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    Series: A List
    Alden Nowlan Selected Poems Alden Nowlan Canada, Susan Musgrave Canada
    9781770893719 Paperback POETRY / Canadian Publication Date: August 03, 2013
    $14.95 CAD Carton Quantity: 60 Canadian Rights: Y A List
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      The best of beloved poet Alden Nowlan's explicitly honest, direct, and insightful poetry. Now featuring an introduction by Susan Musgrave

      Alden Nowlan, one of Canada's finest and most influential poets, died in 1983. He leaves a rich legacy of poetry that is accessible yet profound, and that speaks to people's lives with wry observation and keen insight. Alden Nowlan Selected Poems is for Nowlan fans and new readers alike. The poems included in this volume reflect the recurring themes that illuminate Nowlan's work, and it is truly the best of his poetry. Above all, this volume is a tribute to a poet who deserves to be treasured for all time.

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      Alden Nowlan was born January 25, 1933, in Windsor, Nova Scotia. Primarily self-educated, Nowlan worked as a newspaperman and published poetry, plays, short stories, and novels. His poetry collection Bread, Wine and Salt won the Governor General’s Literary Award in 1967. Much of his work reflects his regional roots and an affection for the ordinary people. Nowlan was central to the Fredericton and Atlantic literary community and became writer-in-residence at the University of New Brunswick in 1969. He died in Fredericton on June 27, 1983.

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    Ana Historic Daphne Marlatt Canada, Lynn Crosbie Canada
    9781770893702 Paperback FICTION / Literary Publication Date: August 03, 2013
    $14.95 CAD Carton Quantity: 68 Canadian Rights: Y A List
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      A classic of Canadian literature, here is the A List edition of Daphne Marlatt’s utterly original novel about rescuing a forgotten woman from obscurity. Featuring a new introduced by celebrated author Lynn Crosbie.

      Ana Historic is the story of Mrs. Richards, a woman of no history, who appears briefly in 1873 in the civic archives of Vancouver. It is also the story of Annie, a contemporary, who becomes obsessed with the possibilities of Mrs. Richards’s life.

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      Daphne Marlatt was born in Melbourne, Australia, and grew up in Penang, Malaysia, until her family immigrated to Canada in 1951. She is the author of the novels Ana Historic and Taken. She has published numerous collections of poetry, including Steveston, Touch to My Tongue, Salvage, This Tremor Love Is, and The Given, which won the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize. In 2006, she was appointed to the Order of Canada. She lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.

      Poet, author, and novelist Lynn Crosbie was born and raised in Montreal. An award-winning journalist and cultural critic, she has written about fashion, sports, art, and celebrity. She has a Ph.D. in English literature and a background in visual studies; she teaches at the University of Toronto and the Ontario College of Art and Design. Her volumes of poetry and prose include Queen Rat, Dorothy L’Amour, and Liar. She is the author of the controversial book Paul’s Case, about the Paul Bernardo–Karla Homolka murders, as well as the novels Life Is About Losing Everything and Where Did You Sleep Last Night, a Trillium Book Award finalist. Her most recent book is a collection of poems about her father, entitled The Corpses of the Future.

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    9781487000479 Paperback FICTION / Literary Publication Date: August 01, 2015
    $14.95 CAD 5.5 x 8.5 in | 144 pages Carton Quantity: 68 Canadian Rights: Y A List
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      A lost feminist classic — and winner of the Toronto Book Award — reissued to coincide with the 35th anniversary of publication.

      In her yearning, elusive search for a lover, Shirley Kaszenbowski sheds her drab “basic black” existence together with torturous memories of guilt and loss as a Jewish immigrant in Toronto.

      Shirley Kaszenbowski, née Silverberg, is a middle-aged, middle-class woman in a Holt Renfrew tweed coat, a basic black dress, and a strand of real pearls. She may seem ordinary enough, pricing silk scarves at Eaton’s or idling in hotel coffee shops, but in fact she is searching for her lover. He is an elusive figure, a man connected with “The Agency,” a powerful technocrat who may or may not have suggested a rendezvous based on a secret code in the National Geographic.

