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.

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Titles are listed alphabetically by author's last name.


Wynand, Derk (ed. John Barton) The Essential Derk Wynand (The Porcupine’s Quill)

Abel, Jordan NISHGA (McClelland & Stewart)
Alexander, Susan Nothing You Can Carry (Thistledown Press)
B-e, Lindsay The Cyborg Anthology (Brick Books)
Bartel, Tanja
Everyone at This Party (Goose Lane Editions)
Belot, Ross Moving to Climate Change Hours (Wolsak & Wynn)
Bickersteth, Bertrand
The Response of Weeds: Poems (NeWest Press) 
Christakos, Margaret
Charger (Talonbooks)
Clayton, Conyer We Shed Our Skin Like Dynamite (Guernica Editions)
Colman, Robert Democratically Applied Machine (Palimpsest Press)
Cooley, Dennis The Bestiary (Turnstone Press)
Cooley, Dennis cold press moon (Turnstone Press)
Cunningham, Francine
 On/Me (Caitlin Press Inc.)
Dandurand, Joseph A. I Will Not Be Corrupted (Guernica Editions)
Dennis, Michael Low Centre of Gravity (Anvil Press)
Désil, Junie eat salt | gaze at the ocean (Talonbooks)
Dillon, A. B. Murmuration (Thistledown Press)
di Saverio, Marc Crito Di Volta: An Epic (Guernica Editions)
Dubé, Peter The Headless Man (Anvil Press)
Dumont, Marilyn (ed.) Best Canadian Poetry 2020 (Biblioasis)
Dyke, Robin 64 Spurs (Bay Tidings Creations) 
Elza, Daniela
The Broken Boat (Mother Tongue)
Eng, Mercedes my yt mama (Talonbooks)
Ens, Sarah The World is Mostly Sky (Turnstone Press)
Ferguson, Joel Robert The Lost Cafeteria (Signature Editions)
Green, Abena Beloved Ode to the Unpraised (Pottersfield Press)
Haskins, David Blood Rises (Guernica Editions)
Henderson, Mathew Roguelike (Anansi)
Hill, Gerald Crooked at the Far End (Radiant Press)
Hoogland, Cornelia, with sculptures by Goodden, Ted Cosmic Bowling (Guernica Editions)
Hosein, Jennifer A Map of Rain Days (Guernica Editions)
Hunt, Ken The Manhattan Project (University of Calgary Press)
Hutchinson, Chris In the Vicinity of Riches (Goose Lane Editions)
Jones, Jessie The Fool (Goose Lane Editions)
Kane, Donna Orrery (Harbour Publishing)
Kirk, Daniel J. and Varney, Edwin (ed.) Drift: Poems and Poets from the Comox Valley (Publisher Unknown)
Klassen, Sarah
Tree of Life (Turnstone Press)
Laiwan TENDER (Talonbooks)
Lam, Fiona Tinwei Odes & Laments (Caitlin Press Inc.)
Lau, Evelyn Pineapple Express (Anvil Press)
LeBlanc, Amy I know something you don’t know (Gordon Hill Press)
Lee, Nancy What Hurts Going Down (McClelland & Stewart)
Lilley, Joanna Endlings (Turnstone Press)
Lindsay, James Double Self-Portrait (Buckrider Books, Wolsak & Wynn)
Loveys, Grant Miscreations (ECW Press)
Lubrin, Canisia The Dyzgraphxst (McClelland & Stewart) 
Ly, David Mythical Man (Palimpsest Press)
Maclean, Robert Waking to Snow (Isobar Press)
McRae, Laura K.
Were There Gazelle (Pedlar Press)
Moritz, A.F. As Far as You Know (Anansi)
Naga, Noor Washes, Prays (McClelland & Stewart)
Owen, Catherine Riven (ECW Press)
Paré, Arleen Earle Street (Talonbooks) 
Parisien, Dominik Side Effects May Include Strangers (McGill-Queen’s University Press)
Pearson, Paul Lunatic Engine (Turnstone Press)
Pflug-Back, Kelly Rose The Hammer of Witches (Caitlin Press)
Pirie, Pearl
Footlights (Radiant Press)
Prior, Michael Burning Province (McClelland & Stewart)
Quartermain, Meredith Lullabies in the Real World: Poems (NeWest Press)
Regehr, Kyeren Cult Life (Pedlar Press)
Revulva, Rasiqra Cephalopography 2.0 (Buckrider Books)
Rice, Bruce
The Vivian Poems: Street Photographer Vivian Maier (Radiant Press)
Robertson, Ray The Old Man in the Mirror Isn't Me: Last Call Haiku (Exile Editions)
Rubin, Tamar Tablet Fragments (Signature Editions)
Sharpe, Jamie Everything You Hold Dear (a misFit Books, EWC Press)
Sibum, Norm Gardens of the Interregnum (Biblioasis)
Simpson, Jaye it was never going to be okay (Nightwood Editions)
Skov-Nielsen, Emily The Knowing Animals (Brick Books)
Spenst, Kevin Hearts Amok: A Memoir in Verse (Anvil Press)
Stintzi, John Elizabeth Junebat (Anansi)
Surani, Moez Are the Rivers in Your Poems Real (Book*hug Press)
Tolmie, Sarah Check (McGill-Queen's University Press)
Turner, Lauren The Only Card in a Deck of Knives (Buckrider Books)
van Valkenburg, Anna Queen and Carcass (Anvil Press)
Waddle, Jason Awake in Dreams, Sleeping Death Away (Austin Macauley Publishers)
Warrior, M.C. Disappearing Minglewood Blues (Mother Tongue)
Wolff, Elana Swoon (Guernica Editions)


