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Recent Fiction

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Recent Teen Fiction

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Recent Juvenile Fiction

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Recent Poetry

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Kalamalka Press

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Teen Backlist

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Juvenile Backlist

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Fiction Backlist

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Non Fiction/Drama Backlist

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Poetry Backlist

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Anthologies

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Index of Authors and Titles

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NEW FICTION Raising Orion Lesley Choyce Raising Orion tells the tale of an eccentric, timeless woman, Molly, a second-hand bookshop owner, and her childhood as the daughter of the last lighthouse keeper of Devil’s Island at the mouth of the Halifax Harbour. At its core, Raising Orion is a novel of discovery, and a chronicle of intense individualism where to believe you can set the stars in the sky will make it so. Molly is an enigmatic person, powerful over her own destiny. She is at the centre of an eclectic, unlikely group of people — customers of her bookstore that have become her friends — searching for meaning in their own lives through the books they find in her store. Their test begins when Molly is on the verge of being criminally charged for interfering with authorities in rescuing a young cancer patient. Her dedicated book-customer friends must help save her, which, given Molly’s eccentricities, philosophical outlooks, and strong independence, isn’t an easy task.

 LESLEY CHOYCE is the author of seventy books for adults and young adults. He has taught at Dalhousie University for the past twenty-five years and is the publisher of Pottersfield Press. He’s worked as a rehab counselor, a freight hauler, a corn farmer, a janitor, a journalist, a lead guitarist, a newspaper boy, and a well-digger. He also hosts a nationally-syndicated TV talk show on BookTelevision. Along with the Surf Poets, he has released two poetry/ music albums, Long Lost Planet, and Sea Level.

NOVEL ISBN-10: 1-897235-80-1 ISBN-13: 978-1-897235-80-5 $19.95 CAD / 5.5" X 8.5" 350 pages / paper BISAC: FIC000000 (Fiction / General) FIC019000 (Fiction / Literary) Available September 15, 2010

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Also by Lesley Choyce Big Burn YA Novel ISBN 13: 978-1-895449-43-3 $9.95 CAD / Ages 9-13 See page 17

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NEW FICTION Flyways Devin Krukoff Through a protracted series of vignettes, Krukoff transforms Flyways into an interconnected, psychologically intense novel. Exploring the concept of Six Degrees of Separation, the work dramatizes people’s unseen connections to others while they encounter their own problems awaiting an impending snowstorm. Each vignette opens with a sometimes poetic, sometimes scientific description of a specific bird carefully chosen to help establish details of the characters’ situations, providing a “bird’s eye view” of the human world. With scenarios ranging from teenage pregnancy and skydiving psychotherapy, to S&M lust, Catholicism, and goose hunting, Flyways delves into the intricacies and implications of the Human Web, and proves that, whether we know it or not, we are all linked, and the results of our actions reach far beyond our limited perception, often impact upon one another’s lives.

 won the 2005 McClelland & Stewart Journey Prize for his story “The Last Spark”. He is a current member of The Malahat Review’s editorial board and has been published in literary journals and magazines across Canada. His first book, Compensation, was published by Thistledown Press in 2006.

DEVIN KRUKOFF NOVEL ISBN-10: 1-897235-77-1 ISBN-13: 978-1-897235-77-5 $19.95 CAD / 5.5" X 8.5" 231 pages / paper BISAC: FIC000000 (Fiction / General) FIC019000 (Fiction / Literary) Available September 15, 2010

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Also by Devin Krukoff Compensation Novel ISBN 13: 978-1-897235-19-5 $18.95 CAD See page 22

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NNEW EW RFELEASE ICTION Memoir of a Good Death Anne Sorbie This is a story of family, of death, and of the art of living. It is also the story of the ties that bind a mother to a daughter and the dynamics that govern their love. Shaped as a memoir, shared by Sarah Flett and her daughter Rhegan, the narrative begins with the death of Sarah’s husband and builds in complexity with the untimely and sudden death of Rhegan. Are life and death at their core intertwined? As Rhegan speaks from beyond the grave, her life is revealed in unexpected ways to her mother. And as Rhegan reconstructs her past and her memories of the last six months of her life, their impact and energy become one with her mother’s own remembering. This unheralded reconnection forms the nexus of the novel. It becomes their shared memoir. Through it the reader is invited into the intricacies of grieving and the irreducible nature of motherdaughter love. Sorbie’s steady hand meshes the dual narrative perspectives using land and water imagery. Within this narrative frame, the balance that grieving and celebrating, and holding on and letting go require is carefully constructed. Rhegan’s and Sarah’s lives become meaningful because we share in their heartbreak and their joy. Their lives intertwine and together become the memoir of a good death. “When the dead speak we must listen. Anne Sorbie’s dead and eloquent narrator is full of wild humour, pain, rebellion, compassion, wisdom. And she tells a wickedly good story. How can we know heaven from hell?” — Robert Kroetsch

 ANNE SORBIE was born in Paisley, Scotland and she lives and writes in Calgary. Her fiction has appeared in literary journals such as Geist, and Other Voices, and her poetry, in the 2008 anthology, Home and Away. Memoir of a Good Death is her first novel.

NOVEL ISBN-10: 1-897235-81-X ISBN-13: 978-1-897235-81-2 $19.95 CAD / 5.5" X 8.5" 226 pages / paper BISAC: FIC019000 (Fiction / Literary) FIC000000 (Fiction / General) FIC044000 (Fiction / Contemporary Women) Available September 15, 2010

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NEW SHORT FICTION Man Facing West Don Gayton Man Facing West presents a collection of fiction and nonfiction, sewn together with traces of autobiography. This collection is part of Don Gayton’s ongoing life journal, recounting moments of his boyhood in the United States and the Peace Corps, and detailing his opinions regarding the draft and the Vietnam War. Guiding these accounts are the forces of science and geology that have shaped Gayton’s career in Canada. As his stories of scheming university students, prodding 19th century scientists, and geologists time-tunneling into the prehistoric past of the prairies appear, we are always aware of Gayton’s ability to transform science into magic.

 is the author of four books of non-fiction (The Wheatgrass Mechanism, Landscapes of the Interior, Kokanee, Interwoven Wild: An Ecologist Loose in the Garden) and numerous technical articles. He was a range ecologist with the BC Ministry of Forests for ten years, and has worked as an extension specialist in forage and range with the Saskatchewan Department of Agriculture.

DON GAYTON

SHORT FICTION ISBN-10: 1-897235-79-8 ISBN-13: 978-1-897235-79-9 $18.95 CAD / 5.5" X 8.5" 170 pages / paper BISAC: FIC000000 (Fiction / General) FIC029000 (Fiction / Short Stories) Available September 15, 2010

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Also by Don Gayton Interwoven Wild: An Ecologist Loose in the Garden Non-fiction ISBN 13: 978-1-897235-35-5 $15.95 CAD See page 26

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NEW SHORT FICTION Mennonites Don’t Dance Darcie Friesen Hossack This vibrant collection of short fictions explores how families work, how they are torn apart, and, in spite of differences and struggles, brought back together. Darcie Friesen Hossack’s stories in Mennonites Don’t Dance offer an honest, detailed look into the experiences of children — both young and adult — and their parents and grandparents, exploring generational ties, sins, penance and redemption. Taking place primarily on the Canadian prairies, the families in these stories are confronted by the conflict between tradition and change — one story sees a daughterin-law’s urban ideals push and pull against a mother’s simple, rural ways, in another, a daughter raised in the Mennonite tradition tries to break free from her upbringing to escape to the city in search of a better life. Children learn the rules of farm life, and parents learn that their decisions, in spite of all good intentions, can carry dire consequences. Hossack’s talent, honed through education and experience, is showcased in this polished collection, and is reflected in the relatable, realistic characters and situations she creates. The voices in the stories speak about how we measure ourselves in the absence of family, and how the most interesting families are always flawed in some way.

 is a graduate of the Humber School for Writers. She has been a food writer for the Kelowna Daily Courier and Kamloops This Week for the past six years, and most recently, thepeartree.ca. Her story “Little Lamb” was nominated for the 2008 McClelland & Stewart Journey Prize.

DARCIE FRIESEN HOSSACK

SHORT FICTION ISBN-10: 1-897235-78-X ISBN-13: 978-1-897235-78-2 $18.95 CAD / 5.5" X 8.5" 200 pages / paper BISAC: FIC000000 (Fiction / General) FIC019000 (Fiction / Literary) FIC045000 (Fiction / Family Life) Available September 15, 2010

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NEW JUVENILE FICTION The Mystery of the Cyber Bully Marty Chan How do you find a bully who lurks on the Internet and lashes out at helpless victims? Intrepid kid detectives Marty, Remi, and Trina must answer that question if they’re to stop a cyber bully targeting their classmates. In their toughest case yet, the sleuths must follow the electronic trail to their enemy, but the cyber bully outsmarts them at every turn, leaving the trio to wonder if they’ve met their match. When a ploy to expose the culprit goes wrong, Marty does the unthinkable and loses his best friend Remi’s trust. Not only does Marty have to find the cyber bully, but he also has to find a way to win back Remi’s friendship. Marty Chan is back with the exciting fourth installment in the Marty Chan Mystery series.

 is a nationally-known dramatist, screenwriter, and author. His juvenile novel, The Mystery of the Frozen Brains, won the Edmonton Book Prize, and was also listed as one of the Best Books of 2004 for grades three to six by Resource Links magazine. The second book in the Chan Mystery Series, The Mystery of the Graffiti Ghoul, was shortlisted for the 2007 SYRCA Young Readers’ Choice Diamond Willow Award, the 2007 Golden Eagle Children’s Choice Book Award, and the 2007 Arthur Ellis Crime Writers of Canada Award in the Best Juvenile category. Marty Chan lives in Edmonton, Alberta.

MARTY CHAN

JUVENILE NOVEL ISBN-10: 1-897235-82-8 ISBN-13: 978-1-897235-82-9 $10.95 CAD / 5.5" X 8.5" / AGES 8-12 128 pages / paper BISAC: JUV000000 (Juvenile Fiction / General) JUV039230 (Juvenile Fiction / Social Issues/Bullying) JUV028000 (Juvenile Fiction / Mysteries & Detective) Available September 15, 2010

Other Titles in the Marty Chan Mystery Series THE MYSTERY OF THE FROZEN BRAINS ISBN 13: 978-1-894345-71-2 / $10.95 / AGES 8-12 THE MYSTERY OF THE GRAFFITI GHOUL ISBN 13: 978-1-897235-00-3 / $10.95 / AGES 8-12 THE MYSTERY OF THE MAD SCIENCE TEACHER ISBN 13: 978-1-894235-38-6 / $10.95 / AGES 8-12 SEE PAGE 19

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NEW JUVENILE NEW RFELEASE ICTION A Girl Called Tennyson Joan Givner Anne “Tenn” Tennyson Miller’s adventure begins during an ordinary ferry trip, but reality soon melts away as Tenn is transported to the fantasy land of Greensward. When she arrives in Greensward, Tenn is elected to rescue her new friend, Una, who has been spirited away to a nearby country occupied by evil forces determined to destroy the harmony of Greensward. Before she sets out on her dangerous mission she is trained by the wise woman, Bethan, who understands the enemy’s weaknesses and offers Tenn resources and information that can help her on her mission. Once in enemy territory she uses Bethan’s supplies and teachings, as well as her own keen memory and wealth of knowledge, to sustain her quest. She is eventually successful in finding Una but then discovers that there are many other children who must also be saved and returned to Greensward. This classic fantasy quest from established YA author Joan Givner takes young readers on an adventure written in the British tradition, fused with a contemporary voice. Givner alludes to the work of Tennyson, as “Tenn” loves poetry, story and rhyme; in fact it will be her love of great writers that helps her in her quest and leads her to success.

 is a former English professor at the University of Regina. She is the author of the Ellen Fremedon series (Groundwood). She has published biographies of Katherine Anne Porter and Mazo de la Roche, as well as an autobiography. She is the winner of the 1992 CBC fiction competition.

JOAN GIVNER

JUVENILE NOVEL ISBN-10: 1-897235-83-6 ISBN-13: 978-1-897235-83-6 $12.95 CAD / 5.5" X 8.5" 169 pages / paper BISAC: JUV000000 (Juvenile Fiction / General) JUV037000 (Juvenile Fiction / Fantasy & Magic( Available September 15, 2010

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R ECENT FICTION Never Going Back Antonia Banyard NOVEL ISBN-13: 978-1-897235-69-0 $16.95 / 5.5 x 8.5

Evan, Siobhan, Lance, Lea, and Mandy were once inseparable, but in the ten years since high school, they have barely spoken. When a memorial finds them reunited in their hometown of Nelson, BC, a small town with a big reputation, each friend is forced to confront secrets from the past. If they don’t face themselves, each other, and the central trauma of their lives, they’ll never be able to move on.

Nothing Sacred Lori Hahnel SHORT FICTION ISBN-13: 978-1-897235-63-8 $16.95 / 5.5 x 8.5

• Shortlisted for Georges Bugnet Award for Fiction, 2010 Alberta Literary Awards

These stories fracture stereotypes of the sanctity of marriage, the values of good people, and the expected happy ending. Provocative, talkative, sardonic and glib, Hahnel’s characters strike friction between the sentimental values of bygone Hollywood flicks and the misgivings of lower class life in western. “Hahnel’s short stories bestow depth and grace on characters that on the outside might seem mired in mundanity. The repercussions of our obsessions — whether they be things, relationships or events — are captured vividly in this intimate and surprising collection.” — Nicole Kajander, Alberta Views

My Sweet Curiosity Amanda Hale NOVEL ISBN-13: 978-1-897235-61-4 $19.95 / 5.5 x 8.5

My Sweet Curiosity tells the story of Natalya, a young medical student who twists an already complicated genetic background rooted in the Romanov family into an impossible fantasy of reproductive technology which ultimately reveals its own strange truth. Talya falls in love with Dai Ling, a cello student of extraordinary talent and daughter of Jia Song Xiang, a doctor of traditional Chinese medicine.

The Wolsenburg Clock Jay Ruzesky NOVEL ISBN-13: 978-1-897235-62-1 $18.95 / 5.5 x 8.5

The Wolsenburg Clock chronicles the development of a complex machine, and the risks, devotion, and love that went into its construction through history.

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“Ruzesky develops rich characters in the span of a few pages and supplies the vivid imagery needed for readers to share the wonder of the complicated machinery being built.” — Victoria Times Colonist

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R ECENT TEEN FICTION The Monkeyface Chronicles Richard Scarsbrook NOVEL ISBN-13: 978-1-897235-76-8 $16.95 / 5.5" x 8.5"

Philip Skyler learned early in life that his face was going to get him into trouble and that there was nothing he could do about it. Born with an extreme facial deformity, Philip was an easy target for stares, sneers, and bullying. Though medical scientists named his condition Van der Woude syndrome, his classmates — especially the bullies — just called him “Monkeyface”. The Monkeyface Chronicles is Philip’s story of sweet revenge.

