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    Lore, Pittacus
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    Here are Lost Files stories together in one volume. Legacies Reborn looks at the Mogadorian invasion from the view point of a human teen. Last Defense reveals what happens to Malcolm Goode after warships descend. Hunt for the Garde follows three Mogadorians.

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    Odor, Jasmina
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    Jasmina Odor’s rich writing invites us to step into the shoes of Croatian immigrants living in Canada, and the Croatian soldiers and families who remain behind. Each passionate story in this collection varies in perspective, and yet all share Odor’s sensual writing and undertones of the trauma of life during wartime. Through the stories in You Can’t Stay Here, we are transported to the warm Adriatic Sea, rented rooms, wartime frontlines, and Canadian suburbia. We fall in love with those conflicted in their broken families, as well as those immigrants, travellers, and refugees who succeed in their difficult searches for place and finding a home. In this debut collection, we are left feeling overwhelming care for our fellow humans, neighbours, and countrymen.

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    Law, Lucas K., Mak, Derwin, 1963-
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    All emotions are universal. We born, we dream, we strive, we die...Where the stars rise? Stories that bind us together regardless where we come from or where we are going-on Earth or in space. Futuristic Istanbul. Kerala waters. Cebu jungles. Gyeongbok Palace. Post-apocalyptic Tokyo. Follow twenty-three science fiction and fantasy authors and their stories seen from an Asian perspective and envisioned through Asian eyes. Even beyond being Asian, the characters are diverse within themselves as they explore magic and science and deal with love, race, and politics. Immigrants dealing with racial tension and war camp internment. Orphans facing genocide or questioning the meaning of blood. Families struggling in aftermath of natural disasters or absence of technology. Individuals wrestling between ghostly pasts and uncertain future. Folks striving above class structures or finding a voice in history. But no one is perfect-each is unique, honest, real-a reflection of lives in profound and moving ways.

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    Douglas, Rhonda
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    Rhonda Douglas’s debut collection dazzles with its daring and dangerous prose. Welcome to the Circus, where every moment is a tight-rope act, precariously balancing on the edge of destruction. In these stories, a choir processes its collective grief at the loss of one of its members to cancer; a teenage boy marks himself with the poetry of John Donne; God explains the collapse of the cod fishery; Mata Hari stands trial; and two sisters try to reconcile their respective places in the family porn emporium business before everything blows up. These ten strikingly original stories explore love and escape—how we escape to love, escape through love, and escape ourselves and hold on to love. Together, the stories of Welcome to the Circus highlight the acrobatic, courageous circus acts we all learn to perform.

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    Wang, Jack
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    <p>Set on five continents and spanning decades, We Two Alone traces the arc and evolution of the Chinese immigrant experience. A young laundry boy risks his life, pretending to be a girl to play organized hockey in Canada in the 1920s. A Canadian couple is caught in when Shanghai is succumbs to violence during the Second Sino-Japanese War. A family struggles to buy a home in South Africa in the early years of apartheid. An actor in New York struggles to keep his career alive while yearning to reconcile with his estranged wife. From the vulnerable and disenfranchised to the educated and privileged, the characters in this extraordinary collection embody the diversity of the Chinese diaspora past and present. In these deeply affecting stories, Jack Wang subverts expectations as he captures the hope, pain, and sacrifices of the millions who journey into the unknown to create better lives, and explores the shifting boundaries of morality, the intimacies and failings of love, and the choices circumstances force us to make.</p>

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    Johnston, Sean
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    In an inviting and challenging series of fictions, this book will leave readers puzzling while they smile at the acrobatics of his words and techniques. Some of the stories border on "flash fiction" where incidents rather than an actual narrative drive the story, while several stories explore writing about writing. Shifts in narrative, jumps in time, intrusions into the narrative tension are all common here. But so too is pathos and compassion. While the world turns upside down in Johnston's stories, it is fiction that also ebbs and flows with human struggle, that is recognizable and relatable and, despite the challenges and uncertainties placed in the reader's path, there is always a way to see more clearly than we think we do.

