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    9780735233768 Paperback FICTION / Short Stories On Sale Date:May 30, 2017
    $24.95 CAD 5.7 x 8.2 x 0.7 in | 0.6 lb | 256 pages Carton Quantity:24 Canadian Rights: Y Penguin Canada
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      From 1920s Nova Scotia to the London riots of 2011, from Oscar Wilde’s grave to the Brighton Pavilion, these exquisitely formed stories capture the small tragedies and profound truths of existence.

      Evocative, sensual, and tender, these stories confront reality culture and interrogate our relationship with iconic figures, coming to life at the boundary between reality and fiction. A professor of cardiovascular physiology lingers on the cusp of consciousness as he waits for his new heart to be delivered, still beating, from another body—and is carried on a tidal wave of memories to an attic room half a century ago. Visiting Sylvia Plath’s grave in Yorkshire, the author imagines a conversation with the poet, a fellow North American who settled in grey England. She reflects on the treasured photograph of Princess Diana she took as a teenager, one of a multitude taken during a life cut short. And at Charleston, Angelica Garnett, child of the Bloomsbury Group, is overpowered by echoes of the past—all the beloved ghosts that spring to life before her eyes. MacLeod’s characters hover on the border of life and death, where memory is most vivid and the present most elusive.
      ALISON MacLEOD was born in Canada and has lived in the UK since 1987. She is the author of three novels, The Changeling, The Wave Theory of Angels, and Unexploded, which was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2013, and a collection of stories, Fifteen Modern Tales of Attraction. MacLeod is the joint winner of the 2016 Eccles British Library Writer in Residence Award. She is Professor of Contemporary Fiction at Chichester University.

      Author Residence: Brighton, England
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    • Awards & Reviews

      Edge Hill Prize Short Story Prize 2018, Short-listed
      Governor General's Literary Awards - Fiction 2017, Short-listed
      One of The Guardian’s Best Books of 2017

      Shortlisted for the 2018 Edge Hill Prize for Short Story

      “MacLeod obviously loves taking risks—mixing the metaphysical with the mundane—and she is so brilliant at it that she never fails to keep the reader engaged.” —Daily Mail

      “Wide-ranging and haunting . . . these stories are written in striking prose that seamlessly blends the real with the fictive, tapping into the unknown with compassion and genuine human emotion. A uniquely cohesive collection . . . these stories are subtly moving and thoroughly engaging.” —Kirkus (starred)

      "MacLeod’s collection of stories deftly blends fiction and facts, memory and biography, to delve into the precarious nature of human life. . . . Finely layered and often teasingly opaque, MacLeod’s captivating book of stories presents a diverse array of voices, each as particular as the last." —Publishers Weekly (starred)

      “MacLeod blends memoir and fiction to stunning effect in her short story collection, blurring the lines between life and death as she explores the nature of memory…The collection’s haunting prose is by turns heartbreaking and uplifting, transforming the stories’ heavy themes into something entirely unique.”Paste Magazine, Best Book of 2017

      "MacLeod has with this anthology has produced a ground-breaking collection of short stories that strike with such power and tenderness the reader can’t help but be moved by their impact … All the Beloved Ghosts explores the human condition with an unnerving eye for detail; I would challenge anyone to read this anthology and not be moved..." —Storgy Magazine

      “Alison MacLeod, the author of the Man Booker-shortlisted novel Unexploded, seamlessly knits together essayistic and imaginative modes of writing in her second short-story collection All the Beloved Ghosts. Historical figures such as Sylvia Plath, Princess Diana, Anton Chekhov and Angelica Garnett rub shoulders with fictional characters and the author herself in a series of emotionally powerful meditations on ageing and memory, sickness and death. MacLeod’s formal sophistication and her impeccably elegant, richly textured prose make this another collection to savour.” —The Sunday Times

      “In this new short story collection, Alison MacLeod works with what matters. She never flinches from the real and the present yet she breathes such life into memory that past worlds scintillate on the page. Her prose is urgent, unexpected, and robust, moving effortlessly between time frames and never ceasing to be beautiful. From the description of the foetal heart of Denis Noble (‘a dangling button on the thread of life’ taking shape inside his mother) in 'The Heart of Denis Noble', to Lionel protecting the tube of sperm he carries in his shirt pocket (‘as if he’s cradling a small head against his chest’) in 'There are precious things', to Angelica’s trespassing on a private moment of the ghost of the housekeeper of her childhood years in 'all the beloved ghosts', the prose gives breadth to lives lived, both iconic and ordinary, and helps us understand how we are connected to them. It is a marvellous and unerringly poignant piece of work.” —Michèle Forbes, author of Ghost Moth

      “Throughout these stories we’re reminded, with skilful subtlety, of just how much the past is integral to the present.” —Country Life

      "MacLeod is a gently playful but fearless writer who explores a range of narrative style. There is little nostalgia in these finely wrought stories of memory, of the inscrutable, insistent presence of the absent." - Atlantic Books Today