Draco’s Child Sharon Plumb NOVEL ISBN-13: 978-1-897235-70-4 $14.95 / 5.5" x 8.5"

In this young adult fantasy novel, teenage Varia lives in a settlement of transplanted humans who have escaped a polluted Earth to live on a distant planet. With half of their group missing and their crops failing, the settlers accept the help of Specto, the star child, a powerful entity who offers them survival — at a price. Varia is horrified by the strange transformation affecting the star child’s followers, but she has no idea what to do until she discovers a dragon’s egg. With a fully-grown dragon, Varia will be able to find the lost settlers and drive away the star child — but only if she can keep the dragon under control. Her quest is complicated when she too begins to change into something new. She must make difficult choices to save the settlers, the dragon, and herself.

His Sweet Favour Diane Tucker NOVEL ISBN-13: 978-1-897235-64-5 $16.95 CAD / 5.5" x 8.5"

“His Sweet Favour is so alive, you’ll swear that Favour, the budding actress narrator and heroine of this book, was an actual honey-haired girl who came of age and learned about love during her final year of high school in the 1980s” — Russell Thornton, author of House Built of Rain “Tucker . . . delivers an atmospheric story about loyalty, love, and loss. It’s gritty, it’s imaginative. . . and it speaks to the kaleidoscoping emotions that people of any age experience in times of great transition, while asking the intriguing question: Can things be too good . . . ? His Sweet Favour pushes the YA envelope.” — Shelley Leedahl, author of Skykickers and Riding Planet Earth

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R ECENT JUVENILE FICTION The Kayak Debbie Spring NOVEL ISBN-13: 978-1-897235-71-3 $12.95 CAD / 5.25” x 7.5” / Ages 12+

Teresa loves kayaking. On the water, she is brave, strong, and unstoppable. She lives for the rush of freedom as she paddles away from shore, leaving her overbearing parents, her annoying little sister, and her typical teenage stresses far behind. But Teresa’s favourite thing about kayaking is that it has nothing to do with her wheelchair. While Teresa enjoys a peaceful afternoon paddle, a sudden storm churns the water. As the storm picks up, she notices a windsurfer in the distance. She realizes that he’s in trouble and it’s up to her to rescue him. Teresa didn’t expect that saving Jamie would change her life forever.

Einstein Dog Craig Spence NOVEL ISBN-13: 978-1-897235-65-2 $17.95 CAD / trade paper / Ages 8-12

“Spence skillfully draws canine and human characters integrating endearing quirks and foibles. Taking a delightfully imaginative spin on science and technology, the author ensures the adventure will raise some questions about science and ethics, good and evil, the quest for power, and human and animal interactions.” — CM Magazine

Return to Bone Tree Hill Kristin Butcher JUVENILE NOVEL ISBN-13: 978-1-897235-58-4 $12.95 / 5.5 x 8.5 / Ages 9-13

• Shortlisted for the 2010 Sheila A. Egoff Prize, BC Book Prizes

A recurring dream forces Jessica to wonder if she murdered one of her playmates, a troubled boy named Charlie, when she was twelve years old? Disturbed by the vision and needing to clear her conscience, Jessica returns to her hometown and the site of the possible crime. Experienced YA writer Kristin Butcher chronicles a mystery that has the reader piecing together the evidence alongside Jessica and her best friend, Jilly. “Readers will be impressed with Butcher’s descriptive introduction. Her writing gives one’s mind’s eye a lot to imagine and grasps readers with her ability to establish the setting and life at Bone Tree Hill with mysterious knack.” — Resource Links

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R ECENT POETRY Endgames Andrew Stubbs POETRY ISBN 13: 978-0-9738057-72-0 $17.95 /5.5˝ x 8.5˝

Taking cues from a theologian’s star-crossed romance, a psychoanalyst’s interpretations, and a man’s memoir of madness, Andrew Stubbs creates a daring collection of poetry were the unpredictability of the unknown rules over the familiarity of the understood.

This hot place Bernadette Wagner POETRY ISBN 13: 978-09738057-73-7 $17.95 /5.5˝ x 8.5˝

Bernadette Wagner’s poetry is an examination — and cross-examination — of place, heart, and politics. Each poem is realistic and honest, and tells of encounters with death, sexual assault, hard work, and family. This hot place explores the socio-placement of women in the land and their resulting quest for worth and spiritual grace. It follows the growth from young girl to wise woman, and the poems are divided into these sections accordingly — Maiden, Mother, Crone. The insightful and powerful forces turned loose by the narrator stir emotions that are at once unique and universal in a woman’s individual experience.

What We Miss Glen Sorestad POETRY ISBN 13: 978-09738057-75-1 $17.95 /5.5˝ x 8.5˝

Celebrating the ordinary and seeing the mystery in all moments in life remain part of Sorestad’s poetic priority. The neighbourhood parks he walks in, the changing seasons, the evolution of family, and the importance of our pasts — all are set to inviting, memorable tones.

Gaits Paulette Dubé POETRY ISBN 13: 978-09738057-74-4 $17.95

These are poems about movements made by animal and human alike as they circle each other during one cycle of four seasons. They see each other in a different light as the moon opens and closes. Perspectives blur as reverse anthropomorphism occurs and the humans come away having (un)learned something about the citizens of the forest while deepening an understanding of themselves. “Dubé writes that she ‘…loves this place without being romantic, witty or urbane about it…’ and this promise is delivered through every poem. There is an unaffected, refreshing candor in these poems that is simply stunning, if not, at times, devastating.” — Thomas Trofimuk, author of Waiting for Columbus

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R ECENT POETRY Cantilevered Songs John Lent POETRY ISBN 13: 978-1-897235-66-9 $16.95 CAD

“I can think of no Canadian writer who so thoroughly positions us in front of the mirror that might offer us at once both reality and the imagined. It is to Lent that I turn when I need to be reminded, when I need to discover again, how the writer works in the daily world of place while aspiring to what endures. He is there, the writer writing out of and in the present.” — Robert Kroetsch

When the World is Not Our Home Susan Musgrave POETRY ISBN 13: 978-1-895449-67-6 $16.95 CAD

“Musgrave approaches her subject in the manner of Salvador Dalí — she distorts reality until it approximates her bizarre vision of the world.” — The Globe and Mail “She casts a spell and haunts us . . . she is a mythmaker . . . within her beats a heart that welcomes flooding darkness in which to brew special magic.” — Montreal Gazette

Sally O: in the Betsy sense of the word Charles Noble POETRY ISBN 13: 978-1-897235-68-3 $21.95 CAD

Strikingly original, explorer, subterranean, and farmer-philosopher are words that critics have used to describe Charles Noble and his oeuvre published over the past forty years. An album of his inimitable work from 1972-2007, Sally O is the first retrospective of Noble’s literary expeditions. Enlightened with extensive author notes and commentary, this selected showcases Noble’s ability to be anything but conventional and establishes his presence in the post-modern arguments. “Such poems, full of intimate knowledge filtered through an intellectual screen, set Noble’s poems apart from the usual prairie anecdotal lyric.” — Douglas Barbour, Wild Words: Essays on Alberta Literature

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R ECENT R ELEASES & BACKLIST — K ALAMALKA PRESS RYGA, A Journal of Provocations

Ryga 1: ISBN 978-0-9810271-2-8 $20.00 CAD

RYGA, A Journal Of Provocations, is a bright, new literary journal surfacing from the people at Okanagan Institute along with The Ryga Initiatives coming forth from Okanagan College and all the writers teaching in its English Department there. This is a bold new journal dedicated to extending the legacy of cultural activism that George Ryga seeded when he lived in the Okanagan, but extending it to national and international reaches. Young writers take note: read Sean Johnston’s editorial comment in both issues. He makes it very clear what the journal is interested in publishing, and what it isn’t interested in publishing. As another writer, for me this is the best new literary journal to emerge in Canada for a long time because of what its ambitions are, and because of the talent I see in the people putting it together. — John Lent, writer of So It Won’t Go Away and Cantilevered Songs

“How pleasant it would be to live where a farm produced a living, where a man could find warmth and comfort in the companionship of a good tractor, and plants which grew tall and strong, where there was no more fruitless labour in working the soil by hand, or tormenting horses until they were just as weary and sick as the men who drove and guided them, where there were proper schools, and a kid didn’t have to begin working the moment he stood upright. Where there was no fear and no want to twist and damage the soul and body of man.” — George Ryga, Hungry Hills, 1963 Ryga 2: ISBN 978-0-9810271-5-9 $20.00 CAD

Accommodation David Pitt-Brooke & Christine McPhee Literary Criticism ISBN 10: 0-9738057-3-0 ISBN 13: 978-09738057-3-4 8.5˝ x 5.5˝ / Paper / $20.00

“Both of the writers in this book engage with [the] intersections and flights from nature to culture . . . Accommodation [argues that] it is only through poetic language or the full speech of metaphor that we can speak not of or for the world, but speak the world.” — Dr. Ann Marie McKinnon Chair, Women’s Studies and Sociology Okanagan College

Sleight of Hand Dawne McCance Literary Criticism/Philosophy ISBN 10: 0-9738057-6-5 ISBN 13: 978-0-9738057-6-5 8.5˝ x 5.5˝ / Paper / $15.00

“What does it mean to write — in relation to what Derrida means by “writing”? By asking this question McCance has produced a text that is, at once, a fresh introduction to Derrida’s thought and a canny complement to it.” — Craig McLuckie, Co-Editor, Ken Saro-Wiwa: Writer and Activist

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R ECENT R ELEASES — K ALAMALKA PRESS

Abundance

Country Music: New Poems

Undertow

Robert Kroetsch & John Lent

Dennis Cooley

Virginia Dansereau

Poetry ISBN 10: 0-9693482-8-2 ISBN 13: 978-0-9693482-8-3 8.5˝ x 5.5˝ / Paper / $15.00

Short Fiction ISBN 10: 0-9738057-5-7 ISBN 13: 978-0-9738057-5-8 8.5˝ x 5.5˝ / Paper / $10.00

Literary Criticism ISBN 10: 0-9738057-4-9 ISBN 13: 978-0-9738057-4-1 8.5˝ x 5.5˝ / Paper / $10.00

“Abundance reads very much as a conversation between two old friends talking about writing generally and fiction specifically in a casual, thoughtful way. In places they even return to the teacher/student or mentor/ student relationships of previous years.” — poet rob mclennan

“Country Music: New Poems is as prairie as the long poem gets, and breathes new life into an established form, and writes the poem out as far as it will go, Cooley’s sly eye smirks in every line of continuous and familiar song.” — The Antigonish Review

“It’s enthralling to listen to these two veteran writers circling around the topic, returning to the centre, to the question ‘where’s that damn story?’” — Sean Johnston, author of All This Town Remembers

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“Undertow is a debut collection of powerful short stories from a writer whose voice is confident and practiced. The stories contain Virginia Dansereau’s subtle and various approaches to the notion of portraiture in fiction. Over and over again, the reader is drawn into the lives of a series of characters who struggle to both live out and understand the depths of her or his life. Dansereau’s vision is full of the texture of contemporary life and the dazzling and sometimes sudden beauty of the ‘ordinary.’” — John Lent, author of So It Won’t Go Away and Monet’s Garden

My Hand’s Tired & My Heart Aches

(Kerplnk)

Worlda Mirth

Jason Emde

Kerry Trevelyan

Su Croll

Memoir ISBN 10: 0-9738057-0-6 ISBN 13: 978-09738057-0-3 8.5˝ x 5.5˝ / Paper / $20.00

Verse Novel ISBN 10: 0-9738057-1-4 ISBN 13: 978-09738057-1-0 8.5˝ x 5.5˝ / Paper / $15.00

Poetry ISBN 10: 0-9693482-3-1 ISBN 13: 978-0-9693482-3-8 8.5˝ x 5.5˝ / Paper / $10.00

“Jason Emde could have been the model for “Charisma Man,” a cartoon that ran in Alien . . . from 1998-2002 about a geek who comes to Japan and is transformed into a lady-killer. His book is a series of letters . . . describing his exploits getting drunk on a variety of alcoholic concoctions, stoned on an astounding array of illegal and quasi-legal substances, and sexually gratified by an improbable parade of gorgeous Japanese women . . . Emde’s missives are composed as though he were a literary cyborg, equal parts Joyce, Faulkner, Kerouac and Dylan.” — Hillel Wright in Metropolis (Japan)

“Kerry Trevelyan produces an admirable poetic bildungsroman, drawing on traditional poetic forms and stretching them.” — Ross Tyner, Co-Editor, Arthur Nortje: Poet and South African

‘The trick is knowing how to fake it,’ says the character Napoleon in these intense and dazzling poems. With a shiftiness unusual in poetic utterance, the poems appear to be faking themselves into a reality far more stark and terrible than we suspect. The rhetoric of the Carnival and the Freak Show is used to create a strange world we end up recognizing as our own: constantly noisy and clamouring for our amazed attention.” — Kristjana Gunnars

Fall 2010


TEEN BACKLIST

Weeds & Other Stories

Featherless Bipeds

Jacqueline Pearce

Richard Scarsbrook

Short Fiction ISBN 13: 978-1-894345-64-4 $9.95 CAD / Ages: 9-13

Novel ISBN 13: 978-1-897235-05-8 $15.95 CAD / Ages: 13+

• Finalist, 2004 Saskatchewan Book Award for Publishing in Education

“These are clearly Canadian stories, and teachers . . . will find them useful for assignments requiring a short story that reflects the Canadian experience.” — CM Magazine

The second novel in the Dak Sifter Series, Featherless Bipeds, finds Dak firmly centred in the minefield of youth with the temptations, seductions, and subterfuge that rock and roll, young love, and university life are sure to provide. • Nominated for the 2008-09 Stellar BC Teen Reader’s Choice Award

Cheeseburger Subversive Richard Scarsbrook Novel ISBN 13: 978-1-894345-54-5 $15.95 CAD / Ages: 13+

• Finalist, 2004 CLA Young Adult Book Award • Finalist, 2005 OLA ’White Pine Award • Finalist, 2006 BC Teen Readers Choice Stellar Award

The Story of Blue Eye

Alexander’s Way

Tyler Trafford

Tyler Trafford

Novel ISBN 13: 978-1-894345-78-1 $18.95 CAD / Ages: 13+

Short Fiction Anthology ISBN 13: 978-897235-06-5 $21.95 CAD / Ages: 13+

• Finalist, 2005 Grant MacEwan Author’s Award

“Trafford has produced a first-rate and historically accurate depiction of Plains Indian horse culture . . . ” — AMMSA

Scarsbrook’s novel enters the world of his young protagonists through the front door, and rivals the best writers in cunning and humour.

Wild Talent: A Novel of the Supernatural Eileen Kernaghan ISBN 13: 978-1-897235-40-9 $15.95 CAD / Ages: 14+

Book Two of the Sun On the Mountains series, Alexander’s Way, takes readers back to the beginning, to Philadelphia, where Alexander James, a successful Quaker banker and pacifist, loses everything in Civil War America and is exiled to Canada by George Washington. Here he begins the first seeds of an empire: seeds sown in the Canadian fur trading era and realized generations later.

Wild Talent is the strange tale of Jeannie Guthrie, a sixteen-year-old Scottish farm worker, who possesses a frightening talent. Believing that she has unintentionally killed her ne’er-do-well cousin, her fear of being sentenced as a witch propels her to flee to London. Against eerie 19th century backdrops, Kernaghan weaves an accessible tale of myth and magic.

