Monday, June 30, 2008

National Post list of Canadian Summer Festivals: Newfoundland section

Sunday, June 29, 2008

Canadian Festivals by the National Post

A feast of festivals this summer
National Post Published: Friday, June 27, 2008

From west to east, here's a roundup of some of this year's biggest fetes:


NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR• Every year some 50,000 spectators cram into St. John's for the Royal St. John's Regatta (, the oldest sporting event in North America. This year's race is on Aug. 6 at Quidi Vidi Lake.• Also in St. John's, the George Street Festival (July 31-Aug. 5) features live music every night in the heart of the city• The 14th-annual Sound Symposium (July 3-13, presents an eclectic mix of daily concerts including a must-attend daily Harbour Symphony.• Join a host of authors including Michael Crummey and Paulette Bourgeois at this year's Winterset in Summer Literary Festival on the Eastport Peninsula (Aug. 8-10,• Finally, to partake of some traditional Newfoundland Irish music and culture, get your toes tapping to the Avalon Peninsula and the Southern Shore Shamrock Festival (July 26-27,

Sunday, June 29, 2008

Maiden Vein: word of the week at REDEFiNE iT & a poem by Mary Dalton

Maiden Vein

(Poem by Mary Dalton in Merrybegot)

So you’d trick death,
Gallivant out to sail in, jack-easy?
Know the signs; keep a keen eye.
If you’ve a mind to flout storms
And the jaws of fierce weather,
Scan the maiden vein:
Gale or soft breeze –
It’ll prance out at dawn
From where the maiden vein
In the night sky spills its silver.
And you a lamb to the slaughter –
Or king of the harbour.


Maiden Vein is the word of the week over at REDEFiNE iT: Dictionary of Newfoundland English.

The poem Maiden Vein by Mary Dalton is found in her collection entitled Merrybegot. The unabridged audio book edition of Merrybegot is performed by Anita Best and Patrick Boyle and is available from Rattling Books.

Sunday, June 22, 2008

The 2008 Northwords Writers' Festival came to a close last Saturday with the De Beers Canada Reading Gala at NACC

Northwords festival a success

Alix McNaughtNorthern News ServicesPublished Friday, June 20, 2008
SOMBA K'E/YELLOWKNIFE - The 2008 Northwords Writers' Festival came to a close last Saturday with the De Beers Canada Reading Gala at NACC.

Featured authors Richard Van Camp, Anita Daher, Michael Crummey, Lesley Choyce, Bernice Morgan, Annelies Pool and Jennifer Storm read from their works to cap off the three days of the festival.

Running from June 12 to 14, this was the third annual Northwords Festival, and according to Van Camp, this year's president of the board, it was a great year.

"I think it was a complete success. We packed the Ski Club, we packed Javaroma, and we did great at the NACC. I'm just so proud of everybody," he said.

Authors from Yellowknife, the North and right across Canada attended Northwords, participating in the readings, storytelling, open mics, one-on-one mentorships, panel discussions and workshops.

Read the rest here.

Word of the Week (June 22-28): mauzy


Saturday, June 21, 2008

Justin Brake gives a heads up on The Nickel in The Telegram

Nothing like the Nickel
Film festival attracts entries from home and away
JUSTIN BRAKE Special to The Telegram

The Nickel Independent Film Festival is celebrating its eighth anniversary this year with five days of screenings and a series of workshops for filmmakers, screenwriters, actors and the public.The event, which runs June 24-28, will showcase 47 new films from various countries, including England, Spain, Ireland, Japan, Germany and the United States, as well as more than a dozen productions from Newfoundland.

The evening screenings, during which the majority of the films are shown, run from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at LSPU Hall each night during the festival. Two 10:30 p.m. late-night screenings have been incorporated into the schedule to offer horror movie buffs an opportunity to see all the scary flicks in one shot, and to make time for Spanish director Emsi Primo's feature-length drama "My Way."


Simms' first feature length film "Down to the Dirt," which features a slew of Newfoundland talent including Joy, Joel Hynes - whose novel inspired the movie - Mary Lewis, Sherry White and Jody Richardson, will be shown at Empire Studio 12 as part of a pre-festival fundraiser event June 23 at 7 p.m. Advance tickets are available for $15 at Capitol Video on Military Road.

