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Ed. Kelsi Morris and Kaitlin Tremblay – THOSE WHO MAKE US: CANADIAN CREATURE, MYTH, AND MONSTER STORIES What resides beneath the blankets of snow, under the ripples of water, within the whispers of the wind, and between the husks of trees all across Canada? Creatures, myths and monsters are everywhere...even if we don’t always see them.
This is a unique and powerful collection of all-new, cross-genre tales that take the reader into real and imagined worlds, ranging from an encounter with the Metis creature Rugaru to trolls dissatisfied with modern life, to the demons who follow us from our parents’ countries, and to Anishinaabe myths about the creation of creeks. Twenty emerging and award-winning authors explore the way we think about and interact with the unnatural ­ showing how much the stories we create can teach us about what it means to be human.

Gail Prussky – BROKEN BALLOONS 54 black and white drawings and 16 colour paintings, along with stories and poems by the artist. Foreword by David Cronenberg. Afterword by Jeff Rollings.
Beautifully drawn and painted, accompanied by stories and poems, this wonderful menagerie of insects, animals and people are startling, at times frightening, but always grin-inducing over the pages. Broken Balloons is a unique and satirical take on the world, like a children’s adult view of the universe that springs from a lifetime of looking at reality sideways. Welcome to Gail’s world. Linger as long as you like... it can be quite contagious!

Linda Rogers – BOZUK When Madeleine Turka looks in her mirror, what does she see? A girl who lost her father at an early age, a young woman who supported a grieving alcoholic mother, and as a middle-aged sex/massage therapist for seniors, someone all alone.
Then an unexpected inheritance arrives, and she determines now is the time to pick up and discover herself through a quest that takes her back to the land of her parents. The quiet, awkward Madeleine finds herself amid a tumultuous mix of pluralism, soul-searching matters of family breakdown, personal fragility, and human connection. And thankfully she is not alone... A secrets-sharing website has connected her with a cyber-friend who responded to her anonymous plea "Find me."
This is a tale for our times, enveloping the reader in a fictionalized travel memoir that blossoms with vivid language and imagery accessible to all. The storyteller’s family were refugees, and her experiences following their assimilation into Canadian society mirrors many of the personal confrontations, sacrifices, and moments of discovery that underlie family dynamics with each new wave of emigres.

Morley Callaghan – LUKE BALDWIN’S VOW Foreword by Jane Urquhart. A story of a boy and his dog and their adventures, which will appeal to the many children who are dog lovers. It is also a sensitive story of love and loss, and of making a new life for oneself. A timeless classic, highly recommended by generations of readers and educators.

Ed. Gloria Vanderbilt – CVC6
The finalists from the Gloria Vanderbilt/Anderson Cooper-sponsored national short fiction competition that annually awards $10,000 to the best story by an Emerging Writer, and $5,000 to a Writer at Any Career Point. This volume presents the 13 shortlisted writers for 2016: Leon Rooke, Norman Snider, Helen Marshall, Katherine Govier, Bruce Meyer, Sheila McClarty, Caitlin Laura Galway, Martha Bátiz, A.L. Bishop, Diana Svennes-Smith, Matthew Heiti, Frank Westcott and Sang Kim.
Notable previous winners/shortlisted: among the emerging writers are Silvia Moreno-Garcia, Christine Miscione, Veronica Gaylie, Matthew R. Loney (all with follow-up books from Exile Editions), Lisa Foad, Leigh Nash, and Amy Stuart; among the established writers are Austin Clarke, George McWhirter, Hugh Graham (all with follow-up books from Exile Editions), Nicholas Ruddock, Linda Rogers, Josip Novakovich, Greg Hollingshead, Richard Van Camp, Seán Virgo and Priscila Uppal.

