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    Beyond Order 12 More Rules for Life Jordan B. Peterson Canada, Juliette Fogra
    9780735278332 Hardcover PSYCHOLOGY / Applied Psychology On Sale Date:March 02, 2021
    $39.95 CAD 6.3 x 9.27 x 1.28 in | 1.39 lb | 432 pages Carton Quantity:12 Canadian Rights: Y Random House Canada
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      The highly anticipated sequel to the global bestseller 12 Rules for Life.

      In 12 Rules for Life, acclaimed public thinker and clinical psychologist Jordan B. Peterson offered an antidote to the chaos in our lives: eternal truths applied to modern anxieties. His insights have helped millions of readers and resonated powerfully around the world.

      Now in his long-awaited sequel, Peterson goes further, showing that part of life’s meaning comes from reaching out into the domain beyond what we know, and adapting to an ever-transforming world. While an excess of chaos threatens us with uncertainty, an excess of order leads to a lack of curiosity and creative vitality. Beyond Order therefore calls on us to balance the two fundamental principles of reality—order and chaos—and reveals the profound meaning that can be found on the path that divides them.

      In times of instability and suffering, Peterson reminds us that there are sources of strength on which we can all draw: insights borrowed from psychology, philosophy, and humanity’s greatest myths and stories. Drawing on the hard-won truths of ancient wisdom, as well as deeply personal lessons from his own life and clinical practice, Peterson offers twelve new principles to guide readers towards a more courageous, truthful, and meaningful life.

      Story Locale: Toronto, ON
      DR. JORDAN B. PETERSON is the bestselling author of 12 Rules for Life, which has sold more than five million copies worldwide and has been published in over 50 languages. His YouTube videos and podcasts have gathered a worldwide audience of hundreds of millions, and his global book tour has reached more than 250,000 people in 120 different cities. After working for decades as a clinical psychologist and professor at Harvard and the University of Toronto, Peterson has become one of the world’s most influential public intellectuals. With his students and colleagues, Dr. Peterson has published over a hundred scientific papers, and his 1999 book Maps of Meaning revolutionized the psychology of religion. He lives in Toronto with his family.

      Author Residence: Toronto, ON

      Author Hometown: Fairview, AB
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        Author Website: jordanbpeterson.com

        Author Social Media: @jordanbpeterson
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      “[T]he story that Peterson is narrating is surely one of the most remarkable of our times. . . . There’s much in it that’s genuinely enlightening and often poignant, particularly Peterson’s conviction that we need to be ‘alert, awake, attentive’ in our lives.” —New Statesman (UK)

      Beyond Order is a hybrid of genres. It offers a series of essays on how to live responsibly and productively, but Peterson goes way beyond self-help bromides, drawing on cases from his clinical practice to illuminate errors that people are prone to make and the outcomes they can expect from choosing one course of action over another.” —Book and Film Globe (US)

      “[Jordan Peterson] is a serious person and is genuinely engaged in trying to improve the lives of his readers and patients. Much of his advice is both valuable and, occasionally, even beautiful. . . . Peterson’s call to responsibility, to depth, to seriousness, and to fidelity are welcome and powerful.” —Los Angeles Review of Books


      “We live in a time when so many young (and not so young) people feel lost . . . Mr. Peterson talks about the attitudes that will help find the path. It is not a politically correct or officially approved path, but it is an intensely practical and yet heightened one: This life you’re living has meaning.”
      —PEGGY NOONAN, Wall Street Journal

      “Jordan Peterson is universally revered—and feared—for his incredible intellect and emotional insight.”
      —DAVE RUBIN, host of The Rubin Report and author of Don’t Burn This Book

      “The Peterson way is a harsh way, but it is an idealistic way—and for millions of young men, it turns out to be the perfect antidote to the cocktail of coddling and accusation in which they are raised.”
      —DAVID BROOKS, New York Times

      “The world needs Jordan Peterson.”
      —DOUGLAS MURRAY, author of The Madness of Crowds
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    "Indian" in the Cabinet Speaking Truth to Power Jody Wilson-Raybould Canada
    9781443465366 Hardcover BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Political On Sale Date:September 14, 2021
    $34.99 CAD 6 x 9 x 1.23 in | 18.48 oz | 352 pages Carton Quantity:24 HarperCollins Publishers
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      A compelling political memoir of leadership and speaking truth to power by one of the most inspiring women of her generation

      Jody Wilson-Raybould was raised to be a leader. Inspired by the example of her grandmother, who persevered throughout her life to keep alive the governing traditions of her people, and raised as the daughter of a hereditary chief and Indigenous leader, Wilson-Raybould always knew she would take on leadership roles and responsibilities. She never anticipated, however, that those roles would lead to a journey from her home community of We Wai Kai in British Columbia to Ottawa as Canada’s first Indigenous Minister of Justice and Attorney General in the Cabinet of then newly elected prime minister, Justin Trudeau.

      Wilson-Raybould’s experience in Trudeau’s Cabinet reveals important lessons about how we must continue to strengthen our political institutions and culture, and the changes we must make to meet challenges such as racial justice and climate change. As her initial optimism about the possibilities of enacting change while in Cabinet shifted to struggles over inclusivity, deficiencies of political will, and concerns about adherence to core principles of our democracy, Wilson-Raybould stood on principle and, ultimately, resigned. In standing her personal and professional ground and telling the truth in front of the nation, Wilson-Raybould demonstrated the need for greater independence and less partisanship in how we govern.

