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Virtual Launch / Brianna Ferguson’s “A Nihilist Walks Into A Bar”
February 3, 2022 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm PST
If enough people
believe something, how
can it not be true?
— Excerpt of Just Words, in A Nihilist Walks into a Bar
On Thursday, Feb 03 at 6:30pm, join Massy Books, Massy Arts, and Okanagan Valley-based author Brianna Ferguson for the virtual launch of her debut poetry book: A Nihilist Walks into a Bar (2021, Mansfield Press).
At the online event, Ferguson will be joined by writer Kevin Chong to address her manifesto for the disenfranchised, a provoking literary work to anyone who’s ever looked out the window and thought: Yes, but why?
Besides Ferguson’s reading of her poetry – accompanied by musician Kirstina Klausmayer, Chong will also read passages from his new book “The Double Life of Benson Yu”, to be released in 2023.
The event will be hosted through Massy Book’s Zoom room.
The book launch is free + open to all of our community, and registration is mandatory.
Click here to register
Click here to purchase A Nihilist Walks into a Bar by Brianna Ferguson
Click here to purchase The Plague by Kevin Chong
A Nihilist Walks Into A Bar is the frustrated, fierce, and funny first book of a woman for whom all the old expectations of life have fallen apart. Railing against careers, religion, sex, drinking, and all the usual signposts on the road to self-fulfillment, Ferguson strips away the facade of old ideas and shouts and laughs at the chaos that lies beneath. This book is a manifesto of the disenfranchised, and the diary of a country girl with her head in the clouds. It is a love letter to the world, and a breakup text at 3am. To anyone who’s ever looked out the window and thought “yes, but why?” this book is for you.
Brianna Ferguson is a writer and teacher from the Okanagan Valley. A current MFA candidate at the University of British Columbia, she also holds a BA in Creative Writing and a B Ed in Secondary Education from UBC. Her poems and stories have appeared in various publications across North America and the U.K., including Minola Review, Jokes Review and Dusie. She has been a contributing writer with Vancouver Weekly since 2017. A Nihilist Walks into a Bar, recently published with Mansfield Press, is her first book.
Kevin Chong is the author of six books of fiction and nonfiction, most recently the novel The Plague. Those titles have been named books of the year by Globe and Mail, National Post, and Amazon, listed for a CBC prize, a BC Book Prize, and a National Magazine Award, optioned for film and TV, and published in the US, Europe, and Australia. His creative nonfiction and journalism have recently appeared in the Guardian, the Times Literary Supplement, the Rumpus, and the South China Morning Post. His seventh book, a novel entitled The Double Life of Benson Yu, will be published by Atria Books/Simon & Schuster in 2023. He currently lives in Vancouver and is an assistant professor at UBC Okanagan.