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    Milk, Spice and Curry Leaves Hill Country Recipes from the Heart of Sri Lanka Ruwanmali Samarakoon-Amunugama Canada
    9781771513296 Hardcover COOKING / Regional & Ethnic On Sale Date:October 20, 2020
    $35.00 CAD 7.25 x 10 in | 192 pages Carton Quantity:16 Canadian Rights: Y TouchWood Editions
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      Description

      A Los Angeles Times standout book of the season

      A National Post best cookbook of 2020

      Featured by Eater Seattle, Seattle Times, National Post, Globe and Mail, CBC News, CTV News, and the Boston Lanka Network

      "This vegetable and seafood-heavy book has recipes for all the classics . . . I would plead for as a kid . . . It’s a technique-heavy book, full of reliable instructions and gorgeous, nostalgic photographs.” —Epicurious

      Ruwanmali Samarakoon-Amunugama's childhood memories of visits to her parents' homeland in Sri Lanka were filled with colourful trips to the market, lively, happy meals with her extended family, and long, scenic car rides from the capital of Colombo, past tea estates and farmers' stalls, into the hill country around Kandy. In Milk, Spice and Curry Leaves, Ruwan shares the rustic, tropical flavours of these Sri Lankan visits—sweet pineapple and mango, bitter gourd, toothsome cashews, spicy chili pepper, tart lime, and many more—in recipes designed with North American home cooks in mind.

      She introduces the three pillars of Sri Lankan cuisine: coconut milk, rice, and spice, and walks readers through the steps to make the two foundational Sri Lankan curry powders (roasted and unroasted). She also goes into detail on specialty products—like goraka, pandanus leaves, tamarind, and young jackfruit—always with attention to using ingredients available in North American grocery stores.

      With lush food photography and styling, hand-drawn illustrations, heirloom photos and ephemera, Milk, Spice and Curry Leaves is an invitation to a way of cooking and a family of traditions from the country known as "the Pearl of the Indian Ocean."

      Bio

      Ruwanmali Samarakoon-Amunugama learned to cook Sri Lankan food from her mother and grandmother. Her knowledge of South Asian foods and ingredients has been further enhanced by numerous trips to Sri Lanka and other parts of Asia. Born in Mississauga, Ontario, Ruwan graduated from Simon Fraser University and has lived in British Columbia, Alberta, Ottawa, and Washington state.

      Marketing & Promotion

        Media + Publicity:

        • Print features, excerpts, and review coverage in Vancouver Sun, Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, CBC Books, The Georgia Straight, Canadian Living, BC Magazine, Style at Home, Western Living, BC Living, Vancouver Observer, Victoria Times Colonist, BC BookWorld, EAT magazine, Edible Vancouver, Western Living
        • Broadcast interviews and coverage on CBC’s On the Coast, CBC's North by Northwest, CBC Syndication, Vancouver Global, Vancouver Breakfast Television, Vancouver CTV Morning
        • Outreach to food blogs and bloggers: Simples Bites; Seven Spoons; Family Bites; Kitchen Magpie; Eat, Live, Travel, Write; Eating Niagara; Eat North; The GoodLife Vancouver
        • Cookbook giveaway and promotion via Eat Your Books
        • Direct marketing outreach to Sri Lankan communities

         

        Marketing + Promo:

        • National, regional, and subject-specific print features, excerpts and review coverage
        • Publicity and promotion in conjunction with author's speaking engagements
        • Outreach to subject-specific organizations, markets and festivals
        • Blogger outreach, online ads and social media campaigns
        • Festival appearances
        • Excerpts available
        • Electronic blads

         

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        BISAC Codes:

        • CKB044000    COOKING / Regional & Ethnic / Indian & South Asian
        • CKB101000    COOKING / Courses & Dishes / General

         

        BISAC Regional Themes

        • 2.3.6.0.0.0.0 LEVEL_3 Sri Lanka (Ceylon)

         

        THEMA Codes

        • WBVM Cookery dishes & courses: main courses
        • WBTH Cookery / food by ingredient: herbs, spices, oils & vinegars
        • WBJ Vegetarian Cookery
        • WBTJ Cookery / food by ingredient: rice, grains, pulses, nuts & seeds
        • 1FKS Sri Lanka
        • 1KBC-CA-BLC British Columbia Vancouver Island: Greater Victoria
        • 5PB-US-D Relating to Asian American people


