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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Occasional Blooms

BookThug Managing Editor Jenny Sampirisi and BookThug Poet Angela Carr read from Carr's The Rose Concordance as part of AvantGarden's Occasional Blooms series.

*photo taken by Ralph Kolewe

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Angela Carr Reading Tonight!

Angela Carr, whose latest book of poetry, The Rose Concordance, was recently published by BookThug, will be reading tonight with Sachiko Murakami as part of AvantGarden’s Occasional Blooms series. After Monday night’s lovely inaugural AvantGarden readings, including Jenny Sampirisi, Margaret Christakos and Robin Richardson, tonight’s Occasional Blooms are sure to impress!

Readings start at 9pm at This Ain’t The Rosedale Library – You can find more info here

And why not get into the poetic mood by listening to what Carr has to say about her BookThug book?

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The Literature of the Future, Today!

Thank you to all who faced the heat and possible storm to come out to BookThug’s Spring 2010 launch – it was a great success! The space at Supermarket was filled with literary revelry and the energy from the readings inspired a great buzz afterwards at the book table.

After some shameless self promotion from BookThug’s publisher Jay MillAr, the readings were kicked off by David Dowker from his new BookThug book, Machine Language. Performances continued into the evening and included a stunningly vocal reading by Cara Benson from her new book, (MADE); a visual treat by Mark Laliberte from his graphic poetry creation, BRICKBRICKBRICK; a preview (with the aid of Lily Hoang) into the inaugural contents of the periodical, The Coming Envelope, edited by Malcolm Sutton; an eloquent glimpse into the lives within Jason Dickson’s new book, Glenn Piano by Gladys Priddis; and traces of Mark Goldstein’s Tracelanguage. Mark also took the opportunity on stage to call everyone present ‘mutants’ – a label which most BookThuggers would probably readily accept. A full list with descriptions of all the new BookThug titles and their mutant authors can be found here.

Whether we are mutant cyborgs from the future, or lost little children using our small hands to retrieve the bullet from inside our fathers’ stomachs, BookThuggery persists! And Thursday night proved it. Thank you again to a lovely audience, and a wonderful group of readers!

Take a look at the pictures to see if we caught your smiling face on camera:


A packed house at Supermarket.

Jay MillAr gets the night rolling.

Cara Benson reads from (MADE).

Mark Laliberte talks about BRICKBRICKBRICK.

Mark Goldstein, author of Tracelanguage, is actually more excited about his latest album release.

Malcolm Sutton talks to The Coming Envelope contributor, Lily Hoang.

Happy audience members!

Happy interns swoon over BookThug creations.

Co-owner of This Ain't the Rosedale Library, Jesse Huisken chats with upcoming Thug Mark Truscott whose poetry book Nature will be out later this year.

Angela Szczepaniak looking studiously into Mark Laliberte's BRICKBRICKBRICK. Szczepaniak wrote the afterword to this gem of a book.

*Photo credits go to BookThug’s Managing Editor Jenny Sampirisi and Lainna Lane

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BookThug BookLaunch! 27 May 2010!

Dear Friends of BookThug,

Over the past few weeks new books have been pouring into the realm of the readable from BookThug Headquarters. This is a reminder that on Thursday 27 May 2010 there is a great big BookThug launch party from 6 to 8 at Supermarket in Kensington. Could there be anything more interesting than to experience the literature of the future right now in the present? We hope that you are free to come out to celebrate with the following BookThugs who are launching their new books:

Tracelanguage by Mark Goldstein
(made) by Cara Benson
Glenn Piano by Gladdys Priddis by Jason Dickson
Now Lays the Sunshine By by Andrew Hughes

Other new books will be available with authors in absentia:

Machine Language by David Dowker
Tale Light: New & Selected Poems by Karen Mac Cormack
World News Story by Michael Woods
Exit North by Joseph Massey
Game Show Reversed by kevin mcpherson eckhoff
Be Mine by Shannon Bramer
105 posbL resons 4t ;; of thot by Donato Mancini

Also being launched is The Coming Envelope, a new bi-annual periodical edited by Malcolm Sutton that explores the world of experimental prose via BookThug’s Department of Narrative Studies. The first issue, published in a limited edition of 150 copies with letterpress covers features new work by Jacob Wren, Sheila Heti, Lily Hoang & Debra Di Blasi, John Goldbach, and Lee Henderson. Lily Hoang will be “on hand” to help launch this new venture.

These items are all available to peruse and purchase at our website:

Readings start at 6:30 sharp. Drop everything and be there!

Good Things,
Jay MillAr

BookThug Spring Launch
Thursday 27 May 2010, 6-8pm
Supermarket, 268 Augusta Avenue

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