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    Gruff A Musical for 2 Goats and a Troll Mercedes Batiz-Benet, Judd Palmer, Brooke Maxwell
    9781988440262 Paperback PERFORMING ARTS / Puppets & Puppetry Publication Date:March 30, 2018
    $10.95 CAD 5 x 8 x 0.3 in | 0.2 lb | 68 pages Carton Quantity:50 Canadian Rights: Y Bayeux Arts
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      The grass really is greener on the other side. But a hideous troll has taken up residence under the bridge, and the promised land is forever unattainable - if you're a goat born on the wrong side of the craggy chasm. The troll is soon recruited to join the side of the underclass, but when the revolution is won, the victors become tyrants, and it's up to the troll to find a way to break the cycle of greed. Finally, everybody agrees that the green grass is for everybody to eat -- it's a timely parable about immigration, through the lens of the Three Billygoats Gruff, created by three celebrated Canadian theatre artists: Mercedes Bátiz-Benét, Brooke Maxwell, and Judd Palmer.

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      Mercedes Bátiz-Benét is a multi-disciplinary artist, writer, and award-winning director. She was born and raised in Mexico and in 1997 she moved to Canada. Productions of her work include Faust: Ignis Fatuus, Shining Through, Cruel Tears/Lágrimas Crueles, and as co-writer, The Umbrella, The Secret Sorrow of Hatchet Jack Macphee, The Erotic Anguish of Don Juan, and Gruff. In 2014, Mercedes won the Canadian Stage Award for Direction at the SummerWorks Festival with her play El Jinete - A Mariachi Opera, and in 2015 she was chosen as the Distinguished Alumna of the Faculty of Fine Arts at the University of Victoria. She is the artistic director of Puente Theatre in Victoria. Mercedes lives with Judd, the man of her dreams, their son Maximiliano.



      Judd Palmer is one of the founders of the Old Trout Puppet Workshop, a Calgary-based company mostly known for creating puppet theatre for adults and sometimes children, but also operas or films or even occasionally regular theatre without any puppets in it. He also writes and illustrates children's books, in particular a series called Proposterous Fables for Unusual Children, and in his wilder days he used to play the slide banjo in a punk blues band called the Agnostic Mountain Gospel Choir. He lives with Mercedes, the woman of his dreams, and their son Maximiliano.



      Brooke Maxwell is a freelance musician and music educator based in Victoria, BC. His introduction to the world of theatre was through Atomic Vaudeville, which eventually led to the creation of the acclaimed Ride the Cyclone. He has gone on to underscore and sound design several local and national works, including Gruff, And Slowly Beauty (Belfry Theatre, National Arts Centre, Tarragon Theatre), A Tender Thing (Belfry Theatre), The Glass Menagerie, Long Day's Journey into Night (Bluebridge Theatre), and Joan (Theatre SKAM). He'd like to thank Jess for her love and encouragement, and his parents for forcing him to stay in piano lessons.

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    The Year of My Disappearance Carole David Canada, Donald Winkler Canada
    9781771664158 Paperback POETRY / Women Authors Publication Date:February 15, 2018
    $18.00 CAD 5.25 x 7.75 x 0.2 in | 100 gr | 80 pages Carton Quantity:1 Canadian Rights: Y Book*hug Press
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      Carole David's The Year of My Disappearance is a searing, surreal, darkly comic descent into a woman's psyche: as pitiless an assault on her own torments and pretences as it is on those figures lodged in her memory: lovers, strangers, her own mother, Bosch-like apparitions out of her dreams and imaginings. Through it all, a fierce combat is being waged between immolation and survival, wherein, as she has written, "I gave free range to the lives that dwelt within me." Nothing and no one is spared in this book, and yet it is wonderfully invigorating.
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      Poet, novelist, and short story writer, Carole David was born in Montreal, and holds a doctorate in French studies. She taught for many years at the college level. Her Manuel de poétique à l'intention des jeunes filles (2010), won the Alain Grandbois Prize, and was a finalist for the Governor General's Literary Award. Her most recent collection, L'année de ma disparition (2015), (The Year of my Disappearance), won the Prix des libraires, the Prix Québecor of the Trois Rivières International Poetry Festival, and was a finalist for the Grand prix de la ville de Montréal. She devotes herself to writing. Her books have been translated into English and Italian.

      Donald Winkler is a translator of fiction, non-fiction, and poetry, and is a three-time winner of the Governor General's Literary Award for French to English Translation, most recently in 2013 for Pierre Nepveu's collection of verse,The Major Verbs. He lives in Montreal.


