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White Out

WHITE OUT is at first glance a woman’s invention, over and over again, of the man who chose not to be her father, leaving his young lover pregnant. Yet, arcing from late-1960s Quebec to the present, it is also the story of a young woman, and a generation of young women, caught between Catholicism and free love. Martine Delvaux’s aching take on her own origin story is a book about words lost in a lifetime of storms, about truth and fiction, a book about how something as seemingly commonplace as parentage can undermine everything—confidence, relationships, the body, memory. Through narrative we try to patch our unknowns but narrative, at once foreign and familiar, fails us.

"The compulsive energy of the language, translated into English by Katia Grubisic, is such that it hits the reader like an avalanche or a blinding blizzard." -- Danielle Barklay, mRb, Summer 2018

"This personal story also becomes, in Delvaux's hands, a social history of Quebec from the 1960s through to the present." -- Steven Beattie, Q&Q Omni, 10 July 2018

Author: Martine Delvaux
Date: September 2018
Literary Fiction - Contemporary Women


In the taxi rides you're about to take, you'll be in the company of some classic drivers and their perspicacious and sharp-eyed passenger, the writer and broadcaster Stanley Péan. Veteran translator David Homel, who introduced readers of English to Dany Laferrière with the publication of How to Make Love to a Negro, now brings us the other major voice of Hatian Montreal, Stanley Pean, here in English for the first time.

Author: Stanley Péan
Date: September 2018
Fiction - Haiti

For Want of a Fir Tree: Ukraine Undone

How can a country at peace suddenly be plunged into war? What compels hitherto peaceable citizens to take up arms and kill one another? In For Want of a Fir Tree: Ukraine Undone, Frédérick Lavoie tells Artyom, a four-year-old child he saw lying in his little blue coffin on a January afternoon in 2015, about the sequence of events that led to his death. In doing so, and in travelling the country from one side to the other, talking to people from all walks of life in both camps, Lavoie tells a compelling story of a land drawn into conflict through misadventure, misjudgment, mistrust, and a legacy of ancient historical resentments with a tenacious hold on their populations. It is a cautionary tale whose truths and whose lessons resonate far beyond these specific events, these particular borders.


Author: Frédérick Lavoie
Date: September 2018
Literary Non-Fiction


Rebellion is Portuguese literary celebrity Cristina Carvalho’s international debut. Born a rebel, Lena escapes her provincial existence and heads for Lisbon as a young woman to make a more exciting life for herself. Once there, though, she makes a series of fateful decisions--spending a night in a brothel, embarking on a marriage she lives to regret, longing instead for the blue-eyed man of her dreams.

Author: Cristina Carvalho
Date: April 2018
A novel

The Vetala

Nada Marjanovic, professor of Sanskrit at the University of Zagreb, has spent more than twenty years translating an obscure text on the vetala, a parasitic, vampire-like being that possesses the bodies of his victims. When her mentor and collaborator in the Indian city of Pune dies, she finds herself face-to-face with the undead that the text describes, an evil which long ago killed her lover – and set her on the path of an obsessive scholarly revenge. She must rely on her intellect, mythic lore, and even dreams to piece together the mystery of the manuscript.

The vetala’s opposition grows increasingly violent as Nada nears the book’s conclusion, and with the help of two colleagues, struggles to decipher its climactic secret, which would allow her to exorcise the demon at last – freeing not only the mysterious man whom he has possessed for centuries, but also, perhaps, her own imprisoned and forgotten love. Suspenseful and unforgettable, Phillip Ernest’s debut novel captures the most universal elements of human experience – even the monsters we face.

Author: Phillip Ernest
Date: March 2018

The Apocalypse of Morgan Turner

Morgan Turner’s grief over her sister’s brutal murder has become a rut, an everyday horror she is caught in along with her estranged parents and chilly older brother. In search of a way out, she delves the depths of a factory abattoir, classic horror cinema -- and the Canadian criminal justice system, as it tries her sister’s killer and former lover, who is arguing that he is Not Criminally Responsible for his actions because of mental illness. Whatever the verdict, Morgan -- with the help of her Chinese immigrant coworkers, a do-gooder, and a lovelorn schizophrenia patient -- uncovers her own way to move on. 
Watch the book trailer here.

Author: Jennifer Quist
Date: March 2018

The Philistine

Nadia Eid doesn't know it yet, but she's about to change her life. It's the end of the ‘80s and she hasn’t seen her Palestinian father since he left Montreal years ago to take a job in Egypt, promising to bring her with him. But now she’s twenty-five and he’s missing in action, so she takes matters into her own hands. Booking a short vacation from her boring job and Québecois boyfriend, she calls her father from the Nile Hilton in downtown Cairo. But nothing goes as planned and, stumbling around, Nadia wanders into an art gallery where she meets Manal, a young Egyptian artist who becomes first her guide and then her lover. 

