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2014 Atlantic Book Awards Winners Announced

On May 23rd, the Atlantic Book Award winners were announced in Charlottetown, PEI. The awards were hosted by CBC Radio’s Matt Rainni.  Congratulations to all the winners!

Jim Connors Dartmouth Book Award (Fiction) presented by Boyne Clarke Fallsy Downsies by Stephanie Domet Invisible Publishing (Distributed by LitDistCo) 9781926743417 $19.95

Margaret and John Savage First Book Award Sponsored by Collins Barrow, Weed Man and the Savage Family Turn Us Again by Charlotte R. Mendel Roseway Publishing (Distributed by Brunswick Books)9781552665701 $20.95

Night Work: The Sawchuk Poems

With key matchups between the USA and Canada this week, hockey has been top of mind both north and south of the border. Fans from either nation are either cheering their respective teams to victory or provide compelling excuses for why things went wrong. In either case, the memory of these olympic matchups will not fade for at least a few days. But for those of us that are disappointed in the end, it may prove a good idea to take a more philosophical view of what transpired rather than let emotions rule the day.

Night Work: The Sawchuk Poems by Randall Maggs provides the perfect jumping off point for such ruminations. Brick Books has provided hockey fans of all loyalties with an insightful collection of poetry focused on a hockey legend that has played for multiple teams on both sides of the border. When talking about Sawchuk, there is no need to mince words. He is simply one of, if not the, greatest goalies of all time. His 103 career shutouts was a record that stood for 39 years and most thought would never be broken.

Night Work sheds light on the enigma that is Terry Sawchuk who Stephen Brunt of the Globe and Mail calls the “...[D]arkest most troubled figure in the history of the national game.” Brunt goes on to heap praise on the collection, saying it “...[M]ay be the truest hockey book ever written.” If truth can be measured by the emotions a book dregs up in a reader, then I could not agree more.

The unique format of this book is like no other hockey title I have come across, and if sheer blissful escape are what you’re after then this is the books for you. Reading this book will cause any hockey fan to lose themselves for hours at a time in a swirl of deep, rich imagery that you can almost smell. Night Work is magical a piece of art that will leave you thinking about so much more than just the Olympic results.

LPG Wins Two Governor General's Literary Awards

We would like to extend congratulations to two of our Literary Press Group publishers who won Governor General's Literary Awards yesterday afternoon.

WINNER - POETRY

North End Love Songs by Katherena Vermette - 9781897289761 - $14.95 / J. Gordon Shillingford/UTP DistributionNorth End

About the Author Katherena Vermette is a Métis writer of poetry and fiction. Her work has appeared in several literary magazines and compilations, including the upcoming Manitoapow—Aboriginal Literary History of Manitoba (Highwater Press 2012). Vermette was the 2010-2011 Blogger in Residence for thewriterscollective.org and recently begun graduate work in the prestigious Master of Fine Arts Creative Writing program at the University of British Columbia. A member of the Aboriginal Writers Collective of Manitoba since 2004, Vermette lives, works and plays in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

WINNER - TRANSLATION

Major Verbs by Pierre Nepveu; trans. Donald Winkler - 9781550653397 - $18.00 / Vehicule Press/LitDistCo

About the Book Pierre Nepveu is unique among French Quebec poets for having forged a voice at once unadorned, sensuous, and adventurous, and this new collection is a masterwork consisting of three sequences. The first focuses on an immigrant night cleaner glimpsed on a subway; the second, a riff on a group of stones on a table; and the final sequence concerns the poet’s parents and their deaths. The book closes with a long meditative poem written in the American southwest. In the original French, this collection was nominated for a Governor General’s Award for Poetry in 2010.

