Doireann Ní Ghríofa at the Belfast Book Festival

Join Doireann Ní Ghríofa (virtually, of course) at the Belfast Book Festival on June 11, 2021 at 7 PM IST / 2 PM EDT.

More details to come, so stay tuned! In the meantime, check out the Belfast Book Festival!

ABOUT A GHOST IN THE THROAT

When we first met, I was a child, and she had been dead for centuries.

On discovering her murdered husband’s body, an eighteenth-century Irish noblewoman drinks handfuls of his blood and composes an extraordinary lament. Eibhlín Dubh Ní Chonaill’s poem travels through the centuries, finding its way to a new mother who has narrowly avoided her own fatal tragedy. When she realizes that the literature dedicated to the poem reduces Eibhlín Dubh’s life to flimsy sketches, she wants more: the details of the poet’s girlhood and old age; her unique rages, joys, sorrows, and desires; the shape of her days and site of her final place of rest. What follows is an adventure in which Doireann Ní Ghríofa sets out to discover Eibhlín Dubh’s erased life—and in doing so, discovers her own.

Moving fluidly between past and present, quest and elegy, poetry and those who make it, A Ghost in the Throat is a shapeshifting book: a record of literary obsession; a narrative about the erasure of a people, of a language, of women; a meditation on motherhood and on translation; and an unforgettable story about finding your voice by freeing another’s.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Doireann Ní Ghríofa is author of six critically-acclaimed books of poetry, whose awards include the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature and a Seamus Heaney Fellowship (Queen’s University). Her debut book of prose is the bestselling A Ghost in the Throat, which finds the 18th-century poet Eibhlín Dubh Ní Chonaill haunting the life of a contemporary young mother, prompting her to turn detective, and of which the Sunday Times writes: “Sumptuous, almost symphonic, in its intensity … As readers, we should be grateful for her boldness. Without it, we would not have had one of the best books of this dreadful year.”

Find out more about A Ghost in the Throat at Biblioasis.

Doireann Ní Ghríofa at Carlow University (Pittsburgh, PA)

Tune in on Saturday, June 12 at 2:30PM EDT for a Q&A at the virtual Ireland residency with Doireann Ní Ghríofa and the fiction writer Kevin Power. Doireann and Kevin will each read 15-20 minutes and then do a conversation and Q&A with the audience.

Stayed tuned for more details closer to the event date!

ABOUT A GHOST IN THE THROAT

When we first met, I was a child, and she had been dead for centuries.

On discovering her murdered husband’s body, an eighteenth-century Irish noblewoman drinks handfuls of his blood and composes an extraordinary lament. Eibhlín Dubh Ní Chonaill’s poem travels through the centuries, finding its way to a new mother who has narrowly avoided her own fatal tragedy. When she realizes that the literature dedicated to the poem reduces Eibhlín Dubh’s life to flimsy sketches, she wants more: the details of the poet’s girlhood and old age; her unique rages, joys, sorrows, and desires; the shape of her days and site of her final place of rest. What follows is an adventure in which Doireann Ní Ghríofa sets out to discover Eibhlín Dubh’s erased life—and in doing so, discovers her own.

Moving fluidly between past and present, quest and elegy, poetry and those who make it, A Ghost in the Throat is a shapeshifting book: a record of literary obsession; a narrative about the erasure of a people, of a language, of women; a meditation on motherhood and on translation; and an unforgettable story about finding your voice by freeing another’s.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Doireann Ní Ghríofa is author of six critically-acclaimed books of poetry, whose awards include the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature and a Seamus Heaney Fellowship (Queen’s University). Her debut book of prose is the bestselling A Ghost in the Throat, which finds the 18th-century poet Eibhlín Dubh Ní Chonaill haunting the life of a contemporary young mother, prompting her to turn detective, and of which the Sunday Times writes: “Sumptuous, almost symphonic, in its intensity … As readers, we should be grateful for her boldness. Without it, we would not have had one of the best books of this dreadful year.”

