LitDistCo Fall 2013 Frontlist

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    9781894037884 Paperback FICTION / Short Stories Publication Date: November 15, 2013
    $19.00 CAD 5.5 x 8.5 x 0.38 in | 148 pages Carton Quantity: 48 Canadian Rights: Y ARP Books
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      In her debut collection of short stories, Islands of Decolonial Love, renowned writer and activist Leanne Simpson vividly explores the lives of contemporary Indigenous Peoples and communities, especially those of her own Nishnaabeg nation. Found on reserves, in cities and small towns, in bars and curling rinks, canoes and community centres, doctors offices and pickup trucks, Simpson's characters confront the often heartbreaking challenge of pairing the desire to live loving and observant lives with a constant struggle to simply survive the historical and ongoing injustices of racism and colonialism. Told with voices that are rarely recorded but need to be heard, and incorporating the language and history of her people, Leanne Simpson's Islands of Decolonial Love is a profound, important, and beautiful book of fiction.
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      Leanne Simpson is a researcher, writer, and educator of Mississauga and Scottish ancestry. She is a member of the gidigaa bzhiw dodem and a citizen of the Nishnaabeg nation. Leanne holds a PhD from the University of Manitoba and is the past director of Indigenous Environmental Studies at Trent University. Her research interests include Indigenist theory and methodology, Indigenous political cultures and traditional governance, Nishnaabeg women, Indigenous Knowledge, and Indigenous philosophies on land and the environment. Leanne currently teaches at the Centre for World Indigenous Knowledgeat Athabasca University and has previously taught at Trent University, the University of Victoria, the University of Manitoba, and Tampere University in Finland.
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      As a lover of storytelling and literature, my tendency is to have deep emotional responses to whatever I am reading. Every so often, a book comes along that, as I delve deeper into the pages, is something like peering into a body of water and seeing the wonder of stars and ancestors reflected back in glorious undulation. Forgive the flowery simile, but that is exactly how I felt as I cradled Leanne Simpson's latest book Islands of Decolonial Love. I say cradled, because I felt something close to reverence as I was drawn into each short story and poem.--Jamaias DaCosta, Muskrat Magazine

      wasaeyaban (Anishinaabe)--the first light, just before dawn. I don't think writers make up stories, stories run around looking for a writer to tell them (if they are any good) otherwise they tend to be trite in the telling. I am glad these stories found the delicate hand and steel-wired beautiful voice of Leanne Simpson to bring them alive. Leanne is a listener and she was fully awake when she listened at dawn to all these stories and committed them to these trees (right, that would be pages, even though pages are really trees) and birthed a marvelous collection of stories (that are also poems) to illuminate the Anishinaabe experience in a way that turns the light on inside the reader--not just any light, but dawn's first light, the light that counts, the light that stories our very lives, makes us plan something completely different from the sticky mud of same ol', same ol'. Islands of Decolonial Love is the sort of book I have been looking for all my life--the kind of book that is going to make me a good writer, a good listener, a good citizen--it is going to wake up everything that is brilliant in everyone that reads it.--Lee Maracle

      Leanne Simpson's lovingly drawn characters work hard to preserve their innocence in a world where irony and cynicism would be easier. They spend a lot of time travelling: on land, on the water, through space and time--in cars, trucks, fishing boats, canoes, and in their minds; between bars, forests, reservations, curling rinks, kitchens, lakes and highways. These exquisitely rendered journeys become symbols for our desire to understand and never stop learning, no matter the cost. There is heartbreak here but also many moments of fleeting grace, and a wry humour that promises to keep us safe.--Ursula Pflug

