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    Clockwork Lives Kevin J. Anderson, Neil Peart Canada
    9781770412941 Hardcover FICTION / Science Fiction On Sale Date:September 15, 2015
    $27.95 CAD 6 x 9 in | 1.81 lb | 400 pages Carton Quantity:16 Canadian Rights: Y ECW Press
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      Some lives can be summed up in a sentence or two. Other lives are epics.

      In Clockwork Angels, #1 bestselling author Kevin J. Anderson and legendary Rush drummer and lyricist Neil Peart created a fabulous, adventurous steampunk world in a novel to accompany the smash Rush concept album of the same name. It was a world of airships and alchemy, clockwork carnivals, pirates, lost cities, a rigid Watchmaker who controlled every aspect of life, and his nemesis, the ruthless and violent Anarchist who wanted to destroy it all.

      Anderson and Peart have returned to their colourful creation to explore the places and the characters that still have a hold on their imagination. Marinda Peake is a woman with a quiet, perfect life in a small village; she long ago gave up on her dreams and ambitions to take care of her ailing father, an alchemist and an inventor. When he dies, he gives Marinda a mysterious inheritance: a blank book that she must fill with other people’s stories — and ultimately her own.

      Clockwork Lives is a steampunk Canterbury Tales, and much more, as Marinda strives to change her life from a mere “sentence or two” to a true epic.

      Bio
      Kevin J. Anderson is the bestselling science fiction author of over 120 novels. He has written spin-off novels for Star Wars, DC Comics, and The X-Files and, with Brian Herbert, is the co-author of 14 novels in the Dune universe. His original works include the Saga of Seven Suns series; Terra Incognita; Resurrection, Inc.; Hopscotch; and the Dan Shamble, Zombie P.I. series. He lives in Colorado. Neil Peart was the drummer and lyricist of the legendary rock band Rush and the author of Ghost Rider, The Masked Rider, Traveling Music, Roadshow, Far and Away, Far and Near, Far and Wide, and, with Kevin J. Anderson, Clockwork Angels.
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      Awards
      Colorado Book Award 2016, Short-listed
      Reviews

      Clockwork Lives is wonderful. It’s an inspirational adventure. You are never set in one life. You can always start again and live a new dream.” — Steampunk Canada

      Clockwork Lives is an amazing collection of stories that brings the world to life. It paints a picture of an orderly world but with almost limitless wonder hiding beneath the surface. Each story produces its own unique draw, and the framing story, that of Marinda Peake, shows a young woman learning what it truly means to live. This is a fantastic book.” — The Arched Doorway

      “A scintillating, steampunky novel . . . Very highly recommended.” — Tales from Auction Front Lines

      “With captivating illustrations by [Nick] Robles, it is easy to imagine the backdrop of the lives Miranda (and the reader) collects. Fantasy fans will be captivated by this steampunk version of The Canterbury Tales.” — Library Journal, starred

      Clockwork Lives is a highly satisfying assortment of stories of characters marked by a common theme: unique lives lived on a grand scale.” — Popdose.com

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    The River Helen Humphreys Canada
    9781770412552 Hardcover HISTORY / Social History On Sale Date:October 01, 2015
    $24.95 CAD 5.5 x 6.5 in | 0.81 lb | 216 pages Carton Quantity:40 Canadian Rights: Y ECW Press
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      A breathtaking mix of observation, prose, natural history, and art

      We tend to look at landscape in relation to what it can do for us. Does it move us with its beauty? Can we make a living from it? But what if we examined a landscape on its own terms, freed from our expectations and assumptions?

      This is what celebrated writer Helen Humphreys sets out to do in this beautiful, groundbreaking examination of place. For more than a decade Humphreys has owned a small waterside property on a section of the Napanee River in Ontario. In the watchful way of writers, she has studied her little piece of the river through the seasons and the years, cataloguing its ebb and flows, the plants and creatures that live in and round it, the signs of human usage at its banks and on its bottom.

      The result is The River, a gorgeous and moving meditation that uses fiction, non-fiction, natural history, archival maps and images, and full-colour original photographs to get at the truth. In doing this, Humphreys has created a work of startling originality that is sure to become a new Canadian classic.