      “Indian” in the Cabinet: Speaking Truth to Power is the story of why Wilson-Raybould got into federal politics, her experience as an Indigenous leader sitting around the Cabinet table, her proudest achievements, the very public SNC-Lavalin affair, and how she got out and moved forward. Now sitting as an Independent Member in Parliament, Wilson-Raybould believes there is a better way to govern and a better way for politics—one that will make a better country for all.


      The Honourable JODY WILSON-RAYBOULD, PC, QC, MP, is the former Independent member of Parliament for Vancouver Granville. She served as the minister of justice and attorney general of Canada, the minister of veterans affairs and the associate minister of national defence until her resignation in 2019. Wilson-Raybould is a lawyer, an advocate and a leader in British Columbia’s First Nations. She has been a provincial Crown prosecutor, a councillor for the We Wai Kai Nation and a chair of the First Nations Finance Authority. She has also served as Regional Chief of the BC Assembly of First Nations.

      Jody Wilson-Raybould is a descendant of the Musgamagw Tsawataineuk and Laich-Kwil-Tach peoples, who are part of the Kwakwaka’wakw and also known as the Kwak’wala-speaking peoples. She is a member of the We Wai Kai Nation. Her traditional name, Puglaas, means “woman born to noble people.”

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      "A thoughtful and respectful memoir. . . . Wilson-Raybould describes how public policy plays out within an established institutional context, and shares her own powerful personal encounters. . . .This book is Wilson-Raybould’s plea that Canadians not take our institutions for granted, nor allow complacency to lead us into a collective malaise as we face the challenges of the future." — Jury Citation, Writers' Trust Balsillie Prize for Public Policy

      “It’s a page-turner — well written and well paced.” — Calgary Herald

      "[Wilson-Raybould] holds a mirror up for us and what we see is a nation shocked out of our comfortable pews. . . . It is time to address wounds that cannot be negotiated scar by scar through civil contracts and redefine ourselves in the deep language of holy laws that transcend politics and religion. It is time to do what is right." — The British Columbia Review

      "An excellent read." — The Literary Review of Canada

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    The Bomber Mafia A Dream, a Temptation, and the Longest Night of the Second World War Malcolm Gladwell
    9780316296618 Hardcover HISTORY / Military On Sale Date:April 27, 2021
    $34.00 CAD 5.65 x 8.25 x 1.25 in | 0.81 lb | 256 pages Carton Quantity:20 Canadian Rights: Y Little, Brown and Company
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      A “truly compelling” (Good Morning America) New York Times bestseller that explores how technology and best intentions collide in the heat of war—from the creator and host of the podcast Revisionist History.

      In The Bomber Mafia, Malcolm Gladwell weaves together the stories of a Dutch genius and his homemade computer, a band of brothers in central Alabama, a British psychopath, and pyromaniacal chemists at Harvard to examine one of the greatest moral challenges in modern American history.

      Most military thinkers in the years leading up to World War II saw the airplane as an afterthought. But a small band of idealistic strategists, the “Bomber Mafia,” asked: What if precision bombing could cripple the enemy and make war far less lethal?

      In contrast, the bombing of Tokyo on the deadliest night of the war was the brainchild of General Curtis LeMay, whose brutal pragmatism and scorched-earth tactics in Japan cost thousands of civilian lives, but may have spared even more by averting a planned US invasion. In The Bomber Mafia, Gladwell asks, “Was it worth it?”

      Things might have gone differently had LeMay’s predecessor, General Haywood Hansell, remained in charge. Hansell believed in precision bombing, but when he and Curtis LeMay squared off for a leadership handover in the jungles of Guam, LeMay emerged victorious, leading to the darkest night of World War II. The Bomber Mafia is a riveting tale of persistence, innovation, and the incalculable wages of war.
      Malcom Gladwell is the author of seven New York Times bestsellers: The Tipping Point, Blink, Outliers, What the Dog Saw, David and Goliath, Talking to Strangers, and The Bomber Mafia. He is also the cofounder of Pushkin Industries, an audiobook and podcast production company. He was born in England, grew up in rural Ontario, and now lives in New York.
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      “Gripping… Gladwell is a wonderful storyteller… in [his] deft hands, the Air Force generals of World War II come back to life… I enjoyed this short book thoroughly, and would have been happy if it had been twice as long.”—Thomas E. Ricks, New York Times Book Review
      “A thought-provoking, accessible account of how people respond to difficult choices in difficult times... Gladwell’s easy conversational style works well… and his admiration for the Bomber Mafia shines through. His portraits of individuals are compelling."—Diana Preston, Washington Post
      “Truly compelling… written in New York Times bestseller Malcolm Gladwell's characteristic approachable, story-telling style.”—Zibby Owens, Good Morning America
      "A riveting tale of persistence, obsession, innovation, and the incalculable wages of war... The Bomber Mafia looks at one of the greatest moral challenges of the Second World War."—Michael Lewis, Against the Rules
      “Malcolm Gladwell is a one-in-a-generation kind of writer… He has an uncanny way of finding the story within the story and pointing out the important lessons often hiding in plain sight.”—Bryan Elliott, Inc.com
      “Excellent revisionist history… another Gladwell everything-you-thought-you-knew-was-wrong page-turner.”—Kirkus (starred review)
      “[A] brilliantly told parable… As ever with Gladwell… the story boils down to people at moments of crisis… books and parables alike rely on their narrative as much as their message. And for a book that is not a war story, this one is brilliantly, brilliantly told.”—James McConnachie, Sunday Times (UK)
      “A ruminative, anecdotal account of what led up to the deadliest air raid of WWII… Gladwell provides plenty of colorful details and poses intriguing questions about the morality of warfare… fans will savor the insights into ‘how technology slips away from its intended path.’”—Publishers Weekly
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    Home Body Rupi Kaur Canada
    9781501175305 Paperback POETRY / Women Authors On Sale Date:November 17, 2020
    $22.00 CAD 127 x 196.85 x 17.78 mm | 0.56 lb | 192 pages Carton Quantity:40 Canadian Rights: Y Simon & Schuster
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      From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of milk and honey and the sun and her flowers comes her greatly anticipated third collection of poetry.

