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    9780771076305 Hardcover FICTION / Mystery & Detective On Sale Date: September 03, 2013
    $29.95 CAD 6.2 x 9.26 x 1.31 in | 400 pages Carton Quantity: 12 Canadian Rights: Y McClelland & Stewart
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      A disgraced college lecturer is found murdered with £5,000 in his pocket on a disused railway line near his home. Since being dismissed from his job for sexual misconduct four years previously, he has been living a poverty-stricken and hermit-like existence in this isolated spot. There are many suspects, mostly at the college where he used to teach, but Banks, much to the chagrin of Detective Chief Superintendent Gervaise, soon becomes fixated on Lady Veronica Chalmers, who appears to have links with the victim going back to the early '70s at the University of Essex, then a hotbed of political activism. When Banks suspects that Lady Chalmers is not telling him the whole truth and pushes his inquiries a bit too far, he is brought on the carpet and warned to lay off. He must continue to conduct his investigation surreptitiously, under the radar, with the help of new DC Geraldine Masterson, while DI Annie Cabbot and DS Winsome Jackman continue to rattle skeletons at Eastvale College. When the breakthroughs come, they are not the ones that Banks and his team expected, and everything turns in a different direction, and moves into higher gear.

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      Yorkshire-born PETER ROBINSON, a long-time Toronto resident, is one of the world's top writers of crime fiction and a winner of numerous awards, including the Edgar Award; the British Dagger in the Library Award; the Grand Prix de Littérature Policière; the Palle Rosenkrantz Award; and, several Arthur Ellis Awards. In 2010, he was given the Crime Writers of Canada's Derrick Murdoch Award for his outstanding contribution to crime fiction, the Harbourfront Festival Prize for a body of work, and he was also awarded an honorary degree by the University of Windsor. His novels are published around the world and have been translated into nineteen languages. Visit www.inspectorbanks.com. The author lives in Toronto.
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      Praise for Peter Robinson
      • "One of the grand masters of the genre." - Literary Review
      • "If there were an Order-of-Canada-style process for naming detective thriller writers to Ian Rankin- or Michael Connelly-like status, I would nominate Peter Robinson. . . ." -- Globe and Mail
      • "The Inspector Banks novels are among the best detective fiction in the world." -- Edmonton Journal
      • "Robinson is not just a master storyteller, he's a literary magician." -- Montreal Gazette
      • "Taut; clean writing and subtle psychology. And watch for those twists - they'll get you every time." -- Ian Rankin
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    MaddAddam Margaret Atwood Canada
    9780771008467 Hardcover FICTION / General On Sale Date: August 27, 2013
    $32.95 CAD 6.61 x 9.52 x 1.25 in | 416 pages Carton Quantity: 12 Canadian Rights: Y McClelland & Stewart
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      LONGLISTED 2015  – International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award

      Months after the Waterless Flood pandemic has wiped out most of humanity, Toby and Ren have rescued their friend Amanda from the vicious Painballers. They return to the MaddAddamite cob house, which is being fortified against man and giant Pigoon alike. Accompanying them are the Crakers, the gentle, quasi-human species engineered by the brilliant but deceased Crake. While their reluctant prophet, Jimmy -- Crake's one-time friend -- recovers from a debilitating fever, it's left to Toby to narrate the Craker theology, with Crake as Creator. She must also deal with cultural misunderstandings, terrible coffee, and her jealousy over her lover, Zeb.
           Meanwhile, Zeb searches for Adam One, founder of the God's Gardeners, the pacifist green religion from which Zeb broke years ago to lead the MaddAddamites in active resistance against the destructive CorpSeCorps. Now, under threat of an imminent Painballer attack, the MaddAddamites must fight back with the aid of their newfound allies, some of whom have four trotters.
           At the centre, is the extraordinary story of Zeb's past, which involves a lost brother, a hidden murder, a bear, and a bizarre act of revenge.
          Combining adventure, humour, romance, superb storytelling, and an imagination that is at once dazzlingly inventive and grounded in a recognizable world, MaddAddam is vintage Margaret Atwood, and a moving and dramatic conclusion to her internationally celebrated dystopian trilogy.

