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    Pay No Heed to the Rockets Palestine in the Present Tense Marcello Di Cintio Canada
    9780864928986 Paperback HISTORY / Middle East Publication Date: April 10, 2018
    $22.95 CAD 6 x 9 x 0.63 in | 264 pages Carton Quantity: 24 Goose Lane Editions
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      An Atlantic Books Today Editor's Pick

      Marcello Di Cintio first visited Palestine in 1999. Like most outsiders, the Palestinian narrative that he knew had been simplified by a seemingly unending struggle, a near-Sisyphean curse of stories of oppression, exile, and occupation told over and over again.

      In Pay No Heed to the Rockets, he reveals a more complex story, the Palestinian experience as seen through the lens of authors, books, and literature. Using the form of a political-literary travelogue, he explores what literature means to modern Palestinians and how Palestinians make sense of the conflict between a rich imaginative life and the daily tedium and violence of survival.

      Di Cintio begins his journey on the Allenby Bridge that links Jordan to Palestine. He visits the towns and villages of the West Bank, passes into Jerusalem, and then travels through Israel before crossing into Gaza. En route, he meets with poets, authors, librarians, and booksellers. He begins to see Palestine through their eyes, through their stories.

      In the company of literary giants like Mahmoud Darwish and Ghassan Kanafani, and the contemporary authors whom they continue to inspire, Di Cintio travels through the rich cultural and literary heritage of Palestine. It's there that he uncovers a humanity, and a beauty, often unnoticed by news media. At the seventieth anniversary of the Arab-Israeli War, Pay No Heed to the Rockets tells a fresh story about Palestine, one that begins with art rather than war.

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      Marcello Di Cintio is the author of four books, including the critically acclaimed Walls: Travels Along the Barricades, winner of the 2013 Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing and the City of Calgary W.O. Mitchell Book Prize. Di Cintio’s essays have been published in the Walrus, Canadian Geographic, the International New York Times, Condé Nast Traveller, and Afar. He lives in Calgary.
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      "That Di Cintio researches his subjects thoroughly, conducts in depth reporting, and writes with vigour and humility is testimony to his skill in handling one of the most divisive political stories of the last 100 years."
      "This is one of the best books I have ever read about Palestine."
      "Di Cintio weaves together history with a sense of place and infuses character with dialogue and humor to produce a contemporary portrait of a people who continue to resist both occupation and simple categorization in this masterful work."
      "Di Cintio takes the reader on a literary journey to see how Palestinians living under occupation and siege today find the inspiration to keep on writing, despite, or sometimes because of, adverse circumstances."
      "This blend of history and travel will interest all seeking a better understanding of Palestinian life."
      "In just a little over 200 pages, Di Cintio introduces us to dozens of writers, each living a different creative life in cities ranging from Ramallah to Haifa to Gaza to Jerusalem."
      "Illuminating reading from a highly engaged author."
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    Annie Pootoogook Cutting Ice Nancy Campbell Canada, Nancy Campbell Canada
    9781773100692 Hardcover ART / Individual Artists Publication Date: February 20, 2018
    $45.00 CAD 9 x 10 x 0.75 in | 174 pages Carton Quantity: 8 Goose Lane Editions
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      When Annie Pootoogook won the Sobey Art Award in 2006, she cracked the glass ceiling for Inuit art, securing its place in contemporary Canadian art discourse and establishing herself as an artist of international importance. Her achievement sparked critical discussion around contemporary art as well as the absence, and growing presence, of Inuit art: an important conversation that continues to this day.

      The life and death of Annie Pootoogook is a story of national significance. The complex narratives weaving through her short life speak to possibility and heartbreak, truth and reconciliation, the richness of community, and the depths of tragedy. These complexities are recorded in her arresting pencil crayon compositions. Her frank, sometimes challenging, sometimes amusing images of everyday life, acutely observed and marked by a linear control as taut as a wire, declare her as a major contributor to the landscape of contemporary Inuit art.

