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ARSENAL PULP PRESS Academic catalogue 2012

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Welcome to the Arsenal Pulp Press Academic Catalogue for 2012, featuring books of interest to academic audiences from one of North America’s most innovative publishers. ARSENAL PULP PRESS, based in Vancouver, Canada, specializes in a number of subject areas, including fiction, poetry, cultural studies, First Nations and multicultural studies, LGBTQ literature, gender studies, visual arts, and history. Please consult the back page for contact and ordering information.

Note: Titles in this catalogue are listed in alphabetical order. A subject index appears on the next three pages to guide you along.

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subject index asian studies Automaton Biographies Beauty Plus Pity Escape to Gold Mountain Farewell My Concubine Fire Hopeful Monsters A Little Distillery in Nowgong Swallowing Clouds When Fox is a Thousand

27 3 6 17 17 7 8 28 13

black studies 49th Parallel Psalm After Canaan Bluesprint The Last Genet Performance Bond So Long Been Dreaming Soucouyant

27 14 15 19 28 11 12

canadian studies After Canaan Hope in Shadows The Imaginary Indian National Dreams Seeing Reds Stan Douglas: Every Building ...

14 28 19 21 23 24

cultural studies After Canaan The Dictionary of Homophobia Hope in Shadows The Imaginary Indian National Dreams Stan Douglas: Abbott & Cordova … Stan Douglas: Every Building ... The Uncanny

14 16 18 19 21 23 24 25

english 49th Parallel Psalm Automaton Biographies Basement of Wolves Beauty Plus Pity Bluesprint The Carnivorous Lamb The Child Class Warfare Close to Spider Man Crossings The Dirt Chronicles Empathy Finistère

27 27 3 3 15 3 4 4 4 5 5 5 6

First Person Queer First Spring Grass Fire Hard Core Logo Hopeful Monsters Impact The Inverted Gaze Krakow Melt The Last Genet A Little Distillery in Nowgong Loose End The Mere Future Missed Her The Nearest Exit May Be Behind You The Only Poetry That Matters One in Every Crowd One Man’s Trash Patience & Sarah Performance Bond Rat Bohemia Second Person Queer Seminal Shuck Skids So Long Been Dreaming Song of the Loon Soucouyant Sub Rosa Swallowing Clouds Venous Hum When Fox is a Thousand The Young in One Another’s Arms

17 6 7 7 27 19 7 19 8 8 9 9 21 21 9 10 10 28 10 22 28 11 11 11 12 12 12 28 13 13 13

16 17 17 18 7 20 20 20 23 24 25 25 26 26

first nations studies 500 Years of Resistance Comic Book The Imaginary Indian Resistance & Renewal Stoney Creek Woman Victims of Benevolence

16 19 19

gender studies Brazen Femme Butch is a Noun Close to Spider Man The Dictionary of Homophobia First Spring Grass Fire Loose End Ma vie en rose Missed Her The Nearest Exit May Be Behind You One in Every Crowd One Man’s Trash Persistence

15 16 4 16 6 8 20 9 21 9 10 22

history 500 Years of Resistance Comic Book Anarchy and Art The Anti-Capitalist Resistance Comic Book The Dictionary of Homophobia Escape to Gold Mountain How It All Began The Imaginary Indian The Last Genet National Dreams Seeing Reds

14 14 15 16 6 18 19 19 21 23

lgbtq studies

film studies Death in Venice Farewell My Concubine Fire Gods and Monsters Hard Core Logo Law of Desire Ma vie en rose Montreal Main Shoot It! Strangers on a Train Trash The Uncanny Word Is Out Zero Patience

french studies The Dictionary of Homophobia The Inverted Gaze The Last Genet

14 19 22 24 26

Basement of Wolves Brazen Femme Butch Is a Noun The Carnivorous Lamb The Child Close to Spider Man Death in Venice The Dictionary of Homophobia The Dirt Chronicles Empathy Farewell My Concubine Finistère Farewell My Concubine Fire First Person Queer First Spring Grass Fire Gods and Monsters The Inverted Gaze Krakow Melt The Last Genet Law of Desire Loose End

3 15 16 3 4 4 16 16 5 5 17 6 17 17 17 6 18 19 7 19 20 8


subject index Ma vie en rose Macho Sluts Missed Her Montreal Main The Nearest Exit May Be Behind You One in Every Crowd One Man’s Trash Patience & Sarah Persistence Rat Bohemia Second Person Queer Seminal Shuck Song of the Loon Strangers on a Train Trash Venous Hum When Fox is a Thousand Word Is Out The Young in One Another’s Arms Zero Patience

20 8 9 20 21 9 10 10 22 10 22 28 11 12 24 25 13 13 26 13 26

multicultural studies 49th Parallel Psalm 500 Years of Resistance Comic Book After Canaan Automaton Biographies Beauty Plus Pity Bluesprint Escape to Gold Mountain Farewell My Concubine Fire Hopeful Monsters The Imaginary Indian A Little Distillery in Nowgong Performance Bond So Long Been Dreaming Soucouyant Swallowing Clouds Venous Hum When Fox is a Thousand

27 14 14 27 3 15 6 17 17 7 19 8 28 11 12 28 13 13

political science Anarchy and Art The Anti-Capitalist Resistance Comic Book How It all Began The Last Genet

14 15 18 19

sociology Anarchy and Art The Dictionary of Homophobia First Person Queer

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14 16 17

Hope in Shadows How It All Began The Imaginary Indian Resistance & Renewal Second Person Queer Skids Stan Douglas: Every Building ... Stoney Creek Woman V6A Victims of Benevolence

18 18 19 22 22 11 24 24 25 26

urban studies Stan Douglas: Abbott & Cordova … Stan Douglas: Every Building ... V6A

23 24 25

visual arts Anarchy and Art Brazen Femme Hope in Shadows Stan Douglas: Abbott & Cordova … Stan Douglas: Every Building ... The Uncanny

14 15 18 23 24 25

women’s studies Automaton Biographies Brazen Femme Butch is a Noun The Child Close to Spider Man Crossings The Dictionary of Homophobia Empathy Fire First Person Queer First Spring Grass Fire Hopeful Monsters Loose End Macho Sluts Missed Her The Nearest Exit May Be Behind You One in Every Crowd One Man’s Trash Patience & Sarah Persistence Rat Bohemia Second Person Queer Stoney Creek Woman Sub Rosa Venous Hum When Fox is a Thousand The Young in One Another’s Arms

