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    Glory Gillian Wigmore Canada
    9781926743981 Paperback FICTION / Women On Sale Date:October 15, 2017
    $19.95 CAD 5 x 8 x 0.8 in | 0.44 lb | 200 pages Carton Quantity:45 Canadian Rights: Y Invisible Publishing
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      A northern gothic tale about resilience and belonging.

      In a boom town dominated by a man-eating lake, Renee and Danny Chance start a new life in his grandfather’s cabin. Renee struggles to keep her head above water until she is drawn into the orbit of two beautifully notorious bar-singer cousins, and all three women are called to test the bonds of blood and loyalty. A polyphonic fable riddled with tall tales, Glory explores what it means to be a woman in north-central BC by flooding the shores of the human heart.

      "Stunning, raw prose and a fierce narrative that is irresistibly readable."The Malahat Review

      "Sensitive, taut, and observant, each voice in Wigmore’s complex tapestry brings this small town brilliantly to life."—Eden Robinson

      "A great novella is a work of alchemy, and that's what we're treated to in Glory... The women in your life need this book, maybe almost as much as the men do. Buy it for them."—Book Addiction

      Bio
      A library branch manager and the daughter of a veterinarian, Gillian Wigmore has published three books of poems: soft geography, winner of the ReLit Award; Dirt of Ages, shortlisted for the George Ryga Award; and Orient . In addition to Night Watch, she has written a novella, Grayling, and Glory, a novel. She lives in Prince George, BC.
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      County Reads (Prince Edward County, ON) 2018, Winner
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      “It is no surprise that poet Wigmore’s writing can be vivid and she creates a sequence of fine prose poems in the chorus of voices that punctuate the novel.”Canadian Literature

      "Stunning, raw prose and a fierce narrative that is irresistibly readable."The Malahat Review

      "Wigmore has accomplished something energizing in this novel: she has imbued enduring CanLit themes and points of reference with new life, within the context of a story that mines the psyches of modern women and places them against a rugged, storm-tossed backdrop."Quill & Quire

      "A great novella is a work of alchemy, and that's what we're treated to in Glory... The women in your life need this book, maybe almost as much as the men do. Buy it for them."—Book Addiction

      "When faced with a choice between a life as a mother, where all the tomorrows look just like yesterday, Renee chooses her new friend Glory, plunging the reader into a twisting journey of love and survival. Sensitive, taut, and observant, each voice in Wigmore’s complex tapestry brings this small town brilliantly to life."—Eden Robinson, author of The Trickster Trilogy

      “You don’t need to know Sheila Watson’s The Double Hook to admire Gillian Wigmore’s novel, Glory, but it’s fascinating to note how thoroughly and distinctively – realism embracing myth – she probes the doubleness that drives her forebear’s book. ‘You can’t catch the glory on a hook and hold onto it,’ says Watson. ‘When you fish for the glory you catch the darkness too.’ Like the novel named for her, Glory Stuart is wracked by extremes of love and hate, bondage and freedom. She is ‘like those fingers of God you get, way out on the lake, when the cloud slits open a bit and the sun shines through,’ but she is also ‘a rock-hard, nasty piece of work, sometimes.’ She is a force of nature in a town dwarfed by nature, perched on the edge of a man-eating lake that haunts the townsfolk ‘like a bogeyman.’ Fort St. James, ‘at the end of the known world’ (northern British Columbia), is ‘quiet and deceiving, all its wounds bound up from sight but flowing deadly and silent from unseen sores.’ Into this ghost-ridden community, stagnant but seething, come Danny and Renee Chance, recently wed and new parents. He has an ancestral bond with the community; she has none. Quickly, she finds herself in crisis. Should she get involved with Glory, the charismatic siren? That way lies danger, but perhaps also a better new beginning than the one she is failing — or that is failing her. As you’d expect from a poet so accomplished as Gillian Wigmore, Glory is beautifully written, but it’s not every poet who knows how to shape a compelling story. Told through several core characters supported by a chorus of community members, each with a clear and distinct voice, Glory draws heat from a dynamic, primeval wildness in both nature and humanity that can barely be grasped, as it is grasped here, by art.”—Stan Dragland

      "Gillian Wigmore’s women make hard choices, but she never shies away from the hurt, writing with a one-two punch of empathy and fierceness that lead the reader careening through a roller-coaster wilderness that is both geographic and emotional. With Glory, Wigmore has written a novel shaped by yearning: part punk rock, part old-time country ballad, it is as much a love song to the landscape of Northern British Columbia as it is to the people who live there."—Elisabeth de Mariaffi