      “Through nuanced and often lyrical prose, MacLeod imbues cultural figures and events with color and emotional authenticity. Even rumors are swaddled in a luminous believability until they are beyond doubt. Many of the characters in All the Beloved Ghosts are figures lost to the past, including some historical icons such as poet Sylvia Plath, Princess Diana, and Virginia Woolf’s niece, Angelica Garnett. Even the author’s great-aunt makes an appearance as a main character. Resurrected and celebrated through finely honed storytelling, they are spirit made flesh again… They are the current, the mortal—those with heft and presence, an internal monologue, a beating heart and tender parts, and the capacity to love and be loved…[A]n astute and compassionate observer of human nature.” —Los Angeles Review of Books

      “This collection’s taut, restrained prose belies bravery, as the author walks a tightrope between fiction and reality. Chekhov narrates his own death, Tony Blair is put under citizen’s arrest (I cheered!), and ordinary men and women have conversations that make a reader want to lean in, as if to eavesdrop. Alison MacLeod’s range and ambition are uniquely impressive.” —Deborah Willis, author of The Dark and Other Love Stories

      “MacLeod has an engaged delight in the stuff of life.” —The Times Literary Supplement

      “MacLeod knows that life and death, the terrible and the mundane always co-exist--her genius lies in illustrating these truths while simultaneously spinning a bona fide pageturner.” —Daily Mail

      “MacLeod's fictions are modern indeed...tender; pierced; translucent...[Her] characters are strong, and they are worth listening to.” —Guardian

      “MacLeod’s prose is evocative, densely packed with sensory description, and versatile.” —Quill & Quire

      “Short story lovers will devour Alison MacLeod’s evocative all the beloved ghosts.” —Stylist Magazine (Editor’s Pick)

      “The stories exercise a hypnotic effect, providing a kaleidoscope of life, colour and anguish.” —Daily Express

      "Macleod is playful, engaged, interested in the world about her… We’ll be surprised if there is a better collection of short stories published … this year.” —Bookmunch

      All the Beloved Ghosts is a far-reaching and graceful suite of short fiction… Each piece touches the heart of what it means to be alive.” —The Sydney Morning Herald

      A “brilliant gathering of short fiction.” —Booklist (starred review)

      All The Beloved Ghosts is an evocative, masterfully written collection of 12 stories that invokes and creatively re-imagines familial and historical “ghosts”. The stories range from one about the author’s great-aunt set in 1920s Nova Scotia, to tales spun from the public lives of historical and literary icons such as Princess Diana, American poet Sylvia Plath and Russian writer Anton Chekhov. The lines between reality and fiction, and the living and the dead, are constantly blurred. Often it is MacLeod who does the haunting, stepping in and projecting the workings of her imagination onto episodes in these people’s lives… And central to all 12 stories are matters of the heart… Her writing is intricately wrought and moves with incredible subtlety… No word is misplaced: this is an author in full control of her craft.” —The Strait Times

      “Compelling characters and pin-sharp insights into their emotional and psychological landscapes are Alison MacLeod’s strong suit … an intriguing blend of domestic realism, the supernatural and leaps of the imagination … These are arresting tales; undercurrents of passion swirl beneath their controlled, elegant surfaces.” —The Lady (Book of the Week)

      "An exceptionally accomplished collection, well worth discovering." - Irish Times

      All the Beloved Ghosts, examines the ephemeral nature of human life. The title reflects the many souls that pepper the book’s pages” – Sussex Life
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    The Child Fiona Barton
    9780143197737 Paperback FICTION / Thrillers On Sale Date:June 27, 2017
    $24.95 CAD 6.12 x 8.97 x 1.02 in | 1.02 lb | 384 pages Carton Quantity:24 Canadian Rights: Y Penguin Canada
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      The author of the stunning New York Times bestseller The Widow returns with a brand-new novel of twisting psychological suspense

      As an old house is demolished in a gentrifying section of London, a workman discovers a tiny skeleton, buried for years. For journalist Kate Waters, it’s a story that deserves attention. She cobbles together a piece for her newspaper, but at a loss for answers, she can only pose a question: Who is the Building Site Baby?
           As Kate investigates, she unearths connections to a crime that rocked the city decades earlier: A newborn baby was stolen from the maternity ward in a local hospital and was never found. Her heartbroken parents were left devastated by the loss.
           But there is more to the story, and Kate is drawn—house by house—into the pasts of the people who once lived in this neighborhood that has given up its greatest mystery. And she soon finds herself the keeper of unexpected secrets that erupt in the lives of three women—and torn between what she can and cannot tell…
      FIONA BARTON, the New York Time bestselling author of The Widow, trains and works with journalists all over the world. Previously, she was a senior writer at the Daily Mail, news editor at The Daily Telegraph, and chief reporter at The Mail on Sunday, where she won Reporter of the Year at the British Press Awards. Born in Cambridge, England, she currently lives in southwest France.
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    • Awards & Reviews

      “Tense, tantalising, and ultimately very satisfying … definitely one of the year’s must-reads.” —Lee Child, #1 New York Times bestselling author

      “Fiona Barton has outdone herself with The Child. An engrossing, irresistible story about the coming to light of a long-buried secret and an absolutely fabulous read—I loved it!” —Shari Lapena, New York Times bestselling author of The Couple Next Door

      “Clever and compelling. You’ll love The Child.” —Clare Mackintosh, international bestselling author of I See You

      “Arriving just in time for summer, Fiona Barton's The Child is a perfect blend of beach read and book club selection…. A novel that is both fast-paced and thought-provoking, it keeps the reader guessing right to the end. The Child truly is the best of both worlds.” —USA Today (3.5 out of 4 stars)

