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    As A Dog Thinketh Daily Words of Wisdom for Dog People Monique Anstee Canada
    9781771512374 Paperback PETS / Dogs Publication Date:December 12, 2017
    $22.00 CAD 5.25 x 8 x 1 in | 1 gr | 368 pages Carton Quantity:28 TouchWood Editions
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      Daily reflections, guidance, and sound advice from a top trainer and competitor.

      Confused by your canine? Monique Anstee believes we have made dog training much too hard, when it really is very simple. Anstee teaches you to think differently, which will help you get out of your mind and into the moment.

      Monique Anstee trains dogs kindly, but effectively, and her clients love her for her honesty. Now, she has compiled a book of daily wisdom in which she shares her most deeply held values and philosophies, and her most sought-after lessons gleaned from more than 25 years in the business. With her signature no-nonsense approach and wry sense of humour, Anstee shares reflections that will inspire a-ha moments, nurture your confidence, and invite you to be more authentic with yourself and with your dog.

      When should you reward, and when should you tell him to try harder? How can you create ten moments a day where you can praise your dog sincerely? How can you use your own thoughts, beliefs, and body language to improve communication with your dog? How are we creating reactivity in our dogs?

      Anstee offers a new and inspiring way to think about your relationship with your dog, tempered with the clear-eyed perspective of one who has seen dogs and their owners find solutions to all kinds of problems. She empowers her readers to affirm their instincts with their dog, and to believe in the power to change together, each and every day.

      Bio

      Monique Anstee is the founder and head trainer at the Naughty Dogge. She has earned national rankings in obedience competition, and was the first Canadian to represent Canada in International Obedience at Crufts, the world's largest dog show. Monique is a frequent guest on Victoria's C-Fax Radio, and also has been a guest on the A Channel and Shaw TV. Find out more at naughtydogge.com.

      Marketing & Promotion
        • Confirmed coverage on websites and blogs for dog enthusiasts: Dogtime.com, CanineJournal.com, and Dogster.com.
        • Reviews targeting Modern Dog magazine, Globe and Mail newspaper, and Reader’s Digest
        • Confirmed coverage in the local newspapers (the Times Colonist) and radio (CFAX) in Victoria, BC
        • Promotion on the author’s social media channels: Facebook (/monique.anstee) – 17,500 Likes and a very high level of follower engagement (150+ comments on every post)
        • Online promotion and publicity via TouchWood’s social media channels: Instagram, Facebook, Twitter
        • Paid advertisements confirmed in Books For Everybody (BFE) and BC BookWorld
        • Digital BLADs and print samplers available



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      What Monique's Clients are Saying

      "We can't say enough about Monique and what she has done for our family and our very loved, but crazy, dog Scruffy. We now understand our dog, have become better at handling him and can let him be a dog. Monique taught us how to handle our dog in a way that gave him 'his' confidence back."

      "Monique is  patient, honest and succeeds in bringing out the best in every dog that walks through her doors, seeing their weaknesses and enhancing their strengths. She has the presence to deal with aggressive dogs and a softness to deal with the shy, fearful ones."

      "Monique's ability to "train the dog she's training" is what sticks with me most. Dogs are as individual as humans. We took classes from Monique and are with a happier, more confident dog. And, we are happier more confident owners. Imagine that! Thank you so much for helping us see our dog as she is, not so much what we expected her to be. And she's lovely."

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    First, We Brunch Recipes and Stories from Victoria’s Best-Loved Breakfast Joints Rebecca Wellman Canada
    9781771512312 Paperback COOKING / Regional & Ethnic Publication Date:October 24, 2017
    $30.00 CAD 7.5 x 9 x 1 in | 1 gr | 304 pages Carton Quantity:14 TouchWood Editions
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      Winner of three Gourmand World Cookbook Awards in English Canada
      Finalist for a Gourmand World Cookbook Best in World Award

      A carefully curated collection of recipes from Victoria, BC, the brunch capital of Canada.

