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    Before We Were Trans A New History of Gender Dr. Kit Heyam Ph.D
    9781541603080 Hardcover HISTORY / World On Sale Date:September 13, 2022
    $38.00 CAD 6.4 x 9.55 x 1.4 in | 1.11 lb | 352 pages Carton Quantity:20 Canadian Rights: Y Seal Press
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      A groundbreaking global history of gender nonconformity 

      Today’s narratives about trans people tend to feature individuals with stable gender identities that fit neatly into the categories of male or female. Those stories, while important, fail to account for the complex realities of many trans people’s lives.

      Before We Were Trans illuminates the stories of people across the globe, from antiquity to the present, whose experiences of gender have defied binary categories. Blending historical analysis with sharp cultural criticism, trans historian and activist Kit Heyam offers a new, radically inclusive trans history, chronicling expressions of trans experience that are often overlooked, like gender-nonconforming fashion and wartime stage performance. Before We Were Trans transports us from Renaissance Venice to seventeenth-century Angola, from Edo Japan to early America, and looks to the past to uncover new horizons for possible trans futures. 
      Kit Heyam is a university lecturer, a queer history activist, and a trans awareness trainer who has worked with organizations across the United Kingdom. They live in Leeds, UK, with their partner Alex.
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      Before We Were Trans is a thoughtful, fun, and refreshingly readable romp through the history of gender variance before the invention of contemporary ‘transgender’ categories and concepts.—Susan Stryker, author of Transgender History
      Before We Were Trans provides much needed context, nuance, and breadth to our understanding of human gender diversity throughout history and in different cultures. While people who we might now call transgender or LGBTQIA+ have always existed, Kit Heyam shows how both individuals' and societies' understanding of sex, gender, and sexuality are situational, multifaceted, and constantly evolving.—Julia Serano, author of Whipping Girl and Sexed Up
      Before We Were Trans enlarges our understanding of trans histories and highlights the beauty, complexity, and contradictions of doing historical work - all in a voice that invites the reader in, and not only teaches us what to think about trans lives in the past, but how to think about them.—Hugh Ryan, author of The Women’s House of Detention
      This is such a searing, reflexive read - in conversation with the likes of Shon Faye, Akwaeke Emezi and Leslie Feinberg - that needs to be in everyone's hands expeditiously.—Paula Akpan, journalist
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    The Marriage Portrait Maggie O'Farrell
    9781039005631 Hardcover FICTION / Literary On Sale Date:September 06, 2022
    $34.00 CAD 6.3 x 9.55 x 1.28 in | 1.38 lb | 352 pages Carton Quantity:12 Knopf Canada
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      From the author of the breakout bestseller Hamnet—winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Women’s Prize—an electrifying new novel set in Renaissance Italy, and centering on the captivating young duchess Lucrezia de Medici.

      Florence, the 1550s. Lucrezia, third daughter of the grand duke, is comfortable with her obscure place in the palazzo: free to wonder at its treasures, observe its clandestine workings, and to devote herself to her own artistic pursuits. But when her older sister dies on the eve of her wedding to the ruler of Ferrara, Moderna and Regio, Lucrezia is thrust unwittingly into the limelight: the duke is quick to request her hand in marriage, and her father just as quick to accept on her behalf.

      Having barely left girlhood behind, Lucrezia must now make her way in a troubled court whose customs are opaque and where her arrival is not universally welcomed. Perhaps most mystifying of all is her new husband himself, Alfonso. Is he the playful sophisticate he appeared to be before their wedding, the aesthete happiest in the company of artists and musicians, or the ruthless politician before whom even his formidable sisters seem to tremble?

      As Lucrezia sits in constricting finery for a painting intended to preserve her image for centuries to come, one thing becomes worryingly clear. In the court’s eyes, she has one duty: to provide the heir who will shore up the future of the Ferranese dynasty. Until then, for all of her rank and nobility, the new duchess’s future hangs entirely in the balance.

      Full of the drama and verve with which she illuminated the Shakespearean canvas of Hamnet, Maggie O’Farrell brings the world of Renaissance Italy to jewel-bright life, and offers an unforgettable portrait of a resilient young woman’s battle for her very survival.

      Story Locale: Renaissance Italy
      MAGGIE O’FARRELL was born in Northern Ireland in 1972 and grew up in Wales and Scotland. She has worked as a waitress, chambermaid, bike messenger, teacher, arts administrator, journalist (in Hong Kong and London), and as the deputy literary editor of The Independent on Sunday. Her books include Hamnet (winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award); After You’d Gone (winner of the Betty Trask Award); The Distance Between Us (winner of a Somerset Maugham Award); and Instructions for a Heatwave. She lives in London.

