Lotería Jarocha assembles a series of linoleum-block prints created by Mexican-Canadian artist Alec Dempster after his return to his native Mexico in the mid-1990s. Discovering a lively genre of folk music from the Veracruz region, Dempster subsequently devoted himself to documenting his heritage with printmaking. The result is Lotería Jarocha, a collection of expressive images which catalogue Dempster's encounter with the vibrant son jarocho culture of his birthplace.
All We Want is Everything, Andrew F. Sullivan's exceptional debut collection of short stories, finds the misused and forgotten, the places in between, the borderlands on the edge of town where dead fields alternate with empty warehouses--places where men and women clutch tightly at whatever fragments remain. Motels are packed with human cargo, while parole is just another state of being. Christmas dinners become battlegrounds; truck cabs and bathroom stalls transform into warped confessionals; and stories are told and retold, held out by people... + Read More
Series: The Family China1st editionElectronic book text, EPUBAnn Shin9781926829807$20.00POETRY Mar 18, 2015
In The Family China, her second book of poems, Ann Shin examines the decentering experiences of migration, loss and death, and the impulse to build anew. In five suites threaded through with footnote-like fragments that haunt and ambush the text like memories, the book accrues associations, building and transforming images from poem to poem, creating a layered and cohesive collection that asks daring questions about how we define ourselves. These poems grapple rawly and musically with the profound messiness of human relations; their candour con... + Read More
Series: Essential Poets SeriesWhere The Sun Shines Best1st editionPaperbackAustin Clarke9781550716931$15.00POETRY Apr 30, 2013
Three Canadian soldiers awaiting deployment to the war in Afghanistan beat a homeless man to death on the steps of their armoury after a night of heavy drinking. The poet, whose downtown Toronto home overlooks the armoury and surrounding park, describes the crime, its perpetrators, the victim, and a cast of homeless witnesses that includes the woman, a prostitute, who first alerts police. The subsequent trial evokes reflection on the immigrant experience the poet shares with one of the accused, and on the agony of that young soldier’s mother. F... + Read More
Series: The Lonely DinerAl Capone in Euphemia TownshipPaperbackBeverley Cooper9781897289839$15.95DRAMA May 13, 2001
The year is 1928 and someone is stealing Al CaponeÕs whiskey. Prohibition has just been lifted in Ontario but still holds firm in Chicago. For those who want a drink, the morality is shaky. In a quiet little diner close to the U.S. border, Lucy yearns for excitement and glamour. When a couple of well-dressed American gangsters make an after hours visit, Lucy changes her tune as the stakes get higherÉ
Series: Essential Writers SeriesAustin ClarkeEssays on His Works1st editionPaperbackCamille A. Isaacs9781550717235$20.00LITERARY CRITICISM Apr 30, 2013
A collection of essays on one of Toronto’s best-known and loved writers-politicians-social commentators. The essays on Austin Clarke’s writings will be paired with a full-length poem that displays both Austin’s acerbic wit and tenderness.
Disintegration, gaps in the historical record, and unaccounted-for absences hold these magically makeshift lyric poems together.Provisional, roaming, obsessed with remnants and deferrals, the poems in Charmaine Cadeau's second collection navigate flexible and shifting terrains where the speaker's emotional directness tethers us as we dare to read on. Though Cadeau is capable of some stunning acrobatics--somersaulting mid-line, the imagery defying gravity, the language a series of wows--she isn't in the business of showing off; instead, she goes... + Read More
Haven't we all been driven, at some point, to Google ourselves? And what did you find? That there are people out there who seem to have something in common with you? Dates, places, interests? How coincidental are these connections? And what are the factors that define a human life? We are the sum of our stories: Anecdotal constructs. We remember moments in our pasts the way we remember television episodes. In pieces. And we realize that our own memories are no more valid in the construction of our identities than stories we've heard from others... + Read More
Lilly and Morgan Beaumont have adopted a life of routine and security in their retirement years. Their marriage is stale but comfortable despite gentle bickering at every turn. As they settle into bed one night, a young homeless man unexpectedly breaks into their condo, injured from a failed suicide attempt that landed him on their balcony. His intrusion awakens Lilly’s sense of adventure, driving her out of her sheltered condo and into the night. Will she abandon her old life with all its disappointments and entanglements for the freedom of th... + Read More
Series: The Best BrothersPaperbackDaniel MacIvor9781770911543$16.95DRAMA Apr 15, 2013
Bunny Best has met her unfortunate end after a mishap at a Gay Days parade. Now her two sons, Kyle and Hamilton, have the task of arranging her funeral and caring for her most beloved companion, a troublesome Italian greyhound named Enzo. In the bustle of obituary-writing, eulogy-giving, and dog-sitting, sibling rivalry quickly reaches its peak and years of buried contentions surface.
