Toronto Lit Up: Please Stand By

Carolyn Bennett
Literary Reading or Event
Join Now Or Never Publishing and the Toronto International Festival of Authors in celebrating the release of Carolyn Bennett’s Please Stand By through a Toronto Lit Up launch! Thursday, January 9 at 7pm. Hirut Cafe and Restaurant 2050 Danforth Avenue


“Donate to ABS. Do it for Courtney. Do it for his safety.”

Preying on loving parents is second nature to Suzanne Foley. So is drinking to oblivion while shilling for the publicly-supported Alberta Broadcasting System (ABS). When new management from Toronto threatens to gut the station, Suzanne rallies reluctant coworkers to fight back. Sex with a younger man, intrusive memories and regular trips to the prescription counter aside, she pins all her hope on ABS surviving another day because, as she tells Leslie, "It's all I have."

Set in the throes of a bone-chilling Edmonton winter, Please Stand By lays to waste CanCon, the east-west divide, and secrets that can kill. Funny, wild and brave, Please Stand By is a fast and furious read for mind and heart.


Writer and stand-up comedian, Carolyn Bennett, has performed across Canada. Selected TV credits include​ This Hour Has 22 Minutes, ​ ​CBC COMICS ​ and ​Chilly Beach. Produced plays include ​Mixed Media (CBC Radio), Pure Convenience ​(CBC Radio), ​The Short List,​ ​Hitler’s Ass, Canis Familiaris, ​Sick Kids Wanna Talk To You ​and ​Double Down Helix. Her feature comedy, ​The Mac and Watson Springtime Reeferendum Show, was awarded a TIFF Studio Screenwriting Intensive Jury Prize. Bennett has worked as a senior writer for the government. She is also a speaker on substance abuse and recovery. Please Stand By is her first novel.