BLOG: Best Canadian Poetry #4: A Night with Brick Books

It was another evening of spirited poets and fine cuisine on Wednesday as Windup hosted the fourth monthly installment of The Best Canadian Poetry Reading series. The event is held at the restaurant on the third Wednesday of every month and features a new publisher each time. Brick Books, which publishes poetry exclusively, brought in four fantastic and varied writers for the show.

“I’m glad once a Brick poet, always a Brick poet,” quipped Maureen Scott Harris. Brick Books published her debut collection A Possible Landscape in 1993, and twenty-one years later she’s still more than happy to represent the illustrious team of poets alongside Maureen Hynes, Steve McOrmond and Nico Rogers.  

The show was once again coupled with exquisite dishes designed by Chef Yumiko Kobayashi. The Cajun Atlantic salmon was combined with a pineapple salsa and seasonal vegetables for a fresh, summery bite, and the Mustard chicken breast melted in your mouth. Dessert was an assortment of three dishes, so cravings are always satisfied.  

“What you’re doing here, pairing amazing cuisine with top class writing, is art,” said one happy customer.

Well, that’s at least what we’re aiming for. We want to provide the best of both worlds, culinary and cultural, while still making the restaurant feel like a home. Sometimes it’s hard work, but it’s just so much fun.

Join us for the next event on August 20th with Cormorant Books and see for yourself.

Be sure to check out Brick Books’ poetry podcasts, a collection of over 1,000 poems recorded by their authors. I suggest listening to Antony Di Nardo read from Alien, Correspondent. He reads a few of the poems outside to great effect.

Nico Rogers

Atlantic Salmon and Mustard Chicken

Brick Books general manager Kitty Lewis

Dinner between readings.

Steve McOrmond

Audience member Kelly receives a $25 gift certificate from the raffle.

From left: Sang Kim, Kitty Lewis, Steve McOrmond, Nico Rogers, Maureen Scott Harris, Maureen Hynes.

Maureen Scott Harris

Maureen Hynes