Find out more about A Ghost in the Throat at Biblioasis.

A Ghost in the Throat Virtual Canadian Launch

Don’t miss the exciting Canadian launch of Irish writer Doireann Ní Ghríofa’s A Ghost in the Throat, in an online conversation with Toronto bookseller and In Her Voice organizer, Danielle McNally, in an event brought together by the Koffler Centre of the Arts, and co-hosted by Ben McNally Books.

Register today here!

ABOUT A GHOST IN THE THROAT

When we first met, I was a child, and she had been dead for centuries.

On discovering her murdered husband’s body, an eighteenth-century Irish noblewoman drinks handfuls of his blood and composes an extraordinary lament. Eibhlín Dubh Ní Chonaill’s poem travels through the centuries, finding its way to a new mother who has narrowly avoided her own fatal tragedy. When she realizes that the literature dedicated to the poem reduces Eibhlín Dubh’s life to flimsy sketches, she wants more: the details of the poet’s girlhood and old age; her unique rages, joys, sorrows, and desires; the shape of her days and site of her final place of rest. What follows is an adventure in which Doireann Ní Ghríofa sets out to discover Eibhlín Dubh’s erased life—and in doing so, discovers her own.

Moving fluidly between past and present, quest and elegy, poetry and those who make it, A Ghost in the Throat is a shapeshifting book: a record of literary obsession; a narrative about the erasure of a people, of a language, of women; a meditation on motherhood and on translation; and an unforgettable story about finding your voice by freeing another’s.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Doireann Ní Ghríofa is author of six critically-acclaimed books of poetry, whose awards include the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature and a Seamus Heaney Fellowship (Queen’s University). Her debut book of prose is the bestselling A Ghost in the Throat, which finds the 18th-century poet Eibhlín Dubh Ní Chonaill haunting the life of a contemporary young mother, prompting her to turn detective, and of which the Sunday Times writes: “Sumptuous, almost symphonic, in its intensity … As readers, we should be grateful for her boldness. Without it, we would not have had one of the best books of this dreadful year.”

A Ghost in the Throat can be purchased at Ben McNally Books.

Find out more about A Ghost in the Throat at Biblioasis.

Driven Virtual Launch

Join us for the virtual book launch of Marcello Di Cintio’s Driven: The Secret Lives of Taxi Drivers! Hosted by Biblioasis, Shelf Life Books, and Glass Bookshop. Marcello Di Cintio will be joined in discussion by Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi. We’ll be streaming live on Facebook and on YouTube on Thursday, May 13 at 7 PM MDT / 9 PM EDT.
RSVP here: https://www.facebook.com/biblioasis/posts/2305711436228327

ABOUT DRIVEN

In conversations with drivers ranging from veterans of foreign wars to Indigenous women protecting one another, Di Cintio explores the borderland of the North American taxi.
“A taxi,” writes Marcello Di Cintio, “is a border.” Inside every cab is a space both private and public: accessible to all, and yet, once the doors close, strangely intimate, as two strangers who might otherwise never have met share a five or fifty minute trip. In a series of interviews with Canadian taxi drivers, their backgrounds ranging from the Iraqi National Guard, to the Westboro Baptist Church, to an arranged marriage that left one woman stranded in a foreign country, Di Cintio seeks out those missed conversations, revealing the untold lives of the people who take us where we want to go.

ABOUT MARCELLO DI CINTIO

Marcello Di Cintio is the author of four books, including Walls: Travels Along the Barricades which won the Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing and the W. O. Mitchell City of Calgary Book Prize, and Pay No Heed to the Rockets: Palestine in the Present Tense—also a W. O. Mitchell Prize winner. Di Cintio’s magazine writing has appeared in publications such as The International New York Times, The Walrus, Canadian Geographic and Afar.

