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    9781999058876 Paperback FICTION / LGBTQ+ Publication Date:April 27, 2021
    $18.95 CAD 5.25 x 8 x 0.5 in | 0.42 lb | 168 pages Carton Quantity:64 Canadian Rights: Y Metonymy Press
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      A Natural History of Transition is a collection of short stories that disrupts the notion that trans people can only have one transformation. Like the landscape studied over eons, change does not have an expiration date for these trans characters, who grow as tall as buildings, turn into mountains, unravel hometown mysteries, and give birth to cocoons. Portland-based author Callum Angus infuses his work with a mix of alternative history, horror, and a reality heavily dosed with magic.

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      Callum Angus is a trans writer and editor currently based in Portland, Oregon. His work has appeared in Nat. Brut, West Branch, LA Review of Books, Catapult, The Common, Seventh Wave Magazine and elsewhere. He has received support from Lambda Literary and Signal Fire Foundation for the Arts, and he holds an MFA from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He is the founding editor of the journal smoke and mold.

      Mostly recently, Cal's writing is featured in the anthology Kink edited by R. O. Kwon, Garth Greenwell (Simon & Schuster 2021).

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      "Callum Angus is one of the younger writers I'm most excited by, with a mind full of marvels and an ear to match. Every story surprises; every sentence strives gorgeously toward music. This is writing as transition, as entrancement, as transcendence." - Garth Greenwell, author of Cleanness and What Belongs to You

      "How did we do without A Natural History of Transition for so long? Down with the medicalized so-called histories of our selves! Cal Angus has written our history as something much lusher, more fantastical, and for that reason, more true."- Jordy Rosenberg, author of Confessions of the Fox

      "This collection of stories deftly captures the sometimes frightening, often beautiful, and frequently magical leap into the unknown that is transition. Angus's writing asks you hold on, firm but gentle, and trust the journey."- jiaqing wilson-yang, author of Small Beauty

      https://chireviewofbooks.com/2021/04/27/a-natural-history-of-transition/?fbclid=IwAR29SbYNc7az-dMEVnMWMhtZQnNCyiHhLuY3cRSVkFbr-QbBNlw2FT4NxwQ

      https://medium.com/the-dock/mapping-relationships-with-the-physical-world-a-conversation-with-callum-angus-43f331fa9847?fbclid=IwAR3tq89sm8xdhqKlCI94GwsqO24mTaj9MB0q-CsMS1JIAFthlPh0krSqEsg

      https://lithub.com/a-natural-history-of-transition/

      https://therumpus.net/2021/04/the-rumpus-mini-interview-project-callum-angus/

      https://www.lambdaliterary.org/2021/03/aprils-most-anticipated-lgbtq-books/

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    Acha Bacha Bilal Baig Canada, Kama La Mackerel Canada
    9780369100900 Paperback DRAMA / LGBTQ+ Publication Date:August 17, 2020
    $17.95 CAD 5.2 x 8.3 x 0.2 in | 140 gr | 104 pages Carton Quantity:70 Canadian Rights: Y Playwrights Canada Press
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      For years, Zaya has delicately balanced his relationship with his Muslim faith and queer identity by keeping his genderqueer lover and manipulative mother apart. But when his mother ends up in the hospital on the same day his partner is leaving for pilgrimage, Zaya’s worlds come crashing in on each other, opening a space for traumatic memories to resurface.

      Acha Bacha boldly explores the intersections between queerness, gender identity and Islamic culture in the Pakistani diaspora. It’s about the way we love, the way we are loved and what it takes to truly accept love.

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      Bilal Baig (they/them) is a queer, trans-feminine, Muslim playwright and workshop facilitator. Bilal's first play, Acha Bacha, was co-produced by Theatre Passe Muraille and Buddies in Bad Times Theatre and has been published by Playwrights Canada Press. Other written work in development includes Kainchee Lagaa, Kitne Saare Laloo Yahan Pey Hain, and I want that free mind! Bilal is a core team member at non-profits such as Story Planet and Rivers of Hope, where they develop and facilitate workshops for youth focused on creative writing and literacy (Story Planet) and anti-Islamophobia (Rivers of Hope). Bilal is the co-creator and lead of the CBC/HBO Max/Sienna Films television series, Sort Of



      Kama La Mackerel is a Montreal-based Mauritian-Canadian multidisciplinary artist, educator, community-arts facilitator and literary translator who works within and across performance, photography, installations, textiles, digital art and literature. Their art practice is intertextual and intertextural. They have exhibited and performed their work internationally and their writing in English, French and Kreol has appeared in publications both online and in print. Their debut poetry collection ZOM-FAM was published by Metonymy Press in 2020.

