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    9781770866737 Paperback FICTION / Literary Publication Date:February 25, 2023
    $24.95 CAD 5.5 x 8.5 in | 1 gr | 352 pages Carton Quantity:1 Canadian Rights: Y Cormorant Books
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      Description

      Some Unfinished Business is a powerful, moving, and page-turning examination of loyalty, betrayal, retribution and ultimately, love, written by an acclaimed author at the height of his powers.”
      — Gary Barwin, Governor General’s- and Giller-shortlisted author of Yiddish for Pirates and Nothing the Same, Everything Haunted

      Is love more compelling than justice? A wife pleads for love. Her husband longs for revenge.

      Gripping and evocative, Some Unfinished Business tells the story of a young man who is determined to prevail through anti-Soviet resistance in occupied Lithuania, imprisonment in the Gulag, and the icy hands of bureaucracy that attempt to thwart his love for a woman with a mysterious past — all while chasing the back of the man who dared him to dream in the first place.

      At fourteen, Martin Averka met a teacher from the city who inspired him to seek out the wide world beyond his small village of Lyn Lake. Years later, having lived under the tyranny of an autocratic system populated by cowards and bullies and seeking revenge, he breaks into the Pažaislis Monastery Asylum to come face to face with the man from his youth for one last time.

      Bio
      Antanas Sileika is a Canadian author of five previous books of fiction as well as a memoir. Working as a Canadian journalist of Lithuanian descent, he became involved with the movement to restore Lithuania’s independence from the Soviet Union. His collection of short stories, Buying on Time, was shortlisted for the Stephen Leacock Award for Humour and the Toronto Book Award and long-listed for CBC’s Canada Reads in 2016. His books have repeatedly received starred reviews from Quill & Quire and been listed as among the one hundred best books of the year in the Globe and Mail. He has reviewed books for print, radio, and television and he served as the director of the Humber School for Writers until retiring in 2017. He currently lives in Toronto, ON.
      Marketing & Promotion
        - Live or virtual launch with bookstore partner (TBA)

        -National, international, and regional review mailing & interview pitches (CBC, Globe and Mail, Q&Q, Walrus, Kirkus, Booklist, PW, The Next Chapter, and more)

        - Pitching to regional and national festivals including TIFA, WOTS, and more

        - Award submissions

        - Advertising, social media influencer pitches and promotions
    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Reviews
      Praise for Antanas Sileika:
      “Sileika has proven himself to be an adroit
      storyteller.” 
      Praise for Antanas Sileika:

      “Antanas Sileika infuses everything he creates
      with an intelligent, human touch that makes his writing a pleasure to read.”
      Praise for Antanas Sileika:
      “Sileika is a craftsman of great heart and
      integrity.”
      Praise for previous work Underground:

      “Sileika's novel is a gripping tale … engag[ing]
      the reader to the last page.”
      Praise for previous work Provisionally Yours:
      “A perfect calibration of pace and depth, a
      lucid, stylish and bittersweet chronicle of a country’s rebirth, and a thriller that is also a meditation. I loved this novel.”
      Praise for previous work Provisionally Yours:
      “Sileika is a master at portraying moral
      ambiguity. Set in an overlooked corner of Eastern Europe, Provisionally Yours has the gritty realism of a noir and the pacing of an espionage thriller.”
      Praise for previous work Provisionally Yours:
      Provisionally Yours moves swiftly through its well-orchestrated
      plot, with Sileika deftly integrating just enough historical detail.”
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    Autokrator Emily A. Weedon Canada
    9781770866850 Paperback FICTION / Literary Publication Date:April 08, 2023
    $24.95 CAD 5.5 x 8.5 in | 1 gr | 440 pages Carton Quantity:1 Canadian Rights: Y Cormorant Books
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      Born nameless, in a rigid, autocratic society that has relegated all women to non-person status — Unmales — two women fight against their invisibility.

