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    9781772033564 Paperback NATURE / Regional Publication Date:June 29, 2021
    $39.95 CAD 7.5 x 10 in | 480 pages Carton Quantity:10 Canadian Rights: Y Heritage House
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      A newly updated, expanded edition of the spectacular bestselling field guide to the plants and animals of the North America's Northwest Coast.

      “A must have for any naturalist in the region.”—Douglas Justice, Associate Director, Horticulture & Collections, UBC Botanical Garden

      With its temperate climate and rich biodiversity, the coastal Pacific Northwest is an ideal environment for nature lovers of all sorts. Stretching from Juneau, Alaska, south to coastal British Columbia, Washington, Oregon, and all the way down to California's San Francisco Bay, this vast region is home to an incredibly rich variety of flora and fauna.

      Packed with over 1,500 photographs and essential information about more than 900 commonly found plant and animal species across the region, this second edition of The Flora and Fauna of Coastal British Columbia and the Pacific Northwest is a colourful, concise, easy-to-follow resource guide. Accessible for anyone with an interest in nature—from amateur arborists to avid gardeners, from weekend hikers to experienced beachcombers—this book provides an essential overview of the region's trees, shrubs, bushes, flowering plants, berries, ferns, fungi, marine plants, marine and land mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles, and insects.

      With expanded flora and fauna sections; revised species organization; and new information about at-risk species, toxicity, edibility, and traditional uses, this book is an essential guide to the abundance of nature in this beautiful part of the world.

      Bio

      Collin Varner is a horticulturalist/arboriculturalist. He began his career at the University of British Columbia's Botanical Garden, and over the next forty years assumed responsibility for conserving 25,000 trees across the Point Grey campus and taught courses in native plant studies. Now retired, Varner is an avid photographer, world traveller, and the bestselling author of The Flora and Fauna of Coastal British Columbia and the Pacific Northwest and Edible and Medicinal Flora of the West Coast.

      Marketing & Promotion

        Targeted print and online media pitches (interviews, features, reviews):

        • Vancouver Sun, Trek magazine (UBC), Discovery, British Columbia magazine, Common Ground, BC BookWorld, Nature Vancouver, 49th Shelf, ReadLocal BC

        Author events:

        • Virtual book launch with Friends of the UBC Botanical Gardens 

        Outreach to natural history, botanical, and ecological organizations:

        • Native Plant Society of BC, Federation of BC Naturalists, Vancouver Botanical Gardens Association, Nature Vancouver, Vancouver Natural History Society, UBC Botanical Garden, UBC Farm, Stanley Park Ecology Society, Canadian Botanical Association, West Coast N.E.S.T.

        Advertising:

        • BC BookWorld
        • Facebook Ads

        Marketing & promo deliverables:

        • Electronic blads/ARCs
        • Online banner
        • Press Release





    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Reviews

      “As practical as it is impressive in its scope, The Flora and Fauna of Coastal British Columbia and the Pacific Northwest successfully describes many of the common plants, animals, and fungi that endow the rich coastal ecosystems of Cascadia. Collin Varner adds this biological tour de force to his already impressive list of excellent field guides. Well organized, concise, and beautifully illustrated with many of the author's own photographs, this is a must have for any naturalist in the region.” 

      Douglas Justice, Associate Director, Horticulture & Collections, UBC Botanical Garden

       

      “It takes a book like The Flora and Fauna of Coastal British Columbia and the Pacific Northwest by Collin Varner to really drive home the variety of life we have in our part of the world.” 

      Richmond News

       

      Praise for Edible and Medicinal Flora of the West Coast

       

      “Edible and Medicinal Flora of the West Coast is both a good read and, as a handy field guide, a keeper. The reader may dip into the book for specific safe foraging information—and will be drawn back to find out more.”

      Ormsby Review

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    A Journey Back to Nature A History of Strathcona Provincial Park Catherine Marie Gilbert Canada
    9781772033588 Paperback HISTORY / Canada On Sale Date:May 18, 2021
    $26.95 CAD 5.5 x 8.5 in | 256 pages Carton Quantity:32 Canadian Rights: Y Heritage House
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      A fascinating account of the century-long effort to define, access, preserve, develop, and exploit the uniquely beautiful area of rugged wilderness now known as Strathcona Provincial Park on Central Vancouver Island.

      Strathcona Provincial Park is situated in the middle of Vancouver Island, bordering Clayoquot Sound on the west, Port Alberni on the south, and a large property once known as the Esquimalt and Nanaimo (E&N) land grant on the east. Measuring 250,000 hectares, this breathtaking park, with its gorgeous mountains, lakes, and waterfalls, is a nature lover's paradise. Yet behind this picture of serenity lies a volatile history.

      A Journey Back to Nature: A History of Strathcona Provincial Park takes a comprehensive look at this rich, beautiful stretch of wilderness and the competing interests that struggled to protect it, define it, and/or control it—from Indigenous Peoples, who have lived on the land for millennia, to European explorers and industrialists, who could not see beyond the wealth of its natural resources, to early conservationists and enterprising settlers, who wished to preserve the area as a wilderness playground for BC's booming population and nascent tourist industry. Over the course of a century, Strathcona Provincial Park was frequently at the centre of some of the most heated public debates in BC history, between economic and environmental interests. This detailed account—lavishly illustrated with archival and contemporary photographs and maps—uncovers the intriguing history, complex legacy, and majestic natural beauty of BC's first provincial park.