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    ZOM-FAM Kama La Mackerel
    9781999058845 Paperback POETRY / LGBTQ+ Publication Date:September 10, 2020
    $16.00 CAD 6 x 8 x 0.31 in | 0.36 lb | 120 pages Carton Quantity:47 Canadian Rights: Y Metonymy Press
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      In their debut poetry collection, Kama La Mackerel mythologizes a queer/trans narrative of and for their home island, Mauritius. Composed of expansive lyric poems, ZOM-FAM (meaning "man-woman" or "transgender" in Mauritian Kreol) is a voyage into the coming of age of a gender-creative child growing up in the 80s and 90s on the plantation island, as they seek vocabularies for loving and honouring their queer/trans self amidst the legacy of colonial silences. Multiply voiced and imbued with complex storytelling, ZOM-FAM showcases a fluid narrative that summons ancestral voices, femme tongues, broken colonial languages, and a tender queer subjectivity, all of which grapple with the legacy of plantation servitude.

      Emerging from a creative process in spoken word and live performance, these poems transform the page into a stage where the queer femme body is written and mapped onto the colonial space of the home/island. Interwoven with Kreol, ZOM-FAM showcases a unique lyrical sensibility, a musicality influenced by the both unforgiving and soothing rhythms of the ocean, where the poet enunciates the complexity of their displaced Indo-African roots, "the lineage of silence / that we weave in-between our intimacies."

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      Kama La Mackerel (they/them) is an award-winning Mauritian multi-disciplinary artist, educator, writer, community-arts facilitator and literary translator who works within and across performance, photography, installations, textiles, digital art and literature.

      Kama has exhibited and performed their work internationally and their writing in English, French and Kreol has appeared in publications both online and in print. ZOM-FAM, their debut poetry collection published by Metonymy Press, was named a CBC Best Poetry Book, a Globe and Mail Best Debut, and was a finalist for the QWF Concordia University First Book Award and the Writers' Trust of Canada Dayne Ogilvie Prize for Emerging LGBTQ2S+ Writers.Kama was also awarded the Canada Council for the Arts Joseph S. Stauffer in Visual Arts in 2021.

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      Awards
      Quebec Writers' Federation Concordia First Book Prize 2020, Short-listed
      League of Canadian Poets Gerald Lampert Memorial Award 2021, Short-listed
      Dayne Ogilvie Prize for LGBTQ Emerging Writers 2021, Short-listed
      Reviews

      "It is refreshing and nourishing to read that zom-fam have historically been acknowledged in Mauritian culture... The book recounts difficult experiences and feelings, yet the writing persists and uplifts, ending with a strong note of acceptance and celebration." - Quebec Writer's Federation Concordia First Book Prize Jury

      https://ici.radio-canada.ca/nouvelle/1807812/kama-la-mackerel-artiste-trans-anticoloniale-prix-conseil-des-arts-queer

      https://browngirlmagazine.com/2021/05/book-review-zom-fam-by-kama-la-mackerel/

      https://arcpoetry.ca/2021/05/11/zom-fam-kama-la-mackerel/

      https://www.neverapart.com/features/zom-fam-kama-la-mackerel/

      https://mtlreviewofbooks.ca/reviews/zom-fam/

      http://www.magazine-spirale.com/article-dune-publication/traversee-spirituelle-et-incarnation-de-lentre-espace?fbclid=IwAR1FW0ZEi7Q4bvbW3dhN1tcCbxFTEXrf407eqizVu2cHlV-OnwjhxOhEZIk

