Thursday, November 24, 2011

The Haunting of Amos Manor in Calgary

Richard Stevenson will be reading from The Haunting of Amos Manor

November 26, 2011 at 2pm
Monkey Shine Children’s Books
113, 2215 - 33rd Ave S.W.
Calgary, Alberta.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

12 or 20 questions with Laura Lush

Rob Mclennan interviewed Laura Lush for his 12 or 20 questions series. Below is the first two questions and answers. You can be read the entire interview at

1 - How did your first book change your life? How does your most recent work compare to your previous? How does it feel different?

Good question.  My first book, Hometown (Vehicule Press, Signal Editions, 1991) was written mostly at the Banff Centre over three summers.  And some of the poems were written when I was a creative writing undergrad at York University between 1984-87.  So, I was very fortunate that my first attempt to publish a m.s. was successful.  I don’t think this is a very realistic experience for “new” or “emerging writers.”  In fact, finding a publisher for my most recent book, Carapace (Palimpsest Press, 2011) took over a year.  Also, my first book was nominated for a GG---and that scared the hell out of me.  I wasn’t ready.  Of course, I didn’t win.  And that has been a good thing.  I always have a great fondness for Hometown as the poems were about my childhood and my family.  The memories/images were very very raw.  My work today is a bit more removed.  There is more of a “buffer” between the narrator’s voice and the actual material.  And I think the work tries to grapple with more abstract/metaphysical complexities rather than just speak of past memories.

2 - How did you come to poetry first, as opposed to, say, fiction or non-fiction?

I had very little interest in poetry in high school.  I’m not sure why this was.  But shortly before I applied to the creative writing program at York, I went into see Don Coles, who, of course, is one of our best---if not best---modern Canadian poets.  Something in that initial conversation turned me towards poetry.  It was very very subtle, yet powerful enough to make me want to explore poetry further.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

12 or 20 (small press ) questions

Rob Mclennan interviewed me for his series on small press publishing. A snippet can be found below. Read the entire interview on rob's blog at

1 – When did Palimpsest Press first start? How have your original goals as a publisher shifted since you started, if at all? And what have you learned through the process?

Palimpsest began in 2000. At that time I was publishing a literary journal called Kaleidoscope. It wasn’t until 2004 I began to publish trade books and then later chapbooks. It was a very gradual process for me. It took me a long time to view myself as a publisher, and then even longer to do things like get proper distribution, hire editors, and apply for grants. It wasn’t until 2008 that I first applied for a grant. I was very conflicted about this leap. Funding meant that I could afford sales representation, warehouse storage, and hire editors and designers. When I received funding I started doing more and more, because I could, and then when my funding was decreased, I was left with a lot of debt. My first four years of relative calm anonymity in publishing suddenly turned into a thrilling and terrifying rollercoaster. It’s a lot of ups and downs and I never know what is around the next corner. At this point, I am just trying to hang on. In the beginning I had no business savvy, no five year plan, no funding — I did it because I loved it — but I had to learn to strategize, create marketing plans, do inventory valuations and balance sheets. I’m exhausted all the time. The stakes and expectations are higher, and yet I still do it because I still love it. My original goal was to find and publish great poets, and although publishing great authors is still my overriding goal, the growth of Palimpsest has paradoxically made survival much more precarious.

2 – What first brought you to publishing?

My love of poetry and books. I’ve always admired the writer/ artist, who both writes and produces his own beautiful editions. What a lovely bringing together of talent and vision, to be able to make the object, the book itself, say something about the words it contains. The way the design, typography, and materials all work together to communicate the author’s voice truly fascinates me. I started a press to learn more about the process, to be involved in something I found exciting and important.

Friday, November 18, 2011

A "Poetree" in Support of Libraries

"Last spring, Julie Johnstone, a librarian at the Scottish Poetry Library in Edinburgh, was wandering through a reading room when she saw, sitting alone on a random table, a little tree. It was made of twisted paper and was mounted on a book..."

Read this incredible story about an artist who gave these beautiful treasures to libraries in "support of libraries, books, words, ideas", and who wished to remain anonymous.

The complete story and more pictures can be found at:

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Laura Lush in Newfoundland

November 14th, 2011 at 7:30pm.
Jennifer’s Bar Room. 48-50 Broadway.
Corner Brook, NFLD.

November 15th, 2011 at 2pm.
Dr. Shoshana Gan’s Contemporary Canadian Poetry Class.
Department of English, Grenville Campus, Memorial University.
CornerBrook, NFLD.

