The sudden interruption of activities at a printing plant in Quebec with two New Star titles on press in late March has had repercussions in Montreal, Vancouver, and even Toronto.
Presses were inked for The Smallest Objective, by Sharon Kirsch, and Hungry Slingshots, by Louis Cabri, and books were scheduled for delivery in time for their announced publication date of April 23, when our printer announced the sudden hiatus. There has been no immediate date set for work to resume at the plant, and the publication date for both titles has been postponed indefinitely. The world’s bibliodatabases are being told July 30, simply because they won’t take “don’t know” for an answer. That date could change.
The Toronto launch for The Smallest Objective at Queen Books, in author Sharon Kirsch’s hometown of Toronto, originally predicted for May 6, has also been postponed indefinitely, as has a launch in Montreal, where the events described in The Smallest Objective take place.
In Windsor, poet-scholar Louis Cabri, while obviously disappointed at not being able to hit the road in support of his latest, Hungry Slingshots, told interviewers that he intends to walk on the road instead, and around his empty neighbourhood, wincing if the woodpeckers hit metal, while reading Some magazine, when he’s not reading A Flea the Size of Paris, or spending time improving his internet etiquette.
While material conditions prevent us from publishing the print editions at this time, there are no such barriers to releasing The Smallest Objective in its e-book format on schedule. If you are one of the growing multitude who have embraced the electronic book, well, you can get your virtual hands on it, here (Kindle) and here (Kobo).
We might take this opportunity to mention, in passing as it were, that we’re quite proud of our modest but growing little shelf of e-books. They make an attractive display. You might wanna take a quick look inside (because you can!) some of these intriguing titles:
The Briss, by Michael Tregebov
The Shiva, by Michael Tregebov
Shot Rock, by Michael Tregebov
Caprice, by George Bowering
Shoot! by George Bowering
Writing and Reading, by George Bowering
Piranesi’s Figures, by Hannah Calder
Wages, by John Armstrong
Sweet England, by Steve Weiner
Whose Culture is It, Anyway? Community Engagement in Small Cities, by W.F. Garrett-Petts, James Hoffman, and Ginny Ratsoy (eds.)