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Introducing our new poetry and fiction imprint: Buckrider Books.

The name and colophon come from the legend of the Buckriders, or de Bokkenrijders, a tale that emerged in the Limburg regions of Belgium and the Netherlands during the eighteenth century. According to the legend, several bands of robbers made a pact with the devil, and they flew through the night sky on the backs of magical goats, robbing local farms and churches. Word of the buckriders triggered a panic that resulted in a brutal series of persecutions, kangaroo courts and mass executions that eclipsed even the infamous Salem witch trials in the New World. The image of the Buckrider reflects the Dutch and Flemish heritage of founding publisher Maria Jacobs and Senior Editor Paul Vermeersch, who is heading up the imprint. Our aim is to publish books that are daring in theme and style, that challenge established perceptions or that risk an outlaw sensibility. This is why our books will be emblazoned with the masked figure and flying goat of the Buckrider. Buckrider Books will publish one fiction title and two poetry titles each season, all acquired and edited by Paul Vermeersch. For its debut season, Buckrider is bringing you three exciting debut titles: D. D. Miller’s darkly humorous short story collection David Foster Wallace Ruined My Suicide and Other Stories, Erina Harris’s stunning poetry collection The Stag Head Spoke and David James Brock’s erudite book of poems and libretti Everyone Is CO2. Find more information about these books and more in the pages of this catalogue. We know you’ll be as enthusiastic about these new titles as we are, and we invite you to follow the evolution of Buckrider Books over the seasons to come, as we bring you new fiction from Christine Fischer Guy and Matt Cahill, and new poetry from Jesse Patrick Ferguson, Claire Caldwell, Madhur Anand, Chris Chambers and many more.


Frontlist – Short Stories 4

David Foster Wallace Ruined My Suicide and Other Stories By D. D. Miller

A sophisticated collection of dark humour and social satire that marks the arrival of a major new voice in Canadian fiction. Filled with burning parade floats, bear attacks and roller derby leagues, D.D. Miller’s short stories present us with a comical collection of slacker heroes who get what they deserve in unexpected ways. These men are survivors who fail to see how fortunate they are, and who watch helplessly as their lives unravel, if only because they fail to act. Miller’s deft sentences and sharp characterization bring these stories to life, pulling his readers into the lives of these often self-centred underdogs, where the readers find themselves sympathizing with the characters while still laughing at the mishaps Miller has artfully scattered in his characters’ paths. David Foster Wallace Ruined My Suicide and Other Stories By D. D. Miller 978-1-894987-84-4 5.25 x 7.5 Paperback 150 pp. $20 April Short Stories

Other Related Titles: This House is Condemned By David Haskins 978-1-894987-78-3 150 pp. $19 2013 Non-fiction Crumbling houses, garden forks, eagle feathers and students both lost and found come together beautifully in David Haskins’ powerful collection.

I have a problem with endings. It seems I can’t ever finish anything, not properly anyway. And I’m convinced that it all started with my name: Gregor Postma. All through my education – from elementary right through to my unfinished grad degree – there wasn’t a teacher who didn’t assume my name was Gregory Postman, shortened on their attendance sheet by some data-entry error. I go by Greg, which I know is even less complete, but the only people who had ever called me Gregor were my Dutch father and grandmother. My grandmother died long ago and I hadn’t seen my father in a decade, so sometimes, when I see “Gregor” printed on a bill, or when a telemarketer calls and asks for me by that name, even I’m taken aback by how incomplete it sounds. D. D. Miller is Dave Miller, a.k.a. the Derby Nerd. Originally from Nova Scotia, Miller now lives in Toronto where he works as a college English instructor, and as a coach and commentator for the Toronto Roller Derby league. As the Derby Nerd, Miller is known throughout North America for his writings on one of the world’s fastest emerging sports. David Foster Wallace Ruined My Suicide and Other Stories is his first book.


Frontlist – Poetry 5

The Stag Head Spoke By Erina Harris

Part Mother Goose, part Anne Carson – Erina Harris’s debut collection bursts with classic wordplay and serious innovation. A must read. Erina Harris’s first full-length work is a brilliant questioning of traditional forms ranging from the fairy tale to the sonnet. The collection is composed of two serial poems, or “Books,” within which the poems build upon each other to create their own careful language. Book One uses the concept of childhood to consider humanity’s relationships with places, animals and our own senses. Book Two stretches the idea of elegy, working to express grief through a community of mourners, while lamenting the suicide of a close friend. Throughout the collection Harris uses rhyme in innovative and unexpected ways. Ten years in the writing, The Stag Head Spoke is a polished and highly original work, a debut collection like few others. “In the distance” A grey cat yowls, yanking caught paw to get it back from the frozen track. Its spine, a bristling archway its sound slowly crosses in low growl, a memory inherited is climbing on to the cry of an infant. He is parted from his sound. It enters sky which carries it further and someplace lays it down. The grey cat beside the train track writhing. His free paw bloodies a scratched slat. Steel track in place beside the cat in grit his deepening. He bears down, under sky tilted jaw at the slit, begins with teeth at paw, then a second time cries to it. Erina Harris is a Canadian poet. She has devoted the past decade to the writing, study and rewriting of this first collection, The Stag Head Spoke. Her work has been published in North America, England and Slovenia. Her work has been awarded in the Norma Epstein Competition (University of Toronto), the THIS Magazine Great Literary Hunt, the ARC Editor’s Choice Poem, and shortlisted for the Bronwen Wallace and Ralph Gustafson Awards. A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and Fellowship recipient, she is now pursuing a PhD in Creative Writing and Poetics at the University of Calgary.

