This Thursday: Book Launch with three Signal/Véhicule Press Poets

Join us at the store this Thursday, Novemer 8 at 7pm for a book launch and poetry reading, featuring three Signal/Véhicule Press poets! Nyla Matuk, Susan Glickman, and Pierre Nepveau will be launching their new books, Sumptuary Laws, The Smooth Yarrow, and The Major Verbs (translated by Donald Winkler), respectively.

"Glickman’s writing is defiant: like yarrow, it is lean and strong, not only beautiful, but possessed of myriad healing properties."

Susan Glickman lives in Toronto, where she teaches creative writing and is a freelance editor. The Smooth Yarrow, her sixth collection of poetry, reveals her once again as a truth-teller of the first order. Whether it’s a brilliantly sustained elegy to her late father or a gripping and often disquieting sequence on the art of gardening, Glickman’s new poems are marked by the abiding virtues of her celebrated career: effortless musicality, sparkling mischief, uncompromising insight. Glickman has long been one of Canada’s best poets and The Smooth Yarrow shows her working at the height of her powers. 

Glickman has won both the Gabrielle Roy Prize and the Raymond Klibansky Prize for her work of literary criticism The Picturesque & the Sublime: A Poetics of the Canadian Landscape. Her first novel, The Violin Lover [Goose Lane, 2006] won the Canadian Jewish Book Award for fiction. (from Véhicule Press site)

"...Nyla Matuk’s Sumptuary Laws [is] a book cosmopolitan in a much more literal and thoroughgoing way than any in recent memory. While clearly indebted to fellow Canadian cosmopolites, it draws widely from Modernist influences; one hears echoes of the early Eliot’s wry urbanity, the enigmatic Imagism of H.D., and the playful psycho-eroticism of continental surrealism. Matuk’s status as a true citizen of the world extends beyond her influences, however, to mark her subjects, settings, and even diction."

- The Urge: Reviewing New Canadian Poetry

Sumptuary Laws is Nyla Matuk’s first full-length collection. Taking as her inspiration the feudal rules that once enforced social rank by legistating what a person was permitted to wear and eat, Matuk discovers a new metaphor for contemporary desire and explores, in wildly imaginative and linguistically daring poems, the 21st century “sumptuary laws” that dictate our divisions of luxury and necessity, splendour and squalor. A poet of immense gifts, Matuk has written a book of lasting impact. (from Véhicule Press site)

Praise for Pierre Nepveu's previous work, Mirabel:

There is something familiar about this constrained and passionate book, how it sings to the little woodland, how it yearns for green…. Mirabel is moving, and all of it is skillful, each line, just bang on in its simplicity. –Sina Queyras

An epic poem that acknowledges the dispossessed, this book is a journey into sorrow and compassion. –Governor General’s Award Jury

Pierre Nepveu is a Montreal critic, essayist, poet and teacher. His new collection, The Major Verbs, is a masterwork consisting of three sequences: one focussing on an immigrant night cleaner glimpsed on a subway, another, a riff on a group of stones on a table, and the third concerning the poet’s parents and their deaths. The book closes with a long meditative poem written in the American southwest. The Major Verbs (under its original title, Les Verbes Majeurs) was nominated for a Governor-General’s Award for Poetry in 2010.

Nepveu has received the Governor General’s Award three times—in 1997 for the collection of poems Romans-fleuves, in 1998 for the essay Intérieurs du Nouveau Monde, and in 2003 for Lignes Aériennes. His many other awards include the Québec-Paris Prize, the Prix Victor-Barbeau de l’Académie des lettres du Québec, and the Canada-Swiss Prize. Pierre Nepveu has taught in the Département d’études françaises at the Université de Montréal since 1978. (from Véhicule Press site)

Donald Winkler is a filmmaker and translator. He won the Governor General’s Literary Award for Translation in 2011. His translation of Daniel Poliquin’s La Kermesse (A Secret Between Us) was a finalist for the 2007 Giller Prize. He lives in Montreal. (from Véhicule Press site)

What an excellent line-up this is! As always, we're happy to support and collaborate with a local press like Véhicule. We hope to see you there!

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