9781772140477PaperbackFICTION / Short StoriesOn Sale Date: October 06, 2016
$20.00 CAD8.89 x 8.32 x 0.69 in | 256 pagesCarton Quantity: 26Canadian Rights: YAnvil Press
Nathaniel G. Moore follows up his 2014 ReLit Award win for Savage with a diverse collection of short fiction, his first, Jettison, featuring stories which dangle somewhere between horror and romance.
"Jaws" explores a father's desire to over-share the erotic origins of his children's "Aunt" Louise; "Blade Runner" uncovers the darkest and most hilarious aspects of dating by delineating the psych ward politics surrounding a male mental patient with five girlfriends who takes apart his bed when they visit; in "A Higher Power," readers are introduced to a brave woman in recovery who shares a story about a time when all she could think about was Prime Minister Paul Martin and would do anything to crash charity dance-a-thons he might be attending; in "Son of Zodiac," Moore captures the ache of a life-spanning meltdown in the painfully polite confessions of a man who believes his father was the Zodiac Killer. Be grateful as you witness a portrait of vulgar torment when a young woman is given an English professor action figure for Christmas ("Professor Buggles").
Each of these stories is an all-inclusive getaway to hilarity and emotional atonement. Jettison is an all-you-can-eat buffet of literary invention: you'll be so glad you got an invite.
Praise for Jettison:
"wickedly fun to read" (Winnipeg Free Press)
Nathaniel G. Moore is the author of several books including, most recently, Jettison, and Savage 1986-2011 (Anvil Press), winner of the 2014 ReLit Award for best novel. His writing has appeared in subTerrain, Canadian Literature, Joyland, Taddle Creek, The Berkeley Review, This Magazine, and PRISM International. He lives on BC's Sunshine Coast with his partner and daughter and works as a book publicist.
9781772140484PaperbackFICTION / Short StoriesOn Sale Date: May 28, 2016
$18.00 CAD8.36 x 5.07 x 0.37 in | 160 pagesCarton Quantity: 54Canadian Rights: YAnvil Press
As If is a collection of stories that, as its title suggests, points at an indubitable truth: all literature is speculative. Goulden's, however, extends past the boundaries of conventional fiction into areas traditionally occupied by fantasy and magic realism. These stories rail against the industrial and digital mechanisms of our age and, in the great fabulist tradition, call upon its characters to take action, to reach beyond the repetitive anxiety of being a cog in the wheel of mechanical environmental destruction.
Sound too ethereal and abstract? It isn't. These stories are grounded in the physical reality of Vancouver and the Prairies of Canada, and they are grounded in the people who live there, whose successes and failures are kick-started by abrupt changes in their physical world. How the characters react to those challenges initiates a multitude of potential results. As if.
Some say that writing is a tool to tell ourselves stories about who and why we think we are. The characters in As If encounter physical laws that challenge conventional mindsets, and they create reality models whose assumptions don't always play out in expected ways. They are then compelled to revise their understanding of themselves and their world.
Forced evolution? Maybe.
These stories invite the reader to look down the highway, see what might be coming, and see what they might be able to do.
Praise for As If:
"From the little lies in 'Joy' to sud- den loss in 'As If,' to Mr. Jimmy in 'The Painted Hand,' Goulden looks at all the ways one's world can collapse. Each story works to steal the floor out from under its protagonist, with little or no warning, giving the overall impression that there's no such thing as sure footing in this world." (BC Bookworld)
Alban Goulden was born in Yorkton, Saskatchewan. He moved to Medicine Hat as a youth, and later attended Lethbridge Junior College, the University of Alberta, and Simon Fraser University. He has published one previous book of short stories, In the Wilderness (Repository Press) and a sci-fi novel HOME 1: Departure. He is about to publish HOME 2: Journey, and is working on HOME 3: Arrival. Alban has published stories, essays, and poems in Iron, Grain, and subTerrain, and taught English (including Creative Writing) for many years at Simon Fraser University and Langara College. Goulden moved to Vancouver in the mid-sixties and has been in Vancouver's Lower Mainland ever since. He now divides his time between Empress, Alberta and his home in New Westminster, BC.
