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Playwrights Canada Press fall 2019

Coming in fall 2019

By Date: April 25, 2019 Tags: News

This fall is looking mighty fine! From moving stories of intergenerational trauma, pushing comfort zones and eye-widening adventures to cleverly crafted comedy and unforgettable characters, our bookshelves are going to be bursting with all this goodness!

Check out our fall releases below, or you can read the full print catalogue. Thanks to Byron Eggenschwiler for the awesome cover art!

Mother’s Daughter 
by Kate Hennig

In this stunning third part to Kate Hennig’s Queenmaker series, England’s first queen regnant finds herself in the personal and political power struggle that dubs her Bloody Mary.

Cyrano de Bergerac 
by Kate Hennig

Cyrano de Bergerac is a swashbuckling seventeenth-century swordsman who can do anything . . . except tell Roxane, the woman he loves, how he feels. So when Cyrano is offered the chance to ghostwrite love letters to her from an inarticulate, love-struck cadet, he takes it.

by Jeff Ho

An elegant and sweeping story of a Chinese family’s history, trace follows the footsteps of four generations as their homes and identities are challenged.

Black Boys 
by Virgilia Griffith, Stephen Jackman-Torkoff, Tawiah M’Carthy, Thomas Antony Olajide, and Jonathan Seinen

In a society where the Black male body is both vilified and sexualized, Black Boys uncovers the complex dynamics of the Black male experience.

by Diane Flacks

Four female panellists face off in a wild, whip-smart public debate about the intersection of religion and misogyny, and love and ideology.

Fortune of Wolves 
by Ryan Griffith

After losing everything, Lowell Garrish sets off on a road trip across Canada with a tape recorder, desperate to hold on to real sounds. But as he drives, strange occurrences and mass disappearances imply that something terrible is happening, and Lowell begins to realize that time for humanity may be running out.

Guarded Girls 
by Charlotte Corbeil-Coleman

The stories and experiences of three imprisoned women intertwine in dramatic and dangerous ways, as the psychological destruction that is solitary confinement taunts each of their lives.

Straight Jacket Winter 
by Esther Duquette and Gilles Poulin-Denis

When Gilles and Esther decided to move from Montréal to Vancouver, they didn’t expect their lives to change so starkly. Isolated by the struggle to connect to others, navigate their language barrier, and deal with non-stop rain, the young couple approach a divide between the yearning to go back to their old life and the desire to stay.

by Vern Thiessen

When world-renowned scientists and academics were invited to the small town of Pugwash, Nova Scotia to discuss nuclear weapons post World War II, they couldn’t have predicted the bond they’d make with the town and the legacy they’d leave.

Th’owxiya: The Hungry Feast Dish 
by Joseph A. Dandurand

From the Kwantlen First Nation village of Squa’lets comes the tale of Th’owxiya, an old and powerful spirit that inhabits a feast dish. Her dish boasts enticing, beautiful foods from around the world, but stealing from her can be dangerous, as she’s developed a taste for children.

Whimsy State or The Principality of Outer Baldonia 
by A.J. Demers

With a few drinks and some “Ayes!” three fishermen on a small island off the coast of Nova Scotia declare independence from Canada: henceforth, they shall be known as the Princes of the Principality of Outer Baldonia!

The Enchanted Loom 
by Suvendrini Lena, translated by Dushy Gnanapragasam

The Sri Lankan civil war has torn Thangan’s family apart—from the loss of his eldest son to the crippling epileptic seizures caused by his torture. When brain surgery is presented as a cure for Thangan’s seizures, his family must decide if the surgery will give them a chance to heal or bring even more pain.

The Blunt Playwright, Second Edition 
by Clem Martini

One of the best resources for playwrights is back in a new edition that examines all the steps and stages involved in writing a play, provides classic and contemporary scenes to study, outlines clever exercises to strengthen writing skills, and so much more.

The Directors Lab 
edited by Evan Tsitsias

From the co-founder of Directors Lab North comes an essential manual for directing for the stage. Combined with master classes and interviews with established, emerging, and mid-career directors, the book gives an exploration into the mechanics of theatre through the perspective of a director.

All books are available for pre-order now!