A Chronicle of Magpies—Bruce Meyer


A Chronicle of Magpies WEBISBN: 9781926639741
PRICE: $12.95—special sale price!




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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The Theory of Light at Midnight-Elizabeth Ukrainetz

FINAL Theory of Light WebISBN: 9781926639864

PRICE: $17.95—special sale price!

Shortlisted for the 2016 ReLit Award!




Twenty years after a horrific captivity, Magda’s perfect life begins to crumble. Helpless to the resurgence of memory, she collapses inward. Through a haze of desire frighteningly evocative of the attack, she desperately attempts to fit together the bits and pieces of self, which existed before and after. The Theory of Light at Midnight is the story of the disintegration of personality, and one woman’s attempt to reconstruct integrity with the truth of brutality intact.

“In this series of ‘broken cantos,’ language buckles under the weight of a body’s knowing, giving voice to a novel which sings its gorgeous dissonance.  Like a rare piece of music, this writing moved me to tears.  It is an astonishing work. Magda’s experience of childhood violence reverberates throughout her life and words—and into the bodies of readers who hold this book in their hands. The Theory of Light at Midnight not only describes trauma, it renders it actual through Ukrainetz’ extraordinary prose.—Marianne Apostolides, author of Sophrosyne

“Surreal. Dreamlike. Childhood trauma and adult aftershock transformed into art.” —Mary Lou Dickinson, author of Would I Lie to You? and Ile D’Or

“A poet as well as a prose writer, Ukrainetz has a handle on language”—Quill & Quire

“A  deftly crafted and compelling read from beginning to end… destined to become a literary classic.”—Midwest Book Review

The Theory of Light at Midnight brings Ukrainetz back into the world of Canadian fiction. The novel is a temporally and structurally fragmented look at the inner life of a woman… Ukrainetz deftly steps outside of time and linear structure… conveying a strong sense of Magda’s central struggle.”— David Burgess McGregor, Winnipeg Review

“Elizabeth Ukrainetz’s writing shows brief glimpses of life on the other side of a window painted with vivid colours and designs. Language in her work is at the forefront.”—Room

“Language, for Elizabeth Ukrainetz, is a goal in itself. In The Theory of Light at Midnight, it is the poetic prose that draws the reader’s attention.”—Herizons

Photo by Kye Marshall

Photo by Kye Marshall

Elizabeth Ukrainetz writes prose and poetry. Her work has appeared in several anthologies and journals over the years, including The Malahat Review,  Fiddlehead, and Grain. She’s published two books with Exile Editions, Baby, I Love You: Stories and Minor Assumptions. Visit her website at eeukra.net

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Eulogy—Ken Murray

Eulogy Cover FinalISBN: 9781926639857

Price: $17.95—special sale price!

Eulogy is a hit: now in its second print run!




The controlled and calm life of William Oaks is shattered when his parents die suddenly in a car accident. A reclusive paper conservator at a renowned Toronto museum, William must face the obsessions and denials that have formed him: delusional family history, religious fundamentalism, and get-rich-quick schemes. Memory and facts collide, threatening to derail his life and career as William feverishly prepares for an important exhibition on the Egyptian Book of the Dead.

“Eulogy is a powerful and riveting exploration of the family: the tensions between father and son, mother and son, and mother and father through the sharp-eyed, sensitive voice of William Oaks. Masterfully mesmerizing.”—Catherine Graham, author of Her Red Hair Rises with the Wings of Insects

“In his debut novel, Ken Murray tells the kind of secrets that simultaneously bind and tear a family apart. With a quick turn of a head or a phrase, the normal becomes freakish, and cruelty mundane. This is a story about diet drinks and religion, death and video games. Eulogy is an obituary to modern innocence.” —Shaughnessy Bishop-Stall, author of Down to This and Ghosted

“Too often, first-time novelists show up with baby fat or affectation or slavish devotion to some novelistic ideology. But Murray begins as a mature writer: muscular, plain spoken, himself alone. The story he tells here makes for compulsive reading.”—Benjamin Taylor, author of Naples Declared and The Book of Getting Even

“Absorbing novel . . . A cautious optimist, Murray grants this wounded soul a chance for happiness while acknowledging the work required to clasp it fully.” —Brett Josef Grubisic, The Georgia Straight

“Ken Murray’s powerful, poignant debut… According to convention, a book about grief has no right to be a page-turner, but this one is.” —Jade Colbert, Globe and Mail

“Ken Murray’s solemn and entrancing debut . . . Eulogy is a serious, graceful novel that interrogates the roots of a particular strain of family unhappiness.” —Ryan D. Matthews, Brooklyn Rail

“Well written and very thought provoking . . . The ending truly caught me by surprise and I do love that in a book.” —Patty Woodland, brokenteepee.com

“I enjoyed Eulogy immensely. It’s smart, occasionally funny, and very human. There are so many reasons to read this book: pick one and take the plunge.” —Andrew Fookes, Literary Fiction Review

Fiction_Murray_KenKen Murray lives in Prince Edward County, Ontario. He teaches creative writing at Haliburton School of the Arts and at the School of Continuing Studies at the University of Toronto. He is a volunteer broadcaster in community radio and dabbles in several sports. Eulogy is his first novel. For more information visit kenmurray.ca.

