Cormorant/DCB Spring 2018

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    Enid Strange Meghan Rose Allen Canada
    9781770865259 Paperback JUVENILE FICTION / Fantasy & Magic Age (years) from 10 - 13 Publication Date:May 19, 2018
    $12.95 CAD 5.38 x 8 x 0.5 in | 210 gr Carton Quantity:52 Canadian Rights: Y Dancing Cat Books
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      Enid has never fit in with kids her age. They don’t speak the way she does, and they never get accused of cheating by teachers who refuse to believe Enid, and not an adult, writes at such an adult level. They’re not like Enid at all.

      And they also can’t see the faeries. They don’t know how the faeries interfere with peoples’ lives – not the way Enid and her mother do.

      So, Enid is writing a book on how to see the faeries. But she doesn’t know if she can get it written before the faeries complete ruin her life. If only she can trap one …

      Enid Strange is a hilarious story told from the point of view of an eleven-year-old girl who, encouraged by her mother, believes faeries are real.

      Bio
      Meghan Rose Allen writes stories for young readers and adults, and has had her work published in numerous literary journals across Canada. Born in Peterborough, Ontario, she has lived in Calgary, Ottawa, and Halifax, and currently lives in Sackville, New Brunsqick. Enid Strange is her debut novel.
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      Awards
      Mrs. Dunster's Fiction Prize - New Brunswick Book Award 2019, Short-listed
      Reviews
      "A really fun book."
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    Oculum Philippa Dowding Canada
    9781770865129 Paperback JUVENILE FICTION / Science Fiction Age (years) from 10 - 13 Publication Date:April 22, 2018
    $12.95 CAD 5.38 x 8 x 0.5 in | 210 gr Carton Quantity:56 Canadian Rights: Y Dancing Cat Books
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      "I'm Mann, just Mann."

      The world is slowly recovering after environmental collapse, and the children of the automated, domed city of Oculum have begun to awaken. Miranda, William and the 998 other children wake to tend the fruit trees and gardens behind the thick, opaque walls of their world. Some speak quietly of Outside, which is forbidden. Until William finds a door ...

      The children outside the dome of Oculum — Mann, Cranker and others raised by Grannie — live amongst the rubble of the old destroyed city. They live with hunger, hard work, and stories about a time before the fall, of buggies without horses, light without fire ... and magical fruit called "peaches." But it must be lies, until one day Mann and Cranker get close enough to the ancient dome to find ... a door....

      Bio
      Philippa Dowding has won many awards and has had poetry and short fiction published in journals across Canada. Her children's books have been nominated for numerous literary awards in Canada, the U.S., and Europe, including the SYRCA Diamond Willow, OLA Silver Birch, OLA Red Maple, and Hackmatack awards. In 2017, she won the OLA Silver Birch Express Honor Book award for Myles and the Monster Outside.
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        • Advance reading copies 
        • Goodreads giveaway
        • blog tour/blogger outreach, bookstore visits
        • Pitching to festivals
        • National and regional review mailing (CM Magazine, BBKT, Quill & Quire, National Post, Globe & Mail)

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      Awards
      Forest of Reading - Silver Birch Fiction 2020, Nominated
      SYRCA Diamond Willow 2019, Short-listed
      Reviews
      Well-written and an imaginative description of a future world struggling to survive, Oculum ends on a positive note, and the book should appeal to both boys and girls in search of adventure.

      [Oculum's] rich world-building and determined characters give it an originality that sets it apart from similar stories.


      "This is a thoughtful, environmental re-working of The Tempest and Brave New World intended to challenge today's youth"
      "Oculum is a gripping, dystopian page-turner that leaves you on the edge of your seat, hanging on to every word."
      "Similar to The Giver in quality, content, appeal, and originality, Oculum really is children’s literature. It’s written beautifully, simply, and thoughtfully, and covers subject matter that is not common enough in Middle Grade. Every scene can be pictured in vivid detail, and readers of any age will be desperate to learn more about this strange world."
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    9781770865235 Paperback YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Social Themes Age (years) from 13 Publication Date:May 12, 2018
    $14.95 CAD 5.38 x 8 x 0.5 in | 210 gr Carton Quantity:44 Canadian Rights: Y Dancing Cat Books
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      No one at school knew that fifteen-year-old Aggie and her mother were hoarders until the Idiot Boys. That made her even more a target of bullies than she was before.