2013 Quebec Writers' Federation Awards

It's AUTUMN, which means the end of lazy afternoons sitting on a beach towel for six hours straight until your burnt, hungry and finally reached the end of THE SHINING GIRLS (there was no way you were going to put it down until you found out if Kirby finally confronts her would-be killer). It also marks the beginning of AWARDS SEASON and perhaps, more substantial reading goals. We've already posted a couple of nominations here, and here. Below you'll find a list of nominees for the 2013 Quebec Writers' Federation Awards. The Quebec Writers’ Federation highlights the best English-language writers to emerge from Quebec and includes six $2,000 book prizes for Fiction, Non-Fiction, Poetry, First Book, Translation, and Children’s and Young Adult Literature. For more information visit: http://www.qwf.org/awards. The winners will be announced on November 19th, 2013! A.M. Klein Prize for Poetry

Ken Howe, The Civic-Mindedness of Trees - 9781894987721; $17.00, Trade Paperback (Wolsak and Wynn Publishers / UTP Distribution)

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Mavis Gallant Prize for Non-fiction

Maximilian Forte, Slouching Towards Sirte - 9781926824529; $27.95, Trade Paperback (Baraka Books / Independent Publishers Group)

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Concordia University First Book Prize

Connie Guzzo-McParland, The Girls of Piazza d’Amore - 9781927535196; $13.95, Trade Paperback (Linda Leith Publishing / LitDistCo)

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Paragraphe Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction

Jocelyne Dubois, World of Glass - 9781927443316; $14.95, Trade Paperback (Quattro Books Inc. / LitDistCo)

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Cole Foundation Prize for Translation (French to English)

Donald Winkler, The Major Verbs - 9781550653397; $18.00, Trade Paperback (Véhicule Press / LitDistCo)

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Governor General's Award Finalists!

Well, awards season is upon us and we at Manda Group are proud to announce that eleven titles that we represent have been shortlisted for Governor General's Awards! POETRY Beginning with Poetry, where we have three shortlisted titles, the finalists are:

Where the Sun Shines Best by Austin Clarke - 9781550716931 - $15.00 / Guernica Editions/UTP Distribution

From Kandahar to Bridgetown to Mississauga, Ontario, Where the Sun Shines Best encompasses a tragedy of epic scope, a lyrical meditation on poverty, racism and war, and a powerful indictment of the ravages of imperialism.

Bite Down Little Whisper by Don Domanski - 9781926829869- $20.00 / Brick Books/LitDistCo

Bite Down Little Whisper, delves into the interconnectedness of all life with spiritual gravitas and powerful mindfulness. These are poems brimming with mythological and scientific energies, with a multi-dimensionality that opens itself to both complexity and clarity.

North End Love Songs by Katherena Vermette - 9781897289761 - $14.95 / J. Gordon Shillingford/UTP Distribution

This collection is a very moving tribute, to the girls and the women, the boys and the men, and the loving trouble that has forever transpired between us. - Joanne Arnott

DRAMA Drama, the category with the most shortlisted titles, has four finalists:

Blood: A Scientific Romance by Meg Braem - 9781770911710 - $16.95 / Playwrights Canada Press/UTP Distribution

Blood: A Scientific Romance

Blood: A Scientific Romance probes the questions: Do relationships take on new meaning when they begin to shape not only our experiences, but our biology? And do we, in fact, complete one another?

The Swearing Jar by Kate Hewlett - 9781897289884 - $15.95 / J. Gordon Shillingford/UTP Distribution

Meet Carey and Simon, an otherwise-perfect married couple with a bit of a swearing problem...

With quirky characters, music and gentle humour, this lovely and intricately-constructed story is about meeting challenges head-on and finding hope.

Shakespeare's Nigga by Pierre Joseph Jomo - 9781770911413 - $16.95 / Playwrights Canada Press/UTP Distribution

On a Southern plantation, Shakespeare holds the fate of several black slaves in his hands. Among them are the rebellious Aaron and the obedient Othello, both of whom share an interest in Shakespeare's unwed daughter. But a vital secret remains hidden that could untangle complex

Frenchtown by Lawrence Jeffrey - 9781550963021- $19.95 / Exile Editions/IPG

Frenchtown: A Drama about Shanghai, P.R.C.

A reflection on family and the power of a nation, this elegant and cerebral drama explores the disquietude of Shanghai and its residents in the wake of Tiananmen Square and the return of Hong Kong to mainland China.

