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Poetry Friday: "November" by Lynn Davies

The trees are gone, their green
energy gone, as if this is it, this
  is all we’ve ever needed.
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Poetry Friday: "Listening to a Dried-out Lena While Watching Harold Lloyd Hang from a Clock Face at The Mayfair"

Thanks for meeting me at the bus station in the snow, Lou.
Who doesn't like silent films? Each frame is a small shrine.
But this store clock scene has me bottomed out for tonight.
Did you know that man lot half of his right hand in 1920
when a studio prop exploded? Nearly ended his career.  
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Career Opportunity: Production Editor

Goose Lane Editions is looking for an energetic, hardworking, dedicated, and well-organized individual with 2-3 years of experience in editing and project management, who is equipped to be part of the management team at this dynamic publishing house. Working closely with the creative director and the publisher, the Production Editor plays a key role in the development and production of approximately 30 titles per year, often in multiple formats. Candidates must have editing acumen, administrative and project management experience and/or training, and a desire and ability to learn about all aspects of publishing.
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Interview with Michelle Butler Hallett (DUBLIN Literary Award nominee, THIS MARLOWE)

The longlist for the 2018 International DUBLIN Literary Award has been released, as we as proud as punch to learn that, among the sixteen Canadians on the list of 150 (!) amazing authors, our own Michelle Butler Hallett has earned herself a berth with her lovely novel This Marlowe.

Michelle took time off from a well-deserved celebration to answer a few questions for us.

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This Marlowe longlisted for the 2018 International DUBLIN Literary Award

Continuing a tradition of celebrating the best and brightest literary fiction in the world, the longlist for the 2018 International DUBLIN Literary Award was announced Monday morning in Dublin. The 150 books eligible for the award were nominated by libraries in 111 cities and 37 countries worldwide. Amongst the 14 Canadian books named to the list is This Marlowe, an historical novel with a contemporary edge from Newfoundland novelist Michelle Butler Hallett. 

Said Butler Hallett when she heard the news, “I’m knocked-over thrilled to be nominated and very grateful to everyone who's supported me and this novel.” 

“Perfectly paced and gracefully wrought, This Marlowe is superior historical fare.” — Toronto Star 

Set in 1593, This Marlowe opens with the reign of an aging Queen Elizabeth, who reigns from the throne while two rival spymasters — Sir Robert Cecil and the Earl of Essex — plot from the shadows. Their goal? To control succession upon the queen’s death. The man on whom their schemes depend? Christopher “Kit” Marlowe, a cobbler’s son from Canterbury who has defied expectations and become an accomplished poet, playwright. . . . and spy. 

In this psychological thriller, Michelle Butler Hallett fleshes out the historical record with insight and authenticity. Her 16th-century England, surprising and fresh, offers historical figures both famous and obscure, casual descriptions of quotidian life, and vivid representations of cruelty and violence that reverberate with echoes of our own time. But it’s Kit, the fascinating Marlowe, an endless source of brilliance, passion, and defiance that brings the novel to life.

“Complex, lyrical, and with a profound sense of a world long passed and humanity’s eternal motivations.” — Quill and Quire 

This Marlowe was nominated by the Saint John Free Public Library. Other Canadian nominees include Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeleine Thien, The Break by Katherena Vermette, and 13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl by Mona Awad. First published in a hardcover edition by Goose Lane Editions in March 2016, This Marlowe will be released in a trade paperback edition on December 5, 2017. 

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