      It’s the weekend in picturesque Victoria, and whether you’re planning on enjoying a scenic seaside hike or indulging in some window shopping, we all have priorities: First, we brunch.

      This exquisitely photographed cookbook showcases more than 60 recipes from the city’s most beloved mid-morning eateries. Food writer and photographer Rebecca Wellman introduces us to the people and stories behind the capital city’s diners, bistros, cafés, coffee shops, bakeries, and more. Get the inside scoop on iconic diners such as Floyd’s and newer hot spots like Jam, Agrius, Be Love, and Nourish.

      For the visitor, this cookbook is a simple, trustworthy guidebook to Victoria’s best eats, and a fabulous gift to take home to friends and family. Whether you’re after a quick, budget brunch, a hearty vegan breakfast, or a much-needed hangover cure, Wellman helps you choose the ideal mid-morning eatery. And if you’re a Victorian local, you’ll love the resources for finding the freshest ingredients so you can whip up a terrific brunch at home. This stylish, image-rich collection of recipes and stories is the ultimate guide to Canada’s brunch capital, and offers yet another delicious way to celebrate the city's thriving food culture.

      Bio

      Rebecca Wellman has always had a strong love for all things culinary. Over the past decade, she has contributed her food and lifestyle photography to many print publications including Victoria’s EAT magazine and the Outlander Kitchen Cookbook (Penguin Random House, 2016), and has worked as a stills photographer on set with The Food Network. She continues to write, create, cook, style, shoot and enjoy all the West Coast has to offer. Find out more at rebeccawellman.ca.

      Marketing & Promotion
        • Canadian Living magazine review confirmed for November 2017 issue
        • Media launch to be hosted by the Empress for local media: Shaw TV, CHEK TV, and CityTV
        • Extensive local coverage confirmed including features and reviews in EAT, YAM, and Boulevard magazines, and coverage by Eric Akis, food columnist for the Times Colonist
        • Radio interview confirmed with Victoria’s CBC radio afternoon show, All Points West, with Robyn Burns
        • Online promotion via the 45 local restaurants featured in the book
        • Online promotion and publicity via TouchWood Instagram, Facebook, Twitter
        • Paid advertisements in BC BookWorld and EAT magazine
        • Digital BLADs available



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      “If a delectable brunch—home cooked or enjoyed out—makes you happy, then this scrumptious book will have you grinning ear to ear.”


      First, We Brunch is a visual feast and poetic love letter to eating great food in one my favourite cities in Canada. I love how Rebecca takes a contemporary look at what brunch is, and reminds us it's no longer that stuffy weekend standard, but an über fresh, casual, and creative meal to eat any time of the day, made better in the company of good friends and a cocktail. Her book goes beyond recipe sharing—it’s a deeply affectionate and personal tour of what makes great food: the restaurants and neighbourhoods they’re in, the people who cook, the ingredients, and, of course, the eaters too!”


