Series: Sin EaterPaperbackAngela Hibbs9781894037495$14.95POETRY May 15, 2014
Sin Eater reassembles the seven deadly sins to reflect a modern context and culture. For her third collection, Angela Hibbs explores and dissects the everyday and the extraordinary: literary figures, office workers, "Everybody's Baby," the deconstruction of a Crazy Train, cosmetic procedures, and understudy deities. Morality, etiquette and judgment are under a microscope--removed from the theological, anchored in the here and now.With nimble language and an uncommon wit, Hibbs reveals the fluidity of transgression when traditional definitions n... + Read More
Series: Winter We Danced, TheVoices from the Past, the Future, and the Idle No More MovementPaperbackKino-nda-niimi Collective, The9781894037518$22.95SOCIAL SCIENCE Apr 26, 2014
The Winter We Danced is a vivid collection of writing, poetry, lyrics, art and images from the many diverse voices that make up the past, present, and future of the Idle No More movement. Calling for pathways into healthy, just, equitable and sustainable communities while drawing on a wide-ranging body of narratives, journalism, editorials and creative pieces, this collection consolidates some of the most powerful, creative and insightful moments from the winter we danced and gestures towards next steps in an on-going movement for justice and I... + Read More
Restorying Indigenous Leadership: Wise Practices in Community Development is a foundational resource of the most recent scholarship on Indigenous leadership. The authors in this anthology share their research through nonfictional narratives, innovative approaches to Indigenous community leadership, and inspiring accounts of success, presenting many models for Indigenous leader development. These engaging stories are followed by a Wise Practices section featuring seven significant contemporary case study summaries. Restorying promotes hope for t... + Read More
Languages of Our Land/Langues de notre terre is a collection of poems and stories by twelve emerging and established Indigenous writers living in Quebec and writing in French. These writers all participated in either the Aboriginal Emerging Writers Program (now the Indigenous Writing Program) at The Banff Centre, funded by the Canada Council for the Arts, or the francophone chapter of this program, Programme à l'intention d'écrivains autochtones en début de carrière, in Quebec. The writing within Languages is presented in English translation a... + Read More
“The Sandcastle Diary” portrays journey through life and everlasting reflections of the heart. The poems illustrate deep emotions written in a thoughtfully artistic way with vibrant interpretations stemming from the complexity and simplicity of human life. Challenging, thought-provoking, and moving, these poems were inspired by real life experiences. Each poem has been created to encourage thoughts and understanding of relationships, spirituality, success, love, heartache, loneliness, happiness, judgment, and ultimately the concept of living a ... + Read More
Series: Between the MomentsCanadian Aboriginal VoicesPaperbackMarie-Andrée Gill9781926956800$15.95POETRY Apr 15, 2014
The poems in “Between the Moments” immerse the reader deep into the reflection of humanity and tangible reality of life to explore the moments of perplexity and simplicity of life. Throughout the book, the author roams the crevices of her desire and invites us into the world filled with tides and stars, mirages and reflections, moments of confusion and enlightenment to resolve deep emotional issues and to find the light in the darkness. In “Between the Moments” the emotions are overlapping and the feelings are evolving until the end of the night.
