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    No Crystal Stair Mairuth Sarsfield Canada
    9781773900919 Paperback FICTION / African American & Black Publication Date:October 01, 2021
    $21.95 CAD 5 x 8 x 0.9 in | 320 gr | 314 pages Carton Quantity:14 Linda Leith Publishing
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      First published in 1993, No Crystal Stair is an absorbing story of urban struggle in the 1940s. Raising her three daughters alone, Marion discovers she can only find gainful employment if she passes as white. Set in the Montreal working class neighbourhood of Little Burgundy against the backdrop of an exciting cosmopolitan jazz scene?home of Oscar Peterson, Oliver Jones, and Rockhead's Paradise?and the tense years of World War II, No Crystal Stair is both a tender story of friendship and community as well as an indictment of Canada's "soft" racism.
      In 2005, No Crystal Stair was nominated for Canada Reads and was defended by Olympic fencer Sherraine MacKay. It has been out of print for the past several years and this re-edition is an opportunity to bring a pivotal work of fiction back to Canadian readers.

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      Born in Montreal in 1925, Mairuth Sarsfield was an author, activist, journalist, researcher and diplomat. She was one of the first Black women appointed to the CBC Board of Directors. She worked for Foreign Affairs at Expo 67 in Montreal and at Expo 70 in Osaka, Japan. As senior information officer for the United Nations Environment Program in Nairobi, Kenya, she created the international campaign For Every Child a Tree. In 1986, Sarsfield received the Chevalier de l'ordre national du Québec. Mairuth Sarsfield died in 2013 at the age of 88.


      Dr. Dorothy W. Williams is an historian and consultant specializing in Black Canadian history. Her books include Blacks in Montreal, 1638-1986: An Urban Demography, written at the behest of the Quebec Human Rights Commission in 1989 during their study of racism in Montreal?s housing market, and The Road to Now: A History of Blacks in Montreal (1997), the only chronological study of Blacks on the island of Montreal to this day. It was published in French as Les Noirs à Montreal, essai de demographic urbaine. She lives in Montreal.

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      No Crystal Stair validated certain histories I already knew about Black Canadians in Montreal and taught me about new histories as well. It's exciting to recognize yourself in a work of literature, especially one that is set in the past. At a micro level, it helps to build a sense of belonging to the communities and cultures in which you exist. But at a macro level, it validates your sense of identity ? in this case a Quebecer and a Canadian. When Mairuth came to Montreal on her book tour, I was fortunate enough to get to the Westmount Public Library in time for the reading and she signed my copy! It's nowhere to be found now, sadly, because I enthusiastically lent it to friends in way of spreading the word, not only about the book, but also to bring others to the story of a great Black Canadian woman in arts and culture.

      ?? Nantali Indongo, host, The Bridge, CBC
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    9781773900957 Paperback FICTION / Family Life Publication Date:August 01, 2021
    $19.95 CAD 5 x 8 in | 350 gr | 208 pages Carton Quantity:36 Linda Leith Publishing
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      A photographer takes pictures of his wife. She watches him look. What do they see and how does that change over the years? I Am the Earth the Plants Grow Through is about what keeps people together??and what can pull them apart. As Tomas and Marie cross the country and each other?s lives, they discover what it means to be fully human. A story of passion, love, aging, dark secrets, and the sadness of loss.

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      Jack Hannan has been a hotwalker, a typesetter for Fred Louder, a bookseller, and a publisher. He is a novelist and poet who lives in Montreal, Canada, not far from the house where he was born. His first book was published in 1977, and his first novel, The Poet is a Radio, was published in 2016. His work has been shortlisted for the A. M. Klein Prize for Poetry and the Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction. His family knows he is either at home or will be back soon.

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    Lunging into the Underbrush A Life Lived Backward David Homel Canada
    9781773900797 Paperback BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Personal Memoirs Publication Date:March 01, 2021
    $21.95 CAD 5 x 8 x 0.7 in | 300 gr | 247 pages Carton Quantity:33 Linda Leith Publishing
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      In 1970, David Homel escaped the American draft by moving to Paris. But a hiking accident in Spain led to a harrowing journey through botched surgeries, opiate addiction, the loneliness of a crippled traveler, and the constant pain that would define his life for years to come.

      Today, planning to stay in the game as long as possible, he has a few ideas about how to do just that. By confronting body image issues, performance anxiety, and the challenges of desire, Homel draws an affecting portrait of the battle between Eros and Melancholy. Which one will prevail in this story we call our lives?