Through this unexpected relationship, Nadia rediscovers her roots, her language, and her ambitions, as her father demonstrates the unavoidable destiny of becoming a Philistine – the Arabic word for Palestinian. With Manal’s career poised to take off and her father’s secret life revealed, the First Intifada erupts across the border.

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“Leila Marshy beautifully captures what it's like to be at once deeply rooted and displaced, fiercely committed to truth, while enabling the lies that lovers tell.  A sweet and bitter coming-of-age story that spans – and transgresses – sexuality, culture, and countries.”
– Ann-Marie MacDonald (Fall on Your Knees, The Way the Crow Flies)
"Leila Marshy illuminates love and identity in the streets of Cairo in a way that makes you feel you’ve watched her scenes through a high-definition kaleidoscope.”
– Kathleen Winter (Annabel, Lost in September)
“This accomplished first novel gives us the vibrant story of Nadia’s passionate love affair with an Egyptian woman, which compels Nadia to stay in the city long enough to rediscover her father and herself. The novel delicately hints at the societal tensions that will lead to the 2011 Egyptian Revolution while depicting a rich and surprising Cairo rarely seen.”
– Leilah Nadir (The Orange Trees of Baghdad)

Author: Leila Marshy
Date: March 2018

Hutchison Street

With one side in Mile End and the other in Outremont, Hutchison Street is inhabited by characters from many different backgrounds, including a community of Hasidim and a writer whose newest project is a novel about the people she has lived among for thirty-nine years. She traces the life stories of an aging singer, a bag-lady who feeds birds in a back alley, an Italian widow who grows tomatoes in her front yard, a Jamaican woman who longs to dance the night away, and a young Hasidic girl who keeps a diary.

A moving account of isolated individuals attempting to reach out to one another in one of Montreal’s most diverse neighbourhoods.

Author: Abla Farhoud. Translator: Judith Weisz Woodsworth
Date: March 2018

What Is To Be Done?

Mavis Gallant’s only play is a comedy that opens in 1942, in the heat of the battle against Fascism, when it was possible for Canadians to cheer both for Stalin and the Royal Family. At home in Montreal, Jenny, 18, takes evening courses, as there’s nothing else to do at night with the men off in Europe. She is impressed by her friend Molly’s copy of a political pamphlet written by V. I. Lenin entitled What Is To Be Done? The two young women spend their spare time on left-wing political activity in support of the Soviet Union, dreaming of the new world they’re sure will arise out of the ashes of the war. By May 1945, though, it’s all too clear that the returning veterans will take back the jobs the women have been working at, and all those dreams of a better future will be dashed. 

The play premiered at Toronto’s Tarragon Theatre on November 11, 1982. Introduction by Linda Leith.

Author: Mavis Gallant
Date: September 2017

Nan Goldin: The Warrior Medusa

In her new book, Nan Goldin: The Warrior Medusa, the feminist author Martine Delvaux links her own experience as a writer with that of the American photographer and installation artist Nan Goldin, whose life has been marked by the suicide of her beloved older sister Barbara, and who is best-known for her intimate portrayals of the sexual underground.

Author: Martine Delvaux. Translator David Homel
Date: September 2017

Dr. Bethune's Children

Dr. Bethune’s Children is the subversive novel that only Xue Yiwei could write.

Xue Yiwei’s life has been marked by that of the Dr. Norman Bethune, who died treating the wounded in wartime China. Like millions of other Chinese growing up since the 1960s, when Mao Zedong’s eulogy to Bethune was required reading in every elementary school, Xue Yiwei was Inspired by the Montreal doctor’s self-sacrifice and his dedication to the Chinese regime. Unlike all his peers, however, Xue Yiwei went to the lengths of moving to Montreal, where he has lived for sixteen years as an expatriate writer acclaimed in China and – until now – unknown in Canada.

Dr. Bethune’s Children tells the stories of the offspring of two ordinary families marked by cataclysms both natural and man-made -- from the Cultural Revolution to the Tiananmen Square massacre, against a backdrop of the international developments that have rocked everyday life from the Cold War to the emergence of the super power that China is today. Though banned in China, Dr. Bethune’s Children is also hailed as a masterpiece. In focusing on the distress and repression that have marked a whole generation, Xue Yiwei unveils the human heart.

