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    Leonard, Marianne, and Me Magical Summers on Hydra Judy Scott
    9781493059768 Hardcover BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Music Publication Date:July 01, 2021
    $35.95 CAD 5.5 x 7.25 in | 264 pages Carton Quantity:1 Canadian Rights: Y Backbeat
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      Leonard, Marianne, and Me chronicles forty years of Judy Scott's frequent summers on the Greek island of Hydra with a diverse artistic community and her friendship with singer-songwriter and poet Leonard Cohen and his legendary muse Marianne Ihlen. This memoir, based on Scott’s notebooks and journals, includes incidents in their lives and their relationship to one another—at a point when it was changing forever—that have never been discussed before. As Cohen himself observed of this book when Scott sent the manuscript to him for his approval: "I particularly admire the detail and honesty of the piece." One of the more unique features in this recounting is the emerging acknowledgment the author confronts of her own sexuality, as she writes: "It did not take long for Leonard to recognize that I was more attracted to Marianne than I was to him, though I came to love him too in the end." The book also describes Hydra in the early 1970s in great detail—a unique place filled with astonishing physical beauty and an incomparable atmosphere of serenity and peaceful energy. The island contained a small foreign community of like-minded creative souls, artists, musicians, writers, and their supporters and admirers. As Scott explains, "Hydra in the late '60s and early '70s was at its creative zenith. Like Paris in the '30s, Harlem in the '40s, Greenwich Village in the '50s, San Francisco in the '60s—Hydra in the '70s was the place to be." The memoir, though it centers on Scott's most important, most impactful interactions with Leonard and Marianne, also contains several portraits of other Hydra habitués, all members of the same small ex-pat community, all close friends (and occasional lovers) of Leonard and Marianne, all uniquely interesting in their own right. Leonard, Marianne and Me is a story of a special time, place, and cast of characters—a travelogue of an enchanted island as it was back then and still is to this day, backlit by the glow of Leonard Cohen and his muse, Marianne.
      Judy Scott, originally born and raised in New Jersey, now lives in Los Angeles with her spouse, Monika. Scott worked for many years at the highest levels of the independent film production and distribution business while raising her daughter, Torie. The projects she was associated with garnered numerous awards, and in 2005 Scott helped launch the first-ever LGBT cable TV network as a senior acquisitions and business affairs executive. She returns to Hydra often.
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    Charlotte Delbo A Life Reclaimed Ghislaine Dunant, Kathryn M. Lachman
    9781625345783 Paperback BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Literary Figures Publication Date:May 28, 2021
    $30.95 CAD 152.4 x 228.6 x 30.48 mm | 660 gr | 472 pages Carton Quantity:1 Canadian Rights: Y University of Massachusetts Press
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      In 1943, Charlotte Delbo and 229 other women were deported to a station with no name, which they later learned was Auschwitz. Arrested for resisting the Nazi occupation of Paris, Delbo was sent to the camps, enduring both Auschwitz and Ravensbrück for twenty-seven months. There, she, her fellow deportees, and millions of others were subjected to slave labor and nearly succumbed to typhus, dysentery, and hunger. She sustained herself by reciting Molière and resolved to someday write a book about herself and her fellow deportees, a stunning work called None of Us Will Return. After the camps, Delbo devoted her life to the art of writing and the duty of witnessing, fiercely advocating for the power of the arts to testify against despotism and tyranny.

      Ghislaine Dunant’s unforgettable biography of Delbo, La vie retrouvée (2016), captivated French readers and was awarded the Prix Femina. Now translated into English for the first time, Charlotte Delbo: A Life Reclaimed depicts Delbo’s lifelong battles as a working-class woman, as a survivor, as a leftist who broke from the Communist Party, and most of all, as a writer whose words compelled others to see.
      Ghislaine Dunant is the author of five books, among them Brazen and Un effondrement, winner of the Michel Dentan Prize. Kathryn M. Lachman is associate professor of comparative literature at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
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    The Shapeless Unease A Year of Not Sleeping Samantha Harvey
    9780802148834 Paperback BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Personal Memoirs On Sale Date:May 28, 2021
    $23.50 CAD 5 x 7.25 x 0 in | 10 gr | 192 pages Carton Quantity:1 Canadian Rights: Y Grove Press
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      This genre-defying debut memoir by Betty Trask Prize winner, Samantha Harvey, weaves a tapestry of confessional anguish, flash fiction, cathartic poetry, and feverish observations on politics and psychology in a transcendent search for reality and truth.

