978-0-88971-290-4 - Paperback
5.5" x 8.5"
- 256 pages
By Andrew Binks
The unsettling, yet deeply inspiring, second novel from Andrew Binks.
John Rottam is on a journey back in time and place. Fleeing a private stripping engagement turned violent, he reflects on a time in his life when he was burdened with a broken heart, self-doubt and a floundering dance career. A few clumsy steps in the corps de ballet of a prestigious Canadian ballet company sends John fleeing to join a psychotic and incompetent dance troupe in Quebec City, run by the bitter Madame Talegdi, who all but destroys his dream of a legitimate career.
Stifled by the walls of Old Quebec, limited French, and dwindling finances, John seeks out the feathers and sequins of the Chez Moritz nightclub, for a last shot at doing a little of what he loves, on the condition that he strips as well as dances. John's fall from grace eventually lands him in a road house freak show, where he struggles to find love and a meaningful life amidst alcohol, deception, abuse and exploitation. When the show folds, John is forced to move on, confront his uncertain future and come to terms with his disturbing past.
His final strip-tease becomes a haunting dance of desire, revulsion, insight and, ultimately, redemption. Strip is the unsettling, yet deeply inspiring, second novel from Andrew Binks.
978-0-88971-289-8 - Paperback
5.5" x 8.5"
- 256 pages
By Christian McPherson
McPherson finds more humour in the misadventures of a struggling computer programmer/wannabe writer.
Cube Squared is the much anticipated follow-up novel from Christian McPherson, picking up where his darkly comic debut, The Cube People, left off. Returning to the seemingly mundane reality of government cubicle culture, McPherson finds more humour in the misadventures of a struggling computer programmer/wannabe writer.
Colin MacDonald, a happily married man, owner of a minivan, and the proud father of three kids, is about to face his greatest challenge yet: middle age. By day he is a cubicle-bound civil servant, but by night he is a horror novelist writing the vampire-zombie apocalypse. With the death of his father, a promotion at work, a raging libido and the weight of the world on his shoulders, can our everyman hero rise out of the pits of despair to make sense of his life, which seems to be constantly falling apart? Find out as Colin pursues pedophiles through the park, steals teddy bears, comes dangerously close to an affair with a Jennifer Beals look-alike and deals with the epic failure which sits in his car garage.
children of air india
un/authorized exhibits and interjections
978-0-88971-287-4 - Paperback
5.5" x 8"
- 96 pages
By Renée Sarojini Saklikar
Why does 9/11 resonate more strongly with Canadians than June 23, 1985?
children of air india is a series of elegiac sequences exploring the nature of individual loss, situated within public trauma. The work is animated by a proposition: that violence, both personal and collective, produces continuing sonar, an echolocation that finds us, even when we choose to be unaware or indifferent.
This collection breaks new ground in its approach to the saga that is Canada/Air India, an event and its aftermath that is both over-reported and under-represented in our national psyche.
329 deaths. 82 Children. Canada's worst mass murder. The accused acquitted.
What does it mean to be Canadian and lose someone in Air India Flight 182?
Why does 9/11 resonate more strongly with Canadians than June 23, 1985? The poems in this book search out answers in the "everything/ness and nothing/ness" of an act and its aftermath, revealing a voice that re-defines and re-visions.
Air India never happened. Air India always happens.
978-0-88971-288-1 - Paperback
5.5" x 8"
- 126 pages
By Shane Rhodes
One of the first lines of X, Shane Rhodes' sixth book of poetry, is a warning: "this book of verse demands more of verse, this book demands perversity." He goes on to write:
This book is about where I live, a place still settling, still making the land—law by law, arrest by arrest, jail by jail—its own
Heed this warning. In X, Rhodes takes poetry from the comfortable land of the expected to places it has seldom been. Writing through the detritus of Canada’s colonization and settlement, Rhodes' writes poems to and with Canada's original documents of finding and keeping. He writes a poem to each of the eleven numbered treaties (the Post Confederation Treaties between many of Canada's First Nations and the Queen of England)—he writes to the fonts he finds in Treaty 5, the river he finds in Treaty 6, and the chemicals he finds in Treaty 8. Rhodes' writes poems to and with the Indian Act.
Beyond the treaties, Rhodes writes formal poetry using Indian status registration forms. He writes to the memory of Oka. He writes to the Government of Canada's Apology for the Indian Residential School System. He writes to the procreating beavers he finds in the Royal Charter of the Hudson Bay Company. X culminates in "White Noise," a long poem grown from Canada's collective rants, threats, cries and shouts in response to the Idle No More protests and the hunger strike of Chief Theresa Spence.
Through out the book, Rhodes surprises with what poetry and art can actually do with the seemingly unsalvageable and un-poetic that surrounds us. The design of X is also exhilarating. Not only is the book reversible—it must be read in two directions—but every page bursts with design, interference and thought.
X sings a new national anthem for Canada, an anthem stripped of patriotic fervor that truly sings of the past many would rather forget and the current state of Indigenous/settler race relations in Canada, an anthem fit for "a land held by therefores, herebys and hereinafters."
Songs That Remind Us of Factories
978-0-88971-292-8 - Paperback
5.5" x 8"
- 64 pages
By Danny Jacobs
A lively collection of poetry that thoughtfully examines what it means to be connected
The poems in Songs that Remind Us of Factories explore how we
remain connected: to the world outside, to our ideas of home, to
each other, and to ourselves. In their searching, these magpie poems
strike a balance between wound language and quiet meditation,
the arched-brow wisecrack and the emotionally frank gesture. The
result is an honest and playful sequence of poems that plumb our
myriad reactions when small wildernesses occasionally come inside.
The book's final section asks whether we may not be too
connected. They mine a world of rapid technological and commercial
growth for its poetic potential, focusing on work in call centres,
postmodern spaces where the walls of dying suburban malls have
been repurposed with "fishnets of fibre-op" and "chain gangs of
chopped desktop/Dells"; where "you're licked/ before the call comes
This is a poetry that refuses to stagnate in one mode, wearing
all manner of poetic hats while always avoiding drab lyrical sentiment.
With a jumpy musicality and a taut line, these poems wander
far, zeroing in on moments of daily connection while also opening
wider their frame of reference to explore the often fractured links
we have to family and loss, science and religion, the idealized rural
and the newly urban.
O Canada Crosswords Book 14
100 All New Crosswords
978-0-88971-291-1 - Paperback
8.5" x 11"
- 232 pages
By Gwen Sjogren
Celebrate the 100th Anniversary of crosswords with the latest instalment of the bestselling O Canada Crosswords series. What began as a fad in 1913 is now a daily pastime for millions who sharpen their pencils and test their wits. Test yours today!
Book 14 is packed with all the trivia, puns and fun that solvers love (and sometimes love to hate!). Thirty-four Canadian-themed crosswords key on well-known places, people and events, with titles including The Wonder of Canada, When Brian's Eyes Are Smiling, Exposed and Fields of Dreams. Thirty-two universal crosswords offer even more Canadian content.
Author Gwen Sjogren rounds out this collection with 34 fun-themed puzzles. Whether you're a fan of song and dance, dogs or drama, you'll enjoy entries like Birdbrained '60s Songs, You Should Be Dancing, Westminster Winner's Circle and Building a Mystery. To recognize the big anniversary, puzzle #100 honours this landmark year—so join the party with 100 new crosswords that engage your brain.