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    9781988784878 Paperback FICTION / Cultural Heritage On Sale Date:March 01, 2022
    $22.95 CAD 5 x 8 x 0 in | 10 gr | 328 pages Carton Quantity:36 Canadian Rights: Y Invisible Publishing
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      Lyrical realism meets family drama meets sparkling global folktale.

      Joan, a half-Chinese English conversation teacher unmoored in Europe, flees Budapest for a fresh start. Stepping off the train in Bratislava, she meets Milan, a proud Roma teenager, and they strike up a friendship. Milan helps Joan settle into the city, and in turn, Joan introduces him to Adriana, who has travelled to lay the memory of her dead mother to rest. They form an unlikely trio, bound by love and luck into something like family.

      At the crossroads of youthful hope and the startling magic of coincidence, Where the Silver River Ends delves deep into mixed-race identity, systemic oppression, family reconciliation, and what happens when we gather the courage to slip out of the current and make our own way in the world.

      Praise for Where the Silver River Ends:

      “A rich, engaging novel about the difficulties of being an outsider.”—Foreword Reviews

      Praise for Anna Quon's other novels:

      “An empathetic coming-of-age story about the redemptive power of love.”–Globe and Mail on Low

      “Quon writes with a great deal of humour, and she spins a good yarn.”—Quill & Quire on Migration Songs

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      Anna Quon is a Mad, mixed-race poet and novelist. She facilitates writing workshops, particularly for the mental health community. Her first novel, Migration Songs, was shortlisted for the Dartmouth Book Award, and her second, Low, is set in Nova Scotia's largest psychiatric hospital. Anna lives in Halifax. Learn more at annaquon.ca
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      Praise for Where the Silver River Ends:

      “A rich, engaging novel about the difficulties of being an outsider.”—Foreword Reviews

      Praise for Anna Quon's other novels:

      “An empathetic coming-of-age story about the redemptive power of love.”–Globe and Mail on Low

      “Quon writes with a great deal of humour, and she spins a good yarn.”—Quill & Quire on Migration Songs

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    Harbour Grids Zane Koss Canada
    9781988784885 Paperback POETRY / Subjects & Themes On Sale Date:April 05, 2022
    $19.95 CAD 5 x 8 x 0 in | 10 gr | 144 pages Carton Quantity:1 Canadian Rights: Y Invisible Publishing
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      A visually and lyrically beautiful debut that celebrates the landscapes we take for granted.

      Harbour Grids is a long poem in four parts that investigates ideas of community and belonging. Beginning as a meditation on the surface of New York Harbor, the poem radiates outward through issues of labour, location, history, belonging, and subjectivity. How do we experience our complex relations to the world we live in? Harbour Grids seeks to answer this question by combining the sonic texture and investigative poetics of Daphne Marlatt, the improvisatory spirit and ethical engagement of Fred Wah, the experimental attention to the structures of language of Nasser Hussain, and the dazzling sense of visual space of Jordan Abel.

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      Zane Koss is a poet, translator, and scholar. Born and raised in Invermere, B.C., he lives between Brooklyn, NY, and Guelph, ON. Zane is a PhD candidate at New York University, where he teaches and researches Canadian, Mexican, and U.S. poetry in the 1960s and 1970s. He has previously published five chapbooks of poetry with above/ground press, Simulacrum Press, The Blasted Tree, and Publication Studio Guelph, and has also taught at McGill University, where he completed a Master's in Canadian poetry.
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      "In Harbour Grids, lines of shimmering ‘s’ phonemes ripple across fragmentary layers of New York’s urban development from harbour to immigrant neighbourhood. Zane Koss has created a stutter-statement most singular in its embrace of word and silence, visual image and social critique. To read Harbour Grids is to experience this moving interplay between surface and depth."—Daphne Marlatt, author of Intertidal and Steveston

      "The grid is one of modernity’s core forms and concepts—the fabricated space fashioned for plotting its measured trajectories. In Harbour Grids, Zane Koss’s moving minimalist intervention, the grid is both constraint and focalizer. Through the shimmering veil of infrastructure, nation, and language, “scattered / across the / shifting surface” of the page, we gather glimpses of the natural world, welcome those who have navigated the border’s rigid nets, and hear languages other than a monolithic English. The result is a near perfect balancing of form and formlessness—of urban enclosure, and a willful swerve onto the open common."—Stephen Collis, author of A History of the Theories of Rain and Decomp

      "The grid referred to in the title of Zane Koss’s exquisite Harbour Grids is a pattern of visual and sonic ripples—the hiss and shimmer of a living and lived world. The grids are represented by parallel rows of the letter S, regularly placed with open space between them. At diverse S’s, observed details surface, fleeting (they are gone from the next page, the next moment), but lasting long enough to disturb the pattern and excite the mind. There is nothing in Harbour Grids that’s inert. And with each perceived glint, each registered sound, a harbourscape unfolds: wavelets, tidal lift and fall, boats and ships, streets and shops, vehicles, pedestrians. And human social life burbles on, speaking its different languages. There’s no reigning subjective presence here—no singular “I.” Subjectivities are part of the distributed stuff of the world. But Harbour Grids is nonetheless a powerfully affective book, suffused with melancholy and some kind of accompanying pervasive wisdom. It’s a beautiful book." —Lyn Hejinian, author of My Life and The Language of Inquiry

