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'Birdie' soars to new heights with 'bigelegance' and quiet strength

Birdie

by Tracey Lindberg
(HarperCollins Publishers,
2015;
22.99)

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Tracey Lindberg's debut novel Birdie is a celebration of Cree communities centered around the coming of age of a complex female protagonist.

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| December 17, 2015

'Night Moves' brings new light to the shadows of Canada's North

Night Moves

by Richard Van Camp
(Enfield & Wizenty,
2015;
$19.95 )

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"Why do you place such haunting red hand prints throughout all of your paintings?" asks one character to another in 'Skull.Full.Of.Rust' one of the many short stories in Dene author Richard Van Camp's latest collection, Night Moves.

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Restoring disturbed nature: Two debut books of Canadian poetry

Infinite Citizen of the Shaking Tent; A New Index for Predicting Catastrophes

by Liz Howard; Madhur Anand
(McClelland & Stewart,
2015;
$18.95)

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| August 17, 2015

Amber Dawn connects luxury and logic between body and soul

Where the words end and my body begins

by Amber Dawn
(Arsenal Pulp Press,
2015;
$14.95)

The first time I read Amber Dawn's Where the Words End and My Body Begins, I was standing over my kitchen counter peeling and eating tangerines. It wasn't my plan to dive in right away but I didn't want to do the dishes and it had just come in the mail, replete with a soft pastel cover that is at once sugary and arcane, paradisal and dismal.

There I was with wet fingers, slurping all over this freshly published collection.

"you never considered yourself femme"

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128 km later: How to hold on after your life doesn't make sense

The Walking Man

by Paul Dore
(Iguana Books,
2015;
$19.99)

"Lemme just get this out of the goddam way; I'm nervous as all hell. Nervous because you may or may not relate to the mess that follows."

This is how Paul Dore's debut novel, The Walking Man, opens: an intimate conversation with the narrator, our unnamed protagonist. A bundle of nerves, the character spills out his anxieties, struggles with depression, fears of opening up to people, of never finding love.

This book is that over-sharing friend we all have, and yet readers should not be intimidated or scared off by its candidness.

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