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    Dream Sequence Adam Foulds Canada
    9781771962810 Paperback FICTION / Literary Publication Date: April 30, 2019
    $19.95 CAD 5 x 8 x 0.56 in | 200 pages Carton Quantity: 68 Canadian Rights: Y Biblioasis
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      An American super-fan and an A-list British actor struggle with the consequences of obsession and celebrity.

      Newly divorced, Kristin chafes against her sister’s concerns about how she’s faring. After all, she’s redecorated her ex-husband out of her home, taken up yoga, and has a new love interest: a man she met by chance in the airport, to whom she felt an instant connection, a fated love she describes to him in letter after letter--but except for the single envelope his agent’s new assistant mistakenly passes along to him, Henry Banks, star of the UK’s most popular television series, doesn’t even know she exists. From the author of Man-Booker shortlisted The Quickening Maze, Dream Sequence is a moving depiction of psychological obsession and the unsettling consequences of fame, and the surprising ways their distorting lenses overlap.


      Adam Foulds is a poet and novelist from London, England, now resident in Toronto. He has been the recipient of a number of literary awards, including the Sunday Times Young Writer Of The Year, the Costa Poetry Prize, the Somerset Maugham Award, the South Bank Show Prize for Literature, the E. M. Forster Award, the Encore Award, and the European Union Prize For Literature. His 2009 novel, The Quickening Maze, was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. He was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 2010. He was named as one of Granta Magazine’s Best of Young British Novelists in 2013 and of the Poetry Book Society’s Next Generation Poets in 2014. His latest novel, In The Wolf’s Mouth, was published by Jonathan Cape in February 2014. His next, Dream Sequence, will be published early in 2019.

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    • Awards & Reviews

      Scotiabank Giller Prize 2019, Long-listed

      Praise for Dream Sequence

      “Everyone loves a good page-turner full of aspirational scene-setting, but few literary novelists dare to try it . . . [Dream Sequence] is a sexy, celeby drama . . . just like The Great Gatsby, this novel billows around you like a queasy dream, its grand scenery and awful characters combining to take us out of the real world and into another, oddly shimmering version of it.” The Times (London)

      “Dream Sequence succeeds as a narrative thanks to Foulds's prose. He doesn't waste a single word, is frequently very funny, insightful and surprising. And he does a marvelous job of making us wonder who loves Henry the most, Kristin or Henry—and which of these possibilities is the most alarming consequence of celebrity.” —New York Times Book Review

      "The quality of the prose carries the book beyond conventions, as Mr. Foulds is able to conjure, with the unsettling immediacy of a person breathing against your neck, both Henry’s and Kristin’s private fixations and fantasies." —The Wall Street Journal

      “Adam Foulds is one of the best fiction writers working today. Dream Sequence possesses all the hallmarks of his previous books--emotional acuity, beautiful prose--and also a seductive plot and an ingenious structure. It's a great novel. I read it practically in one sitting.” —David Bezmozgis, author of the Giller-shortlisted The Free World

      Dream Sequence notices everything . . . Description is intimate and visceral, scratching at the glossy surface of the lives of the characters and underpinning the 'vacuum' they move through, together but apart . . . This is a novel of screens, of echoes and constant counterpoint, driven by changes in light as much as its reflective plot where matters of 'acting' are paramount ... [a] shimmering novel.”Times Literary Supplement (TLS)

      “What makes this pair so interesting isn’t the asymmetry of their relationship, but that deep down, they’re so similar . . . Both of these people channel their dissatisfaction with the present by living in a rich fantasy land of the future they imagine for themselves – to borrow the novel’s title, a dream sequence – albeit in different ways . . . Proverbial are the dangers of living in the past, but we rarely speak about the perils of living too much for what we imagine to come. Dream Sequence reminds readers to be present and to value what you have now.” —The Globe and Mail

      “[An] entertainingly skewering new novel about ambition and obsession.” —Toronto Star

