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    9781771961301 Counterpack (filled) FICTION / General Publication Date:October 18, 2016
    $223.75 CAD 4.8 x 15.52 x 9.28 in | 240 gr Carton Quantity:1 Canadian Rights: Y Biblioasis
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      Reading a ghost story on Christmas Eve was once as much a part of traditional Christmas celebrations as turkey, eggnog, and Santa Claus. After last holiday season's wildly successful debut, we're thrilled to announce that Seth is back with three new spooky, Yuletide stories.

      To make joining the tradition easy, we've developed an attractively priced prepack. It comes with a narrow, full-colour, easy-to-assemble loader, as well as twenty-five copies of the various Christmas Ghost Story titles. Trimmed to fit the coziest stocking, these little books are specifically made for display beside the registers of the finest bookstores.

      Featured in the gift catalogs of the Toronto Star, Globe & Mail, Chatelaine, and Toronto Life, we know Seth's series will make an even bigger splash come Christmas 2017.

      Bio

      Seth's comics and illustrations have appeared in the New York Times Magazine, McSweeneys Quarterly, and The New Yorker. He is Lemony Snicket's partner for the new Young Readers series, All the Wrong Questions, and the author of the Palookaville series of graphic novels.

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      Praise For Christmas Ghost Stories

      “I just bought my set of these and they ... are ... PERFECT. I hope they do these every year.”—Patton Oswalt

      “[This] series of Christmas ghost stories, miniature books chosen and illustrated by the cartoonist Seth ... [offers] chills—and charm.”—John Williams, New York Times Book Review

      “I perused—nay, let me say devoured—four of the booklets in a night, and although I was in the security of my own domicile, ensconced in a favorite chair, these 'ghost stories for Christmas,' as they are advertised, left me in quite the state of perturbation. Had I any hair remaining upon my pate, I daresay it would have been standing on end.” ... “A bit of the old eldritch in each hearth-warmed stocking.” —Robert Faires & Wayne Alan Brenner, Austin Chronicle

      “These are beautiful little books ... [My family’s] been reading them at home, and we’ve actually put them away so we can re-read them on Christmas Eve.”—Matt Galloway, CBC’S Metro Morning

      “For Seth, this is really a labour of love.”—Peter Robb, Ottawa Citizen

      “The two classic Christmas ghost stories Seth and Biblioasis fashioned last year were a huge success for us. Nifty packaging, striking design—so Seth.”—Ben McNally, Ben McNally Books, Toronto, ON

      “Seth’s Christmas Ghost Stories series resurrects the legacy of fireside tales at Christmas with these beautifully illustrated editions.”—John Toews, McNally Robinson Booksellers, Winnipeg, MB

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    Afterward A Ghost Story for Christmas Edith Wharton, Seth
    9781771961332 Paperback FICTION / Ghost Publication Date:October 18, 2016
    $8.95 CAD 4 x 6 x 0.3 in | 100 gr | 88 pages Carton Quantity:144 Canadian Rights: Y Biblioasis
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      A newly rich American couple buy an ancient manor house in England, where they hope to live out their days in solitude. One day, when the couple are gazing out at their grounds, they spy a mysterious stranger. When her husband disappears shortly after this eerie encounter, the wife learns the truth about the legend that haunts the ancient estate.

      Bio

      Seth is the cartoonist behind the comic book seriesPalookaville, which started in the stone-age as a pamphlet and is now a semi-annual hardcover. His comics have appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Best American Comics, and McSweeneys Quarterly. His illustrations have appeared in numerous publications including the cover of the New Yorker. He is also Lemony Snicket's partner for the new Young Readers series, All the Wrong Questions, and has illustrated and designed a new, deluxe edition of Stephen Leacock's Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town. He is the designer for several classic comics reprint series, notably collections of work by Charles Schulz, John Stanley, and Doug Wright.

