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Be Still the Water

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by Karen Emilson - $24.95 - Add to Cart

Set in 1906 along the unspoiled shores of Lake Manitoba, Be Still the Water brings us into the fold of the Gudmundsson Family—immigrants determined to begin life anew in the Icelandic farming and fishing community of Siglunes. At the heart of the novel is dutiful Asta, the middle daughter who lives in the shadow of her siblings—fiery Signy, headstrong Leifur and sweet, naive Freyja. When Freyja goes missing, Asta embarks on a quest to bring her sister home. She tells the family’s story some seventy years later, while on her deathbed, finally discovering the truth of what happened on those fateful days that set the course for her life and the lives of everyone she loved. Loosely inspired by area events, this is an emotional, slow-burning story of family love and sacrifice, of secrets revealed and promises broken—told in the spirit of the Icelandic Sagas. Karen Emilson has been writing professionally for nearly thirty years. She is the author of the historical novel, "Be Still the Water," the narrative non-fiction bestsellers "Where Children Run" and "When Memories Remain." She can’t sing, dance, draw or play an instrument but lives in awe of those who do. She loves photography and writing about everyday people.

The Bodice Ripper

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by Byron Rempel - $19.95 - Add to Cart

Anna Hill is a McGill assistant professor of Medieval History and Gender on the eve of her 40th birthday. She specializes in the birth of romance. But after devoting decades of study to her subject, she craves an exotic romance of her own. When nobody steps up, she secretly crafts a bodice-ripping Harlequin set in Medieval Spain. But love soon takes on new meanings when a visiting Parisian professor wants to prove to her that romance is history.

The Break

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by Katherena Vermette - $22.95 - Add to Cart

Winner of the 2017 Carol Shields Winnipeg Book Award, Margaret Laurence Award for Fiction, and the McNally Robinson Book of the Year Awards. When Stella, a young Metis mother, looks out her window one evening and spots someone in trouble on the Break -- a barren field on an isolated strip of land outside her house -- she calls the police to alert them to a possible crime. In a series of shifting narratives, people who are connected, both directly and indirectly, with the victim -- police, family, and friends -- tell their personal stories leading up to that fateful night. Lou, a social worker, grapples with the departure of her live-in boyfriend. Cheryl, an artist, mourns the premature death of her sister Rain. Paulina, a single mother, struggles to trust her new partner. Phoenix, a homeless teenager, is released from a youth detention centre. Officer Scott, a Metis policeman, feels caught between two worlds as he patrols the city. Through their various perspectives a larger, more comprehensive story about lives of the residents in Winnipeg's North End is exposed. A powerful intergenerational family saga, The Break showcases Vermette's abundant writing talent and positions her as an exciting new voice in Canadian literature.

Bridge Retakes

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by Angela Lopes - $18.00 - Add to Cart

Bridge Retakes, the debut novel by Angela Lopes, is a whirlwind tale of love and family and the distances that people will (or won't) go to secure what they want.A Bahian man and a Brazilian-Canadian woman meet on an online dating site. They come from very different worlds--geographically, economically, religiously--and yet, their connection is undeniable. When these long-distance lovers run up against their own belief systems and those of their families and communities, it's their desire to build a life anew that keeps them moving forward. But all the while, issues of money, class, gender, and corruption threaten to tear them apart.Praise for Bridge Retakes:"This is the story of Phila + Ze, of Canada + Brazil. And like all great love stories it charts the emotions around desire, all its sweats and confusions. And it does this beautifully. What Phila + Ze = is the plot of this book. And as such, what Bridge Retakes adds to these stories and what makes it distinctive is how these sweats and confusions are shaped by more complicated forces, such as national borders and economic inequalities." --Juliana Spahr

Burning in this Midnight Dream

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by Louise Bernice Haife - $16.95 - Add to Cart

Burning in the Midnight Dream is the latest collection of poems by Louise Bernice Halfe. Many were written in response to the grim tide of emotions, memories, dreams and nightmares that arose in her as the Truth and Reconciliation process unfolded. In heart-wrenching detail, Halfe recalls the damage done to her parents, her family, herself. With fearlessly wrought verse, Halfe describes how the experience of the residential schools continues to haunt those who survive, and how the effects pass like a virus from one generation to the next. She asks us to consider the damage done to children taken from their families, to families mourning their children; damage done to entire communities and to ancient cultures. Halfe's poetic voice soars in this incredibly moving collection as she digs deep to discover the root of her pain. Her images, created from the natural world, reveal the spiritual strength of her culture.


