Invisible Publishing Fall 2018

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    9781988784106 Paperback FICTION / Sports Publication Date: October 15, 2018
    $19.95 CAD 5 x 8 x 0 in | 200 pages Carton Quantity: 48 Canadian Rights: Y Invisible Publishing
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      Garden State meets King Leary in this slapshot debut

      Adam Macallister's sportswriting career is about to end before it begins, but he's got one last shot--a Sports Illustrated profile about hockey's most notorious goon, the reclusive Terry Punchout--who also happens to be Adam's estranged father. Adam returns to Pennington, Nova Scotia, where Terry now lives in the local rink and drives the Zamboni. Going home means drinking with old friends, revisiting neglected relationships, and dealing with lingering feelings about his father and dead mother--and discovering that his friends and family are kinder and more complicated than he ever gave them credit for. Searching for Terry Punchout is a charming and funny tale of hockey, small-town Maritime life, and how, despite our best efforts, we just can't avoid turning into our parents.

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      Tyler grew up in Prince Edward Island, graduated from St. Francis Xavier University and now lives in Calgary with his wife and kids, where he writes commercial copy, technology criticism and essays. His non-fiction has appeared in THIS Magazine, The Walrus, and on CBC Radio. Before finally quitting hockey at 18, he was pretty bad at it.

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      "It doesn't take much to get me to read a novel featuring hockey and a guy named Terry, but Tyler Hellard's stellar debut hit me like an errant stick to the head. A big story set in a small town, by turns funny and sad, moving and melancholy, Searching for Terry Punchout stays with you long after the final buzzer. Masterful."--Terry Fallis, two-time winner of the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour

      "Funny, quirky, sad, and sweet. Searching for Terry Punchout is a story of friendship and family, of hockey heroes and small-town hangovers, of Zamboni lessons, and thrift store beauty queens. Highly recommended!"--Will Ferguson, author of The Shoe on the Roof

      "Tyler Hellard has created a thoughtful, warm-hearted, and deeply human sports tale, one that will resonate with any reader who has wondered if you can ever really go home again. Searching For Terry Punchout is a vivid portrait of small town hockey life, of fathers and sons, of feeling left behind and leaving things behind, of clinging to glory and grasping for meaning. With this strong debut, Hellard makes sense of what home really means, and in doing so reveals how close we actually are to the people and places that can often feel so far away."--Stacey May Fowles, author of Baseball Life Advice

      "Tyler Hellard's Searching for Terry Punchout is utterly complete and heartbreakingly authentic. If all the rinks in small-town Canada and the game of hockey itself were to suddenly disappear from the earth they could be reconstructed from the blueprint that is this excellent novel. And if you know the game at all at its grass roots, you'll recognize characters from these pages and never look at them the same way again."--Gare Joyce, author of The Code, The Black Ace and Every Spring a Parade

      "Searching for Terry Punchout does just what its title promises - packs a punch. Readers will be knocked out by Hellard's dry and bittersweet humour as protagonist Adam attempts to navigate a return to the 'charming' small-town and father he bid adios to years ago. Hilarious and heartbreaking - an excellent debut novel."--Theanna Bischoff, author of Cleavage, Swallow, and the forthcoming Left

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    Port of Being Shazia Hafiz Ramji Canada
    9781988784120 Paperback POETRY / Canadian Publication Date: October 15, 2018
    $16.95 CAD 4.75 x 7 x 0 in | 80 pages Carton Quantity: 75 Canadian Rights: Y Invisible Publishing
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      The poems in Port of Being hold modern technology--surveillance, shipping, the Internet--to examine communication, migration, and identity. Preoccupied with the city, virtuality, reflexivity, and the ways we watch ourselves, Shazia Hafiz Ramji's debut collection hums with wonder as it probes the human and non-human actors in our mouths and bodies, above and underneath the water, in the satellites and fibre optic cables that surround us all.

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      Shazia Hafiz Ramji was a finalist for the 2018 Alberta Magazine Awards, received the 2017 Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry, and was a finalist for the 2016 National Magazine Awards. Her writing has appeared in Quill & Quire, Canadian Literature, the Puritan, and Metatron's ALPHA and OMEGA. She lives in Vancouver where she works as an editor and teaches creative writing. She is at work on a book of stories and a second book of poems.

