News & Events
We were saddened to learn of the death of Nobel laureate and contributor Tomas Tranströmer, a poet Robert Hass called “one of the most urgent imaginations of our time.”
Congratulations to Gerald Hodge, winner of our latest Books for Brains contest. We asked what hotel Bill Gaston references in his Brick 94 piece, “The Meaning of Wilderness,” and Gerald correctly answered that it was the Empress in Victoria. Gaston refers to an incident where a cougar was found in the elegant hotel’s underground parkade.
Thank you to everyone who entered. Gerald will receive a copy of Gaston’s Juliet Was a Surprise, provided by the wonderful team at Penguin Random House.
Upon Robert Stone’s recent passing, Madison Smartt Bell wrote at The New Yorker’s Page Turner blog that Stone “was one of the most widely read people [he had] ever met. . . . All his knowledge never settled into wisdom’s contentment—his streak of anger was too broad for that, and he learned all he knew in order to make art out of it, art with a furious energy.”
The energy so admired will undoubtedly live on through Stone’s writing. In Issue 40, Brick had the pleasure of working with Robert Stone as a contributor. His essay “The Red Universe” explores the mystery of American writer Stephen Crane and his novel The Red Badge of Courage. We’ve made the piece available online for you right here in gratitude for Stone’s many contributions to history, culture, and the world’s art.
Congratulations to contributor David Harsent on winning the T.S. Eliot Prize for Poetry for his latest collection, Fire Songs. In Brick 82, Harsent recalls a thirty-foot “dice with death” in “The Drop,” and takes us on a journey in "Long Walk to the End of the Garden." Read the full pieces online or purchase the back issue right here.
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 teaser 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!