      “Fiona Barton brings back reporter Kate Waters from the bestselling The Widow and delivers another winner with The Child. Barton has the characters tell the story, and various secrets that have remained hidden for decades will come to the surface. She focuses on how the discovery affects everyone and unveils information in such a way that readers will figure out key plot points just before the characters in the story, creating a truly engaging tale. Those who enjoyed The Widow will discover that Barton has only gotten better.” —National Post, 03 July 2017

      “Barton once again reveals her undeniable gift for getting inside the minds of sexual predators and the passive-aggressive women who enable their crimes…Barton knows what we’re afraid of – our inability to protect society’s most vulnerable members from harm – and she’s not afraid to plunge us headfirst into the abyss, for all the right reasons.” —Toronto Star

      “This being a Barton thriller, there’s more to pretty much everything than meets the eye.” —The Boston Globe

      “Fiona Barton has masterfully delivered again with The Child, her follow-up to her bestselling debut novel, The Widow….So many questions, so much perfect suspense….Barton tells the child’s story as only she can—brilliantly.” —Fort Worth Star-Telegram

      “A slow-burn portrait of loss and survival.” —Entertainment Weekly

      "I loved The Widow, but Fiona Barton has truly outdone herself in her gripping and wonderfully written second novel. Like any great thriller, it takes you on a fast-paced ride with plot twists to the very end. But what will surprise you most about The Child is how deeply you’ll feel for the characters as you turn the pages furiously to reveal their secrets.”—Amy Stuart, bestselling author of Still Mine

      “This gripping story kept me guessing to the end. I loved it! Barton treats her broken characters with such compassion that I wanted to reach into the pages and hug them.” —Liz Nugent, bestselling author of Lying in Wait

      “It's an enthralling story loaded with twists and turns” —Bustle

      “Fiona Barton knows showing is better than telling because it allows for the reader's perspective. When the stories from Angela and Emma converge, whether the conclusion occasions a shock or an "aha!" doesn't matter; it's satisfying due to all the work that's gone into its discovery.” —NPR

      “[An] intriguing, twisty tale….With plenty of red herrings, nothing and no one is who they seem in this evocative puzzler.” —The Cleveland Plain Dealer

      "Readers…will be rewarded with startling twists—and a stunning, emotionally satisfying conclusion." —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

      “Barton’s second well-plotted outing, with its sustained tension and believable characters, is an excellent addition to the popular psychological thriller genre. Readers who liked Barton’s first novel, Paula Hawkins’s The Girl On a Train, and Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl will love this.” —Library Journal (starred review)

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    150 Years of Stats Canada! A Guide to Canada's Greatest Country Stats Canada Canada
    9780735232808 Paperback HUMOR / Form On Sale Date:June 06, 2017
    $24.95 CAD 6.97 x 8.97 x 0.63 in | 0.74 lb | 240 pages Carton Quantity:24 Canadian Rights: Y Penguin Canada
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      Canada's funniest online sensation is back to celebrate the country's 150th anniversary--bigger, bolder, and only 10% reused material!

      Want to know what the hottest new Canadian apps are? Need a handy chart to help you decide what Can-Con music to listen to? How about the top Google searches across the nation? In this handy guide to Canada, the tireless experts at @stats_canada reveal all the must-know quirks from coast to coast to frigid coast.

      From helpful tips on the Vancouver housing market to planning the ultimate Montreal bachelor party, Stats Can is on the case. And discover just how Canadian you are with the official checklist, not to mention the Tim Hortons etiquette quiz. 

      With crucial updates about Canada on its big birthday, and all the stats, charts, and graphs to back them up, 150 Years of Stats Canada! is the perfect way to celebrate everything we love about this great country.

      Disclaimer: still 100.6% not affiliated with Statistics Canada
      STATS CANADA is a team of writers who collaboratively contribute to the @stats_canada Twitter feed.
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    9780735234345 Hardcover FICTION / Literary On Sale Date:June 06, 2017
    $35.00 CAD 6.01 x 8.56 x 1.36 in | 1.31 lb | 464 pages Carton Quantity:12 Canadian Rights: Y Hamish Hamilton
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      2017 Man Booker Prize Longlist

