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Taking My Life Jane Rule Introduction by Linda Morra

Jane Rule was born in New Jersey in 1931 and came to Canada in 1956, where she later taught at the University of British Columbia. Her first novel, Desert of the Heart (1964), was made into a film in 1986. Rule emerged as one of the most respected writers in Canada with her many novels, essays and collections of short stories, including Theme for Diverse Instruments (Talonbooks, 1975). She received the Canadian Authors Association best novel and best short story awards, the American Gay Academic Literature Award, the U.S. Fund for Human Dignity Award of Merit, the CNIB’s Talking Book of the Year Award and an honorary doctorate of letters from the University of British Columbia. In 1996 Rule received the George Woodcock Lifetime Achievement Award for an Outstanding Literary Career in British Columbia. Rule passed away in 2007. Linda Morra holds a Ph.D. in Canadian literature from the University of Ottawa. She teaches at Bishop’s University. Morra is curently working on a monograph in which she explores Canadian women writers’ self-agency and textual integrity in relation to the publishing industry in Canada.

ISBN 978-0-88922-673-9 Non-fiction / Autobiography 5.5 x 8.5; 280 pp; Trade paper; Photos $19.95 CAD / $19.95 USD August

Discovered as a handwritten manuscript in her archive in 2008, Jane Rule’s autobiography is a rich and culturally significant document that follows the first twenty-one years of her life, from 1931 through 1952: the complexities of her relationships with family, friends and early lovers, and how her sensibilities were fashioned by mentors or impeded by the socio-cultural practices and educational politics of the day. Especially as Jane Rule once remarked “memoir isn’t usually something I do,” it is hardly a surprise that her autobiography exhibits profound structural similarities with the Künstlerroman: its purpose is quite clearly to trace her maturation into adulthood as a young artist. The title itself is resonant, even haunting. In writing about her formative years, she is indeed “taking” the measure of her life, assessing its pleasurable and painful contours, and accounting for how it evolved as it did. Yet not allowing the manuscript to be published in her lifetime was an act of discretion: she was considering those who might have been affected by being represented in her work not as confidently emancipated as she had always been. She must also have appreciated the ambiguity of the title she chose, with all its implications of suicide: at the end of her writing life, she was submitting a rendering of part of that life to critical scrutiny, allowing herself to be vulnerable to the critique of her readers. At turns deeply moving and witty, Taking My Life probes in emotional and intellectual terms the larger moral questions that were to preoccupy her throughout her literary career, and showcases the origins and contexts that gave shape to Rule’s rich intellectual life. Her autobiography will appeal to avid followers of her work, delighted to discover that here is another of her books that has, until now, remained unpublished. Jane Rule’s Desert of the Heart and Theme for Diverse Instruments are also available from Talonbooks.

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Then We Were One Fred A. Reed

International journalist and acclaimed literary translator Fred A. Reed is also a respected specialist on politics and religion in the Middle East. After several years as a librarian and trade union activist at the Montreal Gazette, Reed began reporting from Islamic Iran in 1984, visiting the Islamic Republic thirty times since then. He has also reported extensively on Middle Eastern affairs for La Presse, CBC Radio-Canada and Le Devoir. A three-time winner of the Governor General’s Award for Translation, plus a nominee in 2009 for his translation of Thierry Hentsch’s Le temps aboli, Empire of Desire, Reed has translated works by many of Quebec’s leading authors, as well as by Nikos Kazantzakis and other modern Greek writers. Reed worked with documentarist Jean-Daniel Lafond on two documentary films: Salam Iran, a Persian Letter and American Fugitive. The two later collaborated on the book Conversations in Tehran. Fred A. Reed resides in Montreal.

Southern California in the late 1950s has the look and feel of a midsummer morning—bright and still. For two young brothers, the wide world is full of promise. Together they set out to explore it as one, ever alert to the sound of their mother’s whistle calling them home. But by late afternoon, dark clouds gather on the horizon and the storm soon breaks. That storm is the war in Vietnam, and its fury sweeps away all the noble lies of the social conservatism their parents endorsed. Then, in a bookstore on Hollywood Boulevard, the eldest son happens upon a novel by Kazantzakis that entices him to Greece. There, he learns the language, and in that ancient land that has seen it all, heard it all and done it all, he encounters militant Cretan students and the woman who will become his life partner in exile. But for the younger brother there will be no escape. Trapped by failed marriages, smothered by parental guidance and an education system exposed as the state’s recruiting agent, he is dispatched to Vietnam. Fifteen years later he lies buried on a lonely hillside in New Zealand, dead of the wounds he sustained in that war. Shocked by the death of his younger brother, Fred Reed sets out on a series of journeys of discovery and understanding. By way of Iran in the aftermath of the Islamic Revolution; the Anatolian highlands of the mystic Bediuzzaman Said Nursi; in pursuit of ancient and modern iconoclasts in Syria and Lebanon; he comes under the spell of Islam. In its embrace he finds a renewed brotherhood; in its discipline, liberation. Then We Were One challenges us with its conclusion that indictment, absolution and redemption, though we must seek them, are not ours to ultimately possess. Fred A. Reed’s Anatolia Junction, Conversations in Tehran (with Jean-Daniel Lafond), Persian Postcards, Salonica Terminus, Shattered Images and Takeover in Tehran are also available from Talonbooks.

ISBN 978-0-88922-667-8 Non-fiction / Autobiography / History 5.5 x 8.5; 288 pp; Trade paper $19.95 CAD / $19.95 USD September

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Crossing the Continent Michel Tremblay Translated by Sheila Fischman

Born in a working-class family in Quebec, novelist and playwright Michel Tremblay was raised in Montreal’s Plateau neighbourhood. An ardent reader since a young age, Tremblay began to write, in hiding, as a teenager. One of the most produced and the most prominent playwrights in the history of Canadian theatre, Tremblay has received countless prestigious honours and accolades. Because of their charismatic originality, their vibrant character portrayals and the profound vision they embody, Tremblay’s dramatic, literary and autobiographical works have long enjoyed remarkable international popularity; his plays have been adapted and translated into dozens of languages and have achieved huge success in Europe, the Americas and the Middle East. Of his own work, Tremblay has said, “I know what I want in the theatre. I want a real political theatre, but I know that political theatre is dull. I write fables.” A two-time Governor General’s Award winner, Member of the Order of Canada and Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters of France, Sheila Fischman has translated more than one hundred novels by prominent authors. In 2008 she was awarded the prestigious Molson Prize.

Born in Providence, Rhode Island, to a Cree mother and a French father, Réauna, affectionately known throughout Tremblay’s work as “Nana,” was sent with her two younger sisters, Béa and Alice, to be raised on her maternal grandparents’ farm in Sainte-Maria-de-Saskatchewan, a francophone Catholic enclave of two hundred souls. At the age of ten, amid swaying fields of wheat under the idyllic prairie sky of her loving foster family, Nana is suddenly told by her mother, whom she hasn’t seen in four years and who now lives in Montreal, to come “home” and help take care of her new baby brother. So it is that Nana, with her faint recollection of the smell of the sea, embarks alone on an epic journey by train through Regina, Winnipeg and Ottawa, on which she encounters a dizzying array of strangers and distant relatives, including Ti-Lou, “The She-Wolf of Ottawa.” To our delight, Michel Tremblay here takes his readers outside Quebec for the first time, on a quintessential North American journey— it is 1913, at a time of industry and adventure, when crossing the continent was an enterprise undertaken by so many, young and old, from myriads of cultures, unimpeded by the abstractly constructed borders and identities that have so fractured our world of today. This is the first in a trilogy of “crossings” novels, that provide us with the back-story to the characters of his great Chronicles of Plateau MontRoyal, particularly of his mother, “The Fat Woman Next Door …” and his maternal grandmother, who, though largely uneducated, was a voracious reader and introduced him to the world of reading and books, including Tintin adventure comics, mass-market novels and The Inn of the Guardian Angel, which fascinated the young Tremblay with its sections of dramatic dialogue, inspiring the many great plays he would eventually write. “At the end of Tremblay’s career one will likely be able to sew together all his plays and novels and discover that we have been privileged to read the works of a veritable Québécois Marcel Proust.” —Canadian Book Review Annual

For a complete list of available non-fiction, fiction and drama titles by Michel Tremblay, see page 65 of this catalogue. ISBN 978-0-88922-676-0 Fiction 5.5 x 8.5; 288 pp; Trade paper $18.95 CAD / $18.95 USD October

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Miss Take Réjean Ducharme Translated by Will Browning

Novelist and playwright Réjean Ducharme was born in Saint-Félix-de-Valois, Quebec, in 1941. His first novel, L’Avalée des avalés (The Swallower Swallowed, 1966), won the Governor General’s Award for French Fiction in 1967 and the CBC Canada Reads francophone competition in 2005. This work also garnered him a nomination for France’s prestigious Prix Goncourt. His second novel, Le Nez qui voque (1967), was awarded the Prix littéraire de la province de Québec. These two, plus a third novel, L’Océantume (1968), published during the years of the Quiet Revolution, contributed to the recasting of the literary canon of Quebec. Ducharme’s work is full of echoes, juxtapositions and double meanings. With the likes of Marie-Claire Blais, Jacques Godbout and Michel Tremblay, Réjean Ducharme is one of the select Québécois fiction writers who have contributed to the transformation of Québécois letters since the 1960s. Will Browning holds a Docorate of Modern Langauges in French and Spanish from Middlebury College, and an MA in Spanish from the Université de Paris. He is currently Professor at Boise State University. Browning publishes French-language reviews and articles, in addition to his translation work.

ISBN 978-0-88922-669-2 Fiction 5.5 x 8.5; 272 pp; Trade paper $16.95 CAD / $16.95 USD August

Sixteen-year-old Miles has run away from home, inviting his childhood companion, the fourteen-year-old Inuit orphan Chateaugué, to join him in a rented flat opposite Notre-Dame-de-Bonsecours in Montreal. There they construct a chaste life for themselves, living as brother and sister. They spend their days riding bicycles wildly through the streets of the city, dodging the automobiles that symbolize for them the adult world they despise, a world that has dominated the landscape with its roadmaps of social discourse. They spend hours at the library, laughing with disdain at how the classics have become venerated, how their authors’ words and turns of phrase have become confused with the things and actions they signify. Enthralled by the works of the “mad” poet Nelligan, Miles begins a journal, determined to free language from the constraints of convention, but finds he cannot write anything without immediately conjuring up its opposite. To escape the boredom that history seems to have decreed shall be re-enacted endlessly by all grown-ups, Miles and Chateaugué enter into a suicide pact to preserve their childhood freedom and purity from the debasement of the adult roles pre-ordained for them. Destitute after spending what little money they have, Miles goes to a bar in search of a drink, where he is seduced by an older woman, and suddenly finds himself both attracted and repelled by the pleasures and debasements of the flesh. Having stepped out of their world of childhood innocence, can he return to Chateaugué and consummate their vows, or is this brush with experience irrevocable? Written in a style that echoes the work of Arthur Rimbaud and William S. Burroughs, Ducharme’s vision is darkly prophetic of a world that has lost its innocence, and on which “our lady of good help” now only gazes with an inscrutable Mona Lisa smile. Praise for Réjean Ducharme’s Go Figure: “Boasts complex flavours that are so savoury and sustaining you may be compelled to go back for seconds …” —Montreal Review of Books

Réjean Ducharme’s Go Figure is also available from Talonbooks.

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Judith’s Sister Lise Tremblay Translated by Linda Gaboriau

Born in 1957 in Chicoutimi, the award-winning writer Lise Tremblay is one of Quebec’s most prominent novelists. Her first novel, L’hiver de pluie, was published by XYZ Éditeur in 1990 and won the Prix Découverte du Salon du livre du Saguenay-Lac Saint-Jean and the Joseph S. Stauffer Prize. Following this promising debut, Tremblay continued to wow critics with her skillful craft, winning the Governor General’s Award for Fiction with her third novel, Mile End. The essence of Lise Tremblay’s literary universe is exemplified by the clear-eyed observation of its characters and the world in which they evolve; the language is unsentimental and precise, holding up a mirror to our own existence and hurling us, in spite of ourselves, towards the pits of reality. Linda Gaboriau is an award-winning literary translator based in Montreal. Her translations of plays by Quebec’s most prominent playwrights have been published and produced across Canada and abroad. In her work as a literary manager and dramaturge, she has directed numerous translation residencies and international exchange projects. She was the founding director of the Banff International Literary Translation Centre. Most recently she won the 2010 Governor General’s Award for Forests, her translation of the play by Wajdi Mouawad.

ISBN 978-0-88922-677-7 Fiction 5.5 x 8.5; 160 pp; Trade paper $14.95 CAD / $14.95 USD October

In the seemingly endless small-town summer of 1968, an eleven-yearold girl contemplates with dread the social prospects of her fastapproaching enrolment in a class for gifted students at the local high school, arranged by her mother who “explodes” at the drop of a hat— she doesn’t intend to let her daughter marry “the first man to come along,” and she is prepared to do anything to make sure her children don’t grow up “ignorant,” like Judith’s sister, Claire. To escape her mother’s unpredictable and interminable rants, the young girl locks herself in her room with her books, escaping into a life of imagination and dreams, mostly of older guys like Marius, as beautiful as a god when he dons his baseball uniform every Wednesday to play in the community park, and to whom she writes anonymous love letters. Fortunately, there’s the prettiest girl in town to look up to. Recruited by the pop music band “Bruce and the Sultans” as their go-go dancer, if her audition in the big city of Montreal goes well, Claire is to accompany the band on their upcoming provincial tour. Idolized by the story’s unnamed narrator, Claire is the “big sister” she never had, but whom she shares by proxy with her best friend, Judith. In this, her fifth book, Lise Tremblay paints a picture of rural Quebec in the years following the Quiet Revolution in her signature style so refreshingly free of artifice and literary hyperbole. Society is changing fast, new values are making inroads, but old traditions remain deeply rooted. Judith’s Sister is a coming-of-age novel that focuses on the timeless themes that preoccupy all adolescent girls: solitude, alienation, obesity, lies, sexuality, shame, madness and fear of strangers; and our inevitable first encounters with the grown-up betrayals of friends, family and community. “Never has Lise Tremblay’s writing been so sober, minimalist or refined. And never more real. Never has her lucid, ironic view of the world she explores from one book to the next felt more authentic.” —Le Devoir

Lise Tremblay’s The Hunting Ground and Mile End are also available from Talonbooks.

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In Piazza San Domenico Steve Galluccio

Steve Galluccio started his career in the Montreal underground theatre scene in 1990. He burst into the mainstream with Mambo Italiano, one of the most successful plays in Canadian theatre history. The play was turned into a movie which became an international hit, sold in more than fiftythree countries. Galluccio followed Mambo Italiano with the Gemini Award-winning television series Ciao Bella. Ciao Bella was also broadcast in Europe and the United States. Galluccio’s second feature film, Surviving My Mother, won the audience favourite award at the Montreal Film Festival and was featured in many prestigious international film festivals. His third feature, the bilingual Funkytown, opened in January 2011. In Piazza San Domenico, Galluccio’s ninth play, was the number-one comedy in Montreal in the fall of 2009, selling out most of its extended run. The play will be performed in French in Montreal and in Germany. In his first production venture, Galluccio has purchased the rights to the broadway hit 39 Steps, which will be produced in French in Montreal in 2012. Galluccio is currently working on the film sequel to Mambo Italiano.

Starting his career in the Montreal underground theatre scene, Steve Gallucio burst into the mainstream in 2001 with Mambo Italiano, one of the most successful plays in Canadian history, and made into a hit movie in 2003. His newest stage triumph, In Piazza San Domenico, is a comedy of errors that takes place in a bustling neighbourhood of 1952 Naples. This two-act play recounts the story of how one broken engagement ripples throughout friends and family, affecting all of their respective love lives in different ways. The young and beautifully earthy Carmelina faints in the arms of the town philanderer, Tonino, setting off a wave of malicious gossip that seems to infect everyone in town with second thoughts about their current partners—and inexplicable desires for new ones—as often as not consummated on that shadowed spot of carpet behind the statue of San Francesco in the church on the town square. Finally, as if the very gods are angry with these salacious goings-on, an earthquake hits the town, sending the characters into the piazza and keeping them there for the night with a series of ominous aftershocks. As the sun rises, misunderstandings are resolved; the truth will out; and hardened hearts yield to the eternally verdant desires for life. In a world and a time hovering between the “traditional” values and the emancipated new thinking, Italian theatrical archetypes with their roots in Roman comedies and the Commedia dell’arte evolve into the recognizable stereotypes of mid-twentieth-century society that were to become hallmarks of the whimsical Sophia Loren/Marcello Mastroianni films of the early 1960s. Of this play, Galluccio has said: “Humour is a powerful tool that can get us through anything … the human spirit and its sense of survival is bigger than whatever society can throw at us.” “Three cheers for light-hearted entertainment! Billed as a romantic comedy inspired by Feydeau, Goldoni and Sophia Loren, it bears the mark of all three, with a dash of trademark Galluccio.” —Montreal Gazette “In Piazza San Domenico harkens to classic Shakespearian comedies.” —The Suburban

ISBN 978-0-88922-674-6 Drama 5.5 x 8.5; 128 pp; Trade paper $17.95 CAD / $17.95 USD August

Steve Galluccio’s Mambo Italiano is also available from Talonbooks.

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The Strange Truth About Us M.A.C. Farrant

M.A.C. Farrant is the author of ten collections of satirical and philosophical short fiction, a novel-length memoir, My Turquoise Years, and a book of essays, The Secret Lives of Litterbugs, which was nominated for the 2010 Victoria Butler Book Prize. Her stage adaptation of My Turquoise Years is slated for production by the Arts Club Theatre of Vancouver in the 2011/12 season. Previous award nominations for her work include the Commonwealth Writer’s Prize, the BC Book Prizes, the Vancity Book Prize, the National Magazine Award, the CBC Literary Award and the Gemini Award for the screen adaptation of her story “Rob’s Guns & Ammo.” In addition, she is the recipient of numerous Canada Council and BC Arts Council writing grants. A full-time writer currently residing in North Saanich, BC, she reviews books for the Vancouver Sun and the Globe & Mail, has taught writing at the University of Victoria and will be on the faculty at the Banff Writing Studio in 2012. Farrant’s work is infused with acerbic wit and iconoclastic innovation. As the Globe & Mail has noted, “Farrant is better at startling us with unnerving, often misanthropic, visions of everyday life than perhaps any other Canadian writer.”

This tell-all book by that self-proclaimed “anthropologist of the absurd,” M.A.C. Farrant, whom Publishers Weekly has celebrated as “a brave iconoclast” and whose work the Globe & Mail has said “bristles with moral fury … at the absurdities of our accelerated age and a great dose of laugh-out-loud humour,” offers her readers nothing less than The Strange Truth About Us. A three-part novel-length work of prose fragments, snippets, questions, speculations and meditations, by turns philosophical, dark, comedic and lyrical, it attempts to imagine a multitude of possible futures for our garrisoned world. “Annotations About an Absence” is a series of 115 numbered annotations to the day-long ruminations of a retired couple living in a gated community attempting to create an imaginary novel in which they express their fears about the future: “We attempt to express the universal confusion of mind that is the main feature of contemporary life. Which is? We are afraid.” “Woman Records Brief Notes Regarding Absence” is written as a series of notes to these annotations, providing (in the utterly blank spirit of transparency) a running satiric narrative on the project. Each of these “notes” is written as if it were a description of a late-night TV movie or the content of a wet Jehovah’s Witness pamphlet left on a woman’s doorstep that has taken hold of her mind. “Other Prose Surrounding Absence” comprises twenty-one prose pieces that take aim at a globalized world bludgeoned by the threat of “end times”—climate change, species extinction, pandemics and really bad politics—that seem designed insofar as we are able to retain our status as “individuals.” Unique in style and approach, engaging, enigmatic, controversial and delightful, this book is an attempt to prick the bubble of our complacency in the face of the “awful atrocity” we’ve made for ourselves. “One of the best humorists in the land.”

—Ottawa Citizen

M.A.C. Farrant’s The Breakdown So Far, Darwin Alone in the Universe and Down the Road to Eternity are also available from Talonbooks. ISBN 978-0-88922-668-5 Short Fiction 5.5 x 8.5; 208 pp; Trade paper $16.95 CAD / $16.95 USD September

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novel bill bissett

Born on Billy the Kid’s birthday—November 23, 1939—and raised in Halifax, bill bissett really did run away from home to join a circus when he was seventeen, arriving in Vancouver in 1958. In the 1960s, bissett garnered international attention as a pre-eminent figure of the counter-culture movement in Canada and the U.K. In 1964, bissett founded blewointment press, which published the works of bpNichol and Steve McCaffery, among others. A pioneer of sound, visual and performance poetry— eschewing the artificial hierarchies of meaning and the privileging of things (“proper” nouns) over actions imposed on language by capital letters; the metric limitations imposed on the possibilities of expression by punctuation; and the illusion of formal transparency imposed on the written word by standard (rather than phonetic) spelling— bissett composes his poems as scripts for pure performance and has consistently worked to extend the boundaries of language and visual image, honing a synthesis of the two in the medium of concrete poetry. Poet George Bowering has called bissett “a sound poet through whom spirit talks, and a primary political force for our shared good.”

Famous and celebrated since the 1960s for pushing the boundaries of language and representation in the creation of image as a site of both content and context, the world’s leading sound, visual, concrete and performance poet, bill bissett, describes this book as “a novel with connekting pomes n essays.” Having already extended the boundaries of orthography, syntax, grammar, punctuation and diction to free the linguistic creation of meaning from the conventions of the spoken and the written word— often with arresting and astonishing results—bissett sets out in his newest work to free and rehabilitate genre from its traditional role of limiting the possibilities of meaning in language, to greatly expanding them. He accomplishes this without a deconstructive erasure of, but with an apposition of genres that expands even further the possibilities of creating meaning through composition. As such, bissett’s novel is in effect a response, by demonstrative example, to Jacques Derrida’s famous argument in Of Grammatology: that any investigation of meaning cannot escape the opposition or dialectic of speech and language central to the Western philosophical tradition. Against this tradition, bissett posits Gertrude Stein’s modernist observation that: “Everything is the same except composition …” None of which is to say that bill bissett’s novel is a five-finger exercise in the realm of pure theory. Quite on the contrary, his interweaving of fact and fiction—what is considered the conventionally real with the imagined—has created a narrative for the reader that is redolent with surprise and discovery. The counterpoint of the “fictional” story of jimmee’s search for his lost love mark, to the lives of the “real” characters that people the “pomes n essays” with which it interacts, takes readers of this novel to entirely new and engaging understandings of that part of the human condition that is delightfully accessible through language. “His poetry addresses the limitless discussion of the boundaries between the personal and the political.” —National Post

For a complete list of available poetry titles by bill bissett, see page 61 of this catalogue. ISBN 978-0-88922-671-5 Poetry 6 x 9; 176 pp; Trade paper $17.95 CAD / $17.95 USD August

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Ordinary Time Gil McElroy

Born in Metz, France, poet Gil McElroy grew up on air force bases in Canada and the United States. He studied English Literature at Queen’s University. His poems and other works have been published in numerous periodicals throughout North America since the late 1970s and issued in a number of self-published chapbooks, broadsheets and one-of-a-kind book works. McElroy has also been an independent curator and freelance art critic for twenty years, organizing exhibitions for public art galleries and museums in Canada and writing art criticism for magazines in Canada, the United States and Australia. A selection of his catalogue essays and reviews was published as Gravity & Grace: Selected Writing on Contemporary Canadian Art and in the anthology CRAFT Perception and Practice: A Canadian Discourse. His show ST. ART: The Visual Poetry of bpNichol pays tribute to one of the great poets of the twentieth century. Originally mounted at the Confederation Centre Art Gallery & Museum in Charlottetown, PEI in May through October, 2000, it later moved to the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia before touring the country throughout 2001. McElroy’s curatorial essay accompanying the exhibition won the Christina Sabat Award for Critical Writing in the Arts.

Gil McElroy’s new book of poems sets out to give shape to time from four different referents. Its first section, “Chain Home,” preceded by a Spicer poem that perfectly captures the fearful ennui of the age, is both a childhood memory of growing up in the far-distant monitoring stations of the Cold War, like the Distant Early Warning (DEW) Line of the High Arctic where McElroy’s father worked, and at the same time an unsettling history of the utter failures of these remote surveillance technologies to make “our” world either better known or reliably predictable. Its second section, counted out on the Julian calendar of classical antiquity, is prefaced by Merleau-Ponty’s assertion that “the lived present holds a past and future within its thickness,” and discovers that it is our experience of movement through space that makes us aware of the dimensions of time. Its third section works within the structure of the Anglican lectionary and its cycle of daily and weekly scriptures (called “propers”), offering nine “readings” of the days of the year not pre-determined by canonical texts, to make manifest the arc of a complete year-long cycle of both “Sacred” and “Ordinary” time. Its final section is introduced by Stephen Hawking’s observation that while we think of “time’s arrow” as horizontal, “there’s another kind of time in the vertical direction … called imaginary time … in a sense … just as real, as what we call real time.” Here, in what Charles Olson called the vertical act of creation, the poet turns back to the beginning of the book: the “dark stars” emitted by the half-lives of radioactive matter carry the reader back to the book’s beginning, to the “reassuringly grey briefcases we jiggle over great distances” in our attempts to guarantee our security and our place in the world. “A master of the craft … [Gil McElroy] is very, very intelligent and his ear is infalliable.” —Arc

Gil McElroy’s Dream Pool Essays, Last Scattering Surfaces and NonZero Definitions are also available from Talonbooks. ISBN 978-0-88922-675-3 Poetry 6 x 9; 128 pp; Trade paper $17.95 CAD / $17.95 USD August

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Rebuild Sachiko Murakami

Sachiko Murakami’s first poetry collection, The Invisibility Exhibit, was a finalist for the Governer General’s Award for Poetry and the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award. She has been a literary worker for various publishers, magazines and organizations, and is a past member of the Kootenay School of Writing collective in Vancouver. She lives in Toronto where she co-hosts the Pivot Reading Series.

In a city ironically famous for its natural setting, the roving subject’s gaze naturally turns upward, past the condo towers which frame the protected “view corridors” at the heart of Vancouver’s municipallyguaranteed development plan. But look for the city, and one encounters “a kind of standing wave of historical vertigo, where nothing ever stops or grounds one’s feet in free-fall.” Murakami approaches the urban centre through its inhabitants’ greatest passion: real estate, where the drive to own is coupled with the practice of tearing down and rebuilding. Like Dubai, where the marina looks remarkably like False Creek, Vancouver has become as much a city of cranes and excavation sites as it is of ocean and landscape. Rebuild engraves itself on the absence at the city’s centre, with its vacant civic square and its bulldozed public spaces. The poems crumble in the time it takes to turn the page, words flaking from the line like the rain-damaged stucco of a leaky condominium. The city’s “native” residential housing style now troubles the eye with its plainness, its flaunting of restraint, its ubiquity. What does it mean to inhabit and yet despise the “Vancouver Special”; to attempt to build poems in its style, when a lyric is supposed to be preciously unique, but similar, in its stanzas or “rooms,” to other lyric poems? What does it mean to wake from a dream in which one buys a presale in a condo development—and is disappointed to have awoken? In the book’s final section, the poems turn inward, to the legacy left by Murakami’s father, who carried to his death the burden of the displaced and disinherited: the house seized by the government during WWII, having previously seized the land from its native inhabitants—a “mortgage” from which his family has never truly recovered. “Murakami’s poetry is tense, vibrant, and exceptionally crafted.”


Sachiko Murakami’s The Invisibility Exhibit is also available from Talonbooks.

ISBN 978-0-88922-670-8 Poetry 6 x 9; 96 pp; Trade paper $16.95 CAD / $16.95 USD September

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All Is Flesh Yannick Renaud Translated by Hugh Hazelton

Yannick Renaud was born in the Beauport suburb of Quebec City. He graduated with a degree in literature from the University of Laval. He works in Montreal for Éditions Les Herbes Rouges. He is also administrative director of the poetry review Estuaire and has long been active in the production of literary events in Quebec. Hugh Hazelton is a writer and translator who specializes in poetry from Quebec and Latin America. His translation of Vétiver, by Joël Des Rosiers, won the Governor General’s Award for Translation in 2006. He teaches Spanish translation and Latin American civilization at Concordia University.

All Is Flesh collects in one volume Hugh Hazelton’s English translations of Yannick Renaud’s brilliant first two books of poems, Taxidermie (2005) and La disparition des idées (2006), first published by Éditions Les Herbes Rouges in Montreal. Taxidermy is a discourse on time consisting of prose poems stretched to the very limits of detachment. A completely objectified couple, alternately speaking as simply “he” or “she,” strive to attain perfect control over their physical movements. Slowing them down, even stopping them, is equivalent in their minds to seizing and savouring the essence of the present and, by extension, to stopping time in their lives—an enactment of the romantic aesthetics of Keats’s “Ode on a Grecian Urn.” Their attempts at “holding the pose,” as much for themselves as for each other, generate a tension in their voices—at once demanding, yearning and confessional—between the need for both static form and fluid movement in the choreography of their lives, which seeks to “occupy space unequivocally.” The Disappearance of Ideas is a meditation on time that interrogates death and mourning, reminding us that “death remains the privilege of the living” and that “cathedrals tell us nothing more than the time on their stones.” Unsentimental and intellectualized, the poems generate their radiant intensity by drawing our attention to the part of mourning that remains unresolved and inaccessible in our memories, reminding us of “what we don’t know of stories.” But this absence, what remains unknown of the past to us, also haunts our futures, where “actions taken only hinder what should have been,” and “there is no second chance.” As Baudrillard has said: “Things live only on the basis of their disappearance, and, if one wishes to interpret them with entire lucidity, one must do so as a function of their disappearance.” “What is most successful about this intense book is the almost liturgical quality of its suites, which meditate on the pain, presence and dazzling speed of things. […] Meditation in a minor key suffuses this young work (the author is only thirty years old) with a powerful rigour and concern for the quest for meaning, and with a clarity that is rarely encountered in poetry today.” —Le Devoir

ISBN 978-0-88922-672-2 Poetry 6 x 9; 128 pp; Trade paper $17.95 CAD / $17.95 USD August

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Vancouver Anthology Revised Second Edition

Edited by Stan Douglas

Stan Douglas is an internationally acclaimed contemporary artist working in photography, film, music and installation. He often organizes complex cinematic and environmental projects that integrate aspects of each of these mediums. Investigations of race, urbanism, social alienation, modernity and development surface in much of Douglas’s work, which has been strongly influenced by the work of Samuel Beckett. Douglas has been widely exhibited in solo and group shows, among them the Venice Biennale, the Whitney Biennial, Documenta and the Münster SkulpturProjeckte. Douglas has contributed to a variety of publications on art, including Frieze, West Coast Line, Photofile and Vanguard. In 2008 he was awarded the prestigious Bell Award for Video Art from the Canada Council for the Arts.

In partnership with Talonbooks, the Or Gallery presents a new edition of Vancouver Anthology, edited by acclaimed artist Stan Douglas and first published in 1991. Featuring a new design and a new preface by Stan Douglas, the republication of Vancouver Anthology coincides with a renewal of the Or Gallery’s mandate to incite and promote critical discourse both within and outside of the Vancouver art community. The essays collected in this book were first presented in the autumn of 1990 as part of a lecture series entitled Vancouver Anthology, a forum in which each contributing writer could test his or her research on the question of art and politics in public, before their papers were sent into print. Every piece of writing included here has changed dramatically since its initial presentation, in part as a reflection of the immediate response it received from the local art community at the forum and, more significantly, as a reflection of responses which continued long after that first instance of presentation. What these presentations are clearly able to provide is a critique of the institutionalization of what had been previously considered alternative art practices, a contemporary notion not unrelated to what the artistic milieu of another generation, continent and historical age might have called the “avant-garde.” Contributors include: Marcia Crosby, Sarah Diamond, Maria Insell, Robert Linsley, Robin Peck, Nancy Shaw, Keith Wallace, Scott Watson, Carol Williams and William Wood. “Exactly the type of work that should be published by our own indigenous book industry.” —Vancouver Sun

ISBN 978-0-88922-614-2 Non-fiction 6.5 x 9.5; 320 pp; Trade cloth; Colour photographs $35.00 CAD / $35.00 USD July

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Nuri Does Not Exist Sadru Jetha Within a swirl of profoundly different but concurrent beliefs and prejudices that seems only nominally Islam, Nuri comes of age in the bosom of his multicultural family on the fabled “spice island” of Zanzibar. His grandmother told him long ago that Nuri is not his real name, which was hidden to protect him from the evil spirits that lurk everywhere in search of identities to steal. In these beautifully crafted and understated stories, Nuri begins to understand how servitude transcends slavery; fealty transcends servitude; and community transcends fealty. Amid a sea of dystopian world literatures haunted by the fractious claims of identity politics, Nuri Does Not Exist is a charming and astonishing collection of stories, engaging us with the utterly believable innocence of its refreshingly Utopian vision. “A sharply intelligent and genuinely moving exploration of identity and displacement.”