The Plough’s Share

Soldier Boys

The Lady at Batoche

Brondings’ Honour

Firedrake

David Richards

David Richards

David Richards

Ann Ewan

Ann Ewan

Novel ISBN 13: 978-1-894345-73-6 $22.95 CAD / Ages: 13+

Novel ISBN 13: 978-1-895449-06-8 $9.95 CAD / Ages: 9-13

Novel ISBN 13: 978-1-895449-87-7 $9.95 CAD / Ages: 9-13

Novel ISBN 13: 978-1-897235-01-0 $15.95 CAD / Ages: 13+

Novel ISBN 13: 978-1-894345-45-3 $12.95 CAD / Ages: 9-13

“This novel is a substantial literary achievement. Richards’ grasp of dialogue and various British dialects is remarkable. He has done his research well; he is able to evoke the ethos of the Boer War, of turn-of-the-century London, and of the Canadian prairies. This panoramic novel can be highly recommended.” — Prairie Fire Review of Books

• 1994 Finalist, Geoffrey Bilson Award

• Winner, 1999 Saskatchewan Book Award for Children’s Fiction

• 2007 CCBC Our Choice Selection

• Finalist, 2004 Saskatchewan Young Readers’ Choice Snow Willow Award

Set during the North West Rebellions, this novel unfolds from the alternating perspectives of two teenaged boys on opposite sides of the battle — one English, one Métis. The story is dramatic and exciting, pulling the reader into the lives of the young characters . . . a highly valuable book in schools.”— CM Magazine

This is the story of three young people who were forever changed by the brutality of the North West Rebellions. “This is an important novel for its subject matter and, when paired with Soldier Boys, is an engaging read.”— CM Magazine

Following her dazzling debut young adult novel Firedrake, Ann Ewan once again creates a unique fantasy world with an indelible set of characters, but this time the achievement is marked by a darker quest. Ewan’s love of Old English and Irish Gaelic is clearly present in the dialogue, as is her fascination with the traditional black arts, wizardry, spells, charms, and enchantment.

“Ewan’s formal education in old languages is evident in the style of speech and personal and place names that contribute to the atmosphere of an epic legend. Highly Recommended.” — CM Magazine

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TEEN BACKLIST

The Fungus Garden

Filling the Belly

Brian Brett

Tara Manuel

Novel ISBN 13: 978-0-920633-47-2 $12.95 CAD / Ages: 13+

Novel ISBN 13: 978-1-894345-56-9 $16.95 CAD / Ages: 13+

A stunningly original work of speculative fiction, this novel follows the plight of a man who is transformed into a termite. The story transports us effortlessly into a fascinating world of the insect mind, ultimately becoming an investigation into what it means to be human.

This book smashes the cliché of bourgeois attitudes and morals attributed to today’s young women. A unique character emerges from Rosa’s haunting memories of her past, perplexing encounters with an alternate reality, and longing desire to return to the innocence of childhood.

“A good acquisition for graduate, undergraduate, and public libraries with contemporary fiction.” — CHOICE

Stephen Henighan Novel ISBN 13: 978-1-895449-77-8 $10.95 CAD / Ages: 13+

Exploring the frightening, encoded, and potentially explosive realities of the Eucadorian expatriates of Quebec, this tale highlights the bravery of the human spirit. “Henighan’s depiction of village life in Ecuador and Montreal, seen through the eyes of an immigrant who speaks neither French nor English, is strong and credible.” — CM Magazine

The Spiral Maze

We Are Still Here

Patricia Bow

C.J. Beuhler

Novel ISBN 13: 978-1-895449-68-6 $11.00 CAD / Ages: 9-13

Novel ISBN 13: 978-1-894345-81-1 $15.95 CAD / Ages 9-13

• Shortlist, 1998 CLA Young Adult Book Award • Canadian Children’s Book Centre’s Our Choice selection

“Gripping and suspenseful . . . the story propels the reader breathlessly forward to the final classic confrontation of good and evil forces. Using short sentences and cliff-hanger chapters, Bow maintains the pace throughout.” — CM Magazine

Part mystery, part dystopian prophesy, We Are Still Here blends mythical forces and mythological archetypes and acts as a traditional account of how a self-proclaimed Innu oracle and his gathered tribe emerge as the future of civilization. “ . . . a remarkable, magical, lifeaffirming debut.” — Books In Canada

Offside

One On One

Fish House Secrets

one year commencing

Cheating Fate

Cathy Beveridge

Cathy Beveridge

Kathy Stinson

Kathy Stinson

Audrey Pfitzenmaier

Novel ISBN 13: 978-1-894345-25-5 $9.95 CAD / Ages: 9-13

Novel ISBN 13: 978-1-894345-80-4 $9.95 CAD / Ages: 9-13

Novel ISBN 13: 978-1-895449-10-5 $7.95 CAD / Ages: 9-13

Novel ISBN 13: 978-1-895449-65-5 $11.95 CAD / Ages: 9-13

Novel ISBN 13: 978-1-895449-41-6 $12.95 CAD / Ages: 13+

Seamlessly shifting between the tensions of competitive hockey and corporate malpractice in the oil and gas industry in Alberta, this novel is a contemporary gem.

Set in Atlantic Canada, this emotionally charged novel deals with the themes of maturation and love. Two troubled teens encounter grief, adolescent pressures, and the challenges of communication — the catalysts for personal growth.

• Winner, 2003 Saskatchewan Young Readers’ Choice Snow Willow Award • Canadian Children’s Book Centre’s Our Choice selection

Based on real events, this novel blends Canada’s love affair with hockey with the biting reality of teen addiction. “Offside is an acquisition for senior high school collections. Highly Recommended.” — CM Magazine

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“ . . . an impressive, well written debut.” — Books in Canada

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“The hockey storyline’s immediate accessibility will persuade readers to continue through the more technical jargon of Alberta’s oil production to an understanding about an important aspect of Canadian economics.”— CM Magazine

“This book is recommended for all schools and libraries that serve young adult readers.”— CM Magazine

• Finalist, CLA Young Adult Book Award and finalist, • Finalist, Red Cedar BC Young Readers Choice Award

Allison is a high-spirited twelve-year-old girl who divides her time between her separated parents, until a court rules that she must spend a year with her father. “Highly recommended.” — Burlington Public Library

Cheating Fate is the charged story of four teens, all best friends, who have grown up together in a small town in the BC interior. Loyal, compassionate, and trusting they accept their friendship bonds with a resoluteness that only another teen could understand. But when they survive a serious snowmobile accident and discover they share remarkable and frightening memories of their near-death experience, they fear that their fates are sealed and that they will die at some unknown time — together.


TNEEN EW BRACKLIST ELEASE

The Second Season of Jonas MacPherson Lesley Choyce Novel ISBN 13: 978-1-895449-05-1 $4.20 CAD / Ages: 13+

Set on the East Coast and focusing on sixty-nine year old Jonas, this novel reflects the title character’s energy, rage, and humour as he looks upon his world, past and present. “This novel stands with Margaret Laurence’s The Stone Angel (Macmillan, 1964) as a compelling exploration of old age . . . ” — CM Magazine

Big Burn

Laws of Emotion

Dance of the Snow Dragon

The First Vial

Lesley Choyce

Alison Lohans

Eileen Kernaghan

Linnea Heinrichs

Novel

Short Fiction ISBN 13: 978-1-895449-07-5 $9.95 CAD / Ages: 9-13

Novel ISBN 13: 978-1-895449-41-9 $9.95 CAD / Ages: 13+

Novel ISBN 13: 978-1-894345-84-2 $12.95 CAD / Ages: 9-13

• Canadian Children’s Book Centre Our Choice selection

• Finalist, 2006 OLA White Pine Young Readers Choice Award

An engrossing tale of spiritual development and magical wonder set in the Buddhist enclaves of the Himalayas.

Set against the backdrop of the inescapable horror of the plague, this medieval tale with a feminist twist highlights a plight for survival that comes into conflict with the law.

ISBN 13: 978-1-895449-43-3 $9.95 CAD / Ages: 9-13

• Canadian Children’s Book Centre’s Our Choice selection

The protagonists team up to combat pollution and preserve the environment while they juggle the action and apathy of those around them. “This is a thoughtful novel that will no doubt encourage discussion about a timely and important theme. Most important, it encourages kids to stand up for their own values and principles.” — CM Magazine

Alison Lohans’ collection of short stories shows a realistic sympathy for the faith and courage of adolescents. The broad emotional appeal of this book will communicate to each student in the classroom; indeed, these stories and their insights will serve as catalysts for discussion. “The good writing found in Lohans’ three YA novels is equally present in this collection of ten short stories . . . ” — Quill & Quire

“This is one of the best fantasies for young people that I have read for some time.” — Vancouver Sun “Kernaghan unwinds this tale with powerful force and tight control . . . ” — Quill & Quire

“The First Vial is very readable and appears well researched . . . ”— W.P. Kinsella, Books In Canada

The Snow Queen

The Alchemist’s Daughter

Site Dreams

Sky Kickers

The Lie That Had To Be

Eileen Kernaghan

Eileen Kernaghan

S.M. Longbottom

Shelley A. Leedahl

Sharon Gibson Palermo

Novel

Novel

Novella

Short Fiction

Novel

ISBN 13: 978-1-894345-14-9 $14.95 CAD / Ages 13+

ISBN 13: 978-1-894345-79-8 $15.95 CAD / Ages 13+

ISBN 13: 978-1-895449-11-2 $8.50 CAD / Ages 13+

ISBN 13: 978-1-895449-26-6 $9.00 CAD / Ages 13+

ISBN 13: 978-1-895449-44-0 $11.00 CAD / Ages 8-13

• Winner, 2001 Prix Aurora for Best Long Form Work in English

• Finalist, 2006 Manitoba Young Readers’ Choice Award

A reworking of the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale, this provocative story explores a world poised between traditional faith and modern science.

• Finalist , 2005 Sheila A. Egoff BC Book Prize

In this compelling fiction, a landfill is imagined that once was Saskatchewan. Through this novella of appropriately grim prediction, environmental collapse, and dystopian vision, the intricacies of prophetic writing can be studied.

This is a collection of realistic fictions where characters are marginalized in imperfect worlds. They are survivors of hostile environments, hopeless and unrealized ambitions; however, they desire nothing more than to fly in their own dark and disparate skies.

“Kernaghan takes the bones of the original fantasy and adds real period detail and strong characterization to create a vividly textured story.” — SF Site Reviews

• Finalist, 2005 Prix Aurora for Best Long Form Work in English

“ . . . it is the fascinating picture of an era long past, painted with such skill that as we read, we are there, that is the remarkable achievement of The Alchemist’s Daughter.” — Canadian Teacher Magazine

• Finalist, 1995 Geoffrey Bilson Award • Finalist, 1997 Red Cedar Award, Silver Birch Award, and Blue Heron Award

Written from the perspective of a ten-year-old girl whose father is an Italian detainee in Atlantic Canada during the Second World War. “Palermo uses a YA style that makes the 1940s seem contemporary . . . the story’s sense of a terrible wrongdoing comes across loud and clear.” — Q & Q

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TEEN BACKLIST

Revved

The Crying Jesus

The Blue Camaro

Feeding At Nine

Yuletide Blues

R.P. MacIntyre

R.P. MacIntyre

R.P. MacIntyre

R.P. MacIntyre

R.P. MacIntyre

Short Fiction ISBN 13: 978-1-894345-46-0 $10.95 CAD / Ages: 9-13

Short Fiction ISBN 13: 978-1-895449-70-9 $13.95 CAD / Ages: 13+

Short Fiction ISBN 13: 978-1-895449-23-5 $13.95 CAD / Ages: 13+

Short Stories ISBN 13: 978-1-897235-15-7 $17.95 CAD / Ages: 13+

Novel

• Finalist, Saskatchewan Book Award for Children’s Literature

• Finalist, 1998 Canadian Library Association Young Adult Canadian Book Award

With its young adult voice and mature sensibility, this collection moves students from laughter to tears, speaking to their hearts. The themes of loyalty, acceptance, and understanding are woven seamlessly into this fascinating, invigorating read.

• Shortlisted for

With his comedic, fresh, and relatable voice, hockey-loving, pianohating Lanny recounts the events of his worst Christmas ever.

This supercharged collection invites students on voyages of discovery, maturation, and challenge. “R.P. MacIntyre hs joined Martha Brooks and Budge Wilson in making short stories for adolescents a hallmark of fine Canadian literature.” — Quill & Quire

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“Often with painful clarity, the stories reflect universal themes of death and loss, love and hate, religion, sexuality, relationships, and family dynamics which show young people bridging the gap between childhood and adulthood and losing innocence.” — CM Magazine

“ . . . a collection of short stories that is, quite simply, a terrific success” — Books in Canada

the 2007 Fiction and Children’s Saskatchewan Book Awards

Award-winning author R.P. MacIntyre provokes his YA following with another round of masterful story telling. The once brave turn weak, the blame-game leaves no winners, and you often learn the most important lessons in life from the least likely people.

ISBN 13: 978-1-895449-04-4 $9.95 CAD / Ages: 9-13

“Yuletide Blues is a must read.” — Marie Gibb, Calgary Herald

The Seasons are Horses

Paradise Café and Other Stories

The Women On the Bridge

Bernice Friesen

Martha Brooks

Mel Dagg

Short Fiction ISBN 13: 978-1-895449-40-2 $11.00 CAD / Ages: 13+

Short Fiction ISBN 13: 978-0-920633-57-1 $12.50 CAD / Ages: 9-13

Novel ISBN 13: 978-0-920633-99-1 $11.00 CAD / Ages: 13+

• Winner, 1996 Vicky Metcalfe Award for Short Fiction

• Winner, 1991 Vicky Metcalfe Short Story Award

Theresa Gowanlock was one of two white women to survive the killing of settlers at Frog Lake in 1885 by a dissident faction of Big Bear’s Plains Cree band. In the fall of 1884 she witnesses an incident involving Cree woman on a bridge. Months later she is taken hostage to the lodges of these same women, where she becomes and lives like them. This is her account of those events.

This collection explores the world of rural teens and their social concerns, and communicates what it is like to be an adolescent trying to fit in.