      2018 Women's Prize for Fiction Longlist

      The Ministry of Utmost Happiness 
      is a dazzling new novel by the internationally celebrated author of The God of Small Things. It takes us on an intimate journey of many years across the Indian subcontinent—from the cramped neighborhoods of Old Dehli and the roads of the new city to the mountains and valleys of Kashmir and beyond, where war is peace and peace is war. 
           It is an aching love story and a decisive remonstration, a story told in a whisper, in a shout, through unsentimental tears and sometimes with a bitter laugh. Each of its characters is indelibly, tenderly rendered. Its heroes are people who have been broken by the world they live in and then rescued, patched together by acts of love—and by hope. 
           The tale begins with Anjum—who used to be Aftab—unrolling a threadbare Persian carpet in a city graveyard she calls home. We encounter the odd, unforgettable Tilo and the men who loved her—including Musa, sweetheart and ex-sweetheart, lover and ex-lover; their fates are as entwined as their arms used to be and always will be. We meet Tilo's landlord, a former suitor, now an intelligence officer posted to Kabul. And then we meet the two Miss Jebeens: the first a child born in Srinagar and buried in its overcrowded Martyrs' Graveyard; the second found at midnight, abandoned on a concrete sidewalk in the heart of New Delhi. 
           As this ravishing, deeply humane novel braids these richly complex lives together, it reinvents what a novel can do and can be. The Ministry of Utmost Happiness demonstrates on every page the miracle of Arundhati Roy's storytelling gifts.
      ARUNDHATI ROY is the author of the Booker Prize-winning novel The God of Small Things. Her political writings include The Algebra of Infinite Justice, Listening to Grasshoppers, Broken Republic, Capitalism: A Ghost Story, and most recently, Things That Can and Cannot Be Said, co-authored with John Cusack. Roy lives in New Delhi and her new novel, The Ministry of Utmost Happiness, will be published by Hamish Hamilton in June 2017. The author lives in New Delhi, India.
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    • Awards & Reviews

      Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2017, Long-listed
      Women's Prize for Fiction 2018, Long-listed
      One of The Globe and Mail's 100 Best Books of 2017

      A Financial Times Best Books of 2017 for Fiction

      A New York Times Editor's Choice pick

      A Chatelaine 20 Best Books of 2017 selection

      A Now Toronto 10 Best Books of 2017 selection

      An Economic Times top-selling books of 2017 selection

      A National Post Best Books of the Year selection

      An Elle Magazine book club recommendation

      “Truly, this is a remarkable creation, a story both intimate and international, swelling with comedy and outrage, a tale that cradles the world’s most fragile people even while it assaults the Subcontinent’s most brutal villains.” —Ron Charles, Washington Post

      “The first novel in 20 years from Roy, and worth the wait: a humane, engaged near fairy tale that soon turns dark—full of characters and their meetings, accidental and orchestrated alike to find, yes, that utmost happiness of which the title speaks.” —Kirkus (starred review)

      “Ambitious, original, and haunting . . . a novel [that] fuses tenderness and brutality, mythic resonance and the stuff of headlines . . .essential to Roy’s vision of a bewilderingly beautiful, contradictory, and broken world.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

      “A masterpiece…Roy joins Dickens, Naipaul, García Márquez, and Rushdie in her abiding compassion, storytelling magic, and piquant wit…. A tale of suffering, sacrifice and transcendence—an entrancing, imaginative, and wrenching epic.” —Booklist

      "With its insights into human nature, its memorable characters and its luscious prose, The Ministry of Utmost Happiness is well worth the 20-year wait.” —Time

      “One of the effects of reading Roy is heightened, nagging awareness . . . [t]o read Roy is to build a sense of wonder” —Globe and Mail

      "... what is so remarkable is [Roy's] combinatory genius… [the] scenes of violence are hallucinatory... In fact, [she is] practicing... magic realism, which... among other things, [is] a means of reporting on political horror without inducing tedium.” —The New Yorker

      “To say this book is ‘highly anticipated’ is a bit of an understatement. The Ministry of Utmost Happiness will be a welcome gift for those who’ve missed Roy’s dazzling fiction.” —Cosmopolitan’s 11 Books You Won’t Be Able to Put Down This Summer

      “It’s finally here! Fans of The God of Small Things have been waiting for Roy’s next novel, and it doesn’t disappoint. The Ministry of Utmost Happiness is big, both in physical heft and in ideas. It features an unforgettable cast of characters from across India whose stories are told with generosity and compassion.” —Vulture Summer Books Preview

      “A novel that takes its readers into the abyss of poverty and patriarchy, thereby narrating the sordid uses of power and the agony it unleashes. . .it is an inward contemplation of a master storyteller on the times and surroundings she is living in.” —The Times of India

      “This intricately layered and passionate novel, studded with jokes and with horrors, has room for satire and romance, for rage and politics and for steely understatement…[I]t is exuberant, page-turning, and sometimes even frolicsome—though a frolic that can flip abruptly into something like despair...Like Dickens, Roy can plunge us into intimacy with a character within a few pages; she can also sustain the mystery of character across the entire span of the plot…This is a work of extraordinary intricacy and grace, as well as being fuelled by savage indignation. It is also a work that feels dangerous to read, even to those far from scenes described. There is no space left for easy objectivity in this challenging novel. It gives it its cutting edge.” —Prospect

      “A stunningly beautiful novel that wills another world to emerge from our collective darkness. Weaving the experiences and aspirations of India’s most marginalized peoples into perfect prose, Roy unveils complex characters possessed by a desire to invent new worlds even in dark times. In an era when the West is sensing the prescience of authoritarian rule, Roy’s novel is instructive: it illuminates the intelligent, critical, often rebellious perspectives of peoples belonging to a vast Indian underclass.” —Maclean’s

      "Roy’s novel is deeply political and offers the opportunity for audiences to engage with complex history in an accessible and compelling way." —Open Canada

      “The Ministry of Utmost Happiness, which marked her long-awaited return to fiction. . .is a book just as good, if not better, than The God of Small Things, and that is enough reason to celebrate.” —The Express Tribune

