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 this year. 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.

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Various Contributors transVersing (Breakwater Books, 2018)
Truscott, Mark Branches (Book*hug, 2018)
Hunt, Ken The Lost Cosmonauts (Book*hug, 2018)
Trainor, Kim Ledi (Book*hug, 2018)
Bett, Stephen Back Principles: A Book of Spiritual Fatigue (BlazeVOX, 2018)

Fong, Nicole Raziya Perfact: poems (Talonbooks, 2019)
Webb-Campbell, Shannon I am a Body of Land (Book*hug, 2019)
Macarty, Jami Instinctive Acts (Nomados, 2018)
Vulpe, Nicola Insult to the Brain (Guernica Editions, 2019)
Mayoff, Stephen Swinging Between Water and Stone (Guernica Editions, 2019)
Filip, Raymond Rivers Applaud Forever (Guernica Editions, 2019)
Del Bucchia, Dina It’s a Big Deal! (Talonbooks, 2019)
Reimer, Nikki My Heart Is a Rose Manhattan (Talonbooks, 2019)
Walsh, Matthew These are not the potatoes of my youth (Goose Lane Editions, 2019)
Islam, Doyali heft (Penguin Random House, 2019)
Thammavongsa, Souvankham cluster (Penguin Random House, 2019)
McFadzean, Cassidy Drolleries (Penguin Random House, 2019)
Kellough, Kaie Magnetic Equator (Penguin Random House, 2019)
Piepzna-Samarasinha, Leah Lakshmi Tonguebreaker (Arsenal Pulp Press, 2019)
Twist, Arielle Disintegrate/Dissociate (Arsenal Pulp Press, 2019)
Gilbert, Kerry Little Red (Mother Tongue, 2019)
Blodgett, E. D. Apostrophes VIII: Nothing Is But You and I (University of Alberta Press, 2019)
Blythe, Ali Hymnswitch (Goose Lane Editions, 2019)
Victor, Ken We Were Like Everyone Else (Cormorant Books, 2019)
Pilling, Marilyn The Gods of East Wawanosh (Cormorant Books, 2019)
Matwichuk, Laura Near Miss (Nightwood Editions, 2019)
Blanchard, Cassandra Fresh Pack of Smokes (Nightwood Editions, 2019)
De Leeuw, Sarah Outside, America (Nightwood Editions, 2019)
Carson, Edward Look Here Look Away Look Again (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2019)
O’Grady, Thomas Delivering the News (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2019)
Kelly, Claire One Thing—Then Another (ECW Press, 2019)
Rader, Matt Visual Inspection (Nightwood Editions, 2019)
Fretwell, Katarina Vaughan We Are Malala(Inanna Publications, 2019)
Deahl, James Travelling the Lost Highway (Guernica Editions, 2019)
Lisson, Paul The Perfect Archive (Guernica Editions, 2019)
Beissel, Henry Footprints of Dark Energy (Guernica Editions, 2019)
Crozier, Lorna The House the Spirit Builds (Douglas & McIntyre, 2019)
Pirani, Ayaz Kabir’s Jacket Has a Thousand Pockets (Mawenzi House, 2019)
Dandurand, Joseph A. SH:LAM (The Doctor) (Mawenzi House, 2019)
Houle, Karen The Grand River Watershed: A Folk Ecology (Gaspereau Press, 2019)
