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    Vegetables: A Love Story 92 Heartwarming Recipes from the Kitchen of Sweetsugarbean Renée Kohlman Canada
    9781771513401 Hardcover COOKING / Specific Ingredients On Sale Date:September 07, 2021
    $45.00 CAD 8 x 10 in | 304 pages Carton Quantity:12 Canadian Rights: Y TouchWood Editions
    • Marketing Copy

      Description

      In this follow-up cookbook to her Taste Canada Gold Winner All the Sweet Things, Renée Kohlman turns her attention to vegetables . . . and her love for a handsome vegetable farmer.

      On Renée Kohlman’s very first date with her partner Dixon, he presented her with a bundle of asparagus. She knew immediately it was love and that her next cookbook would be all about vegetables.

      In 23 chapters organized by vegetable, from that auspicious Asparagus to the reliable Zucchini, Vegetables: A Love Story includes 92 delicious and easy-to-follow vegetable-forward (but not exclusively vegetarian) recipes. Soups, salads, sides, tarts, casseroles, pastas, snacks, and more are accompanied by vivid photography that celebrates both raw ingredients and finished dishes.

      The book is prefaced with a recommended ingredient list for pantry, fridge, and freezer; the author’s favourite kitchen tools; tips for successful cooking and vegetable storage. It also includes seven essays that tell the story of Ren and Dix’s relationship and the significance of vegetables to the life they’ve built together, all delivered with the signature blend of humour and heart that readers of Renée’s blog and newspaper columns have come to love. With a little cajoling she was even able to get Dixon to contribute some of his own insights to the pages. In Renée’s own words, “it’s a love story about food and a food story about love.”

      Bio

      Renée Kohlman is the author of the Taste Canada award-winning cookbook All the Sweet Things (Touchwood Editions, 2017). She’s a professional cook and baker, freelance food writer, and columnist for the Saskatoon StarPhoenix. She also writes a popular food blog, Sweetsugarbean. In the summer you’ll find her in the garden admiring her sweet peas and coaxing her cats down from trees; in the winter she’s curled up with a book and a mug of hot chocolate. Renée lives in Saskatoon.

      Marketing & Promotion

        Media + Publicity:

        • Print features, excerpts, and review coverage in PostMedia (National Post, Vancouver Sun, Ottawa Citizen, Edmonton Journal, Calgary Herald, Montreal Gazette, Windsor Star, Saskatoon StarPhoenix, Regina Leader-Post), Globe and Mail, Chatelaine, Canadian Living, Zoomer, WestJet Magazine, Prairie Books NOW, Western Living
        • Broadcast interviews and coverage on CTV Your Morning (national), Global The Morning Show (national), CTV The Social, Cityline, Eat North Variety Pack, CBC Saskatchewan, CBC Saskatoon, CTV Morning Live Saskatoon, Global Morning Saskatoon
        • Online recipe excerpts in The Daily Meal, Epicurious, Tasting Table, Food Network, EatNorth, QUENCH
        • Outreach to food blogs and bloggers: Brunette Baker, Kitchen Heals Soul, The Kitchen Magpie, Eat Live Travel Write, The Recipe Rebel, Seasons and Suppers, Eating Niagara, Seven Spoons, My Kitchen Love, Culinary Cool, The Lemon Apron, Stems and Forks, Andrea Buckett Cooks, Irene Matys, Food Bloggers of Canada, How to Eat, Ship Shape Worthy, Hetty Lui McKinnon
        • Social Media Strategy for all channels (IG, FB, Twitter):
          • Pre-pub: Cover reveal on Renée and TouchWood Editions List, influencer mailing with hashtag and social channel sharing, one month announcement on TWE, one week announcement on TWE
          • Upon publication: Giveaway on Renée and TWE channels, Recipe excerpts x3-5 with image and method, influencer mailing repost, IG/FB Live cooking demo x3
        • Digital events with Saskatchewan and Prairie Bookstores
        • Potential endorsements from Anna Olson, Claire Tansey, Karlynn Johnston, Aimée Wimbush-Bourque

        Marketing + Promo:

