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    Court of Lions Jane Johnson
    9780385682657 Paperback FICTION / Historical On Sale Date: May 30, 2017
    $24.95 CAD 6.3 x 9.1 x 1.1 in | 416 pages Carton Quantity: 24 Doubleday Canada
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      Sometimes at the lowest points in your life, fate will slip you a gift. Ken Follett meets Jodi Picoult in a stunning new novel from Jane Johnson.

      Kate Fordham, escaping terrible trauma, has fled to the beautiful sunlit city of Granada, the ancient capital of the Moors in Spain, where she is scraping by with an unfulfilling job in a busy bar. One day in the glorious gardens of the Alhambra, once home to Sultan Abu Abdullah Mohammed, also known as Boabdil, Kate finds a scrap of paper hidden in one of the ancient walls. Upon it, in strange symbols, has been inscribed a message from another age. It has lain undiscovered since before the fall of Granada in 1492, when the city was surrendered to Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand. Born of love, in a time of danger and desperation, the fragment will be the catalyst that changes Kate’s life forever.

      An epic saga of romance and redemption, Court of Lions brings one of the great hinge-points in human history to life, telling the stories of a modern woman and the last Moorish sultan of Granada, as they both move towards their cataclysmic destinies.
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      JANE JOHNSON is a British novelist, historian and publisher. She is the UK editor for Dean Koontz and George R.R. Martin, and as Jude Fisher has written the companions to Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit movie trilogies. Visit her at www.janejohnsonbooks.com.

      Author Residence: London and Cornwall, UK; Morocco

      Author Hometown: Cornwall, UK
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    • Comparable Titles

      ISBNTitleContributorPrev EdCdnFormatPub DatePricePublisher
      9781101209059
      9780451207142The Pillars of the EarthKen Follett PaperbackFeb 04, 2002$24.00NAL Group
      9780385658683OutlanderDiana Gabaldon PaperbackJul 17, 2001$22.95Doubleday Canada
      9780385682626Pillars of LightJane Johnson PaperbackJan 05, 2016$24.95Doubleday Canada
      9780385670029The Sultan's WifeJane Johnson PaperbackJun 24, 2014$19.95Doubleday Canada
      9780385669993The Sultan's WifeJane Johnson PaperbackMay 01, 2012$22.95Doubleday Canada
      9780385670012The Salt RoadJane Johnson PaperbackNov 01, 2011$19.95Doubleday Canada
      9780385669979The Salt RoadJane Johnson HardcoverJan 04, 2011$29.95Doubleday Canada
      9780385665001The Tenth Giftjane Johnson HardcoverMay 06, 2008$29.95Doubleday Canada
      9780345813350Leaving TimeJodi Picoult HardcoverOct 14, 2014$30.00Knopf Random Vintage Canada
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      Praise for Pillars of Light:

      Pillars of Light is timely, stirring and romantic—but there’s more to this book than a tale of love…. Riveting, enlightening and painful, this novel reveals the senselessness of warfare and conflict and provokes reflection about current events. But it’s also about the resilience of love and the hope, the capacity for goodness, that exists in everyone.”—The Globe and Mail

      “Jane Johnson has given her readers another swashbuckling adventure saga of West meets East in Pillars of Light.”—Toronto Star

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    The Dead Husband Project Sarah Meehan Sirk Canada
    9780385687607 Paperback FICTION / Literary On Sale Date: August 08, 2017
    $22.00 CAD 5.39 x 7.99 x 0.72 in | 256 pages Carton Quantity: 24 Anchor Canada
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      Perfect for readers of George Saunders, Jennifer Egan and Heather O’Neill, a rich and inventive collection of exquisite short stories by a major newcomer to Canadian literature.

      In this deeply felt, compulsive and edgy work, Sarah Meehan Sirk shines a distinctive light on love and death in their many incarnations, pushing against the limits of the absurd while exposing piercing emotional truths about what it means to be gloriously, maddeningly alive.

      In “The Dead Husband Project,” an artist who has planned to make an installation out of her terminally ill husband’s dead body has to recalibrate when his diagnosis changes. In “The Date,” an online dating match takes an unusual turn when the man who shows up to the restaurant has no face. In “Ozk,” a young girl longs to connect with her socially isolated mother, a professor of mathematics who makes a radical discovery.

      Uncanny, sometimes violent, achingly sad and always profound, these stories showcase a writer with skill and empathy, and draw us in with a steady, unyielding grip.
      Bio
      SARAH MEEHAN SIRK is a writer, producer and broadcaster. Her short fiction has appeared in The New Quarterly, PRISM international, Room and Taddle Creek, and her story “Moonman” is anthologized in Journey Prize Stories 27. For the CBC, she co-produced and hosted the popular 2015 Radio One series Stripped, has worked on Q (now q) and DNTO and is a founding producer of Day 6 with Brent Bambury. She studied math and philosophy at the University of Toronto, and was mentored by David Adams Richards at the Humber School for Writers. She lives in Toronto with her young family and is working on her first novel.

