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    Phantompains Therese Estacion Canada
    9781771666862 Paperback POETRY / Subjects & Themes Publication Date:March 31, 2021
    $20.00 CAD 5.7 x 7.7 x 0.4 in | 140 gr | 112 pages Carton Quantity:70 Canadian Rights: Y Book*hug Press
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      Therese Estacion survived a rare infection that nearly killed her, but not without losing both her legs below the knees, several fingers, and reproductive organs. Phantompains is a visceral, imaginative collection exploring disability, grief and life by interweaving stark memories with dreamlike surrealism.

      Taking inspiration from Filipino horror and folk tales, Estacion incorporates some Visayan language into her work, telling stories of mermen, gnomes, and ogres that haunt childhood stories of the Philippines and, then, imaginings in her hospital room, where she spent months recovering after her operations.

      Estacion says she wrote these poems out of necessity: an essential task to deal with the trauma of hospitalization and what followed. Now, they are demonstrations of the power of our imaginations to provide catharsis, preserve memory, rebel and even to find self-love.

      Bio

      Therese Estacion is part of the Visayan diaspora community. She spent her childhood between Cebu and Gihulngan, two distinct islands found in the archipelago named by its colonizers as the Philippines, before she moved to Canada with her family when she was ten years old. She is an elementary school teacher and is currently studying to be a psychotherapist. Therese is also a bilateral below knee and partial hands amputee, and identifies as a disabled person/person with a disability. Therese lives in Toronto. Her poems have been published in CV2 and PANK Magazine, and shortlisted for the Marina Nemat Award. Phantompains is her first book.

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      Awards
      Firecracker Awards 2022, Short-listed
      Foreword INDIES 2021, Short-listed
      Reviews

      "Therese Estacion battled back from terrible loss, rediscovered herself through poetry and just published one of the best collections of the year." —Toronto Star


      "Phantompains, is unique in its topic and content. I can’t think of anyone who has written poetry around a life-threatening infection, or around a hysterectomy that resulted from it. And I certainly can’t think of anyone who’s written so openly about the hell that is amputation… Amputees often need to fight to be seen, and ableism is a real issue that needs to be openly discussed. Therese Estacion’s Phantompains gets to the heart of all of these issues with a poet’s deft touch and skill. It’s a brilliant debut book of poems, and I’m looking forward to seeing what comes next." —periodicities


      "Phantompains is a text of rare power, birthing a brave new world flush with pain, lust, drugs and the uterus. Estacion's 'Eunuched Female' is a masterpiece: utterly indelible." —Tamara Faith Berger, author of Queen Solomon


      "I love Therese Estacion's book. I love its humour, clarity, irreverence, and rage. It's not a book about triumph (though she has triumphed), or perseverance (though she has persevered), or courage (though she has it). To me, it is a book about vision and reckoning, descent and return. Therese Estacion plunged into an abyss—found suffering, dehumanization, terror—and when she emerged, she chose to make radically confrontational art. Phantompains is the cosmic result of her dwelling, and her passage. In her words, "she became the subject"—I think she also became the seer." —Sara Peters, author of I Become a Delight to My Enemies


      "Documenting her experience through the lyric, Estacion’s book-length poem aches to understand what it is she has lost, and how to wrestle her way to how best to move forward, fully aware that the shadow of these losses might never fully disappear. The upending trauma and loss Estacion articulates in the opening sequence, as well as throughout the book, is palpable, powerful and unmistakable." —rob mclennan’s blog


      "Estacion writes playful and visceral poems that really showcase the range of experience of someone in pain… Ultimately, Phantompainsis a funny and sensory book and an excellent addition to a growing list of excellent books by disabled writers in Canada. —Arc Poetry Magazine

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    Rouge Adrian De Leon Canada
    9781988449487 Paperback POETRY / Canadian Publication Date:October 26, 2018
    $20.95 CAD 5.4 x 8.2 x 0.4 in | 160 gr | 96 pages Carton Quantity:62 Mawenzi House Publishers Ltd.
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      To commemorate a tragedy.

      This series of poems is a response to the 2012 mass shooting at a block party on Danzig Street, Scarborough (Toronto). The city's east end becomes a source of poetic inspiration, and the two intersecting subway lines provide the organizing structure. From west to east, and north to south--Kipling to McCowan, Finch to Downsview--the stations on the way inspiring form, voice, and content, meditation, commentary, and geometry. The City is the Poem.

      The Discovery Walk,
      inviting my well-worked Clarks
      to pry my feet from the confines
      of the station,
      wasn't necessary to make
      a most marvelous Discovery:
      the bus sign, hung with steel
      --from "Old Mill"

      Bio

      Adrian De Leon is a writer and educator from Manila by way of Scarborough. He is the author of two poetry collections: Rouge (Mawenzi House, 2018), and barangay: an offshore poem (Buckrider Books/Wolsak & Wynn, 2021). He lives in Los Angeles, where he is an ethnic studies professor at the University of Southern California.