      “[A] livewire exploration of sex and power.”Metro News

      “An outstanding and unyielding exploration of celebrity, fame, and all its attendant obsessions...Foulds’s novel is fun, smart, and tense, part psychological drama about media-driven obsession and part razor-sharp social critique.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

      “[Dream Sequence] is an exquisitely concocted, riveting account of artistic ambition and unrequited love verging on obsession . . . Foulds is proving himself to be a versatile writer of intelligence and charm.” —The Spectator

      “Precise and compressed language . . . while Henry’s precarious mix of insecurity and massive self-regard is sometimes played, effectively, for comedy, Foulds is also taking a serious look at contemporary identity and the alienating consequences of fame . . . terrifically good writing.” —Winnipeg Free Press

      "The dream Adam Foulds weaves in this scintillating novel is gradually revealed, with grace and subtlety, to be an especially timely form of waking nightmare—but a nightmare so precise, and often beautiful, that one comes to prefer it, in some ways, to dull reality. Read this book.” —John Wray, author of Godsend

      "Adam Foulds’s fourth novel, Dream Sequence, is an exquisitely concocted, riveting account of artistic ambition and unrequited love verging on obsession . . . One finishes the book wishing the dream were longer." —Philip Womack, The Spectator

      "Beautifully written . . . A novel about loneliness and obsession in contemporary life, set in hotels and airports, sterile apartment blocks, gyms and yoga classes." —Alice O'Keefe, New Statesman

      "Entrancing language . . . Lyricism abounds throughout this deftly handled ­cautionary tale – one which warns that meeting our heroes can be dangerous and dreams can be frighteningly real." —Abu Dhabi National

      “There’s deep psychology on every page . . . it’s the details of the writing itself—the precision of the word selection combined with the precision of the observation—that make for such enjoyable reading . . . Add to this keenness of perception a poetical ear for euphony and cadence and you have the quiddity of Foulds’s gift.” —The Guardian

      “[I]ncisively well-written and alluringly readable . . . Adam Foulds—whose previous work includes The Quickening Maze, about the poet John Clare’s incarceration in an Epping Forest asylum in the 1840s, and In the Wolf’s Mouth, set in North Africa and Sicily during the Second World War—is acutely sensitive to shifting environments, conveying them brilliantly with few words. This prose is truly poetic . . . Yet this novel also moves like a thriller, as these different vacancies, Henry and Kristin, collide in their desires. A terrific book about the realities and delusions of fame distorting the way we live now: not to be missed.” —The Evening Standard

      “[Foulds] has turned his keen attention to the present day, and the result is a book whose “thriller” label comes less from plot and more from the deepening unsettlement as Foulds turns the lights up on the derangements, both mundane and catastrophic, that drive both Henry and Kristin. As always with Foulds, though, the real star here is the writing, a delight at the smallest levels...An incisive and disquieting look at the consequences of fame.” —Kirkus

      "Foulds once again brings his psychological acuity to bear on characters bound within claustrophobic lives that they long to escape...[a] lucid, richly detailed and tense novel."Financial Times

      "Fresh and penetrating, flecked with original's hard not to take delicious pleasure in [Foulds's] droll and sparkling prose." Quill and Quire

      "A little gem of a novel. Short, beautifully written, engaging characters and an exciting ending; what else could a reader ask for?...In only 180ish pages, we experience what it’s like to be famous, and what it’s like to be obsessed with someone famous...I loved this book." I’ve Read This

      Praise for Adam Foulds

      "It has been a while since I have read a book as richly sown with beauty . . . A remarkable work, remarkable for the precision and vitality of its perceptions and for the successful intricacy of its prose." James Wood, The New Yorker

      "Adam Foulds writes like an angel about devilish things . . . He is fearsomely unafraid of the darkness within humans and the darkness they are capable of creating around them. The supple, sensuous beauty of his prose is bewitching: like the helpless children of Hamelin we follow wherever he chooses to lead, however horrifying the terrain, enchanted by the unstoppable flow of rich, unforgettable images." Rebecca Abrams, Financial Times

