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    Boiling Point Government Neglect, Corporate Abuse, and Canada’s Water Crisis Maude Barlow Canada
    9781770413559 Paperback POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy On Sale Date: September 19, 2016
    $19.95 CAD 5.5 x 8.5 x 0.77 in | 312 pages Carton Quantity: 39 Canadian Rights: Y ECW Press
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      Passionate and cogent, this could be the most important book of the year for Canadians

      We are complacent. We bask in the idea that Canada holds 20% of the world’s fresh water — water crises face other countries, but not ours. We could not be more wrong. In Boiling Point, bestselling author and activist Maude Barlow lays bare the issues facing Canada’s water reserves, including long-outdated water laws, unmapped and unprotected groundwater reserves, agricultural pollution, industrial-waste dumping, boil-water advisories, and the effects of deforestation and climate change. This will be the defining issue of the coming decade, and most of us have no idea that it is on our very own doorstep.

      Barlow is one of the world’s foremost water activists and she has been on the front lines of the world’s water crises for the past 20 years. She has seen first-hand the scale of the water problems facing much of the world, but also many of the solutions that are being applied. In Boiling Point, she brings this wealth of experience and expertise home to craft a compelling blueprint for Canada’s water security.

      Bio

      Maude Barlow is the author of 17 books, including the bestselling Blue Water trilogy. She is the chair of the Council of Canadians and of the Washington-based Food and Water Watch. She is also a board member of the International Forum on Globalization and a councillor with the World Future Council. In 2008–2009, she served as the first senior advisor on water to the Secretary General of the United Nations and was a leader in the campaign to have water recognized as a human right by the UN. She lives in Ottawa, Ontario.

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        • Barlow’s acclaimed Blue trilogy has surpassed 100K sales internationally.
        • A nationwide whistle-stop tour is being organized by the Council of Canadians. Maude will travel to many cities for signings, talks, and other events.
        • “[Barlow] has one of the most thorough and comprehensive understandings of her subject of anyone alive.” — Globe and Mail on Blue Future
        • “Her work will inspire equal parts outrage and encouragement in anyone who is concerned about this most vital natural resource.” — Publishers Weekly on Blue Future
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      “Barlow’s documentation of the very real threat to the global water supply is important reading as Canada faces key end-of-year deadlines regarding new pipeline development and meeting the targets of the Paris climate agreement.” — Quill & Quire

      Boiling Point is a rallying cry — a critical call to action.” — Herizons Magazine

      “An insane road trip to the Canadian water apocalypse courtesy of the corporate forces of ignorance and greed, and a blueprint for a rational, prosperous and dignified future by the visionary prophet of democracy and sustainability.” — Robert F. Kennedy Jr.

      “Maude Barlow is one of our planet’s greatest water defenders. In this indispensable book, she brings her hard-won wisdom home, demonstrating that Canada is already in the midst of our own water crisis. With great warmth and precision, she also shows that by taking up the call for ‘water justice’ — so intimately connected to other struggles — we can start to build the society we want. This book has all the facts, forceful analysis, and moral clarity that Canadians will need to wake up and join this most urgent of struggles.” — Naomi Klein, author of This Changes Everything and The Shock Doctrine

      “Barlow concludes on a hopeful note, providing reasonable solutions that show how a ‘blue and just Canada is possible.’ She understands, however, that while most large corporations will do almost anything to increase profits, the primary responsibility for protecting citizens lies with governments at all levels. Barlow makes a convincing case that both our provincial and federal governments are failing this fundamental duty.” — Vancouver Sun

      “Barlow’s documentation of the very real threat to the global water supply is important reading as Canada faces key end-of-year deadlines regarding new pipeline development and meeting the targets of the Paris climate agreement.” — Quill & Quire

      “Barlow gives us more than a wakeup call. She gives us a call for action — now!” — Canadian Association of Labour Media

      Boiling Point is a concise, informative guide to Canada’s water crisis . . . Here’s hoping many Canadians read Boiling Point and demand the necessary action.” — The Uniter

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    Chasing Utopia The Future of the Kibbutz in a Divided Israel David Leach Canada
    9781770413405 Paperback POLITICAL SCIENCE / History & Theory On Sale Date: September 13, 2016
    $22.95 CAD 6 x 9 x 0.78 in | 320 pages Carton Quantity: 30 Canadian Rights: Y ECW Press
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      A fascinating, non-partisan exploration of an incendiary region

      Say the word “Israel” today and it sparks images of walls and rockets and a bloody conflict without end. Yet for decades, the symbol of the Jewish State was the noble pioneer draining the swamps and making the deserts bloom: the legendary kibbutznik. So what ever happened to the pioneers’ dream of founding a socialist utopia in the land called Palestine?

