Brick Book Club 2014

$120.00

THE FLEECE ERA – JOANNA LILLEY

A sardonic, stinging wake-up call to the complexities of modern existence.

Since emigrating from the UK in 2006, Joanna Lilley has lived in Whitehorse, Yukon. Her poems and stories have been published in Canada and the UK in journals including The Malahat Review, Grain and The Fiddlehead. The Fleece Era is her first collection of poetry.

BLUE SONOMA – JANE MUNRO

A wise and embodied collection of dreamscapes, sutras and prayer poems from a writer at her peak.

Jane Munro is the author of five previous books of poetry. Her work has received the Bliss Carman Poetry Award and the Macmillan Prize for Poetry, and was nominated for the Pat Lowther Award. She is a member of Yoko’s Dogs, a poetry collective whose first book, Whisk, appeared in 2013. She lives in Vancouver.

LAKE OF TWO MOUNTAINS – ARLEEN PARÉ – Winner of the 2014 Governor General’s Award for Poetry

A hymn to a beloved lake, a praise poem in forty-five parts, a contemplation of landscape and memory

Arleen Paré is a poet and novelist, author of two previous books.  Originally from Montreal, she lived for many years in Vancouver, where she worked as a social worker and administrator to provide community housing for people with mental illnesses. She now lives in Victoria with her partner, Chris Fox.

ORDINARY HOURS – KAREN ENNS

Sophomore collection of exquisite precision and musicality from a classically trained pianist.

Karen Enns grew up in a Mennonite farming community in southern Ontario. She currently lives and writes in Victoria, B.C., where she works as a private piano instructor. Her first book of poetry, That Other Beauty, was nominated for the Gerald Lampert Award.

TWO TRAGEDIES IN 429 BREATHS – SUSAN PADDON

Chekhov’s work and life fuse with a daughter’s caring for her dying mother in this powerful debut.

Susan Paddon was born and grew up in St. Thomas, Ontario, attended McGill and Concordia in Montreal, and lived overseas in Paris and London before settling in Margaree, Nova Scotia.  Her poems have appeared in Arc, CV2, The Antigonish Review and Geist.

ASTATINE – MICHAEL KENYON

An award-winning writer conjures the Muse and the “noble gases” in this elemental and incandescent new collection.

Michael Kenyon’s work has been shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers Prize, the SmithBooks/Books in Canada First Novel Award, the Baxter Hathaway Prize in fiction, The Malahat Review’s Novella Prize, Prism international’s fiction contest, the Journey Prize, the National and the Western Magazine Award. His novel The Beautiful Children won the 2010 Relit Award.

HOUSE DREAMS – DEANNA YOUNG

A book of dark corners and shifting locations, full of switches that light up the unobvious places, elsewhere in the house.

Deanna Young is the author of two previous books of poems, The Still Before a Storm and Drunkard’s Path. Her work has appeared in journals across Canada, including The Malahat Review and Arc Poetry Magazine. Originally from southwestern Ontario, she now lives in Ottawa.

ORIENT – GILLIAN WIGMORE

A polyphonic hymn to Northern British Columbia by one of its boldest, most exciting writers.

Gillian Wigmore is the author of two previous books of poems: soft geography (Caitlin Press, 2007), winner of the 2008 ReLit Award, and Dirt of Ages (Nightwood, 2012), as well as a novella, Grayling (Mother Tongue Publishing, 2014). Her work has been published in magazines, shortlisted for prizes and anthologized. She lives in Prince George, BC.

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You can see further descriptions of these books on our website at www.brickbooks.ca, listen to their poems, and read interviews and reviews with the spring authors. Interviews with the fall authors will follow.

Books Published in 2014