Book Reviews

New and Noteworthy

Review space may be limited in our quarterly magazine, but we’re delighted to share this list of new books received. Be sure to check back frequently, since we will add titles as they arrive. Please note that inclusion on the list does not necessarily preclude a print review.

The Malahat Review supports Canadian writers and publishers and we encourage our readers to do the same.

Titles are listed alphabetically by author's last name.



Annharte Miskwagoode (New Star Books)
Brett, Brian To Your Scattered Bodies Go (Exile Editions)
Calder, Alison Synaptic (University of Regina Press)
Currie, Robert Shimmers of Light: New and Selected Poems (Thistledown Press)
Barwin, Gary and Prime, Tom Bird Arsonist (New Star Books)
Karasik, Daniel Sarah Plenitude (Book*hug Press)
Kreuter, Aaron Shifting Baseline Syndrome (University of Regina Press)
MacLean, Robert Wintermoon (Isobar Press)
Mootoo, Shani Cane | Fire (Book*hug Press)
Neilson, Shane You May Not Take the Sad and Angry Consolations (Goose Lane Editions)
Nolan, Heather Land of the Rock: Talamh an Carraig (Breakwater Books)
Sinclair, Sue Almost Beauty: New and Selected Poems (Goose Lane Editions)
Surkan, Neil Unbecoming (McGill-Queen’s University Press)
Vincent, John Emil Bitter in the Belly (McGill-Queen’s University Press)
Webb-Campbell, Shannon Lunar Tides (Book*hug Press)