      Author Residence: London, UK

      Author Hometown: Ireland
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      “Finely detailed…. This beguiling tale of power, politics and one woman’s fight for agency is yet another masterpiece by the author of Hamnet.” —The Globe and Mail

      “Evocative and spellbinding…. With The Marriage Portrait …O’Farrell hasn’t just produced another magnificently transporting page-turner. She has given us an exhilarating, devastating look at women’s captivity, creativity and ultimately, rebellion in a world run by some very cruel men…. O’Farrell just seems to be getting better and better.” iNews (UK)

      “Finely written and vividly imagined, it is far from being simplistic, but there is an engaging simplicity to it that makes it feel not quite like a grown-up novel. Rather, it is a very good one to be read, as publishers used to say, by ‘children of all ages.’” The Guardian

      “Maggie O’Farrell is a writer who I feel is never really given the adjectives she deserves: ingenious, inventive, humane, wry, truthful. This novel is better than her last novel: may the next be so too.” The Scotsman

      “Evocative and moving. . . . In O’Farrell’s hands (as with her 2020 bestseller Hamnet), historical detail comes alive.” The Spectator

      “A perceptive writer whose sentences…have real poetic cadence.” —The Guardian

      “As always, [O’Farrell’s] prose is beautiful, her characters finely drawn, her story wonderfully surprising.” —Tampa Bay Times

      “One of the most exciting novelists alive.”The Washington Post

      “A beautifully-written and compelling work of historical fiction.” —Entertainment Focus

      “[A] poetically written, multilayered novel…O’Farrell creates another mesmerizing portrait of a Renaissance-era woman whose life is shrouded in mystery… Historical-fiction readers will love the cultural details, while Lucrezia’s plight speaks to modern themes of gaslighting and women’s agency…O’Farrell shines at instilling elegantly described scenes with human feeling, such as Lucrezia’s wedding preparations and her sense of inner strength while viewing the sunrise transform the sky at Alfonso’s country villa. The author proves equally skilled at evoking suspense.” —Booklist [starred review]

      “A vivid depiction of the harsh manners and rigid expectations for women within ducal courts in 16th-century Italy…O’Farrell is a marvelous stylist, and The Marriage Portrait is full of the same kinds of intense details that made Hamnet come alive. Her characters are captivating and believable, and the landscape of Renaissance Italy is a veritable gift to the senses, so powerfully does O’Farrell evoke the sights, sounds and smells of forest, castle and barnyard.” —BookPage [starred review]

      “A riveting tale about one woman’s fight for autonomy.” —Real Simple

      “[O’Farrell’s] sparkling language and astonishing descriptive powers chart…Lucrezia’s destruction, in parallel to the creation of the work of art that will grant her a similar immortality, an immortality renewed by this captivating novel.” —Hot Press

      “Lush, provocative…A captivating portrait of a woman attempting to free herself from a golden cage. Fans of the accomplished Hamnet won’t be disappointed by this formidable outing.” —Publishers Weekly [starred review]

      “A compelling portrait of a young woman out of step with her times…a vivid portrait of a turbulent age and a vibrant heroine.” —Kirkus Reviews
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    Something in the Heir A Novel Suzanne Enoch
    9781250842527 Paperback FICTION / Romance On Sale Date:September 20, 2022 Print Run:60000
    $22.99 CAD 5.4 x 8.25 x 1.05 in | 290 gr | 352 pages Carton Quantity:24 Canadian Rights: Y St. Martin's Griffin
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      One of Publishers Weekly’s Top 10 Romances of the Fall!

      New York Times bestseller, Suzanne Enoch takes a delightful new path in her joyful historical romantic comedy, Something in the Heir.

      Smart, capable heiress Emmeline Pershing will do anything to keep her beloved home; and all it takes is an arranged marriage and a teeny white lie to fulfill her family’s silly inheritance rules. But now her little fib means that she and her completely unsuspecting husband are going to inherit big — and very messy! —trouble.

      Emmeline and William Pershing have enjoyed a perfectly convenient marriage for eight years. Their relationship is a seamless blend of their talents and goals. They’ve settled into separate, well-ordered lives beneath the same roof, and are content to stay that way—or so Emmeline thinks. And if William has secretly longed for a bit more from the woman he adores, he’s managed to be content with her supreme skills as a hostess and planner, which has helped him advance his career.

      Then when Emmeline’s grandfather, the reclusive Duke of Welshire, summons them both for his birthday celebration and demands they bring their two little angelic children, William is stunned to discover that his very proper wife invented not one, but two heirs to fulfill the agreement for living at Winnover. But surely if Emmeline and William team up and borrow two cherubs to call their own, what could go wrong? Enter George, age 8, and Rose, 5—the two most unruly orphans in Britain.

      As the insanity unfolds, their careful, professional arrangement takes some surprisingly intimate turns as well. Perhaps it takes a bit of madness to create the perfect happily ever after.