“This Could Be Anywhere” describes experiences of places, landscapes, and encounters that do not seem to respond to our natural and spontaneous interest in them. The poetry collection visits various places - Natashquan, Vietnam, Montreal - and seeks to bring out their common nature. We read the poems with the impression that this could be anywhere. Author Maude Smith Gagnon displays a lovely grasp of language through well-crafted narrative touches. In a spare, minimalist form she pays homage to the intensity of being. Bit by bit her words infus... + Read More
In this Cree translation of "Thoughts and Other Human Tendencies" by Reneltta Arluk, the author and the translator draw from the Aboriginal traditions of praising the land and the spirit, the realities of Aboriginal culture, and the concept of feminine individuality. The poems, both sacred and secular, are written with the passions of anger, grief, and love, at once tender and furious. Here are the tales of love, betrayal, courage, defeat, acceptance, loss, grief, passion, delight, courting, coming of age, birth and death, youth and old age, hu... + Read More
From interdisciplinary writer and performer Jacob Wren comes Polyamorous Love Song, a novel of intertwined narratives concerning the relationship between artists and the world. Shot through with unexpected moments of sex and violence, readers will become acquainted with a world that is at once the same and opposite from the one in which they live. With a diverse palette of vivid characters - from people who wear furry mascot costumes at all times, to a group of "New Filmmakers" that devises increasingly unexpected sexual scenarios with complete... + Read More
Series: Air CarnationPaperbackGuadalupe Muro9781771660310$23.00FICTION Apr 15, 2014
Guadalupe Muro, recipient of the Raul Urtusan-Frances Harley Scholarship for Young Emerging Artists from Argentina, has always had her own unique way of experiencing life. When applied to her writing, Muro says she finally "felt like a dog deciding to be a dog." Muro's Spanish publications have achieved strong acclaim, and now, BookThug is proud to introduce this remarkable new talent to the Canadian literary market. Air Carnation features an absorbing narrative that bridges non-fiction and fiction, poetry and song, as Muro explores themes of i... + Read More
Series: Here in TherePaperbackAngela Carr9781771660327$20.00POETRY Apr 15, 2014
Here in There, Angela Carr's third book of poetry, is a lyrical petition to the human faculty of attention. In constant motion, the poems locate unusual instances of connection. They ask, do we give or pay attention? And what do we attend to? How do we decide what merits our attention? In a world where stillness is elusive, can we give or pay attention to anything but that which outlives our own distraction? Turning our attention to the senses, in Here in There, touch informs inscription, credit becomes an audible vibration. Carr's poems form t... + Read More
Following the successful reception of her first book, The Shining Material, comes Aisha Sasha John's THOU -- a powerful collection of two long, narrative poems exploring the social space that exists between the self and others. Using the language that connects these two states of being, THOU investigates the idea of "you" -- what it is and what it means to say "you," the stories we make of our own multiple "yous," and by extension, the "you" an author can make of her own book. Building on the emotionally charged language of John's previous work... + Read More
Secession / Insecession is a homage to the acts of reading, writing and translating poetry. In it, Chus Pato's Galician biopoetics of poet and nation, Secession - translated by Erín Moure - joins Moure's Canadian translational biopoetics, Insecession. To Pato, the poem is an insurrection against normalized language; to Moure, translation itself disrupts and reforms poetics and the possibility of the poem. In solidarity with Pato, Moure echoes Barthes: "A readerly text is something I cannot re-produce (today I cannot write like Atwood); a writer... + Read More
While bpNichol (1944-1988) has attained iconic status in Canadian literature in recent years, particularly through his lifelong poem The Martyrology and his work in visual and sound poetry, there are numerous early "fugitive" sequences that are often referred to in critical studies, but are long out of print and only available in library special collections or in the hands of rare book collectors. bp: beginnings brings together these pre-Martyrology materials in one comprehensive collection, including such key texts as Nichol's first chapbooks ... + Read More
The value of Theseus is as much about its pedigree as the writing itself. The collaboration for this new book began in the autumn of 1966. bpNichol and Wayne Clifford had worked together early in their literary careers; in fact, Clifford had been the editor of Nichol's first trade book, published with The Coach House Press. To begin, Nichol had also wanted to include two West Coast poets in the writing process. This didn't work out, so Nichol and Clifford rewrote a section to produce Part One of the present text. Part Two was composed over many... + Read More