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      David Homel was born in Chicago in 1952 and left that city in 1970 for Paris, living in Europe the next few years on odd jobs and odder couches. He has published eight novels, from Electrical Storms in 1988 to The Teardown, which won the Paragraph Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction in 2019. He has also written young adult fiction with Marie-Louise Gay, directed documentary films, worked in TV production, been a literary translator, journalist, and creative writing teacher. He has translated four books for Linda Leith Publishing: Bitter Roase (2015), (2016), Nan Goldin: The Warrior Medusa (2017) and Taximan (2018). Lunging into the Underbrush is his first book of non-fiction. He lives in Montreal.

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      "If I have to age, I hope I do it the way David Homel has: kicking and screaming and laughing at the demons. In Lunging, he reminds us that aging is just another word for growing, and that to grow is to remain vitally alive." ?Wayne Grady, author of Up From Freedom

      "Homel is proposing a new definition of agin, and his book takes a most surprising turn when it looks into the sexuality of people as they age." ??Le Journal de Montréal

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    A Cemetery for Bees Alina Dumitrescu Canada
    9781773900834 Paperback FICTION / Literary Publication Date:February 01, 2021
    $18.95 CAD 5 x 8 x 0.5 in | 200 gr | 150 pages Carton Quantity:28 Linda Leith Publishing
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      This autobiographical novel traces the journey of a woman from her youth in Socialist Eastern Europe to her transplanted life in Montreal, Canada. She is a precocious, thoughtful child, whose early life in Romania is marked by the scarcities of the time and the political games needed to survive, but she is not unhappy. Placed around her family?s house are hives?the bees discourage the secret police from visiting too often?and they provide both a childish diversion and an overarching metaphor for departure and home. An elegant, candid book, A Cemetery for Bees is an elegy for childhood, a declaration of francophile love, and a complicated look at who we are, who we were, and where we might find ourselves.

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      Alina Dumitrescu was born in Moine?ti in what was then the Socialist Republic of Romania, and emigrated to Montréal in 1988, shortly before the fall of the Ceau?escu regime. Her schooling was not recognized in her adoptive country, and she undertook CEGEP and university studies in Québec. She started writing again in the late 1990s, in French, publishing poetry and short fiction. Le cimetière des abeilles, her first novel, was published by Triptyque in 2016, and was a finalist at the Festival du premier roman de Chambéry and won the Blue Metropolis/Conseil des arts de Montréal Diversity Prize.


      Katia Grubisic is a writer, editor, and translator. She was coordinator of the Atwater Poetry Project reading series, and was a founding member of the editorial board for the Icehouse Poetry imprint at Goose Lane Editions. Her own work has appeared in various Canadian and international publications. She has been a finalist for the Governor General?s Literary Award for translation, and her collection of poems What if red ran out won the Gerald Lampert award for best first book.

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    Kerouac & Presley André Pronovost Canada
    9781773900643 Paperback BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Personal Memoirs Publication Date:February 22, 2021
    $22.95 CAD 5 x 8 in | 350 gr | 338 pages Carton Quantity:1 Linda Leith Publishing
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      Kerouac & Presley takes you on the road, guitar slung over your shoulder. Beginning in the Montreal neighbourhood where a teenage girl was brutally murdered in 1975, the International Year of the Woman, to an Abbey in Connecticut where a former starlet and Elvis co-star fled Hollywood to become a nun. This is the story of a wanderer who sets out to rewrite ?the blank and flawless page? that is America. Inspired by the history of Quebec and America, Kerouac & Presley is an American prayer in prose and paragraphs.

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      Originally from Laval, Quebec, André Pronovost has a Master's degree in Animal Psychology. In 1978 he hiked the Appalachian Trail from one end to the other. His seventh book, Kerouac & Presley won the 2018 Quebec Arts Council (CALQ) literary prize. He lives in Montreal.


      A three-time winner of the Governor General?s Award for translation, and shortlisted for his 2009 translation of Thierry Hentsch?s Le temps aboli (Empire of Desire), Fred A. Reed has translated works by many of Quebec?s leading authors, several in collaboration with novelist David Homel, as well as works by Nikos Kazantzakis and other modern Greek writers. His most recent work, with David Homel, includes Philippe Arsenault?s Zora and Martine Desjardins? The Green Chamber. Baraka Books will publish his translation, from Modern Greek, of Yannis Tsirbas? Vic City Express in September. His latest book is Then We Were One: Fragments of Two Lives, an autobiographical essay, published in French by Fides Éditeur.

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