LPG Loan Stars Catalogue: Spring 2019

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    Fanonymous A Novel 1st edition M. C. Joudrey Canada
    9780991761050 Hardcover FICTION / Fantasy Publication Date: August 30, 2018
    $28.95 CAD 5.5 x 8.5 x 42 in | 420 pages Canadian Rights: Y At Bay Press
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      Earth and sky are devoid of colour. There are no beginnings or endings. Then the snow melts. Maybe it's the dead cars. It could be the escaped bison roaming the downtown core. Mosquitoes? Sure. Dragonflies? Absolutely. And it's also entirely possible it's the pomegranate tree at the corner of Portage and Main. Or maybe, just maybe, it's the people, like Dickie Reimer. Any way you slice it, something's going on in Winnipeg. That's really true. At some point, every Peg will ask so why'd you move here? Jack hopes the city will be the one place no one will look for him. An infamous guerilla street artist, Jack is on the run. Again. Under scrutiny from international authorities, anonymity is his only protection. He promises himself he'll quit, but blackmail is powerful persuasion. Tracked by a relentless special agent, Jack navigates the absurdity of the city while befriending (and avoiding) the eccentric characters that proudly claim it as their home.
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      Writer, artist and designer, M.C. Joudrey's second novel Of Violence and Cliché was released September 2013, followed by his collection of short stories Charleswood Road: Stories in August 2014, which was nominated for a 2015 Manitoba Book Award. Joudrey has also been a member of the submission selection committee for the CBC Short Fiction Prize and a jury member for the Manitoba Book Awards. His titles reside in permanent legislative and national government collections. He is also a bookbinder and a number of his works are held in galleries internationally. Bibliographic information
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      "M. C. Joudrey's Fanonymous reads like a Chuck Palahniuk adaptation of a Guy Maddin film directed under the best brain-freeze intensity imaginable." - Daniel Haeusser, The Skiffy and Fanty show, Hugo Award Finalist.
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    The Mother Goose Letters Karen Clavelle Canada, Bob Haverluck Canada
    9781988168128 Hardcover FICTION / Political Publication Date: November 22, 2018
    $28.95 CAD 5 x 8 x 0.39 in | 160 pages Carton Quantity: 56 Canadian Rights: Y At Bay Press
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      The Mother Goose Letters comprises the annotated correspondence between Mother Goose and her cohorts in Britain concerning migration to the Canadian Prairies. The letters reveal both her attempts to wheedle her fellow nursery rhyme characters to settle in the Prairies with her and their mixed responses to her plans. Responding to a cease and desist command from No. 10 Downing St., M. Goose categorically makes her case for the out-migration and re-migration of her stories. She supposes they will continue to live if she gives them leave to change as time, place, and experience dictate. She is, after all, a runaway Mother Goose. In print for the first time, The Mother Goose Letters presents scrupulously collated research in the form of hitherto unseen letters and previously unknown revisions of the best-known Mother Goose nursery rhymes and fairy tales. These collected works are used as the framework whereby a story of modern day immigration can be told.
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      Karen Clavelle, poet, writer, playwright, educator. Her work has been published in Border Crossings, CVII, Prairie Fire, and the At Bay Press Fiction Annual, Secrets and Lies (2017). Long interested in small (chapbook) presses, Karen is the founder of atelier78 press and a founding member of the enigmatic and somnambulant pachyderm press. Bob Haverluck is an artist storyteller whose drawings have have appeared in Harpers, New Statesman, Arts: Arts in Religious and Theological Studies, and others.
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      "Fairy tales can be told and retold in infinite variety to accommodate new social or moral lessons. In The Mother Goose Letters, stories and characters have been translated into the Canadian landscape and culture, where they survive brilliantly." -David Arnason, author of The Best of All Possible Worlds"The Mother Goose Letters are a perfectly irreverent and amusingly sinister act of reclamation." - GMB Chomichuk, award winning author/artist of Infinitum and Cassie and Tonk."With deft wit and a keen sense of political and personal satire, Karen Clavelle brings nursery rhymes and fairy tales home to the prairies, and the result is a riot of invention. These re-visions and sly commentaries reveal anew what has been right before us all along." - Warren Cariou, author of Lake of the Prairies.
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    In the End They Told Them All to Get Lost None Laurence Leduc-Primeau, Natalia Hero
    9781771861748 Paperback FICTION / Literary On Sale Date: April 01, 2019
    $19.95 CAD 127 x 203.2 x 15.24 mm | 248 pages Carton Quantity: 36 QC Fiction
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      We’re never quite sure what made Chloé take a flight to an unnamed country in South America. There she lives in self-imposed exile following a suicide attempt. This series of short vignettes provides a glimpse of Chloé’s scattered thoughts as she attempts to adjust to life in a new setting and recover from her depressive episode. Amidst the quirky observational humor of her internal monologue, a story of loneliness emerges as she tries (for the most part unsuccessfully) to form meaningful connections with the people she meets—and does her best to avoid—in her new surroundings. At times biting and sarcastic, at times beautiful and reflective, this debut novel takes an intimate look at depression, with a sharp and witty narrator who rides the line between self-aware and self-deprecating.
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      Laurence Leduc-Primeau is Montreal-born and bred. This is her first novel. Natalia Hero is a fiction writer and translator from Montreal. She holds a B.A. from Concordia University and an M.A. from the University of Ottawa.
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      "daring, raw and engaging" —Simon Lavery, Tredynas Days

