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Read an Exclusive Excerpt from A Skeletal Wand by Ruth Roach Pierson
Governor General's Literary Award nominated poet Ruth Roach Pierson's newest collection, A Skeletal Wand (Palimpsest Press), is a gorgeous book, full of poems that are uneasy and arresting, sketched ...
June 26, 2018
Read an Excerpt from David Goudreault's Raw, Powerful, Darkly Funny Mama's Boy
Content warning: suicide, self-harmIn its original French edition, Mama's Boy (Book*hug) by David Goudreault (translated by JC Sutcliffe) was a smash hit - a bestseller, winner of the 2016 Grand Prix ...
January 09, 2018
Read an Excerpt from Richard Denniss' Curing Affluenza: How to Buy Less Stuff and Save the World
Curing Affluenza: How to Buy Less Stuff and Save the World by prominent Australian economist Richard Denniss (Between the Lines) interrogates the darkness behind the widely hated word in its title. ...
December 19, 2017
Find Your New NYE Traditions in This Excerpt from JonArno Lawson's But It's So Silly: A Cross-cultural Collage of Nonsense, Play and Poetry
Just as New Year's Eve approaches, JonArno Lawson has come to our research with ideas for what sounds like some extremely fun NYE traditions. In this exclusive excerpt from his new book But It's So Silly: ...
November 16, 2017
Read an Excerpt from Through the Sad Wood Our Corpses Will Hang by Ava Farmehri
On the same day in 1979 when a new, deeply orthodox government declared the birth of the Islamic Republic in Iran, Sheyda Porrouya, the narrator of Ava Farmehri's Through the Sad Wood Our Corpses Will ...
August 16, 2017
Read an Excerpt from Tim Bowling's The Heavy Bear!
The main character of The Heavy Bear (Wolsak & Wynn) by award winning novelist and poet Tim Bowling is a man named Tim Bowling.And that's far from the strangest detail in this rollicking, moving, ...
August 08, 2017
Read an Excerpt from Oisín Curran's forthcoming Blood Fable!
Today we have a sneak peek at an exciting Fall 2017 book from BookThug: Oisín Curran's Blood Fable will be released in October, but you can read an excerpt now, exclusively on Open Book. In Blood ...
May 16, 2017
Read an Excerpt from Shane Rhodes' Dead White Men
Shane Rhodes' Dead White Men (Coach House Books) takes a frank, poetic look at the voices that have been included and excluded from history and from the narratives of exploration and so-called discovery.Eduardo ...
April 13, 2017
Read an Excerpt from Noah Wareness' Real is the Word They Use to Contain Us
In a child's dream, a taximdermied rabbit argues with the gun that shot it. "You must never ask anyone if they are Real," the rabbit admonishes. Such is the surreal, dreamscape of a poetry collection ...