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      Helen Humphreys is the award-winning author of four books of poetry, seven novels, and two works of creative non-fiction, including the bestselling The Frozen Thames. She has won the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize, the City of Toronto Book Award, the Lambda Literary Award, and the Harbourfront Festival Prize. She lives in Kingston, Ontario.
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      Awards
      IPPY 2016, Winner
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      “Humphreys possesses extraordinary tools and wields them with daring and precision … Taken together, Humphreys’ powerful, compressed writing and the phenomenal photographs by Tama Baldwin evoke a sense of mystery and timelessness. The River takes breathtaking risks and holds treasures galore. This important work feels completely honest and earned.” — Quill & Quire, starred

      “By turns poetic and philosophical (a phenomenology of the river?), a deeply contemplative work best enjoyed over several sittings.” — Globe and Mail

      “Its untarnished eloquence smites the reader on a level of intimate innocence so beautiful that at times it leaves the reader breathless … Despite her many awards, Helen Humphreys is an under-appreciated writer who runs as quiet and subterranean as water.” — Literary Review of Canada

      “To gain the fullest appreciation of Humphreys’s method, read The River after The Evening Chorus, a novel she published in the spring of 2015, and better understand the genesis and genius of both … A writer of thorough knowing and no wasted words, Humphreys need not expend energy writing a volume on craft. These books together say more about nonfiction’s role in fiction and fiction’s in creative nonfiction than any how-to manual could. And what links them most subtly are redstarts: they flit through the pages of both.” — The Malahat Review

      “Those familiar with the work of Helen Humphreys know that her books are always beautiful and that they often build upon her knowledgeable relationship with nature … In The River she furthers her reach and explores the history of the area surrounding the Napanee River as well as the history of the waterway itself … The book is richly illustrated … But most important to the book is the linkage that holds this all together: the writing.” — The Province

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    The Optimistic Environmentalist Progressing Toward a Greener Future David R. Boyd Canada
    9781770412385 Paperback NATURE / Environmental Conservation & Protection On Sale Date:August 01, 2015
    $19.95 CAD 5.25 x 8.25 x 0.5 in | 0.72 lb | 240 pages Carton Quantity:40 Canadian Rights: Y ECW000
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      A hopeful, inspiring, and honest take on the environment

      Yes, the world faces substantial environmental challenges — climate change, pollution, and extinction. But the surprisingly good news is that we have solutions to these problems. In the past 50 years, a remarkable number of environmental problems have been solved, while substantial progress is ongoing on others.

      The Optimistic Environmentalist chronicles these remarkable success stories. Endangered species — from bald eagles to gray whales — pulled back from the precipice of extinction. Thousands of new parks, protecting billions of hectares of land and water. The salvation of the ozone layer, vital to life on Earth. The exponential growth of renewable energy powered by wind, water, and sun. The race to be the greenest city in the world. Remarkable strides in cleaning up the air we breathe and the water we drink. The banning of dozens of the world’s most toxic chemicals. A circular economy where waste is a thing of the past. Past successes pave the way for even greater achievements in the future.

      Providing a powerful antidote to environmental despair, this book inspires optimism, leading readers to take action and exemplifying how change can happen. A bright green future is not only possible, it’s within our grasp.

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      David R. Boyd is an environmental lawyer, professor, and advocate for recognition of the right to live in a healthy environment. Boyd is the award-winning author of seven books and more than 100 articles and currently co-chairs Vancouver’s Greenest City initiative with Mayor Gregor Robertson. He lives on Pender Island, B.C. For more information, visit DavidRichardBoyd.com.
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      Awards
      George Ryga Award for Social Awareness 2016, Short-listed
      Reviews

      “The Optimistic Environmentalist is a breath of fresh air. . . an accessible book that is interesting, well-researched, and always hopeful.” — Vancouver Sun

      “Nowhere will you find a clearer explanation of the extraordinary growth of renewable energy and its implications for addressing climate change.” — Georgia Straight

      The Optimistic Environmentalist: Progressing Towards a Greener Future is a book with an abundance of hope. Author David Boyd’s enthusiasm is palpable.” — National Observer

      “Far from intimidating, his vision is electrifying and inspiring. . . This solidly researched and informative book is also a pleasure to read, especially in a world where bad news often drowns out the good.” — Publishers Weekly

