- About the Poems in Exile on a Grid Road
- News about Exile on a Grid Road
- Reviews of Exile on a Grid Road
- What Readers Say 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!
Thanks, Canadian Literature, and reviewer, Natalie Boldt!
- A Sale With My Name On It…
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 http://www.thistledownpress.com/ for more info, and to order online.
- Beer and Books
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 Road, and 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
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.
I have ideas, though, on how I might have better promoted my wares to compete with those in stock at the store.
- A bright SALE sign, with much more use of red and yellow (vibrant AWAKE colours), and less of my cover’s restful blue.
- A banner re: LIMITED TIME OFFER! TODAY ONLY!
- 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, SOFT WORDS, FOR YOUR HEART AND DIET!
- 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
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).
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!~~~~~
- 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!
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 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!)~~~~~
- 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!~~~~~
- 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.~~~~~
- Saskatoon readings – Friday at McNally Robinson More about our reading in Saskatoon on November 6, 2015 — with thanks to McNally Robinson!~~~~~~
- 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!~~~~~
- A new book banner
My thanks to Gerald Hill for his endorsement of my book!~~~~~
- 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!~~~~~
- 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.~~~~~
- 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.~~~~~
- 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).~~~~~
- 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 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:
- Shelley Banks, Exile on a Grid Road;
- Jan Wood, Love is Not Anonymous;
- Shannon Quinn, Questions for Wolf; and
- Tara Gereaux, Size of a Fist.
- It’s official: Exile on a Grid Road now available to order ~~~~~