Showing posts with label Malarky. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Malarky. Show all posts

Monday, October 20, 2014

Happy 10th! Patrick Warner on Malarky

I look to small presses for the unexpected, for books that remind me that there is always a fresh way to approach literature. What reader isn't looking for work that knocks the stuffing out of the hoary old maxim about there being nothing new under the sun? Of course there is. A few years ago I picked up a Biblioasis title, Malarky, by Anakana Schofield. I hadn't heard of the author and didn't know anything about the book. I wasn't even done the first page when all of the lights came on and stayed on for the next two hundred odd pages. What's more brilliant than brilliant? I don't know, but Malarky is a good example of it.

Congrats on your tenth! 

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Malarky Review

Anakana Schofield's Malarky reviewed by The Telegraph:
"This debut novel is written as the sharp-witted and ironical stream of consciousness of a newly widowed Irishwoman; it is blackly comic, deeply felt and somehow heroic." The Telegraph May 24, 2014.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Beat the Weather with Readings From Anakana Schofield

The official day of Spring has passed and here at the Bibliomanse we're ready to dust the salt off our boots and trade them in for running shoes. If only we could. We are taunted with warmth that quickly turns to cold, snowy days and cabin fever has set in with a vengeance. The only cure I can see is to head to Ireland for some literary festivals that will help thaw our bones.

Award winning Anakana Schofield, author of Malarky, will be appearing at the Cúirt International Festival of Literature on April 11th and the Cork World Book Festival on April 22nd. Can't make it to Ireland? Head to the West coast and join Anakana at Okanagan College on March 27th. She will be reading at the Salmon Arm campus at noon and at the Vernon campus at 7:30 pm. See the poster below for more details.

What's better to beat the chill than 100 proof literature?

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Late Night Conversation

In the wake of the Debut-Litzer Prize, you can join winners Anakana Schofield (fiction, Malarky), Benjamin Busch (creative nonfiction, Dust to Dust) and Natalie Diaz (poetry, When My Brother Was an Aztec) as they discuss their work with executive director Paul Martone and reviewer Patrick McGinty. Listen to the podcast here.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Malarky Wins Debut-Litzer Award for Fiction

It was a happy day around here yesterday as we were told the indefatigable AK Schofield has won the second annual Debut-Litzer Prize for Fiction. Sponsored by Late Night Library (a literary arts organization out of Portland with two podcast series, Late Night Conversation and Late Night Debut), the prize is worth $1000 and comes with a feature interview in one of December's Conversation podcasts.

This is the second prize nab for Malarky, which as you know was the winner of the First Novel Award this spring and shortlisted for the Ethel Wilson Fiction prize. Malarky also continues to gain accolades following its recent UK publication ... the most recent of which, in Brighton's gay magazine gscene, has what is without a doubt the most extended bog simile I've ever seen in criticism. 

And that, as you'll discover, is a good thing.

Anon, anon. If you're in Windsor tonight you should come hang out with us and Paul Vasey at the Olde Walkerville Theatre. There's a trivia contest. An interview. We're selling books. T-shirts even. Snow warning be damned!

Tuesday, October 08, 2013

Much Malarky (in print and on television!)

Anakana Schofield's Malarky has been receiving a great deal of positive attention in the UK as of late, so we've compiled a bit of a round up for you to get your Malarky fix, whether in print or even on television (they put books on television? Who would have thought?):

Let's begin with some high praise for Anakana's writing, first from The Guardian:
One of the delights of this novel is the language in which it is written. The tender inflections of everyday Irish speech carry the occasionally implausible story forward at an exuberant pace, and sometimes the sentences seem to break into a jig, dancing to and fro.
For Books' Sake applauded the juxtaposition of gravity and levity in the novel:
Schofield’s best trick is to lull you into a false sense of security with a few dozen pages of daft, farcical comedy... before tripping you up with a small, quiet sentence which breaks your heart
In case you missed it, The Telegraph's review gave Malarky 4 stars and had this to say:
Schofield’s portrait of a woman whose personality is beginning to fragment after a lifetime in an emotional vacuum is both blackly comic and deeply felt. There is something heroic about the desperate resilience of Our Woman, and the originality of her depiction by Schofield, that leaves an indelible trace on the reader’s mind.
And the RTE Ireland television network released this segment (Anakana's portion begins about 6 minutes into the clip), so click over and have a watch.

