Jason Guriel and Carmine Starnino: Double Book Launch

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Join us for a double virtual book launch for Jason Guriel’s FORGOTTEN WORK (Biblioasis 2020) and Carmine Starnino’s DIRTY WORDS: SELECTED POEMS 1997-2016 (Gaspereau Press 2020). Biblioasis is partnering with Bakka-Phoenix Books as the co-host. Tune in on October 1st at 7 PM for a reading and discussion. You could win a signed copy of one of their books!

We’ll be streaming the event live on on our Facebook page. The video link will be shared closer to the event date.

 

ABOUT JASON GURIEL:

Jason Guriel is the author of several collections of poems and a book of essays. His writing has appeared in Slate, The Atlantic, and other magazines. He lives in Toronto.

 

ABOUT CARMINE STARNINO:

Carmine Starnino has published five collections of poetry, including This Way Out, which was nominated for the Governor General’s Award in 2009 and recently translated into French by Éditions Hashtag under the title, Par Ici La Sortie. His most recent collection is Leviathan. His other books include The New Canon: An Anthology of Canadian Poetry and Lazy Bastardism, a collection of essays on contemporary poetry. In 2012, he was guest editor of Best Canadian Poetry in English. He has received numerous awards, including the CAA Prize for Poetry, the A.M. Klein Prize for Poetry, and the F.G. Bressani Prize, in addition to being shortlisted for the Gerald Lampert Prize for the best first book of poetry. He lives in Montreal with his wife and three children.

 

ABOUT JASON GURIEL’S FORGOTTEN WORK:

In the year 2063, on the edge of the Crater formerly known as Montréal, a middle-aged man and his ex’s daughter search for a cult hero: the leader of a short-lived band named after a forgotten work of poetry and known to fans through a forgotten work of music criticism. In this exuberantly plotted verse novel, Jason Guriel follows an obsessive cult-following through the twenty-first century. Some things change (there’s metamorphic smart print for music mags; the Web is called the “Zuck”). Some things don’t (poetry readings are still, mostly, terrible). But the characters, including a robot butler who stands with Ishiguro’s Stevens as one of the great literary domestics, are unforgettable.

FORGOTTEN WORK is available as a paperback, ebook, or in a limited-edition hardcover.

 

ABOUT CARMINE STARNINO’S DIRTY WORDS:

Dirty Words offers a selection of Carmine Starnino’s best poems, drawing from his five published collections: The New World (1997), Credo (2000), With English Subtitles (2004), This Way Out (2009), and Leviathan (2016). Arranged chronologically, Dirty Words follows the development of Starnino’s formal and thematic preoccupations over two decades, revealing how his affinity for rhythm and sound, his muscular ratcheting of language, and his facility for keen observation and evocative description deepen with each new offering. While his poems and their subjects—such as relationships, family, Italian-isms, uprootedness, and masculinity—are nested in the familiar context of contemporary culture, Starnino’s particular artfulness with language and form result in moments of beauty and insight where the personal takes on transcendence. Yet always, his poems are rooted in elemental human experiences: as he writes in “The True Story of my Father,” I would like this, finally, to be a story of love. Visit Gaspereau Press‘ website to learn more about their books.

 

BAKKA-PHOENIX BOOKS:

Pick up a copy of FORGOTTEN WORK at Bakka-Phoenix Books or your other local independent bookstore. You can also pre-order it online:
https://www.bakkaphoenixbooks.com/

Stoop City Virtual Book Launch

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You’re invited to the virtual book launch for Kristyn Dunnion’s STOOP CITY. Kristyn will be joined for the event by Paige Cooper, Sybil Lamb, and Shannon Quinn. Biblioasis is partnering with Bakka-Phoenix Books as the co-host. Tune in on September 22 at 7 PM for a reading, discussion, and even book bingo! You could win a signed copy of the short story collection.

We’ll be streaming the event live on on our Facebook page. The video link will be shared closer to the event date.

 

ABOUT STOOP CITY:

Welcome to Stoop City, where your neighbours include a condo-destroying cat, a teen queen beset by Catholic guilt, and an emergency clinic staffed entirely by lovelorn skeptics. Couples counseling with Marzana, her girlfriend’s ghost, might not be enough to resolve past indiscretions; our heroine could need a death goddess ritual or two. Plus, Hoofy’s not sure if his missing scam-artist boyfriend was picked up by the cops, or by that pretty blonde, their last mark. When Jan takes a room at Plague House, her first year of university takes an unexpected turn—into anarcho-politics and direct action, gender studies and late-night shenanigans with Saffy, her captivating yet cagey housemate.