      “Boyd presents all this information well, and it’s a refreshing perspective. Environmentalists, students, and interested readers will find this accessible book a morale booster and a spur to become part of this great transition.” — Library Journal

      “Boyd offers hope and inspiration with The Optimistic Environmentalist, outlining progress that has been and is being made on the environmental front.” — David Suzuki Foundation

      “As someone who has teetered between trying to keep up with recycling, doing the small bits involved in keeping an environmentally friendly front yard, and resolutely not reading about global warming simply because there seems to be no hope of managing it, I appreciate the good news, all the more because it is so grounded. So, I’m in favor of The Optimistic Environmentalist as an argument for continuing.” — Fangirl Nation

      “Is there hope for the future? Yes, as David Boyd brilliantly demonstrates, because of the energy and commitment of people who know the problems and take action to solve them. And because of the power of the human brain for good when it is in harmony with the human heart.” — Jane Goodall, PHD, DBE, founder of the Jane Goodall Institute & UN Institute of Peace

      “A surprising, uplifting, and inspiring book. Boyd has assembled a dazzling array of success stories guaranteed to brighten your outlook about the future of this beautiful blue-green planet.” — Maude Barlow, Chairperson of the Council of Canadians and author of Blue Future: Protecting Water for People and the Planet Forever

      “Boyd, one of the real leaders of the Canadian environmental movement, provides an uplifting view of our collective accomplishments and the path forward.” — Tom Heinztman, co-founder of Bullfrog Power

      “Boyd has a remarkable ability to educate and inspire the reader on the critical environmental issue of our time — while at the same time creating a page-turner of a book. Pick this up, read it, and lend it to a friend!” — Paul Richardson, CEO of Renewal Funds

      “In The Optimistic Environmentalist, Boyd inspires hopefulness, particularly for young people.” — BC BookWorld

      “For anyone who is starting to feel beaten down and defeated by the magnitude of our planet’s green problems, this book definitely provides a much-needed fillip.” — Green Spirit

      “As the title suggests, [it] is a paean to the amazing progress we have made on the environment globally and the possibility of solving our major environmental problems, even the most difficult ones such as climate change, in our lifetimes.” — Literary Review of Canada

      “A timely and important book.” — Australian Book Review

      “It's like a motivational book for solving the Earth's greatest challenges and a welcome alternative to sometimes dreary books on climate change.” — The Georgia Straight

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    Malignant Metaphor Confronting Cancer Myths Alanna Mitchell Canada
    9781770412682 Hardcover BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Personal Memoirs On Sale Date:September 01, 2015
    $27.95 CAD 5.5 x 8.5 in | 0.97 lb | 208 pages Carton Quantity:36 Canadian Rights: Y ECW Press
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      An unprecedented take on cancer and recovery

      Winner of the Lane Anderson Award for Science Writing

      “Mitchell does a convincing job sorting fact from fiction, diffusing fear, and challenging the manipulative language of fundraisers who aim for pocketbooks rather than intellectual honesty . . . Mitchell’s research is rooted in science, while her writing remains grippingly personal.” — Quill & Quire

      Alanna Mitchell explores the facts and myths about cancer in this powerful book, as she recounts her family’s experiences with the disease. When her beloved brother-in-law John is diagnosed with malignant melanoma, Alanna throws herself into the latest clinical research, providing us with a clear description of what scientists know of cancer and its treatments. When John enters the world of alternative treatments, Alanna does, too, looking for the science in untested waters. She comes face to face with the misconceptions we share about cancer, which are rooted in blame and anxiety, and opens the door to new ways of looking at our most-feared illness.

      Beautifully written, Malignant Metaphor is a touching and persuasive book that has the power to change the conversation about cancer. Clear-eyed and compassionate, Mitchell opens the door to new ways of looking at our most-feared illness.

