Via Zoom, Marianne Mays Wiebe will be reading from her recent novel Kate Wake on Tuesday May 12 at 8 pm. Here are the links to follow:
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/676996636423542/
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
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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!
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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.
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.
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)
List price $21.95
Binding Trade Paper Size 140 x 216 mm
Publication Date: December 05, 2019
DC Books is distributed by Fitzhenry and Whiteside. www.fitzhenry.ca
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
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
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
350 Victoria Ave., Westmount
Tuesday, October 22nd, 2019: 7-9 pm
Featuring Keith Henderson
Reading from Sasquatch and the Green Sash
Artistic Director Ilona Martonfi email@example.com
Hosted with Mike Di Sclafani
SNC-Lavalin Scandal – from Fact to Fiction
QC Writers at Toronto’s Word on the Street
Scheduled for Sunday, September 22, 2019
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 ”
“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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