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by Jennifer Still - $20.00 - Add to Cart

It was a long silence that brought me to the erasure poem. Not mine, but my brother's, during his many months in a coma. I came across a notebook of his--a pocket-sized, handwritten field guide of prairie grasses. I read it for companionship, signs of consciousness, attention. I read it for the rhythms of his still and distant hand.... I was reading a taxonomy of grief: silique drifted into soliloquy.Comma is a poetry infused with pause and quaver, inspired by Jennifer Still's collaboration with her ailing brother's hand-written field guide to prairie grasses. Trusting the instability of words, she attends to torn paper, shadings, erasures, and intervals, venturing inside the chrysalis, the breathing tube, and the brittle lexicon of botany to achieve a lyrical foliation of grief. From coma to comma, the held breath sprouts, and hums. Praise for CommaComma is a living, breathing field guide to the unconscious--Still's poems flicker and leap from the page. This collection is an immersive, tactile wonder, a compassionate, steadfast companion: a truly remarkable exploration by a truly remarkable artist. --Christine Fellows, singer/songwriter/poet and author of Burning Daylight


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by Meghan Zahari - $34.00 - Add to Cart

An anthology of art and short stories that document the journey of a woman striving to preserve an authentic version of herself in the midst of clashing expectations and difficult pressures. The book contains Gabrielle Funk's body of work, "Dom Esthetica" and each piece is paired with a story that was written in response to it.Creator: Meghan Zahari Meghan Zahari is a Winnipeg-based writer. She took creative writing courses through the University of Toronto. Most of her writing career has been working as an online freelance writing. In the last year, she has switched to print work and since has had a short story published by At Bay Press and opened her own independent publishing company, Willow Press. Willow Press is a vehicle for her creative projects that don't fit within the traditional publishing route, such as the anthology “Domestic”. She is currently working on her first novel.Art: Gabrielle Funk Gabrielle Funk is a Winnipeg-based visual artist and muralist. She works primarily in two dimensional format using combinations of ink and acrylic to render densely detailed characters imbedded in sparse, abstract environments. Gabrielle creates realist portraits that walk the line between the awkward and graceful, the familiar and foreign. She aims to beckon viewers into a world laced with quiet tension and subtle admission, seeking to find and represent the face of vulnerability and the essence of authenticity using subject matter and symbolism that is as hostile and wild as it is familiar.Contributing Writers Alyssa Spacek, Amanda Donnelly, Jodie Layne, Josh Benoit, Kate Axelrod, Laura Burke, Meghan Zahari, Misty Urban and Van Kunder

Encountering Riel

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by David Orr - $19.95 - Add to Cart

Willie Lorimer is a young poetry student who forgot to resign his commission in the Canadian militia. When he is called up to join the fight against the Métis rebel leader, Louis Riel, Willie is scared, but bolstered by his own naïveté. The journey to the heart of the rebellion is long and full of anguish. When the militia reach the West, things go tragically wrong, and their once-heroic cause is marred by the cynical realities of politics, and the harsh realities of war.

Fall in One Day

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by Craig Terlson - $19.99 - Add to Cart

In the summer of 1973, fifteen-year-old Joe Beck lives in a small Canadian city near the U.S. border where he watches dark-suited politicians lie on TV during something called Watergate. So when his best friend Brian goes missing, Joe has a hard time believing that adults ever tell the truth. Joe learns that Brian left town with his father after Brian's mother ended up in the hospital. He listens to the news reports for information, but nothing is being said. Eventually, Joe launches his own investigation, using a tape recorder—just like the American president—to help sift through the clues. Feeling that everything is up to him, Joe embarks on a perilous and enlightening journey to decipher a mental institution diary full of secrets about a drug called LSD, and uncover the truth about Brian's father and save his best friend. Craig Terlson's fiction has appeared in Carve, Hobart, Smokelong Quarterly, and many other literary journals in the United States, United Kingdom, and South Africa. He is the author of the novels Correction Line, Surf City Acid Drop, and the story collection, Ethical Aspects of Animal Husbandry. With Fall in One Day, he brings his quirky, dark sense of humour and an ear for the dialogue he heard growing up on the Canadian prairies. His prose possesses a cinematic quality and an eye for detail stemming from his years as a professional illustrator for clients across North America.

