John Terpstra

Since the early 1980s, John Terpstra has been a mainstay of the Canadian literary scene, publishing both poetry and non-fiction. He has also been a finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award and the Charles Taylor Prize. He lives in Hamilton, Ontario, where he works as a writer, cabinetmaker and carpenter.



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The House with the Parapet Wall
John Terpstra

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Grieving the diminishment and death of his elderly mother, John Terpstra finds solace in a seemingly unusual place: the stories (both historical and fanciful) of the nineteenth-century houses in his Hamilton neighbourhood and of the families which have inhabited them. With a well-honed knack for the circuitous route, Terpstra tackles weighty questions like ‘Why must we die?’ by following his imaginative curiosity into the bricks-and-mortar matters of our daily lives, understanding that the dwellings we construct do more than just shed the weather, but are also physical manifestations of our notions of ‘family’ and ‘home’.



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Tim Bowling

2007 / Fiction / $27.95 CAN
9781554470358 / Trade paper / 312 pp
Gaspereau Gloriatur: Book of the Blessed Tenth Year, Vol.1: Poetry
Michael deBeyer, Kate Kennedy

2007 / Poetry / $21.95 CAN
9781554470389 / Trade paper / 192 pp
Trudeau: Long March, Shining Path
George Elliott Clarke

2007 / Poetry / $21.95 CAN
9781554470372 / Trade paper / 128 pp
Phobic
Triny Finlay

2006 / Poetry / $4.95 CAN
9781554470334 / Pamphlet / 32 pp
Two or Three Guitars: Selected Poems
John Terpstra

2006 / Poetry / $49.95 CAN
9781554470273 / Fine / 144 pp
A Ragged Pen: Essays on Poetry & Memory
Jan Zwicky, Robert Finley, Patrick Friesen, Aislinn Hunter, Anne Simpson

2006 / Essays / $22.95 CAN
9781554470303 / Trade paper / 96 pp
All This Town Remembers
Sean Johnston

2006 / Fiction / $59.95 CAN
9781554470297 / Fine / 208 pp
Types of Canadian Women
K.I. Press

2006 / Poetry / $19.95 CAN
9781554470228 / Trade paper / 128 pp
Two or Three Guitars: Selected Poems
John Terpstra

2006 / Poetry / $19.95 CAN
9781554470266 / Trade paper / 144 pp
All This Town Remembers
Sean Johnston

2006 / Fiction / $27.95 CAN
9781554470280 / Trade paper / 208 pp
Defining Range
Ian LeTourneau

2006 / Poetry / $4.95 CAN
9781554470310 / Pamphlet / 16 pp
The Typographic Mind
Robert Bringhurst

2006 / Essay / $1.00 CAN
9781554470327 / Pamphlet / 8 pp
The Light That Lives in Darkness
Mark Harris, Dan Steeves

2006 / Art / $25.95 CAN
9781554470211 / Trade paper / 64 pp
The Watermelon Social
Elaine McCluskey

2006 / Short Fiction / $25.95 CAN
9781554470204 / Trade paper / 160 pp
Joseph Howe and the Battle for Freedom of Speech
John Ralston Saul

2006 / Essay / $18.95 CAN
9781554470181 / Trade paper / 64 pp
Aiken Drum
Peter Sanger

2006 / Poetry / $19.95 CAN
9781554470143 / Trade paper / 144 pp
Fathom
Tim Bowling

2006 / Poetry / $49.95 CAN
9781554470174 / Fine / 112 pp
Fathom
Tim Bowling

2006 / Poetry / $18.95 CAN
9781554470167 / Trade paper / 112 pp
Aiken Drum
Peter Sanger

2006 / Poetry / $49.95 CAN
9781554470150 / Fine / 144 pp
August: An Anniversary Suite
Tonja Gunvaldsen Klaassen

2005 / Poetry / $4.95 CAN
9781894031967 / Pamphlet / 24 pp
Brendan Luck
John Terpstra

2005 / Poetry / $4.95 CAN
9781554470136 / Pamphlet / 24 pp
Deactivated West 100
Don McKay

2005 / Books & Reading / $25.95 CAN
9781554470082 / Trade paper / 128 pp
Deactivated West 100
Don McKay

2005 / Books & Reading / $59.95 CAN
9781554470099 / Fine / 128 pp
A Ship Portrait
Harry Thurston

2005 / Poetry / $18.95 CAN
9781554470068 / Trade paper / 96 pp
A Ship Portrait
Harry Thurston

2005 / Poetry / $49.95 CAN
9781554470075 / Fine / 96 pp
The Complaints Department
Susan Haley

2005 / Fiction / $27.95 CAN
9781894031981 / Trade paper / 336 pp
Change in a Razor-backed Season
Michael deBeyer

