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Bad Animals

Bad Animals

Tom Cull


Tom Cull’s debut collection is equal parts zoo, funhouse, and curio cabinet. A mouthy badger tells off a search committee, a family of beavers conspires to commit murder, a celebrity seal slips his cage. In these poems, human and animal spaces overlap, often marking moments of transgression, rebellion, escape, and capture. Home and habitat are flooded with invasive species, cute animal videos, and rising tides.


Poetry  ·  Canada $19.95  ·  US $19.95  ·  Trade paperback  ·  ISBN 978-1-55483-212-5  ·  108 pages  ·  5" x 8”

Black Like Who?

Black Like Who?

Rinaldo Walcott


Twenty years ago Rinaldo Walcott's groundbreaking study of black culture in Canada, Black Like Who?, caused such an uproar upon its publication Insomniac Press has produced a special 20th anniversary edition. With its incisive readings of hip-hop, film, literature, social unrest, sports, music and the electronic media, Walcott's book not only assesses the role of black Canadians in defining Canada, it also argues strenuously against any notion of an essentialist Canadian blackness.


Black culture  ·  Canada $19.95  ·  US $19.95  ·  Trade paperback  ·  ISBN 978-1-55483-207-1  ·  288 pages  ·  5" x 8”

The Black Notes

The Black Notes

Edited by Althea Prince 


This collection contains stories and poems written by twelve Black women; it is serendipitous that their voices blend seamlessly, and beautifully, even though the writers are intergenerational.


Short fiction/Poetry  ·  Canada $19.95  ·  US $19.95  ·  Trade paperback  ·  ISBN 978-1-55483-175-3  ·  

224 pages  ·  5" x 8" 

Blind Items

Blind Items

Dina Del Bucchia


Dina Del Bucchia takes celebrities very personally — maybe too personally.  What would you do if you met Lindsay Lohan in a Walmart parking lot? James Franco in a thrift shop? The Olsen twins behind a dumpster? 


Poetry  ·  Canada $16.95  ·  US $16.95  ·  Trade paperback  ·  ISBN 978-1-55483-128-9  ·  88 pages  ·  5" x 8" 

The Broad Side

The Broad Side

Eve Zaremba 


In her long life, Eve Zaremba has picked tomatoes, driven a Bookmobile, researched Canadians’ junk food preferences, and written lesbian-feminist detective novels. She reflects on those experiences, and the personalities and politics involved, in her memoir, The Broad Side.


Autobiography · Canada $19.95  ·  US $19.95 · Trade paperback  · ISBN 978-1-55483-157-9· 248 pages · 5" x 8"

Chrome Kisses

Chrome Kisses

Jamie Popowich


Chrome Kisses is packed with the fury of our aggressively anxious times. Pulp fiction comedy noirs of lost lovers, triumphant crime sprees, justifiable revenge, and drained bank accounts. 

In the title story, Foster, with all the gentleness of a buzz saw, takes on a trio of wannabe tough guys. In “Tulip,” Dall once ate up the town on crime sprees, but without Lake, his vanished partner, he’s left taking punches and reliving past glories. Meanwhile, over in “The Poodle Springs,” Lake’s gone into hiding, trapped in an upscale neighbourhood plagued by dust storms as she tails a shifty barista. Over the course of a week, the characters of Chrome Kisses get lost in the past, work in underground wrestling organizations, and pull a robbery or two to buy some lunch. 

Across eight connected stories, Jamie Popowich observes with humour and sympathy the lives of supercharged women and men running on empty in a world they no longer recognize. 


Short Fiction  ·  Canada $19.95  ·  US $19.95  ·  Trade paperback  ·  ISBN 978-1-55483-215-6 ·  256 pages  ·  5" x 8”

Cosmic Fishing

Cosmic Fishing

Jaymz Bee 


Cosmic Fishing is Jaymz Bee’s debut poetry collection. His lyrical, narrative style is captivating and engrossing, and the poems are, by turns funny, sensuous, and thoughtful. He is an astute observer of human nature and brings this sense to all of his writing.


Poetry  ·  Canada $19.95  ·  US $19.95  ·  Trade paperback  ·  ISBN 978-1-55483-196-8  ·  144 pages  ·  5" x 8"

The Crumbling of Arty Wall

The Crumbling of Arty Wall

Nic Labriola


Arty Wall is crumbling. 

Like a city on the verge of collapse, his life has become a fragmented and chaotic mess, destined for ruin. He can barely hang onto his job as an urban planner in Toronto. Though his city is thriving, he is failing. He’s broke and overweight, addicted to food and slot machines. 

Arty no longer recognizes himself, his family, or his home. And like many hapless urbanites, he blames the city for his lot in life. As the city makes gains, Arty takes losses, except for his weight. He’s gained a considerable amount—simultaneously consuming and being consumed by Hogtown. 

