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    9781771337373 Paperback FICTION / Nature & the Environment Publication Date:June 18, 2020
    $22.95 CAD 5.5 x 8.25 x 0.8 in | 0.65 lb | 328 pages Carton Quantity:36 Canadian Rights: Y Inanna Poetry & Fiction Series
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      Winner (Bronze) of the Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Awards (Science Fiction); Winnner (Silver), 2020 Literary Titan Book Awards

      Centuries from now, in a post-climate change dying boreal forest of what used to be northern Canada, Kyo, a young acolyte called to service in the Exodus, discovers a diary that may provide her with the answers to her yearning for Earth's past--to the Age of Water, when the "Water Twins" destroyed humanity in hatred--events that have plagued her nightly in dreams. Looking for answers to this holocaust--and disturbed by her macabre longing for connection to the Water Twins--Kyo is led to the diary of a limnologist from the time just prior to the destruction. This gritty memoir describes a near-future Toronto in the grips of severe water scarcity during a time when China owns the USA and the USA owns Canada. The diary spans a twenty-year period in the mid-twenty-first century of 33-year-old Lynna, a single mother who works in Toronto for CanadaCorp, an international utility that controls everything about water, and who witnesses disturbing events that she doesn't realize will soon lead to humanity's demise. A Diary in the Age of Water follows the climate-induced journey of Earth and humanity through four generations of women, each with a unique relationship to water. The novel explores identity and our concept of what is "normal"--as a nation and an individual--in a world that is rapidly and incomprehensibly changing.

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      Nina Munteanu is a Canadian ecologist and novelist. Her novels include: Collision with Paradise; The Cypol; Angel of Chaos; Darwin's Paradox; The Splintered Universe Trilogy; and The Last Summoner. In addition to eight novels, she has authored award-winning short stories, articles and non-fiction books, which were reprinted and translated into several languages throughout the world. Her short work has appeared in Beautiful BC Magazine, Cli-Fi: Canadian Tales of Climate Change, Chiaroscuro, Hadrosaur Tales, Pacific Yachting, Strange Horizons, Nowa Fantastyka, among others. Recognition for her work includes the Midwest Book Review Reader's Choice Award, finalist for Foreword Magazine's Book of the Year Award, the SLF Fountain Award, and The Delta Optimist Reviewers Choice Award. Nina's latest non-fiction book, Water Is...--a scientific study and personal journey as limnologist, mother, teacher, and environmentalist--was picked by Margaret Atwood in the NY Times. as her #1 choice in the 2016 "The Year in Reading." She lives in Toronto.

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      Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Awards (Bronze) 2020, Winner
      Literary Titan Book Awards 2020, Runner-up
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      "Weaving lyrical language into a dystopian landscape, A Diary in the Age of Water is as much an ode to water as it is a cautionary tale about the dire implications of climate change."
      ?Foreword Reviews

      "A sobering and original cautionary tale that combines a family drama with an environmental treatise."
      ?Kirkus Reviews

      "An ecologist and environmental activist herself, Munteanu has no difficulty voicing a fully formed literary character who is both scientifically literate enough to understand how quickly human society is entering its final ebb, and humane enough to mourn the fullness of this tragedy."
      ?The Winnipeg Free Press

      "Evoking Ursula LeGuin's unflinching humane and moral authority, Nina Munteanu takes us into the lives of four generations of women and their battles against a global giant that controls and manipulates Earth's water. In a diary that entwines acute scientific observation with poignant personal reflection, Lynna's story unfolds incrementally, like climate change itself. Particularly harrowing are the neighbourhood water betrayals, along with Lynna's deliberately dehydrated appearance meant to deflect attention from her own clandestine water collection. Her estrangement from her beloved daughter, her "dark cascade" who embarks upon a deadly path of her own, is heartwrenching. Munteanu elegantly transports us between Lynna's exuberant youth and her tormented present, between microcosm and macrocosm, linking her story and struggles-and those of her mother, daughter, and granddaughter-to the life force manifest in water itself. In language both gritty and hauntingly poetic, Munteanu delivers an uncompromising warning of our future."
      ?Lynn Hutchinson Lee, multimedia artist, author, and playwright

      "Transcendent.. .. A book of genuine power, A Diary in the Age of Water, is simply and beautifully told, profoundly true; a novel that invites us all to embrace the wisdom of ages. The story stirs its readers, teaches them about the importance of water, and leaves an indubitable imprint on the canvas of the literary and scientific world."
      ?Lucia Monica Gorea, author of Journey Through My Soul

