Series: Land We Are, TheArtists and Writers Unsettle the Politics of ReconciliationPaperbackGabrielle Hill9781894037631$24.95ART Jun 15, 2015
The Land We Are is a stunning collection of writing and art that interrogates the current era of reconciliation in Canada. Using visual, poetic, and theoretical language, the contributors approach reconciliation as a problematic narrative about Indigenous-settler relations, but also as a site where conversations about a just future must occur. The result of a four-year collaboration between artists and scholars engaged in resurgence and decolonization, The Land We Are is a moving dialogue that blurs the boundaries between activism, research, an... + Read More
Glorifying consumerism as the de facto religion of our time, Shopping Cart Pantheism offers a preposterous yet challenging invitation to participate in commodity worship. As our narrator meanders the Las Vegas Strip, its sites and monuments become examples of Christian sainthood, miracles, worship, and dogma now transformed into icons of consumerism. Satiric, witty, and deeply insightful, Shopping Cart Pantheism reveals the fraught beginnings of the twenty-first century's most pervasive neurosis.
Did she say, at the beginning, that it rained every day? She was wrong. She misspoke. She didn't mean it.... No. It did not rain every day. But it rained for a hundred days, that year, which was enough--more than enough, even.In prose by turn haunting and crystalline, Carellin Brooks' One Hundred Days of Rain enumerates an unnamed narrator's encounters with that most quotidian of subjects: rain. Mourning her recent disastrous breakup, the narrator must rebuild a life from the bottom up. As she wakes each day to encounter Vancouver's sky and cit... + Read More
Series: Giving UpPaperbackMike Steeves9781771660914$20.00FICTION May 12, 2015
It's been 150 years since Alice first entered Wonderland in Lewis Carroll's beloved classic book. My, how times have changed! Now, from the multi-award-winning poet and scholar Steve McCaffery comes Alice in Plunderland, a reimagining of Lewis Carroll's Alice books that will forever change the way readers negotiate Wonderland and its menagerie of characters.McCaffery is your tour guide to Plunderland, a rough-and-tumble world where theft, drugs, and gangs hold sway, and nary a tea party is to be found. Meet the Cheshire Cat (a junkie from the U... + Read More
Suzanne Leblanc's The Thought House of Philippa transposes a theory of individuality into a stunningly reflective, sensuous and frank philosophical novel. Setting the chapters in the various rooms of the house Ludwig Wittgenstein designed for his sister in Vienna, Leblanc's novel lays out P.'s intensely emotional and intellectually acute way of seeing the world and her place in it. Prompted by early isolation, P. moves towards the Great World of others and Nature, alienated from the everyday, yet devoted to a deeper connection, in an exploratio... + Read More
In this post-lyrical era, poems can be stories, or they can just as easily be exuberant laughter set to words, an experiment in language, or an incidental collation of plays on a Scrabble board.the pet radish, shrunken, the third full collection of poetry from the inimitable Pearl Pirie, deals in the poetics of sound, language, and play. In true Pirie style, this fresh, quirky, and clear-seeing collection speaks in a range of styles and voices: From a military convoy of turtles, to a Kafkaesque conversation with a housefly, to the dissection of... + Read More
Fracking - tar-sand runoff - dirty oil extraction. This is the language of our oil-addicted 21st century society: incredibly invasive, blatant in its purpose, and richly embedded in mythological and archetypal symbolism. The ultimate goal of the industry: To core the underworld.Endangered Hydrocarbons, Lesley Battler's first full-length collection of poetry, shows that the language of hydrocarbon extraction, with its blend of sexual imagery, archetype, science, pseudoscience and the purely speculative, can be as addictive as the resource it pur... + Read More
In 1981 Jake Kennedy accidentally burnt down an abandoned house. Years later as an adult, he read a story about how Kurt Schwitters' "interior house-sculpture" ("Merz Structure No. 2") was destroyed in 1951 after some children playing with matches accidentally burnt the building down. This sad 'unmaking,' so similar in nature to his own haunting experience, became the inspiration for Merz Structure No. 2 Burnt by Children at Play, a collection of experimental poetry that explores the dynamic, if often unsettling, relationship between making and... + Read More
Series: their biographyan organism of relationshipsPaperbackkevin eckhoff9781771660945$18.00POETRY Apr 01, 2015
