Squawk Publishes with Playwrights Canada Press!

Happy Book Birthday to Megan Gail Coles on the publication of her book SQUAWK, which has just been released by Playwrights Canada Press!

From the Publisher: “This daring new play from Newfoundland playwright Megan Gail Coles showcases a bold and refreshing approach to theatre for young audiences. Coles deftly interweaves Canada’s colonial history with online gaming as our Indigenous protagonist struggles to understand and reconcile her past, present and future.

Annie Runningbird doesn’t have time for the games boys want her to play. She’s aging out of foster care on her next birthday. The system has decided she is an adult, so Annie must make adult decisions. Where will she live? How will she make money? Demanding grown-up choices preoccupy the young girl’s mind as she navigates relationships with boys and men in her company. Does she like Isaac, a cute yet naive boy she met at the mall food court? Can she trust Louis, her older and increasingly overbearing foster care worker? Who can Annie depend on in her ever-shifting world? This intel is important. Because Annie needs to win the very real game she’s playing. She must save herself to save the day.”

Rights Sold: World English, Playwrights Canada Press Ltd.

German edition of THINGS TO DO WHEN IT’S RAINING by Marissa Stapley publishes with Rowohlt Verlag!

Happy book birthday to Marissa Stapley whose German edition of THINGS TO DO WHEN IT’S RAINING (Rowohlt Verlag​) publishes today!

From the bestselling author of Mating for Life, THINGS TO DO WHEN IT’S RAINING is a poignant generational story about family and secrets. With honesty and heart, Marissa Stapley reminds us of the redemptive power of love and forgiveness, and that, ultimately, family is a choice.

This novel will be available in North America in February 2018 with Simon & Schuster Canada​ and Graydon House Books in the U.S.

Advance Praise:

Things to Do When It’s Raining has heart and soul and guts, and it has achingly beautiful prose and characters so dear and real I couldn’t bear to say goodbye when I reached its final page. It’s a book about friendship and secrets, grief and regret, the peculiar shape of families and the redemptive nature of love. And it is, quite frankly, one of the best books I have read in a very long time.”
–Jennifer Robson, bestselling author of Moonlight over Paris

“Fans of Nicholas Sparks will adore Things to Do When It’s Raining, an irresistible tribute to first love, second chances and the powerful legacy of the past. Elegant and heartfelt, Marissa Stapley’s writing is a gift.”
–Pam Jenoff, New York Times bestselling author of The Orphan’s Tale

“There is something so intimate and true in the sentence, ‘Every marriage harbors secrets, secrets about why it works or why it doesn’t work, secrets between two people that the rest of the world can never be privy to.’ Profound and intimate, raw and real—Things to Do When It’s Raining is hard to put down. Loved the ending but hated to have it end!” –Nan Rossiter, New York Times bestselling author of Firefly Summer

“Written with compassion and insight, Things to Do When It’s Raining is a truly captivating novel with exquisite prose and moments of bittersweet tenderness.”
–Nicola Moriarty, author of The Fifth Letter

Peninsula Sinking Publishes with Biblioasis!

Today PENINSULA SINKING by David Huebert publishes with Biblioasis! Happy Book Birthday David!

From the Publisher: “In Peninsula Sinking, David Huebert brings readers an assortment of Maritimers caught between the places they love and the siren call of elsewhere. From submarine officers to prison guards, oil refinery workers to academics, each character in these stories struggles to find some balance of spiritual and emotional grace in the world increasingly on the precipice of ruin. Peninsula Sinking offers up eight urgent and electric meditations on the mysteries of death and life, of grief and love, and never shies away from the joy and horror of our submerging world.”