      At home, aka The Dump, her loneliness and despair are further punctuated by her mother’s alcoholism, neglect, and paranoia.

      But Aggie is a warrior and she devises a plan to fight back —?a plan that enlists a few of the other misfits at school. The plan isn’t an easy one, though, and when she is beaten by a group of girls, she finds strength and encouragement from some unlikely sources.

      Will it be enough to turn her life around? And will she somehow be able to save her mother, who continues a downward spiral of neglect?

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      Holly Dobbie is a former high school teacher with a heart for the underdog. Her teaching experiences and volunteer work with at-risk youth through the Red Cross Child Abuse Prevention Program has taught her that change is needed at almost every level of the middle and high school environments. She lives with her family in Langley, BC.
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      "Holly Dobbie has drawn from years of teaching high school for this debut novel, and she tells the story convincingly. For those living through bullying, parental neglect, peer suicide, dejection, or isolation, the authenticity of Fifteen Point Ninewill hit hard, particularly in its harshness and near hopelessness. Still, the author makes it clear that for those who do suffer at the hands of others, every day of survival is a victory – and making it past age 15.9 is a triumph."
      "Fifteen Point Nine is bold. It's brilliant. It's relevant."
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    9781770865143 Paperback FICTION / Literary Publication Date:April 27, 2019
    $22.95 CAD 5.13 x 7.63 x 0.5 in | 192 gr | 240 pages Carton Quantity:64 Canadian Rights: Y Cormorant Books
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      Laure Baudot’s This One Because of the Dead is a collection of stories about the power of what goes unsaid – of the truths people keep hidden from each other, which guide their relationships and their decisions in unexpected ways.

      A former ballet dancer and her boyfriend who is about to scale Mt. Everest struggle with the contradictions between what they want from life and what they need from each other.

      A man on a business trip in Tokyo navigates culture shock as well as the muddy waters of life back home.

      An ex-babysitter, called to testify against one of her former clients, recalls her own complicated history with him.

      Bio
      Laure Baudot is an author and martial artist. With Toronto as her base, she has travelled the world with her adventurous husband and three children. Her work has been published in various literary journals. including The Danforth Review, The Fertile Source, Found Press, and Prairie Fire.
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        • Pitching to festivals & reading series
        • National and regional review mailings

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      "Laure Baudot's prose is exquisite, patient, and sophisticated."
      "Laure Baudot's moving stories have you simultaneously looking in the rear-view mirror and white-knuckling the arm rest while the narrative races down twisting roads, the moral speedometer tracking wildly between zero and 100."

      “What a pleasure to discover the perceptive and intelligent short stories of Laure Baudot. With affectionate, precise detail, she writes about flawed characters –- of different ages at different stages in different settings -- whose relationships are out of alignment for such a variety of reasons that no story resembles another and yet the collection holds together beautifully. Truly engaging.”


      "Baudot's straightforward prose paints a candid picture of the pivotal moments in her characters' lives."


      "A fierce, bright new voice. Baudot's stories tackle the treachery of self-deception with a cruel, contemporary panache."
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    9781770865174 Paperback FICTION / Short Stories Publication Date:April 12, 2018
    $22.00 CAD 5.5 x 8.5 x 0.75 in | 260 gr | 240 pages Carton Quantity:40 Canadian Rights: Y Cormorant Books
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      These eleven short stories cover a wide range of territory - from Toronto to Cuba to Eastern Europe. And, wide-ranging over geography as they are, they also cover an array of characters and situations that can only be situated in the twenty-first century.
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      Stephen Henighan is the author of five novels, three collections of short stories, and four books of essays. His work has been published in Ploughshares, The Globe and Mail, Geist Magazine, and The Walrus — to name a few. He has translated novels into English from Portuguese and Romanian and is the General Editor, Biblioasis International Translation Series. He is currently a professor of Spanish and Hispanic Studies at the University of Guelph.
      Marketing & Promotion
        • Pitching for a Globe and Mail profile – the editor at Biblioasis behind The Party Wall and their international fiction line sets about writing his own international fiction. 
        • Review copy mailing to national media.
        • Pitching for a profile in Winnipeg Free Press.
        • Sending pre-written articles to community newspapers as well as college and university papers and magazines.
        • Will be pitched festivals in Vancouver, Banff/Calgary, Winnipeg, Eden Mills, Toronto, Kingston, Montreal.

