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headquarters 515, 815 1st Street sw Calgary, ab  t2p 1n3 telephone 403.452.5662 facsimile 403.233.0001 managing editor Sarah Ivany sivany@broadviewpress.com design by Natalie Olsen, Kisscut Design Freehand Books gratefully acknowledges the support of the Canada Council for the Arts for its publishing program. Freehand Books, an imprint of Broadview Press, acknowledges the financial support for its publishing program from the Government of Canada through the Canada Book Fund.

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Seen Reading short fiction by  julie

wil son

Seen Reading is the exciting and unique debut collection of microfictions by Canada’s pre-eminent literary voyeur, Julie Wilson. Based on the award-winning and critically acclaimed online movement of the same name, Seen Reading gathers over a hundred short fictions inspired by sightings of people reading in public, on Toronto’s transit system. Under Wilson’s watchful eye, readers both read and reveal narratives, and these acts of reading have in turn inspired acts of writing. Armed only with a brief physical sketch of each reader and the title of the book they were seen reading, Wilson has crafted fictional responses to each sighting, re-inventing the seen reader in poetic pieces of short fiction. Tender, poignant, and deliciously voyeuristic, these stories form a beautifully inspired fictional map, joyfully charting an urban centre’s cultural commitment to books and literature.

april 2012

isbn 978-1-55481-079-6 $21.95 cdn 5.5 x 7.25 inches/paperback /208 pages/cdn rights

With Seen Reading, Julie Wilson has done something revolutionary for the time: seamlessly combine books-related gossip, arts reportage, and creative writing in every post. The results are exhilarating and deliciously voyeuristic.

Julie Wilson lives in Toronto where she works as a publishing consultant and also as an online marketing mentor with the Association of Canadian Publishers. Julie is the founder of Seen Reading — a three time finalist for Best Culture Blog at the Canadian Blog Awards — and the community blog and magazine, Book Madam & Associates, an online hub for publishing news and entertainment.

       

    

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While The Sun Is Above Us a novel by  melanie

schnell

It is too difficult to release this war from our blood, when it long ago shaped who we are, how we live, how we move, how we breathe. Blood has filled this earth up; it has made God angry. We must be forgiven or nothing will change.

april 2012

isbn 978-1-55481-061-1 $21.95 cdn/us 6 x 9 inches/paperback /240 pages/ world rights

While The Sun Is Above Us takes readers deep into the extraordinary world of Sudan through the intertwined narratives of two women. In the midst of a bloody civil war, Adut is brutally captured and held as a slave for eight years. Sandra, fleeing her life in Canada, travels to South Sudan as an aid worker but soon finds herself unwittingly embroiled in a violent local conflict. When chance brings Adut and Sandra together in a brief but profound moment, their lives change forever. In captivating prose, Melanie Schnell offers imaginative insight into the lives of innocents in a land at war, rendering horrific experiences with exquisite clarity. While The Sun Is Above Us explores the immense power of the imagination, the human desire for connection, and the endurance of hope. Melanie Schnell grew up on a farm in south­ eastern Saskatchewan and has lived in Regina, Vancouver, Toronto, Boston, Colombia, Thailand, Kenya, and Sudan. She has a Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia and has written for television, magazines, and journals across Canada. While The Sun Is Above Us is her first novel.

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People Who Disappear short fiction by  ale x

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In her remarkable debut collection of short fiction, Alex Leslie offers readers a haunting and beautiful exploration of disappearance. Laced with the spectres of things gone missing — families, histories, landscapes, sanity, love, friendship — these stories buzz with a palpable, electric fear of loss as Leslie’s characters attempt to navigate the absences that come to fill and define their lives.

april 2012

isbn 978-1-55481-059-8 $21.95 cdn/us 5.5 x 8.5 inches/paperback /256 pages/ world rights

Leslie’s dark tones are reminiscent of Rebecca Brown, but she is a creative force all her own. Her star is rising. Watch for her.

Alex Leslie is from Vancouver. Her chapbook of microfictions Twenty Objects For The New World was published by Nomados Press in 2011. Leslie’s writing has been published in literary journals across Canada and in the Best Canadian Stories anthology series (Oberon Press). She has won a Gold National Magazine Award for personal journalism and a cbc Literary Award for fiction.

       

       

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Personals poetry by  ian april 2012

williams

isbn 978-1-55481-104-5 $16.95 cdn/us 5.5 x 9 inches/paperback /112 pages/ world rights

These are not love poems. These are almost-love poems. Jittery, plaintive, and fresh, the poems in Ian Williams’ Personals are voiced through a startling variety of speakers who continually rev themselves up to the challenge of connecting with others, often to no avail. Williams writes in traditional poetic forms: ghazals, a pantoum, blank sonnets, mock-heroic couplets, and also invents his own: poems that spin into indeterminacy, poems that don’t end. With a deft hand and playful ear, Williams entices the reader to stumble alongside his characters as they search, again and again, for intimacy, for love, and for each other.

Ian Williams is the author of Not Anyone’s Anything (Freehand Books, 2011) and You Know Who You Are (Wolsak and Wynn, 2010). He completed his Ph.D. in English at the University of Toronto and is currently an English professor at Fitchburg State University in Massachusetts. He was also a scholar at the National Humanities Center Summer Institute for Literary Study. His writing has appeared in Fiddlehead, Arc, Contemporary Verse 2, Rattle, jubilat, Confrontation, The Antigonish Review, Gargoyle, Folio, Pebble Lake Review, Callaloo, Descant, and Matrix Magazine. promo postcards author appearances: Toronto, Hamilton, Guelph national advertising pitches to literary festivals national review mailing [

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And Me Among Them

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Jesse Ferguson

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freehand books spring 2012 managing editor Sarah Ivany sivany @ broadviewpress.com Freehand Books gratefully acknowledges the support of the...