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Don McKay wins BMO Winterset Award

Last week, Don McKay’s The Shell of the Tortoise (Gaspereau Press) became the first ever essay collection to win the $10,000 BMO Winterset Award.

On March 22, the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council presented the prize to McKay, who was born in Owen Sound, Ontario, and now calls St. John’s home.

The jury — made up of Noreen Golfman, Kevin Major, and Lisa Moore — selected McKay’s collection because it “gets at something very fresh, very intelligent and very accessible,” Moore told The Telegram. “[H]e’s also really witty — those essays keep you awake. … He’s got a kind of sensitivity to his reading audience about very difficult ideas. He’s talking about science, but bringing science into line with poetry, and none of us had ever read anything like that.”

Finalists Edward Riche, nominated for Easy to Like (House of Anansi Press), and Mark Callanan, nominated for Gift Horse (Signal Editions), both received $2,500.

The Winterset Award celebrates writing by authors from Newfoundland and Labrador. Journalist Richard Gwyn founded the prize in 2000 to commemorate his late wife, author Sandra Fraser Gwyn.

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BookNet bestsellers: Canadian fiction

Perennial favourites mix with new titles in this week’s bestsellers list, covering Canadian fiction. For the two weeks ending March 18, 2012:

1. Flash and Bones, Kathy Reichs
(Pocket/Simon & Schuster, $17 pa, 9781451675290)

2. The Sisters Brothers, Patrick deWitt
(House of Anansi Press, $22.95 pa, 9781770890329)

3. The Winter Palace, Eva Stachniak
(Doubleday Canada, $24.95 pa, 9780385666565)

4. Half-Blood Blues, Esi Edugyan
(Thomas Allen Publishers, $24.95 pa, 9780887627415)

5. Now You See Her, Joy Fielding
(Anchor Canada, $19.95 pa, 9780385676762)

6. Web of Angels, Lilian Nattel
(Knopf Canada, $22 pa, 9780307402097)

7. Still Life, Louise Penny
(Little, Brown and Company/Hachette, $10.99 mm, 9780351322303)

8. Room, Emma Donoghue
(HarperCollins Canada, $19.99 pa, 9781554688326)

9. Secret Daughter, Shilpi Somaya Gowda
(HarperCollins Canada, $19.99 pa, 9780061974304)

10. The Book of Negroes, Lawrence Hill
(HarperCollins Canada, $10.99 mm, 9781443408981)

11. The Midwife of Venice, Roberta Rich
(Anchor Canada, $22.95 pa, 9780385668279)

12. Bury Your Dead, Louise Penny
(Little, Brown/Hachette, $10.99 mm, 9780751547504)

13. Water for Elephants, Sara Gruen
(HarperCollins Canada, $16.50 pa, 9780006391555)

14. Tiger Hills, Sarita Mandanna
(Penguin Canada, $18 pa, 9780143174714)

15. The Bishop’s Man, Linden MacIntyre
(Random House Canada, $22 pa, 9780307357076)

16. The Cat’s Table, Michael Ondaatje
(McClelland & Stewart, $32 cl, 9780771068645)

17. Anne of Green Gables, L.M. Montgomery
(Doubleday Canada, $5.99 mm, 9780770422059)

18. Ru, Kim Thúy; Sheila Fischman, trans.
(Random House Canada, $25 cl, 9780307359704)

19. The Virgin Cure, Ami McKay
(Knopf Canada, $32 cl, 9780676979565)

20. Bride of New France, Suzanne Desrochers
(Penguin Canada, $16 pa, 9780143173397)

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Jennifer Baichwal’s documentary Payback owes its existence to Margaret Atwood

(Photo: National Film Board of Canada)

While it may be inaccurate to call Jennifer Baichwal’s documentary Payback a direct adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s best-selling book Payback: Debt and the Shadow Side of Wealth (House of Anansi Press), the venerable author’s thoughts on justice and reparation remain at the heart of the film.

“What happens when people don’t pay their debts, or can’t pay their debts, or won’t pay their debts? What if the debt is one that by its very nature cannot be repaid,” Atwood muses on camera.

