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    Liminal Jordan Tannahill Canada
    9781487003784 Paperback FICTION / Literary On Sale Date: September 14, 2018
    $22.95 CAD 5.25 x 8 in | 304 pages Carton Quantity: 1 Canadian Rights: Y House of Anansi Press
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      At 11:04 a.m. on January 21st, 2017, Jordan opens the door to his mother’s bedroom. As his eyes adjust to the half-light, he finds her lying in bed, eyes closed and mouth agape. In that instant he cannot tell whether she is asleep or dead. The sight of his mother's body, caught between these two possibilities, causes Jordan to plunge headlong into the uncertain depths of consciousness itself.

      From androids to cannibals to sex clubs, an unforgettable personal odyssey emerges, populated by a cast of sublime outsiders in search for the ever-elusive nature of self. Part ontological thriller, part millennial saga, Liminal is a riotous and moving portrait of a young man in volatile times, a generation caught in suspended animation, and a son’s enduring love for his mother.


      JORDAN TANNAHILL is an award-winning playwright, director, and author. In 2016 he was described by the Toronto Star as being “widely celebrated as one of Canada’s most accomplished young playwrights, filmmakers, and all-round multidisciplinary artists.” His plays have been translated into multiple languages and honoured with prizes including the Governor General’s Literary Award for Drama and several Dora Mavor Moore Awards. Jordan’s films and multimedia performances have been presented at festivals and galleries such as the Toronto International Film Festival, the Art Gallery of Ontario, and the Tribeca Film Festival. From 2012 to 2016, Jordan and William Ellis ran the influential underground art space Videofag out of their home in Toronto’s Kensington Market. The Videofag Book, their chronicle of the four years running the space, was nominated for a Toronto Book Award. In 2017, his play Late Company transferred to London’s West End while his virtual reality performance Draw Me Close, a co-production between the National Theatre (U.K.) and the National Film Board of Canada, premiered at the Venice Biennale. In 2018, Jordan will premiere his play Declarations at Canadian Stage, and Xenos, a collaboration with dancer-choreographer Akram Khan, at the Onassis Cultural Centre in Athens. Born in 1988 in Ottawa, he currently resides in London, U.K.

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      A raw love letter to a mother, and a blazing meditation on love, death, and dying, Jordan Tannahill’s Liminal is a full-fledged unleashing from a major literary talent.
      This book has everything: a road trip, coming of age, philosophy, mythology, meditation on the nature of self, and the tender love of a son for his mother — all infused with uncommon emotional intelligence.
      Liminal is generous, bold, unabashedly emotional, and really smart — an ultra-engaging portrait of the artist, and portal to the art.


      A 49th Shelf Book of the Year

      Liminal is generous, bold, unabashedly emotional, and really smart — an ultra-engaging portrait of the artist, and portal to the art.” — Ann-Marie Macdonald, author of The Way the Crow Flies

      “Authors such as Ben Lerner, Rachel Cusk, and Karl Ove Knausgaard, among others, are showing their exhaustion with plot, opting to be candid, probing, philosophical, and discursive at a micro-level on the page. Toronto playwright Jordan Tannahill’s lushly intelligent debut novel, Liminal, is an exciting addition to this school . . . Liminal captures something illuminating and undefinable about the present moment . . . A real jaw-dropping intellectual feat . . . A rich and unusual story.” — Globe and Mail

      Liminal moves at a breakneck pace, combining science, philosophy, spirituality, and pop culture . . . Readers may never think about living or dying the same way again.” — This Magazine

      “Tannahill is a good writer, a natural storyteller with a strong sense of narrative rhythm as well as the ability to launch into almost mystical flights of poetic vision.” — Toronto Star

      “A raw love letter to a mother, and a blazing meditation on love, death, and dying, Jordan Tannahill’s Liminal is a full-fledged unleashing from a major literary talent.” — Anosh Irani, author of The Parcel

      “This book has everything: a road trip, coming of age, philosophy, mythology, meditation on the nature of self, and the tender love of a son for his mother — all infused with uncommon emotional intelligence.” — Teva Harrison, author of In-Between Days


      Nominated, Toronto Book Awards


      “He’s a rare human type described by Marshall McLuhan: a zeitgeist savant who can read his era, internalize his moment’s changes in technology and ideological mood, and adapt in real time.” — Daniel Karasik, Globe and Mail

      “The poster child of a new generation for whom ‘interdisciplinary’ is not a buzzword but a way of life.” — Kelly Nestruck, Globe and Mail

      “The future of Canadian theatre.” — NOW Magazine

      “The hottest name in Canadian theatre.” — Montreal Gazette

      “Jordan Tannahill is blowing up the Canadian stage . . . An enfant terrible.” — Walrus Magazine

      “No question Tannahill is a Renaissance man who will be amazing audiences for years to come.” — NOW Magazine


      Winner, 2015 Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding New Play
      Winner, 2015 Carol Bolt Award
      Finalist, 2016 Governor General’s Literary Award for Drama

