Shimmer: Toronto Book Launch!

June 14, 2022 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Ballroom of Gladstone House
1214 Queen St W
Toronto, ON M6J 1J6
Shimmer: Toronto Book Launch! @ Ballroom of Gladstone House | Toronto | Ontario | Canada

Close on the heels of his debut novel sprints Alex Pugsley’s first story collection, Shimmer (May 17, 2022)! Join us as we celebrate the launch of the book on Tuesday, June 14th from 6–7:30 PM ET, in the Ballroom of Gladstone House at 1214 Queen Street West. Featuring performances of select stories by Fiona Highet, Matthew Edison, and Alex Paxton-Beesley. There will be books for sale by Flying Books, and of course, Alex will be signing!

Admission is free. Masks are recommended but not required.

Order your copy of Shimmer from Biblioasis here!


In ten vividly told stories, Shimmer follows characters through relationships, within social norms, and across boundaries of all kinds as they shimmer into and out of each other’s lives.

Outside a 7-Eleven, teen boys Veeper and Wendell try to decide what to do with their night, though the thought of the rest of their lives doesn’t seem to have occurred to them. In Laurel Canyon, two movie stars try to decide if the affair they’re having might mean they like each other. When Byron, trying to figure out the chords of a song he likes, posts a question on a guitar website, he ends up meeting Jessica as well, a woman with her own difficult music. And when the snide and sharp-tongued Twyla agrees to try therapy, not even she would have imagined the results.


Alex Pugsley is a writer and filmmaker. Following the publication of his first novel, Aubrey McKee, he was named one of CBC’s Writers to Watch. He has been nominated for Canadian Comedy Awards, Hot Doc Awards, National Magazine Awards, and is a winner of the Writers’ Trust Journey Prize. His fiction has appeared in The WalrusBest Canadian StoriesBrick, and McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, among other publications. His next book, The Education of Aubrey McKee, the second in a multi-part series, is forthcoming from Biblioasis.