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      Awards
      Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry 2017, Winner
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      In Port of Being, a desiring, witnessing body moves through Vancouver, speaking our individual human vulnerability to surveillance, technologies of war, and neo-capitalism’s brutal structuring of spaces and dreams. In a world where “Google knows more than our lovers,” Shazia Hafiz Ramji sees us acutely as ports: as soft animal receptacles for what travels at light speed through fibre optic cables, and as jagged, welcoming horizons, where we might exchange our cargos of experience and offer fellow voyagers tender language. Plug this book directly into your cardiac
      rhythms.


      Port of Being confronts us with the global algorithms and state apparatuses docked in our consciousness, and the cyborgs of time and space that mark the shock of bodies rammed through ideologies. Here we find out how to navigate fake news, flags of convenience, and engineered personhood. A brilliant debut collection. Its politics bite back.


      “Like Teju Cole, Shazia Hafiz Ramji presents a city in full intricacy: the expansive possibilities of human connection and the digital silos that separate. Like Solmaz Sharif, she teaches us to look at violence: the quotidian bedrooms, buses, and spaces in which it is experienced, the ideologies that allow for its transmission. Port of Being is urgent and uncomfortable, comforting and necessary.”

      “Like a section of ocean caught, cubed, and shot through with the light of our closest star, Shazia Hafiz Ramji’s Port of Being moves with and against time and borders. Her poems surveil what’s
      witnessed and what we admit to witnessing, the secrets we tell and those we keep, and the questions: why and for whose benefit? In equal measures, this book is bioluminescent, galactic, humane. Daring and intimate, it holds worlds.”

      “Shazia Hafiz Ramji writes with an intimacy that echoes the unspoken familiar across the ocean to map us – to “root and hold” us – right now, right here where we live. Port of Being is a collection of keen listening, where words are found, spliced, and always woven with sunshine, pain, and memory that shimmers.”
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    9781988784113 Paperback FICTION / Short Stories Publication Date: November 15, 2018
    $17.95 CAD 5 x 8 x 0 in | 144 pages Carton Quantity: 58 Canadian Rights: Y Invisible Publishing
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      A short, punchy, debut story collection

      A bush party leads to self-immolation. A cab ride ends in warfare. A squirrel is eviscerated. A universally impossible dare is accepted and proves not to be fatal. The weird kid triumphs. The stories in H.B. Hogan's debut collection sizzle like butter on hot cast iron--they're rich and dark and full of scrappy, sordid and sparkling humanity.

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      H.B. Hogan lives in Toronto with her boyfriend and her cat. Her fiction has been published in Taddle Creek, This Magazine, and subTerrain. She has a chapbook with Proper Tales Press. Her work has been acknowledged by the Ontario Arts Council and the Toronto Arts Council. When she is not writing, she works as a lawyer for the Office of the Public Guardian and Trustee. When she is not lawyering, she tries to catch her breath.

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    Series: Throwback
    Magpie, The Douglas Durkin Canada
    9781988784137 Paperback FICTION / Historical Publication Date: November 15, 2018
    $19.95 CAD 5 x 8 x 0 in | 320 pages Carton Quantity: 36 Canadian Rights: Y Invisible Publishing
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      Craig Forrester is newly home following World War I, newly married, and newly mired in social upheaval. Will he choose complacency alongside his peers, or his personal moral code? Originally published in 1923, The Magpie is a social commentary turned novel about the disillusionment that developed after the war. Set against the backdrop of the Winnipeg Grain Exchange, The Magpie offers an articulate and perceptive examination of the greed, hypocrisy, and intolerance of the 'decent' classes, the agrarian myth, the role of women in post-war society, and the evolution of moral codes.

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      Douglas Durkin (1884-1968) grew up in northern Ontario and Manitoba. After receiving his BA he taught English in a number of schools and universities. In 1929 he moved to New York City, and from then on concentrated on his writing. He wrote most of his novels jointly with Martha Ostenso (who became is wife), composed several ballads with Carl Sandberg, and collaborated on a screen play, Union Depot, with Gene Fowler. He also contributed short stories to Harper's Magazine, Liberty, and Century.

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      "It is a very fair story of Canada in general and Winnipeg in particular at more or less the present moment... as a resume of the situation in all its nebulous, overgrown, loose-endedness, it is distinctly striking." -- Canadian Bookman, 1924

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