Publication Date: April 2018
English: 126 pages
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Almond Wine and Fertility, a lyrical and moving collection, showcases Licia Canton’s ability to craft entire worlds out of just a few pages. The author takes us to places where the fabric of human relations is woven: a bar in Sicily graphically celebrating fertility, a park in east-end Montreal where cultural values clash, a river bank where the course of two young lives is altered, a suffocating sixth-floor apartment with little way out for its occupant… The stories in Almond Wine and Fertility, peopled with characters negotiating between languages and cultures, are imbued with sensitivity and optimism. Set in cities and in suburbia, in Canada and in Italy, these stories explore the subtleties, the humour and the complexity of modern life. This new edition of Almond Wine and Fertility includes a foreword by literary critic Joseph Pivato.
Licia Canton is the author of two collections of fiction, The Pink House and Other Stories (2018) and Almond Wine and Fertility (2008), translated into Italian as Vino alla mandorla e fertilità (2015). She is also (co)editor of ten volumes, including two on the internment of Italian Canadians during World War II. Her stories, poems, essays and creative nonfiction have been anthologized internationally, notably in French, Italian, Venetian and Chinese. Her immigration history is archived at the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21, Halifax. She is also a literary translator and critic, and founding editor-in-chief of Accenti Magazine. She has served on the board of the Quebec Writers’ Federation (2007-10) and is past-president of the Association of Italian Canadian Writers (2010-14). She holds a Ph.D. from Université de Montréal and an M.A. from McGill University.She lives in Montreal with her husband and three children.