Series: SustenanceWriters from BC and Beyond on the Subject of FoodPaperbackRachel Rose9781772141016$25.00COOKING Oct 15, 2017
Writers from BC and Beyond on the Subject of Food will bring to the table some of Canada's best contemporary writers, celebrating all that is unique about Vancouver's literary and culinary scene. Punctuated by beautiful local food photographs, interviews with and recipes from some of our top local chefs, each of these short pieces will shock, comfort, praise, entice, or invite reconciliation, all while illuminating our living history through the lens of food. Sustenance is also a community response to the needs of new arrivals or low-income fam... + Read More
Series: IndianlandPaperbackLesley Belleau9781894037921$18.95POETRY Oct 15, 2017
Indianland is a rich and varied poetry collection. The poems are written from a female and Indigenous point of view and incorporate Anishinaabemowin throughout. Time is cyclical, moving from present day back to first contact and forward again. Themes of sexuality, birth, memory, and longing are explored, images of blood, plants (milkweed, yarrow, cattails), and petroglyphs reoccur, and touchstone issues in Indigenous politics are addressed = (Elijah Harper, Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women, forced sterilizations, Oka). Anishinaabemowin th... + Read More
Series: Stolen CityRacial Capitalism and the Making of WinnipegPaperbackOwen Toews9781894037938$25.00SOCIAL SCIENCE Jun 15, 2018
Through a combination of historical and contemporary analysis this book shows how settler colonialism, as a mode of racial capitalism, has made and remade Winnipeg and the Canadian Prairie West over the past one hundred and fifty years. It traces the emergence of a 'dominant bloc', or alliance, in Winnipeg that has imagined and installed successive regional development visions to guarantee its own wealth and power. The book gives particular attention to the ways that an ascendant post-industrial urban redevelopment vision for Winnipeg's city-ce... + Read More
Series: Holding on to HopeA Century of Displacement Politics for Lake St. Martin First NationPaperbackMyrle Ballard9781894037969$14.95SOCIAL SCIENCE
Lake St. Martin First Nation, a community situated in the Interlake Region of Manitoba, was permanently displaced in 2011. After they were flooded out of their ancestral lands and left homeless, the Province of Manitoba further disempowered the members of the community by refusing to listen to their preference for a new site. That a nearby Cold War radar base was selected by the Province as an interim location, against the wishes of the community, further victimized the members and left them in limbo. Holding on to Hope, incorporating both Ind... + Read More
Series: SemaphoreUnsettling the CommonsSocial Movements Against, Within, and Beyond Settler ColonialismPaperbackCraig Fortier9781894037976$14.95POLITICAL SCIENCE Dec 31, 2017
Drawing on interviews with 51 anti-authoritarian organizers to investigates what it means to struggle for "the commons" within a settler colonial context, Unsettling the Commons interrogates a very important debatethat took place within Occupy camps and is taking place in a multitude of movements in North America around what it means to claim "the commons" on stolen land. Travelling back in history to show the ways in which radical left movements have often either erased or come into clear conflict with Indigenous practices of sovereignty and s... + Read More
Series: Dutch FeastHardcoverEmily Wight9781551526874$32.95COOKING Oct 01, 2017
Taste Canada Award finalist A modern take on Dutch cuisine that highlights the ways that simple meals bring joy and comfort. In the same way that British, Scandinavian, and German food have undergone a renaissance in recent years, Dutch cuisine is going to be the next big thing, according to writer and blogger Emily Wight. Her new cookbook reimagines traditional Dutch cooking, which has always been known for its thriftiness and practicality, with an emphasis on the ways that simple meals bring joy and comfort to the people who share them. I... + Read More
Series: Body MusicPaperbackJulie Maroh9781551526928$28.95COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS Nov 01, 2017
From the author of Blue Is the Warmest Color: a beautiful, bittersweet graphic novel on the complexities of love. Julie Maroh's first book, Blue Is the Warmest Color, was a graphic novel phenomenon; it was a New York Times bestseller, and the controversial film adaptation by French director Abdellatif Kechiche won the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival in 2013. Maroh's latest book, Body Music, marks her return to the kind of soft, warm palette and impressionistic sensibility that made her debut book so sensational. Set in the languid, Eur... + Read More