        • National, regional, and subject-specific print features, excerpts, review coverage, broadcast and television interviews
        • Publicity and promotion in conjunction with author's speaking engagements
        • Social media campaigns, blogger outreach, digital collateral for online use
        • Outreach to subject-specific organizations, markets and festivals
        • Festival appearances
        • Regional author tour
        • Excerpts available
        • Electronic blads

        Marketing + Promo Deliverables:

        • Electronic Galley
        • Press release
        • Poster
        • Post cards
        • Social media images / banners

        BISAC Codes:

        • CKB085000 | COOKING / Specific Ingredients / Vegetables
        • CKB127000 | COOKING / Comfort Food

        BISAC Regional Themes:

        • 4.0.0.0.0.0.0 North America
        • 4.0.2.0.0.0.0 Canada
        • 4.0.2.0.12.0.0 Saskatchewan

        BISAC Merchandising Themes:

        • HL180 | HOLIDAY / Valentine's Day
        • HL170 | HOLIDAY / Thanksgiving
        • EV065 | EVENT / Fall
        • EV084 | EVENT / Spring
        • EV086 | EVENT / Summer
        • TP090 | TOPICAL / Women's Interest
        • TP054 | TOPICAL / Gift
    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Reviews

      "This culinary love story of a Prairie girl and her farm boy, with delicious, approachable recipes starring the vegetable bounty of our Prairies, is a must-have cookbook for your kitchen." —Karlynn Johnston, bestselling author of The Prairie Table and Flapper Pie and a Blue Prairie Sky

      “Renee had me at the word vegetables. Factor in her own personal love story and I was smitten. With storage tips, how tos, recipes you can’t wait to make, and absolutely gorgeous photos, you too will fall in love with this book.” —Mairlyn Smith, author of the bestselling Peace, Love and Fibre

      “Kohlman has written a love letter to vegetables that is tender and true. Her recipes will help you gain a deeper understanding of seasonal eating and inspire you to make vegetables the star of every meal. This beautiful cookbook is a celebration of the earth’s bounty—and that dirt wizard, Dixon.” —Aimée Wimbush-Bourque, food blogger and author of The Simple Bites Kitchen

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    Menno-Nightcaps Cocktails Inspired by that Odd Ethno-Religious Group You Keep Mistaking for the Amish, Quakers or Mormons S. L. Klassen Canada, Michael Hepher Canada
    9781771513586 Hardcover COOKING / Beverages On Sale Date:September 07, 2021
    $26.00 CAD 6 x 8 in | 176 pages Carton Quantity:20 Canadian Rights: Y TouchWood Editions
    • Marketing Copy

      Description

      A satirical cocktail book featuring seventy-seven cocktail recipes accompanied by arcane trivia on Mennonite history, faith, and cultural practices.

      At last, you think, a book of cocktails that pairs punny drinks with Mennonite history! Yes, cocktail enthusiast and author of the popular Drunken Mennonite blog Sherri Klassen is here to bring some Low German love to your bar cart. Drinks like Brandy Anabaptist, Migratarita, Thrift Store Sour, and Pimm’s Cape Dress are served up with arcane trivia on Mennonite history, faith, and cultural practices.

      Arranged by theme, the book opens with drinks inspired by the Anabaptists of sixteenth-century Europe (Bloody Martyr, anyone?), before moving on to religious beliefs and practices (a little like going to a bar after class in Seminary, but without actually going to class). The third chapter toasts the Mennonite history of migration (Old Piña Colony), and the fourth is all about the trappings of Mennonite cultural identity (Singalong Sling).

      With seventy-seven recipes, ripping satire, comical illustrations, a cocktails-to-mocktails chapter for the teetotallers, and instructions on scaling up for barn-raisings and funerals, it’s just the thing for the Mennonite, Menno-adjacent, or merely Menno-curious home mixologist.

      Bio

      S. L. Klassen writes, attends Mennonite functions, and drinks cocktails in Toronto, Ontario. She has a PhD in history and a lifetime of experience with Mennonites. In 2013, she began a Mennonite humour and cocktail blog called The Drunken Mennonite. It has all been downhill ever since.



