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    Marvellous Grounds Queer of Colour Formations in Toronto Jin Haritaworn, Ghaida Moussa Canada, Syrus Ware Canada
    9781771133647 Paperback SOCIAL SCIENCE / LGBTQ+ Studies Publication Date:October 18, 2018
    $29.95 CAD 6 x 9 x 0.5 in | 400 gr | 272 pages Carton Quantity:42 Canadian Rights: Y Between the Lines
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      Toronto has long been a place that people of colour move to in order to join queer of colour communities. Yet the city’s rich history of activism by queer and trans Black, Indigenous, and racialized people (QTBIPOC) remains largely unwritten and unarchived. While QTBIPOC have a long and visible presence in the city, they always appear as newcomers in queer urban maps and archives in which white queers appear as the only historical subjects imaginable.

      The first collection of its kind to feature the art, activism, and writings of QTBIPOC in Toronto, Marvellous Grounds tells the stories that have shaped Toronto’s landscape but are frequently forgotten or erased. Responding to an unmistakable desire in QTBIPOC communities for history and lineage, this rich volume allows us to imagine new ancestors and new futures.

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      Jin Haritaworn is associate professor of gender, race, and environment at York University.



      Ghaida Moussa is a PhD candidate in the Social and Political Thought program at York University.



      Syrus Marcus Ware is a PhD candidate in the Faculty of Environmental Studies at York University.

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      As the lead singer of the radical duo LAL and co-organizer of the DIY QT2S/BIPOC space, Unit 2, I am so happy to see this important book that highlights some of the amazing work and stories by QTBIPOC/friends in Toronto. More than half of the contributors have shared space or gathered at Unit 2, so this book resonates in my body and soul. Marvellous Grounds is a necessary piece of writing that documents and helps keep our stories alive, in a way that is for us by us. This book will share important perspectives with a new generation of QTBIPOCs and friends, while honouring the stories, people, and places that fought and fight for justice and freedom, in this amazing but complicated meeting place, Toronto.


      Marvellous Grounds is a beautiful gathering of QTBIPOC artists, organizers, activists, and cultural workers that achieve the Morrisonian [Toni Morrison’s] task of creating a map outside of the mandates of conquest, specifically its homonormative archival practices. Speaking across time and space, the Marvellous Grounds collective lovingly curates visual art, prose, intimate conversations and tender caresses taking place on Toronto’s street corners that have the potential to heal both the ancestors and the generations yet to come. Creating marvelous ground in Toronto, this stunning collection resists inclusion into normative and homonationalist queer Canadian archives. It also refuses to help repair this archive. Instead, Marvellous Grounds beautifully disfigures the colonial project of archiving as it yearns and reaches for what the co-editors call “the something yet-to-be-done.” Marvellous Grounds is a healing praxis that QTBIPOC communities can bask in as they soak up the sweet balm it tenders. This collection is a gift.


      More than simply a static archive, Marvellous Grounds is a call for QTBIPOC to step into a “permanent readiness for the marvellous,” a phrase the book borrows from Martinique-born scholar and activist Suzanne Césaire’s description of surrealism. This archive marvels not only at the love, generosity, and care between QTBIPOC folks of Tkaronto, but also on communal tears shed for lives lost at the hands of structural violence. As such, Marvellous Grounds is romantic, without romanticizing the struggle.


      Marvellous Grounds seeks freedom through transformative and reparatory justice by making space to the de-historicized, de-spatialized subjects of queer of colors in Toronto. The coloniality of space and place are turned into Marvellous Grounds by spatializing intergenerational conversations among QTBIPOC and their practices of caretaking and solidarity. The intellectual tightness runs skin deep and unearths the colonial complicity of progressive movements while queer of colour formations dare to live their own decolonial life.


      Upending white supremacist, neoliberal narratives of “gay progress,” Marvellous Grounds shows us Toronto’s QTBIOC communities surviving and thriving in the midst of violent forces of erasure. The essays, dialogues, and creative interventions gathered here offer an invitation to remember and learn from rich and resplendent stories—of organizing and activism, of dance parties, reading groups, performances, and everyday life. This is the history we want and the history we need.


      Marvellous Grounds makes visible a counter archive of QTBIPOC in Toronto. Through highlighting histographies of activism and alliances created against racism and classism, we see how QTBIPOC have contributed to shaping a strong community of artists and activists that are at the forefront of anti-colonial, black, and Queer/Trans movements in Toronto.


