Brick is edited by Linda Spalding, Michael Redhill, Michael Helm, Rebecca Silver Slayter, Laurie D Graham, and Martha Sharpe

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Just out of the Box

Coming soon to bookstores and mailboxes, Brick 96 features poetry by Lynn CrosbieDon PatersonGeoffrey G. O’Brien, and Jane Hirshfield; interviews with artist Sophie Calle and filmmaker Joshua Oppenheimer; fiction from Alex PugsleySara MajkaMaylis de Kerangal, and Daniel Gascón; lyrical memoir by Beth Follett; and Elizabeth Farnsworth’s notes from the field. Plus, Stephen Marche visits the Île de Gorée, Carrie Snyder gives herself away, and John Berger reads the natural world.

For a sneak preview, we’re pleased to present Jocelyn Parr’s review of Bluets by Maggie Nelson and Jane Hirshfield’s poem “A Moment Knows.” There’s an extra special treat over at Lit Hub, too: an excerpt from Eleanor Wachtel’s interview with Sophie Calle.

Don’t go without our Winter 2016 issue any longer than you have to. Subscribe or renew today. And hey, the timing couldnt be better to give Brick as a gift.

Brick 96 Launches December 8

Please join us for the launch of Brick 96 on Tuesday, December 8, at Toronto’s Lucky Shrike Bar. Eleanor Wachtel will host a night of festive cheer, featuring Alex Pugsley, Jessica Moore, and Lynn Crosbie. Don’t miss it!

Now Online: John Irving's "Cat Without Eyes"

Brick 96 is almost off to the printer, but there’s still much to savour from issue 95—and we’re putting new pieces online even now. Today, you can read John Irving’s “Cat Without Eyes” right here, and then zip over to his website to watch his powerful reading. Enjoy!

Sidewalk Flowers Wins Governor General's Award

Huge congratulations to contributors JonArno Lawson and Sydney Smith! Their beautiful Sidewalk Flowers (excerpted in Brick 95) has won the 2015 Governor General’s Award for Illustrated Children’s Literature.

On Ernest Hemingway and Slovenia

If you haven’t got a copy of Brick 95 yet, you can still savour many enticing excerpts right here—such as Erica Johnson Debeljak’s essay on rereading A Farewell to Arms after moving to Slovenia. “At long last, I had stumbled upon my geographical slant,” she writes. From atop her heavenly aerie in the Julian Alps, Debeljak considers Hemingway and his fictional hero and parses fiction and fact.

Video: John Irving Reads "Cat Without Eyes"

In June, we were honoured to have John Irving read from “Cat Without Eyes” at the launch of Brick 95. In this fantastic video, he delivers another powerful reading of the piece (and says he loves Brick!).

Digital Issues Available through Kobo

Sadly, we have had to discontinue the Zinio edition of Brick, but you can still enjoy Brick 95 on your tablet, iPad, computer, or phone through Kobo. You can download Kobo’s free app and visit their eMagazine store to browse back issues or subscribe. Zinio will continue to offer back issues 87 through 94 at their digital newsstand.

From the Archive: An Interview with James Salter

“For decades, mere mention of the name James Salter has been a kind of secret literary handshake. He is one of the most highly respected contemporary American stylists but also a writer ‘who particularly rewards those for whom reading is an intense pleasure,’ as Susan Sontag wrote.” So begins Kevin Rabalais’ introduction to his Brick 87 interview with the author of such novels as The Hunters, Light Years, and, most recently, All That Is. Now excerpted online, their conversation ranges from the ineffable process of writing a novel, to Salter’s love of As I Lay Dying, to the composition of A Sport and a Pastime when the writer felt “finally [he] was doing the right thing.”

A friend and supporter of Brick, Salter died on Friday, June 19, 2015.

And the Winner Is...

Congratulations to the winner of our Books for Brains contest, Hannah Brown! Too clever for our trick question, she correctly answered that in Brick 95, the Rio cinema Javier Montes writes about visiting is a living room “transformed into the Metropolitian or Excelsior cinema . . . Flamengo Odeon or Paramount or whatever it was called.” A copy of Montes’s The Hotel Life, courtesy of Hispabooks, is headed her way.

Drop Everything—Brick 95 Is Here!

“This is the thing about children’s stories: the good ones, they leave a mark. Somewhere in your memory, or on your soul, or in your DNA—whichever one you believe in—there is a small bumpy scar, like an overgrown crab-claw cut, left by that story.”
                                    —   Aga Maksimowska, Brick 95

Our Summer 2015 issue has arrived, chock-full of astonishing writing from some of our favourites, including Kyo Maclear, Jeannie Marshall, and John Berger. You’ll find seventeen writers discussing the books of their youth; an interview with James McBride; poetry by Chad Campbell, Sharon Olds, and John Freeman; and a short story by Madeleine Thien. Order your copy right here.

Without further ado, from our special feature on childhood books:
- Aga Maksimowska reads The Little Mermaid with her mother
- Treasures from the Osborne Collection of Early Children’s Books

- Erica Johnson Debeljak with Hemingway in Slovenia
- Javier Montes and the secret cinemas of Rio
John Irving chooses fiction over fact

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