Alex Pugsley at Lit Live

May 4, 2023 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
The Staircase
27 Dundurn St N
Hamilton, ON L8R 3C9
Alex Pugsley at Lit Live @ The Staircase | Hamilton | Ontario | Canada

Alex Pugsley (Shimmer, Aubrey McKee) will be reading for Lit Live at The Staircase! Alex will be joined by fellow authors Kelly Jo Burke, Nancy Jo Cullen, Ayaz Pirani, Gary Barwin, Lillian Necakov, and Mari-Lou Rowley for an evening celebrating fiction, poetry, and nonfiction hosted by Brent van Staalduinen. The event will take place on Thursday, May 4 at 7PM. Tickets are PWYC/$5-10.

Grab your copy of Shimmer here!

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As a screenwriter and story editor, Alex Pugsley has worked on over 185 produced episodes of television, writing for performers such as Lauren Ash, Scott Thompson, Jenn Whalen, Ennis Esmer, Mark McKinney, Dan Aykroyd, and Michael Cera, and for such series as Hudson & RexThe Eleventh HourLife With DerekBaxterHeartlandG-SpotI Was a Sixth Grade Alien, and The Gavin Crawford Show. Recently, he wrote and directed the feature film Dirty Singles which won for him the Irving Avrich Emerging Filmmaker Award at TIFF. Following the publication of his first novel, Aubrey McKee, he was named one of CBC’s 2020 Writers to Watch.  His first story collection, Shimmer, was published by Biblioasis.


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.


I am from Halifax, salt-water city, a place of silted genius, sudden women, figures floating in all waters. “People from Halifax are all famous,” my sister Faith has said. “Because everyone in Halifax knows each other’s business.” 

From basement rec rooms to midnight railway tracks, Action Transfers to Smarties boxes crammed with joints, from Paul McCartney on the kitchen radio to their furious teenaged cover of The Ramones, Aubrey McKee and his familiars navigate late adolescence amidst the old-monied decadence of Halifax. An arcana of oddball angels, Alex Pugsley’s long-awaited debut novel follows rich-kid drug dealers and junior tennis brats, émigré heart surgeons and small-time thugs, renegade private school girls and runaway children as they try to make sense of the city into which they’ve been born. Part coming-of-age-story, part social chronicle, and part study of the myths that define our growing up, Aubrey McKee introduces a breathtakingly original new voice.