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Pantone’s named “Marsala” – a purply-red – as its colour of the year for 2015. We prove we’re ahead of the curve with these covers, all featuring the couleur du jour.
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Tired of the same old Can Lit? Had your fill of The Beautiful Poetry? You’re not alone. BookThug is pleased to re-present West Coast poet Elizabeth Bachinsky’s first full-length collection of poems, Curio: Grotesques and Satires FromThe Electronic Age. In this second edition, with a new introduction by K. Silem Mohammad, you can plunge into a series of poetic games to witness Antonin Artaud climb a beanstalk and eat his lover’s foot as his most torrid affair is revealed in letters; fear the Spy Cam’s omniscient eye; test your paranoiac tendencies as an alien abductee; watch as The Waste Land and The River Merchant’s Wife hit the blender; rejoice in poems without people, poems without authors and poems with no audience. Informed by the writings of the 20th Century’s (and even the 21st Century’s!) most eclectic authors, Curio is quirky and sly — an ironic mixture simultaneously engaged with formal innovation and the Retro Avant Garde that heralded the arrival of a brave new poet.
Richard Greene’s first collection since winning the 2010 Governor-General’s Award for Poetry, take as their subject the rumors, misunderstandings and half-truths that often comprise our knowledge of others. With an astonishing gift for capturing states of feeling, Greene’s new poems movingly reflect on the “presence and absence, glory and disarray” of our flawed life, moving from his mother’s oil paintings to harrowing conditions at a corrections facility to recollections of a much-loved mentor. The capstone of the book is the magnificent title poem. Written in fluent, colloquial terza rima and set in sun-drenched Siena during the frenzied pageantry of Il Palio–the Italian city’s bi-annual horse race–it is a brilliant, beautifully realized achievement that consolidates Greene’s reputation as an emerging master of narrative verse.
Easy Peasy assumes nothing, but ass you me severything! Part instruction manual for the comfortably literate, part picture book for the uncommitted spectator, these poems insist upon the simple beautiful error of words and the imaginative potential of miscommunion! If you enjoy spending time outdoors, eating chocolate bars, watching movies, drinking tea with friends, avoiding death, taking baths and understanding the world, then this book most definitely is not for your!
Whether considering the Skeena River or the foibles of an onscreen diva, Zoë Landale creates vivid and unforgettable poetry. Shot through with bright colour and sharp natural imagery, this is not a calm, contemplative collection. Indeed, Landale punctuates her own poetic musings with a director’s cut, a counterpoint of sly, often acerbic observations on her own lines. A fascinating and intricate work, Einstein’s Cat is a collection that is sure to reward repeat readings.
If you could take just one thing back… Every Little Thing explores how lives are shaped by the butterfly effect of decisions that go desperately wrong. After a shocking family tragedy, Cohen Davies feels isolated, guilty, and numb to everything except the allure of his new neighbor, Allie Crosbie. She’s a free spirit, and he sees in her the perfect place to bury his troubles. But when Allie’s father asks an unfathomable favour, Cohen’s decision to help him sets off a chain reaction of irrevocable events that leave one man dead, one man assaulted, and Cohen incarcerated. In the aftermath, Allie will reveal a shocking secret of her own. With his award-winning debut, Away From Everywhere, Chad Pelley showed us his verve as a novelist; Every Little Thing shows us the flipside of love, and Pelley cuts no corners in exposing how a secret kept to protect love can just as easily destroy a life.
‘Ivanhoe Station’ is a début collection that rivets with poetic imagery as sharp as movie graphics. These poems address, in turn, social and political questions, while focussing-centrally-on a theme of transcendence.
“Lyle Neff’s poems mix sexual bravura with a vaguely formulated political awareness.” – Canadian Book Review Annual
B.C. Book Prize Finalist
His picture can be found in the Guinness Book of World Records, an award Cole was granted after crossing the Sahara desert on a camel. When he was murdered by thieves in Mali during his final crossing in 2000, it took months to positively identify the body, and the killers were never found.Why did he choose to go so far and endure such hardships? That question, addressed through years of training and discipline has led to a singularly luminous oeuvre of films that have spread the name of Frank Cole across the cinematic landscape.is volume collects voices near and far offering multiple vantages to the rigorous enigma of Frank Cole. There are recollections from his diplomat father, and best friend travel author Richard Taylor. Inspired by Frank’s journey, Belgian journalist and filmmaker Ben Vandoorne set off to the Sahara to make his own award?winning movie Incha Allah and he writes about Cole as his ghost companion. The director of Switzerland’s seminal Visions du Reel documentary festival weighs in, as well as key French avant?garde theorist, Yann Beauvais. Best selling author Geoff Pevere, multiple?Genie Prize winner John Greyson, Dutch filmmaker Fred Pelon, video legend Steve Reinke, Whitney Biennial fave Julie Murray also offer their thoughts. Each of Cole’s movies were lavishly documented, and the book will draw heavily on this photographic archive, reproducing stunning desert vistas and personal encounters in both colour and black and white. The book will also contain Korbett Mathews’ award?winning documentary The Man Who Crossed the Sahara, an hour long DVD featuring clips and interviews with those who knew him best.
In a world of 24-hour news coverage and global forces like the U.N., genocides still happen, often unchecked. But nearly a century ago, one group, the Armenians, was nearly wiped out in a systematic coup that became the blueprint for Hitler, who said to his generals, “Go, kill without mercy men, women and children of the Polish race or language. Only in this way will we get the living space we need. Who, after all, remembers the annihilation of the Armenians?” Zeyneb Sosi Arta is only seven years old when she is stoned by a group of village children, who taunt her with cries of “infidel.” This incident spurs her parents to move her to the safey of the city to stay with the Reijskinds, sympathetic friends. After all, though Sosi?s father is Turkish, her mother is Armenian, and although many years have passed, they haven?t forgotten the systematic extermination of Armenians at the hands of the Turks that began in 1915. Before it was over in 1923, 1.5 million Armenians would be dead. Their homes and wealth appropriated, they were rounded up, deported, tortured and murdered in concentration camps or shipped to the desert of Der Zor to die of starvation. The genocide was planned and directed by the Young Turks under the cover of war and it was months before any news filtered back to the cities about the fate of those who had disappeared. In the safety of the Reijskinds? home, Sosi waits in vain for her parents to come back for her; only to discover they have been murdered by their own neighbours. Sosi is raised by the Reijskinds, and later moves with them to Jerusalem, where she meets a Ara, a radical young Armenian photographer. Sosi becomes pregnant with Ara?s child, and they subsquently wed. But Ara is desperate to go to Turkey, to force the Turks to admit to their extermination of his people, to document the disappearance of the Armenians. Ara disappears himself. Sosi moves to Montreal with their daughter Sammi, where eventually Ara rejoins her after being found in a Turkish prison by another relative who pays for his release. The realities of war, genocide and global immigration and their impact on susequent generations are revealed through the story of Sosi: a survivor, a traveller, a mother, an Armenian.
Being a teenager is hard, especially if you’re questioning your sexuality and growing up in rural Ontrio in the mid ’90s. Add to that a temperamental, homophobia father and a tenacious love for Madonna, and it’s almost unbearable. Despite it all, Luke loes working on the family farm, and at least he has the support of a group of local outsiders who invite him into their circle.