      Michael Hepher is an illustrator, printmaker, and oil painter. A versatile artist in many mediums, Michael has to his credit a wide variety of exhibitions, public art projects, and commissions. He lives and works in Fernie, BC, where he operates Clawhammer Press.

      Marketing & Promotion

        Media + Publicity:

        • Print features, excerpts, and review coverage in PostMedia (National Post, Edmonton Journal, Calgary Herald, Windsor Star, Saskatoon StarPhoenix, Regina Leader-Post), Food and Drink, WestJet Magazine, Imbibe Magazine, Poured Magazine, Winnipeg Free Press, Journal for Mennonite Writing, Conrad Grebel Review, Canadian Mennonite, KW Record
        • Broadcast interviews and coverage on CTV Your Morning (national), Global The Morning Show (national), CTV The Social, Cityline, Eat North Variety Pack, CBC Kitchener-Waterloo, CBC Manitoba, CBC Saskatchewan, KMUW (Wichita, KS)
        • Outreach to bloggers and podcasts: The Daily Bonnet, Just Plain Wrong, Mennotoba blog
        • Social Media Strategy for all channels (IG, FB, Twitter):
          • Pre-pub: Cover and Artwork reveal on The Drunken Menno and TWE, one month announcement, one week announcement
          • Upon pub: Announcement post, Giveaway in conjunction with Mennonite Heritage Week, recipe excerpt with image and method x3, FB/IG Live cocktail making workshop
        • Fostering word-of-mouth with Facebook advertisements directed towards Mennonite communities
        • Direct marketing to author’s Mennonite community and family connections in Ontario and Manitoba
        • Giveaway and promotion via social media and 49th Shelf
        • Releasing to coincide with Mennonite Heritage Week, Sept 6-10, 2021

        Marketing + Promo:

        • National, regional, and subject-specific print features, excerpts, review coverage, broadcast and television interviews
        • Social media campaigns, blogger outreach, digital collateral for online use
        • Publicity and promotion in conjunction with author's speaking engagements
        • Outreach to subject-specific organizations, markets and festivals
        • Excerpts available
        • Electronic blads

        Marketing + Promo Deliverables:

        • Electronic Galley
        • Press release
        • Poster
        • Post cards
        • Social media images / banners

        BISAC Codes:

        • CKB006000 | COOKING / Beverages / Alcoholic / Bartending and Cocktails
        • CKB130000 | COOKING / Beverages / Alcoholic / Spirits
        • REL043000 | RELIGION / Christianity / Mennonite

        BISAC Regional Themes:

        • 4.0.0.0.0.0.0 North America
        • 4.0.2.1.0.0.0 Prairies

        BISAC Merchandising Themes:

        • EV050 | EVENT / Birthday
        • EV080 | EVENT / Graduation
        • EV100 | EVENT / Wedding
        • HL010 | HOLIDAY / Christmas
        • HL180 | HOLIDAY / Valentine's Day
        • TP054 | TOPICAL / Gift

    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Reviews
      "As a good Mennonite, I cannot publicly admit to tasting these cocktail recipes myself, but I fully acknowledge this work as a delightful collection that is a pleasure to read. S. L. Klassen has given us the Alice B. Toklas Cook Book of the Mennonite world." —Andrew Unger, author of The Daily Bonnet and Once Removed
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    The Little Prairie Book of Berries Recipes for Saskatoons, Sea Buckthorn, Haskap Berries and More Sheryl Normandeau Canada, Tree Abraham, Meryl Hulse
    9781771513425 Paperback COOKING / Specific Ingredients Publication Date:November 02, 2021
    $25.00 CAD 6 x 9 in | 192 pages Carton Quantity:20 Canadian Rights: Y TouchWood Editions
    • Marketing Copy

      Description

      A celebration of some of the lesser-known berries local to the prairie region, including sea buckthorn, haskap, saskatoons, currants, sour cherries, and chokecherries.

