The Robson Reading Series is in its seventh year, but I only made it for the first time last Thursday night, when my roommate and I weren’t willing to let another windy, rainy, black January night defeat us. The theme was Beat the Winter Blues with Canadian Humourists, because January 11 was also "Blue Monday", and Ian Ferguson and Mark Leiren-Young are funny guys.
Walking into the softly lit library was like walking into a friend’s living room—a handful of people welcomed us as we came in, Ian walked around with a plate of cookies, Mark assisted with coffee and tea. We all finally sat down to hear Ian and Mark read, but they spent more time introducing each other and sharing ridiculous stories from their long friendship than reading from their books, How to be a Canadian, which I’ve read, and Never Shoot a Stampede Queen, which I haven’t, but will. The evening was warm and cozy, chatty and amusing. And free. And dry. With cookies.
The Robson Reading Series is ongoing every second Thursday, (except during February 2010, when there are some other events going on around town) starting around 7pm. This Thursday, January 28, should be a completely different outing with poets Craig Boyko and Billeh Nickerson (some of Billeh's McPoems are here in Geist 74).