ECW Press Spring 2014 Trade

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    9781770411777 Hardcover FICTION / General On Sale Date: April 01, 2014
    $24.95 CAD 5.5 x 8.5 in | 296 pages Carton Quantity: 1 Canadian Rights: Y ECW Press
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      A surreal journey of a man who is searching for purpose and for happiness

      Joe, a 36-year-old advertising copywriter for a slick New York agency, feels disillusioned with his life. He starts dreaming of a mysterious man, seeing him on the street, and hearing his voice. Joe decides to listen to the Man and so he waits on his stoop, day and night, for instructions. A local reporter takes notice, and soon Joe has become a story, a media sensation, the centre of a storm. When the Man tells Joe to "go west," he does, in search of meaning.

      Waiting for the Man is a compelling and visceral story about the struggle to find something more in life, told in two interwoven threads — Joe at the beginning of his journey in Manhattan, and at the end of it as he finds new purpose on a ranch in Montana under the endless sky.

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      Arjun Basu is a writer and editor. In 2008, he published Squishy, a collection of short stories that was shortlisted for the ReLit Prize. His stories have been published in many literary journals, including Matrix and Joyland. He also writes 140-character short stories he calls Twisters on Twitter (@ArjunBasu), which have won him a Shorty Award, lots of press, and a worldwide following. Arjun lives in Montreal with his wife, son, and dog. This is his first novel.
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      Awards
      Scotiabank Giller Prize 2014, Long-listed
      Reviews

      "That it’s hard to put down is a credit to Basu’s perfect sentences and clear sense of direction...I want to say that it’s reminiscent of Hemingway, but in a way that sounds nothing like him. It is, however, the perfect style for this novel, a retelling of the American Dream that Hemingway would never have understood." — National Post

      "Although this is the author's debut novel, his experience at shorter forms (Squishy) shows; fans of his 140-character Twisters on Twitter will be pleased to know that the author's talents are on display in this novel." — Publishers Weekly

      " Waiting for the Man is observant and clever, and doesn’t take itself too seriously. Basu toys with his readers, pushing us away to point out the distance at which we hold the characters and stories that populate our pages and screens, and reminds us there is always more to the story." — Katia Grubisic in Montreal Review of Books

      " Waiting for the Man is captivating, aggravating, enlightening and redemptive." — Winnipeg Free Press

      "Perhaps the dark subtext to this entertaining novel is that movement is impossible, even for many seemingly privileged boys... Waiting for the Man hides a chilling truth under its light-hearted surface: the American Dream is a trap." — Quill & Quire

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    Colonial Hotel A Novel Jonathan Bennett Canada
    9781770411784 Hardcover FICTION / Literary On Sale Date: May 01, 2014
    $22.95 CAD 4.5 x 7.5 in | 232 pages Carton Quantity: 32 Canadian Rights: Y a misFit book
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      A lyrical, heartbreaking story of ardour and devastation

      In this powerful novel of love and family, a doctor named Paris follows a nurse to a country on the brink of civil war. When a confrontation does break out, they are swept up by rebel forces and separated. The nurse, Helen, is pregnant; she escapes, but Paris is left behind, imprisoned by rebels as war rages.

      A narrative of brutal power about parental bonds, forgiveness, and identity, The Colonial Hotel recasts for the 21st century the ancient story of Paris, Helen, and Oenone. While the action might be ripped from international headlines, Bennett creates a wholly new take on an age-old tale set in the bleakest aspect of our unstable, yet remarkable, world.

