Closer to Where We Began

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ISBN: 9781988040189

Price: $19.95




Lisa Richter’s Closer to Where We Began is a diverse collection of poetry that follows the speaker on a path of self-discovery. The collection navigates the tension between memory and imagination, between the personal and the political, and the primacy of sensual, sensory, lived experience. These dream-like poems not only concern themselves with the speaker, but with urban and natural environments, friends, family, and lovers, past and present. The poet explores overlapping/intersecting identities that shape and inform us, celebrating the importance of telling our stories as a means of bringing us closer to our authentic selves.

“Lisa Richter weaves time and place with grace and expertise throughout the poems in this her first collection, Closer to Where We Began. Sensual, delicate yet biting, these poems sweep forward and back with energy and insight proving ‘the heart is a finite muscle of blood and music.’ By following the rhythm of each poem’s unfolding we are led to a ‘deeper quiet.’  A rich and resonant book.”—Catherine Graham, author of Her Red Hair Rises with the Wings of Insects

‘”Invoke the light…” writes Lisa Richter, ‘the light that leaves nothing / in its wake that is cold or unkind.’ With a richness in metaphor and a clarity of vision, Richter deftly travels the reader through seasonal tapestries of nature, across many identities, into many cities, and inside the bounds of family. Yet losses, and the world’s coldness and cruelty are not ignored, but rather, their pains and truths explored poetically: ‘the tongue finds its muse in the most sour of ripenings.’ The confidence and tenderness of Richter’s voice, and her mastery of form, makes Closer to Where We Began a rich and compelling read.”—Maureen Hynes, author of The Poison Colour

“Richter excavates memory as a geography forged by the complexities of human relationships. To read her work is to be transported into an alternate landscape wherein each encounter has been dissected and reassembled with a simultaneously commanding and vulnerable acuity.”—Robin Richardson, author of Knife Throwing Through Self-Hypnosis

“Richter’s first book traces an intimate diaspora… These are pieces of young mid-life when possibly a deeper consciousness of death and history twins with continued and reconfigured desires.”—Catherine Owen, Marrrow Reviews

“The poet admits rebellion… She is ‘Taking Stock’ of ghosts without stories… here are allusions to Robertson Davies’ Fifth Business and graffiti in Kensington Market; Where the Wild Things Are, poetry homage based on Evelyn Lau, Kate Braid, Theodore Roethke.”—Anne Burke, poets.ca

“Lisa Richter’s Closer To Where We Begin looks at our world through lucid dreams and then she writes it all down… these poems lit the place up. Richter has a sharp, laser type tongue, even if it often resides in her cheek.”—Michael Dennis, Today’s Book of Poetry

Photo by Matthew Burpee

Photo by Matthew Burpee

Lisa Richter‘s poetry has appeared in The Malahat Review, The Puritan, Literary Review of Canada, The Toronto Quarterly, Crab Creek Review, among other journals and anthologies. She was longlisted for the CBC Poetry Prize in 2015, and won first place in CV2 Magazine’s 2-Day Poem Contest in 2017. Closer to Where We Began is her first collection of poetry. She lives, writes, and teaches English as a Second Language in Toronto.

 

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cabana the big—Ron Charach

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ISBN: 9781988040127
Price: $22.95




cabana the big is a ribald, dystopian, post-apocalyptic tale of a new world order set up by businessman harold galloway, as documented by narrator Slim Reggie Canuck, galloway’s chosen chronicler. The novel’s protagonist, henry morgan, is a former physician who now rides with the big eight (galloway’s version of The Magnificent Seven). Presiding over the big eight is the phallic minotaur-in-a-Stetson, cabana the big. Slim Reggie Canuck’s hilarious, graphic narration makes cabana the big a cautionary allegory about the end of the Twenty-first Century.

