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    Series: Be More
    Star Wars Be More Lando How to Get What You Want (and Look Good Doing It) Christian Blauvelt
    9781465478986 Hardcover HUMOR / Topic On Sale Date:October 01, 2019
    $12.99 CAD 5.38 x 7.31 x 0.43 in | 0.44 lb | 64 pages Carton Quantity:60 Canadian Rights: Y DK
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      A humorous take on how to get what you want (and how to look good doing it) with the help of Lando Calrissian

      Packed with witty career advice for budding entrepreneurs, this Star Wars self-help book is full of brilliant business advice and funny quotes from Lando Calrissian and other Star Wars characters.

      As the galaxy's resident wheeler-dealer, Lando has lots of useful advice for the business novice. If you're setting up a start-up and want to know how to win over investors, when to back away from a deal, or how to gamble away the fastest starship in the galaxy, this is the book for you! With additional tips from other galactic scoundrels, including Han Solo, Jabba the Hutt, Watto, Qi'ra and even some sound business advice from Yoda, Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi, you'll be well and truly equipped to grow your amazing new venture and win at life!

      The perfect gift for colleagues and friends alike, Star Wars: Be More Lando is a tongue-in-cheek guide to winning over heroes and influencing droids. It features favourite moments from the ? Star Wars movies alongside hilarious advice and fitting Star Wars quotes.

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      Christian Blauvelt is the managing editor at Indiewire. He has written extensively about Star Wars for Entertainment Weekly magazine and has discussed the saga on BBC World News TV and on CBS New York, where he is a frequent pop culture commentator and film awards season expert. He is based in New York City. For DK, he has also written Star Wars Made Easy, Star Wars: Be More Vader, and Star Wars: Be More Yoda.
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    Star Wars Be More Leia Find Your Rebel Voice And Fight The System Christian Blauvelt
    9781465478979 Hardcover HUMOR / General On Sale Date:October 01, 2019
    $12.99 CAD 5.38 x 7.31 x 0.43 in | 0.44 lb | 64 pages Carton Quantity:60 Canadian Rights: Y DK
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      A humorous take on how to be yourself and fight the system with the help of Princess Leia

      This novelty Star Wars book is full of wise words and sage advice from the galaxy's leading rebel, Princess Leia, and many other brave, confident and radical characters. Full of Star Wars quotes, witty advice and stills from the iconic films, this book will help with everything from starting a revolution to succeeding at life in a galaxy of mindless stormtroopers.

      General. Senator. Princess. Rebel. Feminist icon. Leia Organa is a legendary Star Wars symbol of what it means to stand up for yourself and fight for what you believe in - no matter the personal cost. As the figurehead of the Rebellion and Resistance, and a prime example of an individual succeeding in a tyrannical workplace, Leia's name is synonymous with courage, grit and conviction. Whether she is refusing to comply with Darth Vader's demands, evading the wrathful clutches of the Empire or rescuing her friends from the Death Star, Leia is not afraid to challenge those in positions of authority and power. Filled with inspiring advice from Leia and other heroes - Rey, Padmé, Yoda, Obi-Wan, Jyn and many more - this book provides thoughtful and funny reflections on independence, staying true to yourself and challenging the status quo.

      The perfect gift for a Star Wars fan, Star Wars: Be More Leia is a humorous guide to rebellion, leadership and activism, featuring iconic moments from the Star Wars movies alongside key advice for life.

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      Christian Blauvelt is the managing editor at Indiewire. He has written extensively about Star Wars for Entertainment Weekly magazine and has discussed the saga on BBC World News TV and on CBS New York, where he is a frequent pop culture commentator and film awards season expert. He is based in New York City. For DK, he has also written Star Wars Made Easy, Star Wars: Be More Vader, and Star Wars: Be More Yoda.
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    9781465479044 Paperback JUVENILE FICTION / Activity Books Age (years) from 5 - 7, Grade (US) from K - 2 On Sale Date:October 04, 2019
    $16.99 CAD 8.5 x 11.06 x 0.29 in | 0.83 lb | 72 pages Carton Quantity:38 Canadian Rights: Y DK Children
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      This fun-filled Star Wars sticker book contains more than 500 colorful stickers, and is packed full of fun facts from the new Star Wars movie, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. Kids will love joining Rey, Poe, Finn, and the Resistance for many thrilling adventures. Meet many new Star Wars characters, complete fun sticker jigsaws, and create amazing sticker scenes of your own. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker: Amazing Sticker Adventures is illustrated with action-packed images from the movie, accompanied by fun, easy-to-read reference text. Join the heroes and villains as they plan missions, explore new planets, perform daring escapes, and battle the evil First Order.

