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The Win­nipeg Hu­mane So­ci­ety in­sists that the greasy pig chase be re­moved from Do­min­ion Day pro­gram­ming in A Tale of Two Di­vas: The Cu­ri­ous Ad­ven­tures of Jean Forsyth and Edith J. Miller in Canada’s Ed­war­dian West by El­speth Cameron with Gail Kreutzer (J. Gor­don Shilling­ford Pub­lish­ing). Rud­ley has no time for Nor­man and Geral­dine’s in­fer­nal bird­watch­ing in Al­most Un­pleas­ant Pic­ture by Ju­dith Al­guire (Sig­na­ture Edi­tions). An old man de­cap­i­tates eel after eel at a Hong Kong fish mar­ket in Bleaker House by Nell Stevens (Knopf Canada). In Daz­zle Ships (ECW Press), Jamie Sharpe is fall­ing in love with him­self, but he wants to see other peo­ple. In Stray (ice­house po­etry), Al­li­son La­sorda de­cides that she has never wanted any­thing badly enough to melt her face off for it. A ju­ror in a hick town wit­nesses the ex­e­cu­tion of a cham­ber­maid in Nights as Day, Days as Night by Michel Leiris, trans­lated by Richard Sieburth (Spurl Edi­tions). Adam licks two thou­sand kilo­me­tres’ worth of dead bugs off the front of a tour van in Dirty Wind­shields by Grant Lawrence (Dou­glas & Mcin­tyre). The Lover’s car catches on fire and she passes out drunk in a church­yard in The Supine Cob­bler, a play by Jill Con­nell (Coach House Books). David Byrne ser­e­nades a lamp in The Sweets of Home by Rob Kovitz (Treyf Books). A gag­gle of drunks stum­ble down the path that Dick­ens once walked in Be My Wolff by Emma Rich­ler (Knopf Canada). Rain­breath­ing peach trees thicken the mist around them in Hoar­frost & So­lace by Fan Wu (espresso chap­books). In Fail Bet­ter: Why Base­ball Mat­ters (Bi­b­lioa­sis), Mark King­well says that New Haven is a blue-col­lar sports town that tol­er­ates the denizens of Yale as long as they don’t get too cocky. In Bad End­ings (Anvil Press), Car­leigh Baker says you should wear a suit when you fly in case you get up­graded to busi­ness class. Sarah de Leeuw packs a hitch­hiker into her car and doesn’t ar­gue about the can of beer she keeps in her hand in Where It Hurts (New­est Press). Booze, drugs, academia and sex are a few of the ways one can stave off the pres­sure of un­re­quited love, ac­cord­ing to Leanne Du­nic in To Love the Com­ing End (Book­thug). Jy­oti as­sumes that Dr. Asli has prints of mus­cu­lar Greek men in his liv­ing room be­cause he’s in­ter­ested in the hu­man body in An Ex­tra­or­di­nary Des­tiny by Shekhar Paleja (Brindle & Glass). Jake launches a cam­paign to clean up gassy ef­fu­sions from the In­sa­tiable Maw of the Cop­per Cliff smelter in Win­ter­song by Mick Lowe (Bakara Books). A Sene­galese fam­ily takes their pet sheep to the beach for a bath and ev­ery­one makes a fuss over it in Sun of a Dis­tant Land by David Bouchet, trans­lated by Claire Holden Roth­man (Véhicule Press). Two babysit­ters toss back Jell-o shots after the kids have gone to bed in Blue Field by Elise Levine (Bi­b­lioa­sis). In The An­a­lyst (Bi­b­lioa­sis), Molly Pea­cock asks: don’t we all de­serve a good slump? Boot­leg mar­garine gets smug­gled into New­found­land and dyed yel­low in The Bo­sun Chair by Jen­nifer Delisle (New­est Press). Har­vey Amani Whit­field tells the his­tory of Loy­al­ist fam­i­lies set­tling in Bri­tish North Amer­ica in North to Bondage (UBC Press), the first ever book on slav­ery in the Mar­itimes. Char­lotte’s fa­ther keeps a loaded gun next to his bed and dis­charges it out the win­dow ev­ery morn­ing in Mad Richard by Les­ley Krueger (ECW Press). Michael M. Ny­brandt has a vivid dream in which he coaches Ti­bet’s na­tional foot­ball team in Dreams in Thin Air, il­lus­trated by Thomas E. Mikkelsen and trans­lated by St­ef­fen Ray­burn-maarup (Co­nun­drum Press). A droopy-eyed klutz falls drunk into the gold, wind-whis­pered foothills in Otolith by Emily Nilsen (ice­house po­etry). In All Saints by K.D. Miller (Bi­b­lioa­sis), Kelly says that Angli­cans don’t re­ally for­bid any­thing, they just de­cide they’re above it.

NOTED ELSE­WHERE

Jen Sook­fong Lee says that the sto­ries in Every­thing Is Aw­ful and You’re a Ter­ri­ble Per­son by Daniel Zom­par­elli (Ar­se­nal Pulp Press) “will take up res­i­dence in your head”; Zoe Whit­tall calls it a “weird, perfect gem of a book”; Vivek Shraya calls it “quip­ping prose that fuses po­etry and dig­i­tal com­mu­ni­ca­tion”; the co­me­dian John Early says, “This is ad­mit­tedly the first book I’ve read since Grindr was in­vented.” NPR Books says that The Lit­tle Washer of Sor­rows by Kather­ine Fawcett (This­tle­down Press) “in­jects the weird into the mun­dane”; Re­becca on Ama­zon.ca says that after read­ing each story, she felt like she just ate at the fan­ci­est, wildest, most risky restau­rant in town; Penny on Goodreads says she en­joyed the book but by the time she got to the end, she’d had enough. Son­net L’abbé calls The Bo­sun Chair by Jen­nifer Delisle (New­est Press) “a trea­sure-box of New­found­land lore.” The Win­nipeg Free Press says that the po­ems in A perime­ter by rob mclen­nan (New Star Books) “crash frag­ment against frag­ment in an el­egy for “u((n)in)t(e)rr((u)pte)d) s(l))ee)p.” Jen­nifer Nel­son calls Com­mon Place by Sarah Pin­der (Coach House Books) “gen­er­ous, beau­ti­ful and dif­fi­cult,” and Sue Sin­clair says it’s “a friend of the ab­ject land­scape.” Katherena Vermette says that This Ac­ci­dent of Be­ing Lost by Leanne Be­tasamosake Simp­son (House of Anansi) “blends song and story, hu­mour and truth”; Naomi Klein calls it “play­ful, pissed off and fe­ro­ciously funny”; Thomas King calls Simp­son “one of the more ar­tic­u­late and en­gaged voices of her gen­er­a­tion.”

CON­GRAT­U­LA­TIONS

To Kather­ine Fawcett for be­ing short­listed for the 2016 Sun­burst Award for Cana­dian Lit­er­a­ture of the Fan­tas­tic and nom­i­nated for the 2017 Relit Award for Short Fic­tion for her collection The Lit­tle Washer of Sor­rows (This­tle­down Press).

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