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    The Never-Ending Present The Story of Gord Downie and the Tragically Hip Michael Barclay Canada
    9781770414365 Hardcover MUSIC / Individual Composer & Musician On Sale Date: April 03, 2018
    $34.95 CAD 6 x 9 x 1.36 in | 504 pages Carton Quantity: 10 Canadian Rights: Y ECW Press
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      The biography of “Canada’s band”

      In the summer of 2016, more than a third of Canadians tuned in to watch what was likely the Tragically Hip’s final performance, broadcast from their hometown of Kingston, Ontario. Why? Because these five men were always more than just a band. They sold millions of records and defined a generation of Canadian rock music. But they were also a tabula rasa onto which fans could project their own ideas: of performance, of poetry, of history, of Canada itself.

      In the first print biography of the Tragically Hip, Michael Barclay talks to dozens of the band’s peers and friends about not just the Hip’s music but about the opening bands, the American albatross, the band’s role in Canadian culture, and Gord Downie’s role in reconciliation with Indigenous people. When Downie announced he had terminal cancer and decided to take the Hip on the road one more time, the tour became another Terry Fox moment; this time, Canadians got to witness an embattled hero reach the finish line.

      This is a book not just for fans of the band: it’s for anyone interested in how culture can spark national conversations.

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      Michael Barclay has worked for Maclean’s, CBC Radio’s Brave New Waves, and Exclaim!. He co-authored Have Not Been the Same: The CanRock Renaissance 1985–1995, which told the stories of the Tragically Hip, Blue Rodeo, k.d. lang, and dozens more. He lives in Toronto.

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      “Barclay’s remarkable chronicle of the Tragically Hip is as wide as it is deep. He sets down their story with a historian’s care and an artist’s rambling curiosity, revisiting each note with wit, expertise and so much heart. It's eminently readable, clever and funny — what an achievement.” — Sean Michaels, Giller Prize-winning author of Us Conductors

      “Laying out the history of the band from the early years of its members and its founding in Kingston in the 1980s through to Downie’s final weeks, The Never-Ending Present is indeed as definitive a work on the band as anything that exists, and stands on its own against last year’s excellent documentary of the band, Long Time Running.” — Winnipeg Free Press

      “Barclay combines his admiration of the band with his knowledge of the music industry to make a clever, touching, and very informative book that may well be the definitive work on an important piece of Canadian pop culture.” — Publishersweekly.com starred review

      “As a fan, this is an immensely pleasurable read, full of anecdotes, info and lyrical insight I had never seen before. Curious, casual fans ?and serious Hip heads will find so much to love about this book. This is a monumental, definitive chronicle of the band.” — Stephen Dame, HipMuseum.com

      The Never-Ending Present climaxes with that exclamation mark, that night in August 2016, and even though the material borrows heavily from Barclay’s in-depth reporting and the time for Maclean’s, I minded little; it was appointment reading for me then, and it is a full and evocative accounting of the occasion now. It helps to explain why an event that had every reason to seem sad and funereal instead ended up indeed feeling like ‘a national celebration.’” — Literary Review of Canada

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    Whenever You’re Ready Nora Polley on Life as a Stratford Festival Stage Manager Shawn DeSouza-Coelho Canada
    9781770414020 Paperback PERFORMING ARTS / Theater On Sale Date: May 08, 2018
    $22.95 CAD 6 x 9 x 0.88 in | 416 pages Carton Quantity: 27 Canadian Rights: Y ECW Press
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      Backstage with one of Canada’s greatest stage managers

      Whenever You’re Ready is an intimate account of the career of Nora Polley, who — in her 52 years at the Stratford Festival — has learned from, worked with, and cared for some of the greatest directors, actors, stage managers, and productions in Canadian theatrical history. In so doing, Nora became one of the greatest stage managers this country has ever seen.

