November 2, 1965. Norman Morrison drives to the Pentagon with his infant daughter, a jug of kerosene and a box of matches. With Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara looking on, the young Quaker carries out a final act of witness against the horrors of the Vietnam War. Thirty-six years later, in the wake of 9/11, his daughter returns to confront the aging McNamara, the memory of her father, and the costly legacy of sacrifice.
Series: Skin & LiarsPaperbackDennis Foon9781770911505$16.95DRAMA Age (years) from 14 - 18Aug 15, 2013
Skin introduces us to a group of Canadian teenagers who are coming of age in the late 1980s. Faced with racial discrimination, Phiroza, Jennifer, and Tuan must navigate the choppy waters of high school, each confronting his or her own set of challenges. Ranging from academic difficulties, to budding relationships, to the trials of adapting to a foreign language and culture, the three share their stories of struggle, survival, and defiance of negative expectations and racist attitudes. Lenny is at the top of her class. Jace seemingly couldn’t ca... + Read More
Series: The Red AlbumElectronic book text, EPUBChris Eaton9781927040652$24.00FICTION May 20, 2013
In the tradition of Borges, Nabakov, and Bolaño, The Red Album is a work of fiction that questions historical authenticity and authority. Divided into two parts, the book begins with an edited and footnoted narrative of dubious origins. In the second part, a section of "documents" (including essays, memoirs, a short play and a filmography) shed light on the first narrative. Familiar characters are revealed to be writers, and the writer and editors of the initial narrative are revealed to be characters. As the ghosts of social revolutions of the... + Read More
What Frog is saying about the Book of Frog:The Book of Frog is probably the best book ever written, right up there with The Divine Comedy and Gilgamesh. Except it's short and in English! A cinch, huh? You will like it. In addition to being action-packed and by me, it has some great pictures (also of me). And it has some excellent emails from my friend Al, who is extremely smart. You will learn stuff you never knew, maybe even be enlightened. (It's possible.) If you think that because it is a book by a frog, it has nothing for you, you are wron... + Read More
Canadian zoologist Gray Pendennis is pushing his limits. Desperate to find and protect a man-eating Royal Bengal tiger in a Bangladesh jungle, he is on a race against time as two bereaved fathers, whose daughters were killed by the striped predator, team up to hunt the menace. Working far from civilization, the three men are on a collision course beyond the boundaries of conscience. While they track the tiger from different directions, the tiger is tracking two of them. A poacher – a high-ranking military officer – throws himself into the mix,... + Read More
This story, told through fact and fiction, is about the life and times of the ancestors of one Canadian family in their journey from deep in the mountains of Austria to the shores of Hay Bay on Lake Ontario.In the year 1620 Joerg leaves his father's house in the midst of religious chaos and war. He joins the army of the Catholic League. During the war he meets Katarina and between battles they start a line of tough survivors. Escaping religious persecution their offspring seek peace in the Neckar valley of Germany.In 1738 six-year-old Eberhardt... + Read More
At the height of the Great Depression, two Prairie children struggle with poverty and uncertainty. Surrounded by religion, law, and her authoritarian father, Cora Wagoner daydreams about what it would be like to abandon society altogether and join one of the Indian tribes she's read so much about. Saddened by struggles with Indian Agent restrictions, Hunter George wonders why his father doesn't want him to go to the residential school. As he too faces drastic change, he keeps himself sane with his grandmother's stories of Wîsahkecâhk.As Cora an... + Read More
Series: InsinuendoMurder in the MuseumPaperbackMiriam Clavir9781897411384$19.95FICTION Oct 21, 2012
A murder mystery set within the complex world of an anthropological museum. Berry Cates has undergone a "radical lifectomy," remaking her life at fifty-three, newly single and in a new career at a museum. However, she soon becomes the target of serious accusations at the museum. Determined to prove these as false, Berry gets into deeper trouble. Her sleuthing uncovers museum staff casting illicit bronzes and blackmail being delivered via a Roman curse tablet. Curatorial fraud and accusations by aboriginal people of poisoning their heritage rega... + Read More
Series: MiahPaperbackJulia Lin9781894770996$20.95FICTION Oct 15, 2012
"?Half century under Japan then half century under Kuomintang . . .too much,' my mother would sigh and shake her head." Miah means "fate" in Taiwanese. Spanning much of the twentieth century, these linked, subtly understated stories trace the destinies of simple folk from the brutal Japanese occupation of the early twentieth century through to the "White Terror" of the exiled Chinese Mainlanders and the Kuomintang, and finally to modern Taiwan and Canada. In the powerfully gripping "Miah," a girl from Vancouver accompanies her mother to Taiwa... + Read More
