2017 Fall Titles
Introduction by Daniel Francis.
The Unheralded Artists of BC #10
8 x 9.5 * 144 pages
paperback * $35.95
100 colour and B&W images
DUE: November 2017
The last book in the unprecedented Unheralded Artists of BC Series!
"Kerry Mason has done us all a great favour by bringing this overlooked and unrecognized artist to life with such passion, conviction, and expertise. The remarkable life and work of Arthur Pitts will be welcomed by the W̱SÁNEĆ (Saanich) people, and by many others in British Columbia and the Pacific Northwest, including cultural historians, art historians, and ethnographers.” — Richard Mackie, editor, The Ormsby Review, and author of The Wilderness Profound (1995), Island Timber (2000) and other books.
Arthur Pitts (1889-1972) was born in London, UK, in the Edwardian age and pursued a career of art and adventure, first in South Africa, then Canada, in BC (and in Victoria and Vancouver). From an early age, he was fascinated by indigenous cultures, which led him on a lifelong quest to document in vibrant watercolours, sketches and photographs, all he could see, as George Catlin, Paul Kane, Edward Curtis and Emily Carr had also done. Pitts also created entire series of landscapes, portraits and architectural subjects, commercial work and hundreds of cartoons for Punch magazine. Travelling more than 4,000 miles in British Columbia and Alaska, he produced a large body of work focusing on Coast Salish, Tlingit Haida and Ktunaxa First Nations. Pitts’ fascinating story includes life as an artist in Vancouver in the 1920s and 1930s, where he attended the Vancouver School of Decorative and Applied Arts, studying under Fred Varley, Charles Scott and J.W.G. Macdonald; WWI trench warfare and a host of “struggle and prevail” adventures. His work is in the collections of the Royal BC Museum, the Glenbow Museum and several important private collections abroad. Few have heard about Pitts or seen his work.
About the Author
Kerry Mason, B.A. M.A. is an art historian, author, curator and art consultant who lectures at the University of Victoria, University of Colorado, the Victoria College of Art and Vancouver Island School of Art, offering courses on Canada and British Columbia with an emphasis on Emily Carr and Indigenous Arts of the Northwest Coast. Kerry has written many related articles, exhibit catalogues and a book, Sunlight in the Shadows: the landscape of Emily Carr, for Oxford University Press. She has curated more than fifty exhibitions for the University of Victoria and other institutions throughout North America.
Daniel Francis is the author of more than 22 books, principally about Canadian history. Titles include The Imaginary Indian: The Image of the Indian in Canadian Culture (Arsenal Pulp Press, 1992) and A Road for Canada: The Illustrated Story of the Trans-Canada Highway (Stanton Atkins and Dosil, 2006). He is editorial director of the online Encyclopedia of British Columbia and his book L.D.: Mayor Louis Taylor and the Rise of Vancouver won the City of Vancouver Book Award in 2004. His latest book is Where Mountains Meet the Sea: An Illustrated History of the District of North Vancouver (Harbour Publishing).
Euclid’s Orchard & Other Essays
by Theresa Kishkan
6 x 8 * 168 pages * $22.95
DUE: September 2017
"From the first sentences of Euclid’s Orchard it is clear that Theresa Kishkan is a writer to be trusted. As readers, we are invited into her world – sometimes as eavesdroppers listening in on her private thoughts; other times as kindred spirits hearing and seeing our own truths. The essays in this collection seek to chart a map of the disorderly. Each one infused with the tenderness that comes from the knowledge of our own fallibility.”–Eve Joseph, author of In the Slender Margin.
“Kishkan is our finest essayist. This is wise book honestly faces age and loss, finding dropped threads and weaving them back into the cloth of life. Her eye is clear here, her heart open and her ear tuned to a rich polyphony. This is a book to treasure, for generations.”–Harold Rhenisch, author of Out of the Interior: the Lost Country.
In her new collection of essays Kishkan unravels an intricately patterned algorithm, a madrigal of horticulture and love. Opening with ‘Herakleitos on the Yalakom,’ a turbulent homage to her father, and ending in ‘Euclid’s Orchard,’ amidst bees and coyotes, her touchstones of natural history and family mythology are re-aligned and mortared with metaphysics and mathematics. Along the way her signature lyricism of place and home sings us from her grandparents’ first homestead near Drumheller via an actual ‘Poignant Mountain’ of her girlhood to her beloved home on the Sechelt Peninsula in BC.
About the Author
Theresa Kishkan is the author of thirteen books of poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction, including Mnemonic: A book of Trees and Patrin She has been a finalist for the Hubert Evans Non-Fiction Prize and the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize and won the Edna Staebler Personal Essay Prize. She lives on the Sechelt Peninsula with her husband John Pass.