Author: Xue Yiwei. Translator Darryl Sterk
Date: September 2017

The Carpenter from Montreal

Worlds collide when a naïve young heiress takes a tumble for a bootlegger with a murderous temper and his business partner falls in love with Montreal, the way Americans are prone to do. One world war has ended and a second is in the wings. In the space between, the neon-powered city on the St. Lawrence is notorious for its lavish nightlife, obsessive gambling and evident corruption. Controlling the action from behind the scenes is a large and mysterious figure called the Carpenter. He is the city’s fixer, mediator and manipulator. He is the boss of the night, le caïd de la nuit. In this cinematic and genre-bending novel, George Fetherling both honours the roots of serious noir fiction while also pushing its boundaries.

Author: George Fetherling
Date: September 2017

Mr. Singh Among the Fugitives

R. U. Singh has always known he is destined to live the life of an English country squire. After a few false starts, in Bombay, Thunder Bay, and Toronto, he settles into a comfortable existence as a small-town Ontario lawyer, much solicited for the diversity he lends committees and conclaves. But—lest he forget—he is accepted only at the whim of his woman in white, a commanding university administrator, and by her whim can also fall. Mr. Singh Among the Fugitives sends up the multicultural aspirations of Canadian identity, pokes fun at our glitterati, and, tongue firmly in cheek, issues a warning: be careful who you pretend to be.

Author: Stephen Henighan
Date: March 2017

Arabic for Beginners


When Hannah accompanies her husband and small children to Jerusalem for the year, she becomes fascinated with a group of expat women at her son’s daycare, as well as a young Palestinian woman named Jenna. As she grows close to Jenna, she starts to question her own marriage and her relationship to Israel. A novel of domestic and political ambivalence, Arabic for Beginners is about marriage, motherhood, friendship, nation, and the complicated ways we think of home. Arabic For Beginners is the winner of the J. I. Segal 2018 Mona Elaine Adilman English Fiction and Poetry Award on a Jewish Theme.

Author: Ariela Freedman
Date: March 2017

The Evil That Men Do


Riley becomes entangled in the wreckage left behind by a con man called Brandt who ran a Ponzi scheme on the West Island of Montreal. When the fifty-million-dollar scheme falls apart and dozens of people are left destitute, some of them are sure that Brandt’s wife Terry knows where he’s hiding out. Riley’s not convinced, but then Terry’s the woman Riley was living with when he left Montreal twenty years before.

Author: Michael Blair
Date: March 2017


The first book in English by acclaimed Chinese-Canadian writer Xue Yiwei, Shenzheners is inspired by the young city of Shenzhen, a market town north of Hong Kong that became a Special Economic Zone in 1980 as an experiment in introducing capitalism to Communist China. A city in which everyone is a newcomer, Shenzhen has grown astronomically to become a major metropolitan centre. Hailed as a Chinese Dubliners, the original collection was named one of the Most Influential Chinese Books of the Year in 2013, with most of the stories appearing in Best Chinese Stories. 

is the winner of the 2017 Blue Metropolis / Montreal Arts Council Prize for Literary Diversity.

Author: Xue Yiwei. Translator Darryl Sterk
Date: September 2016

True Arab Love

Abdallah’s encounter with the military governor on the eve of his departure for America opens this collection of stories, and Khalil al-Ibrahami’s moving search for his lost fiancée in Jerusalem closes the collection. In between, Issa J. Boullata’s stories show what it’s like to be an Arab from Syria, Lebanon, Palestine, or Egypt making a new life as an immigrant in Canada or the United States. This is what it is, to be displaced. This is what it is to leave your home and start over in a new country.  

Author: Issa J. Boullata
Date: September 2016

Women and Power The Case for Parity

An LLP Singles essay

It’s already passé to ask if parity is important for today’s Canada. What’s needed now is to ask how we can make sure more women run for office and that they’re well-represented in government. There are no easy answers to this, but it’s clear that half-measures just won’t do.

Pascale Navarro argues that quotas are essential for women to achieve parity with men in politics. Over a hundred other nations worldwide have already established parity as a goal.

What are we waiting for?

Translated by David Homel
Foreword by Sue Montgomery

Congratulations Pascale Navarro! The author of Women and Power: The Case for Parity (LLP 2016) Pascale is winner of a 2016 Governor General's Award in Commemoration of the Persons Case!

Author: Pascale Navarro. Translator David Homel
Date: September 2016

The Last Bullet Is For You

By Grand Central Station I Sat Down and Wept is the title of Canadian writer Elizabeth Smart’s classic hymn to love, which novelist Angela Carter once described as being “like Madame Bovary blasted by lightning.” Later, Carter wrote privately to a friend, saying that she would hate any daughter of hers to have to write such a novel, adding, “By Grand Central Station I Tore Off his Balls would be more like it, I should hope.”

