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By Sandra Ridley. 2016
In a sequence of five feverish elegies, Ridley combines narrative lyric and experimental verse styles to manifest dark themes related… to love and loss: the traumas of psychological suffering (isolation and confinement), physical abuse (by parent and partner), terminal illness (brain tumour and heart attack), revelation, resolution, and healing. With a blend of fervour and sangfroid, these serial poems accrue into a book-length testament to a grief both personal and human, leaving readers with the redemptive grace that comes from poetry's ability to wrestle chaos into meaning. Because of its overarching themes and serial form, "Silvija" is best read cover-to-cover, analogous to a work of fiction, rather than a book of individual or occasional poems. 2016.
By Laurie D Graham. 2016
In the stunning poems of "Settler Education", Graham explores the Plains Cree uprising at Frog Lake -- the death of… nine settlers, the hanging of six Cree warriors, the imprisonment of Big Bear, and the opening of the Prairies to unfettered settlement. In ways possible only with such an honest act of imagination, and with language at once terse and capacious, she reckons with how these pasts repeat and reconstitute themselves in the present. Poems from this book won the 2013 Thomas Morton Poetry Prize. 2016. Uniform title: Poems.
By Erin Robinsong. 2017
In this time of ecological precarity, "Rag Cosmology" is an urgent invitation to reinvent our modes of engagement with the… environment we not only inhabit, but are. Refusing the lamentation that leaves us as resigned witnesses to devastation, "Rag Cosmology" counters fatalist narratives with the pleasures of ecological entanglement and engagement. Tracing relationships between seemingly irreconcilable things--economy and ecology, weather and lust, bills and inner voices, wages of avoidance and wages of listening--these poems offer the intimate and lush language of thought that yearn for an imaginative reinvention of how we understand what we are part of and what we are losing. Winner of the 2017 A.M. Klein Prize for Poetry (QWF). 2017.
By Colleen Murphy. 2015
At 4:00 a.m. on a secluded farm, a woman fights to take her life back from a serial killer as… her desperate sister and a haunted police officer reach across time and distance in an attempt to rescue her. Winner of the 2016 Governor General’s Award for Drama. 2015.
By Richard Harrison. 2016
In his final years, Richard Harrison's father suffered from a form of dementia, but he died without ever forgetting the… poems he had memorized as a student and had taught to Richard as a child. In 2013, the poet feared his father's ashes had been lost in the flood water that ravaged Alberta--a crisis that would become the inciting event and central theme of this collection. Combining elements of memoir, elegy, lyrical essay and personal correspondence with appreciations of literary works ranging from haiku to comic books, Richard Harrison has written a book of great intellectual depth that is as generous as it is enchanting. Winner of the 2017 Governor General’s Award for Poetry. 2016. Uniform title: Poems.
By Ken Babstock. 2011
“Carolinian forest” echoes back as construction cranes in an urban skyline, “Second Life” returns as wildlife, as childhood. Even the… poem itself - the idea of a poem - as a unit of understanding is shadowed by a great unknowing. Fearless in its language, its trajectories and frames of reference, these poems gaze upon the objects of their attention until they rattle and exude their auras of strangeness. Some strong language. 2011.
By Robert Lalonde. 2017
Après Le Monde sur le flanc de la truite, après Iothéka, après Le Seul Instant, Robert Lalonde nous propose à… nouveau des pages de ses carnets, les plus belles, peut-être, à ce jour. La Liberté des savanes, où règne un équilibre fragile entre l'ombre et la lumière, nous ouvre toutes grandes les portes de latelier de l'écrivain et de la bibliothèque de ce fabuleux lecteur qu'est Robert Lalonde. 2017.
By Dany Laferrière. 2011
« Si mes romans sont une autobiographie de mes émotions, ce livre, dans la même veine, est une autobiographie de… mes idées. Ce que je pense n'est jamais loin de ce que je sens. Comme si toute cette philosophie me venait de la petite galerie de ma grand-mère, du fond de mon enfance. » 2011.
By Mathieu Bélisle. 2017
Lecture attentive de la grande et de la petite histoire de ce pays ainsi que de sa littérature, cet essai… brosse le portrait de l'homme québécois moyen dont le défi, qui est aussi celui de l'Occident, consiste à supporter la tension entre Sancho Pança et son maître, entre l'horizon prosaïque et le goût du vertige et de la verticalité. L'honnêteté intellectuelle et la bienveillante ironie de l'essayiste - qui se définit comme un généraliste formé par la littérature et qui avoue se reconnaître dans cet homme moyen -, la sobriété de sa prose et de sa pensée en font un guide sûr pour voyager dans un pays où la vie ordinaire est pour les uns un point d'arrivée et pour les autres un point de départ. 2017.