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    9781771337298 Paperback FICTION / Thrillers Publication Date:October 30, 2020
    $22.95 CAD 5.5 x 8.25 x 0.75 in | 0.63 lb | 272 pages Carton Quantity:40 Canadian Rights: Y Inanna Poetry & Fiction Series
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      They make an odd pair: Verena Vitek, a youthful refugee from Serbia, and John Borrowman, a London, Ontario zoologist moonlighting as an animal-rights activist. He's haunted by a recent trip to China during which he witnessed the barbaric practice of milking moon bears for their bile, an ingredient in a growing variety of commercial products. To stop a Chinese company from harvesting bears for their bile in Algonquin Park, he finds himself having to rely on Verena - emotionally damaged, dysfunctional, but a crack shot with her AR-7 rifle. Others too, become involved; individuals with agendas of their own. The bears may be saved, but death and lives forever changed are part of the human price to be paid.

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      Ingrid Betz was born in Montreal, Canada, and grew up in the Laurentian mountains of Quebec. She was educated in Quebec and at an international boarding school in Germany. She has published five previous novels: The Mourning of the Dove; The Girl From Finer Trading; The ButterCup Dream; That Saturday Feeling; and Eve and Adam. Several of her short stories have won awards. Ingrid Betz has two grown children and lives just outside London, Ontario with a cat named Henry, in a house surrounded by fields, woods, and wildlife.

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      "Verena, a refugee from Serbia, has tasted blood and wants to kill again. This fast-moving story about a group of animal-rights advocates has all the ingredients of a thriller--corruption, conspiracy, murder--but it also raises profound questions about human relations and, as Verena's mentor puts it, "the human dilemma. How to right a wrong without doing more harm."
      --Erika Rummel, author of The Painting on Auerberg's Wall and The Road to Gesualdo

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    Carousel April Ford Canada
    9781771337137 Paperback FICTION / LGBTQ+ Publication Date:May 08, 2020
    $22.95 CAD 5.5 x 8.25 x 0.8 in | 0.65 lb | 304 pages Carton Quantity:36 Canadian Rights: Y Inanna Poetry & Fiction Series
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      Winner of the 2020 International Book Award for LGBTQ Fiction; Finalist for the Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Awards

      Margot Wright has led a deliberate life. At 18, she left her unusual and abusive family situation and never looked back, and then two years later she devoted herself wholly to Estelle Coté, her first and only love. But now, at 45, freshly retired from a career in antique firearms dealing, and settling into a new home with her wife, Margot finds herself feeling restless. Bored. She admits this to herself on the day she visits Le Galopant, a historic carousel that has become bafflingly meaningful to Estelle; and, as with anyone wishing to dodge a midlife crisis, Margot sets her feelings aside, intending to ignore them for as long as possible.

      At La Ronde, the amusement park where Le Galopant is showcased, Margot is accosted by a 17-year-old girl named Katherine de Wilde. Katy is hyper and unrefined, "rural," everything Margot cannot stand, yet she finds herself thinking more and more about the lisping girl in the Converse sneakers and "Meat is Murder" T-shirt as the days tread on. Even after Estelle discovers a massive secret she's been keeping for a decade, forces her into couples counseling and then on a road trip to confront this secret, Margot is unable to stop Katy from seeping into her thoughts. So when Katy phones her one morning with bad news, "They're taking down Le Galopant for good. It's broken!" Margot yields to impulse and pursues her interest in the girl.

      Set between Montreal, Quebec and various American cities, Carousel is a story about secrets--secret yearnings, lives, and losses--and the measures we take to protect our loved ones from the monsters we see ourselves to be.

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      April Ford's story collection, The Poor Children, published in 2015, was shortlisted for the international Scott Prize for a debut short story collection, and their story "Project Fumarase" was among the winning pieces featured in the 2016 Pushcart Prize anthology. April received their B.A. in Creative Writing and Professional Writing from Concordia University (Montreal, Quebec), and their M.F.A. in Fiction from Queens University of Charlotte (Charlotte, North Carolina). They spent time at Virginia Center for the Creative Arts as a Robert Johnson Fellow, and at Ucross Foundation as a Writer in Residence. From 2010-2017, they taught French and creative writing at State University of New York at Oneonta. Their writing has appeared in numerous print and online journals, including Grain, New Madrid, Ploughshares, Beecher's, Atticus Review, SAND, Santa Fe Literary Review, and Gargoyle. They live in Montreal.

