Series: Black StarPaperbackMaureen Medved9781772141122$20.00FICTION Apr 15, 2018
Del Hanks is on the verge of academic tenure, but at forty she's also perched on the precipice of either the beginning or the end of the rest of her life. Black Star is a dark comedy, both bitingly funny and transgressive, an unflinching and unsentimental exploration of the female experience, academia, and the idea of power that burns in the mind as white as acid. Medved's new novel is a searing critique of a world we all know too well, one of sexual exploitation, manipulation, and the subtle machinations of power that Black Star filters throu... + Read More
Series: Atomic RoadPaperbackGrant Buday9781772141139$20.00FICTION Mar 23, 2018
Art critic Clement Greenberg, champion of abstract expressionism, is more interested in silencing his rival Harold Rosenberg than with the threat of nuclear destruction. Greenberg is driving from New York to the Emma Lake artist colony in Saskatchewan, where he intends to silence Rosenberg once and for all. With him is infamous Marxist Louis Althusser, who escaped prosecution for strangling his wife in France on an insanity plea. Althusser is heading to a Saskatchewan hospital for LSD therapy. Pursuing them is Jean Claude Piche, a veteran of... + Read More
Domestic satire meets gripping suspense in Straight Circles, the final, explosive chapter of The Lizzy Trilogy. The original and eccentric cast of characters return in this genre-bending thriller, but not everyone's getting out alive. Newly pregnant Lizzy arrives to revisit old haunts in the bleak Scottish town that she escaped years ago as a teenage runaway. Along with a yearning to rediscover her roots, she wants to confront her harrowing past and learn what happened to her mother, whose disappearance has remained unsolved. Instead, she come... + Read More
Hider/Seeker is the debut fiction collection from award-winning poet Jen Currin. These stories are about addiction and meditation, relationships and almost-relationships, solitude and sexuality. They take place in cafes, in snowy woods, on city street corners, and at Zen retreats - where conversations happen in the margins of books and filthy shoes are treated with reverence. Ex-wives reunite only to be confronted with their past; an aunt believes she has made a heart-breaking discovery about her niece; a seemingly never-ending hysterical pregn... + Read More
Series: Slinky NaivePaperbackCaroline Szpak9781772141153$18.00POETRY Aug 01, 2018
In this debut collection, Caroline Szpak is the grand ventriloquist, manipulating words and voices in strange and fantastical ways. Her phrases, her metaphors and similes, slam up against each other like strangers on the street. Apologies, changes in direction, barometric pressure, objects ping and ricochet, but some residual thing clings after the parting. We acknowledge, we recognize, we nod knowingly, and not just from familiarity but because her words have snapped our head forward. And we realize the dummy on her lap, frozen and smiling, is... + Read More
Series: BoltPaperbackHilary Peach9781772141160$18.00POETRY Aug 01, 2018
BOLT, the debut collection from West Coast performance poet Hilary Peach, ranges over both familiar and unexplored landscapes. From a series of surreal vignettes derived from 20 years as a welder with the Boilermakers' Union, to a suite of poems based on the truths and superstitions of snakelore, to alluring, imagistic, songs of loss and longing, BOLT investigates rough terrain and long horizons. A compilation of poetry, performance scores, and autobiography, it is full of voices, places, fleeting encounters, animals, busted hearts, machinery, ... + Read More
Melissa Bull's debut short story collection The Knockoff Eclipse and Other Stories hums with the immediacy of distant and future worlds. Firmly rooted in the streets of Montreal and its many neighbourhoods and subcultures, Bull zooms in on the female experience while playing with societal expectation and literary convention. Spattered with bits of French, many of the stories pull back the covers on the intersection between French and English Canada. In the titular story "The Knockoff Eclipse," we're transported to a future world where women's ... + Read More
His Little Douchebag & Other Stories is a collection of linked narratives set in the working-class community of Windsor, Ontario, from the 1950s to the present day. Pike gives us a gritty look at the lives of factory workers, cashiers, welfare recipients, and the parents and children of the baby-boomer generation. The links between these stories are teasingly subtle, illuminating the transitory nature of things. Steeped in the oral tradition of storytelling, Pike exhibits the daily experiences of blue-collar life to transcend stereotyped notion... + Read More
