Friday, February 23, 2007

Lemon Hound’s Sina Queyras Visits West Coast for Two Great Readings

March 15 – 17 — Vancouver Goes to the Dogs:
Lemon Hound’s Sina Queyras Visits West Coast for Two Great Readings

In mid-March, the Vancouver literary scene is going to the dogs. Sina Queyras, author of the acclaimed book, Lemon Hound, visits Van City for two readings as part of her West Coast tour. On March 15, Queyras teams with satirist and MAC Farrant, author of Darwin Alone in the Universe and the new The Breakdown So Far (Talonbooks) for a night author of stellar literary entertainment at the UBC Robson Square Bookstore (800 Robson Street). Then, on March 17– St. Patrick’s Day – celebrate the luck of the Irish with the decidedly non-gaelic Sina Queyras, as she reads as the featured author in the Kootenay School of Writing’s reading series at Spartacus Books (319 West Hastings).

Sina Queyras and MAC Farrant at UBCRobson Reading Series
Thursday, March 15, 7:00 p.m.
UBC Robson Square Bookstore, 800 Robson Street

The Kootenay School of Writing presents Sina Queyras
Saturday, March 17, 8:00 p.m.
Spartacus Books, 319 West Hastings


About Lemon Hound:

This is a poetry not of snapshots or collages but of long-exposed captures of the not-so-still lives of women. One The Wavesby attempting to untangle its six sequence imagines Virginia Woolf’s childhood; another unmakes her novel The Waves by attempting to untangle its six overlapping narratives. Yet another, 'On the Scent,' makes us flâneurs through the lives of a series of contemporary women, while 'The River Is All Thumbs' uses a palette of vibrant repetition to 'paint' a landscape.

Queyras’s language – astute, insistent, languorous – repeats and echoes until it becomes hypnotic, chimerical, almost halluncinatory in its reflexivity. How lyrical can prose poetry be? How closely can it mimic painting? Sculpture? Film? How do we make a moment firm? These ‘postmodern,’ ‘postfeminist’ poems pulse between prose and poetry: the line, the line, they seem to ask, must it ever end?

A lovely balance between lyricism and experimentalism, all the whlie unfolding a fierce intellectual and imaginative 'engagement with the work of Virginia Woolf ... She takes a hypnotic, almost hallucinatory approach, and succeeds.' –The Globe and Mail

Sina Queyras is the author of the poetry collections Slip and Teethmarks. Recently she edited Open Field: 30 Contemporary Canadian Poets, for Persea Books. Queyras is also the co-curator of Manhattan’s belladonna* reading series, series featuring experimental women’s writing. She lives in Philadelphia and teaches creative writing at Haverford College.

LEMON HOUND | SINA QUEYRAS | APRIL 2006 | 112 PP | $16.95 | ISBN 1 55245 167 4

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(From a Coach House Books press release)

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Canadian book wins award at Leipzig competition

Frankfurt, Germany – The Stiftung Buchkunst, based in Frankfurt, Germany, and curators of the international exhibition "BEST BOOK DESIGN FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD" at the Frankfurt and Leipzig Book Fairs, selected the 2006 award-winners in an international competition in Leipzig in February, 2007. These awards will be presented at the Leipzig Book Fair on March 23, 2007.

The Stiftung has just released the names of the winners. Of 545 books submitted by 33 countries, 14 titles received prizes (the "Goldene Letter", one gold medal, two silver medals, five bronze medals and five Honorary Appreciations). Two Canadian designers were honoured for their book with a bronze medal:

ANOUK PENNEL and RAPHAËL DEAUDELIN, designers of L’Appareil (Les Éditions de la Pastèque)

The 35 Canadian books on exhibit, which were participants in the international competition, were submitted by The Alcuin Society to the Stiftung. These books were the winners of the 2005 Alcuin Society Awards for Excellence in Book Design in Canada, held in March, 2006. This entire collection has now been donated to the German Book and Type Museum in Leipzig, where it will be available for consultation and exhibitions.

For more information, please contact Leah Gordon, Alcuin Society Design Competition Committee Chair,, 604.732-5403.