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Batch: Media Country

October 2010 batch: Batch closed June 26th

Drive-by Saviours by Chris Benjamin (Fernwood Publishing)

Description: “Chris Benjamin masterfully, magically weaves together the seemingly disconnected worlds of Mark, a failed social-worker-turned-unhappy-grant-writer coming to the end of an even unhappier relationship, and Bumi, an Indonesian illegal immigrant on the run from his past and the OCD that dogs his present. Their chance encounter on a Toronto subway launches them on a complicated friendship that allows both men to finally confront the demons in their pasts and to find the hope in their futures.
Drive-by Saviours is a fine first novel by a fine new writer.”
— Stephen Kimber, author of Reparations

Demoralized by his job and dissatisfied with his life, Mark punches the clock with increasing indifference. He wanted to help people; he’d always believed that as social worker he would be able to make a difference in people’s lives. But after six years of bureaucracy and pushing paper Mark has lost hope.
All that changes when he meets Bumi, an Indonesian restaurant worker. Moved from his small fishing village and sent to a residential school under the authoritarian Suharto regime, Bumi’s radical genius and obsessive-compulsive disorder raise suspicion among his paranoid neighbours. When several local children die mysteriously the neighbours’ fear reaches a fevered pitch and Bumi is forced to flee to Canada.
Brought together by a chance encounter on the subway, Mark and Bumi develop a friendship that forces them to confront their pasts. Moving gracefully between Canada and Indonesia and through the two men’s histories, Drive-by Saviours is the story of desire and connection among lonely people adrift in a crowded world.

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Els infinits by John Banville (Bromera)

Description: Durant un llarg dia d’estiu, una família es reuneix al voltant del que anomenen «l’habitació del cel», on el pare,
un matemàtic que s’ha guanyat la vida estudiant l’infinit, jeu a un pas de la mort. Dos convidats més, un esperat i l’altre no,arribaran en breu. També els déus estan presents. Incapaços de resistir-se a intervenir en la vida dels mortals, Zeus persegueix la jove Nora, mentre la mirada omniscient d’Hermes passeja d’un personatge a un altre. Així pot escoltar el que sent el patriarca, que roman mut però conscient que després de dedicar la seva vida a la recerca de l’infinit, ha balafiat el seu temps finit, real, que ara marca inexorablement el final.

Basada en l’obra de teatre Amphityon que John Banville va
adaptar a l’escena irlandesa, Els infinits captura la intensitat, la màgia i l’encanteri d’un dia d’estiu amb una visió refrescant i profunda de les alegries i desgràcies de la condició humana.

«Fascinadora... supèrbia escriptura» Sunday Times

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El rei Jaume I en l'imaginari popular i en la literatura by autors Diversos (Rovira i Virgili University Press)

Description: El rei Jaume I en l'imaginari popular i en la literatura presenta onze aportacions fetes per especialistes que estudien la importància de la figura del monarca català en aquests dos àmbits. El rei Jaume I és un personatge molt popular en la nostra cultura i un referent indiscutible en l'imaginari dels diversos territoris que la conformen. Protagonista de rondalles i llegendes, la seva figura ha estat evocada també per escriptors i artistes. Realitat i ficció s'abracen en un àmbit i altre i han creat la imatge que tenim avui dia del rei conqueridor de terres i cors. Aquest volum ofereix un recorregut per aquests viaranys, guiats per la figura del rei.

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Garantia de qualitat docent by diversos autors (Rovira i Virgili University Press)

Description: El procés de Calvi que viu la universitat europea en els últims anys és tan evidente que ha esdevingut una prioritat estratègica per a les institucions d’educiació superior. La qualitat de la docència és un procés complex, en el qual intervenen molts factors, i és fonamental sensibilitzar i implicar en el procés d’assegurament de la qualitat de la docència tots els agents universitaris: docents, estudiants i personal d’administració i serveis.

En aquesta obra els autors aporten diferents perspectivas del procés de garantia de la qualitat docent, eix de les transformacions requerides en la controvergència cap a l’espai europeu d’educació superior (EEES).

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Galveston by PG Nagle (BookViewCafe)

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Description: Format: Open, non-DRM file. Winners will be sent the URL of a webpage where they can download the eBook in PDF, ePub, Kindle, or prc format.

Far Western Civil War book 3

The Battle of Valverde is over, and Jamie Russell, now a Confederate war hero, returns home to his family. Jamie's sister Emma has been shattered by the death of her true love at Valverde. Worried about their daughter, Jamie's parents convince him to escort Emma to Galveston. Emma will have a chance to escape her monotonous life on the ranch, become a lady, and perhaps leave the memory of death behind her.

Jamie soon discovers that Galveston lacks the defenses it needs to ward off a Union naval attack. Troubled by leaving his sister and aunt in a place susceptible to Union takeover, Jamie returns to his unit and begs with Confederate officers to have Galveston's defenses strengthened. His pleas fall on deaf ears. Union warships arrive in Galveston Bay, taking it for the Federals and confirming Jamie's worst fears. Now Jamie must travel back to Galveston in a secret Confederate operation to reclaim the city and rescue his family.

"Pat Nagle's Galveston wonderfully recreates the exciting atmosphere of the Island City during the Civil War, bringing to life the mostly real characters in the drama with historical accuracy, yet telling the story in an engaging way that is sure to captivate any reader. It will appeal to serious students of history as well as the casual reader looking for a good story. Some of the best fiction written about Texas history." ­Edward T. Cotham, Jr., author of Battle on the Bay: The Civil War Struggle for Galveston

"Galveston is a tender, evocative and powerful rendering of a great Civil War battle, and the families, lovers and men at arms caught in it. It is a compelling novel, richly wrought, with the special grace of authenticity. I was swiftly caught up in it. Ms. Nagle writes a memorable story that will linger long in the heart of any reader." Richard S. Wheeler

"Lively, compelling historical fiction." ­Kirkus

P. G. Nagle was born and raised in the mountains of northern New Mexico some fifty miles from Glorieta Pass. An avid student of music, history, and humans in general, she loves the outdoors but hides from the sun.

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King of Hearts by Jennifer Stevenson (BookViewCafe)

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A Stagehand Romantic Comedy by Jennifer Stevenson

King Cut-up


King Dave is the biggest bad boy in the union. Good thing his Dad is president of the local. But even Dad can't protect him now. At first King Dave is grateful that only one snippy waitress witnessed Tammy's stunt with the spray paint.

Now that he knows Nadine better, he's not so grateful. She wants to make a hero out of him.

The Preacher's daughter

Stagehands? Bunch of animals. No woman is safe. Good thing Nadine is a nature lover. She'll need a chair and a pistol to handle King Dave Flaherty.

When she witnesses King Dave's humiliation at the hands of his ex-wife, Nadine knows she has all the ammo she needs to reform him. By blackmail, if necessary.

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Back to Bailey's Chase by Marlis Day (Echelon Press)

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Those Bailey girls again!

When Grey Bailey moved from California last year to live with her cousin, Sparky, and her family, the girls were astonished to discover they suddenly had super powers. Now that the girls are older, their secret abilities have grown with them.

No longer afraid and unsure of themselves and their mysterious powers, Sparky and Grey have chosen to use their magic freely to fight injustice, solve crimes, save lives, and unlock ancient secrets of the universe.

Follow these spunky sixth-graders as they travel boldly into an awesome world that would shock even the smartest person in the town of Bailey's Chase.

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