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    Accretion Irfan Ali Canada
    9781771315180 Paperback POETRY / Subjects & Themes Publication Date:April 01, 2020
    $20.00 CAD 6 x 8.75 x 0.3 in | 168 gr | 65 pages Carton Quantity:12 Canadian Rights: Y Brick Books
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      2021 Trillium Book Award Shortlist

      An extraordinary debut set in Toronto, unfurling against the backdrop of an ancient Persian love story.

      The story of Layla and Majnun, made immortal by the Persian poet Nizami Ganjavi in the 12th century, has been retold thousands of times, in thousands of different ways, throughout literature. Against the backdrop of this story, to the sound-track of modern hip-hop, and amid the struggle of an immigrant family to instill an old faith under new conditions, Irfan Ali's Accretion hurtles towards an unsustainable, "greater madness." Majnun, one of the foundational literary characters who haunt Accretion, is also an Arabic epithet for "possessed." In this tradition, Ali has written a book from the places where the self is no longer the self; places where, in order not to shut down forever, the debris must be cleared, and the soul must inch towards love and hope, "on memory's dusty beams."

      Accretion is written in a contemporary lyricism that honours ancient poetic traditions. It is a familiar story, imbued with a particularity and honesty that only Irfan Ali could bring to the table.

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      Irfan Ali is a poet, essayist, writer, and educator. His short poetry collection, "Who I Think About When I Think About You" was shortlisted for the 2015 Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers. Accretion is his first full-length work. Irfan was born, raised, and still lives in Toronto.

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      Accretion, Irfan Ali's triumph of a debut, masterfully unravels the third culture experience with deceiving simplicity, humour, grace and candour. Standing at the threshold of what it means to be a son, a South Asian man, a Muslim, and a human, Ali resists the temptation of binaries—faith is not linear, identity is not fixed, and culture is not singular. Ali's genius lies in his effortless ability to hold space for what is unsaid and unknown. Like Majnun from the famous Sufi fable, Ali sets out on a journey only to discover that his Beloved is the mirror within him." — Jury Citation, 2021 Trillium Book Award for Poetry

      "Irfan Ali delves fearlessly into the beauty and cruelty of a utilitarian city and the chasms between people. The struggle between head and heart binds these poems. In fact, Accretion might be considered a roadmap for finding love in everything—ourselves, family, soul mates, urban life, and faith." — Emily Pohl-Weary, author of Ghost Sick

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    All the Night Gone Sabrina Uswak Canada
    9781988754284 Paperback FICTION / Gothic Publication Date:November 03, 2020
    $16.95 CAD 5 x 7.75 x 0 in | 0 lb | 98 pages Carton Quantity:72 Canadian Rights: Y Stonehouse Originals
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      A tragic car accident, and two brothers are left to cope. No one seems to notice that the boys are left alone; the older one takes care of the younger, and the years drag on.

      Then she arrives. She is lost like them, and she glides into their lives almost imperceptibly. They are almost a family. Almost.

      When she suddenly disappears, what else can they do but get in the car and search? The brothers don't agree on much lately, but this is unquestionable: no one could need her as much as they do.

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      Sabrina Uswak holds an MSc with distinction in creative writing from the University of Edinburgh and MA with distinction in digital publishing from Oxford Brookes University. She was as a prose editor for FreeFall and filling Station magazines before joining Loft on EIGTH press. Her recent flash fiction can be found through the Calgary Central Library's short story dispenser. Currently, she lives and works in Calgary, where she was born and raised.

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      "Heartbreaking and intimate family portrait, a mystery, and road trip epic all in one - culminating in a conclusion that will stay with you long after the last page. All the Night Gone is a stunning debut from a talented young writer who shows a sophistication and mastery of language beyond her years." --Silvia Pikal, editor/co-founder of New Forum literary magazine.

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    Butterfly John Delacourt Canada
    9781773900124 Paperback FICTION / Thrillers
    $19.95 CAD 5.5 x 8.5 x 0.7 in | 350 gr | 226 pages Carton Quantity:9 Linda Leith Publishing
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      Lucien and Nata?a might have slipped toward love, if her past in Sarajevo hadn?t caught up with her. Nata?a finds work modeling for a painter in Toronto, but he is murdered. Nata?a disappears that night, running for her life. Her vanishing is connected to the discovery of a video, secretly filmed in a small town in Bosnia and Herzegovina during the war. Butterfly is a novel that charts a controlled descent through the dark legacy of war and the underbelly of the global art scene ? into a world ruled by a desperate hope for impossible redemption.

