Eight-Wheeled Freedom Launches in Toronto

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Eight-Wheeled Freedom: The Derby Nerd’s Short History of Flat Track Roller Derby made its official debut at the Burdock brew pub and music hall in Toronto on Monday, June 20.

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Nerd and Mr. Whistler on stage at the Burdock. (Photo by Alex Willis)

The event, hosted by Noelle Allen, the editor of the book and publisher of Wolsak & Wynn, featured a short reading from the book followed by an interview conducted by Mr. Whistler.

The audience featured current and retired members of Toronto Roller Derby, Hammer City Roller Girls, GTA Rollergirls and  Durham Region Roller Derby alongside members of Toronto’s literary community. In celebration of the launch, All Lit Up asked writer and skater Pain Eyre (AKA: Kate Hargreaves) to share her experiences with the sport. You can read that essay here.

Stay tuned for further information regarding a variety of appearances and readings in Guelph, Peterborough, Kitchener-Waterloo, Calgary, and Edmonton. Nerd will also be running a few seminars on the evolution of flat track strategy at RollerCon in Las Vegas (July 27-31) and then a slightly abbreviated version at Camp Roller Derby in Haliburton, Ontario (August 19-21).

The book should be slowly rolling to retail stores across the country and is available  through a variety of online sources including All Lit Up, Amazon, and Chapters/Indigo.

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Nerd and cover photographer Kevin Konnyu. (Photo by Andrew Wencer)


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