has_publisher_logo

Advanced Search
 

Biblioasis Fall 2018

more
Titles per page
  • 1
    catalogue cover
    Be With Letters to a Caregiver Mike Barnes Canada
    9781771962438 Paperback HEALTH & FITNESS / Diseases Publication Date:September 18, 2018
    $17.95 CAD 5 x 7.75 x 0.5 in | 388 gr | 156 pages Carton Quantity:80 Canadian Rights: Y Biblioasis
    • Marketing Copy

      Description

      SHORTLISTED FOR THE TORONTO BOOK AWARD

      AS SEEN ON GLOBAL NEWS TV'S THE MORNING SHOW

      A CBC CANADIAN BOOK TO READ FOR MENTAL HEALTH WEEK

      Drawing on the author’s seven years of caring for his mother through Alzheimer’s, Be With: Letters to a Caregiver is what its title promises: four dispatches to an anonymous long-term caregiver. In brief passages that cast fresh light on what it means to live with dementia, Barnes shares trials, insights, solace—and, ultimately, inspiration.

      Meant to be a companion in waiting rooms, on bus routes, or while a loved one naps, Be With is a dippable source of clarity for harried readers who might only have time for a few lines or paragraphs. Mike Barnes writes with sensitivity and grace about fellowship, responsibility, and joyful relatedness—what it means to simply be with the people that we love.
      Bio

      Mike Barnes has published eight previous books across a range of genres: poetry, short fiction, novels, and memoir. His collection of poems, Calm Jazz Sea, was shortlisted for the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award; and Aquarium, his first collection of stories, won the Danuta Gleed Award. His newest book is The Adjustment League (2016), the first in a series of three noir novels. He works as a private English tutor and lives in Toronto.

      Marketing & Promotion
    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Reviews

      Praise for Be With

      “Caregiving for loved ones is a topic often left out of contemporary writing. In Be With, Mike Barnes lifts the curtain on his own experiences with dispatches to anonymous caregivers/loved ones living with the fallout of Alzheimers disease. This slim volume is filled with wisdom for the moments when caregivers may need it most—the long periods of uncertainty while waiting. While Be With may be directed to those who need it most, its in-depth look at human connection is relatable to anyone.” —Toronto Book Award Jury Citation

      “Timely, lyrical, tough, accurate.” —Margaret Atwood

      “Beautiful.” —CHCH-TV

      “My heart lodged in my throat and my eyes stayed glassy over the brief duration of Be With: Letters to a Caregiver. It's a lovely, loving, and unflinching work ... He shares knowledge ("The truth is, there's no graceful way to take control of someone's life away from them") and he asks questions ("How much room in your own heart?") any caregiver must consider. He also asserts his primary insight: "But being with in person trumps all else. It's the one way of caring most likely to be right, and the least likely to be regretted.” —Toronto Star

      “The particulars of Mary’s dementia give this brief book universal appeal. The author effectively humanizes himself as a man who has made errors, who wishes he had done things differently, and who has his own psychological burdens to bear...A book that tells the reader that you are not alone, whoever you are.” —Kirkus Reviews

      “Barnes shares a tender exaltation...with a clear and melodic tenor; there’s poetry in his myriad introspections, and a willingness to put everything on the table, good, bad, and heart-wrenching. This is a powerful book for those who have experienced similar trials, regardless of length of time or severity.” —Publishers Weekly

      “In their simplicity and even-handed tone, the letters achieve their author’s difficult aim: they present as a literary Third Man, a friendly, authoritative voice in the dark that will lead its at-the-end-of-their-tether listeners through to the endgame...What really matters, he concludes, is the hardest thing, being there with her. “For every thousand pages describing how living is shattered by this dread disease, there should be at least one page observing how living goes on within it.” Be With has 156 pages of them.” —Literary Review of Canada

      “Powerful...the short, digestible letters are written with a realistic understanding of busy, exhausted caregivers' time and energy and stay true to the book's title, emphasizing the deceptively simple need to just "be with" - to witness, see, and accept. Poignant but never heavy-handed, it's a relevant and empathetic book that meets caregivers where they are.” —Open Book

      Praise for Mike Barnes

      “… fiercely alive, marked by a sharp, unerring eye for detail and a wonderful way with metaphors.” —Toronto Star

      “His lucid prose brings to mind Poe’s Gothic horror, Hunter S. Thompson’s strangeness (without the drug-craze), and William Burroughs’ ellipsis (without the disintegration). But it is perhaps closest to Roald Dahl’s intimate exploration of human oddity and use of surprise in Switch Bitch.” Globe and Mail

  • 2
    catalogue cover
    9781771962391 Paperback FICTION / Literary Publication Date:October 09, 2018
    $19.95 CAD 5 x 7.75 x 0.5 in | 388 gr | 200 pages Carton Quantity:57 Canadian Rights: Y Biblioasis
    • Marketing Copy

      Description

      Linked by an unlikely accident, four strangers characters grapple with loneliness, memory, and the mysteries of art.

      Ray Eccles is a man who dislikes unpredictability and the messiness of social interaction, to such extent that his co-workers’ habit of gathering around the Xerox machine it’s his job to run makes even that regular task unbearable. When a misunderstanding leads to unexpected time off from work, Ray takes a day trip to nearby East Beach on what happens to be his fortieth birthday. As he gazes at the sea, a distant woman turns to face him—and a seagull falls from the sky, knocking him unconscious. He awakens compelled to paint her image, using whatever materials come to hand: jam, ketchup, even the walls of his home.

      Enter George and Grace Zoob, collectors of Outsider Art, whose endorsement rockets Ray to fame in the art world and beyond. Soon even small-town newspapers are covering his work—which is how Jennifer, the woman on the beach, discovers she’s the sole subject of the paintings that have set the world on fire, leading her to wonder if a man she’s never met is the only person who has ever really seen her.

      Lyrical, elegant and quietly profound, Harriet Paige’s Man With a Seagull on His Head captures the small, shared moments where our lives overlap, making artistry out of the everyday.