      In 2016, Samantha Harvey began to lose sleep. She tried everything to appease her wakefulness: from medication to therapy, changes in her diet to changes in her living arrangements. Nothing seemed to help.

      The Shapeless Unease is Harvey’s darkly funny and deeply intelligent anatomy of her insomnia, an immersive interior monologue of a year without one of the most basic human needs. Original and profound, and narrated with a lucid breathlessness, this is a startlingly insightful exploration of memory, writing and influence, death and the will to survive, from “this generation’s Virginia Woolf” (Telegraph).

      Samantha Harvey is the author ofThe Wilderness,All Is Song,Dear Thief, andThe Western Wind. Her work has been longlisted for the Bailey’s Prize and the Man Booker, and finalist for the James Tait Black Award, the Orange Prize, the Guardian First Book Award and the Walter Scott Prize.The Wilderness won the Betty Trask Award in 2009. She teaches Creative Writing at Bath Spa University.
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      Praise forThe Shapeless Unease

      AnAmazon Best Book of the Month
      Named One ofLit Hub's Most Anticipated Books of 2020

      "To read Harvey is to grow spoiled on gorgeous phrases; she’s an author you want to encounter with pencil in hand."—Katy Waldman,New Yorker

      "Both cools and warms, lofts and lulls, settling gradually on its inhabitant with an ethereal solidity." —New York Times Book Review

      “[A] profound, earthshaking memoir… This memoir churns deep in the soul. Here is a talented writer plumbing her personal experience as deeply as she can. The results are staggeringly beautiful.” —Shelf Awareness

      "Sleeplessness gets the Susan Sontag illness-as-metaphor treatment in this pensive, compact, lyrical inquiry into the author's nighttime demons. An exquisitely rendered voyage into the "shapelessness of a life without sleep, where days merge unbounded."" —Kirkus

      “[M]asterful and captivating... At once intensely personal and universal ” —Booklist

      "[A]n unmissable memoir of the restless depths of insomnia, and a lyrical new insight into the very essence of our lives." —Foyles

      The Shapeless Unease is a masterpiece, so good I can hardly breathe. I’m completely floored by it.”—Helen Macdonald

      ‘"What a spectacularly good book. It is so controlled and yet so wild. One of the best books I’ve read about writing. One of the best books I’ve read about swimming. One of the best books I’ve read about mourning. And easily one of the truest and best books I’ve read about what it’s like to be alive now, in this country.’ —Max Porter

      “This book felt enormous to me, mercurial, devastating, seeming to grapple with the nature of everything in a manner so compelling it is impossible not to be swept along. A book to return to again and again.”—Daisy Johnson, author of Booker Prize-nominatedEverything Under

      “An explosive wallop of a book and a glorious portrait of a beautiful mind.The Shapeless Unease is bright and electrifying, completely reasoned and wildly unhinged. Reading it, I feel on precipice-edge while also knowing I’m in the safest of intellectual hands.” —Jamie Quatro

      "‘It's funny, sad, wry, always worrying away at the mystery of sleep and its absence and finding endless new angles so that the whole has something of the quality of those waking dreams that haunt the insomniac and are her private country. There's also something unrefined, raw and spontaneous about the writing that I found hugely appealing."—Andrew Miller

      The Shapeless Unease captures the essence of fractious emotions – anxiety, fear, grief, rage – in prose so elegant, so luminous, it practically shines from the page. Harvey is a hugely talented writer, and this is a book to relish.” — Sarah Waters

