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    Yams do not exist Garry Thomas Morse Canada
    9780888016775 Paperback FICTION / Short Stories Publication Date:February 15, 2020
    $19.00 CAD 5.5 x 8.5 x 0.72 in | 0.5 lb | 290 pages Carton Quantity:32 Canadian Rights: Y Turnstone Press
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      Farinata Feck, a poet of mixed heritage, is a man of many appetites; yet he is most consumed by the search to find his romantic ideal. Yo-yoing between Regina and Winnipeg, Farinata crosses paths with colonial ghosts, cosplay enthusiasts, a Faulknerian gossip, a rogue tree-cop, and a sweet potato activist. With equal parts playfulness and decadence, Garry Thomas Morse renders the Beckettish adventures of the lovelorn libertine with hypnotic surrealism. A dizzying display of literary opulence and allusion, Yams Do Not Exist finds footholds in Dante Alighieri's Divine Comedy, footnoting a twisting, prairie roadmap to romance, by turns hellish and sublime.

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      Garry Thomas Morse grew up on the BC coast and now lives in Winnipeg. He has published several collections of poetry, notably Discovery Passages, about his Kwakwaka'wakw Indigenous ancestors, shortlisted for the Governor General's Award and the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize, and Prairie Harbour, also shortlisted for a Governor General's Award. He has twice been shortlisted for the national Re-Lit Award for fiction, and has served as the Jack McClelland Writer-in-Residence at the University of Toronto and the Carol Shields Writer-in-Residence at the University of Winnipeg.

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      In the spirit of Beckett, Kafka, and Margaret Laurence, these stories reinvent narrative to combine the tall tales of the prairie with the post-prairie mindscape of the 21st century. As Farinata Feck undertakes a romantic quest that flings him from one parodic adventure to another, the point of Morse's satire is wickedly sharp, yet always sweetly tempered by his generous acceptance of our human failings ... and his kick-ass sense of humour.--Catherine Hunter

      Related in dazzling prose, Farinata's picaresque adventures transpose whole worlds of art, poetry, and music onto the dreamscapes of the prairies. Morse's pyro-technique produces a marvel of witty discord.--Méira Cook

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    9780888016812 Paperback FICTION / Literary Publication Date:September 15, 2019
    $19.00 CAD 5.5 x 8.5 x 0.55 in | 0.38 lb | 225 pages Carton Quantity:28 Canadian Rights: Y Turnstone Press
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      Catherine, an archivist, has spent decades committed to conserving the pasts of others, only to find her own resurfacing on the eve of her retirement. Carefully, she mines the failing memories of her aging mother to revive a mysterious Uncle and relive the tragic downfall of her brother. Catherine remembers, and in the process, discovers darker family secrets, long silenced, and their devastating aftermath. Spanning decades between rural Alberta and Winnipeg, All That Belongs is an elegant examination of our own ephemeral histories, the consequences of religious fanaticism, and the startling familial ties--and shame--that bind us.

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      Dora Dueck is the award-winning author of numerous books, articles, and short stories. Her novel, This Hidden Thing, won the 2010 McNally Robinson Book of the Year Award, and was shortlisted for the Margaret Laurence Award for Fiction, and What You Get At Home (Turnstone Press, 2012) won the High Plains Award for Short Stories. Dueck's novella, Mask, was also the winning entry for the 2014 Malahat Review novella contest. Dora grew up in a Mennonite community in Alberta, lived many years in Winnipeg, but currently makes her home in British Columbia.

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    9780888016850 Paperback POETRY / Canadian Publication Date:October 15, 2019
    $17.00 CAD 5.5 x 8.5 x 0.13 in | 0.12 lb | 125 pages Carton Quantity:84 Canadian Rights: Y Turnstone Press
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      Emerging from the expanse of bewildered mourning, Su Croll's third collection, Cold Metal Stairs, is a timely lament for those who wander deep into the mists of failing memory, and for those who are left behind, waiting. With profound care, Croll breaks open the quiet conversations happening across the nation about dementia by bringing readers to her father's bedside to witness his final years, months, hours, and the days that follow. Tender and aching, Croll's verse confronts the imperfect, heart-rending act of remembering the moments, and ghosts, that linger.

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      Su Croll's work has garnered numerous awards and nominations, including the Kalamalka New Writers Competition, Gerald Lampert Award, Stephan G. Stephansson Award as well as the Canadian Authors Association Poetry Award. Cold Metal Stairs is her third work of poetry. She lives and writes in Edmonton.

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