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    Lotusland 1st edition David Joiner
    9781550719307 Paperback FICTION / General Publication Date:March 01, 2015
    $25.00 CAD 5.98 x 8.98 x 0.8 in | 490 gr | 400 pages Carton Quantity:28 Canadian Rights: Y Guernica Editions
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      Nathan Monroe is a 28-year-old American living in Saigon who falls in love with a poor but talented Vietnamese painter. When he fails to protect their love from her desperate chase for a better life in America, his safety net appears in the form of Anthony, an old domineering friend in Hanoi who hires Nathan at his real estate firm. Only much later does Nathan discover that Anthony has intended all along for him to take over his job and family so that he, too, can escape and start his life over in America. Lotusland dramatizes the power imbalances between Westerners living abroad and between Westerners and Vietnamese – in love and friendship, in the consequences of war, and in the pursuit of dreams.
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      David Joiner was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio, but has since made his home in nearly 20 different cities across the US, Japan, and Vietnam. Lotusland is his first published novel. He has been going to Vietnam for 21 years and has lived there for more than a decade.
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      Lotusland transports readers far away from narratives about the Vietnam War. David Joiner takes Vietnam as many people have come to know it and shows what it’s like today. A wonderful, important debut. – Le Ly Hayslip, author of When Heaven and Earth Changed Places and Child of War, Woman of Peace
      Tender, brutal, authentic, Lotusland captures the romance, disenchantment, and discoveries of expats living high and low in Vietnam. Joiner weaves a fine story. – Andrew X. Pham, author of Catfish and Mandala and Eaves of Heaven, and translator of Last Night I Dreamed of Peace 
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    Rust Is A Form of Fire 1st edition Joe Fiorito Canada
    9781550719277 Paperback FICTION / Literary Publication Date:March 01, 2015
    $20.00 CAD 5.01 x 8.01 x 0.35 in | 110 gr | 80 pages Carton Quantity:76 Canadian Rights: Y Guernica Editions
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      Joe Fiorito spent 18 hours in total, over the course of three days, on the corner of Victoria and Queen in downtown Toronto watching the city go by and recording what he saw. The rhythms of the city ebb and flow according to the time of day. The declarative sentence is the best brush to paint an objective portrait of the city we live in. It is an example of what happens when you stay in one place and observe a single place or thing for a very long time.
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      Joe Fiorito writes for the Toronto Star and winner of Canada’s National Newspaper Award for Columns. He is the author of five books, including a best-selling memoir, The Closer We Are To Dying. His novel, The Song Beneath The Ice, won the City of Toronto Book Award.


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    Where Seas and Fables Meet Parables, Aphorisms, Fragments, Thought 1st edition B.W. Powe Canada
    9781550719420 Paperback FICTION / Literary Publication Date:March 01, 2015
    $20.00 CAD 5.01 x 8 x 0.58 in | 180 gr | 150 pages Carton Quantity:44 Canadian Rights: Y Guernica Editions
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      A book that is an open door, a current, an open window, a breeze over uncut grass, a dance of morning light on an old ruined sundial, a set of waves flowing up on a strange shore. This is a book that asks why do we give in to the psychotic and invasive Structure (and its many names)? A book that mingles witticisms and provocations so that the reader may settle into his or her soul and reflect. A book that works in associations, echoes, pulses, images, returns, vibrations, thought-experiments, dreams, visions and revisions. This is a book that should have an ellipse on the front page with an image of a shock of light
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      B.W. Powe is widely regarded as one of the original and unclassifiable authors in Canadian writing. He is the author of A Climate Charged, The Solitary Outlaw, A Tremendous Canada of Light, Outage, Light Onwards/ Light Onwards, The Unsaid Passing, a finalist for the ReLit Prize, and These Shadows Remain.


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    Zoo and Crowbar 1st edition David Zieroth Canada
    9781550719369 Paperback FICTION / Literary Publication Date:April 01, 2015
    $18.00 CAD 5.02 x 8 x 0.28 in | 110 gr | 80 pages Carton Quantity:88 Canadian Rights: Y Guernica Editions
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      The Wind has mysteriously caused the death of all people on earth – except for Zoo. As the last remaining person on earth, he must deal with this extraordinary situation, and the result is a series of dreams, shocks, hallucinations, events, explorations and the final outcome in the light of his changing understanding.
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      David Zieroth has written several books in more than one genre, has won a number of awards and has read in venues across Canada. He lives in North Vancouver, BC, the setting for much of his writing. He taught creative writing at Douglas College for some decades and is now retired.
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    9781550719901 Paperback FICTION / Literary Publication Date:April 01, 2015
    $20.00 CAD 5 x 8 x 0.53 in | 240 gr | 225 pages Carton Quantity:30 Canadian Rights: Y Guernica Editions
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      The King of the Sea Monkeys is a novel in two parts. Because the protagonist suffers from a traumatic brain injury, the first part is fragmented, finding its way in the larger narrative in disorderly pieces. The novel is centered on a young high school teacher: too idealistic at work; too childish at home: living a fairly normal life, but unable to navigate the waters. This "normal" life disintegrates when he is involved in an altercation at a convenience store which ends in a shooting. He survives a terrible injury but the world of the protagonist is undone. Issues of traumatic brain injury are examined and the existence of God comes into question. We find ourselves asking what the framework of a real life is.
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      Mark E. Cull left the world of aerospace/defense in 2001 to dedicate his time to literature. He has co-edited three anthologies of contemporary short fiction; Anyone Is Possible, Blue Cathedral, and The Crucifix is Down, and is the author of the short fiction collection, One Way Donkey Ride.


