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    9781487006884 Paperback FICTION / Literary Publication Date:October 01, 2019
    $22.95 CAD 5.25 x 8 x 1.1 in | 400 gr | 376 pages Carton Quantity:36 House of Anansi Press
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      The highly anticipated new literary suspense novel from Scotiabank Giller Prize–winning author Lynn Coady.

      After her mother’s sudden death, Karen finds herself back in her childhood home in Nova Scotia for the first time in a decade, acting as full-time caregiver to Kelli, her older sister. Overwhelmed with grief and the daily needs of Kelli, who was born with a developmental disability, Karen begins to feel consumed by the isolation of her new role. On top of that, she’s weighed down with guilt over her years spent keeping Kelli and their independent-to-a-fault mother, Irene, at arm’s length. And so when Trevor — one of Kelli’s support workers — oversteps his role and offers friendly advice and a shoulder to cry on, Karen gratefully accepts his somewhat overbearing friendship. When she discovers how close Trevor was to Irene, she comes to trust him all the more. But as Trevor slowly insinuates himself into Karen and Kelli’s lives, Karen starts to grasp the true aspect of his relationship with her mother — and to experience for herself the suffocating nature of Trevor’s “care.”

      Scotiabank Giller Prize–winning author Lynn Coady delivers a creepy and wholly compelling novel about the complex relationship between mothers and daughters and sisters, women and men, and who to trust and how to trust in a world where the supposedly selfless act of caregiving can camouflage a sinister self-interest.

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      LYNN COADY is the critically acclaimed and award-winning author of six books, including Hellgoing, which won the Scotiabank Giller Prize, was a finalist for the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize, and was an Amazon.ca and Globe and Mail Best Book. She is also the author of The Antagonist, winner of the Georges Bugnet Award for Fiction and a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize. Her first novel, Strange Heaven, published when she was just twenty-eight, was a finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award. Her books have been published in the U.K., U.S., Holland, France, and Germany. Coady lives in Toronto and writes for television.

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      Awards
      Scotiabank Giller Prize 2020, Long-listed
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      PRAISE FOR LYNN COADY AND WATCHING YOU WITHOUT ME

      Longlist, Scotiabank Giller Prize

      Finalist, Forest of Reading Evergreen Award

      A Quill & Quire Book of the Year

      A Now Magazine Book of the Year

      “Thank God for Lynn Coady’s singular voice and deliciously skewed worldview. Every book of hers is an occasion to celebrate!” — Miriam Toews, author of Women Talking

      Watching You Without Me is both a suspenseful, deeply creepy page-turner and a beautifully subtle character study of a grieving woman slowly unravelling while trying to understand how to care for her sister, and herself, in an ableist world. Another masterpiece from the singular Lynn Coady.” — Zoe Whittall, author of The Best Kind of People

      “Moments of genuinely unnerving violence and aggression … What works so well in Coady’s new novel is not so much the moments when she tightens the narrative screws, but rather when she lingers on the warped material they are being screwed into.” — Globe and Mail

      “An enticing and propulsive two-bodies-on-a-collision-course plot … Coady has a surgical hand with the mechanics of suspense.” — Toronto Star

      “A taut, intense story about love and manipulation from one of Canada’s best writers.” — Now Magazine

      Watching You Without Me is like a Lorrie Moore book suffering a Patricia Highsmith fever dream. You slide right along on Coady’s witty and endearing style, and meanwhile the trap has closed over you without your ever standing a chance.” — Jonathan Lethem, author of Motherless Brooklyn and Dissident Gardens

      “A terrific, thoughtful, insightful novel.” — Linwood Barclay (via @linwood_barclay), author of Elevator Pitch

      “Deeply felt and deeply scary.” — Marina Endicott (via @marinaendicott), author of Good to a Fault

      “With Watching You Without Me, Coady showcases just how smooth her writing is … Expertly rendered characters, easy reading plot, and excellent pacing.” — Quill & Quire

      “Coady has her storytelling chops on full display here.” — Hamilton Review of Books

      “[Lynn Coady’s] readers will be accustomed to the violent, addicted, narcissistic men in her past work and find fresh and unnerving explorations of the subject in Watching You Without Me.” — Atlantic Books Today

      PRAISE FOR LYNN COADY AND HELLGOING

      Winner, Scotiabank Giller Prize

      Finalist, Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize

      A Globe and Mail Top 10 Book

      An Amazon.ca Best Book: Editors’ Pick

      “Lynn Coady is one of the most dynamic prose stylists in Canadian letters.” — The Walrus

      “A superb collection, end to end, and easily one of the best books I’ve read so far in 2013.” — Edmonton Journal

      “Coady is a writer who increasingly commands attention and respect.” — Globe and Mail

      “Coady’s sharp sense of humour serves to humanize even the most vicious or clueless figures in the book. There is searing honesty here about humankind’s inability, or unwillingness, to make an effort at connection, but the author’s own humanity rescues her vision from descending into despair or nihilism.” — National Post

      “A brilliant collection of stories.” — Winnipeg Free Press

      PRAISE FOR LYNN COADY AND THE ANTAGONIST

      Winner, Georges Bugnet Award for Fiction

      Finalist, Scotiabank Giller Prize

      A Globe and Mail Top 100 Book

      A Toronto Star Top 100 Book

      An Amazon.ca Best Book: Canadian Fiction

      An Amazon.ca Best Book: Editors’ Pick

      “Dear Lynn Coady: As I said, I love your new book, with its unsettling mixture of comedy and pathos … Incredibly funny, sarcastic and profane, right up till the moment when the tragedy below the surface suddenly erupts … It’s an extraordinarily clever and sympathetic exploration of the cross-currents of male friendship, the intense relationships we make and abandon in school. How ill-fitting those intimacies feel years later whenever a college reunion or some chance encounter forces us to try them on again.” — Ron Charles, Washington Post

      “A full-bodied work of fiction … Coady’s previous books have received much praise and it’s easy to see why, given all the gifts of storytelling on display here. A fine novel.” — Globe and Mail

      “Only a writer as wonderfully gifted as Lynn Coady could elicit such extraordinary sympathy for a man as full of self-destructive rage as Rank, her main character. You won’t soon forget either him or this haunting novel.” — Richard Russo

      “Coady’s fluency in the language of the college boy [is] impressive, [as is] her feel for the camaraderie that is inseparable from rivalry and masculine aggression.” — The New Yorker

      “Wildly enthralling, compelling … A bravura novel, tightly controlled … a readable, quixotic coming-of-age story, a comedy of very bad manners, and a thoughtful inquiry into the very nature of self. It’s the sort of novel — and Coady the sort of writer — deserving of every accolade coming to it.” — National Post

      “A wicked page-turner … Brilliantly moves between the harrowing and the hilarious … Truly confirms Coady as a comic genius … and one of the best Canadian writers.” — Winnipeg Free Press

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    NDN Coping Mechanisms Notes from the Field Billy-Ray Belcourt Canada
    9781487005771 Paperback POETRY / Native American Publication Date:September 03, 2019
    $19.95 CAD 6 x 8 x 0.3 in | 180 gr | 112 pages Carton Quantity:78 House of Anansi Press
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      In his follow-up to This Wound is a World, Billy-Ray Belcourt’s Griffin Poetry Prize–winning collection, NDN Coping Mechanisms: Notes from the Field is a provocative, powerful, and genre-bending new work that uses the modes of accusation and interrogation.

      He aims an anthropological eye at the realities of everyday life to show how they house the violence that continues to reverberate from the long twentieth century. In a genre-bending constellation of poetry, photography, redaction, and poetics, Belcourt ultimately argues that if signifiers of Indigenous suffering are everywhere, so too is evidence of Indigenous peoples’ rogue possibility, their utopian drive.

      In NDN Coping Mechanisms: Notes from the Field, the poet takes on the political demands of queerness, mainstream portrayals of Indigenous life, love and its discontents, and the limits and uses of poetry as a vehicle for Indigenous liberation. In the process, Belcourt once again demonstrates his extraordinary craft, guile, and audacity, and the sheer dexterity of his imagination.

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      BILLY-RAY BELCOURT (he/him) is a writer and academic from the Driftpile Cree Nation. His debut book of poems, This Wound is a World, won the 2018 Griffin Poetry Prize and the 2018 Robert Kroetsch City of Edmonton Book Prize, and was named the Most Significant Book of Poetry in English by an Emerging Indigenous Writer at the 2018 Indigenous Voices Award. It was also a finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award, the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award, and the Raymond Souster Award. It was named by CBC Books as one of the best Canadian poetry collections of the year. Billy-Ray is a Ph.D. student and a 2018 Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Scholar in the Department of English and Film Studies at the University of Alberta. He is also a 2016 Rhodes Scholar and holds a Master’s degree in Women’s Studies from Wadham College at the University of Oxford.