27 15 16 4 4 5 16 5 17 17 6 7 8 8 9 21 10 10 10 22 10 22 24 12 13 13 13


fIctIon A taut, beautifully layered novel by Lambda Literary, ReLit, and Ferro-Grumley Award finalist Cox (Shuck, Krakow Melt), about a paranoid actor who barricades himself in an L.A. hotel after feeling that fame has ruined him. There he befriends a skateboarder whose curious knowledge of chemicals can only mean protection for the both of them. A work of dream logic, Basement of Wolves is a haunting and cinematic romp through identity crisis.

spring 2012

Basement of Wolves Daniel Allen Cox

|3 english, lgbtq 152 pages softcover | Isbn 978-1-55152-446-7 $15.95 can • $15.95 us

A tragicomic modern immigrant’s tale about a twentysomething Asian Canadian male model whose life is derailed by two near-simultaneous events: the sudden death of his filmmaker father, and the betrayal of his fiancée who has left him. When he meets the half-sister he never knew existed, he’s forced to confront his past relationships with women, and his lifelong ambivalence being trapped between two cultures. “Subtly entertaining, poignant, and funny.” —Publishers Weekly

Beauty Plus Pity Kevin Chong

asian studies, english, multicultural 256 pages softcover | isbn 978-1-55152-416-0 $17.95 can • $16.95 us

A viciously funny, shocking yet ultimately moving 1975 novel, an allegory of Franco’s Spain, about a young gay man coming of age with a mother who despises him, a father who ignores him, and a brother who loves him. This edition includes a new introduction by Sharon G. Feldman, professor of Spanish literature and author of Allegories of Dissent: The Theater of Agustín Gómez-Arcos, as well as an appendix of supplementary materials.

a little sister’s classic

The Carnivorous Lamb Augustín Gómez-Arcos with an introduction by Sharon G. Feldman

english, lgbtq 288 pages softcover | isbn 978-1-55152-230-2 $19.95 can • 16.95 us

fiction | 2012


The Child is the eleventh and perhaps most controversial book by acclaimed lesbian writer Sarah Schulman. This novel explores the parameters of queer teen sexuality against a backdrop of hysteria and sanctioned homophobia. See Schulman’s other books on pages 5, 9, and 10. “Schulman crafts a piercing investigation into desire, mores, and the law.” —Publishers Weekly

lambda literary award finalist

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The Child Sarah Schulman

english, lgbtq 232 pages softcover | isbn 978-1-55152-243-2 $17.95 can • $17.95 us

A new edition of D.M. Fraser’s 1974 story collection rooted in the politics and culture of 1970s Vancouver; a call to arms addressed to the disenfranchised about the possibilities of “the sweetness of life.” Includes an introduction by Pulp Press founder Stephen Osborne, editor of Geist magazine. “D.M. Fraser’s manipulation of language shows all the deftness of a skilled surgeon. His technical brilliance is charged here and there with a frisson of misanthropic humour that delights and unsettles.” —The Globe and Mail

Class Warfare D.M. Fraser

english 160 pages softcover | Isbn 978-1-55152- 428-3 $15.95 can • $15.95 us

A collection of connected stories whose female narrators build lives for themselves amidst the lonely, breathtaking landscape of the Yukon. Startling in their intimacy, these tales make up a moving scrapbook of what it’s like to be a young queer woman in the North, journeys imbued with the colours of a prescient sexuality and an honest heart. See Coyote’s other books on pages 8, 9, 10, and 22.

runner-up, danuta gleed award for short fiction

Close to Spider Man Ivan E. Coyote

english, gender studies, lgbtq, women’s studies 96 pages softcover | isbn 978-1-55152-086-5 $14.95 can • $11.95 us

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A new edition of Betty Lambert’s 1979 novel, revolutionary for its frank and unsettling portrayal of Vicky, an educated and intelligent woman in the early 1960s who struggles to come to terms with her emotionally abusive relationship with Mik, a violent logger and ex-con. “This portrait of an artist as a young woman should stand beside Alice Munro’s Who Do You Think You Are and Margaret Laurence’s The Diviners as a testimony of the courage and cost of being a woman and a writer.” —Jane Rule

Crossings Betty Lambert

|5 english, women’s studies 256 pages softcover | Isbn 978-1-55152-427-6 $19.95 can • $19.95 us

In these linked tales, urban outlaws map out their plans to take over the world while living collectively in an abandoned chair factory, destined for demolition according to a real estate gentrification plan. Their community is infiltrated by the King, a dirty cop bent on obliterating the city’s defiant underclass and exterminating the group’s rogue members; in order to survive, they may have to betray what they value most: autonomy, friendship, and newly discovered concepts of freedom. “A stand-out collection.” —National Post

The Dirt Chronicles Kristyn Dunnion

english,lgbtq 248 pages softcover | Isbn 978-1-55152-426-9 $17.95 can • $17.95 us

Anna O. is a loner in New York; Doc is a post-Freudian psychiatrist who hands out business cards to likely neurotics on street corners. They befriend each other in the netherworld of the Lower East Side, two unlikely people drawn together by their confusion about and empathy for the world around them and each other. This beautifully written novel is about the fluidity of desire, and how those of us damaged by love can still be transformed by it. See Schulman’s other books on pages 4, 9, and 10.

a little sister’s classic

Empathy Sarah Schulman, with an introduction by Kevin Killian

english, lgbtq, women’s stuides 224 pages softcover | isbn 978-1-55152-201-2 $19.95 can • $15.95 us

fiction | 2012


A sweeping graphic novel about the Chinese immigrant experience in North America over the past 150 years, beginning with the migration of Chinese to “Gold Mountain” in the 1800s, leading into decades of discrimination, subjugation, and separation from loved ones; it is also the epic journey of one family as they face these challenges with hope and determination.

fall 2012

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Escape to Gold Mountain A Graphic History of the Chinese in North America David H.T. Wong

asian studies, history, multicultural 256 pages softcover | Isbn 978-1-55152- 476-4 $19.95 can • $19.95 us

A lyrical coming-of-age story first published in 1951, acclaimed by many including Gore Vidal and the New York Times, the novel follows a young American who moves to France with his mother following his parents’ divorce; he navigates his budding sexuality and complicated new relationships until he is forced to confront finistère—land’s end—where the brutal truths of the world can be found. This new edition includes an appendix of historical materials about the book and author.

a little sister’s classic

Finistère Fritz Peters with an introduction by Michael Bronski

english, lgbtq 336 pages softcover | isbn 978-1-55152-211-1 $22.95 can • $17.95 us

Transgender singer-songwriter Rae Spoon’s first book is a candid, often devastating story of growing up queer in a strict Pentacostal family in rural Alberta. As their father’s schizophrenia causes their parents’ marriage to unravel, the narrator finds solace in their siblings and in their growing feelings for a girl at school. A coming-of-age book about escaping dogma, surviving abuse, finding love, and risking everything for acceptance.

fall 2012

First Spring Grass Fire Rae Spoon

english, gender studies, lgbtq, women’s studies 144 pages softcover | Isbn 978-1-55152-481-8 $14.95 can • $14.95 us

arsenal pulp press


Michael Turner’s classic novel-in-verse about the legendary punk band Hard Core Logo’s reunion tour transforms the rock ’n’ roll road experience into a tale of broken dreams and shattered friendships. Hard Core Logo was made into a feature film by Bruce McDonald; in 2001 it was named the #2 best Canadian film of all time by Playback. Turner is also the author of American Whiskey Bar, Company Town, and Kingsway (all Arsenal Pulp Press). His most recent novel is 8 x 10 (Doubleday Canada).