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      John Delacourt is an Ottawa writer whose fiction has appeared in numerous publications in Canada and the U.S. Butterfly is his third novel. His criticism and political commentary has appeared in the Rover, the Ottawa Review of Books, Ottawa Citizen, iPolitics, the Hill Times and Policy magazine. He studied at the Humber School for Writers after graduating with an MA in English Literature from the University of Toronto.

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      Butterfly is a taut, tight, and tense masterpiece. In this finely-cut jewel of a novel, John Delacourt?s crystalline prose drives the heart-stopping story at just the perfect pace, leaving you no choice but to keep on turning the pages until you know, and feel, everything. A deeply satisfying read from a very talented writer.?Terry Fallis, two-time winner of the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour

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    Cam & Beau Maria Cichosz Canada
    9781989689073 Paperback FICTION / Literary Publication Date:October 15, 2020
    $19.95 CAD 5 x 8 x 1.1 in | 1.1 lb | 370 pages Carton Quantity:40 Canadian Rights: Y Now Or Never Publishing
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      Cam and Beau are best friends, roommates, and massive potheads. Life is sweet, except for one crucial thing: Cam will never get up the nerve to tell Beau Larky he's in love with him. Cam is a man of thought, not action, and would rather linger in doubt than risk losing the friendship. That is, until the mysterious and unwelcome involvement of a mutual friend with an unshakable conviction that Beau reciprocates Cam's feeling and needs to be told the truth. Equal parts gonzo bromance and melancholy longing, Cam & Beau is a novel about unspoken knowledge between people, the parameters of seeing and not seeing, and what happens when familiar things are made strange.

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      Maria Cichosz is a novelist and scholar of art, theory, drug cultures, and the history of ideas. She holds a Ph.D. in Modern Thought & Literature from Stanford University. Maria's fiction and scholarship have appeared in Critique, The Puritan, and on the CBC Literary Awards shortlist, among other places. Cam & Beau is her first novel.

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    Censorettes Elizabeth Frank
    9781988754321 Paperback FICTION / Historical Publication Date:November 05, 2020
    $19.95 CAD 5 x 7.75 x 0 in | 0 lb | 324 pages Carton Quantity:32 Canadian Rights: Y Stonehouse Originals
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      Booklist: "This refreshingly unusual wartime tale is a testament to female friendship, and its strength lies in its superbly written, fierce and funny heroine, and a well-developed cast of supporting characters."For a young woman of exceptional intelligence and courage, being sequestered from the dangers of WW2 on the idyllic island of Bermuda is maddening. She is determined to get into the fight--then the fight is brought to her. Lucy Barrett is a Censorette, part of a branch of British Intelligence stationed on the island to inspect mail between North America and European nations at war. Determined to contribute in a more substantial way, Lucy uses her Cambridge education and love of Shakespeare to detect a Nazi spy ring operating out of Brooklyn. Just as she is promoted to a dangerous job overseas, her good friend is murdered. Should she embrace her new assignment, or seek justice for her friend?
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      Elizabeth Bales Frank is the author of the novel Cooder Cutlas, published by Harper & Row. Her essays have appeared in Glamour, Cosmopolitan, The Sun, Barrelhouse, Post Road, Epiphany, The Writing Disorder and other literary publications. She was awarded a residency at Ragdale, where part of this novel was written. She earned a BFA in film from New York University, and an MLIS from the Pratt Institute. She lives in New York City.

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      "If you love history, strong female characters, and even stronger female friendships, I'm sure you'll love Censorettes just as much as I did." - The Mistress of Books
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    Daughter of Here Ioana Georgescu Canada
    9781773900681 Paperback FICTION / Biographical Publication Date:August 07, 2020
    $21.95 CAD 5 x 8 x 0.6 in | 220 gr | 220 pages Carton Quantity:27 Linda Leith Publishing
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      Daughter of Here is an experiment in memory, desire, and time. As she sifts through an international whirlwind romance with Célestin, her larger-than-life love for her daughter Mo, and her own childhood behind the Iron Curtain, Dolores?s narrative shifts from Williamsburg, to Tokyo, to Bucharest before and after the fall, and to Cairo at the first spark of the Arab Spring. Filmic and thought-provoking, this novel straddles the political and the personal with ease and eloquence.