TRANSLATION We are  ecstatic to also have three finalists in the Translation category:

Canada's Forgotten Slaves by Marcel Trudel; trans. George Tombs - 9781550653274 - $27.95 / Vehicule Press/LitDistCo

Canada's Forgotten Slaves: Two Hundred Years of Bondage

By painstakingly combing through unpublished archival records of the seventeenth, eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, Marcel Trudel gives a human face to the over 4,000 Aboriginal and Black slaves bought, sold and exploited in colonial Canada.

The Stalinist's Wife by France Theoret; trans. Luise von Flotow - 9781550716306 - $20.00 / Guernica Editions/UTP Distribution

France Theoret's La femme du stalinien is the latest novel in a trilogy. It tells the story of Louise Aubert, her break from Mathieu Lord when he joins the Stalinist party, and her re-invention through language into a woman who is no longer governed by ordinary codes, conventions and commonplaces.

The Major Verbs by Pierre Nepveu; trans. Donald Winkler - 9781550653397 - $18.00 / Vehicule Press/LitDistCo

The Major Verbs,is a masterwork consisting of three sequences: one focusing on an immigrant night cleaner glimpsed on a subway, another, a riff on a group of stones on a table, and the third concerning the poet’s parents and their deaths.The book closes with a long meditative poem written in the American southwest.

CHILDREN'S LITERATURE - ILLUSTRATION Last, but certainly not last we have one finalist in the Children's Literature - Illustration category

How To by Julie Morstad - 9781897476574 - $16.95 / Simply Read Books/Ingram Publisher Services

This imaginative ‘how to’ book explores whimsical ways of doing a host of different tasks, including ‘how to wonder’,  ‘how to see the breeze’, and ‘how to be brave’.  With text and images by award-winning illustrator Julie Morstad, this book will be beloved by all ages. How to read this book? That is up to you!

And that rounds out the list of finalists here at Manda Group. We wish all our authors luck, but regardless of results all of these fantastic titles are winners in our books!

Winning books are announced in mid November. Stay Tuned!

Books Kids Will Love | FALL READING

It's September, which means kids are back in school (parents, rejoice!) and fall books will soon be in bookstores, and libraries across the country.  As kids settle back into school-mode, why not encourage them to continue their summer reading goals into the fall? There are so many great books coming out in the next couple months that it would be a shame to stop now just because they're back in the classroom. Here are a few books we're certain kids will love reading any time of the year:

NERDS Book Five: Attack of the BULLIES

Michael Buckley. ABRAMS BOOKS, $17.95 (9781419708572)

The grand finale to the New York Times bestselling series, Attack of the BULLIES stars Ruby Peet, aka Agent Pufferfish, the team captain with super nanobyte-enhanced allergies. Pufferfish leads the team in their latest case: the kidnapping of the president’s daughter. But the NERDS discover she hasn’t been kidnapped—she’s been recruited. Their former librarian, Ms. Holiday, has started a rival organization called BULLIES, who each have their own nanobyte-enhanced upgrades. The BULLIES’ plan: go back in time to make sure NERDS never existed! When Ruby’s teammates begin to vanish one by one, she enlists Agent Brand and Heathcliff Hodges to go back to the 1970s and help the original nerdy secret agents make sure that the future is not erased from existence! Attack of the BULLIES promises action, humor, and a dramatic conclusion to the series.

Read the first chapter here: http://www.abramsbooks.com/nerds/attackofthebullies

Mr. Tiger Goes Wild

Peter Brown. LITTLE, BROWN. $20 (9780316200639)

From School Library Journal:

K-Gr 2–Mr. Tiger lives in a perfectly fine world of prim and proper ladies and gentlemen. One day, the stiff suits, dainty teas, and Victorian manners begin to bore him… and he has a very wild idea. This “it's okay to be different” story stands out from other picture books on the topic thanks to Brown's delightfully clever illustrations and masterful compositions. From the tiger-striped cover that begs to be petted to the ingenious pops of bright orange (Brown's new signature color?) amid muted browns and grays, the award-winning illustrator does not disappoint. Children will appreciate Mr. Tiger's transformation and the way his friends eventually accept his (and their own) uniqueness. Several wordless spreads encourage audience participation while subtle visual clues gently build his character. A full spread featuring the newly liberated Mr. Tiger au naturel is delivered with pitch-perfect comedic timing and is guaranteed to inspire wild giggles. Sure to be an instant read-aloud classic in classrooms and libraries.

