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Thursday, 23 October 2014

An Evening with the Internet Underground: Double Launch with Gabriella Coleman and Molly Sauter

Join us on Thursday, November 20 at 7 p.m. for An Evening with the Internet UndergroundGabriella Coleman and Molly Sauter will both be launching books. How has the internet underground changed politics online and in the world at large? Who is Anonymous? What is a DDoS? Can civil disobedience find a home on the internet? Coleman and Sauter will discuss these questions and more as they read from and talk about their new books, Hacker Hoaxer Whistleblower Spy and The Coming Swarm. There will be a signing and reception after the event.


Hacker, Hoaxer, Whistleblower, Spy: Half a dozen years ago, anthropologist Gabriella Coleman set out to study the rise of worldwide movement of hackers, pranksters, and activists that operates under the non-name Anonymous just as some of its members were turning to political protest and dangerous disruption (before Anonymous shot to fame as a key player in the battles over WikiLeaks, the Arab Spring, and Occupy Wall Street). She ended up becoming so closely connected to Anonymous that the tricky story of her inside-outside status as Anon confidante, interpreter, and erstwhile mouthpiece forms one of the themes of this witty and entirely engrossing book. The narrative brims with details unearthed from within a notoriously mysterious subculture, whose semi-legendary tricksters – such as Topiary, tflow, Anachaos, and Sabu – emerge as complex, diverse, politically and culturally sophisticated people. Propelled by years of chats and encounters with a multitude of hackers, including imprisoned activist Jeremy Hammond and the double agent who helped put him away, Hector Monsegur, Hacker, Hoaxer, Whistleblower, Spy is filled with insights into the meaning of digital activism and little understood facets of culture in the Internet age, including the history of “trolling,” the ethics and metaphysics of hacking, and the origins and manifold meanings of “the lulz.”


In The Coming Swarm, rising star Molly Sauter examines the history, development, theory, and practice of distributed denial of service actions as a tactic of political activism. The internet is a vital arena of communication, self expression, and interpersonal organizing. When there is a message to convey, words to get out, or people to unify, many will turn to the internet as a theater for that activity. As familiar and widely accepted activist tools-petitions, fundraisers, mass letter-writing, call-in campaigns and others-find equivalent practices in the online space, is there also room for the tactics of disruption and civil disobedience that are equally familiar from the realm of street marches, occupations, and sit-ins? With a historically grounded analysis, and a focus on early deployments of activist DDOS as well as modern instances to trace its development over time, The Coming Swarm uses activist DDOS actions as the foundation of a larger analysis of the practice of disruptive civil disobedience on the internet.

Gabriella (Biella) Coleman is the Wolfe Chair in Scientific and Technological Literacy in the Art History and Communication Studies Department at McGill University. Trained as an anthropologist, teaches, researches, and writes on computer hackers. Her work examines the ethics of online collaboration/institutions as well as the role of the law and digital media in sustaining various forms of political activism. Her first book, Coding Freedom: The Aesthetics and the Ethics of Hacking was published with Princeton University Press. Hacker, Hoaxer, Whistleblower, Spy is her second book.

Molly Sauter is a doctoral student at McGill University in Montreal in the department of Art History and Communication Studies. She holds a masters degree in Comparative Media Studies from MIT, and is an affiliate researcher at the Center for Civic Media at the Media Lab and the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University.  Her research is situated in socio-political analyses of technology and technological culture, and is broadly focused on hacker culture, transgressive digital activism, and depictions of technology in the media. Her work has been published in The Atlantic, HiLow Brow, io9,The American Behavioral Scientist, and the MIT Technology Review. Her research has been featured by Popular Mechanics, BoingBoing, the BBC, NPR, the CBC, Der Spiegel, and the Christian Science Monitor.  She resides in Montreal, Quebec, and lives on the internet, blogging at oddletters.com and tweeting @oddletters.
Wednesday, 22 October 2014

A book signing and Q&A with Lauren Wilson, author of The Art of Eating Through the Zombie Apocalypse

Join us on Wednesday, November 19 at 7 p.m. to learn how eat well during the zombie apocalypse! Lauren Wilson will be launching her book, The Art of Eating Through the Zombie Apocalypse. There will be a presentation, a Q&A, and books available for sale and signing!

