LOOK WHO’S MORPHING: Tom Cho’s Book Launch at Venus Envy, Ottawa

Book cover with asian male with pompadour hairstyle and slash on his face

“Collection of micro-fictions that explore the slipperiness of identity, race, and gender.”

Did you know Ottawa’s friendly neighbourhood sex store on Bank also has book launches? Well, consider yourself informed!

Venus Envy has books launches, art opens and of course much, much more. This Thursday Asian-Australian authour Tom Cho will be launching his book Look Who’s Morphing.

“First published to great acclaim in Australia, writer Tom Cho’s Look Who’s Morphing is a fresh, hilarious, and dazzlingly contemporary collection of micro-fictions that explore the slipperiness of identity, race, and gender.

Like a mad-cap version of Kafka’s The Metamorphosis set against the last
40 years of pop culture, each story in the collection features Cho’s narrator
morphing into various familiar and iconic cultural figures from sitcoms,
Hollywood movies, anime, music videos, Saturday-morning cartoons,
daytime TV talk shows, Nintendo games, and literature.

We follow Cho’s shape-shifting narrator on hilarious and surreal
adventures, which include dirty dancing with Johnny Castle, a
rambunctious encounter with TV’s Dr Phil, a job as Whitney Houston’s
bodyguard and another as a Muppet, a period in service with The Sound
of Music’s Von Trapp family, a totally destructive outing as Godzilla, and a
high octane performance as a Gulliver-sized cock rock singer, complete
with a cohort of tiny adoring girls. As these fantasies of identity, sexuality,
and power unfold, the narrator, their family, and everything around them,
morph and change up to — and including — the moment when the
collection reaches its climax

Look Who’s Morphing is a funny, stylish, and highly entertaining literary

Thurs. May 15 @ 7:30pm.
Venus Envy
226 Bank St

This is a FREE event so you will have lots of money left over to buy yourself a copy of the book and maybe something else ;)!



SKINS & SCALES: Re-thinking Sexuality from an Indigenous Perspective with Jaime Koebel

Skins & Scales Poster by Jaime Koebel

If you are in Ottawa tonight “Skins & Scales” promises to be an interesting event!

Skins & Scales is a small collection of ink on drums and fish scale artwork by Metis Artist – Jaime Koebel

The exhibition will feature a talk by the artist on Sakihitowask ᐊᒐᐦᑯᐢ or Love Medicine and the use of plants, elk symbology and love healers in her artwork.

5 December 2013
Venus Envy
320 Lisgar Street, Ottawa ON, K2P 0E2

In addition to the Skins & Scales exhibition & Sakihitowask ᐊᒐᐦᑯᐢ: Love Medicine talk are five Indigenous artist who will share stories of burning love:

Vera Wabegejig – Poet

Shady Hafez – Artist
Neal Shannacappo – Artist & Poet
Justin Holness – Un1ty Entertainment
Albert Dumont – Poet and Storyteller

Jaime is Metis from Lac La Biche, Alberta. She is an artist, a performer, an educator and a public speaker located in Ottawa, Ontario.

Her inspiration for her artwork comes mainly from her Metis heritage, particularly flower beadwork and plant-life. Her German grandmother would often tell her so much about plants that she became interested in their medicinal qualities and how she could connect those qualities to the human spirit. The artwork she creates ranges from images on drums, tattoos, logos, fish scale art to beadwork. When she creates inked images on drums she free-hands the style most times and each one is unmistakably unique!

Drop in for snacks, poetry & stories, and to check out, appreciate (maybe even purchase) beautiful art”

Join the Facebook Event page. View more of Jaime’s work at www.jaimekoebel.com