A Plea for Constant Motion by Paul Carlucci Publishes with House of Anansi Press

A PLEA FOR CONSTANT MOTION, a collection of short stories by award-winning author Paul Carlucci publishes on January 21, 2017 with House of Anansi Press! Happy Book Birthday Paul!

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.”

View an interview with Paul at littlefiction.com and also listen to a story-by-story playlist of his new collection here.

Also check out Paul’s In Character interview with Open Book!

Reviews

“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

JULIA LEDERER’S WITH LOVE AND A MAJOR ORGAN PUBLISHES WITH SCIROCCO

lederer72We are so proud to celebrate Julia Lederer’s publication with Scirocco. WITH LOVE AND A MAJOR ORGAN is a witty and unique romantic comedy with lots of heart and broad appeal, examining love in the age of technology, and the universal and trying task of reconciling the head and the heart.

A comedy with guts – about pheromones, fate and public transit.

Anabel gives her heart to a man she meets on the subway and he disappears with it. Her limbs begin to fall asleep. George is on the run but keeps getting distracted by romantic comedies. He begins to blame his mother. Mona resorts to seeking therapy from GoogleShrink, forcing herself to speed-date, and taking in a stranger who appears on her doorstep clad in purple plaid.

Selected Press from productions in the US and Canada:

“Theatre that lets go of realism and embraces the joys of language…. wonderfully weird, piercingly poetic and unexpectedly moving .. Isn’t that what theatre should do?”  – Hank Sartin, Crain’s Chicago

“A brash, poetic and fiercely original voice that’s equal parts pee-your-pants funny and get-out-that-Kleenex poignant…Keep your eye on Lederer, whose got huge potential. NNNNN/5”  –  Glenn Sumi, NOW Magazine

“[A] show that stands out above the others… just about perfect… takes us on a roller coaster of joyous and torturous emotions with which we can all identify, but not quite clearly express… rises to a rare level of universal truth, all while making us laugh. A lot.”  – Christopher Kidder-Mostrom, NewCity Stage, Chicago

“Lederer has a deliciously twisted way with words…… genuinely original… a dead sprint and the end result is pure elation mixed with a bit of dry heaving.” – Kevin Greene, Chicago Stage Standard

Named  “Outstanding New Play” & “Outstanding Production” by NOW Magazine, and awarded “Best of Fringe” and “Patron’s Pick” at the 2012 Toronto Fringe Festival.

Playwrights Guild of Canada Catalogue Listing.

An internationally acclaimed playwright, Julia’s work has been described as, “delightfully original” (The Toronto Star) and “endlessly quotable” (Torontoist). WITH LOVE AND A MAJOR ORGAN premiered at the 2012 Toronto Fringe Festival where is was “Best of the Fringe”,  then part of the Next Stage Theatre Festival. Its US premier was in 2015, as part of Strawdog Theatre’s 28th Season in Chicago. Julia’s other plays include: The Best Plan for Living Happily (Toronto’s VideoFag; presented in the Last Frontier Theatre Conference in Alaska), Frame (New York’s Seven Collective; Toronto’s Alumnae Theatre), Reality Theatre (recipient of Driftwood Theatre’s Jury Prize), Boxed In, and her first play for young audiences, It’s Nothing. Her short play, Reality Vision, will be published in One Minute Plays: A Practical Guide to Tiny Theatre (Steve Ansell and Rose Burnett Bonczek, Routledge Press, 2017). Julia also writes for film and television. Her script, Witch Office, placed in the top 15% in AMC’s one-hour pilot competition at the 2015 Austin Film Festival. She was the Social Media Creative Consultant for Smokebomb’s multi-award-winning webseries, Carmilla. Julia is currently developing a new play as part of the Thousand Islands Theatre’s playwrights unit and working on her first book project.

For more information: www.julialederer.ca .

 

ALL THE DIRT by Katherine Ashenburg, and Illustrated by Capucine Mazille, Publishes with Annick Press!

all-the-dirtALL THE DIRT: A History of Getting Clean, written by Katherine Asheburg and illustrated by Capucine Mazille, publishes with Annick Press today – Happy Book Birthday to both Katherine and Capucine!

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
Trans - Katherine Ashenburgdiscover 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 cmazillewell 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.

