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    4 3 2 1 Paul Auster
    9780771009174 Hardcover FICTION / Coming of Age On Sale Date: January 31, 2017
    $42.00 CAD 6.49 x 9.57 x 2.13 in | 880 pages Carton Quantity: 10 Canadian Rights: Y McClelland & Stewart
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      SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2017 MAN BOOKER PRIZE

      A Globe and Mail Best Book

      A New York Times Notable Book of the Year

      From the internationally celebrated author of The New York Trilogy comes a sweeping story of birthright and possibility, of love and the fullness of life itself, in which we follow the four parallel lives, loves, and obsessions of one remarkable boy during a time of great change in America.



      On March 3, 1947, in the maternity ward of Beth Israel Hospital in Newark, New Jersey, Archibald Isaac Ferguson, the one and only child of Rose and Stanley Ferguson, is born. From that single beginning, Ferguson's life will take four simultaneous and independent fictional paths. Four Fergusons made of the same genetic material, four boys who are the same boy, will go on to lead four parallel and entirely different lives. Family fortunes diverge. Loves and friendships and intellectual passions contrast. Chapter by chapter, the rotating narratives evolve into an elaborate dance of inner worlds enfolded within the outer forces of history as, one by one, the intimate plot of each Ferguson's story rushes on across the tumultuous and fractured terrain of mid-twentieth-century America. A boy grows up -- again and again and again. As inventive and dexterously constructed as anything Paul Auster has ever written, 4 3 2 1 is an unforgettable tour de force, the crowning work of this masterful writer's extraordinary career.
      Bio
      PAUL AUSTER is the bestselling author of Sunset Park, Invisible, The Book of Illusions, and The
      New York Trilogy, among many other works. He has been awarded the Prince of Asturias Award
      for Literature, the Prix Médicis étranger, an Independent Spirit Award, and the Premio Napoli.
      He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the American Academy of Arts
      and Sciences, and is a Commandeur de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. He lives in Brooklyn,
      New York. The author lives in Brooklyn, NY.
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      SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2017 MAN BOOKER PRIZE

      "Contemporary American writing at its best: crisp, elegant, brisk. It has the illusion of effortlessness that comes only with fierce discipline. As often happens when you are in the hands of a master, you read the next sentence almost before you are finished with the previous one." —New York Times Book Review

      "One of America's greatest living novelists." —The Observer (U.K.)

      "Auster's ruminations on death, family, memory, and marriage are both poignant and delightful." —The New Yorker

      "Paul Auster is definitely a genius." —Haruki Murakami

      "It is the rarest of books – a masterpiece by a genius." —NJ.com

      "Certain books leave readers feeling they know every minute detail of a character's inner life, as if they were lifelong companions and daily confidants. . . . and for readers who like taking the scenic route, getting taken for a ride will be worth it." —Time

      " . . . the novel is distinguished by the surprisingly muted exploitation of its high-concept premise." —The New York Review of Books

      "Audacious in conception and execution. . . . packed with cerebral and physical activity, meticulously wrought and written in prose so energised that, at times, it leaves one breathless." —Moira Lovell, bookslive.co.za

      "A stunningly ambitious novel, and a pleasure to read. Auster's writing is joyful, even in the book's darkest moments, and never ponderous or showy. . . . an incredibly moving, true journey." —Michael Shaub, NPR

      "4 3 2 1 features a distinctly different style than any [Auster has] written fiction in before. Breathless, propulsive, almost Kerouac-like in its tidal force." —The Brooklyn Rail

      "We're lured in by Auster's fine-grained scene-setting and intrigue at his intentions." —Anthony Cummins, The Guardian

      “Wonderfully clever . . . . 4 3 2 1 is much more than a piece of literary gamesmanship . . . . It is a heartfelt and engaging piece of storytelling that unflinchingly explores the 20th century American experience in all its honour and ignominy. This is, without doubt, Auster’s magnum opus. . . . A true revelation . . . One can’t help but admit they are in the presence of a genius.” ?Toronto Star


      "Auster's narrative is never anything less than stylistically assured, his humour and humanity perfectly balanced." —The Independent

