New Star’s Winter/Spring 2020 catalogue has been released into the world, and with it, announcements of the two new titles we’re working on for Spring 2020 release.
When her mother leaves her home of fifty years to move into a care facility, it is the author’s responsibility to sort out the accumulation of family mementos. Most immediately pressing is the solution to an old family mystery: what is her father supposed to have concealed beneath her parents’ bedroom floor?
It is the more mundane objects that Kirsch unearths — an old microscope, a bundle of postcards, an envelope of yellowing newspaper clippings — that open windows onto her family’s past, but also, more generally, onto mid-century Montreal, and that city’s Jewish community. In The Smallest Objective, Sharon Kirsch tells the story of her grandfather Simon Kirsch, an idealistic young botanist at McGill who turns later in life to property development; of Jockey Fleming, the uncle manque who hid his origins to play a role as one of Montreal’s great colourful characters when it was still unrivalled as the largest city in Canada; of Kirsch’s aunt, whose early death during Expo year tore a jagged hole into the author’s mother’s life.
The Smallest Objective is a story about the death of a parent, and of the author’s account of this passage in life; but it is also a story about mid-century Montreal, and how the subtle anti-semitism of a couple of generations ago has shaped a family’s history.
Sharon Kirsch is the author of What Species of Creatures. She lives in Toronto. The Smallest Objective is available April 24.
A new collection of poems, or maybe they are performance scripts, from one of Canada’s most original and innovative poets, the Ottawa-raised, Windsor-resident Louis Cabri.
Cabri’s formal moves create parallels between the literature of a decadent French aristocracy and our own entertainments, and establishes a framework for a critique of the cynicism and moral vacuity of a cultural discourse that is shaped by, and beholden to, contemporary capitalism and the social relations it engenders.
Cabri, who teaches literature at the University of Windsor, is the author of Posh Lust. Hungry Sling Shots will be published on April 24.