Would it be possible to compose a book that appears to be "about" its author, but is indirectly about something else, like identity or relationships or language? Maybe a book not written by a hero... but by many?This was the challenge taken up by Kevin McPherson Eckhoff in his fourth book, their biography: an organism of relationships. This collaborative memoir collages together word-portraits from friends, family, coworkers, strangers, robots, and even adversaries in order to create a silhouette of not a single person, but of the manacles that... + Read More
Series: A More Perfect [PaperbackJimmy McInnes9781771660969$18.00POETRY Apr 01, 2015
Iconic political speeches are some of the best remembered and most repeated passages in contemporary English language. Especially in the United States of America, what child doesn’t know Abraham Lincoln’s "Fourscore and seven years ago..." or Roosevelt’s "The only thing we have to fear..."?Taking as its source text Barack Obama’s campaign speech from March 18, 2008, A More Perfect [ by Jimmy McInnes acts as a poetic translation of the rhetorical devices often used in political speeches. Like poetry, the campaign speech depends heavily upon the ... + Read More
Because fear can transform into confidence, recklessness, the kind of power you can’t imagine until you’re inside it. And then, once you’ve felt it, you can’t feel alive when it’s gone. Sophrosyne. You understood this feeling. I know you did, though you never said it. I saw it, instead, on your face when you danced. Sophrosyne is one of only four virtues identified by Socrates - four traits which, if lived deeply, define who we are as human beings. But sophrosyne is a concept our culture has long forgotten. ’Self-restraint,’ ’self-control,’ ’m... + Read More
Series: Bunny and SharkPaperbackAlisha Piercy9781771660518$20.00FICTION Jan 10, 2014
From award-winning author Alisha Piercy comes Bunny and Shark, a middle-aged coming-of-age story-cum-shark-adventure that reveals and celebrates women's power in the trenches. Plunging into the first thirteen days after the 'bastard' pushes his ex-Playboy wife 'Bunny' over a cliff in the Caribbean, Bunny and Shark is a fable about island survival, and the perils and potentials of being exiled from one's identity.Literally lost at sea, Bunny is fueled by the miracle of having been saved from sharks by a band of dolphins. And her continued surviv... + Read More
From celebrated Quebecois author Bertrand Laverdure comes Universal Bureau of Copyrights, a bold, strange and addictive story that envisions a world where free will doesn’t exist, and an enigmatic global corporation buys and sells the copyrights for all things on Earth, including real and fictional characters. Through this novel, which is part poetic narrative, part sci-fi-dystopian fantasy, readers become acquainted with the main character, a man who deconstructs himself as he navigates the mystifying passages of the story. Having no control ... + Read More
Series: LeakPaperbackKate Hargreaves9781771660563$18.00POETRY Oct 06, 2014
Welcome to Kate Hargreaves' Leak, where the relationship between language and the body lives in the bumps and bruises that in turn become new ways of understanding the borders and leaks of our everyday existence. In Leak, bodies lose pieces and fall apart, while words slip out of place and letters drop away. Emergency room signage becomes incomprehensible, the census requests bodily measurements, a cyclist confuses oil with her own blood. This visceral deconstruction of the body and its multiple representations tests the boundaries of body pol... + Read More
Series: AfterlettersPaperbackR. Kolewe9781771660549$18.00POETRY Oct 06, 2014
Lovers wrote letters. Letters crossed absence, longing, joy, passion, loss and heartbreak. Sometimes letters were answered. Sometimes not. And sometimes not for years, but then - In 1948, in the exhausted aftermath of WWII, the poets Paul Celan and Ingeborg Bachmann met in Vienna. They began a difficult and intense but intermittent relationship which lasted until the early 1960s, broken off only when Bachmann could no longer deal with Celan's increasing mental instability. And yet, despite the break, the relationship continued to haunt both of ... + Read More
In what can be described as a verse-novel for its lyricism and rhythmic structure, Wanda Praamsma crafts a story that transcends geographic boundaries and time periods, by weaving together lives from her own family's past, including her poet-grandfather and sculptor-uncle. Subtle in its life lessons, a thin line between works at 'peeling away the I's' to explore concepts of self and family in flux. What emerges is a poignant, and at times humorous, portrait of a Dutch-Canadian family and a close look into a young woman's exploration of her ow... + Read More
Series: CityCityBook One: Singular AssumptionsPaperbackMichael Boughn9781771660570$18.00POETRY Oct 06, 2014
Taking Charles Olson's "Poem 143--the festival aspect" as its provocation and partner in conversation, Michael Boughn's City sets out on a voyage to explore the Three Towns central to Olson's poem and the Vedic myth that it responds to. Combining observations and commentary on current affairs with references to and considerations of traditional texts by Dante, Augustine, Fra Carnevale, Weber, Bachelard, Whitehead, Benjamin, Agamben, and a host of others, City weaves multiple threads together into a tapestry of urban experience that is always... + Read More
