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Brick 94 has arrived at Brick headquarters! The new issue—featuring writing by Annie Proulx, Louise Erdrich, Jan Zwicky, Ben 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 trailer 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.
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!
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!
It's a proofreading party at Brick headquarters. Our winter issue's due out at the end of November, with new writing from Michael Redhill, Louise Erdrich, Annie Proulx, Bill Gaston, and many more. Subscribe or renew to make sure you get yours.
This week, two Brick contributors have been shortlisted for prestigious Canadian awards!
Bill Gaston, who tells us about his encounters with cougars in our upcoming issue, is a finalist in this year’s Governor General Literary Awards for his collection of short stories, Juliet Was a Surprise.
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Contributor Sean Michaels has been shortlisted for the 2014 Scotiabank Giller Prize for his debut novel, Us Conductors. If you haven’t already, read the first few pages of the novel here and check out more of his work in our latest issue, Brick 93.
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.