Series: Stolen CityRacial Capitalism and the Making of WinnipegPaperbackOwen Toews9781894037938$21.95POLITICAL 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: 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: TendrilsPaperbackMichèle Vinet9781772310740$16.95POETRY Jun 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 Jun 15, 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
From 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 East Indian/Black child, to crystal clear recolle... + Read More
Series: Mama's BoyPaperbackDavid Goudrault9781771663823$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 01, 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 Apr 16, 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.
Series: Night WorkThe Sawchuk PoemsPaperbackRandall Maggs9781771314947$20.00POETRY Jan 15, 2018
A new edition of a hockey saga, wrapping the game's story in the "intense, moody, contradictory" character of Terry Sawchuk, one of its greatest goalies.Denied the leap and dash up the ice, what goalies know is side to side, an inwardness of monk and cell. They scrape. They sweep. Their eyes are elsewhere as they contemplate their narrow place. Like saints, they pray for nothing, which brings grace. Off-days, what they want is space. They sit apart in bars. They know the length of streets in twenty cities. But it's their saving sense of irony t... + Read More
Series: False SpringPaperbackDarren Bifford9781771314763$20.00POETRY May 15, 2018
Poems about commitment and catastrophe,from a voice of intense lyrical skepticism and wonderful tonal mobility. False Spring, Darren Bifford's second collection of poetry, is a book largely concerned with various forms of collapse and cultural disintegration. These are poems of considerable weight and great energy at once, so that the impression is of a large-muscled animal that is also nimble. They are the work of an engaged moral imagination, alive with the conceptual issues of the times embedded in experience; their "philosophical" import... + Read More
What does it mean to be a man now?The answers in these poems are bold and deeply moving. The poems in Degan Davis's debut collection, What Kind Of Man Are You, move between the title's societal taunt (prove yourself) and its more tender and inquisitive question (how to be a man in this era?). Davis has guts; he trusts the voice of a poem to draw out those truths that in lesser hands might render us mute. The writing navigates the spaces between traditional male archetypes and 21st century possibilities, through the lenses of music, tribes, w... + Read More
Anxious, twitchy, urgent poems--a collection that's at once sardonic and "chronically wishful." Reckon, Steve McOrmond's first book of poems since his acclaimed 2010 collection The Good News about Armageddon, hones in on those fugitive moments when the parts of ourselves that have not been entirely subsumed by consumer capitalism escape their cages and come out to play--a photographer's lifelong desire to collect snowflakes, an adolescent's game of show-me-yours, the small, defiant act of letting a cellphone call go to voicemail. "The whole ... + Read More
Poems that skitter between life and death, "sleep and hurry," at their heart a kind of tender panic. By turns funny, frank, mysterious, and heartbreaking, Standing in the Flock of Connections, Heather Cadsby's fifth collection of poetry, is one hundred proof associative thought. These poems testify to the human mind's capacity to "do"--taking into account all of the performative, causal, athletic, and sexual connotations of that verb. Many of them come in on an overheard conversation or monologue--mid-fight, mid-stride--and the absent details... + Read More
Series: Essential ProseLand for FatimahPaperbackVeena Gokhale9781771832694$25.00FICTION Mar 01, 2018
Four strong women: Anjali, an Indo-Canadian single mother who eagerly accepts an African posting with her non-profit organization; Grace, her dedicated but dominating colleague, who opposes her; Fatimah, a farmer ousted from her home and fertile farmland, whom Anjali befriends; and Mary, Anjali's kindly maid, who must secure the future of her son, Gabriel. In Land for Fatimah, Anjali involves herself in Fatimah's quest to find new land for her scattered community, and is thrown into a web of intrigue that upturns her safe, orderly world. Captur... + Read More
Series: Essential ProseImmortal WaterPaperbackBrian Van Norman9781771832434$25.00FICTION Mar 01, 2018
Immortal Water offers a unique portrayal of the very human fear of ageing. The novel depicts two men from two time periods: the Spanish conquistador Juan Ponce de Leon in the 16th Century and a retired teacher named Ross Porter in contemporary times, both in the midst of life altering crises. Inside parallel plots the two men form an obsession with a quixotic search for the mythical fountain of youth. The protagonists sparkle into fullness as each is depicted in his struggle to remain vital while age slowly steals his significance away.
