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A selection of recent books by writers from the Canadian Prairies.

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All That Belongs

- by Dora Dueck

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Catherine, an archivist, has spent decades committed to conserving the pasts of others, only to find her own resurfacing on the eve of her retirement. Carefully, she mines the failing memories of her aging mother to revive a mysterious Uncle and relive the tragic downfall of her brother. Catherine remembers, and in the process, discovers darker family secrets, long silenced, and their devastating aftermath. Spanning decades between rural Alberta and Winnipeg, All That Belongs is an elegant examination of our own ephemeral histories, the consequences of religious fanaticism, and the startling familial ties--and shame--that bind us.

Dragons' Myth

- by Cj Embers

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When eighteen-year-old Aura Summers stumbles upon an old, leather-bound tome protected by magic, her curiosity demands she open it without thinking twice. A deadly virus awakens from inside it, infecting her hometown of Karnyn, and this starts Aura on a path paved by fate which leads her to learn that Earth is not the only habitable planet in the universe, and not the one she is destined to save.

A different world is on the verge of collapse, ravaged for thousands of years by evil, betrayal, and death. Nature has withered away, leaving the planet barren and the inhabitants dying of starvation. In order to save this foreign world, Aura must realise what it means to be chosen.

Renascence

- by Cj Embers

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The disastrous ending of the Outcast War has left Aura Summers devastated and losing hope. Trying everything in her power to reverse what happened, she is running out of options when she is given an ultimatum. If she chooses to go through with it, the consequences would be severe and possibly permanent.

Amidst the turmoil from that terrible night, an enemy from the past is rearing its head, threatening everything the dragons of Vermethus have fought so hard to preserve. To ensure the safety of her people and take back her home, Aura must make an unsteady alliance with an unlikely species.

Even That Wildest Hope

- by Seyward Goodhand

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Even That Wildest Hope bursts with vibrant, otherworldly characters--wax girls and gods-among-men, artists on opposite sides of a war, aimless plutocrats and anarchist urchins--who are sometimes wondrous, often grotesque, and always driven by passions and yearnings common to us all. Each story is an untamed territory unto itself: where characters are both victims and predators, the settings are antique and futuristic, and where our intimacies--with friends, lovers, enemies, and even our food--reveal a deeply human desire for beauty and abjection. Stylistic and primordial, Even That Wildest Hope is a chaotic and always satisfying fabulist journey in the baroque tradition of Angela Carter, Carmen Maria Machado, and Ted Chiang.

Glitter and Fall

- by Di Brandt

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Celebrated poet Di Brandt returns with her latest collection of poetry, Glitter and Fall. Inspired by the Dao de Jing, Brandt's responses explore the intersections of east and west, male and female, bringing her prairie sensibilities to the second most translated work in the world. The result is an ecstatic poetic experience that is deeply feminine, celebrating a rich culture filled with woman mystics and Divine beings.

God of Shadows

- by Lorna Crozier

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The celebrated poet hailed by Ursula K. Le Guin as a "storyteller, truth-teller, and visionary" gives us a mesmerizing new collection of poems that are funny, wise, moving, and surprising.

How many gods can dance on the head of Lorna Crozier's pen?

The poet Lorna Crozier has always been brilliant at fusing the ordinary with the other-worldly in strange and surprising ways. Now the Governor General's Literary Award-winning author of Inventing the Hawk returns with God of Shadows, a wryly wise book that offers a polytheistic gallery of the gods we never knew existed and didn't know we needed. To read these poems is to be ready to offer your own prayers to the god of shadows, the god of quirks, and the god of vacant houses. Sing new votive hymns to the gods of horses, birds, cats, rats, and insects. And give thanks at the altars of the gods of doubt, guilt, and forgetting. What life-affirming questions have these deities come to ask? Perhaps it is simply this: How can poems be at once so profound, original and lively, and also so much fun?

Heaven's Guiding Touch

- by Tammy Moyen

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My fascinating journey into Mediumship includes over one hundred spirit readings that provide healing messages for the soul. I'm able to see, hear and feel spirit. In working with energy through the years, I have found that every experience and connection was different in it's own way, just as everyone of us are unique in our own very special way. I hope you enjoy each and everyone of these stories as much as I have enjoyed experiencing them. Inspiring, Informative, Intriguing.........

Hope in Oakland

- by Rebekah Jenkins

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Cora Rood, prominent suffragette and Upper Canada’s first female lawyer, intends to fight for women’s rights in an arena where no woman has been permitted to fight before —Canadian Court.

Before she is sworn in as a barrister, Cora is handed an impossible case — represent Adeline Pitman in divorce court. Any lawyer who dares stands up to Adeline’s husband, Toronto’s most notorious crime boss, Eli Pitman, ends up dead.

Faced with no other alternative, Cora battles Eli. Defeated, she runs to avoid facing Eli’s hitman. Once in Oakland, Manitoba, she learns the King’s Bench is determined to destroy yet another innocent woman’s life.