      The disappearance of yet another Domestic means Cera must take on extra duties and tend the rooms of The Cratorling, the young successor to the autocracy. Face-to-face with him, Cera realizes he is her son, taken from her at birth. She vows to make herself known to him, no matter the cost.

      Driven by a Machiavellian mind and ego, Tiresius has successfully hidden her Unmale status in plain sight for years. She rose through the ranks of the autocracy to reach the highest levels of government. She revels in the power she has attained, but her ruse makes her a gender criminal, which is an act punishable by death.

      Both Cera and Tiresius are determined to achieve their goals, but, for better or worse, their actions begin to dismantle the framework and foundations of the autocracy itself.

      Hopeful and cautionary, Autokrator reimagines gender and power in society against the backdrop of an epic, deeply etched, speculative world.

      Bio
      Emily A. Weedon was raised in Coe Hill, Ontario and grew up on a subsistence farm with her hippie parents, at times without electricity or running water. She’s had many jobs, including scenic/set painter, graphic designer, art director in film and television, screenwriter, musician and band leader, film producer, and book cover designer. Weedon had a speaking role in a feature film, released 3 EPs of original music, wrote and produced a Fringe Festival play, and co-created two seasons of the web series Chateau Laurier. She can’t sew or tap dance and does not care to. She can’t abide petty authoritarianism. She’s written several novels, screenplays, and songs, some animated television, and a few stage plays. Autokrator is her first published novel. She lives in Toronto with her daughter, Ginger.
      Marketing & Promotion
        - Live or virtual launch with indie bookstore partner (TBD)

        - National, international, and regional review mailing & interview pitches, particularly Herizons, CBC (including The Next Chapter), Globe and Mail, Quill & Quire, Kirkus, Toronto Star, - Pitch for excerpt in Open Book

        - Festivals/event pitches including TIFA, Word on the Street, Eden Mills, Book Drunkard Literary Festival, Growing Room Literary Festival,

        - Social media influencer pitches (Bloggers, Instagrammers, BookTubers) - Social media promotions, review mentions, interview appearances, etc.

        - Submitting to regional, national, and global awards - Advertising in Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, Booklist, and more
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    Standing on Neptune Valerie Sherrard Canada
    9781770866874 Paperback YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Novels in Verse Age (years) from 13 - 18, Grade (US) from 9 - 12, Reading age from 13 - 18 Publication Date:April 15, 2023
    $16.95 CAD 5.38 x 8 in | 1 gr | 160 pages Carton Quantity:1 Canadian Rights: Y DCB
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      Am I pregnant?

      This question shatters the peace of seventeen-year-old Brooke Palinder’s life one Monday morning when she realizes her period is late. Although shaken, she is determined to hide her feelings and go about her daily routine as though nothing is wrong.

      Brooke’s boyfriend Ryan handles the news poorly and is unable to offer Brooke much in the way of support. Yet, in spite of a growing sense of isolation, she cannot bring herself to confide in anyone else, not even her best friend.

      In an effort to distract herself, Brooke throws herself into a school project about Neptune, which leads her to some startling discoveries and a surprising sense of connection to the distant planet.

      In fractured vignettes, Brooke begins to examine her life from a new perspective, but by Saturday, she knows she must face the answer to the question that began her week.

      Am I pregnant?

      Bio
      Valerie Sherrard is an award-winning author of picture books and young adult novels. Her novel The Glory Wind won the Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction and the Ann Conner Brimer Award. Sherrard’s first novel in verse, Counting Back from Nine was shortlisted for a Governor General’s Literary Award. Her works have been chosen as Red Maple and White Pine Award Honour Books, and she has been nominated for the Manitoba Young Readers’ Choice Award and Snow Willow Award. Born in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, she now lives in Miramichi, New Brunswick.
      Marketing & Promotion
        - National, international, and regional review mailing & pitches (Atlantic Books Today, Miramichi Reader, Kirkus, SLJ, Booklist, CM Magazine, BBKT, Quill & Quire, Globe and Mail, National Post, CBC Books, 49th Shelf, Publishers Weekly)

