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    All the Sweet Things Baked Goods and Stories from the Kitchen of Sweetsugarbean Renée Kohlman Canada
    9781771512046 Hardcover COOKING / Methods Publication Date:April 25, 2017
    $39.95 CAD 8 x 10 x 1.25 in | 1420 gr | 320 pages Carton Quantity:12 TouchWood Editions
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      Gold Winner, 2018 Taste Canada Food Writing Award for Single-Subject Cookbook
      Winner, 2018 Gourmand World Cookbook Award in English Canada
      Among the Globe and Mail's Best Cookbooks of 2017

      More than 100 recipes for desserts and baked goods from the kitchen of Renée Kohlman, named one of the Canada's top food bloggers by the National Post.

      All the Sweet Things is full of delectable desserts and wholesome baked goods with recipes for muffins, cookies, cakes, pies, custards, pastries, truffles, and ice cream. Reinvent last night's dessert for this morning's breakfast, whip up your very first pie, and wow your colleagues, friends, and family during the holidays by gifting them with impressive baked goods. With wit and warmth doled out in equal measure, Renée acknowledges that baking can be intimidating, but assures you that whether you're a beginner baker or a seasoned pro, each recipe is doable and delicious.

      Offering a list of pantry essentials and useful tools and equipment, a photograph to accompany every recipe, variations for gluten-free bakers, and essays written in Kohlman's signature style, this gorgeous new cookbook will pull you into the kitchen to bake, then back to the couch to curl up and read.


      Renée Kohlman was named one of Canada's best food bloggers by the National Post for her blog SweetSugarbean. A graduate of NAIT's Culinary Arts program, she is the food columnist for the Saskatoon StarPhoenix and Culinaire, and a pastry chef in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

      Marketing & Promotion
        • Advance endorsements from Julie Van Rosendaal, blogger at DinnerwithJulie.com, Erin Scott, author of Yummy Supper, and Aimée Wimbush-Bourque, author of Brown Eggs & Jam Jars 
        • Confirmed coverage on food blogs: Dinner with Julie; Simples Bites; Family Feedbag; Seven Spoons; Family Bites; Kitchen Magpie; Eat, Live, Travel, Write; Eating Niagara; Eat North; and the Food Bloggers of Canada 
        • Confirmed coverage in the Saskatoon StarPhoenix, Culinaire Magazine, Western Producer Magazine 
        • Features and reviews targeting Canadian Living, National Post, Globe and Mail, HuffPost Food 
        • Promotion on Renee’s blog and social media: sweetsugarbean.com, Instagram (@SweetSugarBean), Twitter (@sweetsugarbean_), Facebook (/Sweetsugarbean) Pinterest (sweetsugarbean)
        • Online promotion and publicity via TouchWood Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and paid ads
        • Digital BLADs available 

    • Awards & Reviews

      Winner, Taste Canada Food Writing Award for Single-Subject Cookbook 2018, Winner
      "All the Sweet Things . . . will delight your family’s resident pastry chef—you know, the one who is always creating new confections for every occasion and sending you home with tins full of homemade cookies." —Read Local BC blog

      "In her beautiful debut cookbook, Renee writes from the heart, weaving stories and recipes together in a way that convinces us that we too are capable of making magic in the kitchen. A collection of both familiar and inspiring new desserts, this book is sure to become a timeless Canadian classic."

      Your new go-to cookbook for 'All the Sweet Things' . . . an essential addition to our list of must-have cookbooks.

      Renée visits Global Morning News to share a recipe from her new book, All the Sweet Things.

      Renée Kohlman shares one of her favourite recipes from All the Sweet Things with the readers of her column in the Saskatoon StarPhoenix.

      All the Sweet Things is more than a collection of recipes. It’s also about Kohlman’s life, and there are many stories connected to the food . . . The book is a testament to following your heart, and I, for one, can’t get enough of that story.

      Beyond the collection of over 100 sweet recipes, Renée’s book is about her stories. In fact, it reads a little bit like a storybook and if you are like me, it will find its way to your bedside table where it will be just as at home as it is in the kitchen . . . It’s like your favourite cozy blanket or sweater – you’ll find yourself reaching for it again and again.

      All the Sweet Things . . . is the kind of cookbook that reads like a good novel that you can’t put down.

      More than a collection of recipes, it’s the story of how this Saskatoon chef became a baker. It will bring a tear to your eye in parts, make your tummy grumble in others, and wow you throughout.

      Top-rated food blogger Renée Kohlman's All the Sweet Things is a gorgeous celebration of dessert with traditional tastes and unexpected twists on the familiar.

      The Saskatoon native knows what she’s doing . . . Kohlman’s first cookbook, All The Sweet Things, has more than 100 recipes for cookies, cakes, tarts, pies, pastries and more, and everything I made from it was spectacular.

      “Every page of All The Sweet Things, the stunning new cookbook by Saskatchewan native Renée Kohlman, is packed with deliciousness. From nostalgic Jam Jams from Kohlman’s prairie upbringing to innovative delights like Parsnip and Cardamom Muffins with Brown Butter Cream Cheese Icing, All The Sweet Things has irresistible recipes for cooks of all kinds. Not only is Renée a fantastic baker, she is a soulful writer and gifted photographer; when you’re not cooking from her book, you might just find yourself tucked into bed drooling over her photographs and savoring her heartfelt stories.”

      My favourite thing about the book are the recipe headnotes . . . As you read each one it really feels like she’s right there in the kitchen with you, guiding you through her recipes with practical pep talks and a private tête-à-tête . . . All the Sweet Things should be on your own personal present wish list."

      Living in the heart of the Canadian Prairies, in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Renée brings a down home Canada voice to her recipes, but her culinary training and pastry chef background is always evident, with the quality and creativity of the recipes . . . The classic and creative collection of recipes is a must-have addition for anyone who enjoys sweets and baking. This is even more true for my Canadian baking friends, who will love this truly Canadian voice that runs through it’s pages.

