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    Fail Better Why Baseball Matters Mark Kingwell
    9781771961530 Paperback SPORTS & RECREATION / Baseball Publication Date:April 11, 2017
    $22.95 CAD 5.5 x 8.5 x 0.72 in | 374 gr | 278 pages Carton Quantity:28 Canadian Rights: Y Biblioasis
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      Taking seriously the idea that baseball is a study in failure—a very successful batter manages a base hit in just three of every ten attempts—Mark Kingwell argues that there is no better tutor of human failure’s enduring significance than this strange, crooked game of base, where geometry becomes poetry.

      Weaving elements of memoir, philosophical reflection, sports writing, and humour, Fail Better is an intellectual love letter to baseball by one of North America’s most engaging philosophers. Kingwell illustrates complex concepts like theoretically infinite game-space, “time out of time,” and the rules of civility with accessible examples drawn from the game, its history, and his own halting efforts to hit ‘em where they ain’t. Beyond a “Beckett meets baseball” study in failure, Kingwell crafts a thoughtful appreciation of why sports matter, and how they change our vision of the world.

      Never pretentious, always entertaining, Fail Better is set to be the homerun non-fiction title of the season.

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      Mark Kingwell is a Professor of Philosophy at the University of Toronto and a contributing editor of Harper's Magazine. He is the author or co-author of eighteen books, including the national bestsellers Better Living (1998), The World We Want (2000), Concrete Reveries (2008), and Glenn Gould (2009). His most recent books are the essay collections Unruly Voices (2012) and Measure Yourself Against the Earth (2015).

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      Praise for Fail Better

      "Fail Better … is a ballpark ramble of memoir, lore and nostalgia. Its north star is baseball’s time-out-of-timelessness, its leisurely Zen gaps between actions."New York Times

      "Fail Better is baseball considered personally, historically, poetically, formally, legally, critically, politically, linguistically, ethically, geographically, metaphysically, nostalgically, morally, and aesthetically. Like the game itself, it’s fascinating all the way through."—Stephen Marche, author of The Unmade Bed: The Messy Truth about Men and Women in the 21st Century

      Praise for Mark Kingwell and Catch and Release

      "Mark Kingwell is a beautiful writer, a lucid thinker and a patient teacher ... His insights are intellectual anchors in a fast-changing world."—Naomi Klein

      "[Mark Kingwell] illuminates on almost every page."—LA Times

      "[Catch and Release is] filled with a sense of joy and awe."—Publishers Weekly

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    The Handover How Bigwigs and Bureaucrats Transferred Canada's Best Publisher and the Best Part of Our Literary Heritage to a Foreign Multinational Elaine Dewar Canada
    9781771961110 Hardcover HISTORY / Canada Publication Date:June 13, 2017
    $29.95 CAD 5.25 x 8.25 x 1 in | 1 gr | 382 pages Carton Quantity:12 Canadian Rights: Y Biblioasis
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      Until recently, McClelland and Stewart had been known as “The Canadian Publisher,” the country’s longest-lived and best independent press. Its dynamic leader Jack McClelland worked with successive provincial and federal governments to help draft policies in the 1960s and 70s which ensured that Canadian stories would, for the first time in the nation’s history, be told and published by Canadians. M&S introduced Canadians to themselves while championing the nation’s literature, bringing to the world Margaret Atwood, Leonard Cohen, Mavis Gallant, Farley Mowat, Rohinton Mistry, Alice Munro, Mordecai Richler, and many others. When 75% of M&S was gifted amidst great fanfare to the University of Toronto on Canada Day 2000—“To achieve the survival of one great Canadian institution,” M&S owner Avie Bennett declared at the time, “I have given it into the care of another great Canadian institution”—one could’ve assumed that it would remain in Canadian hands and under Canadian control in perpetuity.

      But one would have been wrong.

      In her controversial new book, Elaine Dewar reveals for the first time how M&S was sold salami-style to Random House, a division of German media giant Bertelsmann; how smart businessmen and even smarter lawyers danced through the raindrops of the laws put into place to protect Canadian cultural institutions from foreign ownership while cultural bureaucrats looked the other way; and why we should care. It is the story not just of the demise of the country’s best independent publisher, it is about the threats, internal and otherwise, facing Canadian culture. The Handover is more than just a CanLit How-Done-It: it is essential reading for anyone interested in the telling of Canadian stories.