      A native and current resident of Southern California, SUZANNE ENOCH loves movies almost as much as she loves books, with a special place in her heart for anything Star Wars. She has written more than forty Regency novels and historical romances—including the Scandalous Brides and Scandalous HIghlanders series—which are regularly found on the New York Times bestseller list. When she is not busily working on her next book, Suzanne likes to contemplate interesting phenomena, like how the three guppies in her aquarium became 161 guppies in five months.
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      "An engaging, uplifting read. Treat yourself to a delightful, effervescent romantic comedy, featuring appealing characters in a novel plot strewn with unexpected twists.” —Stephanie Laurens, #1 New York Times bestselling Author

      "Grab a cup of hot tea and a delicious scone because Suzanne Enoch has written a sparkling, fresh new book. SOMETHING IN THE HEIR will delight fans of both Julia Quinn and Jane Austen with its witty banter, rich family dynamics and scintillating humor. This book is going straight to my keeper shelf!" --Karen Hawkins, New York Times bestselling Author of The Book Charmer

      "Sure to win hearts." - Publishers Weekly

      "Will appeal to readers who are looking for a [...] romance." - School Library Journal

      “With this captivating mixture of romance and suspense, Enoch sends the series out on a high note.” – Publishers Weekly on Hit Me with Your Best Scot

      “High stakes, spirited characters, and off-the-charts chemistry keep the pages turning as Enoch balances humor, heat, and tension. This is Highland romance done right.” - Publishers Weekly starred review on Scot Under the Covers

      "Enoch delivers another fresh and fun Highlander/English romance with notes of scandal, secrets, cunning escapades and off-the-charts chemistry." - Booklist starred review on Scot Under the Covers

      “[An] enticing, enchanting ride.” - The New York Times on Scot Under the Covers

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    Nadiya's Everyday Baking From Weeknight Dinners to Celebration Cakes, Let Your Oven Do the Work Nadiya Hussain
    9780593579053 Hardcover COOKING / Methods On Sale Date:October 11, 2022
    $39.99 CAD 7.75 x 10 x 0.83 in | 1.99 lb | 256 pages Carton Quantity:12 Clarkson Potter
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      The beloved Netflix host and New York Times bestselling author of Nadiya Bakes and Time to Eat presents more than ninety sweet and savory recipes for every meal, occasion, or mood.

      Nadiya Hussain, winner of The Great British Baking Show knows what we bake depends on the day of the week and what mood we’re in. In Nadiya’s Everyday Baking, Nadiya shares nearly 100 simple and achievable recipes for breakfast, dinner, dessert, and everything in between. 

      Organized by situation and occasion, Nadiya’s recipes are designed to always provide for a delicious, rewarding meal no matter what kind of day you’re having:

      Everyday Kind of Days when you’re short on time: Harissa Pita Pockets, Sweet Potato Jalapeño Gratin, Crispy Tofu Lettuce Wraps

      Chill Out Days when you want to move and cook slowly: Spring Onion Pancakes, Tandoori Chicken Naan Sando, Spicy Smashed Chickpeas

      Rainbow Days when you need some color in your diet: Spinach and Paneer-Stuffed Shells, Crunchy Okra Fries, Fruity Baked Ricotta Dip

      Happy Days when you want to cook something uplifting and celebratory: Paprika Egg Phyllo Tart, Mushroom Carnitas, Chocolate Hazelnut Cookie Pie 

      Baking Days with simple desserts for beginner bakers as well as elevated bakes for experienced ones: Cake in a Jar, Hot Chocolate Custard Pudding, Indian Gulab Jamun Cheesecake 

      This stunning collection of recipes, alongside delightful photography and Nadiya’s warm, inspirational voice is sure to become a new favorite for home cooks and bakers alike.
      Nadiya Hussain won season six of The Great British Baking Show. She has since hosted ten BBC cooking shows, including Time to Eat and Nadiya Bakes, and is the author of both companion cookbooks. She lives in the UK with her husband and three children.

      Author Residence: United Kingdom

      Author Hometown: United Kingdom
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        Publicity: National publicity

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        Author Website: www.nadiyahussain.com/

        Author Social Media: Instagram: @nadiyajhussain (845k); Facebook: (278k); Twitter: @BegumNadiya (247.6k);
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    We Spread Canadian Edition Iain Reid Canada
    9781982165055 Hardcover FICTION / Thrillers On Sale Date:September 27, 2022
    $29.99 CAD 139.7 x 212.72 x 25.4 mm | 0.86 lb | 304 pages Carton Quantity:20 Canadian Rights: Y Simon & Schuster
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      The author of the “evocative, spine-tingling, and razor-sharp” (Bustle) I’m Thinking of Ending Things that inspired the Netflix original movie and the “short, shocking psychological three-hander” (The Guardian) Foe returns with a new work of philosophical suspense.

      Penny, an artist, has lived in the same apartment for decades, surrounded by the artifacts and keepsakes of her long life. She is resigned to the mundane rituals of old age, until things start to slip. Before her longtime partner passed away years earlier, provisions were made, unbeknownst to her, for a room in a unique long-term care residence, where Penny finds herself after one too many “incidents.”

      Initially, surrounded by peers, conversing, eating, sleeping, looking out at the beautiful woods that surround the house, all is well. She even begins to paint again. But as the days start to blur together, Penny—with a growing sense of unrest and distrust—starts to lose her grip on the passage of time and on her place in the world. Is she succumbing to the subtly destructive effects of aging, or is she an unknowing participant in something more unsettling?

