Come celebrate the launch of 3 of our fabulous spring titles:
The Nights Also by Anna Swanson
Got No Secrets by Danila Botha
The Days You’ve Spent by Sue Bowness
There will be readings, bevvies, and nibbles.
The Nights Also is filled with fearless and insightful poems that explore one woman’s experience of chronic illness, shifting sexual identity, and long periods of solitude. They chronicle a building and stripping away of identity, asking who we are when we can no longer define ourselves in habitual ways. Her writing is as honest as it is complex, at once deep and pithy.
“This is a strong new voice that reaffirms my faith in the heartbeat and vision that poetry can give us.”
Anna Swanson studied creative writing at the University of Victoria and the Memorial University of Newfoundland. Her poetry has appeared in PRISM International, The Antigonish Review, and The Best Canadian Poetry in English 2008. She lives in Vancouver, BC, and works as a children’s librarian.
In Got No Secrets, Danila Botha takes us into the private lives of twelve different women, with only one question in mind: What if these women were you? A South African copywriter is transplanted to the urban jungle of Manhattan. A recovering rape victim tries to resume a normal life. A Toronto nurse cuts herself to fill her emptiness. From addiction to abuse, from childhood to suicide, from Hillbrow, Johannesburg, to downtown Toronto, Botha’s prose is compassionate, provocative, often funny, and always fearless. This debut collection of stories introduces a startling and original new voice that owes as much to Black Flag and Bikini Kill as it does to J.D. Salinger and Heather O’Neill.
“These stories grab you by the throat and don’t let you go, bearing witness to lives in which self-destruction and hope are like symbionts, each feeding the other.” —Nino Ricci
Danila Botha was born in Johannesburg, South Africa. She volunteered with Na-me-res, an organization benefiting the homeless, which inspired many of the stories in Got No Secrets. Her writing has appeared in 24 Hours, Yoink! Magazine, and NOW. She lives in Halifax.
The city, at once benevolent and indifferent to its residents, is the inspiration for this debut collection of poetry by Suzanne Bowness. In the first poem, a young woman arrives in the big city, where “in the beginning, anonymity is everywhere,” and wonders what her life there will bring. Using this new arrival as her starting point, Bowness moves on to develop urban themes of anonymity and collectivity alongside individualist themes of freedom, loneliness, and growing self identity. Part private reflection, part love letter to the metropolis, The Days You’ve Spent pulls back the curtain on city life, finding beauty in neon signs and profundity in laundromats. In these poems, the individual and the city interweave, and urban immersion becomes an essential element in personal growth.
“Here are poems that intrigue, provoke, entwine, and always shine.”
Suzanne (Sue) Bowness is a writer and editor whose poems have appeared in the Literary Review of Canada and Pagitica. Her play The Reading Circle won first place in the 2006 Ottawa Little-Theatre One-Act Playwriting Competition. She is pursuing a PhD in English at the University of Ottawa with a focus on nineteenth-century Canadian magazines.