Almost Everything Bobbie-Louise Hawkins
Fiction 176 pp 5 3/4 x 8 3/4
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'These adventures sneak, holler, hurt, love and outsmart each
other with a clean hard look and sound as detailed as an imagist poem cut
out with a whipsaw.' - Soho News
Bobbie-Louise Hawkins was raised in west Texas, studied art
in London, taught in missionary schools in British Honduras, attended a
Jesuit university in Tokyo while acting on radio and stage, and had her
first one-woman show of paintings and collages at Gotham Book Mart, New
York, in 1974. She has illustrated several books from Black Sparrow Press,
which in 1973 published her Own Your Body. That same year Arif Press
published her 15 poems. Two of Hawkins' books appeared early in 1977
- Frenchy & Cuban Pete (Tombouctou) and Back to Texas.
She has read widely in both Europe and in North America. During the last
three years, she toured with Rosalie Sorrels and Terry Garthwaite.
'Her work offers what much contemporary writing leaves its
audience hungering for - a deep feeling for human experience, for the poignant
sense of life in the day to day, the quiet heroism of simple people.' -
The San Diego Reader
Capitalistic Affection! Frank Davey
Poetry 88 pp 5 3/4 x 8 3/4
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In Capitalistic Affection! Frank Davey re-writes
the Sunday comics of the 1940s and 1950s into a poem about growing up,
about men meeting women, about Canada, about CF-100s, Colt .45s, Spitfires
and cold-war warriors. Here you can watch old friends - The Lone Ranger,
Fearless Fosdick, Johnny Hazard, Steve Canyon - get ambushed in the halls
of Canadian literature, watch Canadian poets and critics in cameo appearances,
watch the PM fall under Narda's spell. This is a poem which both recreates
something American into a new, refreshing and often irreverent Canadian
text and moves beyond the national to essential human issues and essential
delights of language.
Frank Davey lives in Toronto where he teaches at York University
and edits the influential journal of criticism and theory Open Letter.
A Color of Her Speech Lola Lemire Tostevin
Poetry 72 pp 5 1/2 x 8 3/4
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In Lola Lemire Tostevin's Color of Her Speech, two
of the central issues of contemporary Canadian discourse, bilingualism
and feminism, are used as metaphors for the struggle we all must make
to recover our own personal speech, a way of reaching each other.
Born into a French-Canadian family in Timmins, Ontario,
Lola studied comparative literature at the University of Alberta. Her
poems were included in the recent anthology of women's poetry Writing
Right. Color of Her Speech is her first published book.
Famous Players Greg Hollingshead
Fiction 148 pp 5 1/2 x 8 1/4
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From slapstick to dark comedy, these twelve unforgettable
stories chart the strange worlds inhabited by ambition and the fear of
power. The characters are sometimes eccentric, but they never leave the
country of the heart. The writing is crafted, contemporary and unique.
Even when the stories are sad or menacing, they are comic,
in a way that seems distinctively Canadian, but with a twist. If Canadian
humour is based on a distaste for pretension - we laugh at the gap between
a person's illusions and the reality - then these stories are meticulous
evocations of the world from inside the minds of those so deluded, the
assumption being that the desire to be other than what one is prevents
a person from knowing the difference between what is real and what is
Greg Hollingshead was born in Toronto in l947. He completed
graduate studies in England and is now Associate Professor at the University
of Alberta. Over the past several years his stories have been published
in many of Canada's leading literary magazines, including Canadian
Fiction Magazine, Descant, and Best Canadian Stories.
Incognito David Young. Jim Lang, Photographer
Fiction 280 pp 6 x 8 3/4
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'It would be hard to exaggerate the virtues of this funny,
moving and exquisitely produced book.' - Paul Roberts, Quill &
'One of the strongest narrative experiments to be published
lately in Canada.' - Richard Truhlar, Toronto Arts News
'Incognito is unquestionably an impressive, innovative
exploration of a man's memories of himself, as well as a dazzling example
of how far a literary genre can be stretched.' - Norman Sigurdson,
Winnipeg Free Press
'And dammit, he's funny. At one point, lost in a
history of stained corduroy trousers and 10-second trips to Mars, I was
laughing so hard that someone in the same room told me to get out.' -
Ken McGoogan, Calgary Herald
'The moment of truth, the realization that maybe Young made
it all up - will vary from reader to reader, but it is a stunner. Not
content with undermining the other characters, Young then proceeds to
destroy his hitherto sympathetic narrator by having him brutally attack
Mickey Mouse at Disneyland - or was it just a fantasy? The endings hang
suspended in a void, secured only by that omnipotent and hugely entertaining
narrative voice.' - Mark Czarnecki, Maclean's
'Definitely for those who like off-the-wall stuff.' - Keith
Garebian, Toronto Star
'This may be an unorthodox form of literature, but Young
fits into a very traditional category - that of the master storyteller.'