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      Awards
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      PRAISE FOR BILLY-RAY BELCOURT AND NDN COPING MECHANISMS:

      Winner, Stephan G. Stephansson Award for Poetry
      Finalist, Lambda Literary Award for Gay Poetry
      Longlist, CBC Canada Reads
      A Library Journal Best Book of 2019
      A CBC Book of the Year

      “[Billy-Ray Belcourt’s] words shake with their own power.” — Adroit Journal

      “Both intellectual and visceral, these poems dazzle with metaphoric richness and striking lyricism.” — Toronto Star

      “An impressive follow-up to his first book.” — Winnipeg Free Press

      “Playful, candid, and campy.” — Prairie Books NOW

      “A masterful blend of the personal and the political, the ephemeral and the corporal, the theoretical and the emotional.” — Quill & Quire

      “For all the ferocious energy and one-two punch of language here, this is also a concentrated, beautifully managed work.” — Library Journal

      “This brilliant book is endlessly giving, lingering in tight spaces within the forms of loneliness, showing us their contours. These poems do the necessary work of negotiating with the heart-killing present from which we imagine and make Indigenous futures. Every line feels like a possible way out of despair.” — Elissa Washuta, author of My Body Is a Book of Rules

      “‘I believe I exist. / To live, one can be neither / more nor less hungry than that.’ How grateful I am that Billy-Ray Belcourt and these poems believe in themselves enough to exist. With prodigious clarity, this work moves swiftly amongst theory and prose, longing and lyric, questioning and coping, ‘not dying’ and ‘obsessively apologizing to the moon for all that she has to witness.’ It is not hyperbole to say these poems are brilliant. And so brilliantly, searingly, they live.” — TC Tolbert, author of Gephyromania

      NDN Coping Mechanisms is a haunting book that dreams a new world — a ‘holy place filled with NDN girls, hair wet with utopia’ — as it simultaneously excoriates the world that ‘is a wound’ and the historic and present modalities of violence against Indigenous peoples under Canadian settler colonialism. Belcourt considers the genocidal nation-state, queerness, and the limits and potential of representation, often through a poetic/scholarly lineage that includes Leanne Betasamosake Simpson, Saidiya Hartman, Anne Boyer, José Esteban Muñoz, Christina Sharpe, and Gwen Benaway, among others. This is the beautiful achievement of NDN Coping Mechanisms: Belcourt conjures a sovereign literary space that refuses white sovereignty and is always already in relation to the ideas of the foremost decolonial poets and thinkers of Turtle Island.” — Mercedes Eng, author of Prison Industrial Complex Explodes

      PRAISE FOR BILLY-RAY BELCOURT AND THIS WOUND IS A WORLD:

      Winner, Griffin Poetry Prize
      Winner, Robert Kroetsch City of Edmonton Book Prize
      Winner, Most Significant Book of Poetry in English by an Emerging Indigenous Writer, Indigenous Voices Award
      Finalist, Governor General’s Literary Award for Poetry
      Finalist, Gerald Lampert Memorial Award
      Finalist, Raymond Souster Award
      A CBC Books Best Poetry Collection of the Year

      “Blending the resources of love song and elegy, prayer and manifesto, Billy-Ray Belcourt’s This Wound is a World shows us poetry at its most intimate and politically necessary. Mindful of tangled lineages and the lingering erasures of settler colonialism, Belcourt crafts poems in which ‘history lays itself bare’ — but only as bare as their speaker’s shapeshifting heart. Belcourt pursues original forms with which to chart the constellations of queerness and Indigeneity, rebellion and survival, desire and embodiedness these poems so fearlessly explore. Between its bold treatment of sexuality and wary anatomy of despair, This Wound is a World peels back the layers of feeling and experience to offer, finally, the glimmerings of hope — which only sometimes looks like escape: ‘follow me out the backdoor of the world.’ This electrifying book reminds us that a poem may live twin lives as incantation and inscription, singing from the untamed margins: ‘grieve is the name i give to myself / i carve it into the bed frame. / i am make-believe. / this is an archive. / it hurts to be a story.’” — 2018 Griffin Poetry Prize Judges’ Citation

      This Wound is a World is a decolonial wild fire from which the acclaimed writer Billy-Ray Belcourt builds a new world — and it's the brilliant, radiant Indigenous world, I want to live in. His poetics create space out of nothing, unapologetically inhabit that space and then gift it to us with uninhibited love. Belcourt is sovereign genius and This Wound is a World redefines poetics as a refusal of colonial erasure, a radical celebration of Indigenous life and our beautiful, intimate rebellion. This is a breathtaking masterpiece. Belcourt has emerged fully formed.” — Leanne Betasamosake Simpson, CBC Books

      “Belcourt, in a cutting, contemporary idiom, has made himself the urgent fresh voice of his generation.” — Edmonton Journal

      “This is poetry at its brightest. It is electric, profound, necessary work. Belcourt bends genre, challenging the cage of colonialism through a poetics of intimacy. It is a collection unafraid to ask questions, exploring grief, desire, queer sexuality, and Indigeneity with tender honesty. Belcourt asks us to consider the ways Indigenous bodies can be simultaneously unbound and ‘rendered again,’ how worlds can be made and unmade. These are poems to be returned to again and again with reverence.” — Prism International

      “Billy-Ray Belcourt’s poems are full of sound. They are cacophonous enunciations of both the blaring and imperceptible legacies of colonization that resonate in contemporary life.” — CBC Arts

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    Watermark Christy Ann Conlin Canada
    9781487003432 Paperback FICTION / Short Stories Publication Date:August 13, 2019
    $19.95 CAD 5.25 x 8 x 0.3 in | 320 gr | 232 pages Carton Quantity:35 Astoria
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      From Christy Ann Conlin, the critically acclaimed and award winning author of Heave, comes a breathtaking and unforgettable collection about how the briefest moment can shape us forever.

      In these evocative and startling stories, we meet people navigating the elemental forces of love, life, and death. An insomniac on Halifax’s moonlit streets. A runaway bride. A young woman accused of a brutal murder. A man who must live in exile if he is to live at all. A woman coming to terms with her eccentric childhood in a cult on the Bay of Fundy shore.

      A master of North Atlantic Gothic, Christy Ann Conlin expertly navigates our conflicting self-perceptions, especially in moments of crisis. She illuminates the personality of land and ocean, charts the pull of the past on the present, and reveals the wildness inside each of us. These stories offer a gallery of both gritty and lyrical portraits, each unmasking the myth and mystery of the everyday.

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      CHRISTY ANN CONLIN is the author of two acclaimed novels, Heave and The Memento. She is also the author of the short fiction collection Watermark, which was a finalist for the Danuta Gleed Literary Award and the Forest of Reading Evergreen Award. Heave was a national bestseller, a Globe and Mail Top 100 Book, and a finalist for the Amazon.ca First Novel Award, the Thomas H. Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award, and the Dartmouth Book Award. Her work has appeared in numerous literary journals including Best Canadian Stories, Brick, Geist, Room, and Numéro Cinq. Her short fiction has also been longlisted for the Commonwealth Short Story Prize and the American Short Fiction Prize. Her radio broadcast work includes co-creating and hosting CBC Fear Itself, a national summer radio series. Christy Ann studied theatre at the University of Ottawa and screenplay writing at the University of British Columbia. She was born and raised in seaside Nova Scotia, where she still resides.

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      PRAISE FOR CHRISTY ANN CONLIN AND WATERMARK

      Finalist, Danuta Gleed Literary Award
      Finalist, Forest of Reading Evergreen Award
      Gold Medal, The Miramichi Reader’s “The Very Best!” Book Awards: Best Short Fiction

      “Christy Ann Conlin’s stories achieve a dizzying balance of light and dark — the magical with the murderous. Over and over again, Conlin masterfully depicts the lush, somehow uncanny splendour of high summer only to chill us with a counterbalancing night world of hidden creatures and terrible human secrets. The results make for mesmerizing reading.” — Lynn Coady, author of The Antagonist and Hellgoing

      Watermark is propulsive. These linked stories are gothic dark and sparking with brilliant twists. Characters so vivid you can hear their voices, feel their pulse. Here are deep psychological fractures and betrayals, loss and longing. Adventure and abandon. Conlin’s characters are splendidly complex; they are sometimes prisoners, and sometimes breaking free. This book is a dangerous joyride.” — Lisa Moore, author of Caught and Something for Everyone

      Watermark takes us beyond mere appearances, offering intimate portraits of characters you quickly realize you only think you know. These are powerful stories that tell secrets — that are interested in, and unafraid of, all the messy details that make up a person, a life.” — Johanna Skibsrud, author of Quartet for the End of Time and The Sentimentalists

      “A sometimes-mystical Gothic in which the horror arises from those closest to us … Watermark is taut, sharp writing.” — Globe and Mail

