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”
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”
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”
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”