The Empty Bed book launch


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? Sure!

His art and/or writing have appeared in the books Kid Power (Spectacular Optical), Young Adult (Blank Cheque), Lost in The Grooves: Scram’s Capricious Guide To The Music You Missed (Routledge), Cinema Sewer (Fab), Ink Studs (Conundrum) as well as The Onion, long running music magazine Roctober, international noise magazine Bananafish, as the interviewer for Hazlitt's National Magazine award winning series Pagelicker and more!


“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

“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

Robert Dayton will read excerpts from The Empty Bed at the official book launch on Saturday, December 9th at 8 PM at Milk Glass (1249 Dundas Street West, Toronto, ON) and at Open Sesame (220 King Street West, Kitchener, ON) on Saturday December 16th at 4 PM. He will be joined by Chris A Cummings of Marker Starling for a special performance of The Canadian Romantic. Events are free with books available for your signed pleasure.

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The Empty Bed book launch

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