Series: FanonymousA Novel1st editionHardcoverM. C. Joudrey9780991761050$28.95FICTION Aug 30, 2018
Earth and sky are devoid of colour. There are no beginnings or endings. Then the snow melts. Maybe it's the dead cars. It could be the escaped bison roaming the downtown core. Mosquitoes? Sure. Dragonflies? Absolutely. And it's also entirely possible it's the pomegranate tree at the corner of Portage and Main. Or maybe, just maybe, it's the people, like Dickie Reimer. Any way you slice it, something's going on in Winnipeg. That's really true. At some point, every Peg will ask so why'd you move here? Jack hopes the city will be the one place no ... + Read More
The Mother Goose Letters comprises the annotated correspondence between Mother Goose and her cohorts in Britain concerning migration to the Canadian Prairies. The letters reveal both her attempts to wheedle her fellow nursery rhyme characters to settle in the Prairies with her and their mixed responses to her plans. Responding to a cease and desist command from No. 10 Downing St., M. Goose categorically makes her case for the out-migration and re-migration of her stories. She supposes they will continue to live if she gives them leave to change... + Read More
Series: Place Into BeingPaperbackRobert Pasternak9781988168166$24.95COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS Apr 01, 2019
Robert Pasternak (NAK) is without a doubt an undisputed master of the sequential art form. A virtuosopanalologist and craftsman, known regionally by only an elite few of attentive and aware followers. One can only speculate why this is so. In many ways it is part of the NAK mystery and lore. What you hold in your hands is the Caesarea Sunken Treasure, the Hope Diamond, a Faberge Egg, the crown jewel of abstract comics. While the term abstract is in no way negative, calling this work abstract is unfair and a disservice to the ocular candy that i... + Read More
Series: Curb AngelsPaperbackChris Ducharme9781988168265$24.95COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS Oct 24, 2019
"Tsi Niió:re Enkarakhoténhseke" is the first ever poetry book in the Mohawk language published in Canada. The poems creatively reveal the beautiful and bitter essences of the world from a distinctive Indigenous female voice. Inspired by her recent global travels, experiences, relationships and Haudenosaunee perspective, the poet unapologetically sings words of midlife wisdom and cultural confidence. By using this creative foundation to unite distinctive communities, the author expresses raw emotion throughout her journey toward inner peace from... + Read More
The poems in "mamitonehta kisewatisiwin," a Cree translation of "Imagine Mercy," portray mixed bloods, resistance, determination, sovereignty, and cultural issues that generate sharply divided opinions and deep emotional struggles. David Groulx's poetic power renders an honest and painful perception of modern-day Indigenous life with strong voice against prejudice and injustice. Remarkable in its candour and gracefully constructed, this collection of poems binds us to the present and, at the same time, connects us to the voices of the past.
"La Loi de Murphy," le deuxième épisode des "Chroniques du Canal Lachine," suit Tom Murphy essayant de faire face aux évènements tragiques du précédent roman ainsi qu'à sa nouvelle renommée en tant qu'écrivain. Ce dernier tente de se débarrasser de ses tendances autodestructrices et est invité à faire un témoignage lors d'un de ses meatings chez les A.A. La trame du roman tourne autour de Tom racontant sa vie en détail : de ses débuts à Ville LaSalle, jusqu'à son amitié avec Eamon, son temps dans l'armée ainsi que sa vie sexuelle débridée; pe... + Read More
Poems of serious wordplay--an affirmation and celebration of the spectacles we make of our lives. On-stage in Matthew Gwathmey's debut collection are agitated 19th century horsemen, 80s comic book beetles, plaid-clad suburban grunge enthusiasts, Korean aunts turned traffic cops, Parisian mimes--in short, "a multitude of horns." Meanwhile, the "understories," the sub-spectacles of these poems, are the everyday trials and thrills of marriage and family, the search for meaningful love and friendship, and the palpable relief at being able to perf... + Read More
