Several of our most popular titles are back in stock: The Collected Fanzines of Harmony Korine, full reproductions in black and white of the film maker’s juvenalia; briefly unavailable The Collected Stories of Lydia Davis is back in stock; The Rider an autobiographical account of a single bicycle race from Dutch novelist Tim Krabbé; and the most recent Massey Lecture, The Wayfinders: Why Ancient Wisdom Matters In The Modern World,, by Wade Davis.
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
8:00pm – 11:00pm – In store – FREE
In Celebration of “The False Laws of Narrative: The Poetry of Fred Wah” and Camille Martin’s “Sonnets”
In her second book of poetry, Camille Martin breathes fresh life into the sonnet in a collection that is at once edgy and lyrical. The word “sonnet” comes from “song,” and the musicality of Sonnets is not surprising, given Martin’s background as a classical musician.
These poems demonstrate a virtuosic range of approaches and themes; some are inspired by texts as disparate as nursery rhymes, theories of cognitive science, a history of street names, and her own dream journals. The chorus of voices in this collection sing confidently and fluently, proving the sonnet to be an ideal vehicle for Martin’s love affair with language.
Camille Martin’s Sonnets bring the old form into the 21st century. In some ways, they are almost traditional; the speaker addresses a not-so-well beloved, a figure who occupies a “fraudulent elsewhere,” an elusive lover or, more likely, another version of the poet herself. Identity theft is an issue here where we find ourselves “comatose in paradise but happy happy/feet! is this where I want to go? thrust/into an age unfavourable to being/a guest in one’s own home?” In these taut, fast-paced, self-aware poems, the lyric meets 21st century paranoia and sparks fly.
“The False Laws of Narrative” is a selection of Fred Wah’s poems covering the poets entire poetic trajectory to date. A founding editor of “Tish” magazine, Wah was influenced by leading progressive and innovative poets of the 1960s and was at the forefront of the exploration of racial hybridity, multiculturalism, and transnational family roots in poetry. The selection emphasizes his innovative poetic range.
Wah is renowned as one of Canada’s finest and most complex lyric poets and has been lauded for the musicality of his verse. Louis Cabri’s introduction offers a paradigm for thinking about how sound is actually structured in Wah’s improvisatory poetry and offers fresh insights into Wah’s context and writing. In an afterword by the poet himself, Wah presents a dialogue between editor and poet on the key themes of the selected poems and reveals his abiding concerns as poet and thinker.
Fred Wah has been involved with a number of literary magazines over the years, such as “Open Letter” and “West Coast Line.” Recent books are the biofiction “Diamond Gril”l (1996), “Faking It: Poetics and Hybridity” (2000), a collection of essays, and “Sentenced to Light” (2008), a collection of poetic image/text projects. He splits his time between the Kootenays in southeastern B.C. and Vancouver.
Camille Martin, a Toronto poet and collage artist, is the author of “Codes of Public Sleep” (Toronto: BookThug, 2007). She was born in El Dorado, Arkansas, and spent her childhood in Lafayette, Louisiana. A classical musician from an early age, she earned graduate degrees in both music and English literature. After residing in New Orleans for fourteen years, following Hurricane Katrina in 2005 she moved to Toronto, where she teaches writing and literature at Ryerson University.
Jim Smith is the author of “Back Off, Assassin! New and Selected Poems” recently published by Mansfield Press. Smith moved from his birthplace, Niagara Falls, to Kingston in 1952. He started writing seriously in Grade 8 in 1963. His first published story earned him $5 from “West Coast Review” in 1972. His magazine, “The Front,” lasted from about 1972 to 1980, and the spinoff Front Press published books and pamphlets in the ’80s by writers like David McFadden, bpNichol, Wayne Clifford and Stuart Ross. Between 1979 and 1998, Smith published about half a dozen books of poetry, plus a number of chapbooks and ephemera. In the mid-’90s he diverted himself to law, and has been a civil litigator for the last decade. He continues to live and write in Toronto.
Monday, February 22, 2010
8:00pm – 11:00pm – In store – FREE
Pasha Malla is the author of “All Our Grandfathers are Ghosts,” a collection of poems, and his first book of stories, “The Withdrawal Method,” won the Trillium Book Award and the Danuta Gleed Literary Prize, was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Book Award, longlisted for the Giller Prize and ReLit Award, and chosen as a Globe and Mail and National Post book of the year. His short fiction has won the Arthur Ellis Award for crime writing and twice appeared in the Journey Prize anthology. Pasha spent the summer of 2009 as writer in residence at the Berton House in Dawson City, Yukon, and is currently on faculty at the Banff Centre’s Wired Writing Studio and the University of Toronto. His first novel,”People Park,” will be published by House of Anansi at some point in the near future.
Lisa Foad’s debut story collection, “The Night Is A Mouth,” won the 2009 ReLit Award for short fiction, and was named among the Globe and Mail’s First-Fiction Top Five of 2009. She lives in Toronto and is at work on her first novel.
Jeff Parker is the author of the short story collection “The Taste of Penny,” (Snare Books) and “Ovenman: A Novel” (Tin House).
Don DeLillo’s new novel arrived this week, Point Omega. In stock from New Directions is the mind bending meta-fictional novella Azorno, from Inger Christensen, famous for her poetry in It and Alphabet. The ground breaking short stories of award winning playwright Ed Bullins, The Hungered One, out of print since the seventies is in stock. Death arrives at a sea-side hotel in this first English edition of Julien Gracq`s jazz-age novel, A Dark Stranger, from Pushkin Press.
Finally in an affordable paperback How to Talk About Books You Haven’t Read by Pierre Beyard, translated from the French, and with an introduction from Francine Prose. Afterall magazine’s series of book-length essays on a single work of art, One Work, continues with Chris Marker: La Jetée by Janet Harbord. Part encyclopedia part colourful history For All the People: Uncovering the Hidden History of Cooperation, Cooperative Movements, and Communalism in America by John Curl makes for fascinating reading.
Joshua Ferris, the author of the cult hit Then We Came to the End has a new novel The Unnamed. Tao Lin’s most recent title, a novella from Melville House, Shoplifting from American Apparel, is back in stock. A new book Better from John O’Brien, the author of Leaving Las Vegas is in stock. “John O’Brien was a stunningly talented writer who created poetry from the most squalid materials” – Jay McInerney. New Directions has brought out a second book of Horacio Castellanos Moya’s fiction, The She-Devil in the Mirror. Trout Fishing in America by Richard Brautigan has finally been reprinted, in an attractive new edition. Ryan Adam’s poetry collection Infinity Blues is here from Akashic.
Among recent arrivals in non fiction are Music: I-LXXIV, a collection of highly readable and entertaining short pieces from award winning poet August Kleinzahler, covering everyone from Glenn Gould to Ivor Culter without descending into pure name dropping. We are also prominently displaying Graham Gibson’s follow up to Bedside Book of Birds, The Bedside Book of Beasts. Back in stock after rapidly selling out is The One Dimensional Woman, by Nina Power, a short and timely screed against the commercial subversion of feminism published by Zero Books. New World Coming, the Sixties and the Shaping of Global Consciousness, edited by Karen Dubinsky et al is a bulky collection of no-nonsense essays with illustrations and a set of colour plates, including Sarnia in the Sixties, or the peculiarities of the Canadians.
Get Lucky in Love and Lit this Friday February 12 2010 – 9:00 PM– in the store.
Join the Vagabonds for a sizzler of a night with readings
from literary heartthrobs:
and SANDY POOL
With your foxy hosts Darrah Teitel, Blair Trewartha and Kathleen Brown