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    A Perfect Eden Encounters by Early Explorers of Vancouver Island Michael Layland Canada
    9781771511773 Hardcover HISTORY / Canada Publication Date:October 04, 2016
    $39.95 CAD 10.13 x 9.38 x 0.94 in | 1320 gr | 256 pages Carton Quantity:8 Canadian Rights: Y TouchWood Editions
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      Shortlisted for two 2016 BC Book Prizes
      Finalist for the 2016 Lieutenant Governor’s Medal for Historical Writing

      A compelling history of the earliest explorers to Vancouver Island, brought to life with illustrations and maps.

      In 1842, when explorer James Douglas encountered the rugged natural paradise that would become Vancouver Island, he described it as “a perfect Eden." This book gathers the early recorded histories and personal accounts left by Chinese seafarers, Spanish and British naval officers, traders seeking sea otter pelts, colonial surveyors, as well as soldiers, settlers, and other adventurers, starting from many centuries ago up to 1858. Collected here in detail for the first time, these accounts create a multilayered tale of discovery and exploration.

      A Perfect Eden is the companion volume to the acclaimed The Land of Heart's Delight: Early Maps and Charts of Vancouver Island, which was shortlisted for the Bill Duthie Booksellers’ Choice BC Book Prize, and for the City of Victoria Butler Book Prize.

      Bio

      Michael Layland was president of the Victoria Historical Society, the Friends of the BC Archives, and is an amateur naturalist. Trained as an officer and mapmaker in the Royal Engineers, now retired, he has authored three books on the progression of European knowledge of Vancouver Island. Discover more at michaellayland.com.

      Marketing & Promotion
        • Electronic galleys targeting major and niche Pacific Northwest print media such the Times Colonist, the Vancouver Sun, British Columbia History, BC BookWorld, and Canadian History
        • Marketing campaigns via outreach to Canadian Historical Association, and the British Columbia Historical Federation
        • Radio interviews with broadcast media such as CBC’s “BC Almanac” and “North by Northwest”
        • Guest lecture and presentation at museums and libraries in Victoria, Nanaimo, Courtney and Campbell River
    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Bill Duthie Bookseller's Choice Award 2017, Short-listed
      Roderick Haig-Brown Regional Prize 2017, Short-listed
      Reviews

      "Given how many books have been written about the exploration of Vancouver Island and the waters around it, is there really room for one more? In a word, yes. Michael Layland’s A Perfect Eden is a fine addition to the range of books already published . . . This book is informative and highly readable, and no matter how much you have read about exploration of the Island, you will surely learn from this book as well."


      "Layland is the perfect guide. He has read everything about Vancouver Island from 1774 to 1862, and delivers the choicest morsels from hundred of log books and diaries. He introduces us, in pictures and stories, to the poeple whose names we live with every day . . . and takes us with them as they charted these waters and measured the land . . . This book is my top pick."


      A Perfect Eden is on the Vancouver Sun's list of BC Bestsellers through the month of December.


      "A well-organized, well-written guide to first contact [between European explorers and First Nations in BC]."


      In A Perfect Eden, Michael Layland describes the origins of our love affair with Vancouver Island. For much of it he lets those who came here speak for themselves with liberal quotes from their writings. He does not offer a lot of analysis, but rather tells the story of European exploration of, and growing attachment to, this particular part of the world . . . He tells the story with knowledge and affection, and the book is beautifully produced and illustrated.

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    Aqua Vitae A History of the Saloons and Hotel Bars of Victoria, 1851-1917 Glen A. Mofford Canada
    9781771511896 Paperback HISTORY / Social History Publication Date:October 18, 2016
    $19.95 CAD 5.5 x 8 x 0.28 in | 320 gr | 280 pages Carton Quantity:36 Canadian Rights: Y TouchWood Editions
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      A rowdy, rollicking popular history that celebrates the tales of Victoria’s drinking establishments in their heyday.

      From the raunchy saloons that lined Victoria’s notorious Johnson street to the lavish high-class hotel-bars like the Driard and the Empress, Aqua Vitae is a collection of fascinating true stories from the days of swinging doors, smoky bars, and five-cent beers.

      Read about how the quick actions of an employee of the Bee-hive saloon saved a young Emily Carr from possible death. Discover the gruesome secret uncovered by a startled worker who was prying up the floorboards of the Omineca saloon. And find out about the grisly murder of Mike Powers, the proprietor of the Garrick’s Head, a pub that still does a thriving business today.

