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The Incomparables

The Incomparables

by Alexandra Leggat
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The Incomparables is the debut novel from the Trillium nominated author of Animal. Lydia Templar is obsessed with fabric, the texture and weight of cloth. Through fabrics, curtains, costumes, she expresses herself in a way she feels incapable of doing in words. For the past ten years she’s apprenticed in the wardrobe department of a small Shakesp …

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Burqa of Skin

Burqa of Skin

by Nelly Arcan, translated by Melissa Bull
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Burqa of Skin is a dense collection of writings from Nelly Arcan, channelling harrowing disenchantment and indignation. From her very first novel, Putain (Seuil, 2001), Arcan shook the literary landscape with her flamboyant lyricism and her preoccupations with such recurring themes as our culture’s vertiginous obsession with youth, and its revers …

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Moss-Haired Girl

Moss-Haired Girl

The Confessions of a Circus Performer
by RH Slansky
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Winner, 3-Day Novel Contest (2013)

Joshua Chapman Green is searching for answers. He is combing through boxes in the attic of his recently deceased mother’s home and uncovering childhood memories, mysterious letters, and perplexing photos of people he does not know. They appear to be circus performers, members of a travelling freak show, or Victor …

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Breakneck

Breakneck

by Nelly Arcan, translated by Jacob Homel
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Rose Dubois and Julie O’Brien find themselves on the roof of a Montreal apartment building on a scorching summer’s day, and from that moment on their fates are intertwined. Worldwide climate change and dramatic shifts in weather patterns foreshadow their predestined suffering.

As is soon revealed, the two women share a submissive love for the sa …

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Mirror on the Floor

Mirror on the Floor

by George Bowering
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Reissued as part of Anvil Press's Lost BC Literature series

Set in Vancouver in the mid-1960s, Mirror on the Floor focuses on one summer in the life of UBC grad student Bob Small and his roommate, George Delsing.

They spend their time carousing the downtown eastside and engaging in conversations with the old-timers—dockworkers, unemployed loggers, …

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Savour

Savour

by Jackie Bateman
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ReLit Long Shortlist, 2015

Savour is the follow-up to Bateman’s award-winning debut novel, Nondescript Rambunctious, and the second book in a trilogy about a dark, suspected serial killer named Oliver. Savour retains the dark threads of sociopathic depravity that ran through the debut novel, but is once again tempered with a tender ray of humanity …

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Hysteric

Hysteric

by Nelly Arcan, translated by Jacob Homel
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ReLit Long Shortlist, 2015

Winner, Type Books Award

In this daring act of self-examination and confession, the late novelist Nelly Arcan explores the tortured end of a love affair. All the wrong signals were there from the start, but still, she could not help falling. More than a portrait of an affair gone wrong, Hysteric is a chronicle of life among …

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The Delusionist

The Delusionist

by Grant Buday
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Kobzar Literary Award, Finalist

Eric Hoffer Award, Shortlist

City of Victoria Book Prize, Finalist

Vancouver, summer 1962. Cyril Andrachuk and Connie Chow are seventeen and in love.

Cyril is the only Canadian-born member of the Andrachuk family, his parents and older brother having survived Stalin’s systematic starving of the Ukraine. His brother’s …

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I'm Not Scared of You or Anything

I'm Not Scared of You or Anything

by Jon Paul Fiorentino, illustrated by Maryanna Hardy
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ReLit Long Shortlist, 2015

Finalist, Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction

Winner, National Magazine Award, Silver Medal for Humour, for the story "It Seems Like Sex is a Weird Thing That Used to Happen to Me," from I'm Not Scared of You or Anything

The characters in I’m not Scared of You or Anything are invigilators, fake martial arts experts, buskers, …

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Savage

Savage

1986-2011
by Nathaniel G. Moore
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Nate’s nervous mother chews gum at warp speed and has a bob that resembles Darth Vader’s helmet. His icy father dabbles part-time in the death trade at a funeral home after working for a decade in the insurance racket. His older sister Holly is always lurking in the shadows or away at school. Nate, a creative, messy, and anxious teen, has chose …

