Irving’s Coat

Writing a movie script for Sammy Davis, Jr., breaking up a fight between Len Gasparini and Irving Layton, letting Layton borrow his coat because someone swiped his, playing practical jokes on the American icon Joyce Carol Oates and establishing one of the first cre- ative writing departments in Canadian universities . . . These are… Read more »

Left Hand Horses

In Left Hand Horses, acclaimed poet John B. Lee offers the reader “a clear view into the deep wells of the interior life of an individual writer.” Lee, one of Canada’s most successful and important poets, has redefined the autobiographicalwriting genre. Beyond a mere personal account ofthe author’s life, Left Hand Horses, provides essential information for any aspiring writers. “When I… Read more »

The Fee for Exaltation

While researching his Irish heritage, Tyndall finds that century old schisms in the old world still exist today in Canada, and physical and ideological wounds have a tendency to re-open. Through an exploration of ‘old rich links’ and ‘precious roots’ Tyndall offers glimpses of renewal and peace within the narrator’s internal struggle.  

When the Earth Was Flat

Enter a world where anything can happen and does. Fraser moves from horror masks to hesitant souls. He takes us on this odyssey of life experiences and identity crisis. His abstract writing captures the moods of his characters in such a way that ittakes the reader through pain, doubt, truth and actuality. Fraser captures the… Read more »

Cleavage: A Life in Breasts

Cleavage, a provocative new book by Marilyn Gear Pilling of Hamilton, Ontario, is the journal of one woman’s life as told through her breasts. Breastfeeding ranges from bawdy – her second nursed like a baby piglet latched to the sow – to sensual – they’d become one dumb nurturing animal overflowing with milk and a mute acceptance… Read more »

What Someone Wanted

As part of Black Moss Press’ First Lines Series, this first full poetry collection, What Someone Wanted by Shirley Graham, is a book about the longing, loneliness, alienation and sometimes miraculous union that can occur in “the infinite land between one and two.” Using a diversity of styles that range from spare, unadorned poetry to prose that calls… Read more »

Never Sleep With Anyone from Windsor

Jon R. Flieger is a Windsor, Ontario writer who peels back the gritty side of a border town, exposing the urban blight, and shows a landscape that has been exploited and exhausted. His vision through a narrator is bleak and depressing. But there is an upside and an optimism that broods beneath the surface, and… Read more »

Gumshoe

Wendy Morton’s latest collection of poetry, Gumshoe, follows in the footsteps of her previous works, examining the joy, pain and pitfalls of life as a careful and thorough detective would. “Poets are goofy. They find shadows, take pictures of shoes, wear glitter. Sing” Under the microscope, everyday life in Gumshoe is distilled into lines of… Read more »

Never a Straight Line

Never A Straight Line tackles a subject that is politically explosive as society grapples with the big question of how generations to come will survive with a world that is only now coming to grips with the slowdestruction of the natural world. Into this mix go the stories of families, of urban development, conservation and waste…. Read more »

The Gargoyle’s Left Ear: Writing in Ottawa

The Gargoyle’s Left Ear: Writing in Ottawa presents a unique blend of vignettes, reminiscence, and poetry from well known Ottawa writer Susan McMaster. How has this town transformed a shy girl into an outgoing performer and prize-winning poet whose dozenplus books and recordings have been featured across Canada and beyond? “To admit the draw of starlight…” writes… Read more »

Do Not Call Me By My Name Reviewed by Story Circle

Story Circle Book Reviews recently published a thoughtful review of Lisa Shatzky‘s Do Not Call Me By My Name. Here’s a sample of what reviewer Mary Ann Moore had to say: I couldn’t help but be saddened by the poems and angered too by the residential school system and its long-lasting effects. In “Blackberries” the poet writes: “Even… Read more »

Calling the Wild

From acclaimed novelist and Governor General’s Award-winning poet Robert Hilles comes a book that’s part memoir, and part lament for the wild. He investigates what we mean by the word today in a world where it is a rapidly depleting commodity. Drawing extensively from his childhood growing up outside Kenora in northwestern Ontario, Hilles takes us back… Read more »

In Her Fifties

by Betsy Struthers What were the 1950s? Gangs of kids roaming the long back suburban yards. Fathers at work, mothers at home. Mothers who Laid Down the Law. The implacable authority of school, its bullies both adult and child. Learning about sex and death. Living with danger, both foreign (the Cold War) and domestic (strange men)…. Read more »

The Pissing Women of Lafontaine

Though some will blanch and cluck their tongues at the brazen profaning of a more decorous world, these poems keep polite company with all who delight in poetry of quality. The poems in The Pissing Women of Lafontaine have their progenitor in ancient Roman poet Catullus, in 17th century English Poet Laureate John Dryden’s scatalogical masterpiece, “Macflecknoe,”… Read more »

Far From the Temple of Heaven

Dale Ritterbusch is the author of Lessons Learned, a collection of poems on the Vietnam War and its aftermath. Currently he is Distinguished Visiting Professor in the Department of English & Fine Arts at the United States Air Force Academy. Otherwise he is Professor of Languages and Literatures at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. Of Dale… Read more »

The Last Labour of the Heart

Aunt Lou had decided to die. The thought had got into her head and there was no getting it out. So said the nurse who called Benjamin Miles from Minneapolis. Lou had stopped eating. Wouldn’t take a bite. She was shed- ding pounds the way a dog sheds fur. She’s skin, bones and sheer determination,… Read more »

Re:Generations: Canadian Women Poets in Conversation

Reflections on the creative process, the poems, fiction and creative non-fiction in this collection replace the myth of the artist as solitary seer with a different story of lively conversations across generations and among art forms. Slipping into the skin or trying on the voice of an established foremother, or collaborating with a contemporary in… Read more »

There Was a Mr. Cristi

This exciting “literary find,” a never before published novel by the renowned Canadian writer Raymond Knister, tells the story of a woman who tires of living with her “transplanted” husband on his fruit farm outside of Toronto. This ambitious and independent English- born wife leaves for the city with the idea of starting a new… Read more »

Riding on a Magpie Riff

“I don’t smoke and I’m no axe murderer,” says Richard Stevenson in his newest book, Riding On A Magpie Riff. This semi-autobiographical work is an endearing and lighthearted rendition of Stevenson’s rise in the literary world, as well as an in-depth exploration of what it means to be an aging artist. Stevenson weaves a complicated tapestry… Read more »

Wait for Me

Marty Gervais’ Wait For Me is his first book since the selected To Be Now. Robert Hilles, the Governor General’s Award winner says of this work: “These powerful, worldly poems give us piercingly accurate observations on love, life and the spiritual. From playing god with ants, to infidelity, to pigeons in his hotel room, to the price of… Read more »