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Summer Reads and Cocktail Recommendations from Our Editors

Michael Helm
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.

Michael Redhill
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.

Books for Brains Winner

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.

If you haven’t read Lazar’s piece in Brick 93, you can read an excerpt here—or go ahead and order the issue!

The Sound of Things Falling Wins 2014 IMPAC Dublin Award

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.

Anne Carson's "Red Doc>" Canadian winner of 2014 Griffin Poetry Prize

Contributor Anne Carson's "Red Doc>" is the Canadian winner of the 2014 Griffin Poetry Prize! Watch Carson and the other incredible poets on the shortlist read excerpts from their books, here. You can also now read Eleanor Wachtel's wonderful interview with Carson from Brick 89, here.

Colm Tóibín and Karen Solie named new Griffin Trustees

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!

Linda Spalding wins Silver NMA

We’re thrilled that Linda Spalding’s Brick 91 essay, “Xmas in Hawaii,” was awarded a silver National Magazine Award. We’ll be raising a glass in her honour at our launch this Wednesday. In the meantime, you can read her award-winning piece right here.

Dig into Brick 93

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!

You are cordially invited...

        

Michael Dickman’s poem to be included in the 2015 Pushcart Prize anthology

Michael Dickman’s poem from Brick 92, “John Clare,” will be included in The Pushcart Prize XXXIX: Best of the Small Presses (2015)! Congratulations, Michael! Read his wondrous poem, here.

Brick Road Trip to General Printers in Oshawa!

We are excited to announce that Brick is teaming up with a new printer, General Printers, in Oshawa, Ontario! GP is an employee-owned and operated printing house with over fifty years of experience to their name (and the same number of awards to their credit). For more information about what they do, click here.

Yesterday, Brick went on a road trip to Oshawa to meet the gang at GP and have a look at the proofs of issue 93. Check out some pictures from the trip, here.

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