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    Here the Dark David Bergen Canada
    9781771963213 Paperback FICTION / Short Stories Publication Date:March 10, 2020
    $22.95 CAD 5 x 8 x 0.5 in | 270 gr | 224 pages Carton Quantity:48 Canadian Rights: Y Biblioasis
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      SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2020 SCOTIABANK GILLER PRIZE • A NEW YORK TIMES NEW & NOTEWORTHY BOOK • A GLOBE AND MAIL TOP 100 BOOK FOR 2020 • A CBC BEST FICTION BOOK FOR 2020 • "His third appearance on the Giller shortlist ... affirms Bergen among Canada's most powerful writers. His pages light up; all around falls into darkness."—2020 Scotiabank Giller Prize Jury • “David Bergen’s command is breathtaking … His work belongs to the world, and to all time. He is one of our living greats.”—Matthew Thomas, New York Times-bestselling author of We Are Not Ourselves

      From the streets of Danang, Vietnam, where a boy falls in with a young American missionary, to fishermen lost off the islands of Honduras, to the Canadian prairies, where a teenage boy’s infatuation reveals his naiveté and an aging rancher finds himself smitten, the short stories in Here the Dark explore the spaces between doubt and belief, evil and good, obscurity and light. Following men and boys bewildered by their circumstances and swayed by desire, surprised by love and by their capacity for both tenderness and violence, and featuring a novella about a young woman who rejects the laws of her cloistered Mennonite community, Scotiabank Giller Prize-winner David Bergen’s latest deftly renders complex moral ambiguities and asks what it means to be lost—and how we might be found.

      Bio
      David Bergen has published eight novels and a collection of short stories. His work has been nominated for the Governor General’s Literary Award, the Impac Dublin Literary Award, and a Pushcart Prize. He won the Giller Prize for his novel The Time in Between. In 2018 he was given the Writers’ Trust Matt Cohen Award: In Celebration of a Writing Life. His latest novel is Stranger. He lives in Winnipeg.
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      Scotiabank Giller Prize 2020, Short-listed
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      Praise for Here the Dark

      "Sexual loneliness and moral confusion pull at the delicately wrought characters in David Bergen's latest work, a story collection of masterly skill and tension. His third appearance on the Giller shortlist—including the 2005 winner, The Time in Between—affirms Bergen among Canada's most powerful writers. His pages light up; all around falls into darkness."—2020 Scotiabank Giller Prize Jury

      “Striking.”—New York Times Book Review

      “Bergen’s style is taut, devoid of overblown ‘writerly’ prose … He brings to mind Ernest Hemingway … A masterclass in fine writing.”—Toronto Star

      “Gripping … Here the Dark highlight[s] the nuance in every decision; more often than not, no ‘right’ choice is offered. It’s love — not faith — that saves.”—Winnipeg Free Press

      “Bergen’s prose is always tight and clear, but in his novella it takes on an eerie quality; the story is both immediate and dreamlike … Lily never feels less than real. In the hands of a less skilled author, her character—uneducated, religious, sexually frustrated—might fall into trope territory, but Bergen never lets that happen.”—Quill & Quire

      "Lulled by confident and poetic prose, the reader could be fooled into missing the nuance of Bergen’s writing: it lives in the detail, the gesture, the words spoken and how they’re received ... It is a refined stream-of-consciousness, turned cinematically outward, often to nature—human or otherwise. The turns are so carefully done we don’t realize we are on the precipice of action until the ground falls out from under us, opening the stories up, like the crumbling earth, to a new equilibrium ... It is for all the questions, lingering and gathering force, that I will be continuing to pick up this outstanding collection."—Malahat Review

      “A wondrous experience … Because Bergen is such an astute and generous writer he has been able to give Lily the precious gift of a full and rich character and it will be a long time before I forget her.”—Guelph Today

      Praise for David Bergen

      “David Bergen’s command is breathtaking, and Stranger is a work of genius. There is not one sentence out of place in this book, not one missed stitch. This is a novel with the tension of The Road and the moral heft of The Power and the Glory. His work belongs to the world, and to all time. He is one of our living greats.”—Matthew Thomas, New York Times-bestselling author of We Are Not Ourselves