      "It’s rare to find a first-time novelist as confident as Montreal’s Laurence Leduc-Primeau. Narration from Chloe, who has inexplicably exiled herself to South America, is fragmented, but funny and embittered. (...) A bold debut." —Maxine Kozak, Broken Pencil Summer 2019 Indie Book Picks

      "Much more than a simple travel narrative, Leduc-Primeau’s work is an exploration of depression and the ways in which we attempt to make meaningful connections with those around us. (...) In all of her interactions, we feel and relate to her deep and aching desire to understand and be understood." —Megan Callahan, Montreal Review of Books
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    Prague None Aleshia Jensen, Maude Veilleux, Aimee Wall
    9781771861786 Paperback FICTION / Literary On Sale Date: June 01, 2019
    $19.95 CAD 127 x 203.2 x 7.62 mm | 120 pages Carton Quantity: 84 QC Fiction
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      Winter blankets Montreal, while a bookseller and her lover dream of Prague. As the narrator’s open marriage becomes the subject of a novel, reality blurs with fiction, and she tries to reconcile the need to create with the desire for love and sex. Written in stark, spare prose, Prague is an introspective and intimate account of the making of a novel from life.
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      Maude Veilleux was born in 1987. She has published a number of fanzines and two poetry collections. Prague is her second novel; her first, published in French with Hamac, was longlisted for the Prix des libraires du Québec, the Quebec booksellers’ award. She lives and works in Montreal. Aleshia Jensen is a Montreal-based translator and former bookseller. She has previously translated a novel by Quebec author Mathieu Poulin as well as several graphic novels. Aimee Wall is a writer and translator. She has previously translated novels by Vickie Gendreau and Jean-Philippe Baril Guérard. Originally from Newfoundland, she now lives in Montreal.
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      "... another gem from QC Fiction" —Stuart John Allen, Winstondad's Blog

      "Maude Veilleux is one of the most important writers of our era." —Dominic Tardif, Books Editor, Le Devoir, Montreal

      "...a hyper-aware portrayal of the intimate relationship between sadness, submission, creation, and life in a body" —Bronwyn Averett, Montreal Review of Books
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    The Daughters' Story None Murielle Cyr
    9781771861823 Paperback FICTION / Historical On Sale Date: April 15, 2019
    $24.95 CAD 152.4 x 228.6 x 15.24 mm | 270 pages Carton Quantity: 40 Baraka Books
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      It’s October 1970 in Montreal, Quebec. Nadine is a trade unionist with the garment-workers union. Twenty years earlier in 1950, at the age of 15, she was banished to a home for unwed mothers. Her baby daughter, whose father is shrouded in secrecy, was given away for adoption without her permission. This prompts her to cut all ties with her mixed Irish and French-Canadian Catholic family whose past is cluttered with secrets, betrayals, incest and violence. She vows one day she will reunite with her daughter.

      Following the FLQ kidnapping of a British Trade Commissioner and the Quebec Minister of Labour, Ottawa proclaims the War Measures Act and sends the army into Quebec. These staggering political events lay the foundation for a reunion between Nadine and her daughter Lisette, embittered after been bounced from one foster home to another since she was a baby. Lisette and her partner Serge, who is close to the FLQ, need money and see Nadine as a possible source based on information they’ve gathered about Nadine’s family.