—Canadian Literature

ISBN 978-0-88922-655-5; Fiction; 5.5 x 8.5; 152 pp; Trade paper; $16.95 CAD / $16.95 USD

Other Losses An Investigation into the Mass Deaths of German Prisoners at the Hands of the French and Americans after World War II James Bacque Other Losses caused an international scandal when first published in 1989 by revealing that Western Allied policies caused the deaths of some one million German captives through disease, starvation and exposure from 1944 to 1949. In 1992 Bacque made a research trip to the newly-opened KGB archives, where he found meticulously documented new proof that almost one million German POWs had indeed died in Western camps. This updated third edition of Other Losses exists not to accuse, but to remind us that no country can claim an inherent innocence of, or exemption from, the cruelties of war. “A hornet’s nest …”

—Globe & Mail

ISBN 978-0-88922-665-4; Non-fiction; 5.5 x 8.5; 320 pp; Trade paper; Photos; $29.95 CAD / $29.95 USD

textual vishyuns image and text in the work of bill bissett Carl Peters Although internationally recognized as a pioneer of visual, concrete, sound and performance poetry, few critics recognize bill bissett’s work in the visual arts to be of equal aesthetic importance—very little critical work exists on his poetry, and almost no theoretical discourse exists on his visual work. Drawing primarily from statements and manifestos of aesthetic theory by practitioners of the major modernist movements of impressionism, cubism, fauvism, surrealism and abstract expressionism in the visual arts; the poetics of Gertrude Stein, William Burroughs, Charles Olson and bpNichol; and the experimental films of Andy Warhol, Stan Brakhage, David Lynch and David Cronenberg, here, finally, is a book that locates bissett’s textual and visual artistic praxis within the larger context of the history, theory and practice of art. ISBN 978-0-88922-661-6; Non-fiction / Literary criticism; 6 x 9; 224 pp; Trade paper; Colour photos; $24.95 CAD / $24.95 USD

Triage Cecily Nicholson Drawing upon the increasingly marginalized and criminalized language of protest and resistance, Triage presents a polyvocal narrative of human communities struggling at the brutal margins of the neoliberalized state. It addresses the resilience of people refusing disposability in these highly contested zones, articulates their commonalities in their struggle to take back the garish interventions of commercial language and enterprise in their lives. Accustomed to framing that simultaneously victimizes as it offers assistance, Triage acknowledges a powerful legacy of women’s creative resistance to everyday physical and systemic violence. Understanding the costs and remembering the losses, it sorts through the rubble of language to salvage a redefinition of beauty and reify a meaningful aesthetics. After loss, hurt, survival and recovery, more is warranted, and more is coming. ISBN 978-0-88922-657-9; Poetry; 6 x 9; 96 pp; Trade paper; $16.95 CAD / $16.95 USD

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Discovery Passages Garry Thomas Morse With breathtaking virtuosity, Garry Thomas Morse sets out to recover the appropriated, stolen and scattered world of his ancestral people from Alert Bay to Quadra Island to Vancouver, British Columbia, retracing Captain George Vancouver’s original sailing route. These poems draw upon both written history and oral tradition to reflect all of the respective stories of the community, which vocally weave in and out of the dialogics of the text. Discovery Passages links Kwakwaka’wakw traditions of the past with contemporary poetic tradition in British Columbia that encompasses the entire scope of relations between oral and vocal tradition, ancient ritual, historical contextuality and our continuing rites. “Discovery Passages is a vital cross-cultural work, urgent in both its anger and its celebration.”

—Daphne Marlatt

ISBN 978-0-88922-660-9; Fiction; 6 x 9; 128 pp; Trade paper; Colour photos; $17.95 CAD / $17.95 USD

Glengarry rob mclennan Glengarry is a memory book composed of three parts. In “glengarry: open field (a postscripted journal)” mclennan begins to discover that “the earth remembers every scratch & scar & step ever took, if you know where to look, how to ask in the way of assembling” and that “if the story exists, i am living the language of it.” The second section,“whiskey jack,” asks: “what am I filled with, this quiet / conspiratorial talk, this body / of open wilderness, painted trees / & a history that functions / without markers / save seasons.” Finally, in “avalanche,” amidst an “aesthetic of wonderful destruction” each new poem appears on the page as “an illusion against destructive slide,” because “what else is human hope but momentarily borne.” “mclennan is a poet of place, always finding his voice out of the material of his surroundings, the continuity of its existence through history.” —Ottawa Xpress ISBN 978-0-88922-662-3; Poetry; 6 x 9; 160 pp; Trade paper; $17.95 CAD / $17.95 USD

Floating Up to Zero Ken Norris Floating Up to Zero introduces us to “a traveller from an antique land,” though in this case his story is not Shelley’s meditation on the vanity of kings, but Ken Norris’s meditation on the here and now: the present moment, precariously balanced between a certain frozen past and an uncertain fluid future. Could he have read the stars more carefully; avoided the nostalgia for youth and lost loves; the illusion we can vacation from our residential lease on life? “How the wallpaper longs for what’s in the room.” Meditative, incisive and light in their touch, these poems tell us: “The old star charts were perhaps a little out of date. That is, new stars had since been found, though sometimes they were only streetlights, mistaken.” “He is, in short, a poet, and a good one.”

—Hiram Poetry Review

ISBN 978-0-88922-659-3; Poetry; 6 x 9; 128 pp; Trade paper; $17.95 CAD / $17.95 USD

And So It Goes George F. Walker “I’m scared,” the schizophrenic Karen says as the play opens, and her fear is both justified and infectious as her parents discover to their horror that Karen has been living the life of a drug-addicted prostitute during her illness, lashing out at invisible threats, but unable to defend herself against her brutal murderer. And So It Goes, derived from Vonnegut’s signature observation on the vagaries of life, is not only an allegory of our postliterate, post-9/11 lives, in which social order has collapsed, random violence is ubiquitous, “the authorities” have become hypocritically indifferent if not downright irrelevant to our security, and we have all become “scared,” but also a paean to the human will that carries each of us through our darkest hours. “Walker’s questions are, as always, more philosophical than political, and the answers are hidden far from sight in the dark corners and alleyways of the urban landscape … Oh—and did I mention it’s a comedy?” —Globe & Mail ISBN 978-0-88922-654-8; Drama; 5.5 x 8.5; 128 pp; Trade paper; $17.95 CAD / $17.95 USD

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BASH’d A Gay Rap Opera Chris Craddock & Nathan Cuckow When Jack becomes the victim of a gay-bashing, Dillon sets out on an indiscriminate rampage of revenge. Realizing too late that two wrongs don’t make a right, these star-crossed lovers, wrapped in each other’s arms, die in a hail of bullets. Finding themselves in heaven, where the creator fits their souls with a set of wings, they are sent on a mission. Condemned to wander the earth and tell their cautionary tale forever, their angelic personae TBAG and FEMINEM have had no trouble enthralling wildly enthusiast audiences all over North America with the rap opera rhymes of this tragic tale ever since. Not since Coleridge’s Rime of the Ancient Mariner has a narrative poem inspired such empathy in the hearts and minds of its audience. “BASH’d shows its rage, its grief and its driven, heartfelt determination.”

—New York Times

ISBN 978-0-88922-656-2; Drama; 5.5 x 8.5; 96 pp; Trade paper; $16.95 CAD / $16.95 USD

Gordon Morris Panych Home-schooled within a somewhat limited curriculum of drunken wife beatings in the ruins of impromptu kitchen renovations by his father Gord, his namesake son dedicates himself to these subjects with a kind of limitless and inarticulate awe. Graduating from a state institution of applied criminology, Gordon sets out to build an innovative business with his former cellmate, Carl, an ambition not without its awkward issues about where to file the bloody evidence. By accident or design, this dysfunctional pair on the lam breaks into Gord’s home, wherein they confront “the end of the line” and some very disturbing metaphors. “A beautifully dark and chillingly funny exploration of … the implications of bringing children into this world.” —Segal Centre for the Performing Arts ISBN 978-0-88922-664-7; Drama; 5.5 x 8.5; 128 pp; Trade paper; $17.95 CAD / $17.95 USD

Dead White Writer on the Floor Drew Hayden Taylor In Act One of this comedy of identity politics, Billy Jack, Injun Joe, Kills Many Enemies, Old Lodge Skins, Pocahontas and Tonto are locked in a room with a dead white writer. Gradually, they discover the computer on the writer’s desk is a dream-catcher, which they can use to rewrite their stereotyped lives in the image of their own inner beings. Imagine their surprise when they reappear in the same locked room in Act Two as Mike, Jim, Bill, John, Sally and Fred attending an AA meeting and realize the white writer is still very much alive among them—his body in the closet is still warm! While the literary allusions to Pirandello and Agatha Christie are obvious, the side-splitting comedy is vintage Drew Hayden Taylor. “Abstract theatre is not generally associated with comedy … but judging by the laughter issuing from the packed house at Magnus’ opening night of the show, it is also drop-dead hilarious.” —The Argus ISBN 978-0-88922-663-0; Drama; 5.5 x 8.5; 112 pp; Trade paper; $17.95 CAD / $17.95 USD

Paradise Garden Lucia Frangione After generations of living in the paradise of their West Coast family estate, the McKinnons have fallen on hard times—half of it has just been bought by a Turkish immigrant family. The heirs of both families, Day McKinnon and Leyla Zeki, fancy themselves to be sophisticated citizens of the world, alienated by their ancestors’ “outdated” traditions. Yet Leyla recognizes something fundamental and mysterious in the vestiges of the old estate garden, and Day has uncovered an ancient family secret there. Abandoning their families for their careers, Day and Leyla are reunited years later, having discovered that love is not just something that happens to us, but a paradise that we must build and tend by hand: like a garden in the wilderness of our lives. “Playwright and actor Lucia Frangione enters risky emotional territory in Paradise Garden.” ISBN 978-0-88922-658-6; Drama; 5.5 x 8.5; 128 pp; Trade paper; $17.95 CAD / $17.95 USD

—Georgia Straight

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ABC of Reading TRG

Bambi and Me

The New Canadian Criticism Series Peter Jaeger

Michel Tremblay

Edited by Frank Davey

Autobiographical pieces about how movies shaped the life of young Michel Tremblay.

Examines the writings of Steve McCaffery and bpNichol, with a special focus on their collaborative work as the Toronto Research Group (TRG). ISBN 978-0-88922-423-0; $17.95 CAD / $13.95 USD ©1999; 160 pp; illustrations

Translated by Sheila Fischman

Governor General’s Translation Award Winner, 1998. “This translation captures the vigour and vinegar of —Montreal Gazette the original.” ISBN 978-0-88922-380-6; $17.95 CAD / $13.95 USD ©1998; 160 pp

American Notebooks

Baseball Love

A Writer’s Journey Marie-Claire Blais

George Bowering

Translated by Linda Gaboriau An album of finely drawn literary portraits of writers, musicians, artists and social activists who influenced the life and work of Blais in the 1960s. “Marvelously constructed … beautifully cadenced character studies.” —Books in Canada ISBN 978-0-88922-358-5; $19.95 CAD / $15.95 USD ©1996; 208 pp

Bowering’s life in love and the game unfolds in a picaresque memoir of a road trip taken through the storied ballparks of the poet’s youthful dreams. “The indispensable George Bowering’s Baseball Love is a winning memoir cum love story, as Canada’s first poet laureate and his lady embark on a memorable— in every sense—baseball trope: the road trip.” —Globe & Mail ISBN 978-0-88922-529-9; $19.95 CAD / $17.95 USD ©2006; 256 pp


Beyond Recall

Toward a New Critical Theory in Honour of Jerry Zaslove Edited by Ian Angus

Mary Meigs

Essays exploring key issues of politics and aesthetics in honour of the founding director of the Institute for the Humanities at Simon Fraser University.

Edited by Lise Weil A beautiful memoir that reads like the most exquisitely crafted fiction. Lambda Literary Award for Biography Finalist, 2006.

“One cannot deny the generosity of spirit which permeates this text …” —Canadian Literature

“Her real strengths are virtues of drama, colour … and passion that are distilled in succinct images.” —Globe & Mail

ISBN 978-0-88922-457-5; $29.95 CAD / $24.95 USD ©2001; 384 pp; photos

ISBN 978-0-88922-505-3; $19.95 CAD / $15.95 USD ©2005; 160 pp; illus.

Anatolia Junction

Birth of a Bookworm

A Journey into Hidden Turkey Fred A. Reed

Michel Tremblay

As Fred A. Reed travels through the Middle East, the Balkans and Asia Minor, he concludes that Turkey’s Islamists are reappropriating the culture and beliefs that 70 years of secular fundamentalism have been unable to eradicate.

A tour of books that inspired Tremblay’s imagination.

“Succeeds in showing readers … that Islam is not a monolith, but ‘a rich and complex mosaic.’” —CBRA Turkish rights sold to Zafer Publishing, Istanbul.

Translated by Sheila Fischman

Globe & Mail Top 100 Books, 2003. “Quebec’s most celebrated living writer.” —Guardian (UK) “Destined to become a classic.”

––Globe & Mail

ISBN 978-0-88922-476-6; $18.95 CAD / $14.95 USD ©2003; 192 pp

ISBN 978-0-88922-426-1; $24.95 CAD / $19.95 USD ©1999; 320 pp; photos & maps

Annihilated Time

Bonbons Assortis / Assorted Candies

Poetry and Other Politics Jeff Derksen

Michel Tremblay

Essays that explore the ways in which poetry, visual art and critical practices encounter “the long present neoliberal moment” of the imperialist agenda of globalization.

Governor General’s Translation Award Finalist, 2006.

“Derksen raises the question of what it means to make art in the present moment in a new and exciting way.” —Sianne Ngai

“Tremblay’s knack for recalling and accessing his boyhood self is uncanny. Assorted Candies is short but sweet.” —Montreal Review of Books

ISBN 978-0-88922-612-8; $29.95 CAD / $29.95 USD ©2009; 304 pp

ISBN 978-0-88922-541-1; $17.95 CAD / $17.95 USD ©2006; 160 pp

Translated by Linda Gaboriau “The best of Tremblay can be found in these Assorted Candies …” ––Voir

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The Box Closet

Canadian Drama and the Critics

Mary Meigs

Revised Edition Edited by L. W. Conolly

A narrative woven of her parents’ diaries and letters that integrates Meigs’s discoveries as a daughter and granddaughter. “Meigs creates a work of considerable insight and —Globe & Mail beauty.” ISBN 978-0-88922-253-3; $19.95 CAD / $15.95 USD ©1987; 224 pp; photos

This lively, updated assortment of critical deliberations on contemporary Canadian drama is an ideal companion text to Modern Canadian Plays Volumes I and II. “Fascinating, entertaining, and instructive.” —Max Wyman ISBN 978-0-88922-359-2; $29.95 CAD / $24.95 USD rev. ©1995; 384 pp


Charles Olson at the Harbor

What History Teaches

Ralph Maud

The New Canadian Criticism Series

Stephen Scobie Edited by Frank Davey

A repudiation of Tom Clark’s carelessly biased Charles Olson: The Allegory of a Poet’s Life, this diligently researched biography by longtime Olson scholar, friend and correspondent Ralph Maud redeems the reputation of one of the greatest American poets of the 20th century.

Scobie illuminates Nichol’s relationship to Dadaism, contemporary French literary theory and the writing of Gertrude Stein, positing a cogent argument for Nichol’s importance as a writer of fiction.

“... a balanced and superbly rendered picture of one of America’s greatest poets.” —Peter Anastas

ISBN 978-0-88922-220-5; $17.95 CAD / $13.95 USD ©1984; 154 pp

ISBN 978-0-88922-576-3; $19.95 CAD / $19.95 USD ©2008; 224 pp; photos & illustrations; 2nd printing

Bridges of Light

The Chilliwacks and Their Neighbors

Otto Landauer of Leonard Frank Photos, 1945–1980 Cyril E. Leonoff

Oliver N. Wells

This illustrated biography of one of the last great blackand-white photographers of the Pacific Northwest is also an extraordinary photo art book. Printed on wood-free paper. City of Vancouver Heritage Award of Merit, 1999.

Active ethnography through conversations, legends and articles. A naturalist’s guide to the Chilliwack Native people and their area. “Useful for the diligent novice.”

—BC Studies

ISBN 978-0-88922-255-7; $24.95 CAD / $19.95 USD ©1987; 228 pp; photos, maps & illustrations; 3rd printing

ISBN 978-0-88922-376-9; $39.95 CAD / $34.95 USD ©1997; 208 pp; cloth; photos & illustrations

Building the West

Circumstances Alter Photographs

The Early Architects of British Columbia (Revised and updated edition) Compiled and edited by Donald Luxton

Captain James Peters’ Reports from the War of 1885 Michael Barnholden

This award-winning second edition tells the stories, discovers the hopes and aspirations, and celebrates the successes and accomplishments of the early architects of British Columbia. “For anyone who cares about the built environment, this book is a treasury—and a treasure.” —Vancouver Sun ISBN 978-0-88922-554-1; $39.95 CAD / $39.95 USD rev. ©2007; 560 pp; photos and illustrations

In April 1885, Captain James Peters of the North West Field Force, took the world’s first battlefield photographs under fire at the battle of Fish Creek. He exposed a total of 70 glass plates there and at subsequent battles at Duck Lake and Batoche. These astonishing photographs are presented together here, with an essay by Michael Barnholden. ISBN 978-0-88922-621-0; $35.00 CAD / $35.00 USD ©2009; 144 pp; cloth; photos

The Burden of Office

Coast Salish Essays

Agamemnon and Other Losers Joseph Tussman

Wayne Suttles

Lucid, original and ultimately wise, this book is as much a work of literature as it is of philosophy. “These stories are meant to delight as well as instruct.” —Globe & Mail ISBN 978-0-88922-265-6; $18.95 CAD / $14.95 USD ©1989; 168 pp; 2nd printing

A careful selection from the work of one of the foremost ethnographers of the Pacific Northwest. “A major contribution to the study of the Indians of the Northwest Coast.” —Pacific Northwest Quarterly ISBN 978-0-88922-212-0; $29.95 CAD / $24.95 USD ©1987; 336 pp; photos, maps & illustrations; 4th printing

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Conversations in Tehran

An English Canadian Poetics

Jean-Daniel Lafond & Fred A. Reed

Vol. 1—The Confederation Poets Edited by Robert Hogg

Filmmaker Jean-Daniel Lafond and author Fred A. Reed document the fall of Mohammed Khatami’s reform movement through candid conversations with Iranian artists, journalists and political activists. “A society like ours, which flirts almost unconsciously with the bullies of ‘political correctness’ … needs men, women, writers, journalists, intellectuals like Fred A. Reed.” —CBC Radio-Canada ISBN 978-0-88922-550-3; $19.95 CAD / $19.95 USD ©2006; 224 pp; photos

With an introduction by D.M.R. Bentley Essays on poetic theory written by Canadian poets from the late 19th century to 1918 that articulate the specific social, cultural and political circumstances under which their poetry was created. “Never before or since in Canada have poetry, poetics, environment, identity, and national distinctiveness —D.M.R. Bentley been more closely intertwined.” ISBN 978-0-88922-613-5; $29.95 CAD / $29.95 USD ©2009; 320 pp; photos

Crimes and Mercies

An Error in Judgement

The Fate of German Civilians Under Allied Occupation, 1944–1950 James Bacque

The Politics of Medical Care in an Indian /White Community Dara Culhane

More than 9 million Germans died from deliberate Allied starvation and expulsion policies after WWII. At the same time, a food-aid program saved an estimated 800 million.

An analysis of the controversy surrounding the death of a Native child in Alert Bay, BC.

“A scholar of great courage and perseverance who —Dr. Dwight D. Murphey deserves to be heard.”

“Successfully forces the liberal white reader to look beyond totem poles and quaint Indian baskets to our —Vancouver Sun common history.”

ISBN 978-0-88922-567-1; $24.95 CAD / $24.95 USD ©2007; 320 pp; photos, maps & illustrations; 2nd printing

ISBN 978-0-88922-246-5; $24.95 CAD / $24.95 USD ©1987; 280 pp; photos; 6th printing

The Decline of the Hollywood Empire

Essays on George F. Walker

Hervé Fischer

Playing with Anxiety Chris Johnson

Translated by Rhonda Mullins Heralds an inevitable move from 35 mm to digital distribution which will level the creative playing field between the towering Hollywood empire and marginalized independent artists and producers. Governor General’s Translation Award Finalist, 2007. “AN ESSENTIAL READ. That sums up the importance of Fischer’s book …” —Le Canada français

The first book-length examination of the work of Canada’s most-produced and internationally recognized playwright, George F. Walker, who has not only created a substantial body of work, but also impressed it all with his unique “Walkeresque” stamp. ISBN 978-0-921368-82-3; $29.95 CAD / $24.95 USD ©1999; 272 pp

ISBN 978-0-88922-545-9; $17.95 CAD / $17.95 USD ©2006; 160 pp

The Edward Curtis Project


A Modern Picture Story Marie Clements & Rita Leistner

Creating for the Stage Patrick Caux & Bernard Gilbert

Marie Clements’s play dramatizes the creation of Edward Curtis’s 20-volume photographic and ethnographic record of the “vanishing” North American Indian. It is presented here alongside Rita Leistner’s parallel investigation of Curtis’s work, which questions the practice of documentary photography with the very medium under scrutiny. Features over 100 colour photographs.

Translated by Neil Kroetsch This full-colour book documents Robert Lepage’s dynamic creative arts company, Ex Machina, constantly on the move in search of new forms of storytelling. Its frenetic dynamism means the company must constantly move simultaneously between story draft and stagecraft as it invites audiences to witness its theatrical experiments.

ISBN 978-0-88922-642-5; $24.95 CAD / $24.95 USD ©2010; 160 pp; colour photos

ISBN 978-0-88922-617-3; $29.95 CAD / $29.95 USD ©2009; 84 pp; French flaps; photos

Empire of Desire

Gabriel Dumont Speaks

The Abolition of Time Thierry Hentsch

Revised, updated edition Gabriel Dumont

Translated by Fred A. Reed

Translated by Michael Barnholden

This second volume in Hentsch’s epic survey of the Western narrative tradition traces western civilization’s quest for immortality across a further four centuries through an examination of works by Molière, Voltaire, de Sade, Rousseau, Hegel, Melville, Flaubert, Joyce, Proust and others.

This judicious interpretation of Louis Riel’s adjutant general’s memoirs offers a rare opportunity to view one of the central events in the history of the Métis through the eyes of one of their key heroes. “Fascinating.”

—Quill & Quire

Governor General’s Translation Award Finalist, 2009. ISBN 978-0-88922-587-9; $29.95 CAD / $29.95 USD ©2008; 336 pp

ISBN 978-0-88922-625-8; $16.95 CAD / $16.95 USD rev. ©2009; 96 pp; photos

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George Bowering

In Plain Sight

Bright Circles of Colour

Reflections on Life in Downtown Eastside Vancouver Edited by Leslie A. Robertson & Dara Culhane

The New Canadian Criticism Series

Eva-Marie Kröller Edited by Frank Davey This first book-length study of Bowering explores the relationship between his work and the arts.

A remarkable collection of seven life stories from Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, giving voice to women who are seldom heard on their own terms.

“Perceptive, highly readable account of the avant-garde —Vancouver Sun scene in Canada.”

City of Vancouver Book Award Finalist, 2005.

ISBN 978-0-88922-306-6; $17.95 CAD / $13.95 USD ©1992; 144 pp

ISBN 978-0-88922-513-8; $19.95 CAD / $19.95 USD ©2005; 180 pp; map; 3rd printing

Great Lakes Suite

In the Company of Strangers

David W. McFadden

Mary Meigs

Specially revised and edited, and for the first time in one complete volume, Great Lakes Suite includes A Trip Around Lake Ontario, A Trip Around Lake Erie and A Trip Around Lake Huron.

Based on the NFB production of The Company of Strangers, Meigs’s account of the film unfolds in an intricate meditation on time, old age and bonding.

“Consistently entertaining, consistently engaging.” —Toronto Star

“Her book on the film is exquisitely attuned to the interplay between art and life.” —Boston Globe

“Some of the most fascinating writing being done in this country.” —Windsor Star

QSPELL Award Winner for Non-fiction, 1992.

ISBN 978-0-88922-294-6; $18.95 CAD / $14.95 USD ©1991; 176 pp; photos; 4th printing

ISBN 978-0-88922-382-0; $34.95 CAD / $29.95 USD ©1997; 416 pp; illustrations

griddle talk

In the Midst

a yeer uv bill n carol dewing brunch Carol Malyon and bill bissett

Warren Tallman

A series of literary conversations between Malyon, who writes within the objective bounds of standard English usage, and bissett, one of contemporary writing’s most exotic practitioners, working with the visual forms of language in his own non-hierarchic, phonetic orthography.

Warren Tallman was catalyst, shelter and anchor to a whole generation of writers and poets, from the beat generation poets to the L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E school writers. In these pieces, Tallman introduces the reader to a world of literary companionship that shaped the language and thought of late 20th-century North America.

ISBN 978-0-88922-606-7; $18.95 CAD / $18.95 USD ©2009; 144 pp; photos and illustrations

ISBN 978-0-88922-308-0; $24.95 CAD / $19.95 USD ©1992; photos; 320 pp

A Guide to B.C. Indian Myth and Legend Ralph Maud

Indian Myths & Legends from the North Pacific Coast of America

Boas, Teit, Hill-Tout, Barbeau, Swanton, Jenness, the luminaries of field research in British Columbia, are discussed, and their work in Indian folklore evaluated in this comprehensive survey of myth-collecting in B.C.

A Translation of Franz Boas’ 1895 Edition of Indianische Sagen von der Nord-Pacifischen Küste Amerikas Franz Boas

“Important not for what it might tell us about Indian culture in the past, but for what these myths may tell us about our society. This book goes some way toward that goal.” —Vancouver Sun

Edited and annotated by Randy Bouchard & Dorothy Kennedy

ISBN 978-0-88922-189-5; $19.95 CAD / $19.95 USD ©1982; 224 pp; photos; 5th printing

ISBN 978-0-88922-553-4; $39.95 CAD / $39.95 USD rev. ©2006; photos; 704 pp; 2nd printing

How to Write

Justice in Our Time

derek beaulieu

The Japanese Canadian Redress Settlement Roy Miki & Cassandra Kobayashi

Containing 10 pieces of conceptual prose ranging from the purely appropriated through the entirely recomposed, beaulieu samples Lawrence Sterne, Roy Lichtenstein, Agatha Christie and all the text within one block of his home.

“The equal of any heroic literature you’ll ever read … a stunning legacy.” —Vancouver Sun

How a community brought the issue of redress for the injustices of the 1940s to the forefront of public debate.

W.O. Mitchell Literary Prize Finalist, 2011.

“A powerful and moving testament to the successful efforts of the NAJC.” —Globe & Mail

“beaulieu produces some of the most baffling, oblique, unreadable—and absolutely logical and necessary— works of conceptual poetry.” —Craig Dworkin

ISBN 978-0-88922-292-2; $29.95 CAD / $24.95 USD ©1991; 160 pp; cloth; photos & illustrations

ISBN 978-0-88922-629-6; $16.95 CAD / $16.95 USD ©2010; 72 pp

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Lost in North America

The Man Behind the Mask Ronald Cross & Hélène Sévigny

The Imaginary Canadian in the American Dream John Gray

A biography of the most notorious of the 1990 Oka warriors. “The book’s 248 pages are, to put it simply, credible. Read this book—it will open your eyes too.” —Alberta Native News ISBN 978-0-88922-348-6; $19.95 CAD / $15.95 USD ©1994; 248 pp; photos

A personal, idiosyncratic tour of the collective work of art we call Canada. “More than just well written, entertaining and humorous, this book is also (gasp) moving.” —Montreal Gazette ISBN 978-0-88922-350-9; $19.95 CAD / $15.95 USD ©1994; 208 pp

The Lil’wat World of Charlie Mack

Making Theatre

Dorothy Kennedy & Randy Bouchard

A Life of Sharon Pollock Sherrill Grace

Socio-cultural anthropologist Dr. Dorothy Kennedy and ethnologist/linguist Randy Bouchard record and re-contextualize many Lil’wat stories as told to them by respected Lil’wat elder Charlie Mack over a two-decade period of friendship and ethnographic research.

The story of Pollock’s life from her family roots in New Brunswick through her pioneering years as a Canadian playwright to the present as she continues to make theatre. Winner Ann Saddlemyer Award, 2009.

Praise for Kennedy & Bouchard’s Sliammon Life, Sliammon Lands: —CBRA “An excellent portrait of these people.”

“Grace’s insightful exploration of … theatrical performance and the traces of Pollock’s successive reinventions of herself is unrivalled.” —Patricia Demers

ISBN 978-0-88922-640-1; $24.95 CAD / $19.95 USD ©2010; 240 pp; photos & maps

ISBN 978-0-88922-586-2; $39.95 CAD / $39.95 USD ©2008; 480 pp; photos

Lily Briscoe

Margaret Atwood

A Self-Portrait Mary Meigs

A Feminist Poetics

A compelling autobiography about the exercise of will, friendships and dreaming. “A series of landscapes and life drawings, skillfully created.” —Humanities and Applied Arts French language rights sold to HMH Ltée. ISBN 978-0-88922-195-6; $24.95 CAD / $19.95 USD ©1981; 264 pp; photos; 3rd printing

The New Canadian Criticism Series

Frank Davey Davey reveals Atwood’s extraordinary facility with language as well as her mistrust of it, and offers a “glossary” of recurrent Atwood images and symbols that unveil the hidden level in her writing. ISBN 978-0-88922-217-5; $18.95 CAD / $14.95 USD ©1984; 178 pp; 2nd printing

Lions Gate


Lilia D’Acres & Donald Luxton

The Critical Writings of bpNichol bpNichol

Like all great historic landmarks, the Lions Gate Bridge remains a source of powerful, sometimes illuminating, sometimes mysterious stories of the people and times which gave birth to it. Winner of the Vancouver Heritage Award; BC Historical Federation Writing Competition; Heritage Society of BC Award; City of Vancouver Book Award, 2000; BC Book Prize Finalist, 2000. ISBN 978-0-88922-416-2; $34.95 CAD / $29.95 USD ©1999; 160 pp; cloth; photos & illus.; 2nd printing

Edited by Roy Miki A thoughtful and provocative 30-year record of Nichol’s approaches to textual production. “Almost 15 years after his untimely death, Nichol is being recognized as a major Canadian literary figure.” —National Post ISBN 978-0-88922-447-6; $34.95 CAD / $29.95 USD ©2002; photos & illustrations; 496 pp

Living by Stories

The Medusa Head

A Journey of Landscape and Memory Harry Robinson

Mary Meigs

Compiled and edited by Wendy Wickwire

A sensitive psychological portrait of a stormy three-way lesbian relationship.

This third collection documents how the arrival of whites forever altered the Salish cultural landscape.

“An unsparing account of love, jealousy and hate.” —Toronto Star

“Whenever I need to be reminded that language is magic and that stories can change the world, I go to Robinson.” —Thomas King

“Shaped with intelligence, honesty and humor.” —Ottawa Citizen

ISBN 978-0-88922-522-0; $24.95 CAD / $24.95 USD ©2005; 288 pp; 3rd printing

French language rights sold to HMH Ltée. ISBN 978-0-88922-210-6; $17.95 CAD / $13.95 USD ©1983; 160 pp; 3rd printing

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Paul Martin & Companies

Lectures and Interviews (Revised 2nd Edition) Charles Olson

Sixty Theses on the Alegal Nature of Tax Havens Alain Deneault

Edited by Ralph Maud Charles Olson once defined “muthologos” as “what is said about what is said.” Revised and expanded.

Translated by Rhonda Mullins A piercing look at what it means when a Canadian prime minister puts his own private interests first.

“Document[s] the processual nature and intellectual hunger that situate [Olson’s] poetic imagination not only in the poem but in the range of perception that —Fred Wah can be talked about ‘with some life.’”

“Stands as an example and a rebuke to the watery discourse that passes for ‘political’ commentary in the anglophone press …“ —Geist

ISBN 978-0-88922-639-5; $39.95 CAD / $39.95 USD ©2010; 496 pp; photos

ISBN 978-0-88922-538-1; $15.95 CAD / $13.95 USD ©2006; 96 pp

Nature Power


In the Spirit of an Okanagan Storyteller Harry Robinson

Conversations with Contemporary Artists Robert Enright

Compiled and edited by Wendy Wickwire

Informed and considered interviews with the most influential artists of our time. Enright takes us into the environments, both imaginative and actual, that have shaped their personal and artistic histories.

