LPG Catalogue: Spring 2017

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    The Encyclopedia of Lies Christopher Gudgeon Canada
    9781772140750 Paperback FICTION / Short Stories On Sale Date: April 18, 2017
    $20.00 CAD 8.52 x 8.73 x 0.53 in Carton Quantity: 34 Canadian Rights: Y Anvil Press
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      In these sixteen stories, Christopher Gudgeon, bestselling author of the critically acclaimed Song of Kosovo, takes a heartbreaking and hilarious look into the lives, loves, sexual obsessions and delusions that inform a grand cast of off-kilter characters. Here is a gay couple who persevere with their marriage plans as the world, literally, crumbles around them, a woman who discovers the mysterious collection of letters that reveals a terrifying truth about her deceased fiancée, a dutiful son, locked in an life-or-death marathon race with his famous father, and a baby who becomes infested with fruit flies, sending his adoptive parents into a spiral of recrimination and self-doubt. At once bitterly funny, provocative and poignant, this remarkable collection builds on Gudgeon's growing literary reputation, offering up the work of a great storyteller at his very best. "Gudgeon is . . . a major new talent in Canadian literature." (The Quill and Quire on Greetings from the Vodka Sea) "a remarkable first novel." (The Victoria Times-Colonist on Song of Kosovo)
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      Christopher Gudgeon is an author, poet, and screenwriter. He's written eighteen books, from critically acclaimed fiction and poetry like Song of Kosovo, Greetings from the Vodka Sea, and Assdeep in Wonder, to celebrated biographies of Stan Rogers and Milton Acorn, to popular history on subjects as varied as sex, fishing, and lotteries. He also created and co-produced the award-winning paranormal reality series Ghost Trackers and co-scripted and starred in the film The Trick with the Gun. Gudgeon has worked as a psychiatric orderly, rent boy, bartender, rock musician, TV weatherman, bible salesman, radio sportscaster and rodeo clown. Gudgeon has been in an open marriage with Danish rock star guru Jasper Vander Voorde since 2009. They divide their time between the wilds of British Columbia and the wilder wilds of Los Angeles.
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    Bad Endings Carleigh Baker Canada
    9781772140767 Paperback FICTION / Short Stories On Sale Date: March 15, 2017
    $18.00 CAD 6.89 x 8.51 x 0.45 in Carton Quantity: 42 Canadian Rights: Y Anvil Press
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      Winner of the City of Vancouver Book Award Finalist for the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize. Carleigh Baker likes to make light in the dark. Whether plumbing family ties, the end of a marriage, or death itself, she never lets go of the witty, the ironic, and perhaps most notably, the awkward. Despite the title, the resolution in these stories isn't always tragic, but it's often uncomfortable, unexpected, or just plain strange. Character digressions, bad decisions, and misconceptions abound. While steadfastly local in her choice of setting, Baker's deep appreciation for nature takes a lot of these stories out of Vancouver and into the wild. Salmon and bees play reoccurring roles in these tales, as do rivers. Occasionally, characters blend with their animal counterparts, adding a touch of magic realism. Nature is a place of escape and attempted convalescence for characters suffering from urban burnout. Even if things get weird along the way, as Hunter S. Thompson said, "When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro." In Bad Endings, Baker takes troubled characters to a moment of realization or self-revelation, but the results aren't always pretty.
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      Carleigh Baker is a Metis/Icelandic writer. Her work has appeared in subTerrain, PRISM International, Joyland, and This Magazine. She won the Lush Triumphant award for short fiction in 2012, and was nominated for the Journey Prize in 2014. Her book reviews and critical writing have appeared in The Globe & Mail, The Malahat Review, The Goose, and EVENT Magazine. She lives in Vancouver.
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    Bad Engine New & Selected Poems Michael Dennis Canada
    9781772140774 Paperback POETRY / Canadian On Sale Date: April 07, 2017
    $20.00 CAD 8.48 x 9.15 x 0.45 in | 176 pages Carton Quantity: 48 Canadian Rights: Y Anvil Press
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      Selected and with an Introduction by Stuart Ross Michael Dennis has been hammering his love, his anger, his grief, and his awe into poems for over forty years. With seven books and nearly twenty chapbooks to his credit, Dennis isn't exactly a household name in Canadian poetry, but he is a natural heir to poets like Canadian icon Al Purdy and American legends Eileen Myles and Charles Bukowski. His poems are his life made into poems: direct, emphatic, honest. Bad Engine brings together mostly revised versions of about one hundred poems selected from Dennis's published work, along with several dozen new poems. This volume, introduced and edited by Dennis's long-time friend, the poet and editor Stuart Ross, marks a milestone in the career of a homegrown, no-bullshit, tells-it-likes-he-sees-it populist bard. Here the reader will find a rollicking tale of drinking with racists, poignant prayers for quiet nights with lovers, raw narratives of childhood abuse, defiant anthems of a body broken by sports injuries, a mindful meditation about a stoned dragonfly, and the not-quite resigned laughter of a man smashing away at a keyboard for four decades and becoming neither rich nor famous. Bad Engine is Michael Dennis being human.
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      Michael Dennis is a poet from Ottawa, Ontario. He has published seven books of poetry and nearly twenty chapbooks, and has been widely published in Canadian literary magazines and journals. For the last three years Dennis has been the labour behind Today's Book of Poetry, a regular blog where Dennis talks about books of poetry he likes. Dennis has posted over 450 blogs/reviews of Canadian and American small press poetry. These days he can be found in Vanier, keeping his laneway clean.
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    9781772140958 Paperback FICTION / Literary On Sale Date: October 10, 2017
    $24.00 CAD 6.16 x 8.95 x 0.84 in | 384 pages Carton Quantity: 24 Canadian Rights: Y Anvil Press
