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    The Fairy Tale Museum Susannah M. Smith Canada
    9781988784069 Paperback FICTION / Fairy Tales, Folk Tales, Legends & Mythology On Sale Date:May 15, 2018
    $19.95 CAD 5 x 8 x 0.5 in | 0.49 lb | 208 pages Carton Quantity:45 Canadian Rights: Y Invisible Publishing
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      “Everything is new. Everything is strange. Everything is possible.” – Yumi Sakugawa

      The Fairy Tale Museum is an alchemical curiosity-cabinet-as-novel that showcases the original, spectacular, grotesque, endearing, and otherworldly. You’ll meet bird-headed lovers, a cyborg cyclops, a fortune teller, revolutionary ventriloquists’ dummies, a narcoleptic vampire, Eros and Thanatos, and a host of woodland creatures. A celebration of hybrids, creativity, and transformation, this book is a manifesto against putting ourselves into boxes that limit who we can be and what is possible.

      Bio
      Susannah M. Smith is the author of the novel How the Blessed Live (Coach House Books). Her short fiction, non-fiction, artwork, and poetry have appeared in various publications. She lives in Vancouver.
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      The Fairy Tale Museum has more in common with installation art than with any traditional literary genres… [this book is] an exercise in encouraging creativity.”Rain Taxi

      The Fairy Tale Museum is a beautifully written book of short prose invites the reader to relax and explore the curated ‘collections’ of pieces. It is a book you can, like a museum, come back to again and again and discover something new each time.”Prairie Fire Review of Books

      “I am easily enchanted by fiction that plays with form and subverts traditional storytelling. That’s why I loved The Fairy Tale Museum… Susannah M. Smith’s writing is poetic and hypnotic and this book was a lovely ode to imagination.”Augur

      “A dream within a dream within a book. A wonderland-like journey through magic and imagination. I’m running out of ways to describe this book, in part because it defies description. If you like dark fairy tales, you’ll probably like this.”—McNally Robinson Staff Pick

      “In The Fairy Tale Museum, Susannah M. Smith has crafted a world as seemingly scenic and romantic as a snow globe—except this world can break, it can draw blood, and it can transform. This is a beautiful book, its beauty only deepened by its bite.”—Derek McCormack

      “In Susannah M. Smith’s fantastical, moody folkloric menagerie, you can wander slowly and savour, or leap randomly between surprising exhibits. Part Brothers Grimm and part Doktor Bey, part novel and part poem, The Fairy Tale Museum is a moving, exquisite sensory experience. This is an exciting book.”—Stuart Ross

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    Surfaces Eric Schmaltz Canada
    9781988784052 Paperback POETRY / Canadian On Sale Date:April 13, 2018
    $19.95 CAD 5 x 8 x 0.5 in | 0.31 lb | 120 pages Carton Quantity:48 Canadian Rights: Y Invisible Publishing
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      Where does the body go when we write to one another thru digital channels? How and what do we feel when information is realized through taps, clicks, and pressures? What happens to meaning within a digital economy when information is considered to be bodiless? Concerned with these questions, Surfaces is at turns playful and unsettling as it explores the processes, interactions, and erasures that occur on and below the surface of writing with machinery.

      "An uncanny reminder of what language could be, if only we let it.”—Derek Beaulieu

      “In Canada […] there are poets to stun like Eric Schmaltz ”—Ian Williams

      Second prize, 2018 Alcuin Society Awards for Excellence in Book Design in Canada

      Bio
      Eric Schmaltz is a Toronto-based artist and writer who works with language in a variety of forms and media including print, sound-performance, and video. His work has been published and exhibited internationally in Canada, the United States, and Europe. More at ericschmaltz.com
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      Awards
      Alcuin Society Awards for Excellence in Book Design in Canada 2018, Runner-up
      Reviews

      Surfaces reminds us that the page is a 3D object, each page the enactment of Duchamp’s infrathin. The language skims and streaks across the thinnest of sheens, a glistening moment, an uncanny reminder of what language could be, if only we let it.”—Derek Beaulieu

      "In Canada [...] there are poets to stun like Eric Schmaltz "—Ian Williams

      "There is a delight to seeing what Toronto poet Eric Schmaltz has accomplished with his first full-length title, Surfaces, a title rightly listed equally as poetry, graphic arts and typography."—rob mclennan

