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Against the Machine: Luddites
Brian Van Norman
2020
At war against Napoleon near bankrupt English mill-masters experiment with a new factory system acquiring machines to replace men. A young worker leads the Luddites attacking mills and smashing machines. With increased assaults and even murder North England feels the grip of terrorism. Government agents attempt to suppress the rebellion....
Crito Di Volta: An Epic
Crito Di Volta
An Epic
Marc di Saverio
2020
When 26-year old Crito Di Volta is released after 10 years of psychiatric institutionalization, he develops and launches Mortarismo--a new socio-political, psycho-spiritual, artistic movement-- with the aim of deinstitutionalizing, and eventually reconnecting with, all of humanity. Called a work of genius and a poem that exceeds Allen Ginsberg's Howl in...
Fish Wrapped: True Confessions from Newsrooms Past
Fish Wrapped
True Confessions from Newsrooms Past
David Sherman
2020
Essays by Canadian newspaper reporters and editors on their lives in the news business before social media: "Here are their eulogies to lives dedicated to the fish-wrap business, many of whom, to stretch a metaphor, ended up as obsolete and tossed aside as the fish wrap they churned out."
Injuring Eternity: A Künstlerroman In Twenty-Six Cantos
Injuring Eternity
A Künstlerroman In Twenty-Six Cantos
Tom Bradley
2020
A precocious boy and his harried father are making a movie from scratch, using only materials in the backyard--or entertaining the possibilities. Their discussion expands to an examination of various cosmogonies and cosmologies, rational and borderline-psychotic, and gradually becomes a duel to the death
It's Attachment: A New Way of Understanding Yourself and Your Relationships
It's Attachment
A New Way of Understanding Yourself and Your Relationships
Annette Kussin
2020
How do we make sense of our relationships -- successes and failures, preferences and challenges, past and present. And after we make sense of them all -- what do we do to increase the successes that we are striving to attain. In It's Attachment, Kussin offers us a comprehensive overview...
Itzel II: A Three Knives Tale
Itzel II
A Three Knives Tale
Sarah Xerar Murphy
2020
In Itzel II, we continue to follow Nauta, Itzel, and Basta through the cascading outcomes of their desire for agency and for change in their world. We move from the Oaxaca coast back to Mexico City, from Nauta's Brooklyn streets to her time in Canada, from the attraction between Basta...
Journeys
Christine Tipper, Nadine Ltaif
2020
Nadine Ltaif's poems reflect deeply on the meaning of life, of regrets and the irrepressible determination to continue living. The poet takes us to Carthage; to Andalusia to contemplate its history of Moors, wars and religion; to India where women's lives, past and present, are expressed through vivid imagery. Hamra...
Mummyjihad
Earl Fowler
2020
An act of introspection, a lifting of the curtain, a gnaw at the jugular, a wisp of the jocular, all this and more in Earl Fowler's reverent and irreverent exposition of the pain and joy of an aged woman from India plopped into a nursing home on the West Coast....
Pictura: Essays on the Works of Roy Kiyooka
Pictura
Essays on the Works of Roy Kiyooka
Juliana Pivato
2020
How do you write about an artist who refused to be contained? Roy Kenzie Kiyooka was a Canadian artist and writer who gifted an extensive body of work that unfolded in nearly every dimension of media. Throughout his life, he continued to redefine his context for articulation. His early success...
River
Shira Nayman
2020
River is the story of a fourteen-year-old girl who travels back in time, and across continents, encountering her maternal forbears when they were her age. From the Australian Outback, where she meets a young Aboriginal man, to racist, rigidly segregated South Africa during World War II, to the midst of...
Shattered Fossils
Sharon Lax
2020
Shattered Fossils, a collection of short stories, takes its title from themes of the irretrievable past, particularly within Ark of Gopherwood, in which the narrator describes his friend as someone who has pieced together elements of the historical past, to create a more complete picture of history. From the short...
Squall: Poems in the Voice of Mary Shelley
Squall
Poems in the Voice of Mary Shelley
Chad Norman
2020
What if the lady -- Jane Austen's contemporary --who conceived the world's most intriguing modern monster (Doc Frankenstein's creature) -- was also a proto-suffragette, precursor-feminist, and, simultaneously, much to her chagrin, wedded to a narcissist poet, whose liberalism urged on his libertinism? How would such a woman think? What would...
Swoon
Elana Wolff
2020
The poems in Swoon speak to the steady wending of a life's thematic drama: the falling / rising permutations across biographical phases. Indications are filtered through relationship, encounter, art, the natural world, and dream. Associations coalesce in a rhythmic clocking of feeling / thought. Randomness and accident may have a...
The Comic
Stan Rogal
2020
A bored part-time college English instructor who teaches a class called "Humour in Classical Novels" to students who really don't care decides to try his hand at stand-up comedy, which takes him from his very protected academic world into an arena open to attack and persecution by his family, the...
The Foundations of Kindness
Richard Vission
2020
The Foundations of Kindness is a tale of love, politics, murder and assassination in Sixties Chicago told from the vantage point of the mountains of British Columbia in the Seventies. Plus contemporary commentary. Young revolutionaries take on the Chicago Democratic Party machine with disastrous consequences for them and their movement....
The Haunted Hand
Donald Winkler, Louise Dupré
2020
A woman has her cat euthanized, a decision that causes her to become aware of her ability to kill. She writes, hand haunted by history, and returns to the forgotten memory of the time when her ancestors were animals. By writing, she tries to understand the psyche and its obvious...
To fill gaping holes in their lives, the protagonists in The Quantum Theory of Love and Madness embark on bizarre quests that ultimately lead them astray. Whether a child savant who sings the lyrics to hundreds of songs (and never talks), a woman who has to decide whether to turn...
The Transaction
Guglielmo D'Izzia
2020
A property harbouring a gruesome secret goes up for sale. Two men--perhaps, the wrong men--are shot in plain daylight. Nothing is what it seems. And matters do not turn out as anticipated. De Angelis, an inscrutable northerner, is travelling to a small town perched somewhere in Sicily's hinterland to negotiate a...
Thirteen Heavens
Mark Fishman
2020
"Two friends two friends, how close could they get without being one man … one in love with a ghost, the other … longed for the son who'd more than likely already become a ghost.” Rubén Arenal, nicknamed Rocket by his close friends and family, and Ernesto Cisneros are longtime...
Triplex Nervosa Trilogy
Marianne Ackerman
2020
The smash hit of Centaur Theatre's 2014-15 season, Triplex Nervosa is a rollicking trilogy set in Montreal's legendary music hub, Mile End. In the title play, Tass Nazor has given up her cello to buy a three-story apartment building. Her friends/tenants, a clingy seller and semi reliable handyman, drive her...
We Shed Our Skin Like Dynamite
Conyer Clayton
2020
In her debut collection of poetry, Conyer Clayton hovers in the ether, grasping wildly for a fleeting sense of certitude. Through experiences with addiction and co-dependence, sex and art, nature and death, she grapples for transcendence while exploring what it means to disengage. What is revealed when you allow yourself...