Features tales of the shoo-MISH, or “nature helpers.” BC Book Prize Winner, 1993. “Epic, mesmerizing tales by a great Okanagan storyteller that lift [one] eerily and movingly, into a different world.” —Michele Landsberg, Toronto Star

“Marvellous interviews … the mind and the world of the artist flooded with light.” —Arthur Danto

ISBN 978-0-88922-504-6; $24.95 CAD / $24.95 USD rev. ©2004; 272 pp

ISBN 978-0-921368-67-0; $24.95 CAD / $18.95 USD ©1997; 352 pp


Performing National Identities

Postcards from the Four Directions Drew Hayden Taylor

International Perspectives on Contemporary Canadian Theatre Edited by Sherrill Grace & Albert-Reiner Glaap

In this collection of short humorous essays originally written for the popular media, playwright, novelist and screenwriter Drew Hayden Taylor sends his readers fascinating and exotic postcards from his globetrotting adventures, always on the lookout for the NEWS about aboriginal peoples around the world. ISBN 978-0-88922-643-2; $24.95 CAD / $24.95 USD ©2010; 288 pp

A collection of 18 original essays on contemporary Canadian theatre by scholars and drama specialists in Australia, Belgium, Canada, Finland, Germany, Great Britain, Hungary and Japan. ISBN 978-0-88922-475-9; $24.95 CAD / $19.95 USD ©2003; 324 pp; photos

No Plaster Saint

Persian Postcards

The Life of Mildred Osterhout Fahrni Nancy Knickerbocker

Iran after Khomeini Fred A. Reed

A crusading socialist and an absolute pacifist, Mildred Osterhout Fahrni walked with J. S. Woodsworth, Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King. The extraordinary story of one of Canada’s pioneer peacemakers.

“An excellent guide to the people, religion, politics and world view of modern Iran.” —Military Intelligence Professional Bulletin

ISBN 978-0-88922-452-0; $24.95 CAD / $19.95 USD ©2001; 288 pp; photos

“Both accessible to the uninitiated and a valuable resource.” —Quill & Quire “Assumptions about Iran shattered.”

—Toronto Star

ISBN 978-0-88922-351-6; $24.95 CAD / $19.95 USD ©1994; 288 pp; photos

Outsider Notes

Phyllis Webb and the Common Good

Feminist Approaches to Nation State Ideology, Writers / Readers and Publishing

Poetry / Anarchy / Abstraction Stephen Collis

The New Canadian Criticism Series

Lynette Hunter Edited by Frank Davey Tough-minded reappraisals of canonicity, modernism, postmodernism, marginality and post-coloniality in Canadian writing. ISBN 978-0-88922-363-9; $24.95 CAD / $19.95 USD ©1996; 320 pp

“As much about Webb as about the cultural and political milieu of her time, this book is necessary reading for anyone interested in Canadian poetry and the ethics of writing as criticism.” —Smaro Kamboureli ISBN 978-0-88922-559-6; $24.95 CAD / $24.95 USD ©2007; 228 pp; colour photos

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The Pleasure of the Crown

A Record of Writing

Anthropology, Law and First Nations Dara Culhane

An Annotated and Illustrated Bibliography of George Bowering Roy Miki

An in-depth analysis of the 130-year history of the Aboriginal title issue in BC, focusing in particular on the Gitksan and Wet’suwet’en case.

Traces the development of poet laureate Bowering’s many writings through four decades.

“Explores fundamental questions … The Pleasure of the Crown is a book that everyone interested in —Vancouver Sun ‘justice for all’ will want to read.”

Gabriel Roy Prize Winner, Best Critical Book in English.

ISBN 978-0-88922-315-8; $34.95 CAD / $29.95 USD ©1998; 416 pp; map; 2nd printing

ISBN 978-0-88922-263-2; $39.95 CAD / $34.95 USD ©1990; 404 pp; cloth; photos & illustrations

Poet to Publisher

The Recovery of the Public World

Charles Olson’s Correspondence with Donald Allen Edited by Ralph Maud

Essays on Poetics in Honour of Robin Blaser Edited by Charles Watts & Edward Byrne

Documents Olson’s influence on The New American Poetry, Allen’s visionary and revolutionary anthology.

“An extraordinary contribution to this field.” —Canadian Library Journal

A collection of texts and talks which address the work of poet Robin Blaser.

“The letters make fascinating reading for their commentary on writers … and literary issues from —Canadian Literature 1957 to 1969 …”

“Poets and thinkers describe his work, assess his accomplishments and contribute reflections on the literary projects and subjects Blaser has helped to construct.” —Publishers Weekly

ISBN 978-0-88922-486-5; $18.95 CAD / $14.95 USD ©2003; illustrations; 192 pp

ISBN 978-0-88922-388-2; $39.95 CAD / $29.95 USD ©1999; 464 pp; photos

The Porcupine Hunter and Other Stories

The Salish People

The Original Tsimshian Texts of Henry Tate Edited and annotated by Ralph Maud

Volume I: The Thompson and the Okanagan Charles Hill-Tout

Henry W. Tate, who died in 1914, was an important Tsimshian informant to ethnographer Franz Boas.

Edited by Ralph Maud

“Maud acts as restorer, stripping away attitudes and prosody to reveal the vitality of the original text.” —Vancouver Sun ISBN 978-0-88922-333-2; $18.95 CAD / $14.95 USD ©1994; illustrations; 176 pp

The first volume of a four-volume set rich in stories and factual information on the Salish people of the Pacific Northwest. ISBN 978-0-88922-148-2; $19.95 CAD / $19.95 USD ©1978; 176 pp; photos, maps & illustrations; 2nd printing

Rational Geomancy

The Salish People

The Kids of the Book-Machine The Collected Research Reports of the Toronto Research Group, 1973–1982 Steve McCaffery & bpNichol

Volume II: The Squamish and the Lillooet Charles Hill-Tout

Edited by Steve McCaffery Reports on translation, the-book-as-machine and the search for non-narrative prose. ISBN 978-0-88922-300-4; $29.95 CAD / $29.95 USD ©1992; photos & illustrations; 320 pp; 2nd printing

Edited by Ralph Maud Includes the Origin Myth as recounted by a storyteller whose mother saw Captain Vancouver sail into Howe Sound in 1792. ISBN 978-0-88922-149-9; $18.95 CAD / $14.95 USD ©1978; 176 pp; photos, maps & illustrations

Re: Producing Women’s Dramatic History

The Salish People

The Politics of Playing in Toronto D.A. Hadfield

Volume III: The Mainland Halkomelem Charles Hill-Tout

Hadfield traces the process of creating a theatrical “success” and investigates how the politics involved influences what we perceive as “good” playwriting. ISBN 978-0-88922-563-3; $24.95 CAD / $24.95 USD ©2007; 288 pp

Edited by Ralph Maud Stories of the people of the Fraser Valley from Vancouver to Chilliwack, with the earliest account of BC archaeological sites. ISBN 978-0-88922-150-5; $18.95 CAD / $14.95 USD ©1978; 176 pp; photos, maps & illustrations

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The Salish People

Takeover in Tehran

Volume IV: The Sechelt and the South-Eastern Tribes of Vancouver Island Charles Hill-Tout

The Inside Story of the 1979 U.S. Embassy Capture Massoumeh Ebtekar

Edited by Ralph Maud

as told to Fred A. Reed

“The rescuing of unorthodox anthropology from the conspiracy of silence that academics have woven around it.” —Vancouver Sun

A revealing first-hand insider account by Iran’s first female vice president, Massoumeh Ebtekar, of the 1979 revolutionary student movement which captured the American Embassy in Tehran.

ISBN 978-0-88922-151-2; $18.95 CAD / $14.95 USD ©1978; 192 pp; photos, maps & illustrations

ISBN 978-0-88922-443-8; $19.95 CAD / $15.95 USD ©2000; 244 pp; photos; 2nd printing

Salonica Terminus

The Terror of the Coast

Travels into the Balkan Nightmare Fred A. Reed

Land Alienation and Colonial War on Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands, 1849–1863 Chris Arnett

In his extensive travels in the Balkans, Reed encounters a landscape inscribed with a shocking testimony of ethnoracialist aspirations. “The good and evil aspects of nationalism … [A] compassionate account of one of the world’s most difficult regions.” —Toronto Star ISBN 978-0-88922-368-4; $24.95 CAD / $19.95 USD ©1996; 272 pp; photos & maps

An extensively detailed reconstruction of the war between the First Nations and Vancouver Island’s colonial government. “A scholarly, yet compelling account of a neglected —CBRA and shameful chapter in BC’s history.” ISBN 978-0-88922-318-9; $24.95 CAD / $19.95 USD ©1999; 382 pp; photos, maps & illustrations; 2nd printing

Shattered Images

Theatre and AutoBiography

The Rise of Militant Iconoclasm in Syria Fred A. Reed

Writing and Performing Lives in Theory and Practice Edited by Sherrill Grace & Jerry Wasserman

Discusses all of the major Islamic faiths in its search for the origins of contemporary fundamentalist movements. “A striking intellectual travelogue … a useful contribution to the literature of interfaith dialogue.” —Globe & Mail

This groundbreaking exploration of an increasingly prominent interdisciplinary realm draws on a wide range of contemporary theorists and playwrights. The breadth of styles and performances discussed here is extraordinary.

Syrian language rights sold to Atlas, Damascus. Turkish language rights sold to Nesil, Istanbul. ISBN 978-0-88922-485-8; $19.95 CAD / $15.95 USD ©2003; 260 pp; map

Signs of Literature Language, Ideology, and the Literary Text Kenneth James Hughes

ISBN 978-0-88922-540-4; $29.95 CAD / $24.95 USD ©2006; 352 pp; photos

They Write Their Dreams on the Rock Forever

The history of language as a made thing—a linguistic and structuralist primer.

Rock Writings in the Stein River Valley of British Columbia Annie York, Richard Daly & Chris Arnett

“It’s tough reading but worth a look if you’re into the study of words.” —Vancouver Province

“An invaluable record … of a vanishing culture.” —Toronto Star

ISBN 978-0-88922-236-6; $24.95 CAD / $19.95 USD ©1986; 232 pp; illustrations; 2nd printing

“[A] combination of academic exposition and plainfolks narrative that entertains while it educates.” —Georgia Straight ISBN 978-0-88922-331-8; $60.00 CAD / $40.00 USD ©1993; 320 pp; cloth; photos & illustrations

Strange Comfort

This Is My Own

Essays on the Work of Malcolm Lowry Sherrill Grace

Letters to Wes and Other Writings on Japanese Canadians, 1941–1948 Muriel Kitagawa

Strange Comfort collects Grace’s best essays on writer Malcolm Lowry, exploring his most important themes: the role of the artist; the nightmare of history; the pressures of memory; the need to protect the garden of our world. “… transcend[s] the intellectual boundaries … in culture and the arts through cross-disciplinary collaboration.” —Canada Council ISBN 978-0-88922-618-0; $19.95 CAD / $19.95 USD ©2009; 224 pp; photos

Edited by Roy Miki Letters written during the uprooting of the JapaneseCanadian community in late 1941. “This collection is skillfully woven together.” —Amerasia Review ISBN 978-0-88922-231-1; $24.95 CAD / $19.95 USD ©1985; 304 pp; cloth; photos & illustrations; 2nd printing

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Timothy Findley and the Aesthetics of Fascism

Twelve Opening Acts

Intertextual Collaboration and Resistance

Translated by Sheila Fischman

The New Canadian Criticism Series

An account of Tremblay’s discovery of the theatre, from his first recognition at the age of six of how the imagination is actually a public construct, to his winning of a drama competition with his first play.

Anne Geddes Bailey Edited by Frank Davey Investigates the troubling relationship between narrative meaning and representations of violence within Timothy Findley’s novels. ISBN 978-0-88922-386-8; $19.95 CAD / $15.95 USD ©1998; 256 pp

Michel Tremblay

Governor General’s Translation Award Finalist, 2002. ISBN 978-0-88922-466-7; $18.95 CAD / $14.95 USD ©2002; 192 pp

Too Good to Be True

Two Houses Half-Buried in Sand

Alcan’s Kemano Completion Project Bev Christensen

Oral Traditions of the Hul’q’umi’num’ Coast Salish of Kuper Island and Vancouver Island Beryl Cryer

Examines the question of who is to control North America’s vital water and power resources in the 21st century. BC Book Prize Finalist, 1996. “This is an essential story, and a fascinating one” —Books in Canada ISBN 978-0-88922-354-7; $29.95 CAD / $24.95 USD ©1995; 352 pp; photos & maps

Compiled and edited by Chris Arnett A vital collection of writings collected during the Depression, first published in Victoria’s oldest newspaper. “An engrossing and delightful book.” —Georgia Straight ISBN 978-0-88922-555-8; $29.95 CAD / $29.95 USD ©2007; 352 pp; photos; 2nd printing

Tracing the Paths


Reading =/ Writing The Martyrology Edited by Roy Miki

A Visual History Bruce Macdonald

A wide spectrum of readings of bpNichol’s challenging and innovative long poem.

This stunning full-colour historical atlas brings alive Vancouver’s first 14 decades.

“A stimulating companion to those reading, and rereading, Nichol’s quirky, honest, and experimental work.” —Books in Canada

City of Vancouver Book Award Winner, 1993.

ISBN 978-0-88922-256-4; $29.95 CAD / $24.95 USD ©1988; 344 pp

BC Book Prize Finalist, 1993. “Bruce Macdonald breaks new ground with an impressive multi-disciplinary atlas.” —Globe & Mail ISBN 978-0-88922-311-0; $60.00 CAD / $40.00 USD ©1992; 96 pp; cloth; photos, maps & illus.; 2nd printing

Transmission Difficulties

Women in a World at War

Franz Boas and Tsimshian Mythology Ralph Maud

Seven Dispatches from the Front Madeleine Gagnon

Ralph Maud delves into the mystery of Boas’s alleged “translations” of the stories gathered by his chief Tsimshian informant, Henry Tate.

Governor General’s French Non-Fiction Award Finalist, 2001.

“A useful contribution to BC anthropology.” —Victoria Times-Colonist

ISBN 978-0-88922-430-8; $18.95 CAD / $14.95 USD ©2000; 176 pp; photos & illustrations

Translated by Phyllis Aronoff & Howard Scott

“An extraordinary work … the book crosses borders of country, culture and language to touch fundamental truths in lyrical and haunting prose … ” —Quill & Quire ISBN 978-0-88922-483-4; $24.95 CAD / $19.95 USD ©2003; 320 pp

Truth or Death

Write It on Your Heart

The Quest for Immortality in the Western Narrative Tradition Thierry Hentsch

The Epic World of an Okanagan Storyteller Harry Robinson

Translated by Fred A. Reed

BC Book Prize Finalist, 1990.

Governor General’s Translation Award Winner, 2005.

“An important addition to Canadian literature … In reading Robinson, one is virtually forced to read the story out loud, thereby closing the circle, the oral becoming the written becoming the oral.” —Thomas King

QWF Translation Award Winner, 2005. “A work of great depth, magnificently written.” —Le Devoir ISBN 978-0-88922-509-1; $39.95 CAD / $39.95 USD ©2004; 416 pp; 2nd printing

Compiled and edited by Wendy Wickwire

ISBN 978-0-88922-502-2; $24.95 CAD / $24.95 USD rev. ©2004; 320 pp; 2nd printing; photos

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All That Glitters

The Bicycle Eater

Martine Desjardins

Larry Tremblay

Translated by Fred A. Reed & David Homel

Translated by Sheila Fischman

Haunted by the iron jealousy of their commanding officer, Dulac and Nell must risk everything to pursue their desires.

Governor General’s Translation Award Finalist, 2006.

Governor General’s Translation Award Finalist, 2005. “Compels and disturbs, leaving us with questions about chance and fate, love and war.” —Montreal Review of Books ISBN 978-0-88922-520-6; $17.95 CAD / $13.95 USD ©2005; 160 pp; illustrations

Governor General’s French Fiction Award Finalist, 2003. “There is something poetic about the way the narrative slips back and forth as easily as a dream, transcending the limits of linear thinking.” —Montreal Review of Books ISBN 978-0-88922-528-2; $19.95 CAD / $17.95 USD ©2005; 228 pp

And Other Stories

The Black Notebook

Edited by George Bowering

Michel Tremblay

Taking the theme of postmodernity one step further with 23 short stories edited by Canada’s first poet laureate: Alexis, Arnason, Atwood, Blaise, Bowering, Burnham, Cohen, Dorsey, Elliot, Farrant, Fawcett, Findley, Goto, Fraser, King, Laferrière, Mayr, Rooke, Schoemperlen, Thomas, Verdecchia and Watson.

Translated by Sheila Fischman

ISBN 978-0-88922-451-3; $24.95 CAD / $19.95 USD ©2001; 320 pp

A young waitress recounts her trials and surprising allies in a lifelong battle against social stigma. “Emerges as a powerful character study, a social history—as always with Tremblay, the political content is there, but always as an organic element of the story …” —Montreal Review of Books ISBN 978-0-88922-543-5; $19.95 CAD / $19.95 USD ©2006; 224 pp

The Angel of Solitude

The Blue Notebook

Marie-Claire Blais

Michel Tremblay

Translated by Laura Hodes

Translated by Sheila Fischman

Eight lesbian women strive to achieve an all-female utopia within which homophobia and their own pasts and differences are abolished.

In this third installment of the Notebook trilogy, Fine Dumas’ Boudoir is shut down and Céline must return to waitressing at the Sélect, where she meets a gorgeous musician and begins a sexual and loving relationship for the first time. As she has done twice before, Céline records the events and adventures of her life in a notebook, but now steps outside herself, using a narrator to tell her story.

“The narrative voice is wise and fatalistic and full of religiosity.” —Paragraph ISBN 978-0-88922-337-0; $17.95 CAD / $13.95 USD ©1993; 144 pp; 2nd printing

ISBN 978-0-88922-619-7; $24.95 CAD / $24.95 USD ©2009; 272 pp

The Athabasca Ryga

The Breakdown So Far

George Ryga

M.A.C. Farrant

Edited by E. David Gregory

Farrant continues her assault on the unaccountably disaffected and disillusioned of the Western world with her eighth volume of extremely short stories.

From his farm boy childhood to his struggles as a classconscious wage labourer, Ryga’s early work is offered in a collection of essays, short stories, plays and novels. “It makes you want to read and re-read everything the man ever wrote.” —Vancouver Sun ISBN 978-0-88922-276-2; $19.95 CAD / $15.95 USD ©1990; 224 pp

ReLit Award Nominee, 2008. “Farrant is better at startling us with unnerving, often misanthropic, visions of everyday life than perhaps any other Canadian writer.” —Globe & Mail ISBN 978-0-88922-556-5; $17.95 CAD / $17.95 USD ©2007; 160 pp

The Baldwins


Serge Lamothe

A Book for People Who Find Television Too Slow Brian Fawcett

Translated by Fred A. Reed & David Homel Set in the post-apocalyptic future, this is a novel of fragments that represents contemporary prose at its most daring and experimental. “Serge Lamothe’s novel falls under the sign of utter creative freedom and is filled with word and language play, evocative imagery and poetic moods.” —Le Devoir ISBN 978-0-88922-544-2; $15.95 CAD / $15.95 USD ©2006; 96 pp

Investigative fictions that examine the intentions of the information revolution. “Cambodia is urgent, blunt, difficult—and vitally necessary.” —Canadian Forum Italian translation rights sold to BLU Edizioni. ISBN 978-0-88922-237-3; $19.95 CAD / $19.95 USD ©1986; 208 pp; 8th printing

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Capital Tales

Darwin Alone in the Universe

Brian Fawcett

M.A.C. Farrant

A collection of stories that form tough, uncompromising portraits of people discovering the illusions they live by.

A brilliant collection of satirical short stories.

“Fawcett’s work expands into a well-earned and genuine visionary criticism of the deadly —Books in Canada contradictions within society.” ISBN 978-0-88922-221-2; $19.95 CAD / $15.95 USD ©1984; 204 pp

“Farrant is better at startling us with unnerving, often misanthropic, visions of everyday life than perhaps any other Canadian writer.” —Globe & Mail “M.A.C. Farrant is a wonderful writer of domestic —Bill Richardson, CBC comedy.” “A brave iconoclast …”

—Publishers Weekly

ISBN 978-0-88922-471-1; $17.95 CAD / $13.95 USD ©2003; 160 pp; illustrations

Chameleon & Other Stories

Death in Vancouver

Bill Schermbrucker

Garry Thomas Morse

A collection of short stories from the point of view of a young man growing up in Kenya during the time of Mau Mau.

This brilliant collection of avant-garde fiction reveals edgy new voices that reflect the cultural simultaneity of our cosmopolitan everyday.

“The year’s most ambitious work of short fiction and at the same time the most substantial.” —Letters in Canada ISBN 978-0-88922-208-3; $17.95 CAD / $13.95 USD ©1983; 160 pp

“Morse’s particular genius is his ability to deliver pitch perfect equivalences of whatever he touches or touches him … not mere impressions or impersonations but rather powerful transversals that combine with but do not displace.” —LINE Magazine ISBN 978-0-88922-607-4; $19.95 CAD / $19.95 USD ©2009; 320 pp

The Circus Performers’ Bar

Death of the Spider

David Arnason

Michèle Mailhot

Witty and formally innovative stories that examine social, political and sexual assumptions with an ironic eye.

Translated by Neil B. Bishop Introduction by Marie-Claire Blais

“This is clever, trenchant stuff, by a master of the art.” —Globe & Mail ISBN 978-0-88922-218-2; $17.95 CAD / $13.95 USD ©1984; 160 pp; 2nd printing

A solitary woman’s interior journey of self-discovery. Governor General’s French Fiction Award Winner for Le Passé Composé, 1990. Governor General’s Translation Award Finalist, 1992. ISBN 978-0-88922-298-4; $15.95 CAD / $11.95 USD ©1991; 64 pp

Citizen Suárez

Desert of the Heart

Guillermo Verdecchia

Jane Rule

Short stories about people travelling, wandering, or lost between countries and languages—people caught between the impulse to flee and the desire to belong.

Two women meet and fall in love in Reno, Nevada. Set in the late fifties, this classic of lesbian eroticism is Jane Rule’s first novel.

“At times hilarious, at times moving. A great read!” —Ariel Dorfman

“Cool, clear-eyed, compassionate and unsentimental.” —Margaret Laurence, Globe & Mail

“Humorous and strongly political …” —Vancouver Magazine

“An intelligent and utterly believable novel.” —Joyce Carol Oates

ISBN 978-0-88922-391-2; $17.95 CAD / $13.95 USD ©1998; 160 pp

ISBN 978-0-88922-301-1; $19.95 CAD / $19.95 USD rev. ©1991; 224 pp; 5th printing

A Covenant of Salt

Dog Attempts to Drown Man in Saskatoon

Martine Desjardins

Douglas Glover

Translated by Fred A. Reed & David Homel “Mining from the past, Desjardins extracts treasures without ‘getting caught,’ and surfaces like a breath of fresh air. A Covenant of Salt marries literary traditions in a sleek gothic ceremony, silvery salt sprinkled like confetti and the Saint Lawrence coursing through.” —Montreal Review of Books ISBN 978-0-88922-566-4; $17.95 CAD / $17.95 USD ©2007; 160 pp

Urbane, stylish and slightly off-beat stories that touch on the lives of a wide variety of people. “Glover is preoccupied with the complicated interweavings of good and evil, and he juggles language superbly.” —Globe & Mail “Glover … seeks to combine a metaphysical approach and style with the nitty-gritty details of daily life. It works.” —Books in Canada ISBN 978-0-88922-228-1; $16.95 CAD / $12.95 USD ©1985; 128 pp

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Down the Road to Eternity

Fearless Warriors

M.A.C. Farrant

Revised Second Edition Drew Hayden Taylor

Satiric and philosophical in approach, indelibly marked by wit, humour, irony, playfulness, a blend of parody and science fiction, irreverent analysis and comic existentialism, these stories celebrate the literary imagination as an antidote to the stranglehold the popular media now has on the public’s imagination.

By degrees dramatic, shocking, tender, affirmative and tragic, each of these stories takes on a different cliché of inter-racial and inter-cultural relations, all of them suffused with the incomparable wit, generous humour, critical edge and profound emotional empathy of a master story-teller.

“M.A.C. Farrant is a trapeze artist of the imagination, swinging over the existential void.” —BC Bookworld

“Taylor’s … stories will make you cringe, cry, and when you really need it, laugh a little.” —Windspeaker

ISBN 978-0-88922-615-9; $19.95 CAD / $19.95 USD ©2009; 288 pp; illustrations

ISBN 978-0-88922-597-8; $19.95 CAD / $19.95 USD rev. ©2008; 192 pp; 2nd printing

The Duchess and the Commoner

The First Quarter of the Moon

Michel Tremblay

Michel Tremblay

Translated by Sheila Fischman

Translated by Sheila Fischman

This third volume in the Chronicles of the Plateau MontRoyal—an epic series of novels which imagines the lives of the characters of Tremblay’s plays—deals with an explicitly gay thematic: Tremblay’s metaphor for the Québécois desire for a more glamorous identity on the world stage.

The fifth novel in the Chronicles of the Plateau Mont-Royal juxtaposes the childhood experiences of the fat woman’s son and his gifted cousin.

ISBN 978-0-88922-418-6; $19.95 CAD / $15.95 USD ©1999; 256 pp

“Touching and extra-real.”

—Quill & Quire

ISBN 978-0-88922-352-3; $19.95 CAD / $15.95 USD ©1994; 240 pp

Dürer’s Angel

The Five Books of Moses Lapinsky

Marie-Claire Blais

Karen X. Tulchinsky

Translated by David Lobdell

This sweeping, epic novel takes us inside the life of one immigrant Jewish family, from the pivotal 1933 Toronto race riots through the war years and into the early 1950s, creating a stunning fictional statement of a defining moment for a family, a city and a nation struggling with ideas of freedom, tolerance and identity in a world broken by war.

A novel of Pauline Archange’s desire to translate the events of her life into words. “A writer who stands head and shoulders above her contemporaries.” —Globe & Mail ISBN 978-0-88922-111-6; $16.95 CAD / $12.95 USD ©1976; 112 pp; 2nd printing

“Old-fashioned in the very best sense; it’s got lots of heart.” —National Post ISBN 978-0-88922-646-3; $29.95 CAD / $29.95 USD ©2010; 496 pp

Fairy Ring

George Ryga

Martine Desjardins

The Prairie Novels George Ryga

Translated by Fred A. Reed & David Homel A compulsively readable, beautiful and dark novel of stormy relationships and all-consuming desires. Governor General’s Translation Award Winner, 2001. “Fairy Ring sets up familiar targets, tilts at them with wonderful panache and scores weirdly compelling hits.” —Globe & Mail ISBN 978-0-88922-449-0; $24.95 CAD / $19.95 USD ©2001; 224 pp; 2nd printing

Edited by James Hoffman This collection includes Hungry Hills, Ballad of a Stonepicker and Night Desk. “…propelled by compassion and moral outrage, but also by a peculiar and personal awareness of the life and death of human cultures and the values they contain.” —Globe & Mail ISBN 978-0-88922-501-5; $24.95 CAD / $19.95 USD ©2004; 320 pp

The Fat Woman Next Door Is Pregnant

Get on Top

Michel Tremblay

David Homel

Translated by Sheila Fischman

In this startlingly original and penetrating novel, the Messiah appears as a woman who shows up in rural America instead of Jerusalem, preaching moral license, not repentance.

Tremblay’s first novel is an affectionate and funny chronicle of the lives of a family in its community. CBC ”Canada Reads” Finalist, 2009. “A comic tour de force covering one day in the life of a Montreal street.” —University of Toronto Quarterly

“His novels are acts of witnessing, and his characters carry the conscience of our times.” —Marie-Claire Blais

ISBN 978-0-88922-190-1; $19.95 CAD / $19.95 USD ©1981; 256 pp; 9th printing

ISBN 978-0-7737-6048-6; $22.95 CAD / $18.95 USD ©1999; 282 pp

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Go Figure


Réjean Ducharme

Gail Scott

Translated by Will Browning

A woman tries to negotiate her personal passage from Quebec’s politically turbulent ’70s to the threatening bleakness of the ’80s.

A hauntingly beautiful tale of a Montreal couple alienated from each other after suffering the miscarriage of twins. Governor General’s French Fiction Award Finalist, 1994. “Boasts complex flavours that are so savoury and sustaining you may be compelled to go back for —Montreal Review of Books seconds …”

“Each page steams with images, echoes, actions and reactions … a magnificent view of a woman’s perception of life, love and la belle province.” —Toronto Star

ISBN 978-0-88922-482-7; $19.95 CAD / $15.95 USD ©2003; 256 pp

ISBN 978-0-88922-415-5; $18.95 CAD / $14.95 USD rev. ©1999; 192 pp

The Happiest Man in the World and Other Stories

The Hunting Ground

David Arnason

Translated by Linda Gaboriau

A hilarious yet compassionate look at the new male consciousness taking shape in a “post-feminist” world by a witty, articulate raconteur.

Remarkably engaging stories recounted by different residents of a northern Canadian village facing a gradual but devastating transformation.

“A wonderful book.”

“[Lise Tremblay presents] a fictional world in precise, lucid language of a simple, graceful fluidity. A world in which the spirit of being is laid bare.” —Le Devoir

—Globe & Mail

ISBN 978-0-88922-269-4; $18.95 CAD / $14.95 USD ©1989; 164 pp; 2nd printing

Lise Tremblay

ISBN 978-0-88922-534-3; $15.95 CAD / $13.95 USD ©2006; 96 pp

Harry’s Fragments

In the Shadow of the Vulture

A Novel of International Puzzlement George Bowering

George Ryga

In a parody of a thriller novel, Harry the Hack, newly recruited literary spy, follows a mystery woman seeking wisdom and sanity. “Deconstructs the sexy spy thriller in a clever pastiche of literary styles.” —Ottawa Citizen

Set in the desert at the Mexico-US border, this novel deals with the hope and despair of immigrant labourers. “A striking novel that wrestles with important and difficult problems.” —Canadian Literature ISBN 978-0-88922-233-5; $24.95 CAD / $19.95 USD ©1985; 288 pp

ISBN 978-0-88910-387-0; $18.95 CAD / $14.95 USD ©1990; 182 pp

The Heart Laid Bare


Michel Tremblay

Audrey Thomas

Translated by Sheila Fischman

A brilliant and intense journey through a relationship, and through language and myth, spanning three continents.

A fusty academic has fallen in love with a young actor who works as a salesman while waiting for his big break; however, the academic must learn to make room in his life for the actor’s four-year-old son. “Simply written, but highly topical and touching tale.” —London Times

“An evocative fictional voice that is one of the most powerful in Canadian fiction.” —Vancouver Sun ISBN 978-0-88922-167-3; $18.95 CAD / $14.95 USD ©1979; 176 pp; 3rd printing

ISBN 978-0-88922-425-4; $19.95 CAD / $15.95 USD ©2002; 258 pp

Hell & Other Novels

Like a Child of the Earth

Beverley Daurio

Jovette Marchessault

In these haunting, often chilling short stories, Daurio maps the sub-atomic space of contemporary alienation.

Translated by Yvonne M. Klein

“Wonderfully evocative images … well worth reading.” —Quill & Quire “Poetic in their brevity and chilling in their intensity.” —Aritha van Herk ISBN 978-0-88910-421-1; $17.95 CAD / $13.95 USD ©1990; 160 pp

The first volume of Jovette Marchessault’s autobiographical trilogy. Prix France-Québec Winner, 1976. “The most profound glimpse into a native Canadian woman’s imaginative experience.” —Books in Canada ISBN 978-0-88922-261-8; $18.95 CAD / $14.95 USD ©1988; 176 pp

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Main Brides

Mrs. Blood

Gail Scott

Audrey Thomas

The portrait of a woman who is facing the end of the century and creating a history of the present that lifts her out of fear.

“Mrs. Blood wears her nerve ends outside her skin like an updated Katherine Mansfield heroine—and responds intensely to her external environment and to her subconscious. The effect is to create a vivid impression of a personality in crisis … A spectacular tour de force, this.” —New York Times Book Review

“Gail Scott has an extraordinary ability to compress scenic observations … into short, jewel-like —Hugh Hood notations.” “Scott is one of the most gutsy writers around.” —Globe & Mail

ISBN 978-0-88922-319-6; $19.95 CAD / $15.95 USD rev. ©1992; 220 pp; 4th printing

ISBN 978-0-88910-456-3; $19.95 CAD / $15.95 USD ©1993; 240 pp

Mile End

My Career with the Leafs & Other Stories

Lise Tremblay

Brian Fawcett

Translated by Gail Scott

Fawcett’s first book of stories examines growing up, and living, under the rules.