      Author Residence: Toronto, ON

      Author Hometown: Toronto, ON
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    • Comparable Titles

      ISBNTitleContributorPrev EdCdnFormatPub DatePricePublisher
      9781770893085HellgoingLynn Coady PaperbackJul 27, 2013$19.95House of Anansi Press Inc
      978077104719010:04Ben Lerner HardcoverSep 02, 2014$29.95McClelland & Stewart
      9781554684519Heather O'Neill PaperbackApr 07, 2015$17.70HarperCollins
      9780771099144Daddy Lenin and Other StoriesGuy Vanderhaeghe HardcoverApr 21, 2015$29.95McClelland & Stewart
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      “Fiercely imaginative, original and deeply affecting. These stories explore what is essential about human experience­­—the implications of living in a body, how the spirit is chained and defined by flesh and bone and how we escape those constraints. Sarah Meehan Sirk is a bold writer and these stories are seeking, searing and oddly beautiful. Like Margaret Atwood and Barbara Gowdy, Sirk reminds us the imagination has no borders.” —Lisa Moore

      “Sarah Meehan Sirk takes a sharp pen to conceptual art, dating apps, reality TV, mommy bloggers, social media and other contemporary obsessions, often marrying preposterous scenarios with ordinary concerns…. These surprising twists, braided with the most everyday of circumstances, make for an inventive, often intense—and highly readable—collection…. The writing is sharp, crisp and alive. We are inserted firmly into the action and the emotion of the story, the headspace of the protagonist and the tension surrounding him or her (usually her)…. These concise portraits of life are often devastating—but always delightful.” —The Globe and Mail

      “Sarah Meehan Sirk’s debut short story collection manages to transcend much of life’s inherent darkness to land in a tender, human place that’s recognizable to all. With a keen ear, Sirk nails the nuances of dialogue—between husbands and wives, mothers and daughters, friends and lovers—with the real kickers being the internal ones of characters struggling to give the best impression of themselves from inside their personal reality. Bypassing the formulaic and predictable, The Dead Husband Project is a stellar shout out to the power and relevance of the short story.” —Toronto Star

      “Sirk is a gifted stylist; her sentences are lyrical and clean and pulse with a quiet, fervent energy. The Dead Husband Project charts a world just peculiar enough to mimic the odd bends life can take, and the quiet spaces in the stories point to how the smallest of things—gaps in conversations; things that don’t get said but should—can grow and fester…. In the hands of this storyteller, love in all its guises can, for a time, feel entirely new.” —Quill & Quire

      “The summer’s most macabre short story collection taps into the latent horrors of modern romance. Its lovelorn heroines find themselves in all sorts of strange scenarios…. Sarah Meehan Sirk brings tenderness to the Gothic grotesquerie.” —Toronto Life

      “Sarah Meehan Sirk [is] adept at misdirection and wry comedy. If this amusing and intriguing book is any indication, she has a very promising future…. All of the stories…are powerful, intriguing and fresh. They are terse but pleasurably expandable through the fracturing of chronology and misdirection. The Dead Husband Project is a very lively read.” —Winnipeg Free Press

      “Sarah Meehan Sirk’s stories are grandly written, stunningly beautiful, celebratory and profane. They make us laugh, break our heart. We witness a powerful and important debut.” —David Adams Richards

      The Dead Husband Project is high-definition in the details of life it captures across its stories. No matter the situation—an art opening, a family vacation, the discovery of a new colour—Sirk pushes through jarring truths to subtle beauty.” —Emily Schultz
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    Spoonbenders Daryl Gregory
    9780385689519 Hardcover FICTION / Family Life On Sale Date: June 27, 2017
    $34.95 CAD 6.68 x 9.51 x 1.41 in Carton Quantity: 12 Canadian Rights: Y Bond Street Books
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      A generations-spanning family of psychics—both blessed and burdened by their abilities—must use their powers to save themselves from the CIA, the local mafia and a skeptic hell-bent on discrediting them in this hilarious, tender, magical novel about the invisible forces that bind us.

      The Telemachus family is known for performing inexplicable feats on talk shows and late-night television. Teddy, a master con-man, heads up a clan who possess gifts he only fakes: there’s Maureen, who can astral-project; Irene, the Human Lie Detector; Frankie, gifted with telekinesis; and Buddy, the clairvoyant. But when, one night, the magic fails to materialize, the family withdraws to Chicago where they live in shame for years. Until: as they find themselves facing a troika of threats (CIA, Mafia, an unrelenting skeptic), Matty, grandson of the family patriarch, discovers a bit of the old Telemachus magic in himself. Now, they must put past obstacles behind them and unite like never before. But will it be enough to bring The Amazing Telemachus Family back to its amazing life?
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      DARYL GREGORY is the author of Afterparty, The Devil’s Alphabet and other novels for adults and young readers. His novella We Are All Completely Fine won the World Fantasy Award and the Shirley Jackson Award. He lives in State College, Pennsylvania.

