“Kirby, would you come in January?”*
Okay, she fell in love with this place. A warm, welcoming evening at TREE READING SERIES (Ottawa) with PEARL PIRIE hosting a full house at BLACK SQUIRREL BOOKS & ESPRESSO BAR (a haven) with featured poets MARGO LAPIERRE (Washing Off the Raccoon Eyes, Guernica Editions, 2017) & KIRBY (She’s Having a Doris Day, knife | fork | book, 2017) along with STUART ROSS, CHRISTINE MCNAIR, CHRIS JOHNSON, MICHAEL DENNIS, NINA JANE, STEPHEN BROCKWELL, to name but a few, and a wonderful sit-down interview with AMANDA EARL for THE SMALL MACHINE TALKS (sadly minus a.m. kozak) over a pint and truffle fries at Patty’s Pub.
Photos: PEARL PIRIE. KIRBY.
* “Pearl, anytime.”
True story. These beauties from GASPEREAU PRESS arrive yesterday (including new titles from SUE GOYETTE and GEORGE ELLIOT CLARKE) and poet ANNICK MACASKILL drops in from Hailfax who’s Book of Hours comes out this Spring from the mirthful g. Welcome, both. knife | fork | book
FISHER SMALL & FINE PRESS FAIR JULIA POLYCK-O’NEILL AARON TUCKER ANDREW MCEWAN ANAHITA JAMALI RAD DANIELLE LAFRANCE THE FOLD BRAMPTON BOOK BASH MARK GOLDSTEIN PHIL HALL ERIN MOURE DAVID BRADFORD ELIANNA LEV DALE SMITH RYAN ECKES SUE LANDERS JIMMY MCINNES JACOB MCARTHUR MOONEY GARY BARWIN HUGH THOMAS JAMES LINDSEY A.F. MORITZ JANE MUNRO SUSAN GILLIS MARY DI MICHELE JAN CONN YOKO’S DOGS MARGO LAPIERRE PHILLIP CRYMBLE ROCCO DE GIACOMO EMILY IZSAK RASIQRA REVULVA A. ZACHARY JULIE CAMERON GRAY KIRBY JAMES G. SOUTHCOTT JERAMY DODDS JONATHAN GARFINKEL SPENCER GORDON CANISIA LUBRIN OWAIN NICHOLSON DAVID ALEXANDER GUILLIAUME MORISSETTE MIGUEL LEANDRO GAMBOA HOA NGUYEN MOEZ SURANI VINCENT COLISTRO MICHELLE BROWN SUPARNA GHOSH R. KOLEWE MLA CHERNOFF UPCOMING LYNN CROSBIE NICHOLAS POWER JIM SMITH LILLIAN NECKACOV LYNNE DESILVA-JOHNSON SARAH PINDER MEET THE PRESSES SHIRLEY CAMIA CONCETTA PRINCIPE JAKE BYRNE JIM JOHNSTONE SHANE NEILSON JACK DAVIS Festival International de la Poésie: Poésie Poetry – a Bilingual reading Stéphane Despatie | Corinne Chevarier | Éric Charlebois CHRIS BANKS CORNELIA HOOGLAND SORAYA PEERBAYE not to mention all the poets in attendance and those who visit us daily.
This final week, please contribute to our IndieGOGO funder. Thank you. Kirby
Had a nice visit with @itsakirby at his new #KensingtonMarket location of @knifeforkbook on the 2nd floor of 244 Augusta which they share with @thedarksidestudio. #KnifeForkBook is a special place for lovers of poetry & books and they routinely have poetry readings on Friday evenings. Check out www.knifeforkbook.com for more details. 👍#colourful #Kensington #poetry #poet #poetryliveshere #book #books #bookstore #livepoetry #art #culture #writer #supportlocalartists #toronto #yyz #the6 #4️⃣1️⃣6️⃣#shoplocal #supportlocal #KensingtonMarketBIA www.KensingtonMarketBIA.com
The finalists for the 2017 bpNichol Chapbook Award are:
DANA CLAXTON The Patient Storm above/ground press
DORIS FISZER The Binders Tree Press
STEVIE HOWELL Summer Desert Pets Press
SONNET L’ABBE Anima Canadensis Junction Books
NANCI LEE Preparation FreeFall Literary Society of Calgary
RENEE SAROJINI SAKLIKAR After the Battle of Kingsway, the bees above/ground press
Congrats to the poets & publishers. All six chapbooks are currently on display at knife | fork | book where you can enter our raffle to win the bundle! Enter in person at the shop or at our table at Meet the Presses November 18th where the winner/s will be announced. One entry per person, please.
September read 3/16, and 87/103 in my #readin2017 queue: Jonathan Garfinkel – Bociany (Storks). Purchased during the @knifeforkbook customer appreciation sale! Close-up of #poetry shelf 2 (Bi to La). Also of note: this is the fifth consecutive read/review featuring writers with a first name beginning with "J!" Not at all intentional, but pretty neat, right? This is the second @knifeforkbook chapbook I've read so far (and the fact that there are delicious fall releases I have yet to pick up is ITCHING my BRAIN, but that's beside the point), and I have to say, I really enjoy the way "Bociany (Storks)" presents a complementary aesthetic to @itsakirby's "She's Having A Doris Day." It just makes me happy! Shoutout to @itsakirby for the cover, and Norman Nemetallah for the book design, which is lovely overall. And now a few notes on the text! These poems were startling and engrossing; rich with scene and image and story and violence. The titular poem had me seeking out the referenced artist and artwork – a rewarding exercise itself! – and left me quietly amazed by its shifting execution. Possibly my favourite in the book? But I've marked too many to be able to say for sure. #books #rasiqrasreviews #jonathangarfinkel #bocianystorks #toronto #knifeforkbook #booklove #personallibrary #shelfie #augustreads #literarylatergram #inspiration #amwriting #research #fuckyeah #luvyourlife #shelflife #readallthebooks #customerappreciationsale #canadianpoetry #shoplocal #chapbook #rasiqrarecommends #bookdesign #jeffkirby #normannehmetallah #jozefchelmonski