      “The gorgeous lyricism of David Bergen’s latest novel recalls the atmosphere of Hemingway’s The Old Man and the Sea.”—Maclean’s

      Stranger is an engrossing human exploration of displacement and inequality. . . Bergen paints a dire reality that isn’t far off from the current state of affairs in the United States. Stranger feels like a caution, warning of the dangers of continued disunity and the growing rift from inequality.”—Toronto Star

      “Inventive and electrifying. . . Skilled and gutsy. . . Brilliant and utterly convincing. . . [Stranger] reminds us that even in the best-known stories, something unexpected is always lurking, if you go deep enough.”—Globe & Mail

      “David Bergen has written arguably his best novel. . . The book manages the rare feat of being profound and important but at the same time absolutely gripping.”—Quill & Quire

      “At once grand and intimate, Stranger is an epic story with a very human heart.”—Rachel Giese, Chatelaine

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    Against Amazon and Other Essays Jorge Carrión, Peter Bush
    9781771963039 Paperback LITERARY CRITICISM / Books & Reading Publication Date:November 17, 2020
    $22.95 CAD 5.25 x 8.25 x 0.56 in | 290 gr | 224 pages Carton Quantity:48 Canadian Rights: Y Biblioasis
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      A history of bookshops, an autobiography of a reader, a travelogue, a love letter—and, most urgently, a manifesto.

      Picking up where the widely praised Bookshops: A Reader’s History left off, Against Amazon explores the increasing pressures of Amazon and other new technologies on bookshops and libraries. Collecting the author’s essays on these vital social, cultural, and intellectual spaces, as well as his interviews with the writers who love them—including Alberto Manguel, Iain Sinclair, Luigi Amara and Han Kang, among others—Against Amazon is equal parts a history of books and bookshops, an autobiography of a reader, a travelogue, a love letter—and, most urgently, a manifesto against the corrosive pressures of late capitalism.


      Bio

      Jorge Carrión’s Bookshops: A Reader’s History, published by Biblioasis in 2017, was universally acclaimed and has appeared in thirteen languages. He is the author of three novels, including Los muertos, which won the 2011 Festival de Chambéry Prize for best first novel in Spanish. Carrión’s journalism appears in the Spanish-language edition of the New York Times and many other newspapers in Europe and the Americas. He lives in Barcelona, where he is the director of the creative writing program at Pompeu Fabra University.

      Peter Bush's recent translations include Teresa Solana’s The First Prehistoric Serial Killer and Other Stories, his selection of Barcelona Tales, and Quim Monzó’s Why, Why, Why? In press are Josep Pla’s Salt Water and Juan Francisco de Dios Hernández’s Leonardo Balada: A Transatlantic Gaze; in process, Balzac’s The Lily in the Valley and Najat El Hachmi’s Mother of Milk and Honey. He lives in Oxford, UK.

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      Praise for Against Amazon and Other Essays

      “This is just the sort of book that bibliophiles—to say nothing of bibliomaniacs—will enjoy ... A subtle pleasure for lovers of the printed word, even if they order books from the leviathan.”—Kirkus Reviews

      Against Amazon is an optimistic overall take on books, reading and retailing and an attempt to avoid ending up knowing the price of everything and the value of nothing.”—Winnipeg Free Press

      Praise for Jorge Carrión’s Bookshops: A Reader’s History

      “The perfect merging of love of travel and literature.”Buzzfeed

      “[Carrión’s] purpose is to celebrate bookstores. And he does so by wandering the globe in search of those that play—or have played—a special role in the intellectual and social lives of their communities. They become Carrión’s personal mappa mundi.”New York Times

      “‘Every bookshop is a condensed version of the world,’ begins Mr. Carrión’s literary and unabashedly sentimental exploration of bookstores around the globe . . . [Carrion] wanders through volume-laden aisles in Athens, Paris, Bratislava, Budapest, Tangier and Sydney, and invokes many other shops, both open and closed, telling stories about writers, readers and literary circles . . . By the end, you may feel poorly read—but well armed with titles and bookshops to visit on your own.”Wall Street Journal