        - ARC mailing to select bookstores

        - Pitching to book bloggers, YouTubers, Instagrammers, and podcasts

        - Pitch for interview on Open Book

        - Submissions to regional, national, and global awards

        - Inclusion at OLA’s 2023 Super Conference (Cormorant Books’ booth and other opportunities)

        - Social media promotions and support

        - Targeted email flyer to children’s bookstores

        - Advertising in Canadian Children’s Book News, SLJ, Booklist, and more
    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Reviews
      Praise for previous work Birdspell:
      “Honest
      and straightforward, with no sugar-coating of the challenges of bipolar
      disorder, Birdspell offers remarkable insight to young readers unfamiliar with
      mental-health issues. At the same time, it provides rare validation for those
      children who struggle with it in their daily lives. … Despite the gravity of
      the subject matter, Birdspell is a very readable book laced with humour and
      grace.”
      Praise for previous work Birdspell:
      Birdspell
      is a deep and beautifully written title that once begun is hard to put down. Despite the tragedy of the circumstances, the novel is a compelling story of strength, hope and compassion. Highly Recommended.”
      Praise for previous work Counting Back from Nine:
      Counting Back from Nine is a powerful young adult novel.
      It's not just another story of a high school romance that fails; it's about the tensions (and joys) of family relationships, the impact of losing a parent at a formative point in one's emotional development, and the social fall-out resulting when a girl knowingly breaks the unspoken rules of high school female friendships and finds herself ‘un-friended’.
      “Anyone who has read Valerie Sherrard's other works knows that she is expert at capturing the nuances of adolescent conversation. In Counting Back from Nine, the voices of Laren and her mother are strong and distinct.”
      Praise for previous work Counting Back from Nine:
      “Sherrard's characters are written with compassion, and a
      keen understanding of how teenagers think and feel. Laren's voice feels authentic and emotionally true, and readers will empathize with her feelings of isolation and grief.
      Counting Back from Nine is poignant and emotionally resonant, and teens will be wholly engaged from the first page to the last.”
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    Swept Away Ruth Mornay and the Unwanted Clues Natalie Hyde Canada
    9781770866898 Paperback JUVENILE FICTION / Mysteries & Detective Stories Age (years) from 9 - 12, Grade (US) from 4 - 7, Reading age from 9 - 12 Publication Date:April 01, 2023
    $14.95 CAD 5.38 x 8 in | 1 gr | 188 pages Carton Quantity:1 Canadian Rights: Y DCB
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      Unlike the rest of the people in her small town, Ruth Mornay does not believe that the death of her sixty-four-year-old neighbour Beatrice was an accident. Word has it that Bea was swept away by the flooded Teeswater River, but as the head of the Teeswater River Embankment Rehabilitation Society Ruth knows her friend would never be so careless.

      Bea’s godson Saul adds to Ruth’s suspicions when he claims that Bea had premonitions about her murder and has left Ruth a box of clues to figure out what really happened. But what could a frog-shaped sprinkler, a mismatched pair of ladies’ gloves, and an ugly flower picture made of human hair possibly have to do with Bea’s death? That’s the case Saul, Ruth, and Ruth’s wayward pet chicken Dorcas, have to crack.