A sequel to the acclaimed Such a Lovely Little War: growing up Vietnamese in swinging London as the Vietnam war intensifies. Marcelino Truong's first book about the early years of the Vietnam war, the graphic memoir Such a Lovely Little War (2016), received starred reviews in Publishers Weekly and Kirkus Reviews and was named "one the season's best graphic novels" by the New York Times. In this sequel, young Marco and his family move from Saigon to London in order to escape the war following the assassination of South Vietnamese President Diem... + Read More
Series: Robin's Egg BooksWhat I Think HappenedAn Underresearched History of the Western WorldPaperbackEvany Rosen9781551526959$17.95HUMOR Oct 01, 2017
A wickedly funny book in which the author recasts historical events and personalities from her own feminist perspective. What I Think Happened, the debut book by comedian Evany Rosen, is really two books: a savvy, no-holds-barred romp through the history of the western world, and the personal story of a self-described "failed academic" who recasts historiography from a feminist perspective--albeit an underqualified and overconfident one. In these wide-ranging comic essays, Evany explores numerous historical events and personalities that hav... + Read More
Series: Dead ReckoningHow I Came to Meet the Man Who Murdered My FatherPaperbackCarys Cragg9781551526973$19.95TRUE CRIME Sep 12, 2017
Finalist, Governor General's Literary Award for Non-Fiction A Globe 100 Best Book of the Year Finalist, Hubert Evans Non-Fiction Prize (BC Book Prizes) When Carys Cragg was eleven, her father, a respected doctor, was brutally murdered in his own home by an intruder. Twenty years later, and despite the reservations of her family and friends, she decides to contact his murderer in prison, and the two correspond for a period of two years. She learns of his horrific childhood, and the reasons he lied about the murder; in turn, he learns about the ... + Read More
Series: Fighting for SpaceHow a Group of Drug Users Transformed One City's Struggle with AddictionPaperbackTravis Lupick9781551527123$24.95SOCIAL SCIENCE Oct 01, 2017
Winner, George Ryga Award for Social Awareness in Literature Finalist, Roderick Haig-Brown Regional Prize (BC Book Prizes) Finalist, Vancouver Book Award North America is in the grips of a drug epidemic. While deaths across the continent soar, Travis Lupick's Fighting for Space explains the concept of harm reduction as a crucial component of a city's response to the drug crisis. It tells the story of a grassroots group of addicts in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside who waged a political street fight for two decades to transform how the city trea... + Read More
Series: Liquor, Lust, and the LawThe Story of Vancouver's Legendary Penthouse Nightclub (New and Revised)PaperbackAaron Chapman9781551527147$26.95HISTORY Oct 15, 2017
A new edition of the colourful history of Vancouver's Penthouse Nightclub, which celebrates its seventieth anniversary in 2017. The after-hours watering hole for the famous and infamous, the Penthouse was opened in 1947 by brothers Joe, Ross, Mickey, and Jimmy Filippone and soon became the place to see and be seen in Vancouver in the 1950s and '60s. Acts like Sammy Davis Jr., Nat King Cole, and Duke Ellington regularly performed on the Penthouse stage, and audiences often included visiting stars such as Frank Sinatra, Errol Flynn, Gary Cooper,... + Read More
A magical gender variant child brings transformation and change to the world around them thanks to their mother's enduring love. In the magical time between night and day, when both the sun and the moon are in the sky, a child is born in a little blue house on a hill. And Miu Lan is not just any child, but one who can change into any shape they can imagine. The only problem is they can't decide what to be: a boy or a girl? A bird or a fish? A flower or a shooting star? At school, though, they must endure inquisitive looks and difficult questio... + Read More
Series: Oracle BonePaperbackLydia Kwa9781551526997$19.95FICTION Oct 01, 2017
A magic-realist novel set in seventh-century China featuring ghosts, martial arts, and the transformative oracle bone. Life in seventh-century China teems with magic, fox spirits, and demons; there is a fervent belief that the extraordinary resides within the lives of both commoners and royalty. During the years when the empress Wu Zhao gains ascendancy in the Tang court, her evil-minded lover Xie becomes obsessed with finding and possessing the oracle bone, a magical object that will bestow immortal powers on him. Standing in his way is Qilan... + Read More