      " . . . ambitious and sprawling . . . " —USA Today

      "It's tempting to think about how our lives might have turned out if we had made different decisions, or if fate had dealt us a different hand. With this brilliantly rendered, intricately plotted epic, Auster has indulged that temptation and turned it into a magnum opus." —Columbia Magazine

      "Auster adds a significant and immersive entry to a genre that stretches back centuries and includes Augie March and Tristram Shandy." —Publishers Weekly
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    Frontier City Toronto on the Verge of Greatness Shawn Micallef Canada
    9780771059322 Hardcover POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Process On Sale Date: February 07, 2017
    $29.95 CAD 6.3 x 9.4 x 0.9 in | 272 pages Carton Quantity: 12 Canadian Rights: Y Signal
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      Toronto is emerging from an identity crisis into a glorious new era.

      It began as a series of reports from the civic drama of the 2014 elections. But beyond the municipal circus, writer and commentator Shawn Micallef discovered the much bigger story of a city emerging into greatness. He walked and talked with candidates from all over Greater Toronto, and observed how they energized their communities, never shying away from the problems that exist within them -- poverty, violence, racism, and drugs -- but advocating solutions that bring people together. Shawn Micallef introduces us to those fighting for a more inclusive vision of Toronto and reveals the promise and potential for a city that has been suffering through a severe identity crisis but is now on a steep upturn. Toronto, he says, is set fair to be a new urban model for cities all over the world. Micallef reveals Toronto in all its rich variety. It is hard, he says, to grasp the vast size and scope of Toronto until you spend a few hours walking through unfamiliar neighbourhoods. Each reveals another adjacent to it, and then another, and another. The city goes on and on, into unheralded ravines and oblique views of the downtown skyline. Hiding in all that geography is not only great beauty, but a force for change that's been building for decades as people arrived here from every corner of the globe. Frontier City is a revelatory view of the Toronto of today and an inspiring vision of the Toronto of the near future.
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      SHAWN MICALLEF is a weekly columnist with the Toronto Star, co-founder of Spacing magazine, and an instructor at the University of Toronto. He is a frequent commentator on urban issues and is known for his passion for the city – its geography, architecture, culture, and people. Follow him @ShawnMicallef.
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      "Cities are our future but they are also becoming more unequal and unaffordable. Combining on-the-ground reporting with an urbanist's eye for the big picture, Shawn Micallef takes a deep dive into his own Toronto to illuminate the opportunities and challenges facing its people and those of aspiring cities across the globe. A must read for builders of cities and anyone who lives in one." —Richard Florida, author of The Rise of the Creative Class and Who's Your City?

      "There was a time when foreign governments would have sought out Shawn Micallef, so natural a sleuth he is: walking streets and neighbourhoods, crashing Rob Ford parties, and the listening companion of councillors and urban advocates, all the while viewing the city's disparate corners with relish and an unprejudiced eye. 'It's a Canadian thing,' says Micallef, 'not to tell our own stories enough.' We can be thankful that he is the exception." —Noah Richler, author of The Candidate: Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail

      "Toronto is a city of subtleties, one that doesn't lend itself to easy description, but there is no one who knows and writes Toronto better than Shawn Micallef and Frontier City proves that. It is a book for everyone who has ever loved, and held one's breath for, any city."
      —Tabatha Southey, writer, columnist with The Globe and Mail

      Praise for Shawn Micallef:

      • "As Toronto grows into a more mature, more compelling city, a new group of non-academic, street-smart urbanists has emerged to appreciate it. . . . Shawn Micallef is one of the sharpest of this sharp-eyed breed." —The Globe and Mail
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    So Much Love Rebecca Rosenblum Canada
    9780771072437 Paperback FICTION / Literary On Sale Date: March 14, 2017
    $24.95 CAD 5.7 x 8.2 x 0.77 in | 288 pages Carton Quantity: 24 Canadian Rights: Y McClelland & Stewart
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      Finalist for the Amazon Canada First Novel Award

      A Globe and Mail Best Book

      A Quill & Quire Best Book of the Year

      Olive Kitteridge meets Room and The Lovely Bones in this stunning first novel about the unexpected reverberations the abduction of a young woman has on a small community.


