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    Sin Eater Angela Hibbs Canada
    9781894037495 Paperback POETRY / Subjects & Themes Publication Date:May 15, 2014
    $14.95 CAD 5 x 6.9 x 0.4 in | 160 gr | 112 pages Carton Quantity:72 Canadian Rights: Y ARP Books
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      Sin Eater reassembles the seven deadly sins to reflect a modern context and culture. For her third collection, Angela Hibbs explores and dissects the everyday and the extraordinary: literary figures, office workers, "Everybody's Baby," the deconstruction of a Crazy Train, cosmetic procedures, and understudy deities. Morality, etiquette and judgment are under a microscope--removed from the theological, anchored in the here and now.

      With nimble language and an uncommon wit, Hibbs reveals the fluidity of transgression when traditional definitions no longer apply. Sin Eater is a bold new collection from one of Canada's brightest poetic voices.

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      Angela Hibbs is the author of two previous collections of poetry, Passport (DC Books, 2006) and Wanton (Insomniac Press, 2009). She holds a MA creative writing from Concordia University. Her work appeared in the Poetry Is Public Is Poetry installation at the Toronto Reference Library. She was awarded the 2010 Joseph S. Stauffer Prize.
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      Angela Hibbs' third book of poetry invites us to indugle in pleasures of the flesh, to give in to fierce passions. And what better place to start than with these poems? Nervy, sensual, and slick, Sin Eater is Hibbs' most accomplished book yet. I'm already tempted to read it again. - Paul Vermeersch

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    The Winter We Danced Voices from the Past, the Future, and the Idle No More Movement The Kino-nda-niimi Collective Canada
    9781894037518 Paperback SOCIAL SCIENCE / Indigenous Studies Publication Date:April 26, 2014
    $22.95 CAD 5.5 x 8.5 x 1 in | 600 gr | 440 pages Carton Quantity:26 Canadian Rights: Y ARP Books
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      The Winter We Danced is a vivid collection of writing, poetry, lyrics, art and images from the many diverse voices that make up the past, present, and future of the Idle No More movement. Calling for pathways into healthy, just, equitable and sustainable communities while drawing on a wide-ranging body of narratives, journalism, editorials and creative pieces, this collection consolidates some of the most powerful, creative and insightful moments from the winter we danced and gestures towards next steps in an on-going movement for justice and Indigenous self-determination.
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      The Kino-nda-niimi Collective is a group of Indigenous writers, artists, editors, curators and allies. Lead editors for The Winter We Danced include Niigaanwewidam James Sinclair, Leanne Simpson, Tanya Kappo, Wanda Nanibush and Hayden King who--along with many colleagues, relatives, friends, and organizations--assembled this collection together over the summer and fall of 2013.
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      The Winter We Danced reveals the full depth and breadth of Idle No More, its traditional roots and future potential - reading, at times, like prophecy.This ambitious collection is brilliantly structured as a round dance; we are initiated in a section titled "First Beats." ...the more than 75 contributors represented here--including former Olympians and judges, journalists and Chiefs, musicians and former gang leaders--are dazzlingly diverse. We step lightly from poems to manifestos to blog posts to editorials. This free-flowing yet directed quality mirrors the round dances that invaded malls across North America the winter of 2012-13, challenging the rigid artifice around them. With each text, the significance of the format builds, and is compounded by stunning artwork.--Aparna Sanyal, The Globe and Mail

      This collection is an important archive of all the effort toward Indigenous freedom that has been achieved so far and an impassioned vision of a resilient Indigenous future. It comes at a crucial moment to provide reflection and stoke the fires of further action. Indeed, simply purchasing the book helps further important work as all proceeds from The Winter We Danced go to the Native Youth Sexual Health Network.--Lindsey Cornum, Rabble.ca

      Manitoba's Kino-nda-niimi Collective has created an invaluable resource with the recently-published book, (em>The Winter We Danced (ARP books, Winnipeg). This is a treasure trove of photos, poems, stories and essays, in all about 120 entries that capture the emotions and ideas of indigenous pride and resistance that fuel the Idle No More movement.--Valerie Lannon, socialist.ca

