Tuesday, May 29, 2007


My next collection of poems is called Mentholism. I'm surprised that it's almost sappy in parts (or at least emotionally available). But the poems are most interested in creating new patterns, new locutions. I've been feverishly writing and rewriting it these days. I'm very pleased.

Mentholism refers to a set of assumptions, values and beliefs based on the practices of smoking menthol cigarettes and moping about.

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Coach House Takes Montreal AGAIN!!

May 7 – The Coach House Spring Launch takes Montreal

On Monday, May 7, Coach House will take over Boa to launch 5 new books
at a swinging good party! So round up your pals and drop by for
literature, libations and levity.

with readings by
Sean Dixon (The Girls Who Saw Everything),
Andrew Wedderburn (The Milk Chicken Bomb),
Rachel Zolf (Human Resources),
Amiel Gladstone (Hippies and Bolsheviks & Other Plays)
and the triple threat of Nicole Brossard and translators Erín Moure and
Robert Majzels (Notebook of Roses and Civilization).

Boa Bar, 5301 St. Laurent
Monday, May 7
8:30 p.m.
Free admission

hosted by Jon Paul Fiorentino
music by Ian Orti

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The Girls Who Saw Everything chronicles the fall of the Lacuna Cabal
Montreal Young Women's Book Club. Not content to simply read and
discuss books, the club brings to life tableaux from their literary
selections. But when they re-enact the Epic of Gilgamesh during the
early days of the Iraq War, the group begins to splinter and
disintegrate. A cryptographically charming bibliophilic tale from Sean

The Milk Chicken Bomb features one lonely ten-year-old kid looking for
attention in an Alberta town with far too many roman-candle fights,
bonspiels, black-market submarines, exploding booilers,
meat-packing-plant suicides, recess-time lightning strikes and Dead
Kids. A frenetic, hilarious and gently heartrending novel from Andrew

Notebook of Roses and Civilization brings the linguistic experiments
and remarkable sensuality of literary innovator Nicole Brossard into
English. Award-winning poets and translators Robert Majzels and Erín
Moure translate Brossard's GG-nominated Cahier de roses et de

Poetry and 'plain language' collide in the writing machine that is
Human Resources. Positioned at the intersection of creation and
repackaging, the latest collection from Rachel Zolf explores the
visceral and psychic cost of selling things with depleted words.

Hippies and Bolsheviks & Other Plays collects three works – Hippies and
Bolsheviks, Lena's Car and The Wedding Pool – from one of Canada's
dramatic luminaries, Amiel Gladstone.

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For review copies or media requests, contact Evan Munday at 416 979
2217 or evan@chbooks.com.

Recent highlights

Seeing Dennis Lee at Blue Metropolis.
Meeting Jessica Johnston.
Seeing Stuart Ross and Kate Sutherland launch their books.
Road trip with Gilly Savigny.
Hosting Anne Stone's launch.
Writing weird new poems.
Designing the 2007/08 Snare Books Catalogue.
Meeting Sandra Alland.
Surviving the hospitality suite.
Not quite surviving a night of vodka shots with Parker, Burke and Goldbach.
Working on Stripmalling.
Hanging out with Lia.