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    From the Ashes My Story of Being Métis, Homeless, and Finding My Way Jesse Thistle Canada
    9781982101213 Paperback BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Personal Memoirs Publication Date:August 06, 2019
    $24.99 CAD 152.4 x 228.6 x 22.86 mm | 0.89 lb | 384 pages Carton Quantity:20 Canadian Rights: Y Simon & Schuster
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      *Winner, Kobo Emerging Writer Prize Nonfiction
      *Winner, Indigenous Voices Awards

      *Winner, High Plains Book Awards
      *Finalist, CBC Canada Reads
      *A Globe and Mail Book of the Year
      *An Indigo Book of the Year
      *A CBC Best Canadian Nonfiction Book of the Year

      In this extraordinary and inspiring debut memoir, Jesse Thistle, once a high school dropout and now a rising Indigenous scholar, chronicles his life on the streets and how he overcame trauma and addiction to discover the truth about who he is.

      If I can just make it to the next minute...then I might have a chance to live; I might have a chance to be something more than just a struggling crackhead.

      From the Ashes is a remarkable memoir about hope and resilience, and a revelatory look into the life of a Métis-Cree man who refused to give up.

      Abandoned by his parents as a toddler, Jesse Thistle briefly found himself in the foster-care system with his two brothers, cut off from all they had known. Eventually the children landed in the home of their paternal grandparents, whose tough-love attitudes quickly resulted in conflicts. Throughout it all, the ghost of Jesse’s drug-addicted father haunted the halls of the house and the memories of every family member. Struggling with all that had happened, Jesse succumbed to a self-destructive cycle of drug and alcohol addiction and petty crime, spending more than a decade on and off the streets, often homeless. Finally, he realized he would die unless he turned his life around.

      In this heartwarming and heart-wrenching memoir, Jesse Thistle writes honestly and fearlessly about his painful past, the abuse he endured, and how he uncovered the truth about his parents. Through sheer perseverance and education—and newfound love—he found his way back into the circle of his Indigenous culture and family.

      An eloquent exploration of the impact of prejudice and racism, From the Ashes is, in the end, about how love and support can help us find happiness despite the odds.
      Jesse Thistle is Métis-Cree, from Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, and an assistant professor in Humanities at York University in Toronto. From the Ashes was the top-selling Canadian book in 2020, the winner of the Kobo Emerging Writer Prize for Nonfiction, Indigenous Voices Award, and High Plains Book Award, and also a finalist for CBC Canada Reads. Jesse won a Governor General’s Academic Medal in 2016, and is a Pierre Elliot Trudeau Foundation Scholar and a Vanier Scholar. A frequent keynote speaker, he lives in Hamilton, Ontario, with his wife, Lucie, and is at work on multiple projects, including his next book. Visit him at JesseThistle.com.
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    • Awards & Reviews

      “A heartbreaking and honest debut.” The Globe and Mail
      “Blown away by [this] eloquent memoir of Métis life and surviving the streets . . . [a] strong contender for #CanadaReads.”
      EMMA DONOGHUE, New York Times bestselling author of Room
      “A memoir of resilience, spirit, and dignity from a gifted storyteller. It is, at heart, also about the many shapes that love can inhabit. When you plan to read this book, clear your schedule. It will hold you in its grasp and won’t let you go, like a great novel. It’s all the more remarkable that this is not fiction. This book will stand out in my reading experience for a long time to come.”
      SHELAGH ROGERS, OC, host and a producer of CBC Radio’s The Next Chapter, and honorary witness for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada
      “So fortunate to have the opportunity to read From The Ashes. . . . You’ll be drawn into the life journey of someone who’s struggled so deep yet has risen up to share with us what it means to be human. A deeply moving read.”
      CLARA HUGHES, Olympian and author of Open Heart, Open Mind
      “This memoir haunts, gnawing at the soul as we walk with Jesse through his many incarnations. . . . If you want a glimpse at why some of our brothers and sisters end up on the streets, read this book.”
      TANYA TALAGA, The Walrus
      “In spare and often brutal prose . . . Thistle weaves a narrative punctuated with joy and comedy and ultimately redemption.”
      Toronto Star
      “An illuminating, inside account of homelessness, a study of survival and freedom. Jesse Thistle delivers a painfully lyrical book, a journey through the torrents of addiction and trauma, masterfully sliding in humour and moments of heart-expanding human connection. I found myself gasping out loud at parts, unable to put the book down. Jesse’s story shows us that there is nothing that cannot be transformed.”
      AMANDA LINDHOUT, bestselling co-author of A House in the Sky
      “In this page-turner of a memoir—raw, honest, gripping, wrenching, and inspiring—Jesse Thistle gifts us with an intimate and bracing look into the realities, traumas, and triumphs of Indigenous life in today’s North America.”
      GABOR MATÉ, MD, bestselling author of In The Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters With Addiction
      “A gritty memoir recounting the devastating long-term effects of childhood abandonment. . . . The theme of estrangement is powerfully portrayed in what is ultimately a story of courage and resilience certain to strike a chord with readers from many backgrounds.”
      Library Journal
      “Candid and cutting, Jesse Thistle lays down his story with a brutal beauty you’ll never forget. From the Ashes is a guided tour through a broken heart just trying to keep beating, both failing and succeeding spectacularly.”
      CHERIE DIMALINE, bestselling author of The Marrow Thieves
      “Jesse’s story is shocking, intriguing, and compelling. He goes deep into the conflicting forces pulling him in different directions, the pain of knowing how he was letting down his grandmother, the terrifying sickness of addiction, and his own uncertainty about how to break the cycle. All the decks were stacked against him, yet he did learn to make the right choices. He had every right to blame ‘the system,’ but he never resorted to that easy strategy. His unexpected strength is remarkable.”
      CHARLOTTE GRAY, award-winning biographer and bestselling author of The Promise of Canada
      “The best stories are the ones that stay with you. From the Ashes will stay with me for a long time. Maarsii to Jesse for coming through to tell this story. It is an important one. The revolutionary kind. The kind of story that changes how you look at the world, that shows us how amazing human beings can be, so capable, strong, resilient, powerful.”
      KATHERENA VERMETTE, bestselling author of The Break
      “[This] powerful and moving memoir is also a scathing indictment of the treatment of Indigenous people and the myriad ways systems fail them.”
      — Booklist
      “This is a work that should not be mistaken for a redemption story—it is a love story. About family. Community. A partner. Most of all: this is a love story about Jesse Thistle. How he came to love himself. Why he is worthy of love. And, importantly, how you will love him when you are done reading. This book signals change: in our understanding of worth, our compassion in the face of harm and self-harm, and the power and possibility that can exist in spaces we try to forget about. Jesse Thistle is amazing. His story is stunning. We will talk about colonial and other violence differently on Turtle Island because Jesse lived them and shared them with us. With an openness, candour, and generosity that is inspiring. Its uglybeautiful/hurtlove will resonate with you long after you finish turning the pages. I am proud to call him nisîmis (my little brother).”
      TRACEY LINDBERG, bestselling author of Birdie
      “Stereotypes and conventional understandings are about to be challenged. . . . In the world Thistle inhabits, poverty, addiction, and homelessness are all one step over a line. Some are pushed, some stumble, and some jump. . . . The places Thistle takes us come together to illustrate a common theme: we look for home wherever we can find it. Over the course of the book, Thistle builds a better world for himself, one day and one decision at a time. It is a remarkable transformation to witness, and the arc of his story will make the reader want to cheer.” ­­
      Quill & Quire, starred review
      “Hits you like a punch in the gut. It’s an unflinching, heartrending, and beautifully written story of survival against seemingly impossible odds. But it’s also a book that should make you furious. Thistle paints a vivid portrait of a country seemingly incapable of doing right by Indigenous youth or by those struggling with homelessness, addiction, and intergenerational trauma. That he survived to tell this story is truly a miracle. Still, one question haunts me after finishing this powerful and devastating book: How do we ensure that the next generation isn’t forced to navigate a broken system that takes their lives for granted and fails them at every turn? My greatest hope, then, is that From the Ashes will be the wakeup call Canada needs.”
      IAN MOSBY, historian and author of Food Will Win the War
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    Oh She Glows for Dinner Nourishing Plant-Based Meals to Keep You Glowing Angela Liddon Canada
    9780735238190 Hardcover COOKING / Vegan On Sale Date:October 13, 2020
    $40.00 CAD 8.26 x 10.3 x 1.36 in | 2.99 lb | 352 pages Carton Quantity:8 Canadian Rights: Y Penguin Canada
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      Angela Liddon, author of The New York Times bestselling Oh She Glows cookbooks, returns to offer readers nourishing plant-based dinners bursting with layers of flavor.

