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A Really Good Brown Girl

A Really Good Brown Girl

by Marilyn Dumont, introduction by Lee Maracle
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On the occasion of the press’s 40th anniversary, Brick Books is proud to present the fourth of six new editions of classic books from our back catalogue. This edition of A Really Good Brown Girl features a new Introduction by Lee Maracle, a new Afterword by the author and a new cover and design by the renowned typographer Robert Bringhurst.

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The Vicinity

The Vicinity

by David O'Meara
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Winner of the 2004 Archibald Lampman Award (National Capital Region -- Ottawa) and shortlisted for the 2004 Trillium Book Award for Poetry and the 2004 ReLit Awards

In The Vicinity David O'Meara gives us a new kind of cityscape, one that brings its unseen, and usually unsung, materials to the foreground. Brick, concrete (that "not-so-silver screen / …

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The Burning Alphabet

The Burning Alphabet

by Barry Dempster
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The Burning Alphabet confirms and extends Barry Dempster’s reputation as one of Canada’s most respected poets. Underpinning these poems, as in his previous work, there lies an unswerving dedication to emotional and spiritual honesty, clear-eyed recognitions rendered without pomp. In one section, "Sick Days", he focuses on that "other place" of …

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Letters From A Long Illness With The World

Letters From A Long Illness With The World

The D.H. Lawrence Poems
by Barry Dempster
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Tuning a fine ear to Lawrence’s letters from 1906 until his death in 1930, Barry Dempster’s poems uncover the man within the myth and give voice to Lawrence’s passionate mortality. Dempster’s act is one of imagination and homage, a kind of lyrical readership which traces the life-and-death line in a great writer’s life, with its constant …

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Jaguar Rain

Jaguar Rain

The Margaret Mee Poems
by Jan Conn
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Jaguar Rain is a rare text: at once a book of stand-alone poems and a work of scholarship, with textual notes and bibliography. Written in the voice of Margaret Mee (naturalist, explorer, and painter of flowers in the Amazon between 1956 and 1988), the poems are infused with wonder at a discovered new world of extraordinary richness, which is also …

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Identifying Mavor Moore

Identifying Mavor Moore

A Historical and Literary Study
by Allan Boss
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The enigmatic, obscured figure behind many of the most important moments in building Canada's theatrical and cultural landscape has largely been ignored by history. In this groundbreaking study of his work, Allan Boss re-locates Moore in Canada's cultural history. Moore may be a jack of all trades, but Boss exposes a historical record that seems to …

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Courageous

Courageous

by Michael Healey
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A play in two acts, Healey introduces two sets of characters. In the first, a lawyer and his partner seek a civil ceremony, but are stopped when the officiant won’t perform a homosexual marriage because tenets of his religious beliefs won’t allow it. But tensions only mount when they learn that the officiant himself is openly gay. In the second …

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UBUNTU

UBUNTU

The Cape Town Project
created by Theatrefront
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Two stories run together as both Jabba and his father, Philani, seek to find their footing far from the lives they know. A collective collaboration, Ubuntu is a play in which humanity and cross-cultural barriers are revealed through the play's text and rich imagery. The play is written in beautiful and unique prose, the result of a series of worksh …

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Missing

Missing

by Florence Gibson MacDonald
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Evelyn McMillan has vanished without a trace. Wife and mother of three from a Southern Ontario farming community, her disappearance sparks not only a police investigation, but also the imaginations of the local townsfolk. Detective Carol Seaforth’s inquiries bring her closer to Evelyn’s husband Trevor, but farther away from her own marriage. In …

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The Crackwalker

The Crackwalker

by Judith Thompson
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Teresa is sexy, seductive, and mentally challenged. Worshipped by her boyfriend, she turns tricks at $5, is addicted to Tim Hortons' doughnuts, lies without thinking, and overflows with endless kindness, but she continues to hold on to her limitless innocence. The Crackwalker captures the music, the dialect, and the unpretty realities of the inner …

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So Many Doors

So Many Doors

by Celia McBride
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In a support group for bereaved parents, Shayla, Lyle, Linee, and Jed each fight their personal demons in the search for life after the death of one's child. Set in the vast and remote landscape of Whitehorse, Yukon, playwright Celia McBride plunges into these characters' painful struggle to find a voice for their grief.

