Spring 2015

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    Well Fed, Flat Broke Recipes for Modest Budgets & Messy Kitchens Emily Wight Canada
    9781551525792 Paperback COOKING / Methods Publication Date:March 31, 2015
    $22.95 CAD 8 x 9 x 0.56 in | 1.63 lb | 258 pages Carton Quantity:22 Canadian Rights: Y Arsenal Pulp Press
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      In this winsome cookbook, based on her popular blog of the same name, Emily Wight offers great recipes, ideas, and advice on how to prepare imaginative, nutritious, and delectable meals without having to spend a lot of money. Perfect for students, new adults, and others on a budget, it’s a personable guide that adapts the act of cooking to our modern economy.

      Chapters are divided according to ingredients so that readers can choose their main and build a meal around it. Recipes range from the simple (perfect scrambled eggs, rice and lentils) to the sublime (orecchiette with white beans and sausage, mustard fried chicken). There are also a number of ethnic-inspired recipes, such as Kimchi pancakes, Salvadoran roast chicken, and pantry kedgeree, reflecting the new interest in global cuisine and the fact that ethnic ingredients are not only easy to find nowadays, but often inexpensive.

      Also crucial is the avoidance of processed foods and refined sugar wherever possible. Emily also provides helpful information for those with diabetes, including glycemic indexes where appropriate. For those on a budget, nutrition is often overlooked when it comes to eating, and there is a long-standing relationship between diabetes and those who think they can only afford to eat processed or fast foods.

      With its down-to-earth charm and sage advice, Well Fed, Flat Broke will have you eating like a millionaire without having to spend like one.


      Bio

      Emily Wight is a writer, blogger, and home cook. A graduate of the Creative Writing program at the University of British Columbia, she’s spent the past six years blogging at Well Fed, Flat Broke, a site that chronicles her forays in the kitchen as she tries to balance a career and parenthood, which includes a picky-eating toddler and a neurotic cat. Everything in her life is sticky.



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    Lost Boi Sassafras Lowrey
    9781551525815 Paperback FICTION / LGBT Publication Date:March 31, 2015
    $16.95 CAD 5.5 x 8 x 0.62 in | 0.67 lb | 240 pages Carton Quantity:30 Canadian Rights: Y Arsenal Pulp Press
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      In Sassafras Lowrey’s gorgeous queer punk reimagining of the classic Peter Pan story, prepare to be swept overboard into a world of orphaned, abandoned, and runaway bois who have sworn allegiance and service to Pan, the fearless leader of the Lost Bois brigade and the newly corrupted Mommy Wendi who, along with the tomboy John Michael, Pan convinces to join him at Neverland.

      Told from the point of view of Tootles, Pan’s best boi, the lost bois call the Neverland squat home, creating their own idea of family, and united in their allegiance to Pan, the boi who cannot be broken, and their refusal to join ranks with Hook and the gentrifying pirates. Like a fever-pitched dream, Lost Boi situates a children’s fantasy within a subversive alternative reality, chronicling the lost bois’ search for belonging, purpose, and their struggle against the biggest battle of all: growing up.


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      Sassafras Lowrey is a straight-edge queer punk who grew up to become the 2013 winner of the Lambda Literary Emerging Writer Award. Hir books Kicked Out, Roving Pack, and Leather Ever After have been honoured by organizations ranging from the National Leather Association to the American Library Association. Sassafras lives and writes in Brooklyn with hir partner and five furry beasts.



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      Awards
      Lambda Literary Award 2016, Short-listed
      Reviews
      Neverland has always been a place of dangers, and in this gritty reimagining, Sassafras Lowrey fearlessly leads us into the dark forests and murky lagoons of desire, longing, and self-discovery. A tale for bois and grrls who know that the greatest adventures happen when we dare to stray from the path. ?Michael Thomas Ford, author of Suicide Notes and Lily
      Sassafras Lowrey takes us on yet another journey through queer time and space, this time through the lens of the Peter Pan classic. Through rowdy imagery (which we don’t even have to try hard to imagine), we get to journey with Pan, Mommy Wendi, and John Michael through the Neverland squat to learn (and unlearn) all the perils of growing up. ?Cristy C. Road, author of Spit & Passion and Bad Habits
      At the heart of Lowrey’s loving, amazing, and crafty re-telling of Barrie’s classic Peter Pan story is love and freedom, replete with bois and grrrls, sexy, sassy mermaids, leather pirates, and a melange of gender preferred pronouncs, rollicking fun, and danger that will leave readers longing to never grow up, yet embracing becoming a new kind of grownup. Of the many adaptations of the classic Peter Pan tale, Barrie would rise up and cheer Sassafras Lowrey’s Lost Boi. ?Charles Rice-Gonzalez, author of Chulito
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    My Body Is Yours Michael V. Smith Canada
    9781551525778 Paperback BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / LGBT Publication Date:April 08, 2015
    $17.95 CAD 5.5 x 8 x 0.59 in | 0.7 lb | 240 pages Carton Quantity:36 Canadian Rights: Y Arsenal Pulp Press
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      A memoir about fathers and sons, breaking out of gender norms, and reconciling with a dangerous childhood.

