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    Mont Babel Keith Henderson Canada, Don C. Donderi Canada
    9781927599525 Paperback FICTION / General Publication Date:April 15, 2021
    $19.95 CAD 5.5 x 8.5 x 0.27 in | 180 gr | 119 pages Carton Quantity:40 Canadian Rights: Y DC Books
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      "Where is everybody?" That's the question physicist Enrico Fermi posed to his Manhattan Project colleagues now 70 years ago. They knew what he meant. Decades of reaching out to intelligent beings elsewhere in the universe, and no response. Zero. Nothing. A fact which remains true today .Mont Babel sling-shots off the Fermi paradox using the opposing forces of father and son. Jim Benedict's a humanist, a man of the word, his son an engineer who's bored by Shakespeare and likes the NFL. "In the beginning was the word. In the beginning was the Big Bang: two party bumper stickers of our current malaise," writes Jim Benedict. Father and son rarely communicate. If they do, it is by email. What brings them together is the lovely Iris Doubt, Tom Benedict's south African geologist girlfriend, one of the Ariel School children who claimed to have been visited by aliens. Now working in Canada, she spends her free time as invitee to UFO conferences and as investigator of impact craters, one of which is l'oeil du Québec, Mont Babel. Macrocosm meets microcosm in Mont Babel, quantum mechanics and astrophysics, neutrinos and black holes, raising questions about perception and consciousness, heaven and family peace.

      Mont Babelfeatures an Introduction by Don C. Donderi, author of UFOs, ETs, and Alien Abductions: A Scientist Looks at the Evidence

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      Keith Henderson has published five other novels with DC Books, The Restoration (1992), The Beekeeper (1990), The Roof Walkers (2013), Acqua Sacra (2016), and Sasquatch and the Green Sash (2018), political essays from when he was Quebec correspondent for the Financial Post (Staying Canadian,1997), as well as a prize-winning book of short stories, The Pagan Nuptials of Julia, 2006). He led the Equality Party during the separatist referendum of 1995, taught Canadian Literature at Vanier College for many years, has sat on numerous boards in Anglo-Quebec including ELAN and the AELAQ, and is currently President of The Special Committee for Canadian Unity. He is completing a critical autobiography with special focus on the works of Edith Wharton.



      Don Donderi is a citizen of the US and Canada and has lived in Montreal since 1962. He entered the University of Chicago at age 15 and graduated with a BA in 1955 and a BSc in biological psychology in 1958. While earning a PhD in experimental psychology at Cornell University he worked as an applied psychologist for the IBM Corporation, developing navigation displays for the B-52 bomber. He was a member of the Department of Psychology at McGill University from 1962 to 2009. He served as Associate Dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research at McGill from 1975 to 1978. In 2013 he published UFOs, ETs and Alien Abductions: A Scientist Looks at the Evidence (Hampton Roads Press). He is a Principal Consultant of Human Factors North Inc., a Toronto-based ergonomics consulting company which he co-founded in 1982. He lives in Montreal.

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      "Explore the prickly edges of Science and Religion as Jim Benedict is unexpectedly invited by his estranged son Tom, to meet a beautiful geologist, famous in the UFO scene since her own childhood close encounter. Seeking reconciliation, Benedict reluctantly contemplates the possibility of alien visitations through conversations with Iris who shares her impressions of the extraterrestrial visitors as non-interfering, discreet/discrete masters of 'existential decorum'. In their quest for knowledge, the young scientists scale philosophical as well as geological heights, the Stratosphere of Las Vegas, and plummet into sinkholes, both emotional and volcanic. An intellectual tour de force worthy of Umberto Eco, this novella will fascinate the reader with its dazzling bricolage of poetry, philosophy, ufology lore, and esoteric history of Quebec."

