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IN THE NEWS!

THE PAGES OF THE SEA

The Pages of the Sea by Anne Hawk (Sep 17, 2024) was reviewed in Kirkus Reviews. The review will appear in their Aug 15 print issue, and was published online on July 19. Check it out in full here!

Kirkus writes,

“Hawk’s prose is beautiful, a lyrical and loving portrayal of an island and its people . . . A unique, scrappy, tender bildungsroman.”

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COMRADE PAPA

Comrade Papa by GauZ’, translated by Frank Wynne (Oct 8, 2024), was reviewed by Alison Manley in The Seaboard Review. The review was published online on July 14, and you can read it here.

Manley writes,

Comrade Papa is a sweeping coming-of-age story, spanning two centuries and continents, linking two characters across time and space to critique the long-lasting effects of colonialism. It’s also a very playful novel, poking fun at the purity of movements and the one-note branding we often slap on history. GauZ’ is a really interesting and experimental writer, and it shows here in his second book translated into English by Frank Wynne.”

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ON CLASS

On Class by Deborah Dundas (May 9, 2023) was reviewed in the Montreal Serai. The review was published online on July 15, and you can read it in full here.

Reviewer Veena Gokhale writes,

“Coming at the complex issue of class from several angles, Deborah Dundas draws from personal narrative, interviews and testimonies, formal research and studies, information from media, and other sources to present a holistic, nuanced and highly informative view of class in Canada.”

Get On Class here!

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YOUR ABSENCE IS DARKNESS

Your Absence Is Darkness by Jon Kalman Stefansson, translated by Philip Roughton (Mar 5, 2024), was included in the Sarnia Journal‘s list, “The ultimate summer 2024 reading guide: The Book Keeper’s top picks.” The article was published online on July 17, and you can read it here.

Bookseller Ann writes,

“This is way more charming, endearing, beautiful and hopeful than the title, the cover and the themes of grief make it sound. It’s the perfect summer read if you love a cast of funny, endearing characters who roll over each other’s stories in a way that clarifies the meaning of community.”

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ON CLASS and 1934 shortlisted for the Speakers Book Award!

We’re pleased to share that two of our titles, On Class by Deborah Dundas and 1934: The Chatham Coloured All-Stars’ Barrier-Breaking Year by Heidi LM Jacobs, are both on the shortlist for the 2024 Speaker’s Book Award! The shortlist was announced this morning on July 12, 2024, and you can view the finalists here.

Promoting Ontario’s literary talent, the Speaker’s Book Award recognizes non-fiction works that highlight the province’s history and celebrate its diverse stories. Special consideration is given to books focusing on Ontario’s parliamentary heritage and on provincial political discourse.

The winner will be announced in late fall, with an award ceremony taking place on November 4.

Grab a copy of On Class here.

Check out 1934 here.

ABOUT ON CLASS

Shortlisted for the 2024 Speaker’s Book Award • A Hamilton Review of Books Best Book of 2023

Growing up poor, Deborah Dundas knew what it meant to want, to be hungry, and to long for social and economic dignity; she understood the crushing weight of having nothing much expected of you. But even after overcoming many of the usual barriers faced by lower- and working-class people, she still felt anxious about her place, and even in relatively safe spaces reluctant to broach the subject of class. While new social movements have generated open conversation about gender and racism, discussions of class rarely include the voices of those most deeply affected: the working class and poor.

On Class is an exploration of the ways in which we talk about class: of who tells the stories, and who doesn’t, which ones tend to be repeated most often, and why this has to change. It asks the question: What don’t we talk about when we don’t talk about class? And what might happen if, finally, we did?

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ABOUT DEBORAH DUNDAS

Deborah Dundas grew up poor in the west end of Toronto. She is now a writer and journalist, has worked as a television producer and is currently an editor at the Toronto Star. Her work has appeared in numerous publications in Canada, the UK and Ireland including Maclean’s, the Globe and Mail, the National PostCanadian Notes and QueriesThe Belfast Telegraph and The Sunday Independent. She attended York University for English and Political Science and has an MFA in Creative Non-fiction from the University of King’s College. She lives in Toronto with her husband and daughter and their loving, grumpy cat Jumper.