      © AND TM 2019 LUCASFILM LTD.
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      DK was founded in London in 1974 and is now the world leading illustrated reference publisher and a member of the Penguin Random House division of Bertelsmann. DK publishes highly visual, photographic non-fiction for adults and children. DK produces content for consumers in over 100 countries and over 60 languages, with offices in the UK, India, US, Germany, China, Canada, Spain and Australia.

      DK’s aim is to inspire, educate and entertain readers of all ages, and everything DK publishes, whether print or digital, embodies the unique DK design approach. DK brings unrivaled clarity to a wide range of topics, with a unique combination of words and pictures, put together to spectacular effect. We have a reputation for innovation in design for both print and digital products.

      Our adult range spans travel, including the award-winning DK Eyewitness Travel Guides, history, science, nature, sport, gardening, cookery and parenting. 

      DK’s extensive children’s list showcases a fantastic store of information for children, toddlers and babies. DK covers everything from animals and the human body, to homework help and craft activities, together with an impressive list of licensing titles, including the best-selling LEGO® books.

      DK acts as the parent company for Alpha Books, publisher of the Idiot’s Guides series.

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        Marketing: Strategic asset releases (cover reveal)

        Social media campaign across all platforms

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        Publicity: National consumer press outreach

        Holiday roundups

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    Where To Go When Unforgettable Trips for Every Month DK Eyewitness
    9781465494092 Hardcover TRAVEL / Reference On Sale Date:October 15, 2019
    $39.00 CAD 8.69 x 10.37 x 1.05 in | 2.43 lb | 256 pages Carton Quantity:12 Canadian Rights: Y DK Eyewitness Travel
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      Get your passport ready and your vacation planner out! This book contains over 100 destinations to choose from, brought to life through stunning photography.

      Maybe you want to know the finest place to go to in June, or you want to know the best time of year to witness a natural wonder, enjoy a festival or go on an action-adventure. This book will help you plan the ultimate experience.


      Each month of the year has a dedicated chapter, so you'll know the perfect travel destination for that time of year. Perhaps you're looking for a place to have a June honeymoon, a September wedding anniversary getaway or a March birthday adventure - there are over 100 destinations listed to spark your vacation dreams.

      Discover when to explore Costa Rica's rainforests, journey into the clouds in Nepal, sail between Croatia's cypress-clad islands or gaze at the saw-toothed crags of Canada's Rocky Mountains. Learn about just the right moment to see the cherry blossoms bloom in Japan, or the reindeer in Lapland. Maybe you want to know when you can visit the Hawaiian island of Kauai or the ruins of ancient Lycia all to yourself?

      Vibrant photographs bring these destinations a little bit closer to home, so you can imagine yourself there. There's a stimulating narrative describing the glorious locations and activities. This coffee table book has tips to help you plan your vacation with helpful information like the closest international airports, how to get around and the average temperature for the month. Just in case you can't make it that month, the book includes another month that is equally pleasant and worthwhile.

      Unforgettable trips for every month

      This book has everything you need to choose an exciting place to spend your vacation and the best possible time of year to go. You can find the perfect place to visit no matter when you want to travel, so you can create and collect special memories. This book makes a wonderful wedding gift, with many honeymoon ideas.

      Let us be your travel guide!

    • Holiday destinations, month by month.
    • Glorious photos to inspire you.
    • Helpful narrative to help you imagine being there yourself.
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    Bootstraps Need Boots One Tory’s Lonely Fight to End Poverty in Canada Hugh Segal Canada
    9780774890458 Hardcover POLITICAL SCIENCE / World Publication Date:November 01, 2019
    $32.95 CAD 6 x 9 x 0.75 in | 460 gr | 216 pages Carton Quantity:24 Canadian Rights: Y On Point Press
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      For more than four decades, Hugh Segal has been one of the leading voices of progressive conservatism in Canada. A self-described Red Tory warrior who disdains “bootstrap” approaches to poverty, he has always promoted policies, especially a basic annual income, to help the most economically vulnerable. Why would a life-long Tory support something so radical? In this revealing memoir, Segal shares how his life and experiences brought him to this most unlikely of places, beginning with his childhood in a poor immigrant family in Montreal to his time as a chief of staff for Prime Minister Mulroney and to his more recent work as an advisor on a basic income pilot project for the Ontario Liberal government. This book is a passionate argument not only for why a basic annual income makes economic sense, but for why it is the right thing to do.