      -SUSAN J. PALMER, McGILL UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF RELIGIOUS STUDIES, AUTHOR OF ALIENS ADORED: RAEL'S UFO RELIGION (RUTGERS UNIVERSITY PRESS, 2004)

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    Ghost Face <p>In his third DC Books title, Ghost Face, Greg Santos explores what it means to have been a Cambod Greg Santos Canada
    9781927599518 Paperback POETRY / General Publication Date:September 08, 2020
    $19.95 CAD 5 x 8 x 0.19 in | 0 lb | 83 pages Carton Quantity:40 Canadian Rights: Y DC Books
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      Ghost Face deals with the following themes:Parenthood, adoption, identity, migration, poetry as memoir, family mythologies, and mourning, The poetry is raw, intimate and deals with complicated and poignant family histories.
      "Don't be lulled by the seeming plain-spokenness and ease of Santos' poetry. Underlying his simplicity is a hard-earned wisdom and the courage of living with the truth of loss. Wherever he takes you to Angkor or Lisboa, to Paris or his backyard, these poems with their fragments and glimpses of connections will 'feel real.''' - Phoebe Wang, author of Admission Requirements
      "Greg Santos' poems play with themes of parenthood and adoption, while exploring the geographies of growing up with Cambodian ancestry in a mixed Spanish and Portuguese family." - CULT MTL


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      Greg Santos is the author of Blackbirds (Eyewear, 2018), Rabbit Punch! (DC Books, 2014), and The Emperor’s Sofa (DC Books, 2010). He is of Cambodian, Portuguese, and Spanish descent. He holds an MFA in Creative Writing from The New School. He regularly works with at-risk communities, and teaches at the Thomas More Institute. He is the poetry editor of carte blanche. Santos lives in Montreal with his wife and two children.


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      In Ghost Face by Greg Santos, we balance gracefully between the past, the present, and steadily through what haunts us. With each engaging poem, we’re reminded that stories shape our world and how poetry invites us in to partake in the narrative. In a history made of tweezers, / removing a splinter from a child’s palm, we question, Dear ghosts, / where do your atoms reside?–with pain comes healing, with history comes inquiry. Santos’ poems are inventive, smart, and skillfully written and his work does not disappoint. Ghost Face is a beautiful collection that thoughtfully examines family mythologies, identity, and a longstanding belief in ghosts. These are poems I kept returning to, a book I could not put down. –KELLI RUSSELL AGODON, AUTHOR OF HOURGLASS MUSEUM & THE DAILY POET: DAY-BY-DAY PROMPTS FOR YOUR WRITING PRACTICE
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    Landscape with the Fall of Icarus <p>The protagonist of this novel, Stephen, twice exiled, first from his birthplace, Hungary, and the Zsolt Alapi Canada
    9781927599501 Paperback FICTION / Literary Publication Date:April 15, 2020
    $23.95 CAD 5.5 x 8.5 x 1 in | 300 gr | 288 pages Carton Quantity:26 Canadian Rights: Y DC Books
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      The protagonist of this novel, Stephen, twice exiled, first from his birthplace, Hungary, and then from the United States as a Vietnam draft resistor who settles in Montreal, Quebec, becomes obsessed with W.H. Auden?s poem, 'Mus?e des Beaux Arts' and Bruegel?s painting Landscape with the Fall of Icarus, an obsession about the nature of suffering and art that leads to his attempted suicide and to the subsequent chaos of his life. Upon his discharge from a mental institute, he attends several sessions with his psychiatrist with whom he has a comically adversarial relationship wherein they explore his false reliance on literature as the only way to define and relate to the world. Told through the first- person narrator, the novel explores the nature of suffering, of authenticity, and of the value of the written word as Stephen reflects on his past life, the dissolution of his marriage, and his abiding yet potentially destructive passion for books. After his discharge from the mental institute and while undergoing therapy and merciless self-evaluation, Stephen receives a mysterious phone call that leads him to an exploration of his failed relationships with women and a final surprise resolution to his search for meaning and redemption. Set primarily in Montreal, the novel also travels to the places of Stephen?s past: the Hungary of his childhood, Europe, the United States, and the Montreal of his youth through his memories and reflections. Despite its comic undertone, the novel explores the illusions we construct to provide value to our lives, the nature of love and the erotic, and the path towards compassion and meaning.
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      Zsolt Alapi is a short story writer, editor, and critic whose stories, articles, and reviews have appeared widely in Canada, the U.S., Great Britain, and France. Born in Budapest, Hungary, Alapi moved to Montreal, Quebec during the Vietnam War and finished his Ph.D. at McGill University. He taught literature at college and university for three decades and ran a micro-press, Siren Song Publishing, which featured writing from what The Guardian dubbed as 'The New Underground', edgy fiction that follows the path forged by the Beat and post-Beat writers of the latter part of the 20th century.
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    Kate Wake 1st edition Mariianne Mays Wiebe Canada
    9781927599464 Paperback FICTION / General Publication Date:November 15, 2019
    $21.95 CAD 5.5 x 8.5 x 1 in | 300 gr | 273 pages Carton Quantity:30 Canadian Rights: Y DC Books
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      Kate Wake is a tender and deeply engaging novel from a distinctive new voice. It’s 2008. Blue Hills is a haunted place. Katie fights to reclaim her life from the grip of a profound psychological crisis, tracing back a maternal thread through a stumbled-upon and uncertain family history at the nearby, now-abandoned prairie mental asylum. As Katie seeks to rehabilitate the present by understanding the past, her fate becomes imaginatively intertwined with that of her great-grandmother Kate Wake, an enigmatic independent-minded artist with a remarkable story of her own. In returning to a scene of loss, this elegant variation on the Eurydice-Orpheus myth reconsiders, with a fresh, unsentimental vision, the roles of trauma, madness, creativity and memory in relation to art and literary form. Sharply realized and fortified by a fierce, poetic grace, Kate Wake testifies to the timeless, urgent power of art and music with a delicately experimental, multi-genre story that unfolds its narrative mystery to reveal a shocking core.
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      Winner of the Robert Kroetsch Creative Writing Award (University of Manitoba), Mariianne Mays Wiebe is a writer, editor and poet whose work has been published in Border Crossings, Prairie Fire, Herizons, and other magazines, including PhaenEx (the Journal of the Existential and Phenomenological Theory and Culture Association). She was co-founder and co-editor of Tarts, an arts and culture magazine, and for a number of years taught creative writing at the University of Winnipeg. JackPine Press published her poetry chapbook Umbrella Suites, and her play The Apprentice was produced at the Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival. She lives in Winnipeg

