Title: The Man Who Stayed Afloat
Author: Fraser Sutherland
Format: Trade Paperback, 5.5 x 8.5, 160 pp.
When a Slovenian teenager sneaked into Austria in 1956, it was the start of an epic Canadian journey. Landing penniless the next year in Toronto, young Ivan Letnik worked his way up from golf-club dishwasher to greasy-spoon proprietor. Building on success, he bought a former Detroit fire tug and turned it into a floating restaurant on the barren Toronto waterfront. But in 1981 a city excursion ferry, veering off course, rammed and sank the restaurant. It didn’t sink the man who called himself Captain John, though. Battling financial reverses, he kept dishing out clam chowder to boatloads of tourists when he wasn’t hosting an annual dinner to feed the homeless. The Man Who Stayed Afloat tells his triumphant story.
Title: The Silence of the North
Author: Alan D. Butcher
Format: Trade Paperback, 5.5 x 8.5, 104 pp.
The Silence of the North is a poetic reflection of Canada's least known and most enigmatic Arctic region. Alan Butcher challenges our notions of landscape and wilderness, culture and perception, the limits of experience, and the nature of being. He offers a finely wrought sensibility, which elevates the subtle topography of life’s quiet events. This is a poetry collection that investigates the human understanding, parting the veil of the mundane to reveal passion, beauty, myth, and mystery of the Canadian Arctic. These poems are restless and inquisitive. They echo a desire to forge a voice that is as curious as it is distinctive.
Title: Lost Passport: The Life and Words of Edward Lacey
Author: Fraser Sutherland
Format: Trade Paperback, 6 x 9, 456 pp.
Edward Lacey was one of the rare North American writers who intimately knew the Third World in the latter twentieth century. A superb speaker and translator of multiple languages, he was a gifted teacher in Mexico, Trinidad, Brazil, Thailand, and Indonesia. While he was a college student in the 1950s, his poems pioneered forthrightly gay themes. No one — neither loyal friend nor newfound acquaintance — could forget this strange man: solitary yet sociable, pedantically aloof and gravely polite, a lifelong enemy of authority. A remarkable Canadian poet, Edward Lacey is among the few who are known beyond our borders.
Title: The Bay of Lost Love
Author: Victoria Sedova
Format: Trade Paperback, 5.5 x 8.5, 72 pp.
This poetry collection guides us through a sensational journey of love. The poems and images ignite our imagination, connect us to our current, past and future feelings, and touch that special spark inside. Throughout the book we linger in pain and strife trying to find a remedy for our troubled souls. In the realm of love, the power of words is far better for conveying exactly what we are feeling, whether we want to seduce, plead, flatter or convince, proclaim the depth of our devotion, or even reveal a broken heart. We become bitter as we harden our hearts, lose trust, feel betrayed and blame everyone around us for the emptiness that engulfs us.
Title: Rising with a Distant Dawn
Author: David Groulx
Format: Trade Paperback, 5.5 x 8.5, 80 pp.
Rising with a Distant Dawn is a powerful and moving poetry collection, which stretches across the boundaries of skin colour, language, and religion to give voice to the lives and experiences of ordinary Aboriginal Canadians. The poems embrace anguish, pride, and hope. They come from the woodlands and the plains, they speak of love, of war, and of the known and the mysterious, they strike with wisdom, joy, and sadness, bringing us closer than ever before to the heart of urban Aboriginal life. The book captures timely personal and cultural challenges, and ultimately shares subtle insight and compassion.
Title: Puzzle of Murders
Author: Brandon Pitts
Format: Trade Paperback, 5.5 x 8.5, 208 pp.
When disinherited loser Sam Giltine catches pneumonia, stemming from depression over his sister’s rape, he emerges from his feverish state changed. Believing his body to be inhabited by a malevolent angel, he embarks on a spiritual journey that devolves into a series of random murders. After discovering the FBI’s top profiler is assigned to the case and following two close encounters with police, Sam decides to quit his murder spree. He returns home to tackle the challenges of his past. He must confront the guilt-ridden, rejected love he has harbored for so long and face the murdering angel who resides within him.
Title: Above and Below the Waterline
Author: Marianne Paul
Format: Trade Paperback, 5.5 x 8.5, 96 pp.
The river winds through Above and Below the Waterline, the first collection of poetry from novelist, Marianne Paul. The author navigates the joy and the grief that is life in the process of being lived, those events and passages that mark the flow of time, the undercurrents of family, the rough waters and calm waters, the challenges and dysfunction - but beneath it all, love. Water speaks volumes, Marianne Paul tells us. The paddler learns to read river in the same way a child learns to read symbols on the page - the contours and patterns that hint of submerged rocks, that forewarn of swifts and rapids, the shallows, the gentleness and respite of flat waters.