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      Hugh Segal, OC, O Ont, is a remarkable Canadian whose multiple vocations have spanned politics, academia, business, and communications for more than four decades. He has served in myriad capacities in provincial, federal, and international politics, including formal roles as chief of staff to Prime Minister Brian Mulroney and principal secretary to Premier Bill Davis. Internationally, he was a member of the nine-person Commonwealth Eminent Persons Group that proposed reforms around democracy, rule of law, human rights, gender equity, judicial independence, and modernization to the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in 2011.

      Hugh Segal has taught at Queen’s University’s School of Policy Studies for twenty years and has lectured at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law. He is a distinguished fellow at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Policy Studies, a life-time fellow of the Institute for Research on Public Policy in Montreal,a fellow of the Canadian Global Affairs Institute in Calgary, and a former principal of Massey College.

      He is also an outspoken political commentator and the author of seven books on public policy and the nature of conservatism in Canada – the most recent being Two Freedoms: Canada’s Global Agenda. In 2016 the Ontario government commissioned him to devise a blueprint for a guaranteed annual income pilot project in Ontario. Although shelved by a change in government in the province, it serves as an important model to put poverty reduction into practice.

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      Boot Straps Need Boots is a great Canadian memoir of a poignant Canadian experience recognizable to millions. And it is more than that. Segal recalls as a 12-year old the day Prime Minister Diefenbaker spoke to his school assembly. Diefenbaker had a way of mesmerizing schoolchildren. “The family table we call Canada is the finest table in the world,” said the Prime Minister. “There is space and food for all.” Here Segal comes to the point of Boot Straps, a plain argument for a national guaranteed income program.


      Segal’s book reflects the author’s deep understanding of his country. He has travelled widely, especially during his Senate years, talking to hundreds of people who share with him a lived experience of poverty. He lucidly explains the hardwired link between poverty and spiralling health-care costs. Cutting the first will mean dramatic reductions in the latter.
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    The Cure for Hate A Former White Supremacist's Journey from Violent Extremism to Radical Compassion Tony McAleer Canada
    9781551527697 Paperback SOCIAL SCIENCE / Discrimination Publication Date:October 01, 2019
    $22.95 CAD 6 x 9 x 0.5 in | 405 gr | 320 pages Carton Quantity:30 Canadian Rights: Y Arsenal Pulp Press
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      How does an affluent, middle-class, private-school-attending son of a doctor end up at the Aryan Nations compound in Idaho, falling in with and then recruiting for some of the most notorious neo-Nazi groups in Canada and the United States?

      The Cure for Hate paints a very human picture of a young man who craved attention, acceptance, and approval and the dark place he would go to get it. Tony McAleer found an outlet for his teenage rage in the street violence of the skinhead scene. He then grew deeply involved in the White Aryan Resistance (WAR), rising through the ranks to become a leader, and embraced technology and the budding internet to bring white nationalist propaganda into the digital age. After fifteen years in the movement, it was the outpouring of love he felt at the birth of his children that inspired him to start questioning his hateful beliefs. Thus began the spiritual journey of personal transformation that enabled him to disengage from the highest levels of the white power movement.

      This incisive book breaks commonly held stereotypes and delivers valuable insights into how regular people are drawn to violent extremism, how the ideology takes hold, and the best ways to help someone leave hate behind. In his candid and introspective memoir, Tony shares his perspective gleaned from over a thousand hours of therapy, group work, and facilitating change in others that reveals the deeper psychological causes behind racism. At a period in history when instances of racial violence are on the upswing, The Cure for Hate demonstrates that in a society frighteningly divided by hate and in need of healing, perhaps atonement, forgiveness, and most importantly, radical compassion is the cure.

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      Tony McAleer is an international speaker, change maker, and father of two. As co-founder of the nonprofit organization Life After Hate, he has made it his mission to help people leave hate groups. The Cure for Hate is his first book. He lives in Vancouver.

