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POETRY MONTH! Weekly Picks

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This week, bpNichol's poetic legacy, Japanese forms, Earle Birney's essential readings and poetry for kids! Theseus by bpNichol, THESEUS is an important text that adds considerable gravitas to Nichol's poetic legacy, and the unique partnership between the two authors allows Nichol's words to be extended beyond the grave. "bpNichol was, and still is, the essential poet for so many of us." – Michael Ondaatje

BookThug ISBN 9781771660365 $15.00

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Shouting Your Name Down A Well by David McFadden, explores the Japanese forms of haiku and tankas. This is the first full-length collection of his work in those forms. The 400 or so poems in this collection create a mesmerizing overview of his life and his philosophy.

Mansfield Press ISBN 9781771260411 $20.00

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The Essential Earle Birney by Earle Birney, presents a wide-ranging selection of the celebrated Canadian poet's most memorable verse.

The Porcupine's Quill ISBN 9780889843738 $14.95

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Signs of Subversive Innocents by Cora Sire, travels the depth of human experience from the celebratory to the delusional. This debut collection by Cora Sir tells of characters and realms, both distant and familiar, with vibrant intensity and lyricism.

Signature Editions ISBN 9781927426388 $14.95

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Everyone is CO2 by David James Brock, debut poetry collection from the internationally acclaimed librettist and playwright. His subject matter is wide ranging, addressing the things that influence our private mythologies, from television to space exploration, from heavy metal to the epic of Gilgamesh.

Wolsak and Wynn Publishers Ltd. ISBN 9781894987837 $18.00

FOR THE KIDS...

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Hope is a Ferris Wheel by Robin Herrera, Moving to a new town has made it difficult for Star to make friends, when her classmates tease her because of where she lives and because of her layered blue hair. But when Star starts a poetry club, she develops a love of Emily Dickinson and, through Dickinson’s poetry, learns some important lessons about herself and comes to terms with her hopes for the future. "Well-constructed, thought-provoking and appealing, this first effort bodes well for the author’s future."-Kirkus Reviews

Abrams Books ISBN 9781419710391 $18.95

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Poetry for Young People: Robert Frost, stunning celebration of his best-loved work includes over 25 poems, including “Mending Wall,” “Birches” and, of course, “The Road Not Taken.” Henri Sorensen's gorgeous images perfectly complement each verse.

Sterling Publishing ISBN 9781454902881 $15.95

AWARD ANNOUNCEMENTS | Griffin Poetry Prize, Giuseppe Acerbi Award, CAA Winners and Parents Choice Award Honourees

We're pleased to announce that it's finally starting to feel like summer in Canada, and a number of our favourite books from spring have won awards!

HBGPI IN THE SKY (9780316089166 | HBG) by Wendy Mass and THE CATS OF TANGLEWOOD FOREST (9780316053570 | HBG) by Charles de Lint have been honoured in the Spring 2013 Parent's Choice Awards.

PI IN THE SKY received The Parents' Choice Recommended Seal. This award implies their approval and their recommendation for reasons of production, appeal and fulfillment of its clear intent.  THE CATS OF TANGLEWOOD FOREST received The Parents' Choice Approved Seal, which indicates a wholesome product that helps children enjoy developing physical, emotional, social or academic skills.  For more information, visit the Parents' Choice website.

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ECW Press author, Christopher Meades, won the 2013 CAA Fiction Award for THE LAST HICCUP (9781550229738 | ECW PRESS), which was hailed by Library Journal as a "wickedly funny story," and Bard Howard won the CAA Exporting Alberta Award for WESTERN TAXIDERMY (9781927063118 | NeWest Press)Herizons Magazine wrote, "Not only would I recommend reading [WESTERN TAXIDERMY], I would recommend re-reading it not long after."  The awards are presented by the Canadian Authors Association and were announced on June 15th.

WHAT'S THE SCORE? (9781894469623 What-s-the-Score-McFadden-David-W-9781894469623| Mansfield Press) by Toronto Author David McFadden won the Griffin Poetry Prize!

Judges’ Citation

“‘If the fool would persist in his folly, he would become wise,’ advised William Blake in his Proverbs of Hell. As if whispering through the ages into the ear of Canada’s deadpan court jester, Blake’s radical spirit slyly presides over David McFadden’s exuberant thirty-fifth publication, What’s The Score? With their arch yet affable tone, these ninety-nine irreverent and mock-earnest poems lay siege to the feelings of boredom, anxiety, and alienation that afflict a culture obsessed with wealth and prestige, leading us, again and again, down the road of excess to the palace of wisdom. ‘My poems go leaping from crag to crag,’ McFadden boasts in one poem, before quickly, and characteristically, scuttling this Romantic image of the egotistical sublime ‘like a stubble-faced crybaby, it’s probably / because I’ve been writing for so long, / forty years of poems to various friends.’ The easy, casual intimacy of these poems will befriend you on the first page. Their astonishing leaps and their genuine philosophical urgency will compel you to keep reading. ‘Stick around,’ invites this artful and knowing wise fool, ‘everyone should have a chorus / following his steps and reminding him / of his central role in some great dream.’” – Suzanne Buffam

Read more at: http://www.griffinpoetryprize.com/awards-and-poets/shortlists/2013-shortlist/david-mcfadden/#sthash.QzcFLEtC.dpuf.

Reflections and Aphorisms_proofAnd finally, Leonidas Donskis won the Essay Writing Prize for the Giuseppe Acerbi Award for A SMALL MAP OF EXPERIENCE: REFLECTIONS & APHORISMS (9781550716603 | Guernica Editions). Robert Ginsberg, Director of The International Center for the Arts, Humanities, and Value Inquiry, wrote, "This is a powerful original contribution to the philosophy of culture. Donskis shows that modernity is perforce always troubled, for we are confronted with competing cultural and political traditions from which we have emerged, while we are obliged to face divergent directions for our next steps. The result of Donskis's bold exploration is an impressive travelogue of the human spirit in which the reader takes an active part. This is truly what must be called an engaging book."

Congratulations to all of the winners!