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    The Guts Roddy Doyle
    9780345808059 Hardcover FICTION / Literary On Sale Date: August 06, 2013
    $29.95 CAD 6.34 x 9.28 x 1.18 in | 336 pages Carton Quantity: 12 Canadian Rights: Y Knopf Canada
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      LONGLISTED 2015  – International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award

      A triumphant return to the characters of Booker Prize-winning writer Roddy Doyle's breakout first novel, The Commitments, now older, wiser, up against cancer and midlife.

      Jimmy Rabbitte is back. The man who invented the Commitments back in the 1980s is now 47, with a loving wife, 4 kids...and bowel cancer. He isn't dying, he thinks, but he might be.

      Jimmy still loves his music, and he still loves to hustle--his new thing is finding old bands and then finding the people who loved them enough to pay money online for their resurrected singles and albums. On his path through Dublin, between chemo and work he meets two of the Commitments--Outspan Foster, whose own illness is probably terminal, and Imelda Quirk, still as gorgeous as ever. He is reunited with his long-lost brother, Les, and learns to play the trumpet....

      This warm, funny novel is about friendship and family, about facing death and opting for life. It climaxes in one of the great passages in Roddy Doyle's fiction: 4 middle-aged men at Ireland's hottest rock festival watching Jimmy's son's band, Moanin' at Midnight, pretending to be Bulgarian and playing a song called "I'm Goin' to Hell" that apparently hasn't been heard since 1932.... Why? You'll have to read The Guts to find out.

      Bio
      RODDY DOYLE was born in Dublin in 1958. He is the author of nine acclaimed novels, two collections of short stories and Rory & Ita, a memoir about his parents, and most recently, Two Pints, a collection of dialogues. He won the Booker Prize in 1993 for Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha.
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      Awards
      International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award 2015, Long-listed
      Reviews

      INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER

      WINNER 2013 – Eason Novel of the Year (Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards)

      “The Commitments have returned to haunt our middle age. The financial challenges, health woes and marital quandaries of mid-life have rarely been this funny or this touching.”
      —Don Gillmor, author of Mount Pleasant

      “A warm comedy about mortality, nostalgia, friendship and family life.”
      The Guardian

      “It’s easy now to forget just what an impact...[The Commitments] and its two successors had on an Irish reading public.... Their existence had largely been ignored in 20th Century Irish literature and it was Doyle’s great achievement that he not only gave them voice but made them his abiding subject. And he did this without a trace of condescension.... There’s a lot that’s entertaining about The Guts, not least its sardonic soundbites...and there’s much wry commentary, too.”
      —John Boland, Irish Independent

      “Characters so present you could pinch yourself black and blue and they’d still be standing right there in front of you. Sad, saucy, lyrical, hilarious, tragic, honest and wise. Put on your crash helmet and hold your heart in your fist, you’re in for a ride. Doyle is a singular voice. And this book sings. Alive, alive-oh!”
      —Lisa Moore, author of February and Caught

      "At last, Roddy Doyle takes us back home to the scene of his triumphant first novel. In The Guts, his singular gifts will split your sides and then break your heart, sometimes in the same paragraph. You cannot possibly ask a writer for more than this master delivers in this big-hearted, powerful, moving, and hilarious novel. This is brilliant storytelling from one of the world’s finest writers."
      —Terry Fallis, author of The Best Laid Plans and Up and Down

      “Fierce, funny, profane and moving. Turns out for Jimmy Rabbitte, the Midnight Hour includes recession, cancer, kid worries--but always love and music.”
      —Judith Timson

      “Everything old is new again in Roddy Doyle’s latest novel, The Guts. There is a knack to breaking the reader’s heart and making them laugh out loud with the same sentence. Roddy Doyle and a few other writers have it. This book made me bust—yes, a GUT—and darn near broke, and certainly stole, my heart. Beautiful stuff from a great writer and a cast of characters who are not what they used to be: they’re even better.”
      —Wayne Johnston, author of The Son of a Certain Woman

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    Fire and Ashes Success and Failure in Politics Michael Ignatieff Canada
    9780345813268 Hardcover POLITICAL SCIENCE / World On Sale Date: September 24, 2013
    $29.95 CAD 5.82 x 8.55 x 0.9 in | 224 pages Carton Quantity: 12 Canadian Rights: Y Random House Canada
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      Renowned author and former Liberal Party of Canada leader Michael Ignatieff delivers a stirring meditation on contemporary politics and the lessons he learned in defeat. Candid and utterly unexpected, this book is not just for Canadians concerned about the future of the Liberal Party, but for all citizens concerned about the future of Canada and of political discourse in today's increasingly partisan world. 