      Carefully researched and accompanied by 70+ archival photos, Aqua Vitae covers the time from when the first saloon appeared in Victoria in 1851 to 1917 when prohibition shut the party down.

      Bio

      Glen A. Mofford is a historian and a writer with a passion for sharing the social history of British Columbia. He graduated from Vancouver's Simon Fraser University, and has been writing about BC's historic hotels and their drinking establishments for more than ten years. Aqua Vitae is his first book. Follow him on Twitter @BCPubHistory.

      Marketing & Promotion
        • Features targeting media including the Georgia Straight, EAT Magazine, Vancouver Sun, the Times Colonist, and Canadian History
        • Electronic galleys targeting major dailies and regional print media such British Columbia History, BC BookWorld
        • Targeted interviews with broadcast media such as CBC’s BC Almanac and On the Coast
    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Reviews

      "Mofford is certainly qualified as an expert . . . Aqua Vitae is richly illustrated with photos, drawings and, best of all, maps. It is a comprehensive guide that is easy to read. Beyond that, it is fascinating, dealing with a topic that has been ignored despite the impact that alcohol, and access to it, had on our ancestors."


      "Aqua Vitae is a well-crafted social history . . . a very readable balance of entertainment, reference and original scholarship."

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    Glorious Victorian Homes 150 Years of Architectural History in British Columbia's Capital Nick Russell Canada
    9781771511865 Paperback ARCHITECTURE / Buildings Publication Date:November 11, 2016
    $29.95 CAD 8.5 x 11 x 0.25 in | 1 gr | 232 pages Carton Quantity:16 Canadian Rights: Y TouchWood Editions
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      Winner of the 2016 Hallmark Heritage Society Award

      Discover the rich and diverse architectural history of Victoria through the city’s most historically significant homes.

      Unlike many cities that have demolished its old houses to make way for new condos and cookie-cutter cul-de-sacs, an astonishing array of historically significant homes still grace the tree-lined streets of BC’s beautiful capital city. This guided tour reveals a captivating cross-section of the city’s residential architecture, from the rustic charm of early vernacular homesteads through to the trendy Tudor Revival cottages made popular by Samuel Maclure.

      Told through more than 250 colour photographs, heritage conservationist Nick Russell touches on each of the benchmark moments that define the city’s growth. Glorious Victorian Homes delves into the history of each of the houses featured including the architects who built them, the families who lived in them, and their distinctive structural details.

      The book tracks the region’s cultural and economic history through the evolution of its dormers, gables, and sweeping verandahs to shed light on Victoria’s magnificent residential legacy.

      Bio

      Born and raised in England, Nick Russell emigrated to Canada in the late 1950s. A retired journalist and journalism professor, he is a keen heritage conservation advocate, and has worked to save the historic Ross Bay Villa. He lives in Victoria with his wife, Sharon.

      Marketing & Promotion
        • Electronic galleys targeting dailies and regional print media such the Times Colonist, the Vancouver Sun, British Columbia History, BC BookWorld
        • Targeted interviews with broadcast media such as CBC’s BC Almanac and On the Coast
    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Hallmark Heritage Society Communication Award 2017, Winner
      Reviews

      "Victoria is undeniably a glorious city,” writes veteran author and heritage specialist Nick Russell. Well, this is undeniably a glorious book full of gorgeous photographs and fascinating historical tidbits. Russell’s informed introduction explains not only why so many varied styles developed in Victoria, but also illuminates the political vision that has allowed these beautiful buildings to endure while so much of BC’s original housing stock has been short-sightedly razed—and he concludes with practical solutions to protect Victoria from our present demolition craze. While Glorious Victoria Homes is a pleasurable armchair read from afar, it will be an even better hands-on guide on for my next trip to Victoria. I can’t wait."


      "Glorious Victorian Homes is vintage Nick Russell, written with verve, wit, and deep insights about Victoria’s architectural heritage."