Read the Rest Here.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Breakwater Books Poetry Party tonight, June 19

As part of the League of Canadian Poets Festival and Conference in St. John's Newfoundland this weekend Breakwater Books is hosting a Poetry Party!

tonight, June 19 , 7 pm
at the Breakwater Office Building, 100 Water Street

wine and words with some of Newfoundland and Labrador's best poets, the evening features Boyd Chubbs, Carmelita McGrath, Christopher Pratt, Tom Dawe, Larry Small and Mary Dalton.


Merrybegot, by Mary Dalton (the unabridged audio book), performed by Anita Best and Patrick Boyle is available from Rattling Books.

League of Canadian Poets Poetry Festival and Conference in St. John's Newfoundland starts Friday June 20

League of Canadian Poets

is meeting in St. John's, Newfoundland at the Battery Hotel
June 20 -22

click here for the program

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Comedy Fest starts with An Evening with Uncle Val tonight!

St. John's Comedy Festival opens June 18
with Andy Jones and An Evening with Uncle Val

An Evening with Uncle Val: starring Andy Jones.

Wed, June 18, 2008, 8 PM at BELLA VISTA

Tickets on sale at Mile One Box Office (open 12PM - 5PM daily), by phone at (709) 576-7657, (toll free) at 1 800 361-4595 or online at the following links:


Letters from Uncle Val can also be heard through an audio recording that Andy Jones did with Rattling Books.

Letters from Uncle Val is available as an Audio CD or mp3 Digital Download from

St. John's Comedy Festival features three talents also found at Rattling Books

The St. John's Comedy Festival

From June 18 to 22, twelve of Canada's top comedians will crack ribs in the City of Comic Legends.

get the details here.

Among the Comedy Festival Line up are
Andy Jones,
Robert Joy and
Jonny Harris
who can also be found on the following Rattling Books recordings:

The Big Why by Michael Winter, narrated by Robert Joy

Letters from Uncle Val written and performed by Andy Jones

Down to the Dirt by Joel Thomas Hynes, narrated by the author, Jonny Harris and Sherry White.

Listen to Talking Books program about Down to the Dirt by Joel Thomas Hynes online

From the CBC Radio Talking Books podcast site:

May 31/08 - "Down to The Dirt" Down to The Dirt, an award-winning debut novel has just been made into a film starring the author, Joel Thomas Hynes. Ian and his guests tackle the gritty novel.

[mp3 file: runs 26:06]


Down to the Dirt by Joel Thomas Hynes was also produced as an unabridged audio edition, narrated by the author, Sherry White and Jonny Harris. Available as an MP3 CD or Digital Download from Rattling Books.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

ReLit Awards (very) longlist announced

ReLit Awards (very) longlist announced
June 17, 2008

Author Kenneth J. Harvey has announced the longlist for the eighth annual ReLit Awards, which recognize works published by independent presses. The winners will be announced at an event during the Ottawa International Writers Festival in October.