      ”Foulds acknowledged mastery as a novelist and as a poet . . . is often apparent in this book: in the ambiguous dialogues between strangers revealing unspoken intimacies, in the delicately clipped snippets of everyday life recalled in the confusion of war, in the lyrical broken-up sentences that mirror the physical and mental shattering of the ongoing slaughter." Alberto Manguel, The Guardian

      "Adam Foulds is a young British novelist of striking talent and eclecticism. His style is first-rate, combining precision with a rich poetic imagination. He is able to do more with language, and at greater depth, than most other British novelists of his generation." Andrew Holgate, The Sunday Times

      "On the level of the sentence, there's much to admire in this novel. Foulds has a searching eye for detail and an apparently helpless compulsion to wring imagery from his subject." Tim Martin, The Telegraph

      "Combining careful, considered prose with horrific realism, the latest from Foulds expertly renders the Allied campaigns in Italy and North Africa during WWII . . . readers will be amazed at this deeply felt, vivid novel." Publishers Weekly (Pick of the Week)

      "Foulds writes like no one else; while individual scenes are rendered with poetic simplicity, they fit together into an elliptical, complex plot readers will puzzle over long after finishing this novel." Kirkus

      "Electric . . . Mr. Foulds powerfully achieves what Stephen Crane called the 'psychological portrayal of fear' . . . fiercely memorable fiction." The Wall Street Journal

      "In the hands of award-winning poet Foulds, this combat narrative promises to remind us, via the revitalizing power of great writing, what war really feels and looks like." Daniel Lefferts,

      "Prose that flashes like the bullets and explosions it evokes." Laurie Greer, Politics and Prose

      "A harsh illumination of the broken mess that most war amounts to." John Domini, Bookforum

      "Combining careful, considered prose with horrific realism, the latest from Foulds expertly renders the Allied campaigns in Italy and North Africa during WWII." Publishers Weekly (Pick of the Week)

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    Provisionally Yours Antanas Sileika Canada
    9781771962858 Paperback FICTION / Thrillers Publication Date: March 19, 2019
    $21.95 CAD 5.25 x 8.25 x 0.68 in | 272 pages Carton Quantity: 28 Canadian Rights: Y Biblioasis
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      Political corruption forces a former White Army counterintelligence officer to choose between love and the emerging Lithuanian state.

      After the collapse of Czarist Russia, former White counterintelligence office Justas Adamonis returns to his hometown in a fragment of the shattered Empire, not entirely sure what he’ll find. His parents are dead, he hasn’t seen his sister since she was a teenager, and Kaunas has become the political center of the emerging state of Lithuania. He’s barely off the train when he’s recruited back into service, this time for the nascent government eager to secure his loyalty and vast experience. Though the administration may be new, its problems are familiar, and Adamonis quickly finds himself ensnared in a dangerous web of political corruption and personal betrayal.


      Antanas Sileika is the author of five books of fiction and a memoir. He has been short-listed for the Toronto Book Award and the Leacock Medal for Humour as well as long-listed for Canada Reads. His work has twice been chosen as among the Toronto Globe and Mail’s best books of the year and received two stared reviews in Quill and Quire. He was the director of the Humber School for Writers for fifteen years before retiring to devote more time to his own writing.

