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    Black Women Under State Surveillance, Poverty, & the Violence of Social Assitance Idil Abdillahi Canada
    9781927886588 Paperback SOCIAL SCIENCE / Feminism & Feminist Theory Publication Date:June 15, 2022
    $20.00 CAD 5 x 8 x 0.45 in | 1 gr | 192 pages Carton Quantity:1 Canadian Rights: Y ARP Books
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      The lives and conditions of Black women are inseparable from, and inextricably linked to, all dimensions of social and political life. Black Women Under State centres on the realities of Black women, both in-process and theory, who are living at the intersections of race, poverty, surveillance, and social services. Abdillahi, who is uniquely positioned as a community organizer, practitioner, public intellectual, and scholar, engaged twenty women living at these life intersections in the greater Toronto area.

      The text undertakes a deep and studied inquiry into these women?s subjective experiences of surveillance while on the province of Ontario?s social assistance program Ontario Works and interrogates the dimensional effects of those experiences. Offering a timely and crucial contribution to the discourse around abolition, Abdillahi makes explicit the ways in which social systems are made opaque so that we don?t connect them to the carceral state; this concept of carceral care talks to abolition as the broad concept that it is a fully-embraced understanding that abolition dismantles systems of policing that extend beyond the institution we call the police.

      Three major themes emerge through her inquiry: surveillance, poverty, and morality each interconnected to a larger social and public policy discourse. Abdillahi employs Critical Race Theory and Black Feminist Thought as primary theoretical lenses as she animates the lives of these women, alongside and in conversation with existing research, theory and practice, revealing direct links among their experience, in order to demonstrate the shared, longstanding, and ongoing historicity of the interconnectedness of Black women?s experience globally.

      The vast majority of the book?s citations are from Black Canadians, giving the text its own narrative around citational practice. Through a dynamic interlacing of contemporary critical thought and lived experience, Black Women Under State contributes to filling a gap in social policy literature, which has typically disregarded the subjective experiences of Black women or treated them as a mere addendum.

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      Idil Abdillahi is an Assistant Professor in the School of Disability Studies, and was the Advisor to the Dean on Anti-Black Racism at the Faculty of Community and Social Services at Ryerson University (2020-2021). Dr. Abdillahi is a critical Black Interdisciplinary scholar, researcher, policy analyst, grassroots organizer, and experienced practitioner across healthcare, institutional, policy, and social service settings. She is the author of Black Women Under State: Surveillance, Poverty, & the Violence of Social Assistance (2022), co-author of BlackLife: Post-BLM and The Struggle For Freedom (2019), author of Blackened Madness: Medicalization, and Black Everyday Life in Canada (forthcoming), and a co-editor of the forthcoming edition of Mad Matters: A Critical Reader in Canadian Mad Studies.

      Dr. Abdillahi is published widely on an array of topics, including mental health, poverty, HiV/AIDS, organizational development, and several other key policy areas at the intersection of BlackLife and state interruption. Most notably, her cutting-edge research and scholarship on Blackened and antiBlack sanisms has informed the current debates on fatal police shootings of Black mad-identified peoples. Her work is attentive to the tensions between data, research, communities, institutions, and monetization, and she strives to challenge the ways that research data about communities experiencing structural oppression?particularly Black communities?is increasingly used in capital-oriented institutions as it simultaneously is serving socio-political ?care? spaces such as non-profit organizations, prisons, hospitals and community-based health centers. Dr. Abdillahi?s work integrates an understanding of how these institutions and ?care? spaces continue to disproportionately impact Black women/people, leading to their disenfranchisement from ?public? services and supports in Toronto and beyond.

      She is a founding member of the Black Legal Action Centre (BLAC) and served as vice-chair of the board of directors. Her lengthy history as a practitioner in clinical, forensic, and grassroots settings led to her being honoured with several awards and accolades for her work in mental health in Toronto. Upon transitioning to work in the academy in 2012, she was nominated as a ?professor who made a mark,? and later won the prestigious Viola Desmond Award, celebrating the achievements of Black Canadian Women. Most recently, Dr. Abdillahi was the faculty recipient of the Sue Williams Excellence in Teaching Award, 2020-2021.