      Marvellous Grounds is an incredibly important critical intervention into the ongoing creation and theorization of queer counter archives and their frequent whitewashing. The artists/activists/academics whose work is collected here offer a multilayered, sharp, original, and touching take on queer Toronto past and present that will be relevant to scholars and practitioners far beyond the local context.


      Marvellous Grounds is a stunning anthology - love letter after love letter to QTIPOCs to claim place, space, lineage. Amidst a dominant queer archive that deliberately whitens queer art, research and activism as an act of pinkwashing, this collection pierces through and rightfully places racialized queers not as diversity subjects but as the leading architects of queer political organizing and magic-makers of queer life in Toronto.”


      Marvellous Grounds is a foundational book for gender, queer, postcolonial, and critical race scholarship. Archiving and reflecting on four decades of queer and trans Black, Indigenous and people of colour (QTBIPOC) historiography, collective organizing, cartographies of violence and building communities of care and healing in the city of Toronto, this inspiring book is a must read for activists, artists, and academics alike who radically question who the subject of queer history is and more importantly dare to ask “What kind of ancestor do I want to be?”


      This exceptionally innovative book initiates a whole new era in QTBIPOC research, from the collaborative process of conceptualizing a research project across generations and across racialized and other positionalities, to its totally uncompromising critique of white queer erasures of QTIBIPOC theories, practices, and subjectivities, to its brilliant renderings of QTBIPOC historiographies including creative survival strategies, the construction of new relationalities, and political inventions, throughout. This is radically transformative scholarship at its very best.


      A vivid, bold, and inspiring celebration of what it means to love and struggle in difference and community. Written by those who walk their talk, this book evokes the joy and power of creative activism.


      Marvellous Grounds is a compelling and transformative site of queer of colour creation and ongoing creativity, collectively confronting and refusing dominant white queer archives. Together, the essays build queer counter-archives as their own form, where writing and genealogies of thought emerge in collective organizing, art practices, abolitionist work, disability justice, poetics, healing justice, performance, anti-racism, and spirituality. In this long-awaited anthology, the authors make possible the kinds of depth and life that come from an effort to pause, and take hold of what emerges in our struggles to find new ways of being with one’s self and amongst others.


      Marvellous Grounds describes a Toronto that makes sense and feels right. It doesn’t suffer from impossible racial homogeneity or glib hollow triumph. This gentle, trusting, personal collection lingers over homelessness, racial profiling, protest, worship, and the struggle of queers of colour starting families, and so is a Toronto origin story that feels real.


      Marvellous Grounds’ pages will now forever be part of our beautiful, complicated, complex connective tissue. This is essential reading for conversations around QTBIPOC organizing, resistance and resilience strategies. It is a testament to an often-ignored history; a celebration of the often-misunderstood.


      Marvellous Grounds showcases the stunning array of queer and trans Black, Indigenous, and people of color (QTBIPOC) organizing, community building, and space making practices in the Toronto area since the 1970s. This collection will be a resource to QTBIPOC searching for their community, history, and culture; to activists and community-builders looking for effective and innovative organizing models; and to academics seeking of new archives of QTBIPOC activism and culture.


      The authors, artists, and activists gathered in this extraordinary book invoke an insurgent and untameable queer and trans history, one which confronts both co-option and self-congratulation. Boldly making space for the silenced, criminalized, and displaced voices of queer and trans Black, Indigenous and people of colour (QTBIPOC), Marvellous Grounds disrupts queer nostalgia, complacency, and white fragility, and testifies to QTBIPOC resilience, resistance, and healing. Whether you come to this book in search of a radically transformative decolonial theory and praxis, or to reclaim a displaced queer/trans lineage, these stories are guaranteed to move, challenge, and inspire.

