Tuesday, September 27, 2011

1st Annual Windsor Essex Open Studio Tour

For four days in September-October, local artists will open their studios to curious visitors, inviting them to talk, check out how they work, and buy artwork if interested.

Tours are free and self-guided, just follow the map. With more than 30 artists participating, there’s a wide range of arts and crafts to take in, from painting and photography to ceramics, and more. Artists will display works of art in their studios and at local community centres, inviting the public not only to see what they create, but how and where they create it. Artists will talk about their work and give demonstrations.

Friday September 30 and Saturday October 1
Friday October 7 and Saturday October 8

Times vary depending on the studio. For the locations of all the participants please visit http://www.weopenstudiotour.com/ for a tour map.

Palimpsest will be taking part in the studio tour. Please drop by between nine and three to see a demonstration of our Gordon oldstyle platen press. During studio hours Dawn will be working the letterpress and putting together some hand-sewn chapbooks.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Ottawa Book Awards

The City of Ottawa is pleased to announce the 2011 Ottawa Book Awards Finalists. Congratulations to Elisabeh Harvor, whose book An Open Door in the Landscape, has been shortlisted for The Ottawa Book Awards. The award recognizes the top English and French books published in the previous year. Both awards have separate categories for fiction and non-fiction. All shortlisted finalists receive $1,000 and each winner receives a prize of $7,500.

The awards will be presented on October 27, 2010 at 8 p.m. at Library and Archives Canada. The event will be hosted by Lucy van Oldenbarneveld, co-host of CBC News Ottawa and Isabelle Brisebois, Cultural Reporter for Le monde selon Mathieu, Radio–Canada.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Word on the Street

Richard Stevenson will be reading from his new juvenile fiction book, The Haunting of Amos Manor, at the Word on the Street Festival September 24th and 25th.

See the website for details: http://lethbridgeword.wordpress.com/2011/09/13/local-poet-richard-stevenson-set-to-enchant-wots-audience/

“An Old House With Possibilities,” the Real Estate advertisement had read, meaning, one supposed, a fixer-upper. For the Waldmans at least, that would be half the pleasure, for the house did indeed offer possibilities. The large upstairs bedroom would make a wonderful painting studio for Mrs. Waldman, for one thing, and Karen and Mark would certainly have fun decorating their rooms the way they wanted them. For Mr. Waldman, a little rural respite from the duties of managing the new Safeway in Chilliwack would be just what the doctor ordered... except that things start to go wrong from the moment the Waldmans move in. Karen is having strange dreams and someone keeps moving things. Then there is the strange crow – some would say a spirit familiar – keeps appearing and disappearing at the most inopportune moments. Do ghosts really exist? Are the ghosts of the former inhabitants still claiming resident status? Twelve-year-old Mark Waldman is determined to find out. A self-confessed science geek and amateur sleuth, whose silly sister is obviously just a nervous Nellie, he sets about looking for a scientific solution. Join Mark as he solicits the help of his family, and, yes, even the assistance of his nerdy sister, in uncovering the mystery. Some things never die or stay hidden for long.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Carapace by Laura Lush

 Released September 15, 2011

The poems in Carapace explore the tensions between life and death as they battle for equal play in the natural world. As in her last two collections of poetry — The First Day of Winter and Fault Line — Lush returns to the themes of loss, death, birth, and rebirth, but with a more unforgiving eye and savage vision, exploring the dualities and ironies of experiencing these states simultaneously. At times, these poems are told through the eyes of a new mother as she attempts to balance the complex and often-times conflicting emotions that accompany motherhood: joy, anger, uncertainty, awe and fear. At other times, they are told through the eyes of a bereft narrator as she comes to grip with death and loss. Driving these poems is an often random and unexplained energy that arises from nature, the life force that underpins the natural world as it gives way to both regeneration and degeneration, and the surrendering to these forces as the narrator tries to arrive at some sort of understanding. The results are short lyric-narratives written in a highly imagistic mode.

Laura Lush has an Honours B.A. in English and Creative Writing from York University and an M.A. in English and Creative Writing from The University of Calgary. She has also done several writing workshops at the Banff Centre for Fine Arts, where she was awarded the Bliss Carman Award for poetry. Currently, she is working on her M.Ed. in Teacher Training and Curriculum Development at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education. She teaches academic English and creative writing at the University of Toronto’s School of Continuing Studies. She has also taught numerous creative writing workshops in Toronto and was one of the creative writing mentors for the University of Guelph’s inaugural Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program in 2007. Her books include Hometown (Signal Editions, 1991), which was nominated for the 1992 Governor General’s Literary Award for Poetry, Fault Line (Signal Editions, 1997), The First Day of Winter (Ronsdale Press, 2002), in which selections of this book tied for second place in the 2002 CBC Literary Contest, and a collection of short stories, Going to the Zoo (Turnstone Press, 2002). Her poems have also been widely anthologized in Canada, the United States, and Ireland.