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    Series: Beach Series
    Beach Blonde John Reynolds Canada
    9781988168548 Hardcover FICTION / Mystery & Detective Publication Date:November 02, 2021
    $29.95 CAD 5.5 x 8.5 x 1 in | 1 lb | 456 pages Canadian Rights: Y At Bay Press
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      After serving two years in prison for breaking the neck of the man who assaulted his sister, Arden is released on bail. He lands a job working at Tuffy's, a restaurant and bar on the beach strip, alongside his former cellmate, Slip Winegarden. Things seem to be looking good for Arden, until it all starts to unravel...

      When Slip is caught crossing Viktor Khernov, Tuffy's owner, Arden witnesses the madman's revenge from close quarters. Arden's parole officer tells him to find another job or lose his parole status. Meanwhile, the detective investigating Slip's murder tightens the vice by ordering Arden to stay on the job and feed him information or face the same penalty. Amid Arden's ongoing drama, trying to stay cool, is Josie Marshall, widow of a detective found murdered in front of their beach strip home a few years ago - a murder Josie solved on her own (and told in Reynolds' previous novel Beach Strip). Josie thinks men can be handy sometimes, but she'd prefer they left her alone. Fat chance, especially after her relationship with Slip Winegarden becomes known. Soon she and Arden are trying to fend off Viktor Kernov and his muscled sidekick, as well as the homicide detective determined to solve Slip Winegarden's murder, all while drawn into a romance that neither of them saw coming but both appear unable to avoid.

      Gritty, violent, with a distinct noir flavour and a nod to Elmore Leonard, Beach Blonde reunites readers with Josie Marshall, the witty and resourceful heroine of Beach Strip.

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      John Lawrence Reynolds has authored or co-authored more than 30 books. A graduate of McMaster University (English & Psychology), he left a career as Creative Director with a major ad agency to explore other interests, including music, photography, film directing and travel writing before publishing his first novel, The Man Who Murdered God.

      A past-president of Crime Writers of Canada, he has won three Arthur Ellis awards for mystery fiction and a National Business Book Award, among other honours.

      Dubbed "Canada's best and busiest ghost-writer" (National Post), John has worked with people such as Justin Trudeau, Shark Tank panelist Robert Herjavec (three books), and several major U.S. and Canadian business and political personalities. His best-selling work on the history of secret societies, titled Shadow People, was published in 12 languages and 15 countries.

      He lives in Burlington, Ontario with his wife Judy.

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    Frame by Frame An Animator's Journey Co Hoedeman Canada
    9781988168555 Hardcover BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Artists, Architects, Photographers Publication Date:November 05, 2021
    $32.95 CAD 5 x 8 x 1 in | 1 lb | 168 pages Canadian Rights: Y At Bay Press
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      Living through the Nazi occupation of Holland and arriving in Montreal with little more than a film reel under his arm, Co Hoedeman had a dream to work for the National Film Board of Canada's renowned animation unit. It was there where he became part of the vanguard in Quebec animation, launching a distinguished career combining animated film, writing and directing.

      Shortly after joining the National Film Board, he began to make film history with his innovative techniques and his films based on Inuit legends. Working in collaboration with Inuit artists from Nunavut and Nunavik, his respect for the Inuit iconography, language and music manifested in a rare anthropological poetry and began his continuing involvement in the culture and concerns of the peoples of the North. The director of more than 27 acclaimed NFB films, including an Academy Award for Le Château de sable / The Sand Castle, he is recognized worldwide as a master of stop-motion animated films.

      In his lifetime, Co Hoedeman has accomplished his dreams, despite the agonies of a World War, the trials of immigration, and the barriers of starting a new life as a stranger in a strange land. Frame by Frame presents that life and journey.

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      Co Hoedeman arrived in Montreal from the Netherlands in 1965 with a film reel under his arm and a dream to work for the National Film Board of Canada's renowned animation unit. It was there where he became part of the vanguard in Quebec animation launching a distinguished career combining animated film, writing and directing. He is the director of a number of independent productions and of more than 27 acclaimed NFB films, including an Academy Award for Le Château de sable / The Sand Castle. He is recognized worldwide as a master of stop-motion animated films. His films have garnered more than 80 awards and mentions at film festivals the world over. Most recently, The Alliance for children and television awarded him the GRAND PRIX D'EXCELLENCE, Radio-Canada for his film Ludovic, The Snow Gift.