Poems that stride bravely into the day-to-day, recovering the misdirected intensity at its core. Brenda Leifso's Wild Madder is about way-finding--through those moments in which you no longer recognize where you are. It's about not knowing--who you are anymore, how to be in the world, how to love. It's about what's unspoken and about what speaks--conversation with the wild and animate world. It's about marriage, family, motherhood--the drudgery in them and the quiet beauty. This is lyric poetry wracked with pain, rage, and longing. In the beg... + Read More
Series: By HandPaperbackJohn Reibetanz9781771315036$20.00POETRY Apr 01, 2019
Poems that examine the creative achievements of the human hand, from cave art to contemporary photography. John Reibetanz's twelfth collection, By Hand, begins with an epigraph from Lewis Mumford: "Until modern times, apart from the esoteric knowledge of the priests, philosophers, and astronomers, the greater part of human thought and imagination flowed through the hands." Reibetanz's new poems investigate human creativity as a visceral interaction with the world: our imagining hands finding the music implicit in the stuff of earth, a "duet//... + Read More
Poems that highlight an excess, an emptiness, and a wilderness on the other side of use. In Unidentified Poetic Object, his twelfth collection of poetry, Brian Henderson strikes from language an "alphabet of lightning": an animacy and urgency in which every object is potent with actions, past and present; every action is alive with the potential of what it might move in the world. And since every object is more than we know in our eagerness to turn it to human use, Henderson wants us to dive into that unknown space. The world is composed of a... + Read More
This film noir novel begins with the Chilean government wants to celebrate the life and work of the supposedly deceased Roberto Bolaño until they get an anonymous tip that he may still be alive and lurking. Afraid that he'll show up and ruin their celebration -- he never agreed with the politics and frowned on the literature being lauded in Chile, in fact, he found acceptance and fame after he moved to Spain -- they ask the local police authorities to make sure he's actually dead.
"When that Donnelly glares at you, you hear the sound of shovels digging your grave." -- Donnellys first victimHow could one family -- mom, dad, and seven sons -- terrorize an entire Canadian community for 33 years? The Black Donnellys is the classic account of how James, Johannah and their sons used brute force to brawl, steal, burn, and murder their way into the dark side of Canadian history.A popular bestseller since 1954, this gripping book covers the family's horrific crimes in unflinching detail through to their decimation at the hands of... + Read More
When most people think about retirement, they imagine leaving a job they dislike, dropping out of the rat race and turning their back on the pressures of employment. They often see retirement as a welcome change or an escape to something more peaceful and serene.However, retiring is not only about giving up your job and spending your days relaxing: it's also about entering one of the most exciting and challenging stages of life. Retirement can be a time to draw upon your personal and professional experiences to open new doors of opportunity ... + Read More
Series: Mindful LandlordHow to Run Rental Property for Profit and Peace of MindPaperbackTerrie Schauer9781554832361$19.95BUSINESS & ECONOMICS Jun 01, 2019
The real estate coaching industry is a noisy place. Gurus, agents, and coaches compete to sell their brand of get-rich-quick training. It's a climate that encourages new investors students to take big risks, leverage to the hilt, and do as many deals as possible, fast. As a result, many fledgling landlords seek deals without assessing the quality of what they're buying. There is a real lack of resources that espouse calm. Mindful Landlord offers a middle way through this noise. Focusing on questions such as how, what for, how much, and why, aut... + Read More
Notes Towards Recovery, is a short story collection that explores loss and the spaces around loss. At the centre of these stories are everyday women who must navigate these spaces and their shifting boundaries, often redefining themselves in the process.
Slagflowers is the story of a fourth generation son of miners and his journey beyond the world underground. It's the story on a city struggling to grow beyond its past and become more than just a mining city. It's the story of everyone's struggle to be more than their family history, more than their past. It's the story of breaking through the earth and into the light.
