ECW Press Spring 2015 Ebooks

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    Born to Walk The Transformative Power of a Pedestrian Act Dan Rubinstein Canada, Kevin Patterson Canada
    9781770906983 Electronic book text SPORTS & RECREATION / Walking On Sale Date: April 01, 2015
    $13.99 CAD Canadian Rights: Y ECW Press
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      The case for getting back on our feet — now in paperback

      The humble act of putting one foot in front of the other transcends age, geography, culture, and class and is one of the most economical and environmentally responsible modes of transit. Yet with our modern fixation on speed, this healthy pedestrian activity has been largely left behind.

      At a personal and professional crossroads, writer, editor, and obsessive walker Dan Rubinstein traveled throughout the U.S., U.K., and Canada to walk with people who saw the act not only as a form of transportation and recreation, but also as a path to a better world. There are no magic-bullet solutions to modern epidemics like obesity, anxiety, alienation, and climate change. But what if there is a simple way to take a step in the right direction? Combining fascinating reportage, eye-opening research, and Rubinstein’s own discoveries, Born to Walk explores how far this ancient habit can take us and how much repair is within range, and guarantees that you’ll never again take walking for granted.

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      Dan Rubinstein is a National Magazine Award–winning writer and editor. He contributes to publications such as The Walrus, The Globe and Mail, The Economist and enRoute, and has edited magazines in Ontario and Alberta. These days, he does most of his walking in Ottawa.

      Kevin Patterson is a medical doctor who works mostly in British Columbia and Nunavut. He is the author of the novel Consumption, the short story collection Country of Cold (which won the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize), and the memoir The Water in Between: A Journey at Sea.

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      “Dan Rubinstein has written the ultimate hymn to walking. A wise, witty and well-researched reminder that we are all born to walk. Read it now, and then go for a nice, long stroll.” — Carl Honoré, author, In Praise of Slow

      “With fervour and a strong commitment to research, Rubinstein unpacks his simple manifesto: ‘Walk more. Anywhere.’” — Quill & Quire

      “Walking long distances daily is good for your health. We know that. But Rubinstein goes several steps further with this thought-provoking, transcendent book on the benefits of covering the miles on foot.” — Toronto Star

      Born to Walk should be required reading for Canadian politicians, policy-makers, planners and pedestrians.” — Winnipeg Free Press

      “[Born to Walk] shows how putting one foot in front of the other intersects with nearly every facet of the human experience, from mental health to economics to creativity, with no shortage of scientific firepower to back it up.” — Edmonton Journal

      “Few books treat walking so big-heartedly and open-mindedly as this one or with such exploratory, wide-ranging study.” — Literary Review of Canada

      “Rubinstein is at a crossroads in his life and walking provides the balm to get through it. It is full of personal stories about those he walks with: police on the beat, members of Canada’s First Nations, hikers, you name it.” — Books Or Bust

      “This is an inherently inspirational work, and one that holds real promise for social change. Add to that: reading it is often a delightfully visceral experience. Born to Walk invigorates — it convinces you that it’s time to get off the couch, lace up your sneakers, and rediscover the simple pleasure of a good walk.” — Straight.com

      “An unhurried and encyclopedic study of a basic and simple movement that touches upon nearly everything else we do. Like a good ramble over variable terrain, the book is filled with unexpected objects and insights.” — EVENT Magazine

      “A trek worth taking.” — Scene Magazine

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    Love in the Elephant Tent How Running Away with the Circus Brought Me Home Kathleen Cremonesi
    9781770907317 Electronic book text BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Personal Memoirs On Sale Date: May 01, 2015
    $20.99 CAD 5.5 x 8.5 in | 400 pages Carton Quantity: 1 Canadian Rights: Y ECW Press
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      If you live life without a net, what happens when you fall?

      Kathleen Cremonesi knew early on she wanted to be different. Determined to avoid following in her mother’s footsteps to an ill-fated marriage, Kathleen left Oregon in her early 20s to travel across Europe. On a whim, this former administrative assistant with wanderlust took a job as a dancer in a circus and, working her way up, became an ostrich-riding, shark-taming showgirl.

