Guernica Editions Fall 2018

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    Series: Essential Prose
    Fate's Instruments No Safeguards 2 - Paul's Story 1st edition H. Nigel Thomas Canada
    9781771832601 Paperback FICTION / Literary Publication Date: September 01, 2018
    $25.00 CAD 6 x 9 x 0.69 in | 285 pages Carton Quantity: 28 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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      H(ubert) Nigel Thomas is the author of ten books and dozens of essays. His novels Spirits in the Dark and No Safeguards were shortlisted for the Quebec Writers Federation Hugh MacLennan Fiction Prize. In 2013 he was awarded Université Laval's Hommage aux créateurs. His books Behind the Face of Winter and Lives: Whole and Otherwise have been translated into French. Nigel lives in Montreal.
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    Series: Essential Prose
    Ramya's Treasure 1st edition Pratap Reddy Canada
    9781771833288 Paperback FICTION / Literary Publication Date: September 01, 2018
    $25.00 CAD 5 x 8 x 0.7 in | 285 pages Carton Quantity: 28 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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      An underwriter by day and a writer by night, Pratap Reddy writes about the angst and the agonies (on occasion the ecstasies) of newly arrived immigrants. Ramya's Treasure is his first novel, having published the short story collection Weather Permitting & Other Stories (Guernica Editions). He lives in Mississauga with his wife and son.
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    Series: Essential Prose
    The Shining Fragments 1st edition 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 | 260 pages Carton Quantity: 28 Guernica Editions
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      The Shining Fragments is a family saga about the Irish in Canada that explores the ramifications of abandonment, obsession, love, memory, and visionary power. Spanning the years 1882-1904, it follows Joseph Conlon from his early childhood in Ulster to his experiences of youth and adulthood as an immigrant. Left behind as a small boy on a Toronto train-station platform like so much forgotten luggage, Joseph grows up in a city bleak with bigotry. He discovers that he has artistic talent and becomes a designer of stained-glass windows. He is haunted by the spirit of his unborn sister, Annie, and the powerful and often conflicting influences of the women in his life. In the end Joseph must come to terms on the same ground where he was abandoned as a child.
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      Robin Blackburn McBride is an author and coach in human potential. Her self-help eBook, Birdlight: Freeing Your Authentic Creativity, became an Amazon Best Seller in 2016, and has since been released in paperback and as an audio book. For twenty years Robin was a full-time teacher at Branksome Hall in Toronto. In 2002 Guernica published a collection of her poetry, In Green. She has also worked as a stage actress, and holds degrees in Drama, English, and Education from the University of Toronto. The Shining Fragments is her first novel.
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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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    Series: MiroLand
    A Schizo-Philosopher's Colouring Book 1st edition Douglas Ord Canada
    9781771832960 Paperback COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Literary Publication Date: October 01, 2018
    $20.00 CAD 10 x 9 x 0.2 in | 120 pages Carton Quantity: 36 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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      Previous books by Douglas Ord are Tommy's Farm (1998), Oscar and Jeannie (1999), Navigating Without a Compass (2000), and The National Gallery of Canada, Ideas Art Architecture (2003). Between 2000 and 2017 he produced the website Lear?s Shadow.
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    Series: Essential Prose
    Eye 1st edition Marianne Micros Canada
    9781771832571 Paperback FICTION / Literary Publication Date: September 01, 2018
    $20.00 CAD 5 x 8 x 0.3 in | 140 pages Carton Quantity: 54 Guernica Editions
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      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. Magic is not dead but rises again in unexpected ways.
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      Marianne Micros, in her story collection Eye and other writings, explores the mythology, folklore, Greek customs, and old-world cultures. Her previous publications include two poetry collections: Upstairs Over the Ice Cream (Ergo); and Seventeen Trees (Guernica); and poems and short fiction in anthologies and journals. She has also published scholarly articles on Renaissance and contemporary subjects and a bibliographical monograph on Al Purdy. Marianne's suite of poems Demeter's Daughters was shortlisted for the Gwendolyn MacEwen poetry competition in 2015 and published in Exile: The Literary Quarterly. Having retired as an English professor at the University of Guelph, Marianne is currently compiling new poems into a book and working on a second collection of stories.
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    Series: Essential Prose
    A Rogue's Decameron 1st edition Stan Rogal Canada
    9781771831055 Paperback FICTION / Literary Publication Date: October 01, 2018
    $20.00 CAD 5 x 8 x 0.5 in | 180 pages Carton Quantity: 40 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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      Born in Vancouver, Stan Rogal now lives and writes in Toronto. His work has appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies in Canada, the US and Europe, some in translation. He is the author of 21 books: 5 novels, 5 story and 11 poetry collections, including after words (Guernica, 2014). He is also a produced playwright.
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    Series: Essential Translations
    Portrait of a Husband with the Ashes of His Wife 1st edition Pan Bouyoucas Canada, Sheila Fischman Canada
    9781771832632 Paperback FICTION / Literary Publication Date: September 01, 2018
    $20.00 CAD 5 x 8 x 0.3 in | 125 pages Carton Quantity: 57 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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      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.
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    Series: Essential Essays
    small things (a random selection of anti-essays) 1st edition Sky Gilbert Canada
    9781771832939 Paperback LITERARY COLLECTIONS / Essays Publication Date: October 01, 2018
    $20.00 CAD 4.25 x 7 x 0.25 in | 170 pages Carton Quantity: 60 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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      Sky Gilbert is a professor, theatre director and drag queen extraordinaire. He has written seven novels, three books of poetry and a memoir. He has won numerous awards for his theatre work. In 2014, Guernica Editions published Compulsive Acts: Essays, Interviews, Reflections on the Works of Sky Gilbert. He lives in Hamilton.
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    Series: Guernica World Editions
    A Life Out of Whack Confessions and Reflexions of an Un-American All-American 1st edition Les Essif
    9781771833158 Paperback BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / General Publication Date: September 01, 2018
    $25.00 CAD 6 x 9 x 1 in | 425 pages Carton Quantity: 20 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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      Les Essif is the author of several dozen scholarly-professional essays and three monographs: Empty Figure on an Empty Stage (Indiana UP, 2001); The French Play (U of Calgary P, 2006), and most recently American 'Unculture' in French Drama (Palgrave, 2013). He lives in Knoxville, TN.
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    Series: Essential Writers
    David Helwig Essays on His Works 1st edition Ingrid Ruthig Canada
    9781771832908 Paperback LITERARY CRITICISM / Canadian Publication Date: September 01, 2018
    $20.00 CAD 5 x 8 x 0.32 in | 170 pages Carton Quantity: 56 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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      Ingrid Ruthig is the author of This Being, League of Canadian Poets' 2017 Gerald Lampert Memorial Award winner, and Slipstream, as well as the editor of The Essential Anne Wilkinson and Richard Outram: Essays on His Works (Guernica). She lives near Toronto.
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