Hard Core Logo Michael Turner

|7 english, film studies 208 pages softcover | isbn 978-1-55152-341-5 $17.95 can • $15.95 us

In Hiromi Goto’s quietly devastating stories, the hopeful monsters in question are women confounded by familial duty and the ghosts of their pasts. Both poignant and frequently noisy, these stories establish Hiromi Goto’s gift for short fiction that is as compelling as her acclaimed, award-winning novels A Chorus of Mushrooms and The Kappa Child. “The book dips like a diving rod into the nuances of tradition that separate and define generations.” —The Rain Review of Books

Hopeful Monsters Stories Hiromi Goto

asian studies, english, multiculturalism, women’s studies 176 pages softcover | isbn 978-1-55152-157-2 $19.95 can • $15.95 us

Provocative and unnerving, Krakow Melt is at once a love letter and a fiery call to arms by the author of Basement of Wolves (page 3) and Shuck (page 11). Set in 2005, it is the incendiary story about two pyromaniacs who fight homophobia in Krakow, Poland, as Pope John Paul II lays dying.

ferro-grumley award finalist lambda literary award finalist

Krakow Melt Daniel Allen Cox

english, lgbtq 152 pages softcover | isbn 978-1-55152-372-9 $17.95 can • $15.95 us

fiction | 2012


This fantastical historical novel, narrated by a child yet to be born, traces the lives of three generations of a Parsi family in India from the late 1800s to present day. The narrative follows the family from the intricacies of village life in the jungles of central India to the complications of urban life in turbulent pre- and post-independence struggles to contemporary diasporic realities in the United Kingdom and North America. “A compulsively readable work.” —The National Post

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A Little Distillery in Nowgong Ashok Mathur

asian studies, english, multicultural 456 pages cloth | isbn 978-1-55152-461-0 $19.95 can • $19.95 us

Coyote’s third story collection, about gender, identity, and life in Vancouver’s East End. See Coyote’s other books on pages 4, 9, 10, and 22. “Coyote is a remarkable storyteller … To read it is to open a secret passageway into a world that is, well, open.” —Herizons

ferro-grumley fiction award finalist

Loose End Ivan E. Coyote

english, gender studies, lgbtq, women’s studies 176 pages softcover | isbn 978-1-55152-192-3 $17.95 can • $16.95 us

When it was first published in 1988, Pat Califia’s Macho Sluts, a collection of S/M stories set in San Francisco’s dyke bathhouses, sex parties, and S/M gay bars, shocked the lesbian community and caused an upheaval in the field of queer publishing. Nobody had ever written so frankly about the kinky potential of woman-to-woman sex (and nobody has ever done it any better). This new edition includes an introduction by Wendy Chapkis, sociology professor at the University of Southern Maine.

a little sister’s classic

Macho Sluts Patrick Califia, with an introduction by Wendy Chapkis

lgbtq, women’s studies 400 pages softcover | isbn 978-1-55152-260-9 $19.95 can • $17.95 us

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Sarah Schulman’s acclaimed dystopian satire about urban mores is set in New York sometime in the future, when the city has morphed into an idealized version of itself: rent is cheap, homelessness is nonexistent, and the only job left is in marketing. See Schulman’s other books on pages 4, 5, and 10. “Clever word craft, poetic political satire and biting humor on every page.” —Publishers Weekly

paper edition published fall 2011

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The Mere Future

english

Sarah Schulman

184 pages softcover | isbn 978-1-55152-424-5 $15.95 can • $15.95 us

The fifth story collection by Coyote, a master storyteller whose personal tales of gender, identity, and growing up queer in the Yukon have transfixed audiences and readers around the world. See Coyote’s other books on pages 4, 8, 10, 22, and below. “Coyote has a gift for blending the tragic and comic that renders a reader gobsmacked.” —Quill and Quire

american library association’s best of the year list

Missed Her Ivan E. Coyote

english, gender studies, lgbtq, women’s studies 224 pages softcover | Isbn 978-1-55152- 371-2 $18.95 can • $16.95 us

The first young-adult book by acclaimed storyteller Ivan E. Coyote, written specifically for LGBTQ youth who deal with gender, identity, and bullying issues. Comprised of new stories and others culled from previous collections, One in Every Crowd is for anyone who has ever felt different or alone in their struggle to be true to themselves. Ages 14 and up.

spring 2012

One in Every Crowd Ivan E. Coyote

english, gender studies, lgbtq, women’s studies 224 pages softcover | Isbn 978-1-55152- 459-7 $15.95 can • $15.95 us

fiction | 2012


Ivan E. Coyote’s second story collection about gender and identity. See Coyote’s other books on pages 4, 8, 9, and 22. “What makes Coyote’s stories special—her humour, her humanity, her talent for sketching the bizarre in the everyday— soars beyond cliché.” —Toronto Star

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One Man’s Trash Ivan E. Coyote

english, gender studies, lgbtq, women’s studies 136 pages softcover | isbn 978-1-55152-120-6 $16.95 can • $16.95 us

Patience & Sarah is a historical romance that was a touchstone for the burgeoning gay and women’s activist movements of the late 1960s and early 1970s. Set in the 19th century, it celebrates the joys of an uninhibited love between two strong women with a confident defiance that remains relevant today. This edition features an appendix of supplementary materials, and an introduction by Emma Donoghue, author of the award-winning novel Room.

a little sister’s classic

Patience & Sarah Isabel Miller, with an introduction by Emma Donoghue

english, lgbtq, women’s studies 240 pages softcover | isbn 978-1-55152-191-6 $21.95 can • $17.95 us

