The Hungry Ghosts

The Hungry Ghosts Book Cover The Hungry Ghosts
Shyam Selvadurai
Fiction
Doubleday Canada
April 2, 2013
288

In Buddhist myth, the dead may be reborn as "hungry ghosts"—spirits with stomach so large they can never be full—if they have desired too much during their lives. It is the duty of the living relatives to free those doomed to this fate by doing kind deeds and creating good karma. In Shyam Selvadurai’s sweeping new novel, his first in more than a decade, he creates an unforgettable ghost, a powerful Sri Lankan matriarch whose wily ways, insatiable longing for land, houses, money and control, and tragic blindness to the human needs of those around her parallels the volatile political situation of her war-torn country. The novel centres around Shivan Rassiah, the beloved grandson, who is of mixed Tamil and Sinhalese lineage, and who also—to his grandmother’s dismay—grows from beautiful boy to striking gay man. As the novel opens in the present day, Shivan, now living in Canada, is preparing to travel back to Colombo, Sri Lanka, to rescue his elderly and ailing grandmother, to remove her from the home—now fallen into disrepair—that is her pride, and bring her to Toronto to live our her final days. But throughout the night and into the early morning hours of his departure, Shivan grapples with his own insatiable hunger and is haunted by unrelenting ghosts of his own creation. The Hungry Ghosts is a beautifully written, dazzling story of family, wealth and the long reach of the past. It shows how racial, political and sexual differences can tear apart both a country and the human heart—not just once, but many times, until the ghosts are fed and freed.

Rez Runaway

Rez Runaway Book Cover Rez Runaway
Melanie Florence
James Lorimer & Company
2016
Book
184

Raised on a reserve in northern Ontario, seventeen-year-old Joe Littlechief tries to be like the other guys. But Joe knows he's different -- he's more interested in guys than in any of the girls he knows. One night Joe makes a drunken pass at his best friend Benjy and, by the next morning, everyone on the rez is talking about Joe. His mother, a devout Christian, is horrified, and the kids who are supposed to be his friends make it clear there's no place for him in their circle, or even on the rez. Joe thinks about killing himself, but instead runs away to the city.

Alone and penniless on the streets of Toronto, Joe comes to identify with the Aboriginal idea of having two spirits, or combining both feminine and masculine identities in one person. He also begins to understand more about how his parents have been affected by their own experiences as children in residential schools -- something never discussed on the rez. And he realizes he has to come to terms with his two-spiritedness and find people who accept him for who he is.

This is a novel that reflects the complex realities faced by young LGBTQ and aboriginal youth today.

Porcupines and China Dolls

Porcupines and China Dolls Book Cover Porcupines and China Dolls
Robert Alexie, Robert Arthur Alexie,
Fiction
2009
306

Enough alcohol silences the demons for a night; a gun and a single bullet silences demons forever. When a friend commits suicide and a former priest appears on television, the community is shattered. James and Jake confront their childhood abuse and break the silence to begin a journey of healing and rediscovery.

Nail Polish

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Assigned Male
Sophie Labelle
Children's, Comic
Sophie Labelle

This 20 pages monochrome comic is about the friendship between Ciel and Stephie, the characters from the webcomic Assigned Male (www.assignedmale.com). The story is set at the beginning of the comic series, when they met each other.

As the characters explore their femininity, they learn to care for each other, empowering themselves along the way.

Vernis à ongles

Vernis à ongles Book Cover Vernis à ongles
Assignée Garçon
Sophie Labelle
Children's, Comic, French, français
Sophie Labelle

Cette bande dessinée de 20 pages monochrome est à propos de l'amitié entre Ciel et Stéphie, les deux protagonistes de la bande dessinée en ligne Assignée Garçon. Entièrement exclusive, l'histoire se déroule au début de la série, lorsque les personnages se sont rencontrés.

À travers une simple visite chez son amie, les deux enfants explorent leur féminité et apprennent à prendre soin l'un de l'autre.

Rainbow Fish to the Rescue!

Rainbow Fish to the Rescue! Book Cover Rainbow Fish to the Rescue!
Marcus Pfister
Children's
NORTH SOUTH BOOKS
August 1, 2015
32

In this exciting new adventure, Rainbow Fish is torn between his newfound friends and a lonely striped fish who is not allowed to join the group because he lacks a shiny scale. When a dangerous and hungry shark suddenly appears, Rainbow Fish must decide: Should he risk losing his new friends - maybe even his life - for the little stranger?

Rainbow Fish and the Sea Monsters’ Cave

Rainbow Fish and the Sea Monsters' Cave Book Cover Rainbow Fish and the Sea Monsters' Cave
Marcus Pfister, J. Alison James,
Children's
North South Books
2001
24

Seeking healing algae for the ailing bumpy-backed fish, Rainbow Fish rashly volunteers to brave the dreaded Sea Monster' Cave, the most dangerous place in the ocean. Full color.