Congratulations to Anakana on such a positive response only a couple months into the UK release of her novel!

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Malarky in The Irish Times; Malarky a finalist for Debut-Litzer Award; also some grovelling.

Well not a few of you have been asking where the sam-heck Biblioasis has been the past few months. Sunning? Skiing? Heavens to Betsy, they say. You SLACKERS. What happened to those glorious posts? Those tidal waves of tweets? That gallimaufry of facebook updates? And didn't you use to have a NEWSLETTER?

All right. Fine. Guilty. We took a social media nap. Like digital bears in digital winter. And for better or worse, we're coming back. Full-swing September, that's what it'll be called. So many darn updates you'll be wishing for the light in August. Or the light traffic in August. Or—

Ahem. First on the agenda are two great bits-o-news for Anakana Schofield, who was recently shortlisted for the Debut-Litzer Prize in the States, and who received a glowingly (luminously? radioactively?) positive review this weekend in The Irish Times. (In fact if I just listed an encomium once a day from that review I'd have content enough to stuff the blog till March.) The tireless AK has also done an excellent job of reporting over-the-pond news following her Oneworld publication, so if you're feeling in need of a refresher I suggest you take a look at her twitter feed or website. In the meantime, we're off to paw the Detroit River for salmon ... or something.

Wednesday, August 07, 2013

UK Malarky

Hello all, and happy Wednesday. I imagine those of you in the Twitterverse have been following the explosive discussion following AK's piece on writing vs. reading culture in the Guardian last week, but for those of you who haven't, here's a bit of what's been happening. The article by AK was hard followed by a review in The Telegraph, and a response to the Guardian piece by well-known UK publicist Ruth Killick on the site Bookbrunch. Following that, of course, AK's article was retweeted some 2000+ times, and picked up by USA Today. Congrats to AK for getting the discussion going so fast & furious as always (and thanks, we say blushingly, for the generous props to the Bibliomanse she slid into so many of those pieces—we heard you Mrs.—cheers).

What else? Malarky was also mentioned by Colum McCann in the Sunday Independent, a review ran in the Irish Independent, and it was Novel of the Week this past Sunday in The Mail, which is the largest Sunday-circulation paper in the UK. We're told a Guardian review is forthcoming soon. Till then, enjoy!

"Schofield’s portrait of a woman whose personality is beginning to fragment after a lifetime in an emotional vacuum is both blackly comic and deeply felt. There is something heroic about the desperate resilience of Our Woman, and the originality of her depiction by Schofield, that leaves an indelible trace on the reader’s mind."—Jane Shilling, The Telegraph

"Brilliant … laced with dark wit and quirky lyricism, this is a striking portrait of a society in flux and a woman on the edge."—The Mail

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

Festival Appearances by Anakana Schofield

For our friends on the west coast, you have two opportunities to catch Anakana Schofield at festivals this month:

First, this Thursday, July 11th, Anakana will be part of the Urban Underbelly reading at the Indian Summer Festival in Vancouver. She'll be featured alongside Anosh Irani, Jeet Thayil and Michael Turner at the SFU Goldforp Centre for the Arts. For more information, check out the full details online.

Saturday, July 20, she'll be at the Denman Island Readers and Writers Festival for a solo reading at 12:45pm. Take a look at the full schedule here.

Monday, May 06, 2013

A Nice Thing in the Montreal Gazette

Dear Folks,

Just thought I'd share a delicious little news bite from last Friday. We've been deeply appreciative of all the congratulations that poured in after AK won the First Novel Award, but this one perhaps took the cake: Mr. McGillis, we staunchly agree. And thank you.

Cheers to all—
The Bibliomanse.

From The Montreal Gazette, May 3, 2013:

"Glasses were raised among fiction lovers nationwide last week when Anakana Schofield’s sui generis debut Malarky was named winner of the First Novel Award. All temptation to say “I told you so” based on a rave review last summer and a year-end 10-best selection in a certain Montreal newspaper will be firmly resisted. The choice represents a triumph for both adventurous writing —Malarky’s Our Woman is about as unlike a standard Canadian fiction heroine as you could get—and for small literary publishers: Biblioasis has established itself with remarkable speed as a house of unerringly high standards. Congratulations all around."

