DC Books Virtual Launch Oct. 25, 3 to 4:30 pm

Kindly save the date!

DC Books will be conducting a virtual book launch for its latest authors on Sunday, October 25th from 3 to 4:30 pm.

Featured will be Mariianne Mays Wiebe for the novel Kate Wake, Zsolt Alapi for his novel Landscape with the Fall of Icarus, and poet Greg Santos for his new collection Ghost Face.

The event will be held on Zoom and hosted by poet Jason Camlot. The Zoom link you will use to join the event will be emailed to you one day prior to the launch, and will be made public on the Livres DC Books Facebook Page on the day of the event. In the meanwhile, please save the date and time. Interested?  Email dcbookscanada@gmail.com to receive your zoom link!

While this will be a “virtual” book launch, we want to stress that you can still purchase real books by following the links to purchase your copies, below.

Giuliana Pendenza
DC Books Communications

dcbookscanada@gmail.com

Ghost Face

New from DC Books

Press Release      For Immediate Release      September, 2020

DC Books is proud to announce the publication of Ghost Face, poetry by Greg Santos.

In his third DC Books title, Greg Santos explores what it means to have been a Cambodian infant adopted by a Canadian family. Through a uniquely playful and self-reflective series of poems that pay moving homage to his adoptive parents, and explore the fantasies of a lost family and life in Cambodia, Santos leads the reader through his visceral process of unlearning and relearning who he is and who he might become.

Ghost Face, 83 pp., September 2020, ISBN: 978-1-927599-51-8 (paper) $19.95

Praise for Ghost Face

“Santos’ poems are inventive, smart, and skillfully written and his work does not disappoint. Ghost Face is a beautiful collection that thoughtfully examines family mythologies, identity, and a longstanding belief in ghosts. These are poems I kept returning to, a book I could not put down.”

–KELLI RUSSELL AGODON, AUTHOR OF HOURGLASS MUSEUM & THE DAILY POET: DAY-BY-DAY PROMPTS FOR YOUR WRITING PRACTICE

Giuliana Pendenza
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Greg Santos virtual reading at Suwanee Georgia’s Read it Again Bookstore

Poetry Hour with Bunkong Tuon and Greg Santos August 7th
The Facebook Event Page:
Here is the YouTube link where the event can be viewed on August 7: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j0fyfX1Q6TE

Read It Again Bookstore is excited to welcome Bunkong Tuon and Greg Santos to our weekly poetry series. This should be a fun and lively conversation about poetry, craft and common interests.

Greg Santos

Greg Santos is the author of Blackbirds (2018), Rabbit Punch! (2014), and The Emperor’s Sofa (2010). He holds an MFA in Creative Writing from New York City’s The New School. He regularly works with at-risk communities as a creative writing instructor and he teaches at the Thomas More Institute. He is the Editor in Chief of the Quebec Writers’ Federation’s online literary journal, carte blanche. He is an adoptee of Cambodian, Spanish, and Portuguese descent. He lives in Montreal, Quebec, Canada with his family. Photo credit: Mollye Miller

Bunkong Tuon

Bunkong Tuon is a Cambodian-American writer and critic. He is the author of Gruel, And So I Was Blessed (both published by NYQ Books), The Doctor Will Fix It (Shabda Press), and Dead Tongue (a chapbook with Joanna C. Valente, Yes Poetry). He has published in both print and online magazines and journals, including Numéro Cinq, Paterson Literary Review, Chiron Review, carte-blanche, Consequence Magazine, Diode Poetry Journal, Mekong Review, Nerve Cowboy, Cultural Weekly, Massachusetts Review, and Poetry Quarterly.Nominated for numerous Pushcart and Best of the Net prizes, his poetry won the 2019 Nasiona Nonfiction Poetry Prize. He teaches at Union College, in Schenectady, NY. He tweets @BunkongTuon

You can pre-order Greg’s new book Ghost Face today! Just email dcbookscanada@gmail.com

Event date:

Friday, August 7, 2020 – 8:00pm

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

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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