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    Stories of Métis Women Tales My Kookum Told Me Bailey Oster Canada, Bailey Oster Canada, Marilyn Lizee Canada, Audrey Poitras Canada, Mary SkyBlue Morin Canada, Krista Leddy Canada
    9781988824215 Paperback HISTORY / Indigenous Peoples of the Americas Publication Date:August 15, 2021
    $38.95 CAD 6 x 9 x 0.75 in | 485 gr | 256 pages Carton Quantity:30 Canadian Rights: Y UpRoute
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      This book, and accompanying Vimeo documentary link (DVD available on request), is a collection of stories about culture, history, and nationhood as told by Métis women. The Métis are known by many names — Otipemisiwak, “the people who own ourselves;” Bois Brules, “Burnt Wood;” Apeetogosan, “half brother” by the Cree; “half-breed,” historically; and are also known as “rebels” and “traitors to Canada.” They are also known as the “Forgotten People.” Few really know their story.

      Many people may also think that Métis simply means “mixed,” but it does not. They are a people with a unique and proud history and Nation. In this era of reconciliation, Stories of Métis Women explains the story of the Métis Nation from a their own perspective. The UN has declared this “The Decade of Indigenous Languages” and Stories of Métis Women is one of the few books available in English and Michif, which is an endangered language.

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      Bailey Oster, Author and Editor

      Bailey Oster is a Métis woman with roots in the Red River Settlement and St. Paul des Métis. Bailey received her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology with a research focus in restorative justice. She currently works as a manager within the Youth Programs and Services Department at the Métis Nation of Alberta. She was elected as the youngest ever Vice President of New Dawn, the Métis Women’s Organization within Alberta at nineteen years old and still currently holds the position.


      Marilyn Lizee, Afterword and Editor

      As President of New Dawn Metis Women’s Society, Marilyn Lizee has had a long career in Métis politics that goes back prior to 1996. She continues to take many responsibilities within her Métis community, including her role as Senior Cultural Chair of the Métis Nation of Alberta’s Cultural Committee. She also works with, and for, President Audrey Poitras. It is her passion for her culture and her identity as a strong Métis woman that gives her pride and motivation to continue her journey forward. 

      SkyBlue Morin, Michif Translation

      Mary “SkyBlue” Morin is a Michif cultural knowledge keeper and a speaker of the Michif Cree and Ile-a-la-Crosse Michif language. She learned the language as a child and has continued to speak it to this day. She has been working as a Michif Cree writer, translator, and teacher since 2010.

      Audrey Poitras, Foreword

      Métis Nation of Alberta (MNA) President, Audrey Poitras, is one of the highest profile Métis women in Canada. Audrey’s career in Métis politics began in 1996 when she was elected to lead the Métis Nation of Alberta as its first female President. From Métis identity to Métis rights and recognition, Audrey remains a key figure among Canada’s political leaders.  From being named the 2016 Indigenous leader of the year, to being one of the most influential people in 2005 and among Canada’s 100 in the same year, in 2011, Audrey received a National Aboriginal Achievement Award for Politics, and today, elected for her 8th term as President of the Metis Nation of Alberta, Audrey is the longest serving President in the history of the Metis Nation. 


      Krista Leddy, cover beadwork art


      Krista Leddy is a proud Métis woman whose family comes from the historical Métis communities of St. Albert and Lac Ste. Anne. She is an artist, storyteller, and a holder of traditional knowledge and skills. She is also an advocate for Métis reconnecting with the community, using art and stories as ways to weave them back into the beautiful sash of Métis identity.


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      With this book, some of these important and unique perspectives and worldviews about who we are as a people, how we have survived as people and how we will carry on and thrive as a people are shared through the writings of the daughters, mothers, aunties and grandmothers of the Métis Nation. I congratulate the Métis women who have taken the time to share and write down some of this knowledge for generations to come. —­JASON MADDEN, Métis rights lawyer and citizen of the Métis Nation
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    River Troll A Story of Love Rich Théroux Canada
    9781988824772 Paperback YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Magical Realism Publication Date:September 01, 2021
    $19.95 CAD 5.5 x 8.5 x 0.3 in | 187 gr | 128 pages Carton Quantity:12 Canadian Rights: Y UpRoute
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      Late at night our friend wanders a little and ponders quite a lot on a long walk along a deadly river looking for a reason to keep on living. He meets up with a troll and a few other all-night ghouls as he drifts along, searching for purpose.