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    Luminous Ink Writers on Writing in Canada Tessa McWatt, Rabindranath Maharaj Canada, Dionne Brand Canada, Margaret Atwood Canada, Madeleine Thien Canada, M. G. Vassanji Canada, Lawrence Hill Canada, Pascale Quiviger Canada, Nino Ricci Canada, Sheila Fischman Canada, Heather O'Neill Canada, Camilla Gibb Canada, Eden Robinson Canada, Lee Maracle Canada, Rawi Hage Canada, Michael Helm Canada, Lisa Moore Canada, Rita Wong, Hiromi Goto Canada, George Elliott Clarke Canada, Nicole Brossard Canada, Judith Thompson Canada, David Chariandy Canada, Richard Van Camp Canada, Marie-Hélène Poitras Canada, Stephen Henighan Canada, Greg Hollingshead Canada, Michael Ondaatje Canada, Leanne Betasamosake Simpson Canada
    9781770865198 Paperback LITERARY COLLECTIONS / Canadian Publication Date:April 30, 2018
    $29.95 CAD 6 x 9 x 0.5 in | 300 gr | 240 pages Carton Quantity:24 Canadian Rights: Y Cormorant Books
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      Twenty-seven writers in Canada were asked to contribute pieces of original work describing how they see writing today. From Atwood’s opening, through writing from Indigenous writers, the reader is given a sense of how twenty-seven of the country’s finest writers see their world today. With an introduction by the editors, Dionne Brand, Rabindranath Maharaj, and Tessa McWatt.

      Contributors include:

      Margaret Atwood
      Michael Ondaatje
      Madeleine Thien,
      M G Vassanji,
      Lawrence Hill
      Pascale Quiviger
      Nino Ricci
      Sheila Fischman
      Heather O’Neill
      Camilla Gibb
      Eden Robinson
      Lee Maracle
      Rawi Hage
      Michael Helm
      Lisa Moore
      Rita Wong
      Hiromi Goto
      George Elliott Clarke
      Nicole Brossard
      Judith Thompson
      David Chariandy
      Richard Van Camp
      Marie-Hélène Poitras
      Stephen Henighan
      Greg Hollingshead
      Leanne Betasamosake Simpson

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      Tessa McWatt is the author of six novels, including the Toronto Book Award and GG-nominated Dragons Cry. She lives in London, UK.

      Rabindranath Maharaj is the author of three collections of short stories and six novels, including ,The Amazing Absorbing Boy, which won the Trillium and Toronto Book Awards.

      Dionne Brand is a poet and author; her collection of poetry, Land to Light On, won both the GG and the Trillium Book Award. Her novel, What We All Long for, won the Toronto Book Award; and her collection Ossuaries, won the Griffin Poetry Prize. She lives in Toronto.



















































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        • the editors will be pitched to national and regional programs, including Shelagh Rogers and Michael Enight, as well as newspapers for interviews in addition to expected major reviews in The Globe and Mail, National Post, Toronto Star, and all local papers.
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      "...thoughtful, wise, funny and always original. If you ever wanted to burrow into the minds of some of CanLit’s greatest living treasures, this is your chance. A keeper."
      "...readers will find other delights in this wonderful buffet of delicious writing. Don’t miss the feast."
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    Building on River Jean Van Loon Canada
    9781770865167 Paperback POETRY / Canadian Publication Date:April 28, 2018
    $18.00 CAD 5.5 x 8.5 x 0.3 in | 220 gr Carton Quantity:65 Canadian Rights: Y Cormorant Books
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      This narrative in verse builds on known facts to imagine the life of John Rudolphus Booth, who arrived in roughhouse Bytown in the early 1850s with a wife, a child, and carpenter’s tools bought on credit. In the growing new capital of Canada, he built a storied empire on the river power and forests of the Ottawa Valley. The poems speak in varied voices – of Booth himself, family members, business associates, employees, visiting royalty and tavern wags – collectively evoking the man, the place, and the times with drama, insight, and vivid sensory detail.
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      Jean Van Loon lives with her husband in a home that is an easy walk to the Ottawa River. Since retiring from a career as a public servant and head of the steel industry's national trade association, she has published poems and stories in literary magazines across Canada. When not at her desk, she often walks through the Experimental Farm, comprised in large part of farmland bought from J.R. Booth, or along the river where he got his start. Building on River is her first book-length publication.
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        • Pitching to festivals & reading series
        • National and regional review mailings

