Spring 2019 Catalogue

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    Walmart Diary of an Associate Hugo Meunier
    9781773631325 Paperback POLITICAL SCIENCE / Labor & Industrial Relations Publication Date: March 01, 2019
    $22.00 CAD 6 x 9 x 0.25 in | 128 pages Carton Quantity: 50 Canadian Rights: Y Fernwood Publishing
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      In 2012, journalist Hugo Meunier went undercover as a Walmart employee for three months in St. Leonard, Quebec, just north of Montreal.

      In great detail, Meunier charts the daily life of an impoverished Walmart worker, referring to his shifts at the box store giant as “somewhere between the army and Walt Disney.” Each shift began with a daily chant before bowing to customer demands and the constant pressure to sell. Meanwhile Meunier and his fellow workers could not afford to shop anywhere else but Walmart, further indenturing them to the multi-billion-dollar corporation.

      Beyond his time on the shop floor, Meunier documents the extraordinary efforts that Walmart exerts to block unionization campaigns, including their 2005 decision to close their outlet in Jonquiere, QC, where the United Food and Commercial Workers union had successfully gained certification rights. A decade later he charts the Supreme Court of Canada ruling that exposed the dubious legal ground on which Walmart stood in invoking closure and throwing workers out on the street.

      In Walmart: Diary of an Associate, Meunier reveals the truths behind Walmart’s low prices. It will make you think twice before shopping there.

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      Hugo Meunier is director of digital content for Québecor and has been a journalist at La Presse for more than ten years. He is also the author of Infiltrer Hugo Meunier: Enquête sur la Vie des Vedettes Québécoises [Infiltrator, Hugo Meunier: Investigating the Stars of Québec] and Au Pays des Rêves Brisés [In the Land of Broken Dreams] with Katia Gagnon. He lives in Montreal.

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      “A classic muckraking expose of corporate greed and its impact on employees and their communities.”

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    Civilization Critical Energy, Food, Nature, and the Future Darrin Qualman Canada
    9781773630861 Paperback SCIENCE / Environmental Science Publication Date: April 01, 2019
    $25.00 CAD 6 x 9 x 0.25 in | 360 pages Carton Quantity: 50 Canadian Rights: Y Fernwood Publishing
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      The modern world is wondrous. Its factories produce ten thousand cars every hour and ten trillion transistors every second. We carry supercomputers in our pockets, and nearly a million people are in the air at any time. In Civilization Critical, Darrin Qualman takes readers on a tour of the wonders of the 21st century.

      But the great strength of our modern word is also its great weakness. Our immense powers to turn resources and nature into products and waste imperil our future. And plans to double and redouble the size of the global economy veto sustainability.

      So, is our civilization doomed? No. Doom is a choice. We can make different choices.

      Qualman demonstrates that a 19th- and 20th-century transition to linear systems and away from the circular patterns of nature (and of all previous civilizations) is the foundational error—the underlying problem, the root cause of climate change, resource depletion, ocean’s full of plastics, and a host of mega-problems now intensifying and merging, with potentially civilization-cracking results. In this sweeping work, Qualman reinterprets and re-explains the problems we face today, and charts a clear, hopeful path into the future.

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      Darrin Qualman is a civilizational critic. He also farmed with his family in Saskatchewan, Canada, and for many years he served as director of research for Canada’s National Farmers Union.

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      A thoughtful and thoroughly documented analysis of the runaway train we are all aboard. Anyone worried about the track ahead should read it. Those not worried should read it more than once.


      Why is the Amazon rainforest shrinking, while Amazon.com is growing rapidly? You will find that and other answers in this masterful book by Darrin Qualman, who takes us for a intriguing ride along the history of energy, materials and the living world, ending with a call for the transformation of our civilization.


      Mandatory reading for everyone who is determined to create a society that is more just, rooted in systems thinking and upholds hope for our children.

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    Magnificent Fight The 1919 Winnipeg General Strike Dennis Lewycky Canada
    9781773630977 Paperback HISTORY / Revolutionary Publication Date: April 15, 2019
    $22.00 CAD 6 x 9 x 0.25 in | 222 pages Carton Quantity: 50 Canadian Rights: Y Fernwood Publishing
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      In May 1919, 30,000 Winnipeg workers walked away from their jobs, shutting down large factories, forcing businesses to close and bringing major industries to a halt. Mounted police and hired security, at the behest of the ruling class, violently ended the protest after six weeks. Two men were killed. What started as trade union revolt, the Winnipeg General Strike became a mass protest and was branded as a revolution.