Order from Shelf Life Books

Order from Glass Bookshop

Learn more about Driven from Biblioasis

The Giller Book Club: Here the Dark

Join 2020 Scotiabank Giller Prize longlisted author David Bergen in conversation with Canadian/British author and journalist and 2020 juror Tom Rachman as they discuss Bergen’s book, Here the Dark! Guests will also be given the opportunity to ask Bergen questions via the Q&A feature.

This virtual event will be one hour long, and registration is open now here!

ABOUT HERE THE DARK

From the streets of Danang, Vietnam, where a boy falls in with a young American missionary, to fishermen lost on the islands of Honduras, to the Canadian prairies, where an aging rancher finds himself smitten and a teenage boy’s infatuation reveals his naiveté, the short stories in Here the Dark chronicle the geographies of both place and heart. Featuring a novella about a young woman torn between faith and doubt in a cloistered Mennonite community, David Bergen’s latest deftly renders complex moral ambiguities and asks what it means to be lost—and how, through grace, we can be found.

ABOUT DAVID BERGEN

David Bergen has published eight novels and a collection of short stories. His work has been nominated for the Governor General’s Literary Award, the Impac Dublin Literary Award, and a Pushcart Prize. He won the Giller Prize for his novel The Time in Between. In 2018 he was given the Writers’ Trust Matt Cohen Award: In Celebration of a Writing Life.

Purchase your copy of Here the Dark now at Biblioasis!

 

Strangers Virtual Launch

You’re invited to the virtual launch of Rob Taylor’s latest poetry collection, Strangers! We’ll be streaming live Thursday May 27 at 7PM EDT. Rob Taylor will be joined by Sadiqa de Meijer and Sue Sinclair for the event, which will be co-hosted with Massy Books in Vancouver, BC.

You can watch on Facebook Live or on YouTube! Stay tuned for more details.

 

ABOUT STRANGERS

“It makes no sense. You would be strangers / if not for this.”

In Strangers, Rob Taylor makes new the epiphany poem: the short lyric ending with a moment of recognition or arrival. In his hands, the form becomes not simply a revelation in words but, in Wallace Stevens’ phrase, “a revelation in words by means of the words.” The epiphany here is not only the poet’s. It’s ours. A book about the songlines of memory and language and the ways in which they connect us to other human beings, to read Strangers is to become part of the lineages (literary, artistic, familial) that it braids together—to become, as Richard Outram puts it, an “unspoken / Stranger no longer.”

ABOUT ROB TAYLOR

Rob Taylor is the author of four poetry collections, including Strangers (Biblioasis, 2021) and The News (Gaspereau Press, 2016), which was a finalist for the 2017 Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize. He is also the editor of What the Poets Are Doing: Canadian Poets in Conversation (Nightwood Editions, 2018) and the guest editor of Best Canadian Poetry 2019 (Biblioasis, 2019). Rob lives with his family in Port Moody, BC.

 

Order your copy from Biblioasis here!

You can also order from Massy Books, or your local bookstore!

The Debt Virtual Book Launch

You’re invited to the virtual book launch of Andreae Callanan’s debut poetry collection The Debt! Andreae Callanan will be joined in conversation by Elaine Feeney, and the event will be emceed by Mark Callanan. There will be an audience Q&A, and a book giveaway. You could win a copy of the book!

We’re pleased to be co-hosting the event with Running the Goat Books in Tors Cove, NL.

We’ll be streaming live to both Facebook and YouTube. The video link will be available closer to the event date, so RSVP to stay up to date!

 

ABOUT THE DEBT

Set against the backdrop of a post-moratorium St. John’s, Newfoundland, The Debt explores tensions between tradition and innovation, and between past and present in a province unmoored by loss and grief. The Debt is about development and change, idleness and activism, ecological stewardship, feminism, motherhood, the personal and the political. It is also about resistance—against the encroaching forces of greed and capitalism, even against the accumulated notions of the self. The poems are an argument for community and connection in an age increasingly associated with isolation of the individual. The Debt explores the dues we all owe: to nature, to those who came before us, and to one another.

