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August 2018

Friday August 31, 2018
Bev Sellars at the Ryga Festival

September 2018

Thursday September 6, 2018
Play: “Marion Bridge” in West Vancouver

Saturday September 8, 2018
Tiziana La Melia Exhibit at Franz Kaka Gallery in Toronto, ON

Wednesday September 19, 2018
Play: “Mom's the Word” in Saskatoon

November 2018

Thursday November 1, 2018
Joshua Whitehead at Wordstock Sudbury

Tuesday November 20, 2018
Play: “Cottagers and Indians” in Kingston

Thursday November 22, 2018
Drew Hayden Taylor at the 24th Annual Aboriginal Education Conference in Vancouver, BC

February 2019

Wednesday February 27, 2019
Play: “Gracie” in Regina

March 2019

Friday March 8, 2019
Play: “King Richard and His Women” in Vancouver

Tuesday March 19, 2019
Play: “The Shoplifters” in Montreal

Wednesday March 27, 2019
Play: “Empire of the Son” in Saskatoon

April 2019

Friday April 5, 2019
Play: “Girl in the Goldfish Bowl” in Windsor

Thursday April 25, 2019
Play: “Empire of the Son” in Kamloops
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(Post) Mistress, The

By Tomson Highway

Canada’s most famous Aboriginal playwright, Tomson Highway, sets his latest theatrical achievement, The (Post) Mistress, in a not-so-distant past, when sending letters through the mail was still vital to communicating with friends and loved ones, and the small-town post office was often the only connection to faraway places longed-for or imagined.

15 Seconds

By François Archambault

A young female advertising copy writer, her pro-sports-fan ex-boyfriend, a Gen-X welfare-bum loser and his brother with cerebral palsy. Cast of 1 woman and 3 men.


By David French

Newfoundland joins Confederation in the continuing saga of the Mercer family. Cast of 6 women, 6 men and 2 male children.


By Joan MacLeod

The relationships of the young, the aging and the middle-aged, and between urban life and nature at the end of the millennium. Cast of 3 women and 2 men.

400 Kilometres

By Drew Hayden Taylor

The third play in Taylor’s hilarious and heart-wrenching identity-politics trilogy. Janice Wirth, an urban professional who has discovered her roots as the Ojibway orphan Grace Wabung, is pregnant and must come to grips with the question of her true identity. Cast of 3 women and 2 men.

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7 Stories

By Morris Panych

In this fast-paced, sophisticated and hilarious play, a man’s contemplation of suicide leads to a charming and surprising ending. Cast of 2 women and 3 men.

A Covenant of Salt

By Martine Desjardins

Drawing from the history of Quebec and Irish legend, this exquisitely exotic novel explores the snares of individual and collective memory as they are used to justify and preserve ancestral grudges.

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A Crossing of Hearts

By Michel Tremblay

A Crossing of Hearts continues Michel Tremblay’s Desrosiers Diaspora series of novels, a family saga set in Montreal during World War I. This third novel bursts with life as Nana, the young city girl, explores the natural world – and the enchanted forest of her inner, maturing self. The novel also further develops the character of Maria so that we understand her motivations more fully, and at the same time recognize nods to the history of Quebec and the dynamics of the family under the strictures of the Catholic church.

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A Few Words Will Do

By Lionel Kearns

When one person writes “this is what happened, this is what I know,” any reader stands in for the absent “I” or “eye” of that text. This inescapable process of language, preoccupies Kearns in these brief but concentrated pieces.

A Guide to BC Indian Myth and Legend

By Ralph Maud

Boas, Teit, Hill-Tout, Barbeau, Swanton, Jenness, the luminaries of field research in British Columbia, are discussed, and their work in Indian folklore evaluated in this comprehensive survey of myth-collecting in B.C.

A Line in the Sand

By Guillermo Verdecchia & Marcus Youssef

A young Palestinian is befriended, then tortured and murdered by Canadian soldiers during Operation Desert Storm. Cast of 3 to 5 men.

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A Matter of Gravity

By Hélène Vachon

A Matter of Gravity is about the forces that draw two men together. Hermann, an embalmer and doctor’s son, devotes himself to the dead to mask his disappointment that, unlike his father, he cannot cure the living. Hu is an ailing concert pianist who dwells in memories of past glory. By the end of the final, transformative meeting between Hermann and Hu, Vachon gently broaches the question that paralyzes each man and the people whom they love: When faced with terminal illness, how do we embrace the unsatisfactory life we leave behind?

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A Record of Writing

By Roy Miki

Traces the development of Poet laureate Bowering’s many writings through four decades.

A Slight Case of Fatigue

By Stéphane Bourguignon

At forty-one, Eddy is in existential crisis. While once he had an enviable life, now he’s separated from his wife, estranged from his son, and his garden’s grown wild—like the rest of his life. Written in multiple voices, with keen psychological insight, Bourguignon’s examination of relationships, past wounds and present possibilities is filled with raucous warmth and humanity—and dark humour.

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A Taste of Empire

By Jovanni Sy

Everything we eat tells a story. In A Taste of Empire, delectable samples from a real-time cooking demonstration offer food for thought about colonialism and the ethics of modern-day food systems.

Food and Wine named him Chef of the Decade. In 2016 he was inducted into the Culinary Hall of Fame. Recently Microsoft released the hit video game Maximo Cortés: Kitchen Gangsta. You’ve seen him on television. You’ve bought his bestselling cookbooks. Now for a limited engagement … it’s the Demon Chef, the Madman of the Kitchen, the Grand Master of Imperial Cuisine … Chef Maximo Cortés.”

The premise of the show is a once-in-a-lifetime cooking demonstration by Chef Maximo Cortés, the renowned inventor of his signature-style “Imperial Cuisine.” The audience excitedly awaits Chef Maximo’s arrival, relaxing with cocktails and complimentary hors d’oeuvres served to their seats. Suddenly their complacency is broken when Maximo’s amusing assistant, Jovanni, appears onstage. The celebrity chef in unavailable, but no worries: Jovanni, too, is an expert at preparing the traditional Filipino dish Rellenong Bangus (Stuffed Milkfish), and the audience follows along on a journey filled with humorous banter and a silky milkfish, sharp chef’s knife in Jovanni’s hand. As he cooks, he deconstructs the dish in humourous and surprising ways, serving up opinions on the European colonization of Asia, the state of modern agriculture, the ethics of food distribution and consumption – only a few of the ideas sampled in this engaging performance piece. When the actual fish dish is cooked and ready to eat, audience members are given tasting plates and even more food for thought. A Taste of Empire is truly a feast for the mind and palate. We call it “Iron Chef meets Guns, Germs, and Steel.” Bon appetit!

Cast of 1 man.

A Thing of Beauty

By Michel Tremblay

A coda to his great Chronicles of the Plateau Mont-Royal cycle of novels. Tremblay creates, with grace and tenderness, a fictionalized account of the death of his own mother.

ABC of Reading TRG

By Peter Jaeger

Examines the writings of Steve McCaffery and bpNichol, with a special focus on their collaborative work as the Toronto Research Group (TRG).

Abraham Lincoln Goes to the Theatre

By Larry Tremblay

Mark Killman—a feared but much admired director—hires two actors to play Laurel and Hardy in a re-enactment of Abraham Lincoln’s assassination, while he himself plays the iconic role of the target as a wax figure. Absurd, hilarious and haunting.


By Marcus Youssef

In this play inspired by the novel Adrift on the Nile, by Egyptian Nobel laureate Naguib Mahfouz, a group of urban Egyptian hipsters engages in debates about secularism and “fundamentalism” with tragic consequences.” Cast of 4 women and 6 men.

Adventures of Ali & Ali and the aXes of Evil, The

By Marcus Youssef & Guillermo Verdecchia & Camyar Chai

A hard-hitting and hilarious satire. Cast of 4 men.

After Class

By George F. Walker

In two new plays, Canada‘s king of black comedy takes on the failing education system. Both Parents Night and The Bigger Issue are set in public-school classrooms after hours and involve confrontations between stressed-out teachers and ticked-off parents.

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After Completion

By Charles Olson & Frances Boldereff

After Completion: The Later Letters of Charles Olson and Frances Boldereff follows on from an earlier edition, Charles Olson and Frances Boldereff: A Modern Correspondence, that spans three years and more than three hundred letters. Published in 1999 by Wesleyan University Press, that edition concludes with a crisis that amounted to a “completion” of one of the major phases of their relationship. Boldereff’s interventions, which provoked Olson to articulate a projectivist poetics, claims for Frances Boldereff an incalculable effect on twentieth-century poetry.

After Jack

By Garry Thomas Morse

Not merely an homage to Jack Spicer, but also a tribute to his Orphic conception of the serial poem, After Jack is a palimpsestuous attempt to achieve the dark art of nekuia, to encourage the means of poetic transmission and to divine the polyphony of both Federico García Lorca and Jack Spicer as their voices interweave, transform and become inexorably entangled with a fresh and undeniably peculiar, disturbingly profane authorial voice.

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Against the Wind

By Madeleine Gagnon

In spare, lucid prose, and in a style reminiscent of André Gide, Madeleine Gagnon invites the reader to experience the creation and development of an artist “in his own words” – Joseph’s gelid journal entries that are to become emphatic poetic laments – in a novel that chronicles the extreme destitution of Quebec in the years before World War Two and in abstract developing forms of artistic expression after years of uncertainty and loss.

Albertine in Five Times

By Michel Tremblay

The powerful story of one woman, Albertine, at five times in her life. Cast of 6 women.

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Ali & Ali

By Camyar Chai & Guillermo Verdecchia & Marcus Youssef

In this sequel to the hilarious and hard-hitting The Adventures of Ali & Ali and the aXes of Evil, the agitprop collaborative team of Camyar Chai, Guillermo Verdecchia, and Marcus Youssef turns its idiosyncratic brand of political satire to new global realities.

All Fall Down

By Wendy Lill

A play about modern day witch-hunting. Cast of 2 women and 2 men.

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All Is Flesh

By Yannick Renaud

All Is Flesh collects in one volume Hugh Hazelton’s English translations of Yannick Renaud’s brilliant first two books of poems, Taxidermy and The Disappearance of Ideas, first published by Éditions Les Herbes rouges in Montreal.

All That Glitters

By Martine Desjardins

Haunted by the iron jealousy of their commanding officer, Dulac and Nell must risk everything to pursue their desires.

All the Verdis of Venice

By Normand Chaurette

Cast of 1 woman and 4 men.

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By Drew Hayden Taylor

Native activists and environmentally concerned vegetarians are invited to a dinner party, where irreconcilable cultural differences clash over moose roast and vegetarian lasagna. Cast of 3 women and 3 men.

American Notebooks

By Marie-Claire Blais

An album of finely drawn literary portraits of writers, musicians, artists and social activists who influenced the life and work of Blais in the 1960s.

Amigo’s Blue Guitar

By Joan MacLeod

A college student’s life changes when he chooses to sponsor a Salvadoran refugee as a class project. Cast of 2 women and 3 men.

Amuse Bouche

By Adeena Karasick

Mashing up the lexicon of war with post-industrial consumerism, haute cuisine, couture, language, Eros and desire, Karasick’s sixth book is at once dark and satirical, exuberant and amorously rigorous.

An Error In Judgement

By Dara Culhane

An analysis of the controversy surrounding the death of a Native child in Alert Bay, B.C.

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An Honest Woman

By Jónína Kirton

An Honest Woman by Jónína Kirton confronts us with beauty and ugliness in the wholesome riot that is sex, love, and marriage. From the perspective of a mixed-race woman, Kirton engages with Simone de Beauvoir and Donald Trump to unravel the norms of femininity and sexuality that continue to adhere today.

Kirton recalls her own upbringing, during which she was told to find a good husband who would “make an honest woman” out of her. Exploring the lives of many women, including her mother, her contemporaries, and well-known sex-crime stories such as the case of Elisabeth Fritzl, Kirton mines the personal to loosen the grip of patriarchal and colonial impositions.

An Honest Woman explores the many ways the female body is shaped by questions that have been too political to ask: What happens when a woman decides to take her sexuality into her own hands, dismissing cultural norms and the expectations of her parents? How is a young woman’s sexuality influenced when she is perceived as an “exotic” other? Can a woman reconnect with her Indigenous community by choosing Indigenous lovers?

Daring and tender in their honesty and wisdom, these poems challenge the perception of women’s bodies as glamorous and marketable commodities and imagine an embodied female experience that accommodates the role of creativity and a nurturing relationship with the land.

Read a poem from An Honest Woman on Meta-Talon.


By Ian Angus

Essays exploring key issues of politics and aesthetics in honour of the founding director of the Institute for the Humanities at Simon Fraser University.

Anatolia Junction

By Fred A. Reed

As Fred A. Reed travels through the Middle East, the Balkans and Asia Minor, he concludes that Turkey’s Islamists are reappropriating the culture and beliefs that 70 years of secular fundamentalism have been unable to eradicate.

And Other Stories

By George Bowering

Taking the theme of postmodernity one step further with 23 short stories edited by Canada’s first poet laureate: Alexis, Arnason, Atwood, Blaise, Bowering, Burnham, Cohen, Dorsey, Elliot, Farrant, Fawcett, Findley, Goto, Fraser, King, Laferrière, Mayr, Rooke, Schoemperlen, Thomas, Verdecchia and Watson.

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And Slowly Beauty

By Michel Nadeau

Everything changes on what begins as a typical day in the life of the aptly named Mr. Mann, a forty-eight-year-old, buttoned-down, middle management type in a pinstriped grey suit, who feels himself losing touch with his job, his wife, his children, and the rest of his urban life. He wins tickets to a production of Chekhov’s Three Sisters and realizes that the mid-life cocoon he has spun around himself is beginning to unwind.

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And So It Goes

By George F. Walker

Gwen and Ned lose their former middle-class lifestyle as they attempt to comprehend the murder of their schizophrenic daughter Karen, even seeking solace in the wry musings of the ghost of Kurt Vonnegut.


By Wajdi Mouawad

This award-winning novel by playwright Wajdi Mouawad is a thriller and a road novel – written in the North African storytelling tradition in which events unfold from an animal point of view.

Annihilated Time

By Jeff Derksen

Essays that explore the ways in which poetry, visual art and critical practices encounter “the long present neoliberal moment” of the imperialist agenda of globalization.

Another Country / bloom

By Guillermo Verdecchia

Two plays, on Argentina’s Dirty War of 1976–83, and on hope flowering in the midst of destruction, constitute an unsparing interrogation of a world perpetually at war.

Another Home Invasion

By Joan MacLeod

This perceptively poignant Governor General’s Award-nominated play by Siminovitch Prize Winner MacLeod involves the hapless, substance-abusing, middle-aged petty criminal we expect to encounter, but is he the real threat to the elderly couple: who is it that’s robbing them of their possessions, their security, their relationship, their family—their home?

Art of Building a Bunker, The

By Adam Lazarus & Guillermo Verdecchia

The Art of Building a Bunker is a dark, viciously funny story recounting a week in the life of your average Elvis as he endures mandatory workplace sensitivity training.

As Always

By Madeleine Gagnon

One of Canada’s greatest literary figures reflects on life at the centre of Quebec literary arts. Re-examining the influences of her early life in a large, rural Catholic family, Madeleine Gagnon not only explores her rejection of unexamined values as part of her intellectual development but also her refusal to be categorized by her gender.

Asian Skies

By Ken Norris

Composed like a dark novel-in-verse, Asian Skies is the unsettling story of the deficiencies of love that have produced our commodified and globalized world—a perhaps not-so-divine comedy of those who don’t love enough—steeped in a clash of cultures wherein the third world seems willingly, even perversely, to offer itself up as a simulacrum of the first, while its otherness remains hidden, inaccessible.

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Assembling the Morrow

By Sandra Huber

Even though we spend a third of our lives asleep, the behaviour remains largely a mystery. Sandra Huber’s first book, Assembling the Morrow: A Poetics of Sleep, assumes that any attempt to solve this mystery requires new modes of experimentation. What happens when the line of a Berger’s wave (an electroencephalography recording of brainwaves in sleep) turns into a line of poetry, an act of focused consciousness?

Assorted Candies for the Theatre

By Michel Tremblay

An exquisite remembrance of childhood past in Montreal’s Plateau Mont-Royal neighbourhood, adapted and re-crafted to the stage. Cast of 3 women and 4 men.


By Sharon Thesen

Sharon Thesen’s poems express the pleasure and magic of a language fully engaging the world, rewarding the reader with daily moments transformed into visions of grace.

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By bill bissett

““Get thee to a nouneree.”“ Ophelia had been experiencing noun slippage, (and haven’t we all?) And where is the nouneree? Do you know the way? With heightened and more sophisticated noun awareness, do we come closer to happiness, starring ourselves? Ophelia unfortunately didn’t find the nouneree and perhaps thought it was the name of the river. Can you walk into the same nouneree twice? She jumped in. Lost lovesickness, now called co-dependency.

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Baby Blues

By Drew Hayden Taylor

A highly wrought farce of patrimony in a stifling, politically correct, post-colonial milieu of “fancy dancers” of every stripe on the pow wow trail. Cast of 3 women and 3 men.

Back to the War

By Frank Davey

A careful archaeology of the catalogue of innocence assembled by a youthful imagination blossoming during World War II.

