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    Noopiming The Cure for White Ladies Leanne Betasamosake Simpson Canada
    9781487007645 Paperback FICTION / Native American & Aboriginal Publication Date:September 01, 2020
    $22.95 CAD 5.5 x 8.5 in | 368 pages Carton Quantity:1 House of Anansi Press
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      Award-winning Nishnaabeg storyteller and writer Leanne Betasamosake Simpson returns with a bold reimagination of the novel, one that combines narrative and poetic fragments through a careful and fierce reclamation of Anishinaabe aesthetics.

      Mashkawaji (they/them) lies frozen in the ice, remembering a long-ago time of hopeless connection and now finding freedom and solace in isolated suspension. They introduce us to the seven main characters: Akiwenzii, the old man who represents the narrator’s will; Ninaatig, the maple tree who represents their lungs; Mindimooyenh, the old woman who represents their conscience; Sabe, the giant who represents their marrow; Adik, the caribou who represents their nervous system; Asin, the human who represents their eyes and ears; and Lucy, the human who represents their brain. Each attempts to commune with the unnatural urban-settler world, a world of SpongeBob Band-Aids, Ziploc baggies, Fjällräven Kånken backpacks, and coffee mugs emblazoned with institutional logos. And each searches out the natural world, only to discover those pockets that still exist are owned, contained, counted, and consumed. Cut off from nature, the characters are cut off from their natural selves.

      Noopiming is Anishinaabemowin for “in the bush,” and the title is a response to English Canadian settler and author Susanna Moodie’s 1852 memoir Roughing It in the Bush. To read Simpson’s work is an act of decolonization, degentrification, and willful resistance to the perpetuation and dissemination of centuries-old colonial myth-making. It is a lived experience. It is a breaking open of the self to a world alive with people, animals, ancestors, and spirits, who are all busy with the daily labours of healing — healing not only themselves, but their individual pieces of the network, of the web that connects them all together. Enter and be changed.


      LEANNE BETASAMOSAKE SIMPSON is a Michi Saagiig Nishnaabeg writer, scholar, and musician, and a member of Alderville First Nation. She is the author of five previous books, including This Accident of Being Lost, which won the MacEwan Book of the Year and the Peterborough Arts Award for Outstanding Achievement by an Indigenous Author; was a finalist for the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize and the Trillium Book Award; was longlisted for CBC Canada Reads; and was named a best book of the year by the Globe and Mail, National Post, and Quill & Quire. She has released two albums, including f(l)ight, which is a companion piece to This Accident of Being Lost.

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      A Globe And Mail Top 100 Book of the Year

      National Bestseller

      “This brilliant novel is a carefully curated mix of prose and poetry, though the narrative and poetic form never leaves either; at all times, there is a deliberate attention to rhythm, movement, and sound. The layered storytelling is rich with wry and undeniable humour and introduces readers to an incredible cast of characters, giving us the perspective of Elders, Indigenous youth, raccoons, geese, and trees, braiding together past, present, and future and intentionally centring Nishnaabe life and practices … This is the beauty and masterful work of this novel: it holds something for every Indigenous person. It’s a gift that feels specifically for us.” — Globe and Mail

      Noopiming is a rare parcel of beauty and power, at once a creator and destroyer of forms. All of Leanne Betasamosake Simpson’s myriad literary gifts shine here — her scalpel-sharp humour, her eye for the smallest human details, the prodigious scope of her imaginative and poetic generosity. The result is a book at once fierce, uproarious, heartbreaking, and, throughout and above all else, rooted in love.” — Omar El Akkad, bestselling author of American War

      Noopiming is a novel that is as philosophically generative as it is stylistically original. It begins with someone who is frozen in a lake, waiting, and from whom we learn that: ‘being frozen in the lake is another kind of life.’ Leanne Betasamosake Simpson’s expansive work explores the indivisibility of beings — old woman, old man, tree, caribou, stone, ice, spirit, geese, the brain, and more, all watching, grieving, thinking, acting, and listening amidst the ongoing and quotidian urgencies of capital. They are sleepless, ceaseless, trying to alter and to recode the world of consumerism, and their survival means that they must daily and collectively reconstruct existence in the city and its coterminous forests. Noopiming is far ahead of us in so many registers of story, language, and worldview; its cumulative effect is a new cosmography.” — Dionne Brand, award-winning author of Theory

      “This imaginative book is what would happen if we gave pen and paper to the deepest, most secretive parts of ourselves. Down to the fibres, down to each breath, Leanne Betasamosake Simpson dares to not only explore the humanity of a character, but the humanity of the parts that make us whole, in a world running on empty.” — Catherine Hernandez, bestselling author of Scarborough

      “Leanne Betasamosake Simpson’s Noopiming once again confirms her position as a brilliant, daring experimentalist and a beautiful, radical portraitist of contemporary NDN life. The prose hums with a lovingness that moved me to tears and with a humour that felt plucked right out of my rez adolescence. The chorus of thinkers, dreamers, revolutionaries, poets, and misfits that Simpson conjures here feels like a miracle. My heart ached and swelled for all of them. What I adored most about this book is that it has so little to do with the white gaze. Simpson writes for us, for NDNs, those made to make other kinds of beauty, to build other kinds of beautiful lives, where no one is looking. Noopiming is a book from the future! Simpson is our much-needed historian of the future!” — Billy-Ray Belcourt, award-winning author of This Wound is a World and NDN Coping Mechanisms

      “How is it that Leanne Betasamosake Simpson’s fiction can feel both familiar and warm like old teachings and absolutely fresh and brand new? Is it even fiction? Noopiming seems to exist somewhere in the in-between, with all the best parts of poetry and story. As always, I am in awe of Leanne Betasamosake Simpson, prolific in every way.” — Katherena Vermette, bestselling author of The Break

      “I’m pretty sure we don’t deserve Leanne Betasamosake Simpson. But miracles happen, and this is one. This book is poem, novel, prophecy, handbook, and side-eyed critique all at once. This book doesn’t only present characters you will love and never want to leave (but yes, it does), it doesn’t only transform the function of character and plot into a visibly collective dynamic energy field (and hallelujah), but it also cultivates character in the reader, that we might remember what we first knew. Which is that what seems separate was never separate. What feels impossible is already happening. And it depends on our most loving words. It requires our most loving actions towards each other. The ceremony has been found.” — Alexis Pauline Gumbs, author of Dub: Finding Ceremony

      “[Noopiming] presses readers — Indigenous and settler alike — to consider the novel form as a wider venue for storytelling than it is traditionally conceived … Language is thrilling in all of Simpson’s work, and nowhere more so than in this newest offering … Simpson’s writing is at once political and loud, honest and whisper-quiet … This novel will be reread for its many truths and teachings and for its undeniable power. The complicated questions Noopiming poses are worth revisiting, and the novel’s wisdom will continue to grow as the reader does.” — Quill & Quire, STARRED REVIEW

      “Taking traditional Anishinaabe teachings and weaving them through contemporary forms of understanding, Simpson brings the reader into not a new world, but a world already existing, one that breaks through the colonial bars that try to cage it.” —


      Finalist, Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize

      Finalist, Trillium Book Award

      A Globe And Mail Top 100 Book of the Year

      A National Post 99 Best Book of the Year

      “Leanne Betasamosake Simpson is a poet who strides through multiple realms. In This Accident of Being Lost, she carries the reader along with her urgent, direct address . . . It is the uneasiness and emotional uncertainty of her characters that makes the book strangely addictive. I was stunned by Simpson’s generosity in sharing these experiences and inviting us to be challenged and to be lost. I welcomed having my assumptions about urban Indigenous people upended, and this is accomplished with the nourishing humour, wisdom, and poetic, loose-limbed lines that have been sewn through the stories.” — Globe and Mail

      “A testament to the power of connection, This Accident of Being Lost is by turns poignant, funny, fiercely angry, and deeply sad . . . Remarkable.” — Toronto Star

      “[Leanne Betasamosake Simpson’s] storytelling philosophy is full of humour, truth, beauty, and love — and is always political. Decolonizing moments live within every song and story found in This Accident of Being Lost.” — Arc Poetry Magazine

      “A powerful collection of short stories and songs . . . [Leanne Betasamosake Simpson] is quickly becoming known as one of the country’s greatest storytellers. Unique in its fragmented and casual, yet lyrical and elegant language . . . This Accident of Being Lost forces readers to look at Canada differently.” — This Magazine