      “Carrión explores the fine lines between pilgrimage destination, touristy gimmick, and decent bookshop. This is the perfect book for those who feel compelled to visit every bookstore they see.”Publishers Weekly (starred review)

      “Excellent . . . entertaining . . . this quietly intelligent little book speaks volumes.”—Michael Dirda, Washington Post

      “Sublimely entrancing . . . brilliant . . . [Carrión’s] Borgesian book—it can be opened at any point and read forward, or backwards for that matter—is not at all sad. To read is to travel in time and space, and to travel from bookshop to bookshop is an ecstatic experience for Carrión, a joy he conveys page after page.”Maclean’s

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    Unseen Roy Jacobsen, Don Shaw, Don Bartlett
    9781771963190 Paperback FICTION / Literary Publication Date:April 21, 2020
    $22.95 CAD 5.3 x 7.6 x 0.56 in | 320 gr | 272 pages Carton Quantity:48 Canadian Rights: Y Biblioasis
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      Shortlisted for the 2017 International Man Booker Prize • Shortlisted for the 2018 International Dublin Literary Award​ • "Even by his high standards, his magnificent new novel The Unseen is Jacobsen's finest to date, as blunt as it is subtle and is easily among the best books I have ever read."―Eileen Battersby, Irish Times

      Born on the Norwegian island that bears her name, Ingrid Barrøy’s world is circumscribed by storm-scoured rocks and the moods of the sea by which her family lives and dies. But her father dreams of building a quay that will end their isolation, and her mother longs for the island of her youth, and the country faces its own sea change: the advent of a modern world, and all its unpredictability and violence. Brilliantly translated into English by Don Bartlett and Don Shaw, The Unseen is the first book in the Barrøy Chronicles and a moving exploration of family, resilience, and fate.

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      Born in Oslo to a family that came from northern Norway, Roy Jacobsen has twice been nominated for the Nordic Council’s Literary Award. He is the author of more than fifteen novels and is a member of the Norwegian Academy for Language and Literature. In 2009 he was shortlisted for the Dublin Impac Award for his novel The Burnt-Out Town of Miracles. Another novel, Child Wonder, won the Norwegian Booksellers' Prize and was a Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers Selection. The Unseen, the first of a series of novels about Ingrid and her family, was a phenomenal bestseller in Norway and was shortlisted for the 2017 Man Booker International Prize and the 2018 International Dublin Literary Award, selected as a 2020 Indie Next pick in North America, and named a New York Times New and Noteworthy book. White Shadow, the second Barrøy novel, was published in North America by Biblioasis in 2021.

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      Praise for The Unseen

      "Even by his high standards, his magnificent new novel The Unseen is Jacobsen's finest to date, as blunt as it is subtle and is easily among the best books I have ever read."—Irish Times

      "A beautifully crafted novel . . . Quite simply a brilliant piece of work . . . Rendered beautifully into English by Don Bartlett and Don Shaw, The Unseen is a towering achievement that would be a deserved Booker International winner."—New European

      "A profound interrogation of freedom and fate, as well as a fascinating portrait of a vanished time, written in prose as clear and washed clean as the world after a storm.”—The Guardian

      "The subtle translation, with its invented dialect, conveys a timeless, provincial voice . . . The Unseen is a blunt, brilliant book."—Financial Times

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    Aubrey McKee Alex Pugsley Canada
    9781771963114 Paperback FICTION / Coming of Age Publication Date:June 23, 2020
    $22.95 CAD 5.5 x 8.5 x 1 in | 500 gr | 400 pages Carton Quantity:28 Canadian Rights: Y Biblioasis
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      First in a series of five autobiographical novels, Aubrey McKee is a coming-of-age story for the ‘80s generation.