ABOUT 1934

Shortlisted for the 2024 Speaker’s Book Award

The pride of Chatham’s East End, the Coloured All-Stars broke the colour barrier in baseball more than a decade before Jackie Robinson did the same in the Major Leagues. Fielding a team of the best Black baseball players from across southwestern Ontario and Michigan, theirs is a story that could only have happened in this particular time and place: during the depths of the Great Depression, in a small industrial town a short distance from the American border, home to one of the most vibrant Black communities in Canada.

Drawing heavily on scrapbooks, newspaper accounts, and oral histories from members of the team and their families, 1934: The Chatham Coloured All-Stars’ Barrier-Breaking Year shines a light on a largely overlooked chapter of Black baseball. But more than this, 1934 is the story of one group of men who fought for the respect that was too often denied them.

Rich in detail, full of the sounds and textures of a time long past, 1934 introduces the All-Stars’ unforgettable players and captures their winning season, so that it almost feels like you’re sitting there in Stirling Park’s grandstands, cheering on the team from Chatham.

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ABOUT HEIDI LM JACOBS

Heidi LM Jacobs’ previous books include the novel Molly of the Mall: Literary Lass and Purveyor of Fine Footwear (NeWest Press, 2019), which won the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour in 2020, and 100 Miles of Baseball: Fifty Games, One Summer (with Dale Jacobs, Biblioasis, 2021). She is a librarian at the University of Windsor and one of the researchers behind the award-winning Breaking the Colour Barrier: Wilfred “Boomer” Harding & the Chatham Coloured All-Stars project.

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IN THE NEWS!

A WAY TO BE HAPPY

A Way to Be Happy by Caroline Adderson (Sep 10, 2024) has received a starred review from Kirkus Reviews! The starred review will appear in their August print issue, and was published online on July 4. Check it out here.

Kirkus writes,

“Adderson . . . is a deft, masterful storyteller whose literary fiction surely deserves more attention.”

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HELLO, HORSE

Hello, Horse by Richard Kelly Kemick (Aug 6, 2024) was listed in Reactor‘s “Can’t Miss Indie Press Speculative Fiction for July and August 2024.” The article was posted on July 3, and you can read it here.

Tobias Carroll writes,

“These stories include a number of strange visions of the not-so-distant future—and throw some ghosts into the mix as well. “

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THE NOTEBOOK

Roland Allen, author of The Notebook (Sep 3, 2024), was interviewed on Ryan Holiday’s podcast The Daily Stoic. The episode aired on June 26, and is available to listen to here.

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THE HOLLOW BEAST

The Hollow Beast by Christophe Bernard, translated by Lazer Lederhendler (Apr 2, 2024), was reviewed in the Manhattan Book Review. The review was published online for their June issue, and is available to read here.

Reviewer Eric Smith writes,

“Bernard’s hilarious tome is a hundred-proof fever dream of bizarre scenarios and Canada’s most outlandish cast of characters . . . But readers beware. Your technicolor nightmares will be fueled by The Hollow Beast.”

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AWARD NEWS!

THE EDUCATION OF AUBREY MCKEE

The Education of Aubrey McKee by Alex Pugsley (May 7, 2024) has been longlisted for the 2024 Toronto Book Awards! The longlist was announced on July 4, and you can read it here.

Toronto Public Library has created a special reading list of the 2024 longlisted titles, here. The shortlist for the 2024 Toronto Book Awards will be announced later this summer and a winner will be named in a prize ceremony November 7.

Grab The Education of Aubrey McKee here!

Or, check out the first book, Aubrey McKee, here.

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IN THE NEWS!

THE FUTURE

The Future by Catherine Leroux, translated by Susan Ouriou (Sep 5, 2024) was featured in the Quill & Quire‘s article on “Independent booksellers’ top-selling Canadian titles of 2024”! The article was posted on June 26, and places The Future in the #2 and #3 spots on their top-sellers lists.

Check out the full article here.

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CROSSES IN THE SKY

Crosses in the Sky: Jean de Brebeuf and the Destruction of Huronia by Mark Bourrie (May 21, 2024) was reviewed by Michael Taube in the Washington Examiner. The article was published online on June 21, and you can read it here.