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      Elaine Dewar—author, journalist, television story editor—has been honoured by nine National Magazine awards, including the prestigious President's Medal, and the White Award. Her first book, Cloak of Green, delved into the dark side of environmental politics and became an underground classic. Bones: Discovering the First Americans, an investigation of the science and politics regarding the peopling of the Americas, was a national bestseller and earned a special commendation from the Canadian Archaeological Association. The Second Tree: of Clones, Chimeras, and Quests for Immortality, won Canada's premier literary non-fiction prize from the Writers' Trust. Called "Canada's Rachel Carson," Dewar aspires to be a happy warrior for the public good.

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      PRAISE FOR THE HANDOVER

      “It is the detective work involved that grips the reader...Dewar is justly well known for her relentless research and we are fortunate to have her.”—Philip Marchand, The National Post

      “...in dissecting the deal’s entrails, Dewar has a grander purpose: to demonstrate “things about the way Canada really works,” about the way corporations, politics and academia work hand-in-glove behind the scenes to benefit the powerful. She’s written a case study in public-interest journalism, showing how to break a story open by refusing to be cowed by power and refusing to take no for an answer.”—Roy MacSkimming, The Globe and Mail

      “A tale of dogged pursuit and self-questioning; of innovative business strategy and first-rate legal maneuvering...”Maclean’s

      “It’s hard not to agree with Dewar that this was a shady deal that a lot of powerful people let happen, either through laziness, ignorance, greed or ideological leaning. The story of M & S’s disappearance as a proudly independent and Canadian-owned cultural institution is an important one, and Dewar’s dogged research turns up a lot that would have otherwise been glossed over by happy-talk press releases.”Toronto Star

      “Full of facts initially left undisclosed by participants in the McClelland and Stewart saga, obfuscations and contradictions revealed by Dewar's admirable doggedness in getting to the bottom of what happened. This is as much a story about getting the story as the thing itself.”—Literary Review of Canada

      “...a forensic dissection of how this once-unthinkable situation came to pass...you might expect such a subject to lend itself to a dry, legalese treatment, but in the hands of the crusading Dewar it instead reads like a real-life thriller, fuelled by righteous indignation. It’s also a wake-up call to protect what’s left.”Montreal Gazette

      “Entertaining, brave...contains fascinating digressions and tangents beyond the publishing world.”—Morley Walker, Winnipeg Free Press

      “...Dewar’s story is an engaging tale of a uniquely Canadian boondoggle, in which literary, academic and financial elites coordinated to skirt federal law and transfer Canadian cultural wealth to the largest conglomerate publisher in the world.”The Conversation

      “The story she tells is fascinating, satisfying industry insiders and policy wonks alike, and one you should definitely read.”—The Winnipeg Review

      “...a bit of cultural subterfuge nimbly explored...What could be a dry business book becomes—thanks to author Elaine Dewar's tenacity in the face of even the shiftiest lawyers—an engrossing CanLit thriller, as well as a passionate examination of power, storytelling, and who should shape our national identity.”iBooks

      “Anyone who cares about Canadian culture needs to read this bombshell of a book. Elaine Dewar takes us on her journey as she uncovers the sad truth that Canada’s preeminent book publisher was handed on a silver platter to a transnational conglomerate while taxpayers footed the bill. The Handover puts an end to our assumption that laws promoting Canadian culture are any longer enforced.”—Maude Barlow, author of Blue Gold

      The Handover reads like the best mystery novels. It is the single most important book about Canadian publishing, authors, culture, and sovereignty published in fifty years! It is an exceptionally well researched and documented trail of how the wealthy, powerful, and some government officials used high priced lawyers, accountants and institutions to bypass the intent of Canadian government policy and ideals...Essential reading for everyone who cares about our country.”—Jack Stoddart, O.C.