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      Alanna Mitchell is an award-winning journalist and author who writes about science and social trends. She is a global thinker who specializes in investigative reporting. Her most recent full-length book, Sea Sick: The Global Ocean in Crisis, is an international bestseller that won the prestigious Grantham Prize for Excellence in Reporting on the Environment. Her one-woman play based on that book was nominated for a Dora Award and she toured across Canada. She lives in Toronto, Ontario.
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      Awards
      IPPY 2016, Winner
      Lane Anderson Award 2015, Winner
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      “Anyone fearing cancer (probably most of us) will find relief in this compelling book; it’s like having a well-informed friend by your side, helping you dodge free radicals. By ‘liberating the facts,’ Mitchell turns the war on cancer into a hopeful dance.” — Plum Johnson, author of They Left Us Everything

      “Mitchell does a convincing job sorting fact from fiction, diffusing fear, and challenging the manipulative language of fundraisers who aim for pocketbooks rather than intellectual honesty … Mitchell’s research is rooted in science, while her writing remains grippingly personal.” — Quill & Quire

      “In addition to her clear medical explanations, Mitchell’s compassionate attitude will bring comfort to those readers and their loved ones facing a cancer diagnosis.” — Publishers Weekly

      “We have all been touched by cancer in one form or another. We’ve all crafted our own bespoke way of coping with its impact. I think we’d all do well to approach it with the openness and candour Mitchell brings to the table.” — Globe and Mail

      “Alanna Mitchell’s admirable Malignant Metaphor: Confronting Cancer Myths joins a series of thoughtful writings about the most reviled disease … Interwoven through an elegant and readable account of the biology and history of cancer — frequently citing Mukherjee — is this much more personal and emotional story of terror and the need to take charge of one’s own destiny.” — Literary Review of Canada

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    Once They Were Hats In Search of the Mighty Beaver Frances Backhouse Canada
    9781770412071 Paperback NATURE / Endangered Species On Sale Date:October 01, 2015
    $18.95 CAD 5.25 x 8.25 in | 0.77 lb | 272 pages Carton Quantity:30 Canadian Rights: Y ECW Press
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      Finalist for the Lane Anderson Award

      Finalist for the City of Victoria Butler Book Prize

      “Unexpectedly delightful reading — there is much to learn from the buck-toothed rodents of yore.” — National Post

      “Fascinating and smartly written.” — Globe and Mail

      Beavers, those icons of industriousness, have been gnawing down trees, building dams, shaping the land, and creating critical habitat in North America for at least a million years. Once one of the continent’s most ubiquitous mammals, they ranged from the Atlantic to the Pacific, and from the Rio Grande to the edge of the northern tundra. Wherever there was wood and water, there were beavers — sixty million, or more — and wherever there were beavers, there were intricate natural communities that depended on their activities. Then the European fur traders arrived.

      Once They Were Hats examines humanity’s fifteen-thousand-year relationship with Castor canadensis, and the beaver’s even older relationship with North American landscapes and ecosystems. From the waterlogged environs of the Beaver Capital of Canada to the wilderness cabin that controversial conservationist Grey Owl shared with pet beavers; from a bustling workshop where craftsmen make beaver-felt cowboy hats using century-old tools to a tidal marsh where an almost-lost link between beavers and salmon was recently found, it’s a journey of discovery to find out what happened after we nearly wiped this essential animal off the map, and how we can learn to live with beavers now that they’re returning.

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      Frances Backhouse is the author of five books, including Children of the Klondike, winner of the 2010 City of Victoria Butler Book Prize. She is also a veteran freelance magazine writer and teaches creative nonfiction at the University of Victoria. She lives in Victoria, B.C.
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      Awards
      Lane Anderson Award 2015, Short-listed
      Butler Book Prize 2016, Short-listed
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      “Cod, salt, whales, and water have all inspired terrific exploration narratives. Now the humble, much-maligned beaver stakes a claim to equal accomplishment. Author Frances Backhouse ranges through history, rambles the contemporary backwoods, and brings us all face to face with … wait for it … the Mighty Beaver!” — Ken McGoogan, author of Fatal Passage, Lady Franklin’s Revenge, and Celtic Lightning

      “With diligence and brio worthy of its subject, Backhouse restores the beaver to its iconic status as nature’s bucktoothed workaholic.” — Melissa Milgrom, author of Still Life: Adventures in Taxidermy

      “Frances Backhouse has written a wise and wily book, effortlessly blending history, natural history, science and sense, she tells us much that we didn’t know about our national totem, and about the persistence of nature caught in the spotlight of civilization.” — Wayne Grady, author of The Natural History of the Great Lakes

