Event Recap: Signal Editions, Véhicule Press and Coach House Fall Poetry Launch

On Saturday, October 17, we welcomed three poets to the store to launch their new work.

Joshua Trotter, David Solway and Derek Webster each gave readings. Mary Dalton, who was to be the fourth reader, was unfortunately unable to attend.

Carmine Starnino, editor of Signal Editions, gave the introduction.

Joshua Trotter read from Mission Creep (Coach House), which began as reworkings of the CIA's Human Resources Exploitation Training Manual.

David Solway, known as the “presiding spirit” of the Signal Editions series, introduced and read from his new book, Installations. The title changed several times. The final title is taken from one of the poems within—inspired by a whirlygig he once spotted on the road into Gananoque, where he lives. Solway also shared some thoughts about another love of his: scotch. The art of making scotch is not, he told us, so different from the art of writing poetry. Which makes reading (or writing) poetry while drinking scotch the ultimate pastime!

Derek Webster gave us his first poetry reading in 17 years! Mockingbird (Véhicule Press) is a night book, he explained—it's full of nighttime thoughts. We were treated to his performance of a poem of mysterious sounds, which offers possible interpretations for a great range of grunting, groaning, and scuttling.

Thank you to everyone who attended! All three books are available at the Librairie!

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