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By David Fennario

The English and French working class get together on their balconies in Montreal. Cast of 3 women and 6 men.

Bambi and Me

By Michel Tremblay

Autobiographical pieces about how movies shaped the life of young Michel Tremblay.

Banana Boots

By David Fennario

A one-man-show/memoir in which Fennario recounts, with astonishing insight and wit, the phenomenon of taking his famous bilingual play, Balconville, to Belfast on a British / Canadian cultural mission. Cast of 1 man.

Bardy Google

By Frank Davey

These texts are part of Davey’s ongoing work on the use of the sentence as the basic structural unit of poetry—to create poetic texts, as they have always been created, out of the materials of prose. They also constitute another of his forays into cultural commentary—in this case, disclosing how our engagement with globalized culture creates meaning as it “speaks through itself.”

Baseball Love

By George Bowering

Bowering’s life in love and the game unfolds in a picaresque memoir of a road trip taken through the storied ballparks of the poet’s youthful dreams.


By Chris Craddock & Nathan Cuckow

While the goal of BASH’d is first and foremost to tell an engaging gay love story, it also flips the music industry’s gangsta stereotype of rap music on its head and returns it to its political roots—in this case to explore the dangers of the kind of attitudes that continue to condone and even encourage sexual discrimination of all kinds in our society. Not since Coleridge’s Rime of the Ancient Mariner has a narrative poem inspired such empathy in the hearts and minds of its audience.

Beating the Bushes

By Steven Bush

Steven Bush is on a mission to confront the skeletons in his family closet. Did his very own cousins occupy the White House? What can he, a distant relation of the “Bushes” do to redeem the family name? This stand-up comedy, rant, political protest and call to action is a brash theatrical tour de force. Cast of 1 man.


By Morris Panych

Full of excruciating twists of fate and malice, this dark comedy of “trading places” resonates with uncomfortable truths about how we see (or don’t see) the people we live with every day. Cast of 2 women and three men.

Berlin Blues, The

By Drew Hayden Taylor

Concluding Taylor’s Blues Quartet, German developers here show up on the “Otter Lake Reserve” proposing “OjibwayWorld,” a Native theme park designed to attract Europeans tourists to this destination resort. Cast of 3 women and 3 men.

Beyond Recall

By Mary Meigs

A beautiful memoir that reads like the most exquisitely crafted fiction.

Billy Bishop Goes to War

By John MacLachlan Gray & Eric Peterson

A musical about Canada’s famous World War I flying ace. Cast of 2 men.

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Billy Bishop Goes to War - 2nd Edition

By John MacLachlan Gray & Eric Peterson

A musical about Canada’s famous World War I flying ace. Cast of 2 men.

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Birth of a Bookworm

By Michel Tremblay

A tour of books that inspired Tremblay’s imagination.

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Birth of a Bridge

By Maylis de Kerangal

From one of the most exciting novelists writing in France today comes Birth of a Bridge – the story of a handful of men and women of various backgrounds and classes, who assemble around the construction of a giant suspension bridge in Coca, a fictional city somewhere in a mythical and fantastic California.

Blonds on Bikes

By George Bowering

A composition of daily riffs during an autumn in Denmark and Italy; an album of verbal portraits by a husband and wife who see differently; and a series of tributes to other writers on special occasions.

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Blue Box

By Carmen Aguirre

In this sexy, fast-paced, and darkly comic follow-up to her acclaimed autobiography, Something Fierce: Memoirs of a Revolutionary Daughter, Aguirre ultimately asks: Between the extremes of love for the political cause and love for another, how and where does one create space for self-love?

Boiler Room Suite

By Rex Deverell

The broken lives and the heroic struggle for joy of two “tramps” in a hotel boiler room. Cast of 1 woman and 2 men.

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By David Fennario

Set in a hotel bar in Montreal on Remembrance Day, Bolsheviki has World War I veteran Harry “Rosie” Rollins telling young reporter Jerry Nines about his experience in the trenches. Rollins recalls men pissing their pants, losing limbs and planning a revolt against their officers. This cutting-edge drama, profoundly in opposition to conventional histories of Canadian troops in World War I, debunks every sentimental notion of duty, heroism and nationhood.

Bonbons Assortis / Assorted Candies

By Michel Tremblay

This delightful collection of eight autobiographical narratives inspired by Michel Tremblay’s childhood and youth offers the reader poignant and joyful childhood memories as varied as the assorted candies his mother hoarded under her bed, to be shared only on the most festive or dramatic of family occasions. Through the eyes of young Michel we see the lively, bustling household of Fabre Street and the events which profoundly shaped his view of the world in this exquisite remembrance of childhood past.

Bonjour, Là, Bonjour

By Michel Tremblay

A beloved brother returns to his family. Cast of 6 women and 2 men.

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Book of Esther, The

By Leanna Brodie

The Book of Esther examines the seemingly irreconcilable positions of two groups: conservative rural Christians and militantly anti-religious urban queer activists. But Brodie doesn’t take sides. Instead, it’s like she’s picked up a rock to discover what’s scurrying around underneath, pointed it out to us, and said, “Isn’t this interesting. Maybe we should all look at this for a while. Maybe we should talk about it, instead of just pretending that it isn’t there.”

Bordertown Café

By Kelly Rebar

Young Jimmy faces a dilemma: embrace the hero of American popular myth as embodied by his father, or engage the task of building a different identity, embodied by his mother “on the Canadian side of nowhere.” Cast of 2 women and 2 men.

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Boy in The Treehouse, The / Girl Who Loved Her Horses

By Drew Hayden Taylor

Two plays about the process of children becoming adults and the nature of, and necessity for, rites of passage in all cultures.


By Stephen Scobie

Scobie illuminates Nichol’s relationship to Dadaism, contemporary French literary theory and the writing of Gertrude Stein, positing a cogent argument for Nichol’s importance as a writer of fiction.

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By bp Nichol

Nichol’s comics (1960–1980) informed his work in other genres as well as the work of other writers.

Bread and Salt

By Renee Rodin

Bread and _Salt_—what you bring for luck to a new house—is a joyous affirmation of vision and courage in hard times.

Bridges of Light

By Cyril E. Leonoff

This illustrated biography of one of the last great black-and-white photographers of the Pacific Northwest is also an extraordinary photo art book. Printed on wood-free paper.

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Burning Vision

By Marie Clements

Dene miners, radium painters and people of Hiroshima labour under the false sun of uranium which poisons their relationships to the earth and to each other. Cast of 5 women and 12 men.

Buz'Gem Blues, The

By Drew Hayden Taylor

The third play in Taylor’s ongoing zany, often farcical examination of both Native and non-Native stereotypes in what is to become what he calls his “Blues Quartet.” Cast of 3 women and 3 men.


By Brian Fawcett

Investigative fictions that examine the intentions of the information revolution.

Can You See Me Yet?

By Timothy Findley

A search for sanctuary in an Ontario insane asylum in 1938. Cast of 7 women and 4 men.

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Canada: A New Tax Haven

By Alain Deneault

In Canada: A New Tax Haven, Alain Deneault traces Canada’s relationship with Commonwealth Caribbean nations back through the last half of the twentieth century, arguing that the involvement of Canadian financiers in establishing and maintaining Caribbean tax havens has predisposed Canada to become a tax haven itself – a metamorphosis well under way.

Canadian Drama and the Critics

By L.W. Conolly

This lively, updated assortment of critical deliberations on contemporary Canadian drama is an ideal companion text to Modern Canadian Plays Volumes I and _II._ 

Capital Tales

By Brian Fawcett

A collection of stories that form tough, uncompromising portraits of people discovering the illusions they live by.

Cariboo Magi

By Lucia Frangione

Hilarious drama ensues when a bedraggled troupe of players heads into the wilds of the Cariboo to perform a Christmas pageant. Set in the gold rush era, Cariboo Magi is an unabashed celebration of the power of theatre to renew our lives and banish our cares. Cast of 2 women and 2 men.

Carmela’s Table

By Vittorio Rossi

The second play in Rossi’s A Carpenter’s Trilogy finds Italian war veteran Silvio in Montreal with his new family and his mother. Deeply traumatized by his wartime experiences, Silvio’s gradual unravelling ultimately threatens to destroy his family. Cast of 3 women and 2 men.


By Lola Lemire Tostevin

The recent deaths of her father and several friends at the time of a trip to Egypt have led the author to write about the essential relation between language and death.

Cerulean Blue

By Drew Hayden Taylor

Cerulean Blue is a comedic play about a struggling blues band invited to participate in a benefit concert for a First Nation community in conflict with governmental authorities. The play was written for a large ensemble cast, which makes it ideal for musical theatre departments in high schools and colleges – every student can play a part. Cast of ten women and ten men.

Chameleon & Other Stories

By Bill Schermbrucker

A collection of short stories from the point of view of a young man growing up in Kenya during the time of Mau Mau.

Change Room

By Mark Cochrane

The body is here fetishized by the creative power of desire to the point where the love of perfection crosses the boundaries of gender and polity.

Charles Olson at the Harbor

By Ralph Maud

A repudiation of Tom Clark’s carelessly biased Charles Olson: The Allegory of a Poet’s Life, this diligently researched biography by longtime Olson scholar, friend and correspondent Ralph Maud redeems the reputation of one of the greatest American poets of the 20th century.

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By Wendy Lill

This compelling drama by a former parliamentary critic for persons with disabilities explores the ethical controversy and public policy surrounding reproductive technologies, particularly cross-species chimeras. Cast of 2 women and 5 men.

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Chinese Blue

By Weyman Chan

Here is Weyman Chan at his most fiercely ironic, tracing a lineage he interprets subconsciously and through the intricacies of its raw genetic material, with keenly biting language that echoes the rhythms of Qu Yuan in contemplation of his own mortality beside the flowing waters of impermanence:

I would prefer to jump into the river and be entombed in the stomachs of fishes than to bow while purity is defiled by vulgar pestilence.

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Christina, The Girl King

By Michel Marc Bouchard

Michel Marc Bouchard’s latest play tells the story of Queen Christina of Sweden, who wreaked havoc throughout northern Europe in the middle of the seventeenth century. An enigmatic monarch, a flamboyant and unpredictable intellectual, a woman eager for knowledge, and a feminist before her time, Christina reigned over an empire she hoped to make the most sophisticated in all of Europe.

Circumstances Alter Photographs

By Michael Barnholden

On Friday, April 24, 1885, Captain James Peters took the world’s first battlefield photographs under fire at the battle of Fish Creek in the Canadian Northwest Territory of Saskatchewan. Neglected for over 120 years, these images literally shine new light on the War of 1885—particularly the second part of the campaign against the Indians under Big Bear, Poundmaker and Miserable Man. They are frankly astonishing in both their eerily haunting visual impact and as much by the mere fact that they even still exist.

Citizen Suárez

By Guillermo Verdecchia

Short stories about people travelling, wandering, or lost between countries and languages—people caught between the impulse to flee and the desire to belong.

Coast Salish Essays

By Wayne Suttles

A careful selection from the work of the greatest living ethnographer of the Pacific Northwest.

Cold Comfort (DRAMA)

By Jim Garrard

Set in Saskatchewan, the geographic centre of Canada, Cold Comfort depicts the complex relationship among three characters. Cast of 1 woman and 2 men.

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Cold Comfort (NON-FICTION)

By Gil McElroy

When his father died, award-winning poet Gil McElroy was given a box of photographs that documented his father’s work on the Canadian military’s northern DEW Line in the 1950s. McElroy displays each image, then attempts to come to terms with the mysterious figure who took them, a man better understood by his military compatriots than by his own family.

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Colours in the Dark

By James Reaney

A mosaic of experiences that form a childhood. Cast of 2 women, 2 men, 1 female child and 1 male child.

Concise Köchel, The

By Normand Chaurette

A lifetime’s devotion to the music of Mozart conceals a gruesome secret. Cast of 4 women.

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Consecrated Ground

By George Boyd

In Consecrated Ground, Nova Scotian playwright George Boyd retells the struggle of Africville’s residents to save their homes and their dignity. With tremendous wit and gravity, George Boyd takes us back to Africville on the verge of extinction, making us a gift of characters believable in their vulnerabilities, their courage and their outrage.

Conversations in Tehran

By Jean-Daniel LaFond & Fred A. Reed

Filmmaker Jean-Daniel Lafond and author Fred A. Reed document the fall of Mohammed Khatami’s reform movement through candid conversations with Iranian artists, journalists and political activists.

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Coping with Emotions and Otters

By Dina Del Bucchia

Combining serial poetic technique with pop psychology how-to books, Dina Del Bucchia fashions punchy emotional guides in an age when illusory autonomy is achieved by “going viral” and through obsessive identification with celebrities. She tracks two otters at the Vancouver Aquarium who became famous for holding hands and were watched by millions on YouTube prompting us to meditate upon the media frustum through which we construct emotional realities.

Copper Thunderbird

By Marie Clements

A multi-layered and visionary drama of a life wracked by both triumph and ordeal, based on the persona of famed Ojibwa artist Norval Morrisseau. Cast of 5 women and 4 men.

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By Catriona Strang

Catriona Strang expertly “fabricates her own reality” in poems that explore the female condition and respond to Marcel Proust’s In Search of Lost Time. In a powerful and rare display of poetic ingenuity, Strang situates classical themes of existentialism, memory, time, and the role of women in two clarifying contexts: the metaphorical mailbox of Proust and the speaker’s own body, as understood in geographical and geological terms.


By Wendy Lill

Corker uses the familiar but difficult and treacherous 19th-century device of representing the family as a microcosm of the nation state. Cast of 2 women and 4 men.

Coronation Voyage, The

By Michel Marc Bouchard

Will a Montreal Mafioso sacrifice his young son for safe conduct to England? Cast of 6 women and 8 men.


By Rahat Kurd

Cosmophilia translates multiple glittering facets of Muslim culture into, and reflects back from, the immediacy of embodied, urban Canadian experience. Allusive, playful multilingual imagery inhabits long narrative meditations, free-form couplets, and the traditional ghazal, in elegiac or sharply satirical moods.


By Beverley Simons

A woman manipulates the men in her life into assuming the stereotypical privatized roles of husband, lover, father and son. Cast of 1 woman and 3 men.

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Crees in the Caribbean

By Drew Hayden Taylor

A heartwarming comedy about two middle-aged First Nations elders, Evie and Cecil, on their very first trip out of the country.

CECIL: So, what exactly are we going to do now that we’re here in Mexico?

EVIE: I’m so glad you asked. Supposedly there are some ancient Mayan ruins somewhere in the interior, not far from here. I thought that might be interesting.

CECIL: If you want to look at an ancient, broken-down, Indian ruin, we can go visit
your cousin.

Evie and Cecil are celebrating their thirty-fifth wedding anniversary. As a gift, their grown children send them on a second honeymoon – to a fabulous resort on the Caribbean coast of Mexico. The only problem is that neither have ever been out of the country, let alone off their Cree reservation. Each reacts to their new experiences differently, and something ominous seems to be bothering Cecil. Despite the sun, sand, and sea sparkling right outside the resort window, all Cecil seems to want to do is sit alone in his hotel room, idly flipping through TV channels, the curtains pulled tight. What is he worried about? Maybe there is more behind this trip than he has been told. The past, present, and future all pay the couple a visit as they acclimatize to the pleasures of Mexico – and
spicy food. Mixed up in all the fun is their hotel housekeeper, Manuela. As they form a bond with this courteous young local, they help her navigate some of the troublesome situations in which she finds herself.

Cast of 1 man and 2 women.

Crimes and Mercies
Crimes and Mercies

By James Bacque

More than 9 million Germans died from deliberate Allied starvation and expulsion policies after WWII. At the same time, a food-aid program saved an estimated 80 million.

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Crossing the City

By Michel Tremblay

The story continues … The second in Michel Tremblay’s new series of novels presents two very different lives. We meet Maria as she leaves the city of Providence, Rhode Island, pregnant and alone. Two years later, we also meet Maria’s older daughter, Rhéauna, as she disembarks the train at Windsor Station, having crossed the continent from her grandparents’ farm in Saskatchewan, called home to Montreal to care for her one-year-old baby brother, Théo, while Maria works. Crossing the City continues the Desrosiers Diaspora novel series.

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Crossing the Continent

By Michel Tremblay

It is 1913, at a time of industry and adventure, when crossing the continent was an enterprise undertaken by so many, young and old, from myriads of cultures, unimpeded by the abstractly constructed borders and identities that have so fractured our world of today.

Cruel Tears

By Ken Mitchell

An innovative “country opera” set in Saskatoon, with a captivating parallel to Shakespeare’s Othello. Cast of 5 women, 10 men and a band.


By Daniel MacIvor

Written by one of Canada’s most influential postmodern playwrights, this dazzling one-man show is storytelling of the highest order.

Cultural Mischief

By Frank Davey

A collection of prose poems on the hyperbolic absurdities of multiculturalism in action.

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Cyrano de Bergerac [new]

By Edmond Rostand

An epic and heroic tale that has enchanted generations, in an English prose translation that is immanently readable and stageable. Cast of 5 women and 12 men, plus many minor characters.


By Sean Devine

Based on true events, Daisy is a political drama that presents the moment in TV history that ushered in the age of negative advertising and fundamentally changed how we elect our leaders.

Damnée Manon, Sacrée Sandra

By Michel Tremblay

Two interweaving monologues on the sacred and the profane. Cast of 1 woman and 1 man.