“Slim Reggie Canuck is one of the most original and memorable creations in the annals of Canadian letters. He is one funny storyteller with a serious message about where our power-obsessed world is heading.”—Terry Fallis, author of The Best Laid Plans and No Relation

cabana the big is commedia dell armageddon, theatre of the absurd, a B-plus movie directed by The Coens or Mel Brooks, make that Tarantino. Henry Morgan(stern) drops his capitals, while Carla and ma rosemary, insider bargirls at the abyss saloon, serve up intrigues and End-Days cardiac events, all reported by Slim Reggie with black humor, misogyny and misanthrope, marital breakdown and juicy pop references. Only poets get to be this funny!” —Linda Rogers, author of The Empress Letters

Photo: Becca Gilgan

Photo: Becca Gilgan

Ron Charach is a Toronto psychiatrist and the author of nine collections of poetry, most recently Selected Portraits (2007) and Forgetting the Holocaust (2011). His poems and essays have appeared in most Canadian literary and medical/psychiatric journals.

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Canadian Shield—Kelley Aitken

9781988040097ISBN: 9781988040097
PRICE: $21.95

Winner of a 2017 Ippy Awards Regional Bronze Medal for Fiction!




Kelley Aitken’s compelling short fiction collection is united by a sense of place, the Canadian Shield. Her nine short stories traverse an area between land and water; near and far, between the uncontrollable and the veneer of civility. They reflect, Janus-headed, on Nature and human nature. Canadian Shield addresses that anxious paradox between our yearning for the wild and our need for security—a profound dilemma of our time.

“Loss and longing, love, betrayal, and hard-won heart, the souls in these stories are mirrored in the Canadian wild. This is travel over tough terrain—river, rock, and the inner landscapes of people who search—these stories will stay with you for a long time.”—Kim Echlin, author of Under the Visible Life and The Disappeared

“Aitken writes dense, layered stories that play with temporality and use the natural world as a mirror for the psyches of her characters… Aitken’s stories are dark, but tremendously insightful and empathetic. This is a smart, haunting collection.”—Alexander De Pompa, Broken Pencil

“Aitken’s exquisite prose takes us on a profound journey from camp to bush to canoe in a deeply moving reflection on our relationships with ourselves and our surroundings.”—Goodreads

Photo by Zenia Buzanko

Kelley Aitken is a writer, artist, and teacher. Her book Love in a Warm Climate (The Porcupine’s Quill, 1998) was nominated for the Commonwealth Prize, Best First Book. Kelley has lived in the Philippines, Ecuador, and various parts of Canada. Born in British Columbia, Kelley makes her home in Toronto where she teaches drawing at the Art Gallery of Ontario.

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A Chronicle of Magpies—Bruce Meyer


A Chronicle of Magpies WEBISBN: 9781926639741
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This short fiction collection examines the serendipity and spontaneity of history through stories about love, family, and art. Bruce Meyer offers a view that is both personal and panoramic in these heartfelt and surprising stories. The book features the post–WWI novella “A Chronicle of Magpies,” which tells the story of one family’s struggle to build their own paradise, a home and lakeside resort, in the gothic Canadian wilderness. The engrossing novella is the centerpiece to a rich collection of shorter narratives, which are told with the same keen eye and subtle lyricism.

“History and families, along with the events that inform both, lie at the heart of Bruce Meyer’s accomplished collection, A Chronicle of Magpies. These are stories that reach into the past to inform the present, and along the way help us do the same.”—Andrew Pyper, author of The Demonologist

“A haunting portrayal of Canadian families throughout time”—amazon.ca

“Meyer captures perfectly what it meant to be a Canadian at war and at home”—goodreads.com

Bruce Meyer is the award-winning author of forty-five books of poetry, short fiction, non-fiction, and literary journalism. His most recent books include the forthcoming Arrow of Time (2015), The Obsession Book of Timbuktu (2014), Testing the Elements (2014), and The Seasons (2014), which won an IPPY Medal and was short-listed for the Indie-bruce meyer b wFab Award. With Barry Callaghan he published the groundbreaking anthology, We Wasn’t Pals: Canadian Poetry and Prose of the First World War (with an afterword by Margaret Atwood). His spoken word work includes the CBC’s bestselling CD series, The Great Books and Great Poetry. His non-fiction volume The Golden Thread: A Reader’s Journey Through the Great Books was a national bestseller in 2000. He was the inaugural Poet Laureate of the City of Barrie and is professor of Creative Writing and Communications at Georgian College and Visiting Professor of Literature at the University of Toronto’s Victoria College. He lives in Barrie, Ontario.

