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  • What the Soul Doesn’t Want

    What the Soul Doesn’t Want

    In her newest collection, Lorna Crozier describes the passage of time in the way that only she can. Her arresting, edgy poems about aging and grief are surprising and invigorating: a defiant balm. ...

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  • Searching for Petronius Totem

    Searching for Petronius Totem

    Following a dramatic break-up with his long-suffering wife, Jack Vesoovian retreats to a Hamilton rooming house, where he impulsively decides to take to the road to track down his life-long colleag...

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  • Winter Child

    Winter Child

    One late September day, amid the year’s first snowfall, the winter child is born. He does not breathe. His mother watches helplessly until “at last the baby uttered a first tentative croak like a f...

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  • Teardown

    Teardown

    The stories in Teardown seize on instances that, at the outset, appear benign—a woman encountering an old boyfriend on a BC ferry, a father chaperoning his daughter’s class on a field trip, a young...

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  • The Weather Inside

    The Weather Inside

    Avery Gauthier can’t get far enough away from her past: the death of her beloved father, the abuse she suffered as a teen, and the religion that tore her parents apart. A reality-refugee, she’s man...

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  • White Elephant

    White Elephant

    Physician Richard Berringer, his wife, Ann, and their thirteen-year-old son, Torquil, have abandoned their home in Nova Scotia and moved to Sierra Leone, despite warnings that the West African coun...

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  • Perfect World

    Perfect World

    Tom Brackett has created the perfect world for himself: he has a good job, a perpetually supportive wife, two kids, a mini-van, and even a golden retriever. But then, his mental instability causes ...

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  • Middenrammers

    Middenrammers

    Set in the UK in the 1970s, Middenrammers follows the story of young Dr. Brian Davis and his efforts to adjust to his new job in a Yorkshire fishing town. The town’s only hospital permits no contra...

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  • The Mystics of Mile End

    The Mystics of Mile End

    Brother and sister Lev and Samara Meyer live in Montreal’s Mile End—a mashup of hipsters and Hasidic Jews. They have a fairly typical childhood, other than that around the corner Mr. Katz is trying...

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  • Welcome to the Circus

    Welcome to the Circus

    Rhonda Douglas's debut collection dazzles with its daring and dangerous prose. Welcome to the Circus, where every moment is a tight-rope act, precariously balancing on the edge of destruction. In t...

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  • Detachment

    Detachment

    In 2005, Maurice Mierau and his wife, Betsy, travelled to Ukraine to adopt two small boys, age three and five. After weeks of delays while navigating a tangled bureaucracy, they returned to Canada ...

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  • Between Clay and Dust

    Between Clay and Dust

    In an old ruined city, emptied of most of its inhabitants, Ustad Ramzi, a famous wrestler past his prime, and Gohar Jan, a well-known courtesan whose kotha once attracted the wealthy and powerful, ...

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  • Boundary Problems

    Boundary Problems

    In his confident debut, Greg Bechtel offers ten charged stories about the impossible-turned-possible — secrets, paranoia, sex, conspiracies, and magic — as he effortlessly shatters the boundaries b...

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  • One Hour in Paris

    One Hour in Paris

    In this powerful memoir, philosopher Karyn L. Freedman travels back to a Paris night in 1990 when she was twenty-two and, in one violent hour, her life was changed forever by a brutal rape. At once...

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  • The Dilettantes

    The Dilettantes

    Alex Belmont is in his fourth and final year at Simon Fraser University. But instead of looking forward to a bright future, he's wondering what the hell he's going to do with a humanities degree. A...

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  • Are You Ready to be Lucky?

    Are You Ready to be Lucky?

    Meet Roslyn, the plucky divorcée eager for new beginnings. Meet Duncan, the British conman with a penchant for collecting ex-wives. Meet Floyd, the lovable, foul-mouthed contractor who can fix anyo...

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  • Roost

    Roost

    Claudia, single mom of two, pines for her past independent life. Her ex, after all, has moved on to a new wardrobe, new hobbies and—worst of all—new adult friends. But in Claudia's house she's stil...

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  • The Green and Purple Skin of the World

    The Green and Purple Skin of the World

    paulo da costa's stories get under your skin, bruise your consciousness with their exploration of the forces that hold us together, not always benignly, and those that pull us apart. A hunter and c...

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  • Every Wolf's Howl

    Every Wolf's Howl

    This is the story of Barry and Lupus. Barry, an exhausted newspaper owner physically and economically on the ropes, meets Lupus, a wolf-German Shepherd cross, at an animal shelter. Despite a naggin...

