Brick Book Club 2012
STEVEN PRICE – OMENS IN THE YEAR OF THE OX
Omens, curses, the reading of entrails: means of grappling with what is out of our hands, beyond our ken.
Steven Price’s first collection of poetry, Anatomy of Keys (Brick Books, 2006), won the Gerald Lampert Award and was named a Globe & Mail Book of the Year.
JULIE BRUCK – MONKEY RANCH – winner of the 2012 Governor General’s Award for Poetry and a Globe 100 book
Comic and sober by turns, these poems ask us what is sufficient, what will suffice?
Julie Bruck is the author of two previous books, both with Brick: The End of Travel (1999) and The Woman Downstairs (1993). Her recent work has appeared in The New Yorker, Ploughshares, and The Walrus.. A Montreal native, she lives in San Francisco.
NORA GOULD – I SEE MY LOVE MORE CLEARLY FROM A DISTANCE
Unromantic poems examining life, love, illness, and death on a ranch on the hard grass prairie.
Nora Gould writes from east central Alberta where she ranches with her family and volunteers in wildlife rehabilitation with the Medicine River Wildlife Centre. She graduated from the University of Guelph with a degree in veterinary medicine. I see my love more clearly from a distance is her first poetry collection. In 2009 Nora Gould won the Banff Centre Bliss Carman Poetry Award.
EMILY McGIFFIN – BETWEEN DUSK AND NIGHT
Poems with an urgent desire to discover a way to be in right relation to other creatures and to the earth itself.
Emily McGiffin’s poetry has received awards from the Writer’s Trust of Canada, the Canadian Authors Association and has twice been a finalist for the CBC Literary Awards. She was born and raised on Vancouver Island and currently makes her home in northwest BC where she works for Skeena Watershed Conservation Coalition. This is her first poetry collection.
JAN CONN – EDGE EFFECTS
Mature poems with their finger on the pulse of the dark side of the present.
Jan Conn was brought up in Asbestos, Quebec. She now lives in Great Barrington, Massachusetts and works as a professor of Biomedical Sciences whose research is focused on mosquitoes, their evolution and ecology. She has published seven previous books of poetry.
SUSAN GILLIS – THE RAPIDS
Poems that navigate the turbulent passages of our lives, returning to them transient joys, persistent sorrows, openings to tenderness.
Susan Gillis has lived on the Atlantic and Pacific coasts of Canada, and now lives most of the year in Montreal, where she teaches English.
JESSICA MOORE – EVERYTHING, NOW
Poems about being stranded in a truth that shows no mercy, speaking from the last place you’d ever choose to go.
Jessica Moore is a writer and translator. Her poems and translations have appeared in Arc, CV2, The Antigonish Review, Cenizo and The Literary Review. She also writes songs and plays the banjo in her band, Charms, whose self-titled album was launched in 2010 in Toronto.