• Winner, 1991 Boston Globe Horn Book Choice Award

“Friesen writes with the confidence of someone who knows she has taken full advantage of hindsight.” — Quill & Quire

“A riveting collection . . . Brooks presents vivid, convincing portraits of teenagers.” — Kirkus Reviews

Fall 2010

• Finalist, 1989 Governor General’s Award for Children’s Literature

The Secret of the Northern Lights W.P. Kinsella Short Fiction ISBN 13: 978-1-895449-85-3 $12.95 CAD / Ages: 13+

Readers will be delighted by a slapstick First Nations tour of the follies of Canadian culture. “If W.P. Kinsella is not a genius, then I don’t know who is. Who else can make you laugh at a story about the bleaching of a buffalo and at the same time take your breath away with a description of the Alberta landscape.”— Canadian Book Review Annual “Highly Recommended.” — CM Magazine

Sandbag Shuffle Kevin Marc Fournier Novel ISBN 13: 1-978-897235-22-5 $12.95 CAD / Ages: 9-13

• Shortlisted for the 2008 McNally Robinson Book Award for Best Book for Young Readers (older category), Manitoba Book Awards

“This almost-picaresque adventure is genuinely hilarious in tone and its observations of people and their foibles are right on the money.” — Resource Links


JUVENILE BACKLIST Marty Chan Mystery Series

The Mystery of the Frozen Brains

The Mystery of the Graffiti Ghoul

Marty Chan

Marty Chan

Novel ISBN 13: 978-1-894345-71-2 $10.95 CAD / Ages: 8-12

Novel ISBN 13: 978-1-897235-00-3 $10.95 CAD / Ages: 8-12

• Winner, 2005 City of Edmonton Book Prize

• Winner of the 2008 Saskatchewan Young Readers Choice Diamond Willow Award

Marty, a young Chinese boy, feels like an alien in French Canadian, rural Alberta. Immersed in a community under a myriad of ethnic influences, Marty finds a friend to join him on an alien invasion romp that is as entertaining as it is unique. “Highly Recommended” by CM Magazine

• Nominated for the 2007 Golden Eagle Children’s Book Award, the 2007 Arthur Ellis Crime Writers of Canada Award in the Best Juvenile category, and the 2008 R. Ross Annett Alberta Literary Award for Children’s Literature

The Mystery of the Mad Science Teacher Marty Chan Novel ISBN-13: 978-1-897235-38-6 $10.95 CAD / Ages 8-12

Marty and his best friend Remi are on the trail of the school kleptomaniac, but their investigation leaves them surprised and perplexed. Who would think that life as a young sleuth could suddenly get so complicated when girls get involved?

Chan sensitively portrays both the real and perceived fears of “the outsider” with humour.

The Freyan Trilogy

Wind Shifter

Sea Change

The Turning Time

Linda Smith

Linda Smith

Linda Smith

Novel ISBN 13: 978-1-895449-42-6 $9.95 CAD / Ages: 8-12

Novel ISBN 13: 978-1-895449-86-0 $9.95 CAD / Ages: 8-12

Novel ISBN 13: 978-1-894345-26-2 $9.95 CAD / Ages: 8-12

Because complications arise from blind acceptance of history, this novel will keep students questioning the world around them. Kerstin Speller, the sixteen-year-old protagonist in Wind Shifter, is faced with growing up while confronting universal dilemmas.

In this second novel of the series, Kerstin and her precocious gift for spellcraft travel to the Misty Isles. Her adventures teach her lessons of acceptance, healing, and friendship.

• Finalist, 2004 Alberta Golden Eagle Award

“Wind Shifter is a powerful novel that will give young readers plenty to think about.” — Quill & Quire

“Traditional in its manipulation of wizards and spells, post-modern in its theme: the tendency of humans to demonize differences, Sea Change will stand up on its own as a good read for ages 13 and up.” — Saskatoon StarPhoenix

Young Readers Choice Award

• Canadian Children’s Book Centre Our Choice selection

In the third novel of the series Kerstin must defend her homeland and fight against prejudice. “The Turning Time [is] a novel that is suitable both as an enjoyable read and as a starting point for a discussion about cultures and beliefs.” — CM Magazine

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JUVENILE BACKLIST The Mayer Mystery Series

The Mystery of the Turtle Lake Monster

The Mystery of the Missing Will

Suspicion Island

Jeni Mayer

Jeni Mayer

Jeni Mayer

Novel ISBN 13: 978-0-920633-68-7 $6.95 CAD / Ages: 8-12

Novel ISBN 13: 978-0-920633-90-8 $6.95 CAD / Ages: 8-12

Novel ISBN 13: 978-1-895449-00-6 $6.95 CAD / Ages: 8-12

• Winner, Manitoba Young Readers’ Choice Award

• Finalist, 1994 Crime Writers of Canada Arthur Ellis Award

Two young girls explore an abandoned mansion and come out with more than they bargained for.

This suspenseful and action-packed mystery novel will keep students spellbound.

“Events follow each other quickly in this fastpaced tale. Jeni Mayer blends the eerie atmosphere of ghostly happenings with real-life events very effectively.” — CM Magazine

“Mayer’s most recent novel is yet another example of this prairie author’s spell-binding story-telling abilities. Her descriptive writing is rich in images and cinematic movement.” — CM Magazine

Could there be a Loch Ness-like monster living in Turtle Lake Saskatchewan, or is it all a hoax? Join Justin and his friends in their investigation of the unknown. “An action-oriented adventure story, it will appeal to many young readers . . . ” — CM Magazine

The Adventures of Caraway Kim... Right Wing Don Truckey Novel ISBN 13: 978-1-895449-43-0 $10.95 CAD / Ages: 9-13

Caraway Kim’s quest is to become the top goal scorer on his hockey team. Kim is truly a student of the game and not the rough and tumble kind of hockey player that dominates the ice. When the curved stick becomes the latest innovation in hockey, Kim adopts “the secret weapon” revolutionizing the game. The on-ice and office action of boys is everything we have come to expect from a Truckey novel.

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The Adventures of Caraway Kim... Southpaw Don Truckey Novel ISBN 13: 978-1-894345-90-3 $10.95 CAD / Ages: 8-12

• Shortlist, 2007 Alberta Children’s Choice Award, Rocky Mountain Book Award

Students will be engaged in the action as Kim tries to clear his name after the destruction of a historical haunted house. “The novel recalls a time when youth meant freedom, and every summer day could be an action-adventure.” — Fred Stenson

Shimmerdogs Dianne Linden Novel ISBN 13: 978-1-897235-37-9 $14.95 CAD / Ages: 8-12

• Finalist for the 2008 Governor General’s Award for Children’s Literature, Shortlisted for R. Ross Annett Award for Children’s Literature, 2010 Alberta Literary Awards

Young Mike is worried about his soldiering mother’s safety while she is in Bosnia, until he stumbles upon a book in the library that helps him make sense of his troubles.

Something to Hang On To Beverley Brenna Short Fiction ISBN 13: 1-978-897235-57-7 $12.95 CAD / Ages: 13+

These stories depict teens who desire to be seen for their abilities and interests, not judged by the characteristics of their disabilities or unfortunate situations. In these positions, teens find ways to overcome their obstacles by capturing lasting resolutions from within. By using effective problem solving to locate security during unfavourable situations, these characters become encouraging examples for all teens.

Breathing Soccer Debbie Spring Novel ISBN 13: 1-978-897235-42-3 $10.95 CAD / Ages: 9-13

• Shortlisted for the 2010 Manitoba Young Reader’s Choice Award

Lisa is forbidden to play soccer because of her asthma and the aggressive demands that the sport places on her breathing could be lethal, but finds the inner strenth to rise above her own obstacles.


JUVENILE BACKLIST

I, The Spy

The Youngest Spy

Riding Planet Earth

The Tomorrow Tunnel

True Story

Allison Maher

Barry McDivitt

Shelley A. Leedahl

Kristin Butcher

Marty Chan

Novel ISBN 13: 978-1-897235-04-1 $13.95 CAD / Ages: 8-12

Novel ISBN 13: 978-1-897235-17-1 $12.95 CAD / Ages: 8-12

Novel ISBN 13: 978-1-897235-18-8 $9.95 CAD / Ages: 8-12

Novel ISBN 13: 978-1-895449-90-7 $14.95 CAD / Ages: 8-12

Illustrated by Lorna Bennett

• Shortlisted for the 2008-09 Red Cedar Awards

Fifteen-year-old Andrew has cool parents: his mother’s job is to discover and test electronic surveillance gear and covert law enforcement equipment; while his father is an environmental biologist and cook. Then the new guy, Brian Fiske shows up with a very dark secret.

The Youngest Spy follows the exploits of a fourteenyear-old Canadian boy, caught up in the drama of the American Civil War. “McDivitt seamlessly sprinkles digestible nuggets of background information throughout . . . He delivers that winning one-two punch of education and entertainment.” — Vancouver Sun “ . . . a deftly composed historical thriller, a great read all the way through. — The Midwest Book Review

• Canadian Children’s Book Centre “Our Choice” selection

Riding Planet Earth is a novel for anyone who might be interested in a fast-paced story about a bizarre family, Truth or Dare, the Beatles, a bully, flying bras and much more. “ . . . strong characters that pre-teens will easily relate to . . . the dialogue is exactly right . . . ” — NeWest Review

This suspenseful, and adventuresome novel will keep students turning pages. After finding a most interesting book, Ashleigh invites readers on a journey through interpretive dreams. “The plot is well constructed and well paced; the dialogue is natural and appropriate. Friendship, family relationships, personal responsibility, decisionmaking, addiction — all feature in Ashleigh’s experience.” — CM Magazine

Childrens’ Picture Book ISBN 13: 978-0-9810449-0-3 $9.95 / 32 pages / 8” x 8”

True Story is about the boy who cried wolf, or in this case, cat. A sneaky kid blames his two tuxedo cats for causing the mess in his bedroom and disaster in the kitchen. When his kitties create a “cat-caphony” of noise at night, the boy claims he’s innocent, but his pleas fall on deaf ears. His dad doesn’t believe him no matter how loudly he cries, “True Story.” Published by Ink Jockey Inc.

The King Of Arugula

Josh & The Magic Vial

Grace & The Ice Prince

The Serpent Bride

Third Times the Charm

Christopher Millin

Craig Spence

J.L. Scharf

Krista V. Johansen

Robert Howell

Novel ISBN 13: 978-1-897235-21-8 $12.95 CAD / Ages: 8-12

Novel ISBN 1-897235-10-0 $17.95 CAD / Ages: 8-12

Novel ISBN 13: 978-1-897235-09-6 $16.95 CAD / Ages: 8-12

Short Fiction ISBN 13: 978-1-895449-82-2 $11.95 CAD / Ages: 8-12

Novel ISBN 13: 978-1-897235-20-1 $12.95 CAD / Ages: 8-12

Christopher Millin’s adventure abounds with creepy fun and features a memorable cast of players including a vicious hyper monkey, plagues of locust, a museum of human legs, and a tomato-growing, one-eyed giant with a deliciously evil plan. The boys must outwit and defeat the evil intentions of the villainous leg collector William Ernest Fang, who though evil, really has his own sad story to tell.

• Shortlisted for the 2007 Sheila A. Egoff Children’s Literature BC Book Prize and the 2007-08 BC Librarians Chocolate Lily Award

Grace and the Ice Prince is a modern day fairy tale complete with far-away places, magic mirrors, mythical creatures, and granted wishes. Inspired by the Montreal ice storm of 1998, the novel’s setting is an imaginative winter landscape punctuated with charming Medieval royalty and exhilarating icy adventures.

Johansen transforms Medieval Danish ballads into fascinating narratives relating Scandinavian culture. This collection pulls its themes from a world of knights, trolls, and dragons, transports them into the classroom, and makes them contemporary.

“If you’re thinking Canadian Harry Potter (times three!) you are right on the money. This being said, I think this book is very well written, fast paced and interesting. It also is less complicated and less dark than that other wizard story so concerned parents of the younger set might find this book a viable alternative.” — Resource Links

Transporting readers from contemporary British Columbia to Victorian England and the evil empire of Syde, this adventure-fantasy pits young Josh Dempster against the diabolical sorcerer Vortigen.

“A most appealing collection, recommended for older readers from middle school and up. Highly recommended.” — CM Magazine

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FICTION BACKLIST

The Biggest Animals

The Beautiful Children

A Stone In My Pocket

A Run On Hose

The Infidel

Japanese Baseball

Michael Kenyon

Michael Kenyon

Matthew Manera

Rona Altrows

Pierre Piccard

W.P. Kinsella

Novel ISBN 13: 978-1-897235-02-7 $19.95 CAD

Novel ISBN 13: 978-1-897235-47-8 $18.95 CAD

Novel ISBN 13: 978-1-897235-03-4 $19.95 CAD

Novel ISBN 13: 978-1-894345-98-9 $18.95 CAD

Novel ISBN 13: 978-1-894345-88-0 $17.95 CAD

Short Fiction ISBN 13: 978-1-894345-18-7 $15.50 CAD

The Biggest Animals tells the story of Rosa Pryznyk, a Great War survivor and immigrant. It also tells the story of Sam Gentles, who writes the novel of Rosa’s life, his wife Mary, and Herb Thedal, the director of the film version of Sam’s novel.

A man wakes up in a hospital with one word in his head: Sapporo. He dimly recalls this as the place where he was raised, and it becomes his name and identity. Like an immigrant without language or memory, he relies on his young son as guide and interpreter, but soon drifts away into what some might see as madness.

Instantly lucid, unpredictable, and engaging, A Stone In My Pocket depicts the catalysts that change the life path of young Gretchen Williamson, whose predictable Ontario rural life during the booming 1850s is changed by pandemonium of the coming of the Great Western Railway and the establishment of the stone hooking schooner trade at the mouth of the Credit River.

These short stories go to the core of what it is to be human — to cherish a departed mate beyond reason, to love a child to distraction, to keep the faith with a friend no matter what, to laugh in the face of self-doubt.

Set in contemporary Turkey and told through a series of tape recordings and commentary, the eloquent narrative of Jesus the Infidel becomes the eyewitness account of the formative events that occurred in Turkish Kurdistan in the first quarter of the twentieth century. What is revealed is as much enigma as it is story for the journalist, Tarik, who records and researches Jesus the Infidel’s account.

Kinsella weaves his characters into the thrill of the game, be it in Japan, Canada, Central America, the US, with a variety of comic, tragic, and mystical results. This collection captures Kinsella’s dazzling wit, compelling insight, and obsession with baseball.

“Not only does Kenyon forge imaginative narrative paths, but also he has a compelling gift for language . . . ” — The Malahat Review

Charlie Muskrat

Back Track

Billy Tinker

Harold Johnson

Harold Johnson

Harold Johnson

Novel ISBN 13: 978-1-8947235-44-7 $18.95 CAD

Novel ISBN 13: 978-1-894345-85-9 $16.95 CAD

Novella ISBN 13: 978-1-894345-33-0 $9.95 CAD

• Nominated for the 2008 Saskatchewan Book Awards for Fiction, and First People’s Publishing

• Nominated for the 2006 McNally Robinson Aboriginal Book Awards for Book of the Year and Fiction

A gritty tale, Billy Tinker offers a rare combination of realism and magic that draws out many of the contradictions and tests faced by Native Canadians and the working class.

“Johnson’s Charlie Muskrat is clever, literate, and packed with allusion.” — Saskatoon StarPhoenix “ . . . an appetizing and humorous read, coupled with a profoundly reflective and moving commentary on the duality of indigenous experience in Canada.” — Winnipeg Free Press

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“[Rona Altrows’] straighttalking narrators join a lineage of working-class female protagonists that stretches back at least to Margaret Lawrences’ Stacey in The Fire Dwellers.” — subTerrain

Fall 2010

Against a backdrop of traditional Cree mythology, Johnson’s novel creates a tangled murder chronicle and harrowing tale of four Cree brothers, bound to each other through family and tradition, separated from each other by their chosen life paths.

