Shocking news has reached us that the office of Vancouver's New Star Books was hit by an arson attack in the early morning of 7 March.

Thankfully, no-one was hurt, but water damage has ruined much of New Star's stock, including all copies of the fifth printing of Lisa Robertson's Debbie: an epic.

Reality Street was the UK co-publisher of Debbie (of which a few copies remain here), as well as Lisa Robertson's subsequent book The Weather. We are due to co-operate again with New Star in the next year or two to bring out David Bromige's Collected Poems on both sides of the Atlantic.

My very best wishes to Rolf Maurer and all at New Star, who are showing admirable chutzpah following this setback. And let's hope the perpetrators are brought to justice soon.