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    In Praise of Retreat Finding Sanctuary in the Modern World Kirsteen MacLeod Canada
    9781770414730 Paperback BODY, MIND & SPIRIT / Inspiration & Personal Growth On Sale Date:March 30, 2021
    $24.95 CAD 5.5 x 8.5 x 0.83 in | 1.04 lb | 368 pages Carton Quantity:36 Canadian Rights: Y ECW Press
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      For readers of Walden, Wild, Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, A Book of Silence, A Gift from the Sea and other celebrations of the inner adventure.

      An utterly engaging dive into our modern ways of retreat — where we go, why we’re drawn, and how it’s urgent

      From pilgrim paths to forest cabins, and from rented hermitages to arts temples and quiet havens for yoga and meditation, In Praise of Retreat explores the pleasures and powers of this ancient practice for modern people. Kirsteen MacLeod draws on the history of retreat and personal experiences to reveal the many ways readers can step back from society to reconnect with their deepest selves — and to their loftiest aspirations in life.

      In the 21st century, disengaging, even briefly, is seen by many as self-indulgent, unproductive, and antisocial. Yet to retreat is as basic a human need as being social, and everyone can benefit, whether it’s for a weekend, a month, or a lifetime. Retreat is an uncertain adventure with as many peaks and valleys as any mountain expedition, except we head inward, to recharge and find fresh energy and brave new ideas to bring back into our everyday lives.

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      Kirsteen MacLeod is a writer and yoga teacher. Her debut collection of short stories, The Animal Game, was published in 2016. Her fiction, poetry, and creative non-fiction have appeared in prominent literary journals, including The New Quarterly and The Malahat Review; scores of her articles have been featured in leading Canadian magazines; and her work has been a finalist for the CBC Literary Award in creative non-fiction, among other awards. She divides her time between Kingston, Ontario, and a riverside cabin in the woods near Bancroft.
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      “Anyone looking for a respite from everyday busyness or struggling through quarantine will be inspired by MacLeod’s fresh perspective on the benefits of solitude.” — Publishers Weekly

      “Narrated with a touch of warmth that is balanced with the detachment that comes from self-awareness and solitude, the book’s pace is smooth, and its diction is beautiful … In Praise of Retreat issues a deep, thoughtful, and experienced invitation to one’s mind, body, and spirit.” — Foreword Reviews

      “MacLeod’s writing is clear, and her love for quiet, green spaces shines through in lyrical passages about life at her cabin. Her curiosity and passion make for engaging reading throughout the historical sections of each chapter … It’s a book worth reading, one that would make a solid addition to a cottage bookshelf, to be pulled down and riffled through by lamplight on quiet summer nights.” — Quill & Quire

      “At first glance a peaceful read that might yet be useful in helping us make the most of this unexpected alone time.” — Toronto Star

      In Praise of Retreat — part memoir, part nature essay, part guidebook — is thoughtful, thoroughly researched and often refreshingly wry.” — Shelf Awareness

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    Happily Ever Older Revolutionary Approaches to Long-Term Care Moira Welsh Canada
    9781770415218 Paperback SOCIAL SCIENCE / Gerontology On Sale Date:February 09, 2021
    $23.95 CAD 5.5 x 8.5 x 0.62 in | 0.77 lb | 272 pages Carton Quantity:44 Canadian Rights: Y ECW Press
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      While Being Mortal (Atul Gawande) helped us understand disease and death, and Successful Aging (Daniel J. Levitin) showed us older years can be a time of joy and resilience, Happily Ever Older reveals how the right living arrangements can create a vibrancy that defies age or ability.

      Reporter Moira Welsh has spent years investigating retirement homes and long-term care facilities and wants to tell the dangerous stories. Not the accounts of falls or bedsores or overmedication, but of seniors living with purpose and energy and love. Stories that could change the status quo.

      Welsh takes readers across North America and into Europe on a whirlwind tour of facilities with novel approaches to community living, including a day program in a fake town out of the 1950s, a residence where seniors school their student roommates in beer pong, and an aging-in-place community in a forest where everyone seems to have a pet or a garden or both. The COVID-19 pandemic cruelly showed us that social isolation is debilitating, and Welsh tells stories of elders living with friendship, new and old, in their later years.

