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This Sunday, Sept. 21, is Word On The Street in Toronto. Come down to Queen’s Park Circle to hear your favourite authors read, do some book shopping, and revel in one of our city’s most delightful fall events. Brick will be in booth 133, on Queen’s Park Crescent East, slightly north of St. Joseph Street. Be sure to visit to get the best deal in town on back issues, subscriptions, and Brickbags!
Brick readers! We’re excited to be able to offer you another digital option in Kobo. As of July, you now have another way to take your Brick issues with you anytime, any place; the award-winning device and platform are Toronto-based but can be accessed from 190 different countries around the world.
Away from home? Enjoy catching up on our Jim Harrison, Madeleine Thien, Eleanor Wachtel, and many more, across multiple devices and from anywhere in the world.
Summer light can be remorseless but the dry air intensifies colour, art, and in some cases prose. Try The Hydrogen Jukebox: Selected Writings of Peter Schjeldahl 1978-1990. Schjeldahl has written so much art criticism so well that by their sheer volume and brilliance his two books of collected magazine pieces ought to be weatherproofed and given their own museum garden. To be read while sipping a Brick Nutri-Hammer: 2 cups water, 1.5 leaves of kale, .5 avocado and/or banana, 8 frozen strawberries, very many pumpkin seeds, 12 gogi berries or whatever they’re called, 2 full shots of tequila, 2 of Triple Sec. Blend in a serious blender. Serve two at a time.
A Severed Head, by Iris Murdoch. A story about love and jealousy, very dark, gorgeously written. Goes well with a Gimlet.
A Crack in the Edge of the World, by Simon Winchester. An account of the eruption of Krakatoa. Pairs with a strong port.
Sex in History, by Reay Tannahill. A survey of human sexual habits, mores, politics, and biology from the dawn of time to the present. Consume alongside a glass of Champagne with a raw oyster in it.
Congratulations to Nimi, winner of our latest Books for Brains contest. Nimi correctly answered that Donald Cousan played Thief Two in Angola prison’s Passion play. A copy of Zachary Lazar’s I Pity the Poor Immigrant, provided by the wonderful team at Little, Brown and the Hachette Group, is headed her way.
Huge congratulations to contributor Juan Gabriel Vásquez, whose novel The Sound of Things Falling (excerpted in Brick 90) won the 2014 International Impac Dublin Literary Award. Congratulations, too, to Brick contributing editor Anne McLean, Vásquez’s translator and the person who introduced us to his work.
For a glimpse into the process where sometimes “everything has to change in order to make it as much the same as possible,” check out this conversation between Anne and Juan Gabriel at TheJournal.ie.
Congratulations to our regular contributors Colm Tóibín and Karen Solie who were just named new Trustees of the Griffin Trust. They will join the internationally-acclaimed writers that sit on the board of the Trust. Hooray!
After a long winter, we’re bursting with joy to feel the sun beat down and, of course, to get our hands on Brick 93. Our beautiful new summer issue features interviews with Aleksandar Hemon and Obi Nwakanma, poetry by Sharon Olds and Jan Zwicky, essays by Damon Galgut, Amitava Kumar, and Myrna Kostash, to name a few, a celebration of Mavis Gallant, and much, much more.
Check out Brick 93’s issue page for a sneak peek at what’s inside. You can read excerpts from Madeleine Thien’s interview with Obi Nwakanma, Michael Helm’s brilliant tribute to Mavis Gallant, a story from Brick by Nadia Szilvassy and Tara Quinn, a riff on Tolstoy from Jessica Michalofsky, and an excerpt from Zachary Lazar’s essay about a Passion play at Angola Prison, with photographs by Deborah Luster. Happy summer!