On Wednesday, May 3rd, join us as we launch our latest fiction and poetry titles at the Monarch Tavern in Toronto!
We're celebrating the publications of the latest novels from our Esplanade Books imprint, as well as the latest poetry collections from our Signal Editions imprint.
From Esplanade Books:
Tumbleweed, by Josip Novakovich
Sun of a Distant Land, by David Bouchet (translated by Claire Holden Rothman)
A Three-Tiered Pastel Dream, by Lesley Trites
From Signal Editions:
Table Manners, by Catriona Wright
Siren, by Kateri Lanthier
— The evening will be hosted by Signal Editions poetry editor Carmine Starnino.
MORE ON THE BOOKS
In this latest short-story collection Josip Novakovich explores the shallow roots of emigration as he traverses North America from university post to writing residency. These stunning stories showcase the author at his most intimate, taking on an aura of memoir as they invite us into the privacy of his family experiences. Above all, Novakovich is in search of a natural existence, whether it be living close to the land or raising animals.
The author of the critically acclaimed Ex-Yu, which illustrated the lives of those scarred by the Balkan wars, here revels in the rootlessness of America and its wide-open spaces. As a companion to Ex-Yu (2015), Tumbleweed reveals a rarefied author who is as capable of warming readers’ hearts as he is of probing the depths of global despair.
Esplanade Books | Fiction 2017 | 9781550654516
Josip Novakovich was a finalist for the 2013 Man Booker International Prize and is a recipient of the Whiting Writers’ Award and a Guggenheim Fellowship. He has published one novel, April Fool’s Day, four short story collections including, most recently, Ex-Yu and four collections of narrative essays. He has been anthologized in The Best American Poetry, The Pushcart Prize Anthology, and The O. Henry Prize Stories. He teaches Creative Writing at Concordia University, Montreal.
— Sun of a Distant Land
Translated by Claire Holden Rothman
Twelve-year-old Souleye has just immigrated to Montreal from Senegal with his family. He wants to become “from here” as quickly as possible, but Canada and Senegal prove to be two completely different worlds, and their new lives don’t unfold as planned. Beyond the daily grind of finding an apartment, schools, and jobs, young Souleye (whose only friend renames him “Soleil” – Sun) has to contend with what it means to be black in a predominantly white society, a foreigner among the locals. And that’s all before his father’s mind begins to fall apart…
Poignantly translated from the French by Claire Holden Rothman, David Bouchet’s Sun of a Distant Land is by turns charming and tragic, an epic contemporary vision of what it means to be uprooted, and what it takes to plant roots in a new land.
Esplanade Books | Fiction 2017 | 9781550654707
David Bouchet (Daouda Toubab) is an editor, writer and screenwriter. He spent most of his life in Dakar, Senegal and has lived in Montreal since 2010. Sun of a Distant Landis his first novel.
Claire Holden Rothman is a Montreal fiction writer and translator whose novels include My October(2014) and The Heart Specialist(2009). Her translation of Canada’s first novel, L’influence d’un livre (The Influence of a Book) by Philippe Aubert de Gaspé, won the John Glassco Translation Prize.
— A Three-Tiered Pastel Dream
A career-focused woman finds her life taken off course by an unexpected pregnancy and its challenging aftermath; a troubled doctor abandons her family on her daughter’s birthday, the three-tiered pastel layer cake in the passenger seat beside her; a young mother must contend with how to explain her husband’s suicide to their child. In her first story collection, Lesley Trites digs bravely into the dilemmas faced by contemporary women who must be everything to everyone, as they navigate the triangle of responsibilities between motherhood, work, and love.
Written with keen insight and deep affection, Lesley Trites’s A Three-Tiered Pastel Dream unearths pearls of wisdom from the secret lives of women who could easily live next door, drop off their kids at the same school, or work in the next cubicle.
Esplanade Books | Fiction 2017 | 9781550654646
Lesley Trites is the author of a collection of poetry, echoic mimic (Snare/Invisible 2011). Her fiction has recently appeared in carte blanche, The Tupelo Quarterly, and the anthology Salut King Kong: New English Writing from Quebec, and her non-fiction has been published in The Los Angeles Review of Books, Maisonneuve, the Montreal Review of Books, and The Montreal Gazette, among others. A finalist in the 2013 Quebec Writing Competition, Lesley grew up in Fredericton, New Brunswick and now lives in Montreal.
— Table Manners
Carnal, flamboyant, visceral and bold, Table Manners is a rich meal. Catriona Wright’s debut introduces us to the image of the poet as “gastronaut,” a figure who seems to live entirely between table and a stove and who steeps her surroundings and relationships in complex emotional flavours. “My life,” she writes, “is now tuned to bone marrow donuts and chef gossip. I’m useless at any other frequency.” Wright’s wild narratives are sometimes funny, sometimes frightening and always ravishingly observed. Table Manners is what might have emerged had Julia Child written like Sharon Olds, or if Anthony Bourdain knew his way around a line-break.
Signal Editions | Poetry 2017 | 9781550654677
Catriona Wright is a writer, editor, and teacher. Her poems have appeared in Prism International, Prairie Fire, Rusty Toque, Lemon Hound, The Best Canadian Poetry 2015, and elsewhere. She has been a finalist for The Walrus's Poetry Prize, Arc's Poem of the Year Contest, and a National Magazine Award. In 2014, she won Matrix Magazine's LitPop Award. She is the co-founder of Desert Pets Press, a chapbook press. She lives in Toronto.
Siren, Kateri Lanthier’s astonishing second book, calls us to attention. In her search for what she calls “compelling melancholy,” Lanthier’s new poems not only draw on the ghazal's history as love poetry but remind readers of the dangerous and alluring quality of the ancient form itself. The siren was a lethal yet seductive figure, and that sense of power—and as well as her fast-taking bemusement at her own reputation—is present in lines that marry unnerving dream logic to emotional fearlessness. Siren is an uncompromising achievement: an original style at once mysterious, witty and musical that refines and clarifies the world in consistently surprising ways." Call it playing with fire. Call it connect-the-dots lightning."
Signal Editions | Poetry 2017 | 9781550654660
Kateri Lanthier's work has appeared in numerous journals, including Green Mountains Review, Hazlitt and Best Canadian Poetry 2014. She was awarded the 2013 Walrus Poetry Prize. Her first book of poems is Reporting from Night (Iguana, 2011). She lives in Toronto with her family.