      Her search takes her to the world of her past as a Jewish immigrant in the Spadina-Dundas area of Toronto. She finds the bakeries and rooming houses of her youth still haunted by survivors of postwar Europe and by her own memories of guilt and loss, while the consolations of art, opera, and pornography offer only echoes of her own illusions and desires. Her strange, wryly funny odyssey ends in a dramatic confrontation scene with her husband and “the other woman,” as she trades in her basic black for another chance.

      In Basic Black with Pearls, Weinzweig displays her gift for creating sympathetic characters in a slightly surreal, but always recognizable world.

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      Helen Weinzweig is the author of the novels Passing Ceremony and Basic Black with Pearls, winner of the Toronto Book Award. Her short story collection, A View from the Roof, was shortlisted for the Governor General’s Literary Award for Fiction. Helen Weinzweig died in Toronto in 2010.

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      I must concede that Basic Black with Pearls, at least, is so good as to have been well worth the exhilarating wait
      Thirty-five years after its initial publication, and a hundred years since Weinzweig’s birth, Basic Black with Pearls is getting an admirable posthumous reissue via House of Anansi’s A-List series, asserting its relevance decades after it won the 1981 Toronto Book Award.
      a funny and smart feminist classic that begs for rediscovery.

      Basic Black with Pearls packs a punch.” — New York Times

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    Civil Elegies New edition Dennis Lee Canada, Nick Mount Canada
    9781770892491 Paperback POETRY / Canadian Publication Date: October 13, 2012
    $14.95 CAD 5.5 x 8.5 in | 80 pages Carton Quantity: 160 Canadian Rights: Y A List
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      Civil Elegies is Dennis Lee's uncompromising exploration of citizenship, both Canadian and human. Eli Mandel has called Civil Elegies one of the most important contemporary books of poetry in our country. It was the winner of the Governor General's Literary Award for Poetry in 1972. This edition features a new introduction by noted academic Nick Mount, who places this important collection in the context of Canadian literature and Lee’s career.

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      Dennis Lee, who co-founded the House of Anansi in 1967, has written close to forty books of poetry and prose. He was born in Toronto in 1939, won the Governor General’s Award for Civil Elegies and Other Poems in 1972, and published his iconic children’s collection, Alligator Pie, two years later. Since then he has written the song lyrics for Jim Henson’s Fraggle Rock, and served as Toronto’s first poet laureate from 2001 to 2004, initiating the Toronto Legacy Project. He is an Officer of the Order of Canada, and was recently a resident artist at Soulpepper Theatre Company. Lee published his children’s collection Melvis and Elvis in 2015, and Heart Residence: Collected Poems 1967-2017 in 2017. He is married to the novelist Susan Perly, and has three children and two grandchildren.

      NICK MOUNT is a professor of English literature at the University of Toronto and an award-winning critic. He regularly gives public talks on the arts in Canada, and has appeared on TVO’s Big Ideas and CBC Radio’s Sunday Edition. In 2011, he was awarded a 3M National Teaching Fellowship, the country’s highest teaching award. He lives in Toronto.

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      Awards
      Governor General's Award: Poetry 1972, Winner
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    De Niro's Game New edition Rawi Hage Canada, Colm Toibin
    9781770892507 Paperback FICTION / Literary Publication Date: October 13, 2012
    $14.95 CAD 5.5 x 8.5 in | 288 pages Carton Quantity: 48 Canadian Rights: Y A List
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      There is but one truly serious philosophical problem, and that is suicide. In Rawi Hage's unforgettable novel, winner of the 2008 IMPAC Prize, this famous quote by Camus becomes a touchstone for two young men caught in Lebanon's civil war. Bassam and George are childhood best friends who have grown to adulthood in war torn Beirut. Now they must choose their futures: to stay in the city and consolidate power through crime; or to go into exile abroad, alienated from the only existence they have known. Bassam chooses one path: obsessed with leaving Beirut, he embarks on a series of petty crimes to finance his departure. Meanwhile, George builds his power in the underworld of the city and embraces a life of military service, crime for profit, killing, and drugs

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      Told in the voice of Bassam, De Niro's Game is a beautiful, explosive portrait of a contemporary young man shaped by a lifelong experience of war. Rawi Hage's brilliant style mimics a world gone mad: so smooth and apparently sane that its razor-sharp edges surprise and cut deeply. A powerful meditation on life and death in a war zone, and what comes after.

