New from Shane W. Evans and Katie Smith Milway


Written by Katie Smith Milway

Illustrated by Shane W. Evans

Series: CitizenKid

Separated from his family when they were forced to flee their home, a young East African boy named Deo lives alone in the Lukole refugee camp in Tanzania. With scarce resources at the camp, bullies have formed gangs to steal what they can, and a leader named Remy has begun targeting Deo. Then one day a coach gathers all the children to play soccer. Though Deo loves soccer and has even made his own ball out of banana leaves, he's unsure at first about joining in when he sees Remy on the field. But as Deo and the other boys get drawn into the game, everything begins to change. Their shared joy in playing provides the children --- including Remy --- with a sense of belonging. “Ball by ball, practice by practice, children who were once afraid of each other laugh together,” the book explains, and “no one feels so alone anymore.”

Based on a true story, Katie Smith Milway's inspiring tale shows how a desperate situation can be improved by finding common ground through play. It provides a perfect starting point for discussing the social justice issues surrounding the growing number of refugees worldwide. Award-winning Shane W. Evans's artwork powerfully and poignantly personalizes for children the experience of refugees. Furthermore, the book examines the value of using sports to build pro-social behavior, particularly as it relates to bullying. By depicting characters who change and evolve over the course of the story, kids of all backgrounds and experiences will find something positive to relate to. The back matter contains information about the “real” Deo, instructions for games that build trust and inclusion through play, and suggestions for how to support play-based nonprofit organizations.


“This outside-looking-in depiction of the power of play to bridge new relationships in Burundi serves as a universal lesson that all readers can draw on.” — Kirkus Reviews, December 2016

“A moving story about how a single item can change a life and how playing can fill that life with joy.” — Booklist, January 2017



Explore Berlin and Rome with The Monocle Travel Guide Series



For a long time Berlin lacked the wealth and stability of other capital cities so ingenuity prevailed. It's now known as a place where creativity is fostered, resourcefulness encouraged, and originality embraced. BERLIN: THE MONOCLE TRAVEL GUIDE SERIES is available now in our online shop: More from The Monocle Travel Guide Series:

Hometown Glory: Explore Berlin

The Monocle Travel Guide Series tours the German capital | Read more

Sights Set on the Eternal City

Rome takes center stage in the Monocle Travel Guide Series | Read more


From ancient architecture and charming trattorias to unbeatable boutiques, Rome has always been one of Europe’s most popular destinations. Our guide will take you down the city’s lesser-known thoroughfares full of freshly ground coffee and culinary surprises. ROME: THE MONOCLE TRAVEL GUIDE SERIES is available now in our online shop: More from The Monocle Travel Guide Series:



Sunil Yapa 2017 PEN/Faulkner Finalist

The 2017 PEN/Faulkner Award Finalists have been announced.

Sunil Yapa, author of YOUR HEART IS A MUSCLE THE SIZE OF A FIST, is one of the five nominees!

[Trade paperback; Pub date: 10/18/16; ISBN: 9780316386555; Price: $15.99]

The winner will be announced on Tuesday, April 4th. Following the announcement, the 37th Annual PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction Ceremony & Dinner will be held on Saturday, May 6th at 7:00 p.m. at the Folger Shakespeare Library.

The PEN/Faulkner Award honors the best work of fiction published by an American in a single calendar year. The largest peer-reviewed literary prize in the country, the PEN/Faulkner Award continues to recognize the finest American fiction being produced today. The three judges selected the five finalists from almost 500 works of fiction by American authors published in the United States during 2016.

The Washington Post covers the diversity of the finalists.



Gestalten New Release: The Pencil Perfect

The Pencil Perfect

The Untold Story of a Cultural Icon


Our new book The Pencil Perfect takes its namesake’s four simple ingredients – wood, graphite, clay, and water – and narrates a tale of worldwide influence and innovation. Caroline Weaver, pencil connoisseur and CW Pencil Enterprise Shop owner, composes texts that extol the nuanced influence of her beloved and humble implement. 

