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Congratulations to Juan Gabriel Vásquez

The 2014 shortlist for the IMPAC Dublin Literary Awards has just been announced, and we’re thrilled to see The Sound of Things Falling by Juan Gabriel Vásquez (excerpted in Brick 90) on the list. Huge congratulations to him and the rest of the finalists!

Hey, hi, hello there from everyone at the Brick office.

We are deep into production for Brick 93, and we have to say that the magazine is shaping up to be as handsome as these new spring days are long! At the moment, we are particularly excited about our Mavis Gallant tribute, which includes essays by Michael Helm, Michael Ondaatje, and Francine Prose as well as beautiful photographs. This is just one of the many treats we will have for you in the upcoming issue, Brick 93! Stay tuned...

Books for Brains Winner
Congratulations to Jill Jorgenson, winner of this edition of the Books for Brains contest. We’re sending her a copy of Guðbergur Bergsson’s Flatey-Freyr, reviewed by Birna Bjarnadóttir in Brick 92, because she correctly answered our question: What did the jar used to hold Guðbergur’s “word sacrifices” originally contain?
The answer: “pure Pacific honey”!
Thanks to everyone who entered. We hope you’ll play us again next time. And to everyone else, don’t forget to subscribe to Bricolage, Brick’s quarterly newsletter, to find out what you could win in our next Books for Brains contest.
What is Toronto?

I’m looking for Toronto — a city I’ve known all my life and am still trying to define. Not the city you find in books or down at City Hall but the Toronto we carry around in our heads.

Author Susan Crean's blog What is Toronto? poses an important question and welcomes answers in the form of interviews, poetry, photography, essays, and more.

Read author and Brick editor Michael Redhill's discussion of our city, here.

With everlasting gratitude for Mavis Gallant

“She came to Western Europe after the war; no one knew who she was and she didn’t know anyone. She lived as anonymously as possible with an exercise book, a notebook, and a pencil. She was like Kafka’s invisible woman and the invisible woman took notice of everything that Europeans thought was of no importance. And now people see that it was indeed important.”

In an interview published in Brick 80, Mavis Gallant noted that she kept very few reviews of her work. But she did really like and keep the one above, published in El Pais.  You can read more of the interview here; and while you are at it, be sure to have a look at Lisa Moore’s essay on reading Gallant in Brick 89.
And finally, for a truly incredible treat,  you must watch this 1965 profile from CBC-TV’s Telescope, Mavis Gallant: A Canadian in Paris. Time WELL SPENT, we promise.
From the Archives: Brick 73
Unless you started your subscription in 1977, you’ve missed far too much from Brick’s past. Luckily, a perusal of our ever-expanding digital archive will assuage some of your regret at not getting your hands on Brick sooner. This month we’re bringing you a bevy of beautiful pieces from Summer 2004:
Order your copy of Brick 73 to see these pieces in print, along with writing by Michael Chabon, Lydia Davis, Northrop Frye, Maggie Helwig, and more.
From the Archives: An Interview with Seamus Heaney

The author of a dozen poetry collections, numerous translations, plays, and prose and recipient of the 1995 Nobel Prize in Literature, Seamus Heaney was without doubt one of the world’s greatest poets. We were deeply saddened at his passing last month, and to pay tribute, we’ve made an excerpt of Eleanor Wachtel’s Brick 86 interview with Heaney available online for our readers. In it, Heaney speaks about about growing up in in County Derry, Northern Ireland, the poet’s responsibility to politics, and his last poetry collection, Human Chain.

A Reader's Note on Brick 91

I really enjoyed the discussion of “Endings” in #91. I noticed that two writers mentioned the eloquent ending of Joyce’s “The Dead,” but without reference to what makes that famous conclusion very special. Joyce wonderfully appropriated it from the American novelist Brete Harte, whose novel Gabriel Conroy (he lifted the name as well for his story’s protagonist) was published in 1876. I stumbled across this fact while researching Harte’s fiction many years ago, and I assume it’s well-known to Joyce scholars. Joyce, of course, didn’t borrow word for word, but here’s how the novel begins. I thought your readers might be interested.

— Robert Atwan

Congratulations to Karen Solie

The Independent’s Sean O’Brien named The Living Option, selected poems by contributor Karen Solie, one of the Best Books of Poetry in 2013. Our heartfelt congratulations to Karen. O’Brien praised the book’s “enormous wit and invention” and said her poem “Tractor” (mentioned by Grant Buday in his Brick 90 review of Pigeon) “should be painted on grain silos everywhere.” Solie has two new poems in Brick 92, so while you’re getting your copy of The Living Option, be sure to you’ve got our latest issue, too!

Books for Brains Contest Winner

Congratulations to Hugh Curran, winner of the latest Books for Brains contest. His prize is a copy of Severo Sarduy’s Firefly, translated by Mark Fried and excerpted in our current issue. To our question, Who is John Clare? Hugh answered,

He was an English poet who lived in relative poverty and was of the labouring class, an unusual distinction in the early part of the nineteenth century. His poems on farming and on nature have seen his poems gain more stature. . .
Pick up your copy of Brick 92 to read Michael Dickman’s poem “John Clare.” You should take a gander in The Usual Suspects for Dickman’s brief, beautiful bio of Clare.

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