Month: May, 2010

Luck be a Lady: Karen Solie credits her career as a poet to chance, but her fans know different

By Mark Medley  May 29, 2010 /National Post – In the late 1980s, fresh out of college, Karen Solie worked as a cub reporter for the Lethbridge Herald. The job mixed the tranquility of small-town life — “a lot of dog shows and bake sales, as they say” — with more stressful assignments, like rushing to […]

What is Stephen Harper Reading? – Book Number 82: The Grey Islands, by John Steffler, sent to you by Don McKay

Inscription: May 24, 2010 – Book # 82 – Dear Prime Minister Harper:  As everyone on the planet probably knows by now, Yann Martel is busy touring with his new book, and has asked other writers to take over in his absence. Today it is my pleasant duty to present you, and readers of his […]

“Love is love, and hard enough to find” – Ruth Roach Pierson’s response to Carolyn Smart’s Hooked – for Influency: A Poetry Salon, May 19, 2010

My reaction to Hooked the first time I read it was: “Shit!  I wish I’d written that!” And I have continued to feel the same way every time I’ve heard Carolyn read from Hooked and every time I’ve re-read one or more of its dramatic monologues.  But I don’t mean that this is the only […]

Poetry’s renaissance – Publishers across country release many verse titles this season

Halifax Chronicle-Herald – April 18, 2010 By Stephen Patrick Clare – In the wake of this week’s Atlantic Book Awards, literature lovers across the region have been reminded that some of the country’s – and the world’s – finest authors are today living and working among us. Names like Linden MacIntyre, Michael Crummey and Shandi Mitchell […]

Earthy and Exalted – Ruth Roach Pierson on Karen Solie’s Modern and Normal

What is not to like about Karen’s Solie’s poems whose personae inhabit an often tawdry, down-at-the-heel, hard-scrabble world, whose tough girl down-on-their-luck narrators are often into guns and booze, sleazy hotels, and one-night stands? The rich language of the poems’ varying voices mesmerizes with a mixed diction that ranges from the earthy, lusty, and profane […]

The Poetic World of Karen Solie by Jon Eben Field at Open Book: Toronto

“All we come up with are gestures towards answers.” – Karen Solie, 14/11/2008. In June of last year, I met Karen Solie at a friend’s wedding in Northern Ontario. At the time, I did not know who she was. I did not know about her as a poet. I recall asking what she did. There […]

Brick Books’ Editor Finalist for Premier’s Award for Excellence in the Arts

Brick editor, author and poet Barry Dempster has been selected as one of six finalists for the Premier’s Award for Excellence in the Arts.  The Premier’s Award recognizes outstanding achievement and contribution to arts and culture in Ontario during a significant period of time. Six finalists are chosen from various arts disciplines and each is […]

35th Anniversary Sale

Happy Birthday to Brick Books!!!  35 Years & Going Strong!!!!   To celebrate our 35th anniversary, we’re having a BIG SALE!!!  — SALE EXTENDED TO JUNE 30, 2010 For all the details, go to

Ten Questions with Steve McOrmond on Open Book: Toronto

Poet Steve McOrmond’s new book The Good News About Armageddon is set to launch June 10. He talks to Open Book about inspiration, his ideal reader and shares a poem from the new collection. Open Book: Toronto: Tell us about your book, The Good News about Armageddon. Steve McOrmond: The Good News about Armageddon is […]

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