      World Wars I and II, the Great Depression, and the 1970 October crisis provide the backdrop to this family saga spanning some 60 years. Murielle Cyr breaks new ground by telling The Daughters’ Story, an unsung, overlooked but intensely passionate tale of women, propelled by their unquenchable need to belong despite oppressive conditions hard to imagine nowadays, and who manage to survive and thrive.
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      Murielle Cyr is a Québec writer who holds Creative Writing and Education degrees from Concordia University. She taught in elementary school for many years before pursuing her love of writing. Her short stories and poetry have appeared in several literary magazines. She is the author of, Culloo, a novella for young adults. The Daughters’ Story is her debut historical fiction novel. Murielle Cyr lives just south of Montreal.
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      "This is a gripping and deep story about the far-reaching and life-altering consequences of selfish or even seemingly selfless decisions, brought dominantly on women by men. Cyr shows a multitude of female perspectives and engaging characters which culminates in an unexpected coming of age." —Christoph Fischer, https://writerchristophfischer.wordpress.com/2019/03/21/review-the-daughters-story-by-murielle-cyr/
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    Fog None Rana Bose
    9781771861847 Paperback FICTION / Thrillers On Sale Date: June 01, 2019
    $24.95 CAD 139.7 x 215.9 x 15.24 mm | 236 pages Carton Quantity: 48 Baraka Books
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      A small plane was blown up in an act of sabotage over Northern Quebec, Canada. The incident was quickly analyzed and termed a mechanical failure. The case was closed in a rush. A young actor from Montreal dies in Afghanistan, killed by a missile from a drone. His death opens up wounds and discussions that are not in the public domain. These two seemingly disparate events form the backbone of a compelling contemporary “ideas thriller,” set in Montreal’s Main district and in the blue-green mountains of Kandahar.

      Past values, local history, neighborhood myths and intense psychosexual vectors are suddenly on a collision course with the current international context of wars, migration, exile, and terror. In the backdrop is the cold case of the airplane sabotage that occurred over a decade ago. Was the plane crash hushed-up? Why?

      Three friends from Montreal’s Plateau and Mile End districts manage to de-freeze the cold case, burn up the fog, and hell breaks loose, not only in their personal lives, but in their own affiliations.
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      Rana Bose is an author, playwright, poet, and dramaturge. Fog is Bose’s third novel. He is the founding editor of Montreal Serai.
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      "A literate mystery/thriller set in Montreal (on “the Main”) with side trips to Calcutta and Kandahar, this is a superbly written book about a neighbourhood, friendships, justice and belonging. Highly recommended.” — James Fisher, The Miramichi Reader

      "Fog is a literary thriller that will keep the reader engrossed from the first page to the last. Characters are engagingly & sensitively drawn." — Richard King, CBC

      "… revigorantes the Neo-noir genre for the 21st century. (…) a fresh and thrilling addition." — Stacey Madden, Quill & Quire

      "Bose is at his best when he’s describing the neighbourhood, the particular way that disparate individuals living in proximity to one another come to form a fragile, almost invisible web of community. The Main of the novel is a lived-in space." — Yutaka Dirks, Montreal Review of Books

