September 2019 Canadian Non-Fiction

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    Dance Me to the End Ten Months and Ten Days with ALS Alison Acheson Canada
    9781927366868 Paperback BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Personal Memoirs On Sale Date: October 08, 2019
    $22.00 CAD 5.5 x 8.5 x 0.25 in | 320 pages Carton Quantity: 32 Brindle & Glass
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      A profoundly honest and intensely personal story of a woman who cares for her husband after the devastating terminal diagnosis of ALS.

      Marty, age 57, was given a preliminary diagnosis of ALS by his family doctor. Seven weeks later, the diagnosis was confirmed by a neurologist. Ten months and ten days later, Marty passed away.

      From day one, Alison, Marty’s spouse of over twenty-five years, kept a journal as a way to navigate the overwhelming state of her mind and soul. Soon the rawness of her words harmonized to tell the story of Marty’s diagnosis, illness, and decline. Her journal became a chronicle of caregiving as well as an emotional exploration of the tensions between the intuitive and the pragmatic, the logical and illogical, and the all-consuming demands of being both spouse and nurse. Divided into short pieces, some of which reads as free verse, Alison’s words are at times profoundly intense and painfully private.

      The composition of the intricate notes of a life in its final movements includes another stanza of the journal that became Dance Me to the End: the guiding of children grappling with the imminent loss of a parent, and the shifting roles of family, friends, and community—all of which add their own complex rhythms.

      Dance Me to the End is an evocative memoir about the emotional impact of witnessing a loved one suffer from a neurological, degenerative, and terminal disease. This is a detailed account of grief, shock and pain coexisting with the levity, laughter and love shared with her husband and sons in those final months of Marty's life.

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      Alison Acheson is the author of ten books, including the short story collection Learning to Live Indoors (Porcupine’s Quill), which was praised by the Globe & Mail for its “arresting and crystalline clarity”. She teaches creative writing at the University of British Columbia, and lives in Vancouver, BC.

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        • National, regional, and subject-specific print features, excerpts, review coverage targeting Kirkus Reviews, Publishers Weekly, Shelf Awareness Readers, Booklist, Forward Reviews, Library Journal, Globe and Mail, Quill & Quire, Vancouver Sun, Georgia Straight, CBC Books, BookForum, Book Page
        • broadcast and television interviews targeting CBC’s The Next Chapter, CBC’s On the Coast, CBC’s All Points West, NPR’s Fresh Air, CKNW’s Simi Sara Show, Victoria’s 98.e5 the Ocean, Breakfast Television Vancouver, Global News Morning Vancouver, CTV News Morning Live Vancouver
        • Outreach to subject-specific organizations such as the ALS Association, markets and
          festivals such as Vancouver Writers Fest, Toronto International Festival of Authors, Sunshine Coast Festival of Authors, Galiano Writers Festival 
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        BISACs
        • BIO022000       BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Women
        • MED011000  MEDICAL / Caregiving
        • BIO026000               BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Personal Memoirs