      Annie Pootoogook: Cutting Ice accompanies an exhibition organized by the McMichael Canadian Art Collection, the gallery of record for works on paper from Annie Pootoogook’s Inuit community of Kinngait (Cape Dorset). Under the direction of Nancy Campbell, this publication and the exhibition serve to commemorate the life and work of a remarkable artist a year after her tragically early death.

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      Nancy Campbell is a curator of contemporary Inuit art and has a doctorate from York University. She has produced numerous exhibitions, including the landmark Annie Pootoogook at the Power Plant in Toronto in 2006.



      Nancy Campbell is an independent curator of Inuit and Canadian contemporary art. She has curated exhibitions at the Power Plant, the Art Gallery of Ontario, and the McMichael Canadian Art Collection. Her books include Shuvinai Ashoona: Life & Work and Annie Pootoogook: Cutting Ice.
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      "The book not only celebrates the work of Pootoogook, but also examines it in the context of truth and reconciliation, colonization and cultural globalization."


      "Simply gorgeous."

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    Waterfalls of Nova Scotia A Guide Benoit Lalonde Canada
    9781773100227 Paperback TRAVEL / Canada Publication Date: May 29, 2018
    $27.95 CAD 5.5 x 8.5 x 1 in | 312 pages Carton Quantity: 20 Goose Lane Editions
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      Nova Scotia is blessed with numerous must-see waterfalls, and this volume from self-described “waterfall addict” Benoit Lalonde brings together 100 of the province’s best.

      Conveniently categorized by the government of Nova Scotia scenic route system, this rich compendium includes famous waterfalls such as Garden of Eden Fall, Wentworth Falls, Cuties Hollow, Annandale Falls and Butcher Hill Falls, as well as lesser-known but easy to locate gems. In addition to providing useful information on the height, type, and hiking distance of each waterfall, their degree of difficulty to reach is also assessed for the convenience of both novice and advanced hikers alike.

      Featuring gorgeous colour photographs and individual maps of each location, Waterfalls of Nova Scotia offers an invaluable reference as well as a tribute to the beauty of the falls and the natural splendour waiting to be discovered.

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      Benoit Lalonde has lived in Nova Scotia since 1999. He has published 15 peer-reviewed studies on the ecology of the Atlantic region, and is a top contributor to www.trailpeak.com. He currently works as an ecological risk evaluator for Environment Canada and is an avid hiker, mountain biker, climber, telemark skier, spelunker, explorer, and kayaker.
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    Hiking Trails of New Brunswick, 4th edition 4th edition Marianne Eiselt Canada, H.A. Eiselt Canada
    9781773100128 Paperback TRAVEL / Canada Publication Date: August 07, 2018
    $24.95 CAD 5.5 x 8.5 x 0.9 in | 326 pages Carton Quantity: 10 Goose Lane Editions
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      New Brunswick offers a dizzying array of hiking challenges, spectacular views, and amazing wildlife. In this expanded and updated fourth edition of Hiking Trails of New Brunswick, veteran trail enthusiasts Marianne and H.A. Eiselt lead hikers from one end of the province to the other, along river valleys, through provincial and national parks, along the coasts, and up and down mountains.

      Newly illustrated in full colour with striking photographs and maps, this comprehensive guide includes more than 100 trails, with detailed trail descriptions, tips, and sidebars on natural and historical features. Featuring up-to-the-minute information, the essential guide to hiking in New Brunswick has just become even better.

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      Over the past 30 years, Marianne Eiselt and H.A. Eiselt have backpacked trails including the Chilkoot Trail in Alaska and BC, the West Coast Trail in BC, the Grand Canyon in Arizona, the Torres del Paine in Southern Patagonia, Chile, the Annapurnas, Manaslu and Everest treks in Nepal, the Rennsteig in Thuringia, Germany and many others. They are presently planning the second part of their fourth pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela in northern Spain. They have co-written several books on New Brunswick, including the first three editions of this popular guide.