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      Praise for Christmas Ghost Stories

      "These are beautiful little books ... [My family's] been reading them at home, and we've actually put them away so we can re-read them on Christmas Eve."—Matt Galloway, CBC'S Metro Morning

      "For Seth, this is really a labour of love."—Peter Robb, Ottawa Citizen

      "The two classic Christmas ghost stories that Seth and Biblioasis fashioned last year were a huge success for us. Nifty packaging, striking design—so Seth."—Ben McNally, Ben McNally Books, Toronto, ON

      "Seth's Christmas Ghost Stories series resurrects the legacy of fireside tales at Christmas with these beautifully illustrated editions."—John Toews, McNally Robinson Booksellers, Winnipeg, MB

      Praise for Seth

      "[Seth's work is like a] beautifully designed artifact out of time."—The New York Times

      "Writer and artist Seth has been an A-list talent in the literary comic book marketplace for a decade."—Bookslut

      "One of the most acclaimed cartoonists of this era."—Noel Murray, The A.V. Club

      "Seth keeps sliding and eliding our feel for the past—which in turn challenges our perspective on the present."—The Washington Post

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    Diary of Mr. Poynter, The A Ghost Story for Christmas M.R. James, Seth
    9781771961257 Paperback FICTION / Ghost Publication Date:October 18, 2016
    $8.95 CAD 4 x 6 x 0.25 in | 60 gr | 84 pages Carton Quantity:200 Canadian Rights: Y Biblioasis
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      While engrossed in an account of the death of a student obsessed with his own hair, a man leans down to absently pet his dog—oblivious of the true nature of the creature crouching beside him. This classic ghost story by M.R. James is a spooky holiday delight.

      Bio

      Seth is the cartoonist behind the comic book seriesPalookaville, which started in the stone-age as a pamphlet and is now a semi-annual hardcover. His comics have appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Best American Comics, and McSweeneys Quarterly. His illustrations have appeared in numerous publications including the cover of the New Yorker. He is also Lemony Snicket's partner for the new Young Readers series, All the Wrong Questions, and has illustrated and designed a new, deluxe edition of Stephen Leacock's Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town. He is the designer for several classic comics reprint series, notably collections of work by Charles Schulz, John Stanley, and Doug Wright.

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      Praise for Christmas Ghost Stories

      "These are beautiful little books ... [My family's] been reading them at home, and we've actually put them away so we can re-read them on Christmas Eve."—Matt Galloway, CBC'S Metro Morning

      "For Seth, this is really a labour of love."—Peter Robb, Ottawa Citizen

      "The two classic Christmas ghost stories that Seth and Biblioasis fashioned last year were a huge success for us. Nifty packaging, striking design—so Seth."—Ben McNally, Ben McNally Books, Toronto, ON

      "Seth's Christmas Ghost Stories series resurrects the legacy of fireside tales at Christmas with these beautifully illustrated editions."—John Toews, McNally Robinson Booksellers, Winnipeg, MB

      Praise for Seth

      "[Seth's work is like a] beautifully designed artifact out of time."—The New York Times

      "Writer and artist Seth has been an A-list talent in the literary comic book marketplace for a decade."—Bookslut

      "One of the most acclaimed cartoonists of this era."—Noel Murray, The A.V. Club

      "Seth keeps sliding and eliding our feel for the past—which in turn challenges our perspective on the present."—The Washington Post

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    Crown Derby Plate, The A Ghost Story for Christmas Marjorie Bowen, Seth
    9781771961233 Paperback FICTION / Ghost Publication Date:October 18, 2016
    $8.95 CAD 4 x 6 x 0.3 in | 70 gr | 56 pages Carton Quantity:200 Canadian Rights: Y Biblioasis
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      An antique collector hears of an ancient woman with a large collection of china. Hoping to complete a particular set, the collector pays a visit to the woman's ramshackle house, where she makes a terrifying discovery. This 1933 story confirmed Marjorie Bowen as one of our best ghost story writers.

      Bio

      Seth is the cartoonist behind the comic book seriesPalookaville, which started in the stone-age as a pamphlet and is now a semi-annual hardcover. His comics have appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Best American Comics, and McSweeneys Quarterly. His illustrations have appeared in numerous publications including the cover of the New Yorker. He is also Lemony Snicket's partner for the new Young Readers series, All the Wrong Questions, and has illustrated and designed a new, deluxe edition of Stephen Leacock's Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town. He is the designer for several classic comics reprint series, notably collections of work by Charles Schulz, John Stanley, and Doug Wright.

