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    In Search of A Better World A Human Rights Odyssey Payam Akhavan Canada
    9781487002008 Paperback POLITICAL SCIENCE / Human Rights Publication Date: September 09, 2017
    $19.95 CAD 5 x 8 in | 304 pages Carton Quantity: 32 Canadian Rights: Y House of Anansi Press
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      A work of memoir, history, and a call to action, In Search of a Better World, the 2017 CBC Massey Lecture, is a powerful and essential work on the major human rights struggles of our times.

      In February of 2017, Amnesty International released their Annual Report for 2016 to 2017, concluding that the “us versus them” rhetoric increasingly employed by politicians is endangering human rights the world over. Renowned UN prosecutor and human rights scholar Payam Akhavan has encountered the grim realities of contemporary genocide throughout his life and career. He argues that deceptive utopias, political cynicism, and public apathy have given rise to major human rights abuses: from the religious persecution of Iranian Bahá’ís that shaped his personal life, to the horrors of ethnic cleansing in Yugoslavia, the genocide in Rwanda, and the rise of contemporary phenomena such as the Islamic State. But he also reflects on the inspiring resilience of the human spirit and the reality of our inextricable interdependence to liberate us, whether from hateful ideologies that deny the humanity of others or an empty consumerist culture that worships greed and self-indulgence.

      A timely, essential, and passionate work of memoir and history, In Search of a Better World is a tour de force by an internationally renowned human rights lawyer.

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      Payam Akhavan is a Professor of International Law at McGill University in Montreal, Canada, a Member of the International Court of Arbitration, and a former UN prosecutor at The Hague. He has served with the UN in conflict zones around the world, including Bosnia, Cambodia, Guatemala, Rwanda, and Timor Leste, and as legal counsel in landmark cases before the International Court of Justice, the International Criminal Court, the European Court of Human Rights, the Supreme Courts of Canada and the United States. His prior academic appointments were at Oxford University, University of Paris, the European University Institute, University of Toronto, and Yale Law School. He earned his Doctor of the Science of Jurisprudence at Harvard Law School, and his widely cited academic publications include Reducing Genocide to Law from Cambridge University Press. He served as Chair of the Global Conference on Prevention of Genocide, is a Founder of the Iran Human Rights Documentation Centre, and his groundbreaking human rights work has been featured on BBC World’s Hardtalk, CBC Ideas, Maclean’s magazine, Brazil’s TV Globo, and the New York Times. In 2005, he was selected by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader. Payam Akhavan was born in Tehran, Iran, and migrated to Canada with his family in his childhood.

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      “Beyond Payam Akhavan's impressive professional and academic distinctions as a former UN prosecutor lies a deep and enduring dedication to the pursuit of justice on the international stage. In Search of a Better World is a revelation of the some of the darkest moments of the world’s recent history and a vital and enduring odyssey of hope for the future. An essential work on the human rights struggles of our times.” — Shirin Ebadi, Nobel Peace Prize winner and founder of the Defenders of Human Rights Center in Iran

      “With precision and sensitivity, as well as brutal honesty, Payam Akhavan’s In Search of a Better World highlights the complexity of modern conflict and the necessary solutions for our future. It is heartening to see essential tools (such as the “Will to Intervene”) being offered up in practical and meaningful ways, when so many have turned their back on them, and so, on our responsibilities as global citizens.” — Lieutenant-General Roméo A. Dallaire

      “Payam Akhavan has produced a remarkable work — a unique combination of fascinating biography, moving descriptions of human suffering inflicted by malicious war criminals, and recognition of the resilience, courage, and dignity of so many of the victims. This book will be appreciated by all who understand and reject the evils of irrational discrimination and applaud the efforts of those determined to end it.” — Justice Richard J. Goldstone, retired Justice of the Constitutional Court of South Africa and first Chief Prosecutor of the United Nations Criminal Tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda

      “[Akhavan’s] standing as the 2017 Massey Lecturer [is] not only deserved but overdue. The lecture’s companion book, In Search of a Better World: A Human Rights Odyssey is more than a treatise on rights: it’s also effectively an autobiography, showing how a crusade with global implications had its roots in personal experience.” — Montreal Gazette

      “Such an illustrious career, played out against the backdrop of some of humanity’s darkest moments, makes for a revelatory, heartbreaking, and often challenging narrative.” — Quill & Quire

      “Akhavan’s message never fails to bring our inextricable interdependence to the table, and he isn’t afraid to speak the truth he finds is needed to liberate.” — VUE Weekly

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    Series: CBC Massey Lectures
    Therefore Choose Life The Found Massey Lectures George Wald, Lewis Auerbach Canada, Elijah Wald
    9781487003203 Paperback PHILOSOPHY / Political Publication Date: September 09, 2017
    $16.95 CAD 5 x 8 in | 104 pages Carton Quantity: 76 House of Anansi Press
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      “All men, everywhere, have asked the same questions: Whence we come, what kind of thing we are, and at least some intimation of what may become of us . . .”

      So begins Nobel Prize–winning scientist George Wald’s 1970 Massey Lectures, now in print for the first time ever. Where did we come from, who are we, and what is to become of us — these questions have never been more urgent. Then, as now, the world is facing major political and social upheaval, from overpopulation to nuclear warfare to environmental degradation and the uses and abuses of technology. Using scientific fact as metaphor, Wald meditates on our place, and role, on Earth and in the universe. He urges us to therefore choose life — to invest in our capabilities as human beings, to heed the warnings of our own self-destruction, and above all to honour our humanity.

