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    Escape from Manus Prison One Man's Daring Quest for Freedom Jaivet Ealom Canada
    9780735245198 Paperback BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Survival On Sale Date:August 02, 2022
    $26.95 CAD 5.5 x 8.2 x 1 in | 0.86 lb | 368 pages Carton Quantity:24 Viking
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      The awe-inspiring story of the only person to successfully escape from Australia’s notorious offshore detention centre and his long journey to find home.

      In 2013 Jaivet Ealom fled Myanmar’s brutal regime, where Rohingya like him were being persecuted and killed, and boarded a boat of asylum seekers bound for Australia. Instead of finding refuge, he was transported to Australia’s infamous Manus Regional Processing Centre.

      Blistering hot days spent in shipping containers on the island melted into weeks, then years until, finally, facing either jail in Papua New Guinea or being returned to almost certain death in Myanmar, he took matters into his own hands.

      Drawing inspiration from the hit show Prison Break, Jaivet meticulously planned his escape. He made it out alive but was stateless, with no ID or passport. While the nightmare of Manus was behind him, his true escape to freedom had only just begun.

      How Jaivet made it to sanctuary in Canada in a six-month-long odyssey by foot, boat, car, and plane, with nothing but his instinct for survival, is miraculous.

      His story will astonish, anger and inspire you. It will make you reassess what it means to give refuge and redefine what can be achieved by one man determined to beat the odds.

      Publication History: Original Trade Paperback
      JAIVET EALOM was born in Myanmar and now resides in Toronto, where he has become a prominent spokesperson for the Rohingya community. He is studying at the University of Toronto and works for a company that provides software to non-profit organizations.

      Author Residence: Toronto, ON
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        Marketing: US Plans: 

        -Pitch to trade outlets for early reviews

        -Pitch for coverage in dailies including NYT, Washington Post

        -Radio including NPR and blog/websites

        -Social advertising around onsale 

        Author Website: www.jaivet.com/

        Author Social Media: @jaivet_
    • Awards & Reviews

      “There are few things more rewarding than coming across a book you have never heard of and, from the opening sentence finding yourself well and truly hooked. […] He takes you with him on a journey that reads like an adventure but for the gut-wrenching fear and constant deprivation he and his fellow travellers must endure. And which he so poignantly describes. It is a true tale of an asylum seeker, one man’s story of the 90 million men, women and children worldwide fleeing injustice, pestilence, war or famine in search of not just a better life but life itself. […] Escape from Manus Prison gives a face to the faceless, that vast tide of humanity forcibly displaced.” Oakville News

      “Stunning. This book should be on every reading list in the country. Stateless, without papers and too often without a drop of water to drink, Jaivet Ealom escapes Myanmar and the Rohingya genocide that continues to destroy his people. From Jakarta to Manus Island, Papua New Guinea, in sinking boats and cargo planes, he lives by his wit. In this world, babies drop to the bottom of the ocean and men are caged, beaten, numbered. A chance reading of Viktor Frankl’s Man’s Search for Meaning restores his soul enough to get him, still undocumented, to Toronto. Ealom writes, ‘The choice of how I responded, or who I wished to be, was still my own to make.’ We share Ealom’s world, and this choice is ours too. Read this book. Know who you wish to be.” —Kim Echlin, award-winning author of Speak, Silence

      “An inspiring, eye-opening, harrowing, heartbreaking and triumphant journey that is testament to the resilience of the human spirit. The raw and vulnerable storytelling will touch you to your core and keep you spellbound till the last page. This book will restore your faith in the power of humanity that makes Canada the True North Strong and Free!” —Samra Zafar, bestselling author of A Good Wife: Escaping the Life I Never Chose

      “This incredible, heart-stopping escape story is about shameful truths and spiritual authenticity; it’s about government sanctioned torture and it’s about redemption. Thank God Jaivet Ealom recorded his saga. From the merciless tactics of a government to the lyrical writing of a man who finds goodness in the face of evil, this book astonishes because it exposes the secret deals countries make to deny justice, and it takes you into the heart of a decent man. I couldn’t put it down and was almost breathless when I read the last page. My only unanswered question: Who will play Jaivet in the movie?” —Sally Armstrong, bestselling author of Power Shift: The Longest Revolution

      “Jaivet’s memoir has all the taut propulsion of a thriller, yet devastatingly, this is a story all too real. Escape From Manus Prison offers a first-hand account of the brutal treatment of refugees at every turn, from exploitative smugglers to the xenophobic policies of foreign governments.” —Camilla Gibb, bestselling author of Sweetness in the Belly and The Relatives

      “Art, culture and writing: these are gifts and they are weapons. I’m proud of Jaivet for speaking out—for history, and for all of those whom history would silence.” —Behrouz Boochani, award-winning author of No Friend But the Mountains
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    Utopia A Novel Heidi Sopinka Canada
    9780735243866 Hardcover FICTION / Women On Sale Date:August 09, 2022
    $32.00 CAD 5.68 x 8.54 x 0.95 in | 0.82 lb | 272 pages Carton Quantity:12 Hamish Hamilton
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      Out of the explosive 1970s L.A. art scene comes a riveting novel about creativity, death, and reinvention that follows two artists—one dies mysteriously, and the other takes her place

      Paz, an ambitious young artist, is drawn to Romy, one of the only women to break into the male-dominated art scene of 1970s California. She is also drawn to Romy’s husband, Billy, an enigmatic art star. When Romy dies suddenly under mysterious circumstances, Billy is left unmoored, caring for their newborn.

      Leaving New York and grad school behind, Paz takes on the mantle of Romy’s life and steps into a ghostly love triangle. When Paz attempts to claim her creative life, strange things start to happen—photographs move, an unexplained postcard arrives, and an unsettling journal entry begins to blur the line between art and life.

      As Paz becomes increasingly obsessed with the woman she has replaced and the absent man she has married, a disturbing picture begins to emerge, driving her deep into the desert to uncover the truth.

