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    Vetala, The A novel of undying love Phillip Ernest Canada
    9781988130668 Paperback FICTION / Horror
    $18.95 CAD 5 x 8 in | 350 gr | 175 pages Carton Quantity:20 Linda Leith Publishing
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      Nada Marjanovic, professor of Sanskrit at the University of Zagreb, has spent more than twenty years translating an obscure text on the vetala, a parasitic, vampire-like being that possesses the bodies of his victims. When her mentor and collaborator in the Indian city of Pune dies, she finds herself face-to-face with the undead that the text describes, an evil which long ago killed her lover ? and set her on the path of an obsessive scholarly revenge. She must rely on her intellect, mythic lore, and even dreams to piece together the mystery of the manuscript. The vetala?s opposition grows increasingly violent as Nada nears the book?s conclusion, and with the help of two colleagues, struggles to decipher its climactic secret, which would allow her to exorcise the demon at last ? freeing not only the mysterious man whom he has possessed for centuries, but also, perhaps, her own imprisoned and forgotten love. Suspenseful and unforgettable, Phillip Ernest?s debut novel captures the most universal elements of human experience ? even the monsters we face.
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      Born in 1970, Phillip Ernest grew up in Northern Ontario. Fleeing home at the age of fifteen, he lived on the streets of Toronto until he was twenty-eight. He learned Sanskrit from the book Teach Yourself Sanskrit, and later earned a BA in South Asian Studies from the University of Toronto and a PhD in Sanskrit from Cambridge University, with a dissertation on the Sanskrit epic Mahabharata. Marrying a woman from Pune, India, in 2006, he lived in that city until 2016, working first in the Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute, then as a writer and editor at Dilip Oak Academy. His first novel, The Vetala, was published in 2018, and he lives with his wife in Bengaluru, India.

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      "The Vetala is a fiendishly entertaining book in which a deep knowledge of South Asian lore and literature serves a lusciously horrifying evocation of a macabre and eerie India in which human love provides the only promise of possible redemption from a terror that persists across centuries of transmigrating spirits." -- Lee Siegel, author of Love in a Dead Language
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    9781988130620 Paperback FICTION / Crime Publication Date:February 15, 2018
    $19.95 CAD 5 x 7.9 x 0.7 in | 280 gr | 236 pages Carton Quantity:21 Linda Leith Publishing
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      Morgan Turner?s grief over her sister?s brutal murder has become a rut, an everyday horror she is caught in along with her estranged parents and chilly older brother. In search of a way out, she delves the depths of a factory abattoir, classic horror cinema, and the Canadian criminal justice system, as it tries her sister?s killer and former lover, who is arguing that he is ?Not Criminally Responsible? for his actions because of mental illness. Whatever the verdict, Morgan -- with the help of her immigrant coworkers, a do-gooder, and a lovelorn schizophrenia patient -- uncovers her own way to move on.

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      Jennifer Quist is a writer, critic, and author of two award-winning novels.Love Letters of the Angels of Death (LLP 2013) was long-listed for the Dublin International Literary Award. On its merits, she was named an Alberta Lieutenant Governor's Emerging Artist of the year in 2014. Sistering (LLP 2015) was awarded best novel of 2015 by the Association for Mormon Letters and long-listed for the Alberta Readers Choice Award. The Apocalypse of Morgan Turner was publishing in 2018. Quist's non-fiction is published in New Left Review, The Puritan, The Awl, Maclean's, and The Globe and Mail and on CBC Radio. A graduate student at the University of Alberta studying Comparative Literature and Chinese, she lives in Edmonton with her family.

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      "The originality of this novel about grief, loss, mental illness and justice is that you feel the pain and laugh out loud. There are no glancing characters here. You see inside everyone. Central character, Morgan, is a memorable masterpiece." -- Fred Stenson
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    Philistine, The Leila Marshy Canada
    9781988130705 Paperback FICTION / World Literature Publication Date:March 10, 2018
    $19.95 CAD 5 x 7.9 x 0.8 in | 320 gr | 322 pages Carton Quantity:20 Linda Leith Publishing
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      When Nadia Eid leaves Montreal in search of her Palestinian father who has been missing in Cairo, she is far from imagining that she her true discovery will be a complex relationship with Manal, a young Egyptian artist. But what to do when nationality and personal relations refuse to coexist? With Manal's career poised to take off and her father's secret life revealed, the intifada rages across the border and Nadia must choose between family and destiny.

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      Montrealer Leila Marshy is of Palestinian-Newfoundland parentage. She has been a filmmaker, a baker, an app designer, a marketer, a farmer, and editor of online culture journal Rover Arts. She founded the Friends of Hutchison Street, a groundbreaking community group bringing Hasidic and non-Hasidic neighbours together in dialogue. She has published stories and poetry in Canadian and American journals and anthologies. The Philistine

      is her first novel.

