In Brick‘s current issue, Jan Zwicky describes the experience of meaning as “the experience of a gestalt—either a shift out of chaos or a shift from one coherent arrangement to another, the perception of their resonant relation.” For Zwicky, meaning involves the arresting of individual perceptions into a coherent whole, an attempt to quiet the chaos of a world mediated by the sometimes resonant, and sometimes dissonant, ecologies of nature, language, and technology.
Alongside Zwicky’s piece is an equally arresting image by Jonathan Luckhurst, an Edmonton-based artist whose conceptual photography and print work respond to such ecological relationships and our perceptions of them. He has received grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, and the Edmonton Arts Council and was the only Canadian artist selected for the 2015 Vancouver Biennale International Residency Program.
Many of Luckhurst’s images—often untitled—incorporate analogue technologies, such as negative overlaying, photocopying, and light projection, to construct expressive biomorphic shapes that resemble and resist intelligible forms found in our natural and manufactured landscapes. This exchange between the familiar and the alien produces a sublimity that is achingly present, but also hard to locate. These images probe deeply into the dissonant exchange between landscapes, not in search of meaning per se, but seeking the gaps in seemingly coherent surfaces.
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“Do we need to muster the political will required to take the measures still available? Absolutely. But do we also need to consider how to encounter the reality of climate change, how to feel it, how to live with feeling it? I think we do, though it scares me,” Sue Sinclair writes in Brick 100 (launching Monday, December 4, at Toronto’s Super Wonder Gallery). Her essay is showcased at Lit Hub.
All of us at Brick have noticed a new urgency in the work we’ve published over the past year. Maybe you’ve noticed it too. It can certainly be found in Brick’s 100th issue. This urgency—encompassing grief for the environment, alarm over authoritarianism, and rage at ongoing injustice—has reasserted the purpose of Brick and reaffirmed the role writing and art can play: as Ai Weiwei puts it in his interview with Eleanor Wachtel in Brick 100, which you’ll get to read very soon, “Art is what is in our hearts for peace.” Our goal, with your support, is to continue providing you that art, the most eclectic of it, the most urgent of it.
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Help us continue to foster the most urgent writing. As we tread into triple digits, I hope you’ll become, and I hope you’ll stay, part of our beloved group of donors and friends.
Our heartiest, most exuberant congratulations to former Brick editor and publisher and current humour columnist (and future on-call ocelot smuggler?) Michael Redhill. We’re bursting with joy at his Scotiabank Giller Prize win for his wild, funny, thrilling new novel, Bellevue Square! Don’t miss the first instalment of “Things I Know Nothing About” in Brick 100—out very, very soon.
And definitely don’t miss the man himself at our launch here in Toronto on Monday, December 4, at the Super Wonder Gallery from 7:30 until—well, until we’ve partied ourselves out!
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Brick Publishes its One Hundredth Issue and Celebrates Forty Years
TORONTO/November 13, 2017 – Toronto-based Brick magazine will publish its one hundredth issue at the end of November. The release of Brick 100 coincides with the fortieth anniversary of the magazine. To celebrate, Brick will hold a very special launch party on Monday, December 4, in Toronto.
Brick has evolved from its beginnings as a journal of reviews to become an “eclectic international literary magazine,” but, as founder Stan Dragland writes in his contribution to a five-handed publishers’ note in Brick 100, the magazine is “still driven by love and, if you can go by me, much loved by readers.”
“Reaching issue 100 is a measure of the magazine’s relevance, especially at a time when considered thought has become so rare,” writes Michael Redhill, former publisher and editor of the magazine and Giller-nominated author of Bellevue Square. “We need to hear the voices Brick publishes, be nourished by the pleasures of the personal essay, and go deep when the opportunity presents. It’s a great milestone and it makes me very happy.”
Balancing commemoration and looking ahead, Brick 100 features renowned writers and artists from Canada and around the world. Eleanor Wachtel’s interview with artist and activist Ai Weiwei opens Brick 100 and introduces a thread that recurs throughout the issue, “reaffirming art’s role in the face of oppression and uncertainty,” according to publisher Laurie D. Graham. Essays by poet Sue Sinclair and editor of Copper Canyon Press Michael Wiegers, an interview with poet Don McKay (who was around the farmhouse table during the earliest days of Brick), and a poem by Guelph writer Nicholas Ruddock address environmental issues, while U.S. musicologist Shana L. Redmond celebrates Paul Robeson’s ongoing role in the fight against racism. And in the final installment of a much-admired essay that has been serialized over the last three issues of the magazine, poet and philosopher Jan Zwicky underscores the importance of meaning to how we engage with the world.
Also included in Brick 100 is a special section, wherein eighteen writers discuss the “mortar” that holds together a writing life. Brick invited nine writers—Anne Carson, Louise Erdrich, Kamila Shamsie, Madeleine Thien, John Keene, Juan Gabriel Vásquez, Karen Solie, Gail Jones, and Garth Greenwell—not only to contribute to the section but also to each invite a “plus-one” to join in the discussion of a writer’s foundations. The result is a wonderful mixture of fiction, poetry, essays, and conversation.
