February 2019 Fiction: Canadian

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    Series: Rachel Getty and Esa Khattak Novels
    A Deadly Divide A Mystery Ausma Zehanat Khan Canada
    9781250298287 Hardcover FICTION / Mystery & Detective On Sale Date: February 12, 2019 Print Run: 30000
    $36.50 CAD 6.41 x 9.57 x 1.37 in | 384 pages Carton Quantity: 20 Canadian Rights: Y Minotaur Books
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      From the critically acclaimed author Ausma Zehanat Khan,A Deadly Divide is the devastatingly powerful new thriller featuring beloved series detectives Esa Khattak and Rachel Getty.

      In the aftermath of a mass shooting at a mosque in Quebec, the local police apprehend Amadou Duchon—a young Muslim man at the scene helping the wounded—but release Etienne Roy, the local priest who was found with a weapon in his hands.

      The shooting looks like a hate crime, but detectives Esa Khattak and Rachel Getty sense there is more to the story. Sent to liaise with a community in the grip of fear, they find themselves in fraught new territory, fueled by the panic and suspicion exploited by a right-wing radio host.

      As Rachel and Esa grapple to stop tensions shutting the case down entirely, all the time, someone is pointing Esa in another direction, a shadowy presence who anticipates his every move.

      A Deadly Divideis a piercingly observed, gripping thriller that reveals the fractures that try to tear us all apart: from the once-tight partnership between detectives Esa and Rachel, to the truth about a deeply divided nation.

      AUSMA ZEHANAT KHAN holds a Ph.D. in International Human Rights Law and is a former adjunct law professor. She was Editor-in-Chief of Muslim Girl magazine, the first magazine targeted to young Muslim women. A British-born Canadian, Khan now lives in Colorado with her husband.The Unquiet Dead was her debut novel.
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        - starred review from Publishers Weekly
        - Canadian author
        - Kirkus review
        - author events at Humber College in Toronto on Jan. 24, at Vancouver Institute on Jan. 26, and a launch event at Ben McNally on March 11
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        Rep Pick:
         In this gripping new mystery, Detectives Khattak and Getty investigate a shooting at a mosque in Quebec City that looks like a hate crime. —Laureen Cusack

    • Awards & Reviews

      Library Journal Best Books of the Year 2019, Long-listed

      “Relevant and heartbreakingly realistic.”—Library Journal "Best Book of 2019"

      “Outstanding...Khan perceptively explores who fear can quickly erupt into violence.”—Publishers Weekly (Starred and Boxed)

      “Khan masterfully weavers story-driving character development and pitch-perfect investigation with timely social commentary on the impact of cultural tensions.”—Booklist

      “Khan peoples her police procedural with believably nuanced characters to highlight the consequences of hate. The tension never lets down.”—Kirkus

      “Ausma Zehanat Khan's procedurals have redefined the landscape of Canadian crime writing. This is a must-read for any who believe in crime fiction as a space to both process trauma and sound the call for action.”—Crime Reads, "Best Crime Books of 2019"

      “Khan has established herself as one of the genre's most thoughtful practitioners. With great intelligence and sensitivity, Khan portrays the ease of online radicalization and the ways in which ideological divides cement into far more violent ones. It's a piece of fiction that manages to tell a truth even non-fiction has had trouble communicating.”—Globe and Mail(Toronto)

      “A Deadly Divide feels like a homecoming, but to a home that’s no longer a safe space. I can’t recommend this timely and urgent read enough.”LitHub

      “In a fast-paced and expertly plotted mystery, Khan explores the depths of human complexity and the very human costs of hate.”—Shelf Awareness

      “One of my favorite procedural series….This was my favorite so far. Khan is an excellent writer who explores all the nuances in communities and social issues without creating caricatures or stereotypes.”—BookRiot

      “A terrific suspense novel, beautifully set up and resolved.”—Shawangunk JournalandSullivan County Democrat

      “Absorbing. It's tempting to turn to mysteries, where justice is generally served and conflict is brought to a resolution, when the world seems overwhelming. Ausma Zehanat Khan uses the conventions of the genre to explore the world we live in, one that badly needs more justice.”—Reviewing the Evidence

      Praise for A Dangerous Crossing:

      “Excellent . . . Khan demonstrates a superior ability to inject moving portrayals of the individual faces of an ongoing humanitarian crisis into a suspenseful story line.”—Publishers Weekly(starred)

      “A complex global thriller lifted to bar-raising heights by Khan’s thoughtful (and timely) exploration of the tragedies and dangers that refugees face”—Booklist (starred)

