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Conjugation by Phil Hall


Tuesday, May 24, 2016 - 6:00pm


Ben McNally Books

BookThug and Ben McNally Books are delighted to invite one and all to the launch of Phil Hall's new book of poetry, Conjugation at the shop on Tuesday, May 24th from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Admission is free of charge.

Conjugation by Phil Hall

Conjugation by Phil Hall

The term “conjugation” refers to more than the obvious grammatical movement of pronouns through time (I am / you are / they will be). For, in Biology, it also refers to the transfer of information between cells. And Conjugation-the new collection of poetry from award-winning poet Phil Hall-sees an open realm where individual letters inside a word are each rolling through their possibilities, from A to Z. Thereby, the language in this, Hall’s fourth collection of poetry to be published by BookThug, travels into and out of itself, as he says, “escaping my ego, while revealing, word by slightly different word, my deeper connections and disconnections to things-to what used to be called poetry’s ‘subjects.'”

As much care was taken with the writing of this collection as the shaping of the poems themselves. Replete with images of the natural world and in some cases, the mechanisms that transform it-horses, leaping fish, trees, canals and locks-Conjugation signals a return to the nature/nurture elements that have wound their way through his earlier collections, but also a versed ode to the discouragement that many Canadians have felt about the progression of their country and government over the past number of years.

Phil Hall is a writer, editor, and teacher. His first book, Eighteen Poems, was published in 1973. Among his many published titles are: Old Enemy Juice (1988); The Unsaid (1992); Hearthedral-A Folk-Hermetic (1996); An Oak Hunch (2005); White Porcupine (BookThug, 2007); Killdeer (BookThug, 2011; winner of the 2011 Governor General’s Literary Award for Poetry, the 2012 Trillium Book Award, and shortlisted for the 2012 Griffin Poetry Prize); The Small Nouns Crying Faith (BookThug, 2013); Guthrie Clothing: The Poetry of Phil Hall, a Selected Collage (2015); and My Banjo and Tiny Drawings (2015). Hall has taught writing at York University, Ryerson University, Seneca College, George Brown College, and elsewhere, and has held the position of Poetry Editor for BookThug since 2013. Conjugation is his latest book. Phil lives with his wife near Perth, Ontario.

Alice Dreger at Grano

Thursday, May 26, 2016 - 6:00pm

Grano Ristorante

Hosted by: Ben McNally Books

CGOV and Ben McNally Books present professor Alice Dreger, and her powerful and fascinating book Galileo's Middle Finger.
Drinks at 6, dinner at 6.30
Tickets are $100 per person, (includes full meal and wine, and all taxes, and a copy of the book) and must be purchased in advance. Call us 416.361.0032 with a credit card to make your reservation.

Globe & Mail/Ben McNally Books & Brunch

Sunday, May 29, 2016 - 10:00am

King Edward Hotel

Brunch is served in the Vanity Fair Ballroom on the 2nd floor of the King Edward Hotel. Tickets are $50.00 each (taxes included).

Please call us at (416) 361-0032 with your credit card information to reserve a ticket.

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