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    Mrs Romanov 1st edition Lori Cayer Canada
    9780889844179 Paperback POETRY / Canadian Publication Date:September 01, 2018
    $16.95 CAD 5.55 x 8.75 x 0.48 in | 230 gr | 128 pages Carton Quantity:38 Canadian Rights: Y Porcupine's Quill
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      Lori Cayer's poetry collection Mrs Romanov reveals the unexpectedly quotidian concerns of Alexandra Feodorovna, the last tsarina of Imperial Russia.

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      Lori Cayer is the author of three previous poetry collections, including Dopamine Blunder (Tightrope Books, 2016), Attenuations of Force (Frontenac House, 2010) and Stealing Mercury (The Muses' Company, 2004). Her poetry is endlessly informed by her editorial work in scientific research publishing. She lives in Winnipeg.

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      Awards
      Manitoba Book Awards Lansdowne Prize for Poetry 2020, Short-listed
      Pat Lowther Memorial Award 2019, Long-listed
      Raymond Souster Award 2019, Long-listed
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      `A compelling exercise in poetic biographical fiction, the series of nearly a hundred poems succeeds in creating a character out of a myth, in carving a human out of a mountain called Empress, while still maintaining a tantalizing distance between reader and subject. Though the porous beauty of this intricately woven narrative of the life of Alexandra Feodorovna occasionally finds itself in danger of being weighed down by the heft of the story Cayer has to tell, she always manages to steer her self-indulgent narrator back into realms of (relative) accessibility. The result is a domestic-epic of refreshingly delicate, sparse proportions.'


      `Cayer juxtaposes her characters' richly textured private lives with rising social unrest, political struggle, and ravening gossipmongers. She captures the delicate balance of the Romanovs' Inside and Outside Worlds and the fragility of their highly scrutinized lives through the motif of Fabergé eggs, ``those bejewelled manifestations of us / ... / arrayed on the mantel.'' '


      `While history has much to say about Alexandra Feodorovna, her turbulent life and abundant failures, Cayer delivers a compassionate and fully-embodied Alexandra, her voice at once intimate, demanding, petulant and loving. Informed by themes of gender, marriage, motherhood, and power, Mrs Romanov is a generous portrait of a woman both formed by and constrained within the flawed construct of European aristocracy near the end of the Victorian era-a most compelling read.'

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    Overtime Portraits of a Vanishing Canada 1st edition Karl Kessler Canada, Sunshine Chen
    9780889844155 Paperback PHOTOGRAPHY / Subjects & Themes Publication Date:September 15, 2018
    $19.95 CAD 5.5 x 8.7 x 0.8 in | 240 gr | 128 pages Carton Quantity:38 Canadian Rights: Y Porcupine's Quill
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      In Overtime, Karl Kessler and Sunshine Chen document the lives of men and women who practise vanishing trades, professions and cultural traditions in the cities and townships of Waterloo Region, Ontario.

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      Karl Kessler is a film-and-darkroom photographer originally from New York City. He moved to Ontario in 1996 and currently works as a researcher and writer in the heritage field. With his wife Jane, he coordinates the annual architectural and heritage event Doors Open Waterloo Region. He lives in Waterloo, Ontario.



      Sunshine Chen originally trained in architecture at the University of Waterloo. He now runs Storybuilders Inc., using photo, video and audio to tell the stories and share the experiences of people, places and organizations across Canada. He lives in Canmore, Alberta.

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      Awards
      eLit Awards 2019, Winner
      Alcuin Award for Excellence in Book Design 2018, Commended
      Reviews
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    The Essential Charles Bruce 1st edition Charles Bruce Canada, Carmine Starnino Canada
    9780889844162 Paperback POETRY / Canadian Publication Date:October 15, 2018
    $14.95 CAD 5.5 x 8.7 x 0.3 in | 120 gr | 64 pages Carton Quantity:68 Canadian Rights: Y Porcupine's Quill
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      The Essential Charles Bruce explores the clear, direct verse and vernacular imagination of Maritime poet Charles Bruce, whose practical, no-nonsense lyrics audaciously eschewed the trappings of modernist poetry.

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      Charles Bruce was born in May of 1906 in Port Shoreham, Nova Scotia. He spent many years as a journalist, including a stint as a war correspondent during World War II. In addition to his prose work, he published six poetry collections characterized by their straightforward use of language and imagery, and by their focus on the sights and sounds of Nova Scotia's Channel Shore. In 1951, he earned a Governor General's Award for his collection of poetry, The Mulgrave Road. Charles Bruce died in 1971 in Toronto, Ontario.