Stephen Zeifman – THE WAY OF ART A unique book that illustrates the benefits of becoming visually literate and participating in the visual arts, whether as an observer or a fine arts practitioner. Stephen Zeifman, artist and teacher of studio art and art history, and the founder of Mill Road Studio, discusses his unique approach to art. He talks about being an artist, and about the importance of having a focus driven not by commerce but rather by the challenges of engaging in a creative practice.




Ed. Dominik Parisien – CLOCKWORK CANADA: STEAMPUNK FICTION We welcome you to an alternate Canada, where steam technology and the wonders and horrors of the mechanical age have reshaped the past into something both wholly familiar yet compellingly different. These fifteen supercharged all-new tales reimagine Canadian historical events, explore alternate Canadas, and gather inspiration from the northern landscape to make us wonder: what if history had gone a different way? Experience steam-powered buffalo women roaming the plains; join extraordinary men and women striking out on their own or striving to build communities; marvel as giant rampaging spirits are thwarted by a miniscule timepiece; cringe when a great clock chimes and the Seven O’Clock Man appears to terrorize a village in Quebec; witness a Maritime scientist develop a deadly weapon that could change the course of the American Civil War.
Authors: Colleen Anderson, Karin Lowachee, Brent Nichols, Charlotte Ashley, Chantal Boudreau, Rhea Rose, Kate Story, Terri Favro, Kate Heartfield, Claire Humphrey, Rati Mehrotra, Tony Pi, Holly Schofield, Harold R. Thompson, Michal Wojcik.

Aude (trans. David Homel) – FRAGMENTS A world in chaos where human folly exceeds the limits of fanaticism, greed, barbarity and indifference. These stories draw us into the intimacy of what makes us human. Some are marked by war, social instability, totalitarianism, while others are peaceful and reassuring, but each emphasizes that great social movements call out for improvements to the common good, for true democracy without violence and with justice, for all citizens, including those yet to be born.

Barry Callaghan and Joe Rosenblatt – HOGGWASH Barry Callaghan and Joe Rosenblatt, poets of perspicacity, pizzazz, and probity, have been combative, ecstatic compadres for over 40 years, with Callaghan donning an array of chapeaus, the man of belles lettres and hog flaneur-on-the-hoof from Smooth City, while Rosenblatt decades ago declared his unconditional allegiance to the buzzers, chirpers, and purrers of the natural world, to remain at peace by his pond, aloof from the human horde. This most unlikely pair are conjoined by their shared dedication to the Word, to those rare moments of ascendent insight that are contained in bedrock language, to disputation about all matters of gravity and gullibility, and to the sharing of extraordinary paintings and ink drawings that come from their nether surreal and noumenal worlds. Hoggwash, a convergence by epistle, is a tribute not just to their enduring friendship but to the life of the imagination itself. There is no record of correspondence like this, anywhere in the world.
Includes 24 colour and 9 black and white Paintings and Drawings
"An incredible exchange ­ words and art unlike anything I’ve ever had such pleasure with!" –Leon Rooke ‹Leon Rooke
Introduction by Catherine Owen.


Giles Blunt – VANISHING ACT When Giles Blunt’s first crime novel appeared, the Toronto Star said it "immediately raises the bar of Canadian crime fiction." The Globe and Mail calls him "a master storyteller," and fans of Blunt’s fiction are familiar with his ability to shape a tense narrative for maximum impact. With Vanishing Act, his debut collection of verse, Blunt delivers equally potent strength and quality, opening up for the reader a new, "wicked pack of cards" – in that deck, a cast of characters that speak to the different stages of personal journey: coming of age, heartbreak, terrible loss, the fear of death, philosophical musing, and the personal apocalypse that may one day come... But more than anything, this rich sequence of poems is about how our personal identity changes over a lifetime.

