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    The Student Cary Fagan Canada
    9781988298443 Paperback FICTION / Literary Publication Date: May 04, 2019
    $21.95 CAD 5 x 8 x 0.4 in | 184 pages Canadian Rights: Y Freehand Books
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      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.

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      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) and the story collection My Life Among the Apes (longlisted for the Giller Prize, Amazon.ca Best 100 Books of 2013). Cary was born and raised in Toronto, where he lives with his family.

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        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
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      Awards
      City of Toronto Book Award 2019, Short-listed
      Governor General's Award for Fiction 2019, Short-listed
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    9781465485687 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Science Fiction Age (years) from 5 - 7, Grade (US) from K - 2 On Sale Date: May 07, 2019
    $9.99 CAD 6.13 x 7.88 x 0.39 in | 64 pages Carton Quantity: 60 DK Children
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      Get to know R2-D2 and follow his many adventures across the galaxy in this new series

      Who is R2-D2? Who are his friends? What is R2-D2’s bravest mission? Perfect for children who are new to Star Wars and also for young fans of the movies, this exciting guide answers all your questions and teaches children fun facts about friendly famous astromech droid R2-D2—including his incredible adventures with C-3PO, Han Solo, and other rebel heroes!

      Follow R2-D2’s journey from faithful droid companion to famous Rebel fighter and Resistance ally. Discover how R2-D2 helps Luke Skywalker to fly starships, what language he speaks, and why his best friend is golden droid C-3PO.

      Featuring a simple Q&A format and exciting images, DK’s Star Wars Meet the Heroes: R2-D2 is a fun, welcoming introduction to the famous droid as children follow his adventures in a galaxy far, far away. With colorful movie stills from the original trilogy, prequels, and the latest sequels, DK’s book allows children to explore R2-D2’s amazing world.

      © & TM 2019 LUCASFILM LTD.
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      Emma Grange is the author of a number of licensed DK Readers, including LEGO Star Wars: A New Hope, LEGO Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, and LEGO Star Wars: The Return of the Jedi.
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        Marketing: E-Newsletter feature

        Social media campaign across all platforms

        Promotions at all industry and consumer conferences

        National consumer advertising campaign

        Holiday promotion

        Publicity: National trade/education/consumer press outreach

        Advance copy influencer mailing

        Holiday roundups
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    9781465486417 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Science Fiction Age (years) from 5 - 7, Grade (US) from K - 2 On Sale Date: May 07, 2019
    $9.99 CAD 6.13 x 7.88 x 0.39 in | 64 pages Carton Quantity: 60 DK Children
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      Get to know the scary Sith Lord!

      Who is Darth Vader? How does he become a Sith? Why does he wear a mask? Perfect for children who are new to Star Wars and also for young fans of the movies, this exciting guide answers these questions and many more and teaches children fun facts about Sith Lord Darth Vader—including his amazing battles with rebels and Jedi heroes Obi-Wan Kenobi and Luke Skywalker!

      Follow Vader’s journey from Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker to the dark side of the Force alongside Darth Sidious. Discover what Force tricks Vader uses, who he works for, which lightsaber he uses, and what planet his secret base is on. Featuring a simple Q&A format and exciting images, DK’s Star Wars Meet the Villains: Darth Vader is a fun, welcoming introduction to the infamous Sith Lord as children follow his adventures in a galaxy far, far away. With colorful movie stills from the original trilogy, prequels, and the latest sequels, DK’s book allows children to explore Darth Vader’s villainous world.

      © & (TM) 2018 Lucasfilm Ltd.
      Bio
      DK was founded in London in 1974 and is now the world leading illustrated reference publisher and a member of the Penguin Random House division of Bertelsmann. DK publishes highly visual, photographic non-fiction for adults and children. DK produces content for consumers in over 100 countries and over 60 languages, with offices in the UK, India, US, Germany, China, Canada, Spain and Australia.

      DK’s aim is to inspire, educate and entertain readers of all ages, and everything DK publishes, whether print or digital, embodies the unique DK design approach. DK brings unrivalled clarity to a wide range of topics, with a unique combination of words and pictures, put together to spectacular effect. We have a reputation for innovation in design for both print and digital products.