Mapping his life gives Arty a new sense of purpose, and when he embarks on a wild treasure hunt for his late father’s fortune, Arty Wall begins to rebuild.


Fiction  ·  Canada $19.95  ·  US $19.95  ·  Trade paperback  ·  ISBN 978-1-55483-214-9 ·  284 pages  ·  5" x 8”

Dog the Moon

Dog the Moon by Stan Rogal

Stan Rogal


Mike Hanson is surprised to inherit his aunt’s farmhouse in rural Abbey, Saskatchewan. Even more surprising are the terms of the will: To keep the house, Mike must live there for three years, pursuing his long-abandoned dream of becoming an artist. If he fails, various local charities will benefit.


Fiction/Novel  ·  Canada $19.95  ·  US $19.95  ·  Trade paperback  ·  ISBN 978-1-55483-167-8·  318 pages  ·  

5" x 8" 

Femme Confidential

Femme Confidential

Nairne Holtz


Femme Confidential is a wry look at sexual freedom and finding yourself, your queer tribe, and the not-so-perfect girlfriend. Beautiful and charismatic Veronika, whose primary dating criteria is hotness, embraces the role of mean girl. Liberty is quick to judge but discovers some butches make it hard for a femme to do the right thing. Dana, a trans woman, struggles to find her place in the lesbian community.  


Fiction  ·  Canada $19.95  ·  US $19.95  ·  Trade paperback  ·  ISBN 978-1-55483-193-7  ·  290 pages  ·  5" x 8"

From Mindless to Mindful

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Draj Fozard & Jesse Otta
Organizations are discovering that great customer service is no longer enough — it takes more. From Mindless to Mindful will sharpen your focus on what really matters to the people who grow your business. 


Business  ·  Canada $19.95  ·  US $19.95  ·  Trade paperback  ·  ISBN 978-1-55483-139-5  ·  200 pages  ·  

5" x 8"  

Girth

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Tara McGowan-Ross

Disordered eating. Tear gas. Coked-out sex. This is life during a student strike. Girth is an uncomfortably honest poetic account of a woman's body, suspended between reflection, action, and self-destruction.


Poetry  ·  Canada $19.95  ·  US $19.95  ·  Trade paperback  ·  ISBN 978-1-55483-176-0  ·  112 pages  ·  5" x 8" 

Hypocritic Days

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David Fiore

David Fiore’s first novel, Hypocritic Days, is an illuminating journey through time and space, splicing the conventions of the classic pulp novel with the awareness of the most acute critical theory. 


Fiction  ·  Canada $19.95  ·  US $19.95  ·  Trade paperback  ·  ISBN 978-1-55483-138-8  ·  344 pages  ·  5" x 8" 

Leap-Second

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Paul Zits
Winner of the 2016 Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry

A shocking, unnerving narrative, at its heart a love story, Leap-seconds is built of recombinant fragments from a profusion of sources. But also at its core is the question “How does one represent violence in language?” If violence does not derive from a place of soundness, then its product should be utterly confusing, ultimately paralyzing.


Poetry  ·  Canada $19.95  ·  US $19.95  ·  Trade paperback  ·  ISBN 978-1-55483-187-6  ·  150 pages  ·  5" x 8” 

Leaving the Shoreline: A Survival Guide for the New Manager

Leaving the Shoreline
A survival guide for the new manager

Dr. Grant Armstrong


Most new managers start with little or no training to prepare them for the transition to new responsibilities. One day they’re showing up to work to run a machine, sell a product, or provide a service, and the next day they’re promoted to their first management position. Maybe they’ve been promoted because they’re the best worker, maybe because they have some administrative ability, or maybe it’s because they get along with people. Regardless of the reason, managing a team of people is very different from being an individual contributor.

There are many organizations, post-secondary institutions, and private firms that offer training for managers after they’ve been promoted, but this book will provide the new or aspiring manager with a jump-start on the realities of management. Focusing on areas that typically aren’t explored during formal learning activities at colleges and universities, it’s an inside look at how to prepare yourself and increase your ability to be a successful leader. 


Business/Management  ·  Canada $19.95  ·  US $19.95  ·  Trade paperback  ·  ISBN 978-1-55483-217-0 ·  218 pages  ·  5" x 8”

Local Heroes

Local Heroes by Penn Kemp

Penn Kemp


In Local Heroes, Penn Kemp celebrates legendary cultural heroes from London, Ontario. These poems evoke a specific city in its particular landscape and history. Kemp documents London’s literary and artistic heritage in honouring artists in fields ranging from the visual through the word to figure skating. Presented as an overview, the collection stretches from Victorian explorer Teresa Harris to the contemporary arts scene. Local Heroes acknowledges the indigenous peoples here, and the ongoing waves of settlers who have called the area home, as London has grown from colonial outpost to vibrant cultural centre. Local Heroes spans time but remains in place.