      Bio

      Catherine Marie Gilbert is an author, historian, and lecturer, whose interest in BC coastal life, past and present, is evident in her work. In 2018, she completed her master's thesis on the environmental history of Strathcona Provincial Park and obtained her masters degree in Public History from the University of Victoria. She is the author of Yorke Island and the Uncertain War: Defending Canada's Western Coast, and her articles have appeared in Western Mariner, BC Historical Federation Journal, BC Studies, and Escape.

      Marketing & Promotion

        Targeted print, online, and broadcast media (interviews, features, reviews):

        • Times Colonist, Comox Valley Record, Alberni Valley News, Vancouver Sun, BC History, BC Studies, Ormsby Review, The Torch (UVic), Canada’s History, Nanaimo News Bulletin, Campbell River Mirror, BC BookWorld, 49th Shelf, Read Local BC, CBC Victoria, CTV Victoria, CHEK TV

        Author events:

        • Virtual launch at Campbell River Museum
        • Author talk to the Campbell River Writers Group
        • North Island Writers Conference (Courtenay)

        Outreach to history, natural history, tourism, and literary organizations:

        • Strathcona Wilderness Institute, Victoria Natural History Society; Vancouver Island Historical Societies, Friends of the BC Archives, Sierra Club, Tourism Vancouver Island, University of Victoria Dept. of History, North Island College, Strathcona Lodge alumni (employees), BC Historical Federation, Federation of BC Writers, Words on the Water Writers’ Festival (Campbell River)

        Advertising:

        • BC BookWorld
        • BC Studies
        • Facebook Ads
        • Social media campaign via the author’s website, blog, FB page, LinkedIn, and YouTube channel

        Marketing and promo deliverables:

        • Electronic ARC / blad
        • Online banner
        • Press release





    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Reviews

      "Gilbert has meticulously consulted books, reports, government documents, and archives to document the evolution of this unique property. ... This is an important history of this huge, iconic Park."
      British Columbia Magazine

      "Gilbert’s presentation delivers a solid and necessary read for anyone interested in environmental conservation and how battles were won and lost against the industrial machine, backed directly and indirectly by power-hungry consumers." —Miramichi Reader

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    Wagon Road North The Saga of the Cariboo Gold Rush, Revised and Expanded Edition 5th edition Art Downs Canada, Ken Mather Canada
    9781772033601 Paperback HISTORY / Canada On Sale Date:May 28, 2021
    $26.95 CAD 8.5 x 11 in | 160 pages Carton Quantity:32 Canadian Rights: Y Heritage House
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      Description

      A newly revised and updated edition of the classic pictorial account of the Cariboo Gold Rush trail.

      First published in 1960, Wagon Road North is the quintessential popular history book chronicling gold-rush-era BC. Focusing on the Cariboo Wagon Road—the crucial transportation route stretching from Fort Yale to Barkerville that made it possible for tens of thousands of prospectors to make their way to the Cariboo goldfields in the 1860s—this newly updated, expanded, and re-designed edition brings to life the adventures, hardships, and blind ambitions of the men and women who risked everything in the quest for gold. Packed with more than one hundred archival photos, many of them rarely seen, as well as maps and contemporary images of historical sites, this fascinating book is a visual celebration of a pivotal chapter in early BC history.

      Bio
      Art Downs (1924–1996) was a writer, editor, historian, and pioneer of BC book and magazine publishing. Born in England, he moved to Saskatchewan as a young child and later settled in Quesnel, BC. He became owner of the Cariboo Digest, which evolved into BC Outdoors, a successful magazine about BC history, wildlife, and conservation. Downs and his wife, Doris, were the founders of Heritage House Publishing.

      Ken Mather has been researching western Canadian heritage for over four decades, working in curatorial, management, and research roles at Fort Edmonton Park, Barkerville, and the O'Keefe Ranch since the early 1970s. He is the author of several books on pioneer and ranching history, including Stagecoach North, Trail North, Ranch Tales, and Frontier Cowboys and the Great Divide.
      Marketing & Promotion

        Targeted print, online, and broadcast media (interviews, features, reviews):

        • Canada’s History, BC History, BC Studies, Ormsby Review, Vernon Morning Star, Vancouver Sun, BC BookWorld, The Orca.ca, 49th Shelf, Read Local BC, CBC Daybreak South, CBC Daybreak North, CBC Kamloops

        Author events:

        • Author readings at the Vernon, Clinton, and 100 Mile House public libraries
        • Author signing at Chapters Kamloops
        • Reading and book signing at O’Keefe Historic Ranch

        Advertising:

        • BC BookWorld
        • Facebook Ads

        Marketing & promo deliverables:

        • Electronic blads/ARCs
        • Online banner
        • Press Release



    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Reviews

      "The book is as informative today as it was six decades ago—especially with Mather’s additions."
      British Columbia Magazine

      "Updating a classic work is a tricky and dangerous business, but Mather has succeeded admirably here. ... Mather’s updates will help ensure that Wagon Road North remains a mainstay for years to come." —BC Studies

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    Joseph William McKay A Métis Business Leader in Colonial British Columbia Greg N. Fraser Canada
    9781772033403 Paperback BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Cultural, Ethnic & Regional On Sale Date:May 28, 2021
    $22.95 CAD 6 x 9 in | 224 pages Carton Quantity:24 Canadian Rights: Y Heritage House
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      An intriguing look at the accomplishments and contradictions of Joseph William McKay, best known as the founder of Nanaimo, BC, and one of the most successful Métis men to rise through the ranks of the Hudson’s Bay Company in the late nineteenth century.