      Happily Ever Older is a warm, inspiring blueprint for change, proof that instead of warehousing seniors, we can create a future with strong social connections and a reason to go on living.

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      Moira Welsh is an investigative journalist with the Toronto Star, Moira has co-authored investigations that have won three National Newspaper Awards and a Michener Award for Public Service Journalism. She was a finalist for the Justicia Award for Legal Reporting and the Canadian Hillman Prize. She started as a breaking news reporter and soon joined the investigative team where she has written on social justice, the environment, and the lives of people living in seniors’ homes. Moira lives in Toronto, Ontario, with her family.

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      “A timely addition to the literature on aging … There is a lot of hope in this blueprint for change. Recommended for public libraries and especially medical libraries.” — Library Journal

      “Every single person in this country needs to read this book. Moira Welsh has somehow managed to give hope to something that for the most part seems hopeless. I actually laughed out loud a few times because I was relieved to know that there were people working on some incredible solutions to make getting older easier and more dignified.” — Jann Arden, singer-songwriter, actor, and bestselling author of Feeding My Mother: Comfort and Laughter in the Kitchen as My Mom Lives with Memory Loss

      “Moira Welsh shows us what’s possible when we think outside of the box, push beyond the status quo and let ourselves imagine. This is not a book of doom and gloom about growing older and needing support; it’s about hope and inspiration. We need to share this book far and wide as we all are growing older and we are the best advocates for ourselves and those living in care communities. It’s true — we can be happily ever older!” — Penny Cook, president and CEO of the Pioneer Network

      “With a journalist’s eye and a storyteller’s heart, Moira Welsh crosses the continent and beyond, sharing tales of visionaries who are seeking to enrich the experience of aging in our world. Informative and inspiring!” — G. Allen Power, MD, FACP, geriatrician, educator, author, Schlegel Chair in Aging and Dementia Innovation

      Happily Ever Older is a delight. Moira Welsh brings a steady drumbeat of humanity to so many stories woven into the global examples of attempts to create environments that focus on individualized care, relationship-based models of care, the emotional intelligence of the staff, normalization of architecture and community integration … and so much more.” — Susan Reinhard, RN, PhD, FAAN, senior vice-president at AARP, director of the AARP Public Policy Institute, and chief strategist at the Center to Champion Nursing in America

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    The Murders That Made Us How Vigilantes, Hoodlums, Mob Bosses, Serial Killers, and Cult Leaders Built the San Francisco Bay Area Bob Calhoun
    9781770415492 Paperback TRUE CRIME / General On Sale Date:May 04, 2021
    $24.95 CAD 5.75 x 8.75 x 0.76 in | 0.99 lb | 336 pages Carton Quantity:30 Canadian Rights: Y ECW Press
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      The 170-year history of the San Francisco Bay Area told through its crimes and how they intertwine with the city’s art, music, and politics

      In The Murders That Made Us, the story of the San Francisco Bay Area unfolds through its most violent and depraved acts. From its earliest days when vigilantes hung perps from downtown buildings to the Zodiac Killer and the kidnapping of Patty Hearst, murder and mayhem have shaped the city into the political and economic force that she is today.

      The Great 1906 Earthquake shook a city that was already teetering on the brink of a massive prostitution scandal. The Summer of Love ended with a pair of ghastly drug dealer slayings that sent Charles Manson packing for Los Angeles. The 1970s come crashing down with the double tragedy of Jonestown and the assassination of Gay icon Harvey Milk by an ex-cop. And the 21st Century rise of California Governor Gavin Newsom, Trump insider Kimberly Guilfoyle, and Vice President Kamala Harris is told through a brutal dog-mauling case and the absurdity called Fajitagate. It’s a 170-year saga of madness, corruption, and death revealed here one crime at a time.

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      Bob Calhoun is a San Francisco Bay Area author, journalist, and former punk wrestler and peepshow emcee. Since 2015, he has recounted his city’s most gruesome and lurid events in his regular SF Weekly column, “Yesterday’s Crimes.” His punk wrestling memoir, Beer, Blood & Cornmeal (ECW Press), is a national bestseller.

