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Winner of the 2018 Thomas Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award

Maine, 1980. A utopian community is on the verge of collapse. The charismatic leader’s authority teeters as his followers come to realize they've been exploited for too long. To make matters worse, the eleven-year-old son of one adherent learns that his mother has cancer.

Taking refuge in his imagination, the boy begins to speak of another time and place. His parents believe he is remembering his own life before birth. This memory, a story within the story of Blood Fable, is an epic tale about the search for a lost city refracted through the lens of the adventures the boy loves to read. But strangely, as the world around them falls apart, he and his parents find that his story seems to foretell the events unfolding in their present lives.

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Priase for Blood Fable:

"A family drama, a fantastical voyage, and a poetic reflection on love, death and betrayal, this extraordinary coming-of-age novel exposes the difficult relationship between free-thought and blind faith, evasion and enlightenment. Oisín Curran's Blood Fable is an adventure for the heart and soul." —Johanna Skibsrud, Scotiabank Giller Prize winning author of The Sentimentalists and Quartet for the End of Time

"This careful and loving rendering of a child's mind proves that acts of storytelling were once not so much vehicles for escape but instead crucial rehearsals for being. A remembrance of lost time—or maybe, to reference its Buddhist undergirding, an alaya-vijnana, a storehouse consciousness—Curran's vision of boyhood is perfect in details and sublimely moving. Blood Fable is a magnificent double take, which—like a bistable optical illusion (duck or rabbit?) —allows two universes to coexist. A rapturous adventure tale where the very essence of adventure is subverted so that fantasy and reality conflate; this is done not for temporary trickery but to deepen our comprehension of the real." —Eugene Lim, author of Dear Cyborgs

"The dark magic in Blood Fable is just a story (within a story), but that somehow makes it more, and more truly, magical. It is a story about how stories are made, how they help and refuse to reflect our lives, as resonating versions of the world refracted through the prism of imagination. On almost every page something threw me gloriously off balance and I couldn’t stop asking myself: how does Oisin Currin manage to write so consistently, compellingly, hauntingly well? I will reread this book." —Jacob Wren, author of Rich and Poor and Polyamorous Love Song"Blood Fable is, for me, a perfect book; it is the novel I always wish I were reading. In its twin stories&mdasj;one of an eleven-year-old boy and his flawed, beloved parents and the other a wild tale of love, peril, and adventure across underground tunnels and seas—are all the wonder and terror of childhood, refracted by a luminous imagination. Through the wide eyes of a child, Curran plumbs the world of adults with compassion and acuity. Blood Fable is a quest, a question, a story of searching—for understanding, insight, heroes—and of failing, finding in their stead the imaginative mercy of love. This is a joy of a novel, glittering, wondrous, and strange. I remain in its thrall." —Rebecca Silver Slayter, author of In the Land of Birdfishes

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Oisín Curran grew up in rural Maine. He received a BA in Classics and an MFA in Creative Writing from Brown University (where he was the recipient of a national scholarship and a writing fellowship), and a diploma in Translation (French to English) from Concordia University. He is the author of Mopus (2008), and was named a "Writer to Watch" by CBC: Canada Writes. Curran lives in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, with his wife and two children.

 
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Cabin Fever

BWL Publishing Inc.


In Sheila Claydon's Cabin Fever, published by Books We Love, the Osprey cruise ship is in trouble. Can Ellie Masters and Andy Smith solve the problem? When they join the ship in New Zealand they soon discover that it’s going to be hard work all the way to Australia. Not that either of them intend to let long hours get in the way of their blossoming love affair...until Ellie develops feet of clay..or is it Andy who is the problem? Is he really who he says he is? They joined the ship to help the crew, but now it’s Ellie and Andy who need help. Will they get it or is it already too late?

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One of the best story lines I have read in a very long time. Love the romance so detailed without giving blow-by-details of the actual sex act. Understand the wide appeal for the success of the book.

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Born and educated on the south coast of England, Sheila Claydon has gradually moved northwards across the UK. Now living in northwest England on a stunning stretch of unspoiled coastline, she finds walking a constant source of inspiration as well as a counterweight to the sedentary life of a writer. Interspersed with her writing is a long and varied career in health, education and employment. She likes to think she is a better writer because of those experiences, and also admits to basing some of her characters on people she has worked with in the past. Her motto is a quote by the late Ray Bradbury: 'First, find out what your hero wants. Then just follow him.'
 She starts with plots, chapter outlines, characterisation, each time she starts to write a new story. Then the hero takes over and she follows him instead...'