      “Khan’s doctorate and research in international human relations law give credence to her portrayal of a timely situation . . . This is a series well worth investigating.”—Library Journal

      “An exciting read . . . With gripping situations, vivid characters and intense conflicts, Khan creates a thrilling mystery.”—RT BookReviews

      “Khan’s latest leads us on a suspenseful hunt for a missing woman and through a perilous and uncertain landscape.”—LitHub

      "Khan skillfully sheds light on the very human side of the war in Syria—and the rest of the world's failure to grasp that humanity. A Dangerous Crossing does an excellent job of portraying the situation in Syria in a way that will help readers recognize hard truths. Moreover, it does so while drawing them into the type of carefully woven, multi-layered mystery that has become characteristic of Khan's expert novels."—Shelf Awareness

      “Khan is super talented at creating smart and thoughtful detective procedurals that also incorporate important current politics and social issues.”—Book Riot

      "A timely novel...This one is a superior topical nail-biter."—The Globe and Mail

      "Zehanat Khan's characters are principled and compassionate, driven to serve the lost, the broken, the betrayed, and her plots explore current global issues with keen insight. The novel presents a highly personal and heartbreakingly profound view of the Syrian refugee crisis."—Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

      "This Esa Khattak and Rachel Getty series gets richer every time out."—Sullivan County Democrat

      A Dangerous Crossing is driven by mystery, but it’s also poignant and complex . . . Khan does not shy from intricate global politics.A Dangerous Crossing is another gripping Esa Khattak and Rachel Getty Mystery."—Don’t Need a Diagram

      Praise for the Khattak and Getty series:

      “An outstanding debut.”New York Times

      “Impressive . . . A many-faceted gem.”The Washington Post

      “With its thought-provoking, intelligent plot, The Language of Secretseven surpasses Khan’s superb debut, The Unquiet Dead.Associated Press

      “Beautiful and powerful.”Publishers Weekly (starred)

      “An involving mystery in a vividly portrayed setting . . . In Khan’s hands, mysteries carry powerful messages.”Booklist

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    A Reckoning A Novel Linda Spalding Canada
    9780771098246 Paperback FICTION / Literary On Sale Date: February 12, 2019
    $22.00 CAD 5.13 x 7.99 x 0.68 in | 320 pages Carton Quantity: 24 McClelland & Stewart
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      A perfect companion to The Purchase, Linda Spalding’s bestselling, award-winning novel, A Reckoning is the deeply moving and troubling account of a family’s breakdown.

      It opens in the spring of 1855, when John Dickinson is involved in a shameful secret that will require a tragic decision. The family’s resources have been wasted by a reckless brother who holds all of them hostage and, adding fuel to John’s desperation, the enslaved workers have been visited by a Canadian abolitionist who pushes them to escape. Bry does, and his pursuit of freedom will involve a dangerous quest to find his mother and child in Canada.

      Meanwhile, the Dickinsons become fugitives of another kind, escaping their losses in a wagon en route to the West that will eventually be loaded onto a Missouri river boat for a dark adventure. Forests and rivers prevail in this story, and each person will be tested, especially thirteen-year-old Martin, whose lonely journey with a pet bear is almost mythic.

      A story told with stunning language and a unique voice, A Reckoning confirms Spalding’s place at the forefront of Canadian literature.

      Publication History: McClelland & Stewart, HC (09/2017)
      Born and raised in Kansas, LINDA SPALDING immigrated to Canada in 1982 from Hawaii. She is the author of The Purchase, winner of the Governor General’s Literary Award, and three much earlier novels and two acclaimed works of non-fiction: The Follow, which was shortlisted for The Trillium Book Award and the Pearson Writers’ Trust Non-Fiction Prize; and, most recently, Who Named the Knife. She received the Harbourfront Festival Prize for her contribution to the Canadian literary community. She lives in Toronto, where she is the editor of Brick magazine. Spalding lives in Toronto.

      Author Residence: Toronto, ON
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        Author Website: www.lindaspalding.com

        Author Social Media: Twitter: @LindaSpalding
    • Awards & Reviews

      “Linda Spalding’s dark, mythopoetic novels about the antebellum American South, loosely based on her own family’s history, stand apart for their texture, moral nuance and painstaking…attention to language.”—Emily Donaldson, editor of Canadian Notes and Queries, for the Globe and Mail.

