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.
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 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.”
“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
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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.
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“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
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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.
From the publisher: “Ayla loves climbing. But she prefers to climb indoors, with all her safety harnesses in place and soft mats to land on. Her climbing partner and best friend, Lissy, is much more adventurous and loves the outdoors. When Lissy starts hanging out with Carlos, the new thrill-seeking guy in town, Ayla wants to keep an eye on her and finds herself tagging along on a weekend climbing trip up Black Dog Mountain. But things go very wrong when Lissy and her dad, the only adult in the group, are badly injured high on the side of the mountain. Suddenly the risks of climbing become very real. Ayla and Carlos need to figure out how to get help, and every decision they make could have catastrophic consequences.”
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View an excerpt from the novel at CM: www.umanitoba.ca/cm/vol23/no7/deadpoint.html
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From the Publisher: “Quietly atmospheric and darkly foreboding, A Plea for Constant Motion is an ominous, and occasionally unnerving, new work of fiction by award-winning author Paul Carlucci.
Penetrating and visceral, yet always offset by small moments of tenderness and humour, A Plea for Constant Motion is a powerful examination of the innate desire in everyone to change their lives and strive for something better.
Two couples share a disastrous dinner after their children are killed in a botched kidnapping overseas. A teacher with a passion for cartography orchestrates a bizarre apology after intentionally hitting a student. Desperate to be friends, a man ignores his neighbour’s strange behaviour to the peril of himself and others. A young girl babysits for a family friend, dimly aware that her presence is required for more than just childcare.”
Also check out Paul’s In Character interview with Open Book!
“Paul Carlucci’s A Plea for Constant Motion is a visceral, vibrant, take-no-prisoners collection. Its characters keep talking in your head even after you put the stories down, coming back when you least expect it. Bright like nightmares, yet gauzy like half-remembered dreams — a unique touch.” Russell Wangersky, author of The Path of Most Resistance
“Paul Carlucci’s collection thrums with violence. The damaged, deranged, and dangerous are flayed open on the page by vivid, razor-sharp prose. These stories, steeped in darkness, disturb and captivate in equal measure.” Laura Trunkey, author of Double Dutch
“Paul Carlucci has a gift for the dark and the heartbreaking. In this myriad collection of stories, we meet people who have been confronted with all manner of quiet disasters. It’s a testament to the careful brilliance of Carlucci’s prose that this disaster exists hand-in-hand with redemption; these are tales of unlikely triumph, wistfully poignant and played out with a master hand.” Amanda Leduc, author of The Miracles of Ordinary Men
“Whether Paul Carlucci’s characters are dealing with class conflict, prejudice, or incomprehensible cruelty, the precision and dark, vivid humour of his stories deliver new angles on literary and societal conventions, demonstrating that the sidelines are often where the real emotional action is.” Naben Ruthnum, Journey Prize-winning author and National Post columnist
Rights Sold: House of Anansi Press, World
Happy book birthday to Mary Jennifer Payne, whose YA novel FINDING JADE has just been published by Dundurn. FINDING JADE, which is the first book in the Daughters of Light Series, is set in a not-so-distant future, where Jasmine finds out she is a Seer with exceptional powers and has a chance to find her long-lost twin. It has been praised by Booklist as “An inventive read with thought-provoking themes”. Congratulations Jennie
Says the publisher of the book, “All the Dirt is a lively, informative exploration of the evolution of personal hygiene. Starting with a number of myths about cleanliness, the author gives a quick overview of the topic. Throughout most of history, people rejected the notion of keeping clean, with some exceptions—the
ancient Romans were obsessive about it. Readers will
discover how the definition of cleanliness in one part of the world may differ radically from
another. In Zimbabwe, for example, cleanliness means coating your washed body with a mixture of oil and dirt! There is just enough of a gross factor that young readers will find the book as entertaining as it is enlightening. Colorful spreads, lots of sidebars, humorous illustrations, and photos make it ideal for browsing as well as reading in depth.”
Visit Annick’s website to read more and look inside the book! Annickpress.com/All-the-Dirt
Purchase the book at Amazon.ca.
“With its lively writing and presentation, this informative book makes the history of cleanliness unexpectedly fun.” – Booklist
“VERDICT A factual yet witty take on dirt and cleanliness. Highly recommended for school libraries.” – School Library Journal
“The text successfully shows the influences of religion, class distinctions, geography, individual thinkers, and advertising on cleanliness behaviors throughout centuries and over most continents, ending with current practices in Canada and the U.S.—including the ongoing debate about antibacterial products. Colorful pages brim with sidebar anecdotes related to bathhouses, soap, toilets, and surprised international travelers.” – Kirkus Books
Writes the publisher of the book, “In Secret Life, Donovan takes us inside the Star’s investigation. Step by step, he explores the story as only he can: the media frenzy, his own personal and professional doubts, the women who came forward with stories about an alleged dark side of a national idol, and Ghomeshi’s ignominious firing and dramatic criminal trial. Taking us behind the scenes, Donovan sheds light on the journalistic process and the complexity of gathering information about a highly sensitive matter from named and confidential sources, including those
women who feared it was their word against a beloved public figure’s. Secret Life is a thought-provoking account of the landmark Ghomeshi exposé that sparked a nation-wide discussion on sexual assault, the cult of celebrity, and the politics of power and gender in the workplace.”
Read and excerpt from the Toronto Star here: Thestar.com/news/insight
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KEVIN DONOVAN is an investigative reporter and editor at the Toronto Star. He has won two Governor General’s Awards (Michener) for public service journalism, three National Newspaper Awards, and three Canadian Association of Journalists Awards. He is also the author of ORNGE: The Star Investigation that Broke the Story.