      Carmine Starnino has published five volumes of poetry, including This Way Out (2013), which was nominated for the Governor General's Award. His most recent collection is Leviathan (2016). Among his awards are the F.G. Bressani Literary Prize, the Canadian Author's Association Prize for Poetry, and the A.M. Klein Prize for Poetry. Starnino is the editor of The New Canon: An Anthology of Canadian Poetry (2005), and his critical writings have been collected in two books: A Lover's Quarrel: Essays and Reviews (2004) and Lazy Bastardism: Reviews and Essays on Canadian Poetry (2012). He lives in Toronto, where he is deputy editor for The Walrus magazine.

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      Awards
      eLit Awards 2019, Runner-up
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    Beyond Walls Theatre Passe Muraille 1968-1975 Peter Jobin Canada, Lionel Douglas, Robert Nasmith Canada, David Ferry Canada
    9780889844186 Paperback PERFORMING ARTS / Theater Publication Date:December 15, 2018
    $16.95 CAD 5.55 x 8.75 x 0.4 in | 200 gr | 128 pages Carton Quantity:42 Canadian Rights: Y Porcupine's Quill
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      Beyond Walls is an insider's look at the early development of Theatre Passe Muraille, from its origin as radical and provocative theatre company out of Rochdale College to its evolution into a Toronto cultural institution that has helped to shape Canadians' perception of homegrown theatre.

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      Peter Jobin is an actor and writer who has participated in Canadian theatre and film for over fifty years. Born in Montreal, he appeared in plays in Canada, the USA and the UK before beginning a career as a screenwriter. He is known for films such as Happy Birthday to Me (1981) and Diamond Cut Diamond (2001). He lives in Toronto.



      Lionel Douglas was a major force during the glory days of Rochdale. A master raconteur and polymath he could work a room like nobody's business, and had an amazing vision of that not yet done. He loved photography and Ducati motorcycles. The former you will enjoy in these pages, the latter killed him.



      Bob Nasmith was, briefly, president of Rochdale and a photographer. Most of his photographic work (both his work as a combat photographer in Vietnam and his later work) did not survive the whips and scorns of time but his association with Theatre Passe Muraille as artist and board member has lasted 48 years. He is quite a good actor.



      David Ferry is a dramaturge and sometime designer and an award winning actor and director living in Toronto. A published writer himself, he has edited Reaney Days in the West Room (Playwrights Canada Press, 2009) and He Speaks: Monologues for Men (Playwrights Canada Press, 2008). He co-edited Making a Scene (Playwrights Canada Press 1985). His audio collection of Canadian dialects Canajun, eh? is a useful resource for actors and is still available on CD.

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    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      eLit Awards 2019, Runner-up
      ForeWord Indies Book Award 2019, Long-listed
      Reviews
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    The House on Major Street 1st edition Leon Rooke Canada
    9780889844193 Paperback FICTION / Literary Publication Date:February 15, 2018
    $19.95 CAD 5.4 x 8.7 x 0.75 in | 400 gr | 224 pages Carton Quantity:22 Canadian Rights: Y Porcupine's Quill
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      Populated by media personalities, literary characters, three-legged deer-like creatures and an array of idiosyncratic Toronto neighbours, The House on Major Street is an internal and external picaresque tale that begins with a dramatic bicycle accident and explores, along the way, the blurred boundaries between the stories we read, the stories we tell and the stories we live.

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      Leon Rooke is an energetic and prolific storyteller whose writing is characterized by inventive language, experimental form and an extreme range of characters with distinctive voices. He has written a number of plays for radio and stage and produced numerous collections of short stories. It is his novels, however, that have received the most critical acclaim. Fat Woman (1980) was shortlisted for the Governor General's Award and won the Paperback Novel of the Year Award. Shakespeare's Dog won the Governor General's Award in 1983 and toured as a play as far afield as Barcelona and Edinburgh. A Good Baby was made into a feature film. Rooke founded the Eden Mills Writers' Festival in 1989. In 2007, Rooke was made a member of the Order of Canada. Other awards include the Canada/Australia prize, the W. O. Mitchell Award, the North Carolina Award for Literature and two ReLits (for short fiction and poetry). In 2012, he was the winner of the Gloria Vanderbilt Carter V. Cooper Fiction Award. He lives in Toronto.

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      Awards
      ForeWord Indies Book Award 2020, Long-listed
      Reviews

      [On appearing as a character in The House on Major Street:]

      `Leon flatters me and of course I'm delighted to be so used by a writer I respect so much. Steve Temple will feel the same I'm sure. Richard Landon, sadly gone now, would be equally flattered by Leon's very accurate picture of his rapacity-except he would sneer at Leon and goad him by saying the Fisher ``already has three copies of it''.

      `I shall inquire of Leon, next time I see him, just what he means by ``dishevelled'' in reference to myself. He only sees me in places where drinking occurs, not in my professional guise where like all greedy dealers I'm always slick and charming. Looks like it's to be a must-read book.

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