      When examining the history of British Columbia, one would be hard-pressed to find an Indigenous person who so successfully navigated the echelons of colonial power as did Joseph William McKay (1829–1900). McKay was Métis, born in Quebec, and began his career in Oregon during the dispute over the international boundary in 1845–46. After moving north, he met his mentor James Douglas and, at age twenty-three, was given the job of building the city of Nanaimo from the ground up and establishing its coal mines.

      McKay made several exploratory trips with Douglas during the Gold Rush, and he surveyed the route for the Overland Telegraph, which ran throughout BC. He rose through the ranks of the Hudson’s Bay Company, eventually earning the appointment of Chief Factor, the company’s highest rank. This was at a time when few Indigenous employees of HBC were permitted to rise beyond the rank of postmaster.

      After leaving the company in 1878, McKay began a second career in the Department of Indian Affairs. He was a federal Indian Agent and later the Assistant Commissioner of Indian Affairs for British Columbia. A product of his time who had found personal success working within the colonial system, McKay is a complicated figure when viewed through a twenty-first-century lens. He advocated on behalf of Indigenous Peoples when he tried to prevent the trespass of CPR crews and European settlers on their ancestral land. Between 1886 and 1888, he personally inoculated more than a thousand Indigenous people with the smallpox vaccine. Yet, he also participated in a system that did untold harm to First Nations, Métis, and Inuit people. This fascinating new biography sheds light on an accomplished and complex man.

      Bio
      Greg N. Fraser is an educator with a long-time interest in the history of western Canada. For thirty-three years, he taught Canadian, BC, and Indigenous history in the Vernon and Nanaimo school districts as well as a first-year Canadian history course at Okanagan University-College. Since retiring from full-time teaching, he has continued his career at the post-secondary level, including a course on Canadian prime ministers at Vancouver Island University Elder College, where he was on the board for ten years. Joseph William McKay: A Métis Business Leader in Colonial British Columbia is his first book.
      Marketing & Promotion

        Targeted print, online, and broadcast media outreach:

        • Times Colonist, Nanaimo News Bulletin, Vancouver Sun, Alberni Valley News, Canada's History, BC History, BC Studies, Ormsby Review, BC BookWorld, British Columbia magazine, The Torch (UVic), 49th Shelf, Read Local BC, 49th Shelf, The Orca.ca, CBC Victoria, CHLY Radio (VIU), CBC Kamloops, CBC North by Northwest 

        Events:

        • Book signing at the Nanaimo Museum
        • Author talks to the Mid-Island Metis Association, VIU Elder College, Port Alberni Words on Fire, Federation of BC Writers

        Advertising:

        • BC BookWorld
        • BC Books for BC Schools
        • BC Studies
        • Canada's History
        • Facebook Ads

        Outreach to historical, educational, and Indigenous organizations:

        • Hudson's Bay Company History Foundation
        • Canadian Metis associations
        • Vancouver Island historical societies
        • Friends of the BC Archives
        • Elder Colleges

        Marketing + promo deliverables:

        • Electronic ARCs/ blads
        • Online banner
        • Press release
    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Reviews

      "Greg N. Fraser’s fast-moving biography of Joseph William McKay is a thought-provoking contribution ... in studies of the Métis in British Columbia."
      BC Studies

      "This is a non-opinionated, unambiguous, solid, and easily accessible work for readers of all ages."
      BC BookWorld

      "Fraser’s biography provides us with an excellent introduction to a man who played a very important role in the founding of Nanaimo and more significantly in the history and development of modern British Columbia."
      The Ormsby Review

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    Always Pack a Candle A Nurse in the Cariboo-Chilcotin Marion McKinnon Crook Canada
    9781772033625 Paperback BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Medical On Sale Date:April 30, 2021
    $22.95 CAD 6 x 9 in | 288 pages Carton Quantity:20 Canadian Rights: Y Heritage House
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      The true story of an adventurous young nurse who provided much-needed health care to the rural communities of the Cariboo-Chilcotin in the 1960s.

      In 1963, newly minted public health nurse Marion McKinnon arrived in the small community of Williams Lake in BC's Cariboo region. Armed with more confidence than experience, she got into her government-issued Chevy—packed with immunization supplies, baby scales, and emergency drugs—and headed out into her 9,300-square-kilometre territory, inhabited by ranchers; mill workers; and many vulnerable men, women, and children who were at risk of falling through the cracks of Canada's social welfare system.