Orchestra Of The Lost Steps Shelley A. Leedahl Short Fiction ISBN 13: 978-1-894345-67-5 $18.95 CAD

The thirteen stories in Orchestra of the Lost Steps are traditional stories that burst with stunning emotional moments; stories that avoid ornament and excessive description or dialogue in order to allow readers a real connection to her characters’ lives. “The writing is skilful; her grasp of narrative is clever and nuanced and her characters are interesting.”— Front & Centre

“Thoughtful, charmed stories about the everyday magic of desire.” — Globe & Mail

Coyote Brian Brett Novel ISBN 13: 978-1-894345-53-8 $21.95 CAD

There was a man who called himself Coyote. He blew up bridges to clearcut logging sites. He liberated zoos, and torched shopping malls in the night. Then he died, twenty years ago, in a botched factory sabotage. Or did he? “Coyote is at once leisurely paced and thrilling. thought-provoking and humorous, characterfocussed and intellectually challenging.”— Quill & Quire


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Compensation

Tuckahoe Slidebottle

Anything Boys Can Do

The Reddening Path

All In Together Girls

The Serpent’s Veil

Devin Krukoff

Neil McKinnon

Angie Abdou

Amanda Hale

Kate Sutherland

Maggi Feehan

Novel ISBN 13: 978-1-897235-19-5 $18.95 CAD

Short Fiction ISBN 13: 978-1-894345-07-2 $18.95 CAD

Short Fiction ISBN 13: 978-1-897235-12-6 $18.95 CAD

Novel ISBN 13: 978-1-897235-26-3 $18.95 CAD

Short Fiction ISBN 13: 978-1-897234-24-9 $12.95 CAD

Novel ISBN 13: 978-1-897235-56-0 $18.95 CAD

Anything Boys Can Do is a collection of short stories that casts contemporary women in an honest light.

Audio Book ISBN 10: 1-897235-55-0 ISBN 13: 978-1-897235-55-3 7 CDs Unabridged $29.95 CAD

From his deathbed, the protagonist, Richard Parks, details a life spent avoiding work. Compensation is lyrical and grimly humorous.“Krukoff ’s lovely imagery (‘ . . . the clouds, lit from above, like blinding fields of ice’) is startling . . . ” —Jeff Musgrave, Q &Q

• Nominated for the 2007 Stephen Leacock Medal of Honour, and the 2007 Howard O’Hagen Alberta Literary Award for Short Fiction.

Where The Rocks Say Your Name

The Atheist’s Bible

Water

Boundary Country

A Heart In Port

Shalom Camenietzki

H.E. Taylor

Tom Wayman

Emily Givner

Short Fiction ISBN 13: 978-1-897235-16-4 $21.95 CAD

Novel ISBN 13: 978-1-897235-23-2 $17.95 CAD

Short Fiction ISBN 13: 978-1-897235-25-6 $18.95 CAD

Short Fiction ISBN 13: 978-1-897235-32-4 $16.95 CAD

This debut collection reads like a psychological analysis immersed in the tradition of literary realism. By muting climaxes and exploring the depths of character, these short stories turn darkened corners into the motivation for both human action and inaction.

Water is a solidly researched novel inspired by the mathematical extrapolation of the length of time a technological civilization can exist. From such thinking, Taylor creates a world of the future based on society’s current environmental indifference.

• Shortlisted for the Danuta Gleed Literary Award

“. . . more than anything else, these stories are surprisingly funny — not mysterious, but simply good writing.” — prairie fire

Brenda Hasiuk Novel ISBN 13: 978-1-897235-11-9 $19.95 CAD

• Nominated for the 2007 McNally Robinson Book of the Year Award; Eileen MacTavish Sykes Award; Margaret Laurence Award for Fiction

United by their love for each other and the geography of northern Canada, the lives of four young people are ripped apart by the history of their disparate cultures and backgrounds.

Tuckahoe Slidebottle enters the lives of lovers and loners, preachers and teachers, heroes and ne’er-do-wells. Set in rural Alberta, McKinnon’s stories vibrate with the rituals of small town life.

“Their frank and rather jaundiced views of malefemale relationships, be they father and daughter, husband and wife or lover and object, are tempered with the upbeat optimism of the survivor.”— Margaret Tessman, ARTiculate Magazine

“The Reddening Path is cleverly structured, with a style that fluctuates between dreamlike poetic imagery and a traditional quest-for-identity narrative . . . ”— Q & Q

“Descriptive prose that puts in mind the rhythms and precision of Cormac McCarthy . . . Wayman gives us nature in the eyes of a man who knows it like his own skin.” — Globe & Mail

“Well-paced prose, controlled language, skillful rhetorical devices, dexterous character development, realistic dialogue, exploration of the prosaic as well as the fantastic in daily living . . . ” — CM Magazine

“It is clear from this collection that a gifted, distinctive literary voice was lost when Emily Givner died.” — Canadian Literature

Spanning three continents and ten years at the close of the 19th century, The Serpent’s Veil is a geographically and thematically expansive fictional novel that follows the personal journeys of Constance Stubbington and Ank Maguire, who grapple with what haunts them: agonizing memories, the death of family members, and the intuitive gifts that shape them.

The Well and Other Stories Nick Faragher Short Fiction ISBN 13: 978-1-897235-48-5 $16.95 CAD

Nick Faragher’s debut collection of short fiction deftly combines sharpwitted voyeurism, psychological twists, and an assembly of maladjusted characters whose dark desires govern their fates.

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Country Music Country

Comfort Me With Apples

Bruce Hunter

Sara O’Leary

Short Fiction ISBN 13: 978-1-895449-58-7 $11.95 CAD

Short Fiction ISBN 13: 978-1-895449-81-5 $14.95 CAD

“There is beautifully crafted writing here, the characters compelling, the dialogue luminous, the descriptions vivid and exact. In the tradition of Raymond Carver and Richard Ford, Bruce Hunter is a beguiling realist, making even the most ordinary moments exceptional.” — Barry Dempster

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Ten short stories combine with a novella to evoke and explore life after the “nuclear family”. The characters in these stories display a kind of muddled bravery as they reflect without judgement on the failures of their parents’ generation and face the task of creating rules from scratch.

Silence Invites the Dead

Waiting For the Piano Tuner To Die

Scott Gregory Miller

Harriet Richards

Mystery Novel ISBN 13: 978-1-894345-87-3 $10.95 CAD

Short Fiction ISBN 13: 978-1-894345-50-7 $14.95 CAD

Silence Invites the Dead opens during the storm of the Rwandan genocide. Seven years later, Canadian journalist, Myles Sterling, accepts an invitation to join a former Rwandan colleague in Candle Lake, Saskatchewan. To his horror, Sterling arrives to find police dragging his friend’s corpse from the icy lake waters.

Poignant, and ironically funny, the stories in this solid collection resound with the impulse for freedom and the personal and social taboos that limit it.

Fall 2010

“A piano tuner adjusts the instrument’s strings to ensure it sounds harmonious. The same might be said of Richards’s talent for creating organically unified short fictions of the first order.” — Globe and Mail

Jackrabbit Street

Tanganyika

A Traveller Came By

Carnival Glass

Joe Welsh

Brian Brett

Seán Virgo

Bonnie Dunlop

Short Fiction ISBN 13: 978-1-894345-57-6 $9.95 CAD

Short Fiction ISBN 13: 978-0-920633-81-6 $13.00 CAD

Short Fiction ISBN 13: 978-1-894345-19-4 $15.95 CAD

Short Fiction ISBN 13: 978-0-920633-46-1 $16.95 CAD

Enriched throughout with a relentless stream-ofconsciousness, the writer merges vignette, poem, and dramatic monologue in an authentic language. Jackrabbit Street is a “oneof-a-kind” insight into a complex culture, one that transforms apathy into empathy and mischance into laughter.

In these stories memory, dream and desire play tricks with reality and the hard politics of human relations. From sardonic to near-pornographic the cast of characters includes sci-fi hit men, landscape gardeners, racist bureaucrats, witches, suburban campers and changelings.

This is a collection of eleven stories unified by the theme of dying and death. These stories explode the great taboo of human existence. They are eloquent in language and narrative, and wideranging in tone and cultural perspective.

The Lavender Child

What’s Come Over Her

Post

The Old Familiar

Harriet Richards

Helen Mourre

Arley McNeney

Alix Hawley

Novel ISBN 13: 978-1-895449-72-3 $10.95 CAD

Short Fiction ISBN 13: 978-1-894345-61-3 $14.95 CAD

Novel ISBN 13: 978-1-897235-28-7 $19.95 CAD

Short Fiction ISBN 13: 978-1-897235-49-2 $17.95 CAD

Mourre’s short stories are marked with the wry awareness of authentic prairie people — their bluntness, honesty and dishevelled truths.

• Nominated for the 2008 Commonwealth Writers Prize for First Book, Canada and Caribbean Region

Dark and sharp, tightly written, this collection will surprise even readers familiar with the crusty undersides of middle-class lives, and the bizarre obsessions that harbour there.

• Winner of the 1998 Saskatchewan Book Award for First Book

Baby Dion is brain damaged at birth, yet he is a sweet and powerful influence on his family. Under his spell, the reader travels through the minds of three generations who define family in a wholly original and exciting way. “The Lavender Child reminds me of the best of Anne Tyler and Barbara Kingsolver . . .” — Sandra Birdsell

“Only a very few writers capture their settings as precisely . . .” — Saskatoon StarPhoenix

“ . . . there’s not a depressing story in the bunch. The warm and unassuming quality of Virgo’s voice is partly responsible.” — Toronto Star

Nolan Taylor is a thirteen-year veteran of the Canadian women’s wheelchair basketball team. Her position as “Big Girl” on the team belies her fragility when her decision to retire and undergo a long overdue hip replacement throws her into a post-retirement identity crisis.

• Nominated for the 2008 Saskatchewan Book Award for Fiction

An examination of the infirmity of human relationships and how strange providence can send a sane and settled person entirely off the rails. These stories honour how we love and take care of each other, and how, inevitably, we fail each other too.

Hawley’s use of controlled tension and psychological scrutiny is at times as diabolically funny as it is emotionally arresting, and her exposure of ego and psoturing in social networks will have immediate appeal for both a mainstream and literary audience.


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The Beauty Box

City Of Rains

Ariadne’s Dream

Blind Man’s Drum

Bonnie Dunlop

Nirmal Dass

Tess Fragoulis

Tom Bentley

Short Fiction ISBN 13: 978-1-894345-70-5 $17.95 CAD

Novel ISBN 13: 978-1-894345-62-0 $17.95 CAD

Novel ISBN 13: 978-1-894345-30-9 $18.95 CAD

Short Fiction ISBN 13: 978-1-894345-41-5 $14.95 CAD

• Winner 2004 Saskatchewan Book Award for First Book

The stories in The Beauty Box are traditional in the way they offer familiar settings, events, and characters, or the way Dunlop’s quiet voice directs our attention. Her appreciation for minutiae whether it be the meticulous attention to dress expressed by a gay bachelor, or the ritual motions of snakes in a well house create indelible moments.

With elegance, and effortless dignity, Nirmal Dass has navigated the complexities of the ex-patriot Indian in a novel that takes readers beyond the immigrant experience. City of Rains is an atmospheric pageturner, a quiet perspective on Indian and Western history and on the bridges that love can make between them. “ . . . rich with incident and an eccentric cast . . . ” — Quill & Quire

• Longlisted for the 2003 International Dublin IMPAC Award

Leaving her Montreal family and friends, Ariadne Hatzidakis returns to the land of her forebears — and a trap prepared for her by the old Greek gods. The stages of Hell that we follow Ariadne through — the nightlife of Athens, the seasonal depravities of the love island, Nysas — are colourful, sexy, obsessive, and detailed with mordant wit.

Let’s Not Let A Little Thing Like the End of the World Come Between Us James Marshall

Blind Man’s Drum is a collection of stories — at times irreverent and comical, at times serious — all set in Biggar, Saskatchewan, during the early 1950s. Tom Bentley captures a time and place in the grand tradition of W.O. Mitchell’s Who Has Seen the Wind.

Short Fiction ISBN 13: 978-1-894345-74-3 $18.95 CAD

• Shortlisted for the 2005 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for First Book

“James Marshall’s book of short stories is sharp and edgy, like the broken glass that peppers its pages”— Quill & Quire “James Marshall’s debut collection is some of the best short fiction I’ve read in a long time.” — subTerrain

Four Wheel Drift

Monet’s Garden

The Face In the Garden

So It Won’t Go Away

Mel Dagg

John Lent

John Lent

John Lent

Short Fiction ISBN 13: 978-1-894345-52-1 $17.95 CAD

Short Fiction ISBN 13: 978-1-895449-56-3 $11.95 CAD

Short Fiction/Poetry ISBN 13: 978-0-920633-75-5 $14.00 CAD

Novel ISBN 13: 978-1-894345-86-6 $16.95 CAD

This collection combines the best from Mel Dagg’s previous work with new stories that affirm his reputation as a writer of empathy, historical perspective, and social realism.

This sequence of stories follows the members of a fond but dysfunctional family from childhood into marriage, and from the interior of British Columbia to the heartland of French culture. Lent explores with wry and eloquent sensitivity, the private routes individuals and couples choose to follow, where the demons and angels of their pasts are often the same.

The Face In the Garden traces the struggle of a young man to gain some perspective on his family, his times, and himself. The prose and poetry build a multi-faceted portrait as they seize on different moments in this struggle.

“Dagg balances wry social satire with the deeper sense of how the smallest random occurrences and impulses can radically change the direction of our lives . . . ” — Vancouver Sun

• Nominated for the 2006 Ethel Wilson BC Book Prize for Fiction

Stylistically, John Lent advances his own investigation of subjectivity and cognition in the writing process. In a more lyrical and profound structural openness, his fiction draws readers into an examination of how various family narrators translate the same catalysts in their lives. “ . . . a complex and utterly winning tale.” — Globe & Mail

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Nights In the Yungas

The Streets Of Winter

A Grave in the Air

Stephen Henighan

Stephen Henighan

Stephen Henighan

Short Fiction ISBN 13: 978-0-920633-97-7 $14.00 CAD

Novel ISBN 13: 978-1-894345-76-7 $19.95 CAD

Short Fiction ISBN 13: 978-1-897235-29-4 $18.95 CAD

“These stories are refreshingly political, especially when they reflect the ideological contradictions of North American do-gooders in Nicaragua.” — Montreal Gazette

Scrupulously plotted, rich in cultural detail and alive with Montreal’s many voices and accents, The Streets of Winter is an absorbing novel about life in modern urban Canada. “Henighan is a writer who respects his material and offers us close and convincing observation.” — Books in Canada

Charles Noble Short Fiction ISBN 13: 978-1-894345-29-3 $15.95 CAD

. . . the work of a writer who looks hard at the complexities and rebarbative elements of the multicultural, globalized world we live in. — Canadian Literature

Noble’s exploration of the literary and topographical culture of Banff, past and present, yields a narrative filled with wit, style and playful exuberance. Peopled with a cast of characters taken from real life and transformed by Noble’s capacious imagination, Hearth Wild combines personal and social history with a unique, compelling fictive style.

Under Her Skin Donna Caruso Short Fiction ISBN 13: 978-1-895449-96-9 $8.50 CAD

These stories bristle with pathos beneath their apparently mundane veneers and are deadly accurate in anointing recognition to adult innocent yearnings.

