Fatty Goes to China – book launch – Wednesday 20 June 2012 – 7-30pm – Revival, 783 College Street, Toronto

Fatty Goes to China

150 PAGES, 5 X 7
TRADE PAPER, $19.95 (US $19.95) (CA $21.95)
ISBN 9781926639482
We at Cha are very happy to announce that Associate Editor Royston Tester‘s second collection of stories, Fatty Goes to China, will be launched tomorrow! If you are in the area  (see details below), do join the party! We have the honour to feature the title story from this collection in the March 2012 issue of Cha – and we highly recommend this book!

Date & time:
Wednesday 19 June 2012; 7:30pm onwards
Revival Bar 
(783, College street, Toronto, Canada)
Tightrope Books
Where is Royston?: 
Website | Facebook 
Where to buy Fatty Goes to China?:
iPg Books | Amazon


New updates on 3 Cha contributors: Rumjhum Biswas, Bob Bradshaw and Royston Tester

Rumjhum Biswas

Rumjhum Biswas‘s poem “The Fish, The Sea, and Me”, previously published in Contemporary Rhyme, is now reprinted in Wisdom Crieth Without. The poem has this line: ‘There, right there, I found a fish on the sand’. What will happen to this fish? Read on.  
|| See Rumjhum Biswas’s Cha profile. 


Bob Bradshaw

Bob Bradshaw’s poem “Coleridge” is now published in the May 2012 issue of Red River Review. Dorothy Wordsworth and her brother appear in the poem too.
|| Read Bob Bradshaw’s Cha profile.


Royston Tester

 Congratulations to Cha‘s Associate Editor Royston Tester! His second collection of short fiction, Fatty Goes to China, published by Tightrope Books, will be launched on 20 June 2012  (7pm) at Revival, on College Street  in Toronto’s Little Italy. The title story “Fatty Goes to China” was published in the March 2012 issue of Cha.
|| Read Royston Tester’s Cha profile.


Royston Tester’s story named finalist in Malahat Review’s Open Season Awards

Congratulations to Royston Tester! His story “Four Gentlemen and a Comfort Woman” has been named a finalist in Malahat Review‘s annual Open Seasons Awards competition. “Four Gentlemen and a Comfort Woman” is from Royston’s forthcoming collection Fatty Goes to China (Tightrope Books). We are honoured to have the opportunity to feature the title story “Fatty Goes to China” in the February/March 2012 issue of Cha in the “Excerpt” section.
Royston is Cha‘s regular guest editor and he has been jury member for the Commonwealth Fiction Prize and first reader for the Writers’ Union of Canada’s Short Prose Competition for Developing Writers. 

On Monday February 13th, Royston will be reading from Fatty Goes to China at The Painted Lady, 218 Ossington Street. The night is organized by Tightrope Books and is called ‘Valentine/Anti-Valentine/Love/Heartbreak’ readings.

Fatty Goes to China: Royston Tester reads | 25 August, 2011

Author Royston Tester Reading at the Opposite House

 :: 7pm, Thursday, August 25, 2011
Venue :: Atrium of The Opposite House
[limited seating available to the first 40 guests]
Where is ‘home’? Does an adopted one matter? Who’s adopting whom? In these eleven richly varied stories, set in and around a Beijing railway station, in a downtown Toronto neighborhood, in Berlin and Buchenwald, in England and in Romania, Fatty Goes to China explores the precarious lives of an accident-prone Chinese construction worker with a dark and violent secret, a Romanian carpenter with a ‘deathcamp hangover’ who finds that his teddy-bear named ‘Seriously’ is his harshest critic, a fatally ill Canadian artist who remains in Beijing after the 2008 Olympics and develops a surprising friendship, a teenaged KFC waitress who is tricked by an American student, a malingering heir who visits his childhood home in England for “the shoebox,” a grieving barber who, after risking his life, makes a gruesome discovery about his Czech lover, and a Chinese couple who make a shocking, last-minute decision about their adoptive child. Written in original, humorous, and innovative ways, these unforgettable narratives expose the risks in finding shelter in unaccommodating places.
Royston Tester [roystontester.com], is a British-Canadian short story writer who is currently an artist-in-residence at Red Gate [redgateresidency.com]. He is also the guest-editor for Hong Kong based Cha: An Asian Literary Journal. Tester’s short story, ‘A Beijing Minute,’ to be read at The Opposite House, is from Fatty Goes to China, and has recently been published in the Quarterly Literary Review of Singapore.
This event is organized by Red Gate Gallery in collaboration with The Opposite House, Beijing.
The Opposite House, 11 Sanlitun Rd, Chaoyang, Beijing
tel/fax: +86 6417 6688

Read Royston Tester’s Cha profile.