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    Klondikers Dawson City’s Stanley Cup Challenge and How a Nation Fell in Love with Hockey Tim Falconer Canada
    9781770416079 Paperback SPORTS & RECREATION / Hockey On Sale Date:October 05, 2021
    $24.95 CAD 5.5 x 8.5 in | 356 pages Carton Quantity:1 Canadian Rights: Y ECW Press
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      Join a ragtag group of misfits from Dawson City as they scrap to become the 1905 Stanley Cup champions and cement hockey as Canada’s national pastime

      An underdog hockey team traveled for three and a half weeks from Dawson City to Ottawa to play for the Stanley Cup in 1905. The Klondikers’ eagerness to make the journey, and the public’s enthusiastic response, revealed just how deeply, and how quickly, Canadians had fallen in love with hockey.

      After Governor General Stanley donated a championship trophy in 1893, new rinks appeared in big cities and small towns, leading to more players, teams, and leagues. And more fans. When Montreal challenged Winnipeg for the Cup in December 1896, supporters in both cities followed the play-by-play via telegraph updates.

      As the country escaped the Victorian era and entered a promising new century, a different nation was emerging. Canadians fell for hockey amid industrialization, urbanization, and shifting social and cultural attitudes. Class and race-based British ideals of amateurism attempted to fend off a more egalitarian professionalism.

      Ottawa star Weldy Young moved to the Yukon in 1899, and within a year was talking about a Cup challenge. With the help of Klondike businessman Joe Boyle, it finally happened six years later. Ottawa pounded the exhausted visitors, with “One-Eyed” Frank McGee scoring an astonishing 14 goals in one game. But there was no doubt hockey was now the national pastime.

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      Tim Falconer is the author of Bad Singer: The Surprising Science of Tone Deafness and How We Hear Music, which made the Globe and Mail’s Top 100 list. A former writer-in-residence at Berton House in Dawson City, he returns to the Yukon as often as he can from his home in Toronto, Ontario.

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    A Helluva Life in Hockey A Memoir Brian McFarlane Canada
    9781770415447 Paperback SPORTS & RECREATION / Hockey On Sale Date:October 12, 2021
    $24.95 CAD 6.25 x 9.25 in | 384 pages Carton Quantity:1 Canadian Rights: Y ECW Press
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      A captivating memoir from Canada’s foremost hockey historian and a beloved NHL commentator

      It’s been 85 years since Brian McFarlane first laced a pair of skates and tested the black ice on a tiny pond. And then he discovered the joy of hockey. Ultimately, there would be grade school hockey, high school hockey, junior hockey, college hockey, and, miraculously, two decades with the NHL Oldtimers anchoring his life. He was the rank amateur playing on a line with the Big M and Norm Ullman, facing off against icons like Gordie Howe and Ted Lindsay at Maple Leaf Gardens — even scoring a goal. He suited up at the Montreal Forum, elbow-to-elbow against John Ferguson, before thousands of fans. (There was even a stint with the Flying Fathers who ordained him a “Bishop” after a hat trick.) Off the ice, in 1960, McFarlane was the first Canadian to be a commentator on CBS’s coverage of the NHL. He also survived 25 years of Hockey Night in Canada — despite confrontations with Punch Imlach, Harold Ballard, Bobby Hull, and Eddie Shack. Now, in this revealing autobiography, he remembers it all. For Brian McFarlane, it has been a helluva life in hockey.

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      Brian McFarlane is known as Canada’s foremost hockey historian. For three decades, he served as a host and commentator on Hockey Night in Canada. Before that, he became the first Canadian to work on U.S. hockey telecasts when he was employed by CBS in 1960 and did most of his interviews on skates. In the ’70s, he worked on the NBC telecasts and introduced the world to the beloved cartoon character Peter Puck. In 1995 he was inducted into the media section of the Hockey Hall of Fame and in 2020 he was appointed to the Order of Canada. He lives in Stouffville, Ontario.

