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Brenda Clews at 100,000 Poets for Change

On Saturday, September 27th, Brenda Clews will be participating in 100,000 Poets for Change. The reading starts at 7pm and will be taking place at the Black Swan Tavern. Along with Brenda Clews, the event will feature Robert Priest, Bruce Meyer, Anna Yin, Jeannine Pitas, Max Layton, Luciano Iacobelli, Nik Beat, Niki Koulouris, Dane Swan, Bänoo Zan and Pat Connors (who’s hosting the event).

Brenda Clews is an African-Canadian poet, painter and video poet. She has had solo art shows, been in a number of group art shows and has had her artwork published in several books and journals. Her poetry has been published in print and on-line journals over the years and Clews has been a featured poet at a number of venues and hosts and organizes monthly Poetry Salons at Urban Gallery in Toronto. LyricalMyrical published her chapbook, ‘the luminist poems’ in 2013 and has a poetry book forthcoming with Guernica Editions.

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Marshall McLuhan and Northrop Frye: Apocalypse and Alchemy Book Launch

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Michael Springate Canadian Tour Dates Coming Up this Fall

Michael Springate’s The Beautiful West and the Beloved of God will be launching this fall and we have his latest tour dates to share with you:Beautiful West and the Beloved of God


Sunday, Nov. 2nd, 4pm – The Supermarket, 268 Augusta Ave.

Monday, Nov. 3rd, 7pm – Another Story Bookstore, 315 Roncesvalles Ave.

Thursday, Nov. 6th, 7pm – Beit Zatoun, 612 Marham St.


Thursday, Nov. 13th, 7pm – Drawn and Quarterly, 211 Bernard Ouest


Sunday, Nov. 30th, 4pm – Spartacus Books, 3378 Findlay Street

“The best and bravest book I’ve read in years. The Beautiful West & The Beloved of God is on par with the moral voices of Dostoyevsky and Solzhenitsyn.” – Charles Orloski, poet

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Maria Mazziotti Gillan’s California Tour Dates

Maria Mazziotti Gillan is the author of several Guernica books including All That Lies Between Us, Italian Women in Black Dresses, Things My Mother Told Me, What We Pass On, and one of MiroLand’s first books: Writing Poetry to Save Your Life. She’s currently on tour in California and here are her latest tour dates:


Sunday, September 21, 2014


When: 3 PM

Where: Copperfields Books, 40 Kentucky Street Petaluma, CA

Monday, September 22, 2014

Interview by Jack Foley


Pacifica Radio

Berkeley, CA

Tuesday, September 23, 2014


When: 7 PM

Where: Bird & Beckett Books, 653 Chenery Street, San Francisco, CA

Saturday, September 27, 2014


When: 8 PM

Where: Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Blvd, Venice, CA 90291

Maria Mazziotti Gillan is Director of the Poetry Center at Passaic Country Community College, and Editor of the Paterson Literary Review. She is the author of over a dozen works. Among her many honors, she received the 2008 American Book Award, and 2011 Barnes and Noble Writers For Writers Award. Other awards received by Gillan include the May Sarton Award, the Fearing Houghton Award, New Jersey State Council on the Arts Fellowships in Poetry, and the American Literary Translators Association Award through a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Pietro di Donato award, and the John Fante award from the Sons of Italy in America. In 2014, Maria was awarded the George Garrett Award for Outstanding Community Service in Literature.

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Elana Wolff’s Collected Works Win John Glassco Prize from the Literary Translators’ Association of Canada

The 2014 John Glassco Prize of the Literary Translators’ Association of Canada was awarded to Stéphanie Roesler for Helleborus and Alchémille, her French translation of selected poems by Elana Wolff. The collection Helleborus and Alchémille included the selected poems from four of Elana Wolff’s books of poetry published with Guernica: Birdheart, Mask, You Speak to Me in Trees, and Startled Night.

