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Die besten Bücher aus Kanada – Gastland / Ehrengast der Frankfurter Buchmesse 2020 #canlit #canadaFBM2020

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Von 2009 bis 2013 lebte ich drei Monate pro Jahr in Toronto.

2020 wird Kanada Ehrengast / Gastland der Frankfurter Buchmesse: #canadaFBM2020

Ich bin Kritiker – und sortierte und las in ca. 1500 kanadische Bücher. Heute im Blog:

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Kanadische Literatur, auf Deutsch nicht erhältlich. #vorauswahl

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#canadaFBM2020 Buchmesse Ehrengast - beste Bücher kanadische Literatur CanLit - Catherine Hernandez, Ahmad Danny Ramadan, Kristel Derkowski

CATHERINE HERNANDEZ: „Scarborough“

„Scarborough is a low-income, culturally diverse neighborhood east of Toronto, the fourth largest city in North America. A multitude of voices tell the story of a tight-knit neighborhood that refuses to be undone: Victor, a black artist harassed by the police; Winsum, a West Indian restaurant owner struggling to keep it together; Hina, a Muslim school worker who witnesses first-hand the impact of poverty on education… and three kids who work to rise above a system that consistently fails them: Bing, a gay Filipino who lives under the shadow of his father’s mental illness; Sylvie, a Native girl whose family struggles to find a permanent home; and Laura, whose history of neglect by her mother is destined to repeat itself with her father.“

AHMAD DANNY RAMADAN: „The Clothesline Swing“

„The troublesome aftermath of the Arab Spring. A former Syrian refugee himself, Ramadan was inspired by One Thousand and One Nights. The mountains of Syria, the valleys of Lebanon, Turkey, Egypt and finally Canada. The epic story of two [male] lovers: A storyteller relays remembered fables to his dying partner.“

KRISTEL DERKOWSKI: „One Million Trees“

„A memoir of what it’s like to work as a tree planter, replanting the clear-cut forests of northern Ontario, Manitoba and the Maritimes. Bleak, funny, brutally realistic, Six Million Trees follows the author and her companions as they battle blizzards and broken bones, through isolation, desperation, solidarity and healing.“

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#canadaFBM2020 Buchmesse Ehrengast - beste Bücher kanadische Literatur CanLit - Merilyn Simonds, Joshua Whitehead, Richard Wagamese

MERILYN SIMONDS: „Refuge“

After a life that rubbed up against the century’s great events in New York City, Mexico, and Montreal, ninety-six-year-old Cassandra MacCallum is surviving well enough, alone on her island, when a young Burmese woman contacts her, claiming to be kin. Nang’s story of torture and flight provokes memories in Cass: Could her son really be Nang’s grandfather? What does she owe this girl?

JOSHUA WHITEHEAD: „Jonny Appleseed“

„Appleseed is a young Two-Spirit/Indigiqueer: Off the reserve and trying to find ways to live and love in the big city, Jonny becomes a cybersex worker who fetishizes himself in order to make a living. Stories of love, trauma, sex, kinship, and ambition, full of grit, glitter, and dreams.“

RICHARD WAGAMESE: „Indian Horse“

Saul Indian Horse has hit bottom. His last binge almost killed him, and now he’s a reluctant resident in a treatment centre for alcoholics: For Saul, an remarkable Ojibway man, taken forcibly from the land and his family when he’s sent to residential school, salvation comes for a while through his gifts as a hockey player. But in the harsh realities of 1960s Canada, he battles obdurate racism and the spirit-destroying effects of cultural alienation and displacement. Indian Horse unfolds against the bleak loveliness of northern Ontario, all rock, marsh, bog and cedar.

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#canadaFBM2020 Buchmesse Ehrengast - beste Bücher kanadische Literatur CanLit - Sean Michaels, Kathryn Kuitenbrouwer, Heather O'Neill

SEAN MICHAELS: „Us Conductors“

„In a finely woven series of flashbacks and correspondence, Lev Termen, the Russian scientist, inventor, and spy, tells the story of his life to his “one true love,” Clara Rockmore, the finest theremin player in the world. Leningrad during the Bolshevik Revolution, his arrival in 1930s New York. As Termen returns to Russia, he is imprisoned in a Siberian gulag and later brought to Moscow, tasked with eavesdropping on Stalin himself.“

KATHRYN KUITENRBOUWER: „All the broken Things“

„September, 1983. Fourteen-year-old Bo, a boat person from Vietnam, lives in a small house in Toronto with his mother and his four-year-old sister, who was born severely disfigured from the effects of Agent Orange. Named Orange, she is the family secret. One day a carnival worker and bear trainer, Gerry, sees Bo in a streetfight, and recruits him for the bear wrestling circuit, eventually giving him his own cub to train. This opens up a new world for Bo–but then Gerry’s boss, Max, begins pursuing Bo’s mother with an eye on Orange for his travelling freak show.“

HEATHER O’NEILL: „The Girl who was Saturday Night“

„Nineteen years old, free of prospects, and inescapably famous, twins Nicholas and Nouschka Tremblay are trying to outrun the notoriety of their father, a French-Canadian Serge Gainsbourg with a genius for the absurd and for winding up in prison. Nouschka not only needs to leave her childhood behind; she also has to leave her brother, whose increasingly erratic decisions might take her down with him.“

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#canadaFBM2020 Buchmesse Ehrengast - beste Bücher kanadische Literatur CanLit - Carrianne Leung, Anita Rau Badami, Shyam Selvadurai

CARIANNE LEUNG: „That Time I loved you“ [Short Stories]

„June is an irrepressible adolescent Chinese-Canadian coming of age. The suburbs of the 1970s promised to be heaven on earth—new houses, new status, happiness guaranteed. But in a Scarborough subdivision populated by newcomers from all over the world, a series of sudden catastrophic events show the fine line where childhood meets the realities of adult life.“

ANITA RAU BADAMI: „Can you hear the Nightbird call?“

„Moving between Canada and India: the interweaving stories of three Indian women. Leela, born to a German mother and a Hindu father, is doomed to walk the earth as a „half-and-half.“ and emigrates to Vancouver with her husband and two children. Bibi-ji gains access to a life of luxury in Canada – but her sister Kanwar, left behind to weather the brutal violence of the Partition of India and Pakistan in 1947, is not so fortunate.“

SHYAM SELVADURAI: „The hungry Ghosts“

„In Buddhist myth, the dead may be reborn as „hungry ghosts“—spirits with stomachs so large they can never be full—if they have desired too much during their lives. It is the duty of the living relatives to free those doomed to this fate by doing kind deeds and creating good karma. Shivan is gay, lives in Canada and travels back to Colombo, Sri Lanka, to rescue his elderly and ailing grandmother and bring her to Toronto.“

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#canadaFBM2020 Buchmesse Ehrengast - beste Bücher kanadische Literatur CanLit - Zoe Whittall, Daniel Allen Cox, Sassafras Lowrey

ZOE WHITTALL: „Bottle Rocket Hearts“

„Montreal in the months before the 1995 referendum. Riot Grrl gets bought out and mass marketed as the Spice Girls, and gays are gaining some legitimacy, but the queers are rioting against assimilation; cocktail AIDS drugs are starting to work, and Eve, 18, is pining to get out of her parents‘ house in Dorval and find a girl who wants to kiss her back. She meets Della: mysterious, defiantly non-monogamous, an avid separatist, and ten years older. From naive teenager to hotshot rough girl, Eve decides her own fate.“

DANIEL ALLEN COX: „Shuck“

„Set in the late 1990s: the last gasp of a gritty Manhattan. The intense diary of a male hustler in New York who tries to manage his reputation as the city’s porn star du jour when he’s not dumpster diving, or trying to get published. A novel about what binds artists and prostitutes: Cox is a former porn star. This is his first novel.“

SASSAFRAS LOWREY: „Lost Boi“

„A queer punk reimagining of the classic Peter Pan story: Told from the point of view of Tootles, Pan’s best boi, the lost bois call the Neverland squat home, creating their own idea of family, and united in their allegiance to Pan, the boi who cannot be broken, and their refusal to join ranks with Hook and the leather pirates. A struggle against the biggest battle of all: growing up.“

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#canadaFBM2020 Buchmesse Ehrengast - beste Bücher kanadische Literatur CanLit - Medina Faris, Ins Choi, Sheree Thomas

MEDINA FARIS: „The Dirty Version“

„Asia Salam is a hip-hop DJ with a drug dealing brother. Temür Mirzaev is a disenchanted hitman. Set during the economic and political upheaval of 2009, The Dirty Version is a story of blood ties that bind and the grey between good and evil.“

INS CHOI: „Kim’s Convenience“ [Theaterstück]