Short fiction

Up on the Roof by P.K. Page (The Porcupine’s Quill)
The Goldfish Dancer by Patricia Robertson (Biblioasis)
Seven Openings of the Head by Liane Keightley (conundrum press)
What Belongs by F.B. Andre (Ronsdale Press)
The Breakdown So Far by M.A.C. Farrant (Talonbooks)
The Penance Drummer by Lois Braun (Turnstone Press)
Black Rabbit by Salvatore Difalco (Anvil Press)
Bix’s Trumpet by Dave Margoshes (NeWest Press)
Boys by Kathleen Winter (Biblioasis)
In a Mist by Devon Code (Invisible Press)
At the Bottom of the Sea by Peter Dube (DC Books)
Six Ways to Sunday by Christian McPherson (Nightwood Editions)
One Day it Happens by Mary Lou Dickinson (Inanna Publications)
A Feat of Longing by Sarah Klassen (Coteau Books)
Long Story Short by Elyse Friedman (House of Anansi Press)
The Woman Who Walks on Glass by Christiane Frenette (Cormorant Books)
All in Together Girls by Kate Sutherland (Thistledown Press)
Long After Fathers by Roberta Rees (Coteau Books)
The Reckoning of Boston Jim by Claire Mulligan (Brindle & Glass)
I, Tania by Brian Joseph Davis (ECW Press)
The Outlander by Gil Adamson (House of Anansi Press)
Shelf Monkey by Corey Redekop (ECW Press)
Orphan Love by Nadia Bozak (Key Porter Books)
The Milk Chicken Bomb by Andrew Wedderburn (Coach House Books)
Glass Voices by Carol Bruneau (Cormorant Books)
Macdonald by Roy MacSkimming (Thomas Allen Publishers)
Dirtbags by Teresa McWhirter (Anvil Press)
Homing by Stephanie Domet (Invisible Press)
The Flannigans by M.T. Dohaney (Flanker Press)
The Silent Time by Paul Rowe (Killick Press)
The Convictions of Leonard McKinley by Brendan McLeod (3-Day Books)
A Place of Pretty Flowers by Jerrod Edson (Oberon Press)
Brother Dumb by Sky Gilbert (ECW Press)
Big White Knuckles by Brian Tucker (Vagrant Press)
As Good as Dead by Stan Rogal (Pedlar Press)
Be Good by Stacey May Fowles (Tightrope Books)
Coureurs de Bois by Bruce MacDonald (Cormorant Books)
Bottle Rocket Hearts by Zoe Whittall (Cormorant Books )
The Book of Beasts by Bernice Friesen (Coteau Books)
Where White Horses Gallop by Beatrice MacNeil (Key Porter Books)
Correction Road by Glen Dresser (Oberon Press)
Smuggling Donkeys by David Helwig (The Porcupine’s Quill)
74 Miles Away by J.D. Carpenter (Dundurn Group)
Post by Arley McNeney (Thistledown Press)
White by Rob Mclennan (Mercury Press)
The Skin Beneath by Nairne Holtz (Insomniac Press)
Room Tone by Gale Zoe Garnett (Quattro Press)
Soucouyant by David Chariandy (Arsenal Pulp Press)
Be Wolf by Wayne Tefs (Turnstone Press)
Snow Candy by Terry Carroll (Mercury Press)
Stealing Nasreen by Farzana Doctor (Inanna Publications)
The Housekeeping Journals by Jim Mason (Turnstone Press)
Planet Reese by Cordelia Strube (Dundurn Group)
The Prison Tangram by Claire Huot (Mercury Press)
Crown Shyness by Curtis Gillespie (Brindle & Glass)
The Flush of Victory by Ray Smith (Biblioasis)
Delible by Anne Stone (Insomniac Press)
Pulpy & Midge by Jessica Westhead (Coach House Books)
The Hole Show by Maya Merrick (Conundrum Press)


Made Beautiful by Use by Sean Horlor (Signature Editions)
The Bindery by Shane Rhodes (NeWest Press)
Natural Disasters by Andrea MacPherson (Palimpsest Press)
My Mother Agrees with the Dead by Susan Stenson (Wolsak & Wynn)
ths is erth thees ar peopul by bill bissett (Talonbooks)
Falsework by Gary Geddes (Goose Lane Editions)
Vermeer’s Light by George Bowering (Talonbooks)
Going Around with Bachelors by Agnes Walsh (Brick Books)
Full Depth by Micheline Maylor (Wolsak & Wynn)
My Etruscan Face by Gianna Patriarca (Quattro Press)
The Stone Skippers by Ian Burgham (Tightrope Books)
Erratic by Donna Kane (Hagios Press)
Accidental Animals by Michael Trussler (Hagios Press)
The Shovel by Colin Browne (Talonbooks)
Loyalty Management by Glen Downie (Wolsak & Wynn)
All Things Said & Done by Marita Dachsel (Caitlin Press)
Sitcom by David McGimpsey (Coach House Press)
Two Hemispheres by Nadine McInnis (Brick Books)
Selected Portraits by Ron Charach (Wolsak & Wynn)
Thin Moon Psalm by Sheri Benning (Brick Books)
Rental Van by Clint Burnham (Anvil Press)
Muybridge’s Horse by Rob Winger (Nightwood Editions)
High Speed Through Shoaling Water by Tom Wayman (Harbour Publishing)
Songs for the Dancing Chicken by Emily Schultz (ECW Press)
Impersonating Flowers by David Bateman (Frontenac House)
The Discipline of Undressing by K. Louise Vincent (Leaf Press)
Combustion by Lorri Neilsen Glenn (Brick Books)
Quotidian Fever by Endre Farkas (The Muses’ Company)
Domain by Barbara Nickel (House of Anansi Press)
Torch River by Elizabeth Philips (Brick Books)
O, Clytaemnestra! by Judith Fitzgerald (Oberon Press)
Soft Geography by Gillian Wigmore (Caitlin Press)
I Cut My Finger by Stuart Ross (Anvil Press)
Earth’s Crude Gravities by Patrick Friesen (Harbour Publishing)
Adagio for the Pressured Surround by Steven Ross Smith (NeWest Press)
Red Bird by Ian Roy (BuschekBooks)
I’m Not Going to Lie to You by Michael Blouin (Pedlar Press)
Beatitudes by Hermenegilde Chiasson (Goose Lane Editions)
Making Bones Walk by Alex Boyd (Luna Publications)
Cleavage: A Life in Breasts by Marilyn Gear Pilling (Black Moss Press)
The Sweet Fuels by Erin Knight (Goose Lane Editions)
Found by Souvankham Thammavongsa (Pedlar Press)
More to Keep Us Warm by Jacob Scheier (ECW Press)
Woodshedding by S.E. Venart (Brick Books)
Broken Vessel by Harry Thurston (Gaspereau Press)
Old Winter by Anne Le Dressay (Chaudiere Books)
The Love Song of Laura Ingalls Wilder by Sharon McCartney (Nightwood Editions)
The Tablecloth Trick by Rick Crilly (ECW Press)
Last Water Song by Patrick Lane (Harbour Publishing)
AEthel by Donato Mancini (New Star Books)
All Our Wonder Unavenged by Don Domanski (Brick Books)
The Bone Broker by Lillian Necakov (Mansfield Press)
Why Are You So Sad? by David W. McFadden (Insomniac Press)
Last Scattering Surfaces by Gil McElroy (Talonbooks)
Hands Reaching in Water by Gary Hyland (Hagios Press)
Floors of Enduring Beauty by Steve Venright (Mansfield Press)

