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    Jeannie’s Demise Abortion on Trial in Victorian Toronto Ian Radforth Canada
    9781771135139 Paperback HISTORY / Women On Sale Date:October 18, 2020
    $29.95 CAD 6 x 9 x 0.5 in | 308 gr | 198 pages Carton Quantity:48 Canadian Rights: Y Between the Lines
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      August 1, 1875, Toronto: The naked body of a young woman is discovered in a pine box, half-buried in a ditch along Bloor Street. So begins Jeannie’s Demise, a real-life Victorian melodrama that played out in the bustling streets and courtrooms of “Toronto the Good,” cast with all the lurid stock characters of the genre. Historian Ian Radforth brings to life an era in which abortion was illegal, criminal proceedings were a spectator sport, and coded advertisements for back-alley procedures ran in the margins of newspapers.

      At the centre of the story is the elusive and doomed Jeannie Gilmour, a minister’s daughter whose independent spirit can only be glimpsed through secondhand accounts and courtroom reports. As rumours swirl about her final weeks and her abortionists stand trial for their lives, a riveted public grapples with questions of guilt and justice, innocence and intent. Radforth’s intensive research grounds the tragedy of Jeannie’s demise in sharp historical analysis, presenting over a dozen case studies of similar trials in Victorian-era Canada.

      Part gripping procedural, part meticulous autopsy, Jeannie’s Demise opens a rare window into the hidden history of a woman’s right to choose.

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      Ian Radforth is a Canadian social historian who taught for more than three decades in the department of history at the University of Toronto. He is the author of Bushworkers and Bosses: Logging in Northern Ontario, 1900–1980 and Royal Spectacle: The 1860 Visit of the Prince of Wales to Canada and the United States.

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      “Victorian Toronto is often portrayed as a genteel place, but Jeannie’s Demise reveals that the reality for many was very different. With his exhaustive research, Ian Radforth provides a vivid window into the social history of nineteenth-century Canada, with details and characters that bring us right to the streets of Toronto.”


      “Abortion is rarely easy, but hypocrisy and misogyny make it tragic for many women. Ian Radforth’s reclamation of Jeannie Gilmour provides a moving reminder of women’s long-standing efforts to command their own bodies and destinies. The history of this unnecessary death may be Victorian, but the message is right up to date. It’s always good to get the real villains straight.”


      “This highly readable, fascinating book sheds new light not only on the troubles of nineteenth-century Toronto women with unwanted pregnancies, but on many other issues, such as police detection practices and fights about who was in or out of the medical profession. A great read!”


      “Ian Radforth demonstrates a timeless truth—that when women’s rights to abortion are denied, women pay with their lives. In this impeccably researched and beautifully written study, Radforth creates a vivid sense of time and place, masterfully weaving the personal and familial stories into the larger social, legal, and political context. In his gripping account of the dramatic criminal trials that followed, Radforth also conveys Jeannie’s dignity, spirit, and strength, and the inequities of law, patriarchy, and class in nineteenth-century Toronto. It is a must read.”


      “What a remarkable achievement! Radforth brilliantly uses one sensational murder-by-abortion trial in nineteenth-century Canada to illuminate the everyday world of women and men as they wrestled with conflicting religious messages, fiercely patriarchal traditions, a slowly changing sexual order, and the urgent need to protect honour, reputation, and property. Jeannie’s Demise provides an intimate and vivid portrait of the precarious, treacherous worlds of ordinary people in Victorian Toronto.”


      “With great skill, compassion, and empathy, Ian Radforth cuts through the voyeuristic and often judgmental press coverage of the trial to bring humanity to Jeannie Gilmour and those on trial for her death. Radforth’s meticulous research and eloquent writing paint a vivid picture of the politics, culture, and religious values that influenced Gilmour’s decisions and restricted her choices. Jeannie’s Demise is a story about how one woman navigated these politics in Victorian Toronto, when abortion was illegal. But it will resonate with reproductive justice activists today, who continue the increasingly difficult work of defending people’s control of their reproductive health.”


      “At a twenty-first-century moment, when abortion, gender, class, ethnicity, inequality, and the law dominate headlines and galvanize public discourse, Jeannie’s Demise reveals the riveting, tragic tale of 23-year-old Jeannie Gilmour. With the deft hands of a master storyteller, Ian Radforth forcefully reminds us how the past speaks to the searing issues of today, weaving a gritty and captivating narrative that is as compelling and sad as it is informative and illuminating. Jeannie’s Demise is a fantastic addition to Toronto history, legal history, and social and cultural history—and a reminder that the divisive political issues of the past are always present.”


