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

Clara Humble: Quiz Whiz by Anna Humphrey Publishes with Owlkids!

Happy book birthday to Anna Humphrey, whose latest book in the Clara Humble series, CLARA HUMBLE: QUIZ WHIZ publishes today with Owlkids! CLARA HUMBLE: QUIZ WHIZ also features fantastic illustrations by Lisa Cinar.

Clara Humble, the winsome and über-confident fourth-grader who’s been described as “Ramona Quimby meets Timmy Failure” is back for a second adventure. When Clara and her best friend, Bradley, discover their favorite game show, Smarty Pants ―a mix of trivia and obstacle course stunts ― is recruiting in their area, Clara is sure she’ll be chosen. Fame and game-show glory will be hers… with Bradley’s help, of course.

Things get complicated when Bradley also earns a contestant spot on the show, and the friends are pitted against each other. It escalates into an epic schoolyard battle between boys and girls, and not everyone is playing fair. Will Clara and Bradley’s friendship survive? Between the tension, sabotage, shenanigans, and Clara’s comics featuring her alter ego @Cat, this is a flat-out funny, fast-paced read.

Advance Praise:

“The lively narrative and cunning plot points provide a nifty adventure and an exploration of the consequences of going with the crowd. Smart, lively, and genuine.” —Kirkus Reviews, STARRED REVIEW

“Another humorous misadventure… A satisfying sequel for younger readers seeking realistic fiction with levity and a plucky protagonist.” —School Library Journal

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

Earn It! by Cinders McLeod Publishes

We are delighted that EARN IT! by Cinders McLeod is finally here, having officially published with Nancy Paulsen Books today! Happy Book Birthday Cinders!

From the Publisher: “In this delightful introduction to the simple concept of earning money, an exuberant little bunny learns that fame and fortune must be earned.

Bun wants to be rich and famous. She loves to sing and knows she’s meant for a career on stage. It should all be pretty easy—her mom can just drive her to the concert hall to perform! But her mom reminds her that most good things, like the garden they are growing, take time and work. At first, Bun isn’t terribly excited by the idea of singing lessons and practice, but as she does the math and daydreams about her future singing career, the more she starts to like the idea of earning her way to stardom—a feeling just as good as being rich and famous!”

Get a preview of the inside of the book here.

Earlier this month it made CBC’s The Children’s Book Council “Hot Off the Press” reading list! View it here: www.cbcbooks.org/hot-off-the-press/

 

Meatless? by Sarah Elton Publishes Today with Owlkids!

MEATLESS?: A Fresh Look at What You Eat, written by Transatlantic Agency client Sarah Elton and illustrated by Julie McLaughlin publishes with Owlkids Publishing today! Happy Book Birthday to our client Sarah, as well as the illustrator!

From the Publisher: “Humans are eating more meat than ever before. At the same time, vegetarianism is capturing more widespread attention. From Meatless Mondays to vegan options, people are talking more about meat and whether or not to eat it.

Sarah EltonJournalist Sarah Elton tackles the topic by explaining what vegetarianism is, why people choose it, and how their reasons—including religion, animal rights, food security, and the environmental cost of eating meat—have changed over time. The book closes with practical tips for making the switch, and perspectives from vegetarian kids.

As a conflicted meat eater herself, Elton encourages freedom to choose. Lively illustrations, sidebars, and sources, plus a glossary, index, and further reading suggestions make this a friendly, comprehensive introduction to vegetarianism.”

Read a Q&A with author Sarah Elton! : www.owlkidsbooks.com/Portals/0/Meatless%20Author%20Q&A.pdf

Praise 

“Using a straightforward approach, the author delivers a text that is both engaging and insightful.” – Quill and Quire

“Interesting, impressive and accessible, this book will help kids and their parents to understand a different and perhaps healthier lifestyle.” – Sal’s Fiction Addition

Rights Sold: Owlkids Publishing, World

Dirty Windshields by Grant Lawrence Publishes

Happy Book Birthday! DIRTY WINDSHIELDS: The Best and Worst of the Smugglers Tour Diaries by Grant Lawrence will be available for purchase from Douglas & McIntyre on May 13, 2017!

From the publisher: “Dirty Windshields is the long-awaited memoir from CBC host and award-winning author Grant Lawrence, baring all the salacious and hilarious details from his touring days as the lead singer of Vancouver-based rock and roll band The Smugglers.

Formed when most of the members were still in high school, The Smugglers came of age during the height of the grunge explosion in the early 1990s, when Grant, working as a concert promoter, put on shows for Nirvana, Green Day and Bad Religion, among many others.

In Dirty Windshields, Grant chronicles the band’s booze-fuelled, sweaty, broke and wayward attempts at rock and roll glory as they trekked across Canada, the United States, and eventually, Europe and the Pacific Rim. In their sixteen years of touring, the Smugglers experienced all the highs and lows the road can offer, from playing a gig at New York’s legendary CBGB club to starting a riot in a Denver nightclub to having their performance tuxes stolen in Australia.

Through the fights, sexual misadventures, new friendships, dance contests and mayhem, the band grew up together on the road. Told with Grant’s signature self-deprecating wit, the anecdotes develop into a compelling story of the growth of an independent, do-it-yourself touring band, a community, and a musical movement. So crack open a semi-cold can of Black Label beer, stick a Smugglers tape into the cassette deck and let the good times roll.”

Don’t miss the book launch taking place on May 13th at the Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver!  Doors will open at 7pm, and the show starts at 8pm. The “book launch” portion will be in the early evening, making room for the rock ‘n’ roll party to follow. Books will be on sale and Grant Lawrence will be at the signing table at the beginning and end of the night. Get more details at the following link: www.grantlawrence.ca/2017/02/details-smugglers-reunion-dirty-windshields-book-launch-vancouver

 

Advance Praise: 

“This true tale of innocents abroad is a testament to the power of unshakable optimism in the face of utter cluelessness and should serve as a flashing red light warning to anyone who imagines that touring the world in a band is non-stop fun. But somehow the laughs keep coming. Told with equal measures pride and shame, this uproarious chronicle of vans, violence, alcohol, cops, fires, floods, blizzards, wrong turns, crooked clubowners, actual snakes, robbery, bodily fluids and calamities of all sorts is the perfect companion to the band’s mega-fun music.” — Ira Robbins, NYC rock writer (Rolling Stone, SPIN, Village Voice, Creem, Newsday, Entertainment Weekly, Mojo, Trouser Press)

“Grant Lawrence taught me everything I know about touring! Buckle up for an epic tale told by one of rock ‘n’ roll’s greatest storytellers. Dirty Windshields is a shotgun seat on a beer-and-body-fluid-soaked wild ride you’ll never forget!”– Lisa Marr, cub

“Wow! The details are different but the story is very similar to my own. Of course, I was on the east coast of Canada, and my band was actually pretty good, but the themes are universal.” – Chris Murphy, Sloan

Visit the Douglas & McIntyre website for more information about the book: www.douglas-mcintyre.com/book/dirty-windshields

Purchase the book at Amazon.ca: www.amazon.ca/Dirty-Windshields-Worst-Smugglers-Diaries/dp/1771621486/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1493037077&sr=1-1&keywords=9781771621489.

Phoebe Sounds It Out by Julie Zwillich Publishes with Owlkids!

Happy book birthday to Julie Zwillich! Her adorable debut picture book, PHOEBE SOUNDS IT OUT, has just been published by Owlkids​. Phoebe is learning to spell her name, but unfortunately it doesn’t look quite like it sounds! Kirkus Reviews​ says PHOEBE SOUNDS IT OUT “makes a point about fun with fonicks”.