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The funniest picture book EVER.

A HORSE NAMED STEVE

Written by Kelly Collier

Illustrated by Kelly Collier

 “Steve is a fine horse,” begins Kelly Collier's clever picture book. “But he thinks he could be finer. He wants to be EXCEPTIONAL.” When Steve finds a beautiful gold horn lying on the ground in the forest, he realizes he has found his path to the exceptional! He immediately ties the horn to the top of his head and prances off to show his friends. Not everyone is impressed, but most of his friends agree --- Steve and his horn are indeed exceptional. In fact, many of his friends are so inspired, they decide to tie items to the tops of their heads as well. So when Steve discovers his horn has suddenly gone missing, he's devastated and frantically searches everywhere to find it. He won't be exceptional without his horn! Or will he?

This is a laugh-out-loud tale of an endearingly self-absorbed horse, illustrated in lively black-and-white artwork. Throughout the story, Collier interweaves humorous commentary and some definitions (such as for devastated: “That means really, really bummed.”). The tone of the book allows children to feel like they're in on the joke while the main character isn't, adding to the amusement. Besides its fun appeal as a read-aloud, this book would be a terrific choice to launch discussions on self-esteem, particularly about the difference between what people think will make them special and what actually does make them special. It also works for lessons on proper social skills and how to treat your friends.

Watch the book trailer!

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Thriller Writers 2017 Award Finalists

The International Thriller Writers 2017 Thriller Awards Finalists have been announced,

including the following Little, Brown and Mulholland Books titles:

 Best Hardcover Novel

YOU WILL KNOW ME by Megan Abbott

UNDERGROUND AIRLINES by Ben H. Winters

The 2017 ITW Thriller Award Winners will be announced at ThrillerFest XII, July 15, 2017, at the Grand Hyatt (New York City). To view the entire list of finalists, click here.

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Publishers Weekly Review: Arne & Carlos’ Field Guide to Knitted Birds

Their knitted birds are the whimsical designs of two creative people, who write as one about “designer birds”....The cutest avians wear Norwegian sweaters or Peruvian hats with pom-poms.
— Publishers Weekly

Arne & Carlos' Field Guide to Knitted Birds: Over 40 Handmade Projects to Liven Up Your Roost  by Carlos Zachrison & Arne Nerjordet

Let Arne & Carlos guide you on a journey into the colorful and imaginative bird kingdom! Inspired by nature both at home and abroad—from their garden in Tonsåsen come the characteristic bullfinch, chickadee, and wagtail, to name a few, but the fun doesn't stop there. Knit cold-weather birds with Norwegian traditional patterns, and keep them warm with bird-sized wool caps and scarves; make brilliant birds-of-paradise decorated with embroidery, sequins, and feathers; or spread your wings a little further with birds featuring vintage Mexican embroidery motifs. These delightful birds can be used as decorations year-round, but they may tend to migrate towards the Christmas tree when the time approaches. With clear instructions, helpful diagrams, and full-color photographs, it’s time for every knitter’s imagination to take flight.

Let Arne & Carlos guide you on a journey into the colorful and imaginative bird kingdom! Inspired by nature both at home and abroad—from their garden in Tonsåsen come the characteristic bullfinch, chickadee, and wagtail, to name a few, but the fun doesn't stop there. Knit cold-weather birds with Norwegian traditional patterns, and keep them warm with bird-sized wool caps and scarves; make brilliant birds-of-paradise decorated with embroidery, sequins, and feathers; or spread your wings a little further with birds featuring vintage Mexican embroidery motifs. These delightful birds can be used as decorations year-round, but they may tend to migrate towards the Christmas tree when the time approaches. With clear instructions, helpful diagrams, and full-color photographs, it’s time for every knitter’s imagination to take flight.

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Peggy Noonan Winner of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Commentary

Congratulations to Peggy Noonan

Winner of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Commentary

THE TIME OF OUR LIVES paperback edition, which includes many of the essays that won her the Pulitzer Prize, is on sale now!

The Time of Our Lives

Politics, Passions, and Provocations

by Peggy Noonan

The 2017 Pulitzer Prize Winner for Commentary and conservative icon Peggy Noonan offers her most insightful work, including her Wall Street Journal columns about the 2016 Election

New York Times bestseller The Time of Our Lives travels the path of Peggy Noonan's remarkable and influential career, beginning with a revealing essay about her motivations as a writer and thinker. It's followed by an address to students at Harvard University on the drafting of President Reagan's speech the day the space shuttle Challenger exploded. Then comes one surprising chapter after the next including:


"People I Miss" - memorable salutes to the likes of Tim Russert, Joan Rivers, Margaret Thatcher, and others.