      “How can a book about a sensual deprivation be so sensuous and so full? Gritty with particulars, concrete and substantial even when it is most philosophical and far-reaching. I loved reading it before I fell asleep every night – it seemed to give my sleep resonance and poetry. What a beautiful book.”—Tessa Hadley

      “A small miracle of a book. A profound meditation on language and loss and time, and on how we construct ourselves through stories. Sam Harvey is the most exceptionally gifted of authors, and here she demonstrates that she can literally do anything.”—Nathan Filer

      "I am still shuddering, almost, from the beautiful, beautiful writing and its broken, angry, vibrant demand – a dare almost – to accept life, and brave it, with all it brings." —Cynan Jones

      "[A] raw and unsettling account of 12 months of inexplicable insomnia… And beautifully, if unsettlingly, Harvey captures the roiling exhaustion, the fuggy disbelief and irrational anger of this newly uncertain state when “the world becomes profoundly unsafe” and the boundaries between the inner and outer self start to blur… Readers looking for their own cure will instead find an erudite companion to help them through the dark times." —Sunday Times UK

      "Poetic, visceral…The Shapeless Unease contains many beautiful and poignant passages about the human will to keep on living. Even in her most ragged moments [Harvey] can’t help but exult in what Philip Larkin calls “the million-petalled flower of being here”. Awake at 3am, she realises: “That’s the trick of life — it seems so abundant, and even while we’re watching it die all around us it’s whispering in our ears sweet nothings of plenitude.” Harvey’s imagery casts a spell." —The Times UK

      "[A] patchwork quilt of conversations, memories, encounters and musings, the fruits of a mind so electrically alert that no drug seems to numb or quiet it… The lurching around from subject to subject, and from memory to memory, makes it feel as if we, too, are in Harvey’s sleep-starved brain, wandering with her into existential dark woods and feeling the crackle of every synapse. It’s an extraordinary journey, but it’s also mesmerising. Harvey writes with hypnotic power and poetic precision about – well, about everything: grief, pain, memory, family, the night sky, a lake at sunset, what it means to dream and what it means to suffer and survive… The big surprise is that this book about ‘shapeless unease’ is, in the end, a glittering, playful and, yes, joyful celebration of that glorious gift of glorious life." —Daily Mail UK

      "Although Harvey writes with a hefty dose of self-deprecating humour, she quickly makes it clear that insomnia is no laughing matter… She writes brilliantly about the sort of thoughts that plague the insomniac at night… Harvey’s accounts of [GP] consultations, perhaps the best things in the book, are a masterly dramatization of the doctor-patient dynamic… [She] has certainly proved that insomnia, as much as any of the more obviously nasty diseases, might be as worth a subjectof literature as love, battle or jealousy, and at its best, her book rises to that level." —Telegraph UK

      Praise for Samantha Harvey:

      “An intelligent and audacious writer.”â??Minneapolis Star-Tribune

      “Writing of the highest quality.”Wall Street Journal

      “One of the UK’s most exquisite stylists.”Guardian

      “Indubitably intelligent, Harvey’s prose is also quite simply ravishing.”—Telegraph “Harvey’s writing is stunning.”The Times (UK)

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    Clary Croft My Charmed Life in Music, Art, and Folklore Clary Croft Canada
    9781771089555 Paperback BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Entertainment & Performing Arts On Sale Date:May 25, 2021
    $22.95 CAD 6 x 9 in | 264 pages Canadian Rights: Y Nimbus Publishing Limited
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      Beloved folklorist, storyteller, and performer spins the tale of his fifty-year career in the arts in Nova Scotia, featuring The Privateers, Helen Creighton, and more.

      "I have led a charmed life. I know that, and I am grateful every day."— Clary Croft

      Folklorist, recording artist, actor, songwriter, broadcaster, storyteller, author, archivist, artisan, and designer: over a career spanning more than fifty years, Clary Croft has woven the threads of his vast array of talents into a tapestry that has enveloped the life of an artist, and in the process he's become a household name in Nova Scotia and beyond.

