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Paper Hotel
rob mclennan

Short-listed for the Archibald Lampman Award 2003. Short-listed authors’ reading 26 March 2003, 7:30 pm, @ Mother Tongue Books, 1067 Bank St, Ottawa ON

“What appears at times to be a frenzied rate of publication is better viewed as a persistent, thoughtful engagement between mr. mclennan, the contemporary Canadian poetic canon, and his need to verbally catalogue the minutiae of everyday experience. Where rob has begun to make his own way is in the decomposition of ideas into apparently illogical collisions of fragmentary thoughts. rob’s voice is fundamentally lyric and the design of his work is plastic — meaning that it is essential to regard rob’s work with the same eyes you would use to look at a painting by, say, Greg Curnoe.”
— Stephen Brockwell, The Litwit Review

“Only a few writers rob’s age are as deeply immersed in the progressive end of our literary traditions, yet the humour on the surface of rob’s work, the love of indirection and disjuncture (a la jwcurry), undercuts the obvious sincerity. [A] successful poem is a little closer to being a miracle, a living thing on the knife edge between clarity and chaos.”
— Eric Folsom, Arc magazine

Paper Hotel is a book of love poems. the 7th full-length collection by award-winning poet rob mclennan, Paper Hotel is written in the clear & evasive style mclennan has become known for, poems working in constant shift, to re-evaluate themselves. Paper Hotel is an experiment in brevity, boiled down to the bone. as Calgary poet, critic & publisher derek beaulieu recently wrote in a review of harvest: a book of signifiers (Talonbooks, 2001), mclennan is “...continuously re-appraising his own writing, & consciously setting up challenges for himself, he flourishes to learn ways of critiquing & troubling his own writing practices.” writing on love, geography & distance, these poems move with a sense of quiet urgency, folding in on themselves. worn on the sleeve, a collection that exists as fragments of a particular whole, with the cohesion of a single long poem, as the building around burns bare to the ground.

rob mclennan was winner of the Canadian Authors Association Air Canada Award in 1999 for most promising writer under the age of 30. He is a writer, critic, visual artist, editor/publisher of above/ground press & STANZAS magazine, editor of the cauldron books series published by Broken Jaw Press, & runs small press action network-ottawa (span-o). He has published poetry, fiction & critical writing across Canada, the United States, India, Australia, the UK & Czech Republic. The editor of four anthologies, including You & Your Bright Ideas: New Montreal Writing (with Andy Brown, Vehicule Press, 2001), he keeps telling people in bars that he is finishing a novel. He lives & breathes in Ottawa, Ontario.
His books with Broken Jaw include being one of five poets in Open 24 Hours (1997), Notes on drowning (1998), Manitoba highway map (1999), bagne, or Criteria for Heaven (2000), editor of & contributor to Shadowy Technicians: New Ottawa Poets (2000), Paper Hotel (2002), and Groundswell, editor (2003).

Cover painting by Danny Hussey, Ottawa ON

August 2002 / 8.5” x 5.5” / 120 pp / poetry (BISAC: POE011000)
Broken Jaw Press
ISBN 1-55391-004-4 (tp) / $18.95
BJP eBook 44, ISBN 1-55391-005-2 (PDF)

Book Tour
5 Sept, 6:30-7 pm: Radio interview on Literary Landscape with host Jane Crosier. CKCU 93.1 FM, Ottawa ON

Sept 11, 7:23 am: Television interview on breakfast @ the ro, CHRO TV, Ottawa ON

12 Sept, 7:30 pm: the official launch @ poetry 101, a reading series at Gallery 101, 236 Nepean St, Ottawa ON. Booksales by Collected Works

6 Oct, 7:30 pm: Reading @ Lit Live Reading Series, Junction Cafe & Lounge, 197 King William St (at Ferguson Ave North), Hamilton, ON

9 October, 4 pm: reading @ St. Jerome's University, University of Waterloo

9 October, 8 pm: Reading – @ Mostly Organic Juice Bar & Café, 119 King St W, Kitchener ON. $5 cover. Info: James McAuliffe, 519 744 1657

10 Oct: Radio – interview and reading on CFMU 93.3 FM, McMaster University, Hamilton ON

10 Oct, 7 pm: reading @ The Bookshelf. 41 Quebec St, Guelph ON. Info: 519 821 3311

13 October, 8 pm: reading @ Victory Café, 581 Markham St (near Bathurst & Bloor), Toronto, as part of ADDITIONAL PUB FARE (the remnants of the Idler Pub Reading Series)

26 Oct, 12-5 pm: @ ottawa small press book fair: autumn edition (sponsored by the small press action network-ottawa (span-o)), Glebe Community Centre, 690 Lyon (@ Second Av off Bank St), Ottawa

27 Oct, 8 pm: Reading @ Café Sarajevo, 2080 Clark St, Montreal QC

1 Nov, 8 pm: Reading @ The Starry Dynamo Café, 4342 Main St, Vancouver BC

3 Nov, 9 pm: Reading @ THUNDERIN WORD HEARD, Cafe Montmartre, 4362 Main St (at 28th), Vancouver BC. Info: t-paul at 604 879 8111

4 Nov, 10 am to 12 noon: talk @ Simon Fraser University at Harbour Centre, room 2290 - 515 West Hastings St, Vancouver BC. Info: Ron Woodward, 604 291 5243

4 Nov, 9 pm: Reading @ the Vancouver Poetry Slam, Cafe Deux Soleils, 2096 Commercial Drive (at 5th). Info: Randy Jacobs at 604 215 9239, or

7 Nov, 12 noon: Radio interview on Booklit, CFUV FM 102, Victoria

7 Nov, 7 pm: Reading @ Claremont Library, 4980 Wesley Rd, Victoria BC

8 Nov, 7:30 pm: Reading @ Mocambo Reading Series @ The Mocambo Café, 1028 Blanshard St, Victoria BC

12 Nov: @ Olive Reading Series, Martini’s Bar & Grill, 9910-109 St, Edmonton AB

15 Nov, 7 pm: Reading @ Triangle Gallery, 104-800 MacLeod Trail South, Calgary AB

21 Nov, 7:30 pm: Reading @ McNally-Robinson Portage Place, Winnipeg MB

17 April 7-8:30 pm: Reading @ Central Library Auditorium, Pickering ON