LPG Catalogue: Fall 2017

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    Sustenance Writers from BC and Beyond on the Subject of Food Rachel Rose Canada
    9781772141016 Paperback COOKING / Essays & Narratives On Sale Date:October 15, 2017
    $25.00 CAD 7.16 x 9.91 x 0.64 in | 690 gr | 256 pages Carton Quantity:16 Canadian Rights: Y Anvil Press
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      Writers from BC and Beyond on the Subject of Food will bring to the table some of Canada's best contemporary writers, celebrating all that is unique about Vancouver's literary and culinary scene. Punctuated by beautiful local food photographs, interviews with and recipes from some of our top local chefs, each of these short pieces will shock, comfort, praise, entice, or invite reconciliation, all while illuminating our living history through the lens of food. Sustenance is also a community response to the needs of new arrivals or low-income families in our city. Writers will be donating their honoraria to the Farmers Market Nutrition Coupon Program. A portion of sales from every book will to towards providing a refugee or low-income family with fresh, locally grown produce, and at the same time will support BC farmers, fishers, beekeepers, and gardeners. Award-winning chefs, poets and writers in Sustenance include: Frank Pabst (Chef, Blue Water Café), Renée Sarojini Saklikar, Mark Winston, Susan Musgrave, Lorna Crozier, Thomas Haas (artisan chocolatier), Meeru Dhalwalla (Chef, Vij's and Rangoli), Ayelet Tsabari, and Adèle Barclay.
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      Rachel Rose's work has appeared in various journals including Poetry, The Malahat Review and The Best American Poetry, as well as numerous anthologies. Her most recent poetry collection, Song & Spectacle (Harbour, 2012) won the Audre Lorde Award in the US and the Pat Lowther Memorial Award in Canada. She was the librettist for the opera When the Sun Comes Out, which grapples with fundamentalism and forbidden love. She is the winner of the Peterson Memorial Prize for poetry and the Bronwen Wallace award for fiction, and the recipient of a 2014 Pushcart Prize. She is the Poet Laureate of Vancouver for 2014 to 2017.
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    Indianland Lesley Belleau Canada
    9781894037921 Paperback POETRY / Native American Publication Date:October 15, 2017
    $18.95 CAD 5.5 x 8.5 x 0.35 in | 180 gr | 80 pages Carton Quantity:80 Canadian Rights: Y ARP Books
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      Indianland is a rich and varied poetry collection. The poems are written from a female and Indigenous point of view and incorporate Anishinaabemowin throughout. Time is cyclical, moving from present day back to first contact and forward again. Themes of sexuality, birth, memory, and longing are explored, images of blood, plants (milkweed, yarrow, cattails), and petroglyphs reoccur, and touchstone issues in Indigenous politics are addressed = (Elijah Harper, Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women, forced sterilizations, Oka). Anishinaabemowin throughout. Time is cyclical, moving from present day back to first contact and forward again. Themes of sexuality, birth, memory, and longing are explored, images of blood, plants (milkweed, yarrow, cattails), and petroglyphs reoccur, and touchstone issues in Indigenous politics are addressed (Elijah Harper, Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women, forced sterilizations, Oka).
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      Lesley Belleau is an Anishnaabekwe writer from Ketegaunseebee Garden River First Nation (Ojibwe), near Bawating/Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. Lesley lives in Peterborough where she is completing her PhD in Indigenous Studies at Trent. She also has an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Windsor. She has sat on arts juries and won numerous writing grants and academic awards, including from the Canada Council and Ontario Arts Council. In interviews, Leanne Simpson lists Lesley as a talented emerging Indigenous writer.
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      Indianland is a woman who steps deeper, digs deeper concedes nothing of her being. - Waaseyaa'sin Christine Sy
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    Stolen City Racial Capitalism and the Making of Winnipeg Owen Toews Canada
    9781894037938 Paperback SOCIAL SCIENCE / Human Geography Publication Date:September 12, 2018
    $25.00 CAD 6.5 x 9 x 0.78 in | 580 gr | 345 pages Carton Quantity:18 Canadian Rights: Y ARP Books
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      Through a combination of historical and contemporary analysis this book shows how settler colonialism, as a mode of racial capitalism, has made and remade Winnipeg and the Canadian Prairie West over the past one hundred and fifty years. It traces the emergence of a 'dominant bloc', or alliance, in Winnipeg that has imagined and installed successive regional development visions to guarantee its own wealth and power. The book gives particular attention to the ways that an ascendant post-industrial urban redevelopment vision for Winnipeg's city-centre has renewed longstanding colonial 'legacies' of dispossession and racism over the past forty years. In doing so, it moves beyond the common tendency to break apart histories of settler-colonial conquest from studies of urban history or contemporary urban processes.

