Goose Lane’s 60th Anniversary

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These festive buttons and stickers were the style statements of the night.

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!

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Don McKay reads from Angular Unconformity, a new anthology of his collected poems.

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The scene at the reception. Can you spot Qwerty Managing Editor Micah (hint: look for a kilt)?

The book table, courtesy of Westminster Books.

The book table, courtesy of Westminster Books.

Picaroons' specialty Goose Lane anniversary brew: the aptly named Page Turner.

Picaroons’ specialty Goose Lane anniversary brew: the aptly named Page Turner.

Qwerty's Art Editor Billy (right) and a friend sample the Page Turner--they approved.

Qwerty’s Art Editor Billy (right) and a friend sample the Page Turner–they approved.

Hand-crafted anniversary mugs.

Hand-crafted anniversary mugs.

There were also cakes. One cake for each of Goose Lane's six decades of publishing excellence, to be exact...

There were also cakes. One cake for each of Goose Lane’s six decades of publishing excellence, to be exact…

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