In the July/August issue, Q&Q looks ahead at fall’s most anticipated titles.
ART, LITERATURE, AND POP CULTURE
The latest entries in Coach House Books’ Exploded Views series offer critiques of the art world and mass surveillance, respectively. In Curationism: How Curating Took Over the Art World and Everything Else ($13.95 pa.), David Balzer explores the “cult of curation” in contemporary culture, while The Inspection House: An Impertinent Field Guide to Modern Surveillance ($13.95 pa.), by Emily Horne and Tim Maly, revisits Foucault’s Discipline and Punish. Both titles appear in September. • Calgary journalist Chris Turner has emerged as one of the country’s leading chroniclers of pop culture, innovation, and the environment. His new book, How to Breathe Underwater (Biblioasis, $19.95 pa., Sept.), collects essays on diverse subjects, from The Simpsons to the Great Bear Rainforest.
Noted critic and editor John Metcalf (winner of the 2014 Libris Award for editor of the year) offers a primer on Canada’s preeminent literary form. The Canadian Short Story (Oberon Press, $39.95 cl., $19.95 pa., Nov.) highlights 50 of the most important collections from the last half-century, and includes brief critical remarks and excerpts from the works. • Editors Fred Wah and Amy De’Ath take a similar approach in Toward. Some. Air: Remarks on Poetics (Banff Centre Press, $21.95 pa., Nov.), described as a “landmark collection” of profiles, statements, and essays – as well as a few “exemplary poems” – by and about contemporary poets including Dionne Brand, Nicole Brossard, Daphne Marlatt, Lisa Robertson, and many others. • Journalist and critic Jeet Heer offers his take on a diverse range of literary subjects – including Margaret Atwood, Douglas Coupland, Leon Rooke, Yann Martel, and Marshall McLuhan – in the essay collection Sweet Lechery (The Porcupine’s Quill, $24.95 pa., Dec.).
The Northwest Coast of North America has been a hub of distinctive artistic practice for centuries. Native Art of the Northwest Coast: A History of Changing Ideas (UBC Press, $75 pa., Aug.), by Charlotte Townsend-Gault, Jennifer Kramer, and Ki-ke-in, is an ambitious survey of the region, and looks at how the concept of native art has evolved over the years. (The book, originally published in a 1,000-plus page hardcover edition that retails for $195, is the winner of the Art Libraries Society of America’s 2014 Melva J. Dwyer Award.) • Poet and Queen’s University professor Armand Ruffo tackles the legacy of one of Canada’s greatest painters in Norval Morrisseau: Man Changing into Thunderbird (D&M, $32.95 cl., Sept.).
Vancouver’s Figure 1 Publishing has several new artist-focused books out this fall. Kim Dorland ($50 cl., Oct.), by Robert Enright, Katarina Atanassova, and Jeffrey Spalding, is a retrospective and critical assessment of the contemporary artist’s groundbreaking career, while Harold Town ($45 cl., Nov.), by Iris Nowell, is a biographical chronicle of the late painter, known as “the Picasso of Canada.”