      rupi kaur constantly embraces growth, and in home body, she walks readers through a reflective and intimate journey visiting the past, the present, and the potential of the self. home body is a collection of raw, honest conversations with oneself - reminding readers to fill up on love, acceptance, community, family, and embrace change. illustrated by the author, themes of nature and nurture, light and dark, rest here.

      i dive into the well of my body
      and end up in another world
      everything i need
      already exists in me
      there’s no need
      to look anywhere else
      A breakout literary phenomenon and #1 New York Times Bestselling Author, Rupi Kaur wrote, illustrated, and self-published her first poetry collection milk and honey in 2014. Next came its artistic siblings the sun and her flowers and home body, both debuting at #1 on bestseller lists across the world. These collections have sold more than 11 million copies and have been translated into over 43 languages. In 2022, she released her fourth book Healing Through Words which is a journey of guided writing exercises to help the reader explore their creativity.

      As she has done from the very beginning, Rupi self-produced Rupi Kaur Live, the first poetry special of its kind, which debuted on Amazon Prime Video in 2021.

      Rupi Kaur graces stages across the globe on sold-out world tours. These shows are a poetic theatrical experience interlaced with her own touch of stand-up. Her work touches on love, loss, trauma, healing, femininity, and migration. She feels most at home when creating art, performing her poetry onstage, and spending time with family and friends.
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    Crossroads My Story of Tragedy and Resilience as a Humboldt Bronco Kaleb Dahlgren Canada
    9781443462877 Hardcover BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Personal Memoirs On Sale Date:March 16, 2021
    $32.99 CAD 6 x 9 x 1.06 in | 16.56 oz | 296 pages Carton Quantity:32 Collins
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      An inspiring story of hope and resiliency

      On April 6, 2018, sixteen people died and thirteen others were injured after a bus taking the Humboldt Broncos junior hockey team to a playoff game collided with a transport truck in a rural intersection. The tragedy moved millions of people to leave hockey sticks by their front door to show sympathy and support for the Broncos. People from more than eighty countries pledged millions of dollars to families whose relatives had been directly involved in the accident.

      Crossroads is the story of Kaleb Dahlgren, a young man who survived the bus crash and faced life after the tragedy with resiliency and positivity. In this chronicle of his time with the Broncos and the loving community of Humboldt, Saskatchewan, Dahlgren takes a hard look at his experience of unprecedented loss, but also revels in the overwhelming response and outpouring of love from across Canada and around the world. But this book also goes much deeper, revealing the adversity Dahlgren faced long before his time in Humboldt and his inspiring journey since the accident.

      From a childhood spent learning to live with type 1 diabetes to his remarkable recovery from severe brain trauma that astounded medical professionals, Dahlgren documents a life of perseverance, gratitude and hope in the wake of enormous obstacles and life-altering tragedy.

      The author will donate a portion of his proceeds from this book to STARS (Shock Trauma Air Rescue Service).


      KALEB DAHLGREN is the former assistant captain of the Humboldt Broncos hockey team and one of thirteen survivors of the tragic bus crash. Shortly after getting out of the hospital, Dahlgren joined the York University Lions varsity hockey team. He graduated from York University in 2021 and is now studying at the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College. The founder of Dahlgren’s Diabeauties, a program that supports children with type 1 diabetes, Kaleb Dahlgren shares his message of hope and healing with groups across North America.

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      "We never know the true meaning of courage until we face it head-on in life: Kaleb’s story is truly a story of courage. Crossroads is an amazing book that will take you back to your early days of hockey and sports and make you realize how important community and family really are. I know you will love this book and it will remind you how wonderful our country of Canada really is. Enjoy the read. Crossroads will change your life for the better.” — WAYNE GRETZKY

      “You might assume this book is going to engage you, enrapture you, inspire you, and motivate you because of Kaleb’s story about how he’s making his way through the Broncos tragedy and its aftermath, but you’d be wrong. It’s going to do all of those things, but because of much more than that single incident.” — HAYLEY WICKENHEISER, four-time Olympic gold medallist

      “Kaleb has every excuse to be bitter and angry for everything he has been through, but instead he has chosen to be the complete opposite. He has inspired me to live every day to the fullest, and after reading Crossroads, I know you will feel the same way.” — KATE BEIRNESS, sportscaster

      “This is a book you should read: the story of a young man who has dealt with, and lives with, more than most of us do in our lifetime. Go, Kaleb.” — BOBBY CLARKE, NHL legend

      “Moving and inspiring, Kaleb Dahlgren’s incredible story of optimism and grit at every crossroad in his life shows us all what’s possible on our own journeys.” — MARILYN DENIS

      “There are few things more Canadian than a group of hockey-loving teenagers taking a bus to a big game on the Prairies. That’s why the Humboldt tragedy hit us all so hard. It felt like the Broncos were all our boys. And so Kaleb’s remarkable story moves us and shatters us, and ultimately gives us hope. It’s an incredible account of a young man who refuses to be defined by one horrific moment.” — JAMES DUTHIE, TSN host and bestselling author of Beauties