Carson, Louise The Cat Possessed (Signature Editions)
Lynch, Gerald The Dying Detective (Signature Editions)
Perreault, Annie
The Woman in Valencia (QC Fiction)

Amun: A Gathering of Indigenous Stories ed. Michel Jean, trans. Kathryn Gabinet-Kroo (Exile Editions)
Love After the End: An Anthology of Two-Spirit and Indigiqueer Speculative Fiction ed. Whitehead, Joshua (Arsenal Pulp Press)
Anderson, Raye And We Shall Have Snow (Signature Editions)
Balasa, Raluca Blood State (Renaissance Press)
Béchard, Deni Ellis A Song from Faraway (Goose Lane)
Begamudré, Ven The Teller from the Tale (Radiant Press)
Berkhout, Nina Why Birds Sing (ECW Press)
Blain, Cicely Belle
Burning Sugar (Arsenal Pulp Press)
Boxwell, Josephine
Unravelling (Guernica Editions)
Boyle, Frances Seeking Shade (The Porcupine’s Quill)
Canning, Bridget Some People's Children (Breakwater Books)
Chamberlain, Penny Songs from a Small Town (In a Minor Key) (Now Or Never Publishing)
Cole, Dustin Notice (Nightwood Editions)
Collins, Gerard The Hush Sisters (Breakwater Books)
Cooper, Paige (ed.) Best Canadian Stories 2020(Biblioasis)
Crane, Dede One Madder Woman (Freehand Books)
Croll, Su Seeing Martin (Pedlar Press)
D'Izzia, Guglielmo
The Transaction (Guernica Editions)
Dunlop, Bonnie Raft Baby (Thistledown Press)
Dunnion, Kristyn Stoop City (Biblioasis)
Ekwuyasi, Francesca
Butter Honey Pig Bread (Arsenal Pulp Press)
Enfield, Tyler Like Rum-Drunk Angels (Goose Lane)  
Eyamie, Jeffrey John Still Me: A Golf Tragedy in 18 Parts (Turnstone Press)
Farnsworth, Vanessa The Haweaters (Signature Editions)
Fortier, Jean-Michel (trans. Katherine Hastings) The Electric Baths (QC Fiction)
Friesen, Bernice Universal Disorder (Freehand Books)
Gunn, Genni Permanent Tourists (Signature Editions)
Guriel, Jason Forgotten Work (Biblioasis)
Hahnel, Lori Vermin (Great Plains Publications)
Haldoupis, Nicole Tiny Ruins (Radiant Press)
Lavigne, C.J.
In Veritas (NeWest Press)
Lax, Sharon Shattered Fossils (Guernica Editions)
Levy, Jerry The Quantum Theory of Love and Madness (Guernica Editions)  
Mahoney, Dorothy Ceaseless Rain (Palimpsest Press)
Major, Kevin Two for the Tablelands (Breakwater Books)
McFarland, Allie Disappearing in Reverse (University of Calgary Press)
McGrath, Eamon Here Goes Nothing (ECW Press)
Meyer, Bruce Down in the Ground (Guernica Editions)
Moore, Jessica The Whole Singing Ocean (Nightwood Editions)
Mootoo, Shani Polar Vortex (Book*hug, 2020)  
Morse, Garry Thomas
Yams do not exist (Turnstone Press)
Murray, Morgan Dirty Birds (Breakwater Books)
Penner, Robert G. Strange Labour (Radiant Press)
Pugsley, Alex Aubrey McKee (Biblioasis)
Purcell, Kaitlyn ?bédayine (Metatron Press)
Rogal, Stan The Comic (Guernica Editions)
Sanford Blades, Susan Fake It So Real (Nightwood Editions)
Sarris, Fotios A Foreign Country (Dumagrad Books)
Skuce, Traci Hunger Moon (NeWest Press)
Styppas, T. Occupation Child (Petra Books)
Theis, Leona If Sylvie Had Nine Lives (Freehand Books)
Tremblay, Michel (trans. Linda Gaboriau) Rite of Passage (Talonbooks)
Unger, Andrew Once Removed (Turnstone Press)
Wicks, Heidi
Melt (Breakwater Books)

Creative Nonfiction:

Pepper, Kaija Falling Into Flight: A Memoir of Life and Dance (Signature Editions)

Allen, Barney (ed. Gregory Betts) They Have Bodies (U of Ottawa Press)
Boucher, Norm Horseplay: My Time Undercover on the Granville Strip (NeWest Press)
Heighton, Steven The Virtues of Disillusionment (Athabasca University Press)
Heighton, Steven Reaching Mithymna (Biblioasis)
Kirsch, Sharon The Smallest Objective (New Star Books)
LeBlanc, Tyler
Acadian Driftwood (Goose Lane Editions)
Mitchell, Roy (ed. Scott K. Duchesne) Creative Theatre (U of Ottawa Press)
Parmar, Kamal Still Waters (Silver Bow Publishing)
Porter, Michelle
Approaching Fire (Breakwater Books Ltd.)
Roberts Lukins, Sheilah Bottoms Up: A History of Alcohol in Newfoundland and Labrador (Breakwater Books)
Skibsrud, Johanna The Poetic Imperative: A Speculative Aesthetics (McGill-Queen's Press)
Staines, David (editor) Robert Kroetsch: Essayist, Novelist, Poet (U of Ottawa Press)
Struthers, J.R. (editor) Alice Munro Country: Essays on Her Works I (Guernica Editions)
Struthers, J.R. (editor) Alice Munro Everlasting: Essays on Her Works II (Guernica Editions)