The Stag Head Spoke By Erina Harris 978-1-894987-82-0 5.75 x 8.5 Paperback 120 pp. $18 April Poetry

Other Related Titles: We, Beasts By Oana Avasilichioaei 978-1-894987-62-2 148 pp. $19 2012 Poetry “Avasilichioaei’s poems wind around a core of Grimmesque fable, as she presses words into uncommon functions. In this book’s dark core ‘the muse, stuck in a bone, is gnawing her way out.’” – Jonathan Ball, Winnipeg Free Press


Frontlist – Poetry 6

Everyone is CO2

By David James Brock The debut poetry collection from the internationally acclaimed librettist and playwright. Crafting poems that delight scholars and fanboys alike, David James Brock addresses the things that influence our private mythologies, from television to space exploration, from heavy metal to the epic of Gilgamesh. What distinguishes his work is his knack for condensed narrative, lyrical inventiveness and his use of surprising details. He brings together all his experience as a dramatist and lyricist to mine the zeitgeist and write poems sure to entertain the most discerning pop-cultural intellectual. “Mercury”

Everyone is CO2 By David James Brock 978-1-894987-83-7 5.75 x 8.5 Paperback 120 pp. $18 April Poetry

Other Related Titles: Woods Wolf Girl By Cornelia Hoogland 978-1-894987-53-0 96 pp. $17 2011 Poetry “Poet and dramatist Cornelia Hoogland is an expert at spinning fables, and nowhere is this more evident than in the earthy sexual tension exploding between a B.C. Wolf and a girl named Red.” – Kara A. Smith, BC BookWorld

I will drink this mercury, deliver a boy by episiotomy, and the boy will make us rich. I will raise him to embrace the scales on his skin, to let the calluses pucker. Should his sclera grey, he will see his steel. Where no limb exists, no loss is felt. The amalgam of our organs is the syndactyl hand we showcase. I will teach him what we make of freaks, how a forked tongue needs the frame of a crowd’s open mouth. The bottle’s glass is cold on my maternal lips, placing mirrors in my blood, placing courage in the chaos of his cells. Let his mind avoid the poison, its confusions, bend only the body toward its costume. We are each exhibits in the human zoo, and only suckers show themselves for free. So embrace my miscreation, get a ticket, get in line. Poet, playwright and librettist David James Brock lives in Toronto. He holds degrees in literature, science and creative writing. His plays and operas have been produced in Victoria, Vancouver, Winnipeg, Toronto, Edinburgh, Glasgow, London, San Francisco and other cities. His most frequent collaborator is the Scotland-based composer Gareth Williams. There are forthcoming productions of Brock’s stage works across Canada and in New York City, the UK, and Mexico.


Frontlist – Non-fiction POPLAR PRESS

In Grace’s Kitchen: Memories and recipes from an Italian-Canadian childhood By Vince Agro

Dandelions, snails, pasta and red wine are the markers of Vince Agro’s childhood and just a few of the ingredients in the unforgettable recipes in this collection. Pour yourself a glass of red wine and settle in for this collection of stories and recipes from author Vince Agro. Centred around his mother’s kitchen table, “from where she steered the family as if the captain of a ship,” we learn of his father’s butcher shop, collecting dandelions, drinking red wine, hunting ducks, butchering chickens and escaped snails. But it always comes back to the kitchen table, and the recipes for the delicious meals his mother, Grace, placed before her family every day. Whether you want to know how to cook cardoons or what they did with those ducks, In Grace’s Kitchen is a wonderful immersion in a way of life that is quickly passing. You are ready to make the meatballs. Place a cup of water and your favorite wine beside you. Dip your hand, fingers only, into the water, scoop up enough meat to create a neat meatball by rolling it between the palms of your two hands. Then take a sip of wine. That is the purpose of the wine. Grace rarely used it in her cooking. Repeat the process until all the meat is gone or you’ve had too much wine – whichever comes first. Then place the meatballs into a frying pan, not letting them touch each other, and fry them in a light vegetable oil until all sides are nicely browned, almost crisp. Most importantly, cook them until they are about 3/4 done. Only then should they be dropped into the simmering sugo. Another method of cooking the meatballs is to simply put them under the oven broiler. This method is faster. The same principles apply, but Grace preferred the frying method. She maintained they were tastier, but of course that’s because of la padella, her magic frying pan. She loved to fry everything. Now, the meatballs are ready to place into the tomato sauce, which has already been cooking for 10 to 15 minutes. It will take another 15 minutes to complete the recipe. At this stage, it doesn’t matter whether the sugo was garlic or onion based. It all works well. And it’s delicious. Vince Agro lives in the Westdale neighbourhood of Hamilton with his family. A proud Hamiltonian, he was born and raised in the city’s North End. He taught high school English and served on the Hamilton City Council for many years, some of which were as mayor and deputy mayor. He runs his own life insurance and employee benefit consulting company. His latest book, The Good Doctor, won the 2012 F.G. Bressani Literary Prize for Fiction and was a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize Reader’s Choice contest.