As the clock ticks and her clients lives hang in the balance, Cora faces a devastating choice— forget her call to the bar, give up her dream of working as a barrister, and stay safe in Oakland or risk her life, return to Toronto to take her stand and raise her voice on behalf of all women, in Canadian court

Author Biography Rebekah Lee Jenkins has always loved writing. After working ten years as a hairstylist, she took a break to work as an administrative assistant for the town of Souris. The history book was being written at that time, The Night They Came For Til was inspired by that research. Currently, Rebekah is working on the prequel "Hope in Oakland" and the sequel, "Taking Til". Look for "Hope in Oakland" in the Spring of 2018. She still lives and works in Souris as a part time hairstylist and part time writer.

Mercy

- by Shirley Camia

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Expanding breathlessly in the magnitude of loss, Shirley Camia's fourth collection, Mercy, confronts despair to emerge anew with a bright offering of elegy. Beginning at her mother's hospital bed, Camia invites readers to keep vigil while she journeys through seasons of bereavement, from the wake to the graveside, and into a year of processing, searching, and healing. Ethereal and elegant, Camia's reflections are grounded in grief as they do the aching, earth-shattering work of mourning and moving forward.

Miserable Gt Saskatoon

- by Marc Roussea

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Moon Was a Feather

- by Scott Nolan

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Evolving from a routine of long walks he began to help him quit smoking, Winnipeg singer, songwriter and musician, Scott Nolan's debut poetry collection Moon Was a Feather reflects on a life well-considered. Poems that chronicle a difficult youth, experience with drugs, friendships, and music are interwoven with insights gleaned from the eclectic jumble of neighbourhoods and people he encounters on his long walks. Spare -- eloquent with a healthy dose of grit -- the poems of Moon Was a Feather are infused with the poet's deep appreciation for the eccentricities of fate that life throws at him, and the love for music that helps him make sense of them.

Mother Goose Letters, The

- by Karen Clavelle

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The Mother Goose Letters comprises the annotated correspondence between Mother Goose and her cohorts in Britain concerning migration to the Canadian Prairies. The letters reveal both her attempts to wheedle her fellow nursery rhyme characters to settle in the Prairies with her and their mixed responses to her plans. Responding to a cease and desist command from No. 10 Downing St., M. Goose categorically makes her case for the out-migration and re-migration of her stories. She supposes they will continue to live if she gives them leave to change as time, place, and experience dictate. She is, after all, a runaway Mother Goose. In print for the first time, The Mother Goose Letters presents scrupulously collated research in the form of hitherto unseen letters and previously unknown revisions of the best-known Mother Goose nursery rhymes and fairy tales. These collected works are used as the framework whereby a story of modern day immigration can be told.

National Gallery

- by Jonathan Ball

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A poetic collage of art in the modern world: from Rilkean elegies for an iPhone to a meditation on Melville's classic Jonathan Ball's fourth poetry book, the first in seven years, swirls chaos and confession together. At the book's heart is a question: Why create art? A series of poetic sequences torment themselves over this question, offering few answers and taking fewer prisoners. Loose sonnets that consider the artistic creations of Leatherface, monster-killer from The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, sit alongside Rilkean elegies for an iPhone. Surreal meditations on the collage work of Guy Maddin are followed by all of the lines from Melville's Moby-Dick that mention "salt." Politicians and painters jostle while absurdist humour crashes into stark admissions of vulnerability in the wake of having children. A startling diversity of styles and subjects feed into the maelstrom of The National Gallery, and its dark currents will draw you in to drown.

The Night They Came For Til

- by Rebekah Lee Jenkins

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“The night they came for Til, they took me too.”

In the tenements of London England, 1904 is a dangerous time to be suffragettes on crusade. Shannon’s aunt Matilda 'Til' Stone, gynecologist and suffragette, believes women should have the right to birth control and self determination. After ten years spent at Til’s side, Shannon has trained as a midwife to be her right hand. After a brutal attack that was meant to destroy their work, Shannon is shipped off to Canada to avoid the scandal around Til’s arrest.

In Oakland, Manitoba, Shannon lands in a women’s rights battle that shakes the community and threatens the new hospital. As a midwife, Shannon helps the women of the community find their voice while she finds her own. Faced with a choice to live a normal life as a wife and mother or go back to England and crusade with her aunt, this book explores her choices and how they affect an entire community.

"The Night They Came for Til" is a historical fiction novel based on true events.

Author Biography Rebekah Lee Jenkins has always loved writing. After working ten years as a hairstylist, she took a break to work as an administrative assistant for the town of Souris. The history book was being written at that time, The Night They Came For Til was inspired by that research. Currently, Rebekah is working on the prequel "Hope in Oakland" and the sequel, "Taking Til". Look for "Hope in Oakland" in the Spring of 2018. She still lives and works in Souris as a part time hairstylist and part time writer.

Pressure Cooker Love Bomb

- by Sharanpal Ruprai

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Poems masquerading as recipes, poems masquerading as survival guides, poems simmered in love, Pressure Cooker Love Bomb is a humorous collection of poems. Ruprai's second collection is infused with intense sexuality, racial tensions, and questions of gender conformity. With various textures of poems, the collection reads as woman of colour's manifesto with instructions.

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