      Here is an account of the Stratford Festival’s history like no other. From her childhood forays into a theater her father, Victor, worked tirelessly to help maintain, to her unexpected apprenticeship and the equally unexpected 40 years of stage management it ushered in, this is the Stratford Festival seen exclusively through Nora’s eyes. Here is an immersive account of a life spent in service of the theater, told from the ground floor: where actors struggle with lines and anxieties, where directors lose themselves in the work, where the next season is always uncertain, and where Nora — a stage manager, a custodian, a confidante, a pillar, a rock — finds her rhythm, her patience, her perseverance, her love, her consistency, and her invisibility. These are the qualities that make a stage manager great and, whenever you’re ready, this book will show you why.

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      Shawn DeSouza-Coelho is a writer based in Toronto, telling stories in whatever form they demand. He’s also a theater theorist/practitioner, professional magician, scholar, and sometimes poet. Shawn spent two seasons in the Stratford Festival acting company.

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      “Taking an original approach to biography, Shawn DeSouza-Coelho pieces together Nora Polley’s personal stories from decades of work at the Stratford Festival and other theatres across Canada and ultimately reveals a deeply moving picture of a life blessed with generous mentors, loving parents, and brilliant fellow artists who became true friends. Whenever You’re Ready is a valuable addition to the literature on Canadian theatre and a must-read for loyal patrons of the Festival. I highly recommend it.” — Ted McGee, Professor of English, University of Waterloo

      “I laughed, cried, and couldn’t put it down. Stage managers are not usually the centre of the story, but Shawn DeSouza-Coelho has put them in the spotlight, bringing the insecurities, flaws, worries and exultations of a stage manager to life. I could feel myself in Nora’s story. Whenever You’re Ready is theatre history as a novel.” — Janelle Rainville, Executive Director, Stage Managing the Arts

      Whenever You’re Ready is a truly intimate time capsule of the tremendous work and talented artists that helped shape the Stratford Festival into what it is today. I would recommend this book to anyone looking to learn more about the theatre industry, onstage and off!” — Rachel Kennedy, Professional Theatre and Education Manager, Theatre Ontario

      “This is a delicious book, chronicling one of the greatest stage managers of all time, Nora Polley. Stratford Festival lovers will adore the inside look at the backstage of productions and burgeoning stage managers will discover how the exceptional ones think and operate. Nora Polley’s unerring instincts and skill create wonder both on page and stage. You will swallow it in a sitting.” — Martha Henry, Head of Michael Langham Directors’ Workshop, Stratford Festival

      “Nora’s reputation is legend. She is a smart, resourceful, quick and fantastic woman and her intimate and powerful anecdotes are part of the history of Canadian theatre. But what also comes through in this book is her heart, that unmeasurable energy that is larger than any rehearsal room or theatre. It was our beacon and helped guide us through this strange and wonderful world of ‘life upon the wicked stage.’” — Cynthia Dale, Actor

      “An intimate glance into an interesting life . . . a tribute to the astonishing career of a dedicated professional.” — Quill & Quire

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    Working for the Man, Playing in the Band My Years with James Brown Damon Wood, Phil Carson
    9781770413856 Hardcover MUSIC / Genres & Styles On Sale Date: May 01, 2018
    $34.95 CAD 6 x 9 x 0.93 in | 280 pages Carton Quantity: 16 Canadian Rights: Y ECW Press
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      A young, long-haired rock guitarist finds the funk on stage with the Godfather of Soul

      In this unvarnished account of toiling under one of popular music’s most notorious bosses, Damon Wood details his six years spent playing guitar for James Brown’s Soul Generals.

      In a memoir certain to fascinate Mr. Dynamite’s millions of fans, as well as musicians and industry insiders, Wood recalls how a chance encounter with James Brown led him to embrace soul and funk music under the tutelage of its greatest progenitor. Numerous interviews with bandmates provide multiple perspectives on James Brown’s complex character, his leadership of his band, the nature of soul and funk, and insights and sometimes harsh lessons learned along the way.