L’Abbé. Sonnet Sonnet’s Shakespeare (McCelland & Stewart, 2019)
McCarney, Sadie Live Ones (University of Regina Press, 2019)
Carter, Lauren Following Sea (Turnstone Press, 2019)
Bowling, Tim The Dark Set (Wolsak and Wynn, 2019)
Neilson, Shane New Brunswick (Biblioasis, 2019)
Meyer, Bruce McLuhan’s Canary (Guernica Editions, 2019)
Briesmaster, Allan The Long Bond (Guernica Editions, 2019)
Midgley, Peter Let Us Not Think of Them as Barbarians (NeWest Press, 2019)
Bragg, Mary Lee The Landscape That Isn’t There(Aeolus House, 2019)
Bowering, Marilyn What is Long Past Occurs in Full Light (Mother Tongue, 2019)
Banks, Chris Midlife Action Figure (ECW Press, 2019)
Turner, Jacqueline Flourish (ECW Press, 2019)
Hayes, Diana Labyrinth of Green (Plumleaf Press, 2019)
Locke Hart, Jonathan Unforgetting Private Charles Smith (Athabasca University Press, 2019)
Bird, Lindsay Boom Time (Gaspereau Press, 2019)
Kidd, Monica Chance Encounters with Wild Animals (Gaspereau Press, 2019)
Bassnett, Madeline Under the Gamma Camera (Gaspereau Press, 2019)
Bechard, Dominique One Dog Town (Gaspereau Press, 2019)
Woo, Elaine Put Your Hand In Mine (Signature Editions, 2019)
Houle, Jennifer Virga (Signature Editions, 2019)
Hunter, Catherine St. Boniface Elegies (Signature Editions, 2019)
Camia, Shirley Mercy (Turnstone Press, 2019)
Laba, Mark The Inflatable Life (Anvil Press, 2019)
Millar, Jay I Could Have Pretended To Be Better Than You (Anvil Press, 2019)
Ross, Stuart Motel of the Opposable Thumbs (Anvil Press, 2019)
Nolan, Scott Moon Was a Feather (J. Gordon Shillingford Publishing Inc., 2019)
Zolf, Rachel and Milne, Heather Social Poesis: The Poetry of Rachel Zolf (Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2019)
Drobnies, Adrienne Salt and Ashes (Signature Editions, 2019)
Henderson, Brian Unidentified Poetic Object (Brick Books, 2019)
Gwathmey, Matthew Our Latest in Folktales (Brick Books, 2019)
Arthur, James The Suicide’s Son (Vehicule Press, 2019)
Barger, John Wall The Mean Game (Palimpsest Press, 2019)
Ross, Elizabeth After Birth (Palimpsest Press, 2019)
Barnes, Mike Braille Rainbow (Biblioasis, 2019)
Namir, Hasan War Torn (Book*hug Press, 2019)
Fahner, Kim These Wings (Pedlar Press, 2019)
Lent, John A Matins Flywheel (Thistledown Press, 2019)
Christensen, Peter Oona River Poems (Thistledown Press, 2019)
Reibetanz, John By Hand (Brick Books, 2019)
Ruffo, Armand Garnet Treaty # (Buckrider Books, 2019)
Caple, Natalee Love in the Chthulucene (Chthulucene) (James Street North Books, 2019)
Gruber, Adrienne Q & A (Book*hug Press, 2019)
Glickman, Susan What We Carry (Vehicule Press, 2019)
Maracle, Lee and Bobb, Columpa and Carter, Tania Hope Matters (Book*hug Press, 2019)