      At once compassionate and uncanny, told in spare, hypnotic prose, Iain Reid’s genre-defying third novel explores questions of conformity, art, productivity, relationships, and what, ultimately, it means to grow old.
      Iain Reid is the author of four previous books, including his New York Times bestselling debut novel I’m Thinking of Ending Things, which has been translated into more than twenty languages. Oscar winner Charlie Kaufman wrote and directed the film adaptation for Netflix. His second novel, Foe, is being adapted for film, starring Saoirse Ronan, with Reid cowriting the screenplay. His latest novel is We Spread. Reid lives in Ontario, Canada. Follow him on Twitter @Reid_Iain.
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      “Pure storytelling magic. Suspenseful, philosophically rich, and fully audacious in both setting and voice, it is a psychological thriller that enthralls through distinctly lucid and propulsive prose. Iain Reid once again most powerfully illuminates the mysteries of art, life, and consciousness.”
      DAVID CHARIANDY, award-winning author of Brother
      “I loved this book and couldn’t put it down—a deeply gripping, surreal, and wonderfully mysterious novel. Not only has Reid given us a brilliant page-turner, but a profoundly moving meditation on life and art, death and infinity. Reid is a master.”
      MONA AWAD, author of Bunny and All’s Well
      “A taut and frightening read, perhaps best called a thriller. But the true thrill is in how so slender a book tackles such big questions—What does it mean to make art? What happens as we near death?—with such grace.”
      RUMAAN ALAM, author of Leave the World Behind
      “[An] exquisite novel of psychological suspense . . . [Leaves] readers contemplating their own mortality and primed to see the sinister behind the mundane . . . This deep plunge into fears about growing old and losing control is unforgettable.”
      Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)
      “A powerful evocation of aging and loss. . . . Genuinely affecting. It’s a powerful approach to storytelling, and a courageous one: to commit to ambiguity requires a leap of faith on the part of the reader, and trust in the writer. In We Spread, Reid demonstrates once again that such trust isn’t misplaced.”
      Quill & Quire (Starred Review)
      “Iain Reid does a masterful job at an unreliable narrator and keeps us off balance throughout this highly accomplished and fascinating novel.”
      The Globe and Mail
      “[We Spread] flashes by at a pace that becomes ever more breezy as the true nature of Six Cedars and its inhabitants becomes clearer.”
      Toronto Star
      “Reid combines magnetic character development with clipped, eerie prose in this masterfully crafted psychological thriller that will keep the reader guessing until the very last word on the final page.”
      “Insidious, unsettling, creepy, tense—they’re all words that can describe this genre-defying novel. At its heart, We Spread asks the question, ‘What happens to our minds when we approach death?’ . . . We’re exposed to the uncomfortably raw experience of facing the fears we all share when contemplating the end of life.”
      Canadian Living
      “Simply hypnotic. This novel works by a fine hat trick of genre-twisting subtlety, chilling suspense, and a bone-close two-fold portrait of aging in a world that devours everything. The book surprises, even betrays, and every second of its rich rewards is earned by Iain Reid’s winning, wise restraint. Read it to be caught in this brilliantly inspired vision of art and life. I am glad I did.”
      CANISIA LUBRIN, Griffin Poetry Prize–winning author of The Dyzgraphxst
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    9780008514815 Hardcover FICTION / Anthologies On Sale Date:November 15, 2022
    $19.99 CAD 141 x 222 x 29 mm | 400 gr | 288 pages Carton Quantity:12 Canadian Rights: Y Collins Crime Club
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      A brand new anthology of previously unpublished and uncollected supernatural mysteries by some of the masters of the Golden Age – thrills, spills and chills perfect for late-night reading.

      It is said that books are written to bring sunshine into our dull, grey lives – to show us places we want to escape to, lives we want to live, people we want to love. But there are also stories that can only be found in the deepest, darkest corners of the library. Stories about the unexplained, of lost souls, of things that go bump before the silence. Before the screaming.

      And some stories just disappear. Stories printed in old newspapers, broadcast live on the wireless, sometimes not even published at all – these are the stories you cannot find on even the dustiest of library shelves.

      Ghosts from the Library resurrects forgotten tales of the supernatural by some of the most acclaimed mystery authors of all time. From Arthur Conan Doyle and John Dickson Carr to Agatha Christie and Daphne du Maurier, this spine-chilling anthology brings together thirteen uncollected tales of terror, plus some additional surprises.

      Close the windows. Draw the curtains. Just don’t let the lights go out…


      Editor Tony Medawar is a detective fiction expert and researcher with a penchant for tracking down rare stories. In addition to the Bodies from the Library series, he has edited collections including While the Light Lasts (Agatha Christie), The Avenging Chance (Anthony Berkeley), The Spotted Cat (Christianna Brand), A Spot of Folly (Ruth Rendell) The 9.50 Up Express (Freeman Wills Crofts), and the book Murder, She Said: The Quotable Miss Marple.