     And now along comes Montreal novelist Martine Delvaux with The Last Bullet Is for You. This stream-of-consciousness novel takes the form a love letter, but it is the last one. One last letter filled as much with the memory of love as the desire for revenge.

     Love is war, wrote Ovid, and this book is a battleground. Writing is both an act of passion and the means to end it once and for all. Writing is the last bullet, shooting through the love story and into what is left of the lover: a ghost, a fiction. And maybe that’s what he was from the start.

Author: Martine Delvaux. Translator David Homel
Date: September 2016

The Company of Crows

At thirteen, bookish Veronica Reid lives in a world inside her head, even if she isn’t entirely successful at resisting the intrusions of the world outside. It’s bad enough that she has to wear awful new glasses; it’s downright disastrous that she’ll have to spend the summer at Laughing Willows Trailer Park with her obnoxious younger brothers and unhappy mother. She can’t imagine anything worse. Lonely and bored, she begins to observe the activities of the local crows, even as she gradually finds a community among the odd denizens of Laughing Willows, makes a friend in seventeen-year-old Charlotte, and falls in love. When she is sexually assaulted, she finds unexpected strength both inside herself and in the people—and the crows—around her.


Author: Karen Molson
Date: April 2016

The Poet is a Radio

Li Bai has journeyed across the world and perhaps across centuries. When he comes across a bag of money in a downtown parking lot, we also meet the delinquent who lost the bag of money in the first place. The assemblage in Jack Hannan’s first novel are driven by wordsmithery, trickery, and flights of such fancy—for an instant, the signal comes in clearly, and we might all step into this world where anything is possible.

The Poet is a Radio was shortlisted for the QWF Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction.

Author: Jack Hannan
Date: April 2016


Giulio di Orio, an assistant lecturer in Philosophy, brings one of his students, known as Torp to the Vancouver flat he shares with his wife Nicole. Soon their landlord is convinced that Torp is the devil incarnate, and the police have arrested him for the street bombings that have been plaguing the city. A sexually-charged tale bubbling with lust, suspected murder, and the twilight of the flower children—all set against the backdrop of martial law in 1970 Vancouver.

Author: Michael Mirolla
Date: April 2016

The Book of Faith

Mordecai Richler meets Jane Austen In The Book of Faith.

Faith, Rhoda, and Erica, affectionately known the Three Graces, are members of a liberal Jewish congregation in contemporary Montreal. Rabbi Nate wants a grand new synagogue; Marty, the congregation’s treasurer, harbours a raunchy secret; and Melly is a hard-nosed Holocaust survivor with an agenda.

Award-winning author Elaine Kalman Naves’s debut novel is a delicious send-up of synagogue politics. It is also a paean to friendship.

Stephen Leacock Award for Humour, 2016 longlist.

Author: Elaine Kalman Naves
Date: September 2015

Counterterrorism and Identities: Canadian Viewpoints

The importance of analyzing public perceptions regarding national security cannot be underestimated when identifying counterterrorism approaches. Increasingly, maintaining public safety is considered a shared responsibility between the State and its citizens. Policy-makers seek cooperation with civil society and view community outreach as key to preventing terrorism. Public support and confidence is thus vital to institutions combatting terrorism.

Counterterrorism and Identities: Canadian Viewpoints monitors several factors shaping Canadian public opinion on terrorism. A detailed analysis of relevant and evolving perceptions is presented. This assessment is essential for researchers, policy-makers and community leaders looking to comprehend the mind-set of Canadians regarding terrorism.

Author: Jack Jedwab
Date: September 2015

Open Season


A Guatemalan journalist is kidnapped, and the only message from her kidnappers is the murder of her lawyer. In a race against time, Luc Vanier sets about reconstructing her life, through the sordid world of human trafficking, the secretive underbelly of a multinational mining corporation, and the hiding places of desperate refugees. When Vanier is brutally warned off the investigation, he throws away the rule book and goes after the villains with a vengeance.


Author: Peter Kirby
Date: September 2015


The second novel by award-winning novelist Jennifer Quist is a black comedy of birth, death, love, marriage, mothers-in-law—and five sassy sisters. When Suzanne’s role as the perfect daughter-in-law ends in a deadly accident, she panics, makes a monumentally bad decision, and upends her world. The bond with her sisters is the strongest force Suzanne knows, and it may be the one that can keep her from ruin. Quist’s new novel is hilarious, spine-chilling, satisfying, and original. A romp.