Series: QuarrelsPaperbackEve Joseph9781772141191$18.00POETRY May 30, 2018
Finalist for the Griffin Poetry Prize. The acclaimed author of the memoir, In the Slender Margin, turns her focus back to poetry in this amazing and condensed work of prose poetry. The poems in this collection reach for something other than truth, the marvelous. Leaves fall out of coat sleeves, Gandhi swims in Burrard Inlet. The poems are like empty coats from which the inhabitants have recently escaped, leaving behind images as clues to their identity. There are leaps between logics within the poems, and it is in these illogical spaces where... + Read More
Series: Trauma HeadPaperbackElee Kraljii Gardiner9781772141221$18.00POETRY Nov 26, 2018
In 2012, poet Elee Kraljii Gardiner precipitously lost feeling in, and use of, her left side. The mini-stroke passed quickly but was symptomatic of something larger: a tear in the lining of an artery known as the tunica intima. This long-poem memoir tracks the author's experiences with un/wellness and un/re-familiarity with herself. Shortlisted for the Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry, Trauma Head disturbs and disorders language and syntax to reconcile appearance with experience. Advance Praise for Trauma Head: "Elee Kraljii Gard... + Read More
Series: I Heard SomethingPaperbackJaime Forsythe9781772141238$18.00POETRY May 30, 2018
In her uncompromising follow-up to 2012's Sympathy Loophole, Jaime Forsythe offers a breathless cascade of evocative somethings: mysterious sounds, faint rumblings, biographies real and imagined, tabloid rumours, nagging memories, an animal stirring, a baby waking, a storm threatening, an escape hatch beckoning, and an inexplicable machine coughing into motion somewhere in the distance. The poems in I Heard Something comprise a surreal menagerie - at times funny, chilling, and tender - of what it is to be a human at this very minute. Forsythe... + Read More
Oh my goodness. Did you ever get to thinking that "down on your luck" isn't just an expression? And that what we need here is a bigger statement? Something that adequately describes the scope of the situation? Like when your ex-wife spends all of her time angrier than a five-dollar pistol at everything on the planet, but mostly at you (well, really only at you, and she brings back your record collection, but she sets fire to it on your porch and the flames spread to your house and that just proves what you've said all along: that she is crazier... + 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: Sodom Road ExitPaperbackAmber Dawn9781551527161$21.95FICTION Mar 01, 2018
Lambda Literary Award finalist; a Globe and Mail Best Book of the Year It's the summer of 1990, and Crystal Beach in Ontario has lost its beloved, long-running amusement park, leaving the lakeside village a virtual ghost town. It is back to this fallen community Starla Mia Martin must return to live with her overbearing mother after dropping out of university and racking up significant debt. But an economic downturn, mother-daughter drama, and Generation X disillusionment soon prove to be the least of Starla's troubles: a mysterious and salaci... + Read More
Series: The PlaguePaperbackKevin Chong9781551527185$19.95FICTION Mar 01, 2018
A modern retelling of the Camus classic that posits its story of infectious disease and quarantine in our contemporary age of social justice and rising inequity. At first it's the dead rats; they start dying in cataclysmic numbers, followed by other city creatures. Then people begin experiencing flu-like symptoms as well as swellings in their lymph nodes. The masses react in disbelief when the official diagnosis comes in and later, when a quarantine is imposed on the increasingly terrified city. Inspired by Albert Camus' classic 1947 novel, K... + Read More
Series: Little FishPaperbackCasey Plett9781551527208$19.95FICTION Apr 01, 2018
Lambda Literary Award winner Casey Flett's latest, in which a trans woman learns her grandfather may have been trans himself. In this debut novel by the author of the Lambda Literary Award-winning story collection A Safe Girl to Love, Wendy Reimer is a thirty-year-old trans woman in Winnipeg who comes across evidence that her late grandfather--a devout Mennonite farmer--might have been transgender himself. At first she dismisses this revelation, having other problems at hand, but as she and her friends struggle to cope with the challenges of t... + Read More
