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A Map of Rain Days
Jennifer Hosein
2020
A Map of Rain Days invites us into the liminal between the nights and the "too-bright days." The author navigates a life felt full on, inhabiting all its beauty and shadows -- the "slap-tumble" of sex, "the mean streets of the suburbs," "the swill and gore" of youth. Interwoven into...
This is a flip book with two novels: A Place In The Dark braids history, fiction and politics. It is set in Utica with substantial passages of painful, site-specific memories of the characters of both the Vietnam war and the American engagement in Iraq. These memories are carried by a...
Blood Rises
David Haskins
2020
The past infuses the present in the poems gathered in this collection. Painting a transformative wind helps restore a culture to a decimated people. Everyday events trigger a yearning for love from those already departed. A goldfish experiences poetry for the first time, again. An arduous ascent through the Peruvian...
Canticles II (MMXX)
George Elliott Clarke
2020
Canticles is a lyric-styled epic. Clarke's visions of canonical and apocryphal scriptures are black in ink, but lightning in illumination. Testament II issues re-readings, revisions, rewrites of scriptures crucial to the emergent (Anglophone) African Diaspora in the Americas. Canticles II (MMXIX) and Canticles II (MMXX) follow Testament I (also issued in two parts) whose subject is...
Cardinal Divide
Nina Newington
2020
A father comes out to his daughter as a woman. Or at least, he was once a woman. It's complicated. Funny. Painful. Eventually joyful. Meanwhile the daughter, who was adopted, has her own identity issues. At the Aboriginal addictions treatment centre where she works, everyone assumes she is indigenous. But...
Changing The Face of Canadian Literature: A Diverse Canadian Anthology
Changing The Face of Canadian Literature
A Diverse Canadian Anthology
Dane Swan
2020
Needless to say, moments like now, when the hurdles to becoming a respected author are at their lowest. When the only hurdles to being published are the quality of your writing and your patience to deal with certain less and less important gatekeepers. Moments in history like this, must be...
Cosmic Bowling
Cornelia Hoogland, Ted Goodden
2020
This book is a collaborative work of Ted Goodden's ceramic sculptures and Cornelia Hoogland's poems. Specifically, they are responding through image and text to the 64 hexagrams contained in the ancient book of wisdom, the I Ching, or Book of Changes. Cosmic Bowling's calm weather lands in the midst of...
Dervish at the Crossroads: A Soundquest Through the First Two Decades of the New Millennium
Dervish at the Crossroads
A Soundquest Through the First Two Decades of the New Millennium
Wanda Waterman
2020
Dervish at the Crossroads isn't a music guide so much as an autobiographical exploration of the experience of music from 2000 to 2020, with commentary on what makes the creation and consumption of music during these two decades so different from what came before. As the title implies, due to...
Down in the Ground
Bruce Meyer
2020
Dying is not merely the domain of the dead; it is a shared experience. What remains after someone has passed are the memories, that reflections of the past and those who have passed, and the challenges everyone faces in the wake of loss. Down in the Ground is a collection...
God's Zoo
Pablo Urbanyi, Natalia Hero
2020
God's Zoo captures the brutality of the Second World War in Eastern Europe, told through the eyes of young Fenix, a boy who lives in the small Hungarian-Czechoslovak city of Ipolyság. Fenix lives in a loveless world, abused by his cold, materialistic mother, and neglected by his often absent father....
Götterdämmerung
Len Gasparini
2020
Götterdämmerung is Len Gasparini's thirteenth book of poetry. What distinguishes this collection from his earlier work is the long title poem--a cri de coeur in the genre of ecopoetics. It launches a darkly acerbic yet lyrical assault on the Anthropocene. Also included are three essays, two of which revisit the...
Heart of Goodness / Du coeur à l'âme: The Life of Marguerite Bourgeoys in 30 poems / La vie de Marguerite Bourgeoys en 30 poèmes
Heart of Goodness / Du coeur à l'âme
The Life of Marguerite Bourgeoys in 30 poems / La vie de Marguerite Bourgeoys en 30 poèmes
Carolyne Van Der Meer
2020
In 1653, Marguerite Bourgeoys arrived in New France, determined to bring faith to the developing Ville-Marie community and education to the young women of the colony (now Montreal). Carolyne Van Der Meer delves into the heart and mind of Marguerite Bourgeoys and, through poetry, explores the hopes and challenges she...
I Will Be Corrupted
Joseph A. Dandurand
2020
I Will Be Corrupted is a collection of poems about a man who suffers from serious depression but is able to appear normal and live somewhat of a normal life. And yet what he sees and experiences in his everyday become poems and an insight into the mind of a...
Kaidenberg's Best Sons: A novel in stories
Kaidenberg's Best Sons
A novel in stories
Jason Heit
2020
Kaidenberg's Best Sons is an enthralling portrait of a community starting over in a new land. In a series of linked stories, author Jason Heit explores the lives and fortunes of people bound together by tradition, heritage and history, yet riven by envy, greed and lust. When a community of...
Kissing a Tree Surgeon
Eleanor Levine
2020
In Kissing a Tree Surgeon, worlds traverse the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in New Jersey; Southern women get kidnapped by North Koreans; a Dutch girl solicits money on OKCupid; a young woman meets Golda Meir on an Upper East Side bus in New York City, and other deliriously satirical moments occur. Here...