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    Inexact Science The Six Most Compelling Draft Years in NHL History Evan Dowbiggin Canada, Bruce Dowbiggin Canada
    9781770415300 Paperback SPORTS & RECREATION / Hockey On Sale Date:October 12, 2021
    $23.95 CAD 6 x 9 in | 264 pages Carton Quantity:1 Canadian Rights: Y ECW Press
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      A fascinating in-depth analysis of six of the NHL’s most interesting drafts

      From Guy Lafleur to Sidney Crosby to Connor McDavid, the annual draft of hockey’s most talented young prospects has long been considered the best route to Stanley Cup glory. Inexact Science delivers the remarkable facts behind the six most captivating NHL Drafts ever staged and explores the lessons learned from guessing hockey horoscopes. How did it change the business of the sport? And where is the draft headed next? The authors answer intriguing questions like: What if Montreal in 1971 had chosen Marcel Dionne No. 1 overall and not Guy Lafleur? How exactly is it that Wayne Gretzky went undrafted? How did the Red Wings turn their franchise around so dramatically in the 1989 Draft? Evan and Bruce Dowbiggin also delve into the controversies, innovative ideas, and plain old bad judgment that’s taken place on the draft floor. Always informative and entertaining, Inexact Science encapsulates the many compelling, wild, and unique stories in five-plus decades of NHL Draft history.

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      Evan Dowbiggin is a sports statistical researcher who runs TSN’s Twitter stats page and has been a part of Sportscentre’s behind-the-scenes team for over a decade. A University of Lethbridge grad, he writes about sports, studies history, and continues to build an extensive music collection. He lives in Toronto with his wife, Hannah, and their dog and cat.

      Bruce Dowbiggin is a bestselling author of over ten books, including Cap in Hand, and Personal Account. He is also a regular contributor to SiriusXM’s Canada Talks, Channel 167, and a two-time winner of the Gemini Award as Canada’s top television sports broadcaster. He lives in Calgary, Alberta.

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    Once a Bitcoin Miner Scandal and Turmoil in the Cryptocurrency Wild West Ethan Lou Canada
    9781770415393 Paperback BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Bitcoin & Cryptocurrencies On Sale Date:October 19, 2021
    $22.95 CAD 5.5 x 8.5 in | 240 pages Carton Quantity:1 Canadian Rights: Y ECW Press
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      A true story. Fast-paced. Immersive. The definitive parable of everything Bitcoin, cryptocurrency, and blockchain.

      There is the Bitcoin story of the headlines, but there is a more important one behind them: tangled plots sprawling like roots deep underground, entire worlds in which we are just passersby. In Once a Bitcoin Miner, journalist and author Ethan Lou takes readers on a richly told first-person narrative through the proverbial cryptocurrency Wild West. From investing in Bitcoin in university to his time writing for Reuters, and then mining the digital asset ? Lou meets the likes of the late Gerald Cotten (of QuadrigaCX) and a co-founder of Ethereum, and hangs out in North Korea with Virgil Griffith, the man later arrested for allegedly teaching blockchain to the totalitarian state.

      Coming of age in the 2008 financial crisis, Lou’s generation has a natural affinity with this rebel internet money, this so-called millennial gold, created in the wake of that economic storm. At once a personal story of adventure and fortune, this book is also a work of journalistic rigor, a deep dive into this domain that everyone hears about, yet which nobody truly knows, into the lives of the fast-talkers, the exiles, the ambitious, and the daring, forging their paths in a new world harsh and unpredictable.

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      Ethan Lou’s Field Notes from a Pandemic was named among the CBC’s best nonfiction of 2020. Lou has written in publications such as the Guardian and the Washington Post. He is a former Reuters reporter and has served as a visiting journalist at the University of British Columbia. Lou first bought Bitcoin in 2013. He lives in Toronto.

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    The “Mr. Big” Sting The Cases, the Killers, the Controversial Confessions Mark Stobbe Canada
    9781770416123 Paperback TRUE CRIME / General On Sale Date:September 28, 2021
    $24.95 CAD 5.5 x 8.5 in | 220 pages Carton Quantity:1 Canadian Rights: Y ECW Press
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      How the police create an imaginary criminal gang to trick homicide suspects into a confession and a prison cell

      There are people in prison who got away with murder until they told the boss of a powerful criminal gang all about it. When the handcuffs were snapped on, the killers learned they’d been duped — that “Mr. Big” was actually an undercover police officer. These killers ended up with lots of time to think about how tricky police can be.

      In this captivating book, we learn why Mr. Big is so good at getting killers to confess — and why he occasionally gets confessions from the innocent as well. We meet murderers such as Michael Bridges, who strangled his girlfriend and buried her in another person’s grave. Bridges remained free until he told Mr. Big where the body was buried. We also meet people like Kyle Unger, who lied while confessing to Mr. Big and went to prison for a crime he did not commit.