        BISAC Merchandising Themes
        TP090     TOPICAL / Women's Interest

        THEMA Subject Codes
        DNC, VFJB, MKFK, MBPN, VFG 


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      This lyrical debut . . . captures life as a series of snapshots, as a couple grows simultaneously closer together and further apart in the wake of a sudden life change . . . A mesmerizing memoir by a talented writer on coming to terms with the unexpected.
      A raw, elegant, and beautiful masterclass on love, loss, marriage, and grief from an unflinching storyteller. Brimming with poetic intensity and personal wisdom, Acheson’s memoir will move you to tears.
      This elegant memoir bears precise and intimate witness to the experience of caring for a loved one with a terminal disease. It examines the rhythms of marital love—how care flourishes and frays, retracts and rallies—under the most difficult of situations. Alison Acheson has gifted us a book with a genuinely human and complex heart.
      Dance Me to the End recounts one wife’s attempt to fulfil her vow to love ‘in sickness and in health,’ yet also to love and care for herself under the self-sacrificing demands of ALS. Acheson unflinchingly explores the nuanced and complicated emotions of the caregiver, the physical toll of caring, as well as the quotidian kindnesses and cruelties of health professionals and well-meaning strangers and friends. Fierce and tender, funny and utterly wrenching, this is as intimate a portrait of a marriage as I have ever read.
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    Major Misconduct The Human Cost of Fighting in Hockey Jeremy Allingham Canada, Daniel Carcillo
    9781551527710 Paperback SPORTS & RECREATION / Hockey Publication Date: September 01, 2019
    $22.95 CAD 6 x 9 x 0.6 in | 320 pages Carton Quantity: 30 Canadian Rights: Y Arsenal Pulp Press
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      Every night in hockey arenas across Canada and the United States, modern-day gladiators drop their gloves and exchange bare-fisted blows to the bloodthirsty roars of the paying public. Tens of millions of people a year, including children, watch and cheer on the fighters. Some players are paid handsomely; others barely a living wage. But either way, these fighters are lauded, valued, and considered to be essential to the game. That is, until their playing days are over. Hockey enforcers spend their lives fighting on ice to protect their teammates and entertain their fans, but when their playing days are over, who's left to fight for them?

      Major Misconduct scrutinizes a highly dangerous and controversial cultural practice. The book dives deep into the lives of three former hockey fighters who, years after their playing days ended, are still struggling with the pain and suffering that comes from bare-knuckle boxing on ice. All of these men believe they may be living with the degenerative brain disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy. They may have had their shot at pro hockey glory, but none of them is rich or famous, and the game has left them with injuries and trauma. They have experienced estrangement, mental health issues, addiction, and brushes with the law. And they've stared death in the face.

      The debate surrounding fighting in hockey is hotly contested on both sides. This daring and revelatory book explores the lives of those who bare-knuckle boxed on ice for a living and investigates the human cost we're willing to tolerate in the name of hockey fighting.

      Includes a foreword by Daniel Carcillo, a former NHL player who won two Stanley Cups with the Chicago Black Hawks in 2013 and 2015. After retiring, he created Chapter 5, a non-profit organization that assists former NHL players who are suffering from post-concussion syndrome and mental health issues.

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      Jeremy Allingham is an award-winning journalist and musician from Vancouver. He works for the CBC, where some of his most recent and poignant work has included in-depth coverage of the opioid crisis; the Northern Gateway Pipeline; the craft beer industry; local, provincial, and federal politics; and pretty much anything and everything music related.



      Daniel Carcillo is a former NHL player who won two Stanley Cups with the Chicago Black Hawks in 2013 and 2015. After retiring, he created Chapter 5, anon-profit organization that assists former NHL-players who are suffering from post-concussion syndrome and mental health issues.
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      A compelling read from first word to last, Major Misconduct tells the too-often ominous personal histories of hockey's gladiators and the culture of violence that forms the dark underside of an elegant and exhilarating sport. -Gabor Mate, MD, author of In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction
      Jeremy's book is a raw yet tender hockey confessional told by players whose lives have been thrown to the sporting wolves. These are voices that exist on the margin but deserve to be pushed into the centre. Written with great clarity of heart, Major Misconduct is an easy trip into a new kind of hockey writing. -Dave Bidini, author of Keon and Me: My Search for the Lost Soul of the Leafs
      Like many of the damaged warriors portrayed within, Major Misconduct is a hockey book that doesn't back down. In this integral book that all hockey fans should read, Allingham is brave enough to finally challenge the sacred cow that is fighting in hockey. -Grant Lawrence, CBC personality and author of The Lonely End of the Rink
      Major Misconduct is filled with real-life stories that I relate to. This moving and thoughtful book provides further proof that thereâ??s no need for bare-knuckle fighting in the game. There has been too much loss and pain because of it. Hockey will be at its greatest once fighting is gone. -Jim Thomson, former NHL player and enforcer
      Interesting, disturbing but, above all, an essential read for those of you who care about hockey. -Ian Hanomansing, co-host of CBC Television's The National
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    Series: The Canadian Art Library Series
    Lionel LeMoine FitzGerald Life & Work 1st edition Michael Parke-Taylor Canada, Sara Angel Canada
    9781487102067 Hardcover ART / Canadian Publication Date: September 25, 2019
    $40.00 CAD 8.5 x 11.25 x 0.7 in | 128 pages Carton Quantity: 12 Canadian Rights: Y The Canadian Art Library
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      Western Canada’s only member of the Group of Seven, Lionel LeMoine FitzGerald captured the quintessential beauty of the Canadian prairies in his iconic and ethereal paintings and drawings.

