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    Spain Recipes for Olive Oil and Vinegar Lovers Emily Lycopolus Canada, DL Acken Canada
    9781771512497 Hardcover COOKING / Specific Ingredients Publication Date:April 10, 2018
    $22.00 CAD 6.5 x 8 x 0.88 in | 168 pages Carton Quantity:28 TouchWood Editions
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      A beautiful, full-colour cookbook that shows readers how to create and enhance spectacular Spanish dishes by using specialty olive oils and vinegars.

      Traditional Spanish cooking is famous for its fragrant spices, fresh herbs, and delicate touch of citrus. Whether you’re a novice to Spanish cuisine or a seasoned cook, this brand-new cookbook will inspire and guide you through the finest classic Spanish recipes.

      A handful of premium olive oils and quality vinegars is the secret to culinary success. By stocking your pantry with the following, you’ll have everything you need to please even the most discerning Spanish abuela:

      • Spanish Extra Virgin Olive Oil
      • Rosemary Infused Olive Oil
      • Sherry Vinegar
      • Grapefruit White Balsamic Vinegar

      Captivate dinner guests with authentic dishes from Spain including gazpacho, empanada, ensalata ruse, paella, patatas bravas, albondigas, tortilla with salsa verde, ceviche, homemade chorizo, and Crème Catalan. Revel in a variety of recipes for classic Spanish sherry cocktails and, of course, sangria.

      With fifty recipes for tapas, soups, mains, and cocktails, Spain will inspire countless memorable meals. ¡Salud!


      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
        • Cooking segments on CTV Morning Live Vancouver, Global Noon News Vancouver
        • Radio interview on CBC On the Coast, CBC The Main Ingredient, CBC On the Island
        • Reviews, interviews, excerpts in Chatelaine, Globe and Mail, Western Living, Vancouver Sun
        • eBLADs available January

    • Awards & Reviews

      Canadian Gourmand Cookbook Award 2019, Winner
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    Off the Hook Essential West Coast Seafood Recipes DL Acken Canada, Aurelia Louvet Canada
    9781771512763 Paperback COOKING / Specific Ingredients Publication Date:June 05, 2018
    $22.00 CAD 6 x 8 x 0.1 in | 1 gr | 168 pages Carton Quantity:38 TouchWood Editions
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      Silver prize winner of a PubWest Book Design Award.

      Fresh, fast, and delicious, these are the quintessential recipes every West Coast fish and seafood lover must have.

      The islands of Canada’s West Coast are home to some of the freshest and most sustainable seafood in the world. In this exquisitely photographed and curated cookbook you’ll find 60+ easy and approachable recipes using simple techniques written for home cooks of any skill level. From Peel ’n’ Eat Spot Prawns to Dungeness Crab Cakes to Beet Smoked Salmon Lox, the bounty of the Pacific Northwest comes to life in recipes that will inspire delight. Food photographer Danielle (DL) Acken and food stylist Aurelia Louvet deliver classic recipes with a uniquely modern West Coast twist.


      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.

      Aurelia Louvet is a dedicated home cook and food stylist based on Canada’s gorgeous Salt Spring Island. Having lived and eaten around the world, Aurelia is known for her evocative style that combines modern North American sensibility and classic European beauty. Visit her at aurelialouvet.com.

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        • Interview with Khalil Akhtar on CBC The Main Ingredient and Sheryl Mackay on CBC North by Northwest
        • Interviews, reviews, and recipe excerpts in the Vancouver Sun, Western Living, EAT magazine, Edible Vancouver, the Times Colonist
        • Cooking segment on CTV Vancouver Island, Global Vancouver
        • eBLADs available January 

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    Food Artisans of Alberta Your Trail Guide to the Best of our Locally Crafted Fare Karen Anderson Canada, Matilde Sanchez-Turri Canada
    9781771512466 Paperback TRAVEL / Food, Lodging & Transportation Publication Date:June 19, 2018
    $25.00 CAD 5.5 x 8.5 in | 336 pages Carton Quantity:28 TouchWood Editions
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      Shortlisted for a 2019 Taste Canada Award

      Winner of a 2019 Gourmand World Cookbook Award in Canada

      The food lover’s guide to finding the best local food artisans from all over Alberta.