      In 2017, she led and co-produced the documentary It Takes A Riot: Race, Rebellion, Reform a film marking the 25th anniversary of the 1992 Yonge Street Uprising in Toronto. She was named one of Toronto?s 12 Most Inspiring Women of 2020 by Post City Magazines.

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    Malleable Forms Selected Essays Meeka Walsh Canada
    9781927886601 Paperback ART / Individual Artists Publication Date:April 15, 2022
    $29.95 CAD 4.5 x 7 x 1 in | 420 gr | 480 pages Carton Quantity:24 Canadian Rights: Y ARP Books
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      ?Walsh?s writings are stunning examples of how to look, how to feel, how to see.?

      For 30 years Meeka Walsh has been the Editor of the Canadian art magazine, Border Crossings. A selection of her much-admired essays published in each issue of that magazine have been selected for this substantial book.

      Malleable Forms is a book of 47 essays, rich and broad in ideas and subjects as far-ranging as art, architecture, literature, family, place, dogs, spirituality, birds, rabbits, and whimsy. But it isn?t just about the subjects presented in the essays but the way in which Walsh has made connections inside the essays.

      ?Kim Gordon: Star Turns? examines the memoir of Sonic Youth?s Kim Gordon takes the reader on a trip that includes surprising links between Gordon and Ab Ex painter Robert Motherwell. ?Rilke: Speaking Longing? measures the poetic sensibilities of Rainer Maria Rilke, Cynthia Ozick, and Vladimir Nabokov. ?Say Bird: A Consideration of Interspecies Romance? describes the romantic tale of a courtship between a woman and a blue jay.

      Noted international critic and art writer, Barry Schwabsky, has written an introductory essay. The persistent engagement of memory winds through the book and resonant is EM Forster?s dictum, ?Only connect.? Walsh makes her particular kind of connections throughout.

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      Meeka Walsh is a writer and critic who has been the editor of Border Crossings magazine since 1993. She has contributed catalogue essays and articles on a wide range of Canadian and American artists. Her short fiction has been published in a number of anthologies, among them the Oxford Book of Stories by Canadian Women in English. She has received the RCA Gold Medal for her Contribution to the Arts and in 2017 she was made a Member of the Order of Canada. She lives in Winnipeg.

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    Ndè S???? Wet?a?à Northern Indigenous Voices on Land, Life, & Art Kyla LeSage Canada, Thumlee Drybones-Foliot, Leanne Betasamosake Simpson
    9781927886625 Paperback LITERARY COLLECTIONS / Indigenous Peoples of the Americas Publication Date:April 15, 2022
    $24.00 CAD 6 x 9 x 0.7 in | 420 gr | 264 pages Carton Quantity:32 Canadian Rights: Y ARP Books
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      Nde? S???? Wet?a?a?: Northern Indigenous Voices on Land, Life & Artis a collection of essays, interviews, short stories, and poetry written by emerging and established northern Indigenous writers and artists. Centered on land, cultural practice and northern life, this ground-breaking collection shares wealth of Dene (Gwich?in, Sahtú, Dehcho, T???ch?, Saysi, Kaska, Dënes??iné, W?ìl?ìdeh) Inuit, Alutiiq, Inuvialuit, Métis, Nêhiyawak (Cree), Northern Tutchone, and Tanana Athabascan creative brilliance. Nde? S???? Wet?a?a? holds up the voices of women and Two-Spirit and Queer writers to create a chorus of voices reflecting a deep love of Indigenous cultures, languages, homelands, and the north. The book includes a series of pieces and interviews from established northern artists and musicians including Leela Gilday, Randy Baillargeon (lead singer for the W?ìl?ìdeh Drummers), Inuit sisters, song-writers and throat singers Tiffany Ayalik and Inuksuk Mackay of Piqsiq, Two-Spirit Vuntut Gwitchin visual artist Jeneen Frei Njootli, Nunavik singer-songwriters Elisapie and Beatrice Deere and visual artist Camille Georgeson-Usher. Nde? S???? Wet?a?a? also includes writing from well-known northern writers Siku Allooloo, T?áncháy Redvers (Fireweed), Antione Mountain (From Bear Rock Mountain), Glen Coulthard (Red Skin, White Masks), Kat??à Lafferty (Northern Wildflower, Land-Water-Sky, and Lianne Marie Leda Charlie, in amongst the best emerging writers in the north.

