Dante, Science, Masculinity and Travels: New Books of Note

Much-anticipated, curious, or simply thrilling, here are some new and notable books out this month.

Dante’s House by Richard Greene (Vehicule Press) — Greene’s verses begin by tackling the intangible — the faint, grey areas of “rumours, misunderstandings and half-truths that often comprise our knowledge of the others” — and end with an homage in form and setting that should be very familiar to il Poeta and nothing short of spectacular for the reader. Release Date: October 1, 2013.

dark enough to dancedante's house

Dark Enough to Dance by Colin Hayward (Scrivener Press) — Four characters travel to England, Cuba, Thailand and France across the span of two novellas and two short stories packed into one neat book. As is wont to happen during travels, learning local cultures not only serves to enlighten and shock but leads to vital self-realizations. Release Date: October 1, 2013.

Deep Too by Stan Dragland (BookThug) — The founder of Brick Books and Brick Magazine writes about “the phenomenon of male strut and competition” in a collection of non-fiction stories striving to rise above penis jokes while scrutinizing the meaning of “masculinity.” (Sounds like a must-read in the aftermath of the Gilmour scandal.) Release Date: October 1, 2013. (Reading from Deep Too by Stan Dragland, November 2, 2013.)

FallsyDownsies

Fallsy Downsies by Stephanie Domet (Invisible Publishing) — An aged Canadian musician sets out to atone for past mistakes through his songs, doggedly tagged throughout this mission by two youngsters: a photojournalist and a younger musician who idolizes him. Release Date: October 1, 2013.

light light

Light Light by Julie Joosten (BookThug) — Joosten’s poems pass through time and reiterate the histories of science, from study of natural history to the contemporary plight of global warming. At the heart of these verses is the human mind at work, ever engaged with the world at large through continual exploration of it. Release Date: October 1, 2013.

About the author

Elizabeth Lee

Elizabeth Lee is a graduate of the English Specialist program at the University of Toronto and an intern at The Toronto Review of Books.

By Elizabeth Lee