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    9781988784106 Paperback FICTION / Sports On Sale Date:October 01, 2018
    $19.95 CAD 5 x 8 x 0.5 in | 0.88 lb | 200 pages Carton Quantity:45 Canadian Rights: Y Invisible Publishing
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      Shortlisted for the Amazon Canada First Novel Award

      Shortlisted for the Kobo Emerging Writer Prize

      Garden State meets King Leary in this slapshot debut novel.

      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.

      "An assured debut, wryly funny."Literary Review of Canada

      "A story of a father, a son and hockey that set[s] heart and mind reeling."—Chris Benjamin, Atlantic Books Today

      Bio
      Tyler Hellard 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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      Awards
      Amazon Canada First Novel Award 2019, Short-listed
      Kobo Emerging Writer prize 2019, Short-listed
      Reviews

      “There just aren’t enough good books that feature hockey. This is a good, funny and touching book that I really enjoyed reading.”—Nerd Girl Loves Books

      "An assured debut, wryly funny."Literary Review of Canada

      "A story of a father, a son and hockey that set[s] heart and mind reeling."—Chris Benjamin, Atlantic Books Today

      "Along with hockey, this book has good characters, funny lines, a little romance, and a touching story."—Consumed By Ink

      “When a story contains hockey, one last chance for redemption, a trip back home and some touching family moments, it is a story that is worth reading. All of these and more are contained in Tyler Hellard’s excellent debut novel.”—The Guy Who Reviews Sports Books

      "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

      Searching for Terry Punchout is a funny, profane, charming romp of a novel about hockey culture in small-town Canada, which would be enough to recommend it on its own. But it’s also an engaging and insightful look at the way men try and mostly fail to be honest and emotional in their relationships with other men, and that makes it a must-read.”—Chris Turner, author of The Patch and The Geography of Hope

      "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

      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 Left

      “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

      "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

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    Port of Being Shazia Hafiz Ramji Canada
    9781988784120 Paperback POETRY / Canadian On Sale Date:October 15, 2018
    $16.95 CAD 4.75 x 7 x 0.2 in | 0.22 lb | 96 pages Carton Quantity:75 Canadian Rights: Y Invisible Publishing
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      Shortlisted for the City of Vancouver Book Award
      Shortlisted for the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award
      Finalist for the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize
      Longlisted for the Pat Lowther Memorial Award
      Winner of the Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry

      Voyeurism and fact go head to head in Port of Being, a debut book of poetry that mines speech from the city streets and the internet. These are poems set firmly on the threshold of the private and public, the future-haunted and the real, forging the human adrift in a terrain of space junk, drones, and addiction. Port of Being speaks just in time, navigating the worlds of surveillance, migration, and money, only to carve a way into intimacy and connection.

      "Ramji has created an insightful, thoughtful, engaging and inspiring guide to being in the digital age."Hamilton Review of Books

      "These poems convey a tense, compelling vigilance.”Toronto Star

      "In equal measures, this book is bioluminescent, galactic, humane. Daring and intimate, it holds worlds.”—Dani Couture, author of Listen Before Transmit

      Bio
      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.
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    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry 2017, Winner
      Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize 2019, Short-listed
      Pat Lowther Memorial Award 2019, Long-listed
      Gerald Lampert Memorial Award 2019, Short-listed
      City of Vancouver Book Award 2019, Short-listed
      Reviews
      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.”
  • 3
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    9781988784113 Paperback FICTION / Short Stories On Sale Date:November 15, 2018
    $17.95 CAD 5 x 8 x 0.3 in | 0.35 lb | 144 pages Carton Quantity:63 Canadian Rights: Y Invisible Publishing
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      Short, punchy, visceral stories

      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.

      "[A] darkly entertaining debut collection."Toronto Star

      "This Keeps Happening is an impressive debut, one that will leave you laughing, cringing, looking off into space uncomfortably, then turning the page once again."Broken Pencil

      Bio
      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.
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      Awards
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      "In her darkly entertaining debut collection, H.B. Hogan brings us tales of people who find themselves on the wrong side of the social divide."Toronto Star

      "What I love most about these stories is the many ways that redemption is made completely absurd, as if to point out how rare and how tenuous moments of self-fulfillment really are. I want to avoid spoilers but I’ll just say that it’s not often that a story makes me gasp in shock and burst out laughing in a single paragraph."—Claire Farley, editor of Canthius

      "The opposite of being comfortable, this is a book that—in the best ways—gets under the skin."—Pickle Me This

      "This Keeps Happening is an impressive debut, one that will leave you laughing, cringing, looking off into space uncomfortably, then turning the page once again."Broken Pencil

      "H. B. Hogan’s stories are dirty, fresh, and brutally funny, lingering on little human details until they’re just uncomfortable enough—then pushing a little farther. Their wickedness will stay with you for days."—Michelle Winters, author of Scotiabank Giller Prize finalist I Am a Truck

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    The Magpie Douglas Durkin Canada
    9781988784137 Paperback FICTION / Historical On Sale Date:November 15, 2018
    $19.95 CAD 5 x 8 x 0.8 in | 0.62 lb | 320 pages Carton Quantity:27 Canadian Rights: Y Invisible Publishing
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      Craig Forrester is newly returned to Winnipeg following World War I, and he has returned to a city and a country mired in social upheaval. Will he choose the complacency of upward mobility or his personal, more socially conscious ethical code? Originally published in 1923, The Magpie is a social commentary turned novel about post-war disillusionment. 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, the role of art in social critique, and the evolution of moral codes in settler-Canadian society.

      "Distinctly striking.”Canadian Bookman, 1924

      Bio
      Douglas Durkin (1884-1968) grew up in northern Ontario and Manitoba. He taught at Brandon College and the University of Manitoba before moving to New York, where he taught for a short time at Columbia University. He later married Martha Ostenso, composed several ballads with Carl Sandberg, and collaborated on a screenplay, Union Depot, with Gene Fowler. He also contributed short stories to Harper's, Liberty, and Century. In 1958 Durkin and Ostenso retroactively claimed that work published under the name Martha Ostenso" was collaborative work. This claim of co-authorship continues to cause debate among literary historians.
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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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