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      "Co Hoedeman is a master of stop-motion animation whose extraordinary creations are brought to life via an amazing range of materials. These classic works convey strong humanitarian values--respect for the environment and others' differences, social inclusion, peace--while treating even his youngest viewers with the deepest respect. Co came to Canada with the hope of working with the NFB--not a day goes by that we are not immensely grateful!" -- The National Film Board of Canada

      "When I met Co at the Cinecentrum studio in Holland in 1964, little did I know that our paths would cross again in Canada where Co would become a famous NFB filmmaker. Co's memoir tells us of the rewarding life of an animator who travelled far to reach his goals." -- Paul Driessen, Dutch film director, animator and writer

      "Co Hoedeman relays how he found his niche in the Canadian film world as a Dutch immigrant. He used his magical talents to bring an imaginary world to life, enchanting and entertaining millions of people both young and old, all over the world. Hoedeman's contribution to animated film has not gone unnoticed!" -- Nico Crama, Dutch film director and producer

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    9781988168579 Paperback POETRY / Subjects & Themes Publication Date:September 10, 2021
    $19.95 CAD 5 x 7.5 x 1 in | 1 lb | 152 pages Canadian Rights: Y At Bay Press
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      Miraculous Sickness deals with society's views and treatment of schizophrenia from ancient times to modern day. From the cure for demon possession to the recovery model, Miraculous Sickness sheds light on a subject matter still shrouded in misconceptions and myth. In this collection of poetry, we get a sense how our approach to dealing with mental illness and those affected has evolved, yet how far we have yet to go. Skillfully wrought poems that detail her own lived experience, the poet expounds upon difficult terrain with careful footing so as to create a dialogue for all to consider.

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      ky perraun is an Edmonton poet and writing group facilitator, who was diagnosed with schizophrenia in 1997. Having had her first poetry publication in 1983, while in journalism school, she continued submitting to magazines and anthologies throughout the decades, despite her diagnosis. In the early 2000s she helped form Right Heart Press, a micropress collective, which published her chapbook, Paging Dr.G.. In 2017 she received a Canada Council Cultivate Grant to produce a manuscript detailing schizophrenic treatments throughout history, which became Miraculous Sickness, to be released by At Bay Press in 2021.

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    Gibbous Moon Dennis Cooley Canada, Michael Matthews Canada
    9781988168531 Paperback POETRY / General Publication Date:October 25, 2021
    $28.95 CAD 7.5 x 10 x 1 in | 1 lb | 176 pages Canadian Rights: Y At Bay Press
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      A gibbous moon arrives in shadow and light. First at waxing then at waning, two moons in one cycle just shy of full. Poet Dennis Cooley's eloquent words merge with photographer/composer Michael Matthews' decadent abstract photographs. These two celebrated artists draw connections and parallels to each other's masterful art forms, tying the two together seamlessly. The antecedent and subsequent illuminate the night sky with their dance; the shadows and the light taking turns at showing us the way through the darkness.

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      Dennis Cooley has lived most of his life on the Canadian prairies, where for over 40 years he has been active as teacher, editor, poet, critic, anthologist, publisher, mentor, and supporter of writing. His work has been immersed in family, the prairies, and a play with form. His most recent titles include The Home Place (essays on Robert Kroetsch's poetry), and two books of poetry--Abecedarium and Departures. His acclaimed poetry collection The Muse Sings was released by At Bay Press in 2020.



      Inspired by the worlds of nature and literature, Matthews creates music that encourages the listener to step beyond the everyday, to dwell for a while in images of paradox, to consider the ever-changing tapestry of life.

      Michael Matthews completed a Ph.D. in composition at North Texas State University in 1985. In 2012 Matthews retired from twenty-seven years of full-time teaching at the Marcel A. Desautels Faculty of Music, University of Manitoba; he is now Professor Emeritus there. Matthews is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and currently lives and works in Berlin.

      Matthews is also active as a photographer, and his abstract images were recently exhibited in Germany and the US. Canadian publisher At Bay Press will shortly be releasing The Gibbous Moon, a book of photography and poetry created in collaboration with poet Dennis Cooley.

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    Green Parrots in my Garden Poems from the Arab Middle East Jane Ross Canada
    9781988440804 Paperback POETRY / Middle Eastern Publication Date:September 15, 2021
    $15.95 CAD 6 x 9 x 0.5 in | 0.5 lb | 110 pages Carton Quantity:36 Canadian Rights: Y Bayeux Arts, Inc.
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      Green Parrots in My Garden emerged from the years Jane Ross lived in the Arab and extended Middle East. As she discovered the wealth of life, custom and landscape, she decided to write about them. Her essaie (French: essayer - to try) sharpened as she journeyed into Arab lands and the beliefs of the people who live there. Accordingly, the poems capture what that world held and holds for her: the constellation of culture, people and places. The experiences of life in the Gulf region stretched and enlarged her sense of what is possible and/or real; warmed her with friendship and nourished her with food. The poems express how that life uplifted her with kindness, grace and perfume ̶ and at times troubled her with threats of war and most recently of disease. The blessings and observations of that life give rise to the poems in this volume.