    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Reviews

      A Los Angeles Times standout book of the season

      A National Post best cookbook of 2020

      Featured by Eater Seattle, Seattle Times, National Post, Globe and Mail, CBC News, CTV News, and the Boston Lanka Network

      "This vegetable and seafood-heavy book has recipes for all the classics . . . I would plead for as a kid . . . It's a technique-heavy book, full of reliable instructions and gorgeous, nostalgic photographs.” —Epicurious

      "Samarakoon-Amunugama sets the scene . . . lays out the foundation of [Sri Lankan] cuisine . . . makes it clear where substitutions might be acceptable and where they are not . . . [and] her careful instructions and adaptations for North American cooks culminate rewardingly in the recipes." —Los Angeles Times

      "All the 65 recipes in Milk, Spice and Curry Leaves are inspired by her mother and grandmother, a tribute to an unhurried time when food was cooked with a lot of thought, with a lot of love. . . there is a thoughtful intent to give her North American readers an understanding and insight into the island’s cuisine, its origins and influences—the Portuguese and Dutch elements that have enhanced it as well as cooking tips and recipes, all woven with memories." —Sri Lanka Sunday Times

      "A lush trove of thoughtful, economical advice for adapting [Sri Lankan cuisine] to North American pantries. Vegans, vegetarians and meat-eaters alike will find much to enjoy in this collection. Whether cooking for a crowd or a few, celebrate familiar fall flavors during this unusual holiday season, and find delicious solace in the winter squash, the crab curries, the elegant, topping-laden Fancy Yellow Rice and the simply divine Coconut Roti." —Shelf Awareness

      "[Samarakoon-Amunugama] pays homage to her mother’s homeland, expounding on the abundance of fish around the flora-flush island in the Indian Ocean that inspired its seafood dishes, and fruits and veggies from the hill country of the Central Province that produce memorable vegetarian curries." —Seattle Times

      "Taking a long flight somewhere to enjoy new cultures and foods is not, for obvious reasons, in most of our current plans. We’re staying close to home and looking forward to the day that we can travel like that again. But that doesn’t mean we can’t get a big bite of what that journey might be like. That’s how I felt when reading . . . Milk, Spice and Curry Leaves." —Times Colonist

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    Bisous and Brioche Classic French Recipes and Family Favorites from a Life in France Laura Bradbury Canada, Rebecca Wellman Canada
    9781771513166 Hardcover COOKING / Regional & Ethnic On Sale Date:November 17, 2020
    $45.00 CAD 7.25 x 10.25 in | 232 pages Carton Quantity:16 Canadian Rights: Y TouchWood Editions
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      Description

      Shortlisted for a 2021 Taste Canada Award

      A book of recipes from the author of the Grape Series memoirs that will transport you to a rustic French cottage surrounded by vineyards, no matter where in the world your kitchen might be.

      For years readers of Laura Bradbury's bestselling Grape Series memoirs have been clamouring for the secrets behind all the mouthwatering meals described in the stories about her life in Beaune, Burgundy. Together with her friend, photographer and cookbook author Rebecca Wellman, Laura shares recipes that have been handed down through her husband Franck's family or passed on by French friends and neighbours, and that now feature regularly on the menu at her house.

      Bisous & Brioche features classics like vinaigrettes, madeleines, crêpes, crème fraîche, tarts, cassoulet, coq au vin—dishes whose names alone will warm the heart of any Francophile. The recipes are served up with anecdotes about their arrival in Laura's life and are accompanied by Rebecca's sun-soaked photos of market visits, meal prep, and lazy lunches in the vineyard.

      Bio

      Laura Bradbury is the author of the novel A Vineyard for Two and the bestselling Grape Series memoirs, which recount how she followed her heart and found l’amour in the Beaune region of France. Laura, her husband Franck, and their three daughters divide their time between Victoria, BC, and Villers-la-Faye in Burgundy where they own and manage three vacation properties.



      Rebecca Wellman is a photographer who has specialized in food and lifestyle photography, recipe development, and food styling since 2007. In 2017, Rebecca released First, We Brunch, a book of recipes and stories from Victoria’s best-loved breakfast joints. Rebecca lives in Victoria, BC, and is a frequent contributor for Vancouver Island’s EAT Magazine.