An offbeat story collection about strange, imperfect people doing strange, imperfect things. In poet Dina Del Bucchia's debut story collection, an older woman becomes obsessed with the state of her lawn, a pet architect jeopardizes her relationship with her wife over a wild bird, a cement mixer helps a woman fulfill her dreams, a former model becomes a cult leader through social media, a teenaged girl is preoccupied with making shopping-haul videos, and a young woman goes on a crime spree thanks to a basement containing $35,000 in coins. The... + Read More
Series: In Case I GoPaperbackAngie Abdou9781551527031$17.95FICTION Sep 10, 2017
The latest by Angie Abdou: young Eli invokes the spirit, and the mistakes, of his great-great-grandfather. In Canada Reads finalist Angie Abdou's fifth work of fiction, Eli and his parents have returned to their ancestral family home in a small mountain town; the parents hope that by escaping their hectic city lives, they will restore calm and stability to their marriage. But Young Eli unexpectedly finds himself answering for the mistakes of the house's first owner, his great-great grandfather and namesake Elijah Mountain. He meets Mary, an en... + Read More
Series: Tarry This NightPaperbackKristyn Dunnion9781551527055$16.95FICTION Sep 15, 2017
A powerful dystopian novel set during a new American civil war, about a polygamist cult leader and his followers. In this eerily relevant, cautionary novel, a civil war is brewing in America. Below ground, a cult led by the deluded and narcissistic Father Ernst is ensconced in an underground bunker, waiting out the conflict. When the "Family" runs out of food, Ruth, coming of age and terrified of serving as Ernst's next wife, must choose between obeying her faith and fighting for survival. Cousin Paul, sent topside to scavenge for food, may re... + Read More
Series: Queer Film ClassicsManila by NightPaperbackJoel David9781551527079$18.95PERFORMING ARTS Dec 01, 2017
A Queer Film Classic on a controversial 1980 film by queer Filipino filmmaker Ishmael Bernal. A Queer Film Classic on Ishmael Bernal's 1980 film that follows a dozen characters, all denizens of Manila's sordid yet exuberant underworld, as they pursue life, love, and pleasure. Bernal cited Robert Altman's Nashville as one of the influences on his epic, multi-narrative approach to cinema, and Manila by Night ultimately won the Best Picture award from the Filipino Film Critics. But upon completion, the film was banned in the Philippines by the ty... + Read More
Series: Biblioasis International Translation SeriesBookshopsA Reader's HistoryHardcoverJorge Carrión9781771961745$32.95LITERARY COLLECTIONS Oct 17, 2017
Jorge Carrión collects bookshops: from Gotham Book Mart and the Strand Bookstore in New York City to City Lights Bookshop and Green Apple Books in San Francisco and all the bright spots in between (Prairie Lights, Tattered Cover, and countless others). In this thought-provoking, vivid, and entertaining essay, Carrión meditates on the importance of the bookshop as a cultural and intellectual space. Filled with anecdotes from the histories of some of the famous (and not-so-famous) shops he visits on his travels, thoughtful considerations of chall... + Read More
Series: In the CagePaperbackKevin Hardcastle9781771961479$19.95FICTION Sep 12, 2017
Daniel is one of the most feared cage-fighters in Mixed Martial Arts until an injury ruins his career. Forced back to rural Ontario, his career derailed, Daniel slips into a criminal world. Written in spare, muscular prose, In the Cage penetrates the heart of what it means to endure life in the underclass, and to find small happiness there.
Traumatized by his past as a Bolivian soldier who, in a sudden coup d'etat, was forced to participate in atrocities, Alfredo flees to Montreal, haunted by the dead. He rides the Montreal metro and pours his guilt and shame into his writing, until he falls for a woman without a nation—a Kurdish freedom-fighter trying to blast an independent Kurdistan into existence. As the net of intrigue closes in on his lover, Alfredo is forced to face more fully his own violent past.In a world where the intimate collides with the official and the past is made... + Read More
Series: What Can You DoPaperbackCynthia Flood9781771961769$18.95FICTION Aug 22, 2017
In these twelve stories that unfold over a few hours or a weekend or five decades, adults deceive themselves about their motives—greed, desire for control, jealousy, fear, ambition. With unflinching realism reminiscent of William Trevor, Cynthia Flood exposes the failings of the human heart and, with a marvellous unsentimental brutality, leaves many a character unredeemed.