      "It is not uncommon for the newly arrived to Victoria to make disparaging comments about the lack of night life here. Though they may be right, it is important to note that just because we aren’t staying up late, we don’t particularly want to get up early. What we excel at is a nice leisurely brunch. Rebecca Wellman has assembled this fantastic book of more than 60 recipes from local cafes, bistros, brewpubs and bakeries. Filled with stunning photography and stories of the people that run some of the best eateries in town, First, We Brunch is the perfect book for any readers that love food, or need a bit of help deciding where to meet friends around 11ish." —Colin Holt, bookseller at Bolen Books
      "First, We Brunch . . . would be ideal for an out-of-town friend or family member as both a souvenir and gift. Whether you’re after a quick, budget brunch, a hearty vegan breakfast, or a much-needed hangover cure, Wellman helps you choose the ideal mid-morning eatery or menu." —Read Local BC blog
      "This is such a beautiful book of photographs of all of the many many places that you can get fabulous brunches and breakfast in Victoria, but it's chock full of recipes so you don't actually have to know the restaurants. I think it's going to be a real stand-by on BC bookshelves for a long time, and it might tempt you to come over for a weekend to Victoria." —Jessica Walker, bookseller at Munro's Books
      "There is so much to love about this book: utterly gorgeous photographs . . . cleverly divided sections . . . insider knowledge, meticulous research and an obvious fervour for her subject . . . This book will be the perfect reference for lazy mornings when you want to eat your favourite brunch dish without leaving the house, but you will also reach for it whenever someone asks, "Where should we meet for brunch?" It also makes the perfect souvenir for friends who have come to visit and need a reminder of why they should come back." —EAT magazine
      "First, We Brunch, [is an] an ode to the city's best places to break the fast. It's an essential guide for exploring Victoria's casual café culture, whether you're shopping in the eclectic downtown core, taking in the manicured gardens or biking down a tree-lined suburban street." —Globe and Mail
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    Greece Recipes for Olive Oil and Vinegar Lovers Emily Lycopolus Canada, DL Acken Canada
    9781771512343 Hardcover COOKING / Regional & Ethnic Publication Date:November 07, 2017
    $22.00 CAD 6.5 x 8 x 0.88 in | 1 gr | 168 pages Carton Quantity:28 TouchWood Editions
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      The second book in the Olive Oil and Vinegar Lovers’ cookbook series made with specialty olive oil and balsamic vinegars in mind.

      With just two types of olive oil—Eureka Lemon Fused and Garlic Infused—and two balsamic vinegars—Apricot White Balsamic and Black Cherry Dark Balsamic—you can produce all fifty of the classic Greek recipes featured in Greece: Recipes for Olive Oil and Vinegar Lovers.

      This full-colour book includes recipes for appetizers, soup and salad, mains, and sweets, and also offers five full menus for planning a spectacular dinner party. You’ll find all your favourite classic rustic Greek dishes here, including avgolemono, saganaki, traditional Greek salad, zucchini fritters, calamari, tzatziki, moussaka, souvlaki, fresh pita bread, homemade Greek yogurt, traditional honey pie, loukoumades, baklava, and more—all accompanied by stunning photography.

      Bio

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



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

      Marketing & Promotion
        • Promotion on the author’s blog and social media: OlivetheSenses.com, ThisTable.com, Facebook (/OlivetheSenses) Twitter (@OlivetheSenses) and Instagram (www.instagram.com/olivethesenses)
        • Online promotion and publicity via TouchWood Instagram, Facebook,
          Twitter
        • Digital BLADs available


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      Praise for the Olive Oil & Vinegar Lover's Cookbook by Emily Lycopolus

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

      Praise for the Olive Oil & Vinegar Lover's Cookbook by Emily Lycopolus

      "The most beautiful cookbook I’ve seen this year ... a great resource for people who adore fancy olive oils and vinegars and want to know how they can cook with them at home."
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    The Haunting of Vancouver Island Supernatural Encounters with the Other Side Shanon Sinn Canada
    9781771512435 Paperback BODY, MIND & SPIRIT / Supernatural (incl. Ghosts) Publication Date:October 10, 2017
    $20.00 CAD 5.5 x 8 x 1 in | 1 gr | 376 pages Carton Quantity:20 TouchWood Editions
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      A compelling investigation into supernatural events and local lore on Vancouver Island.

      Vancouver Island is known worldwide for its arresting natural beauty, but those who live here know that it is also imbued with a palpable supernatural energy. Researcher Shanon Sinn found his curiosity piqued by stories of mysterious sightings on the island—ghosts, sasquatches, sea serpents—but he was disappointed in the sensational and sometimes disrespectful way they were being retold or revised. Acting on his desire to transform these stories from unsubstantiated gossip to thoroughly researched accounts, Sinn uncovered fascinating details, identified historical inconsistencies, and now retells these encounters as accurately as possible.

