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2012 Robert Kroetsch Award Winner Announced


Snare Books is pleased to announce the winner of the 2012 Robert Kroetsch Award!

The winner is Laura Broadbent, for her book, OH THERE YOU ARE, I CAN’T SEE YOU, IS IT RAINING? 

An experiment in hybrid and versatility of voice, these texts stutter around the slipperiness of language and the transience of desire. The first section is an exercise in paradox wherein language as medium breaks free of signification and desire, knowing very well that language is inextricable from desire. The second section concedes that language may be inescapable yet its borders and meanings must and can be moveable, so that through the decomposition of what has been said or written the new may sustain itself on the dregs of the past. The third section is a burlesque reflection on the kaleidoscopic incarnations of Eros as it passes through assorted personalities and neuroses, that is, a chorus of anonymous men, all in various states of confusion about love. Each man is but a different face on the ten-thousand-sided-dice of the same drive wherein gender stereotypes are inflated to show their contours, exposing romantic desire as it is: essential, absurd, random, hideous, and blind.

Laura Broadbent was raised in Stratford, Ontario and has lived in Montreal since 2005. This is her first book. We would like to send our congratulations to her, as well as to all our entries. The shortlist can be found 

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Helen Hajnoczky Appearing at the Grey Borders Reading Series

Helen Hajnoczky, author of Poets and Killers will be appearing at the Grey Borders Reading Series on March 16 in Saint Catherines, ON. Hajnoczky plans to read both from Poets and Killers and new works. Grey Borders Reading Series Friday 16 March 2012 @ 7pm Niagara Artists Centre (354 St. Paul Street, St. Catharines, Ontario) … Continue reading


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