Wednesday, October 9, 2013

The Mystery Shopping Cart Book Launch

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Wednesday October 16, 2013 @7pm.
Book Launch at Another Story Bookshop
315 Roncesvalles Ave. Toronto, Ontario.

A collection of essays, reviews, personal reflections and interviews that offer a welcoming and insightful tour of contemporary Canadian poetry, as well as cultural studies on topics ranging from eulogies to the experience of travelling in Poland while the country was in mourning for Pope John Paul II. Anita Lahey, former editor of Arc Poetry Magazine, Canada’s most distinguished and lively poetry journal, brings together here her thought-provoking Arc essays with appreciations and reviews of a who’s who of Canadian women poets, including the exquisite formalist Diana Brebner, M. Travis Lane, grand dame P.K. Page, the long-neglected Dorothy Roberts, and Gwendolyn MacEwen, whose dramatic life and death unfortunately persist in overshadowing the legacy of her work. She writes on her Polish-immigrant grandmother and on growing up as the daughter of a cash register repairman, and engages in probing discussions with eminent Canadian authors Stephanie Bolster, John Barton, Joan Thomas and Alice Munro.

Anita Lahey’s second collection of poems, Spinning Side Kick, was released by VĂ©hicule Press in 2011. Her first book, Out to Dry in Cape Breton (2006), was nominated for the Trillium Book Award for Poetry and the Ottawa Book Award. She is a past winner of the Great Blue Heron Poetry Prize and the Ralph Gustafson Prize for Best Poem, and her work has been shortlisted several times for the CBC Literary Award for Poetry. She served as editor of Arc Poetry Magazine from 2004 to 2011, and is also a journalist who has written on a wide range of topics for publications such as The Walrus, Cottage Life, Maisonneuve, Toronto Life, Reader’s Digest, Canadian Geographic and Quill & Quire. Anita grew up in Burlington, Ontario. She a former resident of Ottawa, Montreal and Fredericton, and now lives in Toronto. Her blog, Henrietta & Me: People and other wonders found in books, can be read at anitalahey.wordpress.com.