Ink on Paper is a compelling collection of political poems that express an acute sensitivity to place. Whether Cran is writing about two grey whales that swam into Vancouver’s inner harbour, or the hopes that the residents of the “bad side of town” have for their neighbourhood, his work is deeply rooted in issues of social justice—particularly in Vancouver. Cran’s poems are a fresh and provocative examination of urban culture and the natural world, told with keen awareness and gritty poetic precision.
Brad Cran served as Poet Laureate for the City of Vancouver from April 2009 until October 2011. His non-fiction book Hope in Shadows: Stories and Photographs of Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside (with Gillian Jerome) won the 2008 City of Vancouver Book Award and raised $50,000 for marginalized people in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. Cran’s essay, “Notes on a World Class City”, defended Vancouver’s progressive history and went viral in the lead-up to the 2010 Olympic Games.
The City of Vancouver Book Award is given to a book that reflects the city’s rich history and culture. The 25th annual award ceremony will be presented at the Mayor’s Arts Awards Gala at Science World on November 22. The other shortlisted books include: Jancis M. Andrews’ The Ballad of Mrs. Smith (Hedgerow Press); Amber Dawn’s How Poetry Saved my Life (Arsenal Pulp Press); Harold Kalman’s and Robin Ward’s Exploring Vancouver – The Architectural Guide (Douglas & McIntyre); and Sean Kheraj’s Inventing Stanley Park (UBC Press).
The five shortlisted titles were chosen by an independent jury that included: Elee Kraljii Gardener, an award-winning poet and director of the Thursdays Writing Collective; Paul Whitney, a retired City librarian; and Andrea Davies, owner of Hager Books in Kerrisdale.
Nightwood author Christian McPherson is celebrating the launch of his new novel, Cube Squared in Ottawa this month! The launch will take place at Patty’s Pub (1186 Bank St) on Sunday, October 20 from 3pm to 5pm. Books will be for sale by Perfect Books.
Cube Squared is Christian McPherson’s much-anticipated follow-up novel to The Cube People. In it, he finds more humour in the misadventures of Colin MacDonald: husband, father, cubicle-bound government employee, horror novelist and teddy bear thief.
This time around, Colin is slightly more grown up as he careens toward the forty-year-old mark with snowballing angst. At home, his recently deceased father continues deriding him from beyond the grave, he finds himself increasingly enthusiastic for any outing that allows him a couple hours of peaceful escape from family life, and he hasn’t had sex with his wife in a month. At work, he’s contending with the sheer illogic of office bureaucracy, an utterly boring promotion to Team Leader of Bar Code Accounting and Maintenance, and a far-too-sexy floor secretary. Meanwhile, he’s sitting on a pile of failed novels worth $8,000 and his new agent is pushing him to find a way to cram vampires, zombies, and sex—lots and lots of sex—all into one bestselling smash hit.
Cube Squared is the smartly written account of Colin’s attempts (many of them hilariously fumbled) to untangle his increasingly unmanageable life. Interspersed within are chapters of Colin’s own vampire-zombie apocalypse novel, The Mosquito and the Maggot, creating a multi-layered, meta-fictional romp with a protagonist who feels as real as your best friend.
For more info on the launch, contact Perfect Books at (613) 231-6468.
Nightwood Editions’ novelist Andrew Binks will be a featured writer at the Picton Fair this Saturday, September 7 at 10 am participating in the Authors Breakfast Panel at the Crystal Palace. If you are in Picton, Ontario this weekend, join Andrew and the panel for readings, lively discussion and a light breakfast!
Andrew Binks‘ is preparing for the release of his new novel, Strip, forthcoming from Nightwood this October. Strip follows the complicated and troubling story of John Rottam, an up-and-coming professional ballet dancer. A few clumsy steps in the corps de ballet of a prestigious Canadian ballet company sends John fleeing to join a psychotic and incompetent dance troupe in Quebec City, where his dream of a legitimate career are all but destroyed. His final dance becomes a haunting dance of desire, revulsion, insight and, ultimately, redemption. Strip is Andrew’s unsettling, yet deeply inspiring, second novel.
Always a Festival favourite, this year’s Poetry Bash is a star-studded event featuring six of the best. Master of contemporary mythology Anne Carson joins former Poet Laureate of Vancouver Brad Cran, Pulitzer Prize–winner Paul Muldoon and Governor General’s Literary Award–winner Anne Michaels. Newfoundland’s Michael Crummey appears with his first poetry collection in a decade. Mathew Henderson’s debut poetry collection was labelled “spare and eloquent” by the New York Times. A lineup like this is sure to please the ears and minds of language lovers who want to see and hear some of the finest poets writing today.
Date: Saturday, October 26, 2013 – 8:00pm
Venue: Performance Works
Tickets: $26 (Member Exclusive – Online Earlybird Tickets)