      “A gripping tale of the grim realities of abortion in nineteenth-century Canada—vulnerable womanhood, sleazy medical quackery, and convoluted criminal justice—told with compelling clarity and insight. And a powerful cautionary tale for any attempt to recriminalize women’s right to choose.”


      “Rich in detail, meticulously researched, this book will delight those wanting to know more about the history of abortion and of Canada’s criminal justice system.”

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    9781771133746 Paperback SOCIAL SCIENCE / Feminism & Feminist Theory On Sale Date:October 15, 2018
    $16.00 CAD 5 x 8 x 0.2 in | 150 gr | 112 pages Carton Quantity:1 Canadian Rights: Y Between the Lines
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      We are witnessing a new surge of interpersonal and institutional violence against women, including new witch hunts, which have occurred alongside an expansion of capitalist social relations. In this new work Federici revisits some of the main themes of Caliban and the Witch, examining the root causes of these developments and outlining the consequences for the women affected and their communities. No less than the witch hunts in sixteenth-and seventeenth-century Europe and the “New World,” this new war on women is a structural element of the new forms of capitalist accumulation founded on the destruction of people’s most basic means of reproduction.

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    Signal Decay Keith Cadieux Canada
    9781988168487 Paperback FICTION / Occult & Supernatural Publication Date:June 08, 2021
    $6.95 CAD 4 x 6 x 1 in | 1 lb | 48 pages Carton Quantity:1 Canadian Rights: Y At Bay Press
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      Tim has recently passed away and left Lori with piles of expensive recording equipment and mountains of debt. Tim's family wants to move on from the loss but Lori can't let go, not while she can still hear Tim's laugh as though he's still there beside her. That is, until she begins to hear his laugh in odd places, like old recordings Tim never worked on.Can love transcend to keep us connected through death? Or do we just create our own reality when we're not ready to let go?
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      Keith Cadieux's 2010 novella Gaze was listed for a Manitoba Book Award and the ReLit award. His short fiction has most recently appeared in Prairie Fire, Grain, ELQ, and the Exile Book of New Canadian Noir. He lives in Winnipeg.
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      ReLit Award 2011, Long-listed
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    The Seventh Devil Suzanne Craig-Whytock Canada
    9781772311433 Paperback FICTION / Horror Publication Date:July 15, 2021
    $22.95 CAD 5.5 x 8.5 x 0 in | 0.7 lb | 168 pages Carton Quantity:40 Canadian Rights: Y Bookland Press
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      When nineteen-year-old runaway Verity Darkwood, flat broke and devastated by guilt, takes refuge in a bar to escape the unwanted attention of a stranger, she doesn't expect to meet Gareth Winter, let alone become business partners with him. They discover that they each possess the ability to interact with the world "beyond the veil" and, with the help of Horace Greeley III, editor of the fantastical online journal The Echo, Verity and Gareth spend the next two years on the road, helping the earthbound spirits who haunt their clients to cross over, or exorcising the demons that plague them. But when they stumble upon a series of unsolved child abductions spanning decades which are eerily similar to the circumstances surrounding the disappearance of Verity's younger sister, they embark on a pursuit that will take them across Canada in their quest to find The Seventh Devil, the dangerous and mysterious figure who may be behind it all.

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      Award-winning writer Suzanne Craig-Whytock found her love of literature and writing at an early age. Her passion for the written word continued into adulthood, leading her to earn an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in English Language and Literature. She has worked in education most of her life, and was a high school English teacher in Ontario, Canada for over 20 years. She has authored three novels, Smile, The Dome and The Seventh Devil, as well as a short story collection, and has had numerous pieces of short fiction and poetry appear in literary journals.

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    Crimson Quays Igor Hofbauer, Jonathan Bousfield
    9788894582901 Paperback COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Dystopian Publication Date:September 15, 2021
    $20.00 CAD 10.25 x 7.5 x 1 in | 0.3 lb | 48 pages Canadian Rights: Y Conundrum Press
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      We're all just animals after all.

      Before the beekeeper arrived, the Crimson Quays was just a well-appointed tourist trap: a luxury travel resort replete with swimming pools, musical performances, and amusement park rides. However, the resort's crowning glory--the very feature that drew the beekeeper to the island in the first place--was the zoo.

      Although the beekeeper, a biologist by trade, was tasked with the construction of the zoo, he was rarely spotted at resort events. Instead, he spent his evenings chasing other zoological pursuits--specifically, he was attempting to crossbreed a new species of wolf that would thrive in the resort's arid climate. The beekeeper's odd behaviour went mostly unnoticed... until the night the animals got out.

