Rave reviews for You Might Be From Alberta If ...

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Published on November 1, 2015

Dave Elston may be half-joking, but he admits he felt some urgency to finishing You Might Be From Alberta If ... , his illustrated and tongue-in-cheek look at the Wild Rose country's ingrained eccentricities.

After all, it's tough to build a book poking fun of Alberta's red-neck character, political stubbornness and rough-hued rural nature if the province is, as some have optimistically suggested, in the midst of a progressive transformation.

"It's changed a lot and change is accelerating and that's a positive," said Elston, an Edmonton-born, Calgary-raised veteran editorial cartoonist who has lived in the province all 56 of his years. "I don't know, maybe I had to get these out of the way while I could, while they were still somewhat relevant."


Amy Jo Ehman Nominated For The City of Saskatoon and Public Library Saskatoon Book Award


Out of Old Saskatchewan Kitchens by Amy Jo Ehman was nominated for the City of Saskatoon and Public Library Saskatoon Book Award. "I know it is a cliché" says Ehman, "but it really is an honour — especially this year — to be nominated."

Out of Old Saskatchewan Kitchens has been a bestseller since in was launched and critic after critic have heaped praise on Ehman's book.

dee Hobsbawn-Smith, chef and award-winning author of Foodshed: An Edible Alberta Alphabet, calls the book a classic, a term she doesn't throw about lightly.

This blending of characters, recipes and stories serves up a menu of home. In the tradition of iconic Canadian food writers Anita Stewart, Marie Nightingale, and Edna Staebler, Amy Jo Ehman has penned a culinary classic.


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Day Trips from Halifax by Jon Tattrie has been voted third-best book in The Coast's annual Best Of edition. It is one of a long list of accolades for the bestselling title.

"This is the ultimate day trip guide and Jon Tattrie — a Nova Scotia born-and-bred journalist, author and off-the-tourist-trail explorer — is your ultimate guide," says Stephen Kimber, Professor of Journalism, University of King's College and author of What Lies Across the Water: The Real Story of the Cuban Five

Jon Tattrie is a journalist and author of three books. The Hermit of Africville was a finalist for the 2010 Democracy 250 Atlantic Book Award for Historical Writing. Tattrie lives in Halifax with his wife and young child.

Strange Saskatchewan

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Everybody that has seen the artwork in Strange Saskatchewan has gone crazy for it. "It is retro, it is unique, and just plain cool," says Kevin O'Reilly, a designer with more than 30 years experience in the book business.

For MacIntyre Purcell, the working relationship with illustrator and artist Jason Sylvestre is something the firm cherishes. "His range and commitment make it just a pleasure to work with him," says publisher John MacIntyre. "He is smart, funny and deserves national recognition."

Strange Saskatchewan is a delightful and, yes, STRANGE romp through Canada's land of the living skies. Strange Saskatchewan will be available in book stores on June 15th, 2015.

Trivia question: What company published two of the top five bestselling regional titles in the country in 2013?

MacIntyre Purcell Publishing. Both You Might Be From Nova Scotia If... by Michael de Adder and Road to the NHL (Maritimers in The Show) by Philip Croucher were Top Five bestselling regional titles and reached national bestseller status.


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