Taube writes,

Crosses in the Sky provides a detailed account of the giant-framed missionary who walked among the Hurons . . . This patron saint of Canada has long been given plenty of attention by Jesuits, whether for his missionary spirit or for his extreme suffering. It is good to see his legend now given serious historical treatment.”

Crosses in the Sky was reviewed in Guelph Today in bookseller Barb Minett’s column, “On the Bookshelf.” The review was posted on June 23, and can be read here.

Minett writes,

“Bourrie’s history of the attempted colonization of Huronia by the Jesuits and French is a torrent of information. Open the first page and you will be taken down a treacherous river full of gigantic rapids and waterfalls, and around every turn there is a skirmish or drought, an epidemic or blackflies . . . [This is] a very important book in the writing of Canadian history.”

Crosses in the Sky also made an appearance on Quill & Quire‘s article on “Independent booksellers’ top-selling Canadian titles of 2024.” The article, posted on June 26, places Crosses in the #25 spot. Check out the article here.

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THE HOLLOW BEAST

The Hollow Beast by Christophe Bernard, translated by Lazer Lederhendler (Apr 2, 2024), was reviewed in the Literary Review of Canada. The review by Amanda Perry will appear in their July/August issue, and was published online on June 24 here.

Perry writes,

“It’s ambitious . . . [The reader] can tap into the author’s manic rhythm and admire the density of the world he creates . . . his technical mastery has generated all kinds of complex flavours, so long as one can stomach the initial shock of the taste.”

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BARFLY

Barfly by Michael Lista (June 4, 2024) was reviewed in the Midwest Book Review. The review was posted in their Wisconsin Bookwatch on June 24, and can be viewed here.

The MBR writes,

“With his own distinctive style of cadence, rhythm, word driven imagery, and emotional reach, the poems comprising Michael Lista’s last volume of verse is an extraordinary, memorable, and unreservedly recommended addition to personal, professional, community, and college/university library Contemporary American Poetry collections and supplemental curriculum reading lists.”

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ORDINARY WONDER TALES

Ordinary Wonder Tales by Emily Urquhart was featured in Book Riot! Kendra Winchester featured the essay collection in her newsletter Read this Book on June 26, and you can read it in full here.

Winchester writes,

“Emily Urquhart knows her stuff. She holds a doctorate in folklore, and publications around the world have featured her writing. In this collection of essays, Urquhart examines the magical and the everyday side by side.”

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OFF THE RECORD

Off the Record edited by John Metcalf was reviewed in the Literary Review of Canada! The review by Sarah Hampson was published online on June 24, and will appear in their July/August issue. Check it out here.

Hampson writes,

“[Metcalf’s] appreciation for the challenges of being a published writer is reflected in the clever approach he takes in Off the Record . . . The authors in Off the Record chart the course of their careers with stories of rejection, bad publishing decisions, punishing reviews, eventual triumph, and formative experiences. Which is the best kind of education for any wannabe writer—and a reminder for readers of the commitment involved in creating the fiction they get to enjoy.”

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HELLO, HORSE

Richard Kelly Kemick, author of the forthcoming story collection Hello, Horse (Aug 2024), wrote an essay for The Walrus. The essay, “I Tried to Finish a Dead Man’s Novel” was published online on June 20, and is available to read here.

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IN THE NEWS!

CROSSES IN THE SKY

Crosses in the Sky by Mark Bourrie (May 21, 2024), has been reviewed in the Winnipeg Free Press. The review was published online on June 15, and you can read it here.

Douglas J. Johnston writes:

“Bourrie is fast becoming the dean of Canadian literary non-fiction . . . Bourrie also manages to be panoramic in his historical descriptions of Huronia while concurrently focusing on biographical details of Brébeuf’s missionary work. This treatment of the problematic legacy of both the cleric and his religious order is top drawer.”

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THE EDUCATION OF AUBREY MCKEE

The Education of Aubrey McKee by Alex Pugsley (May 7, 2024) was reviewed in the Winnipeg Free Press. The review was published online on June 15, and you can check it out here.

