September 26, 2009
One of the best things about publishing a music. literature, and pop culture blog is the pleasant surprises each day's mail brings. Usually it is a single band, author, or DVD that catches my eye or ear, the other day an entire publisher amazed me when these five books showed up in the post.
Snare Books' mandate is to "publish emerging and innovative writers who work in the experimental Canadian literary tradition." These five books, which include two short story collections (The Olive and the Dawn by Ian Orti and The Taste of Penny by Jeff Parker) and three collections of poetry (Generator, by Ian Christopher Goodman, Security Posture, by Sarah Dowling, and Thresh by Kim Minkus), showcase quality writing and definitely fulfill the publisher's mandate. I started reading one of these books and didn't stop until all five were finished... I hadn't read anything from Snare Books in the past, and other than Jeff Parker (whose novel Ovenman was amazing), but when I turned the last page of the fifth book, I had discovered four new authors and an impressive independent publisher willing to take risks.
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