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This Drawn & Quartered Moon

This Drawn & Quartered Moon

by klipschutz
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This Drawn & Quartered Moon makes pre-millennial San Francisco its epicenter, and from there ranges out in time and space. Characters abound. The reader will meet a plagiarist, a Vietnam vet named Othello, a Mafia don, a drug mule en route to jail, Elvis Presley (the poet’s father was his doctor), a “Sculptor of the Lower Fillmore Head Shot,” …

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Atomic Storybook

Atomic Storybook

by Ed Macdonald
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Atomic Storybook is a novel about a young painter named Owen who is regularly abducted by beings he calls “the space pricks.” These otherworldly visitors perform experiments on him, befuddle him with an absurd riddle about the moon, and show him scenes from his previous lives — one as a 12th century English monk; in another he shares the ward …

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Thorazine Beach

Thorazine Beach

by Bradley Harris
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Winner 35th International 3-Day Novel Contest

Jack Minyard is a private eye down on his luck. He’s badly overweight and on the wrong side of sixty. He’s lost his marriage, and maybe a little of his mind, too. After narrowly escaping charges in a statewide fraud and money laundering scandal, Jack has been working private contracts and counting on …

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Stolen

Stolen

by Annette Lapointe
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Finalist, Giller Prize

Winner of 2 Saskatchewan Book Awards (Best First Book; City of Saskatoon Book Award)

Finalist, Saskatchewan Book Award (Book of the Year)

Winner, Canadian Authors’ Association-BookTV Emerging Writer Award

Finalist, Amazon/ Books in Canada First Novel Award

Rowan Friesen has made a career of drug-dealing and small-time thievery …

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Everything Rustles

Everything Rustles

by Jane Silcott
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Finalist, Hubert Evans Non-Fiction Prize (BC Book Prizes)

Winner, CNFC Readers' Choice Award for "Threshold"

In this debut collection of personal essays, Silcott looks at the tangle of midlife, the long look back, the shorter look forward, and the moments right now that shimmer and rustle around her. Here is love, grief, uncertainty, longing, joy, de …

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Some Girls Do

Some Girls Do

by Teresa McWhirter
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In prose that’s as sharp as broken glass and shot through with poetry, Teresa McWhirter unlocks the extraordinary subculture of urban adults in their twenties and early thirties. Most startling of all are the portraits of young women—tough, independent party girls who are strong enough to say “no” to love and smart enough to know why.

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Whitetail Shooting Gallery

Whitetail Shooting Gallery

by Annette Lapointe
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Finalist, ReLit Award

Finalist, McNally Robinson Book of the Year (Manitoba Book Awards)

Finalist, Bisexual Book Award (USA)

Whitetail Shooting Gallery, a new novel from award-winning author and Giller Prize nominee, Annette Lapointe, is set in the outer urban, often desolate, landscape of the Saskatchewan prairie.

Cousins Jennifer and Jason live clo …

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Budge

Budge

by Tom Osborne
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From the author of Dead Man in the Orchestra Pit and Foozlers comes another tale of madcap human folly.

Louella Debra Poule is doing an eighteen-month stint on a weapons charge at a minimum-security institution up the Fraser Valley. Her drug-dealing, sometime-boyfriend Jimmy Flood and his sidekick, Blacky Harbottle, should have taken the rap, but th …

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Afflictions & Departures

Afflictions & Departures

by Madeline Sonik
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Afflictions & Departures is a collection of first-person experiential essays by writer and academic Madeline Sonik. Although Sonik explores some of the salient personal experiences of her young life, the essays in Afflictions & Departures are not traditional memoir. In addition to incidents and feelings recaptured from memory, Sonik seeks out conne …

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The Skeleton Dance

The Skeleton Dance

by Philip Quinn
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The Skeleton Dance takes place on the mean, formerly clean streets of Toronto before the century ticked over into the new millennium. This graphic novel artfully depicts the human casualties and debris piled up around the downtown bank towers. Wiped out in the rush of the thousand-eyed crowd hurrying to beehive office cubicles, and unhinged by the …

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Kaspoit!