Every year since 1904, when the ice breaks up on the North Saskatchewan River, Edmonton has crowned a Melting Queen--a woman who presides over the Melting Day spring carnival and who must keep the city's spirits up over the following winter. But this year, something has changed: a genderfluid ex-frat brother called River Runson is named as Melting Queen. As River's reign upends the city's century-old traditions, Edmonton tears itself in two, with progressive and reactionary factions fighting a war for Edmonton's soul. Ultimately, River must unc... + Read More
Three years into the second millennium, Majestic, Alberta is a farm town dealing with weakened crop prices, international borders closing to Canadian beef, and a severe drought. Older farmers worry about their way of life changing while young people concoct ways to escape: drugs, partying, moving away. Even the church is on the brink of closing.When local woman Annie Gallagher is struck by lightning while divining water for a well, stories of the town's past, including that of Annie and the grandmother who taught her water witching, slowly emer... + Read More
Only Pretty Damned is a taut noir that takes you behind the big top, revealing rough and tumble characters, murderous plots, and crooked schemes designed to keep Rowland's World Class Circus afloat for another season. When Toby, former trapeze artist turned disgruntled clown, begins seeing Gloria, a young and beautiful dancer longing for a bigger role under the spotlight, his hardboiled past resurfaces. Can he live without Genevieve, his ex-trapeze partner and lover? What ruthless actions will he take to regain his position as the headlining ac... + Read More
Series: EcholocationPaperbackKaren Hofmann9781988732565$19.95FICTION May 01, 2019
In these provocative short stories, Karen Hofmann creates characters who struggle to connect, or disconnect from entanglements and relationships. With ironic accuracy and sensuous imagery, Hofmann considers a range of human foibles: a newlywed couple who transform into feral beasts during a research expedition; backbiting faculty members who strip down during a post-conference BBQ; an heretical nun who explores the possibility of a new life by imaginatively excavating the fossils of BC's Burgess Shale; and an ambitious bylaw officer determined ... + Read More
Series: Nunatak First Fiction SeriesMolly of the MallLiterary Lass & Purveyor of Fine FootwearPaperbackHeidi Jacobs9781988732596$19.95FICTION May 15, 2019
Aspiring novelist Molly MacGregor's life is strikingly different from a literary heroine's. Named for one of literature's least romantic protagonists, Moll Flanders, Molly lives in Edmonton, a city she finds irredeemably unromantic, where she writes university term papers instead of novels, and sells shoes in the Largest Mall on Earth. There she seeks the other half of her young life's own matched pair.Delightfully whimsical, Molly of the Mall: Literary Lass and Purveyor of Fine Footwear explores its namesake's love for the written word, love f... + Read More
This is the story of Levi Pepperfield, who tries to navigate his future as a retired English professor while indulging in the sorrow of lost possibilities that define his past. It's about the intersection of parallel worlds, of age and youth, of teacher and student, of man and woman, of real and fictional characters. Levi needs to discover his guide, and with the help of a female rabbi who explains to him the concepts of a klipah that has imprisoned his spirit, and tikkun ha'nafesh--the repairing of the soul; of a former student who challenges ... + Read More
Mooncalves follows the bloody implosion of a cult in Sainte-Pétronille, Quebec, understood through the urgent voices of the living and a ring of ghostly, shape-shifting watchers. Sensing the impending dissolution of society by technological progress, the charismatic, utterly unhinged Joseph Reiser forms "Walden", a collective of Luddite devotees--most still in their teens. A vicious act of sexual violence shatters the collective, and devotee Erica Strickland barely escapes with her life. Through its tale of buried crime in rural Quebec and the ... + Read More
Although Evan Marshall has done time, he is more of a freelance hack and fly-by-night adventurer than a criminal. His life takes yet another detour when he becomes involved with an over-the-top personality named Lawson--not only a playwright, actor, novelist, would-be priest and teacher, but a self-destructive alcoholic, drug addict and part-time mental patient. After surviving an attack by the husband of his pregnant Japanese girlfriend, Marshall mugs an acquaintance and hangs out with his new friend who brawls, tells stories, gets arrested, s... + Read More
Angst, seduction, escape and extinction control these many tales--a whisper in the ear convinces a lady to take the plunge, another to take up surfing, and a young man to jump in front of a moving train--and there is joy in settling a score with despised neighbours and a conspiracy under the California sun. Some sketches are laced with passion and loss--a son comes to know his mother from a series of letters following her death, while a face transplant changes a man's life, but with it comes the unwanted pursuit of the donor's wife--while other... + Read More
On the edges of Scarborough sits the Nap-Away Motel, a hunched building boasting nothing but invisibility for its occupants. Within its derelict walls, Ori searches for their twin brother, Suleiman longs to return to a broken family home, and Tiffany creates a fantasy world to escape from her mother's neglect. While their lives swirl with the challenges of mental health, addiction, and grief, the three dwellers manage to forge a friendship over a litter of stray cats. Together, they find joy in ruin, and optimism in the most pessimistic places.