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      Tony McAleer is a very brave man. In this book, he shares his journey of healing from hate, and offers the rest of us a radical vision of compassion for both self and others. -Michael Kimmel, author of Healing from Hate: How Young Men Get into - and Out of - Violent Extremism
      What makes this book so important in the efforts to combat hatred is the insightful personal reflections and the deep soul searching that Tony has done to understand the corrosive nature of this particular form of hatred. These powerful lessons and his tireless work to guide current white supremacists into a life after hate is what makes this book a beacon of light against humanity's darkest impulses. -Rabbi Dan Moskovitz, Temple Sholom, Vancouver
      The Cure for Hate is a profound examination of how an affluent and privileged young person can become a leader in a movement completely contrary to his upbringing. More importantly, Tony McAleer's story provides the pathway back from hatred and a road map for saving those who are still mired in the white supremacist movement. Given that more and more young white men find themselves pulled into the world of hate, this book is a must-read for those of us concerned with tackling rising white supremacy in the Western world. -Heidi Beirich, director, Intelligence Project, Southern Poverty Law Center
      In an age when it's become easier than ever to fear, loathe, and dismiss the 'other,' Tony's story is a much-needed ray of hope. Tony graciously, honestly teaches us that although hatred buries empathy, it does not kill it - and that even people who seem totally lost are human beings underneath, capable of redemption and compassion. -Jamil Zaki, author of The War for Kindness: Building Empathy in a Fractured World
      This powerful and persuasive memoir should be required reading for anyone wanting to break from a violent extremist ideology, for anyone anxious that a loved one is being conditioned by such belief systems, and for all of us who simply want to understand why hurt people hurt people. This is pure restorative narrative - a true story of transforming hate and bigotry into one of hope and meaning. -Marina Cantacuzino, founder, the Forgiveness Project
      Tony's transformational journey traces an inspiring arc. With personal narrative and gut-punching stories, Tony shares how deradicalization is possible in this fight against domestic terrorism. -Jonathan Greenblatt, CEO and national director, Anti-Defamation League
      Tony McAleer guides us through his upbringing and his lived-through experiences; the role of shame, punishment, and violence; and how a ravaged and wounded soul got to heal and become whole again, even leading the way for others to leave violence and hate behind. A well-written and highly needed read. -Robert Orell, director of Exit USA
      This book is a must-read for anyone trying to understand how people enter and exit hate and extremist movements. It is inspiring to know that there is hope, while daunting to realize the magnitude of the strength, commitment, and support needed to leave white supremacy without relapsing. -Humera Khan, president of Muflehun and member of the US Muslim-Jewish Advisory Council
      In the post-Charlottesville world, McAleer's story and call to action is the right book for these difficult times. -New York Journal of Books
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    I Promise Catherine Hernandez Canada, Syrus Marcus Ware Canada
    9781551527796 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Family Age (years) from 3 - 8 Publication Date:October 01, 2019
    $18.95 CAD 8 x 10 x 0.3 in | 342 gr | 32 pages Carton Quantity:24 Canadian Rights: Y Arsenal Pulp Press
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      Catherine Hernandez's literary career exploded with the 2017 publication of her award-winning novel Scarborough. Her latest, I Promise, marks her delightful return to children's literature, having published her first children's book, M Is for Mustache: A Pride ABC Book, in 2015.

      Featuring tender-hearted illustrations by renowned artist Syrus Marcus Ware, I Promise captures with love and honesty the intimate moments of parenting in all their messy glory - from dealing with a kid who doesn't want to brush their teeth to looking under the bed for monsters to cuddling after a long day. This charming picture book showcases the many shapes, sizes, and colours that families come in, emphasizing that every queer family starts with the sacred promise to love a child.

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      Catherine Hernandez is the author of the novel Scarborough, which won the 2015 Jim Wong-Chu Award; was shortlisted for the Trillium Book Award, Toronto Book Award, the Evergreen Forest of Reading Award, and Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction; and was longlisted for Canada Reads 2018. It made the "Best of 2017" list from The Globe and Mail, National Post, Quill and Quire, and CBC Books. Her plays The Femme Playlist / I Cannot Lie to the Stars That Made Me, Singkil, and Kilt Pins were published by Playwrights Canada Press, and her children's book M is for Mustache: A Pride ABC Book was published by Flamingo Rampant. She is the Artistic Director of b current. Catherine lives in Scarborough, Ontario.



