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Guernica Launch Party on November 27

Cold, rainy weather getting you down? We’ve got a solution. Join us on November 27 in Kensington market for the chance to grab a drink with friends and enjoy author readings from seven fabulous new books. Who knows, you might even get a little holiday shopping done care of bookseller Ben McNally. Who wouldn’t want a signed first edition to snuggle up with through the long winter months?

DATE: November 27, 2011
TIME: 3:30 – 6:00 PM
LOCATION: Supermarket, 268 Augusta Avenue, Toronto

Everything I Own by Raymond Beauchemin
In this debut novel by Beauchemin, songwriter Michel Laflamme reflects on a thirty-year span of memory, through the emotional and political upheavals of his own life and that of his Belle Province.

Twohundredandfourpoems by Roger Des Roches & translated by Antonio D’Alfonso
This collection presents four books by prolific Quebec writer Roger Des Roches, whose writings span more than four decades and have acted as a source of inspiration for an entire generation of Quebec writers.

We Come From the Same Light by Danielle Fournier & translated by Christine TipperTo read Danielle Fournier is to plunge into the centre of a woman’s heart and body – a heart that continues to beat, to search and to hope spurred on by a sensual, desirable – and desiring – body. Christine Tipper is an accomplished translator, translating French Canadian poets and francophone writers.

Richard Outram: Essays on His Works edited by Ingrid Ruthig
This volume presents the first posthumous panorama of Outram’s work and achievement. It includes an interview, a lecture, an elegy, and new essays by poets and writers who admire Outram’s commitment to “concision and precision” in language.

Smile, you’re getting old! by Évelyne Wilwerth & translated by Christine Tipper
Smile! takes the reader on a one-woman journey through the terrors and viscissitudes of growing old. This is a treatise on appearance and reality, and the acceptance of the inevitable.

Joy Kogawa: Essays on Her Works edited by Sheena Wilson
The essays in this collection explore Joy Kogawa’s work, both literary and activist. In a significant move forward from Kogawa-criticism written to date, these essays give attention to Kogawa’s work beyond Obasan. This collection includes an interview with Joy Kogawa.

Startled Night by Elana Wolff
Part distilled observation, part imaginative act, part spiritual expedition, the lyrically-idiosyncratic poems in Startled Night plumb the struggle of integrating the shadow, of coming into personhood and love-through the life processes of encounter and crisis, also through the chiaroscuro of art, image, and word. The decisive moment is perpetual, which is why the story cannot be finite.

Confetti for Gino by Lorenzo Madalena
A realistic portrayal of the Sicilian fishing community in San Diego in the 1950s, Confetti for Gino shows how kinship and family proved more visceral than the notions of individuality and independence that were emerging at the time.

Canada, USA: University of Toronto Press Distribution (800-565-9523)
Europe: Gazelle Book Services (0-152-46-87-65)

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