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The author of the Stephen Leacock Medal-winning The Best Laid Plans brings his trademark humour and sharp storytelling to a new novel set in the high-stakes world of a global public relations agency.
 
On his first day at Turner King, David Stewart quickly realizes that the world of international PR (affectionately, perhaps ironically, known as "the dark side") is a far cry from his previous job on Parliament Hill. For one, he missed the office memo on the all-black dress code; for another, the …

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I'll Seize the Day Tomorrow

I'll Seize the Day Tomorrow

edition:Paperback

I’ll Seize the Day Tomorrow is the story of Jonathan Goldstein’s journey to find some great truth on his road to forty.

In a series of wonderfully funny stories, the host of CBC’s WireTap recounts the highs and lows of his last year in his thirties. Throughout the year, Goldstein asks weighty questions that would stump a person less seasoned. For example: What is it about a McRib that drives people crazy? Can we replace extending an olive leaf with extending an olive jar? How much wisdom c …

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Dance, Gladys, Dance

Dance, Gladys, Dance

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WINNER OF THE 2013 Stephen Leacock Award for Canadian Humour Writing!

27-year-old Frieda Zweig is at an impasse. Behind her is a string of failed relationships and half-forgotten ambitions of being a painter; in front of her lies the dreary task of finding a real job and figuring out what “normal” people do with their lives. Then, a classified ad in the local paper introduces Frieda to Gladys, an elderly woman who long ago gave up on her dreams of being a dancer. The catch? Gladys is a ghost. …

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Words to Live By

Words to Live By

edition:Hardcover

The life of one of the most influential builders of 20th century Canadian culture, in his own words.

 

Words to Live By is the memoir of William Whitehead who, from the 1950s onwards, has been a participant in, and spectator to, the development of Canadian culture. But Whitehead's book does far more than document the events and people of this dynamic period -- it tells the story of a prairie boy who trained as a scientist but fell in love with the stage, the story of a man whose adventures and mis …

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Born Weird

Born Weird

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The Weirds have always been a little off, but not one of them ever suspected that they'd been cursed by their grandmother.
 
At the moment of the births of her five grandchildren Annie Weird gave each one a special power. Richard, the oldest, always keeps safe; Abba always has hope; Lucy is never lost and Kent can beat anyone in a fight. As for Angie, she always forgives, instantly. But over the years these so-called blessings ended up ruining their lives.
 
Now Annie is dying and she has one l …

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