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      Praise for Christmas Ghost Stories

      "These are beautiful little books ... [My family's] been reading them at home, and we've actually put them away so we can re-read them on Christmas Eve."—Matt Galloway, CBC'S Metro Morning

      "For Seth, this is really a labour of love."—Peter Robb, Ottawa Citizen

      "The two classic Christmas ghost stories that Seth and Biblioasis fashioned last year were a huge success for us. Nifty packaging, striking design—so Seth."—Ben McNally, Ben McNally Books, Toronto, ON

      "Seth's Christmas Ghost Stories series resurrects the legacy of fireside tales at Christmas with these beautifully illustrated editions."—John Toews, McNally Robinson Booksellers, Winnipeg, MB

      Praise for Seth

      "[Seth's work is like a] beautifully designed artifact out of time."—The New York Times

      "Writer and artist Seth has been an A-list talent in the literary comic book marketplace for a decade."—Bookslut

      "One of the most acclaimed cartoonists of this era."—Noel Murray, The A.V. Club

      "Seth keeps sliding and eliding our feel for the past—which in turn challenges our perspective on the present."—The Washington Post

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    9781771961073 Paperback FICTION / Short Stories Publication Date:September 27, 2016
    $19.95 CAD 5.25 x 8.25 x 1 in | 460 gr | 272 pages Carton Quantity:28 Canadian Rights: Y Biblioasis
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      In this, his first book of fiction since Adult Entertainment, a New York Times Notable Book of 1990, legendary Canadian writer and editor John Metcalf is back—in full comic force—with a linked collection of stories and novellas. Set in Nashville, Memphis, New Orleans, and Ottawa, these tales span the life of writer Robert Forde and his wife Sheila. Playing with various forms of comedy throughout, Metcalf paints a portrait of 20th century literary life with levity, satire, and unsuspecting moments of emotional depth. Destined to be heralded as one of the most important books of the year, The Museum at the End of the World secures Metcalf's position among Canada's greatest literary figures.

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      John Metcalf is the author of more than a dozen works of fiction and non-fiction, including Standing Stones: Selected Stories, Going Down Slow, and Kicking Against the Pricks.

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      Praise for The Museum at the End of the World

      "Sharp and funny."—Publishers Weekly

      "These four related fictions follow a British boy's coming-of-age and his older self enduring a world that rarely lives up to his standards... Brings to mind variously Wodehouse, Waugh, [and] Kingsley Amis? This is a book that could restore anyone's faith in the pleasure of reading."—Kirkus Reviews (starred)

      "Metcalf is a gifted satirist and very, very funny...But [he] is much more than simply a jester, poking fun at the nonsensical world around him: he is —beneath all of the grumbling and gruff— a sentimentalist. For these stories have, at their core, a tenderness, a sadness, that is, at times, heart-rending."—The Toronto Star

      "Metcalf's humour follows the tradition of Wodehouse, Waugh and Amis (Kingsley, not Martin)... it's never dull to read Metcalf. He is such a gifted stylist that you can just let yourself be taken by his sentences."—The National Post

      "Metcalf is one of Canada's most heralded practitioners of the short story, and Museum assembles work...which revels enticingly in the texture of the English language. He excels at both the wondrous...and the grotesque"—Maclean's

      "Ottawa's literary lion has hit a sweet spot."—The Ottawa Citizen

      "If you yearn for comedy worthy of Waugh, or Powell, or Wodehouse, relish his savage wit. If you suspect that our culture has easily forgotten and carelessly dismissed things of real value, let Metcalf remind you what they are. The Museum at the End of the World is a wise book written by a master of short fiction, a celebration of the painstaking, exhilarating business of making art."—Guy Vanderhaeghe

      "Metcalf is best when he pokes bitchy fun at Canadian universities and the literary scene."—Winnipeg Free Press

      "Metcalf draws Forde as an observer, a noticer of life, as a passionate stylist and devoted reader of his old heroes, and a great listener and absorber of the tales and lives recounted to him by others. But Forde's tragedy, perhaps, is that he lacks insight, in a way that Metcalf does not."—Hamilton Review of Books

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    The Two of Us Kathy Page
    9781771960991 Paperback FICTION / Short Stories Publication Date:September 13, 2016
    $19.95 CAD 5 x 8 x 0.5 in | 220 gr | 224 pages Carton Quantity:44 Canadian Rights: Y Biblioasis
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      Longlisted for the 2016 Giller Prize

      The stories in The Two of Us focus on pairs, couples, dyads: intense one-on-one relationships. Lovers, spouses, siblings, hairdresser and client, mother and baby, teacher and pupil, girl and fox—these are the characters who animate Kathy Page's stunning new collection. While undergoing medical tests, tending the garden, starving themselves, touring museums, travelling, considering suicide, and falling pregnant, they drive each other towards moments where the true shapes of their lives are glimpsed. With humour, tenderness, and occasionally ruthless observation, Page offers us a sense of who they—and we—might become.

