The first chapter of the novel Wigford Rememberies begins audaciously, with a memory that involves a woman whose spanking of a child results in a pen piercing her hand straight through, with blood and screaming being the outcome. The book's author himself has different uses for pens. He's Kyp Harness, a Toronto-based singer-songwriter who has 13 albums to his credit and whose wordsmithery has earned him fierce admiration from peers. Now, he takes a stab at novelling, with a book about a fictional small town in Ontario that showcases a unique voice and a poet's flow. Pen in hand, there seems to be nothing Harness cannot do.

Kyp Harness reads from Wigford Rememberies, July 18, 8 p.m., free, Belljar Cafe, 2072 Dundas St. W., commonreadings.ca.