Dancock's Dance

By Guy Vanderhaeghe

The influenza epidemic of 1918, and the ruin and chaos of the First World War resonate through the locked doors and barred windows of an insane asylum and into the lives of the patients confined within. Cast of 1 woman and 5 men.

Darwin Alone in the Universe

By M.A.C. Farrant

A brilliant collection of satirical short stories.

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Davie Street Translations

By Daniel Zomparelli

To the street that is a village, Daniel Zomparelli conveys a liveliness and wit that rhetorically towel-flicks its way from the sardonic bathhouse banter of ancient Rome to the cinematic musical machismo of the poets of the San Francisco Renaissance, with each poem “translating” another chapter in his documentary of gay male culture in Vancouver, demonstrating, to paraphrase Oscar Wilde, that the young are always ready to give to those who are older than themselves the full benefits of their inexperience.

Dead Metaphor

By George F. Walker

Canada’s top playwright sears the page with three new darkly comic plays that denounce political culture, individualism, and the accompanying moral depravity.

The title play, Dead Metaphor, examines the collision of a politician’s personal and professional lives, complicated by a son’s return from Afghanistan.

In The Ravine, a mayoral candidate earns that his ex-wife is living in a gully nearby and wants to put a hit on him.

The Burden of Self-Awareness has money at the centre of a dramatic conflict of values.

Each of the three plays is populated by characters trying to navigate the increasingly blurred lines of what’s right and wrong – trying to always stay informed, alert, and ready to act for the common good. Or just to get even.

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Dead White Writer on the Floor

By Drew Hayden Taylor

Dead White Writer on the Floor uses two literary conventions—theatre of the absurd and mystery novels—to create one of the funniest and thought-provoking plays ever about identity politics.

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Death of René Lévesque, The

By David Fennario

An astonishingly profound and prophetic political drama that delivers the powerful and cathartic stillbirth of a nation, stripped of both pity and fear. Cast of 2 women and 4 men.

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Death of the Spider

By Michèle Mailhot

A solitary woman’s interior journey of self-discovery.


By Ken Belford

If language is an index of belonging, then Decompositions is the writing of an exile, a tribe of one. For Belford, poetry is a social process that explores linguistic and political particulars from a gaze that is opposite to the shelters of convention, the academy, the city, or the south. It is a writing that rules out the anticipation and doubt of traditional narrative. These are not safe poems, they resist more than they assure.


By John Murrell

In the midst of the American Civil War, Walt Whitman and Ralph Waldo Emerson discuss the past, the future, life, love and what it means to be human. Cast of 4 men.

Desert of the Heart
Desert of the Heart

By Jane Rule

Two women meet and fall in love in Reno, Nevada. Set in the late 1950s, this classic of lesbian eroticism is Jane Rule’s first novel.

Discovery Passages
Discovery Passages

By Garry Thomas Morse

With breathtaking virtuosity, Garry Thomas Morse sets out to recover the appropriated, stolen, and scattered world of his ancestral people, retracing Captain Vancouver’s original “voyage of discovery.” and linking Kwakwaka’wakw traditions of the past with a modern poetic tradition in North America that encompasses the entire scope of relations between oral and vocal tradition, ancient ritual, historical contextuality, and our continuing rites.

Dishwashers, The

By Morris Panych

Haplessly determined to have his own miserable authority vindicated, chief dishwasher Dressler presides over the steam-choked basement of an upscale restaurant, tyrannizing his co-workers with his rants of pride of craft and Marxist rhetoric. Cast of 3 men.

Dispatches from the Occupation
Dispatches from the Occupation

By Stephen Collis

Stephen Collis meditates on the idea of change as it moves through intellectual history, tracing its patterns and comparing its articulation across disciplines. He offers short “dispatches” from his involvement in the Occupy Movement, and a long prose-poem examining the philosophical trope of Rome, the “eternal city,” from its imperial past, through republicanism, to the era of modern social movements.

Divinity Bash / nine lives

By Bryden MacDonald

Bryden MacDonald’s most extreme venture into the world of the theatre to date: a play in which everything, and therefore nothing, is sacred. Cast of 3 women, 5 men and 1 transgendered person.

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Doctor Thomas Neill Cream

By David Fennario

In 1876, Jack the Ripper, a.k.a. Canadian Dr. Cream, graduated from McGill’s faculty of medicine. Cast of 4 women and 6 men.

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Dog Attempts to Drown Man in Saskatoon

By Douglas Glover

Stylish and slightly off-beat stories that involve the lives of a wide variety of people.

Dominican Moon

By Ken Norris

Composed like a dark novel-in-verse, the second book in Norris’s travel trilogy is an unsettling story of the deficiencies of love steeped in a clash of cultures between the third world and the first.

Down Dangerous Passes Road

By Michel Marc Bouchard

15 years after the death of their father, three brothers get together and drive out to the place where it happened: an old fishing spot on the river down Dangerous Passes Road. Cast of 3 men.

Down Time
Down Time

By Jeff Derksen

Proposes a social self that is able to recognize the ironies and restrictions we live in without returning to a garrison mentality.


By Nikki Reimer

In this quick-witted collection of poems, Nikki Reimer mines the language of new media – hashtags, YouTube comments, Twitter updates – to defamiliarize the very substance of modern life: the constellation of media-enforced ideals that barrage our newsfeeds, daily commutes to #work, and (mostly online) excursions to the (Apple) store. In its shifty way, Reimer’s text alternates between the voices of Vancouver’s youth- and consumer-driven populace, asking the question, “What happens when the Market is the Way, the Truth, and the Life?”

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dream / arteries

By Phinder Dulai

In his third poetry collection, dream / arteries, Phinder Dulai connects the 376 passengers of the Komagata Maru with other New World settler migrants who travelled on the same ship throughout its thirty-six-year history, including to ports of call in Hong Kong, Japan, India, Turkey, Halifax, Montreal, and Ellis Island. By drawing on ship records, nautical maps, passenger manifests, and the rich, detailed record of the Komagata Maru, Dulai demonstrates how the 1914 incident encapsulates a broader narrative of migration throughout the New World.

Dream Pool Essays

By Gil McElroy

An active multiple streaming of apparently disparate sources: astronomy; theoretical cosmology and quantum physics; and the literary and visual arts.

Driving Force, The

By Michel Tremblay

The stormy and angst-filled relationship between Claude and his father Alex is compellingly played out with a cruel and disconsolate irony in an Alzheimer’s ward. Cast of 2 men.

Dunsmuirs: A Promise Kept, The

By Rod Langley

A dark family secret emerges in this second play about the wealthy and ill-fated Dunsmuir family. Cast of 3 women and 6 men.

Dunsmuirs: Alone at the Edge, The

By Rod Langley

The first of three plays in this saga of one of Canada’s wealthiest and most ruthless families. Cast of 2 women and 6 men.

Dürer's Angel

By Marie-Claire Blais

A novel of Pauline Archange’s desire to translate the events of her life into words.

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By Jeff Derksen

This long poem blends and bends the lyric, procedural poetry, the travelogue and extended forms. Dwell lives in, or dwells on, the interaction of a restless subjectivity with the seemingly transparent, yet identifiable, social codes that encase us.

Dyssemia Sleaze

By Adeena Karasick

Cf. SEMA, unit of meaning: i.e. Dyssemia: (flawed information reception) Sleaze / sli:z/ v. Rough with projecting fibres.


By Morris Panych

Doyle has a very funny problem: he hears too much. He can hear the most intimate details of the lives of everyone living in his apartment building. He blames his hyper-sensitive condition on a physical abnormality; but we’re not so certain. Cast of 1 man.

The East End Plays: Part 1
East End Plays: Part 1, The

By George F. Walker

Contains the Governor General’s Award-winning Criminals in Love (1984), Chalmers Award-winning Better Living (1986) and Escape from Happiness (1987). With an introduction by Jerry Wasserman.

East End Plays: Part 2, The

By George F. Walker

Contains Beautiful City, Love and Anger and Tough.

Ebooks (Full List)

By Talonbooks

See the full list of ebooks available from Talonbooks. More than 160 are available!

The Ecstasy of Rita Joe
Ecstasy of Rita Joe, The

By George Ryga

A lyric documentary about a young Indian girl who comes to the city only to die on Skid Row. Cast of 5 women and 15 men.

Edward Curtis Project, The

By Marie Clements
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The Edward Curtis Project began when the Presentation House Theatre commissioned Marie Clements to write a play that would stage the issues raised by Curtis’ monumental but controversial achievement—to dramatize not only the creation of his photographic record of “the vanishing race of the North American Indian” and the enormous commitment, unwavering vision, sacrifice, poverty and ultimate disappointment it represented for the photographer, but also the devastating legacy that his often misrepresentative and imposed vision had on the lives of the people he touched.

Empire of Desire

By Thierry Hentsch

This second volume in Hentsch’s epic survey of the formative texts of the Western narrative tradition traces western civilization’s quest for immortality across a further four centuries through an examination of specific works by Moliére, Voltaire, Diderot, de Sade, Rousseau, Hegel, Melville, Flaubert, Joyce, Proust and others.

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Empire of the Son

By Tetsuro Shigematsu

Empire of the Son is an original one-hander that blurs the boundaries between artistic disciplines and continents. It is a unique theatrical hybrid that combines cinematography with the raw immediacy of a performance piece intimately connected to real life in real time. Through a series of audio interviews, playwright Tetsuro Shigetmatsu discovers vast worlds contained within his emotionally remote father – from the ashes of World War II and Hiroshima to swinging London in the 1960s and work in broadcasting at the BBC. As the playwright learns about how his own father was once a son, he realizes all the ways in which he himself needs to step up and become a better dad. This funny, poignant story of one immigrant family and their intergenerational conflicts reminds us
that no matter how far we journey out into the world to find ourselves – across decades and continents – we never stop being our parents’ children. It is the story of two generations of CBC broadcasters and the radio silence between them. The 2016 remount in Vancouver completely sold out, and Empire of the Son is currently touring across Canada.

Cast of 1 man

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En Pièces Détachées

By Michel Tremblay

The life of a lower-class family in East End Montreal. Cast of 4 women and 2 men.

Ends of the Earth, The

By Morris Panych

Panych’s brilliant tale reminds us all that fear can become a self-fulfilling prophecy. Cast of 2 women and 3 men.

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Entering Time

By Colin Browne

Every good story is an origin story – and a mystery story – and in Entering Time: The Fungus Man Platters of Charles Edenshaw, Browne ranges through the fields of art history, literature, ethnology, and myth to discover a parallel history of modernism within one of the world’s most subtle and sophisticated artistic and literary cultures.

Ernestine Shuswap Gets Her Trout

By Tomson Highway

Based on the signing of the Laurier Memorial, this play is a ritualized retelling of how the Native Peoples of British Columbia lost their land, rights and language—in one of the most tragic cases of cultural genocide to emerge from the history of colonialism. Cast of 4 women.

Esker Mike and His Wife, Agiluk

By Herschel Hardin

A classic tragedy about Inuit life and how it is affected by white settlers, priests and government officials. Cast of 6 women and 9 men.


By Lucia Frangione

Sexy, provocative and challenging, Espresso inverts the Catholic stereotypes of feminine sexuality to boldly examine their corresponding masculine sexual emblems of Father, Son and Holy Ghost. Cast of 1 woman and 1 man.

Essays on George F. Walker

By Chris Johnson

The first book-length examination of the work of Canada’s most-produced and internationally recognized playwright, George F. Walker, who has not only created a substantial body of work, but also impressed it all with his unique “Walkeresque” stamp.

EX MACHINA: Creating for the Stage

By Patrick Caux & Bernard Gilbert

In 1993 when Robert Lepage suggested to his colleagues that a specific identity and image be found for his next working group, he imposed one condition. The word “theatre” was not to be part of the name of the new company.

Execution, The

By Marie-Claire Blais

Two school boys plot and enact the murder of a classmate. Cast of 3 women and 17 men.

Fairies Are Thirsty, The

By Denise Boucher

Three women—a housewife, a whore and the Virgin Mary—fight to break out of the stereotypes in which they have been imprisoned for years. Cast of 3 women.

Fairy Ring

By Martine Desjardins

A compulsively readable, beautiful and dark novel of stormy relationships and all-consuming desires.

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False Starts

By Louis Patrick Leroux

False Starts presents a series of determining moments between two people stuck reliving the same scene over and over, but in unexpected ways and in different genres (from diary to dramatic dialogue, film script to sound installation).

Faraway Nearby, The

By John Murrell

Georgia O’Keeffe resigns herself to an old age spent alone in the auburn and tawny light of her beloved Faraway mountains, in the desert’s dangerous energies, its desolate beauty, until a stranger enters her life. Cast of 1 woman and 1 man.

Fearless Warriors

By Drew Hayden Taylor

By degrees dramatic, shocking, tender, affirmative and tragic, each of these stories takes on a different cliché of inter-racial and inter-cultural relations, all of them suffused with the incomparable wit, generous humour, critical edge and profound emotional empathy of a master story-teller.

Fifteen Miles of Broken Glass

By Tom Hendry

A look at post-World War II Canada from a recent high-school graduate’s viewpoint. Cast of 2 women and 9 men.


By Ken Norris

Among its widely diverse poetic forms, the book constructs odes, elegies, sonnets and long poem sequences, as Norris travels from Maine to Santo Domingo, from Phnom Penh to Montreal, and from the shorelines of the Caribbean to the banks of the Mekong River.

Five Star Planet

By David W. McFadden

The poems in this third volume of McFadden’s Terrafina Trilogy —which began with Gypsy Guitar and There’ll be Another —suggest the earth is an exotic way station, a hotel.

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Floating Up to Zero

By Ken Norris

In Floating Up to Zero, Ken Norris introduces us to “a traveller from an antique land,” though in this case that traveller’s story is not Shelley’s meditation on the vanity of ancient kings, but rather the poet’s ­meditation on the here and now, on the present moment, precariously balanced between a certain frozen past and an uncertain fluid future. Meditative, incisive and light in their touch, these poems tell us: “The old star charts were perhaps a little out of date. That is, new stars had since been found, though sometimes they were only streetlights, mistaken.”

For Home and Country

By Leanna Brodie

The rise of an urban and radicalized feminist agenda in the latter part of the 20th century leads to a head-on collision with its much more conservative, rural roots in the Women’s Institute, founded in 1897. Cast of 16 women and 3 men.

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for love and autonomy

By Anahita Jamali Rad

Jamali Rad deals with the stuff of everyday life: work and sex, friendship and love. Her critical attention to the structure of these social relations creates a poetics of trial and failure, questioning the very “culture” responsible for its making as she forges a way for the possibility of radical resistance in language.

For the Pleasure of Seeing Her Again

By Michel Tremblay

Tremblay offers glimpses of himself and his mother at five different stages of their lives together. Cast of 1 woman and 1 man.

Forever Yours, Marie-Lou
Forever Yours, Marie-Lou

By Michel Tremblay

Tremblay’s penetrating analysis of a Quebec family unit. Cast of 3 women and 1 man.

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Fortified Castles

By ryan fitzpatrick

Starting with the lyric statement as a point of interrogation, Fortified Castles asks what might cause a retreat into the comforting walls of the self.


By Chantal Bilodeau

Forward is about climate change. It’s a story about how an Arctic explorer unwittingly opened up the Arctic for development. A story about people having good intentions that led to unintended consequences. A story about who we are in all our glorious imperfection. But Forward is also a story of hope.

fractal economies

By derek beaulieu

beaulieu pushes the limits of poetry and poetics, challenging the status quo of the genre and the politics of language itself.

Fragments of a Farewell Letter Read by Geologists

By Normand Chaurette

A dramatized inquiry in which five geologists are interrogated on the death of one of their colleagues in the Mekong Delta. Cast of 1 woman and 6 men.

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Friendly + Fire

By Danielle LaFrance

Comprising experimental poetry and prose, Friendly + Fire interrogates the male subjective experience of war and the gendered implications of camaraderie or “brotherhood” while aligning the seriousness of a war target with the frivolities of gossip.

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From Oral to Written

By Tomson Highway

Tomson Highway’s From Oral to Written is a study of Native literature published in Canada between 1980 and 2010, a catalogue of amazing books that sparked the embers of a dormant voice.

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From the Poplars

By Cecily Nicholson

From the Poplars is the poetic outcome of archival research, and of listening to the land and the stories of a place. It is a meditation on an unmarked, twenty-seven and a half acres of land held as government property: a monument to colonial plunder on the waterfront of a city, like many cities, built upon erasures. From an emplaced poet and resident of New Westminster, this text contributes to present narratives on decolonization. It is an honouring of river and riparian density, and a witness to resilience, tempering a silence that inevitably will be heard.

Fronteras Americanas

By Guillermo Verdecchia

One man’s struggle to find a home between two cultures, exploding the images and constructs built up around Latinos and Latin America. Cast of 1 man.

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Fronteras Americanas - 2nd Edition

By Guillermo Verdecchia

One man’s struggle to find a home between two cultures, exploding the images and constructs built up around Latinos and Latin America. Cast of 1 man.

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By Joshua Whitehead

This poetry collection focuses on a hybridized Indigiqueer Trickster character named Zoa who brings together the organic (the protozoan) and the technologic (the binaric) in order to re-beautify and re-member queer Indigeneity.