      From the coulees of the badlands to the combines of the wheatlands, discover Alberta’s diverse terroir, and be captivated by the distinct tastes of this majestic province. Food Artisans of Alberta is a robust travel companion for local food lovers and visitors alike.

      Come to know the stories, inspiration, and friendly faces of the people who craft great food as they cultivate the community of food artisans. Journey beyond Alberta’s seven signature foods—beef, bison, canola, honey, Red Fife Wheat, root vegetables and Saskatoon berries—to also enjoy breweries, meaderies, distilleries, cheesemakers, and more. With regional maps that highlight the locations of 200 food artisans, set out on an adventure through fertile fields and bountiful edible crops.


      Karen Anderson is the owner of Calgary Food Tours Inc. and a columnist for CBC Radio and Calgary’s City Palate magazine. She is co-author of the guidebook Food Artisans of Alberta. She has led seven tours to India and has cooked with chefs all over the country. Since 2006, she has worked with Noorbanu Nimji, testing recipes and teaching Indian cooking classes.

      Matilde Sanchez-Turri was raised in Southern Alberta in Claresholm and on a farm near Nanton. She is a corporate communications professional, and also works at Alberta Food Tours. She lives in Calgary, AB.

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        • Radio interviews on CBC's Alberta at Noon, The Homestretch, Calgary Eye-Opener, Edmonton AM
        • TV interviews on Global News and CTV in Calgary and Edmonton
        • Reviews, interviews, excerpts in the Calgary Herald, Edmonton Journal, WestJet Magazine, City Palate, Culinaire magazine, Globe and Mail, Eat North
        • Promotion through author Karen Anderson's considerable platform: Alberta Food Tours, Calgary Food ToursCanmore Food Tours, Edmonton Food Tours, Savour It All blog
        • eBlads available January

    • Awards & Reviews

      Canadian Gourmand Cookbook Award 2019, Winner
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    9781771512558 Hardcover ART / Canadian Publication Date:May 15, 2018
    $35.00 CAD 10 x 9 x 0.75 in | 204 pages Carton Quantity:18 Canadian Rights: Y TouchWood Editions
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      Finalist for a 2019 BC Book Prize

      Finalist for a 2019 Victoria Book Prize

      A handsome new retrospective on one of BC’s most beloved artists that unveils, for the first time, photographs, sketches, and ephemera from the artist’s estate.

      The reputation of E. J. Hughes in British Columbia is second only to that of Emily Carr. His paintings, collected by every major gallery in our country, fetch more than $1 million at auction. Yet Hughes lived a notoriously private life.

      Hughes painted scenes from all over BC, but he especially loved Vancouver Island, and lived most of his 93 years at Shawnigan Lake and Duncan. This book features paintings from his beloved island home—from Sidney, past Goldstream and the Malahat to Cowichan Bay, Genoa Bay, and Maple Bay. With stops along the way, he painted scenes from Ladysmith, Nanaimo, Comox, and Courtenay. Hughes recorded the passing of an era, capturing the coastal steamships, log booms, fishing boats, and the landscapes he treasured.

      This book includes a biography of the artist, highlights more than 60 of his finest works alongside sketches and photos revealing his studio methods, and shares his handwritten notes.


      Robert Amos has published eight books on art, including E. J. Hughes Paints Vancouver Island, and was the arts columnist for Victoria’s Times Colonist newspaper for more than thirty years. He was elected to the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts in 1995 and is an Honorary Citizen of Victoria. He now lives in Oak Bay with his wife, artist and author Sarah Amos. For more information visit, robertamos.com.

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        • Reviews, interviews, and excerpts in the Vancouver Sun, Globe and Mail, Montreal Gazette, Canada's History, MacLeans magazine, BC History, Times Colonist
        • Interview on CBC's North by Northwest, CBC's On the Island, CBC's Quebec AM
        • Excerpt in Times Colonist Our History column
        • eBLADs available January

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      With enthusiasm and delight, Robert Amos has written a superb account of the artist’s life and art, replete with observations and anecdotes that enhance our understanding of Hughes’ paintings and of his love for the landscapes and life of Vancouver Island.