Skating the Edge

Island

Translating Women

Svoboda

Mostly Happy

Calvin Daniels

Alistair MacLeod

Bill Stenson

Bill Stenson

Pam Bustin

Short Fiction ISBN 13: 978-1-894345-35-4 $9.95 CAD

Short Fiction ISBN 13: 978-0-920633-66-3 $200.00 CAD

Short Fiction ISBN 13: 978-1-894345-77-4 $18.95 CAD

Novel ISBN 13: 978-1-897235-30-0 $18.95 CAD

Novel ISBN 13: 978-1-897235-39-3 $18.95 CAD

The stories in Skating the Edge range from the youthful desires that hockey generates, through to the difficult realities and bitter disillusionments dedication to the game can bring.

A rare, limited edition of 150 copies by one of Canada’s foremost writers, numbered and signed by the author.

Bill Stenson’s debut collection introduces sharply rendered characters who are rarely predictable, and he places them in situations that are as unexpected as the fates which control them.

“[This is a novel with a human touch that explores the vast gulf of misunderstanding that many Canadians have about the Doukhobors. It is both illuminating and entertaining.” — Andrew Armatage, Owen Sound Times

• Nominated for the 2008 Saskatchewan Book Awards for Fiction, First Book, and City of Saskatoon

“Stenson’s novel is an important work, a moving piece of fiction that not only casts light on a largely forgotten aspect of our history but also brings into focus our actions and attitudes today.” — Robert Wiersema, Vancouver Sun

“Mostly Happy is a coming-ofage story akin to Tobias Wolff ’s memoir, This Boy’s Life, and Janet Fitch’s White Oleander. Yet Bean E. Falwell is a unique character whose survival will give hope to readers in comparable situations.” — CM Magazine

“Skating the Edge is a wonderful collection of short fiction that blends the sport of hockey with spirituality, magic, and in some cases, harsh reality.” — Yorkton This Week

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The eight stories . . . deftly capture the isolation and disconnectedness of the outsider through expatriate status, class divisions, and ideology. — Quill & Quire

Hearth Wild: post cardiac banff

Fall 2010

“Bill Stenson’s stories fly easily as kites in a blue sky in the best wind. However high they soar — often high indeed — they are as down-to-earth as honey and jam. A fine and fascinating collection.”— Leon Rooke

• Nominated for the 2010 Forest of Reading White Pine Award


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The Eye in the Thicket Ed. Seán Virgo Essays ISBN 13: 978-1-894345-31-6 $15.95 CAD

• Finalist, 2002 Saskatchewan Book Award for Publishing in Education

Interwoven Wild: An Ecologist Loose in the Garden Don Gayton Essays ISBN 13: 978-1-897235-35-5 $15.95 CAD

• Nominated for the 2008 Hubert Evans BC Book Prize for Non-Fiction

Phantom Limb

Mortal Distractions

Theresa Kishkan

Pauline Holdstock

Essays ISBN 13: 978-1-897235-31-7 $15.95 CAD

Essays ISBN 13: 978-1-894345-66-8 $19.95 CAD

• Nominated for the 2008 Hubert Evans BC Book Prize for Non-Fiction

“ . . . non-fiction proves itself capable of handling the demands of the poet, novelist, journalist and scientist. Metaphor, music, character and plot are all masterfully wielded.” — Books in Canada

Engaging the reader with real — and occasionally hilarious — gardening experiences, Gayton marries the joys of a gardening season to the fascinations of ecology. In charming and lyrical prose, he explores the inter-reliance of species, soil fertility and weed invasions, and speculates on gardeners themselves — their motivations, their tools, their artistic sensibilities. Interweaving the work of painters, writers, and landscape architects, Gayton marks gardening and landscaping as primordial human urge.

“Theresa Kishkan’s essays are a highly entertaining blend of intimate selfanalysis and attentive engagement with the contemporary world.” — Tim Bowling

Rock ‘n Rail: Ghost Trains and Spitting Slag

Never Stand Behind A Loaded Horse

You’re In Canada Now

Mansel Robinson

Gordon Kirkland

Drama ISBN 13: 978-1-894345-40-8 $14.95 CAD

Humour ISBN 13: 978-1-894345-72-9 $18.95 CAD

A rare combination and tour de force, Mansel Robinson’s Rock ’n Rail: Spitting Slag and Ghost Trains is a double-whammy of poetry and theatre. The plays are in the voices of the workingman: to the tradition of Billy Bishop Goes to War, add poetry, politics and pathos. Received to acclaim on the Canadian Fringe tour and now translated and performed in French.

“Spoof is stronger than fiction” says For Better of For Worse humorist Lynn Johnston, and Leacock merit medallist Gordon Kirkland drives the point home with funny-bone accuracy. “[Kirkland’s] writing is an affirmation that we’re all in the same boat — it just leaks in different places . . . ” — Lynn Johnston

“Phantom Limb is a wonderful collection of honest essays that convey not only sense of place, but also sense of worth and compassion. [It] belongs on the favored bookshelf yet deserves to be passed to an old friend, who will thank you for years.” — Simmons B. Buntin, terraine.org

Susan Musgrave Essays ISBN 13: 978-1-894345-95-8 $18.95 CAD

This collection is a generous diagnosis of the often offbeat worlds of family, writing, travel, sex and death as interpreted through the real-life adventures of Susan Musgrave. Equally at home recounting the lore of her outlaw husband, Stephen Reid, or interpreting the arcane rituals of her teenage girls, Musgrave brings to her literary essays that same invigorating freshness for which she has become known.

Holdstock’s essays are practicewhat-you-preach models of how writers approach and perform the act of writing. She offers the reader a typical range of subjects: travel, art, relationships, writing and nature, but imbues them all with the writer’s perception of how the ordinary gets transformed into the extraordinary.

Journey Without A Map: Growing Up Italian Donna Caruso Memoir ISBN 13: 978-1-897235-36-2 $19.95 CAD

• Nominated for the 2008 Saskatchewan Book Award for Nonfiction

“Journey Without a Map is a must for anyone who wants to understand the Italian people.” — Midwest Book Review

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Saskatoon: The Powers Interviews

Take Me Out Of the Ball Game

The ABCs of Farming

The ABCs of Retirement

Ned Powers

Joe Campbell

Terry Chamberlain

Terry Chamberlain

Interview/Commentary ISBN 13: 978-1-894345-99-6 $12.95 CAD

Essays ISBN 13: 978-1-894345-82-8 $15.95 CAD

Humour ISBN 13: 978-1-895449-94-5 $9.95 CAD

Humour ISBN 13: 978-1-894345-43-9 $10.95 CAD

This is a pertinent collection of essays on Saskatoon’s recent movers and shapers. Written from interviews conducted over the last ten years, Ned Powers’ essays engage prominent Saskatoon citizens in their reflections on Saskatoon’s culture and history. This book is a lasting contribution to Saskatoon’s 2006 Centenary as it recognizes the contributions of its citizens.

• Winner of a 2006 Stephen Leacock Certificate of Merit for Humour

An easy to understand, sometimes irreverent, and always hilarious guide to the farming life.

From the acclaimed author of The ABCs of Farming: A Lighthearted Dictionary of Stubble-jumper Jargon comes a hilarious new guide to the various challenges, follies and pitfalls of retirement. Whether it is the vagaries of retirement income, athletic activities for seniors, or the problems of health care, Chamberlain transforms these experiences with an engaging awareness of life’s ironies.

Backwater Mystic Blues

The Crow Who Tampered With Time

Making A Difference: Reflections from Political Life

Lloyd Ratzlaff

Eric Cline

Emrys’ Dream: Greystone Theatre in Photographs and Words

Essays ISBN 13: 978-1-894345-43-9 $12.95 CAD

Memoir ISBN 13: 978-1-897235-45-4 $16.95 CAD

A visionary humility, and an original, engaging voice make these essays and recollections both accessible and wonder-filled. Lloyd Ratzlaff brings the prairie landscape to life through a capacious imagination charged with wonder and the gentle irony of an awareness tempered by time and love.

Saskatchewan’s longtime NDP politican, Eric Cline, delivers the political and personal in Making a Difference: Reflections from Political Life. This accessible, “down home” memoir positively depicts Saskatchewan political life by sketching his early experience as a nineteen-year-old “paper candidate” for the NDP, and the several years he spent as a legal advisor, before detailing his sixteen-year run as an elected official.

Lloyd Ratzlaff Essays ISBN 13: 978-1-897235-08-9 $15.95 CAD

• Nominated for the 2007 Saskatchewan Book Award for Non-Fiction

Backwater Mystic Blues is a suite of intimate essays and reflections that charts the evolution of a thinking man and his quest for a moral philosophy. The collection recognizes the once rural boy pursuing secular excitement as the same — now urban — man, searching for meaning in life and drawn to the remnants of nature scattered throughout the cityscape.

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Take Me Out of the Ball Game reworks articles previously published in Gilbert, Stitches, the Journal of Medical Humour, Western People, Western Report, Canadian Author, the Toronto Star, the Globe & Mail, the Ottawa Citizen, and the Calgary Herald.

Dwayne Brenna Photography/History ISBN 13: 978-1-897235-27-0 21.95 CAD 160 B&W photographs

This history chronicles the social, political and historical forces of this landmark theatre and, through its use of still photographs and retrospective essays and interviews, is an important addition to the cultural history of the University of Saskatchewan and the province.


POETRY NEW BRACKLIST ELEASE

More Than Three Feet Of Ice

A Haunting Sun

Pale Grace

Hymns To Phenomena

Brenda Schmidt

Brenda Schmidt

S. D. Johnson

S. D. Johnson

Poetry ISBN 13: 978-1-894345-89-7 $15.95 CAD

Poetry ISBN 13: 978-1-894345-34-7 $9.95 CAD

Poetry ISBN 13: 978-1-895449-50-1 $8.50 CAD

Poetry ISBN 13: 978-1-894345-15-6 $10.95 CAD

From the tundra to the prairies, Schmidt’s poetry reads like a naturalist’s tour of the Canadian north as it examines the impacts left by those who seek the wealth of the North’s resources.

In this collection of elegant, lyrical poems, Brenda Schmidt employs the fictional character of Flin Flon in J.E. Preston Muddock’s 1905 novel The Sunless City, and the beautiful environs of the town bearing his name.

These lyric poems reflect the interrelationships of body, mind and spirit and the resulting dynamics. They recreate personal mythologies from the archetypal cycles of human existence.

Hymns to Phenomena is beautifully shaped with a clairvoyant sense of language, and a panoptic understanding of the world.

Earth After Rain

The House Weighs Heavy

First Mountain

Phosphorus

Sheri Benning

Paulette Dubé

Paulette Dubé

Heidi Garnett

Poetry ISBN 13: 978-1-894345-36-1 $9.95 CAD

Poetry ISBN 13: 978-0-920633-95-3 $7.50 CAD

Poetry ISBN 13: 978-1-897235-33-1 $15.95 CAD

Poetry ISBN 13: 978-1-897235-13-3 $15.95 CAD

• Winner of the 2002 Saskatchewan

• Winner of the 1994 Milton Acorn

• Shortlisted for the 2008 Stephen

A literary Philosopher’s Stone, Heidi Garnett’s first book, Phosphorus, is an elemental collection of poems dealing with the wealth of the human soul. A journey arranged in five chronological sections, the reader first becomes an intimate party to her German family’s devastating experience of war, and their subsequent emigration to the Canadian prairies.

“Every once in a while a poet comes along whom you suddenly know you’ve been waiting for. Clear-eyed, original, imaginative. Brenda Schmidt is such a poet.” — Lorna Crozier

Book Awards for Poetry and First Book

“Sheri Benning brings Saskatchewan’s boreal forests, lakes and fauna alive, absorbing detail and meshing it with the sinews of bone, the half-light of moon, and the silent majesty of stone.” — Judith Krause

Memorial People’s Poetry Award.

“This is a book showing tremendous awareness of language and an acute interest in character and situation.” — Canadian Book Review Annual.

G. Stephansson Award for Poetry, Alberta Literary Awards

“These poems are wrought of sundogs and wolf willows, grace and the onslaught of family in words ‘sharp as wood smoke.’ Paulette Dube has achieved a miracle of spirituality and story-telling in this utterly original collection.” — Kim Echlin

“This is a poet who has thought deeply, written much, and revised more.” — Saskatoon StarPhoenix

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Blood & Bone, Ice & Stone

Leaving Holds Me Here

Glen Sorestad

Glen Sorestad

Poetry ISBN 13: 978-1-894345-97-2 $15.95 CAD

Poetry ISBN 13: 978-1-894345-32-3 $15.95 CAD

Glen Sorestad’s search for the unanswerable continues in the silent awe of bird flight, as much as it does in the clatter of supermarket aisles and airports — his poems always reaching for the dance of language and comfortable kinship with his readers.

Leaving Holds Me Here includes 137 of Glen Sorestad’s poems. Edited and selected by John Newlove, this timely selection of the best of Sorestad’s poetry illustrates the stages of his writing, his concerns, and his development as a wellknown Canadian poet.

Interference With the Hydrangea

Poems From A Broken Body

Man Reading “Woman Reading in Bath”

Ten Thousand Views Of Rain

Mary Lou Rowley

John Livingstone Clark

John Livingstone Clark

Terry Watada

Poetry ISBN 13: 78-1-894345-55-2 $12.95 CAD

Poetry ISBN 13: 978-1-894345-83-5 $15.95 CAD

Poetry ISBN 13: 978-1-897235-59-1 $15.95 CAD

Poetry ISBN 13: 978-1-894345-24-8 $10.95 CAD

The title of Mary-Lou Rowley’s third poetry collection serves notice to the reader that the poetry will be imbued with the retribution of tampering with nature. The collection evolves the way “a scream at night mingles with the barking of a dog”, the way a plant silently follows the sun.

Clark’s poems are engraved with heightened intellect and characterized by perceptions of pain, at times underscoring the sensitivity of genius and, in counterpoint, the ignorance of the insensitive world.

John Livingstone Clark creates a series of poetic meditations as responses to the work of Anne Szumigalski: specifically the poem entitled “Woman Reading in Bath”, in the book that shares the same name. Clark’s inspiration for this project was a question posed by the elder poet several times in her last few years: “Why do so many of my book titles have water in them?”

This beautiful collection of lyrical poems explores the dynamic interaction of Japanese and Canadian cultures. Watada’s poetry moves through music, fine art, religion and memory as he exposes the languages and landscapes within which the Japanese-Canadian experience takes place, and through which it is expressed.

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“Clark . . . maintains a mature, consistent style and tone, urbane, lyrical, sensitive, meditative . . . ” — Canadian Book Review Annual

West Into Night Glen Sorestad Poetry ISBN 13: 978-0-920633-87-8 $9.00 CAD

Glen Sorestad is known for the richness of his reflections on the natural world and the beauty of Canada’s West. In this collection, he moves in the realms of personal memory and family bonds with a sure and practised poetic skill.

Obon: The Festival Of the Dead Terry Watada Poetry ISBN 13: 978-1-897235-14-0 $15.95 CAD

Commemorating the Buddhist Obon Festival that unites the people and events of the past, present, and future, Watada’s poetry brims with ritual primacy and transcendence; it speaks to honour and praises joy. Through this poetry, time, spirituality and geography become irrelevant, as all can learn from those who have passed.


