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    Oil's Deep State How the petroleum industry undermines democracy and stops action on global warming - in Alberta, and in Ottawa Kevin Taft Canada
    9781459409972 Hardcover POLITICAL SCIENCE / Corruption & Misconduct On Sale Date: March 01, 2018
    $29.95 CAD 6 x 9 x 1 in | 256 pages Carton Quantity: 24 Canadian Rights: Y Lorimer
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      Why have democratic governments failed to take serious steps to reduce carbon emissions despite dire warnings and compelling evidence of the profound and growing threat posed by global warming?

      Most of the writing on global warming is by scientists, academics, environmentalists, and journalists. Kevin Taft, a former leader of the opposition in Alberta, brings a fresh perspective through the insight he gained as an elected politician who had an insider's eyewitness view of the role of the oil industry. His answer, in brief: The oil industry has captured key democratic institutions in both Alberta and Ottawa.

      Taft begins his book with a perceptive observer's account of a recent court casein Ottawa which laid bare the tactics and techniques of the industry, its insiders and lobbyists. He casts dramatic new light on exactly how corporate lobbyists, politicians, bureaucrats, universities, and other organizations are working together to pursue the oil industry's agenda.

      He offers a brisk tour of the recent work of scholars who have developed the concepts of the deep state and institutional capture to understand how one rich industry can override the public interest.

      Taft views global warming and weakened democracy as two symptoms of the same problem — the loss of democratic institutions to corporate influence and control. He sees citizen engagement and direct action by the public as the only response that can unravel big oil's deep state.

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      KEVIN TAFT holds a Ph.D. in Business and is the author of four best-selling books and many research studies and articles on political and economic issues in Alberta. He was a member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta with the Alberta Liberal Party from 2001 to 2012, and Leader of the Opposition from 2004 to 2008. He has extensive public policy experience in the Alberta government, private sector, and nn-profit sector, particularly in health, energy, and economic policy. He lives in Edmonton.
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      The Hill Times' List of 100 Best Books 2017, Winner
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      "Taft meticulously details the impact powerful forces from the oil industry had over Alberta during the long-reign of the old Progressive Conservative government and the influence it still exerts over Rachel Notley's New Democratic Party government in the never-ending debate over oil pipelines."
      "Detailed and prosecutorial."
      "It's a challenging and insightful read, one that will likely spark many debates about how we talk and think about the oil and gas sector."
      "Taft offers a full-throated denunciation of the politicians in both countries who align themselves with energy companies and appear to do their bidding on climate-change policy. Such secretive collaboration, he writes, has led to the embedding of "oil's deep state" in the key institutions of democracy in Alberta, but also in Ottawa and in Washington."
      "A must read for every Albertan."
      "It really inspires a different kind of conversation about the future of oil, about how we manage our land, about government."
      "Kevin Taft brings a fresh perspective through the insight he gained as an elected politician who had an insider's eyewitness view of the role of the oil industry in Alberta."
      "Deep states cement their power in darkness, Taft writes; shine a light and they recoil. Exposing how the sector undermines the environment to further corporate greed, he notes, can restore public faith that energy regulators and governments work for us—not big oil."
      "This book is a wonderful surprise...once I started I could not put it down. This story contains so much information and is rounded out in such a way that you will soon find something that will pique your interest and take you down the rabbit hole."
      "Has the federal government — along with certain provincial governments — been captured by Canada's energy sector? Kevin Taft, a former leader of Alberta's Liberal Party (2004-08) believes so."
      "Taft argues that the oil and gas industry has developed a stranglehold over federal and provincial governments, as well as large swaths of academia and the media, corroding Canadians' ability to meaningfully address the threat of climate change."
      "So, here we are, a tiny community in the big scheme of things, looking for ways to help our world crumbling under plastic, waste and climate disaster, and we have a prime minister, for all his big talk on climate change and signing the Paris Accord, basically telling us that we are still going to promote fossil fuels no matter what the cost. It's depressing and discouraging."
      "Taft combines his insider knowledge with a crisp and hard-hitting writing style."
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    In Search of A Better World A Human Rights Odyssey Payam Akhavan Canada
    9781487002008 Paperback POLITICAL SCIENCE / Human Rights Publication Date: September 09, 2017
    $19.95 CAD 5 x 8 in | 304 pages Carton Quantity: 32 Canadian Rights: Y House of Anansi Press
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      A work of memoir, history, and a call to action, In Search of a Better World, the 2017 CBC Massey Lecture, is a powerful and essential work on the major human rights struggles of our times.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    Tobacconist Robert Seethaler, Charlotte Collins
    9781487002510 Paperback FICTION / Historical Publication Date: September 09, 2017
    $19.95 CAD 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.69 in | 224 pages Carton Quantity: 51 Canadian Rights: Y Anansi International
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      From The Man Booker International Prize finalist Robert Seethaler comes a tender, heartbreaking story about one young man and his friendship with Sigmund Freud during the Nazi occupation of Vienna.

