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    We are One Poems from the Pandemic George Melnyk Canada
    9781988440484 Paperback POETRY / Anthologies Publication Date:October 15, 2020
    $14.95 CAD 6 x 9 x 0.8 in | 0.55 lb | 156 pages Carton Quantity:40 Canadian Rights: Y Bayeux Arts, Inc.
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      An anthology of Canadian poets marking the 2020 Pandemic
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      George Melnyk is a noted poet, historian, and film critic.
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    Meena's Story Flight to Freedom Swapna Gupta Canada
    9781988440507 Hardcover FICTION / Women Publication Date:October 15, 2020
    $19.95 CAD 5.25 x 8 x 0.6 in | 0.48 lb | 112 pages Carton Quantity:40 Canadian Rights: Y Bayeux Arts, Inc.
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      Meena's Story: Flight to Freedom" is set around true events. Covering a span of nearly 80 years. It begins when her mother, Elizabeth stumbles into the arms of a handsome Indian man, Ali, in London. It is love at first sight. Ali has to leave England and return home to Hyderabad. Elizabeth finds it impossible to stay on in England without her love and she boards a P&O liner and surprises Ali in Hyderabad.

      Enduring cultural challenges laced with comic and ironic instances, the couple are accepted by Ali's widowed mother, uncle and aunt and other family members and are married through Muslim rites, starting life in Hyderabad. Ali's mother gives her new daughter-in-law the Muslim name of Zarina.

      Political and religious events following the partition of India and the creation of Pakistan in 1947 present Ali with an option to move to the newly created nation of Pakistan. Ali decides to leave Hyderabad with Zarina and their two daughters, Sayeeda and Meena, and two sons Danny and Tayeb. Zarina is pregnant with another child at this time.

      Events don't turn out well. In Pakistan, Ali is looked upon as an immigrant -- a Mujahar -- and faces hostility all around. Even though he finds a good position in a transport company, others are not pleased. On his way to drop the children to school, Ali's car is involved in a head on collision on a deserted street. The driver and a neighbor's traveling with them are killed. Ali and Meena are seriously injured. Three days later, Ali succumbs to his injuries. Circumstances surrounding the accident are suspicious, but investigations are deferred.

      The grieving family is helped back to Hyderabad. But Zarina, distraught,decides to return to England to her mother with the children. But Ali's Uncle Mirza and Aunty Zainab beg her to leave Saeeda behind with them. Reluctantly, Zarina agrees. Bu,t at the airport, the two sisters Meena and Saeeda cling to each other weeping. They are inseparable! Overwhelmed, Zarina decides to leave the two girls behind and fly to London with her two boys.

      Several years pass by. The girls grow up in comfort in Aunty Zainab and Uncle Mirza's home.. But the sisters cannot banish from their minds the horror of the accident that killed their father. They share and relive the terrifying accident. Uncle and Aunt notice their pain and do their best to comfort the girls. The girls grow up, finish their schooling and have marriages arranged for them. Saeeda moves to England with her husband, an eye specialist. Meena marries a journalist, moves to his home and together they have two sons. During all this time, Zarina returns only once briefly to Hyderabad.

      Fresh social and political upheavals trigger another dislocation in Meena and her husband's lives. The deteriorating political situation in Hyderabad renders life difficult. A sister-in-law living in Canada helps them immigrate to Canada. The family stops in London, en route for a joyous re-union with their mother and brothers, and spend a wonderful week in the Isle of Whyte where her mother now lives.

