9780571248131PaperbackBIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Personal MemoirsOn Sale Date: March 23, 2010
$18.99 CAD5 x 6.6 x 0.65 in | 256 pagesCarton Quantity: 50Canadian Rights: YFaber & Faber
Alan Bennett’s A Life Like Other People’s is a poignant family memoir offering a portrait of his parents’ marriage and recalling his Leeds childhood, Christmases with Grandma Peel, and the lives, loves and deaths of his unforgettable aunties Kathleen and Myra. Bennett’s powerful account of his mother’s descent into depression and later dementia comes hand in hand with the uncovering of a long-held tragic secret. A heartrending and at times irresistibly funny work of autobiography by one of the best-loved English writers alive today.
Alan Bennett has been one of our leading dramatists since the success of Beyond the Fringe in the 1960s. His television series Talking Heads has become a modern-day classic, as have many of his works for the stage including Forty Years On, The Lady in the Van (together with the screenplay), A Question of Attribution, The Madness of George III (together with the Oscar-nominated screenplay The Madness of King George), and an adaptation of Kenneth Grahame’s The Wind in the Willows. At the National Theatre, London, The History Boys (also a screenplay) won numerous awards including Evening Standard and Critics’ Circle awards for Best Play, an Olivier for Best New Play and the South Bank Award. On Broadway,The History Boys won five New York Drama Desk Awards, four Outer Critics’ Circle Awards, a New York Drama Critics’ Award, a New York Drama League Award and six Tonys. The Habit of Art opened at the National in 2009; in 2012, People, as well as the two short plays Hymn and Cocktail Sticks, was also staged there.
His collection of prose, Keeping On Keeping On, published in October 2016. Of his two previous collections, Writing Home was a number one bestseller and Untold Stories won the PEN/Ackerley Prize for autobiography, 2006. Bennett’s Six Poets, Hardy to Larkin, An Anthology, was published in 2014. His fiction includes The Uncommon Reader and Smut: Two Unseemly Stories., ALAN BENNETT has been a leading dramatist since Beyond the Fringe in the 1960s. His works for stage and screen include Talking Heads, Forty Years On, The Lady in the Van, A Question of Attribution, The Madness of George III, an adaptation of The Wind in the Willows, The History Boys, The Habit of Art, People, Hymn and Cocktail Sticks. His previous collections of prose are Writing Home and Untold Stories (PEN/Ackerley Prize, 2006). Six Poets contains Bennett’s selection of English verse, accompanied by his commentary. Recent fiction includes The Uncommon Reader and Smut: Two Unseemly Stories.
9780571326112PaperbackFICTION / Thrillers On Sale Date: April 28, 2015
$18.99 CAD5 x 7.8 x 1.2 in | 496 pagesCarton Quantity: 24Canadian Rights: YFaber & Faber
’The best thriller I’ve ever read.’ Philip Pullman
Kolymsky Heights. A Siberian permafrost hell lost in endless night, the perfect setting for an underground Russian research station. It’s a place so secret it doesn’t officially exist; once there, the scientists are forbidden to leave. But one scientist is desperate to get a message to the outside world. So desperate, he sends a plea across the wildness to the West in order to summon the one man alive capable of achieving the impossible…
’Sensationally good. Cleverly conceived and brilliantly executed. One of the great thrillers of the last century.’ Charles Cumming
Lionel Davidson was born in 1922 in Hull, Yorkshire. He left school early and worked as a reporter before serving in the Royal Navy during the Second World War. His first novel, The Night of Wenceslas, was published in 1960 to great critical acclaim and drew comparisons to Graham Greene and John le Carré. It was followed by The Rose of Tibet (1962), A Long Way to Shiloh (1966), The Chelsea Murders (1978) and Kolymsky Heights (1994). He was thrice the recipient of the Crime Writers’ Association Gold Dagger Award and, in 2001, was awarded the CWA’s Cartier Diamond Dagger lifetime achievement award. He died in 2009.
9781588344182PaperbackANTIQUES & COLLECTIBLES / JewelryOn Sale Date: February 28, 2017
$21.95 CAD6 x 9 x 1 in | 400 pagesCarton Quantity: 14Canadian Rights: YSmithsonian Books
An entertaining and well-researched history of the Hope diamond
Since its discovery in seventeenth-century India, the Hope diamond, a glimmering deep blue gem weighing over 45 carats, has been shrouded in mystery and steeped in intrigue. In this groundbreaking work, Dr. Richard Kurin goes beyond the speculation to reveal the truth behind a legendary stone.
