The No-Sale Sale Shopping Suggestion: Shop by Theme

Shop our books by theme

From now till December 31, when you buy two Invisible Publishing books from your favourite indie booksellers, we’ll send you a free, limited-edition SURPRISE in the mail! It’s all part of The No-Sale Sale and our invitation to you to buy local! All details here.

We promised suggestions, and here we go! Next up: shop by theme!

Book covers for Surfaces and OO

Vispo Starter Pack
OO: Typewriter Poems: “WTF does Dani Spinosa think she is doing copying all these (mostly) male poets? … Rarely has mimicry been used to such high-level hermeneutic ends.”—Johanna Drucker

Surfaces, Alcuin Society Awards for Excellence in Book Design in Canada: “In Canada […] there are poets to stun like Eric Schmaltz.”— Ian Williams, winner, Scotiabank Giller Prize

Book covers for Searching for Terry Punchout and The Utility of Boredom

Searching for Terry Punchout: “Tyler Hellard’s stellar debut hit me like an errant stick to the head. A big story set in a small town, by turns funny and sad, moving and melancholy…long after the final buzzer. Masterful.”—Terry Fallis, two-time winner of the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour

The Utility of Boredom: Baseballs Essays: “Taking his cues from Susan Sarandon’s character in Bull Durham, who worships at ‘the Church of Baseball,’ secular humanist Andrew Forbes finds something close to religion in everything from Jose Bautista’s bat flip to the Billy Ripken error card.”—Quill & Quire

Book covers for Hot, Wet, and Shaking, Be Scared of Everything, Enya, and The Truth About Facts

Hot Takes
Hot, Wet, and Shaking: How I Learned to Talk About Sex, winner of the Evelyn Richardson Non-fiction Award: “Kayleigh Trace’s Hot, Wet and Shaking is…a funny, fast and absorbing read; powerful, empowering, and so important.”—Kerry Clare, Waiting for a Star to Fall

Be Scared of Everything: “Peter Counter’s brilliant essay collection Be Scared of Everything is a poetic and deeply thoughtful exploration of all the ways that horror permeates our everyday life, in ways both mundane and profound.”—Rue Morgue

Enya: A Treatise on Unguilty Pleasures: “Chilly Gonzales delves beyond Enya’s innumerable gold discs and millions of fans to excavate his own enthusiasm for her singular music and the mysterious musician herself, and along the way uncovers new truths about the nature of music, fame, success, and the artistic endeavour.”

The Truth About Facts, longlisted for the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award: “Capital-f Facts and aphoristic lyrics dot these pages, stepping stones of thought that Bart Vautour hops deftly across. Each poem reveals a smart and thoughtful mind in motion, and there is as much playfulness here as there is necessary critique.”—Sachiko Murakami

Book covers for Lands and Forests and Gold Rush

Cli-fi Adjacent
Lands and Forests: “Andrew Forbes digs beneath stunning, wild landscapes to find all of the unhappiness buried there, unearthing life’s cruel disappointments and splaying them out on the dirt one by one. These are bleak, sharp, ruthless stories, and I loved them.”—Jessica Westhead, Things Not to Do

Gold Rush: “Claire Caldwell is an environmental doomsayer, but she’s also a comedic, antic storyteller, and she’s great at dark endings. Wilderness women are her storytellers; they speak with the melancholy of country music.”—John Irving (the very one)

Book covers for This Keeps Happening, Sweet Affliction, How to Get Along With Women, and Swimmers in Winter

Shorts in Winter
How to Get Along with Women, longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize: “[Elisabeth de Mariaffi’s short stories are a] finely written collection exploring the ways our identities, our most intimate relationships and our experiences can be shaped by the world we inhabit, a world mapped by dynamics of power.”—

This Keeps Happening: “In her darkly entertaining debut collection, H.B. Hogan brings us tales of people who find themselves on the wrong side of the social divide.”—Toronto Star

Swimmers in Winter: “[T]ense and heartbreaking, the stories in Swimmers in Winter are also dynamic and sexy. Faye Guenther shines a light on queer women and their experiences in an honest way that isn’t done enough in literature.”—This Magazine

Sweet Affliction: “[H]as the ability to make you bark with laughter, choke back sobs, and gasp in wonder, sometimes in the span of a few lines.”—Quill & Quire

Book covers for The Union of Smokers, Saints, Unexpected, and I Can Hear You, Can You Hear Me?

Young or Nostalgic Narrators
The Union of Smokers: “[The novel is told] from the point-of-view of a twelve-year-old boy who has a narrative voice like nothing you’ve read before. He is wise beyond his years, but not entirely. And the novel takes place over a single day. […] [It’s] tender and sad, sweet and funny…and, basically, it is unforgettable!”—CBC, Ontario Morning

Saints, Unexpected, finalist for the Hamilton Literary Award for Fiction: “This small gem of a novel [by Brent van Staalduinen] will stay with you long after you finish reading. It’s a mystery, a love story, a family drama, and it has just enough magic to keep you hooked to the last page.”—Annabel Lyon, Consent

I Can Hear You, Can You Hear Me?: “Joy comes through clearly and gives the reader permission to relax into the experience of the poems rather than analyze them, which, for me, is a favourite place to be.”—Conyer Clayton, Canthius

Book covers for The Last White House, The Fairy Tale Museum, and Even That Wildest Hope

Modern Fairy Tales
Even That Wildest Hope, longlisted for the Sunburst Award for Adult Fiction: “Seyward Goodhand’s collection takes on a Grimm fairytale-like approach to the short story. … it’s so rooted in normal human desires and normal human tropes and feelings.”—CBC, The Next Chapter

The Fairy Tale Museum: “A beautifully written book of short prose invites the reader to relax and explore the curated ‘collections’ of pieces. It is a book you can, like a museum, come back to again and again and discover something new each time.”—Prairie Fire Review of Books

The Last White House at the End of the Row of White Houses: “Surreal, off-the-wall, funny — Stuart Ross’s influence is apparent in many of the poems — they are also deep, thoughtful and edgy. We feel better about the apocalypse after reading them.”—Kingston Whig Standard

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