Meet the Garneau boys, triplets from small-town Ontario. Daniel the "eldest" is gay, and moves to Toronto with his best friend Karen to attend university. Eventually, he meets David, a bike mechanic whose Catholic Italian mother talks to her dead husbands. Their chemistry is immediate, but Daniel is still drawn to his ex-boyfriend Marcus, a performance artist whose grandfather was a book-burning Nazi. A Boy at the Edge of the World is a rollicking dramedy that explores the compulsive and (ultimately) universal human pursuit of intimacy, sex, an... + Read More
Joseph, the tactician behind the Piccadilly Circus bombing, finds himself in a nursing home in Pierrefonds, Quebec. A visit from a long-lost former fellow cell member interrupts his dalliance with the night nurse, provoking both a crisis and a period of reflection. Did he lose his mind back then as a young man? Or is he losing it now? Why did a systems analyst living on the Kandahar Road in London, with a PhD from the London School of Economics and an enthusiasm for Bobby Darin's hit "Dream Lover" (the Farsi version), bring home fertilizer? Wil... + Read More
Series: MiroLandArise The Dead IThe Great WarPaperbackElizabeth Langridge9781771832816$25.00FICTION Mar 01, 2018
This story--part memoir, part historical fiction--spans a period of one hundred years, from 1914 to 2014, with the main emphasis being on the years of the two World Wars. It concentrates on the lives of real people--the author's parents, the author, a young pilot from New Jersey in WW1, and others--as well as some fictional characters, who all lived through one or both of the wars and were profoundly affected personally by them. Arise the Dead I focuses on World War I where the author's dad took part in the Battle of Loos (September 1915) and w... + Read More
Series: MirolandArise The Dead IIWorld War TwoPaperbackElizabeth Langridge9781771832847$25.00FICTION Mar 01, 2018
This story--part memoir, part historical fiction--spans a period of one hundred years, from 1914 to 2014, with the main emphasis being on the years of the two World Wars. It concentrates on the lives of real people--the author's parents, the author, a young pilot from New Jersey in WW1, and others--as well as some fictional characters, who all lived through one or both of the wars and were profoundly affected personally by them. Arise the Dead II focuses on World War Two where the home of the author's parents was bombed in late 1940 during the ... + Read More
Series: Essential PoetsLikePaperbackMax Layton9781771832472$20.00POETRY Mar 01, 2018
Like consists of fifty poems every one of which uses the word "like." Like is about people and things Layton likes -- or, sometimes, dislikes. In these poems, Layton expresses a gamut of emotions, from the fear of death to the peaceful contentment of watching two nesting Canadian geese. However, "like" is more than an emotionally charged verb. It is also the basis of simile. It is by likening one thing to another that Layton finds meaning in ordinary things. Since all things are alike in some way, Like is a book of poetry about the underlying u... + Read More
Series: Essential PoetsPoetry Is BloodPaperbackKeith Garebian9781771832793$20.00POETRY Apr 01, 2018
Combining eloquent lyrics and edgy anti-lyrics, the poems in Poetry is Blood both rehearse and flout conventions of lyric poetry to speak with deep-rooted melancholy about family and tribal history, ancient walls, paintings, monuments, martyred poets, and genocidal madness. These pieces have the wide cross-stylistic reach of elegy yet fearlessly resist any redemptive rhetoric. They possess the rare ability of being both personal and political at the same time.
The essays in If You're Not Free At Work, Where Are You Free: Literature and Social Change focus on the interconnection of community/workplace/individual and how literature has a role in social struggles aimed at making that nexus more liberatory. Certain essays develop some of Wayman's earlier ideas concerning the potential of imaginative writing that takes daily work as its central theme. The range of topics includes various social issues in contemporary writing--narrative, love poems, the teaching (and hence status) of poetry, and postmodernism.
There are unseen forces in our lives that shape who we are and what we become. How we respond to those forces determines our futures. These stories examine how characters respond to the unexpected. Do we carry our memories of the beautiful moments of life with us into death? And, ultimately, what do we value in life that defines us--from a hat to the shadow of a figure in a window reminding us of what we have lost or need to hold onto?