      Investigating 25 spellbinding tales that wind their way from the south end of the island to the north, Sinn explored hauntings in cities, in the forest, and on isolated logging roads. In addition to visiting castles, inns, and cemeteries, he followed the trail of spirits glimpsed on mountaintops, beaches, and water, and visited Heriot Bay Inn on Quadra Island and the Schooner Restaurant in Tofino to personally scrutinize reports of hauntings. Featuring First Nations stories from each of the three Indigenous groups who call Vancouver Island home—the Coast Salish, the Nuu-chah-nulth, and the Kwakwaka’wakw—the book includes an interview with Hereditary Chief James Swan of Ahousaht.

      Bio

      Shanon Sinn is a member of British Columbia Ghosts & Hauntings Research Society (BCGHRS), Paranormal Studies and Inquiries Canada (PSICAN), and he researches folklore and hauntings from a journalistic perspective. Sinn is also an infantry veteran, aspiring photographer, forager, and stand-up paddle boarder. He is currently enrolled in the Vancouver Island University Creative Writing Program, and was recently awarded the Barry Broadfoot Award for Journalism. Find out more about him at ShanonSinn.com.

      Marketing & Promotion
        • Interviews confirmed on CBC’s All Points West with Robyn Burns
        • Excerpts and reviews to appear in Vancouver Island key local newspapers: Times Colonist, the Nanaimo News Bulletin, NanaimoNow, and the Campbell River Daily Mirror.
        • Online promotion and publicity via TouchWood Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter
        • Online Promotion via the author’s social media: ShanonSinn.com (7000 visitors/month); his blog post “Haunted Locations on Vancouver Island” has received more than 100,000 visits.
        • Paid advertisement confirmed in BC BookWorld
        • Digital ARCs available

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      "Sinn offers a grounded approach to understanding how the folklore developed. He is also out to bust some myths. That is, to distinguish fact from fiction and not be afraid to hurt some feelings along the way."


      "I really encourage everyone to pick up the book. There are a lot of great stories, a lot of great history, and again, things you're just not going to find anywhere . . . it's all really fascinating."


      Does a headless woman haunt Mt. Sicker? The Cowichan Valley Citizen gets the scoop from Shanon Sinn.
      "Excellent." —Greg P. Mansfield, author of Ghosts of Vancouver
      "Sinn starts each chapter with a moody and poetic paragraph – one that whisks the reader straight into another eerie dimension altogether. It is here that the writing becomes enthralling; it is as though Sinn knows something that the rest of us do not. The reader is pulled into the unsettling scene, and left there to wonder. It’s both chilling . . . and wonderful." —Carol Anne Shaw, The Ormsby Review
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    An Old, Cold Grave A Lane Winslow Mystery 3rd edition Iona Whishaw Canada
    9781771512404 Paperback FICTION / Mystery & Detective Publication Date:September 26, 2017
    $16.95 CAD 5 x 7.5 x 0.1 in | 1 gr | 352 pages Carton Quantity:28 TouchWood Editions
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      The third book in the popular Lane Winslow mystery series by an author the Globe and Mail has called a “writer to watch.”

      It’s early spring of 1947 in idyllic King’s Cove, and the Hughes ladies, mère et filles, are gardening and sorting through the jars of food that have been put up for the winter. But while cleaning up after the roof of their root cellar has caved in slightly, they are horrified to discover a small skeletal hand embedded in the mess. Panicked, they call Lane Winslow, the ex-British secret service agent, and, not without some misgivings about the state of their tense relationship, Lane calls Inspector Darling.

      Before long the police crew discover the body of a young child buried almost 40 years before. Who is the child, and why has it not been buried in the local cemetery? Inspector Darling, already busy dealing with a teenage girl who has gone on a destructive rampage at a local mill, asks Lane for help in unearthing the long-forgotten secrets of the early life of the tiny town, and the identity of the long-forgotten child.

      This delightful new historical mystery series will appeal to fans of Maisie Dobbs and Bess Crawford.

      Bio

      Iona Whishaw is a former educator and social worker whose mother and grandfather were both spies during their respective wars. She lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, with her husband. Visit her at ionawhishaw.com.