Dial M for Morna: The Dead Kid Detective Agency #2

Evan Munday. ECW PRESS, $11.95 (9781770410732)

As the Dead Kid Detective Agency embarks on its second (mis)adventure, October Schwartz and her five deadest friends are back, turning over metaphoric rocks and finding the centipedes underneath. In this latest volume, set against a backdrop of yuletide pandemonium, they discover dark supernatural forces at work in Sticksville and sleuth their way through a mystery involving a blizzard of suffragettes, ice skating disasters, anti-Asian sentiment, and the Titanic. Although the holiday season has descended upon the town like an eggnog rainstorm, October has no time for candy canes or mistletoe. She’s busy dealing with an oddly pleasant new history teacher, her two living friends’ new roles as high school radio DJs, and mysteries to be solved before the year end. October and her ghost friends are hot on the trail of those responsible for Morna MacIsaac’s death in 1914—or as hot as one can be on a 100-year-old trail—when Yumi becomes the target of a sinister harassment campaign at school. Solving dual concurrent mysteries at once won’t be easy, but the intrepid heroine in black eyeliner loves a challenge.

Rufus Goes to School

Kim Griswell & Gorbachev Valeri (Illustrator). STERLING PUBLISHING, $14.95 (9781454904168)

Rufus Goes to SchoolAll Rufus Leroy Williams III wants is to go to school so he can learn to read his favorite book. But there's one problem: he's a pig and Principal Lipid says: “NO PIGS IN SCHOOL!” Rufus even gets a backpack, a lunchbox, and a blanket to prove he's ready. But Mr. Lipid won't budge. Is there ANYTHING Rufus can do to change his mind? Kim Griswell and illustrator Valeri Gorbachev have created a love letter to reading that's also a charming, original, and child-friendly first-day-of-school story.

Read The New York Times Review: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/04/books/rufus-goes-to-school-and-the-day-my-mom-came-to-kindergarten.html

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TIME For Kids BIG Book of Why CRAZY, COOL & OUTRAGEOUS

Editors of Time for Kids Magazine. TIME HOME ENTERTAINMENT, $21.95 (9781618930774)

TIME For Kids The NEW BIG Book of Why Crazy, Cool & Outrageous answers the questions that kids commonly ask and adults can rarely answer. Why are our eyes different colors? Why do we put candles on a birthday cake? Why do we high five our friends? Why do elephants have big ears?

Packed with hundreds of new brain busting questions with easy to understand answers that made the first Big Book of Why a best seller. The book is divided by subject area - humans, animals, environment/nature, technology and space - and written in an upbeat manner, each answer is accompanied by either a photo or an illustration to show the reasons why.

TIME For Kids The NEW BIG Book of Why Crazy, Cool & Outrageous is a must-have book to satisfy the most curious of kids. Kids will be desperate to shar what they've learned with their parents, teachers, and friends...and anyone else who will listen!

Architecture According to Pigeons

Stella Gurney. PHAIDON PRESS, $19.95 (9780714863894)

Architecture According to Pigeons is a fun, lively introduction for children to world's most beautiful buildings. In this delightful book, Speck Lee Tailfeather reveals that he and his fellow pigeons are in fact great aficionados of architecture. Speck delivers his account of a journey around the globe, offering a "bird's eye view" of the Colosseum, the Taj Mahal, Golden Gate Bridge, the Sydney Opera House, the Eiffel Tower, Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater, and dozens of other buildings to delight children and parents alike.

Pegasus and the Flame

Kate O'Hearn. HACHETTE CHILDREN'S, $9.99 (9780340997406)

From war-torn Olympus to stormy New York City, mythology and reality collide in a breathtaking adventure. When Pegasus, the?majestic winged-stallion, crashes on to her roof in the middle of a storm that blacks-out New York City, 13-year-old Emily's life becomes that of legend: epic battles with gruesome monsters, desperate chases from a corrupt governmental agency, captivating flights astride the beautiful winged-stallion, and?one?heroic quest to save Olympus before the Olympic flame burns out ...