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      GEORGE WALD was born in New York City in 1906, the son of Jewish immigrant parents. An award-winning biologist, he taught at Harvard University for forty-three years and was known as an outstanding teacher. In 1966, TIME magazine listed him in a cover story as “one of the ten best teachers in the country.” Wald’s long career of research on vision culminated in his discovery of how Vitamin A works in the retina, leading to the understanding of the chemical basis of vision, for which he shared the 1967 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine with Haldan Keffer Hartline and Ragnar Granit. He was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 1950, to the American Philosophical Society in 1958, and in 1963–64 he was a Guggenheim Fellow, spending the year at Cambridge University. He also received honorary degrees from the University of Berne, Yale University, Wesleyan University, New York University, McGill University, Clark University, and Amherst College. Wald spoke out on many political and social issues, and his fame as a Nobel laureate brought national and international attention to his views. He was a vocal opponent of the Vietnam War and the nuclear arms race. In 1997, Wald died in Cambridge, Massachusetts, at the age of ninety.

      LEWIS AUERBACH was the producer CBC Ideas 1967 to 1971. He later worked at TV Ontario, the Science Council of Canada, the CRTC, the Auditor General of Canada, and as a private consultant. As a volunteer he was Board Chair at Tamir, which provides housing in Ottawa for the mentally challenged; at Options Bytown, which provides supportive housing for otherwise homeless, and the Harvard Club of Ottawa. He also has served on the Boards of the Great Canadian Theatre Company, the Hospice at Maycourt, and Oxfam. Currently he sits on the Board of the Forum for Research and Policy in Communications and the Harvard Alumni Association. He lives in Ottawa.ELIJAH WALD is a writer and musician based in Philadelphia. As a musician, he has recorded two solo albums and worked with Dave Van Ronk, Eric Von Schmidt, and the African American string band master Howard Armstrong. He is widely published as a journalist and has written a dozen books, including Dylan Goes Electric, Escaping the Delta: Robert Johnson and the Invention of the Blues, How the Beatles Destroyed Rock 'n' Roll: An Alternative History of American Popular Music, and Dave Van Ronk's memoir, The Mayor of MacDougal Street, which inspired the Coen Brothers' movie Inside Llewyn Davis. (Also Exploding the Gene Myth in collaboration with Ruth Hubbard.) He has an interdisciplinary PhD in ethnomusicology and sociolinguistics, has taught at UCLA and Boston College, has won numerous awards including a 2002 Grammy, and currently performs in a duo with his wife, clarinetist Sandrine Sheon.
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      “In addition to being a superb scientist, Wald was a marvellous teacher, lecturer, and writer. TIME magazine’s 300 Biographical Memoirs named him ‘one of the ten best teachers in the country’ in a cover story published in 1966. He wrote and lectured on a wide variety of topics from the ‘Origin of Life’ and ‘Life and Mind in the Universe’ to political issues. The Vietnam War horrified him and, beginning in the mid-1960s until shortly before his death, he was deeply involved in anti-war and anti-nuclear activities. He considered his political actions as part of being a biologist: one who is concerned with life.” — John Dowling, Biologist, Professor Emeritus at Harvard University, and Author of Creating Mind: How the Brain Works

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    Seven Fallen Feathers Racism, Death, and Hard Truths in a Northern City Tanya Talaga Canada
    9781487002268 Paperback BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Cultural, Ethnic & Regional Publication Date: September 30, 2017
    $22.95 CAD 5.5 x 8.5 in | 376 pages Carton Quantity: 33 Canadian Rights: Y House of Anansi Press
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      Winner, 2018 RBC Taylor Prize
      Winner, 2017 Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing
      Winner, First Nation Communities Read Indigenous Literature Award
      Finalist, 2017 Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction
      Finalist, 2017 Speaker’s Book Award
      Finalist, 2018 B.C. National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction
      A Globe And Mail Top 100 Book
      A National Post 99 Best Book Of The Year

      In 1966, twelve-year-old Chanie Wenjack froze to death on the railway tracks after running away from residential school. An inquest was called and four recommendations were made to prevent another tragedy. None of those recommendations were applied.

      More than a quarter of a century later, from 2000 to 2011, seven Indigenous high school students died in Thunder Bay, Ontario. The seven were hundreds of miles away from their families, forced to leave home and live in a foreign and unwelcoming city. Five were found dead in the rivers surrounding Lake Superior, below a sacred Indigenous site. Jordan Wabasse, a gentle boy and star hockey player, disappeared into the minus twenty degrees Celsius night. The body of celebrated artist Norval Morrisseau’s grandson, Kyle, was pulled from a river, as was Curran Strang’s. Robyn Harper died in her boarding-house hallway and Paul Panacheese inexplicably collapsed on his kitchen floor. Reggie Bushie’s death finally prompted an inquest, seven years after the discovery of Jethro Anderson, the first boy whose body was found in the water.

      Using a sweeping narrative focusing on the lives of the students, award-winning investigative journalist Tanya Talaga delves into the history of this small northern city that has come to manifest Canada’s long struggle with human rights violations against Indigenous communities.

      A portion of each sale of Seven Fallen Feathers will go to the Dennis Franklin Cromarty Memorial Fund, set up in 1994 to financially assist Nishnawbe Aski Nation students’ studies in Thunder Bay and at post-secondary institutions.

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      TANYA TALAGA is the acclaimed author of Seven Fallen Feathers, which was the winner of the RBC Taylor Prize, the Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing, and the First Nation Communities READ: Young Adult/Adult Award; a finalist for the Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Nonfiction Prize and the BC National Award for Nonfiction; CBC’s Nonfiction Book of the Year, a Globe and Mail Top 100 Book, and a national bestseller. Talaga was the 2017–2018 Atkinson Fellow in Public Policy, the 2018 CBC Massey Lecturer, and author of the national bestseller All Our Relations: Finding The Path Forward. For more than twenty years she has been a journalist at the Toronto Star and is now a columnist at the newspaper. She has been nominated five times for the Michener Award in public service journalism. Talaga is of Polish and Indigenous descent. Her great-grandmother, Liz Gauthier, was a residential school survivor. Her great-grandfather, Russell Bowen, was an Ojibwe trapper and labourer. Her grandmother is a member of Fort William First Nation. Her mother was raised in Raith and Graham, Ontario. She lives in Toronto with her two teenage children.