      Our adult range spans travel, including the award-winning DK Eyewitness Travel Guides, history, science, nature, sport, gardening, cookery and parenting. 

      DK’s extensive children’s list showcases a fantastic store of information for children, toddlers and babies. DK covers everything from animals and the human body, to homework help and craft activities, together with an impressive list of licensing titles, including the best-selling LEGO® books.

      DK acts as the parent company for Alpha Books, publisher of the Idiot’s Guides series.

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        Marketing: E-Newsletter feature

        Social media campaign across all platforms

        Promotions at all industry and consumer conferences

        National consumer advertising campaign

        Holiday promotion

        Publicity: National trade/education/consumer press outreach

        Advance copy influencer mailing

        Holiday roundups
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    The Nature of Canada Colin M. Coates Canada, Graeme Wynn Canada
    9780774890366 Paperback NATURE / Essays Publication Date: May 01, 2019
    $29.95 CAD 6 x 9 x 0.9 in | 384 pages Carton Quantity: 18 Canadian Rights: Y On Point Press
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      Snow-capped mountains. Pristine lakes. Crystalline glaciers. Big-sky sunsets. “Canada” is synonymous with nature, and throughout history people have been drawn to it for its bounty – from fish and furs to gold, wheat, and lumber.
      Intended to delight and provoke, these short, beautifully crafted essays, enlivened with photos and illustrations, explore how humans have engaged with Canadian nature and what those interactions say about the nature of Canada.
      Tracing a path from the Ice Age to the Anthropocene, some of the foremost stars in the field of environmental history reflect on how we, as a nation, have idolized and found inspiration in nature even as fishers, fur traders, farmers, foresters, miners, and city planners have commodified it and tried to tame it. They also travel lesser known routes, revealing how Indigenous people listened to glaciers and what they have to tell us; how the weather is not what we must endure but what we make of it; and how even the nature we can’t see – the smallest of pathogens – has served the interests of some while threatening the very existence of others.
      The Nature of Canada will make you think differently not only about Canada and its past but quite possibly about Canada and its future. Its insights are just what we need as Canada attempts to reconcile the opposing goals of prosperity and preservation.
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      Colin M. Coates is the author of The Metamorphoses of Landscape and Community in Early Quebec and editor of Canadian Countercultures and the Environment. He is an associate professor of Canadian studies at Glendon College, York University. Graeme Wynn is a geographer, the author of Canada and Arctic North America: An Environmental History, the president of the American Society for Environmental History, and the editor of the UBC Press Nature | History | Society book series.

      Contributors: Jennifer Bonnell, Claire Campbell, Colin M. Coates, Julie Cruikshank, Ken Cruikshank, Michèle Dagenais, Joanna Dean, Stephen J. Hornsby, Arn Keeling, Tina Loo, Heather E. McGregor, Steve Penfold, Liza Piper, John Sandlos, Graeme Wynn

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        • How does the nature of Canada define us? These are contemplative meditations on who we are as Canadians.
        • Each short essay is by a star in Canadian history or environmental studies. They are highly readable and deeply interesting. They enlighten, inform, and engage, presenting history in new ways.
        • This is a book for nature fans, Canadian history readers, and those who ponder who we are as Canadians. Beautifully packaged and illustrated, it is the perfect gift book for a thoughtful friend or relative.
        • We will be pitching NA media, with a focus on national: Literary Review of Canada, Canadian Geographic Magazine, Quill and Quire, Globe and Mail, National PostNew York Review of Books, Times Literary Supplement, New York Times Canada section, Publishers Weekly, Kirkus Reviews, Choice and literary publications such as The Goose, Canadian Literature, The Walrus. Excerpts will be offered where appropriate.
        • There will be a Vancouver launch, with Toronto plans in the works.


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    Viva M.A.C AIDS, Fashion, and the Philanthropic Practices of M•A•C Cosmetics Andrea Benoit Canada
    9781487520281 Paperback SOCIAL SCIENCE / LGBT Studies Publication Date: May 17, 2019
    $29.95 CAD 6 x 9 x 0.75 in | 312 pages Carton Quantity: 22 Canadian Rights: Y University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division
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      This is the first cultural history of the originally Canadian company M·A·C Cosmetics, charting the evolution of their unusual corporate philanthropy around HIV/AIDS awareness.