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      1940s Vancouver. The Japanese have just bombed Pearl Harbour and racial tension is building in Vancouver. The RCMP are rounding up "suspicious" young men, and fishing boats and property are soon seized from Steveston fishers; internment camps in BC's interior are only months away. Daniel Sugiura, a young reporter for the New Canadian, the only Japanese-Canadian newspaper allowed to keep publishing during the war, narrates The Three Pleasures. The story is told through three main characters in the Japanese community: Watanabe Etsuo, Morii Etsuji and Etsu Kaga, the Three Pleasures. Etsu in Japanese means "pleasure"; the term is well-suited to these three. Morii Etsuji, the Black Dragon boss, controls the kind of pleasure men pay for: gambling, drink and prostitution ? the pleasures of the flesh. Watanabe Etsuo, Secretary of the Steveston Fishermen's Association, makes a deal with the devil to save his loved ones. In the end, he suffers for it and never regains the pleasures of family. And there is Etsu Kaga, a Ganbariya of the Yamato Damashii Group, a real Emperor worshipper. His obsession becomes destructive to himself and all involved with him. He enjoys the pleasure of patriotism until that patriotism becomes a curse. The Three Pleasures is an intimate and passionate novel concerning an unsightly and painful period in Canada's history. "Terry Watada's literary tour de force, The Three Pleasures, lifts the Japanese Canadian internment experience beyond passive victimization by giving life to a host of historical figures ? heroes, villians and tragic characters ? in a fascinating yet little-known resistance movement within the camps. An absolute page-turner and worthy read." (jim wong-chu)
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      Terry Watada is a poet (with four published titles), a playwright (with seven plays produced), a short story writer (with a published collection), a children's book writer (two titles), a historian (two titles), and writer of two manga. He has also edited several anthologies. His first novel, The Blood of Foxes, was published in 2007. He looks forward to holding The Three Pleasures, his second novel, in his hands. Mr. Watada lives in Toronto.
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    Long Ride Yellow Martin West Canada
    9781772140941 Paperback FICTION / Literary On Sale Date: October 01, 2017
    $20.00 CAD 5.38 x 8.21 x 0.6 in | 256 pages Carton Quantity: 30 Canadian Rights: Y Anvil Press
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      Long Ride Yellow is the debut novel from two-time Journey Prize Finalist Martin West. The novel explores the limits of sexual desire and willfully prods the veil at the edge of reality. Nonni is a dominatrix who likes to push the boundaries; she is also easily bored. Her disdain for all that is conventional and "vanilla" launches her on a journey of personal discovery: first via the local swingers' scene, then through the world of clandestine S&M clubs, and on to more adventurous and dangerous "private" diversions. She eventually pushes the envelope so far that she attracts the attention of alien beings she refers to only as the "Woodenheads." They do strange things to her, alchemic things, as she is slowly transformed into wood and steel and electricity. You won't soon forget Nonni; she won't let you. Praise for Cretacea and 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)
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      Martin West was born in Victoria and spent his youth working and living in the Canadian west. He graduated from the University of British Columbia and has been published in magazines across the nation and twice in the Journey Prize anthology. He has new work forthcoming in the Fiddlehead and Front&Centre. His first collection of stories, Cretecea & Other Stories from the Badlands was published in spring of 2016.
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    You Are Not Needed Now Annette Lapointe Canada
    9781772140934 Paperback FICTION / Short Stories On Sale Date: September 18, 2017
    $20.00 CAD 5.37 x 8.21 x 0.58 in | 224 pages Carton Quantity: 32 Canadian Rights: Y Anvil Press
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      You Are Not Needed Now is a brilliant new collection of stories from Annette Lapointe, author of the Giller-nominated novel Stolen. Often set within the small towns of the Canadian prairies, the stories in You Are Not Needed Now dissect and examine the illusion of appearances, the myth of normalcy, and the allure of artifice. Lapointe presents characters who are extraordinarily real. They are often strange, vulgar, or messy: collecting blood-stained cotton pads and hairs from shower drains, slicing through skin to get more urgent medical treatment for testosterone withdrawal, storing the heart of a dead infant in a glass jar, kneeling on the dirty wet floors of a bathroom stall to perform oral sex. Despite the diversity, strangeness, and complexity of her characters, Lapointe illustrates a remarkable understanding of each one. She knows them so intimately, and gives her reader the gift of knowing them, too. Lapointe is adept at looking closely, and exposes her characters' faults and vulnerabilities, humiliations and vanities, in illuminating and surprising ways. Trapped in this inescapable place-life-her characters linger somewhere between apathy and obsession, compassion and disregard, conflict and avoidance. This is a bold collection of stories, rich with nuance, originality, and depth.
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      Annette Lapointe's first novel, Stolen (2006), was nominated for a Giller Prize and was the Winner of two Saskatchewan Book Awards (First Book Award and Saskatoon Book Award). A Finalist for the Books in Canada First Novel Award, as well as being cited as a Globe & Mail Top 5 First Fiction choice, Stolen also garnered Lapointe a Canadian Authors Association-BookTV Emerging Writer award. Her second novel, Whitetail Shooting Gallery (2012), was a finalist for the McNally Robinson Book of the Year.
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    Leaving Mile End Jon Paul Fiorentino Canada
    9781772140972 Paperback POETRY / Canadian On Sale Date: March 01, 2017
    $16.00 CAD 10.38 x 2.73 x 0.23 in | 72 pages Carton Quantity: 80 Canadian Rights: Y Anvil Press