      “Eerie and haunting stories.” — Toronto Star

      “Conlin’s characters are fierce, lonely, dangerous, and wild. This is the best short story collection I've read in years.” — Annabel Lyon, author of Oxygen and The Golden Mean

      “From the Gothic heart of the Annapolis Valley to the dreamlike shores of British Columbia, these stories sparkle with wickedness and dark beauty, reminding us again that Conlin is one of Canada’s most daring and original writers. The range and breadth of style and voice in this collection is astonishing, and her gift for the uncanny is as assured as her masterful writing. Whether it’s through the skewed vision of a heartbroken widower or the vivid delusions of an unrepentant killer, she presents a moving and uncompromising exploration of the deep undercurrents of the human psyche, and the tricks that our minds play — on ourselves and each other.” — Kerry Lee Powell, author of Willem de Kooning’s Paintbrush

      “If you have faith in Flannery O’Connor’s fiction, or if you watch Werner Herzog’s films with a sense of awe, then Christy Ann Conlin’s collection of stories is for you. Equal parts lovely and loathsome, terrifying and tender, this elemental book works with the rawest of raw materials. This is honest and revealing writing from an artist at the top of her craft.” — Alexander MacLeod, author of Light Lifting

      “Rich with humanity and atmosphere.” — Booklist

      “These stories are deliciously discomfiting … Suspenseful excavations of family secrets, as smart as they are creepy.” — Kirkus Reviews

      “Riveting, disturbing tales … Watermark has enough to fascinate and scare throughout.” — Winnipeg Free Press

      “A stunning, highly novelistic collection of storiesIn Watermark, Conlin, in keeping with her two previous novels, depicts richly complex characters intersecting with memory and place … Conlin’s language, concise and gorgeously vibrant, seduces readers into her detailed, empathetically imagined worlds … From its first lines, Watermark, a collection like no other, will seize your heart and refuse to let go.” — Hamilton Review of Books

      “There is purpose, precision, and an incredible haunting darkness, all of which are the reasons why Watermark is such a pleasure to read from cover to cover.” — Pickle Me This

      PRAISE FOR CHRISTY ANN CONLIN AND THE MEMENTO:

      “Nothing short of dazzling … The dizzying speed of revelation produces, in its masterly way, the effect of what T. S. Eliot calls ‘genuine poetry.’” — Toronto Review of Books

      The Memento is a classic spine-tingler, centering on a haunted house and children hovering between evil and innocence, power and vulnerability … Conlin’s novel lingers on relationships between children and servants, children and their (often absent) parents, and elderly relatives — all within the span of one sultry, sordid summer.” — Globe and Mail

      The Memento is a novel of the uncanny, drawing together a coming-of-age story with elements of ghost stories, haunted houses, family curses, and folk tales. It’s a dizzying feat … a masterful accomplishment from a powerful writer.” — Toronto Star

      “Expertly weaving gothic elements, maritime superstition, and the lingering effects of grief, The Memento is an eerie return to form — ceaselessly tense until the last page.” — The Coast

      “Trust in Christy Ann Conlin. Follow the mythic thread she has expertly woven through this rich labyrinth of a novel and you will be transported. This is the work of a master storyteller operating at the height of her craft.” — Alexander MacLeod, author of Light Lifting

      “In this exuberant novel, Christy Ann Conlin offers us a grab bag of gothic delights — a creaking groaning mansion, a precocious twelfth-century-born twelve-year-old, tea parties with the dead, and an unnerving number of fleeting darting “somethings” only glimpsed in the corner of your eye. Wildly imaginative.” — Caroline Adderson, author of Ellen in Pieces

      PRAISE FOR CHRISTY ANN CONLIN AND HEAVE:

      Finalist, Amazon.ca First Novel
      Finalist, Thomas H. Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award
      Finalist, Dartmouth Book Award
      A Globe and Mail Top 100 Book

      “Simply a marvellous book … The writing is fine, smooth, and tight. This is an honest tale of family love and hate … Heave is a powerful book. It’s hard to believe this author is just beginning. I can’t wait to see what she accomplishes next.” — Globe and Mail

      “One book I will not be passing on is Nova Scotian writer Christy Ann Conlin’s marvellous first novel Heave. This book prompted a whelp of excitement from me.” — National Post

      “[Conlin] has produced an extraordinary book … that won’t soon be forgotten.” — Toronto Star

      “Conlin proves herself a keen observer of family life, adept at teasing out the loose ends and following them to uncover the lumps and knots in the fabric.” — Hamilton Spectator

      “Highly visual and visceral prose … Right from the first line Heave is a crazy ride.” — Halifax Daily News

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    Pallbearing Stories Michael Melgaard Canada
    9781487006150 Paperback FICTION / Short Stories Publication Date:February 04, 2020
    $19.95 CAD 5.25 x 8 in | 1.1 lb | 280 pages Carton Quantity:45 Astoria
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      An honest and unaffected collection of human experiences that deftly tackles themes of grief, loss, missed opportunities, and the pain of letting go.

      The stories in Michael Melgaard’s poignant debut collection, Pallbearing, offer candid snapshots of life in a small town, where the struggle to make ends meet forces people into desperate choices. In “Little to Lose,” a son confronts his mother over the crushing prison of debt created by her gambling addiction. The aging divorcee in “Coming and Going” spends her days in paranoid pursuit of evidence with which to incriminate her neighbours in the derelict trailer park where she lives. And in “Stewart and Rose,” lifelong friends find love after their respective partners die — and then face loss all over again.

      With deceptively spare prose that carries outsized emotional weight and pathos, Melgaard brings his characters to life in sharp-edged portraits and all-too-human dilemmas, creating engaging stories that resonate with honesty and depth, and linger in the imagination.

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      MICHAEL MELGAARD is a writer and editor based in Toronto. His fiction has appeared in Joyland, the Puritan, and Bad Nudes, among other publications. He is a former regular contributor to the National Post’s book section and has written articles and criticism for the Millions, Torontoist, and Canadian Notes & Queries. Pallbearing is his first book.

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      PRAISE FOR MICHAEL MELGAARD AND PALLBEARING:

      “A rich and compelling collection, Pallbearing is a powerfully restrained debut showcasing the craftsmanship and deep emotional intelligence of its author.” — Open Book

      “Melgaard’s quiet genius, like so many Canadian short-story writers before him, is in finding remarkable drama in the mundanities that make up an unremarkable life.” — Quill & Quire

      “Michael Melgaard’s stories are deceptively still on their surfaces, but just below run cross-currents of the darkest human emotions: fear, rage, and love. Melgaard’s debut collection features characters in desperate situations, attempting to wrangle a drop of sense out of things while accepting or standing up to their fates. The stories in Pallbearing are crisp, ruefully funny, and unsentimental, each one a portrait on a grain of rice. A wonderful debut.” — Michael Redhill, Scotiabank Giller Prize–winning author of Bellevue Square

      “These powerful, empathetic stories are about the burdens people carry and the debts they owe — at work and at home, to their friends and family, and sometimes, heaviest of all, to themselves. With remarkable compression and insight, Michael Melgaard cuts straight to the heart of people’s lives — in just a few pages I came to know these characters so well they felt like my own neighbours, and I’ll remember them for a long time. This is a striking debut by a writer to watch.” — Alix Ohlin, Scotiabank Giller Prize–shortlisted author of Dual Citizens

      “With DNA traces of Raymond Carver and Kent Haruf, Michael Melgaard’s Pallbearing conjures up a wallop of small-town pathos and dead-end desperation that will leave you shattered. These stories may be deceptively spare in their construction, but they are rich and abundant in their impact.” — Michael Christie, Scotiabank Giller Prize–longlisted author of Greenwood

      “Michael Melgaard does the hardest of things: the poetry of the everyday. Tough, heartbreaking, and astute, these stories move with grace through the margins of society, never condescending, never inauthentic. Pallbearing gives voice to the ignored, the invisible, the forgotten, and charges their lives with significance.” — Tamas Dobozy, Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize–winning author of Siege 13

      “In spare, muscular prose, Michael Melgaard illuminates the moments, big and small, that make us human. But don’t be fooled by this deceptive simplicity — these stories will sneak up on you and knock the breath from your lungs. Pallbearing is a stunning debut.” — Amy Jones, author of Every Little Piece of Me

      “Each of the stories in Pallbearing is its own universe, orbiting around the exquisite edges of joy and sorrow. In prose at once searing and gentle, Michael Melgaard takes us through the infinitely tiny, infinitely vast moments that make up his characters’ lives. In this collection, whole worlds live in the span of a gesture, a deep and riveting kind of magic.” — Amanda Leduc, author of The Miracles of Ordinary Men

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    Benediction Olivier Dufault Canada, Pablo Strauss Canada
    9781487005993 Paperback FICTION / Literary Publication Date:September 24, 2019
    $24.95 CAD 5.25 x 8 x 1.2 in | 420 gr | 400 pages Carton Quantity:30 Arachnide Editions
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      Based on the true story of North America’s most unlikely cowboy, Benediction is a gritty, trenchantly observed tale of fraud and reinvention in the Old West.