      At twenty-two, a naïve yet enthusiastic Marion relied entirely on her academic knowledge and her common sense. She doled out birth control and parenting advice to women who had far more life experience than she. She routinely dealt with condescending doctors and dismissive or openly belligerent patients. She immunized school children en masse and made home visits to impoverished communities. She drove out into the vast countryside in freezing temperatures, with only a candle, antifreeze, chains, and chocolate bars as emergency equipment.

      In one year, Marion received a rigorous education in the field. She helped countless people, made many mistakes, learned to recognize systemic injustice, and even managed to get into a couple of romantic entanglements. Always Pack a Candle is an unforgettable and eye-opening memoir of one frontline worker's courage, humility, and compassion.

      Bio

      Marion McKinnon Crook is a nurse, an educator, and the author of more than fifteen books. She began writing short stories in the 1960s while working as a public health nurse in the Cariboo. In addition to her nursing degree, McKinnon Crook holds a master's in liberal studies, and a PhD in education. Now a full-time writer, she lives on BC's Sunshine Coast with her dog and cat, who hate each other. For more information, visit marioncrookauthor.com.

      Marketing & Promotion

        Targeted print, online, and broadcast media outreach:

        • Coast Reporter (Sunshine Coast), The Torch, Vancouver Sun, BC BookWorld, 49th Shelf, Read Local BC, CBC North by Northwest, CBC Daybreak North (Prince George), CBC Victoria (Sunshine Coast), News 1130 Book Shelf

        Events:

        • Author reading at Gibson's Library
        • Book signings at Sechelt Library, Vancouver Public Library

        Advertising:

        • BC BookWorld
        • BC Studies
        • Canada's History
        • Facebook Ads
        • Social media campaign via author's website and Facebook page

        Promotion to the BC History of Nursing Society, nursing associations, BC historical societies, Sunshine Coast Festival

        Marketing + promo deliverables:

        • Electronic ARCs/ blads
        • Online banner
        • Press release



    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Reviews
      "At its core, history is about storytelling ... Crook effectively employs a literary style that kept me engaged through the entire memoir." —Sean Graham, host, History Slam Podcast
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    Home on the Strange Chronicles of Motherhood, Mayhem, and Matters of the Heart Susan Lundy Canada
    9781772033649 Paperback HUMOR / Topic On Sale Date:April 13, 2021
    $22.95 CAD 5.5 x 8.5 in | 224 pages Carton Quantity:52 Canadian Rights: Y Heritage House
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      Description

      A funny, heart-warming ode to motherhood written by an award-winning journalist and humour columnist.

      For Susan Lundy, motherhood began when she moved into her boyfriend's Salt Spring Island home at the age of twenty-one. Her new living arrangement came with furniture, a pair of kids, and a biting gerbil named Quasimodo. Susan was a career-oriented budding journalist, eager to write her way to fame and fortune. Becoming a mom was not part of her plan—at least not yet. But after surveying her new domicile with quiet horror at first, she grew into her new role, discarding many of the lessons her mother had given her about keeping house and inventing her own rules as she went along.

      By the time her two daughters were born, Susan had already fallen deeply in love with motherhood. Moreover, she chronicled her family's topsy-turvy Gulf Island life in a collection of popular newspaper and magazine columns. Home on the Strange follows Susan's journey from pregnancy to parenthood, career milestones to birds-and-bees talks, separation to new love at mid-life, and cross-country road trips to empty nesting during a global pandemic. Charming, poignant, and frequently hilarious, this is the perfect book for mothers or moms-to-be at any stage of their journey.

      Bio
      Susan Lundy has been a writer since the age of six, when she re-invented the lemonade stand by selling handmade books at roadside booths. Today, she is a multiple-award-winning writer—including a two-time recipient of the prestigious Jack Webster Award of Distinction—with a thirty-five-year career in print journalism. She is well known throughout BC as the managing editor of Boulevard magazine and is also the author of the book Heritage Apples.
      Marketing & Promotion

        Targeted print and online media (interviews, features, reviews):

        • Times Colonist, Vancouver Sun, Island Parent, Black Press, Boulevard Magazine, The Torch, Gulf Islands Driftwood, Ormsby Review, Calgary Herald, Kelowna News, 49th Shelf, BC BookWorld, Read Local BC

        Targeted broadcast media:

        • CBC Victoria, CBC Vancouver, CHEK TV, CTV Morning Vancouver, CKNW, CBC Kelowna, CBC North by Northwest, CBC The Next Chapter, CBC Calgary “The Eye Opener”, CTV Calgary

        Events:

        • Signing events in collaboration with Boulevard Magazine in Victoria, Vancouver, Kelowna, and Nanaimo
        • Author reading at Salt Spring Library
        • Signing event in Calgary
        • Events and promotions to coincide with Mothers Day 2021

        Advertising:

        • BC BookWorld
        • Facebook Ads
        • Social media campaign via author website, Facebook page, Twitter, Instagram

        Marketing + promo deliverables:

        • Electronic ARCs / blads
        • Online banner
        • Press release
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    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Reviews

      "A delightful big-hearted book full of wit and wisdom that had me bursting into laughter every other page. Read this book no matter what stage of life you’re at—it will brighten your day, and you’ll see motherhood in a whole new light."
      Amy Chua, Yale Law professor and author of Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother and Political Tribes: Group Instinct and the Fate of Nations