Mile End is a chilling and masterful look at the interior landscapes of psychosis which mirror so perfectly the emptiness of the exterior surfaces they reflect.

“Fawcett sings sweetly and sourly about growing up.” —Vancouver Sun

Governor General’s French Fiction Award Winner, 1999. ISBN 978-0-88922-467-4; $17.95 CAD / $13.95 USD ©2002; 144 pp

ISBN 978-0-88922-199-4; $18.95 CAD / $14.95 USD ©1982; 192 pp; 2nd printing


My Name Is Bosnia

Bill Schermbrucker

Madeleine Gagnon

An authentic re-creation through sweeping prose of an extraordinary life set against the turbulent backdrop of colonial Africa.

A young woman embarks upon an emotionally resonant journey in search of a peaceful new life.

BC Book Prize Winner, 1988.

IMPAC Dublin Literary Award Longlist, 2007.

“It’s an impressive debut … deceptively subtle and finely crafted.” —Globe & Mail

“Movingly captures the transformative effect of war on human consciousness …” —Publishers Weekly

“Intelligent, humane … universal and accessible.” —Quill & Quire

“In Gagnon’s deft hands the narrative is stirring but never maudlin.” —Quill & Quire

ISBN 978-0-88922-254-0; $24.95 CAD / $19.95 USD ©1988; 320 pp

ISBN 978-0-88922-542-8; $19.95 CAD / $19.95 USD ©2006; 256 pp

Mother of the Grass

News from Édouard

Jovette Marchessault

Michel Tremblay

Translated by Yvonne M. Klein

Translated by Sheila Fischman

The second volume of Marchessault’s turbulent autobiographical trilogy.

This fourth novel in the Chronicles of the Plateau MontRoyal follows Édouard, the fat woman’s brother-in-law, as he explores Paris.

“Has enlarged the dimensions of the autobiographical novel by introducing elements of myth and visionary experience.” —Gloria Orenstein ISBN 978-0-88922-267-0; $18.95 CAD / $14.95 USD ©1989; 176 pp

Translated by Phyllis Aronoff & Howard Scott

“Michel Tremblay’s long labour of love … is a lasting study of and tribute to his own working-class origins that should stand in time as a literary landmark.” —Toronto Star ISBN 978-0-88922-435-3; $19.95 CAD / $15.95 USD ©2000; 224 pp; 2nd printing


The Pagan Wall

Bill Schermbrucker

David Arnason

A frank and intensely personal book about human relationships.

Written in the tradition of Umberto Eco and Manuel Puig, The Pagan Wall is a first novel by one of Canada’s master storytellers.

“[Stories] stir and shift with deftly-rendered subtleties which at their best recall … Norman Levine and … Alice Munro.” —Quill & Quire “One of the best works of fiction of 1993.” —U of T Quarterly ISBN 978-0-88922-330-1; $18.95 CAD / $14.95 USD ©1993; 176 pp

“If this is the overture, you can’t even imagine what he may eventually do for a finale.” —John Moore ISBN 978-0-88922-312-7; $24.95 CAD / $19.95 USD ©1992; 304 pp

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The Painter’s Wife

Scattered in a Rising Wind

Monique Durand

Jean Marc Dalpé

Translated by Sheila Fischman

Translated by Linda Gaboriau

An extraordinary novel about art and passion inspired by the lives of two great artists, Evelyn Rowat and René Marcil.

The rush of events in a small town apocalypse is recorded barely at the edge of syntax, with a participatory narrator scrambling to keep up with the unfolding perceptions within the others.

“Resonant, ethereal, poignant. Here is a novel of rare —La Provence (France) aesthetic intelligence.” “A delight!”

—Nuit blanche

ISBN 978-0-88922-535-0; $18.95 CAD / $18.95 USD ©2006; 176 pp; 2nd printing

Governor General’s French Fiction Award Winner, 2000. “An extraordinary book of excellent quality.” —Adrienne Clarkson ISBN 978-0-88922-484-1; $17.95 CAD / $13.95 USD ©2003; 160 pp


The School-Marm Tree

Larry Tremblay

Howard O’Hagan

Translated by Linda Gaboriau

A novel about mountains by one of Canada’s greatest writers on nature, depicting the “presence” in mountains and the heart’s desire to go beyond mountains.

Three tales spin a web of suspense, impending violence and tragedy that haunt the sleek façade of a city. The three stories in this volume are linked through a shared subtext—that in contemporary urban environments, the only way people break through alienation is through some form of violence. ISBN 978-0-88922-645-6; $17.95 CAD / $17.95 USD ©2010; 128 pp

The Rain Barrel George Bowering Ten years in the making, these stories display Bowering’s meticulous attention to the details of his craft. “Enough irony, subversion and playfulness for any postmodern fan.” —Books in Canada ISBN 978-0-88922-345-5; $24.95 CAD / $19.95 USD ©1994; 272 pp

“Testimony to O’Hagan’s intelligence as a novelist.” —Globe & Mail “As basic and enduring a tale as a Greek tragedy.” —Vancouver Province ISBN 978-0-88922-129-1; $19.95 CAD / $15.95 USD ©1977; 256 pp; 2nd printing

The Secret Journal of Alexander Mackenzie Brian Fawcett An industrial biography that investigates personal myths and the great “machines” that drive the world to the abyss of development. “A wonderful book.”

—Kootenay Reporter

ISBN 978-0-88922-227-4; $19.95 CAD / $15.95 USD ©1985; 208 pp; 3rd printing

Real Mothers

Shinny’s Girls and Other Stories

Audrey Thomas

Mary Burns

Short stories about mothers and the politics of the family.

These stories all re-examine the myths of mother-daughter relationships, both in the classical sense of “myth” and in the modern sense of “myth” (lies about relationships).

“These stories are for … anyone who admires a writer in masterly control of her material.” —Globe & Mail “Thomas demands more of her readers than most writers, but the rewards are much greater too.” —Books in Canada ISBN 978-0-88922-191-8; $18.95 CAD / $14.95 USD ©1981; 176 pp; 3rd printing

“An accomplished and memorable collection.” —Katherine Govier ISBN 978-0-88922-272-4; $19.95 CAD / $15.95 USD ©1989; 208 pp; 2nd printing

The Red Notebook

A Slight Case of Fatigue

Michel Tremblay

Stéphane Bourguignon

Translated by Sheila Fischman

Translated by Phyllis Aronoff & Howard Scott

The second in the Notebook trilogy follows Céline Poulin as she becomes hostess in a transvestite bordello. Tremblay celebrates how it is possible for Céline to embrace her difference and to flourish in solidarity with a community of others with transcendent eloquence and compassion.

Eddy is in existential crisis. He once had an enviable life, but now he’s separated from his wife, estranged from his son, and his garden’s grown wild—like the rest of his life. Written in multiple voices, with keen psychological insight, this examination of relationships and past wounds is filled with raucous warmth and humanity—and dark humour.

“Tremblay’s characters don’t merely exist, they live out complex, sprawling lives.” —Globe & Mail ISBN 978-0-88922-588-6; $24.95 CAD / $24.95 USD ©2008; 288 pp

Governor General’s Translation Award Finalist, 2009. ISBN 978-0-88922-596-1; $19.95 CAD / $19.95 USD ©2008; 224 pp

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Some Night My Prince Will Come

Theme for Diverse Instruments

Michel Tremblay

Jane Rule

Translated by Sheila Fischman This urban epic of love and desire brings us a burlesque world of transgression and madness, where pleasures are far from simple, and love is somewhat less than pure. An evocative account of romantic adventure stamped with Tremblay’s signature wit and ironic humour.

Jane Rule’s first collection of short stories. “Jane Rule’s work compares very well with the best —Globe & Mail fiction being written anywhere.” ISBN 978-0-88922-060-7; $18.95 CAD / $14.95 USD ©1975; 192 pp; 5th printing

ISBN 978-0-88922-510-7; $17.95 CAD / $13.95 USD ©2004; 192 pp; 3rd printing

Songs My Mother Taught Me Audrey Thomas Republished with a new introduction, this is Audrey Thomas’s classic coming-of-age novel about madness, loneliness, despair and escape. “Traps in amber that strange distant decade of the Forties.” —George Woodcock, Maclean’s ISBN 978-0-88922-329-5; $19.95 CAD / $15.95 USD rev. ©1993; 210 pp

Thérèse and Pierrette and the Little Hanging Angel Michel Tremblay Translated by Sheila Fischman In this second Plateau Mont-Royal novel, three schoolgirls live the mysteries of their rites of passage. “Includes some subtler melodies in counterpoint to the main theme of this symphonic masterpiece.” —Vancouver Sun ISBN 978-0-88922-198-7; $19.95 CAD / $15.95 USD ©1996; 256 pp

Subject to Change

A Thing of Beauty

Renee Rodin

Michel Tremblay

Comprising stories that sketch the resonant heights and depths of an autobiography, Subject to Change is a series of self-portraits along the road of a life well lived.

Translated by Sheila Fischman

“… a delightful testament to the complexity of people and the many roles we play in our lifetimes.” —Telegraph-Journal “Renee Rodin lives the life I would try to live if I had the time.” —George Bowering ISBN 978-0-88922-644-9; $18.95 CAD / $18.95 USD ©2010; 160 pp; 2nd printing

A coda to his great Chronicles of the Plateau Mont-Royal cycle of novels. Tremblay creates, with grace and tenderness, a fictionalized account of the death of his own mother. “Sheila Fischman’s sensitive translation is wonderfully assured.” —Canadian Book Review Annual ISBN 978-0-88922-390-5; $19.95 CAD / $15.95 USD ©1998; 224 pp


The Time Being

George Ryga

Mary Meigs

Edited by Ann Kujundzic

An affair born of a correspondence with a distant admirer leads the lovers to an arranged meeting in Australia.

Summerland presents largely unpublished selections from essays, short stories, plays, novels and poems that George Ryga wrote in Summerland, BC, from 1963 until his untimely death in 1987. ISBN 978-0-88922-313-4; $34.95 CAD / $29.95 USD ©1992; 448 pp

“The reader is left with an elaboration of the impulse towards, and the slow collapse of, a love affair … Meigs has also left us in the company of two unforgettable women.” —Montreal Review of Books ISBN 978-0-88922-374-5; $17.95 CAD / $13.95 USD ©1997; 160 pp


Trees Are Lonely Company

or The Way of the Wolf Ronald Lavallée

Howard O’Hagan

Translated by Patricia Claxton A sweeping historical novel about the collision of Native and colonial cultures. Winner of the Prix Jules Verne, Prix Champlain and the Prix Riel. Nominated for the Governor General’s Translation Award, 1994. ISBN 978-0-88922-338-7: $34.95 CAD / $29.95 USD ©1994; 480 pp

This collection of O’Hagan’s short fiction includes stories spanning the decades of his experience as mountain guide, gentleman adventurer and storyteller. “At their best these stories are as stark as anything Camus or Sartre wrote.” —George Woodcock ISBN 978-0-88922-327-1; $24.95 CAD / $19.95 USD ©1993; 320 pp

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White Pebbles in the Dark Forests Jovette Marchessault Translated by Yvonne M. Klein Volume three of Marchessault’s autobiographical trilogy: a reconciliation between women and men, children and parents, animals and humans. “Rich in emotion in a series of visionary episodes.” —Books in Canada ISBN 978-0-88922-280-9; $16.95 CAD / $12.95 USD ©1990; 128 pp

Drama Backlist Abraham Lincoln Goes to the Theatre

Albertine in Five Times

Larry Tremblay

Michel Tremblay

Translated by Chantal Bilodeau

Translated by Linda Gaboriau

A theatre director draws inspiration from Lincoln’s assassination to stage the schizophrenia of America. Absurd, hilarious and haunting, this play asks the question: How can we ever know who we are and what is true when the world we know is shifting beneath us? Cast of 3 men.

Tremblay presents the powerful story of one woman, Albertine, at five different times in her life. Together, the five Albertines provide a moving portrait of an extraordinary “ordinary” woman in this Chalmers Awardwinning play. Cast of 6 women.

“Explores the wellsprings of psychic and social violence.” —Canadian Encyclopedia ISBN 978-0-88922-649-4; $16.95 CAD / $16.95 USD ©2010; 96 pp

“A remarkable play … The conception is brilliant.” —New Statesman ISBN 978-0-88922-627-2; $16.95 CAD / $16.95 USD ©2009; 80 pp


Albertine in Five Times

Marcus Youssef

Michel Tremblay

In this play inspired by the novel Adrift on the Nile, by Egyptian Nobel laureate Naguib Mahfouz, a group of urban Egyptian hipsters engages in debates about secularism and “fundamentalism” with tragic consequences.” Cast of 4 women and 6 men.

Translated by John Van Burek & Bill Glassco

“Adrift highlights the way we suffer the same losses over and over again, raining revenge on revenge. Our struggle, in essence, never changes.” —Globe & Mail ISBN 978-0-88922-585-5; $16.95 CAD / $16.95 USD ©2008; 128 pp

The powerful story of one woman, Albertine, at five different times in her life. Cast of 6 women. “The right play at the right time … A story of life, told by Tremblay with immense compassion.” —Toronto Sun ISBN 978-0-88922-234-2; $16.95 CAD / $16.95 USD ©1986; 80 pp; 7th printing

The Adventures of Ali & Ali and the aXes of Evil

All Fall Down

A Divertimento for Warlords Marcus Youssef, Guillermo Verdecchia & Camyar Chai

A play about modern-day witch-hunting. Cast of 2 women and 2 men.

A hard-hitting and hilarious satire. Cast of 4 men. “[A] clever, cutting cabaret act … that entertains as it tries to enlighten …” —Vancouver Sun ISBN 978-0-88922-516-9; $17.95 CAD / $17.95 USD ©2005; 128 pp; 3rd printing

Wendy Lill

Governor General’s Drama Award Finalist, 1994. “Lill’s masterful, soberingly intelligent play … goes beyond its surface subject—pedophilia.” —Theatrum ISBN 978-0-88922-336-3; $16.95 CAD / $12.95 USD ©1994; 128 pp

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All the Verdis of Venice

Assorted Candies for the Theatre

Normand Chaurette

Michel Tremblay

Translated by Linda Gaboriau

Translated by Linda Gaboriau

Cast of 1 woman and 4 men.

An exquisite remembrance of childhood past in Montreal’s Plateau Mont-Royal neighbourhood, adapted and recrafted to the stage. Cast of 3 women and 4 men.

“Invites its audience to think about the nature of self and its socio-cultural construction, as well as the nature of fame, the role of cultural iconography, but doesn’t presuppose answers. The play is never didactic, and more enjoyable for it.” —Rain Taxi ISBN 978-0-88922-442-1; $16.95 CAD / $12.95 USD ©2000; 112 pp

“It’s vintage Tremblay (out-Prousting Proust), filled with primal privations and inspirations of awe, a family’s love and terrors … the whole enthralling works.” —Globe & Mail ISBN 978-0-88922-572-5; $15.95 CAD / $15.95 USD ©2007; 96 pp


The Baby Blues

Drew Hayden Taylor

Drew Hayden Taylor

Native activists and environmentally concerned vegetarians are invited to a dinner party, where irreconcilable cultural differences clash over moose roast and vegetarian lasagna. Cast of 3 women and 3 men.

A highly wrought farce of patrimony in a stifling, politically correct, post-colonial milieu of “fancy dancers” of every stripe on the pow wow trail. Cast of 3 women and 3 men.

“Drew Hayden Taylor has a deft touch for mixing comedy and commentary in … social satire.” —Vancouver Sun

“A rowdy and often moving journey off the highway and onto the dirt roads of memory.” —NOW ISBN 978-0-88922-406-3; $15.95 CAD / $15.95 USD ©1999; 96 pp; 5th printing

ISBN 978-0-88922-428-5; $18.95 CAD / $18.95 USD ©2000; 144 pp; 6th printing

Amigo’s Blue Guitar


Joan MacLeod

David Fennario

A college student’s life changes when he chooses to sponsor a Salvadoran refugee as a class project. Cast of 2 women and 3 men.

The English and French working class get together on their balconies in Montreal. Cast of 3 women and 6 men.

Governor General’s Drama Award Winner, 1991. “Theatre of exceptional power … [A] subtle, often funny and ultimately moving play.” —Maclean’s ISBN 978-0-88922-371-4; $15.95 CAD / $11.95 USD rev. ©1997; 96 pp; 3rd printing

Chalmers Award Winner for Best Canadian Play, 1979. “Balconville is a work of genius. It’s angry, bitter, cruel and funny.” —Globe & Mail ISBN 978-0-88922-145-1; $17.95 CAD / $17.95 USD ©1980; 128 pp; 9th printing

Another Country / bloom

Banana Boots

Guillermo Verdecchia

David Fennario

Two plays, on Argentina’s Dirty War of 1976–83, and on hope flowering in the midst of destruction, constitute an unsparing interrogation of a world perpetually at war.

A one-man-show/memoir in which Fennario recounts, with astonishing insight and wit, the phenomenon of taking his famous bilingual play, Balconville, to Belfast on a British/Canadian cultural mission. Cast of 1 man.

“Verdecchia … know[s] how to modulate emotional tones beautifully … bloom is a poetic look at a world where hope must grow in sandy soil.” —NOW

“Fennario is, to put it lightly, a phenomenon.” —Globe & Mail

ISBN 978-0-88922-570-1; $17.95 CAD / $17.95 USD ©2007; 144 pp

ISBN 978-0-88922-396-7; $15.95 CAD / $11.95 USD ©1998; 64 pp

Another Home Invasion

Beating the Bushes

Joan MacLeod

Steven Bush

In this perceptively poignant play, the word “another” conveys both its meanings—something commonplace and something entirely different; MacLeod questions who the real perpetrators are of the heartless betrayal against the elderly Jean and her ailing husband. Cast of 1 woman.

Steven Bush is on a mission to confront the skeletons in his family closet. Did his very own cousins occupy the White House? What can he, a distant relation of the “Bushes” do to redeem the family name? This stand-up comedy, rant, political protest and call to action is a brash theatrical tour de force. Cast of 1 man.

Governor General’s Drama Award Finalist, 2009. “A startling commentary on aging and elder care.” —CBC

“This is less satire than entertaining polemic, leavened by memoir.” —Globe & Mail

ISBN 978-0-88922-622-7; $16.95 CAD / $16.95 USD ©2009; 64 pp

ISBN 978-0-88922-647-0; $18.95 CAD / $18.95 USD ©2010; 160 pp

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Les Belles Soeurs

Boiler Room Suite

(Revised) Michel Tremblay

Rex Deverell

Translated by John Van Burek & Bill Glassco Raucous, reckless, and ribald, Les Belles Souers celebrates the working-class lives of 15 Montreal women. It was the first play written in the vernacular French of Quebec to achieve popular success and critical acclaim. Cast of 15 women. “A tart but human satire on Canadian life and —Vancouver Sun aspirations.” ISBN 978-0-88922-302-8; $17.95 CAD / $17.95 USD rev. ©1992; 112 pp; 10th printing

The broken lives and the heroic struggle for joy of two “tramps” in a hotel boiler room. Cast of 1 woman and 2 men. Canadian Authors Association Drama Award Winner, 1978. “A beautiful tragicomic look at a couple of losers.” —NBC ISBN 978-0-88922-137-6; $15.95 CAD / $11.95 USD ©1978; 96 pp


Bonjour, Là, Bonjour

Morris Panych

(Revised) Michel Tremblay

Full of excruciating twists of fate and malice, this dark comedy of “trading places” resonates with uncomfortable truths about how we see (or don’t see) the people we live with every day. Cast of 2 women and 3 men. “A lethal mixture of black humour and social observation. When it comes to sparkling, erudite, bitchy dialogue, Panych, as a playwright, has few equals.” —Toronto Sun

Translated by John Van Burek & Bill Glassco A beloved brother returns to his family. Cast of 6 women and 2 men. “Theatre does not often touch the heart the way this —Globe & Mail succeeds in doing.” ISBN 978-0-88922-252-6; $15.95 CAD / $11.95 USD rev. ©1990; 92 pp; 3rd rev printing

ISBN 978-0-88922-584-8; $16.95 CAD / $16.95 USD ©2008; 128 pp

The Berlin Blues

Bordertown Café

Drew Hayden Taylor

Kelly Rebar

Concluding Taylor’s Blues Quartet, German developers here show up on the “Otter Lake Reserve” proposing “OjibwayWorld,” a Native theme park designed to attract Europeans tourists to this destination resort. Cast of 3 women and 3 men.

Young Jimmy faces a dilemma: embrace the hero of American popular myth as embodied by his father, or engage the task of building a different identity, embodied by his mother “on the Canadian side of nowhere.” Cast of 2 women and 2 men.

“This can be taken as a funny series of events. Those hoping for something deeper can find allegories and metaphors running through history.” —LA Splash

“[A] humorous, human, touching and recognizable look at one family’s search for individual identity.” —Hamilton Spectator

ISBN 978-0-88922-581-7; $17.95 CAD / $17.95 USD ©2007; 96 pp; 3rd printing

ISBN 978-0-88922-477-3; $16.95 CAD / $16.95 USD ©2003; 128 pp; 2nd printing


The Boy in the Treehouse Girl Who Loved Her Horses

Rod Langley

Drew Hayden Taylor

Set in landscapes which move from Detroit to China, Bethune is a study of how one man’s vision may shape the world. In this play, Rod Langley attempts to chronicle the journey of Dr. Norman Bethune toward his final destiny. Cast of 3 women and 6 men.

Two plays about the process of children becoming adults and the nature of, and necessity for, rites of passage in all cultures.

“A portrait of an enormously complex man.” —Vancouver Sun

“[Taylor is] recognized as one of Canada’s ‘hottest’ young playwrights, and long recognized for his witty essays and journalism.” —World Literature Today

ISBN 978-0-88922-088-1; $17.95 CAD / $17.95 USD ©1975; 128 pp; 6th printing

ISBN 978-0-88922-441-4; $18.95 CAD / $18.95 USD ©2000; 160 pp; 3rd printing

Billy Bishop Goes to War

Burning Vision

John Gray with Eric Peterson

Marie Clements

A musical about Canada’s famous World War I flying ace. Cast of 2 men.

Dene miners, radium painters and people of Hiroshima labour under the false sun of uranium which poisons their relationships to the earth and to each other. Cast of 5 women and 12 men.

Governor General’s Drama Award Winner, 1982. “A delightful—and cunningly wrought—work of art.” —New Yorker “A superb mixture of laconic irony and white-knuckle tale-telling.” —Globe & Mail ISBN 978-0-88922-196-3; $17.95 CAD / $17.95 USD ©1982; 104 pp; photos; 13th printing

Canada-Japan Literary Award Winner, 2004. Governor General’s Drama Award Finalist, 2003. “[A] brave new play that bombards the senses and fires up the mind.” —Globe & Mail ISBN 978-0-88922-472-8; $17.95 CAD / $17.95 USD ©2003; 128 pp; 4th printing

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The Buz’Gem Blues

The Carpenter

Drew Hayden Taylor

A Carpenter’s Trilogy, A Chronicle in Three Plays, Part Three Vittorio Rossi

The third play in Taylor’s ongoing zany, often farcical examination of both Native and non-Native stereotypes in what is to become what he calls his “Blues Quartet.” Cast of 3 women and 3 men. “He skewers liberal and native stereotypes, preferring to deal on a more human level.” —Hamilton Examiner ISBN 978-0-88922-462-9; $16.95 CAD / $16.95 USD ©2002; 128 pp; 3rd printing

This heart-wrenching but beautifully cathartic story of a family coming to grips with itself unfolds with unmistakably poignant honesty. Cast of 4 women and 5 men. “Rossi’s plays represent the heftiest addition to the Canadian dramatic canon since David French’s Mercer Cycle or George F. Walker’s East End Plays.” —CBC ISBN 978-0-88922-609-8; $17.95 CAD / $17.95 USD ©2009; 128 pp; photos

Can You See Me Yet?


Timothy Findley

Wendy Lill

A search for sanctuary in an Ontario insane asylum in 1938. Cast of 7 women and 4 men.

This compelling drama by a former parliamentary critic for persons with disabilities explores the ethical controversy and public policy surrounding reproductive technologies, particularly cross-species chimeras. Cast of 2 women and 5 men.

“Seems to me to be an astonishing work, richly textured, sombre, and yet possessing a relieving wit.” —Margaret Laurence

“The play comes at a propitious time.” ISBN 978-0-88922-119-2; $18.95 CAD / $14.95 USD ©1977; 176 pp; 2nd printing

—The Scientist

ISBN 978-0-88922-569-5; $15.95 CAD / $15.95 USD ©2007; 96 pp

Les Canadiens

Cold Comfort

Rick Salutin

Jim Garrard

Introduction by Ken Dryden

Set in Saskatchewan, the geographic centre of Canada, Cold Comfort depicts the complex relationship among three characters. Cast of 1 woman and 2 men.

A play about Quebec and Canada using hockey as a metaphor. Cast of 7 men. Chalmers Award Winner for Best Canadian Play, 1977.

“A remarkable achievement … a solid and memorable show.” —Toronto Star

“An examination of the Canadiens has never been mastered so well.” —Montreal Gazette

“Sheer genius!”

ISBN 978-0-88922-122-2; $18.95 CAD / $18.95 USD ©1977; 192 pp; 4th printing

ISBN 978-0-88922-201-4; $15.95 CAD / $11.95 USD ©1982; 96 pp

Cariboo Magi

Colours in the Dark

Lucia Frangione

James Reaney

Hilarious drama ensues when a bedraggled troupe of players heads into the wilds of the Cariboo to perform a Christmas pageant. Set in the gold rush era, Cariboo Magi is an unabashed celebration of the power of theatre to renew our lives and banish our cares. Cast of 2 women and 2 men.

A mosaic of experiences that form a childhood. Cast of 2 women, 2 men, 1 female child and 1 male child.

“A beautifully written tribute to the strength of the human spirit.” —Vancouver Sun

—Arts National, CBC Radio

“Both funny and touching … intriguingly original in its conception.” —Quill & Quire ISBN 978-0-88922-001-0; $17.95 CAD / $13.95 USD ©1969; 136 pp; 5th printing

ISBN 978-0-88922-527-5; $15.95 CAD / $13.95 USD ©2005; 96 pp

Carmela’s Table

The Concise Köchel

A Carpenter’s Trilogy, A Chronicle in Three Plays, Part Two Vittorio Rossi

Normand Chaurette

Italian war veteran Silvio now lives in Montreal with his new family and his mother. Deeply traumatized by his wartime experiences, Silvio’s gradual unravelling ultimately threatens to destroy his family. Cast of 3 women and 2 men. “Second time out, the volatile Rosato family still offers passion through familial drama.” — ISBN 978-0-88922-594-7; $17.95 CAD / $17.95 USD ©2008; 128 pp; photos

Translated by Linda Gaboriau A lifetime’s devotion to the music of Mozart conceals a gruesome secret. Cast of 4 women. “The situation and dialogue are intriguing … The play may be difficult, but Chaurette’s unnerving climax should lead to heated and extended discussions in the lobby after the play is over.” —Stage Directions ISBN 978-0-88922-518-3; $15.95 CAD / $11.95 USD ©2005; 96 pp

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Consecrated Ground

Cruel Tears

George Boyd

Ken Mitchell

In 1965, Africville, Canada’s largest and oldest black community was razed. What was lost to the politicians of Halifax was an inconvenience, an eyesore. What was lost to the people whose roots ran deep through the community was an entire way of life. Cast of 3 women and 4 men.

An innovative “country opera” set in Saskatoon, with a captivating parallel to Shakespeare’s Othello. Cast of 5 women, 10 men and a band.

Governor General’s Drama Award Finalist, 2000. “Consecrated Ground is the heir of fierce, vengeful, —George Elliott Clarke and epic activism.” ISBN 978-0-88922-666-1; $16.95 CAD / $16.95 USD rev. ©2011; 96 pp

“A unique and astonishing dramatic event.” —Calgary Herald “A brilliantly original theatre piece.” —Montreal Star ISBN 978-0-88922-120-8; $17.95 CAD / $17.95 USD ©1977; 160 pp; 9th printing

Copper Thunderbird


Marie Clements

Daniel MacIvor

A multi-layered and visionary drama of a life wracked by both triumph and ordeal, based on the persona of famed Ojibwa artist Norval Morrisseau. Cast of 5 women and 4 men.

Introduction by Daniel Brooks Written by one of Canada’s most influential postmodern playwrights, this dazzling one-man show is storytelling of the highest order.

Governor General’s Drama Award Finalist, 2008.

Siminovitch Prize in Theatre Finalist, 2005.

“Marie Clements … is building a powerful reputation for her innovative approaches to … theatre on —Vancouver Sun aboriginal themes.”

Governor General’s Drama Award Finalist, 2005.

ISBN 978-0-88922-568-8; $16.95 CAD / $16.95 USD ©2007; 84 pp; 2nd printing

“Wickedly funny.”

ISBN 978-0-88922-515-2; $15.95 CAD / $13.95 USD ©2005; 80 pp; 2nd printing


Cyrano de Bergerac

Wendy Lill

Edmond Rostand

Corker uses the familiar but difficult and treacherous 19thcentury device of representing the family as a microcosm of the nation state. Cast of 2 women and 4 men.

Translated by John Murrell

“Tough, compassionate and surprisingly funny.” —Sunday Daily News ISBN 978-0-88922-394-3; $16.95 CAD / $12.95 USD ©1998; 128 pp

—National Post

An epic and heroic tale that has enchanted generations, in an English prose translation that is immanently readable and stageable. Cast of 5 women, 12 men and many minor characters. “[Cyrano de Bergerac is a] brilliant … unforgettable … impressive achievement …” —Edmonton Journal ISBN 978-0-921368-43-4; $10.95 CAD / $7.95 USD ©1995; 160 pp

The Coronation Voyage

Damnée Manon, Sacrée Sandra

Michel Marc Bouchard

Michel Tremblay

Translated by Linda Gaboriau

Translated by John Van Burek

Will a Montreal Mafioso sacrifice his young son for safe conduct to England? Cast of 6 women and 8 men.

Two interweaving monologues on the sacred and the profane. Cast of 1 woman and 1 man.

“Tackles the themes of sacrifice and forgiveness, the interpretation of history, the lost (i.e. sacrificed) generation, innocence, family and love.” —La Presse

“A hauntingly powerful evening of theatre.” —Vancouver Express

“Brilliant, artful, satirical.”

—CBC Radio

ISBN 978-0-88922-184-0; $15.95 CAD / $11.95 USD ©1981; 48 pp

ISBN 978-0-88922-422-3; $17.95 CAD / $17.95 USD ©1999; 128 pp; 3rd printing


Dancock’s Dance

Beverley Simons

Guy Vanderhaeghe

A woman manipulates the men in her life into assuming the stereotypical privatized roles of husband, lover, father and son. Cast of 1 woman and 3 men.

Shell-shocked, judged unfit for society and haunted by the sins of war, Lieutenant John Carlyle Dancock finds himself committed to an insane asylum where he cannot escape the confines of righteous authority or his own conscience. Cast of 1 woman and 5 men.

“An unusual and searing play about a woman caught in a cage of frustration and neglect …” —Vancouver Sun “One of the most theatrical contemporary plays that I have ever read.” —Malcolm Black ISBN 978-0-88922-016-4; $17.95 CAD / $17.95 USD ©1972; 128 pp; 7th printing

“Highly imaginative, vividly written play … ” —Saskatoon StarPhoenix ISBN 978-0-88922-533-6; $16.95 CAD / $14.95 USD rev. ©2005; 128 pp

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The Death of René Lévesque

Doctor Thomas Neill Cream

David Fennario

(Mystery at McGill) David Fennario

An astonishingly profound and prophetic political drama that delivers the powerful and cathartic stillbirth of a nation, stripped of both pity and fear. Cast of 2 women and 4 men. “When a final analysis is made of 20th-century Canadian theatre, the most significant political playwright will undoubtedly be David Fennario.” —CBRA ISBN 978-0-88922-480-3; $15.95 CAD / $11.95 USD ©2003; 72 pp

In 1876, Jack the Ripper, a.k.a. Canadian Dr. Cream, graduated from McGill’s Faculty of Medicine. Cast of 4 women and 6 men. Arthur Ellis Award Nominee, 1994. “Fennario’s in-your-face irreverence [is] ferociously funny.” —U of T Quarterly ISBN 978-0-88922-332-5; $16.95 CAD / $12.95 USD ©1994; 112 pp


Down Dangerous Passes Road

John Murrell

Michel Marc Bouchard

In the midst of the American Civil War, Walt Whitman and Ralph Waldo Emerson discuss the past, the future, life, love and what it means to be human. Cast of 4 men.