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A Token of My Affliction-Janette Platana

ISBN: 9781926639758
Price: $16.95—special sale price

Finalist for the 2016 English Language Trillium Book Award!

Longlisted for The Frank O’Connor Short Story Prize!




Janette Platana’s cheerfully disturbing, gleefully outraged, and chillingly beautiful stories break open the lives of apparently ordinary people who struggle and sometimes succeed in living without compromise, refusing to sacrifice the world they sense to the world they see, and where things can be true without ever being real. The range of this accomplished and poetic voice may cause vertigo, owing, as it does, as much to the Clash to Stephen King, to Caitlin Moran as to Flannery O’Connor, and something to David Sedaris. A Token of My Affliction will make you laugh while breaking your heart wide open.

“Wild, witty and thought-provoking…”—Michelle Berry, author of Interference

Janette Platana’s writing is brave and vivid and full of tender sacrilege.”—David Bergen, author of The Time in Between

“Platana questions where choices originate from and what factors make us choose certain paths and not others.”—Derek Newman-Stille, Speculating Canada

“So funny. So perfect; so true. I really haven’t got one negative thing to say about this book. You should read it. Janette Platana is one of our best.” —Richard Rosenbaum, Broken Pencil

“This is an impressive collection of short stories.”—goodreads.com

“This collection is as brilliant as it is terrifying… For Janette Platana, to have an affliction is to be a person… I highly recommend this book.”—Evelyn Deshane, The Rusty Toque

“I’ve never read anything quite as raw as Janette Platana’s first collection of short stories, A Token of My Affliction…  if this is only Janette Platana’s debut collection, then we’ve all got a whole slew of incredible stories coming our way.—galaxyquill.com

“A magnifying glass that you hold up to an assortment of lives that look a lot like your own, and through that magnifying glass you see all the fascinating and horrible microscopic entities crawling over the surface and within the minuscule cracks of those lives.”—Andrew Forbes, 49th Shelf

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Janette Platana’s poetry and fiction have appeared in literary magazines across Canada, in the U.S., and in Turkey. Originally from Saskatchewan, and with a background in indie bands and improv comedy, she now lives and writes in Peterborough, Ontario. Her short story, “Dear Dave Bidini,” won This Magazine‘s 2009 Great Canadian Literary Hunt.  A Token of My Affliction is Janette’s debut collection of short fiction.

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You Turn Your Back-Royston Tester

ISBN: 9781926639819
PRICE: $14.95-special sale price!

Longlisted for the Edge Hill Prize and The Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award!




In settings as varied as industrial England, the Syrian desert, urban Morocco, rural “expat” Spain, Canada’s West coast, and the China–Vietnam border, Royston Tester explores the very human struggles of people caught between cultures, social classes, lovers, family members, and sexualities. In “Dotty,” a young Canadian woman on a work-stay program in a Cornish village tries to make sense of her affair with an Italian factory owner. In “Who Knows Where,” two Canadian daughters grapple with their drug-addled mother whose lovemaking is haunted by the ghost of a stillborn baby. In “Face,” a lovesick Chinese Canadian student lays down the law to his ambitious father over a dinner of monkey brains. In unforgettable, stripped-down prose, the stories in this book observe, with an unflinching eye, those who dare to take steps further.

You Turn Your Back is a vigorous and daring exploration of the limits of form and character. It is a demanding work, often asking the reader to witness and engage with situations of emotional duress and physical violence. It is also a work that rewards.”—Kerri Lu, Cha: An Asian Literary Journal

Royston Tester is the award-nominated author of the story collections Fatty Goes to China and Summat Else. His short fiction has appeared in North American, Asian, and European publications.

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I Am Currently Working on a Novel—Rolli

Price: $16.95 special sale price!

ISBN: 9781926639734

Shortlisted for the 2015 ReLit Award, shortlisted for the High Plains Award, longlisted for The Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award!


I am Currently Working on a Novel coverThe more than 70 stories in I Am Currently Working on a Novel are as diverse as a telephone conversation or your average ocean. There are stories set in Hollywood, London, and the bottom of the sea. There are also pieces about ghosts, robots, love, Pointillism, death, and immortality. Though seldom longer than a few pages, there is more mystery, sadness and sheer mania in Rolli’s slimmed-down fictions than a whole shelf-full of standard novels.