Author: Jennifer Quist
Date: August 2015

Canada Lives Here: The Case for Public Broadcasting

Canada Lives Here tells the tumultuous story of public broadcasting in Canada, from its inception in 1933 to the CBC’s current, controversial attempts to adapt to collapsing revenues and new technologies. It explores in detail the struggle to preserve public space and foster community in an environment devoted to profit-making, arguing that the ideals of public service broadcasting are more relevant now than ever. Rowland, author of the influential Saving the CBC: Balancing Profit and Public Service (2013), identifies the issues crucial to the CBC’s survival and proposes carefully considered policy options. This is a book for everyone who wants to understand what’s really at stake with the threatened eclipse of the nation’s most important cultural institution.

Author: Wade Rowland
Date: August 2015

Bitter Rose

A little girl is growing up in an Ontario village. Her father has taken off, and the world is full of dangers she doesn't understand. Her friends have names like Manon-just-Manon, BB, and Valence Berri, and things seem pretty okay, most of the time, except that girls keep disappearing. When she leaves the village for a suburb of Ottawa and then moves downtown and beyond, she never looks back.

Author: Martine Delvaux. Translator David Homel
Date: April 2015

True Believers

Things are slow for Burlington, Vermont, Private Investigator Hack Loomis, so he agrees to look into the disappearance of his assistant’s friend Belle Ryerson. Belle went missing after attending a meeting of a UFO group run by a charismatic psychiatrist and a disarmingly beautiful woman who claims to be in contact with an alien mother ship. Eccentric as the true believers may be, Loomis soon learns that it’s the people they believe in who are really dangerous.

Author: Michael Blair
Date: April 2015

The Sicilian Wife

The Sicilian Wife is both a literary novel and a mystery. Fulvia, the Mafia Princess, must be a dutiful daughter or the family will be dishonoured. Though she eventually escapes and makes a new life in Canada, she is betrayed and then her husband is murdered on the Sicilian coast.

The police Chief investigating the case is Marisa, who faces a station house of skeptical men as well as confronting Fulvia’s uncle, the boss of bosses.

Interweaving folk tales, classical allusions, and recent Italian history with the conventions of the detective story in this powerful new novel, Caterina Edwards uses the literary noir to question the very possibility of justice and free will.

Author: Caterina Edwards
Date: April 2015

Sea Winter Salmon: Chronicles of the St. John River

Sea Winter Salmon is about a great salmon river, the St. John River on the Lower North Shore of Quebec, and its most important visitor, the illustrious Atlantic salmon. It was the Canadian and American railroad magnate James J. Hill who travelled the Gulf of the St. Lawrence and in 1889 established the log camp that has now been in the family for five generations. A family memoir and a guide to a river’s ecology and the life cycle of the Salmo salar, the book is also about what it takes to be a good conservationist in a remote and delicate region.

Author and photographer Mari Hill Harpur tracks the special relationship between the salmon and the people of the river through diaries, legal documents, scientific data, rare archival photographs and her own photographic collection. Dramatic, tragic, amusing, and authoritative, Sea Winter Salmon addresses itself to readers of history, biography, and conservation biology – and to fisher women and men everywhere.

Author: Mari Hill Harpur, with Eileen Regan McCormack
Date: March 2015

The Wrecking Ball

The Wrecking Ball is a collection of Aislin’s recent favourite cartoons. All of the choice political material is here: Pauline Marois as Miley Cyrus, the Parti Québécois’s Charter of Quebec Values, student demonstrators wandering through Montreal’s deteriorating streets, corruption inquires and Montreal’s succession of mayors, the Harper Tories and the Canadian Senate debacle, the coronation of Justin Trudeau, Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, the Habs and the Sochi Olympics. Whew!

Author: Terry Mosher (Aislin)
Date: October 2014

Sons and Fathers

Sons and Fathers is a novel about men. It tells the story of how three men use their talent to help and hurt each other – and compete with the accomplishments of their fathers.

Three friends, three sons, each with a talent for words he learned from his father. Eli, Michael, and Allan were friends at McGill, and their lives continue to intersect as they make their ways in the shadow of the Peace Tower in Ottawa.

Set against the backdrop of national politics, journalism, and spin, Sons and Fathers explores how men’s lives and their relationships with one another and their wives are ultimately shaped by their relationships with the first men in their lives: their fathers.