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      Leaving Mile End is Jon Paul Fiorentino's seventh collection of poetry and tenth book-a collection of poems that documents the daily din and clatter of cafés, galleries, and dive bars that make up Mile End in Montreal, perhaps the most artistically vibrant neighbourhood in the world. But this is no ordinary tour-we take a sharp turn and go online as Fiorentino mines the peculiar linguistic resources of a new world of doxxing, swatting, snarking, trolling, catfishing, and shaming. While addressing the disconnect between the way we treat each other online and the way we treat each other IRL, Leaving Mile End provides a new framework for understanding what it means to be home in 2017. Praise for Fiorentino's poetry: "[Fiorentino's poetry] is the embodiment of an imagination so wild, a wit so sharp and a sense of humour so dark." (Montreal Gazette) "There is no mistaking Fiorentino's sharp wit and precise vocabulary, which are entirely individual-something far too few writers can claim." (Quill & Quire)
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      Jon Paul Fiorentino is the author ten books including I'm Not Scared of You or Anything, which was shortlisted for the ReLit Award for Short Fiction and Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction, Needs Improvement, which was shortlisted for the A.M. Klein Prize for Poetry, and Indexical Elegies, which won the CBC Books "Bookie" Award for Best Book of Poetry. He lives in Montreal where he teaches Creative Writing at Concordia University, is the editor-in-chief of Matrix magazine, and the editor for the Serotonin/Wayside Imprint of Insomniac Press.
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    9781772140965 Paperback POETRY / Canadian On Sale Date: May 15, 2017
    $18.00 CAD 8.68 x 8.4 x 0.25 in | 96 pages Carton Quantity: 70 Canadian Rights: Y Anvil Press
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      Escape from Wreck City is a debut collection of poetry from Calgary author John Creary. There are poems about nature, poems about love and relationships, poems about living in the city, and poems about traveling the world. And all at once they capture the thrill of being fully engaged with the world, keenly observing each moment and event that constitutes being human. Whether it's following the "wounded insomniac" through the "desert lushness of sage and creosote" or hot lovers who "flicker bare back beneath the full moon, panting" or drifting, moribund couples on empty streets moving like "dead meat or heavy traffic" under leaves of an "electric yellow" Creary's language is potent, lush, playful and witty, demanding of attention. Sharp with insights that cut, lancet-like, to the core of the matter, the poems in Escape from Wreck City ? like the people who inhabit them ? are ecstatically alive. Advance Praise for Escape from Wreck City: "John Creary's poems growl, roar, whisper, chortle, purr and shout. He's a writer stoned on words, constantly surprised by what they can and can't do. Language's energy-clean, dirty, pulsing, spiking, minimalist-vibrates through Escape from Wreck City." - Tom Wayman, author of The Order in Which We Do Things
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      John Creary has had his poetry widely published in Canadian literary journals including The Best Canadian Poetry in English 2011, Arc, Event, Grain, CV2, Fiddlehead, Vallum, subTerrain, and The Antigonish Review. He was awarded the Calgary Literary Kaleidoscope Undergraduate Award for Creative Writing in November 2008. His first book of poems, Escape from Wreck City, will be published in spring 2017 (Anvil Press). He currently lives in Calgary.
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    9781772140989 Paperback POETRY / Canadian On Sale Date: June 15, 2017
    $16.00 CAD 7.62 x 7.8 x 0.4 in | 64 pages Carton Quantity: 44 Canadian Rights: Y Anvil Press
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      A Temporary Stranger is comprised of three sections: Homages, Fake Poems, and Recollections. In Homages we find poems of reverence and honour, tributes to writers who had opened up the world of poetry to Jamie. There are poems to Spicer, Baudelaire, Rimbaud, Breton, Francis Ponge, Tristan Tzara and others. At the centre of A Temporary Stranger are the Fake Poems, so called because "There is no art on earth that can fully represent the exact and flowing experience of viewing stone within the flow of water and the waving light within the water and around the stone, and the subsequent sense of awe and beauty that arises in the interaction between the seer and the seen... . In that sense, all art is fake... " The third section, Recollections, is an assemblage of articles ? paeans, really - to Robin Blaser, bill bissett, Warren Tallman, John Newlove, Curt Lang, Nellie McClung, Artie Gold, Kim Goldberg, Kate Braid, and others. Here, as friend and editor Karl Siegler states in his Foreword, "we encounter memory-not as a form of nostalgia for a bygone golden age of a romanticised pastoral arcadia ... but as an historical record of who did what when, and to what end, throughout the counterculture revolution that shaped the lives of Jamie Reid and his companions over the past six decades."
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      Jamie Reid was born in Timmins, Ontario in 1941. A writer, activist, and arts organizer, Reid was a member of the original five-member editorial board of TISH, the Vancouver poetry newsletter at UBC, in 1961. His first collection of poems, The Man Whose Path Was on Fire, was published by Talonbooks in 1969. A short time later he joined the Communist Party of Canada (Marxist-Leninist) and stopped writing for twenty-five years in favour of political activism. Reid returned to poetry and cultural criticism in the late 1980s, with a special interest in jazz expressed in many of his works. In 1994 he published Prez: A Homage to Lester Young, and in 1997 a new collection of poetry, Mad Boys. In 2002 he released The Language of Love, a biography of jazz musician Diana Krall and in 2004 Talonbooks published I. Another. The Space Between: Selected Poems. In 2009 he published the chapbook, Homages, which is included here as one section of A Temporary Stranger.
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    Home and Away Simple, Delicious Recipes Inspired by the World's Cafes, Bistros, and Diners Darcy Shore Canada, Randy Shore Canada
    9781551526737 Paperback COOKING / Regional & Ethnic Publication Date: April 26, 2017
    $24.95 CAD 9 x 8 x 0.47 in | 184 pages Carton Quantity: 26 Canadian Rights: Y Arsenal Pulp Press
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      A cookbook inspired by how food from around the world not only connects us all, but also reminds us of home.

