Orbit Nominated for The Philip K. Dick Award!

REVENGER by Alastair Reynolds (Orbit TP, 9780316555562) and SIX WAKES by Mur Lafferty (Orbit TP, 9780316389686) have been nominated for The Philip K. Dick Award! The award is presented annually with the support of the Philip K. Dick Trust and honors distinguished science fiction published in paperback original form. This year's award will be presented on Friday, March 30th as part of the Norwescon science fiction convention.


Winner of the 2017 Locus Award

Revenger is a rocket-fueled tale of space pirates, buried treasure, and phantom weapons, of unspeakable hazards and single-minded heroism... and of vengeance...

Adrana and Fura Ness are the newest crew members of the legendary Captain Rackamore's ship, using their mysterious powers as Bone Readers to find clues about their next score. But there might be more waiting for them in space than adventure and fortune: the fabled and feared Bosa Sennen, in particular.

The galaxy is filled with treasures... if you have the courage to find them.


On a space ship far from earth, someone is murdering the crew. And the crew's newly awakened clones will have to find their killer--before he strikes again!

Maria Arena awakens in a cloning vat streaked with drying blood. She has no memory of how she died. This is new; before, when she had awakened as a new clone, her first memory was of how she died.

Maria's vat is one of seven, each one holding the clone of a crew member of the starship Dormire, each clone waiting for its previous incarnation to die so it can awaken. And Maria isn't the only one to die recently...



The Globe & Mail Most Anticipated Books of Spring 2018

We have five books on The Globe and Mail's hot debuts list!!! They wrote, "From hot debuts to heralded returns, novels to soon-to-be-dog-eared cookbooks, 2018 is lining up a bumper crop for bibliophiles." We couldn't agree more!

Wallis in Love: The Untold Life of the Duchess of Windsor the Woman Who Changed the Monarchy By Morton, Andrew 9781455566976 | $36.50. Hardcoer | Pub Date: 2/13/2018 | Grand Central Publishing / Hachette Book Group

Wallis in Love: The Untold Life of the Duchess of Windsor the Woman Who Changed the Monarchy By Morton, Andrew

9781455566976 | $36.50. Hardcoer | Pub Date: 2/13/2018 | Grand Central Publishing / Hachette Book Group

For fans of the Netflix series The Crown and from the author of the New York Times bestseller 17 Carnations comes a captivating biography of Wallis Simpson, the notorious woman for whom Edward VIII gave up the throne. 

The Never-Ending Present: The Story of Gord Downie and The Tragically Hip By Barclay Michael 9781770414365 |$34.95. Hardcover | Pub Date: 4/3/2018 |ECW Press / Jaguar Book Group

The Never-Ending Present: The Story of Gord Downie and The Tragically Hip By Barclay Michael

9781770414365 |$34.95. Hardcover | Pub Date: 4/3/2018 |ECW Press / Jaguar Book Group

In the first print biography of the Tragically Hip, Michael Barclay talks to dozens of the band’s peers and friends about not just the Hip’s music but about the opening bands, the American albatross, the band’s role in Canadian culture, and Gord Downie’s role in reconciliation with Indigenous people...This is a book not just for fans of the band: it’s for anyone interested in how culture can spark national conversations.

Adjacentland By Maharaj, Rabindranath 9781928088561 | $22.00 Paperback | Pub Date: 5/8/2018 | Wolsak & Wynn / University of Toronto Press Distribution

Adjacentland By Maharaj, Rabindranath

9781928088561 | $22.00 Paperback | Pub Date: 5/8/2018 | Wolsak & Wynn / University of Toronto Press Distribution

Today is a new day but yesterday was the same day. In this disquieting new work from award-winning novelist Rabindranath Maharaj, a man awakens in a strange institution called the Compound with no memory of his past. 