      "Years ago, I learned that whenever Susan Lundy’s child-stuffed VW van braked to a halt in a swim-meet parking lot, joy would tumble out. This book, in which she charts everyday family life with a deft, self-deprecating wit, is about that joy."
      Jack Knox, award-winning journalist and bestselling author of the Leacock Medal-nominated Opportunity Knox: Twenty Years of Award-Losing Humour Writing

      "Susan Lundy (no relation) has written a delightful and charming collection of stories about life on a small and, yes, strange, island (which I call home as well). Her warm, loving, and humorous accounts cumulatively unveil the extraordinary universal truths in the plain particulars of all our lives."
      Derek Lundy, bestselling author of Borderlands: Riding the Edge of America and The Bloody Red Hand: A Journey Through Truth, Myth, and Terror in Northern Ireland

      "Susan Lundy takes us along with her on a rollercoaster ride through her life as a Salt Spring Islander, a wife, a mother, a journalist, and a keen observer on the foibles and challenges of living a contemporary west coast life. She writes with humour, honesty, and humanity. And hope. Her book is something we all need right now."
      Ian Haysom, bestselling author of Grandfathered: Dispatches from the Trenches of Modern Grandparenthood

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    Flourishing and Free More Stories of Trailblazing Women of Vancouver Island Haley Healey Canada
    9781772033533 Paperback HISTORY / Women On Sale Date:March 19, 2021
    $9.95 CAD 5.5 x 8.5 in | 144 pages Carton Quantity:72 Canadian Rights: Y Heritage House
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      Description

      An inspiring and eye-opening collection of true stories about sixteen women who blazed their own trails in life and contributed in a fundamental way to the history of Vancouver Island and the surrounding islands.

      In this fascinating follow-up to On Their Own Terms, author Haley Healey chronicles the lives of a whole new crop of resilient, hard-working, rule-breaking, diverse women who lived on and around Vancouver Island. Flourishing and Free introduces readers to Sylvia Stark, who was born into slavery in Missouri and went on to become a homesteader on Salt Spring Island; Mary Ann Croft, the first female lighthouse keeper in all of Canada; Victoria Chung, the first Asian-Canadian person to earn a medical degree, who provided urgent care during the Second World War; Barbara Touchie (Sicquu?u?), who dedicated forty years of her life to revitalizing and sharing the Nuu-chah-nulth language; Minnie Paterson, who completed an epic night hike through a west coast storm to rescue sailors shipwrecked on a tempestuous shoreline known as the "Graveyard of the Pacific"; and many more. Uplifting, empowering, and entertaining, this concise collection of stories will appeal to anyone interested in learning more about the unsung heroines of the West Coast.

      Bio

      Haley Healey is a high school counsellor, registered clinical counsellor, and the author of On Their Own Terms: True Stories of Trailblazing Women of Vancouver Island. A self-proclaimed trailblazing woman herself, she has taught in isolated fly-in communities, guided whitewater canoe expeditions, and plays the violin. She has an avid interest in wild places and unconventional people. She has appeared on Into the Wild, an outdoor adventure radio show on CHLY, Nanaimo’s campus-community radio station.

      Marketing & Promotion

        Print, online, and broadcast media outreach (interviews, features, reviews):

        • Times Colonist, Nanaimo News Bulletin, Harbour Living, Alberni Valley News, Campbell River Mirror, Westerly News, Ormsby Review, BC History, BC Bookworld, CBC Victoria, CHLY Radio (VIU), News 1130 Book Shelf

        Events:

        • Virtual book launch, Facebook Live
        • Author talks at Parksville Museum, Salt Spring Island Museum & Archives, Campbell River Museum, Port Alberni Museum, Ladysmith, Museum

        Advance promotion timed with International Women’s Day 2021

        Advertising:

        • BC BookWorld
        • BC Books for BC Schools
        • Facebook Ads
        • Social media campaign via author’s website and Facebook page

        Marketing and promo deliverables:

        • Electronic ARC/ BLADS
        • Online banner
        • Press release


    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Reviews

      "The stories of women in this book are as diverse as they are extraordinary. Each of the 16 chapters in Flourishing and Free stands alone as biographical sketches, so readers looking for a "Choose Your Own Adventure" experience can read the book in any order."
      BC History


      "Flourishing and Free provides 16 true stories of fearless, determined women who forged their unique paths on Vancouver Island. Many were the first females, and often the first Indigenous people, to break free of traditional roles. Most were born in the early 19th century when women couldn’t vote, own land, or attend university. [...] Each story is a window into the past providing empowering tales of unsung women."
      BC Books for BC Schools

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    Lost on the Prairie MaryLou Driedger Canada
    9781772033687 Paperback JUVENILE FICTION / Historical Age (years) from 8 - 12 On Sale Date:May 28, 2021
    $14.95 CAD 5 x 7 in | 224 pages Carton Quantity:48 Canadian Rights: Y Wandering Fox
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      Description

      Set between Kansas and Saskatchewan in 1907, this middle-grade novel follows a young boy who gets separated from his family en route to Canada and must find his way alone across the immense prairie landscape.

