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News & Events

Tomas Tranströmer’s Breathing Room

We were saddened to learn of the death of Nobel laureate and contributor Tomas Tranströmer, a poet Robert Hass called “one of the most urgent imaginations of our time.”

In Brick 80, we published Tranströmer’s poem “Breathing Room: July.” You can read it right here. Robert Hass's full tribute to the poet, published in the same issue, is also available to read here

Books for Brains Winner

Congratulations to Gerald Hodge, winner of our latest Books for Brains contest. We asked what hotel Bill Gaston references in his Brick 94 piece, “The Meaning of Wilderness,” and Gerald correctly answered that it was the Empress in Victoria. Gaston refers to an incident where a cougar was found in the elegant hotel’s underground parkade.

Thank you to everyone who entered. Gerald will receive a copy of Gaston’s Juliet Was a Surprise, provided by the wonderful team at Penguin Random House.

Brick 94 Sold Out
While we’re thrilled with the success of our recent direct mail campaign, we’re very sorry to let you know, dear readers, that we’ve now sold out of our current issue. Those of you who have a copy of Brick 94, we hope you’ll treasure it all the more dearly.
If you didn’t get your copy before we sold out, you may still be able to find it at your local bookstore. Or why not try a digital edition through Zinio or Kobo? We hear their digital warehouses have stock aplenty!
In Memoriam

Upon Robert Stone’s recent passing, Madison Smartt Bell wrote at The New Yorker’s Page Turner blog that Stone “was one of the most widely read people [he had] ever met. . . . All his knowledge never settled into wisdom’s contentment—his streak of anger was too broad for that, and he learned all he knew in order to make art out of it, art with a furious energy.”

The energy so admired will undoubtedly live on through Stone’s writing. In Issue 40, Brick had the pleasure of working with Robert Stone as a contributor. His essay “The Red Universe” explores the mystery of American writer Stephen Crane and his novel The Red Badge of Courage. We’ve made the piece available online for you right here in gratitude for Stone’s many contributions to history, culture, and the world’s art.

David Harsent Wins T.S. Eliot Prize!

Congratulations to contributor David Harsent on winning the T.S. Eliot Prize for Poetry for his latest collection, Fire Songs. In Brick 82, Harsent recalls a thirty-foot “dice with death” in “The Drop,” and takes us on a journey in "Long Walk to the End of the Garden." Read the full pieces online or purchase the back issue right here.

Give the Gift of Brick
This season, you can help Brick by putting the magazine into the hands of new readers. We know they’re out there, and we know our readers are our best ambassadors. So consider giving Brick to a friend, or even to two or three friends!
Right now when you give a gift subscription, you’ll receive a gift of thanks from us in return—a beautiful Brickbag when you subscribe one friend, or, when you give two gifts, a classic Moleskine® notebook embossed with Brick’s logo.
Plus, you can give these gifts at our special holiday rate. Until Jan. 31, 2015, subscribe a friend for only $35 ($38 U.S.), or 2 friends for $65 ($71 U.S.). Mail a cheque along with your friend’s address, or order right here: Use discount code 1GIFT for one gift subscription, or 2GIFTS for two gift subscriptions.
Now Presenting: Brick 94 Full Trailer
We’re happy to finally present the Brick 94 full trailer. Watch the Brick players surrounded by nature as they read from Patrick Leigh Fermor's The Broken Road. For this piece and more from your favourite writers, order your issue of Brick 94 today
Watch all of our one-minute Brick 94 teasers over at our Youtube channel.
A New Brick for You

Brick 94 has arrived at Brick headquarters! The new issue—featuring writing by Annie Proulx, Louise Erdrich, Jan ZwickyBen Lerner, Bill Gaston, Steven Heighton, and many more—will reach bookstores and subscribers soon. Since we know you may have trouble waiting, we’ve made a few pieces available online. Check out Tobias Wenzel’s cemetery stroll with Dutch writer Cees Nooteboom; Russell Banks’s memories of Key Largo; Mårni Jåacksøn’s struggle; and Joshua Mensch’s wild poem, “The Fine Print.”

You can also view our second Brick teaser right here. In this video, Kristen M. Scott reads the work of Wallace Stegner, whom Trevor Herriot pays tribute in “The Descent of Wallace Stegner and the Genius of the Artist–Activist.” Order Brick 94 today to savour this essay and the rest of the incredible writing in this issue.

Our First Brick 94 Teaser Video

Last month, the Brick staff and some new friends took a trip to Toronto Island to film a series of “trailers” for Brick 94. You can watch our first teaser video right here to see Jermaine Carty reading Alice Munro. Our fabulous intern, Kristen Scott, set this project in motion, and we couldn’t have done it without a lot more help. Many thanks to Vickie Fagan for filming and editing the video, and to Jermaine Carty, Jesus Alex Tavarez Castillo, and Elizabeth Chitty for coming out to read with us.

Brick 94 comes out at the end of the month. Order or pick up your copy to read Steven Heighton’s “Reading Like Munro”—and so much more!

Sean Michaels Wins Giller Prize

Huge congratulations to contributor Sean Michaels, winner of the 2014 Giller Prize for his first novel, Us Conductors. In Brick 93 Michaels wrote about his trip to Magadan to research the novel. Order the issue to see the piece in print—or read “Note from Magadan” right here. And while you’re at it, check out his fascinating Brick 85 piece, reprinted in The New Brick Reader, on exploring Paris’s catacombs. Three cheers for Sean!

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