9781895636758PaperbackDRAMA / AnthologiesOn Sale Date: March 31, 2006
$25.00 CAD5.37 x 7.94 x 0.84 in | 208 pagesCarton Quantity: 26Canadian Rights: YAnvil Press
'Brave New Play Rites' presents twenty years of original and startling theatre from Canada?s best young writers. The book is a collection of short one-act plays written by students in the Creative Writing Program at UBC and produced at the annual festival, Brave New Play Rites, for public performances. Many successful writers have had their plays produced in the festival, including Lynn Coady, Steven Galloway, Dennis Bolen, Kevin Chong, and Aaron Bushkowsky. The release of 'Brave New Play Rites' coincides with the 20th anniversary year of the festival, and the familiar names in this collection will be of interest both critically, and to readers who already follow the careers of these writers.
Bryan Wade is an associate professor and the acting department head of UBC's Creative Writing Program. He has had numerous productions of his stage plays in various theatres across the country, including Factory Theatre Lab (Toronto), Toronto Free Theatre, Playwrights Workshop (Montreal), Theatre Calgary, and Vancouver's New Play Centre. He has also been a playwright-in-residence at Factory Theatre and the Blyth Festival along with being an invited artist at the Playwright's Colony at the Banff School of Fine Arts and the Stratford Festival. Several of his plays have been published by Playwrights Press, including the anthology 'Blitzkrieg and Other Plays'.
9781772140033Mixed media productFICTION / LiteraryOn Sale Date: January 28, 2015
$24.00 CAD7.98 x 7.01 x 0.45 in | 168 pagesCarton Quantity: 32Canadian Rights: YAnvil Press
The debut work by Sun Belt is a genre-bending almanac depicting the rise and fall of a company town that, within the span of a century, becomes a desert wasteland.
A full-length album of dusty, surreal songs by the Sun Belt music ensemble both informs and is informed by a blend of transcripts, photographs, micro fictions, wildlife plates, film stills, costume designs, environmental reports and other invented artefacts. The result is a multimedia portrait of a mythic place closer tohome than we'd like-and an artistic collaboration that defies categorization.
Sun Belt is an interdisciplinary group of writers, musicians, illustrators, video and theatre artists whose mission is to make innovative, experimental works that aspire to the visionary. A History is the group?s first release.
Fort Iquique North
Country of Madmen
Karnas Camarena Plateau
So Far the Stars
Champion the Wonder Horse
Fort Iquique South
Sun Belt members include:
Rick Maddocks, author of Sputnik Diner (Knopf Canada), former singer-songwriter for The Beige, and the composer of the experimental opera The Meal presented at the PuSh Festival and Vancouver's Pacific Theatre. He teaches creative writing at Douglas College.
Carrie Walker, a Vancouver-based artist whose practice is strongly rooted in drawing, often employing images of non-human animals as metaphors for the human animal. She has exhibited her drawings in NewYork, London, Los Angeles and Vancouver.
Stephen Lyons, a Juno-award winning musician/writer whose iconoclastic work is at the forefront of Vancouver's creative music scene. Known mainly as the leader of the seven-piece avant-rock group, Fond of Tigers, Lyons is also a noted producer and presenter of experimental music.
Florence Barrett , a costume designer whose recent theatre credits include: To Wear a Heart so White (Leaky Heaven Circus), Visions of Vancouver (Pi Theatre), El Jinete (Puente Theatre), Foreign Radical (Theatre Conspiracy). Film credits include; Eadweard (Motion 58) Patterns of Liquid Stars (Chien Productions) and Pas De Deux (O'Shea Pictures).
Other members include Spanish-based illustrator Sandra Carvalho González, songwriter Jon Wood, multimedia artist Justine Gabias, and Grammy-nominated musician and composer Paul Rigby.
9781895636765PaperbackFICTION / Short StoriesOn Sale Date: October 15, 2006
$15.00 CAD4.75 x 6.25 x 0.39 in | 176 pagesCarton Quantity: 44Canadian Rights: YAnvil Press
The stories in 'Sugar Bush & Other Stories' deal with gender relations, love, and sex in a frank way. Most of the pieces feature female protagonists who navigate their young adult years in some questionable ways. They make some ill-advised choices, which are driven by their naïve quests for "individuality," while at the same time having an almost pathological need to be loved by everyone-especially men. While the stories in 'Sugar Bush' are intended for an adult audience, they employsome of the conventions of the young adult genre. They are simple, straight-ahead narratives. Part breathless teenaged confessional and part wistful and wiser looks back, 'Sugar Bush' is the first collection of short fiction by award-winning author, Jenn Farrell.