      Syrus Marcus Ware is a Vanier Scholar, visual artist, activist, curator, and educator. Syrus's work explores social justice frameworks and black activist culture. Syrus is a core-team member of both Black Lives Matter Toronto and Blackness Yes!/Blockorama. Syrus has won several awards, including the TD Diversity Award in 2017. Syrus is a PhD candidate at York University in the Faculty of Environmental Studies.

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      Hernandez's narrative is less an explanation of what queer families are than it is a quiet celebration of their presence. A normalizing view of often stigmatized families, tenderly told. -Kirkus
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    Rebent Sinner Ivan Coyote Canada
    9781551527734 Paperback SOCIAL SCIENCE / LGBTQ+ Studies Publication Date:September 25, 2019
    $19.95 CAD 6 x 8 x 0.4 in | 310 gr | 240 pages Carton Quantity:34 Canadian Rights: Y Arsenal Pulp Press
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      Ivan Coyote is one of North America's preeminent storytellers and performers, and the author, co-author, or co-editor of eleven previous books, all but one of which have been published by Arsenal Pulp Press. Their most recent book, Tomboy Survival Guide, was shortlisted for the Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Nonfiction, named an American Library Association Stonewall Honor Book, and longlisted for Canada Reads.

      In their latest, Ivan takes on the patriarchy and the political, as well as the intimate and the personal in these beguiling and revealing stories of what it means to be trans and non-binary today, at a time in their life when they must carry the burden of heartbreaking history with them, while combatting those who would misgender them or deny their very existence. These stories span thirty years of tackling TERFs, legislators, and bathroom police, sure, but there is joy and pleasure and triumph to be found here too, as Ivan pays homage to personal heroes like Leslie Feinberg while gently guiding younger trans folk to prove to themselves that there is a way out of the darkness.

      Rebent Sinner is the work of an accomplished artist whose plain truths about their experience will astound readers with their utter, breathtaking humanity.


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      Ivan Coyote is the award-winning author, co-author or co-editor of eleven books, including Tomboy Survival Guide, shortlisted for the Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Nonfiction Prize and an American Library Association Stonewall Honor Book. They are also the creator of four short films as well as three CDs that combine storytelling with music. Ivan is a seasoned stage performer and an audience favourite at storytelling, literary, film, and folk music festivals. Their latest book is Rebent Sinner. Ivan lives in Vancouver.
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      Awards
      BC Book Prize (Jim Deva Prize for Writing that Provokes) 2020, Winner
      BC Book Prize (Hubert Evans Non-Fiction Prize) 2020, Short-listed
      Forest of Reading Evergreen Award 2021, Short-listed
      Governor General's Literary Award 2021, Short-listed
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      Coyote describes the burdens of representation that saddle LGBTQ writers and performers, and ponders the legacy of their own generation of trans artists. Audiences interested in the conversation on trans identities will welcome Coyote's direct style and compassionate voice. -Publishers Weekly
      If you've never read Coyote's work, this is a fine place to start; it's a delightful and passionate example of the candor, humor, resilience and compassion that has made Coyote a beloved hero for whom we are (mostly) undeserving. -Ms. Magazine
      There's humour in this book, alongside pathos and bathos and Joan Armatrading and everything else you'd want from a collection of true stories ... Rebent Sinner is a book you need to read. -Toronto Star
      Coyote ought to be recognized as one of Canada’s great humorists … A lot of grit and a lot of heart. -The Globe and Mail
      Coyote brilliantly nestles kindred moments together and makes the ordinary magical ... Their writing has a generous quality to it in the way it appeals to everyone's humanity while still firmly advocating for equity, compassion, understanding, and safety for LGBTQ2S+ people, especially trans and/or gender non-conforming youth. -Quill and Quire (STARRED REVIEW)

      Rebent Sinner leaves me feeling like I can face the world. The power of storytelling indeed. -Casey the Canadian Lesbrarian


      The prose in Rebent Sinner is as alive on the page as when Coyote performs stories on stage. -Herizons

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    The Way Home David A. Neel Canada
    9780774890410 Paperback SOCIAL SCIENCE / Indigenous Studies Publication Date:October 01, 2019
    $32.95 CAD 8 x 10 x 0.6 in | 810 gr | 200 pages Carton Quantity:20 Canadian Rights: Y On Point Press
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      David Neel was an infant when his father, a traditional Kwakiutl artist, returned to the ancestors, triggering a series of events that would separate David from his homeland and its rich cultural traditions for twenty-five years. When the aspiring photographer saw a mask carved by an ancestor in a Texas museum, the encounter inspired him to return home and follow in his father’s footsteps. Drawing on memory, legend, and his own art, Neel recounts his struggle to reconnect with his culture and become an accomplished Kwakwa̱ka̱’wakw artist. His memoir is a testament to the strength of the human spirit to overcome great obstacles and to the power and endurance of Indigenous culture and art.