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    Restorying Indigenous Leadership Wise Practices in Community Development Cora Voyageur Canada, Laura Brearley, Brian Calliou
    9781894773683 Paperback SOCIAL SCIENCE / Indigenous Studies Publication Date:September 03, 2014
    $24.95 CAD 5.5 x 8.5 x 1 in | 1.04 lb | 300 pages Carton Quantity:24 Canadian Rights: Y Banff Centre Press
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      Restorying Indigenous Leadership: Wise Practices in Community Development is a foundational resource of the most recent scholarship on Indigenous leadership. The authors in this anthology share their research through nonfictional narratives, innovative approaches to Indigenous community leadership, and inspiring accounts of success, presenting many models for Indigenous leader development. These engaging stories are followed by a Wise Practices section featuring seven significant contemporary case study summaries. Restorying promotes hope for the future, individual agency, and knowledge of successful community economic development based upon community assets. It is a diverse collection of iterative and future-oriented ways to achieve community growth that acknowledges the centrality of Indigenous culture and identity.
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      Dr. Cora Voyageur is First Nations and a sociologist at the University of Calgary. Her research explores the indigenous experience in Canada. Her books include Firekeepers of the Twenty-First Century: First Nations Women Chiefs and My Heroes Have Always Been Indians. She co-edited Hidden in Plain Sight: Contributions of Aboriginal Peoples to Canadian Identity and Culture, Volumes I and II. Dr. Laura Brearley coordinates the Deep Listening Project, an international creative exchange between Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists, musicians, and researchers. The Project grew out of the Koori Cohort of Researchers that she established at RMIT University and Monash University. Laura is a creative research specialist and an Adjunct Professor at Swinburne University in Melbourne. Brian Calliou has been the Program Director of The Banff Centre's Indigenous Leadership and Management since August 2003. His work has appeared in various academic journals and books including Indigenous Peoples and the Modern State and Power and Resistance: Critical Thinking about Canadian Issues. His research interests include Aboriginal leadership, self-government, economic development, Aboriginal and treaty rights.



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    Languages of Our Land/Langues de notre terre Indigenous Poems and Stories from Quebec/Poèmes et récits autochtones du Québec 1st edition Susan Ouriou Canada, Christelle Morelli
    9781894773768 Paperback LITERARY COLLECTIONS / Native American Publication Date:June 25, 2014
    $18.95 CAD 5.5 x 8.5 x 0.5 in | 0.52 lb | 180 pages Carton Quantity:24 Canadian Rights: Y Banff Centre Press
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      Languages of Our Land/Langues de notre terre is a collection of poems and stories by twelve emerging and established Indigenous writers living in Quebec and writing in French. These writers all participated in either the Aboriginal Emerging Writers Program (now the Indigenous Writing Program) at The Banff Centre, funded by the Canada Council for the Arts, or the francophone chapter of this program, Programme à l'intention d'écrivains autochtones en début de carrière, in Quebec. The writing within Languages is presented in English translation alongside the French original and interlaced with words in the writers' ancestral Indigenous languages--Innu-aimun, Wendat, Cree, and Algonquin--glossed at the end of the anthology. Editor Susan Ouriou, a Governor General's Award-winning translator and former French-English interpreter and translator for the Aboriginal Emerging Writers Program, states in her preface, "in these poems and stories, as they face the tragedies of the past, demand the righting of wrongs, and prompt change to create a better future, we see a reflection of transformation being wrought in the wider world." This anthology presents readers with an opportunity to experience the rich multiplicity of languages, intonations, and images within the stories and poems authored by those influenced by the languages they've inherited, writing in a language they've embraced.
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      Susan Ouriou is an award-winning literary translator, fiction writer, and interpreter. She was faculty for the bilingual Aboriginal Emerging Writers program at The Banff Centre, and helped found the Banff International Literary Translation Centre. Susan is the editor of the 2010 anthology Beyond Words: Translating the World.