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      Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction 2017, Short-listed
      B.C. National Award for Canadian Non-fiction 2018, Short-listed
      Speaker's Book Award 2017, Short-listed
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      Winner, 2018 RBC Taylor Prize
      Finalist, 2017 Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction
      Winner, 2017 Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing
      Finalist, 2017 Speaker’s Book Award
      Finalist, 2018 B.C. National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction
      A Globe And Mail Top 100 Book
      A National Post 99 Best Book Of The Year

      “Talaga has written Canada’s J’Accuse, an open letter to the rest of us about the many ways we contribute — through act or inaction — to suicides and damaged existences in Canada’s Indigenous communities. Tanya Talaga’s account of teen lives and deaths in and near Thunder Bay is detailed, balanced and heart-rending. Talaga describes gaps in the system large enough for beloved children and adults to fall through, endemic indifference, casual racism and a persistent lack of resources. It is impossible to read this book and come away unchanged.” — RBC Taylor Prize Jury Citation

      “In Seven Fallen Feathers, Tanya Talaga delves into the lives of seven Indigenous students who died while attending high school in Thunder Bay over the first eleven years of this century. With a narrative voice encompassing lyrical creation myth, razor-sharp reporting, and a searing critique of Canada’s ongoing colonial legacy, Talaga binds these tragedies — and the ambivalent response from police and government — into a compelling tapestry. This vivid, wrenching book shatters the air of abstraction that so often permeates news of the injustices Indigenous communities face every day. It is impossible to read Seven Fallen Feathers and not care about the lives lost, the families thrust into purgatory, while the rest of society looks away.” — Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction Jury Citation

      “Tanya Talaga’s powerful book is a hard-hitting story of the realities of Canadian racism, complicity, and Indigenous suffering. It is also a testament to the resilience of the Anishinaabe families who endure the crushing impacts of historic and contemporary injustices. In spare prose and a direct voice, Talaga documents the tragedies of the lost lives of Indigenous youth while creating a compelling narrative that educates the reader on the sad history of Indigenous-White relations. This book is a crucial document of our times, and vital to the emergence of a true vision of justice in Canada.” — Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing Jury Citation

      “[A]n urgent and unshakable portrait of the horrors faced by Indigenous teens going to school in Thunder Bay, Ontario, far from their homes and families. . . . Talaga’s incisive research and breathtaking storytelling could bring this community one step closer to the healing it deserves.” — Booklist, STARRED REVIEW

      “You simply must read this book. Tanya Talaga has done the hard work for us. She sat with the families, heard their stories. Now, with the keen eye and meticulous research of an uncompromising journalist, she is sharing their truths. We have to start listening. Parents are sending their children to school in Thunder Bay to watch them die. Racism, police indifference, bureaucratic ineptitude, lateral violence — it doesn’t have to be this way. Let this book enrage you — and then demand that Canada act now.” — Duncan McCue, host of Cross Country Checkup on CBC Radio

      Seven Fallen Feathers is achingly blunt in confronting recurring damage that must be repaired. The book puts a human face to the headline statistics, reveals the continuing harm of unequal educational opportunity, and delivers the evidence of systemic racism in Canada with an insistent voice. Tanya Talaga draws the reader into communities of hurt and flawed responses surrounding the deaths of seven Indigenous students, the ‘fallen feathers.’ Talaga yanks at the reader’s complacency with her story of separated families, untethered youths, and the seemingly unbridgeable distance between cultures. She offers painful lessons while courting hope.” — BC National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction Jury Citation

      “This story is hard and harrowing, but Talaga tells it with the care of a storyteller and the factual attention of a journalist. She makes the difficult connections between this national tragedy and the greater colonial systems that have endangered our most vulnerable for over a century, and she does it all with a keen, compassionate eye for all involved, especially the families who are too often overlooked. These stories need to be heard. These young people deserve nothing less than to be honoured everywhere.” — Katherena Vermette, bestselling author of The Break

      “Once started, this book is difficult to put down. At just over 300 pages, Seven Fallen Feathers moves from one compelling story to the next, and seamlessly weaves in facts and history. The writing is crisp and thoughtful. Seven Fallen Feathers . . . fosters understanding, and is a book that can benefit everyone.” — Ottawa Review of Books

      Seven Fallen Feathers may prove to be the most important book published in Canada in 2017. Tanya Talaga offers well-researched, difficult truths that expose the systemic racism, poverty, and powerlessness that contribute to the ongoing issues facing Indigenous youth, their families, and their communities. It is a call to action that deeply honours the lives of the seven young people; our entire nation should feel their loss profoundly.” — Patti LaBoucane-Benson, author of The Outside Circle

      “[W]here Seven Fallen Feathers truly shines is in Talaga’s intimate retellings of what families experience when a loved one goes missing, from filing a missing-persons report with police, to the long and brutal investigation process, to the final visit in the coroner’s office. It’s a heartbreaking portrait of an indifferent and often callous system . . . Seven Fallen Feathers is a must-read for all Canadians. It shows us where we came from, where we’re at, and what we need to do to make the country a better place for us all.” — The Walrus

      “Talaga’s research is meticulous and her journalistic style is crisp and uncompromising. . . . The book is heartbreaking and infuriating, both an important testament to the need for change and a call to action.” — Publishers Weekly, STARRED REVIEW

      “What is happening in Thunder Bay is particularly destructive, but Talaga makes clear how Thunder Bay is symptomatic, not the problem itself. Recently shortlisted for the Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction, Talaga’s is a book to be justly infuriated by.” — Globe and Mail

      “This is a book that everyone should read. . . . [it] will grip you, make you think and help you understand better what has led up to the horrific experiences of young people cut down too soon. It connects the local experience to the larger experience of Canada and is a cry for justice, human rights and respect.” — The Chronicle Journal

