Series: Mary the Life SaverPaperbackLouis-Philippe Hébert9781772310207$16.95POETRY Dec 15, 2015
"Mary the Life Saver" is a poetry book that examines the nature of human being, parting the veil of the mundane to reveal passion, beauty, myth, and mystery of human existence. This poetry book echoes a desire to forge a voice that is as curious as it is distinctive. It portrays intricate feelings of life and death in a wide array of emotions expressed in a thoughtfully imaginative way with vibrant interpretations stemming from the complexity and simplicity of a human soul.
Series: CracWinner of the Trillium Award for French-Language PoetryPaperbackPaul Savoie9781772310238$17.95POETRY Apr 15, 2016
In this poetry collection written by an award-winning author and translated from French by an award-winning translator, the relentless force of water waves rambles the streets of a small village with fear. The streets become empty and the people vanish without a trace. With his intricate and distinctive poetic style, Paul Savoie successfully portrays his creative talent and explores a wide range of human feelings, fears, and perceptions inviting us to the world of mystery, fantasy, and suspense.
Series: Portals of MemoryWinner of the Trillium Award for French-Language PoetryPaperbackMichèle Matteau9781772310269$16.95POETRY Apr 15, 2016
Describing the unfolding of a single day in parallel with the seasons of the year, this poetry collection explores the human journey. From the dawn of the day to the last light of dusk, the author recalls voices that have fallen silent and uses lines full of imagery to evoke the stages of their lives, their secret songs and calls for help, torn between joy and pain, certainty and doubt, revolt and acceptance. With lucid understanding, the author uses the stories of her characters' lives to define her own more clearly. The French edition of this... + Read More
Series: Rich and PoorPaperbackJacob Wren9781771662383$20.00FICTION Apr 13, 2016
Who hasn't, at one time or another, considered killing a billionaire?Following on the critical success of his novel Polyamorous Love Song (BookThug, 2014; finalist for the Fence Modern Prize in Prose and one of The Globe and Mail's 100 best books of 2014), Canadian writer and performer Jacob Wren picks up the mantle of the politically and economically disenfranchised in Rich and Poor--the story of a middle-class, immigrant pianist who has fallen on hard times, and now finds himself washing dishes to make ends meet.Wren capably balances personal... + Read More
Series: Job ShadowingPaperbackMalcolm Sutton9781771662024$20.00FICTION May 03, 2016
BookThug is excited to publish Job Shadowing, the first full-length fiction work by Malcolm Sutton, the widely published interdisciplinary artist and writer (and BookThug's own Fiction Editor). As well as being thematically driven by the increasingly precarious employment situation of the present and the inescapable legacies of the Baby Boom generation, Job Shadowing interrogates ways in which two people can exist together in tight proximity: as a woman married to a man; as an ambitious employee joined to a problematic shadow; as an idealistic ... + Read More
Series: Double TeenagePaperbackJoni Murphy9781771662109$20.00FICTION Mar 24, 2016
What are the rules for how to react to acts of war and violence depicted in the media-things that seem so big and distant from our day-to-day lives? Is there anything stable that we can believe in as real or true? These are just two of more than a handful of conundrums that guide the story in Double Teenage, the debut novel from writer and artist Joni Murphy. Double Teenage tells the story of two young teenagers who are coming of age in the 1990s in a little desert town along the US–Mexico border. Through their love of theatre, they find th... + Read More
Series: Jokes, ThePaperbackStephen Thomas9781771662062$18.00FICTION Mar 15, 2016
We sit, hunched over the words that appear on our smartphone screens, altogether unaware of the story of our lives that is going on around us, even as we focus on the minutiae of our social media "friends'" daily activities. These are the stories that draw our undivided attention, and these are the types of deftly observed, wholly engrossing narratives that make up Stephen Thomas's debut flash-fiction collection, The Jokes.Presented in the form of a most common present-tense--as a series of moments in a social-media-like 'feed'--this collection... + Read More
Series: Her ParaphernaliaOn Motherlines, Sex/Blood/Loss & SelfiesPaperbackMargaret Christakos9781771662345$20.00BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY May 03, 2016
Her Paraphernalia, the new book of creative non-fiction from noted Canadian poet Margaret Christakos, presents an intimate and original collection of midlife writings that seeks to make readers think in a very personalized way about family geneology, private sexuality and life changes, including those experiences that exist at the intersections of contemporary digital culture.Through a sequence of ten études (consisting of entre-genre pieces, including prose and lyric poetry, experimental writing that integrates elements of social media posts, ... + Read More