      For more than a decade, Angela Liddon has been one of the biggest names in the healthy cooking blogosphere. Famous for her flavourful, creative, and whole foods approach to plant-based cooking, Angela’s recipes are beloved by all, whether you are vegan, plant-based curious, or simply looking to add more energizing ingredients to your meals without sacrificing an ounce of satisfaction. Now, in her third, much-anticipated cookbook, Oh She Glows for Dinner, Angela gives readers her foolproof recipes, tips, and tricks for creating super tasty, always nourishing dinners that will have the whole family glowing from the inside out.

      In Oh She Glows for Dinner, Angela shares her Glow Getters meal prep plans, helpful make-ahead tips, and favorite seasonal and holiday menus, as well as recipes for one-pot and on-the-glow meals that will help streamline your busy week. Storage and reheating instructions remove time-consuming guesswork and a handy new label index helps you look up recipes based on allergies or food preferences such as gluten-free, freezer-friendly, one pot, nut-free, and more. Angela’s thorough, easy-to-follow recipes help you feel like she’s cooking with you in your kitchen. With irresistible, light meals like Kitchen Sink Sheet Pan Buddha Bowl and Mediterranean Smashed Chickpea Salad with Tzatziki Aioli and cozy, hearty meals like Portobello Boats with Rosemary-Lentil Crumble and Italian One Pot Buttery Tomato, White Beans, and Farro, dinner can be chock-full of flavour and nutritious at the same time. And don’t forget dessert: treats like O Canada! Spiced Maple Cream Torte with Warm Apple Pie Compote and Brain Child Cherry-Lemon Coconut Cream Pops make mealtimes (and snack times) a little extra sweet while utilizing ingredients you can feel good about. With its inspiring, yet practical approach, Angela’s latest collection of feel good recipes will become a dog-eared staple in your kitchen for years to come!
      ANGELA LIDDON is the creator of the award-winning website ohsheglows.com. Since 2008, Angela has been chronicling her life, favorite original plant-based recipes, and vibrant photography to over a million followers on Oh She Glows. Angela’s passion for healthy and satisfying food is contagious, and she’s eager to show others that creating mouth-watering plant-based food is achievable in your very own kitchen! Her cookbooks, The Oh She Glows Cookbook and Oh She Glows Every Day are international bestsellers, both having appeared on New York Times and Globe and Mail bestseller lists. In 2016, she also released the Oh She Glows recipe app, featuring her delicious plant-based recipes and stunning food photography. Angela has won several awards for her blog, cookbooks, and app, including gold awards in Taste Canada’s Special Health & Diet cookbook and blog categories, VegNews Best Vegan Blog, WXN Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award, University of Guelph’s Young Alumni Award, Webby Award for Apps, Mobile, and Voice: Food and Drink, and Chatelaine’s Woman of the Year Hot 20 Under 30 award. Angela, and her family live in Oakville, Ontario, Canada. Angela’s blog can be found online at www.ohsheglows.com.

      Author Residence: Oakville, Ontario

      Author Hometown: Moncton, New Brunswick
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        Publicity: Author tour including Toronto, Burlington or Oakville, and potentially Vancouver, with book with ticket public events in each market

        Key national broadcast opportunities at on-sale including CTV’s The Social, Cityline, CTV’s Your Morning, and Global’s The Morning Show

        Target key excerpt placement and long lead coverage with outlets like Canadian Living, Canadian House & Home, Postmedia, Hello! Canada, and Chatelaine, among others

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        Author Website: ohsheglows.com/

        Author Social Media: @ohsheglows
    • Awards & Reviews

      IACP Cookbook Award - Health & Nutrition 2021, Short-listed
      Taste Canada Awards - Health and Special Diet Cookbooks 2021, Winner

      Praise for Oh She Glows for Dinner:

      "Way back when I was just starting to cook, Angela was one of the first bloggers I turned to for inspiration. Her colorful recipes always made me excited to cook and I have continued to follow over the years. Angela's newest cookbook, might just be my favorite yet. Not only did she geniusly think to include fun menus for everything from Girls' Night In, to Halloween Dinner, to Holiday Parties, but each and every recipe is also full of time saving tips for a busy lifestyle. And of course, each recipe is colorful, healthy and delicious. I can't wait to cook from the book weekly. It's going to be a staple in my kitchen."
      —Tieghan Gerard, bestselling author of Half Baked Harvest Cookbook and Half Baked Harvest Super Simple

      “I have been such a big fan of Angela’s cookbooks that are filled with recipes that are extremely family-friendly, plant-based and nutritious. I am so excited about Angela’s new cookbook, Oh She Glows for Dinner. I love that she integrated meal plans into this book as I am always looking for help and suggestions for dinner. If you have kids, you know that dinnertime sneaks up on you fast! This book is so beautiful and I can’t wait to cook some of these drool-worthy recipes for my family.”
      —Jillian Harris, bestselling co-author of Fraiche Food, Full Hearts

      “Just a few short years ago, I was one of those people eating fish and poultry and cheese and turkey and dairy and...well, you get where I’m coming from. I had made a lot of changes and was always on the lookout for some fun and interesting plant based options. And then I found Oh She Glows—well, Angela—and she has been inspiring me so much ever since, not only to eat better, eat healthier, but more than anything to have fun while I was at it. Plant-based food in Oh She Glows for Dinner checks all the boxes. What I love most about her new cookbook is that it’s loaded with fun and flavour. So many recipes that don’t take up your whole day that are great for families—or in my case single people—and that are versatile and you’re always given ways to swap things out. It’s amazing to me how much you don’t for one second miss meat or any animal products whatsoever. I feel good about eating this food and I feel like my plant based “cooking chops” just rose to a whole new level thanks to this beautiful recipe book.”
      —Jann Arden, singer/songwriter, actor and bestselling author of Feeding My Mother