      A novel comprised of connected short stories about a boy coming of age in 1970-80s Halifax, Aubrey McKee is the first in a five-part series of autobiographical novels. The second novel, The Education of Aubrey McKee, concerning the narrator’s arrival in Toronto as a young man, is forthcoming from Biblioasis.
      Bio
      Alex Pugsley is a writer and filmmaker originally from Nova Scotia. He is the co-author of the novel Kay Darling. A winner of multiple awards, including the Journey Prize, his fiction has appeared in Brick, The Walrus, and McSweeney’s, among other publications, and for the last two years in Best Canadian Stories. As a screenwriter or story editor, he’s worked on over 170 episodes of television, writing for performers such as Dan Aykroyd, Mark McKinney, and Michael Cera. Recently he wrote and directed the film Dirty Singles, which was nominated for Best Canadian Feature at the Vancouver International Film Festival and is available now on iTunes.
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      Praise for Aubrey McKee

      Aubrey McKee is no austere, white-walled art gallery of a novel. It’s abundant, highly decorated, and unafraid of extravagance, of stylistic excess ... From ordinary incidents — a childhood acquaintance, marital strife, a wedding — as well as a few extraordinary ones, Aubrey McKee builds a dazzling and complicated world, a childhood in Halifax as a vibrant universe in itself. While Pugsley’s literary performance is an immediate delight, the portrait of the early days of a 'wayward oddity' lingers long after.”—Toronto Star

      “Evoking comparisons in both style and substance to the work of John Irving and Robertson Davies in its assemblage of perceptive, richly detailed character studies ... The life of a Canadian city is revealed with verve and insight.”—Kirkus

      “The mesmerizing, kaleidoscopic Halifax depicted in Aubrey McKee is as enchanted as it is benighted, an adolescent fever-dream. This is a rollicking, strange and unforgettable coming of age novel unlike anything you've ever read.”—Lynn Coady, Scotiabank Giller Prize-winning author of Hellgoing

      “His prose style is among the finest anywhere: humorous, economical, deft without sacrificing accessibility, capable of laying bare the complicated depths, the tenderness, and the strangeness of personal relationships.”—Roo Borson, Griffin Poetry Prize-winning author of Short Journey Upriver Toward Oishida

      “Alex Pugsley’s novel, Aubrey McKee, is a whip-smart portrait of the artist at the end of the twentieth century. Funny and wildly intelligent, it captures a somewhat tragic cohort of young, ambitious Haligonians trying to become themselves, all seen through the eyes of the narrator, a young man of incomplete wisdom. In quicksilver prose, Pugsley shows us a whole generation, some of whom are lost, some found, but all viewed with a profound, comic humanity.”—Michael Redhill, Scotiabank Giller Prize-winning author of Bellevue Square

      “Although many peoples’ stories comprise the whole of Aubrey McKee, the city of Halifax is also a feature character ... the reverence Pugsley provides about Halifax will resonate with anyone thinking about their own hometown, no matter its size or location ... The richly defined personalities in Aubrey McKee are void of pretense or judgment and are, at once, knowable. Like a favourite song, it’s the hook that makes the adventures of Aubrey McKee and those he cares about so memorable.”—Winnipeg Free Press

      “A wonderful book, it absolutely floored me. It's been a very long time since I've read anything like it ... I found Aubrey McKee to be more reminiscent of Dubliners by James Joyce, not only because the sense of place is so strong, but because the narrative in this book is told through interconnected stories.”—Bookin’

      Praise for Alex Pugsley

      “Delightful, funny and real: The authors have managed to uncover the twisted and often hilarious souls of their characters without a hint of pretense or sentimentality.”—Kirkus Reviews

      “Sister-sister, man-man, man-woman relationships are examined with authenticity and readers will experience vicariously these hip, chaotic lives.”—Publishers Weekly

      “With more than a passing resemblance to J. D. Salinger, the authors accomplish something like what he did in Fanny and Zooey: to introduce fully two siblings, older and younger, at critical points in their lives ... When you finish the book, you might find yourself starting it again.”—Los Angeles Reader

      “An intelligent, fresh, witty look at how three twentysomethings live near the end of the 20th century, written in the ironic, sarcastic and sometimes cynical voices that have come to characterize a generation.”—Halifax Chronicle Herald

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    Menno Moto A Journey Across the Americas in Search of My Mennonite Identity Cameron Dueck Canada
    9781771963473 Paperback BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Personal Memoirs Publication Date:April 14, 2020
    $22.95 CAD 5.5 x 8.5 x 0.75 in | 420 gr | 328 pages Carton Quantity:32 Canadian Rights: Y Biblioasis
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      Cameron Dueck takes a motorcycle trip through Manitoba and Latin America in search of isolated enclaves of extreme Mennonites—and himself.