      Chasing Utopia: The Future of the Kibbutz in a Divided Israel draws readers into the quest for answers to the defining political conflict of our era. Acclaimed author David Leach revisits his raucous memories of life as a kibbutz volunteer and returns to meet a new generation of Jewish and Arab citizens struggling to forge a better future together. Crisscrossing the nation, Leach chronicles the controversial decline of Israel’s kibbutz movement and witnesses a renaissance of the original vision for a peaceable utopia in unexpected corners of the Promised Land. Chasing Utopia is an entertaining and enlightening portrait of a divided nation where hope persists against the odds.

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      David Leach is the chair of the Department of Writing at the University of Victoria in British Columbia. His award-winning feature writing has appeared in Canadian Geographic, Financial Post Business, Communities, Explore Magazine, and other publications. His first book, Fatal Tide: When the Race of a Lifetime Goes Wrong, investigated our modern appetite for “extreme” experiences. He lives in Victoria, B.C.

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        • The first kibbutz was established in 1910, and more than 350K foreigners have volunteered since 1967.
        • Kibbutzim were built on a communal model. Today over 80% have been privatized.
        • Chasing Utopia offers the outsider perspective of a non-Jewish North American traveller, injects tasteful humour and drama into the serious subject matter, and brings the stories of the kibbutz and Israel up to date after the many changes of the last decade.
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      Awards
      Frank Hegyi Award for Emerging Authors 2018, Short-listed
      The Koffler Centre of the Arts' Vine Awards for Canadian Jewish Literature 2017, Short-listed
      Reviews

      “Leach’s report is both affectingly personal, delving into many intimate stories of visionaries, and a sound historical study . . . An eye-opening look at an Eden of eco-villages gradually giving way to economic exigencies.” — Kirkus Review

      “Despite his obvious love of these communes, Leach maintains a neutral stance when discussing the conflict that is tearing Israel apart, and writes with great empathy for all sides involved. He is at times funny and self-effacing, but he is also keen-eyed and generous in his observations. Written with tremendous passion, Chasing Utopia is a stellar achievement.” — Quill & Quire

      “Leach reveals an imaginative and sharply inquiring mind, a gift for capturing the social complexity of the Israeli kibbutz and the troubled society beyond through humorous, moving, and often thrilling anecdotes. Lively, unsentimental, yet deeply empathic, Chasing Utopia is a new classic in kibbutz scholarship, a vibrant story with real heart and intellect.” — Ranen Omer-Sherman, author of Imagining the Kibbutz: Visions of Utopia in Literature & Film, endowed chair in Judaic Studies, University of Louisville

      “Wonderfully written. Through the story of the kibbutz, Leach captures all that is beautiful and less beautiful in Israel. It is a story about partnership, solidarity, and estrangement in various levels and dimensions. A good read for anyone interested in utopia, Israel, and the way we deal with unfulfilled dreams.” — Dr. Oded Lowenheim, chair of the Department of International Relations at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem

      Chasing Utopia is an exceptionally well-researched and beautifully written bildungsroman: a heartbroken young man sets off for a kibbutz in Israel, and over the next twenty years both he and that country experience a coming of age. Former kibbutz volunteers will enjoy an often hilarious romp that’s sure to flood them with memories, and readers wondering about the allure and challenges of utopian communities will find a probing examination that takes them to lesser-known corners of Israel and the West Bank.” — Jessamyn Hope, author of Safekeeping

      “Part memoir, part travelogue, and always a highly entertaining narrative nonfiction review of Israel’s unique social communities, Chasing Utopia is in many ways an exploration of modern day Israel itself.” — The Times of Israel

      “Beautifully written, [Chasing Utopia] is in part, a lament for those, including Leach (an ‘overscheduled suburban dad’ more likely to read spreadsheets than short stories) ‘who prefer our pocket utopia of idealized memories to stay unchanged,’ but are forced to contend with the seemingly intractable challenges of ‘creating an intentional community of equals’ in ‘a broken world’ and, in part, a search for evidence, born of Leach’s will to believe, that ‘a collective vision of utopia was rising again, despite the odds.’” — The Jerusalem Post

      “Leach delicately weaves his personal story into these traditional journalism pieces, not afraid to express his own opinions about the things he’s seeing and the people he’s talking to. . . A book inherently interesting to those already familiar with the subjects at hand, and a book that will likely make you interested if you never have been before.” — Chicago Center for Literature and Photography

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    Far and Wide Bring That Horizon to Me! Neil Peart Canada
    9781770413481 Hardcover BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Music On Sale Date: September 13, 2016
    $32.95 CAD 10 x 8 x 0.85 in | 304 pages Carton Quantity: 14 Canadian Rights: Y ECW000
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      35 concerts. 17,000 motorcycle miles. Three months. One lifetime.