 

Reviews

“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

Enough by Mary Jennifer Payne Publishes with Orca!

enoughHappy book birthday to Mary Jennifer Payne whose novel ENOUGH publishes this week with Orca Books! ENOUGH is a high-interest novel for YA readers in which main character Lizzie has to protect herself from her mother’s boyfriend while looking out for her younger brother. Congratulations!

WAITING FOR THE CYCLONE PUBLISHES WITH BRINDLE & GLASS

dlwaitingforcyclonecovHappy book birthday to Leesa Dean whose collection WAITING FOR THE CYCLONE publishes today with Brindle & Glass!

This debut short story collection is comprised of stories behaving like the weather phenomenon they were named for, raising important questions surrounding fidelity, domesticity and motherhood.

Watch the book trailer here: Youtube.com/watch?v=vJlUxCrCaQs

Deen72Advance Praise:

“Leesa Dean writes strong, complex, unforgettable female characters I’d like to hang out with. Waiting for the Cyclone is a radiant debut—beautifully written, passionate, and whip smart—from a refreshing new voice bound to make her mark in Canadian literature.” – Ayelet Tsabari, author of The Best Place on Earth, winner of the 2015 Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature

“Subversive, illicit, and with a knack for final lines packed with innuendo, Waiting for the Cyclone is a pleasure readers need not feel guilty about.” – Quill & Quire

“…there is a weight to these poignant stories that lingers.” – YAM Review

Rights sold: World Rights to Brindle & Glass

Secret Life Publishes with Goose Lane Editions

secret-lifeAnnouncing the launch of Kevin Donovan‘s groundbreaking book SECRET LIFE: The Jian Ghomeshi Investigation with Goose Lane Editions.

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
KDonovanbwwomen 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

Articles:
Maclean’s: Macleans.ca/the-lessons-we-still-have-to-learn-five-months-after-the-ghomeshi-trial/

Interviews:
CTV Your Morning: Ctv.ca/YourMorning/New-book-reveals-the-biggest-problem-with-the-Jian

For further information about the book, please visit Gooselane.com/books

To purchase SECRET LIFE in either paperback or ebook formats, please visit Amazon.ca or Chapters.indigo.ca.

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.

Reluctant Rebellions Publishes with the University of the Fraser Valley

RELUCTANT-REBELLIONS---black-border-Thumbnail-144x216RELUCTANT REBELLIONS: New and Selected Nonfiction, an essay collection featuring yet unpublished pieces by Giller Prize finalist and internationally bestselling novelist Shauna Singh Baldwin, has been released by the CICS/Centre for Indo-Canadian Studies, University of the Fraser Valley today! Happy Book Birthday to Shauna!

Says the University of the Fraser Valley of the book, “In Reluctant Rebellions: New and Selected Nonfiction, Baldwin presents essays and speeches on the act of writing as a feminist author, while at the same time writing about the resistance of cultural communities to false presumptions and definitions imposed by the dominant community. ”

Shaunsbaldwina will be launching her book tonight at a Reading and Book Launch Reception at the UFV Centre for Indo Canadian Studies.  For further details, please visit Ufv.ca/CICS.htm.

Shauna will also be on tour in India from November 2nd to the 29th, for more information and event dates visit Shaunasinghbaldwin.com/upcoming-events.

Check out the book trailer!

Please visit Shauna Singh Baldwin’s website at the following link: www.ShaunaSinghBaldwin.com

Reviews:

“Put simply, this book is a gem. Shauna gives us a compilation of essays and speeches that offer readers a primer on how to live with compassion and empathy in an ever increasing multicultural world, and it offers writers invaluable craft-focused lessons for documenting the terrible stories and the suffering that characterizes the human condition in the absence of such kindness and consideration.” – Rosalia Scalia of Sikhchic.com

Advance Praise:

“A beautiful, powerful book of essays and speeches that traverse continents and decades to examine the complicated experience of being a South Asian woman who belongs to many tribes, some of which are in conflict with others. Intelligent, informed, and unafraid of asking tough questions, this book is sure to delight intelligent readers of all backgrounds.” -Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, Author of Oleander Girl and Before We Visit the Goddess

