Monday, 2 February 2015

LONE SURVIVORS: How we came to be the only humans on earth, by Chris Stringer

This remarkable book, by Chris Stringer, is filled with whole sections I'd like to quote, but I thought this paragraph might be particularly inspiring to anyone working on a large project (and life itself, of course, is a large project - so really anyone might find this interesting!):

". . .In July 1971 I left the United Kingdom on a trip to museums and research institutes in ten European countries. The aim was to gather as many data as possible on the Neanderthals and their modern-looking successors in Europe, the Cro-Magnons, to see whether the evolutionary pattern was one of continuity or rupture. I only had a modest grant from the Medical Research Council for a four month trip, and so I drove my old car, sleeping in it, camping, or staying in youth hostels - in Belgium I even spent one night in a shelter for the homeless. I survived many adventures, including several border confrontations and two robberies, but by the end of my 5,000 mile trip I had collected one of the largest data sets of Neanderthal and early modern skull measurements assembled by anyone up to that time."
(pg. 19)

Monday, 26 January 2015

The Globe and Mail - The 50 Most Anticipated Books Of 2015

The 50 Most Anticipated Books Of 2015

The Globe and Mail, 2015

Starred review from Publishers Weekly for Sidewalk Flowers

Editions of Sidewalk Flowers

The first five editions! So beautiful! Very exciting. . . December 2, 2014

Groundwood Cover

The cover of Groundwood's spring catalogue. . .this is a detail from Sidewalk Flowers (also to be known as Footpath Flowers, Les fleurs poussent aussi sur les troittoirs, Les Fleurs de la Ville, and Flores Mágicas)... December 3, 2014

Interview with JonArno Lawson

Interview with JonArno Lawson

Lion and the Unicorn Award

Noelle Allen
December 13, 2014
Congratulations to JonArno Lawson and Robert Priest for being recognized by the 2014 Lion and Unicorn Award for Excellence in North American Poetry for young people! JonArno won the award for his collection Enjoy it While it Hurts, and Robert Priest received an honorable mention for Rosa Rose. The Lion and the Unicorn has been awarded since 2005, and is followed up by essays about the winning books. Essays on this years winners will be available next year, but here is a link to some of their previous essays, published by John Hopkins University:

Arc Poetry - Enjoy it While it Hurts

Oh, Humanity: JonArno Lawson’s Enjoy it While it Hurts


The Cambridge History of American Poetry

The Cambridge History of American Poetry

I just found out that there's a section on my children's poetry in the new Cambridge History of American Poetry. . .!

Skyping, November 19, 2014

A great time yesterday, Skyping with these students at SFU
November 19, 2014

The Lunchbox Season

Our “Out of Trouble” Books

November 24, 2014

Dirty Dozen Interview

Dirty Dozen

Interview, October 11, 2012

The Poetry Of Growing Up

The Poetry Of Growing Up

Globe and Mail Review, 2010

The Star - Small Print: Another JonArno Lawson Poetry Treat

Small Print: Another JonArno Lawson Poetry Treat

Review in The Star, 2010

0s &1s - Bottom of the Box

Bottom of the Box Review

Dig! Magazine - A Voweller's Aspirations

A Voweller's Aspirations

Dig! Magazine Review, 2008

Greenboathouse Press Review

Review of This (And That Was That)


Inside Out- The Guardian (Critics' Choice)

Inside Out- The Guardian (Critics' Choice)

Review in The Guardian, 2008