Series: Metaphysical LicksPaperbackGregoire Pam Dick9781771660556$20.00LITERARY COLLECTIONS Oct 06, 2014
Metaphysical Licks, a hybrid prose-poem/novella riffing on the lives and works of Austrian poet Georg Trakl and his sister, Grete, is the restless new work by writer and translator Gregoire Pam Dick [a.k.a. Mina Pam Dick, Jake Pam Dick et al., author of Delinquent (Futurepoem, 2009)]. With a mix of high and low, tragic and comic, abstract and concrete, artifice and confession, Dick's playful writing takes risks. It transposes Georg's Grete (musician, fellow addict and suicide) to current-day Greta, gives her Wittgenstein and Kafka as other brot... + Read More
Series: Ubu Mayora Harmful Bit of FunPaperbackAdam Seelig9781771660815$20.00PERFORMING ARTS Oct 09, 2014
From playwright Adam Seelig, founder and director of One Little Goat Theatre Company in Toronto, comes a new play of timely absurdity: Ubu Mayor: A Harmful Bit of Fun. This anti-musical is the result of intoxicatingly driving Alfred Jarry's 1896 merde-filled masterpiece Ubu Roi head-first into the internationally renowned antics, absurdities and obscenities of Toronto's mayor Rob Ford and his brother Doug. Ubu Mayor tells the frolicsome tale of a mayor (Ubu) whose wife (Huhu) is having an affair with his older brother (Dudu). Ubu wants Huhu to ... + Read More
Series: UnderstanderPaperbackN.W. Lea9781928107033$15.00POETRY Jun 17, 2015
The second trade collection by Ottawa poet N.W. Lea, Understander continues his investigations of langugage, discourse, and irony through the short lyric.
Series: A HeroPaperbackCharlotte R. Mendel9781771331937$22.95FICTION May 15, 2015
The state war raging outside the home of the Al-Fakhoury extended family, who live in a border town buffeted by the turmoil of the Arab Spring, entwines with the familial conflict raging within. The patriarch of the family, Mohammed, is an aggressive, dominant man who bullies his wife and four children and wages paranoiac diatribes against his sister and her family. It is only when Mohammed leaves for work every morning that the house relaxes into the rich interconnectivity of familial relationships: between Mohammed's gentle wife Fatima and hi... + Read More
This lively collection is an overview of the history of Italian Canadians in Toronto from the 1960s to the present. The author deals with particular moments of community development, starting with a period of disorganization and individual effort, then marking the achievements as a community from participation in many aspects of daily life: church, unions, sports, culture, business, and political activism. The author writes from his perspective as a witness and as a participant in community institutions such as the Federation of Associations of... + Read More
With this psychological thriller, award-winning author Fulvio Caccia tells the stories of Jonathan and Leila, two strangers who meet coincidentally in Paris. Soon, their budding romance leads them to discover that they share more than attraction. A dark episode took place between them, and will send their reality into a downward spiral.
Series: Essential Prose SeriesRust Is A Form of FirePaperbackJoe Fiorito9781550719277$20.00FICTION Mar 01, 2015
Joe Fiorito spent 18 hours in total, over the course of three days, on the corner of Victoria and Queen in downtown Toronto watching the city go by and recording what he saw. The rhythms of the city ebb and flow according to the time of day. The declarative sentence is the best brush to paint an objective portrait of the city we live in. It is an example of what happens when you stay in one place and observe a single place or thing for a very long time.
Series: Essential Prose SeriesLotuslandPaperbackDavid Joiner9781550719307$25.00FICTION Mar 01, 2015
Nathan Monroe is a 28-year-old American living in Saigon who falls in love with a poor but talented Vietnamese painter. When he fails to protect their love from her desperate chase for a better life in America, his safety net appears in the form of Anthony, an old domineering friend in Hanoi who hires Nathan at his real estate firm. Only much later does Nathan discover that Anthony has intended all along for him to take over his job and family so that he, too, can escape and start his life over in America. Lotusland dramatizes the power imbalan... + Read More
Series: Essential Prose SeriesZoo and CrowbarPaperbackDavid Zieroth9781550719369$18.00FICTION Apr 01, 2015
The Wind has mysteriously caused the death of all people on earth – except for Zoo. As the last remaining person on earth, he must deal with this extraordinary situation, and the result is a series of dreams, shocks, hallucinations, events, explorations and the final outcome in the light of his changing understanding.