      In 2011, the "Natural Governing Party of Canada" suffered its greatest defeat when Stephen Harper's Conservatives won a majority and Jack Layton's NDP superseded the Liberals to form the Official Opposition. It has spawned a time of soul-searching for the Liberal Party and its former leader, Michael Ignatieff--but while the party continues to look for answers, Ignatieff has found his in Fire and Ashes: the reasons why he went into politics in the first place. In what he says is the most difficult book he's ever written, Ignatieff (the son of a Canadian diplomat whose reputation was made long before he risked it all in politics) explores what it is to be a citizen and why, even in today's adversarial climate, the aspirations of the political life can still outweigh the costs.
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      MICHAEL IGNATIEFF was born and educated in Toronto. He gained a doctorate in history at Harvard and has held academic posts there and at Cambridge, Oxford, the University of California at Berkeley, the University of London and the London School of Economics. His critically-acclaimed books include The Russian Album and Scar Tissue. His 6-part documentary series, Blood and Belonging, on nationalism, was shown on BBC2, CBC and PBS, and went on to win major awards in Canada and the United States. Ignatieff's writings have appeared in all the leading journals of Britain and North America, and he was for several years director of the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. At the end of 2005 he returned to his native Canada and entered the political arena, being elected a Liberal Member of Parliament and subsequently becoming leader of the party before stepping down after the election of 2011. He teaches human rights and politics at the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto.
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      “Extraordinary…. Fire and Ashes is a brilliant testament to the state of our politics, a cautionary tale about the perils, and pleasures, of political life and a must-read primer for anyone contemplating a political career.”
      —Robert Collison, Toronto Star

      “Compelling and curiously moving account…. For a clear-eyed, sharply observed, mordant but ultimately hopeful account of contemporary politics this memoir is hard to beat.”
      The Guardian

      “A charming book, frank and funny.”
      —Paul Wells, Maclean’s

      “Engagingly frank…. Ignatieff has written an elegant, thoughtful, candid book.”
      Financial Times

      “An honest account, full of wisdom hard won.”
      —John Ivison, National Post

      “The shelves are full of memoirs written by successful politicians, painting their careers with the rosy glow of battles won. Michael Ignatieff tells a very different tale: of humility, self-discovery, and human connection. It is a book that plumbs the essence of politics, one that all voters and the leaders who would represent them should read.”
      —Anne-Marie Slaughter, Princeton University

      “A distinguished intellectual, writer, journalist and academic gives up his library and his chair at Harvard to pursue a political career at the highest level and for six years he experiences the passion and the fever, the enthusiasm and the intrigue, the failure and the success of party politics in the vast Canadian scene. Six years after that immersion in political life, he goes back to his library, he does some thinking and he offers us an exceptionally insightful and honest account of that adventure. This book is a compass that will help the reader find his or her way in the dizzying maze that politics has become in the great modern democracies.”
      —Mario Vargas Llosa
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    My Ghosts Mary Swan Canada
    9780345807830 Hardcover FICTION / Literary On Sale Date: September 10, 2013
    $29.95 CAD 6.1 x 8.7 x 1.02 in | 304 pages Carton Quantity: 12 Canadian Rights: Y Knopf Canada
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      From Mary Swan, the bestselling author of the Scotiabank Giller finalist The Boys in the Trees, comes a dazzling and intricate new novel that tracks one family across 150 years, unearthing long-buried secrets and capturing moments that reverberate unexpectedly across the generations. 

      In My Ghosts, with an uncanny eye for the telling detail, Mary Swan brings to vivid life a household of Scottish orphans trying to make their way in Toronto in 1879. The youngest, Clare, has rheumatic fever; the oldest brother has run away. The fate of them all rests on the responsible Ben, the irrepressible Charlie and the two middle sisters: Kez, sarcastic with big ears and a kind heart, and Nan, benignly round but with a hidden talent for larceny and mischief. Fascinating lives spool out from these siblings: a cast of indelible strivers and schemers, spinsters and unhappy spouses, star-crossed lovers and hidden adulterers, victims of war and of suicide--proof of how eventful the lives of "ordinary families" can be.

      Swan leaves us with the contemporary Clare, widowed and moodily packing up her house. She isn't sure what she'll do next, and she knows nothing of her family's past. But we do: we recognize the ghosts and echoes, the genetic patterns and the losses that have shaped her as much as her own choices and heartbreaks.

      My Ghosts is entrancing fiction that pulls you into its characters' lives at the same time as it inspires you to think about your own ghosts, your own forgotten past.

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      MARY SWAN's first novel, The Boys in the Trees, was a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize in 2008 and for the Amazon First Novel Award. She is the winner of the 2001 O. Henry Award for short fiction and is the author of the novella The Deep, a finalist for the Canada/Caribbean Commonwealth Prize for Best First Book, and the collection Emma's Hands. Her work has appeared in several Canadian literary magazines and anthologies, including Malahat Review and Best Canadian Stories, as well as in American publications such as Ploughshares, Harvard Review, Zoetrope and Harper's Magazine. She lives with her family in Guelph, Ontario.