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      Praise for Provisionally Yours

      “ the tradition of the Cold War spy and espionage novels of writers such as John Le Carré or even Graham Greene...a finely honed political thriller.” —Toronto Star

      “Sileika humorously portrays the bureaucratic bungling and missteps among those competing for power...“We are the trash men,” Landa observes, “and no one wants trash but no one respects the people who take it out.” Readers curious about the small Baltic country and a key period in its history will be rewarded.” —Publishers Weekly

      “A perfect calibration of pace and depth, a lucid, stylish and bittersweet chronicle of a country's rebirth, and a thriller that is also a meditation. I loved this novel.” —Samantha Harvey, Man Booker-nominated author of The Wilderness and The Western Wind

      “Offers the delightful unearthing of a little-known corner of the world—post-war Lithuania. Espionage, illicit love, bureaucratic bungling, marvelous descriptions of food and drink, strong women, desperate men. And subtle humour. And ultimately sadness, brought on by amorality in the struggle for power. A fine read.” —David Bergen, Scotiabank Giller Prize-winning author of The Time in Between

      “Sileika is a master at portraying moral ambiguity. Set in an overlooked corner of Eastern Europe, Provisionally Yours has the gritty realism of a noir and the pacing of an espionage thriller.” —Nino Ricci, author of the Lives of the Saints trilogy

      Provisionally Yours moves swiftly through its well-orchestrated plot, with Sileika deftly integrating just enough historical detail.” —Quill and Quire

      “Brings to life a time and place that many readers will not be familiar engaging novel of espionage.” —Creemore Echo

      Praise for Antanas Sileika

      “’How are we going to survive unless we turn our hearts to stone?’ a comrade warns the hero of Antanas Sileika’s Underground. The question is an example of the elegant thinking that characterizes this rare and compelling chronicle.” –Globe and Mail

      “Sileika’s novel is a gripping tale, and the fate of Lukas – how long his luck runs – engages the reader to the last page.” —National Post

      “Sileika writes with a spare style that suits the action sequences as well as the rare moments of tenderness or humour. Entertaining and sometimes shocking, the book describes a little-known period of European history that has been kept underground far too long.” –Montreal Gazette

      “Sileika vividly brings this little-known (to us) and very sad chapter of European history alive.” –Toronto Star

      “Evocative, unfailingly honest, and dead-on funny.” –Miriam Toews

      “The memories have been vividly, deliberately shaped by a master storyteller over a lifetime of telling, to powerful and often hilarious effect. . . This is a memoir with the dull bits removed, and the remaining highlights polished to a bright shine.” –Quill & Quire (starred review)

      “Some essays are quietly humorous; some, particularly toward the end, are melancholy. All are thoughtful and heartfelt.” –Toronto Star

      “Sileika, who in July retired from his long-time post as director of the Humber School for Writers, is first and foremost a storyteller. His memoir does not impart a strong sense of chronology; what it does do is leave the reader with vivid impressions of the writer’s life, written largely in a wry, unsentimental style. A kind of truth.” –Globe and Mail

      The Barefoot Bingo Caller is evocative, unfailingly honest, wry and dead-on funny! A masterful piece of writing ? like being entertained on a summer night by your closest and most charming friend.” –Miriam Toews, bestselling and award-winning author of All My Puny Sorrows and A Complicated Kindness

      “A wonderful book, worthy of Leacock. Funny and wistful, always engaging and wholly original, The Barefoot Bingo Caller charts the geography of belonging from the suburbs of Weston to the streets of Vilnius, from iconic Parisian bookstores to secret fishing holes in the backwoods of Ontario.” –Will Ferguson, Giller prize-winning author of 419 and three-time winner of the Leacock Medal for Humour

      The Barefoot Bingo Caller soars in its descriptions of a boy’s childhood and perfectly conveys with humour and aplomb the push and pull of the identity of an immigrant in a new land.” –Catherine Gildiner, author of Too Close to the Falls

      “Risky and refreshing … These days, literary memoirs, in particular, tend to narrow in on a single, significant event or moment in time. The Barefoot Bingo Caller instead provides an overview of its narrator’s entire life and does so to its advantage.” Literary Review of Canada

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    Series: Untold Lives Series
    They Call Me George The Untold Story of Black Train Porters and the Birth of Modern Canada Cecil Foster Canada
    9781771962612 Paperback HISTORY / Canada Publication Date: February 05, 2019
    $22.95 CAD 6 x 9 x 0.5 in | 336 pages Carton Quantity: 24 Canadian Rights: Y Biblioasis
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      A historical work that chronicles the true stories of black railway porters – the so-called “Pullmen” of the Canadian rail lines.

