Kate Wake “A dreamlike debut” – Winnipeg Free Press

 

Mariianne Mays Wiebe’s “dreamlike debut” Kate Wake is “engrossing” with “compelling characters.” Kate Wake explores “… the history of mental health facilities in the early 20th century and Kate Wake’s experience within one. These scenes serve as brutal and terrifying emotional touchstones for Katie’s experience through mental turmoil. Katie’s experience is not the same, but the return to Kate Wake’s past evokes a powerful sense of dread and fear, crystallizing an experience of something that is still somewhat taboo in our current moment: mental illness.”

— The Winnipeg Free Press, 2020

Read Full Review:

https://www.winnipegfreepress.com/arts-and-life/entertainment/books/mental-illness-art-woven-through-dreamlike-debut-569562431.html

Greg Santos NAC Reading

On May 2, 2020, I was originally scheduled to launch my new full-length poetry book, GHOST FACE, at the 2020 Blue Metropolis Festival. Blue Met, along with so many other public events, was cancelled due to the COVID-19 global pandemic.

I am so pleased, however, to announce that I have been selected to perform as part of the #CanadaPerforms initiative through Ottawa’s National Arts Centre / Centre national des Arts on the same date!

Even though GHOST FACE’s release through DC Books is still yet to be determined, I will be doing a Facebook Live streaming performance of me reading excerpts from my forthcoming book, along with selections from my two other Punchy Poetry/DC Books titles, RABBIT PUNCH! (2014), and THE EMPEROR’S SOFA (2010). My live-streaming performance will be followed by a Q&A.

My performance will be taking place on Saturday, May 2nd, 3pm-3:45pm EST on my Facebook Author Page. I will be safely social distancing and performing this event from my home. Join me as we celebrate living a life poetic!

Greg Santos’ website:
https://gregsantos.me

DC Books’ website:
http://dcbooks.ca

Pre-order GHOST FACE via Indigo, Chapters and Coles:
https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/books/ghost-face/9781927599518-item.html

Order RABBIT PUNCH!:
http://dcbooks.ca/rabbitPunch.html

Order THE EMPEROR’S SOFA:
http://dcbooks.ca/Emperor’s%20Sofa.html

Find this and other Canada Performs events on social media:
#CanadaPerforms
Instagram – nac.cna
Twitter – @CanadasNAC
FB page – facebook.com/CanadasNAC.CNAduCanada/

Many thanks to Facebook, Slaight Music, the RBC Foundation, SiriusXM Canada and the National Arts Centre for their generosity and support for the #CanadaPerforms initiative.

Fact and Fiction: The Making of a Political Roman à Clef — Cancelled

When:
March 31, 2020 @ 7:30 pm
Where:
Westmount Park United Church
4695 Maisonneuve West
Cost:
Free for members of the SJLS, $12 for non-members
Contact:
Sam Browman
514-484-0146

Based on his transatlantic white collar crime thriller, Acqua Sacra, novelist Keith Henderson will discuss the relationship between news, political research and the making of fiction. Key examples will include SNC-Lavalin, Heenan-Blaikie and Montreal’s infamous “Sixth Family” Mafia bosses. Acqua Sacra will be appearing in German translation (Synergia) in August of this year.

New publication from DC Books: Kate Wake, a novel by Mariianne Mays Wiebe

DC BOOKS IS PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE THE PUBLICATION OF KATE WAKE
A novel by Mariianne Mays Wiebe

Kate Wake is a tender and deeply engaging novel from a distinctive new voice.

Blue Hills is a haunted place. Katie fights to reclaim her life from the grip of a profound psychological crisis, tracing back a maternal thread through a stumbled-upon and uncertain family history at the nearby, now-abandoned prairie mental asylum. As she seeks to rehabilitate the present by understanding the past, her fate becomes imaginatively intertwined with that of her great-grandmother Kate Wake, an enigmatic, independent-minded artist with a remarkable story of her own.

This variation on the Eurydice-Orpheus myth reconsiders, with a fresh, unsentimental vision, the roles of trauma, mental illness, creativity and memory in relation to art and literary form.

Sharply realized and fortified by a fierce, poetic grace, Kate Wake testifies to the timeless, urgent power of art and music with a delicately experimental, multi-genre story that unfolds its narrative mystery to reveal a shocking core.

Ask for Kate Wake at your local independent bookseller.

ADVANCE PRAISE FOR KATE WAKE

Mariianne Mays Wiebe writes poetic prose that burns with a magical intensity. Her deeply empathetic imagination makes contact with so many kinds of experience at fever pitch that I would have thought were unsayable. Everything in this continually surprising novel attests to Mays Wiebe’s fiercely exacting quest for truth and a leavening mercy. Precise, funny, haunting and wise, Kate Wake is a debut novel of stunning force. It also has the rare distinction of being quite unlike anything I have read before.