2005 / Poetry / $18.95 CAN
9781554470105 / Trade paper / 80 pp
Tool Shed
Glen Downie

2005 / Poetry / $4.95 CAN
9781894031998 / Pamphlet / 24 pp
On Songwriting
Bob Snider

2005 / Music / Songwriting / $19.95 CAN
9781554470129 / Trade paper / 96 pp
The Boys, or, Waiting for the Electrician’s Daughter
John Terpstra

2005 / Biography / Memoirs / $25.95 CAN
9781554470112 / Trade paper / 144 pp
White Salt Mountain: Words in Time
Peter Sanger

2005 / Books & reading / $59.95 CAN
9781554470037 / Fine / 240 pp
Thirty-seven Small Songs & Thirteen Silences
Jan Zwicky

2005 / Poetry / $49.95 CAN
9781554470006 / Fine / 80 pp
Probing Minds, Salamander Girls and a Dog Named Sally: A Hubbard Mountain Memoir
Harrison Wright

2005 / Memoir / $27.95 CAN
9781554470051 / Trade paper / 256 pp
White Salt Mountain: Words in Time
Peter Sanger

2005 / Books & reading / $27.95 CAN
9781554470044 / Trade paper / 240 pp
Mermaid: A Puppet Theatre in Motion
Alice Walsh

2005 / History / $31.95 CAN
9781894031851 / Trade paper / 144 pp
Thirty-seven Small Songs & Thirteen Silences
Jan Zwicky

2005 / Poetry / $18.95 CAN
9781554470013 / Trade paper / 80 pp
Gravity’s Plumb Line
Ross Leckie

2005 / Poetry / $18.95 CAN
9781554470020 / Trade paper / 96 pp
Travels of the Watch
Brian Bartlett

2004 / Poetry / $4.95 CAN
9781894031974 / Pamphlet / 16 pp
Learning to Swim
Larry Lynch

2004 / Short Fiction / $25.95 CAN
9781894031929 / Trade paper / 160 pp
Charley Goes to War
Glen Hancock

2004 / Memoir / $27.95 CAN
9781894031950 / Trade paper / 304 pp
With English Subtitles
Carmine Starnino

2004 / Poetry / $18.95 CAN
9781894031899 / Trade paper / 80 pp
At The Crossroads: A History of Sackville, New Brunswick
William B. Hamilton

2004 / History / $31.95 CAN
9781894031868 / Trade paper / 320 pp
Tarcadia
Jonathan Campbell

2004 / Fiction / $27.95 CAN
9781894031943 / Trade paper / 256 pp
The Logogryph: A Bibliography of Imaginary Books
Thomas Wharton

2004 / Fiction / $13.95 CAN
9781554471423 / PDF / 256 pp
The Logogryph: A Bibliography of Imaginary Books
Thomas Wharton

2004 / Fiction / $59.95 CAN
9781894031936 / Fine / 256 pp
The Logogryph: A Bibliography of Imaginary Books
Thomas Wharton

2004 / Fiction / $27.95 CAN
9781894031912 / Trade paper / 256 pp
Spine
K.I. Press

2004 / Poetry / $18.95 CAN
9781894031905 / Trade paper / 96 pp
The Solid Form of Language
Robert Bringhurst

2004 / Essays / $19.95 CAN
9781894031882 / Trade paper / 80 pp
The Light That Lives in Darkness
Mark Harris, Dan Steeves

2004 / Art / $900.00 CAN
9781894031806 / Fine / 66 pp
The Year One
David Helwig

2004 / Poetry / $19.95 CAN
9781894031844 / Trade paper / 192 pp
Gabriel’s Wing
Allan Cooper

2004 / Poetry / $18.95 CAN
9781894031837 / Trade paper / 64 pp
Bull Island
Sean Johnston

2004 / Poetry / $4.95 CAN
9781894031875 / Pamphlet / 16 pp
Ursa Major
Robert Bringhurst

2003 / Poetry / $21.95 CAN
9781894031660 / Trade paper / 96 pp
Midgic
Douglas Lochhead

2003 / Poetry / $18.95 CAN
9781894031790 / Trade paper / 96 pp
Disarmament
John Terpstra

2003 / Poetry / $18.95 CAN
9781894031738 / Trade paper / 104 pp
Wisdom & Metaphor
Jan Zwicky

2003 / Philosophy / $69.95 CAN
9781894031813 / Fine / 288 pp
Wisdom & Metaphor
Jan Zwicky

2003 / Philosophy / $31.95 CAN
9781894031783 / Trade paper / 288 pp
The Murder of Medicine Bear
Susan Haley

2003 / Fiction / $27.95 CAN
9781894031769 / Trade paper / 464 pp
The Murder of Medicine Bear
Susan Haley

2003 / Fiction / $49.95 CAN
9781894031776 / Fine / 464 pp
Typographical Eras
Lesley Choyce