A tour-de-force debut novel about a Two-Spirit Indigiqueer young man and proud NDN glitter princess who must reckon with his past when he returns home to his reserve. "You're gonna need a rock and a whole lotta medicine" is a mantra that Jonny Appleseed, a young Two-Spirit/Indigiqueer, repeats to himself in this vivid and utterly compelling debut novel by poet Joshua Whitehead. Off the reserve and trying to find ways to live and love in the big city, Jonny becomes a cybersex worker who fetishizes himself in order to make a living. Self-ordai... + Read More
The worlds of urban gentrification, overpriced real estate, and gang violence collide in this wry and sardonic crime novel by author and comedian Charles Demers (Vancouver Special, The Horrors). As a shaky truce between suburban gangsters starts to unravel, schlubby civilian Scott Clark has other things on his mind: if he can't afford to buy out his former father-in-law, Scott's about to lose the only house he's ever called home. In Vancouver's red-hot real estate market, he doesn't have a chance--until he and his best friends take the last-di... + Read More
American Library Association Stonewall Honor Book A moving and intimate LGBTQ graphic novel about two women, both of whom are trying to put the pieces of their lives back together. Still smarting years after a horrible breakup, Rayanne diligently buries herself in her work. Aside from work, she has her cat. And other than her cat, she has her crushes: crushes that she prides herself on being able to resist. Then unexpectedly, one of her crushes begins to affect her more than the others, and threatens to upset the delicate balance of her caref... + Read More
Series: Patriots, Traitors and EmpiresThe Story of Korea's Struggle for FreedomNonePaperbackStephen Gowans9781771861359$24.95POLITICAL SCIENCE May 01, 2018
Patriots, Traitors and Empires is an account of modern Korean history, written from the point of view of those who fought to free their country from the domination of foreign empires. It traces the history of Korea’s struggle for freedom from opposition to Japanese colonialism starting in 1905 to North Korea’s current efforts to deter the threat of invasion by the United States or anybody else by having nuclear weapons. Koreans have been fighting a civil war since 1932, when Kim Il Sung, founder of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, alo... + Read More
Series: The Einstein FileThe FBI's Secret War Against the World's Most Famous ScientistSecond editionPaperbackFred Jerome9781771861304$29.95POLITICAL SCIENCE May 01, 2018
Einstein arrived in the United States in 1933, the year the Nazis rose to power in Germany. From that moment until he died in 1955, J. Edgar Hoover’s FBI—with other agencies—feverishly collected “derogatory information” to undermine the renowned scientist’s influence and destroy his reputation. With material accessed under the Freedom of Information Act, Fred Jerome reveals the depth of, and the reasons for, this massive anti-Einstein campaign. He also uncovers Einstein’s strong political commitments that have been conveniently buried under the... + Read More
Series: Let's Move OnThe Life Story of Paul OkalikNonePaperbackLouis McComber9781771861366$22.95BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY Jun 01, 2018
Paul Okalik was raised in a community that has survived starvation, epidemics, eradication of their spiritual heritage, relocation, schooling in a foreign language and confrontation with the Canadian justice system. He made the decision to improve the living conditions of his fellow Inuit. After ten years in Ottawa universities, he was called to the Northwest Territories Bar and then was elected the first Premier of Nunavut, the new Canadian territory, all in the year 1999. The new government was challenged on all fronts. Education and training... + Read More
Series: From Cell to SanityPaperbackPaul Lapointe9781988440156$19.95BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY Mar 15, 2018
For almost fifty years Paul LaPointe wondered what was wrong with him while he struggled with the consequences of undiagnosed bi-polar disorder. He lost relationships, lived a life of extremes and cycled in and out of jail as a result of his bizarre behaviour. While his memoir, From A Cell to Sanity, details some of his wilder moments, it is also a chronicle of hope for others who either live with this condition or who are close to someone who does.