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      ‘In bringing to public awareness some of the forgotten, neglected, or simply unknown stories that the great and the good of the form produced, these collections have become a source of great excitement, and a must-read for even the most ardent student of the Golden Age.’—The Invisible Event

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    A Haunted History of Invisible Women True Stories of America's Ghosts Leanna Renee Hieber, Andrea Janes
    9780806541587 Paperback HISTORY / Women On Sale Date:September 27, 2022
    $22.95 CAD 5.42 x 8.19 x 0.9 in | 0.71 lb | 352 pages Carton Quantity:40 Canadian Rights: Y Citadel
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      “Deliciously eerie.” —Leslie Rule, Bestselling Author

      From the notorious Lizzie Borden to the innumerable, haunted rooms of Sarah Winchester’s mysterious mansion this offbeat, insightful, first-ever book of its kind from the brilliant guides behind “Boroughs of the Dead,” featured on NPR.org, The New York Times, and Jezebel, explores the history behind America’s female ghosts, the stereotypes, myths, and paranormal tales that swirl around them, what their stories reveal about us—and why they haunt us…

      Sorrowful widows, vengeful jezebels, innocent maidens, wronged lovers, former slaves, even the occasional axe-murderess—America’s female ghosts differ widely in background, class, and circumstance. Yet one thing unites them: their ability to instill fascination and fear, long after their deaths. Here are the full stories behind some of the best-known among them, as well as the lesser-known—though no less powerful.

      Tales whispered in darkness often divulge more about the teller than the subject. America’s most famous female ghosts, from from ‘Mrs. Spencer’ who haunted Joan Rivers’ New York apartment to Bridget Bishop, the first person executed during the Salem witchcraft trials, mirror each era’s fears and prejudices. Yet through urban legends and campfire stories, even ghosts like the nameless hard-working women lost in the infamous Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire —achieve a measure of power and agency in death, in ways unavailable to them as living women.

      Riveting for skeptics and believers alike, with humor, curiosity, and expertise, A Haunted History of Invisible Women offers a unique lens on the significant role these ghostly legends play both within the spook-seeking corners of our minds and in the consciousness of a nation.

      ”A Haunted History of Invisible Women looks beyond the legends of maligned female ghosts and gives us their real histories. It is both a meditation on the misogyny of a ghost-hunting culture that capitalizes on false narratives of sex and death, and a fascinating look at the flesh-and-blood women behind the ghost stories. This book is a long-overdue search for historic truth, yet it recognizes that “When it comes to ghosts, truth is as elusive as the spirits themselves.” Chris Woodyard, Author of The Victorian Book of the Dead.

      Afterword by Bram Stoker Award-winning author Linda D. Addison

      Story Locale: United States, past and present
      Leanna Renee Hieber is an award-winning author and paranormal history expert. A regular speaker at Sci-Fi / Fantasy conventions, she’s appeared on film and television on shows including “Mysteries at the Museum” and “Beyond the Unknown.” She’s a three-time Prism Award-winner for her debut novel, The Strangely Beautiful Tale of Miss Percy Parker, and a Daphne Du Maurier Award-finalist for Darker Still. After earning a BFA in Theatre Performance and a focus study in the Victorian Era, she spent many years in the professional regional theatre circuit, skills that serve her well as a speaker and a ghost tour guide for Boroughs of the Dead in New York. Leanna lives in New York, NY and can be found online at: LeannaReneeHieber.com
      Andrea Janes is the Founder and owner of Boroughs of the Dead, New York City’s premier ghost tour company, which has been featured on NPR.org, The New York Times, Jezebel, TODAY, The Huffington Post, Gothamist, The Travel Channel, CondeNast Traveler, Mashable, and more. Andrea is also the author of the YA novel GLAMOUR and several short horror stories, and a fiction horror novel Boroughs of the Dead, (the inspiration for her company).  Visit boroughsofthedead.com

      Author Residence: New York, New York
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        Virtual Author tour to mystery bookstores and stores in markets where the ghosts linger, including Lily Dale, NY; Salme, MA; New Orleans, LA; Savannah, GA)