      This cookbook-cum-memoir will have you curled up on the sofa with a cup of tea and blanket, bookmarking all the sweet things you’ll want to make.

      Happy colours and pretty pictures don’t make a cookbook. For me, good writing that tells a story (and, of course, conveys information and directions clearly) is a requirement. I also appreciate writing that makes me feel like I know the author. And that’s exactly what All the Sweet Things delivers. I read this book, cover to cover like a novel, in a couple of days. Renée writes not just skillfully, but with such heart and openness, about food yes, but also about her life, her mother, her friends … I feel now that I know her very well indeed . . . a beautiful book with a great collection of recipes and, writing and storytelling that takes the book to the next level.

      “Renée has an eye for all the sweet things—everything she makes is real and approachable, and is always exactly what I want to eat, whether I know it or not. For those who eat with their eyes—and don’t we all?—her photos are irresistible, the perfect pairing with recipes that make the home cook feel like they’re right beside her in the kitchen.”

      Not only is it a beautiful book . . .All The Sweet Things stands out for it’s absolutely fabulous stories between chapters, from Renée’s adventures in the North to her stories of Small Town Saturday nights. You won’t lack for entertaining reading material between choosing which recipes you are going to make first.

      “Renée shares all the sweet things of her life with wit, style and humour, on the page, on the plate, online, and in person. From re-worked classics to unexpected savoury ingredients—parsnips, tahini, turmeric —she’ll surprise you but will never let you down. Oh, mama! Try her gloriously messy Eton Mess, Soft-serve Mascarpone Ice Cream, or Heirloom Jam Jams. You’re gonna love this sweet book and the generous woman who wrote it.”

      "Saskatoon baker-blogger Renée Kohlman has gathered the sweetest collection of things into her first cookbook, with relatable personal stories behind the soda breads and pies, and her own photos, all taken on her iPhone. It's a beautifully designed, nostalgic collection of unintimidating baked goods, with Prairie classics like Saskatoon berry and flapper pies, sugar-coated cake doughnuts and Aunt Helen's big-batch buttermilk bran muffins." —Globe and Mail

      For pastry chef Renee Kohlman, cooking daily fuels her creativity and feeds her passion. It’s integral to her well-being and baking is interwoven into the fabric of her life. In good times, baking heightened her celebrations. In sad times, the kitchen gave her comfort and a place to reflect and think things through. All of this is captured in her first cookbook, All the Sweet Things, full of recipes she has developed and gathered and deeply personal stories of her life as connected to the recipes.

      "This collection of both familiar and new desserts is as much of a good read as it is a baking book, and the vibrant photographs will kickstart your sweet tooth cravings." —Aimee Wimbush-Bourque, Simple Bites
      "All the Sweet Things will delight your family’s resident pastry chef—you know, the one who is always creating new confections for every occasion and sending you home with tins full of homemade cookies." —Read Local BC

      All the Sweet Things is 300+ pages of irresistible recipes (gluten-free options, too) and impressive photography . . . a gorgeous book filled with stories and recipes to feed your heart and soul.

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    Icon Flagship Wines from British Columbia's Best Wineries John Schreiner Canada, Christopher K. Stenberg
    9781771512077 Hardcover COOKING / Beverages Publication Date:May 09, 2017
    $39.95 CAD 7.5 x 9 x 1.13 in | 1 gr | 332 pages Carton Quantity:14 TouchWood Editions
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      Finalist for the 2017 Taste Canada Food Food Writing Awards
      Winner of a 2017 Gourmand Cookbook Award in English Canada
      Finalist for a Gourmand Cookbook Best in World Award

      A gorgeous gift-worthy collection of tasting notes and collector’s information on British Columbia’s highest-calibre wines, written by Canada’s most authoritative and prolific wine writer.

      British Columbia now has such an array of high-calibre winemakers that John Schreiner has compiled a book showcasing the icon wines from BC’s best wineries. An icon wine is the very best wine that a producer can make, and the prestige of an icon wine cascades across a winery’s entire portfolio.

      For each wine profiled, readers will learn the behind-the-scenes story of the winery and winemaker, as well as the history, provenance, and inspiration behind each wine. The most recent vintage is listed, along with detailed tasting notes for as many vintages as are available, information on number of cases produced, percentages of varietals in the case of blends, and even the clone number of particular varietals.

      The essential guide for any collector of BC wine, this book is also the culmination of research that illuminates John Schreiner’s passion and unique contribution to BC’s wine region.


      The best-selling author of fifteen books, John Schreiner is Canada's most respected and prolific wine writer. He is a celebrated member of both national and regional wine communities across Canada, and has judged in wine competitions in North America and abroad. He lives in Vancouver.

      Christopher K. Stenberg is an award-winning photographer and media producer whose work has taken him everywhere from the vineyards of Tuscany to the towers of Manhattan. Since relocating to the Okanagan in 2006 he has been exploring the vineyards of British Columbia through the lens of a keen wine and food enthusiast.
      Marketing & Promotion
        • Features and reviews targeting The World of Fine WineWine AdvocateWine Spectator, Wine Tourist magazine, and Palate Press, Air Canada magazine, BC Liquor Store magazine, Vancouver Sun, Western Living
        • Radio interviews confirmed with Terry David Mulligan, Anthony Gismondi, CBC’s North by Northwest and CBC’s Radio West
        • Promotion on John’s well-known blog, John Schreiner on Wine
        • Online promotion and publicity via TouchWood Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and paid ads
        • Digital BLADs available 