2003 / Poetry / $4.95 CAN
9781894031714 / Pamphlet / 40 pp
Cycle of the Sun
Harold Horwood

2003 / Poetry / $80.00 CAN
9781894031721 / Fine / 32 pp
Québécité
George Elliott Clarke

2003 / Poetry / $39.95 CAN
9781894031752 / Fine / 112 pp
Québécité
George Elliott Clarke

2003 / Poetry / $18.95 CAN
9781894031745 / Trade paper / 112 pp
Postcards from Acadie: Grand-Pré, Evangeline and The Acadian Identity
Barbara Le Blanc

2003 / History / $31.95 CAN
9781894031691 / Trade paper / 208 pp
Would You Hide Me?
JJ Steinfeld

2003 / Short Fiction / $25.95 CAN
9781894031684 / Trade paper / 176 pp
Haw[Thorn]
Wanda Campbell

2003 / Poetry / $4.95 CAN
9781894031707 / Pamphlet / 24 pp
Print Shop Chicanery
Andrew Steeves, Wesley Bates

2003 / History / $10.00 CAN
9781894031820 / Pamphlet / 6 pp
Six Mats and One Year
Alison Smith

2003 / Poetry / $18.95 CAN
9781894031561 / Trade paper / 72 pp
Banker, Builder, Blockade Runner: A Victorian Embezzler and His Circle
Pat Lotz

2002 / History / $25.95 CAN
9781894031646 / Trade paper / 256 pp
Rural Night Catalogue
Michael deBeyer

2002 / Poetry / $16.95 CAN
9781894031639 / Trade paper / 96 pp
Falling Into Place
John Terpstra

2002 / Nature / $25.95 CAN
9781894031608 / Trade paper / 320 pp
Orkney: October Diary
Douglas Lochhead

2002 / Poetry / $80.00 CAN
9781894031677 / Fine / 32 pp
An Expectation of Home
Larry Lynch

2002 / Fiction / $21.95 CAN
9781894031615 / Trade paper / 304 pp
An Expectation of Home
Larry Lynch

2002 / Fiction / $49.95 CAN
9781894031622 / Fine / 304 pp
The Complaints Department
Susan Haley

2002 / Fiction / $49.95 CAN
9781894031257 / Fine / 304 pp
Maggie’s Family
Susan Haley

2002 / Fiction / $49.95 CAN
9781894031592 / Fine / 288 pp
Maggie’s Family
Susan Haley

2002 / Fiction / $21.95 CAN
9781894031585 / Trade paper / 288 pp
The Complaints Department
Susan Haley

2002 / Fiction / $18.95 CAN
9781894031264 / Trade paper / 304 pp
Spar: Words in Place
Peter Sanger

2002 / Books & reading / $49.95 CAN
9781894031554 / Fine / 112 pp
Spar: Words in Place
Peter Sanger

2002 / Books & reading / $21.95 CAN
9781894031547 / Trade paper / 112 pp
Viaticum
Heather Pyrcz

2002 / Poetry / $16.95 CAN
9781894031578 / Trade paper / 96 pp
The Handbound Book in Nova Scotia
Robin E. Muller, Joseph Landry

2002 / Poetry / $4.95 CAN
9781894031653 / Pamphlet / 28 pp
Vis à Vis: Field notes on Poetry & Wilderness
Don McKay

2001 / Books & reading / $14.95 CAN
9781894031509 / Trade paper / 112 pp
Gravity and Grace: Selected Writing on Contemporary Canadian Art
Gil McElroy

2001 / Art criticism / $21.95 CAN
9781894031462 / Trade paper / 156 pp
Vis à Vis: Field notes on Poetry & Wilderness
Don McKay

2001 / Books & reading / $49.95 CAN
9781894031516 / Fine / 112 pp
Divisions of the Heart: Elizabeth Bishop and the Art of Memory and Place
Sandra Barry, Peter Sanger, Gwendolyn Davies

2001 / Essays / $32.95 CAN
9781894031318 / Trade paper / 336 pp
Drunkard’s Path
Deanna Young

2001 / Poetry / $14.95 CAN
9781894031448 / Trade paper / 104 pp
Drunkard’s Path
Deanna Young

2001 / Poetry / $49.95 CAN
9781894031455 / Fine / 104 pp
Kerf
Peter Sanger

2001 / Poetry / $4.95 CAN
9781894031530 / Pamphlet / 24 pp
Africadian History: An Exhibition Catalogue
George Elliott Clarke

2001 / Poetry / $4.95 CAN
9781894031523 / Pamphlet / 16 pp
My Real Name is Charley
Glen Hancock

2001 / Memoir / $19.95 CAN
9781894031363 / Trade paper / 208 pp
Why Men Fish Where They Do
Carol Bruneau