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      Awards
      International Book Awards (LGBTQ Fiction) 2020, Winner
      Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Awards 2020, Short-listed
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      ..."well-developed characters gallop through this poignant exploration of intergenerational trauma, skillfully offset with dark humour..."
      ?The Montreal Review of Books

      "Carousel is a marvel of intriguing detail, little observations that give added dimension to the narrative and insight into the roiling confusion that is Margot's state of mind."
      ?The Ottawa Review of Books

      "It's kind of an updated Jane Eyre, accelerated for the twenty-first century, with smartphones and texting."
      ? Jack Ruttan, Montreal writer and illustrator

      '"Spellbinding and beautifully written?a galloping ride into love, relationships, and friendship,and the burdens of family history."
      ?Cora Siré, author of Behold Things Beautiful

      "Dear Reader: This novel contains evil Siamese cats, total disregard for Chekhov's gun theory, much French without translation, a madhouse in Cape Cod, several carousel horses named Napoleon, Bertrand the secret knitter, waffles, a merry-go-round, a marriage in crisis, a crazy mother, and references to Les Nessman. What more could you ask for in April Ford's debut?"
      ? Colleen Curran, author of Out for Stars and the Lenore trilogy

      "An arch and darkly comic look into obsession, marriage, and family trauma, Carousel takes us deep into the tilting, whirling world of Margot Soucy, its one-of-a-kind protagonist. Caught between three formidable women?intimidating Estelle, insouciant Katy, and unstable Marguerite?Margot must determine for herself the answer to the question that dogs modern life: Why do we want what we want, and what will we sacrifice to get it? Her journey will stay with you long after your head's stopped spinning."
      ?Anna Leventhal, author of Sweet Affliction

      "Carousel is an acerbic but open-hearted novel about break-ups and new beginnings that is as lovingly crafted as its central metaphor. And there is a depth of characterization here sadly lacking in so much contemporary fiction. An amazing debut novel."?James Grainger, author of the bestselling novel Harmless

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    Filthy Sugar Heather Babcock Canada
    9781771337175 Paperback FICTION / Historical Publication Date:May 22, 2020
    $22.95 CAD 5.5 x 8.25 x 0.6 in | 0.5 lb | 246 pages Carton Quantity:44 Canadian Rights: Y Inanna Poetry & Fiction Series
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      Set in the mid-1930s, Filthy Sugar tells the story of Wanda Whittle, a nineteen-year-old dreamer who models fur coats in an uptown department store, but who lives in a crowded rooming house with her hard-working widowed mother and shrewd older sister, Evelyn, in the "slums" behind the city's marketplace; a world where "death is always close but life is stubborn." Bored with the daily grind and still in shock from the sudden death of her father, Wanda finds both escapism and inspiration in the celluloid fantasies of the Busby Berkeley musicals, Greta Garbo dramas, and Jean Harlow sex comedies. Strutting up and down the aisles of Blondell's department store, her peep-toe high heels drumming out a steady beat on the waxed linoleum floors, Wanda fantasizes that she's Ruby Keeler, the tap dancing sweetheart from 42nd Street. But Wanda wants more than to wear a glamourous woman's coat--she wants to live inside of her flesh.

      Her dreams come true after a chance encounter with the mysterious Mr. Manchester, proprietor of the Apple Bottom burlesque theatre. Suddenly Wanda is thrust into a world of glitter and grit. Descending from the rickety, splintered roof top of the Apple Bottom theatre on a red velvet swing, Wanda Whittle morphs into a dream named Wanda Wiggles; sweeter than a strawberry sundae and tastier than a deep dish apple pie. At the Apple Bottom she meets Lili Belle, a naughty cartoon flapper brought to life; Queenie, a sultry headliner whom Wanda feels drawn to like a bee to a butterfly bush; the sweet and salty Eddie, a drummer who thumps out his words like bullets from a machine gun and Brock Baxter, the Apple Bottom's vaudevillian comic whose apple cheeked, pretty boy exterior belies his sinister intentions.

      All will have an impact on Wanda's journey. Cowardly boxers, shady coppers, dime store hoodlums, and painted ladies--Wanda will encounter them all! On her voyage from rags to riches and back again, Wanda experiences a sexual awakening and achieves personal independence as she discovers that a girl doesn't need a lot of sugar to be sensational!

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      Heather Babcock is an aficionado of Jean Harlow and pre-Code Hollywood films. She has had short fiction published in various literary journals and anthologies including Descant Magazine, Front & Centre Magazine, The Toronto Quarterly, and in the collection GULCH: An Assemblage of Poetry and Prose (2009). Her chapbook, Of Being Underground and Moving Backwards, was published in 2015. She has performed at many reading series including Lizzie Violet's Cabaret Noir, Hot Sauced Words and thePlasticine Poetry series and is a co-founder of The Redhead Revue and I Got You Babe: An Evening of Music and Poetry. She lives and works in Toronto.