      Marketing & Promotion

        Media + Publicity:

        • Print features, excerpts, and review coverage in Vancouver Sun, Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, CBC Books, The Georgia Straight, Canadian Living, BC Magazine, Style at Home, Western Living, BC Living, Vancouver Observer, Victoria Times Colonist, BC BookWorld, EAT magazine, Edible Vancouver, Western Living
        • Broadcast interviews and coverage on CBC’s On the Coast, CBC's North by Northwest, CBC Syndication, Vancouver Global, Vancouver Breakfast Television, Vancouver CTV Morning
        • Outreach to food and travel bloggers for review coverage and recipe sharing
        • Direct marketing through Laura Bradbury’s newsletter to her 43,000 subscribers
        • Social media giveaway with @Flytographer (111K followers on Instagram)
        • Possible blurbs forthcoming from Mardi Michels, Lindsey Tramuta, Janice MacLeod, and Fiona Valpy

        Marketing + Promo:

        • National, regional, and subject-specific print features, excerpts and review coverage
        • Publicity and promotion in conjunction with author's speaking engagements
        • Outreach to subject-specific organizations, markets and festivals
        • Blogger outreach, online ads and social media campaigns
        • Festival appearances
        • Excerpts available
        • Electronic blads

        Marketing + Promo Deliverables

        • Electronic blad / sampler
        • Online banner
        • Press release
        • Bookmark
        • Print ARC
        • Postcard
        • Poster

        BISAC Codes:

        • CKB034000    COOKING / Regional & Ethnic / French
        • CKB101000    COOKING / Courses & Dishes / General
        • ET050 CULTURAL HERITAGE / French

        BISAC Regional Themes

        • 1.2.2.0.0.0.0 France

        THEMA Codes

        • WBN National, regional & ethnic cuisine
        • 1DDF-FR-E Burgundy


    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Reviews

      "With its celebration of French essential cooking and stunning photography, this beautiful book should be a fixture of any Francophile kitchen."—Lindsey Tramuta, author of The New Paris and The New Parisienne

      "An exceptional cookbook filled with simple but elegant recipes that dispel the myth that French cooking is complicated. The recipes and descriptions are a revelation. The mysteries of French cuisine, SOLVED! I think this book might actually improve my marriage." —Janice MacLeod, New York Times bestselling author of Paris Letters

      "A feast of a book, chock full of authentic, mouth-watering recipes as well as insider hints and tips to inspire new and seasoned cooks alike. Bon appétit!" —Fiona Valpy, bestselling author of The Dressmaker’s Gift

      "Fans of Bradbury's Grape Series will delight at the chance to bring a little bit of French flavour to their tables. Bisous & Brioche brings together recipes handed down through generations with the stories behind them. If you can’t share a glass of wine in Bradbury's Burgundian kitchen as she prepares a meal for you, this is the next best thing." —Mardi Michels, author of In the French Kitchen with Kids

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    9781771513364 Hardcover ART / Canadian On Sale Date:July 23, 2020
    $22.00 CAD 9.5 x 8 in | 88 pages Carton Quantity:24 Canadian Rights: Y TouchWood Editions
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      Winner of the the 2021 BC and Yukon Book Prizes' Bill Duthie Booksellers' Choice Award

      Boat lovers of all ages and people who enjoy the scenery of BC's coast will delight in this charming gift book, a worthy addition to books about BC's art history.

      In the course of his career, one of BC's most beloved painters, E. J. Hughes (1913–2007), depicted paddle wheelers, steamships, fishing boats, and car ferries. Now The E. J. Hughes Book of Boats brings many of his coastal paintings of boats together in one handsome volume—a book for art lovers and boating enthusiasts alike.

      Robert Amos is the official biographer of E. J. Hughes, and works with the participation of the Estate of E. J. Hughes. The Book of Boats follows the success of his two geographically-based volumes, E. J. Hughes Paints Vancouver Island (2018) and E. J. Hughes Paints British Columbia (2019). This new compendium features never-before-seen sketches and photographs accompanying full-page illustrations of some of the artist’s finest works.

      Bio

      Robert Amos has published eight books on art, including E. J. Hughes Paints British Columbia and E. J. Hughes Paints Vancouver Island, and was the arts columnist for Victoria’s Times Colonist newspaper for more than thirty years. Amos was elected to the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts in 1995 and is an Honorary Citizen of Victoria. He lives in Oak Bay, British Columbia with his wife, artist Sarah Amos.