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    Series: Overhead
    Clouds Lucy Haché Canada, Michael Joyal Canada
    9780991761074 Paperback FICTION / Literary Publication Date:April 01, 2016
    $24.95 CAD 5.5 x 8.5 x 0.24 in | 0.25 lb | 62 pages Carton Quantity:120 Canadian Rights: Y At Bay Press
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      In this brave first book, Lucy Haché transports the reader with intimate revelations on self-awareness and identity by exploring both her personal and ancestral relationship to the sea, forest and sky. Through skilled restraint and beautifully astute description, Haché's prose reaches past her own contemplation to connect us all. Masterfully illustrated by artist Michael Joyal, his stunning and meteorologically accurate cloud drawings contribute to the overall sensory and transcendent experience.
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      Lucy Haché, writer and adventurer of Kwakwaka'wakw/Métis and Scottish/Irish descent. She is a member of the Gwa'sala-'Nakwaxda'xw Nations, a Kwakwaka'wakw Community on the Northern tip of Vancouver Island, British Columbia. Much of her life has been spent in the forest or on the sea. When she's not surrounded by nature she writes about it. She also writes about contemporary and historical Indigenous issues.

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      "Lucy Haché pulls universal truths from her very personal observations that will resonate long after the reader has put aside this jewel of a book. I loved each word, and every one of Michael Joyal's perfect illustrations." --Charles de Lint, author of Moonheart and The Onion Girl
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    Stars Lucy Haché Canada, Michael Joyal Canada
    9781988168104 Paperback FICTION / Literary Publication Date:March 01, 2018
    $19.95 CAD 5.5 x 8.5 x 0.39 in | 0.34 lb | 80 pages Carton Quantity:100 Canadian Rights: Y At Bay Press
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      In this second installation of the Overhead Series, Lucy Haché once again transports the reader with intimate revelations on identity by exploring both her personal and ancestral relationship to the sky and stars. Hache's prose is extraordinary in its combination of self awareness yet unselfconscious honesty and skillful restraint, creating a sense of connection under the vastness of the stars above. Masterfully illustrated by artist Michael Joyal, his evocative astronomic drawings contribute to the overall sensory and transcendent experience.

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      Lucy Haché, writer and adventurer of Kwakwaka'wakw/Métis and Scottish/Irish descent. She is a member of the Gwa'sala-'Nakwaxda'xw Nations, a Kwakwaka'wakw Community on the Northern tip of Vancouver Island, British Columbia. Much of her life has been spent in the forest or on the sea. When she's not surrounded by nature she writes about it. She also writes about contemporary and historical Indigenous issues.



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      "Indigenous People have always had a strong relationship with the sky. Here, Joyal's stark, beautiful illustrations combine perfectly with Haché's voice as she sings a story of loss, and ultimately, reclamation."
      --David A. Robertson, author of When We Were Alone (winner 2017 Governor General's Literary Award) and Strangers

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    What Fox Knew Mary Barnes Canada
    9781988168203 Paperback POETRY / General Publication Date:November 05, 2019
    $19.95 CAD 5 x 7.5 x 1 in | 0 lb | 136 pages Carton Quantity:1 Canadian Rights: Y At Bay Press
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      With poems that both calm and awaken, Mary Barnes brings her Ojibwe roots to the fore and elegantly coaxes out the seemingly quiet world we often take for granted in What Fox Knew. In this masterful first collection, Barnes reveals this world anew, with tempered grace.

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      Mary Barnes is of Ojibwa descent. She is a graduate of the University of Waterloo and a winner of the Tom York Award for short fiction. She has written book reviews for The Antigonish Review and currently writes for Prairiefire. Her poetry has appeared in literary journals such as the Prairie Journal, Tower Poetry Society, and Voicings. Inspirations for her writing come from the landscape of her youth and everyday encounters. Her first collection of poetry What Fox Knew was released 2019 by At Bay Press and received two award nominations; The League of Canadian Poets Pat Lowther Award and the Manuela Dias Award. Born in Parry Sound, she now lives in Wasaga Beach with her husband Bob and writes, gardens, and talks to the birds.

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      Gerald Lampert Memorial Award 2020, Long-listed
      Manuela Dias Award Award for Best Book Design 2020, Short-listed
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      "A beautifully designed book housing a strong set of sometimes-furious, sometimes-shy poems, What Fox Knew is a well-rounded debut collection."
      -- The Winnipeg Free Press

      "What Fox Knew, is a fascinating journey. It is epic in scope, delightfully composed, and rich in detail."
      -- Prairie Fire Magazine

      "What the Fox Knew is a beautiful collection of poems that lead us to reflect on the essential spaces of beauty, justice, love, home and nation. Barnes' poems are, to quote her, "thick as resin" and also gorgeously clear as amber in the light."
      -- Juliane Okot Bitek, author of 100 Days, shortlisted for 2017 Pat Lowther Award and won the 2017 INDIEFAB Book of the Year Award for Poetry