      "Fog, as the title suggests, is about seeing through the mundane to discover new things, and yet never leaving the mist behind. Written with flowing lyricism, the novel reveals the deft hand of a seasoned writer in piecing together a seamless narrative. In this, Bose's decades of theatrical experience pays off. His characters are live, real and at times as confused as in a Shakespearean drama. It's Montreal in the first decade of the new millennium, and Chuck Bhatt meets Myra Banks. One an aspiring writer who appears bogged down in eking out a meagre existence as a shipping clerk. The other a peppy, gum-smacking millennial, whose personality fissures in the false starts of their relationship. A dental office is the first backdrop for their complicity. Myra is the receptionist, Chuck the patient and the dentist, Dr. Roberge, a conspirator in the downing of a small plane over Trois-Pistoles, Quebec. A convenient way to get Roberge's wife, a passenger on the plane, out of the way so he can marry his mega-rich mistress, or at least that is the conspiracy theory that snares Chuck and Myra. The delivery, years before, of a suspicious parcel by a femme fatale to Chuck at his shipping company is the clue to this conspiracy, and Chuck and Myra just have to piece together the rest. But before he can get to the bottom of things, Chuck is brutalized during a botched burglary of his apartment. While the murder theme provides a comfortable thread to Bose's narrative, the real pleasure comes from the characters drifting in and out of the Mile-End/St. Lawrence Street neighbourhood in Montreal. There is a sense of community in Fog that stimulates the imagination and soothingly draws in the readers. And not surprisingly, Bose manages to instill in the readers a genuine sense of affection for many of the characters in his novel. The author also does not pass on scoring a few political points in the story, particularly in criticizing western involvement in the Afghanistan war. While Bose stretches credibility in the passages in Afghanistan, overall there is a quiet realism in his narrative. Rana Bose is the author of two other novels and eleven plays and the founding editor the on-line cultural review Montreal Serai. These are significant accomplishments, but for my money, Fog is his crowning achievement. Fog is published by Baraka Books." — Ian Thomas Shaw, Ottawa Review of Books
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    Dishwasher, The Stéphane Larue Canada, Pablo Strauss Canada
    9781771962698 Paperback FICTION / Literary Publication Date: August 06, 2019
    $22.95 CAD 5.5 x 8.5 x 1.15 in | 464 pages Carton Quantity: 27 Canadian Rights: Y Biblioasis
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      Anthony Bourdain's Kitchen Confidential meets Dostoyevsky The Gambler—with metalhead appeal.

      It’s winter in Montreal, 2002, when a graphic design student’s gambling addiction starts to drag him under. In debt to the metal band that’s commissioned him to draw their album cover and ensnared in lies to his friends and his cousin, he takes the first job that promises a paycheck: dishwasher at La Trattoria, a high-end restaurant, where he finds himself thrust, on his first night, into roiling world of characters. A magnificent, hyperrealist debut, with a soundtrack by Iron Maiden, The Dishwasher plunges us into a world in which—for better or for worse—everyone depends on each other.


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      Stéphane Larue was born in Longueuil in 1983. He received a master's in comparative literature at L'Université de Montréal and has worked in the restaurant industry for the past fifteen years. He lives in Montréal. The Dishwasher is his first book.

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        • Print run: 5,000
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        • Advance reader copies at Winter Institute
        • North American TV & radio campaign: CBC Sunday Edition, Next Chapter, Writers & Co
        • National print campaign: Canadian Notes and Queries, Literary Review of Canada, Quill & Quire, The Walrus; Globe and Mail, Montreal Gazette, National Post, Toronto Star, Vancouver Sun, Winnipeg Free Press
        • Online and social media campaign: giveaways through Edelweiss, Facebook, Goodreads, Twitter, Instagram.
        • E-book available same date as print edition, e-book ISBN included on press materials and websites and promoted via social media
        • Indies Introduce nomination
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        • B&T ARC program

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      "Vivid and moving." —The New York Times Book Review

      "Carries you away like a speeding taxi in the harsh, dazzling Montreal night." —Catherine Leroux, Giller-shortlisted author of The Party Wall and Madame Victoria

      "Utterly absorbing...[an] engrossing look at addiction, city life, music, and work." —Book Riot

      "[The Dishwasher] conjures a vivid and unnerving portrait of a work-world that throbs with stress." —CBC The Sunday Edition

      "A compelling coming-of-age novel told at the speed of thrash metal: an unlikely and masterful combination of inventive literary autofiction and an irresistible page-turner...The Dishwasher is a gripping tale of unlikely friendships, a romp through the underworld of late-night Montreal, and a blazing thrash metal ode to the heart of every restaurant, the humble dish pit." —Montreal Review of Books

      "A Québécois bestseller thankfully arrives for English readers. One can see how this bleak bildungsroman attracted so much attention in Canada...[The Dishwasher] reads like a cross between the dearly departed Anthony Bourdain and Stephanie Danler’s Sweetbitter, combining the complicated life of a kitchen wretch with a highly literate voice...hypnotizing." —Kirkus Reviews

      "Quickly adopted by the kitchen-culture crowd before crossing over to mainstream bestseller lists...There’s no reason to think English Canada won’t soon follow suit with Pablo Strauss’s compulsively readable translation...Larue’s eye is so keen, his grip on his milieu so sure." —Montreal Gazette

