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.

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CONTACT:

Liz Johnston, Managing Editor
Brick, A Literary Journal
Ph: 416-593-9684
info@brickmag.com

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Save the Date: Dec. 4

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.

Program details to come.

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Help Celebrate Brick 100

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…

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“I’ve Found Her” Excerpted on Longreads

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.

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Contributor Spotlight: Joni Murphy

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.

Image courtesy of the author’s website.
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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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