2014 TITLES
Flowers We Will Never Know the Names Of
long poem
by Cathy Ford
OCTOBER

"In the tradition of the sacred mass, Flowers We Will Never Know The Names Of is at once an elegant private memorial, where the names of those who were lost can be touched directly, and a fit public outcry and lament on behalf of all of Canada from coast to coast."
Roo Borson, author of Short Journey Upriver Toward Oishida and Rain; road; an open boat

“To hold history and personal testimony, inside and across the length of a poem’s long line, requires a generous intellect, patience, and a gift of music. This long poem embarks on its sacred purpose, layering elegy with the word-lists of an abecedarian. Ford, in startling imagery, in loving list-making, creates a new site of resistance to violence: the long poem’s embrace of the flower as a ritualized act of the political-lyric! Despite its sorrowful subject, this masterful blend of free verse and form is a cause for rejoicing: an invitation to every woman and man in this North America, to say: 'je me souviens'.” –Renée Sarojini Saklikar, author of children of air india, un/authorized exhibits and interjections

This new long poem by an important Canadian poet is about love and grief, a palimpsest against violence and loss. Written in the language of flowers, reimagining the alphabet of floral symbols, and their meaning, it marks the 25th anniversary of the murders of fourteen women students at Montreal's L'École Polytechnique, on December 6, 1989, a history-changing event. It is an incantation, a chant, a protest, memento mori, an invocation, a prayer for peace organized in fourteen sections. This bouquet challenges the precision of syntax, liberates lyric and provokes the spell-checker. Common flower names are transformed, and old familiar names evocatively rewritten especially using enjambment, a passionate and strikingly female device.
Cathy Ford is the author of fifteen books of poetry and numerous chapbooks and folios, including poetry, long poems, fiction and memoir, published by blewointment press, Intermedia Press, Caitlin Press, Véhicule Press, Harbour Publishing, gynergy books, Mother Tongue Publishing and others.

She was born in Saskatchewan, grew up in northern British Columbia and has lived for many years in the Southern Gulf Islands and in Sidney, B.C. She attended the University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University and has a BFA and an MFA in Creative Writing. Cathy Ford served as President of the League of Canadian Poets and is a founding member of the Feminist Caucus of the LCP. She is also matron and editor of the Living Archives Series of chapbook publications. She was the elected LCP representative to Access Copyright for four years, working to improve respect for the individual creator’s copyright and to increase cultural recognition through fair compensation for use of copyright materials. A member of the League of Canadian Poets, The Writer's Union of Canada and a supporter of PEN Canada, she is a community and arts activist committed to world peace, addressing the issues of violence against women and children and seeking to improve the status of women, especially writers and artists in Canada and internationally.


ISBN 978-1-896949-48-2
5.5 x 7.75, 75 pages
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M.E.:
A Portrayal of Emily Carr
Edythe Hembroff-Schleicher
Introduction by Susan Crean


Back in Print: the Classic Personal Portrait of Emily Carr
 
M.E. A Portrayal of Emily Carr is a rare and moving study of an artist’s struggle against despair and loneliness and an intimate portrayal of the close friendship between Edythe and Emily. The two artists were good friends and met not long after Edythe had returned from Paris where she had studied art. Written as a friendly appreciation of the character of Emily Carr, rather than her life, Edythe Hembroff-Schleicher’s rendering was described in reviews of the time as “a fond memoir, well-written, a modest and excellent little book, throws new light on her methods of painting and describes the humourous adventures of camping with Emily Carr.” It also contains edited versions of 20 letters written by Carr to her friend, and the cover features a rare painting of Carr recently discovered. M.E. was first published in 1969 and has been out of print for years.
 
Edythe Hembroff-Schleicher (1906–1994) was a painter and writer from Victoria. She studied art in Paris, travelled widely and became a good friend of Emily’s (and her only sketching partner). Edythe authored Emily Carr: The Untold Story and was the Provincial Consultant on Emily Carr. The Life and Art of Edythe Hembroff-Schleicher, by Christina Johnson-Dean, was published by MTP in 2013.
 
Art/Memoir
5 x 7.75", 138 pages
978-1-896949-33-8 | paperback • $18.95
February 2014

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Gone South and Other Ways to Disappear
Eight debut short stories
by Julia Leggett
OCTOBER

"A smart, surefooted collection that will steal your heart. Julia Leggett's debut offers engaging stories about the choices between love and despair with swift and sharp insights, page after page."Eufemia Fantetti, author of A Recipe for Disaster & Other Unlikely Tales of Love

"'Get a grip.' Going South is young lives plunging at jet speeds into the blue yonder, where clouds, 'injected with winter' are more than mere pixels.  Firing up epiphanies from lightning bolts and too much sun, sinister risks that move us from text to the heart of being, Leggatt justifies the ongoing importance of storytelling. For a generation used to thinking with its thumbs, her characters 'vanish into ordinary moments' that show us how to survive rapid life transitions and why we are still a prehensile species, holding on."Linda Rogers, author of The Empress Trilogy

