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    Born to Walk The Transformative Power of a Pedestrian Act Dan Rubinstein Canada
    9781770906983 Electronic book text SOCIAL SCIENCE / Disease & Health Issues On Sale Date:April 01, 2015
    $20.99 CAD Canadian Rights: Y ECW Press
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      The case for getting back on our feet

      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 travelled 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, how much repair is within range, and guarantees that you’ll never again take walking for granted.

      Bio
      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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      Awards
      Kobo Emerging Writer Prize 2016, Short-listed
      Ottawa Book Award 2016, Short-listed
      Reviews

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

      "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

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

      “[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

      “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

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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 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 an Italian 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.

      Bio
      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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      Awards
      IPPY 2016, Winner
      Reviews

      “Kathleen's journey toward self-discovery is enthralling . . . the descriptions of life in the circus, the animals, and the spectacle put on every night vividly take readers into the experience.” — Publishers Weekly

      “Cremonesi’s memoir is saturated with descriptive language and emotion . . . Readers looking for stories of self-discovery, as well as fans of Sara Gruen’s Water for Elephants (2006), will enjoy this title.” — Booklist

      "Love in the Elephant Tent is a perfect coming-of-age memoir filled with beautiful scenic descriptions, fascinating adventures, and an emotional journey through the human heart that will have you engrossed until the very last page." — A Cup of Tea with that Book, Please

      "One of the most invigorating descriptions of backstage life that I have ever read . . . Whatever your views on circus animals, Cremonesi’s experiences will definitely provide food for thought. Her book is recommended reading for anyone who wants to know what life in the circus is really like." — Blasting News

      “If you love the circus, you will love this memoir. If you hate this circus, you will still love this memoir. . . Her writing voice is as interesting and rich as the experiences she shares in the book. She may have found love in the elephant tent; I found a fascinating woman in the pages of a book.” — Bibliotica

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    What Was I Thinking? The Autobiography of an Idea and Other Essays Rick Salutin
    9781770907348 Electronic book text BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Personal Memoirs On Sale Date:May 01, 2015
    $17.99 CAD 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!

      Bio
      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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      Awards
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      “To say that you find his opinions informed, measured, and usually accurate, as this reviewer does, doesn't necessarily mean you have journeyed down the same intellectual roads, but that you have come to similar conclusions nevertheless.” — Quill & Quire

      "While the governing philosophy in the collection — that it is crucial to examine personal and cultural bias and the limitations of our thinking and to allow that our thinking can and will change depending on our life’s circumstances — may seem obvious, it bears repeating in an age of fiercely guarded prejudices and fearful, intractable minds." — Literary Review of Canada

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    Sing a Worried Song An Arthur Beauchamp Novel William Deverell Canada
    9781770907287 Electronic book text FICTION / Thrillers On Sale Date:April 01, 2015
    $19.99 CAD Canadian Rights: Y ECW Press
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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.

      Bio
      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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      Awards
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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

      “I love Bill Deverell’s books . . . This sixth Arthur Beauchamp book is simply brilliant and should be shortlisted for next year’s Arthur Ellis Award.” — Globe and Mail

      "Deverell’s two kinds of pro at once: an extremely experienced lawyer and a longtime writer of crime fiction, he makes the courtroom scenes lively and realistic, animating the proceedings with details of personality conflicts and Arthur Beauchamp’s shaky hold on his sobriety." — National Post

      "He may be the most convincing of all writers of courtroom stories, way up there just beyond the lofty plateau occupied by such classic courtroom dramatists as Scott Turow and John Lescroart, and in the new book, it’s Deverell at peak form." — Toronto Star

      “In the end, Deverell makes plain that the road to justice is chalk full of potential pitfalls while entertaining his readers at every turn of the page. It should be required reading at this summer’s Crown School.” — Mack’s Criminal Law Blog

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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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      From Arthur Ellis Award–winning author Anne Emery comes a “winning mystery [that stands] on its own.” — Booklist

      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.