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      Awards
      Reviews

      "[A]n enjoyable and various book all around." --University of Toronto Quarterly

      "Rouge is spiky and caustic yet delights in more ways than you could count Toronto the Good's abundant pleasures, quirks and treasures." --Philippine Daily Inquirer

      "For De Leon, Toronto and Scarborough are cities filled with life and inexhaustible rhythm. They're messy, complicated, boring, romantic, fun, dangerous, and, for better or worse, discoverable." --Debutantes

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    Through the Bamboo Andrea Mapili Canada, Byron Abalos Canada
    9780369102461 Paperback DRAMA / Canadian Age (years) from 8 - 14 Publication Date:July 06, 2021
    $18.95 CAD 5 x 7.6 x 0.25 in | 130 gr | 104 pages Carton Quantity:70 Canadian Rights: Y Playwrights Canada Press
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      Twelve-year-old Philly is literally pulled into an action-packed adventure while mourning the loss of her lola when she opens an old book and finds herself tossed into the fantastical land of Uwi.

      In Uwi, memories are stories, and all stories are forbidden since the datu’s storytelling-loving wife died and his youngest daughter Nale disappeared. Now his remaining daughters, the Sisters, rule with darkness in their hearts. So when Philly appears, the duwende believe that she is Nale and the key to saving Uwi. Can Philly save them all while searching for her lola to bring her back home?

      Similar to The Wizard of Oz, the Chronicles of Narnia, and Alice in Wonderland, this unique Filipinx-Canadian tale inspired by Philippine mythology shows the value of keeping memories alive and explores how families deal with loss.

      Bio

      Andrea Mapili is a playwright, movement director, choreographer, dancer, and somatic practitioner based in Toronto. In November 2017, she choreographed a production of Cassettes 100, a one hundred–person interarts piece at the Young Centre for the Performing Arts. In addition to co-writing Through the Bamboo, she was also Movement Director and Assistant Director. Andrea is a Registered Somatic Movement Educator and a Tamalpa Practitioner who offers private coaching and group workshops specializing in embodied public speaking, somatic awareness, connected communication, and creativity for health and wellness. She is a graduate of the Tamalpa Institute and holds a B.Sc. in Biology from the University of Western Ontario.



      Byron Abalos is a Filipino-Canadian playwright, actor, and producer from Toronto. His play, Remember Lolo, won the NOW Magazine Audience Choice Award at the 2005 SummerWorks Festival. In 2011, fu-GEN Asian Canadian Theatre premiered his play Brown Balls at the Factory Studio Theatre. As part of the 6th Man Collective, Byron co-created Monday Nights, an interactive basketball performance, which has toured across Canada. NOW Magazine named him one of Toronto’s Top 10 Theatre Artists for 2010. Byron has a BFA in Theatre Acting from Ryerson University, and was an inaugural Bob Curry Fellow at Second City.

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      Awards
      Toronto Fringe Festival Patron’s Pick for the Factory Theatre Mainstage 2019, Winner
      Reviews

      “Fun, imaginative, and filled with mythology.”


      “An immediate hit.”


      “An absolutely charming piece of young people’s theatre . . . a story that’s both wonderfully culturally specific and emotionally universal.”