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      MARGARET ATWOOD is the author of more than forty books - novels, short stories, poetry, literary criticism, social history, and books for children. Atwood's work is acclaimed internationally and has been published around the world. Her novels include The Handmaid's Tale and Cat's Eye -- both shortlisted for the Booker Prize; The Robber Bride, winner of the Trillium Book Award and a finalist for the Governor General's Award; Alias Grace, winner of the prestigious Giller Prize in Canada and the Premio Mondello in Italy, and a finalist for the Governor General's Award, the Booker Prize, the Orange Prize, and the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award; The Blind Assassin, winner of the Booker Prize and a finalist for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award; and Oryx and Crake, a finalist for The Giller Prize, the Governor General's Award, the Orange Prize, and the Man Booker Prize. Her most recent books of fiction are Moral Disorder, Oryx and Crake, and The Year of the Flood. Margaret Atwood lives in Toronto with novelist Graeme Gibson. Visit www.margaretatwood.ca.
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      International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award 2015, Long-listed
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      LONGLISTED 2014 – Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction

      “The MaddAddam trilogy is, at its heart, a love letter to literature.”
      The Globe and Mail

      “[Atwood] crafts a complex plot that weaves back and forth from the past to the future, yet the narrative momentum never abates.”
      National Post

      "Atwood brings her cunning, impish, and bracing speculative trilogy to a gritty, stirring and resonant conclusion. . . . Atwood is ascendant, from her resilient characters to the feverishly suspenseful plot. . . . The coruscating finale is an ingenious, cautionary trilogy of hubris, fortitude, wisdom, love, and life's grand obstinacy."
      —Booklist (STARRED REVIEW)

      "Unpredictably chilling and hilarious. . . . The novel holds a shrewd mirror to our possible future."
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      “Weaving adventure, romance, imagination, wit, and incredible world-building, Atwood has created a terrifying future and a compelling end to her tale.”
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    Lawrence in Arabia War, Deceit, Imperial Folly and the Making of the Modern Middle East Scott Anderson
    9780771007668 Hardcover HISTORY / Military On Sale Date: August 06, 2013
    $34.95 CAD 6.44 x 9.51 x 1.52 in | 592 pages Carton Quantity: 12 Canadian Rights: Y Signal
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      The Arab Revolt against the Turks in World War I was, in the words of T.E. Lawrence, "a sideshow to a sideshow." As a result, the conflict was shaped to a remarkable degree by four men far removed from the corridors of power. Curt Pruefer was an effete academic attached to the German embassy in Cairo, whose clandestine role was to foment jihad against British rule. Aaron Aaronsohn was a renowned agronomist and committed Zionist who gained the trust of the Ottoman governor of Palestine. William Yale was the fallen scion of the American aristocracy, who traveled the Ottoman Empire on behalf of Standard Oil, dissembling to the Turks in order gain valuable oil concessions. At the center of it all was Colonel Thomas Edward Lawrence. In early 1914 he was an archaeologist digging ruins in Syria; by 1919 he was riding into legend at the head of an Arab army, as he fought a rearguard action against his own government and its imperial ambitions.
           Based on four years of intensive primary document research, Lawrence in Arabia definitively overturns received wisdom on how the modern Middle East was formed. Sweeping in its action, keen in its portraiture, acid in its condemnation of the destruction wrought by European colonial plots, this is a book that brilliantly captures the way in which the folly of the past creates the anguish of the present.

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      Scott Anderson is a veteran war correspondent, a contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine, whose work also appears in Vanity Fair, Esquire, Harper's, Outside and many other publications. Over the years he has reported from Beirut, Northern Ireland, Chechnya, Israel, Sudan, Sarajevo, El Salvador and many other war-torn countries. He is the author of the critically-acclaimed novel Triage, as well as the nonfiction book The Man Who Tried to Save the World: The Life and Mysterious Disappearance of Fred Cuny and, with his brother Jon Lee Anderson War Zones. A graduate of the Iowa Writer's School, Anderson lives in upstate New York with his wife, the filmmaker Nanette Burstein.

