9781552453735PaperbackFICTION / LiteraryOn Sale Date: September 01, 2018
$19.95 CAD8.05 x 5.1 x 0.42 in | 160 pagesCarton Quantity: 50Canadian Rights: YCoach House Books
A bookseller's love affair, start to finish, against the backdrop of a city in protest.
It's 1971. Hal Sachs runs a used bookstore. Business isn't so great, and the store is in a part of Toronto that's about to be paved over with a behemoth expressway. And then Hal meets Lily Klein, an activist schoolteacher who'll do just about anything to stop the highway. It's love at first sight. Until it isn't. And then Hal vanishes.
A half-century later, Hal's nephew, Aitch, waits for his baby to be born as he tries to piece together facts and fictions about Hal's disappearance.
Splitsville is a diamond-cut love letter to a city whose defining moment was to say 'no way' to a highway, and a look at the obsessions that carry down through a family.
Howard Akler is the author of The City Man, which was shortlisted for the Amazon First Novel Award, the Commonwealth Prize, and the City of Toronto Book Award, and Men of Action, an essay about consciousness and fatherhood, also nominated for the City of Toronto Book Award.
9781771335539PaperbackFICTION / Historical Publication Date: October 25, 2018
$22.95 CAD5.75 x 8.25 x 1 in | 380 pagesCarton Quantity: 16Canadian Rights: YInanna Poetry & Fiction Series
La Brigantessa is based on true events in the aftermath of Italy's 1861 Unification, a turbulent period known as "The Decade of Fire" (1860-1870), when scores of brigands rebelled against the harsh policies imposed by the new government, which in turn ordered the destruction of these outlaws and anyone harbouring them. Gabriella Falcone is a peasant girl who works for Don Simone, the parish priest. She is forced to flee her hamlet of Camini in Calabria in 1862 after stabbing Alfonso Fantin, a wealthy landowner who sexually assaulted her. Devastated to leave her fiancé Tonino, and knowing her fate will be life imprisonment at best if apprehended, she allows the priest to lead her through the harsh Aspromonte mountain range to seek refuge in an isolated monastery. They soon discover that Fantin has survived and is employing the forces of law to pursue Gabriella and bring her to justice. Gabriella and Don Simone continue their journey to seek yet another safe haven but soon fall into the hands of brigands. Gabriella is catapulted into a world she has only ever heard about in nervous whispers, a world where right and wrong, justice and vengeance take on new meanings, and where the boundaries between good and evil are blurred. Gabriella is drawn into the role of brigantessa and discovers that the convictions she once held dear no longer have a place in this wild, unlawful territory.
Rosanna Micelotta Battigelli was born in Italy and immigrated to Canada with her family at three years of age. Rosanna started teaching children from Kindergarten to Grade 8 in both the English and French Immersion sectors in 1981, and has four provincial Best Practice Teaching Awards in recognition of her early literacy strategies and other initiatives. An alumna of the Humber School for Writers, her fiction has appeared in a dozen Canadian anthologies, including Mamma Mia: Good Italian Girls Talk Back (2004) and A Second Coming: Canadian Migration Fiction (2016). Since retiring from teaching in June 2015, Rosanna is pursuing her literary goals full-time. La Brigantessa is her debut novel. She lives in Sudbury, Ontario.