      “[A]rtfully structured, yet full of suspense, with dialogue that shifts smoothly between the poetic and observational.” — Globe and Mail

      “More than its thematic and mystery elements, it’s the keen attunement of Tannahill’s ear to contemporary speech, the directness and emotional availability of the young people’s performances, the spare beauty of Brubacher and Spooner’s staging — and how all these work together — that linger richly, several days after seeing the show.” — Toronto Star

      “Concord Floral will leave you not just pleasurably discomfited but wondering if your own youth was even more unsettled than you recall.” — Ottawa Citizen


      Winner, Governor General’s Literary Award for Drama

      “[R]efreshing in its honesty. Tannahill outdoes himself in these pieces, and brings not only the characters to life but the issues each of them face. This collection of plays definitely falls into the category of ‘must-read.’” — Morris House Reading Series Backstage

      “A collection of plays worth exploring.” — CM Magazine


      “Theatre-maker and writer Jordan Tannahill is one of those magnetic humans . . . The youngest-ever winner of the Governor-General’s Award for Drama and an arts community leader with contacts nationally and abroad, Tannahill is well positioned to offer a survey of contemporary theatre trends . . . Tannahill’s prose is lively and he’s got a great nose for the telling anecdote . . . He’s a rare human type described by Marshall McLuhan: a zeitgeist savant who can read his era, internalize his moment’s changes in technology and ideological mood, and adapt in real time . . . It’s the complexity, specificity, and relevance of Tannahill’s case-by-case analyses that make Theatre of the Unimpressed essential reading for anybody interested in the state of contemporary theatre and performance.” — Globe and Mail

      “Lively and passionate jeremiad against mundanity in contemporary English-language theatre.” — Toronto Star

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    Chicken Lynn Crosbie Canada
    9781487002862 Paperback FICTION / Literary Publication Date: May 22, 2018
    $22.95 CAD 5.25 x 8 in | 304 pages Carton Quantity: 36 Canadian Rights: Y House of Anansi Press
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      Set in disparate parts of Los Angeles, Chicken uproariously, grievously, relates the collision and inevitably ruinous paths of two incendiary figures. One is the once beautiful and famous Parnell Wilde, a maverick actor arrogant in his disastrous fall. The other is Annabel Wrath, a much younger, idiosyncratic cult filmmaker with contradictory motives for seeking the older man out.

      The two are profoundly altered by their meeting and its harrowing denouement and manage to save each other from their paths of torment and dizzying spirals of decline. But when Parnell is offered the chance to perform in the sequel to Ultraviolence, the feature film that made him famous — and to work again with its brilliant but merciless director — he and Annabel are forced to confront their demons as the extreme, fleeting, and dangerous world of fame threatens to divide them.


      Poet, author, and novelist Lynn Crosbie was born and raised in Montreal. An award-winning journalist and cultural critic, she has written about fashion, sports, art, and celebrity. She has a Ph.D. in English literature and a background in visual studies; she teaches at the University of Toronto and the Ontario College of Art and Design. Her volumes of poetry and prose include Queen Rat, Dorothy L’Amour, and Liar. She is the author of the controversial book Paul’s Case, about the Paul Bernardo–Karla Homolka murders, as well as the novels Life Is About Losing Everything and Where Did You Sleep Last Night, a Trillium Book Award finalist. Her most recent book is a collection of poems about her father, entitled The Corpses of the Future.

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      Praise for Lynn Crosbie and Chicken:

      “A baroque masterpiece!” — @MargaretAtwood

      “Crosbie’s prose is seductive and deft, and imbued with yearning . . . Chicken sounds a clarion call for the necessity and potential of transgressive literature — the kind that allows difficult, conflicting truths to exist simultaneously. Crosbie defiantly acknowledges both the deviant and the sacred, the romantics and rebels that exist in all of us.” — Quill & Quire, STARRED REVIEW

      “Crosbie’s visceral and sharp writing excites and horrifies us as we’re implicated in the depravities of Parnell and Hollywood . . . Ultimately, good art not only engages us, but challenges us with what it says and what it asks of us — and in doing so, keeps us coming back. Crosbie’s Chicken certainly does that.” — Winnipeg Free Press

      Chicken, the new novel by Toronto author and poet Lynn Crosbie, is a clamorous, electrifying kaleidoscope of sex and violence that veers toward sensory overload. But just when you think you can’t take any more, there are moments of desperate tenderness and melancholy that almost make you weep. Oh, and it’s funny too.” — Toronto Star

      “[Chicken] is a trippy, devastating, and blackly comedic look at the true price of love . . . full of bright colours, dizzying violence, and warped timelines . . . A disturbing and poetic punk-rock version of the classic star-crossed lovers tale.” — Kirkus Reviews

      “Electric. With fearless instincts and incandescent language that cuts to the bone, Crosbie boldly explores the savageries of Hollywood, love, and fame, as well as the scars they leave behind. Parnell Wilde is surely among Crosbie’s most vivid and heartbreaking creations.” — Mona Awad, author of 13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl

      “Plangent and funny . . . Crosbie’s palette is exquisite, a mix of rich textures and bleak, unadorned realism.” — Literary Review of Canada

      “An outlandish, funhouse rendering of fame, desire, appetite, vengeance, and loss.” — EVENT Magazine

      “As it follows the desperate last twitchings of an aging bad boy actor, Lynn Crosbie’s latest novel draws us into a nightmarish vortex that feels like an unholy wedding of David Lynch and Joan Didion. Elegantly sleazy, sensuously creepy, and funny as hell, Chicken is one of the best Hollywood novels I've read in years.” — Dan Chaon, author of Ill Will

      Praise for Lynn Crosbie and Corpses of the Future:

      “[U]nswerving in honesty and high in impact. . . . You'd have to be half-dead or worse not to weep, rejoice and rage when the speakers of these poems take you to the edge and offer ‘some faint, still powerful memories, of love and mercy’ as salve.” — Globe and Mail

      Praise for Lynn Crosbie and Where Did You Sleep Last Night:

      “Lynn Crosbie is what a great writer should be: pissed off, bereft, misunderstood, impolite, funny, and in love with the madness of the world.” — Miriam Toews, author of All My Puny Sorrows and A Complicated Kindness

      Where Did You Sleep Last Night is terrifying and beautiful. It is a thrift store jam packed with once loved, tattered, and gorgeous images. Crosbie is as mad as Rimbaud, as sweet as Keats, and as debauched as Courtney Love. Kurt Cobain would have adored her.” — Heather O’Neill, author of The Girl Who Was Saturday Night and Lullabies for Little Criminals

      “Lynn Crosbie’s Where Did You Sleep Last Night is a brilliant portrait of romance, rages, passionate reunions, the emptiness of fame, and the devastating losses that afflict two doomed rock stars locked in a heart-shaped box. Every sentence is poetry. I predict this book will, like Kurt Cobain, develop its own cult following.” — Jowita Bydlowska, author of Drunk Mom

      “The book’s most affecting passages are the ones where Evelyn’s reverence for Celine bumps up against her desire to be a rock star in her own right . . . the sense of being caught in thrall to a self-destructive genius and trying to match him, note for note and mistake for mistake, is resonant.” — Quill & Quire

      “Bold, kaleidoscopic, full of absurd black humour, Lynn Crosbie’s new novel Where Did You Sleep Last Night is quite unlike anything else that’s been published recently . . . It is pop and avant-garde, full of fireworks and heartbreak.” — Globe and Mail

      “Eminently worthy of our attention . . . restless, funny, and artfully crazed.” — Maclean’s

      “I found myself alternately charmed and gutted . . . Lynn Crosbie has produced a grunge elegy.” — Toronto Star

      “[O]pen to any page and find a paragraph that could stand alone as a devastatingly beautiful poem. This woman can write.” — NOW Magazine

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    Shrewed A Wry and Closely Observed Look at the Lives of Women and Girls Elizabeth Renzetti Canada
    9781487003043 Paperback SOCIAL SCIENCE / Essays Publication Date: March 06, 2018
    $22.95 CAD 5.25 x 8 in | 304 pages Carton Quantity: 1 Canadian Rights: Y House of Anansi Press
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      Why are there so few women in politics? Why is public space, whether it’s the street or social media, still so inhospitable to women? What does Carrie Fisher have to do with Mary Wollstonecraft? And why is a wedding ceremony Satan’s playground?

      These are some of the questions that bestselling author and acclaimed journalist Elizabeth Renzetti examines in her new collection of essays. Drawing upon Renzetti’s decades of reporting on feminist issues, Shrewed is a book about feminism’s crossroads. From Hillary Clinton’s failed campaign to the quest for equal pay, from the lessons we can learn from old ladies to the future of feminism in a turbulent world, Renzetti takes a pointed, witty look at how far we’ve come — and how far we have to go.

      If Nellie McClung and Erma Bombeck had an IVF baby, this book would be the result. If they’d lived at the same time. And in the same country. And if IVF had been invented. Well, you get the point.


      ELIZABETH RENZETTI is a columnist for the Globe and Mail, and has reported for many years from Toronto, Los Angeles, and London. She is also the bestselling author of the novel Based on a True Story, which was a finalist for the Kobo Emerging Writer Prize and a Canadian bestseller. She lives in Toronto with her husband, author and Globe and Mail columnist Doug Saunders, and their two children.

