In Zimbabwe, John Eppel and Togara Muzanenhamo epitomise the ideal of the poet dedicated to excellence in form as well as content. There are as many definitions of poetry as there are poets but, as the Merriam-Webster Dictionary usefully explains, poetry is "Writing that formulates a concentrated imaginative awareness of experience in language chosen and arranged to create a specific emotional response through its meaning, sound, and rhythm...." In their arrangement of words and creation of sounds and rhythms, John Eppel and Togara Muzanenhamo ... + Read More
Series: Violence No MoreThe Rise of Indigenous WomenPaperbackWanda Nanibush9781894037853$24.00SOCIAL SCIENCE Aug 30, 2018
In Violence No More, Wanda Nanibush offers a personal, political and historical account of violence against Indigenous women, children and two-spirited people. Nanibush connects the struggle for a national inquiry to the larger context of colonial violence from the state, from non-Indigenous men and within Indigenous communities where the trauma has turned inward. An informal and lively history of Indigenous women's activism, Violence No More maps the colonial routes and roots of this tragedy while also showing the massive, consistent and persi... + Read More
You Don't Know Me, But You Love Me is a biography of beloved American movie actor Dick Miller. Miller's fantastically storied life, the legendary people with whom he has worked and played, the times in which he's lived and the fascinating environments of both Broadway and Hollywood over the past seventy years are all thoroughly and engagingly explored in this first and only biography of the cult legend. The result of both extensive interviews and exhaustive research, You Don't Know Me, But You Love Me is at once story of how an unassuming guy s... + Read More
The origins of medicare have long been told as a simple and satisfying story: a good idea, born in Saskatchewan, was championed by our Greatest Canadian, Tommy Douglas, embraced by Canadians, now stands as a cherished example of our nation's unique values. Radical Medicine is a visionary and politicized new history of medicare. It traces medicare's roots around the world--to the New Deal in the US, the October Revolution in Russia and the British Labour movement. From the 1930s to the early 1950s radical health advocates from around the Atlanti... + Read More
Series: Fate & KnivesPaperbackMaureen Evans9781927886120$20.00POETRY Oct 01, 2018
Evan's debut poetry collection skirts a diverse geography, threaded by a voice that is sensorially-awake, curious, and humane. Fate & Knives investigates food, writing, personal history and barely-known places with a disarming approach to language and subject. What surfaces is a collection full of unlikely observational detail and delicate ambiguity.
Rapid-flowing and detailed, Heather Paul's debut novel follows Serena, a narrator who at the story's start, is back in the town she couldn't wait to leave. Dumped by her boyfriend and living in her parents' basement, she takes a job at her small town's main employer, an institution for people with developmental disabilities. When one of her residents dies in her arms, she flees the trauma, ultimately embarking on a journey that pushes and pulls her between constraint and freedom, despair and hope. Set in small-town Ontario, Australia, northern... + Read More
Series: Other Everest, TheNavigating the Pathway to Successful LeadershipHardcoverDavid Irvine9781988440286$29.95BODY, MIND & SPIRIT Aug 30, 2018
What David Irvine posits is that Everest is not unattainable. Integrity, sensitivity and discipline are some of the qualities that lead us to the peak.
Series: Poems of LoveFor IngridPaperbackDon Brestler9781988440347$11.95POETRY Sep 30, 2018
These are true love poems from the heart, simple, guileless, sorrowful.
