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    Revolt/Compassion Six Scripts for Contemporary Performance Michael Springate
    9781771833967 Paperback DRAMA / Canadian Publication Date:May 01, 2019
    $20.00 CAD 5 x 8 x 0.73 in | 300 gr | 240 pages Carton Quantity:44 Canadian Rights: Y Guernica Editions
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      Revolt/Compassion: Six Scripts for Contemporary Performance, gathers together six important works by Michael Springate: Historical Bliss, Dog and Crow, The Consolation of Philosophy, Freeport Texas, Kareena, and Kut: Shock and Awe. Written and produced over a twenty-five year period, they capture an expansive range of interests and influences, and reflect the artistic interdisciplinarity which has been a defining feature of his career. Dr. Erin Hurley, in her ground-breaking introduction, writes: Consciously crafted, precise in their diction, and allusive in their references, these plays ask for the reader?s collaboration ? Their poetry ? the considered arrangement of the words, the shape of the text on the page, the accretion of meaning across the play, its solicitation of the reader?s increased awareness ? activates the senses without necessarily dictating where they should take me or what I should make of them. At the same time, the ideas unfolded require a different vantage, a theoretical engage
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    The Afrikaner Arianna Dagnino
    9781771833578 Paperback FICTION / Action & Adventure Publication Date:April 01, 2019
    $20.00 CAD 5 x 8 x 0.65 in | 300 gr | 285 pages Carton Quantity:30 Canadian Rights: Y Guernica Editions
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      A hijacking in deeper Johannesburg goes horribly wrong. Zoe du Plessis, a paleontologist of Afrikaner origin, is suddenly confronted with her family's secret, seemingly wrapped in an old Xhosa's spell. As she heads for the Kalahari Desert in search of early human fossils, Zoe embarks on an inner journey into the unredeemable sense of guilt haunting her white tribe. She reluctantly seeks salvation in the love of a man scarred by South Africa's darker past.
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      AICW Bressani Literary Prize 2022, Short-listed
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      A clever, fresh and widely resonating novel whose international, globalizing streak rescues us from stale and overly provincial atmospheres. -- Dr. Carlo Testa, The University of British Columbia
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    9781771833783 Paperback FICTION / Thrillers Publication Date:April 01, 2019
    $24.95 CAD 6 x 9 x 0.8 in | 440 gr | 304 pages Carton Quantity:32 Canadian Rights: Y MiroLand
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      French journalist Marc Taragon is at the apex of his career in 2007. A tenacious idealist, Taragon has spent the last thirty years attempting to bring to readers the truths about the wars and political intrigues of the region. He is unsparing in his criticism of extremists and has earned many enemies. He agrees to be interviewed in Cyprus, by a young Canadian journalist, Marie Boivin, not knowing that Marie has a hidden agenda: to discover through Taragon the truth about her childhood. Before Marie finds the answers she seeks, she is enmeshed in Taragon's plan to broker peace negotiations between a left-wing Israeli politician and a dissident Palestinian leader. Taragon succeeds in persuading the two adversaries to agree to an ambitious peace plan. The action then moves quickly through Europe and the Middle East as Taragon and his associates try to stay one step ahead of deadly opponents of their initiative. Parallel to the main plot is the narrative of Taragon's early years as a journalist in war-torn Lebano
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      Quill of the Dove is a gripping political thriller driven by memorable characters, both noble and nefarious, whose destinies are inextricably determined by war zones and conflicts. Spanning the Middle East, Europe and Canada, the novel delivers a fascinating quest for truth and love that illuminates the legacies of violence in our complex world. -- Cora Siré, author of Behold Things Beautiful. Quill of the Dove is brilliantly plotted, bursting with suspense, and populated with characters one cares about immensely. Shaw proves himself resoundingly as a master of the political thriller. Easily one of the best novels I?ve read in recent years. ?David Joiner, author of Lotusland
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    9781771833356 Paperback FICTION / Family Life Publication Date:May 01, 2019
    $25.00 CAD 5.03 x 8 x 0.65 in | 280 gr | 275 pages Carton Quantity:32 Canadian Rights: Y Guernica Editions
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      Like his three siblings, 32-year-old Alfredo Freddy Flowers Falconi has led two lives: the idyllic one before The Incident -- his mother's 1984 death -- and the complicated one afterward. He was just eight-years-old when his father abandoned the family, and nine when his oldest brother, Small Carm, covered up the circumstances of Rosa Falconi's demise to keep the family's honour intact. Twenty-three years later, that lie has become a black hole: hidden at the centre of all of their lives, it's supremely powerful force that, when uncovered by Freddy, threatens to tear them apart. Set against the backdrop of the Falconi family's shuttered tractor showroom on Toronto's pulsating and ethnically diverse Spadina Avenue, Falconi's Tractor explores the Italo-Canadian experience, Catholicism, family dynamics, the fall of a family business, infidelity, and mental health—all with a red Falconi tractor and a Ferrari sports car as bookends to the action.
