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by Tim Conley
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The short story form is unambiguously un-dead in this new album of thirty fictions from writer Tim Conley, coming at the reader in a variety of shapes and guises running the gamut from elliptical micro-fictions to tales of the inexplicable.

Steeped in Beckett, Borges and Nabokov, Conley's multiple universes allow for werewolves that excite ridicule …

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Mudflat Dreaming

Mudflat Dreaming

Waterfront Battles and the Squatters Who Fought Them in 1970s Vancouver
by Jean Walton
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Mudflat Dreaming tells the story of two communities on Vancouver's waterfront fringes in the 1970s.

 

 

 

On the North Shore, a counter–cultural village of float houses and shacks on stilts sprouted on the estuarial Maplewood Mudflats. A few miles to the south, on the southern banks of the Fraser River above New Westminster, the long–established …

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9x11

9x11

and other poems like Bird, Nine, x, and Eleven
by Michael Turner
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‘A small room behind a bay window. A single bed, a table and chair, and a sink. I could manage something larger, with more conveniences, but I could never match the view.’

How you view 21st century life depends largely on the view from your place, which depends on where you can afford to live. In this suite of texts and poems written over twent …

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if wants to be the same as is

if wants to be the same as is

Essential Poems of David Bromige
edited by Jack Krick; Bob Perelman & Ron Silliman, by David Bromige, introduction by George Bowering
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Drawn from 22 books of poetry published by David Bromige in his lifetime, if wants to be the same as is chronicles the career of one of contemporary poetry's most distinctive writers. Born in London, England, in 1933, raised in Canada, and a resident for most of his adult life of California, David Bromige is just as difficult to pin down in terms o …

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The Big Note

The Big Note

A Guide to the Recordings of Frank Zappa
by Charles Ulrich
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Based on careful listening to authorized and unauthorized recordings, and drawing on hundreds of interviews, letters, and e-mail interviews with scores of musicians, singers, engineers, artists, copyists, and others who worked with Zappa, The Big Note is the complete guide to the music of Frank Zappa.
The product of more than fifteen …

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Some End / West Broadway

Some End / West Broadway

by George Bowering & George Stanley
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A masterpiece of late style and friendship, this volume combines back to back two powerful new works by old masters, George Bowering and George Stanley.

Stanley's West Broadway is a long poem, composed over the past decade, following on Stanley's other long city poems, "San Francisco's Gone," "Terrace Landscapes," and Vancouver: A Poem. Like those …

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Anarchy Explained to My Father

Anarchy Explained to My Father

by Francis Dupuis-Déri & Thomas Déri
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Translated from the French by John Gilmore.

Anarchy Explained to My Father (first published by Lux Éditeur in 2014 as L'anarchie expliquée à mon père) is a provocative and accessible discussion of the revolutionary mode of thought that rejects all forms of domination and seeks, in the words of Louise Michel, "order through harmony." Francis Dupu …

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Sitting Shiva on Minto Avenue, by Toots

Sitting Shiva on Minto Avenue, by Toots

by Erín Moure
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Sitting Shiva on Minto Avenue, by Toots is the story of a man who had no obituary and no funeral and who would have left no trace if it weren't for the woman he'd called Toots, who took everything she remembered of him and — for seven days — wrote it down.

Erín Moure, a poet who once lived in Vancouver, begins this "work of the imagination" ("m …

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The Receiver

The Receiver

by Sharon Thesen
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The Receiver is Sharon Thesen's thirteenth book, and the first from the three-time Governor-General's Award finalist since Oyama Pink Shale, six years ago.

More formally various than Thesen's recent books, The Receiver includes the short lyrics documenting the poet's witnessing that readers of her work will recognize, as well as various kinds of fou …

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Culture Gap

Culture Gap

Towards a New World in the Yalakom Valley
by Judith Plant
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The time is the early 1980s. Judith Plant and her new partner, Kip, are ready for a change. Inspired by the charismatic Fred Brown, their communications professor at Simon Fraser University, they join a commune in a remote valley near the Yalakom River, deep in BC's Coast Mountains. Culture Gap: Towards a New World in the Yalakom Valley tells the s …

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Maria Mahoi of the Islands

Maria Mahoi of the Islands

by Jean Barman
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Since its original publication in 2004, Maria Mahoi of the Islands has become a classic in its field, and an important document on the history of Indigenous Hawaiians known as Kanakas, who had an early presence across the Pacific Northwest and are now part of the broader Hawaiian diaspora across North America. Born in the mid-1850s on Vancouver Isl …

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The Sacred Herb / The Devil's Weed

The Sacred Herb / The Devil's Weed

by Andrew Struthers
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The Sacred Herb / The Devil's Weed is informative and even enlightening, but above all, it's a hilarious look at a humble plant that has entertained, inspired, and occasionally terrified so many for so long. Andrew Struthers directs his "brilliant madness" towards the ambivalent nature of marijuana, once the target of "reefer madness" hysteria and …

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A Short Sad Book

A Short Sad Book

by George Bowering
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With an Introduction by Erín Moure and an Afterword by George Bowering.

