Pantone Colour of the Year 2019: Living Coral

We coralled these gorgeous book covers inspired by the Pantone Colour of the Year—Living Coral—for your viewing pleasure.

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  • Body Politic

    Body Politic


    The point is that we started the conversation.

    In 1971 Phillip was on the cusp of starting something big. Something that would make history. Now he’s an aging journalist trying to make sense of Grindr. Phillip was a founding member of The Body Politic, a gay-liberation newspaper based in Toronto. As he recounts memories of censorship battles, police raids, historic rallies, and the onset of HIV/AIDS during an intimate encounter with a younger man, their generational differences shine a light on the massive shifts in queer identity and politics over the last fifty years.

    This historical drama reimagines the events surrounding the birth, life, and death of one of the most important journalistic forces in Canada, and the opportunities it created for the future.

  • Oscar



    Brad succumbs to the white plague, Oscar too spends his days fighting disease, confined to a hospital. Playing the organ at night for a mysterious sickly girl, he discovers his own talent, although years after recovery, he finds himself desperate, poor, and depressed—until the devil, otherwise known to the world as impresario Norman G, happens on him in a moment of crisis.

    Inspired by the life of legendary jazz pianist Oscar Peterson, Mauricio Segura’s Oscar evokes periods across time, from the Depression-era Montreal neighbourhood of Little Burgundy to the swinging cabarets of the 1950s, while offering a reflection on the bonds between an artist and the Caribbean diaspora from which he comes. But above all, Oscar is a poignant homage to a musical giant, a man who changed the face of jazz forever.

  • Our Familiar Hunger

    Our Familiar Hunger


    Our Familiar Hunger is a book about the strength, will, struggle and fortitude of generations of women and how those relationships and knowledges interact, inform, transform and burden. These poems are memories of reclaimed history and attempts at starting over in a new place. They are the fractured reality of trickle-down inheritance, studies of the epigenetic grief we carry and the myriad ways that interferes or interprets our best attempts.

  • Passion over Reason / la passion avant la raison

    Passion over Reason / la passion avant la raison


    Passion. Reason. Opposites attract.

    It is no secret that Tom Thomson (1877-1917) and Joyce Wieland (1930-1998) never met. Their art could not be further apart stylistically or methodologically. Thomson was a colourist, armed with brushes and oil paints. Wieland was an activist who drew upon an arsenal of wide-ranging contemporary media and whose work is ground-breaking in the annals of feminist art. Yet, Wieland also celebrated her attraction to Thomson. Passion Over Reason explores Wieland’s and Canada’s fascination with Thomson and his status as a cult figure of masculine mystique, while re-examining the mythology of his life story. Wieland was an equally heroic artist. She established a career as an experimental filmmaker and mixed media artist, working primarily in Toronto but also in New York.

    Passion Over Reason: Tom Thomson & Joyce Wieland commemorates the art of these two Canadian-born artists, while at the same time contributing a feminist perspective to the long-held narrative of Thomson. The book mixes sexuality and gender with politics, and nature and nationalism with the formation of a collective identity.

    La Passion Avant la Raison: Tom Thomson & Joyce Wieland rend hommage à deux artistes révolutionnaires du Canada. Considère cette œuvre comme une lettre d’amour à Tom Thomson, et bien au Canada — et aussi comme conversation entre des chefs-d’œuvre de Thomson et Joyce Wieland, pionnière d’art féministe et contemporain au Canada. On a souvent dit de Wieland qu’elle considérait le Canada comme une femme. Thomson était donc pour elle le meilleur amant pour son pays bien-aimé. Bien que la passion ait toujours fait partie intégrante de son art, Wieland favorise le patriotisme par ses explorations de symboles canadiens.

