If Body Work begins by writing desire through a belief in the stability of the physical body, this is undone in exploring symptoms of disease, new self-knowledge and rewriting one’s personal story. Because Body Work explicitly undertakes to write of a protracted and often painful period of chronic illness, these poems complicate notions of ability and disability. >>
The Time Between is a series of conversations with a contemplative heft, only in this case infected and inflected by operation-manual speech and military-industrial-complex mores and malaise—as if the other had been forced to contemplate violence in a real way, had been forced out into the crowded world, forced to let in multiple and troubled points of view. >>
The horizon is a type of boundary phenomenon. This book embraces the horizon literally understood, as the apparent boundary between earth and sky. It also draws on various metaphorical horizons, tracing the limits of human perception, knowledge and experience. >>
In the west coast Vancouver Island native village of Kitsum, where everyone knows everyone's business, sixteen-year-old Brenda Joe’s pregnancy is only the first of many secrets and betrayals that threaten to tear her family apart. >>
Street grids give way to arterial passageways where blood flows and nerve endings fire through bodies that are fearful, mysterious, or libidinous. These are poems of varied anatomies, where death and desire take unexpected directions, and share the same air. >>
POEM OF THE WEEK
by Michael Pacey
1. There are so many things about rain / I know only when I'm asleep / 2. The air becomes charged — / just before the switch, you can taste it — / the leaves turn their white undersides up, / eyes roll back, a different current / begins to flow. / 3. Rain comes like sleep — a lilted whisper. / … ...
“Karen Charleson, author of Through Different Eyes, is featured on the cover of BC BookWorld's Summer Issue Set on Northern Vancouver Island, Through Different Eyes is a moving and memorable novel that is fuelled by compassion and wisdom– Charleson succeeds in making the reader care about…...” >>
— BC BookWorld Summer Issue
“Regina writer Marlis Wesseler is back on the stands with a new novel, The Last Chance Ladies’ Book Club. The story takes place in a retirement/nursing home called Pleasant Manor in a small town relatively handy to both Prince Albert and Saskatoon. Four women, principal among them Eleanor
— Bill Robertson
Saskatoon Star Phoenix
“After publishing three science textbooks, a series of articles, opinion pieces for newspapers and scholarly journals, Karen Charleson has made the giant leap to published novelist. Set in the fictional West Coastvillage of Kitsum, the story of 16-year-old Brenda Joe is told through the eyes of three local women.
— Shane Morrow
In Saskatoon, on August 17, Tenille K. Campbell will participate in a discussion forum hosted by Betty-Ann Heggi, former Senior
VP, Corporate Relations at PotashCorp and creator of the Womentorship program. This event will bring together Canada’s leading women executives and thinkers from across the country.