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      '[T]he heart ofKate Wakelies in its exploration of love, grief, and the reconciliation of loss through art.' ...'The inner worlds we create for ourselves and the mysteries of the human psyche are central to the novel. One of the major settings in the book is the Hill, a so-called lunatic asylum in the 1920s. Through various characters, Wiebe explores the treatment of mental illness in Canadian history, paying specific attention to the institutionalization of women. Wiebes work is a lot like the women who grace its pages: complicated, whip-smart, and truly unconventional.' The Montreal Review of Books, 2020

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    Nearly Terminal 1st edition Eleni Zisimatos Canada
    9781927599495 Paperback POETRY / Canadian Publication Date:March 15, 2019
    $19.95 CAD 5 x 8 x 1 in | 300 gr | 100 pages Carton Quantity:40 Canadian Rights: Y DC Books
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      Nearly Terminal resonates with a sense of foreboding at what may be seen as the social collapse of the individual self in a society that is being 'whitened out.' Incorporating and intertwining aspects of the personal love relationship with a sense of a self under scrutiny, by itself and an imagined Other, the focus becomes one of loss, solitude, and the existential sense of being in a vast universe that is defined by traces of life increasingly lived as forms of abstraction within a virtual, disembodied reality. With a younger audience in mind, with poetic diction that is not afraid to be bold and experimental in its statements and claims, and with a delicate use of techniques evoking lacunae and erasure to convey the unanswerability of some basic existential questions, Eleni Zisimatos presents a bleak and uncertain view of the world.