Who Took My Sister? By Webb-Campbell, Shannon 9781771663984 | $18.00 Paperback | Pub Date: 3/20/2018 | BookThug / LitDistCo Distribution

Who Took My Sister? By Webb-Campbell, Shannon

9781771663984 | $18.00 Paperback | Pub Date: 3/20/2018 | BookThug / LitDistCo Distribution

Joining a host of important contemporary voices such as Gregory Scofield, Liz Howard and Leanne Betasamosake Simpson, Mi'kmaq writer Shannon Webb-Campbell's Who Took My Sister? is a collection of poems and texts that hold and carry trauma; they are a choir and a haunting testament.

Walking in the City with Jane: A Story of Jane Jacobs By Hughes, Susan / Boivin, Valérie 9781771386531 | $19.99. Hardcover | Pub Date: 4/3/2018 | Kids Can Press / Hachette Book Group

Walking in the City with Jane: A Story of Jane Jacobs By Hughes, Susan / Boivin, Valérie

9781771386531 | $19.99. Hardcover | Pub Date: 4/3/2018 | Kids Can Press / Hachette Book Group

In this lively and engaging informational picture book, award-winning author Susan Hughes provides a fictionalized story of the life of Jane Jacobs, one of the world's greatest urban thinkers and activists.





Breaking News: Jennifer Lawrence to star in and produce Hannah Kent's BURIAL RITES

Jennifer Lawrence to star in and produce the film adaption of Hannah Kent’s BURIAL RITES!

(9780316243926/$15.00/April 1, 2014

(9780316243926/$15.00/April 1, 2014

Jennifer Lawrence will star in and produce Burial Rites, based on Hannah Kent's debut novel. Directed by Luca Guadagnino (Call Me by Your Name), the film's producers also include Allison Shearmur and Justine Ciarrocchi, with Gary Ross and Jerry Kalajian executive producing. TriStar Pictures has worldwide rights to the picture.

TriStar president Hannah Minghella, who, with Shary Shirazi, will oversee the production, said, "Luca is a rare talent. His movies capture an exquisite sense of place inextricably linked to the emotional state of the complex characters he creates. I can't imagine a more thrilling partnership than Luca and Jennifer coming together to bring Agnes' beautiful and tragic story to life."

Shearmur added that Guadagnino is "a masterful storyteller who brilliantly captures the nuance of the human condition in his films. I cannot wait for him to bring his original voice to the raw, visceral brutality, and poetry of Hannah Kent's haunting true story of Agnes Magnúsdóttir, the last woman to be publicly executed in Iceland, for the murder of two men."



National Book Award Nominee

National Book Award nominee PACHINKO will be released in trade paperback just in time for the awards ceremony on November 14th!


Watch her terrific video essay for PBS News Hour here:

When Min Jin Lee sees the latest headlines about nuclear weapons in North Korea, she thinks of her father, who fled the republic when he was 16, losing touch with his family. But she also thinks of the millions of people in that nation who are like hostages in their own land.


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Diary of a Wimpy Kid: THE GETAWAY


Greg Heffley and his family are getting out of town.

With the cold weather and the stress of the approaching holiday season, the Heffleys decide to escape to a tropical island resort for some much-needed rest and relaxation. A few days in paradise should do wonders for Greg and his frazzled family.

But the Heffleys soon discover that paradise isn't everything it's cracked up to be. Sun poisoning, stomach troubles, and venomous critters all threaten to ruin the family's vacation. Can their trip be saved, or will this island getaway end in disaster?



Jeff Kinney is a #1 New York Times bestselling author and a six-time Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Award winner for Favorite Book. Jeff has been named one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World. He is also the creator of Poptropica, which was named one of Time magazine’s 50 Best Websites. He spent his childhood in the Washington, D.C., area and moved to New England in 1995. Jeff lives with his wife and two sons in Plainville, Massachusetts, where they own a bookstore, An Unlikely Story.

The *NEW* Diary of a Wimpy Kid book is now on-sale! Visit for more! Greg Heffley and his family are getting out of town. With the cold weather and the stress of the approaching holiday season, the Heffleys decide to escape to a tropical island resort for some much-needed rest and relaxation.

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New Release: ENGINEERED!