Baichwal (director of the acclaimed 2006 documentary Manufactured Landscapes) gives a human face to the concepts explored in Atwood’s book, which originated as a five-part Massey Lecture series in 2008. The film follows several storylines, including the plight of exploited Florida tomato farmers, the 2012 BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, and convicted thief Paul Mohammed, whose personal tale of incarceration is contrasted with that of media mogul Conrad Black, who is interviewed in his Palm Springs home while out on bail.

According to a story in The Globe and Mail, Atwood vowed she would never give a Massey lecture after “book rights for the long-standing lecture series threatened to go to Penguin and away from the House of Anansi Press, with which Atwood has a long attachment.” When Anansi retained the rights, Atwood said she was “morally obligated” to participate.

In the last scene of the documentary, several interviewees read excerpts from the book, including Black, economist Raj Patel, and a rural Albanian man whose family has been living under house arrest since he was accused of shooting his neighbour over an escalating land dispute.

Anansi publicist Kate McQuaid says the company is thrilled with the film, and has been “blanketing” Toronto retailers with copies of the book. Anansi also produced a special Payback bookmark, which was distributed to guests at a V.I.P. preview screening, held at the TIFF Lightbox theatre on March 14.

Payback, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January, opens in Toronto and Montreal on March 16, in Vancouver on March 23, with future releases planned for Victoria, Ottawa, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Waterloo, and Saskatoon. Baichwal and Atwood will conduct a Q&A following the 6:30 p.m. screenings at Toronto’s Varsity Theatre on March 16 and 17. Atwood will also be interviewed by Matt Galloway, host of CBC Radio’s Metro Morning, at a free event on March 18 (3 p.m., Indigo Manulife Centre, Toronto).

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Esi Edugyan, JJ Lee, Charlotte Gill nominated for B.C. Book Prizes

The West Coast Book Prize Society has announced the shortlists for the 28th annual B.C. Book Prizes, and for Esi Edugyan, the competition cuts close to home.

Edugyan, whose novel Half-Blood Blues won the 2011 Scotiabank Giller Prize and this morning was longlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction, is competing against her husband, Steven Price, and his novel, Into That Darkness, for the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize. Both books are published by Thomas Allen Publishers.

Charles Taylor Prize for Non-fiction shortlisted authors Charlotte Gill and JJ Lee face off again, this time for the Hubert Evans Non-fiction Prize, alongside 2012 Canada Reads finalist Carmen Aguirre. Gill is also nominated for the Bill Duthie Booksellers’ Choice Award.

The winners in all seven categories will be announced at the Lieutenant Governor’s B.C. Book Prizes Gala on May 12 in Vancouver.

Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize:

Roderick Haig-Brown Regional Prize:

  • Chuck Davis, The Chuck Davis History of Metropolitan Vancouver (Harbour Publishing)
  • Fred Herzog, Fred Herzog: Photographs (Douglas & McIntyre)
  • Andrew Nikiforuk, Empire of the Beetle: How Human Folly and a Tiny Bug Are Killing North America’s Great Forests (Greystone Books)
  • Sheryl Salloum, The Life and Art of Mildred Valley Thornton (Mother Tongue Publishing)
  • Scott Watson, Thrown: British Columbia’s Apprentices of Bernard Leach and Their Contemporaries (Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery)

Hubert Evans Non-fiction Prize:

Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize:

  • Patrick Lane, The Collected Poems of Patrick Lane (Harbour)
  • Susan McCaslin, Demeter Goes Skydiving (University of Alberta Press)
  • Garry Thomas Morse, Discovery Passages (Talonbooks)
  • John Pass, crawlspace (Harbour)
  • Sharon Thesen, Oyama Pink Shale (House of Anansi Press)

Christie Harris Illustrated Children’s Literature Prize:

Sheila A. Egoff Children’s Literature Prize:

  • Glen Huser, The Runaway (Tradewind)
  • Pamela Porter, I’ll Be Watching (Groundwood)
  • Karen Rivers, What is Real (Orca)
  • Caitlyn Vernon, Nowhere Else on Earth: Standing Tall for the Great Bear Rainforest (Orca)
  • Moira Young, Blood Red Road (Doubleday Canada)

Bill Duthie Booksellers’ Choice Award:

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Esi Edugyan, Emma Donoghue make Orange Prize longlist

Esi Edugyan

In honour of International Women’s Day, the Orange Prize for Fiction, celebrating “excellence, originality, and accessibility in women’s writing,” has announced its 2012 longlist, which includes two celebrated Canadian authors.