      Born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Lionel LeMoine FitzGerald (1890–1956) imbued his art with the beauty and essence of his surroundings. Although he became the Group of Seven’s tenth member in 1932, his style was vastly different from his counterparts in Ontario. His realist images of domesticity revealed his focus on the extraordinary aspects of everyday life rather than the Canadian wilderness.

      Quiet in personality and passionate about art, as both principal and teacher at the Winnipeg School of Art from the 1920s to the 1940s FitzGerald inspired a generation of students. During the last years of his life, his West Coast sojourns in British Columbia saw his painting style move toward abstraction.

      Lionel LeMoine FitzGerald: Life & Work considers how FitzGerald’s art transcends subject matter and empirical observation, addressing universal issues that still resonate beyond the borders of his native home. It offers an account of Canada’s most important early twentieth-century painter, and how his art came to epitomize the prairie landscape experience by perfecting the quintessential Western Canadian look of land, sky, trees, and, most importantly, the penetrating, intense light.


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      Michael Parke-Taylor is an independent researcher and art historian based in Toronto, Ontario. Previously he was curator of modern art at the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto and curator of exhibitions at the MacKenzie Art Gallery in Regina. He has created numerous exhibitions on Canadian artists, including In Seclusion with Nature: The Later Work of L. LeMoine FitzGerald, 1942–1956 for the Winnipeg Art Gallery in Manitoba.



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        Key Selling Points

        • Publication will coincide with a major travelling retrospective of FitzGerald’s art, opening at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection in Kleinburg, Ontario, in fall 2019, and then the Winnipeg Art Gallery in Manitoba, in spring 2020.
        • Western Canada’s only member of the Group of Seven and one of Canada’s first abstract painters.
        • Creator of one of Canada’s most iconic paintings: Doc Snyder’s House, 1931.
        • FitzGerald’s paintings can be found in art institutions across Canada, with a particularly strong concentration of them in Manitoba.
        • 80 full-colour illustrations, many of works that have never before been reproduced.
        • Includes a “Where to See” section that directs readers to the public institutions that hold the artworks illustrated in the book. It also provides the location and contact information for each.
        • Includes a glossary of important artistic terms that occur throughout the book, including people, artistic techniques, materials, and institutions.
        • Part of the Canadian Art Library Series, the only fully illustrated series on Canadian artists.
        • The Canadian Art Library Series makes Canadian art history a contemporary conversation with its accessible, beautiful, and informative books on individual artists. The series highlights the diversity of artists, techniques, and styles in Canadian art and aims to make lesser-known artists household names.
        • The website of the Art Canada Institute is visited by just under a million readers each year. The ACI site engages academics and art lovers alike. It is the go-to resource on Canadian art history.




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    Series: The Canadian Art Library Series
    Molly Lamb Bobak Life & Work 1st edition Michelle Gewurtz Canada, Sara Angel Canada
    9781487102050 Hardcover ART / Canadian Publication Date: September 25, 2019
    $40.00 CAD 8.4 x 11.3 x 0.8 in | 144 pages Carton Quantity: 12 Canadian Rights: Y The Canadian Art Library
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      Canada’s first woman war artist, Molly Lamb Bobak fought gender bias in the early twentieth century to become one of the country’s most important artists. Today she is revered for her groundbreaking paintings of military life as well as depictions of urban activity and crowd scenes that capture daily life in Canada.

      The daughter of celebrated photographer Harold Mortimer-Lamb, Vancouver-born artist Molly Lamb Bobak (1920–2014) joined the Canadian Women’s Army Corps in 1942 and was sent overseas to London, becoming the first Canadian woman war artist. She brashly captured women’s military life and roles during the Second World War in her paintings, illustrated diaries, and drawings, depicting female military training as well as dynamic scenes of marches and parades.