"Populated by eccentrics, 'Sugar Bush' is a collection of coming-of-age stories. What makes them unique and engaging in what is often an overwrought genre is Farrell's humour and sense of irony."
Jenn Farrell is a two-time winner of the 'Vancouver Courier' fiction contest, recipient of the 2002 Maclean-Hunter Endowment Prize for non-fiction, and a contributor to CBC radio. Her stories have previously appeared in 'Prism' and 'subTerrain' magazine. Also a prolific columnist, commentator, and reporter, Ms. Farrell has written for 'Alive', 'Canada's Healthy Living Guide', 'Raven's Eye', and 'West Coast Editor'. Born and raised in the "Golden Horseshoe" of Ontario, she now lives in Vancouver, where she works as a freelance writer and editor.
9781772140118PaperbackFICTION / LiteraryOn Sale Date: May 01, 2015
$20.00 CAD5.53 x 8.25 x 0.55 in | 256 pagesCarton Quantity: 39Canadian Rights: YAnvil Press
Rose Dubois and Julie O'Brien find themselves on a burning roof together, on a summer's day, and from then on their fates intertwine, in a world where the natural force that is the changing climate foreshadows and encourages their predestined suffering.
Rose and Julie's submissive love for the same man, Charles, creates in them an arms race of artificial beauty and debasement. The first in their common obsession for plastic surgery and their attempts to be the avatar for the perfect female, and possess the perfect female organ; the second in their acceptance of Charles' objectifying sexual fetishes, his love for women as pieces of meat, and controlling nature.
However, both women, in this competition, realize that to accept being nothing more than an object, to kneel and grovel before you persecutor, you become his executioner. In the end, Charles will not survive his own obsessions and his desires, which he loathes, which will be his downfall and, ultimately, his death.
Nelly Arcan was born in the Eastern Townships of Quebec. Her first novel Putain (2001); English: Whore (2004), drawing on her experience working in the sex trade in Montreal, caused a sensation and enjoyed immediate critical and media success. It was a finalist for both the Prix Médicis and the Prix Femina, two of France's most prestigious literary awards. Three more novels followed establishing her as a literary star in Quebec and France: Folle (2004), also nominated for the Prix Femina, À ciel ouvert (2007), and L'enfant dans le miroir (2007). Paradis, clef en main, her fourth novel, was completed just days before she committed suicide in 2009 at the age of thirty-six.
Born, bred and raised in Montreal, Jacob Homel has translated or collaborated in the translation of a number of works, including Toqué: Creators of a Quebec Gastronomy, The Last Genêt and The Weariness of the Self. In 2012, he won the JI Segal Translation Prize for his translation of A Pinch of Time. He shares his time between Montreal and Asia.
9781895636772PaperbackFICTION / Short StoriesOn Sale Date: October 25, 2006
$15.00 CAD5.5 x 8 x 0.69 in | 160 pagesCarton Quantity: 44Canadian Rights: YAnvil Press
'Suburban Pornography' is contemporary literature, which documents Canadian urban life in a raw and naked manner. The prose is stripped-minimalist, direct, urgent, unflinching. The stories revolve around ordinary characters and problems-people stuck in bad relationships or jobs. Some yearn for something just beyond their grasp, something authentic to knock them out of their malaise. Their frailties and obsessions are front and centre. They are garbage men, bus drivers, waitresses, soupkitchen clients, and neighbourhood perverts-tired and busy, too weary to contemplate-from social conditions that sanction only mere existence in redemption's agony and fleeting glory.
" 'Suburban Pornography' surpasses a generic understanding of a tell-it-like-it-is literary form, born from American 20th century fiction, and delivers a unique Canadian voice offering a universal reflection of troubled humanity." - Discorder
"What makes 'Suburban Pornography' so memorable is the brutally honestsnapshots of the inner-city ill-privileged and sad-sack suburbanites who fuck, suck, bleed, bruise, cruise and search for love among the loveless." - Xpress
Matthew Firth has run his own independent micro press, Black Bile Press, since 1993. He edits/publishes the literary magazine 'Front & Centre', and he's had a regular books column in the 'Ottawa Xpress' since April 2002. Previous publications include the short story collections 'Can You Take Me There, Now?' and 'Fresh Meat'.