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    150 Years of Canadian Beer Labels Lawrence C. Sherk Canada, Ian Coutts
    9781771511926 Hardcover DESIGN / Graphic Arts Publication Date:October 25, 2016
    $29.95 CAD 8.5 x 7.5 x 1 in | 1040 gr | 320 pages Carton Quantity:14 Canadian Rights: Y TouchWood Editions
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      Shortlisted for the 2017 Taste Canada Food Writing Awards

      In celebration of Canada’s 150 birthday, one of the country’s most avid collectors of breweriana showcases a stunning selection of beer labels dating from the late 1870s to the present day.

      What’s more Canadian than beer? Craft brewing has exploded across Canada, reinvigorating the country’s love and appreciation for its favourite beverage. But Canadians have always treasured beer—a fact evidenced by these 150 vintage labels that showcase both stunning skills in typography and a true passion for the brewski.

      In addition to the earliest vintage labels from iconic breweries like Dow and Labatt, discover an eye-opening cross-section of the country’s beer-brewing history through the artwork of ales, porters, lagers, and malts from brewers east to west, many of which are long forgotten.

      Bio

      Lawrence C. Sherk is one of the country’s foremost collectors of beer memorabilia, with the second-largest collection of beer labels in Canada. In 2011, he donated nearly 3000 of his labels, most of them dating from before 1945, to the Thomas Fisher Rare Books Library at the University of Toronto, where they can be viewed as part of the library's paper-ephemera collection. Before retiring in 2001, Sherk was a renowned horticulturist, though history is his first love.



      Marketing & Promotion
        • Features relating to Canada’s 150th Year targeting national dailies such as The National Post, the Globe and Mail, the Ottawa Citizen, the Montreal Gazette, the Vancouver Sun, the Toronto Star, the Edmonton Journal
        • CBC radio interviews with The Current, The Next Chapter, The Story from Here, Spark
        • Features targeting national media covering Canada’s: The Georgia Straight, EAT Magazine, Vancouver Sun
        • Email marketing campaign targeting members of Collectors of Canadian Brewery Advertising, regional Craft Brewers Guilds, the Canadian Brewing Awards and Conference, and BeerCanada

    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Taste Canada Food Writing Award for Culinary Narratives 2017, Short-listed
      Reviews

      "The perfect gift for brew lovers . . . Beer historians will appreciate the labels dating back to the late 1870s, and the history of breweries east to west—many of which have been forgotten. Anyone who is excited to celebrate Canada's 150th birthday will be pleased to have this beautiful book to add to their collection."


      "Searching for the perfect gift for the beer fan on your list? Art, beer, and history intersect in a new tome from a guy who was likely the first to see and appreciate the artistic merit of Canadian beer labels . . . a fascinating celebration of beer and art published to mark Canada’s 150th birthday."


      "Craft [beer] fans will certainly find many of their modern-day heroes represented in the book . . . [it] will appeal to those who have a keen eye for historic commercial art, Canadiana, or who just love to collect coffee table books with impressively-laid-out imagery . . . As the author says, “The story of beer is the story of Canada”, and we have to agree that along with books on hockey and politics, a history of Canadian brewing is a great way to get a sense of how our country has evolved."


      "A great addition to any home library or coffee table. Beer historians will reminisce over the old breweries, long closed. Graphic design fans will appreciate the transition over the years from simple to elaborate art. Non-beer-lovers will love the kitsch pictures and slices of life from Canada past."


      This book is amazing. 150 Years of Canadian Beer Labels . . . is an art book, with its art being beer bottle labels . . . Just in time for Canada’s 150th birthday, you can see its history. In beer labels.

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    Gold Rush Queen The Extraordinary Life of Nellie Cashman Thora Kerr Illing Canada
    9781771511599 Paperback BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Women Publication Date:September 20, 2016
    $18.95 CAD 5.5 x 7.5 x 0.63 in | 240 gr | 224 pages Carton Quantity:44 Canadian Rights: Y TouchWood Editions
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      A biography of the extraordinary Nellie Cashman, a well-loved miner, entrepreneur and philanthropist who lived and worked in the roughest boomtowns of the West in the late-nineteenth century.

      At a time when well-bred women wore tight corsets and entertained each other at tea, Nellie Cashman (1845–1925) was trekking for hundreds of miles through blizzard conditions to deliver food and supplies to trapped miners in Northern BC.

