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Self-Titled

By Geoffrey Brown
Categories: Fiction

Can a breakup break you apart?

In Self-Titled, Geoffrey Brown stares into a mirror and writes what he sees, what he thinks, what he feels. The result? A self-portrait that's at once comic and psychotic, ...

Your Secrets Sleep With Me

By Darren O'Donnell
Categories: Fiction

Toronto's CN Tower has fallen into the lake. The city is crowded with refugees from the US. Michael and Ruth Racco's dad has, in a rash of road rage, perpetrated the Backhoe Massacre. And, in the middle ...

A Cannibal and Melancholy Mourning

Translated by Nathalie Stephens
By Catherine Mavrikakis
Categories: Fiction

French novelist Hervé Guilbert's 1991 novel, To the Friend Who Did Not Save My Life, is about a narrator named Hervé Guilbert who, after his close friend Muzil (really, Michel Foucault) dies of AIDS, ...

Notice

By Geoffrey Brown
Categories: Fiction

This desperate rant from a man struggling through a lonely and fragmented existence uses the power and rhythm of the English language in a new way. Geoffrey Brown draws readers into his world with its ...

The Winter Gardeners

By Dennis Denisoff
Categories: Fiction

In the town of Lake Wachannabee, Ontario, lies the Winter Garden, home to matron Giggy Andrewes and her brood: her strung-out nephew Jem Waferly, his friend Cora, Chappy the whippet, two peacocks, and ...

The Animal Sciences

By Ron Hotz
Categories: Fiction

The Animal Sciences is like a science fair project. Take a group of friends – the missing Robin, crazy Kookla, jealous Duffer, lost Autumn and Latvian Igor – add baking soda and vinegar, and watch ...

The Blue Books

By Nicole Brossard
Categories: Fiction

Nicole Brossard's lucid, subversive and innovative work on language has influenced an entire generation of readers and writers. But three of her seminal works of postmodernism and feminism have been lost ...

The Dying Poem

By Rob Budde
Categories: Fiction

On the afternoon that two tonnes of explosives are set to dismember Toronto's Metropolitan Library, poet Henry Black hides himself away in his favourite wing; when his mangled body is uncovered, there's ...

Cars

It's not where you're going but how you get there ...

Everyone's got a good story to tell about cars: a funny fender-bender, a bad cab ride, awkward amorous acrobatics. But the stories we tell about cars ...

Spare Parts Plus Two

By Gail Scott
Categories: Fiction

A welfare cheque floats down the river, a cowboy spreads the Word of the Lord and crotches tick like clocks: the world of Spare Parts is unpredictable, evocative and vividly distorted. Its initial appearance, ...