Monia Mazigh, wife of Maher Arar, to pen memoir



    TORONTO, Dec. 17 /CNW/ - Doug Pepper, President and Publisher of
McClelland & Stewart, today announced the acquisition of a memoir by Monia
Mazigh, wife of Maher Arar, in a deal arranged by agent Michael Levine. This
book will be the first personal account from the Arar family about Arar's
abduction by the American Government, torture by the Syrian Government, and
the fight for justice after his return to Canada. The book will recount Monia
Mazigh's very personal story of the fight to rescue her husband, the impact on
her family and their daily life as they struggled with Maher Arar's
kidnapping, and then his return, physically and emotionally ravaged, perhaps
forever.
    Monia Mazigh has chosen to share her story to help her come to terms and
digest all that has happened to her and her family, and to inform the public
and the world about how extraordinary rendition and other 'anti-terrorist'
methods destroy innocent lives and families.
    "Monia Mazigh's abundance of strength, courage and outspokenness helped
bring her husband home, and her decision to write this book is one of courage,
so all Canadians can understand the denial of justice and discarding of human
rights the Arar family suffered," said Doug Pepper.
    The book, acquired by Doug Pepper and Susan Renouf at McClelland &
Stewart, will be edited by Susan Renouf, and will be published early in 2009.
It will be published simultaneously in French by Les Editions du Boreal.

    About McClelland & Stewart
    --------------------------
    McClelland & Stewart was founded in Toronto, Ontario in 1906 and has
published the works of an incredible variety of authors including Margaret
Atwood, Leonard Cohen, Christopher Hitchens, Rohinton Mistry, Farley Mowat,
Alice Munro, Brian Mulroney, Michael Ondaatje, Mordecai Richler, Jeffrey
Simpson, Paul Theroux, Pierre Elliott Trudeau and Guy Vanderhaeghe. The
company also owns respected children's publisher Tundra Books. More
information about McClelland & Stewart can be found at www.mcclelland.com.





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For further information: Morgan Grady-Smith, (416) 598-1114 x 308,
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