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Homeground
Caterina Edwards
1990
Homeground was a finalist in the Drama category for the 1991 Writers Guild of Alberta Award. Set in the 1950s, the play focuses on an Italian immigrant family living in Edmonton and the three immigrant boarders who share their house, as they struggle with finding work, a new language, and...
How to Tell if Your Frog Is Dead: Stories
Julie Roorda
2019
A tour guide leads a Valentine's Day-themed ghost walk, visiting the sites of horrific, yet romantic, deaths. A homicide cop solves tough cases using tips from his plants. Scientists discover a new species of religiously observant gophers, and a young math whiz, on the hunt for her escaped boa constrictor,...
Images
Louise Bouchard, Christine Tipper
2015
In a letter that she writes to a certain Théodore, the narrator in Images evokes a tumultuous period in her life: her adolescence. During this period, filled with anxiety and panic, she found help and comfort from Dorothée, a young woman barely older than her, who helped her escape her...
In the Claws of the Cat
Claude Forand, Jo-Anne Elder
2006
In a small town like Chesterville, homicides are as rare as government grants. So it's not surprising that the violent death of the richest man in town, J.A. Bussières, shakes up the entire population. Roméo Dubuc, the Chief of Police, heads up the investigation. J.A.'s son escaped from the psychiatric...
Infertility Rites
Mary Melfi
1991
Mary Melfi's first novel explores the emotional trauma of infertility and its resulting marital conflicts. It is an intimate account of one woman's agonizing experience to carry a pregnancy to full term. Through Nina DiFiore's numerous miscarriages, Melfi analyzes how much women's self-image is linked to their fertility; for Nina,...
Intimate Dialogues
Hélène Rioux, Jonathan Kaplansky
2008
There are two of them, she and he. They live together. She would like to have a cat; he prefers exotic fish. She feels like eating out. He: not really. Having a baby is a good idea. But the question is when. With a few strokes of the pen, Helene...
Isabelle's Notebooks
Sylvie Chaput, Peter Vranckx, Daniel Sloate
2002
Following the love story of painter Joseph Légaré's niece, Isabelle Forest, and novelist Philippe Aubert de Gaspé, Sylvie Chaput carefully and creatively chronicles her picture of Quebec in the 1830s. Chaput writes of the turbulence Quebec endured as her lovers battle the dangers of severe political unrest and a huge...
Island of the Nightingales
Caterina Edwards
2000
These are stories of women searching for identity and place and purpose in an international world of professors and bricklayers, mafiosi and hockey stars. The stories of these women are contained in those moments when different cultures and different values intersect, when dislocation and fragmentation lead to awareness. Edwards takes...
Italian Canadians At Table: A Narrative Feast in Five Courses
Italian Canadians At Table
A Narrative Feast in Five Courses
Loretta Gatto-White, Delia De Santis
2013
The persistence of misconceptions about Italian-Canadian food culture raises many questions for us. Are we gluttonous, inebriate and too loud? Do we force-feed guests? Are we in fact food-obsessed? How many grains of truth can a stereotype hold? We had to know, so we asked articulate and thoughtful Italian-Canadian writers...
Itzel I: A Tlatelolco Awakening
Itzel I
A Tlatelolco Awakening
Sarah Xerar Murphy
2019
The first of a two-part novel, Itzel I tells the story of three disparate characters swept up in the drama of the Mexican student movement of 1968 whose ending in the Massacre in Tlatelolco on October 2nd, a date now always commemorated in Mexico, changed their lives forever. Broad in...
Kiss of the Beggar
Pierre L'Abbé
2005
Whether it's Toronto, a French or Italian town, Pierre L'Abbé's stories are rich with a sense of place where the ambiance and characters fuse in a loaded sense of expectation. The characters, much like those in Henry James, challenge the norms of their overbearing societies. Nothing turns out as expected,...
La Famille Gaetano
F.G. Paci, Robert Paquin
1990
La Famille Gaetano is the French translation of F.G. Paci's The Italians (1978), considered one of the first books to deal with the Italian immigrant experience in Canada -- and a Canadian bestseller.
La Fresque de Mussolini
Filippo Salvatore
1992
Mussolini sur son cheval domine la fresque de la voûte dans l'église Notre-Dame-de-la-Défence à Montréal. Pourquoi a-t-on peint le duce dans une église? Comment au Québec des années 30 le fascisme a permis l'alliance entre l'Église et l'État? La pièce de Filippo Salvatore trace l'histoire d'amour entre le peintre de...
Land for Fatimah
Veena Gokhale
2018
Four strong women: Anjali, an Indo-Canadian single mother who eagerly accepts an African posting with her non-profit organization; Grace, her dedicated but dominating colleague, who opposes her; Fatimah, a farmer ousted from her home and fertile farmland, whom Anjali befriends; and Mary, Anjali's kindly maid, who must secure the future...
Le Putain
Guy Verville
1991
Quinze minutes de retard. Elle va bientôt arriver. Cela fait deux ans qu'elle arrive bientôt, qu'elle lui gobe quinze minutes de son temps, ou plutôt de son âme. Deux ans à raison d'une fois par semaine multipliée par quinze minutes. Paul dénombre les gouttes d'eau; le compte est difficile. Il...
