Second Story Press: Spring 2020

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    9781772601176 Paperback JUVENILE FICTION / People & Places Age (years) from 9 - 12, Grade (CAN) from 4 - 7, Grade (US) from 4 - 7, Reading age from 9 - 12 Publication Date:March 17, 2020
    $10.95 CAD 5.25 x 7.5 x 0.32 in | 172 gr | 192 pages Carton Quantity:36 Canadian Rights: Y Second Story Press
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      The Mighty Muskrats are off to the city to have fun at the Exhibition Fair. But when Chickadee learns about Grandpa's little sister, who was scooped up by the government and adopted out to strangers without her parents' permission many years ago, the Mighty Muskrats have a new mystery to solve. Once in the bright lights of the big city, the cousins get distracted, face off with bullies, meet some heroes and unlikely teachers, and learn many of the difficulties of life in the city, as well as hard truths about their country’s treatment of First Nations people.
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      Michael Hutchinson is a member of the Misipawistik Cree Nation, north of Winnipeg. He currently lives in Ottawa, Ontario where he works at the Assembly of First Nations, which advocates for First Nation families and communities across Canada.
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        Author Michael Hutchinson will be appearing this October in the Vancouver Writers Festival to talk about the first book in the series, The Case of Windy Lake.

        The second book of the series continues the entertaining dynamic of the Mighty Muskrats, the four cousins who solved the case of a missing archaeologist in the first book in this series.

        Join these young sleuths as they explore the history of Residential Schools and the Scoops (eg the "Sixties Scoop") that saw the Canadian government take Indigenous children from their families and adopt them out to strangers.

        The setting of Winnipeg enables a classic fish out of water experience as the kids try and figure out the experience of being in a big city. 

        Large advance copy mailing of printed galleys to relevant/key media, reviewers, librarians. 

        Digital galleys will be available on NetGalley and Edelweiss. With advertising to support their promotion.

        Ads and promotion with Indigenous media: print, radio, online.

        Ads and promotion with print media, radio, and trade and library publications, as well as coordinated social media.


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      How often have you read a middle grade mystery novel that had you in tears just a few pages after making you laugh? ... Missing Auntie is a good read, with an emotional punch, and I can hardly wait for the Mighty Muskrats to take their next case.
      Kirkus Reviews
      Review Issue Date: February 1, 2010
      Online Publish Date: January 12, 2020

      The Mighty Muskrats, four mystery-solving cousins from Windy Lake First Nation in Canada, find themselves in the big city searching for a relative who went missing decades ago.Tech-savvy Chickadee and her cousins—muscled Atim, bookworm Samuel, and guitar-strumming Otter—travel to the city for a week of fun at the Exhibition Fair. When Chickadee tells them about Great-Auntie Charlotte, Grandpa's little sister who was "scooped" to a residential school before being adopted out by the government, the group decides to make finding her their next mission. But the lure of the fair, an opportunity to see a favorite rock star in concert, and a chance encounter with an old friend from the rez split the team's priorities, taking them in different directions and threatening the case. Unless they regroup, they may never cut through the red tape and uncover what happened to Charlotte. Though the harsh realities of Canada's historical treatment of First Nations are central to the plot, the complexities of the subject matter are age-appropriate and easily digestible. Fans of Hutchinson's (Misipawistik Cree) first entry in his Mighty Muskrats Mystery Series, The Case of Windy Lake (2019), will eagerly join the crew once again while all the twists and turns one expects from a good mystery will quickly hook new readers.A compelling "urban bush" adventure that offers light and reconciliation to dark truths. (Mystery. 9-12)
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    Nibi is Water Joanne Robertson Canada
    9781772601329 Board book JUVENILE NONFICTION / Science & Nature Age (years) from 0 - 3, Grade (CAN) exact P, Grade (US) exact P, Reading age from 0 - 3 Publication Date:April 14, 2020
    $10.95 CAD 7 x 7 x 0.07 in | 1 gr | 28 pages Carton Quantity:44 Canadian Rights: Y Second Story Press
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      A first conversation about the importance of Nibi, which means water in Anishinaabemowin (Ojibwe), and our role to thank, respect, love, and protect it. Babies and toddlers can follow Nibi as it rains and snows, splashes or rows, drips and sips. Written from an Anishinaabe water protector’s perspective, the book is in dual language: English and Anishinaabemowin.
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      Joanne Robertson is AnishinaabeKwe and a member of Atikameksheng Anishnawbek. She continues to support the water walks through live GPS spotting to make sure the water is safe. Joanne is the author and illustrator of The Water Walker / Nibi Emosaawdang. She lives near Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario.
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        A board book for babies and toddlers that introduces the importance of water /water protection.

