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news | Wednesday June 12, 2024

Taylor Marie Graham Interviewed on Afternoon Drive with Matt Allen

Taylor Marie Graham was interviewed about one of the plays in Cottage Radio & Other Plays, Post Alice, on Afternoon Drive with Matt Allen on CBC Radio! Post Alice with its four protagonists based on Alice Munro characters recently took the stage at the Alice Munro Short Story Festival. Graham discusses Munro as an inspiration, rural feminist identities, and more.

Listen to the episode here.

news | Monday June 10, 2024

the berry takes the shape of the bloom Reviewed

The cover story of the latest edition of BC Bookworld is a review by Heidi Greco of the new poetry collection the berry takes the shape of the bloom by andrea bennett!

Read the complete review on page 7 here.

news | Wednesday June 5, 2024

Indigenous History Month Is Here!

June is Indigenous History Month! If you’re looking for book recommendations by Indigenous authors, here are a few recent powerhouse titles from across genres to add to your to-be-read pile.

Eight years in the making, Lha yudit’ih We Always Find A Way: Bringing the Tŝilhqot’in Title Case Home by Lorraine Weir with Chief Roger William is a community oral history of Tsilhqot’in Nation v. British Columbia, the first case in Canada to result in a declaration of Aboriginal Rights and Title to a specific piece of land. Told from the perspective of the Plaintiff, Chief Roger William, joined by fifty Xeni Gwet’ins, Tŝilhqot’ins, and allies, this book encompasses ancient stories of creation, modern stories of genocide through smallpox and residential school, and stories of resistance.

An excerpt from Lha yudit’ih We Always Find a Way:

“By the time we found out that they were doing a bridge expansion at Henry’s Crossing so the big logging trucks could cross the river and go into Tachelach’ed and the Trapline, they’d taken the deck of the old bridge off. My older stepbrother, Gene Cooper, was on Council at that time, and we were both at the Tŝilhqot’in National Government office on May 6, 1992. We found out about the bridge when one of the operators at Henry’s Crossing messaged us at TNG about what was happening. They wanted to get heavy equipment like logging trucks over, and they needed to replace the centre beam of the bridge to do that. It’s amazing that they removed it without telling us. …So we said we were gonna roadblock. Like it or not, we’re gonna go, we’re gonna move to Henry’s Crossing and roadblock.”

Pick up a copy of Lha yudit’ih We Always Find A Way: Bringing the Tŝilhqot’in Title Case Home here.

A Family of Dreamers by Samantha Nock is an incredible debut. Longlisted for the 2024 Pat Lowther Memorial Award and a finalist for the 2024 Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize, A Family of Dreamers is an instantly memorable love letter to northern cuzzins, dive bars, and growing up.

An excerpt from “counting teeth”:

“i have tangled my fingers
in the hair of others
searching for signs of life.

i have followed capillaries
on the backs of arms
like a map.

this skin is where i call home,
but this skin has been loved
and unloved
into oblivion.”

Order your copy of A Family of Dreamers here.

Slow Scrape by Tanya Lukin Linklater is a brilliant collection of poetry that plays with form and draws on documentary poetics, concrete-based installations, event scores, and other texts. Slow Scrape cites memory, Cree and Alutiiq languages, and embodiment as modes of relational being and knowing.

An excerpt from “The Harvest Sturdies”:

“cheap memory foam cushions a cheaper mattress, under goose
down comforter and flannel I’m wrapped composing before I open
my eyes, there’s a woman whose name means to harvest, to provide.

a crimson ribbon skirt to ground, a down coat, tanned moose hide
mitts braided with yarn rest at her sides held at her neck. moose
hide, smoked and tanned, collide with red and white beads. those
hands pluck geese chop wood snare rabbits stoke fires lay spruce
boughs for warmth, the harvest sturdies.

here, I bleach black mould lines on window frames, scrub the septic
tank toilet, wash rewash bathroom countertops, he pine sols the
floors, stacks rugs on deck snow. together we dust scrub bleach to
prepare our home for visitors.”

Get your copy of Slow Scrape here.

A finalist for the 2022 Governor General’s Literary Award for Drama, Inheritance: a pick-the-path experience by Daniel Arnold, Medina Hahn, and Darrell Dennis is an interactive play that gives audiences and readers a role in settling a land dispute between a settler couple and an Indigenous man.

An excerpt from Inheritance: a pick-the-path experience:

ABBEY: No, I was thinking, like … it would be good if we could be
here … alone? (beat) Like, do you have anywhere else you could go?

FRANK: Listen, I understand it freaks you out to have an Indian
around –

NOAH: Hey, / whoa, whoa –

ABBEY: That has nothing to do with … / what I’m –

FRANK: But last I checked this wasn’t your house. It’s your dad’s. And
he said I should stay here, so that’s what I’m gonna do. So you can either
take your money and go back to a hotel yourself, and stop squatting
on my land. Or you can, you know, stay here and we can, like, all be
friends maybe.