Gabriel Dumont Speaks, Revised Edition

By Gabriel Dumont

In 1903, eighteen years after leading the Métis Army against the Northwest Expeditionary Force and the Northwest Mounted Police at Fish Creek, Duck Lake and Batoch, Louis Riel’s Adjuntant General, Gabrial Dumont, dictated his memoirs. The manuscript remained unpublished in the Manitoba Provincial Archives until its discovery there by Michael Barnholden in 1971. Translated here into English, it preserves a unique experience, offering us a rare opportunity to view one of the central events in the history of the Métis through the eyes of one of their key heros.


By Adeena Karasick

Explores through play and pun the intersection of multiple cultures, codes, idioms and constructs that have an impact on female identity.

George Bowering

By Eva-Marie Kröller

This first book-length study of Bowering explores the relationship between his work and the arts.

George Ryga: The Other Plays

By George Ryga

Hoffman provides an effective and multifaceted description for the student seeking a quick understanding of Ryga’s stature as a playwright
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George Ryga: The Prairie Novels

By George Ryga

This collection includes Hungry Hills, Ballad of a Stonepicker and Night Desk.

Get Me Out of Here

By Sachiko Murakami

Why is it often so difficult to stay present in the moment? Poet Sachiko Murakami asked this question in an open call on the Internet, and in airports across the globe, from YVR (Vancouver) to RKV (Reykjavik), people in transit stopped to note in only one sentence their impressions of things, events, people, and feelings. The poems that result from this experiment in crowd-sourcing content search departures and arrivals for a handhold on the fleeting present. Working within and wriggling out of the formal constraint of fourteen lines, Get Me Out of Here explores what poems need to do to stay when the mind is begging to leave.

Get on Top

By David Homel

In this startlingly original and penetrating novel, the Messiah appears as a woman who shows up in rural America instead of Jerusalem, preaching moral license, not repentance.

Gideon's Blues

By George Boyd

The profound humanity of Boyd’s characters reminds us that while neither drug abuse nor the breakdown of the traditional family is exclusive to the black community, racism accelerates their destructive effects in ghastly measures. Cast of 3 women and 4 men.

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Girl in the Goldfish Bowl

By Morris Panych

It’s into the goldfish bowl of a dysfunctional family that the audience peers with acute recognition, hysterical laughter and an overwhelming sense of the creative healing power of the imagination. Cast of 3 women and 2 men.

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Glace Bay Miners' Museum, The

By Wendy Lill

A story of the ill-fated love between a wandering musician social-idealist and a Cape Breton coal miner’s daughter. Cast of 2 women and 3 men.


By rob mclennan

Composed in three sections, Glengarry is a return in writing to the landscape of rob mclennan’s youth and a headlong rush into the fractures, slippages and buried surfaces of what the text leaves undisclosed to him.

Go Figure

By Réjean Ducharme

A hauntingly beautiful tale of a Montreal couple alienated from each other after suffering the miscarriage of twins.

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God and the Indian

By Drew Hayden Taylor

While panhandling outside a coffee shop, Johnny, a Cree woman who lives on the streets, is shocked to recognize a face from her childhood, which was spent in a residential school. Desperate to hear the man acknowledge the terrible abuse he inflicted on her and other children at the school, Johnny follows Anglican bishop George King to his office to confront him, but is the bishop actually guilty of what she claims, or has her ability to recollect been altered by poverty, abuse, and starvation experienced on the streets? Can her memories be trusted? Who is responsible for what? At its core, God and the Indian, by celebrated Aboriginal playwright Drew Hayden Taylor, explores the complex process of healing through dialogue.

Cast of 1 woman and 1 man.

Going Home

By Ken Norris

The whole manufactured unreality of our world falls away in these poems, leading us both toward and away from being “at home” in the present.

Goodnight Disgrace

By Michael Mercer

From his wheelchair in a nursing home, Conrad Aiken recalls his long, stormy relations with Malcolm Lowry. Cast of 3 women and 4 men.


By Morris Panych

Gordon and his former cellmate, Carl, break into Gordon’s family home, wherein they confront some very disturbing metaphors. Cast of 1 woman and 3 men.

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Great Lakes Suite

By David W. McFadden

Specially revised and edited, and for the first time in one complete volume, Great Lakes Suite includes A Trip Around Lake Ontario, A Trip Around Lake Erie and A Trip Around Lake Huron.

Great Wave Of Civilization, The

By Herschel Hardin

The destruction of the people of the Blackfoot Confederacy by the liquor trade in Alberta and Montana. Cast of 5 women and 13 men.

griddle talk

By Carol Malyon & bill bissett

A series of literary conversations between Malyon, who writes within the objective bounds of standard English usage, and bissett, one of contemporary writing’s most exotic practitioners, working with the visual forms of language in his own non-hierarchic, phonetic orthography.

Ground Water

By Colin Browne

Investigates the elements of the spiritual topography of the twentieth century and closely examines the conventional symbology passed on to the poet / map-maker by his ancestors.

Gull, The

By Daphne Marlatt

Winner of the prestigious 2008 Uchimura Naoya Prize, The Gull is a play written in the classical Noh style. Set in 1950, when wartime restrictions on interned Japanese Canadians had finally been lifted, allowing them to return to the coast, it exquisitely dramatizes the historical link between the fishing town of Steveston, home to many Japanese Canadians, and Mio, the coastal village in Japan from which many of their ancestors originally emigrated. An international collaboration, The Gull featured: Noh master Akira Matsui, declared an Important Intangible Cultural Asset by Japan in 1998, as the main actor; music by American Noh expert Richard Emmert; masks by Wakayama artist Hakuzan Kubo; and a troupe of professional Noh musicians from Japan.

Gypsy Guitar

By David W. McFadden

One hundred poems of love and betrayal—all in the unmistakable McFadden style.

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By Josh MacDonald

When an image of Jesus appears on the side of a Tim Hortons restaurant, the town inhabitants are challenged to ask difficult questions about faith, life and love. Cast of 3 women and 4 men.

Harry's Fragments

By George Bowering

In a parody of a thriller novel, Harry the Hack, newly recruited literary spy, follows a mystery woman seeking wisdom and sanity.


By rob mclennan

What is harvested here are the signifiers for journeys: tickets, postcards, letters—recording unseemly haste, enforced idleness, losing one’s way, and sometimes finding it again.

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By George F. Walker

Instantly recognizable multicultural characters play out their coincidental relationships in a park on the outskirts of a city. Cast of 2 women and 4 men.

Hell & Other Novels

By Beverley Daurio

In these haunting, often chilling short stories, Daurio maps the sub-atomic space of contemporary alienation.

Hellfire Pass

By Vittorio Rossi

Silvio Rosato shows up at the house of his estranged father and meets the family he raised in Chicago after leaving Silvio in Italy 36 years ago. Cast of 3 women and 4 men.

Heretic, The

By John Murphy

“If there is a God, why would He create us? If He’s perfect, all-knowing, there’s nothing he can gain from us.” Murphy’s play, centred around the playwright’s assumed persona of “Jesus Murphy,” opens up a discourse where creation interrogates religion; atheists engage believers; and secularists confront theists. Cast of 1 man.


By Joan MacLeod

Between 1860 and 1930, over 80,000 unaccompanied British children were “exported” to Canadian factories and farms, often exploited there as indentured child labourers. Cast of 5 women and 3 men.

Hope Slide / Little Sister, The

By Joan MacLeod

Two plays by Joan MacLeod: the Chalmers Award-winning The Hope Slide, and MacLeod’s first play for young audiences, Little Sister.

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Hosanna – 3rd Edition

By Michel Tremblay

In Michel Tremblay’s classic play about identity in crisis, Claude leaves the conformity of small-town Quebec to realize a new life and a new persona among the drag queens and prostitutes of Montreal’s seedy “Main.”

Hotel Montreal

By Ken Norris

Selections from 19 groundbreaking books of poetry that draw together the very best of Norris’s lyric poetry from a 25-year period, while offering the reader an indispensible panoramic view of the work of a poet at the height of his creative powers.

How to Write

By derek beaulieu

How to Write is a perverse Coles Notes: a paradigm of prosody where writing as sampling, borrowing, cutting-and-pasting and mash-up meets literature. This collection of conceptual short fiction takes inspiration from Lautréamont’s decree that “plagiarism is necessary. It is implied in the idea of progress. It clasps the author’s sentence tight, uses his expressions, eliminates a false idea, replaces it with the right idea.”

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Human Tissue

By Weyman Chan

These poems try to get along with each other – but can’t. Alienation arises from all the failed language-registers of our technocratic society, which continue to defy our powers of decryption. What’s a monster to do? A recurring motif throughout the book is the overarching empty universal space surrounding life’s not-knowing. If we think too hard on it – why the statistical fluke that puts us here on this ball of dirt – we’ll have a stroke. Instead, read these poems.

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hungree throat

By bill bissett

Written in his non-hierarchic, phonetic orthography, bill bissett’s second novel-poem, hungree throat, recounts the relationship of two men – one bold and unafraid, the other burdened by terrible memories and unable to trust. In this uplifting “novel in meditaysyun” about love, in which we witness ten years of a shared life, we are reminded of the overlapping, sometimes conflicting multitude of “hungers” common to us all.

hypoderm: notes to myself

By Weyman Chan

The idea for this book, says Weyman Chan, is simple—approach the world as metaphor, and it will come to you. Subtitled “notes to myself,” Hypoderm is a manifesto of observations, intimations and recognitions of mortality that get under the poet’s skin—that remind the reader that poetry is documentation and speculation, not a sentimental fabrication of the rapture (rupture) of our “end times.”

I, Bartleby

By Meredith Quartermain

In these quirkily imaginative short stories about writing and writers, the scrivener Quartermain (our “Bartleby”) goes her stubborn way haunted by Pauline Johnson, Malcolm Lowry, Robin Blaser, Daphne Marlatt, and a host of other literary forebears. Who is writing whom, these stories ask in their musing reflections – the writer or the written?

I. Another. The Space Between

By Jamie Reid

This selection draws from brilliantly impressionist early poems, a middle period of poetry relating to the author’s activist politics, and contemporary work suspended between the poles of the political and the lyrical, between the confrontation of the world of human affairs and the undeniable beauty of the earth and nature—the simple delight taken in life itself—with a clear understanding that the use of the word “natural” is almost always ideologically determined.

Impeccable Regret

By Judith Fitzgerald

In the words of Arthur Miller, “all one can do is hope to end up with the right regrets.” Impeccable Regret travels terrain demonstrating that, as a result of the so-called postmodern impulses driving poetic discourse, culture has replaced nature as humanity’s defining context; that, within the paradigm of the twenty-worst century, the recollection of natural environments seems anachronistic or oxymoronic.

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Imperial Canada Inc.

By Alain Deneault & William Sacher

Imperial Canada Inc. sets out to ask a simple question: why is Canada home to more than 70% of the world’s mining companies?

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By Michel Tremblay

Three sisters have an “impromptu” and re-examine their personal and social problems. Cast of 4 women.

Impromptu on Nuns' Island

By Michel Tremblay

In an impromptu get-together in an opera diva’s Nuns’ Island penthouse, on the afternoon of her return from Paris, her celebrity mother and her idealistic daughter lie in wait for her. Cast of 3 women and 1 man.

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In a Blue Moon

By Lucia Frangione

When Frankie’s dad dies, her mom, Ava, can’t afford to live in the city anymore. The only asset they’re left with is a farmhouse situated on twenty acres of land far outside of town. Ava decides to move there and start an Ayurveda clinic on the property, giving her precocious and grieving daughter a new start. One problem presents itself, though: a squatter who won’t leave.

In a World Created by a Drunken God

By Drew Hayden Taylor

A Canadian half-Native man is thrust into an absurd dilemma when he is asked to be tested for a possible kidney donation to his dying non-Native father, who abandoned him when he was two months old. Cast of 2 men.

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In Absentia

By Morris Panych

Four seasons after her husband’s disappearance, Colette remains emotionally motionless, isolated in a country cottage, waiting for word, or perhaps even more significantly, a connection. A young stranger in a jean jacket waves to her from the frozen lake – a sign? She emerges to give him her husband’s parka – strangely, the boy has a likeness to Tom.

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In Piazza San Domenico

By Steve Galluccio

A comedy of errors, this two-act play recounts the story of how one broken engagement ripples throughout friends and family, affecting all of their respective love lives in different ways. And there’s gossip. And an earthquake.

In Plain Sight

A remarkable collection of seven life stories from Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, giving voice to women who are seldom heard on their own terms.

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In Search of New Babylon

By Dominique Scali

In this atmospheric, post–Cormac McCarthy western novel, four disparate characters criss-cross the desert in pursuit of an impossible ideal. Along the way, these wily characters captivate and intrigue as they seek the American dream in a lawless town in the 1860s.

In the Company of Strangers

By Mary Meigs

Based on the NFB production of The Company of Strangers, Meigs’s account of the film unfolds in an intricate meditation on time, old age and bonding.

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In the Dog House

By Wanda John-Kehewin

Wanda John-Kehewin is, as she describes herself, “a First Nations woman searching for the truth and a way to be set free from the past” – shoving aside that lingering sense of shame and stigma – taking the reader on a healing journey that reveals language to be an elusive creature indeed and one that gives new definition to what being “in the dog house” could be, if we as human beings listen carefully and learn to remedy our misunderstandings.

In the Eyes of God

By Raul Sanchez Inglis

A vicious and unsparing look at the talent agencies that remake the Hollywood stars out of the willing clay of their own flesh. Cast of 3 women and 4 men.

In the Eyes of Stone Dogs

By Daniel Danis

Before fleeing her eccentric island community, Djouke is determined to discover the mystery of her paternity. Cast of 4 women and 5 men.

In the Midst

By Warren Tallman

Warren Tallman was catalyst, shelter and anchor to a whole generation of writers and poets, from the beat generation poets to the L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E school writers. In these pieces, Tallman introduces the reader to a world of literary companionship that shaped the language and thought of late 20th century North America.

In the Shadow of the Vulture

By George Ryga

Set in the desert at the Mexico-U.S.A. border, this novel deals with the hope and despair of immigrant labourers.

Indian Myths & Legends from the North Pacific Coast of America

By Franz Boas

This volume of First Nations myths and legends is an indispensable document in the history of North American anthropology.

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By Jordan Abel

Award-winning Nisga’a poet Jordan Abel’s third collection, Injun, is a long poem about racism and the representation of Indigenous peoples. Composed of text found in western novels published between 1840 and 1950 – the heyday of pulp publishing and a period of unfettered colonialism in North America – Injun then uses erasure, pastiche, and a focused poetics to create a visually striking response to the western genre.

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inkorrect thots

By bill bissett

When bill bissett thinks “inkorrect thots” anything can happen.

Inside the Seed

By Jason Patrick Rothery

Winner of the 2015 Jessie Richardson Award for Outstanding Original Script, Inside the Seed is a contemporary version of Oedipus Rex reimagined as a darkly comic political thriller.

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Inspecting Nostalgia

By R. Kolewe

Taking its title from a phrase in a pop-up ad, Inspecting Nostalgia is R. Kolewe’s second collection of poetry that brings together found text and fragments of various writers’ work with scraps from his own journals.

Kolewe’s concerns with “nostalgia,” derived from the Greek “nostos” (return) and “algos” (pain), forge poems that are charged with an intense yearning for that which has been lost. Heartbreak is tempered with Jacques Derrida’s essay on Immanuel Kant to create almost-sonnets and many tercets, and marginal notes brim with desire and memory to test the
limits of the age-old matter of the lyric poem.

These poems have their multiplicity fixed on a certain trait that makes us human: an attachment to the past. By piecing together texts from disparate sources, they capture the kaleidoscopic influence of other voices without incongruity or disorientation. Kolewe perches on the threshold of the lyric and conceptual to allow the melody and jangle of influence to rest
within us as we read, only to leave us changed and wanting as we try to catch up to the rhythm of the present.

Inspecting Nostalgia has all the lucent warmth and sting of heartbreak – roses, stars, and decay abound – subdued by a compositional technique that pilfers and forages the analytical and prosaic to create a cohesive work that is often elegiac and always evocative.

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By Ken Belford

Moving with nomadic grace across the terrain of his previous book, Decompositions, the poetic language of Ken Belford in Internodes shares similar roots, traversing decades at the speed of a search query – pressing onward through Hazelton, the Bulkley Valley, and the unroaded head-waters of the Nass River in the Damdochax Valley – and meanwhile coming to terms with a poetry that “is lived” on the rugged streets of Prince George.


By Daphne Marlatt

Intertidal is the definitive oeuvre of Daphne Marlatt’s poetry exploring the city, feminism, and the environment.


By Marcus Youssef

High school, like no other social space, throws together people of all histories and backgrounds, and young people must decide what they believe in and how far they are willing to go to defend their beliefs. Jabber does its part to challenge appearances – and the judgments people make based on those appearances.

Jacob’s Wake

By Michael Cook

A Maritime family’s tragedy, set in a raging storm. Cast of 2 women and 5 men.

Je me souviens

By Lorena Gale

In this powerful dramatic monologue, Lorena Gale reconstructs for the audience her childhood and the experience of coming of age as an African Canadian in Montreal. Cast of 1 woman.


By David French

A sophisticated backstage comedy. Cast of 3 women and 6 men.