–Praise for Patrin
“The story takes on dimensions of a fairy tale, rich and verdant with a touch of magic, with an ending that in retrospect was inevitable, and is also perfect.”-Kerry Clare, Pickle Me This
“Melancholy, plangent, luminous…every bit as remarkable as one might hope."-Richard Pickard
“Beautifully meditative, unforced narrative”-Sarah Revell
“Her new book is a jewel, beautiful to look at and to hold.”-Vancouver Sun
–Praise for Mnemonic: A book of Trees
“This is the kind of elegant and highly original book that leaves other writers, even good ones, feeling inadequate and clumsy.”–Stephen Hume
“It is a sublime and rare thing when writing so gracefully defies taxonomical classification.”–Terry Glavin
“There’s a wonderful sense of place throughout, and Kishkan’s observant curiosity makes you think of Forster’s exhortation in Howards End: “Only connect the prose and the passion and both will be exalted.” Mnemonic exalts.”–Michael Hayward
2017 Spring and Summer Titles
Due: April 2017
6 x 8, 90 pages,
978-1-896949-60-4 * paperback * $19.95
"There has never been a poet like Rhonda Ganz. What a magician of words she is, what sleights of narrative she performs. The pleasure for the reader is unending, no matter how many times you roll these poems off your tongue. There’s such brightness here, such wry humour, such serious whimsicality. If this is what laundry looks like, the wind couldn’t be happier and I want some on my line.”–Lorna Crozier, author of The Blue Hour of the Day and What the Soul Doesn’t Want.
"Rhonda Ganz’s debut collection of poetry is breathtaking, refreshing, direct, oblique. This is not your ordinary first collection of poems; there is nothing standard here. These poems are smart, sassy, quirky, scary—and funny. They are absurd; they are real to the bone. These are small—and not so small—perfect poems. Read this collection for its haunt of the surreal; read it for how it plumbs the truth.”–Arleen Paré, author of He Leaves His Face in the Funeral Car and The Girls with Stone Faces.
In her debut collection, poet Rhonda Ganz brazenly mixes darks with lights and pegs out the quirky and bizarre, both real and imagined, with all seams showing. From spontaneous combustion to suicide, from psychopaths to pterodactyls, Ganz is obsessed with the way people behave in moments of intimacy and domesticity. With her sharp wit and painterly abstractions, she pairs the banal with the absurd to expose the flaws of love—the frayed edges of belief and despair. Strung up, these poems are an authentic clothesline of hearsay, fabrication, doomsaying and half-truths.
About the Author
Crime fiction, reality TV and bad dreams inform Rhonda Ganz’s poetry, which has appeared in Rattle, The Malahat Review, Room, on city buses and in the anthologies Rocksalt: An Anthology of Contemporary BC Poetry, Poems from Planet Earth, Poet to Poet and Force Field: 77 Women Poets of BC. A poem of hers was chosen by Harvard Design Magazine for their December 2015 issue “Shelf Life.” She has been a featured reader at Planet Earth Poetry in Victoria, WordStorm in Nanaimo, Word on the Street in Vancouver and at the inaugural Galiano Literary Festival. Rhonda Ganz was born in Kenya. She lives in Victoria, B.C., where she works as a graphic designer and editor. She shares a home with one human and varying numbers of cats. She speaks German and can hold a conversation in Swahili. She has been known to write poems on the spot for people in hotel lobbies, parks and cemeteries.
A new collection of creative non-fiction
by twenty-four BC writers
Due: June 2017
6.5 x 8.5 * 232 pages * paperback
Includes linocuts, drawings, watercolours and etchings by Gary Sim,
Peter Haase and Briony Penn
978-1-896949-61-1 * paperback * $24.95
“I have only to break into the tightness of a strawberry, and I see summer – its dust and lowering skies.” –Toni Morrison
“In summer, the song sings itself.”— William Carlos Williams
Focusing on the joys of summer, The Summer Book features new and previously unpublished creative non-fiction by twenty-four acclaimed British Columbia writers: warm and wonderful tales, meditations on nature, summer memories, humour and seasonal anticipations. The Summer Book – a refreshing collection readers can relax and dip into, anytime of year. A small positive treasure in this complex crazy century.
Authors: Luanne Armstrong, Kate Braid, Brian Brett, Anne Cameron, Trevor Carolan, Claudia Cornwall, Daniela Elza, Carla Funk, Jane Eaton Hamilton, Eve Joseph, Des Kennedy, Theresa Kishkan, Chelene Knight, Fiona Tinwei Lam, Grant Lawrence, J.J. Lee, Sarah de Leeuw, Peter Levitt, Christine Lowther, Pearl Luke, Susan McCaslin, Briony Penn, D.C. Reid and Harold Rhenisch.