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Literary Holiday Parties: Jack Kirchoff and Robert Dayton, The Canadian Romantic

What? It's NYE? I guess this is my last OBT post, then. OMG. WTF. ETC. I've had a lot of fun blogging here this month. Thanks for reading! I'll let Jack Kirchoff and Robert Dayton take us out, with the final answer to the final question:

You're having a holiday party, and can invite any number of literary figures, living, dead, or fictional - who's invited, and why?

Jack Kirchoff

Going to an airport? Help me write GET ME OUT OF HERE!

Move the Haida masks: all I want to see is your face.

Heather Jessup, YHZ-(YYC)-YVR December 4, 2012

 

Have you been to an airport since November 23? Will you be in one before February 28? Yes? Then sharpen your skills of observation - I want you to help me write my next manuscript!

I have been reading and writing about airports for the past year. They are fascinating places. It is a point of departure and reunion; our first look at a new place with little in common with the place beyond its glass and concrete walls. It is a place where we surrender our bodies to surveillance, where we surrender our water at the gate, where we wait, and wait, and wait.

CWILA's call to action in support of Chief Theresa Spence and Idle No More

I've spent the past while embroiled in holiday parties and preparations and shuttling from here to there and wrapping of presents and dealing with the failures of my body. Meanwhile, beyond the confines of my sickbed, Chief Theresa Spence has been on hunger strike since December 11, and the Idle No More movement has been shaking the country from coast to coast.

I received an email from Canadian Women in the Literary Arts (CWILA) yesterday urging me to write letters in support of Chief Spence and the Idle No More movement. From that call:

Literary Holiday Parties: Gowan, Moore, Munday (with a preamble on How Very Sick I Have Been)

Happy Boxing Day, everyone! Is everyone enjoying themselves in bed with a hot coffee and a dog snoozing at their feet? Or are you at a mall, or an outlet mall, or in a line somewhere with your credit card clutched in your trembling fist? I hope the former. Much cozier.

Booksellers are Holiday Heroes: Chris Szego, Bakka Phoenix Books

"I liked this book… So what else can you recommend?"

"Give me the names of two other books you like so I can triangulate your tastes."

Happy B'ak'tun Eve! Or, finish my poem

Tomorrow marks the end of the cycle of the Mesoamerican Long Count calendar. (I think. I'm not so good with math, me.) In celebration, I’ve written a poem that wends through history and events Wikipedia tells me happened (or could have happened) around the time the long count moved into a new b’ak’tun, or Long Count period. (It also addresses my illogical fear of asteroids hitting Earth, which has been in high gear all week.) Today, on 12.19.19.17.19, the eve of 13.0.0.0.0, I offer a poem, and a make a request – that you finish it!

Literary Holiday Parties: Moure, Reimer, Savigny

You're having a holiday party, and can invite any number of literary figures, living, dead, or fictional - who's invited, and why?

 
Here and in the coming weeks, I'll post the many answers I received to this question! Today's theme is "answers from more awesome poets".
 

Erín Moure

Booksellers are Holiday Heroes: Ian Donker, Book City

I looked up and into the depths of my calendar to discover that Christmas is a week away. Luckily, I have the likes of extremely helpful and patient booksellers all across the city to help me when I fly through the doors in a panic. Today's answers on holiday bookselling come from Ian Donker of Book City. I visited Ian in The Beach store (1950 Queen Street East), which had a completely different feel from the Book City in the Annex that I usually frequent.

On fear

I want to post a literary party and bookseller feature today. I really do. I want to pretend that only good things are happening right now, but I’ve been reading the news and blog posts and my Facebook feed. People are reacting and responding to the Connecticut tragedy. People are preparing for the release of the BC Missing Women Commission Inquiry report released today. Everywhere I turn there is grief and moral outrage. I see fingers being pointed, I see hands pressed together in prayer, I see the comment streams grow longer and longer.

I certainly don’t have a solution to any of it. All I have right now is an overwhelming fear that is pulsing through every part of my body that isn’t numb with tension. I can barely even identify where it comes from.

Literary Holiday Parties: Beattie, McGimpsey, Porco

You're having a holiday party, and can invite any number of literary figures, living, dead, or fictional - who's invited, and why?

 
Here and in the coming weeks, I'll post the many answers I received to this question! Today's theme is "dudes", as in "here are three dudes who answered my question. Dude."
 

Steven W. Beattie

Well, at a shot, the guest list might look something like this:

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