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    My Family, Your Family! Kathryn Cole Canada, Cornelia Li Canada
    9781772601336 Board book JUVENILE FICTION / Family Age (years) from 0 - 3, Grade (CAN) from P - K, Grade (US) from P - K, Reading age from 5 - 6 Publication Date:September 08, 2020
    $10.95 CAD 7 x 7 x 0.06 in | 220 gr | 16 pages Carton Quantity:60 Canadian Rights: Y Second Story Press
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      Description
      This book includes a diverse array of characters and celebrates gay parents, single parents, blended families, and other family groups rarely seen in board books.
      Bio
      Kathryn Cole has spent a forty-five-year career in children’s books as an illustrator, art director, editor, designer, and publisher at Scholastic, OUP, Stoddart Kids and Tundra Books. The books she has overseen have won multiple awards, including four Governor General’s Awards. Kathryn volunteered as a support to parents for thirteen years with Boost in their crisis support and court preparation groups. She is co-managing editor at Second Story Press and lives in Toronto.

      Cornelia Li is an award-winning illustrator and storyteller whose work has been featured in The New Yorker and Reader's Digest. She lives and works in Toronto with her cockatoo, Charlie, who's her professional paper shredder.
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        - Illustrations include people with a diversity of skin colors, sizes, ages, and physical abilities.
        - Captures the diverse compositions of every day families in a celebratory, but matter-of-fact way.
        - Celebrates same-sex parents, blended families, and other family groups that are rarely seen in board books.
        - Promotion at national and regional school, library and trade conferences
        - Extensive ARC distribution, advance e-galleys
        - Author interviews online blog and social media promotion
        - Reach-out to diversity, LGBTQ+ media (traditional, social, and online)

    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Picture Bookstagang Best of 2020 2020, Short-listed
      Book Vine's Best New Books for Early Childhood 2021, Long-listed
      Reviews
      A solid introduction to inclusive family structures.

      Not only a good home purchase, My Family, Your Family! should be found in all libraries serving the preschool crowd.

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    Mom Marries Mum! Ken Setterington Canada, Alice Priestley Canada
    9781772601343 Board book JUVENILE FICTION / LGBT Age (years) from 0 - 3, Grade (CAN) exact P, Grade (US) exact P, Reading age from 5 - 6 Publication Date:September 08, 2020
    $10.95 CAD 7 x 7 x 0.06 in | 260 gr | 18 pages Carton Quantity:48 Canadian Rights: Y Second Story Press
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      Description
      A brother and sister are thrilled that their mom and mum are getting married! ! A beautiful celebration of a loving family celebrating an important day together.
      Bio
      Ken Setterington is a retired librarian, storyteller, author, and a children’s book reviewer. He was the first Children and Youth Advocate for Library Services for the Toronto Public Library. He received the title Librarian of the Year. He is the author of the picture book Mom and Mum are Getting Married!. He lives with his partner in Toronto.

      Alice Priestley has illustrated numerous books including five other children’s stories. Out on the Ice in the Middle of the Bay was shortlisted for a Mr. Christie Book Award and the Amelia Frances Gibbon Award. Her other books include Winning the Girl of the Sea, The Watcher, Clouds on the Mountain and Someone’s Reading This Book. She lives in Toronto with her husband and children.
      Marketing & Promotion
        - This is a retelling for the youngest audience of the classic picture book Mom and Mum are Getting Married! – one of the first children’s books on same-sex marriage, published in 2004.
        - This will join a very small list of board books about same sex families, let alone same sex marriage.
        - Author Ken Setterington is well known in the Queer and the library community. He is known to librarians for his book Branded by the Pink Triangle, which tells the story of Gay victims of the Holocaust and was named a Stonewall Honor Book by the American Library Association.
        - Promotion at national and regional school, library and trade conferences
        - Extensive ARC distribution, advance e-galleys
        - Author interviews online and blog and social media promotion
        - Reach-out to diversity, LGBTQ+ media (traditional, social, and online)

    • Awards & Reviews

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      This little story is brimming with the message of the joy of love and family.
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    Snow Doves Nancy Hartry Canada, Gabrielle Grimard Canada
    9781772601350 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes Age (years) from 3 - 6, Grade (CAN) from P - 1, Grade (US) from P - 1, Reading age from 5 - 8 Publication Date:September 15, 2020
    $18.95 CAD 8.5 x 8.5 x 0.3 in | 320 gr | 32 pages Carton Quantity:44 Canadian Rights: Y Second Story Press
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      Sami has just arrived in a new country. The snow piled up outside his window is a mysterious and, frankly, chilly surprise! Joy, his new neighbor, does not speak his language, but that does not stop them from communicating as Joy helps Sami overcome his fears. The two new friends get bundled up against the cold, and Sami discovers the magic of playing outside on a snowy day.
      Bio
      Nancy Hartry is the author of the successful picture books Hold On, McGinty! and Jocelyn and the Ballerina. Her novel Watching Jimmy won the Canadian Library Association’s Book of the Year for Children Award and was a finalist for the TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award, the Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People, and the Ontario Library Association’s Golden Oak Award. Nancy sits on the board of the CCBC and lives in Toronto.

