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Drop Everything—Brick 95 Is Here!

“This is the thing about children’s stories: the good ones, they leave a mark. Somewhere in your memory, or on your soul, or in your DNA—whichever one you believe in—there is a small bumpy scar, like an overgrown crab-claw cut, left by that story.”
                                    —   Aga Maksimowska, Brick 95

Our Summer 2015 issue has arrived, chock-full of astonishing writing from some of our favourites, including John Irving, Kyo Maclear, Javier Montes, Jeannie Marshall, John Berger, and Erica Johnson Debeljak. You’ll find seventeen writers discussing the books of their youth; an interview with James McBride; poetry by Chad Campbell, Sharon Olds, and John Freeman; and a short story by Madeleine Thien. Order your copy right here.

Without further ado, a selection from our special feature on childhood books:
- Lisa Moore on Black Beauty
- Marina Endicott on Terrible, Horrible Edie
- Kilby Smith-McGregor on A Wind in the Door

Plus:
- Treasures from the Osborne Collection of Early Children’s Books
- Molly Wesling reads Czesław Miłosz’s mail

Brick 95 Launches June 8
We’re getting excited—Brick 95 is due out in two short weeks! We hope you’ll join us for a night of merriment as we usher the new issue into the world.
 
When: Monday, June 8, 2015, at 7:30 p.m.
Where: Windup Bird Café (382 College St., Toronto)
Who: John Irving, Lisa Moore, and Kyo Maclear, with your host, Laurie D Graham
Admission: $5 donation or free when you purchase or subscribe to Brick
 
Visit Brick’s Facebook page for details and updates.
A Tribute to Eduardo Galeano

On April 13, Uruguayan author and journalist Eduardo Galeano died. In tribute, we’ve made Mark Fried’s Brick 83 piece about his relationship with the author and the process of translating his work available online. You can read it right here.

Tomas Tranströmer’s Breathing Room

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.”

In Brick 80, we published Tranströmer’s poem “Breathing Room: July.” You can read it right here. Robert Hass's full tribute to the poet, published in the same issue, is also available to read here

Books for Brains Winner

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.

Brick 94 Sold Out
While we’re thrilled with the success of our recent direct mail campaign, we’re very sorry to let you know, dear readers, that we’ve now sold out of our current issue. Those of you who have a copy of Brick 94, we hope you’ll treasure it all the more dearly.
 
If you didn’t get your copy before we sold out, you may still be able to find it at your local bookstore. Or why not try a digital edition through Zinio or Kobo? We hear their digital warehouses have stock aplenty!
 
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.

Give the Gift of Brick
This season, you can help Brick by putting the magazine into the hands of new readers. We know they’re out there, and we know our readers are our best ambassadors. So consider giving Brick to a friend, or even to two or three friends!
 
Right now when you give a gift subscription, you’ll receive a gift of thanks from us in return—a beautiful Brickbag when you subscribe one friend, or, when you give two gifts, a classic Moleskine® notebook embossed with Brick’s logo.
 
Plus, you can give these gifts at our special holiday rate. Until Jan. 31, 2015, subscribe a friend for only $35 ($38 U.S.), or 2 friends for $65 ($71 U.S.). Mail a cheque along with your friend’s address, or order right here: Use discount code 1GIFT for one gift subscription, or 2GIFTS for two gift subscriptions.
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.

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