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Latest ReLit Award Winners

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The Relit Awards, founded by Kenneth J. Harvey (his book, Inside, is a must-read) celebrates the best new work released by independent publishers in Canada. The awards are a great complement to the big-money book prizes in Canada (or an antidote, some would argue) and those recognized are worth checking out. Here are the latest (2012) winners.
PRICK

PRICK

Confessions of a Tattoo Artist
edition:Paperback
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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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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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Monoceros

Monoceros

edition:eBook
also available: Audiobook (CD) Paperback

Winner of the W.O. Mitchell Book PrizeWinner of the 2012 Relit Award for Best Novel
Longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize
Shortlisted for the Ferro-Grumley Award for LGBT Fiction
Shortlisted for the Alberta Literary Award for Best Fiction
A Globe and Mail Best Novel of 2011

A seventeen-year-old boy, bullied and heartbroken, hangs himself. And although he felt terribly alone, his suicide changes everyone around him.

His parents are devastated. His secret boyfriend's girlfriend is relieved. His …

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Break Me

Break Me

edition:Paperback
also available: eBook
tagged : literary

A Peeping Tom, a child's disappearance, a fire, a startling decision and a truth learned too late: these are the elements that make up Break Me, an amusing and sinister little book. The story is superbly constructed and the narration is addictive.

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Dirty Feet

Dirty Feet

edition:eBook

Nominated for the Governor General's Literary Award: Translation and the ReLit Awards

As a small child, Askia was forced, along with his family, to wander the African desert as if under a curse. First driven from their home by drought and hunger, they were then kept from the villages they passed through by the fear and suspicion of others, who did not want to see their "dirty feet" stay for too long.

Years later, it seems Askia is destined to relive his family’s curse night after night as he roa …

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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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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 p …

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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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