      Bio

      Harriet Paige was born in 1979 and grew up in Devon, in the south west of England. She studied English and American Literature at the University of Warwick and returned in 2004 to do an MA in Writing. After completing the programme she continued to develop her writing alongside working as an interiors journalist and bringing up her three children. Man With a Seagull on His Head is her debut novel.

      Marketing & Promotion
    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Reviews
      Praise for Man with a Seagull on His Head

      “Every sentence in this book is perfect.” —Mary Cotton, Newtonville Books (Newton, MA)

      “The power of portraiture animates Harriet Paige’s slim, elegant novel...The holy intensity of Ray’s vision stands out against the countless missed connections, distractions and estrangements that mark a life’s relationships. The book reminds us that a single act of attentiveness—of passionate noticing—can cause beauty to drop unexpectedly into the world.” —Wall Street Journal

      “Graceful...provides deep introspections about loneliness and death...The novel’s charming, light tone nicely balances its powerful meditations on art and failed expectations.” —Publishers Weekly

      “Elegiac...emotionally precise...not only pleasing to the eye, but also profoundly engaging to the heart. A gentle fable about the mystery of artistic creativity.” Kirkus

      “Paige explores the need for her characters to prove their existence...a new and exciting voice worth watching closely.” —Library Journal

      “An unusual meditation on art and life...The small moment with the seagull ripples into large impacts across many lives in untidy ways that are nonetheless compelling and honest.” —Booklist

      “Funny, sharp, engaging and beautifully written...a precious and strange thing. A bona fide gem.” The Guardian

      “This debut novel—original, eccentric, with all manner of unusual perspectives—is itself an example of outsider art at its idiosyncratic best.” —Toronto Star

      “Will stay with you just as a puzzling but beautiful dream lingers in your conscious mind.” —Winnipeg Free Press

      Quiet, spooky and very good . . . It's sometimes terribly sad, sometimes hilarious, sometimes absurdist, but always somehow completely believable. Beyond the narrative, the novel is about art, connections and missed chances, the complications of family and the mysterious workings of the human brain.” —Minneapolis Star Tribune

      “Acutely observed and generously imagined this portrait of an accidental artist is as surprising as it is enthralling. It gripped me from the first page. Its last lines are still with me, shimmering with wise promise.” —Maureen Freely

      “Ray Eccles, a nonentity, goes for a walk on his 40th birthday. He seems almost reassured by the thought that he is “past the age when something interesting was likely to happen to him." He assumes he is all alone on a deserted beach but then, in quick succession, a woman appears, they lock eyes, and Ray is knocked cold by a seagull plummeting from the sky. Is it Ray's salvation or doom? Is Ray's ensuing story, told in Harriet Paige’s gem-like prose, the stuff of tragedy or farce? Or are we all Ray, so placid and so longing, dreaming of rising into the sky?” —Ezra Goldstein, Community Bookstore (New York, NY)

      “Reading Harriet Paige in advance feels like I've been privy to a special secret. I'm so glad I finally get to share this book with the world.” —Lesley Rains, City of Asylum Bookstore (Pittsburgh, PA)

      “A quirky, interesting, original story of life lived one foot in front of the other.” —Beth Carpenter, The Country Bookshop (Southern Pines, NC)

      “Truly unique. A quirky and intelligent read with a deep beating heart.” —Kevin Elliott, Seminary Co-op Bookstore (Chicago, IL)

      “The story sings off the page with tender lyricism. This is a quirky gem." —Linda McLoughlin Figel, {pages} a bookstore (Manhattan Beach, CA)

      “The opening of Man with a Seagull on His Head tempts you with its brisk prose and summery seaside setting to pick it up as a momentary diversion, but it quickly establishes powerful links among its many characters, connecting hearts and minds across distance, time, and cultural barriers.” —James Crossley, Island Books (Mercer Island, WA)

      "A beautiful fable about art and inspiration and humanity. Outsider artist Ray Eccles has something of Melville's Bartleby about him, but the narrative--smartly--focuses on those whose lives he influences. A gorgeously written, tender debut novel." —Lexi Beach, Astoria Books (Astoria, NY)

      “Anyone interested in the mysteries of memory, art-making, and missed connections will be charmed by Harriet Paige's odd, funny, and wise parable.” —John Francisconi, Bank Square Books (Mystic, CT)

      “Explores the somewhat psychotic lengths inspiration can take someone paired with the exploitative facets of the art world - and it's rendered with such a fantastic combination of distance and intimacy. The world could maybe be made better if more seagulls fell on our heads.” —Rebecca George, Volumes Bookcafe (Chicago, IL)

      “You want to extend a hand and wish the characters well. A fine read. Refreshingly recommend.” —Todd Miller, Arcadia Books (Spring Green, WI)

      Man With a Seagull on His Head is an enthralling read unlike anything I have ever read. It makes you feel crazy, sane, upset, and euphoric. Harriet Paige is a remarkable writer with an amazing muse.” —Nick Buzanski, Book Culture (New York, NY)

      "Sad, hopeful, perfectly poignant and because the internal mechanics of the novel are so well metred, it also ends beautifully. With echoes of Brian Moore's Judith Hearne and a bit of Marilynne Robinson's Lila, Harriet Paige is more than a writer to watch. She has arrived." —David Worsley, Words Worth Books (Waterloo, ON)

      “The compelling characters, fable-like pacing, and funny take on "outsider" art keep the pages flying by.” —Pete Mulvihill, Green Apple Books (San Francisco, CA)

      “Lovely, quiet, and quite beautiful. I found myself slowly reading so that I wouldn’t miss any poetic descriptions of people and places. Admittedly, it’s a hard novel to pin down—is it a mystery? A family story? A story of mental illness and art? It’s unlike anything I’ve read, really, and I find it hard to describe and truly convey its beauty.” —Sarah Letke, Redbery Books (Cable, WI)

      “If you like your fiction smart and surreal, you will love Man With a Seagull on his Head. A strong, compelling debut!” —Carol Schneck Varner, Schuler Books and Music (Okemos, MI)