      Astonishing and profound, Utopia affirms Heidi Sopinka as one of the most exhilarating voices in Canadian literature. A propulsive mix of desire, friendship, and betrayal, Utopia illuminates a crucible moment for art and feminism, which still reverberates today. This is both a visionary love story and a feminist manifesto that will leave you altered.

      Story Locale: 1970s California, New York
      HEIDI SOPINKA is the author of The Dictionary of Animal Languages, which was shortlisted for the Kobo Emerging Writer Prize, and longlisted for the Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje Prize. A former environment columnist at The Globe and Mail, she is co-founder and co-designer at Horses Atelier. Her writing has won a National Magazine Award and has been anthologized in Art Essays. Her work has also appeared in The Paris Review, The Believer, Brick, and Lit Hub. She lives in Toronto.

      Author Residence: Toronto

      Author Hometown: Toronto
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    • Awards & Reviews



      One of:
      CBC’s “28 Canadian books we can’t wait to read in August”

      The Globe and Mail’s “Summer Books Preview: 38 books to escape with this season”
      49th Shelf’s “Our Amazing 2022 Summer Reading List (Part Two)!”

      Chatelaine’s “16 Fall Books To Warm Up With”
      CBC’s “Fall reading list: 30 Canadian books to read now”
      The Sydney Morning Herald’s “Masterful mystery books to keep you guessing…if you dare”

      “These brilliant and bold artists explode off the page as they try to transcend the boundaries of the material world in their work. But the most dangerous waters they must navigate are those of the male-dominated world of the 1970s, which erases their art and identities. Sopinka explores the minefield that is loving men in an oppressively patriarchal world. And she captures the volatility and power of female friendships, and the uncharted maps of women’s untameable artistic drives.”
      —Heather O’Neill, author of When We Lost Our Heads

      “With tense and glittering writing, Heidi Sopinka’s Utopia blasts the dry desert sun onto the lives and afterlives of a circle of Californian artists, the women they are and the women they love. This is a thrilling book about artistic inheritance, jealousies and affinities.”
      —Leanne Shapton, author of Guestbook and Swimming Studies

      Utopia is a marvel. Vividly beguiling on art, love, and what it means to be alive, every page thrums with magic.”
      —Sophie Mackintosh, Booker Prize–nominated author of The Water Cure and Blue Ticket

      Utopia is a bird’s eye view of the desires of the human heart…through characters who feel and live deeply at the boundaries of art and life. Sopinka’s luminescent prose tackles the danger and vitality of artistic and bodily desire under the politically charged structures of masculine power…with rawness, deep awareness, and razor-sharp critique…. This is an urgent book.”
      —Angélique Lalonde, Giller Prize–shortlisted author of Glorious Frazzled Beings

      Utopia seeps into your marrow, living there long after the final page. In Heidi Sopinka’s talented hands, this book about the 1970s California art scene honours the determination of creative women and the power of female friendship. Vibrant, immersive and utterly relevant, it is not to be missed. I devoured it.”
      —Karma Brown, bestselling co-author (Maggie Knox) of All I Want for Christmas

      “I was transfixed by Heidi Sopinka’s incandescent prose. It blazed through me and touched my heart in the deepest, most tender place. Utopia is about a powerful bond between mother and daughter; the collision of art, performance, and female friendships; and how grief shapes our ability to love and hope. Sexy, devastating, and wise—this novel will make you feel alive.”
      —Sanaë Lemoine, author of The Margot Affair

      Utopia is a study in contrasts: tart and poetic; sensitive and wild; bright and spooky like the LA light. It drove me onward; it let me linger. It made me angry; it inspired me. Above all, it clinches what we all suspected from The Dictionary of Animal Languages — Heidi Sopinka is a crazy good writer. I’d follow her anywhere.”
      Lauren Elkin

      “Flames of female rage run hot in this shimmering art-world ghost story…. Sensual, mysterious, and provocative, Utopia raises essential questions about women’s marginalization in the art world, loss of self and search for artistic grounding, the maternal impulse, and the demands of a life in art.”
      —Janet Fitch, author of White Oleander and Paint It Black

      Utopia is interested in life as performance, in the ways that we attempt to transcend our own bodies, and in what it means to be a woman artist in a world that is run by and for men. Set against the backdrop of the arid California desert, full of scalding cups of diner coffee and burning tarmac highways, this is a book as seething as its parts.”
      —Saba Sams, author of Send Nudes

      “Tense, sexy, and uncanny. Utopia shimmers with desert heat and burns with atmosphere. It’s Rebecca meets Zabriskie Point. Luminous.”
      —Francesca Reece, author of Voyeur

      “Utopia is a searing novel about art, ownership, and the entanglement of power and performance. Heidi Sopinka’s sentences have a bluish-orange intensity, a captivating energy that conjures a desert at dusk.”
      —Makenna Goodman, author of
      The Shame

      “Sopinka’s promising second novel–-part psychological thriller, part ghostly love story with bright notes of Rachel Kushner-–is set amidst the male-dominated hustle of the late-1970s New York art world.” 
      The Globe and Mail

      “There are many hints of Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca … Part page-turning mystery, part ode to art and women’s resilience, this is a beautifully odd book that needs and deserves time to seep into the reader’s bones.”
      Sunday Independent

      Utopia cleverly investigates layers of social issues: feminism and its intersections with race and class; gender roles in life and in art; women’s relationships; the artist’s relationship to commerce and social justice … [Sopinka] excels in characterization and the evocation of the power of creation.”
      –Shelf Awareness

      “Sopinka’s mesmerizing latest … stages a story of obsession in the 1970s Los Angeles art world … This page-turner doubles as a love letter to the daring women on the fringes of art history.”
      –Publishers Weekly
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    We Are Still Here Afghan Women on Courage, Freedom, and the Fight to Be Heard Nahid Shahalimi Canada, Margaret Atwood
    9780735246003 Paperback BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Cultural, Ethnic & Regional On Sale Date:August 16, 2022
    $23.00 CAD 4.72 x 6.84 x 0.55 in | 0.39 lb | 192 pages Carton Quantity:24 Penguin Canada
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      A collection of first-hand accounts from courageous Afghan women who refuse to be silenced in the face of the Taliban, to be published for the first anniversary of the US leaving Afghanistan.

