Reading: Rob Taylor, Dallas Hunt, Tolu Oloruntoba, Shaun Robinson

An outstanding reading last night from these folks, in support of Rob’s new book, “Strangers” (you can buy this here). Really great to be out in Clark Park and see some fine folks I haven’t seen in…you know…a pandemic’s age…

I only had enough cheddar to pick up one more book, and chose Dallas Hunt’s book “Creeland“. Looking forward to digging into that soon!

Tolu Oloruntoba’s reading from his books “The Junta of Happenstance” and “Manubrium” was brilliant. Am going to track those both down.

Lastly, Shaun Robinson read poems from “If You Discover a Fire” – whose humour and strength were evident. Check him out – also worth following on twitter!

xoxo

m.

Celebrate Banned Books Week With Your Favorite Comic

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

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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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Book Launch!

Ok, trying not to come apart at the seams here – launching The Monument Cycles at the Anza Club this coming Wed 10 April at 7:30pm.  Promises to be a wild event – other folks launching include Daphne Marlatt, Stephen Collis, Dina Del Bucchia, and Wanda John-Kehewin.  Event details here.  Would love to see you, whoever you are.Monument Cycles COVER (small)