      A historical work of non-fiction that chronicles the little-known stories of black railway porters – the so-called “Pullmen” of the Canadian rail lines. The actions and spirit of these men helped define Canada as a nation in surprising ways; effecting race relations, human rights, North American multiculturalism, community building, the shape and structure of unions, and the nature of travel and business across the US and Canada. Drawing on the stories and legends of several of these influential early black Canadians, this book narrates the history of a very visible, but rarely considered, aspect of black life in railway-age Canada. These porters, who fought against the idea of Canada as White Man’s Country, open only to immigrants from Europe, fought for opportunities and rights and won.


      Cecil Foster is a leading author, academic, journalist and public intellectual. His work speaks about the challenges that Black people have encountered historically in Canada in their efforts to achieve respect and recognition for their contribution to what is now a multicultural Canada. He highlights their fight for social justice and human dignity. In particular, Foster addresses the issues of immigration in his critical discussions on who is a Canadian in the ever-evolving social narrative toward a genuine multicultural Canada.

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      Praise for They Call Me George

      "Foster had the courage to examine the realities of race in this country long before it was commonplace to do so...Canadian multiculturalism rests on the shoulders of the sleeping car porters." —Globe and Mail

      "Every Canadian of every ethnicity and walk of life should read this wonderful account...They Call Me George is a riveting, tour de force written by an award winning, master story-teller who entertains while he teaches." —The Caribbean Camera

      "In [They Call Me George]...Foster aims to restore the identities of the Black men who once worked on Canadian railroads. In the process, he also excavates a chapter of Canadian history that has been largely erased from the collective memory: the role that Black train porters played in furthering social justice and shaping Canada into the country it is today." —Toronto Star

      "Foster has dissected the myth of Canadian tolerance, born of our history as a haven for refugee slaves—exposing instead a past in which the English and French elites fought to create a white nation...Blacks and other Canadians of colour are not merely the beneficiaries of multiculturalism; they are its architects." —Donna Bailey Nurse, Literary Review of Canada

      "Informative and well-written...We owe a debt of gratitude to [the porters], and to Foster for his masterful and insightful research and writing." —Daily Nation (Barbados) "An excellent, well-written, and historically accurate volume." —UK Barbados Nation

      "A bold book by a self-assured scholar who has rewritten our conventional history...says Foster: 'This important piece of Canadian history has yet to be fully told.' They Call Me George is [his] effort to do just that." —The Winnipeg Free Press

      "Many of us still regard “black history” as a niche subject, and Black History Month as more political correctness than serious reflection on our past. We are wrong to do so...[Foster] shows just how wrong we are...he makes his case very well." —The Tyee

      "Mr. Foster’s well-written book about black train porters contains a wealth of information that is illuminating, revealing and, at times, disappointing. The beauty of the Canadian railroad had its ugly side, too." —The Washington Times

      "Foster’s research was extensive, and the book is well put together. Its anecdotes and personal accounts make for a lively and engaging read. This reviewer urges every Black household to get a copy and suggests that everyone—Black, White and Brown—should read it." —Montreal Community Contact

      Praise for Cecil Foster

      "Cecil Foster is a wise man with a flair for storytelling and writing that enters the heart.” Quill & Quire (Starred Review)

      “Foster’s story of a West Indies community in transition is a marvelous read, filled with humour, sorrow, and wit, and told with the deft and gentle touch of a master storyteller.” —Thomas King

      “Cecil Foster kicks up one hell of a class-war fuss and proves he’s got stuff enough to show those mediocre storytellers how it’s really done... Unforgettable.” —Toronto Star

      “With Independence, Foster elegantly equates the coming of age of his protagonists with the coming of age of the nation. At the same time, he interprets that enduring theme so aptly articulated in the writings of critic Wilfred Cartey: I going away. I going home.” —National Post

