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James Turrell turns a 400,000-yearold volcanic cinder cone into a massive View-master in Twoism by Ali Blythe (Goose Lane). Joy ambles up and down the street with a sign that reads: “Are you content to be nothing?” in Street Symphony by Rachel Wyatt (Coteau Books). At the age of eighteen, Michael runs off to live with Jesus in the woods in Wild Pieces by Catherine Hogan Safer (Killick Press). It’s up to Ulrikka S. Gernes to build the pyramids, the Suez Canal and the Great Wall of China all by herself in Frayed Opus for Strings & Wind Instruments, translated by Per Brask and Patrick Friesen (Brick Books). A hermit obsessed with taxidermic dioramas connects with a forest-dwelling feral girl in The Hunter and the Wild Girl by Pauline Holdstock (Goose Lane Editions). Catherine Owen makes a pact with art and assumes the mantel of poet in North America in The Other 23 & a Half Hours: Or Everything You Wanted to Know that Your MFA Didn’t Teach You (Wolsak & Wynn). From the moment they meet, Clyde reckons Bonnie weren’t made to be no nun in Careen by Carolyn Smart (Brick Books). Nicholas Cage, the much loved and much hated actor, is in fact a character created to navigate the challenges of nepotism in Hollywood in National Treasure: Nicholas Cage by Lindsay Gibb (ECW Press). The Book of Small Mistakes is filled with sins the size of a button on a cuff, the toe of a tree frog, black mosquito larvae, the hair on a chin, the screw that holds the hands of a watch together, a spot before it becomes melanoma in The Wrong Cat by Lorna Crozier (Mcclelland and Stewart). After receiving a pink slip for public indecency, Joshua Trotter asks the Minotaur over for coffee and guidance in Mission Creep (Coach House Books). The second-longest river in BC gags on copper and spits
Iup mountains against your wood, steel and concrete in Skeena by Sarah de Leeuw (Caitlin Press). After Julia’s death, Kit wonders if infrequent sex, long walks and a box of letters ever added up to a relationship in Finding Her Gone by Christopher A. Taylor (Friesen Press). Michael receives an elegant handwritten letter from the soldier who killed his wife in Saw a Man by Owen Sheers (Bond Street Books). In Sleep by Nino Ricci (Doubleday Canada) David Pace discovers the cure to his narcolepsy— a steady stream of pharmaceuticals and a loaded handgun. Laura Clarke defends her purchase of two mules to be shot, stuffed and exhibited at the American Museum of Agriculture in Lubbock, Texas in Decline of the Animal Kingdom (ECW Press). Kermit, the brutal dictator, isolates his puppet subjects from the rest of the world in Fauxccasional Poems by Daniel Scott Tysdale (Icehouse Poetry). Claudia Clyde steps out the seventh story window of her hotel, Sandra Baxter holds an electric carving knife against her throat and Shirley Oaten crosses Fifth Avenue against a red light in He Leaves His Face in the Funeral Car by Arleen Paré (Caitlin Press). Electromagnetic fields throughout Alcatraz are measured for paranormal activity in Floating is Everything by Sheryda Warrener (Nightwood Editions). Ethylene derives great pride from her H2C=CH2 genealogy, but reveals too much bond cleavage in Endangered Hydrocarbons by Lesley Battler (Bookthug). Philip Lee fears for the written word in the inkless world of instanews in The Next Big Thing (Goose Lane Editions). The cash buyers of Blackfish Sound jibe their fish tallies for the packers to take to the cannery in Tide Rips & Back Eddies by Bill Proctor and Yvonne Maximchuk (Harbour Press). In Arms: The Culture and Credo of the Gun by A.J. Somerset (Biblioasis) the Canadian Shooting Sports Association imports the values of the American gun nut into Canada. Jeff Bien waits all night for Noah’s dove, the raven that fed Elijah and other fictional birds in In a Time of No Song (Exile Editions).