      "Mary Barnes' poetry collection, What Fox Knew, is epic in scope, delightfully composed, and so rich indetail, reading it is a fascinating journey. Set in the Southern Georgian Bay area, the characters and theirchronicles reveal a deep past of First Nations peoples which shapes the poet's vision and her narrative. Barnesvividly layers existential questions and quests within her Ojibwa ancestry, drawn from family history andmeditations on the human condition. Ranging from reflective to tragic, from witty to spiritual to sensual, thepoems inhabit that volatile place between the public and the private, making the poems a must read for anyonecontemplating the world we live in, and most of all the matters of the heart envisaged in this thoroughlyengaging debut collection."
      -- Bianca Lakoseljac is a novelist, poet, short story writer and essayist. Her latest novel, Stone Woman, (Guernica Editions) won the Book Excellence Award 2017 for Fiction. She is the recipient of the Matthew Ahern Memorial Award in literature at York University.

      "Mary Barnes is a fresh new voice in Canadian poetry. Her words flow with grace and certainty, creating images and evoking memories - some ancestral and others as familiar as home."
      -- Judith Plaxton, author of Morning Star, nominated for Shining Willow award

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    Series: TreeTalk
    TreeTalk Ariel Gordon Canada, Natalie Baird Canada
    9781988168272 Hardcover POETRY / General Publication Date:September 29, 2020
    $19.95 CAD 5 x 8 x 0.5 in | 0.44 lb | 96 pages Carton Quantity:1 Canadian Rights: Y At Bay Press
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      During the heatwave of July 2017, Ariel Gordon spent two days sitting on the patio of downtown Winnipeg's Tallest Poppy, writing snippets of poems which she hung from the boulevard tree using paper and string. Passersby were invited to TreeTalk too -- their secrets / one-liners / meditations / haiku were also hung from the tree. By the end of the weekend, the elm had a second temporary canopy of leaves: 234 poems, 111 written by Gordon, 107 written by passersby, and 16 from other sources.

      Gordon has assembled all these voices into a long/found poem that asks: what does it mean to live in the urban forest? What does it mean to be in relationship with each other but also with the more-than-human? The book also includes pen and ink illustrations by Winnipeg artist Natalie Baird.

      Since 2017, Gordon has also hung poems in trees at the Sage Hill Poetry Experience in Muenster, SK, the Prairie Gate Literary Festival in Morris, MN, and at the Winnipeg Folk Festival as part of the Prairie Outdoor Exhibition. Stay tuned for more TreeTalk-ing!

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      Ariel Gordon is a Winnipeg-based author of two collections of urban-nature poetry, both of which won the Lansdowne Prize for Poetry. Gordon also co-edited the anthology GUSH: menstrual manifestos for our times (Frontenac House, 2018) and is the ringleader of the National Poetry Month in the Winnipeg Free Press project. Her most recent book is Treed: Walking in Canada's Urban Forests (Wolsak & Wynn, 2019).



      Natalie Baird is a visual artist, filmmaker, and community-based researcher based in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Natalie completed a bachelor of environmental science from the University of Manitoba in 2014, where she explored film-making as a tool for environmental action. Her documentary, animation, and video-installation work has been screened and exhibited across Canada. She has an embedded community practice, working as an arts facilitator and artist-in-residence in drop-in art centres and personal care homes. In 2016 Natalie returned to the University of Manitoba for a master of environment, leading arts-based research projects about the social dimensions of climate change in Nunavut.

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      "This collection of poems, written during a Synonym Art Consultation residency, is art-making at street level, with eyes on the overstory of an old elm tree in Winnipeg. This is poetry contributing to green with community-driven foliage. And this is how poetry can move, in the wind and rooted, at a time on our planet when trees can use more attending to. That these poems started out as leaves can be felt in the reading. There is a vitality to this work that is verdant. The poems read as if they are still outside, golden-houred. Ariel Gordon has curated a space for herself and for her community in the company of an elm. And we are the fortunate recipients of a collection to share, to read aloud, for the tree of it."
      --Sue Goyette