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    This Marlowe Michelle Butler Hallett Canada
    9781773100487 Paperback FICTION / Literary Publication Date: December 05, 2017
    $22.95 CAD 5 x 8 x 1 in | 444 pages Carton Quantity: 28 Goose Lane Editions
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      Longlisted, 2018 International DUBLIN Literary Award

      Long-shortlisted, 2017 ReLit Awards

      "Complex, lyrical, and with a profound sense of a world long passed and humanity’s eternal motivations." — Quill & Quire

      "In Butler Hallett’s hands, Kit comes off as a fascinating and contradictory figure, part martyred freethinker and part unscrupulous opportunist." — Winnipeg Review

      "Perfectly paced and gracefully wrought." — Toronto Star

      1593. Queen Elizabeth still reigns but grows old. Two rival spymasters — Sir Robert Cecil and the Earl of Essex — plot from the shadows. Their goal: to control succession upon the aged queen’s death. The man on which their schemes depend: Christopher Marlowe ("Kit" to his friends), a cobbler’s son from Canterbury who has defied expectations and become an accomplished poet and playwright.

      And spy.

      As the novel opens, Kit Marlowe, fresh from betraying the target of his espionage, is himself betrayed. Fighting to stay one step ahead in a dizzying game that threatens the lives of those he holds most dear, including his beloved Tom Kyd, he comes to question his allegiances and nearly everything he once believed.

      In this psychological thriller, Michelle Butler Hallett fleshes out the historical record with insight and the rigor of authenticity. Her 16th-century England, surprising and fresh, offers historical figures both famous and obscure, casual descriptions of quotidian life, and vivid representations of cruelty and violence that reverberate with echoes of our own time.

      But it’s Kit, the fascinating Marlowe, an endless source of brilliance, passion and defiance, that brings the novel to life. Writes playwright Robert Chafe, "History’s Marlowe becomes [Butler Hallet’s] own, offering us his wit and wisdom and seemingly new lessons about faith, ambition, loyalty, and yes, love."

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      Michelle Butler Hallett is the author of four novels, This Marlowe, deluded your sailors, Sky Waves, and Double-blind, as well as the story collection The Shadow Side of Grace. Her stories have also been anthologized in The Vagrant Revue of New Fiction, Hard Ol’ Spot, Running the Whale’s Back, Everything Is So Political, and Best American Mystery Stories 2014. She lives in St. John’s.
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      ReLit Awards 2017, Short-listed
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      "Butler Hallett builds upon a strong, believable foundation, giving the reader a vibrant sense of the times."
      "Perfectly paced and gracefully wrought, This Marlowe is superior historical fare."
      "This daring genre hybrid explores the dark realities of Elizabethan England, while throwing some refracted light onto our own turbulent time."
      "Complex, lyrical, and with a profound sense of a world long passed and humanity's eternal motivations, This Marlowe holds up extremely well next to the most lauded recent historical fiction."
      "Michelle Butler Hallett angles a glass onto a four-centuries-old tragedy and haunts us with our own reflection. This Marlowe is lyrical, audacious, and achingly human: a psychological thriller and a meditation upon power, faith, loyalty, and betrayal — and the capacity of love to ruin and redeem. I loved it."
      "There's the real rigour of authenticity here, the tone and nuance of a time and place skilfully conjured. Butler Hallett's great gift to us, though, is her ability to chart these waters in ways that are still surprising and fresh. History's Marlowe becomes her own, offering us his wit and wisdom and seemingly new lessons about faith, ambition, loyalty, and yes, love."
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    MARRY, BANG, KILL Andrew Battershill Canada
    9781773100029 Paperback FICTION / Literary Publication Date: March 06, 2018
    $22.95 CAD 5 x 8 x 0.75 in | 320 pages Carton Quantity: 36 Goose Lane Editions
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      For a guy who mugs people for their laptops, Tommy Marlo isn’t such a bad guy. He can’t help trying to make the people he meets — even those he mugs — feel better about their situation. Unfortunately for Tommy, he rips off the daughter of a psychotic, high-ranking member of a notorious motorcycle gang. Even worse, the laptop that he pilfered contains proof of a few gruesome murders and the location of a huge stash of money. Flat broke and marked for death, his only shot at surviving is to rob the motorcycle gang, use the cash to get out of town, and hide out on the small island where his mother now lives.