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      Eleni (Helen) Zisimatos is Co-Editor-in-Chief of Vallum Magazine, has been nominated for a National Magazine Award in poetry, and was short-listed for the Robert Kroetsch Award, the Irving Layton Awards (in both poetry and fiction), and the Santa Fe Writers’ Awards. She holds degrees in Creative Writing and English Literature, and currently lives in Montreal, Quebec.?
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      “Eleni Zisimatos opens Nearly Terminal with a Dantean warning: ‘The death of human consciousness is white.’ Yes: To venture onto these imposing white pages is to navigate a blinding snowscape where words are the sparse objects that poke out of the drifts, like inukshuks, suggesting directions and meanings that are impos- sible to pinpoint, to pin down, because they are jests of gestures, as revealing in their amplitude as are ‘Cut up clouds.’ Nearly Terminal recalls Dame Atwood’s Journals of Susanna Moodie, but also John Thompson’s barely there ghazals, all that blank space Blitzkrieg’d by incandescent inklings, those dark flashes of insight amid the vacant, Arctic desert of ‘Such white,’ ‘much despair,’ where winter means erasure, ‘a white eclipse.’” – George Elliott Clarke

      Eleni Zisimatos's first collection of poetry ... is a book to read in winter, for the companionship of solitude and the hovering, precarious balance between nostalgia and hope that can make any meditation seem like a Zen koan.' - The Montreal Review of Books, Spring 2020

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    Sasquatch and the Green Sash 1st edition Keith Henderson Canada, Kevin Whetter Canada, Steve Adams Canada
    9781927599402 Paperback FICTION / Fantasy Publication Date:November 15, 2018
    $29.95 CAD 6.75 x 10 x 0.65 in | 1 lb | 122 pages Carton Quantity:15 Canadian Rights: Y DC Books
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      Sasquatch and the Green Sash is at once a translation and adaptation of the medieval English poem Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, from a time when parts of English culture were closer to Old Norse roots. Novelist Keith Henderson has chosen to Canadianize the original and set it among the native Dene of the Northwest Territories' Nahanni National Park, a place with its own suggestive tradition of beheading stories. The rich alliterative language of the original has been retained and modernized. The setting has been edged further north, darker, colder, sub-arctic, with 'the ominous green and violet and pink of Aurora Borealis' and the additional dimension of the ancient Green Man's Muslim origins as Al Khidr, vizier of Alexander the Great. Together, in the lands where it's dark at mid-day, they once sought the Fountain of Youth. Here is much that is vivid, intriguing, and deeply morally satisfying: Sasquatches, beheadings, Turkish scimitars, caribou hunts, a young RCMP officer involved in illicit love affairs and mysterious ceintures flechees, all in the stunning panorama of Canada's Northwest where 'Magic ovals and circles decorate the northern land, interlink one with another; in secret hollows, nests, and caves, in birds' eggs and in the bellies of foxes, field mice, and bears, small heads grow and acquire their features, fleeting as a gust of wind.'

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      Keith Henderson has published five other novels with DC Books, The Restoration (1992), The Beekeeper (1990), The Roof Walkers (2013) Acqua Sacra (2016), and Sasquatch and the Green Sash (2018), political essays from when he was Quebec correspondent for the Financial Post (Staying Canadian,1997), as well as a prize-winning book of short stories (The Pagan Nuptials of Julia, 2006). He led the Equality Party during the separatist referendum of 1995, taught Canadian Literature at Vanier for many years, and is currently President of The Special Committee for Canadian Unity.





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      The story-telling tradition would never have become a tradition if people hadnt been willing to work on variations of what came before, and in Sasquatch and the Green Sash, Henderson takes Sir Gawain and the Green Knight further afield than most would dare. Describing his project in the acknowledgements as a hybrid thing, at once an adaptation, translation, and Canadianization, he makes good on all three claims. --Ian McGillis Montreal Review of Books, March 2019