“As dazzling as they are brilliant, these stories are bursting with life. They sing. And they’re very funny too.”—Nik Perring, author of Freaks

“Because this is a magic book, as you absorb its people you begin to realize that the real people around you are and have always been impossible.”—Brian Conn, editor of Birkensnake

“Rolli’s eccentric, whimsical stories exhibit a style and a brand of comedy all his own. There is much to love about this collection for a general audience, but these stories will be most rewarding for Rolli’s fellow writers and artists.” — pankmagazine.com

“The seventy-five stories in mononymous author Rolli’s new flash-fiction collection, I Am Currently Working on a Novel, waver between whimsical and bleak. The best ones are both.”—heavyfeatherreview.com

“Rolli’s imagination is admirable, and his ability to make so much happen in so few words is deeply impressive. Each one of the stories in I Am Currently Working On A Novel is finely-crafted, a miniature triumph.” —neonmagazine.co.uk

Saskatchewan resident Rolli is a writer, cartoonist, and the author of God’s Autobio, Plum Stuff, Mavor’s Bones and Dr. Franklin’s Staticy Cat. His cartoons appear regularly in Reader’s Digest. He lives in Regina, SK.

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The Voices in Between – Charlene Challenger

Voices in Between cover
ISBN: 9781926639796
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Nominated for a 2015 Aurora Award and longlisted for a 2015 Sunburst Award!AuroraWinner+NomineeLogos_2"

Adoni is a teenaged girl who lives in a downtown apartment with her mother, an emotionally and physically abusive woman who drinks too much. One evening, Adoni finds herself drawn to the enchanting voice of a man singing in the alley beneath her bedroom window. The man, Ritter, brings Adoni to the Welcome, a northern colony of the In-Between world, where young people who have been rescued from harm are kept safe by their sworn immortal protectors, the pipers. But when the Welcome is attacked by changelings—led by the vicious and charismatic Sylvester—and a centuries-old grudge spills over the edge and threatens to destroy the colony and everyone who lives there, Adoni must find the strength and courage within to stop the oncoming war. This stirring LGBTQ-positive coming-of-age fantasy novel accurately portrays issues such as domestic violence and emotional abuse, as well as cultural and sexual identity.

“In The Voices In Between, Challenger has created a brilliant urban fantasy haunted by a melody line and dark secrets that cut beneath reality. Her words sing on the page, weaving a world that draws you in with its claws and refuses to let go. Captivating, intriguing, and most of all musical, Challenger sets the stage for a series whose insistent voice will continue whispering into your ear long after you’ve turned the final page.” —S.M. Beiko, author, The Lake and the Library

“Brave, wrenching loving, wise—and absolutely breathtaking. I have not read a debut novel more clear-eyed and heartfelt than The Voices in Between.”—Leah Bobet, author of Above

“The descriptive passages are lyrical and make powerful use of metaphor”—Resources Links Magazine

The Voices in Between is an ambitious and sophisticated fantasy, written with evocative, brooding beauty. Challenger makes words on a page caress the ear like music or jar against the soul with a chilling and suspenseful grip.” —Ellen Wu, Canadian Review of Materials

The Voices in Between snatched my attention straight away with its unusual, atypical heroine… I found the book beautifully written and smart. There is something poetic and enchanting in the In-Between with its snowy landscape and its Christmas air… I sincerely enjoyed The Voices In Between and I highly recommend it.”—Angelique, Maple Books

The book is about so many things….making choices, finding your identity, fitting in, anger, manipulation, dealing with abuse (bullying). It is a great journey that brings forward many social issues that our young generation faces on a daily basis. I’m eagerly awaiting book two!!—lostintherain.com

“shows remarkable wisdom, with fluid prose and masterful plotting that hit all the right notes at just the right times. A multi-tiered accomplishment in YA fiction, the heroine and heroes are anything but typical, with remarkable diversity representative of the city in which it’s based.”—amazon.com customer review

Photo: Christine Baldacchino

Charlene Challenger is a writer, a graduate of the Ryerson Theatre School, and the first recipient of the Gladys Shibley Mitchell Scholarship Award. She lives in Toronto with her husband and son. Tightrope Books published the sequel to the The Voices in Between, The Myth in Distance, in the fall of 2016.

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Standing in the Whale’s Jaw – Kathy-Diane Leveille

Standing-in-the-whale's-jaw PROMOISBN: 978-1926639611

PRICE: $13.95 – special sale!