      Leanne Simpson is a masterful storyteller and an integral indigenous voice in modern literature. Her work over the years has eloquently and powerfully captured the unique experiences of the first peoples of Turtle Island, and Islands of Decolonial Love is no exception. With precise craft, this new collection explores the many complicated facets of the contemporary Indigenous struggle to maintain tradition in a rapidly changing environment. The use of Anishinaabe language and custom in the prose and poetry resonates loudly and invokes a great sense of pride. Meanwhile, the challenge of balancing urban and reserve life explored in the pieces is easily relatable and can provide a crucial window into the experience for non-Indigenous readers. The power of Simpson's storytelling is already spectacular on the printed page, but her spoken word performance is stunningly monumental. The audio component of Islands of Decolonial Love is essential listening to truly experience the complexity and beauty of the many sentiments and ideas she expresses. Thanks to the work of some of the most cutting-edge musicians out there, her already crucial stories become audible masterpieces in song.--Waubgeshig Rice

      The reader is forced to bear witness to colonialism's centuries-old damage on Canada's First Nations people. Of Michi Saagiig Nishnaabeg ancestry, Simpson draws painful portraits of everyday life, many personal, which exhibit the hereditary nature of colonialism's scars. Simpson traces these scars with a delicate finger, writing with a fragility punctuated by moments of anger and sadness. Her raw prose spills across the page in a tumble of complex thoughts and emotions.-- Natascia Lypny, Telegraph-Journal

      How many lives, Leanne Simpson, have you lived to create this most incredible collection? Astounding storytelling. Wondrous prose. Islands of Decolonial Love is a constellation of galaxies that I never want to leave. Wow!--Richard Van Camp

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    Quivering Land Roewan Crowe Canada, Paul Robles
    9781894037907 Paperback POETRY / LGBT Publication Date: October 15, 2013
    $19.95 CAD 6.75 x 9.5 x 0.38 in | 168 pages Carton Quantity: 48 Canadian Rights: Y ARP Books
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      Roewan Crowe's compelling and haunting literary debut, Quivering Land, is a rather queer Western, engaging with poetics and politics to reckon with the legacies of violence and colonization in the West.

      Written in a sparse style, this lonely, sometimes brutal book invites the reader on a powerful journey with Clem, Violet, and a dead girl in a red dress. Clem, a lone cowboy, caught in the inevitable violence of the Western, compulsively rides through ghost towns and Monument Valley. Violet is an artist who pulls dead bodies, guns, and memory into her studio, immersing herself in a creative process, seeking to understand the relationships among aggression, vulnerability and the imagination. Disrupting the story are the ghostly visitations of a dead child who travels the western landscape unsettling romanticized, filmic images of Monument Valley.

      Interspersed in the text are fragile, beautiful images painstakingly cut from paper, created by artist Paul Robles. This experimental long poem, a gritty feminist meditation on trauma, violence and the possibilities of art, is as powerful as a Smith and Wesson Schofield rifle.

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      Artist and theorist Roewan Crowe is energized by acts of disruption, transformation and the tactical deployment of self-reflexivity. She has a particular interest in wounded landscapes and questioning what it means to be a queer, feminist settler living in Winnipeg/Turtle Island. Recent work includes: digShift (ongoing), a decolonizing and environmental reclamation project using site specific performance and multichannel installation to explore the shifting layers of at an abandoned gas station; and Queer Grit, a stop-motion animation that asks, "how can you be Queer on the prairies when your dad is John Wayne?" Her scholarly work seeks to open meaningful encounters with art and explore new feminist art practices. Her longstanding community practice is concerned with building engaged feminist/queer/artist communities, and in addressing the reality of Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women in Canada. She is an Associate Professor in the Women's and Gender Studies Department at the University of Winnipeg and Co-Director of The Institute for Women's & Gender Studies.