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Terminal Moraine Ian LeTourneau Poetry ISBN-13: 978-1-897235-53-9 $12.95 CAD

“LeTourneau, like recent poetic forbears Christopher Dewdney, Tim Lilburn, and Don McKay, is intellectually equipped to go headlong into the scientific world with a philosophical head of steam and a spiritual magnifying glass.” — Bill Robertson, Saskatoon StarPhoenix

No Apologies For the Weather Taylor Leedahl Poetry ISBN-13: 978-1-897235-51-5 $12.95 CAD

• Nominated for the 2008 Saskatchewan Book Award for Poetry

“What strikes one right off is the voice in No Apologies for the Weather, the confidence and sureness of language, the joyful energy that spins off the page. Taylor Leedahl writes as if she’s always written, with unique phrasing and contemporary diction. Here is a natural voice.” — Saskatchewan Book Awards, Juror comments

This Is the Nightmare

To End A Conversation

Adrienne Gruber

Kelly-Anne Riess

Poetry ISBN-13: 978-1-897235-52-2 $12.95 CAD

Poetry ISBN-13: 978-1-897235-54-6 $12.95 CAD

This Is The Nightmare is the poet’s quest for exit signs, both mutual and solitary. Or is it an entrance she looks for through the forests of family and love and the changing of people, seasons and landscapes? Either way, there are certain connections that you can only make in the time between your seasons. In the awakening, when nature is at work both revealing and recovering, when who you were becomes who you are, there is clarity.

Kelly-Anne Riess portrays women naked in loneliness, longing, and in the temporary, transitory hands of oftenbrutal lovers. Within the long traditions of relationship poems the reader is reminded of the timeless sweep of the fear, distrust, and pain that destroy love and those who seek it. But it is Riess’ intelligence and worldliness as much as her powerful dynamics of sexuality and secrecy, and her penchant to capture real and imagined violence, that make this collection bristle with energy.

Carrying the Sun

This Is Not Eden

Small Gifts

Make Me

Carla Braidek

Tracy Hamon

Wynne Nicholson

Veryl Coghill

Poetry ISBN 13: 978-1-894345-93-4

Poetry ISBN 13: 978-1-894345-91-0 $10.95 CAD

Poetry ISBN 13: 978-1-894345-94-1 $10.95 CAD

Poetry ISBN 13: 978-1-894345-92-7 $10.95 CAD

“Carla Braidek’s poetry celebrates the yearning, joy, fear, and uncertainty associated with humanness. Skilfully, playfully, and with great vulnerability, Braidek leads the reader to a place of peace ‘where [the words] hide,’ her sense of wonder full of the threads of possibility.” — Barbara Klar

“Tracy Hamon’s voice is so distinctive, lyrical and seductive, it’s hard to believe this is her first collection. These fluid musical poems are full of lush sounds and memorable images. Who else would compare the noise of a plow clearing snow from a parking lot in the middle of night to that of ardour, as the ‘tongue of a machine/presses it way/down the flat asphalt belly/licking a clear path?” — Judith Krause

“Wynne Nicholson’s poems find ‘small gifts’, diamond-sharded snow, perfumed pine cones, cricket songs, African violets in bloom, among the tangled threads of a family disintegrating. Grief songs, reaching for love.” — Di Brandt

“No gentle poetry this — sexy, raw, intimate, unafraid to take risks. Coghill takes the reader on a journey that leads to a renewal of the spirit, a journey filled with intense passion and resolute courage. These are poems you won’t soon forget.” — Lynda Monahan

$10.95

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Talking Down the Northern Lights

A Few Words For January

Sway

Looking For Henry

Shelley A. Leedahl

Holly Luhning

Clive Doucet

Poetry ISBN 13: 978-1-895449-69-3 $8.50 CAD

Poetry ISBN 13: 978-1-894345-63-7 $9.95 CAD

Poetry ISBN 13: 978-1-895449-91-4 $11.95 CAD

This first collection by Shelley A. Leedahl shows her affinity for children, observations as a parent, and empathy fot the poor. Whether written in prose, narrative or lyric format, her poetry is infused with a deft touch and a sardonic wit.

Drawn from the diversity of her prairie roots, east coast experience, and her world travel, Luhning measures her poems in details of how place shapes the human tongue. Blind fish swim in ancient streams, glaciers ebb and flow faithful to fluidity, hoar frost hugs the power poles — all for a reason.

From the Plains Indian tradition of looking for common ancestors and memories when two families met unexpectedly during the nomadic season, Clive Doucet searches for Henry Letendre after seeing his paintings. The search leads him to Batoche and the result is an intricate poetic weave of Métis, Acadien and Micmac destinies and dispossessions.

Rootless Tree

Overheard By Conifers

Sticks and Strings

Month’s Mind

John V. Hicks

John V. Hicks

John V. Hicks

John V. Hicks

Poetry ISBN 13: 978-0-920066-97-3 $15.95 CAD

Poetry ISBN 13: 978-1-895449-61-7 $10.95 CAD

Poetry ISBN 13: 978-0-920633-51-9 $13.00 CAD

Poetry ISBN 13: 978-1-895449-01-3 $10.00 CAD

In 1978 before Thistledown’s publication of John V. Hicks’ first book, Earle Birney was prompted to call him “Canada’s most neglected poet”. This collection encompasses Hicks’ best known work selected from six previous publications, and a selection of new poems.

The poetry of John V. Hicks is an engaging mix of contemporary ideas and traditional forms, distinctive in its rich language. Month’s Mind offers the original and the unexpected, the playful and the profound, and a diversity of emotions and themes.

Shelley A. Leedahl Poetry ISBN 13: 978-1-894345-22-4 $10.95 CAD

Shelley A. Leedahl brings her deft craft with language, ear for the nuances of tone, and careful observations of the everyday to this highly accessible collection of poems. Talking Down the Northern Lights delves into the intricacies of childhood and the complexities of family, marriage and contemporary life.

This is John V. Hicks’ fourth collection of poetry and attests to his mastery of language and the wisdom of a life sensitively lived.

“Hicks uses language with the precision and grace of an artist who has gained understanding and mastery of his medium, delighting in both the music and meaning of words.” — Calgary Herald “Hicks follows the Great Tradition of the masters.” — Prairie Journal of Canadian Literature

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Paperwhite

Blueberry Clouds

papîyâhtak

Saltations

I forgot to tell you

Dennis Cooley

Catherine Mamo

Rita Bouvier

Rita Bouvier

Jennifer Still

gillian harding-russell

Poetry ISBN 13: 978-1-895449-50-8 $15.95 CAD

Poetry ISBN 13: 978-1-895449-60-7 $15.95 CAD

Poetry ISBN 13: 978-1-895449-97-6 $8.50 CAD

Poetry ISBN 13: 978-1-894345-69-9 $12.95 CAD

Poetry ISBN 13: 978-1-894345-96-5 $15.95 CAD

Poetry ISBN 13: 978-1-897235-34-8 $15.95 CAD

This powerful and evocative poem sequence is as fundamental as the southern prairie landscape in its stark realities, and is progressively elemental in its distinctive risks with structure and imagery.“ . . . Cooley being humble Cooley . . . never one to announce himself, but lets the poems do all the talking.” — rob mclennan, Vallum Magazine

Paperwhite is sound-rich with hums and chants, where butterflies are harmonic and “coyotes howl like ambulances”, and where a woman stands at the intersection of her life: remembering passed lovers and escaped dangers, searching for mid-life enlightenment, and projecting the loneliness of aging.

In Rita Bouvier’s Blueberry Clouds the violence and sustaining traditions of the past are brought into a single vision that revels in the power of the Cree and Mechif languages, eliciting a hope and beauty that is rooted in the rich history of Saskatchewan.

Through the healing medicine of language, Rita Bouvier leads the reader into the world of the Métis and Cree to experience first hand the wisdom and generosity that she inherited in her birthright. Bouvier, like a spirit guide, leads the reader into a cultural place where wisdom comes from children, and laughter from elders. In papîyâhtak poetry is used to “forge a vision that many can embrace”.

Jennifer Still’s lyric poetry investigates the ancestral forces and early family memories needed to form the speciation of self. Avoiding the pitfalls of first book hauteur and confessionals, Saltations suggests how we evolve into the complex spirits and personalities of our adulthood, and “where am I now” becomes a reflective mantra in living.

The title of gillian harding-russell’s collection proffers the urgent suggestion that something must be told. It is with such insistence that the poems reach out from the page with narrative energy that, once engaged, cleverly maintains the ironic weight of understatement and emotional complexity.

A Geography Of Souls Kathleen McCracken Poetry ISBN 13: 978-1-894345-39-2 $12.95 CAD

A Geography of Souls is one of the most ambitious yet accessible poetry collections of the last ten years. With a light touch and a dancing lyrical intellect, Kathleen McCracken ranges through the generations, at war and in peacetime, uniting Native and European dreams with personal conduct and discovery.

Live Evil: A Homage to Miles Davis Richard Stevenson Poetry ISBN 13: 78-1-894345-08-8 $12.95 CAD

Live Evil: A Homage to Miles Davis is an extended poem sequence based on the life and works of jazz icon Miles Davis which braids a strong narrative life-line and lyric responses to key recordings. The poetry morphs to match the periods and styles of Davis’ jazz, from bebop through hard bop, cool, third stream, modal, funk, fusion, and doo bop. A “must have” for jazz affectionados.

Winter Range

The Fifth Window

Peter Christenen

Russell Thornton

Poetry ISBN 13: 978-1-894345-23-1 $10.95 CAD

Poetry ISBN 13: 978-1-894345-09-5 $10.95 CAD

The Western Canadian Rockies inform this accessible and passionate collection of lyric poetry with an adventurous spirit as Peter Christensen engages with the experiences and adventures — physical, emotional and intellectual — that nature and language provide

Russell Thornton’s seventh collection of poetry is distinguished by its lyricism, depth of emotion and metaphysical bent. The landscape and climate of the British Columbia coast imbue the poems with a spiritual and physical immediacy and energy.

The Selected Paul Durcan Edited by Edna Longley Poetry ISBN 13: 978-0-920633-56-4 $10.00 CAD

“ . . . strickingly original . . . a poet to be reckoned with.” — British Book News “Durcan’s irreverent and iconoclastic vision is a liberating force in contemporary Ireland.” — Auditorium, BBC “ . . . he resuscitates one’s flagging belief in ‘the poet of the world’.” — Belfast Review

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In the Clear Eds. A. Forrie, P. O’Rourke, G. Sorestad Poetry Anthology ISBN 13: 978-1-895449-84-6 $29.95 CAD

This anthology showcases contemporary Canadian poetry that reflects the geographical, ecological, and social concerns of contemporary life and times in Canada. “In the Clear is a testimony to the work and accomplishment of the people behind Thistledown Press.” — Canadian Book Review Annual

The Blue Jean Collection Edited by Peter Carver Short Fiction Anthology ISBN 13: 978-0-920633-94-6 $9.95 CAD

Containing nineteen Canadian short stories, this collection is a testament to the diversity and skill of Canada’s Young Adult fiction writers. “Given the range in subject matter, and altogether high quality of the writing, this is a book that deserves to be widely circulated through libraries and classrooms across the country.” — Quill & Quire

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The Last Map is the Heart Edited by A. Forrie, P. O’Rourke, G. Sorestad Short Fiction Anthology ISBN 13: 978-0-920633-64-9 $19.95 CAD

The Last Map is the Heart is a contemporary collection of material for high school students. “This excellent anthology contains forty-two items of short fiction written by Western Canadian writers in the last fifty years . . . ” — Canadian Book Review Annual

Under NeWest Eyes

Dancing Visions

No Feather, No Ink

Edited by Seán Virgo

Edited by A. Forrie and P. O’Rourke

Edited by Thistledown Press

Short Fiction Anthology ISBN 13: 978-1-895449-55-6 $13.95 CAD

Essay Anthology ISBN 13: 978-1-894345-31-6 $15.95 CAD

Poetry Anthology ISBN 13: 978-0-920633-05-2 $10.00 CAD

Poetry Anthology ISBN 13: 978-0-920633-03-8 $12.00 CAD

This anthology of Canadian writing is comprised of short stories from the literary magazine NeWest Review. This collection will introduce students to a wide range of reading experiences and themes to discuss.

The vision for this anthology evolves from writers, naturalists, poets, filmmakers, dancers, philosophers, and activists, who write with passion, originality, and humour about our place in and impact upon the natural world.

Including the works of 37 poets who are diverse in style and theme but united in their expressions of the Canadian identity.

The distinct responses of Canadian poets to Louis Riel and the historical events at Batoche are presented in one groundbreaking volume.

Edited by Paul Denham and Gail Youngberg

The Eye in the Thicket

“Metaphor, music, character and plot are all masterfully wielded.” — Books in Canada

Notes Across the Aisle

Up All Night

Opening Tricks

Edited by Peter Carver

Edited by R.P. MacIntyre

Edited by Peter Carver

Short Fiction Anthology ISBN 13: 978-1-895449-45-7 $11.95 CAD

Short Fiction Anthology ISBN 13: 978-1-894345-27-9 $13.95 CAD

Short Fiction Anthology ISBN 13: 978-1-895449-78-5 $11.95 CAD

Hailed as “Dynamite for school curriculum” by Quill & Quire.

• Finalist, 2002 Ontario Library Association White Pine Award

“This cover is an intriguing invitation to a collection of stories so strong they could be used as examples of the recognized principles of successful short story writing for children and adolescents.” — Regina Sun

Exploring the challenges of youth and maturity, these works of short fiction are well suited to classroom discussion. Stories by some of the best YA writers from across Canada appear in this anthology. “Up All Night certainly deserves a place in every secondary school library.” — Resource Links

These stories represent a wide range of themes and styles, highlighting the ironies and banalities of teenage life, and the often strange worlds of the imagination. The collection contains stories by some of Canada’s best Young Adult authors. “Like a report from the front, these stories are worthy of attention, not only from teens, but from anyone with a teen in in his or her life.” — Quill & Quire

“Dancing Visions is rich with quality selections from an impressive crosssection of Canadian poets.” — Poetry Canada Review

“No Feather, No Ink gives us a good sampling of the first hundred years in the Canadian consciousness.” — Poetry Canada Review

Takes: Stories for Young Adults

Fire Beneath the Cauldron

Edited by R.P. MacIntyre

Edited by Geoff Hancock

Short Fiction Anthology ISBN 13: 978-1-895449-54-9 $11.95 CAD

Short Fiction Anthology ISBN 13: 978-0-920633-77-9 $15.50 CAD

• Winner, 1997 Canadian Library Association’s Young Adult Canadian Book Award • Winner, 1996 Saskatchewan Book Award for Publishing in Education • Canadian Children’s Book Centre Our Choice selection

“I would recommend Takes for all young adult collections.” — Resource Links

Containing twenty-two short stories from some of Canada’s best-known writers in the genre.


