Talking to Strangers
Rhea Tregebov

Talking to Strangers is a book of bracing encounters. Throughout her four decades as poet, Rhea Tregebov has displayed an uncommon eye for the mysteries of ordinary life—moments where, as she writes, “[t]he simplest things / elude me.” This gift is brought to brilliant effect in her eighth book of poetry and most charged to date. In gorgeous arias of recollection and evocation, of elegy and heartbreak, Tregebov mourns, praises, prays, regrets, summons, celebrates, and bears witness with formidable artistry and tenderness (“You wouldn’t think the inanimate would get tired /but it does.”) Direct, never forced, keenly observant, and marked by scrupulous craft, these new poems unfold in beguiling, often breathtaking ways. They confirm Tregebov’s place among the most significant poets of her generation.

The Montreal Poetry Prize Anthology 2022
Eli MacLaren

Entries juried by Cameron Awkward-Rich, Martin Breul, Heather Christle, Nabina Das, Liz Howard, Joanne Limburg, Conor O’Callaghan, Tanure Ojaide, Michael Prior, Medrie Purdham, Mark Tredinnick, and Rhian Williams

Finalists judged by Lorna Goodison

Founded in 2010, the Montreal International Poetry Prize has established itself as a major event in contemporary poetry, both in Canada and around the world. The 2022 anthology continues the work of its predecessors, building the community of contemporary poetry on the twin principles of aesthetics and accessibility. Under this banner – poetry is for everyone – these poems speak of historic desolation and everyday bravery. Their images grip and hold. Here common experience crystallizes into stanzaic form, lending dignity to life in a ravaged world; here poetry melts into a rising, increasingly acidic ocean of prose that weeps for a prior earth.

From thousands of entries, these sixty poems were chosen for the virtue of their speaking to the reader, artfully and clearly. Lorna Goodison, winner of the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry, then judged the finalists, selecting the one poem – included here – to take the $20,000 prize. From Canada, Australia, the Caribbean, India, Ireland, New Zealand, Romania, Tunisia, the United Kingdom, the United States, and elsewhere, these lyrics voice a reality that you will recognize as strangely yours.

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Four Days
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The Human Scale
Michael Lista

Whether investigating a gruesome triple-murder, a fairy tale marriage gone horribly wrong, or a brilliant con artist, Michael Lista has proven himself one of the most gifted storytellers of his generation. In his belief that crime reporting thrives the closer it moves to the human scale—where every uncovered secret reveals the truth of our obligations to each other—Lista builds his compulsively readable narratives from details (fake flowers, a little girl's necklace) others might pass over, details that provide a doorway into the extreme situations he is drawn to. The Human Scale not only includes Lista's most celebrated magazine stories to date, but comes with postscripts that describe his process in writing each piece, and the fallout from publication. Here is long-form journalism in its most hallowed form: brilliant and bingeable.
My Brother's Keeper
Sheila Kindellan-Sheehan

A TONI DAMIANO MYSTERY

Ten years ago, the prestigious suburban community of Beaconsfield, Quebec was shaken by the discovery of the bodies of an ordinary couple in their home. What appeared to be a common murder-suicide—husband kills wife and takes his own life—has baffled two previous investigations. At one point, the son, who had a tumultuous relationship with his father, was considered a suspect. Lieutenant Detective Toni Damiano and her partner, Detective Pierre Matte, attached to the newly-created Cold Case Unit, have reopened the case with their usual confidence and grit. They are met with unexpected challenges and a reality they’ve never had to face before.

Press

On The Human Scale:
"Michael Lista brings a poet's heart and a philosopher's eye to the darkest parts of human behaviour. The Human Scale

On Girls, Interrupted:
"Lisa Whittington-Hill's Girls, Interrupted

On Cathedral/Grove:
Praise for Susan Glickman: “These lyric poems have an unassuming grace and clarity.”—Barbara Carey, Toronto Star

On Quicker Than The Eye:
Praise for Joe Fiorito: "[Fiorito] is a master of sparsity—there are no wasted words here, no lingering sing-song rhymes or repetitive pentameter. Each word is carefully chosen, shaping each line with sometimes delicacy, sometimes bluntness. His pen is a scalpel. With a cool surgical incision he dissects memories."—Michael Sobota, Thunder Bay Chronicle Journal

News

DECEMBER NEWSLETTER (click for link)
'Tis the season to give the gift of books and we have just the thing for every book lover. From pulp fiction to pop culture, true love to true crime. As we approach the end of our 50th year, thank you to everyone who supported our mission of publishing quality Canadian writing. We can’t wait to share our new 2024 titles!

FÉLICITATIONS HOTLINE!
The French translation of Dimitri Nasrallah's Hotline (translated by Daniel Grenier, published by La Peuplade) has made the longlist for the Prix des libraires du Québec! Félicitations Daniel et Dimitri!

NOVEMBER NEWSLETTER (click for link)
Join us on Sat. Nov. 25 at Paragraphe to launch our fall Signal Editions poetry titles Cathedral/Grove, Quicker Than The Eye, and States of Emergency. Looking for a pulp fiction holiday gift? Buy the latest six Ricochet Noir books in a special bundle for only $75! And our books will be at the Salon du livre de Montréal courtesy Saga Bookstore from Nov. 22-26.

OCTOBER NEWSLETTER (click for link)
Join us for the launches of our fall lineup! The Word hosts Spirits in the Dark author H. Nigel Thomas on November 1 in Montreal; on November 8, in Toronto, Lisa Whittington-Hill will be at Supermarket with Girls, Interrupted; then on November 25 at 2 pm Paragraphe welcomes our fall poets and their books Cathedral/Grove, Quicker Than The Eye, and States of Emergency. And on November 3 and 4, we will be at the Concordia McConnell Building Atrium for the Read Quebec Book Fair!SEPTEMBER NEWSLETTER (click for link)
We're launching our Fall 2023 Signal Editions poetry on Wednesday, October 4 at Flying Books in Toronto! Join host Carmine Starnino for readings by Susan Glickman from her new release Cathedral/Grove, Joe Fiorito reading from his new collection Quicker Than the Eye and Yoyo Comay reading from his debut book States of Emergency. You can also join best-selling mystery author Sheila Kindellan-Sheehan for the launch of My Brother's Keeper, her latest novel featuring Lieutenant Detective Toni Damiano. The event will be at Indigo Pointe Claire, 6321 autoroute Transcanadienne, on Saturday October 14 from 12 PM–3 PM. Girls, Interrupted: How Pop Culture is Failing Women by Lisa Whittington-Hill will be released next month and launched on November 8th at Supermarket Bar in Toronto. Plus, Michael Lista at Edmonton's LitFest this October and Anita Lahey in Whistler and Waterloo next month talking about her new book While Supplies Last.
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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