      With charming humility and cheeky humour, Clary shares memories and anecdotes of an eclectic career including his work with The Privateers, Sherbrooke Village, Singalong Jubilee, Neptune Theatre, CBC Mainstreet and, perhaps most importantly, his collaboration with eminent folklorist Helen Creighton.

      Featuring a foreword by writer, broadcaster, and former co-host of CBC's Singalong Jubilee Jim Bennet, and with dozens of images in both colour and black and white, Clary Croft: My Charmed Life in Music, Art, and Folklore is an inspiring and entertaining chronicle of a creative life well lived.

      Clary Croft is a folklorist, writer, and entertainer. He is the author of several books, including Witchcraft, Helen Creighton: Canada's First Lady of Folklore, A Maritimer's Miscellany, and Celebrate: The History and Folklore of Holidays in Nova Scotia. Clary lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
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        • Digital ARCs available in April
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        • Festival circuit 
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    Fatherhood Stories about being a dad William McInnes
    9780733642319 Paperback BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Personal Memoirs On Sale Date:May 25, 2021
    $19.99 CAD Canadian Rights: Y Hachette Australia
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      William McInnes, one of Australia's best-known storytellers and actors, has turned to a subject that is close to his heart. Fatherhood is about family, about memories of his father and the memories he's creating as a dad himself, with his own son and daughter.

      Warm, witty and nostalgic, these tales are just like a friendly chat over the back fence, or the banter of a backyard BBQ. They will stir your own memories: of hot summer days and cooling off under the sprinkler while Dad works in the garden with the radio tuned to the sports results; that time Dad tried to teach you to drive - and then got out of the car and kissed the ground; or taking your own kids on a family road trip.

      Fatherhood is full of memories: the happy, the hilarious, the sad, bad, and the unexpectedly poignant moments. You will laugh, you may even cry - but you will recognise yourself and those you love somewhere in these pages.
      William McInnes is one of Australia's most popular writers and actors. His books include the bestselling memoirs A Man's Got to Have a Hobby and That'd Be Right. In 2012 his book Worse Things Happen at Sea, co-written with his wife, Sarah Watt, was named the best non-fiction title in the ABIA and Indie Awards.

      Also an award-winning actor and best known for his leading roles in Blue Heelers and SeaChange, William has won two Logies and an AFI Award for Best Actor in the film Unfinished Sky. He recently starred in the TV dramas Deep Water and Rake.

      William grew up in Queensland and lives in Melbourne with his two children.
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    Anne's Cradle The Life and Works of Hanako Muraoka, Japanese Translator of Anne of Green Gables Eri Muraoka, Cathy Hirano
    9781771089241 Paperback BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Cultural, Ethnic & Regional On Sale Date:May 25, 2021
    $24.95 CAD 5.75 x 8.25 in | 328 pages Canadian Rights: Y Nimbus Publishing Limited
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      The bestselling biography of renowned Japanese translator of Anne of Green Gables is available in English for the first time. The name Hanako Muraoka is revered in Japan. Her Japanese translation of L. M. Montgomery's beloved children's classic Anne of Green Gables, Akage no An (Redhaired Anne) was the catalyst for the book's massive and enduring popularity in Japan. A book that has since spawned countless interpretations, from manga to a long-running television series, and has remained on Japanese curriculum for half a century. For the first time, the bestselling biography of Hanako Muraoka written by her granddaughter, Eri Muraoka, and translated by the award-winning Cathy Hirano (The Life-changing Magic of Tidying Up), is available in English.
      Born into an impoverished family of tea merchants in rural Japan at the end of the nineteenth century, Hanako Muraoka's fortunes change dramatically when she is offered a place at an illustrious girls' school in Tokyo founded by the Methodist Church of Canada. Nurtured by the Canadian missionaries who teach her, she falls in love with English poetry and literature. This love of the written word develops into a passion for writing and translating children's literature that sustains Hanako through devastating personal tragedies and the tumult of the twentieth century.
      In 1941, after Japan attacks Pearl Harbor, Hanako abruptly resigns from her role of reading children's news over the radio — for which she is known and loved throughout Japan as "Radio Auntie". Branded as "enemies", the peace-loving missionaries who nurtured Hanako in her youth and with whom she later worked have been forced to leave the country. But Hanako finds solace in a gift received from a Canadian friend: a copy of L. M. Montgomery's Anne of Green Gables.
      Although it is a book from an "enemy nation", the story of Anne Shirley brings back vivid memories of precious friends in distant lands, giving Hanako courage and hope for the future. Amidst the wail of air-raid sirens, she begins translating her copy into Japanese in 1943, fully aware that she risks imprisonment and even death if caught. Although she completes the majority of the work by the end of the war, it is only much later that a publisher decides to take a chance on a Canadian author previously unknown in Japan, unwittingly launching a cross-cultural literary legacy that continues to this day.
      Anne's Cradle tells the complex and captivating story of a woman who risked her freedom and devoted her life to bringing quality children's literature to her people during a period of tumultuous change in Japan. Through the gift of Hanako Muraoka's translations, generations of Japanese readers have fallen in love with a plucky redhead from Prince Edward Island.