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      “Lawrence of Arabia is said to have reinvented warfare, and Scott Anderson has now reinvented Lawrence. By placing him alongside the other adventurers and spies who roamed the Arabian war theater, Anderson brilliantly illuminates how the modern Middle East came to be. The research in this book is so daringly original, and the writing so spectacular, that it feels like I'm reading about the topic for the first time. A deep and utterly captivating reading experience.”
      —Sebastian Junger, New York Times bestselling author of WAR and THE PERFECT STORM

      "A startlingly rich and revealing portrait of one of history’s most iconic figures. Equally satisfying is the cast of obscure German and American agents nearly as eccentric as Lawrence himself. They exercised such outsized influence on shaping the world as we know it that reading about them here is not only revelatory but practically surreal. Anderson is an exquisite writer and dogged researcher, whose accounts of century-old brutalities are made utterly convincing by the knowledge that he has personally witnessed the sort of offhanded horror he’s unearthed in archives. Lovers of big 20th-century history will be in nirvana."
      —Tom Reiss, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of THE BLACK COUNT and THE ORIENTALIST

      "An amazing accomplishment. LAWRENCE IN ARABIA captures the bravado, surreality, grandeur of the Middle East in the birth throes of the 20th century. Anderson employs the highest order of dramatic narrative to create an indelible portrait of a great and enduring figure of war and politics. Along for the show is a cast of characters drawn straight from Graham Greene. This is history of the most vivid and relevant order."
      —Doug Stanton, New York Times bestselling author of HORSE SOLDIERS and IN HARM’S WAY


      LAWRENCE IN ARABIA is a work of serious research and powerful insight, but it is so rich in incredible stories and glittering details that it felt like a guilty pleasure while I was reading it. Completely absorbing, sweeping in scope and riveting from the first word, this is a book that will stay with me for a long time.”
      —Candice Millard, New York Times bestselling author of DESTINY OF THE REPUBLIC and RIVER OF DOUBT


      “Few characters in history can match T.E. Lawrence for adventure, intrigue, or sheer enigma. Scott Anderson, an indefatigable reporter well-acquainted with the Arab world, has carefully reconstructed Lawrence's shadowy realm. Anderson shows how Lawrence, along with a surprisingly small cast of lesser-known rogues and operatives, laid the groundwork, wittingly or not, for the mess that is the modern Middle East. Here is an intimate history painted on a very large canvas, with one fantastically charismatic—and fabulously flawed—man at the dusty center of the tale.”
      —Hampton Sides, New York Times bestselling author of GHOST SOLDIERS and HELLHOUND ON HIS TRAIL
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    The Idealist Jeffrey Sachs and the Quest to End Poverty Nina Munk Canada
    9780771062506 Hardcover HISTORY / General On Sale Date: September 10, 2013
    $32.95 CAD 5.7 x 9.5 x 1 in | 272 pages Carton Quantity: 12 Canadian Rights: Y Signal
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      A powerful portrayal of Jeffrey Sachs's ambitious quest to end global poverty
          
       "The poor you will always have with you," to cite the Gospel of Matthew 26:11. Jeffrey Sachs—celebrated economist, special advisor to the Secretary General of the United Nations, and author of the influential bestseller The End of Poverty—disagrees.  In his view, poverty is a problem that can be solved. With single-minded determination he has attempted to put into practice his theories about ending extreme poverty, to prove that the world's most destitute people can be lifted onto "the ladder of development."
       
      In 2006, Sachs launched the Millennium Villages Project, a daring five-year experiment designed to test his theories in Africa. The first Millennium village was in Sauri, a remote cluster of farming communities in western Kenya. The initial results were encouraging. With his first taste of success, and backed by one hundred twenty million dollars from George Soros and other likeminded donors, Sachs rolled out a dozen model villages in ten sub-Saharan countries. Once his approach was validated it would be scaled up across the entire continent. At least that was the idea.
       
      For the past six years, Nina Munk has reported deeply on the Millennium Villages Project, accompanying Sachs on his official trips to Africa and listening in on conversations with heads-of-state, humanitarian organizations, rival economists, and development experts. She has immersed herself in the lives of people in two Millennium villages: Ruhiira, in southwest Uganda, and Dertu, in the arid borderland between Kenya and Somalia. Accepting the hospitality of camel herders and small-hold farmers, and witnessing their struggle to survive, Munk came to understand the real-life issues that challenge Sachs's formula for ending global poverty. 
       
      The Idealist is the profound and moving story of what happens when the abstract theories of a brilliant, driven man meet the reality of human life.

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      Nina Munk, a contributing editor at Vanity Fair, is a journalist and the author of Fools Rush In: Steve Case, Jerry Levin, and the Unmaking of AOL Time Warner. She was previously a senior writer at Fortune, and before that a senior editor at Forbes. Her work has appeared in Vanity Fair, the New York Times Magazine, the New YorkerFortune, and the New York Times. She lives in New York.