Nobody Looks That Young Here is about interconnected characters who struggle with whether to accept or reject their seemingly predetermined lives in Currie Township, Southwestern Ontario. The youth and adolescence of one character, Michael Carrion, makes up a large part of the narrative, but the narrators vary in age and gender and the story unfolds over a period of approximately 30 years. As ancestors, this book could count Lives of Girls and Women, Winesburg, Ohio, Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town and the novels of S.E. Hinton.
Series: Guernica World EditionsMost Precious BloodPaperbackVince Sgambati9781771833066$25.00FICTION Mar 01, 2018
Fans of Anne Tyler's quirky characters and her attention to family life, or Pete Hamill's depiction of diverse, ethnic, urban neighborhoods will connect to Most Precious Blood, set in the eleventh-hour of a declining Italian-American neighborhood where complex and often destructive loyalties have dire consequences. Hard Luck Lenny is the quintessential good son, brother, and father, and he fears a calamity will derail his son's future the way his own dreams were derailed years ago, but Frankie is preoccupied with thoughts of Gennaro DiCico, the... + Read More
A Japanese detective agency in Midwest America; a sex triangle with the vampish Angela at its apex, and love-sick Pohl and lust-warped Burnett at the receiving ends; a Fat Man devouring a huge luncheon amidst the splendours of his garden; and has-been vixen Violet seeking justice and revenge. Just some of the elements of No. 22 Pleasure City, a novel that ranges in flavour between Japanese manga, pulp fiction and tongue-in-cheek pornography. The novel is a story of betrayal, obsession, rejection, friendship, and -- ultimately -- redemption.
Series: Guernica World EditionsCaminosPaperbackScott Walker9781771833127$25.00FICTION Apr 01, 2018
Caminos tells the story of Mercedes González Conde and her daughter, granddaughter and great-grandson. Each of them live and love, cope with and compound their inner troubles as issues of abandonment, attachment, identity and rootlessness circle around and through them. The novel is set in the northwest Spanish province of Asturias and the eastern United States -- primarily West Virginia and Ohio -- with scenes in Mexico, Canada, Prague and Berlin.
Series: First PoetsWaitPaperbackNed Baeck9781771832809$18.00POETRY Mar 01, 2018
In Wait, relationship and reflection are drawn on to free emotion and understanding from fear, whether it would grow in praise of passion or cooling love, or arise from being trapped by power or lost to indulgence. The poems in Wait seek to cut through the dishonesty and abuse that skew life.
Hard Candy / Pitch Roll Yaw is a flip book with two poetry collections facing each other. In Hard Candy Annie Lanzillotto offers poems and prose of caregiving and mourning in the relationship between the poet and her mother. Pitch Roll Yaw is organized into fourteen stations each beginning with a See, Saw poem -- one line of two phrases separated by a fulcrum: comma, caesura, spondee, dash, or backslash, with a quick shift in weight and change in meaning. Each station is unified by theme or form.
Bartholomew the Englishman was a 13th century Franciscan friar and scholar whose only surviving work, De proprietatibus rerum (The Properties of Things), was intended as an encyclopedia of the world. The poet has culled certain details from the tome and added many others to construct what he conceives his garden might have been like, assuming he had one, and how he might have described it. He has also repositioned him as a poet. This collection is to be understood as an invention.