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      Roewan Crowe's debut long poem Quivering Land, wrangles up violence and trauma in the lasso of a queer Western. Juxtaposed with visual artist Paul Robles' gorgeous paper-cut images of birds, guns, cowboy hats, and horses, these poems conjure memory, old Hollywood westerns, devastation, and the colonization of the west. Crowe introduces the poetic work within a feminist framework with three epigraphs by literary legends Adrienne Rich, Nicole Brassard, and Marguerite Duras. In the collections first poem, "Her Western Landscape," she introduces Clem, who is sitting in the house her father built on the edge of town, and carries us through the narritive of ,em>Quivering Land.. Within a queer lens, Crowe raises important questions of gender, sexuality, and the various shards of identity. She asks what are the lines drawn on land, the markings on bodies, and brutality of survival. Where language quivers, its the lines between the lines; the landscape of Crowe's poetry that distills memory, meaning and loss. Quivering Land captures the endless shadows a western sunset truly casts. - Shannon Webb-Campbell for the Telegraph journal

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    Rock, Paper, Fire Best of Mountain and Wilderness Writing, the 1st edition Marni Jackson Canada, Tony Whittome, Charlotte Gill
    9781894773676 Paperback BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Adventurers & Explorers Publication Date: October 15, 2013
    $21.95 CAD 5.5 x 8.5 x 0.55 in | 285 pages Carton Quantity: 24 Canadian Rights: Y Banff Centre Press
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      In the past few years, as writing about the outdoors has moved from a minority genre into the mainstream, climbers, adventurers, and environmental activists have gathered at the Banff Centre in the Canadian Rockies to explore their passions through writing. Now, their most inspired work is collected in one volume, Rock, Paper, Fire: the Best of Mountain and Wilderness Writing, compiled by Banff Mountain and Wilderness Program Faculty Editors Marni Jackson and Tony Whittome, and introduced by award-winning writer and veteran tree planter Charlotte Gill. This wide-ranging anthology of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry is about discovering the real excitement of the earth's wild places and their effects on the human creative spirit.
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      Marni Jackson is a Toronto journalist, author, and editor whose work has appeared in Outside, Explore, the Globe & Mail, Rolling Stone, The Walrus, and Brick, among other publications. Her writing has won numerous National Magazine Awards and she is the author of three books of nonfiction, all finalists for major awards.



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    Ganga Jamuni Silver and Gold: A Forgotten Culture Naz Ikramullah Canada
    9781897411742 Mixed media product HISTORY / Asia Publication Date: October 15, 2013
    $17.95 CAD 7.25 x 9.25 x 0.6 in | 66 pages Carton Quantity: 25 Canadian Rights: Y Bayeux Arts
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      This book by NazIkramullah is a beautiful showpiece of the revival of this forgotten Ganga-Jamuni 'tehzeeb'. The book portrays a vivid, lively and elaborate picture of how the two cultures, Muslim and Hindu, everything that defined them - their religious beliefs, thought, literature,music, art, architecture, traditions, costumes and ornaments, food preference, common courtesies - almost every aspect of life, dissolved to create a new face.
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      Naz Ikramullah was born in London, England, and studied at the Byam Shaw School and the Slade School of Fine Art in London. Later, in Karachi, Pakistan, she studied etching with Michael Ponce de Leon, visiting artist from the Pratt Institute, New York.Naz has held several group and solo exhibitions in Ottawa, Mumbai, Delhi, Karachi, Amman, London and Bradford. Her work can be found in the permanent collections of the National Gallery of Jordan in Amman, Cartwright Hall in Bradford, U.K., the United States Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., the Senate of Pakistan in Islamabad, the CMCTATA Collection in New Delhi, and the Ottawa Civic Hospital in Canada.Naz makes her home in Ottawa, Canada, and generally travels around the world during the year, in pursuit of her artistic interests.
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    Mathemagick & Mystiphysics: Apples and Origins Featuring Hypatiaof the Wandering Stars James Davidge Canada, Jesse Davidge
    9781897411766 Paperback COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Superheroes Age (years) from 9 - 12 Publication Date: July 15, 2013
    $5.95 CAD 6 x 9 x 0.2 in | 32 pages Canadian Rights: Y Bayeux Arts Inc.
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      James is the Calgary-based author of 'Driftwood Saga'

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    Series: Odd Little Books
    Halifax Hal An Odd Little Book Nick Thran Canada, Gabe Foreman
    9781897411773 Paperback POETRY / Canadian Age (years) from 8 - 12 Publication Date: December 15, 2013
    $9.95 CAD 4 x 5 x 0.2 in | 46 pages Carton Quantity: 80 Canadian Rights: Y Bayeux Arts Inc.
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      Nick Thran grew up in Western Canada, Southern Spain, and Southern California. His work has appeared in a number of literary magazine, including Grain, The Fiddlehead, and The Malahat Reviw. He currently lives in Toronto.