Fifteen-year-old Elsa Byrd is on the verge of becoming a woman in the summer of 1935. It seems to her that, in a world run by men, coming of age is more of a curse than a blessing. Elsa feels powerless when her father enters the tuberculosis sanitarium and she’s forced to live on her grandparents’ farm. When she stumbles upon a stranger hiding in the barn, it’s a welcome diversion as hiding him becomes an intoxicating secret. When a dead girl is discovered floating in a dory, it quickly shifts from the kind of secret Elsa wants to hug close, to the kind she doesn’t dare let out. Her mentor, Lavinia Twigg, joins the police investigation and Elsa’s caught between silence and disclosure, trust and doubt, risk and fear.

“Nineteen thirties rural New Brunswick shines in this multi-layered, coming-of-age murder mystery. The lives of women, and the expectations surrounding them, are portrayed with insight and sympathy. I hope we hear from Elsa Byrd and Lavinia Twigg again—they make a first-rate detective team.” —Laurie Glenn Norris, author, Haunted Girl: Esther Cox and the Great Amherst Mystery

“Murder mystery enthusiasts will be completely satiated. Leveille has brilliantly concocted scenarios
where several individuals make plausible suspects.”—Michelle Brunet, Arts East

Kathy-Diane Leveille is the author of the novel Let the Shadows Fall Behind You and the short story collection Roads Unravelling. Her prose has been published in a number of literary journals, including the Cormorant, Grain, the Oklahoma Review, Pottersfield Portfolio, and Room of One’s Own, as well as various anthologies such as New Brunswick Short Stories and Water Studies: New Voices in Maritime Fiction. Her fiction won the Short Grain Contest for dramatic monologue in 2000 and was listed as a finalist in the Writers’ Union of Canada Short Fiction Contest in 2002. She lives in Saint John, New Brunswick.

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Keep It Beautiful – Kelly Ward

Keep it Beautiful CoverISBN: 9781926639628
PRICE: $10 special sale price




Kelly Ward’s debut collection of stories teems with characters just on the fringe of the mainstream, and each story examines the mundane and abject sides of normalcy. A middle-aged woman spends her life in the slot machine pit of a rural casino where she navigates her misplaced affections for two men: one a lifelong gambler and couch-surfing cad, the other a kid in his early 20s who makes her forget her own age and place in the world. Twenty-something newlyweds Asa and Maria attempt to conceive for the first six months of their marriage. When her apparent dream of becoming a mother doesn’t pan out quickly, Maria distances herself from Asa. A septuagenarian utilizes younger shoppers as pawns to make her weekly grocery-store jaunt that much easier to navigate. Each of Keep it Beautiful‘s characters find humor and beauty in unlikely places, while often playing victim—or at times accomplice—to their circumstances.

“Ward’s marginal characters—geriatric shoplifters, lovelorn gamblers, Zellers employees, OCD municipal workers—are curious curiosities. Ward lifts the everyday and everyman and transforms absurd disappointments and fragmented joys of the quotidian to reveal a fresh, intimate compassionate perspective, as all gifted writers do.”—Ibi Kaslik, author of Skinny and The Angel Riots

“Ward favour[s] shorter stories that provide just enough information to comprehend their characters’ motivations and morality, while simultaneously refusing to explain things in a blandly expository manner.”—The National Post

Keep It Beautiful is full of characters both odd and endearing and makes for fantastic summer reading for short story lovers.”—Open Book Toronto

“The author’s deft facility with character and her willingness to trust her readers by infusing her stories with just the right degree of contingency mark her as an author to watch.”—Steve W. Beattie, 49th Shelf

“Observant and compassionate to the end”—goodreads.com

Kelly Ward is a freelance writer and editor whose fiction, poetry, and journalism have appeared in various publications across Canada, including Existere, Matrix Magazine, SubTerrain, Taddle Creek, Word Magazine, and various other literary journals.  Her story, “A Girl And A Dog On A Friday Night,” was longlisted for the 2017 Journey Prize. She lives in Toronto.

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Fortune Cookie-Heather J Wood

fortune-cookie-heather-j-woodISBN: 9781926639017
Price: $8 – special sale price!




Fortune Cookie is a diary-style novella set in Montreal during the turbulent year of 1989. The book follows Robin through her growing disenchantment with the aimless life of a twenty-something who hasn’t yet found herself in a world that is changing as fast as she is. This subversively feminist work, aimed at young women, is told in first-person vignettes—written in the informal and often humourous voice of 24-year-old Robin. Robin’s vignettes are at times intercut with news headlines, highlighting the political and social events of the year—including Tiananmen Square, the fall of the Berlin Wall and Montreal Massacre.