      Cooking outside one's comfort zone is now easier than ever: ingredients once considered exotic are available at supermarkets across the country, and we're more open to exploring the far reaches of the world through food. This tantalizing cookbook takes readers on a global tour through food, from the steamy noodle shops of Seoul to the wood-fired grills of Istanbul and funky dives of San Francisco. Randy and Darcy Shore explore how food informs our ideas around community and identity ("home"), and how it shapes our experience of and appreciation for other cultures ("away").

      Their recipes are based on years of travel as well as their intrinsic interest in the foods of other cultures; they make once complicated dishes a little easier for North American cooks while still respecting centuries-old food traditions. The book includes such dishes as Braised Pork Belly with Crunchy Rice, Volcanic Soba Noodle Salad, Moroccan Lamb with Lemon Couscous, and Jerk Chicken with Grilled Romaine. There are also interviews with chefs Mario Batali, Edward Lee, Anita Lo, Vikram Vij, and others on the ways their cultures influence their cooking.

      Home and Away takes home cooks on a delicious trip around the world, no passport required.

      140 recipes; full-colour photographs

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      Darcy Shore has been working around food since waitressing as a teenager in Alberta. She met her husband Randy at Banff's Sunshine Mountain Lodge where she managed the dining room. Today, she works at a cooks' supply store on the Sunshine Coast of British Columbia. After staying in the background for Randy's first book Grow What You Eat, Eat What You Grow, Darcy has stepped up with many of her own recipes for Home and Away. She was particularly inspired by a recent trip through Europe and Turkey and has adapted her favourite discoveries for North American home cooks.



      Randy Shore is the author of Grow What You Eat, Eat What You Grow. He is a food and sustainability writer for the Vancouver Sun and author of The Green man blog; he is also a former restaurant cook and an avid gardener. He is a recipient of the BC and Yukon Community Newspaper Association Best Columnist award and the BC Wildlife Federation Art Downs Award for conservation journalism. Randy and his wife Darcy live in Roberts Creek on BC's Sunshine Coast.

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