      Talaga’s work brings stories to the fore when mainstream media have covered them up for decades . . . Seven Fallen Feathers is a difficult read. It deals with death and racism; it tackles pain and suffering head on. Telling the students’ stories is also an act of hope and healing based on the certainty that things can be better, and that they must. This book is a solid piece of investigative journalism and should be read, and shared far and wide.” — Citizens’ Press

      “Tanya Talaga investigates the deaths of seven Indigenous teens in Thunder Bay — Jethro Anderson, Curran Strang, Robyn Harper, Paul Panacheese, Reggie Bushie, Kyle Morrisseau, and Jordan Wabasse — searching for answers and offering a deserved censure to the authorities who haven’t investigated, or considered the contributing factors, nearly enough.” — National Post

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    Arrival The Story of CanLit Nick Mount Canada
    9781770892217 Hardcover BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Literary Figures Publication Date: September 02, 2017
    $29.95 CAD 6 x 9 in | 448 pages Carton Quantity: 16 Canadian Rights: Y House of Anansi Press
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      In the mid-twentieth century, Canadian literature transformed from a largely ignored trickle of books into an enormous cultural phenomenon that produced Margaret Atwood, Alice Munro, Michael Ondaatje, Mordecai Richler, and so many others. In Arrival, acclaimed writer and critic Nick Mount answers the question: What caused the CanLit Boom?

      Written with wit and panache, Arrival tells the story of Canada’s literary awakening. Interwoven with Mount’s vivid tale are enlightening mini-biographies of the people who made it happen, from superstars Leonard Cohen and Marie-Claire Blais to lesser-known lights like the troubled and impassioned Harold Sonny Ladoo. The full range of Canada’s literary boom is here: the underground exploits of the blew ointment and Tish gangs; revolutionary critical forays by highbrow academics; the blunt-force trauma of our plain-spoken backwoods poetry; and the urgent political writing that erupted from the turmoil in Quebec.

      Published to coincide with the 150th anniversary of Canadian Confederation, Arrival is a dazzling, variegated, and inspired piece of writing that helps explain how we got from there to here.

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      NICK MOUNT is a professor of English literature at the University of Toronto and an award-winning critic. He regularly gives public talks on the arts in Canada, and has appeared on TVO’s Big Ideas and CBC Radio’s Sunday Edition. In 2011, he was awarded a 3M National Teaching Fellowship, the country’s highest teaching award. He lives in Toronto.

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      Praise for Nick Mount and Arrival:

      A GLOBE AND MAIL TOP 100 BOOK
      NATIONAL POST 99 BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR

      “The most important book to be written in more than 40 years about the rise of Canadian literature . . . Arrival: The Story of CanLit brims and crackles, in equal measure, with information and energy.” — Winnipeg Free Press

      Arrival: The Story of CanLit is a fine gathering together of so many people — critics, publishers and, of course, writers — to explore and explain the eruption that took place in the 1960s and early 70s in our culture. . . . A kaleidoscope of fascinating people who shaped our country’s growth into a literature respected around the world.” — Globe and Mail

      There’s passion in these pages that’s infectious to read . . . Arrival is Mount's second book and, in many ways, he’s the only one who could possibly have written it. By turns professor, editor, advocate and critic, Mount's voice is rarely absent from any meaningful discussion of Canadian literature.” — National Post

      “[Arrival offers] a vivid sense of the times. . . . Hats off to Arrival for its engaging coverage of a pivotal period in Canadian letters.” — Literary Review of Canada

      Arrival: The Story of CanLit . . . transform[s] our literature into a hothouse of eye-catching personalities. . . . Not only is Mount’s prose readable, but he has a Malcolm Gladwell–esque flair for mining history for little-known anecdotes.” — The Walrus

      Arrival is Mount’s second book and, in many ways, he’s the only one who could possibly have written it. By turns professor, editor, advocate and critic, Mount’s voice is rarely of people whose real lives are stranger than fiction.” — National Post

      [A] fascinating overview of [Canadian literature] from the 1950s to the early 1980s. . . . Highly entertaining . . . Mount does an excellent job in showing the roles of the different regions in so much of the country’s writing.” — The Georgia Straight

      “[Arrival] provides a textbook’s richness with a tell-all’s familiarity. . . . Mount's portraits are personal and artful.” — BookShelf

      “[A] quick and genuinely informative read, even for those who think they know the story [of CanLit] well.” — Toronto Star

      “An excellent view of the period in question . . . Arrival will not disappoint. . . . Mount brings it all together in a fresh and compelling way.” — Canadian Writers Abroad

      “If you want to know how Canadian writers and publishers slipped the noose of colonialism and created a vibrant international literature, including a Nobel Prize, this is the book to read. Impious biography, bureaucrats one-upped, politics, history — Arrival has it all, and best is Mount’s outrageous sense of humour. Essential reading.” — Rosemary Sullivan, author of Stalin’s Daughter: The Extraordinary and Tumultuous Life of Svetlana Alliluyeva

      “A kaleidoscopic, exuberant, ferociously well-informed reading of the social and psychic forces that erupted to create Canadian literature. Sharing Mount’s discerning enthusiasm for books and writers of the ’60s and ’70s is a rare pleasure. Arrival has the power to transform the way we see Canadian writing.” — Roy MacSkimming, author of The Perilous Trade: Publishing Canada’s Writers

      Arrival is the CanLit account: wise, smart, sweeping, and rich in literary character and destiny. Nick Mount knows all and tells all width concision, snap, and a charming swagger. This important book itself arrives not a moment too soon.” — Charles Foran, author of Mordecai: The Life & Times and Planet Lolita

      “This is the absorbing and often exciting story of talented writers and determined publishers creating a crucial change in the life of Canada. Nick Mount wisely emphasizes the dozens of individuals whose separate ambitions came together in the making of a Canadian literature. His searching insights explain this important movement and set it in the larger context of Canadian social and economic growth.” — Robert Fulford, celebrated journalist and critic