Author: Daniel Goodwin
Date: September 2014

A Migrant Heart

A Migrant Heart is about departures and arrivals, uprooting and attachment, resettling and returning. Denis Sampson left Ireland as a student, leaving behind the farming countryside of his childhood, the city of Dublin where he was educated, and the history and culture of his native country. He arrived in the cosmopolitan city of Montreal and discovered he was not the only one in search of a new life; and then that search became his life. He also discovered many different ways to return to Ireland, until slowly, what was painfully forced apart was rejoined in a life lived in two places and cultures.

LLP's first international print publication, published February 2015 in the UK and launched at Books Upstairs in Dublin on March 10, 2015, 6 - 8.30 p.m. 

Author: Denis Sampson
Date: September 2014

A Second Chance

Adam is happily married when he has a stroke at the age of fifty, and his behaviour changes to that of a ten-year-old. What are his secrets? Are there any he should be sharing? His wife would like to know.

A Second Chance reveals its secrets slowly. We can see how changed Adam is, but we also sense that we don’t know the whole story. The wife is loving, but there is a puzzling edge to her account of her days with Adam. Some members of their immigrant community know the story, but most do not. It’s only as we come to the devastating conclusion that we learn about the affair that almost ended the marriage before Adam suffered his stroke.

A novel about devotion and betrayal, A Second Chance is also about forgiveness.

Author: Felicia Mihali
Date: April 2014

The Bells of Memory: A Palestinian Boyhood in Jerusalem

An LLP Singles essay.

Issa J. Boullata grew up in a Palestinian family in the Jerusalem of the 1930s and 1940s, when Palestine was under the British Mandate. His memoir, The Bells of Memory, is delightful in its reflections on an idyllic youth and detailed in its recollections of family members, classmates and teachers, remembered scents and foods, the pleasures of reading, and his early experience of the working world. This is a love letter to a Jerusalem that was changed immeasurably by Al-Nakba, the Palestinian Catastrophe of 1948 that dispossessed the Palestinians of their homeland and dislocated many as refugees when Israel was established. 

Author: Issa J. Boullata
Date: April 2014

The Prostate: Everything You Need to Know About the Man Gland

The mere mention of the prostate gland is enough to make men cringe. Long a taboo subject, the walnut-sized man gland can cause mental anguish, emotional aggravation, bitterness, and anger. The prostate often affects everything from sexual performance to male ego-strength. When it is working well, the man’s world is good, but when it is affected by change or disease, the male universe often collapses upon itself.

In The Prostate, Dr. Taguchi tackles the most common prostate problems, treatments, and questions in down-to-earth language. If there is anyone who can dispel the fear associated with prostate issues, it is Dr. Taguchi. Required reading for all men over the age of forty.

Author: Dr. Yosh Taguchi
Date: March 2014

Vigilante Season

Montreal’s Hochelaga district is in the throes of gentrification, its drug dealers and prostitutes are disappearing, and Luc Vanier suspects the neighbourhood cleanup may involve murdering the unwanted. The local Police Commander sees only declining crime rates and his improving career prospects, and is willing to go easy on a local militia group that’s expanding its influence. When Vanier is suspended for brutality, he’s on his own. As the threats against him mount, he continues to probe the dark side of progress, fighting to discover who controls the streets. Have the government and police stepped back to allow the militia to impose order? Is the militia the price of order when governments run out of money?

In Vanier's Montreal, thugs and lowlifes rub shoulders with the elite, and Peter Kirby follows up his critically acclaimed debut The Dead of Winter ("an auspicious debut from a writer to watch"- The Globe and Mail) with a riveting novel of corruption and street crime.

Author: Peter Kirby
Date: October 2013

The Girls of Piazza d'Amore

“For some, having had a happy childhood is almost as painful as having suffered an unhappy one. It feels like a persistent ache of yearning, like the grief for a lost love.” -- from The Girls of Piazza d'Amore

Connie Guzzo-McParland's is "a poignant portrait of a simple world fated to change and the idyllic times of childhood that, however remote, none of us can quite manage to leave behind." -- Sarah Fletcher in the mRb review.

A quintessential Calabrian love story. The Girls of Piazza d’Amore traces the lives of three village girls and the forces that lead them to leave home for a new life across the ocean. Set in southern Italy in the 1950s, Connie Guzzo-McParland’s short novel walks us through the piazza and the narrow alleys of her own childhood, imaginatively recreating an entire world as seen through the eyes of a young girl who accompanies her friends on their evening passeggiate to the spring water fountain and carries their love notes to the boys they love. The joys of Calabrian village life are palpable, and so are its frustrations and heartbreaks, but this is a world on the cusp of irrevocable change, as family after family is leaving. And that’s what is most heartbreaking of all.