PRAISE FOR PENINSULA SINKING

“This book is Noah’s freaking Ark. All of life, animal and human, is intimately crammed inside of it and the whole vessel has been expertly designed to stand the surrounding storm. David Huebert has some of the smartest, saddest, funniest, best stuff I’ve read in years. There are scenes and sentences in here that will stick with you for a very long time.”
—Alexander MacLeod, author of Light Lifting

“David Huebert’s Peninsula Sinking is a marvellous combination of a precise mastery of language and sheer confidence in voice – no matter who or what his characters are, no matter where they go, you believe and you see. His is an unusual gift.”
—Russell Wangersky, author of The Hour of Bad Decisions

“[Peninsula Sinking]establishes Huebert as one of Canada’s most impressive young writers … the stories are far-reaching, but tightly woven, each focused on characters in significant moments of development or change.”
—Robert Wiersma, Quill & Quire

 Peninsula Sinking comes on like weather: A gust, then calm, then a whiteout, then sheet lightning followed by a bone-soaking warmth as another treacherous cloudbank forms in the distance. David Huebert’s prose doesn’t flag, not once. Each sentence is alive and crackling. His turns of phrase will catch your breath in your throat. These stories will sweep you up.”
—Laurie D. Graham, author of Rove

“…one of those young writers who has the ability and confidence to present the everyday in extraordinary ways. Many of his characters are seemingly trapped not only by common demands and current circumstances but also by their own desire to be unambitious. His characters might sometimes be a little lost, but like David Huebert’s writing they often soar far above the mundane and demand to be hard.”
—David Layton, author of The Dictator

PRAISE FOR DAVID HUEBERT

“A paean to intimacy and to things rarely seen, ‘Enigma’ is an eloquent meditation on the mystery of life and death, love and grief, both human and animal. This is a vivid personal narrative of remarkable spiritual and emotional grace.”
—CBC Short Story Prize Jury

“I was impressed by the way that “Colloquium: J.T. Henry and Lady Simcoe on Early Ontario Petrocolonialism” repurposes historical texts to frame the ongoing violence of extraction and dispossession within the language of early settlers.”
—Damien Rogers

“These poems have the keys to the zoo, and they’re ready to let the wild rumpus start.”
—Geoffery Morrison

Please visit the following link for more information: www.biblioasis.com/shop/new-release/peninsula-sinking/

Rights Sold: World English, Biblioasis 

Fuss-Free Vegan Favourites Publishes with Appetite!

We are delighted to say a Happy Book Birthday to Sam Turnbull, author of FUSS-FREE VEGAN: 101 Everyday Comfort Food Favorites, Veganized, which publishes today with Appetite by Random House!

From the Publisher: 

“Being vegan doesn’t have to mean living off kale and quinoa, or spending your money on fancy and expensive ingredients. And it definitely doesn’t have to mean feeling limited for choices of what to eat! What if “vegan food” could mean cheesy nachos and pizza, hearty burritos, gooey spinach and artichoke dip, decadent chocolate cake or even crème brûlée? Well, it can. In Fuss-Free Vegan, Sam Turnbull shows you that “vegan” does not equal unappetizing dishes, complicated steps, ingredients you have never heard of, or even food that tastes healthy. Instead, she gives you drool-worthy yet utterly fuss-free recipes that will bring everyone together at the table, vegans and non-vegans alike, in a chorus of rave reviews.

This is the cookbook Sam wishes she had when she went vegan: one that recreates and veganizes the dishes she loved most in her pre-vegan days, like fluffy pancakes and crispy bacon, cheesy jalapeño poppers and pizza pockets, creamy Caesar salad and macaroni and cheese, rich chocolate brownies and holiday-worthy pumpkin pie, to name just a few. (And there’s no hummus recipe in sight.)

Say goodbye to searching endlessly around for that one special ingredient that you can’t even pronounce, or cooking dishes that don’t deliver on their promise of yumminess; instead, say hello to ingredients you can pick up at your local grocery store, step-by-step techniques, and Sam’s enthusiastic voice cheering you on throughout this fun, approachable cookbook. With 101 tried-and-tested, one-of-a-kind vegan recipes for every meal, from breakfasts to lunches to dinners, and even snacks, desserts, appetizers and vegan staples, as well as handy menu plans and tips to amp up the recipes and your vegan life, Sam Turnbull and Fuss-Free Vegan are your ultimate guides in the new vegan kitchen.”

