson’s distinctive culinary creations come mostly from her own experimentation with the blending of different dessert mediums such as cake, chocolate and sugar, and are influenced by her unique geek-inspired passions. The desserts that Cakes Cove creates are custom made from the best ingredients and designed to suit everyone’s own unique personality.

Cakes Cove, making every genre delicious.

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