      In May 2015, the veteran Canadian rock trio Rush embarked on their 40th anniversary tour, R40. For the band and their fans, R40 was a celebration and, perhaps, a farewell. But for Neil Peart, each tour is more than just a string of concerts, it’s an opportunity to explore backroads near and far on his BMW motorcycle. So if this was to be the last tour and the last great adventure, he decided it would have to be the best one, onstage and off.

      This third volume in Peart’s illustrated travel series shares all-new tales that transport the reader across North America and through memories of 50 years of playing drums. From the scenic grandeur of the American West to a peaceful lake in Quebec’s Laurentian Mountains to the mean streets of Midtown Los Angeles, each story is shared in an intimate narrative voice that has won the hearts of many readers.

      Richly illustrated, thoughtful, and ever-engaging, Far and Wide is an elegant scrapbook of people and places, music and laughter, from a fascinating road — and a remarkable life.

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      Neil Peart is the drummer and lyricist of the legendary rock band Rush and the author of Ghost Rider, The Masked Rider, Traveling Music, Roadshow, Far and Away, Far and Near, and, with Kevin J. Anderson, Clockwork Angels and Clockwork Lives.

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        • One of ECW’s all-time bestselling titles is Ghost Rider (over 165K sold), while Clockwork Angels (35K sold) appeared
          on the New York Times bestseller list. Far and Away, Neil’s first full-colour book in this format, sold over 20K copies.
        • On Far and Near, Kirkus Reviews wrote: “Experience the sheer joy Peart takes in life and his passion for sharing it with others. Far less scandalous than ‘rock drummer writes book’ might suggest but far more interesting, too.”
        • Includes Peart’s never-before-seen personal family and tour photos, and 90% of the text is being shared for the first time.
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      “The art he draws with his young daughter is heartwarming; his refusal to bend for a Rolling Stone photographer is hilarious . . . Rush fans feeling nostalgic about the end of the band’s touring days will likely enjoy the ride.” — Publisher’s Weekly

      “No surprise about Neil being a gifted writer after all the amazing Rush lyrics that he’s written, but the pictures really put his books on the ‘must have’ list.” — WNCX Cleveland

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    Series: Collins-Burke Mystery Series
    Lament for Bonnie A Collins-Burke Mystery Anne Emery Canada
    9781770411685 Hardcover FICTION / Mystery & Detective On Sale Date: September 13, 2016
    $26.95 CAD 9 x 6 x 1.08 in | 344 pages Carton Quantity: 16 Canadian Rights: Y ECW Press
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      The ninth mystery in a series that “gets better with every book” (Globe and Mail)

      Twelve-year-old Bonnie MacDonald — the beloved stepdancing, fiddling youngest member of Cape Breton’s famed Clan Donnie band — vanishes after a family party. There was no stranger spotted lurking around, but no one thinks for one minute that Bonnie ran away. Maura MacNeil, cousin to Clan Donnie, offers her husband’s legal services to the family as the police search for the missing girl. But fame attracts some strange characters and Clan Donnie has groupies. So, it turns out, does lawyer and bluesman Monty Collins.

      Monty and Maura’s daughter, Normie, is much closer to the action as she gets to know her cousins, learns things she wishes she never had, and has nightmares — visions? — that bring her no closer to finding Bonnie. Her spooky great-grandmother makes no secret of the fact that she senses the presence of evil in their village — the kind of evil RCMP Sergeant Pierre Maguire left Montreal to escape. But he finds that vein of darkness running beneath the beauty and vibrant culture of Cape Breton. And he learns that this isn’t the only dark passage in the Clan Donnie family history.

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      Named “one of Canada’s finest novelists” (Ottawa Review of Books), Anne Emery is a lawyer and the author of the Collins-Burke mystery series. She has won an Arthur Ellis Award, an Independent Publisher Book Awards silver medal, and a Dartmouth Book Award. She lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

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        • The Collins-Burke series has sold over 25K copies to date.
        • The series has garnered starred and featured reviews from Publishers Weekly, Booklist, Library Journal, Kirkus Reviews, and more.
        • Lament for Bonnie is influenced by the music and Gaelic culture of Cape Breton. A wonderful introduction for readers who are not familiar
          with this unique place in Canada.




