Quote of the week:

"Art is unthinkable without risk and self-sacrifice."

Boris Pasternak



Terry Fallis Releases Chapter by Chapter Podcasts of the Forthcoming No Relation

Ardent fans of Terry Fallis can get their fix now by downloading the free podcast of No Relation, before the release of the print edition in June.  Two fellow Leacock winners have been able to read it in advance. Will Ferguson says that Fallis, “writes with a light touch and a fine sense of the inherent humanity of humour while addressing one of the biggest questions we all face: Who are you? Who are you really? Trevor Cole calls it “an endearing book with a big heart.”

The novel opens with Hem’s very bad day, when the 40-year-old copywriter loses his wallet, his  job, and his girlfriend. And then we discover what’s really eating him. Listen to the novel in private, unless you want to annoy people with your laughter. 



The Hole in the Middle, from Self Published to  National Bestseller

Kate Hilton went from self-published author of The Hole in the Middle to bestselling author on HarperCollins Canada’s list. But then, her heroine Sophie Whelan,  a woman overwhelmed, is irresistible. Acclaimed author and former divorce lawyer Roberta Rich read it and championed it.  Her enthusiasm is mirrored in the reviews. 

“As moving as it is entertaining, this novel is crammed with funny, truthful moments that will strike a chord with over-extended women everywhere” --Hello Magazine

“A story that continually entertains.” --Leah Eichler

Mr. Selden's Map of China Depicts 17th C London and China

Like his previous book, Vermeer’s Hat by Timothy Brook, enchants those  who appreciate an erudite and easy guide to 17th Century Chinese life, culture, and trade. In his new work, Brook uses a map in the Bodleian Library in London to depict both London in the 17th C and China. The stories he marshals are thrilling. Brook and Selden’s map change the way we see the world.

Mr. Selden's Map of China is available in Canada from Anansi, in the US from Bloomsbury and in the UK from Profile.

“... a fast-moving, conversational narrative, which flies by before you realise you have just been guided through some of the more esoteric aspects of Chinese science or folklore... personal anecdotes and trenchant observations on how the past continues to shape the present—especially when dealing with China.” --The Literary Review


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