      Lambda Literary Award finalist

      Michael V. Smith is a multihyphenate force of nature: a novelist, poet, improv comic, filmmaker, drag queen, performance artist, and occasional clown. In this, his first work of nonfiction, Michael traces his early years as an inadequate male--a fey kid growing up in a small town amid a blue-collar family; a sissy; an insecure teenager desperate to disappear; and an obsessive writer-performer, drawn to compulsions of alcohol, sex, reading, spending, work, and art as a means to cope and heal.

      As an artist whose work focuses on our preconceived notions about the body, Michael questions the very notion of what it means to be human. He also asks: How can we know what a man is? How might understanding gender as metaphor be a tool for a deeper understanding of identity? In coming to terms with his past "failures" at masculinity, and with an aging father he is only beginning to come to know, Michael offers a new way of thinking about breaking out of gender norms, and reconciling with a dangerous childhood.

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      Michael V. Smith is the author of the memoir My Body Is Yours, a Lambda Literary Award finalist. He won the inaugural Dayne Ogilvie Prize for Emerging LGBT Writers from the Writers Trust of Canada for his first novel, Cumberland. He's since published two poetry books and a second novel, Progress. An improv comic, filmmaker, drag queen, and occasional clown, Smith investigates notions of community and belonging, especially as relating to sexuality, gender, class, and identity. He teaches creative writing in the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies at University of British Columbia's Okanagan campus in Kelowna, BC.

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      Awards
      Lambda Literary Award 2016, Short-listed
      Reviews
      My Body Is Yours is frenetic with experience -- the joy and compulsion, purity and loneliness of cruising for sex; the rawness of public vulnerability in performance and writing; the anguish and innocence of searching for a way to inhabit your body when the world tells you it cannot be yours. Michael V. Smith flames and flails, he instigates and interrogates, revealing gender as a 'conscious, live response' instead of a societally prescribed formula for shutting off. From choreographing group sex to commanding the stage in drag to helping his father to live (and die), Michael V. Smith shows us the full range of the open heart.
      -Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore, author of The End of San Francisco
      The writing here is intimate, complicated and soulful. There is a lineage of gay men who write about sex without divorcing it from the broad context of their lives. Michael V. Smith is part of that lineage. This book is what you say to a hookup on a vacation in another town, when you aren't afraid because you'll never see them again. Smith makes vulnerability look easy. It takes most people three beers to get this honest. He's got poetry in him. -Kirk Read, author of How I Learned to Snap
      Michael V. Smith has written a searching, scalding memoir for our moment, bringing equal sass and introspection to the topics of barebacking and grieving, addiction and genderfuck. As he whisks us through the spotlights and shadows of Vancouver's parks and trans clubs, seatbelts unfastened and wigs askew, Smith proves to be a brave, erudite and profoundly touching guide -- pilot in one chapter, flight attendant in the next. -John Greyson, director of Lilies and Zero Patience
      Michael V. Smith has crafted a dazzling memoir that manages to be eloquently insightful, deliciously graphic, and deeply compassionate. -David Weissman, filmmaker, The Cockettes and We Were Here
      To read Michael V. Smith's My Body Is Yours is to accompany him on an intimate journey in which he struggles to create his own definition of manhood ... Regardless of their gender, sexual orientation, religion, socioeconomic background, or any other superficial definition, readers will appreciate Smith's forthright presentation of his most intimate history, revelations that avoid sounding confessional but instead read as honest recollections and observations. -Foreword Magazine
      What does it mean to be a man? How does the experience of intimacy between men -- the terror and rawness of emotional and physical vulnerability, and the possibility of shared tenderness -- figure into our understandings of masculinity at this particular moment in time? These are questions at the heart of Michael V. Smith's fabulous, fantastic, and heartbreaking new memoir. -Currently Living (Trevor Corkum)
      Smith's memoir is unflinching, a sobering document about family, manhood, love, striving and failing, and the lengthy quest toward self-discovery that began with a young man with a 'coat-rack figure' who was 'a poor excuse for a man by the measure of masculinity' in his unwelcoming Ontario hometown. -Daily Xtra
      A fresh and moving set of variations on the themes of memory, family, gender, addiction and masculinity ... [Smith's] his deft story telling and lovely prose combine to make the pages of My Body is Yours lively, engaging and heartfelt. -Vancouver Sun
      A rare and intimate confession ... This book is about exposure, throwing light in the dark places. -Quill and Quire
      What tore me gloriously apart reading Smith's fabulous memoir is his unfailing generosity: a willingness to wrestle honestly, like all true artists, with the hardest, darkest parts of his own psyche. By casting a bright light on the shame, exhilaration, and patterns of aversion and desire that have shaped his own life -- employing a healthy dash of sass in the process -- he celebrates the imperfections that unite us as human beings in a manner that is humbling and deeply profound. -Plenitude Magazine
      The first work of non-fiction by the author of Cumberland is about gender power and gender failure, and finding power in your failures ... An affecting work of self-analysis that also captures the writer's struggle in the process. -The Globe and Mail
      Smith succeeds in creating a broader understanding of manhood as having a 'cultural space to be soft and lovely, to be fearful and candid. Bravado is a costume that restricts the heart.' No one can accuse Smith of a restricted heart. -Bay Area Reporter
      A highly engaging and personal peek inside the life of a gay man who is punished for and later reconciles his transgressions around gender norms. Most telling is how his sexual compulsions -- Grindr, sex in parks, tender threesomes, sad blow jobs -- helped him escape personal trauma and later address deep loss and his complicated relationship with his father. -The Advocate
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    9781551525839 Paperback POETRY / LGBT Publication Date:April 01, 2015
    $16.95 CAD 5.5 x 8 x 0.28 in | 0.3 lb | 94 pages Carton Quantity:70 Canadian Rights: Y Arsenal Pulp Press
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      The first full-length poetry book by the Lambda Literary and Vancouver Book Award Winner.