      United by her characters' primal desire for intimacy, these stories reflect our yearning for meaningful connection. In doing so, The Two of Us strengthens Kathy Page's reputation as one of the most powerful writers at work today.

      Bio

      Kathy Page is the author of eight books, including the novels Alphabet (an Indie Next Great Read of 2014 and Kirkus Best Book of 2014), Frankie Styne & the Silver Man, and The Story of My Face, as well as many short stories.

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      Praise for The Two of Us

      "Kathy Page has often been described as a consummate stylist, a master of craft, a writer's writer. All of which is true... and yet none of these descriptions is sufficient to acknowledge the emotional effect her writing is capable of conveying... [Page has the] ability to convey large swaths of emotion in just a few simple gestures; she runs circles around authors who work twice as hard for half the reward." —The Globe and Mail

      "Deceptively expansive short stories...her ability to find little frissons of shock or recognition in situations just this side of mundane marks her as a significant miniaturist..."—Quill & Quire

      "The Two of Us contains stories about pairs, couples, dyads?mainly intense one-on-one relationships... [and] her duos are all united by a primal desire for intimacy."—BC Booklook

      "...refreshing and true to life."—McGill Daily

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    The Life-Writer David Constantine
    9781771961011 Paperback FICTION / General Publication Date:October 11, 2016
    $19.95 CAD 5.25 x 8.25 x 0.5 in | 300 gr | 256 pages Carton Quantity:52 Canadian Rights: Y Biblioasis
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      A New York Times Notable Book 2016

      An October Indie Next List “Great Reads” Pick

      Following the final illness and death of her husband Eric, Katrin—a writer of brief lives of minor figures of European Romanticism—decides to fight against his absence by writing the story of his life. Desperate to know Eric as he had been before she loved him, to fetch his early years into those that she must now face without him—Think of me then, Katrin, Eric told her on his deathbed, never forget me then, that lad gaily assuming the land and its roads and traffic would never be anything but kind—she begins, through letters and diaries and conversations with his childhood friends, to reconstruct a pivotal period of his life, uncovering an early affair Eric had with a Parisian artist. As the young couple's increasingly impossible love rushes toward its devastating conclusion, past and present intermesh in unexpected ways and Katrin begins to understand how that period of Eric's youth impacted Katrin's love for him and the marriage the two of them shared. Passionate, profoundly moving, and lyrically written, The Life-Writer offers up an unforgettably heartbreaking portrait of a brilliant woman who grieves for her beloved by writing what others wouldn't dare: the story of his first true love.

      Bio

      David Constantine is an award-winning short story writer, poet, and, translator. The title story of his North American debut collection of short fiction, In Another Country: Selected Stories (Biblioasis, 2015) was adapted into the Academy Award-nominated feature film 45 Years. He is the author of one previous novel, Davies, as well as four collections of short stories in the UK, and five collections of poetry. He lives in Oxford, England, where until 2012 he edited Modern Poetry in Translation with his wife Helen.

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      Praise For The Life-Writer

      "Tender and powerful ... [T]he beauty of Constantine’s writing lies in his extraordinary patience and precision with every whorl of consciousness, his unabashed fascination with every leaf and branch of the inner life. His emotional intelligence is as abundant as his linguistic gifts, and as necessary to the story he’s telling, which, at heart, is that of a woman, newly widowed, reckoning with her own unexpected desire for a task she can’t complete, a task no one can complete ... The Life-Writer isn’t so much a love story, or even an unrequited love story, as it is the story of a late, beautiful and painful awakening."New York Times Book Review

      "The Life-Writer evokes both the rapture and heartache of first love and the windswept loneliness of bereft old age."—Wall Street Journal

      "British writer Constantine, long unfamiliar to North American readers, seems ready for discovery with this lyrical novel ... Haunting."Kirkus Reviews