      In Magnificent Fight, Dennis Lewycky lays out the history of this iconic event, which remains the biggest and longest strike in Canadian history. He analyzes the social, political and economic conditions leading up to the strike. He also illustrates the effects the strike had on workers, unions and all three levels of government in the following decades.

      Far from a simple retelling of the General Strike, Magnificent Fight speaks to the power of workers’ solidarity and social organization. And Lewycky reveals the length the capitalist class and the state went to in protecting the status quo. By retelling the story of the Strike through the eyes of those who witnessed it, Lewycky’s account is both educational and entertaining.

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      Dennis Lewycky has been involved in managing and facilitating social justice and development for almost forty-five years. He has helped community groups and government agencies address issues of poverty, homelessness and discrimination. He is the author of Equal Shares.

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      “Magnificent Fight should be required reading for all activists striving to build a better world.”


      “A wonderful commemoration of the Winnipeg General Strike and exploration of its meaning for today’s Canada. I recommend Magnificent Fight to all.”

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    Papergirl Melinda McCracken Canada, Penelope Jackson Canada
    9781773631295 Paperback JUVENILE FICTION / Historical Publication Date: April 15, 2019
    $13.00 CAD 6 x 0.25 x 9 in | 142 pages Carton Quantity: 50 Canadian Rights: Y Roseway Publishing
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      Ten-year-old Cassie lives with her working-class family in 1919 Winnipeg. The Great War and Spanish Influenza have taken their toll, and workers in the city are frustrated with low wages and long hours. When they orchestrate a general strike, Cassie — bright, determined and very bored at school — desperately wants to help.

      She begins volunteering for the strike committee as a papergirl, distributing the strike bulletin at Portage and Main, and from her corner, she sees the strike take shape. Threatened and taunted by upper-class kids, and getting hungrier by the day, Cassie soon realizes that the strike isn’t just a lark — it’s a risky and brave movement.

      With her impoverished best friend, Mary, volunteering in the nearby Labour Café, and Cassie’s police officer brother in the strike committee’s inner circle, Cassie becomes increasingly furious about the conditions that led workers to strike.

      When an enormous but peaceful demonstration turns into a violent assault on Bloody Saturday, Cassie is changed forever.

      Lively and engaging, this novel is a celebration of solidarity, justice and one brave papergirl.

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      Melinda McCracken (1940–2002) was a Manitoba author, journalist, poet and filmmaker. During her career, she wrote for the Winnipeg Free Press, Weekend Magazine, Toronto Star, Globe and Mail, Rolling Stone, Chatelaine _and _Maclean’s. She is also the author of Memories Are Made of This. She wrote Papergirl in 1980–81, after her daughter, Molly, was born. Melinda had a strong interest in social justice, feminism and everyday people’s history.



      Penelope Jackson is a writer and editor living in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

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      “This is a feminist labour rights novel for middle-graders that allows history and contemporary society to mingle in a way that feels so right.”


      “Papergirl is about justice and standing up for what you believe, even when things look bleak and without hope. Such an inspiring story!”


      “If you’re looking for an education middle grade story then I’d pick this one up!”


      “The (mis)adventures of teenagers Cassie Hopkins and her sidekick Mary Smith during the Winnipeg General Strike are very engaging and will appeal to many students as the serious social themes tackled in the narrative are just as relevant today as they were in 1919.”

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    Under the Bridge Anne Bishop
    9781773630434 Paperback FICTION / Political Publication Date: April 01, 2019
    $21.00 CAD 6 x 9 x 0.25 in | 340 pages Carton Quantity: 50 Canadian Rights: Y Roseway Publishing
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      “There are people who break open and make a new, bigger, self. But some of us are … brittle.”

      When stress causes an old trauma to surface, Lucy, a longtime community organizer, teacher and anti-poverty activist, loses control of her life. On probation and living on the streets of Halifax’s North End, all she has left is friends. Faithful friends like Judith, her lawyer, who is helping her take back her life.

      Lucy begins to regularly sneak into Judith’s basement to take refuge from the cold, but Lucy’s presence in the house betrays their friendship, and she uncovers mysteries from Judith’s past. As events draw their lives closer, Lucy and Judith are forced to face the toll taken by their secrets. Each of them must choose between confronting past pain or remaining broken.

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      Anne Bishop has been an activist for four decades in organizations dedicated to local, international, environmental, food, fibre and LGBT justice. She is the co author of five books and author of two: Becoming an Ally: Breaking the Cycle of Oppression in People and Beyond Token Change: Breaking the Cycle of Oppression in Institutions.

