The Last Word is a snapshot of the next generation of Canadian poets, the poets who will be taught in schoolsNvoices reflecting the '90s and a new type of writing sensibility. The anthology brings together 51 poets from across Canada, reaching into different regional, ethnic, sexual and social groups. This varied and volatile collection pushes the notion of an anthology to its limits, like a startling Polaroid. Proceeds from the sale of The Last Word will go to Frontier College, in support of literacy, programs across the country.
Rinaldo Walcott's groundbreaking study of black culture in Canada, Black Like Who?, caused such an uproar upon its publication in 1997 that Insomniac Press has decided to publish a second revised edition of this perennial best-seller. With its incisive readings of hip-hop, film, literature, social unrest, sports, music and the electronic media, Walcott's book not only assesses the role of black Canadians in defining Canada, it also argues strenuously against any notion of an essentialist Canadian blackness. As erudite on the issue of American super-critic Henry Louis Gates' blindness to black Canadian realities as he is on the rap of the Dream Warriors and Maestro Fresh Wes, Walcott's essays are thought-provoking and always controversial in the best sense of the word. They have added and continue to add immeasurably to public debate.
Told through a series of increasingly frantic e-mails to her mentor, E-Mails from the Edge traces the circuitous career of Constance Beaman, MBA, a middling middle manager at a mega-multinational corporation. Constance works in a world she never encountered in business school: the real world. She is bounced among a kaleidoscopic assortment of bosses, squeezed through the merger ringer, shaken by excruciating exercises in team building, and forced to exude passion against her will.
Arty Wall is crumbling. Like a city on the verge of collapse, his life has become a fragmented and chaotic mess, destined for ruin. He can barely hang onto his job as an urban planner in Toronto. Though his city is thriving, he is failing. He's broke and overweight. He's addicted to food and slot machines. He spends hours in public washrooms, deciphering messages written on the walls. His wife, star of the home renovation show, Reno T.O., leaves him. His father dies building condos. His mother--walled in by Alzheimer's--lives in a nursing home he can't afford. His militant, graffiti-artist niece takes over his apartment with her girlfriend, Zappa. His nephew is planning to vandalize every ma...
Do you want to change your life? Are you prepared to put time in to you to make it happen? Would you like to be shown how to get started? If you answered yes to those three questions, then this is the book for you. I will guide you into the world of 'Self Help' Books. It is a jungle out there and it can be difficult knowing where to start. Different people teach different things, they are all there to help you but it is possible to read the wrong type of book for you that will not help you. Follow me on my journey and see what mistakes I have made along the way, hopefully you won't then make them yourself. Let me introduce you to my Teachers and Mentors. I'll tell you what they taught me. I am on the journey to change my life. I haven't got to where I want to be yet but I am well on my way. If you would like to join me you are welcome. This book is for people who are looking to get started and are in need of direction.
Elegant tomboys, academic femmes, small town kisses, and international dykes; road trip encounters and scenes from a straight bar; questions arising from an in-between culture; the music of travel and hotel room orgasms. Crossing race, culture, and gender constraints, No Margins leads the reader through the lushness of lesbian life and the vastness of Canadian experience.
With two of North America's most notorious serial killer / sex slayers as its focus, Lynn Crosbie's novel, Paul's Case, dissects and pathologizes the horrific world of Paul Bernardo and Karla Homolka. In the true-crime tradition of Norman Mailer and a host of others, this book is a remarkable work of theoretical fiction that sensitively, imaginatively, and systematically analyses the abduction and murder of Bernardo and Homolka's innocent victims while exploring, in startlingly graphic detail, the cultural effects of the shocking revelations and controversy surrounding the capture, trial, testimony, videotape evidence, and incarceration of the almost unthinkable monstrous pair. This is compelling, moving, impossible work: a book which will shock, terrify, and anger you: a book which will break your heart and change you. You will never forget Paul's Case.
Using nature as both model and metaphor, Toronto resident Olive Senior delves into birds, flying, and Caribbean life in her third book of poems. Following her much-loved collections, Gardening in the Tropics and Talking of Trees, this long-awaited book of poems is sure to delight readers around the world. Translated into several languages, represented in numerous anthologies, and broadcast in Canada, Britain, and the Caribbean, Senior's work enjoys international acclaim. Her work is taught at universities around the world, and her short story collection, Summer Lightning, has been a literature textbook in Caribbean schools. She has taught creative writing workshops at universities in Canada, the US, the UK, and the Caribbean, and is on the faculty of the Humber School for Writers.
lATE cAPITALIST sUBLIME marks the d(r)but of Ryan Kamstra, heir apparent to the dissenting tradition in Canadian poetry. Thematically echoing overtly political poets such as Milton Acorn, F.R. Scott and Dorothy Livesay, Kamstra's streetwise poetry bears witness to a superficial world, which is relieved only by the occasional glimmer of a resilient human spirit.