Series: GruffA Musical for 2 Goats and a TrollPaperbackMercedes Batiz-Benet9781988440262$10.95PERFORMING ARTS Mar 30, 2018
The grass really is greener on the other side. But a hideous troll has taken up residence under the bridge, and the promised land is forever unattainable - if you're a goat born on the wrong side of the craggy chasm. The troll is soon recruited to join the side of the underclass, but when the revolution is won, the victors become tyrants, and it's up to the troll to find a way to break the cycle of greed. Finally, everybody agrees that the green grass is for everybody to eat -- it's a timely parable about immigration, through the lens of the Th... + Read More
Broadly adapted from George Orwell's classic "Animal Farm", this book narrates the transformation of fairly happy, functional farm, taken over by a bunch of farm animals led by some pigs, who succeed in driving away the 'human' masters who once ran the place. The rebellion, generally successful at the start, degenerated into a system dominated by the pigs, led by a pig named Napoleon and some of his loyal pig supporters who usurped all power even as they propagated their hatred of the "humans'.Rebelion en la granja 2017 is a Spanish-language ed... + Read More
Series: The Legend of Rhyme SeriesStir of ShadowsPaperbackJaime Lee Mann9781988279725$16.99JUVENILE FICTION Age (years) from 8 - 12Sep 18, 2018
Marigold has never felt like she truly belonged with her family. And neither has Frederick. When a phoenix feather brings the young teens together for the first time, they finally understand why: they are twins, separated as children.The two soon learn they have other siblings, and that if they successfully reunite with their brother and sister before the feather bursts into flame, they will all fulfill otherworldly destinies. What they don't know is that their mysterious sister is a villainous witch who has been trapped in the cover of a grim... + Read More
Series: The Battledoors SeriesBattledoorsThe Golden SlatePaperbackBrian Wilkinson9781988279572$19.99YOUNG ADULT FICTION Age (years) from 12 - 18Sep 18, 2018
Life constantly seems to be wavering between really good and really bad for Owen, a lonely sixteen-year-old still reeling from the unexpected death of his mother and a fresh move to Toronto. After ducking into an old bookstore to escape high school bullies, Owen discovers that he can travel to a parallel, twisted version of the city using a magical tablet called a Battledoor. He encounters new allies, bizarre creatures, and the ultimate antagonist who will stop at nothing to procure the magical Golden Slate for himself. Forced to work closely w... + Read More
Series: The Deadish ChroniclesParamnesiaPaperbackBrian Wilkinson9781988279596$19.99YOUNG ADULT FICTION Age (years) from 12 - 18Sep 18, 2018
"Nora Edwards finally has everything she wants out of life, including the boy of her dreams, until one night that dream turns into a nightmare. On their way home from prom, Nora and Andrew are attacked by a supernatural creature called the Revenant that sucks the souls out of the living in order to feed itself. Nora manages to escape from the creature, but Andrew is not as fortunate.Although Nora suffers loss that night, she gains something as well: the ability to see the dead, including her recently deceased boyfriend. Whether the skill is a g... + Read More
Series: Beneath the AldersInnocent, ThePaperbackLynne Golding9781988279671$19.99FICTION Oct 30, 2018
In the year 1907, all of Brampton is present at the sod-turning ceremony for the Carnegie Library. At the end of the event, the crowd rises as one to walk to the Presbyterian Church for a consecration service... Everyone except Jessie Stephens and her family. Her father will not allow them to enter the Presbyterian Church. No one will tell young Jessie the reason, but she learns that it has something to do with her grandfather Jesse Brady, who built it. As she seeks to solve that mystery over many years, Jessie slowly begins to learn the histor... + Read More
Series: Primrose StreetPaperbackMarina L Reed9781988279695$19.99FICTION Oct 30, 2018
Welcome to Primrose Street, where neighbours share close interactions but know very little of each other. Only the maple trees that have lined the road for decades know their decisions, indiscretions, secrets, joys, and pains. From fifty-year residents Charlie and Cora and their grandson Ronald, to newcomer Sofia and her son Nicolas, to best friends Tabitha and Dayna, the residents of Primrose Street go about their daily lives--shopping, attending school, meeting at cafés, smiling as they pass on the sidewalk--all the while remaining invisible ... + Read More
Series: The Immortal Writers SeriesImmortal CreatorsPaperbackJill Bowers9781988279565$19.99YOUNG ADULT FICTION Age (years) from 12 - 18Sep 18, 2018