      “Intrepid reporter Elaine Dewar writes with clarity and passion, and in her hands the story barrels forward, peeling away the layers of the M&S debacle. Through interviews with the major players and by diligent research, she uncovers the startling truth of how The Canadian Publisher fell into foreign hands.”—Jack David, Co-Publisher & Founder of ECW Press

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    Revolutions Essays on Contemporary Canadian Fiction Alex Good Canada
    9781771961196 Paperback LITERARY CRITICISM / Canadian Publication Date:March 14, 2017
    $19.95 CAD 5.25 x 8.25 x 0.56 in | 10.1 oz | 262 pages Carton Quantity:32 Canadian Rights: Y Biblioasis
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      Revolutions is the first book-length critical survey of twenty-first-century Canadian fiction, with in-depth essays examining subjects such as the Scotiabank Giller Prize, the effects of the digital revolution, and the dark legacy of what has come to be known as the Canadian literary establishment. Throughout, close reading is given to many contemporary authors, with particular attention paid to such central figures as Douglas Coupland and David Adams Richards. Alex Good explains and contextualizes this period in Canadian fiction for the general reader, providing a much-needed critical re-assessment of Canadian writing in the new millennium.

      By offering a contrary yet thoughtful position to that taken by our nation’s most prominent literary tastemakers, Good offers a vigorous commentary on the state of Canadian literature—where we are and how we got here.

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      Alex Good is the former editor of Canadian Notes & Queries. He reviews regularly for various newspapers and journals, and runs an independent book review site at goodreports.net. He lives in Guelph, Ontario.

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      PRAISE FOR REVOLUTIONS

      “Alex Good has two rare qualities—rare these days—that make him a valuable literary critic. He knows how to read, and he never pulls his punches ... The most striking aspect of the essays, however, is not Good’s take on individual writers, but his defence of literacy and the culture of literacy.”—National Post

      Revolutions is intended to wake the Canadian clerisy from their “anti-revolutionary” slumber. This makes for a tremendously powerful, if occasionally overwhelming reading experience, but one of significant value for anyone with even the slightest interest in Canadian writing... this sort of spirited opposition is important in any artistic culture and has been lacking in Canadian letters.”—Toronto Star

      PRAISE FOR ALEX GOOD

      “A brilliant literary critic … Ruthlessly uncompromising.”—National Post

      “Sensitive but fierce.”—Globe and Mail

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    Rain And Other Stories Mia Couto, Eric M.B. Becker
    9781771961219 Paperback FICTION / Short Stories Publication Date:February 19, 2018
    $17.95 CAD 5 x 7 in | 1 gr | 176 pages Canadian Rights: Y Biblioasis
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      Mia Couto, winner of the Neustadt International Prize, and a finalist for the Man Booker International Prize, first became famous as a writer of enchanting short stories. In Rain And Other Stories, one of his most appealing collections, here available in English for the first time, the borders that separate people melt as a poor African country emerges from sixteen years of civil war and assumes its identity as an independent nation.

      In these playful, poignant stories of ordinary people, the African oral tale merges into the contemporary short story, magic blends with realism, and the boundaries between Africans and Europeans, men and women, and even the living and the dead, yield before a joyous mixing. Amid visions of water and rain, fishermen and farmers, spiritualists and lovers, experience sparkling new ways of renewing life in a country that is being reborn.

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      Mia Couto, an environmental biologist from Mozambique, was a recent finalist for the Man Booker International Prize. He is the author of 25 books of fiction, essays, and poems in his native Portuguese. His most recent novel in English translation was Confession of a Lioness, published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux in 2015.

      Eric M. B. Becker is the editor of the world literature journal Words without Borders. He is a PEN/Heim winning translator from the Portuguese. He was awarded a 2016 Fulbright Fellowship to translate Brazilian literature and will be spending 2016 in Brazil.

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      Praise for Mia Couto

      "[Couto is] a brilliant aphorist. There are countless sentences that ... have the weight and wisdom of ancient proverbs."—THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

      "Couto's narrative tone, at once deadpan and beguiling, and his virtuoso management of time place him alongside the best Latin American magic realists."—TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT

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    9781771961394 Paperback FICTION / Short Stories Publication Date:April 11, 2017
    $17.95 CAD 5 x 7.75 x 0.5 in | 160 gr | 176 pages Carton Quantity:84 Canadian Rights: Y Biblioasis
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      From remote Australian settlements to the snows of Siberia, from Colorado to Cumbria, restless teenagers, middle-aged civil servants, and Quaker spinsters traverse expanses of solitude to reveal the secrets of the human heart.