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      Advanced Praise for A Haunted History of Invisible Women
      “Delightfully harrowing and full of spine-tingling horrors, A HAUNTED HISTORY OF INVISIBLE WOMEN is not your average book of ghost stories. Hieber and Janes go far beyond the obvious thrills and chills, providing fascinating context and lavish detail in this incredibly empathetic book as they gently remind us not only of what we are but what we may become. You’ll be thinking about this one long after you finish. Read it with the lights on!” —Deanna Raybourn, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author
      “Thought-provoking and deliciously eerie, this intriguing study of phantom females not only delves into the history behind the legendary hauntings that chill our blood, but also gives detailed descriptions of real-life ghost encounters.” —Leslie Rule, Bestselling Author
      “This book accomplishes the impossible –to tell true stories of abuse, murder, horror, and the plight of women, and somehow make that an elegant and compelling piece of writing. This should not only be read…but taught. Brava!” —Jonathan Maberry, New York Times bestselling author of Relentless and Ink
      “An absolute must-buy for the spooky people of the world. Hieber, and Janes lead the reader on a guided tour of America’s most fascinating and noteworthy female ghosts that is utterly brilliant and deeply compelling. The authors examine these stories with a keen feminist lens and resurrect the real women behind them with respect they were seldom afforded in life. It’s extraordinary to find a book that is so chilling, yet so full of heart. You’ll find yourself haunted by these stories.” —Mallory O’Meara, bestselling author of The Lady from the Black Lagoon and Girly Drinks
      “A Haunted History of Invisible Women is a beautifully researched and well-written observation of women’s ghosts across time. From the famous to the not-so-famous, their stories and the history surrounding them both fascinate and mesmerize. If this book doesn’t leave with you a sense of wonder and a healthy dose of goosebumps, check your pulse—you may already be among the spirits.“ —Marc Hartzman, author of Chasing Ghosts: A Tour of Our Fascination with Spirits and the Supernatural
      ”This is the book I have always wanted to read. Expert storytellers Hieber, and Janes take us on tour through the lives of real women who would become legendary ghosts adding depth to stories I thought I knew and introducing me to characters I’ve never met before. With wit and empathy, A Haunted History brings the spirit of these women to life. Their stories are touching, shocking, inspiring, and intimately relatable. They tell the ways women have learned to navigate their world, to thrive, and live authentically against the odds. They reveal the ways society objectifies and classifies women who defy norms and challenge the expectations of their time. These ghosts still have something to say and have much to teach. —Leila Taylor,  author of Darkly: Black History and America’s Gothic Soul. 

      “Deeply researched and lovingly written by a powerhouse trinity of authors, A Haunted History of Invisible Women is the ultimate paranormal compendium on female ghosts of America. Not only is this a compulsively readable book, it’ll send a chill down your spine while illuminating the dark shadows of a nation.” —Kris Waldherr, author of The Lost History of Dreams and Unnatural Women: A Novel of the Frankenstein Women

      “A Haunted History of Invisible Women looks beyond the legends of maligned female ghosts and gives us their real histories. It is both a meditation on the misogyny of a ghost-hunting culture that capitalizes on false narratives of sex and death, and a fascinating look at the flesh-and-blood women behind the ghost stories. This book is a long-overdue search for historic truth, yet it recognizes that “When it comes to ghosts, truth is as elusive as the spirits themselves.” —Chris Woodyard, author of The Victorian Book of the Dead
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    A Minor Chorus A Novel Billy-Ray Belcourt Canada
    9780735242005 Hardcover FICTION / Indigenous On Sale Date:September 13, 2022
    $27.95 CAD 5.13 x 7.76 x 0.69 in | 0.52 lb | 192 pages Carton Quantity:12 Hamish Hamilton
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      An urgent first novel about breaching the prisons we live inside from one of Canada’s most daring literary talents.

      An unnamed narrator abandons his unfinished thesis and returns to northern Alberta in search of what eludes him: the shape of the novel he yearns to write, an autobiography of his rural hometown, the answers to existential questions about family, love, and happiness.

      What ensues is a series of conversations, connections, and disconnections that reveals the texture of life in a town literature has left unexplored, where the friction between possibility and constraint provides an insistent background score.

      Whether he’s meeting with an auntie distraught over the imprisonment of her grandson, engaging in rez gossip with his cousin at a pow wow, or lingering in bed with a married man after a hotel room hookup, the narrator makes space for those in his orbit to divulge their private joys and miseries, testing the theory that storytelling can make us feel less lonely.

      Populated by characters as alive and vast as the boreal forest, and culminating in a breathtaking crescendo, A Minor Chorus is a novel about how deeply entangled the sayable and unsayable can become—and about how ordinary life, when pressed, can produce hauntingly beautiful music.
      BILLY-RAY BELCOURT (he/him) is a writer from the Driftpile Cree Nation. He won the 2018 Griffin Poetry Prize for his debut collection, This Wound Is a World, which was also a finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award. His bestselling memoir, A History of My Brief Body, won the Hubert Evans Non-Fiction Prize and was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award and the Governor General’s Literary Award. A recipient of the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship and an Indspire Award, Belcourt is Assistant Professor of Indigenous Creative Writing at UBC.