      In 1907, the fifteen-year-old French-Canadian Ernest Dufault left his home in Quebec for Montana, where he was promptly arrested as a cattle thief and, as a prisoner of the state of Nevada, passed himself off as an American cowboy named Will James. Over the next few decades, Dufault, a.k.a. James, would flourish as a cowboy and horsebreaker and go on to become an artist, a soldier, a Hollywood stuntman, a bestselling author of award-winning westerns — and his own false memoir. Dufault was so successful a pretender that he was later inducted into the Hall of Great Westerners, and his estranged wife, Alice Conradt, would only learn his true identity when, at the age of fifty, Will James died an alcoholic and left his estate to a man she had never heard of: one Ernest Dufault.

      In Benediction, Olivier Dufault recreates the true story of his distant relative Ernest’s incarceration in a Nevada prison for rustling cattle and his subsequent reinvention of himself as “Will James.” Relying on authentic historical materials including letters, telegrams, and court documents as much as his own imagination, Olivier Dufault’s magnificent novel is a posthumous benediction of an exceptional American life in which truth and lies walk side by side.

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      OLIVIER DUFAULT grew up in Acton Vale, Quebec, where he was raised on the stories of his distant cousin’s exploits in the American West. Benediction is his first novel. He lives in Montreal.

      PABLO STRAUSS grew up in Victoria, British Columbia, and has lived in Quebec City for a decade. His translation of Daniel Grenier’s The Longest Year was a finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award for Translation.

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      PRAISE FOR OLIVIER DUFAULT AND BENEDICTION:

      Finalist, Rakuten Kobo Emerging Writer Prize
      Longlisted, Prix France-Québec

      “Brilliant … A vivid imagining of a transitional stage in the life of a man who dedicated much of that life to covering his tracks.” — Montreal Gazette

      “A breathtaking novel evoking the great desert spaces of the American West.” — Journal de Québec

      “The majesty and the trials of the territory are magnified as much by the language and precision of its author as by the confinement of its hero.” — Le Devoir

      “Written with grace and intelligence … The work thorough; the details conscientious; the writing is patient, sculpted, and refined … A novel dense, rich, and altogether surprising in its evocation of scenes from a century ago.” — La Presse

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    Foresight The Lost Decades of Uncle Chow Tung: Book 2 Ian Hamilton Canada
    9781487003999 Paperback FICTION / Mystery & Detective Publication Date:January 21, 2020
    $19.95 CAD 5.25 x 8 x 1.32 in | 0.66 lb | 336 pages Carton Quantity:1 Spiderline
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      The second book in the gripping Ava Lee spin-off series features fan-favourite Uncle Chow Tung and his ascendancy to the head of the Triad gang in Fanling.

      1980: A pivotal year in modern Chinese history as Premier Deng Xiaoping begins what he intends to be the transformation of China into an economic superpower. The most visible evidence of Deng’s policy is the creation of Special Economic Zones, and one has been set up in Shenzhen, next door to Hong Kong and on Fanling’s doorstep. Among Triad leaders, Uncle is the only one who recognizes that Deng’s intentions could have profound repercussions on their organizations. To protect his gang and their interests, he acts to not only minimize the danger, but to turn events to his advantage.

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      IAN HAMILTON is the acclaimed author of fourteen novels in the Ava Lee series and three in the Lost Decades of Uncle Chow Tung series. His books have been shortlisted for numerous prizes, including the Arthur Ellis Award, the Barry Award, and the Lambda Literary Prize, and are national bestsellers. BBC Culture named Hamilton one of the ten mystery/crime writers from the last thirty years who should be on your bookshelf. Bonnie Jack is his first stand-alone novel.

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      Praise for Fate and Ian Hamilton

      “[Ian Hamilton is] a lively writer with an attentive eye for the details of complicated suspense.” — London Free Press

      “Hamilton does a masterly job capturing the sights, smells, and sounds of Hong Kong as he charts Chow’s struggle to survive.” — Publishers Weekly

      “[Uncle’s] rise through the ranks of the Hong Kong Triads makes for fascinating reading … Those fresh to Hamilton’s work or simply looking for something familiar but different, meanwhile, will find much to like in the author’s new series.” — Quill & Quire

      “A welcome origin story about the man who helped shape Ava Lee.” — Booklist

      “A magnetic tale of intrigue among rivals and cohorts, the early ascent of ‘Uncle’ Chow Tung within the Hong Kong Triads is exhilarating and utterly convincing. This is the first in a spin-off series that you’ll want to keep spinning forever. Jump on at the start!” — John Farrow, bestselling author of the Émile Cinq-Mars series

      “Ian Hamilton’s knowledge of the Triads and their operations is fascinating — and slightly unsettling. He unwinds his tale of Uncle’s origins with such detail that readers will wonder how he grew so familiar without being a triad himself. A must-read for fans of the Ava Lee novels!” — John Lawrence Reynolds, Arthur Ellis Award-winning author of Beach Strip

      Praise for the Ava Lee series and Ian Hamilton

      “Whip smart, kick-butt heroine, mixed into a perfect combination of adventure and exotic location. Can’t wait to see where Ava is off to next.” — Taylor Stevens, author of the Vanessa Michael Monroe Series

      “The only thing scarier than being ripped off for a few million bucks is being the guy who took it and having Ava Lee on your tail. If Hamilton’s kick-ass accountant has your number, it’s up.” — Linwood Barclay

      “A heck of a fun series, sharing Ian Fleming’s penchant for intrigue and affinity for the finer things in life and featuring Ava Lee — a remarkable hero, a twenty-first century James Bond with real depth beneath her tough-as-nails exterior. Five stars and first class!” — Owen Laukkanen, author of The Professionals

      “Ava Lee, that wily, wonderful hunter of nasty business brutes, is back in her best adventure ever.” — Globe and Mail

      “Slick, fast-moving escapism reminiscent of Ian Fleming.” — Booklist

      “A hugely original creation.” — Irish Independent

      “Crackling with suspense, intrigue, and danger, your fingers will be smoking from turning these pages. Don’t ever, ever, mess with Ava Lee. She’s not your average accountant.” — Terry Fallis, author of The Best Laid Plans

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    No Friend but the Mountains Writing from Manus Prison Behrouz Boochani, Omid Tofighian
    9781487006839 Paperback BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Personal Memoirs Publication Date:June 04, 2019
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      Winner of Australia’s richest literary award, No Friend but the Mountains is Kurdish-Iranian journalist and refugee Behrouz Boochani’s account of his detainment on Australia’s notorious Manus Island prison. Composed entirely by text message, this work represents the harrowing experience of stateless and imprisoned refugees and migrants around the world.

      In 2013, Kurdish-Iranian journalist Behrouz Boochani was illegally detained on Manus Island, a refugee detention centre off the coast of Australia. He has been there ever since. This book is the result. Laboriously tapped out on a mobile phone and translated from the Farsi.

      It is a voice of witness, an act of survival. A lyric first-hand account. A cry of resistance. A vivid portrait of five years of incarceration and exile. Winner of the Victorian Prize for Literature, No Friend but the Mountains is an extraordinary account — one that is disturbingly representative of the experience of the many stateless and imprisoned refugees and migrants around the world.

      “Our government jailed his body, but his soul remained that of a free man.” — From the Foreword by Man Booker Prize–winning author Richard Flanagan

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      BEHROUZ BOOCHANI is a Kurdish-Iranian writer, journalist, scholar, cultural advocate, and filmmaker. His memoir, No Friend but the Mountains: Writing from Manus Prison, won the Victorian Prize for Literature, Australia’s richest literary prize, and the Victorian Premier’s Prize for Nonfiction. Boochani has written for the Kurdish-language magazine Werya; is an Honorary Member of PEN International; won the 2017 Amnesty International Australia Media Award, the Diaspora Symposium Social Justice Award, the Liberty Victoria 2018 Empty Chair Award, and the Anna Politkovskaya Award for journalism; and is non-resident Visiting Scholar at the Sydney Asia Pacific Migration Centre (SAPMiC), University of Sydney. He publishes regularly with the Guardian, and his writing also features in the Saturday Paper, HuffPost, New Matilda, the Financial Times, and the Sydney Morning Herald. Boochani is also co-director (with Arash Kamali Sarvestani) of the 2017 feature-length film Chauka, Please Tell Us the Time, and collaborator on Nazanin Sahamizadeh’s play Manus. He graduated from Tarbiat Moallem University and Tarbiat Modares University, both in Tehran; and he holds a Master’s degree in political science, political geography, and geopolitics.