Four Canadian Eco-Poets by Catherine Owen

Four Canadian Eco-Poets
Don McKay, Di Brandt, Don Domanski and Dionne Brand
© Catherine Owen
Jun 16, 2008

Poets have always celebrated nature. Now in a time of ecological crisis, their voices, speaking out against planetary plunder, are even more essential.

Poets have always been witnesses to the world. In this time of ecological crisis, poetry speaks to the need to be aware of the other, to conserve resources and to fight back against globalization's takeovers of other cultures' languages, neighbourhoods and ecosystems. These recent books of poetry by four important Canadian poets testify to the responsibility we have towards the planet and to the joy the earth can bring us when we accept the interconnectedness of all life.

Don McKay's Strike/Slip

Infused with the language of geology, McKay's collection turns to the very materials the earth is made of, its hard source, for his poems. Opening with the question, "Who are you?" and concluding, "You are the momentary mind of rock," Strike/Slip (McClelland & Stewart, 2006) explores the erosions of the self's destructive incursions on the planet as the ego is replaced by devotion and attention. McKay makes stone and bird the stars of his book, never losing his sense of musicality and humour. For instance, his commemorations of birdsong implies that the tunes carry messages such as, "Watch your asses, creatures of the Neogene."

read the rest here


Don McKay's latest release is Songs for the Songs of Birds, an audio recording with Rattling Books of poems by Don McKay selected on the themes of birds, birding and flight.

Monday, June 16, 2008

Special Offer: Buy Full Set of 10 Audio CD Titles and Save 30%

The following Rattling Books titles are available in the traditional Audio CD format (as opposed to MP3 CD format):
Crummey, Michael
Hard Light: 32 Little Stories
Dalton, Mary
Grenfell, Sir Wilfred
Adrift on an Ice Pan
Holden, Frank
Judge Prowse Presiding
Jones, Andy
Letters from Uncle Val
McGrath, Robin
Coasting Trade
McKay, Don
Songs for the Songs of Birds
Steffler, John
The Grey Islands
Walsh, Agnes
In the Old Country of My Heart
Weale, David
The True Meaning of Crumbfest
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Sunday, June 15, 2008

Library Journal article of DRM and audiobooks

DRM-free Audiobooks on the Rise

With DRM-free audiobooks continuing to make inroads into the retail market and scheduled shortly to trickle into the library arena, several panels at BookExpo America (BEA) and the Audio Publishers Association Conference (APAC) (both in late May) centered on the issue of digital rights management (DRM).