With energetic, colorful visuals and layouts, plus real-world problem-solving applications, this offers an engaging, accessible introduction to engineering ...
— Booklist, August 2017


Written by Shannon Hunt

Illustrated by James Gulliver Hancock

 How do you land a rover on Mars, resolve a perpetual traffic jam or save a herd of caribou from potential extinction? Ask an engineer! Author Shannon Hunt presents nine real-life problems for which engineers designed inventive (and even crazy!) solutions. Each was solved using a different field of engineering --- from aerospace and mechanical to the new field of geomatics. A helpful seven-step flowchart of the engineering design process is also featured: define the problem, investigate the requirements, develop solutions, design a prototype, test it, improve it and share the idea. These steps are highlighted in each chapter with helpful icons that refer back to the flowchart. Sidebars, biographies of the engineers and fun detailed illustrations by James Gulliver Hancock help flesh out the stories and bring them to life.

This terrific introduction to some fascinating practical applications of engineering is sure to inspire the natural engineer in every child. With its emphasis on real-world connections to the math, science and technology skills applied with critical thinking and creative problem solving, this book is a natural for encouraging STEM education (science, technology, engineering, math). With so many direct curriculum applications for grades three to seven, and in following with the guidelines in the Next Generation Science Standards, this book is a perfect resource for classrooms and libraries, as well as anywhere a makerspace is found. Includes a table of contents, glossary and index.

Eye-opening, encouraging, and attractive ...
— Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review, May 2017



Elizabeth Reapy Wins Rooney Prize for Irish Literature

Red Dirt takes the modern Irish immigrant experience and turns it into a thought-provoking, vibrant novel that grips the reader from the start.
— The Irish Times

Exciting news!  Elizabeth Reapy's debut book RED DIRT has won the Roony Prize for Irish Literature.  They said, "Red Dirt is timely in its subject matter – the migration of Ireland’s young generation - inventively narrated in three voices, and displays a sure-footed mastery of the novel form.” 




A group of young Irish migrants leave a man called Hopper for dead on an outback road in Australia. They barely know him; no-one will miss him in their world of hostel wild nights on cheap wine and grinding work on isolated farms. In this powerful novel about the discovery of responsibility, three young people—Fiona, Murph and Hopper—flee the collapse of their country's economy. In the heat and endless spaces of Australia they try to escape their past, but impulsive cruelty, shame and guilt drag them down, and it is easy to make terrible choices



2017 Cundill History Prize longlist


The longlist for the 2017 Cundill History Prize has been revealed. The prize for the best history writing in English is the richest in the world for the genre, awarding $75,000 to the winner and $10,000 each to two runners-up.

Congratulations to Oxford University Press author Stephen Smith! His book, Russia in Revolution, has been longlisted! 

Read more here: The winner will be honoured at a gala in Montreal on November 16th. 



Announcing the 2018 Forest of Reading Nominees!


Ontario Library Association (OLA) has announced the English and French nominees for the 2018 Forest of Reading program, the largest recreational reading award program in Canada.


Congratulations to the following nominees!

2018 Blue Spruce Award

Even Superheroes Have Bad Days 9781454913948

Even Superheroes Have Bad Days 9781454913948

The Branch 9781771385640,

The Branch 9781771385640,

A Squiggly Story 9781771380164

A Squiggly Story 9781771380164

2018 Silver Birch Fiction

Brave 9780316363181

Brave 9780316363181

From Ant to Eagle 9781771681117

From Ant to Eagle 9781771681117

2018 Silver Birch Non-Fiction

Monster Science 9781771380546

Monster Science 9781771380546

2018 Silver Birch Express

The Banana-Leaf Ball 9781771383318

The Banana-Leaf Ball 9781771383318

The winners of the 2018 program will be announced and awarded live at the Festival of Trees in May!

“The Forest program delivered by schools and libraries across Canada is designed to get kids excited about reading,” says Shelagh Paterson, Executive Director, Ontario Library Association. “Research reveals that a love of reading cultivates empathy and increases student success in other subject areas.” 

For more information visit FOREST OF READING!



