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    Mahoney’s Camaro A Crime Novel Michael Clark Canada
    9781770414037 Paperback FICTION / Crime On Sale Date: May 28, 2019
    $18.95 CAD 5 x 7.75 x 0.73 in | 320 pages Carton Quantity: 40 Canadian Rights: Y ECW Press
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      Racing to find a killer before he strikes again, an unlikely investigator is haunted by an even more unlikely source in this gripping crime novel

      “Clark writes well and has created some amusingly zany characters.” — Publishers Weekly on Clean Sweep

      It’s the summer of 1985 and mechanic Steve Mahoney is dreaming big about owning his own shop. He’s getting there as slowly as possible, working one night shift at a time for a local towing company. One night, called to retrieve a car from the murky Red River, Mahoney finds the replacement body to his prized but damaged ’67 Camaro. There’s also a body inside the car, handcuffed to the steering wheel. Mahoney’s able to snap the Camaro up cheap at a salvage auction, but once he’s restored the car to its former glory, he discovers that its last driver is standard spectral equipment on his new ride, and she’s not leaving until she finds out who sent her to a watery grave.

      Mahoney’s Camaro is a gritty, fast-paced crime novel that will appeal to fans of Ron Corbett and Stuart MacBride. Combining expertise in the automotive world and a passion for storytelling, Michael J. Clark delivers an action-packed joyride that will grip you until the last page.

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      Michael J. Clark began his career in the field of automotive journalism, winning national awards in Canada for his writing and photography. After retiring from reporting on all things car in 2015, Clark wrote his first novel, Clean Sweep. He lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
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      “Those looking for a giddy, goofy adventure will have fun.” — Publishers Weekly

      “Clark handily maintains positive forward momentum throughout, glorifying cars and car lore the way Stephen Hunter glorifies guns, seeding his narrative, set in mid-1980s Manitoba, with generous dollops of good humor and great character turns from even the most minor members of his cast. Let's put it this way: a book that successfully evokes the films Ghost and Christine, and the novels of Thorne Smith (Topper, especially), Elmore Leonard (the criminal element involved is as engaging and sometimes more sympathetic than the book's protagonist, a truly winning lot), and Stephen King (Christine, again) is not one to be missed. So don't.” — Mystery Scene Magazine

      “Clark offers a tongue-in-cheek paranormal mystery guaranteed to make you smile . . . Mahoney's Camaro is a quick, fun read, perfect for summer travel.” — Ottawa Review of Books

      “A must-read book filled with action packed shenanigans, and a keeper for gear heads.” — New York Journal of Books

      “Combining expertise in the automotive world and a passion for storytelling, Michael J. Clark delivers an action-packed joyride that will grip you until the last page. Haunted cars FTW!” — 49th Shelf

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    Legacy Trauma, Story, and Indigenous Healing Suzanne Methot Canada
    9781770414259 Paperback SOCIAL SCIENCE / Indigenous Studies On Sale Date: March 19, 2019
    $24.95 CAD 5.5 x 8.5 x 0.83 in | 368 pages Carton Quantity: 33 Canadian Rights: Y ECW Press
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      Five hundred years of colonization have taken an incalculable toll on the Indigenous peoples of the Americas: substance use disorders and shockingly high rates of depression, diabetes, and other chronic health conditions brought on by genocide and colonial control. With passionate logic and chillingly clear prose, author and educator Suzanne Methot uses history, human development, and her own and others’ stories to trace the roots of Indigenous cultural dislocation and community breakdown in an original and provocative examination of the long-term effects of colonization. But all is not lost. Methot also shows how we can come back from this with Indigenous ways of knowing lighting the way.

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      Suzanne Methot is a Nehiyaw (Cree) writer, editor, educator, and community worker born in Vancouver, British Columbia, and raised in Peace River, Alberta. Her work has been published in anthologies including Steal My Rage: New Native Voices and Let the Drums Be Your Heart. She has worked in the non-profit sector, in the classroom, and in advocacy and direct-service positions in Indigenous community–based agencies. She is co-author of the textbook Aboriginal Beliefs, Values, and Aspirations, and she currently lives in Toronto, Ontario.
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      “Powerful . . . A deeply empathetic and inspiring work with insights of value to anyone struggling to overcome personal or communal trauma.” — Library Journal

      Legacy is a book that is sure to be found on classroom syllabuses in years to come. It offers Indigenous readers testimony and some tools, and provides non-Indigenous readers depth of scope for understanding the relationships that exist between Indigenous peoples, their nations, and Canada.” — Quill & Quire