      Kathleen bonds with the exotic animals that could strike and kill at any moment, but instead bring her a peace she has never known. And when she stumbles into the arms of Stefano, the sexy elephant keeper, she finds a man who understands her wild spirit.

      With thrilling prose and vivid descriptions, Kathleen takes the reader around the Mediterranean, where she discovers unexpected friends and learns how to cook, forgive, and love — across language barriers.

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      Kathleen Cremonesi now lives near Eugene, Oregon, with her husband and a family of cats and dogs. She had the honour of volunteering at a Thai elephant sanctuary that she still supports with charitable contributions. This is her first book.
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    What Was I Thinking? The Autobiography of an Idea and Other Essays Rick Salutin Canada
    9781770907348 Electronic book text BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Personal Memoirs On Sale Date: May 01, 2015
    $17.99 CAD 8 x 5 in | 240 pages Carton Quantity: 1 Canadian Rights: Y ECW Press
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      A lifetime of engagement with religion, philosophy, and activism in a series of fascinating reflections.

      Brilliant, fractious, mordantly funny, playwright/novelist/essayist Rick Salutin has been Canadian journalism’s agent provocateur for over three decades. Whether needling governments and politicians, holding public policy to account, or decrying the shortfalls of activist thought and action, he has been one of the most outspoken commentators of his generation.

      In What Was I Thinking?, Salutin reveals his curiosity about both the world of the mind and the world of the here and now. His life has been graced with contact with extraordinary people from Hannah Arendt to Holocaust theologian Emil Fackenheim to goalkeeper-politician Ken Dryden, and we discover the profound influence their thought has had on his. but he has also had encounters with Conrad Black and Peter Worthington, joined his fellow coffee-drinkers in the infamous fight to save the west-end institution Dooney’s from displacement by Starbucks, and taken furious potshots at the political pandering of the nation’s media outlets.

      This is classic Salutin and most of it hasn’t been published before — including a lengthy personal and historical essay on the world of therapy. It’s a wonderful roller-coaster ride of thought and opinion. Step on!

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      Rick Salutin is a playwright, novelist, and journalist who has received awards in all these areas. He wrote a weekly column for the Globe and Mail for 20 years and now provides weekly columns and videos for the Toronto Star.
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    Series: An Arthur Beauchamp Novel
    Sing a Worried Song An Arthur Beauchamp Novel William Deverell Canada
    9781770907287 Electronic book text FICTION / Thrillers On Sale Date: April 01, 2015
    $13.99 CAD Canadian Rights: Y ECW000
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      The sixth novel in the acclaimed Arthur Beauchamp series

      Everything is going well for Arthur Beauchamp in his early middle age. Life is so good for the top-notch defence lawyer that, in a moment of career restlessness, he decides to switch sides, just the once, and prosecute a young man charged with murdering a clown. Beauchamp is confident he can prove Randolph Skyler is guilty. Confident, but still worried and surprisingly blind to how precarious the evidence is — and, worse, to the fissures opening in his personal life.

      It’s a case Beauchamp will never forget, not even years later, when he’s happily remarried and retired to a bucolic life on Garibaldi Island in the glorious Salish Sea. As Beauchamp is about to learn, the older you get, the greater the chance is that the past will come back to bite you. In Deverell’s latest marvel in his Beauchamp series, Arthur has causes aplenty to sing a worried song.

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      William Deverell has worked as a journalist and lawyer, and he is a founder and honourary director of the B.C. Civil Liberties Association. He is the creator of CBC’s long-running television series Street Legal, which has aired internationally in more than 50 countries. He is also the recipient of multiple literary awards, including the $50,000 Seal Prize, the Dashiell Hammett Award for literary excellence, and the Arthur Ellis prize in crime writing. His novels have been translated into 14 languages and sold worldwide. He was recently awarded an honourary Doctor of Letters by Simon Fraser University. He lives on Pender Island, B.C.
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      "Generously mixing personality and plot, Deverell authentically takes readers into the drama of the original court case and builds on its tension and malice that once again haunt Arthur." — Publishers Weekly
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    Ruined Abbey A Collins-Burke Mystery Anne Emery Canada
    9781770906921 Electronic book text FICTION / Mystery & Detective On Sale Date: May 01, 2015
    $13.99 CAD Canadian Rights: Y ECW Press
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      It’s 1989. The Troubles are raging in Ireland, bombs exploding in England. In this prequel to the Collins-Burke series, Father Brennan Burke is home in New York when news of his sister’s arrest in London sends him flying across the ocean. The family troubles deepen when Brennan’s cousin Conn is charged with the murder of a Special Branch detective and suspected in a terrorist plot against Westminster Abbey. The Burkes come under surveillance by the murdered cop’s partner and are caught in a tangle of buried family memories.

