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    Fate's Instruments No Safeguards 2 - Paul's Story H. Nigel Thomas Canada
    9781771832601 Paperback FICTION / Literary Publication Date:September 01, 2018
    $25.00 CAD 6 x 9 x 0.69 in | 390 gr | 285 pages Carton Quantity:28 Canadian Rights: Y Guernica Editions
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      Paul, an aspiring writer in his mid-twenties, marries Carlos, a boyfriend he lived with in Guatemala; brings him to Montreal, and looks forward to a life of bliss. Things go wrong from the beginning. The trouble Carlos causes leaves Paul little time for much else, and they break up. Bill, whom Paul sees as the father he always wanted, helps him overcome his guilt about his sexuality. At the peak of Paul's troubles Bill dies. Then fate, in the form of a brain tumour, strikes Paul. He receives support from his brother Jay, Lionel (himself a brain tumor survivor), friends, and enigmatic Professor Bram. But it is Paul's exploration of his Vincentian childhood and new-found love that restores his equilibrium.
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    9781771833288 Paperback FICTION / Literary Publication Date:September 01, 2018
    $25.00 CAD 4.8 x 7.9 x 1 in | 340 gr | 285 pages Carton Quantity:25 Canadian Rights: Y Guernica Editions
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      Ramya immigrated to Canada from India with her husband about fifteen years ago. She typifies the first generation immigrant - a person who straddles two cultures, two countries, two continents, even perhaps two different worlds altogether.The novel has two intertwined threads of narration simultaneously unspooling. The one set in the present is about Ramya's battle to rebuild her life. The other, a series of sorties into the past, examines Ramya's sundry relationships. One narrative skein is Canadian, modern and multicultural, while the other is Indian, steeped in myth and mysticism. They are the two sides of the same coin, the obverse and the reverse - the world as seen through the bi-focal lens of immigrant reality.
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    The Shining Fragments Robin Blackburn McBride Canada
    9781771832663 Paperback FICTION / Coming of Age Publication Date:October 01, 2018
    $25.00 CAD 6 x 9 x 0.7 in | 410 gr | 260 pages Carton Quantity:28 Canadian Rights: Y Guernica Editions
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      A heartbreaking arrival in a new country. Thrust too early into adulthood. Will he survive Canada’s turbulent streets?

      Toronto, 1882. Joseph Conlon has never felt more alone. Parentless after his mother dies on the voyage from Ireland, the frightened eight-year-old witnesses his sister’s abduction and is abandoned at the train station. But once he’s placed in a Catholic orphanage, Joseph discovers a gift for drawing and friends that begin to fill the hole in his heart.

      Falling for a mercurial girl acrobat, his desire to win her affection drives him to find her after she runs off for a life on the stage. And as he leaves the institution and grows to manhood, the young immigrant endures dangerous work, anti-Irish bigotry, and lying about his faith to survive… only to have his longing for family lead to tragedy.

      Will Joseph ever reach the place where he belongs?

      In this poignant and lyrical story, author Robin Blackburn McBride follows one boy’s emotional and colorful journey. Deftly depicting a compelling era while exploring the intensely personal challenges of the human experience, McBride’s inspirational tale of hope and courage will touch you deeply.

      The Shining Fragments is a meticulously researched and rendered historical family saga. If you like complex characters, richly authentic settings, and stories of resilience, then you’ll love Robin Blackburn McBride’s immersive novel.

      Buy The Shining Fragments to witness the strength of the human spirit today!

      "Tales about orphans left to find their way in the New World are many, but few are as engaging as this story." -Historical Novel Society North America, Editors' Choice

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      "Here is a convincing drama of an Irish boy who, after being abandoned in Union Station, seeks to make himself a life. What appealed to me is that the story is uniquely set in a well-researched, turn-of-the-century Toronto. The struggling characters come from all classes and, most important, their dramatic interactions are told with a gripping, compassionate power." - Wayson Choy
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    9781771832960 Paperback COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Literary Publication Date:October 01, 2018
    $20.00 CAD 10 x 9 x 0.2 in | 320 gr | 120 pages Carton Quantity:36 Canadian Rights: Y MiroLand
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      A Schizo-Philosopher's Colouring Book is a playful experiment in what the philosopher Gilles Deleuze might call ?crowned anarchy.? The crown of authority is worn by the format ?colouring book,? in a style that repeats with difference. Anarchy enters via a swarm of figures from philosophical, literary, theological, and art history, each with a quotation. These distribute themselves over fifty-two drawings, producing little machines that are desirous of colour and driven by paradox, whose ?organization of surface ... assures the resonance between two series.?
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    Eye Marianne Micros Canada
    9781771832571 Paperback FICTION / Literary Publication Date:September 01, 2018
    $20.00 CAD 5 x 8 x 0.3 in | 180 gr | 140 pages Carton Quantity:54 Canadian Rights: Y Guernica Editions
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      Finalist for the 2019 Governor General's Literary Award