9781772140125PaperbackFICTION / LiteraryOn Sale Date: September 03, 2015
$20.00 CAD7.88 x 8.25 x 0.58 in | 224 pagesCarton Quantity: 39Canadian Rights: YAnvil Press
Dwight Eliot was born on a baseball diamond, during a dugout-clearing brawl between his hometown team, The Seep Selects, and a team of barnstorming Cuban All Stars. Decades later, when he sees his childhood home being moved on a truck down the highway, he begins a quest to research the history of his hometown and of his family. Seep is being dismantled, and the land is being redeveloped as a master-planned recreational townsite to complement a nearby First Nations casino. And then his brother Darryl arrives on his doorstep with the force of a bus crash. In the face of the town's erasure, he tries to preserve its stories; so doing, he comes to question his own. Seep limns the tension between land development and landscape, trauma and nostalgia, dysfunction and intimacy in a narrative of twenty-first century Canada.
Praise for Seep: "Mark Giles assuredly steps in the footsteps of his predecessors who so engagingly limned the Alberta prairie: W.O. Mitchell, Henry Kreisel,W.P. Kinsella, and Robert Kroetsch. Giles' Seep is a wickedly wonderful account of how our senses of self and of place can be interrelated, with the swirl of emotions involved in each part of the equation making for a complicated world and illuminating fiction." (Tom Wayman)
After many years mired in the middle-management muddle of transnational corporations, he now is a writer and an educator. His first book Knucklehead (Anvil Press) was honoured with the W.O. Mitchell City of Calgary Book Award. His writing (fiction, poetry, and non-fiction) has appeared in magazines in both Canada and the U.S.A. Saskatchewan-born, Edmonton-raised, with stops in Victoria, Kelowna, Montreal, and Halifax, W. Mark Giles now calls Calgary home.
9781895636789PaperbackFICTION / Short StoriesOn Sale Date: July 08, 2007
$15.00 CAD5.5 x 8.5 x 0.54 in | 208 pagesCarton Quantity: 36Canadian Rights: YAnvil Press
'Black Rabbit & Other Stories' is a debut collection of great intensity and versatility. The stories range from the fantastic to the gritty, from urban dystopias to worlds of dreamlike possibility. Even in their frequent explorations of brutality, the author remains honest and true to the motivations of his characters and the machinations of the worlds in which they find themselves. These are sure-footed narratives that move with a pre-destined deliberation into a universe that is oftenfraught with desperation and apparent hopelessness; but, ultimately, we find ourselves on a path to redemption, an acceptance of what is, in the final analysis, an incomprehensible matrix. Existential and reflective, brutal and honest, these are stories that will leave you questioning the essence of existence, your own humanity, and the humanity of those around you. This is deft storytelling from a talented new voice.
"Difalco is at his strongest when writing about relationships - focusing upon the inherent drama of tight-knit Italian families, couples on the rock, or even corpulent characters' relationships to food and their own bodies. Let's continue to hope he continues to mine the strange lives of his particular brand of disenfranchised heros. In all that roughness, there are diamonds." - Quill & Quire
"These are thoughtful, enigmatic stories drawing the reader in with sharp detail, poetic phrasing and recognizable characters. Though we're dealing with thugs, prostitutes and crack heads, they are all folks you'll feel uncomfortably at home with. That's Difalco's magic: scrape characters from the bottom of society's bowl and reveal them in literary daylight as powerless dreamers, failed mothers, caged creatures." - Front & Centre
Salvatore Difalco currently resides in Toronto. He is the author of 'Black Rabbit & Other Stories' (Anvil). His short stories, essays, book reviews, and poker columns have appeared in publications across Canada and the USA.
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The Confessions of a Circus Performer: By Zara Zalinzi; Annotated by Joshua Chapman GreenSlansky R.H.
9781772140026PaperbackFICTION / GeneralOn Sale Date: December 03, 2014
$16.00 CAD5.63 x 7.61 x 0.2 in | 112 pagesCarton Quantity: 102Canadian Rights: YAnvil Press
Winner, 3-Day Novel Contest (2013)
Joshua Chapman Green is searching for answers. He is combing through boxes in the attic of his recently deceased mother's home and uncovering childhood memories, mysterious letters, and perplexing photos of people he does not know. They appear to be circus performers, members of a travelling freak show, or Victorian era sideshow performers. Then he finds a crumbling copy of Moss-Haired Girl: Confessions of a Circus Performer by Zara Zalinzi . . . the clasp falls away and the pages open revealing a family story that may or may not be fiction . . .
