Literary Press Group Annual 2013

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    Thorazine Beach Bradley Harris Canada
    9781927380543 Paperback FICTION / General On Sale Date: August 01, 2013
    $16.00 CAD 6.14 x 7.78 x 0.04 in | 128 pages Carton Quantity: 63 Canadian Rights: Y Anvil Press
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      Jack Minyard is a private dick down on his luck. He?s badly overweight and on the wrong side of sixty. He?s lost his marriage, and maybe a little of his mind, too. After narrowly escaping charges in a statewide fraud and money laundering scandal, Jack has been working private contracts and counting on the kindness of strangers (not to mention a pile of prescription drugs) to get by. In a last-ditch play to resurrect his career, Jack takes on a case that puts him on the wrong side of thetracks and in the midst of some of the roughest trade going.
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      Bradley Harris is a Canadian writer, editor, and teacher living and working in Memphis, Tennessee. He is the only writer to have won the infamous International 3-Day Novel Writing Contest twice. His novel Ruby Ruby won the 21st annual competition and was published in 1999. His entry, Thorazine Beach, was selected as the winning entry in the 35th annual contest and will be published in August of 2013. His other works include prizewinning short stories and a dramatic play, Incoming, produced in Memphis and Los Angeles. Brad holds BA and JD degrees, plus an MFA in Creative Writing from The University of Memphis. He is currently at work on his third novel in the Jack Minyard series, Six Flags Over Jesus.
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    Small Apartments Chris Millis Canada
    9781927380635 Paperback FICTION / General On Sale Date: July 15, 2013
    $16.00 CAD 6.12 x 7.79 x 0.02 in | 128 pages Carton Quantity: 66 Canadian Rights: Y Anvil Press
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      A capricious comedy of errors, Small Apartments resonates with tremulous energy and quirky characters. Franklin Franklin is a fully realized and sympathetic protagonist in the vein of Ignatius Reilly (A Confederacy of Dunces), a simple man who yearns for ?a land of pastoral serenity? devoid of the irritations of contemporary urban life. An offbeat tale, Small Apartments is accented along the way by murder, strange fingernail collections, and the occasional blast from a treasured alphorn. Small Apartments is now a majorly quirky motion picture starring Matt Lucas and Peter Stormare, and co-stars Dolph Lundgren, Johnny Knoxville, James Caan, Billy Crystal, Juno Temple, Saffron Burrows and Amanda Plummer.
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      Chris Millis is a prize-winning, bestselling writer, producer, and cartoonist. Small Apartments (Anvil Press, 2001), won the 23rd Annual International 3-Day Novel Contest, which Playboy Magazine called ?a coffee-fueled, plot-weaving, literary juggernaut.? The Globe and Mail said of Small Apartments: ?brisk and compact ? surprisingly expansive thematic breadth, a thoughtful, silly yet serious study in goofy pathos.? He adapted Small Apartments into a feature film directed by Jonas Akerlund that had its World Premiere at the 2012 South By Southwest Film Festival in Austin, Texas. It was an audience favourite as a dark, subversive cult hit, prompting The Hollywood Reporter in its review to classify it as ?singularly weird.?
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    9781770563551 Electronic book text FICTION / Literary On Sale Date: October 12, 2013
    $14.95 CAD Canadian Rights: Y Coach House Books
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      A body is found on the side of a highway. Naked, throat slashed, no identification. It disappears from the back of a police van and begins a strange odyssey, making its way, over the course of one early winter night, all around the northern town of Sudbury and through the lives and dreams of eleven very different people.

      These eleven people ? from the police officers who retrieve the body to the teenager who carries it away to the young waitrress planning to strike out for Toronto and Sudbury's local drug dealer ? are all damaged in some way, and eventually, through the body itself, are brought together in a strange moment of violence.

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      Matthew Heiti was born in Sudbury, and holds an MA from the University of New Brunswick. His fiction has appeared in many periodicals and journals, and his plays have been workshopped and produced across the country. A Genie?-nominated screenwriter, he is currently at work on a novel about two brothers fighting a dark presence that stalks the wasted sulphur hills of their neighbourhood.