      "Ariel Gordon, truly the Jane Jacobs of trees and poetry, has charmed a multitude of strangers and passersby to sing small songs to the urban canopy, to whisper their secrets and confessions to a neighbourhood elm tree. The result is Tree Talk, a celebration of the city-dweller's relationship with trees, but also an elegy to the stress and devastation imposed on urban nature in the course of ""growing"" and developing a city. In Tree Talk, Ariel Gordon not only re-foliates a tree with poems, she adds a startling and crucial layer of leaves to how we might (re)imagine ourselves coexisting with nature."
      --Sylvia Legris

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    ABC MTL Jeanne Painchaud Canada, Katia Grubisic
    9781773900353 Hardcover JUVENILE NONFICTION / Lifestyles Grade (US) from 3 - 14 Publication Date:October 07, 2019
    $21.95 CAD 8.45 x 8.44 in | 350 gr | 68 pages Carton Quantity:25 ruelle
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      Montreal spelled out in a mosaic of haiku, descriptive text and full-colour photographs. From A to Z, every letter introduces a different aspect of the city in all its diversity and fun.

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      Jeanne Painchaud is the author of books for young people and of haiku as well as being an artist. The most recent of her books, illustrated by photos by Bruno Ricca, is ABC MTL (400 Coups, 2017), which was nominated for the 2018 TD Canadian Children's Literature Prize in 2018. She has been invited to present her work in France, in the U.S., and in Japan, and she lives and works in Montreal.


      In addition to several shows of his work in Montreal, including solo shows in 2013 and 2015, photographer and graphic designer Bruno Ricca participated in the National Geographic France competition and is the winner of the French magazine Photo?s biggest photographic contest. Commissioned by Montreal publisher Les 400 Coups to illustrate ABC MTL in 2017, he is the graphic designer of Son & Image magazine, for which he also writes. Born in France, he lives in Montreal.
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    Kerouac & Presley André Pronovost Canada
    9781773900643 Paperback BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Personal Memoirs Publication Date:February 22, 2021
    $22.95 CAD 5 x 8 in | 350 gr | 338 pages Carton Quantity:1 Linda Leith Publishing
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      Kerouac & Presley takes you on the road, guitar slung over your shoulder. Beginning in the Montreal neighbourhood where a teenage girl was brutally murdered in 1975, the International Year of the Woman, to an Abbey in Connecticut where a former starlet and Elvis co-star fled Hollywood to become a nun. This is the story of a wanderer who sets out to rewrite ?the blank and flawless page? that is America. Inspired by the history of Quebec and America, Kerouac & Presley is an American prayer in prose and paragraphs.

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      Originally from Laval, Quebec, André Pronovost has a Master's degree in Animal Psychology. In 1978 he hiked the Appalachian Trail from one end to the other. His seventh book, Kerouac & Presley won the 2018 Quebec Arts Council (CALQ) literary prize. He lives in Montreal.


      A three-time winner of the Governor General?s Award for translation, and shortlisted for his 2009 translation of Thierry Hentsch?s Le temps aboli (Empire of Desire), Fred A. Reed has translated works by many of Quebec?s leading authors, several in collaboration with novelist David Homel, as well as works by Nikos Kazantzakis and other modern Greek writers. His most recent work, with David Homel, includes Philippe Arsenault?s Zora and Martine Desjardins? The Green Chamber. Baraka Books will publish his translation, from Modern Greek, of Yannis Tsirbas? Vic City Express in September. His latest book is Then We Were One: Fragments of Two Lives, an autobiographical essay, published in French by Fides Éditeur.

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    South Away The Pacific Coast on Two Wheels Meaghan Hackinen Canada
    9781988732633 Paperback TRAVEL / Special Interest Publication Date:October 15, 2019
    $20.95 CAD 6 x 9 x 0 in | 1 lb | 256 pages Carton Quantity:36 Canadian Rights: Y NeWest Press
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      Shortlisted for the Sixth Annual Rakuten Kobo Emerging Writer Prize - Nonfiction Category!
      Shortlisted for Best Trade Non-Fiction at the 2020 Book Publishing Awards!

      South Away follows Meaghan Marie Hackinen and her sister in the adventure of a lifetime: bicycling from Terrace, BC down the West Coast to (almost) the tip of the Baja Peninsula. Along the way Hackinen battles with the elements in Vancouver Island's dense northern forests and frigid Mexican deserts; encounters strange men, suicidal highways and monster trucks; and makes some emergency repairs as ties and spokes succumb to the ravages of the journey. Luckily, the pair meet some good people along the way and glean some insight about the kindness of strangers.

