Happy book birthday to Rob Krause and Daria Salamon‘s DON’T TRY THIS AT HOME, published with Turnstone Press!
If you’re in the Winnipeg area, join the authors together with McNally Robinson Booksellers for the official launch tonight at Grant Park in the Atrium – more details here: www.mcnallyrobinson.com/winnipeg-events.
From the publisher: “Rob Krause and Daria Salamon sold their car, rented out their Winnipeg home, and packed up their two young children to embark on a 12-month journey around the world. In this dual retelling of their ambitious year away from home, Don’t Try This at Home chronicles the hilarious and sensational misadventures of a Canadian family as they travel across 15 different countries in the southern hemisphere. In an honest reflection on parenting, marriage, and living for a year on a tight budget, Krause and Salamon take readers through some of the world’s most stunning vistas while meeting the challenges of foreign customs, broken-down buses, stomach bugs, personal loss, and their often less-than-enthusiastic children to discover that perhaps they should never have left home in the first place.”
Rob Krause is currently a jack-of-no-trades. He was at one time a zoologist, a lawyer and a record label owner. He has been published in The Globe and Mail, The Winnipeg Free Press and, of course, the Canadian Journal of Zoology.
Daria Salamon is the author of The Prairie Bridesmaid and has written for The Washington Post, The Globe and Mail and Today’s Parent. She is also known for dragging her unsuspecting family on absurd adventures.
Bestseller News! For three weeks in a row, Kayla Miller’s middle grade graphic novel CAMP has appeared on the Indie Bestseller List! Congratulations Kayla!
HOT NEWS: A WOLF CALLED WANDER makes the TOP TEN Kids Next list!!
This is the list of top recommendations for Indie Book Stores for the summer. This little WOLF is really going places. Congratulations to Rosanne Parry and Greenwillow!
Bestseller alert! A WOLF CALLED WANDER made the Indie Bestseller List this week, collated from hundreds of independent book stores across the USA. Congratulations to Rosanne Parry and her fantastic middle grade book, which received a starred review from School Library Journal: “Swift, a yearling wolf, is separated from his family after a rival wolf pack attacks and claims his family’s territory as their own. His thousand-mile journey across the Pacific Northwest to find a new home brings danger, hunger, and desperate loneliness. Inspired by the story of OR-7, a real wolf naturalists tracked in the wild, Parry perfectly conveys her character’s curious, alert, and social nature.”
Congratulations to Rachel Giese who has been named the winner of this year’s Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing for her crucial book, BOYS: What it Means to Become a Man (HarperCollins Canada)!
This annual prize, presented by the Writers’ Trust of Canada, awards an exceptional book of literary nonfiction that captures a political subject of relevance.
FROM THE JURY: “Achieving gender equity is one of great social, political, and economic challenges of our time. Harmful stereotypes and assumptions about girls and women are being shattered daily. But what is the place of boys and men in the post #MeToo world? With a skillful mix of original reporting, scholarly research, and personal anecdotes, Rachel Giese presents a deeply felt examination of the forces that shape how boys see themselves and how we see them. No one, from parents to policy-makers, can read Boys without rethinking their notion of manliness, masculinity, and how we raise young men.”
For more information on the prize, please visit www.writerstrust.com/shaughnessy-cohen-prize-for-political-writing.
We are very excited to announce our new client, Lang Johnson!
Lang worked in IT for ten years, where she spent her lunch breaks reading fantasy and crafting stories on scraps of paper and stuffing them in her cubicle drawer. When her drawer became dangerously close to overflowing, Lang took a leap of faith and left her job to pursue a career in writing.
She started as a contributing writer for HappyGirl Yoga while running her own health and wellness blog, Big Bodhi Girl. Looking to expand her skills, Lang took worldbuilding courses which inspired her to create a story based on her Filipino indigenous culture. She recently completed her first fantasy romance and is currently working on two more fantasy novels. When Lang isn’t typing away at her desk, she enjoys hiking and globetrotting with her husband, cuddling her three fur-babies, and riding her motorcycle.