Series: Fate AccompliPaperbackMiriam Clavir9781988440194$19.95FICTION Mar 03, 2018
A thrilling murder mystery set in Quebec City, with its iconic statue of the Golden Dog
Adventurous tale of a brother and sister confronting a wicked witch in the forest and their friendship with a generoous giant who helps save their lives.
Series: 1979PaperbackRay Robertson9781771960960$19.95FICTION Mar 06, 2018
It’s 1979 and Tom Buzby is thirteen years old and living in the small working- class city of Chatham, Ontario. So far, so normal. Except that Tom’s dad is the local tattoo artist, his mother is a born-again former stripper who’s run off with the minister from the church where the pet store used to be, and his sister can’t wait to leave town for good. And everyone along his daily newspaper route looks at him a little differently, this boy who’s come back from the dead, who just might be the only one who understands the miraculous, heart-breaking... + Read More
Series: Where's Bob?PaperbackAnn Ireland9781771962278$19.95FICTION May 01, 2018
Newly divorced, Lydia’s life is in a downward spiral. Looking for respite, she takes off on a vacation to Mexico with her formerly estranged mother. But instead of sun and sand, what she finds beyond the hotel’s miniature jungles and Mayan statuary and folk dancing is a country where the people, many of whom serve her and her mother at the resort, live in fear, their lives dominated by cartels and corruption, and where journalists and politicians are made to disappear for even poking around the truth. But it’s also where she finds Bob, a myster... + Read More
Series: ZolitudePaperbackPaige Cooper9781771962179$19.95FICTION Mar 01, 2018
WINNER OF THE 2018 QUEBEC WRITERS' FEDERATION CONCORDIA UNIVERSITY FIRST BOOK PRIZE LONGLISTED FOR THE 2018 SCOTIABANK GILLER PRIZE FINALIST FOR THE 2018 DANUTA GLEED LITERARY AWARD FINALIST FOR THE 2018 GOVERNOR GENERAL'S LITERARY AWARD FOR FICTION A GLOBE AND MAIL BEST BOOK OF 2018 A QUILL & QUIRE BOOK OF THE YEAR Fantastical, magnetic, and harsh—these are the women in Paige Cooper’s debut short story collection Zolitude. They are women who built time machines when they were nine, who buy plane tickets for lovers who won’t arrive. They a... + Read More
Like the paintings of Jan Vermeer and Edward Hopper, Hugh Hood’s short fiction looks hard at what some might call the surface of things. Like the finely wrought realism of those canvases, Hood’s super-realist style doesn’t just see—it sees into. While his early publications prompted his reputation as an originator of Canadian modernism, Hood’s work taken as a whole reveals a philosophy far older: that of the allegorist. Like Dante’s pilgrim, Hood’s narrator finds spiritual truths in recognizable forms, affirming again and again the imagination’... + Read More
Series: Biblioasis International TranslationTransparent CityPaperbackOndjaki9781771961431$19.95FICTION May 15, 2018
NOMINATED FOR THE 2019 BEST TRANSLATED BOOK AWARD A VANITY FAIR HOT TYPE BOOK FOR APRIL 2018 A VULTURE MUST-READ TRANSLATED BOOK FROM THE PAST 5 YEARS A GLOBE AND MAIL BEST BOOK OF 2018 A LIT HUB FAVOURITE BOOK OF THE YEAR A WORLD LITERATURE TODAY NOTABLE TRANSLATION OF 2018 In a crumbling apartment block in the Angolan city of Luanda, families work, laugh, scheme, and get by. In the middle of it all is the melancholic Odonato, nostalgic for the country of his youth and searching for his lost son. As his hope drains away and as the city ou... + Read More
In November of 2012, Robert Earl Stewart left a cardiologist’s office terrified of dying. He was 38 years old and weighed 368 pounds. Not so much an instructional manual on how to run, but a humorous meditation on what not to do, The Running-Shaped Hole examines how running affected Stewart as a husband, father, recovered alcoholic, journalist, bookseller, and writer, following him through various adventures, injuries, and spiritual epiphanies had while running.