Series: Fleece Era, ThePaperbackJoanna Lilley9781926829890$20.00POETRY Feb 01, 2014
A sardonic, stinging wake-up call to the complexities of modern existenceThe Fleece Era is Yukon-based, UK-born Joanna Lilley's first book of poems: a wry and eloquent testament to the intricacies of our various relationships. From the shattered pieces of our environmental puzzles to the labyrinth of family dynamics, Lilley makes these dilemmas come alive. Chillingly sparse, attractively odd and refreshingly frank, The Fleece Era embraces the complexities of human life with an unsettling mix of the sardonic and the compassionate. On Sunday, my ... + Read More
Series: Ordinary HoursPaperbackKaren Enns9781926829906$20.00POETRY Mar 01, 2014
Sophomore collection of exquisite precision and musicality from a classically trained pianistIn Ordinary Hours, the follow-up to Karen Enns' Gerald Lampert Award-nominated first collection, That Other Beauty, we revisit Enns' rural Mennonite childhood, replete with the sensuousness of "diesel fuel" and "hot peaches." Enns also explores the Mennonite exodus from Russia, tracking its faint but unmistakable reverberations in the daily lives of its survivors and revealing the redemptive character of that dailiness. Reading an Enns poem feels effor... + Read More
A hymn to a beloved lake, a praise poem in forty-five parts, a contemplation of landscape and memoryLake of Two Mountains, Arleen Paré's second poetry collection, is a portrait of a lake, of a relationship to a lake, of a network of relationships around a lake. It maps, probes and applauds the riparian region of central Canadian geography that lies between the Ottawa and the St. Lawrence Rivers. The poems portray this territory, its contested human presences and natural history: the 1990 Oka Crisis, Pleistocene shifts and dislocations, the feat... + Read More
Series: Blue SonomaPaperbackJane Munro9781926829883$20.00POETRY May 01, 2014
A wise and embodied collection of dreamscapes, sutras and prayer poems from a writer at her peakIn Blue Sonoma, award-winning poet Jane Munro draws on her well-honed talents to address what Eliot called "the gifts reserved for age." A beloved partner's crossing into Alzheimer's is at the heart of this book, and his "battered blue Sonoma" is an evocation of numerous other crossings: between empirical reportage and meditative apprehension, dreaming and wakefulness, Eastern and Western poetic traditions. Rich in both pathos and sharp shards of in... + Read More
"One weekend, right outta nowhere, it struck me. All of it. Boom. Floored me. What I went and done. When I was only seventeen years old."Jude Traynor has served his time in prison and now he's heading back to his hometown on the Southern Shore of Newfoundland. But first, he has to come to terms with who he was and what happened one night, years before, when he was barely seventeen years old. Joel Thomas Hynes's stunning exploration of guilt and remorse, of love and regret, received raves as an award-winning stage play; this is the novella that ... + Read More
Series: Boundary ProblemsPaperbackGreg Bechtel9781554811861$19.95FICTION Mar 18, 2014
In his confident debut, Greg Bechtel offers ten charged stories about the impossible-turned-possible--secrets, paranoia, sex, conspiracies, and magic--that the strangeness of the world around us.Boundary Problems vibrates on the edge of meaning, as carjackers, accidental gunrunners, small-town cabbies, and confused physics students struggle to wring meaning from the strange events that overtake them. Bechtel's worlds of mystery, physics, and magic constantly challenge his characters' pursuit of logical explanations. These compelling tales blur ... + Read More
Series: One Hour in ParisA True Story of Rape and RecoveryPaperbackKaryn Freedman9781554811953$21.95BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY Apr 23, 2014
Winner of the 2015 BC National Award for Canadian Non-FictionLonglisted for Canada Reads 2017In this powerful memoir, philosopher Karyn L. Freedman travels back to a Paris night in 1990 when she was twenty-two and, in one violent hour, her life was changed forever by a brutal rape. One Hour in Paris takes the reader on a harrowing yet inspirational journey through suffering and recovery both personal and global. We follow Freedman from an apartment in Paris to a French courtroom, from a trauma centre in Toronto to a rape clinic in Africa. At a ... + Read More
Series: Ground RulesThe best of above/ground press 2003-2013Paperbackrob mclennan9780978342876$24.95POETRY Dec 31, 2013
Ground Rules features writing from the second decade of one of the most active micro publishers in Canada, selected from a series of hundreds of publications lovingly edited, produced and distributed by editor/publisher rob mclennan. A follow-up to Groundswell: best of above/ground press, 1993-2003 (Broken Jaw Press, 2003), Ground rules includes a wide range of work by Artie Gold, Mark Cochrane, Suzanne Zelazo, derek beaulieu, Stephanie Bolster, Amanda Earl, Nathana'l, Lisa Samuels, Rachel Zolf, Sharon Harris, D. G. Jones, Julia Williams, Eric ... + Read More
