Metaphysical Dictionary
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Usually we open a dictionary looking for an answer. Svetlana Lilova's Metaphysical Dictionary is different: you're more likely to come away with a question. It's a collection of very short poems, framed as term and definition, alphabetically sorted. The individual entries may fascinate or frustrate, amuse or confuse. But as you read through the entirety, or skip from page to page, the terms echo and reverberate, and sometimes fold together into transient origami.

An enigmatic, whimsical, piercing and utterly unique book, illustrated by Graham Falk, whose drawings and cartoons reflect the tonal variety of Lilova's poems.

14.95 CAD
He Doesn't Hurt People Anymore

These seven slices of urban life offer a poet turning his hand to fiction with masterful results. Swift, precise, unflinching but compassionate, Swan’s tales are bound together by his insight into the compromises we make to stay afloat, and the moments when we confront the deals we’ve made or betrayed. Into the ways we hurt, and the ways we heal.

“With curiosity, gentleness and integrity, Swan reimagines the possibilities of a life, of many lives.” The Trillium Award jury’s praise for Swan’s poetry applies equally to his stories. He Doesn’t Hurt People Anymore marks the arrival of a bold, confident voice to the Candian fiction scene.

9.95 CAD
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Professor Connected

It's 1987 and Allen Smythe has just joined the department of philosophy at St George U, and things aren't going well. Secretly doubtful of his own merits, and still stinging from a recent breakup, he immerses himself in writing Against Hope and relies heavily on the kindness of his mentor to keep his spirits up. But although Allen may not be interested in faculty politics, faculty politics is interested in him...

16.00 CAD
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Apparatus
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Gritty and grotesque, surreal and transcendental, curated selections from 15 acclaimed and established authors, emerging student writers, local Torontonians or Literary Fiction Network contributors: B.W. Powe, Takatsu, Evan J. Hoskins, N.J. Greenfield, Aaron Capelli, Daven Sharma, Thomas Arthur Farrell, Sierra Marilyn Riley, Skyler Clarke, C.J. Garrett, Deniz Sonkan, Colette Thomas, Nikita Shorikov, Aaron L. Sheng, Mae Claudette Costan

11.00 CAD
Personal

Dave Green's Personal is a book of raw, vivid, immediate and sometimes witty photos that will transport you to the road, the street, the tavern - and sometimes the motel room too. These photos are tmospheric with cracked concrete and the sizzle of streetlamps, but just as compelling are the people: caught in moments of contemplation or joy, with a directness and immediacy that shine on the page.

Personal is more than a collection of photographs: this is what a life feels like.

18.00 CAD
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You Call This Home

“Because no matter how far away we were, you and I, we could never shake the prairie dust, this puritan prairie dust which blows and blows and blinds us to all that is real and happy.”

A very young girl expresses her anger on the piano when her gravely ill sister commands all of her mother’s love. A caustic teenager observes the ladies of town as her former music teacher reappears with an exotic new husband in tow. An unmarried woman is desperate to keep the niece she has raised since infancy when her brother returns from the city to claim her. Bitter truths, illicit yearnings, and doomed dreams emerge during the final summer gathering at a couple’s beloved home.

Written in the early fifties, when the author was barely 20, these stories offer exquisite depictions of the very young, pitch-perfect snapshots of eternal teenage cynicism, the sorrows of mothers who foresee the lives of their daughters in a flash, and the muffled private heartbreak of women life has swept aside.

10.00 CAD
2nd Edition ft Dorothy Knowles cover art
Kindle edition now available
City Colour

Graham Falk brings his lively line and eye for the overlooked to the urban scenes we gloss over. 16 B&W postcards, beautiful as they are, but ready to colour too.

9.95 CAD
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The Man Who Remembered the Moon

A mesmerizing novella about perception and longing...

He says it's gone. They say it never existed. Daniel Hale is The Man Who Remembered the Moon.

"Thoroughly satisfying." - The Globe and Mail

"A superb story... an ongoing series of surprising revelations/suppositions — surprising, yet satisfying within the rollercoaster logic of its world." - Matthew Sharpe, author of The Sleeping Father, You Were Wrong, and Jamestown

Print edition includes the bonus hidden track The One About the Ballard Fanatic.

9.95 CAD
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