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Pedlar Press publishes innovative, contemporary Canadian fiction & poetry, the occasional literary nonfiction title, works that preserve and extend the literary tradition that values experimentation in style & form. Writers include Phil Hall, Kim Fahner, Su Croll, Sara Tilley, Soraya Peerbaye, Souvankham Thammavongsa, Martha & Christina Baillie, Guy Birchard, Michael Kenyon, Agnes Walsh, Kate Cayley, Kyeren Regehr, Jan Zwicky, Stan Dragland, Anne Golden, Laura McRae, Moira MacDougall, Heather Nolan, Alan Reed. . .

TO PURCHASE PEDLAR TITLES: Pedlar Press titles may be ordered from your local independent bookseller, from www.alllitup.ca (the all-Canadian online bookstore), from www.amazon.ca. Until DECEMBER 31, 2020.

NEWS:  Lauded Newfoundland independent Pedlar Press to cease production at the end of 2020 https://stjo.es/37orBp0

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RECENT TITLES include Su Croll’s SEEING MARTIN, Christina & Martha Baillie’s SISTER LANGUAGE, THE CAUSES by Cathy Stonehouse, THE BENJAMENTA COLLEGE OF ART by Alan Reed, Barbara Nichol’s picture book THE LADY FROM KENT, Stan Dragland’s artbook GERALD SQUIRES, and creative nonfiction, THE DIFFICULT, Martha Baillie’s novel THE SEARCH FOR HEINRICH SCHLÖGEL; and poetry collections NIAGARA & GOVERNMENT by Phil Hall, WERE THERE GAZELLE by Laura McRae, CULT LIFE by Kyeren Regehr, ODERIN by Agnes Walsh, THESE WINGS by Kim Fahner, VANISHING ACTS by Moira MacDougall, LOCAL HAUNTS by David White.
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SUBMISSIONS update – Pedlar’s acquisitions editor Monica Kidd is no longer accepting submissions. We have published our final title.

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The publisher wishes to acknowledge financial support received from the Newfoundland and Labrador Publishers Assistance Program. We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts. //  Nous remercions le Conseil des arts du Canada de son soutien.

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Souvankham Thammavongsa poetry

About the Author

Souvankham Thammavongsa’s first story collection, How to Pronounce Knife, was published in April 2020, to critical acclaim, by Little, Brown (US), McClelland & Stewart/Penguin Random House (Canada), and Bloomsbury (UK). The collection has won the 2020 Scotiabank Giller Prize, Canada’s most prestigious literary award. Thammavongsa’s stories have won an O. Henry Award and appeared in Harper’s MagazineThe Paris Review, The Atlantic, Granta, NOON, The Believer, Best American Nonrequired Reading 2018, and O. Henry Prize Stories 2019. She is the author of four books of poetry, Cluster (2019); Light (Pedlar, 2013), winner of the Trillium Book Award for Poetry; Found (Pedlar, 2007), now a short film; and Small Arguments (Pedlar, 2003), winner of the ReLit prize. She has been called “one of the most striking voices to emerge in Canadian poetry in a generation” (The Walrus). She is working on her first novel.

 

Small Arguments (2003)

Reminiscent of Pablo Neruda’s Elemental Odes, Small Arguments is a stunningly original debut by a gifted young poet. The language of Small Arguments is simple yet there is nothing simple in its ideas. The work touches on the structures of argument, orchestrating material around repetition, variation and contrast. Thammavongsa’s approach is like that of a scientist/philosopher, delicately probing material for meaning and understanding. The poet collects small lives, and argues for a larger belonging: a grain of dirt, a crushed cockroach, the eyes of a dead dragonfly. It is a work that suggests we can create with what we know and with that alone. || “This is the voice of a pilgrim, the one who bends to see, leans to hear. . . Thammavongsa has distilled her meaning from her details so masterfully and with such confident wisdom that she seems to be reading nature. Through her eyes, we can believe we see the true meaning in things.” – Anne Michaels

“A formidable work.” – George Elliot Clarke

 

Found (2007)

“In 1978, my parents lived in building #48. Nongkai, Thailand, a Lao refugee camp. My father kept a scrapbook filled with doodles, addresses, postage stamps, maps, measurements. He threw it out and when he did, I took it and found this.” – Souvankham Thammavongsa

The poems of Found, with their blank spaces and small print, their language so unforgiving in detail that every letter, gesture, break, line and shape becomes for us a place of real meaning, were built out of doodles, diagrams, drawings into a work characterized by the elegance and power of its bareness—to let us see and to hold back much of what we see.

 

Light (2013)

Souvankham Thammavongsa’s third book of poetry, Light, examines the word that gives the collection its name. There are poems about a sparkle, about how to say light, about a scarecrow, a dung beetle, a fish without eyes. Known for her precision and elegance, for her small clear voice, for distilling meaning from details, for not wasting words, Thammavongsa confirms her gifts with these new poems. Light is a work that shines with rigour, humour, courage and grit.

Winner of the 2014 Trillium Award for Poetry

 

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Congratulations to Souvankham Thammavongsa, winner of the 2020 Scotiabank Giller Prize

November 9, 2020 (Toronto, Ontario) – Souvankham Thammavongsa is the winner of the 2020 Scotiabank Giller Prize for her short story collection, How To Pronounce Knife, published by McClelland & Stewart. Thammavongsa will receive $100,000 courtesy of Scotiabank.

The remaining finalists, listed below, will each receive $10,000.

  • Gil Adamson, for her novel Ridgerunner, published by House of Anansi Press
  • David Bergen, for his short story collection Here The Dark, published by Biblioasis
  • Shani Mootoo, for her novel Polar Vortex, published by Book*hug Press
  • Emily St. John Mandel, for her novel The Glass Hotel, published by HarperCollins Publishers Ltd.
The winner was announced NOV 9, 2020  at the Scotiabank Giller Prize award ceremony, hosted by Canadian actor Eric McCormack, with performances by Canadian singer and songwriter, Diana Krall. The ceremony was presented commercial-free by Scotia Wealth Management on CBC, CBC Radio One, CBC Gem and streamed live on CBCBooks.ca.
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Pedlar Press offers our most sincere congratulations. Pedlar published Souvankham Thammavongsa’s first three poetry titles; Small Arguments (2003), Found (2007), and Light (2013).