It is The War to End All Wars, and Ena Connelly, a keenly sensory and extraordinary woman, is newly married and living on an Ontario farm. The shock of violence in far-off battlefields is echoed in a terror much closer to hand. With bold perception and remarkable self-reliance, Ena faces a dramatically altered world. Ena is self-contained, and careful not to reach too far into the turbulent emotional lives of others. As the war progresses, Ena forms a fierce bond of loyalty for Blain, the delightful but (necessarily) duplicitous boy who comes t... + Read More
Series: The MadrigalPaperbackDian Day9781771334938$22.95FICTION Jun 14, 2018
Meet Frederick Madrigal: the seventh son of a struggling woman on welfare who already had three sets of male twins spaced two years apart. A one-time child prodigy, Frederick was the subject of the benevolent index finger of God. While his older brothers ran wild, the sensitive and musically gifted Frederick began to sneak out of the house to sing for spare change in front of city bars and nightclubs, his repertoire learned from his mother's secret midnight singing. Through the intervention of a number of well intentioned benefactors, he ends ... + Read More
Series: Days of MoonlightPaperbackLoren Edizel9781771334778$22.95FICTION May 03, 2018
Days of Moonlight takes place mostly in Turkey between 1924 and 2010, and spans the lives of three generations who move as refugees from Crete to Izmir and finally to Toronto. The novel centres on the life and loves of Mehtap, a woman in her mid-twenties with a delicious sense of humour. While working as a secretary at a zipper factory in Izmir, she falls madly in love with her boss for whom she has to lie and wrap presents for his mistress and his wife. Her love for him doesn't change when she also falls in love with her friend, Nuray. After N... + Read More
Series: Almost TruePaperbackJan Rehner9781771335058$22.95FICTION May 24, 2018
Almost True is the story of an extraordinary friendship among four women living in a small village in Burgundy during World War II. Madeleine, the eccentric village beauty, is a spinner of stories and dreams. Léa, the doctor's daughter, is brave and resourceful. Simone, the outsider from Paris, has a secret of her own to hide, and the hardworking and practical Eugénie struggles to keep her vineyard alive. When Eugénie's younger brother, the reckless and handsome Gaston, is suddenly missing, the village buzzes with rumour. All four women think t... + Read More
The White Ribbon Man is a murder mystery set in Toronto. A woman's body is found in the basement toilet of a downtown Toronto church. It is an Anglican church that welcomes homeless people for coffee and soup and has a congregation composed largely of social activists. The discovery challenges a community that sees itself as a compassionate one and causes people who once were comfortable with each other to become suspicious instead. During the investigation we get to know something about the minister whose sleepwalking makes him suspect, a lib... + Read More
Lovers Fall Back to Earth is a human drama about three sisters, the men they marry, and the repercussions in their lives when disaster strikes. The sisters fall in love while they are at university and the three couples become part of a group of students who are shaped by the ideas of the sixties and who meet to discuss ideas of liberty, politics, and environmentalism. Young and idealistic revolutionaries, they believe they can change the world, as they hold forth in the smoking room where they spout philosophies about personal freedom. They fo... + Read More
Judith, at fifty, feels that her life is irremediably stalled, and she is depressed. Although she has a secure job teaching English at a university, she is the single mother of a son on the autistic spectrum who has been lurching through the school system, year by year. He is a non-reader, and she is worried that ninth grade English may be too much for him. Because of the demands of work and mothering, she is isolated. Buried under the surface of her life, is her longing to write, and her deep feelings for Brian, a man who taught her in a creat... + Read More
The novel revolves around the forced sale of a painting in Nazi-occupied Vienna. Zoltan Nagy, the legitimate heir, is pressured by his daughter to go to court and recoup his parents' possessions. But Zoltan is in love with the present owner of the painting. What if winning the court case means losing her? And thereby hangs a tale with several twists and turns: secrets, assumptions and slippery identities are the ingredients the author has used to create a page-turner. Zoltan's daughter, Cereta, claims the painting was sold under duress. But is ... + Read More
Hiraeth is about women supporting and lending strength and clarity to other women so they know that moving forward is always possible-- and always necessary. It documents a journey of struggle that pertains to a dark point in Canadian history that few talk about and of which even fewer seem aware. Poems speak to the 1960's "scoop up" of children and how this affected the lives of (one or thousands) of First Nations and Métis girls-- girls who later grew to be women with questions, women with wounds, women who felt like they had no place to call... + Read More