      This little cookbook is all about the berries and small fruits grown in prairie gardens, gathered from U-pick farms, and foraged in the wild. Home cook and accomplished gardener Sheryl Normandeau presents 65 recipes for everything from meat, poultry, and fish dishes, vegetable and grain dishes, to desserts, baked goods, beverages, and preserves (including fruit leather). If you’ve ever gathered some of these favourite prairie berries and then wondered what to make, with Normandeau’s help you’ll soon have no trouble putting them to use in easy, fun, and flavourful recipes like:

      • Sea Buckthorn Berry and Earl Grey Tea Cocktail
      • Pan-Fried Salmon with Sea Buckthorn Berry Sauce
      • Saskatoon Berry Cream Puffs
      • Currant Meringue Cookies
      • Haskap Beet Dark Chocolate Brownies
      • Baked Brie with Chokecherry Drizzle
      • Chokecherry Rosewater Jelly

      Beautifully illustrated, the book also includes instructions for how to make and process jams and jellies, tips for storing and drying berries, and guidelines for successful foraging. Whether you’re new to the prairie region’s flora or have a stockpile of fond roadside berry-picking memories, it’s the perfect go-to and gift.

      Bio

      Sheryl Normandeau is a life-long gardener, and holds a Prairie Horticulture Certificate and a Sustainable Urban Agriculture Certificate. She is a freelance writer specializing in gardening writing with hundreds of articles published. She is a regular contributor The Gardener for Canadian Climates, The Prairie Garden Annual, Herb Quarterly, and many more. She lives in Calgary.





      Marketing & Promotion

        Media + Publicity:

        • Print features, excerpts, and review coverage in PostMedia (Edmonton Journal, Calgary Herald, Saskatoon StarPhoenix, Regina Leader-Post), Globe and Mail, Cherry Bombe, Canadian Living, Zoomer, WestJet Magazine, Prairie Books NOW, Western Living
        • Broadcast interviews and coverage on CBC Saskatchewan, CBC Manitoba, CBC Calgary – Homestretch, CBC Alberta, Eat North Variety Pack
        • Outreach to bloggers and podcasts: Slow Food Canada, Food Bloggers of Canada, The Magpie Kitchen, A Canadian Foodie, Eat Live Travel Write, Sweetsugarbean, Life Without Lemons
        • Social Media Strategy for all channels (IG, FB, Twitter):
          • Pre-pub: Cover reveal on TWE, one month announcement, one week announcement
          • Upon publication: On-sale Announcement, recipe excerpts showcasing different berries (one for each), giveaway on TWE
        • Promote local tourism and staycations through Tourism Saskatchewan, Travel Manitoba, local prairie berry farms
        • Partner with Prairie Berries
        • Giveaway and promotion via social media and 49th Shelf

        Marketing + Promo:

        • National, regional, and subject-specific print features, excerpts and review coverage
        • Social media campaigns, blogger outreach, digital collateral for online use
        • Outreach to subject-specific organizations, markets and festivals
        • Outreach to travel and tourism organizations
        • Festival appearances
        • Excerpts available
        • Electronic blads

        Marketing + Promo Deliverables:

        • Electronic Galley
        • Press release
        • Poster
        • Post cards
        • Social media images / banners

        BISAC Codes:

        • CKB035000 | COOKING / Specific Ingredients / Fruit
        • NAT045020 | NATURE / Ecosystems and Habitats / Plains and Prairies

        BISAC Regional Themes:

        • 4.0.2.1.0.0.0 Prairies

        BISAC Merchandising Themes:

        • EV084 | EVENT / Spring
        • EV086 | EVENT / Summer
        • HL010 | HOLIDAY / Christmas
        • HL130 | HOLIDAY / Mother's Day
        • TP054 | TOPICAL / Gift
    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Reviews
      “I’m so excited to have a book focused on some of my favourite prairie ingredients—haskaps! Sea buckthorn! Saskatoons! Chokecherries! Sheryl provides direction on how to identify, harvest, store and preserve them all, followed by a plethora of useful recipes, from cakes to cocktails. And I love the illustrations so much I want to tear them out and hang them on my kitchen wall—perhaps I need a second copy!” —Julie Van Rosendaal, cookbook author and food columnist for the Globe & Mail and CBC Radio’s The Calgary Eyeopener
  • 4
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    9781771513609 Paperback COOKING / Beverages On Sale Date:October 05, 2021
    $20.00 CAD 4.25 x 7 in | 144 pages Carton Quantity:80 Canadian Rights: Y TouchWood Editions
    • Marketing Copy

      Description

      A perfect pocket guide that collects 50 of the most seek-worthy wines in BC from the wine expert who’s tried them all.