 

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COMPARED TO HITLER—RM VAUGHAN

Compared to Hilter CoverISBN: 9781926639659
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RM Vaughan’s essays—taking on everything from photo-conceptualist art to the discordant joys of a Mariah Carey concert—have appeared in Canadian and international publications since the early 1990s. Compared to Hitler is both a “best of” collection and, in Vaughan’s own words, an apology for being such a brat. As the collection’s title tells us, the award-winning writer has been compared to unsavory characters his entire working life—and Vaughan wouldn’t want it any other way.

“RM Vaughan’s essays are sharp. Sharp in the sense of keenly intelligent of course, but also in the sense of knowing: being aware or au courant… The fact that they are also insightful, carefully written and witty, without unduly sacrificing rigour, adds to the pleasure of reading them.”—Peter Dubé, espace

“I smiled a lot reading this new book”—Richard Burnett, Montreal Gazette

“Wicked sense of humour… If you are queer, an artist, a Canadian, or just want to have you thinking challenged while also being entertained, I can recommend it.”—goodreads.com

“Lovely turns of phrase… This book is full of provocative writing about art, culture and life lived interestingly”—Shawn Syms, Winnipeg Review

“Vaughan’s words, turns of phrase, and plethora of provocative ideas are indeed pleasurable enough to be savoured right down to the acidic after taste.”—Drew Rowsome, drewrowsome.blogspot.ca

RM Vaughan is a writer and video artist. He is the author of eight previous books, and his fiction, essays, plays, and poetry appear in more than 50 anthologies. His video works have played in festivals and galleries across Canada and around the world. He lives in Toronto and Berlin.

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Come Late to the Love of Birds – Sandra Kasturi

Come Late to the Love of BirdsISBN: 9781926639505

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3rd place winner—2013 Elgin Awards/2013 Rhysling Award Nominee




Sandra’s first collection, The Animal Bridegroom featured an introduction by Neil Gaiman and has sold out. This collection expands on her themes of abject romances, deformed fairy tales gone and the astonishing delights of life in glorious 21st century. Her latest poetry book fuses nature’s continuous emotional offerings, our desire to understand ourselves with our passion to be free, devoid of the burden of modern thought.
Sandra Kasturi

Sandra Kasturi is a writer, publisher, book reviewer and Bram Stoker Award-winning editor. She is the co-owner with her husband, writer and publisher Brett Alexander Savory, of the World Fantasy Award-nominated press, ChiZine Publications. She managed to snag an introduction from Neil Gaiman for her previous poetry collection, The Animal Bridegroom.

Praise for Come Late to the Love of Birds

“Beautiful poems in a jewel box of a collection. You should slow down and take the time to read it.”—Madeline Ashby, author of Company Town 

“Her words are imbued with complexity, multiplicity, and a deep interplay of meanings. Her poetic art is simultaneously completely natural and wholly transcendent.”—Derek Newman-Stille, Speculating Canada

“Stunning turns of phrases”—Diane Severson, Amazing Stories

“Kasturi catapults her readers into a parallel universe where dreams shape reality. Beware! She’s a powerful trickster who infuses the everyday with beauty, lust, changelings and not-so-benevolent magic.”—Emily Pohl-Weary, author of Not Your Ordinary Wolf Girl

“Sandra Kasturi’s poetry collection, Come Late to the Love of Birds, is a dazzling journey through a mind awake, an eye alive, and a voice remarkably adept. There is great music here, and magic, and many impossible things you didn’t believe before you read them.”—Patrick O’Leary, author of The Gift and The Black Heart

“Sandra Kasturi’s poems in Come Late to the Love of Birds manage to have both the charm of a particularly beautiful and bright child, while at the same time the grinning bite of a bad seed. A sympathy for roasting birds, a send-up of mythology, the haunted dignity of a hawk—everything she writes has a touch of melancholy about it, but it’s the toy melancholy of the curious and optimistic. How I’d love to be a subject in her world. These poetic tales are funny, absurd, sad, portentous, and completely brilliant. I shall look twice when I next see a bird. I too, have come late to the love of birds—but now I adore them.”—Susie Moloney, author of A Dry Spell and The Thirteen

