ALL WE LEAVE BEHIND by Carol Off publishes with Random House Canada

Happy book birthday to Carol Off‘s ALL WE LEAVE BEHIND, publishing today with Random House Canada.

One of Canada’s most respected journalists – currently the host of CBC radio’s flagship program “As It Happens” – Carol Off, relates the gripping story of a family’s desperate attempts to escape Afghan warlords, Taliban oppression, and the persecutions of refugee life.

ALL WE LEAVE BEHIND is an action-packed and complex story of lives intertwined on opposite sides of the world. In the tradition of The Land Between, it explores the intensity of raising a family in a constant state of limbo – all guided by the good faith and convictions of a journalist who could not simply walk away. Not this time. The result is a deeply personal, emotional journey that took over a decade to complete – a journey from one home in search of another.

About the Author
Carol Off has covered conflicts in the Middle East, Haiti, the Balkans and the sub-continent, as well as events in the former Soviet Union, Europe, Asia, the US and Canada. She reported the fallout from the 9/11 disasters with news features and documentaries from New York, Washington, London, Cairo and Afghanistan.

Off is the author of the best-selling books The Lion, the Fox and the Eagle: A Story of Generals and Justice in Yugoslavia and Rwanda, and The Ghosts of Medak Pocket: The Story of Canada’s Secret War, which won the prestigious Dafoe Foundation Award. Bitter Chocolate: Investigating the Dark Side of the World’s Most Seductive Sweet, was a finalist for the National Business Book Award and was nominated for the prestigious Shaughnessy Cohen Award for Political Writing.

Praise for Carol Off
“The CBC reporter steers by her own conscience and that is to tell the story from the point of view of the powerless.” —Vancouver Sun

“One of our country’s finest and most prolific journalists…Off’s journalistic style reveals a deep humanity in the stories she tells about Canadians and people around the world.” —Richard Hardacre, ACTRA (Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists) National President

“There are a number of terms one could choose to describe Carol Off…most of which may appear incongruous when taken together. High-school dropout. Single mother. Award-winning filmmaker. Author. Arts reporter. War correspondent. She’s a woman who’s comfortable in many roles…The urge to put the story first is typical of Off…Off loves to report on the artistic scene, with its colourful and passionate characters, and rich and complex narratives. She loves the challenge and the struggle to engage viewers who don’t always care. But even though this beat always piques her curiosity, she is always drawn back to current affairs.” —Alexandra Shimo, The Globe and Mail

“Off writes with a meticulous sense for disconcerting details that resonate with ugly truth.” —Calgary Straight

LOST IN SEPTEMBER by KATHLEEN WINTER publishes with Knopf Canada!

Happy book birthday to Kathleen Winter​’s LOST IN SEPTEMBER, this thrilling new novel just published with Alfred A. Knopf Canada​!

This brilliant high-concept novel reimagines an eleven-day period in the life of General James Wolfe (1727-1759), an iconic figure in the military history of Canada. Legend portrays him as fearless and determined, but his voluminous personal correspondence (some of which is housed at Toronto’s Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library) reveals a lifelong struggle with melancholy and trauma.

Wolfe began his military career at the age of 15. By 25, after a decade of hard soldiering, he begged, and was awarded, a month of study leave in Paris. But before he could embark, Britain adopted Europe’s Gregorian calendar, and the entire country had to adjust its dates: September 2, 1752 was followed by September 14, and Wolfe lost eleven days of his precious sabbatical.

In LOST IN SEPTEMBER, Wolfe is reimagined as Jimmy, a PTSD-afflicted veteran wandering the streets of contemporary Montreal, determined to reclaim those lost days and to fathom what became of his youth—and of the British North America for whose gain he’d abandoned all hope of personal happiness. His search dislodges unsettling questions about the price war exacts from soldiers of all empires, past and present. In this poetic and imaginative work, Winter skillfully interweaves the factual past with an imagined present, while bridging more than 300-years of time.

Kathleen Winter’s previous novel Annabel was published in 15 countries and is in development as a film. It was a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller, Governor General’s Award, Writers’ Trust and Orange (U.K.) prizes, was a Globe and Mail “Best Book” and a New York Times “Notable,” and was a #1 bestselling Canada Reads selection. Previous to that debut, Kathleen penned the short story collections, boYs and has subsequently published a second collection, The Freedom in American Songs, and an award-nominated travel memoir, Boundless: Tracing Land and Dream in a New Northwest Passage.