      From the bullet-riddled bars of Belfast to an elegant English estate, Ruined Abbey combines a whodunit with a war story, love story, and historical novel, while exploring the eternal question: what is fair in love and war? It all starts with a ruined abbey.

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      Anne Emery is a lawyer and the award-winning author of the Collins-Burke Mystery series. Her first book, Sign of the Cross, won the Arthur Ellis Award for Best First Novel. The fifth, Children in the Morning, won a silver medal in the 2011 Independent Publisher Book Awards and the 2011 Dartmouth Book Award for Fiction. She lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
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    The Drop Zone A T.J. Peterson Mystery Bob Kroll Canada
    9781770907256 Electronic book text FICTION / Mystery & Detective On Sale Date: May 01, 2015
    $11.99 CAD 5 x 7.75 in | 220 pages Carton Quantity: 1 Canadian Rights: Y ECW Press
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      A dark and suspenseful debut

      Detective T.J. Peterson has a problem, and it’s not just how much he’s drinking or the daily, silent, tormenting video calls from his estranged daughter. A Catholic priest has been bludgeoned to death in church, apparently by a symbol of his faith, and an unidentified woman’s body had been found. He’s barely holding it together. When a deranged teenager, a possible witness, crosses his path, he is propelled into a sleazy, violent world of underage prostitution, sexual abuse, and human trafficking as he pursues a merciless killer.

      A stylish and riveting exploration of both the consequences of depravity and the sometimes-extraordinary resilience of the human spirit.

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      Bob Kroll has been writing professionally for more than 35 years. His work includes books, stage plays, radio dramas, TV documentaries, as well as historical docu-dramas for Canadian and American museums. He lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
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    Cauchemar Alexandra Grigorescu Canada
    9781770907195 Electronic book text FICTION / General On Sale Date: March 01, 2015
    $12.99 CAD Canadian Rights: Y ECW Press
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      An eerie and romantic Southern gothic drama

      Gripping, fast-paced, gorgeously written, and with unforgettable characters, Cauchemar tells the story of 20-year-old Hannah, who finds herself living alone on the edge of a Louisianan swamp after her adopted mother and protector dies. Hannah falls in love with Callum, an easy-going boat captain and part-time musician, but after her mysterious birth mother, outcast as a witch and rumoured to commune with the dead, comes back into Hannah’s life, she must confront what she’s been hiding from — the deadly spirits that haunt the swamp, the dark secrets of her past, and the nascent gift she possesses.

      Like the nightmares that plague Hannah, Cauchemar lingers and haunts.

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      Alexandra Grigorescu has a Master’s degree in creative writing from the University of Toronto, where she attended writing workshops led by George Elliott Clark and Jeff Parker and wrote her thesis under the guidance of Camilla Gibb. She works as a freelance writer and lives in Toronto, Ontario. This is her debut novel.
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      Sunburst Award 2016, Short-listed
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      “Alexandra Grigorescu’s debut is a straight-up old-school Southern Gothic. True Blood wishes it was this good.” — Jeff Parker, author of Where Bears Roam the Streets

      “Alexandra Grigorescu works pure magic with the line, pulling proverbial rabbits from alligator hats and performing mind-bending enchantments upon every page. Like many of the spellbinding characters of Cauchemar, Grigorescu possesses a preternatural talent.” — Spencer Gordon, author of Cosmo

      “It is well-written with just the right amount of suspense to keep the reader guessing what will happen to the characters until the very last page.” — The Book Binder’s Daughter

      “A bayou setting, a dash of supernatural intrigue, and enough music and cookery to fill anyone’s plate . . . Goes well with fresh-caught fish, gumbo, and sweet tea.” — Bibliotica

      “Grigorescu is a literary sorceress — who has possibly hung out with the Louisiana witches, because she evoked them something strong in this book.” — Bella’s Bookshelves