Vladimir Azarov – OF ARCHITECTURE Nine B&W Illustrations by Nina Bunjevac. Introduction by Edward Kay. A lively collection populated by historical icons, each poem a story about the potency of imagination, territories, border-crossings of the mind ­ among them: the madness of a king who wants to be a swan, Michelangelo chiselling a heart that beats into his David, Tsar Peter with his three pet dwarfs acting as generals in the army, Zara Zasulich who became the world’s first woman terrorist, Robinson Crusoe hunting for the footprints of Friday, Michael Jackson pretending he is Marcel Marceau as he woos Marlene Dietrich in Paris...





Eds. (and with Introductions by) Colleen Anderson and Ursula Pflug. Afterword by Derek Newman Stille – PLAYGROUND OF LOST TOYS The Exile Book of Anthology Series: Number Eleven, is a dynamic collection of stories that explore the mystery, wonder, awe and even dread that can arise from one’s experience with a special toy. This is the world as we may think we know it, on to the edges of space, all where games are for keeps and the mind plays games of its own... where magic may not have been lost, a toy plays winner-take-all, and computers and gods vie for the upper hand; enter realities where dolls, stuffies, wooden games of skill, and ancient artifacts are misinterpreted; encounter items that seek life, or even revenge. An incredible scope of tales about companionship, loss, revenge, hope, murder, cunning, and love, all unearthed in this communal sandbox.
Authors: Chris Kuriata, Joe Davies, Catherine MacLeod, Kate Story, Meagan Whan, Candas Jane Dorsey, Rati Mehrotra, Nathan Adler, Rhonda Eikamp, Robert Runté, Linda DeMeulemeester, Kevin Cockle, Claude Lalumière, Dominik Parisien, dvsduncan, Christine Daigle, Melissa Yuan-Innes, Shane Simmons, Lisa Carreiro, Karen Abrahamson, Geoffrey W. Cole and Alex C. Renwick.

Hugh Graham – LAST WORDS A collection of stories that captures the passage of years, the progression of accumulation and recurrence, the present as dammed-up history. Without warning, a world on the road to epiphany. And that world, threatened with disaster. Figures emerge, often from twilight. Children who do not fear death, travellers doomed to inertia, concupiscent women, bloody-minded intellectuals, haunted drunks, decaying diplomats, and Death as the man in the attic room. In the end, the gaze of a child become a man. Eleven stories of clarity and dark empathy.

Alan J Cooper – BRAIN INJURY This fascinating book is much more than a tragic personal story, more than a picture of how brain injuries will strain relationships with family, co-workers, health care professionals and a legal system not adequately empowered to respond to an individual’s needs, let alone the thousands who have suffered long after their initial injury. All too often it seems few are able to overcome the adversities of such situations, to move on with their life, or to ultimately find peace within themselves... but Alan J Cooper has done that with this book, reflecting on his life, so that his words may offer help and guidance to the many brain-injured people and their loved ones.


George Elliott Clarke – EXTRA ILLICIT SONNETS is a series of sonnets that chronicles a love affair between a man and a woman of different complexions, cultures, continents, and generations, Sonia Fuentes of Andorra and Luca Xifona of Canada. She is Catalan in heritage; and he is Maltese. She is a Boomer and he is of Generation Y-Not. The poetry consists mainly of unrhymed–or blank–sonnets. It is transcendent and dangerous verse because it addresses humanity’s most complex and volatile emotion: passion. Extra Illicit Sonnets bares the naked truth behind Illicit Sonnets (2013).

Veronica Gaylie – SWORD DANCE is about a woman’s childhood life in Scotland and a new life in Canada, as explored by her daughter in this memoir-style poem that profoundly embodies the classic Canadian immigrant tale. The characters, beginning with the emigrating ancestors Tom, Dick and Harry, to the everyday Glasgow cousins John Lennon in a scheme to raise pigs, and a bicycle riding Richard Nixon who arrives just after a factory blow-up, to the author’s father, a young soldier who catches the eye of his wife-to-be at the glove counter in Woolworth’s, are all real.
Framed by a prologue and epilogue–with an introduction by the author, and a "A Short Glaswegian Guide" (Glossary) on end–the story is told in a working-class vernacular, the voices gritty, witty and distinct as they produce a beautiful tapestry by way of the music and language of Glaswegian storytelling.