Pre-publication Praise:

– A CBC Books selection for “Fall 2017: books you must read this season”
– A Globe and Mail “Most Anticipated” book for the rest of 2017
– Chosen by Canadian librarians as one of their “Favourite Upcoming September Books” (Quill and Quire)
– A Chatelaine “Best Fall Reads” book
– Deemed a highly-anticipated “Sizzling Stories” by the Winnipeg Free Press

RUN, HIDE, REPEAT by Pauline Dakin publishes with Penguin Canada!

Happy book birthday to Pauline Dakin whose riveting memoir RUN, HIDE, REPEAT publishes today with Penguin Canada!

A fast-paced, action filled memoir, in the same vein as Mary Karr’s The Liar’s Club or Jeanette Walls’ The Glass Castle, RUN, HIDE, REPEAT explores coming to terms with a lost childhood, and betrayal by those most loved and trusted. But at its core it also explores a profound path of personal discovery – one that is paved with the redemptive powers of love and forgiveness.

Pauline Dakin is an ‎Assistant Professor of Journalism at the University of King’s College. She was the Senior Producer, Current Affairs Programming (Nova Scotia) for CBC Radio, the former national health reporter for CBC News, and was the host of the regional documentary program Atlantic Voice. She is a three-time recipient of fellowships from the National Press Foundation in Washington and was a fellow of the MIT/Knight Science Journalism program. Dakin has worked as a producer, on-air host, assignment editor, and reporter in various media including film, television, radio, and print. She also writes and produces documentaries on a wide range of topics. RUN, HIDE, REPEAT is her first book.

Pre-publication Praise: 

“What happens when ‘Fake News’ takes over your family? This harrowing true story reads like a psychological thriller—I was haunted by it.” —Plum Johnson, author of They Left Us Everything

“From a childhood marked by secrets and sudden moves to an adulthood where truth—and lies—of the past are laid bare, Run, Hide, Repeat is a fascinating story of family, deception, and forgiveness.” —Sonja Larsen, author of Red Star Tattoo

“This twisted page-turner brings the truth to the forefront, while Dakin tries to master the art of forgiveness.” —Canadian Living

The Mosaic Publishes with Groundwood Books!

Happy book birthday to Nina Berkhout‘s THE MOSAIC, which publishes today with Groundwood Books!

About the Book
Twyla Jane Lee has one goal: to finish senior year so she can escape her military hometown of Halo, Montana, with her boyfriend Billy Goodwin. But to graduate, Twyla needs to complete 40 hours of community service. When she reluctantly signs up for the Help a Vet program, she is paired with the rude and withdrawn former football star, Gabriel Finch.

As the two form an unexpected bond over the secret buried in the missile facility, Twyla begins to unearth Gabriel’s ghosts from the Middle East Wars. Her discoveries force her to question her view on the wars and she realizes that even if she gets out of Halo, she won’t ever be able to leave Gabriel Finch’s story behind her.

Nina BerkhoutAbout the Author
THE MOSAIC is Nina’s debut YA novel. Nina is the author of five poetry collections, most recently Elseworlds (Seraphim Editions) which received the 2013 Archibald Lampman Award for the year’s best poetry. Her earlier work has been shortlisted for THIS magazine’s Great Canadian Literary Hunt, The Archibald Lampman Award and the John Hirsch Award. Her debut novel, GALLERY OF LOST SPECIES, was published by House of Anansi.

Pre-publication Praise
“Berkhout provides a realistic view of the complex effect wars have on veterans, and people’s varying perspectives on the subject. Poignant descriptions ignite the setting. The characters have depth; readers will empathize with Gabriel as a survivor of PTSD, and will revel in the two’s compassionate connection.” – School Library Journal

“A rich and jumbled mix of war and peace by an author to watch.” – Kirkus Reviews

“Berkhout creates a cinematic feel with her evocative language and scene setting.”
– Quill & Quire

Selected for the Toronto Star‘s “Five upcoming Young Adult books that make a statement” list.

We All Love the Beautiful Girls Publishes with Viking Books

Happy Book Birthday to Joanne Proulx‘s highly anticipated new novel WE ALL LOVE THE BEAUTIFUL GIRLS publishing with Viking Penguin Canada today!! And in the US from Grand Central Publishing in 2018. Proulx’s internationally bestselling debut novel Anthem of a Reluctant Prophet is forthcoming as a feature film with movie stars Cameron Monaghan (Shameless), Peyton List (BUNK’D) and Juliette Lewis (Natural Born Killers).

For fans of propulsive family dramas, calling to mind The Ice Storm and American Beauty, WE ALL LOVE THE BEAUTIFUL GIRLS by Joanne Proulx is a story about marriage, power, financial dependence, instinct, sex and survival in contemporary society, and if, or how, love fits in.

