The latest Wayside Edition / Insomniac Press title is about to be launched. Charles Demers impressive debut, the Prescription Errors, is out now (locally, you can pick it up at People’s Coop, though of course amazon and others have it too). For a peek at the novel, look here or pick up the latest issue of Matrix (he’s featured in the Vancouver Dossier). For a glimpse of Demers’ thinking, you can read THIS interview, or tune into Coop Radio’s Arts Rational (102.7) on Thursday November 12th sometime between 9 & 10 to hear him interviewed.
Here is the advanced praise:
“Charles Demers writes wittily, unguardedly, and often downright scandalously, until he arrives, in The Prescription Errors, with a novel that is as much about an individual’s uneasy condition as it is about a society’s deeper illness. Read this book if you’re prepared for fiction’s equivalent to a raucous stand-up performance, if you’re prepared for a merciless send-up of social pieties, and most of all, if you’re prepared to confront and enjoy the strangest of symptoms.”— David Chariandy
“The Prescription Errors is a thoughtful, hilarious and deeply engaged novel. Charles Demers’ many obsessions make for compulsive reading.” — John K. Samson
“An impressive debut in fiction.” — George Fetherling
“With this book, Charles Demers has written a complicated love letter to Vancouver. The Prescription Errors is as filled with debilitating insecurities, troubled relationship histories and affirmation of the power of community as the city itself. I read it on a trip and it made me homesick for the city I so love/hate.”— Morgan Brayton
Demers will also be launching a book of non-fiction, Vancouver Special (Arsenal), which is highly anticipated. Oh, and there’ll be refreshments, short readings from each book and, of course, books for sale!
317 East Broadway (just east of Kingsway),
Thursday November 26th, 7:30 p.m.