      In the 1920s, the most radical Mennonites—fearing a loss of autonomy—moved from Canada to Latin America, where they built colonies, keeping their doors and minds closed for nearly a century against the rest of the sinful world. They live as if time has stood still, with their clothes, farms and their outlook unchanged for centuries, and this isolation bears dark social consequences. Seeking answers in an eight-month, 45,000 km solo motorcycle journey across the Americas, Cameron Dueck finds reasons to both love and loathe the identity he searched for.
      Bio
      Cameron Dueck uses adventure travel to tell stories about fringe societies. He sailed his yacht through Canada’s Arctic to research his first book and film, The New Northwest Passage, and drove a motorcycle from Canada to Argentina to research this book about Mennonite culture in the Americas. He was previously a journalist at Reuters, South China Morning Post, and the Financial Times. Cameron lives in Hong Kong.
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      PRAISE FOR MENNO MOTO

      “An engrossing account of an unusual adventure, beautifully written and full of much insight about the nature of identity in our ever-changing world, but also the constants that hold us together."—Adam Shoalts, national best-seller author of Beyond the Trees: A Journey Alone Across Canada's Arctic and A History of Canada in 10 Maps

      PRAISE FOR CAMERON DUECK

      The New Northwest Passage nicely captures the joys and pitfalls of an Arctic journey.”—Kenza Moller, Canadian Geographic

      “In the hands of a good writer like Dueck, the story of the trip is engaging and hard to put down.”—Jim Blanchard, The Winnipeg Free Press

      “Dueck presents an important portrait of a people and place in flux.”—David Leonard, Quill & Quire

      "Lots of people dream of quitting the rat-race, buying a boat and sailing away to the Caribbean or the South Pacific. But few do the first two and then embark on a voyage through the Northwest Passage. Hats off to Cameron Dueck: he acted, made good, and now he's written a compelling book about it."—Ken McGoogan, author of The Fatal Passage Quartet

      "The book is an engrossing string of vignettes about life in the real Arctic, not the Arctic of tourism brochures and adventurers' tales. Dueck has a faithful and sympathetic ear for the people of the Arctic and how their lives are changing."—Clive Tesar, World Wildlife Fund

      "Cameron Dueck's account of this journey makes a wonderful read—exciting, amusing, and above all, interesting."—E.C. Pielou, author of A Naturalist's Guide to the Arctic

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    How to Die A Book About Being Alive Ray Robertson Canada
    9781771960946 Paperback PSYCHOLOGY / Grief & Loss Publication Date:January 28, 2020
    $21.95 CAD 5 x 7.5 x 0.5 in | 200 gr | 184 pages Carton Quantity:64 Canadian Rights: Y Biblioasis
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      A radical revaluation of how contemporary society perceives death—and an argument for how it can make us happy.

      “He who would teach men to die would teach them to live,” writes Montaigne in Essais, and in How to Die: A Book on Being Alive, Ray Robertson takes up the challenge. Though contemporary society avoids the subject and often values the mere continuation of existence over its quality, Robertson argues that the active and intentional consideration of death is neither morbid nor frivolous, but instead essential to our ability to fully value life. How to Die is both an absorbing excursion through some of Western literature’s most compelling works on the subject of death as well as an anecdote-driven argument for cultivating a better understanding of death in the belief that, if we do, we’ll know more about what it means to live a meaningful life.