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      A Chatelaine Book of the Year

      A 49th Shelf Book of the Year

      “Renzetti moves effortlessly between serious systemic inequality and the equally enraging, if sometimes amusing, everyday absurdities women face, effectively capturing this cultural moment and offering a resounding call to recognize — and organize against — the pernicious sexism that still exists in the world.” — Booklist

      “A fierce and insightful collection of essays that draws on the heartbreaking injustices women have faced in the past, while looking toward a future that only sometimes looks bright.” — Hamilton Review of Books

      “Brilliant, generous, biting, and moving . . . rich with lessons learned from a few decades on the feminist frontline.” — Pickle Me This

      “Renzetti's wit and fierce intelligence are on display in full force in this essay collection . . . This is a book that will make you laugh, then move you to tears, and you're going to want to give a copy to every woman you know.” — 49th Shelf

      “Artfully examines the considerable achievements of women.” — Reader’s Digest

      “Renzetti’s prose is clever, witty, and accessible, making the book fun for feminists and a good gift for anyone who questions why feminism is still necessary.” — Publishers Weekly

      “All the essays offer humour, pathos, and razor-sharp insight.” — Herizons

      “A must-read for 2018.” — Niagara Life

      “A wonderful and powerful collection of essays.” — Alexa Talks Books

      “Renzetti takes a pointed look at how far we’ve come — and how far we have left to go.” — Bookseller

      “The breath of fresh air I have been desperately seeking.” — Girly Book Club

      “This is a clearly welcome voice and a necessary book.” — Brief Take

      “This is a book that all women need to read! ” — A Couple Reads


      Finalist, Kobo Emerging Writer Prize
      Canadian Bestseller
      A Winnipeg Free Press Top Read of 2014

      “I’m a big Elizabeth Renzetti fan . . . This novel is a hell of a lot of fun . . . Made me laugh so hard I cried . . . Incisive, street-wise, and written with the deft hand of a truly talented scribe.” — Globe and Mail

      “At the madly beating heart of Elizabeth Renzetti’s debut novel Based on a True Story is a great female buddy movie . . . The novel is packed with absolutely fabulous lines . . . A seriously funny book.” — National Post

      “Witty debut . . . wild, rollicking tale of celebrity culture, reinvention in mid-life, addiction, ambition, motherhood, and confronting past regrets.” — Zoomer

      “A winner . . . By turns hilarious and dark, always riveting, and crammed with satirical observations . . . [Augusta and Frances’s] antics remind you of those in the popular 1991 buddy movie Thelma and Louise, and Renzetti pulls them off with similar aplomb. In her weekly column, Renzetti uses her considerable wit and skill to make any topic engaging. She uses the same talents to make you care about Augusta and Frances — despite their flaws — and as a consequence her first novel succeeds admirably.” — Winnipeg Free Press

      “A hilarious and bizarrely fascinating look at functioning drug addiction. I couldn’t put it down.” — Geist

      “Powered by quick-fire dialogue and flamboyant characters, Renzetti deftly renders disparate personality types who are lovable despite (or, in some cases, because of) their myriad failings . . . Renzetti succeeds in showcasing the unreliable nature of storytelling. In one tableau, Augusta quips to a beleaguered Frances, ‘Darling, no one wants the facts of life. They want the story.’ This idea is at the core of Renzetti’s tale. Telling one’s own story is a powerful gesture, and the author has managed to relay that notion in a fun, frolicking way, through the lens of an unlikely yet tender female friendship.” — Quill & Quire

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    Heroes in My Head A Memoir Judy Rebick Canada
    9781487003579 Paperback BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Social Activists On Sale Date: April 10, 2018
    $22.95 CAD 5.5 x 8.5 in | 304 pages Carton Quantity: 22 Canadian Rights: Y House of Anansi Press
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      In this riveting memoir, renowned feminist Judy Rebick tells the story of the eleven personalities she developed in order to help her cope with, and survive, childhood sexual abuse. In Heroes in My Head, Rebick chronicles her struggle with depression in the 1980s, when she became a high-profile spokesperson for the pro-choice movement during the fight to legalize abortion. It was in the 1990s, when she took on her biggest challenge as a public figure by becoming president of the National Action Committee on the Status of Women, that her memories began to surface and became too persistent to ignore.

      Rebick reveals her moment of discovery: meeting the eleven personalities; uncovering her repressed memories of childhood sexual abuse; and then communicating with each personality in therapy and on the page in a journal - all of this while she is leading high-profile national struggles against a Conservative government.

      Heroes in My Head is a fascinating, heartbreaking, but ultimately empowering story. With courage and honesty, Rebick lays bare the public and private battles that have shaped her life.


      JUDY REBICK is a well-known social justice and feminist activist, writer, journalist, educator, and speaker. She is the author of Transforming Power: From the Personal to the Political, Occupy This!, Ten Thousand Roses: The Making of a Feminist Revolution, Imagine Democracy. Founding publisher of, Canada's popular independent online news and discussion site, Judy continues to blog on She is the former president of the National Action Committee on the Status of Women, Canada's largest women's group, and was the first CAW Gindin Chair in Social Justice and Democracy at Ryerson University. During the 1990s, she was the host of two national TV show on CBC Newsworld and is a frequent commentator on CBC Radio and Television. In the 1980s, she was a well-known spokesperson for the pro-choice movement during the fight to legalize abortion. She lives in Toronto.

