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Deal News: The High-Rise in Fort Fierce and Guile by Paul Carlucci

Danuta Gleed Award-winner Paul Carlucci‘s next two books- THE HIGH-RISE IN FORT FIERCE, a provocative linked collection about living in isolation and fear, and GUILE, his debut novel loosely based on 18th century voyageur Alexis St. Martin – to Bethany Gibson at Goose Lane Editions by Stephanie Sinclair of the Transatlantic Agency (Canada).

SHOOTER by Caroline Pignat Wins the Red Maple Fiction Award!

SHOOTER wins the 2017 Red Maple Fiction Award! Kids really do know a great book when they read one. Congratulations to Caroline Pignat — we are so thrilled for her.

This award recognizes the best fiction aimed at Grades 7-8 by a Canadian author. Over a quarter of a million readers participate in the Forest of Reading program through schools, public libraries, literacy centres and within their homes. This award is meant to engage students aged 12-13 in reading and encourage their critical thinking skills.

Please visit the following link to learn more about the awards: www.accessola.org/web/OLA/Forest_of_Reading/OLA/Forest_of_Reading/Forest_of_Reading.aspx?hkey=e913abbb-1687-438d-bc68-64eda110aeb1

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.

Waiting for the Cyclone by Leesa Dean Shortlisted for the Trillium Book Award!

WAITING FOR THE CYCLONE (Brindle & Glass) by Leesa Dean has been shortlisted for the Trillium Book Award! As Ontario’s most prestigious literary award, which honours “the quality and diversity of Ontario’s writers and writing,” the award gives a prize to the winner of $20,000 and $2,500 to their publisher. Congratulations to Leesa and her fellow nominees!

The winners will be announced on June 20, 2017. A Public Authors Reading Event will be held on June 19, 2017 at the Bram & Bluma Appel Salon at the Toronto Reference Library in Toronto.

For further information about the award, please visit www.omdc.on.ca/book/trillium_book_award.htm. To view the shortlist, please visit www.omdc.on.ca/book/trillium_book_award/Finalists___2017_Trillium_Book_Award.htm.