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Open Book Recommends: Father's Day Reads from BookThug

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This Sunday, June 15, is Father's Day and our friends over at BookThug have some excellent books that would make the perfect gift for the literary Dads in our lives.

A by André Alexis

In this compelling narrative about a literary pilgrimage, Alexander Baddeley, a Toronto book reviewer, attempts to track down an elusive poet whose work he has long had an obsession with. When the two finally meet, a conversation ensues about the nature of the creative act and what it means to be truly "inspired."

I Don't Know How to Behave by Michael Blouin

I Don't Know How to Behave combines the true story of Canadian stunt driver Ken Carter with imagined biographical elements from the lives of Canadian film director Bruce Mcdonald and Canadian poet Gillian Sze. Throw in hip-hop history, screenplay theory, Detroit muscle cars, instructions for making molotov cocktails and many more eclectic elements and you have this compelling, unconventional, but quintessentially Canadian story.

Theseus: A Collaboration by bpNichol and Wayne Clifford

The collaboration for this seminal work began in 1968, and the three separate parts were composed over many years of writing and revising, with Clifford completing the third part following Nichol's death. The theme of the text focuses on the Greek mythological tale of Theseus, Ariadne and the Minotaur and is published for the first in its entirety. An important text that adds gravitas to Nichol's work and explores the unique partnership between two legendary Canadian poets.

Polyamorous Love Song by Jacob Wren

Polyamorous Love Song, an avant-garde novel that was a finalist for the 2013 Fence Modern Prize in Prose, takes place in a world that reader's will come to recognize as both the same and different from our own. The novel explores the relationship between artists and the world, featuring a diverse cast of characters and shot through with unexpected moments of sex and violence, creating a narrative that will excite and intrigue readers.

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