      Gabrielle Grimard uses various media to research and create the illustrations for a book, but her favorite aspect will always be color. She uses mainly watercolors, gouache and oil. She adds a touch of wooden pencil for the details. She has illustrated dozens of books and has been nominated for several awards. She lives near Sherbrooke, Quebec.
      Marketing & Promotion
        - A wordless picture book captures the joys of playing in the snow through gorgeous illustrations by the award-winning Gabrielle Grimard.
        - A book about adjusting to a new country that is very different from your old home, and how a new friend can make all the difference.
        - The wordless picture book format has a great many fans, as it allows the “reader” to use their imagination and interpret the story and fill in the details as they like.
        - Perfect for back to school, wintertime. Will resonate with anyone who is a new immigrant, who knows someone new to a place, or who was once new to a place – you can identify with Joy, or Sami, or both!
        - Print and online advertising campaigns
        - Promotion at national and regional school, library and trade conferences
        - Extensive ARC distribution, advance e-galleys
    • Awards & Reviews

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      Welcome to the neighborhood! A heartwarming entry to a winter wonderland.
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    Series: Ciel
    Ciel Sophie Labelle Canada, David Homel
    9781772601367 Paperback JUVENILE FICTION / LGBT Age (years) from 9 - 12, Grade (CAN) from 4 - 7, Grade (US) from 4 - 7, Reading age from 9 - 12 Publication Date:September 15, 2020
    $10.95 CAD 5.25 x 7.5 x 0.4 in | 160 gr | 192 pages Carton Quantity:60 Canadian Rights: Y Second Story Press
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      Ciel is excited to start high school. A gender non-conforming trans kid, Ciel has a YouTube channel and dreams of getting a better camera to really make their mark. Ciel can always rely on their best friend, Stephie, a trans girl who also happens to be a huge nerd. But their friendship begins to feel distant when Stephie makes it clear she wants the fact that she’s trans to be less visible now that they’re in high school. While navigating this new dynamic with Stephie, Ciel is also trying to make a long-distance relationship work with their boyfriend Eiríkur, who just moved back to Iceland. Add to the mix a cute swim star named Liam, and Ciel’s life is becoming more complicated by the minute!
      Bio
      Sophie Labelle is an internationally renowned visual artist and author from the South Shore of Montreal, in French Canada. She is the transgender cartoonist behind Assigned Male, a webcomic about a group of queer and trans teenagers that has been running since 2014 and has touched millions of readers.