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      “Swan writes beautifully about the interplay of chance and choice in people’s lives and the various ways that losses and joys reverberate through generations, haunting the present with all that came before and all that might have been. These are affecting stories of ordinary lives told with extraordinary clarity and grace.”
      —Nancy Richler, author of The Imposter Bride

      “With delicate brush strokes, My Ghosts beautifully evokes the filigree of time and memory. Through generations of family voices, Mary Swan deftly explores the deep layers of human connection and imagination. I began each chapter with delightful anticipation: who would be speaking now, in what era, and how would the ancestral echoes reverberate?”
      —Lilian Nattel, author of Web of Angels

      My Ghosts is intricate and compelling, a tapestry of interlinked narratives that shimmer and flow. Part family saga, part meditation on time, space, and memory, this mesmerizing novel lingers long after the last page. A literary feast, poignant and wise.”
      —Eva Stachniak, author of The Winter Palace
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    Series: Harry Hole Series
    Police Jo Nesbo
    9780345813206 Paperback FICTION / Thrillers On Sale Date: September 17, 2013
    $24.95 CAD 5.98 x 9.01 x 1.19 in | 528 pages Carton Quantity: 24 Canadian Rights: Y Random House Canada
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      The thrilling follow-up to Jo Nesbo's #1 bestseller Phantom.

      Several police officers are found murdered at the scene of an old and unsolved murder case that they were involved in investigating. The killings are extremely brutal and bestial. The police have no leads. What's more, they're missing their best investigator. A severely wounded man in a coma is kept alive at a hospital in Oslo. The room is guarded by the police and the identity of the patient is kept secret.
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      JO NESBO is a musician, songwriter, economist and author. His first crime novel featuring Harry Hole was published in Norway in 1997 and was an instant hit, winning the Glass Key Award for best Nordic crime novel (an accolade shared with Peter Høeg, Henning Mankell and Stieg Larsson).
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      Awards
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      NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
      INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER

      “Ten books on, Jo Nesbo’s Harry Hole series just keeps getting better.... This plot has people, pacing, and place that keep the action moving right up to the final chapter. A must for Harry Hole fans and a great place to start for those who haven’t discovered this superb series.”
      —Margaret Cannon, The Globe and Mail

      “A superb piece of suspense writing in the Thomas Harris vein.”
      —Barry Forshaw, The Independent

      “After 9 previous novels featuring inspector Harry Hole, this pyrotechnically assured style of writing should come as no surprise, but the delight in reading a new Nesbo novel is that he never fails to surprise…. It’s a dizzyingly taut feat of storytelling…. Nesbo’s trademark intensity never flags throughout the roller-coaster waves of this highly enjoyable ride.”
      —Daneet Steffens, The Boston Globe

      “One hell of a thriller…. Nesbo messes with everyone here, especially the reader, but furious as we’d like to be, in the end we’re willing supplicants.”
      Booklist (starred review)

      “Having upped the ante with the previous novel in the Harry Hole series, the author goes for broke here. Arguably the most densely packed and ambitiously plotted novel in a series that has been getting darker with each volume.”
      Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

      Police is a fast-paced crime novel with a great deal of exhilaration and suspense…. A spiral of action that never seems to end. It is impressively executed and as a craftsmanship considered to be superb. If you are a fan of Nesbo, Police will not dismay. Further to the eternal question as to why this man sells so many crime novels: for the simple reason that he is an extremely talented crime author?”
      Dagbladet (Norway)

      “With this novel, Jo Nesbo proves that the crime genre can be elevated to new levels, both in literary terms and when it comes to an innovative, sublime, suspenseful and surprising plot…. This is not only an intelligent crime novel; it is also perfectly composed and can be enjoyed with gusto.”
      VG (Norway)

      Police consolidates, and probably also reinforces, Jo Nesbo’s position as the world champion of crime fiction”
      Adresseavisen (Norway)

      “Jo Nesbo’s is not trying to renew the crime genre. He doesn’t need to, ’cause he is one of those who masters the genre the very best, whether we’re looking at the shelves of Norwegian or translated crime writers.”
      Aftenbladet (Norway)

      Police has all the traits that we have come to expect from a Harry Hole novel: a story that works entirely and where the reader more than once may wonder if Nesbo is playing a joke on us, a story that is told at a pace and with a built-in pressure that almost forces the text on the reader. The language is distinct and direct…with the dialogues as its strongest suite. The suspense is impeccable.”
      NRK (Norway)

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    9780345807892 Hardcover FICTION / Literary On Sale Date: September 17, 2013
    $32.00 CAD 6.5 x 9.3 x 1.4 in | 448 pages Carton Quantity: 12 Canadian Rights: Y Knopf Canada
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      Here comes Percy Joyce.
       
      From one of Canada’s most acclaimed, beloved storytellers: The Son of a Certain Woman is Wayne Johnston’s funniest, sexiest novel yet, controversial in its issues, wise, generous and then some in its depiction of humanity.
       
