Celebrate Canadians from all walks of life with The Look Book, featuring a few of Simon & Schuster Canada’s highly anticipated fall books.
Meet extraordinary Canadians who have helped make our country great. Read your way into the far reaches of space with celebrated astronaut, aquanaut, and ER doctor, Dave Williams. Meet the amateurs and the professionals behind Canada’s most beloved sport with everybody’s favourite broadcaster, Bob McKenzie. Explore the weird everyday sayings we use and the stories behind them with award-winning journalist and author Mark Abley. Go behind the scenes in the publishing trenches with the iconic publisher Anna Porter. And finally, follow the rise of basketball with NBA coach, Jay Triano.
Includes samples from the following fall 2018 new releases:
Defying Limits: Lessons from the Edge of the Universe, Dr. Dave Williams
Everyday Hockey Heroes: Inspirational Stories On and Off the Ice, Bob McKenzie and Jim Lang
Watch Your Tongue: What Our Everyday Sayings and Idioms Literally Figuratively Mean, Mark Abley
In Other Words: How I Fell in Love with Canada One Book at a Time, Anna Porter
Dr. Dave Williams is an astronaut, aquanaut, jet pilot, ER doctor, scientist, and CEO. The former Director of Space & Life Sciences at NASA, he has flown to space twice, once on the space shuttle Columbia and once on Endeavor, logging over thirteen million kilometres in space and over seventeen hours of spacewalks. He has lived and worked on the world’s only undersea research habitat and is the recipient of five honourary degrees, the Order of Canada, and the Order of Ontario. Williams lives in Oakville with his wife, Cathy, two kids, Evan and Olivia, and nephew, Theo. Connect with him on Twitter @AstroDaveMD.
Bob McKenzie is a Canadian broadcaster, journalist and author. Known as the TSN Hockey Insider, Bob has covered Canada’s favorite sport for forty years. He is the former editor-in-chief of The Hockey News, hockey columnist for the Toronto Star, and the author of two national bestsellers, Hockey Dad and Hockey Confidential. He lives outside Toronto. Follow him on Twitter @TSNBobMcKenzie.
Mark Abley is an award-winning poet, journalist, and author. His books include The Prodigal Tongue: Dispatches from the Future of English and Spoken Here: Travels Among Threatened Languages, a New York Times Notable Book, a San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of the Year, a Globe and Mail Best Book of the Year, and a Discover Magazine Top 20 Science Book of the Year. Abley lives in Montreal. Learn more at MarkAbley.com.
Anna Porter was born in Budapest, Hungary, during the Second World War and escaped with her mother at the end of the 1956 revolution to New Zealand, where she graduated with an MA from Christchurch University. Like so many young Kiwis, after graduation she travelled to London, England, where she had her first taste of publishing. In 1968, she arrived in Canada, and was soon swept up in the cultural explosion of the 1970s. At McClelland & Stewart, run by the flamboyant Jack McClelland, she quickly found herself at the heart of Canadian publishing. In 1982, she founded Key Porter Books and published such national figures as Farley Mowat, Jean Chrétien, Conrad Black, and Allan Fotheringham. She went on to write both fiction and nonfiction works, including Kasztner’s Train, which won the Writers’ Trust Nonfiction Prize and the Jewish Book Award, The Ghosts of Europe, which won the Shaughnessey Cohen Prize for Political Writing, and has published four mystery novels. She is an Officer of the Order of Canada and a recipient of the Order of Ontario. She lives in Toronto with her husband, Julian Porter. Visit her at AnnaPorter.ca.
Jay Triano is the former head coach of the Phoenix Suns and Toronto Raptors. Born and raised in Niagara Falls, Ontario, he attended school at Simon Fraser University, where he broke or equaled eleven school basketball records. Triano is a former captain of the Canadian men’s national basketball team, with whom he competed in two Olympics, and currently serves as the team’s head coach.