    • Awards & Reviews

      Gourmand World Cookbook Award for Canada in the New World Wine category 2017, Winner
      Best New World Wine Book in the World 2017, Short-listed
      Taste Canada Food Food Writing Awards 2018, Short-listed
      "BC wine fans love John Schreiner. He's always been there for us. With the explosive growth of BC wines, he has paved the way for our all-important next step: how to choose and cellar the best of those wines, the icons."
      "Schreiner’s book sorts out the very best."
      "If you want a quick primer on BC's best labels while supporting a Canadian wine treasure, John Schreiner himself, this is it."
      “This is a significant work that clearly proves not only that British Columbia’s wine has come of age, but also that there is a worthy story to tell. This is a book that will look equally good on the coffee table, as it would be wine-stained and well loved near your cellar.” —Culinaire
      "This topical 320 page tome perfectly captures the growing global respect for the special wines coming out of British Columbia. . . . The organized notes by trained journalist John Schreiner . . . are always so well researched and eruditely expressed. This adds enormously to the readability and easy reference of his latest admirable work all set out alphabetically by winery name. . . . You need this volume to be informed on this exciting unique wine region that has emerged and you will also enjoy reading it!" —International Wine & Food Society
      Deb McVittie of 32 Books suggests Icon as a must-read the holiday season on CBC's North by Northwest.
      "A highly informative and palate-readying read . . . a great gift for wine lovers, especially those with cellars full of the local stuff." —Scout magazine
      "[In] the U.S. market . . . B.C. wines are mainly represented by Ice Wine. If you want to know what else B.C. has to offer you pretty much have to go to the source. This volume just might be the nudge you need to book that ticket!" —The Wine Economist blog
      "The hard-cover, colour book is a must-have for the British Columbia wine lover or anyone wanting to learn more about this region. Each wine is accompanied by a colour image of the bottle so you can easily identify them on the store shelf. It’s a very well-laid out book." —Wine Adventures blog
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    Italy Recipes for Olive Oil and Vinegar Lovers Emily Lycopolus Canada, DL Acken Canada
    9781771512251 Hardcover COOKING / Specific Ingredients Publication Date:July 12, 2017
    $21.95 CAD 6.5 x 8 x 0.88 in | 1 gr | 168 pages Carton Quantity:28 TouchWood Editions
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      The first in a new series of cookbooks that shows you how to use the remarkable flavours of specialty extra virgin olive oils and balsamic vinegars in your everyday cooking.

      More than ever, people are interested in learning how to incorporate the remarkable flavours of specialty extra virgin olive oils and balsamic vinegars into their everyday cooking. The new Olive Oil and Vinegar Lover’s cookbook series is an easy way to learn how to do that with minimal investment. With just four products, you can make every one of the 50 recipes in the book. The first in the series is Italy.

      With just two specialty infused olive oils—Blood Orange and Tuscan Herb—and two balsamic vinegars—Fig Dark Balsamic and Sicilian Lemon White Balsamic—you can produce all fifty of the classic Italian recipes featured in Italy for Olive Oil and Vinegar Lovers.

      This gorgeous full-colour book includes recipes for appetizers, soup and salad, pasta, mains, and sweets, and also offers five full menus for planning a pitch-perfect dinner party. You’ll find all your favourite classic rustic Italian dishes here, including bruschetta, panzanella salad, cioppino, polenta, fresh pasta, meatballs, biscotti, panna cotta, and many more—all accompanied by stunning photography.


      Emily Lycopolus is a recipe developer, the author of six olive oil-focused cookbooks, a level two olive oil sommelier, the co-founder of eatcreative.ca, a food-driven creative content agency, and the founder of The Olive Oil Critic (oliveoilcritic.com). Her family owns an olive grove in central Italy, where her love of olive oil began. She lives in Victoria, BC.

      Danielle (DL) Acken is a Canadian-born international food writer and photographer who splits her time between London, UK and her farm studio on Canada’s beautiful Salt Spring Island. See her work at dlacken.com.

      Marketing & Promotion
        • Promotion on Emily’s blog and social media: OlivetheSenses.com, ThisTable.com, Facebook (/OlivetheSenses) Twitter (@OlivetheSenses) and Instagram (www.instagram.com/olivethesenses)
        • Online promotion and publicity via TouchWood Instagram, Facebook, Twitter
        • Direct email campaign to all of the accounts who ordered the previous title: The Olive Oil & Vinegar Lover’s Cookbook
        • Digital BLADs available

    • Awards & Reviews


      "The Olive Oil and Vinegar Lover’s Cookbook satisfies the cravings of olive oil enthusiasts."

      "The most beautiful cookbook I’ve seen this year ... a great resource for people who adore fancy olive oils and vinegars and want to know how they can cook with them at home."

      "A hefty book that deserves a big table for poring over the beautiful photographs . . . beautifully designed . . . inspiring recipes . . . Here's an opportunity to learn some new recipes with the possibility of some new flavour infusions."

      "An excellent gift, paired with a few bottles of oil and vinegar, for anyone who appreciates Italian cuisine, fine foods and delicate flavours." —EAT Magazine
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    9781771512015 Paperback TRAVEL / Canada Publication Date:May 16, 2017
    $24.95 CAD 5.5 x 8.5 x 0.88 in | 1 gr | 368 pages Carton Quantity:20 TouchWood Editions
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      Silver prize-winning guidebook in the Society of American Travel Writers' Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Competition

      Now is the perfect time to explore this vast country with your kids while finally experiencing the spectacular Canadian destinations you’ve been dreaming about.

      Planning a family getaway can be overwhelming, but award-winning freelance travel writer and blogger Jody Robbins puts you on the right path with savvy suggestions for families who are keen to explore Canada with their little loved ones. With the insight and enthusiasm of a trustworthy, well-traveled friend, Robbins lays out 25 of the top destinations for families, and provides detailed information on the most enjoyable activities, sites, and attractions. From child-friendly family hikes in the wilderness to exciting and affordable urban adventures, you’ll create memories of a lifetime as you visit destinations that welcome families with kids of all ages. Be inspired on where to go, learn what to bring, and hit the road!