      “So many wonderful things in one book! It is an odd, well-written, fully realized, moving and unsettling novel. It reminded me of Tom McCarthy's novel Remainder. A rather brilliant first novel; I will be watching for Harriet Paige's next offering.” —Susan Chamberlain, The Book Keeper (Sarnia, ON)

      “A deeply thoughtful quick read. Harriet Paige has crafted a diverse array of characters, each captivating as they bare their most vulnerable moments and stand firmly in moments of surety or pride. This rich novel kept me company long after I put it down.” —Carrie Koepke, Skylark Bookshop (Columbia, MO)

      “A powerful little book. Haunting.” —Kay Wosewick, Boswell Books (Milwaukee, WI)

      “This brief, captivating novel introduces the fascinating world of outsider art through steady pacing and nuanced characters. —Emily Adams, Third Place Books (Lake Forest Park, WA)

      “It’s a rare novel that reminds you of one by Virginia Woolf and doesn’t fall short in the comparison. Makes ordinary life seem perpetually on the edge of epiphany.” —Laurie Greer, Politics & Prose (Washington, DC)

  • 3
    catalogue cover
    Dear Evelyn Kathy Page Canada
    9781771962094 Paperback FICTION / Literary Publication Date:September 04, 2018
    $19.95 CAD 5 x 8 x 0.5 in | 388 gr | 328 pages Carton Quantity:36 Canadian Rights: Y Biblioasis
    • Marketing Copy

      Description
      WINNER OF THE 2018 ROGERS WRITERS' TRUST FICTION PRIZE • WINNER OF THE 2019 CITY OF VICTORIA BUTLER BOOK PRIZE • A 2018 KIRKUS BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR • A GLOBE AND MAIL BEST BOOK OF 2018 • A TORONTO STAR TOP TEN BOOK OF THE YEAR • A WINNIPEG FREE PRESS FAVOURITE BOOK OF THE YEAR • A QUILL & QUIRE BEST BOOK OF 2018

      Inspired by the author’s family history, this forthright love story unflinchingly portrays the trials and tensions of a lifelong marriage.

      Born between the wars on a working-class street in London, Harry Miles wins a scholarship to an exclusive school and with it a chance to escape his station. Instead he falls in love with poetry, and though his teachers encourage him to attend university, he’s tired of scholarship’s dull routines. He takes an entry-level job and spends his free time among the poetry volumes at Battersea Public Library

      One afternoon on his way up the stairs, Harry encounters the enigmatic Evelyn Hill. The daughter of an alcoholic layabout, the young woman chafes against the idea of marriage—but during a summer spent wandering the commons and taking in plays with Harry, their relationship begins to bloom in the shadow of the Second World War. Before they know it, Harry is headed into battle and the couple faces the first of many challenges in what will become a lifetime spent together.

      Drawing on original wartime letters written by the author’s father, Dear Evelyn reckons with the shifting tides of marriage, exploring how two people shape one another over the course of a lifetime. This compelling account that will leave its mark on any reader who has ever loved.

      Bio

      Kathy Page’s works include Frankie Styne and the Silver Man; Alphabet, a Governor General’s Award finalist in 2005; and The Story of My Face, long-listed for the Orange Prize in 2002. Two of her books, Paradise & Elsewhere, 2014, and The Two of Us, 2016, were nominated for the Giller Prize. Born in the UK, she moved to the West Coast of Canada with her family in 2001, and now divides her time between writing and teaching at Vancouver Island University.

      Marketing & Promotion
    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize 2018, Winner
      Reviews

      Praise for Dear Evelyn

      “Kathy Page's Dear Evelyn is a novel in the shape of a life...[true] to most human experiences of love...Page has laid bare the lives of her characters, making no claim to their significance to anyone but each other, and in doing so has demonstrated that the ordinary is infinitely precious.” —Times Literary Supplement
      Quietly hums with emotional charge. The war years, with Harry fighting in North Africa and Evelyn struggling with a young child at home, are especially vivid, but this watchful, empathetic chronicle retains sensitivity through the less obviously eventful decades of home-building and child-rearing....Page's watchful and very British tale remains devoted to both and forgiving to the end. A searching, and touching, depiction of the places where married lives merge and the places where they never do.” —Kirkus (starred review)
      “Kathy Page’s Dear Evelyn tells the tender and unsettling story of working-class Londoner Harry Miles and the ambitious Evelyn Hill who fall in love as the world around them goes to war. What initially begins as a familiar wartime love story morphs into a startling tale of time’s impact on love and family, as well as one’s complex search for personal meaning and truth. By integrating themes that are universally understood by readers and skillfully crafting endearing characters that surprise and delight, Page has created a poignant literary work of art. The result is a timeless page-turning masterpiece.” —Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize jury citation
      “Personal and intimate in focus, preoccupied with the minutiae of love and the domestic. What this painstaking and painful account of a marriage – from passionate beginning to resentful, grubby end – relies on, as much as its period detail, is its precise ruminations on the nature of affection and resentment, and on how love can persist in the face of cruelty...This becomes a novel of sadness about love and its waste, and about the humiliation of aging. It made me cry my eyes out." —Globe and Mail
      “No work of fiction has ever moved me to tears. These pages so emotionally swept me away that, at one particularly heartbreaking point, the book felt so alive that it might wound me, and I launched the thing across the room. Dear Evelyn trembles with what Walter Benjamin might call an “aura” of authenticity, deeply felt and rooted in the author’s obvious love for literature and her family. The result is a profoundly moving novel that captures the deep melancholy and fundamental loneliness of the human condition with startling emotional acuity.” —Literary Review of Canada
      “A love story, a coming-of-age story, and a brilliantly evocative sketch of Britain in the 20th century...[a] measured, intelligent novel.” —The Guardian
      “Page’s finely wrought story – by turns tender, acid, and poignant – reminds us that marriage is a condition as infinitely variable as the individuals who enter into it...gains dimension and complexity as additional details accumulate through Page’s deft use of flashbacks and prolepsis; her precise and graceful prose gives the emerging picture nuance and shading...Page’s touching novel makes the ordinary extraordinary.” —Quill & Quire (starred review)
      “An ambitious, and highly literary, historical fiction outing...The writing is remarkable, masterfully weaving together the personal and the political. The backdrop of global conflict infuses the story with urgency, drama, and the exotic appeal of foreign travel, while the intimate manoeuverings of the characters oscillate between tenderness and profound despair.” —Toronto Star