Translated by Linda Gaboriau

Alberta Writers’ Guild Prize Winner for Drama. “Even the simplest lines have a quiet eloquence … soft explosions of the heart.” —Quill & Quire

15 years after the death of their father, three brothers get together and drive out to the place where it happened: an old fishing spot on the river down Dangerous Passes Road. Cast of 3 men. Governor General’s Translation Award Finalist, 2000.

ISBN 978-0-921368-28-1; $10.95 CAD / $7.95 USD ©1991; 64 pp

ISBN 978-0-88922-440-7; $15.95 CAD / $11.95 USD ©2000; 96 pp


The Driving Force

Tim Carlson

Michel Tremblay

Nominally about North American military involvement in Middle East wars, this graphic, conflict-fuelled drama scrutinizes the part the media plays in manufacturing our private reactions to foreign policy. Cast of 1 woman and 3 men.

Translated by Linda Gaboriau The stormy and angst-filled relationship between Claude and his father Alex is compellingly played out with a cruel and disconsolate irony in an Alzheimer’s ward. Cast of 2 men.

“It’s a rare thing—the well-argued blast of political outrage. —Globe & Mail

“The text is as severe, intense and implacable as the reality of each character.” —CBC Radio-Canada

ISBN 978-0-88922-611-1; $16.95 CAD / $16.95 USD ©2009; 96 pp

ISBN 978-0-88922-530-5; $15.95 CAD / $13.95 USD ©2005; 64 pp; 2nd printing

The Dishwashers

La Duchesse de Langeais & Other Plays

Morris Panych

Michel Tremblay

Haplessly determined to have his own miserable authority vindicated, chief dishwasher Dressler presides over the steam-choked basement of an upscale restaurant, tyrannizing his co-workers with his rants of pride of craft and Marxist rhetoric. Cast of 3 men.

Translated by John Van Burek A collection of five short plays by Quebec’s best known playwright: La Duchesse de Langeais; Berthe; Johnny Mangano and His Astonishing Dogs; Surprise, Surprise; and Gloria Star.

“Funny, sad, strange and uplifting, sometimes in the same breath …” —Vancouver Sun

“The plight of the Duchesse mirrors the plight of a society.” —Canadian Literature

ISBN 978-0-88922-524-4; $17.95 CAD / $17.95 USD ©2005; 132 pp; 2nd printing

ISBN 978-0-88922-104-8; $16.95 CAD / $12.95 USD ©1976; 128 pp; 2nd printing

Divinity Bash / nine lives

The Dunsmuirs

Bryden MacDonald

Alone at the Edge Rod Langley

Bryden MacDonald’s most extreme venture into the world of the theatre to date: a play in which everything, and therefore nothing, is sacred. Cast of 3 women, 5 men and 1 transgendered person. “A carnivalesque expression of contemporary zeitgeist.”

The first play in this saga of one of Canada’s wealthiest and most ruthless families. Cast of 2 women and 6 men. “The story of the Dunsmuirs is a hell of a tale that’s got everything.” —Victoria Times-Colonist


ISBN 978-0-88922-408-7; $16.95 CAD / $12.95 USD ©1999; 128 pp

ISBN 978-0-88922-297-7; $16.95 CAD / $12.95 USD ©1991; 104 pp

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The Dunsmuirs

The Edward Curtis Project

A Promise Kept Rod Langley

A Modern Picture Story Marie Clements & Rita Leistner

A dark family secret emerges in this second play about the wealthy and ill-fated Dunsmuir family. Cast of 3 women and 6 men.

Marie Clements’s play dramatizes the creation of Edward Curtis’s 20-volume photographic and ethnographic record of the “vanishing” North American Indian. It is presented here alongside Rita Leistner’s parallel investigation of Curtis’s work, which questions the practice of documentary photography with the very medium under scrutiny. Features over 100 colour photographs. Cast of 2 women and 2 men.

“The writing is tight and lively.” —Victoria Times-Colonist ISBN 978-0-88922-304-2; $16.95 CAD / $12.95 USD ©1992; 96 pp

ISBN 978-0-88922-642-5; $24.95 CAD / $24.95 USD ©2010; 160 pp; colour photos


En Pièces Détachées

Morris Panych

Michel Tremblay

Doyle has a very funny problem: he hears too much. He can hear the most intimate details of the lives of everyone living in his apartment building. He blames his hypersensitive condition on a physical abnormality; but we’re not so certain. Cast of 1 man.

Translated by Allan Van Meer

“A superbly mounted Panych attack.”

The life of a lower-class family in East End Montreal. Cast of 4 women and 2 men. “Tremblay courageously insists on the relevance and dilemma of neo-colonial French Canada.” —Books in Canada

—National Post ISBN 978-0-88922-444-5; $15.95 CAD / $11.95 USD ©2001; 64 pp

ISBN 978-0-88922-092-8; $16.95 CAD / $12.95 USD ©1975; 112 pp; 2nd printing

The East End Plays

The Ends of the Earth

Part 1 George F. Walker

Morris Panych

Contains the Governor General’s Award-winning Criminals in Love (1984), Better Living (1986) and Escape from Happiness (1987). With an introduction by Jerry Wasserman.

Panych’s brilliant tale reminds us all that fear can become a self-fulfilling prophecy. Cast of 2 women and 3 men. Governor General’s Drama Award Winner, 1994. “Panych’s witty script is full of laughs and packed with action.” —Globe & Mail

“One of theatre’s most important voices.” —Maclean’s

ISBN 978-0-88922-334-9; $17.95 CAD / $13.95 USD ©1993; 144 pp; 2nd printing

ISBN 978-0-88922-413-1; $24.95 CAD / $24.95 USD ©1999; 256 pp; 4th printing

The East End Plays

Ernestine Shuswap Gets Her Trout

Part 2 George F. Walker

Tomson Highway

Contains Beautiful City, Love and Anger and Tough! “Walker writes with unprecedented directness … [His] characters think and feel out loud in a perpetual present-tense fever because life, and often more, is on the line.” —Village Voice ISBN 978-0-88922-404-9; $19.95 CAD / $19.95 USD ©1999; 208 pp; 4th printing

Based on the signing of the Laurier Memorial, this play is a ritualized retelling of how the Native Peoples of British Columbia lost their land, rights and language—in one of the most tragic cases of cultural genocide to emerge from the history of colonialism. Cast of 4 women. “The play is both laugh-out-loud funny and a precarious high-wire act …” —Globe & Mail ISBN 978-0-88922-525-1; $16.95 CAD / $16.95 USD ©2005; 96 pp; 4th printing

The Ecstasy of Rita Joe

Esker Mike and His Wife, Agiluk

George Ryga

Herschel Hardin

A lyric documentary about a young Indian girl who comes to the city only to die on Skid Row. Cast of 5 women and 15 men. Published in seven languages.

A classic tragedy about Inuit life and how it is affected by white settlers, priests and government officials. Cast of 6 women and 9 men.

“Scenes of shattering impact … and passages of a purity and intensity that catch you off guard and keep you there.” —Washington Post

“A fascinating, moving, and ultimately a very beautiful play.”

ISBN 978-0-88922-000-3; $17.95 CAD / $17.95 USD ©1970; 128 pp; 25th printing


ISBN 978-0-88922-018-8; $15.95 CAD / $11.95 USD ©1973; 96 pp; 4th printing

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15 Seconds

Lucia Frangione

François Archambault

Sexy, provocative and challenging, Espresso inverts the Catholic stereotypes of feminine sexuality to boldly examine their corresponding masculine sexual emblems of Father, Son and Holy Ghost. Cast of 1 woman and 1 man.

Translated by Bobby Theodore A young female advertising copy writer, her pro-sports-fan ex-boyfriend, a Gen-X welfare-bum loser and his brother with cerebral palsy. Cast of 1 woman and 3 men.

“Espresso is a high-quality blend of bitter, dark comedy and subtle literary complexities that packs a strong punch.” —Globe & Mail

Governor General’s Translation Award Finalist, 2000.

ISBN 978-0-88922-495-7; $16.95 CAD / $16.95 USD ©2004; 96 pp; 2nd printing

ISBN 978-0-88922-427-8; $15.95 CAD / $11.95 USD ©2000; 96 pp

The Execution

The Fighting Days

Marie-Claire Blais

Wendy Lill

Translated by David Lobdell Two school boys plot and enact the murder of a classmate. Cast of 3 women and 17 men.

The polarities of public and private lives, and issues of racism and pacifism in the suffragette movement. Cast of 3 women and 1 man.

“A brilliant play about the maturation of evil.” —CHQM

“An unusually insightful investigation of social conscience.” —Arts Manitoba

ISBN 978-0-88922-103-1; $16.95 CAD / $12.95 USD ©1976; 104 pp; 3rd printing

“Funny, thought-provoking, poignant, and often —CBRA dark … ”

ISBN 978-0-88922-226-7; $15.95 CAD / $13.95 USD ©1985; 96 pp; 4th printing

The Fairies Are Thirsty

For Home and Country

Denise Boucher

Leanna Brodie

Translated by Alan Brown

The rise of an urban and radicalized feminist agenda in the latter part of the 20th century leads to a head-on collision with its much more conservative, rural roots in the Women’s Institute, founded in 1897. Cast of 16 women and 3 men.

Three women—a housewife, a whore and the Virgin Mary—fight to break out of the stereotypes in which they have been imprisoned for years. Cast of 3 women. “A powerful script and an important play.” —Montreal Gazette ISBN 978-0-88922-200-7; $15.95 CAD / $15.95 USD ©1982; 64 pp; 4th printing

“The play’s generosity of spirit equals that of the Women’s Institutes that are its subject.” —Ric Knowles ISBN 978-0-88922-508-4; $16.95 CAD / $12.95 USD ©2004; 128 pp

The Faraway Nearby

For the Pleasure of Seeing Her Again

John Murrell

Michel Tremblay

Georgia O’Keeffe resigns herself to an old age spent alone in the auburn and tawny light of her beloved Faraway mountains, in the desert’s dangerous energies and its desolate beauty, until a stranger enters her life. Cast of 1 woman and 1 man.

Translated by Linda Gaboriau

“The writing is John Murrell at the top of his form, which is very high indeed. Tremendous stuff.” —CBC Radio ISBN 978-0-921368-56-4; $10.95 CAD / $7.95 USD ©1995; 64 pp

Tremblay offers glimpses of himself and his mother at five different stages of their lives together. Cast of 1 woman and 1 man. “In Quebec, a new Tremblay play is like a fresh tablet from Moses.” —Montreal Gazette ISBN 978-0-88922-389-9; $16.95 CAD / $16.95 USD ©1998, 96 pp; 4th printing

Fifteen Miles of Broken Glass

Forever Yours, Marie-Lou

Tom Hendry

Michel Tremblay

A look at post-World War II Canada from a recent highschool graduate’s viewpoint. Cast of 2 women and 9 men.

Translated by John Van Burek & Bill Glassco

“Defines a uniquely Canadian experience that expands to the universal.” —Kootenay Reporter ISBN 978-0-88922-096-6; $16.95 CAD / $12.95 USD ©1975; 128 pp

Tremblay’s penetrating analysis of a Quebec family unit. Cast of 3 women and 1 man. “Brilliantly insightful, uncompromising drama.” —Detroit News “One of Tremblay’s infinitely hot and dense family dramas …” —Globe & Mail ISBN 978-0-88922-349-3; $16.95 CAD / $16.95 USD rev. ©1994; 82 pp; 6th printing

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400 Kilometres

Girl in the Goldfish Bowl

Drew Hayden Taylor

Morris Panych

The third play in Taylor’s hilarious and heart-wrenching identity-politics trilogy. Janice Wirth, an urban professional who has discovered her roots as the Ojibway orphan Grace Wabung, is pregnant and must come to grips with the question of her true identity. Cast of 3 women and 2 men.

It’s into the goldfish bowl of a dysfunctional family that the audience peers with acute recognition, hysterical laughter and an overwhelming sense of the creative healing power of the imagination. Cast of 3 women and 2 men. Governor General’s Drama Award Winner, 2004.

“Sharply written … Warm and funny.” —Halifax Daily News

“An uncommon, quirky blend of humour and —National Post compassion …”

ISBN 978-0-88922-517-6; $17.95 CAD / $17.95 USD ©2005; 128 pp; 3rd printing

ISBN 978-0-88922-481-0; $16.95 CAD / $16.95 USD ©2003; 128 pp; 3rd printing

Fragments of a Farewell Letter Read by Geologists

The Glace Bay Miners’ Museum

Translated by Linda Gaboriau

A Stage Play Based on the Novel by Sheldon Currie Wendy Lill

A dramatized inquiry in which five geologists are interrogated on the death of one of their colleagues in the Mekong Delta. Cast of 1 woman and 6 men.

A story of the ill-fated love between a wandering musician social-idealist and a Cape Breton coal miner’s daughter. Cast of 2 women and 3 men.

Normand Chaurette

Governor General’s Drama Award Finalist, 1996. ISBN 978-0-88922-400-1; $15.95 CAD / $11.95 USD ©1998; 96 pp

“… a tender, romantic triumph over the genre …” —Eye Weekly ISBN 978-0-88922-369-1; $17.95 CAD / $17.95 USD ©1996; 128 pp; 6th printing

Fronteras Americanas

Goodnight Disgrace

American Borders Guillermo Verdecchia

Michael Mercer

One man’s struggle to find a home between two cultures, exploding the images and constructs built up around Latinos and Latin America. Cast of 1 man. Governor General’s Drama Award Winner, 1993. “Outrageous, funny, devastatingly witty.”


ISBN 978-0-88922-383-7; $16.95 CAD / $16.95 USD rev. ©1997; 80 pp; 7th printing

From his wheelchair in a nursing home, Conrad Aiken recalls his long, stormy relations with Malcolm Lowry. Cast of 3 women and 4 men. “Knocked out by the richness of its language.” —Vancouver Sun ISBN 978-0-88922-238-0; $16.95 CAD / $12.95 USD ©1986; 120 pp

George Ryga

The Great Wave of Civilization

The Other Plays George Ryga

Herschel Hardin

Edited by James Hoffman “Hoffman provides an effective and multifaceted description for the student seeking a quick understanding of Ryga’s stature as a playwright.” —Canadian Literature ISBN 978-0-88922-500-8; $29.95 CAD / $24.95 USD ©2004; 416 pp

The destruction of the people of the Blackfoot Confederacy by the liquor trade in Alberta and Montana. Cast of 5 women and 13 men. “A fable of genocide with conscience-raising fervour.” —Books in Canada ISBN 978-0-88922-106-2; $16.95 CAD / $12.95 USD ©1976; 128 pp

Gideon’s Blues

The Gull

George Boyd

Daphne Marlatt

The profound humanity of Boyd’s characters reminds us that while neither drug abuse nor the breakdown of the traditional family is exclusive to the black community, racism accelerates their destructive effects in ghastly measures. Cast of 3 women and 4 men. “Boyd’s writing is muscular, vigorous and commanding.” —Globe & Mail

With a Japanese translation by Toyoshi Yoshihara Performed in classical Noh style, The Gull, set in the aftermath of wartime Japanese-Canadian internment, dramatizes the historical link between the fishing village of Steveston, BC, and the coastal village of Mio, Japan. Cast of 1 woman, 4 men and a chorus. Winner of the 2008 Uchimura Naoya Prize. “A masterpiece.”

ISBN 978-0-88922-496-4; $16.95 CAD / $12.95 USD ©2004; 144 pp


ISBN 978-0-88922-616-6; $17.95 CAD / $17.95 USD ©2009; 128 pp; bilingual Japanese/English edition; photos

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The Hope Slide Little Sister

Halo Josh MacDonald When an image of Jesus appears on the side of a Tim Hortons restaurant, the town inhabitants are challenged to ask difficult questions about faith, life and love. Cast of 3 women and 4 men. Merritt Theatre Award Nominee for Best Play, 2004.

Joan MacLeod Two plays by Joan MacLeod: the Chalmers Award-winning The Hope Slide, and MacLeod’s first play for young audiences, Little Sister.

“Halo successfully melds faith, drama and humour … —Halifax Daily News very funny and quite moving.”

“A gripping portrait of one woman’s search for meaning in the face of disillusionment and despair.” —Ottawa Citizen

ISBN 978-0-88922-469-8; $17.95 CAD / $17.95 USD ©2002; 128 pp; 3rd printing

ISBN 978-0-88922-411-7; $16.95 CAD / $12.95 USD ©1999; 128 pp



George F. Walker

Michel Tremblay

Instantly recognizable multicultural characters play out their coincidental relationships in a park on the outskirts of a city. Cast of 2 women and 4 men.

Translated by John Van Burek & Bill Glassco A transvestite’s illusion of herself is shattered when she goes to a costume party dressed up as Elizabeth Taylor in Cleopatra. Cast of 2 men.

“Leavened with Walker’s dizzying sense of humour. It is also shot through with hot anger at an uncaring society and with compassion for the disenfranchised and the spiritually maimed.” —Toronto Star

“Written by a real playwright who can write poetic prose, handle literary technique and create character.” —New York Post

ISBN 978-0-88922-429-2; $17.95 CAD / $13.95 USD ©2000; 144 pp; 2nd printing

ISBN 978-0-88922-296-0; $16.95 CAD / $16.95 USD rev. ©1991; 88 pp; 6th printing

Hellfire Pass

The Impromptu of Outremont

A Carpenter’s Trilogy, A Chronicle in Three Plays, Part One Vittorio Rossi

Michel Tremblay

Silvio Rosato shows up at the house of his estranged father and meets the family he raised in Chicago after leaving Silvio in Italy 36 years ago. Cast of 3 women and 4 men. Winner of the 2006 Montreal English Critics’ Circle Award. “A powerful, memorable drama …”


Translated by John Van Burek Three sisters have an “impromptu” and re-examine their personal and social problems. Cast of 4 women. “A clear delineation of the problems faced by any colonial culture.” —Vancouver Province ISBN 978-0-88922-185-7; $15.95 CAD / $11.95 USD ©1981; 96 pp; 3rd printing

ISBN 978-0-88922-564-0; $16.95 CAD / $16.95 USD ©2007; 128 pp; photos

The Heretic

Impromptu on Nuns’ Island

John Murphy

Michel Tremblay

“If there is a God, why would He create us? If He’s perfect, all-knowing, there’s nothing he can gain from us.” Murphy’s play, centred around the playwright’s assumed persona of “Jesus Murphy,” opens up a discourse where creation interrogates religion; atheists engage believers; and secularists confront theists. Cast of 1 man.

Translated by Linda Gaboriau

“A scary, brave and ferocious attack on JudeoChristian religion and its doctrines.” —CBC

In an impromptu get-together in an opera diva’s Nuns’ Island penthouse, on the afternoon of her return from Paris, her celebrity mother and her idealistic daughter lie in wait for her. Cast of 3 women and 1 man. Governor General’s Translation Award Finalist, 2002. ISBN 978-0-88922-470-4; $15.95 CAD / $11.95 USD ©2002; 96 pp

ISBN 978-0-88922-595-4; $16.95 CAD / $16.95 USD ©2008; 64 pp


In a World Created by a Drunken God

Joan MacLeod

Drew Hayden Taylor

Between 1860 and 1930, over 80,000 unaccompanied British children were “exported” to Canadian factories and farms, often exploited there as indentured child labourers. Cast of 5 women and 3 men.

This play by one of Canada’s best-loved Native playwrights raises powerful questions that transcend issues of culture, race, and history, cutting to the ethical quick of what it means to be human in a chaotic world stripped of the comfortable security of identity politics. Cast of 2 men.

“MacLeod has written a moving story of huge implications—what family, identity and personal history mean.” —CBC ISBN 978-0-88922-582-4; $16.95 CAD / $16.95 USD ©2008; 128 pp

Governor General’s Drama Award Finalist, 2006. ISBN 978-0-88922-537-4; $17.95 CAD / $17.95 USD ©2006; 128 pp; 3rd printing

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In the Eyes of God

Joe Beef

Raul Sanchez Inglis

David Fennario

A vicious and unsparing look at the talent agencies that remake the Hollywood stars out of the willing clay of their own flesh. Cast of 3 women and 4 men.

Desperately poor immigrants find refuge in Montreal’s legendary barkeep, Joe Beef. Cast of 5 women and 5 men. The United Steel Workers’ Union Pauline Julien Prize Winner, 1987.

“[This] terrific play … is one of the most vicious exposes of Hollywood venality, misogyny and the social Darwinism that drives the star-making machinery that you’ll ever see.” —Vancouver Province

“An evening of political theatre with both guts and skill is a rare commodity these days.” —Montreal Gazette

ISBN 978-0-88922-561-9; $17.95 CAD / $17.95 USD ©2007; 144 pp

ISBN 978-0-88922-291-5; $16.95 CAD / $12.95 USD ©1991; 104 pp

In the Eyes of Stone Dogs

The Lady Smith

Daniel Danis

Andrew Moodie

Translated by Linda Gaboriau Before fleeing her eccentric island community, Djouke is determined to discover the mystery of her paternity. Cast of 4 women and 5 men.

Rather than confront her husband when she sees him with another woman, a blues singer follows the woman and insinuates herself into the other woman’s life. Cast of 3 women and 1 man.

“A skillful blend of lyricism and cruelty, of the tragic and the poetic …” —Voir

“No question, playwright Andrew Moodie has a gift for naturalism.” —Toronto Star

“Strange, haunting and unforgettable.” —Stage Directions

“Amusingly inventive.”

ISBN 978-0-88922-519-0; $15.95 CAD / $11.95 USD ©2005; 96 pp

—Globe & Mail

ISBN 978-1-55331-002-0; $14.95 CAD / $12.95 USD ©2000; 72 pp

Jacob’s Wake

Lawrence & Holloman

Michael Cook

Morris Panych

A Maritime family’s tragedy, set in a raging storm. Cast of 2 women and 5 men.

Lawrence and Holloman, a hapless nerd and a loquacious salesman, meet by chance. From this fleetingly irritating and insignificant encounter comes a viciously murderous and incredulously bizarre plot. Cast of 2 men.

“A powerful play, deeply rooted in its regional context, but universal enough to appeal to an audience anywhere.” —Canadian Literature ISBN 978-0-88922-097-3; $18.95 CAD / $18.95 USD ©1975; 144 pp; 6th printing

“Lawrence & Holloman is slick stuff indeed.” —Toronto Sun ISBN 978-0-88922-392-9; $16.95 CAD / $12.95 USD ©1998; 128 pp

Je me souviens


Lorena Gale

Jacob Richmond

In this powerful dramatic monologue, Lorena Gale reconstructs for the audience her childhood and the experience of coming of age as an African Canadian in Montreal. Cast of 1 woman.

When Mom and Dad are busted for growing pot, Penny and Ezra Lamb embark on the wild road trip that comprises this vaudeville-inspired one-act play. Cast of 1 woman and 1 man.

Governor General’s Drama Award Finalist, 2002.

“Legoland is like a variety show version of South Park.” —Globe & Mail

“[This] intimate monologue is funny, feisty, heartfelt.” —Calgary Herald ISBN 978-0-88922-453-7; $15.95 CAD / $15.95 USD ©2001; 96 pp; 3rd printing

ISBN 978-0-88922-610-4; $16.95 CAD / $16.95 USD ©2009; 72 pp


The Leisure Society

David French

François Archambault

This sophisticated backstage comedy opens on the night of a preview of a new play. Within minutes, the audience is plunged into the world of the theatre, a world of loves and hates, easily bruised egos, contradictory interpretations of role and script—all complicated by crises and all magnified by opening night “jitters.” Cast of 3 women and 6 men.

Translated by Bobby Theodore

“Jitters is witty, affectionate, bitchy; bitterly touching.” —Toronto Star ISBN 978-0-88922-242-7; $19.95 CAD / $19.95 USD rev. ©1986; 176 pp; 5th printing

A dark and thoroughly contemporary comedy. Cast of 2 women and 2 men. “A vicious, erotically charged spectacle full of cynical disdain and gripping pathos.” —Montreal Gazette “A dark, twisted and brilliant take on modern marriage …” —Calgary Sun ISBN 978-0-88922-531-2; $15.95 CAD / $13.95 USD ©2005; 96 pp

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Life Without Instruction

Ludwig & Mae

Sally Clark

Louis Patrick Leroux

A woman’s struggle for freedom, identity and dignity. Cast of 3 women and 5 men. “Sally Clark’s great talents as a playwright are her seemingly effortless ability to shift from light to dark and her finely tuned understanding of life’s rich —Toronto Star ambiguities.”

Translated by Shelley Tepperman & Ellen Warkentin Three plays include: Embedded, which establishes Ludwig and Mae’s Strindbergian relationship; Apocalypse, a monodrama in which Ludwig stages his own suicidal ceremonial; and Redemption, Mae’s testimonial, where she finally comes into her own. Cast of 1 woman and 1 man. “audacious avant-garde spectacles …”

ISBN 978-0-88922-347-9; $18.95 CAD / $14.95 USD ©1994; 168 pp; 5 b&w photos

ISBN 978-0-88922-623-4; $19.95 CAD / $19.95 USD ©2009; 224 pp

A Line in the Sand

The Madonna Painter

Guillermo Verdecchia & Marcus Youssef

Michel Marc Bouchard

A young Palestinian is befriended, then tortured and murdered by Canadian soldiers during Operation Desert Storm. Cast of 3 to 5 men.

Translated by Linda Gaboriau

Chalmers Best New Play Award Winner, 1997. “[A] powerful story …”


ISBN 978-0-88922-375-2; $16.95 CAD / $16.95 USD ©1997; 128 pp; 2nd printing

—Jane Moss

To protect his village from the Spanish flu epidemic, a young Quebec priest commissions a church fresco of the Virgin Mary by a wandering Italian painter. The presence of the foreign artist, his choice of a local virgin to serve as a model and the frighteningly strange nature of his work upsets the lives and changes the fate of the entire community. Cast of 4 women and 3 men. ISBN 978-0-88922-641-8; $16.95 CAD / $16.95 USD ©2010; 96 pp

Listen to the Wind

The Magnificent Voyage of Emily Carr

James Reaney

Jovette Marchessault

Two stories intertwine and illuminate the relationship of life to its creative dream. Cast of 4 women, 4 men, 1 female child and 1 male child.

Translated by Linda Gaboriau

“Keeps reminding us that the way through our world of sickness and breakdown is play.” —Profiles in Canadian Drama

“A worthy trip home for one of Canada’s greatest painters.” —Globe & Mail

ISBN 978-0-88922-002-7; $17.95 CAD / $13.95 USD ©1972; 144 pp; 4th printing

Marchessault evokes the doubts, the trials and the joys of this singular existence. Cast of 3 women and 1 man.

ISBN 978-0-88922-314-1; $16.95 CAD / $12.95 USD ©1992; 104 pp; 2nd printing

Local Boy Makes Good

La Maison Suspendue

John Gray

Michel Tremblay

Three musicals by John Gray: 18 Wheels, Rock and Roll and Don Messer’s Jubilee.

Translated by John Van Burek

Canadian Authors Association Drama Award Winner, 1988 (Rock and Roll).

A rich, emotional, sweeping drama of anger and sorrow spanning three generations. Cast of 3 women, 4 men and 1 male child. Chalmers Award Winner, 1990.

“John Gray is the most original artist working in the musical theatre in this country.” —Globe & Mail

“A full and resounding resonance.”

ISBN 978-0-88922-248-9; $24.95 CAD / $19.95 USD ©1987; 208 pp

ISBN 978-0-88922-295-3; $16.95 CAD / $12.95 USD ©1991; 104 pp

Lost Souls and Missing Persons

Mambo Italiano

Sally Clark

Steve Galluccio

A comic, biting, surreal investigation of the question of self and identity in the North American middle-class. Cast of 9 women and 11 men.

Outrageous pathos and hilarity is unleashed when Nino informs his very traditionally Italian parents that he is gay. A perfect balance of fast-paced comedy and poignant drama that explores family dynamics and the vast spaces between the old world and the new. Cast of 4 women and 3 men.

“Essentially a serious story told in a tremendously comical way.” —Jerry Wasserman, CBC ISBN 978-0-88922-397-4; $16.95 CAD / $12.95 USD ©1998; 128 pp


“Manages to combine the sentimental, the silly and the sexy …” —Toronto Star ISBN 978-0-88922-494-0; $16.95 CAD / $16.95 USD ©2004; 128 pp; 2nd printing

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Marcel Pursued by the Hounds

Modern Canadian Plays

Michel Tremblay

Volume II Edited by Jerry Wasserman

Translated by John Van Burek & Bill Glassco How our “innocent” childhood games and fantasies come back to haunt us in adult life. Cast of 4 women and 1 adolescent male. “Tremblay’s grip on matters of the human heart is as precise, knowing and unforgiving as ever.” —Quill & Quire ISBN 978-0-88922-326-4; $16.95 CAD / $12.95 USD ©1996; 80 pp; 2nd printing

This fourth edition contains Bordertown Café, Polygraph, Moo, The Orphan Muses, 7 Stories, Dry Lips Oughta Move to Kapuskasing, Amigo’s Blue Guitar, Lion in the Streets, Never Swim Alone, Fronteras Americanas, Harlem Duet and Problem Child. ISBN 978-0-88922-437-7; $39.95 CAD / $39.95 USD ©2001; 408 pp; 6th printing

Marion Bridge

Mom’s the Word

Daniel MacIvor

Linda A. Carson, Jill Daum, Alison Kelly, Robin Nichol, Barbara Pollard & Deborah Williams

Includes screenplay and stage play. Cast of 3 women. “In some ways, this moving drama, which tiptoes toward sentimentality without ever reaching it, is the most surprising play that [MacIvor’s] ever written. When was the last time you saw a drama about three distinct, complex women that had nothing to do with their relationships with men?” —New York Times ISBN 978-0-88922-552-7; $19.95 CAD / $19.95 USD rev. ©2006; 192 pp; 3rd printing

Humorous stories, bittersweet monologues, poetic reflections and revelatory anecdotes about motherhood. Cast of 6 women. “I’d almost forgotten what it’s like to enjoy a show —Georgia Straight this much.” ISBN 978-0-88922-431-5; $16.95 CAD / $12.95 USD ©2000; 112 pp; 2nd printing

Memories of You


Wendy Lill

David French

The life of Elizabeth Smart pivoted on a turbulent affair that produced four children and her one book. This is a portrayal of the book as a record of one great life lived. Cast of 4 women and 1 man.

Newfoundland joins Confederation in the continuing saga of the Mercer family. Cast of 6 women, 6 men and 2 male children.

“Beautifully written … its pleasure, its sensuality and its pain. A courageous and profoundly moving play … ” —Robert Enright, CBC

“Told with French’s warm humour and effortless command of stage convention.” —Globe & Mail

ISBN 978-0-88922-489-6; $15.95 CAD / $11.95 USD rev. ©2003; 96 pp

Chalmers Award Nominee, 1988.

ISBN 978-0-88922-266-3; $18.95 CAD / $14.95 USD ©1989; 176 pp; 2nd printing

Miss Julie

The Noam Chomsky Lectures

August Strindberg

Daniel Brooks & Guillermo Verdecchia

An adaptation by David French

An innovative, multi-layered deconstruction of mass media and politics. Cast of 2 men.

A riveting adaptation of a theatre classic about an affair between the daughter of a count and the count’s manservant. Cast of 2 women and 1 man. “Direct, accessible and strangely contemporary, [this adaptation of] Miss Julie is a … blast of dramatic fresh air which retains its provocative power.” —Halifax Chronicle Herald

Chalmers Award Winner, 1992. Governor General’s Drama Award Finalist, 1992. “A … sharp and funny ‘lecture’ on cultural politics and political culture.” —Now “An anti-imperialist primer.”

—Socialist Worker

ISBN 978-0-88922-549-7; $16.95 CAD / $16.95 USD ©2006; 96 pp; 2nd printing

ISBN 978-0-88922-405-6; $15.95 CAD / $15.95 USD rev. ©1997; 96 pp; 3rd printing

Modern Canadian Plays

Nothing to Lose

Volume I Edited by Jerry Wasserman

David Fennario

This fourth edition contains The Ecstasy of Rita Joe, Fortune and Men’s Eyes, Les Belles-Soeurs, Leaving Home, 1837: The Farmer’s Revolt, The St Nicholas Hotel, Zastrozzi, Billy Bishop Goes to War, Balconville, Doc, Drag Queens on Trial and The Occupation of Heather Rose. ISBN 978-0-88922-436-0; $39.95 CAD / $39.95 USD ©2000; 464 pp; 6th printing

Working-class survivors of the ’60s stage a workers’ sitdown strike. Cast of 9 men. “Restores one’s faith in theatre as a medium of continuing vitality and relevance.” —Southam News Service ISBN 978-0-88922-121-5; $17.95 CAD / $13.95 USD ©1977; 144 pp; 2nd printing

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The Occupation of Heather Rose

Other Schools of Thought

Wendy Lill

Morris Panych

Young, naïve and inadequately trained nurse Heather Rose arrives in a remote Native community hoping to improve the lives of its residents, but ends up utterly disillusioned by the impotence of her interventions. Cast of 1 woman.

