The Young in Their
Country and other stories
This Bo k save Your Life a novel
Literary Fiction for
or Fall 2010, our third season, Enfield & Wizenty is proud to announce three new titles. All three are elegantly packaged as objects that cannot yet be replicated on a screen. We have continued to refine the look and feel of the Enfield & Wizenty titles based on feedback from the reading and bookselling communities. Michelle Berry, an acclaimed Peterborough author, won our inaugural $5,000 fiction prize for her novel This Book Will Not Save Your Life. Riffing throughout on Dr. Spock’s famous boomer-era guide to child-rearing, Berry’s novel is a story of morbid obesity, arson, magicians and a mother-daughter-sister rivalry rife with deadly consequences. Employing an engaging and deceptively informal style, this novel is hard to put down and will stay with you after the last page.
Jeff Bursey, a debut Charlottetown novelist, has written Verbatim, a hilarious exposé of parliamentary practice in Newfoundland. Purple rhetoric, vicious insults, and prorogation are some of the methods members use to represent their constituents. Innovative in form, this satirical novel is also accessible and topical. Richard Cumyn, a veteran Kingston short story writer, has been short-listed for the ReLit Award in consecutive years for his previous work. His new book, The Young in Their Country, is unsentimental, sometimes violent, and often funny. Stories from this collection have appeared in major Canadian literary magazines such as Prism International, The New Quarterly, Prairie Fire, Grain, and The Fiddlehead. Our 2009 season was well received. We reprinted Richard Van Camp’s book of short stories, The Moon of Letting Go, in paperback after selling out of the hardcover edition in an astonishing three months. Lisa Pasold’s Rats of Las Vegas is a reader favourite across the country and has received strong reviews. Once again you can expect to see our authors on the road across Canada and promoted nationally with print advertising campaigns.
Maurice Mierau Associate Editor, Enfield & Wizenty
This Bo k save Your Life a novel
his Book Will Not Save Your Life is a story of morbid obesity, arson, magicians and a mother-daughter-sister rivalry rife with deadly consequences.
Too big for regular medical equipment, Sylvia Swamp is on her way to a veterinary hospital for an emergency procedure. While the ambulance workers try to keep her alive, Sylvia contemplates her life and her place in the dysfunctional family that she both idolizes and detests.
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Sylvia’s mother, Ruth, is obsessed with the common sense advice in the book, Dr. Spock Baby and Child Care, but common sense is exactly what eludes her. Sister Sadie wants to follow in her mother’s footsteps as an assistant to a magician. But once Sadie dons the sequins, Ruth must learn to share not only the applause but also the erotic attentions of ‘Marvellous Marvin.’ Meanwhile, the somnolent Mr. Swamp turns to TV and booze for escape. Who in this misfit family will crack first? It appears that not even the good doctor can save the Swamps from their fate….
Price: $29.95 Specs: hardcover, 6 x 8.5, 240 pp Marketing Plans: Advertising: Winnipeg Free Press, Globe & Mail, Quill & Quire, Prairie Books Now and literary magazines. Local, regional, and national interviews and reviews. Author participation in tours and conferences. Enfield & Wizenty accepts proposals for co-op advertising, displays, and events. “Ms. Berry’s fiction style is crisp, pointed, poignant and comic by turn. Some lovely writing, lots of passages where you find yourself thinking ‘I wish I had written that.’” —Sunday Independent
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Michelle Berry was born in California, grew up in Victoria, and currently lives in Peterborough with her family. Her writing has appeared in literary magazines across Canada and she is the author of three books of short stories. This Book Will Not Save Your Life won the Enfield & Wizenty literary award. It is her fourth novel.
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NEW RELEASES • FALL 2010
This Book Will Not Save Your Life
NEW RELEASES • FALL 2010
Verbatim a novel
Verbatim: A Novel
erbatim: A Novel is a hilarious and scathing exposé of parliamentary practice in an unnamed Atlantic province. Dirty tricks, vicious insults, and inept parliamentary procedures are some of the methods members use to best represent their constituents. Infighting about petty matters within the staff of the legislature is captured by Hansard—its recording division—complete with typos unique to each correspondent. But when the bureaucrats begin to emulate their political masters, the parliamentary system’s supposed dignity is further stripped away.
Jeff Bursey reveals how chaotic and mean-spirited the rules behind the game of politics are, and how political virtue corrupts everyone. Verbatim: A Novel is an inventive and blackly humorous work that speaks to the broken parliamentary practices found across the country.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Jeff Bursey has worked for Hansard in Atlantic Canada for seventeen years, first as a transcriber, and then as an editor. Born in St. John’s, Newfoundland and currently living in Charlottetown, PEI, Jeff has only ever lived on islands.
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ISBN: 978-1-926531-03-8 Price: $29.95 Specs: hardcover, 6 x 8.5, 320 pp Available: September 2010 Marketing Plans: Advertising: Winnipeg Free Press, Globe & Mail, Quill & Quire, Prairie Books Now, Atlantic Books Today and literary magazines. Local, regional, and national interviews and reviews. Author participation in tours and conferences. Enfield & Wizenty accepts proposals for co-op advertising, displays, and events. “Jeff Bursey has written a clever, highly innovative and highly readable novel. The satire is sharp, sometimes hilarious, the language perfectly suited to the subject—Mr. Bursey has a pitch perfect ear.” —Wayne Johnston, author of The Colony of Unrequited Dreams
The Young in Their Country And Other Stories
and other stories
he young occupy a territory of their own, a foreign land inaccessible to nostalgia and regret. In these eloquent, arresting stories, an assortment of exotic fledglings send tremors through the foundations of the established world.