      Bio
      Natalie Hyde is the author of both fiction and non-fiction for middle-grade and young adult readers. Her works include Saving Armpit, I Owe You One, and Cryptic Canada, and her books have received award nominations in both Canada and the US. Hyde is her family’s genealogist — the “keeper of the bones” — and has traced her father’s family back to the 1700s in Canada. She currently lives in Flamborough, Ontario.
      Marketing & Promotion
        - National, international, and regional review mailing & pitches (Kirkus, SLJ, Booklist, CM Magazine, BBKT, Quill & Quire, Globe and Mail, National Post, CBC Books, 49th Shelf, Publishers Weekly)

        - ARC mailing to select bookstores - Pitching to regional and national festivals

        - Pitching to book bloggers, YouTubers, Instagrammers, and podcasts

        - Pitch for excerpt on Open Book

        - Pitching to CBC Radio, local and national radio stations, and local and national TV

        - Submitting to regional, national, and global awards

        - Inclusion at OLA’s 2023 Super Conference (Cormorant Books’ booth and other opportunities)

        - Social media promotions and support

        - Targeted email flyer to children’s bookstores

        - Advertising in Canadian Children’s Book News, SLJ, Booklist, Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, and more
    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Reviews
      Praise for previous work I Owe You One:
      “It
      is seldom that a text written simply, for younger readers, makes me both giggle and tear up.  Natalie Hyde has created characters with humourous traits, realistic flaws, and yet a sense of integrity and community that restore one’s faith in people. There is sufficient suspense and juvenile pranks to grip young readers’ imaginations, …resulting in a text that is as rewarding to give to a child as it will be for the child to read.”
      Praise for previous work Saving Armpit:
      Saving
      Armpit
      is a delightful middle grade chapter book about dramatic adventures in baseball teams…Read on for exciting pages of fun and imagination, challenges and adventure, in discovering the power a team of players who work together with a goal can bring to bear. Saving Armpit is an irresistible automatic page turner for kids. It’s also just a lot of fun.”
      Praise for previous work Saving Armpit:
      “This
      book would be a terrific read-aloud for students to learn about citizenship, community service, and collaboration. Sportsmanship and hard work, respect for coaches are also valuable lessons within the story.” Starred Review
      Praise for previous work Mine!:
      “With
      twists and turns, literally and figuratively, and hopes dashed, raised and dashed again, author Natalie Hyde brings her customary light touch to this adventure.”
      Praise for previous work Up the Creek!:
      Up
      the Creek
      is a fun read and will appeal to readers who are fans of family drama, reality-based stories, and happy endings…it is a fun and quick read, and should appeal across demographics.”
      “Author
      Natalie Hyde knows how to write a rollicking good scene, whether it involves
      playful banter between adversaries … or nail-biting action.”
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    9781459750845 Paperback FICTION / Biographical On Sale Date:January 31, 2023
    $24.99 CAD 5.5 x 8.5 x 1 in | 300 gr | 264 pages Carton Quantity:40 Canadian Rights: Y Rare Machines
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      “A poignant, laugh-out-loud funny, weird, and heartbreaking window into being bereft and being in love… a striking reminder that there can be beauty in devastation.” — EMILY AUSTIN, author of Everyone in This Room Will Someday Be Dead

      A heartbreaking and darkly funny portrait of a woman unravelling in the wake of tragedy.


      Sam is dead, which means that Elsie Jane has just lost the brilliant, sensitive man she planned to grow old with. The early days of grief are a fog of work and single parenting. Too restless to sleep, Elsie pores over Sam’s old love letters, paces her house, and bickers with the ghosts of Sam and her dead parents night after night. As the year unfolds, she develops an obsession with a local murder mystery, attends a series of disastrous internet dates in search of a “replacement soulmate,” and solicits a space-time wizard via Craigslist, convinced he will help her forge a path through the cosmos back to Sam.

      Examining the ceaseless labour of motherhood, the stigma of death by drug poisoning, and the allure of magical thinking in the wake of tragedy, What Remains of Elsie Jane is a heart-splitting reminder that grief is born from the depths of love.