      Once in Canada, Meena's husband is able to find a good job in Calgary which is a flourishing new city. The family adjust to their new life and beautiful surroundings quite easily. But, for Meena, the past will not let her be. The trauma she experienced in her childhood has left a permanent mark in her mind and she explains it best when she says, "We all have something quiet and sad in our hearts."
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      Swapna Gupta is co-author of "The Irrelevance of Space and Othe stories. This is her debot novel.
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    From Howdy Modi to Modi ki Godi An Imaginary Guide to Cosmic Realities
    9781988440460 Paperback FICTION / Satire Publication Date:October 15, 2020
    $9.95 CAD 7 x 9 x 0.3 in | 0.37 lb | 48 pages Carton Quantity:48 Canadian Rights: Y Bayeux Arts, Inc.
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      Every morning Anand and Kabir start work in a run-down tea stall in a poor Delhi neighborhood. Winter, summer, rain or shine. It's the same day in and day out. The shop owner, Sharmaji, is a good man. It is out of kindness that he employs the two boys. He knows Anand is a Dalit, from the untouchable caste, and also that Kabir is a Muslim. The boss, a devout Hindu, is protective of the boys who both lead sad lives in the slums. This morning Anand sets off with a tray of steaming glasses of tea, while Kabir helps in the stall.

      Some customers are glued to a TV screen. After a brief exchange with a customer, starting as a friendly banter, he is insulted as an untouchable. Anand moves along to serve, finally, a solitary Holy Man who sits quietly in a corner every day. He notices the tears in Anand's eyes and asks him to call his Muslim companion and sit beside him. They watch the TV screen as the Holy Man gives a commentary, encouraging the two to reflect on what they see and prodding their thoughts.

      The story is in fact a treatise on power, authoritarian power, and the ploys leaders use to remain in power - stoking flames of racial and religious hatred, inspiring fear of certain ethnic groups, and demeaning others. The topics include the alternate universes many leaders engineer and then choose to live in them - resulting in countless unnecessary deaths as with the pandemic in the USA, or with the dislocation of millions of lives through sudden and unplanned lockdowns, as in the case of India.

      On the subject of alternate realities, the final section closes on an imaginary universe of escape for Donald Trump and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The story ends on a question of historic social change with a final commentary on the death of George Floyd, the spark that lit the 'Black Lives Matter' movement worldwide.
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    I Dream of Being a Concrete Mixer Hussain Al Mutawaa, Walid Taher, Sophia Vasalou
    9781772311402 Paperback JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes Interest age, years from 4 - 8 Publication Date:October 15, 2020
    $12.95 CAD 8.5 x 8.5 x 0.2 in | 0.3 lb | 40 pages Carton Quantity:88 Canadian Rights: Y Bookland Press
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      I Dream of Being a Concrete Mixer is an uplifting story about the power of friendship, about finding your place in the world, and about realizing your dreams while remaining true to who you are. Tumbledown is a little demolition truck growing up in a loving family. His parents go to work every day demolishing buildings with their big wrecking balls. But soft-hearted Tumbledown does not like to destroy. He would rather build things. He dreams of being a concrete mixer.
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      A Kuwaiti writer and photographer born in 1989, Al Mutawaa attained a Bachelor degree in Literature and Criticism from the College of Arabic Language at the University of Kuwait, minoring in Philosophy. He started his literary career as a poet in 2009, and has participated in many poetry events and festivals. In 2015, he began writing short stories and won first place in the "University Poet and Story Teller" category at the University of Kuwait. Al Mutawaa then moved on to novels, publishing his first novel "Turab" at the end of 2017, and his children's book "I Dream of Being A Concrete Mixer" in 2018.