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      "Leila Marshy illuminates love and identity in the streets of Cairo in a way that makes you feel you?ve watched her scenes through a high-definition kaleidoscope.? ? Kathleen Winter Annabel, Lost in September "This accomplished first novel gives us the vibrant story of Nadia's passionate love affair with an Egyptian woman, which compels Nadia to stay in the city long enough to rediscover her father and herself. The novel delicately hints at the societal tensions that will lead to the 2011 Egyptian Revolution while depicting a rich and surprising Cairo rarely seen." ? Leilah Nadir The Orange Trees of Baghdad
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    Hutchison Street Abla Farhoud Canada
    9781988130743 Paperback FICTION / Jewish Publication Date:March 10, 2018
    $18.95 CAD 5 x 7.9 x 0.7 in | 300 gr | 253 pages Carton Quantity:17 Linda Leith Publishing
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      With one side in Mile End and the other in Outremont, Hutchison Street is inhabited by characters from many different backgrounds, including a community of Hasidim and a writer whose newest project is a novel about the people she has lived among for thirty-nine years. She traces the life stories of an aging singer, a bag-lady who feeds birds in a back alley, an Italian widow who grows tomatoes in her front yard, a Jamaican woman who longs to dance the night away, and a young Hasidic girl who keeps a diary. A moving account of isolated individuals attempting to reach out to one another in one of Montreal's most diverse neighbourhoods.

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      Abla Farhoud was a Montreal writer of Lebanese descent. She was an actress before becoming a playwright, and completed a master?s in theatre arts from the University of Quebec in Montreal. In addition to several plays, she published five novels and achieved considerable acclaim in French. Hutchison Street is the first of her novels to appear in English.


      Judith Woodsworth is Professor of translation and translation studies in the French Studies Department at Concordia University. She has translated two novels, Still Lives by Pierre Nepveu and Hutchison Street by Abla Farhoud. She lives in Montreal.

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      "A lesson in tolerance, this novel is also a tribute to books ? all books: crime fiction, the Torah, the Bible, the private journal, the cookbook. To the books that bind us together." ? Christian Desmeules
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    Rebellion Cristina Carvalho Canada
    9781988130828 Paperback FICTION / Women Publication Date:April 02, 2018
    $19.95 CAD 4.9 x 8 x 0.5 in | 120 gr | 142 pages Carton Quantity:11 Linda Leith Publishing
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      Rebellion is Portuguese literary celebrity Cristina Carvalho?s international debut. Born a rebel, Lena escapes her provincial existence and heads for Lisbon as a young woman to make a more exciting life for herself. Once there, however, she makes a series of fateful decisions--spending a night in a brothel, embarking on a marriage she lives to regret, longing instead for the blue-eyed man of her dreams.
      The timeless, anchorless, startling, and entirely credible narrative voice of Cristina Carvalho?s extraordinary novel lays bare the intimate difficulties of Lena?s life, first at her parents? boarding house and then, later on, with her husband and their son in the city. No matter where we live, every one of us knows a woman like Lena, but few of us have ever found ourselves right inside Lena?s mind before?not in fiction, not in any language.

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      Cristina Carvalho was born in Lisbon in 1949, female, an inhabitant of planet Earth and, as it turned out, a writer. Her fictional biography, O Olhar e a Alma - Romance de Modigliani (Planeta, 2015) won the Portuguese Society of Authors? 2016 Prize for best novel and is published in French as Modigliani by Linda Leith Éditions (2018). Rebellion, her most recent novel, is the first of Carvalho?s books to ever appear in English.


      The eldest child of historian and writer Ruben Andresen Leitão, and an English mother, herself a fine translator, Alexandra Andresen Leitão grew up in Lisbon and completed her school and university education in English prior to launching her career as a translator. She has lived in the city of Porto since 1993. Her prodigious memory and cosmopolitan background inform her often incisive writing in numerous subtle ways, as evidenced by her translation of Cristina Carvalho's novel, Rebellion.
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      "A strange and strangely captivating book. More than simply a story with beginning, middle and end, this is a book that seems to trace the lines of two lives?what is and what could be." ?Eduardo Pitta
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    Taximan Stories and Anecdotes from the Back Seat Stanley Péan Canada
    9781988130897 Paperback FICTION / African American & Black Publication Date:September 01, 2018
    $16.95 CAD 5 x 7.9 x 0.4 in | 160 gr | 128 pages Carton Quantity:7 Linda Leith Publishing
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      In the taxi rides you're about to take, you'll be in the company of some classic drivers and of a perspicacious and sharp-eyed passenger, the writer and broadcaster Stanley Péan. Veteran translator David Homel, who introduced readers of English to Dany Laferrière with the publication of How to Make to Love to a Negro, now brings us the other major voice of Haitian Montreal: Stanley Péan, here in English for the first time.
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      Stanley Péan was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, in the spring of 1966, and he grew up in the Saguenay region of Quebec, where his parents settled after immigrating in the fall of that same year. A writer and cultural journalist, over the last thirty years, he has published twenty-five works in a variety of genres: novels, short story collections, essays, and fiction for young readers. A music lover, every night of the week Péan hosts a jazz show on ICI Musique, Radio-Canada's music channel. And though he is past fifty, he still has not learned to drive. Which explains the taxis...