      A RARE MACHINES BOOK

      Bio
      Chelsea Wakelyn is a writer, musician, and mother to two lovely, eccentric humans. She lives on Vancouver Island.
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        • Trade and wholesaler advertising
        • Publicity campaign to targeted media and influencers
        • Representation at international trade shows and conferences
        • Social media campaign and online advertising
        • Email campaigns to consumers, booksellers, and librarians
        • ARC mailing to booksellers, librarians, and influencers
        • Digital galley available: NetGalley, Edelweiss, Catalist
        • Goodreads giveaways
        • Cover reveal
        • Influencer mailing
        • STAY CONNECTED
        • Author Twitter: @tentaclelake
        • Author Instagram: @c.wakelyn
        • Book hashtag: #WhatRemainsOfElsieJane
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      Awards
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      To read What Remains of Elsie Jane is to encounter a raw, sometimes angry, and always messy grief. Wakelyn captures a woman falling apart and putting herself back together in the dynamic voice of her complicated protagonist. In her multiverse-curious widowhood, Elsie is unrelentingly hopeful without being cheerful, loving without being good.
      What Remains of Elsie Jane reads like a side-splitting obituary. A poignant, laugh-out-loud funny, weird, and heartbreaking window into being bereft and being in love. This book is a striking reminder that there can be beauty in devastation.
      What Remains of Elsie Jane reads like A Year of Magical Thinking, if it had been written by Nora Ephron instead of Joan Didion — but by a Nora Ephron who coped with tragedy by clumsily summoning wizards instead of making carbonara. What Remains of Elsie Jane is an exploration of grief that manages to avoid self-seriousness. The behaviour of those around the aggrieved is so sharply observed you’ll think that Evelyn Waugh dipped in to give his notes on the behaviour of Pacific Northwest millennials. It made me laugh, it made me cry, it made me blush, sometimes it made me do all three on the same page.

      In this remarkably intimate portrait of grief, Chelsea Wakelyn deftly weaves comedy and tragedy in the wake of a marriage destroyed by drug poisoning. With a sure touch, Wakelyn dismantles the stereotypes of those affected by this too common issue. The narrator’s unique voice is at once relatable and unhinged, the powerful pulls of rage and love on full and magnificent display, bringing to life a fully realized humanity as only honestly drawn fiction can do.

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    9781459750593 Paperback FICTION / African American & Black On Sale Date:April 11, 2023
    $23.99 CAD 5.5 x 8.5 x 1 in | 300 gr | 376 pages Carton Quantity:40 Canadian Rights: Y Dundurn Press
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      Against a backdrop of the Harlem Renaissance and Haile Selassie’s Ethiopia, a young man tails Hubert Julian — a pilot, inventor, adventurer, charlatan, and possible threat to America.

      Facing an attempted murder charge, seventeen-year-old Arthur Tormes is in no position to refuse when a federal agent named Riley Triggs offers him a deal: all charges get dropped and Arthur goes free if he agrees to help the Bureau with a problem.

      That problem is Hubert Julian, a.k.a. the Black Eagle of Harlem: inventor, pilot, parachutist, daredevil, charlatan, and one of the most extraordinary and popular figures of the Harlem Renaissance. For Triggs, it’s the popularity that makes Julian a serious threat to the well-being of America.

      To win his freedom, Arthur begins a spying mission that will occupy the next thirteen years of his life, taking him from 1920s New York City to Ethiopia on the verge of war — often at great personal cost. In the end, while America remains safe, Arthur Tormes’s fate is less certain.
      Bio
      Bruce Geddes is the author of one previous novel, The Higher the Monkey Climbs (2018). His short fiction has appeared in the New Quarterly, Blank Spaces Magazine, and the Freshwater Review. Born in Windsor, Ontario, he currently lives in Kingston.
      Marketing & Promotion
        • Trade and wholesaler advertising
        • Publicity campaign to targeted media and influencers
        • Representation at international trade shows and conferences
        • Social media campaign and online advertising
        • Email campaigns to consumers, booksellers, and librarians
        • ARC mailing to booksellers, librarians, and influencers
        • Digital galley available: NetGalley, Edelweiss, Catalist
        • Goodreads giveaways
        • Influencer mailing
        • Book hashtag: #ChasingTheBlackEagle
    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Reviews
      A novel about bootlegging, blackmail, and the struggles of love, Chasing the Black Eagle is a wide-ranging and compulsive read full of wonderful characters.
      Geddes has produced a rare feat: the literary page-turner.
      From Port of Spain to Harlem, to Addis Ababa, Chasing the Black Eagle takes us on an intimate journey, spanning decades and exploring intertwined lives. Bruce Geddes is a master storyteller with an incredible ability to take us to dizzying heights, be it on the wings of the Black Eagle taking flight or to harrowing truths found in the underbelly of racism, anti-colonial fights, betrayal, including the worst of all, when one goes against themselves. A thoroughly enjoyable encounter of friendship, survival and above all, the human spirit.