From the lovelorn Mary Louise, who struggles with butch bachelorhood, to rural teens finding—and found by—adult sexualities, to Grimm’s “The Golden Goose” rendered as a jazz dance spectacle, Kristyn Dunnion’s freewheeling collection fosters a radical revisioning of community. Dunnion goes wherever there’s a story to tell—and then, out of whispers and shouts, echoes and snippets, gritty realism and speculative fiction, illuminates the delicate strands that hold us all together.

 

ABOUT KRISTYN DUNNION:

Kristyn Dunnion grew up in Essex County, the southernmost tip of Canada, and now lives in Toronto. She is the author of six books, including Tarry This Night and The Dirt Chronicles, a Lambda Literary Award finalist. Her short fiction is widely published, most recently in Best Canadian Stories 2020, Foglifter, Orca: A Literary Journal, and Toronto 2033. Dunnion works supporting homeless adults with serious mental illness, and has been a healthy food advocate for marginalized communities in Davenport-Perth, where she resides. Visit her website: http://kristyndunnion.com/

 

ABOUT PAIGE COOPER:

Paige Cooper’s debut collection of short stories, Zolitude, won the 2018 Concordia University First Book Prize, and was nominated for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, the Governor General’s Literary Award for Fiction, the Paragraphe Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction, and the Danuta Gleed Award. CBC, Toronto Star, The Walrus, Globe and Mail, The Puritan, and Quill & Quire all listed it among their best books of 2018. She’s the editor of Best Canadian Stories 2020. Visit her website: www.paigecooper.com

 

ABOUT SYBIL LAMB:
Sybil Lamb is the author of the forthcoming illustrated YA novel The Girl Who Was Convinced Beyond All Reason that She Could Fly (Arsenal Pulp Press, October 2020). Her writing and art have appeared in books, magazines, comix, alleys and tattoos. Her novel I’ve Got a Time Bomb was published by Topside Press. Visit her website: http://www.lilybutterland.com/home/

 

ABOUT SHANNON QUINN:
Shannon Quinn is the author of two collections of poetry. Quinn lives in Toronto, Dish with One Spoon Territory. She has a passion for cats and sweatpants and when possible, cats in sweatpants. Visit her website: www.shannonquinnpoetry.com

 

BAKKA-PHOENIX BOOKS:

Pick up a copy of STOOP CITY at Bakka-Phoenix Books or your other local independent bookstore, or pre-order it online:
https://www.bakkaphoenixbooks.com/

Reaching Mithymna Virtual Book Launch

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Join us for the virtual book launch of Steven Heighton’s memoir, REACHING MITHYMNA. Steven will be joined for the launch by poet Sadiqa de Meijer. We are also partnering with Novel Idea Bookstore as the co-host for the launch.

The event will be streamed live on our Facebook page, as well as on Novel Idea Bookstore’s Facebook page. Check back for the link closer to the launch date!

ABOUT REACHING MITHYMNA:

In the fall of 2015, Steven Heighton made an overnight decision to travel to the frontlines of the Syrian refugee crisis in Greece and enlist as a volunteer. Arriving on the isle of Lesvos with a duffel bag and a dubious grasp of Greek, Heighton found himself thrown into emergency roles for which he was woefully unqualified.

From the brief reprieves of volunteer-refugee soccer matches to the riots of Camp Moria, REACHING MITHYMNA is a firsthand account of the crisis and an engaged exploration of the borders that divide us and the ties that bind.

ABOUT STEVEN HEIGHTON:

Steven Heighton’s most recent books are The Nightingale Won’t Let You Sleep and The Waking Comes Late, which received the 2016 Governor General’s Award for Poetry. His work has received four gold National Magazine Awards and has appeared in Granta, Tin House, London Review of Books, Best American Mystery Stories, Best American Poetry, TLR, and five editions of Best Canadian Stories. His novel Afterlands was cited on year-end lists in the USA, the UK, and Canada, and is in pre-production for film. In 2020 he will publish two books, a nonfiction account of the Middle Eastern refugee influx on Lesvos, Greece, and a children’s book drawing on the same events.

ABOUT SADIQA DE MEIJER:

Sadiqa de Meijer’s debut collection, Leaving Howe Island, was a nominee for the 2014 Governor General’s Award for English-language poetry and for the 2014 Pat Lowther Award. Her second collection, The Outer Wards, was released in April of this year by Vehicule Press. Her forthcoming book, alfabet/alphabet, will be published with Palimpsest Press in September 2020. She lives with her family in Kingston, Ontario.

NOVEL IDEA BOOKSTORE:

REACHING MITHYMNA will be available September 15, 2020. Get your copy at Novel Idea Bookstore or support your local indie book shop. Visit Novel Idea Bookstore’s website to pre-order: http://novelideabooks.ca/

Aubrey McKee Virtual Launch

Join Alex Pugsley and comedian Becky Johnson in a discussion of Aubrey McKee. There will be readings, an interview, and an audience Q&A. Plus there will be an opportunity to win a copy of Aubrey McKee.

