Thursday, August 29, 2013

Reading in Eden

I'll be reading at the Eden Mills Writers' Festival on Sunday, September 15th. It'll be my first time at the event, and I'm honoured to be included as part of the lineup for the 25th anniversary of the festival. I'm slated at 3:30 at The Common site with young adult authors Sheree Fitch, Lesley Livingston, and Deborah Ellis.

Full details of the festival can be found here.

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Surrealism in Canada

Very happy to have my long essay, "Andre Breton in Canada," included in the current issue of Open Letter, guest-edited by Greg Betts and Beatriz Hausner.

It was a fun essay to write, and I spent a good part of last summer reading through Breton's biographies and other critical material to make what I think were some undiscovered observations. The paper also includes a number of great photos of the Gaspe area and Breton's excursions there, as well as a discussion of Tarot cards and Matta's art.

It's quite an exciting issue and has great contributions by: Ray Ellenwood on Mimi Parent, Jean Benoit, and Claude Gauvreau; Steve Venright on the Recordists; Karl Jirgens on Surrealist performance; Kevin Killian on Peter Dube; and new creative work by Ludwig Zeller, Lillian Necakov, Susana Wald, and others.

Open Letter homepage is here; and rob mclennan's commentary on the issue here.