For almost a century chemical photobooths have occupied public spaces; giving people the opportunity to quickly take inexpensive, quality photos. In the last decade these machines have started to rapidly disappear, causing an eclectic group of individuals from around the world to come together and respond. Illustrator, writer and long-time photobooth lover, Meags Fitzgerald has chronicled this movement and the photobooth's fortuitous history in a graphic novel. Having traveled in North America, Europe and Australia, she's constructed a biograph... + Read More
Series: AmerikaThe Man Who DisappearedPaperbackRéal Godbout9781894994811$20.00COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS May 08, 2014
In his adaptation of Amerika, which took seven years to achieve, Godbout has tried to remain as faithful as possible to Kafka's novel, while using the clear line aesthetic he has perfected in his series Red Ketchup. Unlike the common cliché of Kafka's work, Amerika is not a dark and sinister novel, but a dynamic and colourful story, with a touch of absurdist humor. Perfect for an adaptation into a graphic novel. It tells the story of the young immigrant Karl Rossmann who, after an embarrassing sexual misadventure, finds himself "packed off to A... + Read More
Since 2009, Spain & Morocco was serialized weekly at www.spainandmorocco.com, to much acclaim and a steadily growing readership. The story follows two young roommates, Walt and Dan, who decide to leave behind their uneventful lives to go on a two week trip through Spain and Morocco. With little money, not much travelling experience, and almost no social skills, they hope to find something that will awaken their spirits. What they do find is that the mundane routine of life as roommates doesn't always translate well to the hectic pace of life o... + Read More
Series: My Neighbour's BikiniPaperbackJimmy Beaulieu9781894994835$15.00COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS May 08, 2014
During a major power outage in the heat of a Montreal summer, two shy young neighbours finally take the time to slow down, meet, and spend time together. Beaulieau takes a microscope to the lives of a few citizens at a certain time and place and weaves their stories into a romantic tapestry. The perfect book to get you through the cold winter. Originally published in 2006 this translation is the second by Beaulieu in our BDANG imprint.
Series: What We Need To KnowHardcoverWilly Linthout9781894994804$20.00COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS May 08, 2014
In 2007, after the suicide of his son, Linthout wrote and drew the graphic novel Years of the Elephant, which was nominated for a number of international awards and won the Bronzen Adhemar, the most important Flemish comics award. What We Need to Know is the sequel to Years of the Elephant but uses a wideangle lens to encompass the entire family, specifically three brothers who each need to cope with their own ghosts. The style of both these autobiographical books is done in pencils without inks, in other words a rough and unfinished look, whic... + Read More
Between 1869 and the early 1930s more than 100,000 children were rounded up from the streets of Britain to be used as labourers in Canadian homes; often little more than slaves. Today there are two million or more descendants of what were derisively known in Canada as 'home children'. Writer and journalist, Sean Arthur Joyce was shocked to learn in middle age that he was one of those descendants. These child immigrants had no choice: they could live in abject poverty on the streets of Britain, or be shipped to a strange country, never to see on... + Read More
Series: DownstreamBestemor & MePaperbackVangie Bergum9781926710266$18.95BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY May 15, 2014
When Vangie Bergum retired, she and her husband purchased five acres along the Salmo River, in the midst of British Columbia's Selkirk Mountains, near the town of Ymir. There, they discovered the property had seen a tragedy a few years before-- the murder of a child, and the suicide of a father. The deaths on her new home place mirrored the murder of Bergum's own Grandmother and her aunts by her Grandfather. Although this tragedy took place in the 1930's in northern Saskatchewan, the connection between the two events allows Bangum to travel dow... + Read More
In this amazing first collection of poetry, Habsbawn-Smith displays a skill and passion for capturing and creating experience through language. Here is a new, and original voice that sparks with intelligence in its full-tilt explorations of nature, solitude, joy, loss and love. At once sensory, contemplative, compassionate and packed full of startling insights, Wildness Rushing In is an exciting and accomplished poetic debut. "It will come as no surprise to readers of wildness rushing in that dee Hobsbawn-Smith is also an accomplished chef. He... + Read More
Series: Why Poetry SucksHumorous Avant-Garde and Post-Avant English Canadian PoetryPaperbackJonathan Ball9781554831227$19.95POETRY Jul 31, 2014