      A Reckoning is an extraordinary novel. A humane and timely examination of how the societies we create—just or profoundly unjust—set the parameters for the people we become. This is a beautiful and brilliant work of art, vulnerable, driven, and unsettling.”—Madeleine Thien, author of Do Not Say We Have Nothing

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    Body & Soul Stories for Skeptics and Seekers Susan Scott Canada
    9781987915938 Paperback LITERARY COLLECTIONS / Women Authors Publication Date: February 06, 2019
    $24.95 CAD 6 x 8.9 x 0.7 in | 240 pages Carton Quantity: 30 Canadian Rights: Y Caitlin Press
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      Body & Soul: Stories for Skeptics and Seekers is a spiritual journey through experiences that can be liberating but also awkward and sometimes even dangerous, because women are so often excluded from conversations about spirituality. Liberation comes with breaking that age-old code of silence to talk about the messiness of faith, practice, religion and ceremony, to confess our sublimely unconventional modes of spiritual yearning. The writers in this volume, including Sharon Bala, Carleigh Baker, Eufemia Fantetti, Sue Goyette, K.D. Miller, Zarqa Nawaz, Alison Pick, Sigal Samuel, Ayelet Tsabari, Betsy Warland and others, many from marginalized or misunderstood communities, are speaking out so that others will speak up. Enough of fear. Enough of hiding out, tongue-tied. It’s time for joy, humanity and frankness. It’s time to step up and lead—not by running after answers, but by asking caring, daring questions. It’s time for body and soul.


      Susan Scott is the author of Temple in a Teapot and a memoir-in-progress, Sainted Dirt: Reckonings with Land, Language, Family and Imperfect Teaware. As a community builder, she works with artists, scholars and activists to release powerful, transgressive stories that inspire grassroots change and healing. As The New Quarterly’s nonfiction editor, she directs Write on the French River Creative Writing Retreat and serves as associate director of the Wild Writers Literary Festival. Susan has lived in Toronto, Montreal and in towns and cities across the US. She makes her home in Waterloo, Ontario, on the Haldimand Tract, in the heart of the Great Lakes basin.

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    Broken Promise A Promise Falls Novel Linwood Barclay Canada
    9780385693141 Paperback FICTION / Thrillers On Sale Date: February 26, 2019
    $19.95 CAD 5.18 x 8 x 1.15 in | 512 pages Carton Quantity: 24 Anchor Canada
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      From the New York Times-bestselling author of No Safe House comes the first novel in an explosive trilogy about the disturbing secrets of a quiet small town.

      After his wife’s death and the collapse of his newspaper, David Harwood has no choice but to uproot his nine-year-old son and move back into his childhood home in Promise Falls, New York. David believes his life is in free fall, and he can’t find a way to stop his descent.

      Then he comes across a family secret of epic proportions. A year after a devastating miscarriage, David’s cousin Marla has continued to struggle. But when David’s mother asks him to check on her, he’s horrified to discover that she’s been secretly raising a child who is not her own—a baby she claims was a gift from an “angel” left on her porch.

      When the baby’s real mother is found murdered, David can’t help wanting to piece together what happened—even if it means proving his own cousin’s guilt. But as he uncovers each piece of evidence, David realizes that Marla’s mysterious child is just the tip of the iceberg.

      Other strange things are happening. Animals are found ritually slaughtered. An ominous abandoned Ferris wheel seems to stand as a warning that something dark has infected Promise Falls. And someone has decided that the entire town must pay for the sins of its past…in blood.

      Series Overview: Promise Falls Trilogy: #1

      Publication History: Doubleday Canada, HC (07/2015)
      LINWOOD BARCLAY is the multi-million copy #1 internationally bestselling author of seventeen previous novels for adults, including Broken Promise, Far From True, The Twenty-Three, No Safe House; A Tap on the Window; Trust Your Eyes; Never Saw It Coming, and two thrillers for children. His books have been translated into more than two dozen languages. He wrote the screenplay adaptation for his novel Never Saw It Coming, and his book The Accident has been made into a television series in France.

      Author Residence: Oakville, ON
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        Author Website: www.linwoodbarclay.com.