Riveting stories from the heart of the Vancouver Sikh experience. Set among people who emigrated in the late twentieth century, facing racial animosity and economic insecurity, and moving forward as their lives became more settled, Fauji Banta Singh gives us rare glimpses into the private lives of the Sikh community - the successes and failures, the growing and painful irrelevance of the old, changing values and the conditions of the women, the place of religion and tradition, and the ever-present echoes of distant Indian politics and national ... + Read More
Series: Open PitPaperbackMarguerite Pigeon9781927063323$19.95FICTION Apr 15, 2013
El Salvador, 2005: a group of Canadian human-rights activists are taken hostage by a former revolutionary fighter who demands that a new gold mine stops production. For Danielle Byrd, the situation is all too familiar, as she was there twenty years previously as an embedded journalist with a guerrilla faction during the country's civil war. Now, her daughter Aida must herself travel to the scarred landscape and choose her allies carefully if she wants to see her mother alive once more. With character-driven action and imagery reminiscent of Geo... + Read More
Series: Belinda's RingsPaperbackCorinna Chong9781927063279$19.95FICTION Mar 15, 2013
Half-Asian teenager Grace (but she'd prefer it if you called her "Gray" instead) is not a perfect little supermom-in-the-making like her older sister Jessica, and would rather become a marine biologist than a mother--although she does understand how to take care of her special-needs kid brother Squid better than anyone else in her family. When her mother Belinda abruptly runs out on her family and flies across the Atlantic in order to study crop circles in the English countryside, Grace is left alone to puzzle out her life, the world, and her u... + Read More
Finalist, Roderick Haig-Brown Regional Prize Though unaffiliated with any institute of higher learning, Rolf Knight has established himself as a writer of significance, and has produced some of the most influential works of history of British Columbia. A Very Ordinary Life, exploring his mother's life as a working-class immigrant to Vancouver, established his reputation in 1974. Indians at Work, published in 1976 and reissued in 1996, was originally highly contentious but has since shaped the perception of "contact" in this part of the world as... + Read More
Series: Collected Works of P K PageMexican JournalPaperbackP. K. Page9780889843646$27.95BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY Sep 15, 2015
In Mexican Journal, P. K. Page recounts her experiences as wife to the Canadian ambassador to Mexico in the early 1960s. Raw, bluntly honest and at times painfully intense, the journal entries expose Page's attempts to overcome troubling phobias and spiritual barrenness. Over time, she discovers colour amid the darkness, immersing herself in Mexican culture, surrealism, and, most importantly, the mystical teachings of Sufism, which would inform her spiritual life for the rest of her career.
Series: Mac-PapMemoir of a Canadian in the Spanish Civil WarPaperbackRonald Liversedge9781554200719$19.00HISTORY Sep 05, 2013
Ron Liversedge could hardly wait for the call from the International Brigades. A veteran of the Great War, Canada's Great Depression, and scores of battles for social justice, he wanted to get to Spain to fight against Franco's attack on the young Spanish republic. It was the spring of 1937; Liversedge was nearly 40. The call came on May Day. Liversedge left Vancouver, on a clandestine journey through late depression North America, to a ship spiriting his fellow fighters to Europe, to an immediate brush with death when he is torpedoed by a fa... + Read More
Series: Words, Words, WordsEssays and MemoirsPaperbackGeorge Bowering9781554200665$19.00LITERARY CRITICISM Oct 25, 2012
Words, Words, Words is a wide-ranging collection of literary essays that astonish the reader with their candor, insight, and generosity. Many of them reveal the absurdity that so often underlies our most passionate thoughts, our most cherished moments, even our most disturbing fears and recognitions. They echo everywhere with a kind of cosmic laughter that never lets us forget we are constructs of our own capacity to see through language -- that at a most fundamental level, what we think about our selves is inevitably an extension of what we le... + Read More
While Canadian poetic practices have steadily pluralised since the early 1960s, the poetry review has remained stubbornly constant. You Must Work Harder to Write Poetry of Excellence is a critical, and at times hilarious survey of reviews of innovative Canadian poetry in English since 1961. What is at stake in the reviewing of poetry? What fantasies are inherent to the practice? How is poetry itself produced in the reviewing of poetry? Why has the reviewing of poetry remained largely invisible to self-reflexive critique? These are some of the m... + Read More
Series: TracksJourneys in Time and PlacePaperbackGenni Gunn9781927426326$18.95BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY Oct 15, 2013
Tracks is a compilation of personal travel essays that range across three continents, from Italy, where Genni Gunn was born and spent her early years, to Canada and Mexico, and through Asia, where she has travelled many times, both reconnecting with her sister and witnessing the emergence of new political realities in Myanmar. While these are journeys into the new and unknown, they also trigger the inner journey to the realm of memory. These pieces dig deep into personal territory, exploring the family ties of an unusually peripatetic family.In... + Read More