        A pronunciation guide will be included in the back of the book.

        Will appeal to environmentally aware parents, grandparents, and gift buyers.

        Indigenous dual language books are in high demand. This book is in Anishinaabemowin (Ojibwe) and English. It will have a pronunciation guide at the back for the words in Anishinaabemowin.

        These dual language books are important in all of our efforts to support the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Calls to Action, specifically the call to promote, support, and teach Indigenous languages. 

        Indigenous water protectors, like author Joanne Robertson, are highly respected environmentalists in Canada and across North America. 

        Joanne Robertson is the author and illustrator of the award-winning picture book The Water Walker. She will be traveling in Southern and Northern Ontario to promote all of her books in Fall 2019 and Spring 2019. Including the Telling Tales Festival in Hamilton Ontario, the Ontario Library Association Conference, and others.

        Large advance copy mailing of printed galleys to relevant/key media, reviewers, librarians. 

        Digital galleys will be available on NetGalley and Edelweiss. With advertising to support their promotion.

        Ads and promotion with Indigenous media: print, radio, online.

        Ads and promotion with print media, radio, and trade and library publications, as well as coordinated social media.
         




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      Like many board books, Nibi is Water = nibi aawon nbiish will assist youngsters in increasing their vocabulary, but this time, not in one but two languages. Perhaps more importantly, the board book provides an early introduction to the concept of caring for one of the world’s most important resources.
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    I Want to Be... A Gutsy Girls' ABC Farida Zaman Canada
    9781772601305 Board book JUVENILE NONFICTION / Concepts Age (years) from 0 - 3, Grade (CAN) exact P, Grade (US) exact P, Reading age from 0 - 3 Publication Date:April 14, 2020
    $10.95 CAD 7 x 7 x 0.08 in | 1 gr | 30 pages Carton Quantity:42 Canadian Rights: Y Second Story Press
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      Some jobs immediately sound fun—Candy Maker anyone?! And some jobs sound exciting—Oceanographer, Sportscaster, Aerialist! And some jobs—Kite Designer, Wind Farmer, Party Planner—sound so wonderful it’s hard to believe that they exist! Babies and toddlers will follow along with this ABC as it explores some of the amazing, and often unusual, jobs that people do. Each fun letter is complemented by an illustration of a girl filled with delight and wonder as she shows us how we can be, quite literally, anything we want to be.
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      Farida Zaman has a passion for art and design and in her 20 years as a freelance illustrator she has worked in Europe, North America, and the Middle East with clients across the world. Farida is married and lives in Toronto where she has her friends, family, and art studio.
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        A feminist board book for babies and toddlers that introduces them to fun and unusual jobs they can do when they grow up.

        In the tradition of the highly popular Baby Feminists, Little Feminist Board Books, and Dream Big, Little One.

        Large advance copy mailing of printed galleys to relevant/key media, reviewers, librarians. 

        Digital galleys will be available on NetGalley and Edelweiss. With advertising to support their promotion.

        Ads and promotion with print media, radio, and trade and library publications, as well as coordinated social media.