Convinced she is not like the rest of her boring family, nine-year-old Marnie McPhee decides it’s time to leave Earth and take her place among the stars. But as she builds her spaceship, she realizes that maybe Earth isn’t so bad after all, even if it is filled with regular human families. The Remarkable Flight of Marnie McPhee is a charming story of the infinite reaches of the imagination and the pleasure of dreaming.
Series: VirtualisTopologies of the UnrealPaperbackDavid Dowker9781927040621$18.00POETRY May 20, 2013
Virtualis: Topologies of the Unreal is a poetic investigation of melancholia and the baroque. As a collaborative reading of writers such as Walter Benjamin, Christine Buci-Glucksmann, Giorgio Agamben, Gilles Deleuze, Charles Baudelaire and Arthur Rimbaud, David Dowker and Christine Stewart have created a series of linguistic interjections that run from the allegorical barricades of the baroque to the topological confound of the modern, incorporating (for example) Medusa and the Sphinx, aestivating snails and the alchemy of bees. Lush and extrav... + Read More
Series: Grey Tote, ThePaperbackDeena Kara Shaffer9781550653526$16.00May 01, 2013
Elegies on the death of the author’s parents.The Grey Tote, Deena Kara Shaffer’s debut, is a collection of elegies on the death, in quick succession, of her father and mother. Scorning easy consolations, Shaffer’s poems are witty, epigrammatic, rhythmic, spiked with grief but ultimately dry-eyed “lessons in goodbye,” she calls them, “Sentences / cut.” In coming to grips with what to do “now that now/ has no them in it,” she has arrived at a book of poetry fiercer and truer than most written today.
The Cave Painter tells the story of Dianne, an aging bohemian artist who conjures up personal stories of love and tragedy. Everyone close to her has passed away, with the exception of her only son who has embraced a life of religious fundamentalism in which she has no place. Instead she finds solace in art amid the imperfect world around her. In The Woodcutter, a man walks through the woods alone with only a few sentimental objects in his pocket. Once at a clearing he unloads his thoughts to the surrounding wilderness, slowly unravelling a trou... + Read More
A Latino bar in Toronto, 1978. The men can’t take their eyes off Lisa, but there is something about her. She is a little too intense, a little too needy, a woman with too many games playing in her head. Don, a realtor with a murky South American past, is unfazed. He listens patiently when Lisa tells him she is looking for her father, a wealthy man living in Argentina. Or so she says. Determined to find her roots, Lisa goes to Argentina. It’s a journey born of longing for love and the desperate need for something solid to hold on to. Don offers ... + Read More
Series: AfloatPaperbackJohn Reibetanz9781926829821$20.00POETRY Mar 01, 2013
Afloat, John Reibetanz's eighth collection of poetry, focuses on water in many manifestations. The centerpiece, a sequence on the Three Gorges Dam and its cultural and environmental implications, brings ancient Chinese sources (Meng Chiao and the painter Dong Yuan) together with modern ones (Edward Burtynsky's photographs and violent video games) to create an elegy that is moving and meditative.Although water is everywhere present as a subject, it is song that provides the motivating power, the vehicle of longing that animates the book. "We thi... + Read More
On a Southern plantation, Shakespeare holds the fate of several black slaves in his hands. Among them are the rebellious Aaron and the obedient Othello, both of whom share an interest in Shakespeare’s unwed daughter. But a vital secret remains hidden that could untangle complex familial ties and change the course of their history.