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    Is This the End of the Liberal International Order? The Munk Debate on Geopolitics Niall Ferguson, Fareed Zakaria, Rudyard Griffiths Canada
    9781487003357 Paperback POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Ideologies Publication Date: November 04, 2017
    $14.95 CAD 5 x 8 in | 128 pages Carton Quantity: 112 Canadian Rights: Y House of Anansi Press
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      Be it resolved, the liberal international order is over…

      Since the end of World War II, global affairs have been shaped by three broad trends: the increasing free movement of people and goods, international rules setting, and a broad appreciation of the mutual benefits of a more interconnected, interdependent world. Together these factors defined the liberal international order and sustained an era of rising global prosperity and declining international conflict. But is this order now being supplanted by a new global reality; one defined by the assertion of national borders, national interests and protectionist trade polices? More fundamentally, is liberal internationalism a historical aberration; the product of a unique set of forces that are now in retreat? Or, can it survive these challenges and remain the defining rules-based system of the future?

      The twentieth semi-annual Munk Debate, held on April 28th, 2017, pits prominent historian Niall Ferguson against CNN’s Fareed Zakaria to debate the future of liberal internationalism.

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      Niall Ferguson is the Laurence A. Tisch Professor of History at Harvard University and William Ziegler Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School. He is also a Senior Research Fellow at Jesus College, Oxford, and a Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University. He is the author of numerous bestselling books, including The Ascent of Money. A prolific commentator on contemporary politics and economics, Ferguson is a contributing editor for the Financial Times and senior columnist with Newsweek.Fareed Zakaria is host of CNN's flagship international affairs program, Fareed Zakaria GPS, which won the 2012 Peabody Award. He is also the editor-at-large of Time, contributing editor at The Atlantic, a Washington Post columnist, and a former editor of Newsweek International. He is the author of the international bestsellers, The Future of Freedom and The Post-American World: Release 2.0. He was described by Esquire as “the most influential foreign policy adviser of his generation” and was included on Foreign Policy’s list of “Top 100 global thinkers.”
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    McMafia A Journey Through the Global Criminal Underworld Media tie-in Misha Glenny
    9781487003494 Paperback TRUE CRIME / Organized Crime Publication Date: February 20, 2018
    $22.95 CAD 6 x 9.25 in | 400 pages Carton Quantity: 16 House of Anansi Press
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      Now a major television series starring James Norton (War & Peace, Happy Valley) and created by Oscar-nominated screenwriter and film director Hossein Amini (Drive) and James Watkins (The Woman in Black), co-produced by BBC, AMC, and Cuba Pictures. Other cast members include David Strathairn (The Bourne Ultimatum, Good Night, Good Luck), Faye Marsay (Love Nina, Game of Thrones), Juliet Rylance (The Knick, Frances Ha), Aleksey Serebryakov (The Method, Leviathan), and Maria Shukshina (Yolki 3, Terrorist Ivanona).

      In this powerful and groundbreaking work, award-winning author and journalist Misha Glenny takes us on a journey through the new world of international organized crime. Tracing the history of the shadow economy over the last twenty years, Glenny exposes the nexus of crime, politics, and money that has come to shape and inform the post–Cold War era. From gun runners in the Ukraine to money launderers in Dubai, cyber criminals in Brazil, racketeers in Japan, and the booming marijuana industry in western Canada, McMafia builds a breathtaking picture of a secret and bloody business that now accounts for 20 percent of the world’s GDP. Glenny conducted countless interviews with police, victims, politicians, and members of the global underworld in eastern Europe, North and South America, Africa, the Middle East, China, Japan, and India to uncover the story of organized crime’s phenomenal, often shocking growth. This edition features a new chapter reflecting on the expansion of McMafia culture in the past decade and its infiltration of major institutions of the global elite — including the most powerful centres of government — brought to light by revelations such as WikiLeaks and the Panama Papers.

      Fascinating, highly readable, and impressively well-researched, McMafia exposes the dark side of globalization and the future of organized crime.

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      MISHA GLENNY is a British journalist and specialist on Eastern and Southeastern Europe and international organized crime. His coverage of the fall of Communism led to his first book, The Rebirth of History: Eastern Europe in the Age of Democracy. His other highly acclaimed books are The Fall of Yugoslavia and The Balkans. Glenny has also written for the New York Times, the New York Book Review, Foreign Affairs, Harper's, the London Review of Books, and other publications. He is currently a political consultant on South Eastern Europe and divides his time between London, Brighton, and the region.

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      FT/Goldman Sachs Business Book Award 2008, Short-listed
      Lionel Gelber Prize for World's Best Book on International Affairs 2009, Short-listed
      Globe and Mail Top 100 Best Books of the Year 2008, Commended
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      Praise for Misha Glenny and McMafia:

      "A riveting and chilling journey...Readers yearning for a deeper understanding of the real-life, international counterparts to The Sopranos need look no further than Glenny's engrossing study." — Publishers Weekly

      "Based on the author's skillful investigative journalism, this survey of international wrongdoing makes for fantastic reading that surprises on more than one occasion: Who knew that western Canada had more organized criminal syndicates per capita than any other nation?...A bracing,frightening ride..." — Kirkus Reviews

      "Amid the gathering storm of international organized crime and gangster capitalism, Misha Glenny stands alone as a journalist who has ventured to the heart of the whirlwind and survived to tell the tale. The breadth of this story is staggering. His aim, deadly accurate." — William Marsden

      "In this well-researched and riveting account, Misha Glenny dissects the international criminal organizations that run much of the world's economy and explains how the criminal underworld has benefited from and contributed to globalization." — Joseph Stiglitz

      "This is the most important non-fiction book of the year...organised crime's version of Fast Food Nation, Eric Schlosser's bestseller about the junk-food industry." — Mail on Sunday