In Grace’s Kitchen: Memories and recipes from an Italian-Canadian childhood By Vince Agro 978-1-894987-80-6 6 x 9 Paperback 200 pp. $20 May Non-fiction

Also by this Author: The Good Doctor By Vince Agro 978-1-894987-61-5 518 pp. $19 2011 Fiction “It’s a powerful story, full of tenderness, pain and humour.” – Jeff Mahoney, The Hamilton Spectator

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Frontlist – Non-fiction 8

Coming Down the Mountain: Rethinking the 1972 Summit Series Edited by Brian Kennedy

From bobble-head dolls to the series-winning goal, these thirteen authors take on the pinnacle of hockey in Canada and challenge its history.

Coming Down the Mountain: Rethinking the 1972 Summit Series Edited by Brian Kennedy 978-1-894987-86-8 6 x 9 Paperback 250 pp. $25 June Non-fiction

Other Related Titles: Now is the Winter: Thinking about hockey Edited by Jamie Dopp and Richard Harrison 978-1-894987-34-9 214 pp. $25 2009 Non-fiction “You don’t have to love hockey to love Now is the Winter. The insights gleaned are not limited to this single game. The book is multidisciplinary in the truest sense, with the contributors representing over a dozen fields of study.” – Angie Abdou, Arete

Was the 1972 Summit Series our “Canadian Iliad,” one of our formative myths as a country? Or was it the start of the politicization of hockey, a time when people could see the problems of a country in the rise and fall of its sport? And how did it play out in Quebec? Does everyone there remember where they were when Henderson scored the goal? Was this just a hockey game, and, to younger eyes, not that impressive a series, or was it a titanic battle of two systems of government taking place on ice? And why do we have these bobblehead dolls? The thirteen essays in the anthology examine the series from every angle, questioning its legacy and giving fresh insights into the way the Summit Series has impacted both hockey and Canada. Forty plus years on, the Summit Series exists for Canadians as a set of what might appear to be uncomplicated facts. It was us versus the big evil other. Our guys banded together despite early setbacks to win. “The Goal” was a never-to-be-forgotten moment of triumph which united a large and politically fractious country. Access to this set of commonplace beliefs is as close as the nearest computer, DVD player or library bookshelf. Maybe it’s as close as the nearest Tim Hortons, where the question “Do you remember September 1972?” is likely to spark recognition, discussion and camaraderie, even amongst those too young to have witnessed it in person or who lived elsewhere at that time. The present volume exists, in large measure, to ask what else there is to the Summit Series. Brian Kennedy’s prior books include Growing Up Hockey (Folklore, 2007) and Living the Hockey Dream (Folklore, 2009), and he has contributed to the hockey anthology, Now is the Winter: Thinking about hockey (Wolsak and Wynn, 2009). He has also appeared in the documentary film Hockey: More Than a Game, which was screened on PBS stations in the United States during 2012. Brian Kennedy is also Associate Professor of English at Pasadena City College. Contributors: Michael Buma, Iri Cermak, Jamie Dopp, Tim Elcombe, Richard Harrison, Andrew C. Holman, Brett Kashmere, Brian Kennedy, Alexander Kubyshkin, Anna Lathrop, Daryl Leeworthy, Richard Lehman, Don Morrow, Tobias Stark and Julie Stevens.


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The Battle of the Five Spot: Ornette Coleman and the New York Jazz Field By David Neil Lee

Author and scholar David Neil Lee takes us to the dank, crowded Lower Manhattan tavern where the jazz world was set alight and explains why it was never the same again. In 1959, when the California saxophonist Ornette Coleman brought his quartet to New York’s Five Spot Café, the music ignited a storm of controversy, and spurred a struggle between old and new styles of jazz that has never quite subsided. David Neil Lee explores the debate around Coleman’s innovation in terms of its relationships to social change and issues of power within arts communities. With its scholarly approach to jazz history’s hottest topic, The Battle of the Five Spot has won praise from music’s most knowledgeable readers. Point of Departure’s Bill Shoemaker called it a “crisply written, illuminating analysis of one of the most pivotal events in jazz history.” Pamela Margles in The Whole Note called it“a provocative study…a heartfelt – and powerful – tribute to the creative validity of free jazz.” First published in 2006, the Wolsak and Wynn edition of The Battle of the Five Spot has been newly revised, with an afterword by the author. The Five Spot Café was a small, unpretentious, even shabby bar at Five Cooper Square in the Bowery, a traditionally working-class neighbourhood in Lower Manhattan. Because of its location east of the clubs, lofts and galleries of Greenwich Village, the Bowery was home to many artists and intellectuals from the village scene, some of whom would gather at the Five Spot. The Club had a piano, which occasionally one of the customers would play, and in 1956 the brothers Joe and Iggy Termini, who had inherited the Five Spot from their father, initiated a jazz policy. They presented such modern artists as Thelonious Monk, Randy Weston and David Amram, as well as the radical young avant-garde pianist Cecil Taylor. Taylor’s six-week engagement “immediately attracted a new crowd of artists, writers and members of what at that time was commonly referred to as the Uptown Bohemia. The skids went out, the sawdust came off the floor, the prices went up,” and by the end of the year the Five Spot had become an outpost, pioneering the transformation of its neighbourhood into the East Village – an eastward extension of the long-established Greenwich Village artistic community. David Neil Lee was born and raised in Mission, BC. Upon receiving his BA in English from UBC, he moved to Toronto where he worked for the jazz magazine Coda and, with his wife, Maureen Cochrane, ran the publishing house Nightwood Editions. He also studied double bass and worked actively in Toronto avant-garde theatre, dance, and multi-media performances, as well as touring internationally and recording with the Bill Smith Ensemble, Leo Smith, and Joe McPhee. He is the author of The Battle of the Five Spot: Ornette Coleman and the New York Jazz Field (Mercury Press, 2006) and Commander Zero (Tightrope Books, 2012). He lives in Hamilton with his family.