Poetry  ·  Canada $19.95  ·  US $19.95  ·  Trade paperback  ·  ISBN 978-1-55483-206-4 ·  154 pages  ·  5" x 8”

Makarska

Makarska

Jim Bartley


Through the eyes of three generations, Jim Bartley's much anticipated second novel tells a tale at once sweeping and intimate, an unflinching story of war, escape, heartrending loss, budding love, and the hard-won understanding that true escape is an elusive and lifelong project. 


Fiction  ·  Canada $19.95  ·  US $19.95  ·  Trade paperback  ·  ISBN 978-1-55483-149-4  ·  328 pages  ·  5" x 8”

normalwhats’normal?

normalwhats’normal? by Stan Rogal

Stan Rogal  


normalwhats’normal is a collection of stories which explores the notion of normalcy, both in content and form, when it comes to certain human relationships and behaviours in our culture. The stories are of mixed genre (even genre-bending: realism, magic realism, fairytale, dream...) and mixed discourse (from the erudite to the profane). 


Fiction  ·  Canada $19.95  ·  US $19.95  ·  Trade paperback  ·  ISBN 978-1-55483-194-4  ·  248 pages  ·  5" x 8"

The Professional Financial Advisor IV

The Professional Financial Advisor IV by John J. De Goey

John J. De Goey


This fourth edition is updated to keep you on top of recent changes in the industry and is written in an accessible manner. Whether you work in the financial services industry or are currently an investor, it should be required reading.


Personal Finance  ·  Canada $19.95  ·  US $19.95  ·  Trade paperback  ·  ISBN 978-1-55483-173-9  ·  238 pages  ·  

5" x 8" 

Queer Returns

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Rinaldo Walcott  


Queer Returns returns us to the scene of multiculturalism, diaspora, and queer through the lens of Black expression, identity, and the political. The essays question what it means to live in a multicultural society, how diaspora impacts identity and culture, and how the categories of queer and Black and Black queer complicate the political claims of multiculturalism, diaspora, and queer politics.


African-Canadian Studies/Queer Studies  ·  Canada $19.95  ·  US $19.95  ·  Trade paperback  ·  ISBN 978-1-55483-174-6  ·  242 pages  ·  5" x 8"

The Shakespeare Folio

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Chris Eyles


Dangerous characters, razor-sharp humour, machine-gun dialogue, and suspense rolled into a dark little package, a 400 year old package — this is The Shakespeare Folio.


Fiction  ·  Canada $19.95  ·  US $19.95  ·  Trade paperback  ·  ISBN 978-1-55483-189-0  ·  228 pages  ·  5" x 8" 

Single by choice or chance

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Jill O’Donnell & Jackie Porter 


If you are over 45, single by choice or chance, living in Canada today and are examining the options for your future, this book is for you. 


Personal Finance·  Canada $19.95  ·  US $19.95  ·  Trade paperback  ·  ISBN 978-1-55483-170-8 ·  144 pages  ·  

5" x 8" 

Something You Were, Might Have Been, or Have Come to Represent

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Jay Winston Ritchie


With dry humour and twists of plot, Jay Winston Ritchie crafts a world replete with lasting images that resonate as both troubling and real. Each story poses an inquiry into how we shape our identity — which parts of ourselves we cull and which remain outside our locus of control. 


Fiction  ·  Canada $19.95  ·  US $19.95  ·  Trade paperback  ·  ISBN 978-1-55483-123-4  ·  132 pages  ·  5" x 8"

Squarehead

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Brian Davis 


Squarehead is a fast-paced, funny, and insightful examination of the notion of "two solitudes," of Anglos lost in the hazy dream of Franco-Canada. Brian Davis' debut novel takes the reader into the quiet corners of Montreal, infusing the story with characters that can only be found in a city like no other. 


Fiction  ·  Canada $19.95  ·  US $19.95  ·  Trade paperback  ·  ISBN 978-1-55483-150-0  ·  294 pages  ·  5" x 8"

Strategies for Retiring Right!

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Rick Atkinson


Whether you are considering retirement planning or are already retired, Strategies for Retiring Right! will help you build a personal retirement plan to enhance your life after work. With its profound insights, lessons from true stories, and self-reflective exercises, it provides a pathway for you to make a successful transition from work to retirement.


Personal Finance·  Canada $19.95  ·  US $19.95  ·  Trade paperback  ·  ISBN 978-1-55483-171-5 ·  322 pages  ·  

5" x 8" 

Super!

