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    Blood Fable Oisín Curran Canada
    9781771662949 Paperback FICTION / Literary Publication Date:October 03, 2017
    $20.00 CAD 5.25 x 8 x 0.6 in | 320 gr | 184 pages Carton Quantity:1 Canadian Rights: Y Book*hug Press
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      Blood Fable--the new work of fiction from Oisín Curran--is a Jules Verne-esque fantastical tale filled with Back-to-the-Land ideology and American Zen Buddhism.

      In 1980, New Pond, a utopian Buddhist community on the coast of Maine is on the verge of collapse. New Pond's charismatic leader demands complete adherence to his authority, and slowly, his followers come to the realization that they've been exploited for too long. The eleven-year-old son of one of those adherents is dimly aware of the concerns of the adult world. Yet his imagination provides a refuge both from the difficulties of his parents' lives--including his mother's newly discovered cancer--and from the boredom and casual brutality of school.

      To distract his parents and himself from their collective troubles, the boy claims to remember his own life before birth--an epic tale about the search for a lost city made up of the boy's own experiences refracted through the lens of the adventure stories he loves. As the world around them falls apart, the boy and his parents find that his strange story often seems to predict the events taking place in the world around them.

      Praise for Blood Fable:

      “A family drama, a fantastical voyage, and a poetic reflection on love, death and betrayal, this extraordinary coming-of-age novel exposes the difficult relationship between free-thought and blind faith, evasion and enlightenment. Oisín Curran’s Blood Fable is an adventure for the heart
      and soul.” —Johanna Skibsrud, Scotiabank Giller Prize winning author of
      The Sentimentalists and Quartet for the End of Time

      “This careful and loving rendering of a child’s mind proves that acts of storytelling were once not so much vehicles for escape but instead crucial rehearsals for being. A remembrance of lost time—or maybe, to reference its Buddhist undergirding, an alaya-vijnana, a storehouse
      consciousness—Curran’s vision of boyhood is perfect in details and sublimely moving. Blood Fable is a magnificent double take, which—like a bistable optical illusion (duck or rabbit?) —allows two universes to coexist. A rapturous adventure tale where the very essence
      of adventure is subverted so that fantasy and reality conflate; this is done not for temporary trickery but to deepen our comprehension of the real.” —Eugene Lim, author of Dear Cyborgs

      “Blood Fable is, for me, a perfect book; it is the novel I always wish I were reading. In its twin stories—one of an eleven-year-old boy and his flawed, beloved parents and the other a wild
      tale of love, peril, and adventure across underground tunnels and seas—are all the wonder and terror of childhood, refracted by a luminous imagination. Through the wide eyes of a child, Curran plumbs the world of adults with compassion and acuity. Blood Fable is a quest, a
      question, a story of searching—for understanding, insight, heroes—and of failing, finding in their stead the imaginative mercy of love. This is a joy of a novel, glittering, wondrous, and strange. I remain in its thrall.” —Rebecca Silver Slayter, author of In the Land of Birdfishes



      Bio

      Oisín Curran grew up in rural Maine. He received a BA in Classics and an MFA in Creative Writing from Brown University (where he was the recipient of a national scholarship and a writing fellowship), and a diploma in Translation (French to English) from Concordia University. He is the author of Mopus (2008), and was named a "Writer to Watch" by CBC: Canada Writes. Curran lives in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, with his wife and two children.

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        ARCs available.
        Launches in Toronto, Halifax and Montreal.
    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Thomas Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award 2018, Winner
      Reviews
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    Deep Salt Water Marianne Apostolides Canada, Catherine Mellinger
    9781771662789 Paperback BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Women Publication Date:March 08, 2017
    $20.00 CAD 6.1 x 8 x 0.5 in | 260 gr | 174 pages Carton Quantity:1 Canadian Rights: Y BookThug
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      Deep Salt Water is a stirring memoir about loss and abortion, expressed through the layering of imagery from the ocean. In detail at once sensual and sophisticated, Apostolides unfurls the emotional experience of a love affair and unwanted pregnancy, the abortion itself, and her reconnection with the man seventeen years later—a rekindling of love which stimulates this gentle attempt to come to terms with the abortion and its consequences. Moving from a place of intense intimacy to an outward focus that engages with the broader world, Deep Salt Water discusses abortion in all its complexity, rejecting polarizing rhetoric in favour of the unfathomable truths that women hold in their bodies.

      With 9 full colour plates of mixed media collage by Catherine Mellinger.