This novel, written from the epicentre of the AIDS crisis, is a bold, achingly honest story set in the “rat bohemia” of New York City, whose huddled masses include gay men and lesbians who bond with one another in the wake of loss. Schulman is also the author of The Child (page 4), Empathy (page 5), and The Mere Future (page 9).

ferro-grumley fiction award winner one of the top 100 gay/lesbian novels of all time (publishing triangle)

Rat Bohemia Sarah Schulman

english, lgbtq, women’s studies 224 pages softcover | isbn 978-1-55152-235-7 $17.95 can • $17.95 us

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Shuck is the intense, dazzling diary of Jaeven Marshall, a quasi-homeless hustler who seeks his fame and fortune in New York, where he tries to manage his reputation as the city’s porn star du jour when he’s not dumpster diving, tweaking, or trying to get published. By the author of Basement of Wolves (page 3) and Krakow Melt (page 7). “A startling debut novel.” —Quill & Quire

lambda literary award finalist

Shuck Daniel Allen Cox

| 11 english, lgbtq 208 pages softcover | isbn 978-1-55152-246-3 $16.95 can • $14.95 us

The stories told in Skids are elegiac confessions of the street: young kids living on their own, many of them runaways or addicts, eking out an existence in the brutal environs of Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. By the author of the BC Book Prize-winning Having Faith in the Polar Girls’ Prison. “The author’s voice is original, fresh, and authentic. With inhabits her characters from the inside out, and presents them to us with a clear, unblinking gaze. These stories feel lived rather than imagined.” —Quill & Quire

Skids Cathleen With

english, sociology 152 pages softcover | isbn 978-1-55152-215-9 $19.95 can • $15.95 us

A first of its kind anthology of original stories in the genre of science fiction and fantasy by leading African, Asian, South Asian, and Aboriginal authors, as well as North American and British writers of color. Writer and editor Nalo Hopkinson notes that the science fiction/fantasy genre “speaks so much about the experience of being alienated, but contains so little writing by alienated people themselves,” an oversight that is corrected by the publication of this subversive, compelling anthology.

So Long Been Dreaming Postcolonial Science Fiction & Fantasy Nalo Hopkinson & Uppinder Mehan, eds.

black studies, english, multiculturalism 272 pages softcover | isbn 978-1-55152-158-9 $24.95 can • $24.95 us

fiction | 2012


The most popular erotic gay book of the 1960s, Song of the Loon was the inspiration for two sequels, a 1970 film of the same name, at least one porn movie, and a parody novel. Unique among pulp novels of the time, the characters in this gay frontier romance are strong and romantically drawn, traits which have earned the book a place in the canon of gay American literature. Also includes an appendix of historical material.

a little sister’s classic

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Song of the Loon Richard Amory, with an introduction by Michael Bronski

english, lgbtq 248 pages softcover | isbn 978-1-55152-180-0 $21.95 can • $19.95 us

An extraordinary first novel set in Ontario, about a Canadian-born son who returns to tend to his Caribbeanborn mother suffering from dementia. “David Chariandy fully inhabits his story, his authorial labours surefooted and invisible.” —The Globe and Mail

shortlisted for the governor general’s literary award for fiction longlisted for the scotiabank giller prize

Soucouyant

black studies, english, multicultural

David Chariandy 200 pages softcover |isbn 978-1-55152-226-5 $19.95 can • $18.95 us

In this stunning debut novel, Amber Dawn subverts and transgresses the classic hero’s quest adventure to create a dark post-feminist vision not for the faint of heart. Sub Rosa’s reluctant heroine is known as “Little,” a teenaged runaway unable to remember her real name; in her stuggle to get by in the world, she stumbles upon an underground society of ghosts and magicians, missing girls and wouldbe johns: a place called Sub Rosa. “A uniquely rewarding read.” —The Globe and Mail

lambda literary award winner

Sub Rosa Amber Dawn

english, women’s studies 320 pages softcover | isbn 978-1-55152-361-3 $22.95 can • $19.95 us

arsenal pulp press


Venous Hum charts the lives of Lai Fun Kugelheim and Stefanja Dumanowski, best friends who, upon hearing the news of an old high school acquaintance’s death, are gripped by an insatiable nostalgia and organize a twentyyear reunion. A satire on race, gender, sexual preference, and vegetarianism, this is a magic-realist novel that will throw your assumptions of the world and the people who inhabit it out the window. “A Frankenstein’s monster of a novel, with more elegance and brains than you’d expect.” —Toronto Star

Venous Hum Suzette Mayr

english, lgbtq, multicultural, women’s studies 232 pages softcover | isbn 978-1-55152-170-1 $21.95 can • $16.95 us

One part history, one part fairytale, one part urban discontent, this delightful novel cracks open all preconceptions of Asian women, gender, sexuality, family, faith, and the flow of time. Smart, funny, and fully-imagined, When Fox is a Thousand is beautiful, enchanting, and composed with a sure narrative hand. Lai’s potent imagination and considerable verbal skill result in a tale that continues to haunt long after the story is told. Features an afterword by the author. See also Automaton Biographies (page 27). “A particularly acute pleasure.” —The Advocate

When Fox is a Thousand Larissa Lai

asian studies, english, lgbtq, multicultural, women’s studies 264 pages softcover | isbn 978-1-55152-168-8 $21.95 can • $17.95 us

The Young in One Another’s Arms by the legendary lesbian writer Jane Rule is about the building of female communities. Combining issues of race, gender, sexuality, and politics, this warm, sophisticated novel celebrates the camaraderie and strength of women against a backdrop of war and tragedy. Includes an appendix of historical material.

a little sister’s classic

The Young in One Another’s Arms Jane Rule, with an introduction Katherine V. Forrest

english, lgbtq, women’s studies 240 pages softcover | isbn 978-1-55152-181-7 $21.95 can • $16.95 us

fiction | 2012

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nonfIctIon A powerful and historically accurate graphic portrayal of Indigenous resistance to the European colonization of the Americas, beginning with the Spanish invasion under Christopher Columbus and ending with the Six Nations land reclamation in Ontario in 2006. Gord Hill spent two years unearthing images and researching historical information to create this graphic novel, which presents the story of Aboriginal resistance in a far-reaching format. See also The Anti-Capitalist Resistance Comic Book (page 15).