Advance Praise: 

“Sam Turnbull has done it all! Mouthwatering easy-to-follow recipes that will work for any cook. There are show-stoppers such as lentil loaf wrapped in puff pastry, crème brûlée, creamy rosé linguine, as well as all the classics such as burgers, soups, salads, mac and cheese, and so many more that are truly fuss-free! The photos alone make me want to jump right into the book!” – Chloe Coscarelli – Vegan chef and cookbook author

“This delightful cookbook knocks vegan cooking right off the proverbial pedestal and brings it down to earth for all.  Through Sam’s simply spectacular recipes you’ll not just enjoy a wildly flavourful meal but you’ll learn lots along the way about this powerful lifestyle choice.” – Chef Michael Smith, author of Make Ahead Meals

“Curious about going vegan but don’t want to give up your favorite foods? Fuss-Free Vegan is the book you need! From cozy waffles to hot, cheesy pizza and decadent brownies, Sam recreates all our food favorites – in fine vegan fashion! With engaging photos and even more engaging spirit, Sam invites us into her cheery vegan kitchen, showing us that fuss-free is by no means flavor-free!” – Dreena Burton, bestselling author, plantpoweredkitchen.com

“In Fuss-Free Vegan, Sam Turnbull’s friendly, fun-loving, compassionate personality shines through on every page. With witty notes, delicious and approachable recipes, and drool-worthy photography, she proves that even after you go vegan, you can have your (*insert whatever food you think you’ll miss by going vegan*) and eat it too.” -Kristy Turner, author of But I Could Never Go Vegan! and But My Family Would Never Eat Vegan!

“Cooking in restaurants over the past four decades, I’ve noticed a rather steep spike in interest in vegan cooking. Nary a service goes by without someone inquiring as to what vegan dishes on the menu. For me, it has been a decade-long scramble to respond. Thankfully, Sam Turnbull has given me some wonderful inspiration in Fuss-free Vegan.” – Jamie Kennedy C.M. Chef and owner Jamie Kennedy Kitchens

Please visit the following link for more information: penguinrandomhouse.ca/books/541812/fuss-free-vegan#9780147530356

Rights Sold: World Rights, Appetite by Random House. TV Rights Available. 

The Shoe on the Roof Publishes with Simon & Schuster

Today THE SHOE ON THE ROOF by Scotiabank Giller-Prize winner Will Ferguson publishes with Simon & Schuster Canada! Even before publication, the novel has already received a great deal of praise and attention. We are so proud that it was named a Loan Stars top 10 picks for October 2017! Check out some of the great media coverage and rave reviews below!

Praise

“The book is genuinely enjoyable to read, and there’s no denying Ferguson’s charm.”- Quill and Quire 

“WOW. A-MAZ-ING. I absolutely adored this insightful adventure! I will be playing catch up on more by this author for sure. Thank you to Simon and Schuster & Indigo for providing this ARC and introducing me to another great read!”
-Izsy (Indigo Loyalty), 5/5 star review

“An AMAZING New Read for your Autumn Must Read Pile. This book made me laugh out loud, and had me thinking. It is riveting, and I could not put it down – devoured in one sitting. On sale October 17th – make sure you get yourself a copy of this and jump it to the top of your #tbrpile – the PERFECT autumn read!” – Candice (Indigo Loyalty/Goodreads/Instagram), 5/5 star review

“I absolutely loved every bit of this.”
– RadioActiveBookWorm (Goodreads, also on her blog here: http://bit.ly/2wR1eTs), 5/5 star review

“Bravo, another winning book from this talented author!” – Kendra (Goodreads), 4/5 star review

“this book does not disappoint.” – Hilary (Goodreads, also mentioned on her blog here: http://bit.ly/2gfv2Gd), 4/5 star review

Media and Events

Tonight he’ll be at Blue Heron Books in Uxbridge! Visit the following link for full details: https://blueheronbooks.com//?q=h.calevent&eid=347

Check out an excerpt of the novel here: https://www.muskokaregion.com/news-story/7496264-summer-reads-the-shoe-on-the-roof-by-will-ferguson

Quill & Quire, Winnipeg Free Press, The Globe and Mail, and CBC Books each included mentions of THE SHOE ON THE ROOF. Visit the following links to their fall previews below:

https://www.winnipegfreepress.com/arts-and-life/entertainment/books/sizzling-stories-439862913.html

https://beta.theglobeandmail.com/arts/books-and-media/the-most-anticipated-books-of-the-rest-of2017/article35959642/

http://www.cbc.ca/books/20-works-of-canadian-fiction-we-re-excited-to-read-1.4249720

www.quillandquire.com/omni/fall-preview-2017-fiction

From the Publisher: “From the Giller Prize–winning novelist of 419 comes the startling, funny, and heartbreaking story of a psychological experiment gone wrong.