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      This is a Halifax we do not know, of the down and out, the mentally ill, the homeless, of prostitutes and dumpster divers, but also of poverty activists and civil rights lawyers, and most of all, young people quick to mobilize around a cause. Anne Bishop has told a tale of the complex reality of these characters that is also full of hope. Starting out with Lucy under the MacDonald Bridge, sleeping in her clothes, with only an earless cat to keep her warm, I could hardly put the book down.


      Bishop’s skillful use of language and style, though subtle and unobtrusive, captured the very essence of being homeless, of living in poverty, devoid of hope. I was inside the story from beginning to end. I became informed without being preached at. I was brought inside the lives of those who are disenfranchised and lost, and I witnessed the human will to survive.

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    R Is for Reparations Global Afrikan Congress – Nova Scotia Chapter Canada
    9781773632124 Paperback JUVENILE NONFICTION / People & Places Publication Date: February 01, 2019
    $13.00 CAD 10 x 8 x 0.25 in | 40 pages Carton Quantity: 50 Canadian Rights: Y Roseway Publishing
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      Coming out of the innovative Book-in-a-Day event facilitated by the Global Afrikan Congress – Nova Scotia Chapter, R Is for Reparations invites readers to listen to the voices of young activists as they share their hopes and dreams about the global demand for redress, compensation and restitution for the horrors of the Atlantic Slave Trade.

      This book is drawn from the voices of the children who participated in the Book-in-a-Day event and rode on an imaginary Underground Railroad Freedom ride, equipped with Elders who served as “conductors” and “station” stops. Their words address the tragedy and resulting political, social, and economic damage caused to African People by the slave trade, slavery, colonialism, poverty and anti-Black racism. Their reactions and reflections lead the contributions for this compelling, one-of-a-kind Alphabet Book suitable for all ages.

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      The Global Afrikan Congress - Nova Scotia Chapter (GAC-NS) was established in 2010. Throughout their history the GAC-NS has provided a strong and forceful voice for Afrikan people advocating for justice in the form of reparations for victims of the Atlantic Slave trade and colonization and its crime against humanity.

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    Ghosts Within Journeying Through PTSD Garry Leech Canada
    9781773632063 Paperback BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Social Scientists & Psychologists Publication Date: March 01, 2019
    $25.00 CAD 6 x 9 x 0.25 in | 148 pages Carton Quantity: 50 Canadian Rights: Y Roseway Publishing
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      What are the long-term psychological costs of violence and war? Journalist Garry Leech draws from his experiences as a war correspondent, his ongoing personal struggle with PTSD and the latest research on this mental illness to provide a powerful and vivid answer to this question. For thirteen years, Leech worked in Colombia’s rural conflict zones where he experienced combat, witnessed massacre sites and was held captive by armed groups. This raw account of his journey from war on the battlefield to an internal, psychological war at home illustrates how those who work with traumatized populations can themselves be impacted by trauma.

      Leech removes some of the stigmas, fears and ignorance related to PTSD in particular, and mental illness in general, by shedding light on a largely invisible illness that mostly manifests itself behind the closed doors of our homes. Ultimately, the book uses a journalist’s journey through PTSD to provide a message of hope for all those who suffer from this illness.

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      Garry Leech is an independent journalist and author who has worked in Colombia, Cuba, Venezuela and the West Bank over the past two decades. He is the author of numerous books and his articles have been published in the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia and Latin America. Garry also teaches international politics at Cape Breton University in Nova Scotia, Canada.

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      “In this sensitive personal narrative, war correspondent Garry Leech reveals the torment of this frightful ailment and the horrors he witnessed in Latin America…A gripping tale of savagery and terror, but also of tenderness, compassion, and renewal.”


      “Garry Leech weaves his own raw experiences together with clinical understandings from today’s leading PTSD researchers and writers. As such, this book may be helpful for his fellow war correspondents as well as military veterans, accident victims, and survivors and witnesses of abuse and violence.”

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    Dis/Consent Perspectives on Sexual Consent and Sexual Violence KelleyAnne Malinen Canada
    9781773630892 Paperback SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sexual Abuse & Harassment Publication Date: May 01, 2019
    $24.00 CAD 6 x 9 x 0.25 in | 112 pages Carton Quantity: 50 Canadian Rights: Y Fernwood Publishing
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      Sexual violence is prevalent in our society. We know this directly because of the courage survivors have shown in facing their perpetrators in courts, online and in the public eye. But society is hesitant, incapable or unwilling to hold offenders to account: they keep their jobs — or get promoted to powerful positions — and survivors frequently end up being on trial themselves. Furthermore, mainstream discourse and thinking about sexual violence and consent are limited to problematic op-eds, oversimplified viral videos or tweets. These will not end sexual violence.

