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”.

 

Baseball Life Advice by Stacey May Fowles Publishes

Happy Book Birthday to Stacey May Fowles! Her book BASEBALL LIFE ADVICE: Loving the Game that Saved Me publishes April 11 with McClelland & Stewart!

From the publisher:  “A passionate ode to baseball, its culture, and its community, which both celebrates and challenges the game – and reminds us why it really matters.
 
What is it about a man hitting a small white ball with a slim wooden bat out of a park that’s so beautiful? In this entertaining and thoughtful book, Stacey May Fowles gives us a refreshingly candid and personal perspective on Stacey May Fowlessubjects 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 offers exhilarating snapshots of the Toronto Blue Jays’ 2015 and 2016 seasons. With remarkable humanity, 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.”

Visit the Penguin Random House Canada website to learn more about the book and read an excerpt: www.penguinrandomhouse.ca/

Read Stacey’s great Elle Canada article here: www.ellecanada.com/life-and-love/article/how-baseball-helped-one-woman-overcome-her-worst-anxieties

Check out The New York Times article featuring Stacey’s book: www.nytimes.com/2017/04/02/books/now-batting-14-new-baseball-books.html?_r=0

Read a starred review from Publishers Weekly!: www.publishersweekly.com/pw/reviews/single/9780771038716?permamore

View Stacey’s interview with Canadian Livingwww.canadianliving.com/life-and-relationships/culture-and-entertainment/article/stacy-may-fowles-is-obsessed-with-baseball-and-you-should-be-too

Also see Canadian Living’s roundup of books featuring BASEBALL LIFE ADVICE: www.canadianliving.com/life-and-relationships/culture-and-entertainment/article/4-amazing-page-turners-that-celebrate-women

Read an excerpt of the book at the Globe & Mail: www.theglobeandmail.com/sports/baseball/going-to-the-ballpark-alone-a-look-inside-stacey-may-fowles-new-book/article34546705/

Subscribe to Stacey’s newsletter!: www.tinyletter.com/staceymayfowles

Also check out this great Stacey May Fowles Recommends feature on the iBookstore!

Advance Praise: 

“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

“By bringing a fresh voice to an old, staid game, everything seems new again…” — Publishers Weekly 

“…a perspective that’s all too rare.” —The New York Times

Rights Sold: McClelland & Stewart; Canada, the United States and the Philippines; English language

The Old World by Cary Fagan Publishes March 18th

We’re celebrating Cary Fagan’s book birthday – THE OLD WORLD publishes with House of Anansi on March 18!

From the publisher: These thirty-five brief stories — and the found photographs that inspired them — are by turns realistic and surreal, bloody and tender, delightful and appalling. Award-winning author Cary Fagan has created a mesmerizing series of narrative tales, giving readers a vivid peek into lives of strangers.

 

Advance Praise:

“Deftly marrying vision and language with memory and imagination, Fagan paints an intimate portrait of forgotten lives that is profound, generous, and highly entertaining.” – 49th Shelf

“Clever and funny.” – Quill & Quire

“I absolutely loved this collection of very short stories inspired by a series of wonderful found photographs. Cary Fagan has a real ear for dialogue and a way of making each perfectly formed vignette surprising, whether that’s taking a surreal turn in ‘We Have to Be Careful,’ introducing the macabre in ‘Who I’ve Come For,’ or quietly breaking my heart, in ‘Where We Are Now.’” – Claire Fuller, author of Swimming Lessons 

“What a dazzlingly imaginative thing to do — Cary Fagan has taken a group of orphaned photographs from the past and turned them into a cabinet of wonders! Inventive, satisfying, and deft, The Old World gets right to the heart of the storytelling craft.” – Marni Jackson, author of Don’t I Know You?

Rights Sold: House of Anansi Press, World, All Languages

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…”

 

TWO-TIME RITA WINNER Wendy Warren’s brand new release KISS ME SHERIFF! already arresting hearts of readers

I truly appreciate enthusiastic reader reviews. If you appreciate deep characters, a touch of real life, and a well crafted but surprising happily-ever-after, don’t take it from me: read what Elizabeth H. has to say about two-time RITA winner, Wendy Warren’s latest Harlequin SE romance:

“KISS ME, SHERIFF is a beautifully fragile love story that will well your tears and warm your heart! The story was magical, the romance, heartbreakingly beautiful. I had tears streaming down my face more than once! And it’s not just a romance. It’s about learning to love in all forms. It’s about taking chances.”

Wendy Warren is represented by Sandra Bishop.

French Edition of The Eating Habits of the Chronically Lonesome Publishes with Editions Marchand de Feuilles

The French edition of Megan Gail Coles’ THE EATING HABITS OF THE CHRONICALLY LONESOME, entitled in French Les habitudes alimentaires des mal-aimés, publishes today with Editions Marchand de Feuilles. Happy book birthday to Megan!