ABOUT ANDREAE CALLANAN

Andreae Callanan’s poetry, essays, and reviews have been read in The Walrus, Canadian Notes and Queries, Canadian Verse 2, Riddle Fence, CBC.ca, and The Newfoundland Quarterly. She is a recent recipient of the Cox & Palmer SPARKS Creative Writing Award at Memorial University of Newfoundland, and she holds a Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship and a Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Scholarship for her doctoral work in English literature. Her chapbook, Crown, was published by Anstruther Press in 2019. Andreae lives in St. John’s with her husband and their four children.

 

Pre-order your copy from Running the Goat Bookstore

Learn more about The Debt, or pre-order your copy, from Biblioasis

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Andri Magnason and Rebecca Solnit with Point Reyes Books

Orion Magazine and Point Reyes Books will be hosting a special Earth Day conversation featuring Rebecca Solnit and Icelandic writer Andri Snær Magnason. The two will discuss Magnason’s new book, On Time and Water (translated by Lytton Smith for Open Letter Books).

This pre-recorded conversation will premiere on Crowdcast in celebration of Earth Day 2021.

This is a free event, but you can pay what you can or purchase the book to support Point Reyes Books and Orion Magazine. All ticket sales will be split between the organizations.

ABOUT ON TIME AND WATER

A few years ago, Andri Snær Magnason, one of Iceland’s most beloved writers and public intellectuals, was asked by a leading climate scientist why he wasn’t writing about the greatest crisis mankind has faced. Magnason demurred: he wasn’t a specialist, he said; it wasn’t his field. But the scientist persisted: “If you cannot understand our scientific findings and present them in an emotional, psychological, poetic or mythological context,” he told him, “then no one will really understand the issue, and the world will end.”

Based on interviews and advice from leading glacial, ocean, climate, and geographical scientists, and interwoven with personal, historical, and mythological stories, Magnason’s response is a rich and compelling work of narrative nonfiction that illustrates the reality of climate change—and offers hope in the face of an uncertain future. Moving from reflections on how one writes an obituary for an iceberg to exhortation for a heightened understanding of human time and our obligations to one another, throughout history and across the globe, On Time and Water is both deeply personal and globally-minded: a travel story, a world history, and a desperate plea to live in harmony with future generations. Already a massive bestseller in Iceland, and selling in two dozen territories around the world, this is a book unlike anything that has yet been published on the current climate emergency.

ABOUT ANDRI SNÆR MAGNASON AND REBECCA SOLNIT

Andri Snær Magnason is one of Iceland’s most celebrated writers. He has won the Icelandic Literary Prize for fiction, children’s fiction, and non-fiction. In 2009, Magnason co-directed the documentary Dreamland, which was based on his book Dreamland: A Self-Help Manual for a Frightened Nation (forthcoming from Open Letter). In 2010, Magnason was awarded the Kairos Prize, presented to outstanding individuals in the field of intercultural understanding. Magnason ran for president of Iceland in 2016 and came third out of nine candidates.

Rebecca Solnit is the author of more than twenty books, including A Field Guide to Getting Lost, The Faraway Nearby, A Paradise Built in Hell, River of Shadows, and Wanderlust. She is also the author of Men Explain Things to Me and many essays on feminism, activism and social change, hope, and the climate crisis. A product of the California public education system from kindergarten to graduate school, she is a regular contributor to The Guardian and other publications.

 

You can also order a copy from Biblioasis, or your local bookstore.

On Time and Water Virtual Book Launch

Join us for the virtual launch of Andri Snær Magnason’s On Time and Water! Andri Snær Magnason will be joined in conversation by Meehan Crist and Lytton Smith. As Biblioasis is the Canadian publisher of On Time and Water and Open Letter Books is the US publisher, we’re thrilled to partner on this. The event will also be co-hosted by Glass Bookshop (Edmonton, AB). Tune in live on Facebook or on YouTube. You could win a copy of the book!

The event link will be closer to the event day, so RSVP to stay up to date.