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    Je rêve d'être une bétonnière Hussain Al Mutawaa, Walid Taher, Hana Jaber
    9781772311419 Paperback JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes Interest age, years from 4 - 8 Publication Date:October 15, 2020
    $12.95 CAD 8.5 x 8.5 x 0.2 in | 0.3 lb | 40 pages Carton Quantity:88 Canadian Rights: Y Bookland Press
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      Je rêve d'être une bétonnière est un conte revigorant sur la puissance de l'amitié, la quête de sa propre place dans le monde et la concrétisation de ses rêves tout en restant soi-même. Haddam est un petit engin démolisseur qui grandi au sein d'une famille aimante. Ses parents vont tous les jours au travail qui consiste à démolir des immeubles à l'aide de leurs gros boulets de démolition. Mais le cœur tendre de Haddam n'aime pas détruire. Il préfère construire et rêve de devenir une bétonnière. Lorsque Haddam pleure, ses boulets de démolition tanguent et détruisent tout ce qu'ils touchent. A chaque battement de cœur, il laisse derrière lui une trainée de destruction. A l'école, ses copains se moquent de lui, mais il n'abandonne pas son rêve. Jamais Haddam ne peut devenir une bétonnière. Mais peut-être y a-t-il d'autres voies, plus adaptées à sa nature. Après quelques prospections, la Sage Vieille Grue trouve pour Haddam un travail dans une usine qui utilise les boulets de démolition pour lisser le ciment une fois déversé sur le sol. C'est un travail difficile, mais Haddam est enfin heureux, et devient plus fort et plus habile de jour en jour.
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      Hussain Al Mutwaa est un écrivain et photographe koweitien né en 1989, il est titulaire d'une licence en littérature et critique littéraire avec option philosophie, obtenue à la Faculté de Langue arabe à l'Université du Koweït. Il commence sa carrière littéraire en 2009 comme poète, et participe à de nombreux événements poétiques et festivals. En 2015, Il commence à écrire de nouvelles courtes et emporte le prix du " Poète et Conteur de l'Université " à l'Université du Koweit. Al Mutwaa passe alors au roman et publie Turab en 2017, ainsi que Je rêve d'être une bétonnière en 2018, pour lequel il obtient le prestigieux Prix Cheikh Zayed du Livre.



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    Sans chapeau Lateefah Boti, Duha Al-Khatib, Hana Jaber
    9781772311426 Paperback JUVENILE FICTION / Clothing & Dress Interest age, years from 4 - 8 Publication Date:October 15, 2020
    $12.95 CAD 8.5 x 8.5 x 0.2 in | 0.3 lb | 36 pages Carton Quantity:96 Canadian Rights: Y Bookland Press
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      Sans Chapeau suit une ligne narrative imaginative et inspirante. Elle adopte des valeurs élevées de coexistence et d'acceptation mutuelle des différences avec les autres qui partagent notre environnement. Elle laisse libre cours à l'imaginaire des enfants et stimule leur créativité. Le personnage principal est une petite fille prénommée Sans Chapeau, qui vit dans la Ville aux Chapeaux, où les gens naissent avec des couvre-chefs qui leur cachent tête et visage. Le monde y est sombre, silencieux et inodore, à l'intérieur duquel Sans Chapeau se sent piégée. Elle veut bien enlever le sien mais elle a peur, jusqu'au moment où elle réalise que les choses effrayantes demeurent, qu'elle l'enlève ou le garde. Elle finit par enlever son chapeau et se réjouit de voir un monde nouveau et de belles choses autour d'elle, mais tout le monde se met à l'éviter. Sans se décourager, elle cherche une manière d'amener les autres à faire comme elle et à embrasser le monde, changeant ainsi le cours de sa propre vie et celle de ses concitoyens.
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      Lateefah Boti est une autrice koweitienne, spécialisée dans la littérature pour enfants. Son répertoire va des nouvelles aux travaux de radio et de télévision, en passant par des pièces de théâtre et des publications dans des magazines et périodiques. Plusieurs de ses textes ont été publiés indépendamment, tels que La sirène, et Mon pays Ininkayo, ainsi que les pièces de théâtre tels que Le Portail de Joha et Salma la princesse de la mer. De même, Lateefah est une collaboratrice régulière du magazine Al-Arabi al-Sagheer, elle a également travaillé pour de nombres programmes radiophoniques et des séries pour adolescents. Dans l'audiovisuel, elle a particulièrement travaillé avec les chaines Al-Jazeera pour enfants et Baraem, sur le thème du patrimoine et du folklore dans le monde arabe.