      Percy Joyce, born in St. John’s, Newfoundland, in the fifties is an outsider from childhood, set apart by a congenital disfigurement. Taunted and bullied, he is also isolated by his intelligence and wit, and his unique circumstances: an unbaptized boy raised by a single mother in a fiercely Catholic society. Soon on the cusp of teenagehood, Percy is filled with yearning, wild with hormones, and longing for what he can’t have—wanting to be let in...and let out. At the top of his wish list is his disturbingly alluring mother, Penelope, whose sex appeal fairly leaps off the page. Everyone in St. John’s lusts after her—including her sister-in-law, Medina; their paying boarder, the local chemistry teacher, Pops MacDougal; and...Percy.
       
      Percy, Penelope, and Pops live in the Mount, home of the city’s Catholic schools and most of its clerics, none of whom are overly fond of the scandalous Joyces despite the seemingly benign protection of the Archbishop of Newfoundland himself, whose chief goal is to bring “little Percy Joyce” into the bosom of the Church by whatever means necessary. In pursuit of that goal, Brother McHugh, head of Percy’s school, sets out to uncover the truth behind what he senses to be the complicated relationships of the Joyce household. And indeed there are dark secrets to be kept hidden: Pops is in love with Penelope, but Penelope and Medina are also in love—an illegal relationship: if caught, they will be sent to the Mental, and Percy, already an outcast of society, will be left without a family.
       
      The Son of a Certain Woman brilliantly mixes sorrow and laughter as it builds toward an unforgettable ending. Will Pops marry Penelope? Will Penelope and Medina be found out? Will Percy be lured into the Church? It is a reminder of the pain of being an outsider; of the sustaining power of love and the destructive power of hate; and of the human will to triumph.

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      WAYNE JOHNSTON was born and raised in the St. John's area of Newfoundland. His #1 nationally bestselling novels include The Divine Ryans, A World Elsewhere, The Custodian of Paradise, The Navigator of New York and The Colony of Unrequited Dreams, which will be made into a film. Johnston is also the author of an award-winning and bestselling memoir, Baltimore's Mansion. He lives in Toronto.
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      Awards
      Scotiabank Giller Prize 2013
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      FINALIST 2014 – Stephen Leacock Award

      "Wayne Johnston's genius for extravagant storytelling soars to new heights in The Son of a Certain Woman."
      —Nancy Wigston, Toronto Star

      "Johnston is the kind of storyteller who can go well past the point of believability with his tale, yet still give the reader a true sense of the history and flavour of his hometown of St. John's, and say something essential about human nature while he's at it."
      —The Gazette

      "Percy, despite his psychological peculiarities, has a captivating voice that won't be soon forgotten in Canadian literature."
      —Salon

      "[A] boisterously engaging coming-of-age story. Dialogue and conversation propel much of a story that's intelligent, funny and sexy."
      —Winnipeg Free Press

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    The Lowland Jhumpa Lahiri
    9780676979367 Hardcover FICTION / Literary On Sale Date: September 24, 2013
    $29.95 CAD 6.63 x 9.55 x 1.18 in | 352 pages Carton Quantity: 12 Canadian Rights: Y Knopf Canada
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      WINNER 2015 – DSC Prize for South Asian Literature
      Shortlisted for the 2013 Man Booker Prize

      Two brothers bound by tragedy; a fiercely brilliant woman haunted by her past; a country torn by revolution: the Pulitzer Prize winner and #1 New York Times bestselling author gives us a powerful new novel--set in both India and America--that explores the price of idealism, and a love that can last long past death.

      Growing up in Calcutta, born just fifteen months apart, Subhash and Udayan Mitra are inseparable brothers, one often mistaken for the other. But they are also opposites, with gravely different futures ahead of them. It is the 1960s, and
      Udayan--charismatic and impulsive--finds himself drawn to the Naxalite movement, a rebellion waged to eradicate inequity and poverty: he will give everything, risk all, for what he believes. Subhash, the dutiful son, does not share his brother's political passion; he leaves home to pursue a life of scientific research in a quiet, coastal corner of America. But when Subhash learns what happened to his brother in the lowland outside their family's home, he comes back to India, hoping to pick up the pieces of a shattered family, and to heal the wounds Udayan left behind--including those seared in the heart of his brother's wife.

      Suspenseful, sweeping, piercingly intimate, The Lowland expands the range of one of our most dazzling storytellers, seamlessly interweaving the historical and the personal across generations and geographies. This masterly novel of fate and will, exile and return, is a tour de force and an instant classic.

