Cosmic Fishing is Jaymz Bee’s debut poetry collection. His lyrical, narrative style is captivating and engrossing, and the poems are, by turns funny, sensuous, and thoughtful. He is an astute observer of human nature and brings this sense to all of his writing. Bee has a little help from his friends, too. Some of the pieces are co-written with fellow poets and musicians who share his artistic vision.
Poetry · Canada $19.95 · US $19.95 · Trade paperback · ISBN 978-1-55483-196-8 · 144 pages · 5" x 8"
Femme Confidential is a wry look at sexual freedom and finding yourself, your queer tribe, and the not-so-perfect girlfriend. Beautiful and charismatic Veronika, whose primary dating criteria is hotness, embraces the role of mean girl—until she has a baby. Liberty, the daughter of leftist Quaker hippies, is quick to judge but discovers some butches make it hard for a femme to do the right thing. Dana, a trans woman, struggles to find her place in the lesbian community where masculinity, something she wants to irradiate from her being, is embraced by the femmes she desires.
Fiction · Canada $19.95 · US $19.95 · Trade paperback · ISBN 978-1-55483-193-7 · 290 pages · 5" x 8"
Winner of the 2016 Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry
A shocking, unnerving narrative, at its heart a love story, Leap-seconds is built of recombinant fragments from a profusion of sources. But also at its core is the question “How does one represent violence in language?” If violence does not derive from a place of soundness, then its product should be utterly confusing, ultimately paralyzing. The collection chronicles a bewilderment with institutionalized violence and the anxiety felt by a systemic desensitization towards it. So the rhythms are aggressively arranged, excessive, the single-mindedness of its repetitions an assault. Its mannerist patterns seek to enliven our senses, bring us to our senses, render us sensitive. A varied and polytonic manuscript, approaching unsettling content with nerve and empathy, Leap-seconds is a compelling treatise on violence and a stark encounter with the apparatus by which it is so often normalized.
Poetry · Canada $19.95 · US $19.95 · Trade paperback · ISBN 978-1-55483-187-6 · 150 pages · 5" x 8”
normalwhats’normal is a collection of stories which explores the notion of normalcy, both in content and form, when it comes to certain human relationships and behaviours in our culture. The stories are of mixed genre (even genre-bending: realism, magic realism, fairytale, dream...) and mixed discourse (from the erudite to the profane). The reader finds the unreliable narrator, muddied/muddled text, plus allusions to art, literature, music, media, pop culture, and so on to show how these outside forces — rather than simply being experienced as ‘noise’ or ‘filler’ — serve to radically affect a character’s thinking and actions. To show, in fact, that these influences are used by people constantly as a sort of shorthand in day-to-day — “go ahead, make my day” — conversation. What is normal? Nothing is normal.
Fiction · Canada $19.95 · US $19.95 · Trade paperback · ISBN 978-1-55483-194-4 · 248 pages · 5" x 8"
The Shakespeare Folio
Dangerous characters, razor-sharp humour, machine-gun dialogue, and suspense rolled into a dark little package, a 400 year old package — this is The Shakespeare Folio. Frank hates his job. He needs more excitement, more action and more money. He puts together a gang of like minded men with criminal skills and hard edges to steal one of the most valuable books ever written. Reminiscent of Elmore Leonard's noir classics, The Shakespeare Folio, resides at the intersection of hard-boiled suspense and literary history.
Fiction · Canada $19.95 · US $19.95 · Trade paperback · ISBN 978-1-55483-189-0 · 228 pages · 5" x 8"
Things Are Different Here
All of Rod Michalko’s stories take place in blindness, and things are different here. Michalko tells of how blind people move through the world encountering sighted people with tragic, daring, and humorous consequences. The characters in Michalko’s stories invite us to “come along for the ride”—a ride that will take us through the intrigue and mystery of creating a life in blindness.
The university, restaurants and bars, on the street, even in martial arts—it is in these places that you will encounter blindness. These are stories of uncanny dimensions. There is Eli, a young man who is compelled to engage the completeness of his total blindness as it slowly seeps into his entire being; Eli, ironically, goes blind…again. The title story, “Things Are Different Here,” presents the mystery that Bradley faces in the “blinding light” as he moves, blind, in city streets.
In these stories and in the rest of the collection, Michalko leads us into an unexpected image of blindness, and things are different here.
Short fiction · Canada $19.95 · US $19.95 · Trade paperback · ISBN 978-1-55483-188-3 · 224 pages · 5" x 8"