All of us at Brick have noticed a new urgency in the work we’ve published over the past year. Maybe you’ve noticed it too. It can certainly be found in Brick’s 100th issue. This urgency—encompassing grief for the environment, alarm over authoritarianism, and rage at ongoing injustice—has reasserted the purpose of Brick and reaffirmed the role writing and art can play: as Ai Weiwei puts it in his interview with Eleanor Wachtel in Brick 100, which you’ll get to read very soon, “Art is what is in our hearts for peace.” Our goal, with your support, is to continue providing you that art, the most eclectic of it, the most urgent of it.
There are many ways to support Brick, tailored to suit any lit-lover’s budget:
- Donate $50 or more and have your name etched on our Brick Wall, which appears in every issue, as well as on Brick’s website. Impress your friends!
- Become a cherished monthly sustainer. Donate any amount monthly and we’ll send you a free issue.
- Come to the launch of Brick 100 on December 4 and bid in our literary silent auction.
- Partake of one of our holiday gift subscription deals (Canadian, U.S., or overseas) and send two years of Brick to your lit-loving friends. (Or double it! Send four years of Brick to your two favourite Canadians, Americans, or international types.)
- Donate minimum $101 and you’ll receive a copy of The New Brick Reader, our second anthology of the very best of Brick, published by House of Anansi Press. Contributors include Mavis Gallant, Dionne Brand, Helen Garner, Salman Rushdie, Michael Ondaatje, W. G. Sebald, and lots more.
- Donate at least $250 and you’ll receive a book by one of Brick’s past or present editors (including Michael Redhill’s Giller-winning Bellevue Square and Linda Spalding’s new novel, A Reckoning).
Help us continue to foster the most urgent writing. As we tread into triple digits, I hope you’ll become, and I hope you’ll stay, part of our beloved group of donors and friends.
Laurie D. Graham