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      Rawi Hage was born in Beirut, Lebanon, and lived through nine years of the Lebanese civil war. His debut novel, De Niro's Game, won the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, was a finalist for numerous prestigious national and international awards, including the Scotiabank Giller Prize and the Governor General's Literary Award, and has been translated into several languages and published around the world. His second novel, Cockroach, won the Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction and was a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, the Governor General's Literary Award, and the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize. Rawi Hage lives in Montreal.

      Colm Toibin is an award-winning novelist, short story writer and essayist. He is currently Mellon Professor in the Department of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University in New York.
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      IMPAC Dublin Literary Award 2008, Winner
      QWF McAuslan First Book Prize 2006, Winner
      QWF Paragraphe Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction 2006, Winner
      Governor General's Literary Awards: Fiction 2006, Short-listed
      Scotiabank Giller Prize 2006, Short-listed
      Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize 2007, Short-listed
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    Death Goes Better With Coca-Cola New edition Dave Godfrey Canada, Lee Henderson Canada
    9781487001247 Paperback FICTION / Short Stories Publication Date: July 09, 2016
    $14.95 CAD 5.5 x 8.5 in | 192 pages Carton Quantity: 90 Canadian Rights: Y A List
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      Originally published in 1967, Dave Godfrey’s debut collection features stories about hunting — in Florida, in Africa, and in northern Ontario. They are about the interplay of gun and subway, decoy and stock market, guide and draft dodger. But they are more than just stories about hunting. Death Goes Better with Coca-Cola is a powerful example of the idiosyncratic imagination of a writer who broke new ground in fiction. It is a seminal collection by one of Canada’s most influential literary figures and it is a must-read for those who want to understand Canada’s literary landscape, past and present.

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      Dave Godfrey was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, in 1938. A writer, publisher, and academic, Godfrey published three works of fiction: the novel The New Ancestors, winner of the Governor General’s Literary Award for Fiction, and the short story collections Death Goes Better with Coca-Cola and Dark Must Yield. He was co-founder of both House of Anansi and New Press, and ran Press Porcépic with his wife, writer Ellen Godfrey. He studied at the University of Toronto, Iowa, and Stanford, and taught literature at the University of Toronto and the University of Victoria. Dave Godfrey died in Victoria, B.C., in 2015.

      Lee Henderson is the author of two novels The Man Game, which won the 2009 BC Book Prize for Fiction and was shortlisted for the Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize, and The Road Narrows As You Go, published in 2014, and the award-winning short story collection The Broken Record Technique. He is a contributing editor to the arts magazine Border Crossings in Canada and has published fiction and art criticism in numerous periodicals. He lives in Victoria, B.C., and teaches creative writing at UVic.
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      Praise for Dave Godfrey and Death Goes Better With Coca-Cola:

      “If I had to put my money on a Canadian writer most likely to produce first-rate work in the next decade, I’d bet it on Dave Godfrey.” — Montreal Star

      “Probably the most gifted young short-story writer in English Canada.” — The Oxford Companion to Canadian History and Literature

      “Easily the most talented and abundant of the short story writers who are still in their twenties.” — Tamarack Review

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    Eleven Canadian Novelists Interviewed by Graeme Gibson 2nd edition Graeme Gibson Canada
    9781770898141 Paperback LITERARY CRITICISM / Canadian Publication Date: August 23, 2014
    $14.95 CAD 5.5 x 8.5 in | 336 pages Carton Quantity: 36 Canadian Rights: Y A List
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      Originally published in 1970, Eleven Canadian Novelists Interviewed by Graeme Gibson is a collection of candid and wide-ranging interviews with Canadian writers, including Alice Munro, Mordecai Richler, Margaret Laurence, and more.

      With the intuition of an insider, Gibson asks the important questions: In what way is writing important to you? Do writers know something special? Does he or she have any responsibility to society? The result is a fascinating and immensely readable series of conversations with famed writers at the beginning of their careers.