Follow Me Down

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by Sherri Smith - $34.99 - Add to Cart

Follow Me Downis a rare find--a gutsy, visceral, and beautifully crafted psychological thriller that Diane Chamberlain called "an engrossing page turner [that] will keep you guessing right up to the delicious ending" from talented new author Sherri Smith.Mia Haas has built her life far from the North Dakota town where she grew up, but when she receives word that her twin brother is missing, she is forced to return home. Back to the people she left behind, the person she used to be, and the secrets she thought she'd buried.Once hailed as the golden boy of their town, and now a popular high school teacher, Lucas Haas disappears the same day the body of one of his students is pulled from the river. Trying to wrap her head around the rumors of Lucas's affair with the teen, and unable to reconcile the media's portrayal of Lucas as a murderer with her own memories of him, Mia is desperate to find another suspect.All the while, she wonders: If he's innocent, why did he run?As Mia reevaluates their difficult, shared history and launches her own investigation into the grisly murder, she uncovers secrets that could exonerate Lucas--or seal his fate. In a small town where everyone's lives are intertwined, Mia must confront her own demons if she wants to get out alive.

Fossil Light

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by Erling Friis-bastaad - $23.95 - Add to Cart

“Erling Friis-Baastad’s remarkable poems… become prayer-like in their transcendence of hard conditions.” ~ Charles Lillard, Victoria Times-Colonist In his impressive new collection Fossil Light, Erling Friis-Baastad continues to explore and find language for not only the northern Canadian landscape —both human and other-than-human—but also our moment in cosmic history. He extends his gaze to undertake an attentive traverse of deep space and deep time. These taut, intense poems are the words of a poet determined to relocate our place in the cosmos during an age of immense dislocation. “With an exile’s voice, Erling Friis-Baastad calls forth the mythology lost in each of us. From northern forest, to Andalusian desert, out across conjectured galaxies, these poems tune to their environment, then startle themselves new. From an essential northern poet, the magnesium light of these poems will bear us out.” ~ Michael Eden Reynolds author of Slant Room “Erling Friis-Baastad’s latest collection carries us from the hot core of our own heart to the edge of the solar system and beyond. It is a journey of human faith and fear, of being lured by rumours of ‘angel sightings’ in the far north—the poet’s home for so long—and the ‘languid demon’ of the south. With exact and beautiful language, Friis-Baastad has traced the evolution of the human spirit. Reading Fossil Light is exhilarating and terrifying, like riding a meteorite.” ~ Joanna Lilley author of The Fleece Era and The Birthday Books Friis-Baastad’s previous poetry collections include The Exile House,Wood Spoken: New and Selected Poems and The Ash Lad. A long-time resident of the Yukon Territory, he now lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Grandmother, Laughing

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by Armin Wiebe - $19.00 - Add to Cart

Until she met Obrum Kehler, serious Sarah Sudermann had never laughed. Her mother said she always reached for the black things first. As a young girl, she was haunted by a vision of her grandmother bolt upright in her black trough coffin, laughing so hard her bonnet slipped off to the side and hung from one ear. But then Obrum looked at her with his Robin's egg eyes and red paint on his nose. And then there was the lawnswing . . . and the piano. Not practical. Not necessary. Especially for a young couple struggling through the Great Depression. When Beethoven Blatz enters to tune their piano everything is in place for the Kehler family to make great music together.Full of love, longing, and tenderness, Grandmother Laughing is a story about unconventional families and the lengths we will go to find fulfillment for ourselves and the ones we cherish.