      “A smartly written portrait of a marriage that is true to life, has depth and detail, and is sometimes sweet and sometimes painful...the characters linger long afterwards and are likely to leave readers with either a tear in their eye or a lump in the throat.” —Winnipeg Free Press

      “The detail, the nuance, and the vitality of the scenes, while disconcerting, is also supremely detailed but never overwhelming with pages of minutia...Harry and Evelyn come together for an instant, repel one another over this or that, strive to find their better selves and their compassion and their once rich love; and then, with a harsh word or passing mood, they’re back to marital warfare. It’s a heartbreaking depiction, if only because it’s so enduring: these two are bound by family, by obligation, by history, and even by a steady if off-kilter and declining love.” —Vancouver Sun

      “Page charts the emotional shifts that take place over the course of their marriage, from first flush of love to old age, with subtlety and sensitivity.” —Booklist

      “Though a familiar tale, it’s sharply drawn and told with an alertness to cliche ...[T]he concluding scenes, while sadly inevitable, are quietly devastating. ” —Daily Mail Online

      “I know of no contemporary writer who deals so convincingly with love. Page consistently dramatizes the ways in which the feelings of intimate couples are puzzling mixtures of hope, lust, genuine caring, resentment, politics, and much else...ambitious and profoundly resonant.” —Ormsby Review

      Dear Evelyn has a wonderful, effortless sweep...Page is able to contain a century; two wars; two fully realized, flawed and complicated people; a rich and tumultuous marriage; so much love; and the pride, rage and resentment that keeps so much from ever being properly expressed.” —Kerry Clare, Pickle Me This

      “[Page] has flown largely under the radar of publishing journalism while also writing damned good books...Page is a magician at evoking a sense of past-ness, and her characterisation is extraordinarily skillful and tender: both Evelyn and her husband Harry can be extremely difficult, but the reader understands and feels for them both. Exceptional work.” —Elle Thinks

      “A beautifully written story about a long marriage with a heart-tugging ending.” —Literary Hoarders

      “A richly textured story that feels authentic to each period, without ever getting bogged down in too many details or historical facts ... Relayed with compassion, and incisive writing.” —Gulf Islands Driftwood

      “A novel that will fill your heart, and break it, too.” —The Parry Sound

      Praise for Kathy Page

      “Page...runs circles around authors who work twice as hard for half the reward... One of the most talented short-story writers working today delivered yet another knockout collection that is both darkly funny and terribly sad.” —Globe and Mail
      “A moving novel about knowledge, self-awareness and the power of words, set in the purgatory of prison. This young man’s life demands our attention and refuses to let go.” —Kirkus (starred review)
      “Like children at a sleepover, tucked beneath shared covers, the stories whisper to one another, providing a thematic richness to the book that far outstrips its page count.” The Walrus
      “Tight, strange, nifty stories.” —Margaret Atwood
      “Her fiction is sensuous and verdant, grafting lyrical prose onto stories and situations that appear almost as legends.” National Post
      “Page’s prose is vivid and alive, with nary a scrap of throwaway writing to be found.” —Publishers Weekly
      Alphabet is not just highly readable, but one of the strongest, most eloquent, most tightly constructed novels of the year…It is a measure of the quiet artistry of Alphabet that, out of material that would have been at home in the blackest of black comedies, Kathy Page has celebrated, with rare deftness, the resilience of the human heart. ” —Sunday Telegraph
      “A complex book, and splendidly written, Alphabet is an intensely compelling reading experience that speaks to the power of words and the significance of language in all its dangerous subtleties.” The Edmonton Journal
      One of our most daring writers … If you don’t know Page’s work yet, she’s a find.” —Caroline Adderson
      “Kathy Page is a massive talent.” —Barbara Gowdy
      One of the most complex characters I’ve ever met in a novel.” Victoria Times Colonist
      “Emotionally resonant, poignant examinations of life and love and – most piercingly – death… Page is a highly skilled miniaturist, capable of pulling off powerful effects by way of simple (though never simplistic) prose and a keen eye for human fallibility and ambiguity.” —Quill & Quire

      "A vivid portrayal...mesmerizing. [Page] writes with compassion, tenderness and a deep intelligence." —Prairie Fire

  • 4
    catalogue cover
    Original Prin Randy Boyagoda Canada
    9781771962452 Paperback FICTION / Literary Publication Date:September 25, 2018
    $19.95 CAD 5.25 x 8.25 x 0.5 in | 388 gr | 224 pages Carton Quantity:48 Canadian Rights: Y Biblioasis
    • Marketing Copy

      Description

      A NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW EDITOR'S CHOICE

      A GLOBE AND MAIL BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR

      Eight months before he became a suicide bomber, Prin went to the zoo with his family.

      Following a cancer diagnosis, forty-year old Prin vows to become a better man and a better Catholic. He’s going to spend more time with his kids and better time with his wife, care for his recently divorced and aging parents, and also expand his cutting-edge research into the symbolism of the seahorse in Canadian literature.

      But when his historic college in downtown Toronto faces a shutdown and he meets with the condominium developers ready to take it over—including a foul-mouthed young Chinese entrepreneur and Wende, his sexy ex-girlfriend from graduate school—Prin hears the voice of God. Bewildered and divinely inspired, he goes to the Middle East, hoping to save both his college and his soul. Wende is coming, too.

      The first book in a planned trilogy, Original Prin is an entertaining and essential novel about family life, faith, temptation, and fanaticism. It’s a timely story about timeless truths, told with wise insight and great humour, confirming Randy Boyagoda’s place as one of Canada’s funniest and most provocative writers.

