‘Being alive is hella complex and I want art that reflects that!’: In Conversation with Mat Laporte

RATS NEST, the long-awaited debut book by Mat Laporte is a mysterious and sometimes hallucinogenic sci-fi short story collection that builds a narrative out of the complexity and dialectical uncertainty that many people feel about being alive in the 21st century. RATS NEST introduces readers to a protoplasmic, fantastical underworld, as navigated by a self-reproducing

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Pearl Pirie’s the pet radish, shrunken is a finalist for the 2016 Archibald Lampman Award!

Congratulations to Pearl Pirie! Arc Poetry Magazine have announced the 2015 Archibald Lampman Award finalists and we’re thrilled that Pearl is shortlisted for her 3rd full collection, the pet radish, shrunken! Hurray, Pearl! Go radish, go! the pet radish, shrunken deals in the poetics of sound, language, and play. In true Pirie style, this fresh,

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Announcing the Essais Series

BookThug is pleased to announce the launch of a new non-fiction series, Essais. Drawing on the Old and Middle French definitions of essai, meaning first “trial” and then “attempt,” and from which the English word “essay” emerges, the works in the Essais series challenge traditional forms and styles of cultural enquiry. Essais is committed to publishing works concerned with justice,

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News and Events from BookThug HQ: Week of May 2, 2016

Happy Book Birthday to Her Paraphernalia: On Motherlines, Sex/Blood/Loss & Selfies by Margaret Christakos! It’s available now and just in time for Mother’s Day! Heather Birrell reviews Job Shadowing by Malcolm Sutton for The Toronto Star. Birrell writes, “The questions that Sutton is asking are powerful; they illuminate the essential absurdity of our late capitalist milieu. What

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International Women’s Day 2016: 12 Women You Need to Read Now

Today is International Women’s Day 2016. Today we celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievement of women everywhere. In honour of #IWD2016, we’ve created a recommended reading list of contemporary women writers at BookThug, both emerging and established, that you need to read now. These 12 fierce and brilliant women push at boundaries in

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