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      "Filthy Sugar takes us to the mid-1930s, from the struggles of a working class slum, to the hustle and excitement on and off the burlesque stage. Here, we follow redheaded heroine Wanda Whittle's rise and fall from fame in a journey of self-discovery that reveals desires and reserves of strength she never knew she possessed. Erotic, compelling and full of richly textured characters, Heather Babcock's storytelling is equal parts moxie and poetry--tinted with the heartbroken nostalgia of memory and lost dreams; and sparkling with striking, evocative imagery. More than a backstage pass into this world, Filthy Sugar shines a light on the challenges faced by working class women. Dancing as fast as they can in order to survive, they must navigate the unapologetic misogyny and hypocritical social codes that govern their bodies and behaviour as they pursue their hopes, dreams and desires. Sounds kind of familiar, doesn't it?"
      --Cate McKim, Life with more cowbell arts & culture blog (lifewithmorecowbell.com)

      "With the grit and desperation of the Depression, the forgotten man, the sassy dames and dirty little secrets sprouting out of dandelions, Filthy Sugar is a dream wrapped up in a sassy pre-code cinematic adventure and its heroine Wanda Wiggles is all the parts of a swell dame made up of a fine mix of Barbara Stanwyck, Thelma Todd, Jean Harlow, Joan Blondell and Clara Bow. Heather Babcock has captured the pure essence of the 1930s with eloquent, colourful words that flourish across the pages. You literally feel as if you are part of the audience in the burlesque house, hooting and hollering as Wanda wiggles across the stage. You don't need to be a fan of pre-code movies to enjoy this wonderful debut novel."
      --Lizzie Violet, writer, poet & spoken word artist. Nominated for and runner up for Best Spoken Word Artist, 2015 Now Magazine Readers Poll

      "Filthy Sugar is so delicious it's positively sinful! Wanda Wiggles will take you to another time and place, but a place where love, lust, greed sex and power are just as heartbreaking and complex as they are today. Filthy Sugar was inspired the women of the Pre-Code period of Hollywood film, referring to the films that were made from 1930-1934, prior to the enforcement of the amended Production Code "to govern the making of motion and talking pictures" and Wanda Wiggles is a stellar female character of that time--she is a dame not to be messed with! Her heart is as soft as a kitten's fur but the claws come out when they need to! She's sensual, sassy and stunning and she isn't afraid to be her true self, even when that self lands her in some hot water. The dialogue and setting are pitch-perfect, demonstrating a great deal of research and love for the time period, but the author's voice never intrudes; the reader is fully engaged. I truly hope this exquisitely written debut novel will enjoy the love and attention it deserves. Superb, poetic and cinematic, Filthy Sugar will transport you into another world and you won't want to leave!"
      --Lisa de Nikolits, author of No Fury Like That and Rotten Peaches

      "Heather Babcock's novel, Filthy Sugar, artfully takes the reader into the Jazz Age of flirty flappers and boozy philosophers, an era which has always captivated me. Her vivid descriptions and strong use of language take you right into the action, and her knowledge and passion for the period are clearly vast. However, there is also sensitivity to her characters, and insights into human nature, which are timeless."
      --Pat Connors, Toronto poet

      "Heather Babcock's Filthy Sugar is both a sweet and saucy journey behind the curtain. Vicariously through Wanda's trials, tribulations and triumphs, we're taken through the tapestry of a difficult and opportunistic time. The characters are alive, and full of antique and vintage sentiments. The narrative is stark, romantic, and eloquent, while the dialogue all but inspires the crackling of a Victrola sound for every scene. A time traveled, tantalizing, and tumultuous tale, to be sure."
      --Valentino Assenza, Co-Host/Co-Producer HOWL, CIUT 89.5FM

      "Filthy Sugar is a real time-travelling excursion. Heather Babcock brings alive the era of Trilbys, hoofers and two-bit scriveners with vividness, imagination and striking description. A good read - and how!"
      --Jeff Cottrill, writer, actor, journalist and spoken-word artist