      "[Glenny's] book should be appreciated for the powerful wake-up call it is. Think of it as a Lonely Planet Guide to Organized Crime. Don't leave home without it." — Globe and Mail

      "Gripping." — Economist

      "Smart, serious, and highly readable." — Guardian

      "[Misha Glenny] tells agrisly story very well." — Sunday Times

      "...[McMafia is] avividly recounted journey through a dozen of the world's most potent gangs, cartels and transnational mafias..." — Wall Street Journal

      "...[McMafia] is a fascinating, highly readable take on the world's crime syndicates." — Vancouver Sun

      "...[McMafia] is crowded withthe world's most ruthless and forward-thinking outlaws...[and] sets out to show how the process of globalization has given birth to a planet-spanning network of organized crime that mimics the growth, complexity, and entrepreneurial know-how of the legitimate economy." — Straight.com

      "...Glenny makes an effective case for [organized crime] becoming a truly global force..." — Toronto Star

      "...horrifying but gripping...vivid and involving..." — Daily Telegraph

      "...Immensely informative and more than slightly scary..." —Washington Post

      "...sprawling, ambitious...[McMafiais] a reporting odyssey...its thesis is clear, compelling, and scary: the West may have declared war on terrorism, but organized crime is by far the more serious threat to our world today and one we ignore at our peril...Glenny's journey through the international underworld is, on the whole, a rich and illuminating one." — Christian Science Monitor

      "...demonstrating Glenny's courage, [McMafia] exhibits...characteristics of special importance...he provides insightful sociological perspectives..." — Seattle Times

      "[McMafia is a]...wildly ambitious tour of organized crime in the era of globalization." — New York Times

      "For sheer enterprise...[Misha Glenny] is hard to beat..." —New York Times

      "Misha Glenny travels the world like Dante on his voyage through the 'global shadow economy'...[McMafia] makes this trip through the nastiest parts of the world as gripping as it is important." — Daily Telegraph

      "Misha Glenny's eye-opening tour of the world's 'shadowing economy' of organized crime that has grown for two decades...an engrossing examination of international crime trends." — Scottsdale Tribune/The Miami Herald

      "[Misha Glenny] never lets the reader go, determined to shake us into realizing none of us are safe in the end from the tentacles of the new global underworld. Glenny, a former BBC correspondent, pulls off with aplomb what is always the biggest challenge for true-crime writers: making it matter...Glenny's book should be appreciated for the powerful wake-up call it is. Think of it as a Lonely Planet Guide of Organized Crime. Don't leave home without it." — Globe and Mail

      "If we're lucky, McMafia's terrifying tour of the violent underworld of globalized crime will force this issue onto the political agenda." —New York Post

      "...immensely informative and more than slightly scary book describes in all too vivid detail...Glenny tells the dispiriting story...[and] locates both the problem and its solution..." — Washington Post

      "...[McMafia is] informative and eye-opening at every page." — Spectator (U.K.)

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    Return of History Conflict, Migration, and Geopolitics in the Twenty-First Century Jennifer Welsh Canada
    9781487002428 Paperback POLITICAL SCIENCE / General Publication Date: August 19, 2017
    $19.95 CAD 8 x 5.25 x 1 in | 360 pages Carton Quantity: 32 Canadian Rights: Y House of Anansi Press
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      #1 National Bestseller

      Part of the CBC Massey Lectures series

      In 1989, as the Berlin Wall crumbled and the Cold War dissipated, the American political commentator Francis Fukuyama wrote a famous essay, entitled “The End of History.” Fukuyama argued that the demise of confrontation between Communism and capitalism, and the expansion of Western liberal democracy, signalled the endpoint of humanity’s sociocultural and political evolution, the waning of traditional power politics, and the path toward a more peaceful world. At the heart of his thesis was the audaciously optimistic idea of “progress” in history.

      But a quarter of a century after Fukuyama’s bold prediction about transcending the struggles of the past, history has returned. The twenty-first century has not seen unfettered progress toward peace and a single form of government, but the reappearance of trends and practices many believed had been erased: arbitrary executions, attempts to annihilate ethnic and religious minorities, the starvation of besieged populations, invasion and annexation of territory, and the mass movement of refugees and displaced persons. It has also witnessed cracks and cleavages within Western liberal democracies, particularly as a result of deepening economic inequality — at levels not seen since the end of the nineteenth century.

      The Return of History both illustrates and explains this return of history. But it also demonstrates how the reappearance of acts deemed “barbaric” or “medieval” has a modern twist. Above all, it argues that the return of history should encourage us all to remember that our own liberal democratic society was not inevitable and that we must all, as individual citizens, take a more active role in its preservation and growth.

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      JENNIFER WELSH is Professor and Chair in International Relations at the European University Institute in Florence (Italy) and a Fellow of Somerville College, University of Oxford. From 2013 until 2016, she was the Special Adviser to the United Nations Secretary General on the Responsibility to Protect. She co-founded the Oxford Institute for Ethics, Law and Armed Conflict, and has taught international relations at the University of Toronto, McGill University, and the Central European University (Prague). Welsh is the author, co-author, and editor of several books and articles on international relations, the changing character of war, and Canadian foreign policy. She was born and raised in Regina, Saskatchewan, and is of Metis descent. She now lives in Italy, with her husband and two children.