These days, Canada is a heavyweight of world fiction, boasting some of the gaudiest names in the literary firmament, its schools graduating great writers by the frontlist. It's easy to forget that it was not always so. Forty years ago, George Bowering saw a country still strug …

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The News We Deserve

The News We Deserve

The Transformation of Canada's Media Landscape
by Marc Edge, foreword by Vincent Mosco
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The News We Deserve: The Transformation of Canada's Media Landscape documents the most under-reported story in Canadian news: the behind-the-scenes takeovers, mergers, share swaps, regulatory maneuvers, and private ambitions that have reshaped the content and business models of today's print and online newspapers to privilege corporate profits and …

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A perimeter

A perimeter

by rob mclennan
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A new child, a new house, a new neighbourhood: rob mclennan takes the measure of his environment in A perimeter, a collection of shorter and longer pieces from 2010 to 2014. The birth of a child, and the moves that follow in its wake, brings about a defamiliarization of the world, and the poems in A perimeter reflect this newly enhanced awareness. …

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A Series of Dogs

A Series of Dogs

by John Armstrong
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John Armstrong uses his wry wit and vivid prose to evoke a life immeasurably enriched by one best friend after another. He tells boyhood tales of romping along the railroad tracks with Spooky the mutt, touching accounts of Sluggo the Rottweiler befriending sex workers, howl-inducing memories of laying a treasured friend to rest during a rain-and be …

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Piranesi's Figures

Piranesi's Figures

by Hannah Calder
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Piranesi's Figures is a romp through the magnificent psychological ruins of at least two marriages and one attempt at child-rearing, and a gleefully reckless contortion of novelistic conventions, sexual practices, and family dynamics. As in her first novel, More House, Hannah Calder peers into hidden corners and under creaking beds with such relent …

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Clean Sails

Clean Sails

by Gustave Morin
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The 160 pages of Clean Sails were wrested from dozens of typewriters, some of them hand-modified, through countless thousands of hours of typing over the past half-decade, and informed by Gustave Morin's quarter-century of investigation into the (im)possibilities of concrete poetry. Mr. Morin insists Clean Sails is a volume of poetry; others call i …

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Soviet Princeton

Soviet Princeton

Slim Evans and the 1932-33 Miners' Strike
by Jon Bartlett & Rika Ruebsaat
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The winter of 1932-33 saw the small interior town of Princeton, BC divided. Charges of outside agitators and charges by mounted provincial police into picket lines of workers, Ku Klux Klan threats and a beating and cross-burning, the kidnapping of legendary labour organizer Slim Evans who was bundled onto the next train out of town (though he retur …

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Twenty Seven Stings

Twenty Seven Stings

by Julie Emerson, illustrated by Roxanna Bikadoroff
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The World, I Guess

The World, I Guess

by George Bowering
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The World, I Guess is a substantial book, six sections that demonstrate a command of a broad poetic range, a catholic range of interests, and echoes of a lifetime of reading and learning from Pound, Williams, Stanley, and others. The centrepiece is "The Flood," a long, complex, discursive poem whose subject is poesis and whose interest is in the wo …

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Dance Moves of the Near Future

Dance Moves of the Near Future

by Tim Conley
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Tim Conley's prose whipsaws between carefully observed realism and fantastic absurdity to create surreal, compact worlds. Whether they're sketching the familial fallout of a stentorian patriarch or teaching the eponymous dance moves to survivors of the apocalypse ("With the rise of the invertebrates, spinelessness has never been so hip"), these sto …

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Greatly Exaggerated

Greatly Exaggerated

The Myth of the Death of Newspapers
by Marc Edge
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Around the World on Minimum Wage

Around the World on Minimum Wage

by Andrew Struthers
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An exciting travel adventure, as the author explores darkest Scotland, equatorial Africa, remote Tibet, rainsoaked Tofino, and inner Struthers. Victoria film maker and writer Andrew Struthers borrows the language and visual layout of the Victorian travelogue to tell his own tale in Around the World on Minimum Wage. While the stories Struthers regal …

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Loitersack

Loitersack

by Donato Mancini
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"If the loitersacke be gone springing into a taverne, I'll fetch him reeling out." "Loitersack" is 17th century slang for a lay-abed, a lazybones. In his new book, Loitersack, Donato Mancini (You Must Work Harder to Write Poetry of Excellence, Bookthug, 2012) extends his inquiry of Canadian poetry and poetics in the form of a book that contains poe …

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Whose Culture Is It, Anyway?