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      Awards
      Ottawa Book Award 2019, Short-listed
      Reviews
      Van Loon’s musical ear drew me into the narrative fast...
      Building on River is full of lyrical moments and metaphor.

      Jean Van Loon has reinterpreted, rendered if you like, biography, extensive research, heresay and conjecture, all of it into a timeless tapestry. This brocade plays out, almost seamlessly, in the mind's eye, as though the reader were watching a movie. Van Loon is cinematic.


      "While each of van Loon’s poems rests light on the page, collectively they carry great weight, conjuring the march of John Rudolphus Booth from restless, Lower Canada farm boy to international lumber tycoon. A carefully researched, richly imagined, finely written, and masterfully constructed collection that not only tells the story of Booth himself, but that of a river, an industry, an era, and the emergence of Ottawa as our young country’s new capital. An impressive and ultimately moving literary feat. Bravo!"
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    9781770865105 Paperback FICTION / Literary Publication Date:October 14, 2018
    $22.95 CAD 5.5 x 8.13 x 3/4 in | 345 gr | 296 pages Carton Quantity:26 Canadian Rights: Y Cormorant Books
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      Paulette and Danni grew up miles apart — Paulette in Hamilton and Danni in North Toronto — but they might as well have been worlds apart. Paulette's family emigrated from Jamaica. Danni grew up Jewish in an affluent neighbourhood of Toronto. Now both women find themselves on the streets of Toronto, working in the sex trade.

      Paulette is a seasoned prostitute, working to support herself and her addiction. She acts as an unlikely and reluctant mentor and friend to Danni, who is new to the street and whose addiction has set her on a similar path to Paulette. Their paths intersect again and again over the course of a difficult and troubled friendship that sees Paulette begin to pull herself together while Danni manages to survive everything that comes her way. Will her luck run out? Has Paulette learned to make her own luck?

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      John Miller is the award-winning author of two previous literary novels: The Featherbed (Dundurn, 2002) and A Sharp Intake of Breath (Dundurn, 2007), which won the 2008 Beatrice and Martin Fischer Award in Fiction). Miller was born and resides in Toronto, and currently works as a freelance consultant in non-profit organizational development and in global health.
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      It's simply a beautiful book, well-researched, and written with care and sensitivity. Wild and Beautiful is the Night joins a long list of recent novels that aim to humanize, rather than sensationalize, the world of sex work ...
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    Once There Were Giants The Modern Montreal Poets Who Set Out to Build a National Literature David O'Rourke Canada
    9781770864696 Hardcover LITERARY COLLECTIONS / Canadian Publication Date:April 01, 2021
    $36.95 CAD 6 x 9 in | 1 gr | 392 pages Carton Quantity:45 Canadian Rights: Y Cormorant Books
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      When Patrick Anderson, P.K. Page, F.R. Scott and others set up Preview Magazine, they were doing more than creating a vehicle to publish their high modernist poetry, which they were having difficulties publishing elsewhere. They were taking the first steps towards consciously building a Canadian literature. When John Sutherland established First Statement, he was taking the next step publishing Louis Dudek and Irving Layton, poets from Montreal`s working class. Between the establishment of the first magazine and the decline of the second, many of Canada's greatest poets found early homes for their poems and laid down the foundation for our literary culture.