      This is the first cultural history of the originally Canadian company M·A·C Cosmetics, charting the evolution of M·A·C’s unusual corporate philanthropy around HIV/AIDS awareness. The book situates M·A·C’s remarkable corporate philanthropy within three cultural and social phenomena of the 1980s and 1990s: the revitalization of the Toronto fashion industry, the evolution of the AIDS epidemic in North America, and the increasing commodification of social causes.

      Describing M·A·C’s philanthropic work through its VIVA GLAM fundraising lipstick, this book delves into the history of its charity, the M·A·C AIDS Fund, which featured drag performer RuPaul and singer k.d. lang in its first advertising campaigns. M·A·C defied the stigma associated with AIDS that alarmed many other corporations, and instead engaged in AIDS advocacy while maintaining its creative and fashionable authority.

      Framed by Pierre Bourdieu’s field theory and Judith Butler’s gender theory, and engaging with archives, contemporaneous media communications, and interviews with key fashion figures, the book explains how M·A·C’s activities around AIDS philanthropy were based in specific cultural practices, rather than being part of a strategic marketing plan. Ultimately, M·A·C’s unusual style of corporate social responsibility originated and functioned within the same field of cultural production in which the AIDS crisis was directly experienced: fashion. As such, M·A·C’s activities can be viewed as markedly different from other cases of corporate philanthropy or cause marketing.



      Bio

      Andrea Benoit is the Academic Review Officer in the Faculty of Arts & Science at the University of Toronto, and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Media Studies in the Faculty of Information and Media Studies at the University of Western Ontario.



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      “What happens when a company engages in ‘cause marketing’ long before that concept was widely known or practiced? Benoit’s study of M·A·C and AIDS-related fundraising during the 1980s and 1990s tells this fascinating story with panache, analytical rigour, and far-ranging historical investigation. This crisply written, multi-disciplinary account will interest scholars in such fields as health and society, LGBTQ studies, critical consumer/marketing studies, fashion history, and media studies.”

      “This is a story that needs to be told. Todays’ generation of fashion students have no history of the losses the industry faced in the 1980s-1990s as the AIDs epidemic was ravishing every level of the fashion and the arts industries. VIVA M·A·C gives them a through account of how we got to where we are today.”

      “The book is highly original as there is no other socio-cultural or business history of M·A·C. Benoit fuses a detailed historical record of M·A·C, AIDs within a setting of entrepeneurship and the Toronto fashion scene in a readable and enjoyable style that is framed within relevant critical theories that support and explain these histories that have not previously been delineated. This is a work that should be much referenced.”





      “With her extensive and illuminating research, Andrea Benoit tells the powerful story of a fearless company with heart. Harnessing the unbridled creativity that ran rampant in Toronto during M•A•C’s formative years, ‘the Franks’ tapped into the pride and psyche of an entire society and inspired it to new artistic heights. Despite AIDS's dark shadow, Benoit paints a compelling portrait of an exhilarating fashion era, illustrating how courage and compassion can exist on a corporate level when hearts and minds are open and passionate.”


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    9781459743908 Paperback BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Aviation & Nautical On Sale Date: May 18, 2019
    $20.99 CAD 5.5 x 8.5 x 0.8 in | 368 pages Carton Quantity: 24 Canadian Rights: Y Dundurn
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      Three hundred nautical miles from shore, I‘m cold and sick and afraid. I pray for reprieve. I long for solid ground. And I can‘t help but ask myself, What the hell was I thinking?

      When Sue Williams set sail for the North Atlantic, it wasn’t a mid-life crisis. She had no affinity for the sea. And she didn’t have an adventure-seeking bone in her body. In the wake of a perfect storm of personal events, it suddenly became clear: her sons were adults now; they needed freedom to figure things out for themselves; she had to get out of their way. And it was now or never for her husband, David, to realize his dream to cross an ocean. So she’d go too.

