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In Memoriam

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.

David Harsent Wins T.S. Eliot Prize!

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.

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Now Presenting: Brick 94 Full Trailer
We’re happy to finally present the Brick 94 full trailer. Watch the Brick players surrounded by nature as they read from Patrick Leigh Fermor's The Broken Road. For this piece and more from your favourite writers, order your issue of Brick 94 today
 
Watch all of our one-minute Brick 94 teasers over at our Youtube channel.
A New Brick for You

Brick 94 has arrived at Brick headquarters! The new issue—featuring writing by Annie Proulx, Louise Erdrich, Jan ZwickyBen 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.

Our First Brick 94 Teaser Video

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!

Sean Michaels Wins Giller Prize

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!

Save the Date!

We’re excited to announce that Brick 94 will launch December 8, 2014, at the Windup Bird Cafe! So mark your calendars and expect new work from Michael Redhill, Louise Erdrich, Russell Banks, Annie Proulx, Bill Gaston, and many more. Check back or connect with us on Facebook to stay tuned.

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

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