      OMID TOFIGHIAN is a translator, lecturer, researcher, and community advocate, combining philosophy with interests in citizen media, rhetoric, religion, popular culture, transnationalism, displacement, and discrimination. He completed his Ph.D. in philosophy at Leiden University and graduated with a combined Honours degree in philosophy and studies in religion at the University of Sydney. His current roles include Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the American University in Cairo; Honorary Research Associate for the Department of Philosophy, University of Sydney; faculty at Iran Academia; and campaign manager for Why Is My Curriculum White? — Australasia. He has published numerous book chapters and journal articles, and is author of Myth and Philosophy in Platonic Dialogues, and is translator of Behrouz Boochani’s book No Friend but the Mountains: Writing From Manus Prison.

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      PRAISE FOR BEHROUZ BOOCHANI AND NO FRIEND BUT THE MOUNTAINS:

      A New Statesman Book of the Year

      “[No Friend but the Mountains] is a stunning and devastating account of life on remote Manus Island, where Behrouz, a Kurdish-Iranian journalist seeking asylum, has been held illegally by the Australian government for six years. The writing is an astonishing mix of dreamlike poetry and piercingly political and psychological insight. I can’t remember reading anything recently that has seized me like this or taken me into the heart of the barbaric treatment of those criminalized and brutalized in their search for safety and care.” — Eve Ensler, author of The Apology, special to the New York Times Book Review

      “First-person narratives that paint historical events from the perspective of the persecuted have proven powerful and enduring. These stories are subversive; the images slip into a reader’s mind and create empathy where there was little before. They can permanently alter the way history is recorded and understood. Boochani’s book challenges readers to acknowledge that we are living in the age of camps.” — New York Times Magazine

      No Friend but the Mountains by Behrouz Boochani will always belong to the canon of literature written under great duress and courage. This unique book should be read by all who care about the stories of our time. No Friend but the Mountains reminds us that no matter how different we may be from one another, whether it’s the colour of our skin, the god we pray to, where we are born, or where we call home, that we have words, language, and literature in common. I celebrate the courage of Boochani, who has pursued this ideal, this love of writing, and the faith in words as a tool to inform, to be a doorway to new and unexpected worlds, challenge tyrannies, and seek justice.” — Jennifer Clement, author of Gun Love and President of PEN International

      “Under atrocious conditions [Behrouz Boochani] has managed to write and publish a record of his experiences (experiences yet to be concluded), a record that will certainly leave his jailers gnashing their teeth … No Friend but the Mountains provides a wholly engrossing account of the first four years that Boochani spent on Manus, up to the time when the prison camp was closed and the prisoners resettled elsewhere on the island. Just as absorbing is his analysis of the system that reigns in the camp, a system imposed by the Australian authorities but autonomous in the sense that it holds the jailers as well as the prisoners in its grip … [No Friend but the Mountains is] the absorbing record of a life-transforming episode whose effects on his inner self the writer is still trying to plumb.” — J. M. Coetzee, winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature, special to the New York Review of Books

      No Friend but the Mountains deserves a place beside some of the world’s most famous prison narratives and testaments about living in a time of genocide, slavery, and state-sponsored oppression. It brings to mind various literary siblings: the ways in which The Diary of Anne Frank sketched the life of a young girl in the period leading up to her murder in the Holocaust; how Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl painted Harriet Jacobs’s life as a fugitive in the United States; the means by which One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn showed the daily oppression of a man living in a Soviet gulag; how The Autobiography of Malcolm X charted the movement of a man through prison life and into militancy as the most famous Black Muslim in America; and how Martin Luther King Jr. condemned arbitrary imprisonment and racial segregation in The Letter from Birmingham Jail … In a time of mounting hysteria and paranoia with regard to the arrival of migrants in developed countries, Behrouz Boochani reminds us that 68.5 million displaced people in the world today are the same as us. We could be them, tomorrow.” — Lawrence Hill, author of The Illegal, special to the Globe and Mail

      “A stateless Kurdish-Iranian asylum-seeker detained by the Australian government won the country’s highest-paying literary prize on Thursday. But he could not attend the festivities to accept the award. Behrouz Boochani, a writer, journalist and filmmaker who has been held in offshore detention on Manus Island in Papua New Guinea for more than five years, won the 2019 Victorian Prize for Literature for his book, No Friend but the Mountains … Typically, only Australian citizens or permanent residents are eligible for the award. But an exception was made in Mr. Boochani’s case because judges considered his story an Australia story, said Michael Williams, the director of the Wheeler Center, a literary institution that administers the award on behalf of the state government. ‘We canvassed the critical and broader literary reception of the book, and we made our decision on that basis,’ Mr. Williams said. ‘This is an extraordinary literary work that is an indelible contribution to Australian publishing and storytelling.’” — New York Times

      “Boochani tapped his book out in text messages to his friend Omid Tofighian, who translated the book from Persian. Before the book was published, Boochani filmed a movie, Chauka, Please Tell Us the Time, which was shot in secret, on his cell phone. He has written many articles and essays for Australian and international media. He now holds a non-resident appointment at the University of Sydney. In a different place, or at a different time, these professional recognitions, to say nothing of his many literary awards, would have signalled that Boochani is integrated into Australian society, and valued by it. But Australia’s extreme anti-immigrant turn, which preceded that of the United States by several years, has created a stark disjuncture between what the culture values and what the state allows. In an era when simply being a person in need of international protection makes a man a criminal, he cannot live in the society that has showered him with praise.” — Masha Gessen, The New Yorker

      No Friend but the Mountains: Writing from Manus Prison is an extraordinary insight into the life of several hundred men held in offshore prisons under the Australian policy of immigration detention.” — Los Angeles Review of Books

      “The winner of Australia’s richest literary prize did not attend the ceremony. His absence was not by choice. Behrouz Boochani, whose debut book won both the $25,000 non-fiction prize at the Victorian premier’s literary awards and the $100,000 Victorian prize for literature on Thursday night, is not allowed into Australia. The Kurdish Iranian writer is an asylum seeker who has been kept in purgatory on Manus Island in Papua New Guinea for almost six years, first behind the wire of the Australian offshore detention centre, and then in alternative accommodation on the island. Now his book No Friend but the Mountains — composed one text message at a time from within the detention centre — has been recognized by a government from the same country that denied him access and locked him up.” — Guardian

      “As war, crime, famine, and civil disruption result in growing numbers of asylum seekers, Boochani’s deeply disturbing memoir introduces readers to hard realities and reveals the wounded hearts of captors and prisoners alike.” — Foreword Reviews, STARRED REVIEW

      “In the absence of images, turn to this book to fathom what we have done, what we continue to do. It is, put simply, the most extraordinary and important book I have ever read.” — Good Reading Magazine, STARRED REVIEW

      No Friend but the Mountains, quite apart from the extraordinary circumstances of its writing, gives us a powerfully vivid account of the experiences of a refugee: desperation, brutality, suffering, all observed with an eye that seems to see everything and told in a voice that’s equal to the task.” — Philip Pullman, author of His Dark Materials

      “An incredibly powerful book.” — Toronto Star

      “This is nonfiction at its most sublime and urgent. In No Friend but the Mountains, Behrouz Boochani documents a shameful chapter in the Western world’s response to the refugee crisis with the wisdom of a philosopher, the resilience of a survivor, and the art of a masterful storyteller. An astounding achievement.” — Kamal Al-Solaylee, award-winning author of Brown and Intolerable

      “A thing of great beauty has come out of cruelty and misery. Behrouz Boochani is a poet, a philosopher, and a wonderful writer, and his book should be read by everyone who cares about human rights and about literature.” — Margaret MacMillan, author of Paris 1919 and The War That Ended Peace

      “I was weeping within minutes. Boochani has written a devastating and visceral account of modern displacement and its indignities. It is tangible, and sensory, and rooted in the human body — it stings to turn the page and yet it’s impossible to stop. It should be taught in schools as a powerful and damning account of the most astonishing collective failure of our age.” — Dina Nayeri, author of The Ungrateful Refugee

      No Friend but the Mountains is a devastating account of the world’s indifference to the suffering of refugees. In poignant words that stir the conscience — words at once perceptive and poetic — Behrouz Boochani takes the reader on an intimate journey of visceral fear and survival, stretching the limits of human endurance. His unforgettable story, of escaping the living hell of persecution in Iran, across the treacherous waves of the ocean, only to end up in the living hell of Manus Island prison, is a shocking indictment of our inhumanity towards those who are left with no choice but to abandon their homes and risk their lives in search of a better life. This book is a unique instance of the power of cultural expression as resistance to injustice.” — Payam Akhavan, international human rights lawyer and author of In Search of a Better World

