OFF THE SHELF
A skateboarder rides off a cliff in Leslie Stein’s Present (Drawn & Quarterly). In Karen Smythe’s This Side of Sad (Goose Lane Editions), Maslen writes “the boob diaries,” documenting her experience losing her nipples to breast cancer. Brian Busby tells us where to find the best Dicks & Drugs in Canadian literature in The Dusty Bookcase (Biblioasis). Members of a nursing home’s book club consider hiring an assassin in The Last Chance Ladies’ Book Club (Signature Editions) by Marlis Wesseler. A failed musician ends up a high school teacher and his best friend becomes a rock star in To Me You Seem Giant (Newest Press) by Greg Rhyno. Melanie Mühl & Diana von Kopp explain why we impulsively buy cake in How We Eat with Our Eyes and Think with Our Stomach (The Experiment). Alicia Eler discusses the best poses to make when taking a selfie at a funeral in The Selfie Generation (Skyhorse Publishing). Daniel Wolfe employs Delia Buckley—who he abandoned while she was pregnant twenty-two years before—to nurse him through his terminal illness in Left Unsaid (Signature Editions), by Joan B. Flood. Detective Kevin Beldon has to deal with a dead wife, a disappointing son and a serial killer in Omphalos (Signature Editions) by Gerald Lynch. A transgender woman is told that her dead grandpa may also have been transgender in Little Fish (Arsenal Pulp Press) by Casey Plett. Karen goes to college and parties at the Gang Bang Central fraternity house in The Red Word (Grove Press) by Sarah Henstra. “Everything you want to know about the penis and other bits…” can be found in Happy Down Below (Greystone Books) by Dr. Oliver Gralla. Ichiro and Sachiko spend their time drinking, smoking and sleeping, sometimes with each other, in Red Colored Elegy (Drawn & Quarterly) by Seiichi Hayashi. In The Cat Among Us (Signature Editions) by Louise Carson, Gerry Coneybear inherits her aunt’s waterfront property and the dozens of cats living there. A little girl with a beard searches for a home in Little Beast (Coach House Books) by Julie Demers. Edward Riche explains how a government can most efficiently mismanage prosperity in Bag of Hammers (Breakwater Books). Vadim is more interested in casinos than leading a country, which causes a revolution in The Bleeds (Véhicule Press) by Dimitri Nasrallah. In Woman at 1,000 Degrees (Algonquin Books) by Hallgrímur Helgason, Herra Björnsson lives alone in a garage with a laptop computer and an old hand grenade. In The Dictionary of Animal Languages (Hamish Hamilton) by Heidi Sopinka, Ivory Frame’s love affair with a Russian is interrupted by the start of World War II. In Spirit of a Hundred Thousand Dead Animals (Signature Editions) by Jim Nason, Skye Rayburn writes a diary to help her grandson understand why his father is homeless and his mother isn’t coming home after the car crash. In Zolitude (Biblioasis) by Paige Cooper, a nineyear old builds a time machine. Pat Ardley and her husband turn a piece of remote BC wilderness into a popular fishing lodge in Grizzlies, Gales and Giant Salmon (Harbour Publishing).