      Upon her return to Canada, Bobak married fellow war artist Bruno Bobak, and the couple settled in Fredericton, New Brunswick, where they lived and worked for over half a century. One of the first Canadian female painters to earn her living as an artist, Bobak was elected to the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts in 1973 and presented with the Order of Canada in 1995.

      Molly Lamb Bobak: Life & Work traces the career of this pioneering Canadian painter and the diverse range of her artistic output, from her still lifes and interiors to her crowd scenes and self-portraits. It explores Bobak’s legacy as a painter and educator and what it meant to be a female artist in mid-twentieth-century Canada.




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      Michelle Gewurtz is the curator at the Ottawa Art Gallery (OAG). She holds a PhD in the history of art from the University of Leeds with a specialization in feminism and the visual arts. Her curatorial work explores gender politics and creative identity, and her research covers both historical and contemporary art.



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        • Publication coincides with a major travelling retrospective of Bobak’s art, opening at the Ottawa Art Gallery in fall 2019.
        • Canada’s first official woman war artist, Molly Lamb Bobak is a Canadian icon.
        • Creator of one of Canada’s most iconic paintings: Private Roy, Canadian Women’s Army Corps, 1946.
        • 80 full-colour illustrations, many of works that have never before been reproduced.
        • Bobak’s paintings can be found in art institutions across Canada, with a particularly strong concentration of them in New Brunswick and British Columbia.
        • Of particular appeal to the Canadian Armed Forces, a national organization with almost 70,000 members.
        • Includes a “Where to See” section that directs readers to the public institutions that hold the artworks illustrated in the book. It also provides the location and contact information for each.
        • Includes a glossary of important artistic terms that occur throughout the book, including people, artistic techniques, materials, and institutions.
        • Part of the Canadian Art Library Series, the only fully illustrated series on Canadian artists.
        • The Canadian Art Library Series makes Canadian art history a contemporary conversation with its accessible, beautiful, and informative books on individual artists. The series highlights the diversity of artists, techniques, and styles in Canadian art and aims to make lesser-known artists household names.
        • The website of the Art Canada Institute is visited by just under a million readers each year. The ACI site engages academics and art lovers alike. It is the go-to resource on Canadian art history.


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    The Guardians Vladimir Antaki Canada, Vladimir Antaki
    9783868289251 Hardcover PHOTOGRAPHY / Individual Photographers On Sale Date: September 13, 2019
    $67.50 CAD 9.49 x 12.13 x 0.71 in | 112 pages Carton Quantity: 12 Canadian Rights: Y Kehrer Verlag
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      For his series, The Guardians, Antaki traveled across Europe, the Middle East and America, photographing shopkeepers or “Guardians.” These Guardians are keepers of what Antaki terms “urban temples,” unique spaces which, in an age of cookie-cutter, corporate shops, hearken back to an earlier time and mode of urban life. Antaki creates visually arresting portraits of the Guardians in their urban temples that make the viewer connect to the beauty of these often forgotten spaces. Antaki believes that these temples are the heart and soul of every city; they are what give the urban centre its uniqueness in time and place. There is also a duty of memory associated with these spaces. As so many of them are closing, it falls to artists such as Antaki to preserve their memory.
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      Vladimir Antaki was born in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia in 1980. He grew up in Paris and studied art history and film studies at La Sorbonne. In 2003, Antaki moved to Montreal, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in visual and media arts from UQAM in 2007. Antaki specializes in intimate portraits and stories with an uncanny ability to get to his subjects' core. Vladimir Antaki was born in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia in 1980. He grew up in Paris and studied art history and film studies at La Sorbonne. In 2003, Antaki moved to Montreal, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in visual and media arts from UQAM in 2007. Antaki specializes in intimate portraits and stories with an uncanny ability to get to his subjects' core.
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    Power Shift The Longest Revolution Sally Armstrong Canada
    9781487006792 Paperback SOCIAL SCIENCE / Feminism & Feminist Theory Publication Date: September 17, 2019
    $19.95 CAD 5 x 8 in | 304 pages Carton Quantity: 1 House of Anansi Press
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      The facts are indisputable. When women get even a bit of education, the whole of society improves. When they get a bit of healthcare, everyone lives longer. In many ways, it has never been a better time to be a woman: a fundamental shift has been occurring. Yet from Toronto to Timbuktu the promise of equality still eludes half the world’s population.