      Marketing & Promotion

        Media + Publicity:

        • National, regional, and subject-specific print features, recipes excerpts, and review coverage targeting the Vancouver Sun, Globe and Mail, Montreal Gazette, Canada's History, Macleans magazine, BC History, Times Colonist, BC BookWorld, Common Ground, Victoria News, BC Studies, Ormsby Review, Preview, Vue Weekly, Galleries West, Canadian Geographic
        • Broadcast interviews targeting CBC’s The Next Chapter, CBC’s All Points West, CBC’s North by Northwest, CBC’s Daybreak Kamloops, CBC’s Daybreak South, CBC’s On the Coast, CBC’s Almanac, CBC’s Early Edition, CKNW radio
        • Publicity and promotion in conjunction with author's speaking engagements, possible regional author tour
        •  Outreach to travel and tourism organizations including Travel BC, Tourism Industry Association of BC, Tourism Vancouver, Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association, Tourism KelownaOutreach to subject-specific organizations, markets and festivals  

        Marketing + Promo:

        • Regional, and subject-specific print features, excerpts, review coverage, broadcast and television interviews
        • Subject-specific print features, excerpts and review coverage
        • Blogger outreach, online ads and social media campaigns
        • Publicity and promotion in conjunction with author's speaking engagements
        • Outreach to subject-specific organizations, markets and festivals
        • Outreach to travel and tourism organizations
        • Festival appearances
        • Electronic blads
        • Excerpts available

          Marketing + Promo Deliverables

        • Electronic blad / sampler
        • Online banner
        • Press release
        • Bookmark
        • Print ARC
        • Postcard
        • Poster

          BISAC Codes:

        • ART015040   ART / Canadian
        • ART016030   ART / Individual Artists / Monographs
        • TRA006020    TRANSPORTATION / Ships & Shipbuilding / Pictorial
        • ET034 CULTURAL HERITAGE / Canadian

          BISAC Regional Themes

        • 4.0.2.0.2.0.0 British Columbia
        • 4.0.2.0.2.1.0 Vancouver
        • 4.0.2.0.2.2.0 Vancouver Island

          THEMA Codes

        • AFC Fine arts: Painting and paintings
        • AFF Fine arts: Drawing and drawings
        • AGB Fine arts: Individual artists, art monographs
        • WGGB Boats
        • WGGD Ships: Liners & other ocean-going vessels
        • 1KBC-CA-BF British Columbia: South Coast
        • 1KBC-CA-BP British Columbia: Central Coast
        • 1KBC-CA-BL British Columbia: Vancouver Island



    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Reviews

      "Amos . . . brings a lightness of touch to the selection, pairing fully-fledged paintings next to preparatory sketches and watercolour studies. The effect is both humble and fascinating, offering a look into the creative decision-making of the artist." —The Tyee

      "A colourful, outstanding introduction to E. J. Hughes’ paintings. A great Christmas gift." —Marianne Scott, Pacific Yachting

      "Comprehensive . . . E. J. Hughes has slowly reached a prominent status in Canadian art, and it is a well-deserved and hard-earned reputation. A growing number of books on Hughes attest to the public's interest in his work. The E. J. Hughes Book of Boats is a valuable and attractive addition to this library." —Gary Sim

      "It's just lovely . . . [the cost] is unheard of for a nice collection of art. And who doesn't want to curl up . . . by a fire and flip through a nice art book and be reminded of the nice place we all get to live?" —Adam Craik, Russell Books

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    Orphans of Empire A Novel Grant Buday Canada
    9781927366899 Paperback FICTION / Historical On Sale Date:September 29, 2020
    $22.00 CAD 5.5 x 8.5 in | 272 pages Carton Quantity:24 Canadian Rights: Y TouchWood Editions
    • Marketing Copy

      Description

      Finalist for the 2021 BC and Yukon Book Prizes' Roderick Haig-Brown Regional Prize

      "Meticulously researched and vividly drawn, Orphans of Empire brings to life the half-forgotten world of early British Columbia. This is an immersive, shimmering novel." —Steven Price, author of #1 nationally bestselling By Gaslight and Giller-shortlisted Lampedusa

