Mother Muse
Lorna Goodison

Lorna Goodison’s first poetry collection to be published in Canada in over nine years, Mother Muse heralds the return of a major voice. The poems in Goodison’s new book move boldly and range widely; here are praise songs alongside laments; autobiography shares pages with the collective past. In her exquisitely lyrical evocations of Jamaican lore and tradition, Goodison has always shown another side of history. While celebrating a wide cross-section of women—from Mahalia Jackson to Sandra Bland—Mother Muse focuses on two under-regarded “mothers” in Jamaican music: Sister Mary Ignatius, who nurtured many of Jamaica's most gifted musicians, and celebrated dancer Anita “Margarita” Mahfood. These important figures lead a collection of formidable scope and intelligence, one that seamlessly blends the personal and the political.

The Family Way
Christopher DiRaddo

The year Paul turns forty, his friends Wendy and Eve ask him to help them get pregnant. Nothing about the process feels natural to him. But for a gay man of a certain age, making a family still means finding your own way through a world with few ready answers. The eighteen-month journey reveals many insights about Paul’s past and present, from his strained relationship to his father, his overprotective relationship with his partner Michael, and the many friends around him whom he considers his family.
Fathers at Hockey
Richard Sanger

“Richard Sanger’s new book begins with father and son depart­ing on the mythic early morning quest and then plunges us into the dirty realism of the rink. There are skittish pucks, ancient Sherwoods, inappropriate mums, elaborate excuses for losers (and Leafs), the rink as blank slate or the genetic showcase kids can’t escape. The key theme is the way we use stories to explain reality—including the games we lose—to ourselves, and our children.” — Linda Hutcheon

“Richard Sanger’s Fathers at Hockey is a brilliant and accurate evocation of the unique world dads and their kids enter when they find ice, outdoors or in. It’s all here, the bad coffee, aching cold, throat-catching moments of desperate hope and prayer.” — Roy Macgregor

“How does he encompass so much—from the numinous mystery of ice to a rink side chat with Umberto Eco—in a clutch of relaxed, mind-stretching, gut-punching poems about taking your kid to his games? I love this collection.” — Rick Salutin

Fathers at Hockey shows Richard Sanger at the top of his game: formally inventive and various, eloquent, unsentimental, funny, unconventionally beautiful. Everything this reader looks for in poetry.” — Steven Heighton.

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Lockdown Fiction Bundle


While most of us re-enter lockdown life, we have a special fiction bundle to keep you company!

For $40 (plus GST and $5 flat rate shipping in Canada) you'll receive these three great reads:

A Three-Tiered Pastel Dream by Leslie Trites

"Characterized by delicacy in style and in form, Trites's writing leaves a reader better attuned to what, in stories and in life, often goes unsaid and unnoticed." - Danielle Barkley, Montreal Review of Books

Sun of a Distant Land by David Bouchet translated by Claire Holden Rothman

"With its skilled writing, nuanced characterizations, and fascinating discussions of the linguistic and cultural differences between Quebec and Senegal – Bouchet was born in France and raised in Senegal and speaks fluent Wolof – it feels like the kind of novel we need more of." - JC Sutcliffe, Canadian Notes & Queries

The Deserters by Pamela Mulloy

"Sparely and beautifully written, The Deserters is a story not of escape but of the deep, human need to belong to a place, and to one another." —Helen Humphreys

Saving the City
Daniel Sanger

The rise to power of one of Canada’s most progressive municipal movements in recent memory.

When it was dreamed up in the early 2000s by a transportation bureaucrat with a quixotic dream of bringing tramways back to the streets of Montreal, few expected Projet Montréal to go anywhere. But a decade and a half later, the party was a grassroots powerhouse with an ambitious agenda that had taken power at city hall—after dumping its founder, barely surviving a divisive leadership campaign and earning the ire of motorists across Quebec.

Projet Montréal aspired to transform Montreal into a green, human-scale city with few, if any equal in North America. Equal parts reportage, oral history and memoir, Saving the City chronicles what the party did right, where it failed, and where it’s headed. Written from the perspective of someone who worked for Projet Montréal’s administration for almost a decade, Daniel Sanger’s book draws on dozens of interviews with other actors in the party and on the municipal scene, past and present.

A highly readable history of Montreal municipal politics over the past 30 years, Saving the City will also discuss issues of interest to city-dwellers across Canada. Are political parties at the municipal level a good thing? Is Montreal’s borough system a model for other big cities? What are the best ways to control urban car use? What is the optimum width for a sidewalk? The best kind of street tree? And why free parking is a terrible idea.

Press

On Fear the Mirror:
"The collection resonates with childhood recollections, poetry, historical references, and intriguing characters, not the least of whom are a strong-minded mother and an elusive grandmother. The memoirist narratives in this collection are rich in rhythms that reveal lives complicated by war, displacement, and immigration." – Montreal Review of Books

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The Family Way:
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On Book of Wings:
"Tawhida Tanya Evanson's first novel is a stunning testament to how the grief of heartbreak can bring us back to who we are." - Sheniz Janmohamed, Quill & Quire "Evanson is a seasoned poet, spoken word performer, and oral storyteller, and her craft is evident in this first work of prose fiction." - Helen Chau Bradley, Montreal Review of Books

On My Mother, My Translator:
“A powerful and moving memoir, kinetic in its tracing of the various impacts of inherited trauma through several generations of Jaspreet Singh's family living through Partition and Sikh massacre in India to himself here in Canada. Through a series of digressions, both playful and deeply serious, My Mother, My Translator

News

DECEMBER NEWSLETTER (click for link)
Happy holidays! Two of our books are Quill & Quire Books of the Year: Book of Wings and My Mother, My Translator. Roundup of reviews, the Spring 2022 catalogue, and more!

World French-language rights sold for HOTLINE
>Hotline, Dimitri Nasrallah’s fourth novel, a vivid elegy to Montreal in the 1980s, is his most intimate offering to date. Véhicule Press has already sold world French rights to Nasrallah’s long-standing French-language publisher La Peuplade. Daniel Grenier’s translation will come out not only in Quebec, but also France, Belgium and Switzerland.

OCTOBER NEWSLETTER (click for link)
Fall books are here! Antonyms for Daughter by Jenny Boychuk, Open Your Heartby Alexie Morin, Fear the Mirrorby Cora Siré, and My Mother, My Translatorby Jaspreet Singh!

SEPTEMBER NEWSLETTER (click for link)
We launch Hallelujah Time by poet Virginia Konchan. Fall fiction from Esplanade Books features Cora Siré's Fear the Mirror and Aimee Wall's translation of Alexie Morin's Open Your Heart.JUNE NEWSLETTER (click for link)
This month, we launch Nectarine by Chad Campbell. Check out our Fall calendar and pre-order Jaspreet Singh's searing memoir My Mother, My Translator!
Discover

Click here to see Kaie Kellough read from his QWF Paragraphe Hugh MacLennan Award winning book Dominoes at the Crossroads

Click here to listen to Rosalind Pepall's interview on CBC's All in a Weekend about Talking to a Portrait: Tales of an Art Curator.

In Periodicities’ fifth series of videos, Sadiqa de Meijer reads a few poems from her new book, The Outer Wards. Click here

Read “The Silence of A.M. Klein,” an incisive essay by our editor Carmine Starnino in the April issue of The New Criterion.



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Véhicule Press acknowledges the generous support of its publishing program from the Book Publishing Industry Development Program of the Department of Canadian Heritage, The Canada Council for the Arts, and the Société de développement des entreprises culturelles du Québec (SODEC).