DRM has been the talk of the audiobook industry since late 2007, when eMusic launched the first-ever audiobook catalog (now offering some 2500 titles) in the universally compatible MP3 format. After months of testing DRM-free audiobook downloads on eMusic, Random House
Audio determined through a digital watermark experiment that all instances of piracy came not from the DRM-free editions but from DRM-protected editions that had been hacked and ripped from CDs. And so it, too, announced that it would, through eMusic, be selling mostly DRM-free downloadable audiobooks (some ten percent of the publisher’s authors, Christopher Paolini among them, continue to hold out).

What about libraries?

However, eMusic and Random House have so far been focusing their DRM-free efforts strictly on the consumer market, leaving the library market to Playaway and OverDrive. (For fuller coverage of audiobooks in libraries, see LJ, May 15, “Audio Fixation.”)

read the rest here


Rattling Books presently presents audio titles as either an audio or mp3 CD depending on duration (short titles are manufactured as audio cds, long titles as mp3 cds) and all titles are also available from as DRM-free mp3 downloads.

Rattling Books are also available as Library Downloads through

Friday, June 13, 2008

Rattling Books at Book Expo Canada: Booths 925 or 908

Rattling Books will be at Book Expo Canada
June 15-16 2008
Booth 925

Come and meet us! Mark Callanan of Rattling Books will be available through the Newfoundland and Labrador Publishers Booth # 925

Or speak to House of Anansi (our distributor) Booth #908

Rattling Books

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Recognized by AudioFile Magazine with three Earphones Awards and a place on their list of the 12 Best fiction audio books of the Year (Montreal Stories by Mavis Gallant, narrated by Margot Dionne)!

Praise for Rattling Books:

A masterful performance.
- Publishers Weekly

Sheer perfection.
- The Ottawa Citizen

Highly reccomended.
- Library Journal

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Rattling Books 2007/2008 Catalogue


Captain Bob Bartlett
Michael Crummey
Mary Dalton
Mavis Gallant
Sir Wilfred Grenfell
Frank Holden
Joel Thomas Hynes
Andy Jones
Robin McGrath
Don McKay
Lisa Moore
Susan Rendell
Janis Spence
John Steffler
Dillon Wallace
Agnes Walsh
David Weale
Michael Winter review of An Evening with Uncle Val by Andy Jones

An Evening with Uncle Val
By Kathleen Oliver
( June 12)

By Andy Jones and Michael Jones Sr. Directed by Lois Brown. At Presentation House Theatre on Thursday, June 5, as part of the Magnetic North Theatre Festival. No remaining performances

Poor Uncle Val. The septuagenarian is trapped in St. John’s, having been forced to leave his outport home to live with his daughter, her loathsome husband, and their children, who don’t behave anything like kids did in his day. “Children ran messages,” he explains, “and in return, they were allowed to sleep indoors.” It’s a lonely life, till he befriends a 90-something neighbour who claims to be pals with both the royal family and the Beatles, meets a new girlfriend, and becomes the kids’ favourite babysitter.

Writer-performer Andy Jones has been doing Uncle Val for some 30 years, and in this show he also plays himself, offering explanations for his own wildly digressive style of storytelling. “I used to feel bad about it,” he confesses, “until I realized—it’s cubist theatre! It’s like I’m flattening out my brain.”

read the rest here


Letters from Uncle Val written and read by Andy Jones is available as an audio CD or digital download from Rattling Books.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Newfoundland and Labrador Signs MOU with Iceland

Newfoundland and Labrador Signs MOU with Iceland

Interest and activity in trade between Iceland and Newfoundland and Labrador has been steadily growing in recent years. Today in St. John’s, the two jurisdictions formalized a partnership to further explore opportunities with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).

The MOU was announced by the Honourable Danny Williams, Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador, and His Excellency Geir H. Haarde, Prime Minister of Iceland, during a ceremony at The Rooms in St. John’s today. The ceremony was attended by business people, representatives of industry and cultural associations, educators and government officials.
"The Provincial Government has led a number of trade missions to Iceland in recent years and each one has proven very successful," said Premier Williams. "We recognize the similarities in our respective jurisdictions and we welcome the opportunity to learn from each other as we move forward. Our government is proud to formalize this relationship with Iceland, as we know the value of sharing information and building partnerships with other jurisdictions. I thank Prime Minister Haarde for his personal interest and I look forward to many positive results and exciting opportunities as a result of this MOU."

The MOU is designed to further promote the friendly relations that exist between Iceland and Newfoundland and Labrador. In particular, it seeks to enhance co-operation between business and industries through business ventures, technology transfer and research and development; and to enhance co-operation in cultural industries, education and the arts.