Caroline Weaver is a life-long pencil obsessive who owns a shop dedicated solely to wood-cased pencils, new and old, from all over the world in New York City. As a child she coveted a set of Caran d’Ache Prismalo colored pencils and proudly sharpened six early-2000s-era black Ticonderogas before school each day. From there, her love of the pencil and knowledge of the subject flourished. After traveling the world in search of the finest pencils still in production, she opened her shop in 2015. Caroline lives in the East Village neighborhood of Manhattan and has a tattoo of a pencil on her forearm.




UPG Special Edition - Nikola Tesla

The Unemployed Philosophers Guild's Presents...


Image Google Play/Google Play

Image Google Play/Google Play

Nikola Tesla (1856-1943) was one of the world’s most remarkable inventors. Born in Croatia to a Serbian family, Tesla emigrated to the United States, where he worked for Thomas Edison and sold patents to George Westinghouse. I’m going to do it. I’m going to quote Hamilton: The Musical here: “Immigrants. They get the job done.”  Tesla trained as an engineer and developed 700+ patents and theories for AC (alternating current) electricity, motors, radio, robotics, dynamos, radar, remote control, computer science, solar power, fluorescent light, lasers, X-rays… and the Tesla coil.




Experimints -

Quotable Notable greeting card (with sticker sheet of images and greetings if you’re more of a tinkerer than a writer) -

Magnetic Personality finger puppet -

Little Thinker doll -

Watch – with lighting bolt hands! -

Secular Saints Candle -



If you’d like to read Tesla’s work for yourself, here’s one of his articles from the June 1900 issue of Century Illustrated Magazine. Tesla believed in the power of wind power and solar power (scroll down past his ideas about burning nitrogen in the earth’s atmosphere):

Tesla inspires people today, including an electric car manufacturer named Tesla Motors:

The strength of magnetic fields can be measured units known as “teslas.” The symbol for a tesla is T.


Tesla and the Ladies

Though he was socially uncomfortable – and never married, himself – Mr. T had a high regard for women. Maria Popova discusses his views on her delightful site, Brain Pickings:


Tesla and Edison and The Oatmeal

Awhile back, The Oatmeal blog featured an impassioned piece called “Why Nikola Tesla was the greatest geek who ever lived.” It made quite a stir on the Internet [swear word warning]:

Forbes magazine refuted the piece:

The Oatmeal responded with an annotated response:

The Oatmeal piece shows up every once in awhile and the Tesla v. Edison debates continue… 


Nikola Tesla and Drunk History 

If you’re not familiar with the phenomenon that is Drunk History, ask your nephew who wins all the science fairs or your next-door neighbor’s nerdy daughter who’s always building mysterious machines in their garage [drunk guy inappropriateness warning]: 

Become a fan on facebook: Watch the amazing story of Nikola Tesla (John C. Reilly); the father of Western Technology, who sailed to America to meet Thomas Edison (Crispin Glover) and work for him. Late one night Duncan Trussell had a six pack of beer and a bottle of absinthe and sat down to tell us about this historical event.


Now sober up and check out Nikola Tesla’s Patents

Why not build a handy Dynamo Electric Machine in your free time? If you’re interested – or retired or a speed-reader – you can study Nikola Tesla’s patents for yourself:



Elly Blake in Toronto

Elly Blake had a fantastic day in Toronto on Feb 3 to promote her new novel FROSTBLOOD!

Tour Recap:

Elly signed FROSTBLOOD for librarians and teachers at the Ontario Library Association Super Conference EXPO 2017 at the Canadian Manda Group booth!

Elly delighted Indigo’s Teen Category Manager and local bloggers at a fantastic meet & greet lunch!

 Elly signed stock at Bakka Phoenix and Indigo Manulife. She also had a terrific interview with The Graduated Bookworm Blogger!

Press reviews:

‘This enchanting and fast-paced debut lights up the page with magic, romance, and action. Readers will be eagerly anticipating the next book in the series’  – Booklist

‘This series opener is perfect for fans of Victoria Aveyard’s Red Queen and will delight those who love fantasy, adventure, and romance. A strong addition to any YA fantasy collection.’ – School Library Journal (Ariel Birdoff, New York Public Library)



The Ragged Edge Reviews

Mike Zacchea, author of The Ragged Edge: A US Marine’s Account of Leading the Iraqi Army Fifth Battalion (Chicago Review Press, 9781613738412) was interviewed on “MSNBC Live with Kate Snow” on MSNBC (National) on January 31st. Mike discussed Trump’s immigration ban and the stories of Iraqi interpreters that are included in The Ragged Edge.