      This is a sideman’s story of the gritty reality of working close to the spotlight but rarely in it. Damon Wood describes life on the road — often on James Brown’s infamous tour bus — with one guitar, a change of clothes, and two dozen comrades-in-arms as they brought the funk to clubs, theaters, and the biggest music festivals on earth. Working for James Brown could be fear-inducing, inspiring, exhilarating, and exasperating — all in the space of a single performance.

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      Damon Wood played guitar for the Soul Generals from 1998 to 2006, shortly before James Brown’s passing. Wood has led his band, Harmonious Junk, since 2001, performing and recording original music to glowing reviews. He lives in Denver. Phil Carson is a Denver-based journalist. He is the author of Roy Buchanan: American Axe.

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      “Wood and Carson smoothly explain the intricacies of being a guitarist, detailing but never dwelling on minutiae such as Brown's hand signals or tuning on the fly. Readers will come away with a deep respect for the skill and resilience needed to be a professional touring musician, especially one traveling and playing with a mercurial star.” — PublishersWeekly.com

      “An absorbing inside look at the not always glamorous life of working for one of the most famous and unpredictable bosses in popular music.” — Booklist online

      “An insider’s account that will delight both Brown fans and those interested in what it's like working for such a dedicated showman. Kudos to Wood for delivering the inside scoop on a demanding performer with exacting standards who brought it, every night.” — Library Journal

      “Listen, I’ve read a lot of books about James Brown, but Damon Wood's Working For the Man, Playing in the Band goes right onto the top shelf. Wood’s relaxed, honest, delightful account of signing up for a tour in JB’s world is the most persuasive snapshot of the lived reality of life on the road and on stage — a picture of a band and entourage in constant orbit around a permanent supernova of a human being. Musicians and fans alike will soak up his brilliant descriptions of his own "coming to the funk"; for me, after years of listening to the mysteriously direct and deep grooves of Brown’s bands, I feel I understand them in some ways for the first time. And his portrait of Brown had me laughing constantly with the thrill of true recognition. Bravo.” – Jonathan Lethem, New York Times bestselling author, The Fortress of Solitude, and contributor to The New Yorker.

      “Probably the most intimate account ever published of life in James Brown's orbit — particularly in his latter years; an affectionate, gritty and often very funny account of life on the road with a complex music genius and the phenomenal band of musicians who accompanied him. Damon's rare insight into the distinctly un-glamorous reality of the music industry is a must-read for music fans — and especially wannabe musicians — everywhere.” — Charles Thomson, investigative reporter, feature writer, contributor to MOJO

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    9781770414143 Paperback FICTION / Literary On Sale Date: May 08, 2018
    $18.95 CAD 5.5 x 8.5 x 0.65 in | 288 pages Carton Quantity: 42 Canadian Rights: Y ECW Press
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      A startling, moving magic realist debut

      Almost immediately upon Julie Bird’s return to the small port town where she was raised, everyday life is turned upside down. Julie’s Gulf War vet father, Marty, has been on the losing side of a battle with PTSD for too long. A day of boating takes a dramatic turn when a majestic blue whale beaches itself and dies. A blond stranger sets up camp oceanside: she’s an agitator, musician-impersonator, and armchair philosopher named Jennie Lee Lewis — and Julie discovers she’s connected to her father’s mysterious trip to New Mexico 25 years earlier. As the blue whale decays on the beach, more wildlife turns up dead — apparently by suicide — echoing Marty’s deepest desire. But Julie isn’t ready for a world without her father.

      A stunning exploration of love and grief, Land Mammals and Sea Creatures is magic realism on the seaside, a novel about living life to the fullest and coming to your own terms with its end.

