Nightwood Editions is proud to announce the publication of four new titles this Spring with authors all from southern British Columbia.
In her lyrical, intimate memoir The Death of Small Creatures, Trisha Cull lays bare her struggle with bulimia, bipolar disorder and substance abuse. Interspersing snatches of conversations, letters, blog entries and clinical notes with poetic narrative, Cull evokes an accessible experience of mental illness.
“With a butterfly’s delicacy and a butterfly’s embattled strength, Trisha Cull takes us through and out of a world of mental illness. Clear-eyed and unsparing, yet suffused with beauty, The Death of Small Creatures is a brave and unflinching book. If you’ve ever struggled with mental illness and addictions, ever loved someone who struggled, ever known someone who struggled, you need to read this book.”
–Susan Olding, author of Pathologies: A Life in Essays
Debut talent Raoul Fernandes’ first offering is Transmitter and Receiver, a masterful and carefully depicted exploration of one’s relationships with oneself, with friends, memories, strangers and technology.
The three parts of this collection are variations building on a theme—at times lonely, sometimes adoring, but always honest, each section adds nuance to the spectrum of relationships, connections and disconnections. Rather than drawing lines between isolation and connection, past and present, metaphor and reality, Transmitter and Receiver offers loneliness and longing hand-in-hand with affection and understanding: “The last assembly instruction is always you reading this. A machine / that rarely functions, but could never without you.”
“What I receive from these transmissions is a convincing sweetness, a weird wisdom. This book reminds me of David Berman’s Actual Air, but it’s warmer. Raoul Fernandes writes like a night school teacher teaching us ‘something about night itself.’ It’s an engaging class, an occasionally mind-altering class, and I finished it feeling more hopeful and human.”
— Nick Thran
Hastings-Sunrise is a love letter to a fleeting place and time. Bren Simmers’s second collection captures her old East Vancouver neighbourhood in the midst of upheaval. As it is colonized by tides of matching plaid and diners serving pulled-pork pancakes, condo developments replace the small businesses and cheap rentals that once gave the area its charm.
Like a tree clothed in multi-coloured yarn or a miniature house filled with free books, Hastings-Sunrise is a gift to readers, beautiful in its simplicity.
A beautifully nuanced look at the challenge of allowing ourselves to claim and be claimed by a place. In this year-long cycle of poems, Simmers brings the sharp focus of a naturalist’s eye to the urban everyday of the Vancouver neighbourhood for which the book is named. Text becomes mapping, observations become ecology, dates become narrative. The poems are both fierce and faltering; they experiment with form without ever losing the voice and vulnerability that make them compelling.
Previously published Nightwood poet Rita Wong approaches water through personal, cultural and political lenses. She humbles herself to water both physically and spiritually: “i will apprentice myself to creeks & tributaries, groundwater & glaciers / listen for the salty pulse within, the blood that recognizes marine ancestry.”
undercurrent emerges from the Downstream project, a multifaceted, creative collaboration that highlights the importance of art in understanding and addressing the cultural and political issues related to water. The project encourages public imagination to respect and value water, ecology and sustainability. Learn more about Downstream at downstream.ecuad.ca.