The Battle of the Five Spot: Ornette Coleman and the New York Jazz Field By David Neil Lee 978-1-894987-85-1 6 x 9 Paperback 130 pp. $20 May Non-fiction

Other Related Titles: The Boreal Dragon: Encounters with a northern land By Katherine Bitney 978-1-894987-69-1 168 pp. $19 2013 Non-fiction “Bitney challenges us to strongly rethink the language we use when it comes to how we look at our environment.” – Adam Petrash, Winnipeg Free Press


Frontlist – Translation 10

Vesuvius

by Zulmira Ribeiro Tavares Translated by Hugh Hazelton Often considered one of Brazil’s finest authors, this is the first collection of Zulmira Ribeiro Tavares’ poetry to be translated into English. Zulmira Ribeiro Tavares is the author of numerous works of poetry and fiction, and has received many of Brazil’s highest literary awards. This collection, translated by Governor General’s Award–winning translator Hugh Hazelton, is the first English translation of her poetry. Vesuvius is divided into seven parts that converge into a final glosa, which serves as a guide to the mountain. Tavares’ poetry is direct, but sly, filled with pointed commentary on the world around her. In her writing a socialite can be a boa constrictor, and a volcano can be a country. She questions everything, but the reader follows her willingly, charmed by her disarming style and captivated by her insight. Vesuvius By Zulmira Ribeiro Tavares Translated by Hugh Hazelton 978-1-894987-81-3 150 pp. $20 2013 Translation, Poetry

Other Related Titles: Hallucinations in the Alfalfa and other poems By Griselda García Translated by Hugh Hazelton 978-1-894987-43-1 164 pp. $19 2010 Translation, Poetry “Griselda García is a voice from the South well worth reading, and this meaty offering presents her work with the respect due a powerful poet.” – John Herbert Cunningham, Rain Taxi

Excerpt from “Boa” After lunch Palmira sleepily digests, boa-like. She has daydreams with themes, but light: the siesta of a socialite. Palmira doesn’t like it. She looks up above. Discovers trees where there are roofs. And broken tiles fall off.

A breeze from the hill chills the nape of her neck. But it’s just a current of air from doors that slam. Palmira doesn’t listen. Palmira’s drowsy eyes spy on supercilious life. She wakes up. Sneezes.

Born in 1930, in São Paulo, Brazil, Zulmira Ribeiro Tavares is the author of numerous books, including Termos de comparação (Perspectiva, 1974); O japonês dos olhos redondos (Paz e Terra, 1982); O nome do bispo (Brasiliense, 1985); O mandril (Brasiliense, 1988) and Joias de família (1990). She has received numerous awards including the 1974 Award for Literature by APCA, the Mercedes Benz Award for Literature in 1985 and a Jabuti Award for Fiction in 1991. Hugh Hazelton is a writer and translator who specializes in the work of Latin American writers living in Canada, as well as in comparisons between Canadian and Quebec literatures and those of the Southern Cone (Argentina, Chile and Uruguay). He has published four books of poetry and has translated eleven books from Spanish and French into English. His translation of Vétiver (Signature, 2005), a collection of poems by the Haitian-Canadian writer Joël Des Rosiers, won the Governor General’s award for French-English translation in 2006. He teaches Spanish translation and Latin American civilization at Concordia University in Montreal.


Recent Releases 11

Enjoy It While It Hurts By JonArno Lawson

Enjoy It While It Hurts is an edifying miscellany of quarrelsome quips, holiday oddities, benevolent advice, curious thoughts and comically apocalyptic melancholia. This delightful collection of light verse and nonsense poetry written and illustrated by the award-winning, multi-talented JonArno Lawson keeps alive the traditions of Edward Gorey, Shel Silverstein, and Stevie Smith. Erudite, witty and wholly original, Lawson’s wordplay is serious business. 978-1-894987-77-6 118 pp. $17 Poetry

October 2013

Her Red Hair Rises with the Wings of Insects By Catherine Graham

In her fifth collection of poetry, Catherine Graham breaks into rich, new territory. Long recognized for the easy grace and strange beauty of her poems about grief and remembrance, in Her Red Hair Rises with the Wings of Insects, she turns her thoughts toward poems of tribute and exaltation. Paying homage to the work of two inspiring poets – P. K. Page, whose long life and celebrated career have made her a legend in her native Canada, and Dorothy Molloy, an Irish poet whose life was tragically cut short just as readers were discovering the true scope of her talents – Graham has crafted an ocean-spanning book of deep feeling, good humour and hard-won solace. 978-1-894987-76-9 72 pp. $17 Poetry