      Author Residence: State College, PA

      Author Hometown: Chicago, IL
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      9780765336934AfterpartyDaryl Gregory PaperbackMar 24, 2015$18.50Tor/Forge
      9780765376954Harrison Squared TrilogyDaryl Gregory HardcoverMar 24, 2015$29.99Tor/Forge
      9781616961718We Are All Completely FineDaryl Gregory PaperbackAug 22, 2014$21.95Tachyon Publications
      9780765336927AfterpartyDaryl Gregory HardcoverApr 22, 2014$31.00Tor/Forge
      9780345522375Raising Stony MayhallDaryl Gregory PaperbackJun 28, 2011$17.00Del Rey
      9780345501172The Devil's AlphabetDaryl Gregory PaperbackNov 24, 2009$18.95Del Rey
      9780345501165PandemoniumDaryl Gregory PaperbackAug 26, 2008$22.00Del Rey
      9780385671712The Night CircusErin Morgenstern HardcoverSep 13, 2011$32.00Doubleday Canada
      9781443445238The NestCynthia D'Aprix Sweeney PaperbackMar 22, 2016$17.70HarperCollins
      9780061579035The Family FangKevin Wilson HardcoverAug 09, 2011$23.99HarperCollins
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      "What Gregory accomplishes in his seventh novel is both magic and magic trick. [He] writes with humour and charm, offering up a rollicking and quick-paced plot tailor-made for summer." —The New York Times

      "Unexpected, thrilling and curiously moving. . . . It all builds to a climax that is a marvel of clockwork complexity, akin to watching a master magician at work." —Toronto Star

      "[Daryl Gregory] captures the vertiginous ups and downs of one family in ways that are entertaining, warmly humorous and surprisingly touching—all frequently on the same page. . . . Gregory is a whiz with plot mechanics, but his novel's real accomplishment is in the depiction of the family dynamic. . . . Getting choked up or misty-eyed may not be the first expectation a reader will have while following a wacky band of 'psionics' fighting for survival, but it may happen. Be prepared." —Maclean's

      "A hilarious, freewheeling caper culminating in a satisfyingly bittersweet denouement." —The Guardian (UK)

      "[Spoonbenders] deploys a cast of odd, damaged, enormously likable characters in a complex story that gracefully balances the outrageous melodrama of Chicago mobsters and shadowy government agencies with the ordinary mysteries of family dynamics. Each of the characters, even when absurdly cartoonish, has a precise energy and depth that makes him or her irresistible. . . . A skillfully written family drama that employs quirk and magic with grace." —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

      "This gloriously imaginative novel featuring a family of somewhat reluctant psychics has a nifty trick up its sleeve—as whimsical and eccentric as the Telemachus family is, their hopes and desires perfectly mirror our own. Spoonbenders is hilarious, heartfelt and brimming with humanity." —Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney, New York Times bestselling author of The Nest

      "[Daryl] Gregory makes excellent use of the comic potential of hapless superpowers and sets up some intriguing mysteries, but mostly the novel is a celebration of family love and self-protection." —Chicago Tribune

      "Did you spend a childhood convinced that you were *this close* to developing telekinetic powers? Me too! The supernatural may elude us still, but there is real magic in Daryl Gregory's gleeful story of the Amazing Telemachus Family. Spoonbenders is also about the power of belief and whether we can ever escape our tangled family legacies—and why we might not want to." —Jade Chang, bestselling author of The Wangs vs. the World

      "Imagine amazing powers—but do so with uncommon creativity, rigor and humor. You might, if you're lucky, arrive at the delicious drama of the girl who can smell lies; the all-at-once-ness of the boy who can't not see the future; the great dilemma of the psychic pressed into service as a spy. Daryl Gregory's novel traces the line where gift balances against curse and by the end, we realize he isn't only talking about amazing powers after all. Spoonbenders is X-Files meets The Sopranos with a real, roaring heart." —Robin Sloan, New York Times bestselling author of Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore

      “Daryl Gregory has written a novel as gripping as it is hilarious. The members of the Telemachus family may have powers beyond our own, but in telling their tale, Gregory reminds us of the bits of ordinary magic that are at the heart of every successful family. You will love this book.” —Steven Rowley, bestselling author of Lily and the Octopus

      "A big generational family story of longing, nostalgia and humor. The writing is so deftly charming and yet deeply felt. Spoonbenders is entertaining and moving—a perfect summer read." —Charles Yu, author of How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe

      "A joyfully weird book about psychics and con artists, and the marvels that result from the intermarriage of the two." —Charlie Jane Anders, author of All the Birds in the Sky

      "Spoonbenders is brilliant. With the Telemachus clan, Daryl Gregory has created a family that is part J.D. Salinger and part David Foster Wallace. But the most impressive trick in the novel isn't how they read minds. Gregory's real gift is how he uses them to show the depths of the human heart." —Christopher Farnsworth, author of Killfile and Blood Oath

      "Superbly engaging, balancing delightful wackiness with genuine tenderness throughout in a way reminiscent of Michael Chabon or Jonathan Lethem." —NPR

      "Like all of Gregory's books, [Spoonbenders is] completely different and hard to describe, but definitely worth the read." Joe DeRouen, author of Small Things and Memories of a Ghost

      "Delightfully good-humoured. . . . [Gregory] pulls the whole thing off with the unflustered charm of a stage magician. . . . A delightfully hectic comedy that slides, in a careful simulation of chaos, towards an impeccably twisty slapstick conclusion." —The Spectator (UK)

      "Exactly what you want to have under your arm as a long and lazy summer unfolds. . . . Gregory's characters are brightly drawn, and he neatly captures the world of the early internet. But the real fun is in seeing how his intricately constructed puzzle comes together in the end." —Vox
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    9780345811776 Paperback FICTION / Literary On Sale Date: June 06, 2017
    $24.95 CAD 6.3 x 9.1 x 0.8 in | 304 pages Carton Quantity: 24 Random House Canada
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      From acclaimed New Face of Fiction alumna Grace O’Connell, a suspenseful, poignant and provocative tale about violence, sibling love, friendship, heroism—all told through the lens of a young woman trapped in a hijacked bus.

