Patrick M. Pilarski is the co-editor of DailyHaiku, an international journal of contemporary English-language haiku, and poetry editor for its new sister publication DailyHaiga. His first full-length collection, Huge Blue, was released in 2009 by Leaf Press, and he is the author of two chapbooks, most recently Contemplating Vows, written with Nicole Pakan. Patrick's writing has appeared in journals and anthologies across North America, Europe, Australia, and Japan, and on CBC Radio One as part of the CBC Poetry Face-off. He has served as Vice President of the League of Canadian Poets, and is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Alberta. Read More →

Huge Blue Launch Party
29 August 2009

The time has come to take that little entry you made in your calendar for Sept. 17th and circle it in red pen. Then add the following underneath:

Huge Blue Launch Party
Thursday, Sept. 17th
The Kasbar Lounge, below Yianni's Taverna
10444 - Whyte Ave, Edmonton, Alberta
doors open at 7:00 p.m., event start time 7:45 p.m.

There will be wine. There will be food. There will poetry and festivities. And there will be lots of beautiful little books for sale. Be there or be (probably) in a place with less food, drink, poetry, and merriment.

The official launch announcement can be found here. For those who can't make the launch but still want to hear some verse, tour details and additional readings will be announced soon. Huge Blue is coming soon to a city near you.

Oh, and if you haven't already, go pick up a copy of the recently released literary sensation Waiting for Columbus by Thomas Trofimuk (McClelland & Stewart, 2009). I bought it on the first day it came out. I couldn't put it down. I spent the rest of the week in my bathrobe reading, secluded from the world, not showering, because Trofimuk weaves that good a story. If I smell odd and look malnourished, it's all Trofimuk's fault. So wash your bathrobe, set aside a few days worth of pre-made meals, then go buy the book. Trust me. Or, if perhaps you don't trust my literary judgment (gasp), how about that of MacLean's Magazine or The Globe and Mail? You won't be disappointed, and you'll likely be blown away.


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