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      “Calhoun writes with wit and passion about the city he loves and its bloody history. This is a feast for true crime fans.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

      “Calhoun’s style is irreverent and clever, and his affection for the city is clear … Enjoy this book in short sips — there is much to savor here for both true crime fans and lovers of San Francisco. Hand this title to those who appreciated David Talbot’s Season of the Witch: Enchantment, Terror, and Deliverance in the City of Love.” — Library Journal

      “Bob Calhoun’s The Murders That Made Us reveals that even the most violent aspects of San Francisco’s history are as colorful and fascinating as the city itself. This is a book for both true crime buffs and any readers who enjoy top-notch storytelling.” — Jeff Guinn, New York Times bestselling author of Manson: The Life and Times of Charles Manson and The Road to Jonestown: Jim Jones and Peoples Temple

      “A gripping, deliciously shocking, expertly researched true-crime history of the Bay Area.” — Alia Volz, author of Home Baked: My Mom, Marijuana, and the Stoning of San Francisco

      “This book explores the darkest corners of Bay Area history. It reminded me why I love my hometown so much and have never been able to leave. Even paradise has perverts, predators, and parasites and Bob Calhoun wrangles them all front and center in this Whitman's Sampler of wickedness.” — Eddie Muller, Host of TCM's Noir Alley and founder of the Film Noir Foundation

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    Leadership Moments from NASA Achieving the Impossible Dr. Dave Williams Canada, Elizabeth Howell PhD Canada
    9781770416048 Hardcover BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Leadership On Sale Date:July 06, 2021
    $29.95 CAD 6 x 9 x 0.98 in | 1.32 lb | 328 pages Carton Quantity:18 Canadian Rights: Y ECW Press
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      The NASA way: lessons on leadership, teamwork, and corporate culture. How does NASA take on seemingly insurmountable challenges, recover from tragedy and continue to attract the best and brightest talent?

      Space exploration is as much a story of leadership and teamwork as it is a story of exploration and discovery. Leadership Moments from NASA delves into the culture of the famed organization and examines the leadership styles and insights of NASA senior executives spanning five decades of human spaceflight to share the lessons they learned from critical moments. How did they prioritize? How did they resolve differences? How did they decide what to do when no one had done it before? How did they build highly competent teams? How did they build organizational resilience? How did they fight complacency and rebuild a culture of safety and innovation?

      Through the use of NASA oral histories and interviews, this book shows how NASA recovered from tragedy and adversity, and how it developed a culture of competency that continues to attract the best and brightest.

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      Dr. Dave Williams is an astronaut, aquanaut, pilot, ER doctor, scientist, CEO and bestselling author. The former Director of Space & Life Sciences at NASA’s Johnson Space Center, he has flown in space twice. He holds the Canadian spacewalking record and was the first Canadian to live on the world’s only undersea research habitat. He has received the Rotary National Award for Space Achievement, the NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal, the NASA Exceptional Service Medal and the Langley Research Center Superior Accomplishment Award. Dr. Williams is the recipient of six honorary degrees, the Order of Canada and the Order of Ontario. He lives in Toronto, Ontario.

      Elizabeth Howell, PhD, is a Canadian journalist focusing on space exploration. Her clients include CBC, SpaceQ and Space.com. She has seen rocket launches in the United States and Kazakhstan, lived on a simulated Mars base and interviewed dozens of astronauts. She teaches technical writing at Algonquin College and does consulting work for numerous institutions. She lives in Ottawa, Ontario.

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      “This is a fascinating read, extracting leadership lessons from many people who were on the front lines at NASA. There is a lot of history here, and from that, one hopes, some guidance for the future.” — Mike Griffin, former NASA Administrator and Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering

      “Spaceflight is a demanding and unforgiving environment and flying humans in space takes tremendous leadership skills to be successful. This book is a must-have resource and guide for anyone studying and wanting to improve their leadership skills, even in fields outside of human spaceflight.” — Bill Gerstenmaier, Vice President of Mission Assurance at SpaceX

      “The authors’ engaging narratives spark our imagination and open up so many possibilities we can explore as leaders. It’s a splendid read besides being so insightful as we continue our leadership journey.” — Diane Craig, CEO of Corporate Class Inc.

