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Fall/Winter 2016

Kubrick Red: A Memoir
by Simon Roy; translated by Jacob Homel

Stanley Kubrick’s film The Shining was released in 1980 and has been fascinating viewers ever since. It is a psychological thriller about a writer with writer’s block (along with his wife and their young son) who takes a job as caretaker of an isolated hotel in the Colorado mountains during the winter off-season. The boy, Danny, is gifted with a “sixth sense” and soon begins receiving disturbing messages about the hotel’s mysterious past, and thus begins a cinematic descent into madness and terror.

Simon Roy first saw The Shining when he was ten years old and was mesmerized by a particular line in the movie spoken by Dick Hallorann, the chef of the Overlook Hotel, while he is giving the family an orientation tour of the facilities. Hallorann seems to speak directly to Danny (and Simon Roy) while in the middle of enumerating the stock of the hotel’s pantry to Danny’s mother. He glances at Danny and the words cross telepathically into the boy’s mind: “How’d you like some ice cream, Doc?”

Roy has since seen the movie over forty-two times, and the painstaking bond he has knitted with this story of evil has enabled him to absorb the disquieting traits of his own family’s “macabre lineage.” Analysis of the film, and the many parallels to his own family’s troubled history, have allowed him to gain insight into the nature of domestic violence and brought him face to face with the “banality of evil.”

160 pages | $18 can/usa | 5 × 8.5 | Paperback | ISBN: 978-1-77214-072-9 | Pub. date: October

Heroines (New, Revised Edition)
photographs by Lincoln Clarkes

This new edition of Heroines is a large format revised edition of the original Heroines: Photographs by Lincoln Clarkes that was released by Anvil in 2002. This new edition features over 150 portraits accompanied by four critical essays that contextualize the five-year photo project and the controversial body of work that became known as “The Heroines Project.”

Heroines, the book, is an epic photo documentary of the addicted women that were living and working in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside in the late ’90s and early 2000s . In 1997, photographer Lincoln Clarkes turned his lens away from the world of fashion and began documenting the dire circumstances endured by the marginalized women living and working on the streets of the city’s Downtown Eastside.

256 pages | $34 can/usa | 8.75 × 10.75 | Paperback | 978-1-77214-071-2 | Pub. date: November

The Encyclopedia of Lies
stories by Christopher Gudgeon

In these eleven stories, Christopher Gudgeon – bestselling author of the critically acclaimed Song of Kosovo – takes a heartbreaking and hilarious look into the lives, loves, sexual obsessions and delusions that inform a grand cast of off-kilter characters.

Here is a gay couple who persevere with their marriage plans as the world – literally – crumbles around them, a woman who discovers the mysterious collection of letters that reveals a terrifying truth about her deceased finance, a dutiful son, locked in an life-or-death marathon race with his famous father, and a baby who becomes infested with fruit flies – sending his adoptive parents into a spiral of recrimination and self-doubt.

At once bitterly funny, provocative and poignant, this remarkable collection – follow up to Greeting from the Vodka Sea, Gudgeon’s short story debut – The Encyclopedia of Lies builds on his growing literary reputation, offering up the work of a great storyteller at his very best.

Praise for Gudgeon’s previous books:
“Gudgeon is . . . a major new talent in Canadian literature.”
Quill and Quire on Greetings from the Vodka Sea

“a remarkable first novel.” —Victoria Times-Colonist on Song of Kosovo

224 pages | $20 can/usa | 5 × 8.5 | Paperback | 978-1-77214-075-0 | Pub. date: February, 2017

Bad Endings
stories by Carleigh Baker

Carleigh Baker likes to make light in the dark. Whether plumbing family ties, the end of a marriage, or death itself, she never lets go of the witty, the ironic, and perhaps most notably, the awkward. Despite the title, the resolution in these stories isn’t always tragic, but it’s often uncomfortable, unexpected, or just plain strange. Character digressions, bad decisions, and misconceptions abound.

In Bad Endings, Baker takes troubled characters to a moment of realization or self-revelation, but the results aren’t always pretty.

160 pages | $18 can/usa | 5 × 8.5 | Paperback | 978-1-77214-076-7 | Pub. date: March, 2017

Bad Engine
new and selected poems by Michael Dennis
selected and with an introduction by Stuart Ross

Bad Engine brings together mostly revised versions of about one hundred poems selected from Dennis’s published work, along with several dozen new poems. This volume, introduced and edited by Dennis’s long-time friend, the poet and editor Stuart Ross, marks a milestone in the career of a homegrown, no-bullshit, tells-it-likes-he-sees-it populist bard. Here the reader will find a rollicking tale of drinking with racists, poignant prayers for quiet nights with lovers, raw narratives of childhood abuse, defiant anthems of a body broken by sports injuries, a mindful meditation about a stoned dragonfly, and the not-quite-resigned laughter of a man smashing away at a keyboard for four decades and becoming neither rich nor famous.

160 pages | $18 can/usa | 5 × 9 | Paperback | 978-1-77214-077-4 | Pub. date: April, 2017

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