      Bio
      Randy Boyagoda is one of Canada’s funniest and most provocative writers. A regular presence on CBC Radio, his most recent novel, Beggar’s Feast, was selected as a New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice and longlisted for the IMPAC Dublin Literary Prize. His first novel, Governor of the Northern Province, was nominated for the Scotiabank Giller Prize. Born to Sri Lankan parents in Oshawa, he lives in Toronto with his wife and four children. He is a professor of English at the University of Toronto, where he is also Principal of St. Michael’s College.
      Marketing & Promotion
    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Reviews

      Praise for Randy Boyagoda


      “Gleaming ... Through his protagonist’s long and eventful life, Randy Boyagoda explores themes of shifting identity, of the diamond-hard determination to evade one’s destiny and of the inner landscapes of an island that itself undergoes a dramatic transformation ... an ambitious book that seeks to convey the sweep of history through the prism of one island. The lush style of Boyagoda’s prose suits the novel.” The New York Times Book Review (Editor's Choice)


      “The Evelyn Waugh of the North.” —Books-in-Canada


      Governor of the Northern Province’s humour and liveliness are in welcome contrast to the dreary earnestness of so many similar books” —Quill & Quire


      “Boyagoda, a sharp and subtle writer, slips easily into many different characters’ heads and their internal rhythms, and lyrical lines abound … A satirical feast.” —The Globe and Mail


      “a multifaceted, engrossing story… Prepare for a verbal feast that will thoroughly entertain and satisfy, yet leave you hungering for more.”Kirkus Reviews (starred review)


  • 5
    catalogue cover
    Madame Victoria Catherine Leroux Canada, Lazer Lederhendler Canada
    9781771962070 Paperback FICTION / Literary Publication Date:September 18, 2018
    $19.95 CAD 5.25 x 8.25 x 0.5 in | 388 gr | 240 pages Carton Quantity:48 Canadian Rights: Y Biblioasis
    • Marketing Copy

      Description

      In 2001, a woman’s skeleton was found in the woods overlooking Montreal’s Royal Victoria Hospital. Despite an audit of the hospital’s patient records, a forensic reconstruction of the woman’s face, missing-person appeals, and DNA tests that revealed not only where she had lived, but how she ate, the woman was never identified. Assigned the name Madame Victoria, her remains were placed in a box in an evidence room and, eventually, forgotten.

      But not by Catherine Leroux, who constructs in her form-bending Madame Victoria twelve different histories for the unknown woman. Like musical variations repeating a theme, each Victoria meets her end only after Leroux resurrects her, replacing the anonymous circumstances of her death with a vivid re-imagining of her possible lives. And in doing so, Madame Victoria becomes much more than the story of one unknown and unnamed woman: it becomes a celebration of the lives and legacies of unknown women everywhere.

      By turns elegiac, playful, poignant, and tragic, Madame Victoria is an unforgettable book about the complexities of individual lives and the familiar ways in which they overlap.

      Bio

      Catherine Leroux was born in 1979 in the Northern suburbs of Montreal. After holding various jobs she became a journalist and devoted herself to writing. Her first novel, Marche en forêt, was published in 2011 by Éditions Alto, and her newest novel is Madame Victoria (Éditions Alto, 2015). The Party Wall, her English-language debut published with Biblioasis in 2016, was selected for Indies Introduce for Summer/Fall 2016, was shortlisted for the 2016 Scotiabank Giller Prize, and won the 2016 Governor General’s Award for Translation.

      Marketing & Promotion
    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Reviews

      Praise for Madame Victoria

      “An unnerving series of portraits . . . both intimately personal and bound to universal elements of mortality, physicality, and femaleness . . . [Leroux] expertly probes fallible, achingly human characters to form a portrait of a lost woman and examine the fragile forces that underlie a life. Gorgeously written, unsettling, and well worth the read.”Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

      “Leroux is a fearless writer who invokes fable with sure-footed confidence ... The end result is a novel that packs a star’s density of rage and love into its pages, a delicate and unflinching look at the impossibilities of womanhood that is nothing short of incandescent. A testament to the power of fable and myth, Madame Victoria is a triumphant feat of storytelling.” Quill & Quire (starred review)

      “Fun is a word that comes up often when Leroux is talking about her work and its process, but there’s nothing frivolous implied . . . It’s the kind of fun that comes with full creative engagement, with choosing seldom-trod paths and arriving in places you might not have thought you’d reach . . . [Madame Victoria] confirms the 39-year-old Montrealer as one of Canada’s best and most adventurous writers.” Montreal Gazette

      “[K]aleidoscopic, expansive fiction about connections and possibilities.” —Globe & Mail

      “Equal parts compelling and unsettling . . . Even as Leroux’s descriptions depart from our expectations and reaches for the strange or the surreal or for the unfamiliar emotional landscape, the Victorias’ stories are resonant and disorienting.” Winnipeg Free Press

      “As a follow-up to her Giller Prize-nominated novel The Party Wall, [Madame Victoria] reinforces Leroux’s unique ability to bring unsettling moments to life, bending our sense of reality to accommodate all manner of strange possibility. In yet another masterful translation by Lazer Lederhendler, the reader is both swept away by the beauty of the writing, and captivated by the repeated unravelling of Victoria.” Montreal Review of Books

      “Lazer Lederhendler’s English translation . . . sparks and simmers with numinous prose, allowing Victoria to emerge as a guiding star, the one constant in a shimmering landscape . . . Madame Victoria honors all women on the margins, all women dismissed by society. It tempts us to reconsider the ways in which we think of victims, showing us that if we listened, there is much they could teach us about ourselves.” —Arkansas International

      “An imaginative, haunting, and insightful examination of the lives of women...absorbing and often poignant, Madame Victoria is an achievement, both as a mystery about the missing identity of one woman and in its portrayal of women’s lives more broadly.” Foreword Reviews

      “A unique and inherently fascinating approach to narrative storytelling, and ably translated into English by Lazer Lederhendler . . . unreservedly recommended.” Midwest Book Review

      Praise for Catherine Leroux

      “…superbly crafted…Leroux skillfully reveals the inner worlds of her achingly human characters and the intricate bonds that connect them to each other. Images from this beautiful and moving book will haunt readers.” —Publishers Weekly

