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Talonbooks Spring 2014


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Talonbooks Awards and Prizes, Recent Highlights 2013 BC Book Prize: Colin Browne, The Properties (Finalist) Sunburst Award: Martine Desjardins, Maleficium, translated by Fred A. Reed and David Homel (Winner) ReLit Award, Fiction: Garry Thomas Morse, Minor Episodes / Major Ruckus, (Finalist)

2012 BC Book Prize: Garry Thomas Morse, Discovery Passages (Finalist)

Contents 1 13 16 26 35 56 67 70 78 79

New Releases Recent Releases Non-fiction Backlist Fiction Backlist Drama Backlist Poetry Backlist Booklist Index by Title Booklist Index by Author Booklist Index by Translator Sales Representation, Ordering, and Trade Terms

Lambda Literary Award: Jane Rule, Taking My Life (Finalist)

2011 BC Book Prize: Ken Belford, Decompositions (Finalist) BC Book Prize: George Bowering, My Darling Nellie Grey (Finalist) BC Book Prize: Stephen Collis, On the Material (Winner) Alcuin Book Design Award: Stan Douglas, ed., Vancouver Anthology (Honourable Mention) Governor General’s Award, Poetry: Garry Thomas Morse, Discovery Passages (Finalist) Lambda Literary Award: Bryden MacDonald, With Bated Breath (Finalist) Robert Merritt Legacy Award: Wendy Lill (Winner) W.O. Mitchell Literary Prize: derek beaulieu, How to Write (Finalist) W.O. Mitchell Literary Prize: Weyman Chan, hypoderm (Finalist)

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Cover images: Jer Thorp, Creative Commons front: This graph charts the frequency of articles in the New York Times

2010 BC Book Prize: Fred Wah, is a door (Winner) George Ryga Award: Kevin Loring, Where the Blood Mixes (Finalist) Governor General’s Award, Translation: Michel Tremblay, The Blue Notebook, translated by Sheila Fischman (Finalist) Carol Bolt Award for Drama: Joan MacLeod, Another Home Invasion (Finalist)

mentioning the five U.S. presidents who held office from 1984 to 2009. It also indicates weighting of stories – the darkest line shows front page stories while the lighter lines indicate stories buried deeper in the paper. back: This graph charts the frequency of articles mentioning India and Pakistan in the New York Times between 1981 and 2009. It also indicates weighting of stories – the darkest line shows front page stories while the lighter lines indicate stories buried deeper in the paper.

2009 Acorn-Plantos Award: Weyman Chan, Noise from the Laundry (Finalist) Ann Saddlemyer Award: Sherrill Grace, Making Theatre: A Life of Sharon Pollock (Winner) Governor General’s Award, Drama: Kevin Loring, Where the Blood Mixes (Winner) Governor General’s Award, Drama: Joan MacLeod, Another Home Invasion (Finalist) Governor General’s Award, Translation: Thierry Hentsch, Empire of Desire, translated by Fred A. Reed (Finalist) Governor General’s Award, Translation: Stéphane Bourguignon, A Slight Case of Fatigue, translated by Phyllis Aronoff and Howard Scott (Finalist)

Talonbooks gratefully acknowledges the financial support of the Canada Council for the Arts, the Government of Canada through the Canada Book Fund, and the Province of British Columbia through the British Columbia Arts Council and the Book Publishing Tax Credit.


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Talonbooks New Releases 1

The World Afloat Miniatures

M . A . C . Fa r r a n t

Currently residing in North Saanich, BC, M.A.C. Farrant is the author of ten collections of satirical and philosophical short fiction; a novel-length memoir, My Turquoise Years; a book of humorous essays, The Secret Lives of Litterbugs; and the stage adaptation of My Turquoise Years, which premiered at Vancouver’s Arts Club Theatre in 2013. Farrant has been nominated for many awards, including the Commonwealth Writers Prize, Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize, VanCity Book Prize, National Magazine Awards, Gemini Award (for the Bravo short-film adaptation of her story “Rob’s Guns & Ammo”), Victoria Book Prize, and two Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards for her play My Turquoise Years, among others. She is a regular book reviewer for the Vancouver Sun, Globe and Mail, and National Post. Farrant has taught writing at the University of Victoria, Victoria School of Writing, and Banff Centre for the Arts, and was writer-in-residence at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia.

In The World Afloat, a series of seventy-five “miniatures” that melds narrative with elements of prose poem and farce, master of the absurd and expert observer M.A.C. Farrant peers into the complexities of human experience – through the rear window. Inside the linoleum-lined kitchens and lace-trimmed living rooms that drift through these stories, Farrant interrupts the daily routines – doctor’s appointments, gardening, mealtimes – of her eccentric yet familiar characters with intensely surreal, laugh-out-loud moments. What happens when a whimsical spirit becomes captive to a middleaged body? At the end of a Love Your Package workshop, what does the wrap-up dinner look like? Can a soggy tomato salad really end someone’s marriage? Brimming with pathos and bathos in equal measure, Farrant’s smart prose offers escape and renewal from the monotony of modern life, while at the same time poking fun at her readers’ pathological devotion to the technology and interpersonal relationships that leave them feeling bored and empty. Sexuality and depravity, childhood and bad parenting, and love and divorce are all deftly handled in this hot flash of a book that goes straight to the heart of things. As each “miniature” reads stranger (and truer) than the one before, Farrant manages to coax her readers from their well-worn, earthbound narratives and into a world afloat on satire, absurdity, and, in her most brilliant moments, expansive joy.

“Farrant has a lightness of touch, and … the formats she chooses are refreshing: at her best, it feels as if she is getting at the heart of something that takes other writers much longer to lead us to.” – Canadian Literature

M.A.C. Farrant’s The Breakdown So Far, Darwin Alone in the Universe, Down the Road to Eternity, and The Strange Truth About Us are also available from Talonbooks.

ISBN 978-0-88922-838-2 / E-ISBN 978-0-88922-839-9 Fiction: Short Stories 5 × 8.5; 112 pp; Trade paper $12.95 CAN / $12.95 US April


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2 Talonbooks New Releases

Canada: A New Tax Haven How the Country That Shaped Caribbean Tax Havens Is Becoming One Itself

A l a i n D e n e au lt Translated by Catherine Browne

Alain Deneault completed a research doctorate at the Centre Marc Bloch in Berlin and the Université de Paris 8, where he received his PhD in philosophy. In 1999, as a member of the Cross-Canada Caravan, which included organizations such as the Canadian Union of Postal Workers and the Council of Canadians, Deneault visited many Canadian cities before attending the Millennium Round of the World Trade Organization Conference in Seattle, where he spoke about globalization and the World Trade Organization. Deneault’s research and writing practices are diverse and often collaborative, focusing on how international financial and legal agreements increasingly foster the interests of “stateless” transnational corporations over those of nation states and the interests of their human communities. Born in Indiana, Catherine Browne grew up in Montreal. She has a degree in history from the Université de Provence. A professional translator since the 1980s, for the past fifteen years she has conducted guided tours designed to provide Montrealers with new ways of thinking about their city’s past and present. In this book, she helped write the chapter on the history of Canadian banks in the Caribbean.

ISBN 978-0-88922-836-8 / E-ISBN 978-0-88922-837-5 Non-fiction: Business and economics 5.5 × 8.5; 224 pp; Trade paper $19.95 CAN / $19.95 US April

In Canada: A New Tax Haven, Alain Deneault traces Canada’s relationship with Commonwealth Caribbean nations back through the last half of the twentieth century, arguing that the involvement of Canadian financiers in establishing and maintaining Caribbean tax havens has predisposed Canada to become a tax haven itself – a metamorphosis well under way. Canada was linked to Caribbean nations long before they became tax havens. In the 1950s, an ex-governor of Canada’s central bank attempted to establish a low taxation regime in Jamaica. In the 1960s, the transformation of the Bahamas into a tax haven characterized by impenetrable banking secrecy was shaped by a minister of finance who sat on the Royal Bank of Canada’s board of directors. A Calgary lawyer and former Conservative Party heavyweight drew up the clauses that transformed the Cayman Islands into an opaque offshore jurisdiction. For years, Canadian politicians have debated annexing tax havens such as the Turks and Caicos Islands, making them part of Canadian territory. Canada has signed a free-trade agreement with Panama and is currently seeking a wider agreement with countries in the Caribbean political community. And, notably, Canada currently shares its seat at the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund with a group of Caribbean tax havens. These exercises in fostering fiscal and banking leniency have predisposed Canada to become one of the most attractive tax havens to foreign interests. Not only does Canada offer one of the lowest corporate tax rates in the world, but a number of loopholes encourage companies to relocate to Canada as if it were Barbados or Bermuda. Canada: A New Tax Haven is an attempt to analyze the situation and address its implications for Canadians.

Alain Deneault’s Paul Martin & Companies: Sixty Theses on the Alegal Nature of Tax Havens and Imperial Canada Inc.: Legal Haven of Choice for the World’s Mining Industries (with William Sacher) are also available from Talonbooks.


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A Matter of Gravity H é l è n e Va c h o n Translated by Phyllis Aronoff & Howard Scott

After studying French literature in Quebec and France, Hélène Vachon began working for the Quebec Ministry of Culture and Communications. Since 1995, she has published two novels, more than twenty works of children’s literature, and a number of translations. Her books, most notably the Somerset series, have been nominated for many prizes. Vachon won both the Governor General’s Literary Award and the Mr. Christie’s Book Award in 2002 for L’oiseau de passage. She lives near Quebec City. Phyllis Aronoff is a past president of the Literary Translators’ Association of Canada. The Wanderer, her translation of La Québécoite by Régine Robin, won the 1998 Jewish Book Award for fiction. She and Howard Scott were awarded the 2001 Quebec Writers’ Federation Translation Award for Gilles Havard’s The Great Peace of Montreal of 1701. Howard Scott is a Montreal-based literary translator and a past president of the Literary Translators’ Association of Canada. He is the recipient of the 1997 Governor General’s Award for Translation and the 1999 Sidewise Award for Alternate History for best short-form.

ISBN 978-0-88922-840-5 / E-ISBN 978-0-88922-841-2 Fiction: Literary 5 × 8.5; 224 pp; Trade paper $16.95 CAN / $16.95 US April

A Matter of Gravity is about the forces that draw two men together. Hermann, an embalmer and doctor’s son, devotes himself to the dead to mask his disappointment that, unlike his father, he cannot cure the living. Hu is an ailing pianist who dwells in memories of past glory. Hermann displaces his drive for perfection and order onto his elderly neighbours. Hu, ashamed of his lame, knobbed hands, rarely leaves his airless room. Hermann contends he is eternally separated from the world by a “permanent cushion of air” that keeps him wavering between two women and hovering above humanity. Hu is bound to a nightmarish reality, shuffling between emphysema, rheumatoid arthritis, and Parkinson’s disease. When a mysterious manuscript, possibly written by one of Hermann’s centenarian neighbours, connects one man’s routine with that of the other, an extended afternoon at the park eventually leads back to Hu’s piano. This marks the beginning of the men’s tenuous relationship, which, while healing in nature, is made more fragile by the pianist’s heightened mortality. A Matter of Gravity is a sensitive, delicate, and humorous novel that unfolds in liminal spaces: between life and death, youth and age, earth and sky. By the end of the final, transformative meeting between Hermann and Hu, Vachon gently broaches the question that paralyzes each man and the people whom they love: When faced with terminal illness, how do we embrace the unsatisfactory life we leave behind?

“You take leave of this book with renewed joy in your heart.”

– Jean Fugère

“A beautiful, surprising novel that speaks with tenderness and dark humour.” – La Semaine “A gem of a novel that is both grave and cheerful. We sense Boris Vian’s influence in the rollicking way the author deals with disease and tragedy, but the text carves its own path through constant innovation. [A Matter of Gravity] may well lead us to death’s door, but its main impact is to stir the blood in our veins.” – Voir “A meditation on disease, death, and old age … [A Matter of Gravity] tackles these difficult issues with surprising grace.” – La Presse


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The Obese Christ L a r r y T r e m b l ay Translated by Sheila Fischman

Larry Tremblay is a writer, director, actor, and specialist in Kathakali, an elaborate form of Indian dance theatre. He has published more than twenty books as a novelist, poet, and essayist, and is one of Quebec’s most-produced and translated playwrights (his plays have been translated into twelve languages). In 2006 he was awarded the Canada Council Victor Martyn Lynch-Staunton Award for his contribution to the theatre. He was a finalist in 2008 and 2011 for the Siminovitch Prize. A two-time Governor General’s Award winner, Order of Canada member Sheila Fischman has translated from French to English more than one hundred novels by prominent Quebec writers such as Michel Tremblay, Jacques Poulin, Anne Hébert, François Gravel, Marie-Claire Blais, and Roch Carrier. She is a founding member of the Literary Translators’ Association of Canada and has also been a book columnist for the Globe and Mail and Montreal Gazette.

Devastated by grief and loneliness, Edgar, an asocial thirty-seven-yearold, kneels in the cemetery where his recently deceased mother is buried. Turning away from her graveside for a moment, Edgar witnesses a terrifying and life-altering event: through the mist that sweeps overhead like the ghostly skirts of mothers passed, Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse brutally rape a young woman, leaving her for dead. Acting out of muddled instinct (and ingrained Catholic conviction), Edgar bears the unconscious victim home in the trunk of his mother’s sedan. Disgusted yet moved by the woman’s appearance, Edgar solemnly pledges to act as her saviour. But what does Edgar know about the woman whom he comes to bathe, feed, and clothe in his family home? What is her true identity? What atrocities have been perpetrated against her? And who was responsible? As Edgar refuses to confront these and other difficult questions, a relationship begins to develop between the two characters that replaces the toxic symbiosis Edgar once shared with his mother, and which fuels his yearning for dominance and salvation. Still scarred by the death of his admonishing and secretive mother, Edgar is unable to see the destructive nature of his growing intimacy with the woman he has saved. The Obese Christ plunges to the roots of good and evil, demonstrating Tremblay’s powerful understanding of the human psyche and its often misguided and unrealized expressions of love and faith. Edgar’s scriptural interpretations of his increasingly violent behaviour casts Catholicism in a shocking new light, leaving the reader to determine right from wrong in the delusional narrative Edgar weaves for himself.

“This cinematographic novel advances with machinelike precision worthy of Hitchcock.” – Le Soleil “Larry Tremblay has concocted an amazing psycho-religious thriller.”

ISBN 978-0-88922-842-9 / E-ISBN 978-088922-843-6 Fiction: Literary 5 × 8.5; 144 pp; Trade paper $14.95 CAN / $14.95 US April

– Voir

Larry Tremblay’s Abraham Lincoln Goes to the Theatre, The Bicycle Eater, Piercing, Talking Bodies, and The Ventriloquist are also available from Talonbooks.


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Motherhouse D av i d F e n n a r i o

There’s no way we shoulda been arrested for sabotaging the war effort … trying to organize a strike … But if you really wanted to arrest somebody, you could go down to the British Munitions Factory and charge them with murder … cuz that’s what it was. Making us work all these long, crazy hours was bound to kill somebody.

David Fennario is an award-winning playwright, performer, and activist whose plays have been widely produced on stages nationwide, as well as produced by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and the National Film Board. Born David Wiper in Montreal, Fennario, whose pen name is borrowed from a Bob Dylan song, has described himself as being “repressed, depressed, oppressed, and compressed” as a young person living in the working-class district of Pointe-Saint-Charles, a neighbourhood he would later make the centre of most of his plays. The process of becoming a political activist in adulthood provided Fennario with the confidence to write plays. Reading socialist literature convinced him that working-class people could change themselves and the world around them. “We are not chained to fate, Freud, God, gender, or a genetic code,” says Fennario. “We can make ourselves into what we want. I’ve been trying my best to do that ever since, and have had some success as a playwright and a prose writer.”

From the renowned author of Balconville, this powerful drama gives a voice to the disillusioned working-class women employed at the British Munitions Factory in Verdun, Quebec, during the First World War. Following in the trudging footsteps of Fennario’s anti-war protest play Bolsheviki (Talonbooks, 2012), Motherhouse similarly debunks the sentimental notions of duty, heroism, and nationhood that figured so prominently in Canadian war effort campaigns and that persist in Canadian history textbooks today. In 1915, with tensions running high across the country over conscription and linguistic and religious issues, dedicated mothers, wives, sisters, and sweethearts assemble artillery shells to support the war effort and inadvertently find themselves called together to bring about change both in their working conditions and in their personal lives. Meanwhile, their beloved soldiers die on battlefields overseas while their children starve at home because of war profiteering. Verdun’s munitions manufacturer employed more than four thousand women during the war, including Fennario’s mother. Tragically, the city of Verdun sacrificed more soldiers to both World Wars than any other place in Canada.

“When a final analysis is made of twentieth-century Canadian theatre, the most significant political playwright will undoubtedly be David Fennario.” – Canadian Book Review Annual

David Fennario’s Balconville, Banana Boots, Bolsheviki, The Death of René Lévesque, Doctor Thomas (Neill Cream), Joe Beef, Nothing to Lose, and On the Job are also available from Talonbooks.

ISBN 978-0-88922-848-1 / E-ISBN 978-0-88922-849-8 Drama 5.5 × 8.5; 96 pp; Trade paper $16.95 CAN / $16.95 US June CAN / July US


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The Valley Joan MacLeod

A multiple Betty Mitchell, Chalmers, Dora, and Governor General’s Award–winning playwright, Joan MacLeod grew up in North Vancouver and studied creative writing at the University of Victoria and the University of British Columbia. MacLeod has since published nine acclaimed plays, which have been translated into eight languages with productions throughout the world. MacLeod developed her finely honed playwriting skills during seven seasons as playwright-in-residence at Toronto’s Tarragon Theatre, and turned her hand to opera with her libretto for The Secret Garden, which won a Dora Award. She has also had many radio dramas produced by CBC Stereo Theatre, including Hand of God, a one-hour drama adapted from her play Jewel, and has written numerous scripts for film and television. She currently teaches at the University of Victoria.

Eighteen-year-old Connor, an aspiring author whose fantastical stories foretell his growing struggle with depression, can’t wait to be free of his adverb-wielding, solve-it-all mother, Sharon. But six weeks after leaving for university, he drops out and returns home. Dan Mulano is an infatuated new dad and well-meaning police officer whose selfishness is veiled by the lofty aspirations he holds for his family. His wife, Janie, a former addict and exhausted new mom, struggles to cope with the challenges of recovery in the midst of her battle with postpartum depression, which Dan dismisses as “just hormones.” A precipitous incident brings the two families together. When Connor’s erratic behaviour at an underground train station requires police intervention, Dan responds to the call and makes the arrest, but the teen’s jaw is broken during the incident. Is it police brutality or selfharm? For Sharon, there is no question; she portrays Dan as a reckless cop in the media, while he remains silent, refusing to break protocol and tell his story. Inspired by an event in British Columbia that shattered the public’s confidence in the police – the 2007 Tasering death of Robert Dziekanski during his arrest at the Vancouver airport – The Valley dramatizes the volatile relationship between law enforcement and people in the grip of mental illness. In addressing this fraught relationship, award-winning playwright Joan MacLeod empathizes with both parties, each of whom is guided by good intentions but equally challenged by their own cultural biases and flawed humanity.

“With her new play The Valley, playwright Joan MacLeod peers behind the headlines in a subtle work that avoids all the romantic traps that typically ensnare those who write about mental illness. Focusing on two families, she takes a close, clear-eyed look at our society – one where individual rights and freedoms are constantly clashing with the desire to protect, at home and on the streets.” – Globe and Mail

For a complete list of Joan MacLeod’s available titles, please see page 74 of this catalogue.

ISBN 978-0-88922-846-7 / E-ISBN 978-0-88922-847-4 Drama 5.5 × 8.5; 128 pp; Trade paper $17.95 CAN / $17.95 US February CAN / April US


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God and the Indian D r e w H ay d e n Tay l o r

Ojibway writer Drew Hayden Taylor lives on the Curve Lake Reserve in Ontario. Hailed by the Montreal Gazette as one of Canada’s leading Native dramatists, he writes for the screen as well as the stage and contributes regularly to North American Native periodicals and national newspapers. His plays have garnered many prestigious awards, and his beguiling and perceptive storytelling style has enthralled audiences in North America, Europe, and Australia. Among Taylor’s many awards are the Canada Council Victor Martyn Lynch-Staunton Award for Theatre (2009); the Governor General’s Award for Drama (nominee, 2006, for In a World Created by a Drunken God); the Siminovitch Prize in Theatre (nominee, 2005); James Buller Aboriginal Theatre Award for Playwright of the Year (1997, for Only Drunks and Children Tell the Truth); and the Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding New Play, Small Theatre Division (1996, for Only Drunks and Children Tell the Truth).

ISBN 978-0-88922-844-3 / E-ISBN 978-0-88922-845-0 Drama 5.5 × 8.5; 128 pp; Trade paper $17.95 CAN / $17.95 US February CAN / April US

While panhandling outside a coffee shop, Johnny, a Cree woman who lives on the streets, is shocked to recognize a face from her childhood, which was spent in a residential school. Desperate to hear the man acknowledge the terrible abuse he inflicted on her and other children at the school, Johnny follows Anglican bishop George King to his office to confront him. Inside King’s office, Johnny’s memories are fluid, shifting, and her voice cracks with raw emotion. Is the bishop actually guilty of what she claims, or has her ability to recollect been altered by poverty, abuse, and starvation experienced on the streets? Can her memories be trusted? Who is responsible for what? At its core, God and the Indian, by celebrated Aboriginal playwright Drew Hayden Taylor, explores the complex process of healing through dialogue. Loosely based on Death and the Maiden by Chilean playwright Ariel Dorfman, the play identifies the ambiguities that frame past traumatic events. Against the backdrop of Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission, which has facilitated the recent outpouring of stories from residential school survivors across the country, the play explores what is possible when the abused meets the abuser and is given a free forum for expression.

“A respectful treatment of one of the most painful chapters in Canadian history … We need to hear the stories Taylor is telling in God and the Indian.” – Georgia Straight

For a complete list of Drew Hayden Taylor’s available titles, please visit see pages 75–76 of this catalogue.


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Corked Catriona Strang

Catriona Strang expertly “fabricates her own reality” in poems that explore the female condition and respond to Marcel Proust’s In Search of Lost Time. In a powerful and rare display of poetic ingenuity, Strang situates classical themes of existentialism, memory, time, and the role of women in two clarifying contexts: the metaphorical mailbox of Proust and the speaker’s own body, as understood in geographical and geological terms.

A founding member of the Institute for Domestic Research and a former member of the Kootenay School of Writing collective, Catriona Strang is the author of Low Fancy (ECW Press, 1993) and co-author with the late Nancy Shaw of Busted (Coach House, 2001) and Light Sweet Crude (LINEbooks, 2007). She frequently collaborates with composer Jacqueline Leggatt and clarinetist François Houle. She lives in Vancouver, where she and her two children are active in the local home-learning community.

we need not gulf doubt nor gist-pierce our place whatever grip or drib we might or mean Dear Proust, / You’ve been dawning on me. Gradually, by the charm of all your explanations, our lives have come to be constituted through art. We have made several realities, far beyond the reach of terrible conservative eyes, which grow greater, or are illuminated. Consequence really lives thus, I mean all the time.

Praise for Catriona Strang’s Low Fancy: “Language is a persistent plane of immanence, not a site of infinite regress, or perpetual deferral. There is no loss, no negativity. There are only the shifting movements and relations of abundant word bodies that manifest a Spinozist universe.” – Christine Anne Stewart

ISBN 978-0-88922-852-8 Poetry 6 × 9; 96 pp; Trade paper $16.95 CAN / $16.95 US April


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DOWNVERSE Nikki Reimer

Nikki Reimer’s first book of poetry, [sic] (Frontenac House, 2010), was shortlisted for the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award. She has published three chapbooks: that stays news (Nomados Press, 2011), haute action material (Heavy Industries, 2011), and fist things first (Wrinkle Press, 2009). Her poetry, artwork, and criticism have appeared in various places, online and off. Reimer has lived in Calgary, and Vancouver, and Calgary again, where she is currently director of the Chris Reimer Legacy Fund Society.

In this quick-witted collection of poems, Nikki Reimer mines the language of new media – hashtags, YouTube comments, Twitter updates – to defamiliarize the very substance of modern life: the constellation of media-enforced ideals that barrage our newsfeeds, daily commutes to #work, and (mostly online) excursions to the (Apple) store. #nuffsaid DOWNVERSE soothes the oversaturated reader. A natural translator, Reimer writes for anyone who has felt overwhelmed by the phrase “never read the comments.” Paying close attention to musicality and her own poetic process, Reimer guides found text into whiplike stanzas with original typos intact. Conscious of its birthplace, DOWNVERSE crafts both an ode to and an elegy for Vancouver’s middle-class, Gen-Y, millennial angst, and even Vancouver itself – not the physical place, but rather the idea of #Vancouver, presented through images plastered over billboards and stamped into Special Edition footwear. In its shifty way, Reimer’s text alternates between the voices of Vancouver’s youth- and consumerdriven populace, asking the question, “What happens when the Market is the Way, the Truth, and the Life?” He had everything he had hoped to have by that age – a well-paying job, a new house, a fancy car, true love – but he still couldn’t shake his jitters. What the hell do you know about layout, anyhow? And so, on the afternoon of the actual day, he swung by his doctor and had several units of Botox injected into the slight furrows in his brow. It was past midnight when we realized that the sunscreen we were wearing had sparkles. Thirty may have felt old to him, but there was no reason he had to look it.

Praise for Nikki Reimer’s [sic]:

ISBN 978-0-88922-854-2 Poetry 6 × 9; 128 pp $16.95 CAN / $16.95 US April

“[sic] is a giddy, whimsical, and expertly timed series of fake-outs and sucker punches. Corporatism, sexism, and intellectual sloth all get brought out for questioning in a series of wild, gesticulating poems … Reimer’s voice is both dexterous and savvy.” – Globe and Mail


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From the Poplars Cecily Nicholson

Cecily Nicholson is the administrator of Gallery Gachet and has worked in the Downtown Eastside neighbourhood of Vancouver since 2000. Her work, both creative and social, engages conditions of displacement, class, and gender violence. She collaborates regularly with activists, artists, and spaces of education. Nicholson is the author of Triage (Talonbooks, 2011) and is a contributor to Anamnesia: Unforgetting (VIVO Media Arts, 2012).

In the North Arm of British Columbia’s Fraser River lies an uninhabited island. Guarded by water from the city of New Westminster’s bustling industrial and shipping district, Poplar Island is lush and unspoken, but storied. It is the traditional territory of the Qayqayt First Nation. Made into property, a parcel of land belonging to the “New Westminster and Brownsville Indians,” it is the location of one of British Columbia’s first Indian Reserves. Poplar Island is a landscape marred by colonization, where Indigenous smallpox victims from the south coast were forced into quarantine, substandard care, and burial. After their peoples were decimated and the land taken, wrangled, and exchanged between levels of government, the trees were clear-cut for industry, including shipbuilding during the First World War and as a booming anchorage for local sawmills. From the Poplars is the poetic outcome of archival research and of keeping an ear to the ground – of listening to the stories of an earth scoured by colonization, inequality, and extraction. It is a meditation on an unmarked twenty-seven and a half acres of land held as government property: a monument to colonial plunder on the waterfront of a city built upon erasures. From an emplaced poet and resident of New Westminster, this text contributes to present narratives on decolonization. It is an honouring of river and riparian density, and a witness to resilience. It tempers a silence that inevitably will be heard. parcel bought and sold as the record shows stolen quarantine and bury there the government not taking graves into account warships were built view down a launch ramp

Praise for Cecily Nicholson’s Triage: “This is a poetry that is merciless in its courage and generosity, steadfast in its spaciousness and precision.” – Rita Wong

ISBN 978-0-88922-856-6 Poetry 6 × 9; 96 pp; Trade paper $16.95 CAN / $16.95 US April

Cecily Nicholson’s Triage is also available from Talonbooks.


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Thrum Natalie Simpson

“To get at turn away.” In Thrum, her second collection of poetry, Natalie Simpson reveals how making sense is not always the same as making meaning. Her supple and agile poems seduce the weary reader away from representation and toward sound, texture, and absence. Here, a sentence is no longer a sentence, but “a word in pieces, plastered, faster,” which “crumbles” on the page into strange and luminous syntactical patterns that create new and better pathways for meaning.

Natalie Simpson is a former filling Station editor who recently returned to Calgary from Vancouver. Her poetry has appeared in Queen Street Quarterly, dANDelion, and West Coast Line, in chapbooks from housepress and MODL press, and in the anthologies Post-Prairie (Talonbooks, 2005) and Shift & Switch (Mercury Press, 2005). Her first book of poetry, accrete or crumble, was published by LINEbooks in 2006.

ISBN 978-0-88922-850-4 Poetry 6 × 9; 128 pp; Trade paper $16.95 CAN / $16.95 US April

Roughly woven, rough to touch. Small words stealing fog. The rest are tongue flicks. Home is how hard you eat your heart out. Simpson writes in a tradition that begins with Gertrude Stein and includes many contemporary Canadian and American poets, such as Lisa Robertson, Harryette Mullen, Anne Carson, Dorothy Trujillo Lusk, Dennis Lee, Nicole Brossard, and Juliana Spahr. Like the authors and the work that has influenced it, Simpson’s free writing engages with language non-representationally and pays close attention to sound, rhythm, and energy within the sentence, often in dialogue with phrases from other poets. Not limited to the literary, Simpson also recontextualizes snippets of language from other discourses, such as news, advertising, and law. Thrum records a poetics of process. Immersing herself in loosely strung lines and repeated phrases, Simpson’s speaker seeks refuge in disordered language, in the alternative logic of poetic devices. For Simpson, the act of writing and unwriting is a movement toward beauty and hope, an opening. Sound and rhythm. Syntax and punctuation. Tension in the sentence. Torque. Making strange, Simpson reveals, is making sense, and placing pressure on language through poetic devices uncovers its beautiful absurdities, its languid uncertainties.

Praise for Natalie Simpson’s accrete or crumble: “Phonemes and morphemes are like stocks, like biosystems: they accrete or crumble. Simpson’s structures are puzzlingly economical, the work of production rather than product of unacknowledged work.” – Canadian Literature


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After Completion The Later Letters of Charles Olson and Frances Boldereff

Charles Olson & Frances Boldereff Edited by Sharon Thesen & Ralph Maud

Sharon Thesen is a poet, editor, and writer who teaches in the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies at the University of British Columbia, Okanagan. She is the author of eight books of poetry; the co-editor, with Nancy Holmes, of Lake: a journal of arts and environment; and a contributing editor of the Capilano Review. Thesen’s research interests include modern, postmodern, and contemporary poetry and poetics; lyric essay and philosophical autobiography; the relationship between poetic imagination and “the real”; and the Canadian long poem. Ralph Maud, a world-renowned expert on the work of Dylan Thomas, Charles Olson, and the ethnographers of the Pacific Northwest, is professor emeritus at Simon Fraser University and founder of the Charles Olson Literary Society. He is the author of Charles Olson Reading (Carcanet, 1996) and the editor of The Selected Letters of Charles Olson (University of California Press, 2000). He has edited much of Dylan Thomas’s work, including The Broadcasts and The Notebook Poems 1930–1934, and is co-editor, with Walford Davies, of Dylan Thomas: The Collected Poems, 1934–1953 and Under Milk Wood.

Charles Olson had many correspondents over the years, but Frances Boldereff, a book designer and typographer, Joyce scholar, and single working mother, embodied a dynamic complexity of interlocutor, muse, Sybil, lover, critic, and amanuensis. After Completion: The Later Letters of Charles Olson and Frances Boldereff follows on from an earlier edition, A Modern Correspondence, that spans three years and more than three hundred letters. Published in 1999 by Wesleyan University Press, that edition concludes with a crisis that amounted to a “completion” of one of the major phases of their relationship. After September 1950, no longer would Boldereff believe so wholeheartedly in Olson’s work – or in his promises to spend time with her. After Completion picks up the correspondence post-crisis and consists of letters written between 1950 and 1969 – approximately 140 letters over a nineteen-year span. In this period of the correspondence, we witness the intensity of the letters flare intermittently, sometimes explosively, as Olson and Boldereff try to maintain some continuity in their separateness. In these later letters, we also experience their magnificent mutual embracing of Arthur Rimbaud. The correspondence taken as a whole presents a passionate relationship realized mostly in letters – letters that were to become essential to Olson’s working out of his poetics. Boldereff’s interventions, which provoked Olson to articulate a projectivist poetics, claims for Frances Boldereff an incalculable effect on twentieth-century poetry. Praise for A Modern Correspondence: “Fascinating reading. Here is Olson at the threshold of his career, still tentative, still feeling his way into his poetics, discussing his poems, his philosophy, his dreams, with someone equipped to understand him, sometimes better than he understood himself. The correspondence provides a window on Olson before he became Olson. It’s an intimate, arresting portrait of the artist in the process of becoming.” – Marjorie Perloff

Charles Olson’s Muthologos: Lectures and Interviews and Ralph Maud’s Charles Olson at the Harbor and Poet to Publisher: Charles Olson’s Correspondence with Donald Allen are also available from Talonbooks.