- Tom Mills, Sault Ste. Marie Star
'Incognito is experimental, realistic, ironic, sentimental
and exceptionally intelligent. At $9.95, it's also an incredible bargain.'
- Will Wigle, Vancouver Province
Lost Language Maxine Gadd
Poetry 184 pp 5 1/2 x 8 1/2
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Long overdue, Lost Language is the first major gathering
of over two decades of writing by the radical West Coast poet Maxine Gadd.
A writer with a marvellous density of voice, her poems move
through the physical and emotional geographies of Western Canada, charting
subjective and objective histories to create a unique and challenging
body of work.
Maxine Gadd was born in England in I940. She has lived in
and around Vancouver since early childhood.
The Martyrology, Book V
Poetry 174 pp 5 1/2 x 8 3/4
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'The greatest masterpiece is no more than an alphabet in
disorder.' - Jean Cocteau
Since 1967, bpNichol has been at work on his major poetic
work, the open-ended epic sequence The Martyrology. It is the poem
into which all his other experiments and discoveries lead, and in which
they are unified and absorbed.
bpNichol is the author of ten books of poetry, four novels,
and one collection of short fictions, as well as numerous pamphlets, prints,
multiples, records and tapes both by himself and with the sound collaboration
ensemble, The Four Horsemen. He won the Governor General's Award for poetry
in 1970, was the subject of Michael Ondaatje's film, Sons of Captain
Poetry and, as part of The Four Horsemen, was included in Ron Mann's
recent movie, Poetry in Motion.
Open Squares John Nold
Poetry 120 pp 5 3/4 x 8 3/4
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Both Nold's writing and painting show the strong influence
of the landscape of London, Ontario's eastern shore, and his imagery -
striking and evocative - is drawn from his hiking and canoeing trips into
and through the Georgian Bay area.
Open Squares is derived from, and in homage to, Joseph
Albers. It is a work exciting in its formal qualities, striking in its
images and emotional nuances, and stimulating in the intellectual horizons
it opens. Nold is already pushing against the boundaries while strengthening
and deepening the given possibilities of language and the poem.
Nold, both a writer and painter, describes Open Squares
as a cubist work in which long and short poems are interwoven with prose.
Voices, Noises Rafael Barreto-Rivera
Poetry 126 pp 5 1/2 x 8 3/4
0 88910 252 x pb
'Rafael Barreto-Rivera is best known as a member of the
sound poetry performance group, The Four Horsemen; Voices, Noises
is his first major collection of poetry.... The voice is rich, lyrical,
and rhythmically subtle, ranging from sardonic commentaries on the poet's
Puerto Rican heritage to witty linguistic conceits, to poems of beautiful
clarity celebrating the birth of children. Clearly, Barreto-Rivera can
do a lot more than hyperventilate on stage.' - S.S.
'Voices, Noises is not a butterfly that can be pinned
neatly by a collector to a flat board ... Fluency is the most striking
characteristic of Voices, Noises. Poetic, emotional and geographic
fluency dominates and transfixes these poems, which are suffused with
internal light-play, beauty and ratiocination. Having learned to manipulate
perception effectively, Barreto-Rivera is free to roam like some kind
of intergalactic horseman.' - Daniel Jalowica, Windsor Star
Wheels Roy Kiyooka
Poetry 58 pp 8 1/2 x 11
Series: CHP Manuscript Editions
The Work: Conversations with English Canadian Playwrights
Robert Wallace and Cynthia Zimmerman, Editors
Criticism 384 pp 5 3/4 x 8
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The Work: Conversations with English-Canadian Playwrights
takes a personal and comprehensive look at plays written and produced
by a wide range of Canadian playwrights over the last fifteen years.
Robert Wallace and Cynthia Zimmerman, both of Glendon College,
York University, investigate the themes, styles and preoccupations of
contemporary Canadian drama. They have produced a valuable contribution
to theatre itself; not only a useful compendium of first-person insights
into plays and playwrights but an oral history of Canada's latest and
most overlooked art.
The Work includes discussions with Hrant Alianak,
Carol Bolt, Tom Cone, Michael Cook, Rex Deverell, David Fennario, Larry
Fineberg, David French, Ken Gass, John Gray, Herschel Hardin, Tom Hendry,
Margaret Hollingsworth, Michael Hollingsworth, Martin Kinch, Ken Mitchell,
John Palmer, Sharon Pollock, Erika Ritter, Sheldon Rosen, Lawrence Russell,
Rick Salutin, Paul Thompson, Bryan Wade, George F. Walker and Tom Walmsley.
Each conversation is followed by a brief autobiographical
note, a bibliography of selected criticism and commentary and a comprehensive
checklist of each playwright's work for the stage.
Also included are a preface, introduction, photographs of
the playwrights and an index.
'A fascinating source book.' - Chris Johnson, CBC Stereo