New Release: Take A Bath


About This Book

The bathroom is multifaceted: the room where you start your morning routine and unwind at the end of a long day; a sanctuary within one’s own four walls; or a place to pause before rushing out the door. From the utilitarian to the luxurious and from the Victorian-influenced to the modern, these rooms are showcases of stunning design.

Designers and dwellers discuss the details of creating these practical and splendid spaces; insider insight shows how to combine materials to craft tantalizing textures and statements. Whether looking for resourceful solutions for a guest bathroom or rich details to add to a decadent master bath, one is sure to find inspiration within the pages of Take A Bath.

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Available Now! EAT SMART: What to Eat in a Day--Every Day by Niomi Smart

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Eat healthy, all day, every day, with these delicious vegan meals tailored to your lifestyle!
With its tempting all-natural, plant-based meals, Eat Smart makes it simple to boost your health and your energy. In her much-anticipated first cookbook, popular blogger Niomi Smart helps you learn to love a wide range of fresh fruits and vegetables, rather than advocating a rigid diet that restricts food options. She creates flavorful dishes filled with superfoods, herbs, and spices—and, thanks to her menus, you can tailor what you eat to coordinate perfectly with your level of physical activity. It’s never been so easy, creative, or fun to EAT SMART!
Recipes include:
Smooth Banana + Blueberry Oatmeal*  Açaí Smoothie Bowl*  Roasted Fennel, Lentil, + Fig Salad*  Farmhouse Vegetable Soup*  Mexican Wild Rice Lettuce Wraps*  Cauliflower “Steak” With Chimichurri*  Shepherd’s Pie*  Spring Garden Risotto*  Pecan Ice Cream with Salted Caramel Sauce*  and much more!


Niomi Smart is a lifestyle blogger and cofounder of the healthy snack delivery service SourcedBox. After transitioning to a plant-based diet in 2014, she began to create her own recipes and share them with her audience on her Instagram, YouTube channel, and blog. Some of the most popular videos in her “What I Eat in a Day” series inspired this, her first book. Niomi Smart lives in London.



CBC's Fall book preview: Arleen Paré's Poetry Collection Picked As One To Watch For


A long poem memorializing the art and lives of sculptors Frances Loring and Florence Wyle

Arleen Paré, in her first book-length poem after her Governor General Literary Award–winning Lake of Two Mountains, turns her cool, benevolent eye to the shared lives of Florence Wyle and Frances Loring, two of Canada’s greatest artists, whose sculptures she comes face to face with at the National Gallery of Canada. In the guise of a curator, Paré takes us on a moving, carefully structured tour through the rooms where their work is displayed, the Gallery’s walls falling away to travel in time to Chicago (where they met at art school and fell in love in the 1910s), New York, and Toronto (where they lived and worked for the next six decades). Along the way, Paré looks at fashions in art, the politics of gender, and the love that longtime proximity calls forth in us. The Girls with Stone Faces is one of the finest collections of poetry about the lives of artists—and most importantly their work—to appear in Canada in many years.

Although Wyle and Loring were well known during their lifetimes, they have dropped out of common memory. Paré’s collection is art loving art, women loving women, words loving shape, poetry loving stone, the curve of jaw, the trajectory of days.

… Like the sculpted female figures she describes as ‘tacking their bodies against the history of storm,’ Paré has positioned her own graceful, finely chiselled lines to recast the history of women in art, in society, in love.
— Anita Lahey
Paré’s poems vibrate with contextual awareness: the artists’ personal lives, their professional milieu, the painting in the next room as the poet meets Loring and Wyle’s sculptures for the first time. . . . A distinctive and memorable book, sympathetic and gloriously questioning.
— Stephanie Bolster



Canadian Children's Book Centre Awards Finalists

We're delighted to announce our Canadian Children’s Book Centre (CCBC) finalists for the Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children’s Non-Fiction ($10,000, Sponsored by the Fleck Family Foundation) and the John Spray Mystery Award ($5,000 Sponsored by John Spray). 

