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.
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Hooking is Mary Dalton's fifth poetry collection. Barbara Carey in the Toronto Star called it “a celebration of creation.” Mary Dalton is the poet laureate of St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador

Radio Weather by Shoshanna Wingate explores the tension between personal imperatives and fickle outside forces in taut, unsentimental, immaculately-constructed poems. Shoshanna Wingate is the poet laureate of Sackville, New Brunswick.

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The Gang of Four
Sheila Kindellan-Sheehan

The nightmare began on a warm summer night. A six-year-old boy was found in a park shack, bludgeoned to death in the quiet residential district of Montreal's Notre-Dame-de-Grâce. Soon after, an eight-year-old boy disappeared. Horror and fear gripped the city. Neighbourhoods went silent. Suspects were questioned, suspicion and alarm mounts. No arrests were ever made.

When Lieutenant Detective Damiano discovers the cold case many years later and learns that the three suspects are still alive, she's hooked, on what cops call a Detective's Case. Her partner, Detective Pierre Matte, hesitantly agrees to work with her. They meet Kathryn Flynn, the ninety-year-old mother, who has kept meticulous files throughout the years--her hope has never faltered. Damiano and Matte rediscover what binds them, a reckoning for the murderers among us and justice for the victims who have no voice.
History Through Our Eyes
Edie Austin

History Through Our Eyes is a day-at-a-time look back at the 20th century through the lenses of Montreal’s news photographers.

The striking photographs are drawn from the archives of the Montreal Gazette, one of North America’s longest-publishing daily newspapers. They include iconic images from the Gazette as well as some photographs from the Montreal Herald, the Montreal Star and the Standard. While the photographs are the focus of this volume, the texts that accompany them tell the story of one of North America’s most fascinating and news-intensive cities.
Exploring Old Montreal
Alan Hustak

Walking tours in Montreal's Old City.

Old Montreal, not far from the city centre, is a historic neighbourhood in transition alive with raw energy. A compact area where the city was founded in 1642, it is today packed with museums, churches, galleries, restaurants, boutiques, boutique hotels, and entertainment venues.

A tourist destination in any season, the ambiance of its squares and waterfront park is determinedly romantic. Whether you want to ride a giant ferris wheel, go skating in winter, view dazzling fireworks from an illuminated bridge in summer, or just explore its narrow cobblestone streets to soak up four centuries of history in Vieux-Montréal, this book is indispensable.

This walking tour pocket guide is a complete revision of the bestseller published for the city’s 375th anniversary, which was recommended by Report on Business as “the perfect guidebook.”
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On The Gang of Four:
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News

JUNE NEWSLETTER (click for link)
Celebrating the publication of Éric Plamondon's Apple S with the 1984 Trilogy Bundle, talking Dominoes at the Crossroads at the D+Q Local Reads Book Club, and amplifying BIPOC voices with #BlackoutBestsellerlist.

Kaie Kellough Wins Griffin Poetry Prize
Kaie Kellough, author of Dominoes at the Crossroads is the Canadian winner of the 2020 Griffin Poetry Prize for his collection Magnetic Equator. The Griffin Poetry Prize prize is for first edition books of poetry written in, or translated into, English and submitted from anywhere in the world.

Swallowed - Réjean Ducharme's masterpiece - soon available in English!
We are thrilled to announce the publication of Swallowed (September 2020), a new authoritative translation of Réjean Ducharme’s 20th century masterpiece L’avalée des avalés. Originally published in 1966, Ducharme’s debut made an impact on Quebec society like no other literary work of that generation. Full press release and media kit here.

MAY NEWSLETTER (click for link)
Announcing Swallowed, a new translation of Réjean Ducharme's classic L'Avalée des avalés, our May Fiction Bundle, and Apple S, the conclusion of Éric Plamondon's 1984 Trilogy! Email marketing@vehiculepress.com with the subject line "sign me up" and we'll add you to our mailing list.Dominoes in Translation!
We are pleased to announce that Kaie Kellough’s Dominoes at the Crossroads will be published in French by our colleagues at Éditions du Boréal.

Discover

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.

Mary Dalton, Poet Laureate of St. John's NL, reads poems from Red Ledger on the Flahoolic podcast: "Leo" & "Ship Inn" and "Cape Spear" & "The Boat".

Listen to Zebedee Nungak, Ulrikke S. Gernes, and Morten Stroksnes discuss the meaning of North on CBC Ideas.



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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).