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    I Am Violet Tania Duprey Stehlik Canada, Vanja Vuleta Jovanovic Canada
    9781772601312 Board book JUVENILE FICTION / Family Age (years) from 0 - 3, Grade (CAN) exact P, Grade (US) exact P, Reading age from 0 - 3 Publication Date:April 14, 2020
    $10.95 CAD 7 x 7 x 0.06 in | 1 gr | 18 pages Carton Quantity:60 Canadian Rights: Y Second Story Press
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      A little girl looks around her and sees that people come in a rainbow of colors. Her mom is red, her dad is blue, and she is a wonderful mix of her mom and dad. The little girl announces: I am proud to be both. I am proud to be me! I am Violet!
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      Tania Duprey Stehlik is an elementary school teacher. She was born and raised in Montreal and now lives in Toronto with her family. She is of Indian and French Canadian descent and takes great pride in her mixed heritage, which inspired this book and her children’s picture book, Violet.

      Vanja Vuleta Jovanovic is a multimedia artist and a freelance graphic designer who has had her work displayed in several shows. She was born in the former Yugoslavia and now resides in Toronto. She is also the illustrator of the children’s picture book Violet.
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        A book to help families of mixed heritage celebrate themselves.

        A board book for babies and toddlers that talks about being of mixed heritage, using colors.

        Introduces the youngest reader to colour theory. Violet is purple, and to get purple you mix red and blue.

        Large advance copy mailing of printed galleys to relevant/key media, reviewers, librarians. 

        Digital galleys will be available on NetGalley and Edelweiss. With advertising to support their promotion.

        Ads and promotion with print media, radio, and trade and library publications, as well as coordinated social media.
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      “This brief board book, written by an author who is ‘of Indian and French-Canadian descent’, succinctly and effectively speaks to very young children of mixed race parentage who may recognize that, though they may share visible characteristics of both parents, they don’t fully resemble either. The book’s message is one of affirmation and of being proud of whom you are. Colour is effectively employed in the text and Jovanovic’s simple illustrations to reinforce the theme.”
      Midwest Book Review - Children's Bookwatch: February 2020

      People come in a rainbow of beautiful colors. A little girl looks around her and sees that some people are blue, some are green, some are red? The world is a rainbow and Violet herself is a wonderful mixture of her mom and dad. Her mom is red, her dad is blue, and the little girl proudly announces: I am proud to be violet? I am proud to be me? I am Violet! A book for all babies and toddlers to celebrate the skin they are in, "I Am Violet" is an especially and unreservedly recommended addition to family, daycare center, preschool, and community library board book collections for children ages 5-6.
      "I Am Violet" is an especially and unreservedly recommended addition to family, daycare center, preschool, and community library board book collections for children ages 5-6.
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    The Train Jodie Callaghan Canada, Georgia Lesley Canada
    9781772601299 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes Age (years) from 6 - 9, Grade (CAN) from 1 - 4, Grade (US) from 1 - 4, Reading age from 6 - 9 Publication Date:March 24, 2020
    $17.95 CAD 8.5 x 8.5 x 0.08 in | 1 gr | 32 pages Carton Quantity:42 Canadian Rights: Y Second Story Press
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      Ashley meets her great-uncle by the old train tracks near their community in Nova Scotia. Ashley sees his sadness, and Uncle tells her of the day years ago when he and the other children from their community were told to board the train before being taken to residential school where their lives were changed forever. They weren't allowed to speak Mi'gmaq and were punished if they did. There was no one to give them love and hugs and comfort. Uncle also tells Ashley how happy she and her sister make him. They are what give him hope. Ashley promises to wait with her uncle by the train tracks, in remembrance of what was lost.
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      Jodie Callaghan is a Mi'gmaq woman from the Listuguj First Nation in Gespegewa’gi near Quebec. She has always been drawn to story-telling and has found writing to be the best way to connect to her history and her culture. Jodie is currently working as an adult education teacher in her community. She lives with her husband, child, and her two pugs.

      Georgia Lesley is a Canadian-born professional artist and illustrator living in British Columbia's Cariboo region. She began illustrating in 2006 and strives to create a sense of depth, emotion, and visual storytelling to assist and enhance the written word.
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        The co-winner of Second Story Press’ Indigenous Writing Contest.

