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 96, his meditations on nature and “the totalitarian global order of financial speculative capitalism.”
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!
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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.
Laurie D. Graham
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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.
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.
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