      Bio

      Marianne Apostolides is the author of six books, three of which have been translated. She’s also a recipient of the Chalmers Arts Fellowship and a finalist for the KM Hunter Award. Her previous non-fiction work, Voluptuous Pleasure, was listed among the Top 100 Books of 2012 by The Globe & Mail. Marianne lives in Toronto with her two children.

      Catherine Mellinger is a mixed media and analog collage artist whose works find inspiration in the ideas originated by the feminist artists of the Dada period as well as the early Surrealists, lending to the exploration of dichotomy; real and unreal; beauty and trauma. Mellinger’s works have been published in literary magazines, and she has been commissioned by musicians, writers and private collectors. She lives in Waterloo, Ontario, with her husband and son. To see more of her work, visit her website: cargocollective.com/catherinemellinger




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        Electronic galleys available in January 2017
        Events in Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa, Waterloo, Vancouver, Victoria, Chicago, IL, and Seattle, WA

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      “…an intoxicating, accretive reading experience, shot through with
      recognizable truth and a clever use of the splice of precision and
      interruption to deliver them.”


      “Deep Salt Water is intimate and sensual, tidal and saline –
      how can a book be tidal and saline? These words make sense within the
      environment of the book. Apostolides’s language is not of pristine
      nature but of the anthropocene, our current geologic age of bleached
      coral and oceans choking on plastics. In light of man-made climate
      catastrophe, learning this language takes on added urgency.”
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    9781771662864 Paperback POETRY / Women Authors Publication Date:March 15, 2017
    $18.00 CAD 5.25 x 8.25 x 0.25 in | 120 gr | 88 pages Carton Quantity:1 Canadian Rights: Y Book*hug Press
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      Beautiful Children with Pet Foxes, the new collection of poetry from Giller Prize-longlisted writer Jennifer LoveGrove, attempts to make sense of a difficult and unsettling world, where one need not look much further than their own communities to witness acts of trauma and absurdity.

      Here, we're haunted by the ghosts of alienation, trauma, delusion, and fear that the past decade has instilled in us, and bear witness to moments of extreme crisis--in emotional breakdowns, the failures of the mental health system, the lack of support for the most vulnerable members of society, and the impact of psychosis not only on the ill but on those orbiting them.

      With inventive and startling imagery and logic, we're led on an odyssey through the terrain of unsettling dreamscapes, where a whole host of personas, both tame and wild--from humans, to foxes, moose, deer and crows, slugs, fish, beetles, mosquitos, earthworms and more--give voice to the things we can't express in our daily lives.

      Praise for Beautiful Children with Pet Foxes

      "LoveGrove’s poetry apprentices itself to the world we live in, pacing out the dimensions of the enclosure called the present—the enclosures of culture, history, family, and other patriarchal institutions—with a keen eye and a relentless heart. In pursuit simultaneously of holistic perception, love, and an escape route, LoveGrove invites words to hold hands in unusual combinations, enters dreams and lets consciousness run feral. “There was a war going on and / ours was a very important mission,” LoveGrove writes, and it’s true." -Helen Guri, author of Match


      Bio
      Jennifer LoveGrove is the author of the Giller Prize-longlisted novel Watch How We Walk, as well as two poetry collections: I Should Never Have Fired the Sentinel and The Dagger Between Her Teeth. In 2010, LoveGrove was nominated for the K.M. Hunter Artist Award for Literature and in 2015, her poetry was shortlisted for the Lit POP Awards. Her writing has appeared in numerous publications across North America. She divides her time between downtown Toronto and rural Ontario.
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        Electronic galleys available in February 2017
        Events in Toronto, Peterborough, Montreal, Ottawa and Kingston
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    Blank Interviews and Essays M. NourbeSe Philip Canada
    9781771663069 Paperback LITERARY CRITICISM / Canadian Publication Date:May 31, 2017
    $20.00 CAD 6 x 9 x 0.8 in | 540 gr | 348 pages Carton Quantity:22 Canadian Rights: Y BookThug
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      Blank is a collection of previously out-of-print essays and new works by one of Canada's most important writers and thinkers.

      Through an engagement with her earlier work, M. NourbeSe Philip comes to realize the existence of a repetition in the world: the return of something that, while still present, has become unembedded from the world, disappeared. Her imperative becomes to make us see what has gone unseen by writing memory upon the margin of history, in the shadow of empire and at the frontier of silence.

      In heretical writings that work to make the disappeared perceptible, Blank explores questions of timeliness, recurrence, ongoingness, art, race, the body politic, and the so-called multicultural nation. Through these considerations, Philip creates a linguistic form that registers the presence of what has seemingly dissolved, a form that also imprints the loss and the silence surrounding those disappearances in its very presence.