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    Net Worth Short Stories Kenneth Radu Canada
    9781927599457 Paperback FICTION / Short Stories Publication Date:April 17, 2018
    $21.95 CAD 5.5 x 8.5 x 0.5 in | 254 gr | 192 pages Carton Quantity:30 Canadian Rights: Y DC Books
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      A woman wins a fabulous lottery; a frustrated middle-age man waits for his wealthy father to die; an unemployed father and widower struggles to earn a living wage; an older man of means has an affair with a much younger woman; a privileged but harassed suburban woman and a homeless man meet in a subway station: each story, built upon familiar motifs, leads into the core of the characters? sense of who they are. The narrative drama arises from what they face and how they live during their present circumstances. For the readers, the stories transform the ordinary, which many have felt themselves, into a new dimension of experience.
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      Kenneth Radu is a seasoned, award-winning writer of novels, short stories, non-fiction, and poetry. His first novel, Distant Relations, received the Quebec Writers’ Federation Award for Best English-language Fiction. A collection of stories, A Private Performance, was also honoured with the award. A previous collection, The Cost of Living, was nominated for the Governor General’s Award. His most recent work includes two collections of stories, Sex in Russia, and Earthbound, both published by DC Books, as well as the novel Butterfly in Amber.
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      "Several of the stories in Net Worth are very effective. The first one in the book, ‘Lottery,’ is about a woman, Annie, who wins $42 million from Loto-Québec. But she has reservations. What would it do to her life? Is all that money worth it? Radu gets into Annie’s doubts and confusion very well, dissecting the virtues and pitfalls of sudden wealth, how it seeps into to every aspect of your life, your behaviour, your relationships. All the stories are thought-provoking and reflective, each in its own way, using money as a vehicle to explore such diverse subjects as a spouse’s early death, old age, leaving an inheritance, waiting for an inheritance, divorce, and coming early into the personal independence of adulthood. The varied meanings of having, keeping, and losing money come up frequently in each of these contexts. ....These stories are a wonderful exploration into what money does to us all." — The Ottawa Review of Books, September 2018 “As someone who has labored throughout his career at the ‘sullen art’ of writing, he knows the loneliness of the human soul and dissects this in his prose with humor, irony, and bitterness, but, above all, with warmth and compassion. He tells us that there is truly no price one can place on the soul and that our true ‘net worth’ is so much more than a bank balance. For this timely reminder, we the readers should be grateful. For any lover of good writing, Radu’s book is a must-read.” — Rampage, Montreal, December 2018 “Net Worth by Kenneth Radu is certainly one of the most unique reads I have come across in the 2018 publishing season. The language is simple yet the concepts it brings forward are thought-provoking and enlightening. In short, this book is a great piece of literature.” —Stephen Buechler,Library of Pacific Tranquillity, Fall 2018 “Like a well-honed knife, Kenneth Radu’s prose cuts through the gamut of circumstances depicted in this collection. Through his deft and brilliant use of simile and metaphor, and an appropriate sprinkling of the various vernaculars heard in the Canadian mosaic, together with his empathy for human fragilities, Kenneth Radu captures the attention of the reader as he depicts ‘ordinary people in unusual, sometimes extraordinary situations.’” —Annie Vigna,Freefall, Fall 2014 “Kenneth Radu has a unique talent for capturing critical emotive moments of his characters’ lives with subtle irony, sharply honed insight, and empathy.” —Mark McCawley, Urban Graffiti

      'Several of the stories in Net Worth are very effective. The first one in the book, Lottery, is about a woman, Annie, who wins $42 million from Loto-Qubec. But she has reservations. What would it do to her life? Is all that money worth it? Radu gets into Annies doubts and confusion very well, dissecting the virtues and pitfalls of sudden wealth, how it seeps into to every aspect of your life, your behaviour, your rwelationships. All the stories are thought-provoking and reflective, each in its own way, using money as a vehicle to explore such diverse subjects as a spouses early death, old age, leaving an inheritance, waiting for an inheritance, divorce, and coming early into the personal independence of adulthood. The varied meanings of having, keeping, and losing money come up frequently in each of these contexts. ....These stories are a wonderful exploration into what money does to us all.' The Ottawa Review of Books, September 2018

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    Excitement Tax 1st edition John Emil Vincent Canada
    9781927599440 Paperback POETRY / Canadian Publication Date:November 22, 2017
    $18.95 CAD 5 x 8 x 0.25 in | 118 gr | 94 pages Carton Quantity:40 Canadian Rights: Y DC Books
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      Excitement Tax uses a series of tonally various prose sonnets to trace the deeply uneasy relationship of a grown-up person and his imaginary friend, Walter Weaselbird. The pair crash through thickets of erudition in search of candy. Often they find candy. �

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      JOHN EMIL VINCENT is a Montreal-based poet, editor, and archivist. He’s taught literature, queer theory, and poetry writing at Concordia and Queen’s in Canada and at Wesleyan, Haverford, and University of Miami in the US. He and his partner, Luis Loya Garcia, emigrated to Montreal in 2010 to get married and escape anti-immigrant laws and sentiment in the US.Vincent earned his BA in Religion and Literary Studies (French) from Williams College where he worked with Louise Glück. We went on to earn an MFA from Warren Wilson College (in North Carolina) where he worked with Heather McHugh and Larry Levis among others. Toward the end of his MFA he started his PhD in English across the state at Duke University where he studied under Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick and Michael Moon. He was among the earliest cohort to graduate specializing in Queer Theory. While at Duke he published an essay on Swinburne and whipping in Eve’s collection Novel Gazing and co-authored an article on Latinamericanism and My Own Private Idaho with José Estaban Muñoz.He recently earned his Masters Degree in Library Science (Archives) from Simmons College (in Boston). He has worked doing preservation work for John Ashbery in his home in Hudson, New York, and has worked helping organize James Tate’s papers and books after his recent death.He served as Editor-at-Large for the Massachusetts Review, where he edited a double 'especially queer issue' packed with queer literary luminaries and a special issue celebrating the 50th anniversary of the UMass-Amherst Program for Poets and Writers. He’s served as poetry editor for the now-defunct Swink magazine and issue editor for tinywords (a web-based haiku journal).He has published poems in jubilat, Denver Quarterly, BlazeVOX, Slope, Spork, failbetter, Drunkenboat, and many other journals. A number of his poems appeared in an anthology of new gay poets, entitled This New Breed, edited by Rudy Kikel (Windstorm Creative 2003).He recently published a chapbookCheshirization-- containing 9 poems from 'Excitement Tax' with Factory Hollow Press.�
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      “In Excitement Tax, John Emil Vincent has written a collection of prose poems with complex skeletons, each phrase connected to its context. He manages tone shifts precisely. Poems follow through on such premises as inventing an instrument “inspired by my daycare choir, that sort of presses, almost steps on, children,” dialogue between Walter Wimple Weaselbird (one of the book’s characters) and Socrates, and a child who “never wanted to rehear a single story.”“King Midas’s Idiot Brother” takes King Midas out of his fairy tale and imagines him doing a kind of alt-comedy routine in which “he’d pose as the suicides of famous writers and the audience would guess how.” But a familiar reality creeps in, the narrator notes that “relevance is a bitch,” and King Midas must do a bit about Carver instead of Chekhov. Even in such fantastic ideation, we can be dulled down, taxed. This poem ends with an invitation that carries throughout: “Behold the life of the mind."
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    9781927599204 Paperback FICTION / Literary Publication Date:April 17, 2017
    $18.95 CAD 5.5 x 8.5 x 0.4 in | 209 gr | 150 pages Carton Quantity:35 Canadian Rights: Y DC Books
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      Dispirited by his performance review, Will Gough sets out to redeem himself by updating his company's quality control procedures, while casting a hopeful eye toward other career opportunities. Despite his best intentions, his work troubles follow him home——to his wife and two sons, where empty yogurt containers are half—sacred, technology a source of childhood wonder, and the business of the world bumps against the quiet walls that protect the rhythms of family life.
      It's difficult to pull off a portrait of a nice guy in ordinary circumstances, going through the stress of daily living and tensions surrounding job and career opportunities, and he does it very well in simple, understated prose. No sensationalism or alien beings or suicidal desperation or academic angst or terrorist attacks or other assorted rampages and violations: just a life without earthshaking incident, but subtly humourous and convincing.

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      Tom Abray grew up near Strathroy, Ontario, and then moved to Montreal to study English at McGill University. After completing his M.A. in creative writing at Concordia University he began teaching at John Abbott College. His collection of short stories, Pollen (DC Books, 2011), was shortlisted for the Concordia University First Book Prize, as well as the Paragraphe Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction. He also written and directed a number of short films that have screened at festivals in North America and Europe.