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      Heiti’s Sudbury is a dark place, his characters caught between the desire to stay and the urge to flee ... The City Still Breathing brings to life the strange, proud beauty of has-beens and also-rans in one relentlessly hard-luck town.

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    Multitudes Margaret Christakos Canada
    9781770563612 Electronic book text POETRY / Canadian On Sale Date: September 20, 2013
    $12.95 CAD Canadian Rights: Y Coach House Books
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      Poet Margaret Christakos, throughout her eight previous poetry collections, has created ruptures and splices inside of and against the limits of the confessional lyric, often using recombinatory procedures, cyclical and serial structure, and enmeshing intimate vernacular with highly aestheticized language in writing that explores maternality, sexuality and intimate address.


      In her new collection, Multitudes –?? where cellphone tweets snipe 'y wd I nd/ 2 spk 2 u?' alongside echoes of aria, chant and dirge –?? Christakos freshly pairs Whitman's 'Song of Myself' with an inquiry into the subjective thresholds of digital social media, where individuals conduct flamboyant acts of self-?portraiture, testimonial, self-?commodification, erotic self?-dispersal and indelible spectacle.


      Multitudes is a moving, witty, poetic foray into a modern frontier of public spaces (city hall square, park, cemetery, bicycle path), poetic forms, private longings and virtual relocations. With her trademark linguistic sonar, Christakos amplifies the capacity of language to discern an almost inherent swingdoor between 'moaning' and 'meaning,' while casting a discouraged eye on how human discernment is used to rigidify recognitions, inviting citizens to turn from ethical social activism to snitch on their Facebook friends after an urban hockey riot.


      'Alphabetic dismantling, syntactic play, essaying words backwards and 4words (as she might say), Christakos manifests forensic clarity and telegraphic fortitude in this unsettling work.' ?– Rachel Blau DuPlessis

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      Margaret Christakos is the award?-winning author of eight acclaimed poetry collections and a novel, Charisma, shortlisted for the Trillium Book Award. Previous titles with Coach House include What Stirs (2008) and Sooner (2005), both nominated for the Pat Lowther Award, and Excessive Love Prostheses, winner of the 2001 ReLit Award. She teaches creative writing and curated the well?-known 'Influency: A Toronto Poetry Salon' at the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies from 2006 to 2012.

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    Needs Improvement Jon Paul Fiorentino Canada
    9781770563575 Electronic book text POETRY / Canadian On Sale Date: September 06, 2013
    $12.95 CAD Canadian Rights: Y Coach House Books
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      Whether misreading sixth?grade pedagogical materials or offering visual schematics for reading Michel Foucault and Judith Butler, Jon Paul Fiorentino'?s sixth poetry collection asks us to reconsider our engagement with received information —?? but does so with a wink during detention, a dodgeball to the gut during recess.

      'Needs Improvement is as a book of a new logic making its way from witty statements to slow moving alyric villanelles, achieving brilliantly a contemporary sense of streaming among words, places and "no self." Whether this feeling comes from rearranged intentions, satirical knowledge, wise and displaced arguments, each page points a finger at language and does so with "no fears."' ? —?? Nicole Brossard

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      Jon Paul Fiorentino is the author of the novel Stripmalling, which was shortlisted for the Paragraphe Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction, and four poetry collections, including The Theory of the Loser Class, which was shortlisted for the A. M. Klein Prize, and his most recent collection, Indexical Elegies, won the 2010 CBC Book Club "Bookie" Award for Best Book of Poetry. He lives in Montreal, where he teaches writing at Concordia University and edits Matrix magazine.