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      "By giving the French language--the white language--a transfusion of red blood, aren't we, thanks to the generosity of nations, regenerating that same language?" - Jean Sioui, Francophone mentor, Aboriginal Emerging Writers Program, The Banff Centre, 2006 to 2011,Director, Programme à l'intention d'écrivains autochtones en début de carrière, 2012-Present.
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    Lunar Mercedes Batiz-Benet Canada
    9781897411223 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Fantasy & Magic
    $13.95 CAD 5 x 4.5 x 0.5 in | 6.75 lb | 90 pages Carton Quantity:40 Canadian Rights: Y Bayeux
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      Young Sofia comes to terms with the death of her mother through an imaginary world revealed by the moon.A poetic, magical and mysterious tale about the journey from girlhood to motherhood.
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      Mercedes Batiz-Benetis a multi-disciplinary artist and writer. She was born and raised in Mexico and moved to Canada in 1997. She holds a BFA in Creative Writing and a BA Honours in Philosophy from the University of Victoria, as well as a Diploma in Film Production.
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    Sandcastle Diary, The Hébert Louis-Philippe Canada
    9781926956749 Paperback POETRY / Canadian Publication Date:April 15, 2014
    $15.95 CAD 5.5 x 8.5 x 0.25 in | 0.25 lb | 80 pages Carton Quantity:48 Canadian Rights: Y Bookland Press
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      “The Sandcastle Diary” portrays journey through life and everlasting reflections of the heart. The poems illustrate deep emotions written in a thoughtfully artistic way with vibrant interpretations stemming from the complexity and simplicity of human life. Challenging, thought-provoking, and moving, these poems were inspired by real life experiences. Each poem has been created to encourage thoughts and understanding of relationships, spirituality, success, love, heartache, loneliness, happiness, judgment, and ultimately the concept of living a well-balanced life overall. With a fresh take on writing poetry, Louis-Philippe Hébert successfully demonstrates his creative talent and explores a wide range of emotions and perceptions persuading us to examine the world we live in.
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      Louis-Philippe Hébert is an award-winning author of ten books of poetry and prose in French and English. His poems, short stories, and reviews have been published widely in literary magazines and newspapers in Canada and internationally. He participated in many poetry readings and festivals around the world. He lives near Montreal, Quebec.
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    Between the Moments Canadian Aboriginal Voices Marie-Andrée Gill Canada, Jacques Lefebvre
    9781926956800 Paperback POETRY / Canadian Publication Date:April 15, 2014
    $15.95 CAD 5.5 x 8.5 x 0.27 in | 0.24 lb | 80 pages Carton Quantity:48 Canadian Rights: Y Bookland Press
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      The poems in “Between the Moments” immerse the reader deep into the reflection of humanity and tangible reality of life to explore the moments of perplexity and simplicity of life. Throughout the book, the author roams the crevices of her desire and invites us into the world filled with tides and stars, mirages and reflections, moments of confusion and enlightenment to resolve deep emotional issues and to find the light in the darkness. In “Between the Moments” the emotions are overlapping and the feelings are evolving until the end of the night.
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      Marie-Andrée Gill is an emerging Aboriginal poet from Mashteuiatsh, a First Nations reserve in the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean region of Quebec. Her first poetry collection, “Béante,” was published in French by Éditions La Peuplade in 2012. Jacques Lefebvre is a bilingual French-English writer, editor, and translator. He was born in Montreal and moved to Toronto at the age of 11. He has been translating literature, technical, and corporate documents from English to French and from French to English for many major Canadian, US, and international organizations for the last 10 years. His articles and short stories have been published in many magazines and newspapers in English and French. He is a member of the Writers Union of Canada.

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    This Could Be Anywhere Maude Smith Gagnon Canada, Howard Scott
    9781926956831 Paperback POETRY / Canadian Publication Date:April 15, 2014
    $15.95 CAD 5.5 x 8.5 x 0.3 in | 0.28 lb | 96 pages Carton Quantity:48 Canadian Rights: Y Bookland Press
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      “This Could Be Anywhere” describes experiences of places, landscapes, and encounters that do not seem to respond to our natural and spontaneous interest in them. The poetry collection visits various places - Natashquan, Vietnam, Montreal - and seeks to bring out their common nature. We read the poems with the impression that this could be anywhere. Author Maude Smith Gagnon displays a lovely grasp of language through well-crafted narrative touches. In a spare, minimalist form she pays homage to the intensity of being. Bit by bit her words infuse memory and absence, welcoming the most seemingly insignificant events in the world as the beginning of great things.
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      Maude Smith Gagnon was born in Basse-Côte-Nord and now lives in Montreal. She received a Master of Arts degree in literary studies from the Université du Québec à Montréal. Her first poetry collection, “Une tonne d’air,” was the winner of the Émile-Nelligan award and her second book, “Un drap. Une place.,” won the 2012 Governor General Literary Award for French-language poetry.

