Paper over board: 48 pages
Publisher: Nobrow Press Ltd.
Tough Guys Have Feelings Too
A boldly illustrated picture book read-aloud about how everyone gets sad-ninjas, wrestlers, knights, superheroes, everyone . . . even daddies have emotions!
Did you know wrestlers have feelings? And knights. Even superheroes and ninjas feel sad sometimes. In fact everyone has feelings-especially dads who love their children!
Children will love recognizing their feelings in Keith Negley's bold illustrations which accompany a fun-to-read-aloud narrative.
Parents can joyfully engage with children in a lighthearted discussion about emotions and how they affect us all!
Keith Negley is an award-winning editorial illustrator with a penchant for emotionally driven illustration. He's been published in a wide range of major newspapers and national magazines, and is a frequent contributor to the New York Times and New Yorker. He lives in the mountains of Bellingham, Washington, surrounded by rain forests and giant spiders.
Keith Negley is an award-winning editorial illustrator with a penchant for emotionally driven illustration. He's been published in a wide range of major newspapers and national magazines, and is a frequent contributor to The New York Times and New Yorker. He lives in the mountains of Bellingham Washington surrounded by rain forests and giant spiders.
Paperback: 184 pages
Publisher: Coffee House Press
The Story of My Teeth
Highway is a late-in-life world traveller, yarn spinner, collector, and legendary auctioneer. His most precious possessions are the teeth of the ‘notorious infamous’ like Plato, Petrarch, and Virginia Woolf. Written in collaboration with the workers at a Jumex juice factory, Teeth is an elegant, witty, exhilarating romp through the industrial suburbs of Mexico City and Luiselli’s own literary influences.
“Prefigured by her excellent book of essays, Sidewalks, The Story of My Teeth is playful, attentive and very smart without being for a minute pretentious. It’s Walter Benjamin without tears—sunnier, more casual and more nimble.”—The New York Times Sunday Book Review
“This giddy, witty, idiosyncratic novel . . . is a jubilant celebration of the act of storytelling. . . Ms. Luiselli persuasively suggests that our lives would be empty vessels, hardly worth bidding on, without the “stories that give them value and meaning.”—Wall Street Journal
“Though playful and unruly, her fiction feels surprisingly warm and old-fashioned.”—Kirkus, cover feature
“A lively, loopy experimental novel rich with musings on language, art, and, yes, teeth. . . the whole book is a kind of extended commentary on how possessions acquire value largely through the stories we tell about them. . . A clever philosophical novel that, as the author puts it, has ‘less to do with lying than surpassing the truth.’” —Kirkus, starred review
“Luiselli follows in the imaginative tradition of writers like Borges and Márquez, but her style and concerns are unmistakably her own. This deeply playful novel is about the passion and obsession of collecting, the nature of storytelling, the value of objects, and the complicated bonds of family. . . Luiselli has become a writer to watch, in part because it’s truly hard to know (but exciting to wonder about) where she will go next.”—The New York Times
“One of the most unforgettable images in any book this year is that of Gustavo ‘Highway’ Sánchez Sánchez, the protagonist of Luiselli’s delightfully unclassifiable novel, walking around the streets of Mexico City, smiling at people with the teeth of Marilyn Monroe installed in his mouth . . . surprising and charming . . . It’s difficult not to follow wherever it takes you.”—Publishers Weekly, *starred and boxed review*
Valeria Luiselli was born Mexico City and 1983 and grew up in South Africa. A novelist (Faces in the Crowd) and essayist (Sidewalks), her work has been translated into many languages and has appeared in publications including the New York Times, the New Yorker, Granta, and McSweeney’s. In 2014, Faces in the Crowd was the recipient of the Los Angeles Times Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction and the National Book Foundation’s 5 Under 35 award.
Paperback: 160 pages
Publisher: Coach House Books
"A remarkable book. Insightful, wildly original and beautiful. Buy it." —Mark Medley, Books Editor at The Globe & Mail
— I wonder, said Hermes, what it would be like if animals had human intelligence.
— I'll wager a year's servitude, answered Apollo, that animals – any animal you like – would be even more unhappy than humans are, if they were given human intelligence.
And so it begins: a bet between the gods Hermes and Apollo leads them to grant human consciousness and language to a group of dogs overnighting at a Toronto veterinary clinic. Suddenly capable of more complex thought, the pack is torn between those who resist the new ways of thinking, preferring the old 'dog' ways, and those who embrace the change. The gods watch from above as the dogs venture into their newly unfamiliar world, as they become divided among themselves, as each struggles with new thoughts and feelings. Wily Benjy moves from home to home, Prince becomes a poet, and Majnoun forges a relationship with a kind couple that stops even the Fates in their tracks.
André Alexis's contemporary take on the apologue offers an utterly compelling and affecting look at the beauty and perils of human consciousness. By turns meditative and devastating, charming and strange, Fifteen Dogs shows you can teach an old genre new tricks.