Mike Zacchea’s op-ed for CNBC Online (26.1 million uvpm) can be viewed now--a link to the op-ed can be found here.  

HISTORY 384 PAGES, 6 X 9 FORMATS: CLOTH CLOTH, $28.99 (CA $38.99) PUBLICATION DATE: APRIL 2017 ISBN 9781613738412


384 PAGES, 6 X 9


CLOTH, $28.99 (CA $38.99)


ISBN 9781613738412

The Ragged Edge: A US Marine’s Account of Leading the Iraqi Army Fifth Battalion By Michael Zacchea, By Ted Kemp, Foreword by Paul D. Eaton

At a time when the United States debates how deeply to involve itself in Iraq and Syria, Lt. Col. Michael Zacchea, USMC (ret.), holds a unique vantage point on our still-ongoing war. Deployed to Iraq in March 2004, his team's mission was to build, train, and lead in combat the first Iraqi army battalion trained by the US military. Zacchea tells a deeply personal and powerful story while shedding light on the dangerous pitfalls of training foreign troops to fight murderous insurgents. The Ragged Edge is the first American military memoir out of Iraq or Syria that features complex Arab and Kurdish characters and that intimately explores their culture and politics in a dispassionate way. Zacchea's invaluable lessons about Americans working with Arabs and Kurds to fight insurgency and terrorism come precisely when such wartime collaboration is happening more than at any time in US history.


"Michael Zacchea and Ted Kemp have written a superb account of the efforts to build an Iraqi Army from scratch. This is a book rich in lessons and emotions. Every commander-in-chief contemplating intervention should read this." —General Anthony C. Zinni USMC (Retired), former commander of U.S. Central Command, author of The Battle for Peace and Before the First Shots Are Fired

"Zacchea and Kemp have nailed it. They accurately captured the inspiration, joys, sorrows, and deep frustrations we had in standing up the New Iraqi Army and Special Police Forces in the early years of the Iraq War. This book is a great read for anyone struggling to understand what it was like on the ground, and it's also a fine primer for anyone preparing to advise foreign forces. Highly recommended." —Major General Jeff Buchanan, Deputy Commander, U.S. Forces Afghanistan

"Michael Zacchea and Ted Kemp have written a superb account of the efforts to build an Iraqi Army from scratch. This is a book rich in lessons and emotions. Every commander in chief contemplating intervention should read this." —General Anthony C. Zinni USMC (Retired), former commander of U.S. Central Command, author of The Battle for Peace and Before the First Shots Are Fired



Hot New Title! From Ant to Eagle by Canadian Alex Lyttle

From Ant to Eagle 

TRADE PAPER, $9.95 (CA $12.95) PUBLICATION DATE: APRIL 2017 ISBN 9781771681117

TRADE PAPER, $9.95 (CA $12.95)


ISBN 9781771681117

My name is Calvin Sinclair, I'm eleven years old and I have a confession… I killed my brother.
It's the summer before grade six and Calvin Sinclair is bored to tears. He's recently moved from a big city to a small town and there's nothing to do. It's hot, he has no friends and the only kid around is his six-year-old brother, Sammy, who can barely throw a basketball as high as the hoop. Cal occupies his time by getting his brother to do almost anything: from collecting ants to doing Calvin's chores. And Sammy is all too eager - as long as it means getting a "Level" and moving one step closer to his brother's Eagle status.
When Calvin meets Aleta Alvarado, a new girl who shares his love for Goosebumps books and adventure, Sammy is pushed aside. Cal feels guilty but not enough to change. At least not until a diagnosis causes things at home to fall apart and he's left wondering whether Sammy will ever complete his own journey… 
From Ant to Eagle.