ISBN 978-0-88922-706-4 Non-fiction: Biography and autobiography 6 × 9; 304 pp; Trade paper; Photos $24.95 CAN / $24.95 US February


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The Visual Laboratory of Robert Lepage

Rogue Cells / Carbon Harbour

Ludovic Fouquet Translated by Rhonda Mullins

Garry Thomas Morse

For more than three decades, Robert Lepage’s dynamic multimedia performance works have been produced on stages worldwide and have broken barriers in theatre, expanding the genre into other forms of expression, such as photography, cinema, and video. Despite Lepage’s prolificacy, and his status as one of the pioneers of new-media performance, little critical writing about his work has been published, particularly in English. In The Visual Laboratory of Robert Lepage, Ludovic Fouquet investigates Lepage’s body of work, from 1979 to the present, identifying themes and exploring practices that mark him as one of the most highly original creators today. ISBN 978-0-88922-774-3 / E-ISBN 978-0-88922-775-0 Non-fiction: Theatre; Stagecraft 6 × 9.75; 384 pp; Trade paper; Photos $29.95 CAN / $29.95 US

Rogue Cells / Carbon Harbour resumes The Chaos! Quincunx series, five novels that parody various literary genres, including surrealist prose, speculative fiction, environmental dystopia, and historical narrative. Rogue Cells follows the misadventures of Oober Mann in New Haudenosaunee, a nation at war with the territory Nutella. In the speculative “green” dystopia of Carbon Harbour, omni-magnate Cornelius Quartz oversees the merger between Bildung Endustries and Foreign Objects. “An outrageous romp – wickedly inventive, clever as well as wise, deliciously satirical, and steamier than sex and vegetables.” – Des Kennedy ISBN 978-0-88922-776-7 / E-ISBN 978-0-88922-777-4 Fiction: Literary 5.5 × 8.5; 448 pp; Trade paper $19.95 CAN / $19.95 US

Wigrum

And Slowly Beauty

Daniel Canty

Michel Nadeau Translated by Maureen Labonté

Translated by Oana Avasilichioaei

Can a whole world, a man’s life, be reconstructed out of what remains? During a moment of calm in the bombing of London, Sebastian Wigrum absconds from his small flat and disappears into the fog. This is our first, and last, encounter with the enigmatic man we come to know decades later through the one hundred everyday objects he has left behind. Introducing readers to a new form of fiction – an inventory! – Wigrum explores the limits of the novel form.

Mr. Mann is a middle-aged, middle-management type who has lost touch with his job, his family, and the rest of his urban life. He unexpectedly wins tickets to see Chekhov’s Three Sisters and soon finds himself in a theatre for the first time, transfixed by the drama that unfolds onstage. He returns to see the play a second time, finding that its themes of beauty and poetry forgotten amid the monotony of everyday existence reflect many aspects of his own life. Cast of 3 women and 3 men.

“[The] stories, always changing and questioning their own truth, work to model (like a museum diorama) the way that we all construct our own history and experience.” – Glasgow Review of Books

“Like Mr. Mann at the theatre, ‘we were transported’.” – Globe and Mail

ISBN 978-0-88922-778-1 / E-ISBN 978-0-88922-779-8 Fiction 6 × 9; 200 pp; Trade paper; Illustrations $14.95 CAN / $14.95 US

ISBN 978-0-88922-786-6 / E-ISBN 978-0-88922-787-3 Drama: Canadian 5.5 × 8.5; 128 pp; Trade paper $17.95 CAN / $17.95 US


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14 Talonbooks Recent Releases

Ali & Ali

Internodes

The Deportation Hearings

Ken Belford C a m ya r c h a i , Guillermo Verdecchia & M a r c u s Yo u s s e f

It’s November 2008. Ali Hakim and Ali Ababwa, refugee entertainers from the fictitious, war-torn country of Agraba, write a stage play to celebrate the new U.S. president’s message of “hope and change.” But the play’s premiere halts abruptly when an RCMP officer arrests the pair for suspected financial ties to an alleged “terrorist organization” on a government watch list. Hilariously comic, slapstick, and exuberant, the play raises serious questions about the cost for some when we endeavour to protect the “freedoms” of others. Cast of 1 woman and 3 men.

Moving with nomadic grace across the terrain of British Columbia, the poetic language of Ken Belford in Internodes presses onward through Hazelton, the Bulkley Valley, and the unroaded headwaters of the Nass River in the Damdochax Valley – and meanwhile comes to terms with a poetry that “is lived” on the rugged streets of Prince George. “Internodes is a rare and fierce book of poetics: one of dispersals and laments and ambiguities – and also one of gatherings, celebrations, and visions.” – Jake Kennedy

“Razor-sharp timing in a play loaded with controversy.” – Globe and Mail ISBN 978-0-88922-782-8 / E-ISBN 978-0-88922-783-5 Drama 5.5 × 8.5; 112 pp; Trade paper $16.95 CAN / $16.95 US

ISBN 978-0-88922-792-7 / E-ISBN 978-0-88922-793-4 Poetry 5 × 8; 96 pp; Trade paper $16.95 CAN / $16.95 US

Modern Canadian Plays

My TWP Plays

Volume Two, Fifth Edition

A Collection Including Ten Lost Years

E d i t e d b y J e r r y Wa s s e r m a n

Jack Winter Foreword by Bruce Barton

Includes Polygraph (1988), Robert Lepage and Marie Brassard; 7 Stories (1989), Morris Panych; Never Swim Alone (1991), Daniel MacIvor; The Glace Bay Miners’ Museum (1995), Wendy Lill; Counter Offence (1996), Rahul Varma; Problem Child (1997), George F. Walker; Harlem Duet (1997), Djanet Sears; Street of Blood (1998), Ronnie Burkett; The Shape of a Girl (2001), Joan MacLeod; Tempting Providence (2002), Robert Chafe; Scorched (2003), Wajdi Mouawad; The Adventures of Ali & Ali and the aXes of Evil (2005), Marcus Youssef, Guillermo Verdecchia, and Camyar Chai; Age of Arousal (2007), Linda Griffiths; BIOBOXES (2007), Theatre Replacement; The Edward Curtis Project (2010), Marie Clements; Kim’s Convenience (2011), Ins Choi.

My TWP Plays presents five important plays written by Jack Winter while he was resident playwright at Toronto Workshop Productions, one of the first great troupes of the experimental and alternative theatre movement. Before Compiègne (1963) imagines Joan of Arc’s final days. The Mechanic (1964) offers a contemporary take on Molière and the commedia dell’arte. The Death of Woyzeck (1965) revisits Georg Büchner’s famous fragmentary 1837 original. Ten Lost Years (1974) dramatizes Barry Broadfoot’s collected interviews with Canadian survivors of the Great Depression. You Can’t Get Here from There (1975) examines Canada’s complicity in the 1973 overthrow of Chilean president Salvador Allende.

ISBN 978-0-88922-679-1 Drama (anthology) 6.75 × 9.75; 528 pp; Trade paper $49.95 CAN / $49.95 US

ISBN 978-0-88922-784-2 / E-ISBN 978-0-88922-785-9 Drama (anthology) 6 × 9; 336 pp; Trade paper $24.95 CAN / $24.95 US


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The (Post) Mistress

The Place of Scraps

T o m s o n H i g h w ay

Jordan Abel

Canada’s most famous Aboriginal playwright, Tomson Highway, sets his latest play, The (Post) Mistress, in a not-so-distant past. For thirty years, Marie-Louise has worked at the local post office in Lovely, Ontario, and, through the many letters she sorts, she has come to know the lives of everyone in town and vicariously experience their loves, losses, and personal dramas. In this onewoman musical tour de force, Marie-Louise confides in us the interwoven stories sealed in the envelopes. Twelve unique musical pieces, ranging from Berlin cabaret to French café chanson to smooth bossa nova, accompany a multilingual French, Cree, and English libretto. Cast of 1 woman. ISBN 978-0-88922-780-4 / E-ISBN 978-0-88922-781-1 Drama: Musical 5.5 x 8.5; 96 pp; Trade paper $16.95 CAN / $16.95 US

Jordan Abel’s first book of poetry, The Place of Scraps, explores the complicated relationship between indigenous societies and ethnography. Marius Barbeau – an early-twentieth-century “salvage” ethnographer who studied First Nations along the Northwest Coast, including Abel’s ancestral Nisga’a people – believed that First Nations cultures were about to disappear completely. Through poetic erasure techniques, Abel carves out new and unexpected understandings of Barbeau’s writing. “With sustained attention, serious criticism, and generous respect, Jordan Abel has latched on to the extraordinary luck of lack.” – Craig Dworkin ISBN 978-0-88922-788-0 Poetry 6.65 × 9; 272 pp; Trade paper; Illustrations $19.95 CAN / $19.95 US

Singed Wings

The Vestiges

Lo l a L e m i r e To st e v i n

Jeff Derksen

Singed Wings peers into the interior world of French sculptor Camille Claudel, whose intimate understanding of her subjects, from young girl to aged woman, captured quite a different power than that of her lover, Auguste Rodin. Responding to the creative vitality of women artists from Claudel to Frida Kahlo, Betty Goodwin, and Louise Bourgeois, Lola Lemire Tostevin finds the inspiration and determination to move her own art forward.

Engaging the tensions between expressionism and conceptualism, the research-based poems of The Vestiges mine diverse source texts, from Craigslist to Jane Jacobs, from Karl Marx to contemporary real-estate promotions. “[Derksen] sits behind a common desk of particulars as an architect of data: distilling facts, designing hard poems that trace our desperate history of greed. These are The Vestiges and, indeed, ‘the idea of the north just shifted north’.” – Robert Fitterman

“Lola Lemire Tostevin is an incisive, intelligent, and sharply observant writer …“ – Quarry ISBN 978-0-88922-790-3 / E-ISBN 978-0-88922-791-0 Poetry 6 × 9; 120 pp; Trade paper $16.95 CAN / $16.95 US

ISBN 978-0-88922-794-1 Poetry 5.375 × 8; 144 pp; Trade paper $16.95 CAN / $16.95 US


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16 Talonbooks Non-fiction Backlist

ABC of Reading TRG

Bambi and Me

The New Canadian Criticism Series

Michel Tremblay

Peter Jaeger

Translated by Sheila Fischman

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 © 1999; 160 pp; Illustrations; $17.95 CAN / $13.95 US

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

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 Marie-Claire Blais in the 1960s. “Marvelously constructed … beautifully cadenced – Books in Canada character studies.” ISBN 978-0-88922-358-5 © 1996; 208 pp; $19.95 CAN / $15.95 US

George 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 and Mail ISBN 978-0-88922-529-9; E-ISBN 978-0-88922-798-9 © 2006; 256 pp; $19.95 CAN / $17.95 US

Anarcho-Modernism

The Battle of Batoche

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

British Small Warfare and the Entrenched Métis Walter Hildebrandt

Essays exploring key issues of politics and aesthetics in honour of the founding director of the Institute for the Humanities at Simon Fraser University. “One cannot deny the generosity of spirit which permeates this text.” – Canadian Literature

The Battle of Batoche is the best-known confrontation between Métis and British soldiers in the Northwest Resistance of 1885. In this revised and expanded edition, the strategies of both sides are examined, and numerous maps and photographs describe in detail the fateful battle. Foreword by Jean Teillet, great-grandniece of Louis Riel.

ISBN 978-0-88922-457-5; E-ISBN 978-0-88922-873-3 © 2001; 384 pp; Photos; $29.95 CAN / $24.95 US

ISBN 978-0-88922-693-7; E-ISBN 978-0-88922-718-7 © 2012; 144 pp; Photos, maps & illustrations $24.95 CAN / $24.95 US

Anatolia Junction

Beyond Recall

A Journey into Hidden Turkey Fred A. Reed

Mary Meigs

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 beautiful memoir that reads like the most exquisitely crafted fiction.

Edited by Lise Weil

Lambda Literary Award for Biography Finalist, 2006.

“Succeeds in showing readers … that Islam is not a monolith, but ‘a rich and complex mosaic.’” – CBRA

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

ISBN 978-0-88922-426-1 © 1999; 320 pp; Photos & maps; $24.95 CAN / $19.95 US

ISBN 978-0-88922-505-3 © 2005; 160 pp; Illustrations; 19.95 CAN / $15.95 US

Annihilated Time

Birth of a Bookworm

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 globalization’s imperialist agenda.

From Hergé and the Brothers Grimm to Gabrielle Roy and Victor Hugo, a tour of books that inspired Michel Tremblay’s vast imagination.

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

“Quebec’s most celebrated living writer.”

ISBN 978-0-88922-612-8 © 2009; 304 pp; $29.95 CAN / $29.95 US

Translated by Sheila Fischman

Globe and Mail Top 100 Books, 2003. “Destined to become a classic.”

– Guardian

– Globe and Mail

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


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Bonbons Assortis / Assorted Candies

Canadian Drama and the Critics

Michel Tremblay

Revised Edition Edited by L.W. Conolly

Translated by Linda Gaboriau Governor General’s Translation Award Finalist, 2006. “The best of Tremblay can be found in these Assorted Candies.” – Voir “Tremblay’s knack for recalling and accessing his boyhood self is uncanny. Assorted Candies is short but – Montreal Review of Books sweet.” ISBN 978-0-88922-541-1 © 2006; 160 pp; $17.95 CAN / $17.95 US

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; E-ISBN 978-0-88922-869-8 © 1987, 1995; 384 pp; $29.95 CAN / $24.95 US

The Box Closet

Charles Olson at the Harbor

Mary Meigs

Ralph Maud

A narrative woven of her parents’ diaries and letters that integrates Mary Meigs’s discoveries as a daughter and granddaughter.

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

“Meigs creates a work of considerable insight and – Globe and Mail beauty.” ISBN 978-0-88922-253-3 © 1987; 224 pp; Photos; $19.95 CAN / $15.95 US

“A balanced and superbly rendered picture of one of America’s greatest poets.” – Peter Anastas ISBN 978-0-88922-576-3 © 2008; 224 pp; Photos & illustrations; 2nd printing $19.95 CAN / $19.95 US

bpNichol

The Chilliwacks and Their Neighbors

What History Teaches

Oliver N. Wells

The New Canadian Criticism Series

Stephen Scobie Edited by Frank Davey Scobie illuminates bpNichol’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.

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 © 1987; 228 pp; Photos, maps & illustrations; 3rd printing $24.95 CAN / $19.95 US

ISBN 978-0-88922-220-5; E-ISBN 978-0-88922-879-5 © 1984; 154 pp; $17.95 CAN / $13.95 US

Building the West

Circumstances Alter Photographs

The Early Architects of British Columbia Second Edition Compiled and edited by Donald Luxton

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

This award-winning revised edition tells the stories, discovers the hopes and aspirations, and celebrates the successes and accomplishments of the early architects of British Columbia.

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.

“For anyone who cares about the built environment, this book is a treasury – and a treasure.” – Vancouver Sun ISBN 978-0-88922-554-1 © 2003, 2007; 560 pp; Photos and illustrations $39.95 CAN / $39.95 US

ISBN 978-0-88922-621-0 © 2009; 144 pp; Cloth; Photos; $35.00 CAN / $35.00 US

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 and Mail ISBN 978-0-88922-265-6 © 1989; 168 pp; 2nd printing; $18.95 CAN / $14.95 US

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 © 1987; 336 pp; Photos, maps & illustrations; 4th printing $29.95 CAN / $24.95 US


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Cold Comfort

The Edward Curtis Project

Growing Up Cold War Gil McElroy

A Modern Picture Story Marie Clements & Rita Leistner

When his father died, award-winning poet and curator Gil McElroy was given a box of photographs that documented his father’s military career, which began in WWII and continued through to the end of the Cold War. Image by image, McElroy attempts to come to terms with the mysterious photographer, a man better understood by his military compatriots than by his own family.

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 more than 100 colour photographs.

ISBN 978-0-88922-684-5; E-ISBN 978-0-88922-711-8 © 2012; 272 pp; Photos; $18.95 CAN / $18.95 US

ISBN 978-0-88922-642-5 © 2010; 160 pp; Colour photos; $24.95 CAN / $24.95 US

Conversations in Tehran

Empire of Desire

Jean-Daniel Lafond & Fred A. Reed

The Abolition of Time Thierry Hentsch

Filmmaker Jean-Daniel Lafond and author Fred A. Reed document the fall of Mohammad 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

Translated by Fred A. Reed 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. Governor General’s Translation Award Finalist, 2009.

ISBN 978-0-88922-550-3; E-ISBN 978-0-88922-883-2 © 2006; 224 pp; Photos; $19.95 CAN / $19.95 US

ISBN 978-0-88922-587-9 © 2008; 336 pp; $29.95 CAN / $29.95 US

Crimes and Mercies

An English Canadian Poetics

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

Vol. 1 – The Confederation Poets Edited by Robert Hogg

More than nine 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.

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.

“A scholar of great courage and perseverance who deserves to be heard.” – Dr. Dwight D. Murphey ISBN 978-0-88922-567-1; E-ISBN 978-0-88922-769-9 © 2007; 320 pp; Photos, maps & illustrations; 2nd printing $24.95 CAN / $24.95 US

With an introduction by D.M.R. Bentley

“Never before or since in Canada have poetry, poetics, environment, identity and national distinctiveness been more closely intertwined.” – D.M.R. Bentley ISBN 978-0-88922-613-5 © 2009; 320 pp; Photos; $29.95 CAN / $29.95 US

The Decline of the Hollywood Empire

An Error in Judgement

Hervé Fischer

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

Translated by Rhonda Mullins Heralds the inevitable move from 35mm to digital distribution, which has levelled 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

An analysis of the controversy surrounding the death of a Native child in Alert Bay, British Columbia. “Successfully forces the liberal white reader to look beyond totem poles and quaint Indian baskets to our common history.” – Vancouver Sun

ISBN 978-0-88922-545-9 © 2006; 160 pp; $17.95 CAN / $17.95 US

ISBN 978-0-88922-246-5; E-ISBN 978-0-88922-863-4 © 1987; 280 pp; Photos; 6th printing $24.95 CAN / $24.95 US

Dispatches from the Occupation

Essays on George F. Walker

A History of Change Stephen Collis

Playing with Anxiety Chris Johnson

In these essays, poet, critic, and activist Stephen Collis meditates on the idea of change as it moves through intellectual history, tracing its patterns and comparing its articulation across disciplines. He offers short “dispatches” from his involvement in the Occupy movement, and a prose poem examining the philosophical trope of Rome, the “eternal city,” from its imperial past, through republicanism, to the era of modern social movements.

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 978-0-88922-695-1; E-ISBN 978-0-88922-720-0 © 2012; 256 pp; Photos; 16.95 CAN / $16.95 US

ISBN 978-0-921368-82-3 © 1999; 272 pp; $29.95 CAN / $24.95 US


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EX MACHINA

A Guide to B.C. Indian Myth and Legend

Creating for the Stage Patrick Caux & Bernard Gilbert

Ralph Maud

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.

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 British Columbia. “Important not for what it might tell us about Indian culture in the past, but for what these myths may tell – Vancouver Sun us about our society.”

ISBN 978-0-88922-617-3 © 2009; 84 pp; French flaps; Colour photos $29.95 CAN / $29.95 US

ISBN 978-0-88922-189-5; E-ISBN 978-0-88922-862-7 © 1982; 224 pp; Photos; 5th printing $19.95 CAN / $19.95 US

Gabriel Dumont Speaks

How to Write

Second Edition Gabriel Dumont

derek beaulieu

Translated by Michael Barnholden 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

Containing 10 pieces of conceptual prose ranging from the purely appropriated through the entirely recomposed, beaulieu samples Laurence Sterne, Roy Lichtenstein, Agatha Christie, and all the text within one block of his home. W.O. Mitchell Literary Prize Finalist, 2011. “beaulieu produces some of the most baffling, oblique, unreadable – and absolutely logical and necessary – – Craig Dworkin works of conceptual poetry.”

ISBN 978-0-88922-625-8 © 2003, 2009; 96 pp; Photos; 2nd printing $16.95 CAN / $16.95 US

ISBN 978-0-88922-629-6 © 2010; 72 pp; $16.95 CAN / $16.95 US

George Bowering

Imperial Canada Inc.

Bright Circles of Colour

Legal Haven of Choice for the World’s Mining Industries Alain Deneault & William Sacher

The New Canadian Criticism Series

Eva-Marie Kröller Edited by Frank Davey

Translated by Fred A. Reed & Robin Philpot

This first book-length study of Bowering explores the relationship between his work and the arts.

Imperial Canada Inc. sets out to answer a simple question: Why is Canada home to more than 70 percent of the world’s mining companies? Canada’s imperial heritage continues to offer a politicized legal haven from litigious recourse attempted by any community seriously affected by these industries.

“Perceptive, highly readable account of the avant-garde scene in Canada.” – Vancouver Sun ISBN 978-0-88922-306-6; E-ISBN 978-0-88922-881-8 © 1992; 144 pp; $17.95 CAN / $13.95 US

Great Lakes Suite

ISBN 978-0-88922-635-7 / E-ISBN 978-0-88922-770-5 © 2012; 256 pp; $29.95 CAN / $29.95 US

David W. McFadden

Indian Myths & Legends from the North Pacific Coast of America

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

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

“Consistently entertaining, consistently engaging.” – Toronto Star

Edited and annotated by Randy Bouchard & Dorothy Kennedy; Translated by Dietrich Bertz

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

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

ISBN 978-0-88922-382-0 © 1997; 416 pp; Illustrations; $19.95 CAN / $19.95 US

ISBN 978-0-88922-553-4 © 2002, 2006; Photos; 704 pp; 3rd printing $39.95 CAN / $39.95 US

griddle talk

In Plain Sight

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

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

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. ISBN 978-0-88922-606-7 © 2009; 144 pp; Photos and illustrations $18.95 CAN / $18.95 US

A remarkable collection of seven life stories from Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, giving voice to women who are seldom heard on their own terms. City of Vancouver Book Award Finalist, 2005. ISBN 978-0-88922-513-8 © 2005; 180 pp; map; 3rd printing $19.95 CAN / $19.95 US


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In the Company of Strangers

Lily Briscoe

Mary Meigs

A Self-Portrait Mary Meigs

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. QSPELL Award for Non-fiction Winner, 1992. “Her book on the film is exquisitely attuned to the interplay between art and life.” – Boston Globe ISBN 978-0-88922-294-6 © 1991; 176 pp; Photos; 4th printing $18.95 CAN / $14.95 US

A compelling autobiography about the exercise of will, friendships, and dreaming. “A series of landscapes and life drawings, skillfully – Humanities and Applied Arts created.” ISBN 978-0-88922-195-6 © 1981; 264 pp; Photos; 3rd printing $24.95 CAN / $19.95 US

In the Midst

Lions Gate

Warren Tallman

Lilia D’Acres & Donald Luxton

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.

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.

ISBN 978-0-88922-308-0 © 1992; Photos; 320 pp; $24.95 CAN / $19.95 US

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 CAN / $29.95 US © 1999; 160 pp; Cloth; Photos & illustrations; 2nd printing

Justice in Our Time

Living by Stories

The Japanese Canadian Redress Settlement Roy Miki & Cassandra Kobayashi

A Journey of Landscape and Memory Harry Robinson

How a community brought the issue of redress for the injustices of the 1940s to the forefront of public debate. “A powerful and moving testament to the successful efforts of the NAJC.” – Globe and Mail ISBN 978-0-88922-292-2 © 1991; 160 pp; Cloth; Photos & illustrations $29.95 CAN / $24.95 US

Compiled and edited by Wendy Wickwire This third collection documents how the arrival of whites forever altered the Salish cultural landscape. “Whenever I need to be reminded that language is magic and that stories can change the world, I go to Robinson.” – Thomas King ISBN 978-0-88922-522-0; E-ISBN 978-0-88922-877-1 © 2005; 288 pp; 3rd printing; $24.95 CAN / $24.95 US

Lasagna

Making Theatre

The Man Behind the Mask Ronald Cross & Hélène Sévigny

A Life of Sharon Pollock Sherrill Grace

A biography of the most notorious of the 1990 Oka warriors, leader of the Mohawk armed resistance.

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.

“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; E-ISBN 978-0-88922-867-2 © 1994; 248 pp; Photos; $19.95 CAN / $15.95 US

Ann Saddlemyer Award Winner, 2009. “Grace’s insightful exploration of … theatrical performance and the traces of Pollock’s successive re-inventions of herself is unrivalled.” – Patricia Demers ISBN 978-0-88922-586-2 © 2008; 480 pp; Photos; $39.95 CAN / $39.95 US

The Lil’wat World of Charlie Mack

Margaret Atwood

Dorothy Kennedy & Randy Bouchard

A Feminist Poetics

Dorothy Kennedy and Randy Bouchard record and recontextualize 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 New Canadian Criticism Series

“Kennedy and Bouchard act with subtlety as informative editors giving insight into their own development as ethnographers through the teachings of Charlie Mack.” – Canadian Literature ISBN 978-0-88922-640-1 © 2010; 240 pp; Photos & maps; $24.95 CAN / $24.95 US

Frank Davey Davey reveals Margaret 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; E-ISBN 978-0-88922-880-1 © 1984; 178 pp; 2nd printing; $18.95 CAN / $14.95 US


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Meanwhile

No Plaster Saint

The Critical Writings of bpNichol bpNichol

The Life of Mildred Osterhout Fahrni Nancy Knickerbocker

Edited by Roy Miki

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.

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 978-0-88922-452-0 © 2001; 288 pp; Photos; $24.95 CAN / $19.95 US

ISBN 978-0-88922-447-6; E-ISBN 978-0-88922-872-6 © 2002; Photos & illustrations; 496 pp $34.95 CAN / $29.95 US

The Medusa Head

Other Losses

Mary Meigs

An Investigation into the Mass Deaths of German Prisoners at the Hands of the French and Americans after World War II James Bacque

A sensitive psychological portrait of a stormy three-way lesbian relationship. “An unsparing account of love, jealousy and hate.” – Toronto Star “Shaped with intelligence, honesty and humor.” – Ottawa Citizen ISBN 978-0-88922-210-6 © 1983; 160 pp; 3rd printing; $17.95 CAN / $13.95 US

This third edition updates Bacque’s research into KGB archives, which meticulously documents proof that nearly one million German POWs died in U.S. and French camps between 1944 and 1949. “A hornet’s nest.”

– Globe and Mail

ISBN 978-0-88922-665-4 © 2011; 392 pp; photos & maps; $24.95 CAN / $24.95 US

Muthologos

Outsider Notes

Lectures and Interviews, Second Edition Charles Olson

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

Edited by Ralph Maud

The New Canadian Criticism Series

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

Lynette Hunter

“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 can be talked about ‘with some life.’” – Fred Wah

Tough-minded reappraisals of canonicity, modernism, postmodernism, marginality and post-coloniality in Canadian writing.

ISBN 978-0-88922-639-5 © 1979, 2010; 496 pp; Photos; $39.95 CAN / $39.95 US

Edited by Frank Davey

ISBN 978-0-88922-363-9 © 1996; 320 pp; $24.95 CAN / $19.95 US

Nature Power

Paul Martin & Companies

In the Spirit of an Okanagan Storyteller Second Edition Harry Robinson

Sixty Theses on the Alegal Nature of Tax Havens Alain Deneault

Compiled and edited by Wendy Wickwire

Translated by Rhonda Mullins

Features tales of the shoo-MISH, or “nature helpers.”

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

BC Book Prize Winner, 1993. “Epic, mesmerizing tales by a great Okanagan storyteller that lift [one] eerily and movingly, into a different world.” – Toronto Star

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

ISBN 978-0-88922-504-6; E-ISBN 978-0-88922-876-4 © 1992, 2004; 272 pp; $24.95 CAN / $24.95 US

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

NEWS

Peregrinations

Postcards from the Four Directions Drew Hayden Taylor

Conversations with Contemporary Artists Robert Enright

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 globe-trotting adventures, always on the lookout for the NEWS about Aboriginal peoples around the world.

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.

ISBN 978-0-88922-643-2 © 2010; 288 pp; $24.95 CAN / $24.95 US

“Marvellous interviews … the mind and the world of the artist flooded with light.” – Arthur Danto ISBN 978-0-921368-67-0 © 1997; 352 pp; $24.95 CAN / $18.95 US


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Performing National Identities

The Porcupine Hunter and Other Stories

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

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

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.

Henry W. Tate, who died in 1914, was an important Tsimshian informant to ethnographer Franz Boas. “Maud acts as restorer, stripping away attitudes and prosody to reveal the vitality of the original text.” – Vancouver Sun

ISBN 978-0-88922-475-9; E-ISBN 978-0-88922-874-0 © 2003; 324 pp; Photos; $24.95 CAN / $19.95 US

ISBN 978-0-88922-333-2; E-ISBN 978-0-88922-865-8 © 1994; Illustrations; 176 pp; $18.95 CAN / $14.95 US

Persian Postcards

Rational Geomancy

Iran After Khomeini Fred A. Reed

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

“An excellent guide to the people, religion, politics and world view of modern Iran.” – Military Intelligence Professional Bulletin “Both accessible to the uninitiated and a valuable resource.” – Quill & Quire “Assumptions about Iran shattered.”

– Toronto Star

ISBN 978-0-88922-351-6 © 1994; 288 pp; Photos; $24.95 CAN / $19.95 US

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

Phyllis Webb and the Common Good

Re: Producing Women’s Dramatic History

Poetry / Anarchy / Abstraction Stephen Collis

The Politics of Playing in Toronto D.A. Hadfield

“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

By analyzing publicity materials, photos, programs, reviews, and box office and theatre records, D.A. Hadfield traces the process of creating a theatrical “success” and investigates how the politics involved influences what we perceive as “good” playwriting.

ISBN 978-0-88922-559-6 © 2007; 228 pp; Colour photos; $24.95 CAN / $24.95 US

ISBN 978-0-88922-563-3 © 2007; 288 pp; $24.95 CAN / $24.95 US

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 British Columbia, 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 ‘justice for all’ will want to read.” – Vancouver Sun

Gabrielle Roy Prize Winner, Best Critical Book in English.

ISBN 978-0-88922-315-8; E-ISBN 978-0-88922-864-1 © 1998; 416 pp; map; 2nd printing $34.95 CAN / $29.95 US

ISBN 978-0-88922-263-2 © 1990; 404 pp; Cloth; Photos & illustrations $39.95 CAN / $34.95 US

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 1957 to 1969.” – Canadian Literature

“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 © 2003; Illustrations; 192 pp; $18.95 CAN / $14.95 US

ISBN 978-0-88922-388-2 © 1999; 464 pp; Photos; $39.95 CAN / $29.95 US


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The Salish People

Shattered Images

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

The Rise of Militant Iconoclasm in Syria Fred A. Reed

Edited by Ralph Maud

Discusses all of the major Islamic faiths in its search for the origins of contemporary fundamentalist movements.

The first volume of a four-volume set rich in stories and factual information on the Salish people of the Pacific Northwest.

“A striking intellectual travelogue … a useful contribution to the literature of interfaith dialogue.” – Globe and Mail

ISBN 978-0-88922-148-2; E-ISBN 978-0-88922-885-6 © 1978; 176 pp; Photos, maps & illustrations; 2nd printing $19.95 CAN / $19.95 US

ISBN 978-0-88922-485-8; E-ISBN 978-0-89922-878-8 © 2003; 260 pp; map; $19.95 CAN / $15.95 US

The Salish People

Signs of Literature

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

Language, Ideology and the Literary Text Kenneth James Hughes

Edited by Ralph Maud

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

Includes the Origin Myth as recounted by a storyteller whose mother saw Captain Vancouver sail into Howe Sound in 1792.

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

ISBN 978-0-88922-149-9; E-ISBN 978-0-88922-886-3 © 1978; 176 pp; Photos, maps & illustrations $18.95 CAN / $14.95 US

ISBN 978-0-88922-236-6; E-ISBN 978-0-88922-882-5 © 1986; 232 pp; Illustrations; 2nd printing $24.95 CAN / $19.95 US

The Salish People

Strange Comfort

Volume III: The Mainland Halkomelem Charles Hill-Tout

Essays on the Work of Malcolm Lowry Sherrill Grace

Edited by Ralph Maud

Strange Comfort collects Sherrill Grace’s best essays on Malcolm Lowry, exploring his most important themes: the role of the artist, the nightmare of history, the pressures of memory, and the need to protect the garden of our world.

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; E-ISBN 978-0-88922-887-0 © 1978; 176 pp; Photos, maps & illustrations $18.95 CAN / $14.95 US

“Transcend[s] the intellectual boundaries … in culture and the arts through cross-disciplinary collaboration.” – Canada Council ISBN 978-0-88922-618-0 © 2009; 224 pp; Photos; $19.95 CAN / $19.95 US

The Salish People

Subject to Change

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

Renee Rodin

Edited by Ralph Maud

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.

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

“A delightful testament to the complexity of people and the many roles we play in our lifetimes.” – Telegraph-Journal

ISBN 978-0-88922-151-2; 978-0-88922-888-7 © 1978; 192 pp; Photos, maps & illustrations $18.95 CAN / $14.95 US

“Renee Rodin lives the life I would try to live if I had the time.” – George Bowering ISBN 978-0-88922-644-9 © 2010; 160 pp; 2nd printing; $18.95 CAN / $18.95 US

Salonica Terminus

Takeover in Tehran

Travels into the Balkan Nightmare Fred A. Reed

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

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 © 1996; 272 pp; Photos & maps; $24.95 CAN / $19.95 US

as told to Fred A. Reed 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 978-0-88922-443-8 © 2000; 244 pp; Photos; 2nd printing $19.95 CAN / $15.95 US


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Taking My Life

They Called Me Number One

Jane Rule

Secrets and Survival at an Indian Residential School Bev Sellars

Discovered among her papers as a handwritten manuscript, Jane Rule’s moving, witty memoir of the first two decades of her life probes in emotional and intellectual terms the philosophical questions that were to preoccupy her throughout her literary career. Afterword by Linda M. Morra. Lambda Literary Award Finalist, 2012. “A beautiful piece of dryly ironic writing, deeply thought out and intellectually honest.” – Quill & Quire

In the first full-length memoir to be published out of St. Joseph’s Mission, Bev Sellars tells of three generations of women who attended the school, interweaving the personal histories of her grandmother and her mother with her own. In this frank and poignant memoir, she breaks her silence about the institution’s lasting effects, and eloquently articulates her own path to healing.

ISBN 978-0-88922-673-9; E-ISBN 978-0-88922-728-6 © 2011; 288 pp; Photos; $19.95 CAN / $19.95 US

ISBN 978-0-88922-741-5 / E-ISBN 978-0-88922-742-2 © 2013; 256 pp; Photos; 3rd printing $19.95 CAN / $19.95 US

The Terror of the Coast

They Write Their Dreams on the Rock Forever

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

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

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; E-ISBN 978-0-88922-866-5 © 1999; 384 pp; Photos, maps & illustrations; 3rd printing $24.95 CAN / $24.95 US

“An invaluable record … of a vanishing culture.” – Toronto Star “[A] combination of academic exposition and plainfolks narrative that entertains while it educates.” – Georgia Straight ISBN 978-0-88922-331-8 © 1993; 320 pp; Cloth; Photos & illustrations $60.00 CAN / $40.00 US

textual vishyuns

This Is My Own

image and text in the work of bill bissett Carl Peters

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

Drawing on aesthetic manifestos, modern poetics, and film theory, Carl Peters locates bill bissett’s textual and visual work within the larger context of art history, criticism, and practice.