      Seventeen-year-old Franz Huchel journeys to Vienna to apprentice at a tobacco shop. There he meets Sigmund Freud, a regular customer, and over time the two very different men form a singular friendship. When Franz falls desperately in love with the music hall dancer Anezka, he seeks advice from the renowned psychoanalyst, who admits that the female sex is as big a mystery to him as it is to Franz.

      As political and social conditions in Austria dramatically worsen with the Nazis’ arrival in Vienna, Franz, Freud, and Anezka are swept into the maelstrom of events. Each has a big decision to make: to stay or to flee?

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      ROBERT SEETHALER is an Austrian living in Berlin. He is the bestselling author of four novels, including The Tobacconist, which has sold more than 200,000 copies in Germany, and A Whole Life, which has sold more than 100,000 copies in Germany. He also works as an actor, most recently in Paolo Sorrentino’s Youth.

      Charlotte Collins studied English at Cambridge University. She worked as an actor and radio journalist in both Germany and the UK before becoming a literary translator. She has also translated Robert Seethaler's A Whole Life, which was shortlisted for the Man Booker International Prize, and is co-translating The Eighth Life, an award-winning novel by Nino Haratischwili.

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      "Robert Seethaler's The Tobacconist is a coming-of-age story, that's sweet, balanced between pathos and humour." - Toronto Star

      "Set at a time of lengthening shadows, this is a novel about the sparks that illuminate the dark: of wisdom, compassion, defiance and courage. It is wry, piercing and also, fittingly, radiant." - Daily Mail Online

      "The Tobacconist is a stirring, affecting, extremely multi-faceted book. It's a coming-of-age novel, a love story, a portrait of society, and although it's a work of fiction it reads like an important contemporary document of the darkest period in Austria's history. All this is conveyed by Robert Seethaler with such literary lightness, precision and vivid imagery that, like the protagonist himself, the reader is inevitably swept up in the maelstrom of events." - ORF

      "Seethaler writes with great lightness of how reading widely and accumulating wisdom make life richer, but also more complicated." - Der Spiegel

      "Tender, quiet, gentle, poetic - a little treasure." - Elke Heidenreich, SWR

      "A book about friendship in difficult times and retaining one's humanity even when scum are in power. A great novel." - WDR4

      "With The Tobacconist, Robert Seethaler has succeeded in writing a wholly coherent, condensed coming-of-age novel. Not a word is wasted." - Die Presse

      "Robert Seethaler is a great storyteller who loves his characters, and he has a wonderful sense of the dramatic which never gets out of hand." - 20 Minuten

      "Robert Seethaler writes about all this in a way that is understated yet captivating and very poetically powerful, stylistically confident." - Junge Welt

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    Apron Strings Navigating Food and Family in France, Italy, and China Jan Wong Canada
    9780864929617 Paperback COOKING / Essays & Narratives Publication Date: September 12, 2017
    $24.95 CAD 6 x 9 x 0.91 in | 384 pages Carton Quantity: 14 Goose Lane Editions
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      Shortlisted, 2018 Taste Canada Awards

      Shortlisted, 2018 Writers' Federation of New Brunswick Book Award for Non-Fiction

      Longlisted, 2018 RBC Taylor Prize

      Jan Wong knows food is better when shared, so when she set out to write a book about home cooking in France, Italy, and China, she asked her 22-year-old son, Sam, to join her. While he wasn't keen on spending excessive time with his mom, he dreamed of becoming a chef. Ultimately, it was an opportunity he couldn't pass up.

      On their journey, Jan and Sam live and cook with locals, seeing first-hand how globalization is changing food, families, and cultures. In southeast France, they move in with a family sheltering undocumented migrants. From Bernadette, the housekeeper, they learn classic French family fare such as blanquette de veau. In a hamlet in the heart of Italy's Slow Food country, the villagers teach them without fuss or fanfare how to make authentic spaghetti alle vongole and a proper risotto with leeks. In Shanghai, they home-cook firecracker chicken and scallion pancakes with the nouveaux riches and their migrant maids, who comprise one of the biggest demographic shift in world history. Along the way, mother and son explore their sometimes-fraught relationship, uniting — and occasionally clashing — over their mutual love of cooking.