      A rare road-trip story with two female leads, this travel memoir also chronicles an inner journey, as the author begins to better understand her relationship with her adventurous (and not-so-adventurous) family. South Away tells an engaging and personable tale, with imaginative and memorable depictions of land and sea along the ever-winding coast.

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      Meaghan Marie Hackinen is a writer and cyclist from Vancouver, BC. Her two-wheeled adventures have taken her from Haida Gwaii to Mexico's high plateaus, across Canada and the United States, and, most recently, from North Cape to Tarifa along some of Europe's highest paved roads. Meaghan is a Trans Am Bike Race, NorthCape4000, and Paris-Brest-Paris finisher, as well as the 2019 World 24 Hour Time Trial Champion and Course Record Holder (460.8 miles) in the Women's Division. Her writing explores relationships, experiences on the road, and encounters with wild places. Her creative non-fiction, poetry, and prose can be found in literary journals and cycling magazines. She has an MFA in Writing from the University of Saskatchewan and currently resides in Kelowna, BC.
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      Sixth Annual Rakuten Kobo Emerging Writer Prize - Nonfiction Category 2020, Short-listed
      Best Trade Non-Fiction at the Alberta Book Publishing Awards 2020, Nominated
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      Praise for South Away:

      "In this empowering memoir, Hackinen, an avid cyclist, recounts her first touring-bike journey.... Teens will be particularly fascinated by how the author found post-grad direction and confidence using the strength of her own two legs."
      ~ Booklist

      "Biking and adventure travel enthusiasts will revel in the author's descriptions and ability to endure such an arduous trip, and find this account restores one's faith in human goodness."
      ~ Library Journal

      "... [T]his book will be a breath of fresh air and a reminder of the hope that lies in the humanity beyond our front door, if we dare to venture beyond it."
      ~ All Lit Up

      "I LOVED this memoir...! Stumped for something to read? NeWest has published this awesome Canadian memoir that'll have you ready to pull out your own bike and set out into the world by the time your done."
      ~ Worn Pages and Ink Blog

      "The body of work about the unique joys of wandering the world on two wheels just keeps getting better and Meaghan Marie Hackinen's South Away is a welcome addition to it.
      ~ Howard Macdonald Stewart, The Ormsby Review

      "Everyone says 'Be careful,' but Meaghan Marie Hackinen wants to live large. South Away will fill your lungs with the fresh air of adventure and restore your faith in human goodness. An exhilarating debut."
      ~ Candace Savage, author of A Geography of Blood and Strangers in the House

      "Hackinen's journey is the quest of her dreams. Her sharp images of life on the road reveal that the world is more complex than she thought--and that sometimes people will let you camp on their front lawn."
      ~ Nicole Haldoupis, editor of Grain Magazine and untethered

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    9781988732954 Paperback FICTION / Short Stories Publication Date:November 15, 2020
    $19.95 CAD 5.5 x 8.5 x 0 in | 1 lb | 208 pages Carton Quantity:40 Canadian Rights: Y NeWest Press
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      Shortlisted for a 2021 ReLit Award in the short fiction category!
      Finalist for Trade Fiction Book of the Year at the 2021 Alberta Book Publishing Awards!

      John O'Neill's gothic short stories, set in the Canadian Rockies, are haunted by the violence inherent in nature and humans. The mountains are majestic and impassive. The characters are surprising, bent, but also empathetic. Their survival is tenuous. A two-sister team of goth tour guides offers guided excursions up switchback mountain trails; a paroled convict thumbs his way into the life of a family driving west; and an animal pathologist, while performing a necropsy on a grizzly bear, has an unusual encounter with both technology and humanity.

      Goth Girls of Banff is a superb collection, sharply written, with plot turns as consequence-laden as those on an iced-over mountain road.