Ever since his girlfriend ended their relationship, Thomas Rosanoff’s life has been on a downward spiral. A gifted med student, he has spent his entire adulthood struggling to escape the legacy of his father, an esteemed psychiatrist who used him as a test subject when he was a boy. Thomas lived his entire young life as the “Boy in the Box,” watched by researchers behind two-way glass.

But now the tables have turned. Thomas is the researcher, and his subjects are three homeless men, all of whom claim to be messiahs—but no three people can be the one and only saviour of the world. Thomas is determined to “cure” the three men of their delusions, and in so doing save his career—and maybe even his love life. But when Thomas’s father intervenes in the experiment, events spin out of control, and Thomas must confront the voices he hears in the labyrinth of his own mind.

The Shoe on the Roof is an explosively imaginative tour de force, a novel that questions our definitions of sanity and madness, while exploring the magical reality that lies just beyond the world of scientific fact.”

Rights Sold: Canada English, Simon & Schuster Canada

 

POWERED BY LOVE Publishes with Goose Lane Editions

Happy Book Birthday to our client Ilana Landsberg-Lewis and fellow author Joanna Henry on their new book POWERED BY LOVE: A Grandmothers’ Movement to End Aids in Africa! It released last week on October 10th with Goose Lane Editions.

Watch the launch of the book here:

From the Publisher: 

“By the time the AIDS pandemic in Africa had reached its height in the early 2000s, millions of children had been orphaned. In the face of overwhelming loss, the grandmothers of Africa stepped in to hold families and communities together. Author Joanna Henry and photographer Alexis MacDonald visited eight African countries, interviewing and photographing hundreds of grandmothers (including Sarah Obama, Barack Obama’s grandmother) who are reclaiming hope and resurrecting lives. The extraordinary images and stories of resourceful women fighting for a better future make Powered by Love an inspiration for everyone.

Writes journalist-social activist Michele Landsberg, “We thought we knew what was happening in Africa when the AIDS pandemic raged across the continent, sweeping away 35 million lives. But we never knew it the way this book reveals it, in the shockingly intimate voices of the grandmothers who had to save the abandoned children when no one else was left alive. These voices will leap straight into your heart. Their unguarded faces, in portraits that glow with character, pain and humour, will captivate you.”

In 2006, the Stephen Lewis Foundation launched a campaign to engage Canadian grandmothers to support their African sisters. The Grandmothers Campaign, now a movement 10,000 strong, has raised over $25 million that has gone directly into the hands of African grandmothers and their grassroots organizations. Powered by Lovejoins this campaign by telling the story of these indomitable women and by directing all royalties from the sale of the book to African grandmothers raising children orphaned by AIDS.”

To learn more about the book, please visit: https://gooselane.com/products/powered-by-love

Rights Sold: World Rights, Goose Lane Editions

The Best Canadian Sports Writing Publishes with ECW Press!

THE BEST CANADIAN SPORTS WRITING, which is Stacey May Fowlesedited by Stacey May Fowles and Pasha Malla, publishes today with ECW Press! Happy Book Birthday Stacey May and Pasha! The book contains 38 pieces that showcases some of the best sports writing in Canada!

From the Publisher: “For 25 years, sports journalists south of the border have been collected in best-of anthologies. With Best Canadian Sports Writing, editors Stacey May Fowles and Pasha Malla offer a long overdue rejoinder from the North, showcasing top literary sports writing from diverse homegrown talent.