      “Fascinating and smartly written.” — Globe and Mail

      “Backhouse’s history of the web-footed mammals that have a historic tie to Canadian identity mazkes for unexpectedly delightful reading — there is much to learn from the buck-toothed rodents of yore.” — National Post

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    Heal The Vital Role of Dogs in the Search for Cancer Cures Arlene Weintraub
    9781770412705 Paperback MEDICAL / Diseases On Sale Date:October 01, 2015
    $19.95 CAD 5.25 x 8.25 in | 0.84 lb | 240 pages Carton Quantity:30 Canadian Rights: Y ECW Press
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      “Honest reporting . . . [A] useful and credible book.” — Bloomberg Businessweek

      “This book is science, emotion, and love of dogs all mixed together.” — Chicago Tribune

      How man’s best friend could help cure man’s greatest scourge

      Drawn from extensive research, on-the-ground reporting, and personal experience, this book explores the fascinating role dogs (and cats) are playing in the search for cures for cancer. Learn how veterinarians and oncologists are working together to discover new treatments — cutting-edge therapies designed to help both animals and people suffering from cancer. Heal introduces readers to the field of comparative oncology by describing several research projects aimed at finding new therapies for cancers that are similar in dogs and people, including lymphoma, osteosarcoma, breast cancer, melanoma, and gastric cancer.

      Weintraub, who lost her sister to gastric cancer, also writes about the emerging science behind the remarkable ability of dogs to sniff out early stage cancer and the efforts underway to translate that talent into diagnostic devices for early detection of the disease.

      In the course of bringing these dogs and their human companions to life, Arlene Weintraub takes her own personal journey from grief to healing, as she shows how man’s best friend might be the key to unlocking the mysteries of cancer.

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      Arlene Weintraub has written about science and health for the New York Times, More, New Scientist, and other publications. She was previously a science writer at BusinessWeek and is the author of Selling the Fountain of Youth: How the Anti-Aging Industry Made a Disease Out of Getting Old—and Made Billions. She lives in the New York City area.
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      Awards
      IPPY 2016, Winner
      2016 Writing Competition 2016, Short-listed
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      “Beautifully written and superbly researched, Heal makes a compelling case for increased collaboration between the human and veterinary medical fields. Engaging and emotional, Heal is an important book for scientists, animal lovers and anyone interested in the vulnerabilities we humans share with animals.” — Barbara Natterson-Horowitz, MD and Kathryn Bowers, co-authors of Zoobiquity

      Heal is a fantastic read for anyone that loves dogs (and cats) and has wondered what role animals should play in cancer research. Heal chronicles translational research in a way that is informative, understandable and heartwarming, making us cheer for cancer patients and the veterinarians that care for them. An Emperor of All Maladies for dog lovers, this book distills the science of cancer research down to the compassion and love for animals that drive us to find better cancer treatments for animals and their humans. Heal explores our symbiotic relationship with the pets that we share our homes, our beds, our cancers and, hopefully, our cures with.” — Dr. Sarah Boston, Veterinary Surgical Oncologist and Bestselling Author of Lucky Dog: How Being a Veterinarian Saved my Life

      “Anyone interested in translational science, innovative developments in cancer research, or treating pets with cancer will find this book a valuable resource … Readers will share Weintraub’s growing appreciation for the canine and feline subjects (and their owners) who are helping to advance cancer research.” — Publishers Weekly

      “Honest reporting … [A] useful and credible book.” — Bloomberg Businessweek

      “The author did a wonderful job researching the topics and presenting them in such a way that even the most difficult medical terminology could be understood by the common lay person. If you love dogs and want to learn how our faithful companions are helping us extend our lives, this is definitely a book to look into. I highly recommend it!” — Night Owl Reviews

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    Is Wrestling Fixed? I Didn’t Know It Was Broken From Photo Shoots and Sensational Stories to the WWE Network — Bill Apter’s Incredible Pro Wrestling Journey Bill Apter Canada, Jerry "The King" Lawler
    9781770411548 Paperback SPORTS & RECREATION / Wrestling On Sale Date:October 01, 2015
    $19.95 CAD 6 x 9 in | 280 pages Carton Quantity:30 Canadian Rights: Y ECW000
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      The anticipated memoir from a sports entertainment fandom legend

      As a kid growing up in New York in the late ’50s, Bill Apter fell in love with professional wrestling, and it wasn’t long before he was rubbing shoulders with the greats as a young reporter and photographer. He’s since become the world’s best-known wrestling magazine personality, and he’s had professional and personal relationships with a who’s-who of the business, like Triple H, Hulk Hogan, The Rock, Sting, and Ric Flair.