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    9781771337250 Paperback FICTION / Historical Publication Date:August 30, 2020
    $22.95 CAD 5.5 x 8.25 x 0.7 in | 0.6 lb | 248 pages Carton Quantity:48 Canadian Rights: Y Inanna Poetry & Fiction Series
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      The House of Izieu is a novel inspired by the life and experiences of Sabine Zlatin who, as a Jew using a fake identity, managed to find families to care for Jewish children who were in French refugee camps. She created a safe home for a number of other children called "The House of Izieu" which is now a museum. Unfortunately, she was not able to save the 44 children in her care. After one wonderful year of freedom in that house they were discovered, and Klaus Barbie ordered their deportation to Auschwitz where they were killed. Sabine's husband was also caught with two teenage boys he was helping escape and was also eventually killed. Sabine, suffering from loss and the guilt of not having saved the children, manages to continue contributing to the underground efforts as well as efforts to reunite people after the war's end.

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      Jan Rehner lives in Toronto and recently retired as University Professor from the Writing Department at York University. She has published four previous novels, Just Murder (2003), winner of the 2004 Arthur Ellis Award for Best First Crime Novel in Canada; On Pain of Death (2007), 2008 winner, IPPY Bronze Medal; Missing Matisse (2011); and Almost True (2018). Her current novel, The House of Izieu, based on an actual event in World War II, is a moving account of the heroic efforts of Sabine Zlatin and a small group of friends to save the lives of Jewish children hiding from Nazi persecution. When she is not writing, Jan enjoys travelling and photography.

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      "Jan Rehner's novel The House of Izieu grabs you by the heart and doesn't let go. It's a wrenching portrait of a secret children's refuge in war-torn France, where, for a time, joy replaces horror, and love brutality. Jan Rehner's prose sings. The characters she spins are captivating, in particular the children. They are rendered so fully and intimately, their voices so pure, their personal histories so tragic, that readers will want to crawl right into the pages to comfort them. This story of selflessness and bravery is impossible to put down, and impossible to forget."
      --Phyllis Rudin, author of Evie, the Baby and the Wife and My True and Complete Adventures as a Wannabe Voyageur

      "In this moving, earnest novel, Jan Rehner traces the inner and outer journeys of Sabine Zlatin, a courageous woman who risked her life during the Holocaust to try and save 44 children. Rehner, relying on historical accounts including Zlatin's own postwar testimony, brings to life in heartfelt detail this harrowing, tragic, and inspiring story."
      --Nora Gold, author of The Dead Man and Fields of Exile

      "Jan Rehner's elegiac narrative of a chapter of the Holocaust in France fulfills a sacred obligation: to commemorate and honour the life-affirming presence of the orphaned children and their adult caregivers whose lives were brutally stolen, and whose hopes for a future were expunged during the Nazi terror. Through the plural voices and the interweaving narrative lines Rehner reimagines, we share sensory, trauma-laden memories of the pre-war past, the pleasure taken in attending to the natural world in an idyllic countryside setting, a sense of a play so inherent in childhood, post-war survival, and retribution. Alongside the small joys afforded the children, there lives in each character incalculable loss, suspended temporarily in the fragile shelter of the House of Izieu. Dramatic irony intensifies as we come to know, in fleeting measure, the children and adults compelled to play their part in the tragedy which took place some seventy-five years ago in rural Vichy France. I was deeply moved by this book."
      --Carol Lipszyc, author of The Saviour Shoes and Other Stores

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    Mina's Child Paul Butler Canada
    9781771337212 Paperback FICTION / Alternative History Publication Date:May 22, 2020
    $22.95 CAD 5.5 x 8.25 x 0.7 in | 0.6 lb | 224 pages Carton Quantity:48 Canadian Rights: Y Inanna Poetry & Fiction Series
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      Mina's Child imagines a second generation springing from the "heroes"' in Bram Stoker's Dracula. In 1921, Mina and Jonathan Harker's daughter, Abree, a student at King's College, London, starts to question the extraordinary adventures her parents claim to have experienced in England and the Carpathians. Middle-aged Jonathan Harker is haunted by nightmares that Abree assumes to be about her brother, Quincey, killed in the Great War. As the Harkers follow the thread of their unease back to its source, they are haunted by memories of Lucy Westenra, fiancée to Arthur Holmwood, and the manner of Lucy's death. Having lost her brother, Quincey, in the Great War, Abree refuses to believe in a clear dividing line between good and evil. Abree suspects her parents' tales of glory hide a profound sense of guilt, particularly about the unexplained death of their friend, Lucy Westenra. The Harkers' maid, Jenny, it transpires, has reasons of her own to worry about the chaos in her employer's household. She is carrying Jonathan's child, but Harker plans to evade all such responsibilities. Jenny, suddenly unleashed as a destructive force against the household, decides to make the Harkers face their hypocrisy.