In celebration of this milestone issue, Brick will be hosting a launch party at 7:30 p.m. on December 4, 2017, at the Super Wonder Gallery (584 College St, Toronto, ON). The event will be hosted by Michael Redhill and include readings by Karen Solie, Aisha Sasha John, and Melanie Mah (winner of this year’s Trillium Award for her novel The Sweetest One). Linda Spalding, who has worked as publisher, then editorial board member, for seventy-five of Brick’s one hundred issues, will also say a few words that evening. In addition to readings, the Brick 100 launch promises music, dancing, a literary silent auction, door prizes, and plenty of revelry. All are welcome.
Brick 100 will on newsstands at the end of November and available at bookstores worldwide. To order a review copy or arrange interviews with Brick staff or editors, please contact managing editor Liz Johnston (details below).
Established in 1977 and published twice a year, Brick features essays, interviews, memoirs, travelogues, belles lettres, and unusual musings by the world’s best-loved writers. For more information on Brick, please visit www.brickmag.com.
Join us for an extra-special launch as we celebrate one hundred issues and four decades of Brick on Monday, December 4, at the Super Wonder Gallery. Save the date now (and don’t plan anything too strenuous for the next day) because this party is not to be missed.
Our milestone issue, Brick 100, is brimming with work from some of our favourite writers, including Louise Erdrich, Madeleine Thien, Anne Carson, Karen Solie, Juan Gabriel Vásquez, and John Keene. Pick up your copy, pick up a glass, and dance the night away with us.
At the end of November, we’ll publish the magazine’s 100th issue, featuring Ai Weiwei, Anne Carson, Kamila Shamsie, Madeleine Thien, John Keene, Karen Solie, Garth Greenwell, Don McKay (who also appeared in the very first Brick), and many, many more. With the release of this landmark issue, we have plans to celebrate, reflect, and look ahead. And we need your help to carry out those plans.
Between now and October 20, we aim to raise $3000 to help fund our festivities, which will include a special section in Brick 100, a launch party (save this date: Monday, December 4), online features, and a very special panel discussion in spring 2018.
If you find yourself moved to add a few dollars to the Brick 100 kitty, we’ll thank you profusely and publicly on our Brick Wall. We need your help to reach our fundraising goal and pull off the best commemoration we can. Donate now, and do keep an eye out for the magazine’s 100th issue. It’s going to be big, in more ways than one.
With all good wishes,
Laurie D. Graham, Publisher
p.s. Also, consider becoming a monthly sustainer and receive a free issue. Monthly giving provides crucial, ongoing support to Brick to ensure we keep publishing through issue 100 and beyond…
We’re delighted that Martha Baillie’s Brick 99 essay, “I’ve Found Her,” has been selected by the editors at Longreads. What a treat for those who’d like to read the piece online! Many thanks to Longreads contributing editor Aaron Gilbreath, who we suspect is behind the lovely acknowledgement at the top of the piece.
Brick 99 features an essay by Joni Murphy, author of the novel Double Teenage, which Chris Kraus named a book of the year in 2016. Subashini Navaratnam recently reviewed the book at Full Stop, writing that Murphy “is attuned to the politics of race and class, and from the beginning her assured, controlled style situates us within the nexus of capitalism and class, white privilege, and gender violence.” We’re excited to have her “unabashedly intelligent and unafraid” voice in the pages of our current issue.
Brick could use a hand around the office. We’re looking for volunteers based in Toronto to help with a variety of tasks, from working on our monthly newsletter and keeping our social media accounts active to proofreading and editorial assistance. And we’re always eager to find smart, thoughtful readers with a good understanding of the type of work that appears in Brick to help read unsolicited submissions.
If you’re interested in getting involved with “the best literary magazine in the English language” (so described by Robert Hass), please send a copy of your CV and a brief email to email@example.com outlining your interest in Brick and the kind of work you’d like to do.
When: Monday, June 5, 7:30 p.m. Where:The Monarch Tavern (12 Clinton St.) Who: Hosted by Trillium-nominated Laurie D. Graham, and featuring Paul Eprile, Mustapha Safadieh, Emily M. Keeler, and Mark Anthony Jarman Admission: PWYC or free when you purchase or subscribe to Brick
Some sad news for our Kobo readers: the company has discontinued their eMagazine platform, so Brick is no longer available for download at their store.
But fear not! If you’re a reader who prefers to read Brick on your electronic device, we’re happy as ever to help you do that. You can order PDF versions of our current issue here. And very soon you will be able to find a selection of digital back issue downloads, as well as digital subscriptions, in our store. Brick 99 will be available for digital download on June 1. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.
“A Day with Cyrus Mair” Nominated for National Magazine Award
Alex Pugsley’s Brick 96 story, “A Day with Cyrus Mair,” has been shortlisted for a National Magazine Award in fiction! And that means you can read the story in full right here. Cozy up and settle in to join five-year-old Aubrey McKee on his first adventure with the incomparable,“fabulously weird” Cyrus Mair.