      “Earlier last year I completely removed eating meat from my diet. I had the hardest time finding food that kept me full because of the lack of protein. Angela’s recipes in Oh She Glows for Dinner have so much flavour and have the perfect plant-based options! Sometimes cooking for a family of five can get exhausting and these recipes are quick and easy and my entire family loves them! Our favourite is the Glow Green 30-Minute Pesto Pasta!"
      —Molly Sims, supermodel and New York Times bestselling author of Everyday Supermodel and Everyday Chic

      Oh She Glows For Dinner proves just how simple, delicious, and joyful eating a plant-based diet can be. Filled with Angela's vibrant recipes and thoughtful tips, it will make you excited to cook dinner, even when life gets busy.”
      —Jeanine Donofrio, author of Love & Lemons Every Day and The Love & Lemons Cookbook

      “I loved the simplicity of the Oh She Glows recipes, that felt easy to follow along with and adapt as needed (like gluten-free!). A cookbook like Angela's helped me feel like my new dietary needs were not restricting, but rather opening up new doors to delicious food I could make at home. With Oh She Glows for Dinner, I'm excited to have some new ideas, themed nights, and colourful dishes that serve up so much more than just a meal. Well done, Angela, Oh She Glows has done it again!”
      —Sarah Nicole Landry, creator of The Birds Papaya

      “Oh my goodness, the recipes and information in this cookbook are exactly what I constantly hear people asking for: weeknight dinner ideas and meal plan/prep guides. The theme couldn't be more perfect for this day and age. Angela has absolutely nailed it again! I literally salivate reading the list of recipes—Cheesy Lentil Bolognese Casserole, Dreamy Peanut Butter Crunch Veggie Noodle Bowls and Ultimate Creamy Salt and Vinegar Scalloped Potatoes. This book will become a classic.”
      —Erin Ireland, founder of It’s to Die For Fine Foods

      “I love that [Oh She Glows for Dinner] includes four weekly meal-prep plans, and tons of dinner recipes like her Instant Pot potato and cauliflower red Thai curry and her kitchen-sink sheet-pan buddha bowl. . . . Of course, she didn't leave out the desserts—I can't wait to make the six-ingredient chocolate peanut butter oat crumble squares. My favourite part is that every single recipe has an inspiring matching photo!”
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    The Skin We're In A Year of Black Resistance and Power Desmond Cole Canada
    9780385686341 Hardcover POLITICAL SCIENCE / Civil Rights On Sale Date:January 28, 2020
    $29.95 CAD 6.26 x 9.33 x 0.89 in | 0.98 lb | 256 pages Carton Quantity:12 Canadian Rights: Y Doubleday Canada
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      In the tradition of Ta-Nehisi Coates, a bracing, provocative and perspective-shifting book from one of Canada’s most celebrated and uncompromising writers, Desmond Cole. The Skin We’re In will spark a national conversation, influence policy and inspire activists.

      In May 2015, the cover story of Toronto Life magazine shook Canada’s largest city to its core. Desmond Cole’s “The Skin I’m In” exposed the racist practices of the Toronto police force, detailing the dozens of times Cole had been stopped and interrogated under the controversial practice of carding. The story quickly came to national prominence, went on to win a number of National Magazine Awards and catapulted its author into the public sphere. Cole used his newfound profile to draw insistent, unyielding attention to the injustices faced by Black Canadians on a daily basis: the devastating effects of racist policing; the hopelessness produced by an education system that expects little of its black students and withholds from them the resources they need to succeed more fully; the heartbreak of those vulnerable before the child welfare system and those separated from their families by discriminatory immigration laws.

      Both Cole’s activism and journalism find vibrant expression in his first book, The Skin We’re In. Puncturing once and for all the bubble of Canadian smugness and naïve assumptions of a post-racial nation, Cole chronicles just one year—2017—in the struggle against racism in this country. It was a year that saw calls for tighter borders when African refugees braved frigid temperatures to cross into Manitoba from the States, Indigenous land and water protectors resisting the celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday, police across the country rallying around an officer accused of murder, and more.

      The year also witnessed the profound personal and professional ramifications of Desmond Cole’s unwavering determination to combat injustice. In April, Cole disrupted a Toronto police board meeting by calling for the destruction of all data collected through carding. Following the protest, Cole, a columnist with the Toronto Star, was summoned to a meeting with the paper’s opinions editor and informed that his activism violated company policy. Rather than limit his efforts defending Black lives, Cole chose to sever his relationship with the publication. Then in July, at another TPS meeting, Cole challenged the board publicly, addressing rumours of a police cover-up of the brutal beating of Dafonte Miller by an off-duty police officer and his brother. When Cole refused to leave the meeting until the question was publicly addressed, he was arrested. The image of Cole walking, handcuffed and flanked by officers, out of the meeting fortified the distrust between the city’s Black community and its police force.

      In a month-by-month chronicle, Cole locates the deep cultural, historical and political roots of each event so that what emerges is a personal, painful and comprehensive picture of entrenched, systemic inequality. Urgent, controversial and unsparingly honest, The Skin We’re In is destined to become a vital text for anti-racist and social justice movements in Canada, as well as a potent antidote to the all-too-present complacency of many white Canadians.
      DESMOND COLE is an award-winning journalist, radio host and activist in Toronto. His writing has appeared in the Toronto Star, Toronto Life, The Walrus, NOW Magazine, Ethnic Aisle, Torontoist, BuzzFeed and the Ottawa Citizen. He hosts a weekly radio program every Sunday on Newstalk 1010.

      Author Residence: Toronto, ON

      Author Hometown: Oshawa, ON
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        Marketing: Pre-pub concentration on paid boosting of Desmond’s profile (cover reveal, articles etc)

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        Publicity: Extensive national media attention with outlets including CBC Radio, TV morning shows, TVOntario, The Globe and Mail, the Toronto Star, magazine coverage

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        Author Website: thatsatruestory.wordpress.com

        Author Social Media: Twitter: @DesmondCole
    • Awards & Reviews

      Kobo Emerging Writer Prize 2021, Short-listed
      OLA Evergreen Award 2021, Nominated
      Shaughnessy Cohen Award for Political Writing 2021, Short-listed
      Toronto Book Award 2020, Winner



      A BEST BOOK OF 2020
      The Globe and Mail, NOW, CBC, Quill & Quire, Indigo


      "A masterpiece." —PopMatters

      "Cole's unflinching, courageous and confrontational book addresses systemic racism in Canada directly, refusing to allow its readers to look away or remain complacent." —Quill & Quire

      "Cole's book stands out as a powerful call to action. A superb synthesizer, the unstoppable Cole addresses racisms of all kinds across the country, but it’s his terrific takedown of Toronto policing that stands out." —NOW

      "The sheer strength of this book arises from its insistent linking of policing, prisons, public education, migrant labour, impoverished neighbourhoods and the fates of refugees. The Skin We're In is about the interlocking forces besieging Black life in Canada; and it is also about organizing resistance and imagining futures in bravely intimate terms. Desmond Cole is an urgent and essential voice from a generation that will be heard." —David Chariandy, author of Brother and Ive Been Meaning to Tell You: A Letter to My Daughter