THE EATING HABITS OF THE CHRONICALLY LONESOME is a collection of short stories, previously published in English by Killick Press,  that explores starvation and consumption in each story.

 

Check out an early review of the collection from Le Devoir: www.ledevoir.com/culture/livres/491351/fiction-canadienne-en-manger-toute-une

 

INNOCENT HEROES by Sigmund Brouwer publishes today!

Happy book birthday to Sigmund Brouwer! INNOCENT HEROES: Animals in War and the Battle of Vimy Ridge comes out today, just in time for Canada 150 and the centennial of the Battle of Vimy Ridge. It’s a unique exploration of the important part animals play in war and an insightful look at the taking of Vimy Ridge from the perspective of three men in a Canadian platoon. INNOCENT HEROES blends fiction and nonfiction to create an incredible portrait of Canada’s role in World War One.

FRONTIER CITY by Shawn Micallef Publishes Today

We are wishing Shawn Micallef a very happy book birthday! FRONTIER CITY: Toronto on the Verge of Greatness publishes today with McClelland & Stewart, an imprint of Penguin Random House Canada!

From the publisher: “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 peShawn Micallefople 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.”

Advance Praise

“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

Please visit the following link to order the book: www.amazon.ca

For further information about the book, please visit the Penguin Random House Canada website: www.penguinrandomhouse.ca/books/250510/frontier-city#9780771059322

Rights Sold: Penguin Random House Canada, McClelland and Stewart, Canadian English

Stephanie Morrill’s LOST GIRL OF ASTOR STREET

From the glitzy homes of the elite to the mob-run streets of 1920s Chicago, Stephanie Morrill’s jazz-age mystery shows just how far a girl will go to save her friend.

Lydia has vanished.

Lydia, who’s never broken any rules, except falling in love with the wrong boy. Lydia, who’s been Piper’s best friend since they were children. Lydia, who never even said good-bye.

Convinced the police are looking in all the wrong places, eighteen-year-old Piper Sail begins her own investigation in an attempt to solve the mystery of Lydia’s disappearance. With the reluctant help of a handsome young detective, Piper goes searching for answers in the dark underbelly of 1924 Chicago, determined to find Lydia at any cost.

When Piper discovers those answers might stem from the corruption strangling the city—and quite possibly lead back to the doors of her affluent neighborhood—she must decide how deep she’s willing to dig, how much she should reveal, and if she’s willing to risk her life of privilege for the sake of the truth.

CLICK HERE to order THE LOST GIRL OF ASTOR STREET

Advance Praise:

“Combining the fascinating setting of the Roaring ‘20s with a smart, savvy heroine, Morrill has hit the perfect note with this captivating story.”  RT Reviews, 4 Stars

“A well-plotted mystery with plenty of twists, turns, and red herrings.” –Publishers Weekly

“Piper Sail is a character I’d follow to the ends of the earth—she had me from the very first page. With its smart, savvy heroine and moody Jazz-Age setting, Stephanie Morrill has penned a winner from start to finish.” – Bestselling author Hillary Manton Lodge

“Morrill has a keen eye for historical details and setting, making Jazz Age Chicago Piper’s invisible yet omnipresent sidekick. Here’s hoping this won’t be the last case for this strong and admirable female sleuth to solve.” –Kirkus Reviews

The Lost Girl of Astor Street boasts a strong, smart, and courageous heroine, a note-perfect Jazz-Age Chicago setting, and a terrifically engaging plot that kept me reading into the middle of the night.” -Jennifer Robson, international bestselling author of Moonlight Over Paris

Witty and compelling, The Lost Girl of Astor Street is as thick with romance as it is with evolving mysteries. Piper Sail is a 1920s heroine to root for and the dashing Mariano Cassano a detective sure to win more hearts than just her own. A truly fresh and engaging story that not only kept me guessing until the very end, but that left me with a satisfied sigh for more please!” – Joanne Bischof, award-winning author of The Lady and the Lionheart

For further information about Stephanie Morrill, and to play a fun Clue Hunt book giveaway, CLICK HERE

Happy Book Birthday to you … Mark and Jill Savage

With a glowing foreword by the author of the #1 NYT bestseller THE 5 LOVE LANGUAGES, Mark & Jill Savage’s newest book, NO MORE PERFECT MARRIAGES offers couples — even those struggling to come back from infidelity — guidance in the fundamentals of building (or rebuilding) a healthy, intimate marriage. Though directed at couples who share a Christian faith, NO MORE PERFECT MARRIAGES is a useful for any couple looking to guard against the seven “slow fades” that threaten every marriage.