"In Iceland, we enthusiastically welcome this new Memorandum of Understanding with Newfoundland and Labrador which will unquestionably enhance direct relations between two North Atlantic neighbours, our governments, institutions, businesses and people in general," said Prime Minister Haarde. "It covers a very broad range of issues and prospects in both economic and cultural developments. It will serve as a catalyst for stakeholders in different fields of activities to embark on new avenues with respect to bilateral contacts between our countries. The milestone free-trade agreement between Iceland and Canada, which is now in its final stages before formal ratification and implementation, will bring about completely new commercial opportunities for our business communities. Already existing trade links will be reinforced and new ones created. The long awaited air services agreement which is now in place and operational, will also boost two-way traffic and further facilitate a successful execution of the MOU between Iceland and Newfoundland Labrador."

In recent years, the province has led a number of trade missions to Iceland the most recent being in November 2007 in which 31 companies and organizations participated. During the mission, a three-day trade show was held that was expected to attract 2,000 people, but after the event it was recorded that more than 5,000 Icelanders attended. As a result of these missions, a number of contracts have been signed by Newfoundland and Labrador businesses with Icelandic companies in the fields of ocean technology, clothing, construction, craft and giftware.
The trade missions have led to the formation of valuable partnerships. Companies such as Northstar Technical and R. Sigmundsson are collaborating in product development for the next generation of acoustic products to be produced by Northstar. The Hurley Group of Companies of Conception Bay South and BYKO – the Iceland equivalent of Home Depot – have partnered to market signage products. It has also established a distributor for tiles and partnered with a leading stone company. In November 2007, the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador and Fly Fresh Freight announced there would be direct non-stop flights weekly from Gander to Iceland that will carry fresh Newfoundland and Labrador seafood cargo to various European markets.

The areas of initial priority identified in the MOU are educational interchange and industrial development in the areas of environmental management and environmental industries, information and communications technology, life sciences, ocean technologies, collaboration in oceans and coastal management initiatives, marine safety and rescue, fisheries and aquaculture, energy, transportation, and cultural and artistic collaborations.


If connections between Iceland and Newfoundland interest you check out the Icelandic translation of Agnes Walsh's poem When I Married Halldór Laxness . Agnes Walsh is a Newfoundland writer and the Poet Laureate of St. John's.

Or download Chris Brookes documentary The Great Circle .

Monday, June 09, 2008

Last day: Father's Day Special at

Today is the last day of our Father's Day Special on Lure of the Labrador Wild
by Dillon Wallace.

unabridged audio edition; originally published in 1905 by Fleming H. Revell, New York

narrated by Jody Richardson
roughly 9 hours of listening

MP3 CD Regular Price : $29.95 / Father's Day Special: $19.95

MP3 Download Regular Price: $19.95 / Father's Day Special: $ 9.95

Sunday, June 08, 2008

Word of the Week over at REDEFiNE iT (June 8 - 15) maid

June 1-6 Word of the Week over at REDEFiNE iT: Dictionary of Newfoundland English


check it out.

Friday, June 06, 2008

This year's Griffin Prize winners announced

TORONTO – June 4, 2008 – John Ashbery's Notes From the Air: Selected Later Poems and Robin Blaser's The Holy Forest: Collected Poems of Robin Blaser are the International and Canadian winners of the eighth annual Griffin Poetry Prize. The C$100,000 Griffin Poetry Prize, the richest poetry prize in the world for a single volume of poetry, is divided between the two winners. The prize is for first edition books of poetry published in 2007, and submitted from anywhere in the world.

International Winner

Notes from the Air: Selected Later Poems , John Ashbery
HarperCollins Publishers/Ecco

Canadian Winner

The Holy Forest: Collected Poems of Robin Blaser, Robin Blaser
University of California Press

READ the rest here.


Last year's Canadian winner of the Griffin Prize, Don McKay recently released an audio recording of his poems selected on the themes of birds, birding and flight, Songs for the Songs of Birds , with Rattling Books.

Sunday, June 01, 2008

Word of the Week over at REDEFiNE iT (June 1-7) vang

June 1-6 Word of the Week

vang n also bang

Definition according to the Dictionary of Newfoundland English:

vang n also bang. Cp EDD fang sb 7 'slice, a large piece cut from something'; SND fang n2 2 (1750-). Melted fat pork served on cod-fish (1937 DEVINE 35). ...

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