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      JHUMPA LAHIRI is the author of Interpreter of Maladies, awarded the Pulitzer Prize and the PEN/Hemingway Award; The Namesake; and Unaccustomed Earth, a #1 New York Times bestseller and a New York Times Book Review Best Book of the Year. A recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, she was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 2012. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband and 2 children.
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      Awards
      International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award 2015, Long-listed
      Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2013, Short-listed
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      NATIONAL BESTSELLER
      NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

      A Globe and Mail Best Book
      A TIME Best Book
      An NPR Best Book

      WINNER 2015 – DSC Prize for South Asian Literature
      FINALIST 2014 – Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction
      SHORTLISTED 2013 – Man Booker Prize
      FINALIST 2013 – National Book Award


      “An absolute triumph. Lahiri uses a gorgeously rendered Calcutta landscape to profound effect.... As shocking complexities tragedies, and revelations multiply, Lahiri astutely examines the psychological nuances of conviction, guilt, grief, marriage, and parenthood, and delicately but firmly dissects the moral conundrums inherent in violent revolution. Renowned for her exquisite prose and penetrating insights, Lahiri attains new heights of artistry—flawless transparency, immersive intimacy with characters and place—in her spellbinding fourth book and second novel. A magnificent, universal, and indelible work of literature.... Lahiri’s standing increases with each book, and this is her most compelling yet.”
      —Donna Seaman, Booklist (starred review)

      “A moving tale of family ties.... Lahiri’s stories capture dislocation and ambivalence with a unique play of words. The Lowland, set in India and America...is one of the highly anticipated books of the fall.”
      Times of India

      “Jhumpa Lahiri is a master of making the plainest language do double duty. What appears ordinary and unadorned begins to shimmer with menace as the story unfolds…. The Lowland’s perfectly torqued plot and deep sense of foreboding reminds me most of Kazuo Ishiguro’s deceptively quiet style: a style that allows a complexity of character and the accumulative, sure building of unsentimental, emotional clout… With The Lowland, Lahiri gives us a provoking and affecting meditation on family and loss, the idealism of youth and how it can be volatile, manipulated and ultimately crushed.”
      —Lisa Moore, The Globe and Mail

      “It stops you dead in your reader tracks and demands your all-consuming attention. Her prose, too perfect, so ideal, memorably snakes and fumes the way smoke would if it were coming from your house on fire…. Lahiri can’t help herself, she can only write the most beautiful prose ever to be put on paper.”
      —Daniel Scheffler, Edge

      “Her prose, as always, is a miracle of delicate strength, like those threads of spider silk that, wound together, are somehow stronger than steel.”
      —Ron Charles, The Washington Post

      “A sweeping, ambitious story…. Unsparing and beautifully rendered…. There is no doubt that The Lowland confirms Lahiri as a writer of formidable powers and great depth of feeling, who makes the business of conjuring a story from the chaos of human lives seem quite effortless.”
      —Stephanie Merritt, The Guardian

      “Lahiri’s prose style is legendarily smooth, unshowy, unvarying…. The Lowland gains tremendous power as it goes on. Language takes on the role of time itself. The Lowland feels less like a story being told than a tide slowly going out, gradually, inevitably revealing the shape of what was there all along.”
      —Lev Grossman, TIME

      “[Jhumpa Lahiri] writes clear and unadorned sentences—and their seeming simplicity stands in contrast to the novel’s epic generation-spanning ambition. Lahiri’s ambition pays off: The Lowland is a rich and rewarding read, perfect for an introspective rainy day.”
      —Zoe Whittall, National Post

      “Lahiri’s...haunting second novel crosses generations, oceans, and the chasms that despair creates within families.... Lahiri’s skill is reflected not only in her restrained and lyric prose, but also in her moving forward chronological time while simultaneously unfolding memory, which does not fade in spite of the years. A formidable and beautiful book.”
      Publishers Weekly

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    The Once and Future World Nature As It Was, As It Is, As It Could Be J.B. Mackinnon Canada
    9780307362186 Hardcover NATURE / Ecology On Sale Date: September 24, 2013
    $29.95 CAD 5.7 x 8.5 x 0.96 in | 272 pages Carton Quantity: 12 Canadian Rights: Y Random House Canada
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      From one of Canada's most exciting writers and ecological thinkers, a book that will change the way we see nature and show that in restoring the living world, we are also restoring ourselves. 

      The Once and Future World began in the moment J.B. MacKinnon realized the grassland he grew up on was not the pristine wilderness he had always believed it to be. Instead, his home prairie was the outcome of a long history of transformation, from the disappearance of the grizzly bear to the introduction of cattle. What remains today is an illusion of the wild--an illusion that has in many ways created our world.
       
      In 3 beautifully drawn parts, MacKinnon revisits a globe exuberant with life, where lions roam North America and 20 times more whales swim in the sea. He traces how humans destroyed that reality, out of rapaciousness, yes, but also through a great forgetting. Finally, he calls for an "age of restoration," not only to revisit that richer and more awe-filled world, but to reconnect with our truest human nature. MacKinnon never fails to remind us that nature is a menagerie of marvels. Here are fish that pass down the wisdom of elders, landscapes still shaped by "ecological ghosts," a tortoise that is slowly remaking prehistory. "It remains a beautiful world," MacKinnon writes, "and it is its beauty, not its emptiness, that should inspire us to seek more nature in our lives."

