Talking to a Portrait
Rosalind M. Pepall

The unexpected turns and obsessions of a curator's job.

This is a collection of stories about art works--whether an oil portrait, a wilderness explorer's sketchbook or a Tiffany lamp--and how the author fell under their spell. Few people are aware of the work, the emotion, and the obsessions of a curator's job. Exhibitions come and go; they are forgotten after a few years, but they live on in the curator's memory.

In these fifteen essays we encounter artists falling in and out of love, family tragedies, the creation of the Stanley Cup, the secrets of Tiffany, Antiques Roadshow, a rootless baroness, the design craze for aluminum, small Japanese boxes called kogos, watercolour sketchbooks of the Canadian north, a beautiful prayer room in Montreal, gondolas flying through windows in Venice, and Moscovites who love Goldfinger.

Pepall’s stories sparkle with clarity and leave one with a sense that art is an amazing, worthwhile, occasionally mysterious human activity.

Archival black and white photographs and colour plates—including Edwin Holgate’s Ludivine, one of the most beloved and recognizable Canadian portraits ever painted—make this book a must-have for art lovers, students, academics, museum-goers and readers interested in the role art plays in the creation of our lives.
I Am Not Guilty
Frances Shelley Wees

Set in and around post-war Toronto, I Am Not Guilty first appeared in a condensed form in the February 1954 Ladies’ Home Journal.

That same year, it was published in full by Doubleday as M’Lord, I Am Not Guilty. This Ricochet Books edition marks the first new edition since 1967.

Helen Graham has been acquitted in the murder of her wealthy husband, Alberta oil baron Steven Graham, but the eyes of the public continue to view her with suspicion. Worried for her future, and that of her young son, she sets out to find the true killer. The trail leads to the apartment of another woman—and revelations about her dead husband’s secret life—then continues to a growing bedroom community in suburban Toronto. What the widow doesn’t realize is that she is not alone in her pursuit of the murderer or how ready that murderer is to kill again.
Lost Family
John Barton

A bold experiment in autobiography, Lost Family: A Memoir is a book of sonnets that centres around the deaths of John Barton’s parents and sister, but also tracks much of the poet’s early life in Alberta through to a complicated, restless adulthood. Alongside accounts of love, friends and heroes, intolerance, AIDS, and the struggle for equality, Barton’s collection of poems—his first in six years—explores how being queer rewrites and expands society’s sense of lineage, both given and chosen.
May Fiction Bundle


As the weather warms up, so do our bundles! For only $20 (plus GST and 5$ flat shipping) you''ll get Dominoes at the Crossroads by Griffin Prize nominated author Kaie Kellough and The Bleeds by Hugh Maclennan Prize winner Dimitri Nasrallah delivered right to your mailbox.
NPM Bundle #5 - Governor General Award Winners


For only $30 (plus GST and $5 shipping anywhere in Canada) we will send you four books of Signal Editions poetry that have won the Governor General's Literary Award.

White Stone: The Alice Poems by Stephanie Bolster. Evocative poems that move from the icon of Alice in Wonderland to the imagined figure of Alice out of Wonderland.

Mirabel by Pierre Nepveu, translated by Judith Cowan. An epic poem that acknowledges the dispossessed.

Boxing the Compass by Richard Greene. Spiritually searching and intellectually rich.

The Major Verbs by Pierre Nepveu, translated by Donald Winkler. Nepveu’s voice is at once unadorned, sensuous and adventurous.

Press

On Dominoes at the Crossroads:
"The sheer torque of Dominoes at the Crossroads

On NPM Bundle #1:
"What makes Resisting Canada

On No Grave for This Place:
“This intense collection, which unfolds around loss and decay, finds its most beautiful embodiment in the precision of its gaze.” –Le Devoir

On 1984 Trilogy Bundle:
"Through multiple links that weave between the imagination of cybernetics and the history of literature, Plamondon's novel is a vibrant tribute to the ingenuity of human beings." - Alexandre Coderre, Spirale magazine

News

NOVEMBER NEWSLETTER (click for link)
History Through Our Eyes is now available, Kaie Kellough wins the 2020 QWF Paragraphe Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction for Dominoes at the Crossroads, and we launch Swallowed!

DOMINOES AT THE CROSSROADS wins QWF Paragraphe Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction!
Congratulations to Kaie Kellough on winning the QWF Paragraphe Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction for his book Dominoes at the Crossroads! The jury commented: "...Nubian slaves, an auction at The Ritz, and an insider’s inside view of uncelebrated neighborhoods in a “future history” of Montreal that tangles a language-obsessed

OCTOBER NEWSLETTER (click for link)
John Barton launches Lost Family: A Memoir, Kaie Kellough talks Dominoes at the Crossroads at TIFA, and pre-order History Through Our Eyes!

DOMINOES AT THE CROSSROADS longlisted for 2020 Scotiabank Giller Prize (press release here)
Kaie Kellough's book Dominoes at the Crossroads has been longlisted for the 2020 Scotiabank Giller Prize. Congratulations!JULY NEWSLETTER (click for link)
Go live online with Rosalind M. Pepall to celebrate the publication of Talking to a Portrait, talk about Dominoes at the Crossroads at the D+Q Local Reads Book Club, and take a look at our Fall 2020 catalogue!
Discover

Click here to see Kaie Kellough read from his QWF Paragraphe Hugh MacLennan Award winning book Dominoes at the Crossroads

Click here to listen to Rosalind Pepall's interview on CBC's All in a Weekend about Talking to a Portrait: Tales of an Art Curator.

In Periodicities’ fifth series of videos, Sadiqa de Meijer reads a few poems from her new book, The Outer Wards. Click here

Read “The Silence of A.M. Klein,” an incisive essay by our editor Carmine Starnino in the April issue of The New Criterion.



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Véhicule Press acknowledges the generous support of its publishing program from the Book Publishing Industry Development Program of the Department of Canadian Heritage, The Canada Council for the Arts, and the Société de développement des entreprises culturelles du Québec (SODEC).