Series: We Are Not AvatarsEssays, Memoirs, ManifestosPaperbackJohn Barton9781989287217$19.95LITERARY CRITICISM May 15, 2019
In We Are Not the Avatars, renowned poet and editor John Barton collects his most provocative essays, public lectures, and reviews produced over the past twenty-five years. Though Canadians still have some way to go, Barton began publishing in an era much less attentive to queer voices. In this special book, Barton grafts his own memoir about finding his voice as a poet and feet as an editor to astute takes on Margaret Avison, Emily Carr, Pat Lowther, Maureen Hynes, Anne Szumigalski, and many others. Making this book even more essential reading... + Read More
Series: Mean Game, ThePaperbackJohn Barger9781989287095$18.95POETRY Apr 15, 2019
The Mean Game--John Wall Barger's fourth book-length entry in what might be called, collectively, a savage comedy--bristles with allegories that explore human cruelty and suffering. Gathering narratives that feel both ancient and modern, Barger forges an apocalyptic vision without sacrificing poetry's underlying sense of joy, humour and revelation. Part comic book translated from a dead language, and part nightmare dreamscape, The Mean Game is a must-read from one of Canada's most kinetic writers.
Series: After BirthPaperbackElizabeth Ross9781989287125$18.95POETRY Apr 15, 2019
A poetic primer on mothering and motherhood, After Birth is unflinching in its celebration of new life. Proffering poems that are both alchemical and personal, Elizabeth Ross taps into the contradictions of creation -- joy, distress, lassitude -- all while her speaker tenderly hovers, like Nosferatu, over newborns. After Birth "blood[ies] the word," and marks Elizabeth Ross as a writer to watch.
In her debut novella, THIS IS AGATHA FALLING, St. John's singer-songwriter and photographer Heather Nolan's characters stomp through smoky downtown bars dragging longing, trauma, illness, confusion, and addiction with them. Fragmented memory is her unreliable narrator, demonstrating how the past continually interrupts the present, asking, "How is one to determine which is memory, and which the dream?"
Series: These WingsFirst editionPaperbackKim Fahner9781897141922$20.00POETRY Feb 28, 2019
Sudbury poet Kim Fahner continues her lifelong look at the trees and birds and water of northern Ontario in her fifth poetry collection, THESE WINGS. From those who labour in the mining underworld to the vulnerable lives we construct above them, Fahner walks us to the thin place between aching and soaring, where something holy is glimpsed between people, and between natural and created worlds. "You cannot walk it out, this love. You cannot push it out through the soles of your feet, urging it down // into the earth, into hidden labyrinths of ni... + Read More
Series: Vanishing ActsPaperbackMoira MacDougall9781897141946$20.00POETRY Mar 31, 2019
There are times in one's life when the pain will not stop, when it seems everyone you love is hurting, and some are dying. Moira MacDougall's second collection of poetry, VANISHING ACTS, speaks to us from here, where she sits "in grief's debris." An unflinching correspondent of the hard labour of dying, and of the "heart of the medical labyrinth! Ugly thing it is - and dull," MacDougall questions the small chaos of our lives and the delicate ways we remain alive against a background of swirling eternity.
