Here at BookThug HQ, we can’t believe it’s already December 30! Today, we’re looking back at our year in review and sneaking a peek at what lies ahead in 2016. While 2015 will soon be over, it won’t soon be forgotten, for what a year it has been. BOOKTHUG’S YEAR IN REVIEW New Website andContinue reading »
Clocking in at ten (count-’em, ten!) adventurous, innovative titles, Spring 2015 was BookThug’s biggest season ever. Authors came from far and wide for the Spring Launch Party in Toronto, and BookThug supporters came out in droves to ring in the new season. Happily, our indispensable media guru John Schmidt was there to document the event. ❧ OpeningContinue reading »
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. InContinue reading »
Dear blog readers: my name is Emma Hambly and I’m here this week to give a small recap of my time at BookThug. My master’s program at Ryerson allowed us to complete our degree with a placement at a creative company, and I was lucky enough to intern at BookThug. I spent an engrossing twoContinue reading »
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 beContinue reading »
“Infinite resignation is the last stage before faith, so anyone who has not made this movement does not have faith, for only in infinite resignation does an individual become conscious of his eternal validity, and only then can one speak of grasping existence by virtue of faith.” — Søren Kierkegaard, Fear and Trembling Giving Up, the hotly anticipated debut novelContinue reading »
Who is kevin mcpherson eckhoff, aka kme, aka KMac? Poet? Performer? Beloved trickster of the Canadian conceptual poetry scene? BFF of Jake Kennedy? He is most certainly the author of three books of poetry, including Rhapsodomancy (Coach House Books, 2010), Easy Peasy (Invisible Publishing, 2011) and Forge (Invisible Publishing, 2013). His chapbook, Game Show Reversed,Continue reading »
In 1981 Jake Kennedy accidentally burnt down an abandoned house. Years later, as an adult, he read a story about how the German artist Kurt Schwitters’ “interior house-sculpture” (“Merz Structure No. 2”) was destroyed in 1951 after some children playing with matches accidentally burnt the building down. This sad ‘unmaking’ became the inspiration for MerzContinue reading »
Vibrant, exciting, and playfully challenging: Meet Our Terrific Spring 2015 season
We’re so excited to share our absolutely fabulous spring 2015 lineup. We’re launching 9 new titles that represent a cross-range of poetry, fiction, and entre-genre categories, on subject matter as distinctive as the writers themselves. Each of these works joins in our already existing family of diverse books so well, we think you’ll agree that they represent a unique contribution to the diversity that defines our publishing program.
First up are two fantastic titles chosen by our fiction editor Malcolm Sutton. Carellin Brooks’ astonishingly beautiful One Hundred Days of Rain will mesmerize readers with its sharp and unforgettable prose. Even if you don’t live in Vancouver, rain and the weather will never be the same after you read Brooks’ book.
Mike Steeves’ daring novel Giving Up takes us into the maelstrom of a couple’s relationship during one evening in their lives. Meet James and Mary, and live inside their thoughts and minds, where many things converge: the great work of one’s life, family, con artists and ATMs, disfigured cats and apartment living. And hovering over it all is the frightening possibility of giving up (or not) on everything.
Steve McCaffery is singlehandedly attempting to rewrite classic books of canonical literature. And while Lewis Carroll’s Alice has already been Disneyified, wait ’til you get a load of Alice McCafferyified: Alice in Plunderland is equal parts entertaining and infuriating, but for all the right reasons. And the illustrations by Clelia Scala set the perfect tone for McCaffery’s text. It’s also perfect timing because 2015 marks the 150th anniversary of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Oh, how the times have changed!
Joining our growing collection of translations is Suzanne Leblanc’s The Thought House of Philippa, a poetic and philosophical novel that takes place, literally, in a house designed by Ludwig Wittgenstein. Oana Avasilichioaei and Ingrid Pam Dick’s translation of this stunning book will take you into a mind structured by its habitation, and readers will enjoy living in this complex and thoughtful space.
Pearl Pirie and Lesley Battler, both new to BookThug and whose manuscripts were selected by our poetry editor Phil Hall, provide exciting new collections to sink into. Pirie’s the pet radish, shrunken will envelop readers with its quirky lyricism and wit, while Battler’s Endangered Hydrocarbons explores the inescapable world we live in as controlled by big oil – even poets and poetry are not safe from that tar pool.
The Clown Princes of Canadian Poetry (Interior BC Chapter) known as Jake Kennedy and kevin mcpherson eckhoff offer readers two very different books: Kennedy’s lyrical collection Merz Structure No. 2 Burnt by Children at Play treats destruction as creation and the destroyed with a sense of beauty and creativity, and reframes how we think about loss; Eckhoff’s Their Biography: a organism of relationships was written by anyone but kevin, and yet he has claimed everything between the covers – including a crossword puzzle and a screenshot of a Google Mail account– as his very own biography.
And finally, political hack Jimmy McInnes presents a timely volume of poetry that inverts the balance of power in ‘power politics.’ For centuries, poets and politicians alike have been getting up on soap boxes and preaching to their converted brethren – in A More Perfect [, McInnes dismantles the political speech into a radical poem that grants readers access into the genre that speech itself uses to convert others.
Like the two-headed god Janus, who sees what’s ahead and what’s behind at the same time, we’re taking a moment this early January to look back at our big exciting year of books, fairs, festivals, anniversaries, etc., and to and talk a bit about what’s next for the small press called BookThug. One brand new thing we can’t waitContinue reading »