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  • The Crimes of Hector Tomas

    The Crimes of Hector Tomas

    Enrique Tomás lives a quiet life with a large, loving family in an unnamed South American country. But Enrique has secrets. When his second eldest son, Hector, and Hector's beloved friend Nadia unc...

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  • People Who Disappear

    People Who Disappear

    People Who Disappear is the haunting debut book of short fiction from one of Canada's brightest literary up-and-comers, Alex Leslie. In polished, poetic prose Leslie intelligently explores the noti...

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  • While the Sun is Above Us

    While the Sun is Above Us

    While The Sun Is Above Us takes readers deep into the extraordinary world of Sudan through the intertwined narratives of two women. In the midst of a bloody civil war, Adut is brutally captured and...

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  • Personals

    Personals

    These are not love poems. These are almost-love poems. Jittery, plaintive, and fresh, Personals is voiced through a startling variety of speakers who continually rev themselves up to the challenge ...

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  • Hold Me Now

    Hold Me Now

    One Friday, Vancouver lawyer Paul Brenner has dinner with his son, Daniel. They talk about work, health, money, and music, and part ways. The following evening, Paul receives the phone call that is...

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  • Not Being on a Boat

    Not Being on a Boat

    Rutledge, an aging, divorced man, has treated himself to a Cruise on the Mariola. The Cruise is not just any cruise. It's the whole shebang. It's around the world. It's a lifestyle change: G & Ts a...

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  • The Reverse Cowgirl

    The Reverse Cowgirl

    Keen, intense, and darkly comic, the short fictions of David Whitton are full of misfits, oddballs, dropouts, klutzes, and loners. You might dress em up, but it's just a matter of moments till they...

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  • A Description of the Blazing World

    A Description of the Blazing World

    After Morgan Wells's wife leaves him, a postcard from France arrives. It is addressed to a Morgan Wellsbut not the Morgan Wells who receives it. Desperate to be led out of his despair, Morgan decid...

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  • Not Anyone's Anything

    Not Anyone's Anything

    Ian Williams's Not Anyones Anything is a trio of trios: three sets of three stories, with three of those stories further divided into thirds. Mathematical, musical, and meticulously crafted, these ...

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  • And Me Among Them

    And Me Among Them

    Ruth grew too fast. As a young girl over seven feet tall, she looms over adults and has a unique birds-eye perspective. She does not just remember but watches her past play out: her ongoing strugg...

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  • Blue Sunflower Startle

    Blue Sunflower Startle

    Yasmin Ladha's experimental and provocative novel weaves story, essay, and poem together in an exquisite exploration of the ways in which one can love a country. Ladha playfully flirts with the id...

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  • Here Is Where We Disembark

    Here Is Where We Disembark

    With her remarkable debut collection, Yukon poet Clea Roberts proffers a perceptive & ecological reading of the Canadian North's past & present. Roberts deftly draws out the moments that comprise a...

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  • The Doctrine of Affections

    The Doctrine of Affections

    A poverty-stricken, nineteenth-century guitar virtuoso navigates the tricky political landscape of Parisian society as he comes out of retirement for one final concert. A sessional instructor compe...

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  • Bitter Medicine

    Bitter Medicine

    In 1976, Ben Martini was diagnosed with schizophrenia. A decade later, his brother Olivier was told he had the same disease. For the past thirty years the Martini family has struggled to comprehend...

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  • Harmonics

    Harmonics

    Jesse Patrick Ferguson brings music and poetry into conversation with each other in this compelling debut collection. Modeled on the fundamental tones and overtones of the harmonic series, poems in...

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  • Pathologies

    Pathologies

    In these fifteen searingly honest personal essays, debut author Susan Olding takes us on an unforgettable journey into the complex heart of being human. Each essay dissects an aspect of Olding's li...

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  • Mother Superior

    Mother Superior

    Mother Superior introduces Saleema Nawaz as a truly bold new voice in fiction. Gorgeous, sensuous prose and edgy, taboo-breaking subject matter combine to create a collection quite unlike anything ...

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  • The Afterlife of Birds

    The Afterlife of Birds

    Henry Jett’s life is slowly going nowhere. His girlfriend recently left, and his job in a local garage is uninspiring, considering that he doesn’t particularly like cars. Henry finds solace in his ...

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  • The Swallows Uncaged

    The Swallows Uncaged

    In The Swallows Uncaged, Elizabeth McLean paints a sweeping yet intimate panorama of Vietnam in the style of a Vietnamese eight-panel screen: eight narratives that each capture a moment in time and...

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