"Making Trouble" - Peggy's sharpest, funniest and most critical columns about Democrats and Republicans, the idiocracy of government, and Beltway disconnect.

"I Just Called to Say I Love You" - Peggy's most poignant writing capturing the country's grief and recovery in the wake of 9-11, and clear-eyed foresight on what lay ahead in terms of war and sacrifice.

"The Loneliest President Since Nixon" - tracking hope and change as it became disillusionment and disappointment with President Obama.

And other sections where Peggy discerns the mood of the country ("State of the Union"), the melodrama of the historic 2008 election ("My Beautiful Election"), her battles with the Catholic Church ("What I Told the Bishops") and lighter meditations on baseball, a snowy afternoon in Brooklyn, and motherhood ("Having Fun").

Annotated throughout, The Time of Our Lives articulates Peggy's conservative vision, demonstrating why she has been awarded the Pulitzer Prize, journalism's highest honor. 

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Mother's Day Gift Ideas

Ah, May—that time of year when flowers start blooming, barbeques will make their long overdue appearance, and we’ll all soon be heading for the nearest patio. At the same time, May marks what I like to call the beginning of “celebration season”, with the first celebration being Mother’s Day. If you’re like me, you might find that 1) finding the right gift for your mother can sometimes be a little difficult; and 2) you’re ever-so-slightly caught off guard by the fact that it’s already Mother’s Day. But the wonderful thing about books is that no matter who your mother is or what she’s interested in, you’re guaranteed to find something that she’ll love.

Flowers in bloom means there’s no better time to learn how to create floral arrangements, and Handpicked is a great guide with step-by-step instructions to produce your own stunning creations. And if Paris happens to hold a special place in her heart, then the gorgeous photographs that capture life in the City of Light in Paris in Bloom are perfect—while Rosé All Day is the ideal companion to help her channel her inner Parisian, and a must-have for any wine lover.

Of course, she might like to have something to go with that wine—Fresh: Simple, Delicious Recipes to Make You Feel Energized! offers delicious recipes with an emphasis on healthy eating and maximizing energy, and the love letter to Gulf Coast cuisine that is Gumbo Love is full of tasty and mouthwatering meals!

And to round it all off with some fiction, I’ll Eat When I’m Dead (which is something of a cross between Murder She Wrote and Valley of the Dolls) is all at once witty, intelligent, and funny—plus, a murder that leaves you guessing at every turn? Who could ask for anything more!

Happy Mother’s Day!

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IMAGINE ME GONE 2017 Pulitzer Prize in Fiction Finalist

Imagine Me Gone

by Adam Haslett

BEST 100 FICTION BOOKS OF 2016 -- Kirkus Reviews

LONGLISTED FOR THE 2016 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD and ANDREW CARNEGIE MEDAL FOR EXCELLENCE IN FICTION

KIRKUS PRIZE FINALIST

"Haslett is one of the country's most talented writers, equipped with a sixth sense for characterization."--Wall Street Journal

"Ambitious and stirring . . . With Imagine Me Gone, Haslett has reached another level." --New York Times Book Review

New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice

Best Books of 2016 So Far -- Time and Refinery29


From a Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award finalist, a ferociously intimate story of a family facing the ultimate question: how far will we go to save the people we love the most?


When Margaret's fiancé, John, is hospitalized for depression in 1960s London, she faces a choice: carry on with their plans despite what she now knows of his condition, or back away from the suffering it may bring her. She decides to marry him. Imagine Me Gone is the unforgettable story of what unfolds from this act of love and faith. At the heart of it is their eldest son, Michael, a brilliant, anxious music fanatic who makes sense of the world through parody. Over the span of decades, his younger siblings -- the savvy and responsible Celia and the ambitious and tightly controlled Alec -- struggle along with their mother to care for Michael's increasingly troubled and precarious existence. 

Told in alternating points of view by all five members of the family, this searing, gut-wrenching, and yet frequently hilarious novel brings alive with remarkable depth and poignancy the love of a mother for her children, the often inescapable devotion siblings feel toward one another, and the legacy of a father's pain in the life of a family. 

With his striking emotional precision and lively, inventive language, Adam Haslett has given us something rare: a novel with the power to change how we see the most important people in our lives. 