Leaves on Frozen Ground
Dave Carty
2019
Céline Vaillancourt saw the untamed forest in shades of apprehension. But Edmund, her 11-year-old son, was possessed of a different vision, as though he had put the very same brooding colors together and produced a painting shot through with adventure and the light of discovery. There was no talking to...
Leper Tango
David MacKinnon
2012
Leper Tango is an end of millennium tale of an ambulance-chasing lawyer who uses his ill-gotten gains to whore and drink in Paris, where he falls for a dead-end, suicidal femme fatale named Sheba. The first part of a trilogy of novels (The Graveyard Of The Innocents), some set in...
Life Stories
Nora Ikstena, Margita Gailitis
2013
I have written Life Stories virtually in the space of one breath -- these stories have been imagined in such concentration, that I had to free myself from them. They came so naturally, that I am very happy to have returned to the short-story format. It seems to me that...
Lifedream
Herménégilde Chiasson, Jo-Anne Elder
2006
Four vastly different characters illustrate various ways of life and elements of existence in the 14 tableaux in this collection. As Solange, Thomas, Gabrielle, and Paul move through dream spaces and real-world settings--including hospitals, bars, galleries, and classrooms--they confront a range of topics as far-reaching as money, marriage, the book...
Loddy-Dah
Dolly Dennis
2014
We follow Loddy and the troupe from The Garage Theatre as their lives unfold against the backdrop of political events in Montreal starting with EXPO 67 and ending in 1970 with the October Crisis. With the city as background, Loddy-Dah explores issues of self-identity and self-acceptance, the magic of friendship...
Looking Through My Mother's Eyes: Life Stories of Nine Italian Immigrant Women in Canada
Looking Through My Mother's Eyes
Life Stories of Nine Italian Immigrant Women in Canada
Giovanna Del Negro
2004
This look at the traditional and subversive world of women's folklore examines the realm of women's talk, exploring the ways Italian immigrant women from Montreal use classic folk genres to stretch the boundaries of their culture. Through songs, lullabies, bawdy riddles, and trickster tales, these women subvert, redefine, and alter...
Lotusland
David Joiner
2015
Nathan Monroe is a 28-year-old American living in Saigon who falls in love with a poor but talented Vietnamese painter. When he fails to protect their love from her desperate chase for a better life in America, his safety net appears in the form of Anthony, an old domineering friend...
Love Letters
Dacia Maraini, Thomas Simpson
2004
Love Letters was born from the reexamination of a poet wildly adored in the first half of the 20th century -- during the First World War and the Fascist Era -- and then reviled with equal passion in the second half. I had in hand many of his personal letters,...
Lucia's Eyes and Other Stories
Marina Sonkina
2011
The resistance of the human spirit in face of time, disloyalty, and oblivion is the theme of Marina Sonkina's new collection of short stories. Her seemingly naive and helpless protagonists inhabit disparate social stations, geographical locales and cultures; all are persons displaced in their own lives. But in their struggles...
Mad Hatter
Amanda Hale
2019
When Christopher Brooke is arrested under Regulation 18B in June 1940, a slow process of personal disintegration begins, affecting his family irreversibly. Irish farm girl Mary Byrne is hired as housekeeper for the Brooke household and proves an acute observer of the daily lives of Cynthia Brooke and her three...
Maniac Drifter
Laura Marello
2016
When Harper Martin drifts into a sleepy Cape Cod resort with a mysterious investment plan, he unleashes a firestorm involving the F.B.I., the State Department, the government of Nicaragua, and the J. Paul Getty Museum. Laura Marello's hilarious new novel features a surreal cast of characters, among them the Souza...
Manifesto for a New Theatre: Followed by Infabulation
Manifesto for a New Theatre
Followed by Infabulation
Pier Paolo Pasolini, Thomas Simpson
2008
Pasolini published the Manifesto for a New Theatre in Nuovi Argomenti in 1968, while preparing to direct Orgia, another of his six verse tragedies. While betraying his personal dissatisfaction with his own theatre work, the Manifesto mercilessly dissects Italian theatre into two types and exposes the presumption and uselessness...
Mankind & Other Stories of Women
Marianne Ackerman
2016
Marianne Ackerman's second collection of stories for Guernica puts the focus on women, their ascent into selfhood, the beauty and carnage of the their journey. Literary Montreal is the setting of two stories spun around an alpha poseur, George. Picking up from the Gothic shadows of Albert Fine in Holy...
Marinetti Dines with the High Command is a work that dramatizes the turbulent life and times of F. T. Marinetti, founder of Futurism, the first global art movement. Marinetti's artistic career raises enduring questions about art and politics because of his association with Fascism, and the second part of my...
Maude
Suzanne Jacob, Luise von Flotow
1997
Maude is an artist. Bruno looks after her. Or does he sponge off her? Is he her lover or her housekeeper? Is she an artist because he organises her life or does her art defy her fussy inventions? What is he to her? What is she to him? Are they...
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