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      “The story is both an engaging mystery and an exploration of the unique and enduring culture built by Scottish settlers in Cape Breton . . . This story is irresistible.” — Publishers Weekly

      “Once again, Anne Emery proves she’s one of the best of Canada’s new group of crime authors. Lament For Bonnie is a fine mystery with terrific characters and a solid plot, but it’s also an exploration of a unique Canadian culture: the Celtic musicians of Cape Breton whose ballads and dances are part of our shared heritage . . . This is an irresistible read from start to finish.” — Globe and Mail

      “This novel is the work of a skilled writer who knows her craft . . . a very satisfying addition to Anne Emery’s continuing series of mystery novels.” — The Chronicle Herald

      “You know you are in the thick of a good mystery novel when you start becoming suspicious of characters you consider shady in the parking lot of your very own town. Anne Emery’s latest, Lament for Bonnie, will leave readers spooked and wary of their surroundings.” — Atlantic Books Today

      “The author’s ability to say more with less invites readers along for the dark ride, and the island’s Celtic culture serves as a stage to both the story’s soaring narrative arc and a quirky cast of characters, providing a glimpse into the Atlantic Canadian communities settled by Scots over two hundred years ago.” — Celtic Life

      Lament for Bonnie is a good mystery in this entertaining series set in eastern Canada.” — Glenn Perrett

      “The novel is ingeniously plotted.” — Reviewing the Evidence

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    Series: Collins-Burke Mystery Series
    Ruined Abbey A Collins-Burke Mystery Anne Emery Canada
    9781770413511 Paperback FICTION / Mystery & Detective On Sale Date: September 13, 2016
    $14.95 CAD 6 x 9 x 1 in | 396 pages Carton Quantity: 24 Canadian Rights: Y ECW000
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      “This winning mystery stands on its own” (Booklist) — Emery’s eighth novel now in trade paper

      It’s 1989. The Troubles are raging in Ireland, bombs exploding in England. In this prequel to the Collins-Burke series, Father Brennan Burke is home in New York when news of his sister’s arrest in London sends him flying across the ocean. The family troubles deepen when Brennan’s cousin Conn is charged with the murder of a Special Branch detective and suspected in a terrorist plot against Westminster Abbey. The Burkes come under surveillance by the murdered cop’s partner and are caught in a tangle of buried family memories.

      From the bullet-riddled bars of Belfast to an elegant English estate, Ruined Abbey combines a whodunit with a war story, love story, and historical novel, while exploring the eternal question: what is fair in love and war? It all starts with a ruined abbey.

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      Named “one of Canada’s finest novelists” (Ottawa Review of Books), Anne Emery is a lawyer and the author of the Collins-Burke mystery series. She has won an Arthur Ellis Award, an Independent Publisher Book Awards silver medal, and a Dartmouth Book Award. She lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

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        • Ruined Abbey is so far the bestselling volume of the series.
        • As the Globe and Mail noted: “Halifax lawyer Anne Emery’s terrific
          series featuring lawyer Monty Collins and priest Brennan Burke gets better with every book.”
        • While much of the series is set in Halifax, Nova Scotia, this book has more international appeal, with Burke travelling to Ireland.
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    One or the Other An Eddie Dougherty Mystery John McFetridge Canada
    9781770413276 Paperback FICTION / Mystery & Detective On Sale Date: August 09, 2016
    $14.95 CAD 5 x 7.75 x 1 in | 408 pages Carton Quantity: 28 Canadian Rights: Y ECW000
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      “An extremely good crime novel, brimming with historical verisimilitude . . . with a richly detailed protagonist and a seriously compelling mystery.” — Booklist on Black Rock

      In the weeks before hosting the 1976 Summer Olympics, the Montreal police are tightening security to prevent another catastrophe like the ’72 games in Munich. But it isn’t tight enough to stop nearly three million dollars being stolen in a bold daytime Brink’s truck robbery. As the high-profile heist continues to baffle the police, Constable Eddie Dougherty gets a chance to prove his worth as a detective when he’s assigned to assist the suburban Longueuil force in investigating the deaths of two teenagers returning from a rock concert across the Jacques Cartier Bridge. Were they mugged and thrown from the bridge? Or was it a murder-suicide?

      With tensions running high in the city and his future career at stake, Dougherty faces the limits of the force and of his own policing, and has to decide when to settle and when justice is the only thing that should be obeyed.

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      John McFetridge has enjoyed wide critical acclaim for his six novels. Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere was named a book of the year by Quill & Quire and Tumblin’ Dice was an Amazon Editors’ Pick. He lives in Toronto with his wife and two sons.