      "In The Skin We're In, Desmond Cole offers us not only analysis of one year of anti-blackness in the lands we currently call Canada: he also recovers disappeared histories of Black resistance, gives richly deserved credit to Black LGBTQ+ activists, shows solidarity with disabled and Indigenous folks, and, most importantly, reminds us of the power of Black genius and Black joy. This smart, powerful, essential book is an act of radical generosity—one we should all be grateful to receive, hold, share and revisit.” —Alicia Elliott, author of A Mind Spread Out on the Ground

      "Desmond Cole systematically dismantles any lingering illusions of Canada as a beacon of racial benevolence by exposing the multiple forms of state violence facing Black peoples of all ages and genders. His text, further, compellingly highlights the ongoing refusal of Canada's Black diaspora to submit to conditions of subjugation, bringing to light both historical and contemporary legacies of rebellion. A powerful read." —Robyn Maynard, author of Policing Black Lives: State Violence in Canada from Slavery to the Present

      "It is not an exaggeration to say that Desmond Cole's book should be taught in classrooms, roiling in the minds of the next generation, lauded in social justice movements. It's a striking, searing, perspective-shifting book that draws attention to the injustices faced by Black Canadians on a daily basis. . . . His prose contains the grace, clarity, caution and cadence of someone familiar with speaking up and standing tall. He seamlessly integrates historical and theoretical material with analyses of recent events, making the text informative and incisive without sacrificing emotional resonance. . . . The book represents a solid introduction to themes of white supremacy, imperialism and power, anti-Black racism, and Cole's own life and values . . . [and] as Cole powerfully illustrates, Black pain—and the fight against it—does not always have a tidy, smooth, palatable ending." —Quill and Quire, starred review

      "Part biography, part journal, part guide to anti-racism activism, The Skin We’re In might be Desmond Cole's first book but its story is one that people of colour will immediately find familiar. . . . If you are a human being or socially aware robot, read this book." —This Magazine

      "Desmond Cole's The Skin We're In is an uncompromising yet utterly compelling dissection of a long neglected but fundamental aspect of Canadian life: anti-Black racism. This is a story of confrontation and resistance, but also of deep listening and bearing witness. Written with power and verve, Cole's sharp, urgent, and lyrical prose reveals an author with a capacious intellect, moral clarity, and unwavering commitment to justice. Cole challenges his home and native land to dispense with magical thinking and reckon with uncomfortable truths." —2021 Shaughnessy Cohen Prize Jury

      "A skillful blend of history and reportage, The Skin We're In punctures any illusions Torontonians may harbor about race relations in their City, and provides a local front-line perspective on Black Lives Matter. Desmond Cole describes his progression from journalist to activist on behalf of Toronto’s black residents fed up with mistreatment at the hands of the police, lip service from politicians and media, and indifference from the community at large. Accomplished, timely and powerful, The Skin We're In is a potent and urgent reminder that there is no place for complacency in the battle against racism." —2020 Toronto Book Awards jury
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    The Answer Is . . . Reflections on My Life Alex Trebek Canada
    9781982157999 Hardcover BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Entertainment & Performing Arts On Sale Date:July 21, 2020
    $32.00 CAD 139.7 x 212.72 x 30.48 mm | 1.33 lb | 304 pages Carton Quantity:20 Canadian Rights: Y Simon & Schuster
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      Longtime Jeopardy! host and television icon Alex Trebek reflects on his life and career.

      Since debuting as the host of Jeopardy! in 1984, Alex Trebek has been something like a family member to millions of television viewers, bringing entertainment and education into their homes five nights a week. Last year, he made the stunning announcement that he had been diagnosed with stage four pancreatic cancer. What followed was an incredible outpouring of love and kindness. Social media was flooded with messages of support, and the Jeopardy! studio received boxes of cards and letters offering guidance, encouragement, and prayers.

      For over three decades, Trebek had resisted countless appeals to write a book about his life. Yet he was moved so much by all the goodwill, he felt compelled to finally share his story. “I want people to know a little more about the person they have been cheering on for the past year,” he writes in The Answer Is…: Reflections on My Life.

      The book combines illuminating personal anecdotes with Trebek’s thoughts on a range of topics, including marriage, parenthood, education, success, spirituality, and philanthropy. Trebek also addresses the questions he gets asked most often by Jeopardy! fans, such as what prompted him to shave his signature mustache, his insights on legendary players like Ken Jennings and James Holzhauer, and his opinion of Will Ferrell’s Saturday Night Live impersonation. The book uses a novel structure inspired by Jeopardy!, with each chapter title in the form of a question, and features dozens of never-before-seen photos that candidly capture Trebek over the years.

      This wise, charming, and inspiring book is further evidence why Trebek has long been considered one of the most beloved and respected figures in entertainment.
      Alex Trebek hosted the syndicated quiz show Jeopardy! for thirty-six seasons, earning him seven Daytime Emmy Awards—including a Lifetime Achievement Award—and the Guinness World Record for most episodes of a game show hosted by the same presenter. Prior to Jeopardy!, he hosted numerous quiz shows and game shows, including The Wizard of Odds and High Rollers. He began his career with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, working there for more than a decade. He graduated from the University of Ottawa and held honorary doctorates from the University of Ottawa and Fordham University. He worked with the humanitarian organization World Vision and contributed to various other philanthropic organizations, including the USO, UNCF, National Geographic Society, and the Hope of the Valley Rescue Mission. He died in Los Angeles on November 8, 2020, at the age of eighty.
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      "[A] moving memoir…[a] friendly, often funny account marked by a reluctance so deep that it confers a curious integrity upon the celebrity tell-all...In the autumn of the media patriarchs, [Trebek] stands practically alone, untinged by scandal. His authority derives from his defense of facts, not their distortion." —Parul Sehgal, The New York Times

      "Alex Trebek's memoir is everything a Jeopardy! fan could want...It’s an amusing and at times sobering series of vignettes—a quickly inhaled highlights reel of Trebek’s life...[He] quotes Mark Twain, Malcolm Gladwell and Chinese proverbs, and he shows off a quick wit and reverence for intellect...The behind-the-scenes intel is fun, especially for longtime fans of the show. But the rare insights into Trebek’s personal life are far more revealing...After nearly four decades at the lectern, Trebek is more than the face of Jeopardy!—he’s its heart. He’s so synonymous with the show, and the charm that’s made it an evening ritual, that even after a satisfying memoir, at least one question remains. How does the show continue without him? Give a ‘daily double’ to whomever has the answer for that one." —Angela Haupt, The Washington Post

      “[Trebek’s] story reads less like the typical name-dropping, vice-fueled celebrity memoir and more like one of a warmhearted, down-to-earth guy who feels lucky to have touched lots of lives as the host of a wildly popular quiz show for the past 36 years…The fact that he's undergoing chemotherapy for his stage 4 pancreatic cancer, a painful experience that has taken a serious emotional and physical toll, adds a bittersweet and poignant note to his tale. That said, Trebek, who has a great sense of humor, also offers a lighthearted look at many parts of his long life…And fans will eat up his memories of show legends such as Ken Jennings and James Holzhauer.” —Christina Ianzito, AARP

