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2012 Fall Launches: October

Autumn marks the onset of changing colours, pumpkin-flavoured treats, a delicious harvest – and new books, of course! It’s a busy and exciting time of year for Guernica Editions,with over 15 books to be published this Fall. Join us during the month of October as we celebrate wonderful new works of fiction and poetry with new and emerging authors. On October 14, books will be available care of Ben McNally, and light refreshments will be served at both events. The events are open to the public. See you there!

Guernica Editions Honours Italo-Canadian/Italo-American Literature
DATE:October 5, 2012
TIME: 7 – 9:30 PM
LOCATION: Casa d’Italia, 505 rue Jean-Talon E., Montreal

Guernica Editions is proud to showcase so many talented authors of Italian heritage. The evening will honour acclaimed Italian-Canadian/Italian-American authors and will feature writers offering readings from their most celebrated works. Guernica Editions will also be preparing special presentations for selected distinguished writers, including Mary Melfi and Pietro Corsi.

Guernica Editions Fall  2012 Group Launch
DATE: October 14, 2012
TIME: 3:00 – 5:30 PM
LOCATION: Supermarket, 268 Augusta Ave., Toronto

Exaltation in Cadmium Red by Sonia Di Placido
Exaltation in Cadmium Red splatters and brushes in poems, both as a toxic, poisonous, metallic mix, and a rich, vibrant, powerful oil colour. Shades of cadmium red have persisted throughout history as the most exuberant in the oil-paint palette; the hues meant to be mixed with other oils in subtle, specific, and precise doses for greatest effect. This body of poems revels in this fanatical, fantastic colour to express the heights and depths of passion – engaging in meditations on prayer, spirituality, feminism, and the breadth of existence in a post-colonial,
trans-national and transsexual age.

Sometimes it Snows in America by Marisa Labozzetta
Born into Somali royalty and Saudi Arabian wealth, Fatma is given away in infancy and, at age 12, forced into an arranged marriage with a young Peace Corps worker. Prejudice and cultural demands lead to a number of painful promises that will dictate the course of her life on two
continents. Sometimes It Snows in America is a novel loosely based on the true account of an African woman’s descent into an American hell, and finds its echo in the descent of her native Somalia into its own hell of violent desperation. It leaves the reader with the gifts of unsuspected connection and surprising hope.

Habibi by David Solway
Habibi, the love poems of the Moroccan poet Alim Maghrebi, is the latest in a series of David Solway’s poetic “translations”. These are what Solway calls his “ostensibles,” poetic voices and artifacts which he regards as constituting an extended trope or metaphor of the desire for transformation. The purpose behind such ventures is not to perpetuate a deception but to create a style and renew a customary diction – and, ultimately, to recreate a self.

Africadian Atlantic: Essays on George Elliott Clarke edited by Joseph Pivato
This collection features essays on Nova Scotia-born poet, playwright, and literary critic George Elliott Clarke. Instrumental in promoting the writing of writers of African descent, Clarke’s work has won many awards, including the Governor General’s Award for poetry. He is also the recipient of seven honorary doctorates.

Dreaming of Lost America by Eugene McNamara
An unsentimental trip through a world where innocence reigned but the dark-edged shadows were never far away. This is poetry fixed in one time and place yet timeless.

Freeze-frame by Lise Gauvin, translated by Nigel Spencer
Translation of award-winning Quebecois writer Lise Gauvin’s 2003 short story collection. The collection features intimate spaces within public places and how these can encroach on one another in subtle yet dangerous ways.

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