      “a magnificent, sweeping work about a divided India.” —The Straits Times

      "lyrical and life-affirming." —Irish Examiner

      “A story of unbinding love, mystery and thrill, uncertainty and perplexity, ambivalence and confusion that brings to life a whole lot of tales and stories from a host of origins…. The Ministry of Utmost Happiness is an unforgettable tale, which touches you on many levels of mind and heart and invites you to unweave its rich texture thread by thread and share its loss, love, horror and hope.”Daily Times (Pakistan)

      “[A] wonderfully woven narrative…. This is the kind of book that makes one feel that life is worth living.” —Sabiha Huq, The Daily Star

      “After a 20-year-long wait, Arundhati Roy presented us with her second book, a mesmerising novel that deals with some of the most brutal atrocities of modern Indian history . . . The web of narratives that Roy has woven makes for an interesting read.”Yourstory

      “Roy elucidates the conversation around power and diversity in a way that no other author does. This book is more than just one of the best protest novels ever written, standing up to reading after rereading. It is also the ultimate love letter to the richness and complexity of India — and the world — in all its hurly-burly, glorious, and threatened heterogeneity.” —The Los Angeles Review of Books

      Praise for The God of Small Things:

      "A work of highly conscious art—A Tiger Woodsian début—the author hits the long, socio-cosmic ball but is also exquisite in her short game. Like a devotionally built temple, The God of Small Things builds a massive interlocking structure of fine, intensely felt details." —John Updike, The New Yorker

      "A work that is complex in structure, sophisticated in its handling of time, and bold in its themes. But perhaps what is most remarkable is Roy's deft use of language."—Maclean's

      "A compelling tale of forbidden love and its catastrophic consequences, wonderfully vivid—Arundhati Roy's novel has a magic and mystery all its own." —Toronto Star

      "Roy weaves her bold and startling narrative in sequences of luminously rendered scenes—remarkable." —The Globe and Mail
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    Turning A Year in the Water Jessica J. Lee Canada
    9780735233263 Paperback BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Women On Sale Date:May 02, 2017
    $24.95 CAD 5.74 x 8.51 x 0.78 in | 0.71 lb | 304 pages Carton Quantity:24 Canadian Rights: Y Hamish Hamilton
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      Longlisted for the 2018 Frank Hegyi Award for Emerging Authors

      “Jessica J. Lee is a writer of rare and exhilarating grace. In Turning, she sounds the depths of lakes and her own life, never flinching from darkness, surfacing to fresh understandings of her place in the welter of natural and human history. A beautiful, moody, bracing debut.” —Kate Harris, award-winning author of Lands of Lost Borders

      Through the heat of summer to the frozen depths of winter, Lee traces her journey swimming through 52 lakes in a single year, swimming through fear and heartbreak to find her place in the world

      Jessica J. Lee swims through all four seasons and especially loves the winter. "I long for the ice. The sharp cut of freezing water on my feet. The immeasurable black of the lake at its coldest. Swimming then means cold, and pain, and elation."
           At the age of twenty-eight, Jessica, who grew up in Canada and lived in England, finds herself in Berlin. Alone. Lonely, with lowered spirits thanks to some family history and a broken heart, she is there, ostensibly, to write a thesis. And though that is what she does daily, what increasingly occupies her is swimming. So she makes a decision that she believes will win her back her confidence and independence: she will swim fifty-two of the lakes around Berlin, no matter what the weather or season. She is aware that this particular landscape is not without its own ghosts and history.
           This is the story of a beautiful obsession: of the thrill of a still, turquoise lake, of cracking the ice before submerging, of floating under blue skies, of tangled weeds and murkiness, of cool, fresh, spring swimmingof facing past fears of near-drowning and of breaking free.
           When she completes her year of swimming, Jessica finds she has new strengthand she has also found friends and has gained some understanding of how the landscape both haunts and holds us.
           This book is for everyone who loves swimming, who wishes they could push themselves beyond caution, who understands the deep pleasure of using the body's strength, who knows what it is to abandon all thought and float home to the surface.
      JESSICA J. LEE is a Canadian with a doctorate in environmental history and aesthetics. She lives in Berlin, where she continues her search for new lakes. Turning is her first book.
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      Frank Hegyi Award for Emerging Authors 2018, Long-listed
      Longlisted for the 2018 Frank Hegyi Award for Emerging Authors

      “Jessica J. Lee is a writer of rare and exhilarating grace. In Turning, she sounds the depths of lakes and her own life, never flinching from darkness, surfacing to fresh understandings of her place in the welter of natural and human history. A beautiful, moody, bracing debut.” —Kate Harris, award-winning author of Lands of Lost Borders

      is many things: a snapshot of Berlin seen through the prism of its lakes; the story of a broken and healing heart; a contemplation of identity; a coming-of-age story. Perhaps most of all it is a journey through the senses. In recording her experience Lee explores ideas about memory, and examines the way she experiences and retains physical and emotional trauma. She discovers that she, and we, might erase or change our personal ghosts and recollections by simply overwriting them, layering them with new and different sensations, including different kinds of pain, until she, like the lakes she has come to know so well, has fully succeeded in turning." –The Guardian

      "Her clear, calm writing encompasses the truth and terror of open-water swimming: the conjunction of human and natural history that it represents as we swimmers hang there in the water, caught between elements, between our land-bound lives stationed in front of liminal screens and the infinite deep that lies beyond." –The New Statesman

