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November novelties: Anarchy explained; new books from Moure & Thesen


Three new books from New Star are reaching bookstores this month:

Anarchy Explained to My Father, by Francis Dupuis-Déri and Thomas Déri, introduces the reader to the basic concepts of anarchist thought, setting out the features which gives it such resonance today.  Written in the form of a dialogue, Anarchy Explained to My Father is both a bracing and inspiring message as well as an up-to-date sourcebook on anarchism.

This book should be read by anyone who wonders what anarchism is, what it can be, and how we work towards it.” — Mark Leier, author of Bakunin: The Creative Passion and Rebel Life.  “A brilliant exploration of a complex topic .. . a beautiful introduction to anarchy.” — Les Méconnus

Originally published in 2014 as L’Anarchie expliquée à mon père by Lux Editeur, Anarchy Explained to My Father is translated by John Gilmore.

Montreal-based poet/translator/critic Erin Moure‘s memoir Sitting Shiva on Minto Avenue, by Toots is a working of mourning and memory.  At its centre is an old friend, former lover, the remembrance of whom recreates long-ago worlds in Vancouver and Montreal.  Watch for a cameo appearance by our current prime minister’s grandfather.

The Receiver is Sharon Thesen‘s first book since Oyama Pink Shale in 2011, and marks both a contination and a departure for the Prince-Georgeois, now Okanagan-based poet.  Along with the wry lyrical work she is known for, The Receiver also encompasses autobiographical prose, sharp criticism, and found poetry that is both unsettling and hilarious.