A must for fans of Percy Jackson!

Anna May's Cloak

Christiane Cicioli & Susan Pearson. SIMPLY READ BOOKS (IPS) $16.95 (9781897476819)

When Anna May is young, her grandmother makes her a beautiful blue cloak. When she wears it, Anna May feels like a queen. Soon the cloak is too small for her--but Anna May never forgets her favorite piece of clothing. Snip, snip, snip...see how Anna May's cloak is transformed as her family grows.

Halifax Hal

Nick Thran, Gabe Foreman (Illustrator). LPG $9.95 (9781897411773)

LPG Fall 2013A truly Canadian poem for young adults from two award-winning authors. The poem is about a lobster, Halifax Hal, who had always wanted to play a guitar.

Friends in the tank, enemies, clergymen, I ask you to remember me just as you knew me As Halifax Hal, your Lobster Pal Twenty-six indispensable years in the industry....

2011 Trillium Book Award for Poetry winner, Nick Thran has authored two volumes of poetry. Illustrator Gabe Foreman, award-winning poet and visual artist, works in a Montreal soup kitchen.

Atlantic Book Award Nominees

Atlantic AwardWe are thrilled to announce that we have SEVEN authors shortlisted for an Atlantic Book Award!

Tightrope author Keir Lowther, The Porcupine's Quill author Nicole Dixon and Breakwater Books author Lesleyanne Ryan have been shortlisted for the Margaret and John Savage First Book Award. This award, presented for the first time in 2003 with a value of $1,500, recognizes the best first book of fiction or non-fiction published in the previous year by an Atlantic writer.

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DirtyBirdCropRGB1-197x300Dirty Bird By Keir Lowther 9781926639529 Publisher: Tightrope Books

CBC Literary Award finalist Keir Lowther makes his debut with a novel that revolves around loved ones dead and alive, family or otherwise that haunts the modern psyche of one young boy, trapped in the grotesque world that surrounds him. Written in a creepy, deadpan, dark spiritual tone that will light a powder keg in the lukewarm waters of Canadian fiction. Dirty Bird is a family dystopia saga of anxiety and misplaced love, carved out in the spirit of spooky tradition of writers such as Tony Burgess, Joey Comeau and Lisa Foad.

hwm-finalHigh-Water Mark By Nicole Dixon 9780889843561 Publisher:  The Porcupine’s Quill

High-Water Mark is Bronwen Wallace Award–winner Nicole Dixon’s smart and sexy debut. These ten tightly written stories, touched with humour, focus on characters pursuing romantic and professional desires, and encountering and recovering from betrayal and heartbreak. A young woman and her partner discover that both going back to the land and raising a newborn are more difficult – and fraught with more unexpected dangers – than life in the city. A woman becomes sexually obsessed with a female friend after a six-year relationship ends. The east/west Toronto divide is just one conflict that arises among the three members of an all-female band. As the women in High-Water Mark run away and return, try love and sex, move from city to country, they are always challenged and changed. Dixon’s perceptive, witty, no-nonsense collection authentically captures the voices of women in a way rarely found in mainstream fiction.

Bracoviewpic2.php By Lesleyanne Ryan 9781550813340 Publisher: Breakwater Book

Winner of the 2011 Fresh Fish Award for Emerging Writers, Lesleyanne Ryan’s debut novel, Braco, takes place over the five days following the fall of Srebrenica in 1995. The narrative follows the perspectives of Bosnian civilians, UN Peacekeepers, Serbian and Bosnian soldiers, as well as a Canadian photojournalist. A retired veteran and former Bosnian Peacekeeper, Ryan vividly captures the visceral tension and horror of Bosnian refugees fleeing Srebrenica, the ensuing massacre of Bosnian men, and the inability of the Dutch peacekeepers to protect them. The award judges acclaimed the debut novel as a “compelling, captivating, and fast-paced novel, from its vivid and intriguing prologue set in Srebrenica to an ending that fits, if not satisfies.”

