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Sub Rosa: A Novel by Amber Dawn: Toronto Booklaunch

Posted in Events, Past events by thisaintblog on April 27, 2010

Friday, April 30, 2010 9pm – In store, and FREE.

Come out for an intimate night of readings as AMBER DAWN travels from Vancouver to launch her debut novel Sub Rosa (Arsenal Pulp Press) — a speculative fiction narrative about an underground society of ghosts and magicians, missing girls and amnesiatic sweethearts: a place called Sub Rosa… happening on Friday, April 30, 2010 at 9 p.m.

DEBRA ANDERSON will also read from a work-in-progress and share some Toronto love.
“Amber Dawn’s Sub Rosa is a masterpiece of imagination. It’s haunting, chilling at points and then just so sweet. Her writing is stealthy and seductive, wise and witty and clever. Lock Mary Gaitskill in a closet with Francesca Lia Block and they might emerge with a map to Sub Rosa: a glorious mystery that creeps you out and then totally enchants.”
—Michelle Tea, author of Valencia and Rose of No Man’s Land

AMBER DAWN is a writer, filmmaker and performance artist based in Vancouver. She is the editor of Fist of the Spider Woman (Arsenal Pulp Press, 2008) and co-editor of With a Rough Tongue: Femmes Write Porn(Arsenal Pulp Press, 2005). Her award-winning, genderfuck docu-porn, Girl on Girl, has been screened in eight countries and added to the gender studies curriculum at Concordia University. She has toured three times with the infamous Sex Workers’ Art Show in the US. She was voted Xtra! West’s Hero of the Year in 2008. She has an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia. Currently, she is the director of programming for the Vancouver Queer Film Festival. Sub Rosa is her first novel.

DEBRA ANDERSON is the winner of the Dayne Ogilvie Grant (2009), a grant awarded to an emerging gay Canadian writer for a body of work. Debra’s writing has been anthologized in Brazen Femme: Queering Femininity, Geeks, Misfits and Outlaws, and Bent: On Writing. She recently read at Word on the Street (2009), facilitated a Creative Writing Workshop at Word on the Street (2007) and in 2007 was the guest author at Pink Ink, a SOY Writing Group for queer/trans youth. Code White (McGilligan Books) is her first novel, which Herizons Magazine described as “…a book that meets your eye, has a good handshake, and looks killer in a pair of fishnets.” For more info visit or join her on Facebook.

This Ain’t stocks Ugly Duckling Presse!

Posted in New Releases, Reviews by thisaintblog on April 16, 2010

We are happy to announce that we have partnered with Ugly Duckling Presse, famous for their exemplary book design (often with letter pressed covers) and savvy poetry in translation, and now carry most of their recent titles along with their chapbooks, formerly unavailable in Canada. In addition we are carrying UDP’s tote bags and “Zaum as a Second Language” t-shirts, and their “paperless book”, which is a non-digital paperless book (you have to see it). Here are a few of their most exciting titles:
5 Meters of Poems by Carlos Oquendo de Amat. Originally published in 1927 this is a expressionist pre-concrete-poetry bi-lingual accordion book folding out to five meters.

A beautiful chapbook with two colour letter pressed card covers, City: Bolshevik Superpoem in 5 Cantos by Manuel Maples Arce’s 1924 poem of the Mexican revolution and its disappointments.
The Made-Up Interviews with Imaginary Artists, edited by Alex Stein, dialogues with Pat Ament, Lorna Dee Cervantes, Peter Grandbois with an erudition and wit that would make Hans-Ulrich Obrist jealous.
The English version of Fanailova’s The Russian Version spans twenty years of poetry from this little known Russian great.
Brownfields is a card folder containing small captioned colour photographs of various industrial and other sites now deemed to be uninhabitable. Held closed in a band of caution tape, this is a work of conceptual photography somewhere between Ed Ruscha and Ed Burtynsky.

Visit the store to check out our complete selection, or browse the full catalog on Ugly Duckling Presse’s website.

Music New Releases [April 3rd, 2010]

Posted in New Releases, Reviews by thisaintblog on April 3, 2010

harrysanfranThere are a number of interesting music books in stock this season, and here are a few of the highlights:
Harry Smith, the Avant-Garde in the American Vernacular, a collection of essays including Greil Marcus, P. Adams Sitney, Thomas Crow and others, and edited by Andrew Perchuk. Fully illustrated in color and black and white this books covers Smith’s whole range of interests. Another compilation evocative of a similar moment in history is The San Francisco Tape Music Center: 1960s Counterculture and the Avant-Garde, edited by David W. Bernstein, also illustrated in colour, and including a DVD.

Patti Smith’s Just Kids, remains one of our bestsellers. We are excited to see that the long overlooked Manchester band Magazine finally has a band biography devoted to it. Continuing in the vein of punk historiography is Sober Living for the Revolution, Hardcore Punk, Straight Edge and Radical Politics, edited by Gabriel Kuhn.