      Born in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Jody Robbins grew up Alberta and now calls Calgary home. She has taught English in Japan, travelled overland from Beijing to London, worked in Europe as a marketing executive and lived in London with her family, and spends as much time as she can travelling. She is currently the editor of the travel blog TravelswithBaggage.com, and is a contributor to publications such as the Globe and Mail, Today’s Parent ,WestJet Magazine, the Calgary Herald, PostMedia News, MSN Travel, Vacay.ca, SavvyMom.com and others.

      Marketing & Promotion
        • Confirmed features in Today’s Parent, West Jet Magazine, and Canadian Living to tie in with Canada’s 150th birthday celebrations in 2017 
        • Interviews confirmed on television programs such as Breakfast Television (Calgary), Global News, CTV News, Canada AM, and The Social
        • Reviews, features and excerpts targeting national and regional newspapers across Canada such as the Globe and Mail, National Post, Toronto Star, Montreal Gazette, Winnipeg
          Free Press
          , Vancouver Sun
        • Promotion on author’s blog and social media: TravelswithBaggage.com, Facebook (/TravelsWithBaggage) Twitter (Jody_Robbins), Instagram (@travelswbaggage)
        • Online promotion and publicity via TouchWood Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and paid ads
        • Digital BLADs available 
    • Awards & Reviews

      Jody Robbins chats with Roundhouse Radio's Strong and Sharp about where to celebrate the country's 150 celebrations in BC, what city your kids might pick, and how the family can get the most out of an east coast adventure.

      Jody Robbins knows how to write a travel book that you will not only use as a resource but you’ll also read it just for fun . . . you should run, not walk, to buy this gem of a Canada travel guide.

      The beauty of 25 Places in Canada Every Family Should Visit is that there really is something for everyone. And unless you have the unlimited travel funds to get to all these places this year, Jody Robbins’ book will prove handy for many years to come as you vacation plan and explore Canada.

      This is not a "borrow from the library" kind of book. You'll want to own it so that you have it in your collection for future planning.

      What happens when you take one of Canada’s top travel and family writers, add a dash of ambition and two years of commitment? You get one heck of an awesome travel book packed with tips, advice and inspiration for families that love to go places. 25 Places In Canada Every Family Should Visit deserves a place on your bookshelf for dreaming and planning and one in the car for last minute ideas when you’re already on the road—with some time on your hands and a couple of squirming kids in the backseat.

      With Canada celebrating it’s 150th, there is no better time to explore this amazing country of ours. And Jody Robbins is just the woman to share her advice on the best places to visit—she also includes fantastic tips such as where to stay, where to eat, how to get around and also suggests books to read as a family to get you excited about your trip. The photos are stunning and the suggestions have us seriously debating a trip to Prince Edward Island to 'dig for our dinner.

      It feels like listening to a reliable friend tell you the facts you need to know . . . Grab this book and get started on your summer adventures!

      This brand-new book can help you solidify your summer travel plans. Between our struggling dollar and uncertainties some may have about crossing the American border, there’s never been a better summer to travel in Canada. Plus, what an excellent way to celebrate #Canada150!

      Unlike some family travel books, which are just general guides with a few tips for kids thrown in, this one is completely focused on making trips memorable for both parents and children.

      A gorgeous book worthy of a spot on your favourite book shelf, stuffed full of tips and tricks for travel, and of course that list of ultimate family friendly places that we all must visit when exploring this incredible country of ours.

      25 Places in Canada Every Family Should Visit outlines why you should Canada this year. It also whets the appetite for future visits . . . The comprehensive nature of the guidebook make’s it valuable to readers . . . It will offer trip inspiration that will get the whole family excited about holiday planing in every season.

      Once you have decided on a vacation in Canada, this guidebook will help you narrow down the choices and select the best destination for your family. (Fair warning - it will also inspire you to draft a wishlist of Canadian destinations that might take you years to complete!)

      What I love most about this book is the tone that resonates within every page. Jody Robbins clearly loves travel and loves Canada. This book is her way of sharing those loves with the world. Through it, she is encouraging families from places near and far to truly experience the land she and I call home . . . Whether you are a seasoned family traveler or ready to plan some new adventures, 25 Places in Canada Every Family Should Visit is a great read. Her love of travel is inspiring and her recommendations will help you and your kids get excited for your next Canadian adventure!

      "This book is a godsend."

      25 Places features a diverse mix of urban and nature-filled destinations . . . so readers will get a great sense of Canada’s varied landscapes, as well as some surprises . . . it’s a wonderful time for families to explore the wonders of the country. You just need the right information to do so, and 25 Places serves as a worthy reference guide. In addition to extensive write-ups of many of Canada’s most beautiful locales, the book’s modern feel . . . brings Robbins’s work to life. This makes the mouth-watering prospect of a trip to the land of poutine ever more enticing.

      Unique . . . it focuses on the family.

      "As a Calgarian travel writer and blogger whose many amusing posts revolve around the trials and tribulations of travelling with kids, Jody Robbins hits her stride in her first book. Chock full of bite-sized tips and tricks on how to plan a family trip, it also provides insight into Canada’s must-see spots — with your sprogs in tow." —Toronto Star
      "Considering a vacation in Canada? 25 Places in Canada Every Family Should Visit will inspire and guide any parent planning a trip in the world's second largest country. This book is filled with funny, relatable anecdotes about exploring Canada with kids. It's also packed with destination-specific recommendations and photos. There's even a handy section on travel tips, featuring advice from travel experts (ahem, like moi!). My dog-eared copy has me dreaming of witnessing the Northern Lights in the Yukon, clamming for dinner on Prince Edward Island, and seeing wild polar bears in Churchill." —Colleen Lanin, Travel Mamas blog
      "For any parent who loves to travel and wants to share this incredibly beautiful country with their kids – this book is an awesome and helpful resource. And one that you should definitely pack in your carry-on." —Savvy Mom blog
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    On Island Life Among the Coast Dwellers Pat Carney Canada
    9781771512107 Paperback FICTION / Short Stories Publication Date:April 04, 2017
    $21.95 CAD 5.5 x 8.5 x 0.94 in | 1 gr | 304 pages Carton Quantity:32 TouchWood Editions
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      #1 BC bestselling book of 2017
      Winner of the 2018 BC Book Prizes' Bill Duthie Booksellers Choice Award

      A collection of stories chronicling the characters and dramas that capture life in small coastal communities.