Sixteen-year-old author Scott Beck never wanted to be an Immortal Writer--not after his father was killed on a mission attempting to dispatch his own villain. Scott blames Shakespeare and the Writers for his father's untimely demise, but no amount of hatred will prevent the oncoming alien attack, which has come over to reality straight from Scott's book.Scott is forced to collect his characters--an Air Force colonel, two of the best pilots on Earth, and an alien enthusiast from the year 2134--and defeat the alien king before Earth is obliterate... + Read More
Series: The Hit the Ground Running SeriesFlow Like WaterPaperbackMark Burley9781988279480$19.99YOUNG ADULT FICTION Age (years) from 12 - 18Sep 18, 2018
"Run, Eric--go as far as you can as fast as you can. I will find you."Eric Bakker's search isn't over. The conspiracy revealed by his parents' research goes deeper than he could have imagined, into a place and an organisation with as much history--and secrecy--as any in the world. Getting in won't be easy, and he'll need help from his friends more than ever. But when one of them commits a personal sacrifice so Eric can escape from the killers known as the Vidi, the fallout threatens to split the group apart.Tess has been there from the beginnin... + Read More
Series: The Nefertari Hughes Mystery SeriesMedallion of MurderPaperbackBR Myers9781988279633$19.99YOUNG ADULT FICTION Age (years) from 12 - 18Sep 18, 2018
Still struggling with nightmares from the past summer, Terry tries to bury her secret guilt and enjoy her family's first Christmas in Devonshire. But when a murdered man is found with a postcard addressed to her, Terry fears the repercussions from that fateful night in Egypt are becoming a reality.After she receives a coded message from Awad, Terry and her best friend Maude are thrown into the hunt for a lost medallion, an artifact that possesses a great power--and a gruesome destiny. As each clue leads to more disturbing truths (and bodies), T... + Read More
We All Need to Eat is a new collection of linked stories from award-winning author Alex Leslie that revolve around Soma, a young Queer woman in Vancouver, chronicling her attempts to come to grips with herself, her family and her sexuality.Set in different moments falling between Soma's childhood and her late thirties, each story - bold and varying in its approach to narrative - presents a sea change in Soma's life, from Soma becoming addicted to weightlifting while going through a break-up in her thirties; to her complex relationship with her... + Read More
Kerstin Ostheim, a journalist, and P. J. Banner, a freelance photographer, have been together six months after meeting on a dating website. They are getting married in two weeks and as the wedding fast approaches, they question their compatibility while investigating mysterious horse killings that are taking place in Ogweyo's Cove, the Hawaiin tourist haven where they live.In the meantime, Schuld Ostheim, Kerstin's transgender daughter from her first marriage, is preparing for an art exhibit after being hospitalized for a physical assault while... + Read More
Series: Literature in Translation SeriesFaerie Devouring, ThePaperbackCatherine Lalonde9781771664271$20.00FICTION Nov 01, 2018
A modern-day fable and mythic bildungsroman, The Faerie Devouring tells the story of a young girl raised by her grandmother (a stalwart matriarch and wicked fairy godmother) following her mother's death during childbirth. The absent mother haunts the story of this girl whose greatest misfortune is to have been born female.In this critically-acclaimed coming-of-age story by Quebecois author Catherine Lalonde, and translated by Oana Avasilichioaei, questions of what it means to be born female and grow into a woman are explored. The story is rife ... + Read More
Series: EssaisRefuseCanLit in RuinsPaperbackErin Wunker9781771664318$25.00LITERARY CRITICISM Nov 15, 2018
CanLit--the commonly used short form for English Canadian Literature as a cultural formation and industry--has been at the heart of several recent public controversies. Why? Because CanLit is breaking open to reveal the accepted injustices at its heart. It is imperative that these public controversies and the issues that sparked them be subject to careful and thorough discussion and critique. provides a critical and historical context to help readers understand conversations happening about CanLit presently. One of its goals is to foreground th... + Read More
In her third collection of poetry, Holy Wild, Gwen Benaway explores the complexities of being an Indigenous trans women in expansive lyric poems. She holds up the Indigenous trans body as a site of struggle, liberation, and beauty. A confessional poet, Benaway narrates her sexual and romantic intimacies with partners as well as her work to navigate the daily burden of transphobia and violence. She examines the intersections of Indigenous and trans experience through autobiographical poems and continues to speak to the legacy of abuse, violence,... + Read More