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      Kyla LeSage is Vuntut Gwitchin from Old Crow, Yukon, and Anishinaabe from Garden River, Ontario. She is the Land Based Academic and Regional Outreach Coordinator at the Dechinta Centre for Research and Learning.

      Thumlee Drybones-Foliot is Dënes??iné from Yellowknives Dene First Nation and is an alumni of the Dechinta Centre for Research and Learning.

      Leanne Betasamosake Simpson is a researcher, writer, and educator of Mississauga and Scottish ancestry. She is a member of the gidigaa bzhiw dodem and a citizen of the Nishnaabeg nation. Leanne holds a PhD from the University of Manitoba and is the past director of Indigenous Environmental Studies at Trent University. Her research interests include Indigenist theory and methodology, Indigenous political cultures and traditional governance, Nishnaabeg women, Indigenous Knowledge, and Indigenous philosophies on land and the environment. Leanne currently teaches at the Centre for World Indigenous Knowledge Athabasca University and has previously taught at Trent University, the University of Victoria, the University of Manitoba, and Tampere University in Finland.

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    The Vanishing Signs Essays Scott Cam Canada
    9781927886649 Paperback ART / Art & Politics Publication Date:May 15, 2022
    $20.00 CAD 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.25 in | 1 gr | 192 pages Carton Quantity:1 Canadian Rights: Y ARP Books
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      What is a novel? What is a revolution? Is there anything new under the sun? In these essays, poet and critic Cam Scott contemplates the novel in various guises?as culture and technology; as a labyrinth, series, list, and sect. Far from an academic typology, these discrete and overlapping studies are excerpted from the activity of a politically interested readership, for whom literature makes real demands of the one world that it describes. Includes writings on Dennis Cooper, Guy Hocquenghem, Dionne Brand, Gail Scott, Robert Glück, Kevin Killian, Renata Adler, Renee Gladman, Ted Rees, Lyn Hejinian, Harryette Mullen, and Jordy Rosenberg.

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      Cam Scott is a poet, critic, and non-musician from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Treaty One Territory. His poetry collection, ROMANS/SNOWMARE (ARP), is both a daybook of anti-capitalist ideation and a homoerotic reinvention of the prairie long poem as it resonates with a love of language and experiment. A chapbook, WRESTLERS, was published by Greying Ghost in 2017.

      His most recent musical projects are "Swolowes" and "Cold-catcher," which span free improvisation and field recording as well as electro-acoustic genres. As a critic, his independent research is focused on the politics of twentieth-century literary avant-gardes and their executors. He divides his time between the prairies and Brooklyn, New York.

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    Foxhunt Luke Francis Beirne
    9781771862714 Paperback FICTION / Thrillers Publication Date:April 01, 2022
    $24.95 CAD 5.6 x 8.5 x 0.9 in | 340 gr | 240 pages Carton Quantity:44 Canadian Rights: Y BARAKA
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      1949: Milne Lowell, a Canadian writer, moves to London from Montreal to edit a magazine dedicated to cultural freedom. His colleagues include Marguerite Allard, a French-Canadian anarchist, Eric Felmore, an American novelist, and Carson Ward, a British poet. Initially, the group is enthusiastic about the championship of freedom; however, uncertainty grows as unsettling encounters begin to unfold and the peripheral violence of the Cold War closes in.

      Foxhunt is an atmospheric exploration of passivity, loyalty, and literature in times of political upheaval. Firmly entrenched in the literary milieu of the era, it carries the reader through shell-shocked streets with suspense and intrigue.