      When Catherine Reindeer mysteriously vanishes from the parking lot outside the restaurant where she works, an entire community is shattered. Her fellow waitress now sees danger all around her. Her mother desperately seeks comfort in saying her name over and over again. Her professor thinks of her obsessively. Her husband refuses to give up hope that she will one day come home. As we move back and forth between those who knew Catherine intimately and those who barely knew her at all, So Much Love reveals how an unexpected disappearance can overturn everything for those left behind. 
      But at the heart of the novel is Catherine's own surprising journey of resilience and recovery. When, after months of unimaginable horror, a final devastating loss forces her to make a bold decision, she is unprepared for everything that follows. Woven throughout Catherine's story are glimpses of a local poet who was murdered decades earlier, a woman whose work becomes a lifeline for Catherine during her darkest hours.
      A riveting novel that explores the complexity of love and the power of stories to shape our lives, So Much Love confirms Rebecca Rosenblum's reputation as one of the most gifted and distinctive writers of her generation.
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      REBECCA ROSENBLUM is the author of two acclaimed short story collections, The Big Dream and Once, winner of the Metcalf-Rooke Award and named one of Quill & Quire’s “15 Books That Mattered in 2008.” Her fiction has been shortlisted for the Journey Prize, the National Magazine Awards, and the Danuta Gleed Literary Award. She lives in Toronto. So Much Love is her first novel.
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      "So Much Love approaches its subject and tells its characters' stories with so much heart and sharp efficency that you can sit down with it for a day and feel a shift in the way you look at life.You will not want to put it down. . . . This is a page-turner of a different sort. This is not a thriller. This is a meditation on life and love that thrills. . . . This is a feat." —Globe & Mail

      "Emotionally resonant and strikingly written. . . . Rosenblum's novel meditates on connections and community, loss and love. Beautiful, affecting, and striking, this powerfully assured debut novel is literary fiction from an author who also shows herself to be the capable architect of a complex and rousing story." —Quill & Quire



      Advance Praise for So Much Love:
      "A marvellously assured, multi-layered page turner. Chilling. Brilliant." -- Barbara Gowdy, author of Little Sister

      "Elegant in form, So Much Love does what only fiction can – it gives a wide view of a horrific crime and shows how it fractures a small community. In a world of slippery truths and narrow perception, this beautiful, taut, and chilling story feels necessary and true." -- Claire Cameron, author of The Bear and The Last Neanderthal

      "Compelling and superbly crafted from start to finish, So Much Love is a thoughtful and disturbing look into the deep layers of a crime and its aftermath." -- Diane Schoemperlen, author of This is Not My Life

      Praise for Rebecca Rosenblum:

      • "A writer who's intent on probing the mysteries of self and other through the related mysteries of fiction. . . . Rosenblum's work impels us to a fresh experiencing of life." -- Globe and Mail
      • "[Her stories are] at once compressed, poetic, and precise. . . . Rosenblum can register the aching and melancholic, but with a remarkable lack of sentimentality. . . . [She is] a young author of singular talent." -- The Walrus
      • "Rosenblum cuts as close to the bone as possible in her construction of sentences, paring away all but the most essential words." -- National Post
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    Ingenious How Canadian Innovators Made the World Smarter, Smaller, Kinder, Safer, Healthier, Wealthier, and Happier David Johnston Canada, Tom Jenkins Canada
    9780771050916 Hardcover HISTORY / Canada On Sale Date: March 28, 2017
    $40.00 CAD 8.33 x 10.27 x 0.84 in | 248 pages Carton Quantity: 12 Canadian Rights: Y Signal
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      To celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday, His Excellency David Johnston and Tom Jenkins have crafted a richly illustrated volume of brilliant Canadian innovations whose widespread adoption has made the world a better place. From Bovril to Blackberrys, lightbulbs to liquid helium, peanut butter to Pablum, this is a surprising and incredibly varied collection to make Canadians proud, and to our unique entrepreneurial spirit.

      Successful innovation is always inspired by at least one of three forces—insight, necessity, and simple luck. Ingenious moves through history to explore what circumstances, incidents, coincidences, and collaborations motivated each great Canadian idea, and what twist of fate then brought that idea into public acceptance. Above all, the book explores what goes on in the mind of an innovator, and maps the incredible spectrum of personalities that have struggled to improve the lot of their neighbours, their fellow citizens, and their species.

