Join Room at The Toronto Indie Arts Market for their Small Press & Literary Festival! 70 vendors of small press, zines, comics, magazines, books, chapbooks, paper goods and more take over the main floor of the Gladstone Hotel for a one-day celebration of indie literature.
Location: The Gladstone Hotel (1214 Queen Street West, MJ6 1J6)
Admission: $5, partial proceeds to local literacy charities.
Time: Sunday May 25th at 10:30 am - 4:30pm
Following the success of Maidenhead, which won The Believer Book Award in 2012, was short-listed for the Trillium Book Award in 2013, and was the most reviewed book of 2012 according to the Canadian Women in the Literary Arts Count, Coach House Books has released revised versions of Berger’s two earlier novels, Lie With Me (1999) andThe Way of the Whore (2001), in a single volume titled Little Cat.
Lie With Me opens with a young woman’s unapologetic acknowledgment of desire and how her needs don’t fit the narrative assigned to her. When men experience sexual pleasure, she feels it’s localized, but for women, she finds it easier to become disconnected from the sensation; she says that a woman “can get lost trying to know herself” (p.8). Then later on the same page she continues with this same line of thought: “[b]eing a slut kind of implies getting lost, going astray.” In this rambling confession, she desperately seeks affirmation or at least acknowledgement that her desire, her want, is as valid as a man’s, yet remains afraid of the label, slut, and what it might imply.
ROOM: What inspired you to found Quaint Magazine?
KIA: Sometime in 2013 I read an article by author/publicist/international poet of mystery Monica Lita Storss about the gender divide in publishing, specifically with a view to hiring and publication in the world of poetry. The article is an explanation and defense of what is known as “Broetry” (Storss describes it as “a gorgeous male tribalism that reaches deep through shared history and experience, to a place beyond the snap of a hot August cross-breeze and tilted beers”). Her eventual conclusion is that men have the upper hand in the literary world because they “tribe” in a way that women do not, and that if only we tried a little harder we’d clearly all be as happy and professionally successful as she is. She also implied that few women were really trying. This pissed me off for a number of reasons (the author makes numerous assumptions about women and women in publishing/literature that I find to be either blatantly untrue or downright offensive), but ironically, it also motivated me to do exactly what she suggested. I started my own goddamn magazine, as a sort of reactionary middle-finger response both to this woman’s article, and to the VIDA stats that bear out what most women already knew/felt in their bones: that there’s nowhere near an equal representation of women in the publishing world. It wasn’t really a revolutionary act - many, many people are working hard to represent literary women. But I figured one more magazine couldn’t hurt (plus I like to think Quaint is developing a kind of unique aesthetic)!
SOLEIL: tl;dr: fuck broets
Room Magazine will feature Montreal-based poet, editor, and translator Erín Moure as our commissioned writer for issue 38.1, In Translation, edited by Rachel Thompson and due out March 2015.
A prolific writer of 17 poetry collections, Moure has been nominated for five Governor General’s Awards, and won the GG in 1988 for Furious. Her most recent collection, The Unmemntioable (House of Anansi, 2012) was short-listed for the Kobzar Literary Award and the Re-Lit Award.
Originally from Alberta but currently living in Montreal, Moure has translated 12 books of poetry, including (with Robert Masjzels)Notebooks of Roses and Civilization by Quebecois poet Nicole Brossard. She has also translated poetry originally written in Galician, Spanish and Portuguese.