Joe Beef

By David Fennario

Desperately poor immigrants find refuge with Montreal’s legendary barkeep, Joe Beef. Cast of 5 women and 5 men.

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Judith's Sister

By Lise Tremblay

In this coming-of-age novel, Lise Tremblay paints a picture of rural Quebec in the years following the Quiet Revolution in her signature style so refreshingly free of artifice and literary hyperbole.

Justice In Our Time

By Roy Miki & Cassandra Kobayashi

How a community brought the issue of redress for the injustices of the 1940s to the forefront of public debate.

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Kafka's Hat

By Patrice Martin

In Patrice Martin’s ticklish tip of the hat to the writing of Franz Kafka, we follow the misadventures of a bureaucrat – aptly named “P.” (pun intended) – as he embarks on the illustrious task of collecting the titular headgear. “P.” expects that the accomplishment of this seemingly simple task will grant him both a professional and a personal promotion. But Martin’s eager protagonist has overlooked the systematic difficulty in modern bureaucracies – as well as in some of twentieth-century’s best
fiction – of getting things done.

Kerrisdale Elegies

By George Bowering

Bowering responds to Rilke’s Duino Elegies. In the intertextuality of these two great works can be found post-modern writing that is self-aware, where the other is discovered in the process of the writer writing.

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King of Thieves

By George F. Walker

At its heart, King of Thieves, like both its predecessors, is an examination of criminal behaviour at all levels of society, and of the disturbing truth that everyone can fall prey to dishonesty and corruption. But the element of fun in Walker’s script makes us laugh and his sense of zaniness reflects the bafflement many of us feel when contemplating our own world: a place where men of dubious moral integrity still inhabit the corridors of power and are still not taken to task for their dishonourable – if not downright criminal – behaviour.

La Duchesse de Langeais & Other Plays

By Michel Tremblay

A collection of five short plays by Quebec’s best known playwright: La Duchesse de Langeais; Berthe; Johnny Mangano and His Astonishing Dogs; Surprise, Surprise; and Gloria Star.

La Maison Suspendue

By Michel Tremblay

A rich, emotional, sweeping drama of anger and sorrow spanning three generations. Cast of 3 women, 4 men and 1 male child.

Lady Smith, The

By Andrew Moodie

Rather than confront her husband when she sees him with another woman, a blues singer follows the woman and insinuates herself into the other woman’s life. Cast of 3 women and 1 man.


By Ronald Cross & Hélène Sèvigny

A biography of the most notorious of the 1990 Oka warriors.

Last Scattering Surfaces

By Gil McElroy

These poems map out zones of interaction which took place in the “surface of last scattering”—the first formation of matter in the universe.


By Audrey Thomas

A brilliant and intense journey through a relationship, and through language and myth—as well as a literary journey spanning three continents.

Lawrence & Holloman

By Morris Panych

Lawrence and Holloman, a hapless nerd and a loquacious salesman, meet by chance. From this fleetingly irritating and insignificant encounter comes a viciously murderous and incredulously bizarre plot. Cast of 2 men.

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Leave of Absence

By Lucia Frangione

A small prairie community is blown apart when an audacious teenaged girl challenges long-held views of spirituality and sexuality. Suspected of being gay, she is brutalized by her classmates. This searing drama of bigotry and transcendence challenges the fallout of the Catholic Church’s response to the same-sex marriage rulings in Canada. Cast of 2 men and 3 women.

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By Michael Blouin

Coming in 2018

In Michael Blouin’s Legend, narrative as we know it is torn apart only to be reconstructed piece by piece as the pages progress. Blouin weaves a history of Canadian modern art, Hollywood B movies, and RCMP police procedure in this genre-defying novel that is at once sensual and mindbending.

Drawing from the lives of celebrities and stories from his personal life, Blouin creates parallel worlds featuring fictive characters who dwell in the artifice of successful stories, as well as the people who inhabit these roles, such as Clint Eastwood in The Eiger Sanction (1975) and the dead body in the Maysles brothers’ film Salesman (1969).

Blouin bends every storytelling trope with documentary techniques to include biographical tidbits and primary sources that lay claim to the conviction that imagination is no less real than so-called reality itself. In so doing, he creates an artistic trajectory of influence and collaboration, revealing a deeply personal relationship to his hometown.

Legend unravels the creative process and the construction of narrative itself without the burden of excessive meta-thinking. Blouin guides us through the lives he has known and encountered, including his own, to show us how we come to perceive the roles we play, the plot twists we grant our own lives, and just how much our communities – real and imagined – can shape us.

Leisure Society, The

By François Archambault

A dark and thoroughly contemporary comedy. Cast of 2 women and 2 men.

Les Belles Soeurs

By Michel Tremblay

Michel Tremblay’s classic Joual play. A housewife wins a million trading stamps in a lottery and invites her friends over to help her paste them into books. Cast of 15 women.

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Les Canadiens

By Rick Salutin & Ken Dryden

A play about Quebec and Canada using hockey as a metaphor. Cast of 7 men.

Life Without Instruction

By Sally Clark

A woman’s struggle for freedom, identity and dignity. Cast of 3 women and 5 men.

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Like a Child of the Earth

By Jovette Marchessault

The first volume of Jovette Marchessault’s autobiographical trilogy.

Lil'wat World of Charlie Mack

By Dorothy Kennedy & Randy Bouchard

Early in their ethnographic work, Randy Bouchard and Dorothy Kennedy were privileged to meet Charlie Mack, a fascinating character and a font of wisdom, exemplifying by his way of life, his skills in trapping and canoe-making, and his knowledge of the history of his people, the living world of the Lil’wat, which the young ethnologists were able to record on tape and in their notes and photographs. Most important among what Charlie Mack gave them was a wide corpus of stories; he was a master storyteller, holding his listeners spellbound with his animated and dramatic delivery in both Lil’wat and English. This book is a tribute to a long friendship; the result of the authors reflecting on a lifetime of listening to a man who had something to say.

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Lily Briscoe

By Mary Meigs

A compelling autobiography about the exercise of will, friendships, and dreaming.

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By Oana Avasilichioaei

Limbinal, as its hybrid title suggests, speaks in the porous space between a limb’s articulations and a liminal border. Formally diverse, the pieces in Limbinal intersect prose fragments with incantatory dialogues, poetic footnotes with photographic phrases, rebellious translations with liquid transpositions.

Limbo Road

By Ken Norris

Limbo Road —as divorce journal, meditation, travel poem—chronicles the search for the new beloved.

Lions Gate

By Lilia D’Acres

Like all great historic landmarks, the Lions Gate Bridge remains a source of powerful, sometimes illuminating, sometimes mysterious stories of the people and times which gave birth to it.

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By Daphne Marlatt

Liquidities: Vancouver Poems Then and Now gathers many of the poems from Daphne Marlatt’s 1972 Vancouver Poems, somewhat revised or in some cases substantially revised, and follows them with “Liquidities,” a series of recent poems about Vancouver’s incessant deconstruction and reconstruction, its quick transformations both on the ground and in urban imagining.

Listen to the Wind

By James Reaney

Two stories intertwine and illuminate the relationship of life to its creative dream. Cast of 4 women, 4 men, 1 female child and 1 male child.

Living by Stories

By Harry Robinson

This third collection documents how the arrival of whites forever altered the Salish cultural landscape.

Local Boy Makes Good

By John MacLachlan Gray

Three musicals by John MacLachlan Gray: 18 Wheels, Rock and Roll and Don Messer’s Jubilee.

Lost in North America (ebook)

By John MacLachlan Gray

A personal, idiosyncratic tour of the collective work of art we call Canada.

Lost Souls & Missing Persons

By Sally Clark

A comic, biting, surreal investigation of the question of self and identity in the North American middle-class. Cast of 9 women and 11 men.

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By bill bissett

Poems that tell stories on many different levels: through sound, visual images, political insights, non-narrative fusion and linguistic music.

Ludwig & Mae

By Louis Patrick Leroux

Ludwig, trained as an engineer, hasn’t been able to find work since graduating. The fact that he is sardonic, philosophically inclined, and suicidal hasn’t helped in this regard. Mae, on the other hand, is an actress who has never been out of work. Caught in a relationship of co-dependency, she plays into Ludwig’s constant mind games until one day she decides she’s had enough. This three-play volume includes: Embedded, which establishes Ludwig and Mae’s Strindbergian relationship; Apocalypse, a monodrama in which Ludwig stages his own suicidal ceremonial; and Redemption, Mae’s testimonial, where she confronts and reconciles herself with Ludwig’s death, and finally comes into her own.

Madonna Painter, The

By Michel Marc Bouchard

At the end of the First World War, to protect his village from the Spanish flu epidemic brought home by returning soldiers, a young priest recently arrived in the Parish of Lac St-Jean commissions a wandering Italian painter to decorate the walls of the local church with a fresco dedicated to the Virgin Mary. The presence of the foreign artist, his choice of a local virgin to serve as a model, and the frighteningly strange nature of his work will upset the lives and change the fate of the entire community.

Magnificent Voyage of Emily Carr, The

By Jovette Marchessault

Marchessault evokes the doubts, the trials and the joys of this singular existence. Cast of 3 women and 1 man.

Main Brides

By Gail Scott

The portrait of a woman who is facing the end of the century and creating a history of the present that lifts her out of fear.

Making Theatre

By Sherrill Grace

The story of Pollock’s life from her family roots in New Brunswick through her pioneering years as a Canadian playwright to the present as she continues to make theatre.

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By Martine Desjardins

As these men penetrate deep into the exotic Orient, each falls victim to his own secret vice. One treks through Ethiopia in search of wingless locusts. Another hunts for fly-whisks among the clove plantations of Zanzibar. Yet others bargain for saffron in a Srinagar bazaar, search for the rarest frankincense and pursue the coveted hawksbill turtle in the Sea of Oman. Two more seek the formula for sabon Nablus in Palestine or haggle over Persian carpets in the royal gardens of Shiraz. The men’s individual forms of punishment, revealed through the agency of the young woman, are wrought upon their bodies.

Mambo Italiano

By Steve Galluccio

Outrageous pathos and hilarity is unleashed when Nino informs his very traditionally Italian parents that he is gay. A perfect balance of fast-paced comedy and poignant drama that explores family dynamics and the vast spaces between the old world and the new. Cast of 4 women and 3 men.

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Marcel Pursued by the Hounds

By Michel Tremblay

How our “innocent” childhood games and fantasies come back to haunt us in adult life. Cast of 4 women and 1 adolescent male.

Margaret Atwood

By Frank Davey

Davey reveals Atwood’s extraordinary facility with language as well as her mistrust of it, and offers a “glossary” of recurrent Atwood images and symbols that unveil the hidden level in her writing.

Marion Bridge

By Daniel MacIvor

Includes screenplay and stage play. Cast of 3 women.


By bp Nichol

A thoughtful and provocative 30-year record of Nichol’s approaches to textual production.


By Adeena Karasick

Mêmewars is a book writing against itself.

Memories of You

By Wendy Lill

The life of Elizabeth Smart pivoted on a turbulent affair that produced four children and her one book. This is a portrayal of the book as a record of one great life lived. Cast of 4 women and 1 man.

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Mend the Living

By Maylis de Kerangal

Mend the Living is the story of a heart transplant, centred around Simon Limbeau, the boy whose heart is given, and his family. Taking place within exactly twenty-four hours, the novel traces the thrill of an early-morning winter surf session, the terrible accident that follows, and all the urgency and compassion of the hospital workers, and shock and grief of Simon’s family as they negotiate the question of organ donation. Weaving from hospital corridors to the wild waves of the Atlantic, from the narrow streets of Paris to the countryside in Algeria where goldfinches still sing, from the most intimate details of grief within a car in Le Havre to universal considerations of science, compassion, and humanity, Mend the Living is a powerful and vast-ranging book.

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By Wendy Lill

As in Ibsen’s Enemy of the People, two brothers struggle for power and ideals each believes are right. Messenger takes place in another country, Canada, and in another century but tackles similar themes. A timely play in terms of environmental issues, full of lots of great political dirty tricks.

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Michel and Ti-Jean

By George Rideout

In this probing character study, Rideout fashions a hypothetical 1969 meeting in a bar in St. Petersburg, Florida, between Quebec playwright Michel Tremblay and an individual whom he believes to be a truly great writer – beat generation author Jack Kerouac, whose Francophone mother affectionately called him Ti-Jean.

Mile End

By Lise Tremblay

Mile End is a chilling and masterful look at the interior landscapes of psychosis which mirror so perfectly the emptiness of the exterior surfaces they reflect.


By Bill Schermbrucker

An authentic re-creation of an extraordinary life set against the turbulent backdrop of colonial Africa.

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Minor Episodes / Major Ruckus

By Garry Thomas Morse

In tribute to surrealist narrative and film technique, Minor Episodes documents the serial adventures of Minor, ubiquitous “everymogul” who embodies the economic 1% and keeps musically erotic quixotics on tap. Major Ruckus follows a struggle for a time travel component involving psychic “dicks,” universal call-center operators, aboriginal eroticists, lubricant heiresses, rogue advertisements, pornography censors, and alien sperm-bank clones.

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Minor Expectations

By Garry Thomas Morse

In this prequel within a sequel, Diminuenda discovers that she stands to win a vast inheritance from her estranged father, the inimitable Minor, if she travels into the past and “collects” a number of objets d’art. Minor Expectations resumes The Chaos! Quincunx novel series.

Miss Julie

By August Strindberg & adaptation by David French

A riveting adaptation of a theatre classic about an affair between the daughter of a count and the count’s man-servant. Cast of 2 women and 1 man.

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Miss Take

By Réjean Ducharme

To escape the boredom that history seems to have decreed shall be re-enacted endlessly by all grown-ups, teenagers Miles and Chateaugué enter into a suicide pact to preserve their childhood freedom and purity from the debasement of the adult roles pre-ordained for them. But will their “plans” work out?

Modern Canadian Plays, Vol. I

This fourth edition contains The Ecstasy of Rita Joe, Fortune and Men’s Eyes, Les Belles-Soeurs, Leaving Home, 1837: The Farmer’s Revolt, The St Nicholas Hotel, Zastrozzi, Billy Bishop Goes to War, Balconville, Doc, Drag Queens on Trial and The Occupation of Heather Rose.

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Modern Canadian Plays, Vol. I – 5th Edition

This fifth edition contains The Ecstasy of Rita Joe, Les Belles Soeurs, Leaving Home, Sticks and Stones (The Donnellys, Part One), Zastrozzi, Billy Bishop Goes to War, Balconville, Blood Relations, Drag Queens on Trial, Bordertown Café, Toronto, Mississippi, Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet), Dry Lips Oughta Move to Kapuskasing, Lion in the Streets, and Life Without Instruction.

Modern Canadian Plays, Vol. II

This fourth edition contains Bordertown Café, Polygraph, Moo, The Orphan Muses, 7 Stories, Dry Lips Oughta Move to Kapuskasing, Amigo’s Blue Guitar, Lion in the Streets, Never Swim Alone, Fronteras Americanas, Harlem Duet and Problem Child.

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Modern Canadian Plays, Vol. II – 5th Edition

Modern Canadian Plays is the core text for university-level Canadian drama courses around the world. Now in its fifth edition, with the previous edition published in 2002, the two-volume Modern Canadian Plays drama series anthologizes major Canadian plays written and performed since 1967. The second volume presents a range of exciting Canadian plays from the late 1980s through the first decade of the twenty-first century.

Mom's the Word

By Linda A. Carson & Jill Daum & Barbara Pollard

Humorous stories, bittersweet monologues, poetic reflections and revelatory anecdotes about motherhood.

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By Sally Clark

When the feisty and rebellious Moragh (Moo) MacDowell meets the intriguing Harry Parker, she decides nothing will ever separate them … and Harry has been running ever since. Moo is an unconventionally comedy of love and obsession. Cast of 5 women and 3 men.

Moss Park and Tough!

By George F. Walker

Canada’s top playwright takes on teen pregnancy in two comic dramas for young people.

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Mother of the Grass

By Jovette Marchessault

The second volume of Marchessault’s turbulent autobiographical trilogy.

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By David Fennario

From the renowned author of Balconville, this powerful drama gives a voice to the disillusioned working-class women employed at the British Munitions Factory in Verdun, Quebec, during the First World War. Following in the trudging footsteps of Fennario’s anti-war protest play Bolsheviki (Talonbooks, 2012), Motherhouse similarly debunks the sentimental notions of duty, heroism, and nationhood that figured so prominently in Canadian war effort campaigns and that persist in Canadian history textbooks today.


By Bill Schermbrucker

A frank and intensely personal book about human relationships.

Mrs. Blood

By Audrey Thomas

Audrey Thomas’ first novel—a woman from the inside. Of the writing of this novel Thomas has said, “Women are at last beginning to talk about their bodies, not only among themselves, but also in print. When I began writing Mrs. Blood… this was not the case.


By Charles Olson

Olson once defined “Muthologos” as “what is said about what is said,” which encompasses a breadth of discourse that would define the near and far range of where the poet’s mind went in a lifetime’s intent to go places. In this new compilation of Charles Olson’s transcribed lectures and interviews, we finally get all of what is preserved of a life of talk, allowing Muthologos to stand, along with The Maximus Poems, Collected Poems, Collected Prose and Selected Letters as one of the “standard texts” of this great poet’s oeuvre.

