wide slumber for lepidopterists

a.rawlings at the Kootenay School, Vancouver

Nov 21

a.rawlings, author of wide slumber for lepidopterists, visits the Kootenay School of Writing on Friday, November 21 to perform with Jonathon Wilcke.

a.rawlings at the Kootenay School
with Jonathon Wilcke
Friday, November 21, 2008
Ten Sixty Seven, 1067 Granville Street (back alley entrance)
8:00 p.m.

Ten Sixty Seven
1067 Granville Street back alley entrance
Vancouver, BC
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Someone Seen Reading Wide Slumber for Lepidopterists

Seen Reading caught one individual reading a.rawlings's Alcuin Award-winning book, Wide slumber for lepidopterists, at the Alcuin Awards Ceremony.

You can read about the sighting at http://seenreading.blogspot.com/2007/09/arts-and-letters-club-alcuin-society.html.

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Wide slumber for lepidopterists reviewed by UK's Stride Magazine

By Sarah Law
Stride Magazine
August 2007

Wide Slumber for Lepidopterists is a gorgeous poetic conceit. It's beautifully produced, a kind of pocket-sized textual flicker book, with some lovely illustrations too. Its subject is sleep, its different stages and parasomnias, viscerally evoked using the language of lepidoptery in quite astonishing experimental configurations. It is textbook of 'Sleepidoptera', as Rawlings coins.

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The Alcuin Society has announced the winners of its 25th annual Alcuin Society Awards for Excellence in Book Design in Canada.

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The Antigonish Review rates Wide Slumber for Lepidopterists and The World is a Heartbreaker

By Josh Massey
The Antigonish Review

Tjia and rawlings are Merlinesque poets in that they reengineer what is ultimately the provisional relationship between words and things such that the language becomes active in startling ways. The result is poetry which penetrates deep into the reader's psyche like timed depth charges. The clarity sparkles, and you wonder if these books could be loci of the supernatural. Indeed, these collections are, in vastly different ways, cognizant of the inner lives of their audience and crafted from the stuff of prophesy.

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Wide Slumber for Lepidopterists is one of Torontoist's favourite books of 2006!

Angela Rawlings' Wide Slumber for Lepidopterists just keeps popping up on 'Best Of' lists, this time appearing on Torontoist's Best Books of 2006 list, alongside books like Michael Redhill's Consolation and DC Comics' Y: The Last Man:

'A stunningly beautiful first book of poetry that graced The Globe and Mail's 100 Best Books of 2006, WSFL migrated from page to stage with performances across TO in 06.

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Wide slumber is one of the Globe's Top 100

Wide slumber from lepidopterists, the debut poetry collection from a.rawlings, is one of the Globe and Mail's Top 100 Books of 2006. Read what the Globe had to say about this acclaimed book:

'"A hoosh a ha." These not-quite-words float in the middle of a blank page. On the next page, "a hoosh a ha" is scattered five times. The last page of the section is nearly black with these onomatopoeic brushes of wings.

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Black Ink reviews Wide slumber for lepidopterists

By Aaron Tucker
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Physically this book is as intimidating as the butterfly on the cover; the muted greens and tans, along with its small size, give Wide Slumber the impression of being precious. But the pure joy and pleasure of ferocity that rawlings attacks language with inside the tiny covers is enough to marvel even the most seasoned readers.

That’s not to say that the book is a harsh read; it is really anything but. The lines move with a breath grabbing fluidity and the diction (and its subsequent breakdown) is superb, round and brittle like the insects of title.

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