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Anakana Schofield Wins First Novel Award

Our heartfelt congratulations to ANAKANA SCHOFIELD, 

author of

Winner of the 2012 First Novel Award
On Wednesday, May 24th, Biblioasis author Anakana Schofield was the proud recipient of the First Novel Award for Malarky. Malarky is a bold first novel from an author whose prose hums with electric wit and linguistic daring,” said Stuart Woods, head judge and editor of Quill & Quire magazine. “The novel traverses darkly comic territory with intelligence and poise, relating the story of an unnamed narrator whose resilience in the face of life’s disappointments will stay with readers long after the verbal pyrotechnics have dissipated. Anakana Schofield is a true original, and her novel is a delight.”
              As the award-winner Ms. Schofield will receive a $7,500.00 prize. She also appeared on CTV’s Canada AM, the most widely watched national morning show in the country.
              Biblioasis would also like to extend warm congratulations to all finalists for the award: Marjorie Celona (Y), Scott Fotheringham (The Rest is Silence), Pasha Malla (People Park), and Kim Thúy (Ru).
              The First Novel Award has been launching the careers of some of Canada's most beloved novelists since 1976. Previous winners include Michael Ondaatje, Joan Barfoot, Joy Kogawa, W.P. Kinsella, Nino Ricci, Rohinton Mistry, Anne Michaels, André Alexis, Michael Redhill, Mary Lawson, Colin McAdam, Joseph Boyden, Joan Thomas, and David Bezmozgis.
              For more about Anakana Schofield and the First Novel Award please read on.

With Canadian Press material syndicated in:
Or watch Anakana live on CTV News:
Anakana Schofield is an Irish-Canadian writer of fiction, essays, and literary criticism. She has contributed to the London Review of Books, The Recorder: The Journal of the American Irish Historical Society, The Globe and Mail, and The Vancouver Sun. She has lived in London and Dublin, and now resides in Vancouver. Her first novel, Malarky, was published by Biblioasis in 2012, and is scheduled for UK release by OneWorld in 2013.

Tuesday, April 02, 2013

A load of Malarky!

Some good news for Malarky author Anakana Schofield: along with nods from the First Novel Award and the B.C. Book Prize, Malarky has been nominated for the CBC Bookie Awards.

Anakana is up against Terry Fallis, Lynn Crosby, Linda Svendsen, and Miranda Hill for the Ron MacLean Award for Most Hilarious/Witty Canadian Book. The award is decided by the public so make sure that you show your support! You can vote for Malarky here.

You can also read Brendan Riley's review from The Review of Contemporary Fiction over at his blog where he calls Malarky "a smashing debut." We agree!

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Biblioasis Receives Two Nominations for the B.C. Book Prize

Enthusiastic congratulations to C.P. Boyko and Anakana Schofield, both of whom have been nominated for the Ethel Wilson B.C. Book Prize for fiction! AK was of course nominated for Malarky, and Craig for Psychology and Other Stories. Other nominees include: Bill Gaston (The World), Ann Fleming (Gay Dwarves of America), and Yasuko Thanh (Floating Like the Dead). For more about the Ethel Wilson Prize you can consult the B.C. Book Prizes website here. (If you'll look closely you'll see that Patricia Young, whose name also graces the Biblio-backlist, is nominated for the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize for her collection Night-Eater. Congratulations all round.) 