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      This is the solid architecture of a time and place in Toronto, as durable and pleasing as old brick houses on leafy side streets, with a few dark shadows for good measure. —Joe Fiorito
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    9781771833189 Paperback FICTION / Short Stories Publication Date:May 01, 2019
    $25.00 CAD 5 x 8 x 0.65 in | 290 gr | 285 pages Carton Quantity:48 Canadian Rights: Y Guernica Editions
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      Dead Voices is a collection of stories that are both seriously realistic and comically whimsical. They have everything from superheroes who get sick on words, to the appearance of dead playwrights, to the visit of saints and sinners from the past, to a hot stove discussion on hockey and love. They?re about the modern mind-set and its technological marvels and the older attention to character and virtue.
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    9781771833547 Paperback FICTION / Southern Publication Date:May 01, 2019
    $25.00 CAD 5 x 8 x 0.65 in | 320 gr | 285 pages Carton Quantity:48 Canadian Rights: Y Guernica Editions
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      It is 1955, and the three Fayette sisters have lived their whole lives in the enchanting French Quarter of New Orleans. Though neglected by their parents, they share a close bond with one another--from afternoons in their small, shared bedroom, to trying to speak with ghosts beneath the sweeping trees in their garden. When the middle sister Constance disappears, the family believes she has run away, as she has done before; it is only the youngest--thirteen-year-old Bonavere (known as Bonnie)--who suspects there is more to it. Met only with grief from her family and resistance from the police, Bonnie embarks on a journey to bring her sister home, venturing through fabled Red Honey Swamp, and the city's vibrant and brutal history. Unravelling the layers of her sister's secret life, Bonnie discovers a pattern of girls found half-mad in the Louisiana swampland, and a connection to the wealthy, notorious Lasalle family. To rescue her sister, she must confront the realities of true violence, and the very nature of insanity.

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      Caitlin Galway is an author and freelance editor. Her fiction has been published in Riddle Fence, The Broken Social Scene Story Project, the Carter V. Cooper Short Fiction Anthology Series, and by CBC Books. She has won and been shortlisted for numerous contests and has received multiple literary grants. She studied English Literature at Queen's University.