      In his fun-loving memoir, Bill Apter takes us from the dressing rooms of the Bruno Sammartino era and the last days of the territories, to the birth of WrestleMania, the emergence of “Stone Cold” Steve Austin and the “Attitude Era,” to today’s WWE Superstars like John Cena, Daniel Bryan, and Roman Reigns. He also shares stories of his days photographing boxing stars like Muhammad Ali and other champions, and he documents his appearances on the WWE Network and his work as editor of 1wrestling.com.

      Find out which wrestler threatened him, learn about the dead wrestler who was really alive, and discover how hanging out with Andy Kaufman led to the comic’s notorious feud with Jerry “The King” Lawler. Still intimately involved in the wrestling business, the award-winning Apter has a story on everybody.

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      From his days as a magazine writer, photographer, broadcaster, wrestling convention host, and special guest on hundreds of wrestling TV programs, Bill Apter has become a legend in his chosen field. His career spans an amazing 50 years and is still going strong. Bill is a native of New York City, currently living with his family in the ’burbs of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
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      “If you like Bill Apter, and who doesn’t, then you’ll love this book.” — Charleston Post & Courier

      “It’s a fun read for those who want to take step back in time and remember the magazine era and re-live the high points of Apter’s career, from Madison Square Garden to suggesting Andy Kaufman to promoters to Buddy Rogers and beyond.” — PWInsider.com

      “If you’re a fan of pro wrestling, Is Wrestling Fixed? is a must read. Apter has had an amazing career as a writer and photographer, and his stories are warm, funny and entertaining.” — Bob D’Angelo’s blog

      “A wonderful story that isn’t just aimed at the hardcore wrestling fan, but those in search of an optimistic look at one man’s personal journey.” — Rowdy Wrestling

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    Golden Oldies Stories of Hockey’s Heroes Brian McFarlane Canada
    9781770412507 Paperback SPORTS & RECREATION / Winter Sports On Sale Date:October 01, 2015
    $19.95 CAD 6 x 9 in | 0.85 lb | 248 pages Carton Quantity:42 Canadian Rights: Y ECW Press
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      A heartfelt addition to McFarlane’s epic canon of hockey writing

      From its moving introductory homage to the late Jean Béliveau, to its subtle, remarkable considerations of how the sport was shaped by legends like Newsy Lalonde, Gordie Howe, Dick Irvin Sr., Ted Kennedy, and Hobey Baker, to its poignant lament for the untimely death of American hockey hero “Badger” Bob Johnson, Golden Oldies is the product of a lifetime love of hockey and a career in the game that spans six decades.

      Golden Oldies explores the life of Sprague Cleghorn, a pioneer tough guy who went from the bright lights of Broadway to a boondock in the Ottawa Valley to stardom before and during the first years of the NHL. It follows the trail of Patsy Guzzo and his RCAF mates in 1948, ridiculed at home but rewarded with Olympic gold in Europe. And it chronicles the career-ending injuries to Ace Bailey, the last Leafs NHL scoring leader, the shameful treatment of the Canucks’ Mike Robitaille, and the horrific and near fatal injury suffered by Buffalo goalie Clint Malarchuk.

      The lighter side of the game is also well represented, with laughs aplenty supplied by men like the irrepressible Frank “King” Clancy and the unpredictable Eddie “Clear the Track” Shack.