        Author Social Media: Twitter: @linwood_barclay
    • Awards & Reviews

      “Barclay’s best book yet.”—Toronto Star

      “The story is fascinating and the characters are intriguing.”—The Associated Press

      “Twist-driven thrillers packed with explosive action are a hallmark of Linwood Barclay’s career.”—USA Today

      “With its high rate of violent crime, deadly secrets, corrupt officials and, of course, lack of a daily newspaper, Promise Falls isn’t a great place to live. But it’s a lot of fun to read about.”—The Peterborough Examiner

      “A true master is back on the scene, and this is another book that can go directly into the suspense lover’s hall of fame.”—Suspense Magazine

      “Barclay’s credentials as a top-notch suspense novelist are now firmly established.”—The StarPhoenix (Saskatoon)

      “A skilled, fast-paced, suspenseful writer of well-structured fiction, a veteran who can be counted on to deliver an absorbing novel cast with real humans.”—The London Free Press (Ontario)

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    Days by Moonlight Andre Alexis Canada
    9781552453797 Paperback FICTION / Literary On Sale Date: February 19, 2019
    $19.95 CAD 5.42 x 8.3 x 0.79 in | 165 pages Carton Quantity: 24 Canadian Rights: Y Coach House Books
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      2017 Windham-Campbell Prize for fiction Winner of the 2015 Scotiabank Giller Prize Almost a year to the date of his parents' death, botanist Alfred Homer, ever hopeful and constantly surprised, is invited on a road trip by his parents' friend Professor Morgan Bruno. Professor Bruno wants company as he tries to unearth the story of the mysterious and perhaps dead poet John Skennen. But Days by Moonlight is also a journey through an underworld that looks like southern Ontario, a journey taken during the "hour of the wolf," that time of day when the sun is setting and the traveller can't tell the difference between dog and wolf, a time when the world and the imagination won't stay in their own lanes. Alfred and the Professor encounter towns where Black residents speak only in sign language during the day and towns that hold Indigenous Parades; it is a land of house burnings, werewolves, witches, and plants with unusual properties. The novel is a darkly comic portrait of two beings: Alfred Homer and the Southern Ontario he loves. And it asks that perpetual question: how do we know the things we know are real and what is real anyway?
      André Alexis was born in Trinidad and grew up in Canada. In 2017, he was awarded the Windham-Campbell Literature Prize for fiction. His novel, Fifteen Dogs, won the 2015 Scotiabank Giller Prize and the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize. His debut novel, Childhood, won the Books in Canada First Novel Award, the Trillium Book Award, and was shortlisted for the Giller Prize and the Writers' Trust Fiction Prize. His other books include The Hidden Keys, Pastoral (nominated for the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize), Asylum, Beauty and Sadness, Ingrid & the Wolf, Despair and Other Stories of Ottawa and Lambton, Kent and Other Vistas: A Play .
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    Deep River Night A Novel Patrick Lane Canada
    9780771048197 Paperback FICTION / Literary On Sale Date: February 12, 2019
    $21.00 CAD 5.2 x 7.99 x 0.94 in | 416 pages Carton Quantity: 24 McClelland & Stewart
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      From bestselling author Patrick Lane: In the style of Cormac McCarthy, Russell Banks, and Annie Proulx, Deep River Night is set over the course of forty-eight hours in a remote sawmill community, where violence, complicity, and inaction run deep.

      World War II vet Art Kenning is the alcoholic first-aid man in an isolated sawmill village in the interior of B.C., where he dreads the sound of the five whistles that summon him to the mill floor whenever a worker is hurt. Traumatized by an incident in Holland, when he stood by while members of his unit committed a horrific act, he loses himself in drink, and in memories of the love affair he had with a woman in wartime Paris. But the sad comfort of his self-imposed detachment is shattered when one of the most powerful men at the mill arrives at his door late one evening to ask for his help. What unfolds over the course of that night and following day will force Art to confront acts of evil, both in the present and the past, as well as the tragic consequences of his own inaction.

      Alternating with Art’s story are the stories of Joel, a teenaged runaway who owes his life to Art; Wang Po, the mill’s cook and a survivor of the Rape of Nanjing; Alice, a young Indigenous girl sold from a residential school; and Cliff, a Metis man with a hidden past. These lives, and more, intertwine to reveal a complex, morally ambiguous community where the undercurrents of violence and complicity are never far from the surface.

      Writing with exquisite precision and emotional force, Patrick Lane gives us a novel whose darkness is fractured by moments of light. Deep River Night is a riveting story about the burden of bearing witness to a terrible crime.

      Publication History: McClelland & Stewart, HC (02/2018)
      PATRICK LANE’s first novel, Red Dog, Red Dog, was a finalist for the Amazon.ca/Books in Canada First Novel Award and the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize, and was longlisted for the Giller Prize. Lane is one of Canada’s pre-eminent poets, and his distinguished career spans fifty years and twenty-five volumes of poetry. His memoir, There Is a Season, won the Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Literary Excellence and the inaugural British Columbia Award for Canadian Non-fiction, and was also a finalist for the Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction, the Hubert Evans Non-Fiction Prize, the Pearson Writers’ Trust Non-Fiction Prize, and the Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Award for Non-Fiction. He has been a writer in residence and teacher at Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec, the University of Victoria in British Columbia, and the University of Toronto in Ontario. Patrick Lane lives near Victoria, B.C., with his wife, the poet Lorna Crozier.