      After decades of significant progress, the prospects of women and girls in Afghanistan are once again dependent on radical Islamists who reject gender equality. When the United States announced the end of their twenty-year occupation and the Taliban seized control of the country on August 15th, 2021, so began a steep regression of social, political, and economic freedoms for women in the country.

      But just because a brutal regime has taken over doesn’t mean Afghan women will stand by while their rights are stripped away. In We Are Still Here, artist and activist Nahid Shahalimi compiles the voices of thirteen powerful, insightful, and influential Afghan women who have worked as politicians, journalists, scientists, filmmakers, artists, coders, musicians, and more. As they reflect on their country’s past, stories of their own upbringing and the ways they have been able to empower girls and women over the past two decades emerge. They report on the fear and pain caused by the impending loss of their homeland, but above all on what many girls and women in Afghanistan have already lost: freedom, self-determination, and joy.

      The result is an arresting book that issues an appeal to remember Afghan girls and women and to show solidarity with them. Like us, they have a right to freedom and dignity, and together we must fight for their place in the free world because Afghanistan is only geographically distant. Extremist ideas know no limits.
      NAHID SHAHALIMI was born in Afghanistan and moved to Canada with her family when she was young. Today she lives in Germany where she works as an author, artist, and social entrepreneur. In 2017 she published her first book in German, Where Courage Bears the Soul, to great acclaim. The following year she released her award-winning film We the Women of Afghanistan: A Silent Revolution. We Are Still Here is her first English language publication. 

      Author Residence: Munich, Germany
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        Marketing: US Plans:

        -Pitch to trades

        -Long lead focus on women’s magazines

        -Pitch for coverage in dailies including NYT, Washington Post

        -Talk radio including NPR and blog/websites

        -Social promotion around on sale

        Author Website: nahidshahalimi.com/
    • Awards & Reviews

      “The title says it all. The Taliban may try to make Afghan women disappear, and the world may be distracted by crises in other places, but the women who have been the backbone of Afghanistan still exist; they have things to say and they need to be heard. We Are Still Here is an important book that brings together the voices of powerful, articulate, talented women who need to be allowed to do the work they’ve been called to do. It is an inspiration. It is a call to action. It is a demand for us to create a better, kinder, more just world. Thank you to all of the writers for sharing their stories.” 
      Deborah Ellis, #1 bestselling author of The Breadwinner

      “Provide[s] important detail and fascinating personal narratives that highlight how Afghan women and girls embraced the opportunities afforded them over the past 20 years…I remain in awe of their resilience.”

      “An inspiring portrait of perseverance in the face of cruelty and injustice.” 
      Publishers Weekly

      “An impassioned testimony to women’s determination.” 
      Kirkus Reviews

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    Acts of Love and War Maggie Brookes
    9780735246072 Paperback FICTION / Historical On Sale Date:August 23, 2022
    $24.00 CAD 5.48 x 8.21 x 1.15 in | 0.86 lb | 416 pages Carton Quantity:24 Viking
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      A remarkable story of love and sacrifice centred on three young English volunteers in the bloody Spanish Civil War, from the author of The Prisoner’s Wife.

      1936. Civil war is tearing Spain apart, and the world is on the brink of chaos… 

      Twenty-one-year-old Lucy is frustrated with her constrained life in Hertfordshire, teaching and keeping house for her domineering father. But she is happy to be living next door to Tom and Jamie, two brothers she has known since childhood, and whom she loves equally.

      But everyone’s lives are turned upside down when Tom, the younger, decides to join the Republican cause in the bloody war in Spain. His older, fervently Catholic brother Jamie soon follows—but as a reporter for the opposing forces that support General Franco in keeping Spain rigidly authoritarian, with the help of both Hitler and Mussolini.

      Lucy decides the only way to ensure the brothers’ safety is to defy her father and travel to Spain herself and persuade them to come home. Yet when she sees the horrific effects of the war on the people—especially the children—she quickly joins the lifesaving work of the Quaker volunteers who have arrived from almost as many countries as have the International Brigades of fighters. Lucy knows that both brothers are in love with her; she herself is deeply torn between them.

      The atrocities and casualties mount and Lucy knows that the question of which man she might spend her life with might be irrelevent, as the chances of either of them surviving diminish with every passing day.

      This meticulously researched, deeply affecting novel is based on real memoirs of the Spanish Civil War. It is both a love story and a tribute to the remarkable women who fought with compassion and bravery to save the innocent victims of a war  that was a foretaste of the carnage soon to come in World War II.

      Story Locale: 1930s Spain and England

      Publication History: Original Trade Paperback
      MAGGIE BROOKES is an ex-journalist and BBC historical documentary producer turned poet and novelist. She was an Associate Professor at Middlesex University, London, where she taught creative writing for thirty years. She was also an advisory fellow for the Royal Literary Fund. Her poetry is published under her married name, Maggie Butt. Her debut novel, The Prisoner’s Wife, a tale of love and resilience during World War II, was published in May 2020. Maggie Brookes lives with her husband in London in the UK. Visit her at www.maggiebrookes.uk.  