Praise for The Animal Bridegroom

The Animal Bridegroom is a wonderful showcase for Sandra Kasturi’s work—she has a lot to say and hundreds of ways to say it. Filled with poetry of sheer, spinning invention and genuine passion, none of it comfortable or conventional, this long-awaited book is a genuine pleasure to read.”—Peter Straub, author of A Dark Matter and Mrs. God

“Sandra Kasturi’s magical poems transform the ordinary into the surreal and exotic.”—Phyllis Gotlieb, author of Birthstones and Red Blood, Black Ink, White Paper

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Commander Zero – David Neil Lee


ISBN: 9781926639475
Price: $19.95

Found unconscious on a remote road in the coastal rain forest, Joseph Windebank is badly injured, water-soaked, and near death. After being nursed back to health in a rural community of fishers and loggers, Joey is a changed man. His memory is gone, his wife has disappeared, and, in piecing together the mystery, Joey comes to imagine his world as a shadowy and frightening place where vampires haunt the deep woods and the dead trade their lives on the land for an eerie afterlife in the dark waters of the coastal inlets. Teased, tolerated, and nicknamed “Zero,” he packs prawns at the local fish plant, making a new life for himself. But he hides a growing fear that a huge, dark, and hungry secret is rising from the depths of his past—a secret that he is better off not knowing.

“Commander Zero is a brilliantly written novel that takes place in the tiny community of Pender Harbour. This is not your quaint and cozy local yokel tale. It is dark and quirky, as lyrical and hard as the landscape itself … The elements of nature are powerful, fully-fledged characters in this novel, as they are in marginal coastal life. Author David Lee understands this and has created a profound and beautiful work because of it…. The voice that Lee developed to help him understand hard-scrabble Pender Harbour life has helped him to create a novel that is part poem, part tragedy, an honest and moving mystery.”Carole Rubin, Coast Reporter

 “David Neil Lee has written a probing story in Commander Zero … knife-edge writing, excellent pacing … Lee is a strong storyteller with powerful moments of insight and resolution.”—Don Graves, Hamilton Spectator

 “I love books strongly rooted in place, where the writer is so generous with specific detail that you can visualize the land, the vistas, the houses, the weather. If you’re looking for a lively and intriguing read for the end of summer, this is your book … Commander Zero is more than a roman-à-clef.” Theresa Kishkan, The Harbour Spiel

About the Author

Before David Neil Lee became known as a writer, including two books on jazz, he was a founding member of Toronto’s improvised music community, playing double bass and cello with international jazz artists, dancers, actors and poets. He is also the author of the best-selling Chainsaws: A History.

 

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Contrary | Ruth Roach Pierson

Contrary, by Ruth Roach PiersonISBN-13: 9781926639338
Price: $7-special sale price!
Pub Date: 2011

Longlisted for 2012 ReLit Award




Governor General’s Award finalist Ruth Pierson’s third collection of poetry articulates the oppositional emotions that develop with the loss of a loved one. While humour, fond remembrance, and wry awareness break through, contrariness tinges many of the poems in this collection, a contrariness rooted in rueful self-examination, in feelings of living at cross purposes with the expected and the polite, of seeing the world aslant. At the heart of Contrary is an unflinching portrayal of the emotional maelstrom that overtook the poet as she faced the dying and death of her only brother. These are poems that mount an opposition, poems that contradict and argue, sometimes in jest, sometimes in deadly seriousness, poems that read unexpected messages into paintings and photographs, poems that are attuned to the dialectic undercurrents of living.

Ruth Roach Pierson took up the pen in pursuit of poetry after a distinguished career in academia. Her poems have appeared in ARC, Event, The Fiddlehead, Literary Review of Canada, The Malahat Review, Pagitica, Pottersfield Portfolio, Prism International, Queen’s Feminist Review, Quills, Room of One’s Own, and Vallum as well as a number of anthologies. She lives in Toronto.

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Come Closer | Leanne Averbach

Come Closer, by Leanne AverbachISBN-13: 9781926639192
Price: $5 – special sale!
Pub Date: Fall 2010

Longlisted for the 2011 ReLit Award




 From poet and award-winning filmmaker Leanne Averbach comes a new collection of poems. Come Closer draws on themes as widespread as Averbach’s left-wing-activist and trade-union-organizer past, the loss of her parents, the Iraq War, and the homeless, all seen through the gritty lens of New York City and with a persistent inner dialogue about love, family, and doubt. Cool-burning with the strange and the sensual, Come Closer takes the imposing realities of political, environmental, and social upheaval, and infuses each with the personal.