Jeff Bien – IN A TIME OF NO SONG Introduction by A.F. Moritz. There is a mysterious ease in this riot of sensuality that extends and plunges into myriad modes of existence. Silence, song, and the sacred inspire the lambent language, achieving an eloquent grandeur in the way the author animates each poem, constantly connecting the outer with the inner, the familiar with the distant, the limited with the vast, the realm of thought with the realm of life, non-sentient things with sentient ones. In a Time of No Song is a visionary poetry collection by a compelling, charismatic voice, the beauty between and in the words, weightless.


Ewan Whyte – ENTRAINMENT is a collection of poetry that explores interrelatedness, the intellectual and the ubiquitous with lyrical vision. There are wonderful moments in every poem, expressions of morphogenesis, as explored through the visions of homeless people as visiting preachers, the person as uncomfortable traveller, the various voices that speak to us through history and myth, hallucinating street people singing to vegetables, a plane crash at an air show, and a recounting of the end of the medieval Cathar and Albigensian crusades. These are just a few of the topics the author encounters with remarkable wit and ingenuity.

Carter V. Cooper Anthology 5 – CVC5 Anthology From writer, artist and philanthropist, Gloria Vanderbilt, who sponsors one of the largest literary prizes in Canada, and who supports this unique Canadians-only short fiction publication. "I am proud and thrilled that all these wonderful writers are presented in the CVC Anthology. Carter, my son, Anderson Cooper¹s brother, was just 23 when he died in 1988. He was a promising editor, writer, and, from the time he was a small child, a voracious reader. When a child dies, just as his adult life is beginning, in addition to the overwhelming grief, his family and friends are left with many unanswerable questions. I often wonder what would he be doing? What kind of man would he have become? If Carter were alive he would be 50 years old now. Some things are not knowable, of course, but I do know Carter would still be in love with writing, with words, and with stories. Carter came from a family of storytellers, and stories were a guide which helped him discover the world. Though I, and those who loved Carter, still hear his voice in our heads and in our hearts, my son¹s voice was silenced long ago. I hope this prize helps other writers find their voice, and helps them touch others¹ lives with the mystery and magic of the written word."
This volume presents the 14 short listed writers: Nicholas Ruddock, Leon Rooke, Hugh Graham, Jane Eaton Hamilton, Bruce Meyer, Priscila Uppal, Veronica Gaylie, Christine Miscione, Lisa Foad, Maggie Dwyer, Josip Novakovich, Bart Campbell, Lisa Pike and Linda Rogers.


Ed. Claude Lalumière and David Nickle – NEW CANADIAN NOIR is an anthology of all-new work, showcasing the full spectrum of the Canadian noir esthetic, from its hard-boiled home in crime fiction to its grim forays into horror, fantasy, and surrealism; from the dystopian shadows it casts in science fiction to the mixture of desire and corruption it brings to erotica; from the blood-spattered romance of the frontier to the stark nihilism of literary realism.

Steven Hayward – TO DANCE THE BEGINNING OF THE WORLD is the long-awaited collection of stories from one of Canada’s celebrated authors of short fiction. Erudite and funny, nostalgic and fanciful, these stories unlock the secret longings and unlooked-for victories that make up everyday life – elegant and unforgettable stories that are assured in depictions of characters and distinctive in voice.

Joe Rosenblatt – SNAKE CITY takes the reader into an imaginary kingdom in the waterways of Florida, inhabited by macho gator-killers and feral pigs with murderous tusks for goring two-legged predators. At the centre of this hallucinatory fable are Cottonmouth, a viper with a penchant for salty language, and his long-suffering roommate Freddie, a retired Canadian Snowbird who has stupidly purchased swamp acreage from a disreputable land developer to build his dream cabin.


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