A Nice Place to Visit
The Story of Two American Filmmakers
It’s difficult to describe A Nice Place to Visit. Some will say it’s not a book of poetry at all — but that’s just because it’s funny and has reviews of bad movies and advice on things like love. Also, it’s a kind of travelogue: you get to go to Costa Rica and look at plants and and stuff and think more about love. And oh yeah, the book tells you who not to sleep with — that’s very important. And have you ever heard of John Wildman, the guy who starred in the Canadian hit movie My American Cousin? Well, there’s an ode to him. There are memorable lines like “Lois and Fran gave me a frying pan.” (But you probably won’t like it if you haven’t heard of Parker Posey. You have heard of Parker Posey, right?) Mostly it’s about things you’ll always remember — like that summer when the boys in Montreal were all wearing underwear that said “Home Of The Brave.” You know . . . It’s a nice place to visit — but I wouldn’t want to live there.
Sky Gilbert is a writer, director, and drag queen extraordinaire. He was co-founder, and artistic director of Buddies in Bad Times Theatre (North America’ s largest gay and lesbian theatre) for 18 years. His novels Guilty, St. Stephen’ s, I Am Kasper Klotz, and Brother Dumb were critically acclaimed. ECW published his two previous collections of poetry: Digressions of a Naked Party Girl, Temptations For A Juvenile Delinquent and also his theatre memoir Ejaculations From The Charm Factory. He has received two Dora Mavor Moore Awards and the Pauline McGibbon Award for theatre directing, and he was the recipient of The Margo Bindhardt Award (from the Toronto Arts Foundation), The Silver Ticket Award (from the Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts), and the ReLit Award (for his fourth novel, An English Gentleman). Of his recent novella Wit In Love The Globe and Mail said: “ This little surprise package may be one of the best and funniest books published in Canada this year.” Dr. Gilbert holds a University Research Chair in Creative Writing and Theatre Studies at The School of English and Theatre Studies at the University of Guelph.