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IPPY Awards Gold Medal (Historical Fiction) 2018, Joint winner Fred Kerner Book Award 2019, Short-listed
"This is a beautiful novel, one that vividly recreates the heartbreak and drama of one of the most turbulent periods in Italian history." --Nino Ricci, award-winning author of The Origins of Species, Testament, and Sleep
"In the writing and storytelling of La Brigantessa, Rosanna Battigelli reflects the very passion and glory, the suffering and hope of the times that her Gabriella Falcone must endure and over which she must triumph. La Brigantessa is written with great heart and conviction--such that, in an era when truth is at a premium, no one will question the truth of this narrative. In fact, the great achievement of this novel is that Rosanna Battigelli is able to make fiction feel truer than truth, truer than non-fiction. Bravo!" --Joseph Kertes, founder of The Humber School for Writers and author of GratitudeThe Afterlife of Stars
"Based on actual events, La Brigantessa is the triumphant, epic tale of a young woman's incredible courage and resilience during one of Italy's most tumultuous decades. This heart-wrenching, unforgettable novel was an addictive read that will stay with me for years." &mdashl Mirella Sichirollo Patzer, author of The Orphan of the Olive Tree and The Prophetic Queen
"In this historically accurate novel, Rosanna Battigelli uses every detail from pigeon soup to Southern Italian traditions to bad omens, bad luck, and retaliation. As unpredictable as summer storm clouds, as enjoyable as homemade Calabrian sausages, you should read this book with a glass of strong red wine and a supply of baci chocolates." --Maria Coletta McLean, author of My Father Came From Italy and Summers in Supino: Becoming Italian
"La Brigantessa is a feast for the senses. The author's visceral descriptions of events, both terrifying and exhilarating, instantly transport the reader to the sun-bleached hills of Post-Unification Calabria. The novel is a meditation on class, politics, and women's roles without losing sight of intrigue and adventure." --Michaela Di Cesare, playwright and author of In Search of Mrs. PirandelloSuccessions
9781487002800PaperbackFICTION / LiteraryPublication Date: September 25, 2018
$24.95 CAD5.25 x 8 in | 384 pagesCarton Quantity: 24Canadian Rights: YArachnide Editions
Montreal student Jerome Lupien — libidinous, unscrupulous, and fresh out of university — is ambitious and at loose ends. Whether on a hunting trip into Québec’s northern woods, on an escape planned in good faith to Cuba, or seeking to make his way in Montreal, Jerome cannot help but be embroiled in misadventures and underworld escapades. He is conned by the devious — a hunting guide, a low-life car salesman, and, ultimately, a well-to-do political lobbyist profiting by the city’s infamously corrupt partnership of politicians wielding remunerative contracts and the construction firms in cahoots. The unwitting (though frequently culpable) young man is enrolled, whether he knows it or not, in an unconventional and criminal school. And the education is singular, not only for Jerome, but also the reader. The young man’s heady journey provides — as only Yves Beauchemin can do — an extraordinary, full, and trenchant portrait of Québec and the city of Montreal in all its topographical and class variety. Here is a mordant piece of social satire that is a marvelous entertainment and wonderfully traditional narrative too.
YVES BEAUCHEMIN is a mordant social satirist and one of the most pre-eminent Québecois writers of his generation. His novels include Charles the Bold, The Waitress of the Café Cherrier, and The Alley Cat, which was the bestselling French-Canadian novel of all time. He is also a children’s book writer and a member of the Académie des lettres du Québec. In 2011, he was awarded the Ludger-Duvernay Prize, which recognizes the outstanding contribution and societal influence of Quebec writers.
WAYNE GRADY is the author of fourteen books of science and natural history and the editor of six anthologies of short stories. His translations of Daniel Poliquin’s Black Squirrel and Francine D’Amour’s Return from Africa were shortlisted for the Governor General’s Literary Award, and he is the winner of the John Glassco Prize and the Governor General’s Literary Award for Translation. He lives near Kingston, Ontario, with his wife, novelist Merilyn Simonds.