      A radical revaluation of how contemporary society perceives death—and an argument for how it can make us happy.
      A radical revaluation of how contemporary society perceives death—and an argument for how it can make us happy.
      A radical revaluation of how contemporary society perceives death—and an argument for how it can make us happy.
      A radical revaluation of how contemporary society perceives death—and an argument for how it can make us happy.
      Bio

      Ray Robertson is the author of eight novels and three works of non-fiction. His work has been translated into several languages. Born and raised in Chatham, Ontario, he lives in Toronto.

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      Praise for Ray Robertson

      “Robertson is a moral writer and a bitingly intelligent one, a man who writes with penetrating insight of what needs to be written about: beauty, truth and goodness.”—Globe and Mail

      “Sharp-tongued . . . as Robertson ponders family and home as well as ‘what it means to love someone and to lose someone and to have to go on living anyway,’ he presents an intriguing character whose very real troubles are offset by bright flashes of hope.”—Publishers Weekly

      “Clear-eyed . . . Robertson is no stranger to confronting unsavoury truths.”—Steven Beattie

      “Heartfelt, funny, rigorous, practical without ever being preachy . . . a book that feels like a friend.”—Montreal Gazette

      “Sly wit and keen observation . . . an exceptional novel by one of the country’s finest literary voices.”— National Post

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    9781771963398 Paperback POETRY / Canadian Publication Date:April 07, 2020
    $19.95 CAD 5.5 x 8.5 x 0.25 in | 140 gr | 72 pages Carton Quantity:100 Canadian Rights: Y Biblioasis
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      Norm Sibum’s poems are field notes from the end of empire, a satirist’s barbs, verse letters from a poet to his enemies and friends.

      He proceeds with reverent disillusionment (no one and nothing let off the hook), not so much along the streets of Montreal or Washington or Rome as along an irregular tetrameter line, and then another, and then another: waves breaking on a beach; or a poet, in spite of or because of all odds, again embarking. This is not a world in which there is comfort—and yet there is comfort in the rhythms. One must learn to read them aloud (to misquote Chesterton), without ever trusting them.
      Bio
      Born in Oberammergau in 1947, Norm Sibum grew up in Germany, Alaska, Missouri, Utah, and Washington. He has been a Montréaler since 1994. Along with Bruce Serafin, he founded the Vancouver Review in 1989 and published several collections of poetry in Canada and in England with Carcanet Press. His Girls and Handsome Dogs ( Porcupine’s Quill, 2002) won the Quebec Writer’s Federation A.M. Klein Award for Poetry. The Pangborn Defence (Biblioasis, 2008) was short-listed for the same award.
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      PRAISE FOR NORM SIBUM

      “Kinetic and constantly surprising.”—The National Post

      “Sibum’s antidote to middle-class sense of purpose is the meandering life, lingering on the boulevard—a kind of aristocratic rebellion.”—The Puritan

      The Traymore Rooms, a novel at once hugely ambitious and never above an off-colour crack … is going after a ‘Melvillian’ game: the decline and fall of the American Empire, by means of highbrow bedroom farce . . . it comes across with smarts and verve, and it’s no surprise to learn that our narrator’s a poet.”—John Domini, The Brooklyn Rail

      “Sibum’s poems are not everyone’s cup of tea … instead of breathing air they inhale the exhaust of apocalyptic times.”—Books in Canada “The language, the focus on American politics and warfare, the contrarian dialogue with friends … gives way, just often enough, to rage . . . at how the century began.”—Gord Sellar

      “Sibum has a natural gift of meditative narrative, a quite powerful instinctive sense of appropriate form, and a wonderful and diverse eloquence in the old sense of that word.”—Michael Schmidt

      “This semi-epistolary form comes out of a long tradition made fresh in Sibum’s hands by his contemporary diction and topics, and by the undeniable energy, intelligence, and frankness of the poems. The book is a meditative rant, full of fire and play yanked up short by dead-seriousness.”—Western News

      “He creates a very original kind of dialectic between present and past, in which each illuminates and penetrates the other…there is in his approach none of that bright postmodern cynicism that makes everything grist to the solipsistic mill of the present.”—Poetry Nation

      “Dude can write.”—Ed Turner, Biblioklept

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