Upcoming Launch: Elena Johnson’s Field Notes for the Alpine Tundra

e_johnson_bThis is coming up this sunday in Vancouver.  Elena is a talented poet, and the local community has been looking forward to the release of her first collection with anticipation.  Joining her for this launch are two other local luminaries; Ray Hsu and Susan Steudel.  Here’s the details!

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Come celebrate the launch of Elena’s first collection of poetry, Field Notes for the Alpine Tundra, published by Gaspereau Press this spring. With readings/performances by Elena and two special guests: Ray Hsu and Susan Steudel.

Doors at 7:30; performance begins at 8:00. (Feel free to arrive earlier if you like; just know that we’ll be busy setting up until 7:30.)

About the book: Field Notes for the Alpine Tundra is a collection of poems written and researched in the Yukon’s Ruby Range during the author’s time as writer-in-residence at a remote ecology research station. Earlier versions of this collection have been longlisted for the CBC Literary Awards and shortlisted for the Alfred G. Bailey Prize, and several of these poems have been published in The Fiddlehead, Arc, Dandelion and other fine publications.

About Elena: Elena Johnson is a Vancouver poet whose work has appeared in literary journals across Canada and in the UK, as well as in four anthologies. Field Notes for the Alpine Tundra is her first published collection.

Special guest-stars:
– Ray Hsu is a poet, social entrepreneur, and co-founder of Art Song Lab, a collaborative institute for poets, composers, and performers; and the Medici Group, which provides art scholarships for aspiring painters in developing countries.
– Susan Steudel is the author of New Theatre (Coach House Books, 2012, poetry). Her work has been published in many literary magazines and journals in Canada. She has worked as a deckhand in the past and earns her current living as a court reporter in British Columbia.
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Cafe Deux Soleils offers delicious food and drink in a warm, friendly, wheelchair-accessible environment. There is no cover charge. Books will be for sale at the event (please bring cash if you’d like to buy a book or two).

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Alex Leslie’s new book!

bookcoverAlex’s phenomenal new book of prose poems is out with Nightwood.  I can’t recommend this enough.  I’ll let Jen Currin’s great blurb spell it out:

“Prose poems, soundtracks, minifictions—the lyrical, multi-faceted pieces in The things I heard about you record the ways in which language makes and unmakes us.”

Buy the book here (or at your local bookshop!):

http://www.nightwoodeditions.com/title/ThethingsIheardaboutyou

and follow Alex here:

http://alexleslie.wordpress.com/

Celebrate Banned Books Week With Your Favorite Comic

A very readable article on Banned Books Week: Maus, Moore and Gaiman!

Eleventh Stack

Comics Code Authority Seal Almost all comics published between 1954 and the 2000s bore this seal, indicating they met a set of rigid standards pertaining to sexuality, violence, and other things.

Yesterday began this year’s Banned Books Week, and lists maintained by the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund and the American Library Association show that comics are as susceptible to banning as their prose cousins.

In a way, it’s flattering to the medium that comics and graphic novels are being challenged and banned in public school systems and libraries each year alongside well-known literary classics (“challenged” means someone wanted the book removed but was unsuccessful in their bid, and the book remained on the shelves).

It means kids are reading these books, that they’re making it onto curricula and reading lists, and that they’re making people uncomfortable.

But kids have been reading comics since adults have been publishing them. And the history of censorship…

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