The Art of Eating Through the Zombie Apocalypse is a cookbook and culinary field guide for the busy zpoc survivor. With more than 75 recipes (from “No Knead To Panic Bread” and “Apocalypse Soup for the Survivor’s Soul” to “Pasta Aglio e Oh No!,” “Down and Out Sauerkraut,” and “Twinkie Trifle”), scads of gastronomic survival tips, and dozens of diagrams and illustrations that help you scavenge, forage, and improvise your way to an artful post-apocalypse meal. The Art of Eating is the ideal handbook for efficient food sourcing and inventive meal preparation in the event of an undead uprising.

Whether you decide to hole up in your own home or bug out into the wilderness, whether you prefer to scavenge the dregs of society or try your hand at apocalyptic agriculture, and regardless of your level of skill or preparation, The Art of Eating will help you navigate the wasteland and make the most of what you eat.

Just because the undead’s taste buds are atrophying doesn’t mean yours have to!

About the author:

Lauren Wilson was infected with a rare strain of undead enthusiasm over a decade ago while fighting off the zombie menace of Raccoon City in the original Resident Evil. From video games to comic books, zombie walks to online communities, there are few corners of the culture she has not explored. And she’s got a decent zed t-shirt collection, to boot. When not nerding out about zombies, space, or Adventure Time, Lauren works in the world of food as a professional cook and writer. Since completing her culinary training at Toronto’s George Brown Chef School in 2008 she has done a variety of work—from restaurant cooking to cheesemongering, online sales to catering, teaching cooking classes to writing for print and online media. She completed research and course development work at George Brown examining the career motivations, ambitions, and expectations of students with the aim of better understanding low female representation at the executive level of professional kitchens. After eating up all the good bits of Toronto, Lauren followed a trail of crumbs to Brooklyn, where she is cooking, eating, writing, and teaching happily.

TONIGHT: Monia Mazigh’s Mirrors & Mirages | The Montreal Launch

On Wednesday, October 22 at 7 p.m., The Silk Road Institute and Librairie Drawn & Quarterly will host Monia Mazigh for the official Montreal launch of her book Mirrors and Mirages, published by House of Anansi and translated from the original French by Fred Reed. A short talk by the author, a book signing and a chance to mingle will comprise the night’s event and, of course, tasty refreshments will be served.


In the spirit of Amy Tan’s international bestselling novel The Joy Luck Club, Mirrors and Mirages is an intricately woven, deftly told story that follows the lives of women and their daughters. In Mirrors and Mirages, Monia Mazigh lets us into the lives of six women. They are immigrant mothers — Emma, Samia, and Fauzia — guardians of tradition who want their daughters to enjoy freedom in Western society. They are daughters — Lama, Sally, and Louise, a young woman who converted to Islam for love — university students who are clever and computer savvy. They decide for themselves whether or not to wear a veil, or niqab. Gradually, these women cross paths, and, without losing their authenticity, they become friends and rivals, mirrors and mirages of each other.


Monia Mazigh holds a Ph.D. in finance from McGill University. In 2009, she published her memoir, Hope and Despair, about her fight to free her husband, Maher Arar, from a Syrian jail. Her debut novel, Miroirs et mirages, published originally in French, was a finalist for the Trillium Book Award.

Fred A. Reed is a journalist and award-winning literary translator. He has won the Governor General’s Literary Award for Translation three times and his translations include Monia Mazigh’s memoir Hope and Despair. He lives in Montreal.
We look forward to seeing you here! For more information visit www.silkroadinstitute.ca and RSVP on the Facebook event page.
Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Life is Good: New Lynda Barry book from D&Q!


Full disclosure on a personal bias: I'm a massive Lynda Barry fan. Such a Lynda Barry fan am I that I was always put on Lynda Barry event duty at the Vancouver Writer's Fest. Without even being asked. Because everybody knew. About my Lynda Barry Love.


So I went into reading Syllabus, the newest release from Drawn & Quarterly, both super pumped to read it and feeling like I knew what to expect. Syllabus ended up delivering so much more than I ever could have anticipated or hoped for; as with Lynda's whole gerd'damn life, it's an inspiration and an absolute joy, and I probably won't shut up about it for a while, so maybe watch out.


