The Empty Bed by Robert Dayton
Montreal book launch with performance by
The Canadian Romantic
Robert Dayton will read excerpts from his brand new pen-and-ink heartbreak book The Empty Bed at the official Montreal launch party on Saturday, March 31st at 4 PM at Monastiraki.
YEARS OF TEARS IN THE MAKING!
Plus a special performance of The Canadian Romantic!
Event is free with books available for your signed pleasure. PLUS LIMITED EDITION T SHIRTS PANTIES ETC!
The Empty Bed is a darkly funny pen-and-ink heartbreak book, a self-pitying lonely odyssey taking place after the end of romantic relationships. It is playful and mystical with many one page jokes of heavy truths in a loose narrative flow. As well, the book includes an interview with the author's Mother on divorce and death, an excerpt from the secret files of ghost-hunter Dr. Fourteen, and The Death Wish Guide To Loss. All of it rendered in quill and brush where words and pictures mingle freely revealing relatable yet unspoken content.
Robert Dayton is an interdisciplinary artist and writer. Comedy? Yes! His art and/or writing have appeared in the books Kid Power (Spectacular Optical), Lost in The Grooves (Routledge), Cinema Sewer (Fab) as well as The Onion, music magazine Roctober, international noise magazine Bananafish, and more. He was the host and interviewer for Hazlitt's National Magazine award winning series Pagelicker. As The Canadian Romantic, he manifests in video, performance, a book (Publication Studios), a doll and even a winking photo! His musical projects include song-and-dance duo Canned Hamm and July Fourth Toilet.
PRAISE FOR THE EMPTY BED
“Writer, artist, cartoonist, singer and performer Robert Dayton bluntly and humorously exposes the nerves and feels of a broken heart.” —Fiona Smyth, cartoonist, artist, and co-author of Sex is a Funny Word
“Robert's work on the stage and studio has always been both side-splittingly hilarious and goddamned distressing; working in the book format he offers up an additional, unexpected outcome — pure beauty!”
— Gregg Turkington, comedian
“The Empty Bed is a one-of-a-kind masterpiece! You can't stop yourself from blitzing through this wonder!”
—Guy Maddin, director of The Forbidden Room and My Winnipeg
“A blackly humorous descent into the depths of self-loathing, which emerges on the other end of ‘the wallows’ with a profound message of acceptance and hope.”—Kier-La Janisse, author, House of Psychotic Women
“I love The Empty Bed, it contains all of the best parts of what Robert does – on top of new heart-wrenching parts that I never knew he did!” —Dan Bejar, musician
“A brilliantly original, painfully hilarious, and surprisingly touching ode to love and loss.”
—Jodi Wille, director of The Source Family
THE EMPTY BED is available for order: