Songs for Runaway Girls


HIJ House Reading Series #4

  • Date: 27 April, 2014
  • Time: 14:00
  • Location Toronto, ON
  • Venue: 260 Ryding Avenue

Hazel and Jay MillAr invite you to join them for HIJ #4 on April 27th from 2-5pm. It’s April and it’s National Poetry Month and so we shall have us some poetry! Our readers will be the exceptionally delightful and charming duo of Ian Williams and Souvankham Thammavongsa. As an extra added treat, we will be entertained by the musical stylings of Songs for Runaway Girls, featuring Guadalupe Muro, author of the brilliant new novel Air Carnation, and musicians Julián Muro and Ana López, who will join us all the way from Argentina! They come bearing lots of dulce de leche too so you are in for an even sweeter treat! Plus they have collaborated together to compose the soundtrack for Air Carnation and you will get to experience it live. Super sweet.

Please make special note about the change in time! For the spring season we are backing things up a bit and will run from 2-5 pm! Then you will have all of Sunday evening to enjoy the warm weather that is coming (it is coming, don’t worry. We mustn’t abandon hope).

So, on Sunday April 27 from 2-5 pm, please come and enjoy readings by two of our absolute favourite poets, a great musical set, an author Q&A and of course there will be more pie and refreshments. Oh and the members of Songs for Runaway Girls are going to prepare traditional sweet Argentine treats for us called Alfajores and Mate too.
You are of more than welcome to bring adult beverages of your choice. All are welcome!

Another new issue of HIJ Journal will be made available for the event featuring new work from both Ian and Souvankham which can be purchased for $5.00. Songs for Runaway Girls will have CDs for sale. A hat will be passed around for the readers.

IAN WILLIAMS is the author of Personals, shortlisted for the 2013 Griffin Poetry Prize and the Robert Kroetsch Poetry Book Award; Not Anyone’s Anything, winner of the 2011 Danuta Gleed Literary Award for the best first collection of short fiction in Canada; and You Know Who You Are, a finalist for the ReLit Prize for poetry. He was named as one of ten Canadian writers to watch by CBC.

SOUVANKHAM THAMMAVONGSA has written three poetry books. Her first book, Small Arguments, won the 2004 ReLit prize, and her second book, Found, was made into a short film by Paramita Nath and screened at film festivals such as TIFF, L.A. Shorts Fest, and Fargo Film Festival. Of her most recent collection, Light, the Globe and Mail says “This new collection confirms Thammavongsa’s place as one of the most interesting younger poets at work in the country.”

SONGS FOR RUNAWAY GIRLS came together to create and record the original soundtrack for the novel Air Carnation written by Argentine writer Guadalupe Muro. All lyrics were written by her and the music was composed and is performed by Julián Muro and Ana López, also from Argentina. The album was mostly recorded in a one-day session, on February, 28th of 2014, a shiny day of summer, in a vacant inn built on the shores of Lago Gutierrez with a beautiful view of the lake and the mountains, in San Carlos de Bariloche, Patagonia, Argentina. Sample the music at

There is street parking available on Ryding Avenue.
If you are coming by TTC, please go to Runnymede Station and catch one of the two buses that head north from the station. Get off at the St. Clair Ave West stop and then backtrack a very short block to Ryding Avenue (landmark: The Goodwill store). Head east on Ryding until you come to #260. Come on in.