      From the marvels of aboriginal invention such as the canoe, snowshoe, igloo, dogsled, lifejacket, and bunk bed to the latest pioneering advances in medicine, education, philanthropy, science, engineering, community development, business, the arts, and the media, Canadians have improvised and collaborated their way to international admiration. Ingenious tells you why they did it and how they made the world a better place.
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      One of Canada’s most respected and beloved governors general, DAVID JOHNSTON is a graduate of Harvard, Cambridge, and Queen’s universities. He served as dean of law at Western University, principal of McGill University, and president of the University of Waterloo. He is the author or co-author of twenty-five books, holds honorary doctorates from over twenty universities, and is a Companion of the Order of Canada. Born in Sudbury, Ontario, he is married to Sharon Johnston, and has five daughters and twelve grandchildren.

      TOM JENKINS is chairman of the board of OpenText and has served as a member of its board since 1994, as president and chief executive officer from 1994 to 2005, and as executive chairman and chief strategy officer from 2005 to 2013. He is the chancellor of the University of Waterloo and is an Officer of the Order of Canada (OC) for his contributions to education and innovation in Canada. He is a graduate of the Schulich School of Business at York University, the University of Toronto, and McMaster University. He is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering (FCAE). Mr. Jenkins is a recipient of the Canadian Forces Decoration (CD) and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal (QDJM).


      Author Residence: Waterloo, ON; Ottawa, ON
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    Ice Ghosts The Epic Hunt for the Lost Franklin Expedition Paul Watson Canada
    9780771096525 Hardcover HISTORY / Expeditions & Discoveries On Sale Date: March 21, 2017
    $34.95 CAD 6.2 x 9.3 x 1.3 in | 416 pages Carton Quantity: 12 Canadian Rights: Y McClelland & Stewart
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      The true story of the greatest mystery of Arctic exploration-and the rare mix of marine science and Inuit knowledge that led to the shipwreck’s recent discovery.

      Ice Ghosts weaves together the epic story of the Franklin Expedition-whose two ships and crew of 129 were lost to the Arctic ice-with the modern tale of the scientists, divers, and local Inuit behind the incredible discovery of the flagship’s wreck in 2014. Paul Watson, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who was on the icebreaker that led the discovery expedition, tells a fast-paced historical adventure story: Sir John Franklin and the crew of the HMS Erebus and Terror setting off in search of the fabled Northwest Passage, the hazards they encountered and the reasons they were forced to abandon ship hundreds of miles from the nearest outpost of Western civilization, and the decades of searching that turned up only rumours of cannibalism and a few scattered papers and bones-until a combination of faith in Inuit lore and the latest science yielded a discovery for the ages.
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      Paul Watson covered world events and wars for nearly two decades. While at the Toronto Star he earned three National Newspaper Awards for foreign reporting and photography. Watson earned international acclaim and the 1994 Pulitzer Prize for his photograph of a dead American soldier being dragged through the streets of Mogadishu. In 2007, he won the Hal Boyle Award from the Overseas Press Club of America for his reporting on Afghanistan. His first book, Where War Lives, was named a Globe and Mail best book of the year.

      Author Residence: Vancouver, British Columbia
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      Praise for Ice Ghosts:

      *Named one of the best science books of 2017 by The Guardian*

      "A splendid achievement." —Ken McGoogan, Globe and Mail

      "A gripping account of the uncovering of the wrecks of Erebus and Terror. . . . a discovery, we learn, that only became possible when explorers bothered to listen to the tales of local Inuit whose ancestors had watched the ships sink —The Guardian

      "Intriguing [and] enjoyable. . . . While there have been many previous books about the Franklin expedition and its mysterious fate, the notable originality of Ice Ghosts lies in the fact that it brings the story right up-to-date. . . . Franklin aficionados will certainly want to add it to their libraries." —Ian McGuire, New York Times Book Review

      "Riveting. . . . An engrossing chronicle of a legendary doomed naval voyage and the nearly 200-year effort to bring the Franklin Expedition to a close." —Booklist