      Eri Muraoka, granddaughter of Hanako Muraoka, graduated from Seijo University in Tokyo in 1990, majoring in literature and arts, and subsequently worked as a writer for a women's magazine. In 2014, her celebrated biography of her grandmother's translation of Anne of Green Gables into Japanese, An no Yurikago Muraoka Hanako no Shogai, became the basis of a six-month TV drama series on NHK, Japan's Public television station, which received high acclaim. In 2019 she published the biography of Tokiko Iwatani.

      Cathy Hirano graduated from International Christian University in Tokyo in 1983 with a BA in cultural anthropology and has been translating professionally since 1984. Her translations of YA fiction and fantasy have won several awards, including a 2020 Michael L. Printz Honor award for The Beast Player by Nahoko Uehashi. Her translations of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up and its sequels by Marie Kondo are international bestsellers. She lives in Shikoku, Japan.

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        • Digital ARCs available in March
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    Thomas Mackay The Laird of Rideau Hall and the Founding of Ottawa Alastair Sweeny Canada
    9780776636788 Paperback BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Historical Publication Date:September 21, 2021
    $39.95 CAD 6 x 9 in | 0.1 gr | 328 pages Carton Quantity:1 Canadian Rights: Y University of Ottawa Press
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      The Laird of Rideau Hall explores the life and times of Thomas Mackay, the chief founder of Bytown/Ottawa.

      Born and raised in Perth, Scotland, Mackay and his family emigrated to Montreal in 1817. Partnering with fellow mason John Redpath, he built the locks of the first Lachine Canal, did military construction work at Fort Lennox and St. Helen’s Island, and supplied stone for Montreal’s Notre Dame Basilica. Engaged by Colonel By of the Royal Engineers to build the Ottawa and Hartwell Locks of the Rideau Canal, Mackay used his profits to found the village of New Edinburgh and build a mill complex at Rideau Falls, as well as the residence his daughter named Rideau Hall.

      With his hefty canal profits—paid in Spanish silver pieces of eight—Mackay was a major financier of the Ottawa and Prescott Railway, and chief promoter of Ottawa as the capital of Canada. He served as Colonel of the Russell and Carleton militias, was MLA for Russell for seven years, and a member of the Legislative Council of Canada for fifteen.

      After Mackay’s death in 1855, his son-in-law and estate manager Thomas Keefer sold Rideau Hall to the government to serve as a residence for Canada’s Governor General. Keefer also developed a tract of land owned by the estate into the village of Rockcliffe Park, today home to over 70 diplomatic residences.

      Published in English.


      Alastair Sweeny is the author of several books on Canadian history and technology, including George-Étienne Cartier: A Biography, BlackBerry Planet, and Fire Along the Frontier: Great Battles of the War of 1812. He is the founding director of, a series of Canadian educational portals created by well-known authors in the fields of education and Canadian history. 

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