      Author Residence: Victoria, B.C.
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        Author Website: www.patricklane.ca
    • Awards & Reviews

      “Patrick Lane is one of the finest writers I know.”—David Adams Richards, author of Principles to Live By

      “Patrick Lane offers us a wise, profound meditation on loss, longing, and the struggle for redemption…. Deep River Night is a wonder.”—Guy Vanderhaeghe, author of Daddy Lenin and Other Stories

      “A mourning book, elegiac, bloody, all fire and ashes, but taking great care for what gentleness may be left in the world.”—Marina Endicott, author of Close to Hugh

      “Ablaze with a savage compassion…. A gorgeous, furious achievement, a work of art of the highest order.”—Steven Price, author of By Gaslight

      “A heavy novel to be sure, but in its best moments—including a final scene so perfectly executed it feels like a magic trick—it provides a weightless, ecstatic sense of lift.”—Quill & Quire

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    Divided Loyalties Nilofar Shidmehr Canada
    9781487006020 Paperback FICTION / Short Stories Publication Date: February 05, 2019
    $19.95 CAD 5.25 x 8 in | 320 pages Carton Quantity: 44 Astoria
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      Acclaimed poet Nilofar Shidmehr’s debut story collection is an unflinching look at the lives of women in post-revolutionary Iran and the contemporary diaspora in Canada.

      The stories begin in 1978, the year before the Iranian Revolution. In a neighbourhood in Tehran, a group of affluent girls play a Cinderella game with unexpected consequences. In the mid 1980s, women help their husbands and brothers survive war and political upheaval. In the early 1990s in Vancouver, Canada, a single-mother refugee is harassed by the men she meets on a telephone dating platform. And in 2003, a Canadian woman working for an international aid organization is dispatched to her hometown of Bam to assist in the wake of a devastating earthquake.

      At once powerful and profound, Divided Loyalties depicts the rich lives of Iranian women and girls in post-revolutionary Iran and the contemporary diaspora in Canada; the enduring complexity of the expectations forced upon them; and the resilience of a community experiencing the turmoil of war, revolution, and migration.


      NILOFAR SHIDMEHR is a poet, essayist, and scholar, and the author of six books in English and Farsi, including Between Lives and Shirin and Salt Man, a BC Book Prize finalist. She writes and delivers lectures on women’s rights, migration and diaspora, and social and political issues in Iran. A specialist in literature and cinema of modern Iran, she teaches in the Continuing Studies program at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada, where she lives with her husband.

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      “Showcases an impressive range.” — Vancouver Sun

      “Divided Loyalties offers an in-depth view into the complex traditions, taboos, and social mores of Iranian society from the 1970s to the present day.” — Winnipeg Free Press

      “Nilofar Shidmehr’s stories are not only engaging and challenging, but truly revolutionary.” — Temz Review

      “Divided Loyalties should be required reading.” — Refinery29

      “Shidmehr’s sentences are complex and packed with information, at once crystal clear and highly nuanced, metaphoric and ruthlessly specific, held together by powerfully resonant central images that reverberate retroactively and knit together many levels of reference and meaning . . . These are stories of ordinary lives, starkly rendered and held in tender suspension, often between a ‘home’ which is beloved yet toxic, and an ‘away’ that is lonely and insulting in its oppressiveness. Panoramic yet intimate, they enact a kind of investigative surgery, each one plunging beneath the surface of a situation and penetrating it to the cellular level before re-emerging only a few minutes or hours later to reveal the context surrounding what has come to pass.” — EVENT Magazine

      “A deeply felt portrait of a particular place and its people . . . The stark, protean beauty of Shidmehr’s writing recalls the shape-shifting work of Denis Johnson’s collection Jesus’ Son . . . Shidmehr’s is a necessary, feminist voice that is at once defiant and humbling.” — Quill & Quire, starred review

      “Iran is a complicated country with thousands of years of history. In Divided Loyalties, with a deft hand, Nilofar Shidmehr takes us through the suffering of its people over the last four decades. An important book that sheds light on how a people can survive their darkest years.” — Marina Nemat, author of Prisoner of Tehran