      “Simpson deftly moves through and combines Nishnaabeg stories, the realities of indigeneity, and fantastical spaces . . . This [is an] exceptionally affecting work.” — Muskrat Magazine

      “This is groundbreaking and powerful . . . Simpson is an unapologetic resistor of the colonial state, she creates a world where ordinary fears sit together with acts of defiance against racism and cultural fragmentation . . . One of Simpson’s more significant contributions to Indigenous literature.” — Winnipeg Review

      “A finalist for the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize, this collection of stories, poems, and songs from a major Indigenous voice is a demonstration of the different ways an idea can manifest.” — National Post

      “A stunning collection of poetry, song, and short fiction. These short pieces are darkly humorous, elegantly constructed, and beautifully sorrowful . . . The stories are not bleak, and a wry sense of humour glimmers throughout, walking hand in hand with damaged humanity to create a gentleness that combats the sometimes grim subject matter . . . This is a truly creative and heartfelt work, thoroughly modern in tone and timbre.” — Publishers Weekly, STARRED REVIEW

      “Leanne Betasamosake Simpson’s genre-defying This Accident of Being Lost is like no other book you will ever read in your life. In a luminous interweaving of Nishnaabeg storytelling, narrative, and poetry, she constructs linked fragments in which the natural world threads through a sharp urban realm and both the sacred and profane coexist. Her intimate fictions are populated with diverse characters — a mother and child at a city ballet, lovers in a sacred boreal forest, a woman attending a firearms training course. Visionary in scope, Simpson creates decolonialized realities where the routine of day-to-day life is alive with ceremony and illumination. These are shimmering stories etched with humour, anger, and above all, love and kindness.” — Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize Jury Citation

      “The raw energy contained within these pieces gives this book flight. And what a flight! Within its energetic arcs the reader encounters anger and love and devotion and regret. Combining stories and poems, sharp realism and Nishnaabeg legend, This Accident of Being Lost displays an extraordinary blend of humour and political truth-telling. Fiercely angry at one moment, lyrically loving in the next, Simpson introduces us to people whose honesty, humour, and passion unsettles and endears.” — Trillium Book Award Jury Citation

      “Playful, pissed off, and ferociously funny, Leanne Simpson writes irresistible love stories in the jaws of genocide. A genius shape-shifter and defiant genre-detonator, there is quite simply no one like her.” — Naomi Klein, author of This Changes Everything and The (Burning) Case for a New Green Deal

      “Blending song and story, humour and truth, This Accident of Being Lost feels so intimate and so familiar. It is the story of our sisters, cousins, and friends. I love this book. Simpson is a master lyricist, captivating storyteller, and a true gift to us all.” — Katherena Vermette, author of The Break

      “Leanne is a gifted writer who brings passion and commitment to her storytelling and who has demonstrated an uncommon ability to manage an impressive range of genres from traditional storytelling to critical analysis, from poetry to spoken word, from literary and social activism to songwriting. She is, in my opinion, one of the more articulate and engaged voices of her generation.” — Thomas King, author of Green Grass, Running Water and The Inconvenient Indian


      “A dazzling collection of stories of beauty and resilience, fiercely illustrating how Indigenous communities continue to grow.” —Globe and Mail

      “Well-written, poetic prose has special power — and the pages of Islands of Decolonial Love read like a salve for wounds from colonial hurts.” — CBC News

      Islands of Decolonial Love is the sort of book I have been looking for all my life — the kind of book that is going to make me a good writer, a good listener, and a good citizen — it is going to wake up everything that is brilliant in everyone that reads it.” — Lee Maracle, author of Ravensong and Celia’s Song

      “How many lives, Leanne Simpson, have you lived to create this most incredible collection? Astounding storytelling. Wondrous prose. Islands of Decolonial Love is a constellation of galaxies that I never want to leave. Wow!” — Richard Van Camp

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    French Exit Patrick deWitt Canada
    9781487004835 Paperback FICTION / Literary Publication Date:August 28, 2018
    $22.95 CAD 5.5 x 8.25 x 0.7 in | 290 gr | 248 pages Carton Quantity:51 Canadian Rights: Y House of Anansi Press
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      Finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and an international bestseller, Patrick deWitt’s brilliant and darkly comic novel is now a major motion picture starring Michelle Pfeiffer.

      Frances Price — tart widow, possessive mother, and Upper East Side force of nature — is in dire straits, beset by scandal and impending bankruptcy. Her adult son Malcolm is no help, mired in a permanent state of arrested development. And then there’s the Price’s aging cat, Small Frank, who Frances believes houses the spirit of her late husband, an infamously immoral litigator and world-class cad whose gruesome tabloid death rendered Frances and Malcolm social outcasts.

      Putting penury and pariahdom behind them, the family decides to cut their losses and head for the exit. One ocean voyage later, the curious trio land in their beloved Paris, the City of Light serving as a backdrop not for love or romance, but self-destruction and economic ruin — to riotous effect.

      Brimming with pathos and wit, French Exit is a one-of-a-kind “tragedy of manners,” a riotous send-up of high society, as well as a moving mother and son caper which only Patrick deWitt could conceive and execute. A finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and an international bestseller upon its original publication, French Exit is now a major motion picture starring Michelle Pfeiffer and Lucas Hedges and with a script by Patrick deWitt.


      PATRICK DEWITT was born on Vancouver Island in 1975. He is the author of three critically acclaimed novels: Undermajordomo Minor, Ablutions and The Sisters Brothers, which won the Governor General’s Literary Award for Fiction, the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize, and the Stephen Leacock Medal, and was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and the Scotiabank Giller Prize. He lives in Portland, Oregon.

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      Finalist, Scotiabank Giller Prize
      Finalist, Oregon Book Awards: Ken Kesey Award for Fiction
      Finalist, Forest of Reading Evergreen Award
      Longlist, International Dublin Literary Award
      International Bestseller
      A Globe and Mail Book of the Year
      A Quill & Quire Book of the Year
      A Chatelaine Book of the Year
      A Now Magazine Book of the Year
      An Best Book of the Month
      A New York Public Library Best Book of the Year
      A 49th Shelf Book of the Year

      “A ‘tragedy of manners’ about people out of sync in the world, this novel is disconcertingly funny. It strikes postures where a more conventional writer would have been sincere and humourless. Its subjects are effrontery, wealth, death, and bad manners. Many of the greatest novels are about nothing so very important, and they last because they are done beautifully. French Exit shows Patrick deWitt’s literary mastery and perfect ear. It’s an immaculate performance on ice, executed with sharp shining blades, lutzing and pirouetting above unknowable black depths.” — Scotiabank Giller Prize Jury Citation

      “A sparkling dark comedy that channels both Noel Coward’s wit and Wes Anderson’s loopy sensibility. DeWitt’s tone is breezy, droll, and blithely transgressive … These are people you may not want to invite to dinner, but they sure make for fun reading.” — NPR

      “A cross between a Feydeau farce (fitting, given that the location of most of the novel is Paris) and a Buñuel film, as one after another in an eccentric cast of characters is introduced … DeWitt is in possession of a fresh, lively voice that surprises at every turn.” — Kate Atkinson, Vanity Fair

      “Hilarious … Delightful … In his book, as in [Edith] Wharton’s, New Yorkers’ wit and elaborate manners cannot hide the searing depth of their pain … DeWitt is aiming for farce and to say something about characters who cannot get out of their own way, and he achieves both with élan.” — Minneapolis Star Tribune

      “My favourite book of his yet. The dialogue is dizzyingly good, the world so fresh. A triumph from a writer truly in the zone.” — Maria Semple, author of Today Will Be Different

      “In French Exit, deWitt’s dialogue snaps, as always … A fun read from a writer who ever-more establishes himself as one of this country’s most distinct voices in fiction.” — Globe and Mail

      French Exit satisfies with its delightful economy. Barely a word is out of place, and the dialogue is particularly arch and ironic … One hears echoes in French Exit of playwrights Noël Coward and Oscar Wilde, not to mention novelists Evelyn Waugh and Edith Wharton.” — Winnipeg Free Press

      “[DeWitt] gives the story here all the requisite notes of humour and grace, turning the tale of two unsympathetic victims of affluenza into a cosy comedy about the importance of family, love and money, not in that order.” — Toronto Star