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      J.B. MacKINNON has won numerous national and international awards for journalism. As the originator of the 100-mile diet concept, he appears regularly in Canada and the USA as a speaker and commentator on ecology and food. His book, The 100-Mile Diet, co-authored with Alisa Smith, was a national bestseller and inspired a TV series in which the small town of Mission, BC, learned to eat locally. He was also the co-author, with Mia Kirshner and artists Paul Shoebridge and Michael Simons, of I Live Here, a groundbreaking "paper documentary" about displaced people that made top 10 lists in media as diverse as the Bloomsbury Literary Review and Comic Book Resources, as well as becoming a Los Angeles Times bestseller. His first book, Dead Man in Paradise, in which he investigated the assassination of his uncle, a radical priest in the Dominican Republic, won the Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Nonfiction.

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      Awards
      RBC Taylor Prize 2014, Short-listed
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      FINALIST 2013 – Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Non-Fiction
      FINALIST 2014 – BC National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction
      FINALIST 2014 – RBC Taylor Prize
      FINALIST 2014 – BC Book Prizes Hubert Evans Non-Fiction Prize
      FINALIST 2014 – Sigurd F. Olson Nature Writing Award
      WINNER 2014 – Green Prize for Sustainable Literature


      "This book is a delight. MacKinnon shows us afresh the world we thought we knew through a kaleidoscopic lens of startling facts, illuminating insight and flat-out-wonderful writing.”
      —John Vaillant, author of The Golden Spruce and The Tiger

      “A lean, elegant and powerful essay on what we have done to the world—and what we might do to set things right. J.B. MacKinnon has made me think in new ways about our self-destructive trashing of the ‘luckless garden’ into which we were so lucky to be born.”
      —Ronald Wright, author of A Short History of Progress

      “MacKinnon is an eloquent guide through landscapes wild and tame. He takes the reader backwards through evolutionary time and forward into a delicate and unknown future. I devoured this book in a day and closed its covers marveling at our planet’s incredible abundance. Natural history at its best.”
      —Charlotte Gill, author of Eating Dirt

      “A re-enchantment with the natural world may be a necessary prerequisite to the changes we must make to keep that natural world more or less intact. This is deep and lovely thinking and writing.”
      —Bill McKibben, author of Oil and Honey: The Education of an Unlikely Activist

      “Henry David Thoreau warned us, in 1862, that not in wilderness but in wildness is the preservation of the world. There’s a difference. In The Once and Future World, J.B. MacKinnon brings this distinction up to date. Wilderness may be gone forever, but wildness can be recovered, and it is time to get to work.”
      —George Dyson

      “This book should make your blood run cold; or boil with furious rage against the despoilers of our planet. But perhaps all is not yet lost. MacKinnon tells us that the crisis in the natural world is not yet fatal…but it’s waiting. And then he tells us most convincingly what we can and must do to stop the rot. This is a handbook for those who hope to see the earth, and man, remain alive together.”
      —Farley Mowat

      “A gripping and convincing look at the nature that humans lost and the perspective that we gained. MacKinnon leaves us wanting to be wilder.”
      —Jennifer Jacquet, author of the Guilty Planet blog at Scientific American, assistant professor of environmental studies at NYU

      The 100-Mile Diet forever changed the way I see a plate of food and it is still with me today. The Once and Future World changed the way I see everything. One can only hope it spawns a movement like The 100-Mile Diet did—a moment of re-imagining, re-wilding and coming home.”
      —Leanne Allison, filmmaker (Being Caribou, Finding Farley, Bear 71)

      “Like Peter Matthiessen, Barry Lopez and Tim Flannery, J.B. MacKinnon is an exceptional writer with an intense passion for the natural world. In The Once and Future World, MacKinnon combines eloquent storytelling with painstaking research to provide a persuasive argument for the need to not only protect the wildness we have today, but to restore at least some of the abundance we have lost. It may be too late to bring back the Tasmanian tiger, but, as MacKinnon writes, there’s still time to create a planet that is far richer in natural wonders.”
      —James Little, former editor of Explore magazine

      “J.B. MacKinnon is one of the finest essayists of the natural world writing today.”
      —Andrew D. Blechman, managing editor of Orion and author of Pigeons: The Fascinating Saga of the World’s Most Revered and Reviled Bird
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    The Dogs Are Eating Them Now Our War in Afghanistan Graeme Smith Canada
    9780307397805 Hardcover HISTORY / Military On Sale Date: September 24, 2013
    $32.00 CAD 6.38 x 9.3 x 1.07 in | 320 pages Carton Quantity: 12 Knopf Canada
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      For readers of War by Sebastian Junger, We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed With Our Families by Philip Gourevitch, and The Forever War by Dexter Filkins: The Dogs Are Eating Them Now is a raw, uncensored account of the war in Afghanistan from a brilliant young reporter who for several years was the only Western journalist brave enough to live full-time in the dangerous southern region.

