Toronto painter Margaux Williamson had her first exhibit 13 years ago. The first time I saw her work was about a decade ago. I had recently completed a Masters in art history. I remember feeling pretty disillusioned with both academia and art. I was especially suspicious of contemporary art and the language often used to to describe the process of creating it, the artists and the art itself. The words felt as impenetrable as the works they described.
Celebrate B.C. Book and Magazine Week (April 18-23) with the Vancouver launch of Carla Gunn's novel, Amphibian, at Rhizome Cafe (317 East Broadway) on Thursday, April 23 at 7:00 p.m. Gunn will be joined by B.C. authors Chris Ewart (Miss Lamp), Sachiko Murakami (The Invisibility Exhibit) and Mary Tilberg (Oonagh).
Amphibian launch party
with authors Carla Gunn, Chris Ewart, Sachiko Murakami and Mary Tilberg
Is it possible to write a novel in poetic verse? Can you write in a language that's not yours? Famed experimental author, poet and feminist Nicole Brossard speaks with Margaret Christakos (What Stirs), a fellow cross-genre writer about the relative merits of writing novels and poetry, and what happens when one bleeds into another.
Lisa Robertson, one of Canada's most admired and inventive writers, launches Lisa Robertson's Magenta Soul Whip at READ Books, Emily Carr University. The volume gathers fifteen years of previously unpublished verses, essays, confessions, reports, translations, drafts, treatises, laments and utopias.
Book launch for Lisa Robertson's Magenta Soul Whip
Sunday, March 1, 2009
Charles H. Scott Gallery
Emily Carr University of Art and Design
1399 Johnston Street
On Saturday, March 7, Lisa Robertson launches Lisa Robertson's Magenta Soul Whip, a collection of previously unpublished verses, essays, confessions, reports, translations, drafts, treatises, laments and utopias. The event will be held at historic Moe's Books on Telegraph Avenue in Berkeley, California. Joining Robertson will be influential West Coast language poet Rae Armantrout, whose latest title is Versed.
It has been a terribly exciting week of award nominations at the old Coach House! This morning, the Canada Council for the Arts announced the 2014 Governor General's Literary Award finalists, and we're thrilled to say that Sean Dixon was nominated for his play A God in Need of Help, as was Rhonda Mullins for her translation of Élise Turcotte's Guyana.
Congratulations, André! His gorgeous novel, Pastoral, is a finalist for the esteemed Rogers Writers Trust Fiction Prize.
The Writers’ Trust of Canada revealed this morning the finalists for two major prizes for excellence in Canadian fiction: the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize and the Writers’ Trust/McClelland and Stewart Journey Prize. The announcement was made at Ben McNally Books.
We gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the Canada Council of the Arts, the Government of Canada through the Canada Book Fund, the Ontario Arts Council and the Ontario Media Development Corporation for our publishing activities.