“Emotionally profound and politically charged, Fortune Cookie is an uplifting treat.”—The Concordia Link

“A promising taste of good things from a new Canadian novelist”—Reading Outside the Lines

“This book is a refreshing take on a young woman’s journey… reminded me of the feeling I got when I decided to take action and become involved in my community around the issues that mattered to me.”–The Feminist Review

“Interspersed with fortunes and daily news about what is happening in the political, economic and social environment, these external issues are the main catalyst to Robin’s journey of self-discovery.”—Broken Pencil

“Heather J. Wood’s Fortune Cookie is my annual end-of-the-year read—as classic a tale for me on December 31st as Dickens’ A Christmas Carol is on December 24th.”—Charlene Challenger, author of The Voices in Between and The Myth in Distance

“From vegetarian pizza at Pines Pizza to the horrors visited upon Ecole Polytechnique; from the mundane to the monumental, Heather J. Wood’s Fortune Cookie is a wonderfully accurate depiction of Montreal, circa 1989. Wood’s prose is clean, her talent apparent on every page. Readers are rewarded with a work both assuring and rousing.”—Edward Brown, author of Playing Basra

Montreal-born Heather J. Wood lives in Toronto with her husband Kurt and two cats. She is also the author of teen-oriented roller derby novel Roll With It.

Click here to read an excerpt from Fortune Cookie.

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WOLF IN A BEAVER COAT – ROSARIO LLORET

ISBN: 9781926639710
PRICE: $16.95 – special  sale price!




WOLF IN A BEAVER COAT COVERIn his darkest hour, the night in which his son, Amorak, is stranded in the middle of an Arctic snowstorm, Jimmy Whitefox, a First Nation elder from the Northwest Territories, is forced to face the fact that his only child is a violent husband and father who has destroyed the lives of those who live with him. While his son fights the elements and his own sinister demons under the most unforgiving of conditions, Jimmy re-creates his own past for his sleeping granddaughter Jiewa, in an attempt to make her understand the origin of her family’s pain and the suffering of her people. There, in the quiet darkness that precedes dawn, stories arise, poignant and sweet, sometimes brutal and sometimes prodigious. The vibrant, passionate spirit of the Tli-Cho Nation and their beautiful, magical, and sometimes lethal environment are shared in this compelling work of fiction.

“Lloret has captured Whitefox’s life down to such intimate details as the different smells of bodies, while showing how such differences can separate or unite a man and his own people. Her language is memorable and evocative, conjuring the harsh beauty of a place where you can watch your breath ‘freeze in the air and drop over your shoulders like a twinkling rain of silver sparks.’ If ever there were a Canadian book destined to become a film, this would be it.”—Jeffrey Round, author of Lake on the Mountain

Wolf in a Beaver Coat engages readers into the perilous life of the North, and the people that have resided there for centuries.”—Fairview Post

CanadianSpanish author Rosario Lloret was born in Madrid, Spain. She moved to Canada in 2003 and lived in the Northwest Territories for six years. She currently resides in Hudson’s Hope, BC, with her husband and three daughters. Wolf in a Beaver Coat is her first novel.

 

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I Thought I Would Be Happy – Jim Nason

I Thought I Would Be Happy CoverPRICE: $10 – special sale price!
ISBN: 978-1926639604




A modern-day Greek tragedy, I Thought I Would Be Happy revolves around Marco Morelli, an aspiring filmmaker with a passion for heights. Set in New York, Toronto, and on top of Mount Olympus, this sexy, vivid novel weaves mythology with current events. It will especially interest academics, members of the gay community, and film and art lovers.

“To accept happiness, will you accept its terror? I Thought I Would Be Happy provides absorbing terrain in which to ponder the question. Surreal and fragmented memories slowly reveal the courage it takes to accept change in others — to realize you have shared the intimacy of strange travel together. In a work haunted by both cruelty and kindness, Jim Nason shows how our undoing can also be our extreme good luck.”—Daniel Allen Cox, author of Krakow Melt

Jim Nason‘s award-winning poems, essays, and stories have been published in literary journals and anthologies throughout the United States and Canada, including The Best Canadian Poetry in English. He is also the author of a novel, The Housekeeping Journals, and a short-story collection, The Girl on the Escalator. He lives in Toronto.