November 15th at 2 pm.
Dr. Stephanie McKenzie’s Creative Writing Class.
Department of English, Grenville Campus, Memorial University.
CornerBrook, NFLD.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Bookfest Windsor 2011

Bookfest starts today — Thursday November 3rd. The below is copied from the official Bookfest Windsor site, which can be found at

BookFest Windsor 2011 Schedule

Program, artists, and schedule subject to change! Except where noted, all events take place at the Art Gallery of Windsor. This is a preliminary schedule: be sure to check back here for updates. (Note: Where this schedule differs from the printed brochure, this website should be considered more up to date.)

Thursday, November 3, 2011

7:30 pm: Girls' Night Out, with Karen Mulhallen, Rosemary Sullivan, Mary Ann Mulhern, and Terry Ann Carter. Moderator: Marty Gervais.
Wilkinson Room
7:30pm: All Together Again. Howard Pawley reads from his new autobiography.
Valiant Suite

Friday, November 4, 2011

4:30 pm: Never Give Up. Ray Robertson reads from Why Not? Fifteen Reasons to Live. Moderator: Julia Beard DeBono.
Wilkinson Room
4:30 pm: Kill Shakespeare. Anthony del Col and Conor McCreery present their graphic novel.
Rodzik Gallery
6:00 - 7:00 pm: Buffet Dinner.
8:00 - 10:00 pm: IFOA Authors. Clark Blaise, Will Ferguson, Brian Francis, and Sarita Mandanna . Moderator: Karl Jirgens. Cash Bar.
Wilkinson Room
10:00 pm: Live Words. Klyde Broox performance poet, and Laurie Smith. Moderator: Braydon Beaulieu.
Phog Lounge

Saturday, November 5, 2011

9:30 am: Coffee, Tea…and…Literary. Writing workshop with Marty Gervais. Coffee and muffins.
Valiant Suite
10:30 am: Looking Beyond the Veil. Ava Homa, presenting her new book. Music and visual art. Moderator: Sara Elliott.
Wilkinson Room
11:30 am: Author, Author…. Stories about Storytellers with Douglas Gibson. Moderator: Martin Deck
Valiant Suite
11:30 am: It Doesn't Have To Rhyme. Robert Earl Stewart, Antony Di Nardo, Tammy Armstrong, Salvatore Ala, Jenny Sampirisi, Bill Harris, Klyde Broox. Moderator: Stephen Pender. Poetry, coffee, and nibbles.
Rodzik Gallery
2:00 pm: Getting the Word Out. Aspects of the Book - Publishing. Jack David, Jack Illingworth, Douglas Gibson, and Alana Wilcox.
Moderator: Dan Wells.
Valiant Suite
2:00 pm: lu et approuvé. David Homel, Melchior Mbonimpa, and Philippe Porée-Kurrer. Moderator: Judith Sinanga.
Explorations Gallery (3rd Floor, south side)
2:00 pm: A People's History. Karen Flynn, Natasha Henry, Adrienne Shadd, Virginia Schwartz. Moderator: Kenn Stanton.
Wilkinson Room
4:00 pm: The Experience. Prose and Poetry. Rosemary Nixon, Antanas Sileika. Gail Scott, Alan Davies, & Karl Jirgens (who will also moderate).
Wilkinson Room
7:00 pm: Champoems. Poetry Contest Winners from regional schools. Moderator: Irene Moore Davis.
7:30 pm: Young at Heart. Martha Brooks, Evan Munday, Drew Hayden Taylor. Moderator: Susan Pedler.
Wilkinson Room
9:00 pm: Knights of the Read Table. Alistair MacLeod, Michael Crummey, Ray Robertson, Peter Behrens. Moderator: Percy Hatfield.
Wilkinson Room
 All day: Working Books: Writers' and Artists' notebooks. Including: Michael Marcon, Nadia Ionta, Bill Harris, Carole Harris, Karen Klein, Arnold Klein, Louis Cabris, Hal Neidzviedki, and Sarah Beveridge. Susan Gold Smith.
Local children's author, Shelley Awad, will be reading from her series, The Greenhouse Kids. For more information, please contact (519) 255-6770 ext. 3310.
Thursday, November 3
Sandwich Branch
Time: 1:15 - 2:15 PM

Friday, November 4
Central Branch
Time: 2:00 - 3:00 PM

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Ontario Readings

Laura Lush launching Carapace with Ariel Gordon
November 3rd, 2011 at 6:30pm.
Toronto Women’s Bookstore. 73 Harbord St. Toronto, ON.

Ariel Gordon reading from Hump
November 4th, 2011 at 7:30pm.
Words Aloud: Poetry, Spoken Word & Storytelling Festival.
Durham Art Gallery. 251 George Street E. Durham, ON.