      Originally published in Globus Magazine as a serial comic, Crimson Quays was written by travel journalist Jonathan Bousfield and illustrated by celebrated comic artist Igor Haufbauer, creator of the Alcuin Society Award-winning Mister Morgen. In Crimson Quays, Bousfield and Haufbauer reveal a nightmarish tale of human manipulation gone very, very awry.

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      Igor Hofbauer was born in 1974 in Novi Zagreb (Croatia), where he still lives and works. He attended the local Academy of Fine Arts for three years. He illustrated several books by the Croatian novelist Edo Popovic, and has contributed illustrations and comic strips to international magazines and anthologies. In 2007, he published his first collection of graphic novellas, Prison Stories for Otompotm Editions in Zagreb. This was followed by Firma, a volume of sketches for Turbo Comix (2010), and Grumizna Laguna(2015), which was published in installments in the Croatian weekly Globus before being issued in book form by URK/Mocvara in 2019. Grimizna Laguna is now Available as in Italian and as Crimson Quays in English, both published by Tabularasa Edizioni in collaboration with Bisso Edizioni and Teke Gallery.



      Jonathan Bousfield is an English writer living in Zagreb, Croatia. He has written extensively on travel, culture and the history of Central and Eastern Europe, and is the author of guidebooks to Croatia, Poland, Bulgaria, Slovenia and the Baltic States

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      Igor Hofbauer's stories niggle at the dark recesses of the psyche. They are visits implying there's much more to face, panels awaiting uncovering, but we don't want these scenes of extended hideous horror to be so easily explained or, for that matter, to come much closer.

      --The Comics Journal

      Igor Hofbauer is the Charles Burns of the Balkans.

      --Nina Bunjevac

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    Gift, The Zoe Maeve Canada
    9781772620559 Paperback COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Contemporary Women Age (years) from 13 - 17 Publication Date:May 01, 2021
    $18.00 CAD 6.25 x 8.5 x 0.3 in | 0.4 lb | 96 pages Carton Quantity:40 Canadian Rights: Y Conundrum Press
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      The Shining meets Sophia Coppola's Marie Antoinette in this gripping debut from an award-winning talent.

      The Gift opens on the snow-blanketed grounds of the Alexander Palace in Western Russia where a moth has come to attend the birth of the fourth Romanov princess, Anastasia. She and her siblings grow up in a gilded world, isolated from the society beyond the palace walls despite their dominion over it.

      After mysteriously receiving a camera on her fifteenth birthday, she begins to document her world, but the gift carries with it a weight she can't yet see. A creature moves on the edge of her vision and stalks her dreams. As the revolution unfolds, the confines of Anastasia's world keep closing in. Something is following her, and it might not be human.

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      Zoe Maeve is a comics artist originally from Tkaronto/Toronto who is now based in Tiohtià:ke/Montreal. She studied visual arts at Concordia University, where she worked in oil painting, printmaking, and textiles before finding comics. Her work is based in her love of research and she is interested in hauntings, archives, ecologies and other realities. In 2016 her book July Underwater was the recipient of Best English Comic at the Expozine Awards. She currently shares her home with one feisty black cat.

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      Expozine Award 2016, Winner
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    To Know You're Alive Dakota McFadzean Canada
    9781772620498 Paperback COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Literary Publication Date:November 01, 2020
    $20.00 CAD 6.5 x 9.5 x 0.4 in | 0 lb | 160 pages Carton Quantity:30 Canadian Rights: Y Conundrum
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      Graphic shorts filled with horror, humour, and the absurd

      Award-winning Canadian cartoonist Dakota McFadzean returns with a brilliantly dark collection that offers a glimpse into the cracks between childhood imagination and the disappointing harshness of adulthood. Populated by cruel bullies, exhausted parents, and relentless cartoon mascots, the world of To Know You're Alive renders the familiar into something that is alien and absurd. The characters in these stories long to uncover something uncanny in shadowy attics and beneath masks, only to discover that sometimes it's worse to find nothing at all.

