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Latest Ellen Jaffe Reading Dates

When: 2:30 pm Sunday August 24, 2014

Where: Cafe Ten, 10 Downie St. in Stratford, ON

Details: The Ontario Poetry Society in conjunction with Poetry Stratford present The Bardic Collage Poetry Event.


When: 7:30 pm Sunday Sept. 7, 2014

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

Details: Lit Live, which holds a reading on the first Sunday of every month, will include a reading by Ellen Jaffe on September 7th.


When: 3-5 pm Saturday Oct. 25, 2014

Where: 400 Queen St. East, Toronto, ON

Details: At this instalment of the Urban Gallery Poetry Salon, Ellen Jaffe will be one of 2 featured readers.

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Joseph Maviglia to Tour Critics Who know Jack (Urban Myths, Media and Rock and Roll) this September in Los Angeles and San Francisco

Poet, musician, and essayist Joseph Maviglia  will be touring Los Angeles and San Francisco this September. In anticipation of his arrival, the Highland Music Express in Los Angeles reviewed Maviglia’s latest book, Critics Who Know Jack, which was published by Guernica Editions this spring.

Virginia Morris of the Highland Music Express notes that “Joseph Maviglia [has] a strong sense of the sublime and a keen eye for detail.” and that “Maviglia’s comic sensibility is evident throughout the book”

She praises the book for its wit, evocative writing, and sometimes biting social commentary.

“When you need to sort out for yourself what matters in contemporary culture and laugh while you try,” concludes Morris, ” read this book.”

Maviglia’s first fall tour performance will be at a private residence in Los Angeles, in Highland Park, on Wednesday, September 10th, from 7-10 PM. Presented by ShapeShifter Productions, the night will offer both a reading and performance. Dinner will be served from 7-8 and the performance will be from 8-8:45.

Maviglia will also be holding a reading and performance at Sweeties Art Bar, 475 Francisco Street, San Francisco, CA 94133, on Saturday September 13, from 5-8 PM. The event, presented by ShapeShifter Productions and Sweeties, will offer a  cash bar, but will not have a cover charge. Light refreshments will be served from 5-6, with the performance taking place from 6-6:45.

For both events, seating is limited so be sure to call 213-445-4145 or email for reservations. Books will also be available for purchase after the readings for $20 (cash or check) or $22 with credit card.

9781550718379_largeJoseph Maviglia is a Toronto singer-songwriter, poet and essayist whose work has appeared in journals and media across North America and Europe. His tribute poem jazz dharma was commissioned by CBC’s The Sunday Edition to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Alan Ginsberg’s iconic poem Howl. His latest CD is Angel in the Rain, and his song Father, It’s Time appeared on the Juno Award-winning compilation The Gathering. His composition, Calabresella/Sooner or Later, is featured in the film The Resurrection of Tony Gitone. A selection of his poetry will be published in Italy in the anthology A Nord del Sogno (North of the Dream). His poetry collection, A God Hangs Upside Down, was published by Guernica in 1994.

Critics Who Know Jack: Urban Myths, Media and Rock & Roll is a collection of essays, memoirs and critiques on subjects ranging from TV programming, film and literature to rock journalism, with commentary on the interpretation of artistic expression across conventional and social media. From Feng-Shui to conspiracy theory, Maviglia debunks the rise of faddishness and new age trends that undervalue primary sources in music, literature, theatre, film, and urban living.

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Sandra McIntyre of the Malahat Review takes a look at Untying the Apron

Mothers of the 1950s were wasp-waisted, dutiful, serene, and tied to the kitchen with apron strings. Or so we thought. In the searing and startling collection of poetry and prose Untying the Apron, the stereotype of the 1950s housewife is “untied.” Published by Guernica in the spring of 2013, Untying the Apron was just recently reviewed in the award-winning Canadian literary journal The Malahat Review.

In her review, Sandra McIntyre praises Untying the Apron as “a consciousness-raising exercise” and states that “the details make the writing good and true. The commonalities of experience make it political.”

The collection, which is told from the point of view of young women who were raised by the housewives of the 1950s and who came of age during the second-wave feminism of the 60s and 70s, is one that explores the topics of motherhood and feminism from a fresh and intimate perspective.

“Untying the apron, then, is a liberating, transcendent act… Again and again, the writers in this anthology provide examples of mothers out of apron, doing things beyond the work of providing home-cooked meals and fresh laundry.”

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Fire Watcher and Jungian Archetypes Explored in Review by Anna Banks

Anna Banks, Associate Professor of English at the University of Idaho, first read Fire Watcher from her home on the southwest slope of an Idaho mountain in a summer when over a quarter-million acres of the state forests burned down and hundreds of people had to be evacuated from their homes. She read Demuth’s poems with views of smoke clouds in the distance and with the acrid smell of them hanging in the air.