      A memoir about family, an exploration of the globalization of food cultures, and a meditation on the complicated relationships between mothers and sons, Apron Strings is complex, unpredictable, and unexpectedly hilarious.

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      Jan Wong is the author of five non-fiction bestsellers, including Out of the Blue and Red China Blues, named one of Time magazine's top ten non-fiction books of 1996. (Twenty years later, the book is still in print.) She has won numerous journalism awards and is now a professor of journalism at St. Thomas University. A third-generation Canadian, Jan is the eldest daughter of a prominent Montreal restaurateur.
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      RBC Taylor Prize 2018, Long-listed
      Writers' Federation of New Brunswick Book Award for Non-Fiction 2018, Short-listed
      Taste Canada Awards 2018, Short-listed
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      "Jan Wong takes us on a trip through three of the world’s greatest cuisines to learn the secrets of their foods, as well as the civilizations—past and present—that underlies what they eat. From a farm family in France coping with globalization to the stubborn traditions of central Italy and the cultural confusion of today’s China, we meet the families and people behind the dishes—and learn how to make them as well. A wonderful story about Jan’s own efforts to bond with her son, Apron Strings is what we have come to expect from Jan Wong: funny, insightful, and brutally honest."
      "Sharp-eyed and intrepid, Jan Wong and her resourceful son Sam investigate at first-hand what happens in three cultures where people are renowned for practising and enjoying great culinary art as normal daily custom. The resulting report, spiced as it is with honesty and wit, lays out for us a rich and thought-provoking spread."
      "A sharp-minded—and famously sharp-tongued—reporter drags her fully grown, chef-trained son on a homestay cooking tour of France, Italy, and China. What could possibly not go wrong? Inquisitive, caustic, delicious, and can’t-look-away entertaining, this is Jan Wong at the peak of her powers."
      "For foodies like me, Jan’s book will be irresistible, but the fact is that anyone would love this book. Apron Strings is one of the most appealing, charming, loveable books I’ve read in years."
      "A fun and fiesty journey through three great culinary cultures around the world. Jan Wong's keen attention to detail and sense of humour make for a captivating read."
      "Maybe the world could use one more culinary memoir, after all. Possibly even more, if they’re all as good as this one."
      "Wong’s keen journalistic eye makes for a fascinating, fact-filled journey from farmhouses in Drôme-Provençal to upscale condos in Shanghai."
      "Clever, inspirational, and absolutely decadent."
      "Apron strings may be for foodies, but Jan Wong’s Apron Strings is for everyone."
      "Irresistible in its charm."
      "I couldn’t put it down."
      "Good stories, compellingly told."
      "With a foodie's sensibilities and a reporter's demand for detail, Jan's prose reads like a poetic collection of recipes, capturing the local ingredients, kitchen techniques, and food rules that unofficially govern different cultures."
      "If you’re hungry for travel but can’t get away, this should be at the top of your 'must-read' list."
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    F-Bomb Dispatches from the War on Feminism Lauren McKeon Canada
    9780864929945 Paperback SOCIAL SCIENCE / Feminism & Feminist Theory Publication Date: September 19, 2017
    $22.95 CAD 6 x 9 x 0.63 in | 280 pages Carton Quantity: 20 Goose Lane Editions
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      Shortlisted, 2018 Kobo Emerging Writer Prize

      From pop icons to working mothers, women are abandoning feminism in unprecedented numbers. Even scarier, they are also leading the charge to send it to its grave. Across North America, women head anti-feminist PR campaigns; they support anti-feminist politicians; they're behind lawsuits to silence the victims of campus rape; they participated in Gamergate, the violent, vitriolic anti-women-in-technology movement; and they're on the frontlines of the fight to end abortion rights. Everywhere we turn there's evidence an anti-feminist bomb has exploded, sometimes detonated by the unlikeliest suspects. Between women who say they don't need feminism and women who can't agree on what feminism should be, the challenges of fighting for gender equality have never been greater.

      F-Bomb takes readers on a witty, insightful, and deeply fascinating journey into today's anti-feminist universe. Through a series of dispatches from the frontlines of the new gender wars, Lauren McKeon explores generational attitudes, debates over inclusiveness, and differing views on the intersection of race, class, and gender. She asks the uncomfortable question: if women aren't connecting with feminism, what's wrong with it? And she confronts the uncomfortable truth: for gender equality to prevail, we first need to understand where feminism has gone wrong and where it can go from here.