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      NATIONAL BESTSELLER

      “Insightful, frighteningly timely, and highly accessible. . . [Welsh] skillfully answers realpolitik questions with a seamless, finely honed argument deserving of broad readership and study.” — Publishers Weekly, STARRED REVIEW

      “Welsh’s unusual perspective serves her well and distinguishes this book from other return-of-history jeremiads. Not only is she exceptionally fluent in the debates and histories of political science, but she has a unique understanding of the actual workings and breaking points of the formal international order and its failings.” — Globe and Mail

      “Welsh mounts a forceful moral argument.” — Maclean’s

      “Welsh offers an engaging and thought-provoking argument.” — National Post

      “Sound, humane and useful.” — Winnipeg Free Press

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    Bad Singer The Surprising Science of Tone Deafness and How We Hear Music Tim Falconer Canada
    9781487002305 Paperback BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Entertainment & Performing Arts Publication Date: November 18, 2017
    $19.95 CAD 5.5 x 8.5 in | 304 pages Carton Quantity: 32 Canadian Rights: Y House of Anansi Press
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      Tim Falconer, a self-confessed “bad singer,” always wanted to make music, but soon after he starts singing lessons, he discovers that he’s part of only 2.5 percent of the population afflicted with amusia — in other words, he is scientifically tone-deaf. While many tone-deaf people are indifferent to music, or even actively dislike it, for Falconer music is a life-long passion.

      Now available in paperback, Bad Singer chronicles his quest to understand human evolution and music, the brain science behind tone-deafness, his search for ways to retrain the adult brain, and his investigation into what we really hear when we listen to music. In an effort to learn more about his brain disorder, he goes to a series of labs where the scientists who test him are as fascinated with him as he is with them. He also sets out to understand why we love music and deconstructs what we really hear when we listen to it. And he unlocks the secret that helps explain why music has such emotional power over us.

      Throughout this journey of scientific and psychological discovery, he puts theory to practice by taking lessons with a vocal coach in order to achieve his personal goal: a public display of his singing abilities.

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      Tim Falconer is the author of Bad Singer: The Surprising Science of Tone Deafness and How We Hear Music, which the Globe and Mail named to The Globe 100 Best Books of 2016. He’s also written books on activism, our love-hate relationship with the car, end-of-life ethics, and parenting. Falconer teaches creative nonfiction at the University of King’s College in Halifax, is a faculty editor in the literary journalism program at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, and taught magazine journalism at Toronto’s Ryerson University for two decades. A former writer-in-residence at Berton House in Dawson City, he returns to the Yukon as often as he can, but lives in Toronto.

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      Bad Singer deftly combines a memoir of Falconer’s personal musical history with a scientific look into how humans hear music.” — Maclean’s

      “A remarkable story of dogged determination to prove his own body wrong and, as such, is one of the more illuminating cultural studies of modern times.” — Globe and Mail

      “An engaging, step-by-step look into how scientists study tone deafness . . . an essential tale about how human beings, even those of us with tin ears, can’t help but be drawn to music . . . Over the last decade there have been a number of books published about the science of music — such as Daniel Levitan’s This Is Your Brain on Music, Oliver Sacks’s Musicophilia, and David Byrne’s How Music Works — and Bad Singer is a doubly successful effort because it doesn’t retread the same ground of these books, with Falconer couching his subject in a personal journey that’s enjoyable to follow.” — National Post

      “A spirited, even adventurous look at the mysteries of how the human brain perceives and processes sound — and even, on occasion, manages to make beautiful music.” — Kirkus Reviews “Falconer is old school in his traditional approach to journalism. He conducts lengthy interviews and fluidly articulates complex scientific concepts. He’s the protagonist yet he doesn’t digress into self-indulgence. The result is fresh, intelligent prose. While he may be a bad singer, he’s a thorough researcher and gifted raconteur. What Falconer lacks in pitch he makes up for in curiosity and passion.” — Toronto Star

      “In his journey to understand why, exactly, he can't hold a tune — while having the ears and taste to appreciate great singing and songwriting — Tim Falconer takes us on a deeply absorbing journey into the worlds of brain science, singing coaches, music psychologists, ethnomusicologists, and into his own keening, music-loving heart. Bad Singer is a fun, fascinating, beautifully written, and strangely moving tale of a melodically-challenged man who yearned to sing. And it has much to say about the mystery of how music moves all of us, good and bad singers alike.” — John Colapinto, author of Undone

      “Falconer’s self-deprecating humour keeps Bad Singer’s tone lighthearted and as entertaining as the photos of him hamming it up as a singer on the book cover. Lines like ‘I’m a bad singer. And deep down, it matters’ produce an undercurrent of sorrow, but far more pronounced are his curiosity, vulnerability, and perseverance. It’s a deeply human book, and his most personal.” — Quill & Quire

      “An engaging tale.” — Winnipeg Free Press

      “As a reader you can’t help but empathize with Falconer as he struggles through his singing lessons, learning to control his voice even though he can’t always hit the pitches. And you cheer him on when, at the end of his quest, not exactly cured of amusia, he finally faces his audience — and the music.” — Montreal Centre-Ville Magazine

      “A fascinating read that combines personal narrative with scientific and cultural research.” — Chart Attack

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    Last Wave Gillian Best Canada
    9781487002930 Paperback FICTION / Literary Publication Date: August 26, 2017
    $22.95 CAD 5.25 x 8 in | 304 pages Carton Quantity: 36 Canadian Rights: Y House of Anansi Press
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      A beautifully rendered family drama set in Dover, England, between the 1940s and the present day, The Last Wave follows the life of Martha, a woman who has swum the English Channel ten times, and the complex relationships she has with her husband, her children, and her close friends. The one constant in Martha’s life is the sea, from her first accidental baptism to her final crossing of the channel. The sea is an escape from her responsibilities as a wife and a mother; it consoles her when she is diagnosed with cancer; and it comforts her when her husband’s mind begins to unravel.

      An intergenerational saga spanning six decades, The Last Wave is a wholly authentic portrait of a family buffeted by illness, intolerance, anger, failure, and regret. Gillian Best is a mature, accomplished, and compelling new voice in fiction.

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      GILLIAN BEST is a writer, swimmer, and seaside enthusiast. She won the Bronwen Wallace Award for Short Fiction and was a finalist for the Bridport Prize International Creative Writing Competition and Wasafiri’s New Writing Prize. She was also longlisted for the WriteIdea Short Story Prize. She has studied at York University, University College Falmouth, and the University of Glasgow. Originally from Waterloo, Canada, she now lives in Bristol, U.K.