„Mr. Kim is a first-generation Korean immigrant and the proud owner of a variety store located in the heart of downtown Toronto’s Regent Park neighbourhood. As the neighbourhood quickly gentrifies, Mr. Kim is offered a generous sum of money to sell – enough to allow him and his wife to finally retire. But Kim’s Convenience is more than just his livelihood – it is his legacy. As Mr. Kim tries desperately, and hilariously, to convince his daughter Janet, a budding photographer, to take over the store, his wife sneaks out to meet their estranged son Jung, who has not seen or spoken to his father in sixteen years and who has now become a father himself.“

SHEREE THOMAS: „Dark Matter. A Century of Speculative Fiction from the African Diaspora“

„Black science fiction, fantasy, and speculative fiction for readers who have not had the chance to explore the scope and diversity among African-American writers.“

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#canadaFBM2020 Buchmesse Ehrengast - beste Bücher kanadische Literatur CanLit - Emily Saso, Danila Botha, Sophe B. Watson

EMILY SASO: „The Weather inside“

„It’s summer in Toronto, and the snow and ice is relentless. Too bad no one but Avery can see it. Avery remembers the death of her beloved father, the abuse she suffered as a teen, and the religion that tore her parents apart.“

DANILA BOTHA: „Too much on the Inside“

„The sub-cultural heartland of Toronto’s Queen Street West: Four people in their twenties converge with the impossible task of escaping their pasts in Brazil, Israel, South Africa, and Nova Scotia and try to build new identities.“

SOPHIE B. WATSON: „Cadillac Couches“

„A picaresque road trip novel set in the late ’90s and framed by the popular Edmonton Folk Music Festival: Two music-smitten twentysomething women search for love and purpose race across the country to Montreal.“

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#canadaFBM2020 Buchmesse Ehrengast - beste Bücher kanadische Literatur CanLit - Joey Comeau, Jason Lee Norman, Jacques Poulin

JOEY COMEAU: „Malagash“

„A darkly humorous portrait of a family in mourning. Sunday’s father is dying of cancer. They’ve come home to Malagash, on the north shore of Nova Scotia, so he can die where he grew up. Her mother and her brother are both devastated. But Sunday starts recording everything her father says. His boring stories. His stupid jokes.“

JASON LEE NORMAN: „Americas“ [Short Stories]

„There are 22 countries in the Americas. There are 22 stories in this book. In Nicaragua they keep their tears in jars. Guyana has separation anxiety. 22 stories about 22 countries you thought you knew.“

JACQUES POULIN: „Les grandes Marées“ / „Spring Tides“

„On an uninhabited island, a translator of comic strips lives in the company of his marauding cat and his tennis ball machine. But his boss helicopters in a few solitude-seeking companions—the beautiful and elusive Marie with her flirtatious cat Moustache; the seductive nudist, Featherhead; Professor Moccasin, the half-deaf comic strip scholar; the moody and contradictory Author; the Ordinary Man; and the Organizer, sent to “sensitize the population.” As the spring tides drag ocean debris onto the shore, the translator and his companions seek out their own solitudes in this hilarious philosophical fable.“

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#canadaFBM2020 Buchmesse Ehrengast - beste Bücher kanadische Literatur CanLit - Antanas Sileika, W. P. Kinsella, Hugh Garner

ANTANAS SILEIKA: „Buying on Time“

„Growing up in an eastern European immigrant community near Toronto: A book, both harsh and sympathetic, about the personal embarrassments we all live through.“

W. P. KINSELLA: „Shoeless Joe“ [Vorlage zu Kevin Costners „Feld der Träume“]

„“If you build it, he will come.” These mysterious words inspire Ray Kinsella to create a cornfield baseball diamond in honor of his hero, Shoeless Joe Jackson. A story about fathers and sons, love and family.“

HUGH GARNER: „Cabbagetown“

„A voluminous tale of depression-era Canada: One of the few Canadian novels published before 1960 that is genuinely frank about sex and politics. Set in Toronto’s east-end Cabbagetown neighbourhood („the largest Anglo-Saxon slum in North America“), teenage characters are leaving school and find paltry jobs. Some turn to crime, prostitution, or wage slavery and others ride the rails, while one cynical social climber becomes a crypto-fascist and government clerk. There’s nothing puritanical about Garner’s novel; in this Old Ontario, people cruise for sex in city parks, drink themselves to death, and lie, cheat, cuss, and steal for all they’re worth. A gang of fascist youths attacks a party of picnicking Jews at Cherry Beach. As literary art, Cabbagetown is decidedly second-tier. But its brutal honesty makes it consistently rewarding.“

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#canadaFBM2020 Buchmesse Ehrengast - beste Bücher kanadische Literatur CanLit - Claire Mullignan, Lesley Crewe, Suzanne Aubry

CLAIRE MULLIGAN: „The Reckoning of Boston Jim“

„The colony of British Columbia, 1863. Boston Jim Milroy, a lone trapper and trader with an eidetic memory has become obsessed with reciprocating a seemingly minor kindness from the loquacious Dora Hume, a settler in the Cowichan Valley of Vancouver Island. Dora’s kindness and her life story both haunt Boston Jim.“

LESLEY CREWE: „Amazing Grace“

„Grace Willingdon has everything she needs. For fifteen years she’s lived in a trailer overlooking Bras d’Or Lakes in postcard-perfect Baddeck, Cape Breton. Then, her estranged son calls from New York City, worried about his teenaged daughter: Grace finds herself the temporary guardian of her self-absorbed, city-slicker granddaughter Melissa.“

SUZANNE AUBRY: „Fanette“

„The Great Famine of 1845 in Ireland forced thousands of people to leave. Fionnuala, 7, travels in a „coffin ship“ to Quebec City. She loses her parents to typhus. Along with her sister Amanda, she is placed on a farm. The destinies of the two sisters are intertwined in a compelling saga exploring the depths of human cruelty and solidarity.“

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#canadaFBM2020 Buchmesse Ehrengast - beste Bücher kanadische Literatur CanLit - Helen Humphreys, Patrick Gale, Donna Milner

HELEN HUMPHREYS: „The Evening Chorus“

„Downed during his first mission, James Hunter is taken captive as a German POW. To bide the time, he studies a nest of redstarts at the edge of camp. Back home, James’s new wife, Rose, is on her own, free in a way she has never known. Then, James’s sister, Enid, loses everything during the Blitz and must seek shelter with Rose. In a cottage near Ashdown forest, the two women find unexpected freedom amid war’s privations and discover confinements that come with peace.“

PATRICK GALE: „A Place called Winter“

„A privileged elder son, and stammeringly shy, Harry Cane has followed convention at every step. After an affair, he’s forced to abandon his wife and child and signs up for emigration to the newly colonised Canadian prairies: a world away from the golden suburbs of turn-of-the-century Edwardian England.“

DONNA MILNER: „A Place called Sorry“

Growing up in the 1930s, Adeline Beale knows little of the outside world: She believes that everything she could ever want or need is to be found on her grandfather’s cattle ranch, or in the little town twelve bush miles away, a place called Sorry. After tragedy strikes her family, Addie learns that her grandfather too has lived with his own secret torment for more than seventy years.

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#canadaFBM2020 Buchmesse Ehrengast - beste Bücher kanadische Literatur CanLit - Genevieve Graham, Elizabeth Hay, Annie Daylon

GENEVIEVE GRAHAM: „Come from Away“

„1939: Grace Baker’s three brothers, sharp and proud in their uniforms, board Canadian ships headed for a faraway war. Grace stays behind, tending to the homefront and the general store that helps keep her small Nova Scotian community running. The war, everyone says, will be over before it starts. But three years later, the fighting rages on and rumours swirl about “wolf packs” of German U-Boats lurking in the deep waters along the shores of East Jeddore. Then, a handsome stranger ventures into the store. But Rudi is not the lonely outsider he appears to be.“

ELIZABETH HAY: „His whole Life“

„Starting with something as simple as a boy who wants a dog: Ten-year-old Jim and his Canadian mother and American father are on a journey from New York City to a lake in eastern Ontario during the last hot days of August. Moving from city to country, summer to winter, wellbeing to illness, the novel charts the deepening bond between mother and son even as the family comes apart. Set in the mid-1990s, when Quebec is on the verge of leaving Canada: an unconventional coming-of-age story.“

ANNIE DAYLON: „Of Sea and Seed“

„This novel launches The Kerrigan Chronicles, the story of three generations. Burin Peninsula of Newfoundland in 1929. Family matriarch, storyteller, and ghost Kathleen Kerrigan tells the story of her downfall.“

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#canadaFBM2020 Buchmesse Ehrengast - beste Bücher kanadische Literatur CanLit - Clark Blaise, Ernest Buckler, Sarah McCoy

CLARK BLAISE: „Lunar Attractions“

„The story of a whimsical boy from the Florida backwoods whose shocking sexual awakening propels him into the world of murder and extortion that roils beneath the surface of 1950s America.“

