When a snowstorm cancels Clint Dokic’s flight to Thompson where his pregnant wife Kaly waits, Clint forces his mother and brother into an ill-advised road trip. The blizzard outside is nothing compared to the storm brewing within the 4 x 4.
"A terrific story, engrossing and inventive. Van Rooy has upped the ‘anti’ in his hero and given us a character who is irresistible—endlessly resourceful, morally complex, and very funny. Be a crime not to read it."
Whether it’s hiding an affair only to become a suspect in a police investigation, or confusing a.m. with p.m. and showing up for work at the wrong time, life is full of funny events, and sometimes all we can do is laugh.
Winner of the McNally Robinson Manitoba Book of the Year Award
Agnes in the Sky is a book of poetry seen through the eyes of a Mennonite in a not-so-Mennonite world. Coming to terms with her past, author Di Brandt explores the love between parents and lovers, family relationships, childhood abuse, desire, longing, and the universe at large.
A theatre audience sees only the drama and meaning of the performance on stage. The narrator of Kimmy Beach's second poetry collection, Alarum Within, has a different tale to tell - not only of backstage encounters with overwrought set designers and pushy stage mothers at a small college theatre, but of illness, addiction, and identity.
Making awareness into language is the act that binds the elements of Sally Ito’s newest collection of poetry, Alert to Glory. Whether the focus is on parenting, biblical texts, or on creativity itself, Ito discerns the moment in which the word might become wondrous—moments when the mind-bell is struck dumb, and the hollow fills with shuddering sound, agog with itself.
WINNER: Margaret Laurence Award for Fiction
"A Rose on Corydon" is a bridal shop like no other. After an encounter with a patch of ice and a broken hip, Mildred and Gertrude, the owners, decide to close the store with style by throwing one last wedding - a lavish ceremony right in the store.
Animal Choir is a carefully orchestrated chapbook of poems, musically connected through song and sound. The book’s four parts are divided like sheet music—the opening poems of “Part Songs” are the staff lines which hold the book together. From camp to carving to collars, the sounds penetrate the deepest of memories.
Animal Walk is a jamboree of human voice sung in chorus with all species. Paddle through sparkling lakes and walk across pine-needled forest floors in this collection of 48 poems about nature, humanity and language at play.
Finalist for the Victoria Book Prize
Apologetic’s poems experiment with expressing thoughts and emotions in formal poetic traditions, confining words to metrical lines or rhyme schemes. Many deal with the natural world, moments in time spent outdoors, in gardens, and capturing fleeting impressions in the human experience.
Lines are drawn so they might be crossed. Lines on buildings and lines on the ground. Anna Synenko's haunting chapbook, Architectural Secrets, travels to the far corners of the Earth and then beyond. Each city, each village, each hamlet holds its own guidelines for building and creating.