In this ambitious short novel, R.H. Slansky weaves a complex narrative about the very nature of narrative: it is an annotated re-issue of a fictional autobiography that casts a questioning eye on the reliability of family lore.
Praise for Moss-Haired Girl:
"Ever wonder if the mad-dash products of speed-writing contests can be any good? With Moss-Haired Girl, winner of the 2013 Three-Day Novel Contest, R.H. Slanksy answers in the affirmative and offers some guidance by example to would-be contestants: Start with a great premise and bite off only so much as you can chew. ... At 72 pages, it's a slight but extremely fun read. Let's see what Slansky can do with a few more days." (The Globe and Mail)
"Moss-Haired Girl is an enjoyable, light read with stylistic flair. ... the elements of Slansky's writing and the novella's presentation offer the reader plenty to reflect upon." (The Peak)
"Moss-Haired Girl is wonderful stuff, punchy and clever and engaging." (San Francisco Book Review)
R.H. Slansky grew up in a family of travelling circus performers. She now works in the myth-making world of film animation and writes fantastical stories at night. She has been writing since the age of four, and lives in the wonderful - but geographically unstable - city of San Francisco. Moss-Haired Girl is her first published novel. This is all true; or maybe it's not.
9781895636796PaperbackPOETRY / CanadianOn Sale Date: April 16, 2007
$15.00 CAD5 x 7.5 x 0.23 in | 80 pagesCarton Quantity: 80Canadian Rights: YAnvil Press
'I Cut My Finger' is Stuart Ross's first full-length poetry collection since his acclaimed 'Hey, Crumbling Balcony! Poems New & Selected' (2003). The poems here show Ross's ever-expanding breadth, from his trademark humour and surrealism, to pointedly experimental works and poems of human anguish. Here, a poet includes a letter threatening suicide in his submission of poems to a literary journal; a businessman dons flippers to swim along the sidewalk to his downtown office; the U.S. military follows a trail of red ants to glacial redemption; the writer finds profound joy in a tower of canned niblets. But beneath the slapstick exterior of so many of Ross's poems there lurk dark threats and darker pleasures.
"Many of his narrative poems can best be called surreal. With their fancifully imaginative stories and wonderfully absurdist takes on the world, it's as if you're watching bizarre cartoons on YouTube." - Prairie Fire
"A damn-fine book in every sense of the word." - TaddleCreek
Stuart Ross is a poet, fiction writer, and essayist. He is the author of about a dozen books and countless chapbooks. His story collection 'Buying Cigarettes for the Dog' won the 2010 ReLit Award for Short Fiction. Stuart is the fiction and poetry editor for 'This Magazine', a regular columnist for 'subTerrain', and has his own imprint, "a stuart ross book," at Mansfield Press. He was the 2010 Writer in Residence at Queen's University, and has led writing workshops across the country. After half a century in Toronto, Stuart moved to Cobourg, Ontario, in 2009. 'You Exist. Details Follow.' is his seventh full-length poetry collection.
9781772140002PaperbackFICTION / CrimeOn Sale Date: September 17, 2014
$20.00 CAD5.63 x 8.15 x 0.63 in | 256 pagesCarton Quantity: 33Canadian Rights: YAnvil Press
Lizzy lives in the shadier part of London, far from her hometown in Scotland. In the three years since she fled, following the disappearance of her mother, she has escaped her prison of drugs and crime, only to live in constant fear of being found by dark figures from her past.
She is unaware, however, that Oliver watches over her from the shadows. She belongs to him now, as he battles with his need to protect her, and the burning desire to take her soul.
Savour is the follow-up toBateman's debut novel, Nondescript Rambunctious, and the second book in a trilogy about a dark, suspected serial killer named Oliver. Savour retains the dark threads of sociopathic depravity that ran through the debut novel, but is once again tempered with a tender ray of humanity that is always shining through. Lizzy is streetwise yet fragile, and her desperate journey is both uplifting and heartbreaking.
Jackie Bateman spent her childhood in Kenya, her early adult years in the streets of London and the pubs of Edinburgh, and is now settled in beautiful Vancouver with her husband and two children. She lives near the North Shore Mountains with the bears, skunks and raccoons, a bit like a permanent writer's retreat.
Nondescript Rambunctious is her first novel, a ?genre-busting thriller with a beating, human heart'. She has also published many short stories, some of which can be found at www.jacbateman.com. Savour is her second novel, part II in a three-part trilogy with Nondescript Rambunctious being the first.