By Claudia Emerson. 2005
A woman explores her disappearance from one life and reappearance in another as she addresses her former husband, herself, and… her new husband in a series of epistolary poems. Though not satisfied in her first marriage, she laments vanishing from the life she and her husband shared for years. She then describes the unexpected joys of solitude during her recovery and emotional convalescence. Finally, in a sequence of sonnets, she speaks to her new husband, whose first wife died from lung cancer. Pulitzer Prize winner for poetry, 2005.
By Jack Thorne, John Tiffany, J. K Rowling, Jean-François Ménard. 2016
Cette pièce met en scène les nouvelles aventures d'Harry Potter dix-neuf ans après la fin de la saga de J.K.… Rowling. Désormais employé au Ministère de la magie, marié et père de famille, Harry Potter est débordé. De plus, son passé se manifeste par l'entremise de son plus jeune fils, Albus Severus, en butte avec le lourd héritage familial. Père et fils doivent s'unir pour affronter les ténèbres. Années 4-7 et plus. 2016. Titre uniforme: Harry Potter and the cursed child.
By Phil Hall. 2011
Poems of critical thought that have been influenced by old fiddle tunes, essays that are not out to persuade so… much as ruminate, invite, accrue. Includes memories of, and homages to Margaret Laurence, Bronwen Wallace, Libby Scheier, and Daniel Jones. Hall writes of the embarrassing process of becoming a poet, and of his push-pull relationship with the concept of home. Winner of the 2011 Governor General’s Literary Award for Poetry. Some descriptions of sex and some strong language. 2011.
By Henrik Ibsen, Hiro Kanagawa. 2016
Rita and Alfred Allmers live in an isolated family cabin on native leasehold land overlooking Indian Arm, a still untamed… glacial fjord just north of Vancouver, BC. With Alfred now struggling with his latest work, Rita has been tasked with caring for their adopted son Wolfie, a sensitive First Nations teen who has been designated as 'special needs' for much of his life. Rita's resentments and frustrations are further embittered by her younger half-sister, Asta, a constant reminder of the innocence, idealism and sexual allure Rita once had and yearns for again. Winner of the 2017 Governor General’s Award for Drama. 2016.
By Jan Zwicky. 2011
By Vivek Shraya. 2016
Vivek's debut collection of poetry is a bold, timely, and personal interrogation of skin - its origins, functions, and limitations.… Poems that range in style from starkly concrete to limber break down the barriers that prevent understanding of what it means to be racialized. Shraya paints the face of everyday racism with words, rendering it visible, tangible, and undeniable. 2016. Uniform title: Poems.
By Jack Thorne, John Tiffany, J. K Rowling. 2016
The eighth story in the Harry Potter series and the first official Harry Potter story presented on stage. It was… always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn't much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband, and father of three school-age children. While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places. Bestseller. Grades 4-7. 2016.
By Randy Bear Lacey. 2013
This book of poems deals with the trials of losing your vision as an adult and having to learn how… to live a new lifestyle. It also illustrates how the writer’s faith in God keeps him grounded and gives him hope to carry on. 2013.
Lawrence Hill shares his experiences of how ignorance and the fear of ideas led a group in the Netherlands to… burn the cover of his widely successful novel, "The Book of Negroes", in 2011. Why do books continue to ignite such strong reactions in people in the age of the Internet? Is banning, censoring, or controlling book distribution ever justified? Hill illustrates his ideas with anecdotes and lists names of Canadian writers who faced censorship challenges in the twenty-first century, inviting conversation between those on opposite sides of these contentious issues. Includes violence. 2013.
By Billy-Ray Belcourt. 2017
The poet issues a call to turn to love and sex to understand how Indigenous peoples shoulder sadness and pain… like theirs without giving up on the future. His poems and essays upset genre and play with form, scavenging for a decolonial kind of heaven where "everyone is at least a little gay." Winner of the 2018 Griffin Poetry Prize for Canadian poetry. 2017. Uniform title: Poems.
By Sarah De Leeuw. 2017
A collection of personal essays, haunted by loss, evoking turbulent physical and emotional Canadian landscapes. Sarah de Leeuw's creative non-fiction… captures strange inconsistencies and aberrations of human behaviour, urging us to be observant and aware. The essays are wide in scope and expose what--and who--goes missing. 2017. Uniform title: Essays.