It Begins With The Body by Hana Shafi explores the milestones and hurdles of a brown girl coming into her own. Shafi's poems display a raw and frank intimacy and address anxiety, unemployment, heartbreak, relationships, identity, and faith.Accompanied by Shafi's candid illustrations that share the same delightful mixture of grotesque and humour found in her poems, It Begins With The Body navigates the highs and lows of youth. It is about feeling like an outsider, and reconciling with pain and awkwardness. It's about arguing with your mum about ... + Read More
Series: LediPaperbackKim Trainor9781771664479$18.00POETRY Oct 10, 2018
Ledi, the second book by Vancouver-based poet Kim Trainor, describes the excavation of an Iron Age Pazyryk woman from her ice-bound grave in the steppes of Siberia. Along with the woman's carefully preserved body, with its blue tattoos of leopards and griffins, grave goods were also discovered--rosehips and wild garlic, translucent vessels carved from horn, snow-white felt stockings and coriander seeds for burning at death. The archaeologist who discovered her, Natalya Polosmak, called her 'Ledi'--'the Lady'--and it was speculated that she may ... + Read More
Branches, Mark Truscott's first collection of poetry in more than eight years, gathers a series of lyric contemplations that revel in poetry's great task: to present thinking in language.Careful attention reveals that, even in our least significant seeming moments, our minds are constantly navigating disjunctions among registers of experience. Our intellect silently reminds our eyes that the car that appears to be moving between leaves is actually behind them and much larger. The sound of the vacuum cleaner in the next room is noise to be ignor... + Read More
Series: Ritualites, ThePaperbackMichael Nardone9781771664554$20.00POETRY Oct 26, 2018
The Ritualites is Michael Nardone's book-length poem on the sonic topography of North America.Composed over ten years at sites all across the continent--from Far Rockaway to the Olympic Peninsula, Great Bear Lake to the Gulf of California--the book documents the poet's listening amid our public exchanges, mediated ambiances, and itinerant intimacies. The Ritualites is a series of linguistic rituals that shift, page to page, through a range of forms and genres--a rhapsodic text for occasional singing and a best-selling thriller, a self-help guid... + Read More
Fraught with fatal mishaps and disastrous near misses, the missions of the space race between the Soviet Union and the United States defined an era and exemplified the global socio-political conflict of the Cold War. The Lost Cosmonauts by Ken Hunt is an elegy to humanity's fledgling efforts to explore outer space, and to those who lost their lives in pursuit of this goal.This wide-ranging collection of poems looks deep into the largely unexplored cosmos for experiences of the sublime, not only in celestial bodies and mythical figures among the... + Read More
This poetry collection creatively reveals the beautiful and bitter essences of the world from a distinctive Indigenous female voice. Speaking from her unique Mohawk perspective, the poet unapologetically sings words of wisdom and cultural confidence. By using this creative foundation to unite distinctive communities, she expresses raw emotion throughout her journey toward inner peace from a uniquely Indigenous point of view. It is this strong expression that the poet hopes will become a global guide for her communities to follow and interpret w... + Read More
Series: Modern Indigenous VoicesGoing Back HomePaperbackMarie Hess9781772310894$19.95FICTION Sep 15, 2018
Written by a Mohawk Institute Residential School survivor, this is a fierce and candid story that reveals the heartbreaking trauma of that tragic time in our history. The author portrays how the ongoing impact of the residential schools confinements has affected Indigenous communities over several generations and has contributed to many social problems that continue to exist today. By exploring that devastating history, the author finds and celebrates the resilient and hopeful spirit that many residential school survivors, like herself, have ma... + Read More
This debut English-language collection written by a Trillium Award-winning Francophone poet strikes with endless patterns and infinite grains. Through expert wordplay, technically sound poetry, and bold imagery, Charlebois offers a wistful approach to the moments we encounter most often in life. Each poem pulses with creativity as the poet breathes life into each of the thought-provoking pieces of his puzzle. It is this welcome interference with expectations and strong command of language that returns us to the overlooked, constantly changing w... + 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: About FaceEssays on Addiction, Recovery, Therapies, and ControversiesPaperbackDougas Gosse PH.D9781550816884$19.95SELF-HELP Aug 15, 2018
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.