      Marketing & Promotion
        • Features and reviews targeting National PostGlobe and Mail, as well as Canadian Mystery Reviews, Kirkus ReviewsLibrary JournalPublishers WeeklyBooklist, and Foreword Reviews
        • Mystery blog outreach campaign
        • Guest post on Strand magazine blog and advertising in print magazine
        • Online promotion and publicity via TouchWood Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and paid adsDigital ARCs available
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      Praise for A Killer In King's Cove (#1)

      "A good historical mystery with a cast of characters that will provide plot lines for the series to come. Iona Whishaw is a writer to watch."


      Praise for A Killer In King's Cove (#1)

      "A debut mystery by an author destined for awards: a setting ripe for story telling, a convincing gift for portraying the painful and riveting after-like for the survivors of two world wars . . . I’m already planning to read it again . . . Whishaw is an exciting addition to Canada’s fine roster of mystery writers."

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    Your Heart Is the Size of Your Fist A Doctor Reflects on Ten Years at a Refugee Clinic Dr. Martina Scholtens Canada
    9781927366684 Paperback SOCIAL SCIENCE / Emigration & Immigration Publication Date:September 26, 2017
    $22.00 CAD 5.5 x 8.5 x 0.56 in | 1 gr | 224 pages Carton Quantity:32 Brindle & Glass
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      An absorbing and touching read, this collection of true stories is the first book by a Canadian doctor on the topic of refugee health.

      Your Heart Is the Size of Your Fist draws readers into the complicated, poignant, and often-overlooked daily happenings of a busy urban medical clinic for refugees.

      An Iraqi journalist whose son has been been murdered develops post-traumatic stress disorder and mourns his loss of vocation. A Congolese woman refuses antiretroviral treatment for her new HIV diagnosis, and instead places her trust in Jesus. Two conservative Muslim Iraqi women are inadvertently exposed to pornography when a doctor uses Google Images to supplement a medical discussion. By turns humorous, distressing, and moving, these stories offer insight into the people seeking a new life while navigating poverty, language barriers, and neighbours who aren’t always friendly.

      This riveting collection of true stories from Dr. Martina Scholtens is filled with hope and humour, and together make up a deeply moving portrait of how one doctor attempts to provide quality care and advocacy for patients while remaining culturally sensitive, even as she wrestles with guilt, awareness of her own privilege, the faith she was raised with, and vicarious trauma after hearing countless stories of brutality and suffering.

      In the spirit of Louise Aronson and Atul Gawande, Scholtens’ writing is based on her personal experiences and explores the transformative moments in which a clinical doctor-patient relationship becomes a profound human-human connection.

      Bio

      Martina Scholtens, MD, MPH, CCFP worked for ten years as a family physician at Bridge Refugee Clinic in Vancouver, Canada. Her book about this work, Your Heart Is the Size of Your Fist, was published in 2017. She is a clinical instructor with the Faculty of Medicine at UBC. In addition to clinical work, she has lectured on mixing art and medicine, done extensive advocacy work around federal health insurance for refugees, and acted as a consultant when BC settled 3,000 Syrian refugees in 2016. She is a recipient of the Mimi Divinsky Award for History and Narrative in Family Medicine. She is now doing a psychiatry residency in Victoria, BC, where she lives with her husband and four kids. For more information, visit www.martinascholtens.com.

      Marketing & Promotion
        • Confirmed endorsement forthcoming from Louise Aronson, author of A History of the Present Illness, and finalist for the 2014 PEN/Bingham Prize.
        • Interviews confirmed on Global News Vancouver and CTV News Vancouver
        • Features and excerpts targeting national and regional newspapers
          across Canada such as the Globe and Mail, National Post, Toronto Star, Montreal
          Gazette
          , Winnipeg Free Press, and the Vancouver Sun
        • Promotion on author’s blog and social media: martinascholtens.com, Twitter (@fresh_md), and Instagram (@martinascholtens)
        • Online promotion and publicity via TouchWood Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and paid ads
        • Print ARCs available


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      Awards
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      Your Heart Is the Size of Your Fist is a pleasure from start to finish: timely and timeless, intimate and wise, compelling and informative. Scholtens offers an insider's view of doctoring, powerful stories of refugees creating new lives in North America, and a personal account of balancing motherhood, medicine, and self.