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      Recipient of Foreign Policy's 2013 Albie Award
      Bloomberg "Best Books of 2013"
      Forbes "Best Books of 2013"
      The Spectator "Best Books of 2013"
      Canada's National Business Book Award Finalist
      ISI’s Henry and Anne Paolucci Book Award Nominee


      "Munk draws a nuanced portrait of Sachs and his Millennium Villages Project . . . worth taking the time to read it. It’s a valuableand, at times, heartbreakingcautionary tale." Bill Gates

      “[Jeffrey] Sachs is the subject of a devastating new book, The Idealist, by Nina Munk. . . . As The Idealist makes clear, the top down approach not merely led to expensive failure but to dependency, leaving the local guinea pigs completely in the lurch when funds ran out. Ms. Munk’s accounts are often heart-rending. Her reporting of subtle power struggles is at times reminiscent of Animal Farm.”
      National Post

      “The Idealist: Jeffrey Sachs and the Quest to End Poverty is a devastating takedown of Mr. Sachs’s technocratic fantasies. It is essential reading for anyone who thinks that brilliant people with the right interventions can save the world.”
      The Globe and Mail

      "A sharply rendered and deeply disillusioned account of [Jeffrey Sachs'] personal quest to end poverty. . . . With impressive persistence, unflagging empathy and journalistic derring-do, Ms. Munk returns over a five-year period to Dertu and one other village to document the project's progress. . . . Heartbreaking." The Wall Street Journal

      “Nina Munk’s The Idealist: Jeffrey Sachs and the Quest to End Poverty, is both a tragicomedy and a genuine tragedy, a fascinating portrait of an innovative thinker as well as a fair-minded examination of his methods. It’s also a testament to the enduring value of old-fashioned, shoe-leather reporting—it should be read not just in policy circles but also at J-schools.”
      Vanity Fair

      "One of the most readable and evocative accounts of foreign aid ever written, The Idealist shows that virtually nothing about such aid is ever easy. . . . A masterful tale of good intentions gone wrong." —William Easterly, Barron’s

      “A stark reminder that the war against poverty is not yet won. A must-read.” Dambisa Moyo, author of Dead Aid

      "Writing accessibly about development economics is a high-wire act, but Munk accomplishes it brilliantly. She shadows Sachs as he cajoles world leaders to fund his Millennium projects, and also visits those places to tell the whole story. The final chapter, in which Munk interviews a chastened Sachs (usually an oxymoron), is particularly devastating." Foreign Policy


      “Magnificent. . . . An absolute must-read for anyone who is interested in doing good for those in need.” The Christian Science Monitor

      "Munk tracks a messianic economist’s quixotic attempts to show that he can end African poverty. In one village his team gets farmers to grow maize instead of traditional matoke; there are no buyers for the bumper crop, and rats end up eating much of it. Munk describes a growing gulf between good intentions and hard reality with nuance and sensitivity." Forbes

      "An engaging, eye-opening read." The Guardian

      "A highly readable examination of Jeffrey Sachs’s Millennium Villages Project in Africa"
      Financial Times

      "The Idealist
      tracks the messianic economist Jeffrey Sachs’s doomed attempt to solve African poverty by establishing a network of model villages where his pet theories could be tested before being escalated. The author, Nina Munk, who spent six years interviewing Sachs and visiting the Millenium Villages, is a delicate, careful writer. She not only reminds us that there are good, solid reasons why certain areas of the world remain desperately poor, she raises troubling questions about the credibility of an economist embraced by rock singers and film stars." The Spectator

      "A fine writer with a gift for deploying spare, vivid detail, Munk overcomes the burden of what could be duller-than-dirt subject matter—the politics of foreign aid; the ins and outs of Uganda's matoke market; NGO infighting over anti-malaria efforts—into a lively and at times, quite funny book." Fortune

      "A deep and important book. . . . The Idealist tells the stories behind the numbers and its evidence is as compelling and as important as anything in the data… Beyond the enormous punch that the book delivers, the quality of the writing is that of a fine novel, not of the usual tract in social science.” – The Lancet

      "This book is stark proof that approach just does not work. . . . The world needs to pay attention to these lessons and stop wasting resources." Bloomberg