      Finalist, Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize

      Award-winning writer Amber Dawn reveals a gutsy lyrical sensibility in her debut poetry collection: a suite of glosa poems written as an homage to and an interaction with queer poets, such as the legendary Gertrude Stein, Christina Rossetti, and Adrienne Rich, as well as contemporaries like Leah Horlick, Rachel Rose, and Trish Salah. (Glosas, a 15th-century Spanish form, typically open with a quatrain from an existing poem by another writer, followed by four stanzas of ten lines each, and usually end with a line repeated from the opening quatrain.)

      By doing so, Amber Dawn delves deeper into the themes of trauma, memory, and unblushing sexuality that define her work.

      Bio

      Amber Dawn is the author of the novels Sodom Road Exit (2018) and Sub Rosa (winner of a Lambda Literary Award, 2010), the Vancouver Book Award-winning memoir How Poetry Saved My Life (2013), the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize-nominated poetry collection Where the words end and my body begins (2015). She is also editor of Fist of the Spider Woman: Tales of Fear and Queer Desire and co-editor of With a Rough Tongue: Femmes Write Porn. She teaches creative writing at Douglas College in Vancouver, and also leads several low-barrier community writing classes.

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      Awards
      Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize (BC Book Prizes) 2016, Short-listed
      Reviews
      Revel in the way Amber Dawn's hard femme survivor poetics create testimony bridges between queer survivor poets then and now, mapping a cartography you can tuck in your pocket, reminding you of where we've been. -Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha, author of The Revolution Starts At Home: Confronting Intimate Violence In Activist Communities and Love Cake
      You'll be sweetened, entranced and scared in equal measure by Amber Dawn's glosas. This is a wordsmith at the height of her powers. You'll have to read these again and again, just to be sure the gorgeous is real. -Jane Eaton Hamilton, author of Love Will Burst into a Thousand Shapes and Hunger
      Amber Dawn rebuilds her glosa poems by constructing them on quotations from queer, gender-creative, feminist, and/or survivor writers. Dawn uses repetition as a method of regeneration to revitalize the seemingly strict structures of the glosa form and to transform her poems into something powerful and subversive. -CV2
      In this collection, Amber Dawn reveals much about how art can help us rise from the ashes of trauma, whether what we know is addiction, abuse or the cost of being unapologetically queer. -Daily Xtra
      In your face, yet tightly, beautifully crafted ... A bravura performance -- an insightful reading for poetry lovers and more. -Library Journal
      Fearless, raw, and sassy, Dawn's glosas speak to female survival through all its nasty incarnations -- depression, abuse, subjugation, marginalization. Her poems hit the pavement running and they are loud with truth-telling and raging. -Vancouver Sun
      A rich, rewarding set of stories about queer identity, surviving abuse, sex positivity and personal identity. -Autostraddle
      Highly political yet non-dogmatic, these poems are a reminder of what really matters: community. Amber Dawn positions herself in the context of a long line of artists, poets, and activists who matter to her. -Plenitude
      The natural world may be traditional subject matter and the glosa form may be over six centuries old, but Amber Dawn effectively uses both to enrich the present with the past, reminding us to always remember our roots. -subTerrain

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