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Image Decay

by Mark Lisac
edition: eBook
also available: Paperback
tagged: political, legal, urban life

Mark Lisac’s Image Decay returns to the pugnacious world of backroom politics laid out in his award-nominated Where the Bodies Lie. Set again in that “unnamed capital city east of the Rockies,” where the Brutalist architecture of the downtown core reflects the body politic laid bare.

When a cantankerous ex-government photographer seeks ownersh …

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Notice

by Dustin Cole
edition: Paperback
tagged: literary, non-classifiable, urban life

It’s summer 2017 in Vancouver, BC, where economic imperatives are making space less and less accessible to low-income residents. The rental crisis is intensifying, ravenous real-estate development is thriving and there is a province-wide forest fire emergency blanketing the city in smoke.

Notice is the Kafkaesque story of a man under threat of ren …

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Always Brave, Sometimes Kind

A Novel

by Katie Bickell
edition: Paperback
tagged: small town & rural, urban life, literary

An exciting debut novel told in connected short stories that captures the diverse and complicated networks of people who stretch our communities—sometimes farther than we know.

 

Set in the cities, reserves, and rural reaches of Alberta, Katie Bickell’s debut novel is told in a series of stories that span the years from 1990 to 2016, through cycl …

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The Night Piece

Collected Short Fiction

by André Alexis
edition: Hardcover
tagged: literary, urban life, short stories (single author)

A career-spanning collection of stories from the author of Fifteen Dogs, winner of the Scotiabank Giller Prize, the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize, and Canada Reads.

Vivid, profound, moving, and with moments of sly humour, the stories in The Night Piece reveal worlds both familiar and deeply strange. Drawing from Alexis's acclaimed debut collec …

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Kuroko

by Tetsuro Shigematsu
edition: Paperback
tagged: canadian, japanese, urban life

A father who feels his family is better off without him … a daughter who retreats completely into the virtual world … a family torn apart by the past with little hope for a future. But each discovers the desire to save each other, and perhaps themselves. From the acclaimed Canadian playwright, comedian, and radio broadcaster Tetsuro Shigematsu, …

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Lake Effect

by Dayle Furlong
edition: Paperback
tagged: literary, short stories (single author), urban life

This collection of stories charts the emotional lives of characters in the midst of private sorrows and triumphs. Each story, set in the cities and towns around the Great Lakes, reveals the author’s fierce love for a landscape merciless and opulent, yet speaks with eloquence about its inhabitants. The humanitarian crisis in Thunder Bay is seen fr …

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Searching for Sam

by Sophie Bienvenu, translated by Rhonda Mullins
edition: Paperback
tagged: poverty & homelessness, urban life, homelessness & poverty, animals

Mathieu lives in the street by choice, eschewing drugs, cigarettes, and alcohol. His main companion is his dog Sam, a pitbull, who he says has helped keep him alive. When Sam disappears, Mathieu’s frantic search to find her brings him into confrontation with the secrets of his own past and the pain and grief that drove him onto the street. The no …

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Escape Plans

by Teri Vlassopoulos, narrator Amanda Barker; M. John Kennedy & Gina Clayton
edition: Audiobook
also available: Paperback eBook
tagged: short stories (single author), urban life, literary

 

My father drowned in the Aegean Sea, fifty nautical miles northeast of the port of Piraeus. When it happened, my mother and I were at home in Toronto. It was early evening in Greece, afternoon for us, and I was at school when she found out.

Niko Kiriakos, tentative heir to the ailing Calypso Shipping fleet, always suspected he was cursed. Following …

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River of Lies

by R.M. Greenaway
edition: Paperback
also available: eBook
tagged: police procedural, noir, urban life

In rain-drenched Vancouver, detectives Dion and Leith work to separate truth from lies in two seemingly unrelated cases.

February is the month of romance, but in North Vancouver it’s also become the month of murder. While the North Shore RCMP slog through the rain in the search for whoever left a young woman to die in the Riverside Secondary Schoo …

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