      Chasing the Black Eagle is a novel that juggles genres — spy, noir, coming-of-age, romance — with charm, wit and seemingly effortless grace. Neither self-serious nor sentimental, it's absolutely charged with lived-in authenticity for a little-known slice of 20th-century history. Don't let this one fly away: Geddes is a writer who makes history, invented or otherwise, feel as fresh as this morning, this very minute.


      Blending real and imagined histories, Chasing the Black Eagle is a sprawling, seductive novel of intrigue, adventure, and secrecy. Geddes is a first-rate storyteller who has created a dazzling cast of schemers and dreamers whose failures and triumphs are a comic and touching testament to the mystery of personal ambition and identity.
      Takes an obscure corner of aviation history and spins a picaresque yarn about a couple of unlikely characters, at least one of whom happens to be real. Pilot Hubert Julian is brave and boastful and possibly nuts, with a questionable commitment to the truth—in short, a brutal assignment for the FBI informant forced to follow him, but for the reader, sparkling company indeed.
      Bruce Geddes is a brilliant storyteller, and Chasing The Black Eagle is an absorbing historical adventure, featuring huge characters, bracing thrills, and captivating deceptions. International in range, and epic in scale, this is a fast-moving, atmospheric novel and, at the same time, the moving story of a young man’s extraordinary passage to adulthood. You don’t want to miss the journey; you won’t ever forget the book.
      Geddes dives headlong into history with elegance, authority, and passion, offering a sweeping view of the 20th century in all its topsy-turviness while remaining firmly rooted in intimate human experience. Engrossing, impressive, and a ripping good yarn.
      An action adventure, a love story and a hard-boiled noir thriller all rolled up into one. Meticulously researched and artfully paced, Chasing the Black Eagle is a fascinating glimpse into a bygone era, introducing the reader to a captivating and complex cultural figure, Black aviator Hubert Julian. Masterfully adept at metaphor and possessing an incisive eye for descriptive detail, Geddes skillfully transports the reader to another time and place brought vividly to life.
      A dazzling novel about a complicated, charismatic historical figure, the celebrity pilot Hubert Julian. Opening in the 1920s, Chasing the Black Eagle takes readers on a daring adventure from the skies of Harlem to the palaces of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, tangling with emperors, secret agents, communists, intrepid reporters, and mysterious love interests. An evocative tale, masterfully crafted, told in a singular literary voice that readers will no doubt be hearing more from.
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    The Wild Boy of Waubamik A Memoir Thom Ernst Canada
    9781459750876 Paperback BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Personal Memoirs On Sale Date:January 31, 2023
    $25.99 CAD 5.5 x 8.5 x 1 in | 300 gr | 248 pages Carton Quantity:40 Canadian Rights: Y Dundurn Press
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      Description

      “An inspiring story of resilience, told with a vivid sense of character and humour.” —RICHARD CROUSE, CTV host and film critic

      Film critic, writer, and broadcaster Thom Ernst chronicles his life growing up with an abusive father in rural Ontario.