      Surfaces is, as the book itself confesses, a catalogue of stimulations. It welcomes the saccade of the eyes, the gambits of a distracted neck, the swim of attention in the purr and drone of the ambient. In Surfaces, Schmaltz collects works of various humours— at turns witty, stern, deeply unsettling, and playful. I appreciate what he offers as an intervention into the documents that surround the history of writing with machines, writing as machines. In taking on the pleasures of écriture, the making of the mark— embodied and digitized­— the book evokes and then transcends the often gendered binary between the mechanical imprint and the embodied impression. […] In Surfaces, there is great pleasure in navigating an alphabetic labyrinth in a time of totalizing records of space— one derives from the dérive emotive pleasures of stark abstraction and indulgent design, the tenor of a dark line or the opulent aria of a gray-scale curve.”—Divya Victor

      “The author Schmaltz … you know … and vice versa!… it is almost … no, wait scratch that – it IS …. this book just, well … quite possibly the most … ant-garde silhouettes & shapes … fascinating world of … a new wave of …. well-structured, and can be looked … at visualizing things, this book is very, very … a “re-purposed look” … geared for the … helpful for everyone … lengths, embellishments, cuts, seams … tricks … shows versatility in … is well-presented and … always inspires me to … to … to … get cut-up, lost or removed … with lots of handy … shows you how to alter each … delicious galore … patterns and pattern-sequences on … repeats a patter in the words as well … what are the elements … smiled through the whole … where flat meets flat … for cloisonné and these are … in the metric system … soooo compleeeteee”—Donato Mancini

      “With Surfaces, Eric Schmaltz directs our gaze to points of contact and friction, whether crafting mandalas and coptic weavings from letters’ negative space, drafting a dance between letterforms as they engage in “touch at the limits of a long passage,” or printing reliefs from a keyboard’s disassembled parts. In doing so, he draws attention to our expectation that language resolve into meaning—that letters present themselves in a contract of legibility entitling us not only to their forms, but also to some deeper content. In materializing language’s embodied “surfaces,” Schmaltz returns words’ secrecy, reminding us that those inner meanings we seek are ultimately not inherent in them but in our own projected desires and intentions—a dangerous dynamic. The beauty of these forms arises in part from their refusal to come into focus. A surface, here, becomes not only a point of contact but of resistance.”—Amaranth Borsuk

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    Book of Annotations Cameron Anstee Canada
    9781988784045 Paperback POETRY / Canadian On Sale Date:April 13, 2018
    $16.95 CAD 4.75 x 7 x 0.2 in | 0.18 lb | 96 pages Carton Quantity:90 Canadian Rights: Y Invisible Publishing
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      Finalist for the Archibald Lampman Award
      Finalist for the Nelson Ball Prize

      The debut collection from small press editor and publisher Cameron Anstee, Book of Annotations deploys a number of minimalist strategies-including erasure, found, lyric, haiku, one-line, one-word, concrete/visual, cento, restricted vocabularies, and lists-to question how small a poem can be made, and how can a small poem be made expansive? Engaging with contemporary and historical modes of minimalism, Book of Annotations is a dialogue in shorthand with work by H. D., Nelson Ball, Lorine Niedecker, Aram Saroyan, Phyllis Webb, Robert Lax, and dozens of others.

      "Anstee’s debut collection of poetry is definitely worthy of all acknowledgements and eligible accolades."Arc Poetry Magazine

      “Wise and playful, the epigrammatic poems in Book of Annotations push past the limits of each word and into a space tense with imagination and truth. Not a word is wasted as Cameron Anstee demonstrates supreme control of space and minimalism.”—Archibald Lampman Award jury citation

      Bio
      Cameron Anstee lives and writes in Ottawa, where he runs Apt. 9 Press and holds a Ph.D. in Canadian Literature from the University of Ottawa. He is the editor of The Collected Poems of William Hawkins (Chaudiere Books, 2015).
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    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Archibald Lampman Award 2019, Short-listed
      Nelson Ball Prize 2020, Short-listed
      Reviews