      Following the sudden death of his eldest brother, twelve-year-old Peter is chosen by his father to travel by train from Kansas to Saskatchewan to help set up the new family homestead. But when Peter's boxcar becomes uncoupled from the rest of the train somewhere in South Dakota, he finds himself lost and alone on the vast prairie.

      For a sheltered boy who has only read about adventures in books, Peter is both thrilled and terrified by the journey ahead. Along the way, he faces real dangers, from poisonous snakes to barn fires; meets people from all walks of life, including famous author Mark Twain; and grows more resourceful, courageous, and self-reliant as he makes his way across the Midwest to the Canadian border, eventually reaching his new home in Drake, Saskatchewan. The journey expands Peter's view of the world and shows him that the bonds of family and community, regardless of background, are universal and filled with love. Packed with excitement and adventure, this coming-of-age novel features a strong and likeable young protagonist and paints a realistic portrait of prairie life in the early twentieth century.

      Bio
      MaryLou Driedger's curiosity and love of learning have taken her to some fifty destinations across the globe. As an educator, she has taught in three different countries and is the recipient of a Manitoba Teacher of the Year award. As a writer, has been a columnist for Winnipeg Free Press and The Carillon, and her freelance work has been published in numerous periodicals, anthologies, travel guides, institutional histories, and curriculums. MaryLou chronicles her adventures on her popular daily blog, maryloudriedger2.wordpress.com.
      Marketing & Promotion

        Targeted print, online, and broadcast media outreach (interviews, features, reviews):

        • Kirkus Reviews, Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal, Booklist, Quill & Quire, Prairie Books Now, 49th Shelf Kids, Island Parent, Winnipeg Free Press, The Carillon, Canadian Mennonite, Globe and Mail, Best Books for Kids and Teens, Canadian Children's Book News, CM magazine, CBC Winnipeg, Golden West Radio (Prairies)

        Events:

        • Book launch at McNally Robinson Winnipeg
        • Author readings at Winnipeg schools, Winnipeg Public Library, Mennonite Heritage Village (Steinbach) 

        Online promotion:

        • Social media campaign via author’s daily blog “What Next?,” and on her Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and E-newsletter feeds, updated daily. 

        Potential blurbers:

        • Dora Dueck, Harriet Zaidman, Colleen Nelson, Beryl Young, Joan Thomas, Anita Daher (president of the Canadian Writers Union)

        Promotion to school, library, historical, and literary organizations:

        • Reading Council of Greater Winnipeg, Manitoba Museum, Winnipeg Railway Museum, Western Development Museum (Saskatoon), Manitoba Writers Guild, Canadian Mennonite University, Telling Tales Festival, CANSCAIP Saskatchewan writing conference, Thin Air Festival (Winnipeg), Canadian Writers Union, When Words Collide (Calgary), BCLA Summer Reading Club 

        Marketing and promo deliverables:

        • Electronic ARC 
        • Bookmark
        • Press release
        • Online banner


    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Reviews

      Lost on the Prairie is a terrific read and full of great adventures. The author really lets you get inside the hero Peter’s head. I was holding my breath in so many places in the book including when Peter almost missed the train in Winnipeg. I really admired the research that was done to make the story authentic. I loved that Mark Twain is in the book as a real person. I also liked the combination of fiction and real-life, and the family photos that were included. I look forward to the author’s next book.”
      —Beryl Young, award-winning author for children

      Lost on the Prairie had my attention from the first line to the last. I loved the plot, the characters, the quick pace, the details incorporated that made the time period come alive, the rich language and clever phrases that often made me chuckle... In short, I loved everything about the book. Kids and teachers are going to love it, too. and I hope the book has a long and happy life on the bestseller list where it surely belongs.”
      —Larry Verstraete, award-winning children’s writer

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    Little Wolf Teoni Spathelfer Canada, Natassia Davies Canada
    9781772033472 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / People & Places Age (years) from 4 - 8 Publication Date:May 19, 2021
    $19.95 CAD 9 x 9 in | 32 pages Carton Quantity:20 Canadian Rights: Y Heritage House
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      Description

      A young Indigenous girl moves to the big city and learns to find connections to her culture and the land wherever she goes, despite encountering bullies and feelings of isolation along the way.

      When Little Wolf moves to the big city with her mom and sister, she has difficulty adjusting to their new life. She misses living close to nature and seeing animals wherever she goes, and she misses fishing with her grandfather and seeing dolphins leaping beside their boat. Most of all, she misses feeling connected to her culture.

      At school, Little Wolf has trouble fitting in. Although her class has kids from many different cultures, no one is Heiltsuk, like her. The other kids call her names and make her feel unwelcome. Her only defence is to howl like a wolf so they run away. But this only isolates her further.

      Gradually, Little Wolf starts to see the beauty in her new surroundings. She discovers that there is wildlife everywhere, even in the big city. An otter swims beside her as she walks on the seawall. A chickadee chirps in a tree in the big park near her house. And her mother helps her stay connected to their culture by signing them up for beading and dance classes. Despite the difficult start, Little Wolf grows up proud of her background and ready to face the future. This inspiring tale, the first in a trilogy, combines traditional and contemporary Indigenous themes and artwork.