Author: Connie Guzzo-McParland
Date: September 2013

Love Letters of the Angels of Death

A breathtaking literary debut, Love Letters of the Angels of Death begins as a young couple discover the remains of his mother in her mobile home. The rest of the family fall back, leaving them to reckon with the messy, unexpected death. By the time the burial is over, they understand this will always be their role: to liaise with death on behalf of people they love. They are living angels of death.  

All the major events in their lives – births, medical emergencies, a move to a northern boomtown, the theft of a veteran’s headstone – are viewed from this ambivalent angle. In this shadowy place, their lives unfold: fleeting moments, ordinary occasions, yet on the brink of otherworldliness. In spare, heart-stopping prose, the transient joys, fears, hopes and heartbreaks of love, marriage, and parenthood are revealed through the lens of the eternal, unfolding within the course of natural life. 

This is a novel for everyone who has ever been happily married -- and for everyone who would like to be.

Author: Jennifer Quist
Date: August 2013

A Green Reef: The Impact of Climate Change

An LLP Singles essay.

In spite of its disturbing implications, the impact of climate change on our physical environment can be difficult for us to understand or imagine. Moving from a memoir of a journey through an abundant yet fragile natural world to the daunting scientific evidence that climate change will lead to the degradation of nature and upheaval within society, this essay offers a lucid personal approach to the pivotal dilemma of our time. In a wide-ranging discussion that embraces science, history, art, language and identity, A Green Reef offers the reader an understanding of what climate change means for life on earth.

Author: Stephen Henighan
Date: August 2013

The Dead of Winter

Inspector Luc Vanier is drinking his way through Christmas Eve when he is called out to investigage the murder of five homeless people. His investigation takes him into the backrooms of the Catholic Church, the boardrooms of Montreal’s business elite and the soup kitchens and back alleys of street life in winter.

The Dead of Winter is the first in Peter Kirby's acclaimed series of Luc Vanier crime novels. It was nominated both for an Unhanged Arthur and for the 2013 Arthur Ellis Best First Crime Novel award.

Author: Peter Kirby
Date: July 2013

Saving the CBC: Balancing Profit and Public Service

An LLP Singles essay.

Do we want a public broadcaster? A trenchant analysis of the threat to our national broadcaster and a solution for radical change.

Rowland draws on over thirty years experience in television production, network news management and media studies to present a plan to satisfy the country’s private broadcasting lobby and at the same time rejuvenate the CBC. Not since the Great Depression, says Rowland, has there been such an opportunity for public service broadcasting in Canada to become all that it can be on all media platforms–and rival the best in the world.

Author: Wade Rowland
Date: March 2013

Clerks of the Passage

An LLP Singles essay.

An international literary debut

Cover and interior illustrations by the author.

Migration stories, says Abou Farman, are often told through the personal struggles and travails of the migrant, "the great voyager figure of our most recent centuries, the harbinger of hybridity, the metaphor for risk, sacrifice, toil, abuse, inhumanity. And humanity." These are the stories (both horrific and redemptive) that we hear about in the news, in taxis and airports, in bars and corner coffee shops. They are both real and existential, shared, denied, argued about, internalized. Seldom are the threads of such narratives woven together and imbued with the originality of insight brought to the page by Farman. A meditation on movement, conveyed with humour and a subtle irony. Clerks of the Passage takes us on a journey in the company of some strange and great migrants, from the 3.5 million year-old bipedal hominids of Laetoli, Tanzania, to an Iranian refugee who spent seventeen years in the transit lounge at Charles de Gaulle airport, from Xerxes to Milton to Revelations, from Columbus to Don Quixote to Godot. 

Author: Abou Farman
Date: September 2012

Are We On Yet? Insider Secrets on How to be Interviewed (and other essential media skills)

Tommy’s key message:

“Forget radio. Forget TV. Forget who is the interviewer and who is the interviewee. All you have to do is pretend that the interviewer is someone who is sitting next to you on the plane.  That’s it. You should have the exact same kind of conversation as you would have on that plane. Because that’s all a great interview is, it’s a great conversation.”

It seems so simple, but many people are unaware of this basic technique and of other tips that are equally simple to learn and adopt.

Whether you’re the eager beaver owner of a small business, a seasoned entrepreneur selling a product or service, a volunteer promoting a great cause, or an author promoting yourself, the simple techniques and tips outlined in this book will turn you into the guest they beg to come back.

All interviewers have an agenda. The newspaper reporter wants information. Preferably information that no one else has. The TV reporter wants you to look good and be entertaining, The radio interviewer doesn’t care what you look like, but he or she is praying you will be entertaining – that the interview will be so gripping that a listener, late for an appointment, will nonetheless sit there in his parked car because he cannot tear himself away from hearing what you have to say.