On April 10th, 1815, Indonesia’s Mount Tambora erupted. Th e resulting build-up of ash in the stratosphere altered weather pat-terns and led, in 1816, to a year without summer. Instead, there were June snowstorms, food shortages, epidemics, inventions, and the proliferation of new cults and religious revivals. Hauntingly meaningful in today’s climate crisis, Lebowitz’s lyric essay charts the events and eff ects of that apocalyptic year. Weaving together history, mythology, and memoir, The Year of No Summer ruminates on weather, war, and our sea... + Read More
Series: Dark WoodsPaperbackRichard Sanger9781771962322$18.95POETRY Apr 03, 2018
A NEW YORK TIMES BEST POETRY BOOK OF 2018 Snow, canoes, frozen ponds, lonely conifers . . . Dark Woods takes the motifs and landscape of a Canadian childhood and examines their place in a world of smartphones and overflowing inboxes. The result, Sanger’s first book in 16 years, is a striking new collection full of mysteries and reassessments, wordplay, slang, and sonnets, meditations on parenthood and the “cracks in the granite”: those urges that won’t go away, and the people who have.
A NEW YORK TIMES BEST POETRY BOOK OF 2018 A transfiguration of Mennonite hymns into heartbreaking lyric poems, Years, Months, and Days is a moving “meditation on the possibility of translation.” Bridging secular spirituality and holy reverence with the commonalities of life, death, love, and hope, Jernigan explores the connection between hymn and poem, recalling the spare beauty of Marilynne Robinson’s novels or the poems of Jan Zwicky and Robert Bringhurst. The sparse and tender phrasing of Years, Months, and Days is “an offering of words to m... + Read More
A hallucinatory, fragmentary, and tragic fictional telling of one of the most famous psychotherapy cases in history, Alex Pheby’s Playthings offers a visceral and darkly comic portrait of paranoid schizophrenia. Based on the true story of nineteenth-century German judge Daniel Paul Schreber, Playthings artfully shows the disorienting human tragedy of Schreber’s psychosis, in vertiginous prose that blurs the lines between madness and sanity.
Series: The Pre-War Houseand Other StoriesPaperbackAlison Moore9781771962155$19.95FICTION Jun 12, 2018
A brooding uncle takes an au pair’s passport. Years of tension between a father and a son erupt with violent consequences. A man disappears along a lonely mail route . . . and it has happened before. From the Man Booker-shortlisted author of The Lighthouse comes this uncanny collection of short fiction about the unhomeliness of home: Fractured families, domestic claustrophobia, and the unseen menace of the everyday. With the same emotional tension and tightly controlled prose that garnered her first novel such accolades, Moore once again shines... + Read More
In his fourth collection, C. P. Boyko turnshis keen eye to the question of power—in schools and on campuses, in doctor’s offices and boardrooms, in triage tents and on the battlefield. A high-school math teacher tries too hard to be liked; childhood friends grow up and go to war for very different reasons; for purposes not entirely medical, a dentist hypnotizes a patient; management and workers struggle for control of a faltering factory; infantries comprised exclusively of women meet in battle; and undergraduates occupy a university president’... + Read More
Spooked by some ball lightning on his wedding night, repressed young Catholic Griffith Smolders interprets this as a sign and abandons his conjugal responsibilities by escaping through the window, enduring a series of misadventures along the way involving, among others, con men, murderesses, shipwrecks, and autodidact biologist hermits. Giving chase, his betrothed, Avice Drinkwater, finally runs Grif aground in a tiny island community, and prepares to exact her revenge. Set in the rough-and-tumble late nineteenth century backwoods, The Iconocla... + Read More
Series: Biblioasis International Translation SeriesOscarPaperbackMauricio Segura9781771962254$18.95FICTION Jun 12, 2018