      The residents of Waubamik know about the Wild Boy, a somewhat feral child, standing nearly naked in a rusty playground of weeds and discarded metal, clutching a headless doll. They know the boy has been plucked from poverty and resettled into a middle-class family. But they don’t know that something worse awaits him there.

      This is the story of a system that failed, a community that looked the other way, and a family that kept silent. It is also a record of the popular culture of the 1960s — a powerful set of myths that kept a boy comforted. But ultimately, The Wild Boy of Waubamik is a story of triumph, of a man who grew up to become a film critic and broadcaster despite his abusive childhood. It reminds us that life, even at its darkest, can surprise us with moments of joy and hope and dreams for the future.

      Bio
      Thom Ernst is a film writer, broadcaster, and critic. He was the former host and producer of TVO’s Saturday Night at the Movies. Thom currently lives in Toronto with his wife, daughter, and a cat.
      Marketing & Promotion
        • Consumer, trade and wholesaler advertising
        • Publicity campaign to targeted media
        • Representation at international trade shows and conferences
        • Social media campaign and online advertising
        • Cover reveal
        • Email campaigns to consumers, booksellers, and librarians
        • Digital galley available: NetGalley, Edelweiss, Catalist
        • Goodreads giveaway
        • Influencer mailing
        • STAY CONNECTED
        • Author Twitter: @reelthomernst
        • Book hashtag: #WildBoyOfWaubamik
    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Reviews
      “Courageously honest, and emotionally shattering, The Wild Boy of Waubamik scratches the surface of complacency to
      dive into the deep, secret waters of childhood sexual abuse, giving a voice to those unheard. Beautifully written, this memoir is as illuminating as it is necessary.”
      “A refreshing and strange coming of age story that's redolent with all the heavy stuff — mortality,
      impermanence, family — but also dances in the light. Thom Ernst has made his own confection, and the rewards are in the sugar of the language and the tart of the story.” 
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    Against the Seas Saving Civilizations from Rising Waters Mary Soderstrom Canada
    9781459750487 Paperback SCIENCE / Global Warming & Climate Change On Sale Date:February 28, 2023
    $26.99 CAD 6 x 9 x 1 in | 300 gr | 296 pages Carton Quantity:40 Canadian Rights: Y Dundurn Press
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      Description
      What can we learn about coping with rising sea levels from ancient times?

      The scenario we are facing is scary: within a few decades, sea levels around the world may well rise by a metre or more as glaciers and ice caps melt due to climate change. Large parts of our coastal cities will be flooded, the basic outline of our world will be changed, and torrential rains will present their own challenges. But this is not the first time that people have had to cope with threatening waters, because sea levels have been rising for thousands of years, ever since the end of the last Ice Age. Stories told by the Indigenous people of Australia and the Pacific coast of North America, and those found in the Bible and the Epic of Gilgamesh, as well as Roman and Chinese histories all bear witness to just how traumatic these experiences were. The responses to these challenges varied: people adapted by building dikes, canals, and seawalls, by resorting to prayer or magic, and, very often, by moving out of the way of the rushing waters.

      Against the Seas explores these stories as well as the various measures being taken today to combat rising waters, focusing on five regions: Indonesia, which will soon move its capital to escape encroachment by the seas; Shanghai, where seawalls protect the busiest port city in the world; the Sundarbans of Bangladesh, whose mangrove forests are constantly challenged by storms and high tides; the Salish Sea, which runs from north of Vancouver to south of Seattle; and the estuary of the St. Lawrence River, where a few initiatives are giving some promising results. What happened in the past and what is being tried today may help us in the future, and, if nothing else, give us hope that we will survive.
      Bio
      Mary Soderstrom writes fiction and non-fiction. Against the Seas: Saving Civilizations from Rising Waters is her eighteenth book and is the logical follow-up to her last, Concrete: From Ancient Origins to a Problematic Future. She has travelled widely, but her home base is Montreal.
      Marketing & Promotion
        • Promotional tie-in to Earth Day 2023 (April 22)
        • Trade and wholesaler advertising
        • Publicity campaign to targeted media
        • Media tour: radio, podcasts, print interviews
        • Representation at international trade shows and conferences
        • Social media campaign and online advertising
        • Email campaigns to consumers, booksellers, and librarians
        • Influencer pre-pub mailing
        • Digital galley available: NetGalley, Edelweiss, Catalist
        • STAY CONNECTED
        • Author Website
        • Author Twitter: @MarySoderstrom
        • Author Instagram: @marymsoderstrom
        • Book hashtag: #AgainstTheSeas
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    9781773102832 Paperback FICTION / Literary Publication Date:February 07, 2023
    $22.95 CAD 5 x 8 in | 300 gr | 224 pages Carton Quantity:1 Canadian Rights: Y Goose Lane Editions
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      Description