Poems that journey through a tapestry of myths, archetypes and fables; of histories invented and revisited.Kate Cayley's is a mind both studious and curious, deeply attuned to the question "what if?" What if Nick Drake and Emily Dickinson met in the afterlife? What if a respected physician suddenly shrank to the size of a pea? What if the blind twins in a Victorian photograph could speak to us? What if we found another Earth orbiting another sun?Cayley draws on her experience as a playwright to create vividly engaging voices and characters rang... + Read More
Denise has spent the last five years dedicated to uncovering the truth behind her sister Michelle’s disappearance. Haunted by loose ends, she begins seeing visions of Michelle, who gradually guides her in the right direction. As Denise’s marriage and sanity crumble around her, she remains committed to unearthing an unfathomable truth, and coming to terms with a painfully crucial realization - one she has been desperately avoiding. The Hours That Remain is a moving, emotionally charged story of loss, bereavement, and unfaltering hope.
Helena's disfigured face has defined her since childhood, even though her older sister Grace always urged her to love herself. Grace's sudden death leaves Helena stunned and broken-hearted, but also leaves her with an unexpected inheritance. With only one day to make her decision, Helena becomes increasingly desperate to understand the real motivation behind Grace's gift. Inheritance is a meditation on the power and fragility of appearances, and how those who love us help us to love ourselves.
I write these words / J’écris ces mots is a fascinating volume of poetry that examines the world of a woman born in Tunisia but living in Toronto, and women’s universal struggle to find their place in the world. Poems explore the roles woman play in diverse societies and cultures and draw the reader in with gentle, probing verses that beguile with their beauty, but challenge with their meaning. Sometimes the reader travels in the present, sometimes in the past, into the world of a woman and poet who is pulled in many directions.
Series: The April PoemsFirstPaperbackLeon Rooke9780889843592$16.95POETRY Mar 15, 2013
Leon Rooke's latest collection of poems concerns itself with an irrepressible heroine, adopting a variety of distinctive perspectives on her life, her loves and her losses.
The adage about "what happens in Vegas" is funny precisely because we know it's wishful thinking. A Glittering Chaos is about what happens when "what happens in Vegas" comes home to haunt you. Melusine is a German librarian whose ho-hum world wobbles after she tags along when her husband Hans attends a Las Vegas optometry conference. A newly empty nester who speaks no English, Melusine's voyage of self-discovery is punctuated by the poetry of Ingeborg Bachmann, nude photos in the desert, a black dildo named Kurt, autoerotic asphyxia, and the un... + Read More
After narrowly escaping death while solving her last case, the Toronto PI is settling happily into married life with her new wife, Jess. Once again, however, trouble is looming: Jess wants a baby but Calli would rather fight a psycho with a gun than contemplate parenthood.When an old school friend asks Calli to investigate her mother’s death, Calli jumps at the chance to distract herself with work. Her plans go awry when her own mother reveals a shocking secret that threatens to turn Calli’s life upside down. By turns lighthearted and thrillin... + Read More
Set in the future, The Grey Museum is a galactic romp, following a small group of survivors as they fend with mystic beings, interstellar parasites and themselves. Everything here is decided by narcissistic gods and goddesses, disturbed spirits, and bored aliens. Our clueless captives are left to wander, meandering their way among ruins, souvenirs, and impossible trails, and the 300-year-old television station attempts to capture it all. The Greys, a cloned race of coffee-drinking pseudo-humanity, have created a machine to "contemplate" things ... + Read More
Series: Dark Water SongsPaperbackMary Lou Soutar-Hynes9781926708942$18.95POETRY Apr 15, 2013
The poems in Dark Water Songs begin on the margins of islands and ancestors, and fan out, probing love, loss and life's dilemmas. They expand and deepen the poetic exploration which began with my earlier collections, mining the reciprocal spaces enabled by the hyphen between Jamaican and Canadian, exploring silences, the weight of memory, and a sense of the sacred. The collection contributes to the body of work by contemporary Canadian writers of Caribbean origin. The perspective is that of a poet/educator and former nun ? a writer who negotiat... + Read More
Series: Miss CaledoniaPaperbackMelody Johnson9781897289846$15.95DRAMA Mar 15, 2013
How does a farm girl in 1950s Ontario escape the stall-cleaning, cow-milking, hay-baling drudgery of life on Rural Route 2? She becomes a movie star, of course! The quickest route to Hollywood for a plucky gal in the mid-twentieth century was to enter as many beauty pageants as possible and to sing, twirl and pivot her way into the hearts of judges.ÊAnd so Peggy Ann Douglas did just that, as did so many other young women of her generation, hoping to follow in the footsteps of starlets like Debbie Reynolds.