      In her 2019 CBC Massey Lectures, award-winning author, journalist, and human rights activist Sally Armstrong illustrates how the status of the female half of humanity is crucial to our collective surviving and thriving. Drawing on anthropology, social science, literature, politics, and economics, she examines the many beginnings of the role of women in society, and the evolutionary revisions over millennia in the realms of sex, religion, custom, culture, politics, and economics. What ultimately comes to light is that gender inequality comes at too high a cost to us all.

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      SALLY ARMSTRONG is an award-winning author, journalist, and human rights activist. She is the author of four bestselling books: Ascent of Women: A New Age Is Dawning for Every Mother’s Daughter, The Nine Lives of Charlotte Taylor, Veiled Threat: The Hidden Power of the Women of Afghanistan, and Bitter Roots, Tender Shoots: The Uncertain Fate of Afghanistan’s Women. Armstrong was the first journalist to bring the story of the women of Afghanistan to the world. She has also covered stories in conflict zones from Bosnia and Somalia to Rwanda, Afghanistan, Iraq, South Sudan, Jordan, and Israel. She is a four-time winner of the Amnesty International Canada media award, the recipient of ten honorary degrees, and an Officer of the Order of Canada. She was born and raised in Montreal, lives in Toronto, and spends the summer in New Brunswick.

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      PRAISE FOR SALLY ARMSTRONG:

      “Striding into Taliban-held Afghanistan with a chador over her six-foot frame, playing high-fives with a traumatized child rape survivor in the Congolese jungle, marching with the defiant grandmothers in Swaziland, she explores the darkest reaches of women’s experience and brings back astonishing news of hope, challenge and change. From Tahrir Square to L.A., Armstrong discovers that the sisters are doing it for themselves — and revolutionizing the world.” — Michele Landsberg, author of Writing the Revolution

      PRAISE FOR SALLY ARMSTRONG AND ASCENT OF WOMEN:

      #1 NATIONAL BESTSELLER

      “For every tragic, no-hope-for-humanity-level injustice in Ascent of Women, there’s a corresponding story of triumph.” — Globe and Mail

      “Armstrong writes that women in the Congo, in Senegal, in India, in Pakistan and other countries the world over are questioning their oppression and banding together to make positive change . . . Armstrong’s stories are difficult to hear, but do contain grains of hope.” — Vancouver Sun

      PRAISE FOR SALLY ARMSTRONG AND VEILED THREAT:

      “Sally Armstrong views Afghanistan through the eyes of its women. Her story [of Dr. Sima Samar] is one of hope and triumph, as are most of the tales in this straightforward, uplifting volume.” — Washington Post

      “Veiled Threat’s strength lies in its empirical portrayal of the injustices and inhumanities visited upon the Afghan people, especially woman and girls . . . [and] is to be applauded for its emotionally gripping disclosure of suffering and injustice.” — Globe and Mail

      “A brief but brilliant book about the hidden power of the women of Afghanistan . . . written in blazingly clear language, blessedly free of academic pretensions.” — Winnipeg Free Press

      “Emotionally demanding reading . . . a passionate portrayal of recent events in Afghanistan from the perspective of a committed, feminist outsider.” — Hamilton Spectator

      “A powerful book that shows how women can change the world.” — Toronto Sun

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    9781250232793 Hardcover POETRY / Subjects & Themes On Sale Date: September 10, 2019 Print Run: 40000
    $32.50 CAD 5.91 x 8.57 x 0.94 in | 256 pages Carton Quantity: 20 Canadian Rights: Y St. Martin's Griffin
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      The instantNew York Timesbestseller from the mysterious and romantic poet Atticus, Instagram sensation and author ofLove Her Wildandthe Dark Between Stars

      In his third collection of poems, Atticus takes us on adventure to discover the truth about magic. Through heartbreak and falling in love, looking back and looking inward, he writes about finding ourselves, finding our purpose, and the simple joys of life with grace, wit, and longing. Whether it’s drinking wine out of oak barrels, laughing until you cry, dancing in old barns until the sun comes up, or making love on sandy beaches, Atticus reminds us that magic is everywhere—we simply haveto look for it.

