April 20, 1939 – April 28, 2019
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The New York Times: Wayson Choy, 80, Whose Books Are Windows on Chinese-Canadian Life, Dies
The Globe & Mail: Canadian author Wayson Choy inspired others with tales of childhood in Chinatown
CBC.ca: Wayson Choy, author of The Jade Peony, dead at 80
The Georgia Straight: Trailblazing Vancouver-born author Wayson Choy dies
Born and raised in Vancouver, Wayson Choy was Professor Emeritus at Humber College in Toronto. In 1995 his first novel, The Jade Peony, spent six months on The Globe and Mail’s national bestseller list, won the Trillium Book Award (shared with Margaret Atwood) for the best book by an Ontario author, and won the City of Vancouver Book Award. It was also an American Library Association Notable Book of the Year. It has never been out of print, and over 100,000 copies have been sold. The Literary Review of Canada declared The Jade Peony one of the one hundred most important books in Canadian history.
In 1999 Choy’s first memoir, Paper Shadows, was a finalist for the Governor General’s Award, the Charles Taylor Prize, and the Drainie-Taylor Biography Prize, and was the winner of the Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-Fiction. All That Matters, a companion novel to The Jade Peony, won the Trillium Book Award in 2004 and was shortlisted for the Giller Prize. In 2006 Choy was inducted into the Order of Canada, and in 2009 he released to wide acclaim Not Yet: A Memoir of Living and Almost Dying.
“Choy ranges over familiar territory with a fresh eye, disclosing universal themes in the particularities of the Asian-American life of half a century ago.” —THE NEW YORK TIMES
What doesn’t kill you will make you stronger. Yasuko Thanh’s memoir, Mistakes to Run With, is in stores now.
“Mistakes to Run With is refreshingly brave, bold, and open. Rather than hiding behind a tidy story arc, Yasuko Thanh places value on all life experiences, good, bad, beautiful, scary, and sad.”
—CLAIRE CAMERON, author of The Last Neanderthal
“Yasuko Thanh takes us on an unflinching and honest reflection on a life threaded with poverty, violence, rape, addiction and mental illness. I was profoundly moved….”
—CARRIANNE LEUNG, author of That Time I Loved You
From Scarborough with love. Carrianne Leung’s That Time I Loved You makes its U.S. debut.
“Written in the tradition of Alice Munro and Jhumpa Lahiri, Leung’s debut story collection marks the career of a writer to watch.”
—starred KIRKUS review
“That Time I Loved You is heady, necessary writing from one of the most talented and socially engaged authors of our time.”
—DAVID CHARIANDY, author of Soucouyant and Brother
New Year = new books. Watch for these three new releases in January 2019.
"Here is magic." Jared's story continues in Eden Robinson's Trickster Drift. Now available in stores.
“[Robinson]…delivers a book which is at least as good as Son of a Trickster, and likely better.”— The Toronto Star
When the power goes out, what will you do to survive? Find out in Waubgeshig Rice's Moon of the Crusted Snow. On sale now.
Waubgeshig Rice's Moon of the Crusted Snow a Loan Stars top 10 pick for October 2018!
The story of Daniel Boone continues…with his wife.
Now available: Alix Hawley’s My Name Is a Knife.
“Spectacular. Alix Hawley is a marvel. I'd read anything she writes.” — ALISON PICK, Man Booker Prize-nominated author of Far to Go and Strangers with the Same Dream
“If you crossed the best of Michael Ondaatje with the best of Alice Munro, Alix Hawley is what you'd get.” — PHILIPP MEYER, author of The Son
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