Paul, an aspiring writer in his mid-twenties, marries Carlos, a boyfriend he lived with in Guatemala; brings him to Montreal, and looks forward to a life of bliss. Things go wrong from the beginning. The trouble Carlos causes leaves Paul little time for much else, and they break up. Bill, whom Paul sees as the father he always wanted, helps him overcome his guilt about his sexuality. At the peak of Paul's troubles Bill dies. Then fate, in the form of a brain tumour, strikes Paul. He receives support from his brother Jay, Lionel (himself a brain... + Read More
Ramya immigrated to Canada from India with her husband about fifteen years ago. She typifies the first generation immigrant - a person who straddles two cultures, two countries, two continents, even perhaps two different worlds altogether.The novel has two intertwined threads of narration simultaneously unspooling. The one set in the present is about Ramya's battle to rebuild her life. The other, a series of sorties into the past, examines Ramya's sundry relationships. One narrative skein is Canadian, modern and multicultural, while the other i... + Read More
The Shining Fragments is a family saga about the Irish in Canada that explores the ramifications of abandonment, obsession, love, memory, and visionary power. Spanning the years 1882-1904, it follows Joseph Conlon from his early childhood in Ulster to his experiences of youth and adulthood as an immigrant. Left behind as a small boy on a Toronto train-station platform like so much forgotten luggage, Joseph grows up in a city bleak with bigotry. He discovers that he has artistic talent and becomes a designer of stained-glass windows. He is haunt... + Read More
A Schizo-Philosopher's Colouring Book is a playful experiment in what the philosopher Gilles Deleuze might call ?crowned anarchy.? The crown of authority is worn by the format ?colouring book,? in a style that repeats with difference. Anarchy enters via a swarm of figures from philosophical, literary, theological, and art history, each with a quotation. These distribute themselves over fifty-two drawings, producing little machines that are desirous of colour and driven by paradox, whose ?organization of surface ... assures the resonance between... + Read More
Myth, folklore, and magic permeate the stories in Marianne Micros' collection Eye. Set in ancient and modern Greece, and in contemporary Europe and North America, these tales tell of evil-eye curses, women healers, ghosts, a changeling, and people struggling to retain or gain power in a world of changing beliefs. Here you will find stories of a nymph transformed into a heifer, a young soldier who returns home to discover that his brother is a changeling, an ancient temple uncovered during the construction of a church, a betrayed woman lost in a... + Read More
Series: Essential ProseA Rogue's Decameron1st editionPaperbackStan Rogal9781771831055$20.00FICTION Oct 01, 2018
A Rogue's Decameron consists of ten stories - tales - that loosely follow the fabliaux style and are based within the spirit of Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales and Boccaccio's The Decameron: extravagance, joy and ribald humour around sex, lust, vice, death and other ?hungers' of human beings. Using similar framing technique as these works - a prologue, a short description of each story and an epilogue, the stories explore themes such as social commentary and satire aimed at personal politics, societal mores and customs, hierarchies, and religiou... + Read More
Portrait of a Husband with the Ashes of His Wife addresses themes of destiny and the repercussions of our choices. Before she dies, actress Alma Joncas instructs her husband to bury her ashes where she was happiest. He decides that was their garden. But relatives, friends and Alma's colleagues disagree. After they tell him where they think she was happiest, not only is he no longer sure about the garden, he wonders if he truly knew the woman he was married to for twenty-four years.
Series: Essential Essayssmall things(a random selection of anti-essays)1st editionPaperbackSky Gilbert9781771832939$20.00LITERARY COLLECTIONS Oct 01, 2018
Small things is a book of mini-anti-essays, part of Sky Gilbert's project to dismantle and challenge the rigid classifications of genre, thus challenging 21st century notions of truth. Inspired by Oscar Wilde, Foucault, and the post-structuralist project, the small writings in small things are story, essay, and memoir combined. They question the notion that an essay is necessarily fact, or fair opinion, or even informed opinion, while at the same time challenging the dictum that fiction might necessarily be free of didacticism, or at least, ideas.
Series: Guernica World EditionsA Life Out of WhackConfessions and Reflexions of an Un-American All-American1st editionPaperbackLes Essif9781771833158$25.00BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY Sep 01, 2018
A Life Out of Whack has two parts. The first part is autobiographical and sketches the atypical early life of a future academic scholar from family poverty to marriage and divorce at nineteen, from eight years in big-city and federal law enforcement to starting college at the age of twenty-six, culminating with a doctoral fellowship in French Studies at Brown U. The second part presents an alternative critical look at contemporary life and ethos: aging, nature, corporate capitalism, and American, French, and global cultures.