      "As a piece of writing, The Answer Is… goes down easy...But for all its breeziness, the memoir does the work of fleshing out a character with whom millions of Americans have spent their evenings with since the 1980s...Trebek had brushed off previous opportunities to write a memoir, but his diagnosis last year with stage IV pancreatic cancer changed the calculus. He received an outpouring of public support, which nudged him into opening up. But opening up doesn’t mean conjuring angst where it doesn’t exist. ‘I don’t have a lot of ghosts,’ he writes—believably, somehow. ‘I don’t have any bad memories that affect my life. It’s all good.’ Trebek writes frankly about the darkness he’s facing: the side effects from chemotherapy, and the conversations with his family about when to stop treatment. But he also seems uncommonly prepared for the end of the game."—Ruth Graham, Slate

      "For anyone who enjoys watching Jeopardy!—or has ever wondered about the sincere, mustachioed man at its helm—The Answer Is... is an illuminating look at the life and philosophy of Trebek." —Patrick Ryan, USA Today

      “Alex Trebek is the one providing the answers and questions in a new memoir that should reinforce his admirers' expectations about the ever-steady Jeopardy! host. The concise chapters, with titles including ‘What is a Mentor?’ and ‘The Answer is Family’ and ranging from a few paragraphs to a few pages, make for a readable but not slapdash approach...Trebek’s philosophical bent emerges clearly in the memoir, as he shares his perspective on human nature, spirituality and the value of knowledge." —Lynn Elber, Associated Press

      “Trebek is well aware of what he has come to represent to viewers over his 36 years as the host of Jeopardy! He’s the reliable figure you can count on to appear on your television each weeknight, ‘not so much as a showbiz personality but as an uncle,’ he writes. He’s not intimidating. He’s a ‘second-tier celebrity.’ Part of the family. He leans into this persona in the book, offering up wholesome tidbits about how he’s happiest sitting on the swing in his backyard or eating fried chicken and broccoli for dinner…Trebek is candid in writing about the toll cancer has taken on his body. In one particularly moving section, he reveals that one day on set his stomach cramps were so excruciating that he collapsed on the floor of his dressing room, crying and writhing in pain. Producers suggested they cancel the taping, but he insisted he continue working—something that has, inexplicably, helped to ease his physical ailments.” —Amy Kaufman, The Los Angeles Times

      “[H]ow did this French Canadian son of a Ukrainian immigrant become the authoritative voice of American knowledge? Trebek’s charming memoir, The Answer Is…: Reflections On My Life, offers these answers, phrased, of course, in the form of a question.” —Rien Fertel, The A.V. Club

      “It probably won't surprise you to learn that Alex Trebek’s new memoir doesn't contain any particularly scandalous revelations or explosive confessions. The Answer Is… is a look back through the life of a man who, by his own admission, thinks his life is ‘not particularly exciting.’ But in 80 years on this earth and 36 years hosting Jeopardy!, you're bound to have a few interesting stories to tell, and Trebek has more than a few.” —Tyler Aquilina, Entertainment Weekly

      "Alex Trebek has been in the spotlight for more than 30 years but has never been more candid than in his new book, The Answer Is…: Reflections on My Life...[An] eye-opening memoir.” —Meredith Nardino, US Weekly

      “We’ll take great stories for $1,000 please. The iconic Jeopardy! host is out with his first memoir. It’s filled with revealing anecdotes about his personal life, his battle with cancer, and his experience working on everyone’s favorite quiz show. The answer is…a weekend spent glued to this book.” The Skimm

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    Fraiche Food, Full Hearts A Collection of Recipes for Every Day and Casual Celebrations: A Cookbook Jillian Harris Canada, Tori Wesszer
    9780735234307 Hardcover COOKING / Holiday On Sale Date:October 01, 2019
    $40.00 CAD 8.26 x 10.2 x 1.29 in | 2.9 lb | 336 pages Carton Quantity:10 Canadian Rights: Y Penguin Canada
    • Marketing Copy

      TV host and lifestyle influencer Jillian Harris and registered dietitian Tori Wesszer invite you into their world full of family, food, and casual celebrations.

      Living a stone’s throw from each other, cousins Jillian and Tori grew up in a tight-knit family and were brought up like sisters. Fraiche Food, Full Hearts offers a peek into their lives and the recipes that have fed their families through the years. Instilled with a love of cooking at an early age by their granny, the kitchen is a place of fond memories and everyday home cooked meals. Like most families, their celebrations revolve around food—from birthdays, Valentine’s Day, and Mother’s Day to Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Eve.

      Fraiche Food, Full Hearts includes over 100 heart-warming recipes—from breakfasts, soups, salads, veggies, sides, and mains to snacks, appetizers, drinks, and desserts—for everyday meals, along with celebration menus and ideas for casual gatherings with family and friends. Gorgeously designed with dreamy full-colour photography throughout, the recipes also incorporate vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options. You’ll find dishes like West Coast Eggs Benny, Vanilla Cherry Scones, Harvest Kale Salad, Squash Risotto with Fried Sage, Granny’s Beet Rolls, Cedar-Plank Salmon Burgers, Veggie Stew with Dumplings, Cherry Sweetheart Slab Pie, and Naked Coconut Cake.
      JILLIAN HARRIS is the Founder and Creative Director of Jillian Harris Design. She is passionate about love, family, charity, fashion, food, decor, and much more. On her blog, Jillian Harris, you will find bright and heart-filling inspiration for fashion, food, and decor and everyday life. Jillian’s signature style is both classic and feminine, and her eye for design and decor is enviable. As host of HGTV’s Love It Or List It Vancouver and Love It Or List It, Too, she brings her designs to life by bringing inspiring refreshes to homes needing love. Her work with local charities like Mamas for Mamas fuels her desire to help those in need and give back to those less fortunate. Her biggest passion is her family, which includes fiancé, Justin Pasutto, son Leo, daughter Annie, and dogs Nacho Cilantro and Peaches Pasutto. TORI WESSZER is a registered dietitian, self-proclaimed foodie, and creator of Fraiche Nutrition, a lifestyle blog featuring recipes and practical nutrition advice that embraces moderation and quality without deprivation. As a busy mom of two young boys, Tori is passionate about taking the noise out of food and creating dishes made from wholesome, simple ingredients that the whole family can enjoy. Tori’s content showcases uncomplicated and enjoyable healthy recipes along with her love for kitchen decor and design. She is also a regular contributor to the blog Jillian Harris.

      Author Residence: Kelowna, British Columbia

      Author Hometown: Peace River Valley, Alberta
      Marketing & Promotion
        Marketing: Paid social advertising, ideally from authors’ accounts

        Print ad (TBC)

        Influencer mailing

        Organic social from authors’ channels and Penguin Canada channels

        US Plans:

        National Food Press

        Pitch to entertainment press such as People Magazine and Entertainment Weekly

        Pitch for coverage in women’s magazine including Good Housekeeping, Redbook and O Magazine

        Coverage on food and lifestyle blogs such as Food52 and TheKitchn

        Explore west coast media opportunities including Sunset Magazine and the Hallmark Channel

        Target authors current US fan base through their social channels and expand them through lookalike campaigns

        Online promotion for the holiday

        Newsletter advertising   


        Author tour to Toronto, Vancouver and 1-2 additional markets

        Launch events in both cities, leveraging existing brand partnerships

        Key national broadcast opportunities at on-sale including CTV’s The Social, CTV’s Your Morning, and Global’s The Morning Show,

        Target key excerpt placement and long lead coverage with outlets like Canadian Living, Canadian House and Home, Postmedia, etc.

