Thursday, February 26, 2009


There is a cover story on Stripmalling here.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Pages Window!

A Stripmalling display went up at Pages last night in order to promote the March 2nd Toronto launch. Visit Pages!

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Blues and Bliss review!

The reviews are pouring in this week! In the Globe and Mail, Sonnet L'Abbe has reviewed Blues and Bliss: The Poetry of George Elliott Clarke, edited and introduced by yours truly. Very proud of this book!

"In this helpful volume, Jon Paul Fiorentino calls Clarke's voice "polyphonic": that is, a unique blend of identities that includes blues singer, preacher, cultural critic, exile, Africadian, high modernist, spoken-word artist and Canadian poet.... The selection of poems, which includes pieces from seven books, including the now-Canadian-canonized Whylah Falls, is testament to the range of cadence and rhythm that makes up Clarke's multi-vocal range."

Review here.

Book here.

Quill Review

The first review of Stripmalling is now online: here

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

First Stripmalling Review!!!

Alex Good from the Quill and Quire is the first to review my debut novel, Stripmalling. Here is the best part:

A collage-like experience, Stripmalling is a hybrid book forged out of multiple angles and perspectives. It is also a funny and clever experiment in tale-telling.

— Alex Good, Quill and Quire

It's a well-written review and a positive one. Phew. The full review should be up on the Quill and Quire site soon and in the March print edition.

Monday, February 02, 2009

Please join me in Hamilton, Toronto and Montreal to celebrate the release of Stripmalling!

March 1st - Hamilton

Stripmalling Launch at LitLive
The Sky Dragon Centre
27 King William Street
Hamilton, ON

March 2nd - Toronto

Stripmalling Launch at TINARS
Featuring the premiere screening of:
The Way of the Smock: The Making of Stripmalling
And an on-stage interview of Jon Paul Fiorentino and Evan Munday by Zoe Whittall
Gladstone Hotel
1214 Queen Street West
Toronto, ON

March 8th - Montreal

Stripmalling Party
Featuring David McGimpsey, Jason Camlot, Sarah Steinberg, and your host, Maya Merrick
3908 St. Laurent
Montreal QC