Who do the lucky become when their luck sours?

One frigid winter night, the happily prosperous Mia and Michael Slate discover that a close friend and business partner has cheated them out of their life savings. On the same night, their son, Finn, passes out in the snow at a party – a mistake with shattering consequences.

Everyone finds their own ways of coping with the ensuing losses. For Finn, it’s Jess, a former babysitter who sneaks into his bed at night, even as she refuses to leave her boyfriend. Mia and Michael find themselves forgoing tenderness for rougher sex and seeking solace outside their marriage: Mia in a flirtation with a former colleague, whose empty condo becomes a blank canvas for a new life, and Michael at an abandoned baseball diamond, with a rusty pitching machine and a street kid eager to catch balls in Finn’s old glove. As they creep closer to the edge – of betrayal, infidelity, and revenge – the story moves into more savage terrain.

With honesty, compassion, and tough emotional precision, award-winning author Joanne Proulx explores the itch of the flesh, sexual aggression, the reach of love and anger, and the question of who ultimately suffers when the privileged stumble.

The rave reviews for this highly anticipated novel are already coming in, first from The Toronto Star, “It’s striking because it’s not a conversation we’re used to having.” Full review here: Thestar.com/reviews/joanne-proulx

Pre-publication Praise:

“An emotional thrill-ride that manages to capture the tenderness and rage unique to adolescence and middle-age, the heartbreak of first love, and the fragility of even the most stable-seeming marriage.” Zoe Whittall, bestselling author of The Best Kind of People

“‘Be good,’ one character tells another early in We All Love the Beautiful Girls. No one in this devastating novel heeds this advice. Proulx has written a story that’s as gorgeous as the winter stars overhead. You will all love this beautiful book.” Neil Smith, author of Boo

We All Love the Beautiful Girls is a gripping tale of love gone awry, In a lively plot filled with twists and turns, Joanne Proulx’s characters flail about and pay a high price for their impulsiveness and rage. This is a book to keep readers glued to the page, and enthralled by the author’s skill and wisdom.” Lynne Sharon Schwartz, author of Two-Part Inventions

“Joanne Proulx is a rare talent.” Lauren B. Davis

Joanne Proulx’s debut novel Anthem of a Reluctant Prophet, published internationally (Penguin Canada; Soho US; Picador MacMillan UK; Arena, Netherlands), was selected by Border’s in 2008 for their prestigious Best New Voices series and was the recipient of Canada’s Sunburst Award for Fantastic Fiction and named a best debut of 2007 by The Globe and Mail. Proulx is an MFA graduate of the Bennington Writing Seminars where she workshopped We All Love the Beautiful Girls.

Praise for Joanne Proulx’s debut novel: ANTHEM OF A RELUCTANT PROPHET by Joanne Proulx

  • Winner 2008 Sunburst Award for Canadian Literature of the Fantastic, Best YA Title
  • The Globe and Mail Best Debut Book of 2007
  • Shortlisted for the Ottawa Book Award

“Proulx channels ennui, insecurity and inner yearnings of a teenage boy to produce a fast-moving tale of struggling youth.” –Publishers Weekly

“[Proulx] weaves a compelling narrative about seeking faith and deftly channels the voice of a disaffected stoner.” –Entertainment Weekly

“Proulx is pitch-perfect in her portrayal of the potty-mouthed, weed-smoking, angst-ridden adolescent narrator. A debut novel that’s sharp, edgy and slightly skewed – all qualities Luke consummately embodies.” –Kirkus Reviews

“…believable and engaging” –Booklist

“Proulx has a sure hand that renders Luke’s experience painfully, viscerally real. He’s funny, convincing and sympathetic, his voice expressing the subtly shifting balance of vulnerable child and diffident teenage boy … the book combines a dry humour with moments that are deeply and unexpectedly affecting. Luke’s is a thoughtful coming of age that is, above all, utterly engrossing.” –Observer

“Ottawa writer Joanne Proulx’s debut novel rocks, and her teenage protagonist, Luke Hunter, the reluctant prophet of the title, rules. Forgive me for sounding juvenile, but I can’t help myself. This is a great book, and Proulx’s rendering of teenage angst is crafted with such precision and compassion that the reader rides the waves of fear, depression and elation that propel Luke’s chaotic life, paying little attention to the skill that drives the narrative. But after the breathless, lyric close that leaves Luke on the brink of adulthood, it is impossible not to marvel at Proulx’s mastery. The degree of her accomplishment — it is rare that a novel is so finely realized — resides largely in the first-person voice that claims this coming-of-age story…With undeniable candour and perfect pitch, Proulx renders Luke’s abject tale, his articulation of a life in perpetual crisis and his search for meaning in his uncanny ability to predict death…Her ability to evoke the day-to-day concerns and interior life of a teenager is as uncanny as Luke’s own prophesying…” –National Post