Praise for Leanne Averbach

“Witty, cynical and startlingly lusty, Averbach’s lushly lyrical, ‘thick wet strokes’ of irreverence are finely wrought with haunting immediacy. Her work provides a must-read collection: highly charged eroto-comic and compelling snapshots that linger.”—Adeena Karasick

“Averbach’s poems swing from worldly to wild.”—Georgia Straight

Leanne Averbach is a Canadian poet and filmmaker. She has been published and has performed with musicians across Canada, in the US, and in Italy. Her first book, Fever (Mansfield Press), was shortlisted for the Gerald Lampert Memorial Prize in 2006. Her companion CD Fever is a fusion of her spoken words and the blues/jazz accompaniment of the Vancouver group Indigo. Averbach’s second short film based on her poetry, Teacups & Mink, has garnered numerous awards. For more information visit www.leanneaverbach.com.

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Confessions of a Reluctant Cougar | Myna Wallin

Confessions of a Reluctant Cougar, by Myna WallinISBN: 9781926639116
Price: $8 special sale price!
Pub Date: 2010




Sex is casual, but conversation is a serious matter in the outrageous adventures of this contemporary cougar.In Myna Wallin’s second book, a reluctant cougar tells all. She feasts on young men of all kinds, in a world where sex isn’t dirty but love is coated in grime. In this raucous novel, she runs the gauntlet of men, including a Harley-riding bikini salesman, a semiotics professor, a foot fetishist, a jaded brand consultant, a homeless man, and a bisexual mime. Written with Wallin’s signature wit, this semiotics of dating is given a postmodern twist.

Click to read an excerpt from Confessions of a Reluctant Cougar.

“Wallin’s merciless wit subverts the Chick Lit genre, cleverly critiquing its man-chasing imperatives and dating cliches.”—Canadian Notes & Queries

“… an act of admirable bravery”—The Globe and Mail

“With humour and insight, Wallin’s narrator deliberates on the confusing mess that love can be while musing on her current and shaky love affair . . . here it is a call to action, a call for the liberation of the female body.”—Broken Pencil

Myna Wallin is a Toronto-based author and editor. She has her Masters degree in English Literature from the University of Toronto.  Her first full-length poetry collection, A Thousand Profane Pieces, was published in 2006. Myna’s poetry and prose have been published in numerous literary journals and anthologies, including The Algonquin Square Table Anthology, Contemporary Verse 2, Existere, eye weekly, Kiss Machine, The Literary Review of Canada, Matrix, Misunderstandings Magazine, Nod, Surface and Symbol, and Taddle Creek.

 

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Contents of a Mermaid’s Purse | Phoebe Tsang

Contents of a Mermaid's Purse, by Phoebe Tsang
ISBN: 9781926639062
Price: $7
Pub Date: Fall 2009




Poems that are like incantations, love spells spoken in a young lyrical voice. Contents of a Mermaid’s Purse’s poems are an existential exploration of love and mortality via fairytales and nature. Travelling freely among the shattered confines of identity and gender, travel and environment, the dreamlike narrative unfolds in lyric language, telling of love lost and found, and mythologies that inform the journey with passages in the rhythm of fairytales.

Click to read an excerpt from Contents of a Mermaid’s Purse.

Phoebe Tsang was born in Hong Kong, grew up in England and currently resides in Canada. She is the author of the poetry collection Contents of a Mermaid’s Purse (Tightrope Books), due to be launched 05 November 2009. Phoebe’s poetry can be found in the anthologies Garden Variety (Quattro Books) and Not a Muse (Haven Books). Journal credits include Asia Literary Review (Hong Kong), Atlas02 (UK & India), Brand (UK), Room and  Freefall (Canada). Her chapbooks are Solitaires (Lyricalmyrical Press, 2006) and To Kiss the Ground (Press On! 2007). A professional violinist, she is a multi-genre artist who holds a BSc in Architecture from the University of London.

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