Dramas that encourage adults to reflect on their past and young people to reflect on their future: Life Science, 2B WUT UR and Cost of Living.

“An achingly honest reminder of the naïvely enthusiastic attempts that each of us has made to wade bravely into unfamiliar territory.” —Toronto Star

“Cost of Living is a brilliant play about growing up.” —Globe & Mail ISBN 978-0-88922-346-2; $17.95 CAD / $13.95 USD ©1994; 140 pp; b&w photos

ISBN 978-0-88922-593-0; $16.95 CAD / $16.95 USD ©2008; 64 pp; photos


Paradise by the River

Tim Carlson

Vittorio Rossi

The play begs the question of how many of our freedoms have been lost to the institutions engaged in surveillance “for our own protection.”Cast of 2 women and 3 men.

After Canada officially declares war with Italy, Romano, a recent immigrant, is arrested without charge in his own home. Cast of 2 women and 8 men.

“This assault on the modern media makes a clever stab at warning its audience of what’s to come on this crazy granite planet …” —Vancouver Sun

“Tale of imprisoned Italians delivers explosive, full throttle energy … he succeeds at giving authentic voice to a specific community.” —Montreal Gazette

“Never less than intelligently provocative …” —Georgia Straight

ISBN 978-0-88922-393-6; $17.95 CAD / $13.95 USD ©1998; 144 pp

ISBN 978-0-88922-562-6; $16.95 CAD / $16.95 USD © 2007; 96 pp; 2nd printing

On the Job

Past Perfect

David Fennario

Michel Tremblay

On Christmas Eve the workers in a Montreal shipping room get drunk and go on strike. Cast of 8 men.

Translated by Linda Gaboriau

Chalmers Award Winner for Best Canadian Play, 1976. “Vibrates with the rough and ready energy of a street fight.” —Quill & Quire ISBN 978-0-88922-102-4; $17.95 CAD / $17.95 USD ©1976; 112 pp; 5th printing

Unleashing the dark secret of her being, Albertine, one of Tremblay’s most unforgettable heroines, sets out to reconquer the beau she has lost to her younger sister. Cast of 3 women and 2 men. “The really scary, or beautiful, part is how much Albertine there is in every one of us.” —Globe & Mail ISBN 978-0-88922-493-3; $15.95 CAD / $11.95 USD ©2004; 96 pp

One Crack Out

Playing Bare

David French

Dominic Champagne

Charlie Evans, a pool shark, has two days to pay off a debt, or have his legs broken by a psychotic debt collector who is also having an affair with his wife. Cast of 2 women and 8 men.

Translated by Shelley Tepperman A mordant satire on the relation between theatre and life. Cast of 2 women and 4 men. Governor General’s Drama Award Finalist, 1994.

“A definite winner that will be around for a long time.” —Ottawa Citizen

“It celebrates theatre by paying tribute to Godot, one of its most brilliant gems.” —Vancouver Sun

ISBN 978-0-88922-488-9; $15.95 CAD / $11.95 USD ©2003; 96 pp

ISBN 978-0-88922-335-6; $16.95 CAD / $12.95 USD ©1993; 112 pp

Only Drunks and Children Tell the Truth

The Power Plays

Drew Hayden Taylor

George F. Walker

The emotional struggle of a Native woman who was adopted by a white family to acknowledge her birth family. Cast of 2 women and 2 men.

First published as a trilogy in 1986, The Power Plays contains Gossip (1977), Filthy Rich (1979) and The Art of War (1983). These three plays showcase the development and the culmination of Walker’s film noir style.

James Buller Award for Playwright of the Year, 1997. Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding New Play, Small Theatre Division, 1996. “This is not just a great Native production. This is a great production. Period.” —CBC ISBN 978-0-88922-384-4; $17.95 CAD / $17.95 USD ©1998; 112 pp; 7th printing

“Walker has an eye for the ridiculous and an imagination that packs his plays with action.” —New York Times ISBN 978-0-88922-414-8; $19.95 CAD / $15.95 USD ©1999; 208 pp

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The Queens


Normand Chaurette

Tomson Highway

Translated by Linda Gaboriau

A musical set on the Wasaychigan Hill Reserve in 1992. The battle for the future of the community builds to a shattering climax. Cast of 10 women and 7 men.

The shifting passions and ambitions of six women drawn from Shakespeare’s theatre. Cast of 6 women. “This is a theatre of allusions, metaphysical playwriting of a literary richness which has yet to find —Le Devoir its equal in Quebec drama.” ISBN 978-0-88922-403-2; $15.95 CAD / $11.95 USD ©1998; 96 pp

“Tomson Highway has been a groundbreaking, foundational dramatist—the inaugural voice of a generation of First Nations playwrights in Canada.” —Canadian Literature ISBN 978-0-88922-490-2; $18.95 CAD / $18.95 USD ©2003; 160 pp; 2nd printing

The Real World?

Saga of the Wet Hens

Michel Tremblay

Jovette Marchessault

Translated by John Van Burek & Bill Glassco

Translated by Linda Gaboriau

A play within a play. A young playwright draws on his family as the raw material for his first work. Cast of 4 women and 3 men.

Four Quebec women writers meet at the centre of a fabulous vortex. Cast of 4 women.

“A virtuoso piece of writing by a master craftsman.” —Toronto Star

“Potent feminist literature.”

—Quill & Quire

“[Marchessault’s] fiction is lyrical and heartfelt, her drama literary, allusive, and absolutely original.” —Books in Canada

ISBN 978-0-88922-260-1; $15.95 CAD / $11.95 USD ©1988; 80 pp; 3rd printing

ISBN 978-0-88922-213-7; $17.95 CAD / $13.95 USD ©1983; 136 pp; 2nd printing

The Refugee Hotel

Saint Frances of Hollywood

Carmen Aguirre

Sally Clark

More than a dark comedy about a group of Chilean refugees who arrive in Vancouver in 1974 after Pinochet’s coup, this play is Carmen Aguirre’s attempt to give voice to refugee communities from all corners of the globe. Cast of 5 women, 5 men, 1 female child, 1 male child and 1 male dancer.

The tragic life of Frances Farmer, the raucous, idealistic, non-conforming movie star of the ’30s and ’40s. Cast of 4 women and 4 men.

“A humorous and heartbreaking look at life in exile.” —Mark Taper Forum ISBN 978-0-88922-650-0; $17.95 CAD / $17.95 USD ©2010; 128 pp

“It is this mix of fact and fantasy that Clark has captured so brilliantly and used to striking advantage … the effect is brutally chilling.” —Variety “A searing tragedy …”

—Toronto Star

ISBN 978-0-88922-366-0; $19.95 CAD / $15.95 USD ©1996; 200 pp

Remember Me

Sainte-Carmen of the Main

Michel Tremblay

Michel Tremblay

Translated by John Stowe

Translated by John Van Burek

Two ex-lovers meet and compare and confess their fears and disillusionments. Cast of 2 men.

A play about cultural identity and cultural awakening based on a country and western singer of Montreal’s “The Main.” Cast of 4 women, 13 men and a chorus.

“[Tremblay] has entered a new phase of his dramatic art.” —Canadian Literature ISBN 978-0-88922-219-9; $15.95 CAD / $11.95 USD ©1984; 64 pp; 2nd printing

“An absolutely fascinating gesture by a powerful playwright.” —Globe & Mail ISBN 978-0-88922-181-9; $15.95 CAD / $15.95 USD ©1981; 80 pp; 4th printing

The Riddle of the World

Sainte-Marie among the Hurons

David French

James W. Nichol

A stockbroker and an ex-priest get together to console themselves after being abandoned by their mates and are forced to come to terms with their fragile natures as men. Cast of 3 women and 2 men.

A play about the conscience of a priest during the disastrous mission the Jesuits made to the Huron Indians in the 17th century. Cast of 11 men.

“French is one of Canada’s most acclaimed playwrights and an accomplished explorer of the power of memory.” —Quill & Quire ISBN 978-0-88922-487-2; $15.95 CAD / $11.95 USD ©2003; 66 pp

“The play has a burning sincerity … A fascinating glimpse of two totally different cultures.” —Ottawa Citizen ISBN 978-0-88922-147-5; $15.95 CAD / $11.95 USD ©1980; 80 pp; 2nd printing

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Salt-Water Moon

The Shape of a Girl Jewel

David French The third book of the Mercer family saga. Cast of 1 woman and 1 man. Winner of the Canadian Authors Association Drama Award, Dora Mavor Moore Award, Hollywood DramaLogue Critics Award and ACTRA Award. “A gem of a play … affecting, funny and as evocative —Globe & Mail as a dream.” ISBN 978-0-88922-257-1; $16.95 CAD / $16.95 USD ©1988; 88 pp; 7th printing

Joan MacLeod The Shape of a Girl examines the code of silence and tacit complicity that surrounded the sensationalized murder of Reena Virk by school-aged bullies in 1997. Jewel is based on the real-life catastrophe of the sinking of the Ocean Ranger, an oilrig off the coast of Newfoundland, in 1982. ISBN 978-0-88922-460-5; $16.95 CAD / $16.95 USD ©2002; 96 pp; 8th printing

The Satchmo’ Suite

Silver Dagger

Hans Böggild & Doug Innis

David French

A black cellist invokes the ghost of Louis Armstrong to help him with a difficult passage from Bach’s Six Suites for Solo Cello. The highly mythologized spirit of “the father of jazz himself” takes form in the cellist’s hotel room, where the lives of the characters intertwine and begin to play off each other. Cast of 1 man.

French delivers a thriller guaranteed to have audiences perched on the edge of their seats. Cast of 4 women and 2 men.

“An irresistible meeting of music and drama, The —Montreal Gazette Satchmo’ Suite really swings.”

Arthur Ellis Award Nominee, 1994. “[A] meta-murder mystery.” —Canadian Theatre Review ISBN 978-0-88922-325-7; $18.95 CAD / $18.95 USD ©1993; 136 pp; 2nd printing

ISBN 978-0-88922-648-7; $16.95 CAD / $16.95 USD ©2010; 80 pp



Leanna Brodie

Wendy Lill

Full of warmth and poignant humour this drama set in a one-room schoolhouse evokes a way of life shared by generations of rural North Americans, exploring timeless themes of rejection, of compassion, of damage, of hope. Cast of 5 women and 7 men.

A tough, uncompromising look at a convent-run Native residential school. The soul-destroying devastation caused by these institutions from the point of view of the nuns running the school. Cast of 4 women and 2 men.

“A thoughtful … well-crafted … beautifully inspired piece … compelling and richly rural.” —Citizen

“A moving theatrical experience.”


ISBN 978-0-88922-289-2; $16.95 CAD / $16.95 USD ©1991; 96 pp; 4th printing

ISBN 978-0-88922-571-8; $15.95 CAD / $15.95 USD ©2007; 96 pp

The Seagull

Six Plays by Mavor Moore

Anton Chekhov

Mavor Moore

Translated by David French

In these theatre pieces stripped to the essentials of character sketches in quick, subtle lines, the emphasis is on the performer’s resources as an actor, rather than the externals of scene changes and stage contexts.

A revitalization of a Russian theatre classic. Cast of 5 women and 8 men. “Witty, while preserving the historical integrity of the characters … French’s effective translation should make this edition the favoured teaching and acting version in North America.” —Canadian Theatre Review ISBN 978-0-88922-324-0; $16.95 CAD / $14.95 USD ©1993; 112 pp; 4th printing

“One of the great men of Canadian drama.” —Books in Canada ISBN 978-0-88922-271-7; $19.95 CAD / $15.95 USD ©1989; 208 pp

7 Stories


Morris Panych

Kevin Kerr

In this fast-paced, sophisticated and hilarious play, a man’s contemplation of suicide leads to a charming and surprising ending. Cast of 2 women and 3 men.

Two brothers reconnect after many years of separation to fulfill a life-long ambition to go skydiving. Yet we realize that something is being subverted as we watch this highstakes adventure occur in the final seconds of a daring adventure gone horribly wrong. Written for one ablebodied and one differently-abled actor. Cast of 2 men.

Winner of 6 Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards, 1989. “One of the best plays of the ’80s.”


“Stunningly theatrical, endlessly witty and cruelly clear-headed.” —Georgia Straight ISBN 978-0-88922-281-6; $17.95 CAD / $17.95 USD ©1990; 104 pp; 8th printing

“Skydive into the giddy realms of really innovative theatre.” —Vancouver Sun ISBN 978-0-88922-638-8; $16.95 CAD / $16.95 USD ©2010; 96 pp; photos

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Soldier’s Heart

Studies in Motion

David French

Kevin Kerr

Esau Mercer, a veteran of the First World War, tries to persuade his alienated 16-year-old son, Jacob, not to leave. Slowly Esau’s devastating and unsparing account of what secrets lie in his soldier’s heart brings father and son together. Cast of 3 men.

Adultery, jealousy, murder and an abandoned child haunt the life of photographer Eadweard Muybridge. Cast of 5 women and 7 men.

“When it comes to playwriting, David French is perhaps … the most celebrated in English Canada.” —Globe & Mail

“A complex, thoughtfully layered script that makes us laugh and care about this deeply troubled man.” —Globe & Mail ISBN 978-0-88922-592-3; $18.95 CAD / $18.95 USD ©2008; 144 pp; photos

ISBN 978-0-88922-463-6; $15.95 CAD / $13.95 USD ©2002; 96 pp; 2nd printing

Somewhere Else

Suburban Motel

George F. Walker

George F. Walker

Contains Walker’s own selection of his early plays which matter; which for him have stood the test of time: Beyond Mozambique (1974), Zastrozzi (1977), Theatre of the Film Noir (1981) and Nothing Sacred (1988).

Six plays that take place in the same hotel room: Problem Child, Criminal Genius, Risk Everything, Adult Entertainment, Featuring Loretta and The End of Civilization.

“No other living playwright pushes the boundaries of comedy as far, with often stunning results.” —Chicago Sun Times

“We’re back in the strange world of George Walker, where humour and horror waltz drunkenly around in each other’s arms.” —Washington Post

ISBN 978-0-88922-402-5; $24.95 CAD / $24.95 USD ©1999; 256 pp; 2nd printing

ISBN 978-0-88922-412-4; $29.95 CAD / $29.95 USD rev. ©1999; 320 pp; 6th printing

Song of the Say-Sayer

The Tale of Teeka

Daniel Danis

Michel Marc Bouchard

Translated by Linda Gaboriau

Translated by Linda Gaboriau

Three brothers strive to unite and care for their ailing sister after the death of their adoptive parents. Cast of 1 woman and 3 men.

A play set in rural Quebec in the ’50s in which a battered child, Maurice, seeks refuge in a fantasy world. Cast of 1 man and 1 male child.

“At once sinister and hilariously funny, darkly ominous and positively hopeful …” —Canadian Theatre Review

“A play so achingly beautiful, restrained and moving that it clings to the heart and mind long after the last words are spoken.” —Vancouver Sun

ISBN 978-0-88922-419-3; $15.95 CAD / $11.95 USD ©1999; 96 pp

ISBN 978-0-88922-410-0; $15.95 CAD / $11.95 USD ©1999; 64 pp

Spectacle of Empire

Talking Bodies

Marc Lescarbot’s Theatre of Neptune in New France Edited by Jerry Wasserman

Larry Tremblay

Arguably the first North American play, this edition includes the original French script, two English translations, Ben Jonson’s Masque of Blackness and an extensive historical and critical introduction.

Translated by Sheila Fischman A collection of Larry Tremblay’s four memorable solo performances for the stage: A Trick of Fate, Anatomy Lesson, The Dragonfly of Chicoutimi and Ogre. With an introduction by Jane M. Moss.

“The French play by Lescarbot is a significant literary and cultural artifact …” —Dalhousie Review

“The Dragonfly of Chicoutimi is surely unique … This is a play that laments rather than preaches …” —Globe & Mail

ISBN 978-0-88922-547-3; $21.95 CAD / $21.95 USD ©2006; 108 pp; maps & illustrations

ISBN 978-0-88922-445-2; $19.95 CAD / $15.95 USD ©2001; 208 pp

Still Laughing

That Summer

Morris Panych

David French

Just for laughs, Morris Panych updated three comedy classics from a century ago: Gogol’s The Government Inspector; Feydeau and Desvallières’ Hotel Peccadillo; and Schnitzler’s The Amorous Adventures of Anatol.

A woman returns to the cottage country of Ontario where, 32 years before, she vacationed with her family. Cast of 5 women and 2 men.

“A summer without a deviceful staging by dauntless extrasensory Morris Panych is … wrong.” —

“That Summer is a lyrical and beautifully constructed meditation on the passage of time and the transition from one generation to the next. David French is a playwright at the height of his powers.” —CBRA

ISBN 978-0-88922-624-1; $29.95 CAD / $29.95 USD ©2009; 320 pp

ISBN 978-0-88922-439-1; $17.95 CAD / $17.95 USD ©2000; 128 pp; 3rd printing

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That Woman

The Trigger

Daniel Danis

Carmen Aguirre

Translated by Linda Gaboriau

Based on the author’s own experience as a victim of the Paper Bag Rapist, The Trigger is a play written for anyone who has ever dealt with sexual violation and who continues to live with it at their core. Cast of 5 women.

The story of a woman sent away from her family by her brother the Bishop after she is found exploring her sexuality at age seventeen. Cast of 1 woman and 2 men. “It is a tale of heartbreak spun out of an endless —See Magazine golden thread called hope.” ISBN 978-0-88922-399-8; $15.95 CAD / $11.95 USD ©1998; 96 pp

“The Trigger is a knockout … intelligent, powerful, funny, horrific, theatrically stunning, and utterly free of victimology.” —Jerry Wasserman ISBN 978-0-88922-591-6; $16.95 CAD / $16.95 USD ©2008; 64 pp

Tiln & Other Plays

Twenty Years at Play

Michael Cook

A New Play Centre Anthology Edited by Jerry Wasserman

Three short plays by Cook: Tiln, Quiller and Therese’s Creed. “Evocative imagery, poignant character portrayal.” —Canadian Literature ISBN 978-0-88922-107-9; $16.95 CAD / $12.95 USD ©1976; 112 pp

This collection of eight of the finest plays produced by Vancouver’s New Play Centre marks the company’s 20th year. “Wasserman provides a fascinating history of the NPC —BCLA Reporter … This book is essential.” ISBN 978-0-88922-275-5; $29.95 CAD / $24.95 USD ©1990; 346 pp

Toronto, Mississippi

Two Plays

Joan MacLeod

George Woodcock

Drawing from MacLeod’s experience working with mentally handicapped adults and children, this play celebrates the personal challenges of both self-destruction and selfaffirmation so vital to the process of identity creation. Cast of 2 women and 2 men.

This volume contains two uniquely Canadian stories of exile: The Island of Demons and Six Dry Cakes for the Hunted.

“See this play and fall in love.”

“Voices from the past that haunt us still.” —Essays in Canadian Writing

—Georgia Straight

ISBN 978-0-88922-583-1; $15.95 CAD / $15.95 USD ©2008; 96 pp

ISBN 978-0-88922-123-9; $16.95 CAD / $12.95 USD ©1977; 112 pp

The Trespassers


Morris Panych

Joan MacLeod

Poignant, thought-provoking and sharply sardonic, The Trespassers focuses on the relationship between fifteenyear-old Lowell, and his grandfather, Hardy. Lowell is no average teenager and Hardy is no conventional role model—much to the consternation of Lowell’s born-again mother, Cash. Cast of 2 women and 3 men.

The relationships of the young, the aging and the middleaged, and between urban life and nature at the end of the millennium. Cast of 3 women and 2 men.

“Charming and, this being Panych, funny.” —National Post ISBN 978-0-88922-628-9; $16.95 CAD / $16.95 USD ©2010; 96 pp

“2000 is a remarkable achievement.” —Canadian Book Review Annual “Full of good insights … good lines.” —University of Toronto Quarterly ISBN 978-0-88922-373-8; $16.95 CAD / $12.95 USD ©1997; 128 pp

The Trial of Judith K.

Unity (1918)

Sally Clark

Kevin Kerr

Roughly based on Kafka’s The Trial, this black comedy transforms the lead character into a modern business woman who finds herself accused of an unknown crime. Cast of 4 women and 3 men.

In the fall of 1918, a world ravaged by four years of war was suddenly hit by a mysterious and deadly plague. As fear of the dreaded “Spanish” flu begins to fill the town of Unity with paranoia, drastic measures are taken. Cast of 6 women and 3 men.

“The futility of the individual before a dehumanizing bureaucracy has never been so funny.” —Toronto Tonight ISBN 978-0-88754-465-1; $16.95 CAD / $12.95 USD ©1985; 122 pp

Governor General’s Drama Award Winner, 2002. “[A] work of powerful and moving familiarity …” —Globe & Mail ISBN 978-0-88922-461-2; $17.95 CAD / $17.95 USD ©2002; 128 pp; 7th printing

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The Unnatural and Accidental Women


Marie Clements

Sharon Pollock

A surrealist dramatization of a notorious 30-year murder case involving many mysterious deaths in the “Skid Row” area of Vancouver. Cast of 11 women and 2 men.

A historical documentary of Sitting Bull’s exile in Canada after the Montana massacre at Little Big Horn. Cast of 3 women and 11 men.

“A beautifully presented and acted play …” —Raven’s Eye

“Undefinable magic that is the essence of art.” —Ottawa Citizen

“An impressive, powerful work.”

—Eye Weekly

ISBN 978-0-88922-521-3; $17.95 CAD / $17.95 USD ©2005; 128 pp; 4th printing

ISBN 978-0-88922-215-1; $18.95 CAD / $18.95 USD rev. ©1983; 136 pp; 13th printing

The Ventriloquist


Larry Tremblay

Sally Clark

Translated by Keith Turnbull

Set during the Klondike gold rush, Wanted is a celebration of one woman’s determination to triumph over all who seek to possess her in a harsh social climate of chaos, opportunism, raw desire, greed and lust. Cast of 2 women and 4 men.

Theatre of innovation. Cast of 2 women and 2 men. “What lingers is a degree of delight at Tremblay’s ability not so much to weave a storyline as to unravel one with such finesse and beauty.” —Toronto Sun “This is the best new Quebec play in many years.” —CBC Radio-Canada

“[An] entirely original historical drama … an intriguing addition to Clark’s canon.” —Globe & Mail

ISBN 978-0-88922-536-7; $15.95 CAD / $13.95 USD ©2006; 64 pp

ISBN 978-0-88922-503-9; $17.95 CAD / $13.95 USD ©2004; 160 pp

The Vic


Leanna Brodie

Michel Garneau

The Vic creates an ensemble of eight ethnically diverse women ranging in age from their teens to their fifties, each of them eager to claim the entitlement they feel their status as victim has “naturally” conferred upon them. Cast of 8 women.

Translated by Linda Gaboriau

“Leanna Brodie has made a promising debut, and her best work here shows real talent.” —Toronto Star ISBN 978-0-88922-459-9; $16.95 CAD / $12.95 USD ©2002; 128 pp; 2nd printing

Warriors enters the world of advertising where even if the product is war, it is still a product that can be sold. Cast of 2 men. “If you want a challenging piece of theatre prepare for Warriors.” —Calgary Sun ISBN 978-0-88922-282-3; $16.95 CAD / $12.95 USD ©1989; 104 pp



Morris Panych

Sally Clark

An extremely self-centred and shallow person finds himself, through his own errors and inattentiveness, in a life-anddeath situation. Cast of 1 woman and 1 man.

A play about the elements of our constructed tribal identities: incest, fashion, fetishism, style, populist art, amateur psychobabble and a fascination with the other. Cast of 4 women and 2 men.

Winner of 3 Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards,1995. “This is one Vigil well worth keeping.” “A small masterpiece.”

—Toronto Star —Globe & Mail

ISBN 987-0-88922-365-3; $16.95 CAD / $16.95 USD ©1996; 80 pp; 3rd printing

“Clark skewers our nicey-nice apologist culture … It’s camp, it’s funny, and it’s nasty.” —Georgia Straight ISBN 978-0-88922-398-1; $16.95 CAD / $12.95 USD ©1998; 128 pp

Waiting for the Parade

The Weekend Healer

John Murrell

Bryden MacDonald

Set in Calgary during World War II, five women work for the war effort while their men are away. Cast of 5 women.

The disappearance of a young man acts as a catalyst for a drama that questions the nature of family and “traditional values.” Cast of 2 women and 1 man.

“Waiting for the Parade is an honest play that captures precisely the texture of ordinary hopes and despairs.” —Guardian ISBN 978-0-88922-183-3; $17.95 CAD / $17.95 USD ©1980; 112 pp; 11th printing

“If Tennessee Williams were from the Maritimes and writing today, he’d sound a lot like Bryden MacDonald.” —Richard Ouzounian, CBC ISBN 978-0-88922-360-8; $16.95 CAD / $12.95 USD ©1995; 128 pp

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The Long Way Home Chris O’Neill & Ken Schwartz

Josh MacDonald

Although the Westray mine is dangerously mismanaged, a young father descends under the ground again to support his family. Cast of 2 women and 3 men. “Crisp, thoughtful, and entertaining, and every bit —Ottawa Citizen deserving of a standing ovation.” ISBN 978-0-88922-491-9; $15.95 CAD / $11.95 USD rev. ©2004; 96 pp

On the evening of Loam Bay’s vote on resettlement, schoolteacher Abby Shea, herself “from away,” must struggle with her own phantom attachment to the community before casting her deciding vote. Cast of 1 woman and 4 men. “Fresh and direct, with clear-eyed compassion and a surprising amount of humour.” —Halifax Daily News ISBN 978-0-88922-506-0; $15.95 CAD / $11.95 USD ©2004; 96 pp

Whale Riding Weather

Willful Acts

Bryden MacDonald

Margaret Hollingsworth

A faded old man finds his life slipping away from him along with his young male lover, who meets a new, younger man. Cast of 3 men.

An expanded and updated collection of Margaret Hollingsworth’s best known and most popular plays, including The Apple in the Eye, Everloving, Diving, Islands, War Babies and Commonwealth Games.

Governor General’s Drama Award Finalist, 1994. “Powerfully written …”

—Toronto Star

“A roller-coaster ride of pain and humour and pathos and love …” —Vancouver Sun ISBN 978-0-88922-353-0; $16.95 CAD / $12.95 USD ©1994; 128 pp

Governor General’s Drama Award Finalist, 1985 (War Babies). ISBN 978-0-88922-385-1; $19.95 CAD / $15.95 USD ©1998; 256 pp

What Lies Before Us

With Bated Breath

Morris Panych

Bryden MacDonald

Two–time Governor General’s Award–winning playwright Panych has turned Waiting for Godot into a comedy while simultaneously heightening the profound existential questions it asks. Cast of 3 men.

A poignant look at the disappearance of a shy, young gay man who starts a new life in the big city. Caught in the cynical and brutalizing cash-economy of the city’s red light district, he retreats ever further into a world of fantasy and anonymity. Cast of 3 women and 3 men.

Governor General’s Drama Award Finalist, 2007.

Lambda Literary Award Finalist, 2011.

“Panych is … ambitious, talented, funny, feared, beloved … and altogether impossible to ignore.” —Toronto Life

“Quite stunning … full of one-liners and dark poetry.” —Daniel MacIvor

ISBN 978-0-88922-560-2; $15.95 CAD / $15.95 USD ©2007; 96 pp

ISBN 978-0-88922-651-7; $17.95 CAD / $17.95 USD ©2010; 128 pp

Where the Blood Mixes

Written on Water

Kevin Loring

Michel Marc Bouchard

Can a person survive their past; can a people survive their history? Irreverently funny and brutally honest, this play about loss and redemption takes us to the bottom of a river, to the heart of a People. Cast of 2 women and 4 men.

Translated by Linda Gaboriau

Governor General’s Drama Award Winner, 2009. “Where the Blood Mixes … was the best of a stream of plays tackling [the Residential Schools’] disastrous legacy.” —Globe & Mail ISBN 978-0-88922-608-1; $16.95 CAD / $16.95 USD ©2009; 96 pp; 3rd printing

A group of seniors struggles to rescue and rewrite their memories when torrential rains wash away all records of their past. Cast of 3 women and 3 men. “A profound reflection on memory and on the act of writing … told with Michel Marc Bouchard’s characteristic humour and poetry.” —CBC ISBN 978-0-88922-492-6; $15.95 CAD / $11.95 USD ©2004; 96 pp

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After Jack

Back to the War

Garry Thomas Morse

Frank Davey

An homage to poet Jack Spicer and a tribute to his concept of the serial poem, this bristling polyphony jostles the reader with dark undertones.

A careful archaeology of the catalogue of innocence assembled by a youthful imagination blossoming during World War II.

“In After Jack … translation crosses boundaries of space, time, culture and language, laying the common property of the poem bare—and gasping for air. Take a deep breath. Now dive back in.” —Stephen Collis

“Davey has given us a rare album of verbal photographs …”

ISBN 978-0-88922-630-2; $19.95 CAD / $19.95 USD ©2010; 184 pp

“A haunting poetic memoir …”



ISBN 978-0-88922-514-5; $16.95 CAD / $12.95 USD ©2005; 128 pp; 2nd printing

Amuse Bouche

Bardy Google

Adeena Karasick

Frank Davey

Mashing up the lexicon of war with post-industrial consumerism, haute cuisine, couture, language, Eros and desire, Karasick’s sixth book is at once dark and satirical, exuberant and amorously rigorous.

Bardy Google reinvents poetry’s formal boundaries within the frame of our wired world. With only one hidden exception, this book was constructed through Frank Davey’s use of specifically devised Internet searches. Because the content of the Internet, and the search-engine priorities assigned to it change continuously, these texts are unique and unrepeatable.

“Her writing is an extraordinary tour de force in the new paraliterary initiative of ‘fiction/theory’ that blends various genres and revels in their —CBRA ‘contamination.’” ISBN 978-0-88922-604-3; $19.95 CAD / $19.95 USD ©2009; 108 pp; colour photos & illustrations

ISBN 978-0-88922-636-4; $16.95 CAD / $16.95 USD ©2010; 80 pp

Asian Skies

Blonds on Bikes

Ken Norris

George Bowering

In this third book of Norris’ travel trilogy, he searches for the spiritual “inside passage,” the illusory transcendence of “a passage to India” from the post-industrial world, setting out for that most foreign of shores to the West: Asia.

A composition of daily riffs during an autumn in Denmark and Italy; an album of verbal portraits by a husband and wife who see differently; and a series of tributes to other writers on special occasions.

“In this series of poems, Norris … provides a crafty indictment against societal ills and imbalances without appearing on the surface to do so.” —Garry Thomas Morse

“Bowering … can turn a reader’s head inside out with the turn of a phrase.” —Ottawa XPress ISBN 978-0-88922-381-3; $16.95 CAD / $12.95 USD ©1997; 112 pp

ISBN 978-0-88922-633-3; $17.95 CAD / $17.95 USD ©2010; 128 pp


bpNichol Comics

Sharon Thesen


Sharon Thesen’s poems express the pleasure and magic of a language fully engaging the world, rewarding the reader with daily moments transformed into visions of grace.

Edited by Carl Peters

“In mind and heart and laughter, it’s a big book, full of surprises.” —Robin Blaser

“Nichol engages in visual wordplay and defies the conventional restraints of space and structure in comic books.” —National Post

ISBN 978-0-88910-471-6; $15.95 CAD / $11.95 USD ©1995; 80 pp

Nichol’s comics (1960–1980) informed his work in other genres as well as the work of other writers.

ISBN 978-0-88922-448-3; $29.95 CAD / $24.95 USD ©2002; 320 pp; illustrations

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Bread and Salt

bill bissett

Renee Rodin

“Themes of love, lust and the degradation of nature’s order. bissett captures the loneliness of his characters and often the black humour that they reckon from their situations. His syntax at first seems like a wall to understanding but once on the other side the bricks become windows to a fantastic imagination.” —filling Station

Bread and Salt—what you bring for luck to a new house— is a joyous affirmation of vision and courage in hard times.

ISBN 978-0-88922-433-9; $17.95 CAD / $13.95 USD ©2000; 144 pp; illustrations

“Rodin uses the banal as a way to ground the text, weaving the everyday and the terrible together to create understanding.” —Hour ISBN 978-0-88922-367-7; $16.95 CAD / $12.95 USD ©1996; 112 pp

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Breathin’ My Name with a Sigh

The Commons

Fred Wah

Stephen Collis

An important and enduring long poem from the “most poetical” of the TISH poets.