      An Irish immigrant, Cashman travelled from Boston to San Francisco in search of opportunity. She followed the mining boomtowns, all the way from California to northern BC, and Arizona to Alaska opening up restaurants and boarding houses, and staking mining claims. She was friends with the likes of Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday during her years in Tombstone, and was known among them for her kind heart and charitable acts. This biography is a fresh look at the fascinating life of an underappreciated historical character.

      Bio

      Thora Kerr Illing is a former journalist and librarian. She immigrated to Canada as a young woman and fell in love with the space, the fjords, and the forests of the west. Now retired, she lives in Sidney, BC, and loves travel, books, nature and animals.

      Marketing & Promotion
        • Electronic galleys targeting print media and regional publications such The Vancouver Sun, British Columbia History, BC BookWorld, Canadian History, and The Tombstone News
        • Features targeting BookList and Library Journal
        • Targeted interviews with broadcast media on CBC in BC and Yukon, and NPR in Arizona, California, and Alaska
        • Ongoing promotion online and via Goodreads giveaways
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      Awards
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      "Gold Rush Queen is certainly worth reading. Victoria can claim Nellie Cashman as one of its own, and this biography will make her accomplishments known to a wider range of readers."


      "This breezy, readable account is more than just an interesting biography, it’s an arresting social history of the gold mania that shaped B.C."


      An attractive volume that offers the casual reader a well-written and engaging overview of the story of Cashman’s life and career . . . short, lively, and highly readable . . . This is a book that, like Cashman herself will find a welcome home on both sides of the international border and in half a dozen provinces and states.

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    A Killer in King's Cove A Lane Winslow Mystery Iona Whishaw Canada
    9781771511988 Paperback FICTION / Mystery & Detective Publication Date:October 04, 2016
    $16.95 CAD 5 x 7.5 x 1.25 in | 400 gr | 432 pages Carton Quantity:20 Canadian Rights: Y TouchWood Editions
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      A smart and enchanting postwar mystery that will appeal to fans of the Maisie Dobbs series by Jacqueline Winspear.

      It is 1946, and war-weary young ex-intelligence officer Lane Winslow leaves London to look for a fresh start. When she finds herself happily settled into a sleepy hamlet in the interior of British Columbia surrounded by a suitably eclectic cast of small-town characters she feels like she may finally be able to put her past to rest.

      But then a body is discovered, the victim of murder, and although she works alongside the town’s inspectors Darling and Ames to discover who might have possibly have motivation to kill, she unknowingly casts doubt on herself. As the investigation reveals facts that she has desperately tried to keep a secret, it threatens to pull her into a vortex of even greater losses than the ones she has already endured.

      A clever postwar mystery that will appeal to fans the Maisie Dobbs series by Jacqueline Winspear or the Bess Crawford series by Charles Todd.

      Bio

      Iona Whishaw is a former educator and social worker whose mother and grandfather were both spies during their respective wars. She lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, with her husband. Visit her at ionawhishaw.com.

      Marketing & Promotion
        • Reviews targeting Library Journal, Kirkus Reviews, ALA Booklist, Globe and Mail, National Post
        • Electronic ARCs available
        • Online marketing via Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest
        • Outreach to mystery bloggers and reviewers
    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Reviews

      “Exquisitely written, psychologically deft . . . If you miss Mary Stewart’s sleuthing heroines, if you loved Broadchurch and its village of suspects, settle in, turn off the phone, and enjoy.” —Linda Svendsen, author of Sussex Drive and Marine Life


      "A debut mystery by an author destined for awards: a setting ripe for story telling, a convincing gift for portraying the painful and riveting after-like for the survivors of two world wars . . . I’m already planning to read it again . . . Whishaw is an exciting addition to Canada’s fine roster of mystery writers."


      "A good historical mystery with a cast of characters that will provide plot lines for the series to come. Iona Whishaw is a writer to watch."


      "The writing . . . conjur[es] up nicely the ambiance of a 1940s west Canadian locale and develop[s] in depth both the characters and their interactions."


      "A Killer in King’s Cove is worth a look, especially as the author intends to reprise her lead character."


      A simply riveting read by a master of the genre, A Killer in King's Cove is especially recommended the personal reading lists of dedicated mystery buffs, as well as an enduringly popular acquisition choice for community library Mystery/Suspense collections.

