Liana Langa will be touring Canada to promote her upcoming book from Guernica Editions, Deadly Nightshade. Margita Gailitis who translated the book will be joining her. Regarding Deadly Nightshade, Gay Allison has said that “Liana Langa swims and lingers in a powerful language that is both lyrical and political as she immerses us in the cycles and realities of the natural world and the wisdom it offers, if we would only listen and learn. Langa opens the floodgates of words as she questions and challenges our daily existence with an intensity that burns. She implores us to lean in together and awaken all of our collective senses as we explore our past history, our present relationships, and the future directions our lives could take.”
Born in 1960 in Riga, poet Liana Langa has worked for the international film forum Arsenal and as a translator from Russian and English. She is currently the manager of the publishing house Apostrofs and a member of the editorial team of the literary magazine Latvju Teksti (Latvian Writings). Liana has received the Poetry Day Award in 1998 and 2006, as well as the Annual Award in Literature in 2001.
Also born in Riga, poet and translator Margita Gailitis immigrated to Canada as a child. Gailitis returned to Riga in 1998 to work at the Translation and Terminology Center as part of a Canadian International Development Agency initiative. Today Gailitis focuses her energy on literary translation and poetry, having translated some of Latvia’s finest poetry, prose and dramaturgy. Gailitis’ own poetry has been widely published and has won her awards from both the Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Arts Council.
Here are the dates and locations where Liana and Margita will be presenting:
April 19th – 4:00 PM in Toronto at the Latvian Centre Art Gallery Hall, 4 Credit Union Drive.
April 23rd – 7:00 PM in Ottawa at Peace Latvian Evangelical Lutheran Church, 83 Main Street.
April 24th – 12:00 PM at the Ottawa Writers Festival, location TBA.
April 26th – 2:00 PM in Montreal at the Blue Metropolis Literary Festival, in the Petit Salon at Hotel 10, 10 Sherbrooke West.