Read-In Video Showcase

(Edmonton) Thomas Trofimuk became a local literary sensation in 2009 when he sold Waiting for Columbus to Knopf-Doubleday in the U.S. for a cool $200,000. Since then the book has taken off, including publication in the U.K., Serbia, Brazil, Poland, France and China. He’s even had some interest in the story from Hollywood.

He’s also written two other novels: The 52nd Poem and Doubting Yourself to the Bone. And he’s known around town as a founding father of the Raving Poets Band. But on Tuesday the U of A English grad (’87) took on a challenge decidedly outside his wheelhouse: entertaining young children with words, as featured in this video.

Wednesday’s video will feature Edmonton Poet Laureate Anna Marie Sewell. Up Thursday is professor emerita of English, Juliet McMaster, and the week closes with a reading from Mark Haroun, Gemini-nominated screenwriter for CBC’s Heartland.