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      Jen Neale lives in Vancouver with her partner, Brendan, and her dog, Sulu. She has a master’s degree in creative writing from the University of British Columbia. In 2012, she won the Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers; jurors Madeleine Thien, Johanna Skibsrud, and Alexander MacLeod cited her “pure imaginative power, sharp humor, emotional honesty, and real insight.” Land Mammals and Sea Creatures, her first novel, was shortlisted for the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize.

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      Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize 2018, Nominated
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      “With light touches of magical realism and vivid descriptions of the Canadian seaside, Neale’s haunting tale reminds us that our lives are bound to others' in both restricting and deeply comforting ways . . . A wholly original and stunning debut.” — Booklist Starred Review

      “A mysterious and unsettling debut touching on grief, mourning, environmental calamity, and the healing potential of friendship.” — Kirkus Reviews

      “With the recent deaths of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain, public interest in talking about suicide is hardly surprising – such openness on this subject is frankly a welcome change. Jen Neale’s Land Mammals and Sea Creatures is a novel that approaches this subject with both realism and magical thinking.” — Globe and Mail

      “Insightful, gripping, and mysterious to the end, Land Mammals and Sea Creatures blows the reader to pieces, redefining life, death, love, and grief.” — THIS Magazine

      “Move over, Linnaeus! Your domains and your kingdoms have been overthrown. Land Mammals and Sea Creatures is in the reclassification business and the results are profound and beautiful. This is a novel of great loss, but even greater love. Jen Neale — there’s no denying it — is one of this country’s wisest, and most shockingly original, young writers.” – Alexander MacLeod, Giller Prize-shortlisted author of Light Lifting

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    The Very Marrow of Our Bones A Novel Christine Higdon Canada
    9781770414167 Paperback FICTION / Literary On Sale Date: April 03, 2018
    $18.95 CAD 5.5 x 8.5 x 1.09 in | 488 pages Carton Quantity: 27 Canadian Rights: Y ECW Press
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      Defiance, faith, and triumph in a heartrending novel about daughters and mothers

      On a miserable November day in 1967, two women disappear from a working-class town on the Fraser River. The community is thrown into panic, with talk of drifters and murderous husbands. But no one can find a trace of Bette Parsons or Alice McFee. Even the egg seller, Doris Tenpenny, a woman to whom everyone tells their secrets, hears nothing.

      Ten-year-old Lulu Parsons discovers something, though: a milk-stained note her mother, Bette, left for her father on the kitchen table. Wally, it says, I will not live in a tarpaper shack for the rest of my life . . .

      Lulu tells no one, and months later she buries the note in the woods. At the age of ten, she starts running — and forgetting — lurching through her unraveled life, using the safety of solitude and detachment until, at fifty, she learns that she is not the only one who carries a secret.

      Hopeful, lyrical, comedic, and intriguingly and lovingly told, The Very Marrow of Our Bones explores the isolated landscapes and thorny attachments bred by childhood loss and buried secrets.

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      Christine Higdon is a writer, editor, and graphic designer. She was shortlisted for the 2011 Marina Nemat Award and for the 2016 CBC Creative Nonfiction Prize. Daughter of a Newfoundlander and a British Columbian, Christine lives in Mimico, Ontario, where she hooks rugs, worries about the bees, and longs for either ocean. This is her first novel.

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      “Higdon's debut novel is a finely observed chronicle of two women's lives . . . this novel will appeal to readers more interested in the journey than the destination.” — Publishers Weekly

      “An ambitious debut novel that will make you cry, cringe, and laugh . . . This small-town drama is jam-packed with revelations and sweet portraits that stick.” — Kirkus Reviews

      “Canadian librarians in particular will want to pay attention to this debut.” — Booklist Online

      “This wondrous book concerns more than mere detective work, expanding instead on the grander mysteries of love and hate, survival and destruction – and most powerfully, perhaps, of decades-long journeys home.” — Toronto Star

      “Brutal and punishing with occasional grace notes, The Very Marrow of Our Bones is concerned with morbidity — both the human capacity for it and what people make of it when it becomes the raw material of their lives.” — Foreword Reviews