Bringing together the themes of death, of gender and sexuality, the poet creates a speaker whose language and experience, linked from poem to poem, reflects the true complexity of a woman's perspective. Death is a prevalent theme; anxiety, fear and paranoia simmer throughout the poems. Regret, too, is a recurrent theme, as previous experience defines us even by its absence. The societal construct of womanhood, questions of aging, and female stereotypes are opportunities for an analysis of women's roles and the speaker's need to subvert modern i... + Read More
The poems in this book trace the emotional and spiritual journey of a woman whose beloved son dies after an arduous battle with cancer. Nudelman explores the nexus between art, healing, and truth. As the woman gradually climbs out of grief's darkness she reclaims her own life's purpose. Confronting her losses, she heals. This collection is about strength, survival, love, and the healing that comes from self-empowerment through speaking one's own truth and releasing the past. Inspired by art and nature, the poet/mother reconnects with her own fo... + Read More
Series: The Discovery of FlightPaperbackSusan Glickman9781771335133$19.95YOUNG ADULT FICTION Age (years) from 12 - 18Apr 25, 2018
The Discovery of Flight is a novel in two voices about the relationship between two sisters, the older of whom is disabled by cerebral palsy and only able to communicate with assistive technology (she can control her computer by moving her eyes). It interweaves the fantasy novel sixteen-year-old Libby is writing for Sophie's thirteenth birthday, and Sophie's diary, in which she discusses the deteriorating condition of her older sister. The book's title is also the title of Libby's novel, in which Libby takes the form of a hawk telepathically li... + Read More
In Search of Pure Lust documents an important chapter in lesbian history that is already being distorted and erased, a time when lesbians were reinventing everything from the ground up. Along with violence against women around the globe, lesbians of the 1970s and '80s were motivated by growing militarism, rampant development, species loss, and living systems in decline. For many, this was the logical conclusion to a state of law/mind/rule that had prevailed for thousands of years -- patriarchy.This is a long overdue and unvarnished insider's ac... + Read More
Series: SuperPaperbackJennifer Chen9781554832057$19.95FICTION Age (years) from 12 - 18Jun 15, 2018
In 1900, Frances E. Shaw floats innocuously from her hospital bed, and changes the world forever. With Frances dawns the era of "Supers", children that develop extraordinary supernatural powers during puberty. Crime plummets. Wars stall. Magnificent children sweep the world by storm, and everyone is entranced.In the present day, all eyes are on Beata Bell, descendent of the great Frances E. Shaw. Bets are placed on which amazing power she will inherit. Flight? Telekinesis? Super hearing? Only Beata Bell remains stubbornly, infuriatingly, and in... + Read More
Series: Local HeroesPaperbackPenn Kemp9781554832064$19.95POETRY Jun 15, 2018
In LOCAL HEROES, Penn Kemp celebrates legendary cultural heroes from London Ontario. These poems evoke a specific city in its particular landscape and history. Kemp documents London's literary and artistic heritage in honouring artists in fields ranging from visual through the word to figure skating. Presented as an overview, the collection stretches from Victoria explorer Teresa Harris to the contemporary arts scene. Local Heroes acknowledges the Indigenous peoples here, and the ongoing waves of settlers who have called the area home, as Londo... + Read More
Series: Black Like Who20th anniversary editionPaperbackRinaldo Walcott9781554832071$19.95LITERARY CRITICISM Jun 15, 2018
Twenty years ago Rinaldo Walcott's groundbreaking study of black culture in Canada, Black Like Who?, caused such an uproar upon its publication Insomniac Press has produced a special 20th anniversary edition. With its incisive readings of hip-hop, film, literature, social unrest, sports, music and the electronic media, Walcott's book not only assesses the role of black Canadians in defining Canada, it also argues strenuously against any notion of an essentialist Canadian blackness. As erudite on the issue of American super-critic Henry Louis Ga... + Read More
Series: Bad AnimalsPaperbackTom Cull9781554832125$19.95POETRY Jun 15, 2018
Tom Cull's debut collection is equal parts zoo, fun-house, and curio cabinet. A mouthy badger tells off a search committee, a family of beavers conspire to commit murder, a celebrity seal slips his cage, and a flock of seabirds pay a visit to Ripley's Aquarium. In these poems, human and animal spaces overlap, often marking moments of transgression, rebellion, escape, and capture. The rural logic of everyday violence stands in relief to urban hyper-spectacles of animal incursion. Home and habitat are flooded with invasive species, cute animals... + Read More