Congratulations to Elizabeth MacLeod and Sydney Smith, author and illustrator of Canada Year by Year, and Casey Lyall, author of Howard Wallace, P.I., for your respective nominations. 

The nominated books exemplify some of the very best work by Canadian authors and illustrators from across the country. The winners of the English-language awards will be announced at an invitation-only gala event at The Carlu in Toronto on November 21, 2017. Read more at:


Canada Year by Year Written by Elizabeth MacLeod (Toronto, ON) Illustrated by Sydney Smith (Toronto, ON) Kids Can Press for ages 8-12 “MacLeod has divided the established and unheard-of facts into ten eras covering Canada’s history and influential cultural moments that had global success… Canada Year by Year captivates readers with facts, trivia and quotes, as it covers culture, politics, art and sports… This fascinating book is ideal to pick up and read excerpts or to read from front to back covers.” 


Howard Wallace, P.I. Written by Casey Lyall (Strathroy, ON) Sterling Children’s Books for ages 8-12 “A great introduction to film noir, with a voice that carries you to another time period entirely… Laced with quirky characters and related moments, Howard Wallace P.I. is perfect for reading by flashlight or while tucked in the corner of a treehouse… A humorous, clever, warm-hearted middle grade story that makes a terrific introduction to the mystery genre for any young reader.” 



SPACEMAN OF BOHEMIA - Center for Fiction First Novel Prize Shortlist!

The Center For Fiction has announced their short list for the 2017 First Novel Prize, including Jaroslav Kalfar’s SPACEMAN OF BOHEMIA!

The Center for Fiction's First Novel Prize is awarded to the best debut novel published between January 1 and December 31 of the award year. The author of the winning book is awarded $10,000 and each shortlisted author recieves $1,000.The winner will be announced at The Center for Fiction’s Annual Benefit and Awards Dinner held on December 5th this year. This year's judges are: Sonya Chung, Anne Landsman, Fiona Maazel, Rick Moody, and Kia Corthron, who won the 2016 Prize for her debut novel The Castle Cross the Magnet Carter.

(HC - March 7, 2017 - ISBN: 978-0-316-27343-5 - $26.00 - 288 Pgs)

(HC - March 7, 2017 - ISBN: 978-0-316-27343-5 - $26.00 - 288 Pgs)

frenetically imaginative…booming with vitality and originality…Kalfar’s voice is distinct enough to leave tread marks…He has such a lively mind and so many ideas to explore…an exhilarating flair for imagery.
— Jennifer Senior, The New York Times





Sidetracked by Diana Harmon featured in The New York Times Book Review

Fantastic news!


[8/22/17; ISBN 9781419726019]

[8/22/17; ISBN 9781419726019]

In the extensive review, the Times praises, “…the story has a winning momentum, to go with its pleasing evocations of the symphony of running. Asher’s fine descriptions — of feet on the track, of an uphill run, of pushing beyond one’s initial limits — are a call to get off the couch and onto the road. The season pushes toward its finish, including a climactic race scene delivered with suspense and a dazzling plot twist, as Joseph finds support from his rascal of a grandfather, who provides some warm humor, and from teammates who are faster — and slower.”

Full text below. This review is online  here and will be in the print issue this Sunday, August 27th.

By Diana Harmon Asher
240 pp. Amulet Books. 
(Middle grade; ages 8 - 12)

For nearly all of us who see ourselves (wishfully or otherwise) as athletes, competitive sport leaves us behind long before we’re ready. Yet we often find meaning in memories of competition from years past, and we hope our children will find the same. There is, and will always be, a competitiveness to life, and a ready metaphor in how that competition plays out in sports. And whether you’re an athlete or not, such themes carry a lasting power.

So why is the sport perhaps most naturally suited to teaching lessons, the very first sport most of us ever practice — running — so terribly overlooked when it comes to stories? Why aren’t there more tales about the trials and glories of track?