It's a tiki murder mystery in the tropical heart of Trois-Rivières! When a former limbo champion is found dead in her apartment, the local police force finds no reason to suspect foul play. But amateur detective (and bookworm barmaid extraordinaire) Marie-Pomme knows there's more to this case than just too much piña colada... and she intends to prove it, even if it means risking her own life at the bowling alley!The Pineapples of Wrath is a quirky detective story as well as a loving tribute to tiki kitsch and old school exotica. Cathon's exuber... + Read More
When her tinsmith father and brothers head West, Polish immigrant Marie Kotlarczyk has no choice but to go along. Family, after all, is family. The Dakota Territories are anything but welcoming to the Kotlarczyks, and as the months trip by, Marie must pick up the hammers she's secretly desired but also feared. When she faces the skeptical people of Flats Town, the demands of the local Army commander, and her public failures, her inner voice grows destructively, forcing Marie to decide exactly who she is and what it means to be a woman smith.
Proper Boston widow Jane Weber moves to the Dakota Territories under layers of lies to save her reputation. Stirring up controversy, Jane rooms with the last Blackfoot Sioux in town while navigating a mercurial friendship with the fiercely independent town grocer. In Flats Junction, though, everyone has an untold story. Battling her shortcomings, falsehoods, and swallowing her inherent curiosity, Jane must choose how she will truly reinvent herself, and where she belongs.
Series: This is a Job for Mommy!An A-Z AdventurePaperbackKeegan Tracy9781773740164$14.95JUVENILE NONFICTION Age (years) from 3 - 6Apr 02, 2019
A delightful ABC adventure which shows that moms can do any job - and so can you! Join a mother-daughter duo (and their kitty!) as they travel through the alphabet, exploring twenty-six different careers. With a fun, rhyming text and vibrant illustrations, this book is ideal for reading to children and teaching them not only the basics of the alphabet but also about the big, exciting world out there!
Series: Dancing with DaisyPaperbackJan Coates9781927917206$14.95JUVENILE FICTION Age (years) from 4 - 9Jun 25, 2019
When he finds a photograph of his grandfather as a young man, Liam is full of questions. But that's just fine, because Grampy has a story to spin with every answer. On a fall day in 1962, he tells Liam, he had a run in with a nasty girl in search of a dance partner: Daisy was her name. What follows is a tall tale about Grampy's tango with a hurricane, and all those signs of aging--the wrinkles, the stooped back, the croaky voice, the false teeth--can be chalked up to Daisy's persistence and Grampy's refusal to dance. Of course, it takes a talk... + Read More
Series: Paint the Town PinkPaperbackLori Doody9781927917213$12.95JUVENILE FICTION Age (years) from 3 - 8Jul 10, 2019
Lori Doody is back with another charming and quirky picture book--this time about a flamingo, blown off course. The town where she's so unexpectedly landed looks very nice, and might be a good place to settle down, but she isn't quite sure she'll fit in. She tries to find a flock of her own; unfortunately, all her looking comes to nothing. But the people in the town are keen to keep their flamingo friend. What better way to make her feel at home than to paint the town pink. Inspired by the story of two flamingos that were sighted in Newfound... + Read More
Series: SemaphoreBlackLifePost-BLM and the Struggle for FreedomPaperbackRinaldo Walcott9781927886212$15.00SOCIAL SCIENCE Jun 01, 2019
Black Life seeks to place the activist work of Black Lives Matter Toronto in a broader context of Black Canadian activist struggles and Black struggles globally. In this work BLM's intervention into the Toronto political realm marks a dis/continuous Black Canadian activism that erupts and wanes in response to local, national and international Black protest.