      The “Mr. Big” Sting is essential reading for anyone interested in unorthodox approaches to justice, including their successes and failures. It sheds light on how homicide investigators might catch and punish the guilty while avoiding convicting the innocent.

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      Mark Stobbe has a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Saskatchewan and has taught at Keyano College and Okanagan College. He began studying the criminal justice system after being accused and acquitted of the murder of a loved one. Dr. Stobbe now lives and works in Regina, Saskatchewan.

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    9781770416208 Paperback HISTORY / Modern On Sale Date:November 02, 2021
    $24.95 CAD 6 x 9 in | 304 pages Carton Quantity:1 Canadian Rights: Y ECW Press
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      A story made all the more shocking because it’s true.

      In 1880, an organized mob of the Donnellys’ enemies murder four family members and burn their house to the ground. Another sibling is shot to death in a house a short distance away. William Donnelly and a teenage boy are the only witnesses to the murders.

      The surviving family members seek justice through the local courts but quickly learn that their enemies control the jury and the press. Two sensational trials follow that make national and international headlines as the Donnellys continue to pursue justice for their murdered parents, siblings and cousin.

      Behind the scenes, political factors are at play, as Oliver Mowat, the Premier/Attorney General of the province of Ontario, fearing the backlash a conviction would render, gradually withdraws support from the prosecution of the killers. After the trials, the Donnelly’s enemies continue their crusade against the family, paying off potential witnesses to the murders and fabricating one last set of charges that they hope will put the remaining Donnellys away forever.

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      John Little is the bestselling author Who Killed Tom Thomson? He has authored over 40 books on subjects ranging from philosophy and history to exercise and martial arts, in addition to being an award-winning filmmaker. Little is a contributor to Salon.com, the Toronto Star, and has been interviewed by CNN, Canada AM, NPR, A&E, People Magazine, Entertainment Weekly, and the Family Channel. He resides in Bracebridge, Ontario, with his wife, Terri, and children Riley, Taylor, Brandon, and Ben.

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    9781770416291 Paperback HISTORY / Modern On Sale Date:November 02, 2021
    $24.95 CAD 6 x 9 in | 352 pages Carton Quantity:1 Canadian Rights: Y ECW Press
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      A violent family living in violent times.

      In the 1840s, the Donnelly family immigrates from Ireland to the British province of Canada. Almost immediately problems develop as the patriarch of the family is sent to the Kingston Penitentiary for manslaughter, leaving his wife to raise their eight children on her own.

      The children are raised in an incredibly violent community and cultivate a devoted loyalty to their mother and siblings, which often leads to problems with the law and those outside of the family.

      The tensions between the family and their community escalate as the family’s enemies begin to multiply. The brothers go into business running a stagecoach line and repay all acts of violence perpetrated against them, which only worsens the situation.

      Refusing to take a backwards step, the Donnellys stand alone against a growing power base that includes wealthy business interests in the town of Lucan, the local diocese of the Roman Catholic Church, law authorities and a number of their neighbours.

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      John Little is the bestselling author Who Killed Tom Thomson? He has authored over 40 books on subjects ranging from philosophy and history to exercise and martial arts, in addition to being an award-winning filmmaker. Little is a contributor to Salon.com, the Toronto Star, and has been interviewed by CNN, Canada AM, NPR, A&E, People Magazine, Entertainment Weekly, and the Family Channel. He resides in Bracebridge, Ontario, with his wife, Terri, and children Riley, Taylor, Brandon, and Ben.

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    How to Examine a Wolverine More Tales from the Accidental Veterinarian Philipp Schott DVM Canada
    9781770415881 Paperback PETS / Essays & Narratives On Sale Date:September 28, 2021
    $19.95 CAD 5 x 7 in | 200 pages Carton Quantity:1 Canadian Rights: Y ECW Press
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      Crammed with useful info, funny recollections, heartfelt anecdotes, and lots of cute furry creatures, a collection for all animal lovers!

      This collection of over 60 stories and essays, drawn from Dr. Schott’s 30 years in small animal practice, covers an astonishing breadth of experiences, emotions, and species. Schott has tales of creatures ranging from tiny honeybees to massive Burmese pythons, although the emphasis is on dogs and cats and the interesting, often quirky, people who love them. He also doles out advice on current topics such as CBD oil, raw diets, and COVID-19, as well as the mysteries of catnip, dog flatulence, and duck erectile dysfunction. Schott’s candor gives the reader a behind-the-scenes look at a profession that is much admired but often misunderstood. What is it really like to be a veterinarian? More to the point, what is it really like to be a veterinarian when confused pet parents call at 2:00 a.m.? Or when your patient bolts for the road? Or when you’re asked to spay a dog on a resort’s kitchen table? Readers will also learn how to make a sheep sit on its bum and, yes, how to examine a wolverine.