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PRAISE FOR YVES BEAUCHEMIN AND THE ACCIDENTAL EDUCATION OF JEROME LUPIEN
“Beauchemin’s considerable skills as a narrator of improbable events deployed along a plot line ingeniously constructed remain on full display here. As does his sharp eye for broad but sharp description of buffoons spouting farrago and bravado, and his ear for telling declamations that immediately undercut their alleged intentions —everything we have learned to expect from the master.” — Winnipeg Free Press
“Beauchemin’s prose is amiable and fluid.” — Quill & Quire
“A moral story of initiation, vengeance, and redemption (and just a little bit of love) . . . reminiscent of Balzac’s Lost Illusions, Flaubert’s Sentimental Education, or Charles Dickens’s Great Expectations.” — Le Devoir
PRAISE FOR YVES BEAUCHEMIN:
“Beauchemin is a popular modern-day Dostoyevsky, using wit to land some hard-hitting jabs.” — Figaro Magazine
“Yves Beauchemin . . . mirrors Balzac.” — Le Monde diplomatique
“If Yves Beauchemin’s talent is deeply rooted in the history and culture of Quebec, he has also proven that authentic national literature has universal appeal.”— Le Monde
“An amazing storyteller. Funny, moving, picaresque.” — Bernard Pivot, Apostrophes
“Here is a true writer, with a prolific pen and a fertile imagination. His story constantly bounces back and forth and his writing is a pleasure for the eye and ear: Yves Beauchemin is earthy, funny, and tender.” — La Vie
PRAISE FOR YVES BEAUCHEMIN AND CHARLES THE BOLD:
“One of the great works of Canadian literature.” — Madeleine Thien
“Charles the Bold is a daring, fascinating, funny, intense, sad story. Occasionally it’s frustrating, and occasionally it’s predictable. In other words, the story is as daring, fascinating, funny, intense, sad, frustrating, and predictable as Quebec.” — Montreal Gazette
“This is a book to be read for the pleasure of it, for the characters we come to know and worry over, for the genuine suspense of all his childhood crises.” — Toronto Star
PRAISE FOR A VERY BOLD LEAP
“A stunning portrait of the wannabe artist as a young man.” —Globe and Mail
“Beauchemin may just be Canada’s Dickens.” —Winnipeg Free Press
PRAISE FOR THE ALLEY CAT
“No one does Quebec roots literature better than Yves Beauchemin.” —Montreal Review of Books
9781552453728PaperbackFICTION / LiteraryOn Sale Date: September 01, 2018
$19.95 CAD8.05 x 5.13 x 0.58 in | 160 pagesCarton Quantity: 37Canadian Rights: YCoach House Books
The erotic awakening and mental disintegration of an intense young man who leaves home and enters the phantasm of Israel.
It's just another boring summer for our teenaged narrator - until Barbra arrives. An Ethiopian Jew, Barbra was brought to Israel at age five, a part of Operation Solomon, and now our narrator's well-intentioned father has brought her, as a teen, to their home for the summer. But Barbra isn't the docile and grateful orphan they expect, and soon our narrator, terrified of her and drawn to her in equal measure, finds himself immersed in compulsive psychosexual games with her, as she binge-drinks and lies to his family. Things go terribly wrong, and Barbra flees. But seven years later, as our narrator is getting his life back on track, with a new girlfriend and a master's degree in Holocaust Studies underway, Barbra shows up at our narrator's house once again, her "spiritual teacher" in tow, and our narrator finds his politics, and his sanity, back in question.
Tamara Faith Berger was born in Toronto. She wrote porn stories for a living and attempted to make dirty films before publishing her first book, Lie With Me, in 1999. It was made into a film in 2004. In 2001, A Woman Alone at Night was published. These two novels were collected in Little Cat. Her third book, Maidenhead, won the 2012 Believer Book Award. She is also the author of Kuntalini and is writing for film and television.
9781988732435PaperbackFICTION / Family Life Publication Date: September 01, 2018
$19.95 CAD6 x 9 x 0 in | 328 pagesCarton Quantity: 40Canadian Rights: YNeWest Press
Twenty-nine-year-old Natasha Bell went for an evening jog, just like any other night - except now no one knows where she is. Not her sister, Abby - eighteen, eight months pregnant, and without a game plan. Not her childhood sweetheart, now ex-boyfriend, Greg, an introverted academic who could never bring himself to commit. Not her best friend Josie, a newlywed, born-again Christian, with whom Natasha recently had a falling out. And not detective Reuben Blake, who thought this case would be open 'n shut - a quick way to prove himself and move up the ranks. Missing person's statistics suggest Natasha's ex is the primary suspect, but what about the possibility of a stranger abduction? Or the possibility that Natasha left voluntarily or took her own life? What about Natasha's mother, who took off eighteen years before her daughter's disappearance? As days stretch into months and months stretch into years, the evidence that emerges seems only to complicate the picture more. What secrets might Natasha have been keeping? - and, for that matter, her friends and family.