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      “Those who liked The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry will enjoy Gillian Best’s The Last Wave for its quiet, intense examination of a woman fleeing British familial agony for the sea’s thrilling embrace.” — Kathleen Winter, bestselling author of Annabel

      “[The Last Wave is] literary and lucid, sketching out a compelling character through six decades worth of angst and illness.” — Toronto Life

      “The novel is an ambitious undertaking for a first book, but Best is more than equal to the challenge. Martha is a complicated, relatable, fascinating character, and her swimming both evokes beautiful imagery and weaves a sophisticated, thematic line through the many years covered in the story.” — Open Book

      “The characters in The Last Wave are layered, imperfect and real. Each is trapped by the confines of family life and yet by realizing enormous, seemingly impossible dreams, they ultimately set themselves free. It’s a brilliant illustration of how family relationships change and adapt in different stages of our lives — in childhood and parenthood, and through illness, failure, and success. Scenic and true-to-life, The Last Wave will inspire readers right up to the last page.” — Emily Urquhart, author of Beyond the Pale

      “The Last Wave, like the sea that holds Martha in its grip, is both gently stirring and tumultuous, a harsh yet alluring voyage through the decades of a woman’s life.” — Foreword Reviews

      “Thoroughly enjoyable.” — CBC Books

      “In The Last Wave, Gillian Best shows us that in life, as in swimming the channel, we aren’t defined by one decision, but rather the decisions we must make over and over again with each stroke, each moment — who we want to be, how we want to be. The Last Wave is an elegant meditation on commitment and the many forms of love.” — Tanis Rideout, author of Above All Things

      “Gillian Best makes a literary splash with her debut novel, The Last Wave. . . . her entirely convincing portrayal of the Roberts family and their many undercurrents show that she’s just beginning her journey as a fiction writer.” — Winnipeg Free Press

      “As in the sea so in life, we are something submerged and fight to rise, sometimes carried and lifted by others to less shifting ground. In this deftly woven and haunting debut novel, Gillian Best brings us, in many voices an across and through time, those who are submerged and carried, who fight and rise.” — Tania Hershman, author of Some of Us Glow More than Others and My Mother Was an Upright Piano

      “A rich portrait of one woman, her family and the undercurrents of life.” — Hello Canada

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    9781487002961 Paperback FICTION / Literary Publication Date: September 23, 2017
    $22.95 CAD 5.25 x 8 in | 304 pages Carton Quantity: 30 Canadian Rights: Y House of Anansi Press
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      Finalist, The Margaret Laurence Award for Fiction
      Winner, Carol Shields Winnipeg Book Award
      Finalist, McNally Robinson Book of the Year Award

      After twenty years Max Binder is still in love with his fiery wife, Maggie, and is determined to get her the perfect fortieth birthday gift. But Max’s singular desire — to make his wife happy — leads to an unexpected event that changes the course of his family’s life and touches the people who make up their western prairie city.

      Set over the course of a single year, Once More With Feeling tells the story of a community through intersecting moments and interconnected lives. The colourful citizens who make up this city — bisected by railway lines and rivers, connected by boulevards and back alleys — are marked by transformation, upheaval, and loss: the worker at a downtown soup kitchen who recognizes a kindred spirit amongst the homeless; the aging sisters who everywhere see the fleeting ghosts of two missing neighbourhood children; a communal voice of mothers anxious for the future of their children in the discomfiting world they inhabit — this place of memory, amnesia, longing, and belonging.

      Featuring a cast of eclectic characters, Once More With Feeling is about a community, about a family, and about the way time makes fond fools of us all. Award-winning author Méira Cook has crafted a novel that is at once funny, poignant, and yes, full of feeling.

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      Méira Cook is the award-winning author of the novels The House on Sugarbush Road, which won the McNally Robinson Book of the Year Award, and Nightwatching, which won the Margaret Laurence Award for Fiction. She has also published five poetry collections, most recently Monologue Dogs, which was shortlisted for the 2016 Lansdowne Prize for Poetry and for the 2016 McNally Robinson Book of the Year Award. She has won the CBC Poetry Prize and the inaugural Walrus Poetry Prize. She has served as Writer in Residence at the University of Manitoba’s Centre for Creative Writing and Oral Culture, and the Winnipeg Public Library. Born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa, she now lives in Winnipeg.

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      PRAISE FOR ONCE MORE WITH FEELING

      “Méira Cook has written a fine and funny novel that, like the city in which it is set, pulses with life, love, loss, and so much more. Vital and vivid characters spring from the page, grab your heart, and won’t let go.” — Terry Fallis, Two-Time Winner of the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour

      “Meira Cook . . . writes prose so fluid, so effortless, so vivid, you’re swept away on its sheer beauty and power. . . . Once More With Feeling manages to be both sharp and tender, tragic and fiercely funny, and wholly satisfying.” — Toronto Star

      “Brimming with warmth and a wry, often surrealistic sense of humour, Cook’s vibrant narrative delves beneath the tenuous surfaces of the everyday, asking us to re-examine the ways in which we see ourselves and understand the world.” — Kerry Lee Powell, author of the Scotiabank Giller Prize-nominated Willem de Kooning’s Paintbrush

      “Labyrinthine, projecting, reversing, traversing, all of life on a strand of a spider’s web — perhaps those words might tickle the intimate and intricate lives and loves that Cook shares in her magical pages. . . . the book reads like an extended poem, its elegant lines and diverse voices simply twisting and turning forever into a cat’s cradle conversation on women, mothers, daughters, sons, religion, life, death, growing up, tradition. . . . a damn good [novel].” — Hamilton Review of Books

      “Méira Cook has re-established her position as one of Manitoba’s, if not Canada’s, finest novelists.” — Jewish Post and News

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