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        • The series is inspired by historical events in and around Montreal.
        • Earlier books in the series have received rave reviews from Publishers Weekly, Booklist, Kirkus Reviews, Mystery Scene, and many other key outlets.
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      “Several things can be said about One or the Other. It’s a crime story, it’s a historical novel, it’s charming — and above all it’s utterly, extremely Montrealish . . . The cover copy calls One or the Other a mystery and in fact Dougherty spends a lot of time investigating a killing. But the book reads more like a sweet love letter to the Montreal of four decades ago.” — National Post

      “John McFetridge writes with deft characterization and keen insight into working class identity.” — National Post

      “John McFetridge writes with deft characterization and keen insight into working class identity.” — National Post

      “Eddie Dougherty is the kind of guy who grows on you, and now, in John McFetridge’s third Dougherty novel, Eddie is in full bloom as a solid character and an intuitively smart cop…a McFetridge book at his excellent best.” — Toronto Star

      “Dougherty is once again a basically decent working-class bilingual cop — who, it must be pointed out, sometimes beats information out of lowlifes — who serves as our window on our unknown or forgotten socio-political history, educating us slowly while awakening to the real world around him and solving crimes in another superb McFetridge whodunit.” — Winnipeg Free Press

      “Dougherty is a believable, complicated and yearning character in another fine McFetridge achievement.” — The London Free Press

      “McFetridge seamlessly weaves these period details into a fast-paced narrative . . . This is an enjoyable read brimming with colorful characters that immerses readers in a tumultuous period in Canadian history.” — Publishers Weekly

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    House of Blazes A Novel Dietrich Kalteis Canada
    9781770412866 Paperback FICTION / Literary On Sale Date: October 11, 2016
    $18.95 CAD 5.5 x 8.5 x 0.69 in | 280 pages Carton Quantity: 36 Canadian Rights: Y ECW000
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      Levi Hayes is out for gold — and blood — in this high-magnitude historical tear through the mean streets of San Francisco

      In the days before the great earthquake and fire of 1906, Levi Hayes returns from San Quentin Prison with a plan. After serving five years for the theft of $30,000 in gold coins from the San Francisco Mint, he’s ready to take back what’s his and exact revenge on the now-powerful Healey brothers who set him up and had his barroom, House of Blazes, seized by court order.

      To get back his bar Levi recruits his nephew, Mack Lewis, telling him the gold coins wait hidden behind one of its cellar walls. Their wild scheme propels them through saloon halls, gambling dens, back alleys, and brothels before it backfires. In lock-up as the earthquake hits, Levi and Mack must escape the collapsing building and burning city to get to the gold coins, with Quinn Healey determined to get his own revenge on them.

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      Dietrich Kalteis is the author of three crime novels, Ride the Lightning (which won a bronze medal in the 2015 Independent Publisher Awards and was hailed as one of the best Vancouver crime novels), Triggerfish, and The Deadbeat Club. More than 40 of his short stories have been published internationally, and his screenplay, Between Jobs, was a finalist in the Los Angeles Screenplay Festival. He resides with his family in West Vancouver and is currently working on his next novel.

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        • Whirlwind, fast-paced literary fiction that blends elements of history, the western, and crime. The setting of San Francisco in 1906 lends a feel of both the lawless west and that of a modern city.
        • House of Blazes incorporates a real-life coin theft: A California couple recently
          discovered $10 million in gold coins (circa late 19th century and struck at the SF Mint) buried on their property.
        • No one has been able to explain where the coins came from, but one theory states that the hoard matches a similar amount stolen from the SF Mint in 1901
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      Awards
      IPPY - Silver, Historical Fiction 2017, Winner
      Reviews

      “A deliriously fun crime novel with Western echoes.” — National Post

      “Populated with a diverse cast of well-drawn characters . . . this book is for readers who like their history gritty and action-packed.” — Publishers Weekly

      “Kalteis offers a shoot-’em-up from the get-go, adding a twist by making the principal player a hard-to-cheer-for ex-con seeking revenge while in the middle of a natural disaster.” — Kirkus Reviews

      “It is always a pleasure to read Kalteis who spares little and achieves a lot book by book.” — Owen Sound Sun-Times

      House of Blazes is Kalteis’ best novel so far, an engrossing combination of historical fiction and gritty crime thriller. His description of the 1906 earthquake that destroyed some 80 percent of San Francisco is accurate and chilling . . . Fans of noir thrillers and Kalteis’ past novels will find much to enjoy in House of Blazes.” — Scene Magazine