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    9781771511957 Paperback FICTION / Mystery & Detective Publication Date:October 18, 2016
    $14.95 CAD 5.25 x 8 x 0.63 in | 300 gr | 240 pages Carton Quantity:44 Canadian Rights: Y TouchWood Editions
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      A new book from Bony Blithe award–winning mystery author Cathy Ace where her sleuth Cait Morgan investigates a chilling cold case from a university in Budapest.

      A gig as guest lecturer at the university in Budapest should have been a dream job for a travelling criminologist and food lover. But wherever Cait Morgan goes, murder seems to follow. One of Cait’s new students pleads with her to solve the mystery of her grandmother’s brutal slaying. She agrees, but when she is repeatedly hassled by a weird colleague, and as bizarre details about the student’s family members come to light, Cait is beset by uncertainty.

      As she gets closer to the truth, Cait's investigation puts the powers-that-be on high alert, and her instincts tell her she's in grave danger. Bud races to Budapest to come to Cait's aid, but will it be too late?

      Bio

      Born, raised and educated in Wales, Cathy Ace enjoyed a successful career in marketing and training across Europe for twenty years before migrating to Vancouver. The author of the bestselling Cait Morgan Mysteries, featuring a Welsh Canadian foodie criminologist sleuth, Cathy enjoys living the author's life on rural acreage where she and her husband are helped out in the garden by their two green-pawed chocolate Labradors.

      Marketing & Promotion
        • Mystery blog tour including 15 well-known North American mystery book bloggers
        • Electronic ARCs available
        • Online marketing via Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest
        • Book club discussion questions available
        • Author has strong online presence - CathyAce.com / @AceCathy / Facebook.com/Cathy.Ace.Author
        • Author will attend genre-specific events including Left Coast Crime, Bouchercon World Mystery Convention, Malice Domestic, and Crime Fest
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      Awards
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      Cait Morgan's eighth mystery, The Corpse with the Ruby Lips, is included on 49th Shelf's Fall Preview.


      Quill & Quire's Fiction Fall Preview includes Cait Morgan's newest adventure, The Corpse with the Ruby Lips.


      "Another very satisfying story from Cathy Ace . . . The scene is set, the puzzle posed and Cait uses her wit and ingenuity to survive threats and danger to arrive at a satisfactory solution. A very strong addition to this very appealing series."


      "Fabulous . . . A pleasure to read. I highly recommend The Corpse with the Ruby Lips."


      "Suspenseful . . . I would recommend [The Corpse with the Ruby Lips] to anyone who loves a good mystery."


      "Cait is a great protagonist, intelligent, curious, meticulous . . . [The Corpse with the Ruby Lips] is a fun, smart and cozy mystery . . . Highly recommended."


      "Cathy Ace has a unique writing style that captures you from page one and doesn’t let go . . . I recommend all the books in this series."


      "Cait Morgan is traveling again – this time to Budapest – where an older unsolved crime is stirring up new trouble. Cathy Ace’s series is perfect for those that love travel, food, and/or murder (reading it, not committing it)."


      "Cait is someone you’d like to have as a friend . . . The mystery is a complex one. The setting of Budapest adds flavor . . . Just keep in mind, not everyone tells the truth, not everyone is who they say they are, and people should be careful what they wish for—the reality of getting the wish granted can have long-lasting consequences."


      Have you been missing those delightful mystery-travelogue works from Lyn Hamilton? Say hello to Cathy Ace and her intrepid sleuth, Cait Morgan, a Welsh-Canadian professor with a predilection for investigating crime. This is the eighth book in this series and I have somehow missed the other seven. Based on this one, the series is a winner. Cait is in Budapest, not enjoying herself. Her husband is back in Canada, her colleagues in Hungary are a dozy lot, and now a student wants her to find out who murdered her grandmother. Trouble is, granny died 40 years ago. This is a very old, very cold case. Nevertheless, Cait agrees to investigate – boredom can do that to you. This is a terrific light mystery with a wonderful setting and Ace is, well, an ace when it comes to plot and description.
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    Waiting for the Cyclone Stories Leesa Dean Canada
    9781927366509 Paperback FICTION / Short Stories Publication Date:October 04, 2016
    $19.95 CAD 5.5 x 8.5 x 0.2 in | 300 gr | 224 pages Carton Quantity:48 Canadian Rights: Y Brindle & Glass
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      A Trillium Book Award Finalist

      Women are too often cast in literature as inherently good and dependable—but this is not the case in the audacious stories of Waiting for the Cyclone.