      “Shidmehr narrates the lives of her characters with as much fluid intensity and grace as they are lived.” — Musharraf Ali Farooqi, author of Between Clay and Dust

      “These complex and intimate stories of Iranian women are like nothing I’ve ever read before. Nilofar Shidmehr’s perspective is wise, unique, and compelling.” — Farzana Doctor, author of All Inclusive

      “Divided Loyalties weaves rich and complex stories spanning decades of Iran’s contemporary history and provides an intimate glimpse of lives scattered across different worlds. The stories of the characters in these pages speak to the universal experience of love, loss, and longing.” — Payam Akhavan, author of In Search of a Better World

      “A stunningly intimate portrait of the lives of Iranian women. Tenderly observed and hauntingly portrayed, Nilofar Shidmehr’s stories of love, loss, and exile shine with a rare grace.” — Ausma Zehanat Khan, author of Among the Ruins

      “Nilofar Shidmehr is a master storyteller. Divided Loyalties shows girls and women at the intersection of place and time during pre- and post-revolutionary Iran. Each of these carefully examined lives is a fierce flame that will startle and burn in the memory long after you’ve finished this book.” — Maureen Medved, author of Black Star

      “Each story in Divided Loyalties is like a new window into Iran’s complex post-revolutionary history, its hardships as well as its beauties, its griefs as well as its unwavering will to survive. A touching, fascinating read.” — Sahar Delijani, author of Children of the Jacaranda Tree

      “Nilofar Shidmehr’s collection of short stories is accurately titled. The divided loyalties that torment these Persian women, whether they are still living in Iran or have emigrated to Canada, is her painful subject matter, and Shidmehr examines every nuance of it in fiction that is fierce, meticulously observed, beautifully crafted, and authoritative. A stunning work.” — Keith Maillard, author of Gloria and Twin Studies

      “Nilofar Shidmehr offers to readers deep stories of complex Iranian women characters. They are compassionate, strong, and determined. This is a beautifully written collection with poetic language.” — Monia Mazigh, author of Hope Has Two Daughters

      “Shidmehr’s intimate tone adds a special poignancy to these stories of women harbouring secrets.” — Rabindranath Maharaj, author of The Amazing Absorbing Boy

      “In bold and uncompromising prose, Shidmehr’s stories move between Iran and Canada, and compel us to reflect on complex issues of class, gender, and racial inequities.” — Nima Naghibi, author of Women Write Iran: Nostalgia and Human Rights from the Diaspora


      Finalist, Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize (BC Book Prizes)


      “These poems speak plainly of mothers, of daughters, of lovers, but always beneath each simple story is the pulse of an intelligent, sensuous desire. These poems are feminist, moist, fragrant! Each word bursts, ripe in the mouth, like pomegranate.” — Sonnet L’Abbé, author of Killarnoe and A Strange Relief

      “Shidmehr’s direct voice and unflinching gaze put her among such great activist poets as Martín Espada, Dionne Brand, and Pablo Neruda. With a clear gaze and arresting imagery, Shidmehr brings to light the violence and injustice of women’s lives in Iran and in the diaspora. Fully wrought and deeply personal, this is a necessary book by an accomplished writer.” — Elizabeth Bachinsky, author of The Hottest Summer in Recorded History and I Don’t Feel So Good

      “These poems are the untold stories of contemporary Persian women’s lives, lives portrayed with intimacy and lyricism, despite their subjugation. These are poetic meditations that only a poet simultaneously intimate with a place, and exiled from it, can offer.” — Rachel Rose, author of the award-winning collection Song & Spectacle

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    Far From True A Promise Falls Novel Linwood Barclay Canada
    9780385693158 Paperback FICTION / Thrillers On Sale Date: February 26, 2019
    $19.95 CAD 5.14 x 8 x 1.17 in | 512 pages Carton Quantity: 24 Anchor Canada
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      From the Canadian king of suspense comes the second installment in the bestselling Promise Falls Trilogy—an edge-of-your-seat thriller with a startling twist.

      New York Times and #1 international bestselling author Linwood Barclay delivers the second spine-chilling thriller set in the troubled town of Promise Falls.

      After the screen of a run-down drive-in movie theater collapses and kills four people, the daughter of one of the victims asks private investigator Cal Weaver to look into a break-in at her father’s house. Cal discovers a hidden room where salacious activities have taken place—as well as evidence of missing DVDs. But it may not be the discs the thief was interested in….

      Meanwhile, Detective Barry Duckworth is still trying to solve two murders he believes are connected, since each featured a similar distinctive wound. And when yet another murder happens, Cal and Barry are both driven to pursue their investigations, no matter where they lead. But where they lead may be more horrific than either man can imagine.