      "Nina Munk's brilliant book on [Jeffrey] Sachs' anti-poverty efforts, chronicles how his dream fell far short of reality" —Reason

      "Written over six years, with exhaustive on-the-ground reporting from two African communities that are part of MVP village clusters, [Nina] Munk’s book is a readable and fast-paced chronicle of the real-world consequences of elite intellectual arrogance....Munk’s authoritative telling of Sach’s story is most valuable as an exhortation to intellectual humility, and a compulsively readable portrait of a man without any." Commentary

      "A fascinating and essential exploration of what goes wrong when unchecked audacity and clinical precision encounter the frailties, ambiguities, and unpredictabilities of human beings, societies and histories." —The Cleveland Plain Dealer

      "Not only an important book, but a truly enjoyable read. She does not boast, but the reader cannot avoid the impression that her intrepid years in Sachsland have demanded all the inner steel of the most hardened explorer or war correspondent." The Weekly Standard

      “Munk artfully observes how Sachs’s infectious enthusiasm and optimism bring attention [to the Millennium Villages Project]…. Students of economic policy and altruistic do-gooders alike will find Munk’s work to be a measured, immersive study of a remarkable but all-too-human man who let his vision get the best of him”
      Publishers Weekly

      "Trenchant and thought-provoking." —Kirkus Reviews

      "A fine contrarian polemic full to brimming with excellent reporting." —The Globe & Mail


      "A testament to the enduring value of old-fashioned, shoe-leather reporting—it should be read not just in policy circles but also at J-schools.” —Vanity Fair Daily

      "A devastating portrait of hubris and its consequences.” —Pacific Standard

      "A fascinating and essential exploration of what goes wrong when unchecked audacity and clinical precision encounter the frailties, ambiguities, and unpredictabilities of human beings, societies and histories.” —The Cleveland Plain Dealer

      “Nina Munk has written a fascinating book about a fascinating man—and even more important, about a set of ideas that are intriguing and important.” —Fareed Zakaria, editor-at-large of Time magazine and author of New York Times Bestseller The Post-American World

      “Jeffrey Sachs is a global phenomenon: no one thinks as big, makes a more passionate case for foreign aid, and works as hard to make the dream of ending global poverty a reality. This terrific book gives you a ringside seat on Sachs’s tireless global quest to get donors, governments, international agencies, private firms, and poor farmers to buy into his vision of economic development. Nina Munk’s portrayal goes beyond the man and his dream; it is a clear-headed depiction of the challenges the world’s poorest face as they struggle to improve their lives.” —Dani Rodrik, Professor of International Political Economy at Harvard University and author of The Globalization Paradox

      "A riveting narrative that must be read to understand why the over $700 billion pumped into Africa by the West since 1960 has achieved so little. This powerful book will shake up the foreign aid development community." —George Ayittey, President of the Free Africa Foundation, and author of Africa Unchained

      "A powerful exposé of hubris run amok, drawing on touching accounts of real-life heroes fighting poverty on the front line." —Robert Calderisi, author of The Trouble with Africa

      "Nina Munk’s incisive, moving and elegantly written report takes us to Africa to see first-hand that the poor don’t need one more central planner with the prescription for prosperity. What the poor need is what really made the rich rich – the legal devices to join their continent’s vast, dispersed natural and human resources into valuable combinations through their own collective action." —Hernando de Soto, President of the Institute for Liberty and Democracy, and author of The Mystery of Capital

      “The Idealist confirms that in the quest to end extreme poverty in Africa, the truly wise and resonant voices are those of the Africans themselves.”
      —Roger Thurow, author of The Last Hunger Season: A Year in an African Farm Community on the Brink of Change
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    Series: Journey Prize
    The Journey Prize Stories 25 Various
    9780771047367 Paperback FICTION / Anthologies On Sale Date: October 08, 2013
    $17.99 CAD 5.14 x 8.25 x 0.69 in | 256 pages Carton Quantity: 24 Canadian Rights: Y McClelland & Stewart
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      “This year, eighty-one different stories battled for our affections, ranging in content from a post-apocalyptic suburb coping with rumours of cannibalism, to a movie theatre in Mauritius where dreams of a better future flicker onscreen, to a mattress store where a long-lasting friendship threatens to come undone. For each of us, it was a chance to partake in a process that now stretches back twenty-five years, a sneak peak at authors who – in the future – will likely become favourites.”
      --Miranda Hill, Mark Medley, and Russell Wangersky (from their Introduction)
       