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      Owen Toews is a geographer based in Winnipeg, Canada. He is currently working on a book project about land policy and the human geography of the Prairie West, 1869-2015 and teaching in the Department of Environment and Geography at the University of Manitoba. He holds a Ph.D in Human Geography from the City University of New York (CUNY) Graduate Center and has worked as an instructor at the Macaulay Honors College-Brooklyn College and the Hunter College Department of Urban Affairs and Planning. He is a founding member of the DIY museum collective Winnipeg Arcades Project, a member of the abolitionist prisoner solidarity group Bar None, and acquisitions editor for ARP Books' Semaphore series.

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      A sweeping and magnificent spatial history of a city founded in the midst of imperial economic crisis--a crisis resolved through western expansion. Toews intricately weaves theories of racial capitalism into Indian policy from the nineteenth century to contemporary urban development in Winnipeg. This book is a must read for anyone trying to understand the ways that colonization produces spaces that are shaped and then reshaped by hierarchies of difference, rooted in a never-ending struggle to turn Indigenous land into property. -Shiri Pasternal, author of Grounded Authority: The Algonquins of Barriere Lake Against the StateToews moves from the violent Canadian expansion of the mi-nineteenth-century to the hockey arenas, glass condos and incarceration of the 2000s, tracing how different moments in Winnipeg's history reframed the dispossession of Indigenous people and land. Stolen City is carefully grounded and analytically trenchant, while keeping faith in the possibility of a Winnipeg that is something more than stolen. - Adele Perry, author of On the Edge of Empire: Gender, Race, and the Making of British Columbia, 1849-1871Stolen City is creative, theoretically innovative, and skillfully crafted from an exceptional range of historical and ethnographic data woven into a convincing analysis. The insights that Toews offers are significant for those who are working on these issues across the globe. - Setha Low, author of Behind The Gates: Life, Security, and the Pursuit of Happiness in Fortress AmericaStolen City is a riveting account of pan-Indigenous resistence to settler colonial land claims, idustries, and (sub)urban development projects. Toews contributes to an exciting.and timely conversation on the relationships between racial capitalism and settler colonialism that have relevance for struggles against gentrification and enclosures of land and for planning decolonial futures. - Jenna M. Loyd, author of Boats, Borders, and Bases: Race, The Cold War, and the Rise of Migration Detention in the United States