From basement rec rooms to midnight railway tracks, Action Transfers to Smarties boxes crammed with joints, from Paul McCartney on the kitchen radio to their furious teenaged cover of The Ramones, Aubrey McKee and his familiars navigate late adolescence amidst the old-monied decadence of Halifax. An arcana of oddball angels, Alex Pugsley’s long-awaited debut novel follows rich-kid drug dealers and junior tennis brats, émigré heart surgeons and small-time thugs, renegade private school girls and runaway children as they try to make sense of the city into which they’ve been born. Part coming-of-age-story, part social chronicle, and part study of the myths that define our growing up, Aubrey McKee introduces a breathtakingly original new voice.

David Bergen Launching Here the Dark at McNally Robinson

Poetry Pile On: A Celebration of Best Canadian Poetry 2019 and What the Poets Are Doing

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Writers on the River Featuring Amanda Jernigan and Rob Taylor

 

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Best Canadian Poetry 2019 at Saint Mary’s University Reading Series

Join us at St. Mary’s University Art Gallery as we celebrate some of the best and brightest contemporary Canadian poets, all featured within Best Canadian Poetry 2019!
Featuring: Sue Goyette, Amanda Jernigan, Annick MacAskill, and Rob Taylor
ABOUT BEST CANADIAN POETRY 2019
Guest editor Rob Taylor, author of the widely acclaimed collection The News, brings a passionate ear for rhythm, an eye for narrative compression, an appetite for vital subject matter, and an affinity for warmth and wit to his selections for Best Canadian Poetry 2019. The fifty ruggedly independent poems gathered here tackle themes of emergence, defiance, ferocious anger, gratitude, and survival. They are alive with acoustic energy, precise in their language, and moving in their use of the personal to explore fraught political realities. They emit a cloud of invisible energy, a charge.
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Maya Ombasic Reads from Mostarghia at Wilfrid Laurier

Join us at Wilfrid Laurier to hear Maya Ombasic read from her Prix de la Littérature de l’Exil winning memoir, Mostarghia!

ABOUT MOSTARGHIA

In the south of Bosnia and Herzegovina lies Mostar, a medieval town on the banks of the emerald Neretva, which flows from the “valley of sugared trees” through sunny hills to reach the Adriatic Sea. This idyllic locale is where Maya Ombasic’s life begins, but when civil war breaks out in Yugoslavia and the bombs begin to fall. Her family is exiled to Switzerland, and after a failed attempt to return, they leave again for Canada. While Maya adapts to their uprootings, her father never recovers from the trauma, refusing even to learn the language of his new country. Mostarghia, a portmanteau of “Mostar” and “nostalgia,” centers around Ombasic’s often explosive relationship with her father, who was both influence and psychological burden: he inspired her interest, and eventual career, in philosophy, and she was his translator, his support, his obsession. Along with this portrait of a larger-than-life man described by turns as passionate, endearing, maddening, and suffocating, Ombasic deftly constructs a moving personal account of what it means to be a refugee and how a generation learns to thrive despite its parents’ struggles.

ABOUT MAYA OMBASIC

Born in Mostar (formerly Yugoslavia) in 1979, Maya Ombasic immigrated to Switzerland during the Balkan War and later settled in Quebec. She is currently a literary columnist for Le Devoir and teaches philosophy at Cégep de Saint-Laurent in Montréal.

Maya Ombasic at The Bookshelf

Join us at The Bookshelf to hear Maya Ombasic read from her Prix de la Littérature de l’Exil winning memoir, Mostarghia!

ABOUT MOSTARGHIA

In the south of Bosnia and Herzegovina lies Mostar, a medieval town on the banks of the emerald Neretva, which flows from the “valley of sugared trees” through sunny hills to reach the Adriatic Sea. This idyllic locale is where Maya Ombasic’s life begins, but when civil war breaks out in Yugoslavia and the bombs begin to fall. Her family is exiled to Switzerland, and after a failed attempt to return, they leave again for Canada. While Maya adapts to their uprootings, her father never recovers from the trauma, refusing even to learn the language of his new country. Mostarghia, a portmanteau of “Mostar” and “nostalgia,” centers around Ombasic’s often explosive relationship with her father, who was both influence and psychological burden: he inspired her interest, and eventual career, in philosophy, and she was his translator, his support, his obsession. Along with this portrait of a larger-than-life man described by turns as passionate, endearing, maddening, and suffocating, Ombasic deftly constructs a moving personal account of what it means to be a refugee and how a generation learns to thrive despite its parents’ struggles.

ABOUT MAYA OMBASIC

Born in Mostar (formerly Yugoslavia) in 1979, Maya Ombasic immigrated to Switzerland during the Balkan War and later settled in Quebec. She is currently a literary columnist for Le Devoir and teaches philosophy at Cégep de Saint-Laurent in Montréal.