Years, Months, and Days and envelopes and tape and mailing labels
Amanda Jernigan’s new book has arrived and the Bibliognomes are busy spreading the word. Years, Months, and Days is a transfiguration of Die Gemeinschaftliche Liedersammlung—a collection of Protestant hymns originally compiled by a Pennsylvanian-born Swiss-German Mennonite—into heart-breaking lyric poems that bridge secular spirituality and holy reverence with the commonalities of life, death, love, hope, and pain. Translation: it’s beautiful and good. And perfectly sized to tuck into a pocket or a basket filled with chocolate bunnies. Amen.
Speaking of beautiful!
The Winnipeg Free Press calls Paige Cooper’s Zolitude “beautiful and strange.” “[A] timely exploration of love and humanity…urgent and energetic,” writes Melanie Brannagan Frederiksen. With all the praise this debut collection has been garnering, what would really be strange is not getting your hands on a copy of your own. I mean, just saying.
Ray Robertson hits the road through South Ontario to party like it’s 1979.
Well ok he’s hitting the road to promote and read from his AWESOME new novel, 1979, and if there’s any partying it will also probably involve music from iPods and other stuff so maybe none of the above is true except for the hitting-the-road-part BUT! The dates are:
Will you be in Toronto, Windsor, or Chatham next week? We will, so COME OUT AND LET’S…well, you know. 1979 tells the story of Tom Buzby, thirteen years old and living in Chatham, Ontario. Set in the year that real newspaper headlines told of the rise of Reagan and North America’s hard turn to the right, 1979 is a novel of innocence not so much lost as smashed, and experience gained the hard way, the kind that brands memories forever and permanently changes lives.