Introducing BookThug’s Fall 2015 Season!

As we approach the ides of August, thoughts turn to the Fall 2015 literary season. BookThug is proud to present a stellar lineup of adventurous new books, with fiction from Jess Taylor, Josh Massey, and Jean Marc Ah-Sen, poetry from Liz Worth, Brian Dedora, Steven Ross Smith, Samuel Andreyev, and Shannon Maguire, as well as a […]

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In Conversation: Jay Gamble discusses Book of Knots

From Canadian poet and academic Jay Gamble comes this special release from BookThug’s Boondoggle imprint: Book of Knots, a highly playful and deceptively musical book-length meditation on the poetics of nothingness. Taking W.H. Auden’s famous remark that “poetry does nothing” to its radical-but-logical conclusion, Book of Knots resorts to what Gamble calls “extreme forms of not-writing.” By confronting  supposedly negative […]

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BookThugs Recommend: Summer Reading, The Editors’ Edition

BookThug’s crack team of publishing professionals share their summer reading recommendations. ❧ Jay MillAr Publisher & HeadThug My Body Is Yours by Michael V. Smith (Arsenal Pulp Press, 2015) From Arsenal Pulp Press: Michael V. Smith is a multihyphenate force of nature: a novelist, poet, improv comic, filmmaker, drag queen, performance artist, and occasional clown. In […]

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BookThugs Recommend: Summer 2015 Reading Lists

Summer reading is a distinctly marked species in the great genus Reading: a temperate zone in the mind, between luxurious indolence and exacting work. Surly study has its dignities and claims: stiff-backed, hard-seated study, that makes no luxury of books, but quarries them, and digs or blasts material for solid uses. But there must also be […]

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In Conversation: Wanda Praamsma interviews Lesley Battler about her poetic debut, Endangered Hydrocarbons

Lesley Battler‘s debut collection Endangered Hydrocarbons channels the poet’s personal experience as an employee of Shell Oil into an ingenious suite of poems confronting the extent and the implications of oil production in Canada. As a veteran of Big Oil, Battler is able to write from the unique perspective of the poet-insider. Appropriating the corporate and scientific language of oil extraction […]

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In Conversation: Wanda Praamsma talks with Pearl Pirie about her new collection the pet radish, shrunken

The lyrics populating Ottawa poet Pearl Pirie‘s new collection, the pet radish, shrunken, buzz with oblique wisdom and surgically sharp wit. Cicadas chirp from beneath the troposphere; secret agent squirrels conspire among the peonies at sunset; revelatory reversals and unfamiliar aphorisms grow like wild flowers. Playing on themes of love and relationships, future-politics of the English language and the current […]

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