Series: Peninsula SinkingPaperbackDavid Huebert9781771961929$19.95FICTION Oct 24, 2017
Winner of the 2018 Jim Connors Dartmouth Book Award for Fiction Runner-Up for the 2017 Danuta Gleed Literary Award Shortlisted for the 2018 Alastair MacLeod Prize for Short Fiction In Peninsula Sinking, David Huebert brings readers an assortment of Maritimers caught between the places they love and the siren call of elsewhere. From submarine officers to prison guards, oil refinery workers to academics, each character in these stories struggles to find some balance of spiritual and emotional grace in the world increasingly on the precipice of r... + Read More
Now in its 47th year, Best Canadian Stories has long championed the short story form and highlighted the work of many of the writers, throughout their respective careers, who have gone on to shape the Canadian literary canon. Caroline Adderson, Margaret Atwood, Clark Blaise, Lynn Coady, Mavis Gallant, Zsuzsi Gartner, Douglas Glover, Steven Heighton, Isabel Huggan, Mark Anthony Jarman, Norman Levine, Rohinton Mistry, Alice Munro, Leon Rooke, Diane Schoemperlen, Russell Smith, Linda Svendsen, Kathleen Winter, and many others have appeared in its ... + Read More
Series: reSet SeriesThe Stand-InPaperbackDavid Helwig9781771962001$16.95FICTION Jan 02, 2018
A retired academic is called to a remote university to speak as the replacement for an old friend recently deceased in unusual circumstances. The Stand-In is a transcript of these lectures, revealing a sophisticated tale of art, fame, and adultery that unfolds through rambling anecdotes and flashes of scholarly grandstanding. Fiercely funny and bitterly ironic, The Stand-In has been called the best academic doppelgänger story since Nabokov’s Pale Fire.
Norman Levine's stories, so spare and compassionate and elegant and funny, so touching, sad, fantastic and unforgettable, rank alongside the best published in this country. Celebrated abroad, his work was largely unknown in Canada, except among the generations of writers he influenced, from André Alexis and Cynthia Flood to Lisa Moore and Michael Winter, who passed his work among themselves and learned much of their craft from studying Levine's own. His work long out of print, his entire output of short stories are collected here together for t... + Read More
Series: Wherever We Mean To BeSelected Poems, 1975-2015PaperbackRobyn Sarah9781771961806$19.95POETRY Nov 14, 2017
A four-decade retrospective from the winner of the 2015 Governor General's Literary Award for poetry. Spanning forty years and ten previously published collections, Wherever We Mean to Be is the first substantial selection of Robyn Sarah’s poems since 1992. Chosen by the author, the 97 poems in this new volume highlight the versatility of a poet who moves easily between free verse, traditional forms, and prose poems. Familiar favourites are here, along with lesser-known poems that collectively round out a retrospective of the themes and concer... + Read More
Biblioasis is thrilled to continue this series of beautifully illustrated, collectible, classic Christmas ghost stories designed and illustrated by world-famous cartoonist Seth. In How Fear Departed the Long Gallery, for the Peverils, the appearance of a ghost is no more upsetting than the appearance of the mailman at an ordinary house. Except for the twin toddlers in the Long Gallery. No one would dare be caught in the Long Gallery after dark. But upon this quiet and cloudy afternoon, Madge Peveril is feeling rather drowsy ...
Series: Christmas Ghost StoriesThe Toll HouseA Ghost Story for ChristmasPaperbackW.W. Jacobs9781771961967$8.95FICTION Oct 10, 2017
Biblioasis is thrilled to continue this series of beautifully illustrated, collectible, classic Christmas ghost stories designed and illustrated by world-famous cartoonist Seth. The Toll-House has a long and terrible history as a place of death. But Jack Barnes doesn't believe in spirits. His travelling companions, Messrs. Meagle, Lester, and White, wager that he might be convinced otherwise if they all spend a night together in the house. Four men go in, but will four come out?