Banks’ visceral introduction to Demuth’s award-winning poetry collection lead to her review of Fire Watcher in The Goose: A Journal of Arts, Environment, and Culture in Canada.

firewatcherIn her review, Banks calls the collection “experiential, personal, visceral.” She links Demuth, a poet who has worked as a park ranger and fire lookout for years, with what  ”Jungian analyst and cantadora Clarissa Pinkola-Estes calls a ‘wild woman,’ one in touch with her instinctive feminine nature, who lives a natural life, the essence of our natural psyche.”

Banks’ careful examination of Demuth’s poems, and her intricate relationship with both the human and natural worlds sheds light on the duality present in Fire Watcher. “Recently,” she writes, “Greta Gaard has called for scholars and writers to revisit ecofeminism and to remember that it has always been rooted in activism, ‘bringing animal, feminist, and environmental justice perspectives” to the forefront of our consciousness. Vivian Demuth” she asserts, “answers that call with a passionate shout from her mountain fire tower.”

To read the full review, you can visit The Goose at:

To get your copy of Fire Watcher, you can visit the Guernica website at:

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Nine Day Wonder Interviews Bombay Wali Author Veena Gokhale

Pat Flewwelling, from the writing and review blog Nine Day Wonder, recently sat down with Guernica author Veena Gokhale to talk about her first book, Bombay Wali and Other Stories.

Flewwelling first met Gokhale at a literacy charity event in Montreal, where she heard Gokhale read from her short story collection. The reading left Flewwelling feeling “absolutely transported to the Subcontinent and [I] enjoyed every minute of it.”

In the interview that sprung from that first meeting, Flewweilling and Gokhale talk writing, character inspiration, and social change. And, as a nice treat to fans of her first book, Gokhale also gives a quick teaser about her upcoming novel Simply there to Help.

9781550716726_largeBombay Wali, which is now available as an ebook, includes twelve stories that provide startling glimpses of contemporary life in Bombay, and elsewhere. In it, we find a wealthy business woman compelled by the desire to hurt her best friend; an old woman in a Tokyo apartment seeking the touch of a baby’s hand; a woman reflecting on violence as a riot rages outside her home. Bombay Wali includes tales about friendship and repulsion, family ties and freedom; violence, public and private; ambition and uncertainty, alienation and acceptance, growing up and growing old.

For the full interview, you can visit Nine Day Wonder at:

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Not to be Missed: Vancouver Group Reading and Launch of Star-Studded Poetry Anthology I Found it at the Movies

Cafe Deaux SoleilsOn Wednesday evening, September 24, I Found it at the Movies will and can be found at the Cafe Deux Soleils in Vancouver. The evening will feature local contributors as they showcase their poetry from the collection that has already been garnering buzz across Canada and the United States.

Filmmaker Guy Maddin says that “If movies are dreams, then these poems about cinema are the dreams dreamt by the dreams – oneiric experience piled high, deliriously drizzled golden, twizzled sweetly and carried into the dark! Reading them I feel I’m peeling back an extra pair of eyelids. This collection takes you closer to films than you ever been before.”

And Peter Howell, movie critic for  The Toronto Star, says that “We go to the movies in search of a certain practical poetry, the kind that enlarges our perspective of the world or simply entertains us. It’s often assumed that we are empty vessels into which the art flows. And yet Ruth Roach Pierson’s fine anthology of film poems, I Found It at the Movies, proves that the process magnificently works in both directions. The writers here emote eloquently about the movies, from Apocalypse Now to The Wizard of Oz, and all aspects of the cinematic form. There is passion in this poetry, projected at 24 frames per second upon the mind’s eye, and I urge you to engage with it.”

10247468_10152515092762018_9152210772655703199_nFeaturing work by some of the most acclaimed poets writing in Canada today (and three from the USA), I Found It at the Movies includes poems inspired by the full range of cinematic history — from silent films to blockbusters, from neo-realism to cartoon, from Fred Astaire to vampires, and from all around the world. Entering this collection is an experience as beguiling as a trip to the movies itself. Among the poets included: Margaret Atwood, Don McKay, Michael Ondaatje, Steven Heighton, David W. McFadden, Karen Solie, Marilyn Bowering, Julie Bruck, Stephanie Bolster and Ken Babstock.



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Lorne Elliot’s The Goat in the Tree Garnering More and More Reviews

Just a few weeks ago, The Gazette’s Ian McGillis wrote about The Goat in the Tree and the art of storytelling. Now, in the latest installment of the blog review from the Montreal Review of Books,writer and editor Gina Roitman writes that “Elliott has a gift for crafting a scene, gently drawing you into his landscape.”

The Goat in the Tree

Gina Roitman asks “Where do we draw the line between storytelling and lies? Can a good story veil (or protect) reality while revealing a larger truth? And what is the responsibility of the storyteller to his audience?”

Long-time storyteller Lorne Elliott, whose first book, Beach Reading, was shortlisted for a Quebec Writer’s Federation Award, is of course no stranger to storytelling. As a comedian, award-winning playwright, musician and the long-time host of CBC Radio’s Madly Off in All Directions, the subject of his latest book is one that he knows from years of his own experiences.