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      ATTICUS is a storyteller, observer, and an amateur winemaker. He is the author of Love Her Wild and The Dark Between Stars. He loves the Pacific ocean, the desert, and playing with words. Visit him on Instagram.
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    9781772761382 Hardcover PHOTOGRAPHY / General On Sale Date: August 12, 2019
    $29.95 CAD 8.25 x 10 in | 144 pages Carton Quantity: 14 Canadian Rights: Y MacIntyre Purcell Publishing Inc.
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      From one of Saskatchewan's great photographers comes Forgotten Saskatchewan. These stunning images offer a window into our past, showing life as it was then, and stirring in us the emotions of wonder and curiosity about those who have gone before us and the lives they lived. Forgotten Saskatchewan is a photographic journey. Come along for the ride. You'll be glad you did.
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      Chris Attrell has been photographing the "forgotten" beauty of Saskatchewan for the past 25 years. His work has been featured in the National Post, Saskatoon StarPhoenix, Regina Leader-Post, Fine Lifestyles Magazine, Prairie Post and CBC Saskatchewan. Exhibits of his work have been shown in galleries across the province.
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      BREATHTAKING
      "Chris Attrell's mission is to lift the dark blankets away from a forgotten Saskatchewan. Each of his photographs uncovers a glimpse of the hauntingly breathtaking beauty of a past that is unique to all of Canada, while speaking volumes of a once simple but noble cause for survival. It is a mission Attrell knows must be preserved forever." —JOHNNIE BACHUSKY, journalist and author
      INCREDIBLE
      "Chris Attrell is one of those people who inspires us with his images of forgotten Saskatchewan. Through his eyes and camera, you get a truly magnificent look into Saskatchewan's past. His work is incredible." —MIKE STOBBS, winner of the National Geographic and Nikon Canada awards
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    Payback Debt and the Shadow Side of Wealth New edition Margaret Atwood Canada
    9781487006976 Paperback BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Economic History Publication Date: September 03, 2019
    $19.95 CAD 5 x 8 in | 248 pages Carton Quantity: 1 House of Anansi Press
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      Legendary novelist, poet, and essayist Margaret Atwood delivers a surprising look at the topic of “debt” — a subject that continues to be timely during this current period of economic upheaval. In her intelligent and imaginative approach to the subject, Atwood proposes that “debt” is like air — something we take for granted and never think about until things go wrong.

      This is not a book about practical debt management or high finance, although it does touch upon those subjects. Rather, it goes far deeper into an investigation of debt as a very old, very central motif in religion, literature, and the structure of human societies. By looking at how debt has informed our thinking from preliterate times to the present day, through the stories we tell to our concepts of “revenge” and “sin” to the way we structure our social relationships, Atwood shows that this idea of what we owe — in other words, “debt” — is possibly built into the human imagination as one of its most dynamic metaphors. In the final section, Atwood touches upon not only our current global financial situation, but also the concept of our “debt to nature” and how our ideas of ownership and debt must be changed if we are to find a new way to interact with our natural environment before it is too late.

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      MARGARET ATWOOD, whose work has been published in more than forty-five countries, is the author of more than fifty books of fiction, poetry, critical essays, and graphic novels. Her latest novel, The Testaments, is the long-awaited sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale, now an award-winning TV series. Her other works of fiction include Cat’s Eye, finalist for the 1989 Booker Prize; Alias Grace, which won the Giller Prize in Canada and the Premio Mondello in Italy; The Blind Assassin, winner of the 2000 Booker Prize; The MaddAddam Trilogy; and Hag-Seed. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Peace Prize of the German Book Trade, the Franz Kafka International Literary Prize, the PEN Center USA Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Los Angeles Times Innovator’s Award. She lives in Toronto with the writer Graeme Gibson.