Series: Essential Prose SeriesWhere Seas and Fables MeetParables, Aphorisms, Fragments, ThoughtPaperbackB.W. Powe9781550719420$20.00FICTION Mar 01, 2015
A book that is an open door, a current, an open window, a breeze over uncut grass, a dance of morning light on an old ruined sundial, a set of waves flowing up on a strange shore. This is a book that asks why do we give in to the psychotic and invasive Structure (and its many names)? A book that mingles witticisms and provocations so that the reader may settle into his or her soul and reflect. A book that works in associations, echoes, pulses, images, returns, vibrations, thought-experiments, dreams, visions and revisions. This is a book that s... + Read More
Series: Essential Poets SeriesIn The Garden of I AmPaperbackMax Layton9781550719543$20.00POETRY Mar 01, 2015
Although every poem in this book begins with the same first three words, each is a world unto itself. The poems range in subject from the intensely personal to the profoundly philosophical. Some poems are funny, some deadly serious; some filled with whimsy, some with horror. Stylistically, some poems relish the challenge of metered rhyme while others delight in the loopy unpredictable music of free verse?
Verge begins with a small fox waiting at the river’s edge. She symbolizes a woman at a turning point in her life. She is on the verge of some understanding, some thing she is meant to know. The fox lopes through the manuscript of poems at first looking back on the "cold yesterday" of childhood, then traveling with her as she moves through various changes and losses in her life and the lessons she learns along the way. The river holds the past and, in the end, the small fox and the woman find their way across, and come to a place of acceptance a... + Read More
Series: Essential Poets SeriesSomersaultPaperbackNancy Anne Miller9781550719666$20.00POETRY Feb 01, 2015
With visual imagery that matches the vivid subject matter of her island home, Nancy Anne Miller writes about a colonial childhood within the echoes of empire, the shadow of slavery and the complexity of island life which tourism has glossed over. She recounts the effect of the ocean on identity, and the vulnerability of an island almost seven hundred miles at sea. Now residing in the United States, she compares the two cultures through an immigrant’s experience and writes back to her home with the pathos of loss and with the buoyancy of gratitude.
Series: Essential Essays SeriesAccidental GeniusThe Pantheon of Modern American PoetsPaperbackKeith Garebian9781550719819$20.00LITERARY COLLECTIONS Apr 01, 2015
Using many right-wing extremists in North America (which means, in effect, weird Republicans), Garebian takes well-known utterances of egregious political, social, and cultural atrocity and present them as if they were modern poems deserving of serious academic consideration. The intent is to deflate by inflating them in mock-serious fashion. So, there are samples from the likes of Mitt Romney, Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity, Bill O’Reilly, Ann Coulter, Michelle Bachmann, Antonin Scalia, Donald Trump, etc. but also from names from pop culture, e.g. S... + Read More
The King of the Sea Monkeys is a novel in two parts. Because the protagonist suffers from a traumatic brain injury, the first part is fragmented, finding its way in the larger narrative in disorderly pieces. The novel is centered on a young high school teacher: too idealistic at work; too childish at home: living a fairly normal life, but unable to navigate the waters. This "normal" life disintegrates when he is involved in an altercation at a convenience store which ends in a shooting. He survives a terrible injury but the world of the protago... + Read More
Series: MiroLandLetters From the Land of FearIntimacy, Beauty and Death in Central AsiaPaperbackCalvin White9781771830119$25.00SOCIAL SCIENCE Mar 01, 2015
For 11 months Calvin White worked for Doctors Without Borders as a mental health specialist in the off-the-radar region of Karakalpakstan in western Uzbekistan. Unlike the higher profile emergency situations which draw that international humanitarian organization's attention, the milieu for White's mission was the quiet, slow death in an epidemic of multi-drug resistant tuberculosis. As White's forward says: "This is a small story about small people written by a small person so maybe there is no interest in it. On the other hand, since most of ... + Read More
Series: Essential Poets SeriesLogosPaperbackGil Fagiani9781771830171$20.00POETRY Mar 01, 2015
Using the poetry of the people and the language of the streets, Gil Fagiani brings to life the world of addiction and treatment – with the tumultuous 1960s as background. Fagiani tells the story of Logos, a heroin treatment center in South Bronx – not as an outsider looking in but as one of the residents seeking a way to escape his own addiction. Both harsh and hard-hitting, Fagiani doesn’t hold back in presenting the bitter truths as well as the glimpses of hope shared not just by addicts but by all humans in times of crisis. Lessons... + Read More
Series: Essential Poets SeriesIn Your CribPaperbackAustin Clarke9781771830201$20.00POETRY Apr 01, 2015