Mini Musings: Miniature Thoughts on Theatre and Poetry
Mini Musings
Miniature Thoughts on Theatre and Poetry
Keith Garebian
2020
Inspired by American playwright Sarah Ruhl's 100 Essays I Don't Have Time to Write, this collection is a series of miniature reflections, meditations, and ruminations on subjects encompassing matters of theatre and poetry, two subjects very close to Garebian's heart. Perceptive, witty, and intimate, the mini musings bubble with a...
Molly Lake: The Quebec Affair
Molly Lake
The Quebec Affair
Samuel Endicott
2020
It is spring, 1759. Two European empires are battling for North America. When Raiders from New France abduct her mother, Molly Lake's rescue effort crosses paths with a French assassin, Indians, government corruption, and a handsome enemy soldier. Samuel Endicott captures the essence of colonial Quebec and weaves a masterful...
Shakespeare Beyond Science: When Poetry Was the World
Shakespeare Beyond Science
When Poetry Was the World
Sky Gilbert
2020
Shakespeare wrote at a unique historical turning point: the world was understood through poetry -- rather than through the science of observing it. In Shakespeare Beyond Science: When Poetry Was the World, Sky Gilbert's radical new research locates Shakespeare as a disciple of the Greek rhetorician Hermogenes, and a student...
Side Effects: A footloose journey to the apocalypse
Side Effects
A footloose journey to the apocalypse
S. Montana Katz
2020
Side Effects: A footloose journey to the apocalypse is a novel about the post-World War II baby boom generation and the factors that have led to climate catastrophe. The novel provides a portrait of the boomers by following the lives of a zany, idealistic couple and their growing family through...
Surviving The Apocalypse: Understanding and fighting through the coming emergency
Surviving The Apocalypse
Understanding and fighting through the coming emergency
Thomas F. Pawlick
2020
Almost daily scientists are sounding dire warnings about the effects of climate change. Our young will bear an unprecedented burden. They are eager to discover what can be done, as time slips away. But few of them -- or us -- are aware that global warming is but one facet...
Swimming Toward the Sun: Collected Poems: 1968-2020
Swimming Toward the Sun
Collected Poems: 1968-2020
Laurence Hutchman
2020
Swimming Toward the Sun: Collected Poems (1968-2020) brings together five decades of poetry of the accomplished Canadian poet Laurence Hutchman. He invites us to take a poetic odyssey, starting in the late 1960s in his travels to Europe, leading us through the turbulent times in cosmopolitan...
Tales from the Bottom of My Sole
David Kingston Yeh
2020
Welcome to the second installment in the adventures of Daniel Garneau, his eccentric family and friends. When a long-lost sister shows up as a trans man named Luke, a series of precipitous events throws the lives of boyfriends Daniel and David into turmoil. While David attends an extravagant family reunion...
Tell Me What Moves You
Philippe Haeck, Antonio D'Alfonso
2020
Haeck's intensity is such that he needs to use the fragment to complete an on-going project of finding his way to luminosity. Behind a deliberate modesty, the output is voluminous. Never boastful, Haeck introduces his prose as notes, poem-essay, poem, life-poem, life-novel, as if what he wrote did not merit...
The Butcher of Park Ex: And Other Semi-Truthful Tales
The Butcher of Park Ex
And Other Semi-Truthful Tales
Andreas Kessaris
2020
The Butcher of Park Ex is a humorous collection of personal stories inspired by growing up in Montreal's Park Extension neighbourhood. Not fitting in with his ethnic Greek community, and never feeling like part of mainstream Quebec society, Andreas Kessaris sets out on a forty-year search for answers, while trying...
The Occidental Hotel
John Bentley Mays
2020
A brooding fugitive hides out in a crumbling hotel that was once filled with celebrities enjoying the successes of postwar America. He is a racist with a criminal past, an anti-hero who reflects on the ruins of the South and simultaneously on the life of a German performance artist called...
The Tenderness and the Wood
Marlon L. Fick
2020
The Tenderness and the Wood traverses cities, continents, and centuries searching for elusive swallows, symbolic of angels. It is a search for pre-religious purity in lyricism, resisting any sort of paraphrase or story that might later lead to easy codification. The result is an existential and agnostic gospel wherein redemption...
The Two-Headed Man: Collected Poems 1970-2020
The Two-Headed Man
Collected Poems 1970-2020
Antonio D'Alfonso
2020
The collected poetry, covering a 50-year span from 1970 to 2020, of one of Canada's most influential writers, literary critics and publishers. His work has been described as a "multidimensional oeuvre that includes autobiography, politics, the quotidian, myth, tragedy and humor." And D'Alfonso himself has been called "a philosopher who...
This Cleaving and This Burning
J.A. Wainwright
2020
Two unrelated, aspiring writers, born on the same day in the same year to parents with the same first names, grow up together and eventually gain national prominence as authors. But their complex sexual identities undermine their intense private relationship as the years pass, inflicting damage that cannot be undone...
Unravelling
Josephine Boxwell
2020
Told in alternating chapters that go back and forth between the 1990s and the present, Unravelling uncovers a story of corruption that connects the two small-town British Columbia protagonists whose worlds are irreparably damaged. Ruthless octogenarian Vivian Lennox fights her deteriorating mind as she defends the catastrophic decisions she made...