Friday, May 25, 2012

New Conley Launching

I had the opportunity to read an advance version of Tim Conley's first collection of poetry, One False Move, and contributed a blurb for this great book. I don't know the other readers on the bill, but I'm excited about checking out this launch on Tuesday as Quattro continues to publish more and more interesting work.

Quattro Books Spring Launch

Quattro Books, ‘Home of the Novella’, hosts
the final launch of their Spring 2012 list


Ken Klonsky, Life Without;
Binnie Brennan, A Certain Grace;
Leah Murray, Romancing the Buzzard;
Tim Conley, One False Move; and
Chantel Lavoie, Where the Terror Lies

Tuesday May.29thSupermarket Restaurant,268 Augusta Avenue, Toronto 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Admission is free. Books will be available for purchase. Drinks and food are sold through the restaurant and bar.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Sunday, May 13, 2012

BafterC Launching

The issue of BafterC I guest-edited will be launching on May 22nd at the Supermarket along with a bevy of excellent books and chapbooks from Bookthug, including those by Margaret Christakos, Christine McNair, Andrew McEwan, Nicole Markotic, and H.D.

More info here.

Monday, May 07, 2012

Petition for Understanding Canada

Composed by Colin Coates:

As Canadian scholars who specialise in the study of our country, we would like to express our deep concern and opposition to the termination of the ‘Understanding Canada’ programme. For the last thirty years, the Canadian government has provided well-targeted funds to scholarly associations in countries around the world to encourage the study of Canada.

This efficient programme through its support for the expansion of Canadian Studies programmes has fostered greater international understanding and strategic scholarly, economic, social and cultural interest in our nation. There are now Canadian Studies Associations active in countries from Argentina to Poland, and from Israel to India.

International scholarship on Canada is a tremendous benefit to scholars, researchers and policy makers in this country. It has created a network of specialists able to comment on Canada and Canadian issues in a non-partisan, informed, and insightful manner. Our own scholarship and understanding of our country is enriched by our opportunity to exchange views with international scholars.

Eliminating the programme which supports international Canadian Studies is a false economy. Canadian resources invested are more than matched by investments from participating countries. Much of these monies are spent in Canada, as international scholars travelled to our country for research, collaborative initiatives, or conferences. These resources fostered a international partnerships which afforded important opportunities for Canadian scholars and in particular our students. Graduate and undergraduate students in Canadian Studies have benefited from the perspectives our international colleagues have provided. These cuts will have a negative impact on their education.

All leading countries support cultural and scholarly diplomacy. The Canadian model has been extremely productive at delivering results in a cost-effective fashion. 

Sign petition here.