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The 500 Years of Resistance Comic Book

first nations studies, history, multicultural

Gord Hill

80 pages softcover | isbn 978-1-55152-360-6 $12.95 can • $11.95 us

The first non-fiction book by poet Compton, repositioning the North American discussion of race in the wake of the tumultuous 20th century, and riffing on Canada as a promised land encoded in African-American myth and song since the days of slavery. Essay subjects include the language of racial misrecognition, the failure of urban renewal, and the poetics of hip-hop turntablism. See Compton’s other books on pages 15, 27, and 28.

vancouver book award finalist

After Canaan Essays on Race, Writing, and Region

black studies, cultural studies, multicultural

Wayde Compton

240 pages softcover | Isbn 978-1-55152-374-3 $19.95 can • $18.95 us

Allan Antliff interrogates moments of engagement when anarchist artists, poets, philosophers, and critics have confronted pivotal events over the past 140 years, from artist Gustave Courbet and Emile Zola’s activism during the 1871 Paris Commune, to an examination of anarchist art during the fall of the Soviet empire. Antliff teaches art history at the University of Victoria (BC) and is also the editor of Only a Beginning. “Antliff’s research has yielded a new theoretical insight into a genre not often considered.” —Bookforum

Anarchy and Art From the Paris Commune to the Fall of the Berlin Wall Allan Antliff

history, political science, sociology, visual arts 216 pages softcover | isbn 978-155152-218-0 $26.95 can • $23.95 us

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In this politically astute graphic novel, Gord Hill (The 500 Years of Resistance Comic Book, page 14) documents anticapitalist and anti-globalization movements around the world, from 1999’s anti-WTO protest in Seattle to 2010’s G20 summit in Toronto. The dramatic accounts trace the global origins of public protests against those in power, and depict recent events based on eyewitness testimony. As various “Occupy” movements transfix the world, this book is a deft, eye-opening look at the new class warfare, and those brave enough to wage the battle.

spring 2012

The Anti-Capitalist Resistance Comic Book Gord Hill

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history, political science 96 pages softcover | Isbn 978-1-55152-444-3 $12.95 can • $12.95 us

If there is a unifying characteristic of black identity in British Columbia, it is surely the talent for reinvention and for pioneering new versions of traditional identities that such conditions demand. Bluesprint is a groundbreaking, first-time collection of this creative output: a comprehensive anthology of literature and orature by black British Columbians that includes material from the late 1800s to today. See Compton’s other books on pages 14, 27, and 28.

Bluesprint Black British Columbian Literature & Orature Wayde Compton, ed.

english, black studies, multiculturalism 320 pages softcover | isbn 978-1-55152-118-3 $24.95 can • $19.95 us

This sharp-edged collection (of fiction, prose poetry, personal essay, photographs, and illustration) figures the unhyphenated femme experience emerging in performance, betrayal, violence, humor, and survival, and recognizes femme as an identity in flux and in motion. Featuring critically acclaimed writers including Camilla Gibb, Sky Gilbert, Michelle Tea, Amber Hollibaugh, and Anurima Banerji. Co-edited by Anna Camilleri, author of I Am a Red Dress, and editor of Red Light.

lambda literary award finalist

Brazen Femme Queering Femininity Camilleri & Brushwood-Rose, eds.

gender studies, lgbtq, visual arts, women’s studies 176 pages softcover | isbn 978-1-55152-126-8 $21.95 can • $19.95 us

nonfiction | 2012


The first book by activist and gender-jammer Bergman (The Nearest Exit May Be Behind You, page 21): a funny, insightful, and purposely unsettling manifesto on what it means to be butch (and not). Butch is a Noun chronicles the perplexities, dangers, and pleasures of living life outside the gender binary. This edition includes a new afterword by the author. Bergman is also co-editor of Gender Outlaws: The Next Generation.

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Butch is a Noun S. Bear Bergman

gender studies, lgbtq, women’s studies 224 pages softcover | Isbn 978-1-55152-369-9 $19.95 can • $18.95 us

A Queer Film Classic on Luchino Visconti’s lyrical and controversial 1971 film adaptation of the Thomas Mann novel, about a middle-aged man vacationing in Venice who becomes obsessed with a youth staying at his hotel as a wave of cholera descends upon the city. The book analyzes its cultural impact and provides a vivid portrait of Visconti, an ardent Communist and grand provocateur. “Aitken zigzags from Platen to Plato to Visconti’s love life with irresistible charm.” —Washington Post

a queer film classic

Death in Venice Will Aitken

film studies, lgbtq 192 pages softcover | Isbn 978-1-55152- 418-4 $14.95 can • $14.95 us

Based on the work of 70 researchers in 15 countries, The Dictionary of Homophobia is a mammoth, encyclopedic book that documents the history of homosexuality, and various cultural responses to it, in all regions of the world: a masterful, engaged, and wholly relevant study that traces the political and social emancipation of a culture. “A thoughtful consideration of the global condition of gays and lesbians in the intellectual tradition of the classical French enyclopedists.” —Choice Magazine

The Dictionary of Homophobia A Global History of Gay & Lesbian Experience Louis-Georges Tin, ed.

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cultural studies, french, history, lgbtq, sociology, women’s studies 496 pages cloth | isbn 978-1-55152-229-6 $44.95 can • $44.95 us


An analysis of Chen Kaige’s acclaimed 1992 Chinese film about two male performers in the Beijing Opera and the woman who comes between them, set against the extraordinary backdrop of mid-20th-century Chinese history and politics. Farewell My Concubine won the Palme d’Or at the 1993 Cannes Film Festival. Leung is an Associate Professor in Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, BC.

a queer film classic

Farewell My Concubine Helen Hok-Sze Leung

| 17 asian studies, film studies, lgbtq, multicultural 160 pages softcover | isbn 978-1-55152-362-0 $14.95 can • $14.95 us

A thoughtful study of Fire, the controversial 1996 film by director Deepa Mehta, and the first in India to frankly depict homosexual relations, specifically the relationship between two daughters-in-law who have joined the family through arranged marriages. The film’s content sparked violent protests at cinemas in Mumbai and Delhi, setting off a maelstrom of public discourse on homosexuality and freedom of speech in India. Ghosh is a professor at Jamia Millia Islamia, a university in New Delhi.

a queer film classic

Fire Shohini Ghosh

asian studies, film studies, lgbtq, multicultural, women’s studies 176 pages softcover | isbn 978-1-55152-363-7 $14.95 can • $14.95 us

In this wide-ranging anthology of nonfiction essays, contributors write intimate and honest first-person accounts of queer (lesbian/gay/bisexual/trans) experience. Contributors include S. Bear Bergman, Kate Bornstein, Sharon Bridgforth, Ivan E. Coyote, Nalo Hopkinson, Katherine V. Forrest, Stan Persky, and Simon Sheppard. Labonté and Schimel are also co-editors of Second Person Queer (page 22).

lambda literary award winner

First Person Queer Who we are (so far) Richard Labonté & Lawrence Schimel, eds.

