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  • RATZ ARE NICE (PSP) by Braithwaite, Lawrence Christopher Patrick aka Ytzhak (1963 - 2008)
    Braithwaite, Lawrence Christopher Patrick aka Ytzhak (1963 - 2008)
    RATZ ARE NICE (PSP)

    Edition: First printing, a trade paperback original.

    Los Angeles: Alyson Books, (2000). SIGNED first edition - The second novel by this Afro-Canadian author, spoken-word artist, essayist, digital drummer, and short fiction writer. Dennis Cooper's blog notes that "Canadian literature has produced precious few genuine subversives, and Braithwaite black, gay, working-class, a drug user was perhaps the most subversive of them all. He wrote two of the most daring novels ever produced in this country: "Wigger" (winner of the Emerging Writers Competiton) and "Ratz Are Nice (PSP)."" Both books are composed in an invented patois, an ecstatic, deliberately confounding fusion of street slang, porn, typographical trickery, and song lyrics. Hip-hop, dub, heavy metal, reggae, and, above all, punk dictated his rhythms and sensibility. His priorities werent plot…

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    Los Angeles: Alyson Books, (2000). SIGNED first edition - The second novel by this Afro-Canadian author, spoken-word artist, essayist, digital drummer, and short fiction writer. Dennis Cooper's blog notes that "Canadian literature has produced precious few genuine subversives, and Braithwaite black, gay, working-class, a drug user was perhaps the most subversive of them all. He wrote two of the most daring novels ever produced in this country: "Wigger" (winner of the Emerging Writers Competiton) and "Ratz Are Nice (PSP)."" Both books are composed in an invented patois, an ecstatic, deliberately confounding fusion of street slang, porn, typographical trickery, and song lyrics. Hip-hop, dub, heavy metal, reggae, and, above all, punk dictated his rhythms and sensibility. His priorities werent plot and character, but speed and disorientation. He invited comparisons to transgressive writers like Cline and William S. Burroughs. SIGNED on the title page and very uncommon thus. Author notes and music, language and history references. 192 pp. ISBN: 1-555835546.

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    Condition: Fine in illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 82891
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  • MORE. by Clarke, Austin.
    Clarke, Austin.
    MORE.

    Edition: First US printing.

    New York: Amistad / Harper Collins, (2009) dj. Hardcover first edition - Eleventh novel by this award-winning writer, born in Barbados, but who has lived in Canada much of his life. A book which "carries readers into the lonely life of an immigrant domesticÑabandoned years before by a faithless husband, her life devastated by her sonÕs involvement in gang culture and crimeÑand her remarkable journey from tragedy back to the light." 300 pp. ISBN: 978-0061772405.

    Condition: Near fine in a near fine dustjacket (remainder line, some toning to edges of textblock)

    Book ID: 75756
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  • Foster, Cecil.
    SLEEP ON, BELOVED.

    Edition: First printing.

    Toronto: Random House of Canada, (1995.) dj. Hardcover first edition - The rather uncommon true first edition of the second novel by this Barbados born author. This is the moving story of a Caribbean immigrant woman who leaves behind everything - including, for too many years, her daughter - in order to build a better life for her family in Canada, only to find herself plunged into an alien culture and a painful struggle against racism and alienated from her beloved daughter.Dustjacket praise from E. Annie Proulx and Caryl Phillips, among others. 325 pp. ISBN: 0-39422387X.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket (a new copy.)

    Book ID: 33339
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  • A PLACE CALLED HEAVEN: The Meaning of Being Black in Canada. by Foster, Cecil.
    Foster, Cecil.
    A PLACE CALLED HEAVEN: The Meaning of Being Black in Canada.

    Edition: Trade paperback original - 3rd printing.