Series: Christmas Ghost StoriesThe Empty HouseA Ghost Story for ChristmasPaperbackAlgernon Blackwood9781771961981$8.95FICTION Oct 10, 2017
Biblioasis is thrilled to continue this series of beautifully illustrated, collectible, classic Christmas ghost stories designed and illustrated by world-famous cartoonist Seth. Aunt Julia, an elderly spinster with a mania for psychical research, has the keys to the haunted house on the square. She invites her nephew to accompany her on a midnight investigation into what really happened a hundred years ago when a servant girl fell to her death. But the house may not be as empty as it seems ...
Series: The First Season1917-18 and the Birth of the NHLPaperbackBob Duff9781771961844$19.95SPORTS & RECREATION Oct 24, 2017
2017-18 marks the hundredth anniversary of the birth of the National Hockey League. But the league almost didn’t survive its first year. Bob Duff chronicles the trials and tribulations of that first season, and tells the story of that first generation of hockey heroes who lent their names to the game they loved, and helped to make it great.
The Canadian border city facing Detroit was not always simply “Windsor, Ontario”—it was a patchwork of multiple communities that amalgamated into Windsor throughout the 20th Century. In Five Days Walking Five Towns, fabled local raconteur Marty Gervais puts on his boots and takes the reader on a street-by-street walking tour through Riverside, Ford City, Walkerville, Windsor, and Sandwich—weaving together his own memories with the booms and busts of his eclectic, storied city. Along the way, tales of Indigenous curses, rum-running, union-bustin... + Read More
Spanning the first one hundred years of the newspaper (1849–1950), London Free Press: From the Vault is chock full of photographs from the London Free Press archives, with fascinating and fun chapter introductions by local historian Jennifer Grainger.
This poetry collection is a book for those who do not turn a blind eye to the often desperate state of our world. Presented in a formal and artistic way, the poems cultivate hope and bring us back to what is significant and fundamental in our lives. "For the Despairing Alone" shows us the small glimpses of joy that watch over us and give us hope for the human world. Relating to nature and botany in a creative way, this book reveals to us that even in small things, such as nature, there can be joy in the turmoil-filled world that we live in today.
Newfoundland played a significant role in the defence of Upper Canada during the War of 1812. "Defending the Inland Shores: Newfoundland in the War of 1812" tells this incredible story. The book describes many key battles, including the siege and capture of Fort Detroit, taking of an American naval schooner on Lake Ontario, a surprise attack against Ogdensburg, New York, and desperate defence of a British ship on the Niagara River during an American night assault.
Series: SmilePaperbackSuzanne Craig-Whytock9781772310658$19.95YOUNG ADULT FICTION Age (years) from 12 - 16Nov 01, 2017
Cassandra Wilson's life is not easy. She has spent most of her teen years taking care of her younger brother Chris, working to help support her widowed mother, coping with high school and its pressures, and still grieving over the death of her beloved father. Her life begins to change once she learns that her mother has been lying to her about working overtime and taking Saturday courses because she is secretly dating a man whom Cassandra fears will try to take the place of her father. Cassandra, feeling betrayed, decides it is time she started... + Read More
Series: Stranger in the ShadowsPaperbackRaymond McGregor9781772310689$19.95YOUNG ADULT FICTION Age (years) from 8 - 14Dec 01, 2017
Now that Owen has successfully defeated the dragon Kalureth and rid the village of his terror, Owen and Uthgar face an even greater challenge. The Dwarves are reunited with their home in the mountains, but not everyone is open to sharing life with the Humans inhabiting the land. The evil King seeks to rule them all and knows he must get to Owen in order to gain complete dominance and control. When a mysterious figure is sent to capture Owen, he must fight for his life and form an alliance to vanquish the King. With the help of his new friend K... + Read More