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      Jane Ross describes herself as rural and cosmopolitan -- in that order. Green Parrots in My Garden draws from her life in the Arab and extended Middle East, offering personal insights into people and landscapes, birds and animals, deserts and cities, carpets and perfumes, sand storms and star-filled desert nights. Having lived on more than one occasion amidst threats of war, she understands the darker realities that bear on the region. But that is not the focus of her reflections. Rather, it is the warmth of human relationships, the wisdom of ancient desert values, and the beauties of artifact and design that bring her into the hearts of the people and the essence of the region. Jane Swanson Ross (PhD, Department of Archaeology and Anthropology; St. Edmund's College; University of Cambridge; MA, State University of New York; undergraduate degrees from University of Alberta) has published widely in the academic and popular press. She and her husband Jack, live at Story's Way in the beautiful Battle River region of Alberta, Canada.

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    9781988440743 Paperback BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / General Publication Date:October 15, 2021
    $19.95 CAD 5.25 x 8 x 0.9 in | 1 lb | 280 pages Carton Quantity:24 Canadian Rights: Y Bayeux Arts, Inc.
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      Beyond the Terrazzo Veranda is more than a love story. Although a memoir, it traces how society changes over a lifetime. Our essence is due to many factors--some within our control--but many contingent on others' plans. Sometimes what happens before our birth impacts our personalities. My mother seeing my sister killed by a speeding truck from the veranda of our house affected my family and destroyed my mother. People mature and my evolution from a whining boy into a macho man and then a scholar was a slow and painful process. Others see us differently while struggling to know our talents and weaknesses. This story leads the reader from my early defiance, my success in sports, love of literature and lifelong passion for people into some unpredictable and dangerous situations. It also deals with prejudice, ignorance and sexism that I witnessed as a victim, a bystander and perpetrator. Having no single career, I am fortunate that working in business, earning a doctorate, teaching and being an actor allowed me to interact with people in different contexts. Sadly, nothing lasts and friendships, trysts and choices end. Living needs empathy for neighbors, ourselves, and the strangers we will meet.

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      Norman Morra was born in Toronto, Canada, January 1, 1945. He attended St. Michael's high school and spent several unproductive but interesting years at Carleton University in Ottawa during the 1960s. After twenty years in business, he received a BA from the University of Toronto and a doctorate in sociology from York University where he published articles on violence in sport and against women. He taught criminology at Barry University in Miami and Lemoyne College in Syracuse NY and then English at Berlitz Canada where he rated international airline pilots' use of English. He has travelled to Japan, Europe and often to the UK. His interests include sport, literature and theatre while acting as a background performer in movies. Sandra and Norman have two adult children and five grandchildren nearby. He enjoys early morning jogs.

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    Breaking Words Literary Confessions George Melnyk Canada
    9781988440729 Hardcover BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / General Publication Date:October 15, 2021
    $19.95 CAD 5.25 x 8 x 0.6 in | 0.9 lb | 140 pages Carton Quantity:30 Canadian Rights: Y Bayeux Arts, Inc.
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      Breaking Words: Literary Confessions provides a lively discussion of the impact of books on an author's identity. George Melnyk is an Alberta writer, who has published in various genres--essays, poetry, Alberta literature, and Canadian cinema. Why he came to be identified by certain communities of readers with one specific book and not any of his others is a mystery to be solved. He offers an engaged description of how reviews, cultural trends, and funding for writers impacts creativity. Nor is he afraid to provide the nitty-gritty of the financial results from his writing. This is the first ever literary memoir by an Alberta writer. It offers insights into the complex nature of the literary arts when practiced in western Canada.

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      George Melnyk is the author or editor of 30 books on Canadian topics. He is a former magazine and book publisher, an academic, and a long-time resident of Alberta, where he served as the Executive Director of the Alberta Foundation for the Literary Arts and President of the Writers Guild of Alberta. He is the recipient of the WGA's Golden Pen Award. He lives in Calgary.