      In Grant Buday's new novel, three captivating stories intertwine at the site of the New Brighton Hotel on the shores of Burrard Inlet. In 1858 the serious and devoted Sir Richard Clement Moody receives the commission of a lifetime when he is sent to help establish "a second England"—what is now British Columbia. In 1865 Frisadie, an eighteen-year-old Kanaka housemaid, who is more entrepreneur than ingénue, arrives in New Brighton from Hawaii. She convinces Maxie Michaud to purchase the hotel with her, and it soon becomes the toast of the inlet. In 1885 Henry Fannin, a young, curious embalmer and magnetism devotee, having struck out in London and San Francisco, arrives in New Brighton and promptly falls in love with a tragic woman he hears crying on his first night at the hotel.

      Endearing, funny, and highly evocative of time and place, Orphans of Empire celebrates those living in the shadow of history's supposed heroes, their private struggles and personal agendas. Readers who loved Michael Crummey's Galore and Eowyn Ivey's To the Bright Edge of the World, will love this vivid novel of arrivals that prods at the ethics of settlement.

      Bio

      Grant Buday is the author of the novels Dragonflies, White Lung, Sack of Teeth, Rootbound, The Delusionist, and Atomic Road, the memoir Stranger on a Strange Island, and the travel memoir Golden Goa. His novels have twice been nominated for the City of Vancouver book prize. His articles and essays have been published in Canadian magazines, and his short fiction has appeared in The Journey Prize Anthology and Best Canadian Short Stories. He lives on Mayne Island, British Columbia.

      Marketing & Promotion

        Media + Publicity:

        • National, regional, and subject-specific print features, recipes excerpts, and review coverage targeting Kirkus Reviews, Publishers Weekly, Shelf Awareness Readers, Booklist, Forward Reviews, Library Journal, Globe and Mail, Quill & Quire, Vancouver Sun, Georgia Straight, Broken Pencil, Malahat Review, subTerrain, Geist, 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, CKNW’s Simi Sara Show
        • Outreach to markets and festivals such as Vancouver Writers Fest, Toronto International Festival of Authors, Sunshine Coast Festival of Authors, Galiano Writers Festival
        • Publicity and promotion in conjunction with author's speaking engagements
        • Blogger outreach, online ads and social media campaigns

        Marketing + Promo:

        • National, regional, and subject-specific print features, excerpts and review coverage
        • Blogger outreach, online ads and social media campaigns
        • Publicity and promotion in conjunction with author's speaking engagements
        • Outreach to subject-specific organizations, markets and festivals
        • Festival appearances
        • Electronic and print ARCs
        • Excerpts available

        Marketing + Promo Deliverables

        • Business cards
        • Electronic ARC
        • Online banner
        • Press release
        • Bookmark / postcard
        • Print ARC
        • Poster

        BISAC Codes:

        • FIC014000      FICTION / Historical / General
        • HIS006000      HISTORY / Canada / General
        • ET034 CULTURAL HERITAGE / Canadian

        BISAC Regional Themes

        • 4.0.2.0.2.0.0 British Columbia
        • 4.0.2.0.2.1.0 Vancouver

        THEMA Codes

        • FV Historical Fiction
        • NHK History of the Americas
        • 1KBC-CA-BFB British Columbia South Coast: Lower Mainland
        • 3MNQ Later 19th century c 1850 to c 1899



    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Reviews

      "Fascinating . . . vivid . . . exciting . . . recommended." —Historical Novel Society

      "My favourite novel of 2020 . . . tells the story of three rather lost souls endeavouring to make a life in the new colony of British Columbia— there’s a vast amount of mud and rats, stumps, rain, alcohol and corruption, but a lot of tenderness as well, and a very sensitive, delicate portrayal of the First Nation people who were present, but in a rather sad way, silent amongst all the confused activity and conundrums of the new settlers." —Times Colonist

      "Something of the upholstered style of the Victorian novel lingers here. But more tellingly, I think Buday is at play, losing himself in the patterns of words animating BC spaces for the sheer delight of it." —The Ormsby Review

      "The three intersecting storylines blur at their edges creating a feeling of peering through a historical kaleidoscope . . . [For those who like] the fusses and foibles of historical figures, imagining British Columbia before most of the big trees were chopped down, fighting over where the capital should go." —Book Island blog

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    Always Brave, Sometimes Kind A Novel Katie Bickell Canada
    9781927366912 Paperback FICTION / Small Town & Rural On Sale Date:September 29, 2020
    $22.00 CAD 5.5 x 8.5 in | 272 pages Carton Quantity:40 Canadian Rights: Y TouchWood Editions
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      Winner of the 2021 Alberta Literary Awards’ George Bugnet Award for Fiction
      Shortlisted for the 2021 ReLit Award for Fiction

      An exciting debut novel told in connected short stories that captures the diverse and complicated networks of people who stretch our communities—sometimes farther than we know.