      The contributors to Dis/Consent argue that the conversations happening today around consent and sexual violence ignore and erase the multiple forms of oppression that are part and parcel of sexual violence. They highlight the relationships between our social structures, social institutions and individual experiences of sexual consent and sexual violence. And because sexism, racism, misogyny, homophobia, transphobia and ableism are deeply intertwined with sexual violence, it will not be undone without systemic, anti-oppressive, decolonizing change.

      Refusing to reduce intersectionality to a hasty footnote, this volume examines the construction of sexual violence and consent at diverse intersections of identity and includes a diversity of perspectives and positionalities rarely found in conversations about sexual violence and sexual consent.

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      KelleyAnne Malinen is a professor in the Sociology and Anthropology Department at Mount Saint Vincent University.

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    Keywords The New Language of Capitalism John Patrick Leary
    9781773631943 Paperback POLITICAL SCIENCE / General Publication Date: December 03, 2018
    $20.00 CAD 6 x 9 x 0.25 in | 266 pages Carton Quantity: 50 Canadian Rights: Y Fernwood Publishing
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      In Keywords: The New Language of Capitalism, John Patrick Leary chronicles the rise of a new vocabulary in the twenty-first century. From Silicon Valley to the White House, from primary school to higher education, and from the factory floor to the church pulpit, we are all called to be innovators and entrepreneurs, to be curators of an ever-expanding roster of competencies.

      In a series of short essays on terms like “entrepreneur,” “sustainability,” “artisanal” and “synergy,” Keywords uses the vocabulary of neoliberalism to discover the contemporary spirit of capitalism. Each entry chronicles the penetration of market logic into nearly every aspect of our everyday branded lives — even realms like church and summer camp that were once secure from the rat-race of market-driven competition. Each entry explores a popular term that displays an affinity for hierarchy, competition, “the marketplace” and the virtual technologies of our time. The keywords all share a celebration of decisive “leadership,” dreamy artistry, prophetic “vision” and an inexhaustible commitment to work: the pillars of an ideal innovative self.

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      John Patrick Leary is an associate professor of English at Wayne State University in Detroit. He is the author of A Cultural History of Underdevelopment: Latin America in the U.S. Imagination.

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    Mindfulness and Its Discontents Education, Self, and Social Transformation David Forbes
    9781773631165 Paperback BODY, MIND & SPIRIT / Mindfulness & Meditation Publication Date: April 29, 2019
    $25.00 CAD 6 x 9 x 0.25 in | 254 pages Carton Quantity: 50 Canadian Rights: Y Fernwood Publishing
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      Mindfulness, a way to alleviate suffering by realizing the impermanence of the self and our interdependence with others, has been severed from its Buddhist roots. In the late-stage-capitalist, neoliberal, solipsistic West, it becomes McMindfulness, a practice that instead shores up the privatized self, and is corporatized and repackaged as a strategy to cope with our stressful society through an emphasis on self-responsibility and self-promotion. Rather than a way to promote human development and social justice, McMindfulness covertly reinforces neoliberalism and capitalism, the very self-promoting systems that worsen our suffering.

      In Mindfulness and Its Discontents, David Forbes provides an integral framework for a critical, social, moral mindfulness that both challenges unmindful practices and ideas and provides a way forward. He analyzes how education curricula across North America employ mindfulness: to help students learn to succeed in a neoliberal society by enhancing the ego through emphasizing individualistic skills and the self-regulation of anger and stress. Forbes argues that mindfulness educators instead should uncover and resist the sources of stress and distress that stem from an inequitable, racist, individualistic, market-based (neoliberal) society and shows how school mindfulness programs can help bring about one that is more transformative, compassionate and just.

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      David Forbes is the co-editor of Handbook of Mindfulness: Culture, Context, and Social Engagement and author of Boyz 2 Buddhas.

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      Forbes’s trenchant analysis of mindfulness in American culture will appeal to readers interested in the intersection of market forces and spirituality.


      Extending and deepening the McMindfulness critique, David Forbes takes a fearless stance by peeling away the self-centered, hedonic façade and rhetorical muddle of the Minefulness Industrial Complex.


      David Forbes develops a much-needed focus on a range of misuses of mindfulness in Western culture that distort education and personal development and consequently inhibit social and cultural change.

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