      On the surface, Veda’s life in Vancouver seems to be going just fine—at nearly thirty, she has a good job, lifelong friends, and a close bond with her brother, Conrad. But Conrad’s violent behavior, a problem since he was a teen, is getting more and more serious, and Veda’s ongoing commitment to watch out for him is pushing her to a breaking point.

      When Veda is injured as a bystander during one of Conrad’s many fights, she knows it’s time to leave Vancouver for a fresh start. She heads to New York, staying in the Manhattan apartment of old friends Al and Marie. Exploring the city, she swings between feeling hopeful and lost—until one day the bus she’s on is hijacked by a sweet-faced gun-toting man named Peter. He instructs Veda and the other passengers to spray paint the bus windows black, and what ensues is a gripping and unpredictable hostage situation, the outcome of which will make Veda question everything she knows about herself and the nature of fear.

      Told with powerful immediacy and warmth, at once unsettling and engrossing, Be Ready for the Lightning is a story of violence, its attractions and repulsions; of love, loyalty and friendship; and of a young woman finding an unexpected kind of bravery.


      Story Locale: Vancouver, New York, Mexico
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      GRACE O’CONNELL is the author of the national bestseller Magnified World and 2014 winner of the Canadian Authors Association Emerging Writer Award. She holds an MFA in creative writing, and her work has appeared in various publications including The Walrus, Taddle Creek, The Globe and Mail, National Post and Elle Canada. She has taught creative writing at the University of Toronto and now works as a senior editor at Open Book Toronto and writes a books column for This Magazine.

      Author Residence: Toronto, ON

      Author Hometown: Toronto, ON
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      ISBNTitleContributorPrev EdCdnFormatPub DatePricePublisher
      9780385679022The BearClaire Cameron PaperbackFeb 11, 2014$22.95Doubleday Canada
      9780307360373Magnified WorldGrace O'Connell PaperbackMay 29, 2012$22.95Knopf Random Vintage Canada
      9780385667654Night FilmMarisha Pessl HardcoverAug 20, 2013$34.00Doubleday Canada
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      Advance praise for Be Ready for the Lightning:

      “A gripping page-turner and a heartfelt examination of what it means to be compassionate, even in the most extreme situations. Cinematic and timely, it’s a book you will not be able to put down.” -Zoe Whittall, author of The Best Kind of People
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    Fierce Kingdom A Novel Gin Phillips
    9780735273191 Paperback FICTION / Thrillers On Sale Date: July 04, 2017
    $24.95 CAD 6.1 x 9 x 0.7 in | 288 pages Carton Quantity: 24 Random House Canada
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      An electrifying literary thriller introduces an unforgettable mother and son, whose simple trip to the zoo one afternoon is transformed into three hours of terror and survival after gunshots ring out. What would you do to protect the ones you love?

      After school on a late October day, Joan has taken her four-year-old son, Lincoln, to one of his favourite places on earth: the zoo. Just before closing time, as they need to go home, she hears some loud pops like firecrackers. Not thinking much of it, they head for the exit…until Joan realizes the eerie human emptiness means danger, then sees the figure of a lone gunman. Without another thought, she scoops up her son and runs back into the zoo. And for the next three hours—the entire scope of the novel—she does anything she can to keep Lincoln safe.

      Both pulse-pounding and emotionally satisfying, Fierce Kingdom is a thrill ride, but also an exploration of the very nature of motherhood itself, from its saving graces to its savage power. At heart it asks how you draw the line between survival and the duty to protect one another? Who would you die for?


      Story Locale: city zoo at closing time
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      GIN PHILLIPS grew up in Montgomery, Alabama, and has been writing for as long as she can remember. After earning a degree in political journalism, she worked as a freelance magazine writer for nearly a decade. She has lived in Ireland, Thailand, New York and Washington, DC. She is the acclaimed author of The Well and the Mine (winner of the Barnes & Noble Discover Award for Fiction) and Come in and Cover Me (“original and strikingly beautiful”—Elle Magazine). She lives in Birmingham, Alabama, with her family.