Lang is jointly represented by Léonicka Valcius and Samantha Haywood.
Congratulations to Sharon Bala, who has just been named a finalist for 2019 Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction for her highly-acclaimed debut novel, THE BOAT PEOPLE!
This annual award celebrates a work of fiction that best illuminates the role of lawyers in society and their power to effect change.
The winner will be selected by a Selection Committee with an opportunity for the public to serve as a 6th committee member by voting for their favourite here: www.abajournal.com/polls/2019HarperLeePrize
“This year’s Harper Lee Prize was particularly difficult to judge,” said Molly McDonough, editor and publisher of the ABA Journal. “We were evaluating so many gripping and compelling reads. The finalists represent the diversity of this year’s submissions, from a novel about Sri Lankan refugees seeking a new start, to the story of a trailblazing woman lawyer fighting for her clients in 1920s India, and, finally, a charming middle school book featuring a spunky student who goes to court after he’s suspended for protesting homework. The characters are as inspiring as they are engaging.”
The winner will be announced on August 29th. For more information about the award and a full list of finalists, please visit, www.ua.edu/finalists-for-harper-lee-prize.
Happy book birthday to THE DIAMOND MISTAKE MYSTERY by Sylvia McNicoll — the fourth book in the Great Mistake Mystery series — out now from Dundurn Press!
Five-year-old Pearl claims that a pirate stole the rare Blushing Diamond. But everyone’s a pirate on Halloween.
Dogwalker Stephen Noble has been recruited to walk his five-year-old reading buddy, Pearl Lebel, to and from school while her mother is away and her father is ill. He’s sure that this will be easier than walking canine clients Ping and Pong — until Pearl locks herself in the house, runs away from home, and loses her family’s rare pink diamond ring.
When Pearl claims that a pirate took the ring, Stephen and Renée are on the case. But the more they discover, the more it feels like everyone is a suspect. With Pearl annoying them every step of the way, will they be able to solve the mystery before the ring’s scheduled appearance at the Brilliant Diamond Show?
Sylvia McNicoll is the author of over thirty novels, including Body Swap. Crush.Candy.Corpse is lauded as the definitive Alzheimer’s story for teens and was shortlisted for the Red Maple and Arthur Ellis awards. Sylvia lives in Burlington, Ontario.
Happy book birthday to ALWAYS WITH YOU, written by Eric Walters and illustrated by Carloe Liu, publishing today with Nimbus Publishing!
From the publisher: “In this poignant story, we follow young Emily who has recently lost her grandfather. As she grows, she discovers a series of letters he left behind for her, offering grandfatherly advice at life’s most pivotal moments: first day of high school, graduation day, wedding, and ending with the birth of her own child.
With gentle watercolours and fold-out letters for sharing with loved ones, Always With You is a timeless story about grief, growing up, and finding that those we love never truly leave us.”
“Eric Walters’s 101st book could be described as Love You Forever meets The Jolly Postman. The heaviness of loss is lightened by Halifax artist Carole Liu’s brightly hued, cheerful water colour illustrations. The scenes are full of life and renewal, capturing fun times on a favourite amusement park ride, Grandpa’s perennially blooming flower garden and completing the circle with Emily’s newborn son.” —Quill and Quire
In a two-book deal, Kids Can Press senior editor Yasemin Uçar has acquired World rights to the picture book MY WORDS FLEW AWAY LIKE BIRDS by Debora Pearson, with Shrija Jain illustrating, about the experience of a child who moves to a new country, where she starts to learn English, but finds that all her words fly away when she tries to speak. Publication is planned for fall 2021. Amy Tompkins represented the author.
German rights at auction to Amy Parks’ YA romance THE QUANTUM WEIRDNESS OF THE ALMOST KISS to Marie-Ann Helle at Rowohlt for the new WJB imprint, by Barbara Küper Literarische Agentur+Medienservice in association with Amy Tompkins, on behalf of Elizabeth Bennett.