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      David A. Neel, carver, jeweller, painter, printmaker, writer, and photographer, comes from a family of traditional Kwakwa̱ka̱’wakw artists, including Dave Neel Sr., Ellen Neel, Mungo Martin, and Charlie James. In addition to apprenticing with carvers in Alert Bay, he received training in writing and photography from the University of Kansas and Mount Royal College in Alberta. He is the author of Our Chiefs and Elders: Words and Photographs of Native Leaders (1992) and The Great Canoes: Reviving a Northwest Coast Tradition (1995). He is dedicated to the promotion and preservation of Kwakwa̱ka̱’wakw traditional art and culture.

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      Awards
      Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction, The Writers' Trust of Canada 2020, Short-listed
      Reviews
      The Way Home is filled with portrait photography that conveys stories that cannot be told by words alone. In this image-filled memoir we are also invited into Neel’s creative journey through his descriptions and photos of his own carved masks and his precious metal jewelry.

      "A spellbinding memoir with universal reach … beautifully told and illustrated … Neel's memoir is written with the same calm mastery he brings to all his art. This is a wise, eloquent, and deeply moving book." — 2020 Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction jury (Helen Knott, Sandra Martin, and Ronald Wright)

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    Angry Queer Somali Boy A Complicated Memoir Mohamed Abdulkarim Ali
    9780889776593 Hardcover BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Personal Memoirs Publication Date:October 05, 2019
    $21.95 CAD 107.95 x 165.1 mm | 240 gr | 144 pages Carton Quantity:40 Canadian Rights: Y University of Regina Press
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      “A tour de force.” —Omayra Issa, Radio-Canada

      Kidnapped by his father on the eve of Somalia’s societal implosion, Mohamed Ali was taken first to the Netherlands by his stepmother, and then later on to Canada. Unmoored from his birth family and caught between twin alienating forces of Somali tradition and Western culture, Mohamed must forge his own queer coming of age.

      What follows in this fierce and unrelenting account is a story of one young man’s nascent sexuality fused with the violence wrought by displacement.

      “Heartbreaking.” —Quill & Quire

      “A stunning memoir that will resonate with every queer person who has been through the fire.” —Diriye Osman, author of Fairytales for Lost Children

      “Both tragic and healing, Angry Queer Somali Boy offers resplendent writing that intimately grapples with placelessness, identity, and belonging, in all its forms.” —Huda Hassan, writer and researcher

      "A masterpiece of memoir, but also a cultural critique of the first order.” —Popmatters

      The Advocate “Best of 2019”

      CBC Books “Best of 2019”

      Popmatters “Best of 2019

      Bio
      Mohamed Abdulkarim Ali was born in Mogadishu, Somalia, and lived in the United Arab Emirates and the Netherlands before immigrating to Canada as a teenager. He currently lives in Toronto. This is his first book.
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        MEDIA: active media campaign intended to obtain print, radio, online, and television coverage in national, regional, and local markets, concentrating specifically on ON as well as cities with large immigrant populations. Will also target gay/LBTQ2S+ and immigrant publications, alternative and/or independent media (Rabble.ca, Briarpatch). 

        (U of R Press has a stellar established track record in obtaining media, with regular coverage in major outlets such as The Globe and Mail, The Toronto Star, CBC's The Current and The Next Chapter, CBC Books, as well as regional print, TV, and radio outlets, and international outlets such as The Guardian and the New York Times.)

        ADVERTISING: $5,000 budget, devoted to print ads in Mother Jones, Literary Review of Canada, and online ads on rabble.ca. 

        OTHER: 
        - online: advertising on publisher website
        - social media: giveaway, promotions through 49th Shelf 
        - events: Toronto area festival appearances and Toronto launch  

        COMPARATIVE TITLES: 
        I'm Afraid of Men - Vivek Shraya
        Intolerable: A Memoir of Extremes - Kamal Al-Solaylee

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