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      Ioana Georgescu is an artist and novelist. Her performance art, video installations, photographs, painting, and drawing have been presented in North America, the Middle East, and Asia. She is the author of three novels, Évanouissement à Shinjuku (2005), L?homme d?Asmara (2010) and La Jetée. Elle s?appellera Mo (2013), published by Les Éditions Marchand de feuilles. Georgescu holds a PhD in Comparative Literature, and has taught cinema and cross-disciplinary courses in the Italian and English (Cultural Studies) departments at McGill University. Born in Bucharest, she lives in Montreal.


      Katia Grubisic is a writer, editor, and translator. She was coordinator of the Atwater Poetry Project reading series, and was a founding member of the editorial board for the Icehouse Poetry imprint at Goose Lane Editions. Her own work has appeared in various Canadian and international publications. She has been a finalist for the Governor General?s Literary Award for translation, and her collection of poems What if red ran out won the Gerald Lampert award for best first book.

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    Home Sickness Chih-Ying Lay Canada
    9781773900445 Paperback FICTION / Asian American Publication Date:February 14, 2020
    $21.95 CAD 5.5 x 8.4 x 0.6 in | 260 gr | 220 pages Carton Quantity:10 Linda Leith Publishing
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      Connecting is not easy, but proximity is unbearable. The characters in these ten stories are longing for escape and attempt to leave home, but inevitably and perhaps ironically find themselves homesick. Chih-Ying Lay, a Montreal-based expatriate from Taiwan familiar with both homesickness and home sickness, probes our desperate need for home, often matched with an equally desperate need to get away from it. Lay?s characters are outsiders, whether queer, indigenous, unloved or lost, and each discovers that home is not the sanctuary it was meant to be. Sometimes, they find a place to call their very own, as if to tell the reader: You can, too.

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      Born in Taipei, Chih-Ying Lay came to Canada in 2008 to obtain his Ph.D. in Microbiology at McGill University. Stories from his first collection, The Escapist, published in Taiwan in 2008, have been awarded the Formosa Literature Prize and the Liberty Times Literature Prize. He has published a novel, The Ideal Family (2012), and another collection of short fiction, The Comic Lives of Losers (2016). A guest broadcaster both in Taiwan and for Radio Canada International in Montreal, he sings in Ensemble Sainte-Anne Singers and Musica Orbium, and works as a senior research scientist in Montreal.


      Darryl Sterk has been translating Mandarin-language fiction from Taiwan and occasionally from China for a dozen years, most notably Wu Ming-Yi's two novels The Man With the Compound Eyes (Harvill Secker, 2013) and The Stolen Bicycle (Text, 2017), which was longlisted for the Booker International. For Linda Leith Publishing, he has translated Xue Yiwei's Shenzheners (2016) and Dr. Bethune's Children (2017) and Home Sickness (LLP, 2020) by Chih Ying Lay. Originally from Edmonton, Darryl Sterk lives in Hong Kong.

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      "Good writers create worlds -- great writers, glittering constellations. Chih-Ying Lay's debut collection makes my head spin. Diamond-hard, harrowing, melancholy, bawdy, erudite, his stories stream with blood, sperm, tears, piss, sweat, passion, loss. A medical student lovingly dissects the body of a dear friend who was a political dissident; a twisted sexual triangle develops between an artist, her nine-year-old son, and a day labourer; a young man whose mother is in chemo develops sympathetic symptoms all his own. By turns blunt, cynical, yearning, delicate, wounding, Home Sickness is the work of a true original. As one queer writer to another, I salute an astonishing new talent." WILL AITKEN is the author of Antigone Undone
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    9781988732671 Paperback FICTION / Small Town & Rural Publication Date:October 01, 2019
    $19.95 CAD 5.5 x 8.5 x 0 in | 1 lb | 234 pages Carton Quantity:48 Canadian Rights: Y NeWest Press
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      Shortlisted for Best Trade Fiction at the 2020 Alberta Book Publishing Awards!

      When an accident jeopardizing the family farm draws Amiah Williams back to Kingsley, Alberta, population 1431, she doesn't expect her homecoming to make front-page news. But there she is in The Inquirer, the mysterious tabloid that is airing her hometown's dirty laundry. Alongside stories of high school rivalries and truck-bed love affairs, disturbing revelations about Amiah's past and present are selling papers and fuelling small-town gossip. As the stakes get higher, Amiah must either expose the twisted truth behind The Inquirer or watch her life fall apart again.

      Jaclyn Dawn's debut novel provides an incisive look at the lingering consequences of past relationships and the price of both staying silent and speaking up.