      Author Residence: Birmingham, Alabama
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      9781554688326RoomEmma Donoghue PaperbackJul 05, 2011$15.39HarperCollins
      9780385682312The Girl on the TrainPaula Hawkins PaperbackJan 06, 2015$24.95Doubleday Canada
      9780385686945The Couple Next DoorShari Lapena PaperbackAug 23, 2016$24.95Doubleday Canada
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      “With time stamps marking the breathless passage of minutes and the emotional stakes ratcheted up to ‘I will kill you before you hurt my kid’ the story is like 24 for parents.” —Chatelaine

      “Phillips’s latest is expertly structured to maximize tension and emotional impact. The siege unfolds in real time, with each chapter noting the hour and minute. Joan’s inner monologue provides the bulk of the narration, her thoughts a rolling storm of tangents that relate history and inform motivation while governing pace and tone. Phillips’s characters are exquisitely rendered, her prose is artful and evocative, and the restraint she practices with regard to on-screen carnage grants weight to every shot fired and corpse discovered. Poignant and profound, this adrenaline-fueled thriller will shatter readers like a bullet through bone.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

      “[P]anic-inducingly gripping…. This is the sort of book that, by virtue of its horrific premise, is impossible to put down until its resolution…. It is also—and this was unexpected, in such a page-turning, adrenaline-soaked read—an eloquent and meditative insight into motherhood and what it means, its many small trials and joys and wonders…. With deft, careful memories and observations, Phillips brings this ordinary—and wonderful in his ordinariness—four-year-old to life…. Here the challenge is pure survival, and it’s one hell of a ride watching these characters try to make it.” —The Guardian

      “This is an elegant, taut and tense survival story that explores the boundaries of parental love. By pitting love against fear, Gin Phillips questions the opposing forces of family bonds and shows how fierce one mother’s love can be.” —Claire Cameron, author of The Last Neanderthal and The Bear
       
      “I was absolutely captivated by this book. So, so tense, but wonderfully written. The perfect book.” —Gillian McAllister, author of Everything but the Truth
       
      “Unbearably tense and yet beautifully written, Fierce Kingdom demands to be read in one sitting. After finishing, I pulled my loved ones a little closer.” —Paula Daly, author of The Mistake I Made
       
      “Taut, tense and moving.” —Chris Ewan, author of Safe House

      “It tore at every maternal fiber in my body. I couldn’t put it down.” —Fiona Barton, New York Times bestselling author of The Widow
       
      Fierce Kingdom is a bold exploration of the ferocity of a mother’s love. Riveting and beautiful, and all too real, you’ll find yourself asking, what would I do? It’s brilliant.” —Shari Lapena, author of The Couple Next Door
       
      “I devoured it in one breathless sitting. Outstanding.” —Clare Mackintosh, author of I Let You Go
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    Series: Hogarth Shakespeare
    New Boy Tracy Chevalier
    9780345809926 Paperback FICTION / Literary On Sale Date: May 16, 2017
    $22.95 CAD 5.2 x 7.99 x 0.67 in | 208 pages Carton Quantity: 24 Knopf Canada
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      From beloved, bestselling historical novelist Tracy Chevalier, whose mega-hit Girl with a Pearl Earring enchanted readers around the world, comes a poignant, unforgettable adaptation of Othello set in the fierce world of preadolescent children, where the grown-up forces of love and jealousy, and the hurt of being ostracized, can be as real and as devastating as for any adult.

      “O felt her presence behind him like a fire at his back.”

      Arriving at his fourth school in six years, diplomat’s son Osei Kokote knows he needs an ally if he is to survive his first day—so he’s lucky to hit it off with Dee, the most popular girl in school. But one boy, used to holding sway in the world of the schoolyard, can’t stand to witness the budding relationship. When Ian decides to destroy the friendship between the black boy and the golden girl, the school and its key players—teachers and pupils alike—will never be the same again.

      The tragedy of Othello is vividly transposed to a 1970s suburban Washington school, where kids fall in and out of love with each other before lunchtime, and practice a casual racism picked up from their parents and teachers. The world of preadolescents is as passionate and intense, if not more so, as that of adults. Drawing us into the lives and emotions of four eleven-year-olds—Osei, Dee, Ian and his reluctant girlfriend Mimi—Tracy Chevalier’s powerful drama of friends torn apart by love and jealousy, bullying and betrayal, is as moving as it is enthralling. It is an unforgettable novel.


      Story Locale: 1970s Washington, D.C.

      Series Overview: The first of the great tragedies to be retold as part of the Hogarth Shakespeare series established in the 400th-anniversary year, Chevalier’s modern reimagining of Othello follows Margaret Atwood’s #1 bestseller Hag-Seed (The Tempest)and kicks off a sequence of hard-hitting novels by Jo Nesbo (Macbeth), Gillian Flynn (Hamlet), and Edward St Aubyn (King Lear).
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      TRACY CHEVALIER is best known for her historical novels, including the international bestseller Girl with a Pearl Earring and, most recently, At the Edge of the Orchard. She is also editor of Reader, I Married Him: Stories Inspired by Jane Eyre. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, and has honorary doctorates from her alma maters Oberlin College and the University of East Anglia. She lives with her family in London. Chevalier was born in Washington, DC, where she grew up in an integrated neighbourhood and went to an elementary school with a majority of black students. This experience of being a minority is what made her choose to rewrite Othello. “Othello is about what it means to be the outsider, and that feeling can start at an early age. We have all at one time or another stood on the edge of a playground, with the bullies circling, wondering if we are going to be accepted.”