Series: ProudPaperbackMichael Healey9781770911444$16.95DRAMA Mar 11, 2013
Shortly after the Conservatives win a majority government in the 2011 federal election, the prime minister discovers a secret weapon in his caucus—Jisbella Lyth, a single mother with a limited understanding of her role as an MP. Using her ignorance to his advantage, the PM hatches a plan to have Jisbella front and centre in a campaign of misdirection and distraction. Humorous and clever, Proud explores the corrosive nature of the politics of division.
Series: Water DamagePaperbackPeter Norman9781771260084$17.00POETRY Apr 01, 2013
Series: Rosa RosePaperbackRobert Priest9781894987738$10.00JUVENILE NONFICTION Jun 08, 2013
Silver Medal for the Moonbeam Children's Book Awards Honorable mention in the Lion and the Unicorn Award for Excellence in North American Poetry From Terry Fox to Ghandi, Rosa Parks to Elijah Harper, Robert Priest has collected some of his most inspiring poems together in this book for young people. Priest, an award-winning poet and musician, has written these thought-provoking poems to introduce children to men and women across the planet that have changed the world. Illustrated with bold line drawings by Joan Krygsman, Rosa Rose is a captivat... + Read More
Series: Terminal GrillPaperbackRosemary Aubert9781927443439$14.95FICTION May 15, 2013
At a questionable literary event in a seedy bar in the Toronto of the 1980’s, a 40-something woman meets the proverbial dark, handsome stranger. Lulled by poetry, music and drink, she begins a relationship with a person whose past, present and chancy future seem to be created out of nothing. As she struggles to find out who and what this person really is, she is drawn more and more deeply into the sensuous trap of his compelling sexuality. In an age before Facebook, Twitter and Wikipedia, she has no way to learn the true identity of the man who... + Read More
Series: Gut Reaction, AA True Story About a Mother's Fight to Save her Son's Life and his Amazing Recovery from Crohn's DiseasePaperbackSky Curtis9781771330800$22.95SOCIAL SCIENCE Jun 15, 2013
Gut Reaction is an entertaining as well as informative true story about the author's battle to save her son's life - or at least his large intestine - from a very severe case of Crohn's disease. With persistence, humour, much searching of the Internet and the help of two unusual doctors, one in Canada and the other in Australia, she and her son, who was in his early twenties, finally find a regime of fecal infusions that replaces the bacteria that had ulcerated his gut with a healthy flora donated by his mother. The manuscript details their adv... + Read More
“Love Is Not The Way To” is a collection of haikus dedicated to the life and works of Richard Brautigan. The poems reflect both his oeuvre and his life, not only as a tip-of-the-hat homage but also as a way of re-introducing his poetic sensibility to a newer and wider audience. There was something of the English-language Japanese poetic forms that made perfect sense to the aesthetic of Richard Brautigan, and Stan Rogal comes to these forms through a Brautigan lens in this poetry collection.
Series: Steve DriscollIntelligence with the EarthPaperbackSteve Driscoll9781927443262$24.95ART Feb 01, 2013
is an exuberant, luxuriously produced book of over fifty paintings--each of them reproduced in full colour--by the much heralded Canadian painter Steve Driscoll. Where Driscoll's very popular first book, published three years ago, examined the development of his earlier abstract work, this new, larger, handsomely designed volume showcases his more recent work as a maker of brilliantly conceived, gloriously opulent, epically vast landscape-paintings--most of which are derived from his vigorous hiking and camping trips through the Canadian wilde... + Read More
Series: And the cat says…PaperbackSusan L. Helwig9781927443408$14.95POETRY Apr 01, 2013
A love-you-love-you-not daisy petal game for the 21st century. Weave in some strange haircuts, flying carpets and two sets of twins. Oh, and did we mention the horses?