Brousseau, Simon Synapses (Talonbooks, 2018)
Wu, Hua Laura; Xu, Xueqing; Davies, Corinne Bieman Toward the North: Stories by Chinese Canadian Writers (INANNA, 2019)
Haldoupis, Nicole and Pevlin, Geoff Release Any Words Stuck Inside of You: An Untethered Collection of Shorts (Applebeard Editions, 2018)
Newman-Stille, Derek Over the Rainbow: Folk and Fairy Tales from the Margins (Exile Editions, 2018)
White, Karen Lee The Silence (Exile Editions, 2018)
Mullally, Shannon The Second Detective (Anvil Press, 2018)
Leslie, Alex We All Need to Eat (Book*hug, 2018)

Farrant, M.A.C. The Great Happiness: Stories and Comics (Talonbooks, 2019)
Huynh, Philip The Forbidden Purple City (Goose Lane Editions, 2019)
Marston, Missy Bad Ideas (ECW Press, 2019)
Jacobs, Heidi L.M. Molly of the Mall (NeWest Press, 2019)
Smith, Alisa Doublespeak (Douglas & McIntyre, 2019)
Laidlaw, Alexander Dead Flowers (Nightwood Editions, 2019)
Foulds, Adam Dream Sequence (Biblioasis, 2019)
Maharaj, Rabindranath Fatboy Fall Down (ECW Press, 2019)
Homel, David The Teardown (Vehicule Press, 2019)
Santur, Hassan Ghedi The Youth of God (Mawanzi House, 2019)
Taylor, Susie Even Weirder Than Before (Breakwater, 2019)
Major, Kevin, Land Beyond the Sea (Breakwater, 2019)
Larue, Stéphane The Dishwasher (Biblioasis, 2019)
Strutt, Lesley On the Edge (Inanna, 2019)
Yalfani, Mehri A Palace in Paradise (Inanna, 2019)
Saikaley, Sonia The Allspice Bath (Inanna, 2019)
Meyer, Vivian Road Warrior (Inanna, 2019)
Quennec, Linda Fishing for Birds (Inanna, 2019)
Sarravalle, Dean Where I Fall (Inanna, 2019)
Hofmann, Karen Echolocation (NeWest Press, 2019)
Van Camp, Richard Moccasin Square Gardens (Douglas & McIntyre, 2019)
Paul, Julie Meteorites (Brindle and Glass, 2019)
Fagan, Carey  The Student (Freehand, 2019)
Brousseau, Simon Synapses (Talonbooks, 2019)
Levine, Elise This Wicked Tongue (Biblioasis, 2019)
Roorda, Julie How to Tell if Your Frog is Dead (Guernica Editions, 2019)
Weiss, Allan Telescope (Guernica Editions, 2019)
Various contributors, Carter V. Cooper: Short Fiction Anthology Series Book Eight (Exile, 2019)
Wilson, Martha Nosy White Woman (Biblioasis, 2019)
Warner, Patrick My Camino (Biblioasis, 2019)
Croft, Corey The Furies (Fly Pelican Press, 2019)
McConvey, J. R. Different Beasts (Goose Lane Editions, 2019)
Mehlmann, Gloria Adam’s Tree (Radiant Press, 2019)


Creative Nonfiction:

MacKinnon, David J. A Voluntary Crucifixion (Guernica Editions, 2019)
Wong, Edwin The Risk Theatre Model of Tragedy: Gambling, Drama, and the Unexpected (FriesenPress, 2019)
Yung, Brad Lessons I’m Going To Teach My Kids Too Late (Three Ocean Press, 2019)
Harvey, Brian Sea Trial: Sailing After My Father (ECW Press, 2019)
Mitchell, Michael Final Fire: A Memoir (ECW Press, 2019)
Steffler, John Forty-One Pages: On Poetry, Language and Wilderness (University of Regina Press, 2019)
MacKinnon, David J. A Voluntary Crucifixion (Guernica, 2019)
Zwicky, Jan The Experience of Meaning (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2019)
Rosenfarb, Chava Confessions of a Yiddish Writer and Other Essays(McGill-Queens U. Press, 2019)
Penashue, Elizabeth Tshaukuesh I Keep the Land Alive (University of Manitoba Press, 2019)
Manuel, Vera Honouring the Strength of Indian Women (University of Manitoba press, 2019)
Gordon, Ariel Treed: Walking in Canada’s Urban Forests (Wolsak & Wynn, 2019)
Various contributors Love of the Salish Sea Islands (Mother Tongue, 2019)
Azarov, Vladimir Three Books (Exile Editions, 2019)
Sobelman, David Facets of Eros: The Drawings of Claire Wilks (Exile Editions, 2019)
Barton, John We Are Not Avatars (Palimpsest Press, 2019)