9781772140491PaperbackFICTION / Short StoriesOn Sale Date: July 28, 2016
$20.00 CAD8.34 x 8.11 x 0.43 in | 192 pagesCarton Quantity: 48Canadian Rights: YAnvil Press
Montaigne Medal Finalist (Eric Hoffer Awards)
The stories in Cretacea and Other Stories from the Badlands mostly take place in hot weather, where dust and sweat envelop everyone and everything. A teenage boy spends a summer with his hard-livin', hard-drinkin', messed up uncle and has to fight for a position in his new, temporary "family." A recent widower gets swept up in the world of the local swingers' scene. A band of misfits struggles to survive at a makeshift commune. An eccentric woman with OCD has a strange fetish that involves the prescription delivery boy. For no particular reason, a fossil-collecting, poetry-reading loner decides to turn sniper and shoot up the town - selecting only non-human targets. Asphyxia games with a sexy transvestite go seriously awry. A distraught man enlists his friendly neighbour in a nighttime river search for his lost daughter.
Bored and desperate couples in a trailer park find unique ways to work out their kinks. The plans of a primed-for-action threesome are suddenly derailed when a badly beaten dog is spotted tied up to a parking meter. Fossils and prehistoric sleeping creatures, cattle, rivers, dusty highway gas stations, truck stop diners, guys in small towns with dead-end jobs and unfulfilled dreams, the smell of sage and the sound of cicadas in the air, and redemption is nowhere to be found ...
This is not the Alberta world of oil and hockey and wheat, but of people at night, living alternate lives, wearing clothes that usually remain hidden in the depths of closets. When they emerge from these closets wearing these clothes, these shopkeepers, lawyers, and students do things to themselves and each other that it would take Freud to explicate. Everywhere in the valley lies the fear of loneliness, the obsession with desire, and the human fixation with the unknown.
Praise for Cretacea & Other Stories from the Badlands:
"[I]n Martin West's impressive debut short story collection ... readers will encounter echoes of Flannery O'Connor and Barry Hannah."(Foreword Magazine)
"the 11 tales in Martin West's debut collection ... often surprise with strange, startling images." (Alberta Views)
Martin L West was born in Victoria and spent his youth drifting throughout BC, The Yukon, and Alberta. He graduated from the University of British Columbia and his stories have been published in magazines across the nation, and twice included in the Journey Prize anthology.
9781772140507PaperbackSOCIAL SCIENCE / Popular CultureOn Sale Date: September 15, 2016
$20.00 CAD9.22 x 8.27 x 0.65 in | 224 pagesCarton Quantity: 28Canadian Rights: YAnvil Press
Montaigne Medal Finalist (Eric Hoffer Awards)
In Garage Criticism Peter Babiak eviscerates and deflates some of the cultural sacred cows of our time. From Fifty Shades of Grey ("Hot for Teacher: What Fifty Shades of Grey Taught Me About Salacious Grammar, Sexy Women and the Scandalous Conflation of Cultural and Literary Culture") to the disintegration of the "deep read" ("F You
Professor: Tumblr, Triggers and the Allergies of Reading") to the Hunger Games ("The Revolution Will Not Be Televised - But It Might Be Carnivalized 'N' Shit") and Twilight ("Really Dumb Students"), through to student/professor relationships, inappropriate office visits, and a shared "voluptuous appetite for Nabokov." Babiak deconstructs our fascination with internet culture, takes on the inanities of youthful, ungrammatical irises, devolves the rhetorical hallucinations of economics and marketing, and reasserts the supremacy of linguistic thinking in everyday cultural affairs.
Babiak's is a new and timely voice in the arena of cultural criticism and critical theory.