      “…full of insightful passages, dynamic characters and surprising situations. The Party Wall is a searching investigation of familial ties of biology and biography and the complex ways in which self-discovery affects our relationships.” —The Winnipeg Review

      “Initially, The Party Wall reads like a collection of linked stories; past the halfway mark, however, it reveals itself as something more intricate and cumulative… A surprising, carefully structured novel that for English readers will bring to mind David Mitchell, this feels much more expansive than its page count.” —The Globe and Mail

      “A revelation… an emotionally affecting, intellectually stimulating examination of separation and connection.”—Ian McGillis, Montreal Gazette

  • 6
    catalogue cover
    Late Breaking K.D. Miller Canada
    9781771962476 Paperback FICTION / Short Stories Publication Date:October 02, 2018
    $19.95 CAD 5.25 x 8.25 x 0.5 in | 388 gr | 288 pages Carton Quantity:28 Canadian Rights: Y Biblioasis
    • Marketing Copy

      Description

      FINALIST FOR THE 2019 GOVERNOR GENERAL’S LITERARY AWARD

      NOMINATED FOR THE 2019 SCOTIABANK GILLER PRIZE

      SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2019 TRILLIUM BOOK AWARD

      NOMINATED FOR THE TORONTO BOOK AWARD

      AS HEARD ON CBC'S THE NEXT CHAPTER WITH SHELAGH ROGERS

      A GLOBE AND MAIL BEST BOOK OF 2018

      A QUILL & QUIRE BEST BOOK OF 2018

      A 49TH SHELF EDITOR'S PICK

      Inspired by the work of Alex Colville, the linked stories in K.D. Miller’s Late Breaking form a suite of portraits that evoke the paintings’ looming atmospheres and uncanny stillness while traveling deeply into their subjects’ vividly imagined lives. Throughout, the collection bears witness to the vulnerability of the elder heart, revealing that love, sex, and heartbreak are not only the domain of the young, and deftly rendering the conflicts that divide us and the ties that bind. Husbands and wives struggle to communicate, romantic relationships flare and falter, parents and children navigate their complicated feelings, and older women struggle with diminishing status in a youth-obsessed culture while the threat of violence haunts young women and girls. Yet as the stories intersect and the characters’ lives are increasingly entwined, fear, guilt, estrangement, and the fact of death are met by courage, redemption and the fragile beauty of love, in all its myriad guises. Brilliantly observed, both tender and tortured, and in no way afraid of the dark, these stories confirm K.D. Miller as one of our best and bravest writers.

      Bio

      K.D. Miller is the author of two previous short story collections (Give me Your Answer and Litany on a Time of Plague), a novel (Brown Dwarf), and an essay collection, Holy Writ. Her newest work, All Saints, was shortlisted for the 2014 Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize and longlisted for the 2014 Frank O’Connor Award. She lives and writes in Toronto.

      Marketing & Promotion
    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Scotiabank Giller Prize 2019, Long-listed
      Governor General's Award 2019, Short-listed
      Trillium Award 2019, Short-listed
      Toronto Book Award 2019, Short-listed
      Reviews

      Praise for Late Breaking

      “[K.D. Miller's] stories are sharp, memorable and sometimes harsh. She’s particularly good on sex, and the infinitely variable meanings of sex. Once I had read a few of her stories, nothing could stop me from reading the rest. Miller is obviously a careful, imaginative and deeply empathic author.”—National Post

      "A deft, nuanced, and human collection of stories. K.D. Miller's gaze catches both humour and darkness in a wide variety of relationships. A thoroughly captivating book."—Rebecca Rosenblum

      "An undercurrent of the surreal pulses through 10 linked stories...sensitive portrayals of the fragility of love and ubiquity of need." —Kirkus Reviews "

      If K.D. Miller had produced nothing other than “The Last Trumpet,” the opening entry in this collection of linked stories, she would still have a place on any list of this year’s best fiction. Taking up themes of aging, loneliness, and regret, “The Last Trumpet” is one of the saddest, most affecting pieces of short fiction to appear in this country in recent memory. But that story is just the first blast in a collection that is consistently engaging and assured. The stories in Late Breaking—loosely tied together by recurring characters, a focus on aging and death, and the paintings of Alex Colville—are moving and beautifully written." —Steven W. Beattie

      "In Miller’s capable hands . . . familiar themes become fresh, even raw, pulsing with sexuality and longing and anger or casting a cold eye on all the preoccupations of a younger self in a younger world . . . Late Breaking is by turns tender, comic (a number of the characters are writers, which offers opportunity for satire), sad, uncompromising, horrifying and redemptive. The Gothic (think Shirley Jackson and William Faulkner) is never far away. Best of all, for all the seeming familiarity of its themes, the stories are never predictable. Never." —Minneapolis Star Tribune

      "In some stories, Miller takes off from the narrative suggestion of a specific painting. In others, she builds from the sense of relationship between people or simply the tone Colville of what depicted. The end result feels like a comprehensive narrative, the characters linked by more than their source material. A real standout." —Jade Colbert, Globe and Mail

      "Miller's attentiveness . . . is touching . . . The stories themselves are rich with coherence, meaning, and suggestion, and part of what makes them so satisfying is the space they leave free for us to engage with them and find our own interpretation." —Quill & Quire

      "Compulsively readable. Like an Alex Colville painting . . . the longer you look, you realize there's something darker going on underneath the surface. My favourite book so far this fall." —CBC Ontario Morning

      "Each of the 10 stories is introduced by a haunting Colville image . . . These paintings, through mood and theme, serve as prompts for the stories, with characters often wandering in from one verbal canvas to another. Refreshingly, the stories feature people in their 60s experiencing big fat emotions that younger writers often deny them." —Toronto Star

      "These are all rich and absorbing stories on their own, but even richer for how they also inform each other . . . K.D. Miller’s fiction seems to conjure whole worlds, with characters who seem to walk off the page . . . We get glimpses of these people, but they’re like the tip of an iceberg and there’s so much more going on beneath the surface. Which is something you could say about the people in Colville’s paintings too, and about each of these stories themselves, compelling and disturbing, and impossible to look away from, creating the most terrific momentum." —Kerry Clare