ERNEST BUCKLER: „The Mountain and the Valley“

„An affectionate portrait of a sensitive boy who becomes increasingly aware of the difference that sets him apart from his family and his neighbours: David’s desire to write is the secret that starts his spiritual awakening and the gradual growth of artistic vision.“

SARAH McCOY: „Marilla of Green Gables“

„Green Gables before Anne: Rural Prince Edward Island in the nineteenth century. The young life of spinster Marilla Cuthbert, and the choices that will open her life to the possibility of heartbreak—and unimaginable greatness. Plucky and ambitious, Marilla Cuthbert is thirteen years old when her world is turned upside down. Her beloved mother dies in childbirth, and Marilla suddenly must bear the responsibilities of a farm wife. Her one connection to the wider world is Aunt Elizabeth “Izzy” Johnson, her mother’s sister, who managed to escape from Avonlea to the bustling city of St. Catharines. An opinionated spinster, Aunt Izzy’s talent as a seamstress has allowed her to build a thriving business and make her own way in the world. Marilla is in no rush to trade one farm life for another. She soon finds herself caught up in the dangerous work of politics, and abolition.“

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#canadaFBM2020 Buchmesse Ehrengast - beste Bücher kanadische Literatur CanLit - Brian Francis, Cory Doctorow, Eric Walters

BRIAN FRANCIS: „Natural Order“ [gelesen, sehr gemocht]

„Joyce Sparks has lived the whole of her 86 years in the small community of Balsden, Ontario. She ponders the terrible choices she made as a mother and wife. Then, a young nursing home volunteer named Timothy appears, so much like her long lost tgay son John. Voiced by an unforgettable and heartbreakingly flawed narrator, Natural Order is a masterpiece of empathy.“

CORY DOCTOROW: „Makers“ [gelesen, sehr gemocht]

„Perry and Lester invent things—seashell robots that make toast, Boogie Woogie Elmo dolls that drive cars. Andrea Fleeks, a journo-turned-blogger, is there to document it.“

ERIC WALTERS: „Safe as Houses“ [gelesen, gemocht: simpler Jugendbuch-Thriller]

„October 15, 1954: Thirteen-year-old Elizabeth lives in the Toronto suburb of Weston. She has a part-time job babysitting an adorable little grade 2 girl named Suzie, and Suzie’s not-so-adorable grade 6 brother, David. Hurricane Hazel roars down, bringing torrential rains that cause extensive flooding. The parents are unable to reach the house, which means the children’s safety on this most deadly of nights is Elizabeth’s responsibility.“

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#canadaFBM2020 Buchmesse Ehrengast - beste Bücher kanadische Literatur CanLit - Timothy Findley, Robertson Davies, Richard Wagamese

TIMOTHY FINDLEY: „The Piano Man’s Daughter“ / „Die Tochter des Klavierspielers“ [deutsche Ausgabe vergriffen]

„The lyrical, multilayered tale of Charlie’s mother, Lily, his grandmother Ede, and two Irish immigrant families facing a new and uncertain future in turn-of-the-century Toronto.“

ROBERTSON DAVIES: „World of Wonders“ / „Welt der Wunder“ [deutsche Ausgabe vergriffen]

„The third book of the Deptford Trilogy follows the story of Magnus Eisengrim—the most illustrious magician of his age—who is spirited away from his home by a member of a traveling sideshow, the Wanless World of Wonders.“

RICHARD WAGAMESE: „Keeper n me“ / „Hüter der Trommel“ [deutsche Ausgabe vergriffen]

„When Garnet Raven was three years old, he was taken from his home on an Ojibway Indian reserve and placed in a series of foster homes. Having reached his mid-teens, he escapes, but finds himself cast adrift on the streets of the big city. In jail, he gets a surprise letter from his long-forgotten native family. Back on the reserve, Garnet is initiated into the ways of the Ojibway–both ancient and modern–by Keeper, a friend of his grandfather: a positive view of Native life and philosophy.“

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#canadaFBM2020 Buchmesse Ehrengast - beste Bücher kanadische Literatur CanLit - Michael Turner, Ruth Ozeki, Jane Urquhart

MICHAEL TURNER: „The Pornographer’s Poem“ / „Das Gedicht des Pornographen“ [deutsche Ausgabe vergriffen]

„The life of an unnamed pornographic filmmaker: Nettie, an idealistic poet and the one person with whom the narrator genuinely connects, sees in pornography the opportunity to do something artistic, liberating, and socially relevant. She pushes him to make even more subversive films.“

RUTH OZEKI: „My Year of Meats“ / „Beef“ [deutsche Ausgabe vergriffen]

„A mesmerizing debut novel: When documentarian Jane Takagi-Little finally lands a job producing a Japanese television show that just happens to be sponsored by an American meat-exporting business, she uncovers some unsavory truths about love, fertility, and a dangerous hormone called DES. Soon she will also cross paths with Akiko Ueno, a beleaguered Japanese housewife struggling to escape her overbearing husband. „

JANE URQUHART: „Übermalungen“ / „The Underpainter“ [deutsche Ausgabe vergriffen; gelesen, sehr gemocht]

„In Rochester, New York, a seventy-five-year-old artist, Austin Fraser, is creating a new series of paintings recalling the details of his life and those who have affected him–his peculiar mother, a young Canadian soldier and china painter, a First World War nurse, the well-known American painter Rockwell Kent, and Sara, a waitress from the wilderness mining settlement of Silver Islet, Ontario, who became Austin’s model and mistress.“

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#canadaFBM2020 Buchmesse Ehrengast - beste Bücher kanadische Literatur CanLit - Ann-Marie MacDonald, Jean Little, Ross Macdonald

ANN-MARIE MACDONALD: „Fall on your Knees“ / „Vernimm mein Flehen“ [deutsche Ausgabe vergriffen]

„The Pipers of Cape Breton Island hide a tragic secret that could shatter the family. Chronicling five generations of this eccentric clan, Fall on Your Knees follows four remarkable sisters across the battlefields of World War I, to the freedom and independence of Jazz-era New York City.“

JEAN LITTLE: „From Anna“ / „Alles Liebe, Deine Anna“ [deutsche Ausgabe vergriffen]

„Moving is never easy, especially when you’re a little 9-year-old girl moving from the tumult of living in Nazi Germany to Canada in the 1930s. And if you’re clumsy and your older brothers and sisters all call you „Awkward Anna“. When it’s discovered that Anna needs glasses and that her clumsiness is actually the result of being visually impaired, Anna’s life changes completely. Suddenly her brothers and sisters see Anna in a new light and try to make amends for being unkind.“

ROSS MACDONALD: „The Galton Case“ / „Der Fall Galton“ [deutsche Printausgabe vergriffen; nur als EBook erhältlich]

„Almost twenty years have passed since Anthony Galton disappeared, along with several thousand dollars of his family’s fortune. Now Anthony’s mother has hired Lew Archer to find him. What turns up is a headless skeleton, a boy who claims to be Galton’s son, and a con game whose stakes are so high that someone is still willing to kill for them.“

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#canadaFBM2020 Buchmesse Ehrengast - beste Bücher kanadische Literatur CanLit - John Glassco, Modris Eksteins, Jan Wong

JOHNNY GLASSCO: „Memoirs of Montparnasse“ / „Die verrückten Jahre. Abenteuer eines jungen Mannes in Paris“ [deutsche Ausgabe vergriffen]

„Young, reckless, and without a care in the world: In 1928, 19-year-old John Glassco escaped Montreal and his overbearing father for the wilder shores of Montparnasse. He remained there until his money ran out and his health collapsed, and he enjoyed every minute of his stay.“

MODRIS EKSTEINS: „Tanz über Gräben. Die Geburt der Moderne und der erste Weltkrieg“ [deutsche Ausgabe vergriffen]

„The origins, impact, and aftermath of World War I, from the premiere of Stravinsky’s ballet The Rite of Spring in 1913 to the death of Hitler in 1945. The Great War was a psychological turning point for modernism as a whole: Eksteins examines the lives of ordinary people, works of modern literature, and pivotal historical events to redefine the way we look at our past.“

JAN WONG: „Red China Blues“ / „Abschied von China“ [deutsche Ausgabe vergriffen]

„A journalist and her six-year-romance with Maoism, which crumbled as she became aware, firsthand, of the harsh realities of communism. An eyewitness account of the Tienanmen Square uprising, along with portraits of the individuals and events she covered in China during the recent tumultuous era of capitalist reforms.“

[Auch Jan Wongs Depressions-Memoir „Out of the Blue“ (2012) reizt mich.]

