Holy bumper crop, Batman! I’m in a bushel of sweet anthologies that are ripening nicely and will be ready for harvest this fall. Check ‘em out. Click on titles for details.
111 West Coast Literary Portraits (Mother Tongue Publishing) – Photographers Barry Peterson and Blaise Enright have spent years travelling around British Columbia to capture this stunning collection of black and white portraits of BC writers, accompanied by excerpts of each author’s work. Launching October 11, 2012 in Vancouver, 8:00 pm at Heritage Hall, 3102 Main Street.
Writers included: Caroline Adderson, Taiaiake Alfred, Colin Angus, Julie Angus, Chris Arnett, Joanne Arnott, Jean Barman, Gurjinder Basran, Joanne Bealy, Thomas R. Berger, bill bissett, Arthur Black, Robin Blaser, George Bowering, Marilyn Bowering, Kate Braid, Brian Brett, Barry Broadfoot, Anne Cameron, Trevor Carolan, Norma Charles, Jim Christy, Marie Clements, Wayde Compton, Claudia Cornwall, Lorna Crozier, William Deverell, Hadani Ditmars, Phinder Dulai, Marilyn Dumont, Daniela Elza, M.A.C. Farrant, Mona Fertig, George Fetherling, Patrick Friesen, Maxine Gadd, Charlotte Gill, Terry Glavin, Kim Goldberg, Katherine Gordon, Shirley Graham, R.W.Gray, Amanda Hale, Keith Harrison, Diana Hayes, Robert Hilles, Jack Hodgins, Pauline Holdstock, Irene Howard, Edith Iglauer, Rick James, Sandi Johnson, Eve Joseph, Des Kennedy, W.P. Kinsella, Theresa Kishkan, Joy Kogawa, Larissa Lai, Tim Lander, Patrick Lane, Evelyn Lau, Peter Levitt, Pearl Luke, Derek Lundy, Vera Manuel, Daphne Marlatt, George McWhirter, Roy Miki, Alice Munro, Sheila Munro, Susan Musgrave, Peter Newman, Eric Nicol, Bud Osborn, Kathy Page, P.K. Page, Morris Panych, John Pass, Stan Persky, Al Purdy, Meredith Quartermain, Jamie Reid, Stephen Reid, Bill Richardson, Lisa Robertson, Ajmer Rode, Linda Rogers, Joe Rosenblatt, Jane Rule, Mairuth Sarsfield, Andreas Schroeder, Gregory Scofield, Goh Poh Seng, Doris Shadbolt, George Stanley, Robert Strandquist, Peter Such, George Szanto, Timothy Taylor, Sharon Thesen, Peter Trower, Alan Twigg, Fred Wah, Betsy Warland, David Watmough, Phyllis Webb, Evelyn C. White, Howard White, Paula Wild, Rita Wong, Caroline Woodward, Ronald Wright, Rachel Wyatt, Max Wyman, Patricia Young.
Canada’s Raincoast at Risk: Art for an Oil-Free Coast (Raincoast Conservation Foundation) – Fifty artists, including some of Canada’s most celebrated and many who are First Nations, have taken up paintbrushes and carving tools to portray Canada’s fragile raincoast – one they feel is threatened by the Northern Gateway pipeline project proposed by Enbridge and their international partners. The art is featured in nine chapters: the region, the people, sea birds, land mammals, marine mammals, forests, estuaries, salmon, and underwater marine. Each chapter opens with a poem written by one of nine BC and Alberta poets. Coming November 2012. Launching in Vancouver, Victoria, Nanaimo, Salt Spring Island. Details here.
Living Artfully: Reflections from the Far West Coast, edited by Anita Sinner & Christine Lowther (The Key Publishing House) – The extreme west coast is often characterized as the most “out there” edge of Canada and has become known internationally for artists residing in the region and giving it their own particular flavor. Living Artfully: Reflections from the Far West Coast offers unique perspectives and insights to the interrelationship of creativity and geography through intimate portrayals about the lives of 44 artists and writers residing in the far west, including the Gulf Islands, Vancouver Island and Haida Gwaii.Launchings: Tofino: September 20 Bowen Island: September 22 Nanaimo: October 14, 1:30 pm, Nanaimo Harbourfront Library Galiano Island: October 14, 3:00 pm, Galiano Inn Victoria: November 2, 7:30 pm, Moka House on Hillside (Planet Earth Poetry) ~
Poems from Planet Earth, edited by Yvonne Blomer & Cynthia Woodman Kerkham (Leaf Press) – A scrumptious anthology showcasing 116 of the poets who have read at Victoria’s weekly Planet Earth Poetry series over the years, including: Jan Zwicky, Patrick Lane, Jay Ruzesky, Alice Major, Kate Braid, Derk Wynand, Eve Joseph, David Zieroth, Patricia Young, John Barton, Lorna Crozier, Sheri-D Wilson, Patrick Friesen, Brian Bartlett, Paul Nelson, Glen Sorestad, Wendy Morton, Brian Brett, Goran Simic, Cathy Ford, Betsy Warland, Kim Goldberg. Launching in Victoria in 2013 at (where else?) Planet Earth Poetry at Moka House on Hillside. Date and details to follow.
100 Lightnings Anthology, edited by Stephen Studach (Paroxysm Press) – 100 flash fictions from around the world probing the messy (and sometimes moist) underbelly of Horror, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Dark Realism, and anything in between. To be released Fall 2012 by Australia’s iconic cult publisher Paroxysm Press.