Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Taking My Blood Book Launch

Taking My Blood was written while Gervais spent seventeen days in Hotel Due Hospital in Windsor, after he suffered from a debilitating attack of Crohn’s disease. After a week of intensive treatment for pain, he began writing poems about life on Seven North. Written in a gritty narrative style, the work combines the intimate language of solitude and reflection with unexpected bursts of humour.

Each chapbook is signed and numbered, contains a pictorial foldout, an original tipped in photograph, and a letterpress cover label. The cover stock is handmade St. Armand Ontario Flax canal paper and the end papers are Japanese ogura lace, made of manila hemp. Books are hand sewn with linen thread. There will be 180 chapbooks, and 18 collector’s editions, available for purchase. The collector’s edition has a double cover with cut-outs and a modified piano hinge binding that uses a syringe as a hinge pin.


Sunday November 6th at 1:00.
Bookfest Windsor, Art Gallery of Windsor.

Sunday December 4th at 7:00.
Williams Cafe, University of Windsor Library.

Thursday January 12th at 7:00.
Windsor Arts Council, 1942 Wyandotte St East.