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      Luke Francis Beirne was born in 1995 in Ireland and grew up in Western Canada. He has ghostwritten more than a dozen genre novels. His fiction and poetry has appeared in Honest Ulsterman, Hamilton Arts & Letters and Adelaide, including the award-winning story "Models." He holds a Master's in Cultural Studies & Critical Theory from McMaster University, where he worked as a TA for the English Department. Foxhunt is his first novel. He lives in Saint John, New Brunswick.

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      "elegantly written . . . Foxhunts depictions of a politically unsettled and suspicious time are all too relevant in today?s divided and fractious world." K.M. Sandrick, Historical Novel Society

      "A cold-war thriller rather like early le Carré. ... eerily pertinent given recent news" Simon Lavery, Tredynas Days

      "Foxhunt is wonderfully written and, as already mentioned, is a slow-to-medium-paced read. Hence, it is the type of novel I enjoy reading. Foxhunt is also a very cerebral and well-placed story within the historical context of the beginnings of the Cold War. I highly recommend Foxhunt as a noir-ish literary mystery-intrigue novel," James Fishter, The Miramichi Reader

      "Foxhunt is an atmospheric dive into Cold War intrigue and romance and paranoia in the literary salons of postwar Europe. Spies and turncoats and secretive spin doctors move chess pieces while pushing cash and lies and clashing ideologies. With its beautifully lyrical prose, Foxhunt is an alchemic mix of realpolitik and shadowy noir." Mark Anthony Jarman

      "Against a seamless historical and literary backdrop, Foxhunt balances compelling intrigue with vulnerable human emotions." Foreword Reviews

      "A remarkable first novel by a brilliant young writer." David Adams Richards

      "Brimming with suspense, political drama and allusions to various literary works, Foxhunt is a rich and thought-provoking novel on the pursuit of creative expression as it is entangled with the surrounding political climate." The Silhouette, Chinmayi Yathiraju

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    Serving Life A Nurse Lintion, Detective Bellechasse Mystery Novel Richard King
    9781771862721 Paperback FICTION / Mystery & Detective Publication Date:April 01, 2022
    $22.95 CAD 5.5 x 8.5 x 0.8 in | 340 gr | 270 pages Carton Quantity:40 Canadian Rights: Y BARAKA
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      The third Nurse Annie Linton/Det. Sgt. Gilles Bellechasse Mystery.

      A mysterious doctor is wandering the halls of the Emergency Department of the Gursky Memorial Hospital, providing medication to patients suffering from dementia. Annie is suspicious of his motives and is determined to identify the man. Her search kicks into high gear when some of the dementia patients die unexpectedly. Gilles is assigned to investigate the murder of a doctor who is in charge of a research lab at the Gursky. A serial killer is stalking the streets of Montreal, killing people apparently at random. Gilles and Annie team up to uncover the clues that link all the crimes and ultimately to solve them.

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      Richard King was co-owner of Montreal's Paragraphe Bookstore in Montreal and served as President of the Canadian Booksellers Association. He has published five previous novels and two biographies. A books columnist on CBC, Montreal, he has volunteered in the emergency department of the Jewish General Hospital. He lives in Montreal.

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      "One of the key characteristics of good crime fiction writing is to avoid arbitrary coincidences by weaving plausibility into the déroulement of the narrative. King's writing is deeply rooted in plausibility, so much so that it reads like true crime non-fiction. As he introduces new twists to the plot, he provides strong frameworks around them, reinforcing their believability. ? Hommes de Lettres, food connoisseur, bon vivant, humanitarian ? Richard King will be missed by all who knew him. Montreal has lost a real Mensch." Ian Thomas Shaw, Ottawa Review of Books

      "King masterfully uses a slick third-person narrative throughout his novel, shifting from character to character at exactly the right moment, giving readers the best seat in the house. (?) Banking on Life definitely belongs in the long line of Montreal detective novels, with its polished writing and rapid-paced action, all taking place in the well-known nooks and crannies of today's city." Sharon Morrisey, Montreal Review of Books

      "King, a lively writer with fine storytelling skills. Readers who know Montreal will recognize neighbourhoods, streets and landmarks in A Stab at Life. Indeed, the city is as much a character as the nurse and the detective." Susan Schwartz, The Montreal Gazette.