      Praise for M. NourbeSe Philip:

      “Philip’s questions are difficult, and of an intensity of insistence rarely achieved.”—Erin Mouré

      “Those still confused about why poetry might fracture and splinter and
      stutter can find an answer in the work of M. NourbeSe Philip.” —Juliana Spahr
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    Readopolis Bertrand Laverdure Canada, Oana Avasilichioaei
    9781771662987 Paperback FICTION / Literary Publication Date:April 13, 2017
    $20.00 CAD 5.25 x 8 x 0.6 in | 330 gr | 264 pages Carton Quantity:1 Canadian Rights: Y BookThug
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      From award-winning writer Bertrand Laverdure comes Readopolis, a novel translated by Oana Avasilichioaei.

      It's 2006 and down-and-out protagonist Ghislain works as a reader for a publishing house in Montreal. He's bored with all the wannabe writers who are determined to leave a trace of their passage on earth with their feeble attempts at literary arts. Obsessed by literature and its future (or lack thereof), he reads everything he can in order to translate reality into the literary delirium that is Readopolis--a world imagined out of Chicago and Montreal, with few inhabitants, a convenience store, a parrot, and all kinds of dialogues running amok: cinematic, epistolary, theatrical, and Socratic.

      In the pages of Readopolis, Laverdure playfully examines the idea that human beings are more connected by their reading abilities than by anything else. Funny and sardonic, whimsical and tragic, this postmodern novel with touches of David Foster Wallace and Raymond Queneau portrays the global village of readers that the Internet created, even before the 2.0 revolution.

      Praise for Lectodôme

      "Brilliant, playful, perfectly convincing, Lectodôme has everything to place Laverdure in the ranks of the 'sickest literary greats.'" —Le Devoir

      Bio

      Bertrand Laverdure is a poet, novelist, and the current Poet Laureate for Montreal (2015–17). A prolific writer, Laverdure is the author of three books of poetry and four novels, including Lectodôme (2008), Bureau universel des copyrights (2011; published in English by BookThug as Universal Bureau of Copyrights in 2014), and La chambre Neptune (2016). He has won many awards for his work, including the 2003 Grand Prix du Festival International de Poésie de Trois-Rivières, and the 2009 Grand Prix littéraire Archambault for Lectodôme.

      Montreal-based writer, translator, and editor Oana Avasilichioaei has published five poetry collections, including Expeditions of a Chimæra (with Erín Moure; 2009), We, Beasts (2012; winner of the A.M. Klein Prize for Poetry from the Quebec Writers’ Federation) and Limbinal (2015). Previous translations include Bertrand Laverdure’s Universal Bureau of Copyrights (2014; shortlisted for the 2015 ReLit Awards), Suzanne Leblanc’s The Thought House of Philippa (co-translated with Ingrid Pam Dick; 2015), and Daniel Canty’s Wigrum (2013).


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        Electronic ARCs available in January 2017.
        Launches in Montreal, Toronto and NYC.


    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Governor General's Literary Award for Translation 2017, Winner
      Reviews
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    Bridge Retakes Angela Lopes Canada
    9781771663021 Paperback FICTION / Women Publication Date:May 18, 2017
    $18.00 CAD 5.1 x 8.1 x 0.2 in | 180 gr | 152 pages Carton Quantity:1 Canadian Rights: Y BookThug
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      Bridge Retakes, the debut novel by Angela Lopes, is a whirlwind tale of love and family and the distances that people will (or won't) go to secure what they want.

      A Bahian man and a Brazilian-Canadian woman meet on an online dating site. They come from very different worlds--geographically, economically, religiously--and yet, their connection is undeniable. When these long-distance lovers run up against their own belief systems and those of their families and communities, it's their desire to build a life anew that keeps them moving forward. But all the while, issues of money, class, gender, and corruption threaten to tear them apart.

      "This is the story of Phila + Ze, of Canada + Brazil. And like all great love stories it charts the emotions around desire, all its sweats and confusions. And it does this beautifully. What Phila + Ze = is the plot of this book. And as such, what Bride Retakes adds to these stories and what makes it distinctive is how these sweats and confusions are shaped by more complicated forces, such as national borders and economic inequalities." —Juliana Spahr, author of The Transformation

      Bio

      Winnipeg-native Angela Lopes is a writer and editor and an academic tutor of writing and philosophy. She divides her time between Sao Paulo, Brazil and Winnipeg, Manitoba, where she is an active member in the arts scene and recently worked with the Winnipeg Arts Council's Creative Placemaking Challenge--an art installation project displayed in the alleys of Winnipeg's West Exchange District. Lopes's essays and poems have appeared in an array of publications. Bridge Retakes is her first novel.


