A GOOD DEATH by Sandra Martin shortlisted for the 2016/17 DONNER PRIZE

We’re honoured to announce that Sandra Martin’s A GOOD DEATH: Making the Most of Our Final Choices has been shortlisted for the 2016/17 Donner Prize!

The Donner Prize is a $50, 000 annual award that recognizes the best public policy book by a Canadian.

Kenneth Whyte, Chair of the Donner Canadian Foundation, shares his thoughts on the shortlisted titles, “Our five finalists are leading academics and award-winning writers who offer Canadians insight into highly topical subjects, elevating the public policy discourse in our country. Each of these books deserves a wide-readership, and in announcing the shortlist we invite Canadians to join the conversation.”

The winner will be announced at an awards ceremony on May 15th. The ceremony will be hosted by former Deputy Prime Minister Anne McLellan, who served as Donner Prize Jury Chair from 2009-2016.

For more information about the finalists and this award, please visit Donnerbookprize.com/press.

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

STARRED Publishers Weekly review for BASEBALL LIFE ADVICE by Stacey May Fowles

We’re thrilled to share a starred Publishers Weekly review of BASEBALL LIFE ADVICE by Stacey May Fowles.

From PW – “By bringing a fresh voice to an old, staid game, everything seems new again…fans anywhere will relate to her love of the ballpark as her ‘favorite place in the world.'”

BASEBALL LIFE ADVICE is an engaging collection of essays about baseball, its culture, and its community, which celebrates and challenges the game – and reminds us why it really matters.

Available for purchase on April 11th.

A Good Death Shortlisted for the John W. Dafoe Book Prize!

We are pleased to report that A GOOD DEATH: Making the Most of Our Final Choices (HarperCollins Canada) by Sandra Martin has been shortlisted for the John W. Dafoe Book Prize! The John W. Dafoe Book Prize, which is named after a prominent Canadian editor, honours non-fiction books about Canada and, as one of Canada’s richest prizes for nonfiction books, awards $10,000 to the winner. The winning book will be announced at a dinner in May. Congratulations to Sandra and the other shortlisted authors!

Please visit the following link to learn more about the award and the other shortlisted books: www.theglobeandmail.com/arts/books-and-media/sandra-martin-robert-wright-among-finalists-for-dafoe-book-prize/article34475843/

To learn about the J.W. Dafoe Foundation, which is responsible for the award, please visit www.dafoefoundation.ca.

Deal News: Things to Do When It’s Raining by Marissa Stapley

German rights to THINGS TO DO WHEN IT’S RAINING in a three book deal by bestselling author Marissa Stapley sold at auction in a six figure deal to Silke Jellinghaus at Wunderlich, Rowohlt, rights previously to Nita Pronovost at Simon & Schuster Canada and Brittany Lavery at Graydon House for US and UK, publishing Spring 2018 by Hannah Fosh at Liepman Agency on behalf of Samantha Haywood at Transatlantic Agency, for readers of Jojo Moyes and Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney comes a poignant generational story about Mae Summers and Gabe Broadbent, childhood best friends and sweethearts who are reunited as adults at the idyllic Summers’ Inn and dealing with aging parents, heartbreak and secrets that will either bring them together or forever leave them as two islands.

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

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

A GOOD DEATH by Sandra Martin Wins the 2017 BC National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction!

We are proud to announce that A GOOD DEATH: Making the Most of Our Final Choices (HarperCollins Canada) by Sandra Martin is the winner of the 2017 BC National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction! A jury comprising of Hal Wake, Jan Walter, and John Burns selected Sandra’s book as the winner after considering over 141 books submitted by over 46 publishers. At a ceremony today, she was presented $40,000, one of Canada’s largest book prizes, by Hon. Peter Fassbender, BC’s Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development.

The Jury Citation:
“Sandra Martin’s A Good Death will make an enormous contribution to our ongoing, often contentious public debate on the issue. Her careful and thorough research provides historical context, legislative precedents, the effect of medical technology and philosophical and religious insights. What truly distinguishes this book is the reportage on individuals and families who have fought to arrange for a better death, sometimes successfully, sometimes not. These firsthand experiences are the beating heart of a timely and powerful examination.”

We would like to offer a huge congratulations to Sandra Martin and the publisher, and all the other authors who were considered!

For further information about the BC National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction please visit www.bcachievement.com. To view the press release, please visit http://www.bcachievement.com/media/news.php?id=146.

Deal News: A Girl Named Lovely by Catherine Porter

Catherine PorterFormer Toronto Star columnist, starting this month as a correspondent for New York Times, Catherine Porter’s A GIRL NAMED LOVELY, recounting Catherine’s journeys in post-earthquake Haiti as she bonds with the family of a miraculous child survivor and witnesses the realities of international aid, to Brendan May at Simon & Schuster Canada, by Samantha Haywood (NA).