      Among the stories this year: Brimming with restless energy, Doretta Lau’s “How Does a Single Blade of Grass Thank the Sun?” is a sometimes provocative portrait of adolescent angst and rebellion set among a gang of “dragoons” growing up in Vancouver. It vividly brings to life a twenty-first-century culture clash and illuminates the struggles, and alienation, of Chinese youth – whether from Hong Kong or the Mainland – now living in “Lotus Land.” Doretta Lau’s story positively hums, the language a well-shaken cocktail of influences ranging from hip-hop and Asian cinema to Chinese history and “the slang of the West.” As vibrant and colourful as graffiti.
      Well-timed and yet still carefully fractured enough to be jarring, Eliza Robertson’s “My Sister Sang” is a marvel of unexpected directions and sharp edges. A deftly-told story of two eavesdroppers, one a linguist, the other, professionally tuned to acoustics, who listen – over and over – to every scrap of a tragedy. Even with the distance and detachment of its characters from the centre of its disaster, there is no easy peace, no mere scientific examination of cause and effect: this is writing as carefully crafted and fine as pastry, with thin, perfect layers where every line serves to strengthen the rest.
      Naben Ruthnum’s “Cinema Rex” is as rich and visual as the films at its centre, which play on the new movie screen in one neighbourhood of Mauritius in the 1950s. The author beautifully draws the connections between the changing community, inundated by Hollywood and after-school English lessons, and a season of vital shifts for three friends transitioning out of boyhood. Full of heady sensory details, Ruthnum’s deft observations of family and class interactions create an entire world of established histories and hierarchies, even though the reader is only privy to a sliver of these stories.
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      • "The collection consistently does what the oeuvre does best: communicate intense emotion with force, give life to characters that struggle with their circumstances, illuminate the universal through the specific and the particular, and turn the commonplace into art." -- Globe and Mail
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    Correspondences Anne Michaels Canada, Bernice Eisenstein
    9780771056512 Hardcover POETRY / Canadian On Sale Date: October 29, 2013
    $35.00 CAD 6.43 x 9.31 x 0.93 in | 128 pages Carton Quantity: 12 Canadian Rights: Y McClelland & Stewart
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      Renowned novelist and poet Anne Michaels and acclaimed artist and writer Bernice Eisenstein have created a rare and uniquely produced book that is already causing a stir internationally.

      Two vibrant artistic minds and hearts have come together in this specially formatted book whose two sides interact in a fascinating and continuing conversation. Anne Michaels' vivid and stunningly crafted long poem on one side and Bernice Eisenstein's profound and luminous portraits, accompanied by quotes by great writers and thinkers on the other, come together in a unique and haunting dialogue that is both mirrored and augmented by the special interconnectedness of the accordion format.

      "Just as a conversation becomes the third side of the page . . . to name the moment one life becomes another."
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      ANNE MICHAELS is the author several books of poetry, of the multi- award-winning novel Fugitive Pieces, which was made into a feature film, and The Winter Vault, her celebrated second novel. Her work has appeared in translation around the world. She lives in Toronto. BERNICE EISENSTEIN is the author of the highly acclaimed graphic memoir, I Was a Child of Holocaust Survivors, which was translated into ten languages, and won the Jewish Book Award. Eisenstein's artwork has appeared in exhibitions in Europe and the United States. She lives in Toronto.
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    Ambition and Desire The Dangerous Life of Josephine Bonaparte Kate Williams
    9780771088599 Hardcover BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Historical On Sale Date: November 04, 2014
    $36.95 CAD 6.58 x 9.53 x 1.19 in | 400 pages Carton Quantity: 12 Canadian Rights: Y McClelland & Stewart
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      From CNN’s official royal historian, a highly praised young author with a doctorate from Oxford University, comes the extraordinary rags-to-riches story of the woman who conquered Napoleon’s heart—and with it, an empire.

      Their love was legendary, their ambition flagrant and unashamed. Napoleon Bonaparte and his wife, Josephine, came to power during one of the most turbulent periods in the history of France. The story of the Corsican soldier’s incredible rise has been well documented. Now, in this spellbinding, luminous account, Kate Williams draws back the curtain on the woman who beguiled him: her humble origins, her exorbitant appetites, and the tragic turn of events that led to her undoing.