      "[A] thrilling tale of science's hunt to solve one of naval history's greatest riddles. . . . [Watson's] intimate familiarity with key players and places gives the reader an insider's view of the operations." —Discover Magazine

      "An incredible yarn." —Boston Globe

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      Fascinating." —Dallas Morning News

      "A must-read for anyone fascinated with the history—and future—of Arctic exploration." —Reader's Digest

      "Engaging. . . . A keen, entertaining chronicle of the various attempts to locate a sensationally doomed expedition." —Kirkus (starred review)

      "Watson's meticulously researched tale finely weaves together the many voices and experiences of those who sought Franklin's long-missing ships." —Publishers Weekly

      "A thorough and entertaining account of the efforts to locate the ships. . . . Watson's great descriptive prose is on full display." —Quill & Quire

      "It's one of those history books that are nearly impossible to put down: The story is riveting and incredibly suspenseful, and the writing is superb." —The Chronicle Herald

      "Watson's story shines. . . . [Ice Ghosts is] different and more valuable than most of what comes from the cottage industry of Franklin books." —David B. Williams, Seattle Times

      Praise for Paul Watson's Where War Lives:

      "It's one of the finest Canadian books ever: beautifully written." —Brian Bethune, Maclean's

      "Watson is a natural storyteller, and he has one hell of a story to tell." —Globe and Mail

      "Gripping and courageous . . . This book is a thriller." —Ottawa Citizen
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    Baseball Life Advice Loving the Game That Saved Me Stacey May Fowles Canada
    9780771038716 Paperback BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Sports On Sale Date: April 11, 2017
    $24.95 CAD 5.35 x 8 x 0.77 in | 304 pages Carton Quantity: 24 Canadian Rights: Y McClelland & Stewart
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      Roxane Gay’s Bad Feminist and Nick Hornby’s Fever Pitch go to the ballpark in this personal ode to baseball, its culture, and its community, which both reminds us why it really matters and how it can help us live better lives. From the Globe and Mail columnist and author of the Baseball Life Advice newsletter.

      Stacey May Fowles gives us a refreshingly candid and personal perspective on subjects ranging from bat flips to bandwagoners, from the romance of spring training to the politics of booing, from the necessity of taking a hard look at players’ injuries and mental health issues to finding solace at the ballpark. Fowles confronts head-on the stereotype that female fans lack real knowledge about the game, and calls out the “boys will be boys” attitude and its implications both on and off the field. She also shares her reverence for the no-hitter, her memories of going to the ballpark with her dad, and the challenges of falling in love with someone who didn’t like baseball. Throughout the book, she offers exhilarating snapshots of the Toronto Blue Jays 2015 and 2016 seasons, and gathers a selection of inspiring “baseball life advice” quotes from players and others that provide unexpected insight into how we could all live better lives.

      With remarkable verve, intelligence, and an unabashed enthusiasm for the game, Fowles explores how we can use the lens of baseball to examine who we are. A must-read for both diehard and casual fans.


      Story Locale: Toronto; Dunedin, Florida; New York.
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      STACEY MAY FOWLES is an award-winning novelist, journalist, and essayist. She is a columnist at the Globe and Mail, Open Book Toronto, and Blue Jays Nation, and author of the popular Baseball Life Advice e-newsletter. She has written about sports for Globe Debate, The Walrus, Torontoist, the National Post, Deadspin, Hazlitt, and Vice Sports. She is a frequent guest on Metro Morning and a member of q’s sports panel. She lives in Toronto, where she is writing a memoir to be published by McClelland & Stewart.

      Author Residence: Toronto, ON
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      “This is beautiful. Stacey has used her own experiences at the ballpark to reveal what each and every fan has felt but didn’t know why. She captures what we all love about the game.”
      -- Buck Martinez, author of Change Up and the play-by-play announcer for the Toronto Blue Jays

      “Fowles’ writing about her love of the game and the role of baseball in her life is honest, funny, touching, detailed, and charming. You do not need to be a sports fan or a baseball fan to enjoy this book; it is for anyone who appreciates beautiful writing, who has struggled to find their place in this world, or who has loved anything more than they can explain.”
      -- Jessica Luther, author of Unsportsmanlike Conduct