Best Canadian Poetry 2021, edited by Souvankham Thammavongsa (Biblioasis)
Aigen, Razielle A Future Perfect (Talon Books)
Akiwenzie-Damm, Kateri (edited by Dallas Hunt) (Re)Generation (Wilfred Laurier University Press)
Allen, Lillian
(edited by Ronald Cummings) Make the World New (Wilfred Laurier University Press)
Anderson, Fortner Considerations (Demotic Locutions Press)
Andrews, Kelsey Big Sky Falling (Ronsdale Press)
Bachinger, Jacob Lee Earth-cool, and dirty (Radiant Press)
Banks, Chris Deepfake Serenade (Harbour Publishing)
Batchelor, Rhonda Allow Me (Ekstasis Editions)
Boan, Selina
Undoing Hours (Nightwood Editions)
Borin, Tara The Pit (Nightwood Editions)
Bowering, George Could Be (New Star Books)
Boychuk, Jenny Antonyms for Daughter (Véhicule Press)
Callanan, Andreae The Debt (Biblioasis)
Callanan, Mark Romantic (Biblioasis)
Camelot, Jason Vlarf (McGill-Queen’s University Press)
Carson, Edward
whereabouts (McGill-Queens University Press)
Christie, Evie
Mere Extinction: Poems (ECW Press)
Christakos, Margaret Dear Birch, (Palimpsest Press)
Clark, Brooke Urbanities (Fitzhenry & Whiteside)
Clarke, George Elliott White (Gaspereau Press)
Collis, Stephen A History of the Theories of Rain (Talonbooks)
Cortese, Franco Lip (Penteract Press)
Doyle, Henry No Shelter (Anvil Press)
du Plessis, Klara
Hell Light Flesh (Palimpsest Press)
Dunic, Leanne One and Half of You (Talonbooks)
Engert, Síle The Lost Time Accidents (Goose Lane Editions)
Epp, Joanne Cattail Skyline (Turnstone Press)
Estacion, Therese Phantompains (Book*hug Press)
Evans, Lesley-Anne Mute Swan (The St. Thomas Poetry Series)
Finlay, Triny Myself a Paperclip (Goose Lane Editions)
Fitzpatrick, Ryan Coast Mountain Foot (Talon Books)
Fong, Nicola Raziya OЯACULE (Talon Books)
Gammon, Carolyn
On Her Own Terms (Harbour Publishing)
GoldenEagle, Carol Rose Essential Ingredients (Inanna Publications)
Grabill, James Reverberation of the Genome (Cyberwit)
Halfe, Louise B. — Sky Dancer awâsis — kinky and dishevelled (Brick Books)
Harvey Steski, Carol rump + flank (NeWest Press)
Hav, Niels Moments of Happiness (Anvill Press)
Hayes, Diana
Gold in the Shadow: Twenty-Two Ghazals and a Cento for Phyllis Webb (Rainbow Publishers)
Heighton, Steven Selected Poems 1983-2020 (House of Anansi Press)
Hilles, Robert From God’s Angle: Poems of the Atomic Age (Black Moss Press)
Holbrook, Susan
Ink Earl (Coach House Books)
Huebert, David Humanimus (Palimpsest Press)
Hunt, Dallas Creeland (Nightwood Editions)
Inverarity, Geoff All the Broken Things (Anvil Press)
Irie, Kevin Tantramar Re-Vision (McGill-Queen’s University Press)
J, Evan Ripping down half the trees (McGill-Queens University Press)
Jamali Rad, Anahita still (Talonbooks)
Janess, Danielle
Milk of Amnesia (McGill-Queens University Press)
Kennedy, Jake The Kublev Horse (Gaspereau Press)
Konchan, Virginia Hallelujah Time (Vehicule Press)
Krahn, Sarah-Jean A Girl Who Was His House (Gothic Funk Press)
Kumar, Reema Live Depiction: Poems of Current Times (BlueRose Publishers)
Lee, Jen Sookfong The Shadow List (Walsak and Wynn)
Legris, Sylvia Garden Physic (New Directions)
Liebich, Rayya
Min Hayati (Inanna)
Logan, Zachari A Natural History of Unnatural Things (Radiant Press)
Marlatt, Daphne
Then Now (Talonbooks)
Masutani, Matsuki I will be more myself in the next world (Mother Tongue Publishing)
Maceachern, Jessi A Number of Stunning Attacks (Invisible Publishing)
McDonald, John Kitotam: He Speaks To It (Radiant Press)
McIntire, Gabrielle Unbound (McGill-Queen’s University Press)
McKay, Don Lurch (Penguin Random House)
Morse, Garry Thomas Scofflaw (Anvil Press)
Namir, Hasan Umbilical Cord (Book*hug Press)
Necakov, Lillian il virus (Anvil Press)
Oloruntoba, Tolu
The Junta of Happiness (Palimpsest Press)
O’Meara, David Masses on Radar (Coach House Books)
Otiono, Nduka edited py Peter Midgley DisPlace (Wilfred Laurier University Press)
Page, P.K. (edited by Margaret Steffler) Metamorphosis (The Porcupine’s Quill Press)
Patel, Nisha Coconut (NeWest Press)
Patriarca, Gianna This Way Home (Guernica Editions)
Paull, Shauna blue gait (Mother Tongue)
Quon, Anna Body Parts (Gaspereau Press)
Rader, Matt
Ghosthawk (Nightwood Editions)
Reibetanz, Joan Earth Words (McGill-Queen’s University Press)
Rhenisch, Harold
Landings: Poems from Iceland (Burton House Books)
Rhenisch, Harold The Tree Whisperer (Gaspereau Press)
Robinson, Matt Tangled and Cleft (Gaspereau Press)
Rubin, Talya Iceland is Melting and So Are You (Book*hug Press)
Sander, Heidi
The Forest of My Mind (Crowsnest books)
Sarojini Saklikar, Renée
Bramah and the Beggar Boy (Harbour Publishing)
Sawatzky, Ellie None of This Belongs To Me (Nightwood Editions)
Scheier, Jacob Is This Scary? (ECW Press)
Schönmaier, Eleonore Field Guide to the Lost Flower of Crete (McGill-Queens University Press)
Shields, Vanessa Thimbles (Palimpsest Press)
Sinaee, Bardia Intruder (House of Anansi Press)
Smith, Dale Martin Flying Red Horse (Talon Books)
Svoboda, Terese Theatrix: Poetry Plays (Anhinga Press)
Taylor, Rob
Strangers (Biblioasis)
Tegenkamp, Diana Hope Girl Running (Thistledown Press)
Thompson, Linda K. Black Bears in the Carrot Field (Mother Tongue Publishing)
Thornton, Russell Answer to Blue (Harbour Publishing)
Tucker, Aaron
Catalogue d’oiseaux (Book*hug Press)
Tucker, Diane Nostalgia for Moving Parts (Turnstone Press)
Wang, Isabella Pebble Swing (Harbour Publishing)
Wittman, Kristen
Death Becomes Us (Turnstone Press)
Valiani, Salimah 29 leads to love (Inanna Press)
Wynand, Derk (ed. John Barton) The Essential Derk Wynand (The Porcupine’s Quill)
Yin, Anna Mirrors and Windows (Guernica Editions)
Young, Terence Smithereens (Harbour Publishing)



Beirne, Luke Francis
Foxhunt (Baraka Books)
Byggdin, K.R. Wonder World (Great Plains Publications)
Côté, Emma Unrest (Anvil Press)
Greeley, Meghan Hunger (Breakwater Books) 
McCluskey, Elaine Raphael Has Pretty Eyes (Goose Lane Editions)
Peck, Frances The Broken Places (NeWest Press)
Steeves, Mike Bystander (Book*hug Press)  