      In this story collection, Pat Carney follows the rhythms of day-to-day life in coastal BC. Featuring a revolving cast of characters—the newly retired couple, the church warden, the musician, the small-town girl with big city dreams—Carney’s keen observations of the personalities and dramas of coastal life are instantly recognizable to readers who are familiar with life in a small community. With her narrative of dock fights, pet shows, family feuds, logging camps and the ever-present tension between islanders and property-owning “off-islanders,” Carney’s witty and perceptive voice describes how the islanders weather the storms of coastal life.

      Carney writes evocatively of the magical landscape of the British Columbia coast, where she has lived and worked for five decades. At the same time, she addresses the less-idyllic moments that can also characterize coastal life: power outages, winter storms, isolation. On Island brings the West Coast landscape—human and natural—to life, and gives islanders and mainland dwellers alike a taste of what it means to be “on island.”


      Pat Carney is a journalist, educator, and politician, serving as a former Member of Parliament, cabinet minister, and senator. She was awarded the Order of Canada for her leadership role in these fields. Carney is the author of Trade Secrets: A Memoir (Key Porter) and other works. She lives on Saturna Island in BC’s Gulf Islands.

      Marketing & Promotion
        • Interviews confirmed on CBC’s The Next Chapter with Shelagh Rogers and On the Island with Gregor Craigie (local BC radio show)
        • Excerpts to appear in Victoria’s Times Colonist and the Vancouver Province
        • Reviews and features targeting the Globe and MailNational Post and the Vancouver Sun
        • Online promotion and publicity via TouchWood Instagram, Facebook, Twitter
        • Paid advertisements in BC BookWorld
        • Digital ARCs available 

    • Awards & Reviews

      BC Book Prizes' Bill Duthie Booksellers Choice Award 2018, Winner

      "On Island is a delight from stem to stern. Who knew that Canada’s one and only Pat Carney, consultant, businesswoman, journalist, MP, Cabinet Minister, protector of lighthouses, and Senator, could also produce fiction so light-footed, nimble and lively? Carney’s stories are of life on an island not unlike Saturna Island, where she spends much of her time, and all of them "happened somewhere, sometime, on British Columbia’s coast”. Each tale is astutely and deftly told, and the collection as a whole offers readers an overview of and insights into a beautiful place and the people who make it home."

      "A lively, engaging collection of island stories, full of deftly observed characters, most of whom would be wonderful to meet walking among “the Coast Dwellers.” A wonderful read from a very talented writer."

      "Islanders like to think of ourselves as uniquely and happily distant from some of the constraints that bind mainlanders. Pat Carney’s On Island collection of short stories will leave you wanting more. Possessed of humour and whimsicality, Pat’s years in public life inform a compassionate and realistic portrayal of our distinctive Pacific Island ethos."

      "Pat Carney can now add “adept fiction writer” to her impressive catalogue of credentials. These stories about the pleasures and perils of life on an unnamed island are fond, wry, funny, and delivered in a tone that's both confiding and arch. On Island gave me much pleasure. I hope there’s more to come."

      Throughout Carney’s active and varied life, she has gained a unique perspective of human nature and the interaction of people of every age and occupation and she’s done it without ever losing her ability to observe life through a lens of wry humour . . . On Island is a clear reflection of that fundamental ability. It also, once again, establishes her as a light-hearted and insightful author whose observations of life on a anonymous west coast island perfectly capture island life.

      Charming and wry . . . Carney demonstrates both the benefit and drawback of life in a relatively isolated and small place, and they are the same: everyone knows everyone.

      From her unconventional and deeply ordinary characters, to her description of the beautiful and misty landscape of gorse and blackberry, cedar and kelp forests, and the ancient and eternal tides and rhythms of life, Pat Carney reveals her obvious love of the west coast islands. Like a string of pearls, her stories glimmer with humour, insight, and poetic language.

      "Carney has a great eye for detail, a charming writing voice, and she does a nice job of chronicling all the island characters, and the highs and lows of life on the Gulf Islands. People who visit regularly will recognize the daily dramas, like bats making their home in the church."

      "On Island: Life Among the Coast Dwellers tells the tales of people we all recognize. . . . Carney's writing style is engaging, wry at times. Her journalism experience has honed her ability to choose the mot juste and add the telling detail."

      "Carney’s vivid coastal tales ring a bell." —Jack Knox, Times Colonist
      "These stories are gems . . . [Carney] nailed it." —Shelagh Rogers, CBC's The Next Chapter
      "Sonja & Carl takes you on a ride that is as heart-warming as it is wrenching, with unexpected emotion at several turns. Featuring dynamic characters with rich history, I would recommend this to lovers of well-written fiction." —Community Captured magazine
      "This book . . . reminded me of Ken Dryden’s claim that you can only understand CTE when it's attached to an individual story/life. Suzanne Hillier brings the horror of CTE to life through the story of Sonja and Carl. I was heartbroken at their seemingly inevitable fate. Of course that fate was not inevitable at all - which makes it all the more tragic. This is a book about consequences and about closing the gap between knowledge and actions. All sport parents (especially hockey parents) should read it." —Angie Abdou, author of Between
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    Victoria's Most Haunted Ghost Stories from BC's Historic Capital City Ian Gibbs Canada
    9781771512138 Paperback BODY, MIND & SPIRIT / Supernatural (incl. Ghosts) Publication Date:April 25, 2017
    $19.95 CAD 5.25 x 8 x 0.5 in | 1 gr | 208 pages Carton Quantity:48 TouchWood Editions
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      Ghost stories from Canada’s most haunted city, including tales from iconic sites such as the Empress hotel, Hatley Castle, and Ross Bay Cemetery.

