Prepare your bookshelves! This year, This contributors past and present have been working hard to publish some incredible reads, including non-fiction, fiction, and poetry collections. Here’s what in store for 2018 from our friends at This—and you won’t want to miss any of them!
Marry, Bang, Kill
Goose Lane Editions, March 6, 2018
Our fiction editor’s second novel is a crime-thriller that follows the tumultuous story of Tommy Marlo, a petty criminal who gets caught up with high-ranking members of a deadly motorcycle gang. He is forced to hide out in a small town where delinquency and mayhem unfold.
Listen Before Transmit
Wolsak & Wynn Publishers, March 27, 2018
Former This lit editor Dani Couture’s latest book of poetry deals with transmissions across space and time, and between one another. Her collection speaks to the limitations of our bodies, and searches for meaning in the cosmos.
Eat This! How Fast-Food Marketing Gets You to Buy Junk (and How You Can Fight Back)
Red Deer Press, February 9, 2018
Andrea Curtis is a former This editor and current champion of healthy eating. Eat This! is a young adult non-fiction title that was deemed “fun and accessible,” by Jamie Oliver. It deals with the power of persuasion the fast food industry has using tools like ads, and product placement to control our eating habits.
Boys: What it Means to Become a Man
HarperCollins Canada, May 1, 2018
This alumna Rachel Giese explores the world of toxic masculinity among male youth in her latest book, aptly titled Boys. As feminism moves to challenge problematic stereotypes about femininity for girls, a movement with the same scrutiny among young men has yet to come to fruition. In Boys, Giese digs deep into the challenges boys face today and the ways we must overcome stifling misconceptions about masculinity.
Searching for Terry Punchout
Invisible Publishing, October 15, 2018
The debut novel from long-time This contributor and tech columnist Tyler Hellard follows the story of Adam, a sportswriter, who takes a long shot profiling an ex-hockey player/Zamboni driver Terry Punchout. Adam returns to his hometown in Nova Scotia in pursuit of the story, and ends up facing his complicated past.
Knopf Canada, May 2018
Sheila Heti’s new novel Motherhood examines one of the most important questions of womanhood—whether or not to have children. As the novel’s narrator grapples with the pressure of this decision with honesty and wit, Heti, our former literary editor, ultimately reconfigures the concept of “motherhood.”
I left nothing inside on purpose
McClelland & Stewart, March 27, 2018
From This’s poetry editor, I left nothing inside on purpose meditates on the psychological weight of attachment with an almost devotional tone and fierce intimacy. Howell’s first collection was a finalist for the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award, and their work has appeared in national and international publications.
Hard To Do: The Surprising, Feminist History of Breaking Up
Kelli María Korducki
Coach House, May 22, 2018
In her non-fiction debut, Korducki examines what it means for women to “break up” in our modern culture, and how relationship mainstays from the past two centuries have got us to where we are today. A past This contributor and intern, Korducki weaves historical analysis with her own clever take on love and female agency.
Overrun: Dispatches from the Asian Carp Crisis
ECW Press, Spring 2019
Our columns editor’s debut book is set to be published next spring after years of research (including a feature for This!). Andrew discusses the issues that arise from invasive species through the problematic lens of North American Asian carp. The book provides a narrative of changing fauna patterns as symptomatic of global environmental concerns.
It Begins With the Body
Book*hug, October 9, 2018
In It Begins With The Body, a collection of poems and illustrations, Shafi confronts her experiences as a Muslim girl coming into her own. Shafi, a former intern whose artwork and writing has appeared in This, addresses the pain and awkwardness in growing up with distinct, raw humour and unabashed honesty.
One Year After
Frog Hollow Press, April 2018
Editor-at-large RM Vaughan has a phenomenal one-act play, One Year After, now out as a part of Frog Hollow Press’s New Brunswick Chapbook series.
Invisible Publishing, October 2019
Lisa Whittington-Hill is This’s publisher extraordinaire. She’s currently working on a book about Cub, a ’90s indie-pop band from Vancouver, whose distinct brand of pop punk was dubbed “cuddlecore.”
Mansfield Press, April 2017
Tara-Michelle Ziniuk’s Whatever, Iceberg paints a lively, honest portrait of love in the digital age. She explores heartbreak, longing, expectation and bad luck with fearless humor and brave intimacy. A former This contributor and intern, Whatever, Iceberg is Ziniuk’s third collection of poems. A French translation of the book is forthcoming this year with publisher Triptyque.