      Encountering domestic abuse, marital strife, murder, and a myriad of other challenges, Carys Davies' characters are set on journeys that surprise at every turn. Written with raw and rigorous prose, charged throughout by a prickly wit, the stories in The Redemption of Galen Pike remind us how little we know of the lives of others.

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      Carys Davies is the author of two collections of short stories, The Redemption of Galen Pike and Some New Ambush. She is the winner of the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award, the Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize, the Royal Society of Literature's V.S. Pritchett Memorial Prize, the Society of Authors' Olive Cook Short Story Award, a Northern Writers' Award, and is currently a 2016-2017 Cullman Fellow at the New York Public Library. Born in Wales, she usually lives in north-west England.

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      WINNER OF THE 2015 FRANK O'CONNOR INTERNATIONAL SHORT STORY AWARD

      Praise for Carys Davies and The Redemption of Galen Pike

      “A perfectly formed gem ... Davies has an enviable talent for creating entire internal universes for her characters ... This sophisticated collection observes that everyone contains multitudes, and people’s darkest corners are what make them interesting. The book never falters in its delicate touch and confident, nuanced observations about the human condition.”Publishers Weekly, STARRED REVIEW

      “Rooted in local realities, Carys Davies’s characters live lives that are, in Keats’s phrase, ‘like the scriptures, figurative.’ And her writing is an act not of transfiguration, but of revelation.”—David Constantine, author of the 2016 NYT Notable Book The Life-Writer

      “Oh my God! Oh my God! It was so great! The Redemption of Galen Pike. A collection of short stories. I never read short stories. This book is so wonderful. One of the clerks at Three Lives Bookstore convinced me to get that book. It’s fantastic!”—Sarah Jessica Parker, star of Sex and the City

      “Sometimes you want something that packs satisfaction in a short burst of reading. This book is it. Welsh writer Davies’ short stories are beautifully crafted and pull you in, delivering twists and insights that you simply didn’t see coming. One of the best books to come out this year.”—Deborah Dundas, The Toronto Star

      “The stories in The Redemption of Galen Pike are tiny marvels of technique and language ... [it] feels startlingly original, in part precisely because of the restraint the author exhibits. Davies’s technically accomplished, glancing tales offer the frisson of the unexpected.”—The Globe & Mail

      “This is Davies’ strength: the unexpected. Not a single one of the seventeen stories that make up this magnificent book is predictable—not even in their unpredictability ... What these stories do have in common, however, is an overwhelming sympathy for what it means to be human; an understanding of the fear, doubt, and sorrow that we all face—and of the hope, too, that urges us on.”—The Toronto Star

      “This is a slim collection of stories but oh it be mighty! Each story is a gem, a wildly imaginative look at the hardships and beauty of life. Davies infuses each interesting tale with raw emotion and observations as her characters grapple with the unpredictability of the world.”—Liberty Hardy, Book Riot

      “These are absolutely perfect ... They're always a little bit dark, a little bit odd, always absolutely beautiful and hard to forget.”—The Thread, Minnesota Public Radio

      “Like Chekhov’s great stories Davies’ stories are deceptively simple. They reward re-reading not by resolving the core mystery, but by revealing layers of meaning and complexity.”—Ladette Randolph, Ploughshares

      “Completely stole my heart ... might just be my favourite short story collection of all time”Simon Savidge, Savidge Reads

      “Carys Davies is able to craft a complete story featuring complex characters in 10 pages or less — a rare skill. In her second collection, The Redemption of Galen Pike, Davies again proves her mastery of the form.”—Winnipeg Free Press

      “Davies’s stories plumb the depths of silence and estrangement, bringing up moments of extraordinary insight about what holds people together and what drives them apart.”—Laurie Greer, Politics & Prose Bookstore

      “Darkly funny and unsettling.”—The Independent

      “A truly original and striking collection, full of funny, keenly observed stories replete with twists and turns that surprise”—Éibhear Walshe, The Frank O’Connor Short Story Award judge

      “Outstanding ... perfectly distilled, intense ... exquisite.”—The Yorkshire Post

      What Booksellers Are Saying About The Redemption Of Galen Pike

      The Redemption of Galen Pike is a beguiling story collection. With spare prose and deceptive simplicity, Carys Davies roams the incommensurable frontier between her characters, illuminating the unknowable with precision and style. I downed it like an elixir.”—Stephen Sparks, Point Reyes Books & Green Apple Books