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#canadaFBM2020 Buchmesse Ehrengast - beste Bücher kanadische Literatur CanLit - Mary Henley Rubio, Wallace Stegner, Farley Mowat

MARY HENLEY RUBIO: „Lucy Maud Montgomery. The Gift of Wings“

„A Canadian literary icon, set in rich social context, including extensive interviews with people who knew Montgomery – her son, maids, friends, relatives, all now deceased. [Also:] Her shattering experiences with motherhood and as wife to a deeply troubled man.“

WALLACE STEGNER: „Wolf Willow“

„Stegner weaves fiction and nonfiction, history and impressions, childhood remembrance and adult reflections in this unusual portrait of his boyhood. Set in Cypress Hills in southern Saskatchewan, Stegner’s family homesteaded from 1914 to 1920, Stegner brings to life the pioneer community and the magnificent landscape.“

FARLEY MOWAT: „No Man’s River“

„An Arctic tale chronicling Mowat’s life among Metis trappers and native people as they struggle to eke out a living in a brutal environment. In the spring of 1947, Mowat joined a scientific expedition. In the remote reaches of Manitoba, he witnessed an Eskimo population ravaged by starvation and disease brought about by the white man.“

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#canadaFBM2020 Buchmesse Ehrengast - beste Bücher kanadische Literatur CanLit - Richard Gwyn, Janet Lunn, Pierre Berton 1812

RICHARD GWYN: „Nation Maker“

„Canada’s first and most important prime minister is the man who made Confederation happen. This is book 2 of his biography: From Confederation Day in 1867, where this volume picks up, Macdonald faced constant crises, from Louis Riel’s two rebellions through to his quest to find the spine of the nation: the railroad that would link east to west. Macdonald marries for the second time and deals with the birth of a disabled child.“

JANET LUNN: „The Story of Canada“ [illustriertes Jugendbuch ab ca. 10]

„The country’s story, told through rich narrative, recreations of daily life, folk tales and fascinating facts.“

PIERRE BERTON: „War of 1812“

„Pierre Berton’s two groundbreaking books: The Invasion of Canada shows the war’s first year. In Flames Across the Border, Berton evocates the muddy fields, the frozen forests and the ominous waters where men fought and died. The early, bloody conflict between the two emerging nations of North America“

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#canadaFBM2020 Buchmesse Ehrengast - beste Bücher kanadische Literatur CanLit - Pierre Berton Klondike, Gread Depression, Laura Beatrice Berton

PIERRE BERTON: „Klondike. The last great Gold Rush: 1896 – 1899“

With the building of the railroad and the settlement of the plains, the North West was opening up. The Klondike stampede was a wild interlude in the epic story of western development, and here are its dramatic tales of hardship, heroism, and villainy. We meet Swiftwater Bill Gates, who bathed in champagne; Silent Sam Bonnifield, who lost and won back a hotel in a poker game; dance-hall queens, paupers turned millionaires, missionaries and entrepreneurs. Berton contrasts the lawless frontier life on the American side of the border to the relative safety of Dawson City.

LAURA BEATRICE BERTON: „I married the Klondike“

„In 1907, Laura Beatrice Berton, a 29-year-old kindergarten teacher, left her comfortable life in Toronto to teach in a Yukon mining town. She fell in love with the North–and with a northerner–and made Dawson City her home for the next 25 years. She quickly discovered why the town was nicknamed the „Paris of the North.“ Although the gold rush was over, the townsfolk still clung to the lavishness of the city’s golden era. While thousands of people left the Klondike each October on the „last boat out“ and Dawson City slowly decayed around her, the author remained true to her northern home.“

PIERRE BERTON: „The Great Depression“

„Over 1.5 million Canadians were on relief, one in five was a public dependant, and 70,000 young men travelled like hoboes. Ordinary citizens were rioting in the streets, but their demonstrations met with indifference, and dissidents were jailed. It began with the stock market crash of 1929 and ended with the Second World War. The Regina Riot, the Great Birth Control Trial, the black blizzards of the dust bowl and the rise of Social Credit. Berton proves that Canada’s political leaders failed to take the bold steps necessary to deal with the mass unemployment, drought and despair. A child of the era, Berton writes passionately of people starving in the midst of plenty.“

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#canadaFBM2020 Buchmesse Ehrengast - beste Bücher kanadische Literatur CanLit - Pierre Berton, Barry Broadfoot, Mark Sakamoto

PIERRE BERTON: „Marching as to War. Canada’s turbulent Years 1899 – 1953“

„Canada’s twentieth century can be divided roughly into two halves: All the wars and all the unnecessary battles in which Canadian youth was squandered belong to the first. The first war of the century took Canadian soldiers to South Africa, and the last sent them to Korea. Nowadays, Canadians are proud of their role as Peacekeepers. Berton traces how one war led to the next.“

BARRY BROADFOOT: „Ten Lost Years. 1929 – 1939: Memories of Canadians who survived the Depression“

„Hundreds of ordinary Canadians tell their own stories in their own words, and the impact is astonishing. One story tells how rape by the boss was part of a waitress’s job. Other stories show Saskatchewan families watching their farms turn into deserts. A portrait of the era before Canada had a social safety net.“

MARK SAKAMOTO: „Forgiveness“

„When the Second World War broke out, Mitsue Sakamoto and her family felt their pleasant life in Vancouver starting to fade away after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Mitsue and her family were ordered out of their home and were packed off to a work farm in rural Alberta. The Sakamotos lost everything when the community centre housing their possessions was burned to the ground, and the $25 compensation from the government meant they had no choice but to start again. [In a parallel narrative, a Canadian soldier becomes a prisoner of war in Japan. Mitsue is Mark’s grandmother, the soldier is Mark’s grandfather.]“

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#canadaFBM2020 Buchmesse Ehrengast - beste Bücher kanadische Literatur CanLit - Thomas King, Peter Collings, Darrell Dennis

THOMAS KING: „The inconvenient Indian“

„What does it mean to be “Indian” in North America? King refashions old stories about historical events and figures, takes a sideways look at film and pop culture, relates his own complex experiences with activism, and articulates a deep and revolutionary understanding of the cumulative effects of ever-shifting laws and treaties on Native peoples and lands.“

PETER COLLINGS: „Becoming Inummarik. Men’s Lives in an Inuit Community.“

„What does it mean to become a man in the Arctic today? The lives of the first generation of men born and raised primarily in permanent settlements: Forced to balance the difficulties of schooling, jobs, and money that are a part of village life with the conflicting demands of older generations and subsistence hunting, these men struggle to chart their life course and become inummariit – genuine people. Inuit men who are no longer youths, but not yet elders. Based on over twenty years of research conducted in Ulukhaktok, Northwest Territories. He also reflects on the ethics of immersive anthropological research, the difficulties of balancing professional and personal relationships, and the nature of knowledge in Inuit culture.“

DARRELL DENNIS: „Peace Pipe Dreams. The Truth about Lies about Indians“

„Dennis is a stereotype-busting, politically incorrect Native American / Aboriginal / Shuswap (Only he’s allowed to call himself an “Indian.” Maybe. Under some circumstances). He looks at European-Native interactions in North America from the moment of first contact, discussing the fur trade, treaty-signing and the implementation of residential schools. Dennis explains why Native people aren’t genetically any more predisposed to become alcoholics than Caucasians; that Native religion doesn’t consist of worshipping rocks or conversing with animals; and that tax exemptions are so limited and confusing that many people don’t even bother.“

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#canadaFBM2020 Buchmesse Ehrengast - beste Bücher kanadische Literatur CanLit - James Daschuk, Alexandra Shimo, Lee Maracle

JAMES DASCHUK: „Clearing the Plains. Disease, Politics of Starvation, and the Loss of Aboriginal Life“

„The roles that Old World diseases, climate, and, most disturbingly, Canadian politics—the politics of ethnocide—played in the deaths and subjugation of thousands of aboriginal people in the realization of Sir John A. Macdonald’s “National Dream.” The lingering racism and misunderstanding permeates the national consciousness to this day.“

ALEXANDRA SHIMO: „Invisible North. The Search for Answers on a troubled Reserve“

„Freelance journalist Alexandra Shimo arrives in Kashechewan, a northern Ontario reserve, to investigate rumours of a fabricated water crisis. She finds herself drawn into the troubles of the reserve. Unable to cope with the desperate conditions, she begins to fall apart. Part memoir, part history of the Canadian reserves, including the suicide crises, murdered and missing indigenous women and girls, Treaty rights, First Nations sovereignty, and deep poverty.“

LEE MARACLE: „My Conversations with Canadians“

„Harkening back to her first book tour at the age of 26 (for the autobiographical novel Bobbi Lee: Indian Rebel), First Nations leader, woman, mother and grandmother Lee Maracle thinks about the threads that keep Canadians tied together as a nation–and also, at times, threaten to pull us apart.“

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#canadaFBM2020 Buchmesse Ehrengast - beste Bücher kanadische Literatur CanLit - Tanya Talaga, Harold R. Johnson

TANYA TALAGA: „Seven fallen Feathers. Racism, Death, and hard Truths in a Northern City“