      “I don’t know when I’ve read a more evocative book about black men. Read it and you will see the world differently.” —Vancouver Sun
      “Foster brings historical depth to his work and shows that the social and political recognition of blackness and multiculturalism is itself a contingent moment in history.” —George Dei, University of Toronto
      “Sharp-edged…moving.” —Kirkus Reviews
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    Series: Biblioasis International Translation Series
    Rain And Other Stories Mia Couto, Eric M.B. Becker
    9781771962667 Paperback FICTION / Short Stories Publication Date: February 19, 2019
    $18.95 CAD 5 x 7 x 0.5 in | 168 pages Carton Quantity: 80 Canadian Rights: Y Biblioasis
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      A new translation of brilliant stories by Man Booker-finalist and author of Confession of the Lioness.

      Written in the aftermath of civil war, these early stories are among Mia Couto’s freshest, most original fiction. In tales that mingle playful comedy with surprising plot twists and magical events, fishermen, fortune-tellers, widows, small-town drinkers and even an errant hippopotamus rediscover life's possibilities and the ability to dream. A new translation of brilliant stories by Man Booker-finalist and author of Confession of the Lioness.


      Mia Couto was born in Beira, Mozambique, in 1955. He dropped out of medical school to join the struggle against Portuguese colonialism in his country. When Mozambique became independent in 1975, Couto was named Director of Information in the revolutionary government and served as editor of two newspapers. In the 1980s, he returned to university to study environmental biology while beginning his writing career. Couto is the author of more than 25 books of fiction, essays and poems. His novels and short story collections have been published in 20 languages; made into feature films; been bestsellers in Africa, Europe, and South America; and awarded major literary prizes in Mozambique, Portugal, Brazil, and Italy, including the 2013 Camões Prize, and the 2014 Neustadt International Prize for Literature. In 2015, he was a finalist for the Man Booker International Prize. His novel The Tuner of Silences was longlisted for the 2015 IMPAC Dublin Award, while Confession of the Lioness was shortlisted for the Award in 2017. Mia Couto lives with his family in Maputo, Mozambique, where he works as an environmental consultant and a theatre director.

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      “Couto’s stories counter [the] fear of barrenness, pinpointing kernels of possibility...Becker’s intricate translation uses wonderful almost-words to recreate Couto’s illusory and playful sentences...concoctions precise enough to capture the writing’s mythical, trancelike quality.” —The New York Times Book Review

      “[Couto] has been creating his own utterly original take on African life for decades now, rich and lyrical works immersed in the soil and mind-set of rural Mozambique...these literary fragments are dreamy but hopeful responses to Mozambique's violent past, magical tales that find solace in the wisdom of rivers and trees, fishermen and fortune tellers, children and blind men. An assortment of transcendent sketches, fables, and creation tales, Couto's stories are rooted yet timeless, both whimsical and deeply spiritual—essential qualities of the work of the masterful Mozambican author.” —Vanity Fair

      “A charming collection...unsettling and uplifting, and filled with the wisdom of folk tales.” —Financial Times

      “Stellar...offers fable-like gems capturing lives hurt and heroic, damaging and enduring...At a low point, Blind Estrelinho "remained on the side of the road, like a balled-up handkerchief soaked with sadness," and such language stuns throughout. A woman deserted by her husband, a problem child rushing to rescue her father—these are some of Couto's poignant stories. VERDICT Highly recommended.” —Library Journal (starred review)

      “Wide ranging in theme, mood, and genre...[Couto's] descriptions of landscapes and people have the power and mystery of the best style of folklore. The strength of his characters, whether he’s portraying an old math professor exploring love, a cross-dressing neighbor, or a businessman creating a happy communal space as a gift to God‚ is most apparent in how with few words their varied lives become relatable. Becker’s translation conveys Couto’s precise use of language to capture the innately elusive nature of human experience.” —Booklist