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      Praise for Judy Rebick and Heroes in My Head:

      “Rebick writes with an authoritative voice about an undeniably difficult subject.” — Quill & Quire

      Praise for Judy Rebick and Occupy This:
      Occupy This is exemplary . . . a much needed demystification of the Occupy movement.” — Socialist Project
      “Rebick is [a] gifted storyteller and her flair for the literary and ability to personalize Occupy through accounts of the people involved make this book compulsory reading for anyone seeking an understanding of the movement.” — Literary Review of Canada

      Praise for Judy Rebick and Transforming Power:
      “If you have niggling doubts about staying on the train we’ve been riding, you should read Transforming Power. It’s exciting to travel to worlds where completely new realities seem possible.” — Globe and Mail
      “Judy Rebick has written an important book, sharing field notes from a journey she describes as her ‘political rethinking’ . . . she dares to open herself to both new tools and new conceptions . . . that come from people to whom many progressives have paid little more than lip service.” — Herizons
      “Judy Rebick has the goods. In turns funny, epic, and triumphant, Transforming Power is an authentic call to action from an author who has been on the front lines of this critical struggle. A must read for anyone who is serious about real-time activism.” — Guerrilla News Network
      “[Transforming Power] will make you think differently about power, and what it really means to work for social change.” — See Magazine

      Praise for Judy Rebick and Ten Thousand Roses: The Making of a Feminist Revolution:
      Ten Thousand Roses, by prominent activist, academic, and media commentator Judy Rebick, isn’t always an easy read, but it should be required reading for the many young women today who benefit greatly from — and live in blissful ignorance of — the efforts of the second wave of feminists.” — Quill & Quire
      Ten Thousand Roses is a useful and informative account of the mainstream women’s movement in Canada. . . . a worthwhile read for anyone interested in fighting patriarchy, particularly budding young feminists.” — Briarpatch Magazine

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    Is American Democracy in Crisis? The Munk Debates E.J. Dionne Jr., Andrew Sullivan, Newt Gingrich, Kimberley Strassel
    9781487004514 Paperback POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Ideologies Publication Date: April 24, 2018
    $14.95 CAD 5 x 8 in | 128 pages Carton Quantity: 90 Canadian Rights: Y House of Anansi Press
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      “Our country is now as close to crossing the line from democracy to autocracy as it has been in our lifetimes.” — E. J. Dionne, Jr.

      It is the public debate of the moment: is Donald Trump precipitating a crisis of American democracy? For some the answer is an emphatic “yes.” Trump’s disregard for the institutions and political norms of U.S. democracy is imperiling the Republic. The sooner his presidency collapses the sooner the healing can begin and the ship of state righted. For others Trump is not the villain in this drama. Rather, his young presidency is the conduit, not the cause, of Americans’ deep-seated anger towards a privileged and self-dealing Washington elite. Trump’s disruption of politics as usual is what America needs to start the process of restoring democracy by the people, for the people.

      The twenty-first semi-annual Munk Debate, held on October 12th, 2017, pits award-winning journalist E. J. Dionne, Jr. and influential author and blogger Andrew Sullivan against former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Newt Gingrich and bestselling author and editor Kimberley Strassel to debate the current crisis of American democracy.


      E. J. DIONNE, JR. is an award-winning journalist and political commentator who appears regularly on MSNBC, NPR’s All Things Considered, and ABC News’ This Week. He is currently a William F. Bloomberg Visiting Professor at Harvard University, with a joint appointment at the Harvard Divinity School, the Harvard Kennedy School, and Harvard’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Dionne is also a senior fellow at The Brookings Institution and University Professor in the Foundations of Democracy and Culture at Georgetown University.

      ANDREW SULLIVAN is an influential author, editor, and blogger, and a popular source of provocative and astute political and social commentary. He has written extensively on a wide range of topics, including the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, civil liberties, the legalization of marijuana, human rights, and the future of media. A practicing Catholic, Sullivan has challenged the Church’s position on gay life in his books and television appearances on shows such as Real Time with Bill Maher. He is currently a contributing editor at New York magazine.

      NEWT GINGRICH is a former Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, New York Times bestselling author, and TIME magazine Man of the Year. Called “the indispensable leader” by the Washington Times, he was the architect of the Contract with America, which saw the Republican Party capture a majority in the U.S. House of Representatives for the first time in forty years. Currently, Gingrich is a Fox News contributor, a senior advisor at Dentons, the world’s largest law firm, and a senior scientist at analytics and advice firm Gallup.

      KIMBERLEY STRASSEL is an author, journalist, and member of the Wall Street Journal editorial board, where she writes editorials and the influential Potomac Watch political column. Strassel is the author of the national bestseller The Intimidation Game: How the Left is Silencing Free Speech, and appears regularly on a range of political television programs, including Fox News Sunday, CBS’s Face the Nation, and NBC’s Meet the Press.