For those of you who are unaware of Barry's stylings, she teaches "a method of writing that focuses on the relationship between the hand, the brain, and spontaneous images, both written and visual." (D&Q) Syllabus: Notes From an Accidental Professor uses the Dear Professor Old Skull's course plans from several of her classes at the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery and expands upon them with her teaching insights, collages, and assignments. Those familiar with Lynda Barry will recognize her dynamically dense and colourful style, yellow lined paper, and the presence of the legendary Near Sighted Monkey


This excerpt, from Professor Lynda's Making Comics class description, perfectly encapsulates what makes her classes and workshops the type of experience people take three train rides for. Reclaiming the self-confidence of unbridled drawing is a practice very few people engage in, and yet it is so unbelievably empowering.


Sections of Syllabus that take the focus off the class and onto Lynda Barry's experiences and insights on teaching are honest and deeply entrancing: the glorious Dog & Beaver drawing used in On Liking and Not Liking Our Drawings and later called back to in her examination of people who have quit drawing as children and started up again in her class is particularly delightful.


It's the same sense of charm that has made us unable to throw out the Moley the Mole drawing from our first Kids Drawing Day event: there's something innately alive about this type of drawing, unrestricted and enigmatic beyond belief. Lynda Barry's quest is genuine and hard not to get behind. How can her brand of enthusiasm not latch itself onto you?!


Also worth mentioning: the production on Syllabus is understated and perfect. Its single signature binding and comp book aesthetic is such an exact fit with the content that I was surprised to find myself feeling like a student again, energized and ready to pack it and go to class.


Extra credit: throughout Syllabus, Professor Lynda calls out and uses Ivan Brunetti's Cartooning. If you're in for a double hit of inspirational insights into teaching and cartooning, we also highly recommend this lovely little book.


Drawn & Quarterly + Moomin + Tove 100 = Pure Magic AKA Moomin Deluxe


The crazy thing about this incredible deluxe edition of the complete Tove Jansson Moomin strips is that I could just post photos of it and you'd be so overwhelmed by its beauty and production value you'd probably drool all over your keyboard and black out, but as with all of Jansson's work, its beauty lays in its emotional complexity, not solely its aesthetic allure.


The book itself is enclosed in this gorgeous slip case, which shows our hero in his natural melancholy habitat. The colours on this bad boy are a thing to behold: so lovely and bold!


Another gorgeous production detail (pardon my seeming hyperbole) is this subtle little emboss job on the front of the book.


By the way, Helen and I lost our minds when we opened this up for the first time, mostly because of the hilarity of Moomin, Snork Maiden, and Moominpappa soaring through the air. Very appropriate. Also, check out that great poster.


All of the original strips are here, from the high-risk adventure of Moomin and the Brigands to the witty romance of Fuddler's Courtship and everything in between. It's amazing to flow from volume to volume, in one place, a process which lends itself well to a Sunday afternoon inside, sipping tea out of what else than a Moomin mug.


Before you think Drawn & Quarterly would be content to let it rest at that, lay your peepers on this: 28 pages of Tove Jansson's sketches. These beauties are yellowed, covered in glue, and bursting with more character than any reader will know what to do with. The book also comes with a beautifully written introduction by Drawn & Quarterly Creative Director Tom Devlin, and write-ups from Dylan Horrocks, James Kochalka, Megan Kelso, and Tom Hart.


Moomin: The Deluxe Edition: definitely not just for kids, definitely for everyone, definitely going to make you gaze wistfully towards the sky and praise the lords of print media.
Monday, 20 October 2014

Now in store: The Who the What and the When: 65 Artists Illustrate the Secret Sidekicks of History

This just in! The Who the What and the When: 65 Artists Illustrate the Secret Sidekicks of History is the follow-up to the very popular The Where, the Why, and the How: 75 Artists Illustrate Wondrous Mysteries of Science. Instead of explaining the mysteries of science, this beautifully illustrated volume tells the stories of the often forgotten or ignored folks who acted as supporters, trainers, benefactors, and co-creators alongside a variety of historical figures. Check it out!


Each write-up and each illustration is done by a different writer/illustrator pairing, which means that you will discover new artists, in addition to brushing up on your sidekick knowledge!