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    Holding on to Hope A Century of Displacement Politics for Lake St. Martin First Nation Myrle Ballard Canada
    9781894037969 Paperback SOCIAL SCIENCE / Indigenous Studies
    $14.95 CAD 5 x 7 x 0.25 in | 100 pages Carton Quantity:72 Canadian Rights: Y ARP Books
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      Lake St. Martin First Nation, a community situated in the Interlake Region of Manitoba, was permanently displaced in 2011. After they were flooded out of their ancestral lands and left homeless, the Province of Manitoba further disempowered the members of the community by refusing to listen to their preference for a new site. That a nearby Cold War radar base was selected by the Province as an interim location, against the wishes of the community, further victimized the members and left them in limbo. Holding on to Hope, incorporating both Indigenous and Western methodologies, examines the consequences of community displacement on sustainable livelihoods, homes, health, and sociocultural integrity in the Lake St. Martin First Nation.
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      Myrle Ballard is Anishinaabe and a member of Lake St. Martin First Nation. She is a Post Doctoral Fellow, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Manitoba and
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    Series: Semaphore
    Unsettling the Commons Social Movements Against, Within, and Beyond Settler Colonialism Craig Fortier Canada
    9781894037976 Paperback POLITICAL SCIENCE / Colonialism & Post-Colonialism Publication Date:December 31, 2017
    $14.95 CAD 5 x 7 x 0.3 in | 140 gr | 100 pages Carton Quantity:92 Canadian Rights: Y ARP Books
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      Drawing on interviews with 51 anti-authoritarian organizers to investigates what it means to struggle for "the commons" within a settler colonial context, Unsettling the Commons interrogates a very important debatethat took place within Occupy camps and is taking place in a multitude of movements in North America around what it means to claim "the commons" on stolen land. Travelling back in history to show the ways in which radical left movements have often either erased or come into clear conflict with Indigenous practices of sovereignty and self-determination--all in the name of the "struggle for the commons", the book argues that there are multiple commons or conceptualizations of how land, relationships, and resources are shared, produced, consumed, and distributed in any given society. As opposed to the liberal politics of recognition, a political practice of unsettling and a recognition of the incommensurability of political goals that claim access to space/territory on stolen land is put forward as a more desirable way forward.
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      Craig Fortier is an Assistant Professor in Social Development Studies at Renison University College, an affiliated college of the University of Waterloo. He holds a PhD in Sociology from York University. Craig has participated in migrant justice and anti-capitalist movements and in support of Indigenous sovereignty for over a decade in Toronto (Three Fires Confederacy, Haudenosaunee, and Huron-Wyandot territories). He is also the centre-fielder for the radical recreational softball team the Uncertainty and the author of the cat blog Diaries of a Cat Named Virtute.
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      This honest, thoughtful, and constructive text needs to be read and digested by every North American social justice organizer. Craig Fortier captures the contradictions of calling for the Commons in a settler-colonial society. - Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz author of An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States

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    Dutch Feast Emily Wight Canada
    9781551526874 Hardcover COOKING / Regional & Ethnic Publication Date:October 01, 2017
    $32.95 CAD 9 x 8 x 0.94 in | 2.58 lb | 264 pages Carton Quantity:14 Canadian Rights: Y Arsenal Pulp Press
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      Taste Canada Award finalist

      A modern take on Dutch cuisine that highlights the ways that simple meals bring joy and comfort.

      In the same way that British, Scandinavian, and German food have undergone a renaissance in recent years, Dutch cuisine is going to be the next big thing, according to writer and blogger Emily Wight. Her new cookbook reimagines traditional Dutch cooking, which has always been known for its thriftiness and practicality, with an emphasis on the ways that simple meals bring joy and comfort to the people who share them.

      Influenced by its colonial history, with bold flavours from places like Indonesia and the West Indies, and by its proximity to its European neighbours, Dutch cooking is surprisingly diverse, and is noted for its celebration of the ritual of the meal as much as the meal itself. From gezellig to borrels, and gado gado to uitsmijter, Dutch Feast delivers unconventional (but familiar) and economical (but indulgent) recipes, and gives you a new excuse to invite everyone over for cold gin and a generous rijsttafel, an elaborate meal featuring a little dish of something for everyone.

      Touching on Dutch history and the back stories of traditional ingredients (from licorice to herring to beer), Emily adds charm and sophistication to a cuisine that is wholesome, accessible, and stubbornly delicious.

      120 recipes; full-colour throughout.

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      Emily Wight came to love Dutch cuisine when she married into a Dutch family. She is a writer, blogger, and recipe developer whose work has appeared in numerous magazines, anthologies, and websites. Her first cookbook was Well Fed, Flat Broke: Recipes for Modest Budgets and Messy Kitchens published by Arsenal Pulp Press in 2015. She lives in Vancouver.