October 2013

This House is Condemned By David Haskins

This House is Condemned is equal parts elegy, portraiture and exploration of a life lived at the edge of Lake Ontario. In prose both hard-hitting and heartfelt, David Haskins writes essays of immigrating to Canada and building his life as a teacher and writer. Currents of poetry run through the book, which is as touched with humour as it is with sadness. He writes of indestructible garden forks, rafts that bear him away unexpectedly and of the loves that ebb and flow throughout a life. This House is Condemned is a powerful collection that picks the reader up and places them beside the author, walking along the shores of the lake. 978-1-894987-78-3 150 pp. $19 Non-fiction

November 2013

Great Power and Great Responsibility: The Philosophical Politics of Comics By Douglas Mann

Great Power and Great Responsibility: The Philosophical Politics of Comic Books is a thought-provoking collection of essays that delves into the philosophies that underlie many of the great comic series. From Sheena to the Marvel Civil War series, Douglas Mann considers a wide variety of comic storylines and characters, how they reflect the political times that formed them and the culture that both creates and enjoys them. A fascinating and unusual look at two pieces of society that do not generally appear on the same page. 978-1-894987-79-0 | 400 pp.

$25

Non-fiction

December 2013

This is Importance: A Students’ Guide to Literature Edited by Gregory Betts

In this whimsical, absurd and simply hilarious collection, Gregory Betts has pulled together some of the best mistakes, malapropisms and misinterpretations of literature that he has come across in his years of grading papers. With an introduction on the importance of learning through error in education and a full complement of confusions on authors, styles and the point of reading literature, this book will delight English teachers and literature devotees everywhere. 978-1-894987-75-2 120 pp. $10 Culture, Humour

June 2013


Recent Releases 12

Rosa Rose By Robert Priest

Illustrations by Joan Krygsman

An inspiring collection of musical poetry about the women and men who have made our world a better place. Robert Priest, an award-winning poet and musician, has written thought-provoking poems to introduce children to men and women across the planet that have changed the world, from Terry Fox to Ghandi, Rosa Parks to Elijah Harper. Illustrated with bold line drawings by Joan Krygsman, Rosa Rose is a captivating book sure to delight all readers. 978-1-894987-73-8 50 pp. $10 Juvenile Poetry

June 2013

Arguments with the Lake By Tanis Rideout

A triumphant, lyrical portrait of two extraordinary swimmers: one destined for fame and glory, the other on a path toward obscurity and ruin. Tanis Rideout weaves the tales of these two remarkable women, Marilyn Bell and Shirley Campbell, together in a series of stunning, lyrical poems. It is a story of courage and triumph, but also one of adversity and redemption. This is an exhilarating book of poetry, at once tender and terrifying. 978-1-894987-71-4 80 pp. $17 Poetry, Canadian History

April 2013

The Civic-Mindedness of Trees By Ken Howe

With rich language and startling imagery award-winning poet Ken Howe renews our understanding of eco-poetry and of the cities we live in. These poems are witty and philosophical meditations on the haunting presence of the natural world, and on the familiar presence of humanity within it. At once playful and sublime, Ken Howe’s linguistically daring investigations have updated the staid genre of “eco-poetry” for the information age. 978-1-894987-72-1 118 pp. $17 Poetry

April 2013

A Nervous City By Chris Pannell

An array of poems that explore the depth and breadth of the city, capturing both its darkness and its charm. Whether it is the roads that weave through his native Hamilton, or the crowded streets of Cairo where tourists, it seems, are forbidden to walk, Pannell captures the hum and energy that animates these urban spaces in his latest collection. 978-1-894987-74-5 80 pp. $17 Poetry

April 2013

The Boreal Dragon: Encounters with a northern land By Katherine Bitney An intricate and beautiful collection of essays considering humanity’s relationship with the northern land that the author calls home. From the boreal forest to her vegetable garden Bitney writes of the beauties of a northern natural world, drawing the reader deeply into the dance of the seasons. But it is not all raindrops and flowers. Bitney also looks at the uncomfortable parts of nature, and ourselves, and prods us to re-evaluate our own place in the ecosystem. 978-1-894987-69-1 168 pp. $19 Non-fiction

May 2013


Books in Print 13 From Buckrider Books: Brock, David James. Everyone is CO2, 2014.

ISBN 978-1-894987-83-7

120 pp. $18

Harris, Erina. The Stag Head Spoke, 2014.

ISBN 978-1-894987-82-0

120 pp. $18

Miller, D. D. David Foster Wallace Ruined My Suicide and Other Stories, 2014.

ISBN 978-1-894987-84-4

150 pp. $20

n Agro, Vince. The Good Doctor, 2011. Winner of the F.G. Bressani Literary Prize

ISBN 978-1-894987-61-5

518 pp. $19

Agro, Vince. In Grace’s Kitchen: Memories and recipes from an Italian-Canadian childhood, 2014.

ISBN 978-1-894987-80-6

200 pp. $20

Betts, Gregory, ed. This is Importance: A Students’ Guide to Literature, 2013.

ISBN 978-1-894987-75-2

120 pp. $10

Choyce, Lesley. How to Fix Your Head, 2011.