Although “experimental poetry” has a reputation for dead seriousness, unconventional poetry has a long relationship with humour, from Chaucer’s ribald tales to Kenneth Goldsmith’s appearance on The Colbert Report. Focusing on the years from 1960 to the present, Why Poetry Sucks scrutinizes Canada’s poetic avant-gardes for signs of humorous life, whether in the form of witty jokes, punning wordplay, or ugly pranks. At its best and most challenging, poetic humour moves deftly between entertainment, attack, and self-critique, making us laugh at t... + Read More
In the stories of Something You Were, Might Have Been, or Have Come to Represent, young singer-songwriters strive for fame and identity in the indie music scene. A young woman’s creative process is plagued with pop cultural dissonance during a European soul-search; a first-year university student has an existential crisis and eats the flowers that have started to appear on her doorstep; a call centre employee whose name newly yields a Google search hit is frustrated with his unimpressed co-workers; and one Montreal resident reaches the apogee o... + Read More
Sergiusz Belar, one of the most powerful men in the world, faces a dilemma. Alzheimer's Disease is eating away at his intellect and soon he must appoint a successor. But along with tremendous power will come knowledge of a staggering secret Belar is keeping. Who can he trust? Is it already too late?With the fate of the International Intelligence Agency hanging in the balance, former Canadian Disaster Recovery agent Adam Saint is lured to the very edge of the world. Floating on the deep waters of Polynesia, a mysterious land of 1,000 islands, is... + Read More
This book represents the day by day, town by town, shared experiences of the Canadian Indie musician: the adventures and the perils, the places stayed, people encountered, bad food eaten, driving from one end of this sparse country to the other, all the while knowing every other band has stopped in these same places. Turn Right, Turn Left, Repeat details how you can find success in the Canadian music industry in three easy steps:1. Start a band2. Get in the van and turn right or turn left3. Repeat.The book follows a complete tour through Canada... + Read More
Rob McLennan is one of the most original and engaging literary commentators in Canada. Notes and Dispatches is the first collection of his essays, reviews and interviews. The collection ranges widely from an interview with Ken Sparling to a review of Richard Brautigan’s selected works to ruminations about the Chelsea Hotel. McLennan brings his unique perspective to each topic as his keen eye reveals sudden depth and understanding to every subject.
Series: Blind ItemsPaperbackDina Del Bucchia9781554831289$16.95POETRY Jul 31, 2014
Dina Del Bucchia takes celebrities very personally—maybe too personally. What would you do if you met Lindsay Lohan in a Walmart parking lot? James Franco in a thrift shop? The Olsen twins behind a dumpster? Blind Items puts you in contact with celebrities in the ways you’ve always dreamed. These hypermodern confessional poems are funny, strange, and very, very sexy. In this, her second collection, Del Bucchia tears down the fourth wall of tabloid journalism with her teeth.
Neil Gupta went to the Middle East looking for antique carpets. He found something equally timeless: murder. When Neil is found stabbed to death in Dubai's spice souk, his distraught father wants revenge. He hires private investigator Russell Quant to catch the killer. In his greatest case to date, Quant goes undercover to match wits with a wily museum curator, shifty souk merchants, corrupt carpet experts, and the denizens of an underground club for "fabulous" men. From the flamboyant glitz of Dubai to the scorching sand dunes of Saudi Arabia,... + Read More
Re:union takes an epistolary approach, exploring the relationships between literature, consumerism, and the individual through prose. The poems of this collection explore place, love, family, and culture, coming out in clots that are personal and affecting. The works are direct, directed, speak to a reader's many faces.
Memory has no chronology. Its narrative exists in fractions, slivers of the past open to interpretation. Bourbon & Eventide confronts the history and mythology of a failed couple, and through a subjective narrator finds humour and heartbreak in the story of the flawed pair. Through a collection of tercets--that could stand alone, but together tell a more complete story of a couple's past and failure--Mike Spry blends wit and honesty to bring to life the simple tale of love unrealized.
Sweet Affliction collects fifteen sharply-observed, darkly funny stories by Journey Prize-nominated writer Anna Leventhal. A memorable range of narrators navigate the complexities and discomforts of modern life, with the body and its bizarre proclivities--fertility, sickness, desire--at the heart of the narrative. Leventhal reveals the frailties, perversities, and surprising resilience of her singular characters with prose that is by turns caustic, tender, and creepily hilarious. An impressive debut by a daring new literary voice.