      "[Fowles] brings a perspective that's all too rare." -- New York Times

      "By bringing a fresh voice to an old, staid game, everything seems new again. . . . [Baseball] fans anywhere will relate to her love of the ballpark as her 'favourite place in the world.'" -- Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

      "Stacey May Fowles left me spellbound. These essays take the reader on a rich journey. She writes with such passion, and challenges us to look beyond the stat sheet in order to drink deeply from a game that is so much more than the players who play it." -- R.A. Dickey, from his Foreword

      "A sharp, affecting meditation of the game and what its wins, walk-offs, losses, errors, injuries and (rarely) fights say about life. . . . Stacey May Fowles says this game saved her, and Baseball Life Advice might just return the favour right back to you." -- National Post

      "Fowles has penned an instant classic on the grand old game with the heart of a true fan." -- Post City

      "I defy any baseball fan to pick up this book and not find something they can relate to. . . . She ultimately crafts one of the best books about the game I've read in years. Baseball has so much to teach us if we let it, and in Baseball Life Advice, Stacey May Fowles gives readers just a taste of what the sport can bring to an open heart." -- 90feetfromhome.com

      "Fowles does an exceptional job of revealing how the game has made her whole, sharing incredibly personal insights and bringing topics to the table that deserve more light to be shed upon them, from a unique perspective. Mixing in the fun of spring training, the idea of the baseball gods and the power they hold, the magic of no-hitters and more, she opens the door to ideas to appeal to everyone. The book is one written for every fan." -- The Hardball Times
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    9780771005572 Paperback POETRY / Canadian On Sale Date: March 28, 2017
    $19.95 CAD 5.75 x 8.5 x 0.34 in | 112 pages Carton Quantity: 24 Canadian Rights: Y McClelland & Stewart
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      A debut collection from a startling new voice in Canadian poetry.

      The poems in Admission Requirements attempt to discover what is required of us when we cut across our material and psychic geographies. Simultaneously full and empty of its origins, the self is continually taxed of any certainties and ways of being. The speaker in these poems is engaged in a kind of fieldwork, surveying gardens, communities, and the haphazard cityscape, where the reader is presented with the paradoxes of subsumed histories. With understated irony and unsettling imagery, the poems address the internal conflicts inherent in contemporary living.

      Story Locale: British Columbia

      Series Overview: The McClelland & Stewart poetry program, supported by its active Board, is committed to publishing Canadian poets whose work engages and excites, and who stand out because of the distinctiveness of their voices, their rigorous dedication to craft, and the scope of their imaginations.
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      PHOEBE WANG was born in Ottawa in 1981, and currently lives in Toronto, where she writes and teaches. She holds a BA in English from York University and an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Toronto. She is the author of two chapbooks, Occasional Emergencies (Odourless Press, 2013) and Hanging Exhibits (The Emergency Response Unit, 2016). She placed second in the Short Grain (with Variations) contest in 2012 and was the winner of Prism International’s Poetry Contest in 2015.

      Author Residence: Toronto, ON

      Author Hometown: Ottawa, ON
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      Advance praise for Admission Requirements:
      • “‘Best forget / the satellite on your shoulder.’ And then enjoy that edge of anxious anticipation as you consider Admission Requirements; relish this smart poetry as it outlines the con­ditions of a diasporic imagination. ‘The lineup [she’s] stuck in,’ Phoebe Wang tells us, ‘is moving faster than most.’ The ‘lineup’ is, of course, poetic language, rambunctious percep­tions of a mental navigator reciting the biogeography of an indeterminate world. This poetry meets the deadline.” — Fred Wah


      Praise for Phoebe Wang:

      • "Phoebe Wang's ekphrastic poems remind me that art is not just an object to be viewed passively but is an interaction, worth climbing inside and inhabiting. With a curious, restless mind she experiences these paintings and sculptures through searching reflection and fresh imagery . . . well worth reading and thinking about." -- David O'Meara
      • "Startling. . . . Her poems respond to the fluid energy-field borders between life and art rather than to artworks alone. . . . She draws images on the word in the same way that conceptual art drew words and concepts onto/into the image. [Her work] engages not just the meditations on permanent human experience an artwork arouses, but everything in the surrounding era and consciousness of the viewing, singing, commenting self. Wang's grasp of the contemporary gives new readings to the classic." -- A. F. Moritz
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    I have to live Aisha Sasha John Canada
    9780771050701 Paperback POETRY / Canadian On Sale Date: April 11, 2017
    $19.95 CAD 5.8 x 8.5 x 0.5 in | 160 pages Carton Quantity: 24 Canadian Rights: Y McClelland & Stewart
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      A new collection ablaze with urgency and radiant inquiry from a 2015 finalist for the Trillium Book Award for Poetry

      A demand and promise; an obligation and challenge; a protest and call: I have to live.

