Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Kingston Report

A great time in Kingston this weekend. Hadn't visited since the launch for the Encyclopedia of Fictional and Fantastic Languages five years ago. Certainly nice to do a reading in bookstore--the very cool Novel Idea--which is kid-friendly and to have multiple families in attendance. In the fun snap below by Sharon Harris, I read behind Nature with Tim Conley waiting in the wings beside a pop-up book of The Odyssey.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Kingston Trio

I'll be reading next Friday at Novel Idea, the wonderful independent bookstore in Kingston, with Clelia Scala and Tim Conley in support of I Can Say Interpellation and Nothing Could be Further. One night only!

Novel Idea, 156 Princess Street, Kingston
Friday, November 25 from 7-8:30pm

Thursday, November 10, 2011

OL is Out

I received the new Open Letter issue on Steve McCaffery which I edited in the mail today. It looks great and is an exciting collection of new writing including: essays on McCaffery by Geoffrey Hlibchuk, Stephen Voyce, Gregory Betts, Tim Conley, Jason Starnes, Alessandra Capperdoni, Jean-Jacques Lecercle, Matt Carrington, Lori Emerson, Andy Weaver, and Christian Bok; new McCaffery-inspired poems by derek beaulieu, Alan Halsey, and Peter Jaeger; and new poetry from McCaffery himself.

The issue should be on the stands this week, and I'll have copies with me at the Bookthug launch of McCaffery's Panopticon in Toronto on November 26th.

Saturday, November 05, 2011

Thoughts on the Rock

Finally finished a draft of an essay that I've been working on for a couple of months about Andre Breton's time in Quebec. I discuss, among many other things, his time exploring the beaches of Perce and his meditations on the Perce Rock, as well as his relationship to the Automatists, the birds of Bonaventure Island, agates, and Tarot cards. As a bit of a preview, the above is a photo of the plaque commemorating the trip Breton made to the Gaspe with Elisa Claro, outside the hotel they stayed at in 1944--just down the road from my paternal grandfather's farm where I spent many of my summers during the 1970s and 1980s.

If anyone knows the copyright holder of the image, taken from the Arcane 17 site, please leave a comment below.