      No Friend but the Mountains is one of the most important books I have ever read — an honest, brilliant, heartbreaking witness to preventable human suffering, to which most of the world has turned a blind eye. Behrouz Boochani’s words cry out, trying to awaken our humanity and spring us into action. Tears will not help this horror. What Boochani and many others endured in the hands of the Australian government on Manus Island is torturous, cruel, and sickening. Those who inflicted such suffering upon refugees and assaulted every bit of their dignity have to be held accountable. I invite all democratic countries of the world to reach out to the inmates of Manus Island and offer them safety, freedom, and a future.” — Marina Nemat, author of Prisoner of Tehran

      “This book is a monumental achievement — by turns savage, absurd, and heartbreaking, and above all intellectually engaged with the ways we value some human souls over others. It is unlike anything I’ve read, brutal but funny and poetic too.” — Elizabeth Renzetti, author of Shrewed

      “The very existence of this book is a miracle of the indomitable human spirit. That it should be so exquisite is a miracle of literature. If No Friend but the Mountains were merely a record of events that befell Behrouz Boochani as a refugee illegally detained on Manus Island, it would be an essential document. But the book transcends reportage. Through the defiant power of Boochani’s lyricism, humour, and insight into the system that seeks to break him, he takes his place in the world canon among the likes of Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn and Ngugi wa Thiong’o as a chronicler of the soul’s triumph over captivity.” — Jordan Tannahill, award-winning playwright and author of Liminal

      “Charged and moving, filled with apprehension and hope, Behrouz Boochani’s gorgeous memoir No Friend but the Mountains stands as a testament to human dignity and compassion. This is a work to stand among the great works of prison protest. Read it and be changed.” — Steven Price, author of By Gaslight

      “It is a miracle that [No Friend but the Mountains] got written at all. Boochani wrote the book on WhatsApp messages while on Manus Island, Australia’s notorious offshore migrant detention zone. The extreme circumstances of its writing should not detract from the book’s powerful analysis. This is not simply a testimony ‘giving voice’ to abject refugee experience, but a major account of how our asylum regimes are organized against the human condition itself.” — Lyndsey Stonebridge, author of The Judicial Imagination, special to the New Statesman

      “A powerful account … made me feel ashamed and outraged. Behrouz’s writing is lyrical and poetic, though the horrors he describes are unspeakable.” — Sofie Laguna, author of Miles Franklin Literary Award winner The Eye of the Sheep

      “A poetic, yet harrowing read.” — Maxine Beneba Clarke, author of Victorian Premier’s Prize for Poetry winner Carrying the World

      “Bears lucid, poetic, and devastating witness to the insane barbarity enacted in our name.” — Michelle de Kretser, author of Commonwealth Writers’ Prize (Southeast Asia and South Pacific) winner The Hamilton Case

      “A chant, a cry from the heart, a lament, fuelled by a fierce urgency, written with the lyricism of a poet, the literary skills of a novelist, and the profound insights of an astute observer of human behaviour and the ruthless politics of a cruel and unjust imprisonment.” — Arnold Zable, author of the award-winning Jewels and Ashes and Cafe Scheherazade

      “A shattering book every Australian should read.” — Benjamin Law, creator of the award-winning television series The Family Law

      “A remarkable work of reportage … There is a very precise and important sense in which No Friend but the Mountains reads like a novel. Stepping back, Boochani assumes the role of a narrator in his own fiction … Though imbued with the poise of a novel, this book resists novelistic convention. Like the impressionism of Ryszard Kapuscinski or the psychologically acute foregrounding of the journalist in the work of Janet Malcolm, No Friend but the Mountains pushes reportage into new territory, combining elements of essayistic speculation, Persian poetry, modernist fiction, and Kurdish folklore into a composite act of witnessing … In a decade of Australian politics defined by leadership struggles — a split decade in which meaningful progress on the issues that define Australia, be they Indigenous affairs, refugee politics, or climate change, have effectively stalled — Behrouz Boochani’s testimony has elevated him to a paradoxical position. Today he may be the most significant political voice in a country he has never visited.” — Times Literary Supplement

      “Remarkable … An imaginative and provocative mix of genres as narration, poems, reports, theory, and meditations create a remarkable assemblage that the translator deserves credit for helping shape. This is a chronicle of a government’s systematic, pointless humiliation of stateless persons. Perhaps most powerfully, and in this way reminiscent of Gustav Herling’s A World Apart, Boochani also presents a self-portrait of a sensitive man confined in a place where suffering is pointless and endless.” — Booklist

      “A powerful first-hand account of how governments have created sites of state violence against people searching for freedom.” — Library Journal

      “A searing account … No Friend but the Mountains is the extraordinary culmination of an immense, intense, and sustained effort undertaken by Behrouz Boochani in profound connection with a number of translators, writers, intellectuals, and artists. It tells the larger truth of Australia’s policy of offshore detention. It joins a substantial and long-standing international corpus of writing from detention, in resistance, and in the face of torture and affliction. In its poetic and locutionary force, it also constitutes perhaps the most important work of Australian literature to be published this century.” — Public Books

      “An amazing testament to Boochani’s will to survive and share his story with the world.” — BookRiot

      “Behrouz Boochani has produced a stunning work of art and critical theory which evades simple description. At its heart, though, it is a detailed critical study and description of what Boochani terms ‘Manus Prison Theory.’ Traced through an analysis of the ‘kyriarchy’ — a concept borrowed and elaborated on — Boochani provides a new understanding both of Australia’s actions and of Australia itself.

      Distinctive narrative formations are used, from critical analysis to thick description to poetry to dystopian surrealism. The writing is beautiful and precise, blending literary traditions emanating from across the world, but particularly from within Kurdish practices. The clarity with which ideas and knowledge are expressed is also a triumph of literary translation, carried out by translator Omid Tofighian.

      Alongside critical thinking and new knowledge production, Boochani describes the people he has met on Manus with a remarkable depth. His choice of naming — of people such as The Blue-Eyed Boy, The Prime Minister, Maysam The Whore, The Cow, and places like The Flowers Resembling Chamomile — ensures that this book offers unique and compelling modes of character-writing. Presented too is a remarkably vivid account of the outrage of experiencing total control: the perpetual queues, the absence of adequate food, the limits on telecommunications, the failing generator, the disastrous toilets.

      Altogether, this is a demanding work of significant achievement. No Friend but the Mountains is a literary triumph, devastating and transcendent.” — Judges’ Citation, Victorian Premier’s Prize for Nonfiction

      “A beautiful and powerful piece of writing from detention on Manus Island, where Kurdish refugee Behrouz Boochani has been held for more than six years. The book is an impassioned letter to those who would define Boochani as MEG45, who insist he is nothing more than a number; it speaks to the importance of life writing and of the human need to tell our stories.

      We come to know Boochani not through his whole life narrative but from the way he survives, his observations of others, and his analysis of the psychological and power structures underpinning the place he calls Manus Prison. All that he has experienced and learnt in his life comes to bear on this book.

      Boochani describes life on Manus as only an insider can, recounting the shocking tiny details of cruelty, degradation, humiliation and constant surveillance. He finds beauty in strange flowers and the Manusian moon and draws solace from solitude when it can be found.

      This is compelling storytelling in the samizdat tradition, written in Farsi as a series of text messages sent to his translator and collaborator Omid Tofighian. Collaboration has made this book, which demonstrates how innovative, experimental, and creative the work of translation can be.

      The writing is poetic and epic, steeped in the tradition of Persian culture and belief systems. The book is profoundly important, all the more so because of the means of its production, an astonishing act of witness, and testament to the lifesaving power of writing as resistance.” — Judges’ Comments, State Library New South Wales National Biography Award

      “Immerses the reader in Manus’ everyday horrors: the boredom, frustration, violence, obsession, and hunger; the petty bureaucratic bullying and the wholesale nastiness; the tragedies and the soul-destroying hopelessness. Its creation was an almost unimaginable task … Will lodge deep in the brain of anyone who reads it.” — Herald Sun

      “Segues effortlessly between prose and poetry, both equally powerful.” — Australian Financial Review

      “Readers of Boochani’s book cannot avoid a colossal encounter with the reality of violence that is offshore detention. Boochani’s challenge is for us to engage with that encounter by shifting our gaze from refugees as objects of pity onto ourselves as part of collectives that are implicated in and diminished by violence done to others. The book’s poetics give occasion to grapple with what connects the violence on Manus with broader cultures of denial and historical amnesia. To read this book, from that perspective, is to become undone in the sense of having to rethink the very idea of ourselves.” — Inside Story

      “To understand the true nature of what it is that we have done, every Australian, beginning with the Prime Minister, should read Behrouz Boochani’s intense, lyrical, and psychologically perceptive prose-poetry masterpiece, No Friend but the Mountains. This book answers that question … Boochani is a man of delicate sensibility and fine, sometimes severe, moral judgement but also, in his willingness to lay bare his soul before us, of mighty courage. Boochani tells us that Manus ‘is Australia itself.’ This is not an empty declamation. As Richard Flanagan rightly insists, No Friend but the Mountains is an Australian book, possibly the most consequential to be published for many years. I would like to believe (but I'm afraid I don’t) that the nation will learn from this book, experience shame, and take action.” — Sydney Morning Herald