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Like I Care – Stephen Guppy

Like I CareISBN 9781926639536
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Like I Care is set in Vancouver a year or two into the future, when everything is just like it is now, apart from the invasion of monsters from Japanese Horror movies, the frequent earthquakes, and the army of scooter-riding Yé-Yé girls taking over the streets. The characters include a couple of families who live in an upscale suburb. Arnold is a struggling real-estate agent who is going through a divorce from Katherine, who believes she is Princess Diana. Their daughter, Christiana, is an aspiring model. Lawrence, their neighbour, has retired from his civil service career and is now a consultant who specializes in writing pointless mission statements. He’s plotting an affair with a young woman who belongs to a cannibal cult led by a chef who has created the perfect Canadian cuisine—eating the corrupt. Lawrence’s blended family includes Dorothy, his wife, and her son Thomas, who has dropped out of university and discovered that his true vocation is watching daytime TV. They’re all about to be transformed through the influence of legendary New-Age financier and evangelist of globalization Mitchell Mobius. Thomas becomes his evil twin, Raoul, and joins Mobius in founding a company that markets obsolete trends. Christiana is transformed into a media icon without her knowledge or consent. Arnold also jumps on the Mitchell Mobius bandwagon and finds himself in Taiwan just in time for the invasion. Fear, uncertainty, disinformation: that’s the mantra of the 21st century, and Arnold and his friends are living it to the hilt.

“A fast moving (and fast reading!) romp of a novel… smart, funny, and enjoyable…“—Necessary Fiction

Stephen GuppyPraise for Stephen Guppy’s first novel, The Fire Thief:

“…a masterful piece of storytelling, with well-drawn characters and imagined situations that seem all too real”—The Saskatoon Star-Phoenix

“Guppy sharply evokes character and milieu in dialogue and prose that are skillfully-shaped.”—The Vancouver Sun

Stephen Guppy is the author of several books including The Fire Thief (novel) The Work of Mercy (stories), Understanding Heaven (poems) which was shortlisted for the BC Book Award/Dorothy Livesay Award for Poetry.

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Dirty Bird – Keir Lowther

Dirty BirdISBN: 9781926639529

PRICE: $15.95 – special sale price!

Winner: 2013 Margaret and John Savage First Book Award
Shortlisted: 2013 Thomas Head Raddall Atlantic Fiction Prize
Shortlisted: 2013 Relit Award in the Novel Category
Shortlisted: 2014 PEI Book Award for Fiction

 




CBC Literary Award finalist Keir Lowther makes his debut with a novel that revolves around loved ones dead and alive, family or otherwise that haunts the modern psyche of one young boy, trapped in the grotesque world that surrounds him. Written in a creepy, deadpan, dark spiritual tone that will light a powder keg in the lukewarm waters of Canadian fiction. Dirty Bird is a family dystopia saga of anxiety and misplaced love, carved out in the spirit of spooky tradition of writers such as Tony Burgess, Joey Comeau and Lisa Foad.

Keir Lowther’s Dirty Bird gets between your teeth. It leaves silt in your bed sheets and second-hand smoke in your hair. It’s a neo-Canadian gothic tale of dysfunction, hallucination, and denial. It will make you feel sick, weak all over, but you’ll love it. You’ll crawl around for days after finishing it, wishing for more. This book breaks into your brain – but you’ll have to read it to know what that really means.” —Liz Worth, author of Treat Me Like Dirt

“This debaucherous debut from Keir Lowther does not deal in pig-tailed orphans or raspberry cordial. Instead it delivers a darkly gothic PEI—made of grit, grime, and grotesquerie—in which the wronged dead crawl from their graves to track mud across your clean kitchen floor. Dirty Bird is a devilish, desperate plea from one very disturbed little boy who spends his summer longing for Happy Meals and coming of age among adults with human hearts and savage, animalistic appetites. This book reminds you of every bad thing you ever did and shames you for it. Dirty Bird will raze your brain and haunt your dreams and leave you begging for more.”—Matthew J. Trafford, author of The Divinity Gene

“There are serene moments in the book that breathe clean air into its dirty pages. But it’s the dirty moments that earn Lowther his ribbon; his ability to make small town tragedies new again, and make innocence unnerving, and his knack for writing about an off-kilter family from a tiny island out east that leaves us feeling bad on the inside.”—Colin Brush, Broken Pencil

“I’ll never forget this book… So real and gritty.”—goodreads.com

“We need more writers like Keir Lowther”—libeery.tumblr.com

Keir LowtherKeir Lowther lives in Prince Edward Island with his wife, daughter and dog. His great grandfather was Lucy Maud Montgomery’s first cousin.

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Fatty Goes to China – Royston Tester


ISBN-13: 9781926639482
Price: $12.95 – special sale price!

Longlisted for the Edge Hill Prize




Written in original, humorous, and innovative ways, these 11 richly, varied stories expose the risks in finding shelter in unaccommodating places. Exploring the precarious lives of an accident-prone Chinese construction worker with a dark secret, a fatally ill Canadian artist who remains in Beijing after the 2008 Olympics, a grieving barber who makes a gruesome discovery about his Czech lover, and a couple who make a shocking, last-minute decision about their adoptive child, these unforgettable narratives—both dark and emotional—travel from China to Canada and Europe to convey vivid descriptions and a nostalgic appeal.