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    The Ghost of Suzuko 1st edition Vincent Brault, Benjamin Hedley Canada
    9781771862769 Paperback FICTION / Urban & Street Lit Publication Date:June 01, 2022
    $21.95 CAD 5 x 8 x 0.5 in | 220 gr | 240 pages Carton Quantity:42 Canadian Rights: Y QC Fiction
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      The Sumida River, the Tsukiji fish market, a stuffed bear head. A Montrealer in mourning returns to Tokyo, where he is haunted by the ghost of his dead lover. But when a turbulent new love enters his life will it be enough to put him on sure footing or will he forever be on shaky ground?

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      Vincent Brault was born in Montreal in 1978. He is the author of three novels: Le cadavre de Kowalski (2015), which was a finalist for the Prix des Rendez-vous du premier roman first novel award, La chair de Clémentine (2017), and Le fantôme de Suzuko (2021). The Ghost of Suzuko (Le fantôme de Suzuko) is his first novel to be translated into English.

      Benjamin Hedley is a translator and bookseller from Montreal, Quebec. He has a B.A. from Concordia University in translation studies and has worked previously with QC Fiction on the short story collection I Never Talk About It. The Ghost of Suzuko is his first full-length translation.

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      "a QC Fiction book that demonstrates the style of book that sets QC Fiction out from the crowd" James Fisher, The Miramichi Reader

      "a fascinating story" - Tony Malone, Tony's Reading List

      "A superb novel on absence and losing one?s bearings, as well as an ode to passion and desire, this third book by Vincent Brault is a literary project like few others in Quebec . . . the borders between dreams and reality are ambiguous to say the least." (Gabriel Guérin, Les Libraires magazine

      "a story as enchanting as it is exotic . . . The syncopated style lends the story a poetic dimension as the author shifts effortlessly from the dreamlike to the fantastic." (Manon Dumais, Le Devoir)

      "The back and forth between past and present weaves an effective narrative where love and grief intertwine with exquisite languor . . . A short, touching novel." (Julie Roy, L'Actualité)

      "A hypnotising novel . . . Journey to the frontiers of the real and the supernatural, between Montreal and Japan." (Marie-Lise Rousseau, Métro)

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    The Great Absquatulator Frank Mackey, Aly (alias Webster) Ndiaye
    9781771862738 Paperback BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Cultural, Ethnic & Regional Publication Date:May 01, 2022
    $24.95 CAD 6 x 9 x 0.8 in | 440 gr | 280 pages Carton Quantity:40 Canadian Rights: Y BARAKA
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      Alfred Thomas Wood was nothing and everything. A century before Ferdinand Demara, "The Great Impostor" of the 1961 Hollywood film of that name, Wood was the Great Absquatulator, a man who roved through the mid-19th century from Halifax, N.S., to New England, Liberia, Great Britain, Ireland, Germany, Montreal, the U.S. Mid-West and the South.

      He self-identified as an Oxford-educated preacher in Maine and Boston, then as a Cambridge-educated doctor of divinity in Liberia, despite the fact that neither of those universities admitted black students at that time. He was almost dispatched to Australia in 1853 but missed that boat by the skin of his teeth and instead spent 18 months in an English lockup. In Hamburg in 1854, he published a history of Liberia in German.

      Later, in Montreal, he styled himself the Superintendent of Public Works of Sierra Leone. He served the African Methodist Episcopal Church in Ohio, Indiana and Illinois as an Oxford-educated DD, then toiled in post-Civil War Tennessee as a Cambridge-trained MD. People who knew him couldn?t wait to forget him.

      In this meticulously-pieced-together biography of the Great Absquatulator A.T. Wood, Frank Mackey wittily casts new light on the momentous mid-19th-century events that shaped the world we live in today.