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      Paul Butler is the author of ten novels, most recently The Widow's Fire (2017). Butler's work has appeared on the judges' lists of Canada Reads, the Newfoundland and Labrador Book Awards shortlists, and he was on the Relit Longlist for three consecutive years. Between 2003 and 2008, he won in the annual Government of Newfoundland and Labrador Arts and Letters Awards four times and was subsequently invited to be first literary representative and then chair on the Arts and Letters committee. He lives in Lethbridge, Alberta. His website is www.paulbutlernovelist.wordpress.com

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      "Paul Butler has turned the Dracula myth inside out, exposing the convenient lies of foreign evil and women's demonic sexuality. A compelling look at how false stories become our own undoing--and just a fantastic read."
      --Leslie Vryenhoek, author of We All Will Be Received

      "In Mina's Child, Paul Butler takes a fresh look at the familiar story of Bram Stoker's Dracula, pulling the characters into the twentieth century and re-examining the tale under the critical gaze of a new generation. Through the eyes of Abree Harker we see the old story in a new and harsher light, uncovering a tale that is, in some ways, perhaps more chilling than gothic horror. Readers will find it hard to forget Mina's Child
      --Trudy Morgan Cole, author of A Roll of the Bones

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    Tamarind Sky Thelma Wheatley Canada
    9781771337335 Paperback FICTION / Family Life Publication Date:October 15, 2020
    $22.95 CAD 5.5 x 8.25 x 0.45 in | 0.35 lb | 412 pages Carton Quantity:56 Canadian Rights: Y Inanna Poetry & Fiction Series
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      When British immigrant Selena Jones marries Aidan Gilmor, a Sinhalese-Eurasian -- part British -- from Sri Lanka in the 1960s in Toronto, a passionate clash of culture ensues. Selena's mother in Wales is horrified when Selena brings Aidan home to Wales for the wedding. Back in Toronto, Selena faces further prejudice and disapproval of her "mixed marriage," despite Pierre Elliott Trudeau's new "multiculturalism," which was being encouraged but also resented. She is shocked not only by the reaction of neighbours but by the teachers at the all-White school in Toronto where she teaches, and she pretends that Aidan is a White Canadian. When two poor West Indian and two East Indian children from a new government housing project nearby unexpectedly arrive at the school, Selena is forced to take a stand in their defence. Gradually she learns to face her fears and confront racism. She is drawn into a deeper understanding of her Sri Lankan family, and especially of her father-in-law, a former tea planter under the British, who left Ceylon after Independence in 1956. She sees the effect of colonialism on Aidan and his family, trying to be "British" while caught in the middle of the civil war conflict in Sri Lanka. The revelation of her father-in-law's secret guilt about the past leads to an inevitable and shocking climax.

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      Grand-daughter of a Welsh coal-miner, Thelma Wheatley immigrated to Canada in her twenties to teach, and obtained her Master's degree in English at York University. She married a Sri Lankan in the 1960s when "mixed" marriages were frowned upon. Wheatley bonded closely with her Eurasian Sri Lankan in-laws in Toronto, who were part of the British colonial empire in Ceylon (later, Sri Lanka. She is the author of award-winning And Neither Have I Wings To Fly: Labelled and Locked Up in Canada's Oldest Institution (2013), which was short-listed for the Wales Book of the Year Award 2014 among other awards. Her first book was about her autistic son, My Sad Is All Gone: A Family's Triumph Over Violent Autism (2004). Tamarind Sky is her debut novel.

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      "With its stunning portrayal of tea plantations in the higher elevations of Sri Lanka, Tamarind Sky takes the reader on a journey from British colonial times to the present, vividly documenting the vast world of tea cultivation, and quietly celebrating the history, beauty, and culture of Sri Lanka. An elegant and fascinating book."
      &mdsah;Ananda Fernando, Director of Maskeliya Tea Plantations, Maskeliya, Adam's Peak Area, Sri Lanka

      "Thelma Wheatley's Tamarind Sky is a master class in the social history of forgotten yet recent times. In a tale that centres on family love and the immigrant experience, Wheatley has skilfully captured the searing ugliness of racism in Ontario (1967-1989) and Ceylon (1947-1956). Her portrayals of time and place on each continent are riveting. Tamarind Sky is a compelling read about colonialism, its aftermath, and the human spirit's will to survive and overcome."
      --Bonnie Lendrum, author of Autumn's Grace

