Cobra Clutch features Jed, a retired wrestler, who returns to his previous life, a raw and gritty world relieved by comedy from his ex-military cousin, Decalin. Decalin not only has the “ability to pour the perfect pint of Guinness. But he is damn near legendary for his tendency to pick a fight after downing one too many of his masterful creations.”


    “Wood is time captured. A map. A cellular memory. A record.” Spanning 138 years, Greenwood is structured like the cross-section of a tree, the rings of which physically record time passing, and is reflected visually in the novel’s Table of Contents. The oldest events occur in 1908, nestled in the middle rings, and the near future events of 2038 hover on the outer rings.


    Daniel Zomparelli’s Everything is Awful and You’re a Terrible Person is a collection of short stories forefronting human connection: from obsession with strangers’ passing comments to online dating, to conversations with the dead. Most stories are focused on the romance – or the lack thereof – that arises from digital communication within the gay community. As readers, we are transported from mind to mind, body to body, with a group of men. Each perspective is different, but they are fundamentally connected in that that they appear in each other’s lives as they do in small and intertwined gay communities.


    University can be a strange and confusing time—and there’s no stranger time than the final semester, when real life begins to come into view. Just when you think you’ve finally cracked the code of the university student dynamic, it’s time to move on and turn that four year degree (time mostly spent drinking campus coffee, lounging around the newspaper office, etcetera), into a stable income.


    The phrase ‘dead reckoning’ invokes a sense of doom while one awaits a horrible fate. In fact, the phrase refers to a navigational technique used by explorers while voyaging. Dead reckoning allows us to remember where we have been, and then to decide where to go. It’s how European explorers first charted their way through the treacherous waters of Northern Canada in search of a safe trade route between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans: the infamous Northwest Passage.


    Green’s book is one-part autobiography, one-part motivational/self-help, and one-part activism. She shares her struggle to be taken seriously as an athlete while also being a plus size woman. In an effort to put plus-size athleticism on the table, she highlights other women of size who have accomplished feats that have been seen as exceptional by the media rather than a result of hard work and dedication.


    At first glance, the chapter headings of An Astronaut’s Guide To Life On Earth might suggest a self-help book instead of Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield’s autobiography. “Have an Attitude,” “The Power of Negative Thinking,” and “Sweat the Small Stuff,” are just a few that sum up Hadfield’s personal philosophies. The book chronicles Hadfield’s life and accomplishments from watching the moon landing as a boy to being commander of the International Space Station.


    Arrival is the story, history, and biography of Canada’s “literary boom” from the late 1950s to the mid 1970s, as told by Nick Mount, a professor of English literature at the University of Toronto. Mount aims to tackle all aspects of this explosion of works, from the authors and their new successes, to the publishers, to an emerging national storytelling scene.


    Tom Barren lives in the futuristic world of 2016, not the 2016 that you and I have lived through, no. Tom lives in an alternate timeline, a technological utopia where cars fly, meals are synthesized, and time travel is the next big scientific breakthrough. In All Our Wrong Todays, Elan Mastai guides us on a journey through Tom’s experiences with love, loss, self-discovery, and of course, time travel.


    Almost daily, we experience strange juxtapositions of the traditional and the modern, the old and the new. After a yoga class, students flock to their cellphones in order to catch up to the rest of us. Ceremonial tea and aspartame-filled energy potions are served side-by-side in bustling franchised coffeehouses. And yet we usually tread these strange pairings absent-mindedly. In John Reibetanz’s eighth book of poetry, Afloat, one witnesses these types of unexpected collisions manifold, and comes away with a multi-faceted understanding of the book’s main muse: water.