      “This story truly touched my heart. When this tragic accident happened, Canada—and really the whole world—lost so much. We are all stronger when we come together, and Crossroads honours the Broncos and their legacy in such a beautiful way.” — KAITLYN BRISTOWE, TV personality, podcaster, and entrepreneur

      “Kaleb Dahlgren has done a great job providing insight into what makes a team strong: as the Humboldt Broncos’ Core Covenant states, ‘Family first.’ A tribute to those lost and a gripping read.” — MITCHELL MARNER, Toronto Maple Leafs

      “Sixteen Broncos—their eyes dance and their smiles appear everywhere in Crossroads. With anguish and hope breaking through every line, Kaleb’s book shows it’s not the end of those lives. Deeply affecting and beautiful.” — RON MACLEAN

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    21 Things You May Not Know About the Indian Act Helping Canadians Make Reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples a Reality Bob Joseph Canada
    9780995266520 Paperback HISTORY / Canada On Sale Date:April 10, 2018 Print Run:5000
    $19.95 CAD 6.47 x 7.99 x 0.5 in | 220 gr | 160 pages Carton Quantity:56 Canadian Rights: Y Indigenous Relations Press
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      #1 National Bestseller Based on a viral article, 21 Things You May Not Know About the Indian Act is the essential guide to understanding the legal document and its repercussion on generations of Indigenous Peoples, written by a leading cultural sensitivity trainer. Since its creation in 1876, the Indian Act has shaped, controlled, and constrained the lives and opportunities of Indigenous Peoples, and is at the root of many enduring stereotypes. Bob Joseph's book comes at a key time in the reconciliation process, when awareness from both Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities is at a crescendo. Joseph explains how Indigenous Peoples can step out from under the Indian Act and return to self-government, self-determination, and self-reliance - and why doing so would result in a better country for every Canadian. He dissects the complex issues around truth and reconciliation, and clearly demonstrates why learning about the Indian Act's cruel, enduring legacy is essential for the country to move toward true reconciliation.
      Bob Joseph, founder of Indigenous Corporate Training Inc., has provided training on Indigenous and Aboriginal relations since 1994. As a certified Master Trainer, Joseph has assisted both individuals and organizations in building Indigenous or Aboriginal relations. His clients include all levels of government, Fortune 500 companies, corporate enterprises, and Indigenous peoples in Canada, U.S., Central 3 and South America, and in the South Pacific. In 2006, Joseph co-facilitated a worldwide Indigenous Peoples' round table in Switzerland, which included participants from across the world. Joseph has also worked in cultural relations and corporate training for many years, and taught at Royal Roads University as an associate professor. Bob Joseph is an Indigenous person, or more specifically a status Indian, and is a member of the Gwawaenuk Nation. The author comes from a proud potlatch family and is an initiated member of the Hamatsa Society. As the son of a hereditary chief, he will one day become a hereditary chief.
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      Winner of the Bill Duthie Booksellers' Choice Award

      "From declaring cultural ceremonies illegal, to prohibiting pool hall owners from granting Indigenous Peoples entrance, from forbidding the speaking of Indigenous languages, to the devastating policy that created residential schools, Bob Joseph reveals the hold this paternalistic act, with its roots in the 1800s, still has on the lives of Indigenous Peoples in Canada in the twenty-first century. This straightforward book is an invaluable resource. There is much for non-Indigenous people to learn and to do. But equally important, there is much to unlearn and to undo. The time is right for this book."
      - Shelagh Rogers, O.C., Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada Honorary Witness

      "Increasing Canadians' knowledge about the terrible foundation this country has been built on is a critical part of reconciliation. Bob Joseph has highlighted some of the unbelievable provisions of the Indian Act and how they have impacted First Nations in Canada, and gives a brief overview of what we may replace it with going forward. His book provides helpful context to the dialogue that needs to take place in Canada."
      - Kim Baird, O.C., O.B.C.; Owner, Kim Baird Strategic Consulting; Member of the Tsawwassen First Nation and Negotiator of the Tsawwassen First Nation Treaty

      "Bob Joseph's ability to navigate the complex history of the Indian Act is a wonder to behold. He provides depth and knowledge for Indigenous and non-Indigenous scholars alike. His articulate, insightful and comprehensive analysis on the history of the Indian Act provides a sound understanding of the present narrative of Indigenous Peoples in Canada. This book provides an excellent analysis of the ongoing relationship and predicament between provincial and federal governments and Indigenous Peoples in the twenty-first century."
      - JP Gladu, President and CEO, Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business

      "In his slim but powerful new book 21 Things You May Not Know About the Indian Act, Joseph documents the harsh discrimination, controls, humiliations, political dysfunctions and 'catch-22s' successive Canadian governments have imposed on Indigenous peoples for the purpose of subjugating and assimilating them. . . . Joseph makes this difficult history quite accessible, methodically describing these and other human rights violations in a highly readable prose over a brief 160 pages."
      - Winnipeg Free Press

      "In this time of reconciliation, a book like this becomes a much-needed guide to understanding the past and what we need to do to create a better future."
      - Vancouver Sun

      "This pocket-size primer is a perfect introduction to a troubling legacy with which Canadians continue to wrestle."
      - Publishers Weekly

      "Joseph provides a path to move forward that requires partnership between an educated settler population and Indigenous people."
      - The Tyee

      though they killed us
      we live
      they put us down
      yet we stand
      they deny
      but there is truth

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    Talking to Canadians A Memoir Rick Mercer Canada
    9780385696234 Hardcover BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Personal Memoirs On Sale Date:November 02, 2021
    $32.95 CAD 6.3 x 9.3 x 1.08 in | 1.19 lb | 312 pages Carton Quantity:12 Canadian Rights: Y Doubleday Canada
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      Canada’s beloved comic genius tells his own story for the first time.