Praise for Garage Criticism:
"... Somewhere, a transition takes place and the garage critic is replaced by the father, lover, the middle-aged man searching for some meaning in a silly world. The wisdom of this book doesn't come from its dismantling of vacuous modern culture, but from its subtle examination of fatherhood, the follies of man, the inevitable fray of husbandry, and the tribulation of losing the ones you love. These are messages that are left nearly unsaid, unseen, but like stars resting beneath a sunrise, achingly they remain long after the book is closed." (Cascade, UFV)
Born in an ethnic enclave of Oakville, Peter Babiak grew up in Hamilton, Toronto and Kitchener, Ontario. Prior to settling on a teaching career, he worked as a rivethead at the Ford Assembly Plant, a house framer, and a landscaper. After studying English language and literature at the University of Waterloo, McMaster, and York, he decided on an academic career. While completing his studies, Peter taught literature and history at a jail for young offenders, contract law and critical thinking at George Brown College, and economics at Dominion College. He came to Vancouver in 1994 to take an adjunct position teaching at the University of British Columbia, where he worked for ten years. From 2002 to 2006 he was Academic Director of Humanities 101, a pioneering outreach program, the first of its kind in Canada, that brought classes in the liberal arts and social sciences to Vancouver's Downtown Eastside.
9781772140514PaperbackCOOKING / Regional & Ethnic On Sale Date: May 30, 2020
$26.95 CAD7 x 10 x 0 in | 224 pagesCarton Quantity: 1Canadian Rights: YAnvil Press
Les Faux Bourgeois Bistro is an award-winning French bistro situated at the awkward intersection of Kingsway and Fraser Street in an equally disjointed neighbourhood in East Vancouver. Founded in 2007, Les Faux Bourgeois soon became a beacon of French bistro "amor" and garnered a loyal clientele and critical acclaim to match.
Selected by the Georgia Straight as "Best French" in 2013, 2014, and 2015; Mia Stainsby of the Vancouver Sun proclaimed: "It either makes you pine for Paris, or transports you there!"; and, Vancouver Magazine soon chimed in: "It's no wonder this savvy effort plays to a packed house every night ... Oenophiles masquerading as servers maintain a spirited atmosphere of clinking glasses and lively chatter with hefty pours of the cheap and cheerful. Best call ahead."
Les Fauxbo, now in its eighth year, continues to pump out bistro-love, with a classic French bistro cuisine, simple yet elegant, in a vibrant and unpretentious setting. The recipes are traditional, with a slight ?West Coast' tweak, and with an understanding that even simple dishes can be elevated with the proper time and attention.
Bistro cuisine has always navigated the balance between rich ingredients and a lighter touch of French cooking. The names of the dishes are simple and evocative: pate de campagne, duck confit, cassoulet, boudin noir, and the ubiquitous ?steak frites,' for example.
Many have heard of these dishes, and some have tried them. The Fauxbo book will endeavor to walk the reader through the preparation of these classics, while sharing some anecdotal ?culinary' history and literary tidbits along the way.
The Fauxbo book is designed to bring many things ?French' into your home, through recipes, and meditations on ingredients, such as cheese, chacuterie, and most importantly, the wine! We'll spend some time demystifying the classic wine regions and showing the reader how to find those little ?nuggets' of wine bliss on the local shelves, and we'll also discuss other classic French spirits and apertifs and how to avoid the plethora of ?jive juice' which makes its way into your consumer options.
We'll walk you through the classic cheeses, and post our list of six or seven ?can't miss' party offerings and also commentary from local wine and cheese experts.
"Vive la Fete!"
Andreas has spent more than twenty-five years in the restaurant business, first as a French-service waiter for Hy's Mansion in Vancouver and then after a lengthy stint of writing in Mexico City, returning to Vancouver in 1998, to begin anew. His first restaurant, Bukowski's was on Commercial Drive in Vancouver's Little Italy and was much loved in bohemian circles (particularly the jazz and literary communities). This was followed by the sweetly iconic fish shack, called Go Fish, which opened in 2004. In 2008, Andreas opened Les Faux Bourgeois with master builder Stephan Gagnon and designer Scott Cohen. 'Les Fauxbo' has quickly become a city-favourite, its arrival marking the beginning of a new wave of bistro which is modest and playful and gives homage to it's predecessors in Montreal and Paris.
9781772140521PaperbackPOETRY / CanadianOn Sale Date: May 28, 2016
$18.00 CAD9.58 x 8.08 x 0.25 in | 96 pagesCarton Quantity: 72Canadian Rights: YAnvil Press
Assdeep in Wonder is a collection of new poems that explore the idea of identity in a myriad of contexts: personal, sexual, cultural, national, literary, and poetic. The poems are raw and immediate, exploring themes of addiction, sexuality, loss, love, and wonder in equal measures.