      Amos has produced a brilliant book, well-written, fascinating, with gorgeous illustrations . . . quite sincerely, [it] should be considered a must-have by every person who loves Vancouver Island. This is more than just a book for art lovers—even though, in itself, E. J. Hughes Paints Vancouver Island is itself a work of art.

      [Amos and Hughes'] friendship and mutual respect make this book more personal than most coffee table volumes, and offer us a sort of double exposure invitation, to look at our world not only through the eyes of one artist but also through the eyes of another artist looking at the first artist looking at that world.

      With the exception of Emily Carr, nobody has painted British Columbia so vividly, for so long, and so well, as E.J. Hughes. Now fellow artist Robert Amos' moderately priced E. J. Hughes Paints Vancouver Island affords a biographical summary of Hughes' life and exclusively focuses on his depictions of Vancouver Island.

      Deeply researched and richly illustrated.

      The latest book on renowned Canadian painter E.J. Hughes straddles the genres of biography, history and Canadian art . . . Robert Amos composes an engaging backstory for each painting with the location's history, Hughes' experiences, and archival material including sketches, artist notes and location photos. These compelling paintings stand on their own, but Amos' descriptions add a human element and shed light on the artistic process. Hughes captures the landscape in a way that drifts between art and an old photograph, appealing to those interested in art and history alike.

      Those who want to delve into the nitty-gritty of a painter’s process may want to check out E.J. Hughes Paints Vancouver Island . . . It features the stories behind each painting, whether the location’s history, or photographs and preliminary sketches from the artist's archives.

      This book is essential reading for all who love the work of this singular artist; it provides a wealth of new information and new images, and provides deep insight into the life and work of one of our most important painters.

      Rare and captivating—an insight into a mysterious talent that shaped Canadian art quietly, yet dramatically.

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    Against the Current The Remarkable Life of Agnes Deans Cameron Cathy Converse Canada
    9781771512701 Hardcover BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Historical Publication Date:June 12, 2018
    $30.00 CAD 5.5 x 8.5 in | 328 pages Carton Quantity:24 TouchWood Editions
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      Received an Honourable Mention for the 2018 Lieutenant Governor's Medal for Historical Writing

      The first book on Agnes Deans Cameron, BC’s first female principal, itinerant traveller, and journalist.

      Agnes Deans Cameron was an extraordinary woman who was ahead by a century. Born in Victoria in 1863, she was the first female school principal in the province, but she worked tirelessly to achieve work equality and voting rights for women. One of Canada's most well known writers of her time, she put western Canada on the map through her writing, which was published internationally including in the Saturday Evening Post. She was also a trailblazer in sports, becoming the first “Lady Centurion” in the West.

      A consummate trailblazer, in the summer of 1906, Cameron travelled 10,000 miles down the Mackenzie River and out into the Beaufort Sea—something no other European woman had done—in one short season.

      Cameron was named one of the top 150 most significant individuals in the history of the province of British Columbia. This is the first book commemorating her life.


      Cathy Converse has been writing for over thirty years and has written and co-authored six books and numerous cover stories for magazines and journals. She is the author of Against the Current: The Remarkable Life of Agnes Deans Cameron. For more information, please visit cathyconverse.com.

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        • Radio interviews on CBC On the Island, CBC BC Almanac, CBC North by Northwest
        • Reviews and interviews in Vancouver Sun, Globe and Mail, BC History, Canada's History, MacLean's magazine
        • Excerpt in Times Colonist Our History column
        • Digital ARCs available January

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    Island Home Out and About on Vancouver Island Anny Scoones Canada
    9781771512589 Paperback HUMOR / Topic On Sale Date:April 30, 2019
    $20.00 CAD 6 x 8 x 0.1 in | 1 gr | 344 pages Carton Quantity:28 Canadian Rights: Y TouchWood Editions
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      A collection of humorous essays about Vancouver Island’s unique quirks by the convivial and thoughtful storyteller Anny Scoones.

      Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands are celebrated for their ineffable charisma, laid-back pace, and distinct grooviness. Anny Scoones travels the length of Vancouver Island to explore the nooks and crannies of coastal communities, inland towns, and iconic places, sharing observations, musings, and tidbits about the region’s fascinating and layered history.