      What is Rick Mercer going to do now? That was the question on everyone’s lips when the beloved comedian retired his hugely successful TV show after 15 seasons—and at the peak of its popularity. The answer came not long after, when he roared back in a new role as stand-up-comedian, playing to sold-out houses wherever he appeared.

      And then Covid-19 struck. And his legions of fans began asking again: What is Rick Mercer going to do now? Well, for one thing, he’s been writing a comic masterpiece. For the first time, this most private of public figures has turned the spotlight on himself, in a memoir that’s as revealing as it is hilarious. In riveting anecdotal style, Rick charts his rise from highly unpromising schoolboy (in his reports “the word ’disappointment’ appeared a fair bit”) to the heights of TV fame. Along the way came an amazing break when, not long out of his teens, his one-man show Show Me the Button, I’ll Push It. Or, Charles Lynch Must Die, became an overnight sensation—thanks in part to a bizarre ambush by its target, Charles Lynch himself. That’s one story you won’t soon forget, and this book is full of them.

      There’s a tale of how little Rick helped himself to a tree from the neighbours’ garden that’s set to become a new Christmas classic. There’s Rick the aspiring actor, braving “the scariest thing I have ever done in my life” by performing with the Newfoundland Shakespeare Company; unforgettable scenes with politicians of every variety, from Jean Chretien to George W. Bush to Stockwell Day; and a wealth of behind-the-scenes revelations about the origins and making of This Hour Has 22 Minutes, Made in Canada, and Talking to Americans. All leading of course to the greenlighting of that mega-hit, Rick Mercer Report… 

      It’s a life so packed with incident (did we mention Bosnia and Kabul?) and laughter we can only hope that a future answer to “What is Rick Mercer going to do now?” is: “Write volume two.”

      RICK MERCER co-created and performed on CBC’s This Hour Has 22 Minutes, created and starred in Made in Canada, and created and starred in Talking to Americans, the most-watched comedy special in Canadian television history. He went on to host the hugely successful Rick Mercer Report for 15 seasons. Rick was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2014 for his work with charitable causes and “his ability to inspire and challenge Canadians through humour.” In 2019, he received a Governor General’s Performing Arts Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award. He is from Middle Cove, Newfoundland and Labrador.

      Author Residence: Toronto, ON

      Author Hometown: Middle Cove, Newfoundland & Labrador
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      "Talking to Canadians: [a] funny, pitfall-strewn, no-holds-barred memoir from the ranting TV uproarist, edge-walker, envelope-pusher and pot-stirrer who once talked me into impersonating a goalie!" —Margaret Atwood, via Twitter

      "I laughed so much reading this, I kept waking up my dog in bed. Rick is a determined writer—he never stops pulling you into his stories and he never stops looking for the punchlines in everyday life. He made me realize how funny ordinary things are, how funny and how incredibly interesting. It's heartfelt and honest and generous and edgy—just like Mercer himself. Read it! It's fabulous!" —Jann Arden

      "A delightful and warm-hearted memoir." Chatelaine

      "Chockablock with detail, spiced with industry gossip, thoughtfully contextualized, steeped in verve, insight, and of course comedy." Saltwire

      "[Talking To Canadians] details the evolution of Rick Mercer as a national treasure, who through a well-informed mind, a sense of boundless energy, a fearless attitude of diving into everything head first, and a sharp, rapier wit, has continued the proud tradition of Canadian comedy. If there is one thing that you can take away about Rick Mercer after reading his book, it's that he is definitely not afraid to speak his mind and shoot down the absurdities of everything in Canada and the world, while proudly draped in the Canadian and Newfoundland-Labrador flags." Montreal Times

      "When Mercer was in the midst of writing his new memoir . . . he told a friend that his biggest concern was that 'my childhood was wonderful and my family members are terrific, so how the hell can I make this book exciting?' The answer, as the thoroughly engaging final product makes clear, is that Mercer is incapable of being boring. [His] passion—for Newfoundland, all of Canada and the people who live within—sparks the fire that feeds Mercer's trademark rants. It is also evident throughout this alternately funny, moving and always heartfelt book." Policy Magazine

      "[Rick Mercer is] an interesting person who has done singularly interesting things, many recorded and broadcast, which makes the inside back story most engaging and enjoyable. Add Mercer’s brisk, informative contextualization . . . and Talking is an immersive read." —Calgary Herald
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    Mandy's Gourmet Salads Recipes for Lettuce and Life Mandy Wolfe Canada, Rebecca Wolfe Canada, Meredith Erickson
    9780525610472 Hardcover COOKING / Courses & Dishes On Sale Date:July 07, 2020
    $35.00 CAD 8.52 x 10.78 x 0.9 in | 2.63 lb | 256 pages Carton Quantity:12 Canadian Rights: Y Appetite by Random House
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      #1 BESTSELLING COOKBOOK! An overwhelmingly gorgeous cookbook ideal for summer living, packed with simple and delicious recipes for salads and more!

      There’s nothing a Mandy’s salad can’t fix. Want an explosion of color, texture, flavor and fabulousness? Look no further. Inside the pages of this stunning cookbook (and the Mandy’s restaurants it’s named after) lies everything you need to take your salad game from a meh-maybe, to wooooah, baby!!