Emma Donoghue, whose novel Room was shortlisted for the 2011 Orange Prize and won the 2010 Writers’ Trust Prize, is nominated for The Sealed Letter, a 2008 novel published by HarperCollins. Picador reissued a special paperback version for the U.K. market in early 2012, one of 12 titles marking the publisher’s 40th anniversary.

Donoghue is accompanied by fellow Canadian Esi Edugyan, who made the longlist with Half-Blood Blues (Thomas Allen Publishers), which won the 2011 Scotiabank Giller Prize and was  nominated today for the B.C. Book Prize.

Here is the Orange Prize longlist:

  • Esi Edugyan, Half-Blood Blues (Thomas Allen Publishers)
  • Karin Altenberg, Island of Wings (House of Anansi Press)
  • Aifric Campbell, On the Floor (Serpent’s Tail/Consortium)
  • Leah Hager Cohen, The Grief of Others (Riverhead/Penguin)
  • Emma Donoghue, The Sealed Letter (HarperCollins)
  • Anne Enright, The Forgotten Waltz (McClelland & Stewart)
  • Roopa Farooki, The Flying Man (Headline Review)
  • Jaimy Gordon, Lord of Misrule (Vintage Canada)
  • Georgina Harding, Painter of Silence (Bloomsbury)
  • Jane Harris, Gillespie and I (HarperCollins)
  • Francesca Kay, The Translation of the Bones (Phoenix)
  • A.L. Kennedy, The Blue Book (Jonathan Cape)
  • Erin Morgenstern, The Night Circus (Doubleday Canada)
  • Madeline Miller, The Song of Achilles (HarperCollins)
  • Cynthia Ozick, Foreign Bodies (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt/Thomas Allen)
  • Ann Patchett, State of Wonder (HarperCollins)
  • Ali Smith, There but for the (Penguin)
  • Anna Stothard, The Pink Hotel (Alma Books)
  • Stella Tillyard, Tides of War (Vintage Canada)
  • Amy Waldman, The Submission (HarperCollins)

Judged by Joanna Trollope, Lisa Appignanesi, Victoria Derbyshire, Natalie Haynes, and Natasha Kaplinksy, the Orange Prize awards the winner with a cheque for £30,000 and a limited-edition bronze figurine known as “Bessie.” The shortlist will be announced April 17 and the awards ceremony takes place May 30.


Penguin pulls out of OverDrive, stops ebook sales to libraries

Penguin Group has announced it will no longer provide ebooks to OverDrive, effective immediately. With the termination of the relationship between the publisher and the U.S. digital content distributor, public libraries are effectively cut off from acquiring and lending out Penguin ebooks and e-audiobooks.

The Digital Shift reports:

Penguin is negotiating a “continuance agreement” with OverDrive, which will allow libraries that have Penguin ebooks in their catalog to continue to have access to those titles.

But since the company does not have a contract with 3M, the still fledgling but growing competitor to OverDrive, the practical effect of the decision will be to shut down public library access to additional Penguin ebook titles (not physical titles) for the immediate future.

The news is not entirely unexpected. In November of last year, Penguin Group stopped selling frontlist ebook titles to OverDrive and other digital distribution platforms, and stopped offering new e-audiobooks to library distributors last month.

Penguin is not the only major publisher to demonstrate an unwillingness to provide digital content to libraries. Even as circulation numbers for ebooks grow at libraries, multinational publishers have tightened the reins on providing ebooks and e-audiobooks to these institutions. In March, HarperCollins capped library lending of its e-titles at 26 loans. Random House held off providing digital content to libraries until spring of last year (the availability of Canadian backlisted titles has been notoriously limited). Simon & Schuster and MacMillan have so far refused to provide e-titles to libraries. Now, HarperCollins remains the only large multinational publisher to provide digital titles to OverDrive.