Tearing down (intellectual) property’s fencing, Collis’s poems demonstrate that what we call, in less inspired moments, “allusion,” “borrowing,” or even (pretentiously) “intertextuality” is just what poetry itself proves time and again: our languages are common. Shared. Un-enclosable.

“The impact is immediate, and the reader is able to experience Wah’s insight and respond to his graceful —Windsor Star rhythmic tone.” ISBN 978-0-88922-188-8; $16.95 CAD / $16.95 USD ©1981; 88 pp; 2nd printing

ISBN 978-0-88922-580-0; $17.95 CAD / $17.95 USD ©2008; 144 pp


Cultural Mischief

Lola Lemire Tostevin

A Practical Guide to Multiculturalism Frank Davey

The recent deaths of her father and several friends at the time of a trip to Egypt have led the author to write about the essential relation between language and death. “Lola Lemire Tostevin is an incisive, intelligent, and sharply observant writer …” —Quarry “Lovely, nape-tingling work.”

—Books in Canada

ISBN 978-0-88922-355-4; $15.95 CAD / $11.95 USD ©1995; 80 pp

A collection of prose poems on the hyperbolic absurdities of multiculturalism in action. “Finally, what’s left is an irresistible, irrepressible read that’s bound to raise eyebrows.” —Monday Magazine ISBN 978-0-88922-364-6; $17.95 CAD / $13.95 USD ©1996; 144 pp

The Centre


Poems 1970–2000 Barry McKinnon

Ken Belford

“Barry McKinnon’s great skills as a poet make substantial all that living meets with and defines, and must finally accept willy-nilly …” —Robert Creeley “His poems are a radical ‘placing’ of a poetics, but also an act of displacing language from civics … [McKinnon is] absolutely central to Canadian poetics.” —American Book Review ISBN 978-0-88922-497-1; $18.95 CAD / $14.95 USD ©2004; 192 pp

Belford’s careful (de)compositions disclose the land as a complex living organism, articulate the names of it, see the whole of it, with a vision and voice that is unique and new. BC Book Prize Finalist, 2011. “[Belford’s poems] read with the kind of inevitability of image and rhythm that makes other poets grit their teeth with envy.” —Margaret Atwood ISBN 978-0-88922-631-9; $16.95 CAD / $16.95 USD ©2010; 96 pp

Change Room

Dominican Moon

Mark Cochrane

Ken Norris

The body is here fetishized by the creative power of desire to the point where the love of perfection crosses the boundaries of gender and polity.

Composed like a dark novel-in-verse, the second book in Norris’s travel trilogy is an unsettling story of the deficiencies of love steeped in a clash of cultures between the third world and the first.

“Mark Cochrane is a glorious writer.”

—Quill & Quire

“Cochrane’s blast-furnace intelligence … consumes everything in its path.” —BC Bookworld

“Ken Norris … has been hailed as Canada’s premier romantic poet.” —Toronto Star “One of the best poets of his generation.”

ISBN 978-0-88922-432-2; $17.95 CAD / $13.95 USD ©2000; 144 pp


ISBN 978-0-88922-526-8; $17.95 CAD / $15.95 USD ©2005; 144 pp

The Collected Books of Artie Gold

Down Time

Artie Gold

Jeff Derksen

Compiled & edited by Ken Norris & Endre Farkas

Proposes a social self that is able to recognize the ironies and restrictions we live in without returning to a garrison mentality.

A collection of Artie Gold’s eight published books of poetry. “Don’t come to these poems expecting to find a reference to the world, or a reference to Artie Gold’s world of feeling & perceptions. Be prepared to step into a world. The poem is, as Jack Spicer said to Lorca, ‘a collage of the real.’” —George Bowering ISBN 978-0-88922-652-4; $29.95 CAD / $29.95 USD ©2010; 304 pp

BC Book Prize Winner, 1991. “Wrenching intellectual and emotional dislocation that redefines the act of reading.” —Vancouver Sun ISBN 978-0-88922-278-6; $16.95 CAD / $16.95 USD ©1990; 96 pp; 2nd printing

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Dream Pool Essays


Gil McElroy

Ken Norris

An active multiple streaming of apparently disparate sources: astronomy; theoretical cosmology and quantum physics; and the literary and visual arts.

Among its widely diverse poetic forms, the book constructs odes, elegies, sonnets and long poem sequences, as Norris travels from Maine to Santo Domingo, from Phnom Penh to Montreal, and from the shorelines of the Caribbean to the banks of the Mekong River.

Gerald Lampman Poetry Prize Nominee, 2002. “The expected subjects of faith, work, nature, solitude, and writing itself are represented with —Canadian Literature clarity and beauty.”

“He is, in short, a poet, and a good one.” —Hiram Poetry Review

ISBN 978-0-88922-454-4; $16.95 CAD / $12.95 USD ©2001; 112 pp

ISBN 978-0-88922-479-7; $15.95 CAD / $11.95 USD ©2003; 96 pp


Five Star Planet

Jeff Derksen

David W. McFadden

An ironically revealing, humorous and analytic book.

This third volume in McFadden’s Terrafina Trilogy—which began with Gypsy Guitar and There’ll Be Another—is shaped by a wealth of poetic forms.

Alberta Writers’ Guild Award Nominee, 1994. “[A] canny text, astute and sharp. This is a brilliant mind at work, dwelling in, dwelling on.” —Books in Canada “Language that’s resolute in its probe for meaningful co-ordinates.” —Fred Wah ISBN 978-0-88922-328-8; $15.95 CAD / $11.95 USD ©1994; 112 pp

“Two qualities … shine in all his works—a laser-like and sometimes uncomfortable honesty and his childlike sense of wonder.” —Windsor Sun ISBN 978-0-88922-468-1; $17.95 CAD / $13.95 USD ©2002; 136 pp

Dyssemia Sleaze

fractal economies

Adeena Karasick

derek beaulieu

Cf. SEMA, unit of meaning: i.e. Dyssemia: (flawed information reception) Sleaze / sli:z/ v. Rough with projecting fibres.

beaulieu pushes the limits of poetry and poetics, challenging the status quo of the genre and the politics of language itself.

Bumbershoot Most Adventurous Publication Award Winner, 2000.

“Never read a book of concrete poetry before? This might be the one to hook you.” —FFWD

“Her most visually compelling, over-the-top collection to date.” —Publishers Weekly

“Represent[s] truly the best of beaulieu’s poetic practice.” —Prairie Fire Review of Books

ISBN 978-0-88922-434-6; $24.95 CAD / $19.95 USD ©2000; 96 pp; colour collages; 2nd printing

ISBN 978-0-88922-539-8; $15.95 CAD / $13.95 USD ©2006; 96 pp; illustrations

The Empress Has No Closure


Adeena Karasick

Adeena Karasick

The Empress Has No Closure contains, as a centre-piece, the “Alefbet Transfers,” a meditative, spacial explication of the 22 figures of the Hebrew alphabet.

Explores through play and pun the intersection of multiple cultures, codes, idioms and constructs that have an impact on female identity.

“All of it hums with intellectual energy, much of it is even funny.” —Books in Canada

“Beautiful linguistic carnage …”

“An impressive deconstruction of language and meaning …” —Canadian Literature ISBN 978-0-88922-307-3; $16.95 CAD / $12.95 USD ©1992; 100 pp; 2nd printing

“Bridging the genre gap …” “Visually striking … ”

—Word —The Link

—Jewish Post and News

ISBN 978-0-88922-370-7; $18.95 CAD / $14.95 USD ©1996; 96 pp; illustrations

A Few Words Will Do


Lionel Kearns

rob mclennan

When one person writes “this is what happened, this is what I know,” any reader stands in for the absent “I” or “eye” of that text. This inescapable process of language, preoccupies Kearns in these brief but concentrated pieces.

Unifying this book is the persona of the lover: as an intimate; as an interruption of the determinative self; as an unattainable weightlessness; and as the gravitational pull of the landscape itself.

“Lionel Kearns has been hovering over our poetry scene for years. Now we have his selected poems at last, and the bird has landed.” —George Bowering

“rob mclennan is one of the best contemporary poets in Canada.” —Barry McKinnon

ISBN 978-0-88922-558-9; $16.95 CAD / $16.95 USD © 2007; 128 pp; illustrations

ISBN 978-0-88922-605-0; $18.95 CAD / $18.95 USD ©2009; 160 pp

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Going Home

Hotel Montreal

Ken Norris

New and Selected Poems Ken Norris

The whole manufactured unreality of our world falls away in these poems, leading us both toward and away from being “at home” in the present. “[Norris] is profoundly original, open and vulnerable, with a unique personal note that speaks to the heart —Poetry Canada of the reader.” ISBN 978-0-88922-573-2; $18.95 CAD / $18.95 USD ©2007; 192 pp

Selections from 19 groundbreaking books of poetry that draw together the very best of Norris’s lyric poetry from a 25-year period, while offering the reader an indispensible panoramic view of the work of a poet at the height of his creative powers. “Unlock[s] a chrysalis of perplexity, awe, joy, and —Montreal Review of Books revelation …” ISBN 978-0-88922-456-8; $17.95 CAD / $13.95 USD ©2001; 160 pp

Ground Water

The House That Hijack Built

Colin Browne

Adeena Karasick

Investigates the elements of the spiritual topography of the 20th century and closely examines the conventional symbology passed on to the poet/map-maker by his ancestors.

Explores the possibilities of meaning production when language is pushed to its limits of normative semantic patterns. Includes a homolinguistic “trans’elation” of the Sefer Yetzirah.

BC Book Prize Finalist, 2003.

“Perhaps the strangest, most irreverent and utterly shameless of possible responses to a tragedy, Karasick’s is also, finally, deeply and compellingly —Publishers Weekly human.”

Governor General’s Poetry Award Finalist, 2002. “You are different after you have read this book.” —Georgia Straight ISBN 978-0-88922-465-0; $19.95 CAD / $15.95 USD ©2002; 208 pp; illustrations

ISBN 978-0-88922-511-4; $19.95 CAD / $15.95 USD ©2004; 128 pp; colour collages

Gypsy Guitar


David W. McFadden

notes to myself Weyman Chan

100 poems of love and betrayal—all presented in the unmistakable McFadden style. Governor General’s Poetry Award Finalist, 1988. “An exhilarating immersion in a uniquely bizarre and irrepressible imagination.” —Canadian Literature ISBN 978-0-88922-250-2; $18.95 CAD / $14.95 USD ©1987; 112 pp; 3rd printing

Chan’s idea for this book is simple—approach the world as metaphor, and it will come to you. hypoderm is a manifesto of intimations, observations and recognitions of mortality that get under the poet’s skin. “hypoderm … maps the borders and the fence; the lines between friends and family, between forgive and forget.” —derek beaulieu ISBN 978-0-88922-637-1; $16.95 CAD / $16.95 USD ©2010; 96 pp

Hanging Fire

I. Another. The Space Between

Phyllis Webb

Selected Poems Jamie Reid

Astonishingly beautiful entrances into the personae of lost companions who reappear, animated by a voice in love with the music of their speaking. “Few poets take us through the disasters of the world … with such exquisite moral precision.” —Rosemary Sullivan ISBN 978-0-88910-391-7; $15.95 CAD / $11.95 USD ©1990; 80 pp

“Jamie Reid’s later political writing packs a punch, often a dada-esque one … No topic falls beyond Reid’s scope …” —BC Bookworld “[Reid] engages readers in a conversation, asking them always to try to make their neighbourhood, their city, their world a better place …” —Georgia Straight ISBN 978-0-88922-512-1; $18.95 CAD / $14.95 USD ©2004; 192 pp


th influenza uv logik

a book of signifiers rob mclennan

bill bissett

What is harvested here are the signifiers for journeys: tickets, postcards, letters—recording unseemly haste, enforced idleness, losing one’s way, and sometimes finding it again. “For mclennan, there are no rules. His poetry defies convention or classification” —Room Magazine ISBN 978-0-88922-455-1; $16.95 CAD / $12.95 USD ©2001; 128 pp

Canada’s most linguistically innovative poet takes on the “linear binary traps” of conventional logic, history and politics. “An important book … this is a sumptuous and satisfying sampling of beautifully crafted work.” —Books in Canada ISBN 978-0-88922-357-8; $17.95 CAD / $13.95 USD ©1995; 144 pp; illustrations

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inkorrect thots

Last Scattering Surfaces

bill bissett

Gil McElroy

When bill bissett thinks “inkorrect thots” anything can happen.

These poems map out zones of interaction which took place in the “surface of last scattering”—the first formation of matter in the universe.

BC Book Prize Winner, 1993. “bissett could be our (Canadian, late 20th-century) answer to e.e. cummings.” —Whig Standard ISBN 978-0-88922-303-5; $17.95 CAD / $13.95 USD ©1992; 136 pp; illustrations; 2nd printing

ReLit Longlist, 2008. “A master of the craft … [McElroy] is very, very —Arc intelligent and his ear is infallible.” ISBN 978-0-88922-575-6; $16.95 CAD / $16.95 USD ©2007; 128 pp

The Invisibility Exhibit

Limbo Road

Sachiko Murakami

Ken Norris

Murakami’s first book of poetry, written in the political and emotional wake of Vancouver’s “Missing Women,” this project investigates the troubled relationship between a marginalized neighbourhood’s “invisible” populations and the city that surrounds them.

Limbo Road—as divorce journal, meditation, travel poem—chronicles the search for the new beloved.

Governor General’s Poetry Award Finalist, 2008. “An articulate and expertly rendered protest against —Jon Paul Fiorentino the violence of erasure.” ISBN 978-0-88922-579-4; $16.95 CAD / $16.95 USD ©2008; 84 pp; 2nd printing

“I get a better sense, a tragic and painful sense, of the age we are living in than I do from the daily and nightly broadcasts of world news … profoundly original, open and vulnerable … speaks to the heart of the reader.” —Louis Dudek, Poetry Canada ISBN 978-0-88922-401-8; $17.95 CAD / $13.95 USD ©1998; 160 pp

is a door

Love and Savagery

Fred Wah

Des Walsh

Grounded in his encounter with the smashed and broken doors along the hurricane-devastated waterfront of Telchac Puerto on the Yucatàn peninsula, Fred Wah’s prize-winning poetry watches both sides of the doorway—for the sudden question, the sudden turn, the sudden opening.

This finely crafted book of poems, adapted to a feature film in 2009, is a sustained adoration of the beloved that echoes the work of the troubadours. The unnamed Irish woman of this collection leads the narrator on a spiritual quest from the streets of St. John’s to the seemingly impenetrable evergreen thickets of Ireland.

BC Book Prize Winner, 2010. “Without a doubt, [is a door] is a dazzler … thoughtful, playful and stunningly skillful.” —Globe & Mail

“A collection to be read and re-read, pondered and savoured.” —Newfoundland Herald

ISBN 978-0-88922-620-3; $17.95 CAD / $17.95 USD ©2009; 120 pp

ISBN 978-0-88922-599-2; $16.95 CAD / $16.95 USD rev. ©2009; 56 pp

Kerrisdale Elegies

loving without being vulnrabul

George Bowering

bill bissett

Bowering responds to Rilke’s Duino Elegies. In the intertextuality of these two great works can be found postmodern writing that is self-aware, where the other is discovered in the process of the writer writing.

Poems that tell stories on many different levels: through sound, visual images, political insights, non-narrative fusion and linguistic music.

“A lyricism that is spring-sweet and without boast or threat … Bowering has poured all his considerable power into one vessel, and he must be read.” —Globe & Mail

“Anybody who’s never heard [bissett] really ought to, because you’ll never think of poetry the same way after you hear him.” —Citylife ISBN 978-0-88922-372-1; $17.95 CAD / $13.95 USD ©1997; 144 pp; illustrations

ISBN 978-0-88922-590-9; $18.95 CAD / $18.95 USD ©2008; 128 pp

th last photo uv th human soul


bill bissett

Adeena Karasick

bill bissett has remained on a permanent world tour for over 30 years; he wrote this book while on a European reading circuit that included performances in London, Manchester, Cardiff, Dublin, Paris, Mainz, Trier and Berlin.

BC Book Prize Finalist, 1994.

“bissett … writes with savage wit and gravitates toward the lyric moment of spellbound wonder.” —Books in Canada ISBN 978-0-88922-322-6; $17.95 CAD / $13.95 USD ©1993; 144 pp; illustrations

Mêmewars is a book writing against itself.

“Mêmewars is electricity in language, eccentricity at its best … This book makes eye contact with she and with me. It reminds me how being a reader can be exciting.” —Nicole Brossard ISBN 978-0-88922-344-8; $16.95 CAD / $12.95 USD ©1994; 120 pp; illustrations 2nd printing

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The Moustache

Noise from the Laundry

Memories of Greg Curnoe George Bowering

Weyman Chan

Bowering and Greg Curnoe became friends when their art was in its youth, and for 26 years they grew up parallel, inside each other’s work. “Documents a friendship through the kinship of the —Kitchener-Waterloo Record creative spirit.” ISBN 978-0-88910-457-0; $16.95 CAD / $12.95 USD ©1993; 128 pp; photos

Weyman Chan’s poems elaborate his singular and solitary work on the renaissance of the contemporary lyric form. Governor General’s Poetry Award Finalist, 2008. Alberta Literary Awards Short List, 2009. “The deepest blues on prairie snow are Weyman Chan’s inks, his pen as precise and as elusive as the silken threads of a ‘tiny spider.’” —Sharon Proulx-Turner ISBN 978-0-88922-626-5; $17.95 CAD / $17.95 USD rev. ©2009; 104 pp

My Darling Nellie Grey

NonZero Definitions

George Bowering

Gil McElroy

Stalled on a novel he was writing, Bowering thought he needed a challenge, so he made a New Year’s resolution: write a poem for every day of 2006, adhering to a different set of poetic conventions for each month. The result of this uncompromising personal and formal discipline is one of the most fascinating books of poetry ever written.

The language of poetics emerges into the light of the purely formalist and luminous “definitions” of things and their movements as they engage in the ceaseless metamorphosis of replication in all of their endlessly unfolding possibilities.

BC Book Prize Finalist, 2011. ISBN 978-0-88922-634-0; $39.95 CAD / $39.95 USD ©2010; 416 pp

narrativ enigma / rumours uv hurricane bill bissett Through narrative, non-narrative, sound, song, meditation, metaphysical, spiritual, political and visual poems, bissett explores the fragility and incompletion of all narratives. “Touches on the great themes of humanity … in bissett’s inimitable way.” —Monday Magazine

“A master of the craft … [McElroy] is very, very intelligent and his ear is infallible …” —Arc ISBN 978-0-88922-499-5; $16.95 CAD / $12.95 USD ©2004; 128 pp

northern wild roses / deth interrupts th dansing bill bissett His rejection of the limiting conventions ofwritten language has allowed bissett to foreground the appearance of any linguistic event as a living performance.

“bissett is one of the leading performance poets in Canada.” —Flak Magazine

“[bissett’s] poetry addresses the limitless discussion of the boundaries between the personal and the political.” —National Post

ISBN 978-0-88922-507-7; $17.95 CAD / $13.95 USD ©2004; 144 pp; illustrations

ISBN 978-0-88922-532-9; $17.95 CAD / $15.95 USD ©2005; 160 pp; illustrations

The New Long Poem Anthology

On the Material

Second Edition Edited by Sharon Thesen

Stephen Collis

Features the work of Blaser, Bowering, Brand, Carson, Derksen, Dudek, Dewdney, Friesen, Hartog, Kiyooka, Kroetsch, Marlatt, McCaffery, McFadden, McKay, McKinnon, Mouré, Nichol, Ondaatje, Robertson, Stanley, Tostevin, Villemaire, Wah and Webb. ISBN 978-0-88922-438-4; $39.95 CAD / $29.95 USD ©2001; 496 pp

Structured in three parts, On the Material is a meditation on geography, socio-economics, the body and grief. BC Book Prize Finalist, 2011. “On the Material is a fine, smart book, indeed … a profound testing of the ability of an innovative poetry (and innovative poet) to address the most urgent and emotional of subjects” —Hank Lazer ISBN 978-0-88922-632-6; $17.95 CAD / $17.95 USD ©2010; 128 pp

News & Smoke

Pacific Windows

Selected Poems Sharon Thesen

Collected Poems of Roy K. Kiyooka Roy K. Kiyooka

“A compact and beautifully designed collection, nicely fleshed out with a broad selection of poems previously published only in journals and periodicals, not to mention its tantalizing sampling of new fare. Many will discover plenty to admire in News and Smoke.” —Toronto Star

Edited by Roy Miki

ISBN 978-0-88922-417-9; $17.95 CAD / $13.95 USD ©1999; 160 pp

The most important poetic works of Kiyooka. Association for Asian American Studies Outstanding Book Award Winner, 1998. “All of Kiyooka’s writing … was made up of exquisite moments.” —Ottawa XPress ISBN 978-0-88922-378-3; $29.95 CAD / $24.95 USD ©1997; 320 pp

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Pell Mell

The Richard Brautigan Ahhhhhhhhhhh

Robin Blaser

rob mclennan

Pell Mell, the middle voice, the syntax meeting its astonishments in its forward stride looking backwards, imagining an image nation where the heart is always torn, to pieces possessed by the other(s).

Thoroughly grounded in the media culture of television and film, mclennan’s language casts a deceptively familiar veil over the breadth and depth of reading which inform this work.

“Robin Blaser became a source for poetry’s authority beyond any simplifying place or time.” —Robert Creeley

Archibald Lampman Poetry Award Nominee, 2000.

ISBN 978-0-88922-601-2; $17.95 CAD / $17.95 USD rev. ©2009; 120 pp

“Just the right combination of details … carefully crafted, each line shifting the image slightly …” —Books in Canada ISBN 978-0-88922-424-7; $15.95 CAD / $11.95 USD ©1999; 96 pp

peter among th towring boxes / text bites

scars on th seehors

bill bissett

bill bissett

bissett’s deliciously comic interrogation of the socio-political events towering around us like so many boxes we need constantly to imagine our way out of, is counterpoised in this collection by a recurring dream of a future locked in a global war.

bissett’s metric performs a kind of absence of narrative intent that lets everyone and everything speak for itself. As bissett puts it, “eye dont have 2 invent th world iumalredee in it.”

BC Book Prize Winner, 2003. “[bill bissett is] the shaman of Canadian poetry.” —Georgia Straight

“I find his work … very spiritual, very funny, and very astute.” —Alma Lee ISBN 978-0-88922-387-5; $17.95 CAD / $13.95 USD ©1999; 160 pp

ISBN 978-0-88922-464-3; $17.95 CAD / $13.95 USD ©2002; 144 pp; illustrations

Popular Narratives

Selected Poems

Frank Davey

The Arches Frank Davey

This book of prose poems strips down the codes and conventions that make up our society’s “popular narratives.” A revealing and witty, exploded view of our culture. “Risqué metaphors … scandalously unpoetic … a powerful alternative to the orthodoxy of poetic beauty.” —Smaro Kamboureli

Selections from seven of this important poet and editor’s long poems. “Possesses a concentrated power that is rarely evident.” —Montreal Gazette ISBN 978-0-88922-174-1; $16.95 CAD / $12.95 USD ©1980; 112 pp

ISBN 978-0-88922-285-4; $15.95 CAD / $11.95 USD; ©1991; 96 pp


Selected Poems

An Anthology of New Poetry Edited by Jon Paul Fiorentino & Robert Kroetsch

Beyond Even Faithful Legends bill bissett

25 individual talents come together in this groundbreaking collection for a rare literary event: the transition of a cultural identity primarily rooted in place to one that is rooted in a rapidly fragmenting, technology-based globalization.

This volume represents the most definitive and comprehensive selection of bissett’s writing from the 1960s and 1970s, in voices “erotik, politikul, humorous, lyrikul, sound-vizual, narrative, meditative, konkreet, collage, nd song-chants.“ “Represents a literary revolution.” —Montreal Gazette

ISBN 978-0-88922-523-7; $19.95 CAD / $17.95 USD ©2005; 160 pp

ISBN 978-0-88922-172-7; $17.95 CAD / $13.95 USD ©1980; 160 pp; illustrations

The Rap Canterbury Tales

Selected Poems

Baba Brinkman

Loki Is Buried at Smoky Creek Fred Wah

Hip-hop artist Brinkman resurrects Chaucer’s brilliant stories into visible and audible contemporary forms. “It’s a fun, crisp, non-literal translation of Chaucer’s work that, at its very best, captures the verve and stylized rhymes of its inspiration.” —Bloomsbury Review ISBN 978-0-88922-548-0; $24.95 CAD / $24.95 USD ©2006; 352 pp; illustrations; 3rd printing

Poems of landscape, language and memory from Wah’s earlier books. “Wah’s poems continually return us to the act of communion and the realization of our shared, not individual, life.” —Montreal Gazette ISBN 978-0-88922-177-2; $16.95 CAD / $12.95 USD ©1980; 128 pp

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Selected Poems

The Singer’s Broken Throat

The Vision Tree Phyllis Webb

Des Walsh

Poetry distinguished by its attention to form and thought. Governor General’s Poetry Award Winner, 1982. “Phyllis Webb … is one of the finest poets now —Books in Canada writing in Canada.” ISBN 978-0-88922-202-1; $17.95 CAD / $17.95 USD ©1982; 160 pp; 4th printing

Writers’ Alliance of Newfoundland & Labrador Heritage and History Award Finalist, 2005. “Alternatively tender and bitter, this collection is at once a prayer for love’s endurance and a lament for a nation …” —Fiddlehead “Walsh is, and always has been, Newfound-land’s —Sunday Independent poet.” ISBN 978-0-88922-478-0; $15.95 CAD / $11.95 USD ©2003; 64 pp

Selected Writing

Sticks & Stones

As Elected bpNichol

George Bowering

Selections from visual poetry to translations by one of the most important poets in the 20th century writing in English. “bpNichol’s work is the most courageous body of —Frank Davey work in Canadian literature.” ISBN 978-0-88922-176-5; $17.95 CAD / $13.95 USD ©1980; 144 pp

George Bowering’s first book of poetry. With a preface by Robert Creeley and original line drawings by Gordon Payne. “His feeling for form, for poetry as something made, is what gives his early pieces their ability to endure.” —Vancouver Province ISBN 978-0-88922-268-7; $15.95 CAD / $11.95 USD ©1989; 64 pp; illustrations

Selected Writing


Net Work Daphne Marlatt

bill bissett

Poetry and prose with an instantaneous recognition of perceptions and thought. “Confronts political realities on the level in which they impinge upon people’s lives.” —Montreal Gazette ISBN 978-0-88922-175-8; $17.95 CAD / $13.95 USD ©1980; 144 pp

sublingual is perhaps the most highly structured yet of bissett’s “textual visions.” Its first seven poems construct a Genesis, beginning with a poem of birth—our pre- or sublingual first breath, a phenomenological gesture of recognition, of both being and belonging, in and of the world. Following this short creation story, the book continues to unfold in luminous and lucid delight. ISBN 978-0-88922-589-3; $18.95 CAD / $18.95 USD ©2008; 160 pp; illustrations

Sentenced to Light

There’ll Be Another

Fred Wah

David W. McFadden

An astonishing series of unique collaborative image-text projects, Sentenced to Light privileges its poetic and formal textual space outside most of the images that are its original twins and offers the reader a glimpse of the dialectic of larger conversations, the unpredictable, improvisatory bavardage that whispers between words and pictures in an intrinsically poetic space.

Three books in one: Heavy-Hearted in Havana, Sex with a Sixteen Year Old and Anonymity Suite Part II.

ISBN 978-0-88922-577-0; $29.95 CAD / $29.95 USD ©2008; 160 pp; colour photos & illustrations

“They are beautifully written and enjoyable to read.” —Quill & Quire “McFadden should be everybody’s favorite poet.” —Ottawa XPress ISBN 978-0-88922-361-5; $16.95 CAD / $12.95 USD ©1995; 128 pp

The Shovel

This Tremor Love Is

Colin Browne

Daphne Marlatt

In this extraordinary book, Colin Browne inverts the traditional ways we define and privilege forms of the English language; self-expression becomes prosaic, the recording of history poetic.

This Tremor Love Is is a memory book—an album of love poems spanning twenty-five years, from Marlatt’s first writing of what was to become the opening section, A Lost Book, to its latest, most recent sequences.

ReLit Award Short List, 2008.

BC Book Prize Finalist, 2002.

“The epic sweep of pieces is impressive, at times rapturous. They are worth digging for.” —Quill & Quire

ReLit Award Nominee, 2002.

ISBN 978-0-88922-574-9; $19.95 CAD / $19.95 USD ©2007; 192 pp; photos

ISBN 978-0-88922-450-6; $17.95 CAD / $17.95 USD ©2001; 112 pp; 2nd printing

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ths is erth thees ar peopul

Vermeer’s Light

bill bissett

Poems 1996–2006 George Bowering

The quest in this latest fusion of song, sound, performance and visual poetry from bill bissett is for a human condition outside the perpetual terror of the 21st century.

“His poetry addresses the limitless discussion of the boundaries between the personal and the political.” —National Post

“Harrowing and heartbreaking, these pages walk the tightrope of sentiment without falling into sentimentality … [T]he volume is characterized by the terse honesty, purity of voice, and wry humour that are Bowering’s trademark … It’s a tour de force, and a window into the mind of one of Canada’s most —Quill & Quire significant poets.”

ISBN 978-0-88922-557-2; $17.95 CAD / $17.95 USD © 2007; 144 pp; illustrations

ISBN 978-0-88922-565-7; $19.95 CAD / $19.95 USD rev. ©2007; 224 pp


what’s left

bill bissett

rob mclennan

In time, bissett explores the Heraclitean flux of life and fleeting nature of the universe and specifically, love in the non-particular universal sense. time is question-and-answer period, asking how much time we have for our fellow humans and how much time we have for our planet and how much time we have for our shared love. The answer is quite simply so long as there is language, so long as there are words dancing in space, so long as there is time.

Presents us with cues and clues to the poet’s compositional strategies.

ReLit Award Nominee, 2008.