Best Canadian Stories 2021, edited by Diane Schoemperlen (Biblioasis)
Carter V. Cooper Short Fiction Anthology: Book Nine, multiple authors (Exile Editions)
Food Of My People, edited by Candas Jane Dorsey and Ursula Pflug (Exile Editions)
I Want to Tell You Love: A Critical Edition, by Milton Acorn and bill bisset, edited by Eric Schmaltz and Christopher Doody (University of Calgary Press) 
Us, Now: Stories from the Quilted Collective, edited by Lisa Moore (Breakwater Books)   
Adamson, Gil Ridgerunner (House of Anansi Press)
Aligizakis, Manolis Swamped (Libros Libertad)
Azarov, Vladimir The Two Richards (Exile Editions)
Bauer, William (ed. Brian Bartlett) Bright with Invisible History: A William Bauer Reader (Chapel Street Editions)
Beirne, Francis Luke Foxhunt (Bakara Books)
Bell, Meghan Erase and Rewind (Book*hug Press)
Benvie, Rob Bleeding Light (Invisible Publishing)
Bergen, David Out of Mind (Goose Lane Editions)
Berkhout, Nina Why Birds Sing (ECW Press)
Berry, Michelle Everything Turns Away (Wolsak and Wynn)
Betasamosake Simpson, Leanne Noopiming: The Cure for White Ladies (House of Anansi Press)
Brewer, Nic Suture (Book*hug Press)
Brooker, Bertram The Tangled Miracle (Invisible Publishing)
Burnham, Clint White Lie (Anvil Press)
Carson, Louise The Cat Possessed (Signature Editions)
Cayley, Kate
Householders (Biblioasis)
Clermont, Stéfanie (translated by JC Sutcliffe) The Music Game (Biblioasis)
Cohen, Joy 37 (Guernica Editions)
Conlin, Christy Ann The Speed of Mercy (House of Anansi Press)
Culley, Joanne Claudette on the Keys (Crossfield Publishing)
de Kerangal, Maylis (translated by Jessica Moore) Painting Time (Talonbooks)
Diaczuk, Doug Just Like a Real Person (Anvil Press)
Dobozy, Tamas Ghost Geographies (New Star Books)
Foden, John Payton Magenta (Crowsnest Books)
Follett, Beth Instructor (Breakwater Books)
Fraser, Keath Charity (Biblioasis)
Fraser, Keath Damages: Selected Stories 1982-2012 (Biblioasis)   
Gereaux, Tara Saltus (Nightwood Editions)
Goto, Hiromi & Xu, Ann Shadow Life (First Second)
Gowen, Lee The Beautiful Place (Thistledown Press)
Hasan Manto, Saadat The Dog of Tithwal (Archipelago Books)
Haynes, Elizabeth
The Errant Husband (Radiant Press)
Healey, Barry
Love Songs of the Apocalypse (self-published)
Henighan, Stephen The World of After (Cormorant Books)
Hilles, Robert Don’t Hang Your Soul on That (Guernica Editions)
Hofmann, Karen A Brief View from the Coastal Suite (Newest Press)
Holowack, Kevin Light on a Part of the Field (NeWest Press)
Huser, Glen Burning the Night (NeWest Press)
Irani, Anosh Buffoon (House of Anansi)
Jones, Llewellyn Mark
Tales from Eutopia: Thirteen Short Stories (Archway Publishing)
Jones, Marianne Maud and Me (Crossfield Publishing)
Kerr, Conor Avenue of Champions (Harbour Publishing)
Knausgaard, Karl Ove
The Morning Star (Penguin Random House)
Lalonde, Angélique
Glorious Frazzled Beings (House of Anansi Press)
Langhorst, Barbara The Winter-Blooming Tree (Palimpsest Press)
Lemay, Shawna Everything Affects Everyone (Palimpsest Press)
Lynch, Gerald The Dying Detective (Signature Editions)
Madott, Darlene Dying Times (Exile Editions)
McMillan, Amber The Running Trees (Goose Lane Editions)
Meyer, Bruce Toast Soldiers (Crowsnest Books)
Mintz, Sarah
handwringers (Radiant Press)
Morin, Alexie (translated by Aimee Wall) Open Your Heart (Véhicule Press)
Nayebzadah, Rahela Monster Child (Wolsak & Wynn)
Neil, Danial, Dominion of Mercy (NeWest Press)
Ørstavik, Hanne (translated by Martin Aitken) The Pastor (Archipelago Books)
Perreault, Annie The Woman in Valencia (QC Fiction)
Quednau, Marion Sunday Drive to Gun Club Road (Nightwood Editions)
Ranada, Leah The Cine Star Salon (NeWest Press)
Roberts, Kevin Wiffenpuffs (Pilot Hill Press)
Robertson, Patricia Hour of the Crab (Goose Lane Editions)
Robinson, Olivia The Blue Moth Hotel (Breakwater Books)
Rooke, Leon The House on Major Street (Porcupine’s Quill)
Rose, Rachel The Octopus Has Three Hearts (Douglas & McIntyre)
Ruddock, Nicholas Last Hummingbird West of Chile (Breakwater Books)
Schott, Philipp The Willow Wren (ECW Press)
Séguin, Marc (translated by Kathryn Gabinet-Kroo)  A Fine Line (Exile Press)
Shea, Theresa The Shade Tree (Guernica Editions)
Siré, Cora Fear the Mirror (Véhicule Press)
Slind, Theressa Only If We’re Caught (Thistledown Press)
Soles, Caro Dancing with Chairs in the Music House (Inanna Publications)
Stenson, Bill Half Brothers and Other Stories (Mother Tongue Publishing)
Upton, Jim Maker (Baraka Books)
Vanderhaeghe, Guy August into Winter (Penguin Random House)
Teigland, Brandon W. Under a Collapsing Sky (AOS Publishing)
Walker, Katherine All is Well (Thistledown Press)
Wall, Aimee
We, Jane (Book*hug Press)
Warner Brooman, Sydney The Pump (Invisible Publishing)
Wharton, Thomas Icefields: Landmark Edition (NeWest Press)
Whitton, David Seven Down (Dundurn Press)
Wigmore, Gillian Night Watch: The Vet Suite (Invisible Publishing)
Wilkshire, Claire The Love Olympics (Breakwater Books)
Zdybel, Katie Equipoise (Exile Editions)
Zuliani, Andy Last Tide (NeWest Press)