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      Frank Mackey is author of three previous works published by MQUP Steamboat Connections: Montreal to Upper Canada, 1816-1843 (2000); Black Then: Blacks and Montreal 1780s-1880s (2004) and Done with Slavery: The Black Fact in Montreal, 1760-1840 (2010). He has worked as a journalist in Alberta, Newfoundland, Montreal, Quebec City and London (Eng.) and taught journalism at Montreal's Concordia University. He lives in Montreal.

      Webster (Aly Ndiaye) is a Montreal based Senegalo-Québécois rap artist born in Quebec City. A pioneer of hip-hop in Quebec, Webster has spoken in Universities in Canada and the United States on the creative use of French in rap music. His passion for history led him to get a university education in history and to speak widely on the presence Africans and of slaves in Quebec throughout history. He is author of one hip-hop writing manual and a children?s book on the first African slave in Canada.

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      "Here's a great non-fiction title from Baraka Books that will surely stand as one of my favourite reads of 2021. True crime? Check. Historical true crime? Check. International true crime? Check. Well-researched? Check. This book checks all the proverbial boxes for its genre(s). Frank Mackey has compiled a truly fascinating story of the life of Alfred Thomas Wood, a truly great imposter, but an incredibly absurd one at times." James Fisher, The Miramichi Reader

      "The Great Absquatulator is a feat of historical sleuthing, dogged archive-digging and sure-handed storytelling. It adds to Frank Mackey?s already considerable list of credits as a groundbreaking chronicler of the Black presence in 19th-century Quebec and elsewhere" Ian McGillis, The Montreal Gazette

      "Frank Mackey has a knack of digging up and dusting off stories that, were it not for him, would very likely have been swallowed up by time. Or to put it more metaphorically, he has forced time to cough up its children who have been buried for centuries. That?s what he did with Alexander Grant, and now it?s Alfred Thomas Wood?s turn." Webster

      "The latest fruit of Frank Mackey?s research into Black history is both startling and absorbing. A.T. Wood defied the stereotypes and conventions of his age: a great traveller and a master of deceit, he worked by turns as a carpenter, a preacher, an author, a teacher, a public speaker, a doctor and a political activist. Mackey fears that Wood is "trapped in the pages of this book" but for once he is wrong ? his words release a grand impostor into the public eye." Mark Abley

      "A foremost authority on African-Canadian history pertaining to all things Montréalais and/or Québécois, Frank Mackey drafts a portrait of Alfred Thomas Wood that claims the hitherto unknown "Great Absquatulator" was a practitioner of outrageous frauds, serial seductions (perhaps even fringing on incest), and also a master plagiarizer of other people?s titles, attainments, and prestige. Indeed, Mackey recovers?via obsessive research?a scoundrel, a scamp, a scalawag, who plied his deceptions on three continents and in at least five countries, and who may have been born George Andrew Smith in Nova Scotia. However, whatever or whoever "Wood" or "Smith" really was, he was an author, and the translation from German and reprinting of his History of the Republic of Liberia renders the mysterious deceiver a possible, early African-Canadian scribe who now may take his place in our bibliographies?even if always with an asterisk." George Elliott Clarke, 7th Parliamentary Poet Laureate of Canada (2016-2017)

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    The Killer's Henchman Capitalism and the Covid-19 Disaster Stephen Gowans Canada
    9781771862745 Paperback MEDICAL / Public Health Publication Date:June 01, 2022
    $24.95 CAD 6 x 9 x 0.55 in | 380 gr | 280 pages Carton Quantity:36 Canadian Rights: Y BARAKA
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      Summer 2021, the novel coronavirus is scything through populations worldwide. WHO Director-General announces the pandemic will end "when the world chooses to end it. We have all the tools we need: proven public health and social measures; rapid and accurate diagnostics; effective therapeutics including oxygen; and of course, powerful vaccines." The pandemic didn't end.