On the fringe of the Alberta tar sands, four summer students interrupt a once-famous artist’s retreat from society. A naive job seeker shakes a frustrated insurance-company employee out of selfish, middle-aged complacency. An experienced history teacher re-enacts an episode from the Riel Rebellion with such frightening power that it threatens his sanity and his students’ safety. A retired policeman opens a low-budget summer camp where he hopes to teach children the skills needed to survive on an increasingly dangerous planet. Unsentimental, often funny, rarely nostalgic, each story in The Young in Their Country is a complete world.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Richard Cumyn is the author of four previous collections of short fiction and a novella. A past fiction editor of The Antigonish Review, he is widely published in Canada and abroad, his work appearing regularly in The New Quarterly, The Fiddlehead, Prairie Fire, The Globe and Mail and The Literary Review of Canada, among others. He lives in Kingston.
ISBN: 978-1-926531-02-1 Price: $29.95 Specs: hardcover, 224 pages Available: September 2010 Marketing Plans: Advertising: Winnipeg Free Press, Globe & Mail, Quill & Quire, Prairie Books Now and literary magazines. Local, regional, and national interviews and reviews. Author participation in tours and conferences. Enfield & Wizenty accepts proposals for co-op advertising, displays, and events. “His scenes are so clear, and the prose so austere, that they seem like etchings in black and white.” —Nancy Baele, The Ottawa Citizen
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Recent Literary Fiction
now in paperback!
The Moon of Letting Go and Other Stories Richard Van Camp
ISBN: 978-1-926531-00-7 • Price: $19.95 Format: paperback 5.5” x 8.5” 224 pages • literary fiction
ichard Van Camp writes powerfully and humorously with a range of voices: a violent First Nations gangster has an astonishing spiritual experience, a single mother is protected from her ex by a dangerous medicine man, a teenage boy discovers love and responsibility, and a group of young men pay tribute to a friend by streaking through their northern town. The stories are set in the Northwest Territories, and in urban and rural British Columbia. Van Camp is consistently and authentically optimistic, and his stories are united by the notion of healing through individual and community bonds. “Richard Van Camp is a magical storyteller in the old-school sense, fully capable of holding an audience enthralled with his voice alone…These are important stories, recounted with deep compassion and an unflinching eye.” — Alexander Varty, The Georgia Straight
Rats of Las Vegas Lisa Pasold
ISBN: 978-1-894283-92-2 • Price: $29.95 Format: hardcover 5.5” x 8.5” 360 pages • literary fiction
illard Lacouvy is a short, plain, fiercely independent prodigy in the male world of poker. She learns her craft in Depression-era Vancouver and then graduates to high stakes games on the Canadian Pacific Railway. When the trains fail to satisfy either her ambition or her need for security, she goes to Bugsy Siegel’s Las Vegas. There she is haunted by the handsome conman she has known all her life, and learns that love can also be a game of chance. Along the way, Pasold gives us a rich and convincing historical portrait of Vancouver and Vegas in the ’40s.
“Pasold’s debut novel is as enticing as the lit-up Las Vegas strip and as satisfying as a winning hand at poker…Rats is charming, original, and rich in historical detail.” —Kathryne Kouk, Winnipeg Free Press
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Recent Literary Fiction
The Tristan Chord Bettina von Kampen
ISBN: 978-1-894283-85-4 • Price: $29.95 Format: hardcover, 5.5" X 8.5", 240 pages, literary fiction
gripping story [with] memorable and interesting characters.” —Karen Virag, Edmonton Journal
Widows of Hamilton House Christina Penner
ISBN: 978-1-894283-84-7 • Price: $29.95 Format: hardcover, 5.5" X 8.5", 240 pages, literary fiction
enner uses the Hamilton legacy as a vehicle to convey feelings of love and sorrow in a work based on astonishing paranormal events.” —Chris Rutkowski, Winnipeg Free Press
10 Things to Ask Yourself in Warsaw and Other Stories Barbara Romanik ISBN: 978-1-894283-83-0 • Price: $29.95 Format: hardcover, 5.5" X 8.5", 192 pages, literary fiction
omanik subverts expectation in a way that feels at first like plain quirkiness; then you start to get it. She’s entering worlds that are real, but rarely explored.” —Jim Bartley, Globe & Mail
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Blue Becomes You
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Bettina von Kampen
ISBN: 1-894283-37-6 • Price: $19.95 Format: trade paper, 5.5" X 8.5", 256 pages, literary fiction
A novel by
Bettina Von Kampen
his is a beautifully written, sweet-natured, low key novel, with delightful, fully drawn characters that stay with you like old friends long after the book is finished." —W.P. Kinsella, Books in Canada
The Expedition Clayton Bailey
ISBN: 1-894283-40-6 • Price: $19.95 Format: trade paper, 5.5" X 8.5", 240 pages, literary fiction
t’s a heartrending, breathtaking, thought-provoking novel of adventure and ideas..." —Globe and Mail
A Place Out of Time Alfred Silver
ISBN: 978-1-894283-74-8 • Price: $24.95 Format: trade paper, 5.5" X 8.5", 560 pages, literary fiction
ilver has created a vivid and persuasive portrait of a lost Canadian world, a working multicultural community of Indian, Métis, Scots, American and Canadian settlers on the prairie.” —Globe and Mail
52nd Poem Thomas Trofimuk
ISBN: 1-894283-31-7 • Price: $19.95 Format: trade paper, 5.5" X 8.5", 192 pages, literary fiction
...The 52nd Poem is a Can Lit classic, and should have a place on the shelves of your personal library...a gripping, powerful and moving book. . . ” —Edmonton Journal
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