      Set in the cities, reserves, and rural reaches of Alberta, Katie Bickell’s debut novel is told in a series of stories that span the years from 1990 to 2016, through cycles of boom and bust in the oil fields, government budget cuts and workers rights policies, the rising opioid crisis, and the intersecting lives of people whose communities sometimes stretch farther than they know.

      We meet a teenage runaway who goes into labour at the West Edmonton Mall, a doctor managing hospital overflow in a time of healthcare cutbacks, a broke dad making extra pay through a phone sex line, a young musician who dreams of fame beyond the reserve, and a dedicated hockey mom grappling with sense of self when she’s no longer needed—or welcome—at the rink.

      Always Brave, Sometimes Kind captures a network of friends, caregivers, in-laws, and near misses, with each character’s life coming into greater focus as we learn more about the people around them. Tracing alliances and betrayals from different perspectives over decades, Bickell writes an ode to home and community that is both warm and gritty, well-defined and utterly complicated.

      Bio

      Katie Bickell emigrated from England to northern Alberta in 1990. Her fiction has been published in the Tahoma Literary Review and Alberta Views and her essays have appeared in WestWord Magazine, HERizons Magazine, and on The Temper. Chapters from Always Brave, Sometimes Kind have received the Alberta Literary Award’s Howard O’Hagan for Short Story, the Writers Guild of Alberta’s Emerging Writer Award, and won the Alberta Views Fiction Prize. Katie lives in Sherwood Park, Alberta, just outside of Edmonton.

      Marketing & Promotion

        Media + Publicity:

        • National, regional, and subject-specific print features, recipes excerpts, and review coverage targeting Kirkus Reviews, Publishers Weekly, Shelf Awareness Readers, Booklist, Forward Reviews, Library Journal, Globe and Mail, Quill & Quire, Calgary Herald, Edmonton Journal, Broken Pencil, Malahat Review, subTerrain, Prairie Books Now, Prairie Fire, Alberta Views, Tahoma Literary Review, HERizons Magazine, CBC Books, BookForum, Book Page
        • broadcast and television interviews targeting CBC’s The Next Chapter, CBC’s Edmonton AM, CBC’s Radio Active, CBC’s Daybreak Alberta
        • Outreach to festivals such as Edmonton LitFest, Calgary Word Fest, Toronto International Festival of Authors, Sunshine Coast Festival of Authors, Vancouver Writers Festival
        • Publicity and promotion in conjunction with author's speaking engagements
        • Blogger outreach, online ads and social media campaigns

        Marketing + Promo:

        • National, regional, and subject-specific print features, excerpts and review coverage
        • Blogger outreach, online ads and social media campaigns
        • Publicity and promotion in conjunction with author's speaking engagements
        • Outreach to subject-specific organizations, markets and festivals
        • Festival appearances
        • Electronic and print ARCs
        • Excerpts available

        Marketing + Promo Deliverables

        • Business cards
        • Print ARC
        • Online banner
        • Press release
        • Bookmark / Postcard
        • Poster

        BISAC Codes:

        • FIC066000      FICTION / Small Town & Rural
        • FIC048000      FICTION / Urban
        • FIC019000      FICTION / Literary
        • ET034 CULTURAL HERITAGE / Canadian

        BISAC Regional Themes

        • 4.0.2.0.1.0.0 Alberta
        • 4.0.2.1.0.0.0 Prairies
        • 4.0.2.2.0.0.0 Canadian Rockies

        THEMA Codes

        • FB Fiction: General and Literary
        • FQ Contemporary Lifestyle Fiction
        • 1KBC-CA-ASF Southern Alberta: Edmonton Capital Region