      In this handy portable guide to the top 50 British Columbia wines under $50 a bottle, wine expert Luke Whittall abandons the usual language of tasting notes in favour of a more personalized, approachable style, focusing on experiences, good company, and where a wine might take your thoughts.

      As a wine industry professional, Whittall found himself inspired more by the way non-professionals talk about wine than the “hints of fresh cherries, dried herbs, and soupçons of eucalyptus” style often favoured in traditional wine writing. Sipster’s Pocket Guide describes the experiences bound up in the tasting of 50 of the most amazing wines this province has produced, including reds, whites, rosés, sparkling, and dessert wines.

      With its emphasis on affordability and personal experience, rather than vintner and vintage specifics, Whittall’s guide reads less like the average wine fare and more like tips from a funny, candid friend. Before you head to the liquor store to deliberate over your next sip, take a glance through Sipster’s.

      Bio

      Luke Whittall has worked in cellars, vineyards, and wine shops since 2005 and is currently a wine instructor at Okanagan College. His first book, Valleys of Wine: A Taste of British Columbia’s Wine History was published in 2019 and he co-authored The Okanagan Wine Tour Guide with John Schreiner in 2020. He lives in Okanagan Falls, BC.

      Marketing & Promotion

        Media + Publicity:

        • Print features, excerpts, and review coverage in Globe and Mail, Zoomer Magazine, Food and Drink, Vancouver Sun, Vancouver Province, Calgary Herald, Western Living, EAT, BC Magazine, BC Lifestyle, Savour, Vines magazine, Taste magazine, BC Food and Wine Trails, Kelowna Daily Courier, Kelowna Cap News, Oliver Daily News, Penticton Western News, Penticton Herald, Castanet, Scout, WestJet Magazine, Montecristo, LUXE Magazine
        • Broadcast interviews and coverage on Global Morning Show Vancouver, CTV Your Morning Vancouver, BC Food and Wine Radio with Anthony Gismondi, CBC’s Kelowna Daybreak, CBC’s Radio West, CBC’s BC Today, CBC’s North by Northwest, Tasting Room Radio with Terry David Mulligan
        • Outreach to regional Okanagan- and Vancouver Island-based wine tour groups
        • Outreach to wine-focused groups and people: BC Wine Appreciation Society, Okanagan Wine Festival Society, Silk + Coupe (Laura Milnes), InWine, uncorkBC, Foodie Pages, Into the Vineyard, The Wine Sisters, BC Vine Living, Wine Adventures, International Wine and Food Society blog, The Wine Economist, Natalie MacLean Wine Reviews, Alexandra Gill, VancouverScape, Girls Go Grape, Wine Diva, Joanne Sasvari
        • Direct marketing to the 50 wineries featured in the book
        • Social Media Strategy for all channels (IG, FB, Twitter):
          • Pre-pub: Cover reveal on Wine Country BC (author social) and TWE tagging wineries featured for cross-promo, one month announcement, one week announcement
          • Upon publication: On-sale Announcement tagging wineries features for cross-promo, Online Q+A wine suggestions with author
        • Giveaway and promotion via social media and 49th Shelf
        • Potential endorsements from John Schreiner, Sandra Oldfield, Brian Glaum (BC Wine Appreciation Society), Tim Pawsey, Shelley Boetcher (CBC National Wine Expert)

        Marketing + Promo:

        • National, regional, and subject-specific print features, excerpts and review coverage
        • Social media campaigns, blogger outreach, digital collateral for online use
        • Outreach to subject-specific organizations, markets and festivals
        • Outreach to travel and tourism organizations
        • Festival appearances
        • Excerpts available
        • Electronic blads

        Marketing + Promo Deliverables:

        • Electronic Galley
        • Press release
        • Poster
        • Post cards
        • Social media images / banners

        BISAC Codes:

        • CKB126000 | COOKING / Beverages / Alcoholic / Wine

        BISAC Regional Themes:

        • 4.0.2.0.0.0.0 Canada
        • 4.0.2.0.2.0.0 British Columbia
        • 4.0.2.0.2.2.0 Vancouver Island

        BISAC Merchandising Themes:

        • TP054 | TOPICAL / Gift
    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Reviews

      "The perfect go-to guide for those looking to sip and savour the province’s best and brightest releases." —Vancouver Sun

      "This may be the most original wine book you will read this year. Luke Whittall’s iconoclastic tasting notes offer a new and thoroughly refreshing way to approach British Columbia wines." —John Schreiner, Canada's most prolific wine writer

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    Vancouver’s Most Haunted Supernatural Encounters in BC's Terminal City Ian Gibbs Canada
    9781771513180 Paperback BODY, MIND & SPIRIT / Supernatural (incl. Ghosts) On Sale Date:September 07, 2021
    $20.00 CAD 5.5 x 8.5 in | 192 pages Carton Quantity:20 Canadian Rights: Y TouchWood Editions
    • Marketing Copy

      Description

      In his new collection of ghost stories, Ian Gibbs combs the Terminal City for its spooks and apparitions, from Gastown to Grouse Mountain, West Van to New West.

      In his new collection of ghost stories, ghost-walk guide and podcaster Ian Gibbs investigates the greater Vancouver area in search of the city’s paranormal. These thirty stories cover more famous hauntings like Waterfront Station and the Orpheum Theatre as well as private houses and the apartments of friends and readers. Gibbs’s research style balances history, personal experience, and input from residents, employees, local mediums, and paranormal experts. Among others, you’ll learn about

      • the footsteps at the Irish Heather
      • the spirited tunnels at Riverview
      • the pranksters of Hycroft Manor
      • the haunted washrooms at the Alibi Room
      • the ghost of Grace Ceperley at Fairacres Mansion
      • the murmurings at the Cannery
      • and “The Tall” and “The Small” of the Royal Crown Castle

      From Gastown to Grouse Mountain, West Van to New West, Gibbs combs the Terminal City for its apparitions and presents his findings in a conversational style that meets readers where they are, whether history enthusiast, interested skeptic, or supernaturally sensitive.

      Bio

      Ian Gibbs was born in the United Kingdom and emigrated to Canada when he was young. He has a passion for history and the paranormal, and has always been fascinated by storytelling, ghosts, and hauntings. He lived in several city centres across the country before settling in Victoria—arguably one of the most haunted places in Canada—where he acts as a guide for Victoria’s popular Ghostly Walks tours. He is the creator and host of the podcast Ghosts 'n Bears, and author of Victoria’s Most Haunted: Ghost Stories of BC’s Historic Capital City and Vancouver’s Most Haunted: Supernatural Encounters in BC’s Terminal City.

      Marketing & Promotion

        Media + Publicity:

        • Print features, excerpts, and review coverage in Vancouver Sun, BC Magazine, BC Bookworld, BC Living, Georgia Straight, The Province, The Pacific Rim Review of Books, The Orsmby Review, Vancouver Is Awesome, Vancouver Magazine, Monday Magazine, Montecristo Magazine, Superstitious Times
        • Broadcast interviews and coverage on CBC BC, CBC North by Northwest, CBC On the Coast, CityNews Vancouver, CKNW Vancouver, CTV Morning Live Vancouver, Global Morning News Vancouver, CKWX News
        • Social Media Strategy for all channels (IG, FB, Twitter):
          • Pre-pub: Cover reveal on @GhostStoryGuy (author social) and TWE, one month announcement, one week announcement
          • Upon publication: On-sale Announcement, Social videos of author readings
        • Giveaway and promotion via social media, focusing on Halloween time 49th Shelf, Lambda Literary, BookRiot
        • Potential blurbs from Barbara Smith (ghost story author), Mike Browne (co-host of the Dark Poutine podcast)

        Marketing + Promo:

        • Regional and subject-specific print features, excerpts, review coverage, broadcast and television interviews
        • Social media campaigns, blogger outreach, digital collateral for online use
        • Publicity and promotion in conjunction with author's speaking engagements
        • Outreach to subject-specific organizations, markets and festivals
        • Excerpts available
        • Electronic ARCs