Kaspoit!

by Dennis E. Bolen
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Kaspoit! puts speculative illustration to the most profuse series of crimes ever to take place on Canadian soil. Set in the lower mainland of Vancouver, the time is now—criminals are brazen, cops are cynical—and no one is trying to solve the disappearance of dozens of women. Throughout, the novel conveys a savage, dystopian depiction of a nethe …

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The Devil You Know

The Devil You Know

by Jenn Farrell
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The Devil You Know is the follow-up volume to Farrell’s critically acclaimed debut collection, Sugar Bush & Other Stories. These stories deal with sex, love, work, birth, and death in alternately moving, shocking, funny, and at times devastating ways. Whether these characters are facing the death of a parent, bad love choices, the possibility of …

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Knucklehead & Other Stories

Knucklehead & Other Stories

by W. Mark Giles
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Winner of the W.O. Mitchell/City of Calgary Award

A debut collection, these stories are set in the corporeal world of adult endeavour: the mall, the office, the subdivision. It’s these settings that W. Mark Giles exploits—locking his sights on eerily familiar characters, excavating their fears, intimacies, and the dark machinery behind their act …

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Tacones

Tacones

High Heels
by Todd Klinck
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Tacones is a hangout for a subculture of outlaws and rejects-crackhead murderers, transvestite prostitutes, biastogerontophiles, hustler boys, and addicts-all painfully beyond denial, searching for connection, solace, humour, thrills, sex, and the perfect high. A rollicking and caustic romp through the violent and ambivalent world of the Toronto af …

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Toy Gun

Toy Gun

by Dennis E. Bolen
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Toy Gun continues the exploration of character and fate on the streets of Vancouver that began with the novel Stupid Crimes (1992) and continued in Krekshuns (1995). Written in the style of the “hard-boiled” detective thriller, Toy Gun is very much a literary treatment of contemporary life in one of the world’s most densely populated urban ce …

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Monday Night Man

Monday Night Man

by Grant Buday
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Finalist, City of Vancouver Book Award

Monday Night Man is a back alley view of East Vancouver netherworlds. Horst Nunn, Ray Bunce, and Boyle Rupp are a trio of middle-aged, underemployed, intelligent “plungers” striving for redemption through humour and long shots at the track.

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"These stories . . . combine the flavour …

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Valery The Great

Valery The Great

by Elaine McCluskey
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Valery the Great is a crackling, electric collection of dark humour that follows the bizarre and beautiful lives of its protagonists. Sometimes sweet and gentle, sometimes sharply sarcastic, the unique narrative voices in this collection are always powerfully touching.

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"15 Finest Book Covers in Spring Fiction This Year" s …

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Five Little Bitches

Five Little Bitches

by Teresa McWhirter
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Five Little Bitches chronicles the rise and fall of the all-woman band, Wet Leather. Each of the women is plagued by her own unique demons, but their devotion to music and the punk lifestyle keeps them pushing on. As the band progresses, they tour Canadian, American and European towns and cities—and all the alleys, gutters, back stages, vans, hot …

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Who Killed Janet Smith?

Who Killed Janet Smith?

by Ed Starkins
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New Edition as part City of Vancouver’s Legacy Book Project, with foreword by historian Daniel Francis

Who Killed Janet Smith? examines one of the most infamous and still unsolved murder cases in Canadian history: the 1924 murder of twenty-two-year-old Scottish nursemaid Janet Smith. Originally published in 1984, and out of print for over a decade …

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Nondescript Rambunctious

Nondescript Rambunctious

by Jackie Bateman
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Nondescript Rambunctious is a genre-busting thriller with a beating, human heart. More than a simple story of a killer and his victims, the novel takes the reader into the life of a family, the days of a community, and the very real possibility that evil is everywhere—maybe even inside us. Woven through this dark tapestry are the glittering threa …