      The Dogs are Eating Them Now
      is a highly personal narrative of our war in Afghanistan and how it went dangerously wrong. Written by a respected and fearless former foreign correspondent who has won multiple awards for his journalism (including an Emmy for the video series "Talking with the Taliban") this is a gripping account of modern warfare that takes you into back alleys, cockpits and prisons--telling stories that would have endangered his life had he published this book while still working as a journalist.

      From the corruption of law enforcement agents and the tribal nature of the local power structure to the economics of the drug trade and the frequent blunders of foreign troops, this is the no-holds-barred story from a leading expert on the insurgency. Smith draws on his unmatched compassion and a rare ability to cut through the noise and see the broader truths to give us a bold and candid look at the Taliban's continued influence--and at the mistakes, catastrophes and ultimate failure of the West's best intentions.
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      GRAEME SMITH is a Senior Analyst for the International Crisis Group, the world's leading independent, non-partisan source of analysis and advice to governments and intergovernmental bodies like the United Nations, European Union and World Bank on the prevention and resolution of deadly conflict. He covered the Afghan war for The Globe and Mail from 2005 to 2009, spending more time in southern Afghanistan during that period than any other Western journalist. The winner of many awards for investigative reporting--including an Emmy Award, the Amnesty International Award, three National Newspaper Awards, and the Michener Award for public service granted once annually by Canada's head of state--he lectures widely and served as an Adjunct Scholar at the US Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. Based in Kabul, he travels frequently to Washington and Brussels.
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      NATIONAL BESTSELLER

      WINNER 2013 – Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Non-Fiction
      FINALIST 2014 – Writers’ Trust Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing
      FINALIST 2014 – RBC Taylor Prize
      FINALIST 2014 – BC National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction

      “Graeme Smith eschews the ‘official version’ of the war in Afghanistan and instead shows us life on the ground for the soldiers, insurgents, politicians, warlords, and—most importantly—the civilians caught between all sides.”
      —Louise Arbour, president of the International Crisis Group, former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and former justice of the Supreme Court of Canada

      “Graeme Smith has long since demonstrated that he is one of the most resourceful and well-informed reporters covering Afghanistan. In his very well-written and entertaining new book he dissects the Western project in Afghanistan with deep reporting and analysis. It is a pleasure to read even if his conclusions are sobering.”
      —Peter Bergen, author of Manhunt: The Ten-Year Search for Bin Laden, from 9/11 to Abbottabad

      “Very few foreign journalists have lived and told the story of southern Afghanistan like Graeme Smith. This is reportage that is both brilliant and brave, written in the dust and danger of a country that fades from global view.? From the very first line of this book, you understand how much he cares about Afghanistan, and wants all of us to do the same. Written with great authority and affection, this book confronts the noble aims and aching failures of international engagement. It offers us a searing critique and a sober assessment of the world’s ability to do good in difficult places.? Graeme admits his heart was broken by a war that drew in all of us. His book may break your heart too.”
      —Lyse Doucet, BBC Chief International Correspondent
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    Lives of the Family Stories of Fate and Circumstance Denise Chong Canada
    9780307361233 Hardcover HISTORY / Canada On Sale Date: October 08, 2013
    $28.00 CAD 5.4 x 8.2 x 0.98 in | 240 pages Carton Quantity: 12 Canadian Rights: Y Random House Canada
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      International bestselling author of The Concubine's Children, Denise Chong returns to the subject of her most beloved book, the lives and times of Canada's early Chinese families.   

      In 2011, Denise Chong set out to collect the history of the earliest Chinese settlers in and around Ottawa, who made their homes far from any major Chinatown. Many would open cafes, establishments that once dotted the landscape across the country and were a monument to small-town Canada. This generation of Chinese immigrants lived at the intersection of the Exclusion Act in Canada, which divided families between here and China, and 2 momentous upheavals in China: the Japanese invasion and war-time occupation; and the victory of the Communists, which ultimately led these settlers to sever ties with China. This book of overlapping stories explores the trajectory of a universal immigrant experience, one of looking in the rear view mirror while at the same time, travelling toward an uncertain future. Intimate, haunting and powerful, Lives of the Family reveals the immigrant's tenacity in adapting to a new world.
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      DENISE CHONG is the author of the family memoir The Concubine's Children; The Girl in the Picture, a story of the napalm girl from the Vietnam War; and Egg on Mao, a portrayal of human rights in China. She lives with her family in Ottawa.
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      Praise for The Concubine's Children:
      "Beautiful, haunting and wise, it lingers in the mind like a portrait one returns to in a family album and elicits the same mysterious response of love, melancholy and pride."
      —The New York Times Book Review

