Quote of the week:

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

Boris Pasternak



Globe & Mail Bestseller 5 Weeks Running


Canadian maestro of humour and 2-time Leacock Medal winner Terry Fallis continues to delight readers as his most recent novel, Albatross, comes off a 5-week streak on The Globe & Mail's list of national bestsellers.

The tale of an ordinary young man whose uncanny (and altogether unwanted) aptitude for championship level golf belies an inner passion for writing, Fallis' parable is about eschewing what you're great at in order to be merely okay at what you love.

Terry Fallis' 7 novels have drawn comparisons to the heart-warming comedies of P.G. Wodehouse and Mark Twain. For the Globe & Mail, reviewer Sarah Laing noted Albatross' subtle "fable-like quality and philosophical depths" that will leave you "contemplating where true happiness really lies…"

Albatross is published in Canada by Penguin Random House. More Terry Fallis can be found at his website.

Human trafficking survivor Timea Nagy is 'Out of the Shadows'

She was twenty when she answered an ad in Budapest seeking young women for babysitting jobs in Canada. The job was a lie. They took her passport, her money and her freedom. They almost took her life.

Now, as one of the most recognized anti-human trafficking advocates, Timea works with law enforcement to combat human trafficking and rescue its victims.

Out of the Shadows is a gripping, fast-paced journey into the underworld of human trafficking from the perspective of a survivor. This is her story. Out of the Shadows is published in Canada by Doubleday.


Headshot of author Timea Nagy.



Dr. Angela Mailis diagnoses the unspoken problem of domestic violence among high-achieving women

On December 23, 2016, major networks were awash in reports that prominent Toronto neurosurgeon Mo Shamji had been charged for the first-degree murder of his wife and fellow physician Elana Fric-Shamji. Dr. Mailis was horrified. Mo Shamji had been her colleague and had occupied an office close to hers.

Why do cases of intimate partner violence keep occurring–even among high-achieving, financially independent women? Galvanized to probe this tender topic, Dr. Mailis goes beyond the literature, applying her clinician's expertise to interviews of high-achieving victims. She also delves her own past, presenting evidence gathered from her own experiences of domestic violence.

Revealing rarely acknowledged patterns of harm among a little-studied population of domestic violence victims, Smart, Successful and Abused begins a discussion that may end up saving lives.

Smart, Successful and Abused is published in Canada by Sutherland House Books.

You can put down the self-help book now

Michael Ungar, Ph.D wants to 'Change Your World'

Acclaimed author and researcher in psychological resiliance, Michael Ungar, has an uncomfortable truth for the self-help industry: Telling people to pull themselves up by their bootstraps doesn't work. Especially when those people don't have boots.

Based on world-wide research spanning more than a decade, Dr. Ungar shows that persistence, smarts, or "grit" can take you only so far in life. Using real life case studies of people who have actually beat the odds, Dr. Ungar makes the case that when our lives are most in turmoil, the best thing to do is to change your environment to one rich in opportunities. In other words, it's easier to change your world than to change yourself. After all, "even Cinderella had a fairy godmother." Change Your World: The Science of Resilience and the True Path to Success is published in Canada by Sutherland House Books.



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