      Author Residence: London, England

      Author Hometown: Washington, D.C.
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      9781250064875
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      9780345809261Hag-SeedMargaret Atwood HardcoverOct 11, 2016$29.95Knopf Random Vintage Canada
      9780142180365The Last RunawayTracy Chevalier PaperbackOct 29, 2013$17.00Penguin Books
      9780452289079Burning BrightTracy Chevalier PaperbackFeb 26, 2008$17.00Penguin Books
      9780452284937Girl With a Pearl EarringTracy Chevalier PaperbackSep 30, 2003$16.50Plume
      9780452282155Girl with a Pearl EarringTracy Chevalier PaperbackJan 01, 2001$22.00Penguin Books
      9780385677783Little BeeChris Cleave PaperbackApr 24, 2012$19.95Doubleday Canada
      9780812998603The GirlsEmma Cline HardcoverJun 14, 2016$34.00Random House
      9780307401922The Virgin SuicidesJeffrey Eugenides PaperbackSep 20, 2011$21.00Knopf Random Vintage Canada
      9780385677660Emancipation DayWayne Grady PaperbackJul 30, 2013$24.95Doubleday Canada
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      Praise for Tracy Chevalier:

      Girl with a Pearl Earring: “Absorbing…. Chevalier creates a world reminiscent of a Vermeer interior: suspended in a particular moment, it transcends its time and place.”—The New Yorker

      Burning Bright: “Chevalier’s signature talent lies in bringing alive the ordinary day-to-dayness of the past…lovingly evoked.” —Elle
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    9780735233768 Paperback FICTION / Short Stories On Sale Date: May 30, 2017
    $24.95 CAD 5.7 x 8.2 x 0.7 in | 256 pages Carton Quantity: 24 Penguin Canada
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      From 1920s Nova Scotia to the London riots of 2011, from Oscar Wilde’s grave to the Brighton Pavilion, these exquisitely formed stories capture the small tragedies and profound truths of existence.

      Evocative, sensual, and tender, these stories confront reality culture and interrogate our relationship with iconic figures, coming to life at the boundary between reality and fiction. A professor of cardiovascular physiology lingers on the cusp of consciousness as he waits for his new heart to be delivered, still beating, from another body—and is carried on a tidal wave of memories to an attic room half a century ago. Visiting Sylvia Plath’s grave in Yorkshire, the author imagines a conversation with the poet, a fellow North American who settled in grey England. She reflects on the treasured photograph of Princess Diana she took as a teenager, one of a multitude taken during a life cut short. And at Charleston, Angelica Garnett, child of the Bloomsbury Group, is overpowered by echoes of the past—all the beloved ghosts that spring to life before her eyes. MacLeod’s characters hover on the border of life and death, where memory is most vivid and the present most elusive.
      Bio
      ALISON MacLEOD was born in Canada and has lived in the UK since 1987. She is the author of three novels, The Changeling, The Wave Theory of Angels, and Unexploded, which was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2013, and a collection of stories, Fifteen Modern Tales of Attraction. MacLeod is the joint winner of the 2016 Eccles British Library Writer in Residence Award. She is Professor of Contemporary Fiction at Chichester University.

      www.alison-macleod.com/


      Author Residence: Brighton, England
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      9780735233768All the Beloved GhostsAlison MacLeod PaperbackMay 30, 2017$24.95Penguin Canada
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      Awards
      Edge Hill Prize Short Story Prize 2018, Long-listed
      Governor General's Literary Awards - Fiction 2017, Short-listed
      Reviews
      “MacLeod has an engaged delight in the stuff of life.” —The Times Literary Supplement

      “MacLeod knows that life and death, the terrible and the mundane always co-exist—her genius lies in illustrating these truths while simultaneously spinning a bona fide page turner.”—Daily Mail

      “MacLeod’s fictions are modern indeed…tender; pierced; translucent…[Her] characters are strong, and they are worth listening to.”—The Guardian

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    Turning A Year in the Water Jessica J. Lee Canada
    9780735233263 Paperback BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Personal Memoirs On Sale Date: May 02, 2017
    $24.95 CAD 5.74 x 8.51 x 0.78 in | 304 pages Carton Quantity: 24 Canadian Rights: Y Hamish Hamilton
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      Through the heat of summer to the frozen depths of winter, Lee traces her journey swimming through 52 lakes in a single year, swimming through fear and heartbreak to find her place in the world

      The water slips over me like cool silk. The intimacy of touch uninhibited, rising around my legs, over my waist, my breasts, up to my collarbone. When I throw back my head and relax, the lake runs into my ears. The sound of it is a muffled roar, the vibration of the body amplified by water, every sound felt as if in slow motion…

      At the age of 28, Jessica Lee—Canadian, Chinese, and British—finds herself in Berlin. Alone. Lonely, with lowered spirits thanks to some family history and a broken heart, she is ostensibly there to write a thesis. And although that is what she does daily, what increasingly occupies her is swimming. So she makes a decision that she believes will win her back her confidence and independence: she will swim fifty-two of the lakes around Berlin, no matter what the weather or season. She is aware that this particular landscape is not without its own ghosts and history.