      “DeWitt’s surrealism is cheerful and matter-of-fact, making the novel feel as buoyantly insane as its characters.” — New Yorker

      “Within a few sentences, the comic brilliance that sparked deWitt’s earlier adventures ignites this ‘tragedy of manners.’” — Washington Post

      “Disarmingly funny … Billed as a ‘tragedy of manners,’ French Exit is deWitt’s take on a form of theatre popularized over the centuries (but dating back to the ancient Greeks) by such luminaries as Molière, Oliver Goldsmith, Oscar Wilde, and Noel Coward — with deWitt’s snappy yet droll version most closely resembling the latter two. A traditional comedy of manners employs an abundance of wit and insouciance to skewer the deplorable aspects of high society — and the prevalence of appearance over substance in particular. DeWitt’s absolute mastery over this approach is a thing of beauty: every nuance, scene, character, and snippet of dialogue is pitch perfect … French Exit includes multiple layers of meaning and social commentary, wrapped up in a whip-smart package that cracks with wit and wordplay … DeWitt proves that while The Sisters Brothers may have made his name as an author, it was far from a singular success.” — Quill & Quire, STARRED REVIEW

      “Sharply observed moments give deWitt’s well-written novel more depth than the usual comedy of manners — a depth reinforced by the exit that closes the tale, sharp object and all. Reminiscent at points of The Ginger Man but in the end a bright, original yarn with a surprising twist.” — Kirkus Reviews

      “Darkly comic, perfectly brilliant … Let deWitt take you along on this dizzying, wild ride; you’ll love every second of it, and then hop back to the beginning for another go. It’s worth the trip.” — Nylon Magazine

      “[DeWitt] is a masterful storyteller who propels narrative with witty, weird vignettes and digressions.” — Literary Review of Canada

      “A thrilling madcap caper anchored by memorable characters, emotional depth, and forensically sharp writing.” — Hannah Rothschild, author of The Improbability of Love

      French Exit made me so happy — I feel as if I have downed a third martini, stayed up past sunrise, and still woken up refreshed. Brilliant, addictive, funny, and wise, deWitt’s latest has enough charm to last you long after you’ve put it down, which is what so many of us need in a book. I think you need it, too.” — Andrew Sean Greer, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Less

      “Patrick deWitt has taken all of what I usually expect and want from a story, misted it in Chanel No. 5, and set to it an immeasurably classy lighter. Love it.” — Natasha Pulley, bestselling author of The Watchmaker of Filigree Street

      “The first time I read French Exit, I raced through, impatient to know the fates of its characters. Then I turned back to page one to enjoy Patrick deWitt’s understated satire and casually brutal wit” — Nell Zink, author of Mislaid

      “DeWitt’s particular comic genius is to evoke the darkness behind the dazzle. The novel is a brittle, unsettling delight: a fairground ride swooping above vertiginous drops, wringing out laughter and screams as it rattles towards its conclusion. Whichever style he adopts or genre he inhabits, deWitt remains a true original.” — Guardian

      “A highly enjoyable read … DeWitt’s style is nothing if not idiosyncratic, and his elevated language — played for particular comic effect when it comes to dialogue — is perfectly suited to affectionately chiding upper-class mores. And the tenderness between Frances, her son, and her old friend Joan is of the real stuff.” — Esquire

      “Darkly funny.” — Zoomer

      “This excellent setup — as odd as you’d expect from deWitt — has much dark humour and ultimately, terrible tragedy.” — Penticton Western News

      “Patrick deWitt’s latest novel, French Exit, once again delivers the same dark and witty humour that he has expertly sewn into all of his previous works.” — Modern Mississauga

      French Exit has been shortlisted for the Giller Prize, and it’s certainly well-deserved. Underneath deWitt’s witty, sassy prose lies a striking and biting critique of familial relationships, society and class. It’s a perfect mix of dark sardonic humour and carefree antics with a little existential angst thrown in.” — Vancouver Province

      “A tragic and witty send-up of high society.” — Sun Herald


      Longlist, Scotiabank Giller Prize
      A Globe and Mail Top 100 Book
      Globe and Mail’s Jared Bland’s Top 5 Favourite Book of the Year
      A National Post Top 99 Book
      A Times Best Book of the Year
      A CBC Book of the Year
      An Indigo Best Book of 2015
      An Best Book
      An Editors’ Best Book
      A Quill & Quire Notable Book of the Year
      An Edmonton Journal Best Book
      A Kobo Best Book of the Year
      A 49th Shelf Best of 2015
      National Bestseller

      Undermajordomo Minor not only salutes the literature of a bygone era but fully inhabits it, and the result is a novel that offers the same delights as the fair talks and adventure stories it takes on.” — New York Times Book Review

      “Page by page, the book is often a hoot, brimming with winningly quirky characters operating by their own twisted fairy-tale logic.” — Globe and Mail

      “[In Undermajordomo Minor], geography and era are purposely abstracted. Where we are, when we are, or why we’re there are all afterthoughts. What matters is Mr. deWitt’s imagination, which is a forceful train that ignores the usual tracks.” — New York Times

      “The Canadian writer Patrick deWitt has nerve … deWitt’s characters are never either truly good or fully bad. Instead, and more interestingly, they are specimens of flawed but game humanity, baffled souls struggling in a Petri dish, oddly touching to watch … deWitt conjures and populates a universe on his terms. This is the territory of the Brothers Grimm, as seen through the skewed lens of Wes Anderson or Monty Python … And why shouldn't that work? It works.” — Guardian

      “Eerily precise … deWitt is a true original, conjuring up dark and hilarious images. This is a bizarre, darkly funny, passionate book … It is a story about love, discovery and fantasy for it s own sake, a real storyteller’s tale.” — The Times

      “’I don’t subscribe to amusements, Lucy. Laughter is the basest sound a body can make, in my opinion,’ says the valet … As I read the book, I more than once made the sound the valet finds so base and unpleasant.” — Wall Street Journal

      “With its blend of fantasy and gothic romance, Undermajordomo Minor sounded unlikely to enchant a literalist like me. How wrong I was. From its pitch-perfect opening onwards, it's clear from the unusual atmosphere and droll narration that deWitt has created a unique fictional universe … The challenge for the reader is to resist the temptation to devour a novel which should be savoured.” — Independent

      “Compulsively readable sentences, oscillating between the prosaic and the lyrical, the modern and the arcane.” — San Francisco Chronicle

      “This novel is compulsively readable. DeWitt’s facility with point of view and narrative style is astounding …Undermajordomo Minor has been engineered by a master craftsman. The pacing is superb and, as I read, I kept thinking how grateful I am to writers who can make me laugh.” — Boston Globe

      Undermajordomo Minor creates its own earthy kind of magic … it’s a wonderful novel that is sure to capture the imagination of many readers and awards committees.” — Winnipeg Free Press

      “But the ceaseless, sparkling wit and originality of his latest … proves the indomitable deWitt can’t be undone by a few trophies; in fact by delving deeper into the absurd, he arguably takes bigger risk.” — Toronto Star

      “In his previous novel, The Sisters Brothers, deWitt discovered brutal humanity and coal-black humour behind the façade of a recognizable genre, and now he’d done it again. Undermajordomo Minor bursts with exchanges begging to be read aloud in the village square.” — Esquire

      “In his delightful and dark new novel, Booker nominee deWitt brings his amusingly off-kilter vision to a European folk tale … DeWitt uses familiar tropes to lull the reader into a false sense of grounding, delivering with abundant good humor a fully realized, consistently surprising, and thoroughly amusing tale of longing, love, madness, and mirth.” — Publishers Weekly, (Starred Review)

      “DeWitt takes full advantage of the way his fairy-tale setting allows him to present outlandish events in the deadpan manner also exploited by Salman Rushdie in his new novel. Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights and Undermajordomo Minor are also bookends of a sort — the one resting on the Eastern fairy tale tradition (1,001 Arabian Nights) and the Western (the Brothers Grimm) — and both have abrupt transitions of what Rushdie described as the ‘pumpkins turn into carriages’ sort … it is that unsettling modern sensibility that lies at the heart of deWitt’s appeal as a writer. It’s often hard to like his intensely self-absorbed characters, and even harder not to care what becomes of them.” — Maclean’s