      "[T]here’s a feeling that lingers after long days spent in water, feet on land but floating still, some cranial trick that leaves your body sensing an imaginary buoyance, equilibrium rocking in a lull one beat short of nausea while drifting off to sleep. Lee’s book is something kind of like that: wafting sweetly even through the weighty bits, her musings as steady and tender in sadness as learned peace. Too intimate to be comfortable, but told with a piercing vulnerability so affecting you wind up feeling close to Lee anyway, side-by-side and stroke-by-stroke, solidarity in life and lake and existential slog, 52 times over, together better for it." –The National Post

      “Jessica J. Lee’s first book is lyrical and profound, told . . . in stunning prose and with poetic flare; it’s poignant and moving and passionate . . . a lexeme masterpiece” The National Post

      “A deeply moving meditation on solitude, yearning, loss and love. This lake of a book submerged and enveloped me. It is a truly beautiful offering.” –Kyo Maclear, author of Birds Art Life

      “Lee’s language is sharp as ice on a frozen lake. It’s astounding, how, to explore her past and her own shifting identity, she uses the land as a metaphor, but tempers it with a view of yearning, the sight of someone once-removed, who can never really go back home again. Insightful, unconventional, moving, and inspiring, I think this book will appeal to anyone who has ever struggled across the darkness trying to find the light.” –Yasuko Thanh, author of Mysterious Fragrance of the Yellow Mountains

      "I loved this beautiful book. It's an attentive meditation on the pleasures and lessons of swimming in lakes, particularly in winter. Jessica Lee wears her bravery lightly and shares her knowledge with generosity. I recommend for outdoor swimmers or those who would like to be." –Amy Liptrot, author of the bestselling The Outrun

      "Swimming tempers solitude in Lee's brilliant debut, Turning." –Times Literary Supplement

      “Her prose is elegant and sharp … it’s a pleasure to accompany Lee on this journey.” –Image

      “Lee is an elegant writer; precise in her description, thoughtful in her observation, and most of all interested in the world that surrounds her . . . . Jessica J. Lee’s is a trip to the lake well worth taking, inspiring even this reluctant swimmer to reach for his swimming shorts.” –Elsewhere Journal

      "[Lee's] beautifully written memoir combines personal memories with geographic and historical observations that should resonate even for staunch landlubbers." –Metro News

      “her lyrical debut was enough to sell me on the sport, at least, and maybe mortality as well, water making good metaphor for both: calm in some times, violent in others, but constant, at least, lapping over and wrapping you entirely; inescapable, if nothing else.” –The Montreal Gazette
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    9780670069590 Hardcover HISTORY / Military On Sale Date:August 22, 2017
    $36.00 CAD 6.23 x 9.27 x 1.38 in | 1.57 lb | 496 pages Carton Quantity:12 Canadian Rights: Y Allen Lane
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      Winner of the 2018 Canadian Jewish Literary Awards - Holocaust Literature
      Shortlisted for the 2018
       RBC Taylor Prize
      Longlisted for the 2018 Frank Hegyi Award for Emerging Authors
      Shortlisted for the 2018 Vine Awards for Jewish Literature

      The untold true story of the secret negotiations—by the most unlikely figures—to end the Holocaust 

      On November 25, 1944, prisoners at Auschwitz heard a deafening explosion. Emerging from their barracks, they witnessed the crematoria and gas chambers—part of the largest killing machine in human history—come crashing down. Most assumed they had fallen victim to inmate sabotage and thousands silently cheered. However, the Final Solution's most efficient murder apparatus had not been felled by Jews, but rather by the ruthless architect of mass genocide, Reichsführer-SS Heinrich Himmler. It was an edict that has puzzled historians for more than six decades.
      Holocaust historian and New York Times bestselling author Max Wallace—a veteran interviewer for Steven Spielberg's Shoah Foundation—draws on an explosive cache of recently declassified documents and an account from the only living eyewitness to unravel the mystery. He uncovers an astounding story involving the secret negotiations of an unlikely trio—a former fascist President of Switzerland, a courageous Orthodox Jewish woman, and Himmler's Finnish osteopath—to end the Holocaust, aided by clandestine Swedish and American intelligence efforts. He documents their efforts to deceive Himmler, who, as Germany's defeat loomed, sought to enter an alliance with the West against the Soviet Union. By exploiting that fantasy and persuading Himmler to betray Hitler's orders, the group helped to prevent the liquidation of tens of thousands of Jews during the last months of the Second World War, and thwarted Hitler's plan to take "every last Jew" down with the Reich.
      Deeply researched and dramatically recounted, In the Name of Humanity is a remarkable tale of bravery and audacious tactics that will help rewrite the history of the Holocaust.
      MAX WALLACE is the author of four books, including The American Axis, about the Nazi affiliations of Henry Ford and Charles Lindbergh, which was endorsed by two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning author Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr. Wallace is the former Executive Director of the Anne & Max Bailey Center for Holocaust Studies, and from 1996 to 2000 worked for Steven Spielberg's Shoah Foundation, documenting the video testimonies of Holocaust survivors. He has contributed to the Sunday New York Times and the BBC, and has appeared on The Today Show and Dateline NBC. He lives in Toronto.
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    • Awards & Reviews