Series: When We Were GoodPaperbackSuzanne Sutherland9781927513118$14.95 USDJUVENILE FICTION Age (years) from 14 - 18Apr 15, 2012
The year 2000 isn't starting out too well for Toronto high school senior Katherine Boatman. Not only has her oldest friend ditched her for yet another boyfriend, her beloved grandmother died on New Year's Eve leaving a void of goodness in her life that Katherine's not sure how to fill. While overwhelmed with sadness and self-doubt, Katherine unexpectedly finds new love, both for Toronto's underground music scene and for her would-be saviour: a straight edge, loud mouth misfit named Marie. As Katherine seeks comfort in jagged guitars, mind-readi... + Read More
The shocking true story of the institutionalization and abuse of children and adults with intellectual and physical handicaps in Canada's oldest provincial institution in Orillia, Ontario. Daisy Lumsden and her family were such victims, along with over ten thousand children, including infants, and adults with intellectual disabilities committed over the last century to the institution now known as Huronia Regional Centre, formerly the Asylum for Idiots and Feeble-Minded. The time frame of the book, 1900-1966, covers the most controversial decad... + Read More
What is the purpose of life? The purpose of art? What is the purpose of the artist? Jack Chambers probes these fundamental questions in his final piece of work – an unpublishable manuscript – ?Red and Green?, now decrypted by author and curator Tom Smart.
Although he has won plaudits and awards for work in film, television, and on stage, Tony Nardi’s most recent headlines have been earned by his Three Letters, in which he is the only actor who reads letters he has composed and that address a variety of social, cultural, and professional subjects. These Letters are not at all like other dramatic monologues Spalding Gray’s or Joan Didion’s The Year of Magical Thinking or Quentin Crisp’s The Naked Civil Servant or any other of a very broad genre because they are not meant to be simply memoirs or ep... + Read More
Rebel Women begins by moving in and out of women's kitchens, parlours, meetings and wagon-rides on the eve and throughout Toronto's 1837 Rebellion. The poems let the reader eavesdrop on the loves, fears, hatreds and courage of these feisty pioneers as they are engulfed by an uprising some did or did not support. The poems are based on the stories, gossip, and rumours that Kasper's grandmother, Statira Catherine Shepard - the granddaughter of Joseph Shepard, a prominent leader of the Reform Party (after whom Sheppard Avenue is named) and the you... + Read More
Series: The UnpluggingPaperbackYvette Nolan9781770911321$16.95DRAMA Sep 15, 2013
Forced to rely upon traditional wisdom for their survival, Elena and Bern retreat from the remains of civilization to a freezing, desolate landscape where they attempt to continue their lives after the end of the world. When a charismatic stranger from the village arrives seeking their aid, the women must decide whether they will use their knowledge of the past to give the society that rejected them the chance at a future.
