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Launchpad: The Heart Beats In Secret, by Katie Munnik

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This spring we've made it our mission (even more than usual) to celebrate new releases in the wake of cancelled launch parties, book festivals, and reading series. With 49th Shelf Launchpad, we're holding virtual launch parties here on our platform complete with witty banter and great insight to give you a taste of the books on offer. You can request these books from your local library, get them as e-books or audio books, order them from your local indie bookseller if they're delivering, buy them direct from the publisher or from online retailers.

Today we're launching The Heart Beats in Secret, by Katie Munnik, a novel that explores the wilderness of the heart, the secrets concealed with every beat and the many ways it is possible to be a mother.

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The Elevator Pitch. Tell us about your book in a sentence.

A young woman inherits her grandmother’s house, only to find a wild goose living in the kitchen.

Describe your ideal reader.

My ideal reader loves birds, 1940s foraged gin recipes, layered family histories, Scottish nature writing, migration stor …

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Launchpad: Open House, by Jane Christmas

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This spring we've made it our mission (even more than usual) to celebrate new releases in the wake of cancelled launch parties, book festivals, and reading series. With 49th Shelf Launchpad, we're holding virtual launch parties here on our platform complete with witty banter, great insight, and short and snappy readings to give you a taste of the books on offer. You can request these books from your local library, get them as e-books or audio books, order them from your local indie bookseller if they're delivering, buy them direct from the publisher or from online retailers.

Today we're launching Open House: A Life in Thirty-Two Moves, the latest by Jane Christmas, whose previous memoir was a finalist for the 2014 Leacock Memorial Award for Humour.

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The Elevator Pitch. Tell us about your book in a sentence.

It’s a memoir viewed through the lens of all the homes I’ve lived in while I undertook the renovation of my current home.

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Someone with a spirited, survivor-attitude of life despite personal vicissitudes. Enjoys pe …

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Good Houses, Birth Houses: The Many Houses of CanLit

A good look at English literature will tell you that a great many books, at their heart, are about real estate. What would Romeo and Juliet have been without those two households both alike in dignity? And then think of all the stately homes of 19th-century fiction—Pemberley, Thornfield Hall—and then Howards End and Darlington Hall, more recently. There are fictional houses that we know as well as their books, and this is certainly the case in Canadian literature as well. And while our fictional homes may not often be stately, these houses are just as integral to the stories in which we find them. These are houses that are characters in their own right. 

Anne's House of Dreams

That place mattered much to L.M. Montgomery is evident from the titles of her books, her preoccupation perhaps born from her own rootlessness as a child and even as an adult, moving around as a minster's wife. Instead of having a home, she imagined homes and houses which live large in the mind of Canadian readers. There are Anne's houses: Green Gables, Windy Poplars, her House of Dreams, and then Ingleside, where she raises her family. Other Montgomery-invented abodes include New Moon, Silver Bush, Lantern Hill, and The Blue Castle, each one as alive as the characters who inhabit them. 

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