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Au­thor Jen­nifer Nel­son says Com­mon Place by Sarah Pin­der (Coach House Books) “will pro­vide a mov­ing (in both senses) play­ground for your thoughts”; Robm­clen­ says the book pro­vides a “slip­pery sin­gle-por­trait that dis­torts just as it be­gins to come into view”; au­thor Sue Sin­clair says it’s a “friend of the ab­ject land­scape” and the Globe and Mail says that its “in­ter­sec­tion­al­ity makes it clear that some his­to­ries are a greater bur­den than oth­ers.” Daniel Pat­ter­son on Goodreads says Mor­ton: A Cross-coun­try Rail Jour­ney by David Col­lier (Co­nun­drum Press) was “over­all an en­joy­able read”; the Globe and Mail says each panel bulges with the strain of the lay­ers of his­tory it por­trays; the Lon­don Free Press rec­om­mends read­ing it “if you’re in a mood to think, re­ally think, about your home and na­tive land.” Quill & Quire says that Search­ing for Petro­n­ius Totem by Peter Un­win (Free­hand Books) is “a scabrous, glee­fully of­fen­sive, high-en­ergy ride across a land­scape that looks oddly fa­mil­iar, but is viewed at an oblique an­gle and through a pur­pose­fully dis­torted lens”; the Sil­hou­ette says that it’s “un­known if some­one out­side of south­ern On­tario or Canada would find the novel funny.” The Cana­dian Jewish News says The Old World by Cary Fa­gan (House of Anansi) is “a no­ble cre­ative ges­ture that suc­ceeds bril­liantly from an artis­tic stand­point”; Quill & Quire says that “it’s a solid idea for a collection”; Bar­bara on Goodreads says it’s uniquely or­ga­nized and that she en­joyed al­most all of the sto­ries. The Wes­ten­der says En­cy­clo­pe­dia of Lies by Christo­pher Gud­geon (Anvil Press) “wastes no words”; All Lit Up says it “takes a heart­break­ing and hi­lar­i­ous look into the lives, loves, sex­ual ob­ses­sions and delusions that in­form a grand cast of off-kil­ter char­ac­ters.”

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