Pedlar Press Fall 2018/Winter 2019

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    Lady From Kent, The a Story for Girls and Boys and Bees Dressed Up as Fleas and Crocodiles. Also Elves. Barbara Nichol Canada, Bill Pechet Canada, Beth Follett Canada
    9781897141878 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Poetry Age (years) from 5 - 95 Publication Date: October 26, 2018
    $23.00 CAD 6.8 x 8.5 x 0.4 in | 40 pages Carton Quantity: 40 Canadian Rights: Y Pedlar Press
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      THE LADY FROM KENT, by Barbara Nichol, was written over a long period of time. First came a sketch, then a few verses. Then other verses came along. Nichol finished it on the coast of BC in the back kitchen of a house on Savary Island. Alone, she saw deer pass by. Unafraid. They would stop and graze. Nichol covered the old green wood kitchen table with post-it notes, each representing a verse, moving verses back and forth, around and around on the table, putting the poem together like a puzzle. It sometimes seemed impossible to get it right. She burned to tell the Lady's story: to make people understand this intrepid, confident being. She seemed a person who would not take on the opinions of the culture: what a person is allowed to do or not do, about limitations, and about conventional standards of beauty.
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      About the Author
      Barbara Nichol has written nine children's books, is an essayist, dramatist for radio and television, comedy writer, songwriter, and, for many years, a documentarian for the CBC program, Ideas. The Home For Blind Women (a work of fiction), a short film authored by Nichol, won Genie and Golden Spire for Best Short Film awards.
      Barbara has twice been nominated for a Juno award, winning one for her platinum recording "Beethoven Lives Upstairs." She has been a finalist for the Emmy Award for her special "Basil Hears a Noise" for Sesame Street and a Governor General's award for her book "Dippers." Barbara was a founding editor of The Walrus magazine.
      Other Books By Barbara Nichol
      Beethoven Lives Upstairs
      Dippers
      Safe and Sound
      One Small Garden
      Biscuits in the Cupboard
      Trunks All Aboard: An Elephant ABC
      Tales of Don Quixote
      Tales of Don Quixote, Book Two

      Bill Pechet received degrees in Geography and Visual Arts from the University of Victoria, in 1979 and 1981 respectively, followed by a professional degree in Architecture in 1987 from the University of British Columbia School of Architecture. In addition to his leadership in the Pechet studio, Bill has been a lecturer-in-practice at the University of BC School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture since 2000.

      Beth Follett is the publisher/editor of the award-winning Canadian literary house, Pedlar Press.
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      Awards
      Governor General's Award 1998, Short-listed
      Mr Christie Award for Best Children's Book 1993, Winner
      Genie 1996, Winner
      Reviews
      "Barbara Nichol is an original -- brilliant and entertaining. Her every page charms and entices. The Lady From Kent is a book to read and reread and then read again, to yourself or out loud, depending how generous you're feeling." -- Eleanor Wachtel, host, Writers and Company
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    Only Seemly Guy Birchard Canada, Stan Dragland Canada
    9781897141885 Paperback POETRY / Canadian Publication Date: October 26, 2018
    $20.00 CAD 5.5 x 8 x 0.5 in | 56 pages Carton Quantity: 40 Canadian Rights: Y Pedlar Press
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      Only Seemly, codicil to Hecatomb, comprises diverse matters of threshold consciousness, profane Moments, Bright or Stolen, "re-enacted desire" recouped with scalpel, magnifying glass, tweezers: what you alone see, or sense, that no one else does. "A peerless autobiography." --Howard McCord

      Also by Guy Birchard:

      Baby Grand (Ilderton: Brick / Nairn, 1979)
      Neckeverse (Newcastle upon Tyne: Galloping Dog Press, 1989)
      Birchard's Garage (Durham, UK: Pig Press, 1991)
      Twenty Grand (Boston, Mass.: Pressed Wafer, 2003)
      Further than the Blood (Boston: Pressed Wafer, 2010)
      Hecatomb (Brooklyn: Pressed Wafer, 2017)
      Aggregate: retrospective (Bristol, UK: Shearsman Books, 2018)

      Bio
      Guy Birchard lives below the radar, perfectly disaffiliated, in Victoria, BC.

