Friday, October 3rd, Qwerty attended a celebration for the 60th anniversary of Goose Lane publishing. The timing was fortuitous: because this was the night before Poetry Weekend, it was well-attended by local and visiting writers, and kicked off a glorious weekend of literary shenanigans.
The evening included readings by several writers published by Goose Lane, including Nancy Bauer, Don McKay, John Barton, and UNB’s own Mark Anthony Jarman. Publishers Julie Scriver and Suzanne Anderson offered a brief history of the press, including “the birth of a goose from a fiddlehead;” Goose Lane was originally an offshoot of The Fiddlehead, Qwerty’s beloved cousin and neighbour on the UNB campus. A plentiful book sales table provided a glance through the many gorgeous books produced by Goose Lane over the years, and even Picaroons was on hand to launch a gooseberry ale brewed especially to celebrate the press’ anniversary. Happy birthday, Goose Lane!