Whose Culture Is It, Anyway?

Community Engagement in Small Cities
edited by W.F. Garrett-Petts; James Hoffman & Ginny Ratsoy
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Posh Lust

Posh Lust

by Louis Cabri
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Posh Lust is about poetry that is everywhere findable, provided the bits of "everywhere" are words and provided this life is lettered. People study poetry and some read it. Poetry is a pinnacle art — as in "a small ornamental turret" — even when it's a drunk imaginary communist, or just a drunk imaginary. Kitsch makes the serious art of poetry …

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North of California St.

North of California St.

Selected Poems
by George Stanley
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California St. is one of the major thoroughfares in downtown San Francisco, the city where George Stanley was born in 1934, and left at age 37 to move to Vancouver. Associated with the "San Francisco Renaissance" in poetry, moving in circles that included Jack Spicer, Robert Duncan and Robin Blaser, Stanley had won a reputation as an exciting young …

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Seize the Time

Seize the Time

Vancouver Photographed, 1967-1974
photographs by Vladimir Keremidschieff
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A photo portrait of Vancouver's extended "summer of love," Vladimir Keremidschieff's Seize the Time captures an era of profound change in Lotusland. Vlad's infatuation with photography began in 1967 when a friend introduced him to the craft and then left town, taking his 35mm Pentax camera with him — Vlad just had to get one of his own. His bloss …

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Svend Robinson: A Life in Politics

Svend Robinson: A Life in Politics

A Life in Politics
by Graeme Truelove
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Finalist, Roderick Haig-Brown Regional Prize Few politicians have enraged opponents, frustrated colleagues and polarized Canadians like Svend Robinson — but few embraced the causes he did. Over his twenty-five years as a New Democrat MP, Robinson was imprisoned for blocking loggers from clear-cutting in Clayoquot Sound, assaulted by police while …

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Parkway

Parkway

(Hammertown, Part 3)
by Peter Culley
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"Hammertown" is Georges Perec's invention, an imaginary fishing port on Vancouver Island that Peter Culley recognized as the Oulipo writer's vision of what Nanaimo might be like. In Parkway, Culley continues his project of describing Perec's Hammertown from the inside. Deeply musical and infused by Culley's love of rhythm, Parkway is an acute and s …

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Rua da Felicidade

Rua da Felicidade

by Ken Norris
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Rua Da Felicidade is an actual place, a "Street of Happiness" in colonial Macau, where from the 1920s to the 1950s it was said that every desire could be fulfilled — for a price. It is a book written against the appropriative gesture, against the grain of what we too often believe we can possess for a price. Instead, the book turns on the seams o …

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sybil unrest

sybil unrest

by Larissa Lai & Rita Wong
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Rebel Life

Rebel Life

The Life and Times of Robert Gosden, Revolutionary, Mystic, Labour Spy
by Mark Leier
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Extensively revised throughout and including a chapter of new material, Rebel Life chronicles the life of labour organizer, revolutionary, anarchist and labour spy Robert Gosden. Mark Leier's revisions incorporate new information about Gosden's career that has come to light since the first edition was published in 1999. Canada's west coast was rife …

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Mac-Pap

Mac-Pap

Memoir of a Canadian in the Spanish Civil War
by Ronald Liversedge, edited by David Yorke
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Ron Liversedge could hardly wait for the call from the International Brigades. A veteran of the Great War, Canada's Great Depression, and scores of battles for social justice, he wanted to get to Spain to fight against Franco's attack on the young Spanish republic. It was the spring of 1937; Liversedge was nearly 40. The call came on May Day. Liver …

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After Desire

After Desire

by George Stanley
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"Don't gaze into the abyss," George Stanley states in his new book. "Gaze out." And this is what the reader receives from Stanley's eighth book, After Desire: the observations of a poet, and a consciousness, as they arrive together at old age. Not what the poet is thinking — although we get to watch him thinking too — but what he sees and notic …

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Voyage Through the Past Century

Voyage Through the Past Century

by Rolf Knight
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Finalist, Roderick Haig-Brown Regional Prize Though unaffiliated with any institute of higher learning, Rolf Knight has established himself as a writer of significance, and has produced some of the most influential works of history of British Columbia. A Very Ordinary Life, exploring his mother's life as a working-class immigrant to Vancouver, esta …

