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The Back Channels by Jennifer Houle wins the J.M. Abraham Poetry Award

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The 2017 East Coast Literary Awards announce Jennifer Houle as winner of the J.M. Abraham Poetry Award for her debut collection, The Back Channels.

Can’t Lit Podcast with Tenille K. Campbell, May 29, 2017

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Hosts Dina and Daniel sit down and have a fun chat about writing life, sex, desires, and culture in Tenille K. Campbell's new poetry book #IndianLovePoems. Visit the full site at http://cantlit.libsyn.com/046-cant-lit-tenille-campbell?tdest_id=201220

Behold Things Beautiful on The New Quarterley

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Sivan Slapak at The New Quarterlery features Behold Things Beautiful by Cora Siré in "Who's Reading What for Issue 147". Check out the full posting at: https://tnq.ca/whos-reading-issue-142/

The Emergence of Lyme disease in Canada

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Winnipeg Public Library Invites Applications for the Position of Writer-in-Residence for 2017-18

We welcome interested Signature authors to apply!

Application deadline: Monday, June 12, 2017

For more information, please go to: http://wpl.winnipeg.ca/library/whatshappening/writerinres.aspx

Midway Radicals & Archi-Poems on McNally’s Best Sellers!

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Midway Radicals & Archi-Poems is listed in the top five Paperback Fiction titles for McNally Robinson's Best Sellers list for the week of April 23 – May 3. Way to go, Ted!

The Spanish Boy wins the Mary Scorer Award!

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The Spanish Boy by C.S. Reardon is this year's winner of the Mary Scorer Book Award for Best Book by a Manitoba Publisher!

The Back Channels by Jennifer Houle shortlisted for the JM Abraham Poetry Award!

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A big congratulations to our author Jennifer Houle on The Back Channels shortlist nomination for the East Coast Literary Awards JM Abraham Poetry Award!

The Back Channels by Jennifer Houle shortlisted for the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award

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The League of Canadian Poets announces The Back Channels has been nominated for the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award. A big congratulations to Jennifer Houle!

The Spanish Boy shortlisted for the Mary Scorer Award

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We are pleased to announce that the 2017 Manitoba Book Awards has nominated The Spanish Boy by C.S. Reardon for the Mary Scorer Award for Best Book by a Manitoba Publisher!

Martial Music shortlisted for the Lansdowne Prize for Poetry

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We are excited to share that the 2017 Manitoba Book Awards has nominated Martial Music by George Amabile for the Lansdowne Prize for Poetry!

Cora Siré on CKUT Radio

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On Tuesday, February 21, 2017, Cora Siré was on CKUT Radio for the Literary Report with host Jeffrey Mackie. Listen to her interview here!

Behold Things Beautiful featured on the Globe and Mail

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Jade Colbert features Behold Things Beautiful by Cora Siré for the Globe and Mail Book Reviews.

Find it here

Endre Farkas on CKUT Radio

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Endre Farkas talks with Jeffrey Mackie from the Literary Report on Radio CKUT about his new novel, Never, Again.

CBC’s North by Northwest sits down with Stella Levantoyannis Harvey

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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.

"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.

Listen to the podcast here:

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“Aquarians” by Cora Siré in GEIST Magazine

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Aquarians
Cora Siré

From Signs of Subversive Innocents. Published by Signature Editions in 2014. Siré writes poetry, essays and fiction. She lives in Montreal.
The poem can be found on page 29, Issue no. 101 for Summer 2016.

Garry Thomas Morse Joins Signature Editions

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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.

Catherine Hunter announced as High Plains Book Awards Finalist!

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Catherine Hunter is announced as a finalist for Best Woman Writer of the 2016 High Plains Book Awards for her title After Light. Congratulations, Catherine!

BILLINGS, MONTANA - Thirty-seven books have been selected as finalists out of 160 submissions in eleven categories for the 10th annual High Plains Book Awards. Twenty-six different publishers from Canada and the US were represented in this year's competition. Of the 37 finalists, 12 are from Canada.

The High Plains Books Awards have been established to recognize regional authors and/or literary works which examine and reflect life on the High Plains including the states of Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming, Nebraska, Colorado, and Kansas, and the Canadian provinces of Alberta, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan.

Jim Nason sits down with KIRBY and What Queer Reading!

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Here is the fabulous interview: “I’ve stopped holding back.” [Jim]

Poet JIM NASON‘s fifth collection, Touch Anywhere To Begin (Signature Editions, 2016), is hot. Not ‘trying to be hot’ on steroids, not ‘porn-talk.’ Hot. Real hot. A heat that only comes with a certain degree of risk, the unspoken communication between lovers pushing boundaries, attempting the new, paying attention to the point of entry. How one is entered.

Desire is a weed in the air as I walk today. p.16

As Carl Phillips describes in the book’s epigraph, “…the tension between how we behave and how we are expected to behave.”

Or, as a woman who came up to him at his recent Toronto launch at The Wickson Social (once the iconic Club Colby’s, then Five) said, “I was uncomfortable, but for all the right reasons.”

Tonight, like no other, sex. p.17

“I’m the one squirming,” says Jim, “but with each piece in this book I gave myself permission to just go for it. As I tell my writing students, ‘No discovery for the writer, no discovery for the reader.'”

May Sarton discovered “The more articulate one is, the more dangerous words become.” In one of his most ‘dangerous’ poems, Father’s Day, Thirteenth Avenue, two men sit on a stoop, share a sense of powerlessness embedded in the day for them both:

His honesty is fire against the slow-moving dark. His mouth is fire. His legs are fire and iron. We came to believe a power greater than us could restore us to sanity… / What’s your story? he asks. Empathy beyond his youth. Unsolicited. Uninhibited. Who hurt you? he says, reaching…

Nason plays in a field of texture and wonderment, “conscious of the why without wrecking it,” he laughs. His new articulateness he credits largely to knowing a lot more—nine books and years of practice—paying attention, and to his Thursday Night Writing Group, Maureen Hynes, Elizabeth Ukrainetz, Barry Dempster, and Maureen Scott Harris. Good company.

Besides Carl Phillips, he relishes Frank O’Hara, Ashbery, Mark Doty, Henri Cole, and considers Sue Goyette “the queen of metaphor.”

“I’ve learned to trust metaphor, intuition. To feel my spirit. I’m not buddhist, but he reminds us that life is difficult. I had some angry years. This doesn’t stop me from looking for happiness.”

A breeze makes me glad to be in my body. p.75

In his own ‘letter to [young] writers,’ Colum McCann encourages, “Go somewhere nobody else has gone, preferably towards beauty, hard beauty.”

Hard beauty. That is Touch Anywhere To Begin.

Hear JIM NASON read [...] THREE SEVENTY exclusively for wQr

Photos/interview: KIRBY

Wednesday June 1, 2016

Toronto

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Poet JIM NASON reads “Three Seventy” from his new book Touch Anywhere To Begin Signature Editions, 2016.


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Jim Nason is the author of Touch Anywhere to Begin