Both "grave and brave, serious and hilarious"--new poems from a Governor General's Award-winning poet. How to Avoid Huge Ships, Julie Bruck's fourth collection of poetry, is a book of arguments and spells against the ambushes of age. This is, of course, a pointless exercise with a rich history. Bruck's new poems excavate a middle zone?as old parents wither and regress, while the young declare their independence. Parents grow down, children up, and it's from the uncomfortable in-between that these poems peer into what Philip Larkin describes ... + Read More
Series: ReunionPaperbackDeanna Young9781771314886$20.00POETRY Oct 01, 2019
Poems that unfold like liturgy, confronting old violence with a trembling, dignified restraint. Reunion is a parable, an origin story, a cautionary tale. It is also a time machine in which poems commune with ghosts in an attempt both to reckon with and subvert their legacy. It is a tale of the impossible quest for the original, unhurt self. A girlhood is re-inhabited and oddly transformed as the adult becomes ally of her younger self. Young's writerly range extends through language both candid and stylized, and to forms from ballads to praye... + Read More
Series: Yellow CranePaperbackSusan Gillis9781771314916$20.00POETRY Nov 01, 2018
Inviting, human, capacious poems that grapple with ideas while also lightly grieving our capacity for ruin. Yellow Crane, Susan Gillis's fourth collection of poetry, is a book of many views, many voices. A long look at the changing landscape of a Montreal neighbourhood becomes at once a lament and a love poem. A sequence of poems inspired by Japanese tanka take on the cultural weather, core-drilling into the contradictions and uncertainties of the everyday. Writers, artists, thinkers, cooks, and others congregate in a hammock on the edge of ... + Read More
In response to overwhelming requests from his fan base around the world, bestselling home cook and food blogger Barry Parsons has compiled his ultimate collection of cookie recipes. From mouthwatering no-bake cookies to drop cookies chalk full of warm comfort, Rock Recipes Cookies includes all you’ll ever need when seeking a delectable bite-sized delight. And your cookie jar will never be the same when you try Barry’s quintessential guide to afterschool cookie glee. There’s even a section dedicated to milk and cookies as Barry reveals all the t... + Read More
In the small hours of October 14, 1942, a German U-boat sank the passenger ferry SS Caribou in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Of the 237 people on board, 136 perished, including 49 civilians. In Land Beyond the Sea, bestselling author Kevin Major reimagines the events of that fateful night from the perspectives of both those aboard the doomed vessel and the German U-boat commander who gave the order. With his characteristically sharp, evocative prose style, Major delivers an epic work of historical fiction, detailing a life-and-death conflict in the... + Read More
Series: Shiny and NewHardcoverRobert Chafe9781550817492$16.95JUVENILE FICTION Oct 12, 2018
Abigail Maureen Margaret-Rose Davis was the very best singer to ever grace the stage in Belbin’s Bight, Newfoundland. But this year, young Abigail would have to perform in her Christmas concert without her beloved Nan in the audience. Then Amira, a child from a faraway land, is introduced to the community, and, together with Amira, Abigail will learn the true spirit of the holidays. In Shiny and New, acclaimed writer Robert Chafe crafts an instant modern-day classic for children and parents alike, reaffirming the traditional values of the seaso... + Read More
For almost fifty years, Tom Dawe has stood as one of the most respected and admired poets in Newfoundland. This definitive, necessary collection spans five decades of poetic achievement, reprinting each of Dawe’s published collections while gathering previously uncollected poems along with a stunning body of new work. This volume stands as a testament to a monumental achievement for readers both at home and abroad.
Series: DigPaperbackTerry Doyle9781550817591$19.95FICTION Feb 15, 2019
With a remarkable range of feeling and addictive prose style, Terry Doyle offers ten extraordinary stories in a debut of remarkable insight. An act of kindness results in the destruction of a friendship. A man fashions a makeshift concealed weapon to destroy property while walking his dog. And a businessman delays his departure to spend time with a woman he can barely talk to. In story after story, Doyle presents characters that appear normal, but time and again prove there is no normal.
Series: transVersingStories by Today's Trans YouthPaperbackFor the Love of Reading9781550817621$9.95DRAMA Oct 12, 2018
Originally produced for the stage by For the Love of Learning and Artistic Fraud of Newfoundland, the dramatic selections from transVersing feature some of Newfoundland’s most vibrant trans-youth voices. Gathering the work of Dane Woodland, Fionn Shea, Daze Jefferies, Violet Drake, Taylor Stocks, and Perin Squires, transVersing is “where fiddle meets Shakespeare meets slam poetry meets soapbox rant.” These are brave, creative, and revealing voices charting our course to understanding and social justice for all.
Series: A Woman's Almanac: 2019PaperbackSt. John's Status of Women Council9781550817584$19.95BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY Sep 18, 2018
Beautifully and functionally designed—and complete with a calendar, important dates, and empowering art and narratives by women—the 2019 edition of Breakwater’s annual Women’s Almanac is a day planner, a celebration of feminism, and a guide to a year of productivity, inclusivity, and activism.
Series: Hell's Flames to Heaven's GateA History of the Roman Catholic Church in NewfoundlandPaperbackJack Fitzgerald9781550817225$19.95RELIGION Oct 01, 2018
From Newfoundland’s role as a sanctuary for the displaced immigrants of the Irish-Catholic diaspora to a Catholic Bishop’s plea to an English monarch, and from the stories of relics and cultural artifacts to the building of the magnificent Basilica-Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, Jack Fitzgerald returns to chronicle the most socially and politically powerful institution in Newfoundland history.