My Career with the Leafs & Other Stories

By Brian Fawcett

Fawcett’s first book of stories examines growing up, and living, under the rules.

My Darling Nellie Grey

By George Bowering

Initially lacking a “subject,” the book’s metanarrative almost inevitably took the shape of an exquisite poetic autobiography that is at once both intensely personal and profoundly public. In it, among many other astonishments, we discover the deeply ambiguous roots of his father’s favourite folksong; we catch a fleeting childhood glimpse of Bowering’s young mother; a complete history of Cuba in the context of US foreign policy in Latin America that gives an entirely new, but older, meaning to the date September 11; and the roots of tragedy that led to the “Balkanization” of Yugoslavia.

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My Name Is Bosnia

By Madeleine Gagnon

A young woman embarks upon an emotionally resonant journey in search of a peaceful new life.

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My TWP Plays

By Jack Winter

My TWP Plays presents five important plays written by Jack Winter while he was resident playwright at Toronto Workshop Productions, one of the first great troupes of the experimental and alternative theatre movement. The carnivalesque style of the selected works in this anthology reflects the turbulence, contradictions, and subversion of the social revolution during which they were written and first produced, as well as the cultural politics at a time when Canadian artists were investigating new, noncolonial, and distinctly Canadian forms of expression that would define the nation and challenge received artistic styles and practices.

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narrativ enigma / rumours uv hurricane

By bill bissett

Through narrative, non-narrative, sound, song, meditation, metaphysical, spiritual, political and visual poems, bissett explores the fragility and incompletion of all narratives.

Nature Power

By Harry Robinson

Features tales of the shoo-MISH, or “nature helpers.” 


By Drew Hayden Taylor

In this collection of short humorous essays originally written for the popular media, playwright, novelist and screenwriter Drew Hayden Taylor sends his readers fascinating and exotic postcards from his globetrotting adventures, always on the lookout for the NEWS about aboriginal peoples around the world.

News & Smoke

By Sharon Thesen

A compact and beautifully designed collection, nicely fleshed out with a broad selection of poems previously published only in journals and periodicals, not to mention its tantalizing sampling of new fare. Many will discover plenty to admire in News and Smoke.
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News from Édouard

By Michel Tremblay

This fourth novel in the Chronicles of the Plateau Mont-Royal follows Édouard, the fat woman’s brother-in-law, as he explores Paris.

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No Plaster Saint

By Nancy Knickerbocker

A crusading socialist and an absolute pacifist, Mildred Osterhout Fahrni walked with J. S. Woodsworth, Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King. The extraordinary story of one of Canada’s pioneer peacemakers.

Noam Chomsky Lectures, The

By Daniel Brooks & Guillermo Verdecchia

An innovative, multi-layered deconstruction of mass media and politics. Cast of 2 men.

Noise from the Laundry

By Weyman Chan

Weyman Chan’s poems elaborate his singular and solitary work on the renaissance of the contemporary lyric form.

NonZero Definitions

By Gil McElroy

The language of poetics emerges into the light of the purely formalist and luminous “definitions” of things and their movements as they engage in the ceaseless metamorphosis of replication in all of their endlessly unfolding possibilities.

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By bill bissett

His rejection of the limiting conventions of written language has allowed bissett to foreground the appearance of any linguistic event as a living performance.

Nothing to Lose

By David Fennario

Working-class survivors of the ’60s stage a workers’ sit-down strike. Cast of 9 men.

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By bill bissett

Famous and celebrated since the 1960s for pushing the boundaries of language and representation in the creation of image as a site of both content and context, the world’s leading sound, visual, concrete and performance poet, bill bissett, describes this book as “a novel with connekting pomes n essays.”

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Nuri Does Not Exist

By Sadru Jetha

In this collection of beautifully crafted, spare, concise and refreshingly understated stories, we accompany Nuri on his quest to understand how servitude transcends slavery; fealty transcends servitude; and community transcends fealty. Amid a sea of dystopian world literatures haunted by the fractious claims of identity politics, Nuri Does Not Exist is an astonishingly charming collection of linked short stories that engages us with the utterly ­believable innocence of its Utopian vision.

Occupation of Heather Rose, The

By Wendy Lill

Young, naïve and inadequately trained nurse Heather Rose arrives in a remote Native community hoping to improve the lives of its residents, but ends up utterly disillusioned by the impotence of her interventions. Cast of 1 woman.

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Odd Ducks

By Bryden MacDonald

Welcome to the small town of Tartan Cross, Nova Scotia, where skeletons rattle in closets and past histories are so intertwined that the lives of four forty-something, eccentric characters have become so complicated that something needs to change. In the comedy, Odd Ducks, award-winning playwright Bryden MacDonald positions his four characters at the brink of existential angst – and the action unfolds from there.


By Tim Carlson

The play begs the question of how many of our freedoms have been lost to the institutions engaged in surveillance “for our own protection.”Cast of 2 women and 3 men.

On the Job

By David Fennario

On Christmas Eve the workers in a Montreal shipping room get drunk and go on strike. Cast of 8 men.

On the Material

By Stephen Collis

Structured in three parts, On the Material is a meditation on language, geography, socio-economics and the body, moving from the glut of fossil-fuelled consumer excess to the materiality of a single book. The final section is a sequence of poems in memory of Stephen Collis’s departed sister, Gail Tulloch, becoming a way for the poet to read back into the elemental heart of absence and loss—the “material” of the books displacing, and in some way recovering, how language holds the materiality of the physical world.

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Once in Blockadia

By Stephen Collis

In this collection of long and serial poems, Stephen Collis returns to the commons, and to his ongoing argument with romantic poet William Wordsworth, to rethink the relationship between human beings and the natural world in the Anthropocene Era.

One Crack Out

By David French

Charlie Evans, a pool shark, has two days to pay off a debt, or have his legs broken by a psychotic debt collector who is also having an affair with his wife. Cast of 2 women and 8 men.

Only Drunks and Children Tell the Truth

By Drew Hayden Taylor

The emotional struggle of a Native woman who was adopted by a white family to acknowledge her birth family. Cast of 2 women and 2 men.

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Ordinary Time

By Gil McElroy

Gil McElroy’s new book of poems sets out to give shape to time from four different referents: the Distant Early Warning (DEW) Line of the High Arctic where McElroy’s father worked, the Julian calendar of classical antiquity, the structure of the Anglican lectionary and its cycle of daily and weekly scriptures (called “propers”), and Stephen Hawking’s description of imaginary time.

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Other Losses

By James Bacque

Other Losses caused an international scandal when first published in 1989 by revealing that Allied Supreme Commander Dwight Eisenhower and Charles de Gaulle caused the death of some 1,000,000 German captives in American and French internment camps through disease, starvation and exposure from 1944 to 1949, as a direct result of the policies of the Western Allies, who, with the Soviets, ruled as the Military Occupation Government over partitioned Germany from May 1945 until 1949.

This updated third edition of Other Losses exists not to accuse, but to remind us that no country can claim an inherent innocence of or exemption from the cruelties of war.

Other Schools of Thought

By Morris Panych

Dramas that encourage adults to reflect on their past and young people to reflect on their future: Life Science, 2B WUT UR and Cost of Living.

Outsider Notes

By Lynette Hunter

Tough-minded reappraisals of canonicity, modernism, postmodernism, marginality and post-coloniality in Canadian writing.

Pacific Windows

By Roy K. Kiyooka

The most important poetic works of Roy Kiyooka.

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page as bone – ink as blood

By Jónína Kirton

Death, desire, and divination are the threads running through Jónína Kirton’s debut collection of poems and lyric prose. Delicate and dark, the pieces are like whispers in the night – a haunted, quiet telling of truths the mind has locked away but the body remembers.

Paradise by the River

By Vittorio Rossi

After Canada officially declares war with Italy, Romano, a recent immigrant, is arrested without charge in his own home. Cast of 2 women and 8 men.

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Paradise Garden

By Lucia Frangione

After generations of living in the paradise of their west coast family estate, the McKinnons have fallen on hard times—half of it has just been bought by a Turkish immigrant family. The heirs of both families, Day McKinnon and Leyla Zeki, fancy themselves to be sophisticated citizens of the world, alienated by their ancestors’ “outdated” traditions. Yet Leyla recognizes something fundamental and mysterious in the vestiges of the old estate garden, and Day has uncovered an ancient family secret there. Abandoning their families for their careers, Day and Leyla are reunited years later, having discovered that love is not just something that happens to us, but a paradise that we must build and tend by hand: like a garden in the wilderness of our lives.

Past Perfect

By Michel Tremblay

Unleashing the dark secret of her being, Albertine, one of Tremblay’s most unforgettable heroines, sets out to re-conquer the beau she has lost to her younger sister. Cast of 3 women and 2 men.

Paul Martin & Companies

By Alain Deneault

A piercing look at what it means when a Canadian prime minister puts his own private interests first.

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Peace in Duress

By Janet Rogers

Mohawk spoken-word artist Janet Marie Rogers’s newest collection pulses with the rhythms of the drum and the beat of the heart. Poems drawing on the language of the earth and inflected with the outspoken vocality of activism address the crises of modern “land wars” – environmental destruction, territorial disputes, and resource depletion. This unique poetry wants to be spoken (aloud).

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Peacock Blue [hardcover]

By Phyllis Webb

Peacock Blue compiles in a single volume all of Webb’s published, unpublished, and uncollected works from a writing career that spanned fifty years.

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By Phyllis Webb

Peacock Blue compiles in a single volume all of Webb’s published, unpublished, and uncollected works from a writing career that spanned fifty years.

Pell Mell

By Robin Blaser

Pell Mell, the middle voice, the syntax meeting its astonishments in its forward stride looking backwards, imagining an image nation where the heart is always torn, to pieces possessed by the other(s).


By Robert Enright

Informed and considered interviews with the most influential artists of our time. Enright takes us into the environments, both imaginative and actual, that have shaped their personal and artistic histories.

Performing National Identities

A collection of 18 original essays on contemporary Canadian theatre by scholars and drama specialists in Australia, Belgium, Canada, Finland, Germany, Great Britain, Hungary and Japan.

Persian Postcards

By Fred A. Reed

Persian Postcards, the fruit of Fred Reed’s travels to the Islamic Republic as both journalist and impassioned observer, is an attempt to suggest the depth and complexity, the tragedy and raw beauty of this ancient culture. Reed examines the Iranian reasons for The Iran-Iraq war, sheds new light on the Iran-Contra scandal, and looks at Iranian history, in its meeting with the peculiar traditions of Shi’ite Islam. Persian Postcards is more than a journalistic report, an academic treatise, or a travel book, although it enfolds elements of all three.

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By bill bissett

bissett’s deliciously comic interrogation of the socio-political events towering around us like so many boxes we need constantly to imagine our way out of, is counterpoised in this collection by a recurring dream of a future locked in a global war.

Phyllis Webb and the Common Good

By Stephen Collis

Phyllis Webb is a poet around whom archetypes tend to cluster: the reclusive artist; the distraught, borderline suicidal Sapphic woman poet. While on the surface she seems someone supremely disinterested in the public sphere, argues Stephen Collis in this brilliant and revealing new celebration of her work, her work sweeps into the wilds of politics, philosophy, economics and her slim books speak volumes. Webb’s work points steadily towards the idea that the poem is not a commodity to be hoarded, but a response-ability to be shared, an aspect of the commons and our “common good.”


By Larry Tremblay

Three tales spin a web of suspense, impending violence, and tragedy that haunt the sleek façade of a city. In “The Axe” a teacher of literature in drunken despair awakens and confronts one of his students with the term assignment he has submitted—an axe. In “Piercing” a teenage runaway seeks to escape the mediocrity of her small-town family life, only to end up in a very different kind of urban “family,” a cult of dominance and body piercing presided over by the maimed and orphaned son of a millionaire. In “Anna on the letter C” a lonely, virginal typist transcribing the “c” words for a dictionary project, takes pity on a middle-aged stalker and invites him to her apartment for tea and nasty surprises.

Playing Bare

By Dominic Champagne

A mordant satire on the relation between theatre and life. Cast of 2 women and 4 men.

Poet to Publisher

Documents Olson’s influence on The New American Poetry, Allen’s visionary and revolutionary anthology.

Popular Narratives

By Frank Davey

This book of prose poems strips down the codes and conventions that make up our society’s “popular narratives.” A revealing and witty, exploded view of our culture.


25 individual talents come together in this groundbreaking collection for a rare literary event: the transition of a cultural identity primarily rooted in place to one that is rooted in a rapidly fragmenting, technology-based globalization.

Pound @ Guantánamo

By Clint Burnham

Throughout these poems is a meeting of obscene or politically charged material, as well as commentary on language usage under extreme circumstances of duress such as the Arab Spring. This is poetry written in conditions of wartime. The title implies an analogy between Ezra Pound, imprisoned at Pisa after World War II, and the inhabitants of the military or CIA prisons at Guantánamo Bay.

Power Plays, The

By George F. Walker

First published as a trilogy in 1986, The Power Plays contains Gossip (1977), Filthy Rich (1979) and The Art of War (1983). These three plays showcase the development and the culmination of Walker’s film noir style.

Prairie Harbour

By Garry Thomas Morse

In this contrapuntal follow-up to Governor General’s Award finalist Discovery Passages, Garry Thomas Morse traces multiple lines of his mixed ancestry. Set around the vigilantly maintained border/lines that mark the relatively “unsung” decline of natural prairie life, this unromantic “wrecklogue” radiates outward from a new real-estate development in Regina, Saskatchewan.

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Price Paid

By Bev Sellars

Price Paid untangles truth from some of the myths about First Nations and addresses misconceptions still widely believed today.

Prison Industrial Complex Explodes

By Mercedes Eng

Combining text from government questionnaires and reports, lyric poetry, and photography, Prison Industrial Complex Explodes examines the possibility of a privatized prison system in Canada leading up to then Prime Minister Harper’s Conservative government passing the Anti-Terrorism Act, also known as Bill C-51.

Queens, The

By Normand Chaurette

The shifting passions and ambitions of six women drawn from Shakespeare’s theatre. Cast of 6 women.

Rational Geomancy

By Steve McCaffery & bpNichol

Reports on translation, the-book-as-machine and the search for non-narrative prose.

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Re: Producing Women’s History

By D.A. Hadfield

Hadfield traces the process of creating a theatrical “success” and investigates how the politics involved influences what we perceive as “good” playwriting.

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Reading Sveva

By Daphne Marlatt

Reading Sveva is award-winning author Daphne Marlatt’s response to the life and paintings of Sveva Caetani, an Italian émigré who grew up in Vernon, British Columbia. Bringing her own perspective as an immigrant and as a woman, Marlatt illuminates the life of this forgotten female artist whose work is a testament to the struggle of the female artist, and the search for a sense of belonging.

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Real Mothers

By Audrey Thomas

Short stories about mothers and the politics of the family.

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Real World? , The

By Michel Tremblay

In The Real World?, Michel Tremblay returns to the very source of creative work, that notorious first play which supposedly contains the scenes of everything yet to come. And ultimately, he finds “himself” confronted with the same fundamental question over time. Did he have the right? Does he still have the right?

Cast of 4 women and 3 men.

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By Sachiko Murakami

Murakami approaches the urban centre through its inhabitants’ greatest passion: real estate, where the drive to own is coupled with the practice of tearing down and rebuilding. Rebuild engraves itself on the absence at the city’s centre, with its vacant civic square and its bulldozed public spaces. The poems crumble in the time it takes to turn the page, words flaking from the line like the rain-damaged stucco of a leaky condominium.

Refugee Hotel, The

By Carmen Aguirre

Laid bare in the fictionalized autobiographical details of The Refugee Hotel are the universal truths both the victims and the survivors of political oppression continue to experience everywhere: the terror of persecution, arrest, and torture; the exhausted elation of escape; the trauma of learning to live again with the losses, betrayals, and agonies of the past; the irrational guilt of the survivor—even the tragedy of surviving the nightmares of the past only to have them return to challenge any hope of a future free of fear. More than a dark comedy about a group of Chilean refugees who arrive in Vancouver in 1974 after Pinochet’s coup, this play is Carmen Aguirre’s attempt to give voice to refugee communities from all corners of the globe.

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Remember Me

By Michel Tremblay

Two ex-lovers meet and compare and confess their fears and disillusionments. Cast of 2 men.

Reveries of a Solitary Biker

By Catriona Strang

After Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s Les rêveries du promeneur solitaire, translated as Reveries of the Solitary Walker (or A Solitary Walker). Biking around Vancouver, Strang returned to several issues of lifelong interest, her own version of Rousseau’s obsessions. Reveries of a Solitary Biker collects her poetic responses.

Riddle of the World, The

By David French

A stockbroker and an ex-priest get together to console themselves after being abandoned by their mates and are forced to come to terms with their fragile natures as men. Cast of 3 women and 2 men.

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Rogue Cells / Carbon Harbour

By Garry Thomas Morse

In Rogue Cells, Oober Mann emerges from his cryobed on high alert in New Haudenosaunee, a nation at war with the mysterious territory Nutella during a critical election year. And it is the Age of Aquarium in the speculative “green” dystopia of Carbon Harbour, in which omni-magnate Cornelius Quartz is overseeing the merger between Bildung Endustries and Foreign Objects. Rogue Cells / Carbon Harbour resumes The Chaos! Quincunx novel series.