About "C.P. Boyko" and Psychology and Other Stories
C.P. Boyko ... or so we're told. When
asked if this was a self-portrait he
replied: "No, I can't draw that well."
(By a 6-year-old friend)
Perhaps Biblioasis's most elusive author, Boyko's biography reads as follows:
"Clearly Mr. Boyko has read too much; no doubt he was sickly as a child. His distrust of psychologists is also easily explained: his parents were therapists, and did not give him enough affection; or he took an undergraduate degree in psychology but failed to make any friends in the department; or he had a bad experience with an analyst."
He offers us no pictures. He frequently declines interviews. So rather than attempt to profile the man & his staggering genius, we shall instead turn to the critics, who sank their teeth with great relish into his satirical collection. 
"C. P. Boyko takes as probing a look into the world of psychology as any doctor might into the confused mind of a patient, and comes away with a similar diagnosis: narcissism, delusions of grandeur, flights of fancy, logorrhoea ... The author bucks current trends in fiction like invisible narrators and single-character focus, preferring instead to soar omnisciently above the human fray, until such time as he deems it necessary to dive-bomb, raptor-like, into the backstory and motivations of a particular character. Occasionally he addresses the reader directly to make a point, a satirical take on the industry he excoriates in this book: don’t worry, I’ll tell you what to think. The style, reminiscent of an earlier time in fiction when authors sometimes played God, takes some getting used to in these days of sparseness and minimalism, but once the reader understands where Boyko is coming from, then, unlike the subject of psychology, it all makes sense. And the explorations drill so deeply into this mysterious medical science that they make the effort worth the reader’s adjustment."—The L.A. Review of Books
 "A smart, funny book, and possibly therapeutic as well."—Toronto Star
"These six stories are all written around the single unifying theme of psychology, which—if you take the time to read these satirical and heartbreaking narratives—is itself perhaps just a story we tell ourselves about the way the human mind works ... Fans of satirical fiction will love this book; so will anyone who has reclined on a therapist’s couch, or taken a psychology course from a larger-than-life professor with obvious neuroses, or read a self-help book by an author whose biography reveals them to be a total mess. Yet the mockery here is never mean-spirited; the book is impeccably researched and unflinchingly intelligent."—The National Post

About Anakana Schofield & Malarky 
Readers of Thirsty have long been won over by Vancouver's most vacuum-friendly, weather-loving Irishwoman, but now for the first time it seems the Mrs. is winning the hearts of awards bodies as well. Nominated two weeks ago for the First Novel Award (and yes, we're still celebrating in the aftermath of the Afterword, because bloody hell is it a good book!), the Ethel Wilson will be the second major prize nod for the tale of Our Woman.  I've included a few recent blurbs from across the pond that you may not have seen yet. From Mr. Mc-What-Now? McCann? Yes indeedy. Yes yes indeed. Congrats to all.
"Anakana Schofield is part of a new wave of wonderful Irish fiction—international in scope and electrically alive."—Colum McCann 
"Malarky is a terrific read, a brilliant collision of heartbreak and hilarity written in a voice that somehow seems both feral and perfectly controlled. Anakana Schofield's Our Woman takes a cool nod at Joyce, then goes her own way in one of the most moving and lyrical debut novels I've read."—Jess Walter, author of Beautiful Ruins
"We become comfortable saying that there's nothing new, and then something like Malarky comes along, which is new and old and different and familiar, but ultimately itself, comfortable in its own skin, wise and smart and crazy-sexy or maybe sexy-crazy—well, you just have to read it to understand. It's a novel that sets its own course, sure and steady, even when it seems like it might be about to go over the edge of the world."—Laura Lippman

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Anakana Schofield Shortlisted for the First Novel Award

From under the stairs to the top of the rainforest:
Anakana Schofield shortlisted for the
First Novel Award
Well we thought it couldn't be done. The novel that flummoxed list after list of would-be awarding bodies. The novel whose exclusion from major prize nominations earned nation-wide grumblings, sighs, moanings, head-scratchings, bewildered exhalations. But now at long last: we have a winner! Or at least we could have one, as of April 24th. Anakana's in the running for the first novel award with Pasha Malla, Scott Fotheringham, Marjorie Celona, and Kim Thúy. 

“A first novel should be brash and ambitious, and announce the arrival of a new talent,” said head judge and Quill & Quire editor Stuart Woods today in a press release: “that quality is something this diverse group of books has in common.”

Damn skippy!

For more you can visit the page or this write-up in The National Post. Heartfelt congratulations to Anakana from us all.

Wednesday, January 02, 2013

It's a whole new year ... but we're up to the same old malarky.

