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Rooke Lecture Series Continues Feburary 28 at the Public Library


Award-Winning Poet Christian Bök to Present “When Cyborgs Versify”

Tuesday, February 26, 2008, Peterborough

The tenth annual Rooke Lecture Series, entitled “The Joy of Texts” continues with a dynamic presentation by experimental Canadian poet Christian Bök at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 28, 2008 taking place in the Peterborough Public Library.

Mr. Bök will perform his unique brand of poetry during his presentation entitled “When Cyborgs Versify”.

An author of several books of poetry, Mr. Bök is best known for Eunoia, a lipogram that uses only one vowel in each of its five chapters. This work became a bestseller in Canada, winning the lucrative Griffin Poetry Prize in 2002.

Mr. Bök is also the author of Crystallography, a pataphysical encyclopaedia nominated for the Gerald Lampert Award. He is a sound poet, and creates conceptual art, making artist’s books from Rubik’s cubes and Lego bricks. His career has taken him to work in science fiction television, where he designed artificial languages for Gene Roddenberry’s Earth: Final Conflict and Peter Benchley’s Amazon.

The 2007-2008 Rooke Lectures are sponsored by the Barbara Rooke Fund, under the auspices of the Department of English, Trent University, and by the Peterborough Public Library.

Everyone is welcome to attend, and all lectures are offered free of charge.

The final lecture in the Rooke Series takes place on March 13 with Lorrie Clark who will discuss “The Pleasures of Soliloquy in Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park”.


For further information, please contact Kim Fielding, Department of English, 748-1011, ext. 6031