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Daniel Scott Tysdal & Jim Johnstone Hybrid Book Launch

Tuesday Oct 18 2022 7:00 pm, Saskatoon, Travel Alcove & YouTube

Join Daniel Scott Tysdal and Jim Johnstone for the joint hybrid launch of The End Is in the Middle (Goose Lane Editions) & Infinity Network (Vehicule Press). 

The launch will be hosted live in the Travel Alcove of McNally Robinson Booksellers, Saskatoon and also available as a simultaneous YouTube stream with live chat. The video will be available for viewing thereafter. Before arriving, please review details of how to attend physical events here at the store.

About The End Is in the Middle:

Daring in form and unflinching in its gaze, Daniel Scott Tysdal’s The End Is in the Middle examines madness as lived experience and artistic method. Taking inspiration from Al Jaffee’s illustrated fold-ins in MAD magazine, Tysdal explores living with mental illness through a new kind of poetry: the fold-in poem.

Daniel Scott Tysdal is an award-winning writer, filmmaker and teacher. He is the author of three poetry collections, including the ReLit Award-winning Predicting the Next Big Advertising Breakthrough Using a Potentially Dangerous Method and the widely acclaimed Fauxccasional Poems. He is also the author of the poetry textbook The Writing Moment and gave a viral-trending TEDx talk, “Everything You Need to Write a Poem (and How It Can Save a Life).” Tysdal teaches at the University of Toronto Scarborough.

About Infinity Network:

Infinity Network completes Jim Johnstone’s ambitious trilogy which began with Dog Ear (2014) and continued with The Chemical Life (2017). Central to each volume is the struggle with identity at a time of great social change. Justifiably acclaimed for his exquisite rendering of acute states of mind, Johnstone explores pressing questions about the ubiquity of surveillance and social media, and evokes, with a powerful intelligence, the neurosis of living in a consumerism-obsessed era. Infinity Network not only attempts to capture the changing ideas of personhood, but also tries to create a new kind of verse to track it—a complex, bold, stark style able to give uncanny interiority to our digital dreads. As our lives descend further into disinformation and algorithmic control, Johnstone has emerged as the laureate of, in Keats’s words, truth “proved upon our pulses.”

Jim Johnstone is the author of five collections of poetry. He is the recipient of a CBC Literary Award, The Fiddlehead’s Ralph Gustafson Poetry Prize, and Poetry's Editors Prize for Book Reviewing. He curates the Anstruther Books imprint at Palimpsest Press, where he published The Next Wave: An Anthology of 21st Century Canadian Poetry (2018). He lives in Toronto.

See:

The End Is in the Middle

- Daniel Scott Tysdal

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Daring in form and unflinching in its gaze, Daniel Scott Tysdal's latest poetry collection examines madness as lived experience and artistic method. Taking inspiration from Al Jaffee's illustrated fold-ins in MAD magazine, Tysdal explores living with mental illness through a new kind of poetry: the fold-in poem.

In this innovative collection, each poem does not end at the bottom of the page; instead, the reader is invited to complete the poem by folding the page to reveal the final line. From the effects of being "smiled into an elephantine line" at Pearson International Airport to the rites of official memory and forgetting at a baseball game in the aftermath of tragedy, Tysdal probes both his own psyche and the myriad environments that work to enfold those who are deemed mad.

Infinity Network

- Jim Johnstone

Trade paperback $19.95 - Add to Cart
Reader Reward Price: $17.96

Infinity Network completes Jim Johnstone's ambitious trilogy which began with Dog Ear (2014) and continued with The Chemical Life (2017). Central to each volume is the struggle with identity at a time of great social change. Justifiably acclaimed for his exquisite rendering of acute states of mind, Johnstone explores pressing questions about the ubiquity of surveillance and social media, and evokes, with a powerful intelligence, the neurosis of living in a consumerism-obsessed era. Infinity Network not only attempts to capture the changing ideas of personhood, but also tries to create a new kind of verse to track it--a complex, bold, stark style able to give uncanny interiority to our digital dreads. As our lives descend further into disinformation and algorithmic control, Johnstone has emerged as the laureate of, in Keats's words, truth "proved upon our pulses."