      Marketing & Promotion
        - A book for middle graders about a trans character that doesn’t focus on the character’s transition, or dwell exclusively on negative aspects of being trans.
        - Sophie Labelle’s webcomic, Assigned Male, features the character of Ciel and has a huge following on a number of different platforms online.
        - Sophie’s facebook page (@lasophielabelle) has almost 54,000 followers, and she also has popular followings on Tumblr, Twitter, and web/comic platforms.
        - In 2020, Sophie Labelle has over one hundred planned lectures, book signings, events and talks, around the world from Asia to Europe to North America.
        - Promotion at national and regional school, library and trade conferences
        - Extensive ARC distribution, advance e-galleys
        - Author interview on blog and social media promotion
        - Reach-out to diversity, LGBTQ+ media (traditional, social, and online)
    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Tinlids: Maria Recommends - Fall 2020 Children's 2020, Commended
      OLA Best Bets 2021, Long-listed
      Reviews
      This charming novel depicts a realistic slice of life as a nonbinary teen.
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    9781772601381 Paperback JUVENILE FICTION / Historical Age (years) from 9 - 12, Grade (CAN) from 4 - 7, Grade (US) from 4 - 7, Reading age from 9 - 12 Publication Date:September 22, 2020
    $10.95 CAD 5.25 x 7.5 x 0.3 in | 130 gr | 120 pages Carton Quantity:100 Canadian Rights: Y Second Story Press
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      It is 1939 in Berlin, Germany, and twelve-year-old Lillian and her Papa are on the run from Nazi soldiers. Because they are Jewish, they are in danger of being arrested and put in prison. Lillian's father is blind and it seems no one is willing to help them, until they meet Otto Weidt. Mr. Weidt runs a factory that makes brushes for the Nazi army, and his secret is that he employs blind Jewish workers. Lillian soon learns that Otto Weidt is determined to keep her, Papa, and all the Jewish workers safe. But will he be able to? Inspired by a true story.
      Bio
      Kathy Kacer’s books have won a number of awards, including the Silver Birch, the Red Maple, the Hackmatack, and the Jewish Book Award. A former psychologist, Kathy now travels the globe speaking to children and adults about the importance of keeping the memory of the Holocaust alive. Kathy lives in Toronto with her family.
      Marketing & Promotion
        - A story of survival during the Holocaust, and of helping some of the most vulnerable = a group of blind Jews.
        - Inspired by the real-life hero Otto Weidt – a German who risked his life to protect Jews from the Nazis.
        - Through Lillian’s eyes we see what it was like for a Jewish child to slowly lose their freedoms under the Nazi regime and come to understand their very life is in danger.
        - Idea of being an “upstander” – someone who does not stand by and do nothing when they see injustice. This is an important concept being emphasized for young people.
        - 2020 is a big year for Holocaust education, as it marks 75 years since the liberation of the camps.
        - Kathy Kacer is a multiple-award winning author dedicated to writing about the Holocaust. She has written over twenty-five books, and this is her tenth book in the Holocaust Remembrance Series for Young Readers
        - Historical note “What Really Happened” at the end of the book.
        - Local and national media initiatives, particularly targeting Jewish publications
        - Promotion at national and regional school, library and trade conferences
        - Extensive ARC distribution, advance e-galleys

    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Tinlids: Maria Recommends - Fall 2020 Children's 2020, Commended
      Diamond Willow - Saskatchewan Young Readers' Choice Awards 2021, Short-listed
      Reviews
      The unimaginable is made alive, heart-wrenching, and reachable for modern young readers.

      The Brushmaker’s Daughter can be used in a teaching unit about the Holocaust, and it would be an suitable accompaniment to her excellent nonfiction books, among them The Underground Reporters and Hiding Edith.

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    9781772601213 Paperback YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Performing Arts Age (years) from 13 - 18, Grade (CAN) from 8 - 12, Grade (US) from 8 - 12, Reading age from 12 - 16 Publication Date:September 22, 2020
    $13.95 CAD 5.5 x 8.25 x 0.7 in | 290 gr | 304 pages Carton Quantity:40 Canadian Rights: Y Second Story Press
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      Alison Green, desperate Valedictorian-wannabe, agrees to produce her school’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. That’s her first big mistake. The second is accidentally saying yes to a date with her oldest friend, Jack, even though she’s crushing on Charlotte.

      Alison manages to stay positive, even when her best friend starts referring to the play as "Ye Olde Shakespearean Disaster." Alison must cope with the misadventures that befall the play if she’s going to survive the year. She’ll also have to grapple with what it means to be out and what she might be willing to give up for love.
      Bio

      Dani Jansen is a teacher and writer who lives in Montreal. She should probably be embarrassed to admit that she has performed as part of her school’s Glee Club for eight years. She should probably also be ashamed to tell people that she named her cats after punctuation symbols, Ampersand and Em-Dash, in case you're curious).


      Marketing & Promotion

        - A YA novel that uses humour to explore LGBTQ+ topics. NOT a tragic coming-out story.
        - Will resonate with teenaged high achievers. Young people who feel the weight of the world is on their shoulders will likely understand Alison best.
        - Drama nerds, romance lovers and teens that like "realistic" fiction will also enjoy the story.
        - Promotion at national and regional school, library and trade conferences
        - Extensive ARC distribution, advance e-galleys
        - Author interview on blog and social media promotion

    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
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      (D)ebut novelist Jansen crafts a relatable heroine whose anxious first-person narration carries the debut, while the diverse supporting cast rounds it out. Readers will root for Alison as she learns to collaborate, manage others’ expectations, accept failure, and, ultimately, to love.
      In the words of the Bard himself, most wonderful.
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    9781772601404 Paperback FICTION / Mystery & Detective Publication Date:October 20, 2020
    $19.95 CAD 5.5 x 8.5 x 0.7 in | 400 gr | 328 pages Carton Quantity:26 Canadian Rights: Y Second Story Press
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      The sequel to The Birds That Stay - hailed by the New York Journal of Books as "a fascinating and gripping tale of suspense" and the Globe and Mail as one of "Ten thrillers that will keep you on the edge of your seat". Says Ann Cleeves of the new book: "it's about power and powerlessness in the dead of winter. And more than that, it's a rollicking good read."