      What follows is a revisionist crime thriller, a page-turning hybrid of literary and genre fiction for fans of Elmore Leonard or Patrick deWitt. But Battershill writes with a voice all his own. Deftly combining crackling dialogue with biting wit, MARRY, BANG, KILL hums with the thrill of chaos as Tommy runs to a quiet island to escape a swelling cast of characters who are trying to arrest, rob, kill, or save him. The island won’t be quiet for long.

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      Andrew Battershill's first novel, Pillow, was longlisted for the 2016 Scotiabank Giller Prize and the 2016 Sunburst Award and shortlisted for the 2016 Kobo Emerging Writer Award. Pillow was also selected by the Walrus as one of the Best Books of 2016 and by CBC Books as one of the Best Debuts of the year. Battershill is the co-founder and former fiction editor of Dragnet magazine, and now the fiction editor of This Magazine. He lives in Vancouver and Quadra Island. In 2017-2018, he will be Writer-in-Residence at the Regina Public Library.
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      "A surprisingly heartfelt story tucked inside a superbly oddball crime thriller."
      "A sprawling, gonzo hide-and-seek narrative that will appeal to fans of Breaking Bad."
      "Great dialogue, a good story and some memorable individuals all contribute to making MARRY, BANG, KILL a winner in my book."
      "A rogues' gallery of small-time crooks that would make Elmore Leonard and the Coen Brothers proud. Battershill mixes sardonic wit and kinetic action with a razor-sharp eye for the details of west coast life. Stylish and smart."
      "A comic noir with a particular west coast Canuck vibe: loose, absurd, sweet. There's abundant skill here, and plenty of laughs, but also the pleasure of reading a writer finding a space of his very own."
      "MARRY, BANG, KILL is the super fun, expertly crafted, west coast genre-bending crime thriller I didn't even know I needed, and now can't stop talking about."
      "Combine the plot from a Richard Stark 'Parker' novel with the humour of early Charles Portis and you'll come close to the shenanigans in MARRY, BANG, KILL. My advice? Just shut up and read this book."
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    Hunter and the Wild Girl Pauline Holdstock Canada
    9781773100449 Paperback FICTION / Literary Publication Date: January 23, 2018
    $22.95 CAD 5 x 8 x 0.75 in | 336 pages Carton Quantity: 24 Goose Lane Editions
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      Winner, City of Victoria Butler Book Prize

      Shortlisted, Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize

      A National Post Best Book of 2015

      "The Hunter and the Wild Girl is powerful, almost elemental storytelling, an achievement not only of craft but of raw emotion. It pulses with vitality, building to a stunning, shattering conclusion." — Robert Weirsema, Vancouver Sun

      "A rich, immersive experience. Pauline Holdstock’s is the kind of prose you get lost in.” — National Post

      The story begins with the crack of splintered boards and bones as a feral girl crashes out of the hut where she’s been held against her will and into the scrubland of southern France. Townsfolk chase her to the edge of a deep gorge. She leaps and vanishes into legend — and into the territory of Peyre Rouff, a once-renowned hunter who spends his days fending off his own demons in an abandoned château.

      Pauline Holdstock sets this absorbing novel in the blurry territory between myth and reality. The girl and the hunter inhabit radically different worlds. The wild girl’s is rooted in the physical, a source of food and danger, Rouff’s in the cerebral, an existence patterned to prevent him from the destruction of despair.

      When their two worlds unexpectedly collide, this odd pair of outsiders forms an unlikely bond. The girl’s untamed spirit and volatility shakes the hunter from his solitude. The hunter’s unexpected kindness provides the girl with a sense of connection. But when the wider world learns of the girl's presence, Rouff is forced to confront both his choices and their consequences.