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    Trapped A Mother's Quest to Reclaim Her Daughters Alexandra Karb Canada
    9781771833486 Paperback BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Personal Memoirs Publication Date:April 01, 2019
    $25.00 CAD 6 x 9 x 0.9 in | 480 gr | 330 pages Carton Quantity:40 Canadian Rights: Y MiroLand
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      When Alexandra attempts to end an abusive marriage, her husband Tareq abducts their infant daughters from their Montreal home and deposits them with his family in a primitive village in Jordan. Trying to retrieve them through legal means, Alexandra comes face to face with Arab cultures where children belong to the father's family and women have no rights to them. She puts a promising career as a medical researcher on hold, sets off alone to Jordan and succeeds in an audacious plan to smuggle her daughters back home. But upon returning to Canada, she finds a judicial system that is unable to protect her children from being kidnapped again -- this time for good, forcing her back to a life with the abusive husband. For the next twenty years, while achieving a PhD and working as a respected scientist, she submits to her husband's tyranny for the sake of her daughters. Her coping mechanism is to dissociate herself from constant verbal and emotional abuse and live as an observant stranger trapped in a life not of h
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      Alexandra Karb's story is so incredible and dramatic as to defy belief. That it actually happened will only enhance readers' investment in this gripping, moving, and important story about a woman's quest for autonomy, a mother's love, and a heroine's journey through trauma and loss into light and peace. - Priscilla Gilman, author of The Anti-Romantic Child: A Story of Unexpected Joy and The Critic's Daughter A tragic yet inspiring story of a mother's sacrifice and courage to protect her children from being kidnapped by their father a second time. However the cost of her sacrifice leaves a history and present of wounds and scars that run deep for Alexandra and her daughters. - Lorinda Stewart, best selling author of One Day Closer
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    Antonio D'Alfonso Essays On His Works Licia Canton
    9781771833615 Paperback LITERARY CRITICISM / Canadian Publication Date:April 01, 2019
    $20.00 CAD 5 x 8 x 0.6 in | 260 gr | 228 pages Carton Quantity:36 Canadian Rights: Y Guernica Editions
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      This collection of essays is devoted to the work of Antonio D'Alfonso, a pivotal figure in the bilingual history of Canadian literature. This much anticipated volume gives Antonio D'Alfonso recognition for the enormous contribution he has made to Canadian writing, over nearly fifty years. He has worked as a writer, editor, translator and filmmaker in Quebec and in Ontario. D'Alfonso identifies as a bilingual writer, but he also speaks and writes in Italian. And he has translated works from French and Italian into English, and from English into French. Each contributor to this volume is a witness to D'Alfonso's literary accomplishments. His experiments with genre alone demand critical analysis.The volume Antonio D'Alfonso: Essays on His Works includes a two part introduction by Joseph Pivato and Licia Canton, essays by Lianne Moyes, Domenic Beneventi, Mariam Pirbhai, Lucie Lequin, Nancy Giacomini, Connie Guzzo-McParland, Joseph Pivato, Licia Canton and Simon Harel. The volume closes with two interviews, by Domenic Cusmano and Licia Canton, and a selected bibliography. As the texts in this volume clearly emphasize, Antonio D'Alfonso's writing represents a vital contribution to Canadian and Quebecois literary and artistic production.

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    Philipovna Daughter of Sorrow Valentina Gal
    9781771833691 Paperback BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Cultural, Ethnic & Regional Publication Date:May 01, 2019
    $25.00 CAD 6 x 9 x 0.67 in | 410 gr | 285 pages Carton Quantity:48 Canadian Rights: Y MiroLand
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      Philipovna: The Daughter of Sorrow is a creative non-fiction based on my mother's surviving the holodomor [the Ukrainian starvation] in the early 1930's. It is the story of an orphan who goes to live with her aunt in a rural village in the Ukrainian countryside. The aunt swears on her dead sister's Bible that Vera Philipovna, the daughter of a cobbler and seamstress from a small village in Chercassy, Ukraine will survive no matter what might befall the family. No one foresees the horrors that they will have to face between the fall of 1930 and the spring of 1933. In the end, out of a healthy extended family, only Philipovna, a cousin and the aunt survive. The acts of real savagery that are perpetrated on the village are unflinchingly narrated by a pre-pubescent girl, who also gives us a good grasp of the beauty and richness of the Ukrainian culture with its superstitions, customs and celebrations.
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      Gal has written a haunting, gut-wrenching account of her mother's life in Stalin's Ukraine. In carefully-measured prose, she recreates the daily lives of those who suffered -- and endured. -- James King, Professor at McMaster University.
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    9781771833738 Paperback LITERARY COLLECTIONS / Essays Publication Date:May 01, 2019
    $20.00 CAD 5 x 8 x 0.4 in | 200 gr | 170 pages Carton Quantity:68 Canadian Rights: Y Guernica Editions
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      The adventure of discovering, then diving into the world of that esoteric and fascinating French literary club, the Oulipo ? and the perils of trying to reconfigure the world's most famous monologue while abiding by their fiendishly challenging rules.
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