The FLQ have bombed the Montreal Stock Exchange. The streets are charged and a referendum is called on secession. Frederick E. Bryson captures a defining moment in Canadian history in his latest novel "Crossing to Tadoussac".
"Crossing to Tadoussac" evokes the experience of being a Quebecker in the reader, awakening the historical and spiritual struggles that have formed the province and its people.
438 pages | 5 x 8 | ISBN 978-1-926716-00-8 | Softcover
CROSSING TO TADOUSSAC by Frederick E. Bryson 438 pages | 5 x 8 | ISBN 978-1-926716-00-8 | Softcover
Crossing to Tadoussac is a novel about a woman coming of age in Quebec during the years of the Quiet Revolution. With the political turmoil in the province mirroring the psychological conflict in her person, our heroine finds herself searching for the balance of freedom and liberation in her own life and person, while witnessing this same internal struggle reproduced in the conflict of her people coming to maturity and seizing their place in the world. She quickly understands that to realize her personal emancipation, she must join the chorus of the crowd that she hears manifesting on the streets. At first, she idealizes the leaders of the movement, and then slowly returns to a more pragmatic and realistic view of the group, as she matures and the novel progresses in time. A sensitive and realistic portrait, "Crossing to Tadoussac" evokes the experience of being a Quebecker in the reader, awakening the historical and spiritual struggles that have formed the province and its people.
A modern and radical work, Unfictions dramatizes the way in which we react to such an information-rich environment in all of its glorious simultaneity--the beginning of a type of 'New Realism' in letters – reflecting faithfully a society so saturated with events and quotations that it can no longer distinguish between them and their relative meanings.
288 pages | 5 x 8 | ISBN 978-0-9809108-6-5 (pbk.) | Softcover
God’s Wife and the Synonymous X, Jesse Chase's first novel follows the protoganist on his search for a new cultural and literary theory while he champions an ethics of self-recovery and rehabilitation of personal narrative in a world of masks, capitalism and oppression.
170 pages | 5.5 x 8 | ISBN 978-1-926716-43-5 | Softcover
“Through this fast-paced novel, replete with kidnappings, espionage and fugitive war criminals, Abraham Boyarsky captures the Chassidic communities, their lives and their voices.”
Sender Pleskin is a self-proclaimed trauma specialist dedicated to serving his Chassidic community and to ‘gently’ nudging it into modernity.
When a Bubmer Hasid child falls inexplicably into a coma, Sender and his team jump to action. Hunting down leads in his investigation, Sender follows the signs that he interprets to be Divine Providence as they lead them down a circuitous path that will test not only his faith, but all he was and is.
5. 5 x 8 | 228 pages| ISBN 978-1-926716-40-4 (pbk.) | Softcover
Who are the Jihadists? The author explores these questions in a sensitive portrait. Recounting the trials of a young man, disenfranchised and disconnected from his surroundings, the Jihadist in this story is not what he appears to be. Is he a Westerner enlisting in the Armed Forces? Or a Muslim extremist? The Author plays on the ambiguity to beg the question. The Jihadist is the tale of a generation struggling to find its place in the world. Our character must confront his desire for reckless abandon—a surrender to chaotic forces which he sees as inherent to Nature and integral to Truth—and wrestle with violent fantasies of revenge, while he considers if vengeance might not be intrinsic to his idea of Justice. All this time, he seeks something “beyond and bigger than ourselves” to give his life its meaning and expatiate existential guilt. He seeks, only to be tempted by the glory promised through War that History offers him.
Rathwell’s writing is “a fistful of sentences written with the subtlety of a geisha and the terse certainty of stainless steel.” - John Olson, Author
“There must have been a bad bite. Something had gestated. He wasn’t imagining it. There were wet, frozen pebbles tumbling in his veins. There was a sugary sense of euphoria, a smell of orange blossoms, of piss, of diesel.”
