Book launch: I know something you don't know

Join me as I launch my debut poetry collection “I know something you don’t know” (Gordon Hill Press). The evening will feature a reading from the author and special guests (TBA). There will be snacks, celebration, and witchy poems!

March 31, 2020
Shelf Life Books
1302 4 St SW, Calgary, AB T2R 0X8
7PM to 9PM

About the book:

Amy LeBlanc’s debut poetry collection, I know something you don’t know, resides in the intersection of folklore and femininity. With fairy-tale lucidity and fluid voice, the poems in this collection weave through the seams between story and fact. This debut collection is alluring and noxious like hemlock, foxglove, and blooming wildflowers.

“Armed with an unusual eye for beauty, Amy LeBlanc rejects traditional notions of personhood in I Know Something You Don’t Know, and instead reworks characters from mythology and folklore to create formidable new avatars. Even if there are moments where LeBlanc “dress[es] disease / in linen gloves,” there’s no escaping the virulent impact of her narratives, or the full-force of her superb debut.” – Jim Johnstone, editor of The Next Wave: An Anthology of 21st Century Canadian Poetry

“Upon first encounter with Amy LeBlanc’s work, one is transported to a world where nature, flesh, and a keen observation of quiet moments collide to create a body of work that trembles with a humble intelligence, aided by undeniably rich language. In a land of lungs, rib cages, and kidneys, strewn about flowers and surveilled by attentive birds, LeBlanc is the master puppeteer of a carefully crafted and fascinating world where luridness is tender and imagination is wild.” – Afieya Kipp, Editor in Chief of Vessel Press

Copies will be available for 20$.

About the author:

Amy LeBlanc is an MA student in English Literature and creative writing at the University of Calgary and non-fiction editor at filling Station magazine. She is the author of two chapbooks, most recently “Ladybird, Ladybird” published with Anstruther Press (August 2018). Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Room, PRISM International, and the Literary Review of Canada among others. Amy’s debut poetry collection, I know something you don’t know, is forthcoming with Gordon Hill Press in Spring 2020. Her short story collection “Homebodies” will be published by Pedlar Press in 2021. Her novella “Unlocking” will be published by the UCalgary Press in their Brave and Brilliant Series in 2022.

A note on accessibility: Shelf Life is on the 3 and 17 bus routes, near the 90, and a 10 minute walk from the 4th Street SW train stop downtown. Street parking is free after 6 pm. Our store is ground level, with no stairs or inclines. Our washrooms are non-gendered, one with wheelchair accessibility, though our doors do not open automatically. Please contact us at 403-265-1033 or contact@shelflifebooks.ca with any questions or requests.

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