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    Boundary Andrée Michaud Canada, Donald Winkler Canada
    9781771961097 Paperback FICTION / Thrillers Publication Date:June 20, 2017
    $19.95 CAD 5.25 x 8.25 x 0.75 in | 1 gr | 332 pages Carton Quantity:24 Canadian Rights: Y Biblioasis
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      Longlisted for the 2017 Scotiabank Giller Prize

      In the deep woods of the Maine borderlands, the legend of huntsman Pete Landry is still told around cottage campfires to scare children, a tragic story of love, lust, and madness. During the early summer of 1967, inseparable teenage beauties Sissy Morgan and Zaza Mulligan wander among the vacation cottages in the community of Boundary, drinking and smoking and swearing, attracting the attention of boys and men. First one, and then the other, goes missing, and both are eventually found dead in the forest. Have they been the victims of freak accidents? Or is someone hunting the young women of Boundary? And if there is a hunter, who might be next? The Summer of Love quickly becomes the Summer of Fear, and detective Stan Michaud, already haunted by a case he could not solve, is determined to find out what exactly is happening in Boundary before someone else is found dead.

      A story of deep psychological power and unbearable suspense, Andrée A. Michaud’s award-winning Boundary is an utterly gripping read about a community divided by suspicion and driven together by primal terror.

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      Andrée A. Michaud is a novelist from Quebec. She won the Governor General's Award for French-Language Fiction twice: first for the novel Le ravissement in 2001, and again for the novel Bondrée in 2014. In addition to writing award-winning fiction, Michaud has penned several critically acclaimed plays.

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      Scotiabank Giller Prize 2017, Long-listed
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      PRAISE FOR BOUNDARY

      “One of 2017’s finest reads yet... there’s no simplicity in the questions of existence at hand, but in Michaud’s Boundary, readers will find freedom: a skilled, award-winning author stretching folklore without leaping from truth and within crafting a true thriller, lyrical and satisfying, taut and beautifully told.”—National Post

      “The book features two murders and a pair of sleuth figures (hence the Arthur Ellis), but it often seems less a whodunit and more a literary meditation on the impact of the killings on the small community, Boundary, where they took place (hence, the GG Award).”—Toronto Star

      “A dense and beautiful novel about the human condition... While most crime novels put the murder center stage, this one instead uses the crime to deeply examine the complexity of what it means to be alive... Spellbinding.”Kirkus Reviews, STARRED REVIEW

      “Brilliantly innovative in narrative and thrillingly readable, Boundary is a splendid novel that makes high literature out of crime and suspense. I am an instant and ardent fan of Andrée A. Michaud.”—Robert Olen Butler, Pulitzer Prize winner

      “Atmospheric and haunting, this novel about the lingering effects of violence is impossible to turn away from.”Foreword Reviews

      “While it has an element of the whodunit, this lushly written, award-winning francophone novel is literary crime-writing in which the texture of period and place takes priority.”—Sunday Times

      “The style is dense, lyrical, sometimes hallucinatory, often beautiful... It is a difficult book to put down, but less because we are anxious for a plot resolution than because we are held in a sort of spell woven out of a particular historical moment and a timeless tension between a state of innocence and its inevitable loss.”—Reviewing the Evidence

      “The literary thriller exists. Andrée A. Michaud is the proof.”—La Presse

      “The writing is impassioned, inspired. The pace is breathless, yet punctuated by scenes of everyday family life.”—Le Devoir

      "Speaks to a confluence of borders—geographical, cultural, and temporal—and replicates and blurs them to great effect... Beautifully written and compelling, this book will prompt important conversations, as will Michaud’s adept handling of cultural difference, which is well represented even in translation."—Canadian Literature

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    9781771961493 Paperback FICTION / Literary Publication Date:May 16, 2017
    $19.95 CAD 5 x 8 x 0.46 in | 0.48 lb | 192 pages Carton Quantity:40 Canadian Rights: Y Biblioasis
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      Hero, the hyper-precocious and nosily omniscient narrator of Terry Griggs's riotous new book, The Discovery of Honey, is not one to hide her light under a bushel, nor to conceal significant, usually scandalous, happenings in her rural hometown, including her own conception, birth, and various other unruly incidents that occur throughout her young life.

      Running wild even before she can walk, Hero goes on a dangerous road trip with an aunt, later takes up with her feral, bad-boy cousin, investigates a crime, kills a best friendship with a few aggressively-applied home truths, falls in conflicted love with the cousin, then determinedly, if unconvincingly, falls out.