      Mandy’s gourmet salads are a jewel of Montreal’s (jam-packed) food scene. What started as a 3ft counter at the back of Mimi & Coco clothing store is now an 8 location success story, with ongoing expansion in every direction. Behind Mandy’s are the irresistable Wolfe sisters, Mandy and Rebecca. Mandy is in charge of menu inspiration and creation; Rebecca leads the design of all their restaurant locations. More is more is the mantra for both: more colour, more texture, more vibrancy, more life!

      In Mandy’s Gourmet Salads, Mandy and Rebecca talk you through how to create their coveted salads at home, including easy prep steps for essential ingredients, how to mix their famous dressings, and how to combine flavours and textures to create a salad masterpiece. Also inside are recipes for Mandy’s nutritious, filling and fantastic grain bowls (for those who want a bit more sustenance) as well as chapters dedicated to smoothies and sweets (sharing Mandy’s famous chocolate chip cookie recipe for the first time…). Perfectly timed for fresh summer living, Mandy’s Gourmet Salads is a feast, for the eyes as well as the tastebuds!
      MANDY and REBECCA WOLFE are the founders and creative minds behind Mandy’s. Mandy is the company’s creative food director and head chef, while Rebecca works as the brand manager and designs each of the restaurant locations. Together they founded the charity The Welcome Collective, an organization that welcomes asylum seekers to Canada. Both live in Montreal: Rebecca in Westmount with her husband and three children, and Mandy in Little Burgundy with her husband and four kids.

      MEREDITH ERICKSON is the co-author of the bestselling Joe Beef cookbooks, among many others. Her first solo cookbook, Alpine Cooking, is published in Fall 2019. Her work has appeared in publications including The New York Times, Elle, Saveur, Monocle and Lucky Peach.

      Author Residence: Montreal, Canada

      Author Hometown: Montreal, Canada
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        Marketing: Book announcement + cover reveal on social

        Pre-order campaign

        Book trailer

        In store collateral - postcards, posters, other swag

        Influencer mailings with salad dressing, great packaging

        Owned channel social promotion

        Facebook ads

        Instagram ads (from their account)

        US Plans: 

        Target parenting media including magazines and websites for review and excerpts

        Influencer campaign

        Facebook promotion

        Publicity: Tour cities: Montreal and Toronto

        National review mailing

        Pitch for interview features and excerpts with food media

        Pitch for in-person food segments with national broadcast media and regional media based on tour cities

        Montreal launch event at on-sale leveraging the authors’ restaurant

        Author Website: www.mandys.ca

        Author Social Media: Instagram: @mandysalads (30k), @ericksonmeredith (3k) Twitter: @MandysSalads
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      "The Montreal salad shop’s first cookbook isn’t just about how to artfully compose the perfect salad: it’s the story of two sisters and a shared love of good food." — Chatelaine

      “With brightly coloured photos of greens, bowls and sweets practically popping off the pages, Mandy’s Gourmet Salads will inspire summer picnics, BBQs and much more.” — HELLO!

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    From the Ashes My Story of Being Métis, Homeless, and Finding My Way Jesse Thistle Canada
    9781982101213 Paperback BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Personal Memoirs Publication Date:August 06, 2019
    $24.99 CAD 152.4 x 228.6 x 22.86 mm | 0.89 lb | 384 pages Carton Quantity:20 Canadian Rights: Y Simon & Schuster
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      *Winner, Kobo Emerging Writer Prize Nonfiction
      *Winner, Indigenous Voices Awards

      *Winner, High Plains Book Awards
      *Finalist, CBC Canada Reads
      *A Globe and Mail Book of the Year
      *An Indigo Book of the Year
      *A CBC Best Canadian Nonfiction Book of the Year

      In this extraordinary and inspiring debut memoir, Jesse Thistle, once a high school dropout and now a rising Indigenous scholar, chronicles his life on the streets and how he overcame trauma and addiction to discover the truth about who he is.

      If I can just make it to the next minute...then I might have a chance to live; I might have a chance to be something more than just a struggling crackhead.

      From the Ashes is a remarkable memoir about hope and resilience, and a revelatory look into the life of a Métis-Cree man who refused to give up.

      Abandoned by his parents as a toddler, Jesse Thistle briefly found himself in the foster-care system with his two brothers, cut off from all they had known. Eventually the children landed in the home of their paternal grandparents, whose tough-love attitudes quickly resulted in conflicts. Throughout it all, the ghost of Jesse’s drug-addicted father haunted the halls of the house and the memories of every family member. Struggling with all that had happened, Jesse succumbed to a self-destructive cycle of drug and alcohol addiction and petty crime, spending more than a decade on and off the streets, often homeless. Finally, he realized he would die unless he turned his life around.

      In this heartwarming and heart-wrenching memoir, Jesse Thistle writes honestly and fearlessly about his painful past, the abuse he endured, and how he uncovered the truth about his parents. Through sheer perseverance and education—and newfound love—he found his way back into the circle of his Indigenous culture and family.