      The A List edition will feature a new introduction by Graeme Gibson and interviews with the following authors:
      Margaret Atwood
      Austin Clarke
      Matt Cohen
      Marian Engel
      Timothy Findley
      Dave Godfrey
      Margaret Laurence
      Jack Ludwig
      Alice Munro
      Mordecai Richler
      Scott Symons

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      Graeme Gibson is the acclaimed author of Five Legs, Communion, Perpetual Motion, and Gentleman Death. He is a long-time cultural activist, and co-founder of the Writer's Union of Canada and the Writers' Trust. He is a past president of PEN Canada and the recipient of both the Harbourfront Festival Prize and the Toronto Arts Award, and is a Member of the Order of Canada. He lives in Toronto.
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    Five Legs New edition Graeme Gibson Canada, Sean Kane Canada
    9781770892576 Paperback FICTION / Literary Publication Date: October 13, 2012
    $14.95 CAD 5.5 x 8.5 in | 280 pages Carton Quantity: 52 Canadian Rights: Y A List
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      First published by Anansi in 1969, Five Legs was a breakthrough for Canadian experimental fiction, selling 1,000 copies in its first week. At the time Scott Symons wrote that "Five Legs has more potent writing in it, page for page, than any other young Canadian novel that I can think of." Or indeed any young American novel — including Pynchon and Farina.

      Five Legs is the subversive tale of two guilt-ridden young men, Lucan Crackell and Felix Oswald — one a professor, the other his student — caught in the grip of the North American Protestant ethic, with its emotional web-spinning and sexual torments. Gibson captures both their mortifications and their spirited resistance to all things WASP, themselves included, in stream-of-consciousness prose that is at once fluid, disjointed, and hilarious. Essential reading for any Canlit junkie, and quite a trip. This edition features a new introduction by Sean Kane.

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      Graeme Gibson is the acclaimed author of Five Legs, Communion, Perpetual Motion, and Gentleman Death. He is a long-time cultural activist, and co-founder of the Writer's Union of Canada and the Writers' Trust. He is a past president of PEN Canada and the recipient of both the Harbourfront Festival Prize and the Toronto Arts Award, and is a Member of the Order of Canada. He lives in Toronto.
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    Hard Core Logo Portrait of a Thousand Punks New edition Nick Craine Canada, Lynn Crosbie Canada
    9781487001926 Paperback COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Adaptations Publication Date: May 06, 2017
    $19.95 CAD 7.25 x 9.5 in | 152 pages Carton Quantity: 44 Canadian Rights: Y A List
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      Joe Dick, Billy Tallent, John Oxenburger, and Pipefitter are Hard Core Logo — Vancouver’s legendary, but now defunct, punk band.

      Joe Dick coaxes his former bandmates to overcome personal differences and reunite for a benefit concert for their ageing punk mentor, Bucky Haight, who has been shot. But the concert’s not enough for Joe; he wants the band to hit the road again. For the Hard Cores this means the beginning of the end, and they come to realize that they can neither relive nor alter the past.

      From the pen of hugely talented Canadian comic artist and illustrator Nick Craine comes a searing rendition of those Hard Core days and nights. In this graphic take on the story originally conceived by Michael Turner and made into a critically acclaimed film by Bruce McDonald, Craine pits the legendary Hard Cores against a collage-like backdrop of bars, hotel rooms, the road, and the Canadian Prairies.

      Featuring a new introduction by Lynn Crosbie and a tear-out guitar chord book, Hard Core Logo: Portrait of a Thousand Punks weaves together a patchwork narrative of found art, dialogue, songs, and incidental bystanders. Craine skillfully renders his own unique cover-version of this cult film classic in graphic novel form.

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      Nick Craine was born in Toronto in 1971 and is a critically acclaimed visual artist whose illustrations have appeared in the Atlantic, the New York Times, the Washington Post, and many more. In 2008 he was chosen as one of six Canadians included in the TASCHEN international anthology Illustration Now, a sampling of 150 of the world’s best illustrators. He is a much sought-after conceptual illustrator and adapted Bruce McDonald’s films Dance Me Outside and Hard Core Logo into graphic novels; the latter was nominated for an Ignatz Award in the Outstanding Artist category.

