Brick Book Club 2015
A turbulent, celebratory flight from an accomplished witness and journeyman.
Antony Di Nardo is a poet and teacher. He currently divides his time between Beirut, Lebanon—where he teaches English at International College—and central Canada. He is the author of two previous collections of poems: Alien, Correspondent (Brick Books, 2010) and Soul on Standby (Exile Editions, 2010).
Under the sugar maples of Montreal, family life is given mythic dimensions in this sweeping novella-in-verse.
Naomi Guttman’s first book of poems, Reasons for Winter, won the A.M. Klein Award for Poetry. Her second, Wet Apples, White Blood, was co-winner of the Adirondack Center for Writing’s Best Book of Poems for 2007. The Banquet of Donny & Ari: Scenes from the Opera is her third poetry collection. Raised in Montreal, she now teaches creative writing at Hamilton College in Clinton, NY.
Dazzling collection of masques from Manitoba Book of the Year– and Walrus Poetry Prize–winning author.
Méira Cook has published four poetry collections, most recently A Walker in the City (Brick Books). She won the inaugural Walrus Poetry Prize in 2012. Her first novel, The House on Sugarbush Road (Enfield & Wizenty), won the McNally Robinson Manitoba Book of the Year Award in 2013. She has just completed her tenure as the Winnipeg Public Library’s Writer-in-Residence. Her new novel, Nightwatching, will be published shortly thereafter.
A razor-sharp eye for detail roams and redeems imperfections both personal and collective.
Carolyn Marie Souaid is the author of six books of poetry. Her work has been shortlisted for a number of literary awards, including the A.M. Klein Poetry Prize and the Pat Lowther Award. She was born and raised in Montreal, where she still makes her home. This World We Invented is her seventh poetry collection.
FRAYED OPUS FOR STRINGS AND WIND INSTRUMENTS – ULRIKKA GERNES
Frayed Opus for Strings and Wind Instruments is a collection of poems that zooms in and out of places and states of mind, from a lit bicycle shed in the back yard to a root canal in November, from a typhoon in Hong Kong to instincts astray in various Copenhagen neigborhoods.
Ulrikka S. Gernes is the author of eleven collections of poetry and two books for children, as well as many short stories, songs, and various contributions to literary anthologies, art catalogues, magazines and newspapers. Her work has been highly acclaimed in Denmark since the publication of her first collection Natsvaermer (Moth) in 1984 when she was 18. In 2001 A Sudden Sky, selected poems translated into English by Per Brask and Patrick Friesen, was published by Brick Books.
CAREEN – CAROLYN SMART
Remember Bonnie & Clyde? A complex, dramatic rendering of a familiar story made new.
Carolyn Smart’s five collections of poetry include The Way to Come Home (Brick Books, 1993), and Hooked: seven poems (Brick Books, 2009). She is the founder of the RBC Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers, poetry editor for the MacLennan Series of McGill-Queen’s University Press, and since 1989 has been Professor of Creative Writing at Queen’s University. Hooked: seven poems has become a performance piece, featured at the Edinburgh and Seattle Fringe Festivals in 2013 and at Theatre Passe Muraille in 2015.
KARYOTYPE – KIM TRAINOR
A remarkable debut that expresses a humanism grounded in physiology. At the heart of Karyotype is the Beauty of Loulan, a woman who lived four thousand years ago, her body preserved in the cool, dry sands of the Taklamakan Desert.
Kim Trainor began writing poetry on a Sunday morning in the spring of 2009. Over the years she has worked at a campus radio station, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, a biomedical library, and is currently a sessional lecturer at UBC and Douglas College. She lives in Vancouver.
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.