      Muscle sinew bone.

      Luke Tremblett is one of five fishermen lost at sea off the coast of Newfoundland. Rose is left to pick up the pieces and learn to live with his sudden absence. And then there are three children, including two-month-old Emily, struggling to face an unbearable loss that has engulfed them.

      This sharp, hard-edged novel begins two years after Luke’s disappearance, at the moment that Rose takes her first step through the wall of the house Luke was building when he died. Her body vibrating, she enters a space where Luke waits for her.

      Part novel, part fable, part essay on grief, with interlocking scenes that move between past and present and visuals that punctuate the narrative like signposts, This Is the House that Luke Built deftly explores existential questions about what it means to be alive.

      A strikingly original debut which combines compassion and bravura to dazzling effect, this new novel by Violet Browne heralds the arrival of a significant new voice.

      Bio

      Violet Browne is a writer from Placentia, NL. She holds an MA in Creative Writing from Memorial University in St. John’s, where she now lives. This Is the House that Luke Built is her debut novel.

      Marketing & Promotion
        • ARCs
        • Regional print and digital advertising, plus lit mag and group advertising
        • National media relations and excerpts, including interviews both in-person and digitally
        • Newfoundland launch, Atlantic Canadian reading tour, plus festivals and reading series
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    Wanda's War An Untold Story of Nazi Europe, Forced Labour, and a Canadian Immigration Scandal Marsha Faubert Canada
    9781773102757 Paperback BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Historical Publication Date:February 21, 2023
    $24.95 CAD 6 x 9 in | 380 gr | 256 pages Carton Quantity:1 Canadian Rights: Y Goose Lane Editions
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      Description

      What does it mean to be exiled? For the landmarks of your past to disappear?

      In 1943, Wanda Gizmunt was ripped from her family home in Poland and deported to a forced labour camp in Nazi Germany. At the end of the war, she became one of millions of displaced Europeans awaiting resettlement.

      Unwilling to return to then-Soviet-occupied Poland, Wanda became one of 100 young Polish women brought to Canada in 1947 to address a labour shortage at a Québec textile mill. But rather than arriving to long-awaited freedom, the women found themselves captives to their Canadian employer. Their treatment eventually became a national controversy, prompting scrutiny of Canada’s utilitarian immigration policy.

      Wanda seized the opportunity to leave the mill in the midst of a strike in 1948. She never looked back, but she remained silent about her wartime experience. Only after her death did her daughter-in-law assemble the pieces of Wanda’s life in Poland, Nazi Germany, and finally, Canada. In this masterful account of a hidden episode of history, Faubert chronicles the tragedy of exile and the meaning of silence for those whose traumas were never fully recognized.

      Bio

      Marsha Faubert is a lawyer with a lengthy history of public service in Ontario. She was a finalist for the Penguin Random House Canada Prize for Nonfiction for the book proposal that would become Wanda's War.

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        • ARCs
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        • National print and digital advertising — major history focused outlets
        • Social media campaign – series of posts documenting Wanda’s journey
        • Pre-publication excerpts
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        • Co-op available

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