„In 1966, twelve-year-old Chanie Wenjack froze to death on the railway tracks after running away from residential school. More than a quarter of a century later, from 2000 to 2011, seven Indigenous high school students died in Thunder Bay, Ontario. The seven were hundreds of miles away from their families, forced to leave home and live in a foreign and unwelcoming city. Investigative journalist Tanya Talaga delves into the history of this small northern city that has come to manifest Canada’s long struggle with human rights violations against Indigenous communities.“

TANYA TALAGA: „All our Relations“

„The alarming rise of youth suicide in Indigenous communities in Canada and beyond. The violent separation of Peoples from the land, the separation of families, and the separation of individuals from traditional ways of life — all of which has culminated in a spiritual separation that has had an enduring impact on generations of Indigenous children. But, Talaga reminds us, First Peoples also share a history of resistance, resilience, and civil rights activism, from the Occupation of Alcatraz led by the Indians of All Tribes, to the Northern Ontario Stirland Lake Quiet Riot, to the Standing Rock protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline.“

HAROLD R. JOHNSON: „Firewater. How Alcohol is killing my People (and yours)“

„Alcohol─its history, the myths surrounding it, and its devasting impact on Indigenous people. Drawing on his years of experience as a Crown Prosecutor in Treaty 6 territory, Harold Johnson challenges readers to change the story we tell ourselves about the drink. Confronting the harmful stereotype of the „lazy, drunken Indian,“ and rejecting medical, social and psychological explanations of the roots of alcoholism, Johnson cries out for solutions.“

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#canadaFBM2020 Buchmesse Ehrengast - beste Bücher kanadische Literatur CanLit - Robyn Maynard, Kamal Al-Solaylee, Lawrence Hill

ROBYN MAYNARD: „Policing Black Lives. State Violence in Canada from Slavery to the Present“

„Behind Canada’s veneer of multiculturalism and tolerance, Maynard traces the violent realities of anti-blackness from the slave ships to prisons, classrooms and beyond: Nearly 400 years of state-sanctioned surveillance, criminalization and punishment of Black lives in Canada, the state’s role in perpetuating contemporary Black poverty and unemployment, racial profiling, incarceration, immigration detention, deportation, exploitative migrant labour practices, disproportionate child removal and low graduation rates.“

KAMAL AL-SOLAYLEE: „Brown. What being Brown in the World today means (to everyone)“

„The in-between space that brown people occupy in today’s world: on the cusp of whiteness and the edge of blackness. Stories from the United Arab Emirates, the Philippines, the US, Britain, Trinidad, France, Hong Kong, Sri Lanka, Qatar and Canada. Al-Solaylee also reflects on his own identity and experiences as a brown-skinned person who grew up with images of whiteness as the only indicators of beauty and success.“

LAWRENCE HILL: „Black Berry, Sweet Juice. On Being Black and White in Canada“

„Hill movingly reveals his struggle to understand his own personal and racial identity. Raised by human rights activist parents in a predominantly white Ontario suburb, Hill describes the ambiguity involved in searching for his identity – an especially complex and difficult journey in a country that prefers to see him as neither black nor white.“

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#canadaFBM2020 Buchmesse Ehrengast - beste Bücher kanadische Literatur CanLit - Arlene Chan, How Toronto got Queer, B. Denham Jolly

ARLENE CHAN: „The Chinese in Toronto from 1878: From outside to inside the Circle“

„The modest beginnings of the Chinese in Toronto and the development of Chinatown is largely due to the completion of the Canadian Pacific Railway in 1885. No longer requiring the services of the Chinese labourers, a hostile British Columbia sent them eastward in search of employment. In 1894 Toronto’s Chinese population numbered fifty. Today, no less than seven Chinatowns serve what has become the second-largest visible minority in the city, with a population of half a million. Their lives are a vibrant part of the diverse mosaic that makes Toronto one of the most multicultural cities in the world.“

JOHN LORINC: „Any other way. How Toronto got queer“

„Community networks have transformed Toronto from a place of churches and conservative mores into a city that has consistently led the way in queer activism. Includes chapters on: Oscar Wilde’s trip to Toronto; early cruising areas; bath house raids; LBGT-police conflicts; Jackie Shane, the trans R&B singer who performed in drag in both Toronto and Los Angeles, and gained international fame with her 1962 chart-topping single, ‘Any Other Way.“

B. DENHAM JOLLY: „In the Black. My Life“

„Black Canadians have faced systematic discrimination. Jolly arrived from Jamaica to attend university in the mid-1950s and worked as a high school teacher before going into the nursing and retirement home business. Though he was ultimately successful in his business ventures, Jolly faced both overt and covert discrimination, which led him into social activism. He tells the story of a generation of activists who worked to reshape the country into a more open and just society.“

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#canadaFBM2020 Buchmesse Ehrengast - beste Bücher kanadische Literatur CanLit - Wayne Reeves, Christina Palassio, John Sewell, Juan Butler

WAYNE REEVES, CHRISTINA PALASSIO: „HTO. Toronto’s Water“

„Cut by a network of deep ravines and fronting on a Great Lake, Toronto is dominated by water. Thirty contributors examine the ever-changing interplay between nature and culture.“

JOHN SEWELL: „How we changed Toronto, 1969 to 1980“

„By the mid-1960s Toronto was well on its way to becoming Canada’s largest and most powerful city. City officials were cheerleaders for unrestricted growth. All this „progress“ had a price. Heritage buildings were disappearing. Whole neighbourhoods were being destroyed — by city hall itself. Many idealistic, young Torontonians didn’t like what they saw. Recently graduated lawyer John Sewell was one of many. Some were saving Toronto’s Old City Hall from demolition. 12 years when Toronto developed a whole new approach to city government, civic engagement, and planning policies. Sewell went from activist organizer, to high-profile opposition politician, to Toronto’s mayor. Race relations, attitudes toward the LGBT community, and the role of police: His defeat in the city’s 1980 election marked the end of a decade of dramatic transformation.“

JUAN BUTLER: „Cabbagetown Diary. A Documentary“

A novel taking the form of a diary written by a disaffected young Toronto bartender, Michael, over the course of his four-month liaison with Terry, a naive teenager who is new to the city. Michael introduces her to his his inner-city haunts, to drink and drugs, and to nihilist politics.“

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#canadaFBM2020 Buchmesse Ehrengast - beste Bücher kanadische Literatur CanLit - Shawn Micallef, Stroll, Frontier City, The Trouble with Brunch

SHAWN MICALLEF: „Stroll. Psychogeographic Walking Tours of Toronto“ [gelesen; gemocht.]

„Glass skyscrapers rise beside Victorian homes, creating a city of contrasts whose architectural look can only be defined by telling the story of how it came together and how it works, today, as an imperfect machine. Micallef situates Toronto’s buildings and streets and tells us about the people who use them; the ways, intended or otherwise, that they are being used; and how they are evolving. 32 walks.“

SHAWN MICALLEF: „Frontier City. Toronto on the Verge of Greatness“

„The civic drama of the 2014 elections: Micallef talked with candidates from all over Greater Toronto, and observed how they energized their communities.“

SHAWN MICALLEF: „The Trouble with Brunch. Work, Class and the Pursuit of Leisure“

„Every weekend, in cities around the world, bleary-eyed diners wait in line to be served overpriced food by hungover waitstaff. The ritual is a waste of time. What does its popularity say about shifting attitudes towards social status and leisure? For urbanist Micallef, brunch is a way to look more closely at the nature of work itself and a catalyst for solidarity among the so-called creative class in a cosmopolitan city where the evolving middle class is oblivious to its own instability and insularity. A provocative analysis of foodie obsession and status anxiety.“

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#canadaFBM2020 Buchmesse Ehrengast - beste Bücher kanadische Literatur CanLit - Tima Kurdi, Stevie Cameron, Anne Petrie

TIMA KURDI: „The Boy on the Beach“

„Alan Kurdi’s body washed up on the shore of the Mediterranean Sea on September 2, 2015. Tima Kurdi first saw the shocking photo of her nephew in her home in Vancouver, Canada. Tima recounts her idyllic childhood in Syria. At twenty‑two, she emigrated to Canada. A single mother and immigrant, Tima suddenly found herself thrust onto the world stage as an advocate for refugees everywhere, a role for which she had never prepared.“

STEVIE CAMERON: „On the Farm. Robert William Pickton and the tragic Story of Vancouver’s missing Women“

„North America’s most prolific serial killer. Stevie Cameron first began following the story of missing women in 1998, when the odd newspaper piece appeared chronicling the disappearances of drug-addicted sex trade workers from Vancouver’s notorious Downtown Eastside. It was February 2002 before Robert William Pickton was arrested, and 2008 before he was found guilty, on six counts of second-degree murder.“