ISBN 978-1-894987-54-7

150 pp. $17

n Collier, David. Hamilton Illustrated, 2012. Winner of the Pigskin Peters Award

ISBN 978-1-894987-70-7

88 pp. $19

Gutman, Plynn. The Work of Her Hands: A prairie woman’s life in remembrances and recipes, 2010.

ISBN 978-1-894987-51-6

188 pp. $19

Wakan, Naomi Beth. Book Ends: A year between the covers, 2010.

ISBN 978-1-894987-42-4

254 pp. $19

n Wakan, Naomi Beth. A Roller-coaster Ride: Thoughts on aging, 2012. Silver medalist for the Living Now Book Awards

ISBN 978-1-894987-64-6

230 pp. $19

Armstrong, Luanne, and Zoë Landale, ed. Slice me some truth: An anthology of Canadian creative nonfiction, 2011

ISBN 978-1-894987-60-8

402 pp. $29

Avasilichioaei, Oana. Abandon, 2005.

ISBN 978-1-894987-05-9

80 pp. $15

Avasilichioaei, Oana. feria: a poempark, 2008.

ISBN 978-1-894987-29-5

104 pp. $17

n Avasilichioaei, Oana. We, Beasts, 2012. Winner of the A. M. Klein Prize for Poetry

ISBN 978-1-894987-62-2

148 pp. $19

Barbour, Douglas. Breath Takes, 2001.

ISBN 978-0-919897-78-6

78 pp. $15

n Baxter, Joan. Dust from our Eyes: An unblinkered look at Africa, 2nd edition, 2010. Finalist for the Dayton Literary Peace Prize

ISBN 978-1-894987-47-9

438 pp. $25

Berger, Maxianne. Dismantled Secrets, 2008.

ISBN 978-1-894987-24-0

96 pp. $17

Bitney, Katharine. The Boreal Dragon: Encounters with a northern land, 2013.

ISBN 978-1-894987-69-1

200 pp. $19

Bourne, Lesley-Anne. Labyrinthine, 2004.

ISBN 978-0-919897-99-1

80 pp. $15

Buncel, Jacquie. Turning the Corner at Dusk, 2010.

ISBN 978-1-894987-36-3

104 pp. $17

Capilongo, Domenico. I thought elvis was italian, 2008.

ISBN 978-1-894987-22-6

88 pp. $17

Charach, Ron. Cowboys & Bleeding Hearts: Essays on Violence, Health and Identity, 2009.

ISBN 978-1-894987-35-6

188 pp. $19

Charach, Ron. Selected Portraits, 2007.

ISBN 978-1-894987-20-2

128 pp. $17

Choyce, Lesley. Seven Ravens: Two Summers in a Life by the Sea, 2009.

ISBN 978-1-894987-39-4

250 pp. $19

Cotnoir, Louise. Trans. by Oana Avasilichioaei. The Islands, 2011.

ISBN 978-1-894987-55-4

96 pp $17

Cullen, Don. The Bohemian Embassy: Memories and Poems, 2006.

ISBN 978-1-894987-10-3

112 pp. $17

Dempster, Barry. Dying a Little, 2011.

ISBN 978-1-894987-58-5

104 pp. $17

Dopp, Jamie, and Richard Harrison, ed. Now is the Winter: Thinking about Hockey, 2009. ISBN 978-1-894987-34-9

214 pp. $25

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From Wolsak and Wynn:


Books in Print 14 Downie, Glen. Desire Lines, 2002.

ISBN 978-0-919897-84-7

88 pp. $15

Downie, Glen. Local News, 2011.

ISBN 978-1-894987-52-3

80 pp. $17

n Downie, Glen. Loyalty Management, 2007. Winner of the Toronto Book Award

ISBN 978-1-894987-16-5

120 pp. $17

Downie, Glen. Wishbone Dance, 1999.

ISBN 978-0-919897-64-9

96 pp. $15

Dupré, Louise. Trans. by Erín Moure. Just Like Her, 2011.

ISBN 978-1-894987-56-1

96 pp. $17

Dwyer, Deirdre. Going to the Eyestone, 2002.

ISBN 978-0-919897-83-0

96 pp. $15

Easton, Lee, and Richard Harrison. Secret Identity Reader: Essays on Sex, Death and the Superhero, 2010.

ISBN 978-1-894987-50-9

392 pp. $25

Folsom, Eric. Icon Driven, 2001.

ISBN 978-0-919897-72-4

98 pp. $15

García, Griselda. Trans. by Hugh Hazelton. Hallucinations in the Alfalfa and Other Poems, 2010.

ISBN 978-1-894987-43-1

164 pp. $19

Graham, Catherine. Her Red Hair Rises with the Wings of Insects, 2013.

ISBN 978-1-894987-76-9

72 pp. $17

Greenberg, Jean. Turning dirt into jewels, 2004.

ISBN 978-0-919897-96-0

88 pp. $15

Groulx, David. A Difficult Beauty, 2011.

ISBN 978-1-894987-57-8

104 pp. $17

Guppy, Stephen. Understanding Heaven, 2001.

ISBN 978-0-919897-79-3

88 pp. $15

n Harrison, Richard. Big Breath of a Wish, 1998. Nominated for the Governor General’s Award for Poetry / Winner of the City of Calgary W.O. Mitchell Book Prize

ISBN 978-0-919897-62-5

82 pp. $15

Harrison, Richard. Hero of the Play: 10th Anniversary Edition, 2004.