      “Hilarious … The world deWitt gives us is generous, and the protagonist is someone we’re happy to follow. The novel proposes somewhat gently that the pursuit of a painful thing might just be the point, rather than the moment the quest is over — and deWitt illustrates that sweetly. The trip then might be enough for us: funny, sad, violent and illuminated by a minor light.” — Washington Post


      Governor General’s Literary Award Winner
      Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize Winner
      Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal Winner
      Canadian Booksellers Association Libris Award: Fiction Book of the Year Winner
      Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Book Award Winner
      Oregon Book Awards: Ken Kesey Award for Fiction Winner
      Man Booker Prize for Fiction Finalist
      Scotiabank Giller Prize Finalist
      CBC Bookie Awards: Literary Fiction Finalist
      Walter Scott Prize Finalist
      CBA Libris Award: Author of the Year Finalist
      GOOGLE PLAY™ International Author of the Year Finalist
      Globe and Mail Top 100 Book
      Publishers Weekly Best Book Best Books: Editors’ Pick Best Books: Canadian Fiction
      Quill & Quire Book of the Year
      Toronto Star Reviewers’ Top 100 Books
      Maclean’s Magazine Best Books
      Named One of Canada’s Best Writers by the Irish Times

      The Sisters Brothers is a bold, original, and powerfully compelling work, grounded in well-drawn characters and a firm hold on narrative. When they say, ‘They don’t write ’em like that anymore,’ they’re wrong.” — Globe and Mail

      The Sisters Brothers confirms Patrick deWitt as one of the most talented young writers around.” — Sunday Times

      “A powerfully realized work of narrative fiction … the dialogue is sharp as a whip … the novel works artfully within its formal boundaries to explore the nature of brotherhood, work, love, greed, loneliness, and personal renewal.” — Times Literary Supplement

      “Weirdly funny, startlingly violent, and steeped in sadness … It’s all rendered irresistible by Eli Sisters, who narrates with a mixture of melancholy and thoughtfulness … After capturing the fireside camps and saloons in perfectly drawn vignettes, deWitt strips these two lethal brothers of more than they ever thought a man could lose. And then, damned if he doesn’t surprise us again with a twilight scene that’s just miraculously lovely.” — Washington Post

      “There never was a more engaging pair of psychopaths than Charlie and Eli Sisters … So subtle is deWitt’s prose, so slyly note-perfect his rendition of Eli’s voice in all its earnestly charming nineteenth-century syntax, and so compulsively readable his bleakly funny Western noir story, that readers will stick by Eli even as he grinds his heel into the shattered skull of an already dead prospector.” — Maclean’s

      “Fresh, hilariously anti-heroic, often genuinely chilling, and relentlessly compelling. Yes, this is a mighty fine read, and deWitt a mighty fine writer.” — National Post

      “Okay, so it does take a Canadian to write a truly great Western novel of daunting, surrealist panache and rooted in unwavering empathy — and that just about sums up the dark, profound achievement which is The Sisters Brothers.” — Irish Times


      “DeWitt delves deeply and unflinchingly into an addict’s mind, bearing witness to what happens to a man as a drug renders him inhuman … Ablutions has achieved something remarkable.” — New York Times Book Review

      “A brilliant inside view of addiction.” — Times (London)

      “A brief, intense, and carefully sustained piece of writing about the blurry edges of existence, shot through with remarkable lucidity. Warning: Cheers it isn’t.” — Guardian

      “DeWitt conjures up moments of both painful humor and tender beauty.” — Financial Times

      “Read this rambling and gloriously downbeat novel … Melancholic, sentimental, and very funny.” — Harper’s Bazaar (UK)

      “Patrick deWitt’s hilariously gloomy tale is a sober reminder to stick to the diet tonic water … The subtitle is ‘notes for a novel,’ but there is nothing unfinished about Ablutions. The sentences catch the light like drops of Jameson whiskey spilled as a drunk rushes for a puke.” — the Independent

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    Reset Reclaiming Social Media for Civil Society Ronald Deibert Canada
    9781487008055 Paperback SOCIAL SCIENCE / Privacy & Surveillance Publication Date:September 29, 2020
    $22.95 CAD 5 x 8 in | 304 pages Carton Quantity:1 Canadian Rights: Y House of Anansi Press
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      In the 2020 CBC Massey Lectures, bestselling author and renowned technology and security expert Ronald J. Deibert exposes the disturbing influence and impact of the internet on politics, the economy, the environment, and humanity.

      Digital technologies have given rise to a new machine-based civilization that is increasingly linked to a growing number of social and political maladies. Accountability is weak and insecurity is endemic, creating disturbing opportunities for exploitation.?

      Drawing from the cutting-edge research of the Citizen Lab, the world-renowned digital security research group which he founded and directs, Ronald J. Deibert exposes the impacts of this communications ecosystem on civil society. He tracks a mostly unregulated surveillance industry, innovations in technologies of remote control, superpower policing practices, dark PR firms, and highly profitable hack-for-hire services feeding off rivers of poorly secured personal data. Deibert also unearths how dependence on social media and its expanding universe of consumer electronics creates immense pressure on the natural environment.?In order to combat authoritarian practices, environmental degradation, and rampant electronic consumerism, he urges restraints on tech platforms and governments to reclaim the internet for civil society.


      RONALD J. DEIBERT is professor of Political Science and director of the Citizen Lab at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, University of Toronto. The Citizen Lab undertakes interdisciplinary research at the intersection of global security, information and communications technologies, and human rights. The research outputs of the Citizen Lab are routinely covered in global media, including more than two dozen reports that received exclusive front-page coverage in the New York Times, the Washington Post, and other global media over the last decade. Deibert is the author of Black Code: Surveillance, Privacy, and the Dark Side of the Internet,as well as numerous books, chapters, articles, and reports on internet censorship, surveillance, and cybersecurity.

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      A Quill & Quire Book of the Year

      National Bestseller

      “No one has done more than Ron Deibert and his lab to expose the enemies of the internet — shadowy companies whose sole business is to make it unsafe for all of us. No one is better placed to explain the intersection of law and technology that makes these abuses possible — and how we can put an end to them. Reset is the definitive narrative of where we went wrong and a last chance to make things right.” — Edward Snowden

      “Tech is at a crossroads between oppression and liberation, and Ronald J. Deibert is our leading expert on the forces steering it in either direction. Reset is a road map revealing the secret alleys and byways that brought us to this juncture, and the ways ahead that we could navigate to a better future.” — Cory Doctorow, bestselling author of Radicalized and Walkaway

      “One thing is for sure: your phone knows a lot more about you than you know about it. Ronald J. Deibert expertly cracks open our gadgets and electronics to reveal the who, what, and why behind our communications infrastructure. From digital espionage to big-data policing, Reset is a timely and critical look at how cutting-edge surveillance technologies are being weaponized against civil society. With the rise of authoritarianism around the world, Deibert’s book is a must-read for all who want to ensure that dark power stays in check.” — Ziya Tong, science broadcaster and author of The Reality Bubble

      “Ronald J. Deibert is a rare hybrid who combines an advanced understanding of computer technology with a rich background in political science. He is also already a legend in security and tech circles because of his work as the founder and director of Citizen Lab … In Reset, Deibert outlines with tremendous economy and verve the major threats that face us as a consequence of our rapidly growing dependency on internet technologies, AI, robotics, and, further down the line, machine-to-machine learning and quantum computing. The clarity of his writing enables Deibert to categorize each aspect of the threat on a profound level that will nonetheless be accessible to any reader … Covid-19 has made it clear that our globalized world faces fundamental challenges to the survival of our species, along with most others. If we listen to Ron Deibert, we are still in position to head off another of those threats.” — Misha Glenny, bestselling author of McMafia and DarkMarket

      “A reset is needed in the relation between privately run technologies and the public interest. Ron Deibert sketches what meaningful change looks like. Ron has been at the heart of analyzing the harms of technology to human rights, and increasingly to the human condition, for decades. His deep research and clear moral compass make his plea for a ‘reset’ an urgent one. To technology experts this book shines a clear light forward beyond current headline-grabbing incidents. To readers new to the depth of effects of the online information ecosystem, it is essential reading to gain clarity on where our values are at stake, and how we may preserve them.” — Marietje Schaake, International Policy Director of the Cyber Policy Center, Stanford University, and President of the CyberPeace Institute

      Reset is a shocking call to action and a persuasively argued book. It is the sort of text one hopes will be read widely … After all, a reset of the basic infrastructure of life will only come through a profound political reckoning — and like the foment of 1968, it may just be a reconceptualization of what we want and why we want it that finally drives change.” — Quill & Quire