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    The Talking Drum Lisa Braxton
    9781771337410 Paperback FICTION / African American & Black Publication Date:May 01, 2020
    $22.95 CAD 5.5 x 8.25 x 0.93 in | 1.1 lb | 318 pages Carton Quantity:28 Canadian Rights: Y Inanna Poetry & Fiction Series
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      Winner, 2020 National Association of Black Journalists Outstanding Literary Award; Overall Winner, 2020 Shelf Unbound Best Indie Book Award; Winner, 2021 IPPY Gold Medal for Urban Fiction; Finalist for the Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Awards

      Featured on Ms. Magazine's June 2020 Reads for the Rest of Us and Bustle's 23 Debut Books That Are Too Good To Ignore.

      It is 1971. The fictional city of Bellport, Massachusetts, is in decline with an urban redevelopment project on the horizon expected to transform this dying factory town into a thriving economic center. This planned transformation has a profound effect on the residents who live in Bellport as their own personal transformations take place. Sydney Stallworth steps away from her fellowship and law studies at an elite university to support husband Malachi's dream of opening a business in the heart of the black community of his hometown, Bellport.

      For Omar Bassari, an immigrant from Senegal, Bellport is where he will establish his drumming career and the launching pad from which he will spread African culture across the world, while trying to hold onto his marriage. Della Tolliver has built a fragile sanctuary in Bellport for herself, boyfriend Kwamé Rodriguez, and daughter Jasmine, a troubled child prone to nightmares and outbursts.

      Tensions rise as the demolition date moves closer, plans for gentrification are laid out, and the pace of suspicious fires picks up. The residents find themselves at odds with a political system manipulating their lives and question the future of their relationships.

      The Talking Drum explores intra-racial, class, and cross-cultural tensions, along with the meaning of community and belonging. Examining the profound impact gentrification has on people in many neighborhoods, and the way in which being uprooted affects the fabric of their families, friendships, and emotional well-being, the novel not only focuses on the immigrant experience, but the way in which the immigrant/African American neighborhood interface leads to friction and tension. This book thus provides a springboard to important discussions on race and class differences, on the treatment of immigrants, as well as the government's relationship and responsibility to society.

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      Lisa Braxton is an Emmy-nominated former television journalist, an essayist, short story writer, and novelist. She is a fellow of the Kimbilio Fiction Writers Program and was a finalist in the William Faulkner-William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition. She earned her MFA in creative writing from Southern New Hampshire University, her M.S. in journalism from Northwestern University, and her B.A. in Mass Media from Hampton University. Her stories have been published in anthologies and literary journals. She lives in the Boston, Massachusetts area.

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      National Association of Black Journalists Outstanding Literary Award 2020, Winner
      Shelf Unbound Best Indie Book Award 2020, Winner
      Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Awards 2020, Short-listed
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      "A book that is sensual, fraught, and above all, human."
      ?The Boston Globe

      "This debut takes on the topic of gentrification of African American and immigrant neighborhoods...Themes of race, class and culture are skilfully woven throughout."
      ?Ms. Magazine

      "an absorbing historical novel about the importance of community in shaping who you are and what you can accomplish."
      ?Foreword Reviews

      "Brimming with vitality."
      ?Willl Medearis, author of Restoration Heights

      "A novel about who you love and who becomes your home. A moving and skillful debut."
      ?Stephanie Powell Watts, author of No One Is Coming to Save Us

      "Absorbing."
      ?Foreword Reviews

      "Filled with big ideas...a thorough insight into intra-racial relations of the time."
      ?Debutiful

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    9781771337458 Paperback FICTION / Short Stories Publication Date:May 01, 2020
    $22.95 CAD 5.5 x 8.25 x 0.9 in | 0.95 lb | 312 pages Carton Quantity:24 Canadian Rights: Y Inanna Poetry & Fiction Series
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      In these stories seers and vagabonds, addicts and gardeners succeed and sometimes fail at creating new kinds of community against apocalyptic backdrops. They build gardens in the ruins, transport seeds and songs from one world to another and from dreams to waking life. Where do you plant a seed someone gave you in a dream? How do you build a world more free of trauma when it's all you've ever known? Sometimes the seed you wake up holding in your hand is the seed of a new world.

