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Available May 28 :: New books from Sharon Kirsch, Louis Cabri


We’re pleased to announce two titles whose pub­li­ca­tion date was pushed back from late April by the coro­n­avirus pan­dem­ic (see our ear­li­er sto­ry here).  The Small­est Objec­tive by Sharon Kirsch, and Hun­gry Sling­shots by Louis Cabri, orig­i­nal­ly sched­uled for April 23 pub­li­ca­tion, will now be avail­able on May 28, and are avail­able for pre-order now.

The Small­est Objec­tive is Toron­to writer Sharon Kirsch’s fam­i­ly mem­oir that brings mid-20th cen­tu­ry Mon­tre­al back to life.  As she helps her moth­er move into a care home from the fam­i­ly home of fifty years, Sharon Kirsch unpacks the house, and her family’s sto­ries as they reveal their traces in the household’s accu­mu­lat­ed objects.

Sharon Kirsch reads a short excerpt from The Small­est Objec­tive here, and is the guest blog­ger / inter­vie­wee on The Book of Life, “a pod­cast about Jew­ish peo­ple and the books we read”.

New dates and details about Toron­to and Mon­tre­al launch­es for The Small­est Objec­tive will be sort­ed short­ly.  Watch this space for announce­ment of details.  The Small­est Objec­tive is avail­able from Para­graph Books, Librairie Clio, Librairie Bertrand, Librairie Mod­erne, and Librairie Car­ca­jou in Mon­tre­al, UofT Book­store, A Dif­fer­ent Drum­mer, and The Book Store at West­ern in Ontario, The Owl’s Nest in Cal­gary, and Vol­ume One Book­store (Dun­can) as well as The Paper Hound and the People’s Co-op Book­store (Van­cou­ver) in British Colum­bia, as well as oth­er book­sellers; check with your local inde­pen­dent.

We’ve pre­vi­ous­ly writ­ten about The Small­est Objec­tive here.  That sto­ry focussed on the e-book edi­tion (which wasn’t delayed by the print­ing plant clo­sure) and includ­ed a list, with links, of oth­er books on New Star’s groan­ing shelf of e-books.

Also arriv­ing from our print­er is Hun­gry Sling­shots, the fourth book of poet­ry by Louis Cabri of Wind­sor, Ontario.  “Burnt orange ablaze across the cringe-wor­thy present, white fog floods the inte­ri­ors of let­ters .. . Vouch for your­self! What is to be done? Low­er the flags of con­ve­nience. Under its own cov­er, HUNGRY SLINGSHOTS em-Bards with an ear­ful of bird­song — ka-ha; ka-ha kuh-uk!; kuh-uk! — while a shout­ing econ­o­mist lev­i­tates the Earth into an equa­tion. Squelch­ing the sanc­ti­mo­nious no-nos of poet­ry, HUNGRY SLINGSHOTS says: go on, amass, roil in, per­turb any ‘sham, I mean, shame’ sense of pro­por­tion — flop around in a crowd of inno­cents caught in a net worth of words trans­lat­ing his­to­ry. Snark, bleat!”

”[S]mart, some­times sil­ly, and always bit­ing, Cabri’s poems are poet­ic prod­ucts par excel­lence.”  — Jonathan Ball, Win­nipeg Free Press

Hun­gry Sling­shots can be acquired at these and oth­er inde­pen­dent book­stores: TYPE Books and the UofT Book­store in TO, the New Octo­pus Book­store in Ottawa, Para­graph Books in Mon­tre­al, UVic Book­store in Vic­to­ria, and the People’s Co-op Book­store and the Paper Hound in Van­cou­ver.