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      PRAISE FOR MARGARET ATWOOD AND PAYBACK

      “A fascinating, freewheeling examination of ideas of debt, balance and revenge in history, society, and literature — Atwood has again struck upon our most current anxieties.” — Times of London

      “An extraordinarily vibrant Massey Lecture on debt, how it plays a motor force in much literature, in our own lives, and in the machinations of the crowd we elect to govern us.” — Maclean’s

      “Witty, acutely argued, and almost freakishly prescient . . . as amusing as it is unsettling.” — Chicago Tribune

      “These pieces offer a panoramic look at how the concept of debt acts as a fundamental human bond and — when obligations go unfulfilled, when ledgers are left unbalanced — how it can threaten to tear societies apart.” — Georgia Straight

      “A celebrated novelist, poet, and critic, Atwood has combined rigorous analysis, wide-ranging erudition, and a beguilingly playful imagination to produce the most probing and thought-stirring commentary on the financial crisis to date.” — John Gray, New York Review of Books

      “Atwood’s book is a weird but wonderful melange of personal reminiscences, literary walkabout, moral preachment, timely political argument, economic history, and theological query, all bound together with wry wit and careful though casual-seeming research.” — Publishers Weekly

      “In Payback, Atwood freely mixes autobiography, literary criticism, and anthropology in an examination of debt as a concept deeply rooted in human — and even, in some cases, animal — behaviour . . . Building an argument that abounds with literary examples . . . Atwood entertainingly and often wryly advances the familiar thesis that what goes around comes around.” — Toronto Star

      “Payback is a delightfully engaging, smart, funny, clever, and terrifying analysis of the role debt plays in our culture, our consciousness, our economy, our ecology, and, if Atwood is right, our future.” — Washington Post

      “[Payback is] a demonstration of Atwood’s ability to evoke in memorable detail our vanished cultural past, and to examine both past and present in the form of language. Writing in this mode, she’s never off her game.” — National Post

      “Elegant and erudite . . . as one would expect from a novelist of Ms. Atwood’s calibre, the phrasing is polished and the metaphors striking.” — Economist.com

      “The evidence is in: Margaret Atwood simply sees more clearly than the rest of us.” — Quill & Quire

      PRAISE FOR MARGARET ATWOOD AND SECOND WORDS

      Second Words is an invaluable guide to understanding Atwood’s choice of themes, her basic principles, and the development of her work (and world view) ” — Books in Canada

      “Certainly we want to know what one of our major writers feels about literature and people . . . And though she is . . . relaxed and conversational in these occasional pieces . . . there are so many good words, so much intelligence, that the garden-variety reviewer seethes with envy.” — Toronto Star

      “What comes across mostly is [Atwood’s] critical generosity and her understanding that the art of writing inevitably turns the writer into a global politician; every novel offers a vision of the world. Through thick and thin, Atwood has been a passionate literary citizen.” — Maclean’s

      “Second Words establishes critical patterns through which a provocative, original mind interprets the world. Thus it helps us to reassess all her work.” — Christian Science Monitor

      PRAISE FOR MARGARET ATWOOD AND POWER POLITICS

      “Margaret Atwood’s Power Politics is a true sequence, a death-struggle between man and woman . . . This book, to those who take it straight, moves almost unwillingly, but relentlessly, through a brilliant schema of unflagging suspense and pitches of drama . . . Atwood’s poems are short, glistening with terse bright images, un-tentative, closing like a vise. These are all formed perfections.” — New York Times (August 1973)

      “Twenty-five years after its initial publication, Power Politics remains a path-breaking lyric utterance on sexual politics and human survival, unflinching in its emotional honesty. “Beyond truth,” Atwood writes, “tenacity” . . . and no poet has proven more prescient or more courageous in this pursuit. The reappearance of this work is an occasion to be celebrated.” — Carolyn Forché

      “The pleasure of reading these poems today is not only in realizing the longevity of their power — the sting is still there — but in experiencing them anew in the light of the poetry and fiction written in the twenty-five years since.” — Linda Hutcheon

      “In a century shaken by gender politics, these seminal poems remind us of the deepest kind of change. Love is the real power, demanding — and offering — no less than the transformation of self. Atwood dares to imagine realpolitik at the heart of love’s mystery. It is a measure of her achievement that, over decades, these masterful poems continue to speak with undiminished accuracy.” — Anne Michaels