      Author Residence: London, UK

      Author Hometown: London, UK
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    • Awards & Reviews

      Acts of Love and War weaves together two highly dramatic stories. The love story…[keeps] the reader guessing…. The war story concerns the heroic efforts by Lucy and fellow aid workers to save the children…. The stories of both the refugees and their protectors are told with honesty, insight and a tenderness that cannot fail to move the reader.”
      —Historia Magazine

      “An all-too-timely emotional gut-punch of a novel that creates a world of peace and philosophy, belief and resistance. Rendered in pure poetry, Brookes’ threads of poignant grace connect the lives of three unforgettable characters…. Immersive and humane, Acts of Love and War… cements [Brookes] as one of historical fiction’s most lyrical and intelligent voices.” 
      Rachel McMillan, author of The Mozart Code and The London Restoration

      “A meticulously researched journey into war-torn Spain…. Fascinating, insightful, and poignant.” 
      Genevieve Graham, #1 bestselling author of Bluebird and Letters Across the Sea

      “Emotionally captivating and authentic, Acts of Love and War is an unforgettable story of how love is refined and defined when thrust into the crucible that is war…. This is a war story that absolutely needed to be told.”
      —Susan Meissner, bestselling author of The Nature of Fragile Things

      “A vivid, immersive novel about a remarkable woman helping refugees in a bitter, heartbreaking war. I couldn’t put it down.”
      —Gill Paul, bestselling author of The Collector’s Daughter

      “A love story with a twist; a war story with a difference…. Inspired by the real lives of aid workers, International Brigaders and Spanish civilians, Maggie Brookes has crafted a beautiful, compelling story of hope and humanity in war.”
      —Nikki Marmery, author of On Wilder Seas

      “A gripping, panoramic tale of the very human cost of war, beautifully blending brutal history with timeless questions of love and conscience…. At once epic and intimate. Be prepared to lose your heart in the simmering heat of war-torn Spain.”
      Miranda Malins, author of The Rebel Daughter

      “A heartrending but inspiring novel that sheds a light on the hidden heroes of the Spanish Civil War…. It swept me up and kept me hooked until the very end.”
      Katherine Clements, author of The Crimson Ribbon

      “Told with honesty, insight and tenderness, a moving and unputdownable story of bravery and endurance in the face of the hurts inflicted by both love and war.”
      —Judith Allnatt, author of The Poet’s Wife

      I knew little about the Spanish Civil War and Maggie Brookes brought it home to me with beautiful, searing clarity. Deft, assured and humane.”
      Ann Morgan, author of Reading The World

      “Extraordinary events sensitively told.”
      Lucy Jago, author of Nets for Small Fishes

      “Brookes’ extraordinary empathy for all of [her characters] triumphs during a time when being needed is a form of happiness.”
      Janet Somerville, Toronto Star

      “I insist you read this intelligent empathetic novel. You won’t regret it.”
      Frost Magazine
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    Dark Music A Novel David Lagercrantz, Ian Giles
    9780735241480 Paperback FICTION / Mystery & Detective On Sale Date:August 23, 2022
    $24.00 CAD 5.49 x 8.22 x 1.1 in | 0.96 lb | 384 pages Carton Quantity:24 Viking
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      Inspired by Sherlock Holmes, an exhilarating new thriller from the bestselling author of The Girl in the Spider’s Web—a murder investigation in which two unlikely allies race to uncover a shadowy international conspiracy.

      Professor Hans Rekke is a world authority on interrogation techniques, capable of dizzying feats of logic and observation. He was born into wealth and power and has a picture-perfect wife and daughter. But he also has a fragile psyche that falls apart under pressure.

      Micaela Vargas is a street-smart police officer, daughter of Chilean political refugees, who grew up in the projects on the outskirts of Stockholm and has two brothers on the wrong side of the law. She is tenacious and uncompromising, and desperate to prove herself to her fellow cops.

      Micaela needs Hans’s unique mind to help her solve the case of a murdered asylum-seeker from Afghanistan. Hans needs Micaela to save him from himself. Together, they need to find the killer before they’re both silenced for good.

      Story Locale: Stockhom, Sweden; Afghanistan; Moscow

      Series Overview: This is the first in the Rekke/Vargas series, of which at least three titles are planned.

      Publication History: Original Trade Paperback
      DAVID LAGERCRANTZ is an acclaimed author and journalist. The Girl in the Spider’s Web, his continuation of Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Trilogy, became a worldwide bestseller, and was made into a film by Sony Pictures. He is the author of the acclaimed and bestselling I Am Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Fall of Man in Wilmslow, as well as the fifth and sixth books in the Millennium series, The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye  and The Girl Who Lived Twice

      Author Residence: Stockholm, Sweden

      Author Hometown: Stockholm, Sweden
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    • Awards & Reviews

      “Rekke [is a] gem of a character…Kudos to Lagercrantz and translator Giles for a compelling read.”
      Kirkus Reviews

      “Lagercrantz has created a complex, Holmes-and-Watson alliance here that’s enhanced by brooding Scandinavian atmosphere, nuanced internal conflicts, and sharp-edged cultural divides.”
      “A promising series launch…Vargas’s depth of character bodes well for future entries. Not just Sherlock Holmes fans will want to check this one out.“
      Publishers Weekly

      “[A] terrifically well-wrought book that grabs readers and tugs them through a dangerous deductive adventure.”
      —The Wall Street Journal

      ”A classic murder mystery bringing together two unlikely allies,…a well-educated man from the upper classes [and] a young local police officer from Stockholm’s suburbs…. You’ll love the massive contrast in styles of the two main characters, as they cope with the ups and downs of a complicated investigation - one Holmes himself would have loved to solve.“
      —The Herald (Scotland)

      ”A nerve-racking political thriller with the most exciting detective duo in a long time. Bring on their next case." 
      —Romy Hausmann, author of Dear Child
      “A must-read…Another writer might have gotten lost in a swamp of clichés. But not David Lagercrantz [who] skillfully navigates a complex plot.”
      “Very entertaining…The depiction of this duo’s friendship is finely tuned and poignant, and I have only good things to say about the suspense.”
      Svenska Dagbladet
      “We are without a doubt dealing with a dynamic duo… Both affecting and engaging.”
      “This rich, engrossing novel… provides an interesting account of living with bipolar disorder, touching on the powerful bursts of creativity in the manic phases and the despair, anxiety and resentment felt by sufferers’ families and carers.”
      —Literary Review