Becoming our Future: Global Indigenous curatorial practice is a co-publication based on the three-year Tri-Nations International Indigenous Curators' Exchange was a joint initiative between the Australia Council for the Arts, Canada Council for the Arts and Creative New Zealand. It features artists and the curatorial perspectives of Indigenous curators from Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
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
A queer slice-of-life drama about dating and eating. The story, which takes place in Toronto and originally appeared as a popular webcomic, focuses on the lives of three roommates and their interpersonal struggles. While one roommate is slowly wrestling with severe body image issues, another is trying to figure out how to navigate her new polyamorous relationships--without hurting any of her partners. Meanwhile, the third roommate practically moves into the gym, where's she's quietly working through her own problems and those of her friends. In... + Read More
Series: Chicken RisingPaperbackD. Boyd9781772620344$18.00COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS May 01, 2019
D. Boyd takes an unflinching look back at a 1970s childhood plagued by insecurity, bullying, and family dysfunction. A shy only child, Dawn struggles to fit in. After starting a small town fried chicken franchise her war-vet father becomes even more emotionally inaccessible at home, and nothing Dawn does is ever good enough for her mother. School isn't much better: filled with misinterpretation, false accusations, and constant social challenges. Dawn's a true underdog--and this is the story of how she learns to find the good in the bad, and tha... + Read More
Series: Aurora BorealicePaperbackJoan Steacy9781772620375$20.00COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS May 24, 2019
When Joan Steacy graduated from High School in 1974, she left her small town behind to embark on a lifelong quest for education. In Aurora Borealice, Steacy explores her personal journey through alter-ego Alice, a functional illiterate with a creative mind and artistic skill. The book is a lesson in perseverance and ultimately believing in yourself regardless of the challenges thrown your way. The story follows Alice as she winds her way through art college, marriage, an art career in Toronto, parenthood, and a major move to Victoria. Along the... + Read More
Series: Wage SlavesPaperbackDaria Bogdanska9781772620368$20.00COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS Jun 05, 2019
Daria Bogdanska moves to Malmö to attend art school, sets out to find a job, and discovers that in order to work in the country legally, she needs a Swedish personal identity number. But there is a catch: she can't get one without securing a job first. To make ends meet, Daria starts working under the table at an Indian restaurant. There, she discovers another level of inequity: lacking regulation, the underground job market is forcing immigrants to settle for a substandard quality of life. In turning to a union for help she sparks a legal ba... + Read More
Series: Simon & LouisePaperbackMax de Radiguès9781772620351$20.00YOUNG ADULT FICTION Age (years) from 13 - 16Jun 24, 2019
It all begins with a relationship update on social media. Summer vacation is about to begin, and Simon discovers the change just as his supposed girlfriend leaves to spend two months in a seaside village. Determined to find out what went wrong, Simon decides to hitchhike 520 kms to find her. With just his backpack and a few snacks, he sneaks out of the house and hits the road--but he quickly discovers that he isn't quite prepared for the journey. But that's only half the story. Unaware of the miscommunication, Louise is dealing with social chal... + Read More
A Joy To Be Hidden is set in a vividly recreated late-90s New York City. The protagonist is Alice Stein, a graduate student whose father died a year before, and who has now lost her grandmother. In the process of sorting through the grandmother's belongings, Alice unlocks a family secret. In addition to its wisdom and rich humour, the novel is full of memorable characters. We can never quite forget the title quote--"It Is a joy to be hidden, and a disaster not to be found" (D. W. Winnicott)--and we discover, over the course of the novel, that i... + Read More
Series: ButterflyPaperbackJohn Delacourt9781773900124$19.95FICTION Mar 16, 2019
Lucien and Nataa might have slipped toward love, if her past in Sarajevo hadn't caught up with her. Nataa finds work modeling for a painter in Toronto, but he is murdered. Nataa disappears that night, running for her life. Her vanishing is connected to the discovery of a video, secretly filmed in a small town in Bosnia and Herzegovina during the war. Butterfly is a novel that charts a controlled descent through the dark legacy of war and the underbelly of the global art scene ... into a world ruled by a desperate hope for impossible redemption.
