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In the Skin of a Lion

Written by Michael Ondaatje


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 14, 1997
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-77266-8 (0-679-77266-9)

Bristling with intelligence and shimmering with romance, this novel tests the boundary between history and myth. Patrick Lewis arrives in Toronto in the 1920s and earns his living searching for a vanished millionaire and tunneling beneath Lake Ontario. In the course of his adventures, Patrick's life intersects with those of characters... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Running in the Family

Written by Michael Ondaatje


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 30, 1993
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-74669-0 (0-679-74669-2)

Ondaatje, the Booker Prize-winning author of The English Patient, was born in Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) to a privileged, highly eccentric family of mixed Dutch, Sinhalese, and Tamil ancestry.  His parents separated, and he left Ceylon when he was eleven, eventually settling in Canada.  In this book, he describes returning, almost twenty-five years... Read more >
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Consumption

Written by Kevin Patterson


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: July 8, 2008
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-27894-4 (0-307-27894-8)

Born in the 1950s, Victoria knows nothing but the nomadic life of the Inuit until, at age ten, she is sent to a sanitarium to recover from tuberculosis. Six years later, she returns to a radically different world, a stranger to her family and culture. She marries a non-Inuit, Robertson; as... Read more >
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Country of Cold
Stories
Written by Kevin Patterson


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: March 9, 2004
Price: $13.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-72217-9 (0-385-72217-6)

A Vintage Tales Book.

Graduating from high school in a small Canadian town, you are immediately faced with two stark choices: leave or stay. Country of Cold follows the stories of a disparate group of Dunsmuir, Manitoba’s class of 1980, most of whom leave, imagining that life happens elsewhere. They flee to... Read more >
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The Origin of Species

Written by Nino Ricci


Format: Trade Paperback, 496 pages
Publisher: Other Press
On Sale: April 6, 2010
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-59051-349-1 (1-59051-349-5)

Winner of the 2008 Governor General’s Award for Fiction

Montreal during the turbulent mid-1980s: Chernobyl has set Geiger counters thrumming across the globe, HIV/AIDS is cutting a deadly swath through the gay population worldwide, and locally, tempers are flaring over the recent codification of French as the official language of Quebec. Hiding... Read more >
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Barney's Version

Written by Mordecai Richler


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 4, 2010
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-47688-3 (0-307-47688-X)

Barney Panofsky—Canadian expat, wily lover of women, writer, television producer, raconteur—is finally putting pen to paper so he can rebut the charges about him made in his rival’s autobiography. Whether it’s ranting about his bohemian misadventures during the 1950’s in Paris, his tumultuous three marriages, or his successful trashy TV company... Read more >
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The Heart Specialist

Written by Claire Holden Rothman


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Soho Press
On Sale: June 5, 2012
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-1-61695-077-4 (1-61695-077-3)

Set in Quebec at the turn of the 19th to 20th century, The Heart Specialist is the epic story of Agnes White, a lonely orphaned girl fascinated by the “wrong” things–microscopes, dissections, and anatomy instead of more ladylike interests–who rises to the status of one of the world’s most celebrated pioneering... Read more >
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Mr. Muo's Travelling Couch

Written by Dai Sijie


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: June 6, 2006
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7714-4 (1-4000-7714-1)

Having enchanted readers on two continents with Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress, Dai Sijie now produces a rapturous and uproarious collision of East and West, a novel about the dream of love and the love of dreams. Fresh from 11 years in Paris studying Freud, bookish Mr. Muo returns to... Read more >
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Bang Crunch

Written by Neil Smith


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 8, 2008
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-38610-6 (0-307-38610-4)

In Neil Smith’s nine stories, average people find themselves in decidedly unusual situations, as the mundane and the fantastic collide. A woman mourning the loss of her husband finds solace in talking to his ashes, entombed in a curling stone. The title story zeroes in on a girl with Fred Hoyle... Read more >
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A Writer's Life
The Margaret Laurence Lectures
Written by The Writers' Trust of Canada


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Emblem Editions
On Sale: May 24, 2011
Price: $22.95
ISBN: 978-0-7710-8928-2 (0-7710-8928-7)

For the past twenty-five years, the Writers’ Trust of Canada’s annual lecture series, the Margaret Laurence Memorial Lecture, has invited some of Canada’s most prominent authors to discuss the theme of “A Writer’s Life” in front of their peers. Hugh MacLennan, Mavis Gallant, Timothy Findley, W.O. Mitchell, Pierre Berton, P.K. Page... Read more >
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Waiting for Columbus

Written by Thomas Trofimuk


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: October 5, 2010
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-45619-9 (0-307-45619-6)

On a beautiful April morning, a man is brought to an insane asylum in contemporary Spain, claiming to be the legendary navigator Christopher Columbus. Found in the treacherous Straight of Gibraltar, he is clearly delusional and has suffered a trauma so severe that he has turned away from reality. As he... Read more >

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The Journey Prize Stories 22
The Best of Canada's New Writers
Written by Various
Selected by Pasha Malla, Joan Thomas and Alissa York


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: McClelland & Stewart
On Sale: September 28, 2010
Price: $17.99
ISBN: 978-0-7710-4344-4 (0-7710-4344-9)

For more than two decades, The Journey Prize Stories has been presenting the best short stories published each year by some of Canada’s most exciting up-and-coming new writers. Previous contributors – including such now well-known, bestselling writers as Yann Martel, Elizabeth Hay, Michael Crummey, Annabel Lyon, Lisa Moore, Heather O’Neill, Pasha... Read more >
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The In-Between World of Vikram Lall

Written by M.G. Vassanji


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 8, 2005
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7656-7 (1-4000-7656-0)

Vikram Lall comes of age in 1950s Kenya, at the same time that the colony is struggling towards independence. Against the unsettling backdrop of Mau Mau violence, Vic and his sister Deepa, the grandchildren of an Indian railroad worker, search for their place in a world sharply divided between Kenyans and... Read more >
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The Magic of Saida

Written by M.G. Vassanji


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 3, 2013
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-345-80261-3 (0-345-80261-6)

From Giller Prize–winner M. G. Vassanji comes the story of Kamal Punja, son of an African mother and an Indian father, who has been living in Canada for forty years. Despite his material wealth, Kamal finds himself longing for the place of his birth—Africa—and of a girl there he once loved... Read more >
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Fauna

Written by Alissa York


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Vintage Canada
On Sale: July 26, 2011
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-35790-8 (0-307-35790-2)

In her highly anticipated new novel, Scotiabank Giller Prize-nominated author Alissa York creates a contemporary human fable that taps into the great tenderness and drama at the heart of the animal world.

The wide ravine that bisects the city is home to countless species of urban wildlife, including human waifs and strays... Read more >
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