Kurin, a cultural anthropologist, spent more than a decade on the trail of the legendary gem. But the ’curse’ that surrounds it, which Kurin puts to rest once and for all, is only one small piece of a long and lustrous story that moves between ancient religion and modern magic, royal power and class rivalry, revenge and greed. Richly illustrated, Hope Diamond works in a grand historical tradition: depicting the specific to reveal the universal.
RICHARD KURIN is the Under Secretary for History, Art, and Culture at the Smithsonian Institution. A former Fulbright fellow with a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago, he is the author of The Smithsonian’s History of America in 101 Objects; Madcap May: Mistress of Myth, Men, and Hope; and Reflections of a Culture Broker: A View from the Smithsonian. Kurin has been awarded the Smithsonian Secretary’s Gold Medal for Exceptional Service and the American Folklore Society’s Botkin Prize for lifetime achievement.
“A page-turner, much in league with The DaVinci Code. But it is all true.” -Washington Times
“During his chronicle, the author, director of the Smithsonian’s national programs, describes the history of the diamond trade, how precious stones were classified, the long-circulating myth that a curse was attached to the Hope diamond and royal politics of the times, for a serious but fascinating look at cultural and gemological history.” -Publishers Weekly
“Kurin’s solid research is his strength in this account of the jewel’s provenance and popular allure.” -Booklist
9780385683678PaperbackJUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes Age (years) from 12, Grade (US) from 7On Sale Date: March 07, 2017
$13.99 CAD6 x 8 x 1 in | 352 pagesCarton Quantity: 24Penguin Teen
“Gorgeous and lyrical,” raved The New York Times Book Review of the instant #1 New York Times bestseller that continues to wow readers and reviewers alike—now available in trade paperback.
“[A] fresh, moving debut,” praises Entertainment Weekly in its A-review for this innovative, heartfelt novel. If you love Eleanor and Park, Hazel and Augustus, and Mia and Adam, you’ll love the story of Maddy, a girl who’s literally allergic to the outside world, and Olly, the boy who moves in next door…and becomes the greatest risk she’s ever taken, unfolding via vignettes, diary entries, illustrations, and more.
NICOLA YOON grew up in Jamaica and Brooklyn. She currently resides in Los Angeles with her husband and their daughter, both of whom she loves beyond all reason. Everything, Everything is her first novel. Visit NicolaYoon.com and follow @NicolaYoon on Twitter.
Author Residence:Los Angeles, CA
DAVID YOON is a writer and designer. He lives with his wife Nicola Yoon in Los Angeles, CA, where they spend their days talking about stories and reading books to their daughter, Penny.
9780143196297PaperbackSOCIAL SCIENCE / Media StudiesOn Sale Date: March 07, 2017
$22.00 CAD5 x 8 x 1 in | 320 pagesCarton Quantity: 24Penguin Canada
It’s raining fringe theories, fake news, and pseudo-facts. These lies are getting repeated. New York Times bestselling author Daniel Levitin shows how to disarm these socially devastating inventions and get the North American mind back on track. Here are the fundamental lessons in critical thinking (previously published as A Field Guide to Lies) that we need to know and share now.
Investigating numerical misinformation, Daniel Levitin shows how mishandled statistics and graphs can give a grossly distorted perspective and lead us to terrible decisions. Wordy arguments on the other hand can easily be persuasive as they drift away from the facts in an appealing yet misguiding way. The steps we can take to better evaluate news, advertisements, and reports are clearly detailed. Ultimately, Levitin turns to what underlies our ability to determine if something is true or false: the scientific method. He grapples with the limits of what we can and cannot know. Case studies are offered to demonstrate the applications of logical thinking to quite varied settings, spanning courtroom testimony, medical decision making, magic, modern physics, and conspiracy theories.
This urgently needed book enables us to avoid the extremes of passive gullibility and cynical rejection. As Levitin attests: Truth matters. A post-truth era is an era of willful irrationality, reversing all the great advances humankind has made. Euphemisms like “fringe theories,” “extreme views,” “alt truth,” and even “fake news” can literally be dangerous. Let’s call lies what they are and catch those making them in the act.
Publication History:Allen Lane, HC (09/16)
Daniel J. Levitin, PhD, is a neuroscientist, cognitive psychologist, and best-selling author. He is Founding Dean of Arts & Humanities at the Minerva Schools at KGI in San Francisco, a Distinguished Faculty Fellow in the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley, and Professor Emeritus at McGill University. He is the author of This Is Your Brain on Music, The World in Six Songs, and The Organized Mind. He divides his time between Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay area.
