Insomniac Press spring literary launch

Tuesday, May 24, 2011 - 23:00 to Wednesday, May 25, 2011 - 03:00

Please join us in celebrating Insomniac's Spring literary launch, featuring new books by Sam Cheuk, Stan Rogal and Mike Spry.
In his debut poetry collection, Sam Cheuk attempts to invent a new way of truth-telling. Borrowing disparate ideas and modes ranging from self-censorship and identity performance, lyric poetry and phenomenology, Cheuk reverse-engineers the parlance of postmodernism in search of the primal motivation behind expression, all the while asking the question: is... a lie a lie if the liar shows you how he lies?
Praise for Love Figures:
"Sam Cheuk's first collection, Love Figures, reveals the poet as a kind of detective in inner sanctum. Cheuk's wit shows in the movement of each trope and through moments of adroitness where both pain and joy meet in the same line. Get ready for Love Figures, as the poet aims continuously and hits the mark slantwise."
— Yusef Komunyakaa

Drawing from a variety of sources including folksong, philosophy, linguistics, chaos theory, theatre and sexuality, Stan Rogal's poetry is a rollicking and adroit expression of the world in flux. This selection gathers together fifty of Rogal's best poems from the last thirty years; it is sure to delight long-time fans and new readers alike.
Praise for Stan Rogal:
"It is as though Rogal had snuck up on a whole regiment of stock cultural myths and assumptions, armed only with a folksong, imaginative muscle, abundant mother wit and a wicked talent for subversive wordplay: it's the surprise that enlivens; the trickster's art." 
— Don McKay

Mike Spry's debut collection of fiction revels in his characters' idiosyncrasies and shortcomings in ten stories filled with wit and reverie. In Distillery Songs' original and compelling narratives, dogs smoke, monkeys pop pills, cats are humourless, and Jesus drinks hot toddies. With a voice that Vallum magazine calls "a more obsessive, quirky, and pop-cultured version of Charles Bukowski," Spry confronts issues of love, loss, addiction, and desire in a manner that is at once funny, imaginative, and heartbreaking.
Praise for Distillery Songs:
"Spry is nimble. Spry is quick. Spry is lively, surprising, fun in a disturbing way and apparently incapable of writing a boring sentence. Distillery Songs sounds exactly like itself and not much like anybody else. These stories feel brand-new and shiny and full of life."
— Kevin Canty


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