      “An important addition to the Indigenous library shelf.” — Booklist

      “This book is accessible, relatable, and full of storytelling about real people. It deeply resonates with me as a traditional counsellor, educator, and Indigenous person. Suzanne Methot, a brave Nehiyaw writer and community helper, takes up the challenges of logically explaining a child’s traumatized brain and body and how these impacts continue into adulthood. Methot also explores Indigenous health-care models, proving that Indigenous values provide solutions. This book uncovers the critical need for legislation that moves from creating ‘a renewed relationship’ with Indigenous peoples to creating real structural change.” — Dr. Cyndy Baskin, Mi’kmaq Nation, Associate Professor, School of Social Work, Ryerson University

      “[A] beautifully written book about strategies for healing from intergenerational trauma . . . In crystal-clear prose, Methot has written a book that is both easy to follow and crucial to read.” — LitHub

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    Series: The Offshore Novels
    Arrow’s Fall Joel Scott Canada
    9781770414273 Paperback FICTION / Thrillers On Sale Date: May 14, 2019
    $18.95 CAD 5.5 x 8.5 x 0.78 in | 344 pages Carton Quantity: 36 Canadian Rights: Y ECW Press
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      There’s nowhere to hide in the Great Sea Reef in this heart-stopping thriller of a yarn

      In this follow-up to 2018’s Arrow’s Flight, a tale of an 18th-century sunken ship and a fortune in gold sends Arrow and her crew on a venture that seems harmless enough. That is, until it attracts the attention of the flamboyant owner of the Golden Dragon, a 240-foot sailing machine crewed by cashiered ex-marine Lord Barclay Summers and his band of mercenaries. When Arrow and her crew are viciously attacked, they seek shelter in the treacherous Great Sea Reef where they become ensnared in a life-and-death sailing match against the murderous crew of the Golden Dragon.

      Continuing the same heart-pounding excitement of Arrow’s Flight, Joel Scott weaves together terrific storytelling, breathtaking action, and an in-depth knowledge of sailing. Arrow’s Fall will be a battle of instinct versus science, old versus new, wood and cloth against steel and technology, with destruction and death waiting on a missed tack.

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      Joel Scott completed a four-year circumnavigation and worked as a fisherman, a yacht broker, and a librarian. He is a two-time winner of the Cedric Literary Award. A lifelong sailor, he currently lives and sails out of Chemainus, British Columbia.
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      “Fans of nautical thrillers will enjoy the sailing lingo . . . as they happily ride the waves and dive the seas with the intrepid crew of the Arrow.” — Publishers Weekly

      “I once read Hemingway's Islands in the Stream aloud in a tent, by flashlight, to a friend. There is something about Scott's long poetically complex sentences, lyrical phrasing, and island scenes that cast me back there as I read this book . . . Scott's writing is, at times, intoxicating.” — Ottawa Review of Books

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    Self Help Life Lessons from the Bizarre Wrestling Career of Al Snow Al Snow, Ross Owen Williams
    9781770414396 Paperback SPORTS & RECREATION / Wrestling On Sale Date: May 07, 2019
    $23.95 CAD 5 x 8 x 0.73 in | 320 pages Carton Quantity: 40 Canadian Rights: Y ECW Press
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      Professional wrestler Al Snow delivers highlights from his onscreen antics and never-before-heard tales from the road in this high-flying memoir spanning 30 years in the ring

      In the late 90s, wrestling journeyman Al Snow looked in the mirror and saw a man who needed help. A man whose reputation within the wrestling industry was excellent but whose career was going nowhere. Channeling his frustration into the gimmick for which he would become best known, Al began talking to (and through) a mannequin head. With Extreme Championship Wrestling, Al reinvented himself as an unhinged neurotic and became one of the hottest acts in the most cutting-edge promotion in America when wrestling’s popularity was at its peak. This led to a journey back to the industry’s main stage, World Wrestling Entertainment, during the wildly popular Attitude Era, and in the central role as a trainer and father figure on the MTV reality show, Tough Enough.

      Now, after 35 years in the industry, Al Snow tells the stories of the unbelievable yet true events that formed his career, from his in-ring recollections to out-of-ring escapades, including drunken midnight journeys with a vanfull of little people, overuse of Tasers at autograph signings, and continual attempts on his life by assorted members of the animal kingdom. Self Help is Al Snow at his best, delivering what everybody wants and needs.