Deborah Bowers writes,

“The characters are intense, with their creativity, angst, rebellion and ability to take life far too seriously (as one is apt to do in their 20s, navigating first loves and first jobs in 1990s Toronto) . . . It’s quite a thrill ride.”

The Education of Aubrey McKee was reviewed in The Miramichi Reader on June 15. You can read the full review here.

Heidi Greco writes,

“I adored this book.”

The Education of Aubrey McKee was also reviewed in the Ottawa Review of Books! The review was posted online on June 15, and can be read here.

Timothy Niedermann writes,

“There is an intoxicating quality to Pugsley’s prose . . . The Education of Aubrey McKee [has] an emotional immediacy rarely found in a novel. Hopefully, readers will see more of Aubrey McKee in the future.”

Grab The Education of Aubrey McKee here!

Check out the first book, Aubrey McKee, here!

MAY OUR JOY ENDURE

May Our Joy Endure by Kevin Lambert, translated by Donald Winkler (Sep 3, 2024), has received a starred reviewed in Kirkus Reviews. The starred review was published online on June 15, and can be read here.

Kirkus writes:

“Award-winning Canadian novelist Lambert weaves a hypnotic narrative, smoothly translated from French by Winkler, about greed and inequality, hypocrisy, and, not least, a “dangerous notion of purity” . . . An astute critique of entrenched power.”

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THE NOTEBOOK

The Notebook by Roland Allen (Sep 3, 2024) also received a starred review from Kirkus Reviews! The starred review was published online on June 13, and can be read here.

Kirkus calls the book,

“An enthusiastic, informative cultural history.”

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COMRADE PAPA

Comrade Papa by GauZ’, translated by Frank Wynne (Oct 8, 2024), was reviewed in the Guardian‘s list of “The best translated fiction – review roundup.” The article was published online on June 21, and you can read it here.

John Self calls it,

“[A] funny, ebullient, often chaotic tale of French colonial exploitation of Ivory Coast . . . Ivorian author GauZ’ was shortlisted for the International Booker prize for his novel Standing Heavy. Comrade Papa is even better.”

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IN THE NEWS!

HELLO HORSE

Hello, Horse by Richard Kelly Kemick (Aug 6, 2024) was highlighted in the Globe and Mail‘s list of “Thirty-four books to read this summer.” The article was published online on June 13, and you can check it out here.

Critic Emily Donaldson writes,

“The animal world interacts with the human one in confounding and sometimes wondrous ways in Kemick’s first collection, which abounds with the poet’s sideways, observational writing.”

Hello, Horse was also featured in BC Bookworld! The review was published in their Summer 2024 print issue, and is available to view online here.

BC Bookworld writes,

“Part of the joy of a collection of short stories is the surprising range of characters and situations that can spring from an author’s imagination. Richard Kelly Kemick’s debut collection of character-driven stories, Hello, Horse, range from the humorous to the bizarre.”

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THE UTOPIAN GENERATION

The Utopian Generation by Pepetela, translated by David Brookshaw (Aug 13, 2024), was highlighted in the Globe and Mail‘s list of “Thirty-four books to read this summer.” The article was published online on June 13, and you can check it out here.

Critic Emily Donaldson writes,

“First published in Portuguese in 1992, this decades-spanning anti-colonialist novel from the early sixties by Angola’s most prominent writer (real name: Artur Pestana dos Santos) involves a group of students in Lisbon who, faced with the prospect of being conscripted to suppress a political uprising in their native land, end up (like Pepetela himself did) as guerilla fighters in Angola’s brutal 14-year war.”

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SORRY ABOUT THE FIRE

Colleen Coco Collins, author of Sorry About the Fire (Apr 2, 2024), was interviewed on the All Write in Sin City podcast! The interview was posted online on June 9, and is available to listen to in full here.

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YOUR ABSENCE IS DARKNESS

Your Absence Is Darkness by Jón Kalman Stefánsson, translated by Philip Roughton (Mar 5, 2024), was reviewed in The /tƐmz/ Review! The review was published online on June 10, and you can read it here.

Reviewer Marcie McCauley writes,

“Jón Kalman Stefánsson’s writing is steeped in love and loss; his stories are sorrow-soaked, the kind that linger.”