        An intergenerational story of healing from trauma. The little girl has agency and makes a decision to do what she can in the story, emphasizing the compassion and resilience of children.

        The legacy of the abuse of North America’s Indigenous peoples is something that affects all of us, and this book is another important resource to start that conversation with young people. 

        The author hopes this book will be empowering for children whose families and communities have lived through trauma, as they learn about the history and learn that they are strong enough to carry that knowledge and be the change we need.

        Jodie Callaghan's story for this book won the Mi'gmaq Writers' Award, a contest organized by the Mi'gmawei Mawiomi Secretariat to encourage and develop Mi'gmaq storytellers.

        Promotion for Indigenous Peoples Day (June)

        Large advance copy mailing of printed galleys to relevant/key media, reviewers, librarians. 

        Digital galleys will be available on NetGalley and Edelweiss. With advertising to support their promotion.

        Ads and promotion with Indigenous media: print, radio, online.

        Ads and promotion with print media, radio, and trade and library publications, as well as coordinated social media.

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      “Through Uncle's story, Callaghan (Mi'gmaq) presents a harsh topic in a gentle way. Lesley's soft color palette and expressive characters blend beautifully with the story without lifting its heaviness. Keeps a critical memory alive. ”
      Mi’gmaq author Jodie Callaghan has created a sensitive and flowing text that, in the course of describing a short afternoon’s encounter between a child and an elder, embodies a generation’s suffering. A touching line near the end of the story states, “I am waiting for what we lost that day to come back to us.” But the hopeful note of Uncle’s pride in his young relatives leaves us waiting for better things too.
      Mi'gmaq storyteller Callaghan recounts this sad episode from Indigenous history using simple, understated text that conveys the lingering pain of this injustice.
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    9781772601190 Paperback JUVENILE FICTION / Family Age (years) from 9 - 12, Grade (CAN) from 4 - 7, Grade (US) from 4 - 7, Reading age from 9 - 12 Publication Date:March 17, 2020
    $10.95 CAD 5.25 x 7.5 x 0.44 in | 1 gr | 176 pages Carton Quantity:72 Canadian Rights: Y Second Story Press
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      On a freezing cold winter night, nine-year-old Konisola and her mother step off a plane in Canada. Their home in Nigeria is no longer safe for them, and they are taking the biggest chance of their lives to travel across the world in search of refuge. Soon after they land, disaster strikes, Konisola’s mother falls ill and they become separated. Konisola is forced to fend for herself in a strange country, with no family and no friends. Then she meets a remarkable nurse and things begin to change for the better. But Konisola's future remains uncertain. Will this new life she has found be taken from her? Inspired by a true story.
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      Alisa Siegel makes radio documentaries for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Her work has been recognized with many international awards. Over the past 20 years, Alisa has produced stories on subjects as varied as the underground railroad for refugees in Fort Erie, daring women artists in 1920s Montreal, the return of the trumpeter swan, Canadian nurses in World War I, and violence in elementary school classrooms. She lives in Toronto with her family.
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        Inspiring story of how a community came together to care for a refugee child who was alone in North America, far from her home in Nigeria.

        Helping to reflect stories of both immigrant and refugee experience for children: the difficulty of adjustment, finding supports, missing home.

        Based on a true story.

        CBC Radio will re-run author Alisa Seigel's radio documentary about Konisola, which inspired the book.

        Link to the radio documentary: 
        https://www.cbc.ca/radio/thesundayedition/a-place-for-konnisola-documentary-1.2101585

        Large advance copy mailing of printed galleys to relevant/key media, reviewers, librarians. 

        Digital galleys will be available on NetGalley and Edelweiss. With advertising to support their promotion.

        Ads and promotion with print media, radio, and trade and library publications, as well as coordinated social media.