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      Taste Canada Awards 2018, Short-listed
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      Emily Wight will open your eyes to an often overlooked cuisine. She offers keen takes on Dutch dishes that combine global influences and traditional tastes, taking the food seriously while not taking herself too seriously. Delicious and dunk-able, Beppe's Butter Cake has spoiled me for life. And where has the Dutch incarnation of poutine -- Hairdresser Fries -- been all this time? In the Netherlands, apparently. If you don't let this book take you there, you're missing out. -Daniel Shumski, author of How to Instant Pot and Will It Waffle?
      Dutch Feast is a recipe collection and also a passport -- into a cuisine and culture that has not gotten its due. Emily Wright is a charming guide to almond-flavored Butter Cakes, Sweet Gerties, crispy Bitterballs (an excellent accompaniment to a glass of Dutch beer), and steaming bowls of Stamppot or Mustard Soup. Drawing on Dutch classics, as well as the influences of Indonesia, Surinam, and more, this book will take you on a delicious journey around the world and leave you very well fed. -Tara Austen Weaver, author of Orchard House and The Butcher & The Vegetarian
      Dutch Feast is a gorgeous and immensely practical hardcover book full of fantastic photographs and fabulous recipes. Wight's writing is frank, fun and informative, interspersed with interesting details about Dutch history, culture and food. -Kingston Whig-Standard
      Dutch Feast, Emily Wight's second cookbook, is a thorough exploration of Dutch cuisine, the world's comfort food. -Vancouver Sun
      Dutch Feast is one of the best and most complete cookbooks on Dutch cuisine available to date. -DUTCH the magazine
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    Body Music Julie Maroh, David Homel Canada
    9781551526928 Paperback COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / LGBT Publication Date:November 01, 2017
    $28.95 CAD 7.5 x 10 x 0.78 in | 1.61 lb | 304 pages Carton Quantity:10 Canadian Rights: Y Arsenal Pulp Press
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      From the author of Blue Is the Warmest Color: a beautiful, bittersweet graphic novel on the complexities of love.

      Julie Maroh's first book, Blue Is the Warmest Color, was a graphic novel phenomenon; it was a New York Times bestseller, and the controversial film adaptation by French director Abdellatif Kechiche won the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival in 2013. Maroh's latest book, Body Music, marks her return to the kind of soft, warm palette and impressionistic sensibility that made her debut book so sensational.

      Set in the languid, European-like neighbourhoods of Montreal, Body Music is a beautiful and moving meditation on love and desire as expressed in many different forms--between women, between men, between women and men and gender non-conformists alike, all varying in age and race. In twenty-one separate vignettes, Maroh explores the drama inherent in relationships at different stages: the electricity of initial attraction, the elation of falling in love, the trauma of breaking up, the sweet comfort of a long-standing romance.

      Anyone who's ever been in a relationship will see themselves in these intimate stories tinged with raw emotion. Body Music is an exhilarating and passionate graphic novel about what it means to fall in love, and what it means to be alive.

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      Julie Maroh is the author of the graphic novel Blue Is the Warmest Color, the New York Times bestseller that was made into an acclaimed and controversial film that won the Cannes Film Festival Palme d'Or in 2013. She is also author of the graphic novels Skandalon and Body Music. She lives in Angouleme, France.



      David Homel is a writer, journalist, filmmaker, and translator, and the author of seven novels. He has translated many French-language books into English and is a two-time recipient of the Governor General's Literary Award for Translation. He lives in Montreal.