On her first book tour at the age of 26, Lee Maracle was asked a question from the audience, one she couldn’t possibly answer at that moment. But she has been thinking about it ever since. As time has passed, she has been asked countless similar questions, all of them too big to answer, but not too large to contemplate. These questions, which touch upon subjects such as citizenship, segregation, labour, law, predjudice and reconcilliation (to name a few), are the heart of My Conversations with Canadians.In prose essays that are both conversatio... + Read More
Series: The GreatsPaperbackSylvain Prudhomme9781771663465$20.00FICTION Sep 01, 2017
Winner of the 2015 Prix Littéraire de la Porte DoréeWinner of the 2014 Prix Georges BrassensGuinea-Bissau, 2012. Sylvain Prudhomme re-imagines the famous ’70s music group Super Mama Djombo, as seen through the eyes of Couto, the laconic guitarist. After learning of the death of the singer, Dulce—once the love of his life—Couto wanders through the capital city, from bar to bar, friend to friend. Thirty years file past in his memories: of the woman he loved, of guerillas fighting against Portuguese colonizers, and of the golden days of a le... + Read More
Series: The Third PersonPaperbackEmily Anglin9781771663663$20.00FICTION Nov 17, 2017
Two's company, three's a crowd--and sometimes it's more than that.In The Third Person, a series of uncanny and humorous short stories by Emily Anglin, what we do for a living is put under the microscope. Anglin shows us that our defined roles a far from what we've been told they are: employees dissolve from their job titles, neighbours overstep comfortable boundaries, employers seek professional deification. Anglin creates micro-worlds whose social mores are interrupted by a startling and disorienting gap between a defining word and its lived r... + Read More
Series: Sports and PastimesPaperbackJean-Philippe Baril Guérard9781771663502$20.00FICTION Oct 24, 2017
Inspired by Erik Satie's work of the same name, Sports and Pastimes is the latest novel by acclaimed Montreal playwright and author Jean-Philippe Baril Guérard.Translated by Aimee Wall (whose translation of Vickie Gendreau's Testament for BookThug in 2016 drew critical reviews), this fast-paced story follows the daily life, at once empty and overloaded, of a group of friends who spend all their energy trying to distract themselves with huge hits of endorphins, art and various substances, navigating pleasure and boredom, the extraordinary and th... + Read More
Much of the language that makes up Better Nature--the first book-length poetry collection by writer and academic Fenn Stewart--is drawn from a diary that Walt Whitman wrote while travelling through Canada at the end of the nineteenth century.But rather than waxing poetic about the untouched Great White North, Stewart inlays found materials (early settler archives, news stories, email spam, fundraising for environmental NGOs, and more) to present a unique view of Canada's "pioneering" attitude towards "wilderness"--one that considers deeper issu... + Read More
Precious Energy, the fourth collection of poetry from Hamilton-born poet and playwright Shannon Bramer, is a uniquely playful collection of vibrantly sad, peculiar, and often funny poems about domestic isolation, motherhood, and the baffled child that remains within us all even as we grow up and into whatever person we keep trying to become. Featuring a coterie of subjects, from fish sticks and LEGO pieces to mothers too tired to have sex and solitary swans in everyone's basement, these poems dexterously navigate a landscape of domestic isolati... + Read More
Following hot on the heels of Relit Award-nominated No Work Finished Here (BookThug, 2016), the poems collected in The Truth is Told Better This Way may be some of Liz Worth's most personal and confessional works yet. Pulling from raw themes of grief and death, regret and discomfort, sadness and failure, Worth wears these poems down to their bones. Straddling dreamy, ethereal images and brutal honesty, The Truth is Told Better This Way unravels its secrets one line at a time. The result is oracular and surreal, as each piece could be read as a ... + Read More
Series: Irresponsible MediumsThe Chess Games of Marcel DuchampPaperbackAaron Tucker9781771663342$18.00POETRY Oct 05, 2017
In 1968, avant-garde artist Marcel Duchamp and composer John Cage exhibited Reunion, a chess performance, in Toronto Canada where whenever a player moved a piece, it generated a musical note until the game was transformed into a symphony.Inspired by this performance, Irresponsible Mediums--poet and academic Aaron Tucker's second full-length collection of poems--translates Duchamp's chess games into poems using the ChessBard (an app co-created by Tucker and Jody Miller) and in the process, recreates Duchamp's joyous approach to making art, while... + Read More
