Tuesday, 26 February 2008
I love Tom Bendsten's book art
Argument #6(b) is shown here. These tend to be monumental in size, large breath-taking architectural works. In these works, the textural (as opposed to textual) qualities of the books themselves, and the way that light falls on them, help to create much of the beauty. Have a look at an interior shot of Argument #4(b).
His Conversations are equally beautiful, but usually less imposing. For instance, Bendsten has arranged books in a library according to colour, rather than by author or title. Although this work seems sedate, do not be lulled into a false sense security, because Bendsten's Conversations also include the wily Bookhawk, and it will swoop down on the unsuspecting.
Saturday, 16 February 2008
Al Purdy to be honoured with statue, film
Pictured is a detail of the clay sculpture created by sculptors Veronica de Nogales Leprevost and Edwin Timothy Dam. Their studio is called Dam de Nogales Sculptors. The finished statue is currently being cast in bronze. Here’s more from the Globe and Mail story:
The finished product will be a 2.7-by-2.7-metre statue (that's life-size and a half) weighing about 1,000 kilograms, that has Mr. Purdy seated on a rock, a book dangling from his right hand as he twists around to look over his left shoulder.
sIts planned placement at Queen's Park will have him gazing toward pedestrian pathways and northbound traffic on the east side of the legislature. The statue will be facing, and seemingly listening to, the passing world, facing away from the formal civic luminaries around it.
Read the whole story here.
In other news, Al Purdy will be brought to the small screen this spring in a television movie starring Gordon Pinsent (pictured). Harbour Publishing, Purdy's last publisher, reports the story on their website:
Yours, Al starring Canadian icon Gordon Pinsent, is an evocative film that captures, interprets and celebrates the life and work of one of Canada's most significant poets and literary geniuses Al Purdy (1918-2000). Actor Gordon Pinsent movingly captures the essence of the poet in this drama set in a metaphorical, abandoned house, which comes to life as Al returns to read, write and remember his favourite poems. CBC Television, “Opening Night”, Thursday April 13, 8pm (local across Canada).
For the whole story, visit Harbour Publishing.
Thursday, 14 February 2008
Tom Sleigh wins $100,000 Kingsley Tufts Award
Tuesday, 12 February 2008
Sina Queyras interviews Stuart Ross
- his excellent book covers,
- editing anthologies,
- humour in poetry,
- the elusiveness of fame,
- why Billy Collins really isn't so shit hot,
- who Razovsky really is,
- the evils (and uses!) of Facebook,
- the awesomeness that is David McFadden,
- Erik Satie's bathing rituals,
AND SO MUCH MORE.
Read the interview on LEMON HOUND today.
Monday, 4 February 2008
Poetry reading breaks ticket sales records.
Read the whole story here.
Here's a Seattle popular culture quiz. Pick the item that doesn't belong:
a) Seattle's 2,500-seat Benaroya Hall sold out in record time.
b) The box office besieged with requests for more tickets.
c) Anguished fans seeking tickets on Craigslist.
d) A reading by a poet.
Smart money would be on D), but smart money would be wrong. Poet Mary Oliver's appearance Monday at Benaroya Hall is the fastest sellout in the 20-year history of Seattle Arts & Lectures. It is sparking ticket action on the local Craigslist, where tickets to rock concerts and sports playoffs are regularly bought and sold, but rarely to poetry readings.
Take that, Minneapolis. The Twin City may have supplanted Seattle as the country's "most literate city" in an annual survey but the Oliver sellout demonstrates that Seattle still has its zealous literary enthusiasts.
So does Portland, which did not merit inclusion in the top 10 literate cities. Oliver's appearance there on Tuesday is also sparking a ticket frenzy. The 2,700-seat Schnitzer Concert Hall for Portland Arts & Lectures has already sold out.