Series: Essential WritersDavid HelwigEssays on His Works1st editionPaperbackIngrid Ruthig9781771832908$20.00LITERARY CRITICISM Sep 01, 2018
To date, Canadian poet, novelist, and essayist David Helwig has published close to fifty books and edited numerous others. He has also written for television and radio, worked at the CBC, taught at Queen's University, been Poet Laureate of Prince Edward Island, and was named to the Order of Canada. Yet, he remains little known. This volume is the first to gather new essays, an interview, and earlier material - by George Fetherling, Douglas Glover, D.G. Jones, Simon Lloyd, Tom Marshall, rob mclennan, Shane Neilson, Ingrid Ruthig, Mark Sampson, a... + Read More
Series: MiroLandIn the BackyardRelearning the Art of Aging, Dying and Making Love1st editionPaperbackMary Melfi9781771832366$20.00BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY Sep 01, 2018
Attempting to make sense of her life, and change her sad disposition to a happy one, the author of In the Backyard: Relearning the Art of Aging, Dying and Making Love seeks out the help of her in-house therapist/husband, Dr. George Nemeth. The accredited psychologist's answers to the big questions provide a compassionate and humorous backdrop on to how to seize the day and not give up hope when faced with the nasty realities of poor health and unrealized aspirations.
Jennifer Zilm's poetry collection, The Missing Field, concerns themes of translation, preservation and the engagement with the transitory documents of everyday life, whether a snapshot of a Vancouver bus, postcards from the Middle East, lecture notes on Euripides, a van Gogh museum catalogue or marginalia in a water-damaged collection of Rilke poems.
Carol Barbour's new book of poetry, Infrangible, is a heady concoction of sumptuous beauty and dangerous relations - by turns playful, refined, and ferocious. Nudging at the edge of being, the poems evoke the cadence and tremour of a beating heart. The idea of breakage resonates throughout, alluding to the necessity of dismantling patterns, and acknowledging vulnerability.
Series: Essential PoetsFlesh1st editionPaperbackSonia Di Placido9781771832762$20.00POETRY Oct 01, 2018
Flesh - a composite of poems perceived, evoked, discovered, moving between and among sensory boundaries as they eschew forward, backward or around exterior life to interior. Here Flesh of person, nature, language, spaces meet separate and become one. Flesh as surfaces, layers, textures, beings with sense memory perceptions of an unforgiving Flesh that scars and the forgiving Flesh that rebuilds itself.
I Sleep in the Arms of Your Eyes is a reflection on love, freely given and loss fully lived. These poems are a contemplation on family life, and on the navigation through attachment, devotion and attempts at connection. They convey in brave simplicity of grounded language a sense of self where it belongs: "nose-touching-close," "sustained and articulate."
Series: Guernica World EditionsLearning to Miss1st editionPaperbackPaul Nelson9781771833448$20.00POETRY Oct 01, 2018
Learning to Miss opens with imagery of events, moments, that dream into, and imagine beyond "getting on with it." Imagining, in the next group, holds the love and empathy of an aging, experienced, self-aware observer, while the final group works some family history into the movie I make of my past, as I direct and act, having learned to miss, not kill ... to let live, "slant," by art.
Series: Guernica World EditionsThe Anarchist Banker1st editionPaperbackFernando Pessoa9781771833325$20.00FICTION Oct 01, 2018
The story of The Anarchist Banker takes place in a Lisbon café where the narrator meets an old friend, now a wealthy banker. He questions his friend about his anarchist origins and discovers to his amazement that the banker still considers himself to be an anarchist. The story revolves around the banker's vigorous defense of his position and his assertion that he is the only genuine anarchist among the banker's so-called anarchist friends. This is a bilingual English/Portuguese edition.
Series: MiroLandDaring to DreamA Handbook for Hope in the Time of Trump1st editionPaperbackAngelo Bolotta9781771833417$25.00POLITICAL SCIENCE Oct 01, 2018
Throughout human history, great and free nations have been built on noble dreams. Recently, in some once promising nations, dreams of betterment and possibility, have been effectively compromised. The current political landscape, featuring cold partisan interest, calculated distraction, divisive fear mongering, negativity, and voter disillusionment, has enabled a perfect storm of toxic dysfunction. To make matters worse, personal integrity and accountability have become almost non-existent in political leaders. In such an environment, dreams of... + Read More
Series: Guernica World EditionsStones into Bread1st editionPaperbackVito Teti9781771833387$20.00SOCIAL SCIENCE Jun 30, 2018
This is a book about a small Southern Italian village and its offshoots in Toronto. It's about bread and figs and food in general, about Carnival and pilgrimages to religious sanctuaries, about fathers, mothers and children, about migrating and about remaining, about yearning to leave if you've stayed and yearning to make the trek back if you've gone, about how both those who travel and those who never stray from home change. But it's also about what it may mean to write an ethnography of the place you've chosen to continue to inhabit and about... + Read More
Series: Essential TranslationsVigil Poems1st editionPaperbackJean Royer9781771833318$20.00POETRY Aug 30, 2018
This compilation of three of his books is a fine introduction to this emotional poet to English-speaking readers. Kindled by the death of his mother and his partner, Micheline LaFrance, Royer has set out to delve in poetic verse a world that seems to be fading away. References are made to writers that have influenced the poet, while he explores in short-lined verse about state of wakefulness for which death is responsible. There is also a sense of vigil, of watch, of alert in these precise and simple words. An elder speaks to the young. It is w... + Read More
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