      “Davies’s stories plumb the depths of silence and estrangement, bringing up moments of extraordinary insight about what holds people together and what drives them apart.”—Laurie Greer, Politics & Prose Bookstore

      “Davies has a Bierce-like ability to set the shot so perfectly you don't see the target until it’s already bleeding. The redemption in question bristles with an electric irony so sly, it might be easy to miss if it weren’t both shocking and satisfying. Davies throws the reader into this constructed relationship between puritan do-gooder Patience Haim and Galen Pike, gruffian awaiting the gallows, to yes, meditate on the weird relational web of humans, but also to tell a damn good story.”—Ashanti White-Wallace, Word Bookstore

      “There is nothing more satisfying than a short story collection that can leave one with a sense of wonder and fulfillment all at the same time. Carys Davies delivers this and so much more in her collection. Her stories are elegant brief interludes into the lives of others ... and with each reading (you will want to read them over and over) one finds more depth to them than before.”—Lynn Riehl, Nicola’s Books

      “Great books are so often driven by voice, and the writer Carys Davies seems to have been inhabited by a multitude of them. I've only had time to meet a few of them, captivating and compelling all, so I can't wait to get home tonight to have another few transport me on my way to dreamland.”—Jonathon Welch, Talking Leaves...Books

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    Blue Field Elise Levine
    9781771961516 Paperback FICTION / Psychological Publication Date:April 11, 2017
    $19.95 CAD 5 x 8 x 0.53 in | 1 gr | 224 pages Carton Quantity:48 Canadian Rights: Y Biblioasis
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      When her friend Jane dies while exploring an underwater cave with her husband Rand, Marilyn takes up diving again, to honour—and outdo—her late friend. Marilyn drags Rand with her as she increasingly pushes herself far past her limits and skill level, endangering them both in their private underwater version of hell.

      After more than two decades since the release of her sensational, critically acclaimed collection Driving Men Mad, Blue Field marks Elise Levine's much anticipated return to form.

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      Elise Levine is the author of the story collection Driving Men Mad and the novel Requests and Dedications. Her work has also appeared in The Journey Prize Anthology and Best Canadian Stories. Originally from Toronto, ON, she now lives in Baltimore, MD, and is Director of the MA in Creative Writing at Johns Hopkins University.

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      PRAISE FOR BLUE FIELD

      “Reading the novel is a sensation akin to drifting weightlessly beneath the surface of the text...dazzling, textured, tightly woven.”—Music & Literature

      “Levine uses raw, hallucinatory prose to tell this curious story of a woman becoming undone... The novel's visceral wordplay, rough sexuality, and anguished depiction of survivor's guilt are bound to captivate its audience. A transgressive, gut-wrenching portrayal of grief that asks what it's like to drown.”Kirkus Reviews

      “A vibrant mixture of intimate moments ... Blue Field is an exploration of two selves coming together with the sea. Levine’s aquatic language is gorgeous, displaying her literary prowess.”—This Magazine

      “Elise Levine’s new novel takes place in a state of not suspense, but suspension. It is set, tellingly, in the rough space between two deaths in the protagonist’s life—first Marilyn’s parents, back to back, then her best friend. The novel ceaselessly evokes the hanging feeling of being deep underwater: all is muted, slow, and yet sensation is almost unbearably heightened ... Levine is, undeniably, an outstanding wordsmith. Her writing style moves in multiple directions, making high stakes out of small movements while turning panic into poetry.”—Winnipeg Review

      “Levine’s spare language works brilliantly to capture both the vastness of the open water and the claustrophobic chaos of underwater caverns [as well as] a heightened, stylized canvas for Marilyn’s addictive nature... The result is a tale of self-destruction and hubris...absolutely gripping.”Numero Cinq

      “Some novels draw you in; Blue Field drags you under and keeps clamping down, an exercise in storytelling as centrifugal force.”Quill & Quire

      “This taut novel immerses its readers in grief’s disorienting morass... Levine pares down sentences to a hypnotically lyrical minimalism, expressing a maximalist level of physical and emotional detail with few words... It reads like a telegraph dispatching psychological Morse code... a slim read that lands with a monolithic force.”JHU Magazine