      Bio

      Ursula Pflug is author of the novels Green Music, The Alphabet Stones, Motion Sickness (a flash novel illustrated by SK Dyment), the novellas Mountain and Down From, and the story collections After the Fires and Harvesting the Moon. Her fiction has appeared internationally in award winning genre and literary publications including Lightspeed, Fantasy, Strange Horizons, Postscripts, Leviathan, LCRW, and Bamboo Ridge. Her short stories have been taught in universities in Canada and India, and she has collaborated extensively with filmmakers, playwrights, choreographers and installation artists. Her fiction has won small press awards abroad and been a finalist for the Aurora, ReLit and KM Hunter Awards as well as the 3 Day Novel and Descant Novella Contests at home. Pflug's work has been funded by The Ontario Arts Council, the Canada Council for the Arts and The Laidlaw Foundation.

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      "Pflug's excellent third story collection (after Harvesting the Moon) showcases her mature, rich, and immersive storytelling."
      --Publishers Weekly

      "Ursula Pflug creates works that test the boundaries between mainstream fiction and the literature of the fantastic. Although her stories are difficult to classify, terms such as magic realism, surrealism, and slipstream come to mind."
      --Tangent Magazine

      "Ursula Pflug's stories are the kind you want to carry around with you for those days when it feels like you're living in a strange and incomprehensible world; her stories will make you feel less alone. They are wondrous and unique little creatures that desire nothing more than to play fetch with your weirdest dreams. They are wild inventions built of words and sentences that dig into your psyche and send back reports about all you never knew of the world. They are sly and joyous, scary and entrancing, profound, unsettling, amusing, and utterly--perfectly!--unique."
      --Matthew Cheney, Hudson Prize winning author of Blood: Stories

      "Ursula Pflug has to be one of the best short story writers I've ever read. There is no place to enter or leave an Ursula Pflug story that is not a portal to dark wonder. First you go in and find transformed worlds; then, when you come out with new vision, your own world changes as you observe it. Enter, and I promise you will be changed."
      --Candas Jane Dorsey, author of Black Wine and The Adventures of Isabel

      "An extraordinary collection of magical stories that will wrap you in a timeless embrace and carry you away. Ursula Pflug's wonderfully gentle and ultimately wise insights will break your heart, bring you hope, and encourage you to seek out the enchanted portals of creativity and love that you might otherwise have missed."
      --Lisa de Nikolits, author of Rotten Peaches and The Occult Persuasion and the Anarchist's Solution

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    9781771337496 Paperback FICTION / Short Stories Publication Date:September 20, 2020
    $22.95 CAD 5.5 x 8.25 x 0.45 in | 0.35 lb | 144 pages Carton Quantity:56 Canadian Rights: Y Inanna Poetry & Fiction Series
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      Underneath the Water with the Fishis a collection of short fiction that explores the murky underwater existence of women's uncensored thoughts and desires. Often the women are on the cusp of change: death, leaving a relationship, starting a new one, wondering how they got to the point where they are. Sometimes they are living a rather marginal existence or are not well grounded in sound mental health and are just getting by. The author tells these stories with a touch of poetry and of humour and a great deal of emotional intelligence.

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      Carol Malyon has worked as a nurse, and then in health research, before owning a bookstore and hosting a reading series in the Toronto's beaches area. She has published the poetry collections, Headstand; Emma's Dead; and Colville's People; the short story collections, The Edge of the World and Lovers and Other Strangers; and the novels, If I Knew I'd Tell You; The Adultery Handbook; The Migration of Butterflies; and Cathedral Women; and a children's picture book, Mixed-up Grandmas. She and bill bissett co-authored Griddle Talk, a year of conversations at the Golden Griddle, where they discussed "love and life and anything else you want." She is based in Toronto, but has led short story workshops in the Maritimes and North Bay, and has been writer-in-residence at the University of New Brunswick.

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      "At times heartbreaking, at times hilarious, these stories honour the everyday lives of people who struggle close to the ground. Women try desperately to love men who disappear, who die, who might not even exist, while bruises rise on their skin "like stones emerging from beneath a field." Carol Malyon has created a world where "lily pads float on the water like flattened hearts." At the same time, she not only makes her readers laugh when they think they shouldn't but helps them forgive themselves for doing it."
      --K.D. Miller, author of

      "Carol Malyon's stories are funny, sad, and deeply ironic. In "Marking Time," as their mother lies dying, her daughters finally want to hear her story. In "Smoke," a woman trying to quit remembers old tobacco ads. In "Thanksgiving," a family's conversation over dinner will make you laugh out loud. These are women's stories from birth to death that speak to all the pain, love, humour, loss, and acceptance that life holds. These are strong women who keep going in spite of the abuse, hardship, and unanswered questions their lives offer. These are women who survive."
      --Kristin Andrychuk, author of Mother's Genius

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