      Dark Music is an intricately written and gripping Scandi-crime read….”
      “Terrific thriller.”
      —Newstalk (NZ)

      “[A] deliciously dark detective novel. You won’t be able to stop reading as the pieces of this puzzle come together.”
      —The Record (Kitchener-Waterloo)

      “With a layered mystery at its core and an unforgettable crime-fighting duo, Dark Music is not one to miss. [It] is a perfect Christmas gift for the true crime fanatic in your family.”
      The South African
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    The Foghorn Echoes Danny Ramadan Canada
    9780735242180 Hardcover FICTION / Coming of Age On Sale Date:August 30, 2022
    $32.00 CAD 5.89 x 8.52 x 0.98 in | 0.9 lb | 288 pages Carton Quantity:12 Viking
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      “A sweeping and mesmerizing story that spans time and mortal space so expertly and elegantly.” —Alan Cumming

      A deeply moving novel about a forbidden love between two boys in war-torn Syria and the fallout that ripples through their adult lives.

      Syria, 2003. A blooming romance leads to a tragic accident when Hussam’s father catches him acting on his feelings for his best friend, Wassim. In an instant, the course of their lives is changed forever.

      Ten years later, Hussam and Wassim are still struggling to find peace and belonging. Sponsored as a refugee by a controlling older man, Hussam is living an openly gay life in Vancouver, where he attempts to quiet his demons with sex, drugs, and alcohol. Wassim is living on the streets of Damascus, having abandoned a wife and child and a charade he could no longer keep up. Taking shelter in a deserted villa, he unearths the previous owner’s buried secrets while reckoning with his own.

      The past continues to reverberate through the present as Hussam and Wassim come face to face with heartache, history, drag queens, border guards, and ghosts both literal and figurative.

      Masterfully crafted and richly detailed, The Foghorn Echoes is a gripping novel about how to carve out home in the midst of war, and how to move forward when the war is within yourself.
      DANNY RAMADAN (he/him) is a Syrian-Canadian author, public speaker, and advocate for LGBTQ+ refugees. His debut novel, The Clothesline Swing, was shortlisted for the Lambda Literary Award, longlisted for Canada Reads, and named a Best Book of the Year by The Globe and Mail and Toronto Star. He has an MFA in Creative Writing from UBC and currently lives in Vancouver with his husband.

      Author Residence: Vancouver, BC

      Author Hometown: Damascus, Syria
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    • Awards & Reviews

      The Foghorn Echoes is a deeply moving book about conflict both internal and external, the ways in which cold accidents—of birth, of place, of time—can leave a human being at war with their own desires, their own sense of self. Danny Ramadan is a gifted, sensitive excavator of the things that break people and put them back together, the past as weight and lightness. In this novel he has created a world of immense sensory and emotional precision, at once true in its living details and yet electric with the presence of ghosts.”
      —Omar El Akkad, author of What Strange Paradise
      “‘Treat your thoughts like hurt children. They haven’t learned yet how to handle pain.’ So says a wise ghost in Danny Ramadan’s sweeping and mesmerising story that spans time and mortal space so expertly and elegantly. This is a beautiful novel, written by a once hurt child and loved and deeply admired by another—me.”
      —Alan Cumming, author of Baggage
      “A heart-wrenching and gorgeous tale that spans across borders and time. Danny Ramadan introduces us to Hussam and Wassim, granting us intimate access to their desires, flaws, secrets, failures, and triumphs. They grapple with the consequences of their identities, attempt to quench their longings and loneliness, and find and make peace within themselves against the backdrop of war, migration, queerness, and the echoes of their particular histories. The Foghorn Echoes is a probing and triumphant story, deftly rendered with depth, compassion, lightness, and joy.”
      —Francesca Ekwuyasi, author of Butter Honey Pig Bread
      The Foghorn Echoes reminded me of The Kite Runner, with its characters haunted by love and hunted by loss—across oceans, timelines, and warzones. This is a contemporary, mystical, and timeless novel about friendship, loss, acceptance, hope, but most of all love. I didn’t want it to end.”
      —Lemn Sissay, author of My Name Is Why
      “I’ve read many stories about love and war. Few have moved me this much. The Foghorn Echoes is marvellous: subtle but dramatic, tender but urgent, and beautifully written. I’ll be thinking about it for a very long time.”
      —Dina Nayeri, author of The Ungrateful Refugee

      The Foghorn Echoes bristles. It burns bright. It shouts into the dark with a voice that hovers between a melody and a lamentation. Danny Ramadan writes in these pages with a spellbinding urgency, stripping bare some of the most painful and fundamental truths about displacement and grief, about rage and betrayal. In the process, he reminds us again and again that even the worst of memories contain redemptive powers. This novel is a tender and impassioned love story for a country, for a people, and for all those who refuse to disappear quietly into the land of the forgotten.”
      Maaza Mengiste, author of The Shadow King

      “Gives a vivid sense of Syria under the Assad regime…powerful and compassionate.”
      The Guardian

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    Firebrand A Tobacco Lawyer's Journey Joshua Knelman Canada
    9780735243811 Hardcover BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Industries On Sale Date:September 06, 2022
    $34.00 CAD 6.3 x 9.28 x 1 in | 0.98 lb | 272 pages Carton Quantity:12 Canadian Rights: Y Allen Lane
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      “You’ll inhale this tell-all book about the tobacco industry and never look at a No Smoking sign the same way again!”

      —Margaret Atwood, via Twitter

      Mad Men meets Bad Blood in this addictive, behind-the-scenes globe-trotting narrative of moral ambiguity, law, public policy, and big tobacco.

      “Given everything the lawyer knew up to that point about smoking, as far as he could tell, cigarettes shouldn’t even have been available as a mass market product…”

      It’s the start of the new millennium and a young lawyer is recruited to work for an unnamed multinational company. It isn’t until his second interview that the product the company produces is revealed to him: cigarettes. Possibly the most controversial consumer product in human history: seductive, addictive, and deadly—yet completely legal. Over the next decade, he travels the world as he works as legal counsel to successfully market cigarettes in dozens of countries.

