Over the past little while, Torontoist has been quietly absorbed in The Alphabet Game: A bpNichol Reader. Edited by Darren Wershler-Henry and Lori Emerson, The Alphabet Game is an essential anthology for any reader of bpNichol, and is a great starting point for those who have yet to discover his work.
Nichol, who is probably most well-known for his concrete and visual poetry, had achieved many things before dying at the age of 44.
The late Paul Haines’ Secret Carnvial Workers was launched at the end of last month, the occasion marked with a concert by his daughter, Emily (his other daughter is television journalist Avery Haines). Torontoist has been mulling over the book, comprised of poetry, fiction, jazz journalism and album liner notes, since then.
The immediate instinct when reading Human Resources is to see the poems as rants against the pervading office mentality of faster-harder-cheaper. Toronto poet Rachel Zolf shows adept skill at parroting corporate language in order to highlight the flawed cogs of internal memos and style guides.
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.
Tanya Chapman, author of the new Coach House novel King, was recently interviewed by Torontoist. You can read the interview in it's natural habitat at www.torontoist.com, or read the reprinted text below.
Torontoist Reads: King by Tanya Chapman
Toronto writer Tanya Chapman’s debut novel, King, was recently released by Coach House Books.
The Coach House team is getting close to our favourite time of year (this is an egregious lie): inventory counting!
We don't want to do it; our warehouse frightens us. Ergo, we have decided that for the rest of July, all of our backlist titles will be on sale at a 25% discount. This includes all of our books published (in print and electronically) prior to our recent spring 2014 titles.
The Trouble with Brunch: Work, Class and the Pursuit of Leisure, the latest title in our Exploded Views series, is now available for purchase through the Coach House website. Award-winning writer and urbanist Shawn Micallef takes on the hallowed tradition of brunch, rethinking it as a way to look more closely at the nature of work itself and a catalyst for solidarity among the so-called creative class.
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