      A backwater bildungsroman—"dung" definitely included, as Hero is forthright dishing the dirt—The Discovery of Honey confirms Griggs as one of the most uproarious and confoundingly original writers at work today. It's funny business all around.

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      Terry Griggs is the author of Quickening, which was nominated for a Governor General's Award, The Lusty Man, Rogues' Wedding, shortlisted for the Roger's Writer's Trust Fiction Prize, and Thought You Were Dead. Her popular children's novels include the Cat's Eye Corner series, and, most recently, Nieve (Biblioasis).

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      Awards
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      PRAISE FOR THE DISCOVERY OF HONEY

      “For me it was another case of love at first line and I knew in an instant I wouldn’t be putting the book down until I’d finished it.” —James Crossley, Mercer Island Books

      “A postmodern picaresque.”Quill & Quire

      “Griggs loves words in a way that can be contagious to the reader.”—National Post

      The Discovery of Honey is packed full of vivid imagery, moving metaphors, precise prose, laugh-out-loud observations and sad essential truths.”—Winnipeg Free Press

      PRAISE FOR TERRY GRIGGS

      “The language, the verbal fireworks, the apparently limitless stream of image and metaphor—startling, heady, hilarious—do it all.”The Globe and Mail

      “When her poetic sensibility is joined to a narrative that is both wildly comic and poignant in mood, which happens often in her stories, the results are superb.”Toronto Star

      “Griggs creates magical transformations with words alone.”The Vancouver Sun

      “Terry Griggs [has] made her mark as an original and arresting writer with a potential to be consistently inventive and brilliant.”—Jury for the Marian Engel Award

      “She's a wildly inventive storyteller, gifted with a superb turn of phrase.”Montreal Gazette

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    The Dusty Bookcase A Journey Through Canada's Forgotten, Neglected, and Suppressed Writing Brian Busby Canada
    9781771961684 Paperback LITERARY CRITICISM / Canadian Publication Date:August 15, 2017
    $22.95 CAD 5.75 x 8.75 x 0.91 in | 552 gr | 368 pages Carton Quantity:24 Canadian Rights: Y Biblioasis
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      Brian Busby’s The Dusty Bookcase explores the fascinating world of Canada’s lesser-known literary history: works that suffered censorship, critical neglect, or brilliant yet fleeting notoriety. These rare and quirky totems of Canadiana, collected over the last three decades, form a travel diary of sorts—through books instead of maps. Covering over one hundred books, and peppered with observations on the Canadian writing and publishing scenes, Busby’s work explores our cultural past from a unique slant, questioning why certain works, rightfully or otherwise, are celebrated and others ignored.

      Illustrated throughout with covers and ephemera, The Dusty Bookcase offers up a casual but nonetheless critical and entertaining exploration of Canada's suppressed, ignored, and forgotten literature, and in the process a curious examination of what we read, when we read it, and why.

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      Brian Busby's books include Character Parts: Who's Really Who in CanLit, In Flanders Fields, and Other Poems of the First World War, and numerous titles written under cover of noms de plume. His proudest achievement is A Gentleman of Pleasure: One Life of John Glassco, Poet, Memoirist, Translator and Pornographer, which was shortlisted for the 2011 Gabrielle Roy Prize. He and his wife currently live in St. Mary's, Ontario.

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      Awards
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      PRAISE FOR THE DUSTY BOOKCASE

      “Even if you’re not interested in reading the books, The Dusty Bookcase’s tour through an alternate New Canadian Library is well worth reading for Busby’s insight and good humour. But if you’re the sort of person who spends time digging through used bookshop dollar bins looking for forgotten gems, this is an indispensable bibliography to the hits and misses of Canadian literature’s past.”National Post

      “And so began a lifetime of scouring bargain bins, library book sales and obscure online auctions in search of the many forgotten gems of Canada's literary history, a never-ending search Busby first documented in columns and a blog and now in the entertaining book The Dusty Bookcase.”—Toronto Star

      PRAISE FOR BRIAN BUSBY

      “A thorough and thoroughly entertaining study of Canada’s foremost literary charlatan.”—Geist

      “Exquisitely written, and endlessly interesting.”—George Elliott Clarke

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    Border Cities Powerhouse The Rise of Windsor: 1901-1945 Patrick Brode Canada
    9781771961578 Hardcover HISTORY / Canada Publication Date:June 06, 2017
    $32.95 CAD 10 x 7 x 1 in | 1 gr | 332 pages Carton Quantity:14 Canadian Rights: Y Biblioasis
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      Border Cities Powerhouse chronicles one of the most dramatic urban transformations in Canadian history, documenting the shift from modest industry to manufacturing dynamo. The coming of the automobile in 1904 put the Border Cities on the map, sparking a period of explosive growth.