"A poignant story about love, loss, family and friendships that will tug at your heartstrings long after you close the book." —Darlene Foster, author, Amanda Travels series

"This is a book about fear, joy, frustration, acceptance, forgiveness, anger and, above all, love. This is a story of emotional truth that is sure to captivate readers of all ages." —Ashley Spires, best-selling author and illustrator, The Most Magnificent Thing

"Avoiding sentimentality or easy answers, From Ant to Eagle explores the complex emotions of a family on the verge of "the cancer crumble" with stark honesty and warm compassion." —Beth Cooley, author, Ostrich Eye and Shelter

"From Ant to Eagle is a wonderful conflation of heart, intelligence, and seriously skillful storytelling." —Andrew Norriss, author, Friends for Life and Jessica's Ghost

"From Ant to Eagle is absolutely terrific. I was very moved and many elements of the story—the cancer crumble, beliefs about life and death, the nature of palliative care, the role of nurses, physicians, and the patients themselves in the oncology wheel—were not only riveting but informative." —Paulette Bourgeois, author

"From Ant to Eagle is a masterpiece. August (Wonder) and Melody (Out of My Mind) will now be in good company with Cal." —Connie Halpern, Mrs. Figs' Bookworm, California


Alex Lyttle is a pediatrician living in Calgary, Alberta with his wife and three children. He was raised in London, Ontario - the setting of his first novel, From Ant to Eagle, which he wrote based on his experiences working in the Pediatric Oncology unit. When he is not working, writing or playing basketball, he enjoys learning new magic tricks to perform for his young patients.



New Title from John Jennins! Blue Hand Mojo!

John Jennings paired up with Octavia Butler recently and their highly successful title, Kindred: A Graphic Novel Adaptation (9781419709470) from Harry N. Abrams and published January 10, 2017 is currently a NY TIMES bestseller and is ranked #1 on three subjects on Amazon. We have a new spring title from John, Blue Hand Mojo published by Independent Publishers Group! 

Blue Hand Mojo: Hard Times Road by John Jennins



102 PAGES, 7 X 10


TRADE PAPER, $14.95 (US $14.95) (CA $19.95)


ISBN 9780990319146


1931. Bronzeville. Chicago. The mage, Frank "Half Dead" Johnson, is a marked man. Literally. A drunken decision fueled by tragedy has left him with half a soul, sorcerous powers, and two centuries to work off his debt to Scratch (aka The Devil) himself. This graphic novel chronicles three adventures with this tragic conjure man. Watch as "Half Dead" attempts to save his own soul, pay his debt, and help as many people as he can along the way. It's a hard-hitting Hoodoo Noir highball with just a splash of Southern Gothic. Smack-dab in the dark heart of the Windy City. Hold on tight! It's going to be a bumpy ride down Hard Times Road.



Instant Pot Making Waves!

Check out this fantastic piece on the Canadian success story that is Instant Pot in the Globe & Mail.  



Ottawa entrepreneur’s Instant Pot has attracted a devoted following of home cooks

'It was in 2008, as the global economy tanked due to the U.S. subprime mortgage crisis, that Ottawa’s Robert Wang and two friends hatched an idea that is taking North American households by storm.

At the time, these ex-Nortel employees and entrepreneurs were trying to figure out what consumers would buy during tough economic times. “We knew people would still be eating and living,” Mr. Wang said. “That was the point we started looking outside our telecommunications domain and at kitchen appliances.”'  Read More at


Instant Potr Electric Pressure Cooker Cookbook (An Authorized Instant Potr Cookbook) by Sara Quessenberry and Kate Merker



Let Instant Pot® handle the dinner pressure so you don’t have to!

If you have an Instant Pot® and need a one-stop-shop cookbook for quick and easy meals, then look no further. The Instant Pot® Electric Pressure Cooker Cookbook--an authorized Instant Pot® cookbook--will help you feel comfortable using all the convenient features of your Instant Pot®, from cooking fluffy rice and pressure cooking root vegetables, to making homemade yogurt and slow cooking meats, and features more than 75 delicious, family-friendly recipes, including:

Spinach and Herb Lasagna; Balsamic Beef Short Ribs; Pulled Pork Sandwiches; Vegetable Green Thai Curry; Spice-Rubbed Cauliflower Steaks; Bone Broth with Fresh Ginger; Crème Brûlée; and Double Chocolate Cheesecake.