In each of these cases, publishers have cited concerns over piracy and the potential for a loss of consumer sales. Canadian publishers such as House of Anansi Press, Douglas & McIntyre, and Orca Books do presently deal with the distributor.

This latest development with Penguin strengthens the argument for a Canadian-made solution to e-content distribution, championed by groups such as the Canadian Urban Libraries Council, the Association of Canadian Publishers, and the Canadian Publishers Council (of which Penguin Canada, Simon & Schuster Canada, HarperCollins Canada, and Random House of Canada are members).

[This post was updated Feb. 10.]

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Booksellers’ picks of the year: crime and mystery

The third instalment of Alan Bradley’s Flavia de Luce series, A Red Herring Without Mustard (Doubleday Canada), is one of the most popular crime and mystery titles of 2011, according to booksellers contacted by Q&Q.

Two other new books from established authors, Louise Penny’s A Trick of the Light (St. Martin’s Press/Raincoast) and Peter Robinson’s Before the Poison (McClelland & Stewart), are also among booksellers’ top 2011 crime and mystery titles.

A lesser-known Ontario author, retired aeronautical professional Liam Dwyer, has been one of the year’s top-selling authors at The Sleuth of Baker Street in Toronto. Co-owner Marian Misters says Murdoch in Muskoka (Muskoka Dockside Reader), a new omnibus containing the first three titles in Dwyer’s murder-mystery series, has been especially popular.

At Whodunit? Mystery Bookstore in Winnipeg, co-owner Jack Bumsted points to local author C.C. Benison’s Christmas mystery, Twelve Drummers Drumming (Doubleday Canada), as his store’s best-selling book of the year. Other top 2011 titles at Whodunit? include Q&Q book of the year The Water Rat of Wanchai and The Disciple of Las Vegas, both from Ian Hamilton’s Ava Lee series published by Spiderline, the new crime fiction imprint from House of Anansi Press.

Walter Sinclair, co-owner of Dead Write Books in Vancouver, says the best-selling 2011 books in his store have common features. “All are well-established authors, all with mysteries featuring series characters,” he says. Dead Write’s top titles this year include William Deverell’s latest Arthur Beauchamp mystery, I’ll See You in My Dreams (M&S), and the U.K. edition of Louise Penny’s Bury Your Dead (Headline/Hachette).

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Emma Donoghue’s Room wins Evergreen Award

Emma Donoghue’s novel Room (HarperCollins Canada) has won the 2011 Evergreen Award, to be presented on Feb. 3, 2012, in Toronto.

The Evergreen Award is administered by the Ontario Library Association as part of the Forest of Reading program, designed to expose adult library users to Canadian fiction and non-fiction. Library patrons are invited to vote for their favourite of 10 nominated titles.

“I am thrilled that with this award, Room will be part of such a valuable initiative to promote reading,” Donoghue said in a press release.

The other nominees for the prize were:

  • The Night Shift, by Brian Goldman (HarperCollins Canada)
  • Amphibian, by Carla Gunn (Coach House Books)
  • Dahanu Road, by Anosh Irani (Doubleday Canada)
  • Death Spiral, by James W. Nichol (McArthur & Company)
  • Far to Go, by Alison Pick (House of Anansi Press)
  • Still Missing, by Chevy Stevens (St. Martin’s Press)
  • A Man in Uniform, by Kate Taylor (Doubleday Canada)
  • The Tiger, by John Vaillant (Knopf Canada)
  • Annabel, by Kathleen Winter (House of Anansi Press)

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$10,000 Alberta prize now open to books published out of province

Organizers of the Alberta Readers’ Choice Award, now in its third year, have taken steps to quiet a muted strain of controversy that has attached itself to the prize since its inception.

