We’re Looking for Volunteers

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 info@brickmag.com outlining your interest in Brick and the kind of work you’d like to do.

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Brick 99 Launch on June 5

If you’re in Toronto on June 5, please join us as we celebrate the launch of Brick 99.

 

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

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New Digital Edition Coming Soon

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 storeBrick 99 will be available for digital download on June 1. Please email info@brickmag.com to learn more.

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Brick’s 99th Issue Coming Soon!

Here’s a first glimpse of the cover of Brick’s 99th issue, featuring artwork by Kent Monkman.

Brick 99 Cover

This issue will be out on June 1, and it promises plenty of good summer reading:

  • An interview with Viet Thanh Nguyen
  • Essays by Johanna Skibsrud, Pura López Colomé, Joni Murphy, Mark Anthony Jarman, Saidiya Hartman, Jan Zwicky, and Don DeLillo
  • Poetry by Natalie Shapero, Emily Dickinson, Fernando Pessoa, and Yusuf Saadi
  • Fiction by Shailja Patel and Antonio Di Benedetto
  • Reviews by Catherine Bush, Emily M. Keeler, and August C. Bourré
  • Letters between John Berger and John Christie

Pre-order your copy now or subscribe to have Brick 99 sent right to your door.

 

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“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.

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Photos from the London Book Fair

Earlier this month, copies of Brick rubbed spines with Artforum and the LRB on Central Books’ stand at the London Book Fair. We’re grateful to our overseas distributor for sharing these pictures from the fair.

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Sale! The New Brick Reader

As former editor Michael Ondaatje says, “Brick has always been a magazine cobbled together by writers who seem to have a slanted perspective of the literary world around them.” Till the end of March you can get the best of that slanted perspective—Mavis Gallant, Anne Carson, Roberto Bolaño, W. G. Sebald, and many more—for a mere $18 (regular $24.95).Order yours forthwith!

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Brick at AWP

In less than two weeks, Brick will be joining over eight hundred presses, journals, and literary organizations in Washington, D.C., for the 2017 Association of Writers and Writing Programs conference bookfair. Planning to be there? Come by table 223-T to say hello and get great deals on issues and subscriptions.

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On the Loss of John Berger

We at Brick are saddened by the loss of longtime contributor John Berger, who died on January 2, 2017. Our pages will certainly miss his unmatched art and ideas. In his honour we are sharing here, from Brick 96his meditations on nature and “the totalitarian global order of financial speculative capitalism.”

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Brick’s 2016 Fundraising Drive On Now

Missives

November 21, 2016

Dear reader,

A year from now, Brick will celebrate one hundred issues and forty years of publishing. Planning for this milestone has already begun: in addition to putting together a one-of-a-kind hundredth issue, we will be holding events in Toronto and (we hope) elsewhere in Canada and beyond. And we want to bring the celebration to you, as a way to thank you for reading, supporting, and following Brick. Your support during this year’s fundraising drive will allow us to mark Brick 100 in truly international fashion.

Brick has devoted subscribers in nearly thirty countries, and if you’re one of them, you will have received (or will soon be receiving) our annual fundraising letter in the mail. Every donation is crucial: we couldn’t publish the wide-ranging essays, interviews, memoirs, belles lettres, and art we do without your support. Head over to our Donate page now to help keep Brick going. We even have enticements!

  • Brickbags for donations of at least $50! OUT OF STOCK!
  • Custom Brick Moleskine® notebooks for donations of at least $101! OUT OF STOCK!
  • Signed books by Brick editors past and present for donations of $250 or more! Choose from
    • The Purchase by Linda Spalding
    • The Cat’s Table by Michael Ondaatje
    • After James by Michael Helm
    • Saving Houdini by Michael Redhill
    • In the Land of Birdfishes by Rebecca Silver Slayter
    • Settler Education by Laurie D. Graham

Simply include a note when you donate online letting us know which gift you’d like.

As we near Brick’s one hundredth issue and fortieth year, I hope you’ll take this opportunity to help the magazine cross an important threshold. Please visit our Donate page and give today.

 

Yours truly,

Laurie D. Graham

Publisher

 

p.s. You have lots of options, beyond a one-time donation, when it comes to supporting Brick:

  • Become a monthly sustainer: A gift of $10 or more per month provides crucial ongoing support to the magazine.
  • Subscribe or renew your subscription (and select our new auto-renew subscription to provide us with that extra bit of stability).
  • Give gift subscriptions to friends and family—our holiday deal is on now!
  • Treat yourself to a copy of The New Brick Reader.

 

NB: Because Brick does not have charitable status, we are unable to issue tax receipts. Our unremitting appreciation will have to do.

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’Tis the season for a holiday deal

Holiday Brick

This holiday season, outfit your lit-minded loved ones with two years of Brick for almost 50% off the newsstand price.

 

Give one gift subscription for the special price of $36 CAD or USD for Canadian or U.S. subscriptions, or $42 USD for international subscriptions. Use discount code ONEGIFT when ordering.

 

Give two gift subscriptions for the special price of $66 CAD or USD for two Canadian or U.S. subscriptions or $84 for two international subscriptions. Use discount code TWOGIFTS when ordering.

 

And while you’re at it, why not auto-renew that gift subscription and keep Brick coming to your friend’s (or friends’) door(s)? What better way to spread good cheer in the long-term?

 

Head over to the Brick store now! These offers expire January 31, 2017, and they apply to two-year gift subscriptions only.

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From the Archives: An Interview with Leonard Cohen

“I’ve never had much faith in my own take on things, and I know that the world is far too complex, first of all, for a solution.” Leonard Cohen said this—and many brilliant things—to Shelagh Rogers when she interviewed him for CBC Radio’s Sounds Like Canada in 2006. The interview, produced by Carole Warren, appeared in Brick 77, and we’re grateful to share it now, upon the sad news of Cohen’s death.

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Madeleine Thien Wins Scotiabank Giller Prize

Let’s hear it once again for contributing editor Madeleine Thien! Last night, she took home the Scotiabank Giller Prize for her beautiful novel Do Not Say We Have Nothing. The novel was also a finalist for the Man Booker Prize and won the Governor General’s Literary Award for English-language fiction. In her Giller speech, Thien thanks, among other people, her mother. Her Brick 95 piece about reading her mother’s favourite book is a moving tribute.

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Yasuko Thanh Wins Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize

Congratulations to contributor Yasuko Thanh, winner of this year’s Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize for her novel, Mysterious Fragrance of the Yellow Mountains. We’re excited to share Thanh’s Brick92 essay on photographs of the dead and her Brick 95 piece about picking up a copy of the children’s book The Table Where Rich People Sit. Enjoy!

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Save the Date: Brick 98 Launches December 5

Brick 98 launches Monday, December 5, at No One Writes to the Colonel (460 College St., Toronto). We hope you’ll join us at we celebrate this marvellous, jam-packed issue. Expect an excellent program, the regular good company, and homemade madeleines (from Jane Jacobs’s special recipe).

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