    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Reviews

      Winner of the 2021 Alberta Literary Awards’ George Bugnet Award for Fiction
      Shortlisted for the 2021 ReLit Award for Fiction
      A Casual Optimist Book Cover of Note

      “This is a beautiful, character-driven exploration of contemporary life in Alberta. Katie Bickell shows her sophisticated skill as a writer by writing convincingly from multiple points-of-view and in constructing chapters that work as a novel and can be read as stand-alone stories. The prose itself sings. Always Brave, Sometimes Kind is a gritty love letter to the province as a place to call home.” —Jury for the Alberta Literary Awards' Georges Bugnet Award for Fiction

      "In the tradition of Jennifer Egan's A Visit from the Goon Squad, Katie Bickell presents Always Brave, Sometimes Kind—a collection of tight and insightful short stories that come together with the impact of a fully realized novel. The city of Edmonton works to unite the diverse characters and narratives as Bickell offers a deep meditation on the theme of loss, particularly in relation to 60s scoop, missing and murdered Indigenous women, homelessness, drug addiction, and heartbreak. Readers will fall in love with these beautifully written characters as they persist in their attempts to be brave and kind in the face of harrowing obstacles. Always Brave, Sometimes Kind is a stirring call to courage from a bright new talent." —Angie Abdou, as reviewed on Daybreak Alberta

      "You know when you see a beautiful painting filled with colour, light and shadow, every intricacy a carefully considered piece of the whole picture? I love books with the same rich tones and purposeful choices, like Always Brave, Sometimes Kind. The novel is a series of character-driven interconnected stories that will leave you with the familiar feeling of serendipity that comes with the strange and sometimes turbulent connections we experience in our own lives. With snapshots of the cultural realities of Northern Alberta from the past three decades, it’s a Canadian must-read. I devoured it like a Tim Horton’s maple-glazed." —Heidi Klassen, @hyde_in_plain_sight

      "A jigsaw puzzle of a novel that appeals to my social justice warrior self. . . Righting historic wrongs is a theme that left me with a hopeful feeling after I finished reading Always Brave, Sometimes Kind." —Lindy Pratch, Shadow Giller reviewer

      "Richly textured and absorbing." —Prairie Books NOW

      "Vivid and compelling . . . We need writers like Bickell to remind us of the injustices that lie outside our personal experience, and to prod us to take action to remedy them." —Orca

      "Always Brave, Sometimes Kind is forever beautiful. Bickell’s debut is a loving portrait of the people that you think you know, but don’t really, and who feel even more familiar thanks to her accurate map of one city’s past, politics, and pulse." —Omar Mouallem, award-winning author, journalist, filmmaker

      "Evoking empathy in readers, many of Always Brave, Sometimes Kind’s nuanced stories feature caregivers who are forced to make difficult decisions to protect or support those they love. It traces the experiences of characters, who appear again and again in multiple stories over multiple decades, revealing an intricate network of Albertans simply trying to do their best despite great loss. There’s little extraordinary about the stories that populate Always Brave, Sometimes Kind, and that’s what makes it powerful. It reminds of us of the interconnectedness of our lives and the ordinary people lost to government inaction. Above all, it’s a book about the resilience of people and communities, bringing to life the age-old adage that “the personal is political.” —Room

      “Looking for some light entertainment reading with a smash of unusual characters in a somehow familiar setting? Then look no further because you will find that and more in Katie Bickell’s debut novel: Always Brave, Sometimes Kind. . . a set of parables for our province.” —Brutal Reality Digest

      "[Reminiscent] of the recent CBC Reads contender Small Game Hunting at the Local Coward Gun Club by Megan Gail Coles, but blunter in tone." —Broken Pencil

      "An excellent collection of linked short stories . . . Bickell treats all her characters, regardless of their imperfections, with respect, and shows us ways—big, small, barely perceptible—that humans are capable of being brave and kind. And also, not so much." —Alberta Views

      "Always Brave, Sometimes Kind by Katie Bickell is a poignant collection of interconnected snapshots of northern Alberta life. It sucks the reader into a world both familiar and alien, depending on the reader’s lived experience . . . addictive." —Lakeside Leader

      “A wonderful collection of connected short stories about people and the community around them.” —Audrey's Books, Edmonton

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    Somewhere Stories of Migration by Women from Around the World Lorna Jane Harvey Canada
    9781927366936 Paperback LITERARY COLLECTIONS / Essays On Sale Date:November 03, 2020
    $25.00 CAD 5.5 x 8 in | 200 pages Carton Quantity:32 Canadian Rights: Y TouchWood Editions
    • Marketing Copy

      Description

      An inspiring and timely collection of stories about migration, written from twenty women’s perspectives.