"Gudgeon's first poetry collection is a quirky valentine to irreverent readers, full of stark and pretty imagery, wry quips, and glorious bursts of vulgarity. ..." (Foreword Reviews)
Chris Gudgeon is an author and poet and screenwriter. He's contributed to dozens of periodicals, including Playboy, MAD, National Lampoon, Geist, Event, and Malahat Review. He's written seventeen books, from critically acclaimed fiction like Song of Kosovo and Greetings from the Vodka Sea to celebrated biographies of Stan Rogers and Milton Acorn, to a range of popular history on subjects as varied as sex, sexuality, fishing, and lotteries. Gudgeon has more than 150 professional TV and film credits including creating, writing, and producing Gemini-award-winning series Ghost Trackers and the documentary, The Trick with the Gun. In his varied and spotty career, Gudgeon has worked a variety of jobs across Canada, the United States, and Europe including psychiatric orderly, rent boy, bartender, rock musician, rodeo clown, TV weatherman, and youth outreach worker. Gudgeon, who is bisexual, has been in an open relationship with author/self-help guru Jasper Vander Voorde since 2009. He lives in Los Angeles and British Columbia.
9781772140545PaperbackPOETRY / CanadianOn Sale Date: April 20, 2016
$18.00 CAD8.08 x 7.79 x 0.27 in | 96 pagesCarton Quantity: 64Canadian Rights: YAnvil Press
"Writers, like skaters, score the blank sheet and test the edge of inclusion and exclusion. Most of these poems begin with a word from skating and push off to another topic. Others revisit ideas of femininity, control and language as pattern, or visit the past through movement, or enact principles from the rink such as symmetry, joy, endurance, crescendo and accent, revolution, response. The blade melts ice via friction and pressure. I drifted away from skating but the language is imprinted in me, too, a tracing, a line extending beyond the margins." (from Serpentine Loop)
These are engaging and poignant poems about life on and off the ice.
Elee Kraljii Gardiner founded and directs Thursdays Writing Collective. She is the editor and publisher of seven anthologies from the Collective and the coeditor with John Asfour of V6A: Writing from Vancouver's Downtown Eastside (Arsenal Pulp Press, 2012), which was shortlisted for the 2012 City of Vancouver Book Award. Her poetry earned the 2011 Lina Chartrand Poetry Award and was a finalist for Malahat's Far Horizons 2014 Prize and the 2015 Robert Kroetsch Award. Serpentine Loop (Anvil Press, 2016) is her first book of poetry. A frequent collaborator, she is originally from Boston.
9781772140538PaperbackPOETRY / CanadianOn Sale Date: April 20, 2016
$18.00 CAD8.76 x 8.05 x 0.26 in | 96 pagesCarton Quantity: 81Canadian Rights: YAnvil Press
A finalist for the Alfred G. Bailey Prize, Ignite is a collection of elegiac and experimental poetry powder-kegged with questions about one man's lifelong struggle with schizophrenia. Born into a strict Mennonite family, Abe Spenst's mental illness spanned three decades in and out of mental institutions where he underwent electric shock treatment and coma-induced insulin therapy. Merging memory and medical records, Kevin Spenst recreates his father's life through a cuckoo's nest of styles that both stand as witness and waltz to the interplay between memory, emotion and all our forms of becoming.
Praise for Ignite:
"... with a fearless layering of voice, Ignite is upfront and unswerving. A novel-esque torrent tracing a troubling history of illness, part confrontation and part chronicle, this collection is daring with its dark narrative. Here is a willingness for, and enviable strength in, extending poetic range. Ignite heals and ascends. There are books that need to be written and this is one of them. This is a collection which gives more and more with every read." (Sandra Ridley, judge, Alfred G. Bailey prize)
"An outstanding follow-up to Spenst's excellent first collection. (Winnipeg Free Press)"
A selection of poems from Ignite won the Lush Triumphant Award for Poetry.