 

Creative Book Publishing author Mike Heffernan and Breakwater Books author Joan Sullivan have been shortlisted for the Rogers Communications Award for Non-Fiction and ECW Press author George Murray and Vehicule Press author Mark Callanan have been shortlisted for the E.J. Pratt Poetry Award.  These two awards are a part of the Newfoundland and Labrador Book Awards which carry the distinguished patronage of the Lieutenant Governor of Newfoundland and Labrador.

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The Other Side of Midnight: Taxicab Stories By Mike Heffernan 9781897174968 Publisher: Creative Book Publishing

The first St. John’s taxi stand started up in the early-20th Century and greatly expanded prior to the Second World War. There are now almost four hundred taxis operating within the city limits. The Other Side of Midnight: Taxi Cab Stories is not a traditional history of taxi cabs in St. John’s. It describes the commonly shared experiences of an underwritten portion of Newfoundland’s working class while presenting St. John’s from the front seat of a taxi cab. It will explore the working lives of its subjects, as well as their thoughts and feelings about their choice of career and their clients. Every segment of our society utilizes their services, from the social elite to the social obsolete: businessmen, drug pushers, prostitutes and forlorn lovers. They are witnesses to the best and worst in all of us. They are trained listeners to troubled people, as well as cheerleaders and goodwill ambassadors. Individuals will emerge, as well as equally unique understandings of their working lives. Comical, absurd and often dramatic, many of their reminiscences will be of long hours and years on the job, their hopes and decayed dreams.

In the Fieviewpic2.phpld By Joan Sullivan 9781550813913 Publisher: Breakwater Books

Freelance writer and playwright Joan Sullivan’s book In the Field is a work of non-fiction that tells the story of one young Newfoundlander soldier, Stephen Norris, lost in WWI, and how his death affected his family, his community, and, decades later, an entirely new generation. In 2004, a high school theatre class creates a musical about the Newfoundland Regiment. After pulling off a big production, teachers, students, and parents venture out on an overnight camping trip to Three Arm, where they find the remains of Stephen Norris’s boat. In the Field captures the haunting and profound experiences of adventure and homecoming.

Whiteout9781770410879 By George Murray 9781770410879 Publisher: ECW Press

Poetry that explores how accidental voyeurism can force reconsideration and reconciliation. White⋅out: n. a surface condition … in which no object casts a shadow, the horizon cannot be seen, and only dark objects are discernible … Whiteout: when the heavy weather of daily life establishes the measure of the measureless; when the predatory nature of the accidental conjures cowboys and the comatose; when the sickly sweet pop of life underfoot contrasts the televised image, shrinking to a pinprick. Whiteout: calques and towers, twin polar storms, falling, burning. Whiteout: “a book of white nothing.”  George Murray’s sixth collection has been a decade in the making. At once taut, tender and terrifying, haunted and haunting, Whiteout shatters convention in the collision of order and rage, formlessness and hard-won serenity.

Gift Horse483 By Mark Callanan 9781550653229 Publisher: Vehicule Press

Gift Horse, Mark Callanan’s second full-length collection of poetry, was largely written following a near-fatal medical emergency in 2007. The poems offer up the story of a young man whose gratitude at being alive is undercut by Lazarus-like confusion and ambivalence. Brandishing a newly acute sense of mortality, Callanan emerges as an Atlantic flâneur stalked by terrifying sea legends, death-steeped domesticity (where even supermarket lobsters “weigh in against oblivion”) and the extinct Newfoundland Wolf. Understated, sinister and unsettling, Gift Horse is a work of considerable craft and vision.

The 2013 Atlantic Book Awards and Festival runs May 9-16 and the awards will be announced at a special ceremony on the last night of Festival, Thursday, May 16, at 7:00p.m. at the Alderney Landing Theatre in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. For more details visit the Atlantic Book Awards website:  http://www.atlanticbookawards.ca/.

Congratulations to all of our nominees!!!