      Your Heart is the Size of Your Fist is impressive--a wonderful read but also a deft exploration of multiple current concerns, from how we care for refugees to how doctors balance their professional and personal obligations and care for themselves.


      "Scholtens’ memoir is a transformative exploration of a brave, young doctor from a stable, nurtured environment coming of age in a healthcare system unprepared for this growing and struggling underprivileged group who arrive on Canada’s doorstep with so little in the way of material assets yet so rich in experiences. Skillfully through story, she portrays challenges refugees face when adapting to life in BC and her own frustration with how little she believes she helps them. The reader witnesses her discovery and reaction to stories of wounded survivors, from worlds she can barely conceive. Her loving family she portrays as saving her from delving too far into the trauma that she witnesses. Yet she struggles with the competing demands of motherhood and medicine as the two threaten to merge into one, as mother to mother she celebrates with them."


      "This book is all heart"


      With her decade of experience with refugees in Canada, Martina brings heart and determination to her patients, as revealed in this book. Sharing the joys and challenges of being a clinician to people whose life experiences differ so much from her own, she writes about dealing with doubts and uncertainty, and cherishing the gifts, concrete and abstract, exchanged between doctor and patient. Skilfully weaving her own story with that of her patients—describing personal loss, challenges to the values of her Dutch Christian upbringing and professional norms—Martina reflects on how she balances her personal life with the demands of her vocation, the need for flexibility in boundaries, and the importance of advocacy when working with marginalized populations. Martina draws us in with vivid stories of doctor–patient exchanges and leaves the reader with a deep appreciation of how humility, curiosity, humour, and good faith can compensate for any deficits in knowledge in cross-cultural interactions.


      Both an eye-opening account for Canadians wanting to understand the challenges facing refugees and a strong argument for refugee health, including mental health, to receive dedicated treatment and funding . . . . Your Heart Is the Size of Your Fist is also about the person in the white coat: a mother trying to find balance between the personal and professional, an a doctor whose patients expand her notions of what a doctor should be.


      [Scholtens'] desire to 'reflect, memorialize, and advocate' as a writer-physician is fulfilled in this slim volume. A recommended and accessible read for a wide audience.


      Captivating . . . Several stories highlight what being a physician entails, including being a healer, advocate, and educator, and often going above and beyond for your patients. . . . I urge anyone interested in primary care or refugee health, along with anyone who would like an honest view about providing culturally sensitive health care, to give this book a read.


      "Your Heart Is the Size of Your Fist tells many stories and offers insights into the lives and outlooks of people brought up in very different cultures – and her own life, which as a self-described introvert can’t have been easy. Scholtens is a wise and compassionate guide; reading the book will help anyone who wants to welcome the stranger." —Church for Vancouver blog
      "[I knew] this would be a book I’d find interesting. What I was not anticipating was that I’d be so compelled by the work as literature, for its shape as a memoir, the glimmer of its prose, and for its depth and richness as memoir. . . . To say that it’s an uplifting and breezy read should not undermine the spiritual weight of Scholtens’ story and its importance—but hopefully it will compel you to read it." —Kerry Clare, author of Mitzi Bytes
      "Your Heart is the Size of Your Fist personalizes and individualizes refugee journeys through the eyes of their practising physician." —All Lit Up
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    9781927366653 Paperback FICTION / Literary Publication Date:October 03, 2017
    $22.00 CAD 5.5 x 8.5 x 0.68 in | 1 gr | 288 pages Carton Quantity:32 Brindle & Glass
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      Moving, entertaining, and witty, A Thousand Consolations is a literary romantic comedy for fans of David Nicholls’s Us and Emma Straub’s Modern Lovers.

      Paula doesn’t put much faith in the candles she designs for her customers, which promise to cure everything from unrequited love to ingrown toenails; it’s just a business she started after her husband’s untimely death put an end to their joint dream of a career on the stage. Believing she may have somehow contributed to Teddy’s illness, Paula is too crippled by guilt to pursue the dream of acting on her own, and too bitter to believe she’ll ever be happy again.