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      Al Snow is a professional wrestler, color commentator, training coach, and promoter. He lives in Louisville, Kentucky. Ross Owen Williams is a writer, actor, and business consultant whose work includes The Hardcore Truth: The Bob Holly Story, the RecruitMentor series of training guides, and the feature film Winter Ridge. He lives in Somerset, U.K.
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      “Funny, informative, and sometimes brutally honest, Self Help is a gripping account of the 35 year career of Al Snow. 4.5 out of 5 styrofoam heads.” — Dangerous Dan’s Book Blog

      “This is one of the better wrestling books I have read in a while . . . This is a surprising, appealing read of a man that had some fun, while also admitting at times that he wasn't seeing the bigger picture. . . Al Snow's book will be well worth the time reading.” — Lance Writes blog

      “The story of how Al Savern became Al Snow is weaved in an entertaining and educational way . . . Buy this book and enjoy the tales of Al Snow.” — Kayfabe Wrestling Radio

      Self Help is, simple, a terrific read. . . the book documents Snow's life and career in a way that entertains, educates, and enthrals.” — SLAM! Wrestling

      “Recommend this book to wrestling fans, or fans of Al Snow, simply because it is entertaining . . . you'll find lots to keep your interest in these pages.” — I’ve Read This blog

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    This Team Is Ruining My Life (But I Love Them) How I Became a Professional Hockey Fan Steve “Dangle” Glynn Canada
    9781770414440 Paperback SPORTS & RECREATION / Hockey On Sale Date: March 19, 2019
    $19.95 CAD 5 x 8 x 0.78 in | 344 pages Carton Quantity: 36 Canadian Rights: Y ECW Press
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      Steve Dangle’s incredible odyssey, from self-starting Leafs lover to sports-media star

      How do you turn ranting about hockey into a career? Steve “Dangle” Glynn is a YouTuber, podcaster, and sports personality from Toronto, who managed to turn a 16-second online rant about the Maple Leafs into a career in sports media. From video blogging in his parents’ house at 19 to yelling on televisions across Canada at 28, Dangle has been involved with some of the most important sports companies in the country.

      In between tales of Steve’s adventures, both online and off, This Team Is Ruining My Life is also a kind of how-to (or how-not-to) guide: in an ever-evolving media landscape, sometimes you have to get creative to find the job you want. This is Steve Dangle and his accidentally on purpose journey through sports media so far.

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      Steve “Dangle” Glynn is a lifelong Leafs fan who began making YouTube videos about his favorite team when he was still a teen. Now he gets to work at Sportsnet for a living. (Still no Cup, though.) Steve and his wife have two wonderful dogs. They live together in the ’Shwa (Oshawa, Ontario).
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      “Folks always say to me, ‘When Coach’s Corner is on, no one in our house is allowed to talk.’ I reply, ‘Neither am I.’ Now I find myself hushing my own household when Steve is on. Steve says he’s taken a page from us, but I know it’s novel. Enjoy.” — Ron MacLean, Coach’s Corner

      “A wonderful look at the rickety ladder to success in sports media and how one can invent their own way of climbing it. Revel in Steve’s journey from irritated Leafs fan yelling into a webcam to irritated Leafs fan yelling into much more expensive cameras.” — Greg Wyshynski, senior NHL writer, ESPN

      “A hilarious, inspiring account of how a kid who could barely skate managed to navigate a turbulent period in the Canadian media industry to become one of the most unique voices in our sport.” — Chris Johnston, senior hockey writer, Sportsnet

      “It’s strange to call a 30-year-old a trailblazer, but that’s what Steve Dangle is. He carved his way into the broadcasting world by taking his own unique, loud, and crazy path.”— Ken Reid, bestselling author and co-anchor, Sportsnet Central

      “Steve’s book, This Team Is Ruining My Life (But I Love Them), is so good, it registered on Canada’s nonfiction best-seller list before it was even released. A remarkable story of how if you love something enough and pour in the hours, you don’t need to “get hired” or “be employed” in order to start your path to success.” — Sportsnet

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    A Forgotten Hero Folke Bernadotte, the Swedish Humanitarian Who Rescued 30,000 People from the Nazis Shelley Emling
    9781770414495 Hardcover BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Historical On Sale Date: May 21, 2019
    $32.95 CAD 5.5 x 8.5 x 0.9 in | 264 pages Carton Quantity: 32 Canadian Rights: Y ECW Press
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      The true story of Folke Bernadotte’s heroic rescue of 30,000 prisoners during WWII

      In one of the most amazing rescues of WWII, the Swedish head of the Red Cross rescued more than 30,000 people from concentration camps in the last three months of the war. Folke Bernadotte did so by negotiating with the enemy — shaking hands with Heinrich Himmler, the head of the Gestapo. Time was of the essence, as Hitler had ordered the destruction of all camps and everyone in them.

