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.
There 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.
The 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.
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.
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.
Award winning translator, memoirist and novelist Bruce Benderson has a new fiction title, out from Semeiotext(e), Pacific Agony. The comic novel A Chapter of Hats by Machado de Assis is out in paperback. One of our best sellers of the new year is The Ghost in Love by Jonathan Carroll. Comes highly recommended by the likes of Johnathan Letham, Ed Park and Bruce Wagner. The much awaited biography Raymond Carver, a Writer’s Life by Carol Sklenicka has been in stock since November.
Keith Waldrop’s poetry collection Trancendental Studies, A Trilogy, for which he won the National Book Award is in stock, as is the aphoristic, open ended manifesto Notes on Conceptualisms from poets (and novelist in the latter case) Robert Fitterman and Vennessa Place, is in stock, published as part of Ugly Duckling Presse’s Dossier series. Venessa Place’s earlier books, the ‘short story’ Dies, and the novel La Medusa, from Fiction Collective 2 are in stock as well. The collection The Map as Art, Contemporary Artists Explore Cartography, edited by Katherine Harmon and published by Princeton Architectural is an amazing gift book, as well as being a serious study of the topic.
Percival Everett’s most recent novel is finally in stock: I Am Not Sidney Poitier. Regular customers will know that Peter Handke’s Crossing the Sierra de Gredos has been featured in the store for awhile, but deserves a mention here. Christine Schutt’s All Souls, her only full length novel since Florida is in, wrapped in a horribly generic cover which in no way reflects the contents of this weirdest of all girl’s private school novels. Humanimal: A Project for Future Children, Bhanu Kapil’s poetic essay and treated ‘travel document’ based in the well known 1920 discovery of two girls living with wolves is back in stock.
Commonwealth, Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri’s eagerly awaited followup to Empire (published in 2000) is now available. The only collection of writing to intelligently address Michael Jackson as an aesthetic and social phenomena The Resistable Demise of Michael Jackson, edited by Mark Fischer (a.k.a. k-punk) is in quantity. An easily overlooked art book Steve Wolfe on Paper just arrived: he makes mouth watering screen print reproductions of worn vintage modern paperbacks. Finally, fans of Joe Sacco should know that both his most recent graphic novels are here, Fixer and Footnotes in Gaza along with Dash Shaw’s amazing The Unclothed Man
A few of our feature titles, quickly made unavailable by the holiday rush are back in stock. Rose Alley, the compulsively readable, hilarious and densely layered first novel from Dalkey Archive editor Jeremy M. Davies is back on our shelves. Rebecca Solnit’s A Paradise Built in Hell and here earlier collection of essays Landscapes for Politics […] are once again in, along with Barbara Ehrenreich’s Brightsided, How the Relentless Promotion of Positive Thinking has Undermined America, in many ways its antithesis. Quickly running into its third printing is The Book of Genesis Illustrated, by R. Crumb and also available again is the summer release we were late in getting: American Radical, the Life and Times of I.F. Stone. Finally, the much sought after Barf Manifesto from Dodie Bellamy (Ugly Duckling Presse), to be found along with a few other store faves on Time Out New York’s top ten books of 2009 list is here.
The much anticipated music history title Treat Me Like Dirt, an Oral History of Punk In Toronto by Liz Worth is on sale NOW. Published by Bongo Beat (record label) and comprising 374 pages of interviews with b/w illustrations. Covering Diodes, Viletones, Teenage Head, B-Girls, Curse, Demics, Dishes, Forgotten Rebels, Johnny & the G-Rays, The Mods, The Poles, Simply Saucer, The Ugly, etc.