The $10,000 award, organized by the Edmonton Public Library and voted on by Alberta readers, had until now been open to all books published in Alberta, regardless of the author’s origin or city of residence. But Alberta authors who happened to be published outside the province – someone like, say, Scotiabank Giller Prize nominee Lynn Coady, who lives in Edmonton but is published by Toronto-based House of Anansi Press – would be ineligible for the award.

That is all going to change this year, judging by new criteria posted to the EPL website:

This year, works of fiction and narrative non-fiction (i.e., first edition full-length novels, short story collections or books of poetry) will be accepted by any author who has been a resident of Alberta for a minimum of 12 consecutive months immediately prior to the publication of the submitted work, and who currently resides in Alberta, no matter where the book was published. The change makes this truly an Alberta award and recognizes the exceptional writing talent in our province while encouraging readers to support Alberta authors.

As it turns out, both of the prize’s prior winners – Helen Waldstein Wilkes’ memoir Letters from the Lost (AU Press) and Michael Davie’s novel Fishing for Bacon (NeWest Press) – are by authors currently residing in B.C.

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2011 ReLit longlist revealed

The very long list of nominees for the 2011 ReLit Awards, which celebrates novels, poetry, and short fiction titles published by Canadian independent presses, has been announced. ECW Press leads this year’s longlist with nine nominees.


  • Sandra Beck, John Lavery (House of Anansi Press)
  • Étienne’s Alphabet, James King (Cormorant Books)
  • Isobel & Emile, Alan Reed (Coach House Books)
  • The Cube People, Christian McPherson (Nightwood Editions)
  • Glenn Piano by Gladys Priddis, Jason Dickson (BookThug)
  • The Obituary, Gail Scott (Coach House)
  • How Should a Person Be? Sheila Heti (Anansi)
  • A Thoroughly Wicked Woman, Betty Keller (Caitlin Press)
  • When Fenelon Falls, Dorothy Ellen Palmer (Coach House)
  • Lethal Rage, Brent Pilkey (ECW Press)
  • Hope Burned, Brent LaPorte (ECW)
  • The Matter of Sylvie, Lee Kvern (Brindle & Glass)
  • A Likely Story, Eric Wright (Cormorant)
  • Follow Me Down, Marc Strange (ECW)
  • New Under the Sun, Kevin Major (Cormorant)
  • The Bourgeois Empire, Evie Christie (ECW)
  • One Bloody Thing After Another, Joey Comeau (ECW)
  • Far to Go, Alison Pick (Anansi)
  • Annabel, Kathleen Winter (Anansi)
  • Baldur’s Song, David Arnason (Turnstone Press)
  • In Plain Sight, Mike Knowles (ECW)
  • Flight, Darren Hynes (Killick Press)
  • Cupids, Paul Butler (Flanker Press)
  • Book, Ken Sparling (Pedlar Press)
  • Flyways, Devin Krukoff (Thistledown Press)
  • Spaz, Bonnie Bowman (Anvil Press)
  • Of Water and Rock, Thomas Armstrong (DC Books)
  • Something Remains, Hassan Ghedi Santur (Dundurn Press)
  • The Evolution of Inanimate Objects, Harry Karlinsky (Insomniac Press)
  • Solitaria, Genni Gunn (Signature Editions)
  • Waiting for Ricky Tantrum, Jules Lewis (Dundurn)
  • Letters to Omar, Rachel Wyatt (Coteau Books)
  • The Goon, Jerrod Edson (Oberon Press)
  • Raising Orion, Lesley Choyce (Thistledown)
  • The Master of Happy Endings, Jack Hodgins (Thomas Allen Publishers)
  • In the Fabled East, Adam Lewis Schroeder (D&M Publishers)
  • Blood Relatives, Craig Francis Power (Pedlar)
  • The Glass Harmonica, Russell Wangersky (Thomas Allen)
  • This Book Will Not Save Your Life, Michelle Berry (Enfield & Wizenty)
  • Anderson, Michael Boyce (Pedlar)
  • Revenge Fantasies of the Politically Dispossessed, Jacob Wren (Pedlar)
  • Drive-by Saviours, Chris Benjamin (Roseway Publishing)
  • Gaze, Keith Cadieux (Quattro Books)
  • Sheilagh’s Brush, Maura Hanrahan (Inanna Publications)
  • Combat Camera, A.J. Somerset (Biblioasis)
  • Victim Rights, Norah McClintock (Red Deer)
  • Good Evening, Central Laundromat, Jason Heroux (Quattro)
  • Black Alley, Dawn M. Cornelio (Biblioasis)
  • Krakow Melt, Daniel Allen Cox (Arsenal Pulp Press)
  • The Hungry Mirror, Lisa de Nikolits (Inanna)
  • Firmament, Bruce Johnson (Gaspereau Press)
  • Pitouie, Derek Winkler (The Workhorsery)
  • The Lucky Child, Marianne Apostolides (Mansfield Press)
  • The Case of Owen Williams, Allan Donaldson (Vagrant Press)
  • L (And Things Come Apart), Ian Orti (Invisible Publishing)
  • Retina Green, Reinhard Filter (Quattro)
  • Sweet England, Steve Weiner (New Star Books)
  • Real Gone, Jim Christy (Quattro)
  • The Find, Kathy Page (McArthur & Company)
  • Confessions of a Reluctant Cougar, Myna Wallin (Tightrope Books)
  • Tobacco Wars, Paul Seesequasis (Quattro)