—GEORGE TOLES, AUTHOR OF A HOUSE MADE OF LIGHT AND CURTAINS OF LIGHT

Mariianne Mays Wiebe’s novel is a multi-faceted, intricate conjuring of what she calls the “dream etiquette” of art-making. She exposes the thin membrane between the rational mind and the destructive capacities of creation. In this novel you’ll experience the solitary visions of the artist, the poet, the outlier, all risk-takers, courageous in their vulnerability. A beautifully written, complex weaving of history, vividly imagined and rendered with fine, delicately powerful urgency.

—MARGARET SWEATMAN, AUTHOR OF WHEN ALICE LAY DOWN WITH PETER AND FOX

Here in her debut novel, Mariianne Mays Wiebe tells the stories of these artists with grace, grit and astonishing honesty. Poetic, impressionistic, pushing the boundaries of conventional narrative, Kate Wake explores love, betrayal, ambition and searing loss as it gathers together and gently untangles the threads of two lives that are generations apart, yet intimately connected.

—CATHERINE HUNTER, AUTHOR OF AFTER LIGHT AND LUNAR WAKE

If you have an inner life, you must read this novel. It feeds the dappled self with a belief in art and an insistence on beauty. Kate Wake pries open the novel form to interweave poetry and script,all the while offering stunning commentary on history, visual art and music.

—CHRISTINA PENNER, AUTHOR OF WIDOWS OF HAMILTON HOUSE

KATE WAKE (A novel)

284 pages
List price $21.95

ISBN 9781927599464

Binding Trade Paper Size 140 x 216 mm

Publication Date: December 05, 2019

Giuliana Pendenza
T: 1-514-943-9310
E: dcbookscanada@gmail.com

www.dcbooks .ca

DC Books is distributed by Fitzhenry and Whiteside. www.fitzhenry.ca

DC Books at the 2019 AELAQ Pop-Up Book Fair

The Association of English Language Editors of Quebec will hold a Book Fair Saturday Nov. 30 and Sunday Dec. 1, in the Atrium of the McConnell Building at Concordia University, 1400 de Maisonneuve West, metro Guy-Concordia.

Hours are: Saturday: 11-5 PM and Sunday: 11-5 PM.

A number of DC Books authors will be in attendance, ready to greet, chat, and sign great books! A selection of Railfare DC Books train books will also be on sale at substantial Christmas discounts.

Catch DC poet Greg Santos: 12-1:30 pm, 4th Space: Getting Published in Quebec. Sponsored by Concordia University Department of English and Creative Writing

Lineup:

Saturday 11 – 1: poet Eleni Zisimatos, author of Nearly Terminal.

 

Poet and co-editor of Vallum, Eleni Zisimatos

Saturday 1 – 3: poet John Emil Vincent whose Excitement Tax last year was nominated for the Concordia First Book Award by the QWF.

John Emil Vincent, poet

Saturday 3 – 5: poet Steve Luxton, whose The Dying Meteorologist has recently appeared with DC Books.

Steve Luxton, poet

Sunday 11 – 1: novelist Kenneth Radu, author of Earthbound, Butterfly In Amber, and the recently published collection of short stories, Net Worth

Novelist Kenneth Radu reading at the Montreal West Public Library from his recent DC publication “Net Worth”

Sunday 1 – 3: poet Greg Santos, author of The Emperor’s Sofa, Rabbit Punch!, and the soon to appear collection with DC Books, Ghost Face

Check out Poetry Pause – The League of Canadian Poets: http://poets.ca/2018/11/22/in-the-new-republic-of-poetry-by-greg-santos/

Throughout the Fair: novelist Keith Henderson, author of Sasquatch and the Green Sash and Acqua Sacra

DC Books at Word on the Street (Toronto)

SNC-Lavalin Scandal – from Fact to Fiction

QC Writers at Toronto’s Word on the Street

Scheduled for Sunday, September 22, 2019

www.dcbooks.ca
Acqua Sacra & Net Worth

DC Books is proud to announce the following news with regard to Acqua Sacra, Keith Henderson’s 2016 novel on construction industry corruption in Europe and in Quebec, and Net Worth, Kenneth Radu’s recent economy-minded collection of short stories. Henderson’s novel is based on the SNC-Lavalin scandal, now more than ever timely.

  • A German translation of Acqua Sacra is scheduled to appear in August, 2020 (Synergia, Frankfurt)
  • Both authors will be present at the AELAQ booth during Word on the Street (Toronto), Henderson from 11:30 – 12:15, Radu from 3:15 – 4:00 pm Sunday, September 22, 2019
  • Early next year, as part of the St. James Literary Society Program (Westmount, Tuesday, March 31, 2020), Keith Henderson will be speaking on “Fact and Fiction: The Making of a Political Roman à Clef ”

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“Acqua Sacra is a compelling book, dealing with both personal and family issues, and more broadly political and commercial issues. Keith Henderson has created a pacey narrative written in the style of a good thriller, which takes in the harrowing effects of divorce, the feelings of failure and their effects on the family, along with Mafia involvement in the Canadian construction industry and all levels of Italian politics and commerce. It deals with corruption at every level and the difficulties of being an honest, caring individual in a world seemingly rotten to the core. An interesting, though sometimes worrying book for anyone who cares about our planet. I thoroughly enjoyed Acqua Sacra and do not hesitate to recommend it.”