      Wild and unpredictable, lush and sensually evocative, The Hunter and the Wild Girl courses with mythical life blood, resonant, disquieting, and fathoms deep.

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      Pauline Holdstock is the author of seven novels, including Into the Heart of the Country, longlisted for the 2012 Giller Prize, Beyond Measure, winner of the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize and shortlisted for the 2004 Giller Prize and the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, Canada and Caribbean Region, as well as The Hunter and the Wild Girl. She lives on Vancouver Island and in the Languedoc region of France.
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      "Possibly the most arresting aspect of the novel, apart from the exquisite sense of place, is Holdstock's implied invitation to consider the essence of a human being."
      "A thorough examination of what, exactly, it means to be a person — a question more daunting than any human antagonist, and one Holdstock raises gradually, with great skill and a light tough."
      "Holdstock's 19th-century story of connection between this odd pairing of psychological isolates hints at great depth beneath the surface. Resonant and troubling, like all good fairy tales."
      "Pauline Holdstock's language is so powerful, her writing so wrought with emotion and beauty, that you become fully lost in her world."
      "This book is magical. It's a fairy tale, it's magic realism, it's a beautiful story about grief and freedom. The Hunter and the Wild Girl can be read in so many ways."
      "The Hunter and the Wild Girl is powerful, almost elemental storytelling, an achievement not only of craft but of raw emotion. It pulses with vitality, building to a stunning, shattering conclusion."
      "A turbulent, headlong, exhilarating rush will sweep you into this fairy tale of a lost girl breaching the self-exile of a haunted man — a hunter who cannot hunt, who is both ogre and hero. In exquisitely beautiful prose, with echoes from both Charles Perrault and Gormenghast, Holdstock spins austere enchantment."
      "What a gorgeous, heart-breaking story! The Hunter and the Wild Girl is both courageous and risky, and it works so beautifully — there are breathtaking moments of grace — simple observations that turn suddenly and quietly exquisite. It takes Holdstock a few lines to draw readers in with her wild girl and just a few pages to make them love her."
      "The Hunter and the Wild Girl unfolds like a dark and wonderful fairy tale. A remarkable, engrossing story with not a word out of place."
      "The novel is beautiful, poignant and mysterious. There is a fairy-tale aspect to the story, though without moral or resolution...The Hunter and the Wild Girl is a stunning reminder that grief is something to be lived, an important creative force with the power to bring us together."
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    Catch My Drift Genevieve Scott Canada
    9780864929884 Paperback FICTION / Literary Publication Date: April 03, 2018
    $22.95 CAD 5 x 8 x 0.75 in | 336 pages Carton Quantity: 23 Goose Lane Editions
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      An Atlantic Books Today Editor's Pick

      Lorna always wanted to stand out, but her career as a competitive swimmer was cut short by a knee injury. Cara, her daughter, tries hard to blend in, but when she has to fill in for her brother at a school pageant, she is overwhelmed by terror. Lorna is vain about her ability to shut out distractions. Cara can’t control her scary thoughts. And while Lorna tries her best to move past life’s early disappointments, Cara picks at the cracks in her family’s story. Spanning two decades, Catch My Drift follows mother and daughter through life changes big and small, and reveals that despite our shared experiences, we each live a private story.

