Books published by Freehand Books



Freehand Books | May 15, 2018 | 180 pages
In 2010, the al Rabeeah family left their home in Iraq in hope of a safer life. They moved to Homs, in Syria — just before the Syrian civil war broke out. Abu Bakr, one of eight children, was ten years old when the violence began on the streets around him: car bombings, attacks on his mosque and... More Info

Welcome to the Circus

Freehand Books | February 20, 2015 | 192 pages
Rhonda Douglas's debut collection dazzles with its daring and dangerous prose. Welcome to the Circus, where every moment is a tight-rope act, precariously balancing on the edge of destruction. In these stories, a choir processes its collective grief at the loss of one of its members to cancer; a... More Info

White Elephant

Freehand Books | May 7, 2016 | 416 pages
Physician Richard Berringer, his wife, Ann, and their thirteen-year-old son, Torquil, have abandoned their home in Nova Scotia and moved to Sierra Leone, despite warnings that the West African country is in a civil war. Two months on, things are not going well. Tensions are rising between Richard... More Info

What the Soul Doesn't Want

Freehand Books | May 15, 2017 | 98 pages
In her newest collection, Lorna Crozier describes the passage of time in the way that only she can. Her arresting, edgy poems about aging and grief are surprising and invigorating: a defiant balm. At the same time, she revels in the quirkiness and whimsy of the natural world: the vision of a fly,... More Info

Searching for Petronius Totem

Freehand Books | May 15, 2017 | 250 pages
Following a dramatic break-up with his long-suffering wife, Jack Vesoovian retreats to a Hamilton rooming house, where he impulsively decides to take to the road to track down his life-long colleague, Petronius Totem. Petronius Totem has disappeared following the unlikely success of his memoir, Ten... More Info


Freehand Books | October 15, 2016 | 192 pages
The stories in Teardown seize on instances that, at the outset, appear benign—a woman encountering an old boyfriend on a BC ferry, a father chaperoning his daughter’s class on a field trip, a young waitress’s burgeoning friendship with a co-worker—but are in fact fraught, often pivotal... More Info

The Swallows Uncaged: A Narrative in Eight Panels

Freehand Books | September 30, 2015 | 320 pages
In The Swallows Uncaged, Elizabeth McLean paints a sweeping yet intimate panorama of Vietnam in the style of a Vietnamese eight-panel screen: eight narratives that each capture a moment in time and yet speak to one another. Interweaving historical and fictional characters over ten centuries, the... More Info

The Afterlife of Birds

Freehand Books | September 30, 2015 | 320 pages
Henry Jett’s life is slowly going nowhere. His girlfriend recently left, and his job in a local garage is uninspiring, considering that he doesn’t particularly like cars. Henry finds solace in his eccentric passion, rebuilding the skeletons of birds and animals. Meanwhile Henry’s brother,... More Info

Open Arms

Freehand Books | January 28, 2009 | 256 pages
Freehand Books is pleased to be bringing back to print the widely acclaimed first novel by the author of the Giller-shortlisted Good to a Fault, Marina Endicott. Open Arms is a contemporary quest story set in Saskatoon and featuring a protagonist whose spirit is as strong as her heart is broken.... More Info

SubUrban Legends

Freehand Books | April 1, 2009 | 88 pages
Joan Crate’s much-anticipated third book of poetry is equal parts revision and reverie, offering a mid-life view of childhood influences and expectations that is stirring, startling, and wise. Deliciously invoking the iconic figure of Snow White, subUrban Legends considers what lies beyond youth... More Info

The Dilettantes

Freehand Books | September 10, 2013 | 288 pages
Alex Belmont is in his fourth and final year at Simon Fraser University. But instead of looking forward to a bright future, he's wondering what the hell he's going to do with a humanities degree. And he's thinking about girls. Why does he have such terrible luck with girls? And what's the point of... More Info

Are You Ready to be Lucky?

Freehand Books | August 27, 2013 | 208 pages
Meet Roslyn, the plucky divorcée eager for new beginnings. Meet Duncan, the British conman with a penchant for collecting ex-wives. Meet Floyd, the lovable, foul-mouthed contractor who can fix anyone's house except his own. Each drags behind a mess of family and friends, each desperately trying to... More Info

It's hard being queen

FreeHand Books | July 30, 2008 | 91 pages
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Here Is Where We Disembark

Freehand Books | September 1, 2010 | 104 pages
With her remarkable debut collection, Yukon poet Clea Roberts proffers a perceptive & ecological reading of the Canadian North’s past & present.Roberts deftly draws out the moments that comprise a cycle of seasons, paying as much attention to the natural—the winter moon’s second-hand... More Info


Freehand Books | April 1, 2012 | 120 pages
These are not love poems. These are almost-love poems. Jittery, plaintive, and fresh, Personals is voiced through a startling variety of speakers who continually rev themselves up to the challenge of connecting with others, often to no avail. Williams writes in traditional poetic forms: ghazals, a... More Info

Bitter Medicine

Freehand Books | March 10, 2010 | 260 pages
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The Doctrine of Affections

Freehand Books | April 1, 2010 | 200 pages
A poverty-stricken guitar virtuoso navigates the political landscape of nineteenth-century Parisian society as he comes out of retirement for one final concert. A sessional instructor competing for the prestigious Interdisciplinary Chair in Aretha Franklin studies gets sidetracked by her obsession... More Info

The Crimes of Hector Tomás

Freehand Books | October 1, 2012 | 416 pages
Enrique Tomás lives a quiet life with a large, loving family in an unnamed South American country. But Enrique has secrets. When his second eldest son, Hector, and Hector’s beloved friend Nadia uncover one of Enrique’s secrets, the course of Hector’s life is irrevocably altered. Exiled by... More Info

Every Wolf's Howl

Freehand Books | October 1, 2012 | 240 pages
This is the story of Barry and Lupus. Barry, an exhausted newspaper owner physically and economically on the ropes, meets Lupus, a wolf-German Shepherd cross, at an animal shelter. Despite a nagging belief that he cannot take responsibility for anything or anyone else, Barry rescues Lupus and takes... More Info

While The Sun Is Above Us

FreeHand Books | April 1, 2012 | 240 pages
It is too difficult to release this war from our blood, when it long ago shaped who we are, howwe live, how we move, how we breathe. Blood has filled this earth up; it has made God angry.We must be forgiven or nothing will change.While The Sun Is Above Us takes readers deep into the extraordinary... More Info

The Reverse Cowgirl

Freehand Books | October 1, 2011 | 200 pages
Keen, intense, darkly comic, and accident-prone, the short fictions of David Whitton are full of sullen underdogs: his characters clean up real nice, but can't help but unravel back to their original fallen and fascinating selves. Their mistakes and misdeeds, temptations and transgressions trample... More Info

Not Being on a Boat

Freehand Books | October 1, 2011 | 347 pages
Rutledge, an aging, divorced man, has treated himself to a Cruise on the Mariola. The Cruise is not just any cruise. It's the whole shebang. It's around the world. It's a lifestyle change: G & Ts and tuxedos and cigars and cognac galore. The service is top-rate. And Rutledge's steward, Raoul,... More Info