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Indigena Awry

Indigena Awry

by Annharte
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NDN word warrior Marie Annharte Baker's fourth book of poems, Indigena Awry, is her largest and wildest yet. It collects a decade's worth of verse — fifty-nine poems. Set noticeably in Winnipeg and Vancouver, but in many other places on either side of the Medicine Line as well, the poems are a laser-eyed meander through contested streets filled w …

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Sturgeon Reach

Sturgeon Reach

Shifting Currents At The Heart of the Fraser
by Terry Glavin & Ben Parfitt
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Sturgeon Reach is the name some have given to a stretch of the Fraser River between Hope and Pitt Meadows, where its flow slows, and it deposits the gravel it's been carrying from the province's interior. Its story is one of rocks and stones, from its geological origins, from the mythic beginnings of human settlement, and from the arrival of Simon …

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Gardens Aflame

Gardens Aflame

Garry Oak Meadows of BC's South Coast
by Maleea Acker
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Accustomed to the dark, dripping stands of Douglas-fir, spruce and hemlock that blanketed the Hudson's Bay Company outposts on the remote western coast of the "new World," the first Europeans were surely startled to see the wide-open landscapes of the Garry oak meadows they encountered on Southern Vancouver Island — landscapes that might have rem …

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Words, Words, Words

Words, Words, Words

Essays and Memoirs
by George Bowering
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Words, Words, Words is a wide-ranging collection of literary essays that astonish the reader with their candor, insight, and generosity. Many of them reveal the absurdity that so often underlies our most passionate thoughts, our most cherished moments, even our most disturbing fears and recognitions. They echo everywhere with a kind of cosmic laugh …

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IKMQ

IKMQ

by Roger Farr
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Roger Farr's IKMQ consists of sixty-four brief passages — stories, descriptions, instructions, scenarios, formulae — each involving the characters represented by the letters I, K, M and Q. Various clues, suggested by the rules of grammar and syntax, hint at connections and continuities, and at narrative peaking out from behind the screen of act …

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The Shiva

The Shiva

by Michael Tregebov
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Failures in business and marriage tip poor Mooney into a spell in a psychiatric ward. But he has the great fortune of befriending an Indian seer, one of his pals from the casino where Mooney hangs out, who promises to put Mooney's life back together. Dennis is no ordinary Indian seer. For one thing, he's a rez Indian, from right around Winnipeg, ju …

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Franzlations

Franzlations

The Imaginary Kafka Parables
by Gary Barwin; Hugh Thomas & Craig Conley
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Franzlations takes the parables and aphorisms of Kafka as a starting point, and steps a few places to the left in order to reinvent them. Sometimes this means walking off a cliff and into the empty air. (Don't look down!) Sometimes this means keeping the cage and replacing the bird. For of course, Kafka's writing is a rich source of ideas, play, st …

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Daaku: The Gangster's Life

Daaku: The Gangster's Life

by Ranj Dhaliwal
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Along the No. 20 Line

Along the No. 20 Line

by Rolf Knight
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In Along the No. 20 Line, Rolf Knight takes the reader on a tour through working-class East Vancouver of a century ago. Knight's "through-line" is literally a line: the old No. 20 streetcar route that ran between downtown Vancouver and the present-day neighbourhood of the Pacific National Exhibition. From 1892 to 1949, when it was shut down and rep …

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Stranger on a Strange Island

Stranger on a Strange Island

From Main Street to Mayne Island
by Grant Buday
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In Vancouver, $600 a month gets you half a bachelor suite. On Mayne Island, it gets you a three-bedroom house overlooking the waters of Active Pass, with varied wildlife and lush trees as neighbours. With that in mind, Grant Buday trades in the high-powered city life in Vancouver for the small town eccentricities of Mayne Island. The scenery, howev …

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Mannequin Rising

Mannequin Rising

by Roy Miki
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Mannequin Rising is the fifth book of poetry from Governor-General's Award winner Roy Miki, his first since 2006's There. In Mannequin Rising, Miki describes a world of consumerism, and answers the visual cacaphony of commodities and window displays with a series of poems and photomontages that reflect the uncanny juxtapositioning he sees all aroun …

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Buffet World

Buffet World

by Donato Mancini
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Visually and conceptually dynamic, Buffet World is Donato Mancini's collection of poems about food, trade and life under late-late-night-snack capitalism. Exploring the relationships between industrial food production, eating, culture, and the politics of language, Mancini organises his controlled palette of words and images around metaphors of con …

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Sweet England

Sweet England

by Steve Weiner
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Steve Weiner's harrowing portrayal of post-Thatcher England follows a man of no known origin and unstable personality and his efforts to re-enter society after a long and unexplained absence. The reader sees events through Jack's mostly uncomprehending eyes as he negotiates the margins of a London that resembles the city of memory and story only in …

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