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Joseph Maviglia launches brash new collection of cultural essays

“Toronto’s answer to Lou Reed” launches
brash new collection of cultural essays!

Fresh from reading to a capacity crowd at The Supermarket launch in Toronto on May 25, Joseph Maviglia was feted at a 9781550718379_largegarden party hosted by Senator Nancy Ruth to celebrate his new book Critics Who Know Jack: Urban Myths, Media and Rock & Roll (Guernica Editions).

The invitational event was held on June 1 with MC Rita Davies, Toronto`s former culture czar and now CEO of Culture Capital, who noted to enthusiastic applause that Maviglia had recently been dubbed “Toronto’s answer to Lou Reed” by a rock reviewer.

The audience of local luminaries was treated to dramatic readings from well known artists, including mezzo-soprano Julie Nesrallah, host of CBC radio`s flagship classical music program Tempo, who brought to life the whimsical essay titled It’s You Who Look Different, Not the Mirror (Feng Shui). Dub poet extraordinaire Clifton Joseph gave a bravura performance of the essay World Cup Jazz which had one guest remark ‘This reading is a masterstroke!’ A “surprise reader” joined them on stage, the award-winning Toronto filmmaker Liz Marshall, director of the ground-breaking documentary on animal rights, The Ghosts in Our Machine, who mesmerized the audience with her reading of The Image That a Sound Creates.

The celebration attracted a cross section of guests from various walks of life, including Mohammad and Najla Al Zaibak, founders of the Luminato Arts Festival; award-winning author and journalist Rick Salutin; Tina Edan, Co-Chair of the Toronto Book Awards; Raja Khouri, President of the Canadian Arab Institute; Karen Mulhallen, Editor-in-chief of the literary magazine Descant; Maria Minna, former Minister of International Cooperation; Ceta Ramkhalawansingh, of the Toronto Community Foundation; Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish, of the Daughters for Life Foundation.

The program ended on a high note with Joseph Maviglia’s riveting performance of the final essay in the collection In Memoriam (Full Moon Lou), a tribute to the legendary rock innovators Jim Morrison and Lou Reed.

Critics Who Know Jack: Urban Myths, Media and Rock & Roll  is available from Guernica Editions:

For more information and to arrange an interview with the author, please contact: Joseph Maviglia,

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