National Poetry Month Celebration: Tanis MacDonald

Our National Poetry Month Celebration continues. Next up is ‘No Exit’, a poem from Mobile by Tanis MacDonald. Mobile is many things. It is an uncivil feminist reboot of Dennis Lee’s Civil Elegies and Other Poems; an urban lament about female citizenship and settler culpability; an homage to working and walking women in a love/hate […]

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Announcing the Stay Home and Read Sale

From everyone at Team Book*hug, we hope this finds you safe and well. We know this is a difficult and challenging time and we want to thank you for staying home and practicing social distancing. It’s critical that we all continue to do this. Thank you as well for your continued support of our authors […]

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National Poetry Month Celebration: Emmalea Russo

Happy National Poetry Month! To celebrate our poets and all things #NPM20, we’ll be sharing a poem each day on our blog. To kick things off, we’re pleased to bring you the poem ‘In the Compartment’ from Wave Archive by Emmalea Russo. In Wave Archive, Russo invokes her own experiences with seizures, photographs and art-making, […]

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Mobile: Who Would Hear?

Tanis MacDonald’s latest book, Mobile, is a feminist reconsideration of Dennis Lee’s Civil Elegies and Other Poems; an urban lament about female citizenship and settler culpability; an homage to working and walking women in a love/hate relationship with Toronto, its rivers and creeks, its sidewalks and parks, its history, misogyny and violence. In praise of […]

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Ferocious Fearlessness: In Conversation with Catherine Lalonde and Oana Avasilichioaei, author and translator of The Faerie Devouring

The Faerie Devouring is a modern-day fable and feminist bildungsroman by Quebecois author Catherine Lalonde and reimagined by the award-winning poet and translator Oana Avasilichioaei. The Faerie Devouring tells the story of the sprite, her absent mother (who dies in childbirth), and a brood of fatherless boys all raised by Gramma, a stalwart matriarch and wicked faerie godmother. From […]

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Possibility of Transformation: In Conversation with Michael Nardone

The Ritualites is Michael Nardone’s book-length poem on the sonic topography of North America. Composed at sites all across the continent—from Far Rockaway to the Olympic Peninsula, Great Bear Lake to the Gulf of California—the book documents the poet’s listening amid our public exchanges, mediated ambiances, and itinerant intimacies. Author Charles Bernstein writes that, “Michael Nardone’s The Ritualites explores […]

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Feature Friday: Irresponsible Mediums: The Chess Games of Marcel Duchamp by Aaron Tucker

In this week’s edition of Feature Friday, we are pleased to bring you an excerpt from Aaron Tucker’s second full-length collection of poems, Irresponsible Mediums: The Chess Games of Marcel Duchamp. Inspired by the 1968 chess performance of avant-garde artist Marcel Duchamp and composer John Cage, Irresponsible Mediums translates Duchamp’s chess games into poems using […]

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Feature Friday: Better Nature by Fenn Stewart

In this week’s edition of Feature Friday, we are pleased to bring you an excerpt from Better Nature, Fenn Stewart’s first poetry collection. Much of the language that makes up this book is drawn from a diary that Walt Whitman wrote while travelling through Canada at the end of the nineteenth century. But rather than […]

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Feature Friday: The Year of My Disappearance by Carole David, Translated by Donald Winkler

The Year of My Disappearance by Carole David, Translated by Donald Winkler

For this week’s edition of Feature Friday, we are pleased to bring you an excerpt from Carole David’s award-winning poetry collection, The Year of My Disappearance, translated by Governor General’s Award winner Donald Winkler. A searing, surreal, darkly comic descent into a woman’s psyche, present here are ­figures lodged in her memory: lovers, strangers, her […]

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