      A Forgotten Hero chronicles Folke’s life and extraordinary journey, from his family history and early years to saving thousands of lives during WWII and his untimely assassination in 1948. A straightforward and compelling narrative, A Forgotten Hero sheds light on this important and heroic historical figure.

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      Shelley Emling is a senior editor at AARP.org and editor-in-chief of The Girlfriend from AARP. Previously she was a senior editor at the Huffington Post for five years. She has worked as a foreign correspondent for the Cox Media Group both in Europe and in Latin America for more than twelve years, based in London for eight years. Shelley lives in New Jersey and works in Washington, D.C. Shelley is the author of several other books including Marie Curie and Her Daughters, Setting the World on Fire, Your Guide to Retiring in Mexico, and The Fossil Hunter.
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      “Emling effectively shows her subject's ‘extraordinary feats’ as well as the immense difficulties facing those involved in humanitarian work during World War II.” — Kirkus Reviews

      “The illustrations help make Bernadotte and his family fully present in this succinct yet far-reaching portrait, which will best serve readers looking for a deep dive into the complex life of a figure not often addressed in historical accounts.” — Booklist

      “A worthy tribute . . . Emling’s accessible account of Bernadotte’s humanitarian achievements will inspire readers.” — Publishers Weekly

      “Shelley Emling . . . brings Bernadotte to life . . . She does a superb job in rectifying the cloud of obscurity that has settled over him . . . The energy, cunning, and forcefulness that Bernadotte deployed is excellently portrayed in the book.” — New York Journal of Books

      “Shelley Emling’s book about my father is very interesting, especially the second half about the end of the Third Reich. Today’s readers, perhaps mostly the younger generation, are not, in general, very aware of this important period of the Second World War. The rivalry and jockeying for position with the führer to the bitter end is well depicted and astonishing. How my father — with the help of Heinrich Himmler’s confidante, Walter Schellenberg — managed to convince the head of the Gestapo and the concentration camps to overlook his sworn allegiance to Adolf Hitler is well narrated and very important knowledge for readers. An essential read for those interested in the Nazis, the Third Reich, and the end of the Second World War. Well done!” — Bertil Bernadotte, Folke Bernadotte’s son

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    Fatboy Fall Down A Novel Rabindranath Maharaj Canada
    9781770414525 Paperback FICTION / Literary On Sale Date: April 09, 2019
    $19.95 CAD 5.5 x 8.5 x 0.62 in | 272 pages Carton Quantity: 44 Canadian Rights: Y a misFit book
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      A heartrending novel about one man’s search for meaning in a difficult life

      A child ridiculed for his weight, a son overshadowed by a favored brother, a husband who falls short of his wife’s ambitions, an old man with a broken heart… As Orbits’s life passes, he doggedly pursues a simple dream — a little place in the country where a family might thrive — while wondering if he can ever shake free of the tragedies that seem to define him.

      Fatboy Fall Down is the lush and heartbreaking musings of a man trying to understand his place in the world. Though shot through with sadness, Fatboy Fall Down is also full of surprising moments of wry humor, and Rabindranath Maharaj's deft touch underscores the resilience of the human spirit.

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      Rabindranath Maharaj is the author of seven novels and three short story collections. His fifth novel, The Amazing Absorbing Boy, won both the Toronto Book Award and the Trillium Fiction Prize. In 2013, Maharaj was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. He resides in Ajax, Ontario.
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      “Heavy yet rewarding, Maharaj's novel is a reminder that resilience takes many forms — and that most exceed our naming.” — Kirkus Reviews

      “The vividness of island life, so richly conveyed, adds to the depth of this remarkable character study.” — Booklist

      “In Fatboy Fall Down, Orbits gazes into the distance, hoping to escape the reality of who and where he is and what it all means.” — Foreword Reviews

      “The very slightness of [Orbits’s] journey is perhaps what is most intriguing about this subtle and atmospheric novel: It is not exactly satisfying, but convincing, a tiny victory in the hot, long afternoon.” — The Globe and Mail