Is this even possible? It’s easy if you have the right tools.

Money-back Guarantee: The author is so convinced that his techniques will work that he is willing to make this personal no-hassle money-back guarantee to the reader: “If after trying his suggestions for three months, you have not improved your ability to communicate and hype what you want to sell, just return the book with your proof of purchase and you will get the purchase price cheerfully returned to you.”

Author: Tommy Schnurmacher
Date: August 2012

Caricature Cartoon Canada

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Caricature Cartoon Canada is “the best of the best”: a brilliant collection of personal favourites from Canada’s best cartoonists, published in both official languages. In it, editor and legendary Montreal Gazette cartoonist Terry Mosher (Aislin) has provided notes on the history of Canadian cartooning and an unforgettable snapshot of contemporary Canadian concerns and attitudes – some quite controversial – illustrated through the wit and wisdom of the country’s premier cartoonists.

Contributors featured in the book include: Roy Peterson (The Vancouver Sun), Edd Uluschak (The Edmonton Journal), Vance Rodewait (The Calgary Herald), Andy Donato (The Toronto Sun), Brian Gable (The Globe and Mail), Jean-Pierre Girerd (La Presse), Roland Pier (Le Journal de Montréal), Serge Chapleau (La Presse), Terry Mosher (The Montreal Gazette), Bruce MacKinnon (The Chronicle Herald), Marc Beaudet (Le Journal de Montréal), Michel Garneau (Le Devoir), Cameron Cardeau (The Ottawa Citizen), Sue Dewar (The Ottawa Sun), Patrick Corrigan (The Toronto Star), Tony Jenkins (The Globe and Mail) Gary Clement (The National Post), Graeme MacKay (The Hamilton Spectator), Dale Cummings (The Winnipeg Free Press), Malcolm Myers (The Edmonton Journal), John Larter (The Calgary Herald) and many more.

Publishing simultaneously is Mosher’s own book Was It Good for You? -- more Aislin-inspired comic relief for the Canada Day weekend, poking fun at everything from Montreal’s crumbling infrastructure, to Quebec nationalism, to Harper’s year of majority – and forty years of watching Canadian Prime Ministers come and go.

Author: Terry Mosher (editor)
Date: July 2012

Was It Good For You?

Was It Good For You? It was really good for Aislin!

Was It Good For You? Is a collection of Aislin’s favourites drawn over the last three years. It is his 45th book. He is aiming for fifty.  Montreal’s infrastructure is crumbling at a faster rate than any city in North America – and there lurks Aislin amongst the thousands of orange construction cones, sketchbook in hand. Nationalism in Quebec would appear to be going through death throes while Aislin watches, just as he has since the beginning, pencil at the ready. Was It Good For You? Is a collection of Aislin’s favourites drawn over the last three years. It is his 45th book. He is aiming for 50. Foreword by Rick Mercer.

Author: Terry Mosher (Aislin)
Date: July 2012

The Darling of Kandahar

In 2007, a Canadian soldier stationed in Kandahar sent a letter to Maclean’s magazine thanking the editors for the cover of their annual University Student Edition, which featured a young Canadian woman of Romanian descent, who became the new “pin-up” girl for the soldier and his comrades.  Headlines flashed “The Darling of Kandahar” inspiring Romanian-Canadian writer Felicia Mihali’s first novel in English. The soldier, Sergeant Christos Karigiannis, died a short time after he wrote the letter.  

It was the sudden, wrenching turn in the story that held her, Felicia Mihali recently told Maclean’s.  “It became a strange, dark matter with his death, and then his funeral was in Laval, near where I live.” Mihali imagines the relationship between the two, renamed Yannis and Irina, as it might have developed in a brief e-mail correspondence. Irina is 24, attending university and becomes a minor celebrity in Montreal following the photo shoot. Yannis, stationed in Kandahar, shares with her his beliefs about the Taliban, on Afghan history, on the behavior of the troops, on ordinary people, on life and death. Both are immigrants, both in their individual realities, alone. Gradually, with the tension of the war in Afghanistan as the backdrop, they fall in love.

Author: Felicia Mihali
Date: April 2012

Keeping the Public in Public Education

An LLP Singles essay

Is there anything public schools do that no other form of education can? Only this: Simply by being what they are, they can teach kids about the society they live in. That's because public schools must let everyone in. What's unique about public education isn't the education part; it's the public.

Keeping the Public in Public Education is the first in Linda Leith Publishing's pioneering Singles series of short essays published in print and electronic form.

Author: Rick Salutin
Date: April 2012