Theanna Bischoff is a novelist from Calgary, Alberta. Her first novel, Cleavage (NeWest Press, 2008), was shortlisted for both the 2009 Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best First Book (Canada/the Caribbean), and the 2009 Re-Lit Awards. Her second novel, Swallow (NeWest Press, 2012), was shortlisted for the 2013 City of Calgary W.O. Mitchell Book Prize. Theanna holds a Concentration in Creative Writing from the University of Calgary (2006) and a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology (2012).
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Praise for Left
"Left is a story of lost connections ... but it is also a satisfying whodunit." ~ Sarah Murdoch, The Toronto Star
"... taut and compelling ... Left succeeds in drawing its narrow, dark universe." ~ Meg Nola, Foreword Reviews
"Bischoff's literary talents are uncontested. Left is a well-written and engaging novel that successfully gives substance to the abstract-yet-next-door feeling that violent crime has when you hear of it happening in your community." ~ Jay Smith, Alberta Views
9781771832632PaperbackFICTION / LiteraryPublication Date: September 01, 2018
$20.00 CAD5 x 8 x 0.3 in | 125 pagesCarton Quantity: 57Guernica Editions
Portrait of a Husband with the Ashes of His Wife addresses themes of destiny and the repercussions of our choices. Before she dies, actress Alma Joncas instructs her husband to bury her ashes where she was happiest. He decides that was their garden. But relatives, friends and Alma's colleagues disagree. After they tell him where they think she was happiest, not only is he no longer sure about the garden, he wonders if he truly knew the woman he was married to for twenty-four years.
Pan Bouyoucas is a Montreal novelist and playwright. Portrait is his fourth novel translated into English. The other three: A Father's Revenge, shortlisted for the Prix Ringuet; The Other, shortlisted for the Governor General's Award; and Anna Why, winner of the Prix des collégiens. Sheila Fischman is the award-winning translator of nearly 200 works of fiction from Quebec, including works by Michel Tremblay, Marie-Claire Blais, Anne Hébert and Yves Beauchemin. She has been awarded the Molson Prize in the Arts and is a Member of the Order of Canada and a chevalier of the Ordre national du Québec. She lives in Montreal.
9781771962452PaperbackFICTION / LiteraryPublication Date: September 25, 2018
$19.95 CAD5.25 x 8.25 x 0.5 in | 224 pagesCarton Quantity: 48Canadian Rights: YBiblioasis
A GLOBE AND MAIL BEST BOOK OF 2018
Eight months before he became a suicide bomber, Prin went to the zoo with his family. Following a cancer diagnosis, forty-year old Prin vows to become a better man and a better Catholic. He’s going to spend more time with his kids and better time with his wife, care for his recently divorced and aging parents, and also expand his cutting-edge research into the symbolism of the seahorse in Canadian literature. But when his historic college in downtown Toronto faces a shutdown and he meets with the condominium developers ready to take it over—including a foul-mouthed young Chinese entrepreneur and Wende, his sexy ex-girlfriend from graduate school—Prin hears the voice of God. Bewildered and divinely inspired, he goes to the Middle East, hoping to save both his college and his soul. Wende is coming, too. The first book in a planned trilogy, Original Prin is an entertaining and essential novel about family life, faith, temptation, and fanaticism. It’s a timely story about timeless truths, told with wise insight and great humour, confirming Randy Boyagoda’s place as one of Canada’s funniest and most provocative writers.