ANNE PETRIE: „Gone to an Aunt’s. Remembering Canada’s Homes for Unwed Mothers“

„Thirty or forty years ago, everybody knew what that phrase meant: a girl or a young, unmarried woman had gotten herself pregnant. She was “in trouble.” She had brought indescribable shame on herself and her family. In those days it was unthinkable that she would have her child and keep it. Instead she had to hide. Her baby was born and given up for adoption. In institutional settings, most of them run by religious organizations, girls were kept out of sight until their time was up and they could return to the world as if nothing had happened. Seven women – including the author – recount their experiences, talking openly, some for the first time, about how they got pregnant; the reaction of their parents, friends, boyfriends, and lovers; why they wound up in a home; and how they managed to cope with its rules and regulations.“

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TOM WILSON: „Beautiful Scars. Steeltown Secrets, Mohawk Skywalkers and the Road home“

„Wilson was raised in the rough-and-tumble world of Hamilton -Steeltown- in the company of World War II vets, factory workers, fall-guy wrestlers and the deeply guarded secrets kept by his parents. He built an international music career and became a father and battled addiction.“

BARNEY HOSKYNS: „Across the great Divide. The Band and America“

„Recounts the turbulent career of The Band–Robbie Robertson, Richard Manuel, Rick Danko, Garth Hudson, and Levon Helm–from their beginnings playing in seedy bars to their rise to international stardom.“

SCOTT YOUNG: „Neil and me“

„Probably unique in the world of rock memoirs, „Neil and Me“ is a biography of an artist written by his own father, novelist Scott Young.“

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#canadaFBM2020 Buchmesse Ehrengast - beste Bücher kanadische Literatur CanLit - Nia King, Viviane K. Namaste, Zena Sharman

NIA KING: „Queer & trans Artists of Color. Stories of some of our Lives“ [Interviews]

„16 unique and honest conversations. Mixed-race queer art activist Nia King left a full-time job in an effort to center her life around making art. Grappling with questions of purpose, survival, and compromise, she started a podcast called We Want the Airwaves in order to pick the brains of fellow queer and trans artists of color about their work, their lives, and „making it“ – both in terms of success and in terms of survival. Nia discusses fat burlesque with Magnoliah Black, interning at Playboy with Janet Mock, intellectual hazing with Kortney Ryan Ziegler, gay gentrification with Van Binfa, the politics of black drag with Micia Mosely, gay public sex in Africa with Nick Mwaluko, the tyranny of „self-care“ with Lovemme Corazon.“ [Band 2 hier: Link]

VIVIANE K. NAMASTE: „Invisible Lives. The Erasure of transsexual and transgendered People“

„[erschien schon 2000; teils veraltetes und verletzendes Vokabular]  The first scholarly study of transgendered people—cross-dressers, drag queens and transsexuals—and their everyday lives. Namaste argues that transgendered people are not so much produced by medicine or psychiatry as they are erased, or made invisible, in a variety of institutional and cultural settings. New research on some of the day-to-day concerns of transgendered people, offering case studies in violence, health care, gender identity clinics, and the law.“

ZENA SHARMAN: „The Remedy. Queer and trans Voices on Health and Health Care“

„What do we need to create healthy, resilient, and thriving LGBTQ communities? A diverse collection of real-life stories from queer and trans people on their own health-care experiences and challenges, from gay men living with HIV to young trans people who struggle to find health-care providers who treat them with dignity and respect. The book also includes essays by health-care providers, activists and leaders.“

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#canadaFBM2020 Buchmesse Ehrengast - beste Bücher kanadische Literatur CanLit - Ivan Coyote, Karleen Pendleton Jimenez

IVAN E. COYOTE: „Tomboy Survival Guide“

„A funny and moving memoir told in stories, in which Ivan recounts the pleasures and difficulties of growing up a tomboy in Canada’s Yukon, and how they learned to embrace their tomboy past. Ivan writes movingly about many firsts: the first time they were mistaken for a boy; the first time they purposely discarded their bikini top so they could join the boys at the local swimming pool; and the first time they were chastised for using the women’s washroom. Ivan also explores their years as a young butch, and life as a gender-box-defying adult.“

IVAN E. COYOTE: „The Slow Fix“

„A collection that is disarming, warm, and funny about our preconceived notions of gender roles.“

KARLEEN PENDLETON JIMENEZ: „How to get a Girl pregnant“

„Jiménez has known that she was gay since she was three years old, and has wanted to have a baby for almost as long. One crucial element was missing in the life of the butch Chicana lesbian—the sperm. This candid and humorous memoir follows Karleen’s challenges, adventures, successes, failures, humiliations, and triumphs while attempting to fulfill her dream of becoming a mother.“

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#canadaFBM2020 Buchmesse Ehrengast - beste Bücher kanadische Literatur CanLit - Cameron Duder, Bruce Gillespie, Cheryl B. Evans

CAMERON DUDER: „Awfully devoted Women. Lesbian Lives in Canada, 1900 – 65“

„The lives of lesbians who grew up before 1965 remain cloaked in mystery. Historians have illuminated the worlds of upper-middle-class „romantic friends“ and working-class butch and femme women who frequented lesbian bars in the ’50s and ’60s. The majority of lesbians, however, were lower-middle-class women who hid their sexual identity by engaging in discreet social and sexual relationships. Drawing on correspondence, interviews, journals, and newspaper articles, Awfully Devoted Women offers a nuanced portrait of the lives of middle-class lesbians in the decades before the gay rights movement in English-Canada. A world of private relationships, house parties, and discreet social networks. An intimate study of the lives of women forced to love in secret.“

BRUCE GILLESPIE: „A Family by any other Name. Exploring queer Relationships“

„What does “family” mean to people today? Stories on coming out, same-sex marriage, adopting, having biological kids, polyamorous relationships, families without kids, divorce, and dealing with the death of a spouse, as well as essays by straight writers about having a gay parent or child.“

CHERYL B. EVANS: „I promised not to tell. Raising a transgender Child“

„One transgender child from birth through age eighteen. Their son’s desperate effort to comply to societal gender norms, a suicide attempt, a family members struggle with God.“

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#canadaFBM2020 Buchmesse Ehrengast - beste Bücher kanadische Literatur CanLit - Clifford R. Johnson, Bill Gaston, Howard Akler

HAROLD R. JOHNSON: „Clifford“

„When Harold Johnson returns to his childhood home in a northern Saskatchewan Indigenous community for his brother Clifford’s funeral, the first thing his eyes fall on is a chair. It stands on three legs, the fourth broken off and missing. Memories of his silent, powerful Swedish father and his formidable Cree mother. Memory, fiction, and fantasy collide.“

BILL GASTON: „Just let me look at you. On Fatherhood“

„A tender, wry memoir about alcohol, fishing, and all the things fathers and sons won’t say to each other. Fairly or unfairly, sons judge fathers when they take to drinking.“

HOWARD AKLER: „Men of Action“

„After his father undergoes brain surgery and slips into a coma, Howard Akler begins to reflect on the complicated texture of consciousness. During the long months that follow, Akler confronts the unknowable nature of another person’s life, as well as the struggles within his own unpredictable mind. With echoes of Paul Auster’s The Invention of Solitude and Philip Roth’s PatrimonyMen of Action treads the line between memoir and meditation, and is at once elegiac, spare and profoundly intimate.“

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#canadaFBM2020 Buchmesse Ehrengast - beste Bücher kanadische Literatur CanLit - Michael V. Smith, David Rakoff, Sunrise Person

MICHAEL V. SMITH: „My Body is yours“

„A novelist, poet, improv comic, filmmaker, drag queen, performance artist, and occasional clown, Michael traces his early years as an inadequate male—a fey kid growing up in a small town amid a blue-collar family; a sissy; an insecure teenager desperate to disappear; and an obsessive writer-performer, drawn to compulsions of alcohol, sex, reading, spending, work, and art as many means to cope and heal. How can we know what a man is? In coming to terms with his past failures at masculinity, Michael offers a new way of thinking about breaking out of gender norms, and breaking free of a hurtful past.“

DAVID RAKOFF: „Fraud“ [gelesen und gemocht; erschien auf Deutsch als „gelogen!“, vergriffen]

This American Life alum David Rakoff’s first essay collection: Whether impersonating Sigmund Freud in a department store window during the holidays, climbing an icy mountain in cheap loafers, or learning primitive survival skills in the wilds of New Jersey, Rakoff clearly demonstrates how he doesn’t belong-nor does he try to.“

CEA SUNRISE PERSON: „North of Normal“

„In the late 1960s, riding the crest of the counterculture movement, Cea’s family left a comfortable existence in California to live off the land in the Canadian wilderness. Led by Cea’s grandfather Dick, they lived a pot-smoking, free-loving, clothing-optional life under a canvas tipi without running water, electricity, or heat for the bitter winters. When Cea was five, her mother took her on the road with a new boyfriend. As the trio set upon a series of ill-fated adventures, Cea began to question both her highly unusual world and the hedonistic woman at the centre of it. Finally, in her early teens, Cea realized she would have to make a choice as drastic as the one her grandparents once had in order to save herself. A successful international modeling career offered her a way out of the wilderness.“