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    Series: The MacNeice Mysteries
    Erasing Memory A MacNeice Mystery Scott Thornley Canada
    9781487003296 Paperback FICTION / Mystery & Detective Publication Date: June 26, 2018
    $19.95 CAD 5.5 x 8 in | 320 pages Carton Quantity: 36 Canadian Rights: Y Spiderline
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      Detective Superintendent MacNeice is returning from a pilgrimage to his wife’s grave when he’s called to a crime scene of singular and disturbing beauty. A young woman in evening dress lies gracefully posed on the floor of a pristine summer cottage so that the finger of one hand regularly interrupts the needle arm of a phonograph playing Schubert’s Piano Trio. The only visible mark on her is the bruise under her chin, which MacNeice recognizes: it is the mark that distinguishes dedicated violinists, the same mark that once graced his wife. The murder is both ingenious and horrific, and soon entangles MacNeice and his team in Eastern Europe’s ancient grievances.

      Erasing Memory is a thrilling and assured debut that kicks off an exciting new crime series from Scott Thornley.


      SCOTT THORNLEY grew up in Hamilton, Ontario, which inspired his fictional Dundurn. He is the author of four novels in the critically acclaimed MacNeice Mysteries series: Erasing Memory, The Ambitious City, Raw Bone, and the forthcoming Vantage Point. He was appointed to the Royal Canadian Academy of the Arts in 1990. In 2018, he was named a Member of the Order of Canada. Thornley divides his time between Toronto and the southwest of France.

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      “[An] impressive debut . . . Superb writing, complex and highly likable characters, and the occasional delicious burst of violence definitely make the next books in this series worth watching for.” — Publishers Weekly, STARRED REVIEW

      “Not since P. D. James’s Adam Dalgliesh has there been a police inspector as sophisticated as MacNeice.” — Toronto Star

      “The reader is . . . compelled to go on, in part because that killer, if not a superior, twisted mind, is a first-class jerk and we love to see such people get their comeuppance.” — National Post

      “Thornley’s intelligent and evocative prose, combined with his depictions of complex police investigations, brings to mind one of Canada’s most prominent, bestselling crime writers, Peter Robinson.” — Quill & Quire

      “This series will be a real winner.” — Margaret Cannon, Globe and Mail

      “A page-turner with a Sherlockian twist.” — Hamilton Spectator

      “An auspicious debut for author Scott Thornley.” — Salon

      “MacNeice is a splendid addition to the pantheon of [literary] detectives. . . . A first-class mystery.” — Vancouver Sun

      “For crime fiction junkies, Scott Thornley’s first novel, Erasing Memory, a beautifully written police procedural set in a fictional version of Hamilton, just whets our appetite for more. Our hero, senior homicide detective Mac MacNeice, a literate and complex man who may remind the reader of Peter Robinson’s beloved Inspector Banks, runs an interesting team of investigators dealing with a truly weird murder. Please tell me this is the first of a series.” — Stevie Cameron, author of On the Farm: Robert William Pickton and the Tragic Story of Vancouver's Missing Women

      “Beginning with a murder unlike any you've ever imagined — or would want to — Scott Thornley spins a gripping tale whose heroes and villains are equally and refreshingly human.” — Howard Shrier, author of Buffalo Jump

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    Series: A MacNeice Mystery
    Ambitious City A MacNeice Mystery Scott Thornley Canada
    9781487003265 Paperback FICTION / Mystery & Detective Publication Date: June 26, 2018
    $19.95 CAD 5.5 x 8 in | 464 pages Carton Quantity: 24 Canadian Rights: Y Spiderline
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      As a local biker war rages — seven shrink-wrapped corpses have been found buried on a farm just outside of Dundurn — an ambitious waterfront project meant to revive the dying industrial city is underway. Dredging is nearly complete when six more bodies turn up at the bottom of the lake. With the body count rising, the situation in Dundurn escalates as a serial killer begins targeting the city’s successful young women of colour.

      Outgunned by the bikers and outmaneuvered by the serial killer, MacNeice convinces Fiza Aziz, the young Muslim detective who burned out on their last case together, to come back to the force. Things go well until Aziz deliberately puts herself in the killer’s sights.

      The Ambitious City is the smart and suspenseful second installment in Scott Thornley’s critically acclaimed MacNeice Mysteries series.


      SCOTT THORNLEY grew up in Hamilton, Ontario, which inspired his fictional Dundurn. He is the author of four novels in the critically acclaimed MacNeice Mysteries series: Erasing Memory, The Ambitious City, Raw Bone, and the forthcoming Vantage Point. He was appointed to the Royal Canadian Academy of the Arts in 1990. In 2018, he was named a Member of the Order of Canada. Thornley divides his time between Toronto and the southwest of France.