“An assured first novel… Proulx’s inspired opening salvo settles into a detailed, chatty character study. The anecdotal voice is all Luke’s, a narrative rippling with author’s insight slyly encoded in the hormone itch and cooler-than-thou posturing of a mixed-up teen…The beauty of this story is its complete and beguiling faithfulness to Luke’s inner world. I felt I was back inside 17, plagued by self-doubt, social blunders and sexual angst, stumbling toward some kind – any kind – of identity…Proulx’s message is expertly wrapped in her storytelling. Unaware, you watch Luke, recognize him, worry for him, until gradually you feel his ache, and his aching entry to adulthood, in your bones.” –The Globe and Mail

Celebrating with Rachel Macy Stafford on the release & special Target promotion of ONLY LOVE TODAY

 

We are celebrating with Rachel Macy Stafford today as her newest book ONLY LOVE TODAY makes its way into the world. Huge thanks to her amazing launch team, and the dedicated staff at Zondervan who have worked tirelessly to get the word out in traditional and new ways.

Thanks also to The Salt Project for their stunning video work which is now playing on Target’s Showcase walls across the land. Their work so perfectly captures Rachel’s positive, love building, life changing message in her brand new book, ONLY LOVE TODAY.

We are always proud to see our authors’ books offered by various retailers, but we’re especially excited to stand beside Rachel today, and want to offer a special word of thanks to Target for creating this special opportunity to help Rachel’s book soar.

To purchase a copy of ONLY LOVE TODAY, please visit your favorite retailer, or stop in at your local Target to see Rachel’s smiling face on their Showcase wall, pick up a copy, and leave behind a little of your own “evidence of a day well lived…”

 

A Mighty Duo: An author’s hard work and a marketing team’s unwavering support

We always appreciate the hard work our authors devote to writing the absolute best book they can. But, as most authors know, that’s just the beginning. Getting the word out about an upcoming release takes a lot of emotional energy, and a whole lot of hustle, long hours, & tons of good old fashioned hard work. And often, this all takes place during a long period of waiting accompanied by a hefty dose of wondering if any of it will make a difference.

So, when we see positive things happening as a result of an author’s hard work and the support of the marketing team who gets behind her ideas and is willing to invest and help break the marketing mold, we get pretty excited.

Check out the collaboration between author Rachel Macy Stafford, her publisher, and an award winning video company which resulted in this gorgeous, uplifting book promo:

GET OFF THE SCALE written & read aloud by Rachel Macy Stafford…

A stranger recently offered me an apology containing some of the most heartbreaking words I’d ever heard—words that indicated she was “too much” and “not enough,” all at the same time. I knew her words by heart. I’d inhabited them for nearly a lifetime. I can’t say exactly how many years it went on like that, but I can remember when I finally questioned it. This powerful shift led me to write a freeing manifesto for myself, for my children, for my sisters, and my brothers. Never in my wildest dreams would I have imagined it could become THIS—an uplifting short film created by the Emmy Award winning SALT Project. As you will see, it features people just like us, people who are ready to live bravely, boldly, flawed & full of hope. I hand this piece of my heart over to you, my friends of The Hands Free Revolution. I know how fast and far you can spread good news, and I am counting on you today. Please share, tag a friend, or simply write, “It’s time.” It’s time to stop looking at all the things we’re not and start looking at all the things we are. Come as you are, beautiful souls. It’s time. #onlylovetoday #getoffthescale #comeasyouare #flawedandfullofhope * ‘Get Off the Scale’ Manifesto can be found in my new book: ONLY LOVE TODAY: Reminders to Breathe More, Stress Less, & Choose Love. I’d be grateful for your support ==> http://amzn.to/2auBHHj

Posted by The Hands Free Revolution on Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Its release today undoubtedly helped her book, ONLY LOVE TODAY, become a #1 title on Amazon.

And new opportunities are still unfolding. For one, the author was invited by Barnes & Noble to pre-autograph 1,500 copies of the book for exclusive sale … available soon.

Congratulations, Rachel, and team. We’re excited that your hard work is getting the attention it deserves, and we’re very much looking forward to celebrating the big day with you on March 7th.

Posted by Sandra Bishop.