      Beautiful, charming Victoria is world renowned for its seaside attractions, flourishing gardens, and breathtaking ocean views. But looming behind its picture-perfect façade is a city shrouded in mystery, with restless, disembodied beings that whisper ghastly tales of mystery, violence, and horror.

      Known as British Columbia’s most haunted city, Victoria is teeming with a plethora of spirits. Through this brand-new collection of disturbing tales, you’ll come face to face with:

      • The Grey Lady who chills hotel guests to the bone
      • A decorated World War I soldier who protects tenants from something sinister
      • An inconsolable child who haunts the pool area of a defunct hotel
      • The blood-soaked spectre who runs through the infamous Fan Tan Alley to escape capture
      • The ghost of Robert Johnson, who perpetually re-enacts his own suicide
      • The phantom of a cranky hermit who plagues a beautiful lake house
      • A spinster who gives tours of her childhood home
      • And many more

      Get to know Victoria’s best-known hauntings along with some you may have not have heard before.


      Ian Gibbs was born in the United Kingdom and emigrated to Canada when he was young. As such, he carries with him the Celtic beliefs and gifts of his heritage, and has always been fascinated by story telling, ghosts, and hauntings. He lived in several city centres across the country before settling in Victoria—arguably one of the most haunted places in Canada—where he acts as a guide for Victoria's popular Ghostly Walks walking tours and co-hosts the podcast The Ghost Story Guys.

      Marketing & Promotion
        • Excerpted and reviewed in the Times Colonist (Victoria, BC)
        • Features and reviews in local newspapers and magazines 
        • Radio interview with CBC’s On Island with Gregor Craigie and local station (CFAX)
        • Promotion on Ian’s blog and social media: GhostStoryGuy.com, Facebook (/GhostStoryGuy), Twitter (@GhostStoryGuy)
        • Online promotion and publicity via TouchWood Instagram, Facebook, Twitter
        • Paid advertisement in BC BookWorld

    • Awards & Reviews


      A well-told ghost story is always a treat, and Ian Gibbs is a master storyteller. Ian’s debut collection is a terrific addition to the ghost story genre; clearly the paranormal is in this man’s blood. Victoria’s Most Haunted is chock full of spooky, thought-provoking tales that take the reader on a tour through time and place to a side of Victoria known by few, offering us a glimpse of the city just beyond the veil. Ranging from poignant to downright scary, these accounts will cast your perspective of staid old Victoria in an entirely new light.

      A concise look at places both familiar and not. Gibbs has the Sixth Sense . . . [and he] recounts recent activities and his brushes with the occult world with a narrative style that’s easy to visualize.

      Victoria BC is often referred to as 'charming' or 'idyllic' with its breathtaking ocean views and beautiful gardens, but after spending a bit of time with Ian Gibbs readers will be adding 'chilling' and 'haunted' to that list of descriptions. Victoria’s Most Haunted is an unsettling tour of the capital city and even you are not a believer in the paranormal you will likely find yourself peering over your shoulder next time you wander through Fan Tan Alley, Pioneer Square or any of the other landmarks with an overlooked grisly past.

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    Death in a Darkening Mist A Lane Winslow Mystery Iona Whishaw Canada
    9781771511711 Paperback FICTION / Mystery & Detective Publication Date:April 11, 2017
    $16.95 CAD 5 x 7.5 x 1 in | 360 gr | 384 pages Carton Quantity:20 TouchWood Editions
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      The second instalment in the Lane Winslow mystery series; for fans of the Maisie Dobbs and Bess Crawford series.

      On a snowy day in December 1946, Lane Winslow—a former British intelligence agent who’s escaped to the rural Canadian community of King’s Cove in pursuit of a tranquil life—is introduced to the local hot springs. While there she overhears nearby patrons speaking Russian. When one of those patrons is found dead in the change room, Lane’s linguistic and intelligence experience is of immeasurable value to the local police force in solving the murder.

      The investigation points to the Soviet Union, where Stalin’s purges are eliminating enemies, and the reach of Stalin’s agent snakes all the way into a harmless Doukhobor community. Winslow’s complicated relationship with the local police inspector, Darling, is intensified by the perils of the case—and by the discovery of her own father’s death during the war.

      The case comes to a frantic and shocking end with a perilous nighttime journey along treacherous snow-covered roads.

      “Iona Whishaw is an exciting addition to Canada’s fine roster of mystery writers. I’m already planning to read [Killer in King’s Cove] again, and this time I’ll read the teaser for Whishaw’s next novel provided at the end. A debut mystery by an author destined for awards.” –Don Graves, Canadian Mystery Reviews blog


      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
        • Features and reviews targeting National Post, Globe and Mail, as well as Canadian Mystery Reviews, Kirkus Reviews, Library JournalPublishers Weekly, Booklist, and Foreword Reviews 
        • Mystery blog outreach campaign
        • Guest post on Strand Magazine blog and advertising in print magazine
        • Online promotion and publicity via TouchWood Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and paid ads
        • Digital ARCs available

    • Awards & Reviews


      “A writer to watch.”

      "An author destined for awards . . . Whishaw is an exciting addition to Canada’s fine roster of mystery writers."

      "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."

      Lonestar librarians across Canada have voted Death in a Darkening Mist one of the ten hottest April releases.

