Events & Reviews at This Ain’t The Rosedale Library

Recent Poetry Arrivals

Posted in New Releases, Reviews by thisaintblog on March 20, 2010

blackobjectjonathanballbettswithdeerThe most recent title we’ve received from the Futurepoem imprint is Poems of the Black Object, by Ronaldo V. Wilson, of which Wayne Koestenbaum had this to say: ‘I applaud Ronaldo Wilson’s path breaking movement into what has never, in history, been said’. Two new impossible to classify concept/poetry books from Canadian authors now grace our shelves, Jonathan Ball’s Ex Machina, and Gregory Betts’ The Others Raisd in Me. Where Shadows Will, the selected poems of Norma Cole is No. 1 in the new City Lights Spotlight series. Swedish poet Aase Berg’s With Deer appears in English with the following accolades ‘Think of Hansel and Gretel on acid’ – Dodie Bellamy, and ‘Long suppressed scenes of deliberate, feral ritual and the thrill of animal submission are herein joyfully revealed’- Michael Gira (of The Swans, Body Lovers, Angel’s of Light, etc.). And Tom Clark’s The New World has just arrived. newworld

Woodstock Rising: the Toronto launch of a novel by Tom Wayman

Posted in Events, Past events by thisaintblog on March 12, 2010

Wednesday, March 24, 2010, 8pm – In store and FREE

This booklaunch will be accompanied by a slide show prepared by Laura Jones and the family of the late John Franklin Phillips. Laura and John founded the Baldwin Street Gallery of Photography in the late 60s in Toronto. John assisted Cabbagetown film-maker Clay Borris as cinematographer for “The Paper Boy” and “Rose’s House.” Clay Borris, Laura Jones and Bennett, Laura and John’s son will be in attendance at this combination booklaunch / photo retrospective. A series of photos taken by Clay of The Woodstock Festival of 1969 will be shown.

“Woodstock Rising,” a novel by Tom Wayman:
It’s late 1969 and Communist China has successfully launched its first satellite. Inspired by this feat, a group of college students in Laguna Beach, California, set out to put their own satellite into orbit in homage to the recent Woodstock Festival. A young Canadian graduate student at the University of California finds himself at the centre of the mayhem when he and his friends break into a mothballed missile silo and commandeer everything they need, including a nuclear warhead, to blast the Woodstock Nation into the space age. The activists have big plans for their loot, schemes that may well culminate in the Light Show to End All Light Shows in the Nevada desert.
An extraordinary black comedy shot full of the social and political issues of the time, Woodstock Rising is a coming-of-age tale couched in free love, rock anthems, and revolution as well as a chronicle of an era whose causes continue to speak to us.
Tom Wayman was born in Ontario in 1945, but has spent most of his life in British Columbia. He has worked at a number of jobs, both blue and white-collar, across Canada and the U.S., and has helped bring into being a new movement of poetry in these countries – the incorporation of the actual conditions and effects of work. He received his MFA in English and writing at the University of California in Irvine has been awarded the Canadian Authors’ Association medal for poetry, the A.J.M. Smith Prize for distinguished achievement in Canadian poetry and first prize in the USA Bicentennial Poetry Awards competition. His poetry has been published in literary magazines across the world, including The Paris Review, Saturday Night, The Hudson Review and Canadian Forum. He currently teaches at the University of Calgary and remains Squire of “Appledore,” his estate in the Selkirk Mountains of southeastern B. C.

Donations may still be made to honour the legacy of John Franklin Phillips to the War Resisters Support Campaign:

North America: A Prophecy with Sparrow, Peter Dube, Steve Venright

Posted in Events, Past events by thisaintblog on March 7, 2010

Tuesday, March 16, 2010 – 8pm, event takes place in store and is FREE

Sparrow created quite a stir in 1995 when he picketed The New Yorker magazine, holding a placard reading, “My Poetry is as bad as yours.” His poetry has since appeared in that magazine as well as The Quarterly, The New York Times and other erudite journals.
“One of the funniest men in Manhattan… Over and above everything else, Sparrow offers something to believe in.”
—Robert Christgau, The Village Voice
“America: A Prophecy” ranges from a hilarious spiritual guide to New York City–written after Sparrow tried meditating at a dozen high-traffic landmarks–to the scientific and religious significance of the sky, Sparrow’s unique blend of wit and wisdom gives readers a whole new way of seeing our country at the crossroads. The author of Republican Like Me, Sparrow challenged Bob Dole for the presidential nomination in 1996 and, remarkably, lost. America: A Prophecy is his follow up, a fantastical look at a country in flux by a mischievous poet and iconoclastic comedian.
Written over a period of several years,”Yes, You Are a Revolutionary!” is a collection of six works by the renowned street poet Sparrow. He reveals how to be a happy revolutionary, offers haunting poems on the underside of the class struggle, and includes tonal pieces celebrating adolescence. In addition to the title piece, the book includes “Dinosaur Haiku,” “Cooking with Ice,” “Marxist Rhythms,” “Jealous Cops,” and “Morning Poems.”
“A cult hero…Look for this pocket-sized volume to turn up in the back of SUVs as often as at Washington Mall protests.”
—Publishers Weekly on “Yes, You Are a Revolutionary!”

Peter Dubé is a novelist, short story writer, essayist and cultural critic. He is the author of the chapbook “Vortex Faction Manifesto” (Vortex Editions, 2001), the novel “Hovering World” (DC Books 2002) and “At the Bottom of the Sky,” a collection of linked short stories (DC Books, 2007). He is also the editor of the anthology “Madder Love: Queer Men and The Precincts of Surrealism” (Rebel Satori Press, 2008).
His fiction — informed by surrealism, queer and “popular” cultures, as well as a whole host of heretical and apocalyptic visions — deploys dense verbal surfaces to investigate the narrative construction of experience, particularly at the points where imagination, desire and the body politic intersect. In other words, his writing is often weird, sweaty and lush.
In addition to his fictional work, his essays and critical writings have been widely published in journals such as CV Photo, ESSE, Hour and Ashé, and in exhibition publications for various galleries, among them SKOL, Occurrence, Quartier Éphémère and the Leonard and Bina Ellen Gallery of Concordia University.

Steve Venright is the author of several books of poetry including “Floors of Enduring Beauty” (Mansfield Press). As well as being an author, Steve Venright is a visual and sound artist whose Torpor Vigil Industries record label has released such remarkable cds as “Songs of Elsewhere” by Samuel Andreyev and an album of spoken dreams called “The Further Somniloquies of Dion McGregor.” He was born in Sarnia in 1961 and now resides in a large consensual reality domain called Toronto, Ontario.