    • Awards & Reviews

      Taste Canada Awards - General Cookbooks 2020, Short-listed

      FINALIST for the Taste Canada Awards

      Praise for Fraiche Food, Full Hearts:

      “[Harris and Wesszer’s] assemblage of family favourite recipes is picture perfect.”
      The Grove Examiner

      “The beautifully illustrated Fraiche Food, Full Hearts cookbook by Jillian Harris and Tori Wesszer is, as it says, perfect for everyday and causal celebrations. It has impressive and well-organized holiday menus for every season and occasion from Mother’s Day and summer grilling to Christmas and Thanksgiving. It blends traditional well-tested recipes with modern day plant-based options.”
      Dairy Free Indulgence
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    Home Body Rupi Kaur Canada
    9781501175305 Paperback POETRY / Women Authors On Sale Date:November 17, 2020
    $22.00 CAD 127 x 196.85 x 17.78 mm | 0.56 lb | 192 pages Carton Quantity:40 Canadian Rights: Y Simon & Schuster
    • Marketing Copy

      From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of milk and honey and the sun and her flowers comes her greatly anticipated third collection of poetry.

      rupi kaur constantly embraces growth, and in home body, she walks readers through a reflective and intimate journey visiting the past, the present, and the potential of the self. home body is a collection of raw, honest conversations with oneself - reminding readers to fill up on love, acceptance, community, family, and embrace change. illustrated by the author, themes of nature and nurture, light and dark, rest here.

      i dive into the well of my body
      and end up in another world
      everything i need
      already exists in me
      there’s no need
      to look anywhere else
      A breakout literary phenomenon and #1 New York Times Bestselling Author, Rupi Kaur wrote, illustrated, and self-published her first poetry collection milk and honey in 2014. Next came its artistic siblings the sun and her flowers and home body, both debuting at #1 on bestseller lists across the world. These collections have sold more than 11 million copies and have been translated into over 43 languages. In 2022, she released her fourth book Healing Through Words which is a journey of guided writing exercises to help the reader explore their creativity.

      As she has done from the very beginning, Rupi self-produced Rupi Kaur Live, the first poetry special of its kind, which debuted on Amazon Prime Video in 2021.

      Rupi Kaur graces stages across the globe on sold-out world tours. These shows are a poetic theatrical experience interlaced with her own touch of stand-up. Her work touches on love, loss, trauma, healing, femininity, and migration. She feels most at home when creating art, performing her poetry onstage, and spending time with family and friends.
      Marketing & Promotion
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    12 Rules for Life An Antidote to Chaos Jordan B. Peterson Canada
    9780345816023 Hardcover PSYCHOLOGY / Applied Psychology On Sale Date:January 23, 2018
    $39.00 CAD 6.28 x 9.29 x 1.4 in | 1.45 lb | 448 pages Carton Quantity:12 Canadian Rights: Y Random House Canada
    • Marketing Copy



      What does everyone in the modern world need to know?

      Renowned psychologist Jordan B. Peterson's answer to this most difficult of questions uniquely combines the hard-won truths of ancient tradition with the stunning revelations of cutting-edge scientific research.

      Humorous, surprising and informative, Dr. Peterson tells us why skateboarding boys and girls must be left alone, what terrible fate awaits those who criticize too easily, and why you should always pet a cat when you meet one on the street.

      What does the nervous system of the lowly lobster have to tell us about standing up straight (with our shoulders back) and about success in life? Why did ancient Egyptians worship the capacity to pay careful attention as the highest of gods? What dreadful paths do people tread when they become resentful, arrogant and vengeful?

      Dr. Peterson journeys broadly, discussing discipline, freedom, adventure and responsibility, distilling the world's wisdom into 12 practical and profound rules for life. 12 Rules for Life shatters the modern commonplaces of science, faith and human nature, while transforming and ennobling the mind and spirit of its readers.
      JORDAN B. PETERSON, raised and toughened in the frigid wastelands of Northern Alberta, has flown a hammer-head roll in a carbon-fiber stunt-plane, explored an Arizona meteorite crater with astronauts, and built a Kwagu'l ceremonial bighouse on the upper floor of his Toronto home after being invited into and named by that Canadian First Nation. He's taught mythology to lawyers, doctors and business people, consulted for the UN Secretary General, helped his clinical clients manage depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, anxiety, and schizophrenia, served as an adviser to senior partners of major Canadian law firms, and lectured extensively in North America and Europe. With his students and colleagues at Harvard and the University of Toronto, Dr. Peterson has published over a hundred scientific papers, transforming the modern understanding of personality, while his book Maps of Meaning: The Architecture of Belief revolutionized the psychology of religion. The author lives in Toronto, ON. www.jordanbpeterson.com
      Marketing & Promotion
    • Awards & Reviews


      “Jordan Peterson, has become one of the best-known Canadians of this generation. In the intellectual category, he’s easily the largest international phenomenon since Marshall McLuhan. . . . By combining knowledge of the past with a full-hearted optimism and a generous attitude toward his readers and listeners, Peterson generates an impressive level of intellectual firepower.” —Robert Fulford, National Post

      “Like the best intellectual polymaths, Peterson invites his readers to embark on their own intellectual, spiritual and ideological journeys into the many topics and disciplines he touches on. It’s a counter-intuitive strategy for a population hooked on the instant gratification of ideological conformity and social media ‘likes,’ but if Peterson is right, you have nothing to lose but your own misery.” —Toronto Star

      “In a different intellectual league. . . . Peterson can take the most difficult ideas and make them entertaining. This may be why his YouTube videos have had 35 million views. He is fast becoming the closest that academia has to a rock star.” —The Observer

      “Grow up and man up is the message from this rock-star psychologist. . . . [A] hardline self-help manual of self-reliance, good behaviour, self-betterment and individualism that probably reflects his childhood in rural Canada in the 1960s. As with all self-help manuals, there’s always a kernel of truth. Formerly a Harvard professor, now at the University of Toronto, Peterson retains that whiff of cowboy philosophy—one essay is a homily on doing one thing every day to improve yourself. Another, on bringing up little children to behave, is excellent…. [Peterson] twirls ideas around like a magician.” —Melanie Reid, The Times

      “You don’t have to agree with [Peterson’s politics] to like this book for, once you discard the self-help label, it becomes fascinating. Peterson is brilliant on many subjects. . . . So what we have here is a baggy, aggressive, in-your-face, get-real book that, ultimately, is an attempt to lead us back to what Peterson sees as the true, the beautiful and the good—i.e. God. In the highest possible sense of the term, I suppose it is a self-help book. . . . Either way, it’s a rocky read, but nobody ever said God was easy.” —Bryan Appleyard, The Times

      “One of the most eclectic and stimulating public intellectuals at large today, fearless and impassioned.” —The Guardian

      “Someone with not only humanity and humour, but serious depth and substance. . . . Peterson has a truly cosmopolitan and omnivorous intellect, but one that recognizes that things need grounding in a home if they are ever going to be meaningfully grasped. . . . As well as being funny, there is a burning sincerity to the man which only the most withered cynic could suspect.” —The Spectator

      “Peterson has become a kind of secular prophet who, in an era of lobotomized conformism, thinks out of the box. . . . His message is overwhelmingly vital.” —Melanie Philips, The Times
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    Talking to Strangers What We Should Know about the People We Don't Know Malcolm Gladwell
    9780316478526 Hardcover SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology On Sale Date:September 10, 2019
    $36.99 CAD 5.8 x 8.25 x 1.45 in | 1.1 lb | 400 pages Carton Quantity:20 Canadian Rights: Y Little, Brown and Company
    • Marketing Copy

      Malcolm Gladwell, host of the podcast Revisionist History and author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Outliers, offers a powerful examination of our interactions with strangersand why they often go wrong.