Edited by Roy Miki Letters written following the uprooting of the JapaneseCanadian community in late 1941.

“textual vishyuns is not only a book on bill bissett, but also a way of bringing modernist thought and vision together without taking either apart.” – Jerry Zaslove

“This collection is skillfully woven together.” – Amerasia Review

ISBN 978-0-88922-661-6 © 2011; 224 pp; Colour photos; $24.95 CAN / $24.95 US

ISBN 978-0-88922-231-1 © 1985; 304 pp; Cloth; Photos & illustrations; 2nd printing $24.95 CAN / $19.95 US

Theatre and AutoBiography Writing and Performing Lives in Theory and Practice Edited by Sherrill Grace & Jerry Wasserman 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. ISBN 978-0-88922-540-4 © 2006; 352 pp; Photos; $29.95 CAN / $24.95 US

Timothy Findley and the Aesthetics of Fascism Intertextual Collaboration and Resistance The New Canadian Criticism Series

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; E-ISBN 978-0-88922-870-1 © 1998; 256 pp; $19.95 CAN / $15.95 US

Then We Were One

Too Good to Be True

Fragments of Two Lives Fred A. Reed

Alcan’s Kemano Completion Project Bev Christensen

Shocked by his brother’s death from injuries sustained in the Vietnam War, Fred A. Reed sets out on a journey of personal discovery. By way of Iran in the aftermath of the Revolution, the Anatolian highlands of the mystic Said Nursi, and in pursuit of ancient and modern iconoclasts, he comes under the spell of Islam. In its embrace he find renewed brotherhood; in its discipline, liberation.

Examines the question of who is to control North America’s vital water and power resources in the 21st century.

ISBN 978-0-88922-667-8; E-ISBN 978-0-88922-729-3 © 2011; 304 pp; Photos; 2nd printing $19.95 CAN / $19.95 US

BC Book Prize Finalist, 1996. “This is an essential story, and a fascinating one.” – Books in Canada ISBN 978-0-88922-354-7 © 1995; 352 pp; Photos & maps; $29.95 CAN / $24.95 US


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Tracing the Lines

Two Houses Half-Buried in Sand

Reflections on Contemporary Poetics and Cultural Politics in Honour of Roy Miki Edited by Maia Joseph, Christine Kim, Larissa Lai & Christopher Lee

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

The two main areas of poet Roy Miki’s passionate work – social critique and poetics – inform each other in this collection of 26 essays, poems, and interviews marking a milestone in the life of an important public intellectual.

A vital collection of writings collected during the Depression, first published in Victoria’s oldest newspaper.

Compiled and edited by Chris Arnett

“An engrossing and delightful book.” – Georgia Straight

ISBN 978-0-88922-694-4; E-ISBN 978-0-88922-719-4 © 2013; 256 pp; Photos; $24.95 CAN / $24.95 US

ISBN 978-0-88922-555-8 © 2007; 352 pp; Photos; 3rd printing $29.95 CAN / $29.95 US

Tracing the Paths

Vancouver

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 © 1988; 344 pp; $29.95 CAN / $24.95 US

BC Book Prize Finalist, 1993. “Bruce Macdonald breaks new ground with an – Globe and Mail impressive multi-disciplinary atlas.” ISBN 978-0-88922-311-0 © 1992; 96 pp; Cloth; Photos, maps & illus.; 2nd printing $60.00 CAN / $40.00 US

Transmission Difficulties

Vancouver Anthology

Franz Boas and Tsimshian Mythology Ralph Maud

Second Edition Edited by Stan Douglas

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

Essays on the institutional politics of art, from the 1991 lecture series Vancouver Anthology. Contributors include Marcia Crosby, Sara Diamond, Maria Insell, Robert Linsley, Robin Peck, Nancy Shaw, Keith Wallace, Scott Watson, Carol Williams, and William Wood. This redesigned edition includes a new afterword by Stan Douglas.

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

Alcuin Book Design Award Honourable Mention, 2011. ISBN 978-0-88922-430-8; E-ISBN 978-0-88922-871-9 © 2000; 176 pp; Photos & illustrations $18.95 CAN / $14.95 US

ISBN 978-0-88922-614-2 © 1991, 2011; 320 pp; Cloth; Colour photos $35.00 CAN / $35.00 US

Truth or Death

Women in a World at War

The Quest for Immortality in the Western Narrative Tradition Thierry Hentsch

Seven Dispatches from the Front Madeleine Gagnon

Translated by Fred A. Reed

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

Governor General’s Translation Award Winner, 2005. QWF Translation Award Winner, 2005. “A work of great depth, magnificently written.” – Le Devoir ISBN 978-0-88922-509-1 © 2004; 416 pp; 2nd printing; $39.95 CAN / $39.95 US

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 © 2003; 320 pp; $24.95 CAN / $19.95 US

Twelve Opening Acts

Write It on Your Heart

Michel Tremblay

The Epic World of an Okanagan Storyteller Harry Robinson

Translated by Sheila Fischman 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. Governor General’s Translation Award Finalist, 2002. ISBN 978-0-88922-466-7 © 2002; 192 pp; $18.95 CAN / $14.95 US

Compiled and edited by Wendy Wickwire BC Book Prize Finalist, 1990. “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 ISBN 978-0-88922-502-2; E-ISBN 978-0-88922-875-7 © 1989, 2004; 320 pp; Photos; 2nd printing $24.95 CAN / $24.95 US


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Against the Wind

The Baldwins

Madeleine Gagnon

Serge Lamothe

Translated by Phyllis Aronoff & Howard Scott

Translated by Fred A. Reed & David Homel

Through poetic letters and journal entries, the reader experiences one man’s coming into being an artist, and out of the trauma he experienced as a young boy, when he was forced to defend his mother from violent sexual assault.

Set in the post-apocalyptic future, this is a novel of fragments that represents contemporary prose at its most daring and experimental.

“An intuitive novel, a spellbinding look into the mind of a man who is a son, an artist, a lover, and a father.” – Toronto Star

“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 978-0-88922-696-8; E-ISBN 978-0-88922-721-7 © 2012; 168 pp; $14.95 CAN / $14.95 US

ISBN 978-0-88922-544-2; E-ISBN 978-0-89922-797-2 © 2006; 96 pp; $15.95 CAN / $15.95 US

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

“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 978-0-88922-520-6; E-ISBN 978-0-88922-805-4 © 2005; 160 pp; Illustrations; $17.95 CAN / $13.95 US

ISBN 978-0-88922-528-2 © 2005; 228 pp; $19.95 CAN / $17.95 US

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, Fraser, Goto, King, Laferrière, Mayr, Rooke, Schoemperlen, Thomas, Verdecchia and Watson. ISBN 978-0-88922-451-3 © 2001; 320 pp; $24.95 CAN / $19.95 US

Governor General’s French Fiction Award Finalist, 2003.

Translated by Sheila Fischman 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 © 2006; 224 pp; $19.95 CAN / $19.95 US

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 instalment of the Notebook trilogy, Fine Dumas’s 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 © 1993; 144 pp; 2nd printing; $17.95 CAN / $13.95 US

ISBN 978-0-88922-619-7 © 2009; 272 pp; $24.95 CAN / $24.95 US

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 © 1990; 224 pp; $19.95 CAN / $15.95 US

ReLit Award Longlist, 2008. “If, as Nabokov advises, the monster of grim common sense must be ‘shot dead,’ then Farrant is, indeed, a crack shot.” – Globe and Mail ISBN 978-0-88922-556-5 © 2007; 160 pp; $17.95 CAN / $17.95 US


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Cambodia

A Covenant of Salt

A Book for People Who Find Television Too Slow Brian Fawcett

Martine Desjardins Translated by Fred A. Reed & David Homel

“Cambodia is urgent, blunt, difficult – and vitally – Canadian Forum necessary.”

“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 978-0-88922-237-3 © 1986; 208 pp; 9th printing; $19.95 CAN / $19.95 US

ISBN 978-0-88922-566-4; E-ISBN 978-0-88922-772-9 © 2007; 160 pp; $17.95 CAN / $17.95 US

Capital Tales

Crossing the Continent

Brian Fawcett

Michel Tremblay

Investigative fictions that examine the intentions of the information revolution.

A collection of stories that form tough, uncompromising portraits of people discovering the illusions they live by. “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 © 1984; 204 pp; $19.95 CAN / $15.95 US

Translated by Sheila Fischman In this, the first of the Crossings novels, which give the backstory to the characters of Tremblay’s Chronicles series, young Nana embarks on an epic train journey from her grandparents’ Prairie farm to Montreal, when the mother who left her five years before calls her “home.” “The empathy and tenderness that Tremblay has for his characters is evident on every page.” – Le Devoir ISBN 978-0-88922-676-0; 978-0-88922-730-9 © 2011; 272 pp; $18.95 CAN / $18.95 US

Chameleon & Other Stories

Darwin Alone in the Universe

Bill Schermbrucker

M.A.C. Farrant

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

A brilliant collection of satirical short stories.

“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 © 1983; 160 pp; $17.95 CAN / $13.95 US

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

– Publishers Weekly

ISBN 978-0-88922-471-1; E-ISBN 978-0-88922-799-6 © 2003; 160 pp; Illustrations; $17.95 CAN / $13.95 US

The Circus Performers’ Bar

Death in Vancouver

David Arnason

Garry Thomas Morse

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

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

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

“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; E-ISBN 978-0-88922-796-5 © 2009; 320 pp; $19.95 CAN / $19.95 US

Citizen Suárez

Death of the Spider

Guillermo Verdecchia

Michèle Mailhot

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

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

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

Governor General’s French Fiction Award Winner for Le Passé Composé, 1990.

“Humorous and strongly political.” – Vancouver Magazine

Governor General’s Translation Award Finalist, 1992.

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

A solitary woman’s interior journey of self-discovery.

ISBN 978-0-88922-298-4; E-ISBN 978-0-88922-796-5 © 1991; 64 pp; $15.95 CAN / $11.95 US


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Desert of the Heart

Fairy Ring

Jane Rule

Martine Desjardins

Two women meet and fall in love in Reno, Nevada. Set in the late 1950s, this classic of lesbian eroticism is Jane Rule’s first novel.

A compulsively readable, beautiful and dark novel of stormy relationships and all-consuming desires.

“Cool, clear-eyed, compassionate and unsentimental.” – Margaret Laurence, Globe and Mail “An intelligent and utterly believable novel.” – Joyce Carol Oates

Translated by Fred A. Reed & David Homel

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 and Mail

ISBN 978-0-88922-301-1 © 1964, 1991; 224 pp; 5th printing $19.95 CAN / $19.95 US

ISBN 978-0-88922-449-0 © 2001; 224 pp; 2nd printing; $24.95 CAN / $19.95 US

Dog Attempts to Drown Man in Saskatoon

The Fat Woman Next Door Is Pregnant

Douglas Glover

Michel Tremblay

Urbane, stylish and slightly offbeat stories that touch on the myth-making many of us call reality. “Glover is preoccupied with the complicated inter-weavings of good and evil, and he juggles – Globe and Mail language superbly.” “Glover … seeks to combine a metaphysical approach and style with the nitty-gritty details of daily life. It works.” – Books in Canada

Translated by Sheila Fischman Tremblay’s first novel is an affectionate and funny chronicle of the lives of a family in Plateau Mont-Royal in the 1940s. CBC Canada Reads Finalist, 2009. “A comic tour de force covering one day in the life of a Montreal street.” – University of Toronto Quarterly ISBN 978-0-88922-190-1 © 1981; 256 pp; 9th printing; $19.95 CAN / $19.95 US

ISBN 978-0-88922-228-1 © 1985; 128 pp; $16.95 CAN / $12.95 US

Down the Road to Eternity

Fearless Warriors

M.A.C. Farrant

Second Edition Drew Hayden Taylor

Indelibly marked by wit, humour, irony, playfulness and a blend of parody and science fiction, these stories celebrate the literary imagination as an antidote to the popular media. “Short and sharp, wacky and wonderful.” – Globe and Mail

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, generosity, and humour.

“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; E-ISBN 978-0-88922-804-7 © 2009; 288 pp; Illustrations; $19.95 CAN / $19.95 US

ISBN 978-0-88922-597-8; E-ISBN 978-0-88922- 802-3 © 1998, 2008; 192 pp; 3rd printing $19.95 CAN / $19.95 US

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 © 1999; 256 pp; $19.95 CAN / $15.95 US

“Touching and extra-real.”

– Quill & Quire

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

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.

This third novel in the trilogy of Pauline Archange expresses her desire to translate the events of her life into words. “A writer who stands head and shoulders above her contemporaries.” – Globe and Mail ISBN 978-0-88922-111-6 © 1976; 112 pp; 2nd printing; $16.95 CAN / $12.95 US

“Old-fashioned in the very best sense; it’s got lots of heart.” – National Post ISBN 978-0-88922-646-3; E-ISBN 978-0-88922-812-2 © 2010; 496 pp; $29.95 CAN / $29.95 US


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George Ryga

The Heart Laid Bare

The Prairie Novels Edited by James Hoffman

Michel Tremblay

This collection includes Hungry Hills, Ballad of a Stonepicker, and Night Desk.

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. This is Tremblay’s first novel to be inspired by experiences from his own life.

Translated by Sheila Fischman

“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 and Mail ISBN 978-0-88922-501-5 © 2004; 320 pp; $24.95 CAN / $19.95 US

“[A] simply written, but highly topical and touching – London Times tale.” ISBN 978-0-88922-425-4 © 2002; 258 pp; $19.95 CAN / $15.95 US

Get on Top

Hell & Other Novels

David Homel

Beverley Daurio

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

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

“His novels are acts of witnessing, and his characters carry the conscience of our times.” – Marie-Claire Blais ISBN 978-0-7737-6048-6 © 1999; 282 pp; $22.95 CAN / $18.95 US

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

Go Figure

hungree throat

Réjean Ducharme

bill bissett

Translated by Will Browning

Written in his non-hierarchic, phonetic orthography, bill bissett’s second novel-poem, hungree throat, recounts the relationship of two men – one bold and unafraid, the other burdened by fear and terrible memories. In this uplifting “novel in meditaysyun” about love, in which we witness ten years of a shared life, we are reminded of the overlapping, sometimes conflicting multitude of “hungers” common to us all.

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 seconds.” – Montreal Review of Books ISBN 978-0-88922-482-7 © 2003; 256 pp; $19.95 CAN / $15.95 US

The Happiest Man in the World and Other Stories

ISBN 978-0-88910-745-3 © 2013; 176 pp; Illustrations $17.95 CAN / $17.95 US

The Hunting Ground Lise Tremblay

David Arnason

Translated by Linda Gaboriau

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

Remarkably engaging stories recounted by different residents of a northern Canadian village that face 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 and Mail

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

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

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 ISBN 978-0-88910-387-0 © 1990; 182 pp; $18.95 CAN / $14.95 US

Set in the desert at the Mexico–U.S. 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 © 1985; 288 pp; $24.95 CAN / $19.95 US


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Judith’s Sister

Maleficium

Lise Tremblay

Martine Desjardins

Translated by Linda Gaboriau

Translated by Fred A. Reed & David Homel

In this moving coming-of-age novel set in the summer of 1968, a twelve-year-old girl contemplates with dread her impending high school enrolment.

In 19th-century Montreal, seven penitents afflicted with curious maladies confess their encounters with an enigmatic young woman in the Near East. Each man succumbs to a secret vice and suffers her punishments.

“Explores the delicate passage from childhood to adolescence, that critical period in life which … often contains the seeds of the inevitable betrayals of friends, – Le Devoir neighbourhood and social background.”

“Lust, greed, retribution, and shame – Maleficium reads like a flesh-bound catalogue of my favourite sins.” – Jenn Farrell

ISBN 978-0-88922-677-7; E-ISBN 978-0-88922-732-3 © 2011; 128 pp; $14.95 CAN / $14.95 US

ISBN 978-0-88922-680-7; E-ISBN 978-0-88922-704-0 © 2012; 160 pp; 2nd printing; $14.95 CAN / $14.95 US

Kafka’s Hat

Mile End

Translated by Chantal Bilodeau

Lise Tremblay

Patrice Martin

Translated by Gail Scott

In Patrice Martin’s tip of the hat to the writing of Franz Kafka, we follow the comical misadventures of a bureaucrat – aptly named “P.”– as he embarks on the illustrious task of retrieving an important literary relic for his boss. P.’s earnest endeavours derail when he encounters the systematic difficulty in modern bureaucracies – as well as in some of the best 20th-century fiction – of getting things done.

A chilling and masterful look at the interior landscapes of psychosis which mirror so perfectly the emptiness of the exterior surfaces they reflect. Governor General’s French Fiction Award Winner, 1999. ISBN 978-0-88922-467-4 © 2002; 144 pp; $17.95 CAN / $13.95 US

ISBN 978-0-88922-743-9 / E-ISBN 978-0-88922-744-6 © 2013; 144 pp; $14.95 CAN / $14.95 US

Latakia

Mimosa

Audrey Thomas

Bill Schermbrucker

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

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

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

BC Book Prize Winner, 1988. “It’s an impressive debut … deceptively subtle and finely crafted.” – Globe and Mail “Intelligent, humane … universal and accessible.” – Quill & Quire ISBN 978-0-88922-254-0 © 1988; 320 pp; $24.95 CAN / $19.95 US

Like a Child of the Earth

Minor Episodes / Major Ruckus

Jovette Marchessault

Garry Thomas Morse

Translated by Yvonne M. Klein

In tribute to surrealist narrative and film technique, Minor Episodes documents the serial adventures of Minor, ubiquitous “everymogul,” who embodies the economic 1percent. Major Ruckus, a contrapuntal text parodying the speculative fiction genre, follows a frenzied struggle for time travel. Minor Episodes / Major Ruckus introduces The Chaos! Quincunx novel series.

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 © 1988; 176 pp; $18.95 CAN / $14.95 US

ISBN 978-0-88922-697-5; E-ISBN 978-0-88922-722-4 © 2012; 288 pp; $16.95 CAN / $16.95 US

Main Brides

Miss Take

Gail Scott

Réjean Ducharme

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. “Gail Scott has an extraordinary ability to compress scenic observations … into short, jewel-like notations.” – Hugh Hood “Scott is one of the most gutsy writers around.” – Globe and Mail ISBN 978-0-88910-456-3 © 1993; 240 pp; $19.95 CAN / $15.95 US

Translated by Will Browning Teenagers Miles and Chateaugué have run away to Montreal, where they construct a chaste life for themselves. They form a suicide pact to preserve their fleeting innocence but their refusal of the adult world soon confronts physical need. “To read Ducharme … is to get luxuriously lost in a chaotic mass of simultaneous, tangential and sometimes conflicting ideas.” – Rain Review of Books ISBN 978-0-88922-669-2; E-ISBN 978-0-88922-731-6 © 2011; 272 pp; $16.95 CAN / $16.95 US


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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 – Gloria Orenstein experience.” ISBN 978-0-88922-267-0 © 1989; 176 pp; $18.95 CAN / $14.95 US

“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 © 2000; 224 pp; 2nd printing; $19.95 CAN / $15.95 US

Motortherapy

novel

Bill Schermbrucker

bill bissett

A frank and intensely personal book about human relationships.

In this “novel with konnecting pomes n essays,” bill bissett interweaves fact and fiction – what is considered the conventionally real with the imagined – creating a narrative for the reader that is redolent with surprise and discovery.

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

“These essays are rich with information about bissett, but most importantly they revive and re-examine significant moments from his life and career. It is a must-read.” – Broken Pencil ISBN 978-0-88922-671-5 © 2011; 176 pp; Illustrations; $16.95 CAN / $16.95 US

Mrs. Blood

Nuri Does Not Exist

Audrey Thomas

Sadru Jetha

“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

In these beautifully crafted and understated stories, Nuri comes of age on the fabled “spice island” of Zanzibar. We accompany him on his quest to understand how servitude transcends slavery and fealty transcends servitude.

ISBN 978-0-88922-319-6 © 1970, 1992; 220 pp; 4th printing $19.95 CAN / $15.95 US

“A sharply intelligent and genuinely moving exploration of identity and displacement.” – Canadian Literature ISBN 978-0-88922-655-5 / E-ISBN 978-0-88922-773-6 © 2011; 152 pp; $16.95 CAN / $16.95 US

My Career with the Leafs & Other Stories

The Pagan Wall

Brian Fawcett

David Arnason

Fawcett’s first book of stories examines growing up, and learning – literally and figuratively – the rules of the game.

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

“Fawcett sings sweetly and sourly about growing up.” – Vancouver Sun ISBN 978-0-88922-199-4 © 1982; 192 pp; 2nd printing; $18.95 CAN / $14.95 US

“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 © 1992; 304 pp; $24.95 CAN / $19.95 US

My Name Is Bosnia

The Painter’s Wife

Madeleine Gagnon

Monique Durand

Translated by Phyllis Aronoff & Howard Scott

Translated by Sheila Fischman

A young woman escapes the genocide in her homeland in search of a peaceful new life.

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

IMPAC Dublin Literary Award Longlist, 2007. “Movingly captures the transformative effect of war on human consciousness.” – Publishers Weekly

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

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

“A delight!”

ISBN 978-0-88922-542-8 © 2006; 256 pp; $19.95 CAN / $19.95 US

– Nuit blanche

ISBN 978-0-88922-535-0; E-ISBN 978-0-88922-800-9 © 2006; 176 pp; 2nd printing; $18.95 CAN / $18.95 US


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Piercing

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; E-ISBN 978-0-88922-801-6 © 2010; 128 pp; $17.95 CAN / $17.95 US

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 – Books in Canada postmodern fan.” “Bowering’s sure touch brings uncanny overtones even to tales that would seem in synopsis to be shaggy-dog stories.” – Canadian Literature ISBN 978-0-88922-345-5 © 1994; 272 pp; $24.95 CAN / $19.95 US

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

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. BC Book Prize Finalist, 1986. “A wonderful book.”

– Kootenay Reporter

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

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 and 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 © 1981; 176 pp; 3rd printing; $18.95 CAN / $14.95 US

“An accomplished and memorable collection.” – Katherine Govier “Blood bonds, Burns seems to be saying, are usually obscured by routine … and it takes a crisis … to force consciousness of those bonds.” – Canadian Literature ISBN 978-0-88922-272-4 © 1989; 208 pp; 2nd printing; $19.95 CAN / $15.95 US

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 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 and Mail

Governor General’s Translation Award Finalist, 2009.

ISBN 978-0-88922-588-6 © 2008; 288 pp; $24.95 CAN / $24.95 US

ISBN 978-0-88922-596-1 © 2008; 224 pp; $19.95 CAN / $19.95 US

Scattered in a Rising Wind

Some Night My Prince Will Come

Jean Marc Dalpé

Michel Tremblay

Translated by Linda Gaboriau

Translated by Sheila Fischman

The rush of events in a small-town apocalypse is recorded barely at the edge of syntax, with a teeming imagination always just ahead of the ability to articulate.

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.

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

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


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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 © 1973, 1993; 210 pp; $19.95 CAN / $15.95 US

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 © 1996; 256 pp; $19.95 CAN / $15.95 US

The Strange Truth About Us

A Thing of Beauty

A Novel of Absence M.A.C. Farrant

Michel Tremblay

A three-part novel-length work of prose fragments, snippets, questions and speculations, The Strange Truth About Us attempts to imagine a multitude of possible futures for our garrisoned Western world.

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.

“M.A.C. Farrant is a master of the literary equivalent of a waking dream, creating subtle insurrections – Toronto Star disguised as prose.”

“Sheila Fischman’s sensitive translation is wonderfully assured.” – Canadian Book Review Annual

ISBN 978-0-88922-668-5; E-ISBN 978-0-88922-734-7 © 2011; 216 pp; $16.95 CAN / $16.95 US

Translated by Sheila Fischman

ISBN 978-0-88922-390-5 © 1998; 224 pp; $19.95 CAN / $15.95 US

Summerland

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, British Columbia, from 1963 until his untimely death in 1987. ISBN 978-0-88922-313-4 © 1992; 448 pp; $34.95 CAN / $29.95 US

“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 © 1997; 160 pp; $17.95 CAN / $13.95 US

Tchipayuk

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. Governor General’s Translation Award Finalist, 1994.

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 © 1993; 320 pp; $24.95 CAN / $19.95 US

ISBN 978-0-88922-338-7 © 1994; 480 pp; $34.95 CAN / $29.95 US

Theme for Diverse Instruments

Turkana Boy

Jane Rule

Jean-François Beauchemin

Jane Rule’s first collection of short stories. “Jane Rule’s work compares very well with the best fiction being written anywhere.” – Globe and Mail “Rule weaves a delicate pattern … that culminates in a self-portrait which depicts a woman who has confronted sex, career, money, identity, etc., and emerged as a loving, honest person.” – Canadian Literature ISBN 978-0-88922-060-7 © 1975; 192 pp; 5th printing; $18.95 CAN / $14.95 US

Translated by Jessica Moore In this contemplative novel-poem, we share in the inner world of a man grieving his lost young son. Through reference to the two-million-year-old remains of a boy unearthed in Kenya, Beauchemin addresses processes of memory and the long history of human evolution. “Beauchemin’s writing falls on us like mist, like sorrow, slowly, in the nightfall of things.” – Radio Basse-Ville ISBN 978-0-88922-690-6; E-ISBN 978-0-88922-708-8 © 2012; 144 pp; $16.95 CAN / $16.95 US


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White Pebbles in the Dark Forests Jovette Marchessault Translated by Yvonne M. Klein The third novel in 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 © 1990; 128 pp; $16.95 CAN / $12.95 US


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Abraham Lincoln Goes to the Theatre

All Fall Down

Larry Tremblay

Wendy Lill

Translated by Chantal Bilodeau

A “crucible-inspired” drama surrounding an inquiry into a doubtful molestation incident in a small-town daycare. Cast of 2 women and 2 men.

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. “Explores the wellsprings of psychic and social – Canadian Encyclopedia violence.” ISBN 978-0-88922-649-4; E-ISBN 978-0-88922-815-3 © 2010; 96 pp; $16.95 CAN / $16.95 US

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 © 1994; 128 pp; $16.95 CAN / $12.95 US

Adrift

All the Verdis of Venice

Marcus Youssef

Normand Chaurette

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

Translated by Linda Gaboriau Cast of 1 woman 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 © 2000; 112 pp; $16.95 CAN / $12.95 US

The Adventures of Ali & Ali and the aXes of Evil

alterNatives

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

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.

This hard-hitting and hilarious satire inverts the clichés that define the geopolitics of the Middle East. Cast of 4 men. “[A] clever, cutting cabaret act … that entertains as it tries to enlighten.” – Vancouver Sun ISBN 978-0-88922-516-9 © 2005; 128 pp; 4th printing; $17.95 CAN / $17.95 US

Drew Hayden Taylor

“Drew Hayden Taylor has a deft touch for mixing comedy and commentary in … social satire.” – Vancouver Sun ISBN 978-0-88922-428-5 © 2000; 144 pp; 7th printing; $18.95 CAN / $18.95 US

Albertine in Five Times

Amigo’s Blue Guitar

Michel Tremblay

Joan MacLeod

Translated by Linda Gaboriau

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.

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 Award–winning play. Cast of 6 women. “A remarkable play … The conception is brilliant.” – New Statesman ISBN 978-0-88922-627-2 © 2009; 80 pp; 2nd printing; $16.95 CAN / $16.95 US

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 © 1990, 1997; 96 pp; 3rd printing $15.95 CAN / $11.95 US

Albertine in Five Times

And So It Goes

Michel Tremblay

George F. Walker

Translated by John Van Burek & Bill Glassco

The parents of schizophrenic Karen discover her life as a drug-addicted prostitute, and its threats both real and invisible. Cast of 2 women and 2 men.

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 © 1986; 80 pp; 7th printing; ; $16.95 CAN / $16.95 US

“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 and Mail ISBN 978-0-88922-654-8 © 2010; 128 pp; $17.95 CAN / $17.95 US


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Another Country / bloom

Banana Boots

Guillermo Verdecchia

David Fennario

Two plays, one on Argentina’s Dirty War of 1976–83, the other on hope flowering in the midst of destruction, constitute an unsparing interrogation of a world perpetually at war. Another Country cast: 3 women and 2 men. bloom cast: 2 women and 4 men.

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 – NOW where hope must grow in sandy soil.”

“Fennario is, to put it lightly, a phenomenon.” – Globe and Mail ISBN 978-0-88922-396-7 © 1998; 64 pp; $15.95 CAN / $11.95 US

ISBN 978-0-88922-570-1 © 2007; 144 pp; $17.95 CAN / $17.95 US

Another Home Invasion

BASH’d

Joan MacLeod

A Gay Rap Opera Chris Craddock & Nathan Cuckow

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. Governor General’s Drama Award Finalist, 2009. “A startling commentary on aging and elder care.” – CBC ISBN 978-0-88922-622-7 © 2009; 64 pp; $16.95 CAN / $16.95 US

The angelic personae of a gay-bashing victim and his avenging lover enthrall audiences with the rap opera rhymes of their tragic tale. Cast of 2 men. GLAAD Media Award, Outstanding N.Y. Theater, 2007. “BASH’d shows its rage, its grief and its driven, heartfelt determination.” – New York Times ISBN 978-0-88922-656-2 © 2011; 96 pp; $16.95 CAN / $16.95 US

Assorted Candies for the Theatre

Beating the Bushes

Michel Tremblay

Steven Bush

Translated by Linda Gaboriau

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.

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

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

ISBN 978-0-88922-572-5 © 2007; 96 pp; $15.95 CAN / $15.95 US

ISBN 978-0-88922-647-0 © 2010; 160 pp; $18.95 CAN / $18.95 US

The Baby Blues

Les Belles Soeurs

Drew Hayden Taylor

Revised Michel Tremblay

A highly wrought farce of patrimony in a stifling, politically correct, post-colonial milieu of “fancy dancers” of every stripe on the powwow trail. Cast of 3 women and 3 men. “A rowdy and often moving journey off the highway and onto the dirt roads of memory.” – NOW ISBN 978-0-88922-406-3 © 1999; 96 pp; 6th printing; $16.95 CAN / $16.95 US

Translated by John Van Burek & Bill Glassco Raucous, reckless and ribald, Les Belles Soeurs celebrates the working-class lives of 15 Montreal women. Cast of 15 women. “A tart but human satire on Canadian life and aspirations.” – Vancouver Sun ISBN 978-0-88922-302-8; E-ISBN 978-0-88922-809-2 © 1974, 1992; 112 pp; 11th printing $17.95 CAN / $17.95 US

Balconville

Benevolence

David Fennario

Morris Panych

Canada’s first bilingual play set on the balconies of Montreal. Cast of 3 women and 6 men.

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.

Chalmers Canadian Play Award Winner, 1979. “Balconville is a work of genius. It’s angry, bitter, cruel and funny.” – Globe and Mail ISBN 978-0-88922-145-1 © 1980; 128 pp; 10th printing; $17.95 CAN / $17.95 US

“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 ISBN 978-0-88922-584-8 © 2008; 128 pp; $16.95 CAN / $16.95 US


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The Berlin Blues

Bolsheviki

Drew Hayden Taylor

A Dead Serious Comedy David Fennario

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.

WWI veteran Rosie Rollins’s clattering, fast-paced recollection of life and death in the trenches debunks every sentimental notion of duty, heroism, and warfare. Cast of 1 man.

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

“Bolsheviki is vintage Fennario, gritty, authentic, touching, replete with one-liners, never boring … making its radical-pacifist point while paying due respect to veterans.” – Montreal Gazette

ISBN 978-0-88922-581-7 © 2007; 96 pp; 4th printing; $16.95 CAN / $16.95 US

ISBN 978-0-88922-687-6; E-ISBN 978-0-88922-714-9 © 2012; 128 pp; $16.95 CAN / $16.95 US

Bethune

Bonjour, Là, Bonjour

Second Edition Rod Langley

Revised Michel Tremblay

Chronicles the life of Norman Bethune, a Canadian doctor who died a national hero in the Republic of China. In the 1930s, his socialist convictions took him to Spain, where he supported the resistance during the civil war, then to China, where he came to embody the “barefoot doctor” movement later upheld by Mao Zedong. Cast of 3 women and 6 men.

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 succeeds in doing.” – Globe and Mail

ISBN 978-0-88922-858-0 © 1975, 2013; 128 pp; $17.95 CAN / $17.95 US

ISBN 978-0-88922-252-6 © 1982, 1990; 92 pp; 3rd printing $15.95 CAN / $11.95 US

Billy Bishop Goes to War

The Book of Esther

Second Edition John MacLachlan Gray with Eric Peterson

Leanna Brodie

A memory play about war, Billy Bishop documents the glorious exploits of World War I flying ace Billy Bishop. In this second edition of the Canadian musical theatre classic, war remains a terrible thing, but some men say it was the greatest time of their lives. Cast of 2 men. “Thirty years on, Billy Bishop still soars.”

– Globe & Mail

ISBN 978-0-88922-689-0; E-ISBN 978-0-88922-716-3 © 1981, 2012; 128 pp; $17.95 CAN / $17.95 US

With the help of a brash young hustler and a gay man who takes in street kids, fifteen-year-old runaway Esther confronts her conservative-Christian parents – farmers on the brink of financial ruin – and begins to find her way home. Cast of 2 women and 3 men. “The Book of Esther is filled with tenderness, heart, and humour. It is also an eloquent plea for understanding.” – Sky Gilbert ISBN 978-0-88922-682-1; E-ISBN 978-0-88922-710-1 © 2012; 128 pp; $16.95 CAN / $16.95 US

Blue Box

Bordertown Café

Carmen Aguirre

Kelly Rebar

Interweaving recollections of her impassioned revolutionary life in Chile with her fleeting attempts to sustain a volatile romantic relationship in Los Angeles, Carmen Aguirre’s one-woman show Blue Box explores the tensions between love for the political cause and love for another. As ever, Aguirre is assertive, sexy, and political, sharing the sacrifices of her life with humour and courage. Cast of 1 woman.