The book follows the story of Max, a vagabond tourist with the gift of the gab who weaves his own stories to travel through Morocco. Part fictional travelogue, love story, and tall tale, Lorne Elliott sends his narrator tip-toeing around the uncomfortable edge of things, out to where stories bloom, and brings them back for us to enjoy.

For the full review, you can visit the Montreal Review of Books at:

The Goat in the Tree is available at:


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Not to be Missed: Pre-Launch of Guernica’s First-Ever Flip Book

Translators Thor Polson and Elana Wolff will be joining up for a west-coast pre-launch presentation from Guernica’s first flip book —a new translation of Franz Kafka’s stories from A Hunger Artist and A Country Doctor and the first-time translation, from the Hebrew, of Poems and Songs of Love by Kafka’s friend Georg Mordechai Langer.

The pre-launch will take place on Sunday, August 31 at The River Maiden coffee house in Vancouver, Washington. The reading will start at 2:00pm and will go until 4:00pm.

A Hunger Artist

This collaborative translation by Elana and Menachem Wolff brings the fascinating work of Langer – poems as well as an essay on Kafka – to the English-reading public for the first time, and sheds light on a hitherto unexplored relationship. Kafka’s writings are characterized by an extreme sensitivity manifested in absurdity, alienation, and gallows humor, and “Poems and Songs of Love” is a translation of the collection “Piyyutim ve-Shirei Yedidot” by Georg Mordechai Langer, which contains an elegy to Langer’s friend and mentor Franz Kafka. Langer and Kafka hailed from the same middle-class, assimilated, Jewish Prague background and shared a mutual interest in Hasidic culture, literature, and Hebrew.

Already, the translation has garnered praise by Kennet Sherman of The Jewish Forward, who says that    ”The Wolffs have given us a rare gift: a view of Franz Kafka through the poetry and prose of Georg Mordechai Langer, one of Kafka’s most imaginative and unconventional friends.” And Babette Puetz of Victoria University in Wellington says that “Thor Polson’s translation manages to recreate the atmosphere of the Kafka texts.”

The official book launch for A Hunger Artist and Other Stories will take place at The Supermarket in Toronto on September 14 at 4:00pm.

When: 2:00pm-4:00pm

Where: The River Maiden, 602 N Devine Rd, Vancouver, Washington

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Loddy-Dah Praised on Alberta at Noon

On the July 14th Monday show of Alberta at Noon, Donna McElligott talked with the mayor of Sylvan Lake about the need for a water ban for non-essential outdoor water use, the risks of heading the ball for younger soccer players, farmers getting their grain out despite full rail cars, and Sharon Bodnarchuk talks summer reading with listeners.

Sharon Bodnarchuk of Audrey’s Books, located in the historic MacLean Block in downtown Edmonton, talks about her picks for the summer. From the American Tolkien George R. R. Martin to Todd Babiak’s Come Barbarians, Sharon talks about her favourite books, which includes, among others, Guernica’s own Loddy-Dah. Sharon describes Dolly Dennis’ first book as “absolutely wonderful” and “an interesting look at that time in Montreal.”

Loddy-DahIn Loddy-Dah, we follow Loddy and the troupe from The Garage Theatre as their lives unfold against the backdrop of political events in Montreal starting with EXPO 67 and ending in 1970 with the October Crisis. With the city as background, Loddy-Dah explores issues of self-identity and self-acceptance, the magic of friendship and love, and the power of resilience in the face of adversity.

An ex-Montrealer, living in Edmonton since 1993, Dolly Dennis is a published author whose work has appeared on stage, in literary journals, newspapers, corporate newsletters, anthologies and the CBC. She has also been on the short-list for an Alberta literary award. This is her first novel.


To hear the full recording, go to (Sharon Bodnarchuk joins the show at 29:18 and Loddy-Dah is mentioned at 35:57)

To grab your copy of Loddy-Dah, you can visit the Guernica website at

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I Found it at the Movies Contributors Reading from their Latest Solo Works this Saturday

Catherine Graham, Jim Johnstone, Jason Guriel, and Dilys Leman will be reading from their latest publications August 9th. The reading will take place at 258 Indian Road, just north of Howard Park Ave. Doors open at 2:00 pm, with the reading starting at 3:00.

Although the focus of the reading will be on their latest solo projects, I Found it at the Movies will be available for purchase at the book table.

10247468_10152515092762018_9152210772655703199_nI Found It at the Movies includes poems inspired by the full range of cinematic history – from silent films to blockbusters, from neo-realism to cartoon, from Fred Astaire to vampires, and from all around the world. I Found it at the Movies includes Catherine Graham’s poem “The Buried,” which fills in the lines of Academy Award winner Tilda Swinton’s burial wish. Jim Johnstone, whose poetry collection The Velocity of Escape was published by Guernica in 2008, wrote the poem “Disgraceland” on Orson Welles’ film The Third Man. And, in I Found it at the Movies, Jason Guriel includes an exploration of the frequently used lighting device, the cukaloris, a panel with irregular holes cut into it and placed in front of a light in order to produce dramatic shadows.

When: 2:00- 5:00 pm, August 9, 2014
Where: The back garden of 258 Indian Road

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