News about Exile on a Grid Road

  • Canadian Literature Review: Exile on a Grid Road

    What a lovely surprise to see a review of my poetry collection, Exile on a Grid Road, in the journal Canadian Literature this week!

    Canadian Literature reviews Exile on a Grid Road.
    Canadian Literature reviews Exile on a Grid Road.

    It made me happy, so I’m happy to share! (Exile is available from the publisher, Thistledown Press, as well as online booksellers such as McNally Robinson, Chapters and

    Thanks, Canadian Literature, and reviewer, Natalie Boldt!


  • A Sale With My Name On It…
    Exile on a Grid Road
    Exile on a Grid Road, featured in this year’s poetry week sale by Thistledown Books.

    My poetry collection, Exile on a Grid Road, is among books featured at Thistledown Press.

    It’s on sale through the publisher this week only (until Dec. 11), and at 30% off, that makes it a bargain at only $9 and change.

    (And I am in amazing company for this sale…)

    See for more info, and to order online.






  • Beer and Books
    bushwakker books
    Join us for the launch!

    A local brewpub, The Bushwakkers, has decided to set up a Writers Corner, featuring new books by local authors.

    I’ve donated a copy of Exile on a Grid Roadand have been asked to take part in the launch of the library, er, shelf this weekend.

    Here are the details, from the Saskatchewan Writers Guild website:

    Bushwakker Saskatchewan Library Launch

    TIME: 3:00 p.m. — 6:00 p.m.
    LOCATION: Bushwakker Brewpub, 2206 Dewdney Ave, Regina

    Bushwakker Brewpub, in conjunction with the Saskatchewan Poet Laureate Program, will be unveiling a new space dedicated to celebrating the recent works of Saskatchewan published authors. What will begin as one shelf will hopefully grow into a large library showcasing our province’s wordsmiths. Pub patrons are encouraged to peruse a copy whilst enjoying a pint. Enjoy select readings from some of Bushwakker’s patron writers.

    Event Emcees will be Saskatchewan Poet Laureate Gerry Hill and Tracy Hamon, the SWG Program Manager. With presentations from:

    • Shelley Banks
    • Linda Biasotto
    • Tara Gereaux
    • Brenda Niskala
    • Bruce Rice
    • Edward Willett
    • and friends,

    Those interested in donating a copy of their books to the Bushwakker Library can contact the Bushwakker Bar Manager, Grant Frew.

    (And all are welcome – no charge, but drinking age only, please. I mean, it’s bar…)


  • Selling books at the local grocery store
    Poster for author appearance
    Poster for author appearance, courtesy of the Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild.

    Selling books — or trying to — can be both fun and frustrating, as recently came home to me (again) when I joined a pilot book table project at a Regina grocery store.

    On the positive side, it was mildly entertaining watching the shoppers pass by, and counting the ways they tried to avoid eye contact with this unexpected specimen between the nuts and flowers, a local poet.

    (Simple aversion of glance; sudden rapid movement towards sale items; furtive checking of shopping lists; intense conversations with partners, staff or random shoppers…)

    On the negative, well, let’s just say it isn’t quite right yet as a venue. From my experience, at least.

    Small display by local writer, Shelley Banks
    Aisle display by local writer, Shelley Banks

    I have ideas, though, on how I might have better promoted my wares to compete with those in stock at the store.

    View from the author's small display
    View from the author’s small display

    Let’s see:

    • A bright SALE sign, with much more use of red and yellow (vibrant AWAKE colours), and less of my cover’s restful blue.
    • Or one highlighting the value: UNIQUE AUTOGRAPHED GIFT!
    • Or perhaps the portable nature of my slim volume of poetry: QUICK, EASY-TO-CARRY READ!
    • How about a new slogan — in all caps, of course, as that seems required: POETRY! IT’S THE REAL THINGS!
    • Or maybe just more soft drinks or household products on my table, as props?

    Ideas, welcome. (You know how to reach me…)


  • All Lit Up with Exile on a Grid Road

    I’m keeping track of references to Exile on a Grid Road, and so I’m pleased to share the link to All Lit Up, from the Literary Press Group.

    Exile on a Grid Road, on All Lit Up. Click to open and read the larger screen shot about this poetry collection.

    More about LPG and ALU, from the site:

    On All Lit Up, readers of emerging, quirky, and unabashedly Canadian literature can find and purchase the best books this country’s independent publishers have to offer. Curious readers can also browse through our exclusive behind-the-scenes content about the books, authors, and publishers whose work is available on our site. Additionally, All Lit Up serves as a community bookstore for readers with no local option, ensuring every Canadian has access to the literature produced by Canadian independent publishers.


