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North East

North East

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tagged : literary

In North East, Wendy McGrath expands on the story she began with Santa Rosa, as a working class couple living in 1960s Edmonton drift further apart while their young daughter tries to understand subtle shifts she senses taking place under the surface of her family and her neighbourhood. A visit to her grandparents’ farm in the country reveals the abject poverty the couple came to the city to escape, and the internecine marital strife that threatens to be born anew.

McGrath’s crystalline, evoc …

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On Malice

On Malice

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tagged : canadian

One of The Globe and Mail's Globe 100: Best Books of 2014

The fairground screamed. The mountains
and valley were gone. The fire was gone
too. The hanging ‘because’

was gone too. The men were away
and my heart already dead
and the fairground monkey dead in my mouth.

A spectre haunts a derelictNSA surveillance station on a hill in Berlin. Our posthumous selves cry to us from the Cloud. We’ve internalized the panopticon, but it still feels good to buy.

On Malice assembles evacuated forms, pol …

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What I Want to Tell Goes Like This

What I Want to Tell Goes Like This

edition:Paperback

What I Want to Tell Goes Like This is an intensely original first short story collection from acclaimed poet Matt Rader. The last story, "All This Was a Long Time Ago," is the 2014 winner of the Jack Hodgins Founders' Award for fiction from The Malahat Review, and other offerings from the collection have appeared in Event, The New Quarterly, Grain, Joyland, Forget Magazine and the Rusty Toque.

Rader's command of tension is masterful in these dark, off-kilter stories that are largely set in the co …

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Motion Sickness

Motion Sickness

by Ursula Pflug
illustrated by SK Dyment
edition:Paperback
also available: eBook

Motion Sickness is a flash novel consisting of 55 chapters of exactly 500 words each and accompanied by a wood-cut like, scratchboard illustration. The illustrations are dark and somewhat whimsical as is the text. Penelope, the twenty-year old narrator is a guitarist who writes some lyrics, has a good colour sense and a social conscience. She has kicked a drug habit and is now mainly drinking and sometimes jamming in after-hours clubs as well as writing letters of protest. She finds herself alon …

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Easy Fix

Easy Fix

Essays on Poetry and Poetics
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Part rural conduit, part urban primer for the disenfranchised, Easy Fix explores cultural identity with both skepticism and compassion. It’s this symbiosis that distinguishes Blair Trewartha’s poetry, and leads him forward in “an entire world with its ducks in a row.” Although he eschews easy answers, Trewartha remains honest and complicit, providing respite for the troubling obsessions that inform our lives. Easy Fix is a sharp, stylish, and sophisticated poetic debut by one of Canada’ …

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Eating Habits of the Chronically Lonesome

Eating Habits of the Chronically Lonesome

edition:Paperback

Eating Habits Of The Chronically Lonesome will leave you struck, yet, exhilarated. The exploration of starvation and consumption is at the core of each character; what does our hunger reveal about the state of our soft hearts? Ellen jumps rope on rooftops in the searing Korean sun. She has sworn off carbohydrates until she can find pants that fit. Damon resents his two dollar chow mein bought on a Montreal curb. There are half-eaten poutines on living room floors and greasy corn kernels stuck to …

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Pedal

Pedal

edition:eBook
also available: Paperback
tagged : literary

Julia Hoop, a twenty-five-year-old counselling psych student, is working on her thesis, exploring an idea which makes her graduate supervisor squirm. She is conducting interview after interview with a group of women she affectionately calls the Molestas - women whose experience of childhood sexual abuse did not cause physical trauma. Julia is the expert, she claims, because she has the experience; her own father, Dirtbag, a furniture designer and failed poet, disappeared when she was eight leavi …

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Yaw

Yaw

edition:Paperback
tagged : canadian

YAW marks a sharp departure in tone and structure from Dani Couture's previous two acclaimed poetry collections. An almost singular narrative runs through these quiet, powerful poems, a narrative that seeks to examine how far we must go to answer the questions closest to us, how we grieve, and how to make sense of what and who remains. YAW is a spare but abundant book, a seamless gathering of investigative poems that can be seen as one side of a conversation Ñ or perhaps, a plea for answers to …

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