Brad succumbs to the white plague, Oscar too spends his days fighting disease, confined to a hospital. Playing the organ at night for a mysterious sickly girl, he discovers his own talent, although years after recovery, he finds himself desperate, poor, and depressed—until the devil, otherwise known to the world as impresario Norman G, happens on him in a moment of crisis. Inspired by the life of legendary jazz pianist Oscar Peterson, Mauricio Segura’s Oscar evokes periods across time, from the Depression-era Montreal neighbourhood of Little B... + Read More
Series: TendrilsPaperbackMichèle Vinet9781772310740$16.95POETRY Nov 15, 2018
"Tendrils" is foliage on scorched lives, as ribbons around a gift of love, as the giddy, nervous need to seek the perfect vine or leaf to shelter artistry. Curlicues and hideaways wherein to shield a wonderworld. Cascades of colour from a dam burst forth in lawlessness and thunder. The poems in "Tendrils" quell the hand when grammar fails and syntax bleeds, when fiction runs amok. This poetry collection is a vibrant play, a solo for two, with exuberance and bewilderment.
Series: Canadian Indigenous Voices serieswaniskatota ka pe wapahkCree EditionPaperbackDavid Groulx9781772310801$16.95POETRY Jun 15, 2018
"waniskatota ka pe wapahk", a Cree translation of "Rising with a Distant Dawn", is a powerful poetry collection which stretches across the boundaries to give a voice to the lives and experiences of ordinary Indigenous people. The poems embrace anguish, pride, and hope. They come from the woodlands and the plains, they speak of love, of war, and of the known and the mysterious, they strike with wisdom, joy, and sadness, bringing us closer than ever before to the heart of urban Indigenous life.
Series: Canadian Indigenous Voices seriesThe RumourPaperbackJoseph A. Dandurand9781772310771$16.95POETRY Dec 01, 2018
"The Rumour" is a collection of poetry that exposes many important issues of Indigenous discrimination, poverty, drug abuse, brutal violence, love, family, and complex human relationships. As a skilled painter, Joseph A. Dandurand portrays the essence of strong connections with rich Indigenous history, culture, traditions, and family values with broad but precise strokes. The poems come from author's lifetime experience living on the Kwantlen First Nation reserve and give a true picture of the resilience and the struggles Indigenous people expe... + Read More
Series: EssaisDear Current OccupantPaperbackChelene Knight9781771663908$20.00BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY Mar 01, 2018
Winner of the 2018 City of Vancouver Book AwardFrom Vancouver-based writer Chelene Knight, Dear Current Occupant is a creative non-fiction memoir about home and belonging set in the 80s and 90s of Vancouver's Downtown Eastside.Using a variety of forms, Knight reflects on her childhood through a series of letters addressed to all of the current occupants now living in the twenty different houses she moved in and out of with her mother and brother. From blurry non-chronological memories of trying to fit in with her own family as the only mixed Ea... + Read More
Series: Mama's BoyPaperbackDavid Goudreault9781771663823$20.00FICTION Jun 11, 2018
Winner of the 2016 Grand Prix littéraire ArchambaultMy mother was always committing suicide. She started out young, in an amateur capacity. But it didn’t take long for Mama to work out how to make psychiatrists take notice, and to get the respect reserved for the most serious cases.Written with gritty humour in the form of a confession, Mama’s Boy recounts the family drama of a young man who sets out in search of his mother after a childhood spent shuffling from one foster home to another. A bizarre character with a skewed view of the world, h... + Read More
Series: Authenticity is a FeelingMy Life in PME-ARTPaperbackJacob Wren9781771663892$20.00BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY Apr 14, 2018