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      “Terrific. . . . Thornley blends history into a really good cop-shop story. . . . Read this and then look for the first MacNeice book, Erasing Memory.” — Globe and Mail

      “No writer grabs the violent new zeitgeist more firmly than Scott Thornley with his second book, The Ambitious City.” — Toronto Star

      “Captivating. . . . Along with a terrific plot, Thornley produces prose that is both hard-hitting and thoughtful. . . . I’m already anticipating MacNeice’s next investigation.” — Edmonton Journal

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    Series: The MacNeice Mysteries
    Raw Bone A MacNeice Mystery Scott Thornley Canada
    9781487003234 Paperback FICTION / Mystery & Detective Publication Date: June 26, 2018
    $19.95 CAD 5.5 x 8 in | 304 pages Carton Quantity: 33 Canadian Rights: Y Spiderline
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      On a cold morning in early spring, the body of a young woman is found trapped in the ice of Dundurn Bay. The next day at dawn, a homeless man discovers an unconscious school teacher in a public park. Gagged and bound with duct tape, the man is rigged to an elaborate bomb that’s been set to blow if anyone attempts to free him.

      Detective Superintendent MacNeice and his team are called in to investigate the two seemingly unrelated crimes, and quickly find themselves venturing into the dive bars and rooming houses of Dundurn, where Irish immigrants rub elbows with mercenaries and the city’s criminal underclass.

      Raw Bone is the third suspense-filled installment in Scott Thornley’s critically acclaimed MacNeice Mysteries series.


      SCOTT THORNLEY grew up in Hamilton, Ontario, which inspired his fictional Dundurn. He is the author of four novels in the critically acclaimed MacNeice Mysteries series: Erasing Memory, The Ambitious City, Raw Bone, and the forthcoming Vantage Point. He was appointed to the Royal Canadian Academy of the Arts in 1990. In 2018, he was named a Member of the Order of Canada. Thornley divides his time between Toronto and the southwest of France.

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      “This is stellar police-procedural writing that takes in characters, history and, most of all, place. Dundurn is beautifully and sordidly rendered in all its glory as MacNeice tracks a killer with a message. . . . Those who like solid clue-hunting will love this series.” — Globe and Mail

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    Fate The Lost Decades of Uncle Chow Tung Ian Hamilton Canada
    9781487003869 Paperback FICTION / Mystery & Detective Publication Date: January 22, 2019
    $19.95 CAD 5.25 x 8 in | 304 pages Carton Quantity: 44 Canadian Rights: Y Spiderline
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      Hong Kong, 1970. The Dragon Head (also known as the Mountain Master) of the Fanling Triad has died and there is a struggle to replace him among senior members of the gang. Normally, the Deputy Mountain Master is next in line, but this one is weak and ineffectual and has only survived because of the protection of the Dragon Head. Up to this point, the Fanling Triad has operated in relative isolation from neighbouring gangs, but the Dragon Head’s death has drawn attention to the area — and to its wealth. Other gangs start to make threatening moves and it’s obvious to the senior members of the Fanling Triad that they need a leader who can fend off the threats, unite the membership, and maintain their prosperity. There are several candidates. The least conspicuous is the White Paper Fan, their young administrator. His name is Chow Tung, but many of those who work with him already refer to him as “Uncle” . . .


      IAN HAMILTON is the bestselling author of the Ava Lee and Uncle Chow Tung series. His books have been shortlisted for numerous prizes, including the Arthur Ellis Award, the Barry Award, and the Lambda Literary Prize. BBC Culture named Hamilton one of the ten mystery/crime writers from the last thirty years who should be on your bookshelf. The Ava Lee series is currently being adapted for television.

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      Praise for Fate and Ian Hamilton

      “[Ian Hamilton is] a lively writer with an attentive eye for the details of complicated suspense.” — London Free Press

      “Hamilton does a masterly job capturing the sights, smells, and sounds of Hong Kong as he charts Chow’s struggle to survive.” — Publishers Weekly

      “A welcome origin story about the man who helped shape Ava Lee.” — Booklist

      “A magnetic tale of intrigue among rivals and cohorts, the early ascent of ‘Uncle’ Chow Tung within the Hong Kong triads is exhilarating and utterly convincing. This is the first in a spin-off series that you’ll want to keep spinning forever. Jump on at the start!” — John Farrow, bestselling author of the Émile Cinq-Mars series

      “Ian Hamilton’s knowledge of the triads and their operations is fascinating — and slightly unsettling. He unwinds his tale of Uncle’s origins with such detail that readers will wonder how he grew so familiar without being a triad himself. A must-read for fans of the Ava Lee novels!” — John Lawrence Reynolds, Arthur Ellis Award-winning author of Beach Strip

      Praise for the Ava Lee series and Ian Hamilton

      “Whip smart, kick-butt heroine, mixed into a perfect combination of adventure and exotic location. Can’t wait to see where Ava is off to next.” — Taylor Stevens, author of the Vanessa Michael Monroe Series

      “The only thing scarier than being ripped off for a few million bucks is being the guy who took it and having Ava Lee on your tail. If Hamilton’s kick-ass accountant has your number, it’s up.” — Linwood Barclay

      “A heck of a fun series, sharing Ian Fleming’s penchant for intrigue and affinity for the finer things in life and featuring Ava Lee — a remarkable hero, a twenty-first century James Bond with real depth beneath her tough- as-nails exterior. Five stars and first class!” — Owen Laukkanen, author of The Professionals