      Howard Scott was born in southwestern Ontario and currently lives in Montreal. His translation of “Euguélionne” by Louky Bersianik won the Governor General Literary Award in 1997. He has translated many poetry, fiction, and non-fiction titles, often in collaboration with Phyllis Aronoff. In 2001, they won the Quebec Writers Federation Translation Award and in 2009 they were shortlisted for the Governor General Literary Award. He is a past president of the Literary Translators Association of Canada.
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    mâmitoneyihtamowina ekwa kotakak ayisiniwak ot'swepinikewiniwâwa (Cree edition) Canadian Aboriginal Voices Reneltta Arluk Canada, Susan Sinclair
    9781926956770 Paperback POETRY / Canadian Publication Date:August 15, 2014
    $15.95 CAD 5.5 x 8.5 x 0.32 in | 0.29 lb | 104 pages Carton Quantity:40 Canadian Rights: Y Bookland Press
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      In this Cree translation of "Thoughts and Other Human Tendencies" by Reneltta Arluk, the author and the translator draw from the Aboriginal traditions of praising the land and the spirit, the realities of Aboriginal culture, and the concept of feminine individuality. The poems, both sacred and secular, are written with the passions of anger, grief, and love, at once tender and furious. Here are the tales of love, betrayal, courage, defeat, acceptance, loss, grief, passion, delight, courting, coming of age, birth and death, youth and old age, hunting and surviving. The poems are united by the ongoing struggle to define what it means to be a tribal member, an Aboriginal, and a woman in the 21st century.
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      Reneltta Arluk is a writer and actor of Inuvialuit and Chipewyan-Cree descent originally from the Northwest Territories. Being raised in a nomadic environment gave her the skills and imagination to become the writer and storyteller she is. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Alberta and continues to work as an actor and playwright throughout Canada and internationally keeping her culture alive. Susan Sinclar is a Cree educator and translator from Edmonton, Alberta. She has been a Cree teacher, Aboriginal Education consultant, and Native Studies instructor for over 20 years. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Saskatchewan and a Bachelor of Education degree from University of Regina.

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    9781771660303 Paperback FICTION / Literary Publication Date:April 15, 2014
    $23.00 CAD 5.5 x 8.5 x 0.5 in | 250 gr | 192 pages Carton Quantity:50 Canadian Rights: Y Book*hug Press
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      From interdisciplinary writer and performer Jacob Wren comes Polyamorous Love Song, a novel of intertwined narratives concerning the relationship between artists and the world. Shot through with unexpected moments of sex and violence, readers will become acquainted with a world that is at once the same and opposite from the one in which they live. With a diverse palette of vivid characters - from people who wear furry mascot costumes at all times, to a group of "New Filmmakers" that devises increasingly unexpected sexual scenarios with complete strangers, to a secret society that concocts a virus that only infects those on the political right - Wren's avant-garde Polyamorous Love Song (finalist for the 2013 Fence Modern Prize in Prose) will appeal to readers with an interest in the visual arts, theatre, and performance of all types.
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      Jacob Wren creates literature, performances ad exhibitions. His books include Unrehearsed Beauty (1998), Families Are Formed Through Copulation (2007), and Revenge Fantasies of the Politically Dispossessed (2010). As co-artistic director of Montreal-based interdisciplinary group PME-ART, he co-created the performances En franais comme en anglais, it's easy to criticize (1998), and the HOSPITALITƒ / HOSPITALITY series including Individualism Was a Mistake (2008), The DJ Who Gave Too Much Information (2011), and Every Song I've Ever Written (2013). International collaborations include a stage adaptation of the 1954 Wolfgang Koeppen novel Der Tod in Rom (Sophiensaele, Berlin, 2007); An Anthology of Optimism (co-created with Pieter De Buysser / Campo, Ghent, 2008); Big Brother Where Art Thou? (a project entirely on Facebook, co-created with Lene Berg / OFFTA / PME-ART, 2011); and, No Double Life For The Wicked (co-created with Tori Kudo / The Museum of Art, Kochi, Japan, 2012.) Wren travels internationally with alarming frequency and frequently writes about contemporary art. Follow Wren at http://www.radicalcut.blogspot.com and http://jacobwren.tumblr.com.
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      Praise for Polyamorous Love Song:

      Polyamorous Love Song is...surreal, transgressive, and unsettling. It has the capacity to not only deliver itself like a punch to the gut but also leave a lingering sting. - Quill and Quire (Starred review)

      The book of your dreams....
      - Globe and Mail

      At once thoughtful, thrilling, terrifying, comedic and disturbing...
      - Cult MTL

      Polyamorous Love Song sets up every human being as an artist - oversexed, furry and holding a gun - to play through wicked palindromes of sex performance and political protest. This book notably asks: Are we all pretending? Wren mines the ethical implications of both hidden literature and mass entertainment. Reading it, I wondered why I wasn't more afraid.
      - Tamara Faith Berger

      Everything Jacob Wren touches interests me, excites me - he's both sophisticated and innocent in attitude - he's a kind of wise old man and open-hearted lover. With his vivacious ideas, word play, and the serious and inane served up on a plate - Wren lifts my spirits, intellectual and other, because to know he's writing so beautifully in this mad, sad world is a wonderful thing.
      - Lynne Tilman

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