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      Lauren McKeon was the editor of Canada's progressive, independent This Magazine from 2011 to 2016. While at This, Lauren helmed one of the bestselling issues in recent years, "Why Canada Need More Feminism," and also organized a sold-out event on the topic, which headlined a diverse, intersectional roster of speakers. Before leading "This," Lauren worked as a reporter, editor and writer in the North for several years, living in Yellowknife and travelling Canada's territories and northern Alberta.

      Today, she is the digital editor at The Walrus and a contributing editor at Toronto Life, where she wrote about her experiences with sexual assault in 15 Years of Silence. In response, Lauren has heard from dozens of women around the world who've shared their own experiences — some for the first time — and was prominently featured in the documentary PTSD: Beyond Trauma, which aired in January 2017 on David Suzuki's The Nature of Things.

      Lauren's personal essays, which tackle the world and her experiences through a not-so-rosy feminist lens, have twice been featured on Longreads.com, a popular site dedicated to "helping people find and share the best storytelling in the world." Her long-form writing has won her several Canadian National Magazine Awards, including four honorable mentions, one silver, and in 2015, a gold in the personal journalism category for her Toronto Life piece "Save me From My Workout."

      Lauren writes for Hazlitt, Flare, Reader's Digest, and TVO.org.  One of her essays also appears in Best Canadian Essays 2017.

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      Named a 2017 Book of the Year by <i>Pickle Me This</i> 2018, Short-listed
      Kobo Emerging Writer Prize 2018, Short-listed
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      "However you define feminism, read this book. McKeon’s chronicle of our collective Conditions of Persistence reveals the ravages of exclusion, organized opposition, and denial. This compassionate airing of our failings clears the ways forward. Race, privilege, gender, sexuality; the work to be done, your invitation to the conversation, is here."
      "Lauren McKeon’s F-Bomb is the antidote to feeling at a loss for examples of why intersectional feminism is so very urgently needed now. With a journalist’s attention to research and context, an activist’s drive for meaningful action and policy-change, and a memoirist’s craft, McKeon has written a necessary call to action."
      "F-Bomb is a wonderfully uncomfortable peek into the lives and perspectives of folks who need to be seen, heard, and understood for the good of the feminist movement. McKeon mixes deep introspection with a s#!tload of research to bring us a much-needed commentary that will both anger and inspire you."
      "In absorbing passages that evoke the seduction and subterfuge found in spy thrillers, McKeon chronicles her encounters with female leaders of men’s rights groups."
      "F-Bomb isn’t a typical creative non-fiction or narrative book — it’s blunt, honest and well-researched. It’s the book to read on the current political climate."
      "In a manner that is both personal and unpretentious, McKeon deftly critiques more palatable ‘empowerment’ and ‘choice’ narratives of feminism, and demonstrates why our feminism(s) must be intersectional, embrace difference, and begin with compassion."
      "McKeon’s interviews and research shed much-needed light on feminism via its most ardent critics."
      "Now comes F-Bomb, in which Lauren McKeon ventures to interview and understand women vociferously against feminism. It gets ugly, but she handles it with aplomb."
      "McKeon proves a trustworthy and entertaining guide taking us through the tangled mess of lies, deliberate misunderstandings, and sad self-centredness that characterize the groups arrayed against the progress of feminism."
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    Seven Fallen Feathers Racism, Death, and Hard Truths in a Northern City Tanya Talaga Canada
    9781487002268 Paperback BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Cultural, Ethnic & Regional Publication Date: September 30, 2017
    $22.95 CAD 5.5 x 8.5 in | 376 pages Carton Quantity: 33 Canadian Rights: Y House of Anansi Press
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      Winner, 2018 RBC Taylor Prize
      Winner, 2017 Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing
      Winner, First Nation Communities Read Indigenous Literature Award
      Finalist, 2017 Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction
      Finalist, 2017 Speaker’s Book Award
      Finalist, 2018 B.C. National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction
      A Globe And Mail Top 100 Book
      A National Post 99 Best Book Of The Year

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    This Is Where It Ends Marieke Nijkamp
    9781492655503 Paperback YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Action & Adventure Age (years) from 14 - 17 On Sale Date: September 01, 2017
    $14.99 CAD 5.5 x 8.25 x 0.01 in | 304 pages Carton Quantity: 1 Canadian Rights: Y Sourcebooks Fire
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      The #1 New York Times Bestseller!

