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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Brick at the Frankfurt Book Fair

Guten tag! The Frankfurt Book Fair kicks off today, and Brick’s pleased to be there by proxy: our overseas distributor Central Books will have an array of back issues at stand 6.2 A95 in Hall 6.

Attendees, please go check it out—and send us pictures! We’ve got a few so far. Thanks to Central Books for sharing these with us:

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Ferrante & Heti: Coming Soon in Brick 98

We are delighted to announce that Brick’s ninety-eighth issue, which will make its way to newsstands and mailboxes starting at the end of November, features a conversation between Elena Ferrante and Sheila Heti on writing, anonymity, bad memories, narcissism, truth, power, self-surveillance, and smoking cigarettes. Coinciding with the release of Ferrante’s book of non-fiction Frantumaglia, this exchange, translated by Ann Goldstein, provides an ideal corrective to the attempted unmasking you’ve been reading about of late. You really don’t want to miss this one: transport yourself over to our store and subscribe now.

Our next issue will also contain work by Pablo Neruda, Jan Zwicky, Obi Nwakanma, Javier Montes, Karen Solie, Marina Endicott, Paul Seesequasis, Kirsty Gunn, Forrest Gander, Sunila Galappatti, Lisa Moore, and many more. We’re also featuring a special section on “fixing” the plots of the great works of literature, a section we’re calling “Tom Sawyer Must Die.” We’re eager to share all this with you at the end of November, and if you’re in the Toronto area on December 5, consider coming to our launch to celebrate—stay tuned for details.

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Brick 98 Arriving End of November

This week, we get first proofs of our upcoming winter issue. We’re excited to get our paws and our pens on this soon-to-be Brick, which features marvellous writing by such masters as Jan Zwicky, Kirsty Gunn, Karen Solie, Javier Montes, Pasha Malla, Sunila Galappatti, and Lisa Moore; it’s even got poems by Pablo Neruda—and a surprise something we’ll share more about soon… (Ahem: may we recommend you take the opportunity to subscribe or renew?)

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Editor Michael Helm Shortlisted for Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize

We’re thrilled by the news that Brick editor Michael Helm’s new novel, After James, has been shortlisted for the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize. As the Globe and Mail reports, the jury calls the novel “a warning, a lament, a virtuoso engagement with our times,” and “a singular puzzle-box of a novel delivered in gorgeous prose.”

You can check out an excerpt from After James over at the Tin House website. And of course we’ve got some more examples of Helm’s gorgeous prose right here at Brick!

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Contributing Editor Madeleine Thien on Man Booker Prize Shortlist

We’re completely thrilled to see contributing editor Madeleine Thien’s new novel, Do Not Say We Have Nothing, on the shortlist for the Man Booker Prize for Fiction. Her exquisite novel tells the story of a family of musicians in revolutionary China, from the first days of Chairman Mao’s ascent to the Shanghai Conservatory in the 1960s and the events leading to the protests in Tiananmen Square in 1989.

In her Brick 95 piece on reading Dream of the Red Chamber, Thien tells the story of encountering in real life the story of a book just like the one she had written into this incredible novel.

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Welcome to Our New Website

We’re pleased to welcome you to our new mobile-friendly website, created with the generous support of the Canada Council for the Arts. Please stay a while and check it out. And why not use the occasion to subscribe or renew before the frenzy of fall sets in?

We owe deepest thanks to our remarkable developer, Matthew McKinnon, and brilliant designer, Mark Byk, who both put incredible work into making the site you see here today.

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Helen Guri at Al Purdy’s A-Frame & Pasha Malla on Artist and Audience

We’re pleased to share two more pieces from Brick 97:

Pasha Malla considers the Great Yarmouth Suspension Bridge Disaster of 1845 and what it can teach us about artist and audience.

And Helen Guri becomes Al Purdy, with an image gallery, including web-exclusive photographs.

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