Good morning, bibliobustlers, bibliohustlers, and welcome to 2013. Lots of stuff from the Oasis coming up for you this month: subscription plans (oh yes! so cheap!), January's newsletter (hey you! sign up!), some fan-tabulous previews from our spring list, and goodness knows what else. But before we get into all that we have two final tips of the hat from 2012, both doffed at—yes, you guessed it—Malarky. When Brian Francis was asked by the CBC's Year-in-Review committee which Canadian author made the biggest splash this year, guess who he picked? (Okay so first he picked Tanis Rideout, but then he picked Our Woman. You can read about it here.) Then not a day later Ian McGillis and our good friends over at the Montreal Gazette listed Malarky on their Rewind 2012 panel, declaring: 
"Anakana Schofield’s Malarky introduced an indelible heroine into our national literature, no less so for the fact that she’s Irish. Inhabiting the sometimes confused but always indomitable mind of the grieving and randy Dublin housewife Our Woman, Schofield has created a note-perfect literary joyride, a “voice novel” in the best sense. An unaccountable collective oversight saw Malarky left off all the major prize short lists, but Amazon and other Internet indicators show that Irish-Canadian Schofield is finding readers regardless, and that’s as heartening a story as 2012 has provided."
Heartening indeed. It was a good year. More soon, my friends. With love from blustery Windsor-town.

Friday, December 28, 2012

The Best Reading of 2012: The Toronto Star

Well the press offices have officially gone dark for a couple of days, but we're re-emerging for just a second with a little Christmas candle: yesterday both Alice Petersen's All the Voices Cry and Anakana Schofield's Malarky were listed as two of the Toronto Star's Best Books of 2012. Congratulations to Alice and Anakana, a Merry Boxing Week to those of you braving the crush, and a very happy new year to you all. Peace and love (and good reviews!),

Malarky by Anakana Schofield 
"Unaccountably overlooked by this year’s prize juries, Anakana Schofield’s ribald story of an Irish farmwife’s descent into late-life cougardom and mental breakdown is a standout debut and one of the best Canadian novels of the year: the sort of book that forces you to read it over again as soon as you finish."

All the Voices Cry by Alice Petersen
"Why does Canada produce so many great short story writers? For the record here’s another. Alice Petersen’s first collection reads like the work of someone who is already a master of the form, her writing dense with understatement, subtlety and ambiguity."

Monday, December 17, 2012

Everybody That Matters and Then Some

"According to everybody that matters," wrote Kerry Clare yesterday, "this was one of the best books of the year, and when it comes out in the UK next year, the whole world is going to know it."
High praise indeed. And it's a good excuse to revisit an exciting piece of news that might have been overlooked in the year-end recap of last week: British rights to Malarky have been purchased by Oneworld, who will be releasing a UK version of the novel in 2013. This is in addition to the half-dozen best-of lists that Anakana's topped in the past month, including three new ones this weekend:
The plaudits keep on coming, but Michael Hingston at the Journal may have said it better than I could. I'll leave you with his comment. My congratulations to Anakana once more.
Great fiction takes risks. That's why descriptions of a classic and an utter fiasco can sound so similar. And yes, in theory, the debut novel by Vancouver's Anakana Schofield is far from a sure thing: it's an obsessive, voice-driven novel about a grieving Irish housewife that runs along irregular timelines and lingers at unusual places. It also never, ever apologizes for itself. More importantly, it all works. Joe Biden may have done more to repopularize the word "ma-larky" this year, but Schofield's electrifying novel will leave a much longer impression.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Malarky hits 2012 best-of lists

Malarky was singled out in The New Statesman's
Read-All-About-It list for 2012. Yup, that's it there.
To the left of the Acacia tree and to the right of the fire.
Morning folks, and happy Monday. Malarky's hit a few more best-of lists this past week, beginning with a shout-out in The New Statesman's Read-All-About-It section for 2012, where Jenny Diski called it one of her top three novels of the year, and remarked on its "notable style and imaginative power." What else? Malarky was also singled out on David Gutowski's Largehearted Boy's Top Novels of 2012, where he praised it as "a brilliant debut that depicts one woman's descent into madness with dark humour and an intimate eye for grief and sorrow."

Yep. Grief, sorrow, snowlessness, good news. It's Monday in Windsor. Want more? Both Malarky and Psychology and Other Stories were listed as part of Mark Medley's "The Underrated" column in The National Post last week, which highlighted "unjustly overlooked Canadian favourites from the fading year." And lastly Malarky was of course selected as an Editor's Pick for 2012 and a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Authors selection. For a full range of coverage—which as Thirsty devotees know is quite extensive—you can take a look at the book's website, or visit its page later in the week.