Authenticity is a Feeling: My Life in PME-ART is a compelling hybrid of history, memoir, and performance theory. It tells the story of the interdisciplinary performance group PME-ART and their ongoing endeavour to make a new kind of highly collaborative theatre dedicated to the fragile but essential act of "being yourself in a performance situation." Written, among other things, to celebrate PME-ART's twentieth anniversary, the book begins when Jacob Wren meets Sylvie Lachance and Richard Ducharme, moves from Toronto to Montreal to make just on... + Read More
Series: Who Took My Sister?PaperbackShannon Webb-Campbell9781771663984$18.00POETRY Mar 20, 2018
Joining a host of important contemporary voices such as Gregory Scofield, Liz Howard and Leanne Betasamosake Simpson, Mi'kmaq writer Shannon Webb-Campbell's Who Took My Sister? is a collection of poems and texts that hold and carry trauma; they are a choir and a haunting testament.Falling somewhere between Indigenous wisdom and contemporary poetic strategies Who Took My Sister? creates a space where readers are brought face to face with Mother Earth, Grandfather Sky, waterways, ancestors who give voice to the land, extreme national genocide, an... + Read More
Series: Sludge UtopiaPaperbackCatherine Fatima9781771663748$20.00FICTION Jun 05, 2018
In a kind of Catherine Millet meets Roland Barthes baring of life with hints of the work of Chris Kraus, Sludge Utopia by Catherine Fatima is an auto-fictional novel about sex, depression, family, shaky ethics, ideal forms of life, girlhood, and coaching oneself into adulthood under capitalism.Using her compulsive reading as a lens through which to bring coherence to her life, twenty-five-year-old Catherine engages in a series of sexual relationships, thinking that desire is the key to a meaningful life. Yet, with each encounter, it becomes mor... + Read More
Tess and Jude live in small-town Quebec and spend their time travelling all across North America--using Google maps--which provides them the luxury of adventure while remaining in the comfort of their own home. But Tess and Jude are dreamers, and their online adventures eventually give rise to a desire to actually travel somewhere. They settle on Bird in Hand, Pennsylvania, and begin scheming to raise the cash they'll need for the trip. After a series of hilarious ideas that never pan out, they turn to a local experimental author (who has a maj... + Read More
Series: Zip's FileA Romance of SilencePaperbackShannon Maguire9781771664028$18.00FICTION May 24, 2018
Zip's File: A Romance of Silence explores the longings and limits of bodies oriented to wacky shared futures--of language, of social formations, of gene editing--with the heart of a surrealist, the obsession of a medievalist, and the erotic frankness of a riot grrl, the narrative impulse of a web-surfer, and the anarchic glee of a futurist. From the Egyptian Pyramid texts to Heldris de Cornuälle's thirteenth century Le Roman de Silence, to Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew to Margaret Cavendish's The Blazing World to Guillaume Apollinaire's... + Read More
Series: This Will Be GoodPaperbackMallory Tater9781771663946$18.00POETRY Mar 09, 2018
Mallory Tater's This Will Be Good tells the story of a young woman's burgeoning femininity as it brushes up against an emerging eating disorder. As the difficulties of her disease reveal themselves, they ultimately disrupt family relationships and friendships. These poems deftly bear witness to the performance of femininity and gender construction to reveal the shrinking mind and body of a girl trying to find her place in the world, and whose overflowing adolescent hope for a future will not subside.
Compulsively confessional and cracking wise, The Nonnets is an utterly unique alchemy of poetry and comedy.Aaron Giovanonne’s latest collection is a book-length sequence of ‘nonnets’—nine-line poems that Giovannone handles with ruthless dexterity. Capturing transformations from first dates to goodbye texts, from mama’s boy to unrepentant shoplifter, from post-industrial downtown to eleventh-century Italian monastery, these poems present a kaleidoscopic world that careens wildly between despair and ecstasy.