      “A very compelling profile of the critical role of leadership in achieving the impossible, one that promises to inspire generations of future leaders.” — Anne Snowdon, professor and Academic Chair (WIN) at the Odette School of Business; Scientific Director and CEO of SCAN Health

      “NASA teams motivated by extraordinary leaders have succeeded in overcoming unprecedented challenges to accomplish their mission. Leadership Moments captures the essence of these successful NASA leaders and tells their stories in an exciting, insightful and inspiring way.” — Joe Rothenberg, former NASA Associate Administrator for Space Flight

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    Shifting the Balance How Top Organizations Beat the Competition by Combining Intuition with Data Mark Schrutt Canada
    9781770415744 Hardcover BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Decision-Making & Problem Solving On Sale Date:April 06, 2021
    $39.95 CAD 6 x 9 x 0.87 in | 1.21 lb | 256 pages Carton Quantity:20 Canadian Rights: Y ECW Press
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      Digital transformation expert Mark Schrutt reveals how the world’s top companies are using vast amounts of data to inform their decisions, disrupt industries, and get closer to their customers. Businesses that continue to rely only on intuition do so at their peril.

      What if you had the data you always wanted and could tell what was truly an emerging trend that would forever change your industry? Shifting the Balance analyzes the turn towards data-driven decision-making and describes how best-in-class organizations use data to shift their field of vision so it is forward-looking instead of reactive. Case studies with practical examples of how leading businesses address key challenges on the path to becoming data-driven include:

      • How companies such as Hewlett-Packard and Land O’Lakes, whose industries are defined by resellers, are connecting directly with their customers to improve satisfaction and relevancy
      • How data-driven decision-making shaped the largest one-sided deal in sports, paying the owners of a team that did not play a game for 40 years over $800 million
      • How companies such as Peloton and UberEats are using data-driven decision-making to disrupt and reimagine the fitness and restaurant industries
      • What professional sports franchises such as the Oakland A’s, Philadelphia Eagles, and Toronto Maple Leafs can teach us about using data in game-changing business decisions

      Shifting the Balance offers a roadmap that will enable organizations to make better business decisions that drive even better results, and provides a fascinating read along the way.

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      Mark Schrutt (Toronto, ON) is a 30-year veteran of the information technology industry. His work as vice president at the leading tech research firm IDC established Mark as one of the foremost analysts and consultants on digital transformation. He is the author of over 200 IDC industry reports.

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      “An illuminating dive into the global datasphere.” — Publishers Weekly

      “Data is the new oil, but you need to extract, process, refine, and distribute it. It is easier said than done. Shifting the Balance puts the pieces together to drive value from your data assets.” — Bill Whitelaw, CEO, Glacier Resource Innovation Group

      “Mark Schrutt calls it as I have seen it working with large organizations who want to be data-driven: ‘Without direction from the top and management leading by example you will never get there.’” — Bill Morris, retired President and CEO, Accenture Canada

      “Decision-making is being redesigned, from who makes decisions to what type of data to leverage, with faster speed and accuracy. If business leaders don't make this change, they will be left out and left behind. Shifting the Balance is a go-to handbook for the prescient leader willing to embrace new decision-making methods.” — Jim McDade, Chief Operating Officer, Aware360

      “The business world is moving so quickly and there is little time to get up to speed. Data is the big equalizer, allowing you to go from last to first, helping to even the odds and put you in the lead. Shifting the Balance is a key source for guidance on preparing for the future.” — Tony Olvet, Group Vice President, Research, IDC

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    A Portrait of Canada’s Parliament Billingual French and English edition William McElligott Canada, Lyette Fortin Canada, Adrienne Clarkson Canada
    9781770415713 Hardcover ARCHITECTURE / Buildings On Sale Date:May 04, 2021
    $60.00 CAD 11 x 11 in | 4.08 lb | 224 pages Carton Quantity:8 Canadian Rights: Y ECW Press
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      A stunning visual exploration of Canada’s most recognized building accompanied by a comprehensive study of its history, in a coffee-table worthy volume.