      “Not for the faint-hearted, it’s a powerful, devastating insight into a situation that’s so often seen through a political — not personal — lens.” — GQ Australia

      “It is an unforgettable account of man’s inhumanity to man that reads like something out of Orwell or Kafka, and is aptly described by Tofighian as ‘horrific surrealism.’ It is clear from Boochani’s writing that he is a highly educated and philosophical man; he segues effortlessly between prose and poetry, both equally powerful.” — Australian Financial ReviewMagazine

      “Behrouz Boochani has written a book which is as powerful as it is poetic and moving. He describes his experience of living in a refugee prison with profound insight and intelligence.” — Queensland Reviewers Collective

      “Boochani has defied and defeated the best efforts of Australian governments to deny asylum seekers a face and a voice. And what a voice: poetic yet unsentimental, acerbic yet compassionate, sorrowful but never self-indulgent, reflective and considered even in anger and despair … It may well stand as one of the most important books published in Australia in two decades, the period of time during which our refugee policies have hardened into shape — and hardened our hearts in the process.” — Saturday Paper

      “An essential historical document.” — Weekend Australian

      “The most important Australian book published in 2018.” — Canberra Times

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      Twenty years after her sharp, seminal first book Sex and the City reshaped the landscape of pop culture and dating with its fly-on-the-wall look at the mating rituals of the Manhattan elite, the trailblazing Candace Bushnell delivers a new book on the highs and lows of sex and dating after fifty.

      Set between the Upper East Side of Manhattan and a country enclave known as The Village, Is There Still Sex in the City? gathers Bushnell’s signature short, sharp, satirical commentaries on the love and dating habits of middle-aged men and women as they continue to navigate the ever-modernizing world of relationships. Throughout, Bushnell documents twenty-first century dating phenomena, such as the “Unintended Cub Situation” in which a sensible older woman suddenly becomes the love interest of a much younger man, the “Mona Lisa” Treatment — a vaginal restorative surgery often recommended to middle-aged women — and what it’s really like to go on Tinder dates as a fifty-something divorcée. Bushnell also updates one of her most celebrated stories from Sex and the City, about “Bicycle Boys,” a breed of New York man who is always trying to bring his bike up to women’s apartments. Once an anomaly, Bushnell charts their new ubiquitousness, in addition to where, and how, to do your own man stalking via bicycle (and whether or not it’s worth it).

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      CANDACE BUSHNELL is the critically acclaimed, internationally bestselling author of Sex and the City, Lipstick Jungle, The Carrie Diaries, One Fifth Avenue, Trading Up, Four Blondes, Summer and the City, and Killing Monica. Sex and the City, published in 1996, was the basis for the HBO hit series and two subsequent blockbuster movies. Both Lipstick Jungle and The Carrie Diaries became popular television series.

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      PRAISE FOR CANDACE BUSHNELL AND IS THERE STILL SEX IN THE CITY?

      “Perhaps no one has better excavated our kinky underpinnings than Candace Bushnell, author of the original ‘Sex and the City’ columns and progenitor of the show that made Manolo a household name. Fifteen years after Carrie Bradshaw sighed her last ‘I couldn't help but wonder,’ Bushnell is back with Is There Still Sex in the City? The protagonist, Candace, is a recently divorced writer who trades her Manhattan life for a cottage in the Hamptons … [Is There Still Sex in the City? is] brimming with the snappy rhetorical questions and taxonomic acronyms that became Bushnell's signature back in the stiletto days … While Carrie was a bright-eyed anthropologist, Candace and her friends are survivalists; even beyond the City, it's a jungle out there.” — Vogue

      “What comes after cosmos and toxic bachelors? Fuelled by chilled rosé, Sex and the City scribe Candace Bushnell is masterfully decoding a new era of single life.” — USA Today

      “From Cosmos to rosé, her current beverage of choice, Bushnell may drink pink. But she knows how to write dark.” — Associated Press

      “The book captures the buoyancy of the writer’s brand … As with the show, there’s a lot to relish. Bushnell’s portrayals of the women in her circle somehow feel both forgiving and clinical, with an anthropologist’s matter-of-factness … Bushnell wrestles smartly with the theme of aging, with how being a ‘fiftysomething’ woman is different from being a ‘thirtysomething’ woman … This Bushnell writes most gracefully about topics that are not sex and dating … The city is big, Bushnell implies, but not endless. The sex never left it. But was sex ever really the point?” — The New Yorker

      “As she did in her bestselling Sex in the City, Bushnell examines her own and her friends’ experiences with dry wit, delivering sharp social observations about the trials and piquant pleasures of looking for love at a certain age.” — People Magazine

      “While [Bushnell] doesn’t bring back Carrie, Miranda, Charlotte, or Samantha, it feels a bit like we’re at brunch with middle-aged versions of those archetypes, and they’re still talking about love and sex because, well, of course. The book, part memoir, part fiction, is a guide to the Ides of Fifty … Much like in the original SATC, Bushnell and her friends experience every romantic possibility so we don’t have to … Bushnell also touches on poignant aspects of what she calls ‘middle-aged madness’: the death of a parent, the isolation of divorce, the ache of realizing that even the most gorgeous among us will eventually become invisible.” — Time Magazine

      “Before Carrie Bradshaw was written into existence, there was a sexy blonde scribe pounding Manhattan’s pavement in search of love —or its lustiest approximation — armed with nothing but a Cosmo, a computer, and couture. We are of course talking about Candace Bushnell, the original Carrie, whose New York Observer column-turned-book Sex and the City became arguably one of the most era-defining television series in history. Over twenty years later, Candace’s new book, Is There Still Sex in the City? (also in development as a TV series) delivers a new set of hilarious and heartbreaking truths to its audience — this time about divorce and dating after fifty in a Tinder-hindered world. You won’t get Carrie, Miranda, Charlotte, and Samantha 2.0 in this version (sorry, diehards), but with Bushnell’s Botox-needle-sharp observations and an equally engaging crew of girlfriends, you’ll be too glued to your Kindle to care.” — Greenwich Magazine

      “Sometimes it can be fun to wonder what became of our fictional heroines … what of Carrie Bradshaw? After she bagged her Mr. Big, did she list her $40,000 shoe collection on eBay, move to the suburbs, have a bunch of kids, and grow old gracefully? Or did Carrie find herself in her fifties child-free, single again, and wondering how to get back in the game, only to have her gynecologist recommend a Mona Lisa laser treatment because ‘your vagina is not flexible enough’? Ugh. Such are the humiliations awaiting the female in middle age. That you-gotta-laugh-or-you-cry place is where Candace Bushnell, with her usual sparkling candor, begins Is There Still Sex in the City?.” — New York Times

      “Bushnell’s literary penchant for what keeps us intrigued never disappoints.” — Hamptons Magazine

      “Bushnell’s voice is as knowing and sharp as ever … As with SATC’s ‘toxic bachelors’ and ‘modelizers,’ there’s a new taxonomy: ‘Cubbing,’ the pursuit of older women by younger men; or ‘MAM,’ for middle-aged madness, a late-onset midlife crisis for women. She also updates a chapter on ‘bicycle boys’ — then, the charmingly rumpled literary types on vintage bikes, now wealthy guys in Lycra.” — Washington Post

      “It’s hard out there for a cougar. But for Sex and the City author Candace Bushnell, it’s exactly the age when women need her the most. Her latest book addresses … women in their fifties and sixties who suddenly find themselves dating again. As with its predecessor, there is no shortage of catchphrase-worthy sentiments.” — Entertainment Weekly

      “Bittersweet, amusing, and well observed.” — Guardian

      “Sometimes funny, sometimes silly, sometimes quite sad — i.e., an accurate portrait of life in one’s fifties.” — Kirkus Reviews

      “The effervescent Bushnell still has the ability to make readers laugh with her casually dry one-liners.” — Bookpage

      “Bushnell’s voice is as knowing and sharp as ever.” — New Hampshire Union Leader

      “Narrated in the smart, sassy voice that legions of fans came to love during the six-year run of the show in the late 1990s and early 2000s.” — Toronto.com

      PRAISE FOR CANDACE BUSHNELL AND SEX AND THE CITY

      “Bushnell [is] the modern flame carrier of an established literary tradition: that of American (usually New York) women writers depicting the rigid social and slackening sexual rules of a very particular American (and, again, usually New York) set through a mix of close personal knowledge and fiction. Edith Wharton, Dorothy Parker and Mary McCarthy can all be cited, in varying degrees, as Bushnell’s predecessors, with a bit of Elaine Dundy thrown in … Compared with the hugely popular television series, the book is tough, unapologetic, and jittery with anxiety … hilarious, hard-edged, delightful, harsh, elegant and fun.” — Guardian