      Ready to Come About is the story of a mother’s improbable adventure on the high seas and her profound journey within, through which she grew to believe that there is no gift more precious than the liberty to chart one’s own course, and that risk is a good thing … sometimes, at least.
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      Sue Williams earned a degree in occupational therapy from Queen’s University and practised OT for over thirty years. In 2016, she left the health care field to focus on writing. Sue lives in Guelph, Ontario.
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      An entertaining, deceptively profound memoir. I love Sue’s book, a startling, swashbuckling sea adventure, and all the hilarious and terrifying details of that, combined with the very personal story of lost connections and deep love. It is a remarkable story — heroic and inspiring.
      A thrilling adventure, a profound love story, and a testament of self-discovery that will make you cheer. It is not only an empowering memoir, but also a very fine book.
      The writing in this story is deft and seaworthy. Filled with equal measures of blue-water tension and parental worry, Ready to Come About is as much about family and letting go as it is about a courageous journey.
      Sue Williams has shown an inherent writing talent while conveying a wide range of emotion in a profoundly authentic manner. I totally loved it - found myself giggling out loud from time to time as well as getting rather teary once in a while. Ready to Come About emerges as a powerful metaphor and testament to believing in self, taking chances, experiencing relationships and choice; in short, it is a thesis on occupation and spirit. I feel very fortunate to have had the chance to get lost in this compelling narrative prior to print.
      Ready to Come About is a beautifully written memoir about a midlife woman’s electrifying adventure. It is a reminder of how precarious – and glorious – life can be. And it is an inspiring portrayal of love, loyalty, and courage. We should all be so brave!
      In the wake of a perfect storm of personal events, a woman sets sail on an improbable journey across the North Atlantic with her husband. In this debut midlife memoir, life and liberty come into focus through an unexpected high-seas adventure.
      “A great page turner and a MUST read for any woman .... This isn’t to say that men won’t find the book interesting and enjoyable, as they certainly will!”
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    Blissfully Blended Bullshit The Uncomfortable Truth of Blending Families Rebecca Eckler Canada
    9781459743939 Paperback FAMILY & RELATIONSHIPS / Alternative Family On Sale Date: May 25, 2019
    $20.99 CAD 5.5 x 8.5 x 0.8 in | 280 pages Carton Quantity: 48 Canadian Rights: Y Dundurn
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      Rebecca Eckler’s newest book chronicles the hard truth of what it’s really like to make a blended family.

      Blissfully Blended Bullshit is a witty, engaging, refreshingly candid chronicle of a modern family’s journey as they blend households. We follow Eckler as her partner and his two children move in with her and her daughter. Then, thanks to a reverse vasectomy, they add a baby to the mix. Readers go along for the ride in this poignant, often hilarious tale, as everyone attempts to navigate their new roles: the children, the in-laws, the exes, the ex-in-laws, and even the dog.

      Lighthearted and intimate, this is an indispensable story about a family determined to make blended splendid, and the juicy truth of what it’s really like behind closed doors in what is rapidly becoming a typical family makeup. Still, if Eckler had to blend again, would she?
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      Rebecca Eckler is one of Canada's best-known journalists and authors. She is the international bestselling author of Knocked Up, Toddlers Gone Wild, Wiped!, and How to Raise a Boyfriend. Rebecca lives in Toronto.
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      With her fearless voice, Rebecca Eckler takes us on her soul-baring journey of blending families, navigating the laugh-out-loud moments and heartbreaking realities with her trademark unapologetic honesty.
      A touching and telling modern love story between husband and wife and mother and daughter and the balance of all the relationships in between. Eckler weaves her story of vulnerability and painful truths to reveal the unfiltered reality of blending families. With her raw sense of honesty and self-awareness, Rebecca Eckler provides an invaluable human approach. This is a valuable and eye-opening read for anyone contemplating a life of blended and splendid.
      Another totally entertaining and relatable read by Rebecca Eckler. As a blended family survivor, I had a visceral reaction to so many of the anecdotes. It is real and it is uncomfortable. This book is a must read for anyone considering (or living through) blending worlds.

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