Beat.

ABBEY: Your land.

FRANK: If you wanna talk about who should leave, I’d like to talk
about that.”

Pick up a copy of Inheritance: a pick-the-path experience here.

We so proud to have worked on these titles and are grateful for the opportunity to share these tremendous works with you. If you’re looking for even more Indigenous titles, we invite you to explore our Indigenous catalogue here. We hope this month (and all months) is full of excellent Indigenous reads.

news | Tuesday June 4, 2024

An Interview with Elaine Ávila

Aline Bouwman interviewed playwright Elaine Ávila, author of The Ballad of Ginger Goodwin & Kitimat: Two Plays for Workers and Fado: The Saddest Music in the World in the Douglas College blog.

An excerpt from the interview:

“…my work as a playwright has been to investigate why there are so many other voices missing from the theatre. I want to shine a light on stories that people don’t seem to be paying attention to, because they are often the stories most worth hearing.”

Read the complete piece here.

news | Tuesday June 4, 2024

Remembering Barry McKinnon

C.S. Giscombe remembers Barry McKinnon, author of The Centre, In the Millenium and more in the Capilano Review.

An excerpt:

“I came into Prince George for the first time in October 1991, having bicycled up from Vancouver, and Barry McKinnon agreed to meet me in the parking lot of the Downtown Motel. I knew who Barry was because I’d admired his “Pulp Log” excerpt — the poet talking from Sears/Roebuck — in The I’ve been to Prince George almost every year since then, the conversation begun at the Downtowner having simply continued. My 1998 poetry book, Giscome Road, is dedicated to Barry.”

Read the complete piece here.

news | Thursday May 16, 2024

Linda Gaboriau to Receive the Title of Compagne and Compagnon des arts et des lettres du Québec

The incredible and prolific translator and dramaturge Linda Gaboriau is set to receive the title of Compagne and Compagnon des arts et des lettres du Québec during an investiture ceremony on June 10! This honour given by the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec is awarded to those artists whose outstanding work contributes to the development and reputation of Québec arts and literature at home and abroad. Among the more than one hundred works to her name, Gaboriau translated the Lambda Literary Award–winning Tom at the Farm by Michel Marc Bouchard and the Governor General’s Literary Award for Translation–winning Impromptu on Nuns’ Island by Michel Tremblay. Congratulations, Linda!

To learn more about the recipients of this prestigious award, click here.

news | Wednesday May 15, 2024

It's Asian Heritage Month!

May is Asian Heritage Month! To celebrate, we would love to share three amazing new titles written by authors of Asian heritage that will excite, inform, and inspire you.

Fresh from the spring 2024 collection comes the fabulous poetry and photography collection Wet by Leanne Dunic. In Wet, a transient Chinese American model working in Singapore thirsts for the unattainable: fair labour rights, the extinguishing of nearby forest fires, breathable air, healthy habitats for animals, human connection. In photographs and language shot through with empathy and desire, Wet unravels complexities of social stratification, sexual privation, and environmental catastrophe.

An excerpt:

“My cousin told me about Mao’s campaign during the Great Leap
Forward to kill the four pests: flies, rats, mosquitoes, sparrows. The
people banged pots incessantly to prevent sparrows from resting. Soft
stones dropped from the sky.

What other animals fell?

Fifty-five million people. My ancestors.

In this block, poisoned bread is left on the sidewalk for pigeons. For
cats. For dogs. The hungry.”

Pick up your copy of Wet here!

We are honoured to have recently had the opportunity to work on Gaman – Perseverance: Japanese Canadians’ Journey to Justice, the new memoir from community leader and activist Art Miki. Gaman – Perseverance describes the long journey towards resolution for the historic injustice that deprived Japanese Canadians of their basic human rights during and after World War II. This revealing memoir details the intense negotiations that took place in the 1980s between the Government of Canada and the NAJC – negotiations which finally resulted in the historic Japanese Canadian Redress Agreement of September 1988 and the acknowledgment by Prime Minister Brian Mulroney that Canada had wronged its own citizens.

An excerpt:

“For every Japanese Canadian who had experienced the wartime trauma of forced removal, internment, and the deprival of their basic rights, September 22, 1988, was a day to remember. … We were taken by taxis from Hull to the visitors’ gallery in the Parliament Buildings for the announcement scheduled at 11:00 a.m. Other Japanese Canadians from various cities who were aware of this momentous occasion met us to join in the celebration. We took our places in the gallery as we waited for the prime minister’s appearance.”

Order your copy of Gaman – Perseverance here!

