Thursday, 25 September 2014

All Lit Up is an online retailer for independently published Canadian literature!

Do you want to buy my new book, but aren't near an independent bookseller and don't want to shop at a big box store or unethical online retailer? The solution is finally here: the All Lit Up bookshop!

This initiative of the Literary Press Group gives readers a much needed alternative to the big box and online bookselling monopolies. Check it out! 

Friday, 19 September 2014

Monday, 15 September 2014

I'm appearing at Word on the Street in Toronto on Sunday, September 21st.

Julie Joosten (Light Light, BookThug 2013) and I will be at the Great Books Marquee at Toronto's Word on the Street on Sunday from 3:15 to 3:45 pm. Here's the bumf:

Julie Joosteen and Paul Vermeersch are two writers who aren’t afraid to experiment with language and form. Join them as they present their newest poetry collections, which consider the past and its influence on the present and meditate on what awaits mankind in the future.

Sunday, 14 September 2014

I'll be reading at the Ottawa Writers Festival on October 26th.

I'm coming to Ottawa for a reading in the Ottawa Writers Festival on October 26th. Here's the information: 

ARC POETRY presents Canada/Australia with Bonny Cassidy, Natalie Harkin, Paul Vermeersch, and Vera Wabegejig. 
Fox and Feather, 2nd Floor 283 Elgin St.  
6:30 pm.
Admission: Free.
For over 30 years, Arc Poetry Magazine has been bringing great poetry to readers in Canada and beyond. Don’t miss this exciting evening of acclaimed work from Canada and Australia. A poet and lecturer at RMIT University in Melbourne, Bonny Cassidy joins us with her latest collection, Final Theory Natalie Harkin is a Narungga woman, a member of the Chester family in South Australia, and a poet who has worked in the Indigenous higher education sector. Poet, editor and teacher Paul Vermeersch joins us from Toronto with his fifth acclaimed collection, Don’t Let It End Like This Tell Them I Said Something Vera Wabegijig, a Nishnaabe writer, blogger, media artist and mother living in Nepean, appears with her debut collection, Wild Rice Dreams.

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Sunday, 31 August 2014

Happy Birthday, Dennis Lee!

Today is Dennis Lee's 75th birthday! Of course it's always a good time to read Dennis Lee's poetry, but today, why not look back and watch Dennis's appearance on 90 Minutes Live, Peter Gzowski's talk show in 1977?

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

My book launch will be September 25 at The Steady Cafe on Bloor Street

ECW Press invites you to the launch of 

Thursday, September 25
7:00 -- 9:00 PM
1051 Bloor Street West
Toronto, ON

Thursday, 7 August 2014

A visit to the print shop

I don't read ebooks very often, so it's a comfort to me that print books are still made the old fashioned way. I have a new book (called Don't Let It End Like This Tell Them I Said Something) coming out soon with ECW Press, and today I went to Coach House Printers to see how it gets made. 

First, the pages are printed on these big Heidelberg printing presses. These huge machines are made in the Black Forest by dwarves who use magic hammers and exotic metals smithed in eldritch fire.  

Next, highly trained technicians named John operate the gluing machine. This is where the covers are affixed to the pages and where "critical acclaim" is added to author bios. 

This is what assembled books look like before they go the cutting machine. If there are still any typos left in the book at this stage, the cutting machine will remove them! 

The cutting machine trims the excess paper off the top, bottom, and side of the book. You need to use two hands to operate the blade, so you can't cut your own fingers off by mistake. Emphasis on your own. Emphasis on by mistake

As books come off the cutting machine, they are piled up on a shelf in the corner of the room so they can grow accustomed to how they will most likely spend the remainder of their existence in a shop or house somewhere. 

At this stage in the manufacturing process, each book is assigned an author who will be its mascot. I was very happy to be paired up with this lovely little number, and you will see me flogging it around the country very soon.

And that is how a book, like Don't Let It End Like This Tell Them I Said Something, gets made. If you would like to order this book, please contact your local bookseller, or visit my publisher ECW Press