Issuu on Google+

The Young in Their

Country and other stories

Verbatim

Richard Cumyn

Jeff Bursey

a novel

This Bo k save Your Life a novel

Michelle Berry

enfieldandwizenty.ca

Literary Fiction for

fall 2010


F

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


Michelle Berry

T

This Bo k save Your Life a novel

Michelle Berry

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.

ISBN: 978-1-926531-04-5

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.

Available: September 2010

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.

Enfield & Wizenty • 1

NEW RELEASES • FALL 2010

This Book Will Not Save Your Life


NEW RELEASES • FALL 2010

Verbatim a novel

Verbatim: A Novel

Jeff Bursey

Jeff Bursey

V

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.

2 • Enfield & Wizenty

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


in Their

Country

The Young in Their Country And Other Stories

and other stories

Richard Cumyn

Richard Cumyn

T

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

Enfield & Wizenty • 3

NEW RELEASES • FALL 2010

The Young


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

R

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

M

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

4 • Enfield & Wizenty


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

“A

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

“P

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

“R

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

Enfield & Wizenty • 5


Recent titles from Great Plains Fiction

Blue Becomes You

G

R E A T

P

L A I N S

F

I C T I O N

Blue Becomes You

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

“T

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

“I

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

“S

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

6 • Enfield & Wizenty

G

r e a t

P

l a i n s

F

i c t i o n

A PLACE OUT OF TIME a novel

alfred silver


Publisher: Gregg Shilliday Phone: (204) 475-6799 Great Plains Publications Ltd. 345–955 Portage Avenue Winnipeg, MB, Canada R3G 0P9 Email: info@greatplains.mb.ca www.greatplains.mb.ca Canadian Orders, Returns and Inquiries to: University of Toronto Press 5201 Dufferin Street North York, ON, M3H 5T8 Phone: (800) 565-9523 Fax: (800) 221-9985 Email: utpbooks@utpress.utoronto.ca Discount Schedule: Schools & Libraries: 25% Trade Bookstores: 40% Wholesalers/Jobbers: 50% Terms: F.O.B Canada. Net 30 days. Titles may be returned three months after invoice date, but not after twelve months. Returned titles must be properly packaged, in saleable condition and free of retail stickers. Returns must be sent prepaid and will be credited against future purchases. Outside Canada, all prices are in U.S. dollars. Prices and availability of all titles subject to change without notice. Please contact University of Toronto Press for more information. Sales Representation: Kate Walker & Company, Ltd. British Columbia/Yukon/ NWT/Alberta Vancouver Head Office 9050 Shaughnessy Street Vancouver, BC V6P 6E5 Phone: (604) 323-7111 Fax: (604) 323-7118 Toll-Free fax: 888-323-7118 www.katewalker.com

Southern Vancouver Island: Lorna MacDonald Phone: (250) 382-1058 Fax: (250) 383-0697 Email: lornam@katewalker.com Manitoba/Saskatchewan/Alberta Ontario Lakehead: Rorie Bruce Phone: (204) 488-9481 Fax: (204) 487-3993 Email: rorieb@katewalker.com Ontario/Nunavut Toronto Office: 626 King Street W, Suite 203 Toronto, ON M5V 1M7 Phone: (416) 703-0666 Toll-free phone: (866) 736-5620 Fax: (416) 703-4745 Toll-free fax: (866) 849-3819 Saffron Beckwith: saffronb@katewalker.com Karen Beattie: karenb@katewalker.com Claire Blicker: claireb@katewalker.com Morgen Young: morgeny@katewalker.com Christina Vecchiato: christinav@katewalker.com Eastern Ontario, Quebec, Maritimes: Debbie Brown Phone: (613) 667-9876, Fax: (613) 667-9865 Email: debbieb@katewalker.com Great Plains Publications gratefully acknowledges the financial support provided for its publishing program by the Government of Canada through the Canada Book Fund.; the Canada Council for the Arts; as well as the Manitoba Department of Culture, Heritage and Tourism; and the Manitoba Arts Council.

Kate Walker: katew@katewalker.com Dot Middlemass: dotm@katewalker.com Ali Hewitt: alih@katewalker.com Cheryl Fraser / National Sales Manager, Gift Division: cherylf@katewalker.com

Order Information


f10-great-plains-e&w