Two black men: the poet, an elder and veteran of last century’s civil rights movement; and a nameless youth, swaggering and beltless, seduced by guns-and-gangs and expensive cars, and perpetually targeted by police. They are brothers by the colour of their skin, neighbours in the same "crib," yet separated by a lifetime of experience. Invoking memories of his personal encounters with leaders like Malcolm X, Stokely Carmichael and Amiri Baraka, the poet berates his heir for dropping the torch, and regrets his own failure to protect, inspire and ... + Read More
Critics include Orelli among the so-called post-hermetic poets, aligning him with one of Italy’s most distinctive literary schools: the Linea Lombarda. Orelli’s poetry, however, eludes pigeonholing. The phonosymbolism enveloping his verse, combined with sharpness of observation, elegance of diction, and irony of tone, make his poetry distinctive and exacting. Readers, scholars and translators are enticed and challenged at every word. This anthology - the first in English - charts Orelli’s poetic journey from his debut collection in 1944 to the ... + Read More
Series: Moments of JoyPaperbackCecelia Frey9781771331975$22.95FICTION May 18, 2015
Manfred Weiszl lies dying of cancer in an upper room of a grand old Toronto house. His last wish is to see his son, Rupert, from whom he has been estranged for sixteen years, and much of the action derives from attempts to get Rupert's cooperation. Manfred's sister Pauline, the housekeeper Marie (and Marie's boyfriend Steve), as well as Manfred's dead wife, Gertrude are central to Manfred's life and each have their role to play in the unfolding drama of a family in crisis dealing with issues of death, marriage breakup, gender identity, and gene... + Read More
Through the braided narratives of three spirited characters, this novel bears witness to the infamous crime that metastasized uber-civilized Montreal, the "Montreal Massacre," when on December 6, 1989, fourteen female engineering students were murdered in their classrooms.The novel focuses on the lives of Deirdre, a first-year female engineering student at Aquitaine, who takes a Women's Studies course as an elective and Marin, a student at Cantech who ponders what it means to be a female engineering student in such a chilly gendered climate. Ev... + Read More
A woman park warden who works in a Rocky Mountain National Park spends her time on such tasks as bear patrol, locating tourists who are lost or in other physical danger, and policing park rules. She has a particular affinity for grizzly bears, largely stemming from an experience she had in a Neolithic cave in Spain. During her work and her travels, she observes various ways in which bears are mistreated in parks, sometimes even by researchers with seemingly good intentions. While an out-of-control fire rages through the national park, the woman... + Read More
Series: Only By BloodPaperbackRenate Krakauer9781771332095$22.95FICTION Apr 26, 2015
Only by Blood is a novel of the search for roots, mother-daughter love, and family reconciliation. A Polish woman receives puzzling news from her mother just before she dies. The novel weaves together the story of Mania a devout, Polish Christian doctor and her mother Krystyna. The two are exceptionally close, as Mania has never known her father. However, in spite of their closeness, Krystyna has always refused to tell Mania about their family or the time they spent together when Mania was small during the war. Their story is mainly told in the... + Read More
The Girl Who Was Born That Way is the story of the Berk family, not exactly an ordinary Jewish family, trying to bury its Holocaust past while starting over in post-war USA. The novel centers on the dynamics between the family's four daughters, the two oldest girls who grew up in the Lodz Ghetto and he two youngest who came of age in an idyllic American suburb. The story is told from the perspective of the youngest child in the family, whose sisterly love and compassion drive the novel's action. Can her curiosity bring the family's dark Holocau... + Read More
Series: Terra IncognitaPaperbackAdebe DeRango-Adem9781771332170$18.95POETRY May 17, 2015
Titled after the Latin term for "unknown land"--a cartographical expression referring to regions that have not yet been mapped or documented--Terra Incognita is a collection of poems that creatively explores various racial discourses and interracial crossings buried in history's grand narratives. Set against the similarities as well as incongruities of the Canadian/American backdrop of race relations, Terra Incognita explores the cultural memory and legacy of those whose histories have been the site of erasure, and who have thus--riffing on th... + Read More
Series: Dancing on a PinPaperbackKaterina Fretwell9781771332217$18.95POETRY Apr 26, 2015
Dancing on a Pin is Katerina Fretwell's eighth poetry, and art, collection. Honest, stark, brave, and at times a humorous evoking of feelings and ideas, this collection of evocative poems is focused on the poet's husband's illness (cancer) and eventual death, her close sharing of this process, and the frustration of dealing with modern medical treatment, that is controlled by the pharmaceutical industry. But mostly, this is a series of poems that make meaning of two people on a journey.