Finally, a new play will be hitting the shelves near you very soon! we the same is a remarkable new play by Sangeeta Wylie. Inspired by a true story, we the same opens in 1979 Việt Nam, where six children and a mother become separated from their father and husband as they flee their homeland by boat. Against all odds, they survive pirate attacks, typhoons, and starvation, ending up shipwrecked on a desert island. Thirty-five years pass, and the mother at last shares heartfelt secrets and an unbelievable story with her daughter … allowing the past to be escorted into the present.

An excerpt:

BẢO: Mm-hmm. The Mekong has nine rivers, named for dragons. One
of Việt Nam’s ancient kings was named Lạc Long Quân. Lạc Long
ruled over the land near the sea. He wanted to live underwater, so he
turned into a dragon. When his people needed their king, they would
call upon him and he would come back to the land.

Lạc Long fell in love with a beautiful mountain fairy named Âu Cơ.
They married, and she gave birth to a pouch filled with one hundred
eggs. After seven days, each egg hatched into a child.

Though Lạc Long and Âu Cơ were deeply in love, they came from
different worlds. Lạc Long missed the sea, and Âu Cơ missed the
mountains. They separated, each taking fifty children, and promised
to help each other when needed. The children became the rulers
of the Hundred Việt, the tribes of Việt Nam, that still exist today.
No matter where you are, Vietnamese always keep this promise to
love and protect one another.

It’s time to rest, children. When you wake up, we’ll be in the Mekong.”

Pre-order your copy of we the same here!

We wish you a month of wonderful reading. Happy Asian Heritage Month!

news | Thursday May 9, 2024

Jigsaw: A Puzzle in Ninety-Three Pieces Reviewed

Rhonda Batchelor reviewed Jigsaw: A Puzzle in Ninety-Three Pieces, the wonderful, witty new work of non-fiction by M.A.C. Farrant in the spring 2024 issue of the Malahat Review.

From the review: “M.A.C. Farrant, an author renowned for her deft humour and keen inquisitive intelligence, has given us an excellent guidebook—to jigsaws and life’s puzzles.”

Copies of the spring 2024 issue of the Malahat Review are available here.

news | Tuesday May 7, 2024

Mona Awad's Montréal Reading List in the New York Times

The Fat Woman Next Door Is Pregnant

Author Mona Awad wrote about Montréal, the city where she grew up, in the New York Times and has put together a recommended reading list of classic Montréal books to read before commencing a visit. Among Awad’s list of excellent, quintessential titles is The Fat Woman Next Door Is Pregnant by Michel Tremblay and translated into English by Sheila Fischman, a novel set in working-class Le Plateau Mont Royal in the 40s.

Check out Awad’s complete list of suggested titles here.

news | Monday May 6, 2024

Another Order Reviewed in Arc Poetry Magazine

Amanda Earl reviewed the incredible and dynamic Another Order: Selected Works by Judith Copithorne and edited by Eric Schmaltz in issue 103 of ARC Poetry Magazine.

From the review:

“There’s a refreshing candour to Copithorne’s work that invites intimacy and connection … She writes with delight, humour, contemplation, and defiance… Another Order is full of gems.”

Check out the review and the full issue of ARC here.

Featured Books

Cottage Radio & Other Plays
Cottage Radio, White Wedding & Post Alice
By Taylor Marie Graham

262 pages | Drama

$24.95

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we the same
By Sangeeta Wylie

96 pages | Drama

$19.95

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Redbone Coonhound
By Amy Lee Lavoie & Omari Newton

110 pages | Drama

$19.95

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Wet
By Leanne Dunic

133 pages | Poetry

$21.95

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The Boys' Club
The Many Worlds of Male Power
By Martine Delvaux
Translated by Katia Grubisic

208 pages | Non-Fiction

$24.95

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Canoes
By Maylis de Kerangal
Translated by Jessica Moore

112 pages | Fiction

$16.95

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Antigone in Spring
By Nathalie Boisvert

101 pages | Drama

$18.95

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Speaking through the Night
Diary of a Lockdown, March–April 2020
By Wajdi Mouawad

157 pages | Non-Fiction

$24.95

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A Family of Dreamers
By Samantha Nock

98 pages | Poetry

$18.95

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Jigsaw
A Puzzle in Ninety-Three Pieces
By M.A.C. Farrant

157 pages | Non-Fiction

$19.95

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Another Order
Selected Works
By Judith Copithorne
Edited by Eric Schmaltz

341 pages | Poetry

$34.95

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No Town Called We
By Nikki Reimer

93 pages | Poetry

$18.95

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You're Gonna Love This
By Dina Del Bucchia

101 pages | Poetry

$19.95

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Jump Scare
By Daniel Zomparelli

107 pages | Poetry

$19.95

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Gaman – Perseverance
Japanese Canadians’ Journey to Justice
By Art Miki

350 pages | Non-Fiction

$29.95

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