 
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Literarische Ästhetik

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Das Studienbuch richtet sich an Anfänger auf dem Gebiet der Literaturtheorie. Es führt in die begriffliche Reflexion des Literaturbegriffs in seiner historischen Vielfalt wie systematischen Breite ein. Klar strukturiert wird das Wissen um Theoriemodelle und Reflexionshorizonte bereitgestellt, das notwendig ist, um sich selbständig ein Grundverständnis von „Literatur“ als kulturellem Phänomen anzueignen.

In 14 gut lesbaren Kapiteln werden die systematischen Aspekte der Ontologie, Semiotik, Semantik, Medialität, Kommunikation, des Wirklichkeitsbezuges, der subjektiven wie intersubjektiven Aneignung, der anthropologischen Fundierung, der Funktionalität, der Kontexte sowie der wissenschaftlichen Einbettung von Literatur dargelegt. Deren Kenntnis zählt zu den Kernkompetenzen im Studium der Literaturwissenschaften.

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Dr. Jan Urbich lehrt an der TU Braunschweig.

 
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Braaaiiinnnsss!

Smith?, Robert (Hrsg.) | University of Ottawa Press


Think you know a thing or two about zombies? Think again. If you’re going to keep your wits – and your brains – about you during a zombie attack, you need expert advice. Braaaiiinnnsss!: From Academics to Zombies gathers together an irreverent group of scholars and writers to take a serious look at how zombies threaten almost every aspect of our lives. Spawned from the viral publication "When Zombies Attack!: Mathematical Modelling of an Outbreak of Zombie Infection," this multidisciplinary book draws on a variety of fields including biology, history, law, gender studies, archaeology, library science and landscape architecture. Part homage to zombie films and fiction, part cultural study, this collection humorously explores our deep-seated fear of the undead. Engaging and accessible, Braaaiiinnnnssss! will amuse academics and zombie fans alike.

 
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Robert Musil: Der Mann ohne Eigenschaften

Carl Hanser Verlag GmbH & Co. KG


Inka Mülder-Bach, geboren 1953, ist Professorin für Neuere Deutsche Literatur und Allgemeine Literaturwissenschaft an der LMU München. Sie ist Autorin zahlreicher Schriften zur deutschen Literatur des 18. bis 20. Jahrhunderts und Herausgeberin der Werke Siegfried Kracauers. Inka Mülder-Bach lebt in München.

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Inka Mülder-Bach, geboren 1953, ist Professorin für Neuere Deutsche Literatur und Allgemeine Literaturwissenschaft an der LMU München. Sie ist Autorin zahlreicher Schriften zur deutschen Literatur des 18. bis 20. Jahrhunderts und Herausgeberin der Werke Siegfried Kracauers. Inka Mülder-Bach lebt in München.

 
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Geschichte der deutschen Literatur. Band 3

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Der dritte Band der deutschen Literaturgeschichte lädt dazu ein, sich in die Welt der Goethezeit einzulesen und ihre Klassiker kennenzulernen.

Das Spektrum der behandelten Autoren reicht dabei von Klopstock, Karl Philipp Moritz und Hölderlin über Schiller und Jean Paul bis hin zu Heinrich von Kleist und Novalis. Besondere Aufmerksamkeit erhält freilich Goethe, der Namensgeber der glanzvollen literarischen Epoche um 1800. Die literarischen Werke werden in ihren sozial-, ideen- und kulturgeschichtlichen Kontext eingebettet und dieser Schritt für Schritt ausgeleuchtet.

Die Reihe der fünf Einführungen bildet einen kompetenten und zuverlässigen Leitfaden durch die Geschichte der deutschen Literatur vom 16. bis zum 20. Jahrhundert. Jeder Band stellt eine Großepoche vor und ist für sich allein verständlich.

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Prof. Dr. Gottfried Willems lehrte Neuere und Neueste deutsche Literatur an der Universität Jena. (Stand 12.05.2014)

 
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Conflict

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SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2013 OTTAWA BOOK AWARD

SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2013 ARCHIBALD LAMPMAN AWARD

SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2013 RELIT AWARD

Conflict interweaves ghosts, bad communication, the uncanny and the archival, to create a collection of poems that break down remembrance into abandoned historic markers, jet fuel, keening, or teeth. What you are given (this is a gift) is an insistent refusal to silence or shift. In exchange, the reader must face the impossibility of erasure, a gritty resistance to mourn a fight. Conflict is a collection of red balloons that intersplices and interweaves through various forms of conflict that occur in language, motion, architecture, emotions; between individuals, systems, and mechanical silences.