      The Centre Block, the iconic parliament building that has come to be Canada’s foremost representation, was closed in 2018 and will remain closed for at least a decade for a complete renovation and restoration. During that time, hundreds of thousands of Canadians and visitors to Canada will miss the opportunity to tour the building and view its architecture and symbolic artwork.

      With original photographs from noted architectural photographer William P. McElligott, historical images, and thematic articles written by established subject specialists, A Portrait of Canada’s Parliament/Un Portrait du Parlement du Canada provides a contemporary look at one of the nation’s greatest symbols and documents and analyzes the context, landscape, heritage, and structure of this unique national icon, from its origins to its present and to its future ahead. This gorgeous volume, presented in English and French, will be treasured by all those with an interest in Canada’s architectural and parliamentary history.

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      William P. (Willie) McElligott (Meech Lake, QC) is a professional architectural photographer and the author of two previous books on the national capital region. Since 1980, Willie has worked with the architects and visionaries who have helped shape the built landscape of the Ottawa region. He has worked as an architectural photographer and visual consultant on the site selection process for both the National Gallery of Canada and the Canadian Museum of History, along with the bid and selection process for the World Exchange Plaza, the Central Chambers building, the Shaw Centre, the revitalization of Lansdowne Park, and most recently the LeBreton Flats project.

      Lyette Fortin (L’Ange-Gardien, QC) is a consultant in architectural conservation and an adjunct professor at the Azrieli School of Architecture and Urbanism at Carleton University. She worked as a conservation architect with the federal government for over three decades on heritage sites across Canada. As director of architectural planning for the House of Commons, from 1996 to 2012, she oversaw the development of the Long Term Vision and Plan for the Parliamentary Precinct.

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    Train (Your Brain) Like an Olympian Gold Medal Techniques to Unleash Your Potential at Work Jean François Ménard Canada, Marie Malchelosse Canada, Laurent Duvernay-Tardif Canada
    9781770415904 Paperback BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Personal Success On Sale Date:January 26, 2021
    $26.95 CAD 5.5 x 8.5 x 0.57 in | 0.7 lb | 248 pages Carton Quantity:48 Canadian Rights: Y ECW Press
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      The global pandemic has completely disrupted how, where, and when we work and added tremendous pressure to individuals and their families. Learn how to refocus and achieve your full potential from one of the world’s top mental performance coaches. In Train (Your Brain) Like an Olympian, Jean François Ménard provides the skills necessary to:

      • Remain focused in the face of distractions
      • Overcome negative self-talk and replace it with a constructive mindset
      • Recover quickly and learn from setbacks
      • Be comfortable with the uncomfortable

      Elite athletes need to deal with multiple distractions, manage their stress levels, and have robust self-confidence to deliver podium-worthy performances. In our current work-from-home reality, these pressures are also experienced by those of us who are asked to do more with less and work longer hours with fewer distinctions between work and private lives. The pressure to perform at your best and be on the mark is always present, and let’s face it, being consistently great in an environment like this is easier said than done. Whether your performance realm is the playing field, the workplace, the home office, or the classroom, mental strength is no longer simply an asset. It’s an absolute necessity.

      Thriving at work and in life doesn’t happen by accident: there are teachable skills that can help you stay positive, stay focused, and unleash your full potential. This book will give you exclusive access to techniques and strategies that help Cirque du Soleil artists, Olympians, and pro athletes become the best in the world.

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      Jean François Ménard (Montreal, QC) is a mental performance expert who coaches high achievers in all walks of life. He is the founder of Kambio Performance, a company specializing in mental training and leadership coaching. His clients are proven winners: Olympic gold medalists, Cirque du Soleil artists, Super Bowl and X Games champions, surgeons, musicians, and corporate leaders. He is a bestselling author, a radio personality, and an accomplished speaker who travels the globe to share his knowledge with top-performing companies.