      Series Overview: Promise Falls Trilogy: #2

      Publication History: Doubleday Canada, HC (03/2016)
      LINWOOD BARCLAY is the multi-million copy #1 internationally bestselling author of seventeen previous novels for adults, including Broken Promise, Far From True, The Twenty-Three, No Safe House; A Tap on the Window; Trust Your Eyes; Never Saw It Coming, and two thrillers for children. His books have been translated into more than two dozen languages. He wrote the screenplay adaptation for his novel Never Saw It Coming, and his book The Accident has been made into a television series in France.

      Author Residence: Toronto, ON

      Author Hometown: Darien, CT
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        Author Website: www.linwoodbarclay.com

        Author Social Media: Twitter: @linwood_barclay| Facebook: LinwoodBarclay
    • Awards & Reviews

      “Excellent.” -Stephen King

      “Fans will love Far From True.”—The Globe and Mail

      “In this excellent sequel to 2015’s Broken Promise, bestseller Barclay’s knack for realistic characterizations makes each person, even the nasty ones, stand out.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

      “[A] dark and dizzy tour de force…from one of the most reliable craftsmen in crime fiction.”—Kirkus Reviews

      “You can bet that Barclay—an international bestseller who counts Stephen King as a fan—will deliver the thrills.”—Ottawa Citizen

      “A heady mix of small-town politics, sex and murder. Barclay writes terrific suburban thrillers, and his characters feel like real people.”—The Associated Press

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    Honey in the Carcase Stories Josip Novakovich Canada
    9781945814471 Paperback FICTION / Short Stories On Sale Date: February 22, 2019
    $25.50 CAD 5.5 x 8.5 x 0.43 in | 200 pages Carton Quantity: 44 Canadian Rights: Y Dzanc Books
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      Both absurd and melancholy,Honey in the Carcase, the newest collection from award-winning Josip Novakovich, moves from scenes as familiar as a dinner party to the brutal landscapes of war-torn Southeast Europe. A man tends bees amid the bombed-out husks of his village. A young girl takes revenge for the loss of a precious life. A Yugoslav drifter finds himself at dead ends in the American heartland. A marriage splinters over a suspicious scent. A cat and a dog enact ancient enmity in the midst of a warzone. An old debt is repaid. And a boy and a juvenile hawk seem to be on a similar quest for freedom and adventure, though violence lurks in the wilds just beyond the window.
      Novakovich, hailed as “one of the best short-story writers of the decade” (Kirkus Reviews), approaches each story with the signature insight, wit, and compassion that have brought him distinction as winner of the American Book Award and Whiting Writer’s Award, and a finalist for the Man Booker International Prize.
      Josip Novakovich is a Croatian-American writer who resides in Canada. His work has been translated into Croatian, Bulgarian, Indonesian, Russian, Japanese, Italian, and French, among other languages. He was a finalist for the Man Booker International Prize in 2013 and also received the American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation, the Whiting Writer's Award, and a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship for Fiction, as well as a fellowship from the NationalEndowment for the Arts. His work has appeared in The Paris Review, Threepenny, Ploughshares, and many other journals, and has been anthologized in Best American Poetry, The Pushcart Prize, and O. Henry Prize Stories . He teaches English at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada.
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      Praise forHoney in the Carcase

      "Novakovich’s fourteen remarkable stories explore the contemporary state of alienation, both physical and emotional. ... Every story in this collection from Novakovich begins with a straightforward statement of premise, yet his prose is so balanced and apt, with not a superfluous clause or descriptor, that it always lands artfully. This is a haunting, accomplished collection."
      --Publishers Weekly (starred)

      "Honey in the Carcase is Josip Novakovich's darkest and, somehow, most hopeful book yet. ... Novakovich once again ranges widely, from Denis Johnson-esque slices of Americana to utterly original tales from various war-torn villages, showing again and again how he is one of our best writers in the English language."
      --LA Times

      "Surprises abound in Novakovich's latest collection, which covers the lives of people in Eastern Europe grappling with authoritarianism, internal conflicts, and the pressures within their own communities. ... Novakovich expertly probes the minds of the virtuous, the menacing, and the self-deluded in equal measure. ... These stories manage the impressive feat of blending gritty realism with more surreal strands, making for a gripping read."
      -Kirkus Reviews