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      “Throughout the short novel, Will navigates a web of professional frustrations and domestic quandaries as a father of two young boys (for example: Should sleepovers be allowed on a weekday? Should you allow your ten-year-old to beat you at soccer?). Abray carefully bifurcates Will’s life into two distinct worlds, work and home. The charm of the domestic scenes, often dominated by frank, age-appropriate discussions with his young sons, exposes the corporate theatrics and prickly politics of Will’s exchanges at work with colleagues and clients. Some of the best and most comedic moments in the novel are when the two worlds briefly overlap. For example, when Will takes his sons to work and they meet his disagreeable boss, or when he tells a disinterested client about the gifts he bought his sons. Will has a propensity to overshare with clients – and it is details like this that make him an utterly believable, and likeable, protagonist.... The book consistently teeters on the edge of a grand dénouement – a betrayal, a blow-up, an accident. Here lies the book’s charm and uniqueness. Life happens: the seasons fold into each other, the boys go to weekly sports practice, and Will and Karen occasionally bicker. But nothing is extreme in this book – not even the toilet leak. It’s a highly readable and funny rendition of real life.” – Cecilia Keating, The Montreal Review of Books, Fall, 2017

      'Throughout the short novel, Will navigates a web of professional frustrations and domestic quandaries as a father of two young boys (for example: Should sleepovers be allowed on a weekday? Should you allow your ten-year-old to beat you at soccer?). Abray carefully bifurcates Wills life into two distinct worlds, work and home. The charm of the domestic scenes, often dominated by frank, age-appropriate discussions with his young sons, exposes the corporate theatrics and prickly politics of Wills exchanges at work with colleagues and clients. Some of the best and most comedic moments in the novel are when the two worlds briefly overlap. For example, when Will takes his sons to work and they meet his disagreeable boss, or when he tells a disinterested client about the gifts he bought his sons. Will has a propensity to overshare with clients and it is details like this that make him an utterly believable, and likeable, protagonist.... The book consistently teeters on the edge of a grand dnouement a betrayal, a blow-up, an accident. Here lies the books charm and uniqueness. Life happens: the seasons fold into each other, the boys go to weekly sports practice, and Will and Karen occasionally bicker. But nothing is extreme in this book not even the toilet leak. Its a highly readable and funny rendition of real life. -- Cecilia Keating, The Montreal Review of Books, Fall, 2017

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    Acqua Sacra Keith Henderson Canada
    9781927599372 Paperback FICTION / Literary Publication Date:October 28, 2016
    $21.95 CAD 5.5 x 8.5 x 0.6 in | 313 gr | 224 pages Carton Quantity:30 Canadian Rights: Y DC Books
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      Everything seems broken in Suzanna Ricci's life. Only 42, her marriage to Len has disintegrated. Her relationship to their teenage boys, Robin and Logan, is in need of repair. Now her mother, 'that martial soul,' wants her to restore the family home in Acqua Sacra, damaged by earthquake. And she doesn't care how many trips from Montreal to their vivid Italianpatriaof Abruzzo her daughter has to make.
      At least when Len, a dodgy accountant, encourages her to take a job with a Montreal law firm headed by a man named Robert Bliss, Suzanna feels hopeful of being freer of her ex. Until she realizes the crazy cost of disentangling herself, and not just from him or his 'associates.'
      Henderson, the author of The Roof Walkers, again delivers an entertaining and perceptive story in Acqua Sacra about the nature of personal responsibility, this time in an age of multinational delinquency. If Suzanna survives the wreckage, it'll be by honouring the true meaning of 'family' in any global village.

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      Keith Henderson has published three previous novels, (The Restoration, DC Books, 1994, The Beekeeper, DC Books, 1990, The Roof Walkers, DC Books 2013), a collection of political essays from when he was Quebec columnist for the Financial Post (Staying Canadian, DC Books, 1997), and a prize—winning book of short stories (The Pagan Nuptials of Julia, DC Books, 2006). He led a small provincial political party in Quebec during the separatist referendum of 1995 and championed English language rights and the "poison pill" strategy of partitioning Quebec if ever Quebec partitioned Canada, positions covered in full length articles in the Los Angeles and New York Times as well as on CBS 60 Minutes.