      Juiced on the ecstasy of self-belief: I have to live.

      A burgeoning erotics of psychic boldness: I have to live.

      In which sensitivity is recognized as wealth: I have to live.

      Trumpeting the forensic authority of the heart: I have to live.

      This is original ancient poetry.

      It fashions a universe from its mouth.


      Series Overview: The McClelland & Stewart poetry program, supported by its active Board, is committed to publishing Canadian poets whose work engages and excites, and who stand out because of the distinctiveness of their voices, their rigorous dedication to craft, and the scope of their imaginations.
      Bio
      AISHA SASHA JOHN is the author of THOU (2014), a finalist for the Trillium Book Award for Poetry and the ReLit Poetry Award, and The Shining Material (2011). She choreographs and performs in the feminist collective WIVES as well as authors solo performances (The Aisha of Oz, VOLUNTEER). Aisha’s video work and text art have been exhibited in galleries (Doris McCarthy, Oakville Galleries) and installed at Union Station in Toronto (Art Metropole). She was born in Montreal.

      Author Residence: Toronto, ON
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      Praise for THOU by Aisha Sasha John:
      • "An act of deep attention to the physical self, to the positioning of bodies in the world, Aisha Sasha John's THOU takes us on a journey through power and society, hatred and love, anger and healing, offering an intimate, clear-eyed look at our shared humanity. Original, funny, sensuous; at once profound and unpretentious, John's lines are a pleasure and a revelation." -- Jury comment, Trillium Book Award for Poetry
      • "To read this book is to experience the poem happening to you--and to want in." -- 49th Shelf
      • "A book of meditative chant, sing-song patter and performance lyric, THOU is a collection of poetry shaped around a pronoun, inquiring, shaking and prodding and shattering." -- rob mclennan
      • "Aisha Sasha John's THOU re-plays that archaic pronoun as a constantly present movement and rhythm of attention: the suddenness of the interpolative 'moment.' These lines of poetry 'shake . . . a little' as the 'I' narrates and choreographs a monologue of the self in motion; each page is the dance floor and John's words break through the 'I-as-you' with both the foreignicity of anticipation and the reflection of grace." -- Fred Wah
      • “[John’s poetry] bristles with an intelligence sharpened on the realization that feeling is a way of thinking. . . . The effect, of looseness carrying and building tropes in a way that explicates and satisfies, while maintaining an air of mystery, makes THOU a model of poetic construction.” — Michael Newton, Urchin Movement
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    9780771012242 Paperback POETRY / Canadian On Sale Date: March 28, 2017
    $19.95 CAD 5.7 x 8.5 x 0.3 in | 96 pages Carton Quantity: 24 Canadian Rights: Y McClelland & Stewart
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      A captivating and poignant new collection of poetry from Griffin Poetry Prize winner Roo Borson that probes some of our most important questions.

      After Roo Borson’s two previous collections—Short Journey Upriver Toward Oishida and Rain; road; an open boat—set the seasons in motion, focusing the poet’s mind on time, mortality, transience, and absence, Cardinal in the Eastern White Cedar arrives to complete the triptych. From the glittering, classically rendered image to a freighted, lucid, narrative line, Borson’s voice can shift and refract while holding true to the momentary facts of the shifting, given world. Her meditations are a kind of fidelity to inquiry, to attachment, to what can’t be fully known. Here the distant past collides with the near future, the present opens suddenly into another age, and friendship becomes the measure of time’s salience. These poems depict what vanishes, the various modest homes where half-remembered lives all flow toward their common end. Roo Borson has crowned a sustained achievement with a work of startling intimacy and vividness.