Kevin Spenst is the author of Jabbering with Bing Bong (Anvil Press) and ten chapbooks including Pray Goodbye (the Alfred Gustav Press), Retractable (the serif of nottingham), and Surrey Sonnets (JackPine Press). He has done a one-man show at the Vancouver Fringe Festival and over a hundred readings across the country. His work has won the Lush Triumphant Award for Poetry and has appeared in dozens of publications including Prairie Fire, BafterC, Lemon Hound, Poetry is Dead, and the anthology Best Canadian Poetry 2014. He lives and works in Vancouver, BC where he's an enthusiastic participant in a number of writing communities.
9781551526393PaperbackART / Techniques Publication Date: April 01, 2016
$12.95 CAD8 x 12 x 0.22 in | 40 pagesCarton Quantity: 50Canadian Rights: YArsenal Pulp Press
Adult colouring books (such as Secret Garden) have exploded in popularity in recent years, embraced for their calming, therapeutic effect. This elegant, imaginative colouring book explores the dynamic, fanciful creations of iconic fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent, who headed the House of Dior at the age of twenty-one before launching his own design house at age twenty-five. He became famous for the "beatnik" look in the '60s, as well as for creating the tuxedo suit for women, and his extraordinary life was the subject of a recent feature film, Saint Laurent.
The book's line drawings for colouring are based on many of the designer's original sketches for dresses over the years, accompanied by full-colour photos of the dresses for reference. In these pages, one can see the breadth and versatility of his creations; there are designs inspired by harlequins and the Carnival of Venice, Pop Art and Mondrian, and the cultures of Asia, Africa, and beyond. Colourists will in turn be inspired to match Saint Laurent's vivid creations, or to create chic new colour combinations of their own.
The Yves Saint Laurent Coloring Book is for fashionistas, colouring book enthusiasts, and others with an interest in the history of fashion and in the life of this extraordinary designer.
This book is produced in conjunction with the Fondation Pierre Berge-Yves Saint Laurent, dedicated to preserving and promoting the history of the House of Yves Saint Laurent.
Fondation Pierre Berge-Yves Saint Laurent was created to prolong the history of the House of Yves Saint Laurent. The foundation operates a public exhibition space in Paris.
The chicest stress reliever ever. -Buzzfeed What's instantly eye-catching about this book is how colorful it is before you start coloring. The illustrations are based on the original designs of Saint Laurent, and many of them have photos of the actual dresses for reference with a little bit of background information about the collections the dresses come from. -Redeye (Chicago Tribune) Now you can add your own touch to YSL's iconic creations thanks to the Yves Saint Laurent Coloring Book. Let your imagination run wild as you trace over the designer's
original sketches. -Elle Canada
9781551526409PaperbackART / Techniques Publication Date: April 01, 2016
$12.95 CAD8 x 12 x 0.28 in | 58 pagesCarton Quantity: 40Canadian Rights: YArsenal Pulp Press
In this lavish colouring book for adults, the fanciful, elegant world of artist, playwright, and filmmaker Jean Cocteau comes alive. As a playwright, he is best known for The Human Voice (1930); as a filmmaker, for directing Beauty and the Beast (1946) and Orpheus (1948). In the 1910s, he was a prominent member of the Paris avant-garde, forming friendships and professional relationships with Picasso, Stravinsky, Gide, Proust, and Apollinaire. His paintings and graphic art were playful, fantastical expressions, exploring mythological themes and subjects, personal portraits, and domestic scenes.
This book includes many of Cocteau's graphic drawings ready to be coloured in, alongside original illustrations for reference. It also includes images from the original film poster for Beauty and the Beast, playful doodles that Cocteau included in written letters to his lover Jean Marais, and drawings of Parisien women, cats, sleeping figures, circus performers, and other figures emanating from Cocteau's imagination.
The Jean Cocteau Coloring Book is a captivating activity book for adults that also serves as a primer on the work of this inspiring artist.
This book is produced in conjunction with the Jean Cocteau Committee, which serves to promote Cocteau's work internationally.
The Jean Cocteau Committee promotes the works of Jean Cocteau at a national and international level.