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LitDistCo Spring 2014 - Canada

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Say Nothing, Saw Wood
By (author): Joel Thomas Hynes Illustrated by: Gerald Squires
9780986611391 Paperback, Trade English General Trade FICTION / Literary Nov 30, 2013
$12.95 CAD
Active 6.75 x 6.25 x 0.4 in 64 pages Running the Goat
Growing up in a broken and abusive home, Jude Traynor didn't have many people in his life who cared for him. When he was befriended by an eccentric elderly woman in his community, it seemed that there might be some hope for change. But the trauma of his life had marked him too deeply, and Jude lashed out in a horrifying way. Now, many years later, Jude is coming home after a stint in prison. But before he can go home, he must confront what happened all those years before. Joel Thomas Hynes's stunning exploration of guilt and remorse, of love and regret, received raves as an award-winning stage play; this is the novella that inspired the play, available in print at last. Hynes's pitch-perfect ear for voice and his remarkable sense of dramatic cadence combine to form a story of great power and ultimately great humanity. Here is Newfoundland gothic at its best.

Joel Thomas Hynes is a multidisciplinary artist from Calvert, Newfoundland, currently living in Toronto. He is the author of numerous books, including Down to the Dirt (adapted to screen in 2008); Right Away Monday; Straight Razor Days; God Help Thee: A Manifesto; and Say Nothing Saw Wood (adapted, by Hynes, to screen as Cast No Shadow). His most recent novel We'll All Be Burnt in Our Beds Some Night was longlisted for the Scotia Bank Giller Prize, and won both the BMO Winterset Award and the Governor General's Literary Award for Fiction.

Gerald Squires was one of Newfoundland and Labrador's most distinguished and celebrated visual artists. Though best known for painting dramatic landscapes, he also produced major works in sculpture, lithography, and stained glass, and was an accomplished portraitist. Much of his work drew its inspiration from the landscape and culture of Newfoundland and Labrador. He was named to the Order of Canada, and was also a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts. He died in 2015.

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