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    The Philosophy of Gardening Essays Karen Caruana Canada, Blanka Stolz
    9781988784694 Paperback GARDENING / Essays & Narratives On Sale Date:May 04, 2021
    $21.95 CAD 5 x 8 x 0.5 in | 0.47 lb | 184 pages Carton Quantity:45 Canadian Rights: Y Invisible Publishing
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      For philosophizing gardeners and anyone who likes to pick up a spade and get their hands dirty

      Gardeners discover a new world every year—whether they’re cultivating heirloom vegetables, foraging for wild herbs, creating a small permaculture garden on a city balcony, or maintaining a plot for self-sufficiency.

      But why garden at all? These personal essays by writers, designers, and master gardeners dig into gardening’s philosophical dimensions and tend to the aesthetic, cultural, political, and sociological implications of gardens and the people who keep them.

      Originally published in German, this delightful volume addresses gardening’s most deep-rooted questions and highlights the magic that, year after year, makes us pick up a shovel and get back into the garden.

      Awarded the German Garden Book Prize in the Best Garden Prose Category

      “What is remarkable is that the publication project is something very individual… the spectrum ranges from the ‘plea for weeds’ to the ‘metaphysics’ of the garden to urban gardening and garden shows, and the realization that gardens are ‘hopelessly ambivalent’—all in all a very interesting volume.” – Jury Citation

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      Karen Caruana has been practising the craft of translation for over 15 years now, working from German and French into English. When not mulling over words, she is an avid gardener (she once operated an organic herb farm), a passionate environmentalist, teaches yoga, and enjoys spending time outdoors. She lives in Marmora, Ontario. Blanka Stolz is a writer and editor, and co-founder of the German publisher Mairisch Verlag. She has, during two summers on the Swiss mountain farm Munt la Reita, spent a lot of time in the garden. She lives in Berlin, Germany.
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      Awards
      German Gardening Book Prize, Garden Prose & Poetry 2017, Winner
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      "In The Philosophy of Gardening we discover gardens that serve a variety of purposes; they grow food, celebrate urban permaculture, introduce us to new friends and pay tribute to weeds. The essays are written by a diverse group that includes gardeners, designers, agricultural scientists and philosophers. Their insights into how and why we garden are universal and a delight to read... This is a book to read in the garden. I enjoyed the variety of philosophical musings on the place of gardens in urban spaces, gender in the garden and the basic drive to garden."Atlantic Books Today

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    The Quiet is Loud Samantha Garner Canada
    9781988784717 Paperback FICTION / Occult & Supernatural On Sale Date:May 04, 2021
    $23.95 CAD 5 x 8 x 0.5 in | 0.78 lb | 336 pages Carton Quantity:27 Canadian Rights: Y Invisible Publishing
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      The perfect marriage of literary and speculative fiction for readers of Kazuo Ishiguro and NK Jemisin.

      When Freya Tanangco was ten, she dreamed of her mother's death right before it happened. That’s when she realized she was a veker, someone with enhanced mental abilities and who is scorned as a result. Freya's adult life has been spent in hiding: from the troubled literary legacy created by her author father, and from the scrutiny of a society in which vekers often meet with violence.

      When her prophetic dreams take a dangerous turn, Freya finds herself increasingly forced to sacrifice her own anonymity—and the fragile safety that comes with it—in order to protect those around her.

      Interwoven with themes of Filipino Canadian and mixed-race identity, fantastical elements from Norse and Filipino mythology, and tarot card symbolism, The Quiet Is Loud is an intergenerational tale of familial love and betrayal, and what happens when we refuse to let others tell our stories for us.

      "Garner wears her spec fic, geek, and SF influences on her sleeve, and The Quiet Is Loud is a warm welcome to the more literary part of that universe."Understorey Magazine

      "A deeply thoughtful book about identity and the quest for true acceptance."—Stacey May Fowles

      Bio
      Samantha Garner's short fiction and poetry have previously appeared in Broken Pencil, Sundog Lit, Kiss Machine, The Fiddlehead, Storychord, WhiskeyPaper and The Quarantine Review. She lives and writes in Mississauga.
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      "The Quiet is Loud is a novel about the mystical and supernatural, a genre tale about people with unbelievable powers beyond their own understanding. But it’s also a deeply thoughtful book about identity and the quest for true acceptance—especially in a world that encourages us to hate, hide, and fear who we are."—Stacey May Fowles