      Everyone has a reason to fear the boy with the gun.

      10:00 a.m.
      The principal of Opportunity, Alabama's high school finishes her speech, welcoming the entire student body to a new semester and encouraging them to excel and achieve.

      10:02 a.m.
      The students get up to leave the auditorium for their next class.

      10:03
      The auditorium doors won't open.

      10:05
      Someone starts shooting.

      Told from four perspectives over the span of 54 harrowing minutes, terror reigns as one student's calculated revenge turns into the ultimate game of survival.

      A Buzzfeed Best YA of 2016
      #1 Young Adult Debut of 2016
      A Publishers Weekly Bestseller
      Winter '15 Kids Indie Next List
      Goodreads YA Best Books of the Month
      Buzzfeed 5 YA Books You Should Be Reading This January
      Bustle.com 18 of 2016's Most-Anticipated YA Novels
      BookRiot 15 Books out in 2016 You Should Mark Down Now
      A Goodreads Choice Award Finalist for Young Adult Fiction

      Bio
      Marieke Nijkamp is a storyteller, dreamer, globe-trotter, geek. She holds degrees in philosophy, history, and medieval studies, and is an executive member of We Need Diverse Books, the founder of DiversifYA, and a founding contributor to YA Misfits. She lives in the Netherlands. Visit her at mariekenijkamp.com.
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    Series: Throne of Glass
    Tower of Dawn Sarah J. Maas
    9781681195773 Hardcover YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Fantasy Age (years) from 17 On Sale Date: September 05, 2017 Print Run: 250000
    $25.99 CAD 6.26 x 9.6 x 1.4 in | 672 pages Carton Quantity: 12 Canadian Rights: Y Bloomsbury USA Childrens
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      In the next installment of theNew York Times bestselling Throne of Glass series, follow Chaol on his sweeping journey to a distant empire.

      Chaol Westfall has always defined himself by his unwavering loyalty, his strength, and his position as the Captain of the Guard. But all of that has changed since the glass castle shattered, since his men were slaughtered, since the King of Adarlan spared him from a killing blow, but left his body broken.

      His only shot at recovery lies with the legendary healers of the Torre Cesme in Antica--the stronghold of the southern continent's mighty empire. And with war looming over Dorian and Aelin back home, their survival might lie with Chaol and Nesryn convincing its rulers to ally with them.

      But what they discover in Antica will change them both--and be more vital to saving Erilea than they could have imagined.

      Bio

      Sarah J. Maas is the #1New York Timesand internationally bestselling author of the Throne of Glass series, as well as the Court of Thorns and Roses series. Her books are published in over thirty-six languages. A New York native, Sarah lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and dog.

      www.worldofsarahjmaas.com
      www.facebook.com/theworldofsarahjmaas
      Instagram: therealsjmaas

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      Awards
      Barnes and Noble Best New Books of the Year 2017, Long-listed
      Reviews

      "The progressive khaganate, a multicultural empire modeled after Mongolia, is lavishly and lovingly explored. . . .A compelling story of hard-fought growth and redemption." -Kirkus Reviews

      "A thrilling read." - starred review,Publisher's Weekly on THRONE OF GLASS

      "A must-read for lovers of epic fantasy and fairy tales." -USA Today on THRONE OF GLASS

      "Fans of Tamora Pierce and George R.R. Martin, pick up this book!" - Top Pick,RT Book Reviews on THRONE OF GLASS

      "An epic fantasy readers will immerse themselves in and never want to leave." - starred review,Kirkus Reviews on CROWN OF MIDNIGHT

      "A thrill ride of epic fantasy proportions." - USA Today on CROWN OF MIDNIGHT

      "With assassinations, betrayal, love and magic, this novel has something to match everyone’s interests." - Top Pick, RT Book Reviews on CROWN OF MIDNIGHT

      "Celaena is as much an epic hero as Frodo or Jon Snow!" - Tamora Pierce, New York Times bestselling author on HEIR OF FIRE

      "Maas shines as a brilliant storyteller. . . . The most exhilarating installment yet." -RT Book Reviews on HEIR OF FIRE

      "Impossible to put down." -Kirkus Reviews on QUEEN OF SHADOWS

      "Beautifully written prose and brilliantly crafted plots." -SLJ on QUEEN OF SHADOWS

      "Fans will delight in this gorgeous edition. . . . What a ride!" -Booklist on THE ASSASSIN'S BLADE

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    9781459739154 Paperback SOCIAL SCIENCE / Popular Culture On Sale Date: September 16, 2017
    $22.99 CAD 6 x 9 x 0.52 in | 216 pages Carton Quantity: 36 Canadian Rights: Y Dundurn
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      An in-depth look at the men and women who call themselves "Real Life Super Heroes."