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    Singkil Catherine Hernandez Canada
    9780887548697 Paperback DRAMA / Canadian Publication Date:February 01, 2009
    $16.95 CAD 5.37 x 8.22 x 0.29 in | 168 gr | 120 pages Carton Quantity:100 Canadian Rights: Y Playwrights Canada Press
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      Set in present-day Scarborough, Singkil tells the story of the Perez family, from the separate lives Mimi's parents led in their native Manila to the lives they adjusted to together once they moved to Canada. Bridging the Perez's past and present is the Singkil, the dance of a Muslim Filipina princess who cleverly escapes the debris left after a violent earthquake. Caught in the relentless grip of the past and forced into the unfamiliar terrain of forgiveness, Mimi must find her own way out of the tangled mess her life has become and gracefully step into a new one, making her way back to the land of the living by facing the mysteries held by the dead. Catherine Hernandez's play illuminates the page with gentle grace, bringing the Perez family to life through the rich steps of the Singkil.
      Bio
      Catherine Hernandez is a writer and theatre practitioner. As a past columnist for the National Post and the former head of Factory Theatre's Education/Outreach/Publicity program, she has also worked as a marketer/publicist/educator for Native Earth Performing Arts, Theatre Passe Muraille, bcurrent, Carlos Bulosan Theatre, and others. Singkil, which premiered as part of Factory Theatre's 2006/07 season, has garnered seven Dora Mavor Moore award nominations, including Best New Play, Independent Division. She is currently working on her newest play, Kilt Pins, and presenting her one-woman puppet show, Eating With Lola.
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      Awards
      Dora Mavor Moore Award- Outstanding New Play 2007, Short-listed
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    Breakout Brian Drader Canada
    9780920486634 Paperback DRAMA / Canadian Publication Date:April 22, 2004
    $19.95 CAD 5.5 x 8.5 x 0.75 in | 0.67 lb | 192 pages Carton Quantity:20 Canadian Rights: Y Scirocco Drama
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      In this anthology of plays by young emerging playwrights?Joseph Aragon (To Forgive, Divine), Ginny Collins (The Good Daughter), Rose Condo (pyg), David Ferber (PACT), and Primrose Madayag Knazan (Shades of Brown)?five exciting new voices tackle themes of forgiveness, teen suicide, self-image, cultural assimilation, and rum running on the prairies. To Forgive, Divine challenges the Christian principal of redemption as it affects a mother and daughter trying to find their way back to each other; Shades of Brown uses the Filipino immigration experience to explore cultural assumptions, interracial dating, racism, and that elusive sense of belonging that we call 'home'; The Good Daughter dives deep into the delicious genre of black comedy, exposing a highly dysfunctional family of three women running rum on the prairies; PACT looks at teenage suicide with a darkly hilarious, disturbing, and ultimately hopeful effect; and pyg tells the funny and touching story of one woman's struggle with loneliness and the relentlessly impossible ideals our culture's media imposes on us. Breakout takes the reader on a journey through the minds of five young and vibrant voices, capturing the angst and humour and heart of a generation of playwrights grappling with that precipice between the teen years and adulthood.

      Bio

      Brian Drader is an actor and writer from Winnipeg, who now lives in Montreal, and is head of the playwriting program at the National Theatre School of Canada. His writing credits include Liar (Scirocco Drama, 2004, a finalist for the Joyce Dutka Arts Foundation Playwriting Award, New York, NY), Prok (Scirocco Drama, 2003, winner of the Lambda Literary Award for Drama, a finalist for the 2003 Governor General's Award for Drama, and winner of the Theatre BC National Playwriting Award and the Brick Playhouse New Play Award), The Norbals (winner of the Herman Voaden National Playwriting Competition, and also published by Scirocco Drama), S*it (a play for teens), The Fruit Machine, and Tucktuck. Drader is also editor of Breakout, a Scirocco anthology of plays by young emerging playwrights.

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    Prairie Nurse Marie Beath Badian Canada
    9781927922316 Paperback DRAMA / Canadian Publication Date:April 01, 2017
    $15.95 CAD 5.5 x 8.5 x 0.25 in | 3 lb | 96 pages Carton Quantity:70 Canadian Rights: Y Scirocco Drama
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      Prairie Nurse, which premiered at the Blyth Festival, is a comedy about two Filipino nurses who come to work at a small-town Saskatchewan hospital in the late 1960s. Cultural clashes, personality differences, homesickness, and the amorous but dim-witted goalie from the local hockey team complicate the women's lives. Based on the true story of her mother's immigration to Canada, Badian's play is part romantic comedy, part farce, and part cultural history.

      Bio

      Marie Beath Badian is a Toronto playwright, actor, and dramaturge. Her work includes Prairie Nurse (Blyth Festival), The Making of St. Jerome (Next Stage Theatre Festival, nominated for three Dora Mavor Moore Awards), Mind Over Matter (Convergence Theatre), and Novena (UnoFestival Victoria, Toronto Fringe Festival). In addition to a CBC Radio Drama adaptation of Novena, she has also written for CBC Radio's Outfront.

      She has been Playwright-in-Residence at fu-GEN Asian-Canadian Theatre Company and with Project Humanity. She was a member of the HotHouse Playwright Unit at Cahoots Theatre Company and a member of the 2013 Tarragon Playwright Unit.

      Marie Beath spent two seasons as Director of the Blyth Festival Young Company, two seasons as Co-Director of Youth Programs at Nightwood Theatre, and two seasons as Associate Artistic Director/Associate Artist at Theatre Direct Canada. She is a graduate of the Ryerson Theatre School.

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    Time Between, The 1st edition Patria Rivera Canada
    9781773240244 Paperback POETRY / Asian Publication Date:April 01, 2018
    $17.95 CAD 6 x 9 x 0.25 in | 170 gr | 96 pages Carton Quantity:105 Canadian Rights: Y Signature Editions
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      In The Time Between, poems burrow deep inside rusty rooms, the brachiated hearts of sleepless women, the anguish pounding the fault lines of monsoons and long rains, the sheets of ancient wound and anger, the littered and abandoned alleyways of shell-shocked hamlets and towns. The infinitude of time sears, no greater or less than the mind and memory recovers through the stubborn hissing of distant flames burning. Time runs, ambivalent to grief.