      Myth, folklore, and magic permeate the stories in Marianne Micros' collection Eye. Set in ancient and modern Greece, and in contemporary Europe and North America, these tales tell of evil-eye curses, women healers, ghosts, a changeling, and people struggling to retain or gain power in a world of changing beliefs. Here you will find stories of a nymph transformed into a heifer, a young soldier who returns home to discover that his brother is a changeling, an ancient temple uncovered during the construction of a church, a betrayed woman lost in a labyrinth, a wise woman confronting changes to her position when modern technology comes to her village. Some stories show that people still seek refuge in myth and folk beliefs; the ways of the past are not gone. The paving of a village does not destroy the power of the evil eye or the ability to repel it. A temple in honour of the old gods comes again to the surface. An unfinished musical composition for piano magically completes itself whenever it is played.

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      Governor General's Award 2019, Short-listed
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    9781771831055 Paperback FICTION / Literary Publication Date:October 01, 2018
    $20.00 CAD 5 x 8 x 0.5 in | 230 gr | 180 pages Carton Quantity:40 Canadian Rights: Y Guernica Editions
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      A Rogue's Decameron consists of ten stories - tales - that loosely follow the fabliaux style and are based within the spirit of Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales and Boccaccio's The Decameron: extravagance, joy and ribald humour around sex, lust, vice, death and other ?hungers' of human beings. Using similar framing technique as these works - a prologue, a short description of each story and an epilogue, the stories explore themes such as social commentary and satire aimed at personal politics, societal mores and customs, hierarchies, and religious beliefs. All with Toronto as a backdrop and brought up to date for the sensibilities of a 21st century audience.
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    9781771832632 Paperback FICTION / Literary Publication Date:September 01, 2018
    $20.00 CAD 5 x 8 x 0.3 in | 160 gr | 125 pages Carton Quantity:57 Canadian Rights: Y Guernica Editions
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      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.
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    small things (a random selection of anti-essays) Sky Gilbert Canada
    9781771832939 Paperback LITERARY COLLECTIONS / Essays Publication Date:October 01, 2018
    $20.00 CAD 4.25 x 7 x 0.25 in | 130 gr | 170 pages Carton Quantity:60 Canadian Rights: Y Guernica Editions
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      Small things is a book of mini-anti-essays, part of Sky Gilbert's project to dismantle and challenge the rigid classifications of genre, thus challenging 21st century notions of truth. Inspired by Oscar Wilde, Foucault, and the post-structuralist project, the small writings in small things are story, essay, and memoir combined. They question the notion that an essay is necessarily fact, or fair opinion, or even informed opinion, while at the same time challenging the dictum that fiction might necessarily be free of didacticism, or at least, ideas.
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    A Life Out of Whack Confessions and Reflexions of an Un-American All-American Les Essif
    9781771833158 Paperback BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / General Publication Date:September 01, 2018
    $25.00 CAD 6 x 9 x 1 in | 680 gr | 425 pages Carton Quantity:20 Canadian Rights: Y Guernica World Editions
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      A Life Out of Whack has two parts. The first part is autobiographical and sketches the atypical early life of a future academic scholar from family poverty to marriage and divorce at nineteen, from eight years in big-city and federal law enforcement to starting college at the age of twenty-six, culminating with a doctoral fellowship in French Studies at Brown U. The second part presents an alternative critical look at contemporary life and ethos: aging, nature, corporate capitalism, and American, French, and global cultures.
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    David Helwig Essays on His Works Ingrid Ruthig Canada
    9781771832908 Paperback LITERARY CRITICISM / Canadian Publication Date:September 01, 2018
    $20.00 CAD 5 x 8 x 0.32 in | 160 gr | 170 pages Carton Quantity:56 Canadian Rights: Y Guernica Editions
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      To date, Canadian poet, novelist, and essayist David Helwig has published close to fifty books and edited numerous others. He has also written for television and radio, worked at the CBC, taught at Queen's University, been Poet Laureate of Prince Edward Island, and was named to the Order of Canada. Yet, he remains little known. This volume is the first to gather new essays, an interview, and earlier material - by George Fetherling, Douglas Glover, D.G. Jones, Simon Lloyd, Tom Marshall, rob mclennan, Shane Neilson, Ingrid Ruthig, Mark Sampson, and Lorraine M. York - in order to introduce and explore Helwig's body of work, while documenting the broad range of his literary talents and accomplishments.
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