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    You have been Referred My Life in Applied Anthropology Michael Robinson Canada
    9781988440705 Hardcover BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / General Publication Date:October 15, 2021
    $24.95 CAD 5.25 x 8 x 0.8 in | 0.8 lb | 320 pages Carton Quantity:24 Canadian Rights: Y Bayeux Arts, Inc.
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      You have been referred!: My life in Applied Anthropology, is a career memoir spanning the period 1969 - 2014, and detailing the process whereby the author combined his philosophical grounding in both Anthropology and Law to find fulfillment in several Canadian non- governmental organizations (NGOs). The organizational structure of the book follows the development of a career thesis, its exploration in antithesis employment in for- profit corporations, and its ultimate success in the synthesis provided by NGOs. The format of the book is a creative mixture of stories and case studies involving characters who were influential at each stage of the author's career development. The career arc of the book also follows the author's development as son, husband, and father in family situations based in Vancouver and Calgary. Many of the chapters also trace the process of economic development in hinterland regions of northern Canada and the Kola Peninsula of north- western Russia. Indigenous people play numerous roles in the narrative arc of the book's development. In particular, the Mowachaht, Blackfoot, Metis, Cree, and Gwich'in Dene cultures in Canada and the Russian Sami are featured in the book. The corporate cultures of the Calgary and Toronto oil patch are also contributors. The book concludes with a fictional celebration including all the characters.

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      Mike Robinson is now a resident of Skelhp, a rural community on British Columbia's Sunshine Coast. He grew up in Vancouver and attended UBC and University College, Oxford, as a Rhodes Scholar. His career was for 30 years (1978 - 2008) centred in Calgary, where he worked as one of the first generation of environmental and social affairs professionals in the oil patch, as the Executive Director of the Arctic Institute of North America, and as the CEO of the Glenbow Museum. In 2009 he became CEO of the Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art in Vancouver. In his volunteer life Mike has chaired the national boards of Friends of the Earth, the David Suzuki Foundation, and the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society. He became a Member of the Order of Canada in 2004.

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    9781772311532 Paperback POETRY / Canadian Publication Date:September 15, 2021
    $16.95 CAD 5.5 x 8.5 x 0.3 in | 0 lb | 92 pages Carton Quantity:96 Canadian Rights: Y Bookland Press
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      This poetry collection is a unique take on an urban, contemporary Métis life. The poems have a narrative element that connects back to land, place, and the traditional and modern territories that a family finds themselves living on. Based on oral storytelling traditions, many of the poems focus on what creates a personal connection to an urban environment that not long ago was still under Indigenous governance systems. This book explores relationality, history, disenfranchisement, cultural resurgence, and through humour, leaves the reader thinking about their own place within Indigenous territories.

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      Conor Kerr is an educator, writer and harvester. He is a member of the Métis Nation of Alberta, part of the Edmonton Indigenous community and is descended from the Lac Ste. Anne & Fort Des Prairies Métis communities and the Papaschase Cree Nation. He works as the Manager of Indigenous Relations & Supports at NorQuest College and is a sessional instructor in the pimâcihisowin program at MacEwan University. In 2019, he received The Fiddlehead's Ralph Gustafson Poetry award. His poetry has been anthologized in Best Canadian Poetry 2020 and has appeared in literary magazines across Canada. He is honoured to be able to live and work on the land that his family has called home for generations.

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    Electricity Slides John Brady McDonald Canada
    9781772311495 Paperback POETRY / Canadian Publication Date:December 15, 2021
    $16.95 CAD 5.5 x 8.5 x 0.35 in | 0 lb | 88 pages Carton Quantity:96 Canadian Rights: Y BookLand Press
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      Electricity Slides describes a disjointed, somewhat dystopian, slightly connected series of events, written in the Dadaist "cut-up" style of the 1950s. The book first started out as a series of performance art monologues written and performed live for a multidisciplinary exhibition put on by the Indigenous Peoples Artists Collective every year in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. The stories alternate between a third-person narrative and the first-person narrative of the protagonist, who goes without a name throughout the book, but whom we discover is a military officer who has suffered an emotional breakdown during a battle and as a result speaks in a lyrical, poem-prose manner. Throughout the book, the reader is taken through a psychotropic funhouse-like journey, like a dream, where vignettes are connected only slightly, but keep the reader moving.

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      John McDonald is a Neyhiyaw/Metis multidisciplinary artist and author from Treaty Six Territory in Northern Saskatchewan. A sixth-generation direct descendant of Nehiyawak Chief Mistawasis, John is one of the founding members of the P.A. Lowbrow art movement and is the Vice President of the Indigenous Peoples Artists Collective. John has studied at the prestigious University of Cambridge in England where, in July 2000, he made international headlines by symbolically 'discovering' and 'claiming' England for the First Peoples of the Americas. John is also an acclaimed public speaker, who has presented in venues across the globe. John has been honoured with several grants from the Saskatchewan Arts Board.

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