      Whether it’s an account of the chainsaw carving festival in Campbell River, a take on the giant gnome just north of Nanoose Bay, or a description of folks met at the Foggy Mountain Fall Fair in Cumberland, this book takes us to extraordinary locations and introduces us to the people who make this part of the world so magnetic. Observe, pause, ponder, and indulge in what Anny calls “a little think” on the area’s characteristics and personalities.

      Whether you’re a Lycra-clad cyclist climbing the hills of Mayne Island, a slow food enthusiast besotted with “sexy” apples on Salt Spring Island, or someone dreaming about Vancouver Island as a potential destination, these essays and illustrations will connect you with places and people that seem curiously familiar…maybe even yourself.


      Anny Scoones is the author of Home and Away, True Home, Hometown, Last Dance in Shediac, and Island Home. She lives in the historic neighbourhood of James Bay in Victoria, British Columbia.

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        • Regional and subject specific print features, excerpts and review coverage
        • Electronic galleys

        • Targeted media: Targeted media includes: Times Colonist, CBC On the Island, CBC North by Northwest, CFAX 1070, CHEK News, Go!Island, Global Victoria, BC Studies, BC History, BC BookWorld, The Ormsby Review,  Campbell River Mirror, Nanaimo News Bulletin, Tofino-Ucluelet Westerly, Comox Valley Record, Cowichan Valley Citizen, Alberni Valley Times, Sooke News Mirror, Shawnigan Focus

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    It Begins in Betrayal A Lane Winslow Mystery Iona Whishaw Canada
    9781771512619 Paperback FICTION / Mystery & Detective Publication Date:April 10, 2018
    $16.95 CAD 5 x 7.5 in | 384 pages Carton Quantity:28 Canadian Rights: Y TouchWood Editions
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      Finalist for a 2019 Lefty Award

      The fourth book in what the Globe and Mail has proclaimed “a terrific series” by “a writer to watch.”

      Summer descends over the picturesque King’s Cove as Darling and Lane’s mutual affection blossoms. But their respite from solving crime is cut short when a British government official arrives in Nelson to compel Darling to return to England for questioning about the death of a rear gunner under his command in 1943.

      In Darling’s absence, Ames oversees the investigation into the suspicious death of a local elderly woman and uncovers a painful betrayal inflicted forty years earlier. Meanwhile, Lane follows Darling to London, where he is charged with murder and faces hanging. While desperately seeking answers, Lane is presented with a proposal that could save the man she loves, but only if she returns to the very life she sought to leave behind.


      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.

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        • Reviews in the Globe and Mail, Publisher's Weekly, Kirkus Reviews, Library Journal, Vancouver Sun
        • Advance endorsements to come from Maureen Jennings, author of the Murdoch Mysteries, and Don Graves, creator of Canadian Mystery Reviews 
        • Reviews and interviews on respected mystery review sites CrimeFictionLover.com, ReviewingtheEvidence.com
        • Panelist at Galiano Island Literary Festival (February), Tucson Festival of the Book (March)
        • Print advertising in ULS, Shelf Awareness
        • Print and digital ARCs currently available

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      Praise for the Lane Winslow Mystery series

      A Killer in King’s Cove

      • “Iona Whishaw is a writer to watch.” —Margaret Cannon, Globe and Mail
      • “A debut mystery from an author destined for awards. A setting that is ripe for story telling and a convincing gift for portraying the painful and challenging life for the survivors of the two world wars . . . Whishaw is an exciting addition to Canada’s fine roster of mystery writers.” —Don Graves, Canadian Mystery Reviews blog
      • “The writing . . . conjur[es] up nicely the ambiance of a 1940s west Canadian locale and develop[s] in depth both the characters and their interactions.” —San Francisco Book Review
      • “Worth a look, especially as the author intends to reprise her lead character.” —Seattle Book Review
      • “Iona Whishaw brings to life a rural country town from the 1940s—from the small post office that is gossip central to garden tea parties. She’s given Lane a potential love interest, the well-named Inspector Darling, and created an engaging, quirky cast of characters . . . the trip to King’s Cove is so entertaining . . . Despite Lane’s promise to Inspector Darling to not cause any more mayhem in town, we sort of hope she does!” —Reviewing the Evidence blog 
      • “A simply riveting read by a master of the genre . . . especially recommended the personal reading lists of dedicated mystery buffs, as well as an enduringly popular acquisition choice for community library Mystery/Suspense collections.” —Wisconsin Book Watch

