new edition of banana boys - yes, the book - available NOW!
After a long
absence from the bookshelves, the new edition of Banana Boys
is available! New Cover and all. Check yer local bookstores soon, or visit these fine links to get yer hot lil hands on a hot lil copy...
banana boys on the stage - back for the fall! september 22 to october 16, 2005.
Yes, it's back! More info here:
banana boys re-issue - available august-september 2005.
Many thanks to Cormorant for moving on a re-issue of Banana Boys. (Note that the new edition won't technically be a third printing because of some changes, although it's a lot easier to refer to it as such.) Look out for a new cover, too.
I have the honour of having a short story published on the Chinese Canadian Culture Online Project (CCCOP) Youth Anthology. (That I am no longer really a youth is another issue entirely.)
Check it out - it's called "Skating Over My Heart" - actually an excerpt from a new novel I'm kinda sorta working on right now. (Stupid writers block - die die!) Enjoy...
this news is bad news...
I just learned recently that a friend's parents were missing in the tsunami. Not sure if it's appropriate to post details, so I won't... but it really fucking sucks - he's such a decent guy. It really puts everything in perspective. I sure hope they're found soon.
no news is good news...
... so I'm putting up a nifty picture that the inestimable Moulann sent me...
Like what you see? For the webpage of this talented singer and musician, click here.
Congrats and kudos to Leon and the fu-GEN crew for an AMAZING visual experience. For reviews and writeups, click here.
WORLD PREMIERE - BANANA BOYS - a play by fu-GEN.
18th to October 3rd
(sort of) new interview here...
By Jasmine Magazine re: everyone's favourite subject (insert grimace here.) I was one of a few people they talked to... despite the topic kinda getting tired, the interview was fun and informative. Check it out here.
Asian Heritage Month (AHM) 2004
As you many know, May is Asian Heritage Month, dedicated to celebrating any and all aspects of Asian Canadian culture. Some events I'm involved with...
1. A reading of some short stories from Strike the Wok at the North York Public Library, featuring Senator Vivienne Poy, Wayson Choy, Judy Fong Bates, and Paul Yee (your truly is not reading, but I'll be attending to support The Cause(tm).)
April 30, 2004
2. I'll be taking part in a CBC Radio panel discussion on Chinese Culture in Toronto May 6th, along with a few other notable people in the community... air time TBD.
3. I'll also be taking part in a panel discussion at Chapters Festival Hall (Richmond and John St.) along with Wayson Choy, Judy Fong Bates, and (I think) Kerri Sakamoto...
DONE! It's a huge weight off my shoulders... unfortunately, it's also caused a huge, gaping void in my heart to appear... empty... so empty... so very, very empty inside...
More info here!
Been invited up again this year to speak and shill some books. For more info, you can email Jen Chow at email@example.com. Supporten zie causen!
new short story published in an asian canadian anthology...
"Striking the Wok:" Myself, Dave Hsu, Wayson Choy (yes, the Wayson Choy), Judy Fong Bates, Lien Chao and Gein Wong at the TSAR book launch, Nov 22.
I have a new short story titled "Cheap Razor Blades" published in TSAR's new anthology - "Strike the Wok: An Anthology of Contemporary Chinese Canadian Fiction. (Click on the link to purchase from Amazon.ca.)
article on banana boys - the stage adaptation...
Read it here!
here! It's kinda long and thick with "ok's" and "you know's," but it's the best discussion I've had about issues surrounding issues like racism and activism I've had in a long time... really enjoyed it.
banana boys - the stage adaptation... workshop reading!
Thursday, July 10, 2003; 8:00pm
article on banana boys - the play...
neat little mention...
fundraiser for banana boys - the play!
Here's the listing from the rice-beta newsletter:
"fu-GEN Asian-Canadian Theatre Company presents 'BananAppeal', a fundraiser for their workshop production of 'Banana Boys', a new play by Leon Aureus, adapted from the novel by Terry Woo. BananAppeal will feature live music from the `Banana Boys' soundtrack, a ton of raffle prizes, excerpt readings of the play, $3.00 Drink Specials ... and the coup de gras: A pageant and auction of the five hot-like-wasabi Banana Boys actors and playwright, as they vie for the title of "Number One Banana". Attendees will be able to purchase each Banana Boy for a number of different ... activities. For further information or to order tickets, call 416-715-9963 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. More information is also available online at www.fu-gen.org"
I was asked to be a speaker at this conference at Queens (March 7-8) - loads of fun! I talked about The Book(tm), and themes touched on in the book - identity, racism, relationships, etc. - to a gaggle of knowledge-hungry young'uns (well, compared to me. damn.)
More info here...
Many thanks to Bernice, Denise, Shuai, and the rest of the Queens U Generasians crew for a well organized conference and a really good time.
Signing books at Generasians, March 8, 2003
A few weeks ago, the Riverbank Press officially became an imprint of Cormorant Books, a member of the Literary Press Group and publisher of books by authors such as Neil Bissoondath and Nino Ricci. Here's the press release:
Cormorant Books Acquires The Riverbank Press as an Imprint
So what does this mean for Banana Boys? Good stuff, I think - Cormorant is a larger press with a decent sales group. One complication is that we switch warehouses from Hushion House to the U of T Press Warehouse.
People interested in selling Banana Boys (e.g. university bookstores, independent bookstores) can obtain copies wholesale here:
Toronto Press Warehouse
Maybe this'll mean an American deal. Here's to hoping.
article on the fu-GEN theatre company...
Featuring the man Leon, and some bits about Banana Boys (thanks Deb!)
a really weird thing happened to me on the way to someplace I thought was supposed to be at...
Weird (and neat!) story - read all about it here.
(Thanks to Andie and Janice for arranging this! ;) )
banana boys in the theah-tah.
Fu-GEN Productions is a theatre production company based in Toronto interested in developing a theatre adaptation for Banana Boys.
I've been talking to Leon Aureus, head of the company, and he's jazzed about this, and so am I! Some past Fu-GEN projects include:
- A production of David Henry Hwang's "FOB" (really, really excellent)
- An independent production, "Love and Relasianships"
- An improv show, "Bollywood or Bust"
more info? email@example.com