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#canadaFBM2020 Buchmesse Ehrengast - beste Bücher kanadische Literatur CanLit - David Blackwood, Jeff Lemire, Hope Nicholson

DAVID BLACKWOOD: „Black Ice. Prints of Newfoundland“ [Bildband]

„Canadian artist David Blackwood (born in 1941) draws epic visual narratives using childhood memories, dreams, superstitions, the oral tradition and the political realities of the community on Bonavista Bay. An iconography of Newfoundland that is as universal as it is personal, as mythic as it is rooted in reality, and as timeless as it is linked to specific events. Black Ice features over 70 prints, accompanied by essays from various disciplines – geology, history, folklore and literature.“

JEFF LEMIRE: „Roughneck“ [Comic]

„Derek Ouellette’s glory days are behind him. His hockey career ended a decade earlier in a violent incident, and since then he’s been living off his reputation in the remote northern community where he grew up. When his long-lost sister Beth shows up, on the run from an abusive boyfriend, the two escape to a secluded hunting camp in the woods.“

HOPE NICHOLSON: „Moonshot. The indigenous Comics Collection“ [Comic-Anthologie]

„From traditional stories to exciting new visions of the future. Claude St-Aubin (R.E.B.E.L.S., Green Lantern), Stephen Gladue (MOONSHOT cover artist), George Freeman (Captain Canuck, Aquaman, Batman), Lovern Kindzierski (X-Men, Wolverine).“

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#canadaFBM2020 Buchmesse Ehrengast - beste Bücher kanadische Literatur CanLit - Elsine Will, Ryan North, E.K. Johnston

ELAINE M. WILL: „Look Straight Ahead“ [Comic]

„Jeremy is a 17-year-old outcast who dreams of being a great artist, but suffers a mental breakdown brought on by bullying and other pressures at school.“

RYAN NORTH: „To be or not to be. A choosable Path Adventure“ [Spielbuch]

„A choose-your-own-path version of Hamlet: Play as Hamlet, Ophelia, or King Hamlet–if you want to die on the first page and play as a ghost. Over 15,000 people backed the book in just one month, and it remains the number-one most funded publishing project ever on Kickstarter.“

E. K. JOHNSTON: „Exit, pursued by a Bear“ [Jugendbuch]

„Veronica Mars meets William Shakespeare: Hermione Winters is captain of her cheerleading team in tiny Palermo Heights. But during a party, someone slips something in her drink. And it all goes black. In every class, there’s a star cheerleader and a pariah pregnant girl. They’re never supposed to be the same person. The assault wasn’t the beginning of Hermione Winter’s story and she’s not going to let it be the end. She won’t be anyone’s cautionary tale.“

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#canadaFBM2020 Buchmesse Ehrengast - beste Bücher kanadische Literatur CanLit - Meags Fitzgerald, Nathan Jurevicius, Elise Gravel

MEAGS FITZGERALD: „Photobooth. A Biography“ [Comic]

„For almost a century chemical photobooths have occupied public spaces; giving people the opportunity to quickly take inexpensive photos. In the last decade these machines have started to rapidly disappear. Illustrator, writer and long-time photobooth lover, Meags Fitzgerald traveled in North America, Europe and Australia and constructed a biography of the booth through the eyes of technicians, owners, collectors, artists and fanatics.“

NATHAN JUREVICIOUS: „Junction“ [(surreales Hipster-)Bilderbuch]

„For generations the Face Changers have made the clay tokens that change the faces of their kin. This month the youngest is tasked to take the ten thousand footsteps to the top of the mountain. Inspired by Judeo-Christian mythology and the mythology of Australian aboriginal tribes, Junction tells a magical piece of modern mythmaking.“

ELISE GRAVEL: „The Great Antonio“ [Bilderbuch]

„What made the Great Antonio great? He once wrestled a bear. He could devour 25 roasted chickens at one sitting. The true story of Antonio Barichievich, the larger-than-life Montreal strongman who had muscles as big as his heart.“

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#canadaFBM2020 Buchmesse Ehrengast - beste Bücher kanadische Literatur CanLit - Roch Carrier, Stephanie Innes, Terry Fan

ROCH CARRIER, SHELDON COHEN: „The Hockey Sweater“ [Bilderbuch]

„Winters in the village of Ste. Justine were long: Life centered around school, church, and the hockey rink, and every boy’s hero was Montreal Canadiens hockey legend Maurice Richard. Everyone wore Richard’s number 9. When Roch outgrows his cherished sweater, his mother writes away for a new one. Much to Roch’s horror, he is sent the blue and white sweater of the rival Toronto Maple Leafs. How can Roch face the other kids at the rink?“

STEPHANIE INNES, BRIAN DEINES: „A Bear in War“ [Bilderbuch]

„Teddy belonged to Aileen Rogers, 10, whose father Lawrence left the family farm in Quebec and went to war. Janet and Lawrence exchanged more than 200 letters — and Aileen sent her beloved Teddy overseas to help protect him. Sadly, Lawrence died at the battle of Passchendaele. In 2002, his granddaughter Roberta Innes found Teddy and the letters in an old family briefcase.“

TERRY FAN, ERIC FAN: „The Night Gardener“ [Bilderbuch]

„William discovers that the tree outside his window has been sculpted into a wise owl. Then, more topiaries appear: Soon, William’s gray little town is full of color and life. And though the mysterious night gardener disappears as suddenly as he appeared, William—and his town—are changed forever.“

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#canadaFBM2020 Buchmesse Ehrengast - beste Bücher kanadische Literatur CanLit - David Bouchard, Jenny Kay Dupuis, Kathy Kacer, David Alexander Robertson

DAVID BOUCHARD: „If you’re not from the Prairie…“ [Bilderbuch]

„A boy. Life on the prairies of North America. The effects of the climate on the people in the heartland.“

JENNY KAI DUPUIS: „I am not a Number“ [Bilderbuch]

„When 8-year-old Irene is removed from her First Nations family to live in a residential school she is confused, frightened, and homesick. She tries to remember who she is and where she came from, despite the efforts of the nuns who are in charge. When she goes home for summer holidays, Irene’s parents decide never to send her and her brothers away again. But where will they hide?Based on the life of co-author Jenny Kay Dupuis’ grandmother, I Am Not a Number is a hugely necessary book that brings a terrible part of Canada’s history to light in a way that children can learn from and relate to.“

DAVID ALEXANDER ROBERTSON: „Sugar Falls. A Residential School Story“ [Comic]

„A school assignment to interview a residential school survivor leads Daniel to Betsy, his friend’s grandmother. At the age of 8, Betsy was taken away to a residential school. There she was forced to endure abuse and indignity.“

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#canadaFBM2020 Buchmesse Ehrengast - beste Bücher kanadische Literatur CanLit - Julie Lawson, Jean Little, Barbara Haworth-Attard

JULIE LAWSON: „No Safe Harbour. The Halifax Explosion Diary of Charlotte Blackburn. Halifax, Nova Scotia, 1917“ [Historien-Jugendbuch in Tagebuchform]

„Charlotte struggles to find her twin brother after the rest of her family is killed in the tragic Halifax explosion: the largest man-made blast in history until the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima. It levelled most of the city, left thousands dead, blinded or homeless. Charlotte turns to her diary to help her cope.“

JEAN LITTLE: „If I die before I wake. The Flu Epidemic Diary of Fiona Macgregor. Toronto, Ontario, 1918“ [Historien-Jugendbuch in Tagebuchform]

„Fiona comes from a large and loving family where she, her older sisters and her mother are all twins. Then, the Spanish flu is brought to Canada by soldiers returning from fighting overseas in World War I. Her sisters fall ill with the deadly disease.“

BARBARA HAWORTH-ATTARD: „To stand on my own. The Polio Epidemic Diary of Noreen Robertson. Saskatoon, Sasketchewan, 1937“ [Historien-Jugendbuch in Tagebuchform]

„Life on the Prairies is not easy. The Great Depression has brought great hardship. Noreen, like hundreds of other young Canadians, contracts polio and is placed in an isolation ward, unable to move her legs. After a few weeks she gains partial recovery, but her family makes the painful decision to send her to a hospital far away for further treatment. Adjustment to life in a wheelchair and on crutches; and ultimately, the emotional and physical hurdles she must face when she returns home.“

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#canadaFBM2020 Buchmesse Ehrengast - beste Bücher kanadische Literatur CanLit - Philip Roy, Riel Nason, Andrew Binks

PHILIP ROY: „Blood Brothers in Louisbourg“ [Jugendbuch]

