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.
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.
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).
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.
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?)
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.”
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.
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.
Nadia Szilvassy Steps Down as Publisher of Brick; Laurie D. Graham Hired as Publisher
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
TORONTO/June 9, 2016—With the publication of Brick 97 this month, Brick announced that Nadia Szilvassy is stepping down from her role as publisher of the magazine. She will be officially handing her publisher responsibilities over to poet and editor Laurie D. Graham at the end of June.
In her Publisher’s Note to the new issue, Szilvassy announced her departure, writing, “It’s been over nine years since I first arrived at Brick. No spring chicken, but nonetheless a fledgling in the field of publishing, I found myself all of a sudden swept up into the midst of countless passionate conversations about writing, art, and life that reached from our Toronto hub out and around and across the world. My head still spins.” (more…)
Summer is here, and with it, a blockbuster Brick, exploding with wonderful reads and powerful photographs. In Brick 97, we celebrate of the life and work of two longtime contributors and dear friends, C. D. Wright and Jim Harrison. We share with you two excerpts from our tributes here:
Karen Solie on reading C. D. Wright for the first time and being riveted by her “poetics of constant revision, movement, and the considerable courage it takes to maintain, even in times of necessary anger, the wonder that should make an artist intrepid.”
Brick 97 features Jan Zwicky on poetry and meaninglessness, John Berger at the seaside, Rivka Galchen’s tango with bureaucracy, Madeleine Thien translating Khun Srun, Helen Guri becoming Al Purdy, fiction by Miroslav Penkov and Horacio Castellanos Moya, Pasha Malla on Nelson the Clown, and much more.
In less than a month, we’ll be celebrating the launch of Brick 97 at the Lucky Shrike Bar (850 Dundas Street West, Toronto). Hosted by editor Michael Helm and featuring special guests, it’s going to be one heck of a bash. So please, save the date and join us as we welcome our glorious summer issue into the world!xXx: Return of Xander Cage (2017)