      “Encompasses everything from unlikely confessionals to dreamlike forays outside of realism; it’s a concise and wide-ranging demonstration of Couto’s authorial range.” —Words Without Borders

      “Stunning imagery draws power from unexpected comparisons...Playful and poignant, Rain and Other Stories cements Couto's reputation as one of the finest writers in the Portuguese language, and proves Becker's talent as a discerning and perceptive translator.” —Shelf Awareness

      “Convey[s] a sense of profound loss flecked with a measure of optimism about life after the bloodshed is over. An impressionistic flash-fiction trek through the wreckage of war.” —Kirkus Reviews

      “Magnificent...The wonder of the collection, indeed its grip on the reader, is that such seemingly disparate tales come together to ultimately present how the land is remade...Nearly each sentence is astonishing in this riveting, challenging collection.” —Winnipeg Free Press

      “What’s most successful about this collection are the ways in which Couto repeatedly asks unanswerable questions, piquing reader curiosity... answers manifest through subtext, and the effect is both chilling and tragic. In this collection, Mia Couto, via Eric M. B. Becker’s aesthetically rich translation, packs an emotional resonance in each story—despite brevity, many only reaching five pages—that lingers with readers long after putting the book down.” —Arkansas International

      “The roots and spirits of these tales seem to run deep into the very bedrock of the earth. They are uniquely Mozambican and yet timeless...[Couto] has an uncanny ability to create miniature worlds peopled with wonderful characters, images and happenings...simply enchanting.” —Joseph Schreiber, Roughghosts


      “Mia Couto’s stories of civilisation and barbarity are told through a language that is precise and profound; he weaves together the living tradition of legend, poetry and song.” —International Man Booker shortlist jury citation

      “On almost every page … we sense Couto’s delight in those places where language slips officialdom’s asphyxiating grasp.”The New York Times

      “[Couto is] a brilliant aphorist. There are countless sentences that … have the weight and wisdom of ancient proverbs.” —The Wall Street Journal

      “Even in translation, his prose is suffused with striking images.”—The Washington Post

      “Couto’s narrative tone, at once deadpan and beguiling, and his virtuoso management of time place him alongside the best Latin American magic realists.” —Times Literary Supplement

      “Quite unlike anything else I have read from Africa.”—Doris Lessing

      "Mia Couto, long regarded as one of the leading writers in Mozambique, has now been recognized as one of the greatest living writers in the Portuguese language … [He] cracks open a welcoming window onto a vast world of literary pleasures that has for too long remained under the radar in the English-speaking world.”—Philip Graham, The Millions

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    Braille Rainbow Mike Barnes Canada
    9781771962216 Paperback POETRY / Subjects & Themes Publication Date: April 23, 2019
    $19.95 CAD 5.25 x 8.25 x 0.42 in | 208 pages Carton Quantity: 61 Canadian Rights: Y Biblioasis
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      Poems about perception across the sensory spectrum and the arc of learning about the outer world and the inner self.

      Mike Barnes' Braille Rainbow is about perception across the sensory spectrum and the arc of learning about the world and about oneself. These poems, organized in four sections, engage first with infant appetites, others, and social justice, before turning inward to traverse the perilous heights and depths of the mind, drawing on Barnes' own experience of mental illness and his years of caring for his mother in her dementia. The latter half of the book addresses shifts in ways of thinking and feeling that allow contraries to meet and inform one another, and concludes with poems of peace and nourishing meditative connection.


      Mike Barnes, a dual Canadian-American citizen, has published nine previous books across a range of genres: poetry, short fiction, novels, and memoir. His poems have appeared in numerous anthologies, and his stories have appeared twice in Best Canadian Stories and three times in The Journey Prize Anthology. He has won a National Magazine Award Silver Medal in the short story category. His collection of poems, Calm Jazz Sea, was shortlisted for the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award; and Aquarium, his first collection of stories, won the Danuta Gleed Award. He has also published many essays, one of which, the photo-text collage “Asylum Walk”, won the Edna Staebler Award. His last book, the neo-noir thriller The Adjustment League was named by Maclean’s Magazine one of the ten best books of the year. He works as a private English tutor and lives in Toronto.

