Launch of After All Was Lost by Alice Nsabimana, Sat. Sept 16 at 1:30 pm

(Montréal, 7 septembre, 2023) – Baraka Books will launch After All Was Lost, The Resilience of a Rwandan Family Orphaned on April 6, 1994 when the Rwandan President’s Plane was Shot Down by Alice Nsabimana on Saturday, September 16, from 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm at the Centre Saint-Pierre, 1212, rue Panet (métro Beaudry), Montreal. Both the author and the translator, Maurice Nsabimana, will be in attendance. Everybody is welcome.

First published in French under the title Résilience, After All Was Lost is an outstretched hand bearing a message of love, peace, forgiveness, and resilience for victims of war or other disasters in the world. The highlights and life lessons that Alice Nsabimana and her brothers and sisters have chosen to share cast new light on the terrible tragedy that struck Rwanda – and the world.

Please register by Rsvp at For those who cannot attend, the launch will be live streamed. You can request the link at also at

Livres Baraka inc. lancera After All Was Lost, The Resilience of a Rwandan Family Orphaned on April 6, 1994 when the Rwandan President’s Plane was Shot Down d’Alice Nsabimana le samedi 16 septembre de 13 h 30 à 16 h 30 au Centre Saint-Pierre, 1212, rue Panet (métro Beaudry), à Montréal. L’auteure and le traducteur, Maurice Nsabimana seront présents. Tout le monde est le bienvenu.

Paru d’abord en Belgique sous le titre Résilience, le livre est une main tendue portant un message d’amour, de paix de pardon et de résilience pour les victimes de guerres ou autres catastrophes dans le monde. Les événements et leçons que Alice Nsabimana et ses frères et sœurs partagent jettent un nouvel éclairage sur la tragédie qui a frappé le Rwanda – et le monde.

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Blinded by the Brass Ring Patricia Scarlett’s Debut Novel to Appear April 2023 – Screen Rights Available

Television Sales Is a Funny Business, Sometimes It’s Hard To Find The Laughs

Patricia Scarlett’s debut novel, Blinded by the Brass Ring, the first in the Jewelle Joseph Series will be out in April 2023 and screen rights are available.

“A fun and flirtatious insight into the nuanced experience of being an ambitious career-driven woman living a Black experience in a White workplace. A familiar conversation that has not been heard yet . . . .

~ Donisha Prendergast, Writer/Director, Actor, Public Speaker

Looking to the journals she has kept over the years about the inner and outer workings of the domestic and international TV industry, Patricia Scarlett, founder of Media Business Institute, a Toronto-based TV training and production company, wrote Blinded by the Brass Ring. This debut novel in the Jewelle Joseph Series centres on the professional and personal life of Jewelle Joseph, an Afro-Canadian international television sales and distribution executive who works for a small TV channel with a big reputation.

  • Screen rights are available. Contact Robin Philpot: 514-808-8504
  • Novel available for pre-order in January 2023 from Baraka Books. Pub date: 1 April 2023.

Stylish and ambitious, Jewelle Joseph (JJ to her friends) has the perfect opportunity to make her move into senior management through the newly created sales and distribution spin-off company. It will mean a significant salary increase and equally important it will allow her to reign in and  over her rival and fellow international sales executive, Chantal Mercier. But Chantal’s got her eye on the VP of sales position too. The competition between these two ambitious women moves from the glitzy office towers of downtown Toronto to the glamorous world of the international television market in Cannes. While navigating family drama—a philandering father and traditional Jamaican mother who tries to control Jewelle’s life and the lives of her siblings—Jewelle tries to balance her doubts about her boyfriend Anthony Brown, who Jewelle perceives as lacking in ambition, and the hot and heavy pursuit of her by Johann Eriksson, a dashing and successful Swedish television executive. Her posse’s honesty and support keep her grounded.

Author Patricia Scarlett’s stories reflect contemporary Black life in Canada and explore the intersections of race, class, and culture through a Caribbean-Canadian lens. Over the span of her career, she has worn many hats, including those of entrepreneur and consultant. She founded Scarlett Media to provide a variety of consultative services to independent producers and broadcasters on media production and distribution. Her early experience in the industry began at TVOntario where she worked primarily in international sales. As a highly successful Sales Executive, Scarlett was responsible for opening up the Latin American market and she initiated and closed TVOntario’s first educational broadcast and educational non-broadcast sales in Brazil. Her relationships with producers and broadcasters culminated in several significant achievements including her licensing Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner, winner of the Camera D’Or at the 2001 Cannes Film Festival, to CBC Television. She is the recipient of the 2020 Afroglobal Television Media Award.

Richard King, book lover, mystery novelist and wonderful storyteller: May he rest in peace

Baraka Books was very sad to learn that Richard King passed away on Jan. 4, 2022. His was a life devoted to books, as bookseller, book reviewer, bookseller and more. He was the author of great mystery novels and biographies. A renowned bookseller, he co-founded Paragraphe Bookstore in Montreal and held the position of President of the Canadian Booksellers Association. His regular books column at CBC was appreciated by authors, publishers and listeners because his comments and suggestions were always sharp, enlightening, witty and inspiring.

As publisher of Baraka Books, I had the pleasure of meeting him in 2019 when he proposed that we publish his series that came to be called, The Nurse Annie Linton, Detective Gilles Bellechasse Mystery Novels. We had never published a mystery novel before.

In addition to being a tribute to nurses and health-care workers, this series showcases the great city of Montreal that Richard loved very much. Fortunately, Richard had finished the third instalment Serving Life which will be published on April 1, 2022. From our communications in early December, it was clear the Richard had many projects yet to be completed.

On behalf of Baraka Books, who has had the privilege of working with Richard for the past three years, I would like to extend my most sincere condolences to his family and to his many close friends.

For more information about Richard King, please see his obituary.

Robin Philpot, Publisher