Renée Sarojini Saklikar‘s children of air india is a series of elegiac sequences exploring the nature of individual loss, situated within public trauma. The work is animated by a proposition: that violence, both personal and collective, produces continuing sonar, an echolocation that finds us, even when we choose to be unaware or indifferent.
“Sarojini Saklikar has a hankering for including gaps and interruptions in her work. And her new book of poetry, children of air india: un/authorized exhibits and interjections, reflects this predilection.”–Charlie Smith, the Georgia Straight
After her widely successful launch last month at the Goldcorp Centre for the Arts at SFU Woodward’s (to an at capacity crowd), Saklikar’s New Westminster launch, in the city where she grew up, is a can’t miss event. Host Candice James will introduce Renee who will read from her book and personalize copies following her reading.
Date: Sunday, December 1, 2013
Time: 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Location: The Heritage Grill, Back Room, 447 Columbia St, New Westminster
In Songs that Remind Us of Factories, Maritime poet Danny Jacobs probes the postmodern oddness of the call centres that have sprung up across Eastern Canada. He also explores the abundant insect species creeping in his walls and bedsheets and finds the poetic potential in potatoes. His arched-brow wisecracks and intoxicating ingenuity are balanced with emotionally frank language and unmistakable elegance. Songs that Remind Us of Factories is a refreshing collection that is poised between lively wit and meditative contemplation.
At the end of November, Danny Jacobs is bringing his taut lines and playful musicality to readings Ottawa and Montreal. The details are as follows:
OTTAWA: The Factory Reading Series (lovingly hosted by Brecken Hancock)
The Carleton Tavern, (223 Armstrong Street (at Parkdale; upstairs)) on Friday, November 29 at 7pm
Danny Jacobs will read with:
JM Francheteau, a rural transplant with five wisdom teeth based in Ottawa, and the author of A pack of lies.
Sadiqa de Meijer whose first book of poems is Leaving Howe Island. A selection from the manuscript won the CBC Poetry Prize in 2012.
MONTREAL: Argo Books Featured Reading #22:
Argo Books (1915 St. Catherine St. W. ) on Saturday, November 30 at 7pm
Danny Jacobs will read with Leah Umansky, who was featured on FlavorWire’s article “23 People Who Will Make You Care About Poetry in 2013.” Her latest book is Domestic Uncertainties.
Renée Sarojini Saklikar launches children of air india: un/authorized exhibits and interjections (Nightwood Editions, $18.95), at the World Art Centre, SFU Woodward’s—149 West Hastings, Vancouver—on Wednesday, November 13th from 7:00pm to 9:30pm. Doors open at 6:30pm. Admission to the event is free. Renée will be available to discuss her work and personalize copies of her book following her presentation.
Renée Sarojini Saklikar was 23 years old when her aunt and uncle were murdered on June 23, 1985, in the bombing of Air India Flight 182. In her first book of poems, children of air india: un/authorized exhibits and interjections Saklikar presents a powerful and deeply personal collection. These poems offer a fresh perspective on a heartbreaking chapter in Canada’s history—the bombing of Air India Flight 182 that killed all 329 passengers and crew, including 82 children under the age of 13.
Saklikar breaks new ground in her approach to the Canada/Air India saga. The collection is animated by a proposition: that personal and shared violence produces continuing sonar, an echolocation that finds us, even when we choose to be unaware or indifferent. These poignant poems invite us to help bear witness to an aviation disaster that continues to resonate around the world, decades after the original event.
Nightwood congratulates Chris Hutchinson, who has been shortlisted for the 2013 Acorn-Plantos Award for People’s Poetry for his most recent collection, A Brief History of the Short-Lived. The award is given annually to a Canadian poet whose work is accessible to all people in its use of language and image and follows in the tradition of some of Canada’s major poets, such as Milton Acorn, Ted Plantos, Dorothy Livesay and Al Purdy.
In A Brief History of the Short-Lived, Hutchinson brings the full force of his linguistic dexterity to bear on the elusive subject of literature itself. With his restless intellectual curiosity tempered by a dash of witty self-deprecation, Hutchinson deftly manoeuvres through hallowed halls of academia with humour and grace.
The Acorn-Plantos Award for People’s Poetry comes with a medallion and a $500 prize. The winner will be announced in November.