2001 / Humour / $2.95 CAN
9781894031387 / Pamphlet / 32 pp
yes yes YES!
Douglas Lochhead

2001 / Poetry / $4.95 CAN
9781894031493 / Pamphlet / 28 pp
The Wedding House
Alison Smith

2001 / Poetry / $39.95 CAN
9781894031295 / Fine / 104 pp
Getting Out of Town by Book and Bike
Kent Thompson

2001 / Quote / $18.95 CAN
9781894031240 / Trade paper / 160 pp
Singing the Flowers Open
Allan Cooper

2001 / Poetry / $14.95 CAN
9781894031394 / Trade paper / 128 pp
Singing The Flowers Open
Allan Cooper

2001 / Poetry / $49.95 CAN
9781894031400 / Fine / 128 pp
The Wedding House
Alison Smith

2001 / Poetry / $12.95 CAN
9781894031301 / Trade paper / 104 pp
Execution Poems
George Elliott Clarke

2001 / Poetry / $12.95 CAN
9781894031486 / Trade paper / 48 pp
Where They Rest in Peace: A Guided Tour of Seven Historic Cemeteries in Kings County, Nova Scotia
Maynard Stevens

2000 / History / $21.95 CAN
9781894031417 / Trade paper / 112 pp
Palominos: And other Poems
David Zieroth

2000 / Poetry / $2.95 CAN
9781894031370 / Pamphlet / 28 pp
Likely They Didn’t Get the Memo: A Radio Story
Willard A. Bishop

2000 / Memoir / $19.95 CAN
9781894031202 / Trade paper / 272 pp
Anton Chekhov was Never in Charlottetown
JJ Steinfeld

2000 / Short Fiction / $18.95 CAN
9781894031288 / Trade paper / 216 pp
Restoration
John Terpstra

2000 / Poetry / $2.95 CAN
9781894031325 / Pamphlet / 16 pp
Anton Chekhov was Never in Charlottetown
JJ Steinfeld

2000 / Short Fiction / $49.95 CAN
9781894031271 / Fine / 216 pp
Brindley Town
Lance Woolaver

2000 / Drama / $12.95 CAN
9781894031332 / Trade paper / 96 pp
If Men Lived on Earth
Harry Thurston

2000 / Poetry / $14.95 CAN
9781894031226 / Trade paper / 152 pp
If Men Lived on Earth
Harry Thurston

2000 / Poetry / $39.95 CAN
9781894031233 / Fine / 152 pp
Nights on Prospect Street
Heather Pyrcz

2000 / Poetry / $39.95 CAN
9781894031189 / Fine / 104 pp
Nights on Prospect Street
Heather Pyrcz

2000 / Poetry / $12.95 CAN
9781894031172 / Trade paper / 104 pp
The Quest for the Magic Appletree
Matthew Cupido, Ron MacInnis

1999 / Young Adult / $59.95 CAN
9781894031165 / Fine / 328 pp
The Quest for the Magic Appletree
Matthew Cupido, Ron MacInnis

1999 / Young Adult / $14.95 CAN
9781894031158 / Trade paper / 328 pp
Running to Paradise: A Play About Elizabeth Bishop
Donna Smyth

1999 / Drama / $9.95 CAN
9781894031134 / Trade paper / 72 pp
Running to Paradise
Donna Smyth

1999 / Drama / $39.95 CAN
9781894031219 / Fine / 72 pp
Should the Word Hell be Capitalized?
JJ Steinfeld

1999 / Short Fiction / $14.95 CAN
9781894031127 / Trade paper / 216 pp
Home and Away: Selected Missiontalk Columns, 1991–1998
Charles Harvey

1999 / Memoir / $19.95 CAN
9781894031141 / Trade paper / 200 pp
As the Twig is Bent
Russell Elliott

1999 / Memoir / $19.95 CAN
9781894031196 / Trade paper / 180 pp
Horton Point: A History of Avonport
Gordon Haliburton

1998 / History / $19.95 CAN
9781894031073 / Trade paper / 336 pp
Devotional Diary: Short Prayers for Busy People
James Perkin

1998 / Religion / $12.95 CAN
9781894031110 / Trade paper / 382 pp
Sam Slick Goes Ahead
Andrew Gillis

1998 / Drama / $9.95 CAN
9781894031103 / Trade paper / 96 pp
Blame it on the Spruce Budworm
Susan Haley

1998 / Fiction / $17.95 CAN
9781894031066 / Trade paper / 240 pp
Town Limits
Heather Pyrcz

1997 / Poetry / $11.95 CAN
9781894031035 / Trade paper / 88 pp
Haliburton Bi-centenary Chaplet: The 1996 Thomas Raddall Symposium
Richard Davies

1997 / Essays / $19.95 CAN
9781894031028 / Trade paper / 300 pp

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