      In his other life, Craine is the founding member of Black Cabbage and has appeared on over twenty recordings as a vocalist, including on his own solo albums, November Moon and Songs Like Tattoos. In the 1990s he directed music videos between Guelph and Nashville, including Feist’s “It’s Cool to Love Your Family.”

      Craine lives in Guelph with his wife, Sandy, and their son, Michael. He uses Staedtler art supplies and Arches papers.

      Poet, author, and novelist Lynn Crosbie was born and raised in Montreal. An award-winning journalist and cultural critic, she has written about fashion, sports, art, and celebrity. She has a Ph.D. in English literature and a background in visual studies; she teaches at the University of Toronto and the Ontario College of Art and Design. Her volumes of poetry and prose include Queen Rat, Dorothy L’Amour, and Liar. She is the author of the controversial book Paul’s Case, about the Paul Bernardo–Karla Homolka murders, as well as the novels Life Is About Losing Everything and Where Did You Sleep Last Night, a Trillium Book Award finalist. Her most recent book is a collection of poems about her father, entitled The Corpses of the Future.

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      PRAISE FOR NICK CRAINE AND PORTRAIT OF A THOUSAND PUNKS (1997):

      Ignatz Award Finalist (Outstanding Artist category)

      “Craine’s adaptations are more akin to contemporary non-genre comic books like Art Spiegelman’s Maus (1986) than they are to comic book versions of Hollywood blockbusters.” — Bart Beaty, Canadian Journal of Film Studies

      “Nick Craine is one of the fastest developing talents today.” — Matt Wagner, author/illustrator of Grendel

      “Craine wisely injects his own voice, through his brush, into the story much in the same way that David Mazzuchelli did in his wildly successful adaptation of Paul Auster’s City of Glass . . . Craine is a cartoonist to keep your eye on.” — Eric Reynolds, Comics Journal

      “Extremely pure, original work. [Craine] has a unique style, vibrating raw energy . . . There’s nothing more exciting than the execution of story and art brought together in one clear vision . . . These are the kind of comics I want to see more of.” — Michael Allred, author/illustrator of Madman

      "[A]n honest take on life on the road that still resonates 20 years later." — The National Post

      "Nick Craine digs deep into music, punk, life, and art, rummaging around in the bloody wet guts of it all and emerging with a pure, beating heart. He rearranges the fundamentals of comics and makes something new..." — Dylan Horrocks, Eisner Award winner and creator of Hicksville

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    Kamouraska New edition Anne Hébert Canada, Noah Richler Canada
    9781770892545 Paperback FICTION / Literary Publication Date: October 13, 2012
    $14.95 CAD 5.5 x 8.5 in | 280 pages Carton Quantity: 52 Canadian Rights: Y A List
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      A classic of Canadian literature by the great Quebecoise writer, Kamouraska is based on a real nineteenth-century love-triangle in rural Quebec. It paints a poetic and terrifying tableau of the life of Elisabeth d'Aulnieres: her marriage to Antoine Tassy, squire of Kamouraska; his violent murder; and her passion for George Nelson, an American doctor.

      Passionate and evocative, Kamouraska is the timeless story of one woman's destructive commitment to an ideal love. Translated into seven languages, Kamouraska won the Paris book prize and was made into a landmark feature film by Claude Jutra. This edition features a brilliant new introduction by Noah Richler.

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      Anne Hébert was born on August 1, 1916 in Sainte-Catherine-de-Fossambault, a small village 40 kilometres from Quebec City. When she died in January 2000, she was one of Canada's most highly acclaimed and successful literary stars.

      Noah Richler is a former BBC and CBC radio producer and host, a podcaster (128 Sterling, for the House of Anansi), and author. He has won several National Magazine Awards and his first book, This is My Country, What’s Yours? (2006), was named one of the Top Ten Books of the Decade by Maclean’s magazine and won the 2007 B.C. Award for Canadian Non-Fiction. What We Talk About When We Talk About War (2012) was a Governor-General’s Literary Award finalist and was shortlisted for the Shaughnessy Cohen Award for Political Writing, as was The Candidate, Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail (2016), which was also nominated for a Stephen Leacock Award for humour.

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