      This is the story of a beautiful obsession: of the thrill of a still, turquoise lake, of cracking the ice before submerging, of floating under blue skies, of tangled weeds and murkiness, of cool, fresh, spring swimming—of facing past fears of near-drowning, and of breaking free. When she completes her year of swimming, Jessica finds she has new strength—and she has also found friends and gained some understanding of how the landscape both haunts and holds us.

      This book is for everyone who loves swimming, who wishes they could push themselves beyond caution, who understands the deep pleasure of using the body’s strength, who knows what it is to abandon all thought…and float home to the surface.


      Story Locale: Berlin, Germany
      Bio
      JESSICA J. LEE is a Canadian with a doctorate in environmental history and aesthetics. She lives in Berlin, where she continues her search for new lakes. Turning is her first book.

      Author Residence: Berlin
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      9781553658856LakelandAllan Casey PaperbackJan 31, 2011$19.95Greystone Books Ltd.
      9781553653080LakelandAllan Casey HardcoverSep 28, 2009$29.95Greystone Books Ltd.
      9781553657927Eating DirtCharlotte Gill PaperbackAug 31, 2012$19.95Greystone Books Ltd.
      9781553659778Eating DirtCharlotte Gill HardcoverOct 01, 2011$22.95Greystone Books Ltd.
      9780143194675H is for HawkHelen Macdonald PaperbackMar 01, 2016$22.00Penguin Canada
      9780670069552H is for HawkHelen Macdonald HardcoverMar 03, 2015$32.00Penguin Canada
      9780399158179Swimming StudiesLeanne Shapton HardcoverJul 05, 2012$31.50Blue Rider Press
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      Reviews
      "Turning is many things: a snapshot of Berlin seen through the prism of its lakes; the story of a broken and healing heart; a contemplation of identity; a coming-of-age story. Perhaps most of all it is a journey through the senses. In recording her experience Lee explores ideas about memory, and examines the way she experiences and retains physical and emotional trauma. She discovers that she, and we, might erase or change our personal ghosts and recollections by simply overwriting them, layering them with new and different sensations, including different kinds of pain, until she, like the lakes she has come to know so well, has fully succeeded in turning." –The Guardian

      "Her clear, calm writing encompasses the truth and terror of open-water swimming: the conjunction of human and natural history that it represents as we swimmers hang there in the water, caught between elements, between our land-bound lives stationed in front of liminal screens and the infinite deep that lies beyond." –The New Statesman

      "[T]here’s a feeling that lingers after long days spent in water, feet on land but floating still, some cranial trick that leaves your body sensing an imaginary buoyance, equilibrium rocking in a lull one beat short of nausea while drifting off to sleep. Lee’s book is something kind of like that: wafting sweetly even through the weighty bits, her musings as steady and tender in sadness as learned peace. Too intimate to be comfortable, but told with a piercing vulnerability so affecting you wind up feeling close to Lee anyway, side-by-side and stroke-by-stroke, solidarity in life and lake and existential slog, 52 times over, together better for it." –The National Post

      “Jessica J. Lee’s first book is lyrical and profound, told . . . in stunning prose and with poetic flare; it’s poignant and moving and passionate . . . a lexeme masterpiece” The National Post

      “A deeply moving meditation on solitude, yearning, loss and love. This lake of a book submerged and enveloped me. It is a truly beautiful offering.” –Kyo Maclear, author of Birds Art Life

      “Lee’s language is sharp as ice on a frozen lake. It’s astounding, how, to explore her past and her own shifting identity, she uses the land as a metaphor, but tempers it with a view of yearning, the sight of someone once-removed, who can never really go back home again. Insightful, unconventional, moving, and inspiring, I think this book will appeal to anyone who has ever struggled across the darkness trying to find the light.” –Yasuko Thanh, author of Mysterious Fragrance of the Yellow Mountains

      "I loved this beautiful book. It's an attentive meditation on the pleasures and lessons of swimming in lakes, particularly in winter. Jessica Lee wears her bravery lightly and shares her knowledge with generosity. I recommend for outdoor swimmers or those who would like to be." –Amy Liptrot, author of the bestselling The Outrun

      "Swimming tempers solitude in Lee's brilliant debut, Turning." –Times Literary Supplement

      “Her prose is elegant and sharp … it’s a pleasure to accompany Lee on this journey.” –Image

      “Lee is an elegant writer; precise in her description, thoughtful in her observation, and most of all interested in the world that surrounds her . . . . Jessica J. Lee’s is a trip to the lake well worth taking, inspiring even this reluctant swimmer to reach for his swimming shorts.” –Elsewhere Journal

      "[Lee's] beautifully written memoir combines personal memories with geographic and historical observations that should resonate even for staunch landlubbers." –Metro News

      “her lyrical debut was enough to sell me on the sport, at least, and maybe mortality as well, water making good metaphor for both: calm in some times, violent in others, but constant, at least, lapping over and wrapping you entirely; inescapable, if nothing else.” –The Montreal Gazette
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    9780735233423 Paperback FICTION / Literary On Sale Date: August 29, 2017
    $24.95 CAD 5.8 x 8.3 x 0.7 in | 256 pages Carton Quantity: 24 Viking
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      Perfect for readers of Jhumpa Lahiri and Anne Tyler, Someone You Love Is Gone is a beautifully rendered, multi-generational story of secrets and ghosts that haunt a family and will affirm Gurjinder Basran’s reputation as one of Canada’s rising literary stars.