  • Floating Bodies, Julie Roorda (Guernica Editions)
  • Cold Sleep Permanent Afternoon, Ray Hsu (Nightwood)
  • Children of Ararat, Keith Garebian (Frontenac House)
  • Indexical Elegies, Jon Paul Fiorentino (Coach House)
  • Falling Blues, Jannie Edwards (Frontenac)
  • Marimba Forever, Jim Christy (Guernica)
  • The Porcupinity of the Stars, Gary Barwin (Coach House)
  • Patient Frame, Steven Heighton (Anansi)
  • Seeing Lessons, Catherine Owen (Wolsak and Wynn)
  • Against the Hard Angle, Matt Robinson (ECW)
  • You Know Who You Are, Ian Williams (Wolsak and Wynn)
  • Fieldnotes, Kate Eichhorn (BookThug)
  • Watermelon Kindness, David Donnell (ECW)
  • The Inquisition Years, Jen Currin (Coach House)
  • O Resplandor, Erin Mouré (Anansi)
  • Light and Time, Michael Mirolla (Guernica)
  • Bloom, Michael Lista (Anansi)
  • Nature, Mark Truscott (BookThug)
  • Casanova in Venice, Kildare Dobbs (The Porcupine’s Quill)
  • Update, Bill Kennedy and Darren Wershler (Snare Books)
  • Living Under Plastic, Evelyn Lau (Oolichan Books)
  • The Little Seamstress, Phil Hall (Pedlar)
  • Winterkill, Catherine Graham (Insomniac)
  • Tiny, Frantic, Stronger, Jeff Latosik (Insomniac)
  • The Walnut-Cracking Machine, Julie Berry (BuschekBooks)
  • Ghost Music, Mark D. Dunn (BuschekBooks)
  • Return from Erebus, Julia McCarthy (Brick Books)
  • The Scare in the Crow, Tammy Armstrong (Goose Lane Editions)
  • The Emperor’s Sofa, Greg Santos (DC Books)
  • Why Are You So Long and Sweet? David W. McFadden (Insomniac)
  • Mammoth, Larissa Andrusyshyn (DC Books)
  • A Pirouette and Gone, E.D. Blodgett (BuschekBooks)
  • Swimming Ginger, Gary Geddes (Goose Lane)
  • Sweet, Dani Couture (Pedlar)
  • Here Is Where We Disembark, Clea Roberts (Freehand Books)
  • Every Day in the Morning (Slow), Adam Seelig (New Star)
  • Hump, Ariel Gordon (Palimpsest Press)
  • The Unsettled, Mona Fertig (Kalamalka Press)
  • Soul on Standby, Antony Di Nardo (Exile Press)
  • Hold the Note, Domenico Capilongo (Quattro)
  • Traumatology, Priscila Uppal (Exile)
  • Sew Him Up, Beatriz Hausner (Quattro)
  • Hard Feelings, Sheryda Warrener (Snare)
  • A Good Time Had By All, Meaghan Strimas (Exile)
  • The Lateral, Jake Kennedy (Snare)
  • The Sylvia Hotel Poems, George Fetherling (Quattro)
  • The Good News About Armageddon, Steve McOrmond (Brick)
  • Psychic Geographies and Other Topics, Gregory Betts (Quattro)
  • Alien, Correspondent, Antony Di Nardo (Brick)
  • The Stream Exposed with All its Stones, D.G. Jones (Signal Editions)
  • An Open Door in the Landscape, Elisabeth Harvor (Palimpsest)
  • The Philosophy of as if, Fraser Sutherland (Bookland Press)
  • Circus, Michael Harris (Signal)
  • Syrinx and Systole, Matthew Remski (Quattro)
  • The Day Is a Cold Grey Stone, Allan Safarik (Hagios Press)
  • The Crow’s Vow, Susan Briscoe (Signal)
  • The Mourner’s Book of Albums, Daniel Scott Tysdal (Tightrope)
  • The Nights Also, Anna Swanson (Tightrope)
  • Don’t Get Lonely Don’t Get Lost, Elisabeth Belliveau (Conundrum Press)
  • Fallout, Sandra Ridley (Hagios)
  • Stray Dog Embassy, Natasha Nuhanovic (Mansfield Press)
  • At the Gates of the Theme Park, Peter Norman (Mansfield)
  • Cathedral, Pamela Porter (Ronsdale Press)
  • Goodbye, Ukulele, Leigh Nash (Mansfield)
  • Come Closer, Leanne Averbach (Tightrope)
  • The Stonehaven Poems, R.D. Patrick (Your Scrivener Press)
  • I Do Not Think That I Could Love a Human Being, Johanna Skibsrud (Gaspereau)
  • Welling, Margaret Christakos (Your Scrivener)
  • The Annotated Bee & Me, Tim Bowling (Gaspereau)
  • The Art of Breathing Underwater, Cathy Ford (Mother Tongue Publishing)