        Marketing + Promo Deliverables:

        • Electronic Galley
        • Press release
        • Poster
        • Post cards
        • Social media images / banners

        BISAC Codes:

        • OCC023000 | BODY, MIND and SPIRIT / Supernatural (incl. Ghosts)
        • OCC029000 | BODY, MIND and SPIRIT / Unexplained Phenomena

        BISAC Regional Themes:

        • 4.0.2.0.2.1.0 Vancouver

        BISAC Merchandising Themes:

        • HL070 | HOLIDAY / Halloween
    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Reviews

      "Ian Gibbs has done it again! Vancouver’s Most Haunted is full to the brim with spooky, spine-tingling, supernatural tales. He’s once again found the perfect balance of history and mystery; sure to intrigue readers everywhere, especially those who think they know the huge, vibrant city of Vancouver. You’re in for a treat with Gibbs’s intriguing and well-researched book.” —Barbara Smith, author of Great Canadian Ghost Stories, Ghostly Campfire Stories of Western Canada, and Campfire Stories from Coast to Coast

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    All the Quiet Places A Novel Brian Thomas Isaac Canada
    9781990071027 Paperback FICTION / Indigenous On Sale Date:October 12, 2021
    $22.00 CAD 5.5 x 8.5 in | 288 pages Carton Quantity:20 Canadian Rights: Y Brindle & Glass
    • Marketing Copy

      Description

      An Indigo Top 100 Book of 2021
      An Indigo Top 10 Best Canadian Fiction Book of 2021

      "What a welcome debut. Young Eddie Toma's passage through the truly ugly parts of this world is met, like an antidote, or perhaps a compensation, by his remarkable awareness of its beauty. This is a writer who understands youth, and how to tell a story." —Gil Adamson, winner of the Writers' Trust Fiction Prize for Ridgerunner

      Brian Isaac's powerful debut novel All the Quiet Places is the coming-of-age story of Eddie Toma, an Indigenous (Syilx) boy, told through the young narrator's wide-eyed observations of the world around him.

      It's 1956, and six-year-old Eddie Toma lives with his mother, Grace, and his little brother, Lewis, near the Salmon River on the far edge of the Okanagan Indian Reserve in the British Columbia Southern Interior. Grace, her friend Isabel, Isabel's husband Ray, and his nephew Gregory cross the border to work as summer farm labourers in Washington state. There Eddie is free to spend long days with Gregory exploring the farm: climbing a hill to watch the sunset and listening to the wind in the grass. The boys learn from Ray's funny and dark stories. But when tragedy strikes, Eddie returns home grief-stricken, confused, and lonely.

      Eddie's life is governed by the decisions of the adults around him. Grace is determined to have him learn the ways of the white world by sending him to school in the small community of Falkland. On Eddie"s first day of school, as he crosses the reserve boundary at the Salmon River bridge, he leaves behind his world. Grace challenges the Indian Agent and writes futile letters to Ottawa to protest the sparse resources in their community. His father returns to the family after years away only to bring chaos and instability. Isabel and Ray join them in an overcrowded house. Only in his grandmother's company does he find solace and true companionship.

      In his teens, Eddie's future seems more secure—he finds a job, and his long-time crush on his white neighbour Eva is finally reciprocated. But every time things look up, circumstances beyond his control crash down around him. The cumulative effects of guilt, grief, and despair threaten everything Eddie has ever known or loved.

      All the Quiet Places is the story of what can happen when every adult in a person's life has been affected by colonialism; it tells of the acute separation from culture that can occur even at home in a loved familiar landscape. Its narrative power relies on the unguarded, unsentimental witness provided by Eddie.

      Bio

      Brian Thomas Isaac was born in 1950 on the Okanagan Indian Reserve, situated in south central British Columbia. As a teenager he had a short career riding bulls in local rodeos until common sense steered him away, then went on to work in the Northern Alberta oil fields and retired as a bricklayer. Writing is something he has done all of his life. A lover of sports, Brian has coached minor hockey and played slow-pitch, and when he’s not spending time with his three grandchildren you can find him on the golf course. He lives with his wife in the Salmon River Valley near Falkland, BC. All the Quiet Places is Brian’s first book.