      An eloquent exploration of the impact of prejudice and racism, From the Ashes is, in the end, about how love and support can help us find happiness despite the odds.
      Jesse Thistle is Métis-Cree, from Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, and an assistant professor in Humanities at York University in Toronto. From the Ashes was the top-selling Canadian book in 2020, the winner of the Kobo Emerging Writer Prize for Nonfiction, Indigenous Voices Award, and High Plains Book Award, and also a finalist for CBC Canada Reads. Jesse won a Governor General’s Academic Medal in 2016, and is a Pierre Elliot Trudeau Foundation Scholar and a Vanier Scholar. A frequent keynote speaker, he lives in Hamilton, Ontario, with his wife, Lucie, and is at work on multiple projects, including his next book. Visit him at JesseThistle.com.
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    • Awards & Reviews

      “A heartbreaking and honest debut.” The Globe and Mail
      “Blown away by [this] eloquent memoir of Métis life and surviving the streets . . . [a] strong contender for #CanadaReads.”
      EMMA DONOGHUE, New York Times bestselling author of Room
      “A memoir of resilience, spirit, and dignity from a gifted storyteller. It is, at heart, also about the many shapes that love can inhabit. When you plan to read this book, clear your schedule. It will hold you in its grasp and won’t let you go, like a great novel. It’s all the more remarkable that this is not fiction. This book will stand out in my reading experience for a long time to come.”
      SHELAGH ROGERS, OC, host and a producer of CBC Radio’s The Next Chapter, and honorary witness for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada
      “So fortunate to have the opportunity to read From The Ashes. . . . You’ll be drawn into the life journey of someone who’s struggled so deep yet has risen up to share with us what it means to be human. A deeply moving read.”
      CLARA HUGHES, Olympian and author of Open Heart, Open Mind
      “This memoir haunts, gnawing at the soul as we walk with Jesse through his many incarnations. . . . If you want a glimpse at why some of our brothers and sisters end up on the streets, read this book.”
      TANYA TALAGA, The Walrus
      “In spare and often brutal prose . . . Thistle weaves a narrative punctuated with joy and comedy and ultimately redemption.”
      Toronto Star
      “An illuminating, inside account of homelessness, a study of survival and freedom. Jesse Thistle delivers a painfully lyrical book, a journey through the torrents of addiction and trauma, masterfully sliding in humour and moments of heart-expanding human connection. I found myself gasping out loud at parts, unable to put the book down. Jesse’s story shows us that there is nothing that cannot be transformed.”
      AMANDA LINDHOUT, bestselling co-author of A House in the Sky
      “In this page-turner of a memoir—raw, honest, gripping, wrenching, and inspiring—Jesse Thistle gifts us with an intimate and bracing look into the realities, traumas, and triumphs of Indigenous life in today’s North America.”
      GABOR MATÉ, MD, bestselling author of In The Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters With Addiction
      “A gritty memoir recounting the devastating long-term effects of childhood abandonment. . . . The theme of estrangement is powerfully portrayed in what is ultimately a story of courage and resilience certain to strike a chord with readers from many backgrounds.”
      Library Journal
      “Candid and cutting, Jesse Thistle lays down his story with a brutal beauty you’ll never forget. From the Ashes is a guided tour through a broken heart just trying to keep beating, both failing and succeeding spectacularly.”
      CHERIE DIMALINE, bestselling author of The Marrow Thieves
      “Jesse’s story is shocking, intriguing, and compelling. He goes deep into the conflicting forces pulling him in different directions, the pain of knowing how he was letting down his grandmother, the terrifying sickness of addiction, and his own uncertainty about how to break the cycle. All the decks were stacked against him, yet he did learn to make the right choices. He had every right to blame ‘the system,’ but he never resorted to that easy strategy. His unexpected strength is remarkable.”
      CHARLOTTE GRAY, award-winning biographer and bestselling author of The Promise of Canada
      “The best stories are the ones that stay with you. From the Ashes will stay with me for a long time. Maarsii to Jesse for coming through to tell this story. It is an important one. The revolutionary kind. The kind of story that changes how you look at the world, that shows us how amazing human beings can be, so capable, strong, resilient, powerful.”
      KATHERENA VERMETTE, bestselling author of The Break
      “[This] powerful and moving memoir is also a scathing indictment of the treatment of Indigenous people and the myriad ways systems fail them.”
      — Booklist
      “This is a work that should not be mistaken for a redemption story—it is a love story. About family. Community. A partner. Most of all: this is a love story about Jesse Thistle. How he came to love himself. Why he is worthy of love. And, importantly, how you will love him when you are done reading. This book signals change: in our understanding of worth, our compassion in the face of harm and self-harm, and the power and possibility that can exist in spaces we try to forget about. Jesse Thistle is amazing. His story is stunning. We will talk about colonial and other violence differently on Turtle Island because Jesse lived them and shared them with us. With an openness, candour, and generosity that is inspiring. Its uglybeautiful/hurtlove will resonate with you long after you finish turning the pages. I am proud to call him nisîmis (my little brother).”
      TRACEY LINDBERG, bestselling author of Birdie
      “Stereotypes and conventional understandings are about to be challenged. . . . In the world Thistle inhabits, poverty, addiction, and homelessness are all one step over a line. Some are pushed, some stumble, and some jump. . . . The places Thistle takes us come together to illustrate a common theme: we look for home wherever we can find it. Over the course of the book, Thistle builds a better world for himself, one day and one decision at a time. It is a remarkable transformation to witness, and the arc of his story will make the reader want to cheer.” ­­
      Quill & Quire, starred review
      “Hits you like a punch in the gut. It’s an unflinching, heartrending, and beautifully written story of survival against seemingly impossible odds. But it’s also a book that should make you furious. Thistle paints a vivid portrait of a country seemingly incapable of doing right by Indigenous youth or by those struggling with homelessness, addiction, and intergenerational trauma. That he survived to tell this story is truly a miracle. Still, one question haunts me after finishing this powerful and devastating book: How do we ensure that the next generation isn’t forced to navigate a broken system that takes their lives for granted and fails them at every turn? My greatest hope, then, is that From the Ashes will be the wakeup call Canada needs.”
      IAN MOSBY, historian and author of Food Will Win the War
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    No One Wins Alone Canadian Edition Mark Messier Canada, Jimmy Roberts
    9781982158149 Hardcover BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Personal Memoirs On Sale Date:October 26, 2021
    $39.99 CAD 152.4 x 228.6 x 33.02 mm | 1.33 lb | 368 pages Carton Quantity:20 Canadian Rights: Y Simon & Schuster
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      The legendary Hall of Fame hockey player and six-time Stanley Cup champion tells his inspiring story for the first time, sharing the lessons about leadership and teamwork that defined his career.