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The House With the Broken Two

The House With the Broken Two

A Birthmother Remembers
by Myrl Coulter
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Winner, SFU Writer's Studio's First Book Competition (2010)

Winner, Canadian Authors Association Exporting Alberta Award (2011)

Unmarried and pregnant in 1968 Winnipeg, teenager Myrl Coulter found herself at a loss. Unable (and perhaps unwilling) to support her child, Myrl’s parents forced her to give the baby up for adoption. After being sent to a …

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Spat the Dummy

Spat the Dummy

by Ed Macdonald
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Spat Ryan has demons. They haunt him by day and share his drink at night. Raised in Montreal by a bagman for the Irish mob, Spat has fictionalized or ignored chunks of his life too painful to recall. A chance meeting with an old friend of his father’s in a bar on the Main exposes the dark secret they’ve both been harbouring, the secret that has …

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Spaz

Spaz

by Bonnie Bowman
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Best of 2010 Pick, Uptown Magazine

Meet Walter Finch, an ungainly kid who survives his cloying suburban childhood to make it only as far as the local mall, where he rises through the ranks to become manager of a shoe store. Unlike his other childhood friends who either flee suburbia or remain as resigned fixtures, Walter is content with his lot and …

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Ravenna Gets

Ravenna Gets

by Tony Burgess
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Winner, 2011 ReLit Award

From the author of Pontypool Changes Everything, Ravenna Gets is a new collection of “wheeled” stories that continue the author’s exploration of “apocalypse “ction.”

In a single convulsion of homicide, the population of Ravenna tries to erase the population of Collingwood. The innocent, standing in their living ro …

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Animal

Animal

by Alexandra Leggat
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Finalist, Trillium Book Award

The stories in Animal depict people on the brink of major life change. Often at a crossroads they are oblivious to, Leggat's characters seem to be captured in a cinematic slo-mo, teetering on the edge of something unknown, heroically resisting the ever-present pull of Fate. It matters little whether the characters take …

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The Beautiful Dead End

The Beautiful Dead End

by Clint Hutzulak
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Finalist, Books in Canada/Amazon.ca First Novel Award

The Beautiful Dead End is a visceral crime thriller that takes the reader on an existential journey to the “other side” and almost back again. In a bizarre, shadowy interzone populated by disturbing characters, our anti-hero confronts the dark secrets of his past, and comes face to face with …

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Tortoise Boy

Tortoise Boy

A Chamber Play
by Charles Tidler
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Four disparate people confront each other--their memory and their responsibility--at the emergency room of a hospital when brought together by the crisis of a teenager suffering a psychiatric episode.

Tortoise Boy is a “chamber play,” four monologues, or mon-dialogues, if you will. Through these four voices, four instruments--a quartet--these ch …

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Airborne Photo

Airborne Photo

by Clint Burnham
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Drinkin’ rye and water with Grandma. Guns in False Creek. Frat boy homies from the North Delta ghetto. Samuel L. Jackson. Phantom Lord & Metallica. A kid who’s got the hots for his mom…

Hunh?

That’s right. It’s all here in this collection of immediate, lean and visceral short fiction from Clint Burnham.

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"A stack of …

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Accelerated Paces

Accelerated Paces

Travels Across Borders and Other Imaginary Boundaries
by Jim Oaten
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Dodging down back-alleys in bomb-torn Beirut. Wheeling past God and traffic in Mombassa, Kenya. Slipping around the edges of Alzheimer's disease, the Gulf War, and the eternity of CNN.

Set somewhere between here and the heat-death of the universe, Jim Oaten's debut collection serves up random samples of literal and literary truth scooped up at top s …

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Foozlers

Foozlers

by Tom Osborne
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Longlisted for the ReLit Award (2005)

Foozlers is a 24-hour “Odyssey” that runs a juggernaut through the high- and lowlands of Vancouver. Jerry Lowe is the reluctant driver of a getaway car for two sketchy junkies on the make. A pair of cops spend a shift wobbling on the cusp of total breakdown. The groom-to-be in an Indian arranged marriage see …

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What It Feels Like For a Girl

What It Feels Like For a Girl

by Jennica Harper
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What It Feels Like for a Girl is a series of poems following the intense friendship between two teenagers as they explore pop icons, pornography, and the big, strange world of sex. They soon learn just how complicated sexuality is--and how confusing desire can be.