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        Electronic galleys available in March 2017
        Launches in Winnipeg and Toronto

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    False Friends Stephen Cain Canada
    9781771662901 Paperback POETRY / Canadian Publication Date:March 01, 2017
    $18.00 CAD 6 x 8 x 0.3 in | 200 gr | 134 pages Carton Quantity:60 Canadian Rights: Y Book*hug Press
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      False Friends is the first full-length poetry collection from Stephen Cain in more than ten years. In it, he takes inspiration from the linguistic term "false friends"--two words from different languages that appear to be related, but have fundamentally different meanings. In this book are poems both humourous and unforgiving that Cain uses to explore errors, misapprehensions, and mistranslations and offer insights into the "secret operations" hiding within everyday language.

      These poems spin punk with pastoral, comic book with lyric, the misunderstood with the obvious. And at its core, False Friends is a thought-provoking investigation of the power of poetry as political dicourse.

      Praise for False Friends

      "In False Friends, Cain revels in a play of sound and meaning, bouncing his narrative as a pinball across the field of language." --rob mclennan's blog
      Bio
      Stephen Cain is the author of a dozen chapbooks and five full-length collections of poetry, including dyslexicon (1998), American Standard/Canada Dry (2005), I Can Say Interpellation (BookThug, 2011), and Etc Phrases (BookThug, 2014). His academic publications include The Encyclopedia of Fictional and Fantastic Languages (co-written with Tim Conley; 2006) and a critical edition of bpNichol's early long poems: bp: beginnings (BookThug, 2014). Cain lives in Toronto, where he teaches avant-garde and Canadian literature at York University.
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        Launches in Toronto, St. Catharines, Ottawa and Montreal
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    Charm Christine McNair Canada
    9781771663182 Paperback POETRY / Women Authors Publication Date:April 27, 2017
    $18.00 CAD 5.6 x 8.5 x 0.2 in | 160 gr | 104 pages Carton Quantity:1 Canadian Rights: Y BookThug
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      A charm can protect, inflict or influence. Charm, the second collection by poet Christine McNair, considers the craftwork of conception from a variety of viewpoints--from pregnancy and motherhood, to how an orchid is pollinated, to overcoming abusive family relationships, to the manual artistry of carving a violin bow or marbling endpapers.

      Through these poems, McNair's poetic line evolves as if moving in a spellbound kaleidoscope, etched with omens, fairytales, intimacy's stickiness, and the mothering body.

      Praise for Charm:

      “McNair’s Charm is unyielding. Replete with precision, elegance and power, an attentive intensity thrives in these poems. She is fearless in her examination of how impermanent objects are treated – of how we ourselves are objects. What lingers is a provocative
      sensuality, preserved from intimacies, inherent vices, destructive influences, harms, and decay. Her Charm is stunning and alchemical.” —Sandra Ridley, author of Silvija and The Counting House

      “Christine McNair’s Charm is a textile bracelet stitched together with a gasp an echo a tune that will catch at your pumpernickel heart. Jubilantly sample the starched linen and cloth pages as these poems embolden you to bite into its promiscuous orchids and chew on the
      enchanted, hanked-tone stanzas.” —Nicole Markotić, author of whelmed and Bent at the Spine
      Bio

      Christine McNair is the author of Conflict (BookThug, 2012; finalist for the City of Ottawa Book Award, the Archibald Lampman Award, and the ReLit Award, and shortlisted for the Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry) and pleasantries and other misdemeanours (2013; shortlisted for the bpNichol chapbook award). Her work has appeared in Arc Poetry Magazine, CV2, Descant, Poetry is Dead, Prairie Fire, and other places. McNair lives in Ottawa, where she works as a book doctor.


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        Launches in Ottawa, Kingston, Toronto and St. Catharines

    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Archibald Lampman Award 2018, Winner
      Reviews
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    Comma Jennifer Still Canada
    9781771663106 Paperback POETRY / Women Authors Publication Date:May 09, 2017
    $20.00 CAD 6 x 8 x 0.4 in | 240 gr | 160 pages Carton Quantity:1 Canadian Rights: Y Book*hug Press
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      It was a long silence that brought me to the erasure poem. Not mine, but my brother's, during his many months in a coma. I came across a notebook of his--a pocket-sized, handwritten field guide of prairie grasses. I read it for companionship, signs of consciousness, attention. I read it for the rhythms of his still and distant hand.... I was reading a taxonomy of grief: silique drifted into soliloquy.