This extraordinary anthology of recent writing mixes columns and long-form journalism, profiles and reportage, new voices and well-known favourites such as Stephen Brunt, Rachel Giese, Eric Koreen, Morgan Campbell, and Cathal Kelly. The assembled pieces offer polished prose, unusual perspectives, and rare insight, whether it’s Shireen Ahmed taking on Kobe Bryant, Anshuman Iddamsetty aspiring for sumo size, or Eva Holland tracing the rise and fall of ski ballet. With its many voices and approaches, Best Canadian Sports Writing expands the genre into more democratic and conversational territory, celebrating the perspectives of both fans and experts alike.

These remarkable pieces offer lasting insight that, like sport itself, excites, inspires, and never fails to reveal the truth about ourselves.”

Advance Praise: 

“It’s refreshing to see works by female writers and formerly taboo topics such as sexual assault and minority representation. The stories range from column length to epic, and they cover disparate sports, but all have great writing that holds the book together.” — Publishers Weekly

“We live in one of the best sports nations in the world and our writers are just as great as our athletes. Best Canadian Sports Writing is proof of that — each story will have you hooked.” — Ken Reid, author and Sportsnet broadcaster

“As someone who has lived through the highs and lows of sports, I’m thrilled by this book. Finally, a book that isn’t afraid to tackle the emotional, complex, and triumphant aspects of sports for fans of all stripes.” — Perdita Felicien, Olympian, World Champion, sports broadcaster

Visit the following link to learn more and to pre-order the book! https://ecwpress.com/products/best-canadian-sports-writing

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

Two Roads Home by Daniel Griffin

TWO ROADS HOME by Daniel Griffin published withDaniel Griffin Freehand Books earlier this week on September 12th. We’re wishing Daniel a Happy Belated Book Birthday!

From the Publisher: “It is 1993 on Vancouver Island. A group of idealistic environmental activists, convinced their peaceful protests have been in vain, turn to sabotage. But in a single night everything they’ve worked for goes terribly wrong: a security guard arrives just as the group sets off an explosion at a logging company warehouse.

Two Roads Home follows these activists as their lives—and their cause—spiral out of control. Pete, who set the bomb, heads off the grid where he discovers a vibrant community of squatters who have been affected by the explosion in unexpected ways. Meanwhile, Pete’s mother is determined to track him down in hopes she can help clear his name.

In Two Roads Home, Daniel Griffin deftly re-imagines history: what if, instead of the peaceful anti-logging protests of the 1990s, things had gone too far? How far is too far, when it comes to protesting injustice? And what happens when that line is crossed?”

Advance Praise 

“Daniel Griffin’s Two Roads Home is a blistering examination of modern-day radicalism, a society’s collective guilt, and the possibility of redemption. As propulsive as a thriller, with characters so real they draw blood, this is a powerful novel that never lets up.” —Steven Price, author of By Gaslight

“In this darkly beautiful tale, four idealists try to do ‘something good, something important, something no one else seemed willing to stand up and do.’ But it goes wrong and suddenly Pete Osborne is on the run, his mother Tab becomes a sleuth and we’re off into a page-turner of a story. Daniel Griffin’s compassionate eye follows his characters through the lush coastal forests, wilderness and waters of British Columbia, while he maps their emotional terrain keenly as a mind-reader. Two Roads Home is an elegantly crafted, nuanced work that reveals how we stretch our bonds, and sometimes betray them, to belong, matter or survive.” —Shauna Singh Baldwin, author of The Selector of SoulsThe Tiger Claw and What

WHEN THE MOON COMES by Paul Harbridge publishes with Tundra Books!

Happy book birthday to Paul Harbridge, whose beautiful picture book illustrated by Matt James, WHEN THE MOON COMES, publishes today with Tundra Books! In this atmospheric story, a group of kids play hockey on a frozen lake by moonlight. At once nostalgic and timely, this is a gorgeous book that will speak to readers young and old. It has already received glowing starred reviews from Kirkus: “The illustrations, with their burnished waning light, and the clipped-short narrative combine to create an atmosphere that for anyone who has experienced it will feel pitch-perfect” and SLJ: “An exquisite selection for older elementary readers, this is a first purchase for school and public libraries”. Congratulations Paul!