    Son amour et fascination profond pour Thomson et pour Canada se révèle dans la publication True Patriot Love, publié en conjonction avec son exposition du même titres au Musée des beaux-arts du Canada. Là-dedans, Wieland a effectivement subsumé un recueil de la flore arctique publié par le gouvernement: elle infiltrant avec l’aiguille, les annotations et les photos prises par Tom Thomson. Cette publication a planté les graines pour son film The Far Shore. L’exposition présentera ce film, ainsi que son film expérimental Reason Over Passion.

    En mettant l’accent sur la nationalité, le genre, et la sexualité, La Passion Avant la Raison présente une nouvelle perspective sur ces deux artistes.

  • Permission



    A grieving young woman learns something new about love from a dominatrix in this haunting and erotic debut.

    Echo is a failing actress who prefers to lose herself in the lives of others rather than examine her own. When her father disappears in a seaside misstep, she and her mother are left grief-stricken, unsure of how to piece back together their family that, it turns out, had never been whole. But then Orly — a dominatrix — moves in across the street. And through her, Echo begins to find the pieces that will allow her to carry on. Set among the bright colours and harshly glittering lights of Los Angeles, this is a love story about people addled with dreams and expectations who turn to the erotic for answers.

  • Sludge Utopia

    Sludge Utopia


    In a kind of Catherine Millet meets Roland Barthes baring of life with hints of the work of Chris Kraus, Sludge Utopia by Catherine Fatima is an auto-fictional novel about sex, depression, family, shaky ethics, ideal forms of life, girlhood, and coaching oneself into adulthood under capitalism.

    Using her compulsive reading as a lens through which to bring coherence to her life, twenty-five-year-old Catherine engages in a series of sexual relationships, thinking that desire is the key to a meaningful life. Yet, with each encounter, it becomes more and more clear: desire has no explanation; desire bears no significance.

    From an intellectual relationship with a professor, a casual sexual relationship, to a serious love affair, to a string of relationships that takes Catherine from Toronto to France and Portugal and back again, Sludge Utopia presents, in highly examined, raw detail, the perspective of a young woman’s punishing though intermittently gratifying sexuality and profound internalized misogyny, which causes her to bring all of life’s events under sexuality’s prism.

  • The Heart Begins Here

    The Heart Begins Here


    Finalist for the 2019 Golden Crown Literary Society Awards for General Fiction

    The Heart Begins Here is the story of the ever-optimistic, earnest Sara Requier and her disintegrating seven-year relationship with the cynical Wanda Wysoka. Along with her relationship struggles, Sara must contend with the drastic changes in the book industry that threaten her feminist bookstore, as well as a mother who refuses to accept her daughter’s lesbianism. Then, just as Wanda decides to leave Sara, Wanda’s new young lover, Cindy, is murdered. The story takes place in a western Canadian city in 2001 — much of it in Sara’s bookstore, Common Reader Books — in the shadow of the disturbing political climate that followed the 9/11 attacks in the U.S. This is a transitional point in the Canadian book industry: the proliferation of big box stores, the expansion of the Internet — and Sara is caught up in the concomitant changes in her community. The book explores themes of love and loss, of the lingering effects of a dysfunctional childhood, of misogyny, of personal and societal homophobia, and especially the challenge of integrating the personal with the political.

  • The Luminous Sea

    The Luminous Sea


    A team of researchers from a nearby university have set up a research station in a fictional outport in Newfoundland, studying the strange emergence of phosphorescent tides. And Vivienne, a young assistant, accidentally captures a creature unknown to science: a kind of fish, both sentient and distinctly female. As the project supervisor and lead researcher attempt to exploit the discovery, the creature begins to waste away, and Vivian must endanger herself to save them both.
  • The Poet is a Radio

    The Poet is a Radio


    The poet Li Bai has journeyed across the world and perhaps across centuries. When he comes across a bag of money in a downtown parking lot, we also meet the delinquent who lost the bag of money in the first place. The assemblage in Jack Hannan’s first novel are driven by wordsmithery, trickery, and flights of such fancy–for an instant, the signal comes in clearly, and we might all step into this world where anything is possible.