      Born Marie-Josèphe-Rose de Tascher de La Pagerie on the Caribbean island of Martinique, the woman Napoleon would later call Josephine was the ultimate survivor. She endured a loveless marriage to a French aristocrat—executed during the Reign of Terror—then barely escaped the guillotine blade herself. Her near-death experience only fueled Josephine’s ambition and heightened her determination to find a man who could finance and sustain her. Though no classic beauty, she quickly developed a reputation as one of the most desirable women on the continent.

      In 1795, she met Napoleon. The attraction was mutual, immediate, and intense. Theirs was an often-tumultuous union, roiled by their pursuit of other lovers but intensely focused on power and success. Josephine was Napoleon’s perfect consort and the object of national fascination. Together they conquered Europe. Their extravagance was unprecedented, even by the standards of Versailles. But she could not produce an heir. Sexual obsession brought them together, but cold biological truth tore them apart.

      Gripping in its immediacy, captivating in its detail, Ambition and Desire is a true tale of desire, heartbreak, and revolutionary turmoil, engagingly written by one of England’s most praised young historians. Kate Williams’s searing portrait of this alluring and complex woman will finally elevate Josephine Bonaparte to the historical prominence she deserves.

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      Kate Williams fell in love with the eighteenth century while studying for her B.A. at Oxford University, and went on to earn an M.A. from the University of London and a D.Phil. in history from Oxford University. A lecturer and TV consultant in addition to being CNN’s royal historian, she has hosted several documentaries on British television and appears regularly on both American and British networks. Williams is the author of two previous biographies, England’s Mistress: The Infamous Life of Emma Hamilton and Becoming Queen Victoria: The Tragic Death of Princess Charlotte and the Unexpected Rise of Britain’s Greatest Monarch, as well as a novel, The Pleasures of Men. Her articles and essays have been published in a wide range of books and journals. Kate Williams lives in London.

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      “Though the romance of Josephine and Napoleon Bonaparte is known by many, Williams combs through their history in her riveting account of their 14-year marriage…[she] perfectly illustrates all that was bizarre and maddening about French life during [their] reign.”
      Publishers Weekly

      “Williams, author of Becoming Queen Victoria and England’s Mistress, plucks another fascinating female dynamo from the annals of history, vividly detailing the life of Josephine Bonaparte. An in-depth portrait of the substantive woman behind the throne.”
      Booklist

      “An intelligent and entertaining biography of ‘the Empress whom France never forgot.’ As Williams ably shows, beneath the lust for power and prominence [Napoleon and Josephine] shared, a remarkably durable passion bound them together to the end.”
      Kirkus

      “A sparkling account of this most fallible and endearing of women.”
      Daily Mail

      “A whirlwind tour of French history.”
      The Telegraph

      “Reading [Ambition and Desire] is like watching Silk Stockings, the 1957 Hollywood masterpiece with Fred Astaire and Cyd Charisse. The book flows and jumps, taking the reader by the hand through tormented times in French history without ever letting you go or losing itself in the intricacies of French politics.”
      —The Times

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    Series: New Canadian Library
    Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town Stephen Leacock Canada, Seth Canada
    9780771046674 Hardcover COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Literary On Sale Date: October 15, 2013
    $35.00 CAD 5.63 x 8.37 x 1.34 in | 288 pages Carton Quantity: 12 Canadian Rights: Y McClelland & Stewart
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      In this lavishly illustrated gift edition, Stephen Leacock's beloved comic classic gets a fresh new look from renowned cartoonist Seth. For long-time fans of Stephen Leacock and Seth, collectors of Canadiana, as well as readers of Lemony Snicket and Chester Brown's Louis Riel.

      As funny, relevant, and insightful today as when it was first published, Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town presents a vibrant and unforgettable portrait of the delightful citizens of the fictional small town of Mariposa, Ontario. Now in this sumptuously designed gift edition, internationally acclaimed cartoonist Seth brings his unique vision and artistry to bear on the inhabitants of this little town to spectacular effect. With more than 40 full- and double-page colour illustrations throughout, this special edition is an extraordinarily beautiful and loving tribute to Mariposa and its residents, one that is sure to enchant long-time fans of Leacock's book as well as captivate a new generation of readers.
      Bio
      Decades after his death in 1944, STEPHEN LEACOCK remains one of the world's best-loved humorous writers. Born in 1869 and educated in Canada, Leacock was Professor Economics at McGill University. His greatest fame, however, was as a humorist, thanks to a stream of books that followed Literary Lapses (1910) at the rate of almost one a year. Of these, Sunshine Sketches has proved to be his most popular, ever since its publication in 1912.