Kirkus Reviews: Shadow of a Pug

Pub Date: September 5, 2017   9781454919551 || Price: $14.95

Pub Date: September 5, 2017  

9781454919551 || Price: $14.95

"It leaps from the tired trope of the stolen mascot to land in new territory, and the characters interact realistically and have real kid problems. Another sequel is in the offing, and young mystery fans should be glad." - Kirkus Reviews  

“My partner scanned the message and a slow grin took over her face as she said our four favorite words: ‘We have a case.’”


Middle-school detectives Howard Wallace and Ivy Mason are itching for a juicy case. But when their friend and cohort Marvin hires them to prove his nephew— über-bully Carl Dean—didn’t pugnap the school mascot, they’re less than thrilled. To succeed, not only must Howard and Ivy play nice with Carl, they’ll have to dodge a scrappy, snoopy reporter and come face-to-face with Howard’s worst enemy, his ex-best friend Miles Fletcher. Can Howard deal with all these complications and still be there for Ivy when her life is turned upside down? Or will he once again find himself a friendless P.I.?

Praise for Howard Wallace, P.I.:  

"...Lyall's crack at the trending genre of middle grade noir is an absolute delight..." -Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"...Give this to fans of Encyclopedia Brown who are looking for longer (and funnier!) well-plotted mysteries." - Booklist  



More Nominations - Giller Longlist!

Fantastic News - we have TWO titles on the Giller Longlist this year, both from LitDistCo.  


A tender but lively debut novel about a man, a woman, and their Chevrolet dealer.

Agathe and Réjean Lapointe are about to celebrate their twentieth wedding anniversary when Réjean's beloved Chevy Silverado is found abandoned at the side of the road--with no trace of Réjean. As her hope dwindles, Agathe falls in with her spirited coworker, Debbie, who teaches Agathe about rock and roll, and with Martin Bureau, the one man who might know the truth about Réjean's fate. Set against the landscape of rural Acadia, I Am a Truck is a funny and moving tale about the possibilities and impossibilities of love and loyalty.






In this latest short-story collection Josip Novakovich explores the shallow roots of emigration as he traverses North America from university post to writing residency. These stunning stories showcase the author at his most intimate, taking on an aura of memoir as they invite us into the privacy of his family experiences. Above all, Novakovich is in search of a natural existence, whether it be living close to the land or raising animals. 

The author of the critically acclaimed Ex-Yu, which illustrated the lives of those scarred by the Balkan wars, here revels in the rootlessness of America and its wide-open spaces. As a companion to Ex-Yu (2015), Tumbleweed reveals a rarefied author who is as capable of warming readers' hearts as he is of probing the depths of global despair.

Read more here: The shortlist will be announced on October 2nd.




International Talk Like A Pirate Day

If you’re anything like me, pirates have a special place in your heart—from that time that you dressed up as one for Halloween, or the first time you saw Jack Sparrow appear on screen. Unlike me, however, you might’ve already known that September 19th is International Talk Like A Pirate Day, which means we’re all basically given a free pass to communicate (i.e. annoy) friends and family for a day.

The good news is that with International Talk Like A Pirate Day, we’re all given a free pass to channel our inner pirates (because you know you want to). In honour of such an important occasion, here are a few books to get you ready and in the spirit…arrrre you ready!? (Couldn’t resist slipping that in there…)

It’s always a good idea to get the young ones into books early, and what better way to do that than by focusing on pirates? The Unintentional Adventures of the Bland Sisters: The Jolly Regina is a great place to start, and so is the recently released Pirates Magnified (complete with its own magnifying glass!) Kids will also love both The Incredible Pirate Activity Book and Peter Powers and the Swashbuckling Sky Pirates—and of course, there’s no way I could include mention of Jack Sparrow himself, but happily there’s a Dead Men Tell No Tales graphic novel out there.

Older audiences need not fear either—whether you’re after learning about the real lives and stories of actual pirates in Treasure Neverland: Real and Imaginary Pirates or The Pirate Queen: In Search of Grace O'Malley and Other Legendary Women of the Sea, or looking for a genuine fright in The Ghost Pirates, there’s something for everyone!

Now go out and have a swashbuckling adventure!