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Congratulations to Ryder Hesjedal! (and VeloPress was ahead of the curve...)

Yesterday, Canada's Ryder Hesjedal became the first Canadian ever to win one of the cycling world's main events, a Grand Tour. Congratulations to Ryder and his Garmin-Barracuda teammates (and to their bike supplier, Canadian performance bike manufacturer Cervelo) on their historic win! Endurance sports publisher VeloPress was already prepared for a breakout performance from this team, having published Argyle Armada (ISBN 9781934030813) in March 2012, in time for all the big races. Argyle Armada, named after the pattern on the team's most recognizable jersey and bib, is a portrait of life as a member of a top pro cycling team during the grueling European season. Photographer Mark Johnson was given unprecedented access to the team for all three Grand Tour races in 2011. His pictures unveil the dramatic forces that Garmin-Barracuda (formerly Garmin-Cervélo) navigated through during the 2011 Giro d'Italia, Tour de France, Vuelta a Espana and more. In Argyle Armada you'll meet the riders, see the bikes and begin to understand the challenges they all faced in reaching the podium in Italy this past weekend.

And don't forget, with a copy of Argyle Armada on your shelf, you'll be able to show your friends (and competitors!) that you were already on-board with the team before Garmin-Barracuda's first big win!

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Essex County is a Canada Reads Finalist!

Essex County The CBC just announced the shortlist for their annual Canada Reads competition, and Essex County - the brilliant graphic novel by Torontonian Jeff Lemire - made the final cut!  This may be the first time that a graphic novel has ever made it to the finals!  Essex County will be defended by Sara Quin, one half of the indie music sensation known as Tegan & Sara, the week of February 7 on CBC Radio One.  Good luck to Jeff!!

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Essex County Named Top 10 Canadian Novel of the Decade

Essex CountyCanadian readers have spoken, and they've named Jeff Lemire's haunting masterpiece Essex County as one of the Top 10 Canadian Novels of the past decade.  This morning the CBC unveiled a list of 10 finalists in their annual Canada Reads competition, culled from a longlist of 40 worthy books.  The shortlist will be announced November 24th.  Let's hope they give graphic novels their proper due with a Top 5 slot for this beautiful and moving work.

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