      Comma is a poetry infused with pause and quaver, inspired by Jennifer Still's collaboration with her ailing brother's hand-written field guide to prairie grasses. Trusting the instability of words, she attends to torn paper, shadings, erasures, and intervals, venturing inside the chrysalis, the breathing tube, and the brittle lexicon of botany to achieve a lyrical foliation of grief. From coma to comma, the held breath sprouts, and hums.

      Praise for Comma:

      “Comma is a living, breathing field guide to the unconscious—Still’s poems flicker and leap from the page. This collection is an immersive, tactile wonder, a compassionate, steadfast
      companion: a truly remarkable exploration by a truly remarkable artist.”
      —Christine Fellows, singer/songwriter/poet and author of Burning Daylight

      “Comma offers an unaccountably delicate experience. Yet these deft images and words are
      like slivers piercing situations and sensibility with guileless insight.  The grace with which Jennifer Still’s poems express experience is magical.  Read the poetry as you might search for a special midnight star, by attending to the edges of vision (and words) where brightness
      shines best.” —Jeanne Randolph, author of Shopping Cart Pantheism
      Bio
      Jennifer Still's first collection, Saltations, was nominated for three Saskatchewan Book Awards. Her second collection, Girlwood, was a finalist for the 2012 Aqua Books Lansdowne Prize for Poetry and the first-prize winner of the John V. Hicks Manuscript Award. That same year, she was awarded the John Hirsch Award for Most Promising Manitoba Writer, and in 2013, she won the Prairie Fire/Banff Centre Bliss Carman Poetry Award. Still has served as faculty for The Banff Centre of the Arts Wired Writing Studio and is a poetry editor for CV2. She was the 2015 University of Winnipeg Carol Shields Writer-in-Residence and will be the 2017 Writer/Storyteller-in-Residence at the University of Manitoba's Centre for Creative Writing and Oral Culture.
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    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Lansdowne Prize for Poetry 2018, Winner
      Reviews
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    Rag Cosmology Erin Robinsong Canada
    9781771663144 Paperback POETRY / Women Authors Publication Date:April 06, 2017
    $18.00 CAD 6 x 8.5 x 0.25 in | 170 gr | 104 pages Carton Quantity:1 Canadian Rights: Y BookThug
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      BookThug is proud to introduce a groundbreaking debut collection of poems by Erin Robinsong. In this time of ecological precarity, Rag Cosmology is an urgent invitation to reinvent our modes engagement with the environment we not only inhabit, but are. Refusing the lamentation that leaves us as resigned witnesses to devastation, Rag Cosmology counters fatalist narratives with the pleasures of ecological entanglement and engagement.

      Tracing relationships between seemingly irreconcilable things--economy and ecology, weather and lust, bills and inner voices, wages of avoidance and wages of listening--Rag Cosmology offers the intimate and lush language of thought that yearns for an imaginative reinvention of how we understand what we are part of and what we are losing.

      Praise for Rag Cosmology:

      "Have you ever had the feeling of being spoken by a branch, a dress, a late slant of light? Then open this book for deeper information about how sensing and moving among the world's elements is a cosmic work of images, where touching is a kind of seeing, and thinking is a kind of kissing. For Erin Robinsong, being in language together is a chosen act of joy, a refusal of the imposed debt and dross of the bankers. These poems walk into largesse." --Lisa Robertson

      "Rag Cosmology is spellbinding. The poems in this stunning debut collection are acrobatic and kinetic, alive with immediacy and sensuality." --Ruth Ozeki

      "These words are also a way of touching and being touched, an ecology of creatures that smile even when the passing is violent and sad." --Mike Hoolboom

      "Rag Cosmology sloughs off the dry skin of a 20th-century environmentalist movement's shame-tactic, revealing a 21st's poetry's gold-leafed anus as a will to become-with all that surrounds an ecocentric, curious, and enveloping awe." --angela rawlings
      Bio

      Erin Robinsong is a poet and interdisciplinary artist. She is the author of four chapbooks, and her work has appeared in journals across Canada and onstage at the &NOW Festival of New Writing, The Conference on Ecopoetics, and other events. Originally from British Columbia, Robinsong lives between Toronto and Montreal.


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        Launches in Montreal, Toronto and Ottawa

    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      A.M. Klein Prize for Poetry 2017, Winner
      Reviews

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