Retail 2011: Wolsak & Wynn
Title: Woods Wolf Girl
Author: Cornelia Hoogland
Release Date: April
Timespan Since Last Book: Eight years since Cuba Journal.
What Bumf Say:“…takes the story of Little Red Riding Hood and turns it inside out in this sensuous Canadian retelling. The woods and wolves are vivid and real, while Red herself is anything but a one dimensional girl-child. A meditation on innocence and its loss, and on the power of the green wilderness, Woods Wolf Girl uses striking lyric poetry to expose the heart of the original fairy tale.”
What Google Say: Her employer, UWO, has a homepage up that mixes her academic and creative interests. Here she is, in video, reading as part of a recent anthology on nature poetry. Hoogland is also an organizer for Poetry London, a reading series in London I hear nothing but wonderful things about.
Title: Local News
Author: Glen Downie
Release Date: April
Timespan Since Last Book: Four Years
What Bumf Say: “Local News walks us through the familiar spaces in our homes and lives and shows them to us in a new, if slanted, light. Whether meandering the aisles of the neighbourhood drugstore or digging through the tool shed out back, Downie shows a vivid and alive world that is not soon to be forgotten.”
What Blub Say: A rare blurb, for such an established poet. It comes from Roo Borson and says things like, “What is it to be a house-dweller among houses, a tool-user among tools, an inhabitant of neighbourhood and city, encircled by the ever-widening concentric rings of all that we have made? Glen Downie, with characteristic generosity of spirit and freshness of purpose, leads us on a walking tour of the world we have constructed. From shaggy-dog tale of woe to wayward pun to ardent one-liner, our guide employs every device to expose our laughable contradictory aims, and the futility, delight, and ultimately, the mystery of this life – making, in the end, a grand tour of the human family, overseen by the local woodland spirit of a butternut tree in an urban backyard.”
What Google Say: Downie’s last book, Loyalty Management, walked off with the Toronto Book Award, a first for a poetry collection since Outram’s Benedict Abroad in 1999. I have a soft spot for this old profile on Downie from when he was poet-in-residence at Dalhousie’s medical school. Part of that soft spot stems from the journalist responsible having recently, and quite accidentally, found herself quoted in the epigraph to Folk(see that, I can work it in anywhere…). And, while I happen to like Downie’s “The Creatures”, I also like how much this random blogger hated it and used it as a totem for all that was wrong about poetry. I suspect Glen will survive.
W&W is also putting out two new translations of French-Canadian works by noted English-Canadian poets. Erin Moure is doing a version of Louise Dupre’s Tout comme elle (titled, in English, Just Like Her). The topic of that book, in brief, will be daughterhood. At the same time, Oana Avasilichioaei (who, coincidentally, is also a former co-conspirator of Moure’s) is putting out an English verson of Louise Cotnoir’s book The Islands. I like the idea of domestic French-to-English translations. It makes me wish my franglais was a little less “glais around the edges”, so I could help.
Peace out. Ca va? C’est bien. Pamplemousse.