      Author Residence: Vancouver, BC

      Author Hometown: Joussard, Northern Alberta
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      “No one breaks your heart as elegantly as Billy-Ray Belcourt. Innovative, intimate, and meticulous, A Minor Chorus is a thoughtful riot of intersections and juxtapositions, a congregation of keenly observed laments gently vivisecting the small, Northern Alberta community at its core.”
      —Eden Robinson, author of Son of a Trickster
      “The literary child of Rachel Cusk’s Outline trilogy and James Baldwin’s Giovanni’s Room, this novel builds on both, and is yet still something so new. It has the guts to centre Indigenous queer life as worthy of serious intellectual and artistic inquiry—which, of course, it always has been. We will be reading and re-reading and learning from A Minor Chorus for decades to come.”
      —Alicia Elliott, author of A Mind Spread Out on the Ground
      “An absolutely dazzling confluence of big ideas and raw emotions, told in Billy-Ray Belcourt’s singular poetic voice. A Minor Chorus is about loving, questioning, and fighting for your life, and it’s as compelling a debut novel as I’ve read in years.”
      —Jami Attenberg, author of I Came All This Way to Meet You
      “A truly exceptional novel about how the disregarded sometimes live the most remarkable lives, and how storytelling will redeem us somehow, make us less lonely. A Minor Chorus is like a song that’s over too soon; I want to play it on repeat, to memorize the words so that I can sing them to myself.”
      —Katherena Vermette, author of The Strangers

      “An achingly gorgeous debut novel of Indigenous survival…This is a breathtaking and hypnotic achievement.”
      Publishers Weekly (starred review)

      “Registers less as minor chorus than symphony…Belcourt’s boldest, freest, and most linguistically assured work yet.”
      Library Journal (starred review)

      “Poet Billy-Ray Belcourt’s first novel is, unsurprisingly, a genre-defying masterpiece …. This book is unlike anything else I’ve ever read: it’s academic and anti-academic, full of poetry, longing, theory, and philosophy.”
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      “Belcourt crafts sentences like only a poet can, each one precise and shimmering. He writes with ferocious intensity and beauty about Grindr hookups, queer Indigenous friendship, police violence, the open wounds of Canada’s residential schools, loneliness, and longing.”
      “Belcourt is a brilliant writer and this book is further proof.”
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    The Golden Enclaves A Novel Naomi Novik
    9780593158357 Hardcover FICTION / Fantasy On Sale Date:September 27, 2022
    $37.99 CAD 5.73 x 8.54 x 1.35 in | 1.14 lb | 416 pages Carton Quantity:12 Del Rey
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      Saving the world is a test no school of magic can prepare you for in the triumphant conclusion to the New York Times bestselling trilogy that began with A Deadly Education and The Last Graduate.

      The one thing you never talk about while you’re in the Scholomance is what you’ll do when you get out. Not even the richest enclaver would tempt fate that way. But it’s all we dream about, the hideously slim chance we’ll survive to make it out the gates and improbably find ourselves with a life ahead of us, a life outside the Scholomance halls.

      And now the impossible dream has come true. I’m out, we’re all out—and I didn’t even have to turn into a monstrous dark witch to make it happen. So much for my great-grandmother’s prophecy of doom and destruction. I didn’t kill enclavers, I saved them. Me, and Orion, and our allies. Our graduation plan worked to perfection: we saved everyone and made the world safe for all wizards and brought peace and harmony to all the enclaves of the world. 

      Ha, only joking! Actually it’s gone all wrong. Someone else has picked up the project of destroying enclaves in my stead, and probably everyone we saved is about to get killed in the brewing enclave war on the horizon. And the first thing I’ve got to do now, having miraculously got out of the Scholomance, is turn straight around and find a way back in.

      Story Locale: Fantasy world
      Naomi Novik is the New York Times bestselling author of A Deadly Education and The Last Graduate, the award-winning novels Uprooted and Spinning Silver, and the Temeraire series. She is a founder of the Organization for Transformative Works and the Archive of Our Own. She lives in New York City with her family and six computers.

      Author Residence: New York, NY

      Author Hometown: Roslyn Heights, NY
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        Author Website: naominovik.com

        Author Social Media: Twitter: @naominovik
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      Praise for A Deadly Education

      “A gorgeous book about monsters and monstrousness, chockablock with action, cleverness, and wit…Naomi Novik deliciously undoes expectations about magic schools, destined heroes, and family legacies.”—Holly Black, #1 New York Times bestselling author

      “Eyeball-meltingly brilliant…Novik is, quite simply, a genius.”—Kiersten White, New York Times bestselling author of And I Darken

      “The Scholomance is the dark school of magic I’ve been waiting for, and its wise, witty, and monstrous heroine is one I’d happily follow anywhere—even into a school full of monsters.”—Katherine Arden, New York Times bestselling author of The Bear and the Nightingale

      “Novik skillfully combines sharp humor with layers of imagination to build a fantasy that delights on every level. I loved this brilliant book.”—Stephanie Garber, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Caraval series

      “Novik puts a refreshingly dark, adult spin on the magical boarding school…. A must-read for fantasy fans.”Publishers Weekly (starred review)

      Praise for The Last Graduate

      “The climactic graduation-day battle will bring cheers, tears, and gasps as the second of the
      Scholomance trilogy closes with a breathtaking cliff-hanger.”Booklist (starred review)

      “Sardonic students, gruesome monsters, growing friendships, and a touch of romance create a highly readable story…. Book three can’t come fast enough.”Library Journal (starred review)

      “Naomi Novik’s Scholomance series, about kids at a preposterously deadly magical school, stands out in a ridiculously crowded field. Its sheer viciousness, its grim humor, and its complicated interpersonal politics are an immediate draw.”Polygon

      “Truly one of the best fantasy series out there right now, and it’s not close.”Culturess
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    People Person Candice Carty-Williams
    9781501196041 Hardcover FICTION / Friendship On Sale Date:September 13, 2022
    $32.99 CAD 152.4 x 228.6 x 33.02 mm | 1.08 lb | 336 pages Carton Quantity:20 Canadian Rights: Y Gallery/Scout Press
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      The author of the “brazenly hilarious, tell-it-like-it-is first novel” (Oprah Daily) Queenie returns with another witty and insightful novel about the power of family—even when they seem like strangers.

