Happy book birthday to Sigmund Brouwer! INNOCENT HEROES: Animals in War and the Battle of Vimy Ridge comes out today, just in time for Canada 150 and the centennial of the Battle of Vimy Ridge. It’s a unique exploration of the important part animals play in war and an insightful look at the taking of Vimy Ridge from the perspective of three men in a Canadian platoon. INNOCENT HEROES blends fiction and nonfiction to create an incredible portrait of Canada’s role in World War One.
Happy book birthday to Mary Jennifer Payne, whose YA novel FINDING JADE has just been published by Dundurn. FINDING JADE, which is the first book in the Daughters of Light Series, is set in a not-so-distant future, where Jasmine finds out she is a Seer with exceptional powers and has a chance to find her long-lost twin. It has been praised by Booklist as “An inventive read with thought-provoking themes”. Congratulations Jennie
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
discover 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 well 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.
“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
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
“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
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
women 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
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
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: 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. ”
Shauna 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
“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
“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
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.
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!
“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
Tomorrow 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 encounters 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.”
“…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.”
“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:
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)
The French edition of THE SEARCH FOR HEINRICH SCHLOGEL by Martha Baillie published this week on September 14, 2016 with Lemeac Editeur! The novel tells a sophisticated story with magical underpinnings about a young man who escapes the claustrophobia of small-town Germany by traveling to Canada, where he sets out on a long solo hike into the interior of Baffin Island; while he is hiking, time plays tricks on him and when he returns he discovers that thirty years have vanished and time has sped forward to 2010.
Read about Martha Baillie’s Schlogel Installation at the Koffler Gallery: www.thestar.com/entertainment/visualarts/2015/05/19/martha-baillies-novel-gets-real-world-heft-at-koffler-gallery.html
Check out the book on Lemeac Editeur’s website: www.lemeac.com/catalogue/1600-la-disparition-d-heinrich-schlogel.html?page=1
Praise and Reviews
“The use of an unreliable narrator has a point here: Baillie is turning the tables on the European, who has taken the place usually held by the “native” as specimen of study. The result is a philosophic, absorbing read on photography, the North, colonialism, ethnography, and the nature of time.” – Globe & Mail
“Taken together (book, online archive, gallery exhibit), The Search for Heinrich Schlögel achieves a kind of ethics of memory, in which what is remembered is never certain and so not owned by the person attempting to remember.” – Brick Magazine
Rights Sold: Lemeac Editeur, North America (French); Pedlar Press, Canada (English); Tin House Books, United States (English)
The first book in a new series, CLARA HUMBLE AND THE NOT-SO-SUPER POWERS tells the story of a young fourth-grader, Clara Humble, who believes she has superpowers at a time when students from rival R.R. Reginald are moving into her school for the term, and her favorite neighbor, Momo, is moving into a retirement home. With her best friend, Bradley, Clara becomes convinced that her powers can be used to put a stop to these problems. As Owlkids Books summarizes, “Told in Clara’s clever, funny, and strikingly authentic voice, this novel kicks off a new series by inviting readers into this memorable character’s inventive mind to share in her misadventures. Annotated with Clara’s comic sketches, it’s a fast-paced read with a spot-on perspective of life as a 10-year-old that kids will surely relate to.”
In a fun activity, find your super hero name and powers: www.owlkidsbooks.com/Portals/0/Clara%20Humble%20Middle%20School%20Superhero%20Acvitity.pdf
Advance Praise and Reviews
“The general feel of Clara Humble may be typical middle-grade mayhem, but with this subtly thought-provoking story, Humphrey – and Clara – have staked out their own unique comic territory.” – Quill & Quire
“A promising beginning to a new series about a spirited character who is discovering her real strengths.” – Kirkus Reviews
“Ramona Quimby meets Timmy Failure.” — Lindsey Ferrante, Collection Development, Baker & Taylor
“A good antidote to the feeling most kids (and adults!) will find familiar: that the world is out of their control… A promising beginning to a new series about a spirited character who is discovering her real strengths.”— Kirkus Reviews
“Spunky Clara Humble and her clever cartoon drawings about her feline heroine @Cat are bound to delight kids who love a school story filled with mischief, mystery and real-life problems. Kids who have graduated from the Just Grace series and are looking for more will love following Clara’s misadventures as she battles her nemesis, Bossy Becky, and deals with all kinds of challenges in her life. Can’t wait for book two!”— Phyllis Simon, Vancouver Kidsbooks
“You’ll love Clara Humble. She has a vibrant imagination, a wild spirit, and a tender heart. Fans of the Ramona Quimby books and Ivy and Bean series will delight in Clara’s passionate yet hare-brained plans to save her school from the mean kids, to stop her best friend from moving away, and to bring super hero-style justice to her elementary school.”— Erica Nikolaus, Words Worth Books
“Clever and creative—this book has the perfect mix of ‘comic’ relief and expert storytelling that tugs on all the right heart strings.”
— Arthur Slade, author, The Hunchback Assignments series
“You’re going to fall in love with Clara’s zest and energy and amazingly fun approach to life. Add a memorable story to a memorable character, and you have the perfect ingredients for a wonderful read.”— Sigmund Brouwer, author, Justine McKeen series and Seven series contributor
“Spirited and imaginative, Clara Humble’s true superpowers are found in her creative ability, the love and support of her family and friends, and her everlasting determination to right the wrongs of her fourth-grader life. Her memorable comic adventures show true heart.”— Amy Mathers, Amy’s Marathon of Books
“Whether defending her school from bitter rivals or scheming up ways to keep her friends happy, I couldn’t help rooting for Clara. Her imagination, adventurous spirit, and all-around charm drew me right in.”— Kristen Ciccarelli, Words Worth Books
Rights Sold: Owlkids Books, World