Creative Nonfiction:


Resonance: Essays on the Craft and the Life of Writing edited by Andrew Chesham and Laura Farina (Anvil Press)
Dalton, Mary The Vernacular Strain in Newfoundland Poetry (Breakwater Books)
Donaldson, Jesse and Dyck, Erika The Acid Room: The Psychedelic Trials and Tribulations of Hollywood Hospital (Anvil Press)


AfriCANthology: Perspectives of Black Canadian Poets, edited by A. Gregory Frankson (Presses Renaissance Press)
Best Canadian Essays 2021
, edited by Bruce Whiteman (Biblioasis)
Land of Many Shores: Stories from a Diverse Newfoundland and Labrador, edited by Ainsley Hawthorn (Breakwater Books)
Me Tomorrow, edited by Drew Hayden Taylor (Douglas & McIntyre)
Bartlett, Brian Daystart Songflight: a Morning Journal (Pottersfield Press)
Bellehumeur-Allat, Tanya
Peacekeeper’s Daughter (Thistledown Press)
Burke, Kelley Jo
Wreck: a very anxious memoir (Radiant Press)
Clarke, George Elliott J’Accuse…! (Poem versus Silence) (Exile Editions)
Cronin, Ray
Colleen Wolstenholme: Complications(Gaspereau Press)
Cull, Kerri Rock Paper Sex, Volume II: Trigger Warning (Breakwater Books)
Dolzani, Michael Productions of Time: A Study of the Human Imagination (McGill-Queen's University Press)
Donaldson, Jesse Fool’s Gold: The Life and Legacy of Vancouver’s Official Town Fool (Anvil Press)
Edugyan, Esi Out of The Sun (House of Anansi)
Farrant, M.A.C. One Good Thing (Talonbooks)
Forbes, Andrew
The Only Way is the Steady Way (Invisible Publishing)
Graham, Catherine Æther: An Out-of-Body Lyric (Wolsak and Wynn)
Highway, Tomson Permanent Astonishment (Penguin Random House)
Hird, Myra J.
Canada’s Waste Flows (McGill-Queen’s University Press)
Hobsbawn-Smith, dee Bread & Water (University of Regina Press)
Humphreys, Helen Field Study: Meditations on a Year at the Herbarium (ECW Press)
Jergović, Miljenko (translated by Russell Scott Valentino) Kin (Archipelago Books)
Lemm, Richard Imagined Truths: Myths from a Draft-Dodging Poet (Tidewater Press)
McCartney, Sharon Villa Negativa: A Memoir in Verse (Biblioasis)
McKay, Don All New Animal Acts (Gaspereau Press)
Olding, Susan Big Reader (Freehand Books)
Pepper, Kaija Falling Into Flight: A Memoir of Life and Dance (Signature Editions)
Singh, Jaspreet My Mother, My Translator (Véhicule Press)
Soucy, Jean-Yves Waswanipi (Baraka Books)
Taylor, Craig New Yorkers: A City and Its People in Our Time (W.W. Norton Company)
Uhart, Hebe (translated by Robert Croll) Animals (Archipelago Books)
Zwarenstein, Carlyn On Opium (Goose Lane Editions)
Whyte, Ewan Shifting Paradigms: Essays on Art and Culture (Guernica Editions)