ISBN 978-0-919897-95-3

96 pp. $15

Harrison, Richard. Worthy of his Fall, 2005.

ISBN 978-1-894987-04-2

78 pp. $15

Haskins, David. This House is Condemned, 2013.

ISBN 978-1-894987-78-3

150 pp. $17

Helwig, Susan. Pink purse girl, 2006.

ISBN 978-1-894987-14-1

88 pp. $17

n Hilles, Robert. Cantos from a Small Room, 1993. Winner of the Governor General’s Award for Poetry

ISBN 978-0-919897-37-3

88 pp. $15

Hoogland, Cornelia. Woods Wolf Girl, 2011.

ISBN 978-1-894987-53-0

96 pp. $17

Howe, Ken. The Civic-mindedness of Trees, 2013.

ISBN 978-1-894987-72-1

112 pp. $17

Kennedy, Brian, ed. Coming Down the Mountain: Investigating the Summit Series, 2014.

ISBN 978-1-894987-86-8

250 pp. $25

Klassen, Sarah. Simone Weil: Songs of Hunger and Love, 1999.

ISBN 978-0-919897-65-6

82 pp. $15

Landale, Zoë. Once a Murderer, 2008.

ISBN 978-0-894987-23-3

96 pp. $17

Landale, Zoë. Einstein’s Cat, 2012.

ISBN 978-1-894987-67-7

88 pp. $17

Lawson, JonArno. Enjoy It While It Hurts, 2013.

ISBN 978-1-894987-77-6

118 pp. $17

Lee, David Neil. The Battle of the Five Spot: Ornette Coleman and the New York Jazz Field, 2014.

ISBN 978-1-894987-85-1

130 pp. $20

Lemm, Richard. Burning House, 2010.

ISBN 978-1-894987-40-0

128 pp. $17

Lemm, Richard. Four ways of dealing with bullies, 2000.

ISBN 978-0-919897-75-5

80 pp. $15

Lochhead, Douglas. Cape Enragé: poems on a raised beach, 2000.

ISBN 978-0-919897-77-9

64 pp. $15

Lynes, Jeanette. Archive of the Undressed, 2012.

ISBN 978-1-894987-66-0

80 pp. $17

Lynes, Jeanette. A Woman Alone on the Atikokan Highway, 1999.

ISBN 978-0-919897-68-7

87 pp. $15

Lynes, Jeanette. Left Fields, 2003.

ISBN 978-0-919897-88-5

88 pp. $15

Lynes, Jeanette. The New Blue Distance, 2009.

ISBN 978-1-894987-31-8

104 pp. $17

Main-van der Kamp, Hannah. The Parable Boat, 1999.

ISBN 978-0-919897-66-3

88 pp. $15


Books in Print 15 Mann, Douglas. Great Power and Great Responsibility: The Philosophical Politics of Comics, 2013.

ISBN 978-1-894987-79-0

400 pp. $25

Maylor, Micheline. Full Depth: The Raymond Knister Poems, 2007.

ISBN 978-1-894987-17-2

86 pp. $17

McCarthy, Julia. Stormthrower, 2002.

ISBN 978-0-919897-81-6

88 pp. $15

McConnell, Kathleen. Pain, Porn and Complicity: Women Heroes from Pygmalian to Twilight, 2012.

ISBN 978-1-894987-68-4

194 pp. $19

McNeill, Julie. Four Red Crescent Moons, 1998.

ISBN 978-0-919897-60-1

72 pp. $15

McOrmond, Steve. Lean Days, 2004.

ISBN 978-0-919897-94-6

88 pp. $15

n McOrmond, Steve. Primer on the Hereafter, 2006. Winner of the Atlantic Poetry Prize

ISBN 978-1-894987-12-7

88 pp. $17

McRae, Christina. Next to Nothing, 2009.

ISBN 978-1-894987-38-7

72 pp. $17

Moore, Robert. Figuring Ground, 2009.

ISBN 978-1-894987-32-5

88 pp. $17

Moore, Robert. Museum Absconditum, 2006.

ISBN 978-1-894987-13-4

96 pp. $17

Nason, Jim. The Fist of Remembering, 2006.

ISBN 978-1-894987-07-3

96 pp. $17

Norris, Ken. The Way Life Should Be, 2002.

ISBN 978-0-919897-85-4

88 pp. $15

n Noteboom, Erin. Ghost Maps: Poems for Carl Hruska, 2003. Winner of the CBC Literary Competition / Winner of the Acorn-Plantos Award

ISBN 978-0-919897-90-8

96 pp. $15

Noteboom, Erin. The Mongoose Diaries: Excerpts from a mother’s first year, 2007.

ISBN 978-1-894987-15-8

248 pp. $15

Noteboom, Erin. Seal up the Thunder, 2005.

ISBN 978-1-894987-00-4

80 pp. $15

Owen, Catherine. Catalysts: Confrontations with the muse, 2012.

ISBN 978-1-894987-59-2

144 pp. $17

Owen, Catherine. Seeing Lessons, 2010.

ISBN 978-1-894987-48-6

96 pp. $17

Owen, Catherine. Shall: ghazals, 2006.