      David Homel was born in Chicago in 1952 and left that city in 1970 for Paris, living in Europe the next few years on odd jobs and odder couches. He has published eight novels, from Electrical Storms in 1988 to The Teardown, which won the Paragraph Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction in 2019. He has also written young adult fiction with Marie-Louise Gay, directed documentary films, worked in TV production, been a literary translator, journalist, and creative writing teacher. He has translated four books for Linda Leith Publishing: Bitter Roase (2015), (2016), Nan Goldin: The Warrior Medusa (2017) and Taximan (2018). Lunging into the Underbrush is his first book of non-fiction. He lives in Montreal.

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      "Stanley Péan is an attentive, human writer, able to listen and chat with people who roam Montreal while giving the impression of living in Haiti, connected as they are on a radio that broadcasts words and music from their home country." -- Yvon Paré
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    White Out Martine Delvaux Canada
    9781773900018 Paperback FICTION / Biographical
    $16.95 CAD 5 x 8 in | 350 gr | 137 pages Carton Quantity:19 Linda Leith Publishing
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      White Out is at first glance a woman?s invention, over and over again, of the man who chose not to be her father, leaving his young lover pregnant. Yet, arcing from late-1960s Quebec to the present, it is also the story of a young woman, and a generation of young women, caught between Catholicism and free love. Martine Delvaux?s aching take on her own origin story is a book about words lost in a lifetime of storms, about truth and fiction, a book about how something as seemingly commonplace as parentage can undermine everything?confidence, relationships, the body, memory. Through narrative we try to patch our unknowns but narrative, at once foreign and familiar, fails us.
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      Novelist Martine Delvaux was born in Quebec City and brought up in a francophone village in Ontario. She is the author of over a dozen novels and non-fiction essays and is very popular in French-speaking media as a speaker and pundit. Her first book in English, Bitter Rose was published by LLP to critical acclaim in 2015. This was followed by The Last Bullet is For You (LLP, 2016), Nan Goldin The Warrior Medusa (LLP, 2017), and White Out (LLP, 2018). Delvaux studied in the United States, taught in England, and now lives in Montreal, where she teaches women?s studies at Université du Québec à Montréal.


      Katia Grubisic is a writer, editor, and translator. She was coordinator of the Atwater Poetry Project reading series, and was a founding member of the editorial board for the Icehouse Poetry imprint at Goose Lane Editions. Her own work has appeared in various Canadian and international publications. She has been a finalist for the Governor General?s Literary Award for translation, and her collection of poems What if red ran out won the Gerald Lampert award for best first book.

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    For Want of a Fir Tree Ukraine Undone Frédérick Lavoie Canada
    9781988130934 Paperback HISTORY / Russia & the Former Soviet Union Publication Date:September 01, 2018
    $19.95 CAD 5 x 8 x 0.6 in | 260 gr | 224 pages Carton Quantity:1 Linda Leith Publishing
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      How can a country at peace suddenly be plunged into war? What compels hitherto peaceable citizens to take up arms and kill one another? In For Want of a Fir Tree: Ukraine Undone, Frédérick Lavoie tells Artyom, a four-year-old child he saw lying in his little blue coffin on a January afternoon in 2015, about the sequence of events that led to his death. In doing so, and in travelling the country from one side to the other, talking to people from all walks of life in both camps, Lavoie tells a compelling story of a land drawn into conflict through misadventure, misjudgment, mistrust, and a legacy of ancient historical resentments with a tenacious hold on their populations. It is a cautionary tale whose truths and whose lessons resonate far beyond these specific events, these particular borders.

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      Frédérick Lavoie is a freelance foreign correspondent born in 1983 in Chicoutimi, Canada, who has worked for a number of media in Canada, France, Belgium and Switzerland. His most recent book explores contemporary Cuba and investigates the release of Orwell?s classic 1984 there. His critically acclaimed essay Ukraine à fragmentation (2015) was shortlisted for the Prix des Libraires 2017. His book Avant l'après: voyages à Cuba avec George Orwell was nominated for a Governor General Award in 2018. He divides his time between Montreal and Mumbai.


      Donald Winkler is a Montreal-based translator of fiction, non-fiction, and poetry. He is a three-time winner of the Governor General's Award for French to English Translation, most recently, in 2013, for Pierre Nepveu's collection of verse, The Major Verbs>/i>.

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