Series: ConjugationPaperbackPhil Hall9781771662185$20.00POETRY Mar 02, 2016
I am sitting outside at dawn on Otty Lake, where I live, in the woods. The light is coming over the trees, and each morning the poem is written as if right while it is being read.A rough immediacy. Gap & Hum. Caesura. Syllables as musical notes.The lyric weaving of honesty about the self--toward revelation & transformation.My poetics has widened, here, to include more space, more primitive sounds and glyphs, less metaphor, less anecdote, more tangential conjugating...My poetics, in its growing inclusiveness, is not sad but hopeful.The term "con... + Read More
Buoyancy Control, the latest collection of poems from Vancouverite Adrienne Gruber, explores themes of sexuality, sexual identity, and queerness, while confronting the feelings of loss and longing found in relationships, and the chance glimpse into a new life, while still recovering from a painfully failed connection.Metaphors of oceans, lakes, and other bodies of water, as well as the creatures that inhabit those spaces, swim and swirl their way through Gruber's languid poems, which are divided into two evocative sections. Though distinguished... + Read More
You're welcome to take a seat in (the) Waiting Room, the first full-length collection of poetry from award-winning writer Jennifer Zilm. Featuring a mélange of styles and forms (sonnets, erasures, unsent emails, footnotes, session notes, CVs, tweets, and other disparate source materials--including, the Gospels and the Dead Sea Scrolls), Waiting Room subverts, shares, and repurposes the vocabularies of psychiatry, dentistry, the Bible, and academia in a humorous investigation of the contained intimacy of appointments and therapeutic relationship... + Read More
Series: My DinosaurPaperbackTurcot François9781771662307$18.00POETRY Mar 02, 2016
The figure of the father occupies a particularly significant place in Québécoise literature--there's a real fascination with fathers, and this recurring persona populates fiction, films, and the stories people tell of their families and themselves. Thus, it's not surprising that, as he witnessed his own father's frailty, François Turcot--one of Quebec's most celebrated young literary voices--would write his own dedication to his vanished father, entitled My Dinosaur. In this, his first collection of poems to be published in English (and transla... + Read More
In the spring and summer of 1949, Jerrold Levy and Richard Negro--two teenage pranksters with the right mix of bad attitude and artistic ingenuity--composed, circulated, and performed a collection of poems on the campus of Black Mountain College, an experimental school located just outside Asheville, North Carolina.Now, BookThug is bringing this previously unpublished work to light for the first time in Poems by Gerard Legro, edited with annotations by noted Canadian poet and scholar Alessandro Porco.Porco's insightful work (including a critica... + Read More
Series: One Man Grand BandThe Lyric Life of Ron HynesPaperbackHarvey Sawler9781550816310$19.95BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY Apr 13, 2016
In this long-awaited biography, author Harvey Sawler traces the life of Ron Hynes, one of the most respected singer-songwriters in Canadian history. Through personal conversations and interviews, Sawler captures the spirit of an artist whose stock-in-trade has always been authenticity over mere commercial acceptability, providing rare insight into the life of the man who penned some of the country’s best-loved music. Sawler guides us through the dark times of addiction to the triumphs of songs such as “Sonny’s Dream” and “Atlantic Blue” while c... + Read More
Series: Night AmbulancePaperbackNicholas Ruddock9781550816358$19.95FICTION May 17, 2016
Following an awkward sexual encounter under a wharf in outport Newfoundland, sixteen-year-old Rowena Savoury travels to St. John’s for a secret abortion. But in the early 1970s, the procedure is illegal, and after complications, Rowena finds herself in a hospital being questioned by a young constable who is uncertain of how to proceed. Though she doesn’t know it, Rowena’s decision will ripple through the lives of an entire cast of characters. Patient and luminous, Night Ambulance is the story of a place on the cusp of change, where characters s... + Read More
Series: LabradorThe Big LandBookDennis Minty9781550816341$18.95PHOTOGRAPHY Apr 29, 2015
After his wildly successful photographic tour of the island in Newfoundland: An Island Apart, Dennis Minty returns with a stunning portrait of the big land to the north, Labrador. From quiet coves and inlets to sweeping vistas of haunting landscapes, and from living communities to forgotten settlements seemingly lost in time, Minty presents Labrador in all its vivid colour and grandeur. If you’ve never been to Labrador, Minty’s photographic guide will call you forth to one of the most magisterial and unique places on the planet.