      A Best Book of the Year: The Financial Times, Bloomberg, Chicago Tribune, and Detroit Free Press

      How did Fidel Castro fool the CIA for a generation? Why did Neville Chamberlain think he could trust Adolf Hitler? Why are campus sexual assaults on the rise? Do television sitcoms teach us something about the way we relate to one another that isn’t true?

      Talking to Strangers is a classically Gladwellian intellectual adventure, a challenging and controversial excursion through history, psychology, and scandals taken straight from the news. He revisits the deceptions of Bernie Madoff, the trial of Amanda Knox, the suicide of Sylvia Plath, the Jerry Sandusky pedophilia scandal at Penn State University, and the death of Sandra Bland—throwing our understanding of these and other stories into doubt.

      Something is very wrong, Gladwell argues, with the tools and strategies we use to make sense of people we don’t know. And because we don’t know how to talk to strangers, we are inviting conflict and misunderstanding in ways that have a profound effect on our lives and our world. In his first book since his #1 bestseller David and Goliath, Malcolm Gladwell has written a gripping guidebook for troubled times.
      Malcom Gladwell is the author of seven New York Times bestsellers: The Tipping Point, Blink, Outliers, What the Dog Saw, David and Goliath, Talking to Strangers, and The Bomber Mafia. He is also the cofounder of Pushkin Industries, an audiobook and podcast production company. He was born in England, grew up in rural Ontario, and now lives in New York.
      Marketing & Promotion
    • Awards & Reviews

      "Talking to Strangers is a must-read...I love this book... Reading it will actually change not just how you see strangers, but how you look at yourself, the news--the world...Reading this book changed me."—Oprah Winfrey, O, The Oprah Magazine
      "Powerful advice on truly getting to know others...Gladwell brilliantly argues that we should stop assuming, realize no one's transparent and understand that behavior is tied to unseen circumstances."—People, Book of the Week
      "Gladwell has again delivered a compelling, conversation-starting read...At a time when the world feels intractably polarized, a book examining the varying ways we misinterpret or fail to communicate with one another could not feel more necessary...With a mix of reporting, research and a deft narrative hand, Gladwell illuminates these examples with the page-turning urgency of a paperback thriller."—Chris Barton, Los Angeles Times
      "Mr. Gladwell's towering success rests on the moment when the skeptic starts to think that maybe we're wrong about everything and maybe, just maybe, this Gladwell guy is onto something...Talking to Strangers is weightier than his previous titles."—Amy Chozick, New York Times
      "Gladwell uses compelling real-world examples to show the how and why behind our interactions with folks we're trying to understand."
      Rhett Power, Forbes
      "Gladwell's case studies are thrilling...Chock-full of gripping anecdotes from the recent and forgotten past. He uses these riveting stories to offer up bite-size observations about how we engage with strangers."—Maggie Taft, Booklist
      "Another Gladwell tour de force...intellectually stimulating...Readers expecting another everything-you-think-you-know-is-wrong page-turner will not be disappointed."—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
      "Both fascinating and topical...A thoughtful treatise...Gladwell writes in his signature colorful, fluid, and accessible prose."—Publishers Weekly
      "Gladwell interviews brilliant people, generates powerful insights, writes like an angel, and has earned a massive and admiring audience. He has a keen eye and a witty flair and he's one of the best observationalists of a generation. Gladwell is a big-picture thinker who helps us make sense of the human condition."—Bob Brisco, WebMD Magazine
      "As always, with his narrative gift and eye for the telling detail, Gladwell peppers his work with unforgettable facts... He has immense gifts--a probing, original, questioning mind, an ability to dig up information others haven't considered and tie it to a broader point. He has a narrative skill nonpareil."—Stephen Galloway, Hollywood Reporter
      "Engaging...Mr. Gladwell [presents] a mountain of quirky anecdotes and interesting research about our blunders with strangers, and why we make them...It's fascinating to peek at these incidents through Mr. Gladwell's psychological lens."—Leigh Anne Focareta, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
      "Inspiring and motivating...Gladwell is a wunderkind and a saint...He takes on racial division, incompatible perspectives, and emotional dissonance without ever sounding preaching or proud. The stories make you think."—John Brandon, Daily Beast
      "Superb writing. Masterful structure."—Pilita Clark, Financial Times (UK)
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    Burke's Law A Life in Hockey Brian Burke Canada, Stephen Brunt
    9780735239470 Hardcover BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Sports On Sale Date:October 13, 2020
    $35.00 CAD 6.2 x 9.2 x 1.1 in | 1.13 lb | 320 pages Carton Quantity:12 Canadian Rights: Y Viking
    • Marketing Copy


      The gruffest man in hockey opens up about the challenges, the feuds, and the tragedies he’s fought through.

      Brian Burke is one of the biggest hockey personalities—no, personalities full-stop—in the media landscape. His brashness makes him a magnet for attention, and he does nothing to shy away from it. Most famous for advocating “pugnacity, truculence, testosterone, and belligerence” during his tenure at the helm of the Maple Leafs, Burke has lived and breathed hockey his whole life. He has been a player, an agent, a league executive, a scout, a Stanley Cup-winning GM, an Olympic GM, and a media analyst. He has worked with Pat Quinn, Gary Bettman, and an array of future Hall of Fame players. No one knows the game better, and no one commands more attention when they open up about it.

      But there is more to Brian Burke than hockey. He is a graduate of Harvard Law School, and an accomplished businessman with hard-earned lessons that comefrom highly scrutinized decisions made at the helm of multi-million-dollar companies.

      And despite his brusque persona on camera and in the boardroom, he is nevertheless a father with a story to tell. He lost his youngest son in a car accident, and has had to grapple with that grief, even in the glare of the spotlight. Many Canadians and hockey fans knew Brendan Burke’s name already, because his father had become one of the country’s most outspoken gay-rights advocates when Brendan came out in 2009.