      The proven health and social measures Tedros mentioned, used by China, Vietnam, New Zealand and a few others to drive infections to zero, were ignored in favor of allowing the virus to run riot, or imposing half measures only when hospitals were under an unbearable strain.

      The promised vaccine exit ramp turned out to be more mirage than oasis. Countries that rolled out vaccines quickly to large parts of their populations, soon turned to boosters, but with little success.

      Poor- and middle-income countries experienced a global vaccine apartheid.

      Stephen Gowans investigates why, despite the availability of necessary tools, the world failed to prevent the Covid-19 disaster. Examining the business opportunities and pressures that helped shape the world's failed response, he concludes that the novel coronavirus, a killer, had a helper in bringing about the calamity: capitalism, the killer's henchman.

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      Stephen Gowans is an independent political analyst and writer whose principal interest is how public and foreign policy is formulated, particularly in the United States. His writings, which appear on his What's Left blog, have been reproduced widely in online and print media in many languages and have been cited in academic journals and other scholarly works. He is the author of three acclaimed books Washington's Long War on Syria (2017, Patriots, Traitors and Empires, The Story of Korea' Struggle for Freedom (2018), and Israel, A Beachhead in the Middle East, all published by Baraka Books. He lives in Ottawa, Canada.

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      "It is always refreshing to read Stephen Gowans. He does his homework and his writing is well-documented and far from the well-intentioned fluff that litter too many websites. He is careful to situate his subject within its context and he has a good eye for discerning what is important and what is of lesser consequence." Tim Beal, Recipient of a Canadian Government Canada-Asia-Pacific Award for 2003

      "Stephen Gowans is not a writer to mince words or to defer to mainstream distortions. He makes no concessions to the standard self-serving Western narrative, and this is one of the reasons his work is so consistently refreshing. Gowans is also noted for his careful research and masterly knack for deploying information in support of logical analysis." Gregory Elich

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    The Plains of Abraham Battlefield 1759 and 1760 Hélène Quimper, Katherine Hastings
    9781771862752 Paperback HISTORY / North America Publication Date:June 01, 2022
    $24.95 CAD 7.5 x 9.5 x 0.35 in | 420 gr | 144 pages Carton Quantity:40 Canadian Rights: Y BARAKA
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      The fate of North America was sealed on the Plains of Abraham in a battle that has gone down in history. France and England, historical enemies, faced off in September 1759 in the Capital of New France, Quebec. France then controlled large swaths of North America in three colonies with a total population of 80,000 people of European and mixed origin, while England's influence was limited to the much more populous Thirteen Colonies along the Atlantic seaboard.

      The story of that famous battle began much earlier. Tensions rose in early 18th-Century Europe. France lost Acadia to the British in 1713, who deported the Acadians in 1755. They then laid siege to Louisbourg, entry way to the Capital of New France. The lead up also included conflict in 1753 in Ohio between the English/American troops led by George Washington and "Canadien" and French troops, and the Jumonville Afffair in 1754.

      New France was of tremendous strategic interest for France. Its military force included a standing army, a militia comprising troops raised among the "Canadiens" and many allied Indigenous nations, which explains why the Seven Years' War is known in the United States as the "French and Indian War." The English had naval superiority and could count on more numerous troops raised in North America.

      This beautifully illustrated album casts new light on the events preceding the battles in 1759 and 1760, and their legacy following the Treaty of Paris of 1763.

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      Hélène Quimper is a historian and heritage curator with National Battlefields Commission. Her responsibility includes the preservation, conservation and development of historical and heritage resources for the Battlefields Park. Her research focuses on the military history of New France, and more specifically the Seven Years' War. She has written many articles and books on the subject. Hélène Quimper lives in Quebec City.

      Katherine Hastings has worked as a Quebec-based translator and copyeditor since 1995. She has translated two novels by Jean-Michel Fortier, The Unknown Huntsman (2016) and The Electric Baths (2020); co-translated Tatouine, a novel by Jean-Christophe Réhel (2020); and translated Montreal and the Bomb by Gilles Sabourin.

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