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.

ISBN 978-0-88922-757-6 / E-ISBN 978-0-88922-758-3 © 2013; 64 pp; $16.95 CAN / $16.95 US

Boiler Room Suite Rex Deverell 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 © 1978; 96 pp; $15.95 CAN / $11.95 US

“[A] humorous, human, touching and recognizable look at one family’s search for individual identity.” – Hamilton Spectator ISBN 978-0-88922-477-3 © 2003; 128 pp; 3rd printing; $17.95 CAN / $17.95 US

The Boy in the Treehouse / Girl Who Loved Her Horses Drew Hayden Taylor In The Boy in the Treehouse, Simon pursues a vision quest in an attempt to reclaim his mother’s First Nations heritage. In Girl Who Loved Her Horses, a non-status girl finds people on the Reserve understand her remarkable talent and strong spirit more than those around her. The Boy in the Treehouse cast: 1 woman and 4 men. Girl Who Loved Her Horses cast: 2 women and 3 men. ISBN 978-0-88922-441-4 © 2000; 160 pp; 5th printing; $18.95 CAN / $18.95 US


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Burning Vision

Carmela’s Table

Marie Clements

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

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. Canada–Japan Literary Award Winner, 2004. Governor General’s Drama Award Finalist, 2003.

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.

“[A] brave new play that bombards the senses and – Globe and Mail fires up the mind.”

“Second time out, the volatile Rosato family still offers – Variety.com passion through familial drama.”

ISBN 978-0-88922-472-8; E-ISBN 978-0-88922-808-5 © 2003; 128 pp; 6th printing; $17.95 CAN / $17.95 US

ISBN 978-0-88922-594-7 © 2008; 128 pp; Photos; $17.95 CAN / $17.95 US

The Buz’Gem Blues

The Carpenter

Drew Hayden Taylor

A Carpenter’s Trilogy, A Chronicle in Three Plays, Part III 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 © 2002; 128 pp; 3rd printing; $16.95 CAN / $16.95 US

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 © 2009; 128 pp; Photos; $17.95 CAN / $17.95 US

Can You See Me Yet?

Chimera

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 © 1977; 176 pp; 2nd printing; $18.95 CAN / $14.95 US

– The Scientist

ISBN 978-0-88922-569-5; E-ISBN 978-0-89922-771-2 © 2007; 96 pp; $15.95 CAN / $15.95 US

Les Canadiens

Cold Comfort

Rick Salutin

Jim Garrard

Introduction by Ken Dryden

The third in Garrard’s quartet of “bondage” plays explores the complex relationships among three characters at the geographic centre of Canada. Cast of 1 woman and 2 men.

A play that uses hockey and the “team to beat” as metaphors for the history of Quebec and Canada. Cast of 7 men. Chalmers Canadian Play Award Winner, 1978. “An examination of the Canadiens has never been mastered so well.” – Montreal Gazette ISBN 978-0-88922-122-2 © 1977; 192 pp; 4th printing; $18.95 CAN / $18.95 US

“A remarkable achievement … a solid and memorable show.” – Toronto Star “Sheer genius!”

– Arts National, CBC Radio

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

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 theatrical portrayal of the mosaic of experiences that form a childhood. Cast of 2 women, 2 men, 1 girl and 1 boy.

“A beautifully written tribute to the strength of the human spirit.” – Vancouver Sun ISBN 978-0-88922-527-5 © 2005; 96 pp; $15.95 CAN / $13.95 US

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


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The Concise Köchel

Crabdance

Normand Chaurette

Beverley Simons

Translated by Linda Gaboriau

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

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 – Stage Directions lobby after the play is over.” ISBN 978-0-88922-518-3 © 2005; 96 pp; $15.95 CAN / $11.95 US

“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 © 1972; 128 pp; 7th printing; $17.95 CAN / $17.95 US

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 © 1999, 2011; 96 pp; 2nd printing; $16.95 CAN / $16.95 US

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

Copper Thunderbird

Cul-de-sac

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 Ojibway artist Norval Morrisseau. Cast of 5 women and 4 men.

Through this dazzling one-man show we understand that everyone’s story inevitably reflects the preconceptions they bring to its telling. Cast of 1 man.

Introduction by Daniel Brooks

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 aboriginal themes.” – Vancouver Sun

Governor General’s Drama Award Finalist, 2005.

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

“Wickedly funny.”

ISBN 978-0-88922-515-2; E-ISBN 978-0-88922-807-8 © 2005; 80 pp; 3rd printing; $16.95 CAN / $16.95 US

Corker

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. Governor General’s Drama Award Finalist, 1999. “Tough, compassionate and surprisingly funny.” – Sunday Daily News ISBN 978-0-88922-394-3 © 1998; 128 pp; $16.95 CAN / $12.95 US

– National Post

Translated by John Murrell An epic and heroic tale that has enchanted generations, in an English prose translation that is eminently 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 978-0-88922-835-1; E-ISBN 978-0-88922-834-4 © 1995; 160 pp; $18.95 CAN / $18.95 US

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

“One of the best plays of Michel Tremblay.”

“Brilliant, artful, satirical.”

– Fugues

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

– CBC Radio

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

ISBN 978-0-88922-184-0; $15.95 CAN / $11.95 US © 1981; 48 pp


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Dancock’s Dance

The Dishwashers

Guy Vanderhaeghe

Morris Panych

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.

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.

“Highly imaginative, vividly written play …” – Saskatoon Star Phoenix

“Funny, sad, strange and uplifting, sometimes in the – Vancouver Sun same breath.”

ISBN 978-0-88922-533-6 © 1996, 2005; 128 pp; $16.95 CAN / $14.95 US

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

Dead White Writer on the Floor

Divinity Bash / nine lives

Drew Hayden Taylor

Bryden MacDonald

A funny yet thought-provoking play about identity politics in which Pocahontas, Tonto and other First Nations characters rewrite their stereotyped roles. Cast of 3 men and 5 women.

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.

“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 dropdead hilarious.” – The Argus

“A carnivalesque expression of contemporary zeitgeist.”

– CBC

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

ISBN 978-0-88922-663-0 © 2011; 112 pp; $17.95 CAN / $17.95 US

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 © 2003; 72 pp; $15.95 CAN / $11.95 US

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 © 1994; 112 pp; $16.95 CAN / $12.95 US

Democracy

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.

Fifteen 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.

“Even the simplest lines have a quiet eloquence … soft explosions of the heart.” – Quill & Quire

Governor General’s Translation Award Finalist, 2000.

ISBN 978-0-921368-28-1 © 1991; 64 pp; $10.95 CAN / $10.95 US

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

Diplomacy

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.

The stormy and angst-filled relationship between Claude and his father, Alex, is compellingly played out with 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 and Mail

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

ISBN 978-0-88922-611-1 © 2009; 96 pp; $16.95 CAN / $16.95 US

ISBN 978-0-88922-530-5; E-ISBN 978-0-88922-820-7 © 2005; 64 pp; 2nd printing; $15.95 CAN / $13.95 US

Translated by Linda Gaboriau


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La Duchesse de Langeais & Other Plays

The East End Plays

Michel Tremblay

Part II George F. Walker

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.

Three plays exploring characters living in extremity include Beautiful City, Love and Anger and Tough!

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

“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 978-0-88922-104-8 © 1976; 128 pp; 2nd printing; $16.95 CAN / $12.95 US

ISBN 978-0-88922-404-9 © 1999; 208 pp; 5th printing; $19.95 CAN / $19.95 US

The Dunsmuirs

The Ecstasy of Rita Joe

Alone at the Edge Rod Langley

George Ryga

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

A lyric documentary about a young Native girl who comes to the city only to die on Skid Row. Cast of 5 women and 15 men. “Scenes of shattering impact … and passages of a purity and intensity that catch you off guard and keep – Washington Post you there.” “It was – and remains – a play for all seasons and for all peoples.” – Vancouver Province

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

ISBN 978-0-88922-000-3 © 1970; 128 pp; 27th printing; $17.95 CAN / $17.95 US

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 © 1992; 96 pp; $16.95 CAN / $12.95 US

ISBN 978-0-88922-642-5 © 2010; 160 pp; Colour photos; $24.95 CAN / $24.95 US

Earshot

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. “A superbly mounted Panych attack.”

Translated by Allan Van Meer The life of a working-class family on “The Main” 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 978-0-88922-092-8 © 1975; 112 pp; 2nd printing; $16.95 CAN / $12.95 US

ISBN 978-0-88922-444-5 © 2001; 64 pp; $15.95 CAN / $11.95 US

The East End Plays

The Ends of the Earth

Part I 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 and Mail

“One of theatre’s most important voices.” – Maclean’s ISBN 978-0-88922-413-1 © 1999; 256 pp; 4th printing; $24.95 CAN / $24.95 US

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


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Ernestine Shuswap Gets Her Trout

The Faraway Nearby

Tomson Highway

John Murrell

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.

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.

“The play is both laugh-out-loud funny and a – Globe and Mail precarious high-wire act.”

“The writing is John Murrell at the top of his form, which is very high indeed. Tremendous stuff.” – CBC Radio

ISBN 978-0-88922-525-1 © 2005; 96 pp; 6th printing; $16.95 CAN / $16.95 US

ISBN 978-0-921368-56-4 © 1995; 64 pp; $10.95 CAN / $7.95 US

Esker Mike and His Wife, Agiluk

Fifteen Miles of Broken Glass

Herschel Hardin

Tom Hendry

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.

Set in Winnipeg in 1945, this CBC-commissioned work looks at postwar Canada through the eyes of a kid just out of high school. “There I was just out of high school, all eager for the future, and there was the road to the future stretching out in front of me like fifteen miles of broken glass.” Cast of 2 women and 9 men.

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

– CBC

“The play presents the different Eskimo attitude to human life and hence to human relationships.” – Canadian Literature ISBN 978-0-88922-018-8 © 1973; 96 pp; 4th printing; $15.95 CAN / $11.95 US

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

Espresso

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.

A young female advertising copywriter, her sports-fan ex-boyfriend, a Gen-X welfare-bum loser and his brother with cerebral palsy. Cast of 1 woman and 3 men.

Translated by Bobby Theodore

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

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

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

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

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 © 1976; 104 pp; 3rd printing; $16.95 CAN / $12.95 US

Governor General’s Translation Award Finalist, 2000.

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

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 © 1982; 64 pp; 4th printing; $15.95 CAN / $15.95 US

“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 © 2004; 128 pp; $16.95 CAN / $12.95 US


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For the Pleasure of Seeing Her Again

George Ryga

Michel Tremblay

The Other Plays Edited by James Hoffman

Translated by Linda Gaboriau 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 – Montreal Gazette from Moses.” ISBN 978-0-88922-389-9 © 1998, 96 pp; 4th printing; $16.95 CAN / $16.95 US

“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 © 2004; 416 pp; $29.95 CAN / $24.95 US

Forever Yours, Marie-Lou

Gideon’s Blues

Michel Tremblay

George Boyd

Translated by John Van Burek & Bill Glassco

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.

Raw and brutal, Tremblay’s penetrating analysis of a Quebec family unit remains one of the great plays of this country’s dramatic literature. Cast of 3 women and 1 man. “Brilliantly insightful, uncompromising drama.” – Detroit News “One of Tremblay’s infinitely hot and dense family dramas.” – Globe and Mail ISBN 978-0-88922-349-3 © 1975, 1994; 82 pp; 6th printing; $16.95 CAN / $16.95 US

“Boyd’s writing is muscular, vigorous and commanding.” – Globe and Mail ISBN 978-0-88922-496-4 © 2004; 144 pp; $16.95 CAN / $12.95 US

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 compassion.” – National Post

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

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

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 © 1998; 96 pp; $15.95 CAN / $11.95 US

“A tender, romantic triumph over the genre.” – Eye Weekly ISBN 978-0-88922-369-1 © 1996; 128 pp; 7th printing; $17.95 CAN / $17.95 US

Fronteras Americanas

Goodnight Disgrace

American Borders Second Edition Guillermo Verdecchia

Michael Mercer

Fuelled by equal parts outrage, intelligence, and wit, Fronteras Americanas re-creates one person’s struggle to construct a home between two cultures, while exploding the images and constructs built up around Latinos and Latin America. Verdecchia twirls stereotypes and clichés, offers comparative histories, examines myths and mysticism, and provides lessons in language and dancing. Cast of 1 man. ISBN 978-0-88922-705-7; E-ISBN 978-0-88922-727-9 © 2012; 80 pp; $16.95 CAN / $16.95 US

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 © 1986; 120 pp; $16.95 CAN / $12.95 US


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Gordon

Hellfire Pass

Morris Panych

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

Gordon and his former cellmate, Carl, break into Gordon’s family home, wherein they confront some very disturbing metaphors. Cast of 1 woman and 3 men. “A beautifully dark and chillingly funny exploration of … the implications of bringing children into this – Segal Centre for the Performing Arts world.” ISBN 978-0-88922-664-7; E-ISBN 978-0-88922-817-7 © 2011; 128 pp; $17.95 CAN / $17.95 US

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

– Variety

ISBN 978-0-88922-564-0 © 2007; 128 pp; Photos; $16.95 CAN / $16.95 US

The Great Wave of Civilization

The Heretic

Herschel Hardin

John Murphy

The Great Wave of Civilization is about the destruction of the people of the Blackfoot Confederacy by the 19th-century liquor trade in Montana and Alberta. Little Dog of the Northern Blackfoot tribe vs. Snookum Jim, free trader, I.G. Baker, merchant prince of Fort Benton, and the rest of the “great wave of civilization.” Cast of 5 women and 13 men.

“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.

“A fable of genocide with conscience-raising fervour.” – Books in Canada

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

ISBN 978-0-88922-106-2 © 1976; 128 pp; $16.95 CAN / $12.95 US

ISBN 978-0-88922-595-4 © 2008; 64 pp; $16.95 CAN / $16.95 US

The Gull

Homechild

Daphne Marlatt

Joan MacLeod

With a Japanese translation by Toyoshi Yoshihara

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

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. Uchimura Naoya Prize Winner, 2008.

– CBC

“MacLeod has written a moving story of huge implications – what family, identity and personal history mean.” – CBC

ISBN 978-0-88922-616-6 © 2009; 128 pp; Bilingual Japanese/English edition; Photos $17.95 CAN / $17.95 US

ISBN 978-0-88922-582-4 © 2008; 128 pp; $16.95 CAN / $16.95 US

Halo

The Hope Slide / Little Sister

Josh MacDonald

Joan MacLeod

When an image of Jesus appears on the wall 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.

In The Hope Slide, natural disaster becomes a metaphor for the AIDS crisis. Winner of a 1993 Chalmers Canadian Play Award. Cast of 1 woman.

Merritt Theatre Award Nominee for Best Play, 2004. “Halo successfully melds faith, drama and humour … very funny and quite moving.” – Halifax Daily News ISBN 978-0-88922-469-8 © 2002; 128 pp; 4th printing; $17.95 CAN / $17.95 US

“A passionate and rich examination of the human condition’s precariousness.” – Victoria Times-Colonist Little Sister, MacLeod’s first script for young audiences, tackles the issues of self-image, weight preoccupation and eating disorders. Cast 3 women and 2 men. ISBN 978-0-88922-411-7 © 1999; 128 pp; $16.95 CAN / $12.95 US

Heaven

Hosanna

George F. Walker

Third Edition 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. “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 ISBN 978-0-88922-429-2; E-ISBN 978-0-88922-806-1 © 2000; 144 pp; 2nd printing; $17.95 CAN / $13.95 US

Translated by John Van Burek & Bill Glassco Claude’s illusions about himself are shattered when, painstakingly remade as his idol Elizabeth Taylor in Cleopatra, he arrives at a party themed on “great women of history” and is mocked for his glamorous aspirations. Written during the tumult of Quebec’s Quiet Revolution, Tremblay’s political allegory about the authenticity of self resonates ever more so today. Cast of 2 men. ISBN 978-0-88922-831-3 © 1984, 1991, 2013; 96 pp; $16.95 CAN / $16.95 US


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The Impromptu of Outremont

In the Eyes of God

Michel Tremblay

Raul Sanchez Inglis

Translated by John Van Burek

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.

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 © 1981; 96 pp; 3rd printing; $15.95 CAN / $11.95 US

“[This] terrific play … is one of the most vicious exposes of Hollywood venality, misogyny and the social Darwinism that drives the star-making – Vancouver Province machinery that you’ll ever see.” ISBN 978-0-88922-561-9 © 2007; 144 pp; $17.95 CAN / $17.95 US

Impromptu on Nuns’ Island

In the Eyes of Stone Dogs

Michel Tremblay

Daniel Danis

Translated by Linda Gaboriau

Translated by Linda Gaboriau

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.

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

Governor General’s Translation Award Finalist, 2002. ISBN 978-0-88922-470-4 © 2002; 96 pp; $15.95 CAN / $11.95 US

“A skillful blend of lyricism and cruelty, of the tragic – Voir and the poetic.” “Strange, haunting and unforgettable.” – Stage Directions ISBN 978-0-88922-519-0 © 2005; 96 pp; $15.95 CAN / $11.95 US

In a World Created by a Drunken God

Jacob’s Wake

Drew Hayden Taylor

Michael Cook

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.

A Maritime family’s tragedy, set in a raging storm. Cast of 2 women and 5 men. “A powerful play, deeply rooted in its regional context, but universal enough to appeal to an audience anywhere.” – Canadian Literature

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

ISBN 978-0-88922-097-3 © 1975; 144 pp; 6th printing; $18.95 CAN / $18.95 US

In Absentia

Je me souviens

Morris Panych

Lorena Gale

Four seasons after her husband Tom’s disappearance, Colette remains emotionally paralyzed, isolated in a country cottage. She waits in anguish, not knowing whether he is dead or alive, but clinging to hope. Part mystery, part moving story of vanished love, In Absentia explores the notion of disappearance, articulated in very personal terms. Cast of 2 women and 3 men.

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. Governor General’s Drama Award Finalist, 2002. “[This] intimate monologue is funny, feisty, heartfelt.” – Calgary Herald

ISBN 978-0-88922-702-6; E-ISBN 978-0-88922-726-2 © 2012; 128 pp; $17.95 CAN / $17.95 US

ISBN 978-0-88922-453-7 © 2001; 96 pp; 4th printing; $16.95 CAN / $16.95 US

In Piazza San Domenico

Jitters

Steve Galluccio

David French

This comedy of misunderstandings that takes place in bustling 1952 Naples recounts how one broken engagement ripples throughout friends and family, affecting each of their lives in different ways. Cast of 4 women and 4 men.

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.

“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

“Jitters is witty, affectionate, bitchy; bitterly touching.” – Toronto Star

ISBN 978-0-88922-674-6; E-ISBN 978-0-88922-733-0 © 2011; 128 pp; $17.95 CAN / $17.95 US

ISBN 978-0-88922-242-7 © 1980, 1986; 176 pp; 5th printing; $19.95 CAN / $19.95 US


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Joe Beef

Legoland

David Fennario

Jacob Richmond

Desperately poor immigrants find refuge in Montreal’s legendary barkeep, Joe Beef. Cast of 5 women and 5 men.

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.

The United Steel Workers’ Union Pauline Julien Prize Winner, 1987. “An evening of political theatre with both guts and skill is a rare commodity these days.” – Montreal Gazette ISBN 978-0-88922-291-5 © 1991; 104 pp; $16.95 CAN / $12.95 US

“Legoland is like a variety show version of South Park.” – Globe and Mail ISBN 978-0-88922-610-4 © 2009; 72 pp; $16.95 CAN / $16.95 US

King of Thieves

The Leisure Society

George F. Walker

François Archambault

New York City, 1928. Master-thief Mac is coerced into joining an FBI sting operation against a cadre of corrupt financiers. Music, murder, and mayhem ensue, both at the speakeasy where criminals scheme and on Wall Street where bankers conspire. This trenchantly satirical play exposes the world of corporate crime and, like John Gay’s The Beggar’s Opera which inspired it, examines criminal behaviour at all levels of society. Cast of 5 women and 10 men.

Translated by Bobby Theodore

“A dark, twisted and brilliant take on modern marriage.” – Calgary Sun

ISBN 978-0-88922-755-2 / E-ISBN 978-0-88922-756-9 © 2013; 128 pp; $17.95 CAN / $17.95 US

ISBN 978-0-88922-531-2 © 2005; 96 pp; $15.95 CAN / $13.95 US

The Lady Smith

Life Without Instruction

Andrew Moodie

Sally Clark

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 woman’s struggle for freedom, identity and dignity. Cast of 3 women and 5 men.

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

A dark and thoroughly contemporary comedy. Cast of 2 women and 2 men. “A vicious, erotically charged spectacle full of cynical – Montreal Gazette disdain and gripping pathos.”

“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 ambiguities.” – Toronto Star

– Globe and Mail

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

ISBN 978-0-88922-347-9 © 1994; 168 pp; Photos; $18.95 CAN / $14.95 US

Lawrence & Holloman

A Line in the Sand

Morris Panych

Guillermo Verdecchia & Marcus Youssef

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

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

Chalmers Canadian Play Award Winner, 1997. “[A] powerful story.”

– CBRA

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

Leave of Absence

Listen to the Wind

Lucia Frangione

James Reaney

A small prairie community is blown apart when an audacious teenaged girl challenges long-held views of spirituality and sexuality. Suspected of being gay, she is tormented by her classmates. At the centre of this searing drama of bigotry and transcendence is the brutal dehumanization of the other – of both the bully and the victim. Cast of 3 women and 2 men.

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

ISBN 978-0-88922-753-8 / E-ISBN 978-0-88922-754-5 © 2013; 128 pp; $17.95 CAN / $17.95 US

“Keeps reminding us that the way through our world of sickness and breakdown is play.” – Profiles in Canadian Drama ISBN 978-0-88922-002-7 © 1972; 144 pp; 4th printing; $17.95 CAN / $13.95 US


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Local Boy Makes Good

La Maison Suspendue

John MacLachlan Gray

Michel Tremblay

Three musicals by John Gray: 18 Wheels, Rock and Roll and Don Messer’s Jubilee. Canadian Authors Association Drama Award Winner, 1988 (Rock and Roll).

Translated by John Van Burek A rich, emotional, sweeping drama of anger and sorrow spanning three generations. Cast of 3 women, 4 men and 1 boy. Chalmers Canadian Play Award Winner, 1990.

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

“A full and resounding resonance.”

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

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

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 – Jerry Wasserman, CBC comical way.”

– Theatrum

“Manages to combine the sentimental, the silly and the sexy.” – Toronto Star

ISBN 978-0-88922-397-4 © 1998; 128 pp; $16.95 CAN / $12.95 US

ISBN 978-0-88922-494-0 © 2004; 128 pp; 2nd printing; $16.95 CAN / $16.95 US

Ludwig & Mae

Marcel Pursued by the Hounds

Louis Patrick Leroux

Michel Tremblay

Translated by Shelley Tepperman & Ellen Warkentin

Translated by John Van Burek & Bill Glassco

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.

How our “innocent” childhood games and fantasies come back to haunt us in adult life. Cast of 4 women and 1 adolescent male.

“audacious avant-garde spectacles.”

– Jane Moss

“Tremblay’s grip on matters of the human heart is as precise, knowing and unforgiving as ever.” – Quill & Quire

ISBN 978-0-88922-623-4 © 2009; 224 pp; $19.95 CAN / $19.95 US

ISBN 978-0-88922-326-4 © 1996; 80 pp; 2nd printing; $16.95 CAN / $12.95 US

The Madonna Painter

Marion Bridge

Michel Marc Bouchard

Daniel MacIvor

Translated by Linda Gaboriau

Includes screenplay and stage play. Cast of 3 women.

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.

“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 978-0-88922-641-8; E-ISBN 978-0-88922-818-4 © 2010; 96 pp; $16.95 CAN / $16.95 US

ISBN 978-0-88922-552-7 © 1999, 2006; 192 pp; 4th printing; $19.95 CAN / $19.95 US

The Magnificent Voyage of Emily Carr

Memories of You

Jovette Marchessault

Wendy Lill

Translated by Linda Gaboriau

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.

Marchessault evokes the doubts, the trials and the joys of this singular existence. Cast of 3 women and 1 man. “A worthy trip home for one of Canada’s greatest painters.” – Globe and Mail ISBN 978-0-88922-314-1 © 1992; 104 pp; 2nd printing; $16.95 CAN / $12.95 US

“Beautifully written … its pleasure, its sensuality and its pain. A courageous and profoundly moving play …” – Robert Enright, CBC ISBN 978-0-88922-489-6 © 1989, 2003; 96 pp; $15.95 CAN / $11.95 US


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Miss Julie

Moo

August Strindberg

Sally Clark

An adaptation by David French

When the feisty and rebellious Moragh (Moo) MacDowell meets the intriguing Harry Parker, she decides nothing will ever separate them. Harry has been running ever since. Cast of 5 women and 3 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.

Chalmers Canadian Play Award Winner, 1990.

“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

“Well written, laced with black humour and filled with a host of sharply drawn characters.” – Toronto Star

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

ISBN 978-0-88754-476-7 © 1984; 132 pp; 4th printing; $12.95 CAN / $12.95 US

Modern Canadian Plays

1949

Volume I, Fourth Edition Edited by Jerry Wasserman

David French

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 © 2000; 464 pp; 7th printing; $39.95 CAN / $39.95 US

Newfoundland joins Confederation in the continuing saga of the Mercer family. Cast of 6 women, 6 men and 2 boys. Chalmers Canadian Play Award Finalist, 1988. “Told with French’s warm humour and effortless command of stage convention.” – Globe and Mail ISBN 978-0-88922-266-3 © 1989; 176 pp; 2nd printing; $18.95 CAN / $14.95 US

Modern Canadian Plays

The Noam Chomsky Lectures

Volume I, Fifth Edition Edited by Jerry Wasserman

Daniel Brooks & Guillermo Verdecchia An innovative, multi-layered deconstruction of mass media and politics. Cast of 2 men.

This fifth edition contains The Ecstasy of Rita Joe; Les Belles Soeurs; Leaving Home; Sticks and Stones (The Donnellys, Part One); Zastrozzi; Billy Bishop Goes to War; Balconville; Blood Relations; Drag Queens on Trial; Bordertown Café; Toronto, Mississippi; Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet); Dry Lips Oughta Move to Kapuskasing; Lion in the Streets, and Life Without Instruction.

“An anti-imperialist primer.”

ISBN 978-0-88922-678-4 © 2012; 568 pp; $49.95 CAN / $49.95 US

ISBN 978-0-88922-405-6 © 1991, 1998; 96 pp; 3rd printing; $15.95 CAN / $15.95 US

Modern Canadian Plays

Nothing to Lose

Volume II, Fourth Edition Edited by Jerry Wasserman

David Fennario

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 © 2001; 408 pp; 7th printing; $39.95 CAN / $39.95 US

Chalmers Canadian Play Award Winner, 1992. Governor General’s Drama Award Finalist, 1992. “A … sharp and funny ‘lecture’ on cultural politics and political culture.” – Now – Socialist Worker

Working-class survivors of the 1960s stage a workers’ sit-down 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 © 1977; 144 pp; 2nd printing; $17.95 CAN / $13.95 US

Mom’s the Word

The Occupation of Heather Rose

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

Wendy Lill

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 this much.” – Georgia Straight ISBN 978-0-88922-431-5 © 2000; 112 pp; 2nd printing; $16.95 CAN / $12.95 US

Young, naive 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. “An achingly honest reminder of the naively enthusiastic attempts that each of us has made to wade bravely into unfamiliar territory.” – Toronto Star ISBN 978-0-88922-593-0 © 2008; 64 pp; Photos; $16.95 CAN / $16.95 US


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Omniscience

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 – Vancouver Sun crazy granite planet.”

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

“Never less than intelligently provocative.” – Georgia Straight

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

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

On the Job

Paradise Garden

David Fennario

Lucia Frangione

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

The McKinnons have fallen on hard times and must sell half of their generations-old West Coast estate to a Turkish immigrant family. Cast of 1 woman and 4 men.

Chalmers Canadian Play Award Winner, 1976. “Vibrates with the rough and ready energy of a street fight.” – Quill & Quire

“Playwright and actor Lucia Frangione enters risky emotional territory in Paradise Garden.” – Georgia Straight

ISBN 978-0-88922-102-4 © 1976; 112 pp; 5th printing; $17.95 CAN / $17.95 US ISBN 978-0-88922-658-6; E-ISBN 978-0-88922-821-4 © 2011; 128 pp; $17.95 CAN / $17.95 US

One Crack Out

Past Perfect

David French

Michel Tremblay

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. “A definite winner that will be around for a long time.” – Ottawa Citizen ISBN 978-0-88922-488-9 © 2003; 96 pp; $15.95 CAN / $11.95 US

Translated by Linda Gaboriau 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 and Mail ISBN 978-0-88922-493-3 © 2004; 96 pp; $15.95 CAN / $11.95 US

Only Drunks and Children Tell the Truth

Playing Bare

Drew Hayden Taylor

Dominic Champagne

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

Translated by Shelley Tepperman A mordant satire on the relation between theatre and life. Cast of 2 women and 4 men.

James Buller Award for Playwright of the Year, 1997.

Governor General’s Drama Award Finalist, 1994.

Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding New Play, Small Theatre Division, 1996.

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

“This is not just a great Native production. This is a great production. Period.” – CBC

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

ISBN 978-0-88922-384-4; E-ISBN 978-0-88922-803-0 © 1998; 112 pp; 9th printing; $17.95 CAN / $17.95 US

Other Schools of Thought

The Power Plays

Morris Panych

George F. Walker

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.

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.

“Cost of Living is a brilliant play about growing up.” – Globe and Mail ISBN 978-0-88922-346-2 © 1994; 140 pp; Photos; $17.95 CAN / $13.95 US

“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 © 1999; 208 pp; $19.95 CAN / $15.95 US


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The Queens

Rose

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 © 1998; 96 pp; $15.95 CAN / $11.95 US

“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 © 2003; 160 pp; 2nd printing; $18.95 CAN / $18.95 US

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 © 1988; 80 pp; 3rd printing; $15.95 CAN / $11.95 US

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

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 girl, 1 boy, and 1 male dancer.

The tragic life of Frances Farmer, the raucous, idealistic, non-conforming movie star of the 1930s and 1940s. 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; E-ISBN 978-0-88922-822-1 © 2010; 128 pp; $17.95 CAN / $17.95 US

“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 © 1996; 200 pp; $19.95 CAN / $15.95 US

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 © 1984; 64 pp; 2nd printing; $15.95 CAN / $11.95 US

“An absolutely fascinating gesture by a powerful playwright.” – Globe and Mail ISBN 978-0-88922-181-9 © 1981; 80 pp; 4th printing; $15.95 CAN / $15.95 US

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 © 2003; 66 pp; $15.95 CAN / $11.95 US

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


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Salt-Water Moon

Seeds

David French

Annabel Soutar

The third book of the Mercer family saga. Cast of 1 woman and 1 man.

Part courtroom drama, part political satire, Seeds shows farming and scientific communities in conflict, while at the same time penetrating the complex science of genetically modified crops. The play documents the 2004 Supreme Court of Canada showdown between Saskatchewan farmer Percy Schmeiser and biotech multinational Monsanto – a David-and-Goliath struggle. Cast of 4 women and 3 men.

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 as a dream.” – Globe and Mail ISBN 978-0-88922-257-1 © 1988; 88 pp; 7th printing; $16.95 CAN / $16.95 US

ISBN 978-0-88922-701-9; E-ISBN 978-0-88922-725-5 © 2012; 144 pp; $18.95 CAN / $18.95 US

The Satchmo’ Suite

7 Stories

Hans Böggild & Doug Innis

Morris Panych

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.

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

“An irresistible meeting of music and drama, The Satchmo’ Suite really swings.” – Montreal Gazette ISBN 978-0-88922-648-7 © 2010; 80 pp; $16.95 CAN / $16.95 US

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

– CBC

“Stunningly theatrical, endlessly witty and cruelly – Georgia Straight clear-headed.” ISBN 978-0-88922-281-6 / E-ISBN 978-0-88922-766-8 © 1990; 104 pp; 9th printing; $17.95 CAN / $17.95 US

Saucy Jack

The Shape of a Girl / Jewel

Sharon Pollock

Joan MacLeod

While a scholar and the nephew of Queen Victoria dance around the truth of the identity of Jack the Ripper, a hired London actress impersonates each of the seven murdered prostitutes. Cast of 1 woman and 3 men.

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. Cast of 1 girl.

“Brings those hideously murdered women to such authentic life that we feel a stab of guilt.” – Quill & Quire ISBN 978-0-92136-841-0 © 1994, 64 pp; $10.95 CAN / $7.95 US

“Brilliant.”

– Globe and Mail

Jewel is based on the real-life catastrophe of the 1982 sinking of the Ocean Ranger, an oil rig off the coast of Newfoundland. Cast of 1 woman. ISBN 978-0-88922-460-5; E-ISBN 978-0-88922-691-3 © 2002; 96 pp; 10th printing; $16.95 CAN / $16.95 US

Schoolhouse

Silver Dagger

Leanna Brodie

David French

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.

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

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

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

ISBN 978-0-88922-571-8 © 2007; 96 pp; 2nd printing; $16.95 CAN / $16.95 US

The Seagull

Sisters

Anton Chekhov

Wendy Lill

Translated by David French

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 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 © 1993; 112 pp; 5th printing; $16.95 CAN / $14.95 US

“A moving theatrical experience.”

– Theatrum

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


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Six Plays by Mavor Moore

Spectacle of Empire

Mavor Moore

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

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

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. “The French play by Lescarbot is a significant literary – Dalhousie Review and cultural artifact.” ISBN 978-0-88922-547-3 © 2006; 108 pp; Maps & illustrations; $21.95 CAN / $21.95 US

Skydive

Still Laughing

Kevin Kerr

Morris Panych

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.

