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  • Age: 5 to 99
  • Grade: k to 17
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Award-winning, or simply hailed by readers from 1997 to 2020

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Seeing Martin

by Su Croll
edition: Paperback
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When art student Mira Samhain loses her father, she becomes preoccupied with images of flesh and anguish. Martin Zorn becomes her lover and muse, his body's every detail she commits to paper. It's not the first time Zorn has been curated. His sister, photographer Marie Claire Zorn, spent her career working to record every gesture her younger brothe …

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Niagara & Government

by Phil Hall
edition: Paperback
tagged: canadian

"To tell what happened to you is not a poem," writes Governor General Award-winning poet Phil Hall in this, his latest collection, Niagara & Government. What a poem is: roaring calamity, wedding deceptions, sobriety, Charlottesville mobs, estranged sisters, folk art, poverty, puffery, work, names on cenotaphs, white space, white space, white space. …

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Benjamenta College of Art, The

by Alan Reed
edition: Paperback
  • age: 12 to 99
  • Grade: 7 to 17
tagged: literary

Alan Reed's lyric novel, The Benjamenta College of Art, is a story about walking into an unknown world and meeting yourself there. At the Benjamenta College of Art, you can sit on the roof of a building and draw until supper because it is your designated work. Your life is an endlessly unfolding present. You will meet a woman you love and she will …

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Cult Life

by Kyeren Regehr
edition: Paperback
  • age: 12 to 99
  • Grade: 7 to 17
tagged: canadian, women authors

Enlightenment may not be on everyone's bucket list, but for the three hundred devotees of the Master Teacher, "awakening" was their singular purpose. Cult Life follows three years in the life of the poet as a twenty-something single mother whose spiritual devotion stood in juxtaposition to her search for worldly love. All the marvellous peculiariti …

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Were There Gazelle

by Laura K. McRae
edition: Paperback
  • age: 12 to 99
  • Grade: 7 to 17
tagged: canadian, women authors

The speaker in Laura K. McRae's debut poetry collection, Were There Gazelle, has travelled long and hard, wide open to the world. The poems explore how moments can become fixed points in our memory, and how the senses and the strangeness of travel can awaken us to links between past and present, place and time. "There is no shelter in folklore," Mc …

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Sister Language

by Christina Baillie & Martha Baillie, edited by Stan Dragland
edition: Paperback
tagged: artists, architects, photographers, personal memoirs

Sister Language is a collaboration, composed mainly of letters and other writings, between two sisters, one of whom, Christina, is schizophrenic. In the careful building of a bridge between sisters, a prose nonpareil is achieved, and a linguistic "bridge" created between readers and the authors, one of whom's deep isolation is in this way diminishe …

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Oderin

by Agnes Walsh, edited by Stan Dragland
edition: Paperback
tagged: canadian, women authors, death

A new collection by Newfoundland poet Agnes Walsh, her first since the release of Going Around With Bachelors (2007). Born and brought up in Placentia, Newfoundland, Walsh studied folklore in Georgia (USA), before returning home and taking to writing works founded in her love of her ancestral place. Oderin is an homage to Walsh's mother, who signed …

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Lady From Kent, The

a Story for Girls and Boys and Bees Dressed Up as Fleas and Crocodiles. Also Elves.

by Barbara Nichol, illustrated by Bill Pechet, edited by Beth Follett
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 5 to 95
  • Grade: k to 17
tagged: poetry (see also stories in verse), girls & women, stories in verse, kids lit, blazingly original, starred quill review

THE LADY FROM KENT, by Barbara Nichol, was written over a long period of time. First came a sketch, then a few verses. Then other verses came along. Nichol finished it on the coast of BC in the back kitchen of a house on Savary Island. Alone, she saw deer pass by. Unafraid. They would stop and graze. Nichol covered the old green wood kitchen table …