      Then she meets Héctor, a former concert pianist seeking refuge from the Mexican narcos who severed his fingers and threatened worse. With great charm and wit, Héctor seduces her into believing in a life in which hope coexists with disappointment, happiness with loss. Paula begins to believe that love is a possibility after all. But will Héctor be allowed to remain in Canada, or be sent back to an unknown fate?

      A Thousand Consolations is a surprisingly funny novel in which virtuosity, philosophy, and humour endure despite the modern blights of refugee politics and the threat of narcoterrorism.

      Bio

      Julie Roorda is the author of three volumes of poetry, a collection of stories, and a novel for young adults. Her fiction has appeared in periodicals across Canada including The Fiddlehead and The New Quarterly. Her story, “How to Tell if Your Frog is Dead,” was included in the 2014 Journey Prize Anthology. She lives in Saint Catharines.

      Marketing & Promotion
        • Blurb confirmed and forthcoming from Karma Brown, international bestselling author of In This Moment,  The Choices We Make, and Come Away With Me.
        • Blurb confirmed and forthcoming from Ann Erikkson, author of The Performance, and High Clear Bell of Morning
        • Features and reviews targeting Publishers WeeklyBookListLibrary JournalKirkus ReviewsGlobe and Mail and the National Post.
        • Online promotion and publicity via Brindle & Glass Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and paid ads
        • Digital and Print ARCs available


    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
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      In flowing, natural prose, Julie Roorda tells two intertwined love stories that illuminate the complexities of the human heart in a world touched by illness and cruelty. Often funny, always honest, A Thousand Consolations is a wonderful novel


      Reminiscent of Meg Wolitzer, Julie Roorda’s A Thousand Consolations is full of wit, insight, and stellar writing.


      "Roorda . . . has a knack for witty dialogue and an eye for the sharp, smart details of friend and family dynamics . . . . The day-to-day moments of connection are where this novel really shines."

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    The Whole Beautiful World Stories Melissa Kuipers Canada
    9781927366622 Paperback FICTION / Literary Publication Date:October 10, 2017
    $20.00 CAD 5.5 x 8.5 x 0.53 in | 1 gr | 208 pages Carton Quantity:48 Brindle & Glass
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      Description

      Original, witty, and subtle, these stories feature characters who must navigate life in a small town, and will appeal to fans of Miriam Toews and Kathleen Winter.

      This collection of beautifully crafted short stories features complex characters whose internal struggles manifest in their most intimate relationships, told by a writer with a compassionate eye.

      A narrator watches her social sphere deteriorate after her boyfriend’s rough-housing leads to his best friend’s tragic paralysis. Childhood sweethearts, finally united later in life, find that they are not the soulmates they believed themselves to be. After her mother becomes depressed after a miscarriage, a daughter takes on the role of caregiver.

      Set in fictional small rural towns, these stories explore young people who grow up against a religious backdrop, mothers who baulk against society’s imposed identities, and characters who explore their individual roles within their families as they navigate sexuality, suffering, and shame. These narrators are blunt and sometimes obsessive, but bravely optimistic as they strive to be the best versions of themselves.

      As her characters struggle to discern deception from reality, using their limited resources to parse charm and charisma from credibility, Kuipers understated style is full of dark wit and detailed observation.

      Bio

      Melissa Kuipers was born and raised on an egg farm in Aylmer, Ontario, and she grew up in a tight-knit Dutch-Canadian Christian community. She holds a Masters in English in the Field of Creative Writing at the University of Toronto. She has been published in the Rusty Toque, Grain, Joyland, Ryga, Qwerty, and the Puritan. Melissa lives in Hamilton, Ontario, with her husband, Mark, and infant son, Elliott.