      Mary, a closet drinker, leaves her children with Debbie, a seemingly perfect housewife who shoots pharmaceuticals at night. Alison vacations with her husband, but wakes up in the tattooed arms of another man. Donna lies to her family about volunteering in Afghanistan so she can parasail with a lover in Turkey.

      With authenticity and intensity, Dean challenges traditional literary archetypes by revealing female characters that are nuanced, contradictory, and boldly unapologetic.

      "In Waiting for the Cyclone, Leesa Dean gives us an original, honest voice. Far from shelter, readers will find themselves pulled closer and closer to the eye of this storm. Brace yourself: These women are unflinchingly real. You will not be able to look away." —Elisabeth de Mariaffi, author of How to Get Away with Women, nominated for the Giller Prize

      Bio

      Leesa Dean is a graduate of the University of Guelph’s Creative Writing MFA program and teaches English and Creative Writing for Selkirk College in Nelson, BC. She’s been a finalist for the Irving Layton Award, the Litpop Award, and the Quebec Writing Competition. She is Interviews Editor for The Humber Literary Review and a regular contributor to The New Quarterly. Waiting for the Cyclone is her first book.

      Marketing & Promotion
        • Features and reviews targeting the Globe and Mail, the National Post, and North American literary book reviewers
        • Features and reviews targeting Kirkus Reviews, Publishers Weekly, BookList, Library Journal
        • Outreach to book bloggers
        • Online marketing via Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest
        • Promotion on the author’s website leesadean.ca
        • Print and electronic ARCs available
    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Trillium Book Award 2017, Short-listed
      Reviews

      "In Waiting for the Cyclone, Leesa Dean gives us an original, honest voice. Far from shelter, readers will find themselves pulled closer and closer to the eye of this storm. Brace yourself: these women are unflinchingly real. You will not be able to look away.”


      "Leesa Dean writes strong, complex, unforgettable female characters I’d like to hang out with. Waiting for the Cyclone is a radiant debut—beautifully written, passionate, and whip smart—from a refreshing new voice bound to make her mark in Canadian literature."


      "Subversive, illicit, and with a knack for final lines packed with innuendo, Waiting for the Cyclone is a pleasure readers need not feel guilty about."


      Waiting for the Cyclone is included on 49th Shelf's Fall Preview.


      "Often in fiction, women are portrayed as "good." They may slip up, but they eventually return to goodness. Not so in this collection of stories. These women land hard. They aren't bad people, but neither are they especially likeable. However, they do come across as real—almost uncomfortably authentic in a real-life-stripped-down kind of way. Whether it is a woman leaving a relationship or another in search of the mother who gave her up or a young girl looking at her female role models, there is a weight to these poignant stories that lingers."


      "Vibrant . . . These stories, peopled with unconventional women navigating between freedom and family ties, give an out-of-the-ordinary window into contemporary North American lives.


      "Leesa Dean’s debut collection, Waiting For The Cyclone, is tried and true storytelling."


      "There are few occasions of physical violence in Waiting for the Cyclone, though plenty of emotional damage, the through-line a gale-like force pushing the narrative in a surprise direction—not a twist ending, but a destination unheralded at the beginning…The takeaway: Whatever our strength of will, we are buffeted by circumstances outside our control."


      "The way Dean set ups up her stories and has the reader fill in the unsaid with their own imagination. She does it magnificently . . . There’s life and beauty in every story. Dean hits her notes perfectly, and brings the coming storm to their world in a beautifully filtered and poetic reality."


      Waiting for the Cyclone is gritty and real . . . captivating. The fact that these beautifully flawed characters are women only adds yet another layer of intrigue.


      Dean’s use of imagery is masterful . . . [she] showers the collection with beautiful imagery and resilient and complicated women characters. Dean excels in her writing of youthful narrators’ voices, leaving me wanting more . . .


      In Dean’s eclectic debut collection of short fiction, women take center stage. The stories flit across Canada and the Americas, telling tales of summer romances, hitchhiking in Alberta, and love so overpowering that it crushes its object. Bound by nothing but the intention to portray women’s interior landscapes, these stories present imperfection in all its glorious variety . . . Focusing on how circumstance can change the pacing of relationships, these stories zoom in on the ways in which the characters are “no longer in sync.” . . . A promising new author.

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