Brick Book Club 2013
Poems that journey through a tapestry of myths, archetypes and fables; of histories invented and revisited.
Kate Cayley’s poetry and short stories have appeared in literary magazines across the country. Her play, After Akhmatova, was produced by Tarragon Theatre, where she is a playwright-in-residence, and a young adult novel, The Hangman in the Mirror, was published by Annick Press in 2011. She is also the artistic director of Stranger Theatre, and has written, directed and co-created eight plays with the company. She lives in Toronto with her partner and their two children. When This World Comes to an End is her first book of poems.
JOHN REIBETANZ – AFLOAT – March
A masterful poet extends his range, bringing both his agile intelligence and musical acuity into play.
John Reibetanz lives in Toronto with his wife and near their three grown children. Author of seven previous collections of poetry, he teaches English and Creative Writing at Victoria College where he received the first Victoria University Teaching Award.
CHARMAINE CADEAU – PLACEHOLDER – April
Disintegration, gaps in the historical record, and unaccounted-for absences hold these magically makeshift lyric poems together.
Charmaine Cadeau was born in Toronto. Her first collection of poetry, What You Used to Wear, was published with Goose Lane in 2004. She is currently Assistant Professor at High Point University in North Carolina.
Poems about the sense of belonging, about the tenuous ties we make across borders both international and internal.
Raised on a farm in BC’s Fraser Valley, Ann Shin now lives in Toronto with her husband and two daughters. An award-winning filmmaker, new media producer, and former radio producer, Ann recently directed and produced the documentary Defector: Escape from North Korea.
DON DOMANSKI – BITE DOWN LITTLE WHISPER – August 15
His last collection All Our Wonders Unavenged was the winner of the 2007 Governor General’s Award for Poetry, of the 2008 Atlantic Poetry Prize and of the Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia Masterworks Arts Award and longlisted for the 2008 ReLit Awards.
BARRY DEMPSTER – INVISIBLE DOGS – September 1
About the solitary life of the soul as it interacts with the world. It¹s about walking on and through in the face of loneliness and loss, breaking through the isolation, recovering and discovering. Sometimes it’s like scaling a mountain; at other times it’s just putting one foot in front of the other.
Barry Dempster is the author of a novel, a children’s book, two volumes of short stories and eleven collections of poetry. He has been nominated for the Governor General’s Award twice. In 2010 he was a finalist for the Ontario Premier’s Award for Excellence in the Arts. His most recent books include Love Outlandish, Ivan’s Birches, Blue Wherever and Dying a Little.
CATHERINE GREENWOOD – THE LOST LETTERS — September 15
Attempts to document the bridge between the profane and the sacred (material/ephemeral, flesh/spirit…however you want to pin it down). The title refers to the first section “Dear Peter”, a contemporary riff on the correspondence between medieval lovers Eloise and Abelard, and also to the theme of loss in some of the poems in the second section, “Turtle Soup,” which is a bestiary of sorts.
Catherine Greenwood lives on Vancouver Island. The Pearl King and Other Poems, her first book of poetry, was published by Brick Books in 2004. Catherine is the winner of the 2003 Banff Centre Bliss Carman Poetry Award for “Astrolabe,” published in Prairie Fire.
You can see further descriptions of the spring books on our website at www.brickbooks.ca and read interviews and reviews with these authors. Cover photos and longer book descriptions of the fall books will be available later in the spring.