Randy Boyagoda is one of Canada’s funniest and most provocative writers. A regular presence on CBC Radio, his most recent novel, Beggar’s Feast, was selected as a New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice and longlisted for the IMPAC Dublin Literary Prize. His first novel, Governor of the Northern Province, was nominated for the Scotiabank Giller Prize. Born to Sri Lankan parents in Oshawa, he lives in Toronto with his wife and four children. He is a professor of English at the University of Toronto, where he is also Principal of St. Michael’s College.
“Gleaming ... Through his protagonist’s long and eventful life, Randy Boyagoda explores themes of shifting identity, of the diamond-hard determination to evade one’s destiny and of the inner landscapes of an island that itself undergoes a dramatic transformation ... an ambitious book that seeks to convey the sweep of history through the prism of one island. The lush style of Boyagoda’s prose suits the novel.” —The New York Times Book Review (Editor's Choice)
“The Evelyn Waugh of the North.” —Books-in-Canada
“Governor of the Northern Province’s humour and liveliness are in welcome contrast to the dreary earnestness of so many similar books”—Quill & Quire
“Boyagoda, a sharp and subtle writer, slips easily into many different characters’ heads and their internal rhythms, and lyrical lines abound … A satirical feast.”—The Globe and Mail
“a multifaceted, engrossing story… Prepare for a verbal feast that will thoroughly entertain and satisfy, yet leave you hungering for more.”—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
9780735274235HardcoverFICTION / LiteraryOn Sale Date: September 18, 2018
$27.95 CAD5.59 x 8.28 x 0.85 in | 240 pagesCarton Quantity: 12Knopf Canada
A smart, sensual and witty novel about what happens when love and intellect are set on a collision course. This compact tour de force affirms Dionne Brand’s place as one of Canada’s most dazzling and influential artists.
Theory begins as its narrator sets out, like many a graduate student, to write a wildly ambitious thesis on the past, present, and future of art, culture, race, gender, class, and politics—a revolutionary work that its author believes will synthesize and thereby transform the world.
While our narrator tries to complete this magnum opus, three lovers enter the story, one after the other, each transforming the endeavour: first, there is beautiful and sensual Selah, who scoffs at the narrator’s constant tinkering with academic abstractions; then altruistic and passionate Yara, who rescues every lost soul who crosses her path; and finally, spiritual occultist Odalys, who values magic and superstition over the heady intellectual and cultural circles the narrator aspires to inhabit. Each galvanizing love affair (representing, in turn, the heart, the head and the spirit) upends and reorients the narrator’s life and, inevitably, requires an overhaul of the ever larger and more unwieldy dissertation, with results both humorous and poignant.
By effortlessly telling this short, intense tale in the voice of an unnamed, ungendered (and brilliantly unreliable) narrator, Dionne Brand makes a bold statement not only about love and personhood, but about race and gender—and what can and cannot be articulated in prose when the forces that inhabit the space between words are greater than words themselves.
A gorgeous, profoundly moving, word- and note-perfect novel of ideas that only a great artist at the height of her powers could write.
Story Locale:Toronto, Ontario; Seville, Spain
DIONNE BRAND’s literary credentials are legion. Her most recent book of poetry, Ossuaries, won the Griffin Poetry Prize; her nine others include winners of the Governor General’s Literary Award, the Trillium Book Award and the Pat Lowther Memorial Award. Her novel In Another Place, Not Here was selected as a NYT Book Review Notable Book and a Best Book by the Globe and Mail; At the Full and Change of the Moon was selected a Best Book by the LA Times and What We All Long For won the Toronto Book Award. In 2006, Brand was awarded the Harbourfront Festival Prize for her contribution to the world of books and writing, and was Toronto’s Poet Laureate from 2009 to 2012. In 2017, she was named to the Order of Canada. Brand is a Professor in the School of English and Theatre Studies at the University of Guelph. She lives in Toronto.