    Toronto: Harper Collins, (1996.). SIGNED - A look at the troubled state of race relations in Canada by this black novelist, who came to Canada from Barbados at the age 24. Although the title refers to how the fugitive slaves (and Foster himself) thought of Canada, the reality is quite different: "The sons and daughters of black doctors, lawyers and politicians are just as likely to drop out of school and to be harassed by the police as are the offspring of domestic servants. For many young Blacks, this situation is not acceptable. INSCRIBED on the title page and dated in 1998. Index. 325 pp. ISBN: 0-00638028X.

    Condition: Near fine in glossy blue and black illustrated wrappers with French flaps.

    Book ID: 42203
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  • THE GREAT BLACK NORTH: Contemporary African Canadian Poetry. by Mason-John, Valerie and Kevan Anthony Cameron, editors.
    Mason-John, Valerie and Kevan Anthony Cameron, editors.
    THE GREAT BLACK NORTH: Contemporary African Canadian Poetry.

    Edition: 2nd printing.

    Calgary, Alberta: Frontenac House Poetry, (2104), 2010. The "first national anthology to focus solely on poetry by African Canadians. . . the rest of the world may be unaware of the history of enslaved Africans and slave auctions north of the 49th parallel, as well as the free Blacks, Loyalists and Maroons who made their journeys to the 'promised land' of Canada. . a valuable resource for the preservation of culture that is written and/or performed as dub poetry, spoken word and slam, a poetic blend of literary and oral traditions that recognizes the past and present as they form a foundation for future generations of poets. Includes the work of over 90 poets working in many styles: the…

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    Calgary, Alberta: Frontenac House Poetry, (2104), 2010. The "first national anthology to focus solely on poetry by African Canadians. . . the rest of the world may be unaware of the history of enslaved Africans and slave auctions north of the 49th parallel, as well as the free Blacks, Loyalists and Maroons who made their journeys to the 'promised land' of Canada. . a valuable resource for the preservation of culture that is written and/or performed as dub poetry, spoken word and slam, a poetic blend of literary and oral traditions that recognizes the past and present as they form a foundation for future generations of poets. Includes the work of over 90 poets working in many styles: the internationally honoured Africadian George Elliott Clarke; Ian Keteku, who was crowned the 2010 World Poetry Slam champion; Lillian Allen, founder of the dub poetry tradition in Canada; Afua Cooper, who brought to light the hanging of an enslaved African woman, Marie Joseph Anglique, for the alleged burning of Montreal in 1734" and many others including Lorna Goodison, Claire Harris and Olive Senior. Preface by Karina Vernon, and an introduction by George Elliott Clarke. Winner the 2014 Robert Kroetsch Poetry Award. Notes, biographical notes, 272 pp. ISBN: 978-1897181836.

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    Condition: Fine in glossy illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 87445
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  • DRAGONS CRY. by McWatt, Tessa.
    McWatt, Tessa.
    DRAGONS CRY.

    Edition: First printing.

    Toronto: Riverbank Press, (2000). First edition - The second novel by this Guyanese-born Canadian writer, nominated for the Governor General's Award. "Over the course of the evening following the burial of his older brother, David, Simon and his partner, Faye, struggle to reconcile their pasts through the prism of the brother who brought them together, but who also drove them apart. A flood of memory - of childhoods in Canada and the Caribbean, of youthful hopes and adult choices - swirls about this haunting multi-layered novel about the shifting nature of love and belonging." 195 pp. ISBN: 1-896332137.

    Condition: Very good in illustrated wrappers with self flaps. (toning to the pages).

    Book ID: 84525
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  • NEHANDA. by Vera, Yvonne.
    Vera, Yvonne.
    NEHANDA.

    Edition: Reprint, a trade paperback.

    Toronto: TSAR Publications, (2007). Originally published in 1993, this is a novel set in the late nineteenth century in the author's native country of Zimbabwe, the story of ayoung woman has been given a divine calling, a portrait of resistance and struggle, a tale of a people's first meeting with colonialism. 98 pp. ISBN: 978-0920661413.

    Condition: Very near fine in glossy illustrated wrappers (upper corner slightly bumped).

