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    Distributor: Random House, Inc. Availability: On Sale Date:May 26, 2020 Carton Quantity:24 $22.95 CAD
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Son of a Critch
A Childish Newfoundland Memoir
By (author): Mark Critch
9780735235083 Paperback, Trade English General Trade BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Entertainment & Performing Arts May 26, 2020
$22.95 CAD
Active 5.95 x 8.97 x 0.88 in | 0.82 lb 336 pages Penguin Canada
 
Atlantic Book Awards - Margaret and John Savage First Book Award 2019, Winner Kobo Emerging Writer Prize 2019, Short-listed RBC Taylor Prize 2019, Long-listed Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour 2019, Short-listed
From This Hour Has 22 Minutes anchor and “roving reporter” Mark Critch, a hilarious story of family, getting into trouble, and finding one’s place in the world.

What could be better than growing up in the 1980s? How about growing up in 1980s Newfoundland, which—as Mark Critch will tell you—was more like the 1960s. Take a trip to where it all began in this funny and warm look back on his formative years.

Here we find a young Mark trick-or-treating at a used car lot, getting locked out of school on a fourth-floor window ledge, faking an asthma attack to avoid being arrested by military police, trying to buy beer from an untrustworthy cab driver, shocking his parents by appearing naked onstage—and much more.

Best knownfor his role on CBC’s 22 Minutes, Mark Critch has photo-bombed Justin Trudeau, interviewed Great Big Sea’s Alan Doyle (while impersonating Alan Doyle), offered Pamela Anderson a million dollars to stop acting, and crashed White House briefings. But, as we see in this playful debut, he’s been causing trouble his whole life.

Son of a Critch captures the wonder and cluelessness of a kid trying to figure things out, but with the clever observations of an adult, and the combination is perfect.

Story Locale: Newfoundland

PLATFORM: This Hour Has 22 Minutes is a flagship CBC show, airing weekly.

NFLD CONNECTIONS: Critch has a good relationship with Alan Doyle and we’ve seen how Newfoundlanders will support and promote each other.

SERIOUS THEMES: In addition to the humour, the book also touches on the hardships and isolation faced by many in NFLD, and there is a powerful chapter concerning the Mount Cashel affair that affected the whole province.

MARK CRITCH is one of the most recognizable faces in Canadian comedy and has won multiple awards for both writing and performance. For fifteen years, he has starred on CBC’s flagship show, This Hour Has 22 Minutes. As an anchor and “roving reporter,” he has brought celebrities and politicians to Canadian living rooms across the nation. He is the host of CBC’s Halifax Comedy Festival and has written for and appeared in CBC’s world-renowned Just for Laughs series.

Author Residence: St. John’s, Newfoundland

Author Hometown: St. John’s, Newfoundland

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Author Social Media: Twitter: @markcritch

“Not since the first one pulled his boat up, has there been a scribbler of such fine and unusual emanations pouring out of one man. Yes, he says he’s from the big island, but where he was washed up, would be worth finding out. And I’d love to know where he gets his ink, I am such a fan.” —Gordon Pinsent, actor and playwright

 “Son of a Critch explains a lot. Mark’s wondrous imagination and unique vision of the world is almost completely explained by his young life. This book is a one of a kind adventure from one of my favourite people in the world. I had to read most sections twice as either I could not believe what I had just read, or my eyes were flooding with laughing tears. It is Wicked and Deadly.”
—Alan Doyle, musician and lead singer of Great Big Sea
 
“Finally, a book that answers so many questions about Critch: “Why is he like that?”, “Why does he say stuff like that?”, and “What’s something from Mark’s childhood we can use to make him cry?” If you read only one book by a famous Newfoundlander who was raised next to the highway, it pretty much has to be this one. You’ll be amazed at how funny Mark is. Also, that he’s not dead.”
—Barry Julien, Co-Executive Producer/Writer, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
 
Son of a Critch is everything you would expect from the smart, urbane, and imaginative mind of Canada’s grooviest satirist.”
—Greg Proops, comedian and actor

“Do not read this book on an airplane because you will be smiling and laughing like an idiot, which would be the most unCanadian thing to do while reading the most hilarious book by Canada’s most charming storyteller.”  —Caroline Rhea, comedian and actor 
 
“Having done many shows in Newfoundland and being a devotee of Codco, I have long been captivated by Newfoundlanders—their warmth, grit, and forthrightness, but especially their humour. Mark captures all of that so cleverly. I laughed from start to finish, often uproariously.”
—Anne Murray, singer
 
“I haven’t read this book. I’m sure it’s funny. Mark is funny. Except when he pretends to be me. Then he’s just a jerk.”
—Peter Mansbridge, news anchor and broadcaster

“There are so many strengths to his writing but I’d note his flair with metaphor and simile…this is nimble, nuanced writing…thoughtful and honed for laughs” —The St. John’s Telegram

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