Series: FLEMPaperbackRebecca Rosen9781772620245$20.00COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS Oct 09, 2018
Julia Marten's a mess: she's running out of inheritance money, failing out of art school, and haunted by the ghost of her depressed mother. And then there's the compulsive nose-picking thing... When Julia meets a group of radical feminist performance artists in a Brussels squat, she is convinced by their political perspective and enchanted by their counter-cultural lifestyle. But has she found her tribe... or lost her mind?
Inspired by the stories her father told her, Dénommé sketches a portrait of a Northern mining town in the late 1970s. Shifts in the uranium mine last 100 days, then workers have two weeks to adjust to civilization before returning. The pay is good, the work is grueling but they can all be found drinking heavily on a Saturday night. Life is hollow, one shift at a time, waiting for the depletion of resources -- natural or human. The book never loses focus of the main character as he struggles with his lifestyle choice. It is a quiet but powerful ... + Read More
A poignant account of an alcoholic father who drags his family into misfortune, The Vagabond Valise is the heart-breaking autobiographical story of Siris, represented by his chicken-headed alter ego. Siris paints a sincere and poetic portrait of his troubled childhood, in and out of foster homes, but also of the working-class, post-war Quebec where it took place. Ten years in the making, The Vagabond Valise is the first graphic novel from a founding father of the Quebec comix underground.
Series: On VinylFirst Hand Tales from a Second Hand Record ShopPaperbackLorenz Peters9781772620290$15.00COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS Oct 15, 2018
High Fidelity for a new generation. Living in Toronto has its challenges, especially when duct tape-wielding landlords and ever-encroaching developers are involved. For Lenny, the antidote to the chaos at home is the realization of a dream: opening a used record store with a carefully curated selection. He works hard, sneaking bites of cold noodles between customers, and politely tolerating even the most ridiculous requests. Unfortunately, Lenny's store isn't much more stable than his home life. Rent is sky-high, and sales are sporadic. Some ... + Read More
Series: Essential ProseMouth of TruthBuried SecretsPaperbackLillian Boraks-Nemetz9781771833226$20.00FICTION Apr 01, 2018
Mouth of Truth is the unique story of a woman trapped in the vault of family secrets, part of her still a hidden child, some 40 years after the Second World War. Following a crisis, she leaves her home and children in search of the truth about her beloved father, a Jewish policeman in the Warsaw Ghetto. The story reveals how unhealed childhood trauma of a parent can be transmitted from one generation to the next, destroying families and other relationships in its wake.
Series: Rotten PeachesPaperbackLisa de Nikolits9781771335294$22.95FICTION Sep 20, 2018
Rotten Peaches is a gripping epic filled with disturbing and unforgettable insights into the human condition. Love, lust, race and greed. How far will you go? Two women. Two men. One happy ending. It takes place in Canada, the U.S. and South Africa. Nature or nurture. South Africa, racism and old prejudices -- these are hardly old topics but what happens when biological half-siblings meet with insidious intentions? Can their moral corruption be blamed on genetics -- were they born rotten to begin with? And what happens when they meet up with mo... + Read More
Hilarity and queer magic realism twist the throttle when Jackie, a loner with a secret bank-robbing persona, meets Vespa: sexy, sculpture-welding artist and collector of vintage motorbikes. Still planning elaborate revenge on a New York ex-lover, Jackie tests both her new relationship and the loyalties of her friends, a rag-tag gang of post-punk eccentrics, realizing how love changes hatred only after her scheme runs out of control. An innocent misstep and an encrypted mystery swings the romance into the dangerous orbit of a construction mogul ... + Read More
Series: PlotsA Robin MacFarland MysteryPaperbackSky Curtis9781771335379$22.95FICTION Sep 20, 2018
Robin MacFarland is a smart, funny, self-deprecating journalist who works for the Home and Garden section of a major Toronto newspaper while she grapples hilariously with her weight, drinking and spirituality. The city news is slow and Robin has been assigned to dig up a real estate development story in cottage country near Huntsville, Ontario. Her editor has given her a long list of potential angles including water pollution, light pollution, traffic congestion, boat traffic, taxes, electricity costs, golf courses, fertilizer, algae blooms, la... + Read More