      “In clear, concise language, Ronald J. Deibert sounds the alarm about social media’s most dangerous and pervasive threats to human autonomy, from the commodification of data to the ever-expanding reach of the surveillance state to the proliferation of disinformation and other tools of manipulation. Paired with urgent warnings about the perils of our online world, Deibert’s three-pronged formula for change — retreat, reform, restraint – is an urgent call we all should heed.” — Quill & Quire


      Black Code is terrifying. It effortlessly chronicles threats ranging from individual privacy to national security … [highlighting] the shadowy, lucrative war online, behind closed doors and in the halls of power, which threatens to control, censor, and spy on us, or worse.” — National Post

      “Gripping and absolutely terrifying … Black Code is a manifesto for the twenty-first-century form of network stewardship, a sense of shared responsibility toward our vital electronic water supply. It is a timely rallying cry, and sorely needed.” — Cory Doctorow, Globe and Mail

      “Ron Deibert is an excellent guide to the fascinating and disturbing world of cyber security.” — Joseph S. Nye Jr., distinguished service professor, Harvard University, and author of The Future of Power

      “For more than a decade, Ron Deibert’s Citizen Lab has been at the forefront of decoding actions both crude and subtle to disrupt internet access and usage. A path from the Dalai Lama’s hacked laptop to a worldwide espionage ring is but one tale of many of the Lab’s singular exploits — now gathered here in this compelling volume that chronicles the ongoing wars amidst the internet’s rise.” — Jonathan Zittrain, professor of Law and professor of Computer Science, Harvard University, and author of The Future of the Internet — And How to Stop It

      “At a time when autocrats, criminal gangs, and others are trying to control and pervert the use of cyberspace, Ron Deibert’s Black Code rings like a fire bell in the night, warning us that the price of a new global commons of shared knowledge and connectivity is vigilance in defense of free expression and the rule of law. Anyone who cares about the future of democracy needs to read this timely and most important book.” — Carl Gershman, president of the National Endowment for Democracy

      Black Code stimulated my thinking about the potential for making the internet a much safer place.” — Vint Cerf, internet pioneer and “Father of the Internet”

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    Hollywood Eden Electric Guitars, Fast Cars, and the Myth of the California Paradise Joel Selvin
    9781487007218 Hardcover BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Entertainment & Performing Arts Publication Date:April 06, 2021
    $32.95 CAD 6.3 x 9.25 x 0.95 in | 1.34 lb | 312 pages Carton Quantity:1 Canadian Rights: Y House of Anansi Press
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      From the Beach Boys and Jan & Dean to the Byrds and the Mamas & the Papas, acclaimed music journalist Joel Selvin tells the story of a group of young artists and musicians who came together at the dawn of the 1960s to create the lasting myth of the California dream.

      From surf music to hot-rod records to the sunny pop of the Beach Boys and the Mamas & the Papas, Hollywood Eden captures the fresh blossom of a young generation who came together in the epic spring of the 1960s to invent the myth of the California Paradise. Central to the story is a group of sun-kissed teens from the University High School class of 1959 — a class that included Jan & Dean, Nancy Sinatra, and future members of the Beach Boys — who came of age in Los Angeles at the dawn of a new golden era when anything seemed possible. These were the people who created the idea of modern California for the rest of the world.

      But their own private struggles belied the paradise portrayed in their music. What began as a light-hearted frolic under sunny skies ended up crashing down to earth just a few short but action-packed years later as, one by one, each met their destinies head-on. A rock ’n’ roll opera loaded with violence, deceit, intrigue, low comedy, and high drama, Hollywood Eden tells the story of a group of young artists and musicians who bumped heads, crashed cars, and ultimately flew too close to the sun.


      JOEL SELVIN is an award-winning journalist and music critic who covered pop music for the San Francisco Chronicle for over thirty-five years. His writing has appeared in Rolling Stone, the Los Angeles Times, Billboard, and Melody Maker, and he has contributed liner notes to dozens of recorded albums. Selvin is also the bestselling author of over a dozen books about pop music, including Fare Thee Well: The Final Chapter of the Grateful Dead’s Long, Strange Trip; Altamont: The Rolling Stones, the Hells Angels, and the Inside Story of Rock’s Darkest Day; and Here Comes the Night: The Dark Soul of Bert Berns and the Dirty Business of Rhythm and Blues. He lives in San Francisco.

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      “My life back in those days was truly ‘fun fun fun’ and Hollywood Eden beautifully captures our Fifties and Sixties California music scene. Please don’t change a word!” Bruce Johnston of the Beach Boys

      Hollywood Eden is a keeper! Startlingly moving, it features a cast of somehow sympathetic characters who are all looking for a fast buck, some luck of the draw, or intimations of immortality. I knew full well most of the subjects of this tumultuous time; I was also there in a hedge-row cameo. So I read the book through and through. I warrant every word of it is true.” Van Dyke Parks, composer, songwriter, and lyricist of Brian Wilson’s renowned Smile album

      Hollywood Eden is a detailed look at the hugely influential California music scene just before the arrival of folk rock and psychedelic music — a vital link in the chronicles of the American popular song. I found it fascinating; I love the book.” Linda Ronstadt, vocalist, songwriter, and bestselling author of Simple Dreams

      “Those of us who grew up in the Darwinian slaughterhouse of New Jersey couldn’t have imagined the paradise so accurately described in Hollywood Eden. Through the years I became familiar with most of the characters in this book, yet I learned something new on every page. Joel Selvin’s special gift is putting you in the room to witness these unlikely events that became essential Rock History.” Stevie Van Zandt, musician, actor, and syndicated radio host of Little Steven’s Underground Garage

      “A jukebox musical of a book … If Altamont marked the premature end of the 1960s, Hollywood Eden is the decade’s origin story, capturing the lingering 1950s and the transition in Southern California music from surfing and hot rods to the singer-songwriters of the canyons.”

      “Selvin tells this inside story as if he were right there … Hollywood Eden is a lively and well-researched book.”

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    Fall 2020 Munk Debate The Munk Debates Rudyard Griffiths Canada
    9781487008390 Paperback
    $14.95 CAD 5 x 8 in | 144 pages Carton Quantity:1 Canadian Rights: Y House of Anansi Press
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      The twenty-sixth semi-annual Munk Debate, North America’s premier public-policy event.

      Held semi-annually, the Munk Debates provide leading thinkers with a global forum to discuss the major public-policy issues facing the world. Participants in the Munk Debates have included Tony Blair, Stephen Fry, Newt Gingrich, Malcolm Gladwell, Christopher Hitchens, Garry Kasparov, Henry Kissinger, Paul Krugman, Steven Pinker, Samantha Power, and Fareed Zakaria.

      The Munk Debate series features the full text of the debates, along with interviews with the debaters in which they delve more deeply into the issues affecting all of us today. The twenty-sixth debate will be held on May 28, 2020, with the debaters and topic announced online in March 2020 at


      Rudyard Griffiths is the co-organizer and moderator of the Munk Debates. He is also the co-founder of the Dominion Institute, co-director of the Grano Speakers Series, and author of Who We Are: A Citizen's Manifesto. He lives in Toronto.

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    Age of Creativity Art, Memory, My Father, and Me Emily Urquhart Canada
    9781487005313 Paperback BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Personal Memoirs Publication Date:September 01, 2020
    $22.95 CAD 5.5 x 8.5 in | 232 pages Carton Quantity:1 Canadian Rights: Y The Walrus Books
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      A moving portrait of a father and daughter relationship and a case for late-stage creativity from Emily Urquhart, the bestselling author of Beyond the Pale: Folklore, Family, and the Mystery of Our Hidden Genes.

      “The fundamental misunderstanding of our time is that we belong to one age group or another. We all grow old. There is no us and them. There was only ever an us.” — from The Age of Creativity

      It has long been thought that artistic output declines in old age. When Emily Urquhart and her family celebrated the eightieth birthday of her father, the illustrious painter Tony Urquhart, she found it remarkable that, although his pace had slowed, he was continuing his daily art practice of drawing, painting, and constructing large-scale sculptures, and was even innovating his style. Was he defying the odds, or is it possible that some assumptions about the elderly are flat-out wrong? After all, many well-known visual artists completed their best work in the last decade of their lives, Turner, Monet, and Cézanne among them. With the eye of a memoirist and the curiosity of a journalist, Urquhart began an investigation into late-stage creativity, asking: Is it possible that our best work is ahead of us? Is there an expiry date on creativity? Do we ever really know when we’ve done anything for the last time?