      Frank Hegyi Award for Emerging Authors 2018, Long-listed
      RBC Taylor Prize 2018, Short-listed
      Vine Award for Canadian Jewish Literature 2018, Short-listed
      "Wallace introduces readers to a host of inspiring heroes, most of whom were quiet and unassuming yet intensely dedicated to saving European Jewry. A riveting tale of the previously unknown and fascinating story of the unsung angels who strove to foil the Final Solution." —Kirkus starred review

      "This fascinating, largely untold account shows how an unlikely confluence of people and events saved the lives of a remnant of surviving European Jews." —Jay Freeman, Booklist

      “What a drama! Two of the most popular figures in 20th century America – Henry Ford and Charles Lindbergh – pitted against a third – Franklin Delano Roosevelt – over what to do about Adolf Hitler. Max Wallace reminds us that the destiny of the republic hung in the balance in the Great Debate of 1940-41.” —Two-time Pulitzer-winning historian Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr.
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    9780735232884 Paperback FICTION / Literary On Sale Date:August 22, 2017
    $24.95 CAD 6.1 x 9 x 0.9 in | 0.89 lb | 336 pages Carton Quantity:24 Canadian Rights: Y Viking
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      Finalist for the 2018 Ottawa Book Awards

      Who do the lucky become when their luck sours?

      One frigid winter night, the happily prosperous Mia and Michael Slate discover that a close friend and business partner has cheated them out of their life savings. On the same night, their son, Finn, passes out in the snow at a party — a mistake with shattering consequences.

      Everyone finds their own ways of coping with the ensuing losses. For Finn, it’s Jess, a former babysitter who sneaks into his bed at night, even as she refuses to leave her boyfriend. Mia and Michael find themselves forgoing tenderness for rougher sex and seeking solace outside their marriage: Mia in a flirtation with a former colleague, whose empty condo becomes a blank canvas for a new life, and Michael at an abandoned baseball diamond, with a rusty pitching machine and a street kid eager to catch balls in Finn’s old glove. As they creep closer to the edge — of betrayal, infidelity, and revenge — the story moves into more savage terrain. 

      With honesty, compassion, and a tough emotional precision, award-winning author Joanne Proulx explores the itch of the flesh, sexual aggression, the reach of love and anger, and the question of who ultimately suffers when the privileged stumble.
      Joanne Proulx’s first novel Anthem of a Reluctant Prophet won Canada’s Sunburst Award for Fantastic Fiction and was named a best debut by The Globe and Mail and Kirkus Reviews. A feature film adaptation of the novel will be released in 2018. A graduate of the Bennington Writing Seminars, Joanne lives, writes and teaches in Ottawa, Canada.
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    • Awards & Reviews

      Ottawa Book Award for Fiction 2018, Short-listed
      One of the Globe and Mail's Top 100 Book of 2017

      "When I finished this novel, I wanted to tell everyone I knew to read it. It is one of the best, most important books I've read in a very long time." ?Marissa Stapley, The Globe and Mail

      "An emotional thrill-ride that manages to capture the tenderness and rage unique to adolescence and middle-age, the heartbreak of first love, and the fragility of even the most stable-seeming marriage." ?Zoe Whittall, bestselling author of The Best Kind of People

      “With We All Love the Beautiful Girls, Proulx … moves firmly into John Cheever territory, exploring with a keen eye and incisive prose the suburbs of quiet desperation, peeling back facades to reveal the desperation and violence that lurk just below the surface. When that violence comes to a head, the results are as devastating as they are unexpected.…. Proulx excels with precisely that sort of subtlety and gradual revelation. As one reads We All Love the Beautiful Girls, impressions of the characters will shift and change, a verisimilitude that is the result of careful attention and unflinching honesty.” ?Toronto Star

      "Provocative...Gorgeously written, Proulx's narrative offers a fascinating plot and both a searing exploration of the butterfly effect of trauma and the uncanny persistence of love in improbable circumstances."?Publisher's Weekly

      "Unflinching." ?Harper's Bazaar, Best New Books

      “Believe the hype about this family novel that’s as complex as it is creative.” ?Hello Giggles

      “Proulx’s novel covers a lot of territory, with several twists and turns… The story excels in its depiction of women.” ?amNY

      "We All Love the Beautiful Girls
      has the ability to leave a reader breathless. The plot twists are daring. The characters and their dialogue capture the ways in which adversity can alter people. Lovers’ wounds are plastered across every page and the veneer of civility becomes shockingly thin. And yet, in the end, love, decency, and forgiveness triumph. Think of the 1986 David Lynch film, Blue Velvet, in which brutality lurks just beneath the surface of everyday life, then erupts ferociously before disappearing back into the depths.” ?Quill & Quire

      “‘Be good,' one character tells another early in We All Love the Beautiful Girls. No one in this devastating novel heeds this advice. Proulx has written a story that’s as gorgeous as the winter stars overhead. You will all love this beautiful book.” —Neil Smith, author of Boo

      "We All Love the Beautiful Girls is a gripping tale of love gone awry, In a lively plot filled with twists and turns, Joanne Proulx's characters flail about and pay a high price for their impulsiveness and rage. This is a book to keep readers glued to the page, and enthralled by the author's skill and wisdom." – Lynne Sharon Schwartz, author of Two-Part Inventions