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    Barclay, Byrna
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    Readers of Wanderlust, an anthology of travel stories, will at once feel that need to roam, the longing for surprise, the thrill of just recognizing the threat of danger, and the nomadic impulse simply to move oneself for the sake of moving, that restless and endless quest for a new beginning — even if it means the end of one life and the start of a new one. In every story a character embarks on a journey of discovery. They travel through the Nordic Viking age, experience family life in Italy, interpret the Lascaux Caves in France, climb Nicaragua’s volcanoes, undertake a road trip through the villages of Mexico, and finally are brought back to the Canadian prairies. Editor and contributor Byrna Barclay draws inspiration from the philosophers who expounded on the theory that, rather than change, a person simply becomes more of what he or she already was at birth. Anthology Contributors: Byrna Barclay, Brenda Niskala, Linda Biasotto, James Trettwer, Shelley Banks, Kelley-Anne Riess, Annette Bower.

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    McCluskey, Elaine
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    Valery the Great is a crackling, electric collection of dark humour that follows the bizarre and beautiful lives of its protagonists. Sometimes sweet and gentle, sometimes sharply sarcastic, the unique narrative voices in this collection are always powerfully touching.

    Praise for Valery the Great: "15 Finest Book Covers in Spring Fiction This Year" selection (Something Daily blog) “By turns comic, pathetic, and tenderly tragic, Valery the Great is a charming collection.” (Quill & Quire) “Her voice is scathing, very funny, her stories twisting at the end to leave me a bit stunned. … I loved this book, a short story collections whose curation had as much thought put into it as the stories themselves, a fantastic package with a gorgeous design. In addition to considerable talent, there is furious energy at work here, McCluskey giving it her all, and as a result, reading was a pleasure.” (Pickle Me This) “McCluskey is at her finest when she uses sharp humour and skillful, economic description to communicate her fatalistic worldview.” (The Globe and Mail)

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    Levy, Jerry
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    Jerry Levy’s gritty, urban tales are driven by arresting prose and engaging human drama. Urban Legend is psychologically intense with characters attempting to overcome personal loss in peculiar ways. In “Paris is a Woman” a man hopes that, by escaping to Paris, he will learn to manage his uncontrollable emotions; devastated by the death of his fiancée, a man in “The Golem of New York” enlists the aid of a rabbi schooled in Kaballah to help him erect a golem in her image; the protagonist in “Stolen Words” uncovers a trove of unpublished literary works that he hopes will result in fame and fortune; and, in “Phoenix Rising” a sculptress about to commit suicide rescues a cat from a busy highway and instantly gains notoriety.

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    Acker, Camille
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    When you're black and female in America, society's rules were never meant to make you safe or free. Camille Acker's relatable yet unexpected characters break down the walls of respectability politics, showing that the only way for black women to be free is to be themselves.

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    Christy, Jim
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    When jazz musicians of the ’30s and ’40s were gettin’ down, when things were really cookin’ they’d say, Yeah, make it tight like that. It meant things were good, as good as they could get. It’s a good thing in fiction, too. The stories in Jim Christy’s latest collection span time and space, taking us from the depression-era Deep South to the modern-day Vancouver commute. Private eyes. Old drunks. Yuppies, hippies, and everyone in between gets the trademark Christy work-over. He roughs ’em up until they show their mettle. His characters inhabit a world where one wrong move, no matter how small, can set in motion the direst of consequences. Luckily, they don’t let it get in the way of having a fine old time. Compelling, transforming, this collection makes you long for the days when a cup of coffee cost a dime, and dignity wasn’t for sale.