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Love Outlandish

Love Outlandish

by Barry Dempster
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A love affair chronicled--from obsession to heartbreak, foolhardiness to faith. In Love Outlandish, Barry Dempster undoes all the clichés that have barnacled our love lives and, with the zest and courage typical of his work, explores their torrents and eddies afresh. As in his previous books, Dempster responds to D.H. Lawrence's plea that we shoul …

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Botero's Beautiful Horses

Botero's Beautiful Horses

by Jan Conn
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“Do we want love / each and every day of our lives?” Jan Conn asks in a poem called “Michoacán.” “You bet your ass,” she answers. The poems of Botero’s Beautiful Horses are charged with otherness, bright with the exhilaration and danger of transformation. Many are descriptions of surrealist canvases, astonishingly kinetic narratives …

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Hard Light

Hard Light

by Michael Crummey
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In Hard Light Michael Crummey retells and reinvents his father’s stories of outport Newfoundland and the Labrador fishery of a half century ago. Speaking through generations of storytellers, he conjures a world of hard toil and heavy weather, shot through with stoicism, grim humour, endurance, and love. This is writing that is supple and charged …

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Power Failure?

Power Failure?

by Richard Starr
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For most of its history, Nova Scotia's leaders have tried to exploit the province's energy resources for jobs, revenue and political reward. For three centuries politicians and other prominent players have clashed over the ownership, control and development of energy resources--coal, electric power, offshore petroleum. This book traces the interpla …

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Rogue in Power

Rogue in Power

Why Stephen Harper is Remaking Canada by Stealth
by Christian Nadeau, translated by Robert Chodos; Eric Hamovitch & Susan Joanis
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Canada has always been known as a good place to live: a tolderant, prosperous, stable country that treats its citizens fairly and protects the weakest in society. Yet during the past seven years, it has started to change into a harder, more mean-spirited place. What is going on?

According to political scientist Christian Nadeau, this transformation …

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Apples

Apples

Recipes from Canada's Best Chefs
by Elaine Elliot & Virginia Lee
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The abundance and variety of the apples grown across Canada inspire professional chefs and home cooks alike. Elaine Elliot and Virginia Lee have collected a delicious array of apple recipes from the best chefs right across the country. There are treats such as Breakfast Bread Pudding (Cobble House Bed & Breakfast, Cobble Hill, BC), Almond Brie wit …

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River at Night, A

River at Night, A

by Paul Zemokhol
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Niagara Flavours

Niagara Flavours

Recipes from Southwest Ontario's Finest Chefs, Second Edition
by Brenda Matthews & Linda Bramble
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This book celebrates the cuisine and the countryside of Niagara and southwestern Ontario. You'll find wonderful recipes, appealing full-colour photographs, and up-to-the-minute profiles of more than 40 fine dining establishments. The Niagara Peninsula and southwestern Ontario grow some of Canada's tastiest fruits and vegetables and produce a wide …

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RE: Reading the Postmodern

RE: Reading the Postmodern

Canadian Literature and Criticism after Modernism
edited by Robert David Stacey
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It would be difficult to exaggerate the worldwide impact of postmodernism on the fields of cultural production and the social sciences over the last quarter century—even if the concept has been understood in various, even contradictory, ways. An interest in postmodernism and postmodernity has been especially strong in Canada, in part thanks to th …

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Stories Subversive

Stories Subversive

Through the Field with Gloves Off: Short Fiction by Nellie L. McClung
by Nellie McClung, edited by Marilyn I. Davis
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First-wave feminist, activist, and social reformer, Nellie McClung ranked as one of the most popular Canadian authors and among the liveliest critics of Canada's male-dominated society. Well ahead of her time, McClung was known as a writer who dared to discuss taboo topics, and for her inimitable humour, which rivals that of Stephen Leacock. This s …