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      Brian McFarlane is known as Canada’s foremost hockey historian. For three decades he served as a host and commentator on Hockey Night in Canada. Before that, he became the first Canadian to work on U.S. hockey telecasts when he was employed by CBS in 1960 and did most of his interviews on skates. In the ’70s, he worked on the NBC telecasts and introduced the world to the beloved cartoon character Peter Puck. Brian has written more than 80 books on hockey, and in 1995 he was inducted into the media section of the Hockey Hall of Fame. He lives in Stouffville, Ontario.
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      “Fans who want to deepen their knowledge of hockey need to read Golden Oldies. There is nary a dull moment, and even well-read hockey fans will learn something. Most will learn a lot.” — Puck Junk

      “This book is perfect for hockey fans and collectors . . . It’s a must-have for the puck-loving dad or granddad in your life!” — All Lit Up

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    Diversion George Murray Canada
    9781770412484 Paperback POETRY / Canadian On Sale Date:October 01, 2015
    $18.95 CAD 5.5 x 8.5 in | 120 pages Carton Quantity:72 Canadian Rights: Y ECW000
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      New poems from one of Canada’s best-known poets

      Where most poetry seeks contemplative quiet, as in Wordsworth’s “emotion recollected in tranquility,” Diversion asks: What happens to poetry if one stops trying to block the incoming cacophony and instead embraces the multiple streams of data that bombard the contemporary thought process? What poetry comes from the multitude of channels — ambient office radio, TVs at the gym, rampant social media alerts, eavesdropped conversations within crowds, 24-hour-news cycles, texts, telephone and voicemail, email pings — that constantly interrupt the brain from cogent thought? The result is alternately dark and hilarious, straddling the line between aphorism and poetry and creating an atmospheric narrative through connections that form between seemingly unassociated lines. For better or worse, what used to be stream-of-consciousness is now stream-of-collective-unconsciousness.

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      George Murray is the author of five acclaimed books of poetry, one bestselling book of aphorisms, and two books for children. He lives in St. John’s, Newfoundland.
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      “Reading George Murray’s Diversion makes me feel sorry for almost every other poet out there. You could build a rock solid poem out of almost every single line in this book. Most of us are digging rocks, Murray is mining diamonds . . . Diversion is without doubt one of the very best books of poetry I have read this year.” — Today’s Book of Poetry
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    9781770412828 Paperback POETRY / Canadian On Sale Date:October 01, 2015
    $18.95 CAD 5.5 x 8.5 in | 0.35 lb | 88 pages Carton Quantity:72 Canadian Rights: Y a misFit book
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      A debut collection with a fresh approach

      Decline of the Animal Kingdom investigates modern constructs of domesticity, freedom, wilderness, and artificiality to paint a portrait of what it means to be human, animal, or both in a society saturated with dog boutiques, trophy hunting, retro taxidermy, and eco-tourism. With brief forays into Algonquin Park and the heart of the 1980s jungle, the book largely draws its energy from the urban landscape, where the animals that interact with the environment have permanent effects on the land and human psyche. A wild deer wanders into the downtown core; the Galapagos and the ethics of conservation invade our Xbox; a mule grows weary of his unrewarding office job and unfulfilling relationships. Exploring the victories and defeats of an urban existence complete with 9-to-5 office angst, the claustrophobia of domestic partnerships in bachelor apartments, and party-and-pick-up culture, Decline of the Animal Kingdom is Laura Clarke’s love letter to the city of Toronto, and to extinct animals and office misfits alike.

      Bio
      Laura Clarke’s work has appeared in a variety of publications including PRISM International, Grain, the National Post, and the Antigonish Review. She is the 2013 winner of the Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers from the Writers’ Trust of Canada. She lives in Toronto, Ontario.
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      Awards
      Fred Cogswell Award For Excellence in Poetry 2016, Short-listed
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      “Clarke’s mischievous, fabulist debut collection blurs the lines between the literal and allegorical as she employs a lens of anthropomorphism, an edge of misanthropy, and the slow unravelling of personae into disparate states evoking something between grace and madness. The stark, spare language of her poetry, which utilizes a variety of forms, belies its complexity . . . Clarke’s successful balancing of calculated loathing and euphoria makes for a fierce piece of performance art.” — Publishers Weekly, starred

      “The poems in Clarke’s debut collection appear deceptively simple at first glance, with the pop sheen of YouTube videos and movie reviews, but are in fact nuanced examinations of the relationships between people and animals, domesticity and the wild.” — National Post

      Decline of the Animal Kingdom is Laura Clarke’s debut but it comes with fangs fully bared, claw’s out and a hungry raptors’ dark and fearless heart.” — Today’s Book of Poetry

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