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      Body Music is a tender and soft-edged meditation on unconventional love and sex, and you'd expect no less from the creator of Blue Is the Warmest Color. Julie Maroh returns with a pulsing heat in this new collection of vignettes about romantic encounters that push and break boundaries. -Vulture.com
      Body Music captivates -- in the way of Strolling or High Maintenance, two of my favourite web series -- through snippets of varied lives. -Montreal Review of Books
      Moving and modern, Body Music is a tribute to the ability of humans to care deeply for one another. -Foreword Reviews
      What a treat to see Julie Maroh once again writing about young love! ... the French artist has a knack for making it crackle ... Maroh brings fervent lyricism to each situation, vaulting the characters into flights of eloquence. -NPR.org
      Maroh finds beauty in the mundane and layers it with the complex. From the man second-guessing himself on his way to work the morning after a first date with a younger man to the chronically ill wife screaming at her husband, there's something relatable for everyone in this book. Maroh's linework and ink-wash style allow one panel to flow into the next, her use of wordless close-ups give readers a strong sense of intimacy and emotion, and the language is thoughtful and poetic. -Publishers Weekly
      Body Music could be considered Maroh's love letter to the language of comics. Sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes humorous, comics rely on the unspoken words (literally) and the space between bodies to make meaning. Without exception, Body Music is decidedly comfortable with all that is said and unsaid. -Comicsverse
      Julie Maroh's greater powers of physical observation are reflected in the emotional nuance and complexity she crafts throughout Body Music. -Comics Journal
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    Saigon Calling London 1963-75 Marcelino Truong, David Homel Canada
    9781551526898 Paperback COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Nonfiction Publication Date:October 01, 2017
    $28.95 CAD 6 x 9 x 0.75 in | 1.18 lb | 288 pages Carton Quantity:20 Canadian Rights: Y Arsenal Pulp Press
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      A sequel to the acclaimed Such a Lovely Little War: growing up Vietnamese in swinging London as the Vietnam war intensifies.

      Marcelino Truong's first book about the early years of the Vietnam war, the graphic memoir Such a Lovely Little War (2016), received starred reviews in Publishers Weekly and Kirkus Reviews and was named "one the season's best graphic novels" by the New York Times. In this sequel, young Marco and his family move from Saigon to London in order to escape the war following the assassination of South Vietnamese President Diem, for whom Marcelino's diplomat father was a personal interpreter.

      In London, his father struggles to build a new life for his children and his wife, whose bipolar spells are becoming increasingly violent. But for Marco and his siblings, swinging London is an exciting place to be: a new world of hedonists and hippies. At the same time, the news from their grandparents in Vietnam grows ever grimmer as the war intensifies and American involvement becomes increasingly muddied. Young Marco finds himself conflicted between embracing the peace-loving anti-war demonstrators and the strong, nostalgic bond he feels toward a wounded Vietnam, whose conflict is not as simple as the demonstrators make it out to be.

      With its audacious imagery and heart-rending text, Saigon Calling is a bold graphic memoir that strikes a remarkable balance between the intimate chronicle of a family undone by mental illness and the large-scale tragedy of a country undone by war.

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      Marcelino Truong is an illustrator and painter, and the author of the graphic memoir Such a Lovely Little War and its sequel Saigon Calling. Born the son of a Vietnamese diplomat in 1957 in the Philippines, he and his family moved to America (where his father worked for the embassy) and then to Vietnam at the outset of the war. He attended the French Lycee in London, then moved to Paris where he earned degrees in law at the Paris Institute of Political Studies, and English literature at the Sorbonne. He lives in St-Malo, France.



      David Homel is a writer, journalist, filmmaker, and translator, and the author of seven novels. He has translated many French-language books into English and is a two-time recipient of the Governor General's Literary Award for Translation. He lives in Montreal.

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      Like the masterful Such a Lovely Little War, the story benefits from the author's unique perspective, formed by the very different perspectives of his parents (whose marriage seems to be disintegrating), by seeing the war from afar while surrounded by those of different nationalities, and by maturing from childhood through adolescence during a turbulent era ... An excellent combination of personal insight and historical sweep. -Kirkus Reviews (STARRED)
      Saigon Calling is an intimate and courageous piece of storytelling. It provides insight into the suffering that Vietnamese expatriates endured, especially those of mixed race heritage, and of the painful bonds forged with their past, present and future. -Shelf Awareness
      A complex, finely judged and utterly riveting memoir ... It is an amazing achievement: a familiar story (Vietnam) told from (what was to me) an entirely new point of view, with great wit as well as pathos. -The Guardian
      Truong's work is compelling, provoking, and moving. In many ways the latest volume of his graphic memoir, Saigon Calling, is even more fascinating than the first, insofar as it follows not only the war in Vietnam but also the culture shock of Truong's family attempting to readjust to life outside of the war zone, in Europe. -Popmatters.com
      This vividly drawn graphic memoir examines how Westerners feverishly debating the Vietnam War neglected the perspective of the Vietnamese people ... More assured than his impressive previous memoir Such a Lovely Little War, this intimate family story is woven into the record of a war that engulfed the world, a history startlingly relevant to the present day. -Publishers Weekly (STARRED)
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    What I Think Happened An Underresearched History of the Western World Evany Rosen Canada
    9781551526959 Paperback HUMOR / Topic Publication Date:October 01, 2017
    $17.95 CAD 5.5 x 8 x 0.5 in | 0.57 lb | 208 pages Carton Quantity:36 Canadian Rights: Y Arsenal Pulp Press
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      A wickedly funny book in which the author recasts historical events and personalities from her own feminist perspective.