Series: A HeroElectronic book text, EPUBCharlotte Mendel9781771331944$9.99FICTION Jun 15, 2015
Mohammed is an aggressive, dominant character who bullies his wife and four children and wages paranoiac diatribes against his sister and her family. It is only when Mohammed leaves for work every morning that the house relaxes into the rich interconnectivity of familial relationships: between Mohammed’s gentle wife Fatima and his sister Rana, who yearns desperately to contribute to this historic fight for freedom; between the twelve-year old twins and Rana’s gentle son Mazin, whose effeminacy is a source of great anxiety to her. This formidabl... + Read More
Series: Moments of JoyElectronic book text, EPUBCecelia Frey9781771331982$0.00 FICTION Jun 15, 2015
Manfred Weiszl who lies dying of cancer in an upper room of a grand old Toronto house. The action of the novel is precipitated when Manfred wishes to see Rupert his son before he dies and Rupert refuses to cooperate. However, Moments of Joy, is a novel of character rather than plot. The intrigue and narrative is around how these characters, and in particular the three women central to Manfred's life, interact with each other, play off each other, and how an intervening fate operates in their lives as they discover that through (or in spite of )... + Read More
Through the braided narratives of three spirited characters, this novel bears witness to the infamous “American” crime that metastasized uber-civilized Montreal. Everyone wants a Marin at her party. Bohemian and beautiful, this engineering student is as passionate about constructing sets for theater and opera as she is about Trey, the one man she can finally trust. Deirdre is a first year engineering major, earnest and perceptive, but too naïve to know that frat boys can be dangerous. Montreal columnist Jenean is feisty and urbane, a feminist w... + Read More
Series: Bear War-denElectronic book text, EPUBVivian Demuth9781771332064$0.00 FICTION Jun 15, 2015
Johanna Bergen is a park warden in a Rocky Mountain National Park whose time is spent on such tasks as bear patrol, locating tourists who are lost or in other physical danger and policing park rules. She has a particular affinity for grizzly bears largely stemming from an experience she had in a Neolithic cave in Spain. She comes to view the bears as being persecuted by Park staff and by Park policy that is more concerned about the financial gains of attracting tourists and aiding scientific research than it is in protecting wild life. While an... + Read More
Series: Only By BloodElectronic book text, EPUBRenate Krakauer9781771332101$0.00 FICTION Jun 15, 2015
Only by Blood is a novel of search for roots, mother-daughter love and family reconciliation. A Polish woman receives puzzling news from her mother just before she dies. She wants to fulfill her mother's last wishes, but has little idea of where to start. Never does she suspect that her search will take her across Poland, back in time and over the ocean. Spanning over sixty years, this story tells about the lengths to which mothers will go in order to save their daughters and the secrets they will keep to protect them from pain. Set in the broa... + Read More
The Girl Who Was Born That Way is the story of the Berk family, not exactly an ordinary Jewish family, trying to bury its Holocaust past while starting over in post-war USA. The novel centers on the dynamics between the family’s four daughters, the two oldest girls who grew up in the Lodz Ghetto and he two youngest who came of age in an idyllic American suburb. The story is told from the perspective of the youngest child in the family, whose sisterly love and compassion drive the novel’s action. Can her curiosity bring the family’s dark Holocau... + Read More
Series: Terra IncognitaElectronic book text, EPUBAdebe DeRango-Adem9781771332187$0.00 POETRY Jun 15, 2015
Titled after the Latin term for “unknown land”—a cartographical expression referring to regions that have not yet been mapped or documented—Terra Incognita is a collection of poems that creatively explores various racial discourses and interracial crossings both buried in the grand narratives of history and the everyday experiences of being mixed-race. The poet asks how the discourse of multiculturalism speaks to the particular history of interracial figures—a history that has remained largely silenced, and a people who have continued to experi... + Read More
Series: Dancing on a PinElectronic book text, EPUBKaterina Vaughan Fretwell9781771332224$0.00 POETRY Jun 15, 2015
Dancing on a Pin is Katerina Fretwell’s eighth poetry, and art, collection. Honest, stark, brave, and at times a humorous evoking of feelings and ideas, this collection of evocative poems is focused on the poet’s husband's illness (cancer) and eventual death, her close sharing of this process, and the frustration of dealing with modern medical treatment, that is controlled by the pharmaceutical industry. But mostly, this is a series of poems that make meaning of two people on a journey.