Series: Hot, Wet, and ShakingHow I Learned to Talk About SexPaperbackKaleigh Trace9781926743479$19.95BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY Aug 01, 2014
This is a sex book. It's a book about having sex by yourself, with one person, or with twenty people if everyone is down. It's about saying words like cunt, fuck, and come. But it's also about the things we don't talk about--the mystery, the expectations, and the bullshit that can go along with sex.Kaleigh Trace--disabled, queer, sex educator--chronicles her journey from ignorance to bliss as she shamelessly discusses her sexual exploits, bodily negotiations and attempts at adulthood, sparing none of the details and assuming you are not polite ... + Read More
We have, according to our beliefs, five essential parts: body, soul, spirit, heart, and mind, which all have to be satisfied equally. When you are in balance you are walking on the right road, following the right path of life - Basil Johnston. Eight traditional Anishinaabe stories are told in both Anishinaabe and English languages for adults.
Series: Halfling Spring: an internet romancePaperbackJoanne Arnott9780986874062$16.00POETRY Mar 07, 2014
In Halfling spring, a series of notes unfolds the dance of desire versus trust through a long season of actual and metaphorical springtime. Joanne Arnott is a M?tis/mixed blood mother of six, and in this collection she continues her explorations of love, intimacy, and family, with a focus on electronic connections (internet love). Transiting Canada from Victoria to Iqaluit, and transitioning from virtual to real (fantasy to reality), she inspects the realms of miscegenation and love in a class conscious and cross-cultural context, revealing en... + Read More
Series: LightfinderPaperbackAaron Paquette9780986874079$22.00FICTION Age (years) from 11 - 18Jun 16, 2014
Lightfinder is a YA fantasy novel about Aisling, a young Cree woman who sets out into the wilderness with her Kokum (grandmother), Aunty and two young men she barely knows. They have to find and rescue her runaway younger brother, Eric. Along the way she learns that the legends of her people might be real and that she has a growing power of her own.The story follows the paths of Aisling and Eric, siblings unwittingly thrust into a millennia old struggle for the future of life on earth. It deals with growing up, love and loss, and the choices ... + Read More
Series: Prostate, TheEverything You Need to Know About the Man GlandPaperbackYosh Taguchi9781927535356$18.95MEDICAL Mar 23, 2014
The mere mention of the prostate gland is enough to make men cringe. Long a taboo subject, the walnut-sized man gland can cause mental anguish, emotional aggravation, bitterness, and anger. The prostate often affects everything from sexual performance to male ego-strength. When it is working well, the man's world is good, but when it is affected by change or disease, the male universe often collapses upon itself. In The Prostate, Dr. Taguchi tackles the most common prostate problems, treatments, and questions in down-to-earth language. If there... + Read More
Series: Bells of Memory, TheA Palestinian Boyhood in JerusalemPaperbackIssa J. Boullata9781927535394$12.95HISTORY Apr 06, 2014
The distinguished Arabic scholar, author, and translator Issa J. Boullata grew up in a Palestinian family in the Jerusalem of the 1930s and 1940s, when Palestine was under the British Mandate. His memoir, The Bells of Memory, is delightful in its reflections on an idyllic youth and detailed in its recollections of family members, classmates and teachers, remembered scents and foods, the pleasures of reading, and his early experience of the working world. This is a love letter to a Jerusalem that was changed immeasurably by Al-Nakba, the Palesti... + Read More
Series: Second Chance, APaperbackFelicia Mihali9781927535417$14.95FICTION Apr 27, 2014
Adam is happily married when he has a stroke at the age of fifty, and his behaviour changes to that of a ten-year-old. What are his secrets? Are there any he should be sharing? His wife would like to know. A Second Chance reveals its secrets slowly. We can see how changed Adam is, but we also sense that we don't know the whole story. The wife is loving, but there is a puzzling edge to her account of her days with Adam. It's only as we come to the devastating conclusion that we learn what happened before Adam suffered his stroke. A novel about d... + Read More
Buon Appetito Toronto! is the story of how Italian-Canadian food culture has evolved in the city and how its influence has helped define our perceptions of what constitutes a good meal. From the convivial social dynamics of the Italian table, to the quest for the perfect coffee, to the introduction of food products and artisanal wine from Europe, Italian-Canadians have led the way in educating Torontonians about the pleasures of the table. Through interviews with 28 of the city's most important chefs, restaurateurs importers and manufacturers, ... + Read More
A follow-up to his acclaimed The Porcupinity of the Stars, Moon Baboon Canoe is filled with Gary Barwin's trademark humour, invention, musicality and craft and continues his exploration of family, modern life, nature, wonder, philosophy, and the absurd.These witty and surprising poems confront subjects as diverse as time machines, elves, hummingbirds, birth and cows yet manage to explore perennial themes of poetry: delight, mortality, childhood, love, the natural world, and squirrels. It is a baboon-paddled canoe of a book guided by the moon, a... + Read More
YAW marks a sharp departure in tone and structure from Dani Couture's previous two acclaimed poetry collections. An almost singular narrative runs through these quiet, powerful poems, a narrative that seeks to examine how far we must go to answer the questions closest to us, how we grieve, and how to make sense of what and who remains. YAW is a spare but abundant book, a seamless gathering of investigative poems that can be seen as one side of a conversation Ñ or perhaps, a plea for answers to the unanswerable.