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Praise for Christine McNair:

"McNair is a one-woman fireworks spectacle."

— Grady Harp via literaryaficionado.com

"McNair takes us through poetry that forms together, while simultaneously breaking free from itself and forcing us to focus on our own loves and limitations."

— Cassie Leigh via greyborders.blogspot.ca

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Christine McNair was born on June 6, 1978, (the sixth day of the sixth month at six-fifty-six.)  She completed a BA (Hons) from Acadia University in Nova Scotia, with a major in English Literature and a minor in Art History.  She also completed a Master's degree in Conservation Studies (Books and Library Materials) at West Dean College in the UK.  Besides being a writer, McNair works full time at the Canadian Conservation Institute in Ottawa, in a special agency of the Department of Heritage, as a book "doctor" or Conservator. Conflict is her first book.

 
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Blame it on the Rain

BWL Publishing Inc. | The Blame Game


Charlie Naughton and Jenny Craft grew up together. Their parents were best friends and the kids were inseparable throughout their school years. But when Charlie goes off to college, he’s focusing more on his baseball scholarship than the friend he’s leaving behind. Jenny’s been in love with Charlie since she was seven, and he kissed her at his brother’s wedding reception. Since then she’s bided her time, waiting for him to realize that he loves her, too. Her senior year of high school is supposed to be one of her best. But when her parents’ marriage hits the skids and her best girlfriend makes a surprise announcement, Jenny barely has time to deal with her blossoming romance. And with Charlie’s insane schedule, thinking about each other seems to be the best they can do. When they finally find time to be together, neither one of them wants it to end. “If anyone asks where we were, we’ll just blame it on the rain.” But is ‘happily ever after’ really possible?

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Author Jamie Hill has a knack for pulling a reader deeper and deeper into her stories as they try to figure out where she is leading them.

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Jamie Hill was born and raised in a beautiful, mid-sized town in Midwest, USA. At various times she wanted to be a veterinarian, teacher, cheerleader, TV star or a famous singer. The one thing she always wanted to be was a writer. Starting at about age ten, she penned romance as she envisioned it in one spiral notebook after another.

 
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BWL Publishing Inc. | The Blame Game


Dana Naughton returns home after college to teach at the local elementary school. She’s not aware of the struggles her family is going through, but is glad to help however she can. She’s also surprised to learn that Clint Stewart, her old high school sweetheart, is now working for her father. They immediately hit it off, and pick up where thing left off years ago. But Clint’s a hot-blooded man, and Dana’s a woman who’s decided to practice abstinence before marriage. If they can get over that hurdle, they realize they can get through anything. Until tragedy strikes, and they’re forced to face every family’s worst nightmare. “If you need to assign blame, you might as well blame it on the moon.”

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Ms. Hill has the gift of knowing what the reader wants and then hitting you with an ending you certainly don't expect. Two thumbs up!

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Jamie Hill was born and raised in a beautiful, mid-sized town in Midwest, USA. At various times she wanted to be a veterinarian, teacher, cheerleader, TV star or a famous singer. The one thing she always wanted to be was a writer. Starting at about age ten, she penned romance as she envisioned it in one spiral notebook after another.

 
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Across the Rivers of Memory

The Azrieli Foundation | The Azrieli Series of Holocaust Survivor Memoirs


Transnistria, Romania, did not exist on a map. Yet that is where ten-year-old Felicia Steigman and her parents arrived in 1941, after a cruel deportation and death march overseen by Romanian Nazi collaborators. After surviving three years amid squalor, devastation and death, they finally returned to their pre-war idyllic hometown, Vatra Dornei, only to find their suffering being silenced. Decades later, Felicia was determined to commemorate the forgotten cemetery of Transnistria in a way that could not be ignored.

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Felicia Carmelly was born in Vatra Dornei, Romania, on September 25, 1931. In 1959, Felicia and her family emigrated from communist Romania to Israel. Three years later they immigrated to Canada, where Felicia earned her master’s degree in social work. Felicia founded Toronto’s Transnistria Survivors’ Association in 1994 and published the anthology Shattered! 50 Years of Silence: History and Voices of the Tragedy in Romania and Transnistria in 1997. Felicia Carmelly lives in Toronto.

 
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