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    Shackles Madge Macbeth Canada, Erin Wunker Canada
    9781988784007 Paperback FICTION / Historical On Sale Date:November 15, 2017
    $19.95 CAD 5 x 8 x 0.8 in | 0.66 lb | 288 pages Carton Quantity:16 Canadian Rights: Y Invisible Publishing
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      A reissued CanLit tale of feminism and power

      Naomi Lennox struggles with two roles: promising writer, and dutiful wife to unambitious and proper Arthur. Will she follow her desire to pursue a writing career, supported by her lover Hugo Main and well-known writer Shireen Dey? Or will she remain bound to her husband, her family, and her role in society at the expense of everything else?

      First published in 1926, Madge Macbeth’s Shackles magnifies the middle-class power and gender dynamics of its time. At turns provocative and surprising, and filled with dialogue and debate that expose early twentieth century limitations and opportunities for both women and men, Shackles is a colourful depiction of first-wave feminism in Canada.

      Shackles is a fascinating novel of one woman’s struggle to forge an artistic life amidst the intersecting restrictions of gender and economics.”—from the new introduction by Notes From a Feminist Killjoy author Erin Wunker

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      Madge Macbeth (1878-1965) was a prolific writer of articles, short stories, memoirs, radio and stage drama, and twenty novels. By her death in 1965, Madge was well-known as an Ottawa literary personality and as the first woman president of the Canadian Authors Association.
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      Shackles is a fascinating novel of one woman’s struggle to forge an artistic life amidst the intersecting restrictions of gender and economics.”—from the new introduction by Notes From a Feminist Killjoy author Erin Wunker

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    Still Point E Martin Nolan Canada
    9781926743998 Paperback POETRY / Canadian On Sale Date:October 15, 2017
    $16.95 CAD 4.75 x 7 x 0.5 in | 0.22 lb | 112 pages Carton Quantity:45 Canadian Rights: Y Invisible Publishing
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      Still Point examines North America as unified whole and disrupted centre

      The poems in Still Point contrast the calm and tumult of Hurricane Katrina, the deconstruction of Detroit, the financial crisis of 2008, and the BP Gulf oil spill, weaving lyrical sequences and individual pieces into a coherent whole focused on humanity’s relationship to itself and to nature. Still Point tells a story of beauty and horror, and how normalcy stubbornly persists amid history’s arc.

      "E Martin Nolan’s Still Point is [a] debut of remarkable talent."Canadian Literature

      “When a book is this good, what to say? Without rhetoric, in intimate detail, Nolan nails it.”—Rosemary Sullivan, Stalin’s Daughter

      Bio
      E Martin Nolan works at The Puritan and teaches at The University of Toronto. Born and raised in Detroit, he attended Loyola University New Orleans and U of T. His writing has appeared in Arc, CNQ and CV2, among others. He lives in Toronto.
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      "E Martin Nolan’s Still Point is [a] debut of remarkable talent."Canadian Literature

      Can we still hope in an arc from one city to another, from one person to another? Can we feel the ‘sub-molecular effects’ that link us in song and empathy? Looking, listening, and entering into the lives of New Orleans, Detroit, and Toronto during years of stunning destruction and disconnection, Ted Nolan illuminates our consanguinity. His direct human attentiveness to second-line musicians, streetcar riders, and ball players has inspired remarkably well-anchored, vivid poems. Here they are, the ‘living hands’ of living places—I hold them out to you.”—Michael Lauchlan, Trumbull Ave

      "This is in large part a book about city planning and demographics, which the poet makes interesting by giving it narrative force, by having genuine insights... This book illustrates two old saws: “when it rains it pours,” and “you can’t go home again.” It is a muted, stern indictment of planning to fail, to fail certain people."University of Toronto Quarterly

      “When a book is this good, what to say? Without rhetoric, in intimate detail, Nolan nails it. Behind our sealed windows, converging by accident, at odds, moved only by the metaphysics of money, we hang on a hinge. ‘Between what’s what and what’s coming.’ Will we make it? Fat chance. And yet the poems end on a sliver of hope. ‘Thank you for having us,’ Nolan tells the birds. It may be hello or goodbye.”—Rosemary Sullivan, Stalin’s Daughter

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