Series: HonestlyPaperbackSteven Zultanksi9781771664103$16.00POETRY Mar 06, 2018
Honestly is an intimate, quiet, and unresolved little book about talking and listening.It begins with research into a forgotten relative who was kicked out of the author's family after he was jailed for conscientious objection to WWII, and who then became an early member of the Living Theater. From there the poem swerves into a series of minor-key personal anecdotes, interlaced with conversations with friends about work and relationships. Throughout, communication is framed by the economics and psychology of the home. Dialogue takes place in cl... + Read More
Carole David's The Year of My Disappearance is a searing, surreal, darkly comic descent into a woman's psyche: as pitiless an assault on her own torments and pretences as it is on those figures lodged in her memory: lovers, strangers, her own mother, Bosch-like apparitions out of her dreams and imaginings. Through it all, a fierce combat is being waged between immolation and survival, wherein, as she has written, "I gave free range to the lives that dwelt within me." Nothing and no one is spared in this book, and yet it is wonderfully invigorating.
Series: Treason's EdgePaperbackSusan MacDonald9781550817287$15.95JUVENILE FICTION Aug 22, 2018
Being a teenager is hard enough. It’s even more difficult when you have supernatural powers you barely understand. Now that Alec and his terrifying abilities are under the control of the traitorous Anna, it’s up to Riley to save her friend before the entire world comes undone. And she’s running out of time.
Series: Six ThingsHardcoverGeoff Eaton9781550817348$14.95JUVENILE NONFICTION May 28, 2018
A delightful illustrated book of advice for kids preparing to leave grade school. Filled with perspectives on choice, failure, self-worth, dreams, and priorities, and told in a simply inspiring way, Six Things is a great gift for students leaving grade six, filled with wisdom for people of all ages.
Sixty-two-year-old English professor Hugh Norman is getting ready to retire and just going through the motions. He’s detached, irreverent, and quite pleased with himself. But then he learns of a long-lost friend’s sudden death, and shockingly discovers a body while walking through a city park. Suddenly, over just a few days, Hugh is compelled to deal with a large cast of eccentric characters and a police detective who has taken a sudden interest in his life. With a perfect sense of comedic timing, An Exile’s Perfect Letter is a portrait of a ma... + Read More
Series: Full CirclePaperbackHelen Fogwell Porter9781550817133$16.95POETRY Mar 22, 2018
Full Circle brings together poetry written across decades by one of Newfoundland’s best-loved writers. Balanced on the sharpest edge of life, yet caught in the ruthless pull of aging and death, these poems offer keen insights into the way the world was—and the way it ought to be. Throughout, Porter reminds us that change, like life, is a long and circuitous journey, and that the fight for a good life and a just society is never over.
Series: Best KindNew Writing Made in NewfoundlandPaperbackRobert Finley9781550817164$19.95LITERARY COLLECTIONS May 23, 2018
In Best Kind, editor and essayist Robert Finley introduces twelve of the most exciting essay writers currently working in Newfoundland. Highlighting a varied and electrifying range of new voices, this groundbreaking anthology presents the first generation of island writers to actively and consistently engage in the burgeoning field of creative nonfiction, blazing a trail into newfound territory.
Series: GamePaperbackJoan Sullivan9781550817195$19.95HISTORY Jun 27, 2018
The early 1970s marked the beginning of Newfoundland’s cultural renaissance. And in 1974, amidst the music, literature, and burgeoning patriotic pride, a young, upstart Reach for the Top team from Canada’s newest province had eliminated competitors from across the country, setting the stage for a showdown with the defending champions in the final match. In Game, Joan Sullivan tracks the signs of a culture coming into its own, and the team that held an entire island in rapt attention.