Skip to main content Skip to search Skip to search

Poetry Canadian

Invisible Library, The

by (author) Paul Wilson

Radiant Press
Initial publish date
May 2013
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    May 2013
    List Price

Add it to your shelf

Where to buy it


The Invisible Library is a book of poems that reframes the presence of the book in the in our collective imagination, and in the increasingly frenetic world we live in. The term "invisible books" refers to book titles that only appear in other books, that is to say all manner of books unwritten, unread, unpublished, and unfound. Wilson, a poet, editor and publisher has written a collection of invisible book poems that are at once startling and revelatory in their imagistic and metaphorical intent. Each poem captures the nature of a compelling and improbable volume, and delves into the very essence of human imagination. Within these poems are striking voices from the past, the present and the future that lead the reader into fascinating thematic and psychological territory. The Invisible Library, Wilson's fifth collection, explores our passion for the book as an instinctive and cultural touchstone. Much like Guttenberg's unmatched technology, this finely-crafted collection captures the personal within the universal.

About the author

Paul Wilson is an award-winning freelance journalist, magazine editor, radio producer and translator of Czech literature. He has contributed essays, articles and reviews to many north American and European publications, including The New Yorker, The New York Review of Books, The Globe and Mail, The Toronto Starand other literary and general interest magazines including The Walrus, which he helped establish as deputy editor and then editor (2003-4), Saturday Night, where he was Senior Editor from 1998- 2001, The Idler(Associate Editor, 1988-1992), and Books in Canada. He has worked as a books producer for three national CBC Radio shows: The Arts Tonight, with Shelagh Rogers; Morningside, with Peter Gzowski, and This Morning with Michael Enright and Avril Benoit. He has translated many plays, essays, books, and speeches by Václav Havel. His translation of The Engineer of Human Souls, by Josef Škvorecký, was awarded the Governor General's Award for Fiction in 1984, and his translation of Ivan Klíma's My Golden Trades was short listed for the Independent newspaper's International Translation Award in 1993. His latest published translations include Mr. Kafka and Other Tales from the Time of the Cult (2015) and All My Cats (2019), both by Bohumil Hrabal.

Paul Wilson's profile page


  • Short-listed, Saskatchewan Book Awards: Saskatchewan Arts Board Poetry Award
  • Short-listed, Saskatchewan Book Awards: Ministry of Parks, Culture and Sport Publishing Award
  • Short-listed, Saskatchewan Book Awards: Drs. Morris and Jacqui Shumiatcher Regina Book Award

Editorial Reviews

"Paul Wilson has this transparency, this chameleon capacity to become what he sees. It is as if he would absorb the whole world and offer it back as a gift." Rosemary Sullivan

Other titles by Paul Wilson

Related lists