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


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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In Memoriam Pompeius Maximus


“It’s like that in families that split, no passing the core stories from hand to hand, agreeing on the shape of them, the size.”

In our current issue, Alissa York tests her memories. You can read “In Memoriam Pompeius Maximus” in full text on our website right now!

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The Age of Ephemerality

“Why are we going to this place anyway?” Elijah asked, looking up again from a busy page of brilliantine sunbirds. What was I supposed to say? Was I supposed to say we were heading to a stone on the edge of Africa to look at horror? Was I supposed to say that we were going there to remember? To remember what? His double-coloured eyes, hazel inside azure, probed my silence.

We’re delighted to offer Stephen Marche’s Brick 96 essay, “The Age of Ephemerality,” in full text on our website. Read it here.

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Brick at AWP in L.A.

This week, Brick is in Los Angeles for the 2016 AWP conference and book fair, the largest literary conference in North America. From Thursday, March 31, to Saturday, April 2, we’ll be at booth 1359 in the Los Angeles Convention Center, offering terrific deals on subscriptions, issues, custom Brick Moleskines, and tote bags (and trying to sneak in as many panels and readings as possible).

Stay tuned on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram for photos from the road—or if you’re at the conference, swing by booth 1359 to say hi!

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For Beloved Contributor Jim Harrison

We’re shattered by the loss of beloved Brick contributor Jim Harrison, who died at his desk on Saturday, March 26. From the conclusion of Jim’s Eat or Die column from Brick 86, a poem:


To remember that you’re alive
visit the cemetery of your father
at noon after you’ve made love
and are still wrapped in a mammalian
odour that you are forced to cherish.
Under each stone is someone’s inevitable
surprise, the unexpected death
of their biology that struggled hard as it must.
Now go home without looking back
at the fading cemetery, enough is enough,
but stop on the way to buy the best wine
you can afford and a dozen stiff brooms.
Have a few swallows then throw the furniture
out the window and then begin sweeping.
Sweep until you’ve swept the walls
bare of paint and at your feet sweep
the floor until it disappears. Finish the wine
in this field of air, go back to the cemetery
in the dark and weave through the stones
a slow dance of your name visible only to birds.

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International Man Booker Thrill for BRICK!

Wonderful news! Maylis de Kerangal’s Mend the Living, translated by Jessica Moore, has been longlisted for the 2016 International Man Booker Prize. Brick introduced readers to this stunning novel in our Winter 2016 issue, #96. Read the excerpt here.

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