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    Series: Exploded Views
    In Love with Art Françoise Mouly's Adventures in Comics with Art Spiegelman Jeet Heer Canada
    9781770563513 Electronic book text SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology On Sale Date: September 15, 2013
    $9.95 CAD Canadian Rights: Y Coach House Books
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      Nominated for a 2014 Saskatchewan Book Award

      Françoise Mouly, an editor and publisher of uncommon taste and creativity, and an artist in her own right, has spent nearly four decades transforming comics. With her husband, Art Spiegelman, Mouly founded the landmark magazine RAW, which showcased artists such as Ben Katchor, Chris Ware, Charles Burns and Sue Coe, and, along with Spiegelman's Maus, brought an avant-garde sensibility to the popular art form. As art editor of The New Yorker since 1993, Mouly has remade the face of that venerable magazine with covers that capture the political and social upheavals of the last two decades, from the black-on-black cover after 9/11 to the Obamas' pre-election fist-bump. And now, with TOON?Books, Mouly is at the forefront of a new wave of comic-making for children.

      Based on exclusive interviews with Mouly, Spiegelman and a pantheon of comics artists — including Dan Clowes, Anita Kunz and Bill Griffith — In Love With Art is both the first book-length portrait of a female pioneer in a male-dominated industry and a rare, behind-the-scenes look at some of today’s most iconic images. Through the prism of an uncommonly successful relationship, the book tells the story of one of the most remarkable artistic transformations of our time.

      'Jeet Heer more thoroughly and widely understands comics history and the perplexing binomial life of the cartoonist better than anyone who's not one. As well-versed in literature as he is in comics, he always gets at the peculiar, poetical texture of his subject not only by what he writes, but how he writes it—clearly, mellifluously, and beautifully. Our humble discipline is singularly lucky to have him telling its story.' —Chris Ware

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      Jeet Heer is a cultural journalist and academic who divides his time between Toronto and Regina. Heer has written for such publications as the National Post, Slate.com, the Boston Globe, The Walrus, The American Prospect and the Guardian of London. He has co?edited eight books and been a contributing editor to another eight volumes. Jeet Heer co?edited A Cultural Studies Reader (University of Mississippi Press, 2008) and is the recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship. With Chris Ware, Jeet continues to edit the Walt and Skeezix series from Drawn and Quarterly, which is now entering its fifth volume.

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      'Heer's detailed biography fills a glaring omission in histories of graphic narrative. Dozens of illustrations give face to Mouly's accomplishments yet are still not enough. This lively portrait of an editor and publisher par excellence will enlighten researchers, cartooning cognoscenti, and casual fans. Essential for serious art, graphic novels, and women's studies collections.'

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    A Pretty Sight David O'Meara Canada
    9781770563599 Electronic book text POETRY / Canadian On Sale Date: September 20, 2013
    $12.95 CAD Canadian Rights: Y Coach House Books
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      Like the rhapsodists, the storytellers of ancient Greece, A Pretty Sight shapes voices of the past and present into a stitched song lifted and sounded toward the next century. Haunted by 'time's frame / that dark shape near the edge of the canvas,' O'Meara's new book explores aspects of culture, art, war, rebellion and technology, offering defiance amid decay.

      'O'Meara is a poet of the personal. Of the person. In and amongst the social documentary and human observation at which he excels, here is a writer prepared to put feelings on the line and to argue his case with the reader. This is proud, felt, and affecting work ?? I can't think of many other poets so prepared to engage and so equipped to succeed.' —? Simon Armitage

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      David O'Meara lives in Ottawa, Ontario. He is the author of three collections of poetry and a play, Disaster. He's been shortlisted for the Gerald Lampert Award, the ReLit Prize, the Trillium Book Award, a National Magazine Award, four Rideau Awards, and he won the Archibald Lampman Award twice. His most recent book is Noble Gas, Penny Black (Brick Books, 2008). He is director of the renowned Plan 99 Reading Series and was the Canadian judge for the 2012 Griffin Poetry Prize.