      "The smallest, most personal details give the novel its viscerality. Garner’s touch is subtle and effective: I could sense the coolness in the air, hear the rustle of the trees opening up to a steely blue-tinged sky. I could smell the longsilog cooking in the kitchen, taste the sweet-and-sour bite into a crispy boot-shaped chicken nugget. I could shuffle Freya’s tarot deck, run my finger along the cards’ edges and corners frayed by the passage of time, hold in my hands the comforting heft of promised answers. All of these details braid together into a story that at once feels so easily real and also glimmers with possibility, that fantastical tug of and yet."—Maria Bolaños

      "The Quiet is Loud is a zeitgeist zirconia, a choker of sparkling speculation for Gen Z readers whose reading tastes are migrating toward adult literary spec fic. For her debut novel, Toronto writer Samantha Garner pours her curiosity into an approachable, recognizable narrative... Garner wears her spec fic, geek, and SF influences on her sleeve, and The Quiet Is Loud is a warm welcome to the more literary part of that universe."Understorey Magazine

      "The Quiet is Loud made me believe wholeheartedly in the paradextrous powers of its characters and their world, so wholeheartedly that at times I forgot that what I was reading was not possible. Garner's is an exciting new voice."—Liz Harmer, author of The Amateurs

      "Samantha Garner's rich prose deftly weaves together family politics, estrangement, and finding one's own place in the world. A lovely exploration of friendship, and identity, and what it means to be truly accepted."—Lindsay Zier-Vogel, author of Letters to Amelia

      "In The Quiet is Loud, Garner builds a world where dream visions, tarot readings, and the existence of the paradextrous are a natural part of day-to-day life. Written in clear-eyed prose that effortlessly weaves in Filipino and Norse mythology. The Quiet is Loud is an exciting and sensitive look into the mind of a young woman grappling with the consequences of family secrets, while also coming to terms with her unique talents. It is a powerful debut."—Teri Vlassopoulos, author of Escape Plans

      "In The Quiet is Loud, Samantha Garner has deftly crafted a world that left me breathless. Getting to know Freya Tanangco's story, watching her weave together the strands of her Norwegian Filipino identity and the unexpected power she wields, was both suspenseful and filled with quiet illumination. At the heart, the novel is a gripping journey of self-discovery and the family bonds that hold us all together."—Julia Zarankin, author of Field Notes from an Unintentional Birder

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    9781988784700 Paperback FICTION / Humorous On Sale Date:June 10, 2021
    $19.95 CAD 5 x 8 x 0.5 in | 0.46 lb | 184 pages Carton Quantity:48 Canadian Rights: Y Invisible Publishing
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      A grossly inaccurate "memoir" about Canadian folk legends.

      Henry Adam Svec has been pushing boundaries in Canadian folklore since he unearthed songs by CFL players in Library and Archives Canada, thereby thrusting himself into the scene—and the media spotlight. Those spartan poems are finally included in this anthology, in addition to the fruits of his subsequent expeditions, but there is much more besides, including honest accounts of the folklorist’s myriad trials and tribulations. This experimental and genre-defying book mixes the adventurous energies of Alan Lomax and Stompin’ Tom, the intertextual conceptualism of Vladimir Nabokov and Mark Z. Danielewski, and the searing intensity of Elizabeth Smart and Chris Kraus.

      "Comically entertaining, presented with 'performative verve', as novelist Jacob Wren puts it."Atlantic Books Today

      "This book is cracking me up—and I don't even like football—but it is just so well written."—Robert Dayton, author of The Canadian Romantic

      Bio
      Henry Adam Svec is the author of American Folk Music as Tactical Media . His writing has appeared in The New Quarterly, C Magazine, MOTHERBOARD, and elsewhere, and his musical performances have been presented in galleries and festivals including 7a*11d, FADO, and Sappyfest. He is also co-creator of Donair Academy, a digital role-playing game exploring AtlanticCanadian cuisine. He was raised on a cherry farm near Blenheim, Ontario, and has also lived in New Brunswick and Mississippi. He currently teaches at the University of Waterloo.
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      "Comically entertaining, presented with 'performative verve', as novelist Jacob Wren puts it."Atlantic Books Today

      "This is a clever, delightful, perplexing (in the best way) and wholly original “novel.” It is my hope that a few readers of this review will pick up and run with the ball of this book, passing it on, recommending it to friends, carrying it in whatever way they can to an audience who might not know where to place it, but will, if they let themselves, definitely enjoy reading it."—Aaron Schneider, The Temz Review