      The late L.R. Wright’s marvellous mysteries set on British Columbia’s Sunshine Coast remain some of my favourite Canadian books. But this second novel by Iona Whishaw, also set in B.C., is every bit as good . . . [an] excellent chapter in what appears to be a terrific series.

      "Set in 1946, this series cleverly combines both elements of a cozy and a spy thriller, with a heroine who is tough and independent, but harboring secrets of her own . . . The local townspeople are quirky and a nice addition, reminding the reader of another Canadian writer, Louise Penny, who populates her town with interesting characters . . . a series I hope to continue reading."

      "Set in 1946, this series cleverly combines both elements of a cozy and a spy thriller, with a heroine who is tough and independent, but harboring secrets of her own . . . The local townspeople are quirky and a nice addition, reminding the reader of another Canadian writer, Louise Penny, who populates her town with interesting characters . . . a series I hope to continue reading." —ReviewingtheEvidence.com
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    9781771512220 Paperback FICTION / Mystery & Detective Publication Date:April 25, 2017
    $14.95 CAD 5.25 x 8 x 0.5 in | 1 gr | 192 pages Carton Quantity:56 TouchWood Editions
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      The third instalment in the Arthur Ellis award-nominated Forsyth and Hay mystery series.

      Detective Chief Inspector Stephen Hay of Scotland Yard believes he is dealing with a serial killer. Two young female victims bearing a superficial resemblance to each other are found asphyxiated and posed, with indecipherable writing on their right hips. A hostel caretaker, a journalist and his photographer, a bariatric specialist, the Canadian High Commission in London, and a psychic all have roles to play in the ongoing investigations—and are unsettled at the thought that the killer is already seeking his next victim.

      Meanwhile, Inspector Liz Forsyth of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and DCI Hay had plans to meet again, unofficially this time, but their anticipated trip to Paris was scotched by the killings on Hay’s patch. To the surprise of both of them, Forsyth learns that she is to be sent for a three-week training course at the Bramshill Police Academy outside London.

      In this jarring third novel in the Forsyth and Hay series, Janet Brons explores the murder and mayhem inflicted on the women who just might be Measured for Murder.


      Before taking to crime writing, Janet Brons worked as a foreign affairs consultant following a seventeen-year career in the Canadian foreign service, with postings in Kuala Lumpur, Warsaw, and Moscow. She holds a Master of Arts in political science and international relations. Not A Clue is the second installment in her Forsyth and Hay mystery series. Brons lives in Sidney, British Columbia.

      Marketing & Promotion
        • Features and reviews targeting National Post, Globe and Mail, Canadian Mystery Reviews, Deadly DiversionsKirkus ReviewsLibrary JournalPublishers WeeklyBooklistForeword Reviews
        • Mystery blog outreach campaign
        • Guest post on Strand Magazine blog and advertising in print magazine
        • Online promotion and publicity via TouchWood Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and paid ads
        • Digital ARCs available

    • Awards & Reviews


      &quo;Brons has created an interesting setup and weaved an equally intriguing tale. I could not help but think of Agatha Christie’s mysteries.&quo;

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    Okanagan Slow Road Updated Edition Bernadette McDonald Canada, Karolina Born-Tschümperlin Canada
    9781771512169 Paperback TRAVEL / Canada Publication Date:May 09, 2017
    $29.95 CAD 8 x 8 x 0.75 in | 1 gr | 240 pages Carton Quantity:20 TouchWood Editions
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      A book that invites you to slow down and explore the Okanagan Valley from a local’s point of view.

      Whether it’s spying a rare canyon wren, cycling the historic Kettle Valley Railroad across heart-stopping trestle bridges, or hiking through fields of spring flowers, travel alongside the authors as they draw you into the exquisite, unforgettable experience of savouring one of Canada’s most beautiful destinations.

      Generously offering a compilation of the Okanagan Valley’s best food, drink, and recreation spots, Okanagan Slow Road reveals treasured local culinary secrets: crusty double-baked bread from rural bakeries, lavender-infused pepper from hillside farms, and dark red cherries from bountiful orchards. And, of course, the world-renowned wines—after all, what would delicious local food be without famous vintages from the unique Okanagan terroir?

      First published in 2014, this completely updated edition of Okanagan Slow Road includes a list of the many wineries worth visiting as well as a list of the area’s farmers’ markets.


      Bernadette McDonald is the author of ten books on mountaineering and mountain culture, including Alpine Warriors (RMB 2015), Keeper of the Mountains (RMB 2012) and Freedom Climbers (RMB 2011). She has received numerous mountain writing awards, including Italy’s ITAS Prize (2010), and is a two-time winner of India’s Kekoo Naoroji Award for mountain literature (2008 and 2009). In 2011, Bernadette’s first book with RMB, Freedom Climbers, won the Grand Prize at the Banff Mountain Book Festival (Canada), the Boardman Tasker Prize (UK) and the American Alpine Club’s H. Adams Carter Literary Award. Bernadette splits her time between Banff, Alberta, and Naramata, British Columbia

      Karolina Born-Tschümperlin was born in Lucerne, Switzerland, and moved to Canada in 1995. She studied at the University of Cambridge and at l'Université Paris-Sorbonne, and holds a degree in modern foreign languages from the Dolmetscherschule Basel. With her husband, Doug, and her dog, Otis, she owns a small lavender farm in Naramata, BC. In her spare time, she paints and plays various instruments with her band, Slapdog Four plus Joe. Her paintings and images beautifully illustrate Okanagan Slow Road. Visit karolinaborn.com

      Marketing & Promotion
        • Reviews and features targeting Savour Magazine, Food & Wine Trails,
          WestJet Magazine, Western Living, Wetstworld, Vancouver Sun, Tomato, Calgary
          Sun, Edmonton Journal, as well as Castanet.com, and other Okanagan-based
          news sources
        • CBC radio interviews with North by Northwest, Radio Active, Alberta @ Noon, All Points West, Radio West, BC Almanac
        • Online promotion and publicity via TouchWood Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and paid ads
        • Digital sample pages available

    • Awards & Reviews


      "Equal parts guidebook, memoir, and story, this beguiling little volume is destined to be cherished by Okanagan locals and visitors alike."