Rom Com

By Dina Del Bucchia & Daniel Zomparelli

Two cool people passionately co-authored this intelligent collection of poetry that both celebrates and capsizes the romantic comedy. From the origin of the genre (It Happened One Night) to its contemporary expressions (Love Actually), the poems in Rom Com trace the attempt to deconstruct as well as engage in dialogue with romantic comedy films and the pop culture, celebrities, and tropes that have come to be associated with them.


By Tomson Highway

A musical set on the Wasaychigan Hill Reserve in 1992. The battle for the future of the community builds to a shattering climax. Cast of 10 women and 7 men.

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Running on Fumes

By Christian Guay-Poliquin

When the electricity inexplicably goes out nationwide, the mundanities of life gradually shift to the rigours of survival. In this post-apocalyptic setting, an unnamed mechanic jumps into his beat-up car and drives east, journeying 4,736 kilometres to reach his dying father. As the road grows longer, and the narrator’s exhaustion grows in kind, parallels are drawn between his own journey through this labyrinth and Theseus’s journey through the primeval Labyrinth. However, the beast that our narrator seeks to slay might not be one of flesh and horn and blood, but instead of his own failing mental state, of his thirst for this apocalypse around him.

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Saga of the Wet Hens

By Jovette Marchessault

Four Quebec women writers meet at the centre of a fabulous vortex. Cast of 4 women.

Saint Frances of Hollywood

By Sally Clark

The tragic life of Frances Farmer, the raucous, idealistic, non-conforming movie star of the ’30s and ’40s. Cast of 4 women and 4 men.

Sainte-Carmen of the Main

By Michel Tremblay

A play about cultural identity and cultural awakening based on a country and western singer of Montreal’s “The Main.”

Cast of 4 women, 13 men and a chorus.

Sainte-Marie among the Hurons

By James W. Nichol

A play about the conscience of a priest during the disastrous mission the Jesuits made to the Huron Indians in the 17th century. Cast of 11 men.

Salonica Terminus

By Fred A. Reed

In his extensive travels in the Balkans, Reed encounters a landscape inscribed with a shocking testimony of ethno-racialist aspirations.

Salt-Water Moon

By David French

The third book of the Mercer family saga. Cast of 1 woman and 1 man.

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Same Diff

By Donato Mancini

Same Diff by Donato Mancini meets at the intersection of contemporary poetry, art, and current politics. Influenced by documentary cinema such as the films of Frederick Wiseman, Dada poets, montage techniques, and a range of modern poets, Same Diff explores the way social and economic histories become imprinted within language itself.

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By Hans Böggild & Doug Innis

A black cellist, on tour with a classical symphony orchestra, invokes the ghost of Louis Armstrong to help him with a difficult passage from Bach’s Six Suites for Solo Cello. The highly mythologized spirit of “the father of jazz himself” takes form in the cellist’s hotel room, where the lives of the characters intertwine and begin to play off each other, and issues of class, hope, courage, family, and race emerge in a lively and powerful struggle between head and heart, intellect and intuition. Ultimately, the drama resolves with the cellist’s beautiful rendition of the Bach piece. Full of great jazz and classical music, but using none of Satchmo’s own compositions, the play incorporates nine original jazz songs, co-written by the author-musicians, into the action.

Saucy Jack

By Sharon Pollock

In a stately Victorian drawing room, two old friends, James Kenneth Stephen, a scholar, and his former pupil, Prince Albert Victor, Queen Victoria’s nephew and heir to the throne, dance around the truth of the identity of London’s most notorious killer, Jack the Ripper, and while a tale of psychological intrigue is played out, an unravelling of tested friendship, betrayal, duplicity, and motive is revealed.

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scars on th seehors

By bill bissett

bissett’s metric performs a kind of absence of narrative intent that lets everyone and everything speak for itself. As bissett puts it, “eye dont have 2 invent th world iumalredee in it.”

Scattered in a Rising Wind

By Jean Marc Dalpé

The rush of events in a small town apocalypse is recorded barely at the edge of syntax, with a participatory narrator scrambling to keep up with the unfolding perceptions within the others.


By Leanna Brodie

Full of warmth and poignant humour this drama set in a one-room schoolhouse evokes a way of life shared by generations of rural North Americans, exploring timeless themes of rejection, of compassion, of damage, of hope. Cast of 5 women and 7 men.


By Fred Wah

Fred Wah’s career has spanned six decades and a range of formal styles and preoccupations. Scree collects Wah’s concrete and sound poetry of the 1960s, his landscape-centric work of the 1970s, and his ethnicity-oriented poems of the 1980s – most of which is out of print. This collection allows readers to (re)discover Wah’s groundbreaking work.

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Scree [softcover]

By Fred Wah

Fred Wah’s career has spanned six decades and a range of formal styles and preoccupations. Scree collects Wah’s concrete and sound poetry of the 1960s, his landscape-centric work of the 1970s, and his ethnicity-oriented poems of the 1980s – most of which is out of print. This collection allows readers to (re)discover Wah’s groundbreaking work.

Seagull, The

By Anton Chekhov

A revitalization of a Russian theatre classic. Cast of 5 women and 8 men.

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By Annabel Soutar

Seeds is part courtroom drama and part social satire about the 2004 Supreme Court of Canada showdown between Saskatchewan farmer Percy Schmeiser and biotech company Monsanto Inc. In question is the legitimacy of patenting genetically modified food crops. The play takes us back to the seminal moment when a single farmer stood up to international agribusiness and almost won.

Selected Poems: Beyond Even Faithful Legends

By bill bissett

A definitive and comprehensive selection of bissett’s work.

Selected Poems: Loki Is Buried at Smoky Creek

By Fred Wah

Poems of landscape, language and memory from Wah’s earlier books.

Selected Poems: The Arches

By Frank Davey

Selections from seven of this important poet and editor’s long poems.

Selected Poems: The Vision Tree

By Phyllis Webb

Poetry distinguished by its attention to form and thought.

Selected Writing

By Daphne Marlatt

Poetry and prose with an instantaneous recognition of perceptions and thought.

Selected Writing

By bp Nichol

Selections from visual poetry to translations by one of the most important poets in the 20th century writing in English.

Sentenced to Light

By Fred Wah

An astonishing series of unique collaborative image-text projects, Sentenced to Light privileges its poetic and formal textual space outside most of the images that are its original twins and offers the reader a glimpse of the dialectic of larger conversations, the unpredictable, improvisatory bavardage that whispers between words and pictures in an intrinsically poetic space.

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By Morris Panych

A dark and steamy comedy that explores the harmonies and dysfunctions of six sexually entangled musicians on an ill-fated winter tour. When a blizzard strands this sextet for an extra night, they have only their instruments, each other, and their secrets to keep them warm.

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Shape of a Girl , The / Jewel

By Joan MacLeod

The Shape of a Girl examines the code of silence and tacit complicity which surrounded the sensationalized murder of Reena Virk by school-aged bullies in 1997. Jewel is based on the real-life catastrophe of the sinking of the Ocean Ranger, an oil rig off the coast of Newfoundland, in 1982.

Shattered Images

By Fred A. Reed

Discusses all of the major Islamic faiths in its search for the origins of contemporary fundamentalist movements.

Shinny's Girls and Other Stories

By Mary Burns

These stories all re-examine the myths of mother-daughter relationships, both in the classical sense of “myth” and in the modern sense of “myth” (lies about relationships).

Signs of Literature

By Kenneth James Hughes

The history of language as a made thing – a linguistic and structuralist primer.


By Chantal Bilodeau

In Inuit mythology, “sila” means air, climate, or breath. Bilodeau’s play of the same name examines the competing interests shaping the future of the Canadian Arctic and local Inuit population. Equal parts Inuit myth and contemporary Arctic policy, the play Sila features puppetry, spoken word poetry, and three different languages (English, French, and Inuktitut).

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Silver Dagger

By David French

French delivers a thriller guaranteed to have audiences perched on the edge of their seats. Cast of 4 women and 2 men.

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Singed Wings

By Lola Lemire Tostevin

Lola Lemire Tostevin’s Singed Wings peers into the interior world of Camille Claudel, whose intimate understanding of her subjects, from young girl to old woman, captured quite a different power. Tostevin allocates a place in which a writer facing her own aging process can take the experience to the limits by giving it new shapes in language.


By Wendy Lill

A tough uncompromising look at a convent-run Native residential school. The soul-destroying devastation caused by these institutions from the point of view of the nuns running the school. Cast of 4 women and 2 men.

Six Plays by Mavor Moore

By Mavor Moore

In these theatre pieces stripped to the essentials of character sketches in quick, subtle lines, the emphasis is on the performer’s resources as an actor, rather than the externals of scene changes and stage contexts.


By Kevin Kerr

Having grown apart after a traumatic and defining moment in their youth, two brothers reconnect to fulfill a life-long ambition to go skydiving. Morgan (a feckless schemer who has recently reinvented himself as a counsellor) arrives on the doorstep of Daniel (a housebound agoraphobe), offering to help “liberate” his brother by administering his newly invented technique of “Paratherapy.” Convincing Daniel to face his fears by pursuing their long abandoned childhood dream of jumping from an airplane, the brothers begin a series of misguided training exercises to prepare for their adventure.

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By Ken Belford

In these thoughtful, yet playful poems, Belford builds a poetry experience the curious reader can open anywhere, read, and read on. Although the phrasing of his lines is unusual, Ken Belford’s poetry is not easily forgotten. It’s not necessary to begin at the beginning or to read to the end to get a good sense of what this poet is about. Read a little, or read a lot; he’s worth it.

Soldier’s Heart

By David French

Esau Mercer, a veteran of the First World War, tries to persuade his alienated 16-year-old son, Jacob, not to leave. Slowly Esau’s devastating and unsparing account of what secrets lie in his soldier’s heart brings father and son together. Cast of 3 men.

Some Night My Prince Will Come

By Michel Tremblay

This urban epic of love and desire brings us a burlesque world of transgression and madness, where pleasures are far from simple, and love is somewhat less than pure. An evocative account of romantic adventure stamped with Tremblay’s signature wit and ironic humour.

Somewhere Else

By George F. Walker

Contains Walker’s own selection of his early plays which matter; which for him have stood the test of time: Beyond Mozambique (1974), Zastrozzi (1977), Theatre of the Film Noir (1981) and Nothing Sacred (1988).

Song of the Say-Sayer

By Daniel Danis

Three brothers strive to unite and care for their ailing sister after the death of their adoptive parents. Cast of 1 woman and 3 men.

Songs My Mother Taught Me
Songs My Mother Taught Me

By Audrey Thomas

Republished with a new introduction, this is Audrey Thomas’s classic coming-of-age novel about madness, loneliness, despair and escape.

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By Michael McClure

When McClure’s Specks was first published in 1985 by Talonbooks, it was a revelation in terms of its transcending the proprioceptive poetic methodology of Charles Olson and entering an Aristotelian realm of metaphysical questions that alchemically combined matters both scientific and mystical. With mind aglow in recognition of muscular imagination and the intelligence of the sensorium in all its unapologetic tonality, McClure’s luminous journey leaps with the grace of Muhammad Ali and Fred Astaire, and tempts the reader into the mysterious abyss of dark energy that Federico García Lorca calls duende.

Spectacle of Empire

By Jerry Wasserman

Arguably the first North American play, this edition includes the original French script, two English translations, Ben Jonson’s Masque of Blackness and an extensive historical and critical introduction.

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Sticks & Stones

By George Bowering

George Bowering’s first book of poetry finally in print. With a preface by Robert Creeley and original line drawings by Gordon Payne.

Still Laughing

By Morris Panych

Nikolai Gogol’s The Government Inspector
Georges Feydeau & Maurice Desvallières’ Hotel Peccadillo
Arthur Schnitzler’s The Amorous Adventures of Anatol
Introduction by Jerry Wasserman
The universal mark of good satire is still to make audiences laugh at the worst traits in human nature. Here, in his own words, is how Morris Panych updated these three great comedy classics from a century ago.

Strange Comfort

By Sherrill Grace

Strange Comfort collects the best of Sherrill Grace’s many published essays on the novelist and writer Malcolm Lowry, along with new pieces that incorporate her contemporary approach to his work. Lowry was an intensely autobiographical writer, a quality not appreciated during his lifetime. Today, critical perspectives have changed considerably, and Lowry’s anxiety about writing elements of his own life into fiction invites critical reassessment. Many of these essays offer a fresh look at Lowry’s attempts to apprehend and portray the writer, writing.

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Studies in Description

By Carl Peters

Difficult writing has its way of illuminating the part of the world that counts. One such difficult text is Gertrude Stein’s highly experimental Tender Buttons: objects, food, rooms – long considered the single most groundbreaking literary work of twentieth-century art, literary criticism, and art history. In the centennial year of its publication, Carl Peters offers a sustained reading of the 1914 edition, responding to the eccentric sounds and rhythms of this long prose-poem with annotations that bring understanding, in particular, to the composition’s syntax, which is noted for its defiance of conventional norms.

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Studies in Motion

By Kevin Kerr

The stop-motion sequences of pioneer photographer Eadweard Muybridge captured the moving body on film for the first time and laid the foundation for modern cinema. Kevin Kerr vividly dramatizes this technological breakthrough in this multimedia drama.

Subject to Change
Subject to Change

By Renee Rodin

Composed of autobiographical stories that sketch the resonant heights and depths of a memoir, Subject to Change is a series of self-portraits along the road of a life well-lived. Each story is an articulate, intelligent, passionate record of how an encounter with a significant “other,” be it a parent, a lover, a neighbor, a child, a grandchild, a politician, or a friend, has changed and shaped the humanity, character, and community—the “subject”—of the writer. What makes this book such a great read is Renee Rodin’s masterful ability to show the reader that things we usually think of as too ordinary to talk about or too extraordinary to be able to communicate to others are often the most formative elements of our social lives.


By bill bissett

sublingual is perhaps the most highly structured yet of bissett’s “textual visions.” Its first seven poems construct a Genesis, beginning with a poem of birth—our pre- or sub-lingual first breath, a phenomenological gesture of recognition, of both being and belonging, in and of the world. Following this short creation story, the book continues to unfold in luminous and lucid delight.

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Suburban Motel

By George F. Walker

Six plays that take place in the same hotel room: Problem Child, Criminal Genius, Risk Everything, Adult Entertainment, Featuring Loretta and The End of Civilization.


By George Ryga

Summerland presents largely unpublished selections from essays, short stories, plays, novels and poems that George Ryga wrote in Summerland, BC, from 1963 until his untimely death in 1987.

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Takeover in Tehran

By Massoumeh Ebtekar & Fred A. Reed

A revealing first-hand insider account by Iran’s first female vice president, Massoumeh Ebtekar, of the 1979 revolutionary student movement which captured the American Embassy in Tehran.

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Taking My Life

By Jane Rule

Discovered in her papers in 2008, Jane Rule’s autobiography is a rich and culturally significant document that follows the first twenty-one years of her life: the complexities of her relationships with family, friends and early lovers, and how her sensibilities were fashioned by mentors or impeded by the socio-cultural practices and educational ­politics of the day.

Tale of Teeka, The

By Michel Marc Bouchard

A play set in rural Quebec in the ’50s in which a battered child, Maurice, seeks refuge in a fantasy world. Cast of 1 man and 1 male child.

Tales of the Emperor

By Jack Winter

Tales of the Emperor is based on the life of Qin Shi Huang (circa 260–210 BCE), the “First Emperor” – he who unified China, gave it his name, built the Great Wall, entombed an army of terra cotta soldiers, authored legalism, erased history, insinuated governance, and established paranoia as a national characteristic. There’s only one principal theme: you find the antiquity you look for, or, in the language of the book: “history is the study of the paintings of great events.”

Talking Bodies

By Larry Tremblay

A collection of Larry Tremblay’s four memorable solo performances for the stage: A Trick of Fate, Anatomy Lesson, The Dragonfly of Chicoutimi and Ogre. With an introduction by Jane M. Moss.


By Ronald Lavallée

A sweeping historical novel about the collision of Native and colonial cultures.

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Tear the Curtain!

By Jonathon Young & Kevin Kerr & Kim Collier

Tear the Curtain! is a psychological thriller set in a fictionalized 1930s Vancouver. The play explores global issues that consider what we want from art: to be shocked and surprised or for order to be restored.

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textual vishyuns

By Carl Peters

Although internationally recognized as a pioneer of visual, concrete, sound and performance poetry, few people recognize bill bissett’s work in the visual arts to be of equal aesthetic importance. While his drawings, paintings, collages and three-dimensional assemblages were the subject of a 1984 Vancouver Art Gallery solo exhibition, Fires in th tempul, despite bissett’s substantial and ongoing contributions to the practice of the avant-garde tradition in art, very little critical work exists on his poetry, and almost no theoretical discourse exists on his visual work.

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th book

By bill bissett

In this new collection of concrete poems, bissett writes “poemes uv greef transisyun n sumtimes joy byond binaree constraints if evreething goez what is aneething accepting nihilism lettr texting as an approach 2 heeling sorrow denial.”

th influenza uv logik

By bill bissett

Canada’s most linguistically innovative poet takes on the “linear binary traps” of conventional logic, history and politics.

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th last photo uv th human soul

By bill bissett

bissett has remained on a permanent world tour for over thirty years, writing this book while on a European reading circuit that included performances in London, Manchester, Cardiff, Dublin, Paris, Mainz, Trier and Berlin.