      Mark Messier is one of the most accomplished athletes in the history of professional sports. He was a fierce competitor with a well-earned reputation as a winner. But few people know his real story, not only of the astonishing journey he took to making NHL history, but of the deep understanding of leadership and respect for the power of teamwork he gained.

      Messier tells of his early years with his tight-knit family, learning especially from his father, Doug – a hockey player, coach, and teacher. He describes what it was like entering the NHL as an eighteen-year-old with a wild side, and growing close with teammates Wayne Gretzky, Kevin Lowe, Paul Coffey, Glenn Anderson and others during their high-flying dynasty years with the Edmonton Oilers. He chronicles summers spent looking for inspiration and renewed energy on trips to exotic destinations around the world. And he recounts the highs, lows, and hard work that brought the New York Rangers to the ultimate moment for a hockey club: lifting the Stanley Cup.

      Throughout, Messier shares insights about success, winning cultures, and how leaders can help teams overcome challenges. Told with heart and sincerity, No One Wins Alone is about more than hockey—it’s about the deep love and gratitude that comes from a life shared with others.
      Mark Messier is a former professional hockey player from Alberta, Canada. He played in the NHL for twenty-five years, won six Stanley Cups—five with the Oilers and one with the Rangers—and is the only player to have captained two NHL franchises to championships. He is second on the all-time career lists for playoff points, and third for regular season games played and for regular season points. In 2007 he was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame, in his first year of eligibility. That same year, the NHL instituted the Mark Messier Leadership Award, given annually to the player who exemplifies great leadership qualities to his team, on and off the ice. Mark lives in New York.

      Jimmy Roberts has worked in sports and news journalism for four decades at ABC, ESPN, and NBC, where he has been the recipient of thirteen Emmy Awards. He is also the author of Breaking the Slump.
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    • Awards & Reviews

      “Messier isn’t just one of the greatest hockey players ever—he’s also a keen observer of leadership and teamwork dynamics. This book is filled with insights about building cultures of excellence that will come in handy even if you’re not a sports fan.”
      ADAM GRANT, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Think Again and host of the TED podcast WorkLife
      “An inspirational memoir that transcends sports.”
      DAVID GRANN, journalist for The New Yorker and bestselling author of The Lost City of Z
      “Yes, you will learn about what made other gladiators follow Mark onto the ice, and how he brought out the best in his teammates and how they brought out the best in him. But you will also learn about how a kid from St. Albert became one of the best leaders in sports. Twenty pages in, I was taking notes on what Mark had written to try out in my own life.”
      KEN REID, Sportsnet Central anchor and bestselling author of Hockey Card Stories
      “I've always been fascinated by what makes up a champion, and No One Wins Alone is a window into the mind of one of the greatest hockey players and leaders of all time. It speaks to something I’ve always felt is essential for success: a winning mentality. This book is about much more than just hockey. It has lessons anyone can use—be it in sports, business, or life.
      JACK NICKLAUS, championship golfer and bestselling author of Golf My Way
      “It’s a sports book, it’s a memoir, it’s also about leadership, and Messier was smart enough because he’s a team player to let Jimmy Roberts help him write it, one of our great sports journalists . . . perfect for anyone who is a Rangers fan, or a sports fan, or wants to learn a little bit more about teammates and leadership.”
      HARLAN COBEN, #1 New York Times bestselling author
      “As much about teamwork and leadership as it is about hockey . . . . [it’s] about bright lights and late nights and hard life lessons. It is about inclusion and teamwork, and it is written with sensitivity and humour.”
      The Globe and Mail
      “It’s a rare delight to read a sports memoir that’s so well-written and so substantial. Messier is way more than just a hockey legend and a great leader—he’s a mensch, a keen observer of what makes people tick and how he can make every one of them tick a bit better. His generosity of spirit is at least as large as his talent, and I’d especially recommend No One Wins Alone for people who aren’t hockey fans. Otherwise, they’ll never know what they’re missing.”
      STEPHEN J. DUBNER, author of Freakonomics
      “Messier is the personification of what great leadership is all about. This book is chock full of insights that show the power of always being in search of new ways to improve and grow, no matter how accomplished you might be. Read this and you’ll know why the National Hockey League created the Mark Messier Leadership Award.”
      DAVID NOVAK, host of How Leaders Lead podcast and co-founder, former Chairman, and CEO of Yum! Brands Inc.
      “A wonderful book—brilliantly insightful, beautifully written, filled with powerful examples of effective leadership from one of the greatest leaders of our time. Mark Messier brings leadership to life and shows through vivid and often unforgettable examples how to build a powerful, positive, sustaining culture, and how to inspire others. I recommend this book to everyone who is a leader or aspires to be one and to all of us who are members of teams.”
      BRAD KARP, Chairman of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison
      “The lessons on leadership that Messier shares throughout his memoir can be applied not only to sports teams, but any organization, be it corporate, non-profit or educational. And while Messier provides readers with a play-by-play of his Hall of Fame-worthy career, he doesn’t dwell much on the stats or any behind-the-scenes action, opting instead to focus on lessons learned along the way [and] the central theme of leadership, teamwork and being all-in on any endeavour you sign up for.”
      Winnipeg Free Press

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