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Portal Team Welcomes Launch Keynote Grant Buday



In addition to the talented young VIU writers featured at our Portal 2018 Launch last Friday at the Grand Hotel, the team was happy to welcome Grant Buday as our keynote speaker to offer a seasoned author’s perspective on the evening. Critically acclaimed for his acerbic humour and imaginative storytelling, Buday will read from his latest novel, Atomic Road, published just last month. An absurdist blend of history and fiction, the book documents the (real) road trip of art critic Clement Greenburg as he travels across America during the height of the Cold War with the (fictional) goal of killing his industry rival, Harold Rosenburg. Accompanied by the infamous Marxist convict Louis Althusser, the story is, as put by book reviewer John M. Murray, “compelling fiction … sure to stick in the mind like an insightful LSD trip.”

Grant Buday has published eight other novels in addition to Atomic RoadDragonflies, The Delusionist, Rootbound, Sack of TeethWhite LungMonday Night Man, Under Glass, and The Venetian—as well as the memoir Stranger on a Strange Island: From Main Street to Mayne Island, and the travel memoir, Golden Goa.

-Aislinn Cottell, Poetry Editor

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