News and readings
Book Signing with Louise Carson
Chapters Pointe-Claire (6321 autoroute Transcanadienne, bureau 141)
Louise Carson will be signing copies of her books A Clearing and Executor.
World Poetry Day 2017
Dollard-des-Ormeaux Public Library (12001 Blvd. De Salaberry)
As part of World Poetry Day, Tuesday, March 21, 2017, at 7 p.m., Louise Carson will speak at the Dollard-des-Ormeaux Public Library, about her writing process, why she continues to write, and her publication path.
Her poetry collection, A Clearing can be purchased at the event!
Friday, February 10, 2017
Jade Colbert features Behold Things Beautiful by Cora Siré for the Globe and Mail Book Reviews.
Find it here
Tuesday, October 18, 2016
Endre Farkas talks with Jeffrey Mackie from the Literary Report on Radio CKUT about his new novel, Never, Again.
Monday, August 15, 2016
Stella Harvey's novel, The Brink of Freedom offers a space to understand the refugee crisis through the eyes of fictional characters.
She sat down with the CBC's North by Northwest to talk about her latest novel, The Brink of Freedom, which drops the reader right into the current day refugee crisis on the shores of Greece, a topic that resonates close to home for Harvey because of her Greek heritage.
Listen to the podcast here:
"It's a way to reconnect to that heritage, to try to understand it and get close to it," she said. The novel centres around several characters including a refugee couple from India with their sickly son, a Greek police officer, a Romani couple and a Canadian aid worker.
"It was really trying to understand what the issue was. We hear the numbers. Last year in 2015, of the million people that came and were seeking asylum in Europe, just over 850,000 came via Greece. Close to 4,000 people died in the Mediterranean. It's hard to capture what that means," Harvey said.
Harvey was in Greece most recently during the height of the economic crisis in 2012. She immersed herself in the conflict of the country to better understand the situation. She organized the trip through the Greek consulate in Vancouver before she left which helped her gain access to refugee processing centres and government officials.
"By the time I left Canada, I had appointments booked in Athens. The Greek government was totally open, everyone wanted me to understand the situation," she said.
"That was the most important thing. I really felt like they wanted to see the success of the book. They wanted to see me succeed."
During that time, she witnessed a change in the Greek people who she remembered as famously hospitable. Racism and the rise of the far right party, Golden Dawn, skewed her initial impression of her native country.
"By the end of the writing of the book, I had totally changed my mind, because I saw quite a lot more than hospitality.
"People who have very little, going out and helping their fellow man, Syrians, other refugees, et cetera, come off boats and provide food and do whatever they can. My opinion changed considerably."
The Brink of Freedom deals with how Westerners approach foreign aid. The character of the Canadian aid worker exposes the divide between what many believe is the right way to help, and the impact those actions have on emergencies such as this.
Read the rest of the article here.
Wednesday, July 27, 2016
AquariansThe poem can be found on page 29, Issue no. 101 for Summer 2016.
From Signs of Subversive Innocents. Published by Signature Editions in 2014. Siré writes poetry, essays and fiction. She lives in Montreal.
Thursday, June 30, 2016
We are pleased to announce that Garry Thomas Morse has joined the Signature Editions editorial team.
Garry Thomas Morse is the author of six poetry titles and four fiction titles, notably Governor-General’s Award poetry finalist Discovery Passages about his ancestral Kwakwaka’wakw First Nations myth, history, and the fallout of the potlatch ban. His more outrageous works include two Relit Award-nominated titles in his three book speculative fiction series The Chaos! Quincunx. He spent three years working as an editor at Talonbooks and has reviewed for numerous literary journals and publications.
Since relocating to the Canadian prairie, Morse has written two books of poetry about this diverse landscape. These include Prairie Harbour, a long poem based on his year of living in Saskatchewan, and the forthcoming Safety Sand, a celebration of prairie surrealism in Manitoba. He currently resides in Winnipeg.
Highlights from past events
Lexicon Books will be hosting three Nova Scotian authors in an evening of Fiction. C.S. Reardon will be debuting her new and novel The Spanish Boy.
Signature Editions wants to invite you to celebrate the publication of two new novels with Cora Siré and Endre Farkas. This joint book launch will be at The Central Bar in Toronto.
Cora Siré launches her new novel, Behold Things Beautiful. Endre Farkas launches his new novel, Never, Again.
There is no admission fee and this event will include a short reading from both authors.
Join C.S. Reardon at the Women's Council House for the launch of The Spanish Boy.
The event will take place from 6:00-9:00 PM.