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      Jonathan Bennett is the author of six books, including the critically acclaimed novels Entitlement and After Battersea Park, and is a winner of the K.M. Hunter Artists’ Award in Literature. His collection of short stories, Verandah People, was runner-up for the Danuta Gleed Award. Bennett’s prose and poetry has appeared in many periodicals and journals including the Globe and Mail, The Walrus, Quill & Quire, This Magazine, Southerly, and Descant. Born in Vancouver and raised in Sydney, Australia, Jonathan lives in the village of Keene, near Peterborough, Ontario.
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      Awards
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      “Jonathan Bennett has cleverly and sensitively described the many types of love tested by war. The result is a rewarding and intensely moving read: deceptively gruelling, given its slim dimensions, but also — like its heroine — devastatingly beautiful.” — National Post

      “Bennett has presented a compelling, lyrical novel of love, suffering and reconciliation.” — Winnipeg Free Press

      “This short novel is at once lyrical and brutal, alluring in its spare, elegant prose and shocking in its honest portrayal of the realities of political corruption and duplicitous leadership. Bennett is able to demonstrate the timelessness of the themes of the original classic story in this contemporary setting, offering both emotional depth and universal truths about the human condition.” — Waterloo Region Record

      “These characters and their journey are utterly compelling.” — Ardor

      “A solid novel on morality in our not-quite-postcolonial world.” — Globe and Mail

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    Elephant in the Sky A Novel Heather A. Clark Canada
    9781770410831 Paperback FICTION / Family Life On Sale Date: May 01, 2014
    $14.95 CAD 5.5 x 8.5 x 0.5 in | 326 pages Carton Quantity: 32 Canadian Rights: Y ECW Press
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      A testament to the healing power of unconditional love.

      Widely acclaimed for her emotionally powerful stories that capture the real lives of women, Heather A. Clark, bestselling author of Chai Tea Sunday, tackles the subject of childhood mental illness and the impact it has on a close family.

      The story begins from nine-year-old Nate’s point of view, etching the details of an unbalanced mind struggling to make sense of rampant thought patterns and heightened paranoia. Enter Ashley, Nate's mother, and a hardworking advertising executive concerned that she’s not giving her family enough of her time — especially now that she senses something might be wrong with her son. As the story moves deftly back and forth between the two perspectives, the narrative converges to reveal one family's journey of discovery as they strive to find balance in their lives.

      Based on a true story, Elephant in the Sky articulates a complicated, real-life subject with grace, wisdom and sensitivity, and beautifully explores the distance a mother will go to protect her child.

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      Heather A. Clark is the author of the bestselling novel Chai Tea Sunday. She lives in Oakville, Ontario, with her husband and three children. Visit her online at heatheraclark.com.

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      "Convincingly told from both Ashley’s and Nate’s perspectives (Canadian author Heather, a mom herself, is adept at illuminating the mind of a troubled nine-year-old boy), the novel explores the dynamics of a family in crisis." — HELLO! Canada

      "Following Clark's successful debut novel Chai Tea Sunday , her second novel is a magnificent story about mental illness and the unwavering love of a mother for her son...Clark expertly presents Ashley as someone who fears and lacks understanding of mental illness but who, with guidance, learns to accept what she cannot change and begins to deal positively with the situation." — Publishers Weekly

      "Heather Clark’s second novel, Elephant in the Sky , offers a clear portrait of childhood mental illness and accompanying family stress...Nate’s chapters, in particular, are skillfully crafted. They provide an accurate portrayal of childlike thought patterns, both rational and delusional." — Foreword Reviews