The Heart Begins Here is the story of the ever-optimistic, earnest Sara Requier and her disintegrating seven-year relationship with the cynical Wanda Wysoka. Along with her relationship struggles, Sara must contend with the drastic changes in the book industry that threaten her feminist bookstore, and as a mother who refuses to accept her daughter's lesbianism. Then, just as Wanda decides to leave Sara, Wanda's new young lover, Cindy, is murdered. The story takes place in a western Canadian city in 2001 -- much of it in Sara's bookstore, Common... + Read More
Series: Side by SidePaperbackAnita Kushwaha9781771335454$22.95FICTION Oct 20, 2018
Kavita Gupta is a woman in transition. When her troubled older brother, Sunil, disappears, she does everything in her power to find him, convinced that she can save him. Ten days later, the police arrive at her door to inform her that Sunil's body has been found. Her world is devastated. She finds herself in crisis mode, trying to keep the pieces of her life from falling apart even more. As she tries to cope with her loss, the support system around her begins to unravel. Her parents' uneasy marriage seems more precarious. Her health is failing ... + Read More
Series: The Old SongsPaperbackMadeline Coopsammy9781771335492$19.95YOUNG ADULT FICTION Oct 20, 2018
Tessa comes of age as the advent of Independence in a small British Caribbean island disturbs the status quo and establishes a new class and race hierarchy in a country that historically was a polyglot nation. As East Indians living in straitened circumstances in a city in which the social mores are now dictated by the white, mixed race, and well-to-do Blacks, Chinese, Syrians, and Portuguese, the family is under siege as they struggle with financial hardship and discrimination when they are forced to move from their beautiful home in Port of S... + Read More
Series: La BrigantessaPaperbackRosanna Micelotta Battigelli9781771335539$22.95FICTION Sep 20, 2018
La Brigantessa is based on true events in the aftermath of Italy's 1861 Unification, a turbulent period known as "The Decade of Fire" (1860-1870), when scores of brigands rebelled against the harsh policies imposed by the new government, which in turn ordered the destruction of these outlaws and anyone harbouring them. Gabriella Falcone is a peasant girl who works for Don Simone, the parish priest. She is forced to flee her hamlet of Camini in 1862 after stabbing Alfonso Fantin, a wealthy landowner who sexually assaulted her. Devastated to leav... + Read More
Born to privilege and wed to her high school sweetheart Veer, a free spirited Maya feels trapped in a conventional upper class family with patriarchal expectations in India. Claustrophobic within the dark walls of the mansion she lives in with her spouse, Maya starts living precariously through the threads of her curiosity. This curiosity that leads Maya to unearth a dark family secret, a brutal ancestral murder, which plunges her into a downward spiral of doubt with her shocking discovery of a remarkable resemblance to the murdered woman, Veer... + Read More
The Scent of Mogra and Other Stories is a collection of four short stories about strong female characters dealing with difficult life-changing situations. The turmoil that they face is, often, the result of a social structure that discriminates against women. Through these powerful women characters, the stories reflect attitudes and ways of life in a village in India, and in modern day Mumbai; they highlight the values of an older generation, and the dreams of a new one. Beneath all their differences, The Scent of Mogra and Other Stories illumi... + Read More
Series: Toward the NorthAnd Other Stories by Chinese Canadian AuthorsPaperbackHua Laura Wu9781771335652$22.95FICTION Nov 15, 2018
Toward the North is the first anthology of thirteen short fiction pieces written and translated by Chinese-Canadian writers during the last two decades, each of which depicts the contemporary lives of new Chinese immigrants to Canada, and illustrates newcomers' perspectives of multicultural Canada. The theme of the anthology is Chinese transnational and cross-cultural life experience. A fundamental concern shared by most of the authors is to redefine their characters' cultural identity in their acculturation across times and space. In these sto... + Read More
Series: Black BeachPaperbackGlynis Guevara9781771335690$19.95YOUNG ADULT FICTION Age (years) from 12 - 18Oct 20, 2018
Sixteen-year-old Tamera lives in La Cresta, a rural fishing community on a Caribbean island. Despite having the support of relatives, including her dad, Earl, her elder sister, Mary and her best friend and first cousin, Jan, she struggles to deal with her mom's mental health issues and the absence of her boyfriend, Dalton who moves out of the village to work. Tamera's life is further complicated after one of her classmates disappears, and weeks turn to months without any word of the missing girl's whereabouts. Life gets even more challenging af... + Read More