A collection of eight sharply imaginative short stories that focus on women’s relationships with their bodies, their lovers, their female friends, and their health. After an overweight cubicle worker takes a diet pill she loses sixty pounds in eight hours and her relationships with other women begins to change. A bossy stay-at-home mom’s husband leaves her for a younger woman, and while trying to make sense of her suddenly altered life, she has an otherworldly experience. A young therapist struggles to face her terminal cancer diagnosis as her body slowly gives out. While on vacation in Italy, a successful copy editor who longs to escape from her life follows a stranger home. These are just a few of the captivating characters that inhabit Julia Leggett’s stunning first book of fiction.

Julia Leggett was born in Calgary but grew up in Zimbabwe. She has an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia. She has served on the poetry editorial board for PRISM international Magazine. Her work has appeared in Force Field: 77 Women Poets of British Columbia, edited by Susan Musgrave (Mother Tongue Publishing, 2013). She lives in Victoria, B.C., where she is working on her Master's in Counselling Psychology and a book of poetry.

ISBN 978-1-896949-39-0
5.5 x 7.75, 200 pages
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Grayling, a debut novella by Gillian Wigmore

"…a spirited  journey story I found as irresistible as the powerful river that carries us through the beautiful and treacherous northern landscape."
Jack Hodgins author of, The Master of Happy Endings, Broken Ground, A Passion For Narrative.

After surviving a health crisis, Jay heads to the remote and challenging Dease River in Northwestern BC for a two week canoe and fishing journey, but is unprepared for the mysterious stranger who becomes his passenger.  A lean and intense tale that takes the reader to haunting depths.  A seminal and brilliant addition to a neglected genre.

Gillian Wigmore is the author of three books of poems: soft geography (Caitlin Press, 2007), winner of the 2008 ReLit Award, Dirt of Ages (Nightwood, 2012), and Orient, (Brick Books, 2014). This is her first work of fiction.  Her writing has been published in magazines, short listed for prizes, and anthologized.  She lives in Prince George, BC. 

5 x 7.75", 118 pages
978-1-896949-37-6 | paperback | $16.95
April 2014

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THE LIFE AND ART OF HARRY AND JESSIE WEBB  by Adrienne Brown 
Introduction by Robert R. Reid 


Unheralded Artists of BC #7

Harry (1927-1995) and Jessie Webb (1930-2011) were among an influential group of artists, poets and musicians working in Vancouver in the 1950s. For nearly a decade, they collaborated on a series of innovative progressive prints made with linoleum blocks. Their works were featured in exhibitions at the Vancouver Art Gallery and in publications throughout the 1950s. They were also very involved in the local jazz scene, designing posters for the legendary Cellar Jazz Club. In later years, Harry became a landscape architect, and Jessie continued with her printmaking and painting and designing murals. Leonard Forest featured the couple in his 1964 National Film Board documentary, In Search of Innocence, that profiled Vancouver artists and jazz musicians. Their fascinating story is being told by their daughter for the first time.

Adrienne Brown
is a landscape architect and garden designer. She is the creator/editor of the Web Atlas of Landscape Architecture in B.C. www.sitelines.org/webatlas, on-line since 2005 .Her articles and book reviews have appeared in Landscapes/Paysages, SABMag, Sitelines and the Vancouver Sun. Born in Vancouver, and educated at the BC Institute of Technology and Simon Fraser University, she is past-President of the British Columbia Society of Landscape Architects and a Fellow of the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects. Adrienne lives in North Vancouver with her husband David and their daughters. This is her first book.

Robert R. Reid established the first “private press” in Canada in 1949 when he handset and printed a limited edition book while attending university. He set up the first avante garde job printing shop in Canada where he introduced modern typographic design to printing he did for Vancouver’s burgeoning art world. Later he taught graphic design at the Vancouver School of Art, was the Director of Design and Production at McGill University Press in Montreal for 10 years, and in 1974 he moved to New York, where he packaged books with the major publishers for 23 years. “Retiring” to Vancouver in 1997, he has produced six volumes of his memoirs entitled Printing: A Lifetime Addiction.  The Robert R. Reid Award and Medal is given by the Alcuin Society to recognize lifetime achievement or extraordinary contributions to the book arts in Canada.

Exhibition at the West Vancouver Museum: Art in the Age of Jazz: Harry Webb and Jessie Webb, September 16th to December 6th, 2014 
 
ISBN 978-1-896949-41-3
$34.95| 144 pgs| 120 colour and b & w plates
Trade paperback with French flaps | 9.5” x 8”
June 2014

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