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    Boring Girls Sara Taylor Canada
    9781770906860 Electronic book text FICTION / Coming of Age On Sale Date: April 01, 2015
    $12.99 CAD 5.5 x 8.5 in | 380 pages Carton Quantity: 1 Canadian Rights: Y ECW Press
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      A visceral story of friendship, music, and bloody revenge

      Rachel feels like she doesn’t fit in — until she finds heavy metal and meets Fern, a kindred spirit. The two form their own band, but the metal scene turns out to be no different than the misogynist world they want to change. Violent encounters escalate, and the friends decide there’s only one way forward . . .

      A bloodstained journey into the dark heart of the music industry, Boring Girls traces Rachel’s deadly coming of age, Fern at her side. As the madness deepens, their band’s success heightens, and their taste for revenge grows ravenous.

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      Sara Taylor sings and writes songs for the Billboard-charting band The Birthday Massacre. She lives in Toronto, Ontario, with her Shetland sheepdog.
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      “One of the spring’s most intriguing debut novels, about a pair of female metalheads, begins thusly: ‘It seems like everyone I talk to wants to know two things. One is whether I’m a serial killer or a mass murderer.’” — Globe and Mail

      "A gripping psychological portrait and riveting tale of female friendship and the power of music." — Publishers Weekly “This one is for metal fans, who typically have strong stomachs (they eat lizards, don’t they?).” — Booklist

      "A gripping psychological portrait and riveting tale of female friendship and the power of music." — Publishers Weekly

      "What an incredibly disturbing book this was. I think I loved it." — The Armchair Librarian

      "This book was AWESOME! . . . it was dark, extreme, intense, and twisted." — Wicked Reads

      "This was an enjoyable read and I pretty much rattled through it." — Information Overlord

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    A Free Man Michel Basilières Canada
    9781770907164 Electronic book text FICTION / Literary On Sale Date: May 01, 2015
    5 x 7 in | 216 pages Carton Quantity: 1 Canadian Rights: Y ECW Press
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      An unusual and remarkable dystopian novel

      A Free Man is a satirical tall tale presented as the drug and alcohol fuelled conversation of two old friends getting reacquainted over one night. It’s also a boy-meets-girl story of the worst kind and a time travel story about a future where the world is ruled by robots and humans are vermin. When timelines cross, the world as we know it bends . . .

      Skid Roe is completely self-absorbed and delusional. His struggle to exercise free will is constantly hampered by the physical manifestation of his inner demons and by the norms and rules of contemporary life. He’s both aided and hindered by Lem, a robot from the future whose good intentions leave Skid on the run from a shadowy state security agency.

      A surreal, beautiful, and powerful literary mash-up, Basilières’ long-awaited sophomore effort is inventive and darkly funny.

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      Michel Basilières was born and raised in Montreal’s Milton Park neighbourhood and now lives with his son in Toronto. He is the author of Black Bird, a magic realist novel set during the October Crisis.
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    Cut-up Apologetic Jamie Sharpe Canada
    9781770907133 Electronic book text POETRY / Canadian On Sale Date: April 01, 2015
    $14.99 CAD 5.5 x 8.5 in | 96 pages Carton Quantity: 1 Canadian Rights: Y ECW Press
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      Up-and-coming poet Jamie Sharpe presents a finely tuned second collection

      Cut-up Apologetic, Sharpe’s second collection, explores aging in a world where youth is terrible and something we desperately want back. These are poems about failing to leave our mark while marks are left on us — about the collective insatiability of emptying surroundings in an attempt to fill ourselves.

      At the same time, is naïve and playful even when examining fear expressed as discrimination or the ways restlessness transitions into an inertia spelling cultural death. Sharpe finds strange new horizons “extend(ing)/only backward, into memory.”

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      Jamie Sharpe is the author of Animal Husbandry Today (ECW, 2012). He lives in Whitehorse, Yukon Territory.
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      "Cut-up Apologetic is a twisted look at today’s world, very enjoyable and recommended." — Evil Cyclist

      "Sharpe’s poetry is poignant and fresh, holding a magnifying glass freely to Corporate North America and to himself.” — Jaffalogue

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