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Translating Canada

Translating Canada

edited by Luise von Flotow & Reingard M. Nischik
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In the last thirty years of the twentieth century, Canadian federal governments offered varying degrees of support for literary and other artistic endeavour. A corollary of this patronage of culture at home was an effort to make the resulting works available for audiences elsewhere in the world. Current developments in the study of translation and …

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Northrop Frye

Northrop Frye

New Directions from Old
edited by David Rampton
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More than fifty years after the publication of Anatomy of Criticism, Northrop Frye remains one of Canada's most influential intellectuals. This reappraisal reasserts the relevance of his work to the study of literature and illuminates its fruitful intersection with a variety of other fields, including film, cultural studies, linguistics, and femini …

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Forest and Other Gleanings

Forest and Other Gleanings

The Fugitive Writings of Catharine Parr Traill
by Catherine Parr Traill, edited by Michael Peterman & Carl Ballstadt
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Forest and other Gleanings reclaims for the contemporary reader a number of stories and sketches written by Catharine Parr Traill after her emigration to Canada in 1832. While most pieces collected here appeared in magazines in Britain, the United States, and Canada, a few have been drawn from archival holdings and make their first appearance here. …

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The Wrong World

The Wrong World

Selected Stories and Essays of Bertram Brooker
by Bertram Brooker, edited by Gregory Betts
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Bertram Brooker won the country's first Governor General's Award for literature in 1936 for his novel Think of the Earth, and his explosive, experimental paintings hang in every major gallery in the country. He was Canada's first multidisciplinary avantgardist, successfully experimenting in literature, visual arts, film, and theatre. Brooker broug …

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The Ivory Thought

The Ivory Thought

Essays on Al Purdy
edited by Gerald Lynch; Shoshannah Ganz & Josephene Kealey
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If one poet can be said to be the Canadian poet, that poet is Al Purdy (1918–2000). Numerous eminent scholars and writers have attested to this pre-eminent status. George Bowering described him as “the world’s most Canadian poet” (1970), while Sam Solecki titled his book-length study of Purdy The Last Canadian Poet (1999). In The Ivory Thou …

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Voyages

Voyages

Short Narratives of Susanna Moodie
by Susanna Moodie, edited by John Thurston
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Susanna Moodie is, of course, best known for her books Roughing It in the Bush and Life in the Clearings, which are largely comprised of short sketches that she had previously published. What is not widely known, however, is that Moodie had a long and prolific literary career in which short sketches and tales were among her favoured genres. This bo …

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Dominant Impressions

Dominant Impressions

Essays on the Canadian Short Story
edited by Gerald Lynch & Angela Arnold Robbeson
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Canadian critics and scholars, along with a growing number from around the world, have long recognized the achievements of Canadian short story writers. However, these critics have tended to view the Canadian short story as a historically recent phenomenon. This reappraisal corrects this mistaken view by exploring the literary and cultural antecede …

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Other Selves

Other Selves

Animals in the Canadian Literary Imagination
edited by Janice Fiamengo
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Other Selves: Animals in the Canadian Literary Imagination begins with the premise, first suggested by Margaret Atwood in The Animals in That Country (1968), that animals have occupied a peculiarly central position in the Canadian imagination. Unlike the longer-settled countries of Europe or the more densely-populated United States, in Canada anima …

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The Canadian Modernists Meet

The Canadian Modernists Meet

edited by Dean Irvine
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The Canadian Modernists Meet is a collection of new critical essays on major and rediscovered Canadian writers of the early to mid-twentieth century. F.R. Scott's well-known poem 'The Canadian Authors Meet' sets the theme for the volume: a revisiting of English Canada's formative movements in modernist poetry, fiction, and drama. As did Scott's poe …