Chad Pelley’s Four-Letter Words, his collection of award-winning short stories, presents us with characters haunted by one four-letter word or another: love, hate, lust, or loss. A father drives across the island hoping to find his missing son, a hitman considers the life of his female victim while watching her through his scope, a lonely man frequents hospital emergency rooms to diagnose the pain of others, and another clings to a buoy at sea. Whether documenting the ways in which we become obsessed with our current situation or our fascinatio... + Read More
A novel of remarkable historical breadth, Found Far and Wide follows Sam Kennedy through the tragedy of the Great Newfoundland Sealing Disaster of 1914, the horrors of The First World War, and the dangers of rum-running in Prohibition-era New York. And as Sam journeys through the turbulent first half of the twentieth century, carrying the ghosts of those he’s lost, he clings to his love for a woman he’s only ever seen in a photograph. Here, one of Newfoundland’s most celebrated authors offers a story of the irresistible historical forces that d... + Read More
Series: Dancing In a JarPaperbackPoynter Adele9781550816303$19.95FICTION Mar 15, 2016
Based on a true story, Dancing in a Jar elaborates on the real-life love affair of a young couple who leave New York City to live in the outport community of St. Lawrence, Newfoundland, during the Great Depression when the husband, Don Poynter, accepts a management position in the town’s fluorspar mine. In a series of letters, some fictional and some real, Adele Poynter weaves a remarkable romantic tale through the life of a small mining town—capturing the sorrow and joyousness, the hardship and perseverance—to ultimately reveal how the loves o... + Read More
The Breakwater Book of Contemporary Newfoundland Plays: Volume 3 gathers an impressive range of work by some of the province’s most renowned authors. The third and final volume in the series includes plays by Robert Chafe, Aiden Flynn, Andy Jones, Lisa Moore, Berni Stapleton, and Ed Riche. Edited and introduced by Denyse Lynde, this anthology celebrates the island’s rich dramatic tradition and finally makes groundbreaking work by Newfoundland playwrights available to audiences everywhere.
Series: One Bead at a TimePaperbackBeverly Little Thunder9781771332651$22.95BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY May 25, 2016
One Bead at a Timeis the oral memoir of Beverly Little Thunder, a two-spirit Lakota Elder from Standing Rock, who has lived most of her life in service to Indigenous and non-Indigenous women in vast areas of both the United States and Canada. Transcribed and edited by two-spirit Métis writer Sharron Proulx-Turner, Little Thunder's narrative is told verbatim, her melodious voice and keen sense of humour almost audible overtop of the text on the page. Early in her story, Little Thunder recounts a dream from her early adulthood, "I stared at these... + Read More
Series: Dead Man, ThePaperbackNora Gold9781771332613$22.95FICTION Apr 15, 2016
The Dead Man is a compelling novel about a woman who is obsessed. Eve, a composer of sacred music and a music therapist, is well aware of the saying, "Physician, heal thyself," but she just can't seem to do this. For some unknown reason, she-- a sensible, intelligent professional-- can't recover from a brief relationship she had five years ago with a world-famous music critic named Jake. This obsession with Jake is a mystery to Eve's friends, and also to her. In an attempt to solve this mystery, she "returns to the scene of the crime": Israel, ... + Read More
All My Fallen Angelas is a collection of stories inspired by the lives of Italian-Canadian women living in Toronto from the 1960s to the present. The stories document their strength and resilience, their power and vulnerability as the women move in community that allowed their presence in shops, factories, and churches, but offered them little else for entertainment and self-exploration outside of their families. The stories cover a wide range of women's experiences from loneliness; disappointment; mothering; marriages, arranged and not arrange... + Read More
Series: Aspects of NaturePaperbackRhoda Rabinowitz Green9781771332811$22.95FICTION May 25, 2016
Like the many surfaces of a gemstone, the varied aspects of human experience link the short stories in this collection, titled Aspects of Nature. Themes of finding one's identity; conflicts of family, career and romance; loneliness, death, loss, and feelings of displacement; youth and aging; courage and fear; human frailty; spirituality; compassion and manifestations of evil, all are at the heart of this collection. Of the eleven stories, the one bearing the collection's name presents a satirical microcosm of our fragmented contemporary society... + Read More
