HOW TO MAKE LOVE TO A NEGRO WITHOUT GETTING TIRED By Dany Laferrière, translated by David Homel, Douglas & McIntyre, 152 pages, $19.95
This is the 25th anniversary of the publication of this slim first novel, now a classic of Canadian immigrant literature, by Laferrière. The Haitian-Canadian writer has published 14 novels and won many awards, including a Governor-General's award and the Prix Médicis. The book follows the adventures, sexual and otherwise, of a young Haitian man in Montreal, who is writing for his life.
THE RAPTURE By Liz Jensen, Anchor Canada, 293 pages, $21
Gabrielle, a physically and emotionally damaged therapist, is increasingly fascinated by one of her patients, 16-year-old Bethany, who has been locked up for murdering her mother. Gabrielle is also intrigued, and worried, about Bethany's paranoid disaster fantasies, which seem to be coming true with alarming regularity.
BARKING DOGS By Terence M. Green, Phoenix Pic, 167 pages, $9.99
Green's first SF-mystery was published in 1988, featuring Toronto cop Mitch Helwig and his Barking Dog, an illegal device that tells Mitch when someone is lying to him. Mitch is sick and tired of being lied to. The original was set in Toronto in 1999, and this edition has been updated.
A GATE AT THE STAIRS By Lorrie Moore, Anchor Canada, 322 pages, $19.95
Twenty-year-old Tassie leaves her farm family to go to university, and takes a part-time job as a nanny. With her brain on fire the study of literature, she also finds her new "family" mysterious and compelling, and becomes more and more alienated from her own family back on the farm.