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    Clockwork Angels The Novel Kevin Anderson
    9781770411562 Paperback FICTION / Science Fiction On Sale Date: May 01, 2014
    $14.95 CAD 5.5 x 8.5 in | 304 pages Carton Quantity: 1 Canadian Rights: Y ECW Press
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      The New York Times bestselling title, now in paperback For more than two centuries, the land of Albion has been ruled by the supposedly benevolent Watchmaker, who imposes precision on every aspect of life. Young Owen Hardy from the village of Barrel Arbor dreams of seeing the big city and the breathtaking Clockwork Angels that dispense wisdom to the people, maybe even catching a glimpse of the Watchmaker himself. He watches the steamliners drift by, powered by alchemical energy, as they head towards Crown City — never dreaming that he is already caught between the grandiose forces of order and chaos, between the Watchmaker and his nemesis, the Anarchist. Owen’s journeys begin at a fabulous carnival with clockwork wonders beyond his imagination and take him aboard airships, far into the Redrock Desert to seek lost cities, through storms at sea to encounters with pirates . . . and give him a chance at love.
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      Kevin J. Anderson is the bestselling science fiction author of over 120 novels. He has written spin-off novels for Star Wars, DC Comics, and The X-Files and, with Brian Herbert, is the co-author of 12 novels in the Dune universe. His original works include the Saga of Seven Suns series; Terra Incognita; Resurrection, Inc.; Hopscotch; and the Dan Shamble Zombie P.I., series. He lives in Colorado. Neil Peart is the drummer and lyricist of the legendary rock band Rush and the author of Ghost Rider, The Masked Rider, Traveling Music, Roadshow, and Far and Away.
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    Resurrection, Inc. Kevin J. Anderson
    9781770412149 Paperback FICTION / Science Fiction On Sale Date: May 01, 2014
    $14.95 CAD 5.5 x 8.5 in | 338 pages Carton Quantity: 1 Canadian Rights: Y ECW Press
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      Bestselling author Kevin J. Anderson’s electrifying first novel, inspired by the Rush album Grace Under Pressure It is the future — and the dead walk the streets, resurrected by technology to become servants to the living. Resurrection, Inc. found a profitable way to do it: a microprocessor brain, a synthetic heart, artificial blood — and anyone with money could buy a Servant with no mind of its own, trained to obey any command. But for every Servant created, a living worker was out of a job, and suddenly the profits of Resurrection, Inc. became everyone else’s loss. Some take to rioting in the streets, their rampages ruthlessly ended by heavily armed Enforcers, eager for the kill. Others join the ever-growing cult of Neo-Satanism, seeking Heaven in the depths of Hell. Only one man tries to save the world. His name is Danal, and he is the last hope of the living. He is dead, but he remembers everything.
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      Kevin J. Anderson is the bestselling science fiction author of over 120 novels. He has written spin-off novels for Star Wars, DC Comics, and The X-Files and, with Brian Herbert, is the co-author of 12 novels in the Dune universe. His original works include the Saga of Seven Suns series; Terra Incognita; Resurrection, Inc.; Hopscotch; and the Dan Shamble Zombie P.I., series. He lives in Colorado. Neil Peart is the drummer and lyricist of the legendary rock band Rush and the author of Ghost Rider, The Masked Rider, Traveling Music, Roadshow, and Far and Away.
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    Is That a Fact? Frauds, Quacks, and the Real Science of Everyday Life Dr. Joe Schwarcz Canada
    9781770411906 Paperback SCIENCE / Chemistry On Sale Date: May 01, 2014
    $17.95 CAD 5.5 x 8.25 x 0.8 in | 288 pages Carton Quantity: 40 Canadian Rights: Y ECW Press
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      Dr. Joe Schwarcz takes on the quacks and doles out the facts in this eye-opening look at the science around us

      Eat this and live to 100. Don’t, and die. Today, hyperboles dominate the media, which makes parsing science from fiction an arduous task when deciding what to eat, what chemicals to avoid, and what’s best for the environment. In Is That a Fact?, bestselling author Dr. Joe Schwarcz carefully navigates the storm of misinformation to help us separate fact from folly and shrewdness from foolishness. Are GMOs really harmful? Or could they help developing countries? Which “miracle weight loss foods” gained popularity through exuberant data dredging? Is BPA dangerous or just a victim of unforgiving media hype? Is organic better? Dr. Joe questions the reliability and motives of “experts” in this easy-to-understand yet critical look at what’s fact and what’s plain nonsense.

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      Dr. Joe Schwarcz is director of McGill University’s Office for Science and Society, dedicated to demystifying science and separating sense from nonsense. He is a popular lecturer, both to students and to the larger public. He hosts The Dr. Joe Show on Montreal radio and is the author of over a dozen bestselling titles. Dr. Joe lives in Montreal, Quebec.
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      “Written with a light touch and refreshing humor, this book provides a solid, authoritative starting point for anyone beginning to look at the world with a skeptical eye and a refresher for those further along that path.” — Library Journal

      "The author's entertaining writing style and clear, precise explanations make the book a joy to read, and his choice of subjects is so wide-ranging that there is really something for everyone here." —Booklist