Series: Beyond the JourneyWomen's Stories of Settlement and Community Building in CanadaPaperbackAlthea Prince9781554831111$19.95SOCIAL SCIENCE Oct 25, 2013
Beyond the Journey features the voices of women who have experienced moving from somewhere else to live in Canada. Some women were brought to Canada as children, while others emigrated as adults; yet others were born in Canada to immigrant parents. The women chronicle their journey of settlement in Canada through life-writing and essays. In all instances, they focus on reaching for a sense of belonging in Canada as they engaged in community building. This required transcending their “immigrantness” to create that new reality. While the end resu... + Read More
Series: Re-Imaging the SkyAn Anthology by Newcomer WomenPaperbackNewcomer Women9781927494080$20.95FICTION May 15, 2013
These stories, poems, and one essay are the outpourings of women who spent time writing together at the Newcomer Women?s Services (NEW), Toronto. In their creations they move their words from their hearts, from their bellies, from their souls. Losing all shyness, self-doubt, worry, and concern about being judged, they have written about themselves, their families, and issues of power over life. They have found their voice within; and dashed their words onto paper with abandon, hurrying to bring them to light, lest they run back to their secret... + Read More
Series: APaperbackAndré Alexis9781927040799$15.00FICTION Oct 01, 2013
A is a work of fiction in which André Alexis presents the compelling narrative of Alexander Baddeley, a Toronto book reviewer obsessed with the work of the elusive and mythical poet Avery Andrews. Baddeley is in awe with Andrews's ability as a poet - more than anything he wants to understand the inspiration behind his work - so much so that, following in the footsteps of countless pilgrims throughout literary history, Baddeley actually tracks Andrews down thinking that meeting his literary hero will provide some answers. Their meeting results i... + Read More
Series: Mystery Shopping Cart, TheEssays on Poetry and CulturePaperbackAnita Lahey9781926794174$19.95LITERARY CRITICISM Oct 15, 2013
A collection of essays, reviews, personal reflections and interviews that offer a welcoming and insightful tour of contemporary Canadian poetry, as well as cultural studies on topics ranging from clothespins to eulogies to the experience of travelling in Poland while the country was in mourning for Pope John Paul II. Anita Lahey, who edited Arc Poetry Magazine, Canada’s most distinguished and lively poetry journal, from 2005-2012, brings together here her thought-provoking Arc essays with appreciations and reviews of a who’s who of Canadian wom... + Read More
Series: Essential Poets SeriesThe Daring of Paradise1st editionPaperbackBrian Day9781550717112$15.00POETRY Oct 01, 2013
The Daring of Paradise reconfigures stories and images from multiple religions and also from fairy tales, cracking them open to release new light. Poems probe the intense devotion in the letters of Paul and the sensuality shimmering within the traditions of Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Islam. They cast lines across religious divides, gather elements of incarnate spirituality, and consider how, in our present moment, religion might speak to the body of the Earth.
One Italian Renaissance painter created stunning portraits of warmth and sensitivity, caught Michelangelo's favourable attention, served the most powerful monarch of the time, and achieved international renown. But that artist fell into obscurity for one reason - she was a woman. Sofonisba Anguissola's abilities as a painter, evident while still in her mid-teens, combined with her father's promotional efforts, made her well known in her native northern Italy. That fame led to a position as a lady-in-waiting to the young wife of King Philip II o... + Read More
Series: The Wondrous WooPaperbackCarriane Leung9781771330688$22.95FICTION Sep 15, 2013
The Wondrous Woo tells the story of Miramar Woo who is the quintessential Chinese girl: nice, quiet, and reserved. The eldest of the three Woo children, Miramar is ever the obedient sister and daughter ... on the outside. On the inside, she's a kick-ass kung fu heroine with rock star flash, sassy attitude, and an insatiable appetite for adventure. Just as Miramar is about to venture forth on the real adventure of leaving home for university, her beloved father is killed in an accident. Miramar watches helplessly as her family unravels in the... + Read More
Shortlisted for the Raymond Souster Award ? League of Canadian Poets Shortlisted for the Canadian Authors Association Award for Poetry In her fifth collection of poetry, Catherine Graham breaks into rich, new territory. Long recognized for the easy grace and strange beauty of her poems about grief and remembrance, in Her Red Hair Rises with the Wings of Insects, she turns her thoughts toward poems of tribute and exaltation. Paying homage to the work of two inspiring poets?P. K. Page, whose long life and celebrated career have made her a legend ... + Read More