      About the Collins-Burke Mysteries

      This multi-award-winning series is centred around two main characters who have been described as endearingly flawed: Monty Collins, a criminal defence lawyer who has seen and heard it all, and Father Brennan Burke, a worldly, hard-drinking Irish-born priest. The priest and the lawyer solve mysteries together, but sometimes find themselves at cross-purposes, with secrets they cannot share: secrets of the confessional, and matters covered by solicitor-client confidentiality. The books are notable for their wit and humour, and their depiction of the darker side of human nature ? characteristics that are sometimes combined in the same person, be it a lawyer, a witness on the stand, or an Irish ballad singer who doubles as a guerrilla fighter in the Troubles in war-torn Belfast. In addition to their memorable characters, the books have been credited with a strong sense of place and culture, meticulous research, crisp and authentic dialogue, and intriguing plots. The novels are set in Nova Scotia, Ireland, England, Italy, New York, and Germany. The series begins with Sign of the Cross (2006) and continues to the most recent installment, Postmark Berlin (2020).

      Bio
      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 eighth in the series, this winning mystery stands on its own . . . Readers who want a unique perspective on ‘the Troubles’ will want to grab a pint and pull up a stool next to any of the Burke clan. And fans of Emery’s earlier works will enjoy seeing Father Brennan in the bosom of his feisty Irish family.” — Booklist, starred review

      “As the richly developed characters re-examine events from their own past, they discover IRA ties much closer than they knew. True to the Irish tradition of great storytelling, this is a mesmerizing tale full of twists that will keep readers riveted from the first page to the last.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

      “[Ruined Abbey] is a really tightly plotted historical with solid characters and the elegant style we expect from Emery.” — Globe and Mail

      Ruined Abbey is a terrific read by a Canadian author that is suspenseful to the final page.” — Winnipeg Free Press

      “The Father Brennan Burke series moves to a higher plane with this instalment, set in London in 1989. This is a deft, entertaining lesson in Irish history that reveals how generations of the priest’s family have been shaped by centuries of conflict.” — Chronicle Herald

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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.

      Bio
      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.

      Bio
      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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      Awards
      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 A Novel Sara Taylor Canada
    9781770906860 Electronic book text FICTION / Coming of Age On Sale Date:April 01, 2015
    $12.99 CAD 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.

      Bio
      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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      Awards
      Frank Hegyi Award 2017, Short-listed
      Reviews

      “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

      “An incredibly honest, cogent and disturbing portrayal of what it is like to be a woman working in a male-dominated scene and art . . . Boring Girls is a bloody, vulgar, violent book that pulls no punches . . . it's a harrowing read.” — National Post

      “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

      "One of the season's most anticipated books, Boring Girls is anything but boring." — Owen Sound Sun-Times

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    A Free Man Michel Basilières Canada
    9781770907164 Electronic book text FICTION / Literary On Sale Date:May 01, 2015
    $14.99 CAD Canadian Rights: Y a misFit book
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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.

      Bio
      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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      Awards
      ReLit Award 2016, Short-listed
      Reviews

      A Free Man is a singular experience, ultimately inexplicable and ineffable, with the quality of a waking dream.” — Quill & Quire

      "A great deal of fun." — Publishers Weekly

      "A Free Man is formally refreshing and certainly a welcome contribution to the body of Canadian science fiction." — National Post

      "If you’ve ever wondered what the embittered literary love child of Philip Roth and Kurt Vonnegut might look like, then search no further than Michel Basilières." — Toronto Star

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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 Canadian Rights: Y a misFit book
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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, Cut-up Apologetic 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.”

      Bio
      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

      “Cut-up Apologetic is a melancholic look at the foibles of modern society, and it explores our struggles, fears, and our desire to be remembered for ages to come.” — TheAbsoluteMag.com

      “The mindful cage-rattling of this slim volume will provoke readers to ponder the importance of their own self-expression — and the reality of their failures — in the context of an increasingly corporatized world.” — Scene Magazine

      “This collection doesn’t shy away from irony; and it holds a simultaneous feeling of being self-conscious and effortless like an already smooth face applied seamlessly with makeup. Cut Up Apologetic has many attractive layers.” — The Impressment Gang

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