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      Jaclyn Dawn grew up in a tabloid-free small town in Alberta. With a communications degree and creative writing masters, she works as a freelance writer and instructor. She now lives somewhere between city and country outside Edmonton with her husband and son. The Inquirer is her debut novel.

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      Best Trade Fiction at the Alberta Book Publishing Awards! 2020, Nominated
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      Praise for The Inquirer:

      "A bildungsroman that never drags, Dawn's debut novel is appealing both in its innovation--it intersperses newspaper articles from the Inquirerthroughout--and its unexpected insights from Amiah, its well-drawn narrator."
      ~ Kirkus Reviews

      "This is an excellent beginning for a new writer, with a good eye for detail and intriguing plots."
      ~ Margaret Cannon, Globe and Mail

      "The Inquirer is a refreshing departure from so many tired Canadian literary tropes."
      ~ Steven Sandor, Avenue Edmonton

      "Dawn's depiction of family dynamics set against vividly accurate rhythms of rural life is the book's strongest feature. Anyone who has left their small community to strike out in search of greater horizons [...] can relate."
      ~ Jay Smith, Alberta Views

      "Jaclyn Dawn's debut novel is one that intrigues and delights.... Think of this one as the small-town Alberta answer to Gossip Girl."
      ~ Edmonton Journal

      "...a fast read that's light-hearted, funny, and sweet."
      ~ Worn Pages and Ink Blog

      "A clever novel that reveals both the anxieties and strengths woven into tight-knit communities. The Inquirer is a thoroughly enjoyable read."
      ~ Lisa Guenther, author of Friendly Fire

      "In The Inquirer, Jaclyn Dawn has crafted something so rare--a great story full of fascinating characters, sly humour, and understated intelligence--that news of its appearance might just get reported in the tabloids her novel so lovingly satirizes. Amiah Williams's journey back to her hometown of Kingsley, Alberta, is funny and winning, neither of which factors obscure the troubling realities young women too often face."
      ~ Curtis Gillespie, author of Almost There

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    Jilted Love At Bay Press Fiction Annual John Crust Canada
    9780991761005 Paperback FICTION / Short Stories Publication Date:November 01, 2013
    $14.95 CAD 5.5 x 8.5 x 0.24 in | 0.25 lb | 80 pages Carton Quantity:150 Canadian Rights: Y At Bay Press
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      Poignant, bleak, funny and fervent, the short stories, artwork and photography included in At Bay Press's latest anthology illustrate the various implications of love gone awry. The 2013 Fiction Annual is comprised of thoughtful writing about contempt, regret and emancipation that touches the hearts of all readers who have loved and lost. The art and photography are included to support the storytelling but nonetheless stand on their own as fine examples of the theme "Jilted Love". Proudly printed in Canada, this collection features the work of new writers and artists as well masters from the past century, arranged based on a timeless theme.
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      John Crust, writer and former teacher in Poland for a number of years, John is the founding editor of Dekadentzya, an international literary journal based at the University of Lodz, Poland
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    Lost Family A Memoir John Barton Canada
    9781550655551 Paperback POETRY / Canadian Publication Date:September 30, 2020
    $17.95 CAD 5 x 7.5 x 0 in | 0.2 lb | 80 pages Carton Quantity:64 Canadian Rights: Y Signal Editions
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      A bold experiment in autobiography, Lost Family: A Memoir is a book of sonnets that centres around the deaths of John Barton's mother and sister, but tracks much of the poet's early life in Alberta through to a conflicted, restless adulthood. Alongside tales of love, friends and mentors, intolerance, AIDS, and the struggle for equality, Barton's collection--his first in eight years--explores how being gay rewrites and expands one's sense of lineage, both inherited and chosen. A book of penetrating self-awareness and humility, marked by powerful image-making, Lost Family: A Memoir is a profound test of poetry's ability to give coherence to life. It is also a celebration of the sonnet form, that finely made reliquary that permits memory to take shape.
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      John Barton is the current Poet Laureate of Victoria. His eleven books of poetry and nine chapbooks include For the Boy with the Eyes of the Virgin: Selected Poems, Polari, and Windsock. His critical works include Seminal: The Anthology of Canada's Gay-Male Poets (2007), The Malahat Review at 50, and The Essential Douglas LePan. He lives in Victoria.
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      Praise for John Barton:

      "Barton is simply too large and too prodigious and too protean a talent," --Journal of Canadian Poetry

      "Barton's work is a brilliant example of grace on display," --Bay Area Reporter

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