David W. McFadden has been exploring the Japanese forms of haiku and tankas for six decades. This is the first full-length collection of his work in those forms. The 400 or so poems in this collection create a mesmerizing overview of his life and his philosophy. With his usual tenderness and humour, he talks of the great tragedies of life and the great moments of whimsy and magic.
California St. is one of the major thoroughfares in downtown San Francisco, the city where George Stanley was born in 1934, and left at age 37 to move to Vancouver. Associated with the "San Francisco Renaissance" in poetry, moving in circles that included Jack Spicer, Robert Duncan and Robin Blaser, Stanley had won a reputation as an exciting young poet. But it was his move to Canada, and particularly his fifteen years teaching literature at Northwest Community Collegein Terrace, BC that marked a profound turn in his poetic practice. North of C... + Read More
Posh Lust is about poetry that is everywhere findable, provided the bits of "everywhere" are words and provided this life is lettered. People study poetry and some read it. Poetry is a pinnacle art -- as in "a small ornamental turret" -- even when it's a drunk imaginary communist, or just a drunk imaginary. Kitsch makes the serious art of poetry bearable, so that poetry may become a situation where one is entertained by many an aspirational boner or becuntment in the literary field. In Posh Lust a reader may find, among the 17 poems in each o... + Read More
Award-winning actor/playwright Chris Craddock explodes the conventions of the theatrical monologue in this collection of three hilarious, poignant, feverishly inventive and (sometimes literally) electric solo stage pieces.In Public Speaking, an amoral lifestyle guru finds his message of guilt-free self-interest tested when his sex-addicted daughter is kidnapped by a pair of dangerous thugs. In Porn Star, a mousy small-town librarian is titillated to learn that she has unwittingly become an internet sensation thanks to an X-rated viral video sta... + Read More
Series: After AlicePaperbackKaren Hofmann9781927063460$19.95FICTION Apr 01, 2014
Having escaped the place in her youth, retired professor Sidonie von Täler returns to her ancestral Okanagan valley orchards still very much in the shadow of her deceased older sister Alice. As she sifts through the detritus of her family history, Sidonie is haunted by memories of trauma and triumph in equal measure, and must reconcile past and present while reconnecting with the people she left behind.Karen Hofmann's debut novel blends a poetic sensibility with issues of land stewardship, social stratification and colonialism. Her eye for peri... + Read More
Since its publication in 1994, Hiromi Goto's Chorus of Mushrooms has been recognized as a true classic of Asian Canadian literature. One of the initial entries in NeWest Press' long-running Nunatak First Fiction Series, Hiromi Goto's inaugural outing was recognized at the Commonwealth Writers' Prizes as the Best First Book in the Caribbean and Canadian regions that year, as well as becoming co-winner of the Canada-Japan book award.Goto's acclaimed feminist novel is an examination of the Japanese Canadian immigrant experience, focusing on the li... + Read More
Series: Two BlackbirdsPaperbackGarry Ryan9781927063507$19.95FICTION May 01, 2014
The fires of the Second World War are beginning to burn down, but legendary Canadian aviatrix Sharon Lacey is not out of danger just yet. Complication enters the young ace's life as deep-seated racial and class prejudice, fifth columnists and secret ideologies, and even her own killer history begin to threaten her hard-fought reputation, while a new and wonderful secret might just prove to be her undoing. Meanwhile, across the Channel in Fortress Europe new weapons have started rolling off Nazi production lines, and the characteristic buzz of t... + Read More