      "In The Dishwasher, Stéphane Larue invests in plot and character. Chapters are paced like restaurant work: there are quiet lulls for you to catch your breath and torrid rushes where nothing stops moving, the type of chaos where the only way to stay on your feet is to wildly tumble forward...Pablo Strauss’ translation creates a narrator and a world of energy and exhaustion....masterful." —Asymptote

      "Captivating...consistently propulsive and acutely perceptive." —Hamilton Review of Books

      "Larue recounts his story in an energetic style that will keep the reader emotionally vested in the life of The Dishwasher." —CBC Montreal

      "An immersive look at the restaurant world make[s] for a gripping read in The Dishwasher...[a] gripping take on a damaged young man finding his place in a particular subculture, and the precise details make for a work that sits comfortably beside works by Anthony Bourdain and George Orwell." —Words Without Borders

      "Highly satisfying and original...utterly propulsive, its effects mesmerizing."—Literary Review of Canada

      "A gruff-yet-affable working class lament, seasoned with hangdog determination and bleary verisimilitude. From the bar booths to the slop sinks to the shooting galleries of a painstakingly rendered Montreal, Larue proves himself a more than adept raconteur of blackout debauchery and wage labor drudgery. Think Nelson Algren by way of Bud Smith, such is the hardscrabble exactitude on offer in this wincing grin of a novel. An industrious and absorbing slab of cutthroat cuisine, Québécois death metal, and gambler’s dilemmas." —Justin Walls, Powell's Books (Portland, OR)

      "I've never been to Montreal but I have worked in restaurants and Stéphane Larue's The Dishwasher made me feel as if I do know that world in great, mad, detail. More importantly, it goes so beyond being a food industry novel or a novel about metal or gambling, it is a book that is both tender and tough. I appreciate this book for all that it must've taken to create--it is a wondrous thing." —Hans Weyandt, Milkweed Books (Minneapolis, MN)

      "The Dishwasher is a tragi-comic adventure through the dark underbelly of a high end Montreal restaurant kitchen that follows a down on his luck 30-something brilliantly talented artist with fabulous taste in music and a little gambling addiction. As much a philosophical dive into life, love, trust, obsession, and heavy metal as just a damn good story, The Dishwasher made me laugh, cringe,shake my head and drool over amazing food. I absolutely just couldn't put this quirky cool debut novel by Canadian author Larue that is just perfect for fans of David Sedaris or Anthony Bourdain." —Angie Tally, The Country Bookshop (Southern Pines, NC)

      "Prepare to get your soul scrubbed down and wrung out. This novel from Quebec captures a world that will be familiar to folks in the service and music industry. Vividly painted scenes from the trenches of a barely-functional kitchen during a rush followed by dizzying late-night get togethers make up this portrait of the loneliness of late-capitalism and the strength we can find from art and our allies. Gritty, loud, and compassionate." —Luis Correa, Avid Bookshop (Athens, GA)

      "A simple story of a want-to-be-artist that has to come to terms with the reality of his vices and get out of his own way. The pacing and phrasing of this novel is in beautiful contrast to the raw story told. The sense of place is unforgettable. From the behind the scenes look of working in a restaurant to the weight of addiction, I devoured every page as I found myself hopeful for the underdog in this brilliant debut." —Shannon Alden, Literati Bookshop (Ann Arbor, MI)

      “The only thing I did last weekend was read The Dishwasher.” —Caitlin Luce Baker, Island Books (Seattle, WA)

      "A perfectly crafted story...the narrator’s conquest of his gambling addiction ebbs and flows, marked by success and failure, hope and defeat...The Dishwasher is a thoughtful examination of a young man at the end of his options—a humanizing, emotive, and entertaining tale of personal growth." —Foreword Reviews

      "The turbulent, immersive narration is an experience on its own. The result is often breathtaking: five hundred feverish pages that take us to a place somewhere between Dostoyevsky's The Gambler and Anthony Bourdain's KItchen Confidential.... Poignant and magnificent." —Le Devoir (Montreal)

      "Feverish writing, Montreal streets and characters magnificently described, mind-bending descriptions of what happens behind the scenes at restaurants--you'll never see them in the same way once you've finished the book--a story that is both a dark tale and an existential suspense story, it all combines to make the book unputdownable.... It may be over 500 pages long, but so moving is the story that once you've started it, you feel the irresistible desire to devour it in a single sitting." —Le Soleil (Quebec City)

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    My Camino Patrick Warner
    9781771962872 Paperback FICTION / Satire Publication Date: July 09, 2019
    $21.95 CAD 5.5 x 8.5 x 0.67 in | 248 pages Carton Quantity: 48 Canadian Rights: Y Biblioasis
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      ​Three plucky misfits cycle the Camino de Santiago—backwards.