André Alexis was born in Trinidad and grew up in Canada. His most recent novel, Fifteen Dogs, won the 2015 Scotiabank Giller Prize and the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize. His debut novel, Childhood, won the Books in Canada First Novel Award, the Trillium Book Award, and was shortlisted for the Giller Prize and the Writers' Trust Fiction Prize. His other books include Pastoral (nominated for the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize), Asylum, Beauty and Sadness, Ingrid & the Wolf, Despair and Other Stories of Ottawa and Lambton, Kent and Other Vistas: A Play.
Hardcover: 432 pages
Publisher: Grove Press/Atlantic Monthly Press
Drunks, Thieves, Scoundrels, and the History of American Comedy
“Comedy buffs and social historians will forever be in Kliph Nesteroff’s debt for this book. A heady mixture of show business anecdotes, gossip, and in-depth research on everything from vaudeville to podcasting. What’s more, it’s a great read: I couldn’t put it down.”—Leonard Maltin
In The Comedians, comedy historian Kliph Nesteroff brings to life a century of American comedy with real-life characters, forgotten stars, mainstream heroes and counterculture iconoclasts. Based on over two hundred original interviews and extensive archival research, Nesteroff’s groundbreaking work is a narrative exploration of the way comedians have reflected, shaped, and changed American culture over the past one hundred years.
Starting with the vaudeville circuit at the turn of the last century, Nesteroff introduces the first stand-up comedian—an emcee who abandoned physical shtick for straight jokes. After the repeal of Prohibition, Mafia-run supper clubs replaced speakeasies, and mobsters replaced vaudeville impresarios as the comedian’s primary employer. In the 1950s, the late-night talk show brought stand-up to a wide public, while Lenny Bruce, Mort Sahl, and Jonathan Winters attacked conformity and staged a comedy rebellion in coffeehouses. From comedy’s part in the Civil Rights movement and the social upheaval of the late 1960s, to the first comedy clubs of the 1970s and the cocaine-fueled comedy boom of the 1980s, The Comedians culminates with a new era of media-driven celebrity in the twenty-first century.
Like so many comedy personalities in Los Angeles, Kliph Nesteroff is Canadian born and raised. It was a prolific road traveled for the man now considered the leading authority on American showbiz. Nesteroff entered the world of radio at the age of 16 as a founding member of independent radio station CJLY in Nelson, BC and was the subject of a CBC profile about the youngest radio personality in Canada. Nesteroff eventually became a regular on Brent Bambury's popular CBC program GO. Moving from Toronto to Vancouver, he gained a cult following with his angry insult comic character Shecky Grey, landing on the cover of the Georgia Straight in 2003. After eight years of stand-up, performing alongside people like Brent Butt and Zach Galifianakis every week, Nesteroff quit to pursue writing full time. He moved to Hollywood where he also turned to on-stage interviewing, hosting luminaries like Fred Willard and Mel Brooks.
Paper: 320 pages
Publisher: Pan Macmillan UK
Sins of the Mother
A heartbreaking true story of a woman's struggle to escape her past and the price her family paid
A moving true story of survival and hope.
Irene Kelly was brought up in poverty and abused by her mammy from an early age. But home life was still better than the time she spent in one of Dublin's industrial orphanages. In that harsh regime she was beaten and sexually assaulted. Set to work in the nursery, she saw the nuns treat the babies with horrifying cruelty.
As an adult those experiences haunted Irene. When she fell in love with Matt, who was fighting his own demons, they moved to England for a new start. They wanted their daughter Jennifer to have a better life, but in trying to protect her by hiding their past they only succeeded in pushing her away. Until, one day, Irene had a phone call from Ireland that changed everything . . .
Sins of the Mother is a powerful and inspiring story of a family whose love was tested but never broken, who finally found the strength to heal the past.
Irene Kelly lives in Manchester, United Kingdom.
The Midwife's Sister
My Secret Sister
Hardcover: 40 pages
Publisher: Enchanted Lion Books
Louis I, King of Sheep
Readers will delight in Louis's increasingly elaborate fantasy of what comes with being a supreme ruler: the pleasures, the responsibilities, the capriciousness. 'What's good for me is good for my people,' thinks King Louis in this clever fable about the randomness and absurdity of power, but also its abuses, and the hidden dangers in a society built on conformity. There's loads of wit and humor that will appeal to readers of all ages, but will also serve as a basis for discussing experiences of relevance to children, such as bullying and the power games of the playground.
"It’s a delightful read, but Tallec’s sumptuous illustrations hide a powerful message about power, community and fairness." -Globe and Mail Holiday Gift Guide
"A witty, thought-provoking meditation on the seductiveness—and fleeting nature—of power." -Publishers Weekly starred review
The work of Olivier Tallec has been described as 'sensitive,' 'stunning,' 'breathtaking,' and 'beautiful.' Tallec was born in Brittany, France, in 1970. After graduating from the Ecole Superieure d'Art Graphique in Paris, he worked in advertising as a graphic designer, after which he devoted himself to illustration. Since then he has illustrated more than sixty books, nine of which have been published by Enchanted Lion.