Love This Saskatchewan

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by John Perret - $39.95 - Add to Cart

Master Photographer John Perret Launches “Love This Saskatchewan”– a major retrospect of his finest photography of unique places and once in a lifetime chance happenings while on the land. 14 notable Saskatchewan writers, musicians and artists contribute their own visions and write personal remembrances of what Saskatchewan means to them. Perret’s photography takes you to all points rural and natural in the province, from woodlands to grasslands, boreal forests to sand dunes in the north. It touches the heartstrings of the past with mud filled trails glistening in sunset gold, to futuristic blue skies, as much as you can take in, then transform to sparkling indigo heavens painted with the northern lights. He shows us with over 100 photographs the remarkable space we live in and how it continues to be a catalyst for nurturing creativity, the love and respect we have of this land. Love This Saskatchewan, features chapter introductions by: Trevor Herriot, Arthur Slade, Brad Johner, Bill Waiser, Connie Kaldor, Brenda Baker, Monique Martin, Yann Martel, Ken Mitchell, Glen Sorestad, Lloyd Ratzlaff, Dorothy Knowles, Madeleine Dahlem, and Maria Campbell - all prominent Saskatchewan writers, artists, and musicians. John Perret lives in Saskatoon and enjoys living in a city small enough that he can be out in the countryside in a matter of minutes, to view the horizon and open sky. He has had many passions in his life, but by far one of the greatest has been to travel the province and capture the beauty of the land through the lens of his camera. He has a Bachelors of Education from the University of Saskatchewan and a Masters of Photographic Arts from the Professional Photographers of Canada. He has been the recipient of many awards and his photographs have traveled as far as China and Bogotá, Colombia. John has always had ties to the land and he co-owns a quarter section of natural grassland along the North Saskatchewan River. From trips to the north to summers on a farm near Lilac, from berry picking along the back roads to camping in the Nisbet forest, John has come to deeply love and appreciate Saskatchewan.

Midway Radicals & Archi-Poems

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by Ted Landrum - $17.95 - Add to Cart

Midway Radicals & Archi-Poems is a provocative foray into experimental poetry. This work of serious play explores the fertile gaps and overlaps between the architecture of poetry and poetry of architecture. Harmonizing with and against a global carnival of poetic wisdom, the layered voice of the poems does not belong to a single author, genre or discipline, but resonates in the percussive polylogue of a moving chorus, furiously sounding the limits of our curiously made-up world: “Channelling through edgy filters, Ted Landrum, the ringmaster of Midway Radicals & Archi-Poems, parades wisecrackers—from Homer to Hejinian; Aristotle to Silliman; Bök to Berrigan—into an ostranenied, multi-tiered show tent. Landrum’s inventive and recombinant whipcracks make language and meaning torque and tumble, twitch and shout, into a phantasmagoric performance that challenges and delights.” — Steven Ross Smith, author of Emanations: Fluttertongue 6 “Ted Landrum’s debut book, Midway Radicals & Archi-Poems, is a delightful impertinence. Landrum takes sly care with serious philosophical matters & his eclectic humour ‘burbles’ up early & often. I could happily live in the architecture these poems dream.” — Colin Smith, author of Multiple Bippies and 8x8x7 “Like brickworks of a thousand shades, the quirky walls and openings of these poems invite readers in and demand a visceral response. Read them aloud to oneself and others, in rooms small and large, or in the open air. Savour the sounds, the semantic traction, and strange juxtapositions of metaphor. Not easy, but strangely affecting, these poems tantalize and amuse.” - Simon Unwin, architect; author of Analysing Architecture and Doorway

Once More with Feeling

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by Meira Cook - $22.95 - Add to Cart

After twenty years Max Binder is still in love with his fiery wife, Maggie, and is determined to get her the perfect fortieth birthday gift. But Max's singular desire -- to make his wife happy -- leads to an unexpected event that changes the course of his family's life and touches the people who make up their western prairie city.Set over the course of a single year, Once More With Feeling tells the story of a community through intersecting moments and interconnected lives. The colourful citizens who make up this city -- bisected by railway lines and rivers, connected by boulevards and back alleys -- are marked by transformation, upheaval, and loss: the worker at a downtown soup kitchen who recognizes a kindred spirit amongst the homeless; the aging sisters who everywhere see the fleeting ghosts of two missing neighbourhood children; a communal voice of mothers anxious for the future of their children in the discomfiting world they inhabit -- this place of memory, amnesia, longing, and belonging.Featuring a cast of eclectic characters, Once More With Feeling is about a community, about a family, and about the way time makes fond fools of us all. Award-winning author Méira Cook has crafted a novel that is at once funny, poignant, and yes, full of feeling.

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