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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More Online from Brick 97

Still waiting to get your hands on a copy of Brick 97? Well, today’s your lucky day. We’ve made another piece from the issue available online. Without further ado: “A New Citizen” by Rivka Galchen.

And in case you missed it, you can still read Karen Solie’s tribute to C. D. Wright; Michael Redhill remembering Jim Harrison; and reviews by Shaun PettKate CayleyBen Merriman, and Alissa Valles.

Happy reading!

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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…)

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Dive into Brick 97

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:

Michael Redhill on the incomparable Jim Harrison, whose regular “Eat or Die” column gave Brick readers “an unvarnished glance into the mind of an erudite and worldly person.”

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 SrunHelen Guri becoming Al Purdy, fiction by Miroslav Penkov and Horacio Castellanos Moya, Pasha Malla on Nelson the Clown, and much more.

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Save the Date: Brick 97 Launches June 6

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)

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