      Grief is a creature of many faces as Simran discovers when her mother, the lynchpin of her family, dies. Faced with the disintegration of her marriage and her estrangement from her own daughter, she struggles to make sense of her world and how things have come to be. With her mother’s death, Simran is haunted by memories and questions for which she has no answers. As the life she has carefully constructed begins to unravel around her, she is forced to confront one of her most painful memories—her parents sending her younger brother away when they were children. As the past comes flooding back, she wonders what could compel her parents to turn their backs on their only son. Was it his strange obsession with collecting poetry on scraps of paper? Or the fact that he talked about having memories that couldn’t possibly be his? Could he be the reincarnation of her long-dead uncle? Even her mother, who had always been very protective of her son, agreed with her husband to send him away; a decision that would have lasting consequences. Now with her mother gone, Simran must face up to these disturbing memories, and perhaps finally put her ghosts to rest.

      Someone You Love Is Gone skillfully explores the ties that bind family together as well as the secrets that drive them apart. In beautifully rendered prose, award-winning author Gurjinder Basran weaves a mesmerizing tale of love and heartbreak that crosses continents and spans generations.


      Story Locale: Lower mainland BC and New Delhi, India
      Bio
      GURJINDER BASRAN’s debut novel, Everything Was Good-bye, was the winner of the Search for the Great BC Novel Contest in 2010 and the Ethel Wilson Fiction Award in 2011. It was chosen as a Chatelaine Book Club pick in 2012. Gurjinder studied creative writing at Simon Fraser University and the Banff Center for the Arts.

      Author Residence: Delta, BC

      Author Hometown: Delta, BC
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      9780143182573Everything Was GoodbyeGurjinder Basran PaperbackMar 06, 2012$21.00Penguin Canada
      9780676979374The LowlandJhumpa Lahiri PaperbackJun 17, 2014$21.00Knopf Random Vintage Canada
      9780676979367The LowlandJhumpa Lahiri HardcoverSep 24, 2013$29.95Knopf Random Vintage Canada
      9780385677561The Beginner's GoodbyeAnne Tyler PaperbackJan 29, 2013$21.00Doubleday Canada
      9780385677547The Beginner's GoodbyeAnne Tyler HardcoverApr 03, 2012$29.95Doubleday Canada
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      9780307356321The Toss of a LemonPadma Viswanathan HardcoverApr 01, 2008$34.95Random House of Canada
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      Advance Praise for Someone You Love Is Gone:

      “A beautiful, haunting story of one family, spanning generations and continents, as they face life’s inevitable losses, struggle with grief, and reach for redemption.”—Shilpi Somaya Gowda, New York Times bestselling author of Secret Daughter and The Golden Son

      “In this brave and beautifully written novel, Gurjinder Basran shines a light into the darkest corners of one family’s emotional inheritance. Grief has the power to remake us, and for Simran and her mother, Amrita, it proves truly transformative, blurring the lines between self and other, home and history—even life and death.”—Alissa York, author of Fauna and The Naturalist

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    9780735232884 Paperback FICTION / Literary On Sale Date: August 22, 2017
    $24.95 CAD 6.1 x 9 x 0.9 in | 336 pages Carton Quantity: 24 Viking
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      Sometimes loss brings people together…and sometimes it taints everyone it touches

      Mia and Michael Slate discover that a business partner and best friend has cheated them out of their wealth on the same night that their love-stricken son Finn passes out in the snow at a party, a mistake that costs him more than he realized was even possible.

      Everyone finds their own way of dealing with the losses. For Finn, it is Jess, a former babysitter who sneaks into his room at night. Despite Jess’s serious boyfriend, Finn desperately tries to move beyond the secretive sex and make her admit to love. As sex with Michael gets rough and their marriage frays, Mia finds solace at an old friend’s empty condo, which she begins to covet almost as much as she does her friend. Michael sets his anger loose after midnight at an abandoned baseball diamond in the company of an old pitching machine and a boy who isn’t his son. When he creeps onto his ex-partner’s property one night and the stranger boy starts talking revenge, the story shifts into more savage terrain. By the final, tragic chapter, none of the Slates are either innocent or spared. We All Love the Beautiful Girls is a story about power, financial dependence, instinct, sex, and survival in contemporary society, and if, or how, love fits in.
      Bio
      Joanne Proulx’s first novel Anthem of a Reluctant Prophet won Canada’s Sunburst Award for Fantastic Fiction and was named a best debut by The Globe and Mail and Kirkus Reviews. A feature film adaptation of the novel will be released in 2018. A graduate of the Bennington Writing Seminars, Joanne lives, writes and teaches in Ottawa, Canada.

      Author Residence: Ottawa, ON
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      Praise for Joanne Proulx:

      “Joanne Proulx is a rare talent.”—Lauren B. Davis

      “Proulx is, in other words, a talented inhabitor of people unlike herself…every new writer that surfaces so blessed should be cherished.”—Toronto Star

      “It is impossible not to marvel at Proulx’s mastery.”—The Globe and Mail

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