Series: Emails From IndiaWomen Write HomePaperbackJanis Harper9781927079218$19.95TRAVEL Sep 15, 2013
India fascinates many people. But why are women, especially, drawn there? Twenty-seven women writers - from Canada, the US and the UK - share their experiences in thirty-seven emails, and so provide some answers to this question. Poignant, humorous, outrageous and astute, these stories come from the big cities and remote villages, the beaches and ashrams, the trains and buses. They speak to the mysterious relationship that women and India seem to share, as well as to themes common to all India travellers: meeting the challenges of getting from ... + Read More
Series: RemotePaperbackColin Mackay9781926942094$19.95YOUNG ADULT FICTION Age (years) from 16 - 18Oct 15, 2012
Something sinister is going on in the catacombs of Duram University. A student is about to find himself part of a new technological leap into a future in which morals are tested against humanity's growing desire for power -- to regenerate, to control the aging process, and to kill -- an all-out underground war with both sides willing to risk everything for dominance over the other. Both seeking the ultimate weapon, both seeking a man who doesn't know who or what he really is. . . . And for Brenner James, the unwitting participant, it will take ... + Read More
Series: Umbrella, ThePaperbackJudd Palmer9781897411346$6.95JUVENILE FICTION Age (years) from 10 - 18Feb 15, 2012
Poems in Maleea Acker's second collection range over continents and countries, asking an essential question for our time: How do we live in the world? The poems seek always to approach that threshold between human and natural worlds, attending to what can be seen and sensed with a fine ear and eye. We meet one another at the threshold, through a "splice of intimacy," displaced, the poet says, finding temporary homes and intimacies with one another and with all living things.
The six poems in this collection fuse melancholy, absurdity, excess, and joy. One poem fuses word-processing documents mined from a computer lab. Another melts and reverses the voices of a syndicated television game show; while still another quarries prime time sound bites, casting them into girders of verse. The final sequence exhumes and polishes obituaries until they're as lustrous as iron pyrite. Whether tampering with pop culture science or tempering memory against alcohol, the words throughout Forge are counterfeit and precious, cynical a... + Read More
Series: Lost Letters, ThePaperbackCatherine Greenwood9781926829852$20.00POETRY Sep 15, 2013
Atmospherically light and stylistically expansive Ð poems that regard our givens as a gift. Don McKay's description of The Pearl King and Other Poems, Catherine Greenwood's wonderful first book, also apply to The Lost Letters: "With discerning wit and a large range of styles and voices, she holds up each subject for contemplation as though it were a pearl. . . ." At the centre of The Lost Letters is a sequence of radically diverse poems based on the story of Heloise and Abelard, truly lovers in a dangerous time, the twelfth century. The raw mat... + Read More
Series: All Souls'PaperbackRhea Tregebov9781550653380$18.00Sep 15, 2012
Bluesy, opinionated, sly, self-chastising and tender, Rhea Tregebov’s All Souls’—her first collection since 2004—commands a range of tones wider and bolder than anything in her previous six books. Inspired by crises both personal (divorce, adult children, aging parents) and societal (global warming, financial implosion),All Souls’ bracingly addresses the quandary at the heart of our present moment:the fear of change and the fear of standing still. Enriched by a sharp palate and crackling with confidence, Tregebov’s new poems capture life in all... + Read More
Imagining how the philosopher imagines is one way to read and learn a philosophy and is especially suited to the practice of poetry. Sometimes poetry has the ability to be the reality when philosophy can only describe it. Philosopher at the Skin Edge of Being marches through the seasons as Jia-li, a mountain woman, and a girl philosopher inhabit their cosmos, sluicing philosophy of antiquity through twenty-first century existence. They imagine the world as the sages may or may not have.
With clarity and compassion, Murray Riess, painstakingly lays out the fabric of his pain, alienation and redemption as the son of a holocaust survivor. Courageously unsentimental these poems bear the weight of years in their craft and in their telling-- poignant, dark yet whimsical, in their understanding of generational suffering. Riess's poems are deeply reflective of his relationship with his father, a child of the holocaust who lost all his living relatives and was obsessed by guilt that he alone survived. In what seems ultimately to be an... + Read More
Through the mind's eye Lydia Kwa charts the path of the stranger in a new land, the immigrant seeking escape, and transformation from the suffering of the past. Sinuous is a journey toward self-realization and acknowledgest that through the fiery trials of life it is possible to find renewed strength and purpose for the future.
