Event: Canada Reads PoetryApril 15, 2011
I’m participating as a panelist in the Canada Reads Poetry project hosted online by the National Post and CBC Books. The project was generated in response to last summer’s 10th annual Canada Reads tournament, which very purposefully excluded poetry from the running. This contest runs a little differently, with each of the panelists offering an initial essay in defence of a book of poems, followed by an live chat online in which the panelists will take questions from moderators and the public. Then a public vote will decide “which poetry book Canada should read” together. Mostly this gives me a chance to highlight a book I think deserved a wider audience when it came out.
The panelists and books are:
- Sonnet L’Abbe defending Rita Wong’s Forage
- Jacob McArthur Mooney defending Erin Moure’s Sheep’s Vigil by a Fervent Person
- George Murray defending Dionne Brand’s Inventory
- Susan Musgrave defending Alden Nowlan’s Selected Poems
- Anne Simpson defending Anne Carson’s Nox
Great list of books, any of which would be an interesting exercise in communal reading. At this point there are still two essays to come, and then the live chat is next Thursday at 2pm EST. Should be interesting to see how it goes!