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      Grand Prix Quï??becor du Festival International de la Poï??sie 2016, Winner
      Prix des libraries 2016, Winner
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      "This trenchant poetry, overrun with knives, evokes a landscape where a woman may live who has been led awry, thrown into in a violent life overburdened with memory…. The collection opts for revolt, faces loss with an unflinching gaze." --Le Devoir

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    Mouth of Truth Buried Secrets 2nd edition Lillian Boraks-Nemetz Canada
    9781771833226 Paperback FICTION / Historical Publication Date:April 01, 2018
    $20.00 CAD 6 x 9 x 0.7 in | 380 gr | 254 pages Carton Quantity:40 Canadian Rights: Y Guernica Editions
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      Mouth of Truth is the unique story of a woman trapped in the vault of family secrets, part of her still a hidden child, some 40 years after the Second World War. Following a crisis, she leaves her home and children in search of the truth about her beloved father, a Jewish policeman in the Warsaw Ghetto. The story reveals how unhealed childhood trauma of a parent can be transmitted from one generation to the next, destroying families and other relationships in its wake.
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      "Mouth of Truth represents an important contribution to the field and engages -- with such eloquence, insight and sensitivity -- with timely questions related to Holocaust memory, the transmission of trauma across generations, and the complexity of roles and responsibilities in a moral universe upended. Mouth of Truth would be a compelling candidate for the reading lists of universities and colleges with courses on Holocaust history and literature, the psychology of genocide." --Nina Krieger | Executive Director, Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre "Mouth of Truth is a work of great insight and fine delicacy about the human condition, all the while paying particular attention to how men and women and children deal with the trauma of suffering, dislocation, and death." --John Colombo, Author
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    Textures 2nd edition John Eppel, Togara Muzanenhamo
    9780797494985 Paperback POETRY / African Publication Date:April 01, 2018
    $20.00 CAD 5.7 x 8.6 x 0.4 in | 160 gr | 106 pages Carton Quantity:84 Canadian Rights: Y amaBooks
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      In Zimbabwe, John Eppel and Togara Muzanenhamo epitomise the ideal of the poet dedicated to excellence in form as well as content. There are as many definitions of poetry as there are poets but, as the Merriam-Webster Dictionary usefully explains, poetry is "Writing that formulates a concentrated imaginative awareness of experience in language chosen and arranged to create a specific emotional response through its meaning, sound, and rhythm...." In their arrangement of words and creation of sounds and rhythms, John Eppel and Togara Muzanenhamo promote this classic view of poetry.
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      John Eppel, born in 1947, is an English teacher in Bulawayo. He published his first poems in the 1960s, in Two Tone, and his first collection, Spoils of War, in 1989. John won the Ingrid Jonker Prize for Poetry for Spoils of War, and the M-Net prize for his first novel, D G G Berry's The Great North Road. His second novel, Hatchings, was chosen for the series in the Times Literary Supplement of the most significant books to have come out of Africa. His other novels are The Giraffe Man, The Curse of the Ripe Tomato, The Holy Innocents, Absent: The English Teacher, Traffickings and The Boy Who Loved Camping. John's other poetry collections are Sonata for Matabeleland, Selected Poems: 1965-1995 and Songs My Country Taught Me. Two collections of his poetry and short stories have been published: The Caruso of Colleen Bawn and White Man Crawling. Poems and short stories of Eppel's have appeared online and in many anthologies and journals, and his recent collaborations with other writers include Together, with Julius Chingono, and Hewn from the Rock, with Philani A Nyoni. Born in 1975, Togara Muzanenhamo studied Business Administration in the Netherlands and in France. He has worked as a journalist and a film script editor. His poems have appeared widely in international magazines, journals and anthologies. In 2006 his debut collection of poems, Spirit Brides, was published by Carcanet Press and shortlisted for the Jerwood Aldeburgh First Collection Prize. The Times Literary Supplement welcomed the poet as a young writer of solid distinction: ?he can be "cool" but seldom "light". His best writing makes no reference to itself, does not allow itself to be damaged by over exuberant metaphor.' In 2012 Muzanenhamo was chosen to represent Zimbabwe at Poetry Parnassus in London, ?the biggest gathering of poets in world history', where he read at the gala event with Seamus Heaney, Kim Hyesoon, Bill Manhire, Kay Ryan and Wole Soyinka at the Royal Festival Hall. Poetry Parnassus was part of the Cultural Olympiad that preceded the 2012 Olympic Games. His second collection, Gumiguru, is published by Carcanet Press.
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      The sights, sounds and smells of the Zimbabwean veldt and suburbia determine the shape, imagery and content of Eppel's poems. -- Kizito Muchemwa, Poetry International Muzanenhamo could almost epitomize the ... promising future of African poetry ... a bright, new beginning. -- Brendan Nicholls, Stand Eppel has sent roots deep down into the soil. -- Nick Meihuizen, Scrutiny2 Muzanenhamo can be 'cool' but seldom 'light'. -- John Greening, The Times Literary Supplement.
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    All I Have Is Words 1st edition Knuts Skujenieks, Margita Gailitis Canada
    9781771833219 Paperback POETRY / European Publication Date:April 01, 2018
    $20.00 CAD 6 x 9 x 0.3 in | 210 gr | 118 pages Carton Quantity:68 Canadian Rights: Y Guernica World Editions
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      For various reasons but particularly due to political censorship, my poetry, written in prison, was published as a collection only in 1990. I myself, following several rejections by publishers, was not in a hurry to go public with the poems from those years, wanting my imprisonment experience to speak with a more mature and deeper voice. In the introduction to the first of the several books now published I wrote: ?I have been unwilling to make claims of uniqueness for my life's most difficult period--those seven years of imprisonment. That which for me personally was a tragic exceptional experience, for my people was a horrific historical norm.? -- Knuts Skujenieks
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      Poet, translator and literary critic, Knuts Skujenieks was born in Riga, Latvia in 1936. In 1962 he was arrested, accused of ?anti-Soviet propaganda,? and sentenced to seven years in a forced labour camp in Mordovia. During his imprisonment, Skujenieks wrote more than 1,000 poems, from which this collection is taken. He has been awarded the prestigious Order of Queen Isabella the Catholic of Spain (2004), the Three Star Order of Latvia (2005) and the Cross of Recognition (2008), a Latvian medal of honour. In 2008, he was awarded the Baltic Assembly Prize for Literature for his Writings, the collected works in eight volumes.
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    9781771832335 Paperback FICTION / Historical Publication Date:April 01, 2018
    $25.00 CAD 5 x 8 x 0.9 in | 420 gr | 380 pages Carton Quantity:18 Canadian Rights: Y Guernica Editions
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      Taking place during World War II, Somewhere in the Stars is the story of three young men from San Francisco -- Nick Spataro, his cousin Paolo, and friend Nathan Fein -- and their adventures as members of an American tank battalion chasing the Germans up the Italian peninsula, while Nick's Sicilian dad is interned as an "enemy alien" back in the USA. Despite encountering prejudice both at home and during their tank training, the three show uncanny skill in outmaneuvering and destroying German tanks, until their own tank is blown up. Tragic events both on and off the battlefield, bravery, guilt in the loss of friends, romance, trauma, feelings of regret, daring rescues and eventual re-union with loved ones make for a powerful and explosive mix.
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    Rebellion Cristina Carvalho, Alexandra Leitao
    9781988130828 Paperback FICTION / Women Publication Date:April 02, 2018
    $19.95 CAD 5 x 8 x 0 in | 0 lb | 142 pages Canadian Rights: Y Linda Leith Publishing
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      Rebellion is Portuguese literary celebrity Cristina Carvalho's international debut.

