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Spring 2015 Catalogue now available!


NSB Catalogue Spring 2015Our newest cat­a­logue is avail­able to view and down­load. It includes updat­ed order­ing info, a pletho­ra of hyper­links, a strik­ing illus­trat­ed cov­er by our go-to graph­ic guru Oliv­er McPartlin, and oh yeah, three new books!

The World I Guess is the newest poet­ry col­lec­tion from George Bow­er­ing, a man who needs no intro­duc­tion (but here’s a good place to start). This is Bowering’s 36th book of poet­ry, a remark­able fact that becomes aston­ish­ing when you real­ize his con­sis­tent­ly high qual­i­ty over the years.

The cen­tre­piece of the six sec­tions that com­pose The World, I Guess is “The Flood,” a long, com­plex, dis­cur­sive poem. The book ends with a suite of “trans­la­tions” of the “mod­ern” Cana­di­an poet­ry canon, from Charles G.D. Roberts and Archibald Lamp­man to Irv­ing Lay­ton and Phyl­lis Webb.

Dance Moves of the Near Future is a col­lec­tion of short fic­tion from Tim Con­ley, author or edi­tor of sev­er­al pre­vi­ous books of poet­ry, sto­ries, and etc. The 24 sto­ries veer from bat­shit insan­i­ty to qui­et real­ism; they’re by turns hilar­i­ous, dis­turb­ing, and mov­ing. From Dance Moves of the Near Future’s epony­mous sto­ry:

The Mal­nu­tri­tion
This one is pure sym­pa­thet­ic mag­ic — it’s all about the sym­pa­thy. Let the world see you know their hunger, how they tran­scend the hunger, how they refuse to be eat­en by hunger. Eat the hunger, digest your­self, say­ing: there’s more where that came from! Yes, I will have anoth­er! The mouth is nat­u­ral­ly a big part of this one but it’s not every­thing. Tight action, stay close to your­self. It’s not about flaunt­ing. The world is poi­son­ing you but you can take it. Wind down but do not col­lapse, do not flop. Refuse to be eat­en.

Great­ly Exag­ger­at­ed: The Myth of the Death of News­pa­pers by Marc Edge was a late drop-in to our Fall list, and set an in-house pro­duc­tion speed record: less than eight weeks from receiv­ing the com­plete man­u­script to books in the ware­house. Great­ly Exag­ger­at­ed mar­shals exten­sive research, com­pelling sto­ries and his­to­ry, and inci­sive, often bit­ing cri­tique to sup­port a con­tro­ver­sial argu­ment: despite all the doom-and-gloom of recent years, news­pa­per­ing remains an inher­ent­ly prof­itable busi­ness and is in no dan­ger of col­laps­ing.

Great­ly Exag­ger­at­ed is also avail­able as an ebook: Get an epub or Kin­dle-com­pat­i­ble ebook free from BitLit if you own the print ver­sion, or buy the epub from Kobo for over 50% off the print price.