      Firebrand ventures into the heart of the tobacco industry and the icy paradoxes of capitalism, each chapter a counterintuitive lesson on how cigarette companies, the target of anti-smoking campaigns by health authorities, pivoted and recovered after the seismic 1964 Surgeon General’s Report and 200-billion-dollar debt of the 1998 Master Settlement Agreement—and are now thriving, drenched in profits from their one billion smokers worldwide. As Mad Men did for the alcohol-fuelled, oversexed, corrupt world of New York advertising, Firebrand does for the even more despised world of big tobacco, in an addictive piece of storytelling that spans the globe. The lawyer’s work takes him from manufacturing factories to hocking “sticks” at UK corner store counters; from tacky resorts in Spain and pirate city-states to luxury hotels and Grand Prix events across European and Asian cities. A contemporary tale of our ambiguous times, told through the eyes of an anti-hero created by our corporate age.

      Written with the character-based gusto and narrative flare akin to Michael Lewis, and the behind-the-scenes intrigue of Bad Blood and Confessions of an Economic Hit Man, Firebrand is a compelling paradox of corporate responsibility, public health, and an engrossing tale of a morally dubious yet completely legal enterprise.

      Story Locale: Across the globe
      JOSHUA KNELMANis an award-winning arts and investigative journalist and editor. He was a founding member of The Walrus magazine. His writing has appeared in The Walrus, Toronto Life, TORO, Saturday Night, CBCarts.ca, the National Post, Quill & Quire, and The Globe and Mail. His debut true crime bestseller, Hot Art, won both the Arthur Ellis Award and the Edna Staebler Award and was successfully published in Canada, the US, and Korea with attention from Vanity Fair to Details to Playboy Magazine. His first book, the co-edited anthology Four Letter Word, sold in ten countries across various publishers. Josh lives in Toronto.

      Author Residence: Toronto
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    • Awards & Reviews

      “You’ll inhale this tell-all book about the tobacco industry and never look at a No Smoking sign the same way again!”
      —Margaret Atwood, via Twitter

      “This is storytelling at its best. Wry observation, compelling narrative, fascinating characters, page-turning writing, and an age-old question driving it all: how is it that those who profit from harm get away with it, even when everyone knows what they are up to? Illusion is the answer, says Joshua Knelman—the craft of its practitioners, and the ready acceptance of its targets. That is Firebrand’s story about big tobacco. It is as thrilling for its revelations as it is sobering for its conclusions.”
      —Joel Bakan, author of The New Corporation: How ‘Good’ Corporations are Bad for Democracy

      Firebrand is a beautifully written, riveting tale of one man’s journey into the world of gilded evil that has seduced billions, enticing them into the embrace of the deadliest product ever invented. Joshua Knelman is a gifted storyteller, guiding us through the moral forensics of this goliath of death and pleasure as it takes over the soul of one of those who entered its portals.”
      —Martyn Burke, Peabody Award–winning film director of Under Fire: Journalists in Combat

      “Yes, this is about the slick maneuvering of international cigarette companies. But it’s also about how corporations navigate legislation, and how policy is never as clear-cut as it looks—especially through the eyes of a lawyer. Firebrand is addictive.”
      —Jeff Rubin, former Chief Economist at CIBC World Markets, and author of The Expendables

      “One of the year’s most remarkable books, [Firebrand] brilliantly untangles what Knelman calls ‘the tobacco paradox’ — how the tobacco trade thrives as much, if not more, than it ever has — and its many ironies.”
      —Toronto Star

      “Ever wondered why the most dangerous consumer product ever invented—the cigarette—is still legally available for sale? Joshua Knelman takes us deep inside the global tobacco industry to reveal a story of corporate greed, international intrigue, and the complicity of public policy in the face of big money. Firebrand offers a compelling case study in our addiction to capitalism, in a book that will make your heart race and your blood boil.”
      —Andrew Westoll, RBC Taylor Prize–winning author of The Chimps of Fauna Sanctuary

      “The most fun book on the tobacco business since Christopher Buckley’s Thank You for Smoking, with the added virtue of being grounded in real experience.”
      Washington Examiner

      “How has the tobacco industry ’managed to survive decades of intense and sustained assault by the medical and scientific establishment, and from governments around the world’? In this entertaining and occasionally enraging investigation, journalist Knelman (Hot Art) seeks to answer that question…Packed with colorful insider details and nuanced analysis, this is a stimulating tell-all.”
      Publishers Weekly

      “Knelman lights up every deeply-reported and finely-observed chapter of Firebrand with wit and insight. A rollicking and riveting insider’s tour of an insidious global industry.”
      —Rachel Giese, author of Boys: What it Means to Become a Man

      “As addictive as the subject matter, Knelman’s storytelling breathes intrigue, high-drama, and humour on to every page, while guiding us through the nebulous business of a killer industry. One helluva good read.”
      —Garvia Bailey, broadcaster and co-founder, Media Girlfriends

      “WARNING: Firebrand is a thriller told from deep inside global capitalism’s secret chambers, where few of us ever get to tread. The story will make your palms sweat and your heart race, a staggering achievement.”
      —Richard Poplak, author of Paydirt: What the Search for Gold has Cost the World

      Firebrand is a brilliant insider’s look at the shadowy jurisdictions and sly legal loopholes that have helped a global pariah like the tobacco industry not only survive but thrive. A captivating narrative told at a thriller’s pace, it’s a master class in how the international corporate world really works—a triumph in business storytelling.”
      —Marci McDonald, award-winning journalist and author of The Armageddon Factor
      “Informative and addictive, Firebrand is an insider’s view of the high stakes billion dollar international business of big tobacco that reads like a great conversation at a bar. From the backstreets of London to a dubious bar in Kazakhstan, to a Formula 1 racetrack and the storerooms of modern Spanish pirates, Joshua Knelman takes you on an epic journey to the contradictory heart of one of humanity’s most pleasurable and deadly inventions.”
      —Jason Logan, multi-award-winning Creative Director and author of Make Ink: A Forager’s Guide To Natural Inkmaking

