Julie Paul is already a winner.
Even one nomination for a Journey Prize is a great thing, but Julie Paul has collected two nominations, a rather rare feat. This bodes well, I think, and is a very nice confirmation that journal editors elsewhere in Canada see the same great thing in Julie's writing that we do here at Emdash.
Victoria Festival of the Book
Lots of people in Victoria are interested in books, for many, many reasons. Some were writers, wanting to find publishers. Others were writers, looking to make connections and grow as writers. Many people found the new chapbook of haiku to be truly irresistable -- as two missing copies demonstrate. Yes indeed, it's a small book.
I also had lots of fun meeting Brian Kaufman, of Anvil Press and Sub-Terrain magazine, and pressed my last remaining copy of Alisa's Dissecting Grace into his palm.
Wendy Morton in the Globe
It doesn't take long to get a little notice. Weeks before her new book, Six Impossible Things Before Breakfast, is even printed, Wendy Morton has a chance to tell Globe and Mail reporter Tom Hawthorn all about her remarkable tale of publicizing poetry all across Canada. The funniest moment comes at the end of the article, when Hawthorn parenthetically discloses that, "the working title got garbled in one reporter's take as 'six impossible things for breakfast.'" Oh, the temptation to change the title in just one place in the book! The story appears across all six columns at the top of today's page S3.