What It Feels Like for a Girl is about many things: the friendships girls have at the …

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Elysium

Elysium

by Pamela Stewart
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Pamela Stewart is a self-described “literary proctologist,” and her writing often looks into places that people generally don—t want to look. The stories in Elysium are about the difficulties of life we all encounter as human beings, the fragility of life—the physical, mental, and spiritual challenges we must try to overcome. They are about …

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Dirtbags

Dirtbags

by Teresa McWhirter
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Longlisted for the ReLit Award

Editor's Pick, Vancouver Sun

Dirtbags is a novel about reckoning—with one's past, one's choices, and one's expectations for the future. Spider is a scrappy kid growing up in rural B.C., and when a tragic event causes her world to implode she heads to Vancouver for solace, distraction, and experience.

We witness a shift …

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Street Stories

Street Stories

100 Years of Homelessness
by Michael Barnholden
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Homelessness is not new to Vancouver. There have been homeless people in Vancouver since it was founded in 1886. As in other major North American cities, until the late '70s and early '80s homelessness in Vancouver followed the economic logic of boom and bust capitalism.

However, since the run-up to the World Exposition of 1986, that logic has no lo …

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The Stone Face

The Stone Face

by Sherry MacDonald
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The year is 1964 and first-time film director Alan Schneider is about to embark on a project combining the talents of Buster Keaton and Samuel Beckett. When Alan visits the home of Keaton to discuss the project, titled simply Film, he discovers the former star engaged in an imaginary card game with the long-deceased Irving G. Thalberg.

It doesn’t …

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Black Rabbit and Other Stories

Black Rabbit and Other Stories

by Salvatore Difalco
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Finalist, ReLit Awards (shortlist)

Black Rabbit & Other Stories is a debut collection of great intensity and versatility. The stories range from the fantastic to the gritty, from urban dystopias to worlds of dreamlike possibility. Even in their frequent explorations of brutality, the author remains honest and true to the motivations of his character …

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Suburban Pornography

Suburban Pornography

by Matthew Firth
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Fiction Pick, Broken Pencil Magazine

Suburban Pornography is contemporary literature, which documents Canadian urban life in a raw and naked manner. The prose is stripped--minimalist, direct, urgent, unflinching. The stories revolve around ordinary characters and problems--people stuck in bad relationships or jobs. Some yearn for something just beyo …

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Sugar Bush & Other Stories

Sugar Bush & Other Stories

by Jenn Farrell
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Longlisted for a ReLit Award (2007)

Alcuin Society Citation for Excellence in Design

The stories in Sugar Bush & Other Stories deal with gender relations, love, and sex in a frank way. Most of the pieces feature female protagonists who navigate their young adult years in some questionable ways. They make some ill-advised choices, which are driven by …

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Dead Man in the Orchestra Pit

Dead Man in the Orchestra Pit

by Tom Osborne
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Longlisted for the ReLit Award

Best Fiction 2006, Ottawa Xpress

Dead Man in the Orchestra Pit is a singularly Canadian novel featuring crime, culture, and sports. Written in the vein of John Kennedy Toole (Confederacy of Dunces) and JP Donleavy, Dead Man in the Orchestra Pit is set in Vancouver during an early 80s Grey Cup weekend. Tourists and sport …

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The Dreamlife of Bridges

The Dreamlife of Bridges

by Robert Strandquist
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The Dreamlife of Bridges is the debut novel from Vancouver writer Robert Strandquist. Leo is a middle-aged, divorced handyman capable of mending almost anything outside of himself. The denial of his son’s death, and his inability to deal with his own pain, has rendered his life fractured and untenable. June is a single mom struggling in the bottl …

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