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    The Convict Lover A True Story Merilyn Simonds Canada
    9781770414471 Paperback BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Historical On Sale Date: March 13, 2018
    $22.95 CAD 5.5 x 8.5 x 0.95 in | 431 pages Carton Quantity: 30 Canadian Rights: Y ECW Press
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      A new edition of the beloved and bestselling classic work of creative nonfiction

      It is 1919. Joseph Cleroux, a handsome young man who escaped the Great War and the flu epidemic, is incarcerated in Kingston Penitentiary, determined that jail will not break him. Phyllis Halliday is a 17-year-old schoolgirl who finds his letter in the quarry where he is doing hard time. As “Peggy” and “Dady-Long-Legs,” they exchange a clandestine correspondence that frees them both from the confines of their lives, although the risk entailed increases as Joseph asks more and more of Phyllis and conditions inside Canada’s most notorious prison deteriorate.

      Based on letters the author found in the attic of her home, The Convict Lover is a blend of historical detective work and imaginative recreation — a haunting, unforgettable journey through the world of Canada’s first and oldest penitentiary and portrait of the people who lived in its shadow, both inside and outside its walls. Played out against the backdrop of a war-scarred society, a vicious battle for penitentiary reform, and the first riot in Canada’s prison history, The Convict Lover is a story of human resilience and desire.

      This edition includes a new introduction and epilogue.

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      Merilyn Simonds is the author of 17 books, and her work is anthologized and published internationally. Simonds’s most recent fiction is The Paradise Project, a collection of flash fiction hand-printed on an antique press with endpapers made in part from plants in her garden. The experience of producing the collection in both a digital and book-arts edition is the subject of her latest nonfiction work, Gutenberg’s Fingerprint: Paper, Pixels, and the Lasting Impression of Books. She lives in Kingston, Ontario.

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      “A tour de force. Simonds’ prose is alluring, her historical detective work is flawless . . . what makes The Convict Lover soar off the page, though, is Simonds’ ability to probe into the psyches of real people, and to find there imaginative truth.” –Globe and Mail

      “Extraordinary and luminous…the book’s themes are grand ones: the enduring power of words on a page and how communication with another human being can make the unbearable bearable.…a book about hope.” –Ottawa Citizen

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    The Red Word A Novel Sarah Henstra Canada
    9781770414242 Paperback FICTION / Literary On Sale Date: March 06, 2018
    $19.95 CAD 5.5 x 8.25 x 0.9 in | 400 pages Carton Quantity: 30 Canadian Rights: Y ECW Press
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      Winner of the 2018 Governor General's Literary Award for Fiction

      The battle of the sexes goes to college in this nervy debut adult novel by a powerful new voice

      A smart, dark, and take-no-prisoners look at rape culture and the extremes to which ideology can go The Red Word is a campus novel like no other. As her sophomore year begins, Karen enters into the back-to-school revelry — particularly at Gamma Beta Chi. When she wakes up one morning on the lawn of Raghurst, a house of radical feminists, she gets a crash course in the state of feminist activism on campus. The frat known as GBC is notorious, she learns, nicknamed “Gang Bang Central” and a prominent contributor to a list of rapists compiled by female students. Despite continuing to party there and dating one of the brothers, Karen is equally seduced by the intellectual stimulation and indomitable spirit of the Raghurst women, who surprise her by wanting her as a housemate and recruiting her into the upper-level class of a charismatic feminist mythology scholar they all adore. As Karen finds herself caught between two increasingly polarized camps, ringleader housemate Dyann believes she has hit on the perfect way to expose and bring down the fraternity as a symbol of rape culture — but the war between the houses will exact a terrible price.