— Charles Remington, Readers’ Favorite (5 Star Review), March, 2017

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CONTACT:
giuliana pendenza — DC Books communications

p. 514.486.1538 | c. 514.943.9310 dcbookscanada@gmail.com

Sasquatch at Montreal Rampage

MONTREAL NOW: The Art of Conversation

Posted on April 4, 2019. Written by Zsolt Alapi

Mark Jenkins Remix. Arsenal Gallery. Photo Marlene Wilson.

 http://montrealrampage.com/montreal-now-the-art-of-conversation/

So, I’m sitting in a café with my friend, Keith Henderson, conversing about matters of the spirit. Yes, that’s right. Keith is a writer of exceptional talent, a former professor of English at Vanier College, a political pundit, and managing editor of DC Books Canada, one of the oldest and most revered of Montreal’s small literary publishing houses.

We are speaking about Keith latest book, Sasquatch and the Green Sash, his contemporary retelling of the medieval romantic epic, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. Keith has reset the story in Canada’s Far North and has incorporated elements of the original poem, cleverly blended with myths of the Dene Nation. The story is an allegory of virtue, nobility, and a coming of age tale of sexuality and romance, and I ask Keith the obvious question:  How can such a story play to an audience so far removed from symbols and the use of the imagination, an audience so hooked on social media and the communication resources so readily at their fingertips? Keith pauses before answering. This is one of the things I love about good conversation, for he is an artist of discourse as well—the ability to reflect, to ruminate, to respond to complex ideas and to lead his listener on a journey into his literary imagination. Ours is a dialogue of give and take: he listens to my insights, and I relish his. If he weren’t so conscious of equally sharing thoughts, I would be completely content to sit back and listen to him for hours.

As if in quiet mockery of our discussion, a young lady at the table next to ours looks at her laptop, annoyed. Perhaps it is her irritation at listening to two older men discussing ideas, so animated by this very act — two men who are perhaps disrupting her attention so clearly focused on her open Facebook page or Instagram offerings. But no matter. We are democratic, perhaps more open minded than she is, caught up in our own space, time, and moment, leaving her to hers.

And what a moment it is! Keith speaks of the allegory of the original medieval poem and how it is a fitting symbol of our own troubled age, which he sees as devoid of spirituality, morality, and honor (not just in the chivalric sense, but in the greater context of personal virtue). He tells me how his former students, themselves striving to come to terms with their own sexual desire, found an affirmation in this old poem with a surprisingly contemporary message, an affirmation that seemed to give a direction to their lives.  He tells me of the “message” of the poem, based on the precepts of our Judeo-Christian tradition, and how the truth of that vision still resonates to this date. Keith has written his own allegory that is founded upon a natural archetype, something that he and I believe are in danger of being lost in our not only secular but also anti-intellectual world.

Keith is a man of intellect, a man of great moral honesty and persuasion, and I can only be thankful for my encounter with him, for being in this place and time, for sharing things of the heart and the mind. Ours is a discourse that is all too quickly disappearing in our world where we speak in sound-bytes and abridged phrases that can fit on a cell phone screen or a Twitter feed.

So on Monday, April 15th at 6:30, Keith Henderson will be launching his book, preceded by a conversation at the Thomas More Institute.

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The TMI, as it is known, is a secret jewel in the intellectual life of Montreal. It was founded many decades ago for the purpose of sharing ideas and dialogue with like minded individuals. They offer courses in music appreciation, art history, sociology, and literature (among others), and their modus operandi is based on the premise of Socratic discourse where the animator is less of a lecturer and more of someone who poses questions that provoke a thoughtful response.  As the Director of TMI told me recently, they seek to ask questions that will demonstrate how the process of complex thinking works and to track that exceptional moment of intellectual discovery.

Anne Fitzpatrick, former English professor, long-time Dean at Marianopolis College, and one of the original founders of the Institute will be animating the discussion with Keith Henderson. She has taught a multitude of courses over the years at TMI, and she is currently animating a discussion of Milton’s Paradise Lost, one of her many interests. Anne, a good friend and former colleague, is also a great conversationalist. I recently had the pleasure of her company where we spoke at length about education, literature, writing, and (again) matters of the spirit.  She has also graced my life over the years.

If you wish to experience the magic of profound discourse, the excitement of ideas, and the connection we can still make to a grander heritage, to a time when ideas and beliefs mattered, treat yourself to an evening that is so rare and precious in this day and age. 

Buy a copy of Keith Henderson’s book; afterwards, share a drink with people who have the commonality of loving ideas and good writing, and be welcomed into the company of like-minded souls.

Check out the launch on April 15 at 6:30 p.m. at the Thomas More Institute (3405 Atwater Ave).