The Toronto Book Launch for Wake Up and Smell the Shit: Hilarious Travel Disasters, Monstrous Toilets and a Demon Dildo is on Sat., Oct. 24th, at 3:00 PM. Jorge Miguel, one of Canada’s best Flamenco guitar players will be performing at 3:00 during the book signing, and contributor readings will start at 3:30. At Ben McNally Books, 366 Bay St.
Stand back! The 31 tales in this raunchy round-the-world romp might get you dirty.
We’ve all had unspeakable experiences while traveling that we’re ashamed to admit, but these often become our best stories in the retelling. The writers in this collection cast inhibition aside and reveal their weirdest and worst moments and how they made the best of them. And memorable moments in exotic destinations come in all shapes and sizes: insects as big as Pam Anderson’s left tit, regrettable sex, stink-eyed officials, horrible healers, Lady Gaga’s shoes and Madonna’s special meal, trigger-happy militants, and peeping Tom rock stars.
Adventure Vicariously with Toronto Event Contributors:
Kirsten Koza (anthology editor) will disgust and delight you with the anthology’s introduction and her tale from Kyrgyzstan:
“Don’t Push the Button!”
Schadenfreude: (noun) delight in another’s misfortune.—Collins English Dictionary
Kirsten Koza (dubbed “the Canadian lunatic” by Travelers’ Tales) is the author of Lost in Moscow: A Brat in the USSR, an adventurer, journalist and humorist. (www.kirstenkoza.com)
Beth Mercer wakes up on a bathroom floor in a pool of blood and pieces together what happened:
“Costa Rican Red and a Golden Shower”
Endless Summer meets Freddy Krueger on The Beach
Beth Mercer is a writer and script supervisor based out of Vancouver. She has worked in television for 25 years on series such as The X-Files, Battlestar Galactica, Smallville, Alcatraz, and Dead Zone. (www.travelswithmyselfandanother.com)
Dawn Matheson has devilish thoughts:
“The Big Forehead of Newfoundland”
You might have heard Dawn’s audio stories and documentaries on CBC Radio. She’s a traveler, writer, and multimedia producer. (thiswasnow.com)
Keph Senett will take you on a dangerous adventure to Moscow with her story:
“A Bed of Fists”
Putin’s queerly obsessed
Keph (hoping not to follow in the footsteps of Pussy Riot) braves bombs, police, and a Soviet-era sofa bed to play soccer at the LGBT games in Putin’s Russia.
Keph Senett is a Canadian writer and activist whose passions for travel and soccer have led her to play the beautiful game on four continents. She spends her free time trying to figure out how to qualify for a soccer squad in Asia, Australia, or Antarctica.
Kyle Keyser (while vacationing in Hawaii) got up close and personal with a Peeping Tom rock star (whose identity will be revealed):
“Love in a Black Jeep Wrangler”
Livin’ it up when the pants are down
Kyle Keyser is a recovering filmmaker and lives in California. (www.kyle.tv)
Sean O’Reilly is the visiting relative who “reeks” destruction:
“What I Did in the Dollhouse”
A special gift is left behind in Massachusetts
Sean O’Reilly is the editor-at-large for Travelers’ Tales and a life-long devotee of good humor and all things sacred and profane.
Wake Up and Smell the Shit is also available now now from Barnes & Noble, Amazon, and if you’re the first to comment on the book at Powell’s you could win free books. Wordery online bookshop offers free shipping to Canada and RedBrazil.com busts Amazon’s prices on the paperback.