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      “Thanks to a bizarre scene in which Suzanna is knocked unconscious by a sheep in Italy, the heroine may strike the reader as a metaphor for a world that’s had the wool pulled over its eyes, but, despite itself, is starting to see. Alluding to Psalm 51:8, she muses that things are undoubtedly broken ‘so that they may rejoice, probably in the mending, that small, humble fixing and repair people everywhere had to care about.’ Ultimately, Suzanna’s struggle and apparent misfortune serve as catalysts for new levels of awareness and growth, suggesting that things sometimes need to fall apart before they can be built back up, stronger than before.” – Kimberley Bourgeois, The Montreal Review of Books, Fall, 2016 “Keith Henderson illustrates an unknown Italy. The narrative moves smoothly between Suzanna Ricci’s urban Montreal and her ancestral town in Italy. Acqua Sacra is an exciting read.” – Licia Canton, author of the short story collection Almond Wine and Fertility (published in Italy as Vino alla Mandorle e Fertilità) and founding Editor-in-Chief of Accenti Magazine. “Acqua Sacra is a compelling book, dealing with both personal and family issues, and more broadly political and commercial issues. Keith Henderson has created a pacey narrative written in the style of a good thriller, which takes in the harrowing effects of divorce, the feelings of failure and their effects on the family, along with Mafia involvement in the Canadian construction industry and all levels of Italian politics and commerce. It deals with corruption at every level and the difficulties of being an honest, caring individual in a world seemingly rotten to the core. An interesting, though sometimes worrying book for anyone who cares about our planet. I thoroughly enjoyed Acqua Sacra and do not hesitate to recommend it.” — Charles Remington, Readers' Favorite (5 Star Review), March, 2017 “With Canada celebrating its 150th anniversary, many Canadians are thinking about what it means to be Canadian. Keith Henderson, MA (Eng.) 86, is certainly no exception. From 1993 to 2003 he led the now-defunct Equality Party, a Quebec provincial political party that represented anglophones. His career as a writer has likewise given him opportunity to reflect on Canadian national identity. Identity inevitably comes up in his latest novel, Acqua Sacra (DC Books, $21.95), a story of a woman who is torn between her floundering life in Montreal and her mother's demand to rehabilitate the family home in Italy. An earlier novel, newly relevant in light of Canada's sesquicentennial, explores the Fenian raids in the lead up to Confederation. The Roof Walkers (DC Books, $21.95) takes the form of official reports from a young Irish-Canadian spy operating in the 1860s. Henderson lives in Montreal, where he taught English for many years.” —Concordia University Magazine, Fall, 2017 “In Acqua Sacra, we find ourselves in a somewhat uncomfortable position, work suspended in the house, a confrontation with the mother of the workers supposed to finish the job. But in exchange for prosecutorial immunity, Susanna becomes involved in a Canadian operation far beyond the scope of normalcy. Her unease about her situation is made clear in a precise psychological portrait Keith Henderson renders perfectly in a series of metaphors that act as a summary of Susanna Ricci’s self-assessment: her distaste for roller coasters, her vertigo at heights, her love of quiet, unhurried driving, her refusal to learn to ski. The final portions of the book intensify the shift toward crime novel. And here both the fantasy and reality of our times combine in situations that lend an entirely different and enriching flavour to so lively a book…. Truly a fine novel.” — GIANFRANCO FORMICHETTI, City Councillor responsible for Cultural Matters, City of Rieti, Author of Vita di Antonio Vivaldi, Giunti Editore

      'Thanks to a bizarre scene in which Suzanna is knocked unconscious by a sheep in Italy, the heroine may strike the reader as a metaphor for a world thats had the wool pulled over its eyes, but, despite itself, is starting to see. Alluding to Psalm 51:8, she muses that things are undoubtedly broken so that they may rejoice, probably in the mending, that small, humble fixing and repair people everywhere had to care about. Ultimately, Suzannas struggle and apparent misfortune serve as catalysts for new levels of awareness and growth, suggesting that things sometimes need to fall apart before they can be built back up, stronger than before.' -- Kimberley Bourgeois, The Montreal Review of Books, Fall, 2016

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