The poetry of Further Up and Further In continues to advance the never-ending story of one man's ongoing spiritual journey, his pilgrimage through a variety of the soi dissant and infamous stages of life to, if all goes according to plan (and let's not beat around the bush here), God. Or what, as they say in the Christian tradition within which Mr. Marks works, sometimes playfully, sometimes not so playfully, sometimes with what can only be called a metaphysical urgency and near panic, the unitary vision of God. As Browning said, " a man's reac... + Read More
Series: Swimming with ChaucerPaperbackDan Yashinsky9781554831098$19.95BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY Oct 25, 2013
Long before the emergence of the printed word, human beings gathered to hear stories. These tales, carried in the head of the storyteller, ensured that a community remembered its history and its beliefs.Now our stories come from a range of sources, but there is still something magical about the spoken word. In this collection of stories and thoughts, Dan Yashinsky shares gems from his treasure trove of material. We travel from the neonatal ICU at SickKids’ hospital to the realm of the Blue Djinn, from a mythical forest path to a British Columbi... + Read More
Series: Arigato, TokyoPaperbackDaniel MacIvor9781770911871$16.95DRAMA Nov 07, 2013
On a publicity tour in Japan, Carl, a Canadian author, finds himself falling in love amidst the sacred stages of Noh theatre and the seedy dance clubs in Tokyo, wired on cocaine and sake. His object of affection is the young, seductive actor, Yori, but the affair becomes complicated when Carl’s translator and Yori’s sister, Nushi, becomes entranced with him. As his tour continues, he straddles the fragmentary place between two cultures—one of individuality and directness, the other of tradition and formality—and uncovers the dualities that exis... + Read More
Series: Laws of RestPaperbackDavid Goldstein9781927040867$20.00POETRY Oct 01, 2013
Laws of Rest invents a new form, the English prose sonnet Ð an intricate chamber of text enclosed within four quatrains of right-justified prose. In their box-like aesthetics, the poems conjure the weird, meticulous worlds of Joseph Cornell or Edmund Spenser. But anything can happen in these little rooms, in which the overheard conversation of taxi drivers, invented verses of Virgil, found text about Middle-Eastern geopolitics, and the music of extinct butterflies merge into unpredictable collage. Presiding over all is the gender-bending charac... + Read More
Series: First Poets SeriesBlack Suede Cave1st editionPaperbackDavid Reibetanz9781550717389$15.00POETRY Dec 01, 2013
The poems in Black Suede Cave meditate on the space inside us, where darkness and imagination animate the unknowable. They illuminate the shadows of memory that slip into our darker corners, reveal by lamplight the furtive nightscape of Toronto, and ponder how loss creates its own places of reflection about what we have loved.
Series: Stone in My ShoeIn Search of Neighbourhood1st editionPaperbackGeorge Ellenbogen9781550653564$18.95BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY Oct 03, 2013
In poet George Ellenbogen’s exquisitely-written memoir, the discoveries ripple outward. What surfaces—the markers of his parents’ navigation in a new world and his own childhood and adolescent experiences in the 1940s and 50s—extend to us all. They become part of the universal map in which we recognize our own quirky courses into childhood, adolescence, adulthood.Stone in My Shoeis the author’s discovery of how Montreal’s immigrant neighborhood—a tight-knit community– with extended families that had its own shops, institutions, and daily Yiddi... + Read More
Series: Dempsey's LodgePaperbackEric Wright9781927443484$18.00FICTION Oct 15, 2013
Dempsey's Lodge is the perfect getaway for families and young couples: the fishing is good, the air is fresh, the scenery is breathtaking. But beyond its pristine beauty and simple pleasures seethes the complexity of life: prejudice, love, lust, and betrayal...not to mention murder.
Series: Salt BabyPaperbackFalen Johnson9781897289891$15.95DRAMA Sep 20, 2013
Growing up on the Six Nations native reserve, Salt Baby never quite fit in, as a ÒwhiteÓ looking ÒIndianÓÑfair skin and curly hair made her more of a Shirley Temple type than a Pocahontas type. Salt Baby navigates the native reserve and the city while explaining herself, as well as her blood quantum, to the world and to ÒAlligatorÓ: ÒItÕs always different for Indians.Ó
Painting Pictures features eight stories of discovery, betrayal, and passion. The stories depict the emotional turmoil that results from decisions: a little girl who migrates to Canada on a hot August day is flabbergasted to discover there’s no snow; a graphic designer leaves her husband each morning to meet her lover; an inconsolable heartbreak leads a woman to the brink of sanity as she desperately wanders city streets seeking answers in dark places; a young woman gives a touching eulogy to the woman who raised her; a wife is torn between her... + Read More