      "Anstee’s small poems, by virtue of their brevity, expose the elisions and accidents of language as symbolically rich and complicated."Prairie Fire

      "There’s a palpable compression, and concretism, lurking within Anstee’s minimalist exercises."Canadian Literature

      “Short but never slight, the poems in Book of Annotations are deeply engaged with poetic history.”Quill & Quire

      "There is fearlessness to explore the common while simultaneously considering the sublime... The true enjoyment, however, comes from appreciation of how the diversity of the structure ties into the diversity of the subject matter; the structure reflects the theme in each different narrative that Anstee takes the reader on—a trip well worth taking."CV2

      “Cameron Anstee’s Book of Annotations collects haiku-like short poems that manage to be painterly despite (or perhaps because of) their minimalism: “now here light leafs small small lines.”Winnipeg Free Press

      "Anstee’s debut collection of poetry is definitely worthy of all acknowledgements and eligible accolades."Arc Poetry Magazine

      “Incredibly short and playful poems packed with enormous density.”—rob mclennan

      “Wise and playful, the epigrammatic poems in Book of Annotations push past the limits of each word and into a space tense with imagination and truth. Not a word is wasted as Cameron Anstee demonstrates supreme control of space and minimalism. The pithiness of the poems reminds one of coordinates of a constellation, or the tips of icebergs. To borrow Anstee’s words, ‘the smallest unit of feeling’ … ‘out of these a world.’ As delightful as it is challenging, Book of Annotations has a unique pulse of its own.”—Archibald Lampman Award jury citation

      "Book of Annotations is a wonderful accrual of Cameron Anstee's minimalist gems. They are rich and varied. Cameron's poems are short but not brief. Most are subtle, some are perplexing, some humorous, and many are astonishingly expansive. This book is a large treat!"—Nelson Ball

      "In Book of Annotations, Cameron Anstee brings us the ephemeral, the existential, the entropic, and the elemental. Akin to koanlike maxims, this work presents an exquisite perception of and reverence for the here-and-now, the before and after, the timeless and the fleeting. Anstee disassembles and reassembles the fundamental phenomenon of being. Sensuous, natural, familiar, unexpected, elusive, vertiginous—this work brings us closer to understanding ourselves."—Sandra Ridley

      "[Book of Annotations] is a slight collection that goes easy on his publisher’s inkjets (several poems have a word count in the single digits). It has been enjoyable consuming the glassine craftsmanship of these kindred texts at such different rates. I devour Anstee’s book whole every time I pry it open."—Ben Ladouceur

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    Little Bird Stories, Volume 8 Michelle Winters Canada, Cherie Dimaline Canada
    9781988784182 Paperback FICTION / Anthologies On Sale Date:August 01, 2018
    $7.00 CAD 4.7 x 6.9 x 0.2 in | 0.18 lb | 40 pages Carton Quantity:165 Canadian Rights: Y Invisible Publishing
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      The Little Bird Writing Contest is an international contest exclusively for innovative, emerging short fiction writers. The contest opens each spring when the birds come back and showcases the excellent stories that come from Sarah Selecky Writing School.

      The 2018 Little Bird contest winners responded to the writing prompt: Start your story with a balloon that has an unusual message. Use the words “lemon” and “ecstasy” somewhere in the story. End the story with an electrical storm. Volume 8 features winning stories chosen by Scotiabank Giller Prize finalist Michelle Winters
      BR>“Sorry I was such a Dick” by Esther Griffin
      BR>“Things Float Away” by Tracey McGillivray
      BR>“To Weather a Storm” by Shoshana Gertler

      Proceeds from anthology sales go towards the Peelee Island Bird Observatory and the Prince Edward Point Bird Observatory to help protect the real little birds out there.
      Bio
      Michelle Winters is a writer, painter, and translator from Saint John, N.B., living in Toronto. Her written and visual work stretches the limits of the probable, explores the lushness of the industrial, and anthropomorphizes with gay abandon. Her debut novel, I Am a Truck, was a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize. Invisible Publishing and Sarah Selecky Writing school have joined forces to produce print editions of the wildly popular Little Bird Stories anthologies. The stories appearing in Volume 9 will be selected by Cherie Dimaline.
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