Book Reviews

New and Noteworthy

Review space may be limited in our quarterly magazine, but we’re delighted to share this list of new books received. Be sure to check back frequently, since we will add titles as they arrive. Please note that inclusion on the list does not necessarily preclude a print review.

The Malahat Review supports Canadian writers and publishers and we encourage our readers to do the same.

Titles are listed alphabetically by author's last name.


Anderson, Fortner Considerations (Demotic Locutions Press)
Boan, Selina Undoing Hours (Nightwood Editions)
Borin, Tara The Pit (Nightwood Editions)
Bowering, George Could Be (New Star Books)
Callanan, Andreae The Debt (Biblioasis)
Christie, Evie
Mere Extinction: Poems (ECW Press)
Christakos, Margaret Dear Birch, (Palimpsest Press)
Collis, Stephen A History of the Theories of Rain (Talonbooks)
Cortese, Franco Lip (Penteract Press)
du Plessis, Klara Hell Light Flesh (Palimpsest Press)
Dunic, Leanne One and Half of You (Talonbooks)
Estacion, Therese Phantompains (Book*hug Press)
Halfe, Louise B. awâsis — kinky and dishevelled (Brick Books)
Hayes, Diana Gold in the Shadow: Twenty-Two Ghazals and a Cento for Phyllis Webb (Rainbow Publishers)
Heighton, Steven Selected Poems 1983-2020 (House of Anansi Press)
Holbrook, Susan
Ink Earl (Coach House Books)
Huebert, David Humanimus (Palimpsest Press)
Hunt, Dallas Creeland (Nightwood Editions)
Irie, Kevin Tantramar Re-Vision (McGill-Queen’s University Press)
J, Evan Ripping down half the trees (McGill-Queens University Press)
Jamali Rad, Anahita still (Talonbooks)
Janess, Danielle
Milk of Amnesia (McGill-Queens University Press)
Krahn, Sarah-Jean A Girl Who Was His House (Gothic Funk Press)Kumar, Reema Live Depiction: Poems of Current Times (BlueRose Publishers)
Lee, Jen Sookfong The Shadow List (Walsak and Wynn)
Marlatt, Daphne Then Now (Talonbooks)
Masutani, Matsuki I will be more myself in the next world (Mother Tongue Publishing)
Maceachern, Jessi A Number of Stunning Attacks (Invisible Publishing)
McDonald, John Kitotam: He Speaks To It (Radiant Press)
McIntire, Gabrielle Unbound (McGill-Queen’s University Press)
Morse, Garry Thomas Scofflaw (Anvil Press)
Necakov, Lillian
il virus (Anvil Press)
Oloruntoba, Tolu
The Junta of Happiness (Palimpsest Press)
O’Meara, David Masses on Radar (Coach House Books)
Patel, Nisha Coconut (NeWest Press)
Page, P.K. (edited by Margaret Steffler) Metamorphosis (The Porcupine’s Quill Press)
Sarojini Saklikar, Renée Bramah and the Beggar Boy (Harbour Publishing)
Scheier, Jacob Is This Scary? (ECW Press)
Schönmaier, Eleonore Field Guide to the Lost Flower of Crete (McGill-Queens University Press)
Shields, Vanessa Thimbles (Palimpsest Press)
Sinaee, Bardia Intruder (House of Anansi Press)
Svoboda, Terese Theatrix: Poetry Plays (Anhinga Press)
Taylor, Rob
Strangers (Biblioasis)
Thompson, Linda K. Black Bears in the Carrot Field (Mother Tongue Publishing)
Tucker, Aaron
Catalogue d’oiseaux (Book*hug Press)
Wynand, Derk (ed. John Barton) The Essential Derk Wynand (The Porcupine’s Quill)
Young, Terence Smithereens (Harbour Publishing)



Us, Now: Stories from the Quilted Collective, edited by Lisa Moore (Breakwater Books)
Bauer, William (ed. Brian Bartlett) Bright with Invisible History: A William Bauer Reader (Chapel Street Editions)
Bell, Meghan Erase and Rewind (Book*hug Press)
Benvie, Rob Bleeding Light (Invisible Publishing)
Betasamosake Simpson, Leanne Noopiming: The Cure for White Ladies (House of Anansi Press)
Carson, Louise The Cat Possessed (Signature Editions)
Conlin, Christy Ann The Speed of Mercy (House of Anansi Press)
de Kerangal, Maylis (translated by Jessica Moore) Painting Time (Talonbooks)
Fraser, Keath Charity (Biblioasis)
Follett, Beth Instructor (Breakwater Books)
Gereaux, Tara Saltus (Nightwood Editions)
Goto, Hiromi & Xu, Ann Shadow Life (First Second)
Healey, Barry
Love Songs of the Apocalypse (self-published)
Henighan, Stephen The World of After (Cormorant Books)
Hofmann, Karen A Brief View from the Coastal Suite (Newest Press)
Holowack, Kevin Light on a Part of the Field (NeWest Press)
Huser, Glen Burning the Night (NeWest Press)
Jones, Llewellyn Mark
Tales from Eutopia: Thirteen Short Stories (Archway Publishing)
Lynch, Gerald The Dying Detective (Signature Editions)
Mintz, Sarah handwringers (Radiant Press)
Neil, Danial, Dominion of Mercy (NeWest Press)
Perreault, Annie
The Woman in Valencia (QC Fiction)
Quednau, Marion Sunday Drive to Gun Club Road (Nightwood Editions)
Roberts, Kevin Wiffenpuffs (Pilot Hill Press)
Robertson, Patricia Hour of the Crab (Goose Lane Editions)
Rose, Rachel The Octopus Has Three Hearts (Douglas & McIntyre)
Ruddock, Nicholas Last Hummingbird West of Chile (Breakwater Books)
Schott, Philipp The Willow Wren (ECW Press)
Soles, Caro Dancing with Chairs in the Music House (Inanna Publications)
Wall, Aimee We, Jane (Book*hug Press)
Warner Brooman, Sydney The Pump (Invisible Publishing)
Wigmore, Gillian
Night Watch: The Vet Suite (Invisible Publishing)

Creative Nonfiction:


Burke, Kelley Jo Wreck: a very anxious memoir (Radiant Press)
Dolzani, Michael Productions of Time: A Study of the Human Imagination (McGill-Queen's University Press)
Donaldson, Jesse Fool’s Gold: The Life and Legacy of Vancouver’s Official Town Fool (Anvil Press)
Farrant, M.A.C. One Good Thing (Talonbooks)
Forbes, Andrew
The Only Way is the Steady Way (Invisible Publishing)
Hird, Myra J.
Canada’s Waste Flows (McGill-Queen’s University Press)
Jergović, Miljenko (translated by Russell Scott Valentino) Kin (Archipelago Books)
McCartney, Sharon Villa Negativa: A Memoir in Verse (Biblioasis)
Olding, Susan Big Reader (Freehand Books)
Pepper, Kaija Falling Into Flight: A Memoir of Life and Dance (Signature Editions)
Taylor, Craig New Yorkers: A City and Its People in Our Time (W.W. Norton Company)
Uhart, Hebe (translated by Robert Croll) Animals (Archipelago Books)