      "From its opening page onward, Zane Koss’s Harbour Grids takes us into a floating world of letters and words arranged on the aqueous white surface of the rectangular page. Words enter this world as if by accident, washed up among the sounds and shapes of the letter “s” repeating again and again in four-line square grids on the white page, detailing what Koss calls his “phenomenological investigation of the surface of New York harbor” perceived in fragments. “s” as the shape and sound of waves moving across water, punctuating the words and phrases that appear as if out of the fog or night or from “behind freighters” or even “a cosmos of paths . . . submerged”; “s” as breath, the reader’s and listener’s breathing, “one shimmering plane... among others... in the eyes... a shard of light” radiating out across the lines of the poem and the space of the place itself."—Stephen Ratcliffe, author of sound of wave in channel and Selected Days

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    Send Me Into the Woods Alone Essays on Motherhood Erin Pepler Canada
    9781988784892 Paperback FAMILY & RELATIONSHIPS / Parenting On Sale Date:April 19, 2022
    $20.95 CAD 5 x 8 x 0 in | 10 gr | 208 pages Carton Quantity:1 Canadian Rights: Y Invisible Publishing
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      Dispatches from modern motherhood by a reluctant suburbanite

      Send Me Into The Woods Alone is an honest, heartfelt, and often hilarious collection of essays on the the joys, struggles, and complexities of motherhood.

      These essays touch on the major milestones of raising children, from giving birth (and having approximately a million hands in your vagina) and taking your beautiful newborn home (and feeling like you’ve stolen your baby from the hospital), to lying to kids about the Tooth Fairy and mastering the subtle art of beating children at board games. Plus the pitfalls of online culture and the #winemom phenomenon, and the unattainable expectations placed on mothers today.

      Written from the perspective of an always tired, often anxious, and reluctant suburbanite who is doing her damn best, these essays articulate one woman’s experience in order to help mothers of all kinds process the wildly variable, deeply different ways in which being a mom changes our lives.

      "Easily the most validating book you’ll read this year."—Ann Douglas, author of Happy Parents, Happy Kids and The Mother of All Pregnancy Books

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      Erin Pepler is a freelance writer who lives in the greater Toronto area with her husband and two kids. Her work has appeared in Today's Parent, ParentsCanada, SavvyMom, Romper, Scary Mommy, MoneySense, Broadview Magazine and more. You can find Erin on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram as well as at erinpepler.com.
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      "Erin Pepler's collection of honest, funny, and relatable essays are infused with hard-won wisdom and insights into the strange, difficult and wonderful world of motherhood. Reading Pepler’s essays is like hanging out with your best mom-friend—the one who puts it all out there, makes you feel normal and has you laughing so hard you pee a bit."—Kim Shiffman, editor-in-chief, Today's Parent

      "Calling a collection of parenting essays Send Me Into the Woods Alone is a stroke of genius, but Erin Pepler doesn’t spend all of her truth-telling humor on the title. Her witty, warm stories will make you laugh in recognition at the absurd contradictions, frustrations, and complexities of modern motherhood / life in general. With a rare dry humor, Erin gives herself, and her reader, the space to—gasp!—complain about some of the less thrilling parts of parenting, and to acknowledge that it’s always “okay to not feel okay.” She even cheerfully recognizes the sheer boredom that we’d all like to pretend doesn’t exist. (When I read, “Chutes and Ladders is not a game, it’s a curse,” I gave a silent cheer). On the next page, though, you’ll find yourself with a sudden lump in your throat when she deftly captures the mysterious, fierce love that, thankfully, also comes with the territory"—April Daniels Hussar, Managing Editor, Romper

      "A kind and compassionate book that acknowledges all the emotional heavy lifting that is motherhood. Send Me Into the Woods Alone is the perfect antidote to that guilt-inducing social media post that has you questioning every parenting decision you’ve ever made and/or your decision to become a parent at all. Erin Pepler understands the struggle and she’s there to offer a well-timed message of encouragement, just when you need it most. Easily the most validating book you’ll read this year."—Ann Douglas, author of Happy Parents, Happy Kids and The Mother of All Pregnancy Books

      "Send Me Into The Woods Alone is one of the most supportive books on parenting I've ever read. It's insightful, heartwarming and oh-so-funny. This is a must-read for mothers."—Shannon Lee Simmons, author of Worry-Free Money

      "It’s not often you read a book about parenting that is as intimate and honest as Send Me Into The Woods Alone: Essays on Motherhood. Pepler showcases her vulnerability and insight on every page, all salted with humour and relatability. As a parent you will identify with Pepler’s personal journey through motherhood through her 28 essays. You will commiserate with some and be an observer on others. Either way, you will fully enjoy every word knowing that you are not alone. Pepler’s got you!"—Jane Bradley, Publisher of ParentsCanada

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