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SUMMER MUST READ: Wanderlust—Hiking on Legendary Trails

Hiking on Legendary Trails

River gorges in Zion National Park, the spectacular El Caminito del Rey in Spain, the pilgrim trail on the holy Kumano Kodo in Japan, or a mythical hiking path in Norway, the land of the giants—Wanderlust explores legendary hiking trails in enchanting corners of the world and over a variety of terrain through inviting maps, practical tips, and inspiring landscape photographs.

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Editor's Pick: Preview Five Legendary Trails

Our hiking compendium takes you to captivating corners of the world and over a variety of terrain: thin ice and desert sands; coastal tracks and forest pathways  | Read more

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Wanderlust in Alberta

Emanuel Smedbøl captures the great outdoors in inspiring images | Read more

Stunning Landscapes by Scott McFadyen

The Canadian photographer captures the natural beauty of North America | Read more

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REVEAL Indigenous Art Awards

The Hnatyshyn Foundation has launched REVEAL Indigenous Art Awards to honour Indigenous Canadian artists working in all artistic disciplines. The comprehensive program of awards and promotional activities, including 150 cash awards of $10,000 each to be awarded in 2017, will fuel the creation of new artistic works and leave a lasting cultural legacy.

The Awards recognize emerging and established Indigenous artists. The awards will be given in six artistic categories including dance, music, theatre, literature, film/video (media arts), and visual arts/fine craft.

An event honouring the artists will be held in Winnipeg on May 22nd, 2017.  

This year we're pleased to announce the following recipients: 

For more information please visit http://www.rjhf.com/programs/indigenousawards/

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Malala Yousafzai Honorary Canadian Citizen

Malala Yousafzai accepts her Honorary Canadian citizenship and charms all of Canada with an inspiring, extraordinary speech to Parliament on April 12. Following the ceremony, Malala presents her book I AM MALALA to the Parliamentary Librarian of Canada, Sonia L'Heureux. 

Malala

I Am Malala

The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban

by Malala Yousafzai

A MEMOIR BY THE YOUNGEST RECIPIENT OF THE NOBEL PEACE PRIZE

"I come from a country that was created at midnight. When I almost died it was just after midday."

When the Taliban took control of the Swat Valley in Pakistan, one girl spoke out. Malala Yousafzai refused to be silenced and fought for her right to an education.

On Tuesday, October 9, 2012, when she was fifteen, she almost paid the ultimate price. She was shot in the head at point-blank range while riding the bus home from school, and few expected her to survive.

Instead, Malala's miraculous recovery has taken her on an extraordinary journey from a remote valley in northern Pakistan to the halls of the United Nations in New York. At sixteen, she became a global symbol of peaceful protest and the youngest nominee ever for the Nobel Peace Prize.

I AM MALALA is the remarkable tale of a family uprooted by global terrorism, of the fight for girls' education, of a father who, himself a school owner, championed and encouraged his daughter to write and attend school, and of brave parents who have a fierce love for their daughter in a society that prizes sons.

I AM MALALA will make you believe in the power of one person's voice to inspire change in the world.

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The New Urban Crisis

Richard Florida’s THE NEW URBAN CRISIS is receiving terrific media coverage in Canada!

Quill & Quire mentions the book in their spring preview

The Calgary Herald highlights the book

Richard Florida’s op-ed piece ran in The Province 

The Globe and Mail ran a review

Richard Florida’s op-ed ran in the Toronto Star 

Toronto Life ran a Q&A

Rotman School of Management ran a review

Sharp highlights the book

The Toronto Star piece was picked up by Our Windsor 

Urban Toronto.ca interview with Richard Florida

Pub date: 4/11; ISBN: 9780465079742; $36.50

Pub date: 4/11; ISBN: 9780465079742; $36.50

The New Urban Crisis

How Our Cities Are Increasing Inequality, Deepening Segregation, and Failing the Middle Class—and What We Can Do About It

by Richard Florida


In recent years, the young, educated, and affluent have surged back into cities, reversing decades of suburban flight and urban decline. And yet all is not well, Richard Florida argues in The New Urban Crisis. Florida, one of the first scholars to anticipate this back-to-the-city movement in his groundbreaking The Rise of the Creative Class, demonstrates how the same forces that power the growth of the world's superstar cities also generate their vexing challenges: gentrification, unaffordability, segregation, and inequality. Meanwhile, many more cities still stagnate, and middle-class neighborhoods everywhere are disappearing. Our winner-take-all cities are just one manifestation of a profound crisis in today's urbanized knowledge economy. 

A bracingly original work of research and analysis, The New Urban Crisis offers a compelling diagnosis of our economic ills and a bold prescription for more inclusive cities capable of ensuring growth and prosperity for all.

 

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