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And on to St. George

Isn’t it about time for a nice weekend drive in the country? We’ll be at the pastoral Adelaide Hunter Hoodless Homestead at 2 pm to launch new Mansfield titles. Please join us.

Nelson launch

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Mansfield on the Road!

First day of the spring launch tour! We are in Montreal tonight, Kingston tomorrow and Toronto on Tuesday. 7 PM in all locations. Please join us, we haven’t seen you in a while!

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Rishma Dunlop October 19, 1956 – April 17, 2016

 

It is with great sadness that I must share the news that our beloved colleague and friend Rishma Dunlop died last Sunday after an heroic battle with cancer. Her association with Mansfield was long and fruitful, resulting in four books over the years, beginning with her first, The Body of My Garden, back in 2002, and ending with Lover Through Departure, New and Selected Poems in 2011. Rishma had a natural elegance about her that carried over into her poetry and into her work as an educator. With that first book she set out to embrace an artistic life with a fierce work ethic that resulted in a remarkable body of work in many genres. Her website will give a better idea of the breadth of her accomplishments, including her books with other publishers, but it doesn’t begin to document the influence her mentorship and cultural initiatives had on all those who were lucky enough to witness them. Those people carry something of Rishma into their own work still, which is why her loss is particularly keen for so many.

Priscila Uppal, who co-edited the Red Silk anthology with Rishma, posted a lovely remembrance of her and their time together on the York University website. It’s worth a read. Priscila will be joining us at our spring book launch in Toronto on Tuesday April 26 at the Monarch Tavern to speak about Rishma and to read a little bit of her work. On Rishma’s website you can find a video of her Fulbright reading, recorded when she was the Fulbright Research Chair in Creative Writing at Arizona State University.

A memorial reception will be held for family and friends on Wednesday, April 27 at Mount Pleasant Funeral Home, 375 Mount Pleasant Road (east gate entrance) at 6pm.  Visitation will start at 5pm and run until 8pm. Condolences and other messages can be sent to www.etouch.ca.

Our condolences to Rishma’s husband David Sobelman, to her daughters Rachel and Cara, and to all her family and friends. She will be missed.

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Mansfield Press spring 2016 launch tour

We’re happy to be hitting the road again to bring you five amazing new poetry books! So far we have dates for Montreal, Kingston, Toronto and Paris. Stay tuned for Lunenburg, Nova Scotia!

But first, the books:

Nelson Ball, Chewing Water
Alice Burdick, Book of Short Sentences
Sarah Burgoyne, Saint Twin
Jason Heroux, Hard Work Cheering Up Sad Machines
Eva HD, Shiner

Sunday, April 24, 7 pm: Montreal
Copacabana, 3910 Blvd St Laurent

Monday, April 25, 7 pm: Kingston
Novel Idea, 156 Princess Street

Tuesday, April 26, 7 pm: Toronto
Monarch Tavern, 12 Clinton Street

Saturday, April 30, 2 pm: St. George
Adelaide Hunter Hoodless Homestead, 359 Blue Lake Road, St. George, ON

The launches in Montreal, Kingston, and Toronto will feature readings by Burdick, Burgoyne, Heroux and HD, and Stuart Ross reading for Nelson Ball. In St. George there will be readings by Alice Burdick and Brian David Johnstone, reading for Nelson Ball.

Hosted by Mansfield Press publisher/editor Denis De Klerck and editor Stuart Ross.

Come join us!

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Mansfield Press on the Road!

It’s that time of year again, when we finally get to share the marvellous projects we have been working on, and you get a chance to meet our authors up close and personal. Posted below you will find an updated launch schedule. We hope you can join us along the way. It’s time we had a little visit, isn’t it?

Those of you in Toronto who can’t make the launches may want to drop in and see the new books at the marvellous Meet the Presses Indie Literary Market. You’ll find some amazing authors and amazing publishers, and if you are there at the right time, you can celebrate the announcement of this year’s bpNichol Chapbook Award. We will be at the Tranzac Club (292 Brunswick Ave., Toronto) Saturday November 14, from 12 pm until 5 pm.

All Launches

 

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