„As the son of an officer, Jacques was expected to pursue a career in the military. In the spring of 1744, at the age of fifteen, he and his father leave France for Louisbourg, the French capital of Île Royale. In the forests that surround the French fortress of Louisbourg, a young Mi’kmaw man named Two-feathers watches soldiers and citizens. He is hoping to find his father who, he has been told, is an important man among the French. Then he befriends a beautiful young French woman. Two men, both seeking to understand their father: Their paths collide during the violent siege by British forces in 1745.“

RIEL NASON: „All the Things we leave behind“ [Jugendbuch]

„1977. Violet, 17, is left behind by her parents to manage their busy roadside antique business for the summer. Her restless older brother, Bliss, has disappeared, and her parents are off searching for clues.“

ANDREW BINKS: „The Summer between“ [Jugendbuch]

„Like his attempts to swim over the dark water of the river that lies between him and the object of his affections, Dougaldo Montmigny, 12, struggles against oppression, homophobia and racism to realise his love for Tomahawk Clark, a thirteen-year-old Metis boy.“

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KIT PEARSON: „Awake and Dreaming“ [Jugendbuch]

„Theo and her young, irresponsible mother seem trapped in their poverty. Theo dreams of belonging to a “real” family, and her dream seems to come true when she is mysteriously adopted by the large, warm Kaldor family. But are the Kaldors real or just a dream?“

KIT PEARSON: „A perfect gentle Knight“ [Jugendbuch]

„The six Bell children, each of them coping in various ways in the aftermath of their mother’s death. Set in the 1950s and seen through the perspective of the middle child, 11-year-old Corrie, Pearson’s story illustrates how a rich fantasy life both helps and hinders children trying to cope with loss, loneliness, and growing up.“

BERNICE THURMAN HUNTER: „That Scatterbrain Booky“ [Jugendbuch]

„Booky didn’t know much about the reasons for the Great Depression. All she knew was that she was hungry all the time, that her parents fought constantly, that the bailiff would soon return to evict her family from their home. Christmas would be a time of empty stockings instead of presents under the tree, a time of mashed potatoes and turnips instead of turkey. But Booky’s spunky nature refused to be crushed, even by the Great Depression“

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#canadaFBM2020 Buchmesse Ehrengast - beste Bücher kanadische Literatur CanLit - Susin Nielsen, Lianne Oelke

SUSIN NIELSEN: „No Fixed Address“ [Jugendbuch]

„Felix is 12. His mom Astrid is loving but unreliable. When they lose their apartment in Vancouver, they move into a camper van, just for August. September comes, they’re still in the van. Felix must keep „home“ a secret and give a fake address in order to enroll in school.“

SUSIN NIELSEN: „Word Nerd“ [Jugendbuch]

„Ambrose, 12, is a self-described “friendless nerd”. When some bullies at his new school almost kill him by slipping a peanut into his sandwich. Then, he enters the world of competitive Scrabble, searching for acceptance.“

LIANNE OELKE: „Nice try, Jane Sinner“ [Jugendbuch]

„After a personal crisis and her expulsion from high school, Jane, 17, is going nowhere fast. She signs up for House of Orange, a student-run reality show that is basically Big Brother. As it grows from a low-budget web series to a local TV show with fans, Jane has the chance to let her cynical, competitive nature thrive.“

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#canadaFBM2020 Buchmesse Ehrengast - beste Bücher kanadische Literatur CanLit - Charles deLint, J.A. McLachlan, Marika McCoola

CHARLES de LINT: „Under my Skin. Wildings: Book One“ [Jugendbuch]

„Young people in Santa Feliz: Week after week, there’s news of another teen changing shape, transforming from human into wild animal and back again. Josh Saunders is transformed into a mountain lion. Trusting only his best friends Des and Marina with his secret, Josh tries to return to normal life. But an encounter with Elzie, another Wildling, brings him unwanted attention from the authorities.“

J. A. MCLACHLAN: „The occasional Diamond Thief“ [Jugendbuch]

„On his deathbed, Kia’s father discloses a secret to her: a magnificent diamond he has been hiding for years. Fearing he stole it, Kia (16) keeps it secret. It comes from the distant colonized planet of Malem, where her father caught the illness that eventually killed him. It is illegal for any off-worlder to possess a Malemese diamond. Then, Kia is travelling to Malem, as a translator-in-training. She wants to return the diamond to its original owner.“

MARIKA McCOOLA: „Baba Yaga’s Assistant“ [Kinder-Comic]

„Masha’s beloved grandma taught her that nothing is too difficult or too dirty to clean. Now, the fearsome witch of folklore needs an assistant, and Masha needs an adventure. Is she clever enough to enter Baba Yaga’s house on chicken legs, and make dinner for her host? No easy task, with children on the menu!“

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#canadaFBM2020 Buchmesse Ehrengast - beste Bücher kanadische Literatur CanLit - Atwood Survival, Nick Mount Arrival, TC Albert

MARGARET ATWOOD: „Survival. A thematic Guide to Canadian Literature“

„When first published in 1972, Survival was considered the most startling book ever written about Canadian literature. A book of criticism, a manifesto, and a collection of personal and subversive remarks. Margaret Atwood begins by asking: “What have been the central preoccupations of our poetry and fiction?” Her answer is “survival and victims.” Twelve brilliant, witty, and impassioned chapters; from Moodie to MacLennan to Blais, from Pratt to Purdy to Gibson.“

NICK MOUNT: „Arrival. The Story of CanLit“

„In the mid-20th century, Canadian literature transformed from a largely ignored trickle of books into an enormous cultural phenomenon that produced Margaret Atwood, Alice Munro, Mordecai Richler. What caused the CanLit Boom?“

T.C. TOLBERT: „Troubling the Line. Trans and genderqueer Poetry and Poetics“

„55 poets. In addition to generous samples of poetry by each trans writer, the book also includes “poetics statements”—reflections by each poet that provide context for their work.“

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#canadaFBM2020 Buchmesse Ehrengast - beste Bücher kanadische Literatur CanLit - Anne Carson

ANNE CARSON: „Float“ [Lyrik]

„An arrestingly original format–individual chapbooks that can be read in any order, and that float inside a transparent case. A mix of voices, time periods, and structures to explore what makes people, memories, and stories „maddeningly attractive“ when observed in spaces that are suggestively in-between.“

ANNE CARSON: „The Beauty of the Husband. A fictional Essay in 29 Tangos“

The story of a marriage, told in 29 “tangos” of narrative verse: erotic, painful, and heartbreaking scenes from a long-time marriage that falls apart.“

LEANNE BETASAMOSAKE SIMPSON: „This Accident of being lost: Songs and Stories“

„The knife-sharp new collection of stories and songs from award-winning Nishnaabeg storyteller and writer: the fragment as a tool for intervention that resists dominant narratives or comfortable categorization. Blending elements of Nishnaabeg storytelling, science fiction, contemporary realism, and the lyric voice.“

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#canadaFBM2020 Buchmesse Ehrengast - beste Bücher kanadische Literatur CanLit - Hoa Nguyen, Chelsea Vowel

HOA NGUYEN: „Red Juice. Poems 1998 – 2008“

„A decade of poems, previously only available in small-run handmade chapbooks, journals, and out-of-print books. Hoa Nguyen’s feminist ecopoetics and unique style, all lyrical in the post-modern tradition.“

HOA NGUYEN: „As long as Trees last. Poems“

„Clear-eyed and grounded: What does it mean to be a twenty-first century human?“

CHELSEA VOWEL: „Indigenous Writes. A Guide to First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Issues in Canada“

Delgamuukw. Sixties Scoop. Bill C-31. Blood quantum. Appropriation. Two-Spirit. Tsilhqot’in. Status. TRC. RCAP. FNPOA. Pass and permit. Numbered Treaties. Terra nullius. The Great Peace: Are you familiar with these terms? Vowel, legal scholar, teacher, and intellectual, opens an important dialogue about the concepts and wider social beliefs associated with the relationship between Indigenous peoples and Canada. In 31 essays, Chelsea explores the Indigenous experience from the time of contact to the present.“

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#canadaFBM2020 Buchmesse Ehrengast - beste Bücher kanadische Literatur CanLit - Robyn Sarah, Daphne Marlatt, Karen Solie

ROBYN SARAH: „My Shoes are Killing me. Poems.“

„Winner of the Canadian Jewish Literary Award for Poetry. Natural, musical, meditative, warm, and unexpectedly funny.“

DAPHNE MARLATT: „Liquidities. Vancouver Poems then and now“

„In her „re-vision“ of Vancouver Poems, originally published in 1972, Marlatt’s additional lyrics trace countless transformations of a West Coast port city – including poverty, addiction, and homelessness.“

KAREN SOLIE: „The Road in is not the same Road out“

„Wayside motels and junkyards, the abandoned Calgary ski jump and the eternal noon of Walmart: Poems that stake out startlingly new territory.“

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