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Les Belles Étrangères

Les Belles Étrangères

Canadians in Paris
by Jane Koustas
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While translation history in Canada is well documented, the history of the translation of Canadian fiction outside the nation remains obscure. Les Belles Étrangères examines the translation of Canadian English-language fiction in France. This book considers the history of this practice, the reasons for the move away from Quebec translators as wel …

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Playing the Inside Out / Le jeu des apparences

Playing the Inside Out / Le jeu des apparences

by David Adams Richards
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Playing the Inside Out is David Adams Richard’s distilled insight on the artist’s struggle for full access to artistic integrity by remaining an outsider to convention. Richards conjures forth his vision of eternal truths commonly held by all mankind, a Miramichi cosmic consciousness that he has been working at all his life. In an entertaining, …

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Fresh & Healthy Cooking for Two

Fresh & Healthy Cooking for Two

Easy Meals for Everyday Life
by Ellie Topp & Marilyn Booth
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This is cooking for two with a unique focus on fresh, often local ingredients. The idea is to create quick, easy to prepare, delicious meals while following the guidelines for healthy eating.

Ellie Topp and Marilyn Booth have developed a wide range of appealing recipes for breakfasts, lunches and dinners.

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  • Start with fresh, often loc …
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How We Almost Gave the Tories the Boot

How We Almost Gave the Tories the Boot

The inside story behind the coalition
by Topp, Brian
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In November 2008 the opposition came very close to replacing Stephen Harper with a new government. It was an astonishing few days for Canadian politics; opposition party leaders came together, announcing a formal coalition of the Liberals and the NDP, while the Bloc offered guaranteed support for the new government in the House of Commons.
This ca …

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Gas Girls

Gas Girls

by Donna-Michelle St. Bernard
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Gigi and Lola live by one motto: love for gas, gas for cash, cash for living, living for love. Living in Zimbabwe's depressed economy, both women live day-by-day, plying their trade with the truck drivers that stop at the border.

Gigi knows the limitations of her trade, while her young protege, Lola, looks for love in every man that comes her way. L …

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Brothel #9

Brothel #9

by Anusree Roy, introduction by Iris Turcott
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A deal has been struck between two men in India—twenty-one hundred rupees in exchange for a young village woman named Rekha. Sent to Calcutta without knowing why, Rekha finds herself in the confines of a brothel with Jamuna, a prostitute and madam, who is resigned to her trade. In these conditions, Rekha must shape her destiny and find inner libe …

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The Clockmaker

The Clockmaker

by Stephen Massicotte
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"WHO ARE YOU?" Monsieur Pierre (the immigration official) poses his usual question, but Heinrich's unusual answer sets in motion a metaphysical rollercoaster. Why would a simple statement of name and profession bring so much attention to an unassuming clockmaker? Maybe because that's two more things than anyone else in this place remembers…? Soon …

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The List

The List

by Jennifer Tremblay, translated by Shelley Tepperman
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She keeps a tight list and doesn't let anything go unchecked, except for one important misplaced item: a favour to her neighbour. With this broken promise, a series of events unfolds that lead to her friend's death. Was the death preventable had the task been completed? A Governor General's Literary Award–winning play, The List is the riveting st …

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It Is Solved By Walking

It Is Solved By Walking

by Catherine Banks
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When Margaret learns of the death of her former husband, she recalls their earliest days together as Ph.D. candidates, beginning a journey through her past. Told through the sensations of Wallace Stevens's poem "Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird," the subject of her uncompleted thesis, Margaret evokes beautiful, ordinary and painful sexual me …

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The Real McCoy

The Real McCoy

by Andrew Moodie
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The story of inventor Elijah McCoy, whose name became a byword for quality, as in "the real McCoy." The play explains why we've never heard of him and reclaims a fascinating man's life from undeserved obscurity.

