You are invited to join Biblioasis Publishing at Supermarket Bar Toronto to celebrate the launch some of our spring 2023 books: On Writing and Failure by Stephen Marche, Instructions for the Drowning by Steven Heighton, Way to Go by Richard Sanger, Pascal’s Fire by Kristina Bresnen, Dreaming Home by Lucian Childs, On Class by Deborah Dundas and All Things Move by Jeannie Marshall.
This exciting multi-book event will take place on Wednesday, April 26 at 7PM ET. RSVP on Facebook here!
Check out On Writing and Failure here!
Check out Instructions for the Drowning here!
Check out Way to Go here!
Check out Pascal’s Fire here!
Check out Dreaming Home here!
Check out On Class here!
Check out All Things Move here!
Join us in remembering the late Steven Heighton. The memorial event will take place at Queen Books in Toronto on Thursday, May 18 at 7PM ET.
More details TBA.
Order your copy of Steven’s posthumous collection, Instructions for the Drowning, here.
Check out Steven’s previous work, Reaching Mithymna, here.
Steven Heighton (1961–2022) was a writer and musician. His nineteen previous books include the novels Afterlands, a New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice, and the bestselling The Shadow Boxer; the Writers’ Trust Hilary Weston Prize finalist memoir Reaching Mithymna: Among the Volunteers and Refugees on Lesvos; and The Waking Comes Late, winner of the Governor General’s Award for Poetry.
ABOUT INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE DROWNING
“To say Heighton is an immensely talented writer is true enough but insufficient … As good a writer as Canada has ever produced.”—National Post
A man recalls his father’s advice on how to save a drowning person, but struggles when the time comes to use it. A wife’s good deed leaves a couple vulnerable at the moment when they’re most in need of security—the birth of their first child. Newly in love, a man preoccupied by accounts of freak accidents is befallen by one himself. In stories about love and fear, idealisms and illusions, failures of muscle and mind and all the ways we try to care for one another, Steven Heighton’s Instructions for the Drowning is an indelible last collection by a writer working at the height of his powers.
Join us for a memorial to Richard Sanger and a launch for his forthcoming collection Way to Go (April 4 2023). The event will take place at the Cecil Community Centre in Toronto on Saturday, May 27.
Time and details TBA.
Order your copy of Way to Go here!
A jubilant, irreverent, generous collection by a poet facing terminal illness.
Following his New York Times Best of the Year Dark Woods, Richard Sanger’s fourth and final book is a clear-eyed and big-hearted inventory of the passions of a life well lived. Understated, tender, archly funny and achingly generous, Way to Go is a joyful catalog of Sanger’s loves and a last gift from an irrepressibly jubilant poet.
So many springs and falls and pounces,
So many vintages crushed
And dripping through our fingers,
So many nights and letters ending love,
You’d think we’d long since drained the cup.
Richard Sanger (1960–2022) grew up in Ottawa and lived in Toronto. He published three poetry collections and a chapbook, Fathers at Hockey (2020); Dark Woods, was named one of the top ten poetry books of 2018 by the New York Times. His plays included Not Spain, Two Words for Snow, Hannah’s Turn, and Dive as well as translations of Calderon, Lorca, and Lope de Vega. He also published essays, reviews, and poetry translations.
Join us in Toronto for the launch of Lucian Childs‘s debut, Dreaming Home! Lucian will be reading from his new book, followed by a Q&A and book signing. The launch will take place at Queen Books on Thursday, June 1 at 6PM ET.
Order your copy of Dreaming Home here!
A queer coming-of-age—and coming-to-terms—follows the after-effects of betrayal and poignantly explores the ways we search for home.
When a sister’s casual act of betrayal awakens their father’s demons—ones spawned by his time in Vietnamese POW camps—the effects of the ensuing violence against her brother ripple out over the course of forty years, from Lubbock, to San Francisco, to Fort Lauderdale. Swept up in this arc, the members of this family and their loved ones tell their tales. A queer coming-of-age, and coming-to-terms, and a poignant exploration of all the ways we search for home, Dreaming Home is the unforgettable story of the fragmenting of an American family.
Lucian Childs has been a Peter Taylor Fellow at the Kenyon Review Writers Workshop. He is a co-editor of Lambda Literary finalist Building Fires in the Snow: A Collection of Alaska LGBTQ Short Fiction and Poetry. Born in Dallas, Texas, he has lived in Toronto, Ontario, for fifteen years, since 2015 on a permanent basis.
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