Alex Leslie on The Rusty Toque

Alex LeslieA sneak peak at some of the amazing work of new Nightwood Editions author, Alex Leslie, is now available on The Rusty Toque. Look out for her debut collection of poems, Things I heard about you, coming this Fall!

Shortlisted for the 2014 Robert Kroetsch award for innovative poetry, The things I heard about you is an exploration of precision and the unspoken, executing a process whereby vignettes and scenes break apart into fragments, rumours or suggestions of the original story. When stories decompose or self-destruct, the results vary, producing an effect of texture and syntactic transformation. This is a book of tidal memories and elegies, love songs to the coast and all its inhabitants.

Alex has published a chapbook of microfictions 20 Objects for the New World (Nomados, 2011) and a collection of short stories People Who Disappear (Freehand, 2012), which was shortlisted for a 2013 Lambda Award for debut fiction and 2013 ReLit Award for short fiction. Recent work includes editing the Queer issue of Poetry Is Dead magazine, which brought together different forms of Queer poetics from across Canada, and being part of the fiction editorial team at Lemon Hound. A second collection of stories entitled We All Have To Eat is in progress.

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Matt Rader Winner of The Malahat Review Jack Hodgins Founders’ Award for Fiction!

Congratulations to Nightwood author Matt Rader, whose short story, “All This Was a Long Time Ago” is the winner of The Malahat Review‘s 2014 Jack Hodgin’s Founder’s Award for Fiction! The story, which appeared in the Fall 2013 edition of The Malahat Review, will also be featured in Rader’s first short story collection, What I Want to Tell Goes Like This, which Nightwood is proud to announce that we’ll be publishing this fall.

The Jack Hodgins Founders’ Award was established in honour of the celebrated Victoria novelist’s contribution to Canadian letters and to the University of Victoria. It awards a prize of $1000 to the author of the best short story or novella to have appeared in The Malahat Review during the previous calendar year and is selected by an outside judge – this time, award-winning author Michael Crummey.

According to The Malahat Review, Crummey had this to say about the story: “My first read of Matt Rader’s ‘All This Was a Long Time Ago’ left me thinking, What the hell is this? It’s oddly paced and oddly balanced. The narrative comes across as much like an essay as a story. The present-day characters barely register on the surface. I had a hard time trying to say what it’s about exactly. Or why it affected me so deeply.

“It’s still a bit of a mystery to me, in fact. The writing is terrific, the portrayal of the young James Joyce and Nora Barnacle is completely convincing. The insights into love and desire, into the ways in which art and life intersect without ever becoming one and the same, are uncontrived and compelling. The tension between the ephemeral details of the individual life and the relative permanence of something like Joyce’s ‘The Dead’ makes the whole thing ring like a bell.

“But what the hell is it, exactly, and why does it work? Can’t say. It feels like real life. It feels like art. It’s a terrific story. My favourite of the fiction published in The Malahat Review last year.”

Matt Rader is the author of three books of poems: A Doctor Pedalled Her Bicycle over the River Arno (House of Anansi, 2011), Living Things (Nightwood Editions, 2008), and Miraculous Hours (Nightwood Editions, 2005), which was a finalist for the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award and long-listed for the ReLit Award. His fiction, non-fiction, and poetry have appeared in The Walrus, Prism International, The Fiddlehead, The Journey Prize Anthology, as well as many other publications across North America. Rader’s poetry has also been nominated for numerous awards, including the Journey Prize, the National Magazine Award, and two Pushcart Prizes. He lives in Cumberland, BC.

Elizabeth Bachinsky a Finalist for the Pat Lowther Memorial Award

Nightwood Editions is pleased to announce that poet Elizabeth Bachinsky has just been named a finalist for the Pat Lowther Memorial Award for her most recent volume The Hottest Summer in Recorded History.

Presented annually by the League of Canadian Poets, the Pat Lowther Memorial Award carries a $1,000 prize and is given to a book of poetry by a Canadian woman published in the preceding year. This is Bachinsky’s second nomination for this prestigious award.  Her third collection, God of Missed Connections, was shortlisted in 2010.

With her signature eye for irony and sensuality, Bachinsky balances a youthful playfulness with observational maturity in The Hottest Summer in Recorded History. Combining the unexpected with the ordinary and the sacred with the profane, she shares an intimate view of her world, which is full of honesty and dark humour.

Elizabeth Bachinsky is also the author of Curio and I Don’t Feel so Good (both Book Thug) and Home of Sudden Service, which was nominated for the Governor General’s Literary Award for poetry in 2006. God of Missed Connections was also shortlisted for the Kobzar Literary Award and the George Ryga Award for Social Awareness in BC Writing and Publishing.  Her work has appeared in literary journals, anthologies, and on film in Canada, the United States, France, Ireland, England, and China. She is an instructor of creative writing at Douglas College in New Westminster where she is Poetry Editor for Event magazine.

The other books shortlisted for the Pat Lowther are Alongside by Anne Compton (Fitzhenry & Whiteside), Leaving Howe Island by Sadiqa de Meijer (Oolichan Books), Whirr and Click by Micheline Maylor (Frontenac House Poetry), Meeting the Tormentors in Safeway by Alexandra Oliver (Biblioasis), and Status Update by Sarah Yi-Mei Tsiang (Oolichan Books).

The winner of the Pat Lowther Memorial Award will be announced in Toronto on June 7, 2014.

Christian McPherson at the Prince Edward County Authors’ Festival

Cube SquaredLaugh it up with Nightwood author Christian McPherson at a special Giggles & Grins humour night at the Prince Edward County Authors’ Festival in Picton, Ontario this April! The event will take place at Books & Company (289 Main Street, Picton, ON) on April 11, starting with mingling time, beer, cider and pretzels at 7pm, with readings at 7:30pm. Christian will be reading from his darkly comic novel that riffs on cubicle culture, Cube Squared. Also reading at the event are Trevor Strong and Peter Norman. Entry is $10 (unless you use your Three Event Pass, which is $15 in advance or $20 at the door).

Cube Squared is Christian McPherson’s much-anticipated follow-up novel, picking up where his debut, The Cube People, left off. Returning to the seemingly mundane reality of government cubicle culture, McPherson finds more humour in the misadventures of Colin MacDonald: cubicle-bound civil servant by day, horror novelist writing the vampire-zombie apocalypse by night.

This time Colin, now a happily married man, owner of a minivan, and the proud father of three kids, is about to face his greatest challenge yet: middle age. With the death of his father, a promotion at work, a raging libido and the weight of the world on his shoulders, can our everyman hero rise out of the pits of despair to make sense of his life, which seems to be constantly falling apart?

Christian McPherson is the author of six books: Cube Squared, My Life in Pictures, The Sun Has Forgotten Where I Live, The Cube People, Poems that swim from my brain like rats leaving a sinking ship, and Six Ways to Sunday (shortlisted for a 2008 ReLit Award). He has a degree in philosophy from Carleton University and a computer programming diploma from Algonquin College. He lives in Ottawa with his wife and two children.


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