Best of 2022 - Benjamin
December 18, 2022
Plans for Sentences
A tour de force of dizzying brilliance, Gladman’s book blurs the distinctions between text and image, recognizing that drawing can be a form of...More Info
Rehearsals for Living
Robyn Maynard, Leanne Betasamosake Simpson
A revolutionary collaboration about the world we're living in now, between two of our most important contemporary thinkers, writers and activists.When the world entered...More Info
I remember, back in 2018, attending a conversation between Robyn Maynard and Leanne Betasamosake Simpson at La Sala Rossa. That afternoon felt like a special encounter between two of the foremost thinkers in so-called Canada, and it seemed a shame to relegate it to a couple of hours. I’m glad that their conversation continued beyond that afternoon, and I am so grateful to have it available to us all.
Theresa Hak Kyung Cha
Newly restored, this version of Theresa Hak Kyung Cha’s masterpiece honors the author's original intentions and vision for the book. Originally published in 1982,...More Info
A reprint of an elliptical, multilingual, polyphonic masterpiece. We have so little left to us by Theresa Hak Kyung Cha—a too-short life—and yet we have so much.
When We Lost Our Heads
From the bestselling author of The Lonely Hearts Hotel, a spellbinding story about two young women whose friendship is so intense it not only...More Info
O’Neill’s latest novel conjoins a mythic Montréal with a scrape-knee, headlong, at-times-too-actual Montréal. This is a city animated by its self-contradictions — in When We Lost Our Heads, the city is presenced by two characters whose efforts to disentangle from one another only serve to narrow the knot.
Birds of Maine
Take flight to this post-apocalyptic utopia filled with birds. Take flight to this post-apocalyptic utopia filled with birds.Long after the demise of humankind, birds...More Info
At this point, I know to trust DeForge. He does not miss! Through DeForge we can despair and delight at the strange shapes of our imagined futures.
the half-drowned is a vision of a future at the end of the world where what survives is the shapeshifting love of family both...More Info
A mesmeric work of speculative, Afrofuturist fiction which enfolds ancestral knowledge and lyric apperception not merely as narrative techniques, but as mappings for ways forward. Delaney was awarded the Concordia First Book Prize for this novella – well deserved recognition for a thoroughly impressive new talent. I’m looking forward to whatever’s next.
Nomenclature: New and Collected Poems
An immense achievement, comprising a decades-long career—new and collected poetry from one of Canada’s most honoured and significant poets.Spanning almost four decades, Dionne Brand’s...More Info
Brand is arguably the most accomplished poet at work in so-called Canada, and this collection—spanning nearly four decades—not only collects a towering body of work, but demonstrates a thinker and maker who refuses to stay put.
A Minor Chorus
An urgent first novel about breaching the prisons we live inside from one of Canada’s most daring literary talents.An unnamed narrator abandons his unfinished...More Info
It took me some time to acclimatize to Belcourt’s project, but once I was in I was in. In my opinion, the highest achievement of A Minor Chorus is its quality of attention: to histories vast and narrow, to one’s selves, to the languages which occur within and between bodies.
Scenes of Subjection
The groundbreaking debut by the award-winning author of Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments, revised and updated. Saidiya Hartman has been praised as “one of our...More Info
To mark its 25th anniversary, W.W. Norton has issued a new edition of Saidiya Hartman’s work of acute and dislodging scholarship. An indispensable book; a welcome reissue.
Est-ce qu'un artiste peut être heureux ?
La quête du bonheur est-elle une exigence dictée par la psychologie ou une illusion créée par la société de consommation, la culture populaire, les...More Info
Is it an unanswerable question? I admire O’Neill’s method: each of the interviewees’ particular sensibility is given care and close attention such that each of these twelve interviews become a singular ecosystem of thought-in-image.
The Orphic Voice
A wondrously written book of literary criticism and philosophy that maps the relationship between poetry and natural history, connecting verse from poets such as...More Info
A book which takes very seriously the relationship between language and mind and the world(s) in which those substances busy themselves. A book about the biology of melody and the examination of insight.
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From LAMBDA Literary Award winner Sina Queyras, Rooms offers a peek into the defining spaces a young queer writer moved through as they found...More Info
The Philosophy of Modern Song
The Philosophy of Modern Song is Bob Dylan’s first book of new writing since 2004’s Chronicles: Volume One—and since winning the Nobel Prize for...More Info
An immersive curation of Geneviève Castrée's stunning life's work and expansive artistic legacy It's not easy to label an artist like Geneviève Castrée—cartoonist, illustrator,...More Info
From the author of The Baudelaire Fractal, a poetry classic, with new work In 2004, boldly original poet Lisa Robertson published a chapbook, Rousseau’s...More Info
En 1990, Julie Delporte n’a encore jamais vu de butch, mais sa tante préférée chasse et fume le cigare. Presque vingt ans plus tard,...More Info
Breathturn into Timestead
2015 National Translation Award Winner in PoetryPaul Celan, one of the greatest German-language poets of the twentieth century, created an oeuvre that stands as...More Info
Memory Rose into Threshold Speech
Memory Rose into Threshold Speech gathers the poet Paul Celan's first four books, written between 1952 and 1963, which established his reputation as a...More Info
From the award-winning author of Bang Crunch and Boo, Jones is the harrowing, funny, utterly unforgettable story of a pair of siblings attempting to...More Info
Who Is Queen? 4: Alexis Pauline Gumbs, Susan Howe
Alexis Pauline Gumbs, Susan Howe
Poets and writers Susan Howe and Alexis Pauline Gumbs read each other’s work and discuss reading and being read as an act of intimacyPublished...More Info
Too Much of Life
The things I’ve learned from taxi drivers would be enough to fill a book. They know a lot: they really do get around. I...More Info