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    North to Crying Rock Gerald Richardson Brown Canada
    9781772620566 Paperback FICTION / Historical Publication Date:October 18, 2020
    $20.00 CAD 6 x 9 x 0.4 in | 0.5 lb | 220 pages Carton Quantity:20 Canadian Rights: Y Conundrum Press
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      Grieving for his dead wife and his lost world, a retired professor flees an earthquake-ravaged city that was his home, and goes north into the mountains to live with his cousin in an Indigenous community high above a flooded fishing village of the Kwakatouh People. Here, in a refuge from climate catastrophe, the professor finds life and love again. Cedar, a gentle artist, re-awakens his soul only to later reject his friendship. He meets an English widow who teaches the children of Crying Rock and Kwanatulhay the mysteries of the English language. Over several months, she and the professor become soul mates in adventure and partners in love. But as their love deepens, she discovers the dark secrets of his past in which the ghost of a deceased wife haunts their relationship.
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      Doug Wright Award 2018, Winner
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    Ghost Lake Nathan Adler Canada
    9781928120247 Paperback FICTION / Indigenous Publication Date:December 31, 2020
    $19.95 CAD 5.5 x 8 x 7 in | 1 lb | 307 pages Carton Quantity:20 Canadian Rights: Y Kegedonce Press
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      In Ojibwe cosmology there are thirteen moons, and in these pages are thirteen offerings from Ghost Lake, an interrelated cast of characters and their brushes with the mysterious. Issa lives in fear of having her secret discovered, Aanzheyaawin haunts the roads seeking vengeance, Zaude searches for clues to her brother's death, Fanon struggles against an unexpected winter storm, Eadie and Mushkeg share a magical night, Tyner faces brutal violence, and Tyler, Clay, and Dare must make amends to the spirits before it's too late. Here the precolonial past is not so distant, and nothing is ever truly lost or destroyed because the land remembers. Ghost Lake is a companion volume to Adler's Indigenous horror novel, Wrist (2016, Kegedonce Press). It was the winner of the 2021 Indigenous Voices Award in Published English Fiction, and was shortlisted for the 2021 Eric Hoffer da Vinci Eye Award in Book Design.

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      Nathan Niigan Noodin Adler is the author of Wrist (Kegedonce Press), and co-editor of Bawaajigan ~ Stories of Power (Exile Editions), he has an MFA in Creative Writing from UBC, is a first-place winner of the Aboriginal Writing Challenge, and recipient of a Hnatyshyn Reveal award for Literature. He is Jewish and Anishinaabe, and a member of Lac Des Mille Lacs First Nation. Originally from Ontario, he now resides in Vancouver.

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      Indigenous Voices Award in Published English Fiction 2021, Winner
      Eric Hoffer da Vinci Eye Award 2021, Short-listed
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      "We love these stories! Interconnected horror stories based on traditional Anishinaabeg stories all set on an eerie reserve aptly named Ghost Lake? Yes please. Every story surprises. An absolute page-turner, deeply engaging horror stories that leave you breathless. The sheer breadth and range of what Adler has accomplished here is impressive." Jurors' citation, 2021 Indigenous Voices Awards

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    Blue Marrow Newly redesigned edition, published by Kegedonce Press, with an interview with the author as a new A Louise Halfe Canada
    9781928120254 Paperback POETRY / Canadian Publication Date:March 01, 2021
    $16.50 CAD 5.5 x 8.5 x 0.38 in | 0 lb | 120 pages Carton Quantity:5 Canadian Rights: Y Kegedonce Press
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      The voices of Blue Marrow sing out from the past and the present. They are the voices of the Grandmothers, both personal and legendary. They share their wisdom, their lives, their dreams. They proclaim the injustice of colonialism, the violence of proselytism, and the horrors of the residential school system with an honesty that cuts to the marrow. Speaking in both English and Cree, these are voices of hopefulness, strength, and survivance. Blue Marrow is a tribute to the indomitable power of Indigenous women of the past and of the present day.