      “Ava Lee, that wily, wonderful hunter of nasty business brutes, is back in her best adventure ever . . . if you haven’t yet discovered Ava Lee, start here.” — Globe and Mail

      “Slick, fast-moving escapism reminiscent of Ian Fleming.” — Booklist

      “A hugely original creation.” — Irish Independent

      “Crackling with suspense, intrigue, and danger, your fingers will be smoking from turning these pages. Don’t ever, ever, mess with Ava Lee. She’s not your average accountant.” — Terry Fallis, author of The Best Laid Plans

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    Quaker A Duncan McCormack Novel Liam McIlvanney
    9781487003753 Paperback FICTION / Thrillers Publication Date: July 24, 2018
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      Glasgow, 1969. In the grip of the worst winter for years, the city is brought to its knees by a killer whose name fills the streets with fear: The Quaker. He’s taken his next victim — the third woman from the same nightclub — and dumped her in the street like rubbish. The police are left chasing a ghost, with no new leads and no hope of catching their prey. After six months, DI Duncan McCormack, a talented young detective from the Highlands, is ordered to join the investigation — with a view to shutting it down for good.

      His arrival is met with anger from a group of officers on the brink of despair. Soon he learns just how difficult life can be for an outsider, for McCormack is an outcast in more ways than one. When another woman is found murdered in a tenement flat, it’s clear the case is by no means over. From ruined backstreets to the dark heart of Glasgow, McCormack follows a trail of secrets that will change the city — and his life — forever . . .

      Brilliantly crafted with great depth and nuance, The Quaker is an electrifying thriller that expertly captures the gritty atmosphere of paranoia and hopelessness in a city on the verge of a great upheaval.


      Liam McIlvanney is the Stuart Professor of Scottish Studies at the University of Otago, New Zealand. He is a regular contributor to the London Review of Books, and the author of two previous novels, All the Colours of the Town and Where the Dead Men Go.

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      “Intricately plotted, resourceful in its characterization, and gorgeously written.” — Toronto Star

      “[Liam McIlvanney] shows a deft touch for character and setting throughout this absorbing, atmospheric read . . . The Quaker is an evocative slice of the past that’s populated with an array of intriguing characters, tough issues, and some nuanced interplay between them.” — Crime Watch

      “It's Glasgow 1969 and a serial killer is bringing terror to the winter streets. The cops are on the back foot, the city is scared, and three women are dead. Another atmospheric, scary, and utterly brilliant book from Liam McIlvanney. Superb.” — Adrian McKinty, award-winning author of Rain Dogs

      “Atmospheric and arresting, The Quaker reveals 1960s Glasgow in all its lurid shades.” — Val McDermid, bestselling author of the Dr. Tony Hill series

      “This is a terrific novel, dark, powerful, and beautifully written. I finished it a while ago, but I’m still haunted by the characters and the place.” — Ann Cleeves, bestselling author of Shetland


      “An authentic, atmospheric, and ambitious debut.” — Val McDermid

      “All the Colours of the Town is a distinctive and striking debut. One quality that makes the novel stand out is Liam McIlvanney’s portrait of the deep-rooted tribal tensions in Glasgow and Belfast.” — Times Literary Supplement

      “There’s nothing like a thriller done really well and All the Colours of the Town is a perfect example of why talented writers ought not to shy away from tackling genre novels. Noir doesn’t need to be pap; this is a smart and engrossing crime novel.” — Observer

      “A bold, impressive debut [that] turns the conventions of noir fiction on the politics of devolution to find individuals compromised and nations wanting.” — Daily Telegraph

      “McIlvanney has flair and assurance and executes a powerful tale with all the dexterous sensitivity and ballsy swagger the subject is due.” — Scotland on Sunday


      “The gritty, mean streets of Glasgow are a very familiar stomping ground for fans of modern British crime fiction, so it takes something a bit special to stand out from the pack. Where the Dead Men Go is a terrific, ultra-modern crime novel . . . Delivered in lyrical, emotive, and often piercing prose, it’s an assured and classy addition to the ranks of Scotland’s crime-writing scene.” — Independent on Sunday

      “Is there no end to the procession of Scottish writers excelling at the crime genre? In his second novel, Where the Dead Men Go, Liam McIlvanney shows himself to be in the same league as his illustrious compatriots. He does so without gimmicks or frills . . . McIlvanney tells the story with clarity, terrific dialogue and convincing characters.” — The Times

      “Distinctive, vivid, and very well written, Where the Dead Men Go more than lives up to the promise of its excellent predecessor.” — Guardian

      “McIlvanney evokes the city’s dark underbelly with razor-like accuracy, and the novel roars off the page like a wild beast on the loose . . . Superb storytelling, a wonderful eye for character, and a passion for dialogue; it announces the arrival of a Scots poet of the thriller.” — Daily Mail

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