Jim Guthrie: Who Needs What tells the story of a musician whose twenty-year career has been spent either at the forefront of Canada's indie rock renaissance or in the background of some of the most popular indie games, films, and ad campaigns of the past decade. Through interviews with Jim, his collaborators, and fans, this book explores how a self-described "Seabiscuit" earned a cult following and became a major influence to musicians at home and abroad--all without really having to leave his basement.
Series: What You NeedPaperbackAndrew Forbes9781926743547$19.95FICTION Apr 15, 2015
Loyalties collide with long-buried love, a man builds a nuclear bomb in his garage, and children walk up walls. The stories in What You Need beautifully recount the rawness of human experience. Andrew Forbes's characters struggle to escape the things that hold them in their all-too-ordinary lives, falling victim to fate, to one another, and to self-sabotage. These are stories about failure and yearning, yet they remind us of the humour and humanity in even the worst decisions.
These are Indigenous poems in a global context, tackling philosophy, history, epistemology, and placing Indigenous struggles alongside other battles, other atrocities, other genocides. Wabigoon River Poems draws upon Indigenous knowledge and traditions while pushing at the boundaries of what readers might expect Indigenous poetry to be.
The Sicilian Wife is both a literary novel and a mystery. Fulvia, the Mafia Princess, must be a dutiful daughter or the family will be dishonoured. Though she eventually escapes and makes a new life in Canada, she is betrayed and then her husband is murdered on the Sicilian coast. The police Chief investigating the case is Marisa, who faces a station house of skeptical men as well as confronting Fulvia's uncle, the boss of bosses. Interweaving folk tales, classical allusions, and recent Italian history with the conventions of the detective stor... + Read More
A little girl is growing up in an Ontario village. Her father has taken off, and the world is full of dangers she doesn't understand. Her friends have names like Manon-just-Manon, BB, and Valence Berri, and things seem pretty okay, most of the time, except that girls keep disappearing. When she leaves the village for a suburb of Ottawa and then moves downtown and beyond, she never looks back.
Business is slow for Burlington, Vermont, private investigator John "Hack" Loomis, so when Loomis's assistant Connie Noble asks him to look into the disappearance of her friend Belle Ryerson, Loomis agrees. Belle went missing after attending a meeting of a local UFO group run by a charismatic psychiatrist who treats people who believe they've been abducted by aliens, and also by a disarmingly beautiful woman who claims to be in contact with an alien mother ship. As Loomis's investigation takes him and Connie to the edge of the lunatic fringe an... + Read More
Series: Sea Winter SalmonChronicles of the St. John RiverPaperbackMari Hill Harpur9781927535684$29.95HISTORY Mar 28, 2015
Sea Winter Salmon is about a great salmon river, the St. John River on the Lower North Shore of Quebec, and its most important visitor, the illustrious Atlantic salmon. It was the Canadian and American railroad magnate James J. Hill who travelled the Gulf of the St. Lawrence and in 1889 established the log camp that has now been in the family for five generations. A family memoir and a guide to a river's ecology and the life cycle of the Salmo salar, the book is also about what it takes to be a good conservationist in a remote and delicate regi... + Read More
Series: BodymapPaperbackLeah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha9781927494509$18.95POETRY Mar 20, 2015
Bodymap continues Leah's meditation on survival and what it means to be a queer woman of colour in North America, while also striving to document small moments of the body's resistance, and legacy. Bodymap is divided into five sections. Evidence opens with poems that document transformative love and desire through a queer partnership's evolution and dissolution. Crip World contains poems exploring sick and disabled queer experience through body stories. Hard Girls is a mapping of tough femininity in the bodies of the poet's lovers and comrades.... + Read More