      The Age of Creativity is a graceful, intimate blend of research on ageing and creativity, including on progressive senior-led organizations, such as a home for elderly theatre performers and a gallery in New York City that only represents artists over sixty, and her experiences living and travelling with her father. Emily Urquhart reveals how creative work, both amateur and professional, sustains people in the third act of their lives, and tells a new story about the possibilities of elder-hood.


      EMILY URQUHART is a National Magazine Award–winning writer and has a doctorate in folklore from Memorial University of Newfoundland. Her first book, Beyond the Pale: Folklore, Family, and the Mystery of Our Hidden Genes, was a Maclean’s bestseller, a finalist for the BC National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction, and a Globe and Mail Best Book of 2015. Her freelance writing has appeared in the Toronto Star, The Walrus Magazine, Longreads, the Rumpus, and Eighteen Bridges, among other publications. She is a nonfiction editor for the New Quarterly and teaches creative nonfiction at Wilfrid Laurier University. She lives in Kitchener, Ontario, with her husband and their two children.

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      A CBC Book of the Year

      A Quill & Quire Book of the Year

      A Now Magazine Book of the Year

      “Heartfelt and thoughtful … [The Age of Creativity] deal[s] with dementia and old age with sensitivity and respect, and may soothe readers and caregivers coping with the same.” — Quill & Quire

      “Meticulously researched and including interviews with aging creators, Urquhart’s book is both a deeply personal account and an important critique of ageism.” — Now Magazine

      “This is a gift of a book, an ode to late style, a daughter’s devotional, a fascinating dive into art history, but above all a radical detonation of accepted notions of ageing and art. Emily Urquhart is a curious and frank guide, who captures her subject with clear and perfect brushstrokes.” — Kyo Maclear, award-winning and bestselling author of Birds Art Life

      “Wise and thoughtful, Emily Urquhart’s The Age of Creativity leads us through the landscape of imagination. The bonds of familial love, the workings of memory, the drive to create, and the process of aging are all explored with Urquhart’s trademark blending of intelligence and warmth. This important work delves into the life of an artist who surveys the transformation of his work over decades and the parallel trajectory of his life. Urquhart’s beautifully crafted memoir celebrates the longevity and the universality of the creative spirit alive in us all.” — Joanna Pocock, author of Surrender: The Call of the American West


      “A graceful, perceptive rendering of a misunderstood condition.” — Kirkus Reviews

      “An extraordinary mix of memoir and manifesto.” — Maclean’s

      “Folklorist Urquhart writes poetically and movingly about her daughter … readers will weep and smile.” — Booklist

      “The way Urquhart struggles with these questions ultimately reflects her greatest quality as a writer. From the start she isn’t afraid to make the personal political, to delve into her particular experience while also acknowledging its limits and investigating what lies beyond them. Urquhart’s as interested in championing individuality as she is in embracing our shared humanity. But she never shies away from the fact that cherishing both can be a knotty, contradictory affair.” — Globe and Mail

      “[Urquhart is] highly relatable both as a typical exhausted first-time mom and as the parent of a child with a genetic disorder, and she writes with an aching honesty.” — Toronto Star

      Beyond the Pale is an affecting memoir that is as informative as it is poetic.” — Elle Canada

      “This touching and personal memoir is a must-read for parents of children with genetically inherited special needs, or anyone interested in genetics, albinism, or family trees in general.” — This Magazine

      “What makes this pilgrimage fascinating, even for a non-parent unfamiliar with albinism like me, is Urquhart’s cultural reportage.” — Molly Peacock, Literary Review of Canada

      “Emily Urquhart has written a courageous and ambitious book. Beyond the Pale offers an intimate account about raising a daughter with albinism, a lucid portrait of related genetic, medical, and social issues, and a disturbing reminder of the brutal violence that many people with albinism continue to face today.” — Lawrence Hill, author of The Book of Negroes and Blood: The Stuff of Life

      Beyond the Pale is a brave, thoughtful, clear, and always graceful journey through the terrifying randomness of genetics and the unexpected ways genetic anomalies can mark not just children, but all the lives around them. Best of all, it ends with a surprise — one that will interest anyone thinking of having a family.” — Ian Brown, author of The Boy in the Moon: A Father’s Search for His Disabled Son

      “An investigation, inspired by a child with albinism, that delves into secret histories and fables, blooms into an adventure to Tanzania, and finally culminates in the inheritance of family stories, Beyond the Pale is an elegant, complex wonder. Urquhart carries a light into a world of shadows as she confronts ancient fears and violence on behalf of her child. In probing what makes us different from each other and what unites us — how we are forged by both our genes and our stories — she creates a legacy of belonging for her daughter and a beautiful contemporary fable for all of us.” — Maria Mutch, author of Know the Night: A Memoir of Survival in the Small Hours

      “Driven by a mother’s love and a scholar’s curiosity, Beyond the Pale is a warm and unflinching memoir about hope and the resilience of the human spirit. After she learns her baby daughter has albinism, Emily Urquhart marches bravely into the heart of the dark folk tales and superstitions that have long surrounded her child’s genetic condition. Determined to mine the past and popular culture for lessons to build her daughter a better future, she takes us along on a fascinating quest, from fear and brutality in Tanzania to old family secrets in Niagara Falls. Rich with stories that both horrify and inspire, the result is a haunting and moving journey — one that says far less about genes than it does the power of people to overcome.” — Carolyn Abraham, author of The Juggler’s Children: A Journey into Family, Legend and the Genes that Bind Us

      Beyond the Pale is a powerful story about maternal love, the long reach of family and the ways — good and evil — we react to disability. And what a guide we have in Emily Urquhart — a wonderful writer who is generous, honest, and not afraid to pose the hardest questions. This book took me by the hand on the first page and never let me go.” — Katherine Ashenburg, author of The Dirt on Clean: An Unsanitized History

      “There is so much wisdom collected on these pages. Beyond the Pale is a beautiful weaving of the threads of history and lore that combine to make a family, gathered with the fierce, exhaustive love that overtakes us when we become parents. Emily Urquhart studies folklore and family ritual in academic theory until the birth of her very own snow-white child turns her investigative insights onto her own people. In her struggle to make sense of this genetic difference, she illuminates connections that are common to us all.” — Gillian Deacon, author of Naked Imperfection: A Memoir

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    Lost Spells Jackie Morris, Robert Macfarlane
    9781487007799 Hardcover POETRY / Subjects & Themes Publication Date:October 27, 2020
    $31.00 CAD 4.76 x 6.9 in | 240 pages Carton Quantity:1 Canadian Rights: Y Anansi International
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      The follow-up to the internationally bestselling sensation The Lost Words, The Lost Spells is a beautiful collection of poems and illustrations that evokes the magic of the everyday natural world.

      Since its publication in 2017, The Lost Words has enchanted readers with its poetry and illustrations of the natural world. Now, The Lost Spells, a book kindred in spirit and tone, continues to re-wild the lives of children and adults.

      The Lost Spells evokes the wonder of everyday nature, conjuring up red foxes, birch trees, jackdaws, and more in poems and illustrations that flow between the pages and into readers’ minds. Robert Macfarlane’s spell-poems and Jackie Morris’s watercolour illustrations are musical and magical: these are summoning spells, words of recollection, charms of protection. To read The Lost Spells is to see anew the natural world within our grasp and to be reminded of what happens when we allow it to slip away.


      JACKIE MORRIS grew up in the Vale of Evesham and studied at Hereford College of Arts and at Bath Academy. She won the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal, the highest honour in children’s book illustration, for

      The Lost Words. She has illustrated for the New Statesman, the Independent, and the Guardian, collaborated with Ted Hughes, and has written and illustrated over forty books, including beloved classics such as The Snow Leopard, The Ice Bear, Song of the Golden Hare, Tell Me a Dragon, East of the Sun, West of the Moon, and The Wild Swans. Jackie Morris lives in a cottage on the cliffs of Pembrokeshire.