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Jennifer Chen


All eyes are on Beata Bell, descendent of the great Frances E. Shaw. Bets are placed on which amazing power she will inherit. Flight? Telekinesis? Super hearing? Only Beata Bell remains stubbornly, infuriatingly, and inexplicably normal. Sidelined, she must face the painful reality that she might never live up to everyone’s expectations. But the Super world can’t seem to leave her alone! When a new villain threatens the city, Beata is launched into a whirlwind of mystery, danger, and conspiracy. With a totally normal skillset, she must exhaust all her wits and courage to save her friends—and to survive.


YA Fiction  ·  Canada $19.95  ·  US $19.95  ·  Trade paperback  ·  ISBN 978-1-55483-205-7 ·  390 pages  ·  5" x 8”

Talking Music 2

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Holger Petersen 


Talking Music 2 is the second collection of Holger Petersen’s in-depth radio interviews with artists—the pioneering men and women who created the blues and roots sounds that have influenced the course of popular culture and music worldwide.


Music  ·  Canada $19.95  ·  US $19.95  ·  Trade paperback  ·  ISBN 978-1-55483-172-2  ·  426 pages  ·  5" x 8" 

Tell Me More A Blake Waiter mystery

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Brad Kelln


On a military base in Halifax, Nova Scotia, a top secret program assists personnel from around the world when they’re experiencing mental health problems. These people can’t be helped anywhere else because their jobs are extremely classified: their secrets really are top secret.

Dr. Blake Waiter, the program’s psychologist, is an ordinary man with an extraordinary job. When a new patient from a research project in the Nevada desert comes to him with a fantastic story and fearing for his life, Dr. Waiter doesn’t know what he’s about to get involved with. He soon finds himself on a frightening roller coaster of events involving impossible floating balls, an evil entrepreneur, a giant damaged soldier, and a mysterious artificial intelligence.


Mystery  ·  Canada $19.95  ·  US $19.95  ·  Trade paperback  ·  ISBN 9978-1-55483-216-3 ·  312 pages  ·  5" x 8”

There is No Escape Out of Time

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Jacqueline Valencia

Memory is an unreliable narrator and a time-travelling sieve for emotion. There Is No Escape Out of Time is an ethereal cinema of a mind, jumping through wormholes in a poet’s past, present, and future, and even in space.

Poetry  ·  Canada $16.95  ·  US $16.95  ·  Trade paperback  ·  ISBN 978-1-55483-169-2 ·  100 pages  ·  5" x 8"

Things Are Different Here

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Rod Michalko 

All of Rod Michalko’s stories take place in blindness, and things are different here. Michalko tells of how blind people move through the world encountering sighted people with tragic, daring, and humorous consequences.

Short fiction  ·  Canada $19.95  ·  US $19.95  ·  Trade paperback  ·  ISBN 978-1-55483-188-3  ·  224 pages  ·  

5" x 8" 

Turn Right, Turn Left, Repeat

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Gern f. Vlchek

Based on his years of traveling with the indie band, United Steel Workers of Montreal, Gern f. Vlchek has written a comprehensive guide to successful touring for any independent Canadian band. 

Travel / Music  ·  Canada $19.95  ·  US $19.95  ·  Trade paperback  ·  ISBN 978-1-55483-125-8  ·  436 pages  ·  

5" x 8"

Van Full of Girls

Van Full of Girls by Michael Murray

Michael Murray

A Van Full of Girls is a collection of short, dizzy, funny things. It’s zippy and unpredictable, like a mongoose, but it’s dead sexy.

Fiction / Short Stories  ·  Canada $19.95  ·  US $19.95  ·  Trade paperback  ·  ISBN 978-1-55483-168-5 ·  164 pages  ·  5" x 8" 


Winnie's Tongue

Winnie's Tongue by Nic Labriola

Nic Labriola 

On the day her dad is buried, the woman who calls herself Winnie celebrates by setting out on the strangest road trip of her life. Her travelling companion is an enormous man-child whom she calls Tongue. Their vehicle: the beat-up limousine left to her by a dying man seeking forgiveness. Too little, too late. 

Fiction  ·  Canada $19.95  ·  US $19.95  ·  Trade paperback  ·  ISBN 978-1-55483-148-7  ·  240 pages  ·  5" x 8”

The Women of Skawa Island

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Anthony Bidulka

Emerging from the wreckage of his career and personal life, Adam Saint is forced to lead a mission to find the women of Skawa Island. With the resources of his former employer, no longer available to him, Saint must forge unlikely alliances. Supported by his kick-ass sister Alexandra and misfit computer genius nephew Anatole, Saint battles to win back his life, his family, and uncover a truth so horrible it might never have been meant to escape Skawa Island. 

Mystery  ·  Canada $19.95  ·  US $19.95  ·  Trade paperback  ·  ISBN 978-1-55483-124-1  ·  408 pages  ·  5" x 8"