Giving Up by Mike Steeves is a Finalist for the QWF 2015 Awards!

BookThug is very pleased to announce that Mike Steeves’s first novel Giving Up is a Finalist for the Quebec Writers’ Federation 2015 Concordia University First Book Award! Yesterday, in the Montreal Gazette, Ian McGillis wrote “Steeves’ book was one of the best-reviewed Canadian debuts of recent years; many were surprised when it didn’t make the national

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A BookThug’s Guide to the Fall Literary Festival Season

The fall book season has arrived, and cities far and wide will soon be abuzz with literary festival fun. Starting this month, BookThugs will be popping up at book festivals and fairs across the country. Following, we’ve compiled this helpful guide to find your local literary event and the BookThugs who’ll be attending. A BOOKTHUG’S GUIDE TO THE FALL 2015 LITERARY

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In Conversation: Malcolm Sutton talks with Mike Steeves about his debut novel, Giving Up

Mike Steeves’ new novel Giving Up is an uproarious, unrelenting look inside a contemporary middle-class relationship. Taking place over the course of two or three hours on a deceptively inauspicious evening in a non-descript, unnamed city, the novel, Steeves’ first, has the rare immediacy of a play—only turned inside out. Much of the action here is internal,

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Spring fiction PREVIEW: Giving Up, the debut novel by Mike Steeves

“Infinite resignation is the last stage before faith, so anyone who has not made this movement does not have faith, for only in infinite resignation does an individual become conscious of his eternal validity, and only then can one speak of grasping existence by virtue of faith.” — Søren Kierkegaard, Fear and Trembling Giving Up, the hotly anticipated debut novel

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Vibrant, exciting, and playfully challenging: Meet Our Terrific Spring 2015 season


We’re so excited to share our absolutely fabulous spring 2015 lineup.  We’re launching 9 new titles that represent a cross-range of poetry, fiction, and entre-genre categories, on subject matter as distinctive as the writers themselves. Each of these works joins in our already existing family of diverse books so well, we think you’ll agree that they represent a unique contribution to the diversity that defines our publishing program.

First up are two fantastic titles chosen by our fiction editor Malcolm Sutton. Carellin Brooks’ astonishingly beautiful One Hundred Days of Rain will mesmerize readers with its sharp and unforgettable prose. Even if you don’t live in Vancouver, rain and the weather will never be the same after you read Brooks’ book.



Mike Steeves’ daring novel Giving Up takes us into the maelstrom of a couple’s relationship during one evening in their lives. Meet James and Mary, and live inside their thoughts and minds, where many things converge: the great work of one’s life, family, con artists and ATMs, disfigured cats and apartment living. And hovering over it all is the frightening possibility of giving up (or not) on everything.



Steve McCaffery is singlehandedly attempting to rewrite classic books of canonical literature. And while Lewis Carroll’s Alice has already been Disneyified, wait ’til you get a load of Alice McCafferyified: Alice in Plunderland is equal parts entertaining and infuriating, but for all the right reasons. And the illustrations by Clelia Scala set the perfect tone for McCaffery’s text. It’s also perfect timing because 2015 marks the 150th anniversary of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Oh, how the times have changed!



Joining our growing collection of translations is Suzanne Leblanc’s The Thought House of Philippa, a poetic and philosophical novel that takes place, literally, in a house designed by Ludwig Wittgenstein. Oana Avasilichioaei and Ingrid Pam Dick’s translation of this stunning book will take you into a mind structured by its habitation, and readers will enjoy living in this complex and thoughtful space.



Pearl Pirie and Lesley Battler, both new to BookThug and whose manuscripts were selected by our poetry editor Phil Hall, provide exciting new collections to sink into. Pirie’s the pet radish, shrunken will envelop readers with its quirky lyricism and wit, while Battler’s Endangered Hydrocarbons explores the inescapable world we live in as controlled by big oil – even poets and poetry are not safe from that tar pool.



The Clown Princes of Canadian Poetry (Interior BC Chapter) known as Jake Kennedy and kevin mcpherson eckhoff offer readers two very different books: Kennedy’s lyrical collection Merz Structure No. 2 Burnt by Children at Play treats destruction as creation and the destroyed with a sense of beauty and creativity, and reframes how we think about loss; Eckhoff’s Their Biography: a organism of relationships was written by anyone but kevin, and yet he has claimed everything between the covers – including a crossword puzzle and a screenshot of a Google Mail account– as his very own biography.




And finally, political hack Jimmy McInnes presents a timely volume of poetry that inverts the balance of power in ‘power politics.’ For centuries, poets and politicians alike have been getting up on soap boxes and preaching to their converted brethren – in A More Perfect [, McInnes dismantles the political speech into a radical poem that grants readers access into the genre that speech itself uses to convert others.


We can’t wait to launch these books with you.  And once you crack their covers, you’ll be delighted and challenged, provoked and entertained-all the things BookThug books are known for.