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      Bestselling author of The Accidental Veterinarian and The Willow Wren, Philipp Schott was born in Germany but grew up in Saskatoon. He studied veterinary medicine at the University of Saskatchewan before moving to Winnipeg, where he is now chief of staff at a large pet hospital. He lives with his wife, two teenagers, three cats, and one dog in a creaky old house on the river.

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    Science Goes Viral Captivating Accounts of Science in Everyday Life Dr. Joe Schwarcz Canada
    9781770416505 Paperback SCIENCE / Chemistry On Sale Date:October 26, 2021
    $24.95 CAD 5.5 x 8.25 in | 264 pages Carton Quantity:1 Canadian Rights: Y ECW Press
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      Science has gone viral! In more ways than one.

      Bestselling popular science author Dr. Joe Schwarcz breaks down the science of essential oils, placenta creams, intermittent fasting, and of course the spread of COVID-19 misinformation in this new collection from the master of demarcating non-science from science

      Since we first heard rumblings about a novel type of pneumonia in Wuhan, China, terms like pandemic, spike protein, viral particles, variants, mRNA vaccines, antibodies, hydroxychloroquine, social distancing, immune response, convalescent plasma, aerosol transmission, and of course, face coverings, have entered our everyday vocabulary. The scientific literature has exploded with studies exploring every facet of COVID-19, but unfortunately the “viral” spread of misinformation about the pandemic has also reached epic proportions.

      Science Goes Viral provides a framework for coming to grips with the onslaught of COVID-19 information and misinformation in this ever-changing pandemic. Here, you’ll learn about the first antibodies ever identified, the connection between tonic water and coronavirus, and whether we can zap COVID with copper. And although our thoughts and daily activities have been hijacked by the pandemic, life does go on, as does the pursuit of science. Dr. Joe features his usual array of diverse topics, including biblical dyes, essential oils, Jean Harlow’s hair, Lincoln’s magician, and bioplastics, along with assorted examples of quackery.

      Delving into the many fascinating facets of science can serve as a welcome distraction from the COVID curse. In fact, enchantment with science can also be contagious. Will you be infected?

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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 17 bestselling titles. Dr. Joe lives in Montreal, Quebec.

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    Series: Pop Classics
    Extra Salty Jennifer’s Body Frederick Blichert Canada
    9781770415898 Paperback SOCIAL SCIENCE / Popular Culture On Sale Date:October 05, 2021
    $18.95 CAD 4.75 x 7 in | 152 pages Carton Quantity:1 Canadian Rights: Y ECW Press
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      Megan Fox, a diabolic indie rock band, toxic friendship, fluid sexuality, feminist reckoning, and a literal man-eater in the body of a high school cheerleader: Jennifer’s Body has it all

      Featuring an original interview with director Karyn Kusama

      What would be an easy sell in 2021 — women at the helm (screenwriter Diablo Cody, director Karyn Kusama), a bankable cast (Megan Fox, Amanda Seyfried), and a deceptively complex skewering of gender politics — was a box office flop in 2009. In Extra Salty, Frederick Blichert flips the script on how Jennifer’s Body was labeled a failure to celebrate all that is scrumptious (as Jennifer would say) about it: supernatural horror, dark comedy, queer love, and a nuanced handling of gendered violence. The movie could have been to the aughts what Heathers was to the eighties, and it’s finally getting its due — whether in the flood of tenth-anniversary praise, the parade of Jennifer Halloween costumes, or Halsey’s nod to it (“Killing Boys”) on her platinum-selling album.

      With insight into the genre’s cinematic tropes, our current cultural reckoning with misogyny, and an original interview with director Karyn Kusama, Extra Salty solidifies the status of Jennifer’s Body as a cult classic.

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      Frederick Blichert is a communications specialist and freelance entertainment writer. His writing has appeared in VICE, Paste, Xtra, Senses of Cinema, The Tyee, and more. His first book, a monograph on Joss Whedon’s Serenity, was published by Columbia University Press in 2017. He lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.
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