ISBN 978-1-894987-08-0

80 pp. $17

Owen, Catherine. The Wrecks of Eden, 2001.

ISBN 978-0-919897-80-9

88 pp. $15

Page, Edita, Ed. The Baltic Quintet: Poems from Estonia, Finland, Latvia, Lithuania and Sweden, 2008.

ISBN 978-1-894987-26-4

192 pp. $25

n Pannell, Chris. Drive, 2009. Winner of the Acorn-Plantos Award

ISBN 978-1-894987-33-2

104 pp. $17

Pannell, Chris. A Nervous City, 2013.

ISBN 978-1-894987-74-5

80 pp. $17

n Priest, Robert. Rosa Rose, Illustrations by Joan Krygsman. 2013. Silver medalist for the Moonbeam Children’s Book Award

ISBN 978-1-894987-73-8

50 pp. $15

Rhenisch, Harold. Living Will, 2005.

ISBN 978-1-894987-02-8

168 pp. $22

Rideout, Tanis. Arguments with the Lake, 2013.

ISBN 978-1-894987-71-4

80 pp. $17

Rogal, Stan. Fabulous Freaks, 2005.

ISBN 978-1-894987-06-6

96 pp. $15

Rogal, Stan. Geometry of the Odd, 1999.

ISBN 978-0-919897-63-2

88 pp. $15

Rogal, Stan. ( sub rosa ), 2003.

ISBN 978-0-919897-87-8

128 pp. $20

Sherman, Kenneth. The Well: New and Selected Poems, 2000.

ISBN 978-0-919897-73-1

120 pp. $15

Simmers, Bren. Night Gears, 2010.

ISBN 978-1-894987-49-3

80 pp. $17

Slominski, Jim. Forever the Last Time, 2004.

ISBN 978-0-919897-92-2

88 pp. $15

Smith, Douglas Burnet. The Killed, 2000.

ISBN 978-0-919897-71-7

78 pp. $15

Smith, Douglas Burnet. Sister Prometheus: Discovering Marie Curie, 2008.

ISBN 978-1-894987-28-8

104 pp. $17

Sparshott, Francis. Scoring in injury time, 2006.

ISBN 978-1-894987-09-7

78 pp. $17


16 n Spears, Heather. How to Read Faces, 1986. Winner of the Pat Lowther Award

ISBN 978-0-919897-06-9

64 pp. $15

Spears, Heather. I can still draw, 2008.

ISBN 978-1-894987-27-1

112 pp. $17

Spears, Heather. Poems Selected and New, 1998.

ISBN 978-0-919897-61-8

112 pp. $15

n Spears, Heather. Required Reading: A witness in words and drawing to the Reena Virk Trials 1998–2000, 2000. Winner of the Pat Lowther Award

ISBN 978-0-919897-70-0

96 pp. $19

n Spears, Heather. The Word for Sand, 1988. Winner of the Governor General’s Award for Poetry / Winner of the Pat Lowther Award

ISBN 978-0-919897-10-6

82 pp. $15

Stenson, Susan. My mother agrees with the dead, 2007.

ISBN 978-1-894987-18-9

72 pp. $17

Stewart, Sheila. A Hat to Stop a Train, 2003.

ISBN 978-0-919897-89-2

88 pp. $15

Surani, Moez. Floating Life, 2012.

ISBN 978-1-894987-63-9

96 pp. $17

Surani, Moez. Reticent Bodies, 2009.

ISBN 978-1-894987-37-0

96 pp. $17

Tavares, Zulmira Ribeiro. Trans. by Hugh Hazelton. Vesuvius, 2014.

ISBN 978-1-894987-81-3

150 pp. $20

Terpstra, John. The Church Not Made with Hands, 1997.

ISBN 978-0-919897-56-4

88 pp. $15

Terpstra, John. Naked Trees, 2012.

ISBN 978-1-894987-65-3

88 pp. $17

Tierney, Matthew. Full speed through the morning dark, 2004.

ISBN 978-0-919897-97-7

88 pp. $15

Tregebov, Rhea. (alive): Selected and new poems, 2004.

ISBN 978-0-919897-98-4

120 pp. $15

Tregebov, Rhea. The Strength of Materials, 2001.

ISBN 978-0-919897-76-2

76 pp. $15

Wakan, Naomi Beth. Compositions: Notes on the written word, 2008.

ISBN 978-1-894987-25-7

228 pp. $19

Wakan, Naomi Beth. Late Bloomer: On Writing Later in Life, 2006.

ISBN 978-1-894987-11-0

182 pp. $19

Wakan, Naomi Beth. Segues, 2005.

ISBN 978-1-894987-01-1

88 pp. $15

Weier, John. Under the Wings of Africa, 2007.

ISBN 978-1-894987-21-9

152 pp. $19

Weier, John. Violinmaker’s Lament, 2002.

ISBN 978-0-919897-86-1

96 pp. $15

Williams, Ian. You Know Who You Are, 2010.

ISBN 978-1-894987-41-7

80 pp. $17

Wilson, Paul. Turning Mountain, 2007.

ISBN 978-1-894987-19-6

80 pp. $17

Woods, Elizabeth Rhett. Family Fictions, 2002.

ISBN 978-0-919897-82-3

90 pp. $15


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