Malleable Forms: Selected Essays by Meeka Walsh

For 30 years Meeka Walsh has been the Editor of the Canadian art magazine Border Crossings. This carefully selected compilation of her much-admired essays makes for a thoughtful and engaging book— rich, broad, and far-ranging. In his introductory essay Barry Schwabsky notes that, “To write an essay—an essay in the classic sense, that of Montaigne or Hazlitt—means to take a thought out for a walk. It gets interesting when you don’t know where it’s going—when it’s digressive, mercurial. Walsh writes essays that way.”

Collapsing the boundaries between “criticism” and the “personal essay”, Walsh’s writings are stunning examples of how to look, how to feel, how to see. — Chris Kraus

With this collection of forty-seven pieces on literature, painting, photography, music and a multitude of other fascinations, hauntings and obsessions, Meeka Walsh stakes out a position as one of today’s most omnivorous and original lyric-essayists. Her work is airborne, bearing aloft Robert Frank, Walter Benjamin, Fleur Jaeggy, Clarice Lispector, Rilke and Caravaggio on flights that never fail to nail their landings. I love this book. — Guy Maddin

Wednesday May 4th, join us as we celebrate the launch of Meeka Walsh’s selected essays collection Malleable Forms (ARP Books), featuring a conversation hosted by Robert Enright. The launch will be hosted live in the Atrium of McNally Robinson Booksellers, Grant Park, Winnipeg and is also available as a simultaneous YouTube stream with live chat. The video will be available for viewing thereafter.

Malleable Forms: Selected Essays by Meeka Walsh

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Meeka Walsh from top left to bottom right: At the Brion Tomb in Italy, carrying the newest Border Crossings tote, induction into the Order of Canada, proofing forms at press, installing work at Toronto Art Fair, checking images for upcoming Border Crossings issues.

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