Series: If PressedPaperbackAndrew McEwan9781771663267$18.00POETRY Oct 12, 2017
If Pressed--the second collection of poetry from acclaimed Canadian poet Andrew McEwan--explores forms of pressurized and pressurizing language as a means to shed light on the depressions we live among in our modern-day lives.Overlapping language of fear and speculation gain momentum in these poems, where layers of atmospheric and emotional lexicons--ranging from descriptions of the mid-2000s financial crisis and subsequent recession, to writing on melancholia from the 1600s, to weather reports and condo listings, to pharmaceutical sales pitche... + Read More
Series: The Videofag BookPaperbackWilliam Ellis9781771663625$20.00PERFORMING ARTS Nov 15, 2017
Longlisted for the 2018 Toronto Book AwardsIn October 2012, lovers William Ellis and Jordan Tannahill moved into a former barbershop in Toronto's Kensington Market neighbourhood and turned it into an art space called Videofag. Over the next four years Videofag became a hub for counterculture in the city, playing host to a litany of performances, screenings, parties, exhibitions, and all manner of queer fuckery. But hosting a city in their house took its toll and eventually William and Jordan broke up, closing the space for good in June 2016.The... + Read More
Series: Blood FablePaperbackOisín Curran9781771662949$20.00FICTION Oct 03, 2017
Blood Fable--the new work of fiction from Oisín Curran--is a Jules Verne-esque fantastical tale filled with Back-to-the-Land ideology and American Zen Buddhism.In 1980, New Pond, a utopian Buddhist community on the coast of Maine is on the verge of collapse. New Pond's charismatic leader demands complete adherence to his authority, and slowly, his followers come to the realization that they've been exploited for too long. The eleven-year-old son of one of those adherents is dimly aware of the concerns of the adult world. Yet his imagination pro... + Read More
Series: About FaceEssays on Addiction, Recovery, Therapies, and ControversiesPaperbackDouglas Gosse9781550816884$19.95PSYCHOLOGY Jan 15, 2019
About Face: Essays on Addictions, Recovery, Therapies, and Controversies seeks to broaden the conversation around addiction in Canada. Featuring essays by a diverse group of writers, About Face delves into the major categories of addiction: drugs, alcohol, sex, pornography, video games, gambling, body dysmorphia, and eating disorders. With stories by those suffering from addictions, experts in the field, and service providers, this anthology is a far-reaching intervention into one of our country’s most rapidly expanding social problems.
Series: Bag of HammersPaperbackEdward Riche9781550816860$19.95HUMOR Feb 01, 2018
There are the timeless questions that must be answered: Where is the most boring town in Eastern Canada? How can a government most efficiently mismanage prosperity? Are all of our contemporary psychoses a direct result of the motion-picture montage? As the Newfoundland saying goes, that’s “as foolish as a bag of hammers.” And in this collection of hilariously creative essays, critically acclaimed writer Edward Riche stretches his satiric muscles to lambaste just about anything that crosses his field of vision. Newfoundland writes a heartfelt le... + Read More
Series: The End of MusicPaperbackJamie Fitzpatrick9781550816853$19.95FICTION Nov 28, 2017
In The End of Music, Jamie Fitzpatrick’s two mesmerizing, interwoven narratives circle the lives of Joyce, a modern young woman navigating the fraught social mores of a small town in its post-war heyday, and her son, Carter, more than fifty years later, whose days as an aspiring rock star are over. As Joyce’s memories of the past begin to escape her, her son’s past returns to haunt him. Brilliantly and unflinchingly revealing the inner lives of his characters, Fitzpatrick offers an extraordinary novel, with two startling twists, about women, me... + Read More
For decades, the Holloways have operated a convenience store in the working-class neighborhood of Rabbittown in St. John’s, and every customer has a story. In a vibrant, contemporary family saga, filled with idiosyncratic characters, Trudy Morgan-Cole tells the tale of three generations of Holloway women—Ellen, Audrey, and Rachel—their loves and their livelihood in times of great change. Most Anything You Please captures the spirit of a community and the women who hold it together, revealing the bonds that break and the ties that bind.