Hardcover: 400 pages
Publisher: Pan Macmillan UK
The Moth Catcher
This is the seventh book in Ann Cleeves' Vera Stanhope series, now a major ITV detective drama Vera, starring Brenda Blethyn.
This case was different from anything Vera had ever worked before. Two bodies, connected but not lying together. And nothing made her feel as alive as murder.
Life seems perfect in Valley Farm, a quiet community in Northumberland. Then a shocking discovery shatters the silence. The owners of a big country house have employed a house-sitter, a young ecologist named Patrick, to look after the place while they're away. But Patrick is found dead by the side of the lane into the valley - a beautiful, lonely place to die.
DI Vera Stanhope arrives on the scene, with her detectives Holly and Joe. When they look round the attic of the big house - where Patrick has a flat - she finds the body of a second man. All the two victims have in common is a fascination with moths - catching these beautiful, rare creatures.
The three couples who live in the Valley Farm development have secrets too: Annie and Sam's daughter is due to be released from prison any day; Nigel watches, silently, every day, from his window. As Vera is drawn into the claustrophobic world of this increasingly strange community, she realizes that there may be deadly secrets trapped here.
"The Moth Catcher is a splendid, solidly plotted modern take on a golden-age "closed circle" mystery, and Vera, as always, is a delight." -The Guardian
"The Moth Catcher, the seventh book in the Vera Stanhope series, is set in the picturesque part of Vera's bailiwick. The great strengths of Cleeves' writing are the beautiful and convincing characterisation and the storming story line." -Crime Squad
". . . the best of a superb series . . . one of Cleeves's finest." -The Globe and Mail
Ann Cleeves is the author behind ITV's Vera and BBC One's Shetland. She has written over twenty-five novels, and is the creator of detectives Vera Stanhope and Jimmy Perez; characters loved both on screen and in print. Her books have now sold over 1 million copies worldwide. In 2006 Ann was awarded the Duncan Lawrie Dagger (CWA Gold Dagger) for Best Crime Novel, for Raven Black , the first book in her Shetland series. In 2012 she was inducted into the CWA Crime Thriller Awards Hall of Fame. Ann lives in North Tyneside.
Hardcover: 32 pages
Awake Beautiful Child
New York Times best-selling picture-book author Amy Krouse Rosenthal teams with award-winning artist Gracia Lam to tell the sweet, simple story of a young child's typical day-from morning to bedtime. Like the title, each scene is described in three-word ABC phrases, such as "All Begins Cheerily" and "Always Be Curious." Secret ABC scenes hidden throughout the artwork act as a secondary "seek and find" game to encourage multiple readings and reward close attention. An ideal read-aloud book to read just after waking or just before bed.
Amy Krouse Rosenthal creates books for children (such as this one), books for adults (such as Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life ), and tiny films (such as The Beckoning of Lovely ). She lives on a tree-lined street with her family in Chicago. Gracia Lam is an illustrator born in Hong Kong and raised in Toronto, Canada. She likes to reinvent everyday objects and mundane environments. This is her first children's book.
Paperback: 400 pages
Publisher: Pan Macmillan UK
The House on Cold Hill
They said the dead can't hurt you . . . they were wrong.
Moving from the heart of the city of Brighton and Hove to the Sussex countryside is a big undertaking for born townies, Ollie Harcourt, his wife, Caro, and their twelve-year-old daughter, Jade. But when they view Cold Hill House - a huge, dilapidated, Georgian mansion - they are filled with excitement. Despite the financial strain of the move, Ollie has dreamed of living in the country since he was a child, and with its acres of land, he sees Cold Hill House as a paradise for his animal-loving daughter, a base for his web-design business and a terrific long-term investment. Caro is less certain, and Jade is grumpy about being removed from all her friends. But within days of moving in, it soon becomes apparent that the Harcourt family aren't the only residents in the house. At first it is only a friend of Jade, talking to her on Facetime, who sees a spectral woman standing behind her. Then there are more sightings of her, as well as increasingly disturbing occurrences in the house. Two weeks after moving in, Caro, out in the garden, is startled to see faces staring out of an upstairs window of the house. The window of a room which holds the secret to the house's dark history . . . a room which does not appear to exist . . .
Peter James is the author of the Sunday Times number one bestselling Roy Grace series. His novels have been translated into thirty-six languages, with worldwide sales of fifteen million copies. He is fascinated by detective work, with whom he does in-depth research, as well as science, medicine and the paranormal. He has also produced numerous films, including The Merchant of Venice, starring Al Pacino, Jeremy Irons and Joseph Fiennes. He divides his time between his homes in Notting Hill, London, and near Brighton in Sussex.