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.



2022 Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers,  short fiction judge Patrick James Errington, poetry judge Teya Hollier
Acker, Maleea Hesitating Once to Feel Glory (Harbour Publishing)
Annharte Miskwagoode (New Star Books)
Barwin, Gary and Prime, Tom Bird Arsonist (New Star Books)
Bige, Tawahum Cut to Fortress: Poems (Nightwood Editions)
bissett, bill
its th sailors life/still in treetment (Talonbooks)
Brett, Brian To Your Scattered Bodies Go (Exile Editions)
Calder, Alison Synaptic (University of Regina Press)
Clayton, Conyer But the sun, and the ships, and the fish, and the waves (Anvil Press)
Currie, RobertShimmers of Light: New and Selected Poems (Thistledown Press)
Drury, Ivan Un (Talonbooks)
Farr, Roger After Villon (New Star Books)
Fraser, Michael The Day-Breakers (Biblioasis)
Goobie, Beth Lookin’ For Joy (Exile Editions)
Halfe, Louise B. - Sky Dancer Bear Bones & Feathers (Brick Books)
Henderson, Brian unfinishing (McGill-Queen’s University Press)
Jenoff, Marvyne Climbing the Rain (Silver Bow Publishing)
Jerome, Gillian Nevertheless: Walking Poems (Harbour Publishing)
Karasik, Daniel Sarah Plenitude (Book*hug Press)
Kirton, Jónína Standing in a River of Time (Talonbooks)
Kreuter, Aaron
Shifting Baseline Syndrome (University of Regina Press)
Lake, Avery Horrible Dance (Brick Books)
Lee, Nanci
Hsin (Brick Books)
MacLean, Robert
Wintermoon (Isobar Press)
McDonald, Frederick Dreams and Journeys (Harbour Publishing)
Mootoo, ShaniCane | Fire (Book*hug Press)
Morin, Gustave Gongo Dodan (New Star Books)
Neilson, Shane
 You May Not Take the Sad and Angry Consolations (Goose Lane Editions)
Nolan, Heather Land of the Rock: Talamh an Carraig (Breakwater Books)
Norris, Ken and Bruce Whiteman Reading Wide And Deep: The Canadian Long Poem (ECW Press)
Power, Melanie
Full Moon of Afraid and Craving (McGill-Queens University Press)
Sinclair, Sue Almost Beauty: New and Selected Poems (Goose Lane Editions)
Strang, Catriona Unfuckable Lardass (Talonbooks)
Surkan, Neil
 Unbecoming (McGill-Queen’s University Press)
Todkill, Anne Marie Orion Sweeping (Brick Books)
Trussler, Michael The History Forest (University of Regina Press)
Vincent, John Emil Bitter in the Belly (McGill-Queen’s University Press)
Van Loon, Jean Nuclear Family (McGill-Queen’s University Press)
Webb-Campbell, Shannon
Lunar Tides (Book*hug Press)
Wee, Natalie Beast at Every Threshold (Arsenal Pulp Press)
Wheaton, Margo Rags of Night in Our Mouths (McGill-Queen’s University Press)



2022 Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers short fiction judge Patrick James Errington, poetry judge Teya Hollier
Beirne, Luke Francis Foxhunt (Baraka Books)
Blouin, Michael I Am Billy The Kid (Anvil Press)
Bose, Rana
Shaf and the Remington (Baraka Books)
Byggdin, K.R. Wonder World (Great Plains Publications)
Calderone, Andrew Borders in the Sand (AOS Publishing)
Chislett, Nancy
Bombing The Moon (Now or Never Publishing)
Côté, Emma
Unrest (Anvil Press)
Doyle, Terry The Wards (Breakwater Books)
Fagan, Cary
The Animals (Book*hug Press)
Frayne, Jill
Why I’m Here (NeWest Press) 
Greeley, Meghan
Hunger (Breakwater Books) 
Holdstock, Pauline Confessions With Keith (Biblioasis)
Jirgens, Karl
The Razor’s Edge (The Porcupine’s Quill)
McCluskey, Elaine
Raphael Has Pretty Eyes (Goose Lane Editions)
McEwen, Jim Fearnoch (Breakwater Books Ltd)
Peck, Frances
The Broken Places (NeWest Press)
Rivard, Ken Canal Watch (Mosaic Press)
Sinclair, Michelle
Almost Visible (Baraka Books)
Steeves, Mike Bystander (Book*hug Press)  
Sweatman, Margaret The Gunsmith’s Daughter (Goose Lane Editions)
Tamayose, Darcy Ezra’s Ghosts (NeWest Press)
Woo, Dan K. Taobao: Stories (Wolsak and Wynn)
Yetman, Derek The Yankee Privateer (Breakwater Books) 

Creative Nonfiction:


Resonance: Essays on the Craft and the Life of Writing edited by Andrew Chesham and Laura Farina (Anvil Press)
Claytor, Jon Take the Long Way Home (Conundrum Press)
Dalton, Mary The Vernacular Strain in Newfoundland Poetry (Breakwater Books)
Donaldson, Jesse and Dyck, Erika The Acid Room: The Psychedelic Trials and Tribulations of Hollywood Hospital (Anvil Press)
Hawker, Brian The Crooked Path: Colonization To Decolonization (New Federation House)
Khalili, Hassan A Life Spent Listening (Breakwater Books)
Kostash, Myrna Ghosts in a Photograph (NeWest Press)
Macpherson, Margaret Tracking the Caribou Queen: Memoir of a Settler Girlhood (NeWest Press)
Potvin, Lorrie Horses in the Sand (Inanna Publications)
Queyras, Sina Rooms: Women, Writing, Woolf (Coach House Books)
Simonds, Merilyn Woman, Watching: Louise de Kiriline Lawrence and the Songbirds of Pimisi Bay (ECW Press)
Trussler, Michael The Sunday Book (Palimpsest Press)
Whitehead, Joshua Making Love with the Land (Penguin Randomhouse Canada)
Willcock, Kathryn Up the Coast: One Family's Wild Life in the Forests of British Columbia (NeWest Press)