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    Lunar Mercedes Batiz-Benet Canada
    9781897411223 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Fantasy & Magic
    $13.95 CAD 5 x 4.5 x 0.5 in | 90 pages Carton Quantity: 40 Canadian Rights: Y Bayeux
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      Young Sofia comes to terms with the death of her mother through an imaginary world revealed by the moon.A poetic, magical and mysterious tale about the journey from girlhood to motherhood.
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      Mercedes Batiz-Benetis a multi-disciplinary artist and writer. She was born and raised in Mexico and moved to Canada in 1997. She holds a BFA in Creative Writing and a BA Honours in Philosophy from the University of Victoria, as well as a Diploma in Film Production.
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    Masstown Chad Norman Canada
    9780887535192 Paperback POETRY / Canadian Publication Date: September 23, 2014
    $10.00 CAD 5.75 x 8.75 in | 64 pages Carton Quantity: 2 Canadian Rights: Y Black Moss Press
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      Masstown is a collection of poetry that accentuates the struggles of life on a dairy farm for owners Bert and Gladys. Not only do Bert and Gladys run the farm, they're also parents striving to find the balance between running a farm and raising a family.

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      Masstown is Chad Norman's fifteenth published book of poetry. His poetry has appeared in numerous publications across the globe. He is the recipient of the BC Writers' Poetry contest and the Gwendolyn MacEwan Memorial Award. He lives and words in Truro, Nova Scotia. Norman's love of reading and sharing poetry extends into classrooms, cafes, libraries, schools and stages across Canada.
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    Doing It! Writing the Perfect Poem John Lee Canada
    9780887535215 Paperback LITERARY CRITICISM / Poetry Publication Date: February 11, 2015
    $16.00 CAD 6 x 9 x 0.25 in | 64 pages Carton Quantity: 2 Canadian Rights: Y Black Moss Press
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      Doing It! How to Write the Perfect Poem, is a series of linked stories on the process of writing poetry and understanding it from within. Lee writes from his own experiences with thewriting life where the changes in the season evolve into stanzas, and images arise from daily work, play and meditating.

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      In 2005 John B. Lee was inducted as Poet Laureate of Brantford in perpetuity and in 2011 he was appointed Poet Laureate of Norfolk County. A recipient of over sixty prestigious international awards for his writing he is winner of the $10,000 CBC Literary Award for Poetr and the only two-time recipient of the People's Poetry Award. He has published over 50 books and is the editor of eleven anthologies. His work has appeared in over 500 publications and has been translated into four languages.He lives with his wife Cathy in Port Dover, Ontario where works full-time as an author.
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    9780887535208 Paperback POETRY / Canadian Publication Date: September 23, 2014
    $16.00 CAD 9 x 6 in | 112 pages Carton Quantity: 2 Canadian Rights: Y Black Moss Press
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      Meyer believes that each of us has a Timbuktu in our hearts and lives - the story of the quest for the elusive city of gold. The Obsession Book of Timbuktu is a book of love, obsession and desire. Meyer tells the fool's history not only of a fabled African city but of his own hometown of Barrie, Ontario and the restless ambition of artists tranforming it from a vision to a reality. Part history, part tribute to the dying art of the lyric, The Obession Book of Timbuktu is a hymn and a poetic novel about the quest to make the impossible accessible.

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      Bruce Meyer is author of over thirty-six books of poetry, fiction, non-fiction, literary journalism, and pedagogy. He is a professor of English at Georgian College in Barrie where he teaches in the Laurentian University BA Program, and at Victoria College in the University of Toronto. He is the inaugural Poet Laureate of the City of Barrie.
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