Freehand Books - Spring 2019

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    The Student Cary Fagan Canada
    9781988298443 Paperback FICTION / Literary Publication Date:May 04, 2019
    $21.95 CAD 5.25 x 8 x 0.46 in | 220 gr | 184 pages Carton Quantity:60 Canadian Rights: Y Freehand Books
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      Description

      The Student is a portrait of a life in two snapshots.

      It's 1957 and Miriam Moscowitz is starting her final year of university with unwavering ambition. She is a serious and passionate student of literature who studies hard, dates a young Jewish man with a good job, and is the apple of her father's eye and the worry of her mother's. But then, in a single moment, her dreams crumble around her. Unsure of how to break a path for herself, she begins a reckless affair with an American student obsessed with the civil rights clashes in the south. When the young man abandons her to join the movement back home, Miriam gets on a bus to follow him, no longer sure of anything in her life.

      Forty-eight years later, Miriam is the about to witness her son's wedding (a newly-legal, same-sex marriage). She climbs the stairs to her study to look at a book she had carried with her on a bus to Detroit. She reads the marginalia written in her young, minuscule handwriting. It is familiar and strange, embarrassing and exhilarating, and she wonders what the young person who had written all these words almost half a century ago had to do with the old woman who read them now.

      The Student is a compassionate and compelling work of fiction that brings together two pivotal times in history. With its innovative structure, masterful prose, and intelligently crafted characters, this book illustrates how we are shaped by - and can eventually overcome - the constraints of the times we occupy.

      Bio

      Cary Fagan is the author of six novels and three story collections for adults, as well as many award-winning books for children. His books include A Bird's Eye (finalist for the Rogers Trust Fiction Prize, an Amazon.ca Best Book of the Year), My Life Among the Apes (longlisted for the Giller Prize, Amazon.ca Best 100 Books of 2013), and The Student (shortlisted for the Governor General's Literary Award and the Toronto Book Award). Cary was born and raised in Toronto, where he lives with his family.

      Marketing & Promotion
        Toronto book launch sponsored by Toronto Lit Up
        Pitches to festivals across Canada
        Targeted national review mailing
        Advertising in literary magazines and festival programs
        ARCs available
        Book trailer distributed through social media
        Book club guides to be made available on www.freehand-books.com
    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      City of Toronto Book Award 2019, Short-listed
      Governor General's Award for Fiction 2019, Short-listed
      Reviews
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    Seizure the Day Living a Happy Life with Illness Brian Orend Canada
    9781988298412 Paperback SELF-HELP / Personal Growth Publication Date:January 02, 2019
    $22.95 CAD 5.5 x 8.5 x 1 in | 520 gr | 416 pages Carton Quantity:18 Canadian Rights: Y Freehand Books
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      Description

      Everyone can live a happier life, especially those with chronic illnesses. Brian Orend’s smart and accessible guide for people with illness, injury, or other challenges provides both a satisfying look into happiness as well as practical steps for living a measurably happier life.

      When Brian Orend began having debilitating seizures that his doctors couldn’t explain, he began a quest to learn how he could be happier, even despite his challenging circumstances. He dove into the research about happiness, only to realize that much of the advice about happiness was aimed at “everyone” – failing to take into consideration the significant obstacles and circumstances faced by those with chronic conditions.

      Orend realized that the advice required for augmenting happiness needs to be tailored for those experiencing ongoing health challenges. And so he wrote Seizure the Day – a smart, accessible guide, grounded in the latest scientific research, that tackles not only the background of happiness, but also provides concrete how-to advice for living a happier life.

      As Seizure the Day demonstrates, people confronting challenging circumstances can make themselves measurably and sustainably happier. A better life, for each of us, awaits.


      Bio

      Brian Orend is a professor of philosophy at the University of Waterloo in Canada. He is the author of six books, including the bestselling The Morality of War, one of the most widely-used books on the ethics of war and peace. He is best-known for his work on human rights and post-war justice. He has a Ph.D. from Columbia University in New York City, has been Distinguished Visiting Professor of Human Rights at Lund University in Sweden, and has lectured around the world and around the web. Brian has epilepsy owing to a brain tumour, which has motivated his research into happiness and resulted in his book Seizure the Day: Living a Happy Life with Illness.

      Marketing & Promotion
        Seizure the Day is like Gretchen Rubin's massively popular The Happiness Project, which aims to help people be happier in their daily lives, but:
        a) is for the chronically afflicted and not for everyone; and
        b) isn't justtips and stories but theory, too, for those who are interested in reflecting about their condition and its relation to their (un)happiness.
    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Reviews

      "This is a beautiful book about struggle and overcoming, told with insight, wisdom, and good cheer. At once smart and funny, it will, quite literally, put a smile on your face." - Darrin M. McMahon, author of Happiness: A History

      "Psychologists dominate the huge literature on happiness, which philosophy professor Brian Orend brilliantly elucidates and embellishes with Aristotle's insights on happiness. From a context of personal struggles with chronic illness, he expounds on how to find pleasure in a world of hurt. But you don't have to be hurting to benefit from his contribution to the rapidly growing literature on happiness, pleasure and meaning." - Ronald Anderson, author of Alleviating World Suffering

      "A professor takes on what will make us happy... both with a chronic medical condition and without one. Dr. Orend turns to the ancient Greeks and contemporary positive psychology. A particularly heartfelt case example involves the author himself. " - Dr. Michael B. Frisch, author of Quality of Life Therapy


      "This is a beautiful book about struggle and overcoming, told with insight, wisdom, and good cheer. At once smart and funny, it will, quite literally, put a smile on your face." ? Darrin M. McMahon, author of Happiness: A History

      "Psychologists dominate the huge literature on happiness, which philosophy professor Brian Orend brilliantly elucidates and embellishes with Aristotle's insights on happiness. From a context of personal struggles with chronic illness, he expounds on how to find pleasure in a world of hurt. But you don't have to be hurting to benefit from his contribution to the rapidly growing literature on happiness, pleasure and meaning." ? Ronald Anderson, author of Alleviating World Suffering

      "A professor takes on what will make us happy? both with a chronic medical condition and without one. Dr. Orend turns to the ancient Greeks and contemporary positive psychology. A particularly heartfelt case example involves the author himself. " ? Dr. Michael B. Frisch, author of Quality of Life Therapy

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