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    Waking the Frog Solutions for Our Climate Change Paralysis Tom Rand Canada
    9781770411814 Hardcover SCIENCE / Global Warming & Climate Change On Sale Date: April 01, 2014
    $29.95 CAD 6 x 9 x 1 in | 240 pages Carton Quantity: 12 Canadian Rights: Y ECW Press
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      An accessible discussion of ways to achieve a sustainable future

      In a highly readable account, venture capitalist, entrepreneur, engineer, and philosopher Tom Rand looks to contemporary psychology, economics, business, and finance to explain our stasis in the face of one of the most fundamental problems of our time: why climate disruption might just be our very own pot of hot water and we, the frog, paralyzed in our inaction. But his account doesn’t just point fingers at the bad guys, it goes deeper — to our motivations, institutional lethargy, and deeply buried assumptions about market economics.

      Waking the Frog is as much about solutions as it is an account of our present paralysis. Our ingenuity, technology, capital, and policy can work together to turn down the heat and simultaneously enable the largest economic opportunity of the 21st century.

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      Tom Rand is managing partner of the privately backed MaRS Cleantech Fund and senior advisor to the MaRS Discovery District. Tom was a successful entrepreneur in the global telecommunications sector and now focuses his efforts on carbon mitigation as a venture capitalist, author, and speaker. His first book, Kick the Fossil Fuel Habit, was shortlisted for the White Pine non-fiction award in 2012. He lives in Toronto, Ontario.
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      "Provocative … [Rand's] intellectual argument is compelling, and he raises questions well-worth considering." — Columbus Dispatch

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    Hidden Harvest The Rise and Fall of North America’s Biggest Cannabis Grow Op Mark Coakley Canada
    9781770410855 Paperback TRUE CRIME / Organized Crime On Sale Date: May 01, 2014
    $19.95 CAD 6 x 9 x 0.6 in | 284 pages Carton Quantity: 40 Canadian Rights: Y ECW Press
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      A thoroughly researched and authoritative page-turner about this unprecedented operation — and bust

      Mark Coakley lifts the veil on the riveting story of a group of criminals — Ontario police would call them “a gang with no name” — whose most famous exploit was turning an abandoned Molson beer factory north of Toronto into a giant indoor jungle of cannabis. The operation produced tens of millions of dollars in profits and involved gun smuggling, slavery, violence, pornography, and running cocaine and other illegal chemicals.

      When the grow-op was raided by police in 2003, the massive scale of the operation drew international media attention. The true masterminds behind the operation were not arrested until 2011, and it was only then that the real story behind North America’s biggest grow-op came to light.

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      Mark Coakley practiced law for 10 years before becoming a full-time writer; he regularly contributes to Sharp and Urbanicity. His previous book is Tip and Trade: How Two Lawyers Made Millions from Insider Trading. He lives in Ontario.

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      “A thoroughly researched, entertaining book.” — Toronto Star

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    Wanna Cook? The Complete, Unofficial Companion to Breaking Bad Ensley F. Guffey, K. Dale Koontz
    9781770411173 Paperback PERFORMING ARTS / Television On Sale Date: May 01, 2014
    $18.95 CAD 6 x 9 in | 500 pages Carton Quantity: 1 Canadian Rights: Y ECW Press
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      An accessible and in-depth guide to all five seasons of Breaking Bad

      “I am not in danger . . . I am the danger.” With those words, Breaking Bad’s Walter White solidified himself as TV’s greatest antihero. Wanna Cook? explores the most critically lauded series on television with analyses of the individual episodes and ongoing storylines. From details like stark settings, intricate camerawork, and jarring music to the larger themes, including the roles of violence, place, self-change, legal ethics, and fan reactions, this companion book is perfect for those diehards who have watched the Emmy Award–winning series multiple times as well as for new viewers. Wanna Cook? elucidates without spoiling, and illuminates without nit-picking. A must-have for any fan’s collection.

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      Ensley F. Guffey is a historian of American popular culture and he has published scholarly essays on Breaking Bad, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Farscape, and Marvel’s The Avengers.