That Summer

By David French

A woman returns to the cottage country of Ontario where, 32 years before, she vacationed with her family. Cast of 5 women and 2 men.

That Woman

By Daniel Danis

The story of a woman sent away from her family by her brother the Bishop after she is found exploring her sexuality at age seventeen. Cast of 1 woman and 2 men.

The Angel of Solitude

By Marie-Claire Blais

Eight lesbian women strive to achieve an all-female utopia within which homophobia and their own pasts and differences are abolished.

The Athabasca Ryga

By George Ryga

From his farm boy childhood to his struggles as a class-conscious wage labourer. Ryga’s early work is offered in a collection of essays, short stories, plays and novels.

The Baldwins

By Serge Lamothe

Set in the post-apocalyptic future, this is a novel of fragments that represents contemporary prose at its most daring and experimental.

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The Battle of Batoche

By Walter Hildebrandt

The Battle of Batoche is the best-known confrontation between Métis and British soldiers in the Northwest Resistance of 1885. It remains one of Canada’s most historic, symbolic and emotion-laden memories, eloquently revisited in Walter Hildebrandt’s The Battle of Batoche. The strategies of both sides are thoroughly examined, and numerous maps and photographs offer detailed description of the fateful battle.

The Bicycle Eater

By Larry Tremblay

Singularly obsessed with Anna, the object of his adolescent desire, photographer Christophe Langelier embarks on an extraordinary journey—which takes him from the streets of Montreal to the Island of Women off the coast of Mexico—to escape the all-consuming flames of his unrequited passion. The Bicycle Eater is a comic, surrealist novel of metamorphosis unleashed by hopeless desire, a riotous, colourful burlesque where nothing and no one remain what they seem.

The Black Notebook

By Michel Tremblay

A young waitress recounts her trials and surprising allies in a lifelong battle against social stigma.

The Blue Notebook

By Michel Tremblay

In this third installment of Tremblay’s Notebook trilogy, Fine Dumas’ notorious transvestite Boudoir is shut down and Céline must return to waitressing at the Sélect. Then a newcomer appears, the gorgeous Gilbert Forget, a musician who is not insensitive to her charms. Céline, a midget who until now has always felt unworthy, throws herself into a passionate affair, discovering the body’s thrills for the first time. As she has done twice before, Céline records the adventures of her life into a notebook, but now she steps outside of herself, using a narrator to tell her story. Will her tempestuous relationship with Gilbert endure?

The Box Closet

By Mary Meigs

A narrative woven of her parents’ diaries and letters that integrates Meigs’s discoveries as a daughter and granddaughter.

The Breakdown So Far

By M.A.C. Farrant

Farrant continues her assault on the unaccountably disaffected and disillusioned of the Western world with her eighth volume of extremely short stories.

The Burden of Office
The Burden of Office

By Joseph Tussman

Lucid, original and ultimately wise, this book is as much a work of literature as it is of philosophy.

The Centre: Poems 1970-2000

By Barry McKinnon

The Centre: Poems 1970–2000 begins with a long poem sequence that initiates McKinnon’s engagement of and life in the north with new and unavoidably present recognitions. The “centre” in this sequence of ten long poems thus shifts from a nostalgic, idealized and elegiac rural singularity to a new relentless multiplicity of the urban, where the centre constantly threatens not to hold. The “centre” in these books becomes a multiplicity of urban attentions reproducing itself as an articulate awareness of a fractured and fragmented self in a wasteland where beauty appears only through glimpses of externalized objects of desire.

The Chilliwacks and Their Neighbors

By Oliver Wells

Active ethnography through conversations, legends, articles, and a naturalist’s guide of the Chilliwack Native people and their area.

The Circus Performers' Bar

By David Arnason

Witty and formally innovative stories that examine social, political and sexual assumptions with an ironic eye.

The Collected Books of Artie Gold

By Artie Gold

Born in 1947, Artie Gold appeared like a supernova within the constellation of Montreal Anglophone poets in the late 1960s. Intensely devoted to poetry, having already discovered the work of Frank O’Hara, John Wieners, and Jack Spicer in his teens, six books of his poems were published in each of the years 1974–79. Daunted by asthma, complicated by rapidly proliferating allergies and emphysema, he increasingly retreated from the world. At the urging of his friends, a Selected Poems was published in 1992, but only one further book appeared in print in 2003. Artie left the world on St. Valentine’s Day, 2007. His eight published books of poetry collected here shine like a beacon of Northern Lights across the literary landscape of the late twentieth century.

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The Commons

By Stephen Collis

In The Commons we wander the English countryside with the so-called mad peasant poet John Clare, pick wild fruit with Henry David Thoreau, and comb the Lake District with a host of authors of Romantic guides and tours, undermining William Wordsworth’s proprietary claim to the region. Somewhere along the way Robert Frost’s wall falls down, the Zapatistas make their appearance, and Gerrard Winstanley reclaims the
earth as a “Common Treasury.”

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The Days

By M.A.C. Farrant

Let yourself be excited and delighted. Farrant’s artfully spare stories – averaging a couple of paragraphs each – offer enough food for thought (and mood) to keep you going for months. Dip in occasionally to be reminded of the strangeness of us, or read from beginning to end and immerse yourself in a slightly skewed version of reality – one in which people are frank and the world is unforgiving as it shimmers like light on water, sometimes blinding, always dazzling.

The Decline of the Hollywood Empire

By Hervé Fischer

Heralds an inevitable move from 35 mm to digital distribution which will level the creative playing field between the towering Hollywood empire and marginalized independent artists and producers.

The Divine

By Michel Marc Bouchard

Quebec City, 1905. Two priests-to-be are ordered to deliver a cease-and-desist letter to a controversial visitor to their city: the legendary French actress, Sarah Bernhardt. The Divine was commissioned for the 2015 Shaw Festival in honour of George Bernard Shaw and everyone who loves the theatre, and in memory of Sarah Bernhardt, “the woman who dares to say everything that should be left unsaid.”

The Duchess and the Commoner

By Michel Tremblay

This third volume in the Chronicles of the Plateau Mont- Royal —an epic series of novels which imagines the lives of the characters of Tremblay’s plays—deals with an explicitly gay thematic: Tremblay’s metaphor for the Québécois desire for a more glamorous identity on the world stage.

The Empress Has No Closure
The Empress Has No Closure

By Adeena Karasick

The Empress Has No Closure contains, as a centre-piece, the “Alefbet Transfers,” a meditative, spacial explication of the 22 figures of the Hebrew alphabet.

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The Envelope

By Vittorio Rossi

Drawn from his own experiences, Vittorio Rossi’s new comedy-drama exposes the bureaucratic institution that is the Canadian film industry, and we follow the character Michael Moretti, a veteran playwright, as he struggles to get his new play, Romeo’s Rise, turned into a movie.

The Fat Woman Next Door Is Pregnant

By Michel Tremblay

Tremblay’s first novel is an affectionate and funny chronicle of the lives of a family in its community.

The Fighting Days

By Wendy Lill

The polarities of public and private lives, and issues of racism and pacifism in the suffragette movement. Cast of 3 women and 1 man.

The First Quarter of the Moon
The First Quarter Of The Moon

By Michel Tremblay

The fifth novel in the Chronicles of the Plateau Mont-Royal juxtaposes the childhood experiences of the fat woman’s son and his gifted cousin.

The Five Books of Moses Lapinsky

By Karen X. Tulchinsky

August 1933: after weeks of tension, on a sweltering night at Christie Pitts field, four youths unfurl a white sheet emblazoned with a large black Swastika, lift their arms and shout, “Heil Hitler!” during a softball game. Within seconds, a group of Jewish youths charge in a struggle to capture the flag, setting off the largest race riot ever to occur in Toronto, involving fifteen thousand people and injuring hundreds.
Tulchinsky takes us inside the life of one immigrant Jewish family, from this pivotal moment, through the war years and into the early 1950s, creating a stunning fictional statement of a defining moment for a family, a city, and a continent struggling with ideas of freedom, tolerance, and identity in a world broken by war.

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The Gorge

By Nancy Shaw

Nancy Shaw was an award-winning poet, scholar, and critic who was formative in shifting the ground of Canadian literature and poetics. She was a member of the influential Kootenay School of Writing (KSW) collective, co-director of Writing magazine, artist-in-residence at the Western Front in the 1980s, and served as a chair of the Vancouver New Music Society. Edited by Catriona Strang – who co-authored Busted, Cold Trip, and Light Sweet Crude with Shaw – The Gorge collects a range of Shaw’s prolific writing with a focus on her collaborations and poetry.

The Happiest Man in the World and Other Stories

By David Arnason

A hilarious yet compassionate look at the new male consciousness taking shape in a “post-feminist” world by a witty, articulate raconteur.

The Hatch

By Colin Browne

Colin Browne’s new collection, The Hatch, extends his formal engagement with the margins of the new documentary. Myth, history, and the present are contemporaneous in these poems; nothing is ever one thing, and nothing is itself for very long.

Figuratively speaking each poem is caught in mid-air, as if delivered in the flash reflected off a twisting sheet of metal. There is new music in these pages, improvisations on the demotic, the lyrical, and the scientific in what amounts to a season of journal entries and field notes. Included are observations of Anna Akhmatova, André Breton, Benjamin Britten, Emily Carr, Blaise Cendrars, Aimé Césaire, Marcel Duchamp, Sorley MacLean, Charles Olson, and others. Certain texts are rooted in the tradition of the garden as observatory. An 1808 sea-otter expedition from New Arkhangel (Sitka) in Alaska all the way to California founders on the coast of early twenty-first century conspiracy theories.

Browne’s poems have regularly addressed landscape and the intersections of personal and public history; in The Hatch there is a rhythmic and political urgency in which the exchange of forms is lightning quick. This is a book of transformations.

The Heart Laid Bare

By Michel Tremblay

A fusty academic has fallen in love with a young actor who works as a salesman while waiting for his big break; however, the academic must learn to make room in his life for the actor’s four-year-old son.

The House that Hijack Built

By Adeena Karasick

Explores the possibilities of meaning production when language is pushed to its limits of normative semantic patterns. Includes a homolinguistic “trans’elation” of the Sefer Yetzirah.

The Hunting Ground

By Lise Tremblay

Remarkably engaging stories recounted by different residents of a northern Canadian village facing a gradual but devastating transformation.

The Invisibility Exhibit

By Sachiko Murakami

Murakami’s first book of poetry, written in the political and emotional wake of Vancouver’s “Missing Women,” this project investigates the troubled relationship between a marginalized neighbourhood’s “invisible” populations and the city that surrounds them.

The Just

By Albert Camus

Camus’s The Just (Les Justes) is a five-act play based on the true story of a group of Russian revolutionaries who assassinated Grand Duke Sergei Alexandrovich in 1905. Bobby Theodore’s fresh, modern translation enhances the contemporaneity of the play.

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The Keeper’s Daughter

By Jean-François Caron

As a way to draw visitors to their isolated fishing village on Quebec’s North Shore, the tourist bureau commissions a documentary film recreating life as it was lived there in the 1940s and 50s. To gather material for the project, the filmmaker is sent in search of Rose Brouillard, now an old woman but raised on an island just offshore by Onile, a local fisherman. Rose is finally tracked down in Montreal, where she lives a solitary life fogged by one of the inevitabilities of old age – failing memory.

“Dorothea” (the name Rose gives the young filmmaker), takes her back to scenes from her childhood and invites her to tell her story as they go, and so we return to a past assembled from Rose’s fragmented recollections.

Structured as a series of short cinematic “takes,” this novel about recovering both personal and shared histories is told in a polyphony of voices, including Rose herself (as a child, an adolescent, and in her old age), the sexton of the village church, his three female cousins, an elderly neighbour, a villager who passes time on the harbour wall, and Rose’s long-deceased mother. We see fishermen on the docks with their nets, hard-at-work villagers with shirtsleeves rolled up to the elbow, leafy gardens, and tree-lined streets, all recreated during Rose’s reminiscences. The problem is that many of these scenes are invented, not real. Does that matter? Or are the stories we tell more important?

Read an excerpt from The Keeper’s Daughter.

The Medusa Head

By Mary Meigs

A sensitive psychological portrait of a stormy three-way lesbian relationship.

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The Monument Cycles

By Mariner Janes

While many of the poems in The Monument Cycles speak to Vancouver as a whole, several focus specifically on the city’s Downtown Eastside (“the poorest postal code in Canada”); they explore the poet’s experiences working in this community and write toward possibility, remembrance, and the nature of truth and storytelling.

The Moustache

By George Bowering

Bowering and Greg Curnoe became friends when their art was in its youth, and for 26 years they grew up parallel, inside each other’s work.

The New Long Poem Anthology

Features the work of Blaser, Bowering, Brand, Carson, Derksen, Dudek, Dewdney, Friesen, Hartog, Kiyooka, Kroetsch, Marlatt, McCaffery, McFadden, McKay, McKinnon, Mouré, Nichol, Ondaatje, Robertson, Stanley, Tostevin, Villemaire, Wah and Webb.

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The Obese Christ

By Larry Tremblay

Devastated by grief and loneliness, Edgar, an asocial thirty-seven-year-old, kneels in the cemetery where his recently deceased mother is buried. Turning away from her graveside for a moment, Edgar witnesses a terrifying and life-altering event: through the mist that sweeps overhead like the ghostly skirts of mothers passed, Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse brutally rape a young woman, leaving her for dead. Acting out of muddled instinct (and ingrained Catholic conviction), Edgar bears the unconscious victim home in the trunk of his mother’s sedan. Disgusted yet moved by the woman’s appearance, Edgar solemnly pledges to act as her saviour.

The Pagan Wall

By David Arnason

Written in the tradition of Umberto Eco and Manuel Puig, The Pagan Wall is a first novel by one of Canada’s master storytellers.

The Painter’s Wife

By Monique Durand

An extraordinary novel about art and passion inspired by the lives of two great artists, Evelyn Rowat and René Marcil.

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The Place of Scraps

By Jordan Abel

Jordan Abel’s The Place of Scraps explores the relationship between First Nations cultures and ethnography. Marius Barbeau – an early 20th century ethnographer who studied First Nations cultures, including Abel’s ancestral Nisga’a Nation – believed that First Nations cultures were about to disappear completely. Through poetic erasure techniques, Abel carves out new and unexpected understandings of Barbeau’s writing.

The Pleasure of the Crown

By Dara Culhane

An in-depth analysis of the 130-year history of the Aboriginal title issue in BC, focusing in particular on the Gitksan and Wet’suwet’en case.

Wednesday August 8, 2018 in Meta-Talon

2018 Buy a Québec Book Day! August 12

August 12, 2018, is Buy a Quebec Book Day. Celebrate by purchasing a recent Talonbooks book in translation!

Photo of a yellow concrete building damaged by hurricane Isidore Friday July 27, 2018 in Meta-Talon

How is a door Got Its Name

Next year marks the tenth anniversary of Fred Wah’s is a door : to celebrate, Talon takes a look back at how the book got its name.

Thursday March 8, 2018 in Meta-Talon

Book Recs for International Women’s Day 2018

To celebrate International Women’s Day, we asked our staff to recommend favourite Talon books that they felt contributed to the advancement of women and to the feminist literary canon.

Studies in Description cover Tuesday February 6, 2018 in Meta-Talon

“Argument is to me the air I breathe”

By Carl Peters

On Meta-Talon today, please enjoy the full text of the presentation given by Carl Peters at the Modern Languages Association convention in New York City on January 7, 2018. This talk responds to the question posed in the MLA convention session Rhetoric in Post-Factual Times: how to perform textual analysis in a time when facts are no longer the marker of good argumentation. (Peters’s talk is also related to his work on Stein; Peters is recently the author of Studies in Description: Reading Gertrude Stein’s Tender Buttons.)


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1 Hour Photo

Tetsuro Shigematsu

Almost Islands

Stephen Collis

Around Her

Sophie Bienvenu
Translated by Rhonda Mullins


Fred Wah & Rita Wong

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Checking In

Adeena Karasick

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Edward Byrne

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Finding Mr. Wong

Susan Crean


Roy Miki
Edited by Michael Barnholden

[Gracie cover]

Joan MacLeod
Introduction by Marita Dachsel

He Speaks Volumes

Rebecca Wigod

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King Arthur’s Night and Peter Panties

Niall McNeil & Marcus Youssef
Introduction by Al Etmanski

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Kuei, My Friend

Deni Ellis Béchard & Natasha Kanapé Fontaine
Translated by Deni Ellis Béchard & Howard Scott

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Mercenary English – 3rd edition

Mercedes Eng

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Nine Dragons

Jovanni Sy

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Safety Sand

Garry Thomas Morse

Seven Sacred Truths

Wanda John-Kehewin

Sir John A: Acts of a Gentrified Ojibway Rebellion

Drew Hayden Taylor

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Talker’s Town and The Girl Who Swam Forever

Marie Clements & Nelson Gray

Thanks for Giving

Kevin Loring

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The Cure for Death by Lightning

Daryl Cloran

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The Eyelash and the Monochrome

Tiziana La Melia

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The Green Chamber

Martine Desjardins
Translated by Fred A. Reed & David Homel

The Mystery Play

Josh MacDonald

Treaty 6 Deixis

Christine Stewart


Deni Ellis Béchard

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