      "Bernadette McDonald and Karolina Born-Tschümperlin have created a unique and delicious insider’s guide that will capture the heart’s of all . . . An intimate odyssey through the diverse culture, landscapes, and tastes of British Columbia’s enchanting Okanagan Valley."

      "This must-have book for food and wine lovers and for local and visiting Okanagan adventurers."

      &quo;I can’t think of a better guide to take us exploring, tasting, and drinking in the Okangan. This sumptuously illustrated book is our insider pathway into the key experiences, flavours, and personalities behind the Okanagan’s natural and culinary richness.&quo;

      &quo;Savour this book sip by sip and bite by bite as it takes you on a leisurely, let’s-really- get-to- know-each-other journey to the Okanagan’s treasured places.&quo;

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    Hidden Lives True Stories from People Who Live with Mental Illness Lenore Rowntree Canada, Andrew Boden Canada, Gabor Maté Canada
    9781927366530 Paperback MEDICAL / Mental Health Publication Date:June 08, 2017
    $19.95 CAD 5.5 x 8.5 x 0.69 in | 1 gr | 288 pages Carton Quantity:36 Brindle & Glass
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      A revised and updated edition of a collection of personal essays that illuminate what life is like for those who live with mental illness, and how it impacts their family members.

      More than 4 million Canadians and 57 million Americans suffer from a diagnosable mental illness, and yet there are still considerable stigmas and a great deal of misunderstanding surrounding even the most common diagnoses—schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, autism, obsessive-compulsive disorder, clinical depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, and dissociative identity disorder.

      Rather than analyze the diagnoses and symptoms, these first-hand accounts focus on the very essence of a psycho-emotional breakdown, and respond to the mental, physical, and emotional turmoil it inevitably causes. What does a mother do when her teenage son's personality suddenly fractures? How does a police officer cope when his employer refuses to provide adequate care until he can prove his PTSD is work-related? How do children grow up under the care of a manic father whose illness lands him in and out of medical and social incarceration?

      Raw, honest, and painful, these essays communicate disappointment and despair, but also courage and compassion. They offer a lifeline for sufferers and support for their friends and family, and promote new and improved attitudes toward those with mental illness.

      With a foreword by respected physician, bestselling author, and renowned speaker Dr. Gabor Maté, Hidden Lives gives readers a place to turn, and provides a platform to share their struggle.


      Lenore Rowntree is the author of Cluck (Thistledown Press), and Dovetail Joint and Other Stories (Quadra Books). Her writing and poetry has appeared in several journals and anthologies including The Best of the Best of Canadian Poetry (Tightrope Books). She was shortlisted for a CBC Literary Award in 2009 for the essay "Flat Champagne," written about her sister's childhood schizophrenia, which was published in Hidden Lives, a collection of essays that she co-edited. Lenore currently resides in Vancouver, BC. Please visit lenorerowntree.com.

      Andrew Boden's articles on mental illness have appeared in Open Minds Quarterly and Other Voices. His stories and essays have appeared in The Journey Prize Stories: 22, Prairie Fire, Descant, Vancouver Review, and the anthology Nobody's Father: Life Without Kids. Andrew is vice-president and director of the Institute for Cross-Cultural Exchange, a Canadian children’s literacy charity, and has helped build homes in Mexico. He enjoys cave exploration, especially on Vancouver Island and in the Chilliwack region. He currently resides in Burnaby, BC.

      Born in Budapest, Gabor Maté immigrated to Canada at the age of twelve. He spent some time working as a teacher before returning to university to pursue his lifelong dream of becoming a doctor. He ran a popular family practice for many years, and spent twelve years working in Vancouver's downtown eastside, caring for patients suffering from mental illness, drug addiction, and HIV. In the 1990s, Dr. Maté was a regular medical columnist for the Vancouver Sun and the Globe and Mail. He is also the author of four works of non-fiction. His most recent book, In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters With Addiction, won a Hubert Evans Award in 2010. In addition to being a physician and bestselling author, Dr. Maté is a highly sought after public speaker. He has three grown children and currently resides in Vancouver, BC, with his wife. Please visit drgabormate.com.

      Marketing & Promotion
        • CBC radio interview with Shelagh Rogers
        • Features and reviews targeting Publishers Weekly, Globe and Mail, National Post, Moods Magazine, BP Magazine, SZ Magazine, Better Mental Health Magazine
        • Online promotion and publicity via Brindle & Glass Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and paid ads
        • Online promotion via the editors’ websites (LenoreRowntree.com; AndrewBoden.ca) and social media, and online support from 25+ contributors
        • Digital ARCs available

    • Awards & Reviews


      &quo;A privileged if uncomfortably close look at one of the most devastating a human tribulations. For all the raw honestly of its revelations, Hidden Lives communicates not despair but courage.&quo;

      "I was keenly aware of the privilege I was being afforded, each page allowing me to regard the details, the emotional pain that mental illness brings to otherwise everyday lives. The tribulations are sorrowful. The courage shines through... Each reader will understand in their own way, and will learn from this book."

      "I was keenly aware of the privilege I was being afforded, each page allowing me to regard the details, the emotional pain that mental illness brings to otherwise everyday lives. The tribulations are sorrowful. The courage shines through... Each reader will understand in their own way, and will learn from this book."

      "We’d all benefit from reading this book and gaining some insight and understanding into the lives of those who are experiencing it firsthand."

      "Shows the immense courage of the writers to speak out... A useful book for sufferers & carers."

      "A highly poetic, intriguing tale of adventure, curiosity, passion, mountain wilderness, myth and mystery."

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