Here, have a sneak peek:

Julia Warhola, Andy Warhol's Mother, written by John Niekrasz and illustrated by Leslie Herman: Julia Warhola (née Zavacky) supported her son Andy in a multitude of ways - from teaching him to draw and collage, to moving in with him when he was destitute in New York in order to take care of his apartment and finances for him while he worked on his art. They even made books together! And she was the one who fed him all that Campbell's Soup...

Carlo, Emily Dickinson's Dog, written by Sara Levine, illustrated by Sarah Jacoby: Emily Dickinson's 'shaggy ally' was Carlo, a Newfoundland, named after the dog in Jane Eyre, and probably weighing more than Dickinson herself. Carlo popped up often in Dickinson's poetry, accompanied her on long walks, and kept her company for 16 years.

Anna Dostoyevskaya, Fyodor Dostoyevsky's wife, written by Igor Levshin, illustrated by Laura Callaghan: Anna Dostoyevskaya (née Snitkina) was Fyodor Dostoyevsky's second wife, 26 years his junior, who began by working as his stenographer, and ended up setting up their independent publishing business. She is often called the first Russian female publisher, as well as the first Russian businesswoman.

We don't want to give too many spoilers, though! Best to come here and have a look for yourselves...
Sunday, 19 October 2014

Oh My Glob! We've got Adventure Time: The Art of OOO!



Happy days, we've got the first behind-the-scenes look at Adventure Time! With over three hundred pages of character sketches, background paintings, storyboards, factoids, and more, the book is chock full of details, extras, and interviews with the writers, actors, and composers that make this Emmy award-winning show what it is.


Written by animator Chris McDonnell, the book features the art of Matt Forsythe, Seo Kim, Jesse Jacobs, Michael DeForge, and the dozens of other talented folks who round out a star-studded list of contributors (and hey look, the introduction is written by Guillermo del Toro).


If you're at all a fan of Finn the Human and Jake the Dog's post-apocalyptic journeys through the Land of OOO, this book is a must-read. Check it out!


Conundrum and Koyama present: Elisabeth Belliveau and Walter Scott Launch One Year in America and Wendy

Join us for this exciting double launch from two of the best Canadian comics presses - Conundrum and Koyama!


Elisabeth Belliveau will launch her first graphic novel, One Year In America. Walter Scott will launch Wendy, which collects his ragingly popular Wendy comic strips!



About One Year In America:
The first graphic novel from popular zinester...
Belliveau’s first graphic novel begins with a loss of innocence over ice skater Katarina Witt’s fall from grace by posing in Playboy. It is told through both drawings and email text between friends. The story jumps between Canada and the United States and travels abroad navigating life after art school, marriage and divorce. It is a year in a life, but one that is pregnant with memory, meaning and desire. It is a post-modern coming of age story which quite literally crosses boundaries.


Elisabeth Belliveau is an interdisciplinary artist originally from Nova Scotia. Her work has been screened and exhibited internationally. She completed a BFA at Alberta College of Art and Design and an MFA at Concordia University in Montréal where she currently teaches.














About Wendy:
Wendy is trendy, and has dreams of art stardom — but our young urban protagonist is perpetually derailed by the temptations of punk music, drugs, alcohol, parties, and boys. Hegemonies and hearts are broken in this droll and iconoclastic look at the worlds of art and twentysomethings.

“If you are or were ever a 20-something art school party girl, this comic will stare directly into your soul. If you aren’t and never have been, that’s okay too because Wendy’s art show-littered search for happiness, questionable life choices and totally human tendency for
failure are just a great read anyway.” — Olivia Whittick, VICE Magazine


Walter Scott is an artist from Montréal. His work has been exhibited across Canada and Wendy has been serialized on Random House Canada’s literary digital magazine Hazlitt.
Saturday, 18 October 2014

Michael Springate launches The Beautiful West & the Beloved of God with guest reader Marianne Ackerman

Join us on Thursday, November 13 at 7 p.m. for the launch of Michael Springate's The Beautiful West & The Beloved of God (Guernica Editions). Michael will read from the book, which will be for sale. There will be a guest reading by Montreal writer Marianne Ackerman, who recently launched her book Holy Fools + 2 Stories (Guernica Editions) at the bookstore.