      “Kalteis has written a gripping, gritty story of revenge gone awry, and has created an anti-hero who’ll stay with you long after the fires have gone out.” — Ian Hamilton, author of the bestselling Ava Lee Novels

      “A high-octane adventure fuelled by vengeance, set during the San Francisco quake and fire of 1906. Kalteis masterfully evokes the eccentric characters and manners of the times, and the brawling decadence of the Barbary Coast.” — William Deverell, author of the Arthur Beauchamp series

      “By the end, House of Blazes is a thrilling story of a revenge that gets derailed by a city-wide catastrophe.” — A Bookish Type

      “There is a lot of action and I can say that I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. It took me to an era of gunslingers, brothels, and crooked sheriffs. I absolutely loved it!” — DebbieKrenzer blog

      “One last book that blew me away this year was House of Blazes by Dietrich Kalteis.” — DoSomeDamage.com

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    The Conjoined A Novel Jen Sookfong Lee Canada
    9781770412842 Paperback FICTION / Literary On Sale Date: September 13, 2016
    $18.95 CAD 5.5 x 8.5 x 0.67 in | 272 pages Carton Quantity: 42 Canadian Rights: Y ECW Press
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      Longlisted for the 2018 International Dublin Literary Award

      A masterful and gripping novel from “an undeniably talented writer” (Globe and Mail)

      On a sunny May morning, social worker Jessica Campbell sorts through her mother’s belongings after her recent funeral. In the basement, she makes a shocking discovery — two dead girls curled into the bottom of her mother’s chest freezers. She remembers a pair of foster children who lived with the family in 1988: Casey and Jamie Cheng — troubled, beautiful, and wild teenaged sisters from Vancouver’s Chinatown. After six weeks, they disappeared; social workers, police officers, and Jessica herself assumed they had run away.

      As Jessica learns more about Casey, Jamie, and their troubled immigrant Chinese parents, she also unearths dark stories about Donna, whom she had always thought of as the perfect mother. The complicated truths she uncovers force her to take stock of own life.

      Moving between present and past, this riveting novel unflinchingly examines the myth of social heroism and traces the often-hidden fractures that divide our diverse cities.

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      Jen Sookfong Lee was born and raised on Vancouver’s East Side, where she now lives with her son. Her books include The Better Mother, a finalist for the City of Vancouver Book Award, The End of East, and Shelter. A popular radio personality, Jen was the voice behind CBC Radio One’s weekly writing column, Westcoast Words, for three years, appears regularly as a contributor on The Next Chapter, and is a frequent co-host of the Studio One Book Club. Jen teaches writing in the continuing studies departments at both Simon Fraser University and the University of British Columbia.

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        • The Conjoined incorporates elements of crime fiction and is stylistically similar to blockbuster hits by Donna Tartt, Emma Donoghue, and Celeste Ng.
        • Echoes the present concerns of missing women and girls — particularly girls from communities that often struggle with poverty, addiction, and domestic violence.
          “Beautifully crafted.” — Baltimore Sun on The End of East
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      Awards
      International Dublin Literary Prize 2018, Long-listed
      The Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize 2017, Short-listed
      Reviews

      “With flawless writing and gothic imagination, Lee shows how a forgotten crime can reveal uncomfortable truths about family, class, and racism. The Conjoined is a fearless novel and a compulsive read.” — Emily Schultz author of The Blondes

      “Though the plot races along, I found depths to The Conjoined that moved me . . . This book is a gem of necessary truths.” — A Bookish Type

      “This is a story about family relationships and how they can break and fail. It's also about identity, suffering, broken social systems, and understanding how the past forms us. There's a lot going on here, but these themes organically engage and shape one another.” — Falling Letters

      “Flawlessly written and a page-turner for sure, The Conjoined is a rare read.” — Owen Sound Sun Times

      “Lee’s pen makes dangerous, poetic strokes, creating something both literary and textured, etched in satin and grit. Told in character vignettes too immediate to be called flashbacks, The Conjoined is a hungry and visceral novel, anchored in place and time.” — Scene Magazine

      “Sookfong Lee weaves an intricate and unsettling narrative about identity by pairing seemingly disparate stories into a single work which resists the traditional form of a novel in a way which echoes the messy complexity of real life . . . the novel is fresh, and frank, and infuriating — a narrative which resists closure and demands compassion.” — Ottawa Review of Books

      “Creating a protagonist such as Jessica Campbell allows Lee to flesh out in unflinching and sometimes droll ways the hamartia of privilege . . . If one person’s escape is another’s adversity, The Conjoined implies that we can no longer avert our eyes.” — The Malahat Review