      Reeling from the Night of Nights, an unexpected blockbuster art show, Floss, a transgender New York gallery owner, invites subversive installation artist Budsy and their best friend the Apostle John to cycle the Camino de Santiago. When Floss tells her friends about her shocking experience at the hands of the King of the New York art scene, the journey becomes an anti-pilgrimage—from spiritual discovery to revenge fantasy. Moving from New York to Spain to Dublin, My Camino is a book about misfits, identity, art and spirituality narrated by the audacious Apostle John whose telling sometimes rhymes, is often hilarious and is always a blistering account of the contemporary art world.


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      Patrick Warner has published five collections of poetry: All Manner of Misunderstanding; There, There; Mole; Precious; and Octopus, and a novel, One Hit Wonders. He has twice won the E.J. Pratt Poetry Prize. Warner grew up in Claremorris, County Mayo, Ireland. He emigrated to Canada in 1980, and since then has mostly lived in St. John’s, Newfoundland.

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        • Print run: 2000
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        • North American TV & radio campaign: CBC Sunday Edition, Next Chapter, Writers & Co 
        • National print campaign: Canadian Notes and Queries, Literary Review of Canada, Quill & Quire, The Walrus; Globe and Mail, Montreal Gazette, National Post, Toronto Star, Vancouver Sun, Winnipeg Free Press 
        • Online and social media campaign: CBC Books. Giveaways through Edelweiss, Facebook, Goodreads, Twitter, Instagram.
        • E-book available same date as print edition, e-book ISBN included on press materials and websites and promoted via social media 
        • Excerpts in Lit Hub, Electric Lit 


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      PRAISE FOR MY CAMINO

      "Scathing, riotous...Warner's writing throughout is electric. It's boisterous, bawdy, turbocharged and entirely entertaining. Apostle John is the best kind of narrator — loudly confident one moment, humble and introspective the next, a man of sage opinions and witty, often heartbreaking anecdotes about [his friends] Budsy and Floss, migration, philosophy, music, and the world at large. Reading the book feels like sidling up to the bar with a highly intelligent and hilarious new companion...My Camino is an energizing read, a book that asks cheeky and powerful questions about what it means to create (or abstain) in the early 21st Century."—Toronto Star

      “An original and inherently compelling read by an author with a knack for the kind of narrative storytelling that keeps the reader riveted from cover to cover...” — Midwest Book Review

      “An uproarious satire of the art world and a joyful, episodic novel that will appeal to anyone looking for a non-dreary read.”—Foyles

      "[A] rollicking, peregrinating tale..." — The Packet

      PRAISE FOR PATRICK WARNER

      “Warner has a wonderful skill for wielding rhythm and rhyme…engaging and memorable.” —Canadian Literature

      “Warner’s poems can be comical, tender, brutal … they are always enlightening in their implied connections, sublime in their musical inventiveness.” —Sunday Independent

      “I don’t know if anyone in contemporary poetry is bearing more eloquent, precisely strange witness to the certainty of their doubts than Warner.” —ARC Poetry Magazine

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    9781771962797 Paperback FICTION / Short Stories Publication Date: May 28, 2019
    $19.95 CAD 5 x 7.5 x 0.36 in | 172 pages Carton Quantity: 63 Canadian Rights: Y Biblioasis
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      A vivid, assured collection rooted in psychological realism. 

      In the dark and eerie style of Joy Williams or Karen Russell, this character-driven collection from Elise Levine is tough and tender, filled with complicated people longing for independence from the scripts of the past. From a sniping road-tripping couple in the desert to a cantankerous divinity-school candidate on the prairies to a frustrated cop in a cave in the south of France, This Wicked Tongue showcases the gritty and the sublime.


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      Elise Levine is the author of the novels Blue Field and Request and Dedications, and the story collections Driving Men Mad and the forthcoming This Wicked Tongue. Her work has also appeared in Ploughshares, The Gettysburg Review, The Collagist, Blackbird, Best Canadian Stories, and The Journey Prize Anthology, among other publications, and has been named a finalist for Best Small Fictions 2018. She is the recipient of a Canadian National Magazine Award for fiction; awards from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, and the Toronto Arts Council; and residency fellowships from Yaddo, the MacDowell Colony, and the Ucross Foundation, among others. She lives in Baltimore, MD.