      "Constantine's analysis of character is breathtaking, and his prose is eloquent and moving. The novel is a truthful account of both the physical pain and the mental anguish of grief, and yet the journey remains a hopeful one."Publishers Weekly

      "An intelligent, heartfelt novel about the subjectivity of memory and the inadvertent or purposeful distortion of reminiscence ... Gorgeously expressed."—Booklist (starred review)

      "A quiet and contemplative portrait of grief and its aftermath. Warmly recommended."—Library Journal

      "Constantine's beautifully meticulous, subtly rhythmic prose ... every perfectly placed word, every resonant image, marks him as a writer's writer, but also as one who has his reader's aesthetic and moral engagement fully in mind ... In the deceptive evenness of his tone, Constantine is reminiscent of Alice Munro, and he has the same tendency to surprise you with a stab to the heart, or to fill you with sudden quiet reverence for unexpected beauty."—Quarterly Conversation

      "At heart ... The Life-Writer turns on the same ideas of love, loss and memory that animate 'In Another Country' and has about it much the same air of tempered suffering. It would, we might expect, be filmed in the same ... manner as 45 Years."Times Literary Supplement

      "Constantine ... proves himself yet again one of the greatest analysts of feeling working in fiction today, and one of the most lyrical. The first chapter is so shockingly accomplished that I had to stop, go back and immediately reread it."—THE GUARDIAN

      "Here, [Constantine] has a persistent interest in the discarded pieces of other people's lives that can reawaken one's own past, or open up the incommunicable in the present."—FINANCIAL TIMES

      "Constantine's subject is, unlikely as it may sound, the whole of human experience, yet he writes with a focus and precision that opens the world instead of closing it. How he does it with so much warmth, and so much peace, is something it'll take me a lifetime to understand."—Ben Rybeck, Brazos Bookstore (Houston, TX)

      "Within the compact dimensions of The Life Writer is housed a multi-dimensional narrative about how art, love and inspiration transcend time and space, unleashing elements that can both isolate and destroy even as they transform both the storyteller and the listener ... If you love the Romantic and the beauty of the irrational, as well as vivid, elemental prose, then you must read this book!"—Mary Harju, Joseph Fox Bookshop (Philadelphia, PA)

      "Sometimes, we must write the stories we need to hear. Occasionally tragic and always tender, David Constantine's novel is a moving exploration of the ways in which we relate to the people we love ... A remarkable story of grief, rediscovery, and reconciliation."—Sam Kaas, Village Books (Bellingham, WA)

      "Fans of Javier Marias's The Infatuations will recognize the gradual, internal novel in Constantine's latest ... In the best sense of the word, the reader suffers with Katrin as she reads and hears the words of her husband's former lover yet feels the need to celebrate what her husband once had. Through this, she may discover what it is she's supposed to be doing when she's ready to shed her suspended life."—Todd Wellman, Boswell Book Company (Milwaukee, WI)

      "The Life Writer is a quietly beautifully written novel by David Constantine. It is an emotionally charged book that delves into the grief and loss of one so loved by another ... Through her tragedy and fixation Katrin becomes a woman of substance that you are glad that you traveled with to the end of this enchanting novel."—Lynn Riehl, Nicola's Books (Ann Arbor, MI)

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    In Another Country David Constantine
    9781771961295 Paperback FICTION / General Publication Date:October 11, 2016
    $19.95 CAD 5.25 x 8.25 x 0.5 in | 360 gr | 280 pages Carton Quantity:40 Canadian Rights: Y Biblioasis
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      This selection of David Constantine'?s best short fiction, named among Kirkus Reviews? Best Story Collections of 2015, spans the author's remarkable 30-year career. Known for their pristine emotional clarity, their spare but intensely evocative dialogue, and their fearless exposures of the heart in moments of defiance, change, resistance, flight, isolation, and redemption, these stories demonstrate Constantine's timeless appeal. Now completely sold out of its hardcover run, this attractively priced paperback edition will appeal to every lover of great literature.

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      David Constantine is an award-winning writer, poet, and translator. His debut North American novel, The Life-Writer, will be published in the fall of 2016.