      "This book is cracking me up—and I don't even like football—but it is just so well written and gets into archiving and notions of authenticity, the faux footnotes got me scrambling wishing that some of the not real sources were real, like Dane Spounge, The Origin of Canadian Beat and Spoken Word Poetry, 1998."—Robert Dayton, author of The Canadian Romantic

      "A book that twangs and spirals—sui generis in the history of Canadian literature. Svec exhibits the acumen of Marshall McLuhan, the heart of Rita MacNeil, and the meticulous truthfulness of Farley Mowat."—Sean Michaels, Scotiabank Giller Prize winner and author of The Wagers

      "The study of folksingers and their songs is above all a quest for authenticity—an idea fiercely debated yet rarely defined. Into this melee of currents comes Henry Adam Svec’s flagship, in the form of a book that wants to find the truth as much as anyone, but in a mirrored hall of connected folk personas that are all real in their own way: who we are, who we think we are, and who we want or need to be. It is deeply personal as much as it is a rich performance—like the best folk songs are."—Kate Beaton, author of Hark! A Vagrant

      "Fact and fiction blend and blur throughout the pages of the life of this intrepid folksong collector. What do seventies football players, itinerant rock musicians, bureaucratic academics and artificial intelligence all have in common? Possibly nothing, but this book—with trenchant wit and performative verve—connects these and many other dots, at the same time ensuring you’ll completely enjoy the ride. Perhaps we are all folklorists in the end, searching for an authenticity that can take us out of our comfort zones, replacing them with songs we didn’t know we needed but now will always want to sing. Henry Adam Svec shows us how."—Jacob Wren, author of Polyamorous Love Song and Authenticity Is a Feeling

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    Bleeding Light Rob Benvie Canada
    9781988784649 Paperback FICTION / Literary On Sale Date:July 06, 2021
    $23.95 CAD 8 x 5 x 0.5 in | 0.82 lb | 352 pages Carton Quantity:27 Canadian Rights: Y Invisible Publishing
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      A howl into the void, a ghost story, and a bit of a metaphysical hellride.

      A misanthropic ghostwriter roams an island off the Kenyan coast. An Arizona teenager awaits the next stage in a secretive covenant. A renowned poet retraces her past amid a baffling netherworld. An international arms dealer’s son drifts through time, atoning for the death of the man he loved.

      For readers who take their contemporary fiction with a tinge of the otherworldly, Bleeding Light is about mystical experiences, the symbolic fabric connecting us all, and desperate people seeking affirmation—through religious, cosmic, chemical and other means—of a world beyond their own. It’s a grimly funny and often trippy take on transcendence in a hypercommodified age.

      "A darkly gleaming marvel. Searing, creepy and mystical—as if Don DeLillo had set out to steal Paulo Coelho's flock."—Sean Michaels, Scotiabank Giller Prize winner and author of The Wagers

      Bio
      Rob Benvie is the author of Maintenance and Safety of War . His work has appeared in McSweeney's, Dazed, Vice, Joyland, The Puritan, CNQ, The Best Canadian Essays anthology series, and has been produced widely for film, music, and television. Born and raised in Nova Scotia, he now livesin Toronto.
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      "Bleeding Light brings us to the edge of where experience mingles with the transcendent, divine intonations take mysterious forms, vapors condense into light.... There is a chasm here that Benvie is exploring—“How to reconcile substance with the insurmountable,” as the novel puts it... This question is at the crux of this novel—the common ground all of the narrative sequences share. How do we reconcile the transcendent with the mundane? The answer to that lofty question appears to be what some of these characters are willing to kill for."—Terence DeToy, Tuerlemot

      "A darkly gleaming marvel. Searing, creepy and mystical—as if Don DeLillo had set out to steal Paulo Coelho's flock."—Sean Michaels, Scotiabank Giller Prize winner and author of The Wagers

      "Bizarre, terrifying, and wise, Bleeding Light nearly gave me a metaphysical crisis like the crises befalling its disorienting brew of madmen, poets, and visionaries. This swirling and masterful novel is sharp, deliriously patterned, painfully dark and darkly funny: lined with prose that demands to be read and reread, Bleeding Light is everything I hope for in a novel."—Liz Harmer, author of The Amateurs and Strange Loops

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