A deliciously twisted celebration of Geoff Berner—the man, the musician and now, the novelist.
With special participation by Dave Bidini.
“The best rock n’ roll novel since Whale Music.”
“Festival” surprise: listen to the soundtrack of Festival Man at the Gladstone! Featuring Geoff Berner songs adapted by Rae Spoon. Kaizers Orchestra. Corb Lund. ESL, Kris Demeanor. Carolyn Mark. Orchid Ensemble. Dave Lang. And some other people we won’t tell you about yet!
Join Dundurn Press, the Toronto Review of Books and TINARS (This is Not a Reading Series) for an evening of music, no holds barred talk, and merriment. Geoff Berner, amazing accordionist, raconteur and novelist, will combine forces with writer-musician Dave Bidini to launch Festival Man, a book that about a man made of equal parts bullshit and inspiration, in what is ultimately a crazed panegyric to the power of strange music to change people from the inside out.
Spare and pointed, yet willfully ticklish, Geoff’s fictional debut chimes with summer truths and rock and roll lies. A great companion to any Canadian road trip.—Dave Bidini
At turns funny and strangely sobering, Festival Man is a picaresque tale of inspired, heroic deceit, incompetence, and — just possibly — triumph. Follow the flailing escapades of maverick music manager Campbell Ouiniette at the Calgary Folk Festival, as he leaves a trail of empty liquor bottles, cigarette butts, bruised egos, and obliterated relationships behind him. His top headlining act has abandoned him for the Big Time. In a fit of self-delusion or pure genius (or perhaps a bit of both), Ouiniette devises an intricate scam, a last hurrah in an attempt to redeem himself in the eyes of his girlfriend, the music industry, and the rest of the world. He reveals his path of destruction in his own transparently self-justifying, expulsive, profane words, with digressions into the Edmonton hardcore punk rock scene, the Yugoslavian Civil War, and other epicentres of chaos.
This Is Not A Reading Series (TINARS) offers a ground-breaking theatrical dimension to the appreciation of fine writing. Employing music, comedy, psychodrama, dance, multimedia performance, lectures, dialogue—everything but reading—TINARS investigates the creative process behind literary works. www.tinars.ca