H & A coverThe Literary Translator’s Association of Canada, which made the announcement earlier this month, stated that “Stéphanie Roesler has produced a magnificent translation of a work that demanded an almost religious devotion.” It also mentioned that “Strongly influenced by the writings of Paul Célan, Elana Wolff’s work belongs to the great tradition of the Jewish poetry of Mitteleuropa. The translator has been able to fully reproduce the musicality and rhythmic power of the original to recreate the voice of the poet in French.”

Elana Wolff has published four collections of poetry with Guernica Editions, including You Speak to Me in Trees, which was awarded the F.G. Bressani Prize for Poetry. She is also the author of Implicate Me, a collection of essays on contemporary poems; co-author with the late Malca Litovitz of Slow Dancing: Creativity and Illness (Duologue and Rengas); and co-editor with Julie Roorda of Poet to Poet: Poems written to poets and the stories that inspired them. Elana has taught English for Academic Purposes at York University in Toronto and at The Hebrew University in Jerusalem. She currently divides her professional time between writing, editing, and designing and facilitating therapeutic community art courses.

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Julie Roorda at the Art Bar Tomorrow

Julie RoordaTuesday, September 23, 2014, Julie Roorda, along with poets Rafi Aaron and Christina Foisy, will be reading at the Art Bar. The Art Bar is held in the second floor lounge of The Black Swan Tavern, 154 Danforth Avenue. The reading begins at 8pm and all are welcome.

Julie Roorda is the author of three volumes of poetry Eleventh Toe (2001), Courage Underground (2006) and Floating Bodies (2010), and a collection of short stories Naked in the Sanctuary (2004) all published by Guernica Editions. Her novel for young adults Wings of a Bee was published by Sumach Press in 2007.

Her Latest collection, Floating Bodies, contains poems that are at once macabre and ecstatic, probing the body by means of metaphysics and transcendence through pure sensuality. They describe the disintegration of story that occurs in the face of false love or faith, revealing the ironies, the non sequiturs, the sacrifice. Witty and bereaved, Floating Bodies offers a complex interweave of intimate and public moments, turning again and again on the same question: can suffering be said to have meaning?

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The Politics of Being Ugly Launching September 25

The Politics of Being UglyThe Politics of Being Ugly is gaining momentum in Toronto. Kayla Altman’s first book will be launching at the highly-anticipated combination launch and collective art show taking place September 25th, 2014, 6pm to 9pm. The launch/ show of “The Politics of Being Ugly” will focus on handmade, theme driven work that looks at the uncomfortable, the hilarious and the magic that is human imperfection.

Altman talks about the upcoming launch in her latest interview with Marisol D’Andrea on the blog Art Talk in the City. “Co-organizing the book launch and artists exhibition with the ladies of Woman King Collective really brought back a love of curating,” Altman tells D’Andrea, “something I haven’t had a chance to do as much of since my undergrad.”

Kayla Altman completed her bachelor’s degree in fine arts, as well as a minor in English at OCAD University. It was with the professors she met there that she eventually began work on The Politics of Being Ugly. “After I finished my BFA I really missed the structure and the critique that a classroom provided,” she tells Art Talk, “and I got in touch with Catherine Black to ask if she had any advice for me. As it turned out, this initial email turned into ongoing meetings with Catherine over the next several months, editing and guiding what I was shocked to watch become a manuscript under her mentorship.”

Featuring a band of sweetly pathetic characters, Kayla Altman’s collection of modern fables will take you from a bellybutton rebellion to romance on Pluto. With simultaneously grotesque and loveable losers, these tales will take you through the mythical and the everyday to a place of harsh, hilarious and uncanny reality.

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Michael Mirolla to Read at Lit Live October 5th

On the first Sunday of October, Guernica Editor-In-Chief Michael Mirolla will be reading from his work at Homegrown Hamilton. The reading, which will start at 7:30, will feature Mirolla along with the poets Richard Scarsbrook, Paula Eisenstein, Julie Joosten, Sharon Baltman, and Spencer Gordon.