      Dressed like heroes from comic books and action movies, Real Life Super Heroes are out there. They dress up at night, fight crime, save people, and some of them even have secret identities. Are they ordinary, mild-mannered citizens, or are they larger-than-life characters, determined to fight crime, risking life and limb to defend victims of violence and injustice? And why do some choose to reveal their true identities, while others prefer to remain anonymous?

      Guided by a reporter’s instincts and a thrill-seeking nature, journalist Nadia Fezzani sets out in search of the secret lives of these men and women, who put themselves in harm’s way to protect their fellow human beings. Through interviews and patrols with these heroes, she discovers what lies behind their activities. After facing gunmen and other dangers on patrol, Fezzani has crafted a psychologically fascinating look at Real Life Super Heroes and their world.
      Bio
      Nadia Fezzani has been an investigative journalist for over fifteen years and has interviewed athletes, musicians, secret agents, bounty hunters, and serial killers during her research. She is a sought after speaker on psychology and criminology, and is the author of Through the Eyes of Serial Killers: Interviews with Seven Murderers.
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      Awards
      Reviews
      Far from being merely an expose on a few rogue crime-fighters, Ms. Fezzani’s book, Real Life Super Heroes, delves into the inner workings of what makes her subjects tick. In essence, her piece isn’t just about a few brave vigilantes, it’s about the vanishing American way … Underneath the flashy names and spandex, there is something that pierces to the heart of all of us: that justice — no matter how it is served — is undeniably American.
      The author has an obvious admiration for the heroes, yet still lets their stories speak for themselves. Ultimately what emerges is a tapestry of varied humanity, imperfect but seeking to improve — to leave this world we share a little better than they found it.
      Doesn’t shy away from the controversial elements of being a real life super hero.
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    nipêhon / I Wait Caitlin Nicholson Canada, Leona Morin-Neilson Canada
    9781554989140 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / People & Places Age (years) from 4 - 7, Grade (US) from K - 2, Reading age from 4 - 7 Publication Date: September 01, 2017
    $18.95 CAD 8.5 x 12.25 in | 24 pages Carton Quantity: 30 Canadian Rights: Y Groundwood Books
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      A young child, her grandmother and mother are going out to pick wild yarrow. As Grandmother gets ready, the child and her mom wait. Grandmother leads the way to the field of blossoms, where they can finally start to pick … only now they have to wait for Mom!

      The simple story, written in Cree and English and accompanied by rich acrylic illustrations, shows the patience, love and humor involved as three generations accommodate one another on a family outing. nipêhon / ????? / I Wait was translated by Leona Morin-Neilson, who was the inspiration for the book.

      This companion volume to niwîcihâw / ??????? / I Help includes a recipe for yarrow tea, known for its refreshing and soothing effects.

      Bio

      Caitlin Dale Nicholson is a graduate of the First Nations Studies program at the University of Northern British Columbia, and she teaches art and English at an alternate school in Prince George. She is also learning about traditional plant medicines from Leona Morin-Neilson. Caitlin’s first picture book, Niwechihaw / I Help, has been highly acclaimed. She lives with her family in Prince George.

      Leona Morin-Neilson teaches Cree at the “Power of Friendship” Aboriginial Headstart program in Prince George, British Columbia, and at the University of Northern British Columbia. She also teaches people in her community about traditional plants and how they can be used for medicinal purposes.

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    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Kirkus Best Picture Books 2017, Commended
      Reviews
      A quiet, gentle picture book about a contemporary First Nations family and their ties to one another, their heritage, and their homeland.

      Praise for Niwechihaw / I Help by Caitlin Dale Nicholson with Leona Morin-Neilson:

      “...a quiet narrative...broad brush strokes and blurred colours conveying light and atmosphere as much as personality...the simple verbs in present tense provide a wealth of clues about the workings of the Cree language.” Toronto Star

      “...acrylic-on-canvas paintings give a dream-like feel to the story, making it almost a nostalgic look at childhood...Recommended.” CM Magazine

      “Textured acrylic paintings, done in rich earth tones...portray the sanctity of the natural environment...a sensitive, respectful portrayal of contemporary Native Americans.” School Library Journal

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