      Born a rebel, Lena escapes her provincial existence and heads for Lisbon as a young woman to make a more exciting life for herself. Once there, though, she makes a series of fateful decisions--spending a night in a brothel, embarking on a marriage she lives to regret, longing instead for the blue-eyed man of her dreams.

      The timeless, anchorless, startling, and entirely credible narrative voice of Cristina Carvalho's extraordinary novel lays bare the intimate difficulties of Lena's life, first at her parents' boarding house and then, later on, with her husband and their son in the city. No matter where we live, every one of us knows a woman like Lena, but few of us have ever found ourselves right inside Lena's mind before--not in fiction, not in any language.

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      Cristina Carvalho was born in Lisbon in 1949, female, an inhabitant of planet Earth and, as it turned out, a writer. Her fictional biography, O Olhar e a Alma - Romance de Modigliani (Planeta, 2015) won the Portuguese Society of Authors' 2016 Prize for best novel and is published in French as Modigliani by Linda Leith Éditions (2018). Rebellion, her most recent novel, is the first of Carvalho's books to ever appear in English.



      The eldest child of historian and writer Ruben Andresen Leitão, and an English mother, herself a fine translator, Alexandra Andresen Leitão grew up in Lisbon and completed her school and university education in English prior to launching her career as a translator. She has lived in the city of Porto since 1993. Her prodigious memory and cosmopolitan background inform her often incisive writing in numerous subtle ways, as evidenced by her translation of Cristina Carvalho's novel, Rebellion.

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      "A strange and strangely captivating book. More than simply a story with beginning, middle and end, this is a book that seems to trace the lines of two lives--what is and what could be." --Eduardo Pitta

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