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LOVE NOVEL

Love Novel by Ivana Sajko, translated by Mima Simic (Feb 6, 2024), was reviewed in The /tƐmz/ Review! The review was published online on June 10, and you can read it in full here.

Reviewer Alex Carrigan writes,

“The true love story in this novel is the love between the reader and the characters, asking the reader to sympathize with the flawed, struggling characters and to empathize with how easy it is to fall into cynicism and to forget the joy in life . . . Sajko’s novel can remind you that some relationships are too interwoven to be truly cut apart, and it’s in finding how they’re tied together that one will remember to persist regardless.”

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ON COMMUNITY

On Community by Casey Plett (Nov 7, 2023) was feature in CBC Books’ list of “25 books for Pride Month.” The list was posted online on June 14, and is available to check out here.

CBC Books writes,

“Plett uses her firsthand experiences to eventually reach a cumulative definition of community and explore how we form bonds with one another.”

Get On Community here!

BEST CANADIAN SERIES 2024

The Best Canadian 2024 Series launch, part of TIFA’s Toronto Lit Up programme, was highlighted on their YouTube channel! The short video was posted on June 12, and you can watch it here.

Get Best Canadian Essays 2024 here!

Get Best Canadian Poetry 2024 here!

Get Best Canadian Stories 2024 here!

Get all three Best Canadian anthologies here!

COCKTAIL wins the 27th Danuta Gleed Literary Award!

Today at 12 PM ET, Cocktail by Lisa Alward won the Writers’ Union of Canada 2023 Danuta Gleed Literary AwardCocktail was published in September 2023 by Biblioasis. You can read the full winner’s announcement here

The 2023 Danuta Gleed Literary Award jury members Danila Botha, paulo da costa, and Souvankham Thammavongsa on Cocktail:

“Lisa Alward’s Cocktail is skilful in its ability to capture the nuance and details of daily life in a way that is striking and deeply felt. With beautiful, precise descriptions and expert pacing, she effortlessly reveals tensions that feel both classic and utterly her own. Exploring the emotional and sexual tensions of couples and families in the Sixties and Seventies, these narratives bring the reader to the core of those unspoken moments, leaving us unsettled. The clarity of sound in Lisa Alward’s sentences—word after word after word—makes it impossible to turn your ear away. This is a quiet voice that booms.”

“Everyone at Biblioasis is very happy for Lisa,” says Dan Wells, owner and publisher of Biblioasis. “Cocktail is an exceptional collection, let alone debut; smart, savage, elegant, and hyper-focused, these stories exemplify what short fiction does best. It’s been wonderful and gratifying to see Lisa’s book continue to reach readers. We also want to thank the jury, who collectively knows more than a thing or two about the writing of excellent short fiction.”

This is the second Biblioasis book to win the Danuta Gleed Literary Award, Bad Things Happen by Kris Bertin won in 2016. This is the eighth Biblioasis book to be nominated for the award. 

 The Danuta Gleed Literary Award was created in 1998 as a celebration of the life of Danuta Gleed. The Danuta Gleed Literary Award recognizes the best first collection of short fiction by a Canadian author published in 2023 in the English language. The Award consists of cash prizes for the three best first collections, with a first prize of $10,000 and two additional prizes of $1,000 each.

Grab a copy of Cocktail here!

ABOUT COCKTAIL

Winner of the 2023 Danuta Gleed Literary Award • Longlisted for the 2024 Carol Shields Prize for Fiction • Winner of the New Brunswick 2023 Mrs. Dunster’s Award for Fiction • One of the Globe and Mail’s “Sixty-Two Books to Read This Fall” • Listed in CBC Books Fiction to Read in Fall 2023 • A Miramichi Reader Best Book of 2023 • A Tyee Best Book of 2023

A girl receives a bedtime visit from a drunken party guest, who will haunt her fantasies for years. A young mother discovers underneath the wallpaper a striking portrait that awakens inconvenient desires. A divorced man distracts himself from the mess he’s made by flirting with a stranger. These intimate, immersive stories explore life’s watershed moments, in which seemingly insignificant details—a pot of hyacinths, a freshly painted yellow wall—and the most chance of encounters come to exert a tidal pull. Set in the swinging sixties and each decade since, Cocktail reveals the schism between the lives we build up around us and our deepest hidden selves.