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

“Skydive into the giddy realms of really innovative theatre.” – Vancouver Sun ISBN 978-0-88922-638-8; E-ISBN 978-0-88922-813-9 © 2010; 96 pp; Photos; $16.95 CAN / $16.95 US

“A summer without a deviceful staging by dauntless extrasensory Morris Panych is … wrong.” – Torontostage.com ISBN 978-0-88922-624-1 © 2009; 320 pp; $29.95 CAN / $29.95 US

Soldier’s Heart

Studies in Motion

David French

The Hauntings of Eadweard Muybridge Second Edition Kevin Kerr

Esau Mercer, a veteran of WWI, 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 and Mail

“A complex, thoughtfully layered script that makes us laugh and care about this deeply troubled man.” – Globe and Mail

ISBN 978-0-88922-463-6 © 2002; 96 pp; 3rd printing; $16.95 CAN / $16.95 US

ISBN 978-0-88922-810-8 © 2008, 2013; 144 pp; Photos; $18.95 CAN / $18.95 US

Somewhere Else

Suburban Motel

George F. Walker

George F. Walker

Contains Walker’s own selection of his early plays that matter, that 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 © 1999; 256 pp; 2nd printing; $24.95 CAN / $24.95 US

ISBN 978-0-88922-412-4 © 1997, 1999, 2006; 320 pp; 8th printing $29.95 CAN / $29.95 US

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 1950s in which a battered child, Maurice, seeks refuge in a fantasy world. Cast of 1 man and 1 boy.

“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 © 1999; 96 pp; $15.95 CAN / $11.95 US

ISBN 978-0-88922-410-0 © 1999; 64 pp; $15.95 CAN / $11.95 US


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Talking Bodies

Tombs of the Vanishing Indian

Larry Tremblay

Marie Clements

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.

Three young Native American sisters and their mother leave home as part of a 1950s government mandate to relocate reserve Indians to urban centres. As the women try to establish connections to a new land, each finds herself lost. Cast of 4 women and 3 men.

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

“A piece of theatrical anthropology about the determined survival of a people, not its demise.” – Toronto Sun

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

ISBN 978-0-88922-686-9; E-ISBN 978-0-88922-713-2 © 2012; 96 pp; $16.95 CAN / $16.95 US

That Summer

Toronto, Mississippi

David French

Joan MacLeod

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.

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.

“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 978-0-88922-439-1 © 2000; 128 pp; 3rd printing; $17.95 CAN / $17.95 US

“See this play and fall in love.”

– Georgia Straight

ISBN 978-0-88922-583-1 © 2008; 96 pp; $15.95 CAN / $15.95 US

That Woman

The Trespassers

Daniel Danis

Morris Panych

Translated by Linda Gaboriau

Poignant, thought-provoking and sharply sardonic, The Trespassers focuses on the relationship between 15-yearold 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 story of a woman sent away from her family by her brother the Bishop after she is found exploring her sexuality at age 17. Cast of 1 woman and 2 men. “It is a tale of heartbreak spun out of an endless golden thread called hope.” – See Magazine ISBN 978-0-88922-399-8 © 1998; 96 pp; $15.95 CAN / $11.95 US

“Charming and, this being Panych, funny.” – National Post ISBN 978-0-88922-628-9; E-ISBN 978-0-88922-819-1 © 2010; 96 pp; $16.95 CAN / $16.95 US

Tiln & Other Plays

The Trial of Judith K.

Michael Cook

Sally Clark

Three short plays by Cook: Tiln, Quiller, and Therese’s Creed.

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.

“Evocative imagery, poignant character portrayal.” – Canadian Literature

Governor General’s Drama Award Finalist, 1991. ISBN 978-0-88922-107-9 © 1976; 112 pp; $16.95 CAN / $12.95 US

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

Tom at the Farm

The Trigger

Michel Marc Bouchard

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.

As an unexpected guest at his lover’s funeral, Tom is blindsided by the man’s legacy of untruth. With the mother expecting a chain-smoking girlfriend, and the older brother determined to preserve a facade, Tom is coerced into participating in a savage game rooted in the rural family’s dark past. Cast of 2 women and 2 men.

“The Trigger is a knockout … intelligent, powerful, funny, horrific, theatrically stunning and utterly free of victimology.” – Jerry Wasserman

ISBN 978-0-88922-759-0 / E-ISBN 978-0-88922-760-6 © 2013; 96 pp; 16.95 CAN / $16.95 US

ISBN 978-0-88922-591-6 © 2008; 64 pp; $16.95 CAN / $16.95 US


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Twenty Years at Play

The Ventriloquist

A New Play Centre Anthology Edited by Jerry Wasserman

Larry Tremblay Translated by Keith Turnbull

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 … This book is essential.” – BCLA Reporter ISBN 978-0-88922-275-5 © 1990; 346 pp; $29.95 CAN / $24.95 US

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

Two Plays

The Vic

George Woodcock

Leanna Brodie

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

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.

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

“Leanna Brodie has made a promising debut, and her best work here shows real talent.” – Toronto Star

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

ISBN 978-0-88922-459-9 © 2002; 128 pp; 2nd printing; $16.95 CAN / $12.95 US

2000

Vigil

Joan MacLeod

Second Edition Morris Panych

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. “2000 is a remarkable achievement.” – Canadian Book Review Annual “Full of good insights … good lines.” – University of Toronto Quarterly

In Morris Panych’s classic black comedy, Kemp returns after 30 years to be with his aunt Grace on her death bed. Problem is, she’s not dying fast enough. Callous Kemp uses acid wit to cover up his growing discomfort as the death watch stretches from days to months. Cast of 1 woman and 1 man. “A small masterpiece.”

ISBN 978-0-88922-373-8 © 1997; 128 pp; $16.95 CAN / $12.95 US

– Globe and Mail

ISBN 978-0-88922-692-0; E-ISBN 978-0-88922-717-0 © 1996, 2012; 80 pp; $16.95 CAN / $16.95 US

Unity (1918)

Waiting for the Parade

Kevin Kerr

John Murrell

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.

Set in Calgary during WWII, five women work for the war effort while their men are away. Cast of 5 women. “Waiting for the Parade is an honest play that captures precisely the texture of ordinary hopes and despairs.” – Guardian

Governor General’s Drama Award Winner, 2002. “[A] work of powerful and moving familiarity.” – Globe and Mail

ISBN 978-0-88922-183-3 © 1980; 112 pp; 12th printing; $17.95 CAN / $17.95 US

ISBN 978-0-88922-461-2; E-ISBN 978-0-88922-814-6 © 2002; 128 pp; 8th printing; $17.95 CAN / $17.95 US

The Unnatural and Accidental Women

Walsh

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; E-ISBN 978-0-88922-767-5 © 2005; 128 pp; 5th printing; 17.95 CAN / $17.95 US

ISBN 978-0-88922-215-1 © 1973, 1983; 136 pp; 13th printing; $18.95 CAN / $18.95 US


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Wanted

Whale Riding Weather

Sally Clark

Bryden MacDonald

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.

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] entirely original historical drama … an intriguing – Globe and Mail addition to Clark’s canon.” ISBN 978-0-88922-503-9 © 2004; 160 pp; $17.95 CAN / $13.95 US

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 © 1994; 128 pp; $16.95 CAN / $12.95 US

Warriors

What Lies Before Us

Michel Garneau

Morris Panych

Translated by Linda Gaboriau

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.

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 – Calgary Sun for Warriors.” ISBN 978-0-88922-282-3 © 1989; 104 pp; $16.95 CAN / $12.95 US

Governor General’s Drama Award Finalist, 2007. “Panych is … ambitious, talented, funny, feared, beloved … and altogether impossible to ignore.” – Toronto Life ISBN 978-0-88922-560-2 © 2007; 96 pp; $15.95 CAN / $15.95 US

WASPs

Where the Blood Mixes

Sally Clark

Kevin Loring

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.

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.

“Clark skewers our nicey-nice apologist culture … It’s camp, it’s funny, and it’s nasty.” – Georgia Straight

Governor General’s Drama Award Winner, 2009.

ISBN 978-0-88922-398-1 © 1998; 128 pp; $16.95 CAN / $12.95 US

“Where the Blood Mixes … was the best of a stream of plays tackling [the Residential Schools’] disastrous legacy.” – Globe and Mail ISBN 978-0-88922-608-1; E-ISBN 978-0-88922-768-2 © 2009; 96 pp; 5th printing; $16.95 CAN / $16.95 US

The Weekend Healer

Whereverville

Bryden MacDonald

Josh MacDonald

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.

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.

“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 © 1995; 128 pp; $16.95 CAN / $12.95 US

“Fresh and direct, with clear-eyed compassion and a surprising amount of humour.” – Halifax Daily News ISBN 978-0-88922-506-0 © 2004; 96 pp; 2nd printing; $15.95 CAN / $15.95 US

Westray

Willful Acts

The Long Way Home Chris O’Neill & Ken Schwartz

Margaret Hollingsworth

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.

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.

“Crisp, thoughtful, and entertaining, and every bit deserving of a standing ovation.” – Ottawa Citizen

Governor General’s Drama Award Finalist, 1985 (War Babies).

ISBN 978-0-88922-491-9 © 1994, 2004; 96 pp; $15.95 CAN / $11.95 US

ISBN 978-0-88922-385-1 © 1998; 256 pp; $19.95 CAN / $15.95 US


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With Bated Breath Bryden MacDonald 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. Lambda Literary Award Finalist, 2011. “Quite stunning … full of one-liners and dark poetry.” – Daniel MacIvor ISBN 978-0-88922-651-7; E-ISBN 978-0-88922-816-0 © 2010; 128 pp; $17.95 CAN / $17.95 US

Written on Water Michel Marc Bouchard Translated by Linda Gaboriau 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 © 2004; 96 pp; $15.95 CAN / $11.95 US

Poetry Backlist

After Jack Garry Thomas Morse 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. “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 ISBN 978-0-88922-630-2 © 2010; 184 pp; $19.95 CAN / $19.95 US

All Is Flesh Yannick Renaud Translated by Hugh Hazelton The first English translation of this acclaimed Québécois poet. Includes the book-length prose-poem collections Taxidermy and The Disappearance of Ideas. Afterword by Étienne Lalonde. “Renaud’s poetic phrasing is finely chiselled, down to the ellipses which give rise to the book’s most powerful thoughts.” – Voix et images ISBN 978-0-88922-672-2; E-ISBN 978-0-88922-738-5 © 2011; 160 pp; $17.95 CAN / $17.95 US


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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 © 2009; 108 pp; Colour illustrations; $19.95 CAN / $19.95 US

ISBN 978-0-88922-636-4 © 2010; 80 pp; $16.95 CAN / $16.95 US

Asian Skies

Blonds on Bikes

Ken Norris

George Bowering

In this third book of Norris’s 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.

Characteristic of Bowering’s other work, this book is largely made up of sequences. The longest one, the title poem, is a composition of daily riffs during an autumn in Denmark and Italy. “Pictures” is an album of verbal portraits by a husband and wife who see differently. There is 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 978-0-88922-633-3 © 2010; 128 pp; $17.95 CAN / $17.95 US

ISBN 978-0-88922-381-3 © 1997; 112 pp; $16.95 CAN / $12.95 US

Aurora

bpNichol Comics

Sharon Thesen

bpNichol

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 ISBN 978-0-88910-471-6 © 1995; 80 pp; $15.95 CAN / $11.95 US

Nichol’s comics (1960–1980) informed not only his work in other genres but also the work of other writers. “Nichol engages in visual wordplay and defies the conventional restraints of space and structure in comic books.” – National Post ISBN 978-0-88922-448-3 © 2002; 320 pp; Illustrations; $29.95 CAN / $24.95 US

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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 © 2000; 144 pp; Illustrations; $17.95 CAN / $13.95 US

“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 © 1996; 112 pp; $16.95 CAN / $12.95 US

Back to the War

Cartouches

Frank Davey

Lola Lemire Tostevin

A careful archeology of the catalogue of innocence assembled by a youthful imagination blossoming during WWII.

The recent deaths of her father and several friends at the time of a trip to Egypt lead the author to write about the essential relation between language and death.

“Davey has given us a rare album of verbal photographs.” “A haunting poetic memoir.”

– Arc

– abcbookworld.com

“Lola Lemire Tostevin is an incisive, intelligent, and sharply observant writer.” – Quarry “Lovely, nape-tingling work.”

ISBN 978-0-88922-514-5 © 2005; 128 pp; 2nd printing; $16.95 CAN / $12.95 US

– Books in Canada

ISBN 978-0-88922-355-4 © 1995; 80 pp; $15.95 CAN / $11.95 US


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The Centre

Coping with Emotions and Otters

Poems 1970–2000 Barry McKinnon

Dina Del Bucchia

“Barry McKinnon’s great skills as a poet make substantial all that living meets with and defines, and – Robert Creeley must finally accept willy-nilly.” “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 © 2004; 192 pp; $18.95 CAN / $14.95 US

Appropriating the template of the contemporary self-help book, with its neatly numbered and ordered rules on how to change and improve our lives, Dina Del Bucchia fashions this satirical and punchy guide for coming to terms our most difficult emotions. “Subversive, sly, and hilarious … Del Bucchia deftly holds a comic mirror to our own awkward lives in this – Marita Dachsel exciting, accomplished debut.” ISBN 978-0-88922-764-4 © 2013; 128 pp; $16.95 CAN / $16.95 US

Change Room

Cultural Mischief

Mark Cochrane

A Practical Guide to Multiculturalism Frank Davey

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. “Mark Cochrane is a glorious writer.”

– Quill & Quire

“Cochrane’s blast-furnace intelligence … consumes everything in its path.” – BC Bookworld ISBN 978-0-88922-432-2 © 2000; 144 pp; $17.95 CAN / $13.95 US

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 © 1996; 144 pp; $17.95 CAN / $13.95 US

Chinese Blue

Davie Street Translations

Weyman Chan

Daniel Zomparelli

In Chinese Blue, the poet “character” sifts through the earth’s history of geological layering and forgetting, drawing upon ancient Chinese traditions that present diverse philosophical modes of being.

With versified musical machismo following the San Francisco Renaissance poets, Daniel Zomparelli’s witty, lively, documentary-style series of poems about gay male culture in Vancouver grapples with HIV fears, drug culture, porn fantasy, gay bashing, and online hookups.

“Chan continues to write some of the edgiest lyrics in Canadian poetry, lyrics filled with science and music.” – Prairie Fire ISBN 978-0-88922-681-4; E-ISBN 978-0-88922-709-5 © 2012; 128 pp; $16.95 CAN / $16.95 US

“Zomparelli’s knowledge of place and community is profound, while his dedication to his own poetic vision is unwavering.” – Rachel Rose ISBN 978-0-88922-683-8; E-ISBN 978-0-88922-707-1 © 2012; 96 pp; $16.95 CAN / $16.95 US

The Collected Books of Artie Gold

Decompositions

Compiled & edited by Ken Norris & Endre Farkas

Ken Belford

A collection of Artie Gold’s eight published books of poetry.

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.

“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

“[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 978-0-88922-652-4 © 2010; 304 pp; $29.95 CAN / $29.95 US

ISBN 978-0-88922-631-9 © 2010; 96 pp; $16.95 CAN / $16.95 US

The Commons

Discovery Passages

Stephen Collis

Garry Thomas Morse

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.

Garry Thomas Morse sets out to recover the appropriated, stolen, and scattered world of his ancestral Kwakwaka’wakw people, from Alert Bay to Quadra Island to Vancouver.

ISBN 978-0-88922-580-0 © 2008; 144 pp; $17.95 CAN / $17.95 US

BC Book Prize Finalist, 2011.

Governor General’s Poetry Award Finalist, 2011. BC Book Prize Finalist, 2012. “A master of tonal balance, a virtuoso composer with an ear for epic contrast.” – Canadian Literature ISBN 978-0-88922-660-9 © 2011; 128 pp; Colour photos; 2nd printing $17.95 CAN / $17.95 US


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Dominican Moon

The Empress Has No Closure

Ken Norris

Adeena Karasick

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.

The Empress Has No Closure contains, as a centrepiece, the “Alefbet Transfers,” a meditative, spatial explication of the 22 figures of the Hebrew alphabet.

“Ken Norris … has been hailed as Canada’s premier – Toronto Star romantic poet.” “One of the best poets of his generation.”

– Matrix

“All of it hums with intellectual energy, much of it is even funny.” – Books in Canada “An impressive deconstruction of language and – Canadian Literature meaning.”

ISBN 978-0-88922-526-8 © 2005; 144 pp; $17.95 CAN / $15.95 US

ISBN 978-0-88922-307-3 © 1992; 100 pp; 2nd printing; $16.95 CAN / $12.95 US

Down Time

A Few Words Will Do

Jeff Derksen

Lionel Kearns

Proposes a social self that is able to recognize the ironies and restrictions we live in without returning to a garrison mentality.

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.

BC Book Prize Winner, 1991. “Wrenching intellectual and emotional dislocation that redefines the act of reading.” – Vancouver Sun ISBN 978-0-88922-278-6 © 1990; 92 pp; 3rd printing; $16.95 CAN / $16.95 US

“Lionel Kearns has been hovering over our poetry scene for years. Now we have his selected poems at – George Bowering last, and the bird has landed.” ISBN 978-0-88922-558-9 © 2007; 128 pp; Illustrations; $16.95 CAN / $16.95 US

Dream Pool Essays

Fifty

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 Lampert Memorial Award Finalist, 2002. “The expected subjects of faith, work, nature, solitude, and writing itself are represented with clarity and beauty.” – Canadian Literature

“He is, in short, a poet, and a good one.” – Hiram Poetry Review

ISBN 978-0-88922-454-4 © 2001; 112 pp; $16.95 CAN / $12.95 US

ISBN 978-0-88922-479-7 © 2003; 96 pp; $15.95 CAN / $11.95 US

Dwell

Five Star Planet

Jeff Derksen

David W. McFadden

An ironically revealing, humorous, and analytic book.

The poems in this third volume of McFadden’s Terrafina Trilogy – which began with Gypsy Guitar and There’ll Be Another – suggest the earth is an exotic way station, a hotel.

Alberta Writers’ Guild Award Finalist, 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 © 1993; 108 pp; 2nd printing; $17.95 CAN / $17.95 US

“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 © 2002; 136 pp; $17.95 CAN / $13.95 US

Dyssemia Sleaze

Floating Up to Zero

Adeena Karasick

Ken Norris

Cf. SEMA, unit of meaning: i.e., Dyssemia: (flawed information reception) Sleaze / sli:z/ v. Rough with projecting fibres.

Incisive and light in their touch, these poems meditate on the here and now: the present moment, precariously balanced between a certain frozen past and an uncertain fluid future.

Bumbershoot Most Adventurous Publication Award Winner, 2000. “Her most visually compelling, over-the-top collection to date.” – Publishers Weekly ISBN 978-0-88922-434-6 © 2000; 96 pp; Colour illustrations; 2nd printing $24.95 CAN / $19.95 US

“He is, in short, a poet, and a good one.” – Hiram Poetry Review ISBN 978-0-88922-659-3 © 2011; 128 pp; $17.95 CAN / $17.95 US


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fractal economies

Ground Water

derek beaulieu

Colin Browne

beaulieu pushes the limits of poetry and poetics, challenging the status quo of the genre and the politics of language itself.

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.

“Never read a book of concrete poetry before? This might be the one to hook you.” – FFWD “Represent[s] truly the best of beaulieu’s poetic – Prairie Fire Review of Books practice.” ISBN 978-0-88922-539-8 © 2006; 96 pp; Illustrations; $15.95 CAN / $13.95 US

BC Book Prize Finalist, 2003. Governor General’s Poetry Award Finalist, 2002. “You are different after you have read this book.” – Georgia Straight ISBN 978-0-88922-465-0 © 2002; 208 pp; Illustrations; $19.95 CAN / $15.95 US

Genrecide

Gypsy Guitar

Adeena Karasick

David W. McFadden

Explores through play and pun the intersection of multiple cultures, codes, idioms, and constructs that have an impact on female identity.

100 poems of love and betrayal – all presented in the unmistakable McFadden style.

“Beautiful linguistic carnage.”

“An exhilarating immersion in a uniquely bizarre and irrepressible imagination.” – Canadian Literature

– Word

“Bridging the genre gap.” “Visually striking.”

– The Link – Jewish Post and News

ISBN 978-0-88922-370-7 © 1996; 96 pp; Illustrations; $18.95 CAN / $14.95 US

Governor General’s Poetry Award Finalist, 1988.

ISBN 978-0-88922-250-2 © 1987; 112 pp; 3rd printing; $18.95 CAN / $14.95 US

gifts

Hanging Fire

rob mclennan

Phyllis Webb

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.

Astonishingly beautiful entrances into the personae of lost companions who reappear, animated by a voice in love with the music of their speaking.

“rob mclennan is one of the best contemporary poets in Canada.” – Barry McKinnon

“Few poets take us through the disasters of the world … with such exquisite moral precision.” – Rosemary Sullivan

ISBN 978-0-88922-605-0 © 2009; 160 pp; $18.95 CAN / $18.95 US

ISBN 978-0-88910-391-7 © 1990; 80 pp; $15.95 CAN / $11.95 US

Glengarry

harvest

rob mclennan

a book of signifiers rob mclennan

Glengarry is a memory book composed of three parts, in which each new poem appears as “an illusion against destructive slide,” because “what else is human hope but momentarily borne.”

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.

“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

“For mclennan, there are no rules. His poetry defies convention or classification.” – Room Magazine

ISBN 978-0-88922-662-3 © 2011; 160 pp; $17.95 CAN / $17.95 US

ISBN 978-0-88922-455-1 © 2001; 128 pp; $16.95 CAN / $12.95 US

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 of the reader.” – Poetry Canada ISBN 978-0-88922-573-2 © 2007; 192 pp; $18.95 CAN / $18.95 US

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 revelation.” – Montreal Review of Books ISBN 978-0-88922-456-8 © 2001; 160 pp; $17.95 CAN / $13.95 US


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The House That Hijack Built

In the Dog House

Adeena Karasick

Wanda John-Kehewin

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.

Poet Wanda John-Kehewin combines elements of First Nations oral tradition with a style of dramatic narrative that originates from the earliest forms of storytelling yet keeps pace with the rhythms and undulations of contemporary Canadian poetry. Her poems ask us to acknowledge the deplorable conditions on First Nations reserves and to explore ameliorative processes of restorative justice.

“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.” ISBN 978-0-88922-511-4 © 2004; 128 pp; Colour illustrations $19.95 CAN / $15.95 US

ISBN 978-0-88922-749-1 © 2013; 80 pp; 16.95 CAN / $16.95 US

hypoderm

The Invisibility Exhibit

notes to myself Weyman Chan

Sachiko Murakami

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.

Murakami’s first book of poetry was written in the political and emotional wake of Vancouver’s “Missing Women.” It investigates the troubled relationship between a marginalized neighbourhood’s “invisible” populations and the city that surrounds them.

“hypoderm … maps the borders and the fence; the lines between friends and family, between forgive – derek beaulieu and forget.”

Governor General’s Poetry Award Finalist, 2008.

ISBN 978-0-88922-637-1 © 2010; 96 pp; $16.95 CAN / $16.95 US

ISBN 978-0-88922-579-4 © 2008; 84 pp; 2nd printing; $16.95 CAN / $16.95 US

I. Another. The Space Between

is a door

Selected Poems Jamie Reid

Fred Wah

“Jamie Reid’s later political writing packs a punch, often a dada-esque one … No topic falls beyond Reid’s scope.” – BC Bookworld

“An articulate and expertly rendered protest against – Jon Paul Fiorentino the violence of erasure.”

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.

“[Reid] engages readers in a conversation, asking them always to try to make their neighbourhood, their city, their world a better place.” – Georgia Straight

“Without a doubt, [is a door] is a dazzler … thoughtful, playful, and stunningly skillful.” – Globe and Mail

ISBN 978-0-88922-512-1 © 2004; 192 pp; $18.95 CAN / $14.95 US

ISBN 978-0-88922-620-3 © 2009; 120 pp; 2nd printing; $17.95 CAN / $17.95 US

th influenza uv logik

Kerrisdale Elegies

bill bissett

George Bowering

Canada’s most linguistically innovative poet takes on the “linear binary traps” of conventional logic, history, and politics.

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.

“An important book … this is a sumptuous and satisfying sampling of beautifully crafted work.” – Books in Canada ISBN 978-0-88922-357-8 © 1995; 144 pp; Illustrations; $17.95 CAN / $13.95 US

BC Book Prize Winner, 2010.

“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 and Mail ISBN 978-0-88922-590-9 © 2008; 128 pp; $18.95 CAN / $18.95 US

inkorrect thots

th last photo uv th human soul

bill bissett

bill bissett

When bill bissett thinks “inkorrect thots” anything can happen.

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 Winner, 1993. “bissett could be our (Canadian, late 20th-century) answer to e.e. cummings.” – Whig Standard ISBN 978-0-88922-303-5 © 1992; 136 pp; Illustrations; 2nd printing $17.95 CAN / $13.95 US

“bissett … writes with savage wit and gravitates toward the lyric moment of spellbound wonder.” – Books in Canada ISBN 978-0-88922-322-6 © 1993; 144 pp; Illustrations; $17.95 CAN / $13.95 US


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Last Scattering Surfaces

Mêmewars

Gil McElroy

Adeena Karasick

These poems map out zones of interaction which took place in the “surface of last scattering” – the first formation of matter in the universe.

Mêmewars is a book writing against itself. BC Book Prize Finalist, 1994.

ReLit Longlist, 2008. “A master of the craft … [McElroy] is very, very intelligent and his ear is infallible.”

– Arc

“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 978-0-88922-575-6 © 2007; 128 pp; $16.95 CAN / $16.95 US

ISBN 978-0-88922-344-8 © 1994; 120 pp; Illustrations; 2nd printing $16.95 CAN / $12.95 US

Limbo Road

The Monument Cycles

Ken Norris

Mariner Janes

Limbo Road – as divorce journal, meditation, travel poem – chronicles the search for the new beloved.

Mariner Janes’s first book of poetry investigates our relation to monuments and works of public art: Why do we make these representations of people, history, and place? Written through the lens of history, geography, and a fear of memory, The Monument Cycles roams from meditations on DNA and remembrance, to transportation, nuclear weapons, and community, veering into societal invective.

“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 © 1998; 160 pp; $17.95 CAN / $13.95 US

ISBN 978-0-88910-751-4 © 2013; 88 pp; Photos; 16.95 CAN / $16.95 US

Liquidities

The Moustache

Vancouver Poems Then and Now Daphne Marlatt

Memories of Greg Curnoe George Bowering

Liquidities gathers many of the poems from Marlatt’s Vancouver Poems, in some cases substantially revised, and follows them with “Liquidities,” a series of recent poems about Vancouver’s incessant transformations both on the ground and in urban imagining.

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 creative spirit.” – Kitchener-Waterloo Record

ISBN 978-0-88922-761-3 © 2013; 96 pp; Photos; $16.95 CAN / $16.95 US

ISBN 978-0-88910-457-0 © 1993; 128 pp; Photos; $16.95 CAN / $12.95 US

Love and Savagery

My Darling Nellie Grey

Des Walsh

George Bowering

This finely crafted book of poems, adapted as 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.

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.

“A collection to be read and re-read, pondered and savoured.” – Newfoundland Herald

BC Book Prize Finalist, 2011.

ISBN 978-0-88922-599-2 © 1989, 2009; 56 pp; $16.95 CAN / $16.95 US

ISBN 978-0-88922-634-0 © 2010; 416 pp; $39.95 CAN / $39.95 US

loving without being vulnrabul

narrativ enigma / rumours uv hurricane

bill bissett

bill bissett

Poems that tell stories on many different levels: through sound, visual images, political insights, non-narrative fusion, and linguistic music.

Through narrative, non-narrative, sound, song, meditation, metaphysical, spiritual, political, and visual poems, bissett explores the fragility and incompletion of all narratives.

“Anybody who’s never heard [bissett] really ought to, because you’ll never think of poetry the same way after you hear him.” – Citylife

“Touches on the great themes of humanity … in bissett’s inimitable way.” – Monday Magazine

ISBN 978-0-88922-372-1 © 1997; 144 pp; Illustrations; $17.95 CAN / $13.95 US

“bissett is one of the leading performance poets in Canada.” – Flak Magazine ISBN 978-0-88922-507-7 © 2004; 144 pp; Illustrations; $17.95 CAN / $13.95 US


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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 © 1991, 2001; 496 pp; $39.95 CAN / $29.95 US

Structured in three parts, On the Material is a meditation on geography, socio-economics, the body, and grief. BC Book Prize Winner, 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 © 2010; 128 pp; 2nd printing; $17.95 CAN / $17.95 US

News & Smoke

Ordinary Time

Selected Poems Sharon Thesen

Gil McElroy

“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 & Smoke.” – Toronto Star ISBN 978-0-88922-417-9 © 1999; 160 pp; $17.95 CAN / $13.95 US

These poems set out to give shape to time. The collection opens with childhood memories of impending Cold War Armageddon. The second section, counted on the Julian calendar, discovers that our movement through space gives time dimensionality. The last section works with the Anglican lectionary to make manifest the arc of a complete yearlong cycle of both “sacred” and “ordinary” time. ISBN 978-0-88922-675-3 © 2011; 128 pp; $17.95 CAN / $17.95 US

Noise from the Laundry

Pacific Windows

Weyman Chan

Collected Poems of Roy K. Kiyooka Roy K. Kiyooka

Weyman Chan’s poems elaborate his singular and solitary work on the renaissance of the contemporary lyric form.

Edited by Roy Miki

Governor General’s Poetry Award Finalist, 2008.

The most important poetic works of Kiyooka.

Alberta Literary Awards Shortlist, 2009.

Association for Asian American Studies Outstanding Book Award Winner, 1998.

“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.’” – Sharron Proulx-Turner ISBN 978-0-88922-626-5 © 2008, 2009; 104 pp; $17.95 CAN / $17.95 US

“All of Kiyooka’s writing … was made up of exquisite moments.” – Ottawa XPress ISBN 978-0-88922-378-3 © 1997; 320 pp; $29.95 CAN / $24.95 US

NonZero Definitions

Pell Mell

Gil McElroy

Robin Blaser

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.

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).

“In NonZero Definitions, McElroy really hits his stride.” – Toronto Review of Books ISBN 978-0-88922-499-5 © 2004; 128 pp; $16.95 CAN / $12.95 US

“Robin Blaser became a source for poetry’s authority beyond any simplifying place or time.” – Robert Creeley ISBN 978-0-88922-601-2 © 1988, 2009; 120 pp; $17.95 CAN / $17.95 US

northern wild roses / deth interrupts th dansing

peter among th towring boxes / text bites

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.

His rejection of the limiting conventions of written language has allowed bissett to foreground the appearance of any linguistic event as a living performance. “[bissett’s] poetry addresses the limitless discussion of the boundaries between the personal and the political.” – National Post ISBN 978-0-88922-532-9 © 2005; 160 pp; Illustrations; $17.95 CAN / $15.95 US

bill bissett

BC Book Prize Winner, 2003. “[bill bissett is] the shaman of Canadian poetry.” – Georgia Straight ISBN 978-0-88922-464-3 © 2002; 144 pp; Illustrations; $17.95 CAN / $13.95 US


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Popular Narratives

The Richard Brautigan Ahhhhhhhhhhh

Frank Davey

rob mclennan

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.

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.

“Risqué metaphors … scandalously unpoetic … a powerful alternative to the orthodoxy of poetic – Smaro Kamboureli beauty.”

Archibald Lampman Award Finalist, 2000.

ISBN 978-0-88922-285-4 © 1991; 96 pp; $15.95 CAN / $11.95 US

“Just the right combination of details … carefully crafted, each line shifting the image slightly.” – Books in Canada ISBN 978-0-88922-424-7 © 1999; 96 pp; $15.95 CAN / $11.95 US

Post-Prairie

scars on th seehors

An Anthology of New Poetry Edited by Jon Paul Fiorentino & Robert Kroetsch

bill bissett

Twenty-five 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, technologybased globalization. ISBN 978-0-88922-523-7 © 2005; 160 pp; $19.95 CAN / $17.95 US

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 ium alredee in it.” “I find his work … very spiritual, very funny, and very – Alma Lee astute.” ISBN 978-0-88922-387-5 © 1999; 160 pp; $17.95 CAN / $13.95 US

The Properties

Selected Poems

Colin Browne

The Arches Frank Davey

The poems in The Properties record encounters between desire and the repressed or suppressed interstices of social, economic, political, and unconscious forces. They’re alert to correspondences, attentive to the lines of force to which the poet’s family quietly assented in the contested place that is the northwest coast of North America. “A major work from a poet writing at the peak of both outrage and love.” – Daphne Marlatt

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 © 1980; 112 pp; $16.95 CAN / $12.95 US

ISBN 978-0-88922-685-2 © 2012; 176 pp; Illustrations; $19.95 CAN / $19.95 US

The Rap Canterbury Tales

Selected Poems

Baba Brinkman

Beyond Even Faithful Legends bill bissett

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 © 2006; 352 pp; Illustrations; 3rd printing $24.95 CAN / $24.95 US

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 978-0-88922-172-7 © 1980; 160 pp; Illustrations; $17.95 CAN / $13.95 US

Rebuild

Selected Poems

Sachiko Murakami

Loki Is Buried at Smoky Creek Fred Wah

Sachiko Murakami approaches the urban centre through its inhabitants’ greatest passion: real estate, where the drive to own engages the practice of tearing down and rebuilding.

Poems of landscape, language, and memory from Wah’s earlier books.

“These are angry poems. Proud and angry. But smart and quirky, too, daring us to tear up our death pledge to real estate, and rethink our citizenship in scandalous cities.” – Meredith Quartermain

“Wah’s poems continually return us to the act of communion and the realization of our shared, not individual, life.” – Montreal Gazette

ISBN 978-0-88922-670-8 © 2011; 96 pp; $16.95 CAN / $16.95 US

ISBN 978-0-88922-177-2 © 1980; 128 pp; $16.95 CAN / $12.95 US


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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 © 1982; 160 pp; 4th printing; $17.95 CAN / $17.95 US

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 – Fiddlehead nation.” “Walsh is, and always has been, Newfound-land’s poet.” – Sunday Independent ISBN 978-0-88922-478-0 © 2003; 64 pp; $15.95 CAN / $11.95 US

Selected Writing

Specks

As Elected bpNichol

Second Edition Michael McClure

Selections range from visual poetry to translations by one of the most important poets in the 20th century writing in English.