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      Dakota McFadzean is a Canadian cartoonist who has been published by MAD Magazine, The New Yorker The Best American Comics, and Funny or Die. He has also worked as a storyboard artist for DreamWorks. McFadzean is an alumni of The Center for Cartoon Studies. He has two books available from Conundrum Press: Other Stories and the Horse You Rode in On, and Don't Get Eaten by Anything, which collects three years of daily comic strips. He is a co-editor/co-founder of the comics and art anthology Irene, and distributes his own short stories in his ongoing minicomic series, Last Mountain. McFadzean currently lives in Toronto with his wife and two sons.
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      Doug Wright Award 2016, Winner
      Ignatz Award 2016, Long-listed
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      "The wide open prairie of Saskatchewan, the domestication of garden gnomes, the psychoanalytic breakdown of 8-bit video games -- into these and other subjects Dakota McFadzean digs with his pen and brush, unearthing truths that discomfit even as they entertain. This collection of his best work to date mashes cuteness into cruelty, hope into resignation, and life into death, leaving us with one slow-burning ball of phosphorescent comics." -- Jason Lutes (author of Berlin)

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    Ghost Lake Nathan Adler Canada
    9781928120247 Paperback FICTION / Indigenous Publication Date:December 31, 2020
    $19.95 CAD 5.5 x 8 x 0.88 in | 1 lb | 307 pages Carton Quantity:20 Canadian Rights: Y Kegedonce Press
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      In Ojibwe cosmology there are thirteen moons, and in these pages are thirteen offerings from Ghost Lake, an interrelated cast of characters and their brushes with the mysterious. Issa lives in fear of having her secret discovered, Aanzheyaawin haunts the roads seeking vengeance, Zaude searches for clues to her brother's death, Fanon struggles against an unexpected winter storm, Eadie and Mushkeg share a magical night, Tyner faces brutal violence, and Tyler, Clay, and Dare must make amends to the spirits before it's too late. Here the precolonial past is not so distant, and nothing is ever truly lost or destroyed because the land remembers. Ghost Lake is a companion volume to Adler's Indigenous horror novel, Wrist (2016, Kegedonce Press). It was the winner of the 2021 Indigenous Voices Award in Published English Fiction, and was shortlisted for the 2021 Eric Hoffer da Vinci Eye Award in Book Design.

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      Nathan Niigan Noodin Adler is the author of Wrist (Kegedonce Press), and co-editor of Bawaajigan ~ Stories of Power (Exile Editions), he has an MFA in Creative Writing from UBC, is a first-place winner of the Aboriginal Writing Challenge, and recipient of a Hnatyshyn Reveal award for Literature. He is Jewish and Anishinaabe, and a member of Lac Des Mille Lacs First Nation. Originally from Ontario, he now resides in Vancouver.
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      Indigenous Voices Award in Published English Fiction 2021, Winner
      Eric Hoffer da Vinci Eye Award 2021, Short-listed
      First Nations Communities READ 2021, Short-listed
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      "We love these stories! Interconnected horror stories based on traditional Anishinaabeg stories all set on an eerie reserve aptly named Ghost Lake? Yes please. Every story surprises. An absolute page-turner, deeply engaging horror stories that leave you breathless. The sheer breadth and range of what Adler has accomplished here is impressive." Jurors' citation, 2021 Indigenous Voices Awards

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    Vetala, The A novel of undying love Phillip Ernest Canada
    9781988130668 Paperback FICTION / Horror Publication Date:March 10, 2018
    $18.95 CAD 5 x 8 x 0 in | 0 lb | 182 pages Carton Quantity:38 Canadian Rights: Y Linda Leith Publishing
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      Nada Marjanovic, professor of Sanskrit at the University of Zagreb, has spent more than twenty years translating an obscure text on the vetala, a parasitic, vampire-like being that possesses the bodies of his victims. When her mentor and collaborator in the Indian city of Pune dies, she finds herself face-to-face with the undead that the text describes, an evil which long ago killed her lover - and set her on the path of an obsessive scholarly revenge. She must rely on her intellect, mythic lore, and even dreams to piece together the mystery of the manuscript.

      The vetala's opposition grows increasingly violent as Nada nears the book's conclusion, and with the help of two colleagues, struggles to decipher its climactic secret, which would allow her to exorcise the demon at last - freeing not only the mysterious man whom he has possessed for centuries, but also, perhaps, her own imprisoned and forgotten love.Suspenseful and unforgettable, Phillip Ernest's debut novel captures the most universal elements of human experience - even the monsters we face.
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      Born in 1970, Phillip Ernest grew up in New Liskeard, Ontario. Fleeing home at fifteen, he lived on Toronto's skid row until he was twenty-eight. He learned Sanskrit from the book Teach Yourself Sanskrit, and later earned a BA in South Asian Studies from the University of Toronto and a PhD in Sanskrit from Cambridge University. Besides two articles and a book review in the Annals of the Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute,this is his first publication. He lives with his wife in Bengaluru, India.

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      "The Vetala is a fiendishly entertaining book in which a deep knowledge of South Asian lore and literature serves a lusciously horrifying evocation of a macabre and eerie India in which human love provides the only promise of possible redemption from a terror that persists across centuries of transmigrating spirits." -- Lee Siegel, author of Love in a Dead Language

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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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