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        • Print run: 2000
        • Co-op available
        • Advance reader copies at Winter Institute
        • North American TV & radio campaign: CBC Sunday Edition, Next Chapter, Writers & Co 
        • National print campaign: Canadian Notes and Queries, Literary Review of Canada, Quill & Quire, The Walrus; Globe and Mail, Montreal Gazette, National Post, Toronto Star, Vancouver Sun, Winnipeg Free Press; Chatelaine 
        • Online and social media campaign: CBC Books. Giveaways through Edelweiss, Facebook, Goodreads, Twitter, Instagram.
        • E-book available same date as print edition, e-book ISBN included on press materials and websites and promoted via social media 
        • Excerpts in Lit Hub, Electric Lit 
        • Winter Institute attendance


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      PRAISE FOR THIS WICKED TONGUE

      “It’s been a long wait for fans of Elise Levine’s delicious short stories. But the wait was well worth it...[This Wicked Tongue] delivers in spades. From the get-go, Levine demonstrates a boisterous command of language and an ability to seize the reader’s attention...her stories pry us open, revealing our secretly wounded places, finally acting as balm and salvation. Lucky us.” —Toronto Star

      “Sit back and let the language, distilled to its most pristine, wash over you with the force and effect of poetry.” —Hamilton Review of Books

      “Expertly crafted, impressively original, inherently riveting...very highly recommended.” —Midwest Book Review

      “Levine offers a vision and a language so poetically visceral and fiercely poignant—so uniquely intelligent—that story after story I was in awe of her courage and artistry.” —Barbara Gowdy

      "Edgy...convey[s] themes of yearning and loss...Levine demonstrates her ability as a wordsmith par excellence." —Winnipeg Free Press

      “Elise Levine writes with a new and exciting type of lyric rhythm. These are stories with the beating heart of poems.” —Rion Amilcar Scott, winner of the 2017 PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction

      “Each story in This Wicked Tongue is powerful and vivid and packed with an emotional punch to the heart.” —Quill & Quire (starred review)

      “Elise Levine’s startling sentences alternate between serrated sentiment and lyrical reverie, offering readers that rarest commodity—genuine surprise.” —Jeff Jackson, author of Destroy All Monsters

      “Elise Levine uses language like a scalpel to cut to the nervy core of our inner life. There’s a restless desolation in these stories, perfectly poised against a wily, wry wit. This Wicked Tongue is wicked smart.” —Dawn Raffel, The Strange Case of Dr. Couney

      “Taut, musical sentences...a stylish, experimental collection.” —Kirkus Reviews

      “Levine shines, furnishing a mental space with language that juggles colloquial and classical vocabulary, complete with verbs that feel freshly minted. In other hands, such an inward turn might give rise to feelings of claustrophobia, but here one has the sense of a widening.” —Literary Review of Canada

      “Wonderfully dark, eerily atmospheric...sharp, smart, thoughtful, and rendered in Levine's customary powerhouse prose.” —Open Book

      PRAISE FOR ELISE LEVINE

      “Reading Elise Levine is akin to a wild ride down a dark road at night...Bold and startling...Precipitous and exhilarating.” —Globe and Mail

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      “A dazzling wordsmith, a lexical tease, Levine is like a kid let loose in a leaf pile, kicking up words for the sheer joy of watching them spin.” —Toronto Star

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      “Audacious…There’s hardly a word in [these stories] that doesn’t weigh heavily, or doesn’t have a bristling edge to it.” —Toronto Star

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    Nosy White Woman Martha Wilson Canada
    9781771962896 Paperback FICTION / Short Stories Publication Date: August 20, 2019
    $19.95 CAD 5 x 8 x 0.56 in | 224 pages Carton Quantity: 42 Canadian Rights: Y Biblioasis
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      Description

      This powerful debut collection chronicles the intersections of politics and daily lives.
       
      A woman tries to explain to her mother why calling the police isn't always a good idea. A caretaking group of sisters must rely on each other, but one has a fierce drinking problem. A mother confronts the frightening environmental damage of the world in which her child must grow old. In these sixteen stories, Martha Wilson provides a powerful look at the intersection of politics and daily life in our contemporary world, showing us the banal and gritty connections that lay there.