      "Joanne Proulx is a rare talent."? Lauren B. Davis

      "Proulx is, in other words, a talented inhabitor of people unlike herself...every new writer that surfaces so blessed should be cherished." ?Toronto Star

      "It is impossible not to marvel at Proulx's mastery." ?National Post

      "Proulx lays out what happens when very privileged people cross the line of social acceptability. . . . The book is also about anger and its consequences, both sexual and physical.” ?Peter Robb, ARTSFILE

      “She preys on simmering class anxieties to craft a dark thriller about the pretense, deception and destruction that ensues when rich people lose their safety net.” ?Toronto Life

      “With Joanne's raw prose, and surprising plot twists, we cling to the pages as she captures the actions and emotional impulse of each character as they are faced with adversity. . . . this isn’t a traditional family drama.” ?Beaux Mondes
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    9780735233423 Paperback FICTION / Literary On Sale Date:August 29, 2017
    $24.95 CAD 5.8 x 8.3 x 0.7 in | 0.61 lb | 256 pages Carton Quantity:24 Canadian Rights: Y Viking
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      "A beautiful, haunting story of one family, spanning generations and continents, as they face life's inevitable losses, struggle with grief, and reach for redemption."
      —Shilpi Somaya Gowda, New York Times bestselling author of Secret Daughter and The Golden Son

      Haunted by visions of her recently departed mother...

      Simran is unable to move on. Grappling with the growing estrangement of her sister and daughter as well as the disintegration of her marriage, she wonders how her life has come to this. As the life she has carefully constructed unravels, she is forced to confront one of her most painful childhood memories--her parents sending her younger brother away from home.

      Woven throughout are memories of Simran's mother as a young woman in 1960s India. Her world had seemed beautiful and full of hope then. But when an unexpected event occurs, the results will have repercussions for generations to come.

      As the ghosts from the past clamour for attention, the only way to put them to rest may be for Simran to dig deeper into her family history and close the circle that was left open when her family was torn apart.

      Lyrical and heartbreaking, Someone You Love Is Gone is a mesmerizing tale of enduring love and family ties that defy time and space, weaving together the past and present, crossing continents and spanning generations.
      GURJINDER BASRAN's debut novel, Everything Was Good-bye, was the winner of the Search for the Great BC Novel Contest in 2010 and the Ethel Wilson Fiction Award in 2011. It was chosen as a Chatelaine Book Club pick in 2012.The author lives in Delta, British Columbia.
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      A Chatelaine’s Best Fall Reads pick

      "A beautiful, haunting story of one family, spanning generations and continents, as they face life's inevitable losses, struggle with grief, and reach for redemption." –Shilpi Somaya Gowda, New York Times bestselling author of Secret Daughter and The Golden Son

      "In this brave and beautifully written novel, Gurjinder Basran shines a light into the darkest corners of one family's emotional inheritance. Grief has the power to remake us, and for Simran and her mother, Amrita, it proves truly transformative, blurring the lines between self and other, home and history--even life and death."–Alissa York, author of Fauna and The Naturalist

      Someone You Love Is Gone proves Basran knows deeply the ways personal history is etched by time and events. . . . The desire to connect and belong underscores Basran’s fiction. Her characters reel from absence and grief, placing apparent success at risk in search of a sense of home. Rather than metaphysical, Someone You Love Is Gone broaches a life’s worth and the facets of self—parent, child, sibling, spouse—that compose families and individuals alike.” –David Chau, The Georgia Straight

      Someone You Love Is Gone . . . [serves] up characters with whom we can empathize, even when we recognize unappealing glimpses of our own neurosis staring back at us. The ability alone to weave this moral complexity into her stories makes Gurjinder Basran a novelist worth reading.” –Jagdeesh Mann, The Globe and Mail

      "Someone You Love Is Gone is about loss, grief and the memories and secrets that can haunt a family for generations." –Fashion

      "Someone You Love Is Gone is a touching, interesting look at a family's ups-and-downs and generational connections." –Dana Gee, Vancouver Sun

      "Although epic in scope, Someone You Love Is Gone is economically and poetically written. It serves up a rich narrative with a cultural and generation-crossing protagonist supported by a cast of equally compelling characters." –Elizabeth Mitchell, Toronto Star

      “A realistic and emotional exploration of grief.” –Kirkus Review

      “Basran writes vividly about loss and how desperately families want to forget.” –NOW Magazine

      Praise for Everything Was Good-bye:

      "[T]he writing is vivid, full of crackling dialogue, and the plot is completely absorbing.... Basran's book reminds me of the work of the Pulitzer-prize winning novelist, Bengali American writer Jhumpa Lahiri, who also draws the outsider into the world of Indian immigrants to North America, vividly expressing their difficult adaptation.... She is clearly on the same path as Lahiri, a writer on the first step to greatness."--Toronto Star

      "Basran's writing is by turns elegant and poetic."--Quill & Quire

      "Thought-provoking and compelling ... Timely and engaging."--Winnipeg Free Press

      "A tender novel about identity and the search for belonging that is both humorous and heartbreaking. In Meena, Basran has created a feisty, complicated and irrepresible heroine."--Thrity Umrigar, author of The Space Between Us

      "Exceptional."--The Vancouver Sun

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