“A Field Guide to Lies by the neuroscientist Daniel Levitin lays out the many ways in which each of us can be fooled and misled by numbers and logic, as well as the modes of critical thinking we will need to overcome this.”—The Wall Street Journal
9780718184841HardcoverBIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / MilitaryOn Sale Date: March 28, 2017
$42.95 CAD6 x 10 x 1 in | 336 pagesCarton Quantity: 24Michael Joseph
For the very first time an MI5 undercover surveillance officer provides an unputdownable, eye-opening account of the on-going struggle to keep Britain’s streets safe and terror free. ’Gripping. One of the most successful MI5 undercover surveillance officers of his time’ Sun ’Very well written, gives a startling amount of operational detail, the biggest shock of all - MI5 agreed to its publication’ Sunday Times In the boot were six homemade pipe bombs, all linked to detonate at the same time from a single call on a brand-new pay-as-you-go phone found on the target. Special Branch also found Chinese Type 56 assault rifles with eight full magazines full of ammunition. His target was a local school. He planned to attack two coaches of teenagers returning home after a school trip to France. Approximately sixty children, their accompanying teachers and their waiting parents. He was going to kill them all… Tom Marcus was recruited by MI5 in the wake of the 7/7 attacks on London. After five years spent undercover as part of a covert British Army special operations unit he offered the Security Service the edge they so desperately needed. Following months of intensive training, Marcus was thrown into a world of relentless, unimaginable pressure; a never-ending struggle to prevent terrorist atrocities on our city streets, foil devastating strikes against the nation’s infrastructure, and keep our country’s secrets safe from foreign spies. Split second decisions carried life or death consequences. And not all his colleagues would survive the fight. In this explosive first-hand account, Soldier Spy lifts the lid on the war being waged by MI5 to keep us safe in our towns and cities for the first time; a blistering, visceral insight into life on the front line against terror, revealed in never-before-seen detail.
9780735263284PaperbackJUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes Age (years) from 12, Grade (US) from 7On Sale Date: April 04, 2017
$13.99 CAD5 x 8 x 1 in | 336 pagesCarton Quantity: 24Penguin Teen
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SELECTION: Miami Herald Best Books for Children, 2015
PRAISE FOR Everything, Everything:
“In her debut, Jamaican-American Yoon gives readers complex characters and rich dialogue that ranges from humorous to philosophical. This heartwarming story transcends the ordinary by exploring the hopes, dreams, and inherent risks of love in all of its forms.”—Kirkus Reviews
“Everything, Everything tells us something we will always need to hear, no matter our age: that it’s not the risks of love or heartbreak that might end us. It’s the fear of the pain we might experience along the way that keeps us trapped in our cocoons—or our white, decontaminated houses.”—The New York Times Book Review
“One of the most buzzed-about titles of the year. And, holy smokes, it’s worth the hype…. Quietly profound, stoic and wry while still being both romantic and sad; think American Beauty meets Love Story with an ending that is both original and satisfying. MGM optioned the movie rights before publication so this is poised (deservingly) to be the next big thing.”—The Globe and Mail
“YA book lovers, your newest obsession is here…[Everything, Everything] is a quick, delightful read that plays on multiple mediums throughout, and it features a line-up of diverse characters with intriguing sets of complications and interests.”—MTV
9780771060328PaperbackHISTORY / Military On Sale Date: May 30, 2017
$22.00 CAD5 x 8 x 1 in | 400 pagesCarton Quantity: 24Signal
The latest from the bestselling author of Operation Mincemeat and A Spy Among Friends—the untold story of one of WWII’s most important secret military units.
Ben Macintyre’s latest book of derring-do and wartime intrigue reveals the incredible story of the last truly unsung secret organization of World War II—Britain’s Special Air Service, or the SAS. Facing long odds and a tough slog against Rommel and the German tanks in the Middle East theatre, Britain turned to the brainchild of one its most unlikely heroes—David Stirling, a young man whose aimlessness and almost practiced ennui belied a remarkable mind for strategy. With the help of his equally unusual colleague, the rough-and-tumble Jock Lewes, Stirling sought to assemble a crack team of highly trained men who would parachute in behind enemy lines to throw monkey wrenches into the German war machine. Though he faced stiff resistance from those who believed such activities violated the classic rules of war, Stirling persevered and in the process created a legacy. Staffed by brilliant, idiosyncratic men whose talents defied both tradition and expectations, the SAS would not only change the course of the war, but the very nature of combat itself.