      "These stories plumb the depths of sadness and despair but never lose sight of their obverse: the quiet resilience and dignity of the human spirit, which doesn’t fade with age." —Hamilton Review of Books

      "These stories are brilliant and addictive and I wanted them to last forever."—Consumed by Ink

      "A fabulous book." —CHCH-TV Morning Live

      Praise for K.D. Miller

      “One of Canada’s finest writers, able to probe deeper into the human heart than the best surgeon.”—National Post

      “A quietly astonishing book of short stories . . . [Miller’s] genius, like that of Alice Munro, is wringing suspense—and poignancy—from the quotidian. [All Saints’] structure is as complex and delicate as origami. Plots and characters link in haunting and astounding ways. As a collection, the stories reflect the power and purpose of all communities, ecclesiastical or otherwise: read like a novel, they offer multi-faceted perspective and illumination. The result is a Canadian classic.”—Maclean’s

      “[Miller] will no doubt inspire and affirm other artists—not to mention ordinary folks—who wrestle (in secret) with angels.”—Toronto Star

      “It is a testament to Miller’s genius that she makes us care so much about her characters and their fates.” —Quill and Quire

  • 7
    catalogue cover
    9781771962513 Hardcover FICTION / Anthologies Publication Date:October 23, 2018
    $29.95 CAD 5.25 x 8.25 x 0.5 in | 388 gr | 304 pages Carton Quantity:28 Canadian Rights: Y Biblioasis
    • Marketing Copy

      Description

      Now in its 48th year, Best Canadian Stories has long championed the short story form and highlighted the work of many writers who have gone on to shape the Canadian literary canon. Caroline Adderson, Margaret Atwood, Clark Blaise, Tamas Dobozy, Mavis Gallant, Douglas Glover, Norman Levine, Rohinton Mistry, Alice Munro, Leon Rooke, Diane Schoemperlen, Kathleen Winter, and many others have appeared in its pages over the decades, making Best Canadian Stories the go-to source for what’s new in Canadian fiction writing for close to five decades. Selected by guest editor Russell Smith, the 2018 edition draws together both newer and established writers to shape an engaging and luminous mosaic of writing in this country today—a continuation of not only a series, but a legacy in Canadian letters.

      Best Canadian Stories 2018 features work by: Shashi Bhat, Tom Thor Buchanan, Lynn Coady, Deirdre Simon Dore, Alicia Elliott, Bill Gaston, Liz Harmer, Brad Hartle, David Huebert, Reg Johanson, Amy Jones, Michael LaPointe, Stephen Marche, Lisa Moore, Kathy Page, and Alex Pugsley.

      Bio

      Russell Smith is one of Canada’s funniest and nastiest writers. His previous novels, including How Insensitive and Girl Crazy, are records of urban frenzy and exciting underworlds. His newest book, Confidence, was nominated for the 2015 Scotiabank Giller Prize as well as the 2015 Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize. He writes a provocative weekly column on the arts in the national Globe and Mail, and teaches in the MFA program at the University of Guelph. Russell Smith lives and writes in Toronto.

      Marketing & Promotion
    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Reviews

      Praise for Best Canadian Stories 2018

      “A splendid collection.” —Quill & Quire

      "Best Canadian Stories 2018 combines both emerging and established voices for a fascinating glimpse at the most exciting short fiction coming out of this country." —Open Book

      Praise for Best Canadian Stories

      “The arrival, late in the fall each year, of [this] collection is always cause for fanfare.” —Quill & Quire

      “The legacy of this series is massive… a literary institution.” —Ottawa Citizen

      Praise for Russell Smith

      “A poisonously funny portrait of the so-hip-it-hurts fashion, food, and bar scene.” —Maclean’s

      “Smith, a long-time Globe and Mail columnist, is a gifted anthropologist of the urbane. Those gifts are on full display throughout Confidence.” —The Globe and Mail

  • 8
    catalogue cover
    9781771962490 Paperback FICTION / Anthologies Publication Date:October 23, 2018
    $19.95 CAD 5.25 x 8.25 x 0.5 in | 388 gr | 304 pages Carton Quantity:36 Canadian Rights: Y Biblioasis
    • Marketing Copy

      Description

      Now in its 48th year, Best Canadian Stories has long championed the short story form and highlighted the work of many writers who have gone on to shape the Canadian literary canon. Caroline Adderson, Margaret Atwood, Clark Blaise, Tamas Dobozy, Mavis Gallant, Douglas Glover, Norman Levine, Rohinton Mistry, Alice Munro, Leon Rooke, Diane Schoemperlen, Kathleen Winter, and many others have appeared in its pages over the decades, making Best Canadian Stories the go-to source for what’s new in Canadian fiction writing for close to five decades. Selected by guest editor Russell Smith, the 2018 edition draws together both newer and established writers to shape an engaging and luminous mosaic of writing in this country today—a continuation of not only a series, but a legacy in Canadian letters.

      Best Canadian Stories 2018 features work by: Shashi Bhat, Tom Thor Buchanan, Lynn Coady, Deirdre Simon Dore, Alicia Elliott, Bill Gaston, Liz Harmer, Brad Hartle, David Huebert, Reg Johanson, Amy Jones, Michael LaPointe, Stephen Marche, Lisa Moore, Kathy Page, and Alex Pugsley.

      Bio

      Russell Smith is one of Canada’s funniest and nastiest writers. His previous novels, including How Insensitive and Girl Crazy, are records of urban frenzy and exciting underworlds. His newest book, Confidence, was nominated for the 2015 Scotiabank Giller Prize as well as the 2015 Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize. He writes a provocative weekly column on the arts in the national Globe and Mail, and teaches in the MFA program at the University of Guelph. Russell Smith lives and writes in Toronto.