      Marketing & Promotion
        • Blurb confirmed and forthcoming from Katherine Govier, author of The Three Sisters Bar & Hotel, The Printmaker's Daughter, and The Three Views of Crystal Water
        • Features and reviews targeting Publishers WeeklyBookListLibrary JournalKirkus
          Reviews
          Globe and Mail, and the National Post
        • Online promotion and publicity via Brindle & Glass Instagram, Facebook, Twitter
        • Paid advertisements in BC BookWorld
        • Promotion on the author’s website and social media channels
        • Digital and Print ARCs available

           



    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
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      Kuipers' light touch and eye for telling details will keep the reader wanting more. A collection of delicate sketches that mark Kuipers as a writer of promise.


      Kuipers recovers for us the intimate world of youth on the lip of adulthood: their loneliness, self-consciousness, spiritual longings, self-castigations, dreams. Trapped in poverty or their own bigotry, adults mostly fail them woefully, but this is not a dark book. The Whole Beautiful World is written with compassion and a resonant wisdom.


      In subtle, understated prose, yet with deep compassion, these stories reveal the private hopes, secret loves, and stinging regrets that complicate the lives of young girls and women.


      In this soft-sold and pithy new collection of short stories, Kuipers presents a myriad of complicated Canadian women. . . . The stories are tight and deeply entertaining; readers will likely gobble the whole book in one satisfying sitting . . . a sly and slim collection.


      “I loved these stories. Melissa Kuipers’ voice is honest, original and sometimes very funny. Her stories of teenage life in churchy small towns deliver punches above their size. Observant, ironic and questioning, she is never predictable. Amidst the crowd of emerging writers pay attention to Melissa Kuipers.


      "Kuipers has plenty of ability, much of it on display in The Whole Beautiful World."


      "[Kuipers'] protagonists, many of whom are teenagers, face huge struggles: alienation, poverty, loneliness, and spiritual confusion. Each story packs an emotional punch, despite lasting only a few pages. And yet, as the title suggests, The Whole Beautiful World isn't a bleak book. The stories are complex, bittersweet, and highlight the brilliance of everyday life."


      "Memorable and original." —Kerry Clare, author of Mitzi Bytes
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    Walking in the Woods A Métis Memoir Herb Belcourt Canada
    9781927366714 Paperback BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Cultural, Ethnic & Regional Publication Date:October 17, 2017
    $22.00 CAD 5.5 x 8.5 x 0.69 in | 1 gr | 280 pages Carton Quantity:36 Brindle & Glass
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      An updated edition of Herb Belcourt’s remarkable life story with a brand-new foreword by the author.

      The eldest of ten children, Belcourt grew up in a small log home near the Métis settlement of Lac Ste. Anne during the Depression. His father purchased furs from local First Nations and Métis trappers and, with arduous work, began a family fur trading business that survives to this day. When Belcourt left home at 15 to become a labourer in coal mines and sawmills, his father told him to save his money so he could work for himself. Over the next three decades, Belcourt began a number of small Alberta businesses that prospered and eventually enabled him to make significant contributions to the Métis community in Alberta.

      Belcourt has devoted over 30 years of his life to improving access to affordable housing and further education for Aboriginal Albertans. In 1971, he co-founded CanNative Housing Corporation, a nonprofit agency charged with providing homes for urban Aboriginal people who confronted housing discrimination in Edmonton and Calgary. In 2004, Belcourt and his colleagues established the Belcourt Brosseau Métis Awards Fund, a $13-million endowment with a mandate to support the educational dreams of Métis youth and mature students in Alberta and to make a permanent difference in the lives of Métis Albertans.

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      Herb Belcourt was an entrepreneur and philanthropist from Lac Ste. Anne, Alberta. He was awarded an honorary doctorate of laws by the University of Alberta in 2001, and was also the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Canadian Council of Aboriginal Business in 2016. He was inducted into both Alberta's Hall of Fame and Edmonton's Hall of Fame, and in 2017, Sherwood Park, Alberta declared January 20 Herb Belcourt Day. He passed away in July, 2017.

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      Walking in the Woods is a really good book to help understand Métis life and Métis culture.

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