Series: BlindshotPaperbackDenis Coupal9781773900162$19.95FICTION Mar 16, 2019
When financier Paul Carignan is hit by a stray bullet and killed in Beaufort, Quebec, the town leaders seem reluctant to investigate. Running out of patience, his teenage sons, Jack and Noah, take justice into their own hands -- and kidnap the locals they suspect are responsible. Things soon erupt and the boys find themselves besieged in their house with their captives. In the middle is their mother, Catherine, not sure which side to take. For Tom 'Brooder' Doran, Beaufort's Deputy Chief of Police, the investigation has just gotten very complic... + Read More
What do we know of history, and what, if anything, does it have to do with the present? "A halt, which is empty" is a series of small studies, each focused on an idea, whether Ottawa's greenspace, the early history of Bytown, contemporary Bank Street construction, the War of 1812, or reflecting the author's residential move from Chinatown to McLeod Street, an area once known as the Village of Stewarton. In these poems, mclennan thrills with an acrobatic array of syllables, sound, rhythm and meanings collaged into an affect of serious play. This... + Read More
"Paola Ferrante comes out of the gate as one of the strongest new writers in Canada. In What to Wear When Surviving a Lion Attack, the perversions of procedural thinking are exposed in a mock-scientific deconstruction of man's attempted dominion over women. Classic horror films, biology, fairy tale motifs, and subtle biography, weave together in a dance that is grotesque and revealing in the best possible way. This collection will not make you comfortable. It will leave you gaping, nodding your head, dumbfounded both by the brutality of its tru... + Read More
Unless Acted Upon, a book which in its heart of hearts wants to be a Rube Goldberg machine, explores different kinds of forces and movements. It applies the laws of motion (classical and textbook physics) to human relationships and institutions. It asks, "isn't emotion a / combo of magnitude and direction?" It zigzags between intimacy and the geopolitical, between human rights and human rites. Any one of these things can get pretty weird, though those levels of weird might be measured against each other.
Series: Doubter's HymnalPaperbackLaura Cok9781771262088$17.00POETRY May 15, 2019
In strikingly assured poems of formal and informal grace, Laura Cok's Doubter's Hymnal explores the compelling nature of faith and its loss and the shifting dynamics of family life. Steering clear of sentimentality, Cok has created a mirror in this marvelous debut, in which we can all recognize a little of ourselves.
In his first full-length collection of poems, James Hawes explores themes as diverse as nature, travel, love, coleslaw and Steven Seagal, placing his subjects on equal ground, searching for empathy in even the most mundane of events. It is a book of memories of the everyday to the extraordinary and the sensations they arouse; finding humour where it can be found, but always taking time to ponder the mystery and miracle of it all.
Walking the dog may be one of life's more mundane activities, but in Irena Karafilly's fictional world, the ordinary only serves to illuminate large universal concerns. Set in various parts of the world, the stories in this compelling collection vividly dissect the intricate relations between characters of all ages as they grapple for answers to life's cruelties and the shifting dynamics of family life. There are stories about childhood, adolescence, old age; about marriage, parenthood, sibling rivalry, and more. It is Karafilly's gift to conte... + Read More
Series: Following SeaPaperbackLauren Carter9780888016577$17.00POETRY Feb 13, 2019
Spanning almost two hundred years, Following Sea finds anchor in the submerged regions of the heart. With great care, Lauren Carter wades into family histories and geography, all the while charting her own territories. Carried by the ebb and flow of language, Carter's second collection explores issues of infertility, identity, and settler migration, offering a tender examination of home. Urgent and intimate, Following Sea leads us along the shoreline of Carter's Manitoulin memories to show us what she has carried up from the depths.
Cooley conducts a chorus of "clucks & barks & muffled cries" to unconstrained cacophony. Bursting with a remarkable and encompassing cast of spiders and fish, crows and bears, rats, chickens, and cows, bestiary gives free rein to very human feelings and the way they grow, stunt, and stampede out on the prairie landscape. Amid hushed and howling moments, the natural bends uncanny while the extraordinary roots into the organic under Cooley's careful eye.
Deep in the woods, way down the well, in the darkest, dampest parts of story, Cooley spins out his web. Like the best and most magical of fairy tales, cold-press moon catches our anxieties and hopes, glimmers with mischief and mystery, and gloms on to something like truth. Romantic and irreverent, playful and profound, these poems work like spells to wake the vital heart.