      Bio
      Teoni Spathelfer is a member of the Heiltsuk Nation from coastal BC. Since childhood she has loved immersing herself in her own culture and learning about other cultures around the world. Spathelfer has worked as a publicist; a radio journalist, host, and producer; and an arts and music writer. Her documentary Teoni’s Dream, informed by her mother’s residential school experience, has aired nationwide on CBC Radio. Her photography has been featured across various media and sold privately. She has been blessed with three daughters and four grandchildren. She lives in Sooke, BC.

      Natassia Davies is a Victoria-based artist and graphic designer, and is of Coast Salish ancestry from W_SÁNEC territory. For nearly a decade, Natassia has worked traditionally and digitally to create illustrations, develop visual brand identities, and design various other visual communications tools for local businesses, individuals, and non-profits. She also works with other First Nations Peoples and Indigenous groups to create educational tools and public art pieces. Natassia has collaborated on multiple large-scale Indigenous murals that can be found throughout Sooke and Victoria’s harbour.
      Marketing & Promotion

        MARKETING & PROMO:

        • National, regional, and subject-specific print features, excerpts, review coverage, broadcast and television interviews
        • Outreach to subject-specific organizations, markets and festivals
        • Regional author tour
        • Electronic ARCs

        TARGETED MEDIA: 

        • Quill & Quire, CM Magazine, Indigenous Books for Canadian Schools, Best Books For Kids and Teens, Canadian Children's Book News, Salish Sea Sentinel, Windspeaker, Vancouver Sun, Globe and Mail, APTN, CBC Radio (North by Northwest, On the Island, All Points West, The Next Chapter, Unreserved), CBC TV Vancouver, Global BC News
        •  Outreach to BC First Nations Education Steering Committee, Authentic First Peoples Resources for Use in K-9 Classrooms

        POTENTIAL BLURBERS:

        • Richard Van Camp, Julie Flett, Monique Gray Smith, David A. Robertson, Sara Florence Davidson, Carey Newman, Paul Windsor, Shawn Hunt, Shelagh Rogers, Mark Forsythe, Wade Compton, Sherly McKay  

        EVENTS:

        • Author readings at schools and libraries (BC and Ontario)
        • Pitches to Fold Kids Book Fest, Telling Stories Festival, Victoria Festival of Authors

        ADVERTISING:

        • BC BookWorld
        • BC Books for BC Schools
        • Facebook Ads
        • Social media campaign via author's Facebook and Instagram feeds

        MARKETING AND PROMO DELIVERABLES:

        • Electronic ARC / blad
        • Bookmark
        • Press release

    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Reviews

      "Overall, this is an inspiring contemporary story for all children, Indigenous and non-Indigenous, about a Heiltsuk girl growing up and overcoming obstacles [...] by embracing her culture and ultimately being true to herself and her identity."
      Canadian Children's Book News, Winter 2021


      "...the strength of Little Wolf lies in how it gently moves from personal challenges towards hope and in its unifying thread of pride in one’s culture.... Recommended.""
      CM: Canadian Review of Materials

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    9781772033199 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Animals Age (years) from 8 - 11 On Sale Date:March 16, 2021
    $22.95 CAD 8 x 10 x 1 in | 1 gr | 64 pages Carton Quantity:40 Canadian Rights: Y Heritage House
    • Marketing Copy

      Description

      With beautiful, scientifically accurate illustrations, this fascinating story teaches children about the many fish, crustaceans, marine mammals, and micro-organisms that live in and feed off the eelgrass meadows of the north Pacific coastal region.

      “Recommended for school and public libraries regardless of their proximity to the west coast. Although works of fiction, the books contain a wealth of accessible facts.”—Resource Links

      “A major theme that emerges is the need to respect and care for the ocean environment and to understand the harmony among its inhabitants. These appealing, fact-rich books go a long way to enhancing that understanding for young readers. Highly recommended.”—CM: Canadian Review of Materials

      Sam and Crystal’s coastal adventure continues as brother and sister dive deeper—literally—into the marine habitats of Eagle Cove, home of Aunt Kate and Uncle Charlie. In their third adventure, the kids learn about one of the most ecologically important ecosystems on the west coast: the eelgrass meadow. This rich habitat provides food and shelter to countless marine critters—from tiny micro-organisms to juvenile fish, and is the basis of a gigantic food web that supports herring, salmon, black bears, humpback whales and many other species. Ada, an Indigenous woman from nearby Salmon Bay Village, tells the children about her people’s knowledge of land and sea, complementing Aunt Kate’s Western scientific teachings and reinforcing the importance of respecting nature. Combining an entertaining story with gorgeous imagery and the author’s scientific background and extensive work with Indigenous Elders and educators, Explore the Eelgrass Meadow with Sam and Crystal brings the coastline to life for children ages eight and up.

      Bio

      Gloria Snively is a professor emeritus of science, environmental, and marine education in the Faculty of Education, University of Victoria; a former classroom teacher of primary and junior secondary grades; and a founding member of the Northwest Association of Marine Educators. In addition to the Sam and Crystal series, she is the author of the classic bestselling field guide Exploring the Seashore in British Columbia, Washington, and Oregon and (with Wanosta'a7 Lorna Williams) Knowing Home: Braiding Indigenous Science with Western Science.



