Fall Lineup Announced

It’s finally here! All five books, including this year’s Robert Kroetsh Award winner, can be found here.

Kennedy Wins!  Kennedy Wins!

Snare Books is pleased to announce that Jake Kennedy, of Kelowna BC, is the winner of the 2010 Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry. Kennedy’s collection of poems entitled The Lateral will be published with Snare Books in the fall of 2010.  This year’s judge was Sina Queyras.

Publishers Weekly Digs The Taste of Penny

Publishers Weekly has gotten itself ahold of a copy of the US edition of Jeff Parker’s The Taste of Penny (Dzanc, April.)  Even though it has words like ‘centre’ mispelled, and there’s a horrific lack of u’s where u’s should be, there’s also some extra treats in there.  Check it out when it becomes available in April so that you can own both issues.

“Ten dark, suspenseful, and tightly wound stories teeter on the edge of catastrophe and the surreal piecing-back-together of life afterwards… these stories are haunting and constantly surprising.”

Read the full review here.

New Work from that Spry Kid

The Puritan, a once thought dead lit journal, is back in fine online fashion.  The new issue, on virtual shelves now, has a new poem by Mike Spry (JACK, 2008). Head over to The Puritan to have look.  There’s a piece by Snare friend John Goldbach as well.  Huzzah!

Jeff Parker is Terrific

Winnipeg’s Uptown takes a look at Jeff Parker’s The Taste of Penny.  Read the full review here.

“Parker fills this terrific little book with memorable, absurd images…The back cover features a blurb by American short-story god George Saunders, who calls Parker a master. Who am I to disagree?” – Uptown

A Good Man at FVA in Montreal

Snare’s Ian Christopher Goodman (Generator, 2010) will be appearing as part of this year’s Festival Voix d’Ameriques in Montreal on February 6th.  Find the multilingual details ici.

The Globe and Mail Reviews Kim Minkus’ Thresh

“…offers readers much to admire in its distinctively deft and deliberate lexical inversions, not to mention its slyly erotic supra-textual subversions. This is a solid and satisfying follow-up to the relative new-comer’s critically acclaimed 2007 debut, 9 Freight.”   Read the full review here.

JACK Shortlisted for A.M. Klein Prize, and its trailer discovered in Ecuador

Mike Spry’s collection of poetry, JACK, was recently shortlisted for the QWF’s A.M. Klein Prize for Poetry.  Coincidentally, while on assignment in Ecuador fellow Snare author Ian Orti (The Olive and the Dawn) uncovered the long lost JACK book trailer.  Have a peak.  Then run to your local bookery and purchase JACK.  A wonderful Valentine’s gift if ever there was one.

Dowling’s Security Posture “Puts Meaning to Test”

Count The Winnipeg Free Press as a new fan of Sarah Dowling’s debut collection.

“Dowling’s painfully precise poems work inside the hairline fissures of language”

“…finds the possibility of redemption and healing in Dowling’s linguistic armour.”

Jeff Parker Can’t Lose

… or so suggests his new interview with Broken Pencil. Read Parker’s thoughts on Master’s programs, literature across the Canada-US border, and why most of his revisions involve “surgery on syntax.” 

Snare Authors’ New Chapbooks are Beautiful Outlaws

Snare authors Angela Carr (Ropewalk) and Jay MillAr (the small blue) are two of six to release new chapbooks in the Handwerk series with Beautiful Outlaw Press. The other authors include Erin Moure, Phil Hall, Oana Avasilichioaei, and Mark Goldstein. Sixty deluxe slip-cased sets are available. Check them out here.

Snare Author Jeff Parker Gets All Russian


Snare Books author Jeff Parker (The Taste of Penny) recently spoke with The National Post about the anthology of new Russian fiction he edited with Mikhail Iossel, from Tin House books called Rasskazy. The stories in Rasskazy: New Fiction from a New Russia present twenty-two depictions of the new Russia from its most talented young writers.  Check it out here.  And then get yourself down to your local bookery to purchase a copy of Parker’s wonderful new collection from Snare, The Taste of Penny.

Win the 5 New Snare Titles from Largehearted Boy

Music and lit blog Largehearted Boy has taken a shine to the new Snare books.  Check it out and enter to win all 5 here.

“…an impressive independent publisher willing to take risks.”                                                                                                                    largeheartedboy.com

The Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry

We’re now accepting submissions for the annual Kroetsch Award, with a deadline of January 31, 2010.  The RKAIP is awarded annually to the best poetry manuscript by an emerging Canadian writer (a writer who has published two books or less). Each year the winning manuscript will be selected by an established poet in co-operation with Snare Books. This year’s judge is Sina Queyras.

The winner receives a trade paperback contract with Snare Books which will include the publication of the manuscript and a $500 honorarium.  Check out the full details here.

Spry is Bukowski is Purdy

Vallum Magazine is quite fond of Mike Spry’s JACK.

“…the makings of classic Canadiana.”

“…a more obsessive, quirky, and pop-cultured version of Charles Bukowski…JACK fits into a poetic tradition of epic masculine (and particularly North American) longing, and does so with a deftness of emotion and specificity of image that places Spry on par with such predecessors.”

Montreal Launch of Ian Orti’s The Olive and the Dawn

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filling Station Reviews JACK

Calgary’s filling Station #45 features a review of Mike Spry’s JACK, calling it among other things “Cohen-esque.”  Find the issue, hot off the presses, at your local magazinery.

Malla keeps on keepin’ on

Snare congratulates  Pasha Malla (All our grandfathers are ghosts, 2008) on two recent awards wins: the Trillium Book Award and the Danuta Gleed Literary Award for the incomparable short story collection The Withdrawal Method (House of Anansi, 2008).  Next stop for Malla?  A Berton House Residency, and apparently new headphones.

Coming this Fall from Snare


Pre-Order All Fall 2009 Titles Now

Pasha Malla finalist for Trillium Award

Pasha Malla (All our grandfathers are ghosts, 2008) has been nominated for a Trillium Award for his collection of short stories, The Withdrawal Method (House of Anansi, 2008).  See the other finalists here.

The Olive and the Dawn is coming

Olive Trailer

Ian Orti’s debut collection explores, with tenderness and hilarity, the grey zones of life:  the psychological non-space people find themselves once the reference points that shaped their existence suddenly become stripped away.  Watch the wicked awesome trailer for The Olive and the Dawn.

Pasha Malla featured in The National Post’s Afterword as part of NaPoMo

Pasha Malla, author of 2008’s All our grandfathers are ghosts, was recently featured in The National Post’s Afterword, answering their poet questionnaire  as part of National Poetry Month.  Malla cited the need to include “real poets” (the man is incredibly humble) and was kind enough to include fellow Snare authors Zoe Whittall and Mike Spry, as well as Snare Editor-in-Chief Jon Paul Fiorentino among others.  Check it out here.

Snare authors Natalie Zina Walschots and Mike Spry 30 in 30

Also as a part of National Poetry Month, Seen Reading’s Julie Wilson put together the amazing 30 in 30 project.  Writers were asked to record a poem of their own and a cover poem to be archived on the site.  Snare’s Natalie Zina Walschots (Thumbscrews 2007) and Mike Spry (JACK 2008) both contributed.  Listen to all of the great readings here.

The Utne Reader thinks Snare writers are funny.  In a good way…

The Utne Reader recently reviewed Pasha Malla’s All our grandfathers are ghosts and Mike Spry’s JACK.  They dug the books, and Snare itself.  Read the full review here.

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