      Story Locale: Rome, Italy; Toronto

      Series Overview: The McClelland & Stewart poetry program, supported by its active Board, is committed to publishing Canadian poets whose work engages and excites, and who stand out because of the distinctiveness of their voices, their rigorous dedication to craft, and the scope of their imaginations.
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      ROO BORSON has published thirteen previous books of poems, including Rain; road; an open boat and Short Journey Upriver Toward Ōishida, winner of the Governor General’s Award, the Pat Lowther Memorial Award, and the Griffin Poetry Prize. She has also won awards for her essays. With Kim Maltman, she writes and translates collaboratively under the pen name Baziju. She lives in Toronto.

      Author Residence: Toronto, ON

      Author Hometown: Berkeley, California
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      Advance Praise for Cardinal in the Eastern White Cedar:
      “Here are poems that hold the reader in a deep conversation that excites and calms in turn. . . . Through form, Borson explores what it means to be alive and mortal in the natural world with its ever-present human influences.”— Canadian Poetry Review

      “Many poets write of mortality, evanescence and the passage of time. But in her 14th collection, Toronto’s Roo Borson, a previous winner of the Griffin Poetry Prize and the Governor General’s Award, offers fresh, profound and piercingly affecting reflections on those familiar themes.”
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      Praise for Roo Borson's Poetry:

      • "In poetry, few things matter so much as a hungry eye, a fresh way of responding to the world . . . Roo Borson is a true original." -- Maclean's
      • "Roo Borson invites us to embark on a meditative, imaginative and spiritual journey. This book has a profound inner life. It is resonant and whole, moving with quiet, apparently easy steps into the depth of human experience." -- Jury citation, Governor General's Award
      • "This is the work of a poet writing at the height of her powers. It is a poetic journal of mortality, . . . of entering middle age, and of journeying through landscape, seasons, plants, pasts, to find it again. The book is a small perfection in its construction, moving deftly through seasons and forms . . ." -- Jury citation, Griffin Poetry Prize
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    Thing Is Suzannah Showler Canada
    9780771005558 Paperback POETRY / Canadian On Sale Date: March 28, 2017
    $19.95 CAD 5.7 x 8.5 x 0.3 in | 96 pages Carton Quantity: 24 Canadian Rights: Y McClelland & Stewart
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      A startling and hip new collection of poetry from a dual American/Canadian citizen who’s already making waves on the literary scene.

      Suzannah Showler’s bracing, intense second collection is equal parts cultural critique and phenomenological investigation. Building on the enlightened skepticism of her much-praised debut, Thing Is puts the hashtag age through some much-needed paces. Witty, cutting, heartbroken and cautiously hopeful, these poems are really about “aboutness,” and what it means to be alive right now. They also nimbly advance the longstanding poetic argument for the value of considered attention: “What follows from / what you know is / not the same thing / as knowledge. Even / when you get it right.”

      Series Overview: The McClelland & Stewart poetry program, supported by its active Board, is committed to publishing Canadian poets whose work engages and excites, and who stand out because of the distinctiveness of their voices, their rigorous dedication to craft, and the scope of their imaginations.
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      SUZANNAH SHOWLER’s first book, Failure to Thrive (2014), was a finalist for the Gerald Lampert Award and named one of the best books of the year by the National Post. Her poetry and non-fiction have appeared in places such as Slate, The Walrus, Maisonneuve, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and Hazlitt. She is a 2017-2018 Presidential Fellow at the Ohio State University.

      Author Residence: Columbus, OH
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      Praise for Suzannah Showler's poetry:
      • "Showler's work is evidence of a lively and flourishing imagination." -- Toronto Star
      • "[Showler's] navigation between the funny and the broken is both startling and captivating, and makes us wonder whether the two are more similar than we might think." -- CV2
      • "Her poems are distinguished by their cultural awareness . . . without losing sight of the human ethos that defines modern living." -- Publishers Weekly
      • "Spiked with snarky wit and punctuated by slivers of tenuous hope. The writing is tight, poignant and accessible." -- Maisonneuve
      • "A bold, self-assured voice, but Showler proves she has more than earned it. This is the real thing." -- Lemonhound

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