      ROBERT MACFARLANE is a Fellow of Emmanuel College, Cambridge, and the author of a number of bestselling and prize-winning books, including The Wild Places, The Old Ways, Holloway, Landmarks, and Underland, which won the Wainwright Prize. His work has been translated into many languages and widely adapted for film, television, and radio. The American Academy of Arts and Letters awarded him the E. M. Forster Award for Literature in 2017. He is a word collector and mountain climber — and he has three children who have taught him more about the world than any book.

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      “Elegant … There is enough magic here to summon wild things even for those who are snug indoors.” — Wall Street Journal

      “This unusually beautiful book brings to readers the magic and wonder of nature … Breathtakingly magical.” — Kirkus Reviews, STARRED REVIEWS

      “Macfarlane’s lyrics … ring with consonance (“Thrift thrives where most life fails, falls,/ is cast adrift”) and wordplay (“Woodpecker, tree-wrecker”) … Morris’s fluid artwork renders the elegant tilt of a fox’s snout, birds’ calligraphic flight patterns, and the eyelike whorls of silver birch bark … One to treasure.” — Publishers Weekly, STARRED REVIEW

      “Macfarlane and Morris bring us the mystery and wisdom of wild things as complementary and consolatory to our tame incompleteness … These painted verses sing and shimmer with a magical exuberance that renders the wild world not parallel, not foreign, but proximate, beckoning, native to our own souls … A charm against the curse of civilization, of exploitation, of apathy.” — Maria Popova, Brain Pickings

      “Through deeply humane poems paired with warm illustrations, MacFarlane and Morris invited readers into the space where the enchanting natural world meets the expansive imagination … Crafted with the same tenderness as its sibling.” — Shelf Awareness

      The Lost Spells employs Robert Macfarlane’s rapturous language and Jackie Morris’s bewitching illustrations to return language and art to their ancient occupations: building bridges of understanding between human and non-human worlds. More than a mere book, it’s a brave act of shamanism that touches and transforms the reader’s heart, healing and encouraging at a time when the world feels most desperately in need of restoration.” — Steve Silberman, author of NeuroTribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity


      Winner, CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal

      Finalist, Wainwright Prize

      “A gorgeous book!” — @MargaretAtwood

      “Every page is enthralling.” — New York Times

      “Art, verse, and nature are combined with entertaining elegance in The Lost Words … This large, quality hardcover allows words and watercolour to shine and results in a work that can be left open at any page to stunning effect.” — Shelf Awareness, STARRED REVIEW

      “A gorgeous coffee-table book … with stunning artwork made with watercolour and gold leaf, and poems on words ranging from ‘acorn’ to ‘wren.’” — PEI Guardian

      “Stylish and melancholy, The Lost Words is a book to savour.” — Wall Street Journal

      “My top book of the year.” — Spectator

      “Sumptuous … a book combining meticulous wordcraft with exquisite illustrations deftly restores language describing the natural world to the children’s lexicon … The Lost Words is a beautiful book and an important one.” — Observer

      “One of the most striking and poignant picture books of the season … This giant tome contains not only beautiful illustrations but a haunting series of poems that read like a summoning back of the wild … A book in which every page seems like an act of love.” — Herald

      “A breathtaking book.” — New Statesman

      “A sumptuous, nostalgic ode to a disappearing landscape.” — Kirkus Reviews

      “This union of natural history, poetry, art, and whimsy is, indeed, a truly enchanting all-ages book of life to contemplate, read aloud, and share.” — Booklist

      “Utterly enchanting, it’s a celebration of nature — but also language itself. If I ran the world, it’d be in every school library and classroom possible.” — Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast

      “One of the most stunningly beautiful books I have had the pleasure of reading (and rereading) this year.” — Fab Book Reviews

      “Gorgeous to look at and to read. Give it to a child to bring back the magic of language — and its scope.” — Jeanette Winterson

      “The most beautiful and thought-provoking book I’ve read this year.” — Frank Cottrell-Boyce

      “Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris have made a thing of astonishing beauty.” — Alex Preston

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    On Love and Tyranny The Life and Politics of Hannah Arendt Dr. Ann Heberlein, Alice Menzies
    9781487008116 Paperback BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Philosophers Publication Date:January 05, 2021
    $24.95 CAD 5.5 x 8.5 in | 272 pages Carton Quantity:1 Canadian Rights: Y Anansi International
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      In an utterly unique approach to biography, On Love and Tyranny traces the life and work of the iconic German Jewish intellectual Hannah Arendt, whose political philosophy and understandings of evil, totalitarianism, love, and exile prove essential amid the rise of the refugee crisis and authoritarian regimes around the world.

      What can we learn from the iconic political thinker Hannah Arendt? Well, the short answer may be: to love the world so much that we think change is possible.

      The life of Hannah Arendt spans a crucial chapter in the history of the Western world, a period that witnessed the rise of the Nazi regime and the crises of the Cold War, a time when our ideas about humanity and its value, its guilt and responsibility, were formulated. Arendt’s thinking is intimately entwined with her life and the concrete experiences she drew from her encounters with evil, but also from love, exile, statelessness, and longing. This strikingly original work moves from political themes that wholly consume us today, such as the ways in which democracies can so easily become totalitarian states; to the deeply personal, in intimate recollections of Arendt’s famous lovers and friends, including Heidegger, Benjamin, de Beauvoir, and Sartre; and to wider moral deconstructions of what it means to be human and what it means to be humane.

      On Love and Tyranny brings to life a Hannah Arendt for our days, a timeless intellectual whose investigations into the nature of evil and of love are eerily and urgently relevant half a century later.


      DR. ANN HEBERLEIN is the bestselling author of more than a dozen books, including A Little Book on Evil, A Good Life, and the autobiographical I Don’t Want to Die, I Just Don’t Want to Live, which has sold hundreds of thousands of copies, and has been translated into multiple languages and dramatized and mounted on several stages. In 2018, Heberlein debuted as a fiction writer with the novel Everything Is Going to Be All Right. Heberlein has researched and taught at the Department of Practical Philosophy at Stockholm University and at the Faculty of Theology, Lund University.

      ALICE MENZIES is a freelance translator based in London. She has translated books by Fredrik Backman and Katarina Bivald, among others.

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      On Love and Tyranny is a stunning biography of Hannah Arendt, one of the most important thinkers of the last century. Heberlein shows us how the personal and the political, living and thinking, are woven together in a tapestry of threads that we cannot and should not tease apart.” — Janice Gross Stein, political scientist and founding director, Munk School of Global Affairs


      “A strong reading experience, characterized by self-insight, life experience, and courage. Infinitely well written.” — Aftonbladet

      “An incredible song of praise for everyday life.” — DN Sweden

      “Trusting, clear-thinking, and written with care.” — Sydsvenskan

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    Conscious Creative Practical Ethics for Purposeful Work Kelly Small Canada
    9781487008024 Paperback SELF-HELP / Motivational & Inspirational Publication Date:August 04, 2020
    $22.95 CAD 5 x 7 in | 232 pages Canadian Rights: Y Ambrosia
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      An actionable guide to mindfulness and practical ethics for any creative professional who wants to make a living without selling their soul.

      It can be difficult to live according to our values in a complicated world. At a time when capitalism seems most unforgiving but the need for paying work remains high, it is important to learn how we can be more mindful and intentional about our impact — personal, social, economic, and environmental.

      As designer and creative director Kelly Small had to do to navigate a crisis of ethics and burnout in their career in advertising, we can admit our complicity in problematic systems and take on the responsibility of letting our own conscience guide our decisions.

      Start with one or many of these 100+ rigorously researched, ultra-practical action steps:

      • Co-create and collaborate
      • Get obsessed with accessibility
      • Demand diverse teams
      • Commit to self-care
      • Make ethics a competitive edge
      • Be mindful of privilege
      • Create for empowerment, not exploitation

      With a humorous and irreverent tone, Small reveals how when we release unnecessary judgement and become action-oriented, we can clarify the complicated business of achieving an ethical practice in the creative industries. Discover the power of incremental, positive changes in our daily work-lives and the fulfillment of purposeful work.


      KELLY SMALL (they/them) is an award-winning creative director, designer, and writer with deep roots in communication design, marketing, and advertising, and a special focus on ethical and inclusive practice. A proven creative leader, strategist, and affiliated design researcher with Emily Carr University, Kelly holds an interdisciplinary master’s degree in design, with research focused on creative industry ethics, social innovation, and sustainability. Kelly lives in Toronto with their wife, Dahlia, and bonus kid, Evan.

