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ROMANS/SNOWMARE

ROMANS/SNOWMARE

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A homoerotic reinvention of the prairie long poem. Resonating with an equal love of language and experiment, this debut joins the disparate poetic forms of daily collage through the life-poem, and lyric poetry.

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A homoerotic reinvention of the prairie long poem. Resonating with an equal love of language and experiment, this debut joins the disparate poetic forms of daily collage through the life-poem, and lyric poetry. Working within the strictures of the working day, the book embraces a daily collage form to reconcile two contradictory temporalities of the life-poem--the occasional and the durative.

Counterbalancing this is lyric poetry derived from touring with a punk band throughout dozens of countries connected by capital. These poems attempt to preserve the precarity, superficiality and sincerity of this engagement in language, and allude to the social conditions that permits some people (tourists, musicians) free movement at the expense of others.

This is a beautifully intelligent, playful, and meticulously written book, deftly circling the perimeter of the self while drawing the communal inward.

Set-Point

Set-Point

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Unfolding in Montreal's youth culture, this debut explores intellectual parody, mental and physical illness, and the relationship between technology and sex.

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Set-Point is a novel about personal, sexual, and physical identity. In a voice that is at once brutally honest and humorous, the story follows Lucy Frank, a mid-20s aspiring screenwriter living in Montreal who begins work as a digital sex worker, selling data recorded on interactive erotic consoles. She keeps her work separate from her artistic and personal life, until a user threatens to release her identity. Lucy struggles with body image, her mother's illness, and her feelings about her new line of work, while trying to sell a series of scripts parodying Karl Ove Knausgaard's My Struggle series. Segments of the novel take place inside of U:3D, a massive multiplayer online world-building game in which Lucy's project is produced. Unfolding in Montreal's youth culture, this debut explores intellectual parody, mental and physical illness, and the relationship between technology and sex.

The Case of the Vanishing Caterpillar

The Gumboot Kids Nature Mystery series (4 books)

A Gumboot Kids Nature Mystery
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Enter to win a set of the 4 titles from the The Gumboot Kids Nature Mystery series by Tara Hungerfod and Eric Hogan, including 

The Case of the Vanishing CaterpillarThe Case of the Story RockThe Case of the Growing Bird Feeder and The Case of the Wooden Timekeeper.

Book Description

As Scout tends to his garden he notices something is missing -- his caterpillar friend has vanished! But where did she go? Join Scout and Daisy as they search for clues to solve the Case of the Vanishing Caterpillar.

Titles in The Gumboot Kids series:

INTRODUCING THE GUMBOOT KIDS

A celebration of nature, curiosity, discovery and mindfulness!

Adapted from the award-winning TV show The Gumboot Kids comes this outstanding new series of nature mystery books that celebrate the joy and wonder of mindfully exploring the natural world.

Perfect for inquisitive young minds, The Gumboot Kids' nature mysteries feature beloved characters, Scout and Daisy, working through a series of clues in order to crack the case. In each mystery Scout and Daisy affirm their findings with a trip to the library where they verify the evidence they've gathered in nature and solve the mystery before having a mindful moment to reflect on their journey.

With beautifully rendered and painstakingly detailed art, Scout and Daisy's adventures are also a visual feast that will have kids poring over the pages time and time again.

Each book concludes with two pages of field notes on the mystery subject, as well as a nature craft inspired by the mystery, for kids to try at home.

About the Show
Winner of numerous awards and an award finalist for the two most prestigious awards for kid's entertainment -- the Japan Prize (2018) and the Prix Jeunesse International (2018) -- The Gumboot Kids (120 episodes across three time formats) is seen widely across Canada, Australia, South Korea and the United States ... and its viewership is growing. The Gumboot Kids won a Parents' Choice Award, and the show is also approved by the Dove Foundation, a non-profit organization whose mission is to encourage and promote the creation, production, distribution and consumption of wholesome family entertainment.

"The Gumboot Kids is creating a 'new normal' for an entire generation. This pioneering series transports young children into the practice of mindfulness and the magic of nature. The values of gratitude, appreciation and respect will stay with young viewers throughout a lifetime, creating a world we all want to live in."
--Sandra de Castro Buffington, Founding Director, Global Media Center for Social Impact, UCLA

 

Broke City

Broke City

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The final book in Wendy McGrath's Santa Rosa trilogy, follows young Christine as she edges into self-awareness in the now-vanished Edmonton neighbourhood of Santa Rosa.

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Broke City, the final book in Wendy McGrath's Santa Rosa trilogy, follows young Christine as she edges into self-awareness in the now-vanished Edmonton neighbourhood of Santa Rosa.

Budding with creativity that her working-class parents do not understand, Christine questions her parents' fraught relationship, with alcoholism and implicit violence bubbling just under the surface of their marriage. Her insight turns beyond her family to her neighbourhood, nicknamed Packingtown, a community built on meat-packing plants and abattoirs, on death.

Written with tight lyricism, Broke City is a brimming working-class gothic novel that reveals Christine's deepening knowledge of the adult world around her and of her own complicated place in that world.?

Just Pervs

Just Pervs

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Reminiscent of the works of Maggie Nelson, Mary Gaitskill and Chris Kraus, the stories in Just Pervs explore the strange oppression and illumination created by desire, the bewilderment of adolescence, and the barriers to intimacy both discovered within and imposed upon ourselves.

Book Description

Two sex addicts meet and fall in love. A woman catches her husband cheating on her with their dog and escapes to her sister's horse farm. Four friends—fellow pervs—grow up and drift apart, pining for each other in silence until one of them is murdered.

In Jess Taylor's sophomore story collection, contemporary views of female sexuality are subverted, and women are given agency over their desires and bodies. Through these characters, sex is revealed to be many things at once: gross, shameful, exhilarating, hidden or open—and always complicated. Reminiscent of the works of Maggie Nelson, Mary Gaitskill and Chris Kraus, the stories in Just Pervs explore the strange oppression and illumination created by desire, the bewilderment of adolescence, and the barriers to intimacy both discovered within and imposed upon ourselves.

Praise for Jess Taylor:

"It's an exciting thing to behold; one gets the sense of discovering in her authentic, compelling voice a master-in-waiting, like a young Alice Munro." —National Post

"Taylor exhibits remarkable insights into matters of the fickle heart." —Toronto Star
"Taylor is adept at capturing the anxiety-ridden tenor of the current zeitgeist." —The Globe and Mail

 


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