On an unrelated note, for those of you who are just parched for want of The Draught, rest assured that your monthly slug is coming. It's in barrels. It's on the boat. The Coast Guard has their greasy envelopes. All that remains is to massage the kinks out of our new subscription model for spring 2013 ... so in other words, good deals ahoy! It's worth waiting for the real thing. Just ask Arnold Rothstein. 

(For those of you who aren't yet signed up for our monthly newsletter and would like to be, as you should like to be, indeed, if you're the discerning & capable souls I imagine you are in my heart: email me.

Thursday, December 06, 2012

Round up, round down ...

Hi, folks, and happy Thursday. Lots of little publicity hits buzzing around the office the past week—must be the unseasonally warm weather, makes 'em breed?—so I thought I'd line some up for you. Like the bees in Black Books. Nutritious, delicious, pairs well with absinthe. Here we go!

Strange Voyages and Joyce Carol Oates: Nadine McInnis featured on Hazlitt's Shelf Esteem series
Join the author of Blood Secrets as she discusses her book collecting habits, her favourite poetry collections and novellas, and her unexpected fondness for travel narrative.

All the Voices Cry makes Steven Beattie's Books-of-the-Year list at Quill & Quire
"Finely crafted and pared down to their bare essentials," sings the heavenly Quire: "These are stories that work on multiple levels, and continue to divulge their secrets after several rereadings."

Malarky is one of The Georgia Straight's Best Books of the Year ... thrice over.
Quoth Alexander Varty: "The immensely gifted Anakana Schofield’s vivid study of a middle-aged Irish housewife’s nervous breakdown has a huge heart and a fierce brain; Malarky is, by a wide margin, the most memorable fiction I’ve read this year." (... I think the phrase is boo-ya?) Malarky is the first-ever book to be selected by three of the Straight's annual round-up critics, with other endorsements coming from Michael Hingston ("Joe Biden may have done more to repopularize the word malarky this year, but Schofield’s electrifying novel will leave a much longer impression"), and Books Editor Brian Lynch ("a fully realized marvel  ... raw, sad, funny ... and yet consistently surprising"). 

Emma Donoghue Comes Out in Favour of Malarky
No link for this one, but the author of ROOM has said this about Our Woman's saga: "A caustic, funny and moving fantasia of an Irish mammy going round the bend."

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

The Weekend in Review; Sleeps till Zombies, Two!

Afternoon, folks, and happy Tuesday. It was a good if busy weekend here at HQ, what with BookFest Windsor blasting through town and a spate of new reviews to yap about. See them yet on our spiffy new Facebook page? Which you should like, if you haven't already? Yes? Yes. Go. Do it now.* 

So ... here we are. Two more hits (pow pow!) for Anakana Schofield, who was a knockout at IFOA and written up by her panel's moderator (Susan Cole of NOW). Since when does invoking Ulysses get you hopped up and down on? Find out here. And should you be curious as to why AK would claim that "Behind every vice president is a Canadian episodic novel"—which is to say, if you missed that THING in the VP debates—take a look at her IFOA questionnaire

It was also a good weekend for short story champ Nadine McInnis, who appeared at the Ottawa Book Festival on Sunday and was interviewed ("Confronting Mortality") in Saturday's Ottawa Citizen. Both the citizen and the Windsor Star also ran syndications of Emily Keeler's piece from the Post last week (hup hup)! Last but not least, Quill & Quire, stalwart as they are, had a few nice nicenesses to say about Craig Boyko's Psychology and Other Stories

Last but not least, she says with a tremor and a shiver and a quake, there are only TWO MORE SLEEPS till Mark Kingwell launches Unruly Voices at Type Books. (It's possible that zombies make me a little queasy.) RSVP on the you-know-where today! 

*I had to get that plea out of the way early before I talk about Mark's book, since, um, the third sentence of the jacket copy may or may not suggest that facebook-style 'likes' are eroding complex notions of personhood. Sigh. So 'like' us if you like us, and if not the latter, pretend.