Series: After DrowningPaperbackValerie Mills-Milde9781771332859$22.95FICTION May 25, 2016
Lake Erie was once home to a thriving inland fishery but the sad fortunes of the lake have decimated the industry, forcing those who live along the Lake Erie shore to adapt their expectations, or move on. On a summer's day, Pen (Penelope) Beau and her four-year-old daughter Maddy are at the beach when they witness a drowning. The tragedy dredges up memories from Pen's childhood- the death of her father in a boating mishap that may or may not have been an accident, and the subsequent disappearance of her brother Keaton, who fled the town after s... + Read More
Series: ShadePaperbackMia Herrera9781771332897$22.95FICTION May 05, 2016
After her plans for the future are disrupted by an unexpected breakup, Benni, born and raised in northern Ontario, seeks escape from her everyday routine by visiting her father in the Philippines-- the fantastical land of ghosts and glamour that her parents described to her as a child. In the Philippines, Benni is captivated by the luxurious lifestyle of the wealthy members of her mother's family. Canada, in comparison, is a bleak world of work, work, and more work, and Benni cannot understand why her parents ever left. During her visit, Benni ... + Read More
Inspired by Judith Jarvis Thomson's philosophical thought experiment "The Violinist," What Happened to Tom?? is a psychological and philosophical thriller, a horror story that any one of millions of people could, at any moment, experience. Tom, like many men, assumes that since pregnancy is a natural part of being a woman, it's no big deal: a woman finds herself pregnant, she does or does not go through with it, end of story. But then Tom wakes up to find his body's been hijacked and turned into a human kidney dialysis machine. For nine months... + Read More
The big theme-- perhaps the only theme-- is the narrative that unfolds between the bookends of our birth and our death. Each of us is born into a time and place-- our present-- and must answer the questions only we can answer for ourselves: Who are we? What will we do? What choices will we make? The Largeness of Rescue helps us travel along our own storyline by doing what the best art does so well: engages us with ourselves and with our world, and encourages us to slow down and consider our very humanness.
Series: Red With LivingPoems and ArtPaperbackDiane Driedger9781771333016$18.95POETRY May 01, 2016
In this compelling collection of poems and art, the colour of living is red with excitement, pain, sunsets, blood, and tropical flowers. Along the way, the poet paints herself into the works of Frida Kahlo, Vincent Van Gogh, Claude Monet and Maud Lewis. Diane Driedger confronts the body in two different contexts: through her participation in the Trinidad and Tobago Carnival and through her experience of undergoing breast cancer treatment and of being chronically ill. This is poetry that celebrates the body in all its varied forms.
The poems in this collection explore the life of the poet's mother who divorced in 1939, at a time when a woman divorcing was still frowned upon by society. This collection draws a picture of the artist and single mother who struggled with poverty, war, and the realities of daily life, yet still found beauty and comfort in her garden, and her art.
CANCELLEDFirst published in 1918, Canadian Wonder Tales is a collection of Canadian folk fables compiled from oral history; these universal stories are about understanding one's place in and how to make sense of the elemental world. Mostly animal stories, with "all the usual features of magic and transformation and interchange of more or less kindly offices between man and beast," Canadian Wonder Tales is a spellbinding record of Canada's unique mythologies. "[You' ll] learn in this book the answers to such conundrums as the following--why A... + Read More
Series: Saints, UnexpectedPaperbackBrent van Staalduinen9781926743721$19.95FICTION Apr 15, 2016
When fifteen-year-old Mutton is robbed at gunpoint while working in her mother’s Hamilton thrift store, the thief makes off with an item that she knows isn’t meant for him, hurling Mutton and her family into a summer of remarkable and heartbreaking events. From fighting unscrupulous developers to first loves to the anguish that comes from never knowing what your final words to a loved one might be, Saints, Unexpected reminds us of the magic that comes with each opportunity to begin again.
