In Conversation: Steven Ross Smith discusses Emanations: fluttertongue 6

From Steven Ross Smith, one of Canada’s preeminent sound poets, comes Emanations: fluttertongue 6, the latest installment in Smith’s ongoing life-poem series. Emanations: fluttertongue 6 marks Smith’s return to verse form, while being a further engagement with composition by sound and its visual placement on the page. In poems that “emanate” from specific works by other poets (including bpNichol,

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Top 5 Reasons to Read A by Giller Prize winner André Alexis

Photo credits: Deborah Dundas In Fall 2013, BookThug had the honour of published André’s novella A. André Alexis has described his fictional terrain as “the shifting ground between the imagined life and the life that you live in from day to day.” There’s no better representation of this than the compelling narrative in A, where Alexander Baddeley,

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Fall Poetry PREVIEW: A Spectacular Influence by Chantal Neveu, translated by Nathanaël

Seasoned BookThug Chantal Neveu, author of Coït, translated by Angela Carr (BookThug, 2012), returns with A Spectacular Influence, translated by Nathanaël. Drawing from philosophy (including Pre-Socratic materialists, Nietzsche, and Spinoza), A Spectacular Influence is an exercise in extreme perception. With clear lines and minimalist language, the poems solicit movement in melancholy as a way of celebrating the intimate

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Fall Poetry PREVIEW: Myrmurs: An Exploded Sestina by Shannon Maguire

Following her ambitious and otherworldly debut,  fur(l) parachute (BookThug, 2013), Shannon Maguire returns with Myrmurs: An Exploded Sestina (available now).  Part two in a planned medievalist trilogy, Myrmurs seizes upon the twelfth-century poetic form of the sestina as a starting point for an exploration of living systems: cities and languages as self-organizing entities; the agency of ant colonies;

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Giving Up by Mike Steeves is a Finalist for the QWF 2015 Awards!

BookThug is very pleased to announce that Mike Steeves’s first novel Giving Up is a Finalist for the Quebec Writers’ Federation 2015 Concordia University First Book Award! Yesterday, in the Montreal Gazette, Ian McGillis wrote “Steeves’ book was one of the best-reviewed Canadian debuts of recent years; many were surprised when it didn’t make the national

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Fall Poetry PREVIEW: The Relativistic Empire by Samuel Andreyev

An obsessive perfectionist, Samuel Andreyev inhabits several worlds: he writes in English while living in France; he is an internationally known composer, performer, and teacher; and he is an experimental poet who documents words, phrases, and rhetorical devices while staying true to the fundamental tools of classical poetry. This Fall, BookThug is thrilled to present

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