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ABOUT LISA ALWARD

Lisa Alward’s stories have won The Fiddlehead Prize and the Peter Hinchcliffe Short Fiction Award and have appeared in Best Canadian Stories as well as The Journey Prize Stories. Cocktail has been nominated for the 2024 Carol Shields Prize and won the 2023-24 New Brunswick Book Awards’ Mrs. Dunster’s Award for Fiction. She grew up in Halifax and worked for several years in literary publishing in Toronto before moving with her family to Vancouver and ultimately to Fredericton, where she lives with her husband, John.

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IN THE NEWS!

THE FUTURE

The Future by Catherine Leroux, translated by Susan Ouriou (Sep 5, 2024), was reviewed in Alberta Views! The review was published online on May 31, and is available to read here.

Reviewer C. S. Wiesenthal writes,

“While the setting of The Future is indeed dystopian—a ruined and toxic Fort Détroit—the story told here is one that won’t leave you despairing . . . the novel’s overall vision [is] of regenerative potential: the cycle of time and the transformation of all life forms offer possibilities for redemption and hope.”

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BARFLY

Barfly by Michael Lista (June 4, 2024) has been reviewed in The Seaboard Review by Michael Greenstein. The review was posted online on June 3, and you can read it here.

Greenstein writes,

“With liquid refreshment, firehose, and fire escape, besotted Barfly is a sobering experience.”

Barfly was also featured in Lit Hub‘s list of ’26 new books out today’ along with an excerpt! The list was published on Jun 4 and can be viewed here, and you can read June 7’s excerpted poem, “Auld Lang Syne” here.

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THE EDUCATION OF AUBREY MCKEE

The Education of Aubrey McKee by Alex Pugsley (May 7, 2024) was featured in CBC’s article “10 books you heard about on CBC Radio recently.” The article highlighted Alex Pugsley’s recent interview on CBC’s The Next Chapter. The list was posted on June 4, and you can check it out here.

Get The Education of Aubrey McKee here!

Pick up the first book, Aubrey McKee, here!

WORK TO BE DONE

Work to Be Done: Selected Essays and Reviews by Bruce Whiteman (Mar 12, 2024) was reviewed in the Winnipeg Free Press! The review was published online on June 1, and you can read it in full here.

Reviewer Ron Robinson writes,

“Poet, translator, culture historian, book reviewer and lover of language, Bruce Whiteman has sifted and scrutinized 50 years of his critical writings and selected those that still have delight to offer the curious reader.”

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THE ART OF LIBROMANCY

Josh Cook, author of The Art of Libromancy (Aug 22, 2023), was interviewed on Lit Hub‘s podcast Write-minded: Weekly Inspiration for Writers. The interview, about the behind-the-scenes of selling books, was posted online on June 3, and you can give it a listen here.

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IN AWARDS

COCKTAIL

Cocktail by Lisa Alward (Sep 12, 2024) has won the New Brunswick Book Awards’ Mrs. Dunster’s Award for Fiction! The announcement was made on June 1, and you can check out the full list of award winners here. Congratulations to Lisa!

Grab a Cocktail to celebrate here!

PRESS SPOTLIGHT

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Biblioasis Press made the news this week, featured in the Globe and Mail! The article by Ira Wells focused on Biblioasis’ place and recognition in the publishing trade.

The article was published online on June 3, and you can check it out here.

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IN THE NEWS!

YOUR ABSENCE IS DARKNESS

Your Absence Is Darkness by Jón Kalman Stefánsson, translated by Philip Roughton (Mar 5, 2024) was reviewed in the Globe and Mail! The review was posted online on May 31, and you can read the full piece here.

Critic Emily Donaldson writes,

“‘It’s always more important to feel things than to understand them,’ our priest-cum-devil says to the narrator at one point. That’s useful advice for approaching Your Absence Is Darkness, which feels, in a sense, like it teaches us to read it as we move along—if you’ll indulge me—as an earthworm might: blindly burrowing and occasionally moving toward the light.”