      “[T]he pleasure of Knelman’s fast-paced Firebrand: A Tobacco Lawyer’s Journey comes in a variety of ways. For starters, you know who the bad guys are right from the get-go (the tobacco giants). The central figure is a young Canadian lawyer who stays unnamed from beginning to end as he goes about the bad guys’ business of keeping the lethal but legal product ever available to the addicted masses. His tale, as told by Knelman, has something of the style of a John Grisham thriller.”
      —Literary Review of Canada
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    The Future Is Now Solving the Climate Crisis with Today's Technologies Bob McDonald Canada
    9780735241947 Hardcover SCIENCE / Global Warming & Climate Change On Sale Date:September 27, 2022
    $32.95 CAD 6.24 x 9.27 x 0.97 in | 1.1 lb | 304 pages Carton Quantity:12 Canadian Rights: Y Viking
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      One of:

      CBC’s “27 Canadian books we can’t wait to read in September”

      CBC’s “60 works of Canadian nonfiction to watch for in fall 2022”

      Toronto Star’s “40-plus books we’re most looking forward to this season”

      Is a global pandemic what it took to show us that saving our planet is possible?

      In the absence of motorized boats and gondolas, Venice’s waters have returned to a sparkling blue color. Deer have been spotted roaming cities in Italy, and mountain goats recently took over a small seaside town in Wales. Taking advantage of the decreased boat traffic, whales have returned to roaming Vancouver’s harbours. The absence of “regular” human activities has dramatically affected our environment. In this book, Bob McDonald turns his focus to global energy sources, and shows how the global shutdowns may have been exactly what we needed to show us that a greener future is achievable.

      This is not another “wake-up call,” and not another plea to heed the climate science. This is an exploration of the incredible technologies that our species can use to get out of the mess we’ve made for ourselves. It is a work of immense optimism, to counteract the sense of doom that hangs over most discussions of the environment.

      Many alternative energy sources such as wind, solar, and geothermal have been available for decades—but they alone will not be enough. Additional power will come from small nuclear reactors the size of an office desk, and space-based solar power satellites with enormous mirrors that can capture sunlight, convert it to microwaves, and beam it to the ground to light up entire cities. Energy will be captured from waves, tides, and hydrogen. Vehicles will no longer have tailpipes that emit smog particles. Food will be sourced locally.

      Green technology is one of the fastest growing sectors of the economy, and will only continue to skyrocket as current products improve their performance and new products emerge. A new green age is upon us—let this book be your guide to the future.
      BOB McDONALD has been the host of CBC Radio’s Quirks & Quarks since 1992. He is a regular science commentator on CBC’s News Network and a science correspondent for CBC TV’s The National. His book Measuring the Earth with a Stick was shortlisted for the Canadian Science Writers Association Book Award. He has been honoured with the 2001 Michael Smith Award for Science Promotion from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada; the 2002 Sandford Fleming Medal from The Royal Canadian Institute; and the 2005 McNeil Medal for the Public Awareness of Science from the Royal Society of Canada. In November 2011, he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada.

      Author Residence: Victoria, BC

      Author Hometown: Wingham, ON
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    • Awards & Reviews

      One of: 
      The Globe and Mail’s “Best books to gift this year [2022]”
      Corporate Knights’ “Four solution-packed books about climate change you need to read this fall

      “Bob McDonald uses the global industrial shutdowns brought on by COVID-19 to show that a green future is possible – and upon us. McDonald explores the usual alternative energy sources, but also introduces readers to new ones, including desk-sized nuclear reactors, space-based solar power satellites, and energy from waves, tides, and hydrogen.”
      —Quill & Quire

      Regenesis unflinchingly outlines the damage farming does to the planet.”
      —Big Issue

      “McDonald takes the reader on a bit of an energy safari…showing off some of humanity’s impressive achievements and explaining how they’ll all fit together in a green future…making science easily digestible. [T]he book is packed with optimism.”
      —Corporate Knights

      The Future is Now is not another wake-up call, but rather an optimistic book that looks at existing technologies and how they can be used now to address the environmental emergency.”
      —Vancouver Sun

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    A Minor Chorus A Novel Billy-Ray Belcourt Canada
    9780735242005 Hardcover FICTION / Indigenous On Sale Date:September 13, 2022
    $27.95 CAD 5.13 x 7.76 x 0.69 in | 0.52 lb | 192 pages Carton Quantity:12 Hamish Hamilton
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      An urgent first novel about breaching the prisons we live inside from one of Canada’s most daring literary talents.

      An unnamed narrator abandons his unfinished thesis and returns to northern Alberta in search of what eludes him: the shape of the novel he yearns to write, an autobiography of his rural hometown, the answers to existential questions about family, love, and happiness.

      What ensues is a series of conversations, connections, and disconnections that reveals the texture of life in a town literature has left unexplored, where the friction between possibility and constraint provides an insistent background score.

      Whether he’s meeting with an auntie distraught over the imprisonment of her grandson, engaging in rez gossip with his cousin at a pow wow, or lingering in bed with a married man after a hotel room hookup, the narrator makes space for those in his orbit to divulge their private joys and miseries, testing the theory that storytelling can make us feel less lonely.

      Populated by characters as alive and vast as the boreal forest, and culminating in a breathtaking crescendo, A Minor Chorus is a novel about how deeply entangled the sayable and unsayable can become—and about how ordinary life, when pressed, can produce hauntingly beautiful music.
      BILLY-RAY BELCOURT (he/him) is a writer from the Driftpile Cree Nation. He won the 2018 Griffin Poetry Prize for his debut collection, This Wound Is a World, which was also a finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award. His bestselling memoir, A History of My Brief Body, won the Hubert Evans Non-Fiction Prize and was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award and the Governor General’s Literary Award. A recipient of the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship and an Indspire Award, Belcourt is Assistant Professor of Indigenous Creative Writing at UBC.