THE MATCHSTICK GIRL brings LGBT undercurrents to nineteenth-century Russia, as our young protagonist struggles with class differences, schoolgirl relationships and her search for self-empowerment._x000D_
The Ministry of Ambiance, Fluffy-eared Generals, Special Agent Automatic Turpentine, Katzenberg’s Super Atomic Piston Ring, Mr. Jellybean and Agency men all vie for your thoughts. Welcome to a post-9/11 paranoid world that would have had Hoover dancing in his closet. In the finest tradition of William S. Burroughs and Thomas Pynchon, comes a strong American author writing in the great American paranoiac’s voice as every page busts forth with a wild and elusive prose that takes the reader on a wild ride where anything becomes a possibility...
5 x 8 | 302 pages | ISBN 978-1-926716-10-7(pbk.) | Hardcover
From hitch-hiking across the 49th parallel to plane trips to Montreal, road trips to Halifax, drinking in parkades and jamming in friends’ lofts, Unwanted Hopeless Romantic Morons captures the trials and disenchantment of a disconnected generation. Lost in the vastness of Canada, the “Dead-at-25s” isolated in suburbia are lured somnabulistically to cities where they find further alienation and disappointment.
"The prose flows, liquid with passion..." Levi Asher, Literary Kicks.
172 pages | 5 x 8 | ISBN 978-0-9809108-9-6 (pbk.) | Softcover
Daniel is in the twilight of his life, tormented by doubts, of cuckolding, illegitimate children, horrors of war and the inanity of all human activity. A miraculous childhood survivor of the Nazi prison camps at Bergen-Belsen, Daniel recounts how he is shipped to Canada when the war is over...
182 pages | 5.5" x 8.25' | ISBN 978-1-926716-57-2 (pbk.) | Softcover
“For now, there is Baldie Fitzgerald. He doesn't know it yet, but he too will be changed.”
Sarah. On a wall in a house in Florida she collects postcards and photos from a hundred years ago: Baldie, the young man with one short leg; Ora, the girl with a wandering eye; Jack the chairboy: all three come alive under Sarah's probing gaze.
Richard King’s new novel, ACCOUNTING FOR CRIME, takes you inside the world of business gone right and people gone wrong in a roman a clef that combines intrigue, love triangles, tough talking cops and cold-blooded mobsters.
5 x 8 | 308 pages | B&W | Softcover | ISBN 978-1-926716-07-7
"This is not just a collection of poems and short stories; it is a granary of artistic abundance! For here, will you find a rich variety of masterfully crafted pieces in a range of style, including those that draw from the African oral storytelling tradition. It is a montage of pieces of literary art, curated in a manner that allows for the ‘strict grammarian’ forms of expression to coalesce with those given to poetic licentiousness."
Whichever your favourite genre is, this anthology of East African literature has delivered something that has not been served to readers in many years. It is a fitting gift to the lovers of literary art in this first quarter of the 21st century.
Set in Montreal, Ensemble takes us through the throes of existential crises as lives and marriages are overturned by a man’s restless yearning.
A philosopher is suddenly forced to face the questions he lectures on when they materialize out of the theoretical and into the practical after he falls for a student in his class. Meanwhile his wife, an accomplished musician is left to deal with the disintegration of their marriage and the new silence that descends upon her life as she dissects her husband’s inner workings and confronts the object of his desire. Told in clinical honesty, Ensemble deconstructs love and relationships in the 21st century.
4.72 x 7.48 | 148 pages | ISBN 978-1-926716-29-9 (pbk.) | Softcover
THE WAR OF NONEXISTENT WOMEN by Jason Price Everett
'Nonexistence' represents the paradox at the pinnacle of the human mind, of evolved intelligence: the ability to conceive of something that is not real and does not exist. The word itself is a tribute to imagination.
An American jet fighter pilot is shot down over Laos during the Vietnam War. Twenty years later, his body is found. An American team travels to the jungles of Laos to recover the remains of the pilot for burial at home. But upon arriving, they must deal with corrupt government officials, a police chief out on a personal vendetta and suspicious, reluctant villagers who believe it is their sacred duty to conceal the remains of the pilot from them.
5 x 8 | 296 pages | ISBN 978-1-926716-36-7 (pbk.) | Softcover
This book is a response to ongoing literary trends: the treatment of words as images in art writing; the evolution of criticism as a form of creativity; and contemporary literary narrative that treats fiction as the greatest truth.