      Canadian literary critic and writer. Founder of Brick magazine and Brick Books. Professor Emeritus, Western University, London ON
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      A gorgeous Lyrical Romp, deeply penetrating into that curious place where Language Means and Meaning finds its Voice. --Marcus Foutu, from Hecatomb
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    Oderin Agnes Walsh Canada, Stan Dragland Canada
    9781897141892 Paperback POETRY / Canadian Publication Date: November 14, 2018
    $20.00 CAD 5.5 x 8 x 0.4 in | 56 pages Carton Quantity: 40 Canadian Rights: Y Pedlar Press
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      A new collection by Newfoundland poet Agnes Walsh, her first since the release of Going Around With Bachelors (2007). Born and brought up in Placentia, Newfoundland, Walsh studied folklore in Georgia (USA), before returning home and taking to writing works founded in her love of her ancestral place. Oderin is an homage to Walsh's mother, who signed her letters, Love from your loving mother--Mother."
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      Agnes Walsh is a Canadian actor, poet, playwright, and storyteller from Newfoundland. Walsh has won Newfoundland and Labrador Arts and Letters awards for poetry, as well as poetry and ballad-writing awards.

      Canadian literary critic and writer. Founder of Brick magazine and Brick Books. Professor Emeritus, Western University, London ON
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    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Pat Lowther/WANL Heritage Book Award 2008, Short-listed
      Lambda Literary Awards 2008, Short-listed
      ReLit Award for Poetry 2008, Long-listed
      Reviews
      The Book is beautifully designed and extends the establishment of Pressed Wafer as a major force amidst the small presses
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    Remainder, The Catherine Hobbs Canada, Beth Follett Canada
    9781897141908 Paperback FICTION / Literary Publication Date: December 30, 2018
    $22.00 CAD 6 x 8 x 0.7 in | 208 pages Carton Quantity: 24 Canadian Rights: Y Pedlar Press
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      A debut novel, a story of a poet, an archivist, and an art photographer; experiential in style, episodic, interspersed with memories. Themes of memory and human relationship to time recur. Questions arise about the remnants of human lives: what, if anything, remains?
      Bio
      Research Associate at Trent University, Peterborough; Literary Archivist (English) and Senior Archivist, Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa. B.A. (McMaster), M.A., M.L.I.S. (Western). Catherine Hobbs write about literary archives and personal archives, bringing together literary theory with the theory/practice of archives. She is interested in contexts of meaning for personal creative archives in the digital realm and how this follows from existing concepts about original order in paper archives. Hobbs has an interest in born-digital literary archives. She contemplates creative responses to archives. As a professional archivist, Hobbs is responsible for the archives of many writers and other figures/organizations within Canadian literature.

      Beth Follett is the owner/publisher at Pedlar Press. She has acquired 120 titles over 23 years. Pedlar Press is a consistently award-winning Canadian literary house.
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      Highly recommended.
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    Lamb Michael Kenyon Canada, Stan Dragland Canada
    9781897141915 Paperback POETRY / Canadian Publication Date: November 30, 2018
    $20.00 CAD 5.5 x 8 x 0.5 in | 64 pages Carton Quantity: 40 Canadian Rights: Y Pedlar Press
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      Words "don't hold the world," writes Michael Kenyon in LAMB, "because we/ absorb the shallow fast first meaning." In its line-by-line leaping precision, in the carefully detailed manyness of its particulars, in its expansive, intricate, overarching design, LAMB refutes that laxity. Kenyon combs through time, history, identity, passionately seeking "something lost." LAMB is a long poem of potent lyricism. It enacts what Galway Kinnell says of poetry, that it "sings past even the sadness that begins it." Singing through, Kenyon shapes a resonant world that is representative and yet very much his own.
      Bio
      Michael Kenyon's poetry and fiction have always been alert to the underside, the angularity of the outcast, those forced by temperament or predilection or circumstance to the fringes of middle class life. The world of Kenyan's poems is dark: he names and owns our clearcuts, our overpopulation, our fossil-fuelled rush to oblivion, the violence embedded in sexuality. His books are expanded elegy, clear-eyed, unflinching amid the wreckage of its loves.

      Canadian literary critic and writer. Founder of Brick magazine and Brick Books. Professor Emeritus, Western University, London ON
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    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Smith Books/Books in Canada First Novel Award 1992, Short-listed
      Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best First Book 1992, Short-listed
      ReLit Award for Fiction 2010, Winner
      Reviews
      In his latest collection, a woman named Astatine, named after a radioactive element whose isotopes endure half-lives of mere seconds, haunts the poet, much like Dante's Beatrice. Like Brock's Everyone is C02, Kenyon uses parts of the earth and the ideas behind scientific elements to weave rumination on the nature of life. By using surprising subject matter, both collections have keen emotional depth and insight through unexpected and lyrical styles.

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