Edmonton Poetry Festival: Literary Cocktails

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Please join The University of Alberta Press at its annual celebration of their fiction books. They are launching the next three titles in the Robert Kroetsch Series of creative works at the Literary Cocktails. Authors Kimmy Beach, Paul Wm Zits, and Astrid Blodgett.

Kimmy Beach’s The Last Temptation of Bond is a frisky and erudite romp into the world of pop culture icon, James Bond. As 007 comes to terms with his own mortality, the women in his life (and there are many), circle in for the kill. Parodies of pop culture have long been Beach’s trademark territory, but what sets The Last Temptation of Bond apart from her previous work is the ease with which she straddles the perceived divide between contemporary pop culture and modernist literature. Raunchy and irreverent, The Last Temptation of Bond will appeal to the rabble and the literary aesthetes.

Merging poetry and historical records, Paul Zits masterfully (re)creates a poetic view of the Frog Lake Massacre of April 2, 1885 in Massacre Street. His collage and cut-up techniques challenge the histories penned by the event’s recorders and reflect upon the difficult and painful complexities of past and present. He weaves together voices of Métis and First Nations participants, settlers, and military officials, using tape transcripts, historical accounts, memoirs, and footnotes to create a unique, non-narrative historiography of fragmented poetic language. This innovative work of literary montage digs deep into a historic period that continues to garner scholarly and public interest. Readers interested in poetry and aboriginal history will find this an intriguing new collection.

Through mesmerizing forays into characterization, voicing, and narrative technique, and with a clean economy of style rare even in short fiction, Astrid Blodgett conjures the moral and existential freight of her fully-fledged characters in the throes of realistic moments. From the fascinatingly unhinged hero of Getting the Cat, to the dreamy survey of prairie landscape and childhood experience of New Summer Dresses, to the fatal irony of Ice Break, readers will be hooked from first sentences and carried along on crisp prose. You Haven’t Changed a Bit shimmers with the energy of a first book while affording readers the subtlety, complexity, and range of an accomplished master of the genre.

Authors: Kimmy Beach,  Astrid Blodgett, and Paul Wm Zits

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