ISBN 978-0-88922-653-1; $18.95 CAD / $18.95 USD © 2010; 160 pp; illustrations

Transnational Muscle Cars Jeff Derksen “Plays ‘chicken’ with postmodernism, hurtling itself with its hard, glossy, and state-of-art body in a challenge to see who will swerve first.” —Sianne Ngai “Accessible in themes, comfortably paced and motored by an anti-heroic punk sensibility …” —Publishers Weekly ISBN 978-0-88922-473-5; $17.95 CAD / $17.95 USD ©2003; 128 pp; 3rd printing

“mclennan works with a genuine verbal invention and his cultural ephemera laid out in pastiche make a strong impression.” —University of Toronto Quarterly “mclennan is one of the most promising voices of his generation …” —Toronto Star ISBN 978-0-88922-498-8; $16.95 CAD / $12.95 USD ©2004; 144 pp

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beaulieu, derek fractal economies

Aguirre, Carmen The Refugee Hotel

978-0-88922-539-8; $15.95 CAD / $13.95 USD

49 How to Write

978-0-88922-650-0; $17.95 CAD / $17.95 USD

The Trigger

Angus, Ian

978-0-88922-629-6; $16.95 CAD / $16.95 USD


978-0-88922-457-5; $29.95 CAD / $24.95 USD

Archambault, François 978-0-88922-427-8; $15.95 CAD / $11.95 USD 978-0-88922-531-2; $15.95 CAD / $13.95 USD


978-0-88922-218-2; $17.95 CAD / $13.95 USD

The Happiest Man in the World and Other Stories 28 978-0-88922-269-4; $18.95 CAD / $14.95 USD

The Pagan Wall



978-0-88922-312-7; $24.95 CAD / $19.95 USD

Arnett, Chris



978-0-88922-372-1; $17.95 CAD / $13.95 USD

narrativ enigma / rumours uv hurricane

36 Browne, Colin


978-0-88922-507-7; $17.95 CAD / $13.95 USD

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978-0-88922-641-8; $16.95 CAD / $16.95 USD

The Tale of Teeka


978-0-88922-410-0; $15.95 CAD / $11.95 USD

Written on Water

Burns, Mary Shinny’s Girls and Other Stories


978-0-88922-272-4; $19.95 CAD / $15.95 USD

Bush, Steven Beating the Bushes

Boucher, Denise


978-0-88922-574-9; $19.95 CAD / $19.95 USD


978-0-88922-492-6; $15.95 CAD / $11.95 USD


978-0-88922-465-0; $19.95 CAD / $15.95 USD

978-0-88922-440-7; $15.95 CAD / $11.95 USD The Shovel

56 The Fairies Are Thirsty

978-0-88922-322-6; $17.95 CAD / $13.95 USD

loving without being vulnrabul

Arnason, David The Circus Performers’ Bar


978-0-88922-303-5; $17.95 CAD / $13.95 USD

42 th last photo uv th human soul

The Coronation Voyage


978-0-88922-405-6; $15.95 CAD / $15.95 USD

Bouchard, Michel Marc

The Madonna Painter

978-0-88922-357-8; $17.95 CAD / $13.95 USD

39 inkorrect thots


978-0-88922-648-7; $16.95 CAD / $16.95 USD The Noam Chomsky Lectures

53 Down Dangerous Passes Road

978-0-88922-433-9; $17.95 CAD / $13.95 USD

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Brooks, Daniel & Guillermo 47

978-0-88922-422-3; $17.95 CAD / $17.95 USD Ground Water

978-0-88922-631-9; $16.95 CAD / $16.95 USD

Anarcho-Modernism: Toward a New bissett, bill Critical Theory in Honour of Jerry b leev abul char ak trs Zaslove 16

The Leisure Society


46 Belford, Ken

978-0-88922-591-6; $16.95 CAD / $16.95 USD

15 Seconds

Böggild, Hans & Doug Innis 54 The Satchmo’ Suite


978-0-88922-647-0; $18.95 CAD / $18.95 USD


978-0-88922-200-7; $15.95 CAD / $15.95 USD


Bourguignon, Stéphane A Slight Case of Fatigue


978-0-88922-596-1; $19.95 CAD / $19.95 USD

Bowering, George

Carlson, Tim Diplomacy


978-0-88922-611-1; $16.95 CAD / $16.95 USD

northern wild roses / deth interrupts And Other Stories 25 Omniscience 45 th dansing 57 978-0-88922-451-3; $24.95 CAD / $19.95 USD 978-0-88922-562-6; $16.95 CAD / $16.95 USD 978-0-88922-532-9; $17.95 CAD / $15.95 USD Baseball Love




978-0-88922-529-9; $19.95 CAD / $17.95 USD

978-0-88922-671-5; $17.95 CAD / $17.95 USD Blonds on Bikes


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36 Hotel Montreal: New and Selected The Magnificent Voyage of Emily Carr Cruel Tears 978-0-88922-120-8; $17.95 CAD / $17.95 USD 43 Poems 978-0-88922-314-1; $16.95 CAD / $12.95 USD


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Sainte-Marie among the Hurons 40

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41 Malyon, Carol & bill bissett

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49 Miki, Roy 978-0-88922-373-8; $16.95 CAD / $12.95 USD A Record of Writing

51 Mailhot, Michèle

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51 2000

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With Bated Breath

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50 Toronto, Mississippi

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O O’Hagan, Howard The School-Marm Tree



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55 978-0-88922-630-2; $19.95 CAD / $19.95 USD Trees Are Lonely Company 31 978-0-88922-616-6; $17.95 CAD / $17.95 USD 978-0-88922-250-2; $18.95 CAD / $14.95 USD Selected Writing: Net Work 26 978-0-88922-327-1; $24.95 CAD / $19.95 USD 59 Death in Vancouver There’ll Be Another 59 978-0-88922-607-4; $19.95 CAD / $19.95 USD 978-0-88922-175-8; $17.95 CAD / $13.95 USD 978-0-88922-361-5; $16.95 CAD / $12.95 USD This Tremor Love Is Discovery Passages 14 O’Neill, Chris & Ken Schwartz 59

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Murakami, Sachiko

36 Maud, Ralph

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Correspondence with Donald Allen 22

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56 Olson, Charles 978-0-88922-579-4; $16.95 CAD / $16.95 USD Muthologos: Lectures and Interviews, Revised Second Edition 21 Rebuild 10

17 The Invisibility Exhibit

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McKinnon, Barry

51 978-0-88922-660-9; $17.95 CAD / $17.95 USD Westray: The Long Way Home 978-0-88922-491-9; $15.95 CAD / $11.95 USD

P Panych, Morris Benevolence



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38 Reid, Jamie

Ryga, George

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7 Stories


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Renaud, Yannick All Is Flesh


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What Lies Before Us

40 978-0-88922-500-8; $29.95 CAD / $24.95 USD 400 Kilometres 978-0-88922-517-6; $17.95 CAD / $17.95 USD 27

George Ryga: The Prairie Novels

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31 NEWS: Postcards from the Four Directions

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Dara Culhane

Only Drunks and Children Tell the Truth 45


Les Canadiens


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Salutin, Rick 35

Okanagan Storyteller

Thesen, Sharon

52 978-0-88922-122-2; $18.95 CAD / $18.95 USD Aurora 978-0-88910-471-6; $15.95 CAD / $11.95 USD


Schermbrucker, Bill

26 978-0-88922-522-0; $24.95 CAD / $24.95 USD Chameleon & Other Stories 978-0-88922-560-2; $15.95 CAD / $15.95 USD 978-0-88922-208-3; $17.95 CAD / $13.95 USD Nature Power: In the Spirit of an

Peters, Carl


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Living by Stories: A Journey of Landscape and Memory



Robertson, Leslie A. &

49 Robinson, Harry & Wendy

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27 978-0-88922-000-3; $17.95 CAD / $17.95 USD Fearless Warriors 978-0-88922-597-8; $19.95 CAD / $19.95 USD 40

George Ryga: The Other Plays

42 In the Shadow of the Vulture

In Plain Sight: Reflections on Life in Still Laughing: Three Adaptations by Downtown Eastside Vancouver 19 Morris Panych 48 Trespassers, The


978-0-88922-462-9; $16.95 CAD / $16.95 USD

15 55 978-0-88922-276-2; $19.95 CAD / $15.95 USD Dead White Writer on the Floor 978-0-88922-663-0; $17.95 CAD / $17.95 USD 978-0-88922-512-1; $18.95 CAD / $14.95 USD The Ecstasy of Rita Joe 38

42 Richmond, Jacob 45

The Buz’Gem Blues 25

Selected Poems

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Other Schools of Thought

The Athabasca Ryga

21 Mimosa

The New Long Poem Anthology (Second Edition)


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29 News & Smoke: Selected Poems


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Rodin, Renee Bread and Salt Subject to Change

52 Scott, Gail 31

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17 Mrs. Blood

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bpNichol: What History Teaches


Real Mothers 28

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Main Brides



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Songs My Mother Taught Me


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978-0-88910-456-3; $19.95 CAD / $15.95 USD Tostevin, Lola Lemire 35 Rossi, Vittorio Carmela’s Table: A Carpenter’s Trilogy, Cartouches 53 978-0-88922-001-0; $17.95 CAD / $13.95 USD Simons, Beverley A Chronicle in Three Plays, Part Two 978-0-88922-355-4; $15.95 CAD / $11.95 USD Listen to the Wind 43 Crabdance 36 35 978-0-88922-002-7; $17.95 CAD / $13.95 USD

Colours in the Dark

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Rebar, Kelly Bordertown Café


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Abraham Lincoln Goes to the The Carpenter: A Carpenter’s Trilogy, Strindberg, August Theatre 32 44 A Chronicle in Three Plays, Part Three Miss Julie 978-0-88922-649-4; $16.95 CAD / $16.95 USD 35 978-0-88922-549-7; $16.95 CAD / $16.95 USD The Bicycle Eater 25 978-0-88922-609-8; $17.95 CAD / $17.95 USD

Suttles, Wayne

978-0-88922-528-2; $19.95 CAD / $17.95 USD Hellfire Pass: A Carpenter’s Trilogy, A Coast Salish Essays 17 Piercing 30 Chronicle in Three Plays, Part One 16 978-0-88922-212-0; $29.95 CAD / $24.95 USD 978-0-88922-645-6; $17.95 CAD / $17.95 USD 41 978-0-88922-426-1; $24.95 CAD / $19.95 USD Talking Bodies 48 978-0-88922-564-0; $16.95 CAD / $16.95 USD Persian Postcards: Iran after Khomeini 978-0-88922-445-2; $19.95 CAD / $15.95 USD 45 T 21 Paradise by the River The Ventriloquist 50 978-0-88922-393-6; $17.95 CAD / $13.95 USD

Anatolia Junction: A Journey into Hidden Turkey

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Salonica Terminus: Travels into the Rostand, Edmond Balkan Nightmare 23 Cyrano de Bergerac 978-0-88922-368-4; $24.95 CAD / $19.95 USD


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Shattered Images: The Rise of Militant Iconoclasm in Syria 23 Rule, Jane 978-0-88922-485-8; $19.95 CAD / $15.95 USD Desert of the Heart

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Tallman, Warren In the Midst

19 Tremblay, Lise

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Taylor, Drew Hayden

33 Judith’s Sister

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978-0-88922-301-1; $19.95 CAD / $19.95 USD Takeover in Tehran: The Inside Story 29 The Baby Blues 33 Mile End 1 of the 1979 U.S. Embassy Capture Taking My Life 978-0-88922-467-4; $17.95 CAD / $13.95 USD 978-0-88922-406-3; $15.95 CAD / $15.95 USD 978-0-88922-673-9; $19.95 CAD / $19.95 USD 23 The Berlin Blues 34 Tremblay, Michel 31 978-0-88922-443-8; $19.95 CAD / $15.95 USD Theme for Diverse Instruments 978-0-88922-581-7; $17.95 CAD / $17.95 USD Albertine in Five Times (trans. Then We Were One 2 978-0-88922-060-7; $18.95 CAD / $14.95 USD The Boy in the Treehouse / Girl Who Gaboriau) 32 978-0-88922-667-8; $19.95 CAD / $19.95 USD Loved Her Horses 34 978-0-88922-627-2; $16.95 CAD / $16.95 USD 978-0-88922-441-4; $18.95 CAD / $18.95 USD

66 Talonbooks Complete Booklist by Author

Albertine in Five Times (trans. Van Remember Me 46 Burek & Glassco) 32 978-0-88922-219-9; $15.95 CAD / $11.95 USD 978-0-88922-234-2; $16.95 CAD / $16.95 USD Sainte-Carmen of the Main 46 Assorted Candies for the Theatre 33 978-0-88922-181-9; $15.95 CAD / $15.95 USD 978-0-88922-572-5; $15.95 CAD / $15.95 USD Some Night My Prince Will Come 31 978-0-88922-510-7; $17.95 CAD / $13.95 USD Bambi and Me 16 978-0-88922-380-6; $17.95 CAD / $13.95 USD Thérèse and Pierrette and the Little Hanging Angel 31 Les Belles Soeurs (Revised) 34 978-0-88922-198-7; $19.95 CAD / $15.95 USD

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Birth of a Bookworm

16 A Thing of Beauty

The Black Notebook

25 Twelve Opening Acts

Bonbons Assortis / Assorted Candies 16

Somewhere Else


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Suburban Motel


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Walsh, Des Love and Savagery


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The Singer’s Broken Throat


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Wasserman, Jerry Modern Canadian Plays: Volume I 44

25 Tulchinsky, Karen X.

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The Blue Notebook


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The Power Plays

The Five Books of Moses Lapinsky 27 978-0-88922-646-3; $29.95 CAD / $29.95 USD

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Modern Canadian Plays: Volume II 44 978-0-88922-437-7; $39.95 CAD / $39.95 USD

Tussman, Joseph

Spectacle of Empire: Marc Lescarbot’s Theatre of Neptune in New France Bonjour, Là, Bonjour 34 The Burden of Office: Agamemnon and Other Losers 17 48 978-0-88922-252-6; $15.95 CAD / $11.95 USD 978-0-88922-265-6; $18.95 CAD / $14.95 USD 978-0-88922-547-3; $21.95 CAD / $21.95 USD Crossing the Continent 3 Twenty Years at Play: A New Play 978-0-88922-676-0; $18.95 CAD / $18.95 USD Centre Anthology 49 Damnée Manon, Sacrée Sandra 36 978-0-88922-541-1; $17.95 CAD / $17.95 USD


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The Driving Force

37 Vanderhaeghe, Guy

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The Duchess and the Commoner


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La Duchesse de Langeais & Other Plays

Dancock’s Dance

38 Citizen Suárez

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27 Verdecchia, Guillermo & Marcus

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For the Pleasure of Seeing Her Again A Line in the Sand 39

The Chilliwacks and Their Neighbors 17 978-0-88922-255-7; $24.95 CAD / $19.95 USD

Woodcock, George 43 Two Plays



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Wah, Fred

41 Breathin’ My Name with a Sigh

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The Impromptu of Outremont

Wells, Oliver N.


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The Heart Laid Bare

26 Selected Poems: The Vision Tree



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The Fat Woman Next Door Is Pregnant Fronteras Americanas: American Borders 27

Forever Yours, Marie-Lou

33 Hanging Fire

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The First Quarter of the Moon

Webb, Phyllis

Verdecchia, Guillermo

37 Another Country / bloom


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En Pièces Détachées

Watts, Charles & Edward Byrne 36 The Recovery of the Public World

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41 is a door

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York, Annie, Richard Daly & 53

Chris Arnett

They Write Their Dreams on the Rock 56 Forever 23

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Impromptu on Nuns’ Island

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41 Selected Poems: Loki Is Buried at 978-0-88922-470-4; $15.95 CAD / $11.95 USD Smoky Creek 58 Youssef, Marcus La Maison Suspendue 43 978-0-88922-177-2; $16.95 CAD / $12.95 USD Adrift 32 978-0-88922-295-3; $16.95 CAD / $12.95 USD Sentenced to Light 59 978-0-88922-585-5; $16.95 CAD / $16.95 USD Marcel Pursued by the Hounds 44 978-0-88922-577-0; $29.95 CAD; $29.95 USD 978-0-88922-326-4; $16.95 CAD / $12.95 USD

News from Édouard


Youssef, Marcus, Guillermo

Walker, George F.

Verdecchia & Camyar Chai

14 The Adventures of Ali & Ali and the 978-0-88922-435-3; $19.95 CAD / $15.95 USD 978-0-88922-654-8; $17.95 CAD / $17.95 USD aXes of Evil 32 Past Perfect 45 The East End Plays: Part 1 38 978-0-88922-516-9; $17.95 CAD / $17.95 USD 978-0-88922-493-3; $15.95 CAD / $11.95 USD

The Real World?


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The Red Notebook


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And So It Goes

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The East End Plays: Part 2


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Talonbooks Complete Booklist by Title 67

A ABC of Reading TRG, 16 Abraham Lincoln Goes to the Theatre, 32 Adrift, 32 Adventures of Ali & Ali and the aXes of Evil, The, 32 After Jack, 52 Albertine in Five Times (trans. Gaboriau), 32 Albertine in Five Times (trans. Van Burek & Glassco), 32 All Fall Down, 32 All Is Flesh, 11 All That Glitters, 25 All the Verdis of Venice, 33 alterNatives, 33 American Notebooks, 16 Amigo’s Blue Guitar, 33 Amuse Bouche, 52 Anarcho-Modernism, 16 Anatolia Junction, 16 And Other Stories, 25 And So It Goes, 14 Angel of Solitude, The, 25 Annihilated Time, 16 Another Country / bloom, 33 Another Home Invasion, 33 Asian Skies, 52 Assorted Candies for the Theatre, 33 Athabasca Ryga, The, 25 Aurora, 52

B b leev abul char ak trs, 52 Baby Blues, The, 33 Back to the War, 52 Balconville, 33 Baldwins, The, 25 Bambi and Me, 16 Banana Boots, 33 Bardy Google, 52 Baseball Love, 16 BASH’d, 15 Beating the Bushes, 33 Belles Soeurs, Les, 34 Benevolence, 34 Berlin Blues, The, 34 Bethune, 34 Beyond Recall, 16 Bicycle Eater, The, 25 Billy Bishop Goes to War, 34 Birth of a Bookworm, 16 Black Notebook, The, 25 Blonds on Bikes, 52 Blue Notebook, The, 25 Boiler Room Suite, 34

Bonbons Assortis / Assorted Candies, 16 Bonjour, Là, Bonjour, 34 Bordertown Café, 34 Box Closet, The, 17 Boy in the Treehouse, The / Girl Who Loved Her Horses, 34 bpNichol: Comics, 52 bpNichol: What History Teaches, 17 Bread and Salt, 52 Breakdown So Far, The, 25 Breathin’ My Name with a Sigh, 53 Bridges of Light, 17 Building the West, 17 Burden of Office, The, 17 Burning Vision, 34 Buz’Gem Blues, The, 35

C Cambodia, 25 Can You See Me Yet?, 35 Canadian Drama and the Critics, 17 Canadiens, Les, 35 Capital Tales, 26 Cariboo Magi, 35 Carmela’s Table, 35 Carpenter, The, 35 Cartouches, 53 Centre, The: Poems 1970–2000, 53 Chameleon & Other Stories, 26 Change Room, 53 Charles Olson at the Harbor, 17 Chilliwacks and Their Neighbors, The, 17 Chimera, 35 Circumstances Alter Photographs, 17 Circus Performers’ Bar, The, 26 Citizen Suárez, 26 Coast Salish Essays, 17 Cold Comfort, 35 Collected Books of Artie Gold, The, 53 Colours in the Dark, 35 Commons, The, 53 Concise Köchel, The, 35 Consecrated Ground, 36 Conversations in Tehran, 18 Copper Thunderbird, 36 Corker, 36 Coronation Voyage, The, 36 Covenant of Salt, A, 26 Crabdance, 36 Crimes and Mercies, 18 Crossing the Continent, 3 Cruel Tears, 36 Cul-de-sac, 36 Cultural Mischief, 53 Cyrano de Bergerac, 36



Damnée Manon, Sacrée Sandra, 36 Dancock’s Dance, 36 Darwin Alone in the Universe, 26 Dead White Writer on the Floor, 15 Death in Vancouver, 26 Death of René Lévesque, The, 37 Death of the Spider, 26 Decline of the Hollywood Empire, The, 18 Decompositions, 53 Democracy, 37 Desert of the Heart, 26 Diplomacy, 37 Discovery Passages, 14 Dishwashers, The, 37 Divinity Bash / nine lives, 37 Doctor Thomas Neill Cream, 37 Dog Attempts to Drown Man in Saskatoon, 26 Dominican Moon, 53 Down Dangerous Passes Road, 37 Down the Road to Eternity, 27 Down Time, 53 Dream Pool Essays, 54 Driving Force, The, 37 Duchess and the Commoner, The, 27 Duchesse de Langeais & Other Plays, La, 37 Dunsmuirs, The: Alone at the Edge, 37 Dunsmuirs, The: A Promise Kept, 38 Dürer’s Angel, 27 Dwell, 54 Dyssemia Sleaze, 54

Fairies Are Thirsty, The, 39 Fairy Ring, 27 Faraway Nearby, The, 39 Fat Woman Next Door Is Pregnant, The, 27 Fearless Warriors, 27 Few Words Will Do, A, 54 Fifteen Miles of Broken Glass, 39 15 Seconds, 39 Fifty, 54 Fighting Days, The, 39 First Quarter of the Moon, The, 27 Five Books of Moses Lapinsky, The, 27 Five Star Planet, 54 Floating Up to Zero, 14 For Home and Country, 39 For the Pleasure of Seeing Her Again, 39 Forever Yours, Marie-Lou, 39 400 Kilometres, 40 fractal economies, 54 Fragments of a Farewell Letter Read by Geologists, 40 Fronteras Americanas, 40


Gabriel Dumont Speaks, 18 Genrecide, 54 George Bowering: Bright Circles of Colour, 19 George Ryga: The Other Plays, 40 George Ryga: The Prairie Novels, 27 Get on Top, 27 Gideon’s Blues, 40 gifts, 54 E Girl in the Goldfish Bowl, 40 Earshot, 38 Glace Bay Miners’ Museum, The, 40 East End Plays, The: Part 1, 38 Glengarry, 14 East End Plays, The: Part 2, 38 Go Figure, 28 Ecstasy of Rita Joe, The, 38 Going Home, 55 Edward Curtis Project, The, 18, 38 Goodnight Disgrace, 40 Empire of Desire, 18 Gordon, 15 Empress Has No Closure, The, 54 Great Lakes Suite, 19 En Pièces Détachées, 38 Great Wave of Civilization, The, 40 Ends of the Earth, The, 38 griddle talk, 19 English Canadian Poetics, An, 18 Ground Water, 55 Ernestine Shuswap Gets Her Trout, 38 Guide to B.C. Indian Myth and Error in Judgement, An, 18 Legend, A, 19 Esker Mike & His Wife, Agiluk, 38 Gull, The, 40 Espresso, 39 Gypsy Guitar, 55 Essays on George F. Walker, 18 EX MACHINA, 18 Execution, The, 39

68 Talonbooks Complete Booklist by Title



Halo, 41 Hanging Fire, 55 Happiest Man in the World and Other Stories, The, 28 Harry’s Fragments, 28 harvest, 55 Heart Laid Bare, The, 28 Heaven, 41 Hell & Other Novels, 28 Hellfire Pass, 41 Heretic, The, 41 Heroine, 28 Homechild, 41 Hope Slide, The / Little Sister, 41 Hosanna, 41 Hotel Montreal, 55 House That Hijack Built, The, 55 How to Write, 19 Hunting Ground, The, 28 Hypoderm, 55

Lady Smith, The, 42 Lasagna, 20 last photo uv th human soul, th, 56 Last Scattering Surfaces, 56 Latakia, 28 Lawrence & Holloman, 42 Legoland, 42 Leisure Society, The, 42 Life Without Instruction, 43 Like a Child of the Earth, 28 Lil’wat World of Charlie Mack, The, 20 Lily Briscoe, 20 Limbo Road, 56 Line in the Sand, A, 43 Lions Gate, 20 Listen to the Wind, 43 Living by Stories, 20 Local Boy Makes Good, 43 Lost in North America, 20 Lost Souls and Missing Persons, 43 Love and Savagery, 56 loving without being vulnrabul, 56 Ludwig & Mae, 43

I I. Another. The Space Between, 55 Impromptu of Outremont, The, 41 Impromptu on Nuns’ Island, 41 In a World Created by a Drunken God, 41 In Piazza San Domenico, 6 In Plain Sight, 19 In the Company of Strangers, 19 In the Eyes of God, 42 In the Eyes of Stone Dogs, 42 In the Midst, 19 In the Shadow of the Vulture, 28 Indian Myths & Legends from the North Pacific Coast of America, 19 influenza uv logik, th, 55 inkorrect thots, 56 Invisibility Exhibit, The, 56 is a door, 56

J Jacob’s Wake, 42 Je me souviens, 42 Jitters, 42 Joe Beef, 42 Judith’s Sister, 5 Justice in Our Time, 19

K Kerrisdale Elegies, 56

M Madonna Painter, The, 43 Magnificent Voyage of Emily Carr, The, 43 Main Brides, 29 Maison Suspendue, La, 43 Making Theatre: A Life of Sharon Pollock, 20 Mambo Italiano, 43 Marcel Pursued by the Hounds, 44 Margaret Atwood: A Feminist Poetics, 20 Marion Bridge, 44 Meanwhile, 20 Medusa Head, The, 20 Mêmewars, 56 Memories of You, 44 Mile End, 29 Mimosa, 29 Miss Julie, 44 Miss Take, 4 Modern Canadian Plays: Volume I, 44 Modern Canadian Plays: Volume II, 44 Mom’s the Word, 44 Mother of the Grass, 29 Motortherapy, 29 Moustache, The, 57 Mrs. Blood, 29 Muthologos, 21 My Career with the Leafs & Other Stories, 29

My Darling Nellie Grey, 57 My Name Is Bosnia, 29

N narrativ enigma / rumours uv hurricane, 57 Nature Power, 21 New Long Poem Anthology, The (Second Edition), 57 NEWS, 21 News & Smoke, 57 News from Édouard, 29 1949, 44 No Plaster Saint, 21 Noam Chomsky Lectures, The, 44 Noise from the Laundry, 57 NonZero Definitions, 57 northern wild roses / deth interrupts th dansing, 57 Nothing to Lose, 44 novel, 8 Nuri Does Not Exist, 13

O Occupation of Heather Rose, The, 45 Omniscience, 45 On the Job, 45 On the Material, 57 One Crack Out, 45 Only Drunks and Children Tell the Truth, 45 Ordinary Time, 9 Other Losses, 13 Other Schools of Thought, 45 Outsider Notes, 21

Popular Narratives, 58 Porcupine Hunter and Other Stories, The, 22 Post-Prairie, 58 Power Plays, The, 45

Q Queens, The, 46

R Rain Barrel, The, 30 Rap Canterbury Tales, The, 58 Rational Geomancy, 22 Re: Producing Women’s Dramatic History, 22 Real Mothers, 30 Real World?, The, 46 Rebuild, 10 Record of Writing, A, 22 Recovery of the Public World, The, 22 Red Notebook, The, 30 Refugee Hotel, The, 46 Remember Me, 46 Richard Brautigan Ahhhhhhhhhhh, The, 58 Riddle of the World, The, 46 Rose, 46


Saga of the Wet Hens, 46 Saint Frances of Hollywood, 46 Sainte-Carmen of the Main, 46 Sainte-Marie among the Hurons, 46 Salish People, The, Vol. I, 22 Salish People, The, Vol. II, 22 Salish People, The, Vol. III, 22 P Salish People, The, Vol. IV, 23 Pacific Windows, 57 Salonica Terminus, 23 Pagan Wall, The, 29 Salt-Water Moon, 47 Painter’s Wife, The, 30 Satchmo’ Suite, The, 47 Paradise by the River, 45 scars on th seehors, 58 Paradise Garden, 15 Scattered in a Rising Wind, 30 Past Perfect, 45 Schoolhouse, 47 Paul Martin & Companies, 21 School-Marm Tree, The, 30 Pell Mell, 58 Seagull, The, 47 Peregrinations, 21 Secret Journal of Alexander Performing National Identities, 21 Mackenzie, The, 30 Persian Postcards, 21 Selected Poems: The Arches, 58 peter among th towring boxes / text Selected Poems: Beyond Even bites, 58 Faithful Legends, 58 Phyllis Webb and the Common Good, Selected Poems: Loki Is Buried at 21 Smoky Creek, 58 Piercing, 30 Selected Poems: The Vision Tree, 59 Playing Bare, 45 Selected Writing: As Elected, 59 Pleasure of the Crown, The, 22 Selected Writing: Net Work, 59 Poet to Publisher, 22 Sentenced to Light, 59

Talonbooks Complete Booklist by Title 69

7 Stories, 47 Shape of a Girl, The / Jewel, 47 Shattered Images, 23 Shinny’s Girls and Other Stories, 30 Shovel, The, 59 Signs of Literature, 23 Silver Dagger, 47 Singer’s Broken Throat, The, 59 Sisters, 47 Six Plays by Mavor Moore, 47 Skydive, 47 Slight Case of Fatigue, A, 30 Soldier’s Heart, 48 Some Night My Prince Will Come, 31 Somewhere Else, 48 Song of the Say-Sayer, 48 Songs My Mother Taught Me, 31 Spectacle of Empire, 48 Sticks & Stones, 59 Still Laughing, 48 Strange Comfort, 23 Strange Truth About Us, The, 7 Studies in Motion, 48 Subject to Change, 31 sublingual, 59 Suburban Motel, 48 Summerland, 31

T Takeover in Tehran, 23 Taking My Life, 1 Tale of Teeka, The, 48 Talking Bodies, 48 Tchipayuk, 31 Terror of the Coast, The, 23 textual vishyuns, 13 That Summer, 48 That Woman, 49 Theatre and AutoBiography, 23 Theme for Diverse Instruments, 31 Then We Were One, 2 There’ll Be Another, 59 Thérèse and Pierrette and the Little Hanging Angel, 31 They Write Their Dreams on the Rock Forever, 23 Thing of Beauty, A, 31 This Is My Own, 23 This Tremor Love Is, 59 ths is erth thees ar peopul, 60 Tiln & Other Plays, 49 time, 60 Time Being, The, 31 Timothy Findley and the Aesthetics of Fascism, 24 Too Good to Be True, 24 Toronto, Mississippi, 49 Tracing the Paths, 24

Transmission Difficulties, 24 Transnational Muscle Cars, 60 Trees Are Lonely Company, 31 Trespassers, The, 49 Triage, 13 Trial of Judith K., The, 49 Trigger, The, 49 Truth or Death, 24 Twelve Opening Acts, 24 Twenty Years at Play, 49 Two Houses Half-Buried in Sand, 24 Two Plays, 49 2000, 49

U Unity (1918), 49 Unnatural and Accidental Women, The, 50

V Vancouver: A Visual History, 24 Vancouver Anthology, 12 Ventriloquist, The, 50 Vermeer’s Light, 60 Vic, The, 50 Vigil, 50

W Waiting for the Parade, 50 Walsh, 50 Wanted, 50 Warriors, 50 WASPs, 50 Weekend Healer, The, 50 Westray, 51 Whale Riding Weather, 51 What Lies Before Us, 51 what’s left, 60 Where the Blood Mixes, 51 Whereverville, 51 White Pebbles in the Dark Forests, 32 Willful Acts, 51 With Bated Breath, 51 Women in a World at War, 24 Write It on Your Heart, 24 Written on Water, 51

70 Talonbooks Index of Translators

Aronoff, Phyllis & Howard Scott My Name Is Bosnia, 29 A Slight Case of Fatigue, 30 Women in a World at War, 24

Barnholden, Michael Gabriel Dumont Speaks, 18

Bertz, Dietrich Indian Myths & Legends from the North Pacific Coast of America, 19

Bilodeau, Chantal Abraham Lincoln Goes to the Theatre, 32

Bishop, Neil B. Death of the Spider, 26

Brown, Alan The Fairies Are Thirsty, 39

Browning, Will Go Figure, 28 Miss Take, 4

Claxton, Patricia Tchipayuk, 31

Fischman, Sheila Bambi and Me, 16 The Bicycle Eater, 25 Birth of a Bookworm, 16 The Black Notebook, 25 The Blue Notebook, 25 Crossing the Continent, 3 The Duchess and the Commoner, 27 The Fat Woman Next Door Is Pregnant, 27 The First Quarter of the Moon, 27 The Heart Laid Bare, 28 News from Édouard, 29 The Painter’s Wife, 30 The Red Notebook, 30 Some Night My Prince Will Come, 31 Talking Bodies, 48 Thérèse and Pierrette and the Little Hanging Angel, 31 A Thing of Beauty, 31 Twelve Opening Acts, 24

French, David Miss Julie, 44 The Seagull, 47

Gaboriau, Linda Albertine in Five Times, 32 All the Verdis of Venice, 33 American Notebooks, 16 Assorted Candies for the Theatre, 33 Bonbons Assortis / Assorted Candies, 16 The Concise Köchel, 35 The Coronation Voyage, 36 Down Dangerous Passes Road, 37

The Driving Force, 37 For the Pleasure of Seeing Her Again, 39 Fragments of a Farewell Letter Read by Geologists, 40 The Hunting Ground, 28 Impromptu on Nuns’ Island, 41 In the Eyes of Stone Dogs, 42 Judith’s Sister, 5 The Madonna Painter, 43 The Magnificent Voyage of Emily Carr, 43 Past Perfect, 45 Piercing, 30 The Queens, 46 Saga of the Wet Hens, 46 Scattered in a Rising Wind, 30 Song of the Say-Sayer, 48 The Tale of Teeka, 48 That Woman, 49 Warriors, 50 Written on Water, 51

Hazelton, Hugh All Is Flesh, 11

Hodes, Laura The Angel of Solitude, 25

Klein, Yvonne M. Like a Child of the Earth, 28 Mother of the Grass, 29 White Pebbles in the Dark Forests, 32

Kroetsch, Neil EX MACHINA, 18

Lobdell, David Dürer’s Angel, 27 The Execution, 39

Mullins, Rhonda The Decline of the Hollywood Empire, 18 Paul Martin & Companies, 21

Murrell, John Cyrano de Bergerac, 36

Reed, Fred A. Empire of Desire, 18 Truth or Death, 24

Reed, Fred A. & David Homel All That Glitters, 25 The Baldwins, 25 A Covenant of Salt, 26 Fairy Ring, 27

Scott, Gail Mile End, 29

Stowe, John Remember Me, 46

Tepperman, Shelley Playing Bare, 45

Tepperman, Shelley & Ellen Warkentin Ludwig & Mae, 43

Theodore, Bobby 15 Seconds, 39 The Leisure Society, 42

Turnbull, Keith The Ventriloquist, 50

Van Burek, John Damnée Manon, Sacrée Sandra, 36 La Duchesse de Langeais & Other Plays, 37 The Impromptu of Outremont, 41 La Maison Suspendue, 43 Sainte-Carmen of the Main, 46

Van Burek, John & Bill Glassco Albertine in Five Times, 32 Les Belles Soeurs, 34 Bonjour, Là, Bonjour, 34 Forever Yours, Marie-Lou, 39 Hosanna, 41 Marcel Pursued by the Hounds, 44 The Real World?, 46

Van Meer, Allan En Pièces Détachées, 38

Yoshihara, Toyoshi The Gull, 40

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Talonbooks Fall 2011 catalogue  

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