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2012 ReLit Shortlists

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The winners will be announced on October 20th at the Ottawa International Writers Festival
Jumping the Asylum

Jumping the Asylum

edition:Paperback
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Wide-ranging in subject, deeply intuitive and layered in style, influenced equally by the cadences of jazz and of the Bible, the poems in jumping in the asylum will stand out among this distinguished author's strongest work.

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The Odious Child

The Odious Child

and Other Stories
edition:Paperback

What would you do if your child was a furry feral creature or your new love interest a potential serial killer (or worse, a fictitious cliché)? In The Odious Child, Carolyn Black invents her own blend of urban fantasy, crafting a unique storyscape that she populates with a series of mostly nameless figures who are trapped in social roles that they anxiously try to fulfill - and sometimes manage to escape. With a refreshingly clear voice and dark, offbeat sense of humour, Black tempers her incis …

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PRICK

PRICK

Confessions of a Tattoo Artist
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In this crackling debut novel, Ashley Little follows in the footsteps of Bret Easton Ellis and Chuck Palahniuk to create a new anti-heroâ??one whose audacity is matched by his vulnerability

PRICK is narrated by twenty-one year old Anthony â??Antâ? Young: an artist, an asshole, 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 Luciferâ??s Choice motorcycle g …

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Grunt of the Minotaur

Grunt of the Minotaur

edition:Paperback
tagged : canadian

Robin Richardson’s debut poetry collection is startling in its lyrical inventiveness and stylistic flair. Drawing heavily on her background as a visual artist, Grunt of the Minotaur offers poems rich in imagery and visual texture. Larger themes from history, art, music, and film are cast against moments of domestic intimacy in fanciful narratives and sprightly, impressionistic lyrics. Here are poems that are equally melodic and pictorial, at once alien and familiar; reading them helps to resto …

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Stopping for Strangers

Stopping for Strangers

edition:Paperback
also available: eBook
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These stories about artists, lovers, brothers and strangers acutely probe love and loss, men and women together, and the family ties that bind. A father renews an old artistic rivalry with his dying son; a raucous family gathering ends in tragedy; a quick stop to pick up a hitchhiker begins a chain of events that changes a man’s life.

Griffin covers birth, death and all the big moments in between. Dark and yet uplifting, these stories take us to the heart of what matters in the tangled lives of …

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Easy to Like

Easy to Like

edition:eBook
also available: Hardcover Paperback

Nominated for the BMO Winterset Award and the ReLit Award

From award-winning author Edward Riche comes an immensely readable and sharp novel about "C"-list screenwriter and wannabe vintner Elliot Johnson. With his life growing more ruinous by the day -- his writing career is on the rocks, his struggling vineyard is being investigated by the feds, and his son, a former child star, is in prison -- Elliot decides to do what any self-respecting wine lover would do: escape to France.

Alas, fate has oth …

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Post-Apothecary

Post-Apothecary

edition:Paperback
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Sandra Ridley was a finalist for the Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry in 2009. Of her new work: "In minimal and carefully chosen language, Ridley mesmerizes. Each poem pays heed to the senses. When necessary, Ridley troubles syntax , but not in a heavy-handed way. Lines are built and broken, based on rhythm, image, sound. Ridley gives us mood, tone and exquisite detail enough to allow us to be compelled by her characters, but she hasn’t gone overboard. She’s given us spaces to fil …

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Easy Living

Easy Living

Stories
edition:Paperback

Many of the characters in Easy Living are, by chance or choice, loners some exist on the edge of estrangement, such as the narrators of “Bloodgroove” and “Scherzo,” and a few – like Jules Gibson in “Saskatchewan” – have toppled over. “Grebec” is set in the rural world of an elderly man confined to house arrest for shooting a teen-aged vandal. In “Sandcastles,” three young boys encounter a lone woman burying L.P.s on a beach, and some strange games ensue. While the situati …

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