About The Beautiful West & The Beloved of God:

Elena and Mahfouz meet in Montreal in the spring of 2008. That summer, however, Mahfouz doesn’t return from a trip to Cairo, and his father is picked up and held indefinitely for unknown charges on undisclosed evidence. No longer in contact with each other, Elena and Mahfouz must separately come to terms with their historical situation, preparing for a future shaped by forces they struggle to understand.

Quotes of support:

"The best and bravest book I’ve read in years. The Beautiful West & The Beloved of God is on par with the moral voices of Dostoyevsky and Solzhenitsyn."
– Charles Orloski, Writer and Cultural Critic

"This is an exceptional novel, set in Montreal and Egypt, that brings out the frightening turns in the tribal wars being played out all over the world. The author’s historical awareness amply supports a deeply personal and local story, giving it a global resonance."
– Rana Bose, Author of The Fourth Canvas and Recovering Rude

"I love the patient rhythm which creates in meticulous dialogue a mosaic of three Montreal families, their roots elsewhere. With reverberations in history, politics and philosophy, this is a humane, civil, and eminently Canadian world, yet the intensity and inevitability of the ending are overwhelming."
– Leanore Lieblein, Editor and Translator, Professor of English and Theatre Studies (retired), McGill University


Born in Montreal and currently a resident of Vancouver, Michael Springate's previous publications include Historical Bliss, Dog and Crow (published by Guernica), The Consolation of Philosophy, The Geese Sonnets, Freeport, Texas, and Küt: Shock and Awe. He is Artist Associate with Vancouver’s Full Circle: First Nations Performance and a founder of Commercial Drive Productions.







 

About Marianne Ackerman's Holy Fools + 2 Stories:

"The characters in Holy Fools + 2 Stories are humble people who may seem mad. Burdened by delusion. Driven by irrational goals. They take action and are caught up in the web of events, carried to unfamiliar shores that may or may not denote salvation. There is no message. I just wanted to write about the dear human spirit, swimming against a crazy world."

– Marianne Ackerman

Praise:

Marianne Ackerman writes with precision, power, and purpose. As she weaves her wonderful stories, her perfect words and sentences leave a mark on the reader. This is exquisite storytelling.
– Terry Fallis, novelist, winner of CBC Canada Reads

Holy Fools is wild. From the opening few lines, it’s fresh and original, full of twists and turns I never saw coming.
– John Goddard, author of Inside the Museums

Tonight! Wesley Craig launches Blackhand Comics

Join us tonight at 7 p.m. for the launch of Wes Craig's new book, Blackhand Comics (Image Comics)! Wes will give a short talk with a question and answer period to follow. Books will be available for purchase and signing.

The trio of tales in Blackhand Comics, “The Gravediggers’ Union," "Circus Day," and "The Seed", explores the fringes of society, the weird, and the macabre.

"Wes explores panels, page layouts, pacing, colors, lettering, and story telling at an amazing and challenging level of style and skill. Blackhand Comics truly feels like a creator pushing himself to the limit and then reaching beyond that.”
–Kyle Overkill, Rhymes with Geek

 

Wes Craig is the artist and co-creator of Deadly Class with Rick Remender, and the creator of Blackhand Comics, both published by Image Comics. Working out of Montreal, Quebec, he has been drawing comic books professionally since 2004.
Friday, 17 October 2014

GN Book Club #8: One Hundred Demons (Lynda Barry)

Each month we host a Graphic Novel Book Club meeting, open to all, during which we hang out and informally discuss a featured graphic novel. The pick for the November meeting is Lynda Barry's One Hundred Demons!

We will meet at the 211 store on Wednesday, November 12th at 7 p.m. Discussion will be hosted by Drawn & Quarterly's Julia Pohl-Miranda. There will be refreshments and collective insight! We offer you a 20% discount on One Hundred Demons from October 15th until the meeting date.

One Hundred Demons is Lynda Barry's colllection of "autobifictionalographic" stories about the little (and big) embarrassments, life-changing heartaches, and rotten teenagers that define our childhoods. Whether she's writing about the way people's houses smell, the reasons babies are the best dancers, or a teenaged friend committing suicide, Barry captures the heart, the soul, the funk of life in these vibrantly watercolored pages.

" These stories all contain little grenades of meaning that tend to explode just after you've read the last line."--New York Times

Tonight! Book Thug's Fall 2014 Book Launch

Join us tonight at 7 p.m. to celebrate the fall literary season with BookThug, one of Canada's most acclaimed indie presses, as they launch another great season of books.