AUTHOR &NEW TITLE R ELEASE INDEX ABCs of Farming, The .................................. 28

Country Music: New Poems ........................... 14

Hearth Wild: post cardiac banff ..................... 26

ABCs of Retirement, The .............................. 28

Country Music Country ................................ 24

Heart In Port, A.......................................... 23

Abdou, Angie ............................................. 23

Coyote ..................................................... 22

Heinrichs, Linnea ........................................ 17

Abundance ............................................... 14

Croll, Su ................................................... 14

Henighan, Stephen ................................ 16, 26

Accommodation ......................................... 13

Crow Who Tampered With Time, The .............. 28

Hicks, John V ............................................. 32

Adventures of Caraway Kim...Right Wing, The ...... 20

Crying Jesus, The ....................................... 18

Adventures Of Caraway Kim...Southpaw, The ....... 20

His Sweet Favour ........................................ 9 Holdstock, Pauline ....................................... 27

Alchemist’s Daughter, The ............................ 17

Dagg, Mel............................................ 18, 25

Hossack, Darcie Friesen.................................. 5

Alexander’s Way ........................................ 15

Dance of the Snow Dragon ............................ 17

House Weighs Heavy, The ............................. 29

All In Together Girls .................................... 23

Dancing Visions .......................................... 34

Howell, Robert ........................................... 21

Altrows, Rona ............................................. 22

Daniels, Calvin ........................................... 26

Hunter, Bruce ............................................. 24

Anything Boys Can Do .................................. 23

Dansereau, Virginia ...................................... 14

Hymns To Phenomena.................................. 29

Ariadne’s Dream ........................................ 25

Dass, Nirmal .............................................. 25

Atheist’s Bible, The..................................... 23

Denham, Paul ............................................. 34

I, The Spy ................................................. 21

Doucet, Clive ............................................. 32

I forgot to tell you ...................................... 33

Back Track ................................................ 22

Draco’s Child .............................................. 9

Infidel, The ............................................... 22

Backwater Mystic Blues ............................... 28

Dubé, Paulette ..................................... 11, 29

Interference With the Hydrangea ................... 30

Banyard, Antonia .......................................... 8

Dunlop, Bonnie ..................................... 24, 25

Interwoven Wild .......................................... 27

Beautiful Children, The............................ 9, 22

In the Clear .............................................. 34

Beauty Box, The ........................................ 25

Earth After Rain ......................................... 29

Island ...................................................... 26

Benning, Sheri ............................................ 29

Einstein Dog .............................................. 10

Jackrabbit Street ....................................... 24

Bentley, Tom .............................................. 25

Emde, Jason .............................................. 14

Japanese Baseball ...................................... 22

Beuhler, C.J. .............................................. 16

Emrys’ Dream ............................................ 28

Johansen, Krista V. ...................................... 21

Beveridge, Cathy......................................... 16

Endgames ................................................. 11

Johnson, Harold .......................................... 22

Big Burn ................................................... 17

Ewan, Ann ................................................. 15

Johnson, S. D. ............................................ 29

Biggest Animals, The ................................... 22

Eye in the Thicket, The ......................... 27, 34

Josh & The Magic Vial .................................. 21

Billy Tinker ............................................... 22

Journey Without A Map: Growing Up Italian ...... 27

Blind Man’s Drum ....................................... 25

Face In the Garden, The .............................. 25

Blood & Bone, Ice & Stone ............................ 30

Faragher, Nick ............................................. 9

Kayak, The ............................................... 10

Blueberry Clouds ........................................ 33

Featherless Bipeds ...................................... 15

Kenyon, Michael .......................................... 22

Blue Camaro, The ....................................... 18

Feeding At Nine ......................................... 18

Kernaghan, Eileen ................................. 15, 17

Blue Jean Collection, The............................. 34

Feehan, Maggi ............................................ 23

Kerplnk .................................................... 14

Boundary Country ...................................... 23

Few Words For January, A ............................ 32

King Of Arugula, The ................................... 21

Bouvier, Rita .............................................. 33

Fifth Window, The ...................................... 33

Kinsella, W.P. ....................................... 18, 22

Bow, Patricia.............................................. 16

Filling the Belly ......................................... 16

Kirkland, Gordon ......................................... 27

Braidek, Carla ............................................ 31

Fire Beneath the Cauldron............................ 34

Kishkan, Theresa ......................................... 27

Breathing Soccer ........................................ 20

Firedrake ................................................. 15

Kroetsch, Robert ......................................... 14

Brenna, Beverley......................................... 20

First Mountain ........................................... 29

Krukoff, Devin ........................................ 2, 23

Brenna, Dwayne .......................................... 28

First Vial, The ........................................... 17

Brett, Brian .................................... 16, 22, 24

Fish House Secrets ..................................... 16

Lady At Batoche, The .................................. 15

Brondings’ Honour ...................................... 15

Flyways .................................................... 2

Last Map Is the Heart, The ............................ 34

Brooks, Martha ........................................... 18

Forrie, Allan .............................................. 34

Lavender Child, The.................................... 24

Bustin, Pam ............................................... 26

Fournier, Kevin Marc..................................... 18

Laws of Emotion ........................................ 17

Butcher, Kristin ..................................... 10, 21

Four Wheel Drift ........................................ 25

Leaving Holds Me Here ................................ 30

Fragoulis, Tess ............................................ 25

Leedahl, Shelley A. ...................... 17, 21, 22, 32

Camenietzki, Shalom .... ............................... 23

Friesen, Bernice .......................................... 18

Leedahl, Taylor ........................................... 31

Campbell, Joe ............................................ 28

Fungus Garden, The .................................... 16

Lent, John ..................................... 12, 14, 25

Carnival Glass ............................................ 24

Gaits ....................................................... 11

Let’s Not Let A Little Thing Like the End of the World Come Between Us .............................. 25

Carrying the Sun ........................................ 31

Garnett, Heidi ............................................ 29

Caruso, Donna ...................................... 26, 27

Gayton, Don .......................................... 4, 27

Carver, Peter.............................................. 34

Geography Of Souls, A ................................. 33

Chamberlain, Terry ...................................... 28

Girl Called Tennyson, A ................................. 7

Chan, Marty ...................................... 6, 19, 21

Givner, Emily ............................................. 23

Charlie Muskrat .......................................... 22

Givner, Joan ............................................... 7

Cheating Fate ............................................ 16

Grace & The Ice Prince ................................ 21

Cheeseburger Subversive ............................. 15

Grave In the Air, A ...... ............................... 26

Choyce, Lesley ....................................... 1, 17

Gruber, Adrienne ......................................... 31

Cantilevered Songs ..................................... 12

Christenen, Peter ........................................ 33 City Of Rains ............................................. 25

Hahnel, Lori ............................................... 8

Clark, John Livingstone ................................. 30

Hale, Amanda......................................... 8, 23

Cline, Eric ................................................. 28

Hamon, Tracy ............................................. 31

Coghill, Veryl ............................................. 31

Hancock, Geoff........................................... 34

Comfort Me With Apples ............................... 24

harding-russell, gillian .................................. 33

Compensation............................................ 23

Hasiuk, Brenda ........................................... 23

Cooley, Dennis ...................................... 14, 33

Haunting Sun, A ......................................... 29

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Hawley, Alix ............................................... 24

LeTourneau, Ian .......................................... 31 Lie That Had To Be, The ............................... 17 Linden, Dianne ........................................... 20 Live Evil: A Homage to Miles Davis .................. 33 Lohans, Alison ............................................ 17 Longbottom, S.M. ........................................ 17 Longley, Edna ............................................. 33 Looking For Henry ...................................... 32 Lori Hahnel ................................................ 5 Luhning, Holly ............................................ 32 MacIntyre, R.P. ..................................... 18, 34 MacLeod, Alistair......................................... 26 Maher, Allison ............................................. 21 Make Me................................................... 31 Making A Difference .................................... 28 Mamo, Catherine ......................................... 33 Manera, Matthew ........................................ 22

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AUTHOR N EW R ELEASE & TITLE INDEX Man Facing West ......................................... 4

Plough’s Share, The .................................... 15

Take Me Out Of the Ball Game ....................... 28

Man Reading “Woman Reading in Bath” ........... 30

Plumb, Sharon ............................................. 9

Takes: Stories for Young Adults ...................... 34

Manuel, Tara .............................................. 16

Poems From A Broken Body........................... 30

Talking Down the Northern Lights ................... 32

Marshall, James .......................................... 25

Post ........................................................ 24

Tanganyika................................................ 24

Mayer, Jeni ................................................ 20

Powers, Ned .............................................. 28

Taylor, H.E. ............................................... 23

McCance, Dawne ......................................... 13

Ten Thousand Views of Rain .......................... 30

McCracken, Kathleen .................................... 33

Raising Orion .............................................. 1

Terminal Moraine ....................................... 31

McDivitt, Barry ........................................... 21

Ratzlaff, Lloyd ........................................... 28

Third Times the Charm ................................ 21

McKinnon, Neil ........................................... 23

Reddening Path, The ................................... 23

This hot place ........................................... 11

McNeney, Arley ........................................... 24

Return to Bone Tree Hill .............................. 10

This Is Not Eden ......................................... 31

McPhee, Christine ........................................ 13

Revved .................................................... 18

This Is the Nightmare .................................. 31

Memoir of a Good Death................................ 3

Richards, David........................................... 15

Thornton, Russell ........................................ 33

Mennonites Don’t Dance ............................... 5

Richards, Harriet ......................................... 24

To End A Conversation ................................. 31

Miller, Scott Gregory .................................... 24

Riding Planet Earth ..................................... 21

Tomorrow Tunnel, The ................................. 21

Millin, Christopher ....................................... 21

Riess, Kelly-Anne......................................... 31

Trafford, Tyler ............................................ 15

Monet’s Garden .......................................... 25

Robinson, Mansel ......................................... 27

Translating Women ..................................... 26

Monkeyface Chronicles, The .......................... 9

Rock ‘n Rail .............................................. 27

Traveller Came By, A ................................... 24

Month’s Mind ............................................. 32

Rootless Tree ............................................ 32

Trevelyan, Kerry.......................................... 14

More Than Three Feet Of Ice......................... 29

Rowley, Mary Lou ........................................ 30

Truckey, Don .............................................. 20

Mortal ..................................................... 27

Run On Hose, A .......................................... 22

True Story ................................................ 21

Mortal Distractions...................................... 27

Ruzesky, Jay ............................................... 8

Tuckahoe Slidebottle ................................... 23

Mostly Happy............................................. 26

Ryga: Volume 1 .......................................... 13

Tucker, Diane .............................................. 9

Mourre, Helen ............................................ 24

Ryga: Volume 2 .......................................... 13

Turning Time, The ...................................... 19

My Hand’s Tired & My Heart Aches .................. 14

Sally O ..................................................... 12

Under Her Skin .......................................... 26

Mystery of the Cyber Bully, The ...................... 6

Saltations ................................................. 33

Under NeWest Eyes ..................................... 34

Mystery Of the Frozen Brains, The ................. 19

Sandbag Shuffle ......................................... 18

Undertow ................................................. 14

Mystery Of the Graffiti Ghoul, The .................. 19

Saskatoon: The Powers Interviews .................. 28

Up All Night .............................................. 34

Mystery Of the Mad Science Teacher, The ......... 19

Scarsbrook, Richard ................................. 9, 15

Mystery of the Missing Will, The ..................... 20

Scharf, J.L. ............................................... 21

Mystery of the Turtle Lake Monster, The .......... 20

Schmidt, Brenda ......................................... 29

My Sweet Curiosity ...................................... 8

Sea Change ............................................... 19

Wagner, Bernadette ..................................... 11

Seasons Are Horses, The .............................. 18

Waiting For the Piano Tuner To Die ................. 24

Never Going Back ........................................ 8

Second Season of Jonas MacPherson, The......... 17

Watada, Terry ............................................ 30

Never Stand Behind A Loaded Horse................ 27

Secret Of the Northern Lights, The ................. 18

Water ...................................................... 23

Nicholson, Wynne ........................................ 31

Selected Paul Durcan, The ............................ 33

Wayman, Tom............................................. 23

Nick Faragher .............................................. 9

Serpent’s Veil, The ..................................... 23

We Are Still Here........................................ 16

Nights In the Yungas .................................... 26

Serpent Bride, The ..................................... 21

Weeds & Other Stories................................. 15

No Apologies For the Weather ....................... 31

Shimmerdogs ............................................. 20

Well and Other Stories, The .......................... 23

Noble, Charles ...................................... 12, 26

Silence Invites the Dead............................... 24

Welsh, Joe ................................................ 24

No Feather, No Ink ...................................... 34

Site Dreams .............................................. 17

West Into Night .......................................... 30

Notes Across the Aisle ................................. 34

Skating the Edge ........................................ 26

What’s Come Over Her................................. 24

Nothing Sacred ........................................... 8

Sky Kickers ............................................... 17

What We Miss ............................................ 11

Sleight of Hand .......................................... 13

When the World is Not Our Home ................... 12

O’Leary, Sara ............................................. 24

Small Gifts ................................................ 31

Where The Rocks Say Your Name ...................... 23

O’Rourke, P. .............................................. 34

Smith, Linda .............................................. 19

Wild Talent: A Novel of the Supernatural .......... 15

Obon: The Festival Of the Dead ..................... 30

So It Won’t Go Away .................................... 25

Wind Shifter.............................................. 19

Offside .................................................... 16

Soldier Boys .............................................. 15

Winter Range ............................................ 33

Old Familiar, The ........................................ 24

Something to Hang On To ............................. 20

Wolsenburg Clock, The ................................. 8

One On One .............................................. 16

Sorbie, Anne ............................................... 3

Women On the Bridge, The ........................... 18

one year commencing ................................. 16

Sorestad, Glen................................. 11, 30, 34

Word Of Mouth .......................................... 26

Opening Tricks ........................................... 34

Spence, Craig ....................................... 10, 21

Worlda Mirth ............................................. 14

Orchestra Of The Lost Steps .......................... 22

Spiral Maze, The ........................................ 16

Overheard By Conifers ................................. 32

Spring, Debbie ...................................... 10, 20

You’re In Canada Now ................................. 27

Stenson, Bill .............................................. 26

Youngberg, Gail.......................................... 34

Pale Grace ................................................ 29

Stevenson, Richard ...................................... 33

Youngest Spy, The ...................................... 21

Palermo, Sharon Gibson ................................ 17

Sticks and Strings ....................................... 32

Yuletide Blues ........................................... 18

Paperwhite ............................................... 33

Still, Jennifer ............................................. 33

papîyâhtak................................................ 33

Stinson, Kathy ............................................ 16

Paradise Café and Other Stories ..................... 18

Stone In My Pocket, A .................................. 22

Pearce, Jacqueline ...................................... 15

Story Of Blue Eye, The ................................ 15

Pfitzenmaier, Audrey .................................... 16

Streets Of Winter, The ................................. 26

Phantom Limb ........................................... 27

Stubbs, Andrew........................................... 11

Phosphorus ............................................... 29

Suspicion Island ......................................... 20

Piccard, Pierre............................................ 22

Sutherland, Kate ......................................... 23

Pitt-Brooke, David ....................................... 13

Svoboda ................................................... 26

Places Where Names Vanish, The ................... 16

Sway ....................................................... 32

Musgrave, Susan.................................... 12, 27

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Virgo, Seán ..................................... 24, 27, 34


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