      “Astonishing, notorious, a classic — Power Politics, twenty-five years after its first publication, still negotiates with awesome presence of mind the definitions of heterosexual eros: hook and eye; fact and weapon; truth and brutality. Atwood’s terse, unsparing, and often comically incisive lines are a guided tour of the knotted Laingian underworld of a love affair. The poems are inspired and fluent. Read them and shiver.” — Sharon Thesen

      “Brilliant precisionist and angry lover, Margaret Atwood performs an autopsy on a love affair that’s dead but won’t lie down. I feel again the thrill and shock I experienced on first reading these ruthless and moving poems. Power Politics changed the definition of the love poem, the long poem, and, I believe, the course of Canadian poetry. It cuts like a laser beam. It goes beyond sexual politics into the dark heart of a tottering global village.” — Phyllis Webb

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    Sister Language First Edition Christina Baillie Canada, Martha Baillie Canada, Stan Dragland Canada
    9781897141984 Paperback BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Artists, Architects, Photographers Publication Date: September 15, 2019
    $24.00 CAD 6 x 8.5 x 1 in | 218 pages Carton Quantity: 24 Canadian Rights: Y Pedlar Press
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      Sister Language is a collaboration, composed mainly of letters and other writings, between two sisters, one of whom, Christina, is schizophrenic. In the careful building of a bridge between sisters, a prose nonpareil is achieved, and a linguistic "bridge" created between readers and the authors, one of whom's deep isolation is in this way diminished.

      "A playful duet, a radiant howl, a swirling portrait of schizophrenia and sisterhood--this beautiful, wildly-groomed book magnifies two brilliant minds in motion. It is a story of what happens when 'everyday' language mutinies and shatters, leaving a fragile chimera of coherence. But mostly it's a tale of unshakable, vulnerable, writerly love that brought me to tears." - Kyo Maclear, author of Birds Art Life

      Bio
      Christina Baillie is a schizophrenic writer and artist, living in Toronto.

      Martha Baillie's 2009 novel, The Incident Report, was nominated for the Scotia Bank Giller Prize. Her second Pedlar Press novel, The Search For Heinrich Schlögel was released in 2014 simultaneously with Tin House in the US. French edition by Leméac Éditeur in Quebec. A digital companion to The Search For Heinrich Schlögel can be explored at the Schlögel Archive. Film rights to The Incident Report have been sold to Naomi jay, writer and director of the Yiddish feature film, The Pin. Her most recent work is If Clara (Coach House Books). Baillie lives in Toronto with her husband, a musician.

      Stan Dragland is originally from Alberta and now lives in St. John's, Newfoundland. He is Professor Emeritus, Department of English, Western University. He has taught creative writing at the Banff Centre and at Los Parronales, Chile. He was founder of Brick magazine and Brick Books, a poetry publishing house. Between 1994 and 1997, he was poetry editor for McClelland & Stewart. Peckertracks (1979) was shortlisted for the Books in Canada First Novel Award; Floating Voice: Duncan Campbell Scott and the Literature of Treaty 9 (1994) won the Gabrielle Roy Prize for Canadian literary criticism: 12 Bars (2002) was co-winner of the bp Nichol Chapbook Award; Apocrypha: Further Journeys (2003) won the Newfoundland and Labrador Rogers Cable Award for nonfiction; Stormy Weather: Foursomes (2005) was shortlisted for the E.J. Pratt Poetry Award. Strangers & Others: Newfoundland Essays (2015) was shortlisted for the BMO Winterset Award). SD has also published Journeys Through Bookland and other Passages (1984) and The Bees of the Invisible: Essays in Contemporary English Canadian Writing (1991). 2008 saw the publication of The Drowned Lands, a novel. Deep Too, a prose oddity, appeared in 2013. The Bricoleur and His Sentences was published in 2014, Strangers & Others 2: The Great Eastern in 2016, and Gerald Squires in 2017.
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      Awards
      Reviews
      Praise for The Search For Heinrich Schlögel:The Literary Review of Canada: Revealing, puzzling, dazzling, The Search For Heinrich Schlögel resists reduction, rewards rereading.
      Martha Baillie listed as one of nine great Canadian contemporary writers, for The Search For Heinrich Schlögel.

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