Verbatim: A Novel

Notes on an unconventional book

Reading in Moncton, New Brunswick

Thanks to The Writers’ Union of Canada and Lee Thompson of WFNB, I’ll be part of a reading/musical experience in Moncton in two weeks. Here’s the release information:

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The Attic Owl Reading Series is starting once again, and September’s event brings us a novelist, a poet, and a songwriter. Please join us to hear Jeff Bursey, Danny Jacobs, and Ryan Hillier at Cafe Aberdeen in Moncton, September 19, 7 pm. The event is free and, as always, the Cafe is open for business and is fully licensed. Everyone is welcome!


Jeff Bursey is a novelist (the critically acclaimed Verbatim: A Novel), short story writer, playwright and literary critic. His reviews and essays have appeared in print and online in many venues. Bursey’s readings are theatrical, and, at times, interactive. He’s appeared at reading festivals across Canada and on the CBC and NPR. In October, Bursey will be an invited guest reader in universities in Germany.

Danny Jacobs grew up in Riverview, NB. His poems have been published in a variety of journals across Canada. After living in a number of cities and towns in the Maritimes, Danny is back in Riverview and works as the librarian in the village of Petitcodiac, NB. Songs That Remind Us of Factories is his first book.

Ryan Hillier is an exploratory songwriter, wandering through territory both strange and familiar. A devout autodidact, he began writing songs in 2008, developing a keen sense of timing and phrase and crafting songs that take turns through folk, blues, and psychedelia. While his influences range from Neil Young to The Crystals to Al Tuck, his style and lyrics evoke the charm and wisdom of a well-traveled Maritimer. Over the past two years, while in residence at Plan b Lounge in Moncton, Hillier has shared the stage with (and hosted) countless acts from across Canada and solidified a reputation as a die-hard supporter of artistic expression.


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