      Acclaimed cartoonist SETH is the author of the comic book series Palookaville and such graphic novels as It's a Good Life, If You Don't Weaken; Wimbledon Green; and The Great Northern Brotherhood of Canadian Cartoonists. As a book designer, he has worked on such projects as The Portable Dorothy Parker, the bestselling Complete Peanuts collection, and Lemony Snicket's new series, All The Wrong Questions. His work frequently appears in The Walrus and The New Yorker. In 2011, Seth received the Harbourfront Festival Prize. He lives in Guelph.
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      Praise for Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town: "Leacock had a wonderful ear for dialogue and was superbly skilled in creating polished, self-contained scenes and in evoking character with a few sure strokes." -- Will Ferguson
      Praise for Seth: "To read a book by Seth is to enter an oddly cozy, perfectly designed world where humor, nostalgia, and a gentle sadness pervade like the last autumnal rays of sunlight on a quiet afternoon." -- San Francisco Weekly
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    Number Four Bobby Orr Sports Illustrated, Michael Farber
    9780771079252 Paperback SPORTS & RECREATION / Hockey On Sale Date: October 15, 2013
    $24.95 CAD 6.04 x 8.99 x 0.55 in | 208 pages Carton Quantity: 24 Canadian Rights: Y FENN-M&S
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      Description

          Starting with his jump from the Oshawa Generals to the NHL's Boston Bruins, Sports Illustrated began in-depth coverage of the career of Bobby Orr, a player who remains, over thirty years after his retirement, one of the greatest hockey players of all time.
           Orr completely changed the way hockey was played, taking it from a game of grinding defence to a rushing, high-scoring affair. Along the way, Orr set scoring records, won individual awards, and led his Bruins to two Stanley Cups before a bad knee began costing him games. He tried two major comebacks in the late seventies, showing a perseverance and dedication unmatched in the game, but ultimately was forced into an early retirement at the age of thirty.
      Number Four, Bobby Orr brings together the stories and photographs behind the career. The media-shy Orr rarely opened up to reporters, hiding his charitable works and his loyalty to his friends and teammates and letting his play speak for itself. This anthology brings together all SI's reporting on Orr, from the 1960s to his new career as a player agent in the 2000s, to form a comprehensive biography of one of the greats of the game.

      Bio
      Sports Illustrated opened its doors in 1954. The company has a massive international staff of the highest regarded sports writers and photographers, and has widely become recognized globally as the most respected voice in sports journalism. Through its magazines and website, Sports Illustrated reaches over 21 million sports enthusiasts weekly -- that's a lot of hockey fans.
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    The Major League Baseball Ultimate Book of Records An Official MLB Publication Major League Baseball
    9780771057342 Hardcover SPORTS & RECREATION / Baseball On Sale Date: October 15, 2013
    $32.95 CAD 9.38 x 11.26 x 0.95 in | 256 pages Carton Quantity: 10 Canadian Rights: Y FENN-M&S
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      Since the first pitch was thrown, MLB has tracked the performance of every team and player, documented every hit and measured every home run. And while some plays are part of the everyday game, there are moments in baseball when a player's performance reaches a new level of greatness and new records are made. The Major League Baseball Ultimate Book of Records catalogs the game's most remarkable achievements, as well as some of the less traditional and quirky stats that all play a part in the game.
           MLB's team of in-house writers, researchers and historians have scoured the history of the game and written the most accurate, complete and definitive record of baseball stats and achievements. Major League Baseball Ultimate Book of Records documents the absolute best of the best and packs each achievement into this lavishly illustrated book where fans will be treated to never-before-seen photographs of their favourite players. Double-page spreads will show Henderson racing to second base to claim the stolen base record, while another full color spread celebrates Bond's crushing hit that set a new threshold for most home-runs.
           All the records are here, each with an account of events and spectacular photographs that make this truly the most spectacular baseball book ever published.
      Bio
      Major League Baseball's staff writers have full access to the complete MLB archives, covering over 100 years of baseball history. The staff of writers produce The Official World series Championship Book and the World Series Program on an annual basis.
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