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Newfoundland Lit Fest Authors (August 2013)

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Two great lit fests are happening this month in Newfoundland: Winterset (Aug 9–11) and Writers at Woody Point (Aug 13–18). Here's a selection of books by some of the authors who will be at one or the other festival. For full details, please see http://www.wintersetinsummer.ca/ and http://writersatwoodypoint.com/.
How to Get Along With Women

How to Get Along With Women

Short Stories
edition:Paperback
also available: eBook

A sharply original debut collection, How To Get Along With Women showcases Elisabeth de Mariaffi’s keen eye and inventive voice. Infused with a close and present danger, these stories tighten the knot around power, identity, and sexuality, and draw the reader into the pivotal moments where-for better or for worse-we see ourselves for what we truly are.

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The Architects Are Here

The Architects Are Here

A Novel
edition:Paperback
tagged : literary

When Gabriel English’s partner Nell doesn’t come home from work one day, he connects with longtime friend David Twombly for a trip back to their hometown in Corner Brook, Newfoundland, where years back all their lives began to unravel with a tragic drowning. As the journey progresses, secrets are unveiled, a friendship is tested, and there is a run-in with the Hurley family, a family both men have feared since childhood. In The Architects Are Here, Winter’s fifth and most emotionally reson …

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Sweet Jesus

Sweet Jesus

edition:Hardcover
also available: Paperback
tagged : literary

Christine Pountney’s dazzling and original novel, Sweet Jesus, is a work of deep feeling, wit, and piercing observation. Set mainly on Vancouver Island, in Toronto, and in the American Midwest, it tells the story of three siblings who, in the week before the 2012 US Presidential election, reunite and set off on a journey that will transform their lives.
Connie Foster, a mother of three young children, learns that her husband’s attempt to maintain their lifestyle has led them to financial ru …

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The Painted Girls

The Painted Girls

edition:Paperback
also available: Paperback eBook Paperback
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Paris, 1878. Following their father’s sudden death, the Van Goethem sisters find their lives upended. Without his wages, and with the small amount their laundress mother earns disappearing into the absinthe bottle, eviction from their lodgings seems imminent. With few options for work, Marie is dispatched to the Paris Opera, where for a scant seventeen francs a week, she will be trained to enter the famous Ballet. Her older sister, Antoinette, finds work as an extra in a stage adaptation of é …

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Stories About Storytellers

Stories About Storytellers

Publishing Alice Munro, Robertson Davies, Alistair MacLeod, Pierre Trudeau, and Others
by Douglas Gibson
introduction by Alice Munro
edition:eBook
also available: Hardcover Paperback

Spotlighting an extraordinary career, this autobiography reviews the author's accomplishments working — and playing — alongside some of Canada's greatest writers. These humorous chronicles relate the projects he brainstormed for writer Barry Broadfoot, how he convinced eventual Nobel Prize contender Alice Munro to keep writing short stories, his early morning phone call from a former Prime Minister, and his recollection of yanking a manuscript right out of Alistair MacLeod's own reluctant ha …

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Whirl Away

Whirl Away

Stories
edition:Paperback
also available: eBook

2013 Thomas Head Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award — Winner
2012 Scotiabank Giller Prize — Shortlisted
2012 BMO Winterset Award — Finalist

 

From critically acclaimed and award-winning writer, Russell Wangersky, comes a new collection of short fiction.

 

Everyone has something they’re good at: one particular personal skill that they use to keep their lives moving forward when their worlds suddenly become difficult or near-impossible. For some, it’s denial; for others, blunt pragmatism. Still …

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Jade Peony, The

Jade Peony, The

edition:eBook
also available: Paperback
tagged : literary

"In China, [Choy] tells us, a figure called the 'dark storyteller' reveals 'hidden things not seen in the glare of daylight.' Working in a new country and a new context, Wayson Choy has deftly continued that tradition...a fine debut novel." -- New York Times

"A true and touching insight into a largely unrecorded wartime world...A genuine contribution to history as well as to fiction." -- Margaret Drabble

"An exquisite novel...The craftmanship is glorious." -- Globe & Mail

Chinatown, Vancouver, in t …

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Away from Everywhere

Away from Everywhere

edition:eBook
also available: Paperback
tagged : literary

Brothers Owen and Alex Collins are brought together when mental illness claims their father and sets off a chain reaction of unrelated, heart-breaking events. Both tender and bold in its delivery, Away from Everywhere cuts no corners in telling the story of their crushing childhood, the reasons the brothers become different men, and the unthinkable act of love that tears them apart. Part warped love story, part family tragedy, Away from Everywhere is a heart-stomping pageturner.

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