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Category Archives: Books

Corporate Personhood, Alien, and Chest-bursting Dreams

Blog post title text, "Corporate Personhood," along with the cover image of Be Scared of Everything, by Peter Counter

This has been a seriously joyful season for the launch of Peter Counter’s essay collection, Be Scared of Everything. The Globe and Mail recently included it in their selection of pop culture titles to gift this season, alongside Bernard De Koven (The Infinite Playground), Lindy West (Shit, Actually), Melissa Maerz (Alright, Alright, Alright), Claire McNear… Continue Reading Corporate Personhood, Alien, and Chest-bursting Dreams

Editor’s View: On Prologue to Love

To mark the publication of Prologue to Love, series editor Bart Vautour considers what makes Martha Ostenso’s 1930s novel as relevant and interesting now as it was when it was first released. Happy publication day! Perhaps it’s somewhat odd to write in present tense about the publication of a book that was first published almost… Continue Reading Editor’s View: On Prologue to Love

Excerpt: Interviews with My Family Ouija Board

Text reads: Read an Excerpt from Be Scared of Everything, a collection of horror essays by Peter County, against an orange background, plus the blue book cover.

The essays in Peter Counter’s Be Scared of Everything blend non-fiction, narrative memoir, and criticism about the horror genre, built on the premise that there is great personal value in the contemplation of entertainment and literature, especially the spooky stuff. We hope you come to find value in the macabre. In Peter’s words, this book… Continue Reading Excerpt: Interviews with My Family Ouija Board

Editor’s View: On Enya

To mark the publication of Enya: A Treatise on Unguilty Pleasures, series editor Del Cowie reflects on the decision to acquire Chilly Gonzales’s irreverent book about Enya and musical taste for the Bibliophonic series. When I first heard that Montreal-born, Berlin-based maverick pianist Chilly Gonzales had written a book about the enigmatic and mysterious Irish… Continue Reading Editor’s View: On Enya

Editor’s View: On Be Scared of Everything

To celebrate the publication of Be Scared of Everything: Horror Essays, editor Andrew Faulkner looks back on the personal and literary transformations that occurred within—and beyond—the book. Confession: I edited a book called Be Scared of Everything: Horror Essays and I don’t like horror.  Or, at least, I didn’t like horror.  Then I met Peter… Continue Reading Editor’s View: On Be Scared of Everything

Translator’s View: On Daniil and Vanya

To celebrate the publication of Daniil and Vanya, translator Michelle Winters reflects on the surprisingly visceral experience of translating Marie-Hélène Larochelle’s novel into English. Before I tell you about translating Daniil and Vanya, It’s important you know that I’ve watched The Human Centipedes I through III. The grisly discovery in the farmer’s field – I’m the first online to… Continue Reading Translator’s View: On Daniil and Vanya

Read an excerpt from Swimmers in Winter

Certain Women meets The Mars Room in Swimmers in Winter, a sharp and stylistic debut collection by Faye Guenther published in August 2020. Swimmers in Winter swirls between real and imagined pasts and futures to delve into our present cultural moment. These are soul-searching, plot-driven character studies. Read an excerpt from the story “Flood Lands”… Continue Reading Read an excerpt from Swimmers in Winter

Read an excerpt from Daniil and Vanya

Scrapbook-style image of the cover for the novel Daniil and Vanya to introduce a free excerpt.

In October 2020, we published the English translation of Daniil and Vanya, by Marie-Hélène Larochelle, translated by Michelle Winters (finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize for I Am a Truck). Emma and Gregory travel to Russia to adopt a pair of twin boys. As the children become teenagers, they display a worrying lack of empathy,… Continue Reading Read an excerpt from Daniil and Vanya

Editor’s View: On Swimmers In Winter

A black speech bubble holds the words Editor's View: Swimmers in Winter and a cover of the book Swimmers in Winter on an ipad screen.

To celebrate the publication day for Swimmers in Winter, editor Bryan Ibeas reflects back on the characters and circumstances that make Faye Guenther’s book so compelling. It’s been a few months and an eternity since I last worked with Faye on Swimmers in Winter, so looking back at the book is proving to be an… Continue Reading Editor’s View: On Swimmers In Winter

County Heirlooms Contributor Map

Image of am iphone showing a Google map imposed over an old-timey map of Prince Edward County. Text reads The County Heirlooms Google Map

So what if Sandbanks is full? We’ve put together a Google map to help you find many of the contributors featured in County Heirlooms: Recipes and Reflections from Prince Edward County. This map features farmers, chefs, restaurants, and other producers of delicious things. We hope you’ll visit them in person as their opening hours permit… Continue Reading County Heirlooms Contributor Map