Featuring readings by Alisha Piercy, Bertrand Laverdure and Oana Avasilichioaei, Gregoire Pam Dick, R. Kolewe and Wanda Praamsma. The evening will be hosted by Carmen Joy King. Refreshments will be served and books will be for sale!

Bunny and Shark (Alisha Piercy):
From award-winning author Alisha Piercy comes Bunny and Shark , a middle-aged coming-of-age story-cum-shark-adventure that reveals and celebrates women's power in the trenches. Plunging into the first thirteen days after the 'bastard' pushes his ex-Playboy wife 'Bunny' over a cliff in the Caribbean, Bunny and Shark is a fable about island survival, and the perils and potentials of being exiled from one's identity.

Literally lost at sea, Bunny is fueled by the miracle of having been saved from sharks by a band of dolphins. And her continued survival depends on her ability to become a spiritual extension of the landscape: she is the mood of the ocean at night as she swims blindly in it, and the protective coolness of the jungle by day as she recovers from a loss of limb; the close-walled refuge of the sailboats anchored in the harbour, and the sparkling deck of an opulent superyacht when, transformed, she makes a triumphant return to her former world.

Introducing one of the great heroines of contemporary fiction, Bunny and Shark takes readers on a voyage intense with abandon and illumination, in a story that invokes more than a little bit of magic in the telling.

Alisha Piercy is a Montreal-based writer, artist, and painting conservator. Studies in literature,art conservation and print media influence her creative practice, which ranges from drawing installations to sculptural bookworks to the writing of novellas. Her work has been exhibited in various galleries in eastern Canada, with international projects in Iceland and Mexico. Her chapbook "You have hair like flags~" won the bpNichol Chapbook Poetry Award in 2010. Bunny and Shark is her first novel.


Universal Bureau of Copyrights (Bertrand Laverdure, Translated by Oana Avasilichioaei):
From celebrated Quebecois author Bertrand Laverdure comes Universal Bureau of Copyrights, a bold, strange and addictive story that envisions a world where free will doesn't exist, and an enigmatic global corporation buys and sells the copyrights for all things on Earth, including real and fictional characters. Through this novel, which is part poetic narrative, part sci-fi-dystopian fantasy, readers become acquainted with the main character, a man who deconstructs himself as he navigates the mystifying passages of the story. Having no control over his environment, time continuum, or body, he is a puppet on strings, an icon in a video game and, as he eventually discovers within the bowels of the Universal Bureau of Copyrights, the object of countless copyrights. With touches of Vonnegut's Breakfast of Champions and Sterne's Tristram Shandy, Universal Bureau of Copyrights packs a multitude of modern cultural references into an audacious exploration of identity and one's place in the world.

Bertrand Laverdure is an award-winning poet, novelist, literary performer, and blogger. His poetry publications include Rires (2004) and Sept et demi (2007). He has written four well-received novels, Gomme de xanthane (2006), Lectodôme (2008), J'invente la piscine (2010), Bureau universel des copyrights (2011). Lettres crues, a book of literary correspondence with Quebecois author Pierre Samson, was published in the fall of 2012. Most recently, he published a YA poetry collection, Cascadeuse (2013). Awards include the Joseph S. Stauffer Prize from the Canada Council for the Arts (1999), and the Rina-Lasnier Award for Poetry for Les forêts (2003). Les forêts was also nominated for the Emile-Nelligan Award for Poetry (2000), while Audioguide was nominated for the Grand Prix du Festival International de Poésie de Trois-Rivières (2003), and Lectodôme for the Grand Prix littéraire Archambault (2009).

Oana Avasilichioaei's previous translations include Wigrum by Quebecois writer Daniel Canty (2013), The Islands by Quebecoise poet Louise Cotnoir (2011) and Occupational Sickness by Romanian poet Nichita Stănescu (2006). In 2013, she edited a feature on Quebec French writing in translation for Aufgabe (New York). she has also played in the bounds of translation and creation in a poetic collaboration with Erín Moure, Expeditions of a Chimæra, (2009). Her most recent poetry collection is We, Beasts (2012; winner of the QWF's A.M. Klein Prize for Poetry), and her audio work can be found on Pennsound. She lives in Montreal.





