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    Pain, Porn and Complicity Kathleen McConnell Canada
    9781894987684 Paperback LITERARY CRITICISM / Feminist Publication Date: January 18, 2013
    $19.00 CAD 6 x 9 x 0.52 in | 194 pages Carton Quantity: 56 Canadian Rights: Y Wolsak and Wynn Publishers Ltd.
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      Why does Bella lie so much in the Twilight series? Why was Catwoman such a bad movie? What was the reason Dark Angel was so short-lived? Poet and scholar Kathleen McConnell tackles these, and other, subjects in this collection of essays. Drawing on analysis from Freud to chaos theory, and a large body of research, McConnell starts with Pygmalion, and unravels the cultural threads that bind the way women protagonists are characterized in popular culture. This careful, and at times wry, examination considers not only why women are portrayed in these ways, but discusses the effect of those characterizations on the culture that consumes them.


      Kathleen McConnell's Nail Builders Plan for Strength and Growth (2002) won the Lampert Award for best first book of poems in Canada, and was a finalist for the Governor General's Award. The Hundefrulein Papers (2009) chronicles the years she spent living with, and looking after the dogs of Elisabeth Mann Borgese. After a typically peripatetic writer's life she has settled in Fredericton, New Brunswick, where she teaches Creative Writing and Women Writers in the English Department at St. Thomas University.

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      "McConnell's work, while wholly interesting in itself, also gives a reader a lasting lens through which to view other media. This is precisely what good theoretical explication should do." - Lemon Hound

      "While I've never actually seen Dark Angel, I found this essay extremely interesting. In fact, it is due to this essay that I really want to actually watch the show now.... I enjoyed reading this, and would recommend it to those who are interested in looking a little deeper at how female heroes are portrayed in pop culture." - Once Upon a Bookshelf

      "These essays manage to address their mass market subject matter with an atypical attention to detail, treating Whedon as seriously as Shakespeare, Meyer as seriously as Wollstonecraft. For any book that genuinely aims at understanding why the disturbing themes of vampires and female bondage have reached such tempestuous heights of popularity in the past few decades, McConnell's work is precisely the sort of sobering analysis readers might use to decrypt the seduction of careworn Gothic motifs across the North American zeitgeist." - The Los Angeles Review

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    Golden book of Bovinities, The Robert Moore Canada, Chris Lloyd
    9781550653373 Paperback Publication Date: October 01, 2012
    $18.95 CAD 5.5 x 8.5 x 0 in | 88 pages Carton Quantity: 80 Canadian Rights: Y Vehicule Press
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      If cows could talk, what would they say?The Golden Book of Bovinities represents the collective wisdom of centuries of bovine self-awareness.On its surface, Robert Moore’s fourth collection is a running ledger ofaphorisms, maxims and injunctions that lay bare the mystery behindthose docile cud-chewers. Deeper down, however, the book is anindictment against the inhuman cruelty we inflict on each other aswell as on the non-human world. A tour de force allegory about ourpost-9/11 world,The Golden Book of Bovinites contains some of thefreshest, funniest, most startling poetry you will ever read.
      Robert Moore’s previous books are So Rarely in Our Skins [2002], Museum Absconditum [2006] and Figuring Ground [Wolsak & Wynn,2009]. He has been a finalist for the Atlantic Poetry Prize and the ReLit Award. He lives in Saint John, New Brunswick.

      The former director of Halifax’s Khyber Centre for the Arts, Chris Lloyd has had solo exhibitions at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia and the Art Gallery of Calgary and participates in group exhibitions across Canada. He lives in Montreal.

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    Hard Ass Sharon McCartney Canada
    9781926794136 Paperback POETRY / General Publication Date: May 20, 2013
    $18.00 CAD 5 x 8 x 0.4 in | 96 pages Carton Quantity: 40 Canadian Rights: Y Palimpsest Press
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      Hard Ass is a daring and bold collection of poetry, filled with passion and anger. McCartney skillfully hones her craft, yet the poet’s confessional voice feels raw and honest as if she merely purged her words onto the page. Using weightlifting as a metaphor to explore the poet’s inner world and her romantic attachments, McCartney both reinforces and undermines the transcendence of love.
      Sharon McCartney is the author of For and Against (2010), The Love Song of Laura Ingalls Wilder (2007), Karenin Sings the Blues (2003) and Under the Abdominal Wall (1999). In 2008 she received the Acorn/Plantos People's Prize for poetry for The Love Song of Laura Ingalls Wilder. She lives in Fredericton, New Brunswick.
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