english, lgbtq, sociology, women’s studies 224 pages softcover | isbn 978-1-55152-227-2 $21.95 can • $17.95 us

nonfiction | 2012


Gods and Monsters deals with the acclaimed 1998 film about openly gay film director James Whale, best known for the Frankenstein films of the 1930s. This book examines the film from a variety of perspectives, highlighting the complexity and significance of its achievements, including its fusion of fantasy and biography. “Tsika gives the book a feel of authenticity that goes beyond intellectual honesty and reaches emotional genuineness.” —EDGE

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Gods and Monsters Noah Tsika

film studies, lgbtq 160 pages softcover | isbn 978-1-55152-263-0 $15.95 can • $14.95 us

Hope in Shadows, a collection of photographs and essays by residents of Vancouver’s impoverished Downtown Eastside, offers readers an intimate and honest look at what it really means to live in Canada’s poorest neighborhood. A co-publication with Pivot Legal Society, a nonprofit legal advocacy organization.

vancouver book award winner shortlisted for haig-brown regional prize

Hope in Shadows Stories and Photographs of Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside Brad Cran & Gillian Jerome

canadian studies, cultural studies, sociology, visual arts 272 pages softcover | isbn 978-1-55152-238-8 $19.95 can • $19.95 us

How It All Began is the personal testimony of Michael “Bommi” Baumann, a man who, in the late 1960s and early ’70s, was a member of the June 2nd Movement, one of the most spectacular urban guerrilla organizations in West Berlin. The original German edition of Wie Alles Anfing was seized by security police when it appeared in 1975. This English edition (first published in 1981) makes a significant contribution to the history of protest movements in Western society.

How It All Began The Personal Account of a West German Urban Guerrilla Bommi Baumann

history, sociology 131 pages softcover | isbn 978-0-88978-045-3 $19.95 can • $18.95 us

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A 2011 edition of a classic Canadian title by award-winning historian Francis: a revealing history of the “Indian” image mythologized in popular Canadian culture since 1850, propagating stereotypes that exist to this day. Subjects covered include the Mounted Police sagas, Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show, Grey Owl, and Pauline Johnson, up to the Oka crisis and the Vancouver Winter Olympics. See Francis’s other books on pages 21 and 23.

The Imaginary Indian The Image of the Indian in Canadian Culture Daniel Francis

| 19 canadian studies, cultural studies, first nations studies, history, multicultural, sociology 288 pages softcover | Isbn 978-1-55152- 425-2 $23.95 can • $23.95 us

Acclaimed French writer Cusset (French Theory) investigates the queering of the French literary canon by American writers and scholars in this thought-provoking and free-minded journey across six centuries of literary classics and sexual polemics. The survey includes the work of Baudelaire, Balzac, Crébillon, Sade, Proust, Gide, and Genet. Cusset is a professor of American Studies at the University of Paris. “A scintillating baptism of fire for all aspiring queer Francophiles.” —Lambda Literary

The Inverted Gaze Queering the French Literary Classics in America François Cusset, translated by David Homel

english, french studies, lgbtq 142 pages softcover | Isbn 978-1-55152- 410-8 $17.95 can • $17.95 us

A philosophical and historical reading of Jean Genet’s final two decades (1968-86), during which time he became preoccupied with the struggles of the disenfranchised and displaced: specifically, the Black Panthers, the BaaderMeinhof, and the Palestinians. It describes the adventures of a passionate and committed writer engaged with the “real,” rather than the “grammatical,” world. “An indispensible study.” —Kirkus Reviews “An eloquent, evocative meditation.” —The Globe and Mail

The Last Genet A Writer in Revolt Hadrien Laroche, translated by David Homel

black studies, french studies, history, lgbtq, political science 344 pages softcover | Isbn 978-1-55152- 365-1 $24.95 can • $22.95 us

nonfiction | 2012


The film Law of Desire is a grand tale of love, lust, and amnesia featuring three main characters: a gay film director; his sister, an actress who was once his brother; and a repressed, obsessive stalker (a young Antonio Banderas). This book examines the political and social context in which Pedro Almodóvar created Law of Desire, as well as its impact on LGBT cinema both in Europe and around the world. Quiroga is Professor of Spanish and Comparative Literature at Emory University in Atlanta.

a queer film classic

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Law of Desire José Quiroga

film studies, lgbtq 160 pages softcover | isbn 978-1-55152-262-3 $15.95 can • $14.95 us

A book on the acclaimed 1997 Belgian film about a young garçon-fille (boy-girl) who celebrates pink as the true colortrace of gender, sexuality, and race. The film resonates not only in current debates regarding transgenderism but also in theoretical debates in queer studies regarding the relationships between biological predicament, the politics of identity, and metaphors of the self. Nadeau is Professor and Chair of the Department of Gender and Women’s Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

a queer film classic fall 2012

Ma vie en rose Chantal Nadeau

film studies, gender studies, lgbtq 160 pages softcover | Isbn 978-1-55152- 484-9 $14.95 can • $14.95 us

An insightful look at Frank Vitale’s autobiographical 1974 Canadian film in which he stars as a photographer living among the outcasts, junkies, and artists populating the Montreal district known simply as “The Main.” In the film, the character Frank becomes obsessed with the young Johnny, a relationship that is doomed from the start. Co-author Waugh teaches film studies at Concordia University in Montreal.

a queer film classic

Montreal Main Thomas Waugh & Jason Garrison

film studies, lgbtq 272 pages softcover | isbn 978-1-55152-364-4 $14.95 can • $14.95 us

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An incisive and widely acclaimed study of the most persistent icons in Canadian history, and how they inform our sense of national identity. Includes stories on such familiar Canadian topics as the rcmp, the cpr, the Infantilization of Quebec, and the Ideology of the Canoe. It investigates aspects of the national mythology, in which history is as much storytelling as fact. Historian Daniel Francis is the author of numerous titles including The Imaginary Indian (page 19), Seeing Reds (page 23), and is the editor of Imagining Ourselves.