      Death in a Darkening Mist

      • April 2017 LoanStars Top Ten pick
      • “The late L.R. Wright’s marvellous mysteries set on British Columbia’s Sunshine Coast remain some of my favourite Canadian books. But this second novel by Iona Whishaw, also set in B.C., is every bit as good . . . [an] excellent chapter in what appears to be a terrific series.” —Margaret Cannon, Globe and Mail
      • “An absolute winner [that] moves the notch up several levels when it comes to mystery writing with a historical twinge. The highlight of the writing is the seamless blend of the sense of place into the story line. The impact of both world wars settles into the essence of any place, and this is a sterling example of how place impacts both events and people.” —Don Graves, Canadian Mystery Reviews blog
      • “Set in 1946, this series cleverly combines both elements of a cozy and a spy thriller, with a heroine who is tough and independent, but harboring secrets of her own . . . The local townspeople are quirky and a nice addition, reminding the reader of another Canadian writer, Louise Penny, who populates her town with interesting characters . . . a series I hope to continue reading.” —Reviewing the Evidence blog

      An Old, Cold Grave

      • “​A fascinating picture of a life in which many people spent every waking hour working and a disturbing look at the fate of orphaned children raise this mystery above the ordinary.​“ —Kirkus Reviews
      • “A charmer. Once again, British Columbia’s own Iona Whishaw’s delightful modern gloss on the venerable British cozy provides a perfect weekend getaway . . . a cleverly plotted story with a delightful setting and amusing characters. Once again, Whishaw keeps us guessing to the end.” —Margaret Cannon, Globe and Mail
      • “A gentle rural setting, a body in a root cellar, and, of course, Lane Winslow, the best new amateur sleuth to come along in quite some time. Plot, dialogue, and place: all the requisite elements for an award-winning novel.” —Don Graves, Canadian Mystery reviews
      • ​“If you enjoy a puzzle set in 1947, rural B.C. community, with dialogue that reaches into the soul and a sense of place that is integral to the mystery, then An Old, Cold Grave is a summer read for you . . . In short, sin, plot, dialogue and place: all the requisite elements for an award-winning novel. It’s easy to imagine a fourth in this increasingly fine series.” —Bay Observer
      • “​Lane Winslow is a strong, independent woman . . . in many ways she reminds me of Jacqueline Winspear’s Maisie Dobbs. Lane is smart and sympathetic, and determined to solve this mystery . . . a satisfying historical mystery featuring a strong female protagonist. I can’t wait to catch up on this series.” —Hidden Staircase blog

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    Anna, Like Thunder A Novel Peggy Herring Canada
    9781927366745 Paperback FICTION / Historical Publication Date:April 24, 2018
    $22.00 CAD 5.5 x 8.5 x 1 in | 384 pages Carton Quantity:28 Canadian Rights: Y Brindle & Glass
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      In 1808, the Russian Ship St. Nikolai ran aground off the Olympic Peninsula; this novel is based on this astounding historical event and the lives of the people affected.

      In 1808, eighteen-year-old Anna Petrovna Bulygina is aboard the Russian ship St. Nikolai when it runs aground off on the west coast of Washington State on the Olympic Peninsula. The crew, tasked with trading for sea otter pelts and exploring the coast, are forced to shore into Indigenous territory, where they are captured, enslaved, and then traded among three different Indigenous communities. Terrified at first, Anna soon discovers that nothing—including slavery—is what she expected. She begins to question Russian imperialist aspirations, the conduct of the crew, and her own beliefs and values as she experiences a way of life she never could have imagined.

      Based on historical record, Anna, Like Thunder blends fact and fiction to explore the early days of contact between Indigenous people and Europeans off the west coast of North America and offers a fresh interpretation of history.


      Peggy Herring spent her career as a journalist with the CBC, and has worked all over Canada, as well as in Nepal, London, Dhaka, and New Delhi. Peggy is the author of This Innocent Corner (Oolichan Books, 2010), and her short fiction has been featured in a variety of publications, including The Antigonish Review, The New Quarterly, and Prism International. Visit her at peggyherring.ca.