      Bio

      Martha Wilson’s fiction has appeared in Best Canadian Stories 2017 and in the New Quarterly. She was runner-up for the 2017 Peter Hinchcliffe Fiction Prize and a finalist for the New South 2018 fiction prize. Her writing has also been in Real Simple, New York Times, Japan Times, Kansai Time Out, and International Herald-Tribune. She is American but for more than twenty years has made her home in Canada, where she lives with her husband and two daughters.

      Marketing & Promotion
        • Print run: 2000
        • Co-op available
        • Advance reader copies
        • North American TV & radio campaign: CBC Sunday Edition, Next Chapter, Writers & Co 
        • National print campaign: Canadian Notes and Queries, Literary Review of Canada, Quill & Quire, The Walrus; Globe and Mail, Montreal Gazette, National Post, Toronto Star, Vancouver Sun, Winnipeg Free Press; Chatelaine 
        • Online and social media campaign: CBC Books. Giveaways through Edelweiss, Facebook, Goodreads, Twitter, Instagram.
        • E-book available same date as print edition, e-book ISBN included on press materials and websites and promoted via social media 
        • Excerpts in Lit Hub, Electric Lit


    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Reviews

      PRAISE FOR NOSY WHITE WOMAN

      "Intimate...Wilson presents a kaleidoscope of complicated women finding their way through parenthood, partnership, and career goals...Wilson has a deft hand for examining how the larger world infiltrates the everyday. Her characters are richly conceived...keenly observed, extremely human stories." —Booklist

      "Wilson achieves a rare laudable consistency throughout...While her settings might feel commonplace—kitchen-table dramas, extended holiday gatherings, generational disconnects, neighborly interactions—Wilson adds an extra quirk, an unexpected fleeting detail, a sudden revelation that ensures a satisfyingly lingering resonance with each and every story." Shelf Awareness

      "The people in Martha Wilson’s stories are self-aware and grounded, often with an affinity for nature — they garden, love animals, bake muffins for the farmer’s market. Good people, curious and intuitive. The stories defy easy summary, because each involves dozens of resonant incidents and insights." Toronto Star

      “Martha Wilson is one of those authors who gives the impression of knowing all our secrets and liking us anyway. She writes with wit and compassion about ordinary people dealing as well as they can with life’s immensities – growing up, getting married, becoming parents, watching their own parents age and die. Halfway through this wonderful collection of stories, I knew I would recognize Martha Wilson’s voice whenever I encountered it. And I hope I will encounter it often.” —K.D. Miller, author of Late Breaking and the Rogers Writers’ Trust-shortlisted All Saints

      “Resonates in that narrow space where everyday life drips with meaning and the quiet world around us breathes its secrets. Nosy White Woman both elevates the ordinary and strips back its facade to reveal the often uncomfortable truths it hides.” —Charlie Lovett, New York Times-bestselling author of The Bookman's Tale and The Lost Book of the Grail

      Nosy White Woman is a collection of compelling stories replete with delicious contradictions. Filled with sardonic, sly humour, the stories can be as touching and fleeting as daily life. The book catches today's zeitgeist, while the style is at once traditional and decidedly contemporary. I looked forward to every spare moment I could find to read this terrific collection.” —Antanas Sileika, author of Provisionally Yours and The Barefoot Bingo Caller

      “If I say morally subtle, I’m worried you won’t get how thrilling these stories are. And oh, they are thrilling. Martha Wilson plumbs the smallest moments of everyday life—of aging, marriage, parents and children—to unclog the biggest questions. In her gloomy and hilarious way, she makes familiar dramas, insults, and injuries—what one narrator calls “the small tragedies”—sparklingly fresh. If you’re looking for crescendo and certainty, though, then don’t read this absolutely quietly perfect book that I devoured through the night with a headlamp on because that’s how good it is.” —Catherine Newman, author of Catastrophic Happiness and Waiting for Birdy

      “Martha Wilson’s curiosity about the world is wide-ranging and generous. In these fine stories, she brings a tender, courageous and precise attention to her characters’ foibles and concerns, while charting the places where ordinary lives intersect with and react to the political.” —Kim Aubrey, author of What We Hold in Our Hands

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