      Ranked among the best Canadian poetry of 2020 by CBC Books

      https://www.theglobeandmail.com/arts/books/article-four-of-the-best-book-debuts-of-2020/

      http://www.canthius.com/feed-2/2020/11/21/review-of-zom-fam-by-kama-la-mackerel

      https://www.worldliteraturetoday.org/2021/winter/zom-fam-kama-la-mackerel

      https://honeyliterary.com/2021/01/02/kama-la-mackerel/

      https://sabrinalikestoread.com/2021/02/03/zom-fam-by-kama-la-mackerel/

      https://litlamig.wordpress.com/2021/02/04/zom-fam-by-kama-la-mackerel/

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    Dragonfly Lara Rae Canada
    9781927922590 Paperback DRAMA / Canadian Age (years) from 15 - 99 Publication Date:April 01, 2020
    $15.95 CAD 5.4 x 8.4 x 0.3 in | 120 gr | 72 pages Carton Quantity:78 Canadian Rights: Y Scirocco
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      In this original and poetic new work, Lara Rae tells the raw and heartfelt story of her half-century long (and counting) gender odyssey. Dragonfly presents us with two actors, one male, one female, who illuminate the inner life of a trans woman from her Scottish childhood in the 1960s to the present day. Matching our inside to our outside is always hard, but for trans people it's often a matter of life and death. Stripping away the visual cues that both define and imprison transgender people, Dragonfly is a call to all of us to forge creativity from chaos. So often, it is the external changes in trans lives that the world is exposed to and confronts. Here as Lara says, is the "inside voice" of a trans child, ever present, ever demanding to be heard, ever rising upward, to growth, peace, security and love.

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      Lara Rae is a writer and stand-up comedian.She is one of the co-developers of the internationally acclaimed comedy Little Mosque on the Prairie. Her radio plays include an episode of Afghanada and the series she created, Monsoon House starring Russell Peters. She was the first trans woman to host the CBC flagship news program The Current. Her food project PANTRY feeds people in her West Broadway neighborhood in Winnipeg, where she lives with her dog and three rats.

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      Awards
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      "It's a wrenchingly personal, honest and open story, told through exquisitely poetic language...Ultimately, though, Dragonflyis about more than just the details of Rae's life story. It's about how we construct and perceive gender, and how that can hide a person's true identity not just from those around them, but even from themselves -- and about emerging from that. Dragonfly tells that challenging and rarely heard story with elegance." CBC Manitoba

      "Funny, gritty, tragic, and crucially, relatable. This is a brave new work." - Winnipeg Free Press

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    You are Enough love poems for the end of the world Smokii Sumac Canada
    9781928120162 Paperback POETRY / American Publication Date:December 31, 2018
    $16.00 CAD 6 x 9 x 0 in | 0.4 lb | 105 pages Carton Quantity:30 Canadian Rights: Y Kegedonce
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      Finalist for the 2019 Indigenous Voices Award for Published Poetry in English. In his debut poetry collection you are enough: love poems for the end of the world, Smokii Sumac has curated a selection of works from two years of a near daily poetry practice. What began as a sort of daily online poetry journal using the hashtag #haikuaday, has since transformed into a brilliant collection of storytelling drawing upon Indigenous literary practice, and inspired by works like Billy Ray Belcourt's This Wound is a World, and Tenille Campbell's #IndianLovePoems. With sections dealing with recovery from addiction and depression, coming home through ceremony, and of course, as the title suggests, on falling in and out of love, Sumac brings the reader through two years of life as a Ktunaxa Two-Spirit person. This collection addresses the grief of being an Indigenous person in Canada, shares timely (and sometimes hilarious) musings on consent, sex, and gender, and through it all, helps us come to know that we are enough, just as we are.

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      Smokii Sumac is a proud member of the Ktunaxa nation. He is a PhD Candidate in Indigenous Studies at Trent University where his research centres on "coming home" stories from a Ktunaxa adoptee and two-spirit perspective. Smokii's work has been published in Write Magazine, and under his former name (he is a man of many names) in Canadian Literature, Aanikoobijigan//Waawaashkeshi and on coffee sleeves as one of the winners of Peterborough's e-city lit's artsweek contest in 2014. He currently shares his time between Nogojiwanong (Peterborough), and Ithaca, NY.

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      Awards
      Indigenous Voices Award 2019, Winner
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