      “Elise Levine’s novel Blue Field is as immersive, hyper-vivid and true as fiction ever gets. Levine swims in the alien worlds of underwater caves, gets caught up in the forceful currents of love and the fleeting, peripheral shadows of sex and death. Here are characters who need to prove something big and occasionally make terrible mistakes. This novel illuminates the murky world of fast and altering friendships; what it feels like to lose the people we love. All of this rendered in compressed prose - diamond hard, diamond bright. Fill your lungs; you are about to dive deep. Break the surface; everything glittering and changed.”—Lisa Moore, author of February

      “What James Salter did in Solo Faces for mountain climbing, Elise Levine does for diving. Blue Field is full immersion—an adventure story in a literary guise, one that holds your head under the current of its gorgeous prose until you gasp. Mysterious and terrifying, this book enthralled me.”Caroline Adderson, author of Ellen in Pieces and A History of Forgetting

      “Elise Levine’s Blue Field submerged me in its exhilarating mix of language—at once visceral and beautiful, intense and immediate, moving and distant. This deep and complex narrative of loss and risk wrecked me and then rescued me with an unexpected compassion. Blue Field is an exquisite novel.”—Michael Kimball, author of Dear Everybody

      PRAISE FOR ELISE LEVINE

      “A dazzling wordsmith, a lexical tease, Levine is like a kid let loose in a leaf pile, kicking up words for the sheer joy of watching them spin.”—Toronto Star

      “Reading Elise Levine is akin to a wild ride down a dark road at night … Bold and startling … Precipitous and exhilarating.”—Globe and Mail

      “Taut and direct, Elise Levine’s writing compresses the distance between art and audience, drawing a reader experientially through her fiction. Levine is a visceral imagist. Her fiction renders event indistinguishable from emotion, affecting the gut as fully as the mind … The tension that Levine’s writing evokes remains unresolved, extending beyond the page of her fictions.”—Ottawa Citizen

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    The Analyst Molly Peacock
    9781771961639 Paperback POETRY / Canadian Publication Date:March 14, 2017
    $18.95 CAD 5.5 x 8.25 x 0.25 in | 1 gr | 128 pages Carton Quantity:72 Canadian Rights: Y Biblioasis
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      In her latest collection, Molly Peacock, one of Canada's most beloved poets, tells the story of the decades-long relationship she's had with her psychoanalyst, who returned to painting after surviving a stroke. By translating techniques of visual art into language, The Analyst guides us through galleries of breathtaking settings and portraiture, leading us on a search for authenticity behind the illusions of pose.

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      Molly Peacock is an acclaimed poet, essayist and creative nonfiction writer.

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      Praise for Molly Peacock

      "Whatever the subject, rich music follows the tap of Molly Peacock's baton."Washington Post

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    9781771961592 Paperback POETRY / Canadian Publication Date:April 11, 2017
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      As the sickly boy dreams in bed, the shadows beneath his parlour curtain are stirring, taking shapes inexpressible even in a child's dreams. "Real keeps us silent," argues the taxidermied rabbit to the young air-rifle that shot it dead. "Real keeps us still. You must never ask anyone if they are Real."

      For exactly as long as history, a secret peace has bound the human and inanimate worlds. But the stories of the other world are pushing into our own, and that peace will be tested tonight...

      In this collection of twenty-six poems and the unbelievably weird happenings that link them, Noah Wareness steals electricity from nihilistic horror fiction and shaggy late-night cartoons to create a landscape of profound loss, vertigo and wonder.

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      Noah Wareness lives with his friends in the city. He writes by hand.

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      Praise for Real is the Word They Use to Contain Us

      "One of the strangest, most unique and more brilliant poetry debuts in Canadian history." —Winnipeg Free Press

      "Real is the Word They Use to Contain Us reads like a Tim Burton-directed, uncanny valley version of a beloved children’s book...grim, gripping, and more than a little creepy. [It] is a trippy philosophical exploration [and] a delicious celebration of loss, vertigo, and wonder." —Lit Hub

      "[Real is the Word They Use to Contain Us] is a punk nightmare, a sharp intake of the lungs, an often unsettling and always weird meditation on realness. ... Wareness eschews lilt, lyric, and love, rejects all conventions of poetic tone, and really just does whatever-the-salty-language he wants. A middle-fingered debut from a poet who scores his poems for the breath of snarling dogs and musings talking rabbits." —Contemporary Verse 2