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        • Reviews in the Vancouver Sun, Globe and Mail, Kirkus Reviews, Quill & Quire
        • Interviews on CBC's The Next Chapter with Shelagh Rogers,  North by Northwest with Sheryl Mackay
        • Print and digital ARCs available January
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    One Good Thing A Novel Rebecca Hendry Canada
    9781927366776 Paperback FICTION / Literary Publication Date:April 10, 2018
    $22.00 CAD 5.5 x 8.5 x 0.63 in | 264 pages Carton Quantity:40 Canadian Rights: Y Brindle & Glass
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      A novel set in Yellowknife's historic Old Town in the 70s that explores both abandonment and belonging in the life of a young woman.

      In the spring of 1977, Annie, a flighty artist, and her twelve-year-old daughter, Delilah, trade the cherry blossom trees and beaches of Vancouver for rugged and remote Old Town in Yellowknife, surprising Delilah’s father by showing up on his doorstep. As she adapts to her new surroundings, Delilah befriends Will, a local Dene man and her father’s business partner. But Annie’s capricious nature undermines Delilah’s elusive sense of belonging when Annie leaves Old Town for an artists’ colony without saying goodbye. While coping with her family’s instability and changes within herself, Delilah becomes attached to Will as she grows alienated from her increasingly aloof father. When Will vanishes in a blizzard one night, Delilah is devastated and suspects her father is to blame. What happened to Will? Is there anyone she can trust? Where—and with whom—does she belong?


      Born in Ottawa to a hippie mother and a poet father, Rebecca Hendry moved to a new city or town across Canada every year until she was eleven, when she settled on the Sunshine Coast in BC. She is the author of One Good Thing and, Grace River, and her short fiction has appeared in the Dalhousie Review, Wascana Review, Event, Windsor Review, and other literary journals. She lives in Gibsons, BC, with her two children.

      Marketing & Promotion
        • Reviews in Kirkus Reviews, Quill & Quire, Northern News, Yellowknifer
        • Radio interviews on CBC North by Northwest, CBC The Weekender
        • Print and digital ARCs available January

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    A Year on the Wild Side A West Coast Naturalist's Almanac 2nd edition Briony Penn Canada
    9781771512671 Paperback NATURE / Essays On Sale Date:March 19, 2019
    $26.00 CAD 6.5 x 8 in | 400 pages Carton Quantity:24 Canadian Rights: Y TouchWood Editions
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      Shortlisted for a 2020 BC Yukon Book Prize

      A freshly designed, new edition of a funny weekly chronicle that offers a year-long, intimate view of the flora and fauna populating the West Coast.

      A Year on the Wild Side is a witty commentary on the social and natural history of Vancouver Island. Composed of short, readable essays arranged into 12 monthly chapters, this engaging book reveals the magic and humour of the natural world and reminds us of our place within it.

      As the weeks and seasons unfold with the turning of the pages, you’ll be in sync with the living world that surrounds you. Discover what berries are ripe and the best time to pick them. Learn why the termites swarm, where the herring spawn, and when the maple leaves fall. Get up close and personal with fascinating creatures like the snowy owl, the giant Pacific octopus, the river otter, and more.

      The West Coast is abundantly alive, and A Year on the Wild Side invites you to indulge in unforgettable experiences, week by week, all year long.


      Briony Penn is an award-winning writer of creative non-fiction books as well as a contributor to many anthologies and chapter books. She has been a feature writer and columnist for decades, with over five hundred articles on environmental issues and natural history in newspapers, magazines, government publications, online news sources and peer-reviewed journals. She has also written numerous environmental guides and educational handbooks for teachers in British Columbia. Her first book with RMB, The Real Thing: The Natural History of Ian McTaggart Cowan, was the winner of the 2015 BC Book Prize. Her work with Cecil Paul will continue with the publication of a comprehensive and collaborative biography, Following the Good River: Stories from the Magic Canoe of Cecil Paul, which will be published by RMB in the autumn of 2019. Briony lives on Salt Spring Island, BC.

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        • Reviews, interviews, excerpts in BC Bookworld, Vancouver Sun, Times Colonist
        • Radio interview on CFAX 1070 (Victoria), Roundhouse Radio (Vancouver) 
        • eBLADS available January

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