Elijah McCoy, born in Canada to runaway American slaves, showed so much promise in school that he won a scholarship to study mechanical eng …

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The Romeo Initiative

The Romeo Initiative

by Trina Davies
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Single men are hard to come by in 1970s West Germany. So when Karin Maynard, a government secretary, meets the handsome Markus Richter, a single man who pursues her, she can hardly believe her luck. But with Markus continually away on business, thoughts of infidelity begin to consume Karin. Is her insecurity unwarranted, or is she onto something? B …

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who knew grannie

who knew grannie

a dub aria
by ahdri zhina mandiela
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Four cousins return to Jamaica in remembrance of the woman who raised them all. A lyrically powerful new play in dub by ahdri zhina mandiela.

In this lyrical masterpiece, four cousins reunite in Jamaica to mourn the passing of their grandmother and to celebrate the times they shared together. There's vilma, an up-and-coming politician; kris, a celeb …

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The Mommiad

The Mommiad

by Sky Gilbert
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Poetic and heartfelt, The Mommiad chronicles the relationship between a mother and her son, the ups and downs they shared, and the toll that alcohol and dementia would eventually take on Patricia Tucker Gilbert's life. Intimate and affirming, Sky Gilbert confirms the bond he shared with his mother, both in his own voice and through the voice of his …

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Penny Plain

Penny Plain

by Ronnie Burkett
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Humanity is facing extinction, and Penny Plain, elderly and blind, can only sit and wait for the end. After a heartbreaking farewell from her dog, Geoffrey, who leaves to live as a man, Penny faces the inevitable by herself. But she isn't alone for long as a cast of characters, including a serial killer, a cross-dressing banker, and talking dogs ba …

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The Cure for Everything

The Cure for Everything

by Maja Ardal
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Elsa is a typical fifteen-year-old growing up in the early 1960s. Her world revolves around independence, boys, and being popular at school, despite growing concerns surrounding the Cuban missile crisis. In fact, this is Elsa's opportunity to let loose before the world blows up. Knee-deep in teenage angst, her mission is clear: get drunk for the fi …

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The Mill

The Mill

created by Daryl Cloran, by Matthew MacFadzean; Hannah Moscovitch; Tara Beagan & Damien Atkins
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It's 1854 at the start of Now We Are Brody. The mill is boarded up as the townsfolk attempt to bury a dark shame from their past, but the arrival of a young woman with the deed to the mill threatens to unearth its secret. In The Huron Bride it is 1834 and Hazel Sheehan has braved the perilous journey across the Atlantic to work as a hired hand at h …

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Unruly Penelopes and the Ghosts

Unruly Penelopes and the Ghosts

Narratives of English Canada
edited by Eva Darias-Beautell
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This collection of essays studies the cultural and literary contexts of narrative texts produced in English Canada over the last forty years. It takes as its starting point the nationalist movement of the 1960s and 70s, when the supposed absence or weakness of a national sense became the touchstone for official discourses on the cultural identity …

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East of Berlin

East of Berlin

by Hannah Moscovitch
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Standing outside his father’s study in Paraguay, Rudi is smoking cigarettes, trying to work up the courage to go in. It has been seven years since he stood in that same spot; seven years since he left his family and their history behind him. As a teenager, Rudi discovered that his father was a doctor at Auschwitz. Trying to reconcile his inherite …

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Toronto the Good

Toronto the Good

by Andrew Moodie
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When top Crown attorney Thomas Matthews, a victim of racial profiling himself, is assigned to prosecute the accused against a Left-leaning white attorney, tensions mount and personal politics bubble to the surface. Cutting deep into the lawyers' private lives, their families and foibles are richly portrayed as an integral part of Toronto's shifting …

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A Nanking Winter

A Nanking Winter

by Marjorie Chan
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Marjorie Chan's gripping narrative intertwines the past and the present, transporting the reader between Irene and a small group of unlikely heroes caught in the invasion. Scrambling to create a refuge from the horror, the band's struggle to survive binds them in a promise that will span the ages of time, while Irene struggles to reveal the truth d …

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