      K. Dale Koontz is the author of Faith and Choice in the Works of Joss Whedon and teaches courses in areas as diverse as communications, film, theatre, and the law.
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      “Impressively comprehensive, a solid work recommended to devotees of Breaking Bad.” — Publishers Weekly “This ‘unofficial’ companion book is essential for fans of Breaking Bad and for those who want to learn more about what some have called the ‘greatest television show.’” — Library JournalWanna Cook? succeeds in no small part by being not only an excellent guide to fans of the show, but also a well-researched, authoritative and most importantly, entertaining re-examination of one of the best shows in the history of television.” — Forces of Geek “The Only Guide You Will Ever Need… Reading through the book, which grabbed me like a fiction bestseller, I constantly felt the need to pull out my DVDs and watch again as I read. This is literally a companion guide that needs to go right next to your complete series, and be thumbed through, bookmarked and read as you view the show. Wanna Cook? is an interactive treasure you will read again and again, just like the show requires multiple viewings… I cannot recommend this book enough.” — Biff Bam Pop!
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    Series: Pop Classics
    It Doesn’t Suck Showgirls 1st edition Adam Nayman Canada
    9781770411746 Paperback SOCIAL SCIENCE / Popular Culture On Sale Date: April 01, 2014
    $12.95 CAD 4.75 x 7 x 0.41 in | 128 pages Carton Quantity: 24 Canadian Rights: Y ECW Press
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      The Worst. Movie. Ever. is a masterpiece. Seriously.

      Enough time has passed since Showgirls flopped spectacularly that it’s time for a good, hard look back at the sequined spectacle. A salvage operation on a very public, very expensive train wreck, It Doesn’t Suck argues that Showgirls is much smarter and deeper than it is given credit for. In an accessible and entertaining voice, the book encourages a shift in critical perspective on Paul Verhoeven’s Showgirls, analyzing the film, its reception, and rehabilitation. This in-depth study of a much-reviled movie is a must read for lovers and haters of the 1995 Razzie winner for Worst Picture.

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      Adam Nayman is a film critic in Toronto for the Globe and Mail and The Grid and a contributing editor to Cinema Scope. He has written on film for the Village Voice, L.A. Weekly, Film Comment, Cineaste, Montage, POV, Reverse Shot, The Walrus, Saturday Night, Little White Lies, and The Dissolve. He teaches film studies at the University of Toronto and Ryerson University and is a programmer for the Toronto Jewish Film Society. He lives in Toronto, Ontario.
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      It Doesn’t Suck isn’t just a book about Showgirls, but about the way we perceive such films and how that perception changes over time. As an extended conversation on one of the most ridiculed films of the past two decades, Nayman’s book is a valuable gift.” — Slate

      “The book is, quite simply, stiletto-sharp, and succeeds in something extraordinary: It makes one want to revisit Showgirls not for laughs, or titillation, but for (gulp) understanding. That’s some accomplishment.” — The FilmStage.com

      "Showgirls doesn't suck. That's the thesis of the short, entertaining new book It Doesn't Suck, and author Adam Nayman goes a long way towards proving it . . . His book definitely demonstrates that Showgirls is a coherent statement, and that its excess, its ridiculousness, and its tastelessness aren't arbitrary, but thematic." — The Atlantic

      “For lovers of Showgirls or controversial films in general, It Doesn’t Suck is likely to be a great conversation piece. It facilitates discussions and inevitable arguments about the film, offers good background and contextual information and equips the reader to carry on the argument with his or her own friends, accepting or rejecting as many of Nayman’s arguments as desired.” — Paste Magazine

      “Nayman’s passion is entertaining, like sitting down with a friend who has just realized that you need to watch The Wizard of Oz while listening to Pink Floyd.” — Las Vegas Weekly

      "There's no doubt that Nayman has done his homework and comes armed with plenty of arguments as to why [Showgirls] was at least well-made, even if it's not necessarily good. . . . After reading the book, I sought out a copy of the film to follow up." — DVD Talk

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