      To be you and I, to be like us, to be the blade caught in the metal cage of seconds, minutes, hours -- to be man, woman and child now, in the time between -- to be at home here in the world. To know how hard it is to bleed, to carry the silence that unceasingly grows dim and dark, Why eyes look outward, not inward.

      These poems nibble at arguments, re-enact double lives of betrayed dreams, invent the beatitude of mourning, yet always seeking, always on the lookout for the radiance of hope that resists fading at dawn.

      Bio

      The Time Between is poet Patria Rivera's fourth poetry collection. Her first poetry collection, Puti/White, was shortlisted for the Trillium Book Award for Poetry. She has also co-authored two chapbooks, Weathering: An Exchange of Poems and Sixth from the Sixth. Rivera's poetry is featured in Oxford University Press's Perspectives in Ideology, and in Elana Wolff's Implicate me: Short essays on reading contemporary poems. Her poems have also been published in the Literary Review of Canada, Fireweed, and other Canadian and international publications. In 1997 Rivera won an honourable mention in the ARC Poetry Magazine Second Annual Poem of the Year Contest for her poem, "Living on the borders, dying in the margins." In 2005 her poem "Rare species" was selected as the second-prize winner in the QWERTY'sEric Hill Award of Poetic Excellence competition. Rivera has received fellowships from the Writers' Union of Canada, the Banff Centre for the Arts, and the Hawthornden Castle International Writers' Retreat Centre in Scotland. She was also a recipient of the Global Filipino Literary Award for Poetry. Born and raised in the Philippines, Rivera graduated with a journalism degree from the University of the Philippines. She has also undertaken media and editing studies at the International Training Institute in Sydney, Australia, the International Institute for Journalism in Berlin, Germany, and the Nieman Centre for Journalism at Harvard University.

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    9780888015334 Paperback POETRY / Canadian Publication Date:April 15, 2015
    $17.00 CAD 5.5 x 8.5 x 0 in | 0.28 lb | 96 pages Carton Quantity:96 Canadian Rights: Y Turnstone Press
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      Against the backdrop of the changing seasons, Shirley Camia's The Significance of Moths is a graceful exploration of home and memory through the eyes of the migrant and the migrant child. As lives are displaced by new landscapes, where does home exist? In the land or in the mind? For new Canadians and their children there is no easy answer. In the journey to form identity, The Significance of Moths confronts the ghosts of "what was" with the here and now.
      Bio

      Shirley Camia is a broadcaster and journalist, born in Winnipeg to first-generation Filipino immigrants.

      She has traveled throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia, sleeping alongside the rice fields of rural Japan and falling in love with Canada's far north.

      She lives and writes in Toronto.

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    Mercy Shirley Camia Canada
    9780888016614 Paperback POETRY / Canadian Publication Date:May 06, 2019
    $17.00 CAD 5.5 x 8.5 x 0.22 in | 0.12 lb | 88 pages Carton Quantity:88 Canadian Rights: Y Turnstone Press
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      Expanding breathlessly in the magnitude of loss, Shirley Camia's fourth collection, Mercy, confronts despair to emerge anew with a bright offering of elegy. Beginning at her mother's hospital bed, Camia invites readers to keep vigil while she journeys through seasons of bereavement, from the wake to the graveside, and into a year of processing, searching, and healing. Ethereal and elegant, Camia's reflections are grounded in grief as they do the aching, earth-shattering work of mourning and moving forward.

      Bio

      Shirley Camia is a broadcaster and journalist, born in Winnipeg to first-generation Filipino immigrants.

      She has published three books of poetry including The Significance of Moths. Her work has been featured in North American publications such as The New Quarterly, CV2, TAYO and the Winnipeg Free Press, and the anthology, My Lot is a Sky, from Math Paper Press in Singapore. Born in Winnipeg, Shirley has lived across Canada, the Philippines, Japan and Kenya. She is currently based in Copenhagen, Denmark.

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      "What Camia captures so authentically in Mercy is the timelessness of loss. These poems evoke an elegiac mode that is as age-old as grief itself, while also inventing surprising ways to write around the perimeters of what's absent. It's a tribute to her mother's passing that invited me in with directness and generosity. From the remnants and rituals, from these "pieces that summon a whole / (hole)," these poems offer a fragile and continuous "treasure."--Phoebe Wang, Admission Requirements

      "Here is an earth song, a death song, a grief song, sung with such gentleness and clarity that every detail, every remembered joy, every terrible moment of surrender, is lit up, vibrant, luminous: "a suitcase / brimming // with / sunflowers."--Di Brandt, Glitter & fall

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