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      “Ménard is a leader in the field. His book teaches the importance of mental training and how it can help you step up your game when the heat is on.” — Pat Brisson, NHLPA agent, Co-Head of CAA Hockey

      “The mental training techniques used by JF in elite sport and the performing arts are equally transferable to many fields of human performance.” — Bernard Petiot, Vice-president of Casting and Performance, Cirque du Soleil

      “Thanks to the mental training techniques shared in this book, we overcame our fears and gave it our best on the ice. There’s no greater gift for an athlete!” — Scott Moir and Tessa Virtue, figure skaters and three-time Olympic champions

      “This book provides managers with the tools to adopt a winning attitude and better coach their teams to reach a higher level.” — Patrick Charbonneau, Vice President of PepsiCo Beverages Canada

      “I always knew how to manage the pressure, but, with JF Ménard’s advice, I was able to take things to the next level. He really helped me to avoid distractions and focus on the right things. When I’m at the starting gate, there’s no doubt in my mind! A big part of my success on the slopes comes from excellent mental performance coaching.” — Mikaël Kingsbury, freestyle skier, Olympic champion and four-time world champion

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    Billion Dollar Start-Up The True Story of How a Couple of 29-Year-Olds Turned $35,000 into a $1,000,000,000 Cannabis Company Adam Miron Canada, Sébastien St-Louis Canada, Julie Beun Canada, Don Wright Canada
    9781770415867 Hardcover BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Entrepreneurship On Sale Date:February 02, 2021
    $29.95 CAD 6 x 9 x 0.98 in | 1.43 lb | 288 pages Carton Quantity:16 Canadian Rights: Y ECW Press
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      It only took five years for two brothers-in-law to create a billion-dollar, award-winning, take-no-prisoners cannabis company called HEXO. How did they do it? That’s the story.

      From early roadblocks and devastating personal and financial setbacks to explosive growth and some of the biggest cannabis deals in global history, Billion Dollar Start-Up not only recounts the HEXO story but the history of Canada’s momentous road to legalization.

      In this part fast-paced memoir, part high-octane business book, writer and journalist Julie Beun gives us an intimate look at the life of a start-up and the ferocious entrepreneurial drive it takes to succeed — written in real-time, as the story unfolded.

      Throughout history, there have been fewer than 100 Canadians who have started a company and lived to see it become worth one billion dollars. Adam Miron and Sébastien St-Louis are two of them. This is their story.

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      Adam Miron (Ottawa, ON) With at least 20 start-ups under his belt, Adam Miron is a well-known figure in political and media circles in Ottawa and across Canada. Adam is the executive chairman of the Ottawa-based blockchain innovation company Brane.

      Sébastien St-Louis (Ottawa, ON) Sébastien is one of the longest-serving and most dynamic CEOs in Canada’s expanding cannabis industry.

      Julie Beun (Ottawa, ON) From 2014 to 2019, Julie had a privileged front-row seat to HEXO’s remarkable evolution as its publicist, content strategist, and senior writer. As a journalist, news editor, and foreign correspondent, Julie has written articles with a national and international scope in Canada, the U.S., and Australia. She is currently a marketing communications and brand consultant who owns J Beun Media, a marketing communications company.

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      “A story of two young men with an insatiable thirst for success and learning is compelling in itself. The ‘Billion Dollar Lessons’ that punctuate the story are essential reading for any budding entrepreneur who aspires to start the next billion-dollar company.” — Michael Henry, Dean, School of Business & Economics, Thompson Rivers University

      “How fun to now get a behind-the-scenes peek at the phrenetic growth of HEXO against the backdrop of cannabis legalization. It’s an entrepreneur’s dream … on steroids!” — Trina Fraser, partner, Brazeau Seller Law, CannaLaw® group

      “Two young Canadians saw a business opportunity and threw themselves into it. Their story is one of hard work, high energy, endless ingenuity, and above all, persistence. Canada's budding entrepreneurs can be inspired by the path blazed by Adam and Seb.” — Dalton McGuinty, Ontario's 24th Premier