National Dreams Myth, Memory, and Canadian History Daniel Francis

| 21 canadian studies, cultural studies, history 216 pages softcover | isbn 978-1-55152-043-8 $22.95 can • $19.95 us

Alternately unsettling and affirming, The Nearest Exit May Be Behind You is a collection of essays on gender and identity by S. Bear Bergman that is irrevocably honest and endlessly illuminating. Bergman shows us there are things you learn when you’re visibly different from those around you, whether it’s being transgressively gendered or readably queer. Bergman is also author of Butch is a Noun (page 16).

lambda literary award finalist

The Nearest Exit May Be Behind You

english, gender studies, lgbtq, women’s studies

S. Bear Bergman

208 pages softcover | isbn 978-1-55152-264-7 $19.95 can • $18.95 us

A fresh theoretical book-length study of the Kootenay School of Writing, the notorious Vancouver-based group of poets founded in 1984 who came to be associated with “language” poetry traditions. Using the psychoanalytic criticism of Jacques Lacan and Slavoj Žizek, Burnham unpacks and demystifies the purposely dense and disjunctive poetry of KSW writers, arguing that it matters because of its materiality and politics. Burnham is an English professor at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby.

fall 2011

The Only Poetry That Matters Reading the Kootenay School of Writing Clint Burnham

english 256 pages softcover | Isbn 978-1-55152- 429-0 $23.95 can • $23.95 us

nonfiction | 2012


A diverse, liberating anthology of essays that explores the parameters, history, and power of the butch/femme binary, inspired by Joan Nestle’s groundbreaking collection The Persistent Desire. Contributors include Jewelle Gomez, Thea Hillman, S. Bear Bergman, Amber Dawn, and Zoe Whittall, with a foreword by Nestle. “Persistence excels in the extreme sport of queer truth-telling … the book feels fresh and radical throughout.” —Lambda Literary

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Persistence All Ways Butch and Femme Ivan E. Coyote & Zena Sharman, eds.

gender studies, lgbtq, women’s studies 312 pages softcover | Isbn 978-1-55152- 397-2 $21.95 can • $19.95 us

One of the first books published to deal with the phenomenon of residential schools in Canada, this is an insightful collection of Native perspectives on the Kamloops Indian Residential School in the British Columbia interior, and a legacy of abuse that haunts former students to this day. Haig-Brown teaches at the University of Toronto.

winner, roderick haig-brown regional prize

Resistance and Renewal Surviving the Indian Residential School Celia Haig-Brown

first nations studies, sociology 172 pages softcover | isbn 978-0-88978-189-4 $16.95 can • $13.95 us

Second Person Queer, a companion to the Lambda Awardwinning First Person Queer (page 17), is an anthology of essays on LGBT life written in the second-person. They take the form of letters to family and friends, missives to homophobes, confessions to lovers, and words of advice for the next generation; they deal with subjects as large and looming as violence, coming out, gay marriage, and raising children. “These diverse essays are shocking and hilarious, and always relevant.” —Fugues

Second Person Queer Who You Are (So Far) Richard Labonté and Lawrence Schimel, eds.

english, lgbtq, sociology, women’s studies 224 pages softcover | isbn 978-1-55152-245-6 $19.95 can • $18.95 us

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By the author of The Imaginary Indian and National Dreams: the compelling story of a turbulent period in Canadian history in 1918-19, when a fearful federal government tried to suppress radical political activity by branding legitimate labor leaders as “Bolsheviks” and “Reds,” culminating in the Winnipeg General Strike. See Francis’s other books on pages 19 and 21. “A well-told tale.” —The Globe and Mail “An astonishing book.” —Georgia Straight

Seeing Reds The Red Scare of 1918-1919, Canada’s First War on Terror Daniel Francis

| 23 history, canadian studies, political science 312 pages cloth | Isbn 978-1-55152- 373-6 $27.95 can • $26.95 us

A revealing history of independent film in seven countries around the world, and how Hollywood, with its eye on the bottom line, lost its ability to support the work of creative filmmakers. Features commentary from indie film notables such as Mike Leigh, Gus Van Sant, Claire Denis, Miranda July, Woody Allen, Atom Egoyan, Catherine Breillat, Sally Potter, John Sayles, and Ken Loach. “An engaging, comprehensive study.” —MovieMaker

fall 2011

Shoot It! Hollywood, Inc. and the Rising of Independent Film David Spaner

film studies 304 pages softcover | Isbn 978-1-55152- 408-5 $22.95 can • $22.95 us

An art book on the politics of urban conflict based on Douglas’s monumental photo mural in Vancouver depicting the 1971 Gastown Riot; it considers the implications of this event and others where conflicts arise based on class, social standing, politics, race, gender, and sexuality. Includes essays by Alexander Alberro (Columbia University), Nora M. Alter (Temple University), and Serge Guilbaut (Univ. of British Columbia). See also Stan Douglas: Every Building on 100 West Hastings (page 24).

Stan Douglas: Abbott & Cordova, 7 August 1971 Stan Douglas

cultural studies, urban studies, visual arts 114 pages cloth | Isbn 978-1-55152- 413-9 $40.00 can • $40.00 us

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Based on a monumental digital print by Stan Douglas, one of Canada’s most distinguished contemporary artists, the essays collected here assess the state of Vancouver’s contested Downtown Eastside; its moral, economic, and social implications. The book unravels the dynamics of history and sociology, combined with photography and art, that informs our understanding of what makes a neighbourhood. See also Stan Douglas: Abbott & Cordova, 7 August 1971 (page 23).

city of vancouver book award winner

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Stan Douglas: Every Building on 100 West Hastings Reid Shier, ed.

canadian studies, cultural studies, sociology, urban studies, visual arts 80 pages softcover | isbn 978-1-55152-135-0 $25.95 can • $25.95 us

The captivating story of the late Mary John, a pioneering Carrier Native whose life on the Stoney Creek reserve in central British Columbia is a capsule history of First Nations life from a unique woman’s perspective. Mary John (who passed away in 2004) was awarded the Order of Canada in 1997. By the author of Judgement at Stoney Creek and A Little Rebellion (both Arsenal).

now in its 15th printing

Stoney Creek Woman 10th Anniversary Edition Bridget Moran

first nations studies, sociology, women’s studies 170 pages softcover | isbn 978-1-55152-047-6 $19.95 can • $18.95 us

A revealing study Alfred Hitchcock’s 1951 thriller, about two men who meet on a train and enter into a murder plot that binds them to each other. The book details critical controversies over Hitchcock’s representations of male homosexuality. Goldberg is Arts and Sciences Distinguished Professor of English at Emory University.

a queer film classic fall 2012

Strangers on a Train Jonathan Goldberg

film studies, lgbtq 160 pages softcover | Isbn 978-1-55152- 482-5 $14.95 can • $14.95 us

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The film Trash is a down-and-out domestic melodrama about a decidedly eccentric couple: Joe, an impotent junkie (played by Warhol film regular Joe Dallesandro), and Holly (played by Warhol trans superstar Holly Woodlawn), Joe’s feisty and sexually frustrated girlfriend. Author Jon Davies argues that Trash is an allegory for the experiences of Dallesandro, Woodlawn, their co-stars, and countless other human “leftovers,” whose self-fashioning for Warhol and Morrissey’s gaze transformed them—if only fleetingly—from nobodies into somebodies.

a queer film classic

Trash

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film studies, lgbtq

Jon Davies

176 pages softcover | isbn 978-1-55152-261-6 $15.95 can • $14.95 us

A dazzling and provocative examination of the cyborg —the concept of man-as-machine—in popular culture. The book collects essays and images, in colour and blackand-white, presenting the image of the cyborg in all its imaginative guises, as an “uncanny” image that reflects our shared fascination and dread of the machine and its presence in our daily lives.