      From the bright lights of hydro-electric power and the construction of the Ambassador Bridge to the Battle of Ford City, communist agitation, and the Border Cities’ forced amalgamation during the Great Depression, this was a period of unprecedented progress and open conflict.

      Tracing the region’s development through Prohibition, the Dirty Thirties, and the military expansion of the First and Second World Wars, the era reaches its climax during the infamous 1945 Ford Factory Strike, when autoworkers faced off against corporate management in a struggle that would change the face of Canadian labour.

      Following the success of The River & the Land: A History of Windsor to 1900, this second book in Patrick Brode’s comprehensive, three-volume history of Windsor captures an age of dramatic change and political struggle.

      Bio

      Patrick Brode is a writer and lawyer who was born, raised, and currently practises law in Windsor, Ontario. His books have been short-listed for the City of Toronto Book Award, Ontario's Trillium Award, and the Crime Writers of Canada's Arthur Ellis Award.

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      Praise for The River & The Land

      "Fascinating."—The Windsor Star

      "As with all of Brode's books, it is thoroughly researched and superbly written."—Biz X Magazine

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    London: 150 Cultural Moments Jason Dickson Canada, Vanessa Brown Canada
    9781771961707 Paperback HISTORY / Canada Publication Date:August 01, 2017
    $22.95 CAD 9 x 8.5 x 0.5 in | 1 gr | 200 pages Carton Quantity:18 Canadian Rights: Y Biblioasis
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      London has long been a centre of government, law, and industry for South-western Ontario, but the Forest City has also been centre-stage to many other national and international cultural happenings. Music fans might have heard about Johnny Cash's famous proposal to June Carter at a local performance, but how many people know that it was local DJ Dick Williams who debuted The Beatles to North American audiences, kickstarting Beatlemania? Or that The Rolling Stones started a riot at the arena Treasure Island Gardens? Literature lovers might know that Alice Munro published her first short story in Folio at UWO, but did you know that legendary American poet Walt Whitman visited the London Insane Asylum in 1880? If you're a Londoner, you probably searched the comics for Ting's "Luke Worm," but did you know that famed painter Paul Peel couldn't sell a painting in his hometown, and went broke? Film buffs know that London is the hometown of some familiar Hollywood faces (Hume Cronyn, Kate Nelligan, Victor Garber, Paul Haggis, Ryan Gosling, and Rachel McAdams), but did you know that Canada's first full-colour feature film was made here?

      London: 150 Cultural Moments is full of... well... 150 such fascinating, fun, and unforgettable—if not always well-known—moments, which will make you look at the city of London and its history a little bit differently.

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      Jason Dickson operated Jason Dickson Books (formerly Muskoka Bookshouse) in Bracebridge, Ontario. His work is published by BookThug, and has appeared in Quill and Quire, Maine Antiques Digest, Geist, Kotaku, Canadian Notes & Queries, Fine Books and Collections, Rue Morgue and Open Letter.

      Vanessa Brown is an antiquarian bookseller who consults on early and rare editions and ephemera for the L. M. Montgomery Research Group. A freelance writer, editor and local historian, she is the author of The Grand Old Lady: A History of Hotel London.

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    Ford City Herb Colling Canada
    9781771960625 Paperback HISTORY / Canada Publication Date:November 07, 2017
    $24.95 CAD 9 x 8.5 x 0.5 in | 1 gr | 224 pages Carton Quantity:23 Canadian Rights: Y Biblioasis
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      Ford City was a town steeped in the history of the auto industry. Companies including Ford, E.M.F., Studebaker, Chalmers and Chrysler all called Ford City their home of Canadian operations. But it was more than just an industrial town. It was a rumrunning hub, a communist hotbed, and a thriving cultural centre for the people of the Border Cities. From the town's inception, through amalgamation, to the revitalization of the Ford plant in the 1990s, Ford City is the story of the industrial heart of Windsor.

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      Herb Colling has written several books about Windsor and Essex County including: Pioneering The Auto Age (1993); 99 Days: The Ford Strike in Windsor, 1945 (1995) and Turning Points: The Detroit Riot of 1967, A Canadian Perspective (2003). He is a retired CBC Radio Windsor broadcaster.

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      Praise for Herb Colling and Turning Points

      "Colling rebuts the curious notion that Canadian history, even when told in relation to major U.S. events, is not compelling or important."Quill & Quire

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