      “A fascinating tale of two young entrepreneurs navigating through an ocean of complex health regulations, filled with finance sharks and storms of uncertainty. One of the few true success stories in the frantic new cannabis business.” — Tristan Péloquin, cannabis beat reporter, La Presse

      “A front-row seat to the frenzy that drove Canada's cannabis industry to half the market capitalization of the country's gold mining industry. Compelling reading with real-world lessons you can actually use.” — Steve Brearton, award-winning business journalist and writer

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    Goodbye, Guns N’ Roses The Crime, Beauty, and Amplified Chaos of America’s Most Polarizing Band Art Tavana
    9781770415119 Hardcover MUSIC / Genres & Styles On Sale Date:April 13, 2021
    $32.95 CAD 6 x 9 x 0.83 in | 1.21 lb | 264 pages Carton Quantity:20 Canadian Rights: Y a misFit book
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      Goodbye, Guns N’ Roses transports the reader into a mind-altering trip through the colors, scandals, nihilism, and mythology that make Guns N’ Roses so much more than another “hair metal” band.

      A valentine and a breakup letter to one of rock’s most controversial bands.

      Goodbye, Guns N’ Roses is a genre-rattling attempt to explain the appeal of America’s most divisive rock band. While it includes uncharted history and the self-lacerating connoisseurship of a Guns N’ Roses fetishist, it is not a recycled chronicle — this book is a deconstruction of myth, one that blends high and low art sketches to examine how Guns N’ Roses impacted popular culture. Unlike those who have penned other treatments of what might be considered a clichéd subject, Art Tavana is not writing as a GNR patriot or former employee. His book aims to provide an untethered exploration that machetes through the jungle of propaganda camouflaging GNR’s explosive appeal.

      After circling the band’s three-decade plundering of American culture, Goodbye, Guns N’ Roses uncovers a postmodern portrait that persuades its viewer to think differently about their symbolic importance. This is not a rock bio but a biography of taste that treats a former “hair metal” band like a decomposing masterpiece. This is the first Guns N’ Roses book written for everyone; from the Sunset Strip to a hyper-digital generation’s connection to “Woke Axl,” it is a pop investigation that dodges no bullets.

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      Art Tavana (he/him/his) is an award-winning writer and former columnist at LA Weekly and Playboy. He has written for Billboard, Pitchfork, Spin, The A.V. Club, Paste, Consequence of Sound, Arc Digital and Vice. He resides in the suburbs of Southern California.

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    9781770415379 Hardcover MUSIC / Genres & Styles On Sale Date:April 27, 2021
    $39.95 CAD 5.75 x 8.75 x 1.35 in | 1.76 lb | 424 pages Carton Quantity:12 Canadian Rights: Y ECW Press
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      The conclusion to the definitive biography of the rock ’n’ roll kings of the North.

      Includes two full-colour photo inserts, with unearthed photos of the band.

      “Popoff’s long-time access to the three band members, Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson, and Neil Peart, and their associates continues to provide a phenomenal treasure trove of insight and detail.” — Library Journal

      In this conclusion to his trilogy of authoritative books on Canada’s most beloved and successful rock band, Martin Popoff takes us through three decades of “life at the top” for Rush’s Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson, and Neil Peart. Though this era begins with the brisk-selling Roll the Bones and sees throngs of fans sell out international tours, there is also unimaginable tragedy, with Peart losing his daughter and his wife within the space of ten months and, two decades later, succumbing to cancer himself. In between, however, there is a gorgeous and heartbreaking album of reflection and bereavement, as well as a triumphant trip to Brazil, a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction, and — some say surprisingly — the band’s first full-blown concept album to close an immense career marked by integrity and idealism.

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      Martin Popoff is the author of approximately 90 books on music, including five previous titles on Rush. He has also worked on various documentaries for Banger Films, including the award-winning Rush movie, Beyond the Lighted Stage. Popoff has published approximately 7,900 record reviews in books — more than anybody in the history of music writing. He lives in Toronto, Ontario.

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      “Popoff’s longtime access to the three band members, Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson, and Neil Peart, and their associates continues to provide a phenomenal treasure trove of insight and detail … Popoff is to be congratulated for this herculean effort.” — Library Journal

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