Born in Italy, and arriving in Canada at the age of five, Michael Mirolla calls himself a Montreal-Toronto corridor writer (because he spends so much time travelling between the two cities). He’s a novelist, short story writer, poet and playwright. His publications include two novels, the recently-released The Facility, and Berlin (a 2010 Bressani Prize winner and finalist for the 2009 Indie Book and National Best Books Awards); two short story collections – The Formal Logic of Emotion (recently translated into Italian and released in 2010) and Hothouse Loves & Other Tales; and two poetry collections: the English-Italian Interstellar Distances/Distanze Interstellari (2008), and Light And Time (2010), His short story, “A Theory of Discontinuous Existence,” was selected for The Journey Prize Anthology, while another short story, “The Sand Flea,” was nominated for the Pushcart Prize. His short fiction and poetry has been published in numerous journals in Canada, the U.S. and Britain, including anthologies such as Event’s Peace & War, Telling Differences: New English Fiction from Quebec, Tesseracts 2: Canadian Science Fiction, The Anthology of Italian-Canadian Writing (Guernica), New Wave of Speculative Fiction Book 1, and The Best of Foliate Oak.

When: 7:30pm

Where: Homegrown Hamilton, 27 King William St., Hamilton ON

Michael Mirolla’s poetry collection, Light and Time, is available on the Guernica website at:

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Bernard Émond at the Cinémathèque

817 rue DarlingOn September 30, 2014, the Cinémathèque québécoise will be screening Bernard Émond’s latest movie: 20h17 rue Darling. The screening will begin at 6:30pm in the Claude-Jutra Room, with doors opening at 6.

The evening will offer attendees a chance to meet 20h17 rue Darling‘s writer and director Bernard Émond, as well as a chance to purchase a copy of the book that inspired the film.

Bernard Émond’s book, which was recently translated into English and launched by Guernica Editions this spring, tells the story of Gérard, an alcoholic and former crime reporter, gone back to live in the impoverished Montreal neighbourhood where he grew up. One night, his shoelace comes undone, delaying his return home and saving his life when his apartment building mysteriously blows up. Six of his neighbours are dead, others are missing. Plunged into a personal crisis, Gérard sets off looking for answers.

Bernard Émond is a Quebec film-maker. A trained anthropologist, he started out making documentaries. Since 2000 he has written and directed six feature films renowned for their intense, compassionate portrayals of the human condition. Émond’s films have won numerous international awards and been selected for Cannes and other top festivals. 8:17 pm, rue Darling is his first novel and second feature film. He has also published a children’s book and a collection of essays, Il y a trop d’images.

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Holy Fools + 2 Stories Coming to Drawn and Quarterly this October

Holy Fools and 2 StoriesMarianne Ackerman will be launching her first foray into short fiction October 1st at Drawn and Quarterly Bookstore in Montreal. The book launch kicks off at 7 pm and will feature Ackerman’s latest book, the novella and shot story collection Holy Fools + 2 Stories.

In the novella, “Holy Fools,” a man on the verge of suicide answers the doorbell and is arrested for a crime he did not commit. His luck changes when he meets Tolstoy, a Lord and author of long books who is doing time for crimes against shareholders. A dark comedy about the game of life. Two stories complete the collection: “Nobody Writes to the Professor” in which a long-suffering scholar meets an old love and is offered a last chance at success; and  “Albert Fine,”  about a struggling farmer who takes on a hired hand, against his best instincts.

A long-time Montrealer, Marianne Ackerman was born in Belleville, Ontario. She has an MA in drama from the University of Toronto and studied French at the Sorbonne. Her three published novels include the best-seller Jump. A frequently produced playwright, her new comedy Triplex Nervosa will be part of the Centaur Theatre’s 2014-15 season. She is publisher of the online arts magazine Rover found at

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