      From someone whose grandmother told him never to start a fight, but never to run from one either, Burke’s Law is an unforgettable account of old beefs and old friendships, scores settled and differences forgiven, and many lessons learned the hard way.
      BRIAN BURKE is an American-Canadian NHL executive and analyst, who in 2021 was named president of hockey operations for the Pittsburgh Penguins. He has served as the president of the Calgary Flames, the president and general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs, and the general manager of the Anaheim Ducks (winning the Stanley Cup with the team in 2007), the Vancouver Canucks, and the Hartford Whalers. Burke was the general manager of the United States national men’s ice hockey team for the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, and has served on Rugby Canada’s board of directors.
      Marketing & Promotion
        Marketing: Canadian Plans:

        Google Display

        Google Search

        Social advertising

        Influencer outreach

        Gifting campaign

        US Plans:

        Advance mailing to trade publications including Library Journal, Publishers Weekly, Booklist and Kirkus Reviews 

        Mailing to sports publications and major print newspapers including Sports Illustrated and ESPN

        Radio attention

        Google display ads 

        Publicity: Limited review coverage in outlets like the Globe and Mail, Toronto Star

        Extensive print features in outlets like the Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, CP, NOW Magazine and Xtra

        Extensive broadcast interviews with outlets like TSN, Sportnet and CBC

        Limited excerpt/op-ed coverage in outlets like the Globe and Mail and Toronto Star

        Select blogger coverage

        Toronto event. Financial viability of wider tour to be discussed.

    • Awards & Reviews


      One of The Globe’s “100 favourite books of 2020”

      Praise for Burke's Law:

      “Brian Burke is first and foremost a father and community activist. He’s also a brilliant storyteller who’s led an extraordinary life. You’ll enjoy this book!”
      Rick Mercer, bestselling author and host of The Mercer Report

      “'Truculent' doesn't begin to describe my friend Brian Burke. He brings that and hard-boiled honesty to every aspect of his life—including his friendships. But if you can't take his truculence as a friend, you definitely wouldn't want him as an enemy. The most belligerent and entertaining book you'll read this year.”
      Mike Milbury, former NHL player, coach, GM, and broadcaster

      “If you've only ever heard Brian Burke talking at a press conference, you probably think he's a gruff, old-school hockey hardass who could care less about other people. You would be only half-right. I have known Brian since he was getting into the agenting business, and I can tell you he will never take a step backwards if he thinks he's right. But he's also a big teddy bear. If he gives you his word, you can take it to the bank, and you have to respect someone who believes in equality the way he does. Brian is an enigma wrapped in a riddle. This book may help some of us figure him out.”
      Glen Sather, former NHL player, Stanley Cup-winning coach, and GM of the Edmonton Oilers

      Burke’s Law will open and change minds. It is packed with warmth and grudges—[Burke] names names—and little known stories from his past. . . . Along with that, the book is also a study in human frailty.”
      The Globe and Mail

      “[M]uch like Burke, [Burke’s Law] is loud and full of bluster with some terrific stories. . .”
      Toronto Sun

      “Hockey fans will speed read through Burke's Law because it has incredible insight to a life dedicated to hockey and family. We did because we have the privilege of ensuring Brendan Burke's legacy lives on daily. This is a must read for every sports fan!”
      You Can Play, via Twitter

      “[Burke’s Law] is the result of 200 hours of combing through [Burke’s] memories. . . . [Burke makes] sure to tell his story, in his tone. With many, many ‘f’-bombs.”
      Calgary Sun

      “[Brian Burke] speaks directly and succinctly, with purpose and conviction. . . . To the point, as they say, is Burke’s manner. But don’t mistake bluntness for unkindness. . . . [Burke’s Law] bubbles with barroom tales of boardroom conflict.”

      “[Burke’s Law is] sometimes gruff, but brutally honest. . . . Poignantly penned.”
      Edmonton Sun
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    If I Knew Then Finding wisdom in failure and power in aging Jann Arden Canada
    9780735279971 Hardcover BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Women On Sale Date:October 27, 2020
    $32.00 CAD 5.46 x 8.3 x 0.77 in | 0.73 lb | 216 pages Carton Quantity:12 Canadian Rights: Y Random House Canada
    • Marketing Copy


      Jann Arden—bestselling author, recording artist and late-blooming TV star—is back with this funny, heartfelt and fierce memoir on becoming a woman of a certain age. The power, gravity and freedom she’s found at fifty-seven are superpowers she believes all of us can unleash.

      Digging deep into her strengths, her failures and her losses, Jann Arden brings us an inspiring account of how she has surprised herself, in her fifties, by at last becoming completely her own person. Like many women, it took Jann a long time to realize that trying to be pleasing and likeable and beautiful in the eyes of others was a loser’s game. Letting it rip, and damning the consequences, is not only liberating, it’s a hell of a lot of fun: “Being the age I am—that so many women are—is just the best time of my life.”

      Jann weaves her own story together with tales of her mother, grandmother, and great grandmother, and the father she came close to hating, to show her younger self—and all of us—that fear and avoidance is no way to live. “What I’m thinking about now aren’t all the ways I can try to hang on to my youth or all the seconds ticking by in some kind of morbid countdown to death,” she writes, “but rather how I keep becoming someone I always hoped I could be. If I’m lucky one day a very old face will look back at me from the mirror, a face I once shied away from. I will love that old woman ferociously, because she has finally figured out how to live a life of purpose—not in spite of but because of all her mistakes and failures.”

      Story Locale: Jann Arden’s world
      JANN ARDEN is a singer, songwriter, broadcaster, actor, author and social media star. The celebrated multi-platinum, award-winning artist catapulted onto the music scene in 1993 with her debut album, Time for Mercy, featuring the hit single “I Would Die for You.” A year later she had her international break-out hit, “Insensitive.” She has written four books, the most recent being the Canadian bestseller Feeding My Mother: Comfort and Laughter in the Kitchen as My Mom Lives with Memory Loss. A multiple Juno Award-winner, Jann continues to record and tour; in 2020 she was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame. She is also the star of her own hit TV sitcom, Jann, which debuted in 2019, and will air a new season in 2020, and the host of the weekly Jann Arden Podcast.

      Author Residence: Calgary, Alberta; Toronto, Ontario

      Author Hometown: Calgary, Alberta
      Marketing & Promotion
        Marketing: US Plans:

        Review mailing to trade publications

        Targeted mailing to long leads such as Readers Digest, O Magazine and Good Housekeeping

        Review mailing to book review editors at AP, Reuters, people.com and EW

        Social media promotion targeting authors fan base and lookalikes

        Publicity: National review mailing

        National media coverage (CTV The Social, CTV Your Morning, CTV Marilyn Denis, CBC Radio 1, Globe & Mail, Toronto Star, Hello Canada, Chatelaine, Readers Digest, Hello! Canada)

        Major tour - 4-5 Canadian markets, anchored by public-facing fan events

        Feature Website: Facebook: @jannarden

        Author Website: jannarden.com

        Author Social Media: Twitter: @jannarden Instagram: @jannarden
    • Awards & Reviews


      “Storyteller. Counsellor. Life coach. Canadian singer Jann Arden wears all those hats—and more—in her latest memoir . . . If I Knew Then will strike vibrato chords with readers. Like her song lyrics, Arden’s phrasing is simple, authentic and rich. It resonates. She wears her wounds on her sleeve, and isn’t afraid to show her scars." —Winnipeg Free Press

      Praise for Jann Arden:

      “The type of free-spirited, brutally truthful woman who can stand toe to toe with any man or woman. Funny and not afraid to sprinkle an interview with helpings of words your mother would never allow in the house, Arden is two parts poet and one part your crazy aunt.” —The Toronto Sun

      “[Jann Arden is] abundantly and humorously generous with herself in public. . . . No doubt Arden holds some secrets, some passions, some pain close to the vest, but, like the best gossip in the neighbourhood, she diverts our attention with titillating yarns.” —Toronto Star

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