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It's a Proofreading Party

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.

Brick A Literary Journal

Grand Congratulations to Our Contributors!

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.

And . . .

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

Follow our Facebook page and Twitter for updates on both contributors.

Brick Is Now Available on Kobo

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.

Check us out on Kobo’s newsstand here.

Trailer for The Calling by Inger Ash Wolfe (aka Michael Redhill)

A couple of years ago, editor Michael Redhill revealed a secret identity: he is Inger Ash Wolfe, author of the Hazel Micallef mystery series. And now Wolfe’s novel The Calling is a film starring Susan Sarandon. Check out the tense, gripping trailer for The Calling right here.

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

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.

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