Do You like
pages without lines,
premium, recycled paper?
Even toilet paper
for honest prayers?
JONATHAN GARFINKEL from “Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur): A Diabetic’s Notebook, Kensington Market” Glass Psalms (Turnstone Press).
Jonathan Garfinkel’s poems travel the world in search of spiritual truths, but find only human ones instead. This is no small achievement. These glass psalms are gutsy, sexy, passionate and wise. I believe in them. — Adam Sol
WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 2ND • 8PM
Jonathan Garfinkel is the author of a book of poems, Glass Psalms (Turnstone Press), some of which has been translated into Lithuanian, Hungarian, German and Albanian. He wrote the internationally acclaimed memoir Ambivalence: Crossing the Israel/Palestine Divide, published by Penguin Canada, Norton USA and Saqi UK. His award-winning non-fiction has been published in The Globe and Mail, Walrus, PEN International, Eighteen Bridges and Tablet Magazine, and has also been anthologized in Cabin Fever: The Best of New Canadian Non-Fiction. His plays have been produced throughout Canada and Europe and include The Trials of John Demjanjuk: A Holocaust Cabaret and House of Many Tongues, nominated for the 2011 Governor General’s Award. Jonathan’s latest play, his adaptation of Rawi Hage’s novel Cockroach, premiered at ATP in Calgary in March 2016. He teaches creative writing at the National Theatre School of Canada in Montreal and is finishing a novel that takes place in the former Soviet republic of Georgia.
You have your axes
What, precisely, is your procedure?
They and We Will Get into Trouble for This opens with the line, “I don’t know a thing about paradise,” an opening gesture that tempers faux curiosity as much as it disavows the setting of paradise. It is also an utterance that conveniently taps into the three essential tiers of trouble—trouble and paradise themselves in a dance of agnostic and moral argument.
And dance it does. — NATALIE EILBERT, Fanzine
THEY AND WE WILL GET INTO TROUBLE FOR THIS (Coffee House Press)
Doors: 6:30 Reading 7-ish
Anna Moschovakis is the author, most recently, of They and We Will Get Into Trouble for This (Coffee House Press) and translator of Bresson on Bresson (NYRB Classics). She is an editor with Ugly Duckling Presse in Brooklyn and a founding member of Bushel Collective in Delhi, NY. She teaches in the MFA programs at Pratt Institute and Bard College (Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts).
The thing that made me especially giddy was the number of chapbooks not just present but beautifully displayed.
Poet, KATE SUTHERLAND, whose new collection, How to Draw A Rhinoceros (BookThug) launches at Toronto’s temple of books, Ben McNally’s, November 4th, graced our shop this week past and wrote a lovely piece about her visit as this month’s Writer in Residence at Open Book. [Read the full article here.]