      The Dogs of Winter begins after a howling snowstorm envelops Montreal, and the body of a young woman is discovered in its wake. The only clue to her identity is the photograph in her pocket, and on it, the phone number of Detective Inspector Romeo Leduc. Meanwhile, Marie and Romeo are busy navigating their deepening relationship, and a student at Marie's college is the victim of a terrible assault.

      While Romeo begins to think that the dead woman may be linked to violence against several homeless people in the city, the search for justice in both cases is thwarted by societal apathy and ignorance, even as the killer is stalking the frigid streets of Montreal, preying on and terrorizing its most vulnerable citizens.

      Bio
      Ann Lambert has been writing and directing for the stage for thirty-five years. Several of her plays, including The Wall, Parallel Lines, Very Heaven, The Mary Project and Two Short Women have been performed in theatres in Canada, the United States, Europe and Australia. She has been a teacher of English literature at Dawson College for almost twenty-eight years in Montreal, Quebec, where she makes her home.
      Marketing & Promotion
        - Marie Russell and Roméo Leduc, now living together, are once again disturbed by death and dysfunction in their midst. While Roméo suspects a serial killer is targeting homeless people on the streets of Montreal, Marie is dealing with a student who has been assaulted by one of the city’s most powerful men.
        - The murders of these homeless people expose the underbelly of racism in the city, as many people in Montreal’s homeless community are Indigenous. Roméo’s investigation brings to the fore the fact that this vulnerable group are being abused and victimized by both the police system and the racism that pervades the culture at large.
        - The secondary storyline of a man who sexually assaults a young woman captures the #MeToo movement. The powerful man who commits the assault, when accused, applies the DARVO method against his accusers (deny, attack, and try to reverse the victim and offender roles).
        - This is Ann Lambert’s second mystery in the series, with the third already being planned (for release Fall 2021).
        - Print and online advertising campaigns
        - Extensive ARC distribution, Advance e-galleys
        - Promotion to mystery media – print and online


    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Reviews

      "...another simply riveting suspense thriller of a read and continues to showcase the author's natural knack for the kind of narrative storytelling that keeps the reader's riveted attention from beginning to cliff-hanger style ending.”


      "It’s a red-hot potboiler that effectively pierces through any kind of bone-chilling cold."

      Midwest Book Review - Michael Dunford's Bookshelf | February 2021
      http://www.midwestbookreview.com/mbw/feb_21.htm#michaeldunford

      Synopsis: The sequel to author Ann Lambert's crime novel "The Birds That Stay", this edition of "The Dogs Of Winter" from Second Story Press begins after a howling snowstorm envelops Montreal, and the body of a young woman is discovered in its wake.

      The only clue to her identity is the photograph in her pocket, and on it, the phone number of Detective Inspector Romeo Leduc. Meanwhile, Marie and Romeo are busy navigating their deepening relationship, and a student at Marie's college is the victim of a terrible assault.

      While Romeo begins to think that the dead woman may be linked to violence against several homeless people in the city, the search for justice in both cases is thwarted by societal apathy and ignorance, even as the killer is stalking the frigid streets of Montreal, preying on and terrorizing its most vulnerable citizens.

      Critique: Another finally crafted suspense thriller of a read from cover to cover, Ann Lambert's new mystery novel, "The Dogs Of Winter" is certain to be an immediately sought after addition to any and all community library Contemporary Mystery/Suspense collections. It should be noted for the personal reading lists of dedicated mystery buffs that "The Dogs Of Winter" is also readily available in a digital book format (Kindle, $11.49).


      "Another finally crafted suspense thriller of a read from cover to cover[.]"
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    Because They Were Women The Montreal Massacre Josée Boileau Canada, Chantal Bilodeau Canada
    9781772601428 Paperback SOCIAL SCIENCE / Feminism & Feminist Theory Publication Date:November 10, 2020
    $24.95 CAD 7.5 x 9.38 x 0.5 in | 630 gr | 308 pages Carton Quantity:28 Canadian Rights: Y Second Story Press
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      Description
      Fourteen young women, murdered because they were women, are memorialized in this definitive account of the tragic day that forced a reckoning with violence against women in our culture. The victims of what became known as the “Montreal Massacre” are remembered, their lives cut short on December 6, 1989 when a man entered École Polytechnique and systematically shot every young woman he encountered. The killer was motivated by a misogyny whose roots go far beyond one man and one day. This book examines how December 6 precipitated an entire cultural shift in thinking around gender-based violence.
      Bio
      Josée Boileau, author of Because They Were Women, has been a journalist for more than thirty years, many of those for Quebec’s Le Devoir newspaper, where she became Editor in Chief. Today, she is a current affairs commentator for CBC/Radio Canada and Chatelaine, and a book columnist for Journal de Montréal. She has received a number of honors, including the Hélène-Pednault prize in recognition of her feminist activism. She lives in Montreal.