      Marketing & Promotion
    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Reviews

      Praise for Best Canadian Stories 2018

      “A splendid collection.” —Quill & Quire

      "Best Canadian Stories 2018 combines both emerging and established voices for a fascinating glimpse at the most exciting short fiction coming out of this country." —Open Book

      Praise for Best Canadian Stories

      “The arrival, late in the fall each year, of [this] collection is always cause for fanfare.” —Quill & Quire

      “The legacy of this series is massive… a literary institution.” —Ottawa Citizen

      Praise for Russell Smith

      “A poisonously funny portrait of the so-hip-it-hurts fashion, food, and bar scene.” —Maclean’s

      “Smith, a long-time Globe and Mail columnist, is a gifted anthropologist of the urbane. Those gifts are on full display throughout Confidence.” —The Globe and Mail

  • 9
    catalogue cover
    Series: reSet Series
    Finding Again the World Selected Stories John Metcalf Canada
    9781771962520 Paperback FICTION / Short Stories Publication Date:October 16, 2018
    $24.95 CAD 5.25 x 8.25 x 0.5 in | 35 lb | 288 pages Carton Quantity:40 Canadian Rights: Y Biblioasis
    • Marketing Copy

      Description

      Finding Again the World brings together a dozen of the best stories by John Metcalf, a modern master of the form. Spanning more than fifty years and ranging from some of his earliest published stories, such as “Dandelions” and “The Eastmill Reception Centre,” to his latest, with “Ceazer Salad” and “The Museum at the End of the World,” this current gathering shows a writer whose voice, at every stage of his career, is unmistakeable. These are elegant and brilliantly charged fictions, entertaining and moving and mischievous: taking the dross and straw of everyday life and transforming it, through some sort of alchemical process of sensibility, into art.

      With an introduction by Keath Fraser, Finding Again the World is a landmark collection, a sumptuous gathering of singular work: these are stories that will last.

      Bio

      John Metcalf has been one of the leading editors in Canada for more than five decades, editing more than 200 books over this time, including 18 volumes of the Best Canadian Stories series. He is also the author of more than a dozen works of fiction and nonfiction, including Vital Signs: Collected Novellas, An Aesthetic Underground: A Literary Memoir, Shut Up He Explained, The Canadian Short Story, and The Museum at the End of the World. Senior Fiction Editor at Biblioasis, he lives in Ottawa.

      Marketing & Promotion
    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Reviews

      Praise for Finding Again the World

      “Masterful...Harsh reality, hope, and caricature mingle in this tour de force. As Metcalf says in his previous book, "Writing is very hard work but at the same time it is delightful play." An exceptional collection.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

      “A delight to read...[Metcalf] submerges the reader completely into the universe of his writing...Every character is deeply authentic and each setting is described with striking imagery. Metcalf’s writing is impossible to forget and his stories will feel as if they’ve become a part of you—or rather, as if you have become a part of them...Metcalf is a crucial figure to Canadian writing and the Canadian community as a whole.” —The Charlatan

      Praise for John Metcalf
      “John Metcalf has written some of the very best stories ever published in this country.” —Alice Munro
      “[Metcalf’s] talent is generous, hectoring, huge, and remarkable.” —The Washington Post
      “In the past few decades, Canada has won a reputation as a prolific producer of high-quality short stories. Alice Munro, Mavis Gallant and John Metcalf are among those who have proven themselves masters of the difficult form.” —Maclean’s
      “Hilarious, touching and delightful … brilliant concision and understated humor.” —Los Angeles Times
      “A master stylist confidently at work in his favoured form.” The Oxford Companion to Canadian Literature: Second Edition
  • 10
    catalogue cover
    Series: reSet Series
    Bad Imaginings Caroline Adderson Canada
    9781771961868 Paperback FICTION / Short Stories Publication Date:October 30, 2018
    $19.95 CAD 5.25 x 8.25 x 0.4 in | 232 gr | 166 pages Carton Quantity:44 Canadian Rights: Y Biblioasis
    • Marketing Copy

      Description

      Winner of the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize and shortlisted for the Governor-General's Award for fiction and the Commonwealth Writer's Prize, Caroline Adderson's short fiction collection travels far and wide. From adolescent brothers marooned at an indifferent relatives cottage, to a Depression-era Ukrainian immigrant reading the drought-parched skies above Palliser's Triangle, to two friends trying to make sense of feminism in the eighties, Adderson captures her characters' cadences, conflicts, and consolations, their individual burdens and the mysteries they share. Adventurous, often funny, and impeccably researched, these stories chart their lives with compassion and intelligence.

      Bio

      Caroline Adderson is the author of four novels (A History of Forgetting, Sitting Practice, The Sky Is Falling, Ellen in Pieces), two collections of short stories (Bad Imaginings, Pleased To Meet You) as well as books for young readers. Her work has received numerous prize nominations including the Sunday Times EFG Private Bank Short Story Award, International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, two Commonwealth Writers’ Prizes, the Scotiabank Giller Prize longlist, the Governor General’s Literary Award and the Rogers’ Trust Fiction Prize. Winner of two Ethel Wilson Fiction Prizes and three CBC Literary Awards, Caroline was also the recipient of the 2006 Marian Engel Award for mid-career achievement. She lives in Vancouver.

      Marketing & Promotion
    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Reviews

      Praise for Bad Imaginings

      "Bad Imaginings is the sort of book that stays with a reader long after it has been closed. A singular book, deep and mature. Caroline Adderson deserves congratulations."—Globe & Mail

      "There is very little in Adderson's first short story collection that is not excellent . . . Each of these stories is accomplished in its own unexpected way; I find it impossible to pick a favourite." —Quill & Quire

      "Astonishing . . . Adderson writes from so many perspectives that she seems to pirouette over territory that few writers would dare approach . . . These often funny and always adventurous stories are deeply felt and wildly imagined tributes to our own fragile, blinkered lives. And they fulfill the only real condition of art: they make you feel richer for having read them." —The Georgia Straight

Select a Market


Forgotten Password

Please enter your email address and click submit. An email with instructions on resetting your password will be sent to you.

Forgotten Password

An email has been sent out with instructions for resetting your password.