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      Praise for In Another Country

      "Revelatory."—THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

      "Constantine's stories ache with concern for the retreating, vulnerable, sacred natural world."—NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW (EDITORS' CHOICE)

      "[Constantine] has a remarkable ear for both poetic and common prose."—TORONTO STAR

      "The diverse characters [of In Another Country] include ex-monks, shamed canons, prostitutes, squatters, successful businessmen, and university professors, but a common thread of silent suffering and dignity ties them all together ... A brilliant selection."—PUBLISHERS WEEKLY, STARRED REVIEW

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    9781771961035 Paperback FICTION / Short Stories Publication Date:September 13, 2016
    $19.95 CAD 5.03 x 8 x 0.65 in | 280 gr | 208 pages Carton Quantity:48 Canadian Rights: Y Biblioasis
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      The two novellas and three short stories in this new collection by Governor General's Award winner Leon Rooke are united by place and mood. The title novella, set in a southern post-WWII American town—a kind of "comic Winesburg, Ohio, " as the author describes it—sports a Watermelon Queen, a ten-year-old businessman, and other colourful eccentrics, all of whom are puzzled by the familiar lead in a new sexy movie that?s come to town. The second novella takes place further south, in a small village perched in the highlands of Chiapas, Mexico. Told in the style of Jose Saramago or Garcia Marquez, daring young women, mad mothers, and traumatized children are affected radically by the magic of their world. With these joyful, touching, brilliantly crafted pieces, Rooke speaks to a time and sensibility long forgotten.

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      Leon Rooke is a novelist, short story writer, editor, and critic. He has published 28 books, nearly 300 short stories, and is the recipient of the North Carolina Award for Literature.

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      Praise for Swinging Through Dixie

      "Rooke is a raucous writer... What's finally satisfying about Rooke's work... is the momentum created from word to word and image to image."—QUILL & QUIRE

      Praise for Leon Rooke

      "[Rooke] is simply not like any other writer out there. He's a national treasure ... Often, out of the darkest and most moribund situations, he wrestles a startling and uncanny beauty, an affirmation of life, a stunning reversal that does not bespeak any faith or philosophy but a joy in the exuberant play of language."—THE GLOBE & MAIL

      "A writer whose talent ... is large and whose voice, comparisons notwithstanding, is very much his own."—THE NEW YORK TIMES

      "[Rooke does] story-telling at its most compelling."—CHICAGO TRIBUNE

      "Rooke is an original ... Deliberately eccentric ... deliciously inventive, always rewarding."—THE WASHINGTON POST

      "[Leon Rooke] is a writer with a voice so sharp and personal that he changes your life while you're busy laughing."—RUSSELL BANKS

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    Series: ReSet
    A Good Baby Leon Rooke
    9781771961059 Paperback FICTION / General Publication Date:January 31, 2017
    $19.95 CAD 5.25 x 8.25 x 1 in | 1 gr | 224 pages Carton Quantity:28 Canadian Rights: Y Biblioasis
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      During the night of a storm, an Appalachian girl delivers a baby and disappears. The next morning, Raymond Toker finds the baby under a bush and takes to the mountain roads to find her a home. While Turner carries out his quest, the child's father, Truman, with "teeth as rotten as his soul, " drives his battered car along the same paths. Though critically acclaimed when first published by Knopf in 1990, and widely considered among Rooke's best novels, A Good Baby has been unjustly forgotten. This beautiful new ReSet reissue brings attention to this fast, funny, frightening masterpiece.

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      Leon Rooke is a novelist, short story writer, editor, and critic. He has published 28 books, nearly 300 short stories, and is the recipient of the North Carolina Award for Literature.

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      Praise for Leon Rooke and A Good Baby

      "Rooke is one of the great post-Faulkner southern prose stylists ... who breaks the rules, makes up new rules, fractures and twists the story form with breathtaking aplomb, while communicating a generosity of spirit and 'joie de vivre' that is endlessly attractive."—GLOBE & MAIL

      "A master ... every word in [A Good Baby] becomes something other-than-it was."—WASHINGTON POST

      "Rooke has written a story in which everything is done, told and thought in an exuberant white heat ... a backwoods Valhalla in which everyone is a god, demigod or devil, with larger-than-life passions and idiosyncrasies."—LOS ANGELES TIMES

      "Grim and raw and hilarious."—THE NEW YORK TIMES

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