      Marketing & Promotion
        - A pointed cultural examination and a personal tribute to the twelve young women who’s lives were lost thirty years ago to a murderous rampage by a man who targeted them simply because they were women.
        - Released in French on the 30th anniversary of the massacre, this fall’s publication of the English book will mark 31 years since the tragedy.
        - Examines what the murder of these young women means in the larger context of history and feminism.
        - Josée Boileau was assigned to cover the murders in her first weeks working as a young reporter in Montreal for the French-language paper Le Devoir, for which she would go on to become Editor in Chief.
        - Includes a Preface written by Catherine Bergeron, the sister of one of the murder victims who has gone on to be an activist against violence against women and a victim’s advocate.
        - Extensive ARC mailing, advance e-galleys
        - Promotion at national and regional school, library and trade conferences
        - Promotion to US media (including advance e-galleys) including Feminist and women-centred media


    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Reviews

      “Boileau’s approach has the double effect of humanizing that list of names and ages we associate with December 6 and making the reader feel the loss of these young women and their futures all the more keenly.”


      Ce jour-là’s English publication is important, sharing the mourning across the two colonial language communities, and sharing some sense of agency as well.
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    The Tailor Project How 2,500 Holocaust Survivors Found a New Life in Canada Andrea Knight Canada, Paula Draper Canada, Nicole Bryck Canada, Larry Enkin, Harold Troper Canada
    9781772601442 Paperback HISTORY / Canada Publication Date:October 20, 2020
    $29.95 CAD 11 x 8.5 x 0.75 in | 730 gr | 320 pages Carton Quantity:22 Canadian Rights: Y Second Story Press
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      Description
      The remarkable story of approximately 2,500 Jewish tailors and their families who immigrated to Canada between 1948 and 1949 through the Garment Workers’ Scheme in the aftermath of the Holocaust.
      Bio
      Andrea Knight has been working as a writer and editor for more than twenty-five years and was co-founder and co-publisher of the New Jewish Press. She lives in Toronto.

      Paula J Draper Ph.D. is a historian and educator specializing in memory history who has been involved in a multitude of Holocaust-related projects. She lives in Toronto.

      Nicole Bryck was the Social Program Manager at Impakt Labs, an organization that creates storytelling-based advocacy materials about social issues. She lives in Toronto.



      Marketing & Promotion
        - The Tailor Project began in 2017 when Larry Enkin, son of Max Enkin, had the idea to see a book published about the lives of the tailors and their children who came to Canada through the Garment Workers Scheme.
        - Researchers interviewed nearly 100 tailors and their families.
        - A thoroughly researched history of the Garment Workers Scheme through collected archive material.
        - Key themes: the Holocaust, Immigration, Second Generation, Anti-Semitism
        - Events with Jewish community
        - Local and national media initiatives
        - Print and online advertising campaigns
        - Promotion at national and regional school, library and trade conferences
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    What Kids Did Stories of Kindness and Invention In the Time of COVID-19 Erin Silver Canada
    9781772601640 Hardcover JUVENILE NONFICTION / Health & Daily Living Age (years) from 6 - 8, Grade (CAN) from 1 - 3, Grade (US) from 1 - 3, Reading age from 6 - 8 Publication Date:October 27, 2020
    $18.95 CAD 8.5 x 8.5 x 0.32 in | 280 gr | 32 pages Carton Quantity:40 Canadian Rights: Y Second Story Press
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      Description
      In the spring of 2020, the Covid-19 virus changed the world and made daily life much more challenging. We had to stay apart, away from work, school, and our normal routines. But, all around the world, kids came up with creative and thoughtful ways to help others. From making 3-D printed medical equipment to food bank fundraising to a neighbourhood joke stand, to creating a semi-automatic hand-washing machine, kids made a difference in their communities. Let's celebrate and take inspiration from their stories.
      Bio
      Erin Silver has been writing professionally for nearly 20 years. Her work has appeared in everything from The Washington Post and The Globe and Mail to Harper’s Bazaar and Good Housekeeping, among many other North American magazines, newspapers and blogs. She has a postgraduate journalism degree from Ryerson University and an MFA in Creative Nonfiction from King’s College. She's a member of CANSCAIP, SCBWI, IBBY, The Writers Union of Canada, and Authors Booking Service. She lives in Toronto.
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