      “The book that sparked a cultural phenomenon.” — Oprah

      “I did not move to New York because I watched Sex and the City. I moved to New York because I read it … [It is] dark and cynical and weird … Everyone is mean, and selfish, and complicated, and many of them are not rich, and most of them have wardrobes that go unmentioned … All are reported with Bushnell’s savvy reporter’s eye.” — Garage Vice

      “Fascinating … Hilarious.” — Los Angeles Times

      “Sly … Sharp.” — People

      “A breath of fresh air…. A forceful display of the merits of the journalistic approach to sexual relations … a realism that rivals Tom Wolfe’s Bonfire of the Vanities.” — Wall Street Journal

      PRAISE FOR CANDACE BUSHNELL AND THE CARRIE DIARIES

      “If ever a book resounded with positive messages for young people, it’s this one.” — USA Today

      “An enjoyable romp of a read.” — Entertainment Weekly

      “An addictive, ingenious origin story.” — Los Angeles Times

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    Power Shift The Longest Revolution Sally Armstrong Canada
    9781487006792 Paperback SOCIAL SCIENCE / Feminism & Feminist Theory Publication Date:September 17, 2019
    $19.95 CAD 5 x 8 x 0.7 in | 320 gr | 304 pages Carton Quantity:44 House of Anansi Press
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      Bestselling author, journalist, and human rights activist Sally Armstrong argues that humankind requires the equal status of women and girls.

      The facts are indisputable. When women get even a bit of education, the whole of society improves. When they get a bit of healthcare, everyone lives longer. In many ways, it has never been a better time to be a woman: a fundamental shift has been occurring. Yet from Toronto to Timbuktu the promise of equality still eludes half the world’s population.

      In her 2019 CBC Massey Lectures, award-winning author, journalist, and human rights activist Sally Armstrong illustrates how the status of the female half of humanity is crucial to our collective surviving and thriving. Drawing on anthropology, social science, literature, politics, and economics, she examines the many beginnings of the role of women in society, and the evolutionary revisions over millennia in the realms of sex, religion, custom, culture, politics, and economics. What ultimately comes to light is that gender inequality comes at too high a cost to us all.

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      SALLY ARMSTRONG is an award-winning author, journalist, and human rights activist. She is the author of four bestselling books: Ascent of Women: A New Age Is Dawning for Every Mother’s Daughter, The Nine Lives of Charlotte Taylor, Veiled Threat: The Hidden Power of the Women of Afghanistan, and Bitter Roots, Tender Shoots: The Uncertain Fate of Afghanistan’s Women. Armstrong was the first journalist to bring the story of the women of Afghanistan to the world. She has also covered stories in conflict zones from Bosnia and Somalia to Rwanda, Afghanistan, Iraq, South Sudan, Jordan, and Israel. She is a four-time winner of the Amnesty International Canada media award, the recipient of ten honorary doctorate degrees, and an Officer of the Order of Canada. She was born and raised in Montreal, lives in Toronto, and spends the summer in New Brunswick.

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      PRAISE FOR SALLY ARMSTRONG AND POWER SHIFT:

      “This is a far-reaching account of the plight of women and girls throughout history and across continents, often told via the moving personal stories of survivors who have endured sexism’s many atrocities … With her thorough research and undeniable gift for personal storytelling, Armstrong dispels faulty beliefs and damaging myths; lays bare horrific injustices; and illuminates a variety of economic, political, and cultural truths … An ambitious and thoroughly convincing undertaking.” — Quill & Quire

      PRAISE FOR SALLY ARMSTRONG AND ASCENT OF WOMEN:

      #1 NATIONAL BESTSELLER

      “For every tragic, no-hope-for-humanity-level injustice in Ascent of Women, there’s a corresponding story of triumph.” — Globe and Mail

      “Armstrong writes that women in the Congo, in Senegal, in India, in Pakistan and other countries the world over are questioning their oppression and banding together to make positive change … Armstrong’s stories are difficult to hear, but do contain grains of hope.” — Vancouver Sun

      PRAISE FOR SALLY ARMSTRONG AND VEILED THREAT:

      “Sally Armstrong views Afghanistan through the eyes of its women. Her story [of Dr. Sima Samar] is one of hope and triumph, as are most of the tales in this straightforward, uplifting volume.” — Washington Post

      “Veiled Threat’s strength lies in its empirical portrayal of the injustices and inhumanities visited upon the Afghan people, especially woman and girls … [and] is to be applauded for its emotionally gripping disclosure of suffering and injustice.” — Globe and Mail

      “A brief but brilliant book about the hidden power of the women of Afghanistan … written in blazingly clear language, blessedly free of academic pretensions.” — Winnipeg Free Press

      “Emotionally demanding reading … a passionate portrayal of recent events in Afghanistan from the perspective of a committed, feminist outsider.” — Hamilton Spectator

      “A powerful book that shows how women can change the world.” — Toronto Sun

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    Short History of Progress Fifteenth Anniversary Edition New edition Ronald Wright Canada
    9781487006983 Paperback POLITICAL SCIENCE / Commentary & Opinion Publication Date:September 03, 2019
    $19.95 CAD 5 x 8 x 0.55 in | 260 gr | 232 pages Carton Quantity:54 Canadian Rights: Y House of Anansi Press
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      Now more relevant than ever, Ronald Wright’s #1 national bestseller, A Short History of Progress. The fifteenth anniversary edition includes a new introduction warning of the accelerating patterns of progress and disaster.

      Each time history repeats itself, so it’s said, the price goes up. The twentieth century was a time of runaway growth in human population, consumption, and technology, placing a colossal load on all natural systems, especially earth, air, and water — the very elements of life. The most urgent questions of the twenty-first century are: Where will this growth lead? Can it be consolidated or sustained? And what kind of world is our present bequeathing to our future?

      In his #1 national bestseller A Short History of Progress Ronald Wright argues that our modern predicament is as old as civilization, a 10,000-year experiment we have participated in but seldom controlled. Only by understanding the patterns of triumph and disaster that humanity has repeated around the world since the Stone Age can we recognize the experiment’s inherent dangers, and, with luck and wisdom, shape its outcome. In his new introduction to the fifteenth anniversary edition, Wright looks at the past fifteen years of human innovation — and asks whether we can still get the future right.

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      RONALD WRIGHT is an award-winning historian, essayist, and the author of ten books of fiction and nonfiction published in sixteen languages and more than forty countries. His 2004 CBC Massey Lectures, A Short History of Progress, was a #1 national bestseller, won the Libris Award for Nonfiction Book of the Year, and was the basis for the Martin Scorsese–produced documentary Surviving Progress. His other bestselling nonfiction books include the BC Book Prize–winning history What Is America?; Stolen Continents, which won the Gordon Montador Award; and Among the Maya. His first novel, A Scientific Romance, won the 1997 David Higham Prize for Fiction and was a Globe and Mail, Sunday Times, and New York Times book of the year. Wright contributes criticism to the Times Literary Supplement, the New York Times, the Washington Post, and other publications. He lives in British Columbia.

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      PRAISE FOR RONALD WRIGHT AND A SHORT HISTORY OF PROGRESS

      “I don’t care if you have never read and will never read any kind of book at all, but you must read this one.” — Globe and Mail

      “A compelling work of distilled wisdom … Wright is a pungent phrase-maker and a penetrating thinker. His learning is historical, anthropological and cross-cultural.” — Times Literary Supplement

      “Provocative … Already a bestseller in Canada, Wright is now making his biggest mark since his debut novel (A Scientific Romance, 1997) attracted wide attention… illuminating and disturbing, and expansively documented.” — Kirkus Reviews, STARRED REVIEW

      “In this short, superb essay, Wright succeeds at impressing on his readers how fragile the remarkable experiment we call civilisation really is.” — The Liberal“Wright sifts the findings of archaeology and anthropology with thoughtful grace to build a potent argument.” — Guardian

      “Impressive … for the evidence Wright assembles from his authoritative grasp of history, and for the skill and clarity with which he imparts information. He makes history, ecology, anthropology, and political science easy to read.” — Associated Press

      “Ronald Wright, one of this country’s intellectual treasures … takes his readers on a sweeping educational tour of history and every continent’s previous civilization … This excellent book should be required reading at the White House.” — Quill & Quire

      “An elegant and learned discussion of what the rise and fall of past civilizations predict about our own: nothing good.” — Maclean’s

      “Rarely have I read a book that is so gripping, so immediate and so important to our times. Jared Diamond will be jealous!” — ABC (Australia)

      “A beautiful tract on the plight of humanity and how we always tend to spoil our nest and why we need to learn from that.” —Sydney Sun Herald

      “[Ronald Wright] is an historical philosopher with a profound understanding of other cultures.” — Jan Morris

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