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My 2015 CanLit reading

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This is a list of Canadian fiction (novels, short stories), non-fiction and poetry that I read or dipped into significantly in 2015. Selections were not necessarily published in 2015, just read.
The Gallery of Lost Species

The Gallery of Lost Species

A Novel
edition:Paperback
also available: eBook

Just as thirteen year-old Edith Walker is about to leave childhood behind, she thinks she spots a unicorn high on a slope while hiking. Her daydreamer father Henry convinces her that what she’s seen is real. Edith’s sighting of the fabled creature – and her unfailing belief that the imaginary creature will eventually be found – sets in motion a series of events that impact the next decade of her life.

Edith grows up in her big sister Vivienne’s shadow. While the beautiful Viv is forced …

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Hard Light

Hard Light

Brick Books Classics 5
by Michael Crummey
introduction by Lisa Moore
edition:Paperback
also available: eBook
tagged : canadian

New light on Michael Crummey's classic depiction of Newfoundland and Labrador's past.

 

On the occasion of the press's 40th anniversary, Brick Books is proud to present the fifth of six new editions of classic books from our back catalogue. This edition of Hard Light features a new Introduction by Lisa Moore, a new Afterword by the author and a new cover and design by the renowned typographer Robert Bringhurst.

 

In Hard Light, first published in 1998, Crummey retells and reimagines his father's a …

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Life Is About Losing Everything

Life Is About Losing Everything

edition:Paperback
also available: eBook

From the author of the wildly controversial books Liar and Paul's Case comes one of the most anticipated — and perhaps, in some quarters, feared — books of the year. This is author Lynn Crosbie at her most honest, most cutting, most hilarious, and most heartbreaking. The stories told here are at once a cache, a repository, of a seven-year period in the author's life; and, too, a gymnasium, a place where she can flex her prodigious wit and her dazzling stash of literary tricks

Deft with matte …

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Laws & Locks

Laws & Locks

edition:Paperback
also available: eBook
tagged : canadian

Beginning with the arrival of the Campbell clan in Canada in 1827-- "pale scot farmers fording the river, / seated backwards in refusal"--Laws & Locks tracks the history of one family's struggle with depression, madness and mental illness. Chad Campbell's first book of poetry is a brilliant investigation, at once dazzling and unflinching, into the way our predecessors bear on our choices in the present, and how present-day consequences extend backwards in time. A skilled, self-possessed and clea …

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The Essential Anne Wilkinson

The Essential Anne Wilkinson

edition:Paperback
tagged : canadian

The Essential Anne Wilkinson gives voice to a highly regarded but oft-forgotten poet who introduced a unique female perspective to the Canadian modernist movement.

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Excerpt

LENS

I

The poet's daily chore
Is my long duty;
To keep and cherish my good lens
For love and war
And wasps about the lilies
And mutiny within.

My woman's eye is weak
And veiled with milk;
My working eye is muscled
With a curious tension,
Stretched and open
As the eyes of children;
Trusting in its vision
Even should it see
The holy holy spirit gambol
Counterheadwise,
Lithe and warm as any animal.

My woman's iris circles
A blind pupil;
The poet's eye is crystal,
Polished to accept the negative,
The contradictions in a proof
And the accidental
Candour of the shadows;

The shutter, oiled and smooth
Clicks on the grace of heroes
Or on some bestial act
When lit with radiance
The afterwords the actors speak
Give depths to violence,

Or if the bull is great
And the matador
And the sword
Itself the metaphor.

II

In my dark room the years
Lie in solution,
Develop film by film.
Slow at first and dim
Their shadows bite
On the fine white pulp of paper.

An early snap of fire
Licking the arms of air
I hold against the light, compare
The details with a prehistoric view
Of land and sea
And cradles of mud that rocked
The wet and sloth of infancy.

A stripe of tiger, curled
And sleeping on the ribs of reason
Prints as clear
As Eve and Adam, pearled
With sweat, staring at an apple core;

And death, in black and white
Or politic in green and Easter film,
Lands on steely points, a dancer
Disciplined to the foolscap stage,
The property of poets
Who command his robes, expose
His moving likeness on the page.

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Into the Blizzard

Into the Blizzard

Walking the Fields of the Newfoundland Dead
edition:Hardcover
tagged :

In June a few years ago I set out to visit some of the World War One battlefields of Europe – the slope and valley and river and plain that the Newfoundland Regiment trained on, and fought over and through and under.” 
   
So begins Michael Winter’s extraordinary narrative that follows two parallel journeys, one laid on top of the other like a sketch on opaque paper over the lines of an old map. The first journey is that of the young men who came from Newfoundland’s outports, fields, …

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Breathing Lessons

Breathing Lessons

A Novel
edition:Paperback
also available: eBook
tagged : gay

A bold and explicit debut novel by one of the most visceral new voices in gay fiction. Breathing Lessons is the story of Henry Moss, a homosexual everyman whose life knows none of the limitations or abuses his predecessors experienced. When a teenaged Henry came out to his mother, she worried only that he'd be lonely. At the time, he thought her concerns were old-fashioned. Two decades later, he's had supportive family and friends, he's well-liked by the athletes who train with him, trusted in h …

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Her Red Hair Rises with the Wings of Insects

Her Red Hair Rises with the Wings of Insects

edition:Paperback
tagged : canadian

Shortlisted for the Raymond Souster Award — League of Canadian Poets

Shortlisted for the Canadian Authors Association Award for PoetryIn her fifth collection of poetry, Catherine Graham breaks into rich, new territory. Long recognized for the easy grace and strange beauty of her poems about grief and remembrance, in Her Red Hair Rises with the Wings of Insects, she turns her thoughts toward poems of tribute and exaltation. Paying homage to the work of two inspiring poets?P. K. Page, whose long …

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