      The Red Word captures beautifully the feverish binarism of campus politics and the headlong rush of youth toward new friends, lovers, and life-altering ideas. With strains of Jeffrey Eugenides’ The Marriage Plot, Alison Lurie’s Truth and Consequences, and Tom Wolfe’s I Am Charlotte Simmons, Sarah Henstra’s debut adult novel arrives on the wings of furies.

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      Sarah Henstra is a professor of English at Ryerson University. She is the author of the young adult novel Mad Miss Mimic. This is her first work of adult fiction. She lives in Toronto.

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      Governor General’s Literary Award 2018, Winner
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      “Henstra draws on Greek mythology to comment on contemporary issues — how assault can take on ambiguity and how the internalization of rape culture convolutes gender politics, to the point where constructive conversation is nearly impossible.” — The New Yorker

      “An aesthetically arresting interrogation of rape culture on campus . . . Timely and brilliant.” — Kirkus Reviews

      “A timely and nuanced dissection of rape culture.” — Booklist

      “[A]n incisive campus novel . . . Henstra portrays Greek life in a harsh light and doesn’t hold back when describing the excessive drunkenness, debauchery, and deplorable misogynistic attitudes at Gamma Beta Chi . . . the novel raises essential questions surrounding class privilege, rape, and gendered power dynamics on campus.” — Publishers Weekly

      “A timely, telling look at rape culture on campus, Sarah Henstra’s “The Red Word” boldly goes to the places where memoir can't but fiction can — and gives way to one hell of a realistic narrative.” — Popsugar

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    No One George Bowering Canada
    9781770412880 Paperback FICTION / Literary On Sale Date: May 22, 2018
    $19.95 CAD 5 x 8 x 0.61 in | 264 pages Carton Quantity: 1 Canadian Rights: Y ECW Press
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      A risqué autobiographical novel that fictionalizes the sexual adventures of the author’s younger days

      In 2012, acclaimed writer George Bowering published Pinboy, a fictional memoir of his teenage sexual awakening. With No One, Bowering returns to play with form and fact in this autobiographical novel that continues the narrator’s journey in a quest story full of further sexual awakenings as that Pinboy becomes a man.

      A writer called “alert, playful, and questioning” by The Globe and Mail, Bowering infuses this work with sexual politics, romantic and social developments, and a backdrop of ancient themes of homesickness and captivity. Readers may delight in the details of the retelling or perhaps they will be browned off. There are no guarantees. The ending will be a pleasant surprise for readers, patient and otherwise.

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      George Bowering was born and brought up in the Okanagan Valley of Pinboy. He published his first book of poems when he was 28. Since then, he has published 100 or so books and chapbooks, won Governor General’s Awards for his poetry and fiction, was the first Parliamentary Poet Laureate of Canada, and has received both the Order of British Columbia and the Order of Canada. He now lives a few steps from where he lived as an undergraduate in Vancouver, British Columbia.

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      “Bowering has always been an elusive writer. No One turns that into virtue that lifts its pages above the confessional and prurient to a unique sort of discretion that contradictorily enables an exquisite and utterly surprising retelling of marriage’s most ancient story: the soul’s search for home. If anyone has ever doubted that Bowering is a serious and courageous writer, this book will put an end to doubt. No One is one of those books that readers are foolish to judge until the last page has been read.” – Brian Fawcett, author of Virtual Clearcut

      “I highly recommend reading the latest of Mr. Bowering’s long list of publications. No One follows up on George’s Pin Boy and continues his character’s saga into adulthood. Yes, there is sex and lots of it, and hilarity, but there is also pathos, and pain. And the ending is delicious! I believe this writing is George Bowering at the top of his game! – Lee Trentadue, Galiano Island Books

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    Series: The Offshore Novels
    Arrow’s Flight Joel Scott Canada
    9781770414266 Paperback FICTION / Thrillers On Sale Date: March 06, 2018
    $18.95 CAD 5.5 x 8.5 x 0.83 in | 368 pages Carton Quantity: 33 Canadian Rights: Y ECW Press
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      Crime and adventure on the high seas

      Jared Kane is a West Coast commercial fisherman whose life has been plagued by bad luck and blackout drinking. When he inherits Arrow, an old 46-foot wooden sailboat, he sees a chance for redemption. With his friend from prison, Danny MacLean, Jared plans an offshore voyage, sailing from Vancouver down the Pacific Coast to California and out into the South Pacific.