      Excerpt: “He sits. Strangely when he sits under the bridge his head is still near the roof. Wasn’t his head touching the roof when he was standing? He sits. He still fills the space. I’ll tell you a story, but you better send a tasty child my way or I’m not telling you anymore.”


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      Besides being a cave-man, Rich is a genius talent at painting and drawing. His art hangs here and there in prominent homes and galleries but he prefers not to boast about it. Rich is founder of Rumble House and happens to also teach junior high art. He is the author and illustrator of Stop Making Art and Die, and the co-author of the poetry book, A Wake in the Undertow, along with his partner Jess Szabo. Intriguingly, he calls himself a tomato can. He and his tribe exist/co-exist in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.


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        https://youtu.be/dV2T-iqENXo Shortlisted for the COVR Awards Y/A Category
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      About Rich Theroux's book Stop Making Art and Die .Stop Making Art and Die asks big questions about creativity, fulfillment, and happiness and explores Theroux’s theories about the artistic process and what fuels that inner compulsion to pursue it.”

      — ERIC VOLMERS, The Calgary Herald, Ottawa Citizen, Montreal Gazette.

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    No Harm Done Three Plays About Medical Conditions Eugene Stickland Canada, Crystal Phillips Canada, Bin Hu Canada, Dagmar Johnson Canada, William Snell Canada, Sherry L. Dupuis Canada, Pia Kontos Canada, Julia Gray Canada, Christine Jonas-Simpson Canada, Yves Sauvé Canada
    9781988824703 Paperback HEALTH & FITNESS / Health Care Issues Publication Date:October 01, 2021
    $29.95 CAD 6 x 9 x 0.55 in | 300 gr | 208 pages Carton Quantity:38 Canadian Rights: Y UpRoute
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      No Harm Done contains the text of three short plays, each an exploration of some aspect of a disease. They are: Closer & Closer Apart, Alzheimer Disease; Fade to Light, Stargardt, a form of macular blindness; and The Last Dance, Parkinson Disease. The plays themselves, and Stickland’s introductions to them, comprise the first component of the book, writings by experts in the field comprise the second section, and the third component is a guide to playwriting based on teachings the author has been engaged in for decades. This section also includes a how-to approach to writing a play for a specific cause or event. The book will be of interest not only to theatre practitioners and students of playwriting, but to students and professionals (doctors, caregivers, therapists, et al) in the medical field as well.
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      Born in Regina, Sask., Eugene completed an MFA in Theatre at York University, specifically in playwriting and dramaturgy. He moved to Calgary in 1994 at the time of his first major production at Alberta Theatre Projects of the hit play Some Assembly Required, which went on to have over 100 productions worldwide. He wrote nine more plays following that during a ten year residency at ATP. Following his time at ATP, Eugene wrote a popular weekly column for The Calgary Herald and in 2015 he published his first novel, The Piano Teacher, which received the W.O. Mitchell Award. He lives alone in the Beltline neighborhood in Calgary.
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        https://youtu.be/Vi5E741ytFc Shortlisted for the Alberta Writers Guild Awards,
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      As playwright, dramaturge and teacher, Eugene Stickland is profound, poignant and deeply human; always surprising us with his uniquely comic view of the world. It’s been an honor to work with him and collaborate creatively over the years. No Harm Done invites us into a world we love to visit and never want to leave. —Joe-Norman Shaw, Director, Company of Rogues Actors Studio/Rogues Theatre
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    Series: True Cases
    After the Force True Cases and Investigations by Law Enforcement Officers Debbie J. Doyle Canada, Sherri Zickefoose Canada, J. Thomas Dalby Canada, Gwyneth Allin Canada, Sharon Bourque Canada, Elizabett Cordeiro Canada, Debbie J. Doyle Canada, Marc Denis Canada, Stu Gillett Canada, Jackie Gordon Canada, Val Hoglund Canada, Ernie Louttit Canada, Neil Masson Canada, JoAnn McCartney Canada, Debbie McGreal-Dinning Canada, Ron Pond Canada, Trish Haley Canada, Tony Walshe Canada, Dave Wilton Canada
    9781988824499 Paperback BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Law Enforcement On Sale Date:November 15, 2021
    $38.95 CAD 6 x 9 x 0.75 in | 485 gr | 272 pages Carton Quantity:30 Canadian Rights: Y Durvile
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      After the Force: True Cases and Investigations by Law Enforcement Officers is a collection of chapters written by retired law-enforcement women and men who have come together to share their stories about defining moments of their careers. In recent years, many police agencies and officers in Canada, the US, and internationally have come under fire for unprofessional or unethical policing methods. This collection clearly displays another side to law enforcement; the human side.