      What I Think Happened, the debut book by comedian Evany Rosen, is really two books: a savvy, no-holds-barred romp through the history of the western world, and the personal story of a self-described "failed academic" who recasts historiography from a feminist perspective--albeit an underqualified and overconfident one.

      In these wide-ranging comic essays, Evany explores numerous historical events and personalities that have had a personal impact on her as she attempts to understand why they've been the object of such fascination, from her unnatural obsession with Napoleon, to her misguided understanding of the Royal Family, to her intrigue over America's dumpiest presidents. Evany's approach to history is to make it personal, which any good historian will tell you is exactly what not to do; but in doing so, and with whimsy and irreverence, she rescues history from the dusty confines of "intellectually aggressive" men and makes it fun again.

      What I Think Happened is the first book to be published under a new imprint called Robin's Egg Books that will feature some of the freshest, smartest, and above all funniest writing around on a variety of culturally relevant subjects. Robin's Egg Books are curated and edited by comedian, playwright, and author Charles Demers.

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      Evany Rosen is a writer, standup comedian, and founding member of the acclaimed Canadian sketch comedy troupe Picnicface (Comedy Network). She has appeared at numerous comedy festivals as well as in films and on television, and has worked as a voiceover actor in animated series such as Mysticons (Nickelodeon), Hotel Transylvania (Disney), and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (Cartoon Network). Her first book, What I Think Happened: An Underresearched History of the Western World, is the inaugural title published under Arsenal Pulp Press's new humour imprint Robin's Egg Books. She lives in Toronto.

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      Evany Rosen's book is wildly disrespectful to me and the history of my great country (America, duh doy). I was reading this book with my flag and it made my flag cry. To paraphrase the great (American) Woody Guthrie: 'This book makes flags cry.' -Paul F. Tompkins
      If this blurb has the power to make you do one thing today, may I politely suggest that you get on the stick and read What I Think Happened? -Samantha Bee
      The wit and charm that made Evany Rosen a favorite in the comedy world has carried over to the literary scene with this delightful new collection of essays. It will make you consider history in a whole new way. -Kliph Nesteroff
      Don't get Rosen started on Napoleon. As the comedian readily admits, she will find the most ingenious ways to turn any conversation to the subject of the fascinating little emperor. And it's not only Napoleon, but also much of Western history that Rosen takes on with a devil-may-care jauntiness in this wickedly funny romp. -Booklist
      What I Think Happened is inherently a feminist response to the dude-dominated Western history taught in most schools ... Tone-wise, the book falls somewhere between Comedy Central's Drunk History, in which inebriated celebrities share their knowledge of world events, and the subversiveness of Kate Beaton's historical comics. -Toronto Star
      The book is a pointed, funny feminist perspective on historical events. -Vancouver Sun
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    Dead Reckoning How I Came to Meet the Man Who Murdered My Father Carys Cragg Canada
    9781551526973 Paperback TRUE CRIME / Murder Publication Date:September 12, 2017
    $19.95 CAD 6 x 9 x 0.75 in | 1.12 lb | 336 pages Carton Quantity:24 Canadian Rights: Y Arsenal Pulp Press
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      Finalist, Governor General's Literary Award for Non-Fiction

      A Globe 100 Best Book of the Year

      Finalist, Hubert Evans Non-Fiction Prize (BC Book Prizes)

      When Carys Cragg was eleven, her father, a respected doctor, was brutally murdered in his own home by an intruder. Twenty years later, and despite the reservations of her family and friends, she decides to contact his murderer in prison, and the two correspond for a period of two years. She learns of his horrific childhood, and the reasons he lied about the murder; in turn, he learns about the man he killed. She mines his letters for clues about the past before agreeing to meet him in person, when she learns startling new information about the crime.