      “The mystery of how the girls died is not the book’s main focus, but this captivating novel still moves with the pace of a thriller as it deftly fills in the gaps in the lives of several people, each fractured by horrors of their very own, joined as one in betrayal, trauma, and uncertainty.” — Publishers Weekly

      “Sookfong Lee is a gifted writer, telling a complicated story with depth and insight . . . The Conjoined is a quick, compelling read. But its characters and their stories will linger.” — Vancouver Sun

      “An insightful look at a daughter’s efforts to come to terms with the past.” — Toronto Star

      “Every once in a while, a book comes along that is both universal in its readability and specific in its appeal to Vancouverites . . . This is a page-turner — guaranteed to be read hungrily in one or two sittings — but an intensely literary one.” — Georgia Straight

      The Conjoined is a complex, refreshing and relevant departure from a well-worn approach, one that’s best tackled after surrendering your expectations.” — The Globe and Mail

      “Lee draws from Vancouver’s social history, pop culture and an exploration of family dynamics for a woman-focused, refreshing take on the traditional thriller.” — Metro Toronto

      “The novel moves quickly and absorbingly, revealing evidence at a rate that inspires compulsive reading. The book’s setting of Vancouver and its outlying residential areas is effectively conveyed with shapeliness and depth . . . When the story does transcend formula, it does so via bold and compelling routes, defying expectations in genuinely original ways.” — The Fiddlehead

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    The Clay Girl A Novel Heather Tucker Canada
    9781770413030 Paperback FICTION / Literary On Sale Date: October 11, 2016
    $18.95 CAD 5.5 x 8.5 x 0.87 in | 352 pages Carton Quantity: 33 Canadian Rights: Y a misFit book
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      A stunning and lyrical debut novel

      Vincent Appleton smiles at his daughters, raises a gun, and blows off his head. For the Appleton sisters, life had unravelled many times before. This time it explodes.

      Eight-year-old Hariet, known to all as Ari, is dispatched to Cape Breton and her Aunt Mary, who is purported to eat little girls. But Mary and her partner, Nia, offer an unexpected refuge to Ari and her steadfast companion, Jasper, an imaginary seahorse.

      Yet the respite does not last, and Ari is torn from her aunts and forced back to her twisted mother and fractured sisters. Her new stepfather, Len, and his family offer hope, but as Ari grows to adore them, she’s severed violently from them too, when her mother moves in with the brutal Dick Irwin.

      Through the sexual revolution and drug culture of the 1960s, Ari struggles with her father’s legacy and her mother’s addictions, testing limits with substances that numb and men who show her kindness. Ari spins through a chaotic decade of loss and love, the devilish and divine, with wit, tenacity, and the astonishing balance unique to seahorses.

      The Clay Girl is a beautiful tour de force about a child sculpted by kindness, cruelty, and the extraordinary power of imagination, and her families — the one she’s born in to and the one she creates.

      Bio

      Heather Tucker has won many prose and short-story writing competitions, and her stories have appeared in anthologies and literary journals. She lives in Ajax, Ontario.

      Marketing & Promotion
        • Tucker is the winner of numerous short-story competitions. Drawn to writing as a second career, in her 50s she took a few writing courses.
        • A prize juror was so drawn to her natural storytelling talent that he helped her find an agent.
        • Will appeal to readers of The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah and The Girl Who Was Saturday Night by Heather O’Neill.
    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Dartmouth Book Award (Fiction) 2017, Short-listed
      Kobo Emerging Writer Prize, Literary Fiction 2017, Short-listed
      Frank Hegyi Award 2017, Short-listed
      Reviews

      “Ari Appleton has been dealt the worst hand ever in terms of parents: her dad is an incestuous pedophile who’s both charismatic and cruel, and her mother is an incredibly egocentric addict who bore six girls and has not an iota of love for anyone but herself. But Ari attracts goodness and mines kindness even from the most surprising people, and because she is a story weaver, she reroutes her own story. Ari moves away from the drug culture and sexual revolution in Toronto in the 1960s to Pleasant Cove, an idyllic place where she is surrounded by love and nurturing. This novel is full of those take-away-your-breath lines, the ones you want to write down and keep in your pocket for when you need them. Ari joins the ranks of heroines like Lyra Belacqua or Liesel Meminger, girls who take the worst society has to offer and turn it into strength and kindness.” — Linda Sherman-Nurick, Cellar Door Bookstore (Riverside, CA)