From healthy breakfasts and sides to scrumptious mains and decadent desserts, these low-maintenance recipes will help you get a meal on the table in a fraction of the time of conventional cooking methods. With easy-to-follow instructions and full-color photos throughout, discover all that your Instant Pot® can achieve with this go-to pressure cooking cookbook.


SARA QUESSENBERRY is a cook, food stylist, recipe developer, and author. Sara cowrote The Good Neighbor Cookbook, which was voted Best Books 2011: Cooking by Library Journal. She also collaborated on the New York Times best-seller The Can't Cook Book. She is currently the food/web director of, a website for beginner cooks. Her next collaboration with Seinfeld is Food Swings: 125+ Recipes to Enjoy Your Life of Virtue & Vice. 

KATE MERKER is a cook, editor, recipe developer, culinary producer, and author. Throughout her career, Kate has worked in the kitchens of internationally renowned restaurants as well as in test kitchens for cookbooks, magazines, and television studios. She is currently the Food & Nutrition Director of Woman’s Day magazine where her ultimate goal is to help readers get dinner on the table efficiently, healthfully, and happily. The author of three Woman’s Day cookbooks (Easy Everyday Dinners, Easy Everyday Lighter Dinners, and Recipe Remix) and the editor of Best Recipes: Easy, Delicious Meals from Real Simple, Kate is currently working on her fourth cookbook for Woman's Day.


Format: Paper Over Board, 176 Pages
ISBN: 9781631063336
Illustrations: 150 color photos
Size: 7.99 in x 10 in / 203 mm x 254 mm
Published: Apr. 15, 2017


Paleo Cooking With Your Instant Pot: 80 Incredible Gluten- and Grain-Free Recipes Made Twice as Delicious in Half the Time by Jennifer Robins

Make Delicious Paleo Meals From Scratch in Half the Time

Slow cook, steam, sauté and pressure cook all with one pot. Jennifer Robins, creator of Predominantly Paleo and bestselling author, will show you how to drastically cut cooking time for your Paleo dishes in your Instant Pot®. Recipes include Decked-Out Omelet, Legit Bread Under Pressure, Honey Sriracha Chicken Wings, Pressure-Cooked Sirloin Steak and Hidden Spinach Bundt Cakes.

Whether you’re new to the Instant Pot® or a seasoned pro, Paleo Cooking with Your Instant Pot® will show you everything this cooker is capable of and help you prepare healthy, delicious meals in no time.

ISBN: 978-1624143540


The Ultimate Vegan Cookbook for Your Instant Pot: 80 Easy and Delicious Plant-Based Recipes That You Can Make in Half the Time by Kathy Hester 

As the Instant Pot becomes increasingly affordable and popular among home cooks, who better than to teach vegans the ins and outs of this handy appliance than bestselling vegan cookbook author Kathy Hester? In The Ultimate Vegan Instant Pot Cookbook, Kathy presents 80 new and unique recipes using the many features of the 7-appliances-in-1 Instant Pot, which includes a pressure cooker, slow cooker, yogurt maker and steamer. The Instant Pot does most of the work for less kitchen stress and mess, and it produces astoundingly delicious results.

ISBN: 978-1624143380


Instant Pot® Obsession: The Ultimate Electric Pressure Cooker Cookbook for Cooking Everything Fast by Janet A. Zimmerman 

Make Everything and Anything With Your Instant Pot® Using This Complete Pressure Cooker Cookbook

Admit it…you’re obsessed! Your beloved Instant Pot has markedly changed how you get food on the table and there’s just no going back. Now that you’ve tasted what this powerful pressure cooker has to offer, only one question remains…. what are you going to make next?

Whether you’re in the mood for french toast cups or vanilla-almond yogurt, baked potato soup or orange chicken, let Janet Zimmerman guide you in her new pressure cooker cookbook. After many years as a stove top pressure cooking enthusiast, she was won over by the ease and convenience of the Instant Pot. In these pages, the author of the popular Healthy Pressure Cooker Cookbook shares everything she’s learned about the Instant Pot to help you make more delicious, time-saving meals than ever before.

ISBN: 978-1943451586