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    Army of Lovers A Community History of Will Munro Sarah Liss
    9781770563537 Electronic book text SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology On Sale Date: September 15, 2013
    $9.95 CAD Canadian Rights: Y Coach House Books
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      'Will was pretty much the perfect role model.' — Beth Ditto, The Gossip

      In the spring of 2010, Toronto lost one of its most important queer civic heroes when local artist, DJ, activist, impresario, promoter, party-thrower, café operator, community-builder and lover Will Munro died of brain cancer at the unfathomably young age of 35. Famed for his subversive, irreverent visual art, which co-opted rock 'n' roll imagery and raunchy gay iconography, and his legendary Vazaleen dance parties, which singlehandedly reinvented Toronto’s queer nightlife culture, Will did more to revolutionize both his community and his city in a decade than most folks do in a lifetime.

      Weaving together a collage of stories from and about the people who knew and loved him, Army of Lovers is both a biography of Will Munro and a document of a galvanizing period in the history of Toronto, a moment when the city's various subcultures — the queer community, the art scene, the independent music universe, the grassroots activist enclaves — came of age and collided with one another.

      Selected by the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Round Table (GLBTRT) of the American Library Association (ALA) for the 2014 Over the Rainbow Project book list

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      Sarah Liss is The Grid’s music columnist and culture editor. Her writing has appeared in a number of places, including Toronto Life, The Walrus, Maisonneuve, CBC.ca and Flare, and onstage at Nightwood Theatre. Her piece 'A Force of Will,' a love letter to deceased Toronto artist Will Munro published in The Grid, was nominated for a National Magazine Award in 2013.

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      ‘With her characteristic insight, elegance, wit and generosity, Sarah Liss gives us the first, important account of Will Munro one of the most important queer artists, activists, promoters and community builders Toronto has ever seen. His impact, memory and influence loom large, and Liss is one of the few people I’d trust to tell his story the way it should be told.’ — Michael Cobb, author of Single: Arguments for the Uncoupled


      'Army of Lovers is so fascinating it’s already earned a place on the mandatory reading lists of high school and university queer-studies courses, in my opinion. Its pages should be torn out of the book and wheatpasted on every weirdo kid’s locker in every high school in every suburban hellhole.' — Keith Cole, Xtra!


      'Through her reconstruction of the past, Liss proves she is a gifted storyteller deeply moved by her subject matter, approaching [Munro's] legacy like a meticulous curator.'
      — Stacey May Fowles, The National Post

      '. . . The most productive force of Army lies not only in conveying the community history of a queer, whimsical, superstar community builder, but in its very documentation through collective memory. Army gives us a different history of queer life in Toronto that must be remembered in order move forward.'
      Lambda Literary Review of Books

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    Herstory 2013 The Canadian Women's Calendar Saskatoon Women's Calendar Collective Canada
    9781550504798 Spiral bound BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Women On Sale Date: June 11, 2012
    $15.95 CAD 5.82 x 8.25 x 0.41 in Carton Quantity: 40 Canadian Rights: Y Coteau Books
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    Veil Weavers Maureen Bush Canada, Barbara Sapergia Canada
    9781550504828 Paperback JUVENILE FICTION / Fantasy & Magic On Sale Date: April 13, 2012
    $7.95 CAD 5.35 x 7.29 x 0.36 in | 160 pages Carton Quantity: 80 Canadian Rights: Y Coteau Books
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      In the gripping conclusion to the Veil of Magic trilogy, Josh and Maddy must go on a quest to find out how to fix the Veil of Magic and protect and strengthen the magical world's inhabitats for all time.
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      "Maureen's work is of a consistently high standard and every book so far has been a deeply satisfying read." - Rona Altrows, author "...a fantastical story about friendship, responsibility and bravery." - SPG Book Review "As an adult, I am especially pleased to see a fantasy series with a Canadian setting, including such spots as Castle Mountain, Marble Canyon, and the Paint Pots." - Prairie Fire "The Veil Weavers, the third and concluding story in the Veil of Magic trilogy, is anexciting ending to a truly Canadian story that has a familiar setting and a cast of characters familiar to any Canadian child." - CM Magazine

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