      Somewhere is an inspiring collection of stories about migration. Written from twenty women’s perspectives, it brings a refreshing and uniting voice to this compelling and trending topic. More people are likely to be migrating now than at any other time in history, and this is set to increase as climate change and political unrest pushes even more people to relocate. The implications of migration, especially for women, are often unknown, unheard, unspoken. From the fleeing refugee to the political and economic migrant, a broad range of migration by people of many cultures, ethnicities, and beliefs is shared in this book. Identity, belonging, assimilation and alienation are some of the key topics in this sometimes sad but also joyful book. Treasures of wisdom and heartfelt honesty are found in the stories. The book will give the reader hope, encouragement, or insight into a globally relevant subject on a personal level rather than through distant, abstract news stories. Somewhere encourages open-mindedness and is filled with stories that will likely have a strong impact on the reader.

      Bio

      Lorna Jane Harvey is a British, Canadian, and Swiss writer currently located in New Zealand. She has written or edited several books including the novel Jet Black Stones and the book Beverley in 50 Buildings. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Creative Writing, and a Masters in Communication and Applied Linguistics.

      Marketing & Promotion

        Media + Publicity:

        • Baseline media outreach to Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, Vancouver Sun, Macleans, Readers Digest, Kirkus Reviews, Publisher’s Weekly, Foreword Reviews, Library Journal, Quill and Quire, subTerrain, Broken Pencil
        • Outreach to podcast and bloggers with a focus on migration, travel, women’s studies

        Marketing + Promo:

        • National, regional, and subject-specific print features, excerpts and review coverage
        • Blogger outreach, online ads and social media campaigns
        • Outreach to travel and tourism organizations
        • Electronic ARCs
        • Excerpts available

        Marketing + Promo Deliverables

        • Electronic ARC
        • Press release

        BISAC Codes:

        • LCO010000    LITERARY COLLECTIONS / Essays
        • LCO019000    LITERARY COLLECTIONS / Women Authors
        • SOC007000     SOCIAL SCIENCE / Emigration & Immigration
        • ET140 CULTURAL HERITAGE / Multicultural
        • TP090 TOPICAL / Women's Interest

        BISAC Regional Themes>

        • 4.0.0.0.0.0.0          LEVEL_1 North America
        • 1.0.0.0.0.0.0    LEVEL_1 Europe
        • 2.0.0.0.0.0.0    LEVEL_1 Asia
        • 3.0.0.0.0.0.0    LEVEL_1 Africa
        • 4.1.0.0.0.0.0    LEVEL_2 Caribbean Islands
        • 5.0.0.0.0.0.0    LEVEL_1 South America
        • 6.0.0.0.0.0.0    LEVEL_1 Australasia, Oceania

        THEMA Codes

        • DNL Literary Essays
        • DNX True Stories: general
        • JBFH Migration, immigration and emigration
        • JBSL1 Ethic Groups and Multicultural Studies
        • 1DXR Romania
        • 1DTH Hungary
        • 1DND Denmark
        • 1KJC Cuba
        • 1KLSC Colombia
        • 1KBB United States of America
        • 1DXC Croatia
        • 1FKB Bangladesh
        • 1DFH Switzerland
        • 1KBC Canada
        • 1MBN New Zealand
        • 1FCA Afghanistan
        • 1FKA India
        • 1FPCH Hong Kong
        • 1FPC China
        • 1KLSV Venezuela
        • 1MBF Australia
        • 1KLCM Mexico
        • 1FPJ Japan
        • 1FBS Syria
        • 1DFG Germany
        • 1DNN Norway
        • 1DDU United Kingdom, Great Britain
        • 1DXG Greece
        • 1DTN Ukraine
        • 1KLSG Guyana
        • 1DDU-GB-XG Guernsey
        • 1DST Italy
        • 1DDF France
        • 1HFGD Djibouti
        • 1DDB Belgium
        • 1HFDN Nigeria


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