Specks assumes the form of a blastula, offering a poetic model of embryonic development that arises from the cellular division known as “cleavage.”

“bpNichol’s work is the most courageous body of work in Canadian literature.” – Frank Davey

“McClure’s poetry is a blob of protoplasmic energy.” – Allen Ginsberg

ISBN 978-0-88922-176-5 © 1980; 144 pp; $17.95 CAN / $13.95 US

ISBN 978-0-88922-688-3 © 1985, 2012; 96 pp; Illustrations; $16.95 CAN / $16.95 US

Selected Writing

Sticks & Stones

Net Work Daphne Marlatt

George Bowering

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 © 1980; 144 pp; $17.95 CAN / $13.95 US

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 © 1989; 64 pp; Illustrations; $15.95 CAN / $11.95 US

Sentenced to Light

sublingual

Fred Wah

bill bissett

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.

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 978-0-88922-577-0 © 2008; 160 pp; Colour photos & illustrations $29.95 CAN / $29.95 US

ISBN 978-0-88922-589-3 © 2008; 160 pp; Illustrations; $18.95 CAN / $18.95 US

The Shovel

Theogony / Works and Days

Colin Browne

Hesiod

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.

Philosopher C.S. Morrissey adapts Hesiod’s two great works, Theogony and Works and Days, taking into account the poet’s essential meditative insights that paved the way for the subsequent achievements of Greek philosophy, most notably of Plato, and thereby gave shape to all of Western philosophy.

ReLit Award Shortlist, 2008. “The epic sweep of pieces is impressive, at times rapturous. They are worth digging for.” – Quill & Quire ISBN 978-0-88922-574-9 © 2007; 192 pp; Photos; $19.95 CAN / $19.95 US

“Morrissey has brought fire and light to Hesiod’s work, and offered it to us with clarity and good humour, in the darkening air of our time.” – vallum ISBN 978-0-88922-700-2; E-ISBN 978-0-88922-724-8 © 2013; 144 pp; $17.95 CAN / $17.95 US


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There’ll Be Another

To the Barricades

David W. McFadden

Stephen Collis

Three books in one: Heavy-Hearted in Havana, Sex with a Sixteen Year Old, and Anonymity Suite Part II.

In To the Barricades we move back and forth between historical and contemporary scenes of revolt, shifting along the active seam between poetry and revolution. At once elegy for past revolutionary figures and a call for renewed struggle, this collection of “social lyrics” seeks to drive apathy from the field and to recover forgotten “radical ideas” in the midst of our current “amnesiac condition.”

“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 © 1995; 128 pp; $16.95 CAN / $12.95 US

ISBN 978-0-88922-747-7 / E-ISBN 978-0-88922-748-4 © 2013; 160 pp; 16.95 CAN / $16.95 US

This Poem

Transnational Muscle Cars

Adeena Karasick

Jeff Derksen

This Poem is an ironic investigation of contemporary culture and the technomedia-saturated world in which we are enmeshed. Composed in the style of Facebook updates and extended tweets, each section infuses itself with continuous shifting tones, styles, and commentary, which are in turn provocative, emotive, and deeply satiric.

“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 978-0-88922-699-9 © 2013; 112 pp; Colour illustrations; $19.95 CAN / $19.95 US

ISBN 978-0-88922-473-5 © 2003; 128 pp; 3rd printing; $17.95 CAN / $17.95 US

This Tremor Love Is

Triage

Daphne Marlatt

Cecily Nicholson

This Tremor Love Is is a memory book – an album of love poems spanning 25 years, from Marlatt’s first writing of what was to become the opening section, A Lost Book, to its latest, most recent sequences.

Triage documents the resilience of people refusing disposability on the brutal margins of society, and articulates commonalities in their struggle to resist interventions of commercial enterprise in their lives.

BC Book Prize Finalist, 2002.

“This is the heart of Vancouver, beating bravely in the tent village, attesting to daily poverty, daily ingenuity …” – Rita Wong

ReLit Award Longlist, 2002. ISBN 978-0-88922-450-6 © 2001; 112 pp; 2nd printing; $17.95 CAN / $17.95 US

ISBN 978-0-88922-657-9 © 2011; 96 pp; $16.95 CAN / $16.95 US

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. ReLit Award Longlist, 2008. “His poetry addresses the limitless discussion of the boundaries between the personal and the political.” – National Post ISBN 978-0-88922-557-2 © 2007; 144 pp; Illustrations; $17.95 CAN / $17.95 US

“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 significant poets.” – Quill & Quire ISBN 978-0-88922-565-7 © 2006, 2007; 224 pp; $19.95 CAN / $19.95 US

time

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 a 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.

ISBN 978-0-88922-653-1 © 2010; 160 pp; Illustrations; $18.95 CAN / $18.95 US

“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 © 2004; 144 pp; $16.95 CAN / $12.95 US


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Booklist Index by Title A ABC of Reading TRG .................. 16 Abraham Lincoln Goes to the Theatre ............................ 35 Adrift ......................................... 35 Adventures of Ali & Ali and the aXes of Evil, The ............................. 35 After Completion ....................... 12 After Jack .................................. 56 Against the Wind ....................... 26 Albertine in Five Times (translated by Gaboriau) .......................... 35 Albertine in Five Times (translated by Van Burek & Glassco) ......... 35 Ali & Ali: The Deportation Hearings . ............................................... 14 All Fall Down ............................. 35 All Is Flesh .................................. 56 All That Glitters .......................... 26 All the Verdis of Venice .............. 35 alterNatives ................................ 35 American Notebooks ................. 16 Amigo’s Blue Guitar ................... 35 Amuse Bouche ........................... 57 Anarcho-Modernism .................. 16 Anatolia Junction ....................... 16 And Other Stories ...................... 26 And Slowly Beauty ...................... 13 And So It Goes ........................... 35 Angel of Solitude, The ............... 26 Annihilated Time ....................... 16 Another Country / bloom ........... 36 Another Home Invasion ............. 36 Asian Skies ................................. 57 Assorted Candies for the Theatre ............................................... 36 Athabasca Ryga, The ................. 26 Aurora ....................................... 57

B b leev abul char ak trs ................ 57 Baby Blues, The .......................... 36 Back to the War ......................... 57 Balconville .................................. 36 Baldwins, The ............................ 26 Bambi and Me ........................... 16 Banana Boots ............................. 36 Bardy Google ............................. 57 Baseball Love ............................. 16 BASH’d ...................................... 36 Battle of Batoche, The ................ 16 Beating the Bushes .................... 36 Belles Soeurs, Les ....................... 36 Benevolence .............................. 36 Berlin Blues, The ........................ 37 Bethune ..................................... 37

Beyond Recall ............................ 16 Bicycle Eater, The ....................... 26 Billy Bishop Goes to War, 2nd ed. ............................................... 37 Birth of a Bookworm .................. 16 Black Notebook, The .................. 26 Blonds on Bikes .......................... 57 Blue Box .................................... 37 Blue Notebook, The ................... 26 Boiler Room Suite ...................... 37 Bolsheviki ................................... 37 Bonbons Assortis / Assorted Candies ................... 17 Bonjour, Là, Bonjour ................... 37 Book of Esther, The .................... 37 Bordertown Café ....................... 37 Box Closet, The .......................... 17 Boy in the Treehouse, The / Girl Who Loved Her Horses ..... 37 bpNichol Comics ........................ 57 bpNichol: What History Teaches .............................................. 17 Bread and Salt ........................... 57 Breakdown So Far, The ............... 26 Building the West ...................... 17 Burden of Office, The ................. 17 Burning Vision ........................... 38 Buz’Gem Blues, The ................... 38

C Cambodia .................................. 27 Can You See Me Yet? ................ 38 Canada: A New Tax Haven ........... 2 Canadian Drama and the Critics ............................................... 17 Canadiens, Les ........................... 38 Capital Tales ............................... 27 Cariboo Magi ............................. 38 Carmela’s Table .......................... 38 Carpenter, The ........................... 38 Cartouches ................................ 57 Centre, The: Poems 1970–2000 ............................................... 58 Chameleon & Other Stories ........ 27 Change Room ............................ 58 Charles Olson at the Harbor ....... 17 Chilliwacks and Their Neighbors, The ........................................ 17 Chimera ..................................... 38 Chinese Blue .............................. 58 Circumstances Alter Photographs .............................................. 17 Circus Performers’ Bar, The ........ 27 Citizen Suárez ............................ 27 Coast Salish Essays ..................... 17 Cold Comfort ............................ 38 Cold Comfort: Growing Up Cold War ................................ 18

Collected Books of Artie Gold, The ............................................... 58 Colours in the Dark .................... 38 Commons, The .......................... 58 Concise Köchel, The ................... 39 Consecrated Ground .................. 39 Conversations in Tehran ............. 18 Coping with Emotions and Otters ............................................... 58 Copper Thunderbird .................. 39 Corked ........................................ 8 Corker ....................................... 39 Coronation Voyage, The ............ 39 Covenant of Salt, A .................... 27 Crabdance ................................. 39 Crimes and Mercies ................... 18 Crossing the Continent .............. 27 Cruel Tears ................................. 39 Cul-de-sac ................................. 39 Cultural Mischief ........................ 58 Cyrano de Bergerac ................... 39

D Damnée Manon, Sacrée Sandra .............................................. 39 Dancock’s Dance ........................ 40 Darwin Alone in the Universe ..... 27 Davie Street Translations ............ 58 Dead White Writer on the Floor ............................................... 40 Death in Vancouver .................... 27 Death of René Lévesque, The ..... 40 Death of the Spider .................... 27 Decline of the Hollywood Empire, The ........................................ 18 Decompositions ......................... 58 Democracy ................................. 40 Desert of the Heart .................... 28 Diplomacy .................................. 40 Discovery Passages ..................... 58 Dishwashers, The ....................... 40 Dispatches from the Occupation .............................................. 18 Divinity Bash / nine lives ............. 40 Doctor Thomas Neill Cream ....... 40 Dog Attempts to Drown Man in Saskatoon .......................... 28 Dominican Moon ....................... 59 Down Dangerous Passes Road ... 40 Down the Road to Eternity ......... 28 Down Time ................................ 59 Downverse ................................... 9 Dream Pool Essays ..................... 59 Driving Force, The ...................... 40 Duchess and the Commoner, The .............................................. 28 Duchesse de Langeais & Other Plays, La ....................... 41

Dunsmuirs, The: Alone at the Edge .................. 41 Dunsmuirs, The: A Promise Kept ...................... 41 Dürer’s Angel ............................. 28 Dwell ......................................... 59 Dyssemia Sleaze ......................... 59

E Earshot ...................................... 41 East End Plays, The: Part I ........... 41 East End Plays, The: Part II .......... 41 Ecstasy of Rita Joe, The .............. 41 Edward Curtis Project, The ... 18, 41 Empire of Desire ......................... 18 Empress Has No Closure, The ..... 59 En Pièces Détachées ................... 41 Ends of the Earth, The ................ 41 English Canadian Poetics, An ..... 18 Ernestine Shuswap Gets Her Trout ...................................... 42 Error in Judgement, An .............. 18 Esker Mike & His Wife, Agiluk .... 42 Espresso ..................................... 42 Essays on George F. Walker ........ 18 EX MACHINA ............................. 19 Execution, The ........................... 42

F Fairies Are Thirsty, The ................ 42 Fairy Ring ................................... 28 Faraway Nearby, The .................. 42 Fat Woman Next Door Is Pregnant, The ........................................ 28 Fearless Warriors ........................ 28 Few Words Will Do, A ................ 59 Fifteen Miles of Broken Glass ..... 42 15 Seconds ................................ 42 Fifty ........................................... 59 Fighting Days, The ..................... 42 First Quarter of the Moon, The ... 28 Five Books of Moses Lapinsky, The ........................................ 28 Five Star Planet .......................... 59 Floating Up to Zero .................... 59 For Home and Country .............. 42 For the Pleasure of Seeing Her Again ..................................... 43 Forever Yours, Marie-Lou ........... 43 400 Kilometres .......................... 43 fractal economies ....................... 60 Fragments of a Farewell Letter Read by Geologists ......................... 43 From the Poplars ........................ 10 Fronteras Americanas ................. 43


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G Gabriel Dumont Speaks ............. 19 Genrecide .................................. 60 George Bowering: Bright Circles of Colour ............................... 19 George Ryga: The Other Plays .... 43 George Ryga: The Prairie Novels .............................................. 29 Get on Top ................................. 29 Gideon’s Blues ........................... 43 gifts ........................................... 60 Girl in the Goldfish Bowl ............ 43 Glace Bay Miners’ Museum, The .............................................. 43 Glengarry ................................... 60 Go Figure ................................... 29 God and the Indian ...................... 7 Going Home .............................. 60 Goodnight Disgrace ................... 43 Gordon ...................................... 44 Great Lakes Suite ....................... 19 Great Wave of Civilization, The .. 44 griddle talk ................................ 19 Ground Water ............................ 60 Guide to B.C. Indian Myth and Legend, A .............................. 19 Gull, The .................................... 44 Gypsy Guitar .............................. 60

H Halo ........................................... 44 Hanging Fire .............................. 60 Happiest Man in the World and Other Stories, The .................. 29 Harry’s Fragments ...................... 29 harvest ....................................... 60 Heart Laid Bare, The ................... 29 Heaven ...................................... 44 Hell & Other Novels .................... 29 Hellfire Pass ............................... 44 Heretic, The ............................... 44 Homechild ................................. 44 Hope Slide, The / Little Sister ...... 44 Hosanna .................................... 44 Hotel Montreal .......................... 60 House That Hijack Built, The ....... 61 How to Write ............................. 19 hungree throat ........................... 29 Hunting Ground, The ................. 29 hypoderm .................................. 61

I I. Another. The Space Between .. 61 Imperial Canada Inc. .................. 19 Impromptu of Outremont, The ... 45 Impromptu on Nuns’ Island ........ 45 In a World Created by a Drunken God ....................................... 45

In Absentia ................................ 45 In Piazza San Domenico ............. 45 In Plain Sight .............................. 19 In the Company of Strangers ..... 20 In the Dog House ....................... 61 In the Eyes of God ..................... 45 In the Eyes of Stone Dogs ........... 45 In the Midst ............................... 20 In the Shadow of the Vulture ..... 29 Indian Myths & Legends from the North Pacific Coast of America .............................................. 20 influenza uv logik, th ................. 61 inkorrect thots ........................... 61 Invisibility Exhibit, The ................ 61 is a door .................................... 61 Internodes ................................. 14

J Jacob’s Wake ............................. 45 Je me souviens ........................... 45 Jitters ......................................... 45 Joe Beef ..................................... 46 Judith’s Sister ............................. 30 Justice in Our Time .................... 20

K Kafka’s Hat ................................ 30 Kerrisdale Elegies ....................... 61 King of Thieves .......................... 46

L Lady Smith, The ......................... 46 Lasagna ..................................... 20 last photo uv th human soul, th .............................................. 61 Last Scattering Surfaces ............. 62 Latakia ....................................... 30 Lawrence & Holloman ................ 46 Leave of Absence ....................... 46 Legoland .................................... 46 Leisure Society, The .................... 46 Life Without Instruction ............. 46 Like a Child of the Earth ............. 30 Lil’wat World of Charlie Mack, The ................................................ 20 Lily Briscoe ................................. 20 Limbo Road ............................... 62 Line in the Sand, A ..................... 46 Lions Gate ................................. 20 Liquidities .................................. 62 Listen to the Wind ..................... 46 Living by Stories ......................... 20 Local Boy Makes Good ............... 47 Lost Souls and Missing Persons .. 47 Love and Savagery ..................... 62 loving without being vulnrabul ... 62 Ludwig & Mae ........................... 47

M Madonna Painter, The ................ 47 Magnificent Voyage of Emily Carr, The ........................................ 47 Main Brides ................................ 30 Maison Suspendue, La ............... 47 Making Theatre: A Life of Sharon Pollock ....................... 20 Maleficium ................................. 30 Mambo Italiano ......................... 47 Marcel Pursued by the Hounds ... 47 Margaret Atwood: A Feminist Poetics ................................... 20 Marion Bridge ............................ 47 Matter of Gravity, A ..................... 3 Meanwhile ................................. 21 Medusa Head, The ..................... 21 Mêmewars ................................. 62 Memories of You ....................... 47 Mile End .................................... 30 Mimosa ..................................... 30 Minor Episodes / Major Ruckus .............................................. 30 Miss Julie ................................... 48 Miss Take ................................... 30 Modern Canadian Plays: Vol. I, 4th ed. ......................... 48 Modern Canadian Plays: Vol. I, 5th ed. ......................... 48 Modern Canadian Plays: Vol. II, 4th ed. ......................... 48 Modern Candian Plays Vol. ||, 5th ed. ........................ 14 Mom’s the Word ........................ 48 Monument Cycles, The .............. 62 Moo .......................................... 48 Motherhouse ............................... 5 Mother of the Grass ................... 31 Motortherapy ............................ 31 Moustache, The ......................... 62 Mrs. Blood ................................. 31 Muthologos ............................... 21 My Career with the Leafs & Other Stories .................................... 31 My Darling Nellie Grey ............... 62 My Name Is Bosnia ..................... 31 MY TWP Plays ........................... 14

N narrativ enigma / rumours uv hurricane ................................ 62 Nature Power ............................. 21 New Long Poem Anthology, The ...............................................63 NEWS ........................................ 21 News & Smoke .......................... 63 News from Édouard ................... 31 1949 .......................................... 48

No Plaster Saint .......................... 21 Noam Chomsky Lectures, The .... 48 Noise from the Laundry .............. 63 NonZero Definitions ................... 63 northern wild roses / deth interrupts th dansing .............................. 63 Nothing to Lose ......................... 48 novel ......................................... 31 Number One ................................ 1 Nuri Does Not Exist .................... 31

O Obese Christ, The ........................ 4 Occupation of Heather Rose, The ............................................... 48 Omniscience .............................. 49 On the Job ................................. 49 On the Material ......................... 63 One Crack Out ........................... 49 Only Drunks and Children Tell the Truth ................................ 49 Ordinary Time ............................ 63 Other Losses .............................. 21 Other Schools of Thought .......... 49 Outsider Notes ........................... 21

P Pacific Windows ........................ 63 Pagan Wall, The ......................... 31 Painter’s Wife, The ..................... 31 Paradise by the River .................. 49 Paradise Garden ......................... 49 Past Perfect ................................ 49 Paul Martin & Companies .......... 21 Pell Mell ..................................... 63 Peregrinations............................. 21 Performing National Identities .... 22 Persian Postcards ....................... 22 peter among th towring boxes / text bites ................................ 63 Phyllis Webb and the Common Good ..................................... 22 Piercing ...................................... 32 Place of Scraps, The ................... 15 Playing Bare ............................... 49 Pleasure of the Crown, The ........ 22 Poet to Publisher ........................ 22 Popular Narratives ...................... 64 Porcupine Hunter and Other Stories, The ........................................ 22 (Post) Mistress, The .................... 15 Post-Prairie ................................. 64 Power Plays, The ........................ 49 Properties, The ........................... 64

Q Queens, The .............................. 50


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R Rain Barrel, The .......................... 32 Rap Canterbury Tales, The .......... 64 Rational Geomancy .................... 22 Re: Producing Women’s Dramatic History ................................... 22 Real Mothers ............................. 32 Real World?, The ....................... 50 Rebuild ...................................... 64 Record of Writing, A .................. 22 Recovery of the Public World, The .............................................. 22 Red Notebook, The .................... 32 Refugee Hotel, The .................... 50 Remember Me ........................... 50 Richard Brautigan Ahhhhhhhhhhh, The ........................................ 64 Riddle of the World, The ............ 50 Rogue Cells / Carbon Harbour .. 13 Rose .......................................... 50

S Saga of the Wet Hens ................ 50 Saint Frances of Hollywood ........ 50 Sainte-Carmen of the Main ........ 50 Sainte-Marie among the Hurons .............................................. 50 Salish People, The, Vol. I ............. 23 Salish People, The, Vol. II ............ 23 Salish People, The, Vol. III ........... 23 Salish People, The, Vol. IV .......... 23 Salonica Terminus ...................... 23 Salt-Water Moon ....................... 51 Satchmo’ Suite, The ................... 51 Saucy Jack ................................. 51 scars on th seehors .................... 64 Scattered in a Rising Wind ......... 32 Schoolhouse .............................. 51 School-Marm Tree, The .............. 32 Seagull, The ............................... 51 Secret Journal of Alexander Mackenzie, The ...................... 32 Seeds ......................................... 51 Selected Poems: The Arches ....... 64 Selected Poems: Beyond Even Faithful Legends ..................... 64 Selected Poems: Loki Is Buried at Smoky Creek .......................... 64 Selected Poems: The Vision Tree .............................................. 65 Selected Writing: As Elected ....... 65 Selected Writing: Net Work ........ 65 Sentenced to Light ..................... 65 7 Stories .................................... 51 Shape of a Girl, The / Jewel ........ 51 Shattered Images ....................... 23 Shinny’s Girls and Other Stories .............................................. 32

Shovel, The ................................ 65 Signs of Literature ...................... 23 Silver Dagger ............................. 51 Singed Wings ............................ 15 Singer’s Broken Throat, The ........ 65 Sisters ........................................ 51 Six Plays by Mavor Moore .......... 52 Skydive ...................................... 52 Slight Case of Fatigue, A ............ 32 Soldier’s Heart ............................ 52 Some Night My Prince Will Come .............................................. 32 Somewhere Else ......................... 52 Song of the Say-Sayer ................ 52 Songs My Mother Taught Me ..... 33 Specks ....................................... 65 Spectacle of Empire ................... 52 Sticks & Stones .......................... 65 Still Laughing ............................. 52 Strange Comfort ........................ 23 Strange Truth About Us, The ...... 33 Studies in Motion ....................... 52 Subject to Change ..................... 23 sublingual .................................. 65 Suburban Motel ......................... 52 Summerland .............................. 33

To the Barricades ........................ 66 Tom at the Farm ......................... 53 Tombs of the Vanishing Indian ... 53 Too Good to Be True .................. 24 Toronto, Mississippi .................... 53 Tracing the Lines ........................ 25 Tracing the Paths ........................ 25 Transmission Difficulties ............. 25 Transnational Muscle Cars .......... 66 Trees Are Lonely Company ......... 33 Trespassers, The ......................... 53 Triage ......................................... 66 Trial of Judith K., The ................. 53 Trigger, The ................................ 53 Truth or Death ........................... 25 Turkana Boy ............................... 33 Twelve Opening Acts .................. 25 Twenty Years at Play ................... 54 Two Houses Half-Buried in Sand ............................................... 25 Two Plays ................................... 54 2000 .......................................... 54

U Unity (1918) ............................... 54 Unnatural and Accidental Women, The ........................................ 54

T Takeover in Tehran ..................... 23 Taking My Life ............................ 24 Tale of Teeka, The ...................... 52 Talking Bodies ............................ 53 Tchipayuk ................................... 33 Terror of the Coast, The ............. 24 textual vishyuns ......................... 24 That Summer ............................. 53 That Woman .............................. 53 Theatre and AutoBiography ....... 24 Theme for Diverse Instruments ... 33 Then We Were One ................... 24 Theogony / Works and Days ....... 65 There’ll Be Another .................... 66 Thérèse and Pierrette and the Little Hanging Angel ....................... 33 They Called Me Number One ..... 24 They Write Their Dreams on the Rock Forever ......................... 24 Thing of Beauty, A ..................... 33 This Is My Own .......................... 24 This Poem .................................. 66 This Tremor Love Is ..................... 66 Thrum ....................................... 11 ths is erth thees ar peopul .......... 66 Tiln & Other Plays ...................... 53 time ........................................... 66 Time Being, The ......................... 33 Timothy Findley and the Aesthetics of Fascism .............................. 24

V Valley, The .................................... 6 Vancouver: A Visual History ........ 25 Vancouver Anthology ................. 25 Ventriloquist, The ....................... 54 Vermeer’s Light .......................... 66 Vestiges, The ............................. 15 Vic, The ..................................... 54 Vigil ........................................... 54 Visual Laboratory of Robert Lepage, The ................ 13

W Waiting for the Parade ............... 54 Walsh ........................................ 54 Wanted ...................................... 55 Warriors ..................................... 55 WASPs ....................................... 55 Weekend Healer, The ................. 55 Westray ..................................... 55 Whale Riding Weather ............... 55 What Lies Before Us ................... 55 what’s left .................................. 66 Where the Blood Mixes .............. 55 Whereverville ............................. 55 White Pebbles in the Dark Forests .............................................. 34 Wigrum .................................... 13 Willful Acts ................................ 55 With Bated Breath ..................... 56

Women in a World at War ......... 25 World Afloat, The .........................1 Write It on Your Heart ................ 25 Written on Water ....................... 56


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scars on th seehors .................... 64

Bacque, James All books are published in trade paperback unless otherwise indicated. ISBNs indicated refer to print editions.

A Abel, Jordan The Place of Scraps .................... 15 978-0-88922-788-0; $19.95 CAN / $19.95 US

Aguirre, Carmen Blue Box .................................... 37 978-0-88922-757-6; $16.95 CAN / $16.95 US

The Refugee Hotel ..................... 50 978-0-88922-650-0; $17.95 CAN / $17.95 US

The Trigger ................................. 53 978-0-88922-591-6; $16.95 CAN / $16.95 US

Angus, Ian Anarcho-Modernism: Toward a New Critical Theory in Honour of Jerry Zaslove .................................. 17 978-0-88922-457-5; $29.95 CAN / $24.95 US

Archambault, François 15 Seconds ................................ 42

978-0-88922-387-5; $17.95 CAN / $13.95 US

Crimes and Mercies: The Fate of German Civilians under Allied Occupation, 1944–1950 ........ 18

Selected Poems: Beyond Even Faithful Legends .................... 63

978-0-88922-567-1; $24.95 CAN / $24.95 US

sublingual .................................. 65

Other Losses: An Investigation into the Mass Deaths of German Prisoners at the Hands of the French and Americans after World War II .......................... 21 978-0-88922-665-4; $24.95 CAN / $24.95 US

Bailey, Anne Geddes Timothy Findley and the Aesthetics of Fascism: Intertextual Collaboration and Resistance . 24 978-0-88922-386-8; $19.95 CAN / $15.95 US

Barnholden, Michael

978-0-88922-172-7; $17.95 CAN / $13.95 US 978-0-88922-589-3; $18.95 CAN / $18.95 US

ths is erth thees ar peopul .......... 66

Bouchard, Randy & Dorothy Kennedy Indian Myths & Legends from the North Pacific Coast of America: A Translation of Franz Boas’ 1895 Edition of Indianische Sagen von der Nord-Pacifischen Küste Amerikas ...................... 19

978-0-88922-557-2; $17.95 CAN / $17.95 US

978-0-88922-553-4; $39.95 CAN / $39.95 US

time ........................................... 66

The Lil’wat World of Charlie Mack .............................................. 21

978-0-88922-653-1; $18.95 CAN / $18.95 US

bissett, bill & Carol Malyon griddle talk: a yeer uv bill n carol dewing brunch ...................... 19 978-0-88922-606-7; $18.95 CAN / $18.95 US

978-0-88922-640-1; $24.95 CAN / $24.95 US

Boucher, Denise The Fairies Are Thirsty ................ 42 978-0-88922-200-7; $15.95 CAN / $15.95 US

Blais, Marie-Claire

Bourguignon, Stéphane

American Notebooks: A Writer’s Journey .................................. 16

A Slight Case of Fatigue ............. 32 978-0-88922-596-1; $19.95 CAN / $19.95 US

Bowering, George

Circumstances Alter Photographs: Captain James Peters’ Reports from the War of 1885 ............ 17

The Angel of Solitude ................ 26 978-0-88922-337-0; $17.95 CAN / $13.95 US

978-0-88922-451-3; $24.95 CAN / $19.95 US

Cloth: 978-0-88922-621-0; $35.00 CAN / $35.00 US

Dürer’s Angel ............................. 29

Baseball Love ............................. 16

Beauchemin, Jean-François Turkana Boy ............................... 33 978-0-88922-690-6; $16.95 CAN / $16.95 US

978-0-88922-358-5; $19.95 CAN / $15.95 US

And Other Stories ...................... 26

978-0-88922-111-6; $16.95 CAN / $12.95 US

978-0-88922-529-9; $19.95 CAN / $17.95 US

The Execution ............................ 42

Blonds on Bikes .......................... 57

978-0-88922-103-1; $16.95 CAN / $12.95 US

978-0-88922-381-3; $16.95 CAN / $12.95 US

beaulieu, derek

Blaser, Robin

The Leisure Society ..................... 46

fractal economies ....................... 60

Pell Mell ..................................... 63

978-0-88910-387-0; $18.95 CAN / $14.95 US

978-0-88922-531-2; $15.95 CAN / $13.95 US

978-0-88922-539-8; $15.95 CAN / $13.95 US

978-0-88922-601-2; $17.95 CAN / $17.95 US

Kerrisdale Elegies ....................... 61

978-0-88922-427-8; $15.95 CAN / $11.95 US

Arnason, David The Circus Performers’ Bar ......... 27

How to Write ............................. 19

Boas, Franz

The Happiest Man in the World and Other Stories .......................... 29

Decompositions ......................... 58

978-0-88922-269-4; $18.95 CAN / $14.95 US

Internodes ................................. 14

Indian Myths & Legends from the North Pacific Coast of America: A Translation of Franz Boas’ Indianische Sagen von der NordPacifischen Küste Amerikas .... 20

The Pagan Wall .......................... 31

978-0-88922-792-7; $16.95 CAN / $16.95 US

978-0-88922-553-4; $39.95 CAN / $39.95 US

978-0-88922-218-2; $17.95 CAN / $13.95 US

978-0-88922-312-7; $24.95 CAN / $19.95 US

Arnett, Chris The Terror of the Coast: Land Alienation and Colonial War on Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands, 1849–1863 ........ 24

978-0-88922-629-6; $16.95 CAN / $16.95 US

Belford, Ken 978-0-88922-631-9; $16.95 CAN / $16.95 US

bissett, bill

Böggild, Hans & Doug Innis

b leev abul char ak trs ................ 57

The Satchmo’ Suite .................... 51

978-0-88922-433-9; $17.95 CAN / $13.95 US

hungree throat ........................... 29 978-0-88922-745-3; $17.95 CAN / $17.95 US

Two Houses Half-Buried in Sand: Oral Traditions of the Hul’q’umi’num’ Coast Salish of Kuper Island and Vancouver Island ..................................... 26

inkorrect thots ........................... 61 978-0-88922-303-5; $17.95 CAN / $13.95 US

978-0-88922-706-4; $24.95 CAN / $24.95 US

They Write Their Dreams on the Rock Forever ......................... 25 Cloth: 978-0-88922-331-8; $60.00 CAN / $40.00 US

978-0-88922-634-0; $39.95 CAN / $39.95 US 978-0-88922-345-5; $24.95 CAN / $19.95 US

Sticks & Stones .......................... 65 978-0-88922-268-7; $15.95 CAN / $11.95 US

Boyd, George

After Completion: The Later Letters of Charles Olson and Frances Boldereff ............ 12

978-0-88922-555-8; $29.95 CAN / $29.95 US

The Rain Barrel ........................... 32

978-0-88910-457-0; $16.95 CAN / $12.95 US

My Darling Nellie Grey ............... 62

Vermeer’s Light: Poems 1996–2006 ............................ 66

978-0-88922-357-8; $17.95 CAN / $13.95 US

th last photo uv th human soul .. 61

978-0-88922-590-9; $18.95 CAN / $18.95 US

The Moustache: Memories of Greg Curnoe .......................... 62

Boldereff, Frances & Charles Olson

978-0-88922-318-9; $24.95 CAN / $24.95 US

Arnett, Chris, Richard Daly & Annie York

th influenza uv logik .................. 61

978-0-88922-648-7; $16.95 CAN / $16.95 US

Harry’s Fragments ...................... 29

Bouchard, Michel Marc

978-0-88922-322-6; $17.95 CAN / $13.95 US

The Coronation Voyage ............. 39

loving without being vulnrabul ... 62

978-0-88922-422-3; $17.95 CAN / $17.95 US

978-0-88922-372-1; $17.95 CAN / $13.95 US

Down Dangerous Passes Road ... 40

narrativ enigma / rumours uv hurricane ............. 62

978-0-88922-440-7; $15.95 CAN / $11.95 US

The Madonna Painter ................. 47

978-0-88922-565-7; $19.95 CAN / $19.95 US

Consecrated Ground, 2nd ed. .... 39 978-0-88922-666-1; $16.95 CAN / $16.95 US

Gideon’s Blues ........................... 43 978-0-88922-496-4; $16.95 CAN / $12.95 US

Brinkman, Baba The Rap Canterbury Tales ........... 64 978-0-88922-548-0; $24.95 CAN / $24.95 US

Brodie, Leanna The Book of Esther ..................... 37

978-0-88922-507-7; $17.95 CAN / $13.95 US

978-0-88922-641-8; $16.95 CAN / $16.95 US

northern wild roses / deth interrupts th dansing ............................. 63

The Tale of Teeka ....................... 52

978-0-88922-682-1; $16.95 CAN / $16.95 US

978-0-88922-410-0; $15.95 CAN / $11.95 US

For Home and Country .............. 42

978-0-88922-532-9; $17.95 CAN / $15.95 US

Tom at the Farm ......................... 53

978-0-88922-508-4; $16.95 CAN / $12.95 US

novel ......................................... 31

978-0-88922-759-0; $16.95 CAN / $16.95 US

Schoolhouse .............................. 51

978-0-88922-671-5; $17.95 CAN / $17.95 US

Written on Water ....................... 56

978-0-88922-571-8; $16.95 CAN / $16.95 US

peter among th towring boxes / text bites ................................ 63

978-0-88922-492-6; $15.95 CAN / $11.95 US

The Vic ...................................... 54

978-0-88922-464-3; $17.95 CAN / $13.95 US

978-0-88922-459-9; $16.95 CAN / $12.95 US


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Brooks, Daniel & Guillermo Verdecchia

Chaurette, Normand

The Noam Chomsky Lectures ..... 48

978-0-88922-442-1; $16.95 CAN / $12.95 US

Phyllis Webb and the Common Good: Poetry / Anarchy / Abstraction ............................ 22

978-0-88922-405-6; $15.95 CAN / $15.95 US

The Concise Köchel .................... 39

978-0-88922-559-6; $24.95 CAN / $24.95 US

978-0-88922-518-3; $15.95 CAN / $11.95 US

To the Barricades ........................ 66 978-0-88922-747-7; $19.95 CAN / $19.95 US

Browne, Colin Ground Water ............................ 60

All the Verdis of Venice .............. 35

978-0-88922-465-0; $19.95 CAN / $15.95 US

Fragments of a Farewell Letter Read by Geologists ......................... 43

The Properties ............................ 64

978-0-88922-400-1; $15.95 CAN / $11.95 US

978-0-88922-685-2; $19.95 CAN / $19.95 US

The Queens ............................... 50

The Shovel ................................. 65 978-0-88922-574-9; $19.95 CAN / $19.95 US

Burns, Mary Shinny’s Girls and Other Stories .. 32 978-0-88922-272-4; $19.95 CAN / $15.95 US

Bush, Steven

They Write Their Dreams on the Rock Forever ......................... 25 Cloth: 978-0-88922-331-8; $60.00 CAN / $40.00 US

Danis, Daniel

Conolly, L.W.