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    9781771830201 Paperback POETRY / General Publication Date:April 01, 2015
    $20.00 CAD 5.03 x 8 x 0.24 in | 60 gr | 65 pages Carton Quantity:144 Canadian Rights: Y Guernica Editions
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      Two black men: the poet, an elder and veteran of last century’s civil rights movement; and a nameless youth, swaggering and beltless, seduced by guns-and-gangs and expensive cars, and perpetually targeted by police. They are brothers by the colour of their skin, neighbours in the same "crib," yet separated by a lifetime of experience. Invoking memories of his personal encounters with leaders like Malcolm X, Stokely Carmichael and Amiri Baraka, the poet berates his heir for dropping the torch, and regrets his own failure to protect, inspire and speak out on the young man’s behalf. In the tradition of Bob Marley’s "Redemption Song," In Your Crib is a lyrical plea, both indictment and lamentation, and a powerful account of the ongoing struggle for racial equality.
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      Culminating with the international success of The Polished Hoe in 2002, Austin Clarke has published ten novels, six short story collections, three memoirs, and one poetry collection. He has won numerous prizes, including the Rogers Communications Writers’ Development Trust Prize for Fiction, the Commonwealth Prize, and a Toronto Arts Award for Lifetime Achievement in Literature.


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    Coincidence, The 1st edition Fulvio Caccia Canada, Robert Richard Canada
    9781550718737 Paperback FICTION / Literary Publication Date:April 01, 2015
    $20.00 CAD 4.99 x 7.99 x 0.35 in | 140 gr | 100 pages Carton Quantity:66 Canadian Rights: Y Guernica Editions
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      With this psychological thriller, award-winning author Fulvio Caccia tells the stories of Jonathan and Leila, two strangers who meet coincidentally in Paris. Soon, their budding romance leads them to discover that they share more than attraction. A dark episode took place between them, and will send their reality into a downward spiral.

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      Novelist, poet, critic and editor, Fulvio Caccia is the author of four novels and one poetry collection. Caccia lives in Paris after having resided in Canada for over twenty five years. Robert Richard is the author of a novel as well as books on Dante and Sade. His book, L’Émotion européenne, won the Eva-le-Grand prize for best nonfiction of 2005.


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      A captivating novel of the quest located between the myth of Orpheus and the return of Dante's hell. -- Emmanuel Khérad
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    In The Garden of I Am 1st edition Max Layton Canada
    9781550719543 Paperback POETRY / General Publication Date:March 01, 2015
    $20.00 CAD 5 x 8 x 0.25 in | 100 gr | 80 pages Carton Quantity:93 Canadian Rights: Y Guernica Editions
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      Although every poem in this book begins with the same first three words, each is a world unto itself. The poems range in subject from the intensely personal to the profoundly philosophical. Some poems are funny, some deadly serious; some filled with whimsy, some with horror. Stylistically, some poems relish the challenge of metered rhyme while others delight in the loopy unpredictable music of free verse?
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      A published novelist and short story writer, Max went legally blind a decade ago and during that difficult period recorded his first CD of original songs and began the series of linked poems which would become When The Rapture Comes (Guernica, 2012). His eyesight restored thanks to the miracle of modern medicine, Max bounced back with the release of two more albums of songs.


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      "One hell of a book!" -Leonard Cohen
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    Accidental Genius The Pantheon of Modern American Poets 1st edition Keith Garebian Canada
    9781550719819 Paperback LITERARY COLLECTIONS / Canadian Publication Date:April 01, 2015
    $20.00 CAD 5 x 8 x 0.4 in | 160 gr | 120 pages Carton Quantity:60 Canadian Rights: Y Guernica Editions
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      Using many right-wing extremists in North America (which means, in effect, weird Republicans), Garebian takes well-known utterances of egregious political, social, and cultural atrocity and present them as if they were modern poems deserving of serious academic consideration. The intent is to deflate by inflating them in mock-serious fashion. So, there are samples from the likes of Mitt Romney, Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity, Bill O’Reilly, Ann Coulter, Michelle Bachmann, Antonin Scalia, Donald Trump, etc. but also from names from pop culture, e.g. Snooki, Tom Cruise, etc.
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      Keith Garebian is a widely published, award-winning author of non-fiction and poetry, who lives in Mississauga, Ontario. Of his 19 books to date, five are of poetry, including Frida: Paint Me As A Volcano (Buschek), Blue: The Derek Jarman Poems (Signature), Children of Ararat (Frontenac) and Moon on Wild Grasses (Guernica), for which he supplied the cover paintings and illustrations.


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    Pondering The Weight of Being 1st edition Giorgio Orelli, Marco Sonzogni, Ross Woods
    9781771830263 Paperback POETRY / European Publication Date:April 01, 2015
    $20.00 CAD 5 x 8 x 0.5 in | 200 gr | 150 pages Carton Quantity:48 Canadian Rights: Y Guernica Editions
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      Critics include Orelli among the so-called post-hermetic poets, aligning him with one of Italy’s most distinctive literary schools: the Linea Lombarda. Orelli’s poetry, however, eludes pigeonholing. The phonosymbolism enveloping his verse, combined with sharpness of observation, elegance of diction, and irony of tone, make his poetry distinctive and exacting. Readers, scholars and translators are enticed and challenged at every word. This anthology - the first in English - charts Orelli’s poetic journey from his debut collection in 1944 to the last poems written shortly before his death. Selected and introduced by Orelli’s foremost scholar, Pietro De Marchi, and translated and annotated by two award-winning translators, Marco Sonzogni and Ross Woods, Pondering the Weight of Being brings to English-speaking readers a major poet.
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      Giorgio Orelli (1921-2013) was born and died in the Italian-speaking canton of Switzerland known as Ticino, which provides the geographical and existential setting to his writing. Regarded as one of the most important voices in contemporary Italian poetry, Orelli was also an insightful scholar and inspiring teacher of Italian literature
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