      But that bad luck rears its ugly head: Danny is attacked and left for dead, and when the unknown assailants attempt to finish the job, Jared is forced to flee aboard Arrow with Danny lying helpless in his berth, under the erratic care of his grandfather, a Haida elder who won’t speak English. On the search for safe haven with the would-be killers hot on their tail, Jared finds himself with no good choices but to run south — ill-prepared, poorly provisioned, and crewed by a silent old man and an injured friend strapped into his bunk.

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      Born and raised on the prairies, Joel Scott has traveled extensively and worked as a fisherman, a yacht broker, and a librarian — to name a few of his past professions. He is a two-time winner of the Cedric Literary Award. Joel is a lifelong sailor and circumnavigator who currently lives and sails out of Chemainus, British Columbia.

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      “I enjoyed the novel immensely — terrific story-telling, great characters.” – Derek Lundy, author of the bestseller Godforsaken Sea

      Arrow’s Flight is a well-crafted and breathtaking crime novel. Author Joel Scott shows an in-depth knowledge of sailing along with a gift for storytelling. He gives the reader characters to care about as he takes them on the high seas on this fast-paced life-and-death adventure that will keep the pages turning right to the very end.” – Dietrich Kalteis, author of Zero Avenue

      Arrow’s Flight (2018, ECW Press) by Joel Scott is an adventure story worthy of [Joseph Conrad] . . . I can’t say enough good things about Arrow’s Flight.” — Marimichi Reader

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    Clean Sweep A Crime Novel Michael J. Clark Canada
    9781770413979 Paperback FICTION / Crime On Sale Date: March 13, 2018
    $18.95 CAD 5 x 7.75 x 0.74 in | 328 pages Carton Quantity: 36 Canadian Rights: Y ECW Press
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      A reformed smuggler finds himself embroiled in a mind-bending criminal conspiracy in this page-turning debut

      Pastor Tommy Bosco runs a Winnipeg skid row mission that caters to ex-criminals and ex-addicts trying to make a better life. Sometimes that better life means leaving the city — and the good and bad guys — completely behind. A former smuggler, Bosco can make anyone disappear, faking deaths and extracting people across the Canada-U.S. border. But then his ex shows up, fresh from the murder of a biker-gang boss. She’s got plenty of baggage, including the biker’s cryptic ledger that everyone in Winnipeg’s underworld wants to get their hands on. Bosco finds himself a fugitive at the center of a conspiracy that has him staying far away from the cops, the hired hitmen, and even his dear old dad. Navigating through a harsh Prairie winter, Bosco must help his ex escape without having to make an escape himself.

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      Michael J. Clark started his writing career in the field of automotive journalism, winning national awards in Canada for his writing and photography in both print and online publications. After retiring from reporting on all things car in 2015, Michael completed his first novel, Clean Sweep. He lives in Winnipeg with his wife, Carol.

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      “There are some wild twists and turns in this gritty caper . . . Readers who like imperfect heroes and don't mind grunge will clamor for a sequel.” — Booklist

      “A great debut.” — Murder in Common blog

      “Clark offers an excellent debut novel that pulls on all aspects of the criminal element, putting Winnipeg on the map for all its less than shiny attributes . . . Those with an open mind when it comes to language and with an interest in a well-constructed crime thriller may find this to their liking.” — Pechey Ponderings blog

      “Clark writes well and has created some amusingly zany characters, not least of whom is the conflicted Reverend Tommy. This debut shows promise.” — PublishersWeekly.com

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