In the Eyes of Stone Dogs .......... 45

Canadian Drama and the Critics, Revised Edition ....................... 18

Song of the Say-Sayer ................ 52

978-0-88922-403-2; $15.95 CAN / $11.95 US

978-0-88922-359-2; $29.95 CAN / $24.95 US

Chekhov, Anton

Cook, Michael

The Seagull ................................ 51

Jacob’s Wake ............................. 45

978-0-88922-324-0; $16.95 CAN / $14.95 US

978-0-88922-097-3; $18.95 CAN / $18.95 US

Christensen, Bev

Daly, Richard, Chris Arnett & Annie York

Tiln & Other Plays ...................... 53

Too Good to Be True .................. 24

978-0-88922-107-9; $16.95 CAN / $12.95 US

978-0-88922-519-0; $15.95 CAN / $11.95 US 978-0-88922-419-3; $15.95 CAN / $11.95 US

That Woman .............................. 53 978-0-88922-399-8; $15.95 CAN / $11.95 US

Daurio, Beverley Hell & Other Novels .................... 29 978-0-88910-421-1; $17.95 CAN / $13.95 US

Clark, Sally

Craddock, Chris & Nathan Cuckow

Byrne, Edward & Charles Watts

Life Without Instruction .............. 46

BASH’d ...................................... 36

978-0-88922-514-5; $16.95 CAN / $12.95 US

The Recovery of the Public World ............................................... 22

978-0-88922-347-9; $18.95 CAN / $14.95 US

978-0-88922-656-2; $16.95 CAN / $16.95 US

Bardy Google ............................. 57

Lost Souls and Missing Persons .. 47

Cross, Ronald & Hélène Sévigny

978-0-88922-636-4; $16.95 CAN / $16.95 US

978-0-88922-388-2; $39.95 CAN / $29.95 US

978-0-88922-397-4; $16.95 CAN / $12.95 US

Cultural Mischief ........................ 58

Moo .......................................... 48

Lasagna: The Man Behind the Mask ............................................... 20

978-0-88754-476-7; $12.95 CAN / $12.95 US

978-0-88922-348-6; $19.95 CAN / $15.95 US

Margaret Atwood: A Feminist Poetics ................................... 20

Beating the Bushes .................... 36 978-0-88922-647-0; $18.95 CAN / $18.95 US

C Canty, Daniel

978-0-88922-354-7; $29.95 CAN / $24.95 US

Saint Frances of Hollywood ........ 50

Wigrum ..................................... 13

978-0-88922-366-0; $19.95 CAN / $15.95 US

978-0-88922-778-1; $14.95 CAN / $14.95 US

The Trial of Judith K. .................. 53

Cryer, Beryl Mildred

Diplomacy .................................. 40

Wanted ...................................... 55

978-0-88922-611-1; $16.95 CAN / $16.95 US

978-0-88922-503-9; $17.95 CAN / $13.95 US

Two Houses Half-Buried in Sand: Oral Traditions of the Hul’q’umi’num’ Coast Salish of Kuper Island and Vancouver Island ..................................... 25

Omniscience .............................. 49

WASPs ....................................... 55

978-0-88922-555-8; $29.95 CAN / $29.95 US

Carlson, Tim

978-0-88754-465-1; $16.95 CAN / $12.95 US

Carson, Linda A. et al.

Clements, Marie

Cuckow, Nathan & Chris Craddock

Mom’s the Word ........................ 48

Burning Vision ........................... 38

BASH’d ...................................... 36

978-0-88922-431-5; $16.95 CAN / $12.95 US

978-0-88922-472-8; $17.95 CAN / $17.95 US

978-0-88922-656-2; $16.95 CAN / $16.95 US

Caux, Patrick & Bernard Gilbert

Copper Thunderbird .................... 39

EX MACHINA: Creating for the Stage ..................................... 19

978-0-88922-568-8; $16.95 CAN / $16.95 US

978-0-88922-562-6; $16.95 CAN / $16.95 US

978-0-88922-398-1; $16.95 CAN / $12.95 US

Tombs of the Vanishing Indian ..... 53

978-0-88922-617-3; $29.95 CAN / $29.95 US

978-0-88922-686-9; $16.95 CAN / $16.95 US

Chai, Camyar, Guillermo Verdecchia & Marcus Youssef

The Unnatural and Accidental Women .................................. 54

The Adventures of Ali & Ali and the aXes of Evil .............................. 35

978-0-88922-521-3; $17.95 CAN / $17.95 US

978-0-88922-516-9; $17.95 CAN / $17.95 US

Ali & Ali: The Deportation Hearings ............................................... 14 978-0-88922-782-8; $16.95 CAN / $16.95 US

Champagne, Dominic Playing Bare ............................... 49 978-0-88922-335-6; $16.95 CAN / $12.95 US

Chan, Weyman

Clements, Marie & Rita Leistner The Edward Curtis Project: A Modern Picture Story .... 18, 41 978-0-88922-642-5; $24.95 CAN / $24.95 US

Cochrane, Mark Change Room ............................ 58 978-0-88922-432-2; $17.95 CAN / $13.95 US

An Error in Judgement: The Politics of Medical Care in an Indian / White Community ...... 18 978-0-88922-246-5; $24.95 CAN / $24.95 US

The Pleasure of the Crown: Anthropology, Law and First Nations .................................. 22 978-0-88922-315-8; $34.95 CAN / $29.95 US

Culhane, Dara & Leslie A. Robertson In Plain Sight: Reflections on Life in Downtown Eastside Vancouver ............................................... 19

Collis, Stephen

978-0-88922-513-8; $19.95 CAN / $19.95 US

The Commons ........................... 58

Chinese Blue .............................. 58

978-0-88922-580-0; $17.95 CAN / $17.95 US

978-0-88922-681-4; $16.95 CAN / $16.95 US

Dispatches from the Occupation: A History of Change .............. 18

hypoderm .................................. 61

Culhane, Dara

978-0-88922-637-1; $16.95 CAN / $16.95 US

978-0-88922-695-1; $16.95 CAN / $16.95 US

Noise from the Laundry .............. 63

On the Material ......................... 63

978-0-88922-626-5; $17.95 CAN / $17.95 US

978-0-88922-632-6; $17.95 CAN / $17.95 US

Davey, Frank Back to the War ......................... 57

978-0-88922-364-6; $17.95 CAN / $13.95 US

978-0-88922-217-5; $18.95 CAN / $14.95 US

Popular Narratives

64

978-0-88922-285-4; $15.95 CAN / $11.95 US

Selected Poems: The Arches ....... 64 978-0-88922-174-1; $16.95 CAN / $12.95 US

Del Bucchia, Dina Coping with Emotions and Otters .................................... 58 978-0-88922-764-4; $16.95 CAN / $16.95 US

Deneault, Alain Canada: A New Tax Haven .......... 2 978-0-88922-836-8; $19.95 CAN / $19.95 US

Paul Martin & Companies: Sixty Theses on the Alegal Nature of Tax Havens ............................ 22 978-0-88922-538-1; $15.95 CAN / $13.95 US

Deneault, Alain & William Sacher Imperial Canada Inc.: Legal Haven of Choice for the World’s Mining Industries ............................. 19 978-0-88922-635-7; $29.95 CAN / $29.95 US

Derksen, Jeff Annihilated Time: Poetry and Other Politics ................................... 16 978-0-88922-612-8; $29.95 CAN / $29.95 US

D

Down Time ................................ 59

D’Acres, Lilia & Donald Luxton Lions Gate ................................. 20 Cloth: 978-0-88922-416-2; $34.95 CAN / $29.95 US

Dalpé, Jean Marc

978-0-88922-278-6; $16.95 CAN / $16.95 US

Dwell ......................................... 59 978-0-88922-328-8; $17.95 CAN / $17.95 US

Transnational Muscle Cars .......... 66

Scattered in a Rising Wind ......... 33

978-0-88922-473-5; $17.95 CAN / $17.95 US

978-0-88922-484-1; $17.95 CAN / $13.95 US

Vestiges, The .............................. 15 978-0-88922-794-1; $16.95 CAN / $16.95 US


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Desjardins, Martine

Grace, Sherrill

Capital Tales ............................... 27

1949 .......................................... 48

All That Glitters .......................... 26

978-0-88922-221-2; $19.95 CAN / $15.95 US

978-0-88922-266-3; $18.95 CAN / $14.95 US

978-0-88922-520-6; $17.95 CAN / $13.95 US

One Crack Out ........................... 48

A Covenant of Salt ..................... 27

My Career with the Leafs & Other Stories ............................ 31

978-0-88922-488-9; $15.95 CAN / $11.95 US

978-0-88922-586-2; $39.95 CAN / $39.95 US

978-0-88922-566-4; $17.95 CAN / $17.95 US

978-0-88922-199-4; $18.95 CAN / $14.95 US

The Riddle of the World ............. 50

Fairy Ring ................................... 28 978-0-88922-449-0; $24.95 CAN / $19.95 US

The Secret Journal of Alexander Mackenzie ............................. 32

Strange Comfort: Essays on the Work of Malcolm Lowry ......... 23

Salt-Water Moon ....................... 51

Maleficium ................................. 30

978-0-88922-227-4; $19.95 CAN / $15.95 US

978-0-88922-257-1; $16.95 CAN / $16.95 US

978-0-88922-680-7; $14.95 CAN / $14.95 US

Deverell, Rex

Fennario, David

978-0-88922-487-2; $15.95 CAN / $11.95 US

Silver Dagger ............................. 51

Balconville .................................. 36

978-0-88922-325-7; $18.95 CAN / $18.95 US

Boiler Room Suite ...................... 37

978-0-88922-145-1; $17.95 CAN / $17.95 US

Soldier’s Heart ............................ 52

978-0-88922-137-6; $15.95 CAN / $11.95 US

Banana Boots ............................. 36

978-0-88922-463-6; $16.95 CAN / $16.95 US

978-0-88922-396-7; $15.95 CAN / $11.95 US

That Summer ............................. 53

Bolsheviki: A Dead Serious Comedy ................................................37

978-0-88922-439-1; $17.95 CAN / $17.95 US

Douglas, Stan Vancouver Anthology, 2nd ed. .... 25 Cloth: 978-0-88922-614-2; $35.00 CAN / $35.00 US

Ducharme, Réjean

978-0-88922-687-6; $16.95 CAN / $16.95 US

G Gagnon, Madeleine

The Death of René Lévesque ...... 40

978-0-88922-482-7; $19.95 CAN / $15.95 US

978-0-88922-480-3; $15.95 CAN / $11.95 US

Against the Wind ....................... 26

Miss Take ................................... 30

Doctor Thomas Neill Cream (Mystery at McGill) ................. 40

My Name Is Bosnia ..................... 31

978-0-88922-332-5; $16.95 CAN / $12.95 US

978-0-88922-542-8; $19.95 CAN / $19.95 US

Gabriel Dumont Speaks, 2nd ed. ............................................... 19

Joe Beef ..................................... 46 978-0-88922-291-5; $16.95 CAN / $12.95 US

Women in a World at War: Seven Dispatches from the Front ...... 25

978-0-88922-625-8; $16.95 CAN / $16.95 US

Motherhouse ............................... 5

978-0-88922-483-4; $24.95 CAN / $19.95 US

Dumont, Gabriel

Durand, Monique

978-0-88922-848-1; $16.95 CAN / $16.95 US

978-0-88922-696-8; $14.95 CAN / $14.95 US

Gale, Lorena

The Painter’s Wife ...................... 31

Nothing to Lose ......................... 48

Je me souviens ........................... 45

978-0-88922-535-0; $18.95 CAN / $18.95 US

978-0-88922-121-5; $17.95 CAN / $13.95 US

978-0-88922-453-7; $16.95 CAN / $16.95 US

On the Job ................................. 49

E

Takeover in Tehran: The Inside Story of the 1979 U.S. Embassy Capture ................................. 23

Fiorentino, Jon Paul & Robert Kroetsch

978-0-88922-523-7; $19.95 CAN / $17.95 US

The Decline of the Hollywood Empire ................................... 18

Fouquet, Ludovic

The Breakdown So Far ............... 26

The Visual Laboratory of Robert Lepage ................................... 13

Galluccio, Steve In Piazza San Domenico ............. 45

978-0-88922-196-3; $17.95 CAN / $17.95 US

Garneau, Michel

H

Warriors ..................................... 55

Hadfield, D.A.

978-0-88922-282-3; $16.95 CAN / $12.95 US

Garrard, Jim Cold Comfort ............................ 38 978-0-88922-201-4; $15.95 CAN / $11.95 US

EX MACHINA: Creating for the Stage ..................................... 19

Esker Mike and His Wife, Agiluk 42

978-0-88922-617-3; $29.95 CAN / $29.95 US

The Great Wave of Civilization ... 44

Glaap, Albert-Reiner & Sherrill Grace

Cariboo Magi ............................. 38 978-0-88922-527-5; $15.95 CAN / $13.95 US

978-0-88922-615-9; $19.95 CAN / $19.95 US

Espresso ..................................... 42

978-0-88922-475-9; $24.95 CAN / $19.95 US

The Strange Truth About Us: A Novel of Absence ............... 33

Leave of Absence ....................... 46

978-0-88922-495-7; $16.95 CAN / $16.95 US

978-0-88922-668-5; $16.95 CAN / $16.95 US

978-0-88922-753-8; $17.95 CAN / $17.95 US

The World Afloat: ........................ 1

Paradise Garden ......................... 49

978-0-88922-838-2; $12.95 CAN / $12.95 US

978-0-88922-658-6; $17.95 CAN / $17.95 US

978-0-88922-563-3; $24.95 CAN / $24.95 US

Hardin, Herschel

Down the Road to Eternity: New & Selected Fiction .......... 28

978-0-88922-545-9; $17.95 CAN / $17.95 US

Frangione, Lucia

Re: Producing Women’s Dramatic History: The Politics of Playing in Toronto .................................. 22

Gilbert, Bernard & Patrick Caux

Performing National Identities: International Perspectives on Contemporary Canadian Theatre ............................................... 22

Glover, Douglas Dog Attempts to Drown Man in Saskatoon ............................... 28 978-0-88922-228-1; $16.95 CAN / $12.95 US

Gold, Artie

Fawcett, Brian

French, David

Cambodia: A Book for People Who Find Television Too Slow ......... 27

Jitters ......................................... 45

The Collected Books of Artie Gold ............................................... 57

978-0-88922-242-7; $19.95 CAN / $19.95 US

978-0-88922-652-4; $29.95 CAN / $29.95 US

978-0-88922-237-3; $19.95 CAN / $19.95 US

Billy Bishop Goes to War, 1st ed. ............................................... 37

978-0-88922-689-0; $17.95 CAN / $17.95 US

Farrant, M.A.C.

978-0-88922-471-1; $17.95 CAN / $13.95 US

978-0-88922-248-9; $24.95 CAN / $19.95 US

Gray, John MacLachlan, with Eric Peterson

978-0-88922-494-0; $16.95 CAN / $16.95 US

978-0-88922-545-9; $17.95 CAN / $17.95 US

Darwin Alone in the Universe ..... 27

Local Boy Makes Good ............... 47

978-0-88922-119-2; $18.95 CAN / $14.95 US

Fischer, Hervé

978-0-88922-556-5; $17.95 CAN / $17.95 US

978-0-88922-540-4; $29.95 CAN / $24.95 US

Gray, John Maclachlan

978-0-88922-674-6; $17.95 CAN / $17.95 US

Peregrinations: Conversations with Contemporary Artists ............. 21

F

Theatre and AutoBiography: Writing and Performing Lives in Theory and Practice ................ 24

Mambo Italiano ......................... 47

Enright, Robert

978-0-921368-67-0; $24.95 CAN / $18.95 US

978-0-88922-475-9; $24.95 CAN / $19.95 US

Can You See Me Yet? ................ 38

Findley, Timothy

Post-Prairie: An Anthology of New Poetry .................................... 62

978-0-88922-443-8; $19.95 CAN / $15.95 US

Performing National Identities: International Perspectives on Contemporary Canadian Theatre ............................................... 22

Billy Bishop Goes to War, 2nd ed. ............................................... 16

978-0-88922-102-4; $17.95 CAN / $17.95 US

Ebtekar, Massoumeh, with Fred A. Reed

978-0-88922-618-0; $19.95 CAN / $19.95 US

Grace, Sherrill & Albert-Reiner Glaap

Grace, Sherrill & Jerry Wasserman

Go Figure ................................... 39

978-0-88922-669-2; $16.95 CAN / $16.95 US

Making Theatre: A Life of Sharon Pollock ................................... 20

978-0-88922-018-8; $15.95 CAN / $11.95 US 978-0-88922-106-2; $16.95 CAN / $12.95 US

Hendry, Tom Fifteen Miles of Broken Glass ..... 42 978-0-88922-096-6; $16.95 CAN / $12.95 US

Hentsch, Thierry Empire of Desire: The Abolition of Time ............... 18 978-0-88922-587-9; $29.95 CAN / $29.95 US

Truth or Death: The Quest for Immortality in the Western Narrative Tradition ..................... 25 978-0-88922-509-1; $39.95 CAN / $39.95 US

Hesiod Theogony / Works and Days ....... 65 978-0-88922-700-2; $17.95 CAN / $17.95 US


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Highway, Tomson

Janes, Mariner

Ernestine Shuswap Gets Her Trout .............................................. 42

The Monument Cycles ............... 62

978-0-88922-525-1; $16.95 CAN / $16.95 US

978-0-88922-751-4; $16.95 CAN / $16.95 US

Jetha, Sadru

The (Post) Mistress ..................... 15

Nuri Does Not Exist .................... 32

978-0-88922-780-4; $16.95 CAN / $16.95 US

978-0-88922-655-5; $16.95 CAN / $16.95 US

Rose .......................................... 50 978-0-88922-490-2; $18.95 CAN / $18.95 US

John-Kehewin, Wanda In the Dog House ......................... 5

Hildebrandt, Walter The Battle of Batoche: British Small Warfare and the Entrenched Métis ................... 16

This Is My Own .......................... 25 Cloth: 978-0-88922-231-1; $24.95 CAN / $19.95 US

Corker ....................................... 39

Pacific Windows: Collected Poems of Roy K. Kiyooka .................. 63

The Fighting Days ...................... 42

978-0-88922-378-3; $29.95 CAN / $24.95 US

978-0-921368-82-3; $29.95 CAN / $24.95 US

978-0-88922-452-0; $24.95 CAN / $19.95 US

Karasick, Adeena

Sisters ........................................ 51

Cloth: 978-0-88922-292-2; $29.95 CAN / $24.95 US

Luxton, Donald

Vol. IV: The Sechelt and the SouthEastern Tribes of Vancouver Island ............................................... 23

Dyssemia Sleaze ......................... 59

Kröller, Eva-Marie

The Empress Has No Closure ...... 59

George Bowering: Bright Circles of Colour .................................... 19

Luxton, Donald & Lilia D’Acres

978-0-88922-307-3; $16.95 CAN / $12.95 US

978-0-88922-306-6; $17.95 CAN / $13.95 US

978-0-88922-434-6; $24.95 CAN / $19.95 US

Genrecide .................................. 60 The House That Hijack Built ........ 61

978-0-88922-613-5; $29.95 CAN / $29.95 US

978-0-88922-370-7; $18.95 CAN / $14.95 US

Conversations in Tehran ............. 18

Vancouver: A Visual History ........ 25

978-0-88922-344-8; $16.95 CAN / $12.95 US

978-0-88922-550-3; $19.95 CAN / $19.95 US

This Poem .................................. 66 978-0-88922-699-9; $19.95 CAN / $19.95 US

A Few Words Will Do ................. 59

I Inglis, Raul Sanchez In the Eyes of God ..................... 45 978-0-88922-561-9; $17.95 CAN / $17.95 US

Innis, Doug & Hans Böggild The Satchmo’ Suite .................... 51 978-0-88922-648-7; $16.95 CAN / $16.95 US

Cloth: 978-0-88922-416-2; $34.95 CAN / $29.95 US

L

Mêmewars ................................. 62

Get on Top ................................. 29

978-0-88922-363-9; $24.95 CAN / $19.95 US

978-0-88922-558-9; $16.95 CAN / $16.95 US

Kennedy, Dorothy & Randy Bouchard Indian Myths & Legends from the North Pacific Coast of America: A Translation of Franz Boas’ 1895 Edition of Indianische Sagen von der Nord-Pacifischen Küste Amerikas ...................... 19 978-0-88922-553-4; $39.95 CAN / $39.95 US

The Lil’wat World of Charlie Mack ............................................... 20 978-0-88922-640-1; $24.95 CAN / $24.95 US

Kerr, Kevin Skydive ...................................... 52

Jaeger, Peter ABC of Reading TRG .................. 16 978-0-88922-423-0; $17.95 CAN / $13.95 US

Studies in Motion: The Hauntings of Eadweard Muybridge ............. 52 978-0-88922-810-8; $18.95 CAN / $18.95 US

Macdonald, Bruce Cloth: 978-0-88922-311-0; $60.00 CAN / $40.00 US

Lamothe, Serge

MacDonald, Bryden

The Baldwins ............................. 26

Divinity Bash / nine lives ............. 40

978-0-88922-544-2; $15.95 CAN / $15.95 US

Langley, Rod

978-0-88922-408-7; $16.95 CAN / $12.95 US

The Weekend Healer .................. 54

Bethune ..................................... 37

978-0-88922-360-8; $16.95 CAN / $12.95 US

978-0-88922-088-1; $17.95 CAN / $17.95 US

Whale Riding Weather ............... 55

The Dunsmuirs: Alone at the Edge ............................................... 41

With Bated Breath ..................... 56

978-0-88922-297-7; $16.95 CAN / $12.95 US

The Dunsmuirs: A Promise Kept . 41 978-0-88922-304-2; $16.95 CAN / $12.95 US

Lavallée, Ronald Tchipayuk: or The Way of the Wolf ............................................... 33 978-0-88922-338-7; $34.95 CAN / $29.95 US

978-0-88922-353-0; $16.95 CAN / $12.95 US 978-0-88922-651-7; $17.95 CAN / $17.95 US

MacDonald, Josh Halo ........................................... 44 978-0-88922-469-8; $17.95 CAN / $17.95 US

Whereverville ............................. 55 978-0-88922-506-0; $15.95 CAN / $15.95 US

MacIvor, Daniel

Leistner, Rita & Marie Clements

Cul-de-sac ................................. 39

The Edward Curtis Project: A Modern Picture Story .... 18, 41

Marion Bridge ............................ 47

978-0-88922-642-5; $24.95 CAN / $24.95 US

978-0-88922-515-2; $16.95 CAN / $16.95 US 978-0-88922-552-7; $19.95 CAN / $19.95 US

MacLeod, Joan

978-0-88922-638-8; $16.95 CAN / $16.95 US

J

Lions Gate ................................. 20

M

Kearns, Lionel

Outsider Notes ........................... 21

978-0-88922-554-1; $39.95 CAN / $39.95 US

Lafond, Jean-Daniel & Fred A. Reed

978-0-88922-511-4; $19.95 CAN / $15.95 US

Homel, David

Hunter, Lynette

978-0-88922-608-1; $16.95 CAN / $16.95 US

Building the West: The Early Architects of British Columbia, 2nd ed. .................................. 18

An English Canadian Poetics Vol. I: The Confederation Poets ............................................... 18

978-0-88922-236-6; $24.95 CAN / $19.95 US

978-0-88922-289-2; $16.95 CAN / $16.95 US

Loring, Kevin Where the Blood Mixes .............. 55

978-0-88922-523-7; $19.95 CAN / $17.95 US

Signs of Literature ...................... 23

978-0-88922-593-0; $16.95 CAN / $16.95 US

Kroetsch, Robert & Jon Paul Fiorentino

978-0-88922-604-3; $19.95 CAN / $19.95 US

978-0-7737-6048-6; $22.95 CAN / $18.95 US

978-0-88922-489-6; $15.95 CAN / $11.95 US

Justice in Our Time: The Japanese Canadian Redress Settlement ............................................... 20

978-0-88922-694-4; $24.95 CAN / $24.95 US

K

978-0-88922-369-1; $17.95 CAN / $17.95 US

The Occupation of Heather Rose ............................................... 48

Amuse Bouche ........................... 57

Hughes, Kenneth James

978-0-88922-226-7; $15.95 CAN / $13.95 US

Kobayashi, Cassandra & Roy Miki

978-0-88922-150-5; $18.95 CAN / $14.95 US

978-0-88922-385-1; $19.95 CAN / $15.95 US

978-0-88922-394-3; $16.95 CAN / $12.95 US

Memories of You ....................... 47

Post-Prairie: An Anthology of New Poetry .................................... 64

Willful Acts ................................ 55

978-0-88922-569-5; $15.95 CAN / $15.95 US

Kiyooka, Roy K.

No Plaster Saint: The Life of Mildred Osterhout Fahrni .................... 21

Vol. II: The Squamish and the Lillooet ................................... 23

Hollingsworth, Margaret

978-0-88922-336-3; $16.95 CAN / $12.95 US

Chimera ..................................... 38

Essays on George F. Walker: Playing with Anxiety .......................... 18

Tracing the Lines: Reflections on Contemporary Poetics and Cultural Politics in Honour of Roy Miki ................................ 14

978-0-88922-151-2; $18.95 CAN / $14.95 US

All Fall Down ............................. 35

The Glace Bay Miners’ Museum . 43

The Salish People (ed. Ralph Maud) Vol. I: The Thompson and the Okanagan .............................. 23

Hogg, Robert

Lill, Wendy

Knickerbocker, Nancy

Joseph, Maia, et al.

Vol. III: The Mainland Halkomelem ............................................... 23

Kitagawa, Muriel

978-0-88922-749-1; $16.95 CAN / $16.95 US

978-0-88922-693-7; $24.95 CAN / $24.95 US

978-0-88922-149-9; $18.95 CAN / $14.95 US

978-0-88922-461-2; $17.95 CAN / $17.95 US

Johnson, Chris

Hill-Tout, Charles

978-0-88922-148-2; $19.95 CAN / $19.95 US

Unity (1918) ............................... 54

Cloth: 978-0-88922-376-9; $39.95 CAN / $34.95 US

Leroux, Louis Patrick

Amigo’s Blue Guitar ................... 35 978-0-88922-371-4; $15.95 CAN / $11.95 US

Ludwig & Mae ........................... 47

Another Home Invasion ............. 36

978-0-88922-623-4; $19.95 CAN / $19.95 US

978-0-88922-622-7; $16.95 CAN / $16.95 US


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Homechild ................................. 44

Malyon, Carol & bill bissett

The Hope Slide / Little Sister ....... 44

griddle talk: a yeer uv bill n carol dewing brunch ...................... 19

978-0-88922-411-7; $16.95 CAN / $12.95 US

978-0-88922-606-7; $18.95 CAN / $18.95 US

978-0-88922-582-4; $16.95 CAN / $16.95 US

The Shape of a Girl / Jewel ......... 51

978-0-88922-374-5; $17.95 CAN / $13.95 US

Like a Child of the Earth ............. 30

Toronto, Mississippi .................... 53

978-0-88922-261-8; $18.95 CAN / $14.95 US

978-0-88922-583-1; $15.95 CAN / $15.95 US

The Magnificent Voyage of Emily Carr .............................. 47

Goodnight Disgrace ................... 43 978-0-88922-238-0; $16.95 CAN / $12.95 US

A Record of Writing ................... 22

978-0-88922-846-7; $17.95 CAN / $17.95 US

978-0-88922-314-1; $16.95 CAN / $12.95 US

Mother of the Grass ................... 31

978-0-88922-256-4; $29.95 CAN / $24.95 US

978-0-88922-267-0; $18.95 CAN / $14.95 US

Tracing the Lines ........................ 25

Saga of the Wet Hens ................ 50

978-0-88922-694-4; $29.95 CAN / $24.95 US

Rational Geomancy: The Kids of the Book-Machine ....................... 22 978-0-88922-300-4; $29.95 CAN / $29.95 US

McClure, Michael Specks, 2nd ed. ......................... 65 978-0-88922-688-3; $16.95 CAN / $16.95 US

McElroy, Gil

978-0-88922-213-7; $17.95 CAN / $13.95 US

White Pebbles in the Dark Forests ............................................... 34 978-0-88922-280-9; $16.95 CAN / $12.95 US

Marlatt, Daphne The Gull ..................................... 44

978-0-88922-448-3; $29.95 CAN / $24.95 US

Meanwhile: The Critical Writings of bpNichol ................................ 21 978-0-88922-447-6; $34.95 CAN / $29.95 US

Selected Writing: As Elected ....... 65

Cloth: 978-0-88922-263-2; $39.95 CAN / $34.95 US

2000 .......................................... 54 978-0-88922-373-8; $16.95 CAN / $12.95 US

bpNichol Comics ........................ 57

Miki, Roy

Tracing the Paths: Reading =/ Writing The Martyrology .................... 25

McCaffery, Steve & bpNichol

Nichol, bp

Mercer, Michael

Marchessault, Jovette

978-0-88922-460-5; $16.95 CAN / $16.95 US

The Valley .................................... 6

The Time Being .......................... 33

978-0-88922-176-5; $17.95 CAN / $13.95 US

Nichol, bp & Steve McCaffery Rational Geomancy: The Kids of the Book-Machine ....................... 22 978-0-88922-300-4; $29.95 CAN / $29.95 US

Nichol, James W.

Miki, Roy & Cassandra Kobayashi

Sainte-Marie among the Hurons 50

Justice in Our Time: The Japanese Canadian Redress Settlement . 20

Nicholson, Cecily

978-0-88922-147-5; $15.95 CAN / $11.95 US

Triage ......................................... 65

Cloth: 978-0-88922-292-2; $29.95 CAN / $24.95 US

Mitchell, Ken

978-0-88922-657-9; $16.95 CAN / $16.95 US

From the Poplars ........................ 10

978-0-88922-616-6; $17.95 CAN / $17.95 US

Cruel Tears ................................. 39

Cold Comfort: Growing Up Cold War ............................... 18

Liquidities: Vancouver Poems Then and Now..................................62

978-0-88922-120-8; $17.95 CAN / $17.95 US

978-0-88922-684-5; $18.95 CAN / $18.95 US

978-0-88922-761-3; $16.95 CAN / $16.95 US

The Lady Smith .......................... 46

978-0-88922-633-3; $16.95 CAN / $16.95 US

Dream Pool Essays ..................... 59

Selected Writing: Net Work ........ 65

978-1-55331-002-0; $14.95 CAN / $12.95 US

Dominican Moon ....................... 59

978-0-88922-454-4; $16.95 CAN / $12.95 US

978-0-88922-175-8; $17.95 CAN / $13.95 US

Last Scattering Surfaces ............. 62

This Tremor Love Is ..................... 66

978-0-88922-575-6; $16.95 CAN / $16.95 US

Moodie, Andrew

978-0-88922-856-6; $16.95 CAN / $16.95 US

Norris, Ken Asian Skies ................................. 57

Moore, Mavor Six Plays by Mavor Moore .......... 52

978-0-88922-450-6; $17.95 CAN / $17.95 US

978-0-88922-526-8; $17.95 CAN / $15.95 US

Fifty ........................................... 59

978-0-88922-271-7; $19.95 CAN / $15.95 US

978-0-88922-479-7; $15.95 CAN / $11.95 US

Martin, Patrice

Morse, Garry Thomas

978-0-88922-499-5; $16.95 CAN / $12.95 US

Kafka’s Hat .................................. 8

After Jack .................................. 56

978-0-88922-659-3; $17.95 CAN / $17.95 US

Ordinary Time ............................ 63

978-0-88922-743-9; $12.95 CAN / $12.95 US

978-0-88922-776-7; $19.95 CAN / $19.95 US

Going Home .............................. 60

NonZero Definitions ................... 63

Maud, Ralph

Floating Up to Zero .................... 60

Death in Vancouver .................... 27

978-0-88922-573-2; $18.95 CAN / $18.95 US

Charles Olson at the Harbor ..... 17

978-0-88922-607-4; $19.95 CAN / $19.95 US

Five Star Planet .......................... 59

978-0-88922-576-3; $19.95 CAN / $19.95 US

Discovery Passages ..................... 58

Hotel Montreal: New and Selected Poems .................................... 60

978-0-88922-468-1; $17.95 CAN / $13.95 US

A Guide to B.C. Indian Myth and Legend ................................... 19

978-0-88922-660-9; $17.95 CAN / $17.95 US

978-0-88922-456-8; $17.95 CAN / $13.95 US

Minor Episodes / Major Ruckus .. 30

Limbo Road ............................... 62 978-0-88922-401-8; $17.95 CAN / $13.95 US

978-0-88922-675-3; $17.95 CAN / $17.95 US

McFadden, David W.

