Journalist Garry Leech draws from his experiences as a war correspondent, his ongoing personal struggle with PTSD, and the latest research to examine the long-term psychological costs of violence and war, removing some of the stigmas, fears, and ignorance related to mental illness by shedding light on it and providing a message of hope.
A Brush With Depth
This art book is a retrospective of the wild and wacky illustrations of Rick Sealock, who has contributed to such publications as Rolling Stone and GQ Magazine, but it is also a how-to guide on how to keep your work fresh and how to deal with clients.
A Love Letter to Emily C
This interdisciplinary play – fusing theatre, poetry, visual art, and music – from spoken word legend and Calgary poet laureate Wilson explores the life and times of Emily Carr as she playfully interacts with her beloved monkey, Woo.
A Matins Flywheel
This new collection of genre-mixing poems and prose sketches about growing up in Edmonton, jazz music, travels to Prague, and the writing legacy of Robert Kroetsch are rooted in the visceral struggles to find the love and honesty required to live through some harrowing health mysteries.
Advice for Taxidermists and Amateur Beekeepers
This quirky and compact novel presents the remaining Morris family, after youngest sister Margot and her two young daughters and unborn child die in a house fire. Agatha, the beekeeper, Teddy, the albino taxidermist, and Sylvia, a new mother eager to get back to climbing, have just about given up worrying about whether the deaths were an accident or murder.
All of Us in Our Own Lives
Examining human interconnectedness, privilege, and the dual nature of international aid (its idealism and its moneyed nature), this novel is about Ava Berriden, a Canadian lawyer who moves to Nepal to begin a career in international aid and connect with the country of her birth.
All the Lovely Pieces
Drew Baker is trying to prove her brutal husband’s true nature while on the run from him and from her own terrible crimes. How can she protect her 10-year-old son if the police or her husband catch up with her?
For his 30th birthday, punk rocker Lor returns to Lethbridge, only to find the Weird is still there. He reunites with his old band and heads north, followed by rogue CSIS agents, in this wild and wintry novel.
As Long As the Sun Shines
The distinctive voice of Janet Rogers reveals the beautiful and the bitter of life in today’s Canada, using a variety of forms and techniques – list poems, chants, mirror poems, oral word play – to both critique past and current practices and attitudes and to build unity and peace.
Awâsis and the World-Famous Bannock
Dallas Hunt, Amanda Strong (Illustrator)
This charming story of Awâsis, who accidentally loses the batch of bannock she is delivering, introduces readers to Cree vocabulary and worldviews as various other-than-human relatives help her. The book includes the recipe and a pronunciation guide.
Originally published in 1993, this collection of 10 intense stories features characters ranging from a 19th-century prospector to a chambermaid in Victoria in the Second World War to two longtime friends trying to figure out the ’80s.
Multiple voices and points of view present the murky world of third-world refugees and human trafficking and show how Canadian teens respond to the truly dire circumstances of people from elsewhere.
Seven-year-old Tiah goes with her parents to the annual Métis Culture Days in their hometown, where she has fun and makes a new friend while snowshoe racing, moose calling, bannock making, Métis sash weaving, and leg wrestling.
Becoming Our Future
Julie Nagam (Editor), Megan Tamati-Quennell (Editor), Carly Lane (Editor)
This book investigates international Indigenous methodologies in curatorial practice from Canada, Aotearoa (New Zealand), and Australia, exploring how Indigenous art and culture operate within and from a structural framework that is positioned outside of the non-Indigenous cultural milieu.
Bursting with a remarkable cast of spiders and fish, crows and bears, rats, chickens and cows, this collection of poetry gives free rein to very human feelings and the way they grow and stampede out on the Prairie landscape.
Better Angels: A Parable and Eating Pomegranates Naked
In Better Angels: A Parable, Akosua leaves Ghana to work for Greg and Leila Tate in the suburbs of a metropolitan city, becoming trapped in modern-day slavery. In Eating Pomegranates Naked, two couples and their single frenemy drink too much wine while examining their relationships.
Howard White (Editor), Emma Skagen (Editor)
Marking the centenary of Al Purdy’s birth, this anthology of poems written in tribute to him includes poets such as Milton Acorn, David Zieroth, Lorna Crozier, Cornelia Hoogland, Patrick Lane, Bruce Cockburn, Steven Heighton, and many more.
Bitter and Sweet
Sandra V. Feder, Kyrsten Brooker (Illustrator)
Drawing on Jewish culture and tradition, this subtle picture book shows how Hannah, with the help of her grandmother and a new friend, manages to discover the sweetness among the bitterness of moving to a new city.
Black Writers Matter
Whitney French (Editor)
This anthology of African-Canadian writing offers a cross-section of established writers and newcomers who tackle contemporary and pressing issues – such as publishing and Black and Indigenous solidarity – with beautiful, sometime raw, prose.
Through close attention to elm trees and blackbirds, coulees and coyotes, these poems explore memory and nature in precise meditations, teaching readers to “hear the oxidized hinges on the doors of perception / squeak, opening and closing, swinging an inch or two, in the just-now / rise of wind.”