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      John O'Neill is the author of the novel Fatal Light Awareness and four poetry collections, Animal Walk, Love in Alaska, The Photographer of Wolves, and Criminal Mountains. He was raised in Scarborough, Ontario, where his parents worked for many years as building superintendents, an aspect of his history explored in The Photographer of Wolves. He was a winner in the Prairie Fire Long Poem Contest and Sheldon Currie Fiction Prize, and the recipient of a 'Maggie' - a Manitoba Magazine Award - for Best Story for his "The Book About The Bear." John was a finalist, with his manuscript Goth Girls of Banff (Newest Press 2020), for the HarperCollins/UBC Prize for Best New Fiction. He taught high-school English and Dramatic Arts for 29 years, and now lives and writes in the Leslieville neighbourhood of Toronto. He and his artist wife Ann make frequent trips to Canada's Rocky Mountains, and this landscape continues to be a major influence on his writing.
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      ReLit Award for Short Fiction 2021, Short-listed
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      Praise for Goth Girls of Banff

      "The depth and variety of perspectives O'Neill writes make this collection a staggeringly endearing pastiche."
      ~ Courtney Eathorne, Booklist

      "O'Neill is a skilled stylist. His use of language and image is vivid and crisp, the narratives are deeply imaginative and unpredictable."
      ~ Steven Ross Smith, Alberta Views

      "If you've ever wanted to visit Banff, I suggest picking this book up. It will frighten you and inspire you and, in the end, you might just yearn for a slice of that adventure too."
      ~ Myshara Herbert-McMyn, The Ormsby Review

      "The characters who populate this winning collection make the pilgrimage to Banff with expectations, usually of salvation. What they find is something distinctly less divine. Any hope of communion with nature is either thwarted by mundane human interference or the revelation of violence that lurks just below all that beauty."
      ~ Zachary Abram, Canadian Literature

      "Whether looking for a story about the Rocky Mountains' breathtaking (often literal) nature, or for some stories to pull on your heartstrings and teach you about what makes us human, O'Neill's Goth Girls of Banff is a collection that has something for everyone."
      ~ Skylar Kay, FreeFall Magazine

      John O'Neill's characters are thoughtful, at odds with their environment, and above all, deeply human. His prose is lyrical and imaginative, empathetic, with surprising moments of humour. The distinct Alberta landscape is depicted with precision and awe. Well-shaped, character-driven plots build towards powerful emotional endings, in these stories that explore loneliness, fate, and subtle, prickly, human relationships."
      ~ Shashi Bhat, author of The Family Took Shape

      "O'Neill's Goth Girls of Banff should be as essential to the mountain visitor as The Canadian Rockies Trail Guide."
      ~ Lee Gowan, author of Confession and The Last Cowboy

      "Beautifully executed and organically driven, these stories borne of the Canadian West captivate from the beginning and linger long in the mind. From Marilyn Monroe to encounters with wildlife to Castle Mountain Internment Camp, O'Neill is a storyteller whose tales carry an edgy grace and shimmering surefootedness. A compelling and visceral read."
      ~ Catherine Graham, author of Quarry and The Celery Forest

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    Don't Try This at Home One Family's (mis)Adventures Around the World Daria Salamon Canada, Rob Krause Canada
    9780888016539 Paperback TRAVEL / Essays & Travelogues Publication Date:May 16, 2019
    $21.00 CAD 6 x 9 x 0.69 in | 0.35 lb | 280 pages Carton Quantity:36 Canadian Rights: Y Turnstone Press
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      Rob Krause and Daria Salamon sold their car, rented out their Winnipeg home, and packed up their two young children to embark on a 12-month journey around the world. In this dual retelling of their ambitious year abroad, Don't Try This at Home chronicles the hilarious and sensational misadventures of a Canadian family as they travel across 15 different countries in the Southern Hemisphere. In an honest reflection on parenting, marriage, and living for a year on a tight budget, Krause and Salamon take readers through some of the world's most stunning vistas while meeting the challenges of foreign customs, broken-down buses, stomach bugs, personal loss, and their often less-than-enthusiastic children.

      Bio

      Daria Salamon's work has appeared in The Globe and Mail, the Winnipeg Free Press and Uptown Magazine. Her fiction and creative non-fiction have been shortlisted for the Writers' Union of Canada's Emerging Writer Short Fiction Award, the Larry Turner Award for Creative Non-Fiction, and the Canadian Authors Association's North of 55 Writing Contest. Daria lives and writes in Winnipeg.



      Rob Krause has at one time performed as a zoologist, a lawyer, and a record label owner. He has been published in the Globe and Mail, Winnipeg Free Press, Exclaim, and, of course, The Canadian Journal of Zoology. Rob has hitchhiked across Europe and toured with bands throughout North America. He's been to the highest peaks and the lowest valleys. And that's just with his family when they go to the grocery store.

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