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!