      Among the stunning themes in the book are stories dealing with prostitution and sex work, a child serial-killer, an encounter with a cop killer, suicides, child sexual assaults, a child miraculously surviving a fall from a high-rise balcony, an officer dealing with a partner experiencing severe PTSD, and misogyny and racism faced on the job.

      The book is edited by Detective Debbie J. Doyle (Edmonton) with a foreword by Sherri, Zickefoose (Calgary) and afterword by Dr. J. Thomas Dalby (Calgary). Chapter authors are: Tony Walshe, (St. John's NL), Gwyneth Allin (Calgary), Stu Gillett (Vancouver), Sharon Bourque (Edmonton), Neil Masson (Brampton, ON), Elizabeth Cordeiro (Toronto), JoAnn McCartney (Edmonton), Marc Denis (Toronto),  Ernie Louttit (Saskatoon), Debbie McGreal-Dinning (Hamilton), David Wilton (Saskatoon), Trish Haley (Ottawa), Jackie Gordon (Burlington, ON),  Ron Pond (Yellowknife, NT), and Val Hoglund (Edmonton).

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      Anthology editor, Debbie J. Doyle is a retired veteran of the Edmonton Police Service. During her career, she was seconded to the United Nations Peacekeeping force in Timor Leste and worked in the Vulnerable Person’s Unit. After serving two tours of duty, she returned to Edmonton, was promoted, and worked in the Child Protection Section and the Internet Child Pornography Unit.

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      These humanized accounts written by experienced officers from various law enforcement agencies caused me to reflect upon my 30 years in policing. The emotions, frustrations and challenges associated to maintaining composure in heart wrenching situations are shared in many of the stories. Many of us have been there and know exactly how it feels to console victims after a lengthy court process, following a next of kin notification or in the midst of family violence investigations. The stories clearly articulated in the book reflect upon the peeks and valleys of a career in law enforcement. They enable reflection and celebration of lengthy careers. Details disclosed may be for the first time which is apparent by the emotions expressed by the authors. — Myra James, Retired Detective Hamilton Police Service; Past President, Ontario Women In Law Enforcement; Past Vice President, International Association of Women Police

      However fervently storytellers of the entertainment industry attempt to truthfully and respectfully convey the reward and toll of a life in law enforcement, very few approach the heart swelling, heart stopping and heart breaking accounts authored by the very people who lived them. This book helps to remind how law enforcement officers do not simply “retire”. These men and women shoulder their calling forever…some with greater ease than others.—Gregory Jbara, Actor, “DCPI Garrett Moore” on the CBS Police Drama BlueBloods

      True crime storytelling is exploding as an entertainment industry. The public’s appetite for tales of diabolical criminals, victims and brilliant policework solving heinous cases is limitless. After the Force delivers all of this but goes much deeper, offering indelible details that humanize heroes and provide a glimpse into what police officers are left with beyond the badge… traumatic memories, heartache and hope for humanity. — Sherri Zickefoose, Investigative Reporter

      The stories in this volume reveal the complexity of police work. Not everyone is suited to this demanding, stressful and occasionally dangerous job. Those who become police officers will pay a price for their vocational choice. ... Hopefully, the reader of these interesting stories from a selection of both male and female officers, will recognize the humanness of their characters. — Dr. J. Thomas Dalby, Forensic Psychologist

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