      “Author Maharaj was born on the island of Trinidad, and he suffuses his novel with wonderful detail of the varied and exotic indigenous plants and animals of the West Indies. But most of all there is the spoken language of the characters, almost musical in its manner and rich in imagery . . . This is a quiet book that builds slowly, gradually taking on momentum and urgency, just as the passage of time seems so slow when we are young and so fleeting when we get older.” — New York Journal of Books

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    One Thing — Then Another Poems Claire Kelly Canada
    9781770414556 Paperback POETRY / Women Authors On Sale Date: April 16, 2019
    $18.95 CAD 5.5 x 8.5 x 0.27 in | 80 pages Carton Quantity: 68 Canadian Rights: Y a misFit book
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      A poetic response to the tumult of a move across country

      One Thing — Then Another is a collection of poetry divided into three unique sections: “East” explores the constraints of living under the poverty line in a have-not province. “And” is a long poem about moving in a U-Haul across the prairies during an ice storm. “West” considers what it means to live in the have-est of have provinces and trying to acclimate to that alongside an ever-present drought.

      The poems are largely about contrast: east to west, flood to aridity, poverty to comfort, small town to city. Throughout this accessible, smart, and funny collection, there are many descriptions of apocalyptic upheaval to reflect the feelings of disruption that often accompany relocation.

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      One Thing — Then Another is Claire Kelly’s second collection. She lives and writes in Edmonton, Alberta.
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      “It takes the wit of a Claire Kelly to coin the term ‘un-talisman.’ That’s what a poem might be in the twenty-first century — it has no magical powers, won’t offer false hope, but when fashioned by the likes of Kelly, it offers a kind of eyes-wide-open solace: carry these un-talismans with you and watch the abject clutter of the ‘post-pre-post-apocalyptic’ era shine in their presence.” — Sue Sinclair, author of Heaven’s Thieves

      “Claire Kelly’s sophomore collection is millennial in the best possible way — witty, transient, both ironically and sincerely nostalgic, and deeply wary of the status quo. A friend’s Facebook post is capable of making the world more magical, a trans-Canada move is infused with all the tragedy of Wuthering Heights, and the gods drive jalopies and eat marshmallows. With her masterful ear and keen eye for connections, Kelly blends vernaculars into a playful and singular voice. This is an excellent collection.” — Kayla Czaga, author of Dunk Tank and For Your Safety Please Hold On

      “Humourous, wry, homesick, filled with nuances not apparent on a first-read, One Thing – Then Another captures contrast—small town to city, ocean to prairie, what was, to what is.” — Laurie Mackie’s blog

      “In a tone reminiscent of Solie’s snappy urban allusiveness, Kelly sends us from the poverties of one province, through a U-hauled ice storm and into the supposed riches of another, despite the inevitable droughts . . . Kelly has a knack for carving the breath between lines and jabbing jiving rhythms at the reader.” — Marrow Reviews blog

      “There was simply no way for me to resist Claire Kelly's collection, One Thing — Then Another . . . There are nifty cultural references . . . which I'm always a sucker for, but it still all comes down to language. Kelly has some fantastic lines.” — Malcolm Avenue Review blog

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    How a Poem Moves A Field Guide for Readers of Poetry Adam Sol Canada
    9781770414563 Paperback LITERARY CRITICISM / Poetry On Sale Date: March 12, 2019
    $19.95 CAD 5.5 x 8.5 x 0.49 in | 216 pages Carton Quantity: 60 Canadian Rights: Y a misFit book
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      A collection of playfully elucidating essays to help reluctant poetry readers become well-versed in verse

      Developed from Adam Sol’s popular blog, How a Poem Moves is a collection of 35 short essays that walks readers through an array of contemporary poems. Sol is a dynamic teacher, and in these essays, he has captured the humor and engaging intelligence for which he is known in the classroom. With a breezy style, Sol delivers essays that are perfect for a quick read or to be grouped together as a curriculum.

      Though How a Poem Moves is not a textbook, it demonstrates poetry’s range and pleasures through encounters with individual poems that span traditions, techniques, and ambitions. This illuminating book is for readers who are afraid they “don’t get” poetry but who believe that, with a welcoming guide, they might conquer their fear and cultivate a new appreciation.