  • Ravenna Gets, Tony Burgess (Anvil)
  • Ronald Reagan, My Father, Brian Joseph Davis (ECW)
  • This Ramshackle Tabernacle, Samuel Thomas Martin (Breakwater Books)
  • All Those Drawn to Me, Christian Peterson (Caitlin)
  • World News Story, Michael Woods (Book Thug)
  • Three Deaths, Josip Novakovich (Snare)
  • I Still Don’t Even Know You, Michelle Berry (Turnstone)
  • Recipes From the Red Planet, Meredith Quartermain (BookThug)
  • Punishing Ugly Children, Darryl Joel Berger (Killick)
  • Mystery Stories, David Helwig (Porcupine’s Quill)
  • The Mountie at Niagara Falls, Salvatore Difalco (Anvil)
  • I’m a Registered Nurse Not a Whore, Anne Perdue (Insomniac)
  • The Devil You Know, Jenn Farrell (Anvil)
  • Mennonites Don’t Dance, Darcie Friesen Hossack (Thistledown)
  • Sex in Russia, Kenneth Radu (DC)
  • The Young in their Country, Richard Cumyn (Enfield & Wizenty)
  • High Speed Crow, Sheila McClarty (Oberon)
  • Bird Eat Bird, Katrina Best (Insomniac)
  • The Doctrine of Affections, Paul Headrick (Freehand)
  • The Meaning of Children, Beverly Akerman (Exile)
  • Faded Love, Robert N. Friedland (Libros Libertad)
  • Bats or Swallows, Teri Vlassopoulos (Invisible)
  • There is No Other, Jonathan Papernick (Exile)
  • Missed Her, Ivan E. Coyote (Arsenal Pulp)
  • Light Lifting, Alexander MacLeod (Biblioasis)
  • Icebreaker/Auricle, Alisha Piercy (Conundrum)
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