      "Noah Wareness is cavalier, candid and so damned sharp that there's a genuine fear of cutting yourself on his wit." —Today Poetry

      "Unsettling and also warm-hearted, insidiously serious, and astutely fun."—Canadian Literature

      "I am so damn thrilled to have helped this come about because I feel like I have been one of the few keepers of an explosive secret for the past decade ... Real is the Word They Use to Contain Us is not merely a brilliantly heterogeneous gathering of poems, but an ambitious concept album, a hybrid work of punk philosophy showcasing its author's eccentrically original mind and wacky humour ... Reading this book will make you see the world a little differently." —Zach Wells

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    Class Clown Pino Coluccio Canada
    9781771961554 Paperback POETRY / Canadian Publication Date:August 15, 2017
    $18.95 CAD 5.25 x 8.25 x 0.15 in | 1 gr | 72 pages Carton Quantity:160 Canadian Rights: Y Biblioasis
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      More punk than prog, neither light nor overweight, the verse in Pino Coluccio's second book hews to the classic themes of love, death and the passage of time, while presenting a cast of longers and losers whose admirable stubborn pluck is also at times tragic. A collection that above all champions that highest of human art forms: clowning around.

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      Pino Coluccio's poems have appeared in The Walrus and three anthologies. His first collection, First Comes Love, came out in 2005. He lives in Toronto.

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      Winner of the 2018 Trillium Book Award for Poetry

      Praise for Class Clown

      "[Coluccio] writes short, witty poems about love, death, and the absurdities of modern life.... I kept going back to [Class Clown] over and over and over again." —CBC's Sunday Edition

      "Coluccio proves that light verse isn’t necessarily lightweight.” —Toronto Star Praise for Pino Coluccio

      "Like those comedians who reveal painful family secrets for laughs, you'll have a hard time catching Pino Coluccio at one of his many rhyming bluffs. With a free-ranging and irreverent mix of high and low, and showing a splendid gift for satire and biting portraiture, Coluccio writes an unflinching, crisply-constructed poetry that wears its sad truths lightly—though they sting no less for it." —Carmine Starnino

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    From the Vault, Volume II 1950 – 1980 Sharon Hanna Canada, Craig Pearson Canada, Bill Bishop Canada
    9781771961189 Hardcover HISTORY / Canada Publication Date:March 21, 2017
    $42.95 CAD 9.25 x 12.25 x 1.25 in | 5 lb | 480 pages Carton Quantity:6 Canadian Rights: Y Biblioasis
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      By the end of World War II, Windsor had established itself as one of the greatest industrial cities in the British Commonwealth. The region seemed on an easy path to prosperity. But history took a different turn. Starting with the closure of Ford Plant One in 1953, the city was hit by several unanticipated challenges. How would its residents respond? How would they react to rapid changes that swept North America?

      From the Vault, Volume II: 1950-1980 explores what were perhaps the three most important and exciting decades of our history. Revealing how Windsor-Essex County overcame obstacles to achieve later triumphs, the book touches on the region’s baby boom, building craze, auto industry, labour struggles, arts and culture, immigration, Black history, and more.

      With a foreword by The Windsor Star’s former photographer and photo editor Bill Bishop, From the Vault, Volume II illustrates the era by featuring over 1,250 iconic images, from the 1954 Centennial celebrations and Queen Elizabeth II’s visit in 1959, through the Bulldogs’ Allan Cup victory in 1963 and Windsor’s reaction to the 1967 Detroit Riot, to the Curling Club Disaster of 1974 and to the assassination of Charlie Brooks in 1977.

      As Windsor-Essex’s paper of record for over 150 years, The Windsor Star remains our region’s greatest source of historical photography and eyewitness testimony. Like its predecessor, the national best-selling From the Vault, winner of the inaugural Kulisek Prize, this book—the most authoritative and beautifully produced of its kind—sets a new standard for Canadian excellence in regional history. Documenting landmark events, timeless memories, and unforgettable characters, it is a “must have” for history lovers.

      Bio

      Sharon Hanna is the regional history editor at Biblioasis. Born and raised in Windsor, she received her Master of Arts in History from the University of Windsor.

      Craig Pearson is a longtime Windsor Star reporter, a University of Windsor part-time journalism instructor, an author, a father, a husband, and now more than ever a lover of Windsor history.

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