Tuesday, September 09, 2014
An Interview with Kathy Page about Writing on Prisons and Transgender Issues
One of the aspects of our Fall 2014 list we're most excited about here is our relaunched Biblioasis Reprint Series. (For which we have not yet settled on a name: if you have any suggestions please let us know!) Designed in a uniform fashion by Gord Robertson, the first installment includes titles by Kathy Page, Clark Blaise, Ray Smith, John Metcalf, Ray Robertson and Terry Griggs; Spring 2015 will include work by Caroline Adderson, Hugh Hood, Norman Levine and others. The series means a lot to us at the Biblioamanse: it's a way to pay homage to the past ten years and those writers who originally inspired us to start on this strange and wonderful journey, while helping to ensure that their books -- many of which we believe rank as among the most important published in this country -- survive and remain, to borrow a line from a certain provincial license plate, yours to discover.
That is really, in the end, what this series is about: Discovery. And not just for you, gentle reader, but for us as well, which is what I wanted to write about today. One of the most important discoveries I've made over the last two years is the work of Kathy Page: we've signed four books with Kathy, including three collections of short stories -- the first of which, Paradise and Elsewhere, a wonderfully compelling selection of Carter-esque fictions, we released this past Spring -- and one of her earlier out-of-print novels, Alphabet. Alphabet is without a doubt one of the best books we've been part of here at the press, a taut, compellingly fierce psychological thriller which explores how much a person can really change. Though part of the reprint series, it is also being released under a separate cover and ISBN as a original first edition trade back original in the US, where it is already generating a wonderful amount of buzz (there will be more on that in future posts) and looks set to be one of our lead titles of the season.
We sat down with Kathy to talk about Alphabet, resulting in an interview which ran in its entirety last month in Publishing Perspectives, and which we reprint below in its entirety.