      With gripping suspense and raw honesty, Dead Reckoning follows one woman's determination to confront the man who murdered her father, revealing her need for understanding and the murderer's reluctance to tell--an uneasy negotiation between two people from different worlds both undone by tragedy. This is a powerful and emotional memoir about how reconciling with the past doesn't necessarily provide comfort, but it can reveal the truth.

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      Carys Cragg is an instructor in Child, Family & Community Studies at Douglas College. Her personal essays and reviews have appeared in such venues as The Globe & Mail and The Tyee. She is a graduate of the Writer's Studio at Simon Fraser University. Her debut book Dead Reckoning: How I Came to Meet the Man Who Murdered My Father was shortlisted for the Hubert Evans Non-Fiction Prize at the BC Book Prizes in 2018. She lives in Vancouver.

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      Hubert Evans Non-Fiction Prize (BC Book Prizes) 2018, Short-listed
      Governor General's Literary Award 2018, Short-listed
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      Dead Reckoning is one of those books that will remain on my mind for a very, very long time. I applaud Carys Cragg's personal journey, and the graceful and highly articulate writing she employs to share her journey with readers. -Amber Dawn, author of Sub Rosa and How Poetry Saved My Life
      With remarkable candour and extraordinary insight Carys Cragg's memoir examines central elements of transformative justice - truth, responsibility and punishment. Healing becomes not reconciliation but compromise, as Cragg's story shifts from the narration of her father's murder as a moment of horror and devastation to a journey of surrender, acceptance, and even forgiveness. -Marina Cantacuzino, Founder, The Forgiveness Project
      Cragg's own tenacity, integrity, and wisdom, shine through in this book, offering a testament to the revolutionary power of a life well lived. Reading this memoir left me feeling hopeful that a more just, caring, and relationally responsible world is within our collective reach. -Dr. Jennifer White, School of Child and Youth Care, University of Victoria
      Carys Cragg's father's murder was a tragedy, but the whole point of tragedy is that order is restored. In Dead Reckoning, she charts her tortured path from chaos to recovery with marvellous insight, determination and seering honesty. This is a book for anyone whose life has been torn apart, seeking to put the pieces back together. -Wayne Grady, author of Emancipation Day
      Dead Reckoning asks important questions: about what justice means, how we can repair harm and what society asks of the victims, as well as the perpetrators, of the most heinous crimes. -The Globe and Mail
      Carys Cragg writes with intensity and vulnerability, building suspense against a backdrop of her own self-examination and her critique of the systems she encounters, whether familial or societal. As both a professional in the formal justice system and a restorative justice practitioner, I would recommend this book to anyone involved in or seeking greater understanding of either field. -Douglas Hillian, Vancouver Island Youth Justice Director, BC Ministry of Children and Family Development
      What a brave, informative and deeply moving book this is. Carys Cragg takes us on her journey to get to know her father's killer and to understand the man and the moment that changed her life forever. From the girl that she was to the advocate for at-risk youth that she has become, Cragg's life and work give her a unique and powerful insight into crime's preventable causes and its devastating aftermath. Sonja Larsen, author of Red Star Tattoo
      What strikes me most poignantly in Carys Cragg's Dead Reckoning is that she is motivated by her needs, fired up by her wants. Her integrity is expressed by her vibrant tenacity to share in dialogue with the offender, the man who took her father's life. Her clarity of expression is boundless. I celebrate her spirit. -Margot Van Sluytman, advocate and justice advisor
      A work of staggering grace -- a book that highlights the nature of restorative justice for perpatrators and victims alike. It is also testament to Cragg herself, whose fierce search for empathy allows her to travese a seemingly impossible divide. -Quill and Quire
      An extremely powerful story for the public to have access to, and one that smashes society's assumptions about both victim and perpetrator. -Toronto Star

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