The Sparrow: Cover Design and Launch Dates

Then the strong one was off,
a willing arrow, gone, curving into the trees.
-from “Death of a Sparrow,” The Sparrow

I’m pleased to show off the cover design of my forthcoming book, The Sparrow: Selected Poems, A. F. Moritz, whose official “birth date” from Anansi is April 3, 2018. Many thanks to Alysia Shewchuk at Anansi for the cover design, which features a watercolour by Giovanni da Udine (1487-1561). Udine was a student and assistant of Raphael and was known, according to Vasari, for having created a book of birds “which was so well varied and so beautiful that it was a recreation and delight to Rafaello.”

The poem cited above, “Death of a Sparrow,” will be available as a limited edition broadside, which can be purchased on its own, in coordination with this soft-cover edition featuring the Udine, or in coordination with a limited edition hardcover book.

Below, you’ll find links to the key U.S. and Canadian launch dates for The Sparrow. During the second week of April, I will be happy to celebrate with fellow Anansi poets Emma Healey, who launches Stereoblind, and Mikko Harvey, who launches Unstable Neighbourhood Rabbit.

April 10: Brooklyn, NY, USA, 7:00 pm, Anansi Poets, McNally Jackson Booksellers (Williamsburg), 78 North 4th Street

April 12: Toronto, 7:00 pm, Anansi Poetry Bash, Henderson Brewing Company, 128A Sterling Road

April 13: Montreal, 7:00 pm, Anansi Poetry Bash, La Petite Librarie Drawn & Quarterly, 176 Bernard West

April 14: Ottawa, 5:00 pm, Anansi Poetry Bash, Manx Pub, 370 Elgin Street 

April 30: Toronto, 7:00 pm, Eh! List: Lyrical Fire, Iconic Poets, Moritz & Chiasson, Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge Street

May 25: Toronto, 7:00pm, A.F. Moritz Lovefest, knife | fork | book, 244 Augusta, Second Floor

A full schedule can be accessed via my Events page.

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