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      Genevieve Scott is a graduate of the University of British Columbia’s Creative Writing MFA. Her short fiction has been published in literary journals in Canada and the United Kingdom, including the New Quarterly, the White Wall Review, and the Bristol Short Story Prize Anthology, among others. Her short films have been screened at eleven film festivals throughout the US, Canada, England, and Ireland. Scott grew up in Toronto and currently lives in Southern California, although she will be returning to Toronto in the spring of 2018. She is a creative writing mentor to at-risk teen girls in Los Angeles with the non-profit WriteGirl. Catch My Drift is her debut novel.
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      "Genevieve Scott's Catch My Drift is a brilliant novel in linked stories, a mother/daughter tale like none I've read before. Scott writes with a sharp beauty that leaves me not just breathless but wanting more. I love her prose."
      "Like the best contemporary novels, Genevieve Scott’s Catch My Drift is alchemical. Scott harnesses the flinty realism and breathtaking prose of short fiction, mixes it with the emotional urgency and scope of a layered intergenerational drama and creates a compelling and thoroughly original portrait of the modern family. Rendered with sensitivity and insight, Catch My Drift is elegant, ambitious and tender, a rare novel in which an entire family comes of age."
      "An ending I feared would be heartbreaking but ended up being perfect and beautiful."
      "An affecting novel-in-stories whose cleverness and comic moments intersect evocatively with moments of loss and regret."
      "A beautiful and bittersweet life story that needs to be on your summer reading list."
      "A compelling novel about a mother and daughter."
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    To Live and Die in Scoudouc Herménégilde Chiasson Canada, Jo-Anne Elder Canada
    9781773100357 Paperback POETRY / Canadian Publication Date: May 16, 2018
    $19.95 CAD 6.5 x 8 x 0.25 in | 96 pages Carton Quantity: 84 Icehouse Poetry
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      First published in 1974, Mourir à Scoudouc emerged out of a period of cultural awakening. Chiasson's poems denounced the narrow limitations of the past and traced the lines of a fresh collective vision. The poems were lyrical, referentially modern, and steeped in the rhythms and forms that had emerged from the Americas, Europe, and India.

      Now, more than 40 years later, Herménégilde Chiasson is considered to be the father of Acadian modernism, and Mourir à Scoudouc is widely regarded as one of the foundational works of modern Acadian literature. Several of the poems, including the oft-anthologized long poem, "Eugénie Melanson," have now achieved iconic status, appearing frequently in books, magazines, and films — in French and in English.

      To Live and Die in Scoudouc is the first English edition of this seminal collection. It replicates Chiasson's design of the 2017 edition and features his own photographs as well as his new introductory essay.

      Although several of the poems have been previously translated, To Live and Die in Scoudouc features fresh renditions by Jo-Anne Elder, who worked closely with Chiasson on the translations.

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    Ritual Lights Joelle Barron Canada
    9781773100180 Paperback POETRY / Canadian Publication Date: March 13, 2018
    $19.95 CAD 5.5 x 8.5 x 0.25 in | 88 pages Carton Quantity: 64 Icehouse Poetry
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      On "A Girl Like This Might Have Loved Glenn Gould":

      "The poem sits up at its greasy-spoon counter and recounts its tale, a kind of cryptic plain-speech, an inverted code, all the more puzzling for what it plainly says: 'Under a spell so the wrong ones can’t find it, / So can’t get saved,’ as Robert Frost said." — Jeffery Donaldson

      Absorbed in the small, everyday rituals of existence, this remarkable collection of poems tears open the fruit of life and scoops out beauty and joy, pain and suffering, in equal measure. Ritual Lights takes the reader on a journey through an underworld that is both familiar and uncanny, a space between death and life where one nourishes the other. Shadowed by the aftermath of sexual assault, Joelle Barron places candles in the darkest alcoves, illuminates mysteries, and rises again to an abundant Earth where the darkness is transformed into rich loam.

      These poems follow the speaker through grieving and loss, heartbreak, repression, and discovery, seeking, never finding an answer, but finding meaning in the work of continuing. A meditation on trauma and identity, deeply vulnerable and reserved, funny and full of rage, Ritual Lights explores the sometimes messy and ugly, but always necessary, nature of survival.

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      Joelle Barron is a writer and doula who lives on the traditional territory of the Anishinaabe of Treaty 3 in Kenora, Ontario. Joelle’s poems have appeared in ARC Poetry Magazine, SAD Magazine, the Fiddlehead, the Malahat Review, the New Quarterly, and other journals. "A Girl Like This Might Have Loved Glenn Gould" won the Malahat Review’s Open Season Award. Joelle is a graduate of the MFA program of the University of British Columbia and now works as a co-ordinator for both Kenora Pride and SPACE, an LGBT2S youth group.
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      "Contemporary, stunning and deeply personal."

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