Written with complete access to the never-before-seen SAS archives (who chose Macintyre as their official historian), Rogue Heroes offers a powerfully intimate look at life on the battlefield as lived by a group of remarkable soldiers whose contributions have, until now, gone unrecognized beyond the classified world. Filled with wrenching set pieces and weaving its way through multiple theatres of our grandest and most terrible war, this book is both an excellent addition to the Macintyre library and a critical piece in our understanding of the war’s unfolding.
BEN MACINTYRE is a writer-at-large for The Times of London and the bestselling author of A Spy Among Friends, Double Cross, Operation Mincemeat, and Agent Zigzag, among other books. Macintyre has also written and presented BBC documentaries of his work. He lives in London with his wife, the novelist Kate Muir, and their three children.
“A master storyteller…one of the most unforgettable tales of World War II…. A thrilling saga, breathtakingly told, full of daring and heroes.”—Boston Globe
“Mr. Macintyre is masterly in using details to illustrate his heroes’ bravery, élan, and dogged perseverance. He makes us feel the ”constructive brutality“ of the training that recruits endured—marching up to one hundred miles through the desert, carrying a full load of equipment and prohibited from taking a drink of water until the trek’s end.”—New York Times
“Rogue Heroes is a great read of wartime adventuring, in a long, grim war of attrition where adventure was hard to find.”—The Guardian
“Macintyre demonstrates superb skill as a journalist and a writer in this riveting book that takes readers into a long-past and still-frightening world of what real war was like.”—Washington Times
9780735263185PaperbackJUVENILE FICTION / Family Age (years) from 8 - 12, Grade (US) from 3 - 7On Sale Date: May 02, 2017
$12.99 CAD5 x 8 x 1 in | 256 pagesCarton Quantity: 24Tundra Books
The first adventure in a rollicking, brilliantly imagined new middle grade series by award-winning poet and screenwriter Esta Spalding, with illustrations by rising new talent Sydney Smith.
Kim Fitzgerald-Trout took to driving with ease—as most children would if their parents would ever let them try. She had to. After all, she and her siblings live in a car.
Meet the Fitzgerald-Trouts, a band of four loosely related children living together on a lush tropical island. They take care of themselves. They sleep in their car, bathe in the ocean, eat fish they catch and fruit they pick, and can drive anywhere they need to go—to the school, the laundromat, or the drive-in. If they put their minds to it, the Fitzgerald-Trouts can do anything. Even, they hope, find a real home.
Award-winning poet and screenwriter Esta Spalding’s exciting middle grade debut establishes a marvelous place where children fend for themselves, and adults only seem to ruin everything. This extraordinary world is brought to vibrant life by Sydney Smith, the celebrated artist behind Sidewalk Flowers.
Series Overview:The first volume features a band of loosely related self-reliant siblings who live alone in their car on a tropical island, populated by terrible grown-ups.
ESTA SPALDING is a descendant of Canadian literary royalty, and an accomplished writer in her own right. She is the supervising producer of the HBO series Masters of Sex, and is writing for the new Amazon series The Last Tycoon. She has garnered awards for her film and television work, as well as for her prose and poetry. When she’s not writing, she kayaks, bakes, and assembles whale skeletons with her husband, a marine biologist.
Author Residence:Venice, California
Author Hometown:Boston, Massachusetts
SYDNEY SMITH was born in rural Nova Scotia and has been drawing from an early age. Since graduating from NSCAD University, he has illustrated multiple children's books, including the highly acclaimed wordless picture book Sidewalk Flowers, conceived by Jon Arno Lawson, which won a Governor General's Award and the Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Award, was named a New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Book and an ALA Notable Book, and has been long-listed for the Kate Greenaway Medal. He is also the illustrator of The White Cat and the Monk by Jo Ellen Bogart, also nominated for a Governor General's Award. Sydney has received a number of other awards for his illustrations, including the Lillian Shepherd Memorial Award for Excellence in Illustration. He now lives and works in Toronto. Visit him at http://sydneydraws.tumblr.com or on Twitter at @Sydneydraws.
Illustrator Residence:Toronto, ON
Illustrator Hometown:Nova Scotia
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“If this sounds like the set up for a preposterous tale that incorporates a fantastical plot, quirky characters, and some child-friendly amorality, that’s because Look Out for the Fitzgerald-Trouts is exactly that and more…This is plain fun with an edge, after a Dahl-esque fashion.”—Quill & Quire