  • Exile available through McMaster University Bookstore

    I’m delighted to say that my first alma mater, McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, now lists my book, Exile on a Grid Road, in the Books by Alumni section of its website — and offers it for sale through the Mac online bookstore (General Books, McMaster Authors).

    Screenshot of McMaster Alumni webpage featuring my book, Exile on a Grid Road.

    I have fond memories of studying at McMaster back when I was a young undergraduate in the English and Spanish departments — and, especially, of my Canadian and West Indian friends there, so this is a thrill!

    You never know who checks what pages, or who finds what where, but it would be great to connect to past classmates, library pals and fellow partiers, if any should stumble over this listing!

  • Thanks to the Saskatchewan Writers Guild for the mention of Exile on a Grid Road

    My thanks to the Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild for the mention of Exile on a Grid Road in the current issue of their member magazine, Freelance! 

    Torn fragment from the SWG magazine, promoting a blurb about Shelley Banks’s poetry collection, Exile on a Grid Road.
  • Exile on a Grid Road – Reviewed in the LeaderPost and StarPhoenix

    This morning, my book Exile on a Grid Road (Thistledown Press) was reviewed in both the Regina LeaderPost and StarPhoenix!

    Exile on a Grid Road, reviewed

    For more, please see my Reviews page.

  • Exile at Chapters-Indigo in Regina, SK

    This week, I found copies of my poetry collection, Exile on a Grid Road, at the Chapters-Indigo bookstore in Regina, SK.

    Exile on a Grid Road on the Canadian Poetry shelf at Chapters, Regina.

    Exile is shelved at the start of the Canadian Poetry section in fabulous company with Lorna Crozier’s The Wrong Cat, and others.

    (And yes, I know Banks should fall between Acorn and Crozier, and moved my books there after this shot… Although perhaps someone had a very special reason for earlier placing mine right beside Tolkien’s The Fellowship of the Ring?) 

  • My books in the window at Thistledown Press

    While we were in Saskatoon, we dropped by the publisher’s — Thistledown Press — and what a delight to see copies of my book, Exile on a Grid Road, in the window! (Thanks Jackie, Al and Stephanie!)

    Yes, there it is… Exile on a Grid Road, in the bottom of the left display.
    The poster for our reading, also in the window – and way over at the left, my book, half hidden…
  • Reading Exile on a Grid Road in Saskatoon

    And now, pictures from our readings in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, in early November… (Shelley Banks with Exile on a Grid Road, Tara Gereaux with Size of a Fist and Jan Wood, Love is not Anonymous.)

    My thanks to everyone who came out to McNally Robinson Booksellers for the reading — what a great crowd!

    Shelley Banks (Thanks, Gord Hunter!)
    Jan Wood (Love is not Anonymous)
    Tara Gereaux (Size of a Fist)
    Marcy Hildebrand, of McNally Robinson Booksellers
    Shelley Banks, with Saskatoon writers and friends, Theodora Ofosuhima and Danica Lorer
    Saskatoon writers and friends, dee Hobsbawn-Smith and Dave Margoshes
    The audience! They had to keep bringing more chairs!
    At the signing table… At left, Tara talks to Stephanie of Thistledown Press.
    Tara Gereaux, Jan Wood and Shelley Banks
    Okay, I confess — this is the first time I have even been featured on a menu
    McNally Robinson’s display of featured authors.
  • 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
  • Saskatoon readings – Friday at McNally Robinson
    More about our reading in Saskatoon on November 6, 2015 — with thanks to McNally Robinson!
    Handout information from McNally Robinson Booksellers about Exile on a Grid Road and other new Thistledown Press books.


  • 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 blog.) 

  • A new book banner

    My thanks to Gerald Hill for his endorsement of my book!

    Banner promoting Exile on a Grid Road, from Thistledown’s Facebook page
  • 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.)
  • Yes, I really do have Exile on a Grid Road

    It was like my birthday opening that box of copies of Exile on a Grid Road — but please, those of you who know when my birthday really is, you’re not exempt from celebrating again! So here I am, book and bookmark in hand.

    Great feeling to hold an actual copy of my new book.
  • 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!
  • Exile on a Grid Road: Book launch in Regina

    I’m very excited to announce that my book Exile on a Grid Road (Thistledown Press) with be launched in Regina on October 29, 2015, with Tara Gereaux and Jan Wood.

    We’ll also be reading in Big River (November 5) and in Saskatoon (November 6).

    Here’s the poster for the Thistledown Press readings that will include poems from Exile on a Grid Road.
  • 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)
  • It’s official: Exile on a Grid Road now available to order

    It’s official! Exile on a Grid Road is now offered in the Thistledown Press Fall 2015 catalogue:

    An early view of Exile on a Grid Road, in the publisher’s catalogue.