      More than twenty years since its first publication, this critically acclaimed collection is available in a redesigned edition, including an all-new interview with its celebrated author, Louise B. Halfe - Sky Dancer.

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      Louise Bernice Halfe, whose Cree name is Sky Dancer, was born in Two Hills, Alberta. She was raised on the Saddle Lake Indian Reserve and attended Blue Quills Residential School. Halfe first published her poetry in Writing the Circle: Women of Western Canada. She has since published four poetry collections, with a fifth to be released in 2021. A retrospective of her work, Sôhkêyihta, was published by Wilfrid Laurier Press in 2018. Blue Marrow was first published in 1998 and was a finalist for the Governor General's Award for Poetry, Pat Lowther Award, and Saskatchewan Book of the Year Award.

      Halfe, whose works are well known for their inclusion of Cree language and teachings, served as poet laureate of Saskatchewan, only the second person to do so. She has been awarded three Honourary Degrees of Letters, from Wilfrid Laurier University (2018), the University of Saskatchewan (2019) and Mount Royal University (2021). She works as an Elder at the University of Saskatchewan where she is a consultant in several departments. In 2020 she won the Cheryl & Henry Kloppenburg Award for Literary Excellence and was awarded a lifetime membership with the League of Canadian poets. She lives just outside of Saskatoon.

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    Shapers of Worlds Edward Willett Canada
    9781989398067 Paperback FICTION / Science Fiction Publication Date:November 17, 2020
    $22.95 CAD 0 x 0 x 0 in | 0 lb | 364 pages Canadian Rights: Y Shadowpaw Press
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      Within these pages lie eighteen stories, from eighteen worlds shaped by some of today's best writers of science fiction and fantasy, all guests on the Aurora Award-winning podcast The Worldshapers during its first year. There are never-before-seen stories by Tanya Huff, Seanan McGuire, David Weber, L.E. Modesitt, Jr., John C. Wright, D.J. Butler, Christopher Ruocchio, Shelley Adina, and Edward Willett, plus outstanding fiction by John Scalzi, Joe Haldeman, David Brin, Julie E. Czerneda, Fonda Lee, Gareth L. Powell, Dr. Charles E. Gannon, Derek Künsken, and Thoraiya Dyer. Among these authors are international bestsellers , and winners of and nominees for the Hugo, Nebula, World Fantasy, Aurora, Sunburst, Aurealis, Ditmar, British Science Fiction Association, and Dragon Awards. Some have been writing for decades, others are at the beginning of their careers. All have honed their craft to razor-sharpness.

      A teenage girl finds something strange in the middle of the Canadian prairie. An exobiologist tries to liberate a giant alien enslaved on its homeworld by humans. The music of the spheres becomes literal for an Earth ship far from home. A superhero league interviews for new members. Strangers share a drink on a world where giant starships fall. Two boys, one a werewolf, one a mage, get more than they bargained for when they volunteer to fight an evil Empire. A man with amnesia accepts a most unusual offer. A young woman finds unexpected allies as she tries to win a flying-machine race in steampunk London . . .

      Ranging from boisterous to bleak, from humorous to harrowing, from action-filled to quiet and meditative; taking place in alternate pasts, the present day, the far, far future, and times that never were; set on Earth, in the distant reaches of space, in fantasy worlds, and in metaphysical realms, each of these stories is as unique as its creator. And yet, they all showcase one thing: the irrepressible need of human beings to create, to imagine, to tell stories:

      To shape worlds.

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      Edward Willett is the award-winning author of more than sixty books of science fiction, fantasy, and non-fiction for adults, young adults, and children, and is also the editor and publisher of Shadowpaw Press (www.shadowpawpress.com). He hosts the Aurora Award-winning podcast The Worldshapers, featuring conversations with science fiction and fantasy authors about the creative process. He lives in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada.
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