      If you could choose your family...you wouldn’t choose the Penningtons.

      Dimple Pennington knows of her half siblings, but she doesn’t really know them. Five people who don’t have anything in common except for faint memories of being driven through Brixton in their dad’s gold jeep, and some pretty complex abandonment issues. Dimple has bigger things to think about.

      She’s thirty, and her life isn’t really going anywhere. An aspiring lifestyle influencer with a terrible and wayward boyfriend, Dimple’s life has shrunk to the size of a phone screen. And despite a small but loyal following, she’s never felt more alone in her life. That is, until a dramatic event brings her half siblings Nikisha, Danny, Lizzie, and Prynce crashing back into her life. And when they’re all forced to reconnect with Cyril Pennington, the absent father they never really knew, things get even more complicated.

      From an author with “a flair for storytelling that appears effortlessly authentic” (Time), People Person is a vibrant and charming celebration of discovering family as an adult.
      Candice Carty-Williams is a writer and the author of the Sunday Times (London) bestselling Queenie, which has been shortlisted by Goodreads for book of the year in 2019. In 2016, Candice created and launched the Guardian 4th Estate BAME Short Story Prize, the first inclusive ini­tiative of its kind in book publishing. Candice has written for The Guardian, i-D, Vogue, every itera­tion of The Sunday Times (London), Beat magazine, Black Ballad, and more. She will probably always live in South London. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram @CandiceC_W.
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      "Fresh, funny, poignant—of the moment."—Oprah Daily
      “A dark comedy, full of zinging dialogue, vivid characters and all the consolations and complications of family. A treat.” —Jesse Armstrong, creator of Succession

      "Candice Carty-William’s sophomore novel is a charming delight. Here is a big-hearted story about five siblings who find a way to become a family despite the absence of their itinerant father... An incredibly satisfying read."—Roxanne Gay, New York Times Bestselling author of Hunger

      "A hilarious romp." —Oprah Quarterly

      “A big-hearted story of a young woman coming to terms with her complicated London family from the author of the game-changing Queenie.” —The Guardian

      “The ambition behind Carty-Williams’s novel calls to mind what Zadie Smith brought to her first novel, ‘White Teeth.’ And to some extent, Carty-Williams is to south London what Smith is to the north: a sharp, humorous voice that paints greater London’s Black communities with the nuance they deserve.”—Washington Post
      “A darkly comedic novel of family… As heartfelt as it is hilarious. Carty-Williams probes hard questions about race, microaggressions and abandonment within a larger, somehow softer story about what makes a family, what makes a friend and what happens when the two are one and the same.” —Shelf Awareness
      "...A big-hearted reminder that a messy family is still a family." —Time Magazine
      People Person is more than just the title of this phenomenal second novel. It’s a statement of intent. It’s a declaration that when Candice Carty-Williams writes, she captures the hearts and minds of readers everywhere.” —Melissa Cummings-Quarry, Black Girls Book Club
      “People Person is a triumph. I was so moved by this tender, often humorous, portrait of these five siblings, their burgeoning relationships and all their complexities. I loved every one of these beautifully rendered characters and I’m sure the world will too. I couldn’t put it down.” —Caleb Nelson, author of Open Water
      “Wonderful. People Person is about 5 half-siblings (1 dad, 4 mothers) who, in response to a crisis, meet as adults and start shaping themselves into a family. It's a warm novel, funny and full of emotional intelligence. The tone is light-hearted, even comic at times, but underneath there's an undertow, a steady drumbeat reminding us of all the microaggressions black people experience on a daily basis - and that white people are mostly oblivious of. I cannot recommend it highly enough.” —Marian Keyes
      “People Person is a portrait of a family that is as poignant as it is hilarious. It had me belly-laughing, then picking up my jaw from the floor, then nodding in delighted agreement. Candice is a writer who is not only revealing modern Britain with each of her novels; she is defining it. Cyril Pennington is a character for the ages, but this story truly belongs to the children he never managed to parent. I loved it.” —Sara Collins
      “I loved People Person. Candice is so gifted at pulling you in as a writer. The storyline is hugely arresting and I was gripped immediately. Candice is remarkably perceptive in the way she writes people; her characters that are so well drawn, and so believable. When I wasn't reading People Person I was thinking about it and I had to finish it at the earliest opportunity.” —Annie Mac

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