Series: The Utility of BoredomBaseball EssaysPaperbackAndrew Forbes9781926743691$16.95SPORTS & RECREATION Apr 02, 2016
Spitball essays on the off-kilter joys, sorrows and wonder of North America’s national pastime.A collection of essays for ardent seamheads and casual baseball fans alike, The Utility of Boredom is a book about finding respite and comfort in the order, traditions, and rituals of baseball. From learning about America through ball-diamond visits to the most famous triple play that never happened on Canadian soil, Forbes invites us to witness the adult conversing with the O-Pee-Chee baseball cards of his youth. Tender, insightful, and with the slo... + Read More
In 1872, dinosaur hunters become embroiled in a battle over the discovery of fossils in Northern Ontario as their excavation crews are driven mad by a bizarre and terrifying illness.Over a hundred years later, Church and his family show signs of the same monstrous affliction. As he begins to unravel his family's dark history, Church must race to protect the secrets buried deep in bones and blood.Set in the fictional town of Sterling and Ghost Lake Reserve, Wrist is Nathan Adler's debut novel.
The landlord, the husband, the wife, and the lover. Giulio di Orio, an assistant lecturer in Philosophy, brings one of his students, known as Torp to the Vancouver flat he shares with his wife Nicole. Soon their landlord is convinced that Torp is the devil incarnate, and the police have arrested him for the street bombings that have been plaguing the city. A sexually-charged tale bubbling with lust, suspected murder, and the twilight of the flower children--all set against the backdrop of martial law in 1970 Vancouver.
At thirteen, bookish Veronica Reid lives in a world inside her head, even if she isn't entirely successful at resisting the intrusions of the world outside. It's bad enough that she has to wear awful new glasses; it's downright disastrous that she'll have to spend the summer at Laughing Willows Trailer Park with her obnoxious younger brothers and unhappy mother. She can't imagine anything worse. Lonely and bored, she begins to observe the activities of the local crows, even as she gradually finds a community among the odd denizens of Laughing W... + Read More
The poet Li Bai has journeyed across the world and perhaps across centuries. When he comes across a bag of money in a downtown parking lot, we also meet the delinquent who lost the bag of money in the first place. The assemblage in Jack Hannan's first novel are driven by wordsmithery, trickery, and flights of such fancy--for an instant, the signal comes in clearly, and we might all step into this world where anything is possible.
Translated from French by Howard Scott. Assi Manifesto is a celebration of the Innu land in the tradition of Joséphine Bacon. This telluric power is reminiscent of Paul Chamberland?s Terre Québec. Natasha Kanapé?s challenge is to name her land, but also to reconcile opposites. In this collection of poetry, the author engages with the environment, colonialism, anxiety, anger, healing, solitude, and love. "Assi" in Innu means Land. Assi Manifesto is primarily a land of women. If the manifesto is a public space, Assi is a forum of life, a s... + Read More
Series: Into that Heaven of FreedomThe impact of apartheid on an Indian family's diasporic historyPaperbackMohamed M Keshavjee9781927494271$25.95BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY Mar 30, 2016
Through the story of one family, this book captures the history and experiences of the South African Indian pioneers from 1894, when an Ismaili, Jivan Keshavjee, left Kathiawad (Gujarat) and arrived in South Africa, to 1994, when the country attained its multiparty democracy following the release of Nelson Mandela. Keshavjee describes vividly, with a dash of humour and pathos, life in urban South Africa under apartheid and the long struggles for human rights. Using historical sources and numerous remembered anecdotes, he highlights Mahatma Gand... + Read More
In a small city somewhere in an oil-rich Canadian province just east of the Rockies, a political scandal has erupted: an aging cabinet minister has struck and killed a member of his local constituency executive with his half-ton truck, in broad daylight. But the premier suspects that there is more to this "accident" than meets the eye--and he wants to know the real reasons behind it before the media or his political rivals do.Enter the premier's old friend Harry Asher--lawyer, former hockey star, self-styled intellectual, and recent divorcé--wh... + Read More
The long rivalry between the Hudson's Bay Company and the North West Company for control of the fur trade in Canada's northwest came to an explosive climax on June 19th, 1816, at the so-called Battle of Seven Oaks. Armed buffalo hunters - Indigenous allies of the Nor-Westers - confronted armed colonists of the HBC's Selkirk settlement near the forks of the Assiniboine and Red Rivers in today's Winnipeg. This "battle" would prove to be a formative event for Métis self-determination as well as laying down a legacy for settlers to come.The Seven O... + Read More