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      "Based on a true story, My Name is Konisola is a beautiful and emotional example of what it should look like for those who come to Canada seeking a safe place to live their lives. Spoiler alert: have tissues handy!"
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    Since Joel Love and Loss on the Spectrum Julie L. Schwartz Canada
    9781772601237 Paperback BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Personal Memoirs Publication Date:March 24, 2020
    $18.95 CAD 5.5 x 8.5 x 0.5 in | 1 gr | 160 pages Carton Quantity:72 Canadian Rights: Y Second Story Press
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      Since Joel tackles what happens when the unimaginable loss of a child becomes reality. Julie Schwartz introduces readers to her son Joel David Schwartz, who lived with Autism Spectrum Disorder and died by accidental overdose at age 25. Joel’s unique cognition created situations where he baffled yet informed; infuriated yet endeared; lost and yet won. His mother describes how Joel was a “charming nerd”, inviting us to get to know him in all his complicated detail. She ultimately asks that we maintain Joel’s memory by finding small ways to be kind, and celebrating our differences instead of finding fault with them.
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      Julie Schwartz was born in Philadelphia. There she met a Canadian, and forty years ago moved to Toronto and learned to spell her married name with a "zed". Julie earned a Masters and Bachelor of Arts from the University of Pennsylvania. Retired from her career in consumer research, Julie actively pursues outdoor adventures, continuing education, and volunteer opportunities.
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        For fans of Ian Brown's The Boy in the Moon.

        The book will resonate with readers who have connections or lived experience with developmental and other disabilities, Autism Spectrum disorder, trauma, mental illness, or loss. 

        Mothers and fathers will see themselves and their children in the book, and siblings may recognize each other.

        STATS: 1 million Canadians are living with a developmental disability. 80% receive assistance from their families

        AUTISM SPEAKS and the CMAJ reveal: 1 in 45 children have an ASD
        300,000 Canadians are on the ASD spectrum

        Large advance copy mailing of printed galleys to relevant/key media, reviewers, librarians. 

        Digital galleys will be available on NetGalley and Edelweiss. With advertising to support their promotion.

        Ads and promotion with print media, radio, and trade and library publications, as well as coordinated social media. 

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    The Abortion Caravan When Women Shut Down Government in the Battle for the Right to Choose Karin Wells Canada
    9781772601251 Paperback HISTORY / Canada Publication Date:April 21, 2020
    $24.95 CAD 6 x 9 x 0.98 in | 480 gr | 392 pages Carton Quantity:24 Canadian Rights: Y Second Story Press
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      In the spring of 1970, seventeen women set out from Vancouver in a big yellow convertible, a Volkswagen bus, and a pickup truck. They called it the Abortion Caravan. Three thousand miles later, they “occupied” the prime minister’s front lawn in Ottawa, led a rally of 500 women on Parliament Hill, chained themselves to their chairs in the visitors’ galleries, and shut down the House of Commons, the first and only time this had ever happened. The seventeen were a motley crew. They argued, they were loud, and they wouldn't take no for an answer. They pulled off a national campaign in an era when there was no social media, and with a budget that didn't stretch to long-distance phone calls. It changed their lives. And at a time when thousands of women in Canada were dying from back street abortions, it pulled women together across the country.
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      Karin Wells is best known as a CBC radio documentary maker and is a three time recipient of the Canadian Association of Journalists documentary award. Her work has been heard on radio networks around the world and has been recognized by the United Nations. She is also a lawyer and in 2011 was inducted into the University of Ottawa’s Common Law Honour Society. She lives in Southern Ontario.
      Marketing & Promotion
        May 2020 is the 50th anniversary of the Abortion Caravan.
         
        The abortion debate is still active. Events in US politics have brought it to the fore-front again.

        CBC will be re-airing author Karin Wells' radio documentary, The Abortion Caravan, which preceded this book.

        Events in the main Canadian cities involved: Vancouver, Toronto, Ottawa.

        Large advance copy mailing of printed galleys to relevant/key media, reviewers, librarians. 