“In this highly personal, lucid, intellectually stimulating, beckoning yet always challenging volume, Shauna Singh Baldwin moves seamlessly from her already proven mastery of fiction to this collection of meticulously researched essays.   Exploring tensions in and through the power of language and naming, histories of colonialism and privilege, relations between women and between women and men, she intuitively grants her readers space for pause and reflection. Her varied fictional characters, who have become for many of her readers beloved and familiar friends, are creatively interwoven into her narrative, beacons of wisdom or critique. Baldwin shines a light on hallowed institutions, inviting her readers to question preconceived notions of ‘the way things are’, to name, take responsibility and resist injustice through acts, big or small, of reluctant rebellions.” – Doris R. Jakobsh, Department of Religious Studies, University of Waterloo

“A wonderfully illuminating and personal exploration of cultural, racial, religious and gender perspectives…  [Shauna Singh Baldwin] has an intimate knowledge of multiple worlds, which she describes with insight and sympathy. The essays and addresses in this book, by extending and amplifying her earlier writing, make invaluable and enlightening companions to her fiction.” – Hugh Johnston, Simon Fraser University

Rights Sold: University of the Fraser Valley, World English

TEARDOWN BY CLEA YOUNG PUBLISHES WITH FREEHAND

ycteardowncovHappy book birthday to Clea Young whose debut collection, TEARDOWN, publishes with Freehand Books today!

The stories in this arresting debut collection are populated with people you know and people you’ve been. But under Young’s astute gaze they are anything but ordinary. With sharp, invigorated prose she guides us through shoals and rapids alike, along the way paying homage to our missteps, our foibles, and ultimately to the complicated hearts that comprise a life.

youngc2016bwClea will be participating in WordFest this year, see her at the below events:

October 14, 9:15 pm – 10:45 pm: NAUGHTY BITS READ-A-THON
October 15, 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm: SHORT FICTION SHOWCASE

She will also be attending The Vancouver Writers Fest where you can join her at The Afternoon Tea event at 3:30pm on October 23.

Clea’s book launch will be held on October 4th at Book Warehouse Main St. Doors open at 7pm!

Advance Praise:

“Clea Young’s debut story collection Teardown is out-and-out beautiful. Marital bliss and blitzed marriages, smoking sex, friendship between women, between children; real love in the furniture aisle—all this and the opposite of all this—vulnerability, loneliness, all the tough/tender moments of pregnancy and parenthood, desire gone cold; the polar dip after the hot tub. These stories are elegant, clear-eyed, wry or hilarious, and ultra-attentive to the way we live now. Read this! These are the kind of stories that become a part of you!”
— Lisa Moore, author of Caught

“By turns playful and tragic, Teardown captures a multitude of lives on the cusp of critical change. Young’s prose is nimble, her dialog smart. This is a remarkable debut.”
— Billie Livingston, author of The Crooked Heart of Mercy

“Clea Young writes vivid, whip-smart stories about people coping with the perils and pitfalls of modern life. I was bowled over by her talent as a storyteller and a stylist. Fans of Ann Beattie and Jennifer Egan will rejoice. A huge thumbs-up for Teardown.”
— Neil Smith, author of Boo

“Clea Young’s intelligent stories sparkle with life… clever and imaginative, an absolutely addictive read.”
— Zoe Whittall, author of The Best Kind of People

“Young’s characters are people in motion, existing before and after our brief opportunity to peer into their lives. Beautifully nuanced, wise and energetic, this collection provides a rare and resonant encounter with characters we seem to understand everything—and nothing—about; as evident and unknowable as ourselves.”
—Miranda Hill, author of Sleeping Funny

Clea Young’s stories have been included in The Journey Prize Stories three times and anthologized in Coming Attractions 13. Her work has appeared in EventGrainThe FiddleheadThe Malahat ReviewPrairie Fire and Room. Her first collection of stories, Teardown, has just been released with Freehand Books. Clea completed an MFA at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver where she lives and works as the Artistic Associate at the Vancouver Writers Fest.

Don’t I Know You? by Marni Jackson Publishes September 27!

dontiknowyou-250pxTomorrow Marni Jackson’s highly anticipated novel-in-stories, DON’T I KNOW YOU? launches with Flatiron Books/Amy Einhorn in North America, and  we are looking forward to it! Also tonight is Marni’s book launch in Toronto – break a leg, Marni!! We know a success when we see it, here are some of the highlights so far:

What if some of the artists we feel as if we know—Neil Young, Meryl Streep, Keith Richards, Bill Murray—turned up in the course of our daily lives? On the bus, at the cottage, or for a family funeral?