      In a series of interviews conducted in the 1980s with F.R.Scott, P.K. Page, Betty Layton, Irving Layton, Audrey Sutherland, and Louis Dudek, David O'Rourke creates a vivid oral history of the times, places, and people deeply involved in Preview and First Statement. A story evolves that is akin to a novel complete with literary rivalries, cold garrets, love affairs, and great poetry. Samples of the poetry of these giants complete the book and include work by A.M. Klein, A.J.M. Smith, Miriam Waddington, and Raymond Souster.
      Bio
      David O'Rourke has taught at Centennial College and the University of Toronto. He studied under Irving Layton and was co-author with Layton of Waiting for the Messiah. He lives in Port Hope, Ontario.
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    Nanaimo Girl A Memoir Prudence Emery Canada
    9781770865273 Paperback BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / General Publication Date:April 25, 2020
    $24.95 CAD 6 x 9 x 0.7 in | 300 gr | 288 pages Carton Quantity:22 Canadian Rights: Y Cormorant Books
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      Born in Nanaimo, British Columbia in the 1930s, Prudence Emery was expected to do the right things, but shattered family expectations by going to art school in London, England, where studies sometimes took a back seat to partying. And then she found herself in the world of celebrities.

      From Expo 67 in Montreal to the press office at London's Savoy Hotel, Prudence met the likes of Twiggy, Noël Coward, Louis Armstrong, Petula Clark, Liza Minelli, and Edward Albee. She escorted David Frost to an interview with Sheikh Mujibar Rahman and arranged for Pierre Trudeau to attend a party where he met Barbra Streisand for the first time. It was a world so rich with stories that the Canadian Press wrote, "If ever a job was tailor-made for a book of memoirs, Prudence Emery has it."

      But it was just the beginning. A new career as a film publicist spanned decades and introduced her to some of Hollywood's biggest names, from Sophia Loren to Jennifer Lopez, from Peter O'Toole to Matt Damon. She worked with Nicolas Cage when he was a nervous teenager and later when he was an outgoing superstar. And she was a frequent colleague of famed director David Cronenberg.

      Nanaimo Girl is the story of a life well lived and an encouragement to all, young and old, to get out, defy expectations, and have a rip-roaring good time.
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      Prudence Emery was born in Nanaimo, educated in Vancouver, then lived in London, UK, and Toronto, before moving to Victoria, BC.
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        • Author will  be pitched for a story in Zoomer Magazine (She's 80 years old)
        • Will also be pitched to Michael Enright and Shelagh Rogers on CBC National; local CBC shows – radio and television
        • Will also be pitched to The Social and the Marilyn Dennis Show
        • Will be pitched for a profile in the Victoria-Times Colonist
        • Pitched for profiles in The Globe and Mail and the National Post
        • Review copy mailing across the country

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      Awards
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      "A life distilled at length in her delightful, humor-filled new memoir, Nanaimo Girl. It’s a life that transported her out of a small Vancouver Island coal town into series of adventures around the world, highlighted by her stint as the press and public relations director for London’s historic Savoy Hotel. Pru, confirming Mae West’s observation that while good girls go to heaven, bad girls go everywhere, went everywhere (occasionally in a chauffeured Rolls-Royce) and met everyone. The Savoy years constitute the most fascinating part of an entirely fascinating book. It’s often jaw-dropping to read her recounting of a bygone era in the 1960s when the most famous people in the world dropped by the Savoy, when every night was a party, long liquid lunches the order of the day, everyone tending to end up in bed with everyone else, and political correctness meant not misspelling Pierre Elliott Trudeau’s name. Eventually, the endless parties, the failed romances, not to mention the attendant hangovers, all became too much even for the resilient Pru. She retreated back to Canada and a job publicizing the startup of the Global television network."
      "These are bleak times, for sure, so a memoir from someone who merrily defied expectations is welcome. Nanaimo-born Prudence Emery thumbed her nose at her parents’ stodgy demands, decamped to art school in London and later worked in the press office at the Savoy Hotel. There she developed the art of partying with the rich and famous, until she realized her excesses may prove too dangerous and moved back to Canada. Although she settled in Victoria, she, happily, never really settled down. All of this she recalls in amusing detail, while insisting we all live life fearlessly and pursue true happiness."


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