Great Lakes Suite ....................... 19 978-0-88922-382-0; $19.95 CAN / $19.95 US

978-0-88922-189-5; $19.95 CAN / $19.95 US

978-0-88922-697-5; $16.95 CAN / $16.95 US

Gypsy Guitar .............................. 60

Rogue Cells / Carbon Harbour .... 13

There’ll Be Another .................... 66

Poet to Publisher: Charles Olson’s Correspondence with Donald Allen ......................... 22

Murakami, Sachiko

O’Hagan, Howard

978-0-88922-361-5; $16.95 CAN / $12.95 US

978-0-88922-486-5; $18.95 CAN / $14.95 US

The Invisibility Exhibit ................. 61

The School-Marm Tree ............... 32

The Porcupine Hunter and Other Stories .................................... 22

978-0-88922-579-4; $16.95 CAN / $16.95 US

978-0-88922-129-1; $19.95 CAN / $15.95 US

Rebuild .................................... 64

Trees Are Lonely Company ......... 33

978-0-88922-250-2; $18.95 CAN / $14.95 US

McKinnon, Barry The Centre: Poems 1970–2000 .. 58 978-0-88922-497-1; $18.95 CAN / $14.95 US

mclennan, rob

978-0-88922-333-2; $18.95 CAN / $14.95 US

gifts ........................................... 60

Transmission Difficulties: Franz Boas and Tsimshian Mythology ....... 25

978-0-88922-605-0; $18.95 CAN / $18.95 US

978-0-88922-430-8; $18.95 CAN / $14.95 US

Glengarry ................................... 60

978-0-88922-776-7; $19.95 CAN / $19.95 US

978-0-88922-776-7; $19.95 CAN / $19.95 US

O’Neill, Chris & Ken Schwartz

The Heretic ................................ 44

Westray: The Long Way Home ... 55

978-0-88922-595-4; $16.95 CAN / $16.95 US

Murrell, John

Olson, Charles Muthologos: Lectures and Interviews, 2nd ed. ................ 21

Beyond Recall ............................ 16

Democracy ................................. 40

978-0-88922-505-3; $19.95 CAN / $15.95 US

978-0-921368-28-1; $10.95 CAN / $7.95 US

978-0-88922-455-1; $16.95 CAN / $12.95 US

The Box Closet ........................... 17

The Faraway Nearby ................... 42

The Richard Brautigan Ahhhhhhhhhhh ..................... 64

978-0-88922-253-3; $19.95 CAN / $15.95 US

978-0-921368-56-4; $10.95 CAN / $10.95 US

In the Company of Strangers ..... 19

Waiting for the Parade ............... 54

978-0-88922-424-7; $15.95 CAN / $11.95 US

978-0-88922-294-6; $18.95 CAN / $14.95 US

978-0-88922-183-3; $17.95 CAN / $17.95 US

what’s left .................................. 66

Lily Briscoe: A Self-Portrait .......... 20

Death of the Spider .................... 27 978-0-88922-298-4; $15.95 CAN / $11.95 US

978-0-88922-491-9; $15.95 CAN / $11.95 US

Meigs, Mary

978-0-88922-662-3; $17.95 CAN / $17.95 US

978-0-88922-498-8; $16.95 CAN / $12.95 US

978-0-88922-327-1; $24.95 CAN / $19.95 US

Murphy, John

harvest: a book of signifiers ....... 60

Mailhot, Michèle

O

978-0-88922-195-6; $24.95 CAN / $19.95 US

The Medusa Head ...................... 21 978-0-88922-210-6; $17.95 CAN / $13.95 US

N Nadeau, Michel And Slowly Beauty ..................... 13 978-0-88922-786-6; $17.95 CAN / $17.95 US

978-0-88922-639-5; $39.95 CAN / $39.95 US

Olson, Charles & Frances Boldereff After Completion: The Later Letters of Charles Olson and Frances Boldereff ............ 12 978-0-88922-706-4; $24.95 CAN / $24.95 US


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Salonica Terminus: Travels into the Balkan Nightmare .................. 24

Benevolence .............................. 36

978-0-88922-368-4; $24.95 CAN / $19.95 US

978-0-88922-584-8; $16.95 CAN / $16.95 US

Shattered Images: The Rise of Militant Iconoclasm in Syria .... 23

The Dishwashers ........................ 40 978-0-88922-524-4; $17.95 CAN / $17.95 US

978-0-88922-485-8; $19.95 CAN / $15.95 US

Earshot ...................................... 41 The Ends of the Earth ................. 41

Takeover in Tehran: The Inside Story of the 1979 U.S. Embassy Capture ................... 23

978-0-88922-334-9; $17.95 CAN / $13.95 US

978-0-88922-443-8; $19.95 CAN / $15.95 US

Girl in the Goldfish Bowl ............ 44 978-0-88922-481-0; $16.95 CAN / $16.95 US

Then We Were One: Fragments of Two Lives ............................... 24

Gordon ...................................... 43

978-0-88922-667-8; $19.95 CAN / $19.95 US

978-0-88922-444-5; $15.95 CAN / $11.95 US

978-0-88922-664-7; $17.95 CAN / $17.95 US

In Absentia ................................ 45 978-0-88922-702-6; $17.95 CAN / $17.95 US

Lawrence & Holloman ................ 45 978-0-88922-392-9; $16.95 CAN / $12.95 US

Other Schools of Thought .......... 49 978-0-88922-346-2; $17.95 CAN / $13.95 US

978-0-88922-393-6; $17.95 CAN / $13.95 US

Rostand, Edmond

978-0-88922-301-1; $19.95 CAN / $19.95 US

Taking My Life ............................ 24 Theme for Diverse Instruments ... 33 978-0-88922-060-7; $18.95 CAN / $14.95 US

The Athabasca Ryga .................. 26 978-0-88922-276-2; $19.95 CAN / $15.95 US

All Is Flesh .................................. 56

The Ecstasy of Rita Joe ............... 41

978-0-88922-672-2; $17.95 CAN / $17.95 US

978-0-88922-000-3; $17.95 CAN / $17.95 US

George Ryga: The Other Plays .... 43 978-0-88922-500-8; $29.95 CAN / $24.95 US

Vigil, 2nd ed. ............................. 54

978-0-88922-610-4; $16.95 CAN / $16.95 US

George Ryga: The Prairie Novels ............................................... 29

978-0-88922-560-2; $15.95 CAN / $15.95 US

Peters, Carl textual vishyuns: image and text in the work of bill bissett ........... 24

Robertson, Leslie A. & Dara Culhane

Lasagna: The Man Behind the Mask ............................................... 20

Simons, Beverley Crabdance ................................. 39 978-0-88922-016-4; $17.95 CAN / $17.95 US

Simpson, Natalie Thrum ........................................ 11

Ryga, George

Legoland .................................... 46

978-0-88922-692-0; $16.95 CAN / $16.95 US

They Called Me Number One: Secrets and Survival at an Indian Residential School .................. 24

978-0-88922-673-9; $19.95 CAN / $19.95 US

978-0-88922-628-9; $16.95 CAN / $16.95 US

What Lies Before Us ................... 55

978-0-88910-456-3; $19.95 CAN / $15.95 US

Sellars, Bev

978-0-88922-741-5; $24.95 CAN / $24.95 US

Renaud, Yannick

Richmond, Jacob

Main Brides ................................ 30

Sévigny, Hélène & Ronald Cross

Reimer, Nikki 978-0-88922-854-2; $16.95 CAN / $16.95 US

978-0-88922-220-5; $17.95 CAN / $13.95 US

Scott, Gail

978-0-88922-835-1; $18.95 CAN / $18.95 US

978-0-88922-550-3; $19.95 CAN / $19.95 US

I. Another. The Space Between: Selected Poems........................61

bpNichol: What History Teaches ............................................... 17

Cyrano de Bergerac ................... 39

Desert of the Heart .................... 28

978-0-88922-281-6; $17.95 CAN / $17.95 US

Trespassers, The ......................... 53

Paradise by the River .................. 49

Rule, Jane

DOWNVERSE ............................... 9

978-0-88922-624-1; $29.95 CAN / $29.95 US

978-0-88922-564-0; $16.95 CAN / $16.95 US

Conversations in Tehran ............. 19

Reid, Jamie

Scobie, Stephen

978-0-88922-609-8; $17.95 CAN / $17.95 US

Hellfire Pass: A Carpenter’s Trilogy, A Chronicle in Three Plays, Part I ............................................... 44

Reed, Fred A. & Daniel Lafond

7 Stories .................................... 51 Still Laughing: Three Adaptations by Morris Panych ........................ 52

The Carpenter: A Carpenter’s Trilogy, A Chronicle in Three Plays, Part III ....................................... 38

978-0-88922-850-4; $16.95 CAN / $16.95 US

Soutar, Annabel Seeds ......................................... 51 978-0-88922-701-9; $18.95 CAN / $18.95 US

Strang, Catriona Corked ........................................ 8 978-0-88922-852-8; $16.95 CAN / $16.95 US

Strindberg, August Miss Julie ................................... 48

978-0-88922-501-5; $24.95 CAN / $19.95 US

In Plain Sight: Reflections on Life in Downtown Eastside Vancouver ............................................... 20

In the Shadow of the Vulture .......29

978-0-88922-513-8; $19.95 CAN / $19.95 US

978-0-88922-313-4; $34.95 CAN / $29.95 US

978-0-88922-549-7; $16.95 CAN / $16.95 US

Suttles, Wayne

978-0-88922-233-5; $24.95 CAN / $19.95 US

Coast Salish Essays ..................... 17

Summerland .............................. 33

978-0-88922-212-0; $29.95 CAN / $24.95 US

T

Robinson, Harry & Wendy Wickwire

S

Tallman, Warren

Sacher, William & Alain Deneault

In the Midst ............................... 20

978-0-921368-41-0; $10.95 CAN / $7.95 US

Living by Stories: A Journey of Landscape and Memory ......... 20

Walsh ........................................ 54

978-0-88922-522-0; $24.95 CAN / $24.95 US

Taylor, Drew Hayden

978-0-88922-215-1; $18.95 CAN / $18.95 US

Nature Power: In the Spirit of an Okanagan Storyteller ............. 21

Imperial Canada Inc.: Legal Haven of Choice for the World’s Mining Industries ............................. 16

978-0-88922-504-6; $24.95 CAN / $24.95 US

978-0-88922-635-7; $29.95 CAN / $29.95 US

978-0-88922-661-6; $24.95 CAN / $24.95 US

Pollock, Sharon Saucy Jack ................................. 50

R Reaney, James 978-0-88922-001-0; $17.95 CAN / $13.95 US

Write It on Your Heart: The Epic World of an Okanagan Storyteller .............................. 25

Listen to the Wind ..................... 46

978-0-88922-502-2; $24.95 CAN / $24.95 US

Colours in the Dark .................... 38

978-0-88922-002-7; $17.95 CAN / $13.95 US

Rebar, Kelly

Rodin, Renee

Salutin, Rick Les Canadiens ............................ 38 978-0-88922-122-2; $18.95 CAN / $18.95 US

Schermbrucker, Bill Chameleon & Other Stories ........ 27

978-0-88922-308-0; $24.95 CAN / $19.95 US

alterNatives ................................ 35 978-0-88922-428-5; $18.95 CAN / $18.95 US

The Baby Blues ........................... 36 978-0-88922-406-3; $16.95 CAN / $16.95 US

The Berlin Blues ......................... 37 978-0-88922-581-7; $16.95 CAN / $16.95 US

The Boy in the Treehouse / Girl Who Loved Her Horses .... 37

Bread and Salt ........................... 57

978-0-88922-208-3; $17.95 CAN / $13.95 US

978-0-88922-441-4; $18.95 CAN / $18.95 US

Bordertown Café ....................... 37

978-0-88922-367-7; $16.95 CAN / $12.95 US

Mimosa ..................................... 30

The Buz’Gem Blues .................... 38

978-0-88922-477-3; $17.95 CAN / $17.95 US

Subject to Change ..................... 23

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978-0-88922-462-9; $16.95 CAN / $16.95 US

978-0-88922-644-9; $18.95 CAN / $18.95 US

Motortherapy ............................ 31

Dead White Writer on the Floor ............................................... 40

Reed, Fred A. Anatolia Junction: A Journey into Hidden Turkey ........................ 16 978-0-88922-426-1; $24.95 CAN / $19.95 US

Persian Postcards: Iran After Khomeini ............... 22 978-0-88922-351-6; $24.95 CAN / $19.95 US

Rossi, Vittorio Carmela’s Table: A Carpenter’s Trilogy, A Chronicle in Three Plays, Part II ..................................... 38 978-0-88922-594-7; $17.95 CAN / $17.95 US

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Schwartz, Ken & Chris O’Neill Westray: The Long Way Home ... 55 978-0-88922-491-9; $15.95 CAN / $11.95 US

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God and the Indian ...................... 7 978-0-88922-844-3; $17.95 CAN / $17.95 US

In a World Created by a Drunken God ....................................... 45 978-0-88922-537-4; $17.95 CAN / $17.95 US

Albertine in Five Times (translated by Van Burek & Glassco) ........ 35

News from Édouard ................... 31

978-0-88922-234-2; $16.95 CAN / $16.95 US

Past Perfect ................................ 49

Assorted Candies for the Theatre ............................................... 36

978-0-88922-493-3; $15.95 CAN / $11.95 US

978-0-88922-435-3; $19.95 CAN / $15.95 US

The Real World? ........................ 50

Ali & Ali: The Deportation Hearings ............................................... 14 978-0-88922-782-8; $16.95 CAN / $16.95 US

Verdecchia, Guillermo & Marcus Youssef

NEWS: Postcards from the Four Directions ........................ 21

978-0-88922-572-5; $15.95 CAN / $15.95 US

978-0-88922-260-1; $15.95 CAN / $11.95 US

A Line in the Sand ...................... 46

Bambi and Me ........................... 16

The Red Notebook ..................... 32

978-0-88922-375-2; $16.95 CAN / $16.95 US

978-0-88922-643-2; $24.95 CAN / $24.95 US

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Only Drunks and Children Tell the Truth ......................................... 49

Les Belles Soeurs ........................ 36

Remember Me ........................... 50

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Birth of a Bookworm .................. 16

Sainte-Carmen of the Main ........ 50

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978-0-88922-181-9; $15.95 CAN / $15.95 US

978-0-88922-620-3; $17.95 CAN / $17.95 US

The Black Notebook ................... 26

Some Night My Prince Will Come ............................................... 32

Selected Poems: Loki Is Buried at Smoky Creek ...........................64

Thesen, Sharon Aurora ....................................... 57

W Wah, Fred is a door .................................... 60

978-0-88910-471-6; $15.95 CAN / $11.95 US

978-0-88922-543-5; $19.95 CAN / $19.95 US

The New Long Poem Anthology, 2nd ed. .................................. 63

The Blue Notebook .................... 26

978-0-88922-510-7; $17.95 CAN / $13.95 US

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978-0-88922-619-7; $24.95 CAN / $24.95 US

Sentenced to Light ..................... 65

978-0-88922-438-4; $39.95 CAN / $29.95 US

Bonbons Assortis / Assorted Candies ................... 17

Thérèse and Pierrette and the Little Hanging Angel ....................... 33

News & Smoke: Selected Poems . 63

978-0-88922-198-7; $19.95 CAN / $15.95 US

978-0-88922-577-0; $29.95 CAN; $29.95 US

Walker, George F.

978-0-88922-541-1; $17.95 CAN / $17.95 US

A Thing of Beauty ....................... 33

Bonjour, Là, Bonjour ................... 37

978-0-88922-390-5; $19.95 CAN / $15.95 US

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Latakia ....................................... 30

978-0-88922-252-6; $15.95 CAN / $11.95 US

Twelve Opening Acts .................. 25

The East End Plays: Part I ............ 41

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Thomas, Audrey 978-0-88922-167-3; $18.95 CAN / $14.95 US

Crossing the Continent .............. 27

Mrs. Blood ................................. 31

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Damnée Manon, Sacrée Sandra . 39

Real Mothers ............................. 32

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The Driving Force ....................... 40

Songs My Mother Taught Me ..... 33

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978-0-88922-466-7; $18.95 CAN / $14.95 US

And So It Goes ........................... 35

978-0-88922-413-1; $24.95 CAN / $24.95 US

Tulchinsky, Karen X.

The East End Plays: Part II ........... 41

The Five Books of Moses Lapinsky ............................................... 28

Heaven ...................................... 44

978-0-88922-646-3; $29.95 CAN / $29.95 US

978-0-88922-404-9; $19.95 CAN / $19.95 US 978-0-88922-429-2; $17.95 CAN / $13.95 US

Tussman, Joseph

King of Thieves .......................... 46

The Duchess and the Commoner ............................................... 28

The Burden of Office: Agamemnon and Other Losers .................... 17

The Power Plays ......................... 49

Cartouches ................................ 57

978-0-88922-418-6; $19.95 CAN / $15.95 US

978-0-88922-265-6; $18.95 CAN / $14.95 US

978-0-88922-790-3; $16.95 CAN / $16.95 US

Singed Wings ............................ 15

La Duchesse de Langeais & Other Plays ............................ 41

978-0-88922-790-3; $16.95 CAN / $16.95 US

978-0-88922-104-8; $16.95 CAN / $12.95 US

Tostevin, Lola Lemire

Tremblay, Larry Abraham Lincoln Goes to the Theatre .................................. 35

V

978-0-88922-402-5; $24.95 CAN / $24.95 US

Vachon, Hélène Matter of Gravity, A ..................... 3

978-0-88922-092-8; $16.95 CAN / $12.95 US

978-0-88922-840-5; $16.95 CAN / $16.95 US

The Fat Woman Next Door Is Pregnant ................................ 28

The Bicycle Eater ........................ 27

978-0-88922-190-1; $19.95 CAN / $19.95 US

Vanderhaeghe, Guy

Suburban Motel ......................... 52 978-0-88922-412-4; $29.95 CAN / $29.95 US

Walsh, Des Love and Savagery ..................... 62

Dancock’s Dance ........................ 40

978-0-88922-599-2; $16.95 CAN / $16.95 US

978-0-88922-533-6; $16.95 CAN / $14.95 US

The Singer’s Broken Throat ......... 65

Verdecchia, Guillermo

978-0-88922-528-2; $19.95 CAN / $17.95 US

The First Quarter of the Moon .... 28

Obese Christ, The ........................ 4

978-0-88922-352-3; $19.95 CAN / $15.95 US

Another Country / bloom ........... 36

978-0-88922-842-9; $14.95 CAN / $14.95 US

For the Pleasure of Seeing Her Again ..................................... 43

Citizen Suárez ............................ 27

Piercing ...................................... 32

978-0-88922-414-8; $19.95 CAN / $15.95 US

Somewhere Else ......................... 52

En Pièces Détachées ................... 41

978-0-88922-649-4; $16.95 CAN / $16.95 US

978-0-88922-755-2; $17.95 CAN / $17.95 US

978-0-88922-570-1; $17.95 CAN / $17.95 US

978-0-88922-478-0; $15.95 CAN / $11.95 US

Wasserman, Jerry Modern Canadian Plays: Vol. I, 4th ed. ......................... 48

978-0-88922-645-6; $17.95 CAN / $17.95 US

978-0-88922-389-9; $16.95 CAN / $16.95 US

978-0-88922-391-2; $17.95 CAN / $13.95 US

978-0-88922-436-0; $39.95 CAN / $39.95 US

Talking Bodies ............................ 53

Forever Yours, Marie-Lou ........... 43

Fronteras Americanas: American Borders, 1st ed. .........43

Modern Canadian Plays: Vol. I, 5th ed. ......................... 48

978-0-88922-445-2; $19.95 CAN / $15.95 US

978-0-88922-349-3; $16.95 CAN / $16.95 US

The Ventriloquist ........................ 54

The Heart Laid Bare .................... 29

978-0-88922-383-7; $16.95 CAN / $16.95 US

978-0-88922-678-4; $49.95 CAN / $49.95 US

978-0-88922-536-7; $15.95 CAN / $13.95 US

978-0-88922-425-4; $19.95 CAN / $15.95 US

Fronteras Americanas: American Borders, 2nd ed. ...... 16

Modern Canadian Plays Vol. II, 4th ed. ........................ 48

Tremblay, Lise

Hosanna, 3rd ed. ....................... 44

The Hunting Ground .................. 29

978-0-88922-831-3; $16.95 CAN / $16.95 US

978-0-88922-534-3; $15.95 CAN / $13.95 US

The Impromptu of Outremont .... 45

978-0-88922-705-7; $16.95 CAN / $16.95 US

Verdecchia, Guillermo & Daniel Brooks

978-0-88922-437-7; $39.95 CAN / $39.95 US

Modern Candian PLays Vol. ||, 5th ed. ........................ 14

Judith’s Sister ............................. 30

978-0-88922-185-7; $15.95 CAN / $11.95 US

978-0-88922-677-7; $14.95 CAN / $14.95 US

Impromptu on Nuns’ Island ........ 45

The Noam Chomsky Lectures ..... 48

978-0-88922-679-1; $49.95 CAN / $49.95 US

Mile End .................................... 30

978-0-88922-470-4; $15.95 CAN / $11.95 US

978-0-88922-405-6; $15.95 CAN / $15.95 US

978-0-88922-467-4; $17.95 CAN / $13.95 US

La Maison Suspendue ................ 47

Spectacle of Empire: Marc Lescarbot’s Theatre of Neptune in New France ............................................... 52

Tremblay, Michel Albertine in Five Times (translated by Gaboriau) .......................... 35 978-0-88922-627-2; $16.95 CAN / $16.95 US

978-0-88922-295-3; $16.95 CAN / $12.95 US

Marcel Pursued by the Hounds ... 47 978-0-88922-326-4; $16.95 CAN / $12.95 US

Verdecchia, Guillermo, Camyar Chai & Marcus Youssef The Adventures of Ali & Ali and the aXes of Evil .............................. 35 978-0-88922-516-9; $17.95 CAN / $17.95 US

978-0-88922-547-3; $21.95 CAN / $21.95 US


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Twenty Years at Play: A New Play Centre Anthology .................. 54 978-0-88922-275-5; $29.95 CAN / $24.95 US

Wasserman, Jerry & Sherrill Grace Theatre and AutoBiography: Writing and Performing Lives in Theory and Practice ................ 24

Youssef, Marcus, Camyar Chai & Guillermo Verdecchia The Adventures of Ali & Ali and the aXes of Evil .............................. 35 978-0-88922-516-9; $17.95 CAN / $17.95 US

Ali & Ali: The Deportation Hearings ............................................... 14 978-0-88922-782-8; $16.95 CAN / $16.95 US

978-0-88922-540-4; $29.95 CAN / $24.95 US

Watts, Charles & Edward Byrne

Z

The Recovery of the Public World ............................................... 22

Zomparelli, Daniel

978-0-88922-388-2; $39.95 CAN / $29.95 US

Webb, Phyllis Hanging Fire ............................... 60 978-0-88910-391-7; $15.95 CAN / $11.95 US

Selected Poems: The Vision Tree . 65 978-0-88922-202-1; $17.95 CAN / $17.95 US

Wells, Oliver N. The Chilliwacks and Their Neighbors ............................................... 17 978-0-88922-255-7; $24.95 CAN / $19.95 US

Wickwire, Wendy & Harry Robinson Living by Stories: A Journey of Landscape and Memory ......... 20 978-0-88922-522-0; $24.95 CAN / $24.95 US

Nature Power: In the Spirit of an Okanagan Storyteller ............. 21 978-0-88922-504-6; $24.95 CAN / $24.95 US

Write It on Your Heart: The Epic World of an Okanagan Storyteller .............................. 26 978-0-88922-502-2; $24.95 CAN / $24.95 US

Winter, Jack My TWP Plays: A Collection Including Ten Lost Years ......... 14 978-0-88922-784-2; $24.95 CAN / $24.95 US

Woodcock, George Two Plays ................................... 54 978-0-88922-123-9; $16.95 CAN / $12.95 US

Y York, Annie, Chris Arnett & Richard Daly They Write Their Dreams on the Rock Forever ......................... 24 Cloth: 978-0-88922-331-8; $60.00 CAN / $40.00 US

Youssef, Marcus Adrift ......................................... 35 978-0-88922-585-5; $16.95 CAN / $16.95 US

Youssef, Marcus & Guillermo Verdecchia A Line in the Sand ...................... 46 978-0-88922-375-2; $16.95 CAN / $16.95 US

Davie Street Translations ............ 58 978-0-88922-683-8; $16.95 CAN / $16.95 US


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French, David Miss Julie ............................... 46 The Seagull ............................ 51

Gaboriau, Linda Aronoff, Phyllis & Howard Scott Against the Wind ................... 26 A Matter of Gravity .................. 3 My Name Is Bosnia ................ 31 A Slight Case of Fatigue ......... 32 Women in a World at War ..... 25

Avasilichioaei, Oana Wigrum ................................. 13

Barnholden, Michael Gabriel Dumont Speaks ......... 19

Bertz, Dietrich Indian Myths & Legends from the North Pacific Coast of America ............................. 19

Bilodeau, Chantal Abraham Lincoln Goes to the Theatre ........................ 35 Kafka’s Hat ............................ 30

Bishop, Neil B. Death of the Spider ................ 27

Brown, Alan The Fairies Are Thirsty ............ 42

Browne, Catherine Canada: A New Tax Haven ....... 2

Browning, Will Go Figure ............................... 29 Miss Take ............................... 30

Claxton, Patricia Tchipayuk ............................... 33

Fischman, Sheila Bambi and Me ....................... 16 The Bicycle Eater .................... 26 Birth of a Bookworm .............. 17 The Black Notebook ............... 26 The Blue Notebook ................ 26 Crossing the Continent .......... 28 The Duchess and the Commoner .................. 29 The Fat Woman Next Door Is Pregnant ......................... 28 The First Quarter of the Moon 28 The Heart Laid Bare ................ 29 News from Édouard ............... 32 The Obese Christ ..................... 4 The Painter’s Wife .................. 32 The Red Notebook ................. 33 Some Night My Prince Will Come ......................... 33 Talking Bodies ........................ 52 Thérèse and Pierrette and the Little Hanging Angel .......... 34 A Thing of Beauty .................. 34 Twelve Opening Acts ............. 25

Albertine in Five Times ........... 35 All the Verdis of Venice .......... 35 American Notebooks ............. 16 Assorted Candies for the Theatre ........................ 36 Bonbons Assortis / Assorted Candies ............................. 17 The Concise Köchel ............... 38 The Coronation Voyage ......... 39 Down Dangerous Passes Road .......................................... 40 The Driving Force ................... 40 For the Pleasure of Seeing Her Again .......................... 42 Fragments of a Farewell Letter Read by Geologists ............ 43 The Hunting Ground .............. 29 Impromptu on Nuns’ Island .... 45 In the Eyes of Stone Dogs ...... 45 Judith’s Sister ......................... 30 The Madonna Painter ............ 46 The Magnificent Voyage of Emily Carr .......................... 47 Past Perfect ............................ 49 Piercing .................................. 32 The Queens ........................... 49 Saga of the Wet Hens ............ 50 Scattered in a Rising Wind ..... 33 Song of the Say-Sayer ............ 51 The Tale of Teeka ................... 52 That Woman .......................... 52 Tom at the Farm ..................... 53 Warriors ................................. 54 Written on Water ................... 55

Glassco, Bill & John Van Burek Albertine in Five Times ........... 35 Les Belles Soeurs .................... 36 Bonjour, Là, Bonjour .............. 37 Forever Yours, Marie-Lou ....... 43 Hosanna ................................ 44 Marcel Pursued by the Hounds .......................................... 47 The Real World? .................... 49

Hazelton, Hugh All Is Flesh .............................. 56

Hodes, Laura The Angel of Solitude ............ 27

Homel, David & Fred A. Reed All That Glitters ...................... 26 The Baldwins ......................... 26 A Covenant of Salt ................. 27 Fairy Ring ............................... 29 Maleficium ............................. 30

Klein, Yvonne M. Like a Child of the Earth ........ 31 Mother of the Grass ............... 31 White Pebbles in the Dark Forests ................................................ 34

Kroetsch, Neil EX MACHINA ........................ 19

Labonté, Maureen And Slowly Beauty ................. 13

Lobdell, David Dürer’s Angel ......................... 28 The Execution ........................ 42

Moore, Jessica Turkana Boy ........................... 34

Morrissey, C.S. Theogony / Works and Days ... 15

Mullins, Rhonda The Decline of the Hollywood Empire .............. 18 Paul Martin & Companies ...... 21 The Visual Laboratory of Robert Lepage .............................. 13

Murrell, John Cyrano de Bergerac ............... 39

Philpot, Robin & Fred A. Reed Imperial Canada Inc. .............. 16

Reed, Fred A. Empire of Desire .................... 18 Truth or Death ....................... 25

Reed, Fred A. & David Homel All That Glitters ...................... 26 The Baldwins ......................... 26 A Covenant of Salt...................27 Fairy Ring ............................... 29 Maleficium ............................. 30

Reed, Fred A. & Robin Philpot Imperial Canada Inc. .............. 16

Scott, Gail Mile End ................................ 31

Scott, Howard & Phyllis Aronoff Against the Wind ................... 15 My Name Is Bosnia ................ 32 A Slight Case of Fatigue ......... 33 Women in a World at War ..... 26

Stowe, John Remember Me ....................... 49

Tepperman, Shelley Playing Bare ........................... 49

Tepperman, Shelley & Ellen Warkentin Ludwig & Mae ....................... 46

Theodore, Bobby 15 Seconds ............................ 42 The Leisure Society ................. 46

Turnbull, Keith The Ventriloquist .................... 53

Van Burek, John Damnée Manon, Sacrée Sandra .......................................... 39 La Duchesse de Langeais & Other Plays ........................ 40 The Impromptu of Outremont .......................................... 44 La Maison Suspendue ............ 47 Sainte-Carmen of the Main .... 50

Van Burek, John & Bill Glassco Albertine in Five Times ........... 35 Les Belles Soeurs .................... 36 Bonjour, Là, Bonjour .............. 37 Forever Yours, Marie-Lou ....... 43 Hosanna ................................ 44 Marcel Pursued by the Hounds.47 The Real World? .................... 49

Van Meer, Allan En Pièces Détachées ............... 41

Warkentin, Ellen & Shelley Tepperman Ludwig & Mae ....................... 46

Yoshihara, Toyoshi The Gull ................................. 44


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New & Recent Releases (single title discount) Quantity

Discount

25–49 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50–249 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 250–499 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 500–999 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1000 + . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Backlist (single title discount) Quantity

42% 43% 44% 45% 46%

Discount

1–10 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . see trade discount above 11 + . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25%

LIBRARY DISCOUNT Retail

Discount

Under $150.00 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20% Over $150.00 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40%

SCHOOLS AND EDUCATIONAL SALES Retail

Discount

Under $150.00 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10% Over $150.00 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30%

1. All books purchased from us may be returned to us for full credit, unless otherwise indicated, between 3 months (min.) to 1 year (max.) from date of invoice. If a publisher should change distributors, notices will be placed in the appropriate trade journals regarding the shortened return period. Permission to return books is not required. 2. Returns will be credited in full only if accompanied by an accurate packing slip which shows the following: invoice numbers and dates, ISBN and list price of title, discounts and quantities of each title returned. “Returns” must be marked on the outside of the box. Please number the boxes. 3. Books must be returned in re-saleable condition. We cannot accept books in unsaleable condition whether shop-worn, ink-priced, stickered or stickerdamaged. Outdated annuals, titles for which we no longer have Canadian rights and books not purchased from us will not be accepted. 4. Travel guides and annuals: old editions are full-cover strippable for credit for 3 months after the publication date of a new edition (send full front and back covers). Current editions are not strippable and must be returned whole-copy. 5. Other revised editions: Whole-copy returns will be accepted for 3 months after a new edition has been issued. 6. Books ineligible for credit will be returned at the customer’s expense. Unacceptable returns are shipped in the same manner as new books. 7. We cannot be responsible for goods either not received by us or damaged in transit. 8. BookExpress titles purchased from Raincoast are returnable up to 6 months from the invoice date and are subject to a 15% restocking fee. Invoice numbers must be quoted: a 5% penalty of the net total will be applied if invoice numbers are not provided. BookExpress Calendars are sold at a 40% discount and are non-returnable (see BookExpress catalogue for more details). 9. We do not accept returns sent freight collect.

CANADIAN FREIGHT Booksellers and wholesalers whose shipments are valued at $400 net or more will receive free freight on ground shipments within Canada, as will those whose net purchases from Raincoast, Publishers Group Canada and BookExpress combined total at least $100,000 per year. Otherwise, all terms are FOB our warehouse. Customers may opt for a minimum value on back-order shipments to avoid higher shipping costs for single items. Call customer service for more details on this and also on our expedited shipping options.

CLAIMS Damaged books, short shipments or errors must be reported in writing to customer service within 20 days of receipt of shipment. Raincoast will not arrange to pick up damaged claims. Damaged books must be returned in full via a traceable method to ensure proof of delivery. Whole book returns only, no cover returns. Include a copy of the invoice with a description of the damage and a claim to credit the return shipping. For additional assistance, please contact customer service at 1-800-663-5714.

NEW ACCOUNTS Customers who qualify may apply for prepaid or net following terms upon completing a credit application. New accounts will be opened on approval of credit. If you have any questions, contact the credit department.

CREDIT TERMS Payment is due at the end of the month following date of invoice (e.g., all June invoices are due on July 31). Overdue accounts are subject to an interest charge of 1.5% per month, 18% per annum.

SPECIAL ORDERS Titles not regularly stocked may be special ordered under our usual terms. Please allow 6–8 weeks for delivery. The Canadian price is based on cost at time of delivery and cannot be guaranteed at time of order.

ELECTRONIC AND ONLINE ORDERING If your store is using a system that can order electronically or if you would like to order online or check your orders online at our B2B website http:// services.raincoast.com, or to obtain information on electronic ordering, please call our customer service department at 1-800-663-5714.


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Talonbooks Spring 2014 catalogue  

New releases for Spring 2014 & full backlist from Talonbooks. Publishing words that matter since 1967.

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