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      “Thoughtful, practical, and irreverent, Kelly Small provides a blueprint for creatives to approach their work ethically and an irrefutable case for fusing one’s personal values and professional endeavours. I am honoured to count Kelly Small among the most exceptional alumni of Emily Carr University and to witness the positive impacts of their groundbreaking research. The Conscious Creative is essential reading for every person aspiring to build a more responsible practice and a must-have for emerging and student designers, artists, and makers.” — Dr. Gillian Siddall, president and vice-chancellor, Emily Carr University of Art + Design

      “As creatives we influence how people understand and interact with the world, what paths they can follow into our shared future. The Conscious Creative lays the foundation for not only why but how creatives can apply ethics to their practice and hold themselves accountable to their work and their role in society. Rooted in ethics, Kelly Small’s book is a boost of radical optimism for anyone who looked at the world and thought, ‘We can do better, and I think I know how!’” — Morten Rand-Hendriksen, Senior Staff Instructor, LinkedIn Learning

      “All creative acts change the world, for better or worse, and all creative work for corporations contains an ethical component, which always extends beyond maximizing shareholder value. A playbook for creative thinkers who want to act professionally and ethically, because it shouldn’t be an either-or choice.” — Faris Yakob, founder of Genius Steals and author of Paid Attention

      “Kelly Small offers hope to creatives who want to craft a sustainable, inclusive, and just practice within the capitalist framework of commercial design. If you are searching for a moral compass, this little book of big actions may be just the tool you are looking for.” — Ellen Lupton, designer, curator, and author of Design Is Storytelling

      “Ninety-five percent of the designers who have ever lived are alive today. It’s up to us to decide what our profession will be about. With this refreshingly approachable book that leans into turning intent into action, Kelly Small is breaking new ground that helps us all choose to lead. You won’t be able to not put this book down, because you’ll be tempted to interrupt your reading to take action.” — David Berman, RGD, FGDC, CPWA, author of Do Good Design: How Design Can Change Our World

      “There is no better time for a book like The Conscious Creative to guide us through the uncomfortable work of challenging the creative status quo. I have no doubt that this essential reading will revolutionize the design industry.” — Ailsa M. Blair, design leader

      “Put this book by Kelly Small on your bookshelf where the design industry’s non-existent code of ethics should be. Read it. Give it to design students and design schools. Give it to your friends who get excited about their new jobs at ethically questionable companies. And honestly, The Conscious Creative is not just for designers; it’s also relevant for marketers, content writers, advertisers, founders, and anyone who works as part of buying and selling in a capitalist world. This vital book makes a clear and compelling argument about why creatives need to make a non-negotiable commitment to ethics, and it’s filled with numerous accessible strategies for how to put those ethics into action.” — Kat Vellos, designer, facilitator, and author of We Should Get Together: The Secret to Cultivating Better Friendships

      “A vast toolbox of fantastic ideas that I will use in my work and share with others. I know that The Conscious Creative will change how I create and that my work will only get better after reading Kelly Small’s words.” — Bif Naked, recording artist, activist, and author of I, Bificus

      “In this time of massive social, economic, political, and environmental change, no designer — or anyone for that matter — should be without this essential volume on their bookshelf.” — Niamh Redmond, research and design leader

      “A must-read for all creatives or anyone interested in the #marketingwithpurpose movement.” — Geoffrey Colon, Head of Brand Studio, Microsoft Advertising

      “I was blown away by Kelly Small’s take on how we all can create more purposeful marketing work by being aware of ourselves and our work.” — Michael Abata, Cultural & Consumer Senior Futurist, Target

      “Kelly Small’s experience as a former creative director provides valuable insight … Small’s thorough breakdown of ethical concerns in the workplace can benefit anyone wanting to grow as an ally in a nation rife with issues of disparity.” — Cascade

      “What Kelly Small brings to the table is a healthy dose of both inspiration and practicality … Kelly Small’s personal story is an inspiration in itself, shared throughout the book with candour and courage. If you’re a creative searching for cleaner, healthier, and socially just ways to practice, you’ll not find a better place to start looking. And the timing couldn’t be better.” — Applied Arts

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    Family Affair Nadine Bismuth Canada, Russell Smith Canada
    9781487007027 Paperback FICTION / Literary Publication Date:August 25, 2020
    $22.95 CAD 5.25 x 8 in | 320 pages Carton Quantity:1 Canadian Rights: Y Arachnide Editions
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      A wry, savvy novel of untidy modern relationships, A Family Affair confirms award-winning author Nadine Bismuth’s place as a remarkable chronicler of contemporary middle-class mores in the manner of Jonathan Franzen, John Irving, and Lorrie Moore.

      Award-winning novelist and screenwriter for film and television Nadine Bismuth has returned with an unsparing portrait of twenty-first century life. In A Family Affair, love is the first casualty and deceit — towards others, towards oneself — the norm.

      Kitchen designer Magalie is being cheated upon and so cheats in turn, in the office and with a divorced police officer who has hired her. Her partner, Mathieu, has no idea how to be, and the police officer Guillaume no idea what he wants. So begins a story of messy relationships wrested against the odds from the detritus of failed marriages, the demands of professional lives, and the pull of the internet and its false messages of perfection. With an assiduous eye that is both clinical and sympathetic, Bismuth’s elegant and highly readable novel captures the alienating nature of contemporary life and sheds light on this, our strange new world full of unrequited yearning in a sea of seeming plenty.


      NADINE BISMUTH is the author of the prize-winning story collection Fidelity Doesn’t Make the News and two previous novels, Scrapbook and Are You Married to a Psychopath?, the latter of which was nominated for a Governor General’s Literary Award. She has written for film and television. Nadine Bismuth was born and lives in Montreal.

      RUSSELL SMITH is a writer, journalist, and translator. The author of ten books of fiction and nonfiction, his most recent novel, Confidence, was a finalist for the Rogers Writers’ Trust Award for Fiction and was longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize. His work has also been nominated for the Governor General’s Literary Award, the Trillium Prize, the Books in Canada First Novel Award, the Toronto Book Awards, and the Danuta Gleed Literary Award. He also writes a weekly column on arts for the Globe and Mail. A Family Affair is his first book-length translation.

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      A CBC Book of the Year

      Winner, Radio-Canada Combat national des livres

      “The author who accustomed us to the lies and neuroses of young adults now leads us into the world of forty-somethings, in which infidelity must somehow be managed in lives weighed down by work, shared custody, and hours online … Despite a generous helping of Bismuth’s typically dark humour, a disturbing melancholy permeates A Family Affair.” — La Presse

      “A page-turner. I read it in one go … There is something frankly endearing in this portrait of the modern family. A book you will devour because Nadine Bismuth writes with an extraordinary, honest, accessible, evocative pen.” — Radio-Canada

      “A keen and lucid exploration of the mirages of love and motherhood.” — Le Devoir

      “Nadine Bismuth, in a very contemporary style and with a distinctly Quebecois sense of humour, presents us her vision of relationships between men, women, children, parents. Under the heated floor of a hi-tech granite kitchen, she hides nothing. No, but she shatters the lid of that old cast iron casserole, confronting us with our contradictions and reminding us that it is never too late to start afresh, other than we are, elsewhere.” — ActuaLitté

      “Bismuth writes page-turners, frankly and accessibly. Once started, you cannot stop. In A Family Affair, we are witnesses to ordinary lives turned upside-down … the reader becomes a voyeur, and can’t help but enjoy it … Bismuth writes with a sharp and addictive pen, and we devour her recounting of the everyday as if it were a crime thriller.” — Le fil rouge

      “What with [Bismuth’s] last short-story collection, Are You Married to a Psychopath?, dating back to 2009, there is no doubt: Nadine Bismuth’s new work has been highly anticipated. In her novel A Family Affair, she revamps her favorite subjects: infidelity and, also, the complexities and ambiguities of love. What a pleasure it is to be reacquainted with her assiduous eye, her sense of humour, her gentle irony.” — Les libraires

      “Sometimes from a man’s point of view, sometimes from a woman’s, Bismuth presents the questions and challenges forty-somethings face. The writing is fluid, the story captivating, and the turns in the plot admirably constructed.” — Page par page


      Finalist, Governor General’s Literary Award for Fiction


      Winner, Prix de l’Association des librairies du Québec

      Winner, Adrienne-Choquette Literary Prize

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