“When you’re in the mood for a challenge–when you need to stretch your thinking muscles a bit–I highly recommend Fatty Goes to China. It’s not a perfect book, and it may perplex you often, but it’s haunting and damned interesting. I won’t forget this book.”—insatiablebooksluts.com

“Royston Tester is a revelation”—Susie Bright

Royston Tester is an associate editor for online Cha: An Asian Literary Journal. He is the author of the story collections You Turn Your Back and Summat Else. His short fiction has appeared in North American, Asian, and European publications.

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Prick: Confessions of a Tattoo Artist – Ashley Little

ISBN: 9781926639383
Pub Date:
Fall 2011
Price: $13.95 special sale price!

Shortlisted for the 2012 ReLit Award for best novel.




In this crackling debut, Ashley Little creates a new anti-hero — one whose audacity is matched by his vulnerability. PRICK is narrate by twenty-one year old Anthony “Ant” Young: an artist, an asshole, and an anti-hero. After fleeing a violent home life in Calgary, Ant moves to Victoria, BC, where he earns his tattooing apprenticeship under Hank the Tank, a founding member of the powerful Lucifer’s Choice motorcycle gang. Under Hank’s guidance, Ant learns the craft and business of tattoo, but he is also exposed to a vicious and frightening criminal underworld. Written in intense, rapid-fire bursts, PRICK explores themes of addiction, desire, and remorse. As Ant’s life stumbles out of control, he struggles to hold on to the one thing he really cares about. Ashley Little follows in the footsteps of Bret Easton Ellis and Heather O’Neill in this unforgettable, disturbing and darkly funny tale.

Ashley Little received a BFA in Creative Writing from the University of Victoria. She won the 2008 Okanagan Short Story Contest. Her work has appeared in Broken Pencil, The Danforth Review, Room and the anthology Writing Without Direction: Ten and a Half Stories by Canadian Authors Under Thirty (Clark-Nova, 2010).  http://ashleylittle.com

“Fearless, the straight stuff! An arresting look at the world of tattoo; graphic as a freshly embroidered skull on virgin skin. Via the morally ambiguous point of view of an eager young apprentice, PRICK is an entree to a world not often seen and even less understoof. With wistful shades of Willie Vlautin and al the grit of Charles Bukowski, Ashley Little lushly demonstrates that hers in an important new voice in unflinchingly real storytelling.” —Dennis E. Bolen, author of Kaspoit!

“Prick is a screeching hell ride down damnation alley…Like a car wreck to the morbidly inquisitive, or a brilliant dragon tattoo on alabaster flesh, Prick is a beautifully disturbing tale revealing the morally mangled soul of a young man.”—The Toronto Review of Books 

” I couldn’t put it down”—Monniblog

“Quite promising”—Quill and Quire


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Roll With It | Heather J Wood


ISBN: 9781926639345
Price: $10.00 – special sale price!
Pub Date: 2011




Figure skater turned roller derby girl Neddy will bowl you over in Heather J. Wood’s uplifting book about growing up and deciding for yourself. Neddy rejects the sacrifices necessary to succeed as a figure skater—early mornings, a diet of apples and celery, and the pressure to perform—in favour of the rough and tumble adventures and fiesty camaraderie of the roller derby community. Her father is out of the country while she embarks on her first year of university, so Neddy is free to consider her guilt about not following in her mother’s footsteps, navigate a new love, and discover who she really is and what she really wants.

“Readers will roll and spin and root for Neddy. I certainly did!” —Sheree Fitch, author of Pluto’s Ghost

“A fun, painful, yet joyful celebration of one athlete’s coming of age, readers will find Neddy’s story of smashing it up on the derby floor irresistibly engaging—this book is for anyone who has ever seized a challenge, put on a pair of skates, or believed in the long shot.” —Ibi Kaslik, author of Skinny and The Angel Riots

“Neddy’s my kind of young woman: fearless, opinionated, and not afraid to wipeout on the derby track. Any girl who identifies with tough, in- your-face heroes, rather than perfect princesses, should read this book immediately. Then go out and buy some roller skates and a helmet!” —Emily Pohl-Weary, author of A Girl Like Sugar and Strange Times at Western High

“This is a great book with a true voice. Neddy’s growing sense of empowerment comes across clearly. She has real-life decisions to make, and she chooses like a real girl would. It imparts a lesson we all need to learn: that no one else has the power to make you happy.”—Jenaissance

“Heather Wood has drawn a nicely rounded character in Neddy. Her inner turmoil is subtly played out… This book is recommended.”—Resource Links

“The writing is solid and witty”—Blood and Thunder

Heather J. Wood was born and raised in Montreal. She now lives and writes in Toronto. Tightrope Books published her coming of age novel, Fortune Cookie, in 2009.