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The Uncanny Experiments in Cyborg Culture Bruce Grenville, ed.

cultural studies, film studies, visual arts 280 pages softcover | isbn 978-1-55152-116-9 $34.95 can • $27.95 us

“V6A” is the postal prefix for what is often described as “the poorest neighbourhood in Canada,” Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside (DTES). This anthology refracts the experience of thirty-two writers, emerging and established, who have been a part of the DTES community in some way; their prose, poetry, and essays reappropriate the coding of the area and recast the DTES as a site of creative energy and human dignity. Includes a preface by writer Gary Geddes.

spring 2012

V6A Writing from Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside John Mikhail Asfour & Elee Kraljii Gardiner, eds.

sociology, urban studies 208 pages softcover | Isbn 978-1-55152-462-7 $19.95 can • $19.95 us

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An unsettling and moving study of two tragic events at an Indian residential school in central British Columbia which serve as a microcosm of the profound impact the residential school system had on Aboriginal communities in Canada throughout this century. “A solid addition to the historical record.” —BCLA Reporter

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Victims of Benevolence The Dark Legacy of the Williams Lake Residential School Elizabeth Furniss

first nations studies, sociology 142 pages softcover | isbn 978-1-55152-015-5 $18.95 can • $17.95 us

A book on the groundbreaking 1977 documentary that profiles the lives of ordinary gay men and lesbians of different ages, races, and backgrounds. The film was released around the same time that Anita Bryant waged her infamous anti-gay campaign in Florida, and provided an important visual counterpoint to the homophobic rhetoric that Bryant and others were promulgating.

a queer film classic

Word is Out Greg Youmans

film studies, lgbtq 192 pages softcover | Isbn 978-1-55152- 420-7 $14.95 can • $14.95 us

An insightful look at John Greyson’s controversial 1993 film musical about the AIDS crisis which combines experimental, camp musical, and documentary aesthetics while refuting the legend of “Patient Zero,” the male flight attendant blamed for bringing the AIDS crisis to North America. Pearson and Knabe both teach in the Women’s Studies and Feminist Research department at the University of Western Ontario. “A gripping tale … passionate and smart.” —Washington Post

a queer film classic

Zero Patience Wendy Gay Pearson & Susan Knabe

film studies, lgbtq 184 pages softcover | Isbn 978-1-55152- 422-1 $14.95 can • $14.95 us

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poetry Wayde Compton’s first poetry collection, which documents both the migration of blacks to Canada in the 1800s, and the lives of contemporary young blacks. Compton is also the editor of Bluesprint (page 15) and the author of After Canaan (page 14), and Performance Bond (page 28). “A passionate, funny, dangerous, unbearably lucid book.” —January Magazine

shortlisted for the dorothy livesay poetry prize

49th Parallel Psalm Wayde Compton

| 27 black studies, english, multiculturalism 176 pages softcover | isbn 978-1-55152-065-0 $18.95 can • $15.95 us

Automaton Biographies is the first full-length solo poetry book by novelist Larissa Lai (When Fox is a Thousand). Ambitious, eloquent, and deeply personal, these poems taken as a whole are a personal and cultural history that jostles us out of our humanness and into our relations to animal, machine, language, and one another. “Reckons with matters of identity and questions what it is to be human in our current geopolitical and technological contexts. —Quill and Quire

shortlisted for the dorothy livesay poetry prize

Automaton Biographies Larissa Lai

asian studies, english, multicultural 168 pages softcover | isbn 978-1-55152-292-0 $19.95 can • $17.95 us

Published on the 100th anniversary of the disaster, Impact is an intimate and evocative poetry collection that depicts the tragedy in a series of poetic snapshots. Based on historical research, the poems document the history behind the ship’s construction as well as what life must have been like for those aboard her maiden voyage. Impact offers a new, startlingly sensitive perspective with poems that take readers inside the hearts and minds of its passengers.

spring 2012

Impact The Titanic Poems Billeh Nickerson

english 96 pages softcover | Isbn 978-1-55152- 442-2 $14.95 can • $14.95 us

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In Performance Bond, Wayde Compton, one of the most progressive and experimental poets in Canada, defiantly and eloquently confronts the globalization and commodification of black culture. With poetry inspired by the insistent cadences of hip-hop and jazz, Compton fuses language, history, and contemporary black politics. The book includes a CD performance by the author. Compton is also the author of After Canaan (page 14), and 49th Parallel Psalm (page 27) and editor of Bluesprint (page 15).

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Performance Bond Wayde Compton

black studies, english, multiculturalism 160 pages softcover (with cd) | isbn 978-1-55152-164-0 $22.95 can • $17.95 us

A groundbreaking anthology of Canadian gay male poetry that includes material from the 1890s to present-day. The fifty-plus contributors include Patrick Anderson, bill bissett, Robin Blaser, Sky Gilbert, John Glassco, Brion Gysin, Daryl Hine, Douglas LePan, Daniel David Moses, Stan Persky, Andy Quan, Ian Iqbal Rashid, Shane Rhodes, Bill Richardson, André Roy, Gregory Scofield, Michael V. Smith, George Stanley, RM Vaughan, and Ian Young. “It deserves a place in every high school library.” —Toronto Star

Seminal The Anthology of Canada’s Gay Male Poets John Barton & Billeh Nickerson, eds.

english, lgbtq 368 pages softcover | isbn 978-1-55152-217-3 $24.95 can • $21.95 us

Collecting the work of some of the most vibrant and exciting Chinese-Canadian poets working today, this is the first such anthology ever published in book form. These poems evoke the spirit and sentiment of the Chinese-Canadian community, representing a diversity of language and style. Includes work by Lydia Kwa, Larissa Lai, Laiwan, Evelyn Lau, Fred Wah, and Jim Wong-Chu. “An important and timely book.” —This Magazine

Swallowing Clouds An Anthology of Chinese-Canadian Poetry Andy Quan & Jim Wong-Chu, eds.

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