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HELLO, HORSE

Hello, Horse by Richard Kelly Kemick (Aug 6, 2024) received a starred review in Kirkus Reviews! The review, which will be in their July print issue, was published online on May 31 and can be read here.

Kirkus writes,

“The tales here mix whimsy, weirdness, lust, and Canadian politics, bringing to mind George Saunders and the slackers from Wayne’s World . . . He has a penchant for alternating between things familiar and bizarre . . . Provocative, entertaining short fiction.”

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BARFLY

Barfly by Michael Lista (June 4, 2024) was reviewed in The Walrus, in a critical essay by Nicholas Bradley. The review was published on May 31, and you can read it here.

Bradley writes,

“Lista’s poems . . . are fun, completely miserable, and almost certainly bad for you. Barfly should be affixed with a Health Canada warning. You must be nineteen or older to purchase this product. Not safe in any amount. Abandon hope, all ye who enter here.”

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THE EDUCATION OF AUBREY MCKEE

Alex Pugsley, author of The Education of Aubrey McKee (May 7, 2024), was interviewed on the Across the Pond Podcast. The interview was posted online on May 30, and you can listen to it in full here.

Host Lori Feathers states,

“This book captures the youthful impatient desire for excitement and experience and also the disillusionment that encroaches on this desire over time.”

Pugsley was also interviewed on CBC Here and Now‘s Tuesday Afternoon Book Club, which aired on May 28. You can listen to the segment here.

Ramraajh Sharvendiran calls the book,

“A love story inspired by the author’s own lived experience that takes us back to the city of Toronto at a time (the 90’s) when it felt more supportive of artists.”

Get The Education of Aubrey McKee here!

Check out the first book, Aubrey McKeehere!

THE HOLLOW BEAST

The Hollow Beast by Christophe Bernard, translated by Lazer Lederhendler (Apr 2, 2024), was reviewed in the Winnipeg Free Press! The review was published online on May 25, and you can check it out here.

Critic Sheldon Birnie writes:

“While The Hollow Beast itself is a beast of a novel, despite its hefty page count it moves along at a leisurely clip, as though the reader is hearing the tall tale around the table at the local pub or late at night in the kitchen during a house party, with the lilt and cadence of an eloquent and well-soused Francophone, peppered throughout with allusions to Quebec history, Metallica’s Kill ‘Em All and the Montreal Canadiens, among others.”

Grab The Hollow Beast here!

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IN THE NEWS!

CROSSES IN THE SKY

Crosses in the Sky: Jean de Brébeuf and the Destruction of Huronia by Mark Bourrie (May 21, 2024) was reviewed in the Globe and Mail! The review was published online on May 24, and you can read the full piece here.

Reviewer Charlotte Gray writes,

Crosses in the Sky is dramatic and enthralling . . . Bourrie has done more than any other Canadian historian writing for a general audience to disinter the root causes of degenerating settler-Indigenous relations and disrupted Indigenous societies in the 400 years since Brébeuf’s death. And he has done it with attention-grabbing panache.”

Crosses in the Sky was also reviewed in the Ottawa Review of Books. The review was posted online on May 22, and you can read the full review here.

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THE EDUCATION OF AUBREY MCKEE

The Education of Aubrey McKee by Alex Pugsley (May 7, 2024) was reviewed in the Midwest Book Review. The review was published online on May 21, and you can read it in full here.

“A fun and fascinating read from start to finish, The Education of Aubrey McKee continues to showcase author Alex Pugsley’s genuine flair for original, distinctive, and narrative driven storytelling style.”

The Education of Aubrey McKee was also excerpted in Lit Hub, on May 20. You can check out the full excerpt here.

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COCKTAIL

Cocktail by Lisa Alward (Sep 12, 2023) was reviewed in FreeFall. The review was posted online on May 19, and is available to read here.

Reviewer Skylar Kay writes,

“Lisa Alward’s Cocktail is a memorable collection for its characters, settings, and artistic prowess. From the macro aspects of storytelling like character and setting development to the micro levels of writing poignant lines to capture allegories in unexpected ways, Alward shows off her talent at every turn.”

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