Author Residence:Toronto, ON
Author Hometown:Guayaguayare, Trinidad and Tobago
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Praise for Dionne Brand:
“A remarkable weaver of language.”—The Edmonton Journal
“[Dionne Brand is] in the first tier of Canadian writers of literary fiction.”—Winnipeg Free Press
“Brand’s Toronto is almost aggressively postmodern—a sensuous, seething metropolis where cultures and ethnicities rub shoulders and coexist in a kind of beautiful tension…. Brand’s sensibility is, unsurprisingly, highly poetic, which lends her prose a certain gnomic quality.”—The Globe and Mail
“Brand roots her novels in the barest of reality; she succeeds in a kind of truth telling that remains with readers long after the book is closed.”—The Upcoming
9781772600766PaperbackFICTION / LiteraryPublication Date: September 25, 2018
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$19.95 CAD5.5 x 8.5 x 0.4 in | 230 pagesCarton Quantity: 40Canadian Rights: YSecond Story Press
Born in the Caribbean, Philomena Jones is abandoned by her mother and left to the mercy of her grandmother, who, after raising eight children and grandchildren, is not capable of dedicating herself to another child. Love-starved, Philomena is easy prey for the island’s new pastor. She leaves home for America, hoping to find her mother, but ends up drifting and battling mental illness.
Relocated to a supportive housing facility, Philomena meets a diverse cast of women who, despite their wildly differing backgrounds and difficulties, share one common bond; their history of abuse. In this most unexpected of places, will Philomena finally find the family she has been longing for?
Christene A. Browne is an award-winning filmmaker. Her 1999 film Another Planet was the first feature film directed by a Black woman in Canada. In 2011 she was awarded the Visionary award by TheWIFTS Foundation for her ground-breaking documentary series Speaking in Tongues: The History of Language, featuring Noam Chomsky. Along with documentary filmmaking, she works as a lecturer in the Radio and Television Arts at Ryerson University. She lives in Toronto.
In her second novel, Philomena (Unloved), Christene A. Browne pushes the conversation around sexual violence and #MeToo forward to include vulnerable women who've not yet had their voices heard. This is a thought-provoking narrative that underscores the many ways people can undergo trauma and highlights the importance of mental health care...A good addition to most YA shelves.
Philomena (Unloved) is mostly disturbing, but it is also encouraging and does have some humorous sections. Though it deals with very dark issues including sexual abuse, mental health, and suicide, in the end it presents a sense of hope and provides a definition of resilience that would otherwise be difficult to convey...Highly Recommended.
9781771085922PaperbackFICTION / LiteraryPublication Date: September 11, 2018
$22.95 CAD5.5 x 8.5 x 0.7 in | 280 pagesCarton Quantity: 33Canadian Rights: YVagrant Press
It's 1943. Enman and Una Greene are newly married. Each is haunted by their respective pasts, and each harbours secrets. They have hopes of a happy life together—though they have little idea how to create such a life.
Enman brings Una to his childhood home in rural Barrein, Nova Scotia, where he hopes they will stay. Una is restless and feeling increasingly trapped, and longs for the city life she once had. Una meets a mysterious man, and then a body washes up on a beach. There are rumours of German sailors roaming the dunes. When the Greenes receive the news they have been waiting for, and that Una is convinced will save her and her marriage, she begins to unravel in ways neither is prepared for.
From critically acclaimed and bestselling author Carol Bruneau comes an achingly honest portrait of a marriage in a time of war—and an examination of how it is that we come to know ourselves.
Carol Bruneau is the author of three short story collections and four novels. Her first novel, Purple for Sky, won the 2001 Thomas Head Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award and the Dartmouth Book Award. Her 2007 novel, Glass Voices, was a Globe and Mail Best Book. Her reviews, stories, and essays have appeared nationwide in newspapers, journals, and anthologies, and two of her novels have been published internationally. She lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia, with her husband, their dog, and their cat.
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