      Marketing & Promotion

        Media + Publicity:

        • Print features, excerpts and review coverage in Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, Quill and Quire, Literary Review of Canada, This Magazine, Kirkus Reviews, Publishers Weekly, Shelf Awareness Readers, Booklist, Forward Reviews, Library Journal, CBC Books, Georgia Straight, Winnipeg Free Press, Capilano Review, Geist, Event Magazine, Hamilton Review of Books, Brick Magazine, The Walrus, Zoomer Magazine, Reader’s Digest, Broken Pencil, Malahat Review, subTerrain, IndigiNews, The Tyee
        • Broadcast interviews and coverage on APTN, CTV Your Morning (national), Global The Morning Show (national), CBC The Next Chapter, CBC BC, CBC Vancouver, CBC Syndication
        • Social Media Strategy for all channels (IG, FB, Twitter):
          • Pre-pub: Cover reveal on TWE, one month announcement, one week announcement, audiobook sampler
          • Upon publication: On-sale announcement cross-promo with indie bookshops, giveaway
        • Confirmed festival appearances: Whistler Writers Festival, Summerland Ryga Arts Festival
        • Festivals considering appearances Vancouver Writers Festival, Winnipeg Thin Air Festival, Toronto International Festival of Authors, Word on the Street Toronto, Sunshine Coast Festival of Authors, The Festival of Literary Diversity, Eden Mills Writers Fest, Kingston Writers Festival
        • Blurbers agreed to read: Claire Cameron, Waubgeshig Rice, Richard Van Camp, Drew Hayden Taylor

        Marketing + Promo:

        • National, regional, and subject-specific print features, excerpts and review coverage
        • Social media campaigns, blogger outreach, digital collateral for online use
        • Outreach to subject-specific organizations, markets and festivals
        • Festival appearances
        • Excerpts available
        • Electronic ARCs

        Marketing + Promo Deliverables:

        • Electronic Galley
        • Press release
        • Poster
        • Social media images / banners

        BISAC Codes:

        • FIC059000 | FICTION / Indigenous
        • FIC043000 | FICTION / Coming of Age
        • FIC082000 | FICTION / Own Voices

        BISAC Regional Themes:

        • 4.0.2.0.0.0.0 Canada
        • 4.0.2.0.2.0.0 British Columbia

        BISAC Merchandising Themes:

        • ET150 | CULTURAL HERITAGE / Native American
    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Reviews

      An Indigo Top 100 Book of 2021
      An Indigo Top 10 Best Canadian Fiction Book of 2021

      "What a welcome debut. Young Eddie Toma's passage through the truly ugly parts of this world is met, like an antidote, or perhaps a compensation, by his remarkable awareness of its beauty. This is a writer who understands youth, and how to tell a story." —Gil Adamson is the winner of the Writers' Trust Fiction Prize for Ridgerunner

      "All the Quiet Places is a deftly crafted, evocative story about the trials of growing up Indigenous. Brian Thomas Isaac's characters are complex, relatable, and overall, beautifully human." —Waubgeshig Rice is the bestselling author of Moon of the Crusted Snow

      "All the Quiet Places is the kind of novel that works its way into your soul. Essentially, it's a tale of childhood, all the wonders and tragedies, that befall a young boy on an Okanagan Reserve in the middle of the last century. Familiar, yet unique, Eddie's story will captivate the reader. The best compliment I could bestow on this book is. . . I wish it was one or two chapters longer. I wanted more." —Drew Hayden Taylor is from the Curve Lake First Nation and is the author of many books including Chasing Painted Horses

      "On par with the brilliance of James Welch's Winter in The Blood and Ruby Slipperjack's Little Voice, Brian Thomas Isaac has given us a startling read that'll live wire your soul and haunt you for a good long while. Pure brilliance. Wow." —Richard Van Camp is the author of The Lesser Blessed and Moccasin Square Gardens

      “A debut like no other . . . beautifully written . . . [Isaac has] a tremendous attention to detail.” —Carol Off, CBC’s As it Happens

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