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      Praise for Braille Rainbow

      "Remarkable... haunting... striking... [Barnes] writes affectingly of his struggles with mental illness (“a picking up and dropping again/of the pieces I could salvage/ in a swamp between dread waters and dry land”) but also of finding joy in small things." Toronto Star

      “While the 13 poems demonstrate [hebephrenia], they do much more. One poem (in its entirety) reads as utterly lucid: ‘cast your prejudicial eye / into the sea. as it falls / mumble something bitterly / about an eyepiece that floats.’ Another, ‘failed inventory,’ is as tightly structured as they come, each line building on the previous one — ‘the chair chaired the meeting / the pen penned the minutes’ and so on until the ‘I’ of the poem comes undone in an anguish of confusion and observation, finally tying together ‘I’ and ‘eye.’. . . But in case anyone thinks Barnes’s work is all dark (it mostly is), he does also flirt with joy.” Quill & Quire

      Praise for Mike Barnes

      “Barnes writes like a contrary angel.”—The Malahat Review

      “Timely, lyrical, tough, accurate.” —Margaret Atwood

      “Masterful… The Adjustment League is suspenseful, exquisitely written and—at times—corrosively funny.” Brian Bethune, Maclean’s

      “Recounted in fragmented, almost impressionistic prose that is sharp as glass shards, The Adjustment League... is an intense journey into the underbelly of contemporary society, and a visceral descent into darkness. It is a powerful and original work, which succeeds as a mystery and something altogether deeper.”Quill and Quire

      The Adjustment League’s superpower is in its crackling portraits. The Super takes his place in the queue of great damaged detectives (see Sherlock Holmes). ... It’s this Superman’s mind that’s stronger than steel.”The Globe and Mail

      “… fiercely alive, marked by a sharp, unerring eye for detail and a wonderful way with metaphors.”Toronto Star

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    Series: reSet Series
    Damages Selected Stories 1982-2012 Keath Fraser Canada
    9781771962933 Paperback FICTION / Short Stories Publication Date: October 06, 2020
    $24.95 CAD 5.25 x 8.25 x 0.78 in | 304 pages Carton Quantity: 48 Canadian Rights: Y Biblioasis
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      A literary titan of Canadian short fiction, Keath Fraser’s influence has been felt long and wide since the publication of his first collection Taking Cover in 1982. Damages collects the finest of Fraser’s work across decades. Moving, complex, and with the emotional complexity of a true master, these stories showcase Fraser as one of the best story writers of the last fifty years.


      Born in Vancouver, BC, Keath Fraser won the Chapters/Books in Canada First Novel Award for his 1995 novel Popular Anatomy, while his 1985 collection of stories and novels, Foreign Affairs, was short-listed for a Governor General's Award for Fiction and won the Ethel Wilson Prize. Fraser is the author of the memoir The Voice Gallery: Travels With A Glass Throat and editor of the anthology Bad Trips: A Sometimes Terrifying, Sometimes Hilarious Collection of Writing on the Perils of the Road.

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      Praise for Keath Fraser

      “The sheer exuberance of language, the sureness with which Fraser captures the movements of the working mind, makes this book a joy to read.” —Ottawa Citizen

      “Fraser’s controlled and confident writing gives us a rich sense of the longing of his fully drawn characters…a remarkable, bittersweet celebration.” Quill & Quire (starred review)

      "Great fun." Chicago Tribune

      "The range of Fraser's characters is astonishing…not an author who can be ignored.”—January Magazine

      “If you really want to journey into the heart of darkness, you'd be advised to travel with Vancouver writer Keath Fraser, a man of extraordinary talents.” —Bronwyn Drainie

      “Keath Fraser is one of the most intelligent writers working in Canada.” —The Malahat Review

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