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 When she reluctantly signs up for the Help a Vet program, she is paired with the rude and withdrawn former football star, Gabriel Finch.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”.

 

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.