    Book ID: 79618
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  • REPRODUCTION. by Williams, Ian.
    Williams, Ian.
    REPRODUCTION.

    Edition: Uncorrected proof for the first US edition, issued as a trade paperback.

    New York: Europa, 2020. SIGNED first edition - The first novel by this award-winning Afro-Canadian poet and short story writer, the winner of the 2019 Giller Prize. Spanning three decades from the 1980s and set in the racially and economically diverse and cultural vibrant Toronto neighborhood of Brampton, it has been described as a "story in which love takes strange, winding paths and grows in a context shaped by community, family, long-standing friendships, and fleeting interactions that leave their mark on us forever. Felicia, a nineteen-year-old student from a West Indian family, and Edgar, the lazy-minded and impetuous heir of a wealthy German family, meet by chance when their ailing mothers are assigned the same hospital room. After the…

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    New York: Europa, 2020. SIGNED first edition - The first novel by this award-winning Afro-Canadian poet and short story writer, the winner of the 2019 Giller Prize. Spanning three decades from the 1980s and set in the racially and economically diverse and cultural vibrant Toronto neighborhood of Brampton, it has been described as a "story in which love takes strange, winding paths and grows in a context shaped by community, family, long-standing friendships, and fleeting interactions that leave their mark on us forever. Felicia, a nineteen-year-old student from a West Indian family, and Edgar, the lazy-minded and impetuous heir of a wealthy German family, meet by chance when their ailing mothers are assigned the same hospital room. After the death of Felicia's mother and the recovery of Edgar's, Felicia drops out of high-school and takes a job as caregiver to Edgar's mother. The odd-couple relationship between Edgar and Felicia, ripe with miscommunications, misunderstandings, and reprisals for perceived and real offenses, has some unexpected results." SIGNED by author on the title page and dated in 2019 - that is, before publication in the US. An uncommon proof with an equally uncommon signature. 562 pp.

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    Condition: Fine in printed blue wrapppers.

    Book ID: 84207
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  • REPRODUCTION. by Williams, Ian.
    Williams, Ian.
    REPRODUCTION.

    Edition: Uncorrected proof for the first US edition, issued as a trade paperback.

    New York: Europa, 2020. SIGNED first edition - The first novel by this award-winning Afro-Canadian poet and short story writer, the winner of the 2019 Giller Prize. Spanning three decades from the 1980s and set in the racially and economically diverse and cultural vibrant Toronto neighborhood of Brampton, it has been described as a "story in which love takes strange, winding paths and grows in a context shaped by community, family, long-standing friendships, and fleeting interactions that leave their mark on us forever. Felicia, a nineteen-year-old student from a West Indian family, and Edgar, the lazy-minded and impetuous heir of a wealthy German family, meet by chance when their ailing mothers are assigned the same hospital room. After the…

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    New York: Europa, 2020. SIGNED first edition - The first novel by this award-winning Afro-Canadian poet and short story writer, the winner of the 2019 Giller Prize. Spanning three decades from the 1980s and set in the racially and economically diverse and cultural vibrant Toronto neighborhood of Brampton, it has been described as a "story in which love takes strange, winding paths and grows in a context shaped by community, family, long-standing friendships, and fleeting interactions that leave their mark on us forever. Felicia, a nineteen-year-old student from a West Indian family, and Edgar, the lazy-minded and impetuous heir of a wealthy German family, meet by chance when their ailing mothers are assigned the same hospital room. After the death of Felicia's mother and the recovery of Edgar's, Felicia drops out of high-school and takes a job as caregiver to Edgar's mother. The odd-couple relationship between Edgar and Felicia, ripe with miscommunications, misunderstandings, and reprisals for perceived and real offenses, has some unexpected results." SIGNED by author on the title page. An uncommon proof with an equally uncommon signature. Indie Next sticker on front cover. 562 pp.

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    Condition: Fair condition in printed blue wrapppers (crinkling from dampness to the fore-edge of many pages, no spine creasing)

    Book ID: 84317
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