Risks and Reading: Exile in Big River, Saskatchewan

Reading in Big River, Saskatchewan, was an adventure for several reasons. First, I’ve never been to that part of the province. Then, there were friends I hadn’t seen for some time. And finally, I took the risk of reading “Kiss of Knives,” a suite of poem about breast cancer from Exile on a Grid Road. And  yes, that was a risk.

It’s always good to take risks as a writer, to push yourself further and into new material. But reading that material can be another matter…

Some scenes from the Big River reading, Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015, which featured Jan Wood’s launch of Love is not Anonymous, with readings by Tara Gereaux (Size of a Fist) and Shelley Banks (Exile on a Grid Road), all from Thistledown Press.

Writers in Big River – from Regina, Big River, Prince Albert: Lynda Monahan, Laurie Muirhead, Veryl Coghill, Carla Braidek, Tara Gereaux, Shelley Banks, and Jan Wood.
The audience at the Big River Library, while Jan Wood reads.
MC Carla Braidek.
Shelley Banks, with moving book
Tara Geraux
Jan Wood
Gord Hunter and Grant Wood
Veryl and Carla
Carla and Shelley
Tara and Gord
~~~~~

Regina Launch: Exile on a Grid Road, Shelley Banks

Yeah! Exile on a Grid Road is now officially launched! I had a great time Thursday night at Bushwakkers, with a capacity crowd in the Arizona Room joining me, fellow writers/launchers Jan Wood and Tara Gereau, along with MC Eric Greenway.

We read, we laughed, we ate. Cake! (Thank you, Anne McDonald!) My thanks too, to Thistledown for support with the event — and the books!

Shelley Banks with Anne McDonald, purveyor of Happy Book Birthday cakes!
Shelley Banks, with the event banner we made.
MC Eric Greenway
Tara Gereaux, reading from her novella Size of a Fist
Jan Wood, reading from her collection, Love is Not Anonymous
Shelley Banks, finding her place in Exile on a Grid Road
Close-up of the Exile cake! (Thanks, Anne!)

(There are more event pix on LatitudeDrifts, and a few here on my ShelleyBanks.ca blog.) 

 ~~~~~

New books, new books!

I’m so glad that small publishers — in Saskatchewan, we are fortunate to have several, including Hagios, Coteau and Thistledown — encourage new and established writers and share their words!

Here’s a look at a few new books, published at the same time as mine, Exile on a Grid Road, as part of the New Leaf Series.

Exile on a Grid Road, with Love is Not Anonymous, Questions for Wolf, and Size of a Fist, (from the Thistledown Press Facebook page.)
~~~~~

My box of books has arrived

No unwrapping video here, but I can’t help sharing a picture of my box of Exile on a Grid Road books that arrived this morning! I’m delighted to see these — and love the rich colour of the cover. That’s our blue Prairie sky and landscape, in a photograph I took in the Qu’Appelle Valley near Regina.

Books, books, books – and bookmarks, too! What a great feeling to see a box of Exile on a Grid Road books!
~~~~~

More about Exile on a Grid Road, aka, the back cover

After all of the work that goes into producing a book, I thought I should share the back cover of Exile on a Grid Road — and that way, Gord also gets to see his photo credit. Again. (And yes, my hair is very long.)

The back cover comes out of hiding… Here’s the back text and information from Exile on a Grid Road, “the poetry of observation where all the senses are employed in the fullness of intimacy or the emptiness of solitude. Each poem becomes a single step in the process of discovery where what nourishes us unfolds subtly, while life in the workplace or the mysteries of human love roar with overt distraction.”
~~~~~

The 2015 New Leaf Series

Exile on a Grid Road is part of the Thistledown Press 2015 New Leaf Series, which features work by four writers:

Left: Exile on a Grid Road; Right: Top – Love is Not Anonymous; Middle – Questions for Wolf; Lower – Size of a Fist. (image from Thistledown’s Facebook Album)
~~~~~