This is what happens to Rose McEwan, a journalist and writer for hire who keeps having strange marnijacksonencounters with famous people. These interlocking stories follow her life from age 17 (when she attends a writing workshop led by a young but already philandering John Updike) through heartbroken bohemia (Joni Mitchell offers timely advice), a decade of marriage, and a zesty post-divorce phase when she embarks on a wilderness canoe trip with Taylor Swift, Leonard Cohen, and Karl Ove Knausgaard.

With wit, insight and impressive craft, Don’t I Know You? portrays a culture in which stars have invaded our psyches. Although cast with familiar names, the stories are all inventions—just as celebrity itself is a form of fiction. “Stars can only exist at the point where their public roles and our imaginations meet,” the author argues. “They may do the work, but we’re the ones who author their fame.”

Praise

“…Jackson has created entertaining fictional encounters that range from hilariously normal to confoundingly surreal.”—Booklist Review

“The lure is obvious. Rose is an endearing character and fame is an
enduring subject.” —The Toronto Star

“A writer’s life is studded with celebrity appearances in this whimsical
collection of linked stories…Jackson, a Canadian magazine journalist
making her fiction debut, finds many ingenious ways to play this game.”
Kirkus Reviews

“Don’t I Know You? is full of surprises in the best possible way. A
premise so unlikely you could never describe it and writing so beautiful
you could never believe it. Jackson’s prose is quicker than a mongoose,
sharper than a scalpel—and full of read-aloud sentences. She takes the
familiar and makes it fantastical and then makes it familiar again. It’s
an almost impossible achievement, yet Jackson does it again and again,
and—best of all—you never see it coming.” —Katherine Heiny, author of
Single, Carefree, Mellow

“Where have Marni Jackson’s sassy and sublime stories been all my life?
It’s safe to say that after reading Don’t I Know You? I know Bill
Murray, Karl Ove Knausgaard, Leonard Cohen, Gwyneth Paltrow, and co. so
much better (at least the Bill, Karl, Leonard, and Gloop-mistress of
Jackson’s febrile imagination). I also now know the secret yearnings of
my own small heart a little better, too.” —Zsuzsi Gartner, author of the
Giller-Prize shortlisted Better Living through Plastic Explosives

“I knew Marni Jackson first as a gifted, intrepid journalist. Now I know
her (suddenly and obviously) as a radiant new voice in fiction. Don’t I
Know You? is sexy and shrewd, a work of glaring imagination conjured
with journalistic observation and instinct.” —Terry McDonell, ASME Hall
of Fame editor, author of The Accidental Life

“There is so much to praise in this brilliant collection: Marni
Jackson’s daring and intelligence, her gentle humor and unencumbered
prose, her eye for the beautiful and hidden, and, above all, her
creation of a heroine as appealing and valiant as any I’ve encountered
in recent fiction.” —Barbara Gowdy, award-winning author of The White
Bone and Helpless

“Alternately hilarious and heartbreaking, this whip-smart debut imagines
its heroine through a series of encounters with celebrities, creating an
intimate, indelible portrait of a woman’s extraordinary life.”—Semi
Chellas, writer, co-executive producer, Mad Men

Marni will be touring, including making a visit at the Vancouver
Writers’ Festival. View the details here:
https://www.writersfest.bc.ca/authors

She will also be at the Kingston Writersfest. Please check out the details here: www.kingstonwritersfest.ca/festival-author/marni-jackson/

Marni Jackson interviewed with Kobo in Conversation: store.kobobooks.com/en-ca/p/zoomer

Visit Marni’s website: marnijackson.com/

Purchase the book: www.amazon.ca

Rights Sold: Flatiron Books (North America, English)

 

HAPPY BOOK BIRTHDAY TO THE DK AMERICAN GIRL ULTIMATE VISUAL GUIDE!

61ry1nyfu7l-_sx416_bo1204203200_Wanna know a secret? You, too can squeal about American Girl dolls, even if you’re 30! I couldn’t contain my excitement this afternoon when I opened our early copies for The American Girl Ultimate Visual Guide, co-authored by Erin Falligant! The book is beautiful and brimming with colorful, fun, full-page spreads about all of your favorite American Girl dolls, from Beforever characters like Felicity and Molly to Girls of the Year like Grace and Caroline. The American Girl Ultimate Visual Guide published with Dorling Kindersley on September 6, 2016. Congratulations, Erin!

Erin Falligant is represented by Fiona Kenshole.