Metaphysical Licks (Gregoire Pam Dick):
Metaphysical Licks, a hybrid prose-poem/novella riffing on the lives and works of Austrian poet Georg Trakl and his sister, Grete, is the restless new work by writer and translator Gregoire Pam Dick [a.k.a. Mina Pam Dick, Jake Pam Dick et al., author of Delinquent (Futurepoem, 2009)]. With a mix of high and low, tragic and comic, abstract and concrete, artifice and confession, Dick's playful writing takes risks. It transposes Georg’s Grete (musician, fellow addict and suicide) to current-day Greta, gives her Wittgenstein and Kafka as other brothers, and betroths her (unhappily) to Nietzsche. Crossing New York City with Vienna and Berlin, it composes dissonance from urban moments, narrative fragments, and philosophical remarks. The inventive, androgynous, sexually loose (and intermittently incestuous) persona of Greta expresses itself through the surreal and haunted imagery of Trakl's poems. Readers will be drawn to Dick's combination of girl/punk rebelliousness and intensely questioning thought, in a text where creativity alone offers escape and exultation, and subjectivity keeps changing its sounds.

Gregoire Pam Dick (aka Mina Pam Dick, Jake Pam Dick et al.) is the author of Delinquent (Futurepoem, 2009). Her writing has appeared in BOMB, frieze, The Brooklyn Rail, Aufgabe, EOAGH, Fence, Matrix, Open Letter, Poetry Is Dead , and elsewhere, and has been featured in Postmodern Culture; it is included in the anthologies The Sonnets (ed. S. Cohen and P. Legault, Telephone, 2012) and Troubling the Line: Trans and Genderqueer Poetry and Poetics, (ed. TC Tolbert and Tim Trace Peterson, Nightboat, 2013). Her philosophical work has appeared in a collection published by the International Wittgenstein Symposium. Also an artist and translator, Dick lives in New York City, where she is currently doing work that makes out and off with Büchner, Wedekind, Walser, and Michaux.



a thin line between (Wanda Praamsma):
In what can be described as a verse-novel for its lyricism and rhythmic structure, Wanda Praamsma crafts a story that transcends geographic boundaries and time periods, by weaving together lives from her own family's past, including her poet-grandfather and sculptor-uncle. Subtle in its life lessons, a thin line between works at 'peeling away the I's' to explore concepts of self and family in flux. What emerges is a poignant, and at times humorous, portrait of a Dutch-Canadian family and a close look into a young woman's exploration of her own being and creative life.

Wanda Praamsma grew up in the Ottawa valley in Clayton, Ontario. Her poetry has appeared in Ottawater, 17 seconds, and Feathertale, and several literary non-fiction pieces have appeared in the Toronto Star, where she worked for several years as an editor. She has worked, studied, and lived at various points in Salamanca, Spain, Santiago, Chile, and Amsterdam, The Netherlands, and has travelled to many places in between and beyond, including Cuba, India, and the Balkans. Praamsma currently lives on Wolfe Island in Ontario, and is working on an MFA in Creative Writing through the University of British Columbia. a thin line between is her first book of poetry.
Afterletters (R. Kolewe):
Lovers wrote letters. Letters crossed absence, longing, joy, passion, loss and heartbreak. Sometimes letters were answered. Sometimes not. And sometimes not for years, but then –

In 1948, in the exhausted aftermath of WWII, the poets Paul Celan and Ingeborg Bachmann met in Vienna. They began a difficult and intense but intermittent relationship which lasted until the early 1960s, broken off only when Bachmann could no longer deal with Celan’s increasing mental instability. And yet, despite the break, the relationship continued to haunt both of them.

In Afterletters, R. Kolewe weaves together fragments of letters and other works of these two poets, to give us a stunning sequence of poems that explore the traces of loss and love, in language that breaks, recombines and scintillates, “star-crossed, star-covered, star-thrown.”

R. Kolewe was born in Montreal. Educated in physics and engineering at the University of Toronto, he pursued a successful career in the software industry for many years, while living in a picturesque village in southwestern Ontario. Always a reader, he began to devote his time to writing not long after returning to Toronto in 2007. His work has appeared online at ditch, e-ratio, and The Puritan, and he has been associated with the online magazine of Canadian poetics, influencysalon.ca. He also takes photographs.

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