Taking its inspiration from director Werner Herzog's concept of "ecstatic truth" and recalling D.W. Griffith's silent film classic Intolerance, poet/historian Walter Hildebrandt's ambitious new book of poems is a searing denunciation of the exploitation of the poor and powerless at the hands of the wealthy. In forceful, unadorned language, Hildebrandt draws a clear line from historical outrages such as the Dakota Wars of the 19th century and the 1919 Winnipeg General Strike to injustices in present-day England, Cuba, and Canada. Documentaries u... + Read More
After saving the Calgary Stampede from a potential terror attack in Glycerine, Detectives Lane and Li find themselves on the hunt yet again, this time following a pair of gruesome killers whose perfectly composed crime scenes match those of an inmate put away by Calgary Police years earlier. As more people come into the line of fire, Lane must team up with some unlikely new allies in order to crack the case.Meanwhile, with the birth of a new nephew, the happily chaotic Lane household must deal with the taciturn detective's estranged, fundamenta... + Read More
WINNER OF THE 2017 ALBERTA READERS' CHOICE AWARD!Fifty Percent of Mountaineering Is Uphill is the enthralling true story of Jasper's Willi Pfisterer, a legend in the field of mountaineering and safety in the Rocky Mountains. For more than thirty years, Willi was an integral part of Jasper's alpine landscape, guiding climbers up to the highest peaks, and rescuing them from perilous situations.Originally from Austria, this mountain man came to Canada in the 1950s to assail the Rockies, and stayed to become an integral part of mountain safety in W... + Read More
Meet The Gorgons The Legionnaires Chicken Treblinka The Statistics . . . Meet Dee, Gordyn, Em, and Jay, indecisive members of the greatest New Wave band to ever spring from River Bend City. Before they graduate from high school and flee a mill town that's seen better days, these ambitious friends (two sets of siblings) aim to make something from nothing as a test-run for planned careers of total glamour in New York City. Set between Labour Day 1980 and a Battle of the Bands contest in February 1981, From Up River and for One Night Only traces t... + Read More
A heartbroken derelict. An abruptly idealistic executive. A father trying to reconnect with his daughters. Three men inhabiting the same neighbourhood with completely divergent lives come together in a collision that will leave each of them changed forever. In his debut novel, Michael Knox evokes, in cinematic prose, a glimpse of the complexity of the suburban, and a meditation on disaster and masculinity. Harshly Purring presents a poetic and brutal look at isolation and disaster, both self-inflicted and otherwise, and the ways in which human ... + Read More
Slouching the Dream: Poems about love. Poems about lust. Poems about heartbreak and professional wrestling. Poems about getting fat and poems about ghosts. Poems about tattoos. Poems about losing your hair and losing your lunch. Poems about getting married. Poems about getting rejected. Poems about Bigfoot, heavy metal and watching too much TV. Poems about fist fights. Poems about having kids. Poems about (not) having a life. Poems about the past and the future and getting older and not having a clue what you're doing with your life but knowing... + Read More
Series: Forgotten Legend, ABalbir Singh Sr., Triple Olympic Gold & Modi's New IndiaPaperbackPatrick Blennerhassett9781988098104$24.95BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY Mar 01, 2016
Imagine you're one of India's most decorated athletes, a country of more than a billion people. You were largely responsible for your homeland's first Olympic gold medal as an independent nation after a violent, murderous Partition, yet you walk the streets anonymously, and your contributions have been all but forgotten. What if your statistics, awards, and accolades spoke for themselves, but no one was speaking for you?In November of 2014, Canadian journalist Patrick Blennerhassett set out for India. In investigating the mystery of Balbir Sing... + Read More
Series: Off LeashPaperbackDorothy Mahoney9781926794327$18.95POETRY Mar 15, 2016
Everyone has a dog story, from the salesman at Home Depot to the passenger on a plane who confesses about the scar on his face. The poems in Mahoney's third collection explore the concepts of identity and ownership through rich linguistic textures and voices. From a boy's fascination with Tom Terrific and Mighty Manfred to uniquely imagined Biblical dogs, Off Leash delves into the anguish of dogs loved and lost, and the joy of homecoming.
Series: WeathervanePaperbackMark Sampson9781926794310$18.95POETRY Mar 15, 2016
Mark Sampson's Weathervane is a book of lyric poetry that deals with the weather and its unpredictability due to climate change. Intensely personal and highly charged, these poems explore locales such a South Korea and Nova Scotia while presenting a unified view of a shifting world.