      Karen Gillmore has been an artist since she could hold crayons. In addition to being a children’s book illustrator—most notably of the Sam and Crystal series—she also draws and writes comics and illustrates graphic novels.
      Marketing & Promotion

        Media and Publicity:  

        • Print, online, and broadcast media outreach (interviews, features, reviews): Times Colonist, Goldstream Gazette, Peninsula News, BC Books for BC Schools, Quill & Quire, CM Magazine, Best Books For Kids and Teens, Canadian Children’s Book News, 49thShelfKids, Green Teacher Magazine, National Geographic Kids, WILD Magazine; CBC Radio: All Points West, North by Northwest      
        • Direct marketing outreach to marine education and conservation organizations including: Northwest Association of Marine Educators (NAME) BookFest (Nanaimo), Canadian Network for Environmental Education and Communication (EECOM), Canadian Wildlife Federation    
        • Festival submissions: TD Canadian Children’s Book Week,Victoria Festival of Authors, Galiano Island Literary Festival, Sunshine Coast Literary Festival  

        Marketing + Promo Deliverables:

        • Electronic blad / sampler     
        • Electronic ARC     
        • Online banner       
        • Press release


    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Reviews

      Praise for Explore the Eelgrass Meadow with Sam and Crystal:

      “Dr. Snively captures the wonder and excitement of the rich eelgrass meadow and associated ocean ecosystems. Seen through the eyes of two delightful, curious children, the biological wonders of this habitat are interpreted by a marine biologist, a fisherman uncle, a First Nations Elder, and even a small, wise, and perceptive fish. Beautifully illustrated by artist Karen Gillmore, scientifically accurate, and fun to read, this story of the ocean coast and all its relationships will captivate children and adults alike.”—Dr. Nancy Turner, ethnobotanist

      “A special story that will whet young people’s curiosity about the very special ecosystem of native eelgrass in the Pacific Northwest.”—Nikki Wright, Executive Director, SeaChange Marine Conservation Society

      “Gloria Snively and Karen Gillmore do it again, bringing fascinating, detailed information about eelgrass meadows and the mysteries and value of our oceans to youth of all ages. Respect, equality, sustainable use, and conservation are all wrapped up in the words and pictures of the working west coast.”—Dr. Joachim Carolsfeld, World Fisheries Trust


      Praise for the Explore with Sam and Crystal series:


      “The mission of the naturalist writer and artist is to inform us, excite our imagination, and deepen our understanding and appreciation of nature. It is a call to be careful stewards of the land and sea. For many, it is a call to action. Snively and Gillmore do this in a strong complementary fashion, reminding us of our children, and of future generations to come.”—BCATA Journal for Art Teachers

      “The quality and quantity of detail about the marine ecosystems attest to the author’s scholarly expertise. She offers thorough accounts of the most interesting aspects of the lives of each animal and plant Sam and Crystal find. These moments of drama are precisely recounted in lively style and give an extra layer of excitement to these books. Along with the more common seashore creatures, like crabs, mussels, sea stars, and gulls, more unusual ones are examined: the Rock Louse, periwinkles, sea anemones, and sea slugs. A list of the organisms arranged in taxonomic categories is found on the last page of each volume.”—CM Magazine: Canadian Review of Materials

      “Recommended for school and public libraries regardless of their proximity to the west coast. The text and illustrations are clear, and both author and illustrator use a unique imaginative approach to the topic. The story could be read to class over an extended period as an adventure story and supplement to ecological studies. The illustrations could be used as an example for art classes. Although works of fiction, the books contain a wealth of accessible facts.”—Resource Links

      "As the tide rolls in and out daily in our territory, we are reminded of the abundance of food in our Kwakwaka’wakw oceans, our lands, and our air. As the children in Explore the Wild Coast with Sam and Crystal receive teachings from Ada, they become connected to the spirits within our environment and our ocean. A bond is developed that will provide a foundation of understanding and the need to protect and champion our environment. Sam and Crystal’s journey with Aunt Kate will become a foundation for their future passions and work. Gilakas’la to Dr. Gloria Snively for bringing our young people on a journey of understanding and connection through her story." —Nella Nelson, Coordinator of Aboriginal Nations Education, School District #61, Victoria, BC

      "As Sam and Crystal explore the coast with Uncle Charlie, Aunt Kate, Ada, and Grandfather Sculpin they come to understand the interconnectedness of all things through food gathering, food preparation, and giving thanks to the salmon. Throughout the story, the children receive teachings about the importance of respecting and making wise decisions about the ocean and our plant and animal family." —'Nalaga Donna Cranmer, 'Namgis First Nation, Principal of Wagalus School, Fort Rupert, BC

      "Gloria Snively’s beautiful book fires up the imagination and makes learning fun and effortless."—Holly Arntzen, eco-songwriter/singer/producer, Artist Response Team (ART)

      "A wonderful story that is enjoyable for children (and even adults) of all ages." —Andy Lamb, marine naturalist

      "Gloria Snively has taken her classic field guide Exploring the Seashore and transformed it into a children’s adventure narrative that leaves no shoreline stone unturned." —Briony Penn, author, The Real Thing and A Year on the Wild Side



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