      Praise for The Girl in the Picture:
      "Denise Chong's story of Kim's life, both before and after that decisive click of the camera shutter, is masterly. It is not only a fascinating account of everyday life in South Vietnam, but a crisply informative analysis of the social, political and economic structures of Indochina. Chong draws every strand of the story together so skillfully and excitingly that her book reads like the best kind of novel--both moving and startling."
      —The Times Literary Supplement

      Praise for Egg on Mao:
      "Exquisite.... This is a gem of a book, strong in its treatment of substance, superb in its expression."
      —Winnipeg Free Press
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    Empress Dowager Cixi The Concubine Who Launched Modern China Jung Chang
    9780307357540 Hardcover HISTORY / Asia On Sale Date: October 29, 2013
    $35.00 CAD 6.53 x 9.5 x 1.52 in | 448 pages Carton Quantity: 12 Canadian Rights: Y Random House Canada
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      From the beloved, internationally bestselling author of Wild Swans, and co-author of the bestselling Mao: The Unknown Story, the dramatic, epic biography of the unusual woman who ruled China for 50 years, from concubine to Empress, overturning centuries of traditions and formalities to bring China into the modern world.

      A woman, an Empress of immense wealth who was largely a prisoner within the compound walls of her palaces, a mother, a ruthless enemy, and a brilliant strategist: Chang makes a compelling case that Cixi was one of the most formidable and enlightened rulers of any nation. Cixi led an intense and singular life. Chosen at the age of 12 to be a concubine by the Emperor Xianfeng, she gave birth to his only male heir who at four was designated Emperor when his father died in 1861. In a brilliant move, the young woman enlisted the help of the Emperor's widow and the two women orchestrated a coup that ousted the regents and made Cixi sole Regent. Untrained and untaught, the two studied history and politics together, ruling the huge nation from behind a curtain. When her boy died, Cixi designated a young nephew as Emperor, continuing her reign till her death in 1908. Chang gives us a complex, riveting portrait of Cixi through a reign as long as that of her fellow Empress, Victoria, whom she longed to meet: her ruthlessness in fighting off rivals; her curiosity to learn; her reliance on Westerners who she placed in key positions; and her sensitivity and desire to preserve the distinctiveness of China's past while overturning traditions (she, as Chang reveals--not Mao, as he claimed--banned footbinding) and exposing its culture to western ideas and technology.

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      JUNG CHANG was born in Sichuan Province, China, in 1952. She was a Red Guard briefly at the age of fourteen and then worked as a peasant, a "barefoot doctor," a steelworker, and an electrician before becoming an English-language student and, later, an assistant lecturer at Sichuan University. She left China for Britain in 1978 and was subsequently awarded a scholarship by York University, where she obtained a PhD in linguistics in 1982, the first person from the People's Republic of China to receive a doctorate from a British university.
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      A New York Times Notable Book
      A New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice
      An Economist Best Book for Fall

      Empress Dowager Cixi is revisionist history at its most exuberant. As with her damning Mao exegesis, Chang hasn’t only a gut conviction about her subject. Extensive research, often into previously unexamined sources, produces hard evidence of both Cixi’s formidable gifts as a strategist, and her sincere efforts at reform. It is a wild narrative ride…. Her enthusiasm for Cixi, along with the astounding details of a half-century of outsized Chinese history, makes for a compelling, lively account, rich with drama and intrigue.” —Charles Foran, The Globe and Mail

      “Absorbing…. [Chang’s] extensive use of new Chinese sources makes a strong case for a reappraisal…. What makes reading this new biography so provocative are the similarities between the challenges faced by the Qing court a century ago and those confronting the Chinese Communist Party today…. There is much to learn here from the experiences of Empress Dowager Cixi.” —Orville Schell, The New York Times Book Review

      “A comprehensive biography that is three-dimensional in scope…. The portrait Chang paints of Cixi is complex….With this authoritative and epic biography, Chang harnesses Cixi’s ambition and makes a bold attempt to broadcast Cixi’s achievements against the weight of history while chronicling China at the crossroads of a new era of change.” —Jason Beerman, Toronto Star

      “If there is one woman who mattered in the history of modern China, it is the empress dowager Cixi…. She was much maligned as a brutal despot and diehard conservative responsible for the fall of the Qing dynasty. That conventional image is queried in this detailed and beautifully narrated biography, which at long last restores the empress dowager to her rightful place…. [Chang] has a wonderful eye for the telling detail and excels at unraveling palace intrigues and corridor politics…. She is the first to devote a whole book to Cixi and place her at the very heart of modern Chinese history.” —Frank Dikotter, The Sunday Times

      “[Empress Dowager Cixi] is…a model of the biographical form. Meticulously researched, and written in crystalline prose, the book fashions, from the indeterminate detail of Cixi’s life, and the tumultuous history though which she led her country, a narrative of remarkable cohesion and concision.” —Jonathan Chatwin, Asian Review of Books

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