"When I couldn't see her," says Paul Dean of his mother, who has placed him as an infant in a berry patch near the outport of North Harbour, Placentia Bay, Newfoundland, "I could always hear her as she chatted to Aunt Ann or Aunt Elsie as they picked their way through another summer of berries. When she wasn't talking, she sang; songs hymns, ditties. It didn't matter to me. I knew she was there and she knew I was safe and content. This was the whole world." Paul Dean is a geologist by training and a storyteller by avocation. Come on with the Pu... + Read More
The four founders of a video production centre that started up in the 1970s share their experiences in this fictional 'oral history.' The founders are joined by dozens of artists who recount their impressions of Vidéo Populaire, based in Montreal. A moving engagement with the question of what makes a his/story, the reminiscences found in From the Archives of Vidéo Populaire create a contradictory and sometimes terrifically funny archive of people, their affairs and the events that beset them.
In poemw, the third finger of the left hand hits 'w' instead of 's' and makes up a new kind of poem, the sort-of poem, the approxi-lyric, the poem that doesn't want to claim poemness. Poemw are about daily things -- graffitti, hair, sea gulls, second-hand clothes -- and rarer things -- dead crows, baked mice, ski accidents, Judith Butler. They're jokes-and-not-jokes, cheeky, goofy. Tender.
Series: Concord FloralPaperbackJordan Tannahill9781770914957$17.95DRAMA Mar 07, 2016
Concord Floral is a one-million-square-foot abandoned greenhouse and a refuge for neighbourhood kids; a place all to themselves in which to dream, dare, and come of age. But hidden there is a secret no one wants to confront, and when two friends stumble upon it they set off an unstoppable chain of events, from shadows in parking lots to phone calls from the grave. It's time for the teens of Concord Floral to start talking.
Series: Of Human BondagePaperbackVern Thiessen9781770915039$17.95DRAMA Feb 15, 2016
When Philip meets Mildred, the alluring tea-shop waitress, he’s head-over-heels smitten. Mildred, for all her teasing, isn’t all that interested in Philip, but rather in his attention and his possessions. The power dynamics between them are hard at play; while Philip’s dependence on Mildred places him in the palm of her hand, Mildred’s emotional bond to Philip may be stronger than she lets on. Of Human Bondage is an epic story of lust, unrequited love, and the pursuit of beauty.
In 2005 Linda made a trip with her father to the last reunion of his RAF comrades, the 49th Squadron, Bomber Command. Intertwining her father’s experiences of a long-ago war with the war between a father and daughter, Linda Griffiths unveils an emotional chronicle of a family navigating a familiar yet foreign relationship.
Jem is a self-described butch dyke from Montreal who always imagined spending her life in bars and having multiple flings. When she meets Freda, a woman who exposes Jem’s vulnerabilities, her preconceived notions of who she is become moot as she finds herself partnered in a long-term relationship with kids. Which she surprisingly loves—most of the time. But that’s all changing as Jem and Freda’s marriage shifts from one of love and lust to one of gripes and grumbles.
Nine-year-old Phineas interprets the world through his encyclopedic knowledge of animals, but some human behaviour is just too puzzling. Take for example his mom, who insists he learn to fall asleep on his own, even though all young mammals sleep with their mothers; or his dad, who recently picked up and left the family, a behaviour quite unlike other mate-for-life animals. And then there’s the constant news from his favourite TV station, the Green Channel, about how humans are ruining the environment, a fact Phin is growing increasingly anxiou... + Read More
Series: Sultans of the StreetPaperbackAnusree Roy9781770915237$15.95JUVENILE FICTION Age (years) from 8 - 16Apr 15, 2016
When young orphans Mala and Chun Chun encounter brothers Prakash and Ojha on the busy streets of Kolkata, they are immediately at odds. The brothers come from a lower-middle-class family and spend their time flying kites instead of attending class, while Mala and Chun Chun can only dream of going to school, a goal Aunty promises will be fulfilled if they beg for money from passersby. After a petty fruit-stall heist lands Ojha in Aunty’s cunning hands, the brothers are blackmailed into begging alongside Mala and Chun Chun, forcing the children t... + Read More
Series: You Are HappyPaperbackRébecca Déraspe9781770915381$17.95DRAMA Apr 04, 2016
Bridget finds her brother Jeremy in a closet attempting suicide. Again. Determined to help him find some kind of happiness, she carts around grocery stores looking for his potential wife. Bridget’s search affirms what she already thinks: there are couples practically everywhere. Eventually finding her way into the aisle with the razor blades, she meets Chloe and her plans to stage a happily-ever-after are finally set.