      "Like a master painter, Josip Novakovich sets his skillful new collection,Honey in the Carcase, against a shifting background of conflict — home and the family, war and displacement, love and betrayal. The stories are at times morose and bitter, and at other times, playful and joyful ... The collection as a whole manages to feel almost like a portfolio, pulling from thin air an incredible range of techniques and intentions, but producing them all in a remarkably clear and consistent style."
      --Necessary Fiction

      "Novakovich’s stories are rife with brilliant and keen observations. His unique brand of moral exploration and honed wit is often coupled with horrendous acts of violence, appearing and concluding as quick as light glints off the edge of a blade. ... Reading each of the stories inHoney in the Carcase is like traveling a winding country highway at night, taking in what the headlights shine upon, never certain of what they will illuminate around the next turn."
      --Arkansas International

      "Novakovich recalls de Maupassant, as he unpacks another swift, dark comedy of war or exile...the stories ofHoney In the Carcase put the man back in his wheelhouse."
      --Brooklyn Rail

      "For more than two decades, Josip Novakovich has been an unflinching and unsentimental observer of the cruelty that one human can afflict on another, penning strange but fully recognizable stories and essays about such bleak topics as nationalism, war, and genocide. Novakovich has always balanced misery with a lightness, with a sense of humor and irony that Italo Calvino says we need to lift us up above the 'weight of living.' Novakovich’s illuminating new collection, Honey in the Carcase, extends these concerns in a way that speaks to our present moment, when so much of the world seems to be burning."
      -Jeffery Renard Allen, author ofSong of the Shank andRails Under My Back

      Praise for Josip Novakovich
      “Novakovich knows how to tell a story, and his prose has an easy, elegant velocity.” —The New York Times
      “Like Aleksandar Hemon and Ha Jin, short story writer Novakovich manages the feat of writing vibrantly and inventively in a second language, shaping English to the dictates of his satiric, folk-tinged storytelling.” —Publishers Weekly
      “One of the most forceful and original essayists in the English language.” —Los Angeles Review of Books
      “Novakovich’s characters…are generous, flawed, violent, and rooted in an understanding of the earth.” —Montreal Review of Books
      “There are very few native-born English speakers who write as well.” —The Guardian
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    Series: First Voices, First Texts
    Honouring the Strength of Indian Women Plays, Stories, Poetry Vera Manuel Canada, Michelle Coupal Canada, Deanna Reder Canada, Joanne Arnott Canada, Emalene Manuel Canada
    9780887558368 Paperback DRAMA / Canadian Publication Date: May 10, 2019
    $24.95 CAD 5.5 x 8.5 x 1.02 in | 416 pages Carton Quantity: 24 Canadian Rights: Y University of Manitoba Press
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      This critical edition delivers a unique and comprehensive collection of the works of Ktunaxa-Secwepemc writer and educator Vera Manuel, daughter of prominent Indigenous leaders Marceline Paul and George Manuel. A vibrant force in the burgeoning Indigenous theatre scene, Vera was at the forefront of residential school writing and did groundbreaking work as a dramatherapist and healer. Long before mainstream Canada understood and discussed the impact and devastating legacy of Canada’s Indian residential schools, Vera Manuel wrote about it as part of her personal and community healing. She became a grassroots leader addressing the need to bring to light the stories of survivors, their journeys of healing, and the therapeutic value of writing and performing arts. A collaboration by four Indigenous writers and scholars steeped in values of Indigenous ethics and editing practices, the volume features Manuel’s most famous play, "Strength of Indian Women"—first performed in 1992 and still one of the most important literary works to deal with the trauma of residential schools—along with an assemblage of plays, written between the late 1980s until Manuel’s untimely passing in 2010, that were performed but never before published. The volume also includes three previously unpublished short stories written in 1988, poetry written over three decades in a variety of venues, and a 1987 college essay that draws on family and community interviews on the effects of residential schools.
      Vera Manuel (1948-2010) was an Ktunaxa-Secwepemc writer at the forefront of Residential School writing who did tremendous work as a dramatherapist and healer.

      Michelle Coupal (Bonnechere Algonquin First Nation) is Canada Research Chair in Truth, Reconciliation, and Indigenous Literatures, and Associate Professor at the University of Regina.

      Deanna Reder (Métis) is Chair of the Department of First Nations Studies at Simon Fraser University and member of the Department of English.

      Joanne Arnott (Métis) A Métis/mixed-blood writer, originally from Manitoba.

      Emalene Manuel (Ktunaxa-Secwepemc). Vera Manuel’s sister, Emalene Manuel recently completed her Master of Education in Educational Administration and Leadership at the University of British Columbia.
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