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The Girl on the Escalator | Jim Nason

The Girl on the Escalator, by Jim Nason
ISBN-13: 9781926639-35-2
Price: $10 sale price!
Pub Date: Spring 2011

Longlisted for the 2012 ReLit Award!




From critically acclaimed poet and novelist Jim Nason comes a collection of vivid and affecting stories about the brief moments that change lives. The characters in the book’s eleven stories live in a world upside down. From the young professional who leaves her high-powered job to explore street life as a graffiti artist, to the gay man who falls in love with a woman, to the spin class fanatic who learns that there’s a fine line between fitness and addiction, these excessive and radical characters create pandemonium wherever they go. Inspired by everyday people riding the TTC, Jim Nason has crafted a collection of gender- and expectation-bending stories that reveal the extraordinary and often heartbreaking truths behind ordinary life. Poignant and uplifting, The Girl on the Escalator is a fresh look at the world right outside our door.

Praise for The Girl on the Escalator:

“With an unflinching eye—and evoking ‘lapsed’ territories of Raymond Carver and Norman Levine—Jim Nason guides us artfully, and with cutting-edge wit, through a marginalized world whose quiet, devastating terror is that it may be our own . . . Tough, acutely observed, and tender, the stories in this collection bear the hallmark of a prodigious downtown seer whose unforgettable voice is distinctly his own. A gem of a work.—Royston Tester, author of Summat Else

“Nason’s well-drawn characters push themselves to the limit, whatever the limit, and keep going. One excellent story after another, original and very polished. His descriptions and dialogue are right on target—Nason is a terrifically good writer.”—Elisavietta Ritchie, author of In Haste I Write You This Note: Stories and Half-Stories

Praise for The Housekeeping Journals:

“Nason offers readers a glimpse into characters who are bitter and wise, funny and dignified . . . gorgeously and with grace, glimpses into the beautifully fought lives and deaths of his characters.”—Mary Horodyski, Prairie Fire

Jim Nason’s award-winning poems and stories have appeared in literary journals and anthologies across the United States and Canada, including The Best Canadian Poetry in English 2008 & 2010. He has published three books of poetry: If Lips Were as Red (Palmerston Press), The Fist of Remembering (Wolsak and Wynn), Narcissus Unfolding (Frontenac House). His debut novel, The Housekeeping Journals, was released to critical acclaim by Turnstone Press in 2007. He lives in Toronto.

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Got No Secrets | Danila Botha

Got No Secrets, by Danila BothaISBN: 9781926639086
Price: $10 – special sale price!
Pub Date: 2010





A startling and original new voice that owes as much to Black Flag and Bikini Kill as it does to J.D. Salinger and Heather O’Neill. A South African copywriter is transplanted to the urban jungle of Manhattan. A recovering rape victim tries to resume a normal life. A Toronto nurse cuts herself to fill her emptiness. In Got No Secrets, Danila Botha takes us into the private lives of twelve different women, with only one question in mind: What if these women were you? From addiction to abuse, from childhood to suicide, from Hillbrow, Johannesburg, to downtown Toronto, Botha’s prose is compassionate, provocative, often funny, and always fearless.

“Intensely original and fantastically written.”—The Literary Lollipop

“Danila Botha is an emerging literary lioness on Canada’s literary landscape… Got No Secrets packs an emotional wallop…powerful and poignant…an honest and freshly forthright debut that is filled with the headaches and heartburns of youth gone awry…”—The Halifax Chronicle Herald

“Danila Botha’s debut collection of short stories makes the personal political. With clear diction, Botha’s prose packs a punch. There’s no skirting the issues, masquerading behind metaphor or dancing between the lines.”—The Coast

“The writing is stark, honest and stripped-down, making no excuses, just like the classic punks that see frequent mention throughout. The question that Got No Secrets asks is: exactly where does bad parenting end and self-determination begin?”—Broken Pencil

“Botha’s story telling technique seamlessly blends tragedy and humour, making this collection a must have”—Reading the Rails, Toronto Word on the Street

Click here to read an excerpt from Got No Secrets.

Danila Botha was born in Johannesburg, South Africa. She volunteered with Na-me-res, an organization benefiting the homeless, which inspired many of the stories in Got No Secrets. Her writing has appeared in 24 Hours, Yoink! Magazine, and NOW. She lives in Toronto. http://www.danilabotha.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: Spring 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 these raucous short stories, 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 Spring 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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