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…”

 

French Edition of The Eating Habits of the Chronically Lonesome Publishes with Editions Marchand de Feuilles

The French edition of Megan Gail Coles’ THE EATING HABITS OF THE CHRONICALLY LONESOME, entitled in French Les habitudes alimentaires des mal-aimés, publishes today with Editions Marchand de Feuilles. Happy book birthday to Megan!

THE EATING HABITS OF THE CHRONICALLY LONESOME is a collection of short stories, previously published in English by Killick Press,  that explores starvation and consumption in each story.

 

Check out an early review of the collection from Le Devoir: www.ledevoir.com/culture/livres/491351/fiction-canadienne-en-manger-toute-une

 

FRONTIER CITY by Shawn Micallef Publishes Today

We are wishing Shawn Micallef a very happy book birthday! FRONTIER CITY: Toronto on the Verge of Greatness publishes today with McClelland & Stewart, an imprint of Penguin Random House Canada!

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 peShawn Micallefople 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.”

Advance Praise

“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

Rights Sold: Penguin Random House Canada, McClelland and Stewart, Canadian English

Deadpoint by Nikki Tate Publishes with Orca!

Happy Book Birthday to Nikki Tate, whose YA mystery novel about rock climbing, DEADPOINT, Orca Sports series, publishes today with Orca Book Publishers!

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.”

Check out the book trailer below!

View an excerpt from the novel at CM: www.umanitoba.ca/cm/vol23/no7/deadpoint.html

Purchase and learn more about the book at the following link: www.orcabook.com/Deadpoint-P1252.aspx

Rights Sold: Orca Book Publishers, World

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!