ABOUT ON TIME AND WATER

Asked by a leading climate scientist why he wasn’t writing about the greatest crisis mankind has faced, Andri Snær Magnason, one of Iceland’s most beloved writers and public intellectuals, protested: he wasn’t a specialist, he said. It wasn’t his field. But the scientist persisted: “If you cannot understand our scientific findings and present them in an emotional, psychological, poetic or mythological context,” he told him, “then no one will really understand the issue, and the world will end.”

Based on interviews and advice from leading glacial, ocean, climate, and geographical scientists, and interwoven with personal, historical, and mythological stories, Magnason’s resulting response is a rich and compelling work of narrative nonfiction that illustrates the reality of climate change and offers hope in the face of an uncertain future. Moving from reflections on how one writes an obituary for a glacier to exhortation for a heightened understanding of human time and our obligations to one another, throughout history and across the globe, On Time and Water is both deeply personal and globally minded: a travel story, a world history, a desperate plea to live in harmony with future generations—and is unlike anything that has yet been published on the current climate emergency.

 

ABOUT ANDRI SNÆR MAGNASON

Andri Snær Magnason is one of Iceland’s most celebrated writers. He has won the Icelandic Literary Prize for fiction, children’s fiction, and non-fiction. In 2009, Magnason co-directed the documentary Dreamland, which was based on his book Dreamland: A Self-Help Manual for a Frightened Nation. In 2010, Magnason was awarded the Kairos Prize, presented to outstanding individuals in the field of intercultural understanding. Magnason ran for president of Iceland in 2016 and came third out of nine candidates.

 

Pick up your copy from your local bookstore!

In Canada, you can also order from Biblioasis

In the US, you can order from Open Letter Books

Double Virtual Poetry Launch: Villa Negativa and Smithereens

Join us for the launch of two exciting poetry books: Sharon McCartney’s VILLA NEGATIVA (Biblioasis) and Terence Young’s SMITHEREENS (Harbour Publishing)! Tune in live on Facebook or on YouTube on Tuesday, April 6 at 7 PM EST / 4 PM PST. Sharon and Terence will read from their new poetry collections, followed by a discussion, then an audience Q&A. You could win a copy of one the books!
Biblioasis is excited to be partnering with Harbour Publishing and Munro’s Books for the launch. The video link will be posted closer to the launch date, so RSVP on Facebook to stay up to date.

ABOUT VILLA NEGATIVA:

The anticipated seventh collection of poetry from the celebrated Canadian poet.
How can we know who we are when we can never step away from ourselves? Villa Negativa posits that we can only know what we are not and explores that conundrum against the backdrop of a sibling’s illness and death, an eating disorder and a couple of really dismal dating relationships. Though it could be sombre territory, Villa Negativa looks for the laughter behind the darkness: the housebreaker who takes off her shoes first, the fabricator whose most intimate relationship is with fibreglass, the anorexic who sends the Diet Coke back because it tastes too good.

ABOUT SMITHEREENS:

In Smithereens, Terence Young ranges widely among forms, subjects, tones and moods, invoking the domestic world of family and home, as well as the associated realms of work and play. He describes the simple pleasure of losing one’s bearings and seeing the world anew in “Tender is the Night,” and in “The Bear” he records the near-magical appearance at a summer cabin of a creature that hasn’t been seen in the area in over fifty years. The ironic benefits of a house fire, the late-night sounds of a downtown alley, the smells of a summer morning in the Gulf islands—all of these serve as vehicles for reminiscence, meditation and humour. Elsewhere in the collection, he summons an elegiac mood, remembering in poems like “Surcease,” “Fern Island Candle,” “The Morning Mike Dies,” and “Gary” some of the friends who have left his world. More than any of his previous books, though, Smithereens features poems that are playful, in which language is often associative, surprising and fun. It is a collection that will reward readers, whatever their temperament upon picking it up, and it will also invite them to return to its pages again and again.
Pre-order your copy of VILLA NEGATIVA and SMITHEREENS from Munro’s Books: https://munrobooks.com/