BookThug’s Dominate St. Cat’s on Thursday!

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The BookThug Fall BookLaunch is here!

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BookThug at CanZine!

BookThug is all over Canzine 2010

Canada‘s Largest Zine Fair and Festival of Alternative Culture 

THIS SUNDAY October 24, 2010
1pm-7 pm

The Great Hall

Toronto, 1087 Queen St. West (Queen just west of Ossington)

$5 admission comes with a free copy of the Fall issue of

Broken Pencil Magazine – issue 49 “Last Puppet Standing”

Full lineup and complete info:

also…still a few spots left! Sign up to pitch your book idea at Canzine’s…

One-Two Punch Book Pitch 

Do you have a great book idea? Live on our mainstage in front of a crowing crowd, you get two minutes to pitch your book to our panel of judges. They get one minute each to tell you why you’ll never get published in a million billion years (or why they want to see your manuscript in their in-box asap!). BookThug Managing Editor Jenny Sampirisi and Joyland Editor Emily Schultz join writer Hal Niedzviecki as on-stage judges. Participants can register in advance at the Canzine website or just show up day of (space permitting).
Canzine is made possible by grants from the Toronto Arts Council, the Ontario Arts Council, and the Canada Council for the Arts. Canzine is supported by the following most excellent sponsors: Tightrope Books, Magazines Canada, Mint Records, Open Book Toronto, Guerilla Printing, Invisible Publishing, City of Craft, Book Thug, Coach House Books, CIUT 89.5, and Now Magazine. 

Canzine is an annual event organized by
Broken Pencil, the Magazine of Zine Culture and the Independent Arts.
Broken Pencil, PO Box 203, Station P, Toronto, ON, M5S 2S7 

email:, phone  416 204 1700

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Two Readings Not to be missed!

To see the Facebook Event, go HERE for Vanessa Place, and HERE for Charles Bernstein.

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Good mischief is afoot at TNSoW this Fall

Hello friends of Toronto New School of Writing —

Writers make good tricksters, and we have so many mischievous souls this fall that it might be hard to keep your eye on them. And maybe you’ve not yet heard that TNSoW has ambitiously started a visiting writers reading series? Tricksters indeed. Well here are the upcoming events and workshops, all obediently set in a row!

FYI: there’s still room to sign up for all workshops so jump to

Oct 23: Problems and Possibilities of Positionality: Writing From/Away/Without/Toward/Multiples Of/Embodied Within the “I” with visiting writer CARA BENSON. 1 day.

Oct 30: The Nothingness Shows Through, radically evil poetics with visiting writer VANESSA PLACE. 1 day.

Nov 6: The Attack of the Difficult Poems: Close Encounters with Poetics (Say, Do You Have a Poetics?) with visiting writer CHARLES BERNSTEIN. 1 day.

Nov. 27 | Feb 26 | June 18: Three From Grapefruit by Yoko Ono with poet extraordinaire SOUVANKHAM THAMMAVONGSA

NEW!Dec 4 & Dec 5: EAR KNOWS THROAT: An interrogation of belief and hope through sound and text with peripatetic poet A.RAWLINGS. 2 days.

NEW! (Details coming soon!)Dec 11: Intro to Innovative Writing with Jenny Sampirisi. A free one day workshop for those interested in learning about and participating in the production of the types of works presented at TNSoW.

TNSoW Visiting Writers Reading Series!
Make our first events a success…by attending!

CARA BENSON READING Oct 22nd, as part of the Avant Garden Reading Series:

VANESSA PLACE READINGOct 30th, 7:30pm918 Bathurst Street

CHARLES BERNSTEIN READINGNov 6th, 7:30pm918 Bathurst Street

Hope to see you out!Jay &enny

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Interview with Cara Benson

Hop on over to the Book Thug Q&A section to read an interview with Cara Benson about her book (made).

Or click here!

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BookThugs make the ReLit Long List

Quill and Quire has released the long list for the ReLit awards, and not one, not two, but three BookThug titles are on the list! Clint Burnham’s The Benjamin Sonnets, Rob Budde’s Declining America, and Erin Moure and Oanna Avasilichioaei’s Expeditions of a Chimaera have all been selected.

Read the full long list here.

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Attention Doodlers! Announcing the What is a Bookthug? ART CONTEST!

All are welcome! Tell your friends!

BookThug invites artists/graphic designers/amateurs/mutants to submit visual work inspired by the idea of “bookthug.” Participants are asked to freely and imaginatively interpret the ideas of bookthug, bookthuggery, or bookthuggism in a visual still media of their choice. Successful entries will be included in an exhibition during BookThug’s Fall 2010 book launch. The winner will have their design represented on BookThug t-shirts and will gain consideration for future BookThug book covers. Send low res jpegs of submissions to by August 31 2010. For more information go to

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angela carr reads from the rose concordance

angela carr reading from the Rose Concordance

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Look at all the Thugs!

They say you can’t hurl a stone without hitting a Thug in Vancouver. Someone says that. Or they might if they were at the Charles Olson Conference last week.

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