      Author Residence: Vancouver, BC

      Author Hometown: Joussard, Northern Alberta
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    • Awards & Reviews


      Named a Best Book of the Year by the Globe and Mail, Indigo, and CBC

      “No one breaks your heart as elegantly as Billy-Ray Belcourt. Innovative, intimate, and meticulous, A Minor Chorus is a thoughtful riot of intersections and juxtapositions, a congregation of keenly observed laments gently vivisecting the small, Northern Alberta community at its core.”
      —Eden Robinson, author of Son of a Trickster
      “The literary child of Rachel Cusk’s Outline trilogy and James Baldwin’s Giovanni’s Room, this novel builds on both, and is yet still something so new. It has the guts to centre Indigenous queer life as worthy of serious intellectual and artistic inquiry—which, of course, it always has been. We will be reading and re-reading and learning from A Minor Chorus for decades to come.”
      —Alicia Elliott, author of A Mind Spread Out on the Ground
      “An absolutely dazzling confluence of big ideas and raw emotions, told in Billy-Ray Belcourt’s singular poetic voice. A Minor Chorus is about loving, questioning, and fighting for your life, and it’s as compelling a debut novel as I’ve read in years.”
      —Jami Attenberg, author of I Came All This Way to Meet You
      “A truly exceptional novel about how the disregarded sometimes live the most remarkable lives, and how storytelling will redeem us somehow, make us less lonely. A Minor Chorus is like a song that’s over too soon; I want to play it on repeat, to memorize the words so that I can sing them to myself.”
      —Katherena Vermette, author of The Strangers

      “An achingly gorgeous debut novel of Indigenous survival…This is a breathtaking and hypnotic achievement.”
      Publishers Weekly (starred review)

      “Registers less as minor chorus than symphony…Belcourt’s boldest, freest, and most linguistically assured work yet.”
      Library Journal (starred review)

      “Poet Billy-Ray Belcourt’s first novel is, unsurprisingly, a genre-defying masterpiece …. This book is unlike anything else I’ve ever read: it’s academic and anti-academic, full of poetry, longing, theory, and philosophy.”
      Book Riot

      “Belcourt crafts sentences like only a poet can, each one precise and shimmering. He writes with ferocious intensity and beauty about Grindr hookups, queer Indigenous friendship, police violence, the open wounds of Canada’s residential schools, loneliness, and longing.”
      “Belcourt is a brilliant writer and this book is further proof.”
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    Lifesavers and Body Snatchers Medical Care and the Struggle for Survival in the Great War Tim Cook Canada
    9780735242319 Hardcover HISTORY / Military On Sale Date:September 13, 2022
    $36.95 CAD 6.31 x 9.27 x 1.68 in | 1.7 lb | 552 pages Carton Quantity:12 Canadian Rights: Y Allen Lane
    • Marketing Copy

      From Canada’s top war historian, a definitive medical history of the Great War, illuminating how the carnage of modern battle gave birth to revolutionary life-saving innovations. It brings to light shocking revelations of the ways the brutality of combat and the necessity of agonizing battlefield decisions led to unimaginable strain for men and women of medicine who fought to save the lives of soldiers.

      Medical care in almost all armies during the Great War, and especially in the Canadian medical services, was sophisticated and constantly evolving. Vastly more wounded soldiers were saved than lost. Doctors and surgeons prevented disease from decimating armies, confronted ghastly wounds from chemical weap-ons, remade shattered bodies, and struggled to ease soldiers’ battle-haunted minds. After the war, the hard lessons learned by doctors and nurses were brought back to Canada. A new Department of Health created guidelines in the aftermath of the 1918–1919 influ-enza pandemic, which had killed 55,000 Canadians and millions around the world. In a grim irony, the fight to improve civilian health was furthered by the most destructive war up to that point in human history.

      But medical advances were not the only thing brought back from Europe: Lifesavers and Body Snatchers exposes the disturbing story of the harvesting of human body parts in medical units behind the lines. Tim Cook has spent over a decade investigating the history of Canadian medical doctors removing the body parts of slain soldiers and transporting their brains, lungs, bones, and other organs to the Royal College of Surgeons (RCS) in London, England. Almost 800 individual body parts were removed from the dead and sent to London, where they were stored, treated, and presented in exhibition galleries. After being exhibited there, the body parts were displayed in Canada. This uncovered history has never been told before and is part of the hidden legacy of the medical war.

      Based on deep archival research and unpublished letters of soldiers and medical personnel, Lifesavers and Body Snatchers is a powerful narrative, told in Cook’s literary style, which reveals how the medical services supported the soldiers at the front and forged a profound legacy in shaping Canadian public health in the decades that followed.
      TIM COOK is Chief Historian and Director of Research at the Canadian War Museum. His bestselling books have won multiple awards, including three Ottawa Book prizes for Literary Non-Fiction and two C.P. Stacey Awards for the best book in Canadian military history. In 2008 he won the J.W. Dafoe Prize for At the Sharp End and again in 2018 for Vimy: The Battle and the Legend. Shock Troops won the 2009 Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction. Cook is a frequent commentator in the media, and a member of the Royal Society of Canada and the Order of Canada.

      Author Residence: Ottawa, ON

      Author Hometown: Kingston, ON
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    • Awards & Reviews

      One of: 
      The Globe and Mail’s “64 books to keep you warm as the weather cools”
      The Toronto Star’s “5 books for a Remembrance Day reading list”

      Praise for Lifesavers and Body Snatchers:

      “[S]hocking….  [H]eartbreaking….”
      —Ottawa Citizen

      “Cook has an unrivaled mastery of the archival sources and reveals [in Lifesavers and Body Snatchers] for the first time the program of harvesting body parts from fallen soldiers for medical study.”
      —Toronto Star

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