I Don't Feel So Good is comprised of material selected from the handwritten journals and notes of Elizabeth Bachinsky (1986-2012). Lines and passages were selected by the roll of a die and appear in the order in the die saw fit. In blending confessional and procedural techniques with disjunctive chronology and random chance, this book explores and exacerbates possibilities of the narrative mode both within the text and for the reader. No so much "written" as "received."
Series: FermataPaperbackDennison Smith9781927443033$14.95POETRY Oct 01, 2012
The poetry of Fermata, like the pause or hold in music which the word signifies, conjures the audible spaces between notes and the suspended moment. As the author puts it, this is "terse but lateral but lyrical writing." Her words "are always on the threshold of becoming solid entities. In Fermata, the pitched sound, held indefinitely or paused indefinitely, is the mind feeling, the restless body, the migrations of geese or memory."
Series: Night-EaterPaperbackPatricia Young9781927443019$14.95POETRY Oct 01, 2012
Sharp and strong as steel blades, the poems in Night-Eater fuse eerie beauty with gleaming wit, and strangeness with tenderness. In showing the intersection of the mundane and the domestic with the uncouth and uncanny, the author again lives up to such praises as "an artist ... whose sensitivity to language is characteristic of the truly great in poetry" (R. W. Stedingh) and "Young moves in and out of time and worlds, never flagging or faltering and takes the reader with her" (Susan Musgrave). These are "poems to understand life by" (Rick Gibbs).
Series: After DesirePaperbackGeorge Stanley9781554200702$18.00POETRY May 09, 2013
"Don't gaze into the abyss," George Stanley states in his new book. "Gaze out." And this is what the reader receives from Stanley's eighth book, After Desire: the observations of a poet, and a consciousness, as they arrive together at old age. Not what the poet is thinking --- although we get to watch him thinking too --- but what he sees and notices; what he is thinking about. This might be the different effect that Beauty has on him, after desire has fled, "stripped of even the desire for desire." This might be a contemplation of what it is ... + Read More
Series: MeansPaperbackRoger Farr9780981390628$16.00POETRY Oct 25, 2012
Means extends the inquiry begun in the author's first book Surplus (2006) by shifting terrain from the industrial to the immaterial, while hitting pause on the means of communication and opening lines to new means of resistance to capitalist hegemony.
Series: TuftPaperbackKim Minkus9781927040591$18.00POETRY May 20, 2013
Tuft: "A bunch (natural or artificial) of small things, usually soft and flexible, Éfixed or attached at the base." OEDWith Tuft, Kim Minkus takes us on flights of poetic fancy into futures where we "observe the green elite" and "iceplants bloom in the monotony of paved paths." We tangle and climb into language and are swept into the lives of the animals that haunt the shores of our city's waterways. This is a world where worker, lover, animal and poet unite. Minkus brings Venus and Satan into one sentence and in doing so unleashes the "bitte... + Read More
Originally published by LINEBooks in 2008, sybil unrest by Larissa Lai and Rita Wong draws out the interconnections between feminism, environmentalism, and personal-political responsibility, highlighting and questioning notions of "human" and "female" evident in contemporary North American culture. It does so by referencing "Popular cultural icons, political figures, business slogans, transnational corporations, and other presences in our media-saturated world [which] populate the lines," in the words of a reviewer from Asian-Am-Lit-Fans onlin... + Read More
"Thoughts and Other Human Tendencies" is a poetry collection where stories of Aboriginal experiences are distilled into feelings and thoughts that are universal. Reneltta Arluk weaves the traditional and the contemporary together through the eyes of a young Aboriginal woman. She draws from the Aboriginal tradition of praising the land and the spirit, the realities of Aboriginal culture, and the concept of feminine individuality. Her poems, both sacred and secular, are written with the passions of anger, grief, and love, at once tender and furio... + Read More
Series: Parkway(Hammertown, Part 3)PaperbackPeter Culley9781554200764$18.00POETRY Oct 10, 2013
"Hammertown" is Georges Perec's invention, an imaginary fishing port on Vancouver Island that Peter Culley recognized as the Oulipo writer's vision of what Nanaimo might be like. In Parkway, Culley continues his project of describing Perec's Hammertown from the inside. Deeply musical and infused by Culley's love of rhythm, Parkway is an acute and strongly complicit portrayal of a working-class city, and the world of its margins.