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The Kingston WritersFest Interview Series, with Corey Redekop

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Corey Redekop (photo credit: Judd Dowhy)

It's time! The Kingston WritersFest is only a week away, and now is the time to start snapping up your tickets. Open Book: Ontario will be giving you a virtual behind-the-scenes tour of the festival all month long, so that when you finally meet some of your favourite authors face-to-face, you'll know everything from what books they've got in their bags to how they're calming their nerves.

In today's Kingston WritersFest interview, we speak with Corey Redekop, a multi-talented publicist who tirelessly promotes books for the Fredericton-based Goose Lane Editions when he isn't writing his own. His latest novel, Husk (ECW Press), is about the misadventures of a gay Toronto actor who finds that death is only the beginning of his problems.

Corey will present the sold-out Writers Studio session Writing Zombies the morning of Thursday, September 26 and will appear on stage with Madeline Ashby and Margaret Atwood for a Writing Other Worlds discussion later that afternoon. You can also catch him at the Writers Studio Session Writing the Surreal on Friday, September 27 and at the panel discussion Born Weird on Saturday, September 28.

For more details, please visit the Events page. You can purchase your tickets here.

Open Book:

Tell us about what you?ll be reading at this year?s festival.

Corey Redekop:

I?ll be reading from my novel Husk, a devastating satire of celebrity cunningly disguised as a zombie novel. Or maybe it?s the other way round. It?s been awhile since I?ve read it. There is a zombie in there, that I?m sure of. Or maybe he?s just really sick.


How do you manage the shift between being solitary writer and a public reader?


I have some theatrical training, so I?m actually fairly comfortable in front of audiences. I?m far more uncomfortable writing by myself. I think I need more applause in my daily life.


What is one luxury you allow yourself when you go "on tour" with a book?


I?ll stay up late and watch whatever?s on cable. I only have two channels at home, so my options are pretty limited. If I?m lucky there?s a classic movie on, Maltese Falcon or Miller?s Crossing; if I?m unlucky, it?s that one episode of Family Matters that I?ve already seen. Twice.


What book will you have with you in your bag while you're attending the Kingston WritersFest?


I?ll finally be meeting Andrew Kaufman face to face (he blurbed Husk), so I?ll have a few of his books along. Beyond that, I?ll see where the festival takes me.


What are you most looking forward to about this year's festival?


I?m going to be onstage with Margaret Atwood. Nothing against anyone else I?ll be onstage with, of course, but ?nuff said.

Corey Redekop has been many things: actor, waiter, disc jockey, cameraman, editor, lawyer (almost), and now the fabled trifecta of publicist/librarian/author. His debut novel, Shelf Monkey (ECW Press), is either a work of insane genius or an intolerable left-wing screed, depending on which review you read. Stunningly handsome, supremely talented, superbly gifted at hyperbole, Corey abides in Fredericton, New Brunswick.

Find out more about Corey Redekop's Kingston WritersFest appearances here.

For more information about Husk please visit the ECW Press website.

Buy this book at your local independent bookstore or online at the publisher, Chapters/Indigo or Amazon.

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