Descant would like to recommend Pilot Pocket Book 7. The launch will take place at Toronto’s Tequila Bookworm, on Sunday Nov 7 at 6pm. There will be live performances, readings and an art auction. It’s set to be a great night for all!
By the way, Descant’s own Managing Editor Mark Laliberte has a project in Pilot 7, so don’t forget to pick up a copy.
If you want to know more about The Pilot Project then head over to their website by clicking here
Reminder to those of you in Toronto to come join us and celebrate the launch of our fall issue (D150) — the first of our special 40th anniversary year!
Make sure to RSVP to the Facebook event.
Wednesday, July 14, 2010 / 7:30pm
Bar Italia (582 College Street, Toronto)
Come celebrate with us at the launch of our exciting summer issue, Descant 149: Summer and Smoke: The Search for Values. Held at the Bar Italia, the night will be filled with food and drink, as well as readings from our D149 contributors: Roxanna Bennett, Lauren Carter, Glenn Hayes, David Mason and Douglas Rodger.
Summer and Smoke: The Search for Values explores travel and investigation of place and self. The issue features a diverse range of local and international writers that invite you to engage with them in a journey around the world — from Douglas Rodger’s rich and vibrant travel log from his trip to Hanoi to Leslie Palleson’s compelling portrait of a couple during an ill-fated trip through Peru. You will also get a chance to read an introspective essay by Alberto Manguel, which will transport you to his home city of Buenos Aires. You’ll definitely want to pick up a copy of this special issue featuring many other talented artists and writers who will entice you to travel!
Don’t miss this important night! Make sure to RSVP to the Facebook event.
You can catch a sneak preview of D149: Summer and Smoke: The Search for Values, on our website.
BookThug, Toronto publisher of the innovative and the experimental, is launching its Spring 2010 line-up next week!
On Thursday May 27 starting at 6 PM come and celebrate BookThug’s fantastic new line at the Supermarket (268 Augusta Ave in Kensington Market). The launch will feature a number of readings by a variety of talented BookThug writers: Cara Benson, Jason Dickson, Mark Goldstein, Andrew Hughes and Mark Laliberte — Descant’s own Managing Editor, who somehow found the time to write a book (sort of) while keeping the magazine together. Well played, Mark!
With work that ranges from imaginative lyrics to experimental constructions — and from crafted sensation to verbal transmutation — it’s bound to be an interesting night. Don’t miss it!
Read BookThug’s own announcement about this event …
To see the full list of BookThug Spring 2010 titles, click here …
Descant 148: The Search for Happiness / Descant Spring Issue Launch
Monday, April 19, 2010 / 7:30pm
The Victory Cafe (581 Markham Street, 2nd Floor)
It’s that time again, literary ladies and gents! Descant is launching its 2010 spring reader at The Victory Cafe, featuring readings by contributors Emi Benn, Roo Borson, David Day, Larry Frolick and Alex Pugsley.
Entitled The Search for Happiness, this issue tackles one of life’s greatest struggles for the unobtainable through poetry, fiction, memoirs and travel essays. Can a person ever obtain genuine satisfaction? Contributing editors Mark Kingwell and Rosemary Sullivan delve thoughtfully into the topic, while long-time Descant writer Larry Frolick offers up his memoir-in-progress, “Dark Side of the Moon.” Descant 148 also features portfolio and cover art from acclaimed artist Anitra Hamilton, and portfolios from American sculptor Jim Hake and Canadian media-artist John Massey.
Expect another bang-on event of delectable ideas and riveting readings! Don’t forget to RSVP to the Facebook event.
You can catch a sneak peek of our beautiful new issue on our website HERE.
Wednesday, March 31, 2010 / 7-9pm
The Gardiner Museum, Terrace Room (111 Queen’s Park, Toronto)
Descant is excited to announce that our outreach program, NOW HEAR THIS!, will be launching it’s newest anthology, The Barracuda! This 2-colour, book-length anthology contains the best student writing from NHT!’s 2009 S.W.A.T. (Students, Writers & Teachers) creative writing workshops, which partner professional Toronto writers with youth around the city. The Barracuda showcases student written stories, poems and personal essays, along with creative pieces from S.W.A.T. Writers-in-Residence Andrew Daley, Desi Di Nardo, Larry Frolick, Rebecca Rosenblum, Jenny Sampirisi, Julia Tausch and Aaron Tucker. Gorgeous illustrations therein are provided by Toronto artist/cartoonist Marc Ngui.
This launch promises to be NHT!‘s biggest event of the year, featuring readings by students and S.W.A.T. Writers-in-Residence, food, and friends. Be sure you don’t miss it!
RSVP to the Facebook event HERE!
Thursday, January 28, 2010 / 7:30pm
The Arts and Letters Club of Toronto
14 Elm Street, Toronto
DESCANT invites you to celebrate with us at the official launch of 147, our Dance-themed issue!
Join us on Thursday, January 28 at the Arts and Letters Club of Toronto — one of the oldest arts venues in the country — for an event that promises to be as beautiful and aesthetically stimulating as the issue itself.
Blending muse and movement, the evening will feature a unique showcase of readings, film presentations and dance performances by our talented contributors, guest editors and friends.
Authors Vickie Fagan, Johanna Householder and Andrew Smith will share the stage with former dancers (and current DESCANT co-editors) Nadia Szilvassy, Alex Maeve Campbell and Mary Newberry, as well as Tom Brouillette. Special screenings of films by Danny Grossman and Vickie Fagan will also play throughout the evening.
ALSO! Be sure to listen for DESCANT 147: Dance guest editors Larissa Kostoff, Mary Newberry and Nadia Szilvassy on CIUT 89.5 FM on Sunday, January 24 at 9am. They’ll be special guests on the U of T’s campus radio program Evi-Dance, a weekly program dedicated to the wide, wide world of dance, to talk about our fabulous new issue and its forthcoming launch party. Check out evidanceradio.com for more.
From our editors’ mouths to your ears and beyond!
This is the first DESCANT event of 2010 — we look forward to seeing you there!