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      Adam Sol is an award-winning poet, writer, and teacher. He has published four collections of poetry, including Crowd of Sounds, which won Ontario’s Trillium Book Award. He lives in Toronto, Ontario, with his wife, Rabbi Yael Splansky, and their three sons.
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      “This unassuming book provides a great public service — it removes the shroud of mystery that hovers between too many readers and the world of poetry . . . Sol deserves to be read widely and freely; his humble witness to the simple art of reading may be this book's most important gift. Libraries should have multiple copies.” — Library Journal Starred Review

      “Going beyond the question of what poems mean, Sol investigates how they work — how they elicit emotion, provide or withhold information, and construct memorable images. His selections, largely derived from his time as a juror for the 2015 Griffin Poetry Prize, tend toward the relatively lesser-known, making this survey equally worthwhile for beginners who can learn from Sol’s instruction and for more seasoned readers who will delight in the new discoveries contained within.” — Publishers Weekly

      “One wants to reread the poems, linger over Sol’s arguments . . . How a Poem Moves certainly revealed exciting new work to this reader of contemporary poetry, and it evinces the dizzying numbers and varieties of poems produced in North America today. We need more of this kind of thing, and Sol’s project might move more of us to make public our readings as much as poets make public their poems.” — Quill & Quire

      “Sol is particularly sensitive to the value of the as-yet-undefined, since giving voice to the contradictory is poetry’s principal strength . . . But his greatest skill is in underlining the potency of aural effects: He is always on the lookout for alliteration, assonance and consonance, for hidden rhymes and barely-there metres . . . This is truly a welcoming book — at once an educational snapshot of the contemporary literary scene and a useful example of how to teach for educators themselves.” — Globe and Mail

      “It provides a gateway for some of us to discover a new pleasure, and others of us to take a closer look at the poetry we love.” — Toronto Star

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    Bad Ideas A Novel Missy Marston Canada
    9781770414617 Paperback FICTION / Women On Sale Date: April 23, 2019
    $18.95 CAD 5 x 7.75 x 0.62 in | 264 pages Carton Quantity: 44 Canadian Rights: Y ECW Press
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      Wildly funny and wonderfully moving, Bad Ideas is about just that — a string of bad ideas — and the absurdity of love

      Trudy works nights in a linen factory, avoiding romance and sharing the care of her four-year-old niece with Trudy’s mother, Claire. Claire still pines for Trudy’s father, a St. Lawrence Seaway construction worker who left her twenty years ago. Claire believes in true love. Trudy does not. She’s keeping herself to herself. But when Jules Tremblay, aspiring daredevil, walks into the Jubilee restaurant, Trudy’s a goner.

      Loosely inspired by Ken “the Crazy Canuck” Carter’s attempt to jump the St. Lawrence River in a rocket car, and set in a 1970s hollowed-out town in eastern Ontario, Bad Ideas paints an indelible portrait of people on the forgotten fringes of life. Witty and wise, this is a novel that will stay with you a long time.

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      Missy Marston’s first novel, The Love Monster, was the winner of the 2013 Ottawa Book Award, a finalist for the CBC Bookie Awards and the Scotiabank Giller Prize Readers’ Choice. She lives in Ottawa, Ontario.
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      “This novel of working class women and the men they let into their lives is like a small town: both tough and soft. These strong, funny, and intense characters have unique and deep-seated ideas about love and family, have dreams that are big enough. Marston writes with love and verve. In Bad Ideas people take life as it comes, and think those bad ideas are probably going to play out just fine.” — Dina Del Bucchia, author of Don't Tell Me What to Do

      “I’d follow Missy Marston’s writing anywhere, even off an ill-conceived launch ramp across the St. Lawrence River in a rocket-car. In Bad Ideas, she tells a story with hard edges, humour, and so much tenderness, affirming her place as one of Canada's funniest and original writers.” — Kerry Clare, author of Mitzi Bytes

      “An astonishing, funny, and beautiful book. It’s full of terrible, lovable, broken people doing their best to find happiness wherever they can — in fast cars, booze, or in the arms of the right-but-wrong person. It's about the parts of ourselves that remain underwater in the murk and the bits we choose to showcase. It’s about what it means to love the wrong people — the broke stunt driver, the married man, the absent mother. Always illuminating and never sentimental, Bad Ideas is an honest look at what it means to dream big in a small town. Oh, and there’s a surprise ending that’s absolutely glorious.” — New York Times bestselling author Jennifer McCartney

      “An unusual story of both familial and romantic love, the strange dreams humans have, and the cost and benefits of loyalty.” — Kirkus Reviews

      Bad Ideas is a great read, a well-balanced mix of pathos and humour . . . The way Ms. Marston brings all the threads of each character’s past into the present is a marvel of writing that makes Bad Ideas well worth reading. Put it on your Summer Reading List.” — Miramichi Reader

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