Newfoundland has a long history of local brewing and in recent years has enjoyed a resurgence of that tradition, drawing locals and travelers alike to the distinctive tastes now available from island brew masters. Compiled by the writers and photographers of The Overcast, Newfoundland’s popular alternative newspaper, the Guide to Beers of Newfoundland is a full-colour introduction to the lagers, pilsners, ales, and stouts that can only be found here. Designed for locals, tourists, and aficionados, this is the definitive guide to beer on the rock.
A pitch-perfect debut and a call to act in the service of Earth through radiant attention. Humankind, at present, has breached floodgates that have only been breached before in ancient stories of angry gods, or so far back on geologic and biological timelines as to seem more past than past. Against this catastrophic backdrop (at the end of consolations, at the high-water mark), and equipped with a periscopic eye and a sublime metaphorical reach, poet Dan MacIsaac has crowded his debut vessel with sloths and gipsy-birds, mummified remains and ... + Read More
A long poem memorializing the art and lives of sculptors Frances Loring and Florence Wyle. Arleen Paré, in her first book-length poem after her Governor General Literary Award-winning Lake of Two Mountains, turns her cool, benevolent eye to the shared lives of Florence Wyle and Frances Loring, two of Canada's greatest artists, whose sculptures she comes face to face with at the National Gallery of Canada. In the guise of a curator, Paré takes us on a moving, carefully structured tour through the rooms where their work is displayed, the Galler... + Read More
A meditative and piercing collection that explores traumas both ordinary and out of the ordinary. Museum of Kindness, Montreal poet Susan Elmslie's searching second collection of poetry, is a book that bravely examines "genres" familiar and hard to fathom: the school shooting, PTSD, raising a child who has a disability. It is a collection about thresholds big and small. In poems grounded in the domestic and in workaday life, poems burnished by silence and the weight of the unspoken, poems by turns ironic and sincere, Elmslie asks "What, exac... + Read More
Series: Spirited AwayFairy stories of old NewfoundlandHardcoverTom Dawe9781927917138$22.99JUVENILE FICTION Age (years) from 9 - 15Oct 17, 2017
In this companion volume to their collaboration An Old Man's Winter Night, Tom Dawe and Veselina Tomova present a fascinating, tantalizing, and chilling collection of fairy lore. No benign tooth fairies here; these fairies are amoral, tricky, dangerous, and beguiling. A young school teacher learns about strange lights in a foreboding marsh; a nurse in a remote outport visits the baby she delivered just weeks before to find a devastating change; a woman meets a mysterious funeral procession late one evening; a musician happens upon a group of ... + Read More
Series: Walking in the WoodsA Métis MemoirPaperbackHerb Belcourt9781927366714$22.00BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY Oct 17, 2017
An updated edition of Herb Belcourt’s remarkable life story with a brand-new foreword by the author. The eldest of ten children, Belcourt grew up in a small log home near the Métis settlement of Lac Ste. Anne during the Depression. His father purchased furs from local First Nations and Métis trappers and, with arduous work, began a family fur trading business that survives to this day. When Belcourt left home at 15 to become a labourer in coal mines and sawmills, his father told him to save his money so he could work for himself. Over the next... + Read More
Series: Whale in the DoorA Community Unites to Protect BC's Howe SoundPaperbackPauline Le Bel9781987915488$24.95NATURE Oct 03, 2017
The hidden life of Howe Sound and the transformative power of Coast Salish culture and environmental science. An exhilarating mix of natural history and personal exploration WHALE IN THE DOOR is a passionate account of a woman's transformative experience of her adopted home. For thousands of years, Howe Sound, an inlet in the Salish Sea provided abundant food, shelter, and stories, for the Squamish Nation. After a century of contamination from pulp mills, a chemical factory, and a copper mine, the Sound, a noisy, stinky, polluted place, contai... + Read More
Series: Fernie at War1914-1919PaperbackWayne Norton9781987915495$24.95HISTORY Nov 14, 2017
From "enemy alien" internment camps to WWI disillusionment - these are the five pivotal years that shaped Fernie, BC, a city instrumental to the national identity of Canada. Fernie, a small community located in BC's Kootenay region, entered the First World War in 1914 with optimism and a sense of national pride-it emerged five years later having experienced staggering losses and multiple controversies that threatened to tear their community apart. As a resource-based economy with unusually large and varied immigrant populations, and exceptiona... + Read More