      “This is a beautifully written story of strength and resilience, leading to ultimate victory over seemingly impossible challenges. Hariet/Ari/Arielle (known by various names to different people at different times) was born into an epically dysfunctional family. She must deal with an uncaring mother, a sexual predator father, and an abusive stepfather while being denied escape to a loving, supportive aunt. Despite these and other challenges, the girl not only survives, but, with help from caring teachers, grows into a strong young woman who finds love and is able to nurture others as well as herself. This book, which is like no other in terms of character, voice, and plot, rewards the reader with a memorable heroine who triumphs over daunting odds.” — Joe Strebel, Anderson’s Bookshop (Naperville, IL)

      “In Heather Tucker’s debut novel, The Clay Girl, the language is consistently playful and evocative, the characters are disturbing and lovable, the plot is profound and carefully constructed. Tucker’s voice is unique and powerful. She is certainly a writer to watch.” — Michelle Berry, author of Interference

      “In Ari Appleton, Heather Tucker has created an unforgettable little girl whose resilience in the face of heartbreaking circumstances is remarkable. The Clay Girl tackles a difficult subject with tenderness, empathy and unflinching honesty.” — Lynne Kutsukake, author of The Translation of Love

      “Stunning - a really great novel full of enormously difficult life situations yet handled by an author blessed with a flair for language, poetics, insight, truly great characters and a kind of grace that defies description. A coming-of-age like no other. Don't miss this!” — Sheryl Cotleur, buyer for Copperfield’s

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    A Desolate Splendor John Jantunen Canada
    9781770412040 Paperback FICTION / Dystopian On Sale Date: October 11, 2016
    $18.95 CAD 8.5 x 5.5 in | 312 pages Carton Quantity: 32 Canadian Rights: Y ECW000
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      Description

      A chilling portrait of a family fighting to preserve their humanity in a cruel and merciless world

      The collapse of civilization has left the survivors scattered amongst a few settlements along the wilderness fringe of a land ravaged by war. Preyed upon by roving bands of sadistic ex-soldiers and ever at the mercy of a natural world that has turned against them, a family is facing their final days. Hope appears in the guise of their young son. Raised in isolation and taught by his father to survive at any cost, he is thrust headlong into a battle for the future of humankind after rescuing a girl fleeing from a savage and relentless cult bent on burning the world back to Eden.

      Raw and unflinching, A Desolate Splendor weaves a stark, and eerily familiar, portrayal of life on the brink of extinction and heralds the rise of an exciting new voice in apocalyptic fiction.

      Bio

      John Jantunen lives with his wife and two sons in Guelph, Ontario. One of his short stories appeared in Fractured: Tales From the Canadian Post-Apocalypse and his debut novel, Cipher, was shortlisted for the Kobo Emerging Writer Prize. He is currently working on his third book.

      Marketing & Promotion
        • In A Desolate Splendor, Jantunen presents a post-civilization world where he blends First Nations storytelling practices with genres as diverse as horror, sci-fi, southern gothic, western, and adventure.
        • Punctuated by razor-sharp and often light-hearted exchanges of dialogue, the style and format of the story is reminiscent of work by Emily St. John Mandel and David Mitchell
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    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Reviews

      “This hollowed and eager portrayal of violence and post-civilized depravity is indicative of the strengths of A Desolate Splendor, which is written with a confident kind of impetus and drama. It has an honesty of intention that might be compared to Stephen King, and there are moments when Jantunen can make us shiver as something creeps in the shadows or cheer as a loyal dog saves a boy’s life.” — The Winnipeg Review

      “Jantunen is a storyteller in his own right, with a real gift for describing the richness and magical qualities of the natural world . . . A forceful, visionary novel written in passionate and sensual language.” — Quill & Quire

      A Desolate Splendor is a bleak and luminescent elegy, a frontier novel masquerading as post-apocalyptic fiction and vice versa. One of the most intense CanLit novels of all time.”—Clifford Jackman, author of The Winter Family

      “John Jantunen has written a fierce, intelligent, and heartwrenching end-of-days saga. While I had pleasant flashbacks to Robert R. McCammon’s masterful Swan Song while reading A Desolate Splendor, what Jantunen has done in these pages is distinct, galvanic, and very much his own.” — Craig Davidson

      “John Jantunen moves Blood Meridian from the desert to the boreal forest, where danger is more easily hidden by trees.” — Nicholas Ruddock, author of Night Ambulance and The Parabolist

      “A Desolate Splendor comes on like a wind-driven fire, gathering momentum with each page. The pace never falters as Jantunen deftly braids together the strands of his story in vivid, immediate detail.” — A.J. Somerset, author of Combat Camera and Arms: The Culture & Credo of the Gun

      “Recommended if you want an apocalyptic tale that feels like grit-lit.” — Lipstick and Libraries

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