        Digital galleys will be available on NetGalley and Edelweiss. With advertising to support their promotion.

        Ads and promotion with print media, radio, and trade and library publications, as well as coordinated social media. 

        Link to radio documentary about The Abortion Caravan:  https://www.cbc.ca/radio/thesundayedition/the-sunday-edition-june-3-2018-1.4685998/50-years-ago-the-women-of-canada-s-abortion-caravan-stormed-parliament-for-reproductive-rights-1.4687293

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    Our 100 Years The Canadian Federation of University Women Dianne Dodd Canada
    9781772601275 Paperback HISTORY / Canada Publication Date:April 21, 2020
    $24.95 CAD 6 x 9 x 1.06 in | 480 gr | 424 pages Carton Quantity:36 Canadian Rights: Y Second Story Press
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      This engaging study of a still active women's organization is more than a centennial history to make its members proud. It also provides a lively exploration of a unique organization founded by early women leaders in higher education who offered friendship, community engagement, and lifelong learning. With a leadership of exceptional women, the organization played a largely overlooked role in the women's movement by supporting education and the arts, encouraging young women to pursue higher education and scholarships, and through its advocacy initiatives helped to build the Canadian nation.
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      Dianne Dodd studied at Carleton University and the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, specializing in social and women's history. She spent over twenty years at Parks Canada's Historic Sites Directorate, working to improve the representation of women in designations of events, persons, and places of national historic significance. Dianne was recently the Chair of the Ontario Women's History Network and lives in a suburb of Ottawa.
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        A perfect book for every university bookstore and library, bookstores in university towns and cities.  

        Events in with the Federation of University Women chapters across Canada.

        Large advance copy mailing of printed galleys to relevant/key media, reviewers, librarians. 

        Digital galleys will be available on NetGalley and Edelweiss. With advertising to support their promotion.

        Ads and promotion with print media, radio, and trade and library publications, as well as coordinated social media. 


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    Witness Passing the Torch of Holocaust Memory to New Generations 2nd edition Eli Rubenstein Canada, The March of the Living
    9781772601497 Hardcover HISTORY / Holocaust Publication Date:June 12, 2020
    $32.95 CAD 11 x 8.5 x 0.5 in | 814 gr | 152 pages Carton Quantity:20 Canadian Rights: Y Second Story Press
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      This updated edition of Witness, which includes a new Afterword with an address by Steven Spielberg, commemorates the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II and the liberation of Europe from the Nazis. For over 25 years, the March of the Living has organized visits for adults and students from all over the world to Poland, where millions of Jews were enslaved and murdered by Nazi Germany. The organization's goal is not only to remember and bear witness to the terrible events of the past, but also to look forward. Witness is a compilation of firsthand accounts from the survivors who have participated in March of the Living programs, together with responses from the people, young students in particular, of many faiths and cultures worldwide who have traveled with the group over the years. In the new edition each photograph of a survivor, rescuer, or WWII liberator is embedded with an invisible barcode that, via mobile phone, connects the reader to the video testimony of the individual pictured. 75 videos housed on the USC Shoah Foundation or March of the Living websites can be accessed this way. The new edition has also been enriched with compelling new liberation stories and additional content honoring those who rescued Jews during WWII. Along with the new Afterword, the book includes a Preface featuring Pope Francis and Pope John Paul II, and words from Barack Obama that remind us how important “witnesses” are to a true understanding of history and how we behave to one another today and in the future.
      Bio

      Eli Rubenstein is the National Director of The March of the Living Canada. He is a religious leader at a Toronto synagogue founded by Holocaust survivors which sponsors Passover seders for the homeless, Holocaust education programs, and award-winning documentaries.



      The March of the Living is an annual educational program that takes students from all over the world to Poland, in order to study the Holocaust.

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      Holocaust memories book reissued for 75th anniversary of VE Day. The book now includes invisible barcodes embedded in every photo of a survivor, rescuer or liberator that can take the reader online to video of their testimony

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