    Praise for Tight Like That: “the writing is the rock he builds the rest on, a good fresh prose that...never wastes a word" (Globe and Mail) "truly extraordinary and enduring power" (Vancouver Sun ) "Although most of the stories are set in the very recent past, each shows Christy engaging stylistically with the bygone age of grittier, more mercenary story scribblers. The narrative passages are terse and propulsive, the dialogue as sharp as a smashed bottle, and the witty, hardcooked tone gleefully treads the thin line between throwback and anachronism. It’s not surprising that among Christy’s 20-odd previous books is biographical work on Charles Bukowski." (Quill & Quire)

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    Ahdieh, Renée, Carson, Rae, Colbert, Brandy, Cotugno, Katie, Giles, L. R., Gratton, Tessa, Hagen, Bethany, Ireland, Justina, Johnson, Alaya Dawn, Johnston, E. K., Murphy, Julie, Nix, Garth, Roth, Veronica, Tahir, Sabaa, Yovanoff, Brenna
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    A collection of sixteen short stories involving love triangles. Includes stories written by Renée Ahdieh, Rae Carson, Brandy Colbert, Katie Cotugno, Lamar Giles, Tessa Gratton, Bethany Hagen, Justina Ireland, Alaya Dawn Johnson, E. K. Johnston, Julie Murphy, Garth Nix, Natalie C. Parker, Veronica Roth, Sabaa Tahir, and Brenna Yovanoff.

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    Pratchett, Terry
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    A follow-up to Dragons at Crumbling Castle, this second batch of storytelling gems features short stories written when Sir Terry Pratchett was a seventeen-year-old junior reporter.

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    Ward, Donald
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    Donald Ward’s stories are written in a straight-ahead narrative style that offers conceptual and philosophical underpinnings. Despite this intentional layering, he maintains the kind of economy of description and simplicity of exposition that is perfectly suited to the short story genre. Throughout his stories he likes to explore the human willingness to carry on in the face of often hostile and baffling circumstances, where nothing is as it first appears, and where endings are not predicable. These are stories that gently prod the reader to consider serious human foibles and balance that with a wicked humour. In Ward’s universe readers will find a race of superior chickens who investigate their earthly origins, a badger who shares his fears with a monk, a listless professor roused into life through a late-night dialogue with his distraught female student, and a female dwarf from the seventeenth century pursuing the love of an octogenarian at Starbucks. Always bubbling just below the surface of these stories with their oddities of plot and character is something unexpected and frequently profound.

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    Travel has become the world’s favourite pastime, and this collection of stories and essays is sure to fuel your wanderlust. Let renowned Canadian writers including Susan Musgrave, Stephen Henighan, and Pauline Holdstock transport you to the relaxing beaches of the Caribbean islands, the lush forests of South America, the busy streets of Asia, and the edgy clubs of Eastern Europe. With poignant descriptions of faraway places and thoughtful examinations of cultural difference, these writers present fresh realizations about the complexities of foreign culture in tales of unexpected adventure and self-discovery. Enjoy this collection while commuting, drinking your morning coffee, or even while travelling, and indulge your need to get away from it all!

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    Bonny, Sandy Marie
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    The stories in Sandy Bonny’s collection take place in settings from the Arctic Circle to Alberta’s badlands, and from the waters of the Georgia Straight to the grasslands of the prairies, and the characters that we meet in these places will be oddly familiar or perhaps familiarly odd. There are children who live in the magical territory between their imagination and their parents’ realities; road builders from China and Australia who know the ghostly secrets at road’s end; men who shape their lives with the predictability of beehives; women who try to grieve for their unborn children; and those who play at suicide. At the vortex of these surprising plots churns Bonny’s keen interest in science and its unexpected effect on human action and emotion.

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    Published in 1973 to honor stories that had appeared before the institution of the Nebula Awards, this anthology introduced tens of thousands of young readers to the wonders of science fiction and was a favorite of libraries across the country. This last volume in the definitive collection of the best science fiction novellas published between 1929 and